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Serving Communities in Northwest Washington Since 1967

Vol. XLV, No. 14

The Northwest Current

Extension of ABC hours stirs debate

Orange leads Biddle in tight at-large race

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■ Election: Outcome may

depend on absentee ballots

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Facing community objections about a proposal to allow restaurants and bars to serve alcohol later at night, city nightlife industry representatives said they would not oppose allowing the changes on only a case-by-case basis. Mayor Vincent Gray proposed the new hours in his budget for the 2013 fiscal year, projecting that an extra hour of alcohol service would raise $3.1 million in tax revenue. The new permissible closing times would be 3 a.m. on weeknights and 4 a.m. on weekends. At Thursday’s D.C. Council hearing on the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, D.C. Nightlife Association executive director Skip Coburn said many establishments are far from any homes, so later hours should cause no disruptions. Furthermore, he said, a growing number of residents prefer to go out later and should be given that opportunity. “We have a 24-hour city, we have a 24-hour world,” said Coburn. See Hours/Page 25

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Yesterday’s primary election saw Democrats Vincent B. Orange and Sekou Biddle in a to-the-nose finish for their party’s nomination for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, as Muriel Bowser held on to her Ward 4 seat with a predictably large margin. Last night’s “unofficial results” gave incumbent Orange a slight edge over Biddle of only 1 percent-

Panel nears final approval for AU’s Tenley Campus ■ Zoning: Neighbors weigh

appeal of full campus plan

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Eight-year-old Leah Fisher shows off her decorated Easter egg during Saturday’s Faberge Egg Family Festival at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Effort aims to build community, sustainability By ANNA WEAVER Current Correspondent

For the University of the District of Columbia, the idea of sustainability is more complex than having Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified buildings or offering courses on renewable energy. Staff members say it extends to looking at the school’s effect on its surrounding Van Ness/Forest Hills area and how the university can contribute to community outreach and education on sustainable living. The simple term for this? Ecodistricts. “The concept of ecodistricts is gaining popularity as a way of insti-

NEWS ■ Guy Mason group eyes formal status for dog area. Page 5. ■ Office of Planning unveils ‘tool kit’ for retail strips. Page 3.

age point, a margin that could be erased when absentee and provisional ballots are counted next week. The at-large race put to test Mayor Vincent Gray’s “One City” slogan by replicating some familiar fissures from the 2010 mayoral election. Biddle in general dominated the vote in Northwest D.C., according to numbers available last night through the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Orange took the lead east of the Anacostia River and in his home base of Ward 5, where he served as council member from 1999 to 2007. In an election where low turnout See Election/Page 38

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UDC will host an “ecodistrict” workshop on April 11.

tuting sustainability principles that typically would be practiced at a building level and raising it up to a neighborhood scale,” said Howard Ways, the university’s director of planning and sustainability.

Looking at sustainability in an eclectic urban setting like the one in which the University of the District of Columbia’s campus lies — amid a business district, a row of embassies and a residential neighborhood — is an intriguing way to consider the intersection of environment, society and economy, said Sabine O’Hara, who just became dean of the school’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. Besides the university, D.C. has seen several other ecodistricts cropping up across the city. This rising trend will be discussed at “Shades of Green: Washington’s Emerging Ecodistricts,” an open meeting on See Ecodistricts/Page 38

SPOR TS ■ Gonzaga lacrosse beats Georgetown Prep for first time. Page 15. ■ Wilson baseball escapes Walls’ furious rally. Page 16.

American University’s plans to relocate its Washington College of Law to the Tenley Campus are moving forward with little resistance from the Zoning Commission, but the panel hasn’t yet granted final approval of the proposal. The commission discussed a handful of outstanding issues at a March 26 meeting, including procedures for preventing university traffic from parking in the neighborhood and for community notification of special events on campus. The school and the Tenley Neighbors Association group are filing additional requested information in advance of a final decision, expected Monday. The university’s full campus plan, an outline of its 10-year development goals, won approval last month. The school is now seeking “further processing” approval that goes into more specifics of the particular buildings sought for the site

PASSAGES Raise the curtains: Reopening of historic Howard Theatre evokes Shaw’s past grandeur as arts destination. Page 17. ■

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The university hopes to move its law school to Tenley Circle.

off Tenley Circle. Construction could begin as early as fall 2013. Further processing cases frequently go into details of a planned building’s appearance, with commissioners weighing conflicting opinions about facade design and construction materials. The commission’s 45-minute discussion last week instead focused on a few aspects of how the university will avoid certain impacts on the community. The full campus plan allows for several Tenley Campus buildings — now used as dormitories — to be removed and new ones built in their See Tenley/Page 23

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/22 Opinion/12

Passages/17 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/18 Service Directory/33 Sports/15 Theater/29


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Current

Roosevelt, Coolidge communities push for action on renovation needs By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Despite community outrage over the decision to delay modernization projects at two Ward 4 high schools, Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed budget shows that badly needed repairs to Roosevelt and Coolidge senior high schools will indeed wait unless new funding is

identified. A school meeting in January got heated when D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright announced that renovation projects for the two schools — expected to start this fall — would be put on hold for a year. Following the announcement, officials within D.C. Public Schools and the D.C.

Department of General Services, which will oversee the modernization projects, visited the schools to assess their conditions. Anthony DeGuzman, chief operating officer for D.C. Public Schools, and Brian Hanlon, director of the Department for General Services, toured Roosevelt, where the front doors haven’t opened from the outside for 10 years, the leaking roof is damaging the walls of

a newly renovated auditorium, and many of the historic windows won’t close. Ronald Hampton, director of Roosevelt’s Family and Community Resource Center, said there was talk that some of the more urgent repairs would be fixed this summer. “The meeting in January did create some push for the city to act,� said Hampton. “These See Renovations/Page 25

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!


MONDAY APRIL 1-FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Carol Goldberg: Sculpture and Works on Paper -VUIFS#SBEZ"SU(BMMFSZtTU4USFFU /8

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


“Both painting and sculpture feed my soul‌.When sculpting I am trying to express what is inside my head. It can be a person or a special moment between people that has previously caught my eye. Sometimes it is just a result of a dialogue between the clay and me.â€? - Carol Goldberg. Visit the Luther Brady Art Gallery to see Goldberg’s work come to life. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11a.m.–3p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, AT 1 P.M. GW Women’s Lacrosse vs. University of Massachusetts

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, FROM 2-5 P.M. Senior Prom



Support GW Women’s Lacrosse as they take on Massachusetts. This event is free and open to the public.

Senior Prom is a cross-cultural, inter-generational celebration of Washington, D.C., senior citizens that has become an annual tradition at GW. Over the past eight years, GW has invited seniors from across the District to an evening of dinner, dancing and conversation. In 2011, over 400 senior citizens joined approximately 200 GW students, staff, and faculty at Senior Prom—this event keeps getting bigger and better every year! This event is free and all D.C. seniors are invited to attend! To RSVP and for more information, please call the GW Office of Government and Community Relations at 202-994-9132. This year’s theme: Dancing Through the Decades!

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, AT 1 P.M. GW Women’s Soccer vs. Howard .PVOU7FSOPO'JFMEt'PYIBMM3PBE /8 Support GW Women’s Soccer as they take on Howard. This event is free and open to the public. $

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, AT 8 P.M. GW Lisner Auditorium & the Smithsonian Resident Associates present: Cheikh Lo -JTOFS"VEJUPSJVNtTU4USFFU /8


Senegalese singer-composer Cheikh Lo shakes up a mix of musical influences (West and Central African, funk, Cuban, and flamenco) and languages (English, Wolof, French, and Jula, a dialect of Bambara from Burkina Faso) to create what critic Banning Eyre calls “pop that soars, transcending all confinements of genre.� Tickets are $25, $35, and $45 and are available from the Lisner box office, 800-745-3000, and $

THURSDAY APRIL 12-SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Forbidden Planet Productions present: Spring Awakening

Enjoy an evening of singing, acting and dancing performed by GW’s very own student theater group, the Fourteenth Grade Players. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information about show times, visit $

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, AT 8 P.M. Marjane Satrapi



Directed by Jordan King, this year’s Spring Awakening is expected to be something to remember. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information about show times, visit

World-renowned for her award-winning graphic memoir (and film) Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi will make a rare U.S. appearance. Satrapi grew up during the Iranian revolution and witnessed the brutal and historic overthrow of the Shah. The subsequent Islamic repression and Marjane’s own journey away from Iran are intricately linked to all of her books, films, and artwork. She will be interviewed by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Tickets are $25, $30, and $40 and are available from the Lisner box office, 800-745-3000, and

.PVOU7FSOPO'JFMEt'PYIBMM3PBE /8 Support GW Women’s Lacrosse as they take on Temple. This event is free and open to the public.

THURSDAY APRIL 19-SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Fourteenth Grade Players Present: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 8FTU)BMM5IFBUFSt'PYIBMM3PBE /8

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, AT 4 P.M. GW Women’s Lacrosse vs. Temple

For more information on the GW Community Calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Government, and Community Relations at (202) 994-9132 or visit us at

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, AT 1 P.M. GW Women’s Tennis vs. Saint Joseph’s

Parent groups discuss reforms in education


SUNDAY, APRIL 29, AT 6:30 P.M. Capital Funk presents: Capital Funk’s 5th Annual Hip Hop Show



Support GW Tennis as they take on Saint Joseph’s. This event is free and open to the public.

Join the GW community in witnessing the spectacle that is GW’s premier student hip hop dance group. Capital Funk promises to provide an entertaining and unforgettable evening with show stopping moves accompanied by dynamic hip hop music. Tickets are $15 and are available from the Lisner box office, 800-745-3000, and UADS_1112_26

Stakeholders at a public education forum last week showed overwhelming support for maintaining neighborhood schools, as well as a desire to see more government accountability for decisions about education policy and school closures, according to an electronic poll of meeting attendees. “For all the money spent on school reform, we have very little to show for it,� said Mary Filardo, executive director of the 21st Century School Fund, one of organizers of Thursday’s event. “School reform has not delivered nearly what we would have thought — it’s very disappointing.� About 100 citizens from across the city came out to the meeting, which was prompted by the January release of a report by the Illinois Facility Fund. The study assessed the performance and location of D.C. public schools, both traditional and charter, and recommended that 37 of the city’s public schools be considered for closure. Mayor Vincent Gray commissioned the study, which was underwritten by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, one of the nation’s leading financial backers of charter schools. Among the schools recommended for possible closure are Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Cardozo and Roosevelt senior high schools, and the Brightwood Education Campus. The community meeting — organized by five local organizations, including the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators — called for a “public conversation� to discuss where the D.C. public school system has been, where it is now, and where community members would like to see it go in the future. “We wanted to see whether or not people see it as a problem that we don’t have any real policy board for DCPS,� said Filardo. “We think it’s a problem that there is no deliberative body to solve policy problems or for the public to give input on policy questions, and that explains other problems.� Electronic polling at the meeting See Forum/Page 23

The Current

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Retail strategy will mobilize Officials aim to protect fish market buildings neighborhoods, planners say By ELIZABETH WIENER

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Following the release of a new “tool kit� for retail growth last week, workshops and marketing efforts will help share those tools with D.C.’s entrepreneurs and community leaders. The D.C. Office of Planning enlisted the Bethesda-based consulting firm Streetsense to produce the “DC Vibrant Streets Toolkit,� a study that identifies common features of successful retail corridors in the United States and abroad, and offers planning guidance. Heather Arnold, director of market analysis for Streetsense, said the report is an attempt to put D.C. neighborhoods in charge of their own retail fates. “The Office of Planning, because of staff limitations and budget limitations, wasn’t going to be able to issue small area plans for the different neighborhoods,� Arnold said, referring to planning documents focused on individual communities. “They wanted to create a tool kit that would give neighborhoods their own

ability to plan.â€? Tanya Washington-Stern, chief of staff for the Office of Planning, said her agency “would not describe it as OP didn’t have enough moneyâ€? for smaller plans, but rather that it commissioned the study to address D.C.’s retail problems, like the $1 billion of spending it loses annually to the suburbs. Streetsense has been working on the tool kit since 2010, examining retail corridors in places nearby, like Bethesda Row and Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, and afar, like Avenue des Champs-ÉlysĂŠes in Paris. “A lot of the work we’d been asked to do had never been done before,â€? Arnold said. City officials and Streetsense employees celebrated the release of the $81,220 report last Thursday with a news conference in front of Petworth’s Yes! Organic Market, a fairly recent addition to the neighborhood. D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning noted that the recent changes along that section of See Retail/Page 8

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When the city’s Southwest Waterfront is transformed into a gleaming complex of shops, offices, residences, pedestrian piers and plazas, one remnant of its past is likely to remain. Economic development officials are seeking landmark protection for the old oyster shucking shed and lunchroom at the Maine Avenue fish market. Those buildings are in sad shape now, joined together with makeshift concrete and wood walls, unused and rotting away inside. But a draft landmark application notes they are the only vestiges of a commercial fish market of the early 20th century, when fishing boats actually traveled up the Potomac to anchor along the wharf and sell their wares. And while plans for renovating the fish market are still under debate, city officials and private developers PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette — all partnering on the larger waterfront plan — say the old buildings can be renovated to serve as the “centerpiece� of the entire project. Built between 1916 and 1918 in the Colonial Revival style, with brick walls, a cupola and hipped slate roofs, the lunchroom and oyster shed were part of a city-controlled “Municipal Fish Wharf and Market Building.� They still “serve as reminders of the Southwest Waterfront’s historic commercial and maritime industries,� according to the landmark application.

