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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Vol. XLV, No. 8

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D.C. Council refines retiree tax measure

Speed cameras spark debate in Northwest

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council moved swiftly and unanimously yesterday to ensure that taxes are not withheld from retirees when they receive periodic distributions from annuities and other retirement accounts. An emergency bill authored by at-large member Michael Brown limits the withholding to lump-sum distributions of an entire account balance. Brown and others said the new approach was actually the council’s intent last year when it tightened withholding laws to ensure, for example, that a retiree couldn’t close out an account and then leave the city without paying any taxes. But a “clarifying” amendment offered by the District’s finance office extended the withholding requirement, effective Jan. 1, to even the smallest distribution from a pension or other retirement account. The furor from senior citizens in recent weeks was heightened because taxes are withheld at the rate for the highest income See Taxes/Page 22

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

“Balance the potential fine for speeding against a few minutes that may be saved — and then don’t speed.” That warning, posted on the Metropolitan Police Department website, is one that a growing number of D.C. residents say they’ve taken to heart, even as some complain that speed camera tickets they’ve received were unfairly or

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The National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum held a Presidential Family Fun Day on Saturday. The annual event featured patriotic music, craft activities, dramatic storytelling and an appearance by Abraham Lincoln and the first lady.

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Panel urges efforts to preserve Mall’s grass By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

In its seemingly endless struggle to keep the National Mall green, the National Park Service is offering an intriguing way to save the nation’s front lawn from the suffocating tents that house large events there: pave over some of the grass. Three options presented to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week include widening some walkways to provide more space for tents; designating limited “sacrificial panels” where the grass would be doomed to die and then be repeatedly replanted; or “hardscaping” a central plaza near 7th Street to accommodate festival tents as

NEWS ■ City plans to repair Sheridan-Kalorama’s Spanish Steps. Page 7. ■ Gray predicts budget gap but not any major service cuts. Page 2.

inaccurately issued. Police activated a series of automated enforcement sites in late December, and debate has ignited in particular over new cameras on fourlane sections of Foxhall Road and Porter Street with fairly low speed limits. A WMAL radio report earlier this month said more than 13,000 tickets had been issued on Porter Street since Dec. 21, an average of some 170 per day. Police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump said she couldn’t provide newer numbers for that location or others by The Current’s deadline. See Cameras/Page 8

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Large events on the Mall, such as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, damage the grass.

well as the camera trucks, jumbotrons and other equipment brought in every four years for the presidential inauguration. “We’re looking for a bit of a

compromise that will allow us to get a majority of events off the grass,” said Suzette Goldstein, a consultant who helped develop the options. “It’s OK for people to be on the grass. It’s the tents” that do real damage, and quickly, she said. “We’ve studied how long you can keep tents up and not kill grass. It’s not very long — four or five days.” “We can’t prevent certain events; we can’t not issue certain permits,” said Peter May, a top Park Service planner. “So we have to come up with a management solution.” The Fine Arts Commission, which presides over the aesthetics of federal buildings and parks, was not thrilled with any of the options. See Mall/Page 22

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American University’s campus plan inched closer to Zoning Commission approval Thursday, though commissioners said they’re still uncomfortable with two aspects of the far-reaching proposals: future community outreach and noise control from the Jacobs athletic field. But despite continued objections from many neighbors, the commission appears poised to OK the university’s 10-year plans to convert its Nebraska Avenue parking lot into student housing and more, and to relocate the Washington College of Law to Tenleytown, among other projects. Though “final action” on the case was originally scheduled for January, the zoning panel is now expected to vote on March 8. University officials say the repeated delays have threatened the timetable for constructing new student housing. The school hopes to open the North Hall dorm on

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The commission supports most plans, such as constructing dorms on the “East Campus.”

Massachusetts Avenue in fall 2013. Along with a widely supported expansion of Nebraska Hall, North Hall will replace dorms at the Tenley Campus as that campus is converted into the law school. Then, by fall 2016, the university also hopes to open 590 beds on the parking lot site — dubbed “East Campus” — and at that point provide housing for at least 67 percent of its undergraduates. The D.C. Office of Planning backs this proposal. In an interview, the university’s David Taylor said that even waiting for the March 8 vote “pinches us a little bit,” but further delays could See Campus/Page 36

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/20 Opinion/10

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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2013 budget shouldn’t need major service cuts, Gray says Current Staff Report Despite a potential $150.6 million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year, Mayor Vincent Gray told the Kalorama Citizens Association last week that he doesn’t anticipate any cuts to basic city services. Current estimates show the District’s budget revenue increasing $57.3 million in fiscal year 2013, while the city would need an extra $207.9 million to maintain existing service levels. New estimates coming out next month could change the forecast before Gray must submit his budget plan to the D.C. Council on March 23. But in spite of the potential budget gap, the mayor doesn’t foresee major service cuts. The city, for example, plans to hire 300 police officers this year, which with an anticipated loss of

120 would mean a net increase of 180. Along with police, education and social services make up the city’s three major spending areas, Gray said. He anticipates a decrease in special education spending by about $15 million to $20 million, as the number of students in private special education schools has dropped from 2,200 to 1,700. He attributed some of that change to the success of a pre-kindergarten program he shepherded through the council during his days as chairman. At Thursday’s meeting, Gray emphasized the city’s need for a “structurally balanced budget� in which spending doesn’t exceed income. The District should refrain from dipping into its savings account to fund recurring programs and servicSee Gray/Page 22

The week ahead Wednesday, Feb. 22

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a public hearing on the fiscal year 2013 operating budget for public schools in the District. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at H.D. Woodson High School, 540 55th St. NE.

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The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items will include draft design guidelines for utility meters on historic property; revised concept for a George Washington University museum at 2033 G St., a revised concept for a six-story apartment and retail building at 1328 14th St., and construction of an accessory parking structure behind the Cleveland Park firehouse at 3522 Connecticut Ave. ■The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the D.C. Department of Transportation will hold an “open house�-style public meeting as part of the Metrobus 14th Street Line Study. Riders are invited to discuss issues regarding the 52, 52 and 54 routes, and potential improvements that would address them. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at the agency’s Northern Division building, 4627 14th St. NW. ■ Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and Police Chief Cathy Lanier will hold a community meeting about robberies and other recent crimes. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. ■ 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. ■ 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. Columba’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

Saturday, Feb. 25

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a “Chat With Cheh� event from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Avalon Cafe, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Monday, Feb. 27

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will hold a public hearing on a proposed 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. The hearing will be begin at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 280, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

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The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion of the Office of Planning’s zoning update project. Speakers will include Jennifer Steingasser and Arlova Y. Jackson of the Office of Planning. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■The Foggy Bottom Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a presentation by organizers of the Foggy Bottom/West End Aging in Place Project. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Saint Stephen Martyr Church Parish Hall, 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The Current

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Design panel reviews visitor center design

Committee to hold hearing for Cheh bill on pesticides

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pressing ahead with plans for an underground visitor center on the National Mall. The latest design does not quiet all the controversy, but it addresses concerns that what is now dubbed the “Education Center at the Wall” would be too obtrusive for the prestigious site. Fund officials say they’re hoping to start construction this November on the 34,000-square-foot center, to be located north of the Lincoln Memorial and just west of the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They’ve already raised about half of the estimated $75 million cost, including a 10 percent reserve to help cover costs for the National Park Service, which will operate the center. The fund’s architect presented the latest, significantly revised, design to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last Thursday. The panel, composed largely of noted architects, praised the improvements but still had some qualms about the size of the facility and other details. But noting they had approved the general concept four years ago, they did not take another vote. Revised plans include a looped walkway taking visitors, including those in wheelchairs, from the ground level down to an entrance lobby with a bookstore, restrooms and information desk. The walkway eliminates the need for a long ramp from Constitution Avenue, which the commission had found too intrusive. The center itself features digital and interactive exhibits, and a Vietnam-era timeline, also on sloping walkways. Ramps lead to a courtyard, also underground, with one wall displaying changing projections of veterans’ faces. The courtyard will provide a “moment of relief and

A bill from Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh would restrict the use of some pesticides near schools, day-care centers and waterways, and on most public property, in a move she says will help protect children’s health. The Pesticide Education and Control Amendment Act, which Cheh introduced in January, also includes provisions for University of the District of Columbia courses on how to treat pests without synthetic chemicals. The Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation, which Cheh chairs, will hold a public hearing on the bill Monday at noon. “The research about this shows how exposure to these chemicals can cause serious medical issues, and children are at special risk from this pesticide poisoning,” Cheh said in an interview. Under the proposal, the D.C. Department of the Environment would review available pesticides and classify them as “minimum risk” or “restricted use” based on their effects and the availability of a less risky alternative. The agency would grant permission for restricted-use pesticides when there is no

Rendering courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

The underground project has skylights to provide a “humane interior.” Work is set to start in November.

respite from a very emotional experience,” said architect Thomas Wong. The center has also been made less noticeable from the Mall, with a grass plane punctuated by triangular skylights shielding views of the interior from the Lincoln Memorial and other above-ground spots. Wong, of Ennead Architects, described the “incredibly challenging design problem” he had to address. The U.S. Congress insisted the center be underground, protecting open space and sightlines from Constitution Avenue and the Mall. Yet “we did not want this to be a basement experience,” he said, so the submerged courtyard and skylights will provide natural light and air. “The architects made major strides,” said Harry Robinson, a member of the memorial fund’s board. “It’s an underground project, as required by Congress, but with a very humane interior.” In response to consultations with the U.S. Park Police, the new design also includes raised berms and granite benches along the walkway to protect the center from “errant vehicles.” The lobby can accommodate tighter security screening, including magnetometers, but it’s not clear if the park police will require that, Wong said. The project has been slow in coming. It was authoSee Memorial/Page 8

economically viable alternative for dealing with an infestation. The D.C. Department of General Services, which maintains many city-owned facilities, already limits its pesticide use, particularly around children, said spokesperson Darrell Pressley. He added that he’s confident his agency could work around any further restrictions. But the measure would also apply to some private properties — and to public sites maintained by contractors — and the proposal has generated some pushback from the pest-management industry. Gene Harrington, government affairs director of the National Pest Management Association, said that Cheh’s bill would create an unnecessary burden for pest-control firms, their clients and D.C. agencies. “It essentially phases out an entire category of pesticides ... that both the industry and the public has gotten used to and is pretty familiar with, and it would set up entirely arbitrary categories of pesticides,” said Harrington. Cheh rebuffed concerns that the bill would be an undue hardship on the pest-control industry. “This is not that extraordinary of a piece of legislation,” said Cheh. “Other jurisdictions have begun to act as well against pesticides.”


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Current

District Digest Council amends rules on abusive language

With no debate — and no hint of the rancor that prompted it — the D.C. Council Tuesday amended its code of conduct to prohibit members from using “profane or abusive language” in meetings open to the public. The change followed an embarrassing incident at the council’s retreat last week, when at-large Council member David Catania and Ward 8 member Marion Barry exchanged curses and almost came to blows in a discussion of hospital funding. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who has had some trouble controlling his colleagues on the dais, introduced the resolution. It was adopted by voice vote. — Elizabeth Wiener

from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St., to the multipurpose room of Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St., for the April 3 primary only because the church needs the space at the time. The board will vote on finalizing the moves at its March 7 meeting.

Lottery for school slots to end Feb. 27

Parents seeking an out-ofboundary public school placement or any preschool or pre-kindergarten seat for their children must apply at before the lottery system closes Feb. 27. The lottery process allows parents to select up to six schools other than their assigned in-boundary location. Information on how schools compare is available at

an extensive rooftop structure including an outdoor movie theater, pool and bar. Indoors, residents will have access to a lounge and bar, fitness center with yoga room, business center and 24-hour concierge. Site preparation and demolition are starting this month, with expected delivery in December 2013. The site is located within the Greater U Street Historic District, and plans include preserving a number of storefronts on 14th and U streets.

Casey planting effort to add fruit, nut trees

The annual Casey Trees planting season this year will include 235 fruit and nut trees at schools and community gardens, according to a news release from the organization. Through its Community Tree Planting program, Casey Tree plans to plant 708 trees total during 46 different events across the city this spring.

Two polling locations may move for primary Developers starting work on U St. project Nominees sought for Two polling places may be relo JBG Cos. and Georgetown cated for the April 3 primary elecStrategic Capital announced yesterannual arts awards tion: Precinct 3 in Foggy Bottom, and Precinct 31 in Tenleytown. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics gave preliminary approval this month to permanently move Precinct 3 from St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St., to the multipurpose room of School Without Walls, 2130 G St., because of complaints that the previous space was too small. The elections board also preliminarily approved moving Precinct 31

day that they are moving forward with long-discussed development plans for the southwest corner of 14th and U streets NW. Louis — named after both King Louis XIV and Louis Armstrong — will host 267 luxury apartments, approximately 42,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and a 148-space underground parking garage. The apartment building will stretch nine stories high, topped by

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking nominees through March 16 for eight awards to District artists, art teachers and art-focused nonprofits, according to an agency news release. The Mayor’s Arts Award honors individual artists and organizations in five categories, including Excellence in Service to the Arts and Outstanding Emerging Artist,

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New judge sworn in at D.C. Appeals Court

Former public defender Catharine Easterly was sworn in Feb. 10 as a judge at the D.C. Court of Appeals, according to a news release from the court system. Easterly, a Capitol Hill resident, previously worked as a public defender in New York and the District and at a private New York law firm, the release states.

Award honors agency for nitrogen removal

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has won a national award for developing an improved process for removing nitrogen from wastewater, the agency announced last week. Under the agency’s stewardship, a team of researchers from George Washington University and local firms came up with a process for nitrogen removal that is “now employed by industry peers and is ready for widespread adoption,” according to the release. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented the environmental achievement award this month.

Group funds study of Dumbarton mortar Curators of Georgetown’s Dumbarton House have begun using a $4,312.50 grant from the National Trust for Historic

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Real estate firm adds Friendship storefront Evers & Co. Real Estate opened a new storefront office this month in Friendship Heights. A grand-opening celebration on Feb. 2 highlighted artwork by Lou Stovall and 12 other local artists. The new location, at 4400 Jenifer St. NW, features a walk-in “service center” for home buyers and sellers. The firm also has offices in Dupont and Bluemont, Va.

Registration open for ‘Knowledge’ classes

About two dozen widely varied classes will be available for free throughout March as part of the Knowledge Commons DC project, the third such series since June, according to a news release. Volunteer instructors will offer such courses as “Crusade 2.0: The Rise of Islamophobia,” “Balloon Mapping: DIY Aerial Photography” and “Basic Object-Oriented Programming with Java,” according to Attendees are asked to register online for the classes, which take place in parks, homes, gardens and other spots in the city. A kickoff event will take place March 1 at The Dunes venue in Columbia Heights at 6:30 p.m.

GWU hospital group to hold symposium

The George Washington University Hospital Women’s Board will hold its second Women’s Health Symposium next month. The symposium will feature workshops on fitness, nutrition, cardiovascular health and cancer survivorship, as well as various exhibits. Free cholesterol, blood pressure and HIV screenings will be available. The event will be held March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 301-893-4443 or email


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012



New Community Court program takes on citywide misdemeanor cases By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The East of the River Community Court, a pilot program that has successfully reduced recidivism rates in wards 7 and 8, recently expanded citywide to give all residents access to innovative problem solving within the criminal justice system for low-level misdemeanor charges. On Jan. 3, the D.C. Superior Court began operating community courts — housed in the Moultrie Courthouse — for each of the eight police districts, except the 2nd and 4th, which

were combined due to their low arrest rates. Misdemeanor charges heard in community court include simple assault, drug possession and prostitution, except when those cases involve domestic violence. Under the new system, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges work together to identify the issues and problems contributing to defendants’ criminal behaviors and help link the offenders to social services they may need to overcome those problems, such as drug or alcohol rehabilitation, mental health services and employment opportunities. “We’re trying to look at people’s needs, as

After surge in visitors, Shaw library needs sewer repairs By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library is seeing an unpleasant downside to its new popularity: sewage problems. The library, which opened just a year and a half ago at Rhode Island Avenue and 7th Street NW, will be closed for three days next week as the city addresses the issue. D.C. Public Library system spokesperson George Williams said an unanticipated volume of patrons has overtaxed the sewer pumps in the new building. “In addition to people checking out almost 30,000 books a month,� visitors are coming in for community meetings, story time and other activities, he said. The issue arose shortly after the $15 million building earned a gold ranking — the second highest — under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. The city’s announcement of that honor highlights the library’s vegetative green roof, which “absorbs and slowly releases water into the city’s sewage system.� But Williams said the building’s green features play no role in its current sewage issues.

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Before the new library opened in August 2010, the community had gone without a permanent library for more than six years. The new facility has seen “significantly moreâ€? visitors than both its predecessor and an interim facility, Williams said. “After we opened Shaw ‌ we saw that we had this huge circulation,â€? he said. “It’s one of our busiest neighborhood libraries, and it wasn’t before we built the new one.â€? Alex Padro, president of the Friends of the Watha T. Daniel Library group, said children are “a big part of the surge in visitors.â€? More than 1,370 kids, for example, attended library events last June. Padro said overbooked meeting rooms and long wait lists for books are other side effects of the growth. The sewage issues became clear early on. Officials monitored the situation for a full year, Williams said, to see if visitor patterns would hold up. Now, they’re putting in larger sewer ejectors to pump into the city’s system. The building will be closed Monday through Wednesday.

opposed to getting people into court, determining if they are guilty or innocent and then punishing them,� said Daniel Cipullo, criminal division director of the D.C. Superior Court. “We want to divert them from the criminal justice system so they don’t come back.� Community courts look like traditional courtrooms, but they operate somewhat differently. “One of the things people may notice in the community court is that there is more dialogue with the defendant than in a traditional misdemeanor court,� said D.C. Community Court branch chief Michael Francis. “A judge may

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street; 10:14 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013; 4300 block, Garrison St.; sidewalk; 10:15 p.m. Feb. 13. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Warren St.; sidewalk; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 6:17 p.m. Feb. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Fort Drive; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 11:15 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Appleton St.; street; 9:50 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 10:09 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 1:25 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  4400 block, 39th St.; residence; 3 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 9:04 p.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 3:07 p.m. Feb. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Belt Road; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Ingomar St.; street; 3 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  4700 block, 44th St.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Albemarle St.; street; 6:15 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Albemarle St.; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Warren St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  5000 block, 45th St.; street; 8 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4700 block, Davenport St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4700 block, Davenport St.; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Ellicott St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4800 block, 48th St.; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  4600 block, 43rd Place; street; 11 a.m. Feb. 18.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest hills / van ness PSA 203

cleveland park

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 3400 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 2:30 a.m. Feb. 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  32nd and Davenport streets; street; 12:01 a.m. Feb. 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 2:35 p.m. Feb. 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 8:15 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  4700 block, 36th St.; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 15.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:10 p.m. Feb. 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2900 block, Garfield Terrace; residence; 12:05 a.m. Feb. 13.

Burglary â&#x2013; 2800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:44 a.m. Feb. 16. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 4:45 p.m. Feb. 13. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Woodland Drive; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Lowell St.; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Klingle Road; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; parking lot; 10:15 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Garfield St.; street; 12:01 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Cleveland Ave.; residence; 11 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Garfield Street; street; 8:36 p.m. Feb. 17.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley

PSA 205 Wesley Heights / Foxhall No crimes reported.

psa PSA 206


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 3300 block, Dent Place; residence; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 3:55 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; restaurant; 3:35 p.m. Feb. 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 7 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  3200 block, K St.; street; 7 a.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:04 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 11 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:15 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 3:24 a.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  2700 block, P St.; liquor store; 2:25 p.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 3:52 p.m. Feb. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Potomac St.; street; 4:49 p.m. Feb. 14.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1100 block, 23rd St.; sidewalk; 11:50 p.m. Feb. 16. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; street; 1:05 a.m. Feb. 18. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; hotel; 2:10 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Feb. 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 14. Theft ($250 plus)

â&#x2013; 700 block, 20th St.; university; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  1900 block, L St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  900 block, 15th St.; restaurant; 12:15 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  1400 block, New York Ave.; office building; 6:45 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 2 a.m. Feb. 19.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:02 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, M St.; sidewalk; 6:05 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  2100 block, N St.; sidewalk; 6:05 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; park area; 6:45 a.m. Feb. 18. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1500 block, M St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1800 block, S St.; sidewalk; 8 p.m. Feb. 19. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; street; 2:40 a.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; park area; 2:12 a.m. Feb. 19. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 6:44 p.m. Feb. 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; residence; 5:40 p.m. Feb. 16. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  23rd Street and Sheridan Circle; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; parking lot; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  18th and P streets; street; 11 a.m. Feb. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 9:10 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 12:45 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:35 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  2000 block, S St.; office building; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 11 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2 p.m. Feb. 19. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013; Â 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; street; 11:45 a.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Bancroft Place; street; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  16th and P streets; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 18. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

The Current

Army effort unveils arsenic at three Spring Valley sites Current Staff Report The ongoing cleanup of World War I munitions in Spring Valley has revealed new evidence of arsenic in three neighborhood locations, including an American University property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last month removed arsenic-laced soil from a home on the 3900 block of 52nd Street, according to project manager Dan Noble, who co-chairs the Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board. An earlier cleanup had overlooked that area, he said at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board meeting. The project has also found traces of arsenic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just barely over advised safe levels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at a private property on the 5100 block of Tilden Street, and at a site on the American University campus near the Mary Graydon Center. While the recommended safe level for arsenic is 20 parts per million, the Tilden Street site showed levels of 22.8 parts per million at 5 feet deep, and the American University site showed levels of 20.6 parts per million at 3 feet deep. Noble said the Army Corps will work with the property owners if they want the soil removed. On the university campus, investigations will continue next month during studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spring break, according to Noble. Cleanup crews will be looking at four spots on the Kreeger Hall roadway and parking lot. A recent intensive study of 18 unidentified buried metal items â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or â&#x20AC;&#x153;anomaliesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the campus yielded no results from the World War I era, he said.

During the war, an experimental station on the American campus served as a site for chemical and munitions testing. Soldiers later buried some items in the then-empty woods before they were developed into a residential neighborhood. The Army Corps has been working in the area off and on since the early 1990s to remove poisonous waste. A controlled chamber used to destroy hundreds of recovered Spring Valley munitions will be moved to Seattle next month, after a round of detonations Friday. In its latest phase, the cleanup project has also included a study of groundwater from 21 installed wells and 14 surface locations. Results from that study will be available in April, according to Todd Beckwith, the groundwater project manager. On the university campus, a final deep well will be installed in early March, near Kreeger Hall. Last week, crews began adding sampling liners to two other deep wells installed on the 4900 block of Rockwood Parkway and the 4800 block of Glenbrook Road. Meanwhile, the universityowned property at 4825 Glenbrook remains a topic of scrutiny. Noble said the Army Corps remains confident the property was a major burial pit for jars of mustard agent and other war debris, based on a 1918 photograph of a Sgt. Maurer along with aerial photographs from the same year. But Allen Hengst, a longtime critic of the cleanup effort who works at the university, said his own studies show that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sgt. Maurer Pitâ&#x20AC;? is more likely across from the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watkins Building.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

City plans repairs for historic Spanish Steps

caused a leak. The last renovation was funded jointly by the nonprofit group and the city, but this renovationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost will be covered entirely by the city. The Spanish Steps and fountain, a public park â&#x20AC;&#x153;I became involved with the steps as a way to and architectural landmark in the Sheridan-Kalorama assist the neighborhood in preserving a historic landneighborhood, survived nearly 90 years without any mark,â&#x20AC;? Bender said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found the steps to be a secluded, peaceful major repairs or renovations. spot allowing one to forget that Now, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting their second you are in the center of a city.â&#x20AC;? major restoration in 13 years. The steps were built in 1911 The D.C. Department of when city planners decided that General Services recently put out the grade on 22nd Street between a request for proposals to repair S and Decatur streets was too cracks, leaks, water damage and steep for carriages, according to the fountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pump. Bids are historian E.J. Applewhite. The due by March 6 and the project is steps provide a pedestrian pasto be completed no later than Bill Petros/The Current sage and now constitute the only Sept. 10, according to a departpark in the city that lies on land ment statement. The project is The steps were built in 1911 initially dedicated to a street. expected to cost $150,000 to because of the steep grade of Originally called the Decatur $200,000, according to agency the Sheridan-Kalorama site. Terrace steps and fountain, the spokesperson Darrell Pressley. The steps are located within a block of the steps became known as the Spanish Steps because of embassies of Laos, Thailand, Costa Rica and the their resemblance to the steps leading up from the Dominican Republic, and the D.C. agency said coor- Piazza di Spagna in Rome. While those monumental steps dwarf Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version, the design simidination with the embassies will be critical. The prior renovation, performed in 1999, focused larities are striking. on the steps and the walkway, while this repair will Both feature twin staircases encircling a central address the fountain and landscaping, according to feature: a balcony in Rome, and a fountain in David Bender, president of the nonprofit Spanish Washington. At the base of the feature, the semicirSteps Preservation Project. This project is necessary, cular staircases straighten out and divide into three he said, because someone stood on a fountain drain- parallel stairways, a large central one and two subpipe, which tore the water featureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lining and sidiaries flanking it. By DAVID GUTMAN Current Correspondent

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012




The Current



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In January, prominent restaurateur Geoff Tracy made headlines for hiring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sign-twirlerâ&#x20AC;? to warn Foxhall motorists not to exceed the 25 mph limit just south of Whitehaven Parkway. More recently, a Cleveland Park radio producer reported receiving 11 violation notices for exceeding 30 mph on Porter over Rock Creek Park. A post on the Cleveland Park neighborhood listserv discussing the latter case quickly drew in residents arguing the pros and cons of the cameras this month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was interesting to see how many responses there were quickly,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Adler, the listservâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-moderator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to say that this one caught peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are money makers, pure and simple, and do nothing to improve public safety,â&#x20AC;? one resident wrote on the listserv, referring to the cameras. Some complained that the Porter Street speed limit is too low for a stretch with little pedestrian traffic and few cross streets. They also criticized police for placing the camera at the bottom of a hill and for not making it more prominent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As I recall, what prompted the installation of that camera was the fact that cars were sometimes clocked at over 60 mph on that stretch,â&#x20AC;? countered another resident on the listserv. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all for the revenue!â&#x20AC;? Others, who live on the small side streets off that stretch of Porter, also wrote posts praising the enforcement near their homes. Police spokesperson Crump wrote in an email that the department has heard the same mix of negative and positive feedback on the cameras, and she defended their installation locations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of our sites are chosen based on multiple factors, including requests from residents and known speeding areas,â&#x20AC;? Crump wrote, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motorists should obey the posted speed limit regardless of the grade of the roadway

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The speed camera has caught residents exceeding the 25 mph limit on Foxhall Road near Whitehaven.

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flat, uphill, or downhill.â&#x20AC;? Crump also noted that no speed camera location should come as a surprise; the department posts a list of all authorized locations on its website, available at Whether tickets come from a camera or a police officer, D.C. fines motorists $75 for driving up to 10 mph over the posted limit, $125 for 11 to 15 mph over, $150 for 16 to 20 mph over, $200 for 21 to 25 mph over, and $250 for 26 to 30 mph over. The department has declined to specify the lowest speeds at which cameras are triggered; privately, some officers have told residents that the cameras activate for drivers traveling 10 mph over the limit or more. Many residents commenting on the Cleveland Park listserv and elsewhere reported that they had received tickets themselves. In most cases, they said the fines had changed their behavior but not their opinion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was going too fast and the camera appropriately documented that and sent me a ticket. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gripe about that,â&#x20AC;? Lanny Moldauer, a Chevy Chase resident who collected two Porter Street tickets and is now careful to stay within nine miles per hour of the limit, said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It beats the heck out of paying to have a cop sitting there,â&#x20AC;? he added.


rized by Congress in 2003, with the site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bounded by Constitution Avenue, Henry Bacon Drive, Lincoln Memorial Circle and 23rd Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not approved until 2006, and only after intense debate. Architects presented the first concept design in 2007 and have been honing it since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving along slowly,â&#x20AC;? said Peter May, associate regional director of the National Park Service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The project has improved, and the impact on the landscape lessened. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to move forward.â&#x20AC;? But fine arts commissioners still have a few reservations about the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes up an enormous amount of space,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Diana Balmori. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done it very well, but it still impacts a very large piece of ground that competes with the memorial [wall].â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;At some point, I worry people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother to go to the memorial because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much story over here,â&#x20AC;? member Elizabeth PlaterZyberk said. They were also sensitive to any unintended imagery. Member Terasita Fernandez said the triangular skylights on the grassy surface â&#x20AC;&#x153;make perfect sense in plan,â&#x20AC;? but in appearance â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost look like staggered [land] mines.â&#x20AC;? Member Philip Freelon wondered if the courtyard needs a mesh covering to keep tourists from littering. In response, Robinson said the yard would be kept clean, but that a

courtyard with mesh roof would evoke the unfortunate image of â&#x20AC;&#x153;tiger cages of POWs.â&#x20AC;? The education center is intended to â&#x20AC;&#x153;give a face to veterans on the wall, to explain the human impact of the war, and to encourage young people to learn more about the wall

â??It takes up an enormous amount of space.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Commissioner Diana Balmori and the Vietnam era,â&#x20AC;? Wong said. Books, letters and other objects left at the wall are now stored in a Park Service facility in Landover, Md., and the fund is still collecting photos of veterans from across the country. Dan Reese, the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief financial officer, said the project is â&#x20AC;&#x153;full speed ahead.â&#x20AC;? The fund has hired a construction management firm to work with designers. As for fundraising, â&#x20AC;&#x153;as we get closer, people are stepping up all over the country,â&#x20AC;? he said. Even the Australian government, which participated in the Vietnam conflict, recently pitched in $3.5 million. Last year, Congress extended until November 2014 the deadline to raise three-quarters of the construction cost, and Reese believes that deadline will be met. He also said the fund is â&#x20AC;&#x153;mindfulâ&#x20AC;? that Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are returning home, with no memorial of their own. The center â&#x20AC;&#x153;can present some of their stories,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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DCRA chief chats with Chamber audience Current Staff Report s more elderly residents seek first-floor bedrooms, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top permitting official expects to see a major increase in â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly contentiousâ&#x20AC;? requests for zoning special exceptions. Nicholas Majett, director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, said last week that he foresees a rise in applications from property owners who want to expand their ground floors beyond the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal zoning limits. In a wide-ranging discussion with the DC Chamber of Commerce, Majett said more members of the


Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging population are trying to avoid stair climbing by building bedrooms on their first floors. But neighbors often buck against those requests in the zoning cases that follow, fearing an irreversible building precedent in their neighborhoods, he said. Majettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk with chamber members also touched on a number of other regulatory issues, including the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to streamline its permitting processes. He said Mayor Vincent Gray charged him with the task of creating an easier system through which businesses can acquire their mandatory permits. The result See DCRA/Page 24

Local chef launches Georgetown restaurant


ou might be tempted to associate the name of new Georgetown restaurant Unum with the money youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spend there: After all, the moniker comes from â&#x20AC;&#x153;E pluribus unum,â&#x20AC;? the Latin phrase on the U.S. dollar. But executive chef Phillip Blane says the word was instead chosen because of the mottoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s translation: â&#x20AC;&#x153;From many, oneâ&#x20AC;? describes how he draws from worldwide culinary traditions in creating his menu. And he notes that Unumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prices are quite reasonable, particularly for Georgetown. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for Blane and his wife, Laura Schiller, who were looking to open a casual place that could serve as a frequent destination for locals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laura and I always wanted a neighborhood place,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We

the old home of Mendocino Grille. Blane said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do much to prepare it to house Unum. beth cope â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did a lot of cosmetic changes, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some woodwork and love going out to event places for some stonework that we left dinner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Citronelle, Komi â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because it was but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not very warm.â&#x20AC;? something that Words like we would do on â&#x20AC;&#x153;warmâ&#x20AC;? and a regular basis.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;cozyâ&#x20AC;? come With the up a lot when coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home Blane describes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and 2-yearUnum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and old â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in nearby he says other Burleith, the M Street space was Photo courtesy of Unum people use them, too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for their Unum has replaced Mendocino not just the concept. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I real- Grille in Georgetown. space, but the ly do feel spoiled about being able to live and food as well. For instance, his bouillabaisse features â&#x20AC;&#x153;a warm work so close by,â&#x20AC;? said Blane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We broth thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soul-satisfying for this got lucky.â&#x20AC;? See Restaurant/Page 24 The luck arrived in the form of


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Hear about trucks

In recent weeks, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has gathered more than 1,400 comments on rules that, if approved by the D.C. Council, will govern the food trucks that have exploded in number in recent years. The agency recently announced that it will extend the comment period through March 1. The extension is a wise move, but we’d like to suggest yet another way that the city should gather feedback: a council hearing. Such a venue would allow council members to question stakeholders and perhaps get beyond the canned statements both truck owners and brick-and-mortar restaurateurs have posted online. There remains room for improvement in the proposed regulations — though they are an improvement over the current rules, which were developed for ice-cream trucks and demand, for example, that food trucks leave a location as soon as a line dies down. Under the proposal, the trucks would be allowed to park in any legal parking spot; we believe they should be banned from residential streets unless neighbors agree to host them. Of course, most residential streets wouldn’t attract the vendors anyway, but we can imagine cases in which trucks would stop near — but just off — crowded main drags in Georgetown and Dupont and tweet their locations to customers, adding to residents’ parking woes. Without veering too far into protectionism, regulators should also consider the harm that the trucks, which still pay no sales taxes, could do to restaurants. While competition is the heart of the free-market system, we don’t think it’s fair to allow, for example, a cupcake truck with minimal overhead to park outside a brick-and-mortar cupcake shop. That said, the restaurant industry’s proposal that a truck receive a permit for one particular spot — thereby taking the “mobile” out of “mobile vending” — seems rather extreme. Regulatory agency director Nicholas Majett is taking heat from both sides over the regulations, which indicates to us that the rules might approach a suitable balance.