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Planners believe the restored building could be the centerpiece of the redeveloped fish market.

That proud past is hard to see now. The market building itself was demolished in 1960, around the time the fish market was cut off from the city by the Southeast-Southwest Freeway that was part of an illconceived urban renewal plan. The lunchroom and oyster shed were earlier joined together by a “makeshift wood hyphen,� with some exterior walls removed when a concrete block addition was added in 1946. Over the years, doors were filled in, exterior walls festooned with a tangle of utility wires and the structure itself obscured by a row of vending machines on one side and a Dumpster garage on the other. Things got so bad, the application says, that in the See Market/Page 8

The week ahead Wednesday, April 4

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 3 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. ■The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion of the results of Tuesday’s primary election. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.

Saturday, April 7

The Tregaron Conservancy and Casey Trees will sponsor a community treeplanting event at the Tregaron Estate along Klingle Road. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon; volunteer tree planters must arrive promptly at 9 for training. Volunteers are also needed for spring cleanup projects throughout the historic landscape. For details, contact

Tuesday, April 10

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a Ward 1 town-hall meeting to talk about water projects, rates and other issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.

Thursday, April 12

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a meeting on the Metrobus 14th Street Line Study. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at the Northern Division Bus Facility, 4627 14th St. NW. â– The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a Ward 4 town-hall meeting to talk about water projects, rates and other issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW.

Saturday, April 14

The D.C. Preservation League will hold a forum on “Your Front Yard Might Be a Public Space,� about the history of D.C. public space, its evolution over the past 200 years and the regulations that protect its character. The forum will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE. Registration costs $25; visit

Tuesday, April 17

The Tenleytown Neighbors Association will host a community meeting to discuss the city’s zoning update now being prepared. Speakers will include Jennifer Steingasser and Arlova Jackson of the D.C. Office of Planning. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. ■The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a talk by Georgetown resident Carl Colby about his new documentary about his father, former CIA director William Colby. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW.

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District Digest Police seek suspect in Takoma shooting

Police have charged two suspects in Saturday’s shooting outside the Takoma Community Center and are now looking for a third, according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release. According to the release, three suspects — at least one of whom had a handgun — approached a group of four people in the center’s parking lot at 3:11 p.m. The wouldbe victims fled, and one of the robbery suspects suffered a gunshot wound, the release states. The at-large suspect is described as a black male between 15 and 20 years old, standing between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall. The shooting briefly disrupted early voting that was taking place at the recreation center Saturday.

More parents seek DCPS lottery slots

The D.C. Public Schools system received 7,299 applications for preschool, pre-kindergarten and out-ofboundary placements this year, a 9.5 percent increase over 2011, the school system announced Friday. Approximately 52 percent of the students in the lottery program were assigned to one of their requested schools, according to a news release, and two-thirds of the pre-k and preschool applicants were offered a seat. Parents whose students secured a

seat in the lottery must complete the school system’s enrollment packet, available at, by May 2.

D.C. library system unveils revised fines

Users of the D.C. library system who lose their borrowed materials will be charged a standard fee rather than the cost of their particular item, or a daily fine. As approved by the Board of Library Trustees, materials 60 days overdue will be considered lost, with fines of $20 for hardcover books; $15 for paperback books, CDs, DVDs and audio books; and $8 for magazines. Additionally, adult borrowers will be charged $5 for any item more than 30 days overdue; adults with materials more than 60 days overdue will pay that fine on top of the “lost and damaged” fee.

Scholarship program honors D.C. winners

Two D.C. students have received $2,500 scholarships through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The recipients are Washington International School student Claire E. Benoit, who is interested in a career in law, and St. Albans School student Jonathan A. Ward, who is interested in a career in physics. Four Maryland residents who attend schools in Northwest also received scholarships: James A.

Allen IV of Gonzaga College High School, Nicole J.T. Brimmer of the British School of Washington, Charles Lewis Cato of St. Albans School and Jonece M. Layne of National Cathedral School. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition for outstanding black high school seniors. Across the country, some 800 students received awards.

from the district. The new bins, which the business group is responsible for emptying, are located alongside existing trash cans to encourage pedestrians to recycle, the release states. The group hopes to eventually see 20 percent of “would-be trash” in the neighborhood go into recycling bins rather than the 260 trash cans it maintains.

Five new members of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities were sworn in last month, including two members from Ward 3, according to a news release from the commission. Alma Gates and MaryAnn Miller are the new Ward 3 members of the 11-member commission, which allocates city funding to arts programs and otherwise works to promote the arts in the District. The other new members are Carl Cole (Ward 8), Edmund Fleet (Ward 7) and Danielle St. GermainGordon (Ward 7), the release states.

Dupont Circle roundabout will host a six-hour “Dance in the Circle” festival April 21, according to organizer Michael Lipin. The free event will include performances and instruction. Lipin previously organized the Dupont Circle snowball fight and the World Cup fan festival in 2010. For more information, visit

Dupont Circle to host New members join outdoor dance event D.C. arts commission The park at the center of the

Golden Triangle adds new recycling bins

Ten new recycling bins were recently installed in the Dupont Circle area and downtown as part of a Golden Triangle Business Improvement District pilot program, according to a news release

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Two teachers and two principals at schools in Northwest have won The Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award and the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, The Post announced last week. The 39 total winners from across the region include Julian Hipkins III, an 11th-grade social studies teacher at Capital City Public Charter School; Michelle Molitor, principal of E.L Haynes Public Charter School; Raymond Nighan, an English teacher at St. John’s College High School; and Liz Whisnant, principal of Mann Elementary School. Regional public school systems nominate instructors and principals for the award, according to The

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Renovation work begins at Harbour

A $20 million face-lift for Georgetown’s Washington Harbour complex kicked off last month, according to a news release from owner MRP Realty. The work is slated to wrap up late this year. Renovations to the complex’s fountain will allow it to double as a 12,000-square-foot ice skating rink, which will open in the first quarter of 2013, the release states. The project also involves upgrading retail space.

GU jogging event to help cancer group

On April 22, Georgetown University will host a “Jog for Jill” fundraiser event, one of many being held nationwide in memory of a young lung cancer victim, according to a news release from the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. The events raise money for awareness campaigns warning that lung cancer can affect non-smokers, such as 21-year-old Jill Costello, a college student athlete who died in 2010. Registration for the Georgetown event will begin at 10 a.m. in the campus’s Red Square, and the jog will start at 11 a.m., according to the release. For details, visit

Georgetown firm wins business award

The co-founders of Georgetown’s Atlas Research are the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2012 D.C. Small Business Persons of the Year, according to a news release. Ryung Suh and Mark Chichester were commended for their healthcare consulting firm’s efforts toward transparency, efficiency and accountability, the release states, as well as for their community service.

National group fetes D.C. utility regulator

A member of the D.C. Public Service Commission recently received a national award from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, according to a news release. Rick Morgan, a Chevy Chase resident, was praised for helping oversee smart meters and smart-grid technology in D.C., as well as for his work on climate change during his previous employment and as a volunteer, the release states.


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GU, neighbors to negotiate Guy Mason group may seek formal dog park agreement on campus plan By DAVID GUTMAN

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

In a fresh attempt to reach a compromise over the Georgetown University campus plan, the school and its neighbors collectively asked the Zoning Commission on Monday to allow them more time to negotiate. The university has been privately meeting with three local entities — the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission, the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the Burleith Citizens Association — since February about the campus plan, which neighbors have said includes insufficient on-campus student housing. The parties in the Zoning Commission case were due to file updates this month, but they jointly requested an additional 60 days to continue their meetings. “We look forward to productive conversation over the coming weeks as we look to find common ground,� university public affairs vice president Erik Smulson said at Monday’s Georgetown neighborhood commission meeting. Participants in the negotiations

declined to share specific discussion points or interim outcomes. “ We don’t expect to be issuing reports of any kind,� neighborhood commission chair Ron Lewis said at the meeting. “I think it makes for better conversations if they can be conducted as candidly as possible.� During Feb. 9 deliberations on the campus plan, zoning commissioners said new university initiatives to pick up litter, increase security patrols and bus students around the neighborhoods late at night hadn’t been in place long enough to be evaluated. These measures were designed to mitigate the impact of high numbers of student group houses in the neighborhood. Lewis didn’t go into specifics, but wrote in an email to The Current that all aspects of the campus plan are now under review between neighbors and university officials, not just the aspects the Zoning Commission requested additional information on. “We look forward to productive conversation over the coming weeks as we look to find common ground,� Lewis said at the meeting. The campus plan, which spells See Campus/Page 10


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There is no dog park at Guy Mason Recreation Center. That might surprise neighborhood dog owners who are accustomed to using part of the center’s grounds as an off-leash area. It might even come as a surprise to the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, which lists “dog park� as one of the features of the rec center on its website. The dog park at Guy Mason is unofficial. The city has not yet designated it as an official off-leash area,

and dogs owners who let their dogs off leash there could conceivably be ticketed. There is a push, however — led by the Friends of the Guy Mason Recreation Center — to get the dog park formally recognized. The thinking is that if the designation is made official, the space can be reserved for dogs for the long term. “The general tone I’ve heard from the community is, ‘We want there to be a place for dogs in this park,’� said Dan Melman, president of the Friends of Guy Mason Recreation Center, a volunteer organizaSee Park/Page 23

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 900 block, G St.; sidewalk; 2:52 p.m. March 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 8:15 a.m. March 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 1:21 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; government building; 7:15 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  14th and K streets; restaurant; 8:24 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. March 30.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place


Assault with a dangerous weapon (club) â&#x2013; 700 block, 7th St.; store; 8:10 p.m. March 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, 7th St.; street; 8 p.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 11:20 a.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 6:10 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  800 block, H St.; restaurant; noon March 30. â&#x2013;  7th and H streets; store; 2 p.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 6 p.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. March 30. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 5 p.m. March 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; parking lot; 6:47 p.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; street; 2 p.m. March 31.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

No crimes reported.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

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Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 5000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 6:30 p.m. March 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Jenifer Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 8:30 p.m. March 27.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 3000 block, Van Ness St.;

sidewalk; 12:15 p.m. March 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 2:48 p.m. March 26. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 6:45 p.m. March 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Macomb St.; street; 12:01 a.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Porter St.; parking lot; 9:15 a.m. March 29.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 6:20 p.m. March 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Lowell St.; residence; 10 p.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  3400 block, 39th St.; street; 6 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Porter St.; street; 7 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  3600 block, 39th St.; street; 8 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  3300 block, 39th St.; street; 8:45 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  2700 block, 29th St.; street; 11:30 p.m. March 30.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley

PSA 205 Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Burglary â&#x2013; 4900 block, Potomac Ave.; residence; 10 a.m. March 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 12:30 p.m. March 31.

psa 206

PSA 206 â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith Burglary â&#x2013;  2700 block, O St.; residence; 7:20 p.m. March 28. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 5 p.m. March 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Q St.; residence; 5:05 p.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 29th St.; residence; 6 p.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:44 p.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 9:15 a.m. March 27. â&#x2013;  3200 block, K St.; parking lot; 9:20 a.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; medical facility; 1:30 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 12:20 p.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 34th St.; restaurant; 7:50 p.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  3500 block, O St.; store; 3:29 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 7:05 p.m. March 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. March 25.