State of the future

In his “State of the District” address this month, Mayor Vincent Gray laid out his vision for the future of D.C.: a “rival to Silicon Valley for talent and fast-growing businesses.” We applaud the mayor’s initiative and agree with him that investing in a tech-driven economy is both the bold and prudent course. It’s clear, as Mayor Gray and others have pointed out, that the federal government will not be a direct source of major growth in the next several years. But it nevertheless remains possible to leverage the city’s unique position as the seat of political power, as well as host to myriad cultural activities. Add in the energies of D.C. universities, and the outlook for the city’s tech future looks bright indeed. It’s also clear that this path will not be cheap. In an opening salvo to his initiative, the mayor announced that he had lured venture capital firm and tech incubator to D.C. from Virginia with a $100,000 grant. An array of tax breaks and credits will attract tech startups to the city, the mayor has said. While it’s important to deploy initiatives wisely — by requiring grantees to remain in the city for a number of years, for example, as the Fortify award does — such investments are solid choices for the city’s future. In fact, some of the city’s largest employers, its universities, have already signaled that the future lies in science and technology. Georgetown University has nearly finished its $100 million science center, and George Washington University is now working on its own science and engineering facility. As George Washington University President Steven Knapp wrote in the Washington Post Capital Business section this week, the school’s traditional bailiwicks of policy and government will increasingly intersect with the fields of science and technology. The same can be said of the city as a whole, and we commend Mayor Gray for leading the District in that direction.

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#@!!% … a cursing guide


espite admonitions from our parents and teachers, nearly all of us have cursed. Your Notebook doesn’t really know any adult who hasn’t, although we’re sure someone out there is profanity-free. Apart from the issues of morality or manners, there’s also the argument that cursing just reveals a poor vocabulary. But we don’t know any carpenter who, having hit a thumb with a hammer, reaches for a thesaurus to find the right words to express that feeling. And a string of profanities can even be quite poetic when the taboo words are laced together lyrically. It wasn’t poetic at all last week. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was embarrassed when his annual retreat for council members was disrupted by a volley of cursing between at-large member David Catania and Ward 8’s Marion Barry. There have also been outbursts by other council members at legislative breakfasts. And in some council sessions there are cold displays of disdain between members. During a recent discussion on gasoline prices, at-large member Phil Mendelson flatly told at-large colleague Vincent Orange that Orange was embarrassing the council. So Chairman Brown this week introduced a measure to amend the council’s official Code of Conduct. The resolution says that “ … a Council member shall treat other Council members with dignity and respect, and refrain from using profane, indecent or abusive language … .” The new rule would allow the chairman to remove an offending council member from any gathering except legislative sessions. But Brown said the rule overall should encourage better public decorum. Catania said after the council approval that he doesn’t apologize for condemning a council member when he or she is undermining the public good. “This is not Miss Manners or Emily Post,” he said. The proposed power to toss someone for cursing prompted some private cursing from incredulous members. “It’s ridiculous,” said one member. “That’s not going to happen.” The council member also cursed, but we’ve left out that part. Several members told The Notebook that neither cursing nor a lack of decorum is the council’s real problem. They say it’s all a symptom of a larger issue: Chairman Brown’s inability to control the council with its competing personalities, disparate politics and legislative demands. “The short of it is that no one really respects the chairman,” one council member said. The legislator said Brown is weakened by his sometimes-prickly personal style, his shaky grasp of issues and, most importantly, the federal criminal probe into his campaign activities. “Cursing is the least of his problems,” the council

member said. ■ It’s over. After 37 years of court and federal oversight, the city is once again in charge of its mental health system. Last week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan signed an order saying the city has substantially met 15 of 19 improvements sought by the long-running lawsuit. Popularly known as the “Dixon Decree,” the case launched in 1974 lasted so long that all six of the city’s elected mayors have had a hand in it one way or another. The city has improved dramatically and expanded its community-based facilities for thousands of people needing short-term or longterm mental health services. Advocates praised all the progress but said the city still needs to do more for the chronically homeless and incarcerated, many of whom suffer from mental illnesses. ■ Traffic snarls. Did you ever wonder why traffic snarls so badly during snow and thunderstorms? Well, actually there are several reasons. But we were surprised to learn last week that only 20 percent of the thousands of traffic signals in the Washington region have backup power for use in emergencies. And about one-fourth of those depend on generators. “We’ve looked at all these signals and, on average, 20 percent of them have backup power now,” said Ron Kirby, director of transportation for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. “Five percent have generators that have to be taken out and [activated], so they can’t be used right away.” So Kirby says if motorists are looking for traffic signal consistency, they won’t find it. “If you’re looking [at] critical intersections … for a major weather event or evacuation … we can’t say that we have all of the main intersections taken care of.” Transportation officials say they’re working to identify the most important traffic signals and helping to find money to get those traffic lights ready to do what we all want them to do: work in emergencies. Along with signals that work in snowstorms, we’d like to see police or traffic-control aides deployed at major intersections. We all know that people here can drive crazily when snow falls — or even just when it rains. Someone needs to impose a little order. And it seems a real traffic-control plan for the region would coordinate signals on major roadways and bridges. It also seems that the local governments — with their emergency teams, transportation officials, public works crews and press officers — ought to work together when a natural emergency occurs. It would be good practice should there ever be a public safety incident of more sinister intentions. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Boathouse plans can’t forget Jack’s

I thought Bob Norris’ proposal for the Georgetown waterfront [“Finding a solution for all boathouse interests,” Viewpoint, Feb. 15] was right on, with a good result for everyone — except perhaps Jack’s Boathouse. Jack’s provides a high-quality, safe canoe and kayak experience to thousands of paddlers a year. Particularly given the National Park Service’s goal of increasing public use of the Potomac River, a

viable venue to ensure a successful Jack’s should be a very high priority. Chris Brown Foxhall

Ward 4 candidates got notice too late

It is not my intent to get involved in a protracted debate in the editorial section, but the truth is important and facts matter. In her Feb. 15 letter to the editor, Ms. Deborah Royster of the Ward 4 Democrats inaccurately stated, “All candidates were notified of this event [the group’s straw poll] immediately after it was approved by the members at

the January 2012 meeting.” The fact is, I was not notified until Jan. 22; the meeting took place Jan. 12. In this technological age, a 10-day delay in notification is not immediate. This left me only 10 days to organize turnout for the Feb. 1 event, and since the “straw poll” is based on a candidate’s ability to turn out the vote, Muriel Bowser had an unfair advantage because two of her aides are on the executive board. This is a key reason I did not participate in the Ward 4 forum and “straw poll.” However, I will be there on April 3 with thousands of supporters. Baruti Jahi Candidate, Ward 4 D.C. Council seat

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Educating for success in tomorrow’s economy VIEWPOINT jessica wodatch


n welcome news for those looking for work, the nation’s unemployment rate fell in January to its lowest point in three years — the level that prevailed around the time this long recession began. At 8.3 percent, the rate is still high by pre-recession standards, and is reason for concern even for those with jobs. As an educator, I aim to provide students with the skills they need to access rewarding careers. As the job market changes, that task becomes harder. Several years ago, my colleagues and I were captivated by a new book, “The New Division of Labor,” written by economists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. They described how technology is enhancing productivity in many jobs, while eliminating many others. The vision outlined in this book by Frank Levy and Richard Murnane got us thinking. We wanted to build a school that would provide an education that would insulate our students from the labor market obsolescence that is ending the careers and prospects of so many adults. To accomplish this, Two Rivers would not only have to lay the foundations of knowledge that students need, but also foster their ability to solve complex problems, collaborate with others, and reflect on one’s actions and change strategies accordingly. Many of our best public schools excel merely at having students pass state tests. Though this is a step in the right direction — all students should be able to pass — it is not enough to ensure that students will succeed in the world of work. Two Rivers aims to prepare children for today’s economic reality. This requires the acquisition of knowledge and the ability to use and apply it in complex situations. At Two Rivers, we hold ourselves accountable for both. Our school had the highest scores for reading of all elementary public charter schools in the District last school year, and the fifth-highest math scores on the state test. The D.C. Public Charter School Board has recognized us as a “high-performing” school, awarding us a 100 percent score for attendance and high marks

Letters to the Editor Parking rules unfair to seniors, disabled

I urge D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser and Mary Cheh to hold public hearings on the efforts of the D.C. Transportation and Public Works departments to repeal the parking privileges of seniors and the disabled on account of the fraudulent actions of a few. When a policy seeks to discriminate against certain individuals, it is only right that council members with oversight authority are involved to ensure a forum for input from all stakeholders. I contacted both the Department on Disability Services and Office of Disability Rights after reading The Current’s Feb. 8 article “District alters policy for disabled parking.” I expected to hear of their involvement in, or opposition to, these new changes, but officials at neither

for our 83.4 percent re-enrollment rate. But success in these realms isn’t enough. Two Rivers’ Expeditionary Learning approach emphasizes interactive, project-based learning: teaching students how to learn, rather than old-fashioned rote memorization. We ask students to apply what they’ve learned to solving difficult problems. This fall, the school’s thirdgraders studied geology to determine which minerals should be used to build the proposed National Women’s History Museum. After investigating the properties of granite, marble and limestone through scientific experiments, and after visiting buildings crafted of these minerals, the third-graders shared their findings with the organization working to create this museum. We also apply a problem-solving approach to character education and students’ social and emotional needs. High engagement, achievement and character development are the result. We attach great importance to the safe, caring, small-scale environment we have created at our two campuses. We want students to understand how they are interconnected: to each other, their community, their city and their environment. When students graduate, we want them to have developed academically and socially into adults who act for the long term. Our combination of personal and academic development is one of the reasons so many of our students have been admitted to some of the city’s most prestigious high schools. The new division of labor identified by Levy and Murnane is fast creating a world where routine and mundane tasks are increasingly undertaken by technology. As waves of change hit the world of work, adults must know how to learn new skills. The next generation needs this ability to continue to learn to succeed in a world where the pace of change is speeding up. The mission of Two Rivers is to nurture a diverse group of students to become lifelong, active participants in their own education, develop a sense of self and community, and become responsible and compassionate members of society. If they can master these skills — and we believe we can help them do so — they will avoid the fate of today’s adults whom change has left behind. Jessica Wodatch is founder and executive director of Two Rivers Public Charter School.

agency mentioned having had any input in the decision. I was told to contact the Transportation Department about the matter. How effective and respected are government agencies whose staff are not involved in decisions directly impacting those they are hired to represent? This compassionate privilege that we as a society extend to the independent elderly and to the less physically abled motorists among us should not be dismissed in a vacuum. This change will adversely affect drivers who: ■ are playing by the rules and need these parking placards for legitimate reasons; ■ require extended time at meters; ■ deserve the same freedom as the rest of us to park anywhere in the city and should not be limited to red-topped meters dappling the cityscape; and, ■ count on these fees being waived because they are living on a fixed income. When fees go up for anyone on

a fixed income, something else must give. In this case, I fear the result will be further exclusion and isolation of those most needing to stay connected in our society for their general welfare. In the absence of a constitutional amendment against age and disability discrimination, I urge council members to put a halt to this program until more input has been received and considered. There are likely other means to address any problems that exist — measures that will not punish the majority. Public engagement is critical. I will bet the best and most effective ideas for reform would come from those using the parking placards properly, who stand to lose the most if it is abolished on account of the poor choices of others. One final thought: We will all be elderly one day and may face physical challenges that dictate that just such a privilege be available to us. With the council’s help, it will be. Carolyn “Callie” Cook Commissioner, ANC 3/4G01

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February 22, 2012 ■ Page 13

Seniors lead Visitation to ISL regular season crown

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

After a solid week of good practices, Visitation’s players wanted to cut training short the night before they battled Bullis in Potomac, Md., for the Independent School League Championship. The girls exuded a cool and calm confidence that convinced Cubs’ coach Mike McCarthy to oblige. Visitation’s seven seniors showed no nerves as they left the gym, and senior guard Maddy Williams even offered assurance to McCarthy, saying, “We got it, coach.” Saturday wasn’t quite that easy, but Williams was true to her word as she and fellow senior guard Kate Gillespie brought the Cubs back from a six-point deficit with five minutes to play. Williams hit a pair of 3-pointers and Gillespie hit three buckets in the paint to propel the Cubs to a 51-49 win and their sixth consecutive ISL AA regular-season title. “This group deserves to go out on top,” said McCarthy. “I get emotional just thinking about it. … I knew it would be tough, but you saw it down the stretch. Maddy

Williams and Kate Gillespie showed why they are two of the best I’ve ever coached. They just found a way to win.” The Cubs are now a perfect 13-0 in the ISL. Visitation wrapped up its regular season last night at Flint Hill after deadline. The Cubs were hoping to finish with their second-straight undefeated run through the conference. On Saturday, at the start of the game against Bullis, the Cubs showed why they were confident enough to end practice early. Visitation forced Bullis into an uptempo game in the first quarter and through the middle of the second. The quick pace favored the Cubs, who built a 22-11 advantage by the middle of the game. “Our rebounding and boxing out were really working,” said Gillespie. “We were fast-breaking on them and limiting their second chances.” The Cubs’ defense relied heavily on senior Libby Mosko, their tallest player. She was tasked with slowing down Bullis’ best offensive weapon, Lynee Belton, who is taller than anyone — outside of Mosko — on the Cubs’ squad. “When [Libby] was in there we

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After the final seconds ran out, the Visitation Cubs swarmed the court to celebrate a sixth consecutive ISL title — including four straight for the seven graduating seniors — at Bullis Saturday. did a good job,” said McCarthy. “[Bullis] is bigger than us at every spot, and Libby was a big difference in the middle.” Mosko limited Belton at times, but two first-half fouls forced the senior to the bench for the final five

minutes of the second quarter. Bullis took advantage and controlled the paint, building a 35-33 lead early in the third quarter. The Bulldogs kept that momentum going, stretching their advantage to 41-37 going into the final quarter.

“About half of [Bullis’] points were on second chances after rebounds,” Gillespie said of the Bulldogs’ run. With 5:30 remaining in the game, the Bulldogs kept up the See Visi/Page 14

Dynamic duo leads Sidwell to third straight MAC championship By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Two summers ago, Sidwell boys basketball coach Eric Singletary and then-sophomore Jamal Lewis went to watch forward Josh Hart play for his Amateur Athletic Union squad. Hart was only a freshman at the time, and poised to transfer to Sidwell in the fall. The forward was still raw back then, but his potential immediately impressed Lewis. In the time since, the two players have formed a bond that’s helped propel Sidwell to three straight Mid-Atlantic Conference titles. “Ever since then, we’ve been cool like that,” Hart said of his relationship with Lewis. “He would always check up on me. Last year was my first year there, and he would always call me and took on a big brother role.” On Feb. 14, Lewis, now a senior, and Hart, a junior, led the Quakers to clinch this year’s MAC title with a dramatic 73-64 overtime win against Potomac School. “It was one of our goals,” said Singletary. “It officially allows us to call ourselves a three-peat [champion], even though we shared it with Flint Hill the last two years.” The coach said his team still has “some work to take care of to get it outright in the

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Senior Jamal Lewis, left, and junior Josh Hart, right, are leading the red-hot Quakers into the post-season. They will battle for the MAC title this week. tournament.” Sidwell will have to win the MAC tournament, which concludes Saturday at St. James in Maryland to snag an unshared conference

title. Going into their regular-season finale at St. James last night after deadline, the Quakers were a perfect 11-0 in league games. The tournament will be the last rodeo at

Sidwell for Lewis, who is already committed to play at the University of Pennsylvania next season. Meanwhile, Hart is being heavily recruited by several big-time programs, including Georgetown University. It will also be the last time the pair plays together after two seasons of dynamic chemistry. Although they handle the bulk of the scoring — Hart leads the team with 19.8 points per game, while Lewis adds nearly 17 points each game — it’s the duo’s leadership and hustle that bolster the Quakers. Both players make gritty plays like chasing loose balls and rebounding. That energy has set a standard for other players, motivating the entire squad to elevate its play. Despite the leadership from Lewis and Hart, the Quakers have been far from a twoman team. Junior guard Matt Hillman has stepped up as the two-guard and delivered points when needed, averaging nearly 11 points a game. He’s also run the offense when Lewis needed a breather. “Matt Hillman is coming on really strong,” said Singletary. “It’s hard to call him a role player when he’s one of your star players. He’s starting to fill his role really well.” But the dynamic between Lewis and Hart has formed the team’s backbone. See Sidwell/Page 14

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From Page 13 pace and held a 45-39 lead. McCarthy called a timeout to regroup, and Williams and Gillespie did the rest. Immediately after the timeout, Williams drilled a cold-blooded 3-pointer to bring the Cubs within three. Moments later, following an exchange of baskets, Gillespie tied the game at 49. After a defensive stand, the Cubs took possession and looked to grab the lead. But after 34 seconds with the ball, and no holes in the Bullis defense, Visitation was poised to commit a shot-clock violation. Instead, Gillespie somehow hit a tightly contested fade-away to give the Cubs a 51-49 lead they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relinquish.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me, Maddy, Kathleen [Tabb], Libby and Maddie Dawson have been playing together since we were 10 years old on the [Amateur Athletic Union] circuit,â&#x20AC;? said Gillespie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are used to the pressure and everything. That really is what makes a difference for us.â&#x20AC;? The Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seniors proved to be too much for Bullis. Gillespie lead all scorers with 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and Williams chipped in 16 points. The Cubs will enter the ISL tournament looking to avenge last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title game loss and send their seven seniors out on a winning note. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really exciting and a great way to end a career,â&#x20AC;? said Gillespie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to make sure we got everything done in the regular season. Now, we want to go out and try to win the tournament.â&#x20AC;?

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Senior Kate Gillespie hits the game-winning shot against Bullis.




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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their chemistry has gotten so much better together,â&#x20AC;? said Singletary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They look for each other, and I think the biggest thing is they rebound so well. Just the fact that they rebound so well gives us an edge on most teams.â&#x20AC;? The pair force the opposition to pick their poison and try to double one of the two stars. This gives Sidwell a big advantage: Even if one of them is slowed, the other can pick up the slack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Josh Hart is a great player, and he makes things easier for the team,â&#x20AC;? said Lewis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can attack the basket and create plays for other people. I love playing

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Sidwell won the D.C. Classic wrestling tournament Saturday, taking its fifth city championship title in six years. Quakers Gabe Baldinger and Jonathan Matts won back-to-back championships in the 140- and 130-pound weight classes, respectively. They will compete in the National Preps Tournament at Lehigh University Friday and Saturday.

St. Albans senior wrestler honored

St. Albans finished in third place in last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrestling tournament. All five Bulldogs who competed won medals, and four won their respective weight classes: Junior Cory Rich won the 138-pound weight class; senior Fred Lohner-Piazza, the 152pound class; senior Marquis Johnson, the 220-pound class; and senior Aram Balian, the heavyweight title at 285 pounds. The four winners will compete at Lehigh this weekend.

Scores Feb. 14 through 20

Girls basketball

Holy Cross 69, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 66 Visitation 63, Stone Ridge 45 Sidwell 55, Georgetown Day 47 Model 25, Edmund Burke 16

Wilson 63, Dunbar 37 Bullis 66, Sidwell 44 Georgetown Day 57, Stone Ridge 48 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 57, Paul VI 50 Visitation 51, Bullis 49 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 78 Carroll 53

Boys basketball

Coolidge 74, Cardozo 18 Wilson 69, Dunbar 59

with him.â&#x20AC;? Hart shared a similar sentiment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really want to get each other involved and everyone else involved,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having someone like Jamal out there opens things up for me because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great player.â&#x20AC;? Before Lewis graduates this spring, the senior has one last goal he hopes to reach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the unshared MAC championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to essentially beat every team three times to win an outright title,â&#x20AC;? said Lewis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The past two years, we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to do that, but we were lucky enough to win a share. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been trying to get that outright [championship] since freshman year.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would mean everything to me to get it, especially with this group of guys,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be really special.â&#x20AC;?

Johnson also was honored with the Quinton Billings Citizenship Scholarship Award, which is given to an outstanding senior wrestler in D.C.

Visi swimmers finish with a splash

The Visitation swim and dive team recognized its 10 graduating swimmers and divers at the squadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final dual meet of the season, held Feb. 7 against Stone Ridge. The Cubs won easily, 130-56. The swimmers gave a dominant performance, with swimmers sweeping the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. Then the Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; divers took to the air. Senior Ally Russo won first place, while Sarah Morrissey claimed third and Clare Finnell took fifth. At Metros on Feb. 12, Visitation finished 14 out of 31 schools. The 200-medley relay team of Kit Uhar, Alston Offutt, Sara Allen and Bridie Burke finished 11th, while the 200-freestyle relay of Pauline Collamore, Uhar, Allen and Burke placed ninth. Individually, Burke placed third in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle.

Covenant Life 63, Edmund Burke 34 Jewish Day 36, Field 33 Sidwell 73, Potomac School 64 Georgetown Prep 71, St. Albans 68 Georgetown Day 69, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40 Gonzaga 67, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 59 Bell 70, Washington Metropolitan 26 Bell 50, Perry Street Prep 42 Sidwell 60, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 42 Gonzaga 66, Good Counsel 51

School Without Walls 58, Washington Metropolitan 40 Maret 68, Potomac School 59 Paul VI 60, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 56 Coolidge 72, Dunbar 40 Middleburg 72, Roosevelt 51 Coolidge 71, Riverdale Baptist 70 St. Albans 67, St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes 55 Gonzaga 68, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 48

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

February 22, 2012 ■ Page 15

Back to The Bayou: Film explores Georgetown club

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

For the creators of a documentary on The Bayou nightclub in Georgetown, a dawdling approach has turned out to be the right fit. The filmmakers first latched on to The Bayou in 1998, documenting the music hall as it prepared to shut down for good that New Year’s Eve. At the time, their general aspiration to make a film outweighed their connection to the K Street club. But after 14 years of soaking in The Bayou’s posthumous wealth of anecdotes and artifacts, the team members now speak of the venue with intimate affection. They describe it as a complex, offbeat and raucous place that survived its decades on the Georgetown waterfront — on the site beneath the Whitehurst Freeway that’s now a Loews movie theater — by constantly shifting identities. “Once we looked under the hood and saw this engine with odd parts and gunk and weird assembly … it became a story worth coming to,” said writer Vinnie Perrone, a former Washington Post staffer who has interviewed subjects for the documentary. The team, working under the auspices of producer Dave Lilling’s Metro Teleproductions in Silver Spring, also includes C-SPAN producer and announcer Bill Scanlan and writer and humorist Dave

Above, courtesy of Dave Nuttycombe; other photos courtesy of Metro Teleproductions

Nuttycombe. They recently brought on board a young New York University film school grad, Adam Bonsib, as editor. Now, they’re in the post-production phase, hoping to raise some still-needed funds though a campaign on Kickstarter, an online platform that supports creative projects. The plan is to release the full-length documentary, “The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint” to area public television stations later this year. The Bayou started out as a Dixieland jazz club in 1953, owned by brothers Tony and Vince Tramonte. Its building, a former barrel factory, had hosted speakeas-

The Bayou, above, hosted music acts for over four decades on the Georgetown waterfront. A team of filmmakers including Adam Bonsib, front left, hope to release a documentary about the club this year.

ies and “late-night histrionics” in the first half of the century, according to Scanlan. It was also the site of a single-gunshot mob slaying in 1951, whose sole victim, George Harding, was rumored to haunt the venue for years afterward. By the early 1960s, “when musical tastes started to change, out of necessity the club started groping

for alternatives,” said Nuttycombe. A short phase as a burlesque house bridged the gap until the rock ’n’ roll era descended on D.C., and a house band called The Telstars took over The Bayou. Playing cover versions of hits, the band sold out the club most nights of the week for three years. In the late ’60s and through the

’70s, the owners became more ambitious with booking. Though the club’s “bread and butter” was local bands, it “began to make its name known as a venue for national acts,” said Scanlan, drawing performers like Kiss, Dire Straits, Todd Rundgren and Foreigner. “A number of bands made their Washington debut at The Bayou,” said Nuttycombe. The Bayou’s popularity continued into the ’80s, after Cellar Door Productions took over ownership. U2 played its first American show See Bayou/Page 25

Washington International School delves into Arab Spring By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Juniors Camila Salvador, left, and Lilia Fetini are leaders of the Arab-American Student Union, which organized a lecture series featuring Rolf Mützebich, right.

When the Arab Spring uprisings were breaking out in Egypt a year ago, some history classes at the Washington International School tuned in to watch Hosni Mubarak give his speech live on Al-Jazeera. Upper school teacher Philip Benson said the speech itself wasn’t particularly notable, but in watching it, the students witnessed history. “While the speech was a disappointment, the dictator was gone the following day,” he said. Many students at the Cleveland Park school have been following the protests with interest since they began. “Last year during the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, Al-Jazeera was on constantly in the library here at school,” junior Camila Salvador wrote in an email. “In history we would discuss the revolutions and other current events.”

But the school’s Arab-American Student Union recently kicked things up a notch by pulling in experts. To mark the one-year anniversary of the first demonstration in Tunisia, the group helped orchestrate a lecture series featuring a professor, a diplomat, a news editor and a foreign-policy spokesperson from Germany. The student group, which has about 20 members, was already “so excited about the

Arab Spring” and was dedicating most of its year’s activities to the topic, junior Lilia Fetini wrote in an email. Fetini and Salvador act as co-vice presidents of the group. The lecture series, Fetini said, was a way to “better educate ourselves” about different viewpoints on the revolutions. The group deliberately sought speakers who could represent the perspectives of United States, Europe, the Middle East and the media, she said. On Feb. 16, Rolf Mützenich, the foreign policy spokesperson in the German Parliament for the Social Democratic Party, shared thoughts and fielded questions. Mützenich told the students he believes the Arab uprisings will create “a chance to see more societies that will be governed better in the future.” But if European history offers a lesson, he said, it will be a “long, long journey until we see societies that are more free than they are today.” See WIS/Page 25

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Last week, a group of upper elementary students went to a LEED gold-certified building that houses CoStar, a company that helps Realtors. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;goldâ&#x20AC;? part is like a grade; for example, a LEED platinum building is the highest ranking given, like getting an A-plus. A gold is like getting an A, and so on. Two of the students who went are brothers whose mother works there. We went as part of the Green Club, a club dedicated to saving the Earth by saving energy, recycling and doing other small things. Sixth-grader Ariel Garfield said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;CoStar uses LED lights, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a lot of paper. They had Segways and bikes in the garage that were free to use, and you could keep them overnight.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-grader Edvin Leijon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going green is a good way for the Earth to prosper. I like that they were committed to using electric cars so that they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t burning fuel.â&#x20AC;? Fifth-grader Lukas Leijon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like how they save energy. ... All of the offices have sunlight, and I also really like the green roof. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice that on a sunny day people can have meetings or just hang out there.â&#x20AC;? So, we learned a lot and took our notes back to school, where we shared what we learned. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra Bullock, fourth-grader, and Lucia Braddock, sixth-grader

Beauvoir School

In third grade, we started the Westward Movement Study by


learning about Lewis and Clark and how they were the first people to explore the west after the Louisiana Purchase. Lewis and Clark faced many challenges, and sometimes they disagreed on who should have what territory. In our study of the Oregon Trail, we got to learn all about what life was like on the trail in the 1850s. To learn about westward movement, we kept a journal and pretended we were in a wagon, traveling west. We got 500 pretend dollars to buy what we wanted to take on the long, hard, dangerous and treacherous trip. We could take only what we really needed because if we were going up a hill and we had too much stuff our oxen would not be able to pull the wagon; the wagon would start rolling backward or, worse, break. The travelers brought lots of flour, sugar and coffee for the sixmonth trip. To see what it was like on the Oregon Trail, we put heavy things in our backpacks and carried our chairs as we went across Beauvoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground; we pretended it was the actual trail. The chairs were so heavy! We learned a lot about the Oregon Trail and that life back then was much harder than today, though we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about it that much. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Damian Hackett, third-grader

Deal Middle School

Last week at Alice Deal Middle School was a week of love! In honor of Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, students were invited to buy â&#x20AC;&#x153;candygramsâ&#x20AC;?

for their special someones. The candygrams cost $1 each and were delivered with a note and a heartshaped lollipop to students in their homerooms. The student council was in charge of the candygram extravaganza, and the money went to the Alice Deal PTA. For a few days before Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, students were able to buy candygrams during lunch. Students would run to the stand, only to find themselves stuck in a long line to purchase the tasty treats. The candygram project was a great success, and students had a lot of fun. As the winter sports season finishes up, spring sports are getting ready to roll. As the boys and girls basketball teams finish up their seasons, all eyes will be on them to see them fight for the championship. Deal students can try out for softball and baseball. In addition, students can participate in outdoor track and swimming. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get ready for the warmer weather! Go Vikings! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joe Inglima, sixth-grader

Awards program names 48 candidates

Forty-eight D.C. residents have a chance to gain recognition through the 2012 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the names of more than 3,000 candidates nationwide, selected for their exceptional SAT or ACT scores. A panel will select approximately 500 semifinalists, and then in May the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will announce up to 121 academic scholars and up to 20 arts scholars. Finalists are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration is based on studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. The District candidates attending D.C. schools are: â&#x2013; Georgetown Day: David J. Herman, Alison H. Kelin, Walter Lynn, Lily Moghadam, Selin Odabas-Geldiay, Molly L. Roberts, Isaac M. Stanley-Becker and Oliver T. Wellstein. â&#x2013;  Gonzaga College High: Brendan J. Kelley. â&#x2013;  Maret: Eve S. Barnett, James F. Cohan, Jessie Kohlman, Lewis B. Piccone, Taylor W. Reffe and Martin A. Strauss. â&#x2013;  National Cathedral: Chace H. Conroy, Charlotte Farquhar, Alexandra P. Gurley and Madeleine D. Hunter. â&#x2013;  St. Albans: Taylor J. Barker, Austin A. Campbell, Nicholas H. Gladstone, Thomas E. Hopson, Vadim Medish, Daniel T. Moynihan and Jonathan A. Ward. â&#x2013;  Sidwell Friends: Madeleine R. Chone, Aaron B. Fernandez, Michael M. Hinz, Marika M. Kachman, Malinda K. Reese, David Steinbach, John Verghese, Cara Wattanodom, Stephen A. Weiner and Julian J. Weiss. â&#x2013;  Washington International: Hannah A. Ball-Brau and Ivanna V. Pearlstein. â&#x2013;  Wilson High: Paul M. Banks, Skyler W. Hughes, Olivia G. Lasche, Erin H. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and Julia F. Peck. District residents attending schools outside the city also were named as candidates: Katherine D. Connolly, Holton-Arms; Alison G. Fritz, school year abroad; Michael G. Harris, Landon; Eric C. McAdams, Sandy Springs Friends; and David F. Whitney, Potomac. Eight residents of Montgomery and Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counties attending District private schools are among the Maryland candidates. They are Jared L. Cowan and Rachel M. Scharff, Georgetown Day; Juliette E. Mahaffey, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory; Kara M. Matsumoto and David A. Kaufman, Maret; Nicholas W. Charles and Alexander A. Jalota, St. Albans; and Jacob L. Wasserman, St. Anselmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abbey.

Edmund Burke School

On Feb. 7, an all-male a cappella group called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dissipated Eightâ&#x20AC;? came to sing at a Burke assembly from Middlebury College in Vermont. They sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Moonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Along the Watchtower,â&#x20AC;? as well as other songs, and they were all terrific. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance and clapped numerous times! The current members of the eight-man group are Evans, tenor 1; Johnny, tenor 2; Ty, bass; Graeme, tenor 1; Andrew, baritone; Scott, tenor 1; Jordan, bass; and See Dispatches/Page 17

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Daniel, baritone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dissipated Eightâ&#x20AC;? has recorded 12 full-length studio albums since 1990. The group was founded in the fall of 1951 by Pete Baldwin, who had an interest in quartet singing. He got a bunch of his friends together, and they started practicing and formed the group. They made their debut at the Ides of March Dance on March 15, 1952. By the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s, they had performed on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthur Godfreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talent Scoutsâ&#x20AC;? TV program on CBS and at various colleges. Their CDs from the past 11 years are available for purchase, and their latest, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stand Up Eightâ&#x20AC;? (2011), is available on iTunes. The group continues to perform at schools, colleges, parties and private venues. The contemporary and traditional a cappella group founded so long ago continues to live on. We look forward to seeing them next year, as this is one of the great musical assemblies at Burke! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isabelle Rennert, eighth-grader

Holy Trinity School

Bosco is a bear. He is a teddy bear who lives in our classroom. Bosco is super smart and super lucky. He goes everywhere. We pick names out of a box to see who gets to take Bosco home. This year, Bosco has been to a soccer game, a basketball game, and a football game. He has also been to a ballet class, a pizza restaurant and a wedding. Bosco has gone on a Metrobus, and he has been to a mall and to a Build-a-Bear Workshop. Bosco has visited places in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. On Friday, Bosco is going ice skating with our class. We love Bosco. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; K2 kindergarten class

Hyde-Addison Elementary

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Snowy Dayâ&#x20AC;? is a book about a boy who goes out in the snow for the very first time. Ezra Jack Keats wrote the book, which our teachers (kindergarten and first grade) read to us in January. We liked the book. We also liked going to see the play at the Adventure Theatre. Sometimes, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk in they play. They sang songs to tell the story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The singing made the story more exciting,â&#x20AC;? George said. The book and play had some things that were the same and some things that were different. The play and book had the little boy and mother. The play also had different characters. It had a snowman, a snow pirate and a bird. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The characters did a lot of different things that made the play very different,â&#x20AC;? Nicholas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The end of the show was really cool because they made it snow on us. Everyone got excited!â&#x20AC;? said Penelope. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Penelope Jia and George Kelly, first-graders, and Nicholas Petricone, kindergartner

Janney Elementary

The Janney Players are working hard in rehearsals to perform the musical comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Mattressâ&#x20AC;? this weekend. The show will be presented twice at Woodrow Wilson High School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Janney and cost $10 each. A total of 81 students in the fourth and fifth grades will appear in the play, which is directed by Ginny Curtin. Ms. Curtin has been leading musicals at Janney for more than two decades. This is her 21st musical at Janney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Mattressâ&#x20AC;? is based on the famous story â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Princess and the Peaâ&#x20AC;? by the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. The show takes place in a kingdom where a prince cannot marry until a true princess is found. To be considered a true princess, a young woman must pass a difficult test: Can she feel a tiny pea under 20 soft mattresses? Fifth-graders Toby Abelmann, Marney Harris and Caroline Katzive have the lead roles. Toby is Prince Dauntless, Marney is Princess Winnifred (whose nickname is Fred), and Caroline is Queen Aggravain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like the musical because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun and you learn many things,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Nico Mila. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it is also really tiring because we practice a lot.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Curtin said she is excited about the performance. She added that while the cast has been chatty during rehearsals, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they will stop talking once they get the hang of things!â&#x20AC;? The Janney band will perform the overture, a medley of songs at the beginning of the play. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nicholas Spasojevic, fourth-grader

Jewish Primary Day School Recently, fifth- and sixth-graders at Jewish Primary Day School saw the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Davidâ&#x20AC;? and had a discussion with the director.