â&#x2013; 3000 block, N St.; street; 6 p.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  2800 block, N St.; street; 4:30 p.m. March 27.

psa 207

PSA 207 â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; street; 12:10 a.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, I St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1 a.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 16th St.; store; 3:33 a.m. March 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; restaurant; 5:15 p.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  600 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 8:15 p.m. March 27. â&#x2013;  800 block, 16th St.; sidewalk; 8:45 a.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  600 block, 15th St.; government building; 3 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, L St.; store; 1 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; restaurant; 8 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2:30 a.m. March 31.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 1900 block, S St.; parking lot; 10 p.m. March 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, S St.; street; 8:30 a.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 9 a.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; restaurant; 10:45 p.m. March 27. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:15 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 9 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; restaurant; 11:45 p.m. March 29. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Church St.; street; 9 p.m. March 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, N St.; street; 1:30 a.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Ward Place; parking lot; 2:30 p.m. March 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; street; 5:30 p.m. March 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 19th St.; street; noon March 29.

psa 301

PSA 301 â&#x2013; Dupont circle Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 2:13 a.m. March 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; construction site; 1:30 p.m. March 30.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 2200 block, 16th St.; sidewalk; 5:30 a.m. March 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road;

store; 6:25 p.m. March 27. â&#x2013; 1700 block, Columbia Road; tavern/nightclub; 2:30 a.m. March 31. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 10:50 a.m. March 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; school; 8:41 a.m. March 26. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 11:10 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:45 a.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:50 p.m. March 31.

psa 307

PSA 307 â&#x2013; logan circle Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 11:08 a.m. March 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, S St.; street; 3:58 p.m. March 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, O St.; street; 8 a.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 11th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013; Â 1300 block, Q St.; parking lot; 7:30 p.m. March 28. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; street; 2 p.m. March 29. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 13th St.; street; 2:30 p.m. March 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, M St.; street; 3:50 p.m. March 30.

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial village

PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 7700 block, 16th St.; residence; 6:27 p.m. March 28. Burglary â&#x2013;  6800 block, Georgia Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:35 p.m. March 25. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Hemlock St.; street; 11 p.m. March 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, Aspen St.; street; 2:30 p.m. March 27. â&#x2013;  6700 block, 4th St.; street; 1 a.m. March 31.

psa 407

PSA 407 â&#x2013; petworth

Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 4400 block, Illinois Ave.; store; 5:38 p.m. March 30. Arson â&#x2013;  4200 block, 2nd St.; residence; 12:55 a.m. March 31. Burglary â&#x2013;  4800 block, Kansas Ave.; liquor store; 8:52 a.m. March 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Grant Circle; residence; 5 p.m. March 25. â&#x2013;  4700 block, 9th St.; residence; 9 a.m. March 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, 8th St.; street; 12:30 a.m. March 25. â&#x2013;  300 block, Crittenden St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. March 28.

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Porter St. changes target pedestrian safety By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The stretch of Porter Street that runs across Rock Creek Park has been a scene of change recently, with ongoing construction work and several new street features, including a controversial speed camera. The changes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t part of any master plan, but instead represent smaller, separate efforts to improve the thoroughfare between Mount Pleasant and Cleveland Park. From a transportation angle, the new features â&#x20AC;&#x201D; crosswalks and a planned sidewalk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aim to make

Porter Street more pedestrian-friendly. The D.C. Department of Transportation had been getting â&#x20AC;&#x153;complaints about speeding vehicles and difficulty for elderly residents in crossing Porter Street to and from the bus stops,â&#x20AC;? according to George Branyan, the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pedestrian program manager. In February, the agency started work on two midblock crosswalks: one at the bottom of the hill directly in front of the apartment building at 2501 Porter St.; the other up the hill a little, in front of the Quebec House at 2800 Porter St.

The crosswalks feature curb extensions that not only shorten the crossing distance but also â&#x20AC;&#x153;physically and visually narrow the roadway and slow drivers some,â&#x20AC;? Branyan wrote in an email. The new crosswalk in front of 2501 Porter also required â&#x20AC;&#x153;small adjustmentsâ&#x20AC;? to the bus stop at that location, in order to align it properly, Branyan said. Meanwhile, the Transportation Department is planning to put in a new stretch of sidewalk on the north side of Porter Street where there currently is none. According to Branyan, See Porter/Page 10

Gray aide cites alternative to later closing time Current Staff Report Allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays might be a strong alternative to another budget proposal to permitting an extra hour of alcohol service for bars and restaurants, an aide to Mayor Vincent Gray said last week. Eric Goulet, Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget director, was speaking March 27 with the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, whose members had almost uniformly objected to the hours change due to the potential impact on neighbors. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed 2013 budget has suggested the extra hour of service and other liquor law changes to raise $5.3 million in revenue. Goulet asked the group whether they would object to another idea to raise that revenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sunday hours for liquor stores. Members seemed generally supportive of the idea. Currently, D.C. liquor stores are not now allowed to open on Sundays, but grocery stores can sell wine and beer from 9 a.m. to midnight that day. Goulet also noted that the original proposal would not impact the hours of restaurants and bars where closing times are already governed by voluntary agreements with advisory neighborhood commissions and citizens organizations. But some association members responded that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board seems to be

trying to exclude such rules from future agreements. Goulet also discussed a number of other budget matters, including tax issues and traffic violations. He told the association he would ask the recently appointed Tax Revision Commission to investigate whether the city could bring in more revenue by exempting retirement income from District income taxes, similar to Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach. Goulet also said he would ask the commission to study whether increasing taxes on the wealthy might decrease net revenue because of residents moving away. Elissa Silverman of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute said a Princeton University professor had studied the issue in New York City and found that the number of affluent people who moved to the suburbs from there was minimal. Goulet noted that the trends in New York City might be impacted by its commuter income tax, which Congress has prohibited the District from imposing. Several attendees expressed a fear that another one of Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget proposals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to install more traffic cameras â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would push traffic to residential streets as drivers try to escape expensive tickets. Goulet said Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office would follow up on the issue, adding that cameras could easily be moved to residential streets if problems arose.




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Georgia Avenue are “emblematic” of a city that’s “moving toward more livability.” The study, available online at and through the Office of Planning’s website, pinpoints the conditions that form a foundation for retail growth. Successful corridors, the report found, typically have a managing organization backing them up, such as a Business Improvement District or a Main Streets program. They are generally anchored by a civic or cultural institution that draws people for reasons other than commerce, and feature a mix of development types along with evidence of public or private investments. Other qualifiers include walkable conditions, the impression of a safe atmosphere and a unified theme. The report lays out ways neighborhoods can achieve this type of environment, like surveying and trying to enliven vacant properties, or pursuing action and partnerships through a local civic group. It also outlines approaches that have worked in other cities. A program called “Startup Stampede” in Durham, N.C., for example, gives free office space and technical assistance to fledgling businesses. In Boston, locally owned sit-down restaurants can qualify for up to

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1950s officials considered closing and cleaning up the buildings because of “deplorable sanitary conditions.” But those plans were dropped due to high cost and “the belief that the proposed Southwest Freeway would cut across the Market site and ultimately make the building inaccessible to customers.” Now, most of the interior is gone, while the lunchroom, which once served as a restaurant, has “sinks and other fish-cleaning paraphernalia scattered throughout the space,” but is used only for storage. Extensive roof leaks have caused cracks and failing plaster, peeling paint and rot. The now-connected oyster shucking shed, most recently used as a fish cleaning building, is no longer in use and is “not maintained.” The application is surprisingly candid in assessing how the structures meet — or don’t meet — landmark criteria. The conjoined buildings no longer have “integrity of design,” materials or workmanship. But they still evoke “the government’s efforts to improve the Southwest Waterfront [as] the remaining vestiges of an active commercial fish market prior to urban renewal.” The fate of the entire fish market — and the colorful docked barges that now sell seafood trucked in from the Eastern Shore — is still being determined. Officials say they will retain it in some form, but they’re fine-tuning the exact plans. They hope to preserve “the unique

$100,000 in loans and assistance. Tregoning, in her introduction to the tool kit, says it’s intended for “retailers, landlords, business and neighborhood associations, nonprofits and government agencies.” Arnold of Streetsense said she thinks the study will be particularly helpful for mobilizing two types of people. First, “there’s the retailer who understands if he works … with the community around him, he’ll be successful.” Second, “it’s a person in a civic or community association who says, you know, we complain about our restaurants and stores all the time, let’s actually do something about this.” The next step, Arnold said, will be a series of workshops to offer “a more hands-on approach to the actual document,” outlining specific steps individuals can take to activate their local retail. Arnold said “nothing solid” has been arranged yet, but Streetsense hopes to host the two-day workshops along with the Office of Planning. Washington-Stern said the Planning Office will be working with other agencies and partners in “marketing the tool kit to neighborhoods and districts so they can do their own analysis of their retail street.” The tool kit is a follow-up to 2010’s “Retail Action Roadmap,” which assessed 15 neighborhood districts in the city. gritty character of the fish market, the same messiness, the same crazy parking scheme,” as master planner Stan Eckstat told the DCMud blog late last year. Jose Sousa, spokesperson for the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, said his office is currently working with the developers on a “master plan” for the fish market, related to but separate from a planned-unit development application for the entire waterfront that’s now working its way through city review. “However, we all believe that the Oyster Shucking Shed/Fish Cleaning Building is of historical significance, and will likely be the centerpiece of the fish market redevelopment,” Sousa wrote in an email. “It is true the building is in terrible shape, and would need to be renovated. We are trying to renovate and re-use the structure, not leave it as is.” The state historic preservation officer, David Maloney, said the landmark application came “out of our consultation” with the developers. He said the plan is to restore the building “to its historic appearance. We were all in agreement on that objective.” Despite “integrity issues,” Maloney noted that other historic buildings — the Greyhound Bus station downtown, for example — were restored after they received landmark protection. The Southwest Waterfront project, dubbed “The Wharf” by PN Hoffman, will transform the entire shoreline between the freeway and Fort McNair. Officials envision it as a tourist and cultural draw similar to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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D.C. development officials outline priorities Current Staff Report


he D.C. government has decided on four economic development priority areas for the coming years, Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins told members of the District of Columbia Bar last week. In Ward 8, the city is focused on developing its portion of the old St. Elizabeths Hospital site, which along with the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal government development will eventually create about 10,000 permanent jobs. On Georgia Avenue, the city is looking for a developer to carry out the master plan for a chunk of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, a project that should create 3,700 jobs. A master plan for the 48-acre McMillan Reservoir site, above Howard University, should be completed by next January. And development of the Skyland Shopping Center in Ward 7, which has been delayed for years by litigation, should be freed from lawsuits this year. Hoskins, the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, joined D.C. Office of Planning

director Harriet Tregoning in discussing a number of economic development strategies the city is exploring beyond those four priority zones. Hoskins said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working with local university business schools to develop an economic development plan for the city, as an alternative to paying a consultant $2 million to undertake that effort. About 30 Master of Business Administration students will do most of the work, costing the city around $400,000. The city is currently busy with 19 major construction projects, Hoskins said, totaling almost $2.3 billion, providing over 4,600 temporary jobs and expected to create 7,300 permanent jobs upon completion. The largest is the $850 million CityCenterDC project near the convention center, followed by the $300 million CityMarket at O project in Shaw. In drawing businesses to the city, the economic development office is focusing particularly on the technology sector, Hoskins said. He expects employment in this area to increase by 50 percent within five years. See Development/Page 24