The movie is about two boys from different neighborhoods in Brooklyn. One, Daud, is Arab and the other, Yoav, is an Orthodox Jewish boy doing a summer program at a Yeshiva. The Arab boy accidentally ended up at the Yeshiva program, and he pretended he was Jewish and became friends with other Jewish boys. When the truth was revealed, the boys were upset with him for lying. The movie ends with a cliffhanger. The viewer doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whether Daud and Yoav will become friends again. But the main point of the movie is that in the end, they are not so different after all. Director Joel Fendelman said the movie was based on his own childhood in Florida, where he was one of the only Jewish children in his school and neighborhood. The students got to do different exercises with the director, such as thinking of a possible different ending or adding a scene. Students also got to ask questions. Mr. Fendelman told us that he actually took kids from real neighborhoods in Brooklyn to act in the movie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an Arab neighborhood and a Jewish one. The boys had no prior acting experience, but making the movie was really fun for them, he said. When asked about the suspenseful ending, Mr. Fendelman said he wanted young people to think about how real life is (it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have a happy ending) and use their imaginations and picture their own ending! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ella Goldblum, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

Key School is raising funds for a new playground and outdoor space as part of an initiative called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play It Forward,â&#x20AC;? or PIF for short. Our students have begun to get involved. On Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, the student council and others helped organize a coffee, rose and bake sale called â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the Love of the Playground.â&#x20AC;? See Dispatches/Page 38


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Forest Hills Colonial is spacious but warm classic


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Forest Hills 1940 Colonial will restore faith in that old chestnut for even the most jaded market-watchers. Leave the glitzy cocktail parties to the penthouses, though; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving dinner and summer barbecues that will be coveted invitations here. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room for a crowd, but well-defined spaces and a classic floor plan keep the property feeling more cozy than cavernous. Random-width hardwood floorboards and moldings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as chair rails in a spacious dining room and wainscoting in a fireplace-warmed library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are ground-floor original features that still feel fresh. And owners have made inviting additions, like window seats in the bedrooms and living room and a skylit spot on a stair landing. The second of only two owners of the property, current residents

also renovated and extended the kitchen and added a sunroom. Now very spacious, the kitchen is a workhorse in white cabinetry, with wood floors providing warmth. A large banquette waits at one end of the room, with a roomy island in the center and a serious six-burner Wolf range at the other. Cleanup after parties will be easier with the two sinks and dishwashers here, and ample counter space would give kitchen helpers their own prep areas. The kitchen was renovated more than 20 years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though some appliances are newer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but home shoppers shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be scared off by that date. This is a classic space in great condition, and small tweaks, such as new hardware and a new island countertop, would leave this room looking very 2012. This property sports seven bedrooms total, but a couple of those could have other uses instead. Two of the four bedrooms on the second level have been kitted out as home offices, with ample open and closed storage. One connects to the large master bedroom but could easily be separated again if needed. The master suite also features a welcoming window seat, large closets and a bath with a spa tub.

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This seven-bedroom, 5.5-bath Colonial in Forest Hills is priced at $2,395,000. The home is long on storage spots, including a large coat closet opposite the ground floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half bath, a cedar closet on the third floor and an attic space. The two sizable bedrooms on the top floor also have ample closet space and share a bath. That bathroom, like the kitchen and other baths here, was renovated years ago but is well-maintained and spacious. Though this property will appeal to all kinds of families, the bottom level is a getaway that seems particularly appropriate for the teenage set. A large fireplace centers the spacious recreation room, and a
















nearby kitchenette can hold enough snacks and drinks to minimize trips upstairs. A full bath, large utility room, laundry room and seventh bedroom also wait on this level, which features good ceiling height and sizable windows. Outdoor space here has also been the subject of thorough, welldesigned updates. A two-car garage with upper-level storage masquerades as a charming guesthouse, and curving flagstone paths, terraces and retaining walls keep the eye

moving among mature perennials, trees and a lawn with an irrigation system. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street is quiet but nevertheless close to the Connecticut Avenue corridor, and nearby Beach Drive is a scenic way to get downtown. This seven-bedroom, 5.5-bath home at 4935 Linnean Ave. is offered for $2,395,000. For details, contact Ellen Abrams or AnneMarie Finnell of Evers & Co. Real Estate at








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Northwest Real Estate ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

■ Foggy bottom / west end

At the commission’s Feb. 15 meeting: ■ Sekou Biddle and Peter Shapiro introduced themselves as at-large candidates for the D.C. Council in the April 3 Democratic primary. ■ commissioners voted 4-0, with Graham Galka and David Lehrman absent, to support renewal of FreshFarm’s street closure permit for the Foggy Bottom Farmers Market. This will be the market’s seventh year on I Street between 24th Street and New Hampshire Avenue, according to FreshFarm representative Laura Genello. ■ Jan Wintrol, director of the Ivymount School in Rockville, discussed the school’s interest in the former Stevens Elementary site at 1050 21st St. Ivymount is a private specialeducation school that already enrolls some D.C. public school students, said Wintrol, and the District would reduce transportation costs if the school could open a location in the West End. Various schools and developers are working to develop plans for the vacant Stevens site, which the District will choose among this spring. ■ commissioners voted 4-0 to ask the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to set a timeline for completing planned improvements to Francis Field and adding a dog park there. ■ commissioners voted 4-0 to support street closures for the planned Oct. 28 Marine Corps Marathon. The route will be the same as last year’s, representatives said. ■ commissioners voted 4-0 to raise no objection to planned curb cuts and other public-space changes that George Washington University hopes to construct as part of its Science and Engineering Complex, which is now under construction on Square 55. Some residents complained that the university routinely blocks access to a park constructed on Square 54 and asked the school to be sure that doesn’t happen with the new project. Officials said they would look into posting signs at Square 54 about hours of operation, and pledged not to close the Square 55 park. ■ commissioner Rebecca Coder reported that the Zoning Commission granted initial approval for plans to rebuild the West End Neighborhood Library below a new high-rise residential building. Coder said a final vote is expected next month. ■ commissioners voted 4-0 to raise no objection to George Washington University’s revised plans for a museum in the 700 block of 21st Street. The school made slight changes to the planned building based on feedback from the Historic Preservation Review Board. The university will present the neighborhood commission with more detailed plans for the build-

ing’s design and operations before an April 5 Zoning Commission hearing, officials said. ■ commission chair Florence Harmon said the body recently revised its 2012 meeting schedule, which is posted at ■ commissioners voted 4-0 to set aside $2,000 for legal advice on George Washington University campus plan issues. Commission chair Florence Harmon emphasized that the lawyer will be used only to explain procedural issues and not for litigation. “This isn’t a war chest to go fight GW,” she said. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

■ dupont circle

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

■ sheridan-kalorama

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Its regular meeting date falls on Presidents Day. Agenda items include: ■ government reports. ■ report from the commission’s task force on the Chinese Embassy’s construction project on Connecticut Avenue. ■ discussion of a Bastille Day event on Saturday, July 14. ■ discussion of a global diplomatic pledge embracing a greener, healthier and more sustainable city. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for variances at 1618 22nd St. to permit a rear deck addition. ■ discussion of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance at 1830 24th St. ■ discussion of the D.C. Superior Court’s Community Courts. ■ open comments. For details, contact or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown ■ Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

■ Glover Park / Cathedral heights

The commission will meet at 7

p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park ■ cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring ■ spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown ■ american university park American University Park

friendship heights / tenleytown

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

■ 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 ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy ■ CHEVY CHASE

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: ■ announcements. ■ report on the commissioners’ onsite tour with D.C. Department of Transportation representatives regarding speed humps and other traffic issues in the Chevy Chase neighborhood. ■ discussion of the Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act of 2011, now pending before the D.C. Council. ■ consideration of a request for an exemption at 5109 Connecticut Ave. from designation as a vacant or blighted property. ■ discussion of meeting procedures. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an email to chevychaseanc3@

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Brand New Construction! 4 finished levels, 3 stone Fireplaces, 2 Family Rooms. Broad staircases to all levels. Elegant Living Room. Dream Kitchen. Master Suite with stunning walk-in Closet/ Dressing Room. Au Pair Suite on lower level. Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

WOODLEY/CATHEDRAL, DC $3,300,000 The ultimate Urban Enclave. Custom built in 2007, 7 bedroom, 7+ bath, 6 firelpaces, separate entrance au pair/in-law level, 2 car garage + 4 spaces, elevator, gourmet 3 oven kitchen. Prime for gracious living and elegant entertaining. W.C.& A.N. Miller Spring Valley Office 202-362-1300





Stunning 2-story, 2 bedroom, 2 baths Penthouse at Wooster & Mercer. Soaring 21 foot ceiling in Living area. Incredible light from floor-to-ceiling in all rooms. Gourmet kitchen with center Island. Huge private roof terrace with great views. Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200 / 703-522-6100



Stunning, serene, expanded Colonial in Hamlet. 5 Bed/4 Bath, gourmet Kitchen, entertainers Dining, Living, Family rooms. Screened-in porch. Potential third level. Lower Level Au Pair suite. Hardwood floors, storage, 2 car garage. Kathleen Ryan 240-418-3127 / 202-363-9700 (O)

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A stunning Wardman conversion, this contemporary penthouse with 1,950 square feet on 2 levels features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a sunroom/office, and a loft den that leads to a private roof terrace with sweeping city views. Mary Jane Molik 202-669-4689 / 202-966-1400 (O) Woodley Park office 202-483-6300

Exceptional 7 bedroom, 5 ½ bath home filled with character and charm. Great sunlight, hardwood floors, and crown moldings marble baths, and walk-in closets. Landscaped garden & patio, a great entertaining space. W.C.& A.N. Miller Spring Valley Office 202-362-1300




Lovely 5 BR, 3.5 BA Colonial in sought after Wyngate neighborhood. Spacious home, everything Buyer’s seek in a new construction. Open kitchen, family rm w/ FP , formal LR and DR, large master ste. 4 BR, 3 BAs up, detached garage and finished lower level. Ferris, Peter & Levin 202-438-1524 / 202-364-1300 (O)

Water views from all brick Colonial. Hardwd flrs, LR, separate DR, table space kitchen to family rm w/ FP, powder rm and laundry on first flr. 4 BRs include master ste. 2 FBAs up w/ skylights. Lower level rec rm. Close to bike path, canal and Potomac. Joan Healey 202-302-3232 / 301-229-4000 x8343

Laignappes galore. Gracious entertaining spaces, cozy private rooms and sweet patio gardens. 5/6 bedrooms + in-law suite. Within 4 blocks of shopping, schools and 2 Metro stations. James Sweeney 202-320-6077 / 301-229-4000 (O)

Extraordinary location between Bethesda and Friendship Hts. Large, sun-filled family home with 5 BR/4 BA/ 2 HBA. LR w/ FP, DR, family rm, rec rm. Screened porch, 2 car garage + workshop. Modern kitchen, renov BAs. Wonderful neighborhood. Kathy Santackas 202-870-4308 / 202-364-1300 (O)





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Outstanding 2BR, 2.5BA condo at the Somerset House w/over 2000sf of living space! Gracious Marble foyer with 2 closets. Generous living room, separate dining room, MBR with luxury private bath. Huge walk-in closet & fantastic views. Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200 / 301-652-2777

$1,895,000 Unique Victorian in Georgetown’s west village. 4 finished levels, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, landscaped garden. Grand double living room, family/ dining room, high-end kitchen, master bedroom suite, in-law suite, ask agent about parking.

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Rarely available townhouse in the original section of Hillandale with an attached 2 car garage and elevator. Wide floor plan, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, 2 fireplaces, high ceilings and patio, 3 bedrooms up and lower level den on 4th floor. Nancy Itteilag 202-905-7762 / 202-363-1800 (O)


This stately home nestled in Rock Creek park offers carefree living on a grand scale. Formal entry, living room with 12’ ceilings adjoins a family room with fireplace, and leads to the private patio. Gourmet kitchen, Grand master

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From Page 2 es, he said. And the $239.7 million surplus from fiscal year 2011 was â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-time money,â&#x20AC;? he said, which canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be used to fund any 2013 deficits. The 2011 surplus, according to a handout at the meeting, came largely from unanticipated overages of $34 million in estate taxes, $40 million in capital gains taxes and $57.1 million in personal income withholding taxes, which Gray explained Gray might be related to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing population. The mayor said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect the bond rating agencies to upgrade the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt ratings based on the surplus, due to fear that federal government spending cuts will affect the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. But the surplus should at least prevent a downgrade, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, we are in great financial shape,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. The city now has 33 daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of its spending covered by its work-

ing capital, he said, up from just 18 days in 2009 and the highest since 2002. According to guidelines from the Government Finance Officers Association, city governments should have two monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of reserves on hand. In the long run, the mayor said, the District must create a more diverse economy and shed some of its dependence on the federal government and the tourism and hospitality industries. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the reasons heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pushing to make the city more of a magnet for tech companies. Microsoft, Gray said, has already agreed to form a digital alliance with several District firms. Meanwhile, he added, the city is â&#x20AC;&#x153;closeâ&#x20AC;? to announcing that Microsoft will base its only innovation center in America at the St. Elizabeths site in Ward 8. And the city helped the venture capital firm move to K Street, along with at least a dozen of its startups, from Sterling, Va. The company had planned to locate in Arlington, Gray said, but a $100,000 grant from the District enticed them here instead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will compete,â&#x20AC;? the mayor said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to bring this kind of company to the city.â&#x20AC;?