Circle Yoga embraces cooperative ownership


n discussing Circle Yogaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new cooperative ownership status, founder Annie Mahon posed a philosophical question: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, I own the building â&#x20AC;Ś [but] how can you really own the studio?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always really operated like a cooperative,â&#x20AC;? she said, explaining that, from the start, her goal was to operate a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mindfulâ&#x20AC;? business. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;from the beginning, we did things cooperatively.â&#x20AC;? Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official. Teachers now own the Chevy Chase facility â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and will split any profit, if there ever is one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a board that includes a student representative will make all the decisions. Mahon said she has held a weekly meeting of a few staff members for years, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;we just decided that everything needs to be decided like that.â&#x20AC;? The change doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to involve a huge shift for Mahon, who takes no salary and plans to sit on the board in perpetuity. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be joined by elected members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a teacher, a front desk worker and a student â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as a few administrative staff members. But she

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which she said combines the mindfulness of teaching peace with the physicality young people need. beth cope Eventually, she rented a room in the building at 3838 Northampton St. may have a bit more free time. and instructed her young pupils â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to do more writing,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to do less of there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just one big room,â&#x20AC;? she writing the website.â&#x20AC;? said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We turned off the phone Mahon founded Circle Yoga in when we 2003 after casttaught.â&#x20AC;? ing about a bit Soon, she for a role to expanded, play in the combought the munity. She had building, renostarted divinity vated it and school at added adult Howard classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We University, but really just found it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always folfor her: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew Photo courtesy of Circle Yoga lowed the I had a calling, instinct and sort Circle Yogaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructors now but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in of the group. â&#x20AC;Ś the church.â&#x20AC;? co-own the Chevy Chase studio. So it always After the terjust had this cooperative feeling.â&#x20AC;? rorist attacks of 9/11, she was fur Today, Circle Yoga teaches ther inspired. She told herself: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get classes to all ages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about 650 to off your ass. You need to do some700 adults and 250 kids per week. thing.â&#x20AC;? Mahon said part of the inspira She ended up teaching peace tion behind going cooperative is studies in local schools, which See Yoga/Page 24 morphed into teaching yoga to kids


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PORTER From Page 7

the agency hopes the construct the 500-foot-long sidewalk between 2501 Porter St. and Williamsburg Lane sometime within the next 90 days. Residents have been campaigning for this change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a basic safety thing,â&#x20AC;? said advisory neighborhood commissioner Richard Steacy, who represents that area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of residents want to hike in Rock Creek Park, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no safe way to do it [now] without going in the road.â&#x20AC;? Steacy said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be presenting a resolution at his commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April meeting to support the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans. The crosswalks and sidewalk are part of a new citywide initiative at the Transportation Department called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety Matters,â&#x20AC;? Branyan


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said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This program looks at problem locations, often identified by citizen complaints, and uses high impact, low cost improvements â&#x20AC;Ś to improve pedestrian, bicycle and driver safety,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. But there is no broader plan right now for future improvements along Porter Street, said Branyan. The transportation fixes are also unrelated to the constant construction activity residents have seen on Porter recently â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which in the past few weeks has required traffic lane closures. That work is related to another, separate project by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. In June, the agency began replacing century-old cast-iron water mains beneath Porter Street, in an effort to â&#x20AC;&#x153;improve water quality and system reliability, increase water pressure in some areas, and to ensure more than optimum fire flows,â&#x20AC;? according to a fact sheet.

The work includes installing 2,900 feet of new water mains, and replacing service lines and fire hydrants as needed. The $900,000 project is expected to wrap up this month, according to water agency spokesperson Emmanuel Briggs. All of the recent changes come on top of a new speed camera the Metropolitan Police Department installed in December at the bottom of the hill on Porter Street. The camera initially made headlines for racking up hundreds of violations a day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at $125 a pop. Though complaints remain that the camera is more of a cash cow than public-safety measure, police point to the drop in violations as proof that their anti-speeding campaign is working. Steacy also remarked that the controversy seems to be dying down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The initial anger seems to have given way to acceptance, maybe,â&#x20AC;? he said.



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out the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year development and enrollment plans, has faced strong opposition from neighbors who say it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address the existing problems stemming from students in the neighborhood. In an interview when the new programs were first announced last fall, Lenore Rubino of the Burleith Citizens Association called them a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Band-Aid fix.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if they somehow managed to remove all noise and pick up every piece of trash, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the fact that the neighborhood is turning into a student rental enclave and losing its character as a residential neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Rubino said at the time. Community leaders and the D.C. Office of Planning have called for the school to house all or nearly all of its undergraduates on campus or in a satellite location outside the Georgetown area, which university officials have said in the past isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feasible. Although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear what

concessions each side has proposed during the private negotiations, Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consensus to delay the Zoning Commission proceedings was a clear effort by all sides to emphasize their cooperation. The letter to the zoning panel includes the logos of the school, neighborhood commission and both citizens associations; representatives of all four parties stood together at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood commission meeting to announce the requested postponement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joining with our neighbors in requesting an extension is a meaningful sign of progress in a long process,â&#x20AC;? university spokesperson Rachel Pugh wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased that the result of our work together over the last six weeks is a mutual agreement that it is in our best interest as a community to work together and with the city to find common ground.â&#x20AC;? If the Zoning Commission accepts the revised timeline â&#x20AC;&#x201D; typically a formality when the major parties agree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the university will file additional information on June 11.

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An overdue review

The D.C. Council, no stranger to criticism these days, got another round of it recently after passing an education omnibus bill that requires high school seniors to take the SAT or ACT and offers incentives to high-performing teachers to relocate to low-performing schools, among other initiatives. The council is also due to consider a bill by Ward 3 member Mary Cheh that aims to set up a task force to redraw school boundaries and determine feeder patterns. The two very different bills were a single target for The Washington Post editorial board, which warned that “the city does not need 13 chancellors — not as the first step down a road to the dreary past.” Leaving the — admittedly scattershot — omnibus bill aside, we think that Council member Cheh’s initiative is needed and appropriate. The city’s school boundaries have not seen an overhaul in decades, while demographic shifts have led to imbalances in schools’ in-boundary and out-of-boundary populations. Some Ward 3 schools have no room for out-of-boundary students, for example, while others have relatively few neighborhood kids walking their hallways. Yet all of the Ward 3 schools are operating at or above capacity. Redrawn boundaries are particularly necessary for the most popular schools. New ones will allow renovated, high-performing schools such as those in Ward 3 to avoid becoming victims of their own successes — i.e., so in demand that overcrowded classes and facilities eliminate the draws that brought the schools attention to begin with. Crucially, the body that would redraw the boundaries would not be made up of council members — but school officials, a planning expert and members of the public. The bill includes other protections, such as a grandfather clause that would allow already-enrolled students to remain at their current schools, and for their siblings to follow in their footsteps. School officials should welcome the political cover that the bill provides them in tackling what will undoubtedly be a controversial issue. But the predictable outcry does not mean that changes are not needed to boundaries that have remained stationary for too long.

Time for tech

With federal government cutbacks looming, our local economy is in desperate need of increased diversification. Thus, we’re particularly pleased with Mayor Vincent Gray’s new efforts to make the District more welcoming to high-tech companies. The mayor has proposed two measures: a new capital-gains tax of just 3 percent for those who invest to launch local high-tech firms, compared to regular rates as high as 8.975 percent; and an expansion of the benefits offered in special “High Technology Development Zones” to locations anywhere in the city. Both will expand on the city’s D.C. Tech Incentives Program, aiming to help build the “New Economy” outlined by the mayor in his State of the District Address. The measure is intended to encourage so-called “angel” start-up investors and the employees of successful tech companies, who are usually compensated partially by stock, to stay in the District. And the benefits previously offered in the high-tech zones — now expanded citywide — include relocation expense offsets and other tax breaks. We think the District is in a good position to benefit from these proposals. Our cultural, recreational and nightlife attractions are now drawing a surge of educated young residents — the same demographic that high-tech companies typically seek for employment. It’s probably not a coincidence that both George Washington and Georgetown universities are building up their science departments. Since we have few high-tech companies here now, any loss of tax revenue will be easily made up by attracting just a few new firms. The mayor plans to introduce legislation proposing the measures next month. We urge the D.C. Council to adopt them as soon as possible.

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Rethinking ‘securicrat’ America …


n the years since 9/11, the Notebook has cautioned against an excess of security bureaucracy that undermines the very freedoms we think we’re protecting. For example, whole swaths of public land were closed off with barriers and bollards where tourist families once parked to visit our nation’s capital. We’ve all watched as most every federal building or private office space has been “hardened,” with employees walking around with blazing “security” badges once reserved for the FBI, CIA and other uniquely sensitive sites. And, of course, too many police officers or private security guards disrupt routine news gathering with inappropriate demands for identification or instructions not to photograph this or that site. Well, maybe our country is ready to take a deep breath. The National Capital Planning Commission, which signs off on most federal projects in our region, increasingly is trying to marry security needs — real security needs — with openness and access rather than just shutting everything down. Federal buildings are seeing ground-floor retail open up in spaces that once were blocked off to the very public the buildings serve. The multibillion-dollar redevelopment of the old St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast into a mighty fortress for the Department of Homeland Security is faltering. The bottom-line folks are looking at the huge costs and bunker mentality that the whole project reflects. That site may not become the grandiose headquarters initially envisioned. And now, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is going a step further. Norton is proposing a national commission to rethink the nation’s response to the fear of terrorism and its effect on American values. In her release, Norton said she wants “a commission of experts from a broad spectrum of disciplines to investigate how to maintain democratic traditions of openness and access while responding adequately to the substantial security threats posed by terrorism.” Under Norton’s proposal, the president would appoint nine members, and six each would come from the House and the Senate.

Norton calls her proposal the “United States Commission on an Open Society With Security Act.” It sounds like a good idea, but don’t get your hopes up. Norton first began working on this idea in 1995 when the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW was abruptly shut down after a bomb went off in Oklahoma City. Surrounding streets also were closed, creating traffic nightmares and hurting the economy of the city. All appeals by business leaders, with their proposed redesigns and statistics, have gone unheeded. “Taxpaying citizens are still unable to enter some federal buildings to use restrooms or restaurant facilities,” Norton said in her statement with the proposal. “Security in and around federal buildings and areas is neither uniform nor professionally tailored [to real concerns].” Norton suggests the commission could be a model for states and local governments that also have engaged in almost knee-jerk shutdowns. (The Notebook wants to point out that “knee-jerk” is our word, not Ms. Norton’s.) But Norton is on the right path. She says there’s a need for “a commission with fresh eyes and a balanced approach to ensure the preservation of an open, democratic society.” ■ But what if? The problem with such rational thinking about a commission is simple. Whether before the commission is created, during its work or after, one significant incident of terrorism and you’ll hear a thousand versions of “I told you so.” That is the first hurdle any commission would have to overcome — the fear that “something might happen,” which leads to constant vigilance and giving up freedoms we once treasured. Surely there is a way that rational and respectful voices can rethink the whole path our nation is now traveling. ■ The primary recap. Our deadline came before Tuesday’s election results were known. If you’re not burned out on the post-election analysis, tune in Friday for the Kojo Nnamdi “Politics Hour” on WAMU 88.5. Your Notebook will be the guest host, and I’m sure we’ll find something you haven’t heard. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Deliveries disrupt neighborhood alley

I would like to thank Alan Roth for pursuing a neighborhood business that has not been very neighborly [“Peking Garden zoning case raises procedural quandary,” March 7]. My most recent experience with Peking Garden’s inconsiderate use of our alley was two weeks ago, when its delivery truck blocked the entrance (or, in my case, the exit) to the alley on a Saturday morning. The 19th Street exit was blocked by Pepco, to which I give deference. When I pointed out the situation to the people at Peking Garden, they asked me to wait 10 minutes until they were finished. Granted, they worked faster, but their rudeness in not allowing me to leave my own

street incensed me. There was a space right in front of their restaurant to which they could have asked the truck to move. Instead, I was trapped in my alley with my son in the car for 11 minutes as we waited for them to finish. Mr. Roth, I am so thankful that you are spearheading an effort to have the city investigate Peking Garden’s poor behavior as a neighbor. Count me in on any future support. Felicia Meier Adams Morgan

Library budget plan remains inadequate

The District’s proposed 2013 budget has been released and will be voted on in early May by the D.C. Council. The proposed budget fails to adequately fund library collections and training for the D.C. Public Library, and it includes new policy language that could eliminate at least half of the librarians in D.C. public schools.