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bracket â&#x20AC;&#x201D; applicable to those earning more than $350,000 a year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; regardless of the income of the retiree. That amounts, Brown said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to a legally mandated interest-free loanâ&#x20AC;?

to the District government. Emergency legislation was needed because financial institutions are already beginning to implement the elevated withholding requirements, he said. The measure was clearly popular, as several council members said they have been bombarded with complaints from angry and con-


From Page 1 Instead, commissioners encouraged the Park Service to preserve as much lawn area as possible and to minimize increases in pavement, according to commission secretary Thomas Luebke. While commissioners indicated that accommodating tents in â&#x20AC;&#x153;sacrificialâ&#x20AC;? green areas and modestly widening some walkways might be OK, they urged park officials not to widen the paved area at 7th Street to nearly 200 feet wide to accommodate equipment for the inauguration. Commissioner Edwin Schlossberg offered a tonguein-cheek alternative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I question the idea that the grass is infinitely repairable,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think about football fields. Maybe the sacrificial domains need to be [artificial] turf.â&#x20AC;? The Park Service faces an unquestionably tough dilemma. It is required by law â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in fact, by the U.S. Constitution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to provide space for â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Amendmentâ&#x20AC;? gatherings like marches and protest rallies, as well as for big crowd-drawing annual events like the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; National Book Festival. The Mall gets some 25 million visitors a year, walking, biking, touring, protesting and playing sports on the big â&#x20AC;&#x153;lawn panelsâ&#x20AC;? that stretch between the Smithsonian museums, punctuated by walkways and a few cross streets. The Park Service can make event sponsors pay a bond to cover possible damages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But historically, the Mall is in such bad shape, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prove who damaged it,â&#x20AC;? Goldstein said. Large events require large tents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for dancing, music, first aid â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just say no. We can control where we put them.â&#x20AC;? Under current conditions, the grass is patchy, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;edges a mess and significant ponding,â&#x20AC;? Goldstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are so many events thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no time to recover.â&#x20AC;? Things got so bad that in early 2011 federal officials announced the biannual Solar Decathlon, which erects full-size solar homes on the Mall, would be evicted

fused older constituents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was never intended, but it has created havoc and hardship for many receiving retirement income,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, who co-introduced the measure. Brown said the measure â&#x20AC;&#x153;wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost the city anything,â&#x20AC;? because improperly withheld taxes would eventually be refunded.

because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too damaging to the grass. The crunch got even worse this January with the sudden switch of control over Union Square, at the east end of the Mall, from the Park Service to the Architect of the Capitol. That 11-acre swath, including a pool surrounded by pavement, had been â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the key pointsâ&#x20AC;? for staging events, May said. Now â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer Park Service land, under the jurisdiction of someone else. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear if events can continue,â&#x20AC;? a park spokesperson said. Work is already under way on a first phase of Mall restoration, from 3rd to 7th streets, with plans to finish before the 2013 inaugural. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a hard deadline,â&#x20AC;? Goldstein said. The next phase, between 7th and 14th streets, will use some of the same techniques. The grass will be mounded slightly for better drainage, and to discourage jogging on sloped edges. Both phases also include installation of irrigation and stormwater-retention systems, new granite curbs and gutters. But the thorniest issue is how to configure the grass panels to create large surfaces for tents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our great fear is, if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do something, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to keep that grass green,â&#x20AC;? Goldstein said. She noted that currently 37 acres of the Mall, or 71 percent, is green; 15.5 acres, or 29 percent, is hardscape. Even the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most aggressive option,â&#x20AC;? a paved central plaza, would only reduce green space to about 69 percent. That option, which Goldstein described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a third respite in the center of the Mallâ&#x20AC;? as suggested in the 1901 McMillan Plan, might include a â&#x20AC;&#x153;water featureâ&#x20AC;? which could be drained as needed to provide a paved space for tents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps surrounded by two â&#x20AC;&#x153;sacrificialâ&#x20AC;? grass plots to expand the tent space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives a lot of flexibility,â&#x20AC;? she said. The fine arts commissioners were skeptical, and they asked to review the options again before taking any formal action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A green Mall is more important now than ever,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Diana Balmori, rejecting the idea of â&#x20AC;&#x153;changing the structure of the Mall and making highways cross it. Demand may just grow and grow until we have no green.â&#x20AC;?




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time of year,â&#x20AC;? he said. And his braised lamb shank is a choice he made with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cold February monthâ&#x20AC;? in mind. Both these dishes and others exemplify Blaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;from many, oneâ&#x20AC;? concept. Bouillabaisse, for instance, is a traditional Provençal fish stew, but his version highlights D.C. area options, like local rockfish and

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Calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;restorative justice,â&#x20AC;? Cipullo said community service is a way for low-level, nonviolent offenders to provide restitution to the community they have harmed. Offenders can clean up parks, alleys and graffiti or take on other projects. He also hopes it provides a way for community members to see defendants being held accountable for their actions, thereby renewing residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; confidence and trust in the criminal justice system. Under the new setup, the community court, rather than the Pretrial Services Agency and the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, administers community service projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been busy, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going quite well,â&#x20AC;? said Francis, whose office is facilitating community service placements. When the parties canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree on a diversion option, defendants have a right to a trial â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something new for D.C. community courts under this system. Under the East of the River Community Court program, when an offender requested a trial, he or she was transferred to misdemeanor

clams. Blaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lamb shank is made with spices he discovered while working at an Indian restaurant in Memphis, Tenn. And another dish, Arctic char, is topped with a slaw made of Latin flavors: jicama, Fresno peppers and lime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so influenced by these different cultures â&#x20AC;Ś and even regional cuisines in the United States,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international scene makes this particularly clear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you ride the Metro, every car is practically a mini-U.N.â&#x20AC;? Blane said the current menu will stay in

court. Prosecutors see various benefits from establishing community courts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of our prosecutors are now assigned to investigate and work on cases in one particular police district, which allows them to focus better on particular communities and the individual issues that affect those communities,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generally speaking,â&#x20AC;? he continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office is working together with the court, defense attorneys and other law enforcement partners to find the best outcomes for justice and the community.â&#x20AC;? Judges are similarly assigned to one community court, and likewise get to know the issues within that community. Part of the job involves engaging residents, including during meetings of advisory neighborhood commissions, citizen associations and other groups. A rotation of semi-retired judges is currently covering the combined 2nd/4th district court, because there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough judges to cover all of the community courtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; calendars. According to Cipullo, this court was selected for the rotation because it

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place as the restaurant finds its groove, but he expects to be a seasonal shifter soon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My strongest influence really has to do with the seasonality and the weather,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that Unum tries to â&#x20AC;&#x153;use as much local product as possible, as well as organic, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not exclusive to either one.â&#x20AC;? The chef has lived in D.C. since 2006, when he took a position working at Equinox, Todd Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown hot spot, which he left a few years ago after making his way to sous chef.

had the lowest crime rate, and because some of the senior judges live in those districts, so they already know the communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The nice thing about the judges in 2D and 4D is that they are more experienced judges who bring a different set of wisdom, views and experience that the newer judges donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have,â&#x20AC;? said Cipullo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve served in misdemeanor, felony and family court, and they know how to deal with low-end offenders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different role for them and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exciting one.â&#x20AC;? Cipullo said many defense attorneys have been slow to embrace the new community court system, for fear that they are sacrificing the adversarial process to cooperate too closely with the government, but he said some are coming around. Members of the public are encouraged to attend community court sessions to learn more about how justice is being served and to participate in the process, according to Cipullo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how do we create a program that responds to the needs of the community, holds offenders accountable while solving the problem of the defendant before us?â&#x20AC;? said Cipullo.

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The cook is self-taught, learning from â&#x20AC;&#x153;weekend jobs and after-school jobs in restaurants and for catering.â&#x20AC;? Before D.C., he ran the kitchen at The Charlotte Hotel and Restaurant on Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eastern Shore. Unum is currently serving dinner only, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch will be added soon, and the restaurant also offers a bar menu including soups, salads and snacks. Details are available at


From Page 9 is a push to accomplish as much as possible online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make it easier to do business here,â&#x20AC;? Majett said. Architects and contractors, for example, can now submit their building plans online and avoid visiting the department in person. Last year, the regulatory agency issued 40,000 building permits in the city. Businesses can also apply online for nine of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 151 types of business licenses, said Majett, who added that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on simplifying those categories. But businesses like pawnshops, which need a police report in order to get a license, will not be able to apply online. The director said he is particularly proud that citizens at a recent roundtable of advisory neighborhood commissions called his department one of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best agencies in the city.â&#x20AC;? A few years ago, Majett conceded, it would have been described as one of the worst. But the District still has work to do, chamber members noted. Group president Barbara Lang pointed out that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still easier for small businesses to get licenses in Virginia. One member asked Majett why a new business must always have a certificate of occupancy before it can get a basic business license. Some business owners, such as consultants and dog walkers, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have

a formal office but work at coffee shops and the like, he said. Majett answered that it might take a legislative change to solve the issue. Majett said one major improvement heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made during his tenure is a change to requirements for restaurants to renew their basic business licenses. The old method required a restaurant to get a health inspection before renewing its license, which could become a problem when inspectors didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete their jobs in a timely manner. Now, Majett said, a business license can be renewed before the restaurant is inspected; if it fails an inspection later, the license can be revoked. License renewals may also become less frequent in the future, the director said. Currently, a basic business license is good for two years, but Majett said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking into extending that period in exchange for a higher fee. The regulatory agency also polices the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rental market, requiring landlords to have a basic business license and submit to inspections. Due to the recession, Majett said, there has been a significant increase in illegal rooming houses. He said Georgetown has seen many problems; that neighborhood was the site of a 2004 case in which a university student died in a fire in an illegally rented basement apartment that lacked a second entrance. Majett noted that many renters, when their cases come to court, claim to be living with a relative.







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at the club. Billy Joel went there to record his first live album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs in the Attic.â&#x20AC;? Eddie Murphy performed comedy. And Foreigner returned to tape MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first live nightclub performance. One legendary night, Bruce Springsteen â&#x20AC;&#x153;showed up unannounced and jammedâ&#x20AC;? with another musician, Perrone said. The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heyday, the filmmakers say, coincided with a loose and wild time for Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nightlife. The Bayou was the center of that scene, a major local music destination that drew audiences from the suburbs who stuck around after shows to drink. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a long time, [The Bayou] was the biggest music club in Washington,â&#x20AC;? said Scanlan. With the 9:30 Club taking over the punk


From Page 15 In Germany, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we were all surprised that there was a young generation that took the risk.â&#x20AC;? Social media tools like Facebook, he said, have helped spread revolutionary ideas and tactics quickly throughout the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How does Europe view Iran?â&#x20AC;? one student asked, eliciting a fauxdramatic sigh from MĂźtzenich and laughter from the audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iran is

and alternative scene in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, The Bayou relied on more mainstream acts, like Hootie and the Blowfish, Phish, and the Dave Matthews Band. Eva Cassidy made her final performance there in 1996. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;toward the end, the club sort of lost its mojo with booking,â&#x20AC;? said Nuttycombe, and it stayed empty some nights. At the same time, area rents had skyrocketed, and The Bayou was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the last valuable piece of [developable] property in Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? he said. The filmmakers first devoted their attention to the spot after the EastBanc firm had purchased the property with plans to demolish it. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus was a matter of timing more than anything else: Lilling had made extra cash through steady crew work covering the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and he found himself wanting to pursue a creative project. Scanlan, his friend, suggested The Bayou

very close to Europe and there is a threat, of course, from that region,â&#x20AC;? he said, but he added that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the solution is a military strike. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is some space for diplomatic efforts to try to change the behavior of Iran.â&#x20AC;? MĂźtzenich was the final speaker in the Arab Spring lecture series. He followed talks in mid-February by Paul Sullivan, a professor at the National Defense University and Georgetown University; Phil Frayne, a U.S. diplomat and fellow at the Middle East Institute; and


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as a documentary topic, and the team got to work recording its final days. The project easily could have been a shallow effort, sentimentalizing the closure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was discord during the early days about when we should air this thing,â&#x20AC;? said Perrone, who believed then the documentary would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;fresherâ&#x20AC;? if released shortly after The Bayou shut down.

Karim Haddad, news editor at Al-Jazeera. The student unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adviser, Benson, helped coordinate the lectures. The international school benefited from its high-profile connections, â&#x20AC;&#x153;seeing as the speakers were either related to faculty/students or alumn[i],â&#x20AC;? wrote Fetini. Haddad actually graduated from the school in 1997. Fetini, a junior who said she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;for the most part Tunisianâ&#x20AC;? but has family in Egypt, has been forming her views on the Arab Spring since

But after more than a decade of interviews and research, the team members feel theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming out with a richer product. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve uncovered some surprising gems, like footage of one of the Dixieland bands playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Saints Go Marching In.â&#x20AC;? And with â&#x20AC;&#x153;the advent of social media, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been getting things we never would have access to, ever,â&#x20AC;? said Lilling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten tapes, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten T-shirts, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten other memorabilia.â&#x20AC;? The elder team members also emphasized the benefit of the fresh, impartial eye of 23-year-old editor Bonsib, who will head to Los Angeles to pursue a filmmaking career when the project is complete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an entirely different film than when we started a dozen years ago,â&#x20AC;? said Scanlan. More information about the documentary is available at, and details on the Kickstarter fundraising can be found on by searching â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bayou DC.â&#x20AC;?

it began, drawing from relatives and various news sources. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lectures, she said, forced her to re-examine some of those views. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lectures definitely had me questioning who started the revolutions,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Though many, like MĂźtzenich, have pointed to the importance of social media in launching the revolutions, some guests downplayed the role of the Internet, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and suggested that it was in fact the people as a whole who started and led these revolutions, not just those





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Events Entertainment 7721. 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 Gallery of Art will present the 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rothkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rooms,â&#x20AC;? about the creation of the space designed for the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seagram murals in Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tate Museum. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Thursday at 12:30 p.m. 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 eighth annual Showcase of Academy AwardNominated 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. 202-357-5000. 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. Performances â&#x2013;  The Next Reflex Dance Collective will perform. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Regie Cabico (shown) and Danielle Evennou will host the monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkleâ&#x20AC;? openmic poetry event, a reading series exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. 9 p.m. $4. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. 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. Thursday, Feb.february 23 Thursday 23 Benefit â&#x2013; Slow Food DC will host a reception and silent auction. 6:30 p.m. $55. Bread for the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northwest Center, 1525 7th St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project initiative will feature a performance by students from the Juilliard School. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rhythm Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Music Abroadâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Chicago-based Dennis Luxion/ Michael Raynor Quartet performing original, hard-swinging jazz, at 6 p.m.; and East Orange, N.J.-based Legacy (shown) performing alternative hip-hop influenced by various genres of music, at 7:15 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Button accordionist JosĂŠ Curbelo and his group will perform traditional Uruguayan music at an album-release reception for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los Gauchos de RoldĂĄn: Button Accordion and BandoeĂłn Music From Northern Uruguay.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Uruguay, 1913 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Flamenco and classical guitarist Torcuato Zamora will perform as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  NSO Pops will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cirque de la Symphonie,â&#x20AC;? a new production that matches symphonic thrills with circus acts by aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons will perform. 8 p.m. $20 in advance; $23 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Bernard Valero, chief spokesperson and assistant secretary for press and communications for the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Reach: Innovative Communications for a New Diplomacy.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, BernsteinOffit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Dowling Taylor will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232@Yd^hja[]oaf]gfEgf\Yqk& :jmf[`gfKYlmj\YqkYf\Kmf\Yqk )(2+(Ye%*2+(he

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Thursday, february 23 â&#x2013; Concert: Baritone Wolfgang Holzmair (shown) and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton will perform works by Laitman, Bach, Schubert and Leisner. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. 7363. â&#x2013;  Sharon McKinley of the Library of Congress will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Show Time: Sheet Music From Stage and Screen.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Ronit Seter, a specialist in Israeli art music, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israeli Women Composing Contemporary Music.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. org/1418181261. â&#x2013;  Laura Auricchio, associate professor of art history at The New School, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Royalists and Revolutions: Women Artists in the French Revolution.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. â&#x2013;  Hooshang Amirahmadi, founder and president of the American Iranian Council, and Shireen Hunter, visiting professor at Georgetown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iran: Parliamentary Elections Under the Shadow of War.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Elsa Barkley Brown, professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clothes, Class, and Travel: Rewriting Black Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domestic Tradition,â&#x20AC;? about the life and travel experiences of Juanita Harrison. 1 p.m. Free. Room 311, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1261. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arab Spring: What About Algeria?â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, BernsteinOffit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Real George: Leadership and Characterâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Kenneth Bowling, co-editor of the First Federal Congress Project; Dennis Pogue, vice president for preservation at George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Garden; and Patricia Brady, author and historian. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Scholars will discuss the life and work of Italian sculptor Constantino Nivola. 6 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

â&#x2013; A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Painters, the Kodak, and the Legacy.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;  Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large of the U.S. State Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will discuss the current state of slavery in the United States. 6:30 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. â&#x2013;  Author Donna Britt will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-3470176. â&#x2013;  Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya of the State Hermitage Music will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glamorous Age of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20; $7 for college students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Erich Keel, head of education at the Kreeger Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picasso, Braque and the Triumph of Cubism From 1912 to 1920â&#x20AC;? in the first of two lectures on the subject. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3383552. â&#x2013;  American popular music specialist Robert Wyatt will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enigmatic Frank Sinatra.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Nonfiction Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Cups of Teaâ&#x20AC;? by Greg Mortenson. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  Stacy Cordery will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Thomas Tobin, an English instructor at the Avalon School, will offer reflections on the writing of American novelist and essayist Walker Percey and introduce â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walker Percey: A Documentary Film.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 108, Hannan Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5488. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State of Education in Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Andrew Rotherham, cofounder of Bellweather Education and editor of Eduwonk; Lisa Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative at New America Foundation; HyeSook Chung, executive director of DC Action for Children; Marci Young, project director of Pre-K Now at the Pew Center on the States; and Jack McCarthy, managing director of the Appletree Institute for Education Innovation. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. East Quad Building Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The West End Neighborhood Library will present Spike Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1992 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Malcolm X,â&#x20AC;? starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. 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 sixth and sevSee Events/Page 27