More information, including contact information for all 12 council members, can be found at Librarians in the District need advocates now more than ever, and we can help by spreading the word to our friends and other members of our community. As librarians, we don’t need to advocate as much as we need to make sure that everyone we know is informed about how municipal finance will affect our community. Without school librarians and without adequately funded public library services, every citizen in the District of Columbia will feel the impacts of these decisions. Libraries open doors for self-discovery and allow people to explore their own interests. We need your voice today, and we need you to reach out and get others to speak for librarians in our public and school libraries. Richard Huffine Past president, D.C. Library Association

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Finding a better (Safe)way for Tenleytown steven beller and ron eichner


hen Safeway first announced plans to expand its Tenleytown store, Ward3Vision joined others in urging a more creative and sustainable approach. Safeway subsequently partnered with Clark Realty and hired new urbanist architects Torti Gallas to design a mixed-use development combining a Safeway store with what has become a 190-unit residential building. (See the plans at The development team spent a lot of time talking to the community, resulting in an imaginative project that reflects the smart-growth principles that Ward3Vision advocates. We were disappointed that this proposal did not get a more encouraging reception when it was presented at Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting on March 8, because it has evolved into an exemplary smart-growth project. We urge immediate neighbors and the larger Ward 3 community to get behind it. The benefits of replacing a time-worn Safeway with a new store facing Wisconsin Avenue should be plain to all. Adding a residential building will also reinvigorate this stretch of Wisconsin as it transforms into a commercial/residential district, as befits a transit-rich environment with two Metro stops and good bus service. Some have criticized the project as having too high a density, but sites close to Wisconsin Avenue and Metro should be developed with high density. Doing so provides increased foot traffic and customers for stores and restaurants, as well as an increase in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax base â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with minimal impact on traffic. The Safeway/Clark proposal also will help the environment by easing commuter congestion and enabling more District residents to live car-free, or at least â&#x20AC;&#x153;car-lite.â&#x20AC;? Project details also show great sensitivity to community concerns. Delivery traffic was taken off Ellicott Street and restricted to Davenport Street, where deliveries will take place off-street (away from passersby and Georgetown Day School students). The main residential block is located well away from any neighbors. The grocery storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blank rear walls are screened by a row of â&#x20AC;&#x153;liner town houses,â&#x20AC;? to provide a residential ambiance on all sides. The stepping back of the development also provides an opportunity for large garden terraces, ensuring that this will be a verdant building (and, it is promised, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? one).

Letters to the Editor Dupont Circle market is weekly highlight

Visitors to our lovely city and to our distinctive Dupont Circle neighborhood: Pay heed! Residents: Do not rush to buy your necessities and leave. Pay heed! Pay heed to the marvels of the market! The Sunday farmers market is the highlight of the week. Streets are closed, and a bank parking lot is transformed. The vendorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tents can be seen from blocks away, like a mirage in the desert. You can hear the sounds of the musicians as you approach. Music is interspersed with the calls of homeless men selling their newspapers and the barking of dogs as they scamper on the

Responding to neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about height (which Ward3Vision does not share), architects removed one whole story from the main residential block. They compensated by adding some apartments elsewhere, which were made possible by satisfying another community concern: roofing over the truck delivery court. Safeway also provided a second entrance to the store, in answer to community concerns about the liveliness of the 42nd Street storefront area. The current proposal reflects many compromises, and it should be well on the way to approval. There are details that need to be resolved, of course: minimizing traffic congestion and enhancing safety, undergrounding utility lines, and encouraging other amenities like Capital Bikeshare and car-sharing. Overall, however, there should be little doubt of this proposalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise. Yet at the most recent advisory neighborhood commission meeting, there was an avalanche of complaints about traffic, parking and too much density â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and demands to reduce the height of the building further. This reaction seems to us to have ignored the great improvements and benefits in the proposal. Most of these complaints about the project are, in our opinion, unwarranted. The evidence from Wisconsin Avenue residential buildings such as Tenley Hill and Cityline shows they do not generate much car traffic, and truck traffic in the Safeway proposal is much improved over the current situation. Parking is another issue, but how the community deals with new multifamily buildings and Residential Parking Permits needs to be addressed in a comprehensive neighborhood policy, not negotiated project by project. That said, this project provides more than adequate parking for one located so close to Metro. The one area where there could be significant improvement is at the corner of Ellicott and 42nd, where the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;bunkerâ&#x20AC;? sits. Safeway/Clark are reportedly in negotiation with Metro about this property. Ward3Vision sees this property as opportunity-laden for a semi-public use such as a coffeehouse pavilion, with large benefits for community and developer alike. If that happened, and the adjacent streetscape were altered to enhance public space, this project could be even better. Yet the proposal is already an excellent one, exemplifying smart-growth principles and worthy of our full backing. Steven Beller and Ron Eichner are members of the Ward3Vision steering committee.

grassy rise at the edge of the market. Coffee-drinking owners chat while keeping one eye on their pets. The market is alive with people, pets and produce! The Dupont Circle farmers market is certainly the highlight of my own week. I wander up and down the rows of vendors admiring the fruits, vegetables, yogurt, meat, eggs, mushrooms, soaps, yarn and seafood until my nose leads me to the huge bakery. Oh! Yum! How beautiful the pastries are; how luscious the breads look; how overwhelming, the pies. I use all my powers to tear away from the oatmeal and chocolate cookies, and I am rewarded. Rewarded by even more happiness â&#x20AC;Ś because here live the flowers! Beautiful yellows and pinks and purples and orange! I always add a stalk or two of fresh mint. Breathe in the sweetness!

I talk to the newspaper vendor while I buy a copy. He proudly shows me the article he wrote about his fellow patrons of the homeless shelter. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had it tough, but he is talented, interested and interesting. I watch the people: Couples holding hands; parents pushing strollers; students planning their day and their dinner; old friends meeting and leaving for coffee somewhere. Everyone admiring the beautiful produce, the savory empanadas, the silky tofu dessert. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny. How can you be in the middle of so much hustle and such an avalanche of sights, sounds and smells, and end up feeling total peace and happiness? Next Sunday, if you see a wide-eyed woman wandering aimlessly with a huge smile on her face, say hi. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s me. Margery Leveen Sher Dupont Circle

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Sidelined canal boat an example of neglect





e should all be deeply disappointed in the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision that The Georgetown is in such a state of disrepair that it would be too costly to rehabilitate [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Park Service sidelines damaged canal boat,â&#x20AC;? March 14]. The decision demonstrates the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of commitment toward an investment that should have lasted far longer, had officials done their job: Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars fixing something when for a million or two you can have a new boat? Then, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to put maintenance money into it for the next quarter century. And when the replacement becomes unserviceable, just buy another one! If you ask, the unofficial reply is along these lines: We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raise funds for maintenance. If people donate (in this case through the C&O Canal Trust, because the Park Service canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept donations), it has to be for a new boat. As a volunteer for the past 11 years with the C&O Canal National Historical Park and a former seasonal park ranger, I have witnessed the neglect of The Georgetown. Like my fellow volunteers, I could see it was only a matter of time before the beloved, muledrawn boat with its period-attired park rangers and volunteers would be relegated to the dry dock of history. When it was new, The Georgetown was a state-ofthe-art, 80-passenger, fiberglass-hulled, wood-trimmed reproduction vessel reminiscent of the nearly 550 boats that traversed the 184.5 miles of the canal during its heyday. After falling victim to arson in 1996, it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;rebuiltâ&#x20AC;? from the hull up; however, it was said that the project left out original structural elements (including ballast and other below-deck features) that would have helped ensure the boatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canal-worthiness. Nonetheless, had it been properly maintained, it should have lasted years longer. Astoundingly, park maintenance personnel often deferred to a volunteer when asked to make even safety-related repairs to the boat. We would point out some loose board, broken rail, rusted hinge, damaged step, broken wire, splintered bench, trip hazard or the like to the maintenance staff, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tell us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, let [one of the volunteers] take care of it.â&#x20AC;? One exception was an easygoing park maintenance worker who would show up periodically. When asked to fix something, he would say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that without a work order.â&#x20AC;? Then, without saying another word, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d make the repair. I always admired him for â&#x20AC;&#x153;bucking the systemâ&#x20AC;? and tak-

Letters to the Editor Ellington deserved Smokeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support

Recently, The Current wrote about the Duke Ellington School of the Arts when the legendary Smokey Robinson visited the school in hope of encouraging young performers to follow their passion for music and the arts [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokey pays a visit to Duke Ellington School,â&#x20AC;? March 7]. As the story notes, Smokey Robinson grew up in the Detroit area surrounded by â&#x20AC;&#x153;gangstersâ&#x20AC;? but remained focused on his desire to pursue music. As a Washingtonian, I believe that the Duke Ellington School of Arts is worthy of praise. Established in 1974, this high school was dedicated to the American jazz legend Edward Kennedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dukeâ&#x20AC;? Ellington (1899-1974). The school is known

ing the initiative. For The Georgetown, â&#x20AC;&#x153;preventive maintenanceâ&#x20AC;? consisted of getting volunteers to paint the boat and shellac its benches prior to each boat season, and perhaps having someone from the maintenance staff slap a fiberglass patch on a crack or leak. As friends of the C&O Canal Park, volunteers and park visitors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not to mention taxpayers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we should be appalled at the inattention to the preservation of this high-value interpretive treasure. Should we believe this is the only example of neglect within the National Park Service system? The D.C. War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial sea wall, the Reflecting Pool and the National Mall all come to mind. I am convinced that there would be no interpretative canal boat program at Great Falls, Md., had the Park Service not been embarIt was a matter of time rassed into before the beloved boat action by the students of would be relegated to Seven Locks Elementary the dry dock of history. School raising money from bake sales to replace The Canal Clipper, and had the Montgomery County and the state governments not stepped in. Not since Superintendent Doug Ferris retired has the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership wanted anything to do with the boats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the staff costs money, user fees donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover expenses, the boats are a management and scheduling headache, the mules require proper care, et cetera. In telling The Current that the Park Service would have to find money to staff and operate a new canal boat before it can be put into service, deputy superintendent Brian Carlstrom mischaracterizes the cost of replacing The Georgetown. There are already three to five full-time rangers assigned to the Georgetown Visitor Center and boat operation. Inquiries about The Georgetown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as those by neighbor, business owner and park steward Arlette Cahen-Coppock â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have resulted in little more than placating assurances from park officials that they are considering the purchase of five new electric launches to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;strategically placed along portions of the canalâ&#x20AC;? and to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;operated by local volunteersâ&#x20AC;? because the Park Service â&#x20AC;&#x153;doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the resources to operate them.â&#x20AC;? But if the plan for these inauthentic, 12-passenger electric boats comes to fruition, I doubt there will be any maintenance money programmed for them either. And how long will the warranties last? Bill Brown is a Foxhall Village resident.

for its great efforts in helping young people pursue their dreams in the arts and education. I remember when my cousin attended Duke Ellington years ago; it was one of the best experiences of his life. He grew up with a lack of guidance from his father, and my aunt did the best she could to raise him. He was born to be an artist: Whatever you described to him for him to draw, he would sketch beyond your imagination. But it was hard for him to maintain his passion since â&#x20AC;&#x153;thugsâ&#x20AC;? had persuaded him to help them make â&#x20AC;&#x153;fast money,â&#x20AC;? and he believed that was the way of life. It was admission to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts that drew him away from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;street life.â&#x20AC;? He felt that the school offered him the education and support he needed to succeed in his dream to become an artist. My cousin wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only talented at drawing sketches; he had a love for making music. As a young man, he had a poetic way

of writing; it motivated him to express his feelings through song. Today, my cousin has produced his own songs and helped others do the same. He is known by many local artists and fans. I commend the staff and the principal for what they have done for their students and the community. If more R&B legends like Smokey Robinson would help raise funds and share their personal experiences, more young people would be motivated to follow their dreams for the arts. If Mr. Ellington were alive today, I can image him smiling upon those who have achieved their goals. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like catching that â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Trainâ&#x20AC;? to your destiny. A visit to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts makes you appreciate the hard work of the staff and their love for education and the arts, and makes you want to support the school just like Smokey Robinson did. Tynisha Brown Washington, D.C.


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A historic first: Gonzaga lax edges Prep By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Junior attacker Alex Corboy, No. 18, celebrates one of his two goals with a teammate. The Eagles now boast an 8-1 record this season.

Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep’s Jesuit school rivalry extends to nearly every sport in which the two schools compete. But on the lacrosse field, the Little Hoyas have always gotten the better of the Eagles. That all changed Friday night, when the Eagles traveled to Georgetown Prep and beat the Little Hoyas 4-3 for the first time in the schools’ histories. “It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what to say about it,” said junior goalie Timmy Farrell. “We did what we had to do.” After the final handshakes, the Gonzaga team gathered at one end of Prep’s field. Head coach Casey O’Neill — a 1996 Gonzaga alumnus — took a running start and jumped into the arms of his players to celebrate the win. “We’ve never beaten them. … I don’t know if it’s a rivalry when we haven’t won one. It’s one we really wanted,” said O’Neill. The Eagles relied on a strong defensive effort to shut down the Little Hoyas. Farrell anchored the unit and came away with 13 saves.

“We played a lot of defense today,” O’Neill said. “This game ball is going to our goalie. The offense has to put in some more shots. The defense won this game for us.” The Eagles jumped out to a quick

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Eagles goalie Timmy Farrell notched 13 saves.

1-0 lead when junior attacker Alex Corboy wrapped around the back of the goal and, despite being knocked to the ground by a Prep defender, fired in the first goal of the game while falling backward. The play set the tone for the physical game to come. The Little Hoyas, who used a patient offense to try to frustrate the

Eagles, dictated a slow pace for the game. But Gonzaga’s defense stood tall and allowed only one first-half goal. The game remained deadlocked 1-1 at halftime. The defensive struggle continued into the second half, but with 51 seconds to go in the third quarter, Prep scored to take its only lead of the game. The Eagles answered on their next possession when senior midfielder Connor Reed came around from behind the Little Hoyas’ cage. But instead of firing a shot, Reed dished the ball inside to Corboy, who knotted the game at two. “That goal at the end [of the third quarter] was huge,” said O’Neill. “That was a playmaker in Connor Reed getting the ball and identifying that there was a shot there and dumping it off.” In the fourth quarter, it was all Gonzaga. Farrell made four pointblank-range saves that looked like certain Prep goals. “I just knew I had to get my body in front of it and sacrifice my body,” Farrell said. On offense, junior attacker Patrick Myers scored two goals to put Gonzaga in the driver’s seat with nine minutes to play.

Visi lacrosse shocks Good Counsel By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Good Counsel, one of the area’s perennial girls lacrosse powers, traveled to Visitation Thursday looking to add to its ever-growing win column. The Falcons stormed onto the field with brash confidence and ended their pregame huddle with a roar, as if to intimidate the hosts. Visitation was unmoved. The Cubs’ coaching staff responded by urging their team on; one assistant coach yelled, “This is our house! Let’s get loud! Let’s do it!” The team took the words to heart and proved to be the aggressor, rolling to a convincing 16-7 win Thursday. It was Visitation’s first win over Good Counsel since 2006. “We’ve been working extremely hard prepping for this,” said senior attacker Mary Grace Mooney. “We just brought all we had, and it was exciting. It’s a good win.” The victory gives the Cubs confidence moving forward, which will be helpful when they have to deal with reigning Independent School League champion St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes April 18 and in the postseason. “The team we played like today is the team that’s going to win the banner, 100 percent,” said Mooney. “That’s what’s going to do it.” Junior midfielder Tess McEvoy led the Cubs with five goals to go along with two assists; Mooney helped with three assists and two goals. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Myers also had a hat trick, while junior attacker Mary

Patalita added two goals and two assists. “This is the first time that we were able to see us out there for 50 minutes of lacrosse as a talented team, and not just talented players,” said Cubs first-year head coach Aubrey Andre. Visitation jumped on Good Counsel from the opening draw and started the game on a 4-0 scoring run. The Cubs combined their speed with quick, precise passing to create the early advantage. The Falcons promptly called a timeout to settle themselves. Meanwhile, Andre made sure to keep her team focused. The coach challenged her players, asking them: “What type of team are we? Are we going to let them come back after one timeout or are we going to deny them the ball and keep possession and step up from there?” Visitation responded with a 4-1 scoring run to balloon the advantage to 8-1 with 7:48 to play in the first half. The Cubs offense scored in transition, but also on set plays using cutters and off-ball screens. Good Counsel mustered two goals before halftime, but each time the Cubs answered with a goal, and they took a 10-3 lead into the locker room at intermission. After the near-perfect first half, Andre had a big decision to make. The coach had to choose between a ball-controlling stall offense, hoping the seven-goal margin would be enough to fend off the Falcons — or keeping the Cubs on the attack and adding to the lead. She chose the latter. “I wasn’t going to call a stall,” Andre said.

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The Cubs made a resounding statement by dominating Good Counsel, one of the area’s best teams, on Thursday. “I didn’t want to take away their energy. If I called it too early, we might go flat-footed and give up possession. … Since it was a six- or seven-goal margin, we didn’t need to.” Good Counsel started the final half aggressively, showing why it’s one of the best teams in the area. The Falcons scored the first two goals to cut Visitation’s lead to 10-5. But Visitation’s Myers responded by driving through the Falcons’ defense and drawing a free-position shot opportunity. The junior scored off the penalty to end the Falcons’ run. On the Cubs’ ensuing position, McEvoy added

another goal to give her team a seven-goal advantage. The Falcons never threatened again, as the Cubs built a dominating 16-6 lead with 4:11 remaining and earned a running clock because of the 10-goal advantage. “It sets the bar,” said Andre. “We were the underdog starting this game, and now we have a target on our back because we just knocked off Good Counsel. It’s a great position to be in because we’re not at the top and we’re not at the bottom, so there’s still room to build and grow. That’s what we’re focusing on.”

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Due to a two-hour time limit on D.C. public high school baseball games, David had only 10 minutes left to take down Goliath. In the bottom of the sixth inning Friday, School Without Walls was down to its final chance to upset powerhouse Wilson. The Penguins made a surprising comeback in those final moments, but a failed steal attempt and two pop fly outs derailed the effort, and Wilson pulled off a 9-7 win at Maury Wills Field. “At the end of the day, we had just enough in the tank to get by today,” said Wilson first-year coach James Silk. Early on, it appeared Wilson, the winner of 19 straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championships, had more than enough in the tank. In the first three innings, the team rushed out to an 8-0 lead and the rout was on. The Tigers mauled the Penguins particularly badly in the first and second innings, with 11 hits off senior pitcher David Heim and six runs, compared to one hit by Walls. But in the bottom of the third, the Penguins rallied. Senior catcher Kareem Sallay hit a single to left field, and Wilson’s

throw to second base was bobbled, leaving the bases full. On the ensuing pitch, Wilson committed another error after the catcher failed to corral the ball, which allowed Walls sophomore Reuben Pansegrouw to score. But the Penguins were just getting started. Walls ripped off three straight doubles from junior outfielder Henry Englert, senior Jack Pine and Heim to make it 8-5. But the hits kept coming as the Penguins continued to pound sophomore pitcher Todd AllenGifford with three straight singles. Off those singles, the team was able to score again before Wilson forced a pop fly out. “They showed their will, they put the ball in play, they got around the bags,” said Walls coach Kip Smith. “They rallied around each other.” As the rally grew with every hit and run, Walls’ bleachers grew louder with support. All while the Tigers began to crumble. “A few mental errors here and a couMatt Petros/The Current ple errors there and the floodgates opened,” Walls’ pitching staff rebounded from a shaky said Silk. start as the Penguins rallied Friday night.


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Wilson junior Ben Careton slides home to score for the Tigers Friday. Wilson took a quick 8-0 lead, but Walls rallied to make it a two-run game that came down to the final inning.

Girls lacrosse

March 27 through April 2

Wilson 14, Eleanor Roosevelt 2 Good Counsel 18, St. John’s 4 Visitation 16, Good Counsel 7 Bishop Ireton 18, St. John’s 5

Boys lacrosse


Trinity Episcopal 11, Maret 2 Gonzaga 4, Georgetown Prep 3 St. John’s 18, Bishop Ireton 3 St. Albans 11, The Heights 7 Calverton 13, St. Albans 8

St. John’s 6, DeMatha 1 Maret 12, Cocoa Beach 2 Gonzaga 13, Olmsted Falls 3 Woodbury 13, Sidwell 6 Seven Hills 7, Sidwell 2

But the defending champions created some breathing room in the fourth inning when junior fielder Nick Brown hit a hard single over Heim to score Allen-Gifford for the 9-6 lead. Walls fired back with a score of its own in the fifth, after another Wilson error put a runner on base. Sophomore Hugo Schroeder hit a hard single through the gap to score Heim. On top of the six-run inning for Walls, Heim was another reason the Penguins continued to stay close. The senior played every inning and came up huge as the game wound to a close, including making three straight outs in the sixth to set up his team’s last chance. The defensive errors that had plagued the Tigers in the third inning appeared to leave them rattled at the plate, giving the Penguins an opportunity to hang around. “I think when we made those errors in the third inning, our offense reflected on that,” said sophomore pitcher Liam Fischer. Yet, while the Goliath of the DCIAA was lucky to survive, Silk wants the Tigers to build on a game like this as part of their quest for a 20th consecutive championship. “These kids are quickly learning that whether they think they’re going to start every day or not, they better be prepared to play,” said Silk. “We’ve got to be on point, and I think today was a great learning experience for our ballclub.”

Grayslake Central 8, Sidwell 5 Calvary Christian 5, St. Albans 2 Wilson 15, Episcopal 7 Maret 6, Palm Bay 5 Haverford 17, Sidwell 6 Solon (Ohio) 7, Gonzaga 2 Sidwell 12, West Geauga (Ohio) 11 Middleton 8, Sidwell 4 Westminster Academy 5, St. Albans 4 Pine Crest 20, St. Albans 7 St. John’s 8, Paul VI 5 Wilson 9, School Without Walls 7

St. John’s 6, St. Mary’s Ryken 1 The Heights 12, Wilson 6 St. Mary’s-Annapolis 12, School Without Walls 2 St. John’s 7, Bishop Ireton 1 Pallotti 4, Wilson 3


Wilson 10, Coolidge 4 Visitation 9, Springside (Pa.) 7 Visitation 10, Holy Child 2 Wilson 11, School Without Walls 6

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

April 4, 2012 ■ Page 17

At Howard Theatre, curtain set to rise

City hopes project will boost arts area By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


ith nods to its illustrious past at every turn, the newly restored Howard Theatre — which once hosted jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald — will reopen this month after 30 years of dormancy. The two-year, $29 million project involved painstaking renovation of the historic theater and rebuilding of the original stage — now with a state-of-the-art sound system. The theater, which first opened in 1910, maintains its intimate environment with balcony and supperclub-style seating. Larger-than-lifesize portraits of famous artists who performed at the theater populate the interior, which also features black walnut paneling and oak floors. It was the prospect of resurrecting the musical culture of the Howard Theatre that motivated the project’s organizers. “I’m a fourth-generation Washingtonian, and my father used to talk about coming to the Howard Theatre and seeing Lionel Hampton — that was part of the reason I was enthused to take it on,” said Chip Ellis, head of Ellis Development Group, which managed the project. “The more I got into it, it became a situation where this was like ‘The Last of the Mohicans.’ I realized if we don’t do this, a major part of our culture is going to be lost — and not just African-American culture, but D.C.’s artistic culture.”