Continued From Page 26 enth episodes of Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.” 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The eighth annual Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Shorts will feature TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas’ film “Undefeated.” 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. Performances ■ Musicologist Benjamin Bagby will perform “Beowulf,” using a replica of an early medieval Alemannic harp as he narrates, chants and enacts the first third of the epic poem. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15; tickets required. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Born This Way: A Night of True Stories About Queer Culture in America,” featuring Regie Cabico, Andrew Korfhage, Natalie E. Illum and Sandria Faria. 8 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7 p.m. Reading ■ “Time Shadows: Music” will feature readings of poems by Chinese, American and German writers. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Feb. 24 Friday, Friday february 24 Class ■ Arlington-based writer, book artist and educator Sushmita Mazumdar will lead a “Handmade Books” class. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ Frank Pifferetti Jr. of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point, N.C., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ As part of the Friday Music Series, the Aaron Broadus Group will perform jazz and R&B selections. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project initiative will feature students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music performing vocal selections by Handel, Rossini, Bizet and Britten. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocalist Amy K Bormet and guitarist Matt Dievendorf will perform jazz selections as part of “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra will present “Bach & Mendelssohn.” 7 to 9 p.m. Donation suggested. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ The Chamasyan Sisters, a violin and piano trio, will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. ■ Levine School of Music’s “Blues Fest”


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Events Entertainment will feature a tribute concert, “Blues at the Crossroads: 100 Years of Robert Johnson.” 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. ■ The Saiyuki Trio and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will perform music from pieces inspired by Jimi Hendrix to the traditional music of Vietnam. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ Harold Rosen, chief executive officer of the Grassroots Business Fund, will discuss “The Future of Social Enterprise.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Erin Chapman, professor of history at George Washington University, will discuss her book “Prove It on Me: New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture in the 1920s.” 1 p.m. Free. Room 311, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. ■ Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., will discuss his book “While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Arthur Phillips will discuss his novel “The Tragedy of Arthur.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Films ■ The eighth annual Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Shorts will feature a screening of liveaction short film nominees. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ International Arts & Artists will present Sam Hampton’s documentary “Hidden

Friday, february 24 ■ Concert: Baritone Milton Suggs will perform jazz selections. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Books: The Art of Kumi Korf.” 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. hiddenbooks.eventbrite. com. Meeting ■ The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Performances ■ Canadian artist Kent Monkman will present a new work featuring his alter ego, Miss Chief. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Janney Elementary School will present the musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” featuring fourth- and fifth-graders. 7 p.m. $10. Auditorium, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. 202-282-0110. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 p.m. ■ Jane Franklin Dance will present “Double Take” as part of “Intersections: A

New America Arts Festival.” 7 p.m. $20; $15 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. ■ Black Movements Dance Theatre will present a Black History Month program of contemporary dance-theater. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The hip-hop duo Hueman Prophets will perform as part of “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.” 9:30 p.m. $15. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Montreal Candiens. 7 p.m. $76 to $157. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Saturday, Feb. 25

Saturday february 25 Book signing ■ Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will sign copies of his book “A Reason to Believe.” 3 p.m. Free. Museum Bookstore, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the National” series will feature storyteller Anna Mwalagho presenting “Short Stories Brewed From African Pots.” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ The Weekend Family Matinees series

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will feature a performance by The Great Zucchini. 10 a.m. $7.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Classes ■ University of Maryland, College Park, historian Michael Ross will lead a class on “The Reconstruction Era: 1865-1877.” 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ Kenneth Slowik, artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, will lead a seminar on Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.” 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $100. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ “Yoga @ Your Library” will offer beginner-level instruction for adults and teens. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ Sommelier Laurent Lala will lead a wine class on “Up the Rhône Valley.” 1 to 3 p.m. $100. Michele Richard Citronelle, 3000 M St. NW. 202-625-2150. Concerts ■ Soprano Irina Varamesova, baritone Gregory Stuart and pianist Paul Leavitt will perform art songs by Schumann and Rachmaninoff. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ The final round in the fifth annual Marine Band Concerto Competition for high school students will feature musicians from across the country competing for a $2,500 prize. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project initiative will feature students from the Yale School of Music performing classical works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Bartók and others. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy See Events/Page 28


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Continued From Page 27 Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Guitarist Michael Kramer and bassist Tom Baldwin will perform jazz as part of “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Saiyuki Trio, led by FrenchVietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê, will perform a mix of rock, fun and jazz. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present pianist Aaron Parks. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Dumbarton Concerts will present Brooklyn Rider performing “Ultimate Beethoven.” 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. ■ The Left Bank Quartet will present “Casting a Long Shadow,” featuring works by Brahms, Webern and Bruch. 8 p.m. $30; $25 for seniors; $10 for students. Abramson

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Events Entertainment Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. ■ Levine School of Music’s “Blues Fest” will feature Grammy Award-winning performer John Hammond. 8 p.m. $25; $12 for children ages 12 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. ■ The John E. Marlow Guitar Series will feature Australian guitarist Simon Powis performing works by Scarlatti, Giuliani, Turina, Piazzolla, Walton and Coeck. 8 p.m. $25; $12.50 for students; free for ages 17 and younger. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. Demonstration ■ Instructor Sheila Advani will present a Sogetsu Ikebana demonstration on the use of orchids in creative and innovative ways. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Discussions and lectures ■ Juliana Meehan, John Meehan and

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Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ “PhotoFilm!” — an exploration of the uses of still photography within the cinematic context — will focus on “How Much Movement Does the Image Need?” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Sunday, february 26 ■ Concert: The U.S. Air Force Band will perform with jazz pianist Keiko Matsui. 3 p.m. Free. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th Street between C and D streets NW. 202-767-5658. Kathleen F. Malu will discuss “Rwandan Embroideries: Reconciliation Through Textiles.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ The National League of American Pen Women, District of Columbia Branch, will present a talk by member Charlene HamptonHolloway, author of “Whitlock’s Compositions.” 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW. ■ Mark Long, Jim Demonakos and Nate Powell will discuss their book “The Silence of Our Friends,” at 1 p.m.; and Jean Edward Smith will discuss her book “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Retired Central Intelligence Agency officer Ken Daigler will discuss his book “Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War.” 2:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. ■ Ralph Richard Banks will discuss his book “Is Marriage for White People?” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ The eighth annual Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Shorts will feature a screening of live action short film nominees, at noon; animated short film nominees, at 3:30 p.m.; and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s film “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” at 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building,

Performances ■ GALita, a theater program for children and their families, will present the world premiere of a bilingual adaptation of “Las aventuras de Don Quijote de La Mancha.” 3 p.m. $10. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202234-7174. ■ Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present “Quattro Scenari: Four Scenes of Foolery,” a local celebration of Commedia dell’Arte Day. 3 and 8 p.m. $15. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 800-838-3006. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present “Next: Israel,” featuring Paul Gordon Emerson’s new ensemble “Company | E.” 8 p.m. $18 to $75. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. ■ Coyaba Dance Theater will present a high-energy performance of West African dance and drumming. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Special event ■ The National Zoo will host a day of special keeper talks and animal demonstrations spotlighting the diversity of fish in the Amazon River basin. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Amazonia Exhibit, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Sporting event ■ The DC Rollergirls will present matches between the Majority Whips and Scare Force One and between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and DC DemonCats. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. Walks and tours ■ Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ 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. Sunday, Feb.february 26 Sunday 26 Concerts ■ The Cathedral Choral Society will present an all-Mozart program featuring vocalists Laura Strickling, Kendra Colton, Keely Rhodes, Robert Baker and Steven Combs. 4 p.m. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 877-537-2228. ■ Soprano Aime Sposato, counter-tenor

Charles Humphries, trumpeter Phil Snedecor and organist A. Graham Down will present “Baroque Extravaganza,” featuring works by Mouret, Bach, Handel, Purcell, Torelli and Scarlatti. 4 p.m. Free. Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, 5510 16th St. NW. 202-726-6776. ■ Cellist Jonah Kim will perform works by Brahms, Fauré and Mendelssohn. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ The Music Ministry of the Greater First Baptist Church will host a Black History Month concert by the Norfolk State University Concert Choir. 4 p.m. Free. Greater First Baptist Church, 2701 13th St. NW. 202-4621730. ■ Levine School of Music will host a coached “Blues Jam” for instrumentalists of all skill levels to deepen their appreciation for and knowledge of blues music. 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project initiative will feature students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University performing classical works by Barber, Tchaikovsky, Kodály and Bizet. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Pianist Roger Wright will perform works by Debussy, Griffes, Ravel and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Mandolin player Tara Linhardt and her band will perform bluegrass selections as part of “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures ■ Levine School of Music’s “Blues Fest” will feature a talk by musician John Hammond on the life of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson. 10 a.m. Free; reservations requested. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. ■ The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk on “Faith and Poetry” by Gigi Bradford, chair of the Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Board and former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. ■ Washington Post columnist David Ignatius will discuss “The State of the Nation: What Difference Does an Election Year Make?” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Levine School of Music’s “Blues Fest” will feature a lecture and performance on “The Electric Guitar — America’s Instrument” by faculty artists Josh Walker, Karine Chapdelaine and Andrew Hare. 1:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. ■ Former NBA players Elliot Perry and Darrell Walker will discuss “The Collecting of African American Art” in conversation with Michael D. Harris, associate professor of art See Events/Page 30


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Exhibit features light-and-space movement


uprasensorial: On exhibit Experiments in Light, Color, and Space,” fea■ “In Thoughts, Words and Deeds,” turing large-scale installations by presenting mixed-media shadowfive South American artists who boxes by Florida artist created landmark Tony Savoie that critiworks in the light-andcize the pack mentality space movement durand question the moraling the 1950s and ’60s, ity of acting solely on will open tomorrow at orders, will open the Hirshhorn tomorrow at Long Museum and View Gallery and conSculpture Garden. tinue through March On view through 18. May 13, the show An opening recephighlights artists Lucio tion will take place Fontana, Julio Le The work of Marie tomorrow from 6:30 to Parc, Carlos CruzGeneviève Bouliar is 8 p.m. Diez, Jesús Rafael Located at 1234 9th featured at the Soto and Hélio Oiticica. National Museum of St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday Located at Women in the Arts. through Saturday from Independence Avenue 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from and 7th Street SW, the museum is noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 ■ “Beyond the Story: National p.m. 202-633-1000.

Geographic Unpublished,” showcasing images shot for National Geographic magazine in 2011 but not published for space reasons, will open tomorrow at National Geographic’s M Street Gallery and continue through May 28. Located at 1145 17th St. NW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-857-7588. ■ “What Is Your Tar Baby?” will open Friday at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts’ Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and continue through April 7. It features Atlanta artist Charly Palmer’s paintings about contemporary issues of bigotry, racism and stereotyping. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. A dialogue featuring the artist, curator Myrtis Bedolla and art historian Horace D. Ballard Jr. will be held March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through

Theater J brings ‘New Jerusalem’ back to stage


heater J will present theological drama “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656” Feb. 29 through April 1. Young philosopher Spinoza faces excommunication from the Jewish community for his provocative, sub-


versive ideas. With his special blend of cerebral language and wry humor, playwright David Ives gives Spinoza a chance to defend himself in front of a community of critics in a courtroom clash between religion and rationalism. This remounted production anchors a monthlong national conversation about Spinoza’s impact and legacy. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $60 for general admission; there will be pay-what-you-can previews Feb. 29 and March 1 and $30 previews March 3 and 4. Theater J performs at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ Washington Stage Guild will present “Husbands & Lovers,” adapted by Bill Largess from a 1920s script by Ferenc Molnár, Feb. 23 through March 18 at the Undercoft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Lies may deceive and the truth may hurt, but it’s not always clear which is which — or which is better. Molnár offers a wry look at the many ways women and men can drive each other crazy. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050; ■ American University will present “Bare” Feb. 23 through March 3 in the Katzen Arts Center. Set in a Catholic boarding school, the show centers on a group of friends during their senior year. Altar boy Peter is in love with his roommate Jason, one of the most popular boys in school. They are carrying on a closeted romance, but Peter wants to go public, at least to his mother, whom he loves dearly. Things only get more complicated when Ivy makes a play for Jason.

Theater J will stage a remounted production of “New Jerusalem” Feb. 29 through April 1. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15 for general admission. American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787; ■ George Washington University will present “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” Feb. 23 through 26 in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. University students will bring 1960s hippie counterculture to the stage, exploring themes of drug use, racism, sexual freedom, religion and the peace movement. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors and students. The Marvin Center is located at 800 21st St. NW. ■ Studio Theatre will stage British playwright Roy Williams’ “Sucker Punch” Feb. 29 through April 8. Spanning the tenure of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and race riots in London, the play follows two black teenagers as they try to box their way into fame, fortune and a better life. The Studio production marks Williams’ U.S. debut. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Tuesday See Theater/Page 32

Jesús Rafael Soto’s “Blue Penetrable” is one of several large-scale installations on exhibit at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. ■ “Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists From the Louvre, Versailles and Other French National Collections,” the first exhibition to explore the life and work of women

artists at the time of the French Revolution, will open Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and continue through July 29. Located at 1250 New York Ave. NW, the museum is open Monday See Exhibits/Page 32


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Continued From Page 28 history and African-American studies at Emory University. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; Ira Shapiro will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Shukree Hassan Tilghmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;More Than a Month,â&#x20AC;? about the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. A question-andanswer session with the filmmaker and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller will follow. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The eighth annual Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Shorts will feature a screening of documentary short subject nominees. 11:30 a.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;PhotoFilm!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an exploration of the uses of still photography within the cinematic context â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recall and Memory.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Shukree Hassan Tilghmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;More Than a Month,â&#x20AC;? about the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign to end Black History Month. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. WHUT Howard

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University Television Studios, 2222 4th St. NW. 202-806-3200. Performance â&#x2013; As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festival,â&#x20AC;? the Sidwell Friends School Dance Ensemble will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Click Send,â&#x20AC;? the result of a cross-cultural project with students in Beijing. 5 p.m. $10; $5 for students. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Walks 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. 202426-6851. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Escape on the Pearl,â&#x20AC;? about the largest attempted slave escape in the country. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Feb. 27

Monday february 27 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; The Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present a 90-minute workshop exploring leadership through dramatic writing. Participants will create original characters inspired by the achievements of African-Americans throughout history. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Tuesday, february 28 â&#x2013; Concert: The Tuesday Concert Series will feature pianist Elena Ulyanova. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635, ext. 18.

202-433-3366. â&#x2013; As part of Music in Our Schools Month, the School Without Walls Stage Band from D.C. and the Old Mill Steel Drum Band from Anne Arundel County will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Neal Johnson, G. Memo Saenz and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. of the National Gallery of Art will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing the Face of Research: The Dutch Online Systematic Catalogue Project of the National Gallery of Art.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Physical Activity and Older Adultsâ&#x20AC;? by Loretta DiPietro, chair of the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Wellness Room, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, 1711 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Marwan Bishara, Al-Jazeeraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior political analyst, will discuss the Arab Spring and the window of opportunity it has provided for improving Arab ties with the rest of the world. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  David Brock, founder and chief executive officer of Media Matters for America, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network Into a Propaganda Machine.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Marni Davis, assistant professor of his-



Concerts â&#x2013; The U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble will present a Black History Month concert featuring the music of Billie Holiday and other African-American performers and composers. Noon. Free. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.














Films â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Social Network.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;PhotoFilm!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an exploration of the uses of still photography within the cinematic context â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dancing Photo on Film.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present Howard Hawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1938 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bringing Up Baby,â&#x20AC;? starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Glenn Berggoetzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worst Movie Ever!â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202462-3356. Reading â&#x2013;  The Actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Razzle Dazzle Caperâ&#x20AC;? by Donna Gerdin. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Spooky Action Theater, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-232-1911. Tasting â&#x2013;  J&G Steakhouse executive chef Philippe Reininger will pair special menu items with four of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organic spirits. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $46; reservations required. J&G Steakhouse, 515 15th St. NW. 202-661-2440. Tuesday, Feb. 28

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Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Arlington-based writer, book artist and educator Sushmita Mazumdar will lead a memoir-writing class. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Yoga instructor Liz Nichols will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughter Yogaâ&#x20AC;? class with deep breathing, stretching and laughter exercises. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-8959448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Printmaker Liz Wolf will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try Your Hand at Artâ&#x20AC;? class. 2 to 4 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will offer a six-class series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparing for the Ball: 19th-Century Skills and Etiquetteâ&#x20AC;? as a prelude to its second annual Federal-period Spring Ball. 7 to 9 p.m. $12 per class. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Concert â&#x2013;  As part of Music in Our Schools Month,

the Montgomery County Youth Chorus and Fairfax Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Graham Road Percussion Ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Robert Brandon, co-founder and president of the Fair Elections Legal Network, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voter Suppression Legislation and the 2012 Election.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  John Hopkins will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy and Disasters: A Canterbury Tale.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 462, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by American University student Salifu Kamara on his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, his journey to the United States and his vision for the future. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Washington Post columnist and Foggy Bottom resident Colbert King will moderate a discussion with former Foggy Bottom residents and participants in George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oral history project about the African-American legacy in the neighborhood. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Craig Taylor will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Left It, and Long for It.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Mark Breeze, producer of two episodes of the recent six-part Discovery Channel documentary on the rebuilding of Ground Zero, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Documenting the Unseeable: Spielberg, Ground Zero, and Feeling the Rebuilding.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853408. Film â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present George Cukorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1940 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philadelphia Story,â&#x20AC;? starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Reading â&#x2013;  Poet, essayist and translator Charles Simic will read from his work. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders. 7 p.m. $45 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wednesday, Feb. 29

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Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concert â&#x2013;  The Catholic University of America See Events/Page 31


Continued From Page 30 Chamber Choir will perform its winter concert, featuring works by Ferko, Mozart, Brahms and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5417. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Leaders in global philanthropy, development and human rights will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Problems, Private Money: A Global Philanthropy Forum.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society will host a talk by Carolyn Dungee Nicholas on her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hilda,â&#x20AC;? about her mother, the late D.C. Council member and civil rights activist Hilda Howland M. Mason. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Windows Lounge, Building 38, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Dowling Taylor will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Tenley Library Book Discussion Group will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweetâ&#x20AC;? by Jamie Ford. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Ethicist William F. May will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Testing the National Covenant: Fears and Appetites in American Politics.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  Artist and essayist Daisy Rockwell will discuss her newly published â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Book of Terror.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Rev. Mark Henninger, professor of philosophy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith: Journey for a Lifetime.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 5:45 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6871395. â&#x2013;  Neil Chambers will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Green: Architecture for the Future.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Arizona State University professors Christopher Boone and Charles Lord will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Environmental Justice and Redlining in D.C. and Baltimoreâ&#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, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Preservation League will present a talk by John DeFerrari, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $25; reservations required. German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA, 719 6th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Universe From Beginning to End.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Natural History curator Dennis Stanford will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First North American Migration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Not a Strait Route?â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Steven T. Katz, professor of Jewish and

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Events Entertainment Holocaust studies and director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinking About Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. â&#x2013; Author Cristina Alger will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Darlings,â&#x20AC;? about a young lawyer who marries into a wealthy New York banking family. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fate or Free Will?â&#x20AC;? discussion series will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Macbethâ&#x20AC;? by William Shakespeare. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Study Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35th annual Latke-Hamentasch Debate will feature Josh Ford, executive director of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center; Joel Cohen, president of Tifereth Israel; Stephen Richer, president of Gather the Jews; and Carmel Chiswick, professor of economics and religion at George Washington University. 7 to 9 p.m. $15. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-332-1221. â&#x2013;  Adventurer Jim Davidson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ledge,â&#x20AC;? about his fall through a snow bridge while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier in 1992. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Repertoireâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annie Hall,â&#x20AC;? about a neurotic comedian who falls in love with the free-spirited title character. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The 14th annual DC Independent Film Festival will open with the D.C. premiere of Michael Stillwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shining Night: A Portrait of Morten Lauridsen.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 800-762-1110. The festival will continue through March 4 at various venues. Performances â&#x2013;  UrbanArias â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a new arts group dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  As part of a monthlong series exploring U.S. society in the years before the Civil War, the Georgetown Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Dion Boucicaultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19th-century play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Octoroon.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter Doug Levitt, a D.C. native, will present songs, stories and images from his project â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greyhound Diaries,â&#x20AC;? which chronicles his six-week Greyhound Bus tour across the United States. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Thursday, March 1

Thursday march 1 Concerts â&#x2013; Baltimore-based recording artist Marc Avon Evans and his acoustic band will perform soul music as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Doron Petersan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sticky Fingersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature Nicole Krauss, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The History of Loveâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great House.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Continental Ballroom, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW.

Wednesday, february 29 â&#x2013; Performance: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamenco Festival 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by dancers Carmen CortĂŠs (shown), Rafaela Carrasco and Olga Pericet. 8 p.m. $35 to $65. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Flutist Dieter Flury (shown) and pianist Maria Prinz will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musical Greetings From Vienna, Budapest and Prague.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Authors Jabari Asim (shown) and Danielle Evans will discuss the work of Ralph Ellison, best known for his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invisible Man.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075394. â&#x2013;  Historian George C. Daughan will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;1812: The Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  Aseema Sinha, associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Global Markets and Rules Shape Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise to Power.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prospects: Economic Development, Energy Policy, and Business Climateâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Nazar Kholod, a political economist; Oleksandr Sukhodolia, visiting scholars at the Institute for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies; and Andriy Tsintskiruk, assistant director of the U.S.Ukraine Business Council. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Voesar Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ukraineprospects. â&#x2013;  Fordham University professor Barbara E. Mundy will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water and the Aztec Landscape in the Valley of Mexico.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202339-6440. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Dragonsâ&#x20AC;? by Kelli Stanley. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Raymond Bonner will discuss his book

Films â&#x2013; The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Is All Hellâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Better Angels of Our Nature, 1865,â&#x20AC;? the eighth and ninth 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;  The Inter-American Development Bank will present Juan Pablo Rebellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whisky,â&#x20AC;? about a man whose long-lost brother resurfaces. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New


America Arts Festival,â&#x20AC;? students from the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Country Shook and the Children Hollered,â&#x20AC;? a world-premiere production that revisits and reworks the American conversation as explored by the likes of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Marvin Gaye. 7:30 p.m. $20; $18 for seniors and students. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013; Bowen McCauley Dance will present the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Sacre du Printemps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a quatre mains,â&#x20AC;? in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1913 seminal work. 7:30 p.m. $36. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature the Baltimore-based group Nana Projects performing a shadow puppet show inspired by Edgar Allan Poeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eureka,â&#x20AC;? at 6:30 and 7 p.m.; and a gallery talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rivière and Paris: From â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Chat Noirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Eiffel Tower,â&#x20AC;? at 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.

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through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors; it is free for ages 17 and younger. Free Community Days are the first Sunday of every month. 202-7835000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goryeo Buddhist Paintings: A Closer Look,â&#x20AC;? showcasing 14thcentury images from the golden age of Korean Buddhist art, will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and continue through May 28. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions and Vessels,â&#x20AC;? featuring the work of husband-and-wife artists Jeff and Kristin Bohlander of Keedysville, Md., opened recently at Stages Premier Realtors and will continue through March 2. Jeff Bohlander often imbeds found or repurposed objects into his canvases; Kristin Bohlander layers natural materials to create organic forms. A closing reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1515 14th St. NW on the second floor, the gallery space is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-449-8657. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art opened an exhibit last week of paintings and drawings by the iconic Japanese artist Hokusai (17501849) and will continue it through

The Current June 24. Located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchid Mystique: Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Triumph,â&#x20AC;? an annual exhibit of orchids from around the world, opened last week in the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, where it will continue through April 29. Located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, the conservatory is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;2:46 and thereafter,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the responses of emerging Japanese artists to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northeast coast, opened last week at Pepco Edison Place Art Gallery, where it will continue through March 24. A closing reception, to be held March 24 from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature a performance by On Megumi Akiyoshi. Located at 702 8th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. 202872-2680. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Select,â&#x20AC;? the 2012 auction for Washington Project for the Arts, opened recently with an exhibition that will continue through March 2. The annual fundraiser will culminate with a gala March 3 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Located at 1800 L St. NW, the exhibit may be viewed Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets to the gala, visit


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Arena Stage is This ferocious modern love story focuses on two located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; troubled individuals who are caught in a continuing loop of bad luck and bad choices. Ex-stripper and ama- â&#x2013;  The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint is presenting teur prostitute Froggy has a penchant for heroin and banished? productionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Dollhouseâ&#x20AC;? through was recently diagnosed with hepatitis. Living with her Feb. 26. is Baylis, an incontinent, impotent and ill-tempered Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Gulf War veteran. Together they explore the blurred Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15. lines between seemingly defined archetype relationFlashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1310; ships. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to â&#x2013;  Constellation Theatre Company is presenting $16. Friday through Sunday and 3 p.m. March 11. The Federico GarciĂĄ Lorcaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Weddingâ&#x20AC;? through District of Columbia Arts Center is located at 2438 18th March 4 at Source. St. NW. 202-462-7833; Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through â&#x2013;  The Washington Ballet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;TwylaTharp: Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $40. AllAmericanâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 22 through 26 at the Kennedy Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741; Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eisenhower Theater. The show will feature three â&#x2013;  The Folger Theatre is presenting pieces by Tharp, one of the first Susanna Centlivreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gaming American choreographers to use Tableâ&#x20AC;? through March 4 in the popular music: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine Sinatra Elizabethan Theatre. Songs,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Push Comes to Shoveâ&#x20AC;? Performance times are generally and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surfer at the River Styx.â&#x20AC;? The 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through last is a company premiere. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 and 6:30 cost $39 to $65. The Folger is locatp.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to ed at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202$125. 202-467-4600; 544-7077; â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatre is preâ&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will close senting Nilo Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pulitzer Prizethe world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wings winning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ana en el trĂłpico (Anna of Ikarus Jackson,â&#x20AC;? a dance/theater in the Tropics)â&#x20AC;? through March 4. adaptation of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book Performance times are 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wings,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 23 in the Family Thursday through Saturday and 3 Theater. p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something different The Shakespeare Theatre $38. GALA is located at 3333 14th about the new boy at school. Ikarus Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen St. NW. 202-234-7174; Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main challenge is not of Veronaâ&#x20AC;? will close March 4. schoolwork, but fitting in with his â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre classmates. Instead of a backpack, he dons a feathery Company is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen of white pair of wings. To stop the kids from taunting his Veronaâ&#x20AC;? through March 4 at the Lansburgh Theatre. feathered look, Ikarus soars over the city. Just when he Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, thinks heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alone, a brave schoolgirl tells him what Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through someone should have from the start: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your flying is Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $37 beautiful.â&#x20AC;? to $90. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 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Families baked and donated brownies, cookies and cupcakes. They adorned them with hearts, and some even had “PIF” on them. Student council members made special tissue roses to sell as Valentine gifts. Coffee was for sale in the morning for parents and other adults. It was a great effort by parents and student volunteers. We ended up earning $797.27. “I think that’s a lot of progress since we had about $16 in the morning,” said Erik Assarsson, rotating vice president of the student council. There are many more special projects in store to support our playground effort. We look forward to them and our new playground. — Idris Hasan-Granier and Mica Gelb, fifth-graders

Ross Elementary

This Friday, the third-graders went to the Lincoln Memorial to re-enact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. The students marched from the Department of the Interior to the Lincoln Memorial, just like participants in the March on Washington did in 1963. Students marched with signs that said “We Have a Dream,” “March for Equality,” “Let Freedom Ring” and “Fight for Justice.” We were yelling about equality so much that our voices got sore. We entered the Lincoln Memorial yelling out “We Have a Dream.” While we were there, we met the park ranger, Mike. We learned about Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. Then every third-grader got to say part of Dr. King’s speech. We also got to see where Martin Luther King Jr. stood when he said his speech. “It was amazing,” said Jadyn Mercedes. “I was so anxious at first, and then once I got up there I was amazed,” said Massimo Graham. “I couldn’t believe that I had the courage to go up there and say part of a famous person’s speech,” said Sam Mencimer. Then we got to walk to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. First, we saw a shiny golden time capsule. Next, we went to see the Stone of Hope. “I saw MLK Jr. standing, and he was enormous,” said Jonathan Velasquez. We also got to read the inscription wall. We really enjoyed ourselves and had a great day. — Third-graders

St. Ann’s Academy

In world history, the seventhgraders just finished learning about the Roman Empire. In science, we displayed our science projects in the hallway during Catholic Schools Week. In language arts,

we are reading the book “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.” We recently went on two field trips. The first was to George Washington University to watch a basketball game between the women’s team and Xavier University. Then we visited the AfricanAmerican Civil War Museum, where we learned a lot about the contributions of African-Americans to the Union victory in the American Civil War. Lastly, we have two student teachers from Catholic University. Ms. Brant is teaching social studies, and Ms. Jax is teaching language arts. — Seventh-graders

School Without Walls

Friday’s swim meet against Bishop McNamara marked the end of the Woodrow Wilson swim team’s season. The Wilson TigerSharks have repeatedly taken on challengers from area private schools and even teams from just across the river. The losses were few, and the victories hard-fought. At every meet, Wilson swimmers proved themselves not only good athletes but also good sportsmen. But a close look at the Wilson roster reveals that a significant portion of the team, including one of the men’s team captains, does not attend Wilson High School. Though a minority on the team, Walls athletes have nonetheless been a significant asset to the Wilson swim team. Because Walls does not have its own swim team, students are freely allowed to participate on the Wilson team. For the past several years, there have only been a handful of Walls athletes on the Wilson team; this year, however, saw a spike in attendance. Walls swimmers have been among the most dedicated of the team’s athletes, attending meets and practices with greater regularity than some of their Wilson peers. They regularly place high in competitions and have formed an essential core of the relay teams and the meet lineup. But they have not been a separate enclave, integrating into the social aspect and competitive aspect of the team. For any Tiger-Sharks reading this, from either Wilson or Walls, it has been a pleasure to swim with you. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

Sheridan fourth-graders are in the middle of an interesting social studies game. They are learning how civilizations progress from hunter-gatherers to modern cities. The point of the game is for fourthgraders to learn why some societies develop more than others and why some move on and some don’t. Different strategies are being considered, like waging war or forming alliances. The game begins with six groups in separate societies trying to meet their basic needs (shelter, water and food). Each group has a

College savings offered in essay contest High school freshmen who write at least 500 words on “How I Am Preparing for College” can win a college savings plan worth up to $2,500 in a contest sponsored by the D.C. College Access Plan. Fliers with information on the contest have been distributed at public and charter schools, where a D.C. College Access Plan adviser can help students fill out the required forms to enter, according to an agency spokesperson. The typed, double-spaced essays will be collected in schools March 29, the spokesperson said. There will be a $2,500 winner and a $1,500 winner from each ward. designated type of environment and climate. For example, one group is in the desert, another is on the coast, and a third has a river and grasslands. Each group must use its natural resources to meet its needs. Once groups meet their needs, they can begin inventing. The three groups that most easily met their needs absorb the other groups. Now with three big societies, there are some decisions to make. Each society has to decide on a leadership structure, specialization, defense, animal domestication, inventions, and how to design its space. Eventually, luxury goods (gold, silver spices, silk, porcelain and tea, for example) are introduced so groups can trade to get what they want, not what they need. Overall, the groups will go from hunter-gatherers to small villages, towns, cities and finally modern cities. “In the end, some of the groups will perish, but some will survive,” Jeremy said. “The race is on,” said Zoe. “For now, we have a lot of work to do,” added Mica. — Jeremy Kapsa, Daniela Vargas, Zoe Ferland, Arielle Popovsky, Mia Shockett, Mica Maltzman, Serena Landers and Ezra Tuchband, fourth-graders

Stoddert Elementary

We went skiing at Ski Liberty in Pennsylvania on Valentine’s Day! We were part of Mrs. Prosser’s, Mrs. Bostic’s and Mr. O’Beirne’s Ski Club for this school year. The trip was fun. There was a lot of manmade snow, and even though it was warm, we had plenty of snow for skiing. The lifts took us to heights where we could see not only a lot of skiers on the mountain, but also the landscape. It was great going up a black-diamond slope, and even falling down the big, steep hill was OK. I got back on the slopes, but I was banned from going to the big mountain again. I really enjoyed using my skis to turn. After we got all of our equipment, everyone took skiing lessons. I ended up on the green course. I fell right on my face when I was skiing down the hill, but I was OK falling on the snow. It was fun racing against my friends in class. Somehow I ended up on a black-diamond slope, but an adult helped me down. I slid

most of the way. I also liked learning to turn with my skis. We took the bus to Ski Liberty, and they played a movie both ways. First, I went on the green slope. That’s next to the bunny slope. It was fast, and it had a lot of hills. We had partners, and that was a good thing because if you needed help your partner was there for you. This was my first time skiing. I got so I could turn my skis at an angle to turn. The best part was riding down the hills on skis in the snow. Everyone had a good time. They were happy. Everyone got along. Everyone’s luck was pretty good, too. — Alyssa Frisby and Dakarai Perry-Brown, fifth-graders; and Faith Smith, fourth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Our school had a spelling bee recently. The judges introduced themselves and us, awarding each of us with “witty” one-liners to make us seem like more of a threat to the other spellers. For example, “Next to her is Nico StaufferMason, who’s taking over the world, one bee at a time.” There were 19 contestants. In the first round, words started at the seventh-grade level. This included words like fajitas, syringe, irritability and fluoride. After the first few rounds, they switched to the eighth-grade words, such as posthumous, niche and tableau. The final three were Eric Wright, the sixth-grader who won last year; Dev Bhojwani, another sixth-grader; and me. Eric got his first word wrong, Dev got his right, and I got mine wrong. Dev got another word, and if he got it right, he’d win — but he didn’t. The round ended. Eric went up first in the next round. His word was “mosaic.” When he heard this, he looked at his mom in the audience and grinned. He spelled it correctly. He explained to me later that “mosaic” was the word his mom got out on in a spelling bee when she was a kid. Then Dev misspelled his word. I went up to the microphone, and got “repercussion,” which I spelled, “r-e-p-e-r-c-u-s-i-o-n.” Unfortunately, the repercussions of my misspelled word caused me to not get first place, as Eric spelled his second word right for a win two years in a row. — Mahler Revsine, seventh-grader

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