The Howard Theatre was the first major theater built to serve a black clientele, and many artists — including The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin — performed here early in their careers. According to Ellis, it was a place where all Washingtonians came together to enjoy live music, even during segregation. “If you look at a map of the city, the theater is situated literally in the middle … , and I think that’s significant,” Ellis said of the landmark’s location, near the corner of 7th and T streets NW in Shaw. The theater suffered damage after the 1968 riots that erupted in the days following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many businesses closed, and the area’s economy crumbled. Decades later, recovery efforts are still ongoing, and Ellis hopes the reopening of the Howard Theatre will help re-establish the neighborhood as a destination arts area. The Rev. Sandra ButlerTruesdale, who co-chairs the Howard Theatre Restoration Community Committee, remembers

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A photograph of the interior at the Howard Theatre is now part of the Smithsonian Institution’s archives.

Above: Bill Petros/The Current Left: Renderings courtesy of Marshall Moya Design LLC

Above, the renovated exterior of the Howard Theatre; left, renderings of the new interior at the landmark Shaw institution coming to the theater as a child. “My mother took me to the Howard for the first time when I was 5 years old, and we saw Lena Horne perform when she was just a dancer in the chorus line,” ButlerTruesdale recalled. “It was such a fantastic, joyful atmosphere at the Howard.” She remembered when tickets cost 90 cents before 2 p.m. on the day of a performance. But she didn’t need a ticket to see the stars: As a young woman, she worked as a cosmetologist and styled the hair of Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle. Back then, she said, many artists got their hair and nails done for $5 at the Poro Beauty College, where Butler-Truesdale studied, which used to be next door to the Howard. “It’s the most fantastic thing to see that in my senior years this theater is coming back,” said ButlerTruesdale. “I’m just exhilarated that we will be able to pass the history of the theater down to our children and grandchildren.” The community will celebrate the reopening of the theater on

Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon. The free event will include live musical performances and tours of the restored theater. A grand-opening gala on April 12 will include performances by Smokey Robinson, Al Jarreau and Madeleine Peyroux. Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, will be honored at the event. All proceeds from the gala will go to Howard Theatre Restoration, a local nonprofit that is working to create classrooms and musical education opportunities at the facility. Jimi Smooth, who was an usher at the theater when he was a teen, will be performing with his band at the ribbon-cutting. “I got the greatest education working at the Howard. My professors were James Brown and Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye,” said Smooth. “We saw so many artists who were just beginning their careers, and we knew they were going to be big stars just by the way they presented themselves and the energy they created at their shows. “When people see the theater

today, it will bring back so many good memories of the past,” Smooth added. “I’m so happy and proud of the people that put this together.” The Howard’s concert and performance season will begin April 9, with a show by Wale. Other upcoming shows will feature comedian Wanda Sykes, The Roots and Chuck Brown. The theater can accommodate 1,100 standing or 650 with table seating. Patrons can enjoy a meal before or during some shows, with menus designed by Marcus Samuelsson, chef and owner of New York’s acclaimed Aquavit and Red Rooster restaurants. A weekly Sunday morning gospel brunch will start April 15. In addition to the festivities, a statue of Duke Ellington has been installed outside the theater to honor the neighborhood’s musical history. “This place needs to be cherished. It’s a crown jewel of our past,” said Ellis. For more information about the restoration, go to Performance tickets are available at

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Spotlight on Schools Blessed Sacrament School

Recently, our school celebrated the 27th annual Levie Arts Festival, or, as Blessed Sacrament calls it, the Week of the Arts. The Levie Arts Festival is named for Mrs. Levie, a former art teacher at Blessed


Sacrament. This year, it was dedicated to a friend and former art teacher, Kathleen Bishop, who passed away last October. During the Week of the Arts, the kindergartners through fourth-graders learn about different areas of the world such as Africa, the rain forest, Mexico and Japan. They eat food, make crafts and learn traditional music and dance from their areas. Meanwhile, the fifth- through eighth-graders have workshops on and off campus that teach skills such as drama, wood-burning, portrait-making and felting. We get to take home everything that we make in these workshops so we can keep this new skill forever in our minds. Before we begin our festival, however, we start the week off with a prayer service, and each day begins with a performance by a musical group. Among this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performers were an a cappella group called Snowday and a percussive dance troupe called Footworks. We finish the week off with the fourth-grade recorder performance, the second-grade performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? and the student variety show. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eily Orem, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

Year 12 was fortunate enough to take part in the Madewell Denim Drive. We were given two large boxes of denim and the freedom to create any art piece we wanted as long as the final piece was primarily made from denim. After working on our denim art for two weeks, the pieces were displayed at the

Madewell store in Georgetown. The opening night had a great turnout, and it was really rewarding to see people viewing my art. For my denim artwork, I sewed together different shades of denim patches and then stretched the denim quilt onto a canvas. I used black paint on this hand-sewn denim canvas to paint an outline of an American flag. On top of the flag, I stenciled on a golden unicorn. To finish my piece off, I arranged metal jean buttons to resemble outward-bound rays. A major theme for my denim art was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artificial Americaâ&#x20AC;?; to me, a unicorn is the epitome of â&#x20AC;&#x153;artificial.â&#x20AC;? Other students who took part in this art challenge created some very impressive art pieces to be displayed as part of the collection. One of my classmates designed a portrait of a musician, Sid Vicious, entirely out of denim. Another painted a trio of Marilyn Monroe portraits on denim cutouts. It was a fun challenge and a fantastic opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Francy Z Graham, Year 12 Oxford (11th-grader)

Holy Trinity School

On March 15, we went to the Folger Shakespeare Festival with the Holy Trinity Shakespeare Company. We went not as actors but as groundlings, who are spectators. (They are called groundlings because at the Globe, they would watch the show, but had to sit on the ground because they were poor.) We watched the seventh- and eighth-graders perform. There were seven other schools performing: five high schools and two middle schools. Holy Trinityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play was about Thisbe, Juliet and other various snippets. We, of course, thought our play was the best (but then again, we are biased). During a game in between the shows, the Mistress of the Revels asked for a person from our group to play one of the roles in between

Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twilightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offers chilling message


eace lasts for only an instant. Chaos is more consuming, more common. Everything is shut down. Nothing is the same. Anything is a reason to riot. Helicopters scream in the air, the only light in a deadly situation. And then, piercing through the aftermath of destruction, questions are asked: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which side are you on?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why do I have to be on a side?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Choose wiselyâ&#x20AC;? proved to be the chilling message of the Duke Ellington School of the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recent production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,â&#x20AC;? a show that chronicles the real-life upheaval of Los Angeles after the 1992 beating of AfricanAmerican Rodney King by white police officers. Originally written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith as a one-woman show, the Duke Ellington production casts 12 actors to play multiple roles. The casting has men playing women and women playing men, and all actors playing characters of different races. With 2012 marking the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? is all but too relevant today and was remarkably brought to life by the actors at Duke Ellington. Plunging into the darkness and confusion of the riot victims, the cast gave realistic performances and exhibited maturity beyond their ages. Moments with the entire cast together shivered most intensely, especially when actors played different facets of a jury member before screaming â&#x20AC;&#x153;guiltyâ&#x20AC;? together. All of the actors brought their characters to life with little quirks of variety, and although vocal pacing was sometimes off, each character was clearly distinguished. As Stanley Sheinbaum, president of the L.A. Commission, Charles Franklin was a grounding force with incredible control and line delivery. DevinRe Adams as U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was both insightful and comedic with feminine characteristics and sass, while Duane Richards, in roles ranging from a talent agent to an opera singer, mastered character variation with ease.

the shows. He almost missed out, but got back just in time. There was another performance called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Othello.â&#x20AC;? Othello is jealous about his wife being friends with another man, and his â&#x20AC;&#x153;second in command,â&#x20AC;? Iago, is actually evil.

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts last month staged â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.â&#x20AC;?

Speaking with crispness and popping the letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;p,â&#x20AC;? Dani Ebbin as scholar Cornel West commanded attention with her fully developed stage presence. Another actor with notable verisimilitude was Felicity Poussaint as young mother Elvira Evers, with lifelike inflection and sincerity inspiring chuckles. Little additions such as a flashy jacket for a real estate agent (played by Hillary Jones) helped distinguish characters, while startling visual effects included rotating helicopter-style lights and sounds that gave a sense of authenticity. The stage consisted of a hauntingly massive grave protruding before a dark American flag, which proved visually intriguing and symbolically shadowed the background. Time passes, things change, and so do people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or so we think. As the Duke Ellington School actors in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992â&#x20AC;? portrayed with stunning emotional depth and maturity, what matters isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the questions we ask ourselves during the struggle but in the aftermath. We go on, but in 20 years, as time passes, do we advance as well? Or are we stuck forever in limbo, in the twilight between stepping behind and leaping forward? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Victoria Tovig of Langley High School

The wife dies by the hands of her jealous husband, and Iago basically kills Othelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend, who is â&#x20AC;&#x153;third in command.â&#x20AC;? This occurs when the â&#x20AC;&#x153;third in commandâ&#x20AC;? goes out to kill the wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular friend, they both stab each other, and Iago pretty

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much finishes them off. So by the end, Iago was the only person left alive. That was one of our faves! We think that it was a great experience to go. We just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on that stage! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caroline Corcoran and Marion Boyd, sixth-gradersÂ

Key Elementary

This month, fifth-graders were able to become forensic scientists for a day at the National Museum of Natural History in the Forensics Lab, which is part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Written in Boneâ&#x20AC;? exhibit. We were given a mystery to solve. The question was whether a box of bones and artifacts found in a historic home was part of a crime or simply a collection. We went through six centers to get to the bottom of things. In the first center, we observed a tenon saw and an old letter to discover the time period, the Civil War era. In the second center, we examined a femur bone and a tibia bone that had been cut off. We soon discovered the tibia bone had been infected, so the leg had been amputated. In the third center, we looked at the jawbone to determine that the person was about 16 years old. In See Dispatches/Page 19


tips on how to win elections in a democracy. First, he said, you have to reach out to constituents. Meet From Page 18 them, shake their hands, look at the fourth center, we looked at butthem in the eyes, introduce yourself, tons from the Civil War era, the tell them what you stand for and Union side. In the fourth center, we why you are running. And do not measured the tibia bone to deterforget to tell them that you want mine the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s height, which their vote! He also said you must be was 5 feet, 8 inches tall. In the last prepared for the position. center, we examined the pelvic Lauren Batson-Roberts said that bone and determined that it was it was really special that he came from a male. here and spent time with us. Jadyn Due to drill holes in some of the Mercedes and Nour Mahmoud bones that matched the drill holes in remember that Mr. Jacobson said he a model skeleton, we concluded really likes schools and he wants to that the bones were from a collechelp students get a good education. tion, not a crime. We had a lot of Max Akridge, Arnold Nguele and fun solving this mystery using math Jennifer Cruz said that it was neat and science to discover history. to see his campaign poster. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jasmine Reid and We now wait to see Ms. Mary Meghan Ourand, fifth-graders Lord, the person currently holding that seat, and compare the points of Lafayette Elementary view of the two candidates. All five kindergarten classes at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Third-graders Lafayette put on plays about vegetables this week. St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy Ms. deJonckheereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pink Base In school, we have a new club performed a play called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The called Mastery Club. For now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enormous Potato.â&#x20AC;? It was about only for fourth-graders. Our teacher, farmers who grew a potato so big Mr. DeWitt, set it up. that it took 12 people to pull it out. In Mastery Club, we choose In the end, they all ate it. from a long list of challenges that Ms. Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Base performed we want to master. Some examples a play called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enormous of challenges are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Name the eight Carrot.â&#x20AC;? It was about two people colors of the rainbow in order,â&#x20AC;? or who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull a big carrot from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Name the first 10 presidents in the ground and had to call on lots of order.â&#x20AC;? There are more than 100 their friends to help. Together, they challenges! We also make up some pulled and pulled until it finally of our own challenges. came out of the ground. Once you get 16 challenges, you Next was Ms. Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Purple get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Base, and they performed a play You get to wear a Hall of Fame about a big squash. How big was badge, and you can win prizes. the squash? So big that it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mastery Club is my favorite be moved. In the end, the gigantic after-school activity,â&#x20AC;? said Addie squash was turned into a house. Robinson, a fourth-grader.  Ms. Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Green Base put on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mastery Club is challenging,â&#x20AC;? a play called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gigantic said Michaela Herdoiza, a fourthTurnip.â&#x20AC;? This play was about two grader. farmers who grew a turnip so big â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Danielle McPhail and Kayla that â&#x20AC;Ś well, you know the rest! Davis, fourth-graders The last play was performed by Ms. Haiglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orange Base. It was School Without Walls called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Giant Cabbage.â&#x20AC;? In this At some schools, the week play, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mooseâ&#x20AC;? that try to before spring break is one where pick an overly large cabbage. They the work tempo slows, the reins are are sure it will be a prize-winner slackened, and nothing of much and want to take it to the Alaska consequence seems to occur. But State Fair. Many people and aninot at Walls. mals use tools from a big toolbox to The week began with the return try to remove the reluctant cabbage. of the choirs, orchestra and band When they finally succeed in getfrom a music festival in Atlanta. ting it off, the people eat it. Though the students were thoroughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rose Kelleher and ly sleep-deprived, the news neverMaya Forcier, fifth-graders theless made its way around school: Walls students came, saw and Ross Elementary brought their A-game. In social studies, we have The show choir and concert learned how to run a campaign. choir were given silver awards. The There are four positions available in orchestra placed silver and was our class. The Task Master will rated second overall. The stage make sure everybody stay on task. band earned gold and first overall. The Teacher Helper supports the A special recognition went to vocalteacher by taking on little jobs like ist Brigid Carmichael, who received handing out pencils. The Hall a maestro award, a recognition of Monitor makes sure that everybody students who display â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinary is quiet on line while walking music ability and sensitivity,â&#x20AC;? for though the school. The Line Leader her performance in the stage bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leads in front of the line. We will rendition of Amy Winehouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have elections for these four seats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m No Good.â&#x20AC;? On March 29, we had a special Overall, the entire Walls music guest in our classroom. department was awarded the festi Mr. Jack Jacobson is running for val spirit award for the group that the Ward 2 seat on the State Board â&#x20AC;&#x153;best represented their school and of Education, and he gave us a few community.â&#x20AC;?

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Not bad for their first time. Later that week, Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; student activists took their turn. Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Walls students took to the streets. Nearly the entire student body marched, accompanied by a police escort and students from George Washington and Howard universities, from the school to the White House. The march was to protest the manner in which the Trayvon Martin killing was handled. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

My experience in coming to America from Russia was really difficult. The flight is long. There are different time zones to adjust to. The next two weeks was really hard. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep. My nerves were really bad. I had to start Russian after the third day. Russian school here compared to Moscow is about the same. I had to learn new customs, new schedules and new classes. That was all very hard, too. The first time at American school, I got ill. I had to stay home. I was really worried about what would happen to me and what the principal was like. I thought I might be put out. I thought I might be named badly. Finally, when I came to Stoddert, everything turned out all right. Everyone was friendly in the fourth grade. I was amazed at how pretty, how shiny and how really big the school was. The library is really my favorite place. After a week in American school, the counselor asked me to begin going to English class. I have been learning English, but I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good at speaking my own thoughts. It was really fun to go to ESL class.

We did science activities like making flashlights. Now, I can speak English after two years at Stoddert. I can easily ask anyone about anything. I now know a lot and Americans are friendly to me. I will return to my native country. In Russia, I think in school I will be top in my class in English. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Victor Gunar, fifth-grader

Wilson High School

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday morning, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sitting across from the most powerful man in a building full of almost 2,000 people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a little intimidated. Our principal, Peter Cahall, was born in 1964 in New Jersey. He attended a public school of about 1,800 kids, where he was class president for three years. He played sports and went to church four times a week. He was a good student, but he also had an â&#x20AC;&#x153;ornery side.â&#x20AC;? He coordinated the senior pranks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a big sheet and wrote â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;teenage wastelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; across it and hung it in front of the school,â&#x20AC;? he says. In 1982, he graduated from high school and went off to the University of Virginia on a full football scholarship. He describes his college years as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best timeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;toughest timeâ&#x20AC;? of his life. He spent four and a half hours a day playing football and the rest of his time desperately trying to keep up with his schoolwork. He majored in physical education, and his first job out of college was teaching P.E. to disabled children at a school in Virginia, where he worked his way up to assistant principal. Next, he worked in Montgomery County as a principal at two schools and then as director of school performance before com-


ing to Wilson. The hardest thing Cahall has ever had to do is attend a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral. Cahall was close to Mike Tyler and his family. Mike died after being paralyzed in a wrestling tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shane Achenbach, 11th-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

On March 14, many schools celebrated a very special day: Pi Day! Pi, the ratio between a circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circumference and diameter, begins at 3.14, and hence the celebration occurs on March 14. Each year, our school has a contest to see who can recite the longest section of Archimedesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; infinite ratio. At Washington Latin, the contest began in each individual math class. The winner of that subsection would receive various prizes, then advance to the grade-wide contest. Then, the winners of each grade faced off on March 14 in front of the whole school. The overall winner recited a whopping 241 digits. I came in second, with a respectable 231 places memorized. My strategy was simple: memorize five digits at a time. I would recite what I knew with a new set of five, recite that again with another set, and so on. This method works for me because I am able to practice the ones I already know while committing still more numerals to memory. But there are other strategies as well. I have seen rhythms, memorizing patterns or palindromic numbers, so as not to get lost in the wave of numbers lapping though oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain. I have even seen people set the digits of Pi to a melody or treat them like lyrics to a well-known song. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nico Stauffer-Mason, eighth grader

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BRIGHT end unit TH, 3BR, 4.5BA, built in 1990. Fully fin on 4 lvls. Large, open LR/DR w/S light. Chef's KIT. Master & terrace w/views of VA. FR opens to garden. 3 frplcs. Sauna. Elevator. Garage. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Tamora Ilasat 202-460-0699 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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CHEVY CHASE $297,500 AFFORDABLE 700+sf 1BR w/low fee that allows DOGS, hi ceil, pretty HWD, updated kit, walk to Metro & shops. Susan Van Nostrand 301-529-1385 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 CHEVY CHASE $1,150,000 BEAUTIFULLY renov from top to bottom! Center hall Colonial with fabulous kitchen/family room addition. 5BR, 3FBA, garage PKG. Located just 3 blocks from all the amenities near Chevy Chase Circle: restaurants, shopping, Lafayette School/playground, and just 5 minutes to the Beltway. Owner/agent. Christina Mattar Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


YOU HAVE FOUND IT! Incredible renovation! Come see for yourself this beautiful 3BR, 2BA TH with big patio & parking. Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200 closets w/organizers. Lrg windows facing trees. All new CAC system. Fee includes all utils. Great roof deck. PARKING! Mary Zitello 202-549-7515 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

ADAMS MORGAN $299,000 BEAUX ARTS BEAUTY. Pass thru the most beautiful lobby in Washington at The Wyoming. Corner 1BR w/high ceilings, wood floors, good closet space, extra stor. Pet OK, 24-hr desk, great bldg roof deck. Nr Metro; 42 bus at the door. Joe Kelley 202-238-2874 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

CATHEDRAL / WESLEY HEIGHTS $320,000 SUN-FILLED & bright 1BR, 1FBA with a peaceful park view from the bedroom. Living/Dining room and generous sized balcony, updated KIT. Garage PKG included in price. Bldg amenities include pool, tennis, fitness center, grocery, tailor & hair salon!!! Kent Madsen Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


SUNNY 2BR, 1BA condo with 2 GARAGE SPACES, wood floors, fireplace and balcony in a full service bldg with doorman, pool and gym just 2 blocks to Metro! Richard Oder 202-329-6900 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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ANACOSTIA $175,000 THIS 2BR, 1.5BA HOME is move-in ready! Deck of BR, deep fenced yard, gated pkg & so much more. Very close to Metro, Stadium and major hwys. Maria Hardy-Cooper 202-302-2225 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200


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FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

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CLEVELAND PARK $1,399,000 THE BEST of City living! Totally renovated 5BR, 3FBA, stunning KIT, gorgeous HWFs, designer lighting, sound systems and more. Just a few blocks off Wisconsin Ave and neighborhood restaurants and shopping. 2-car garage, garden and back yard. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

W/D. 2 car secure PKG. Walking distance to 3 Metros. Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 CRESTWOOD $987,000 RESTORED Classic Detached Wardman circa 1927, with grand room sizes! Over 4,000 SF, 4BR, 4.5BA, 2 Dens, Reception Foyer, high ceilings, FP, tall doors, beautiful flrs, crown moldings. 3 Sun Rooms, gourmet KIT with granite, bright LL w/kitchenette. 3 car garage & lovely 6,000 SF lot! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

COLONIAL VILLAGE $799,000 FABULOUS renov w/gour/gran & ss KIT, open DR, large LR w/gas frpl, stunning Mste w/dramatic travertine bath, sitting room & private deck. 4.5BA, spacious FR. 10,000+ SF lot & driveway CLEVELAND PARK $409,000 PKG. Minutes to Metro & dtown Silver FOREST HILLS $1,500,000 A MUST SEE! The Broadmoor Co-op, Spring. STATELY, brick Georgian on 16,000sf lot Top Flr. Beautiful large, 1BR w/lots of Linda Low 202-363-1800 faces Rock Creek Park. 5000sf of light & park views. Updtd KIT w/new Foxhall Office bright, open space. 6BR, 4.5BA, 4 SS appls & gran counters. Separate $529,000 fireplaces. Marble foyer, grand pianoDining, HWFs, freshly painted & COLUMBIA HEIGHTS custom bookcases. Full Svc bldg. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS CUTIE! Very well sized LR, library, great rm w/ Garage Parking to rent. Walk to Metro, maintained, updtd Wardman porch front. cathedral ceiling, large table space Inviting foyer, bright & sunny LR, formal kitchen w/breakfast bar & island, shops. John Mammano 571-331-8557 DR, HBA, open KIT to enclosed rr porch. separate DR, recreation room, flagstone Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 3 generous BRs, 2BAs up. In-law ste with terrace, 2 car garage. By Appt.

HILL CREST / FT DUPONT, DC $345,000 CLASSIC BRICK Colonial with 3BR, 1.5BA in sought-after Hill Crest / Ft. Dupont area of DC. Formal Dining, rich oak HWFs, paneled wood doors and trim 1-car attached garage, 2-car driveway. Magnificent panoramic views of Washington, DC. 3410 Carpenter St SE Leon Williams 202-437-6828 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 LOGAN CIRCLE $475,000 855 SF 1BR+Study/Den+1BA with deeded PKG & priv stor. Open LR/DR features coat CL, laundry CL with Samsung W/D, KIT with island & gas cooking and priv outdoor balc. BR has large WIC, study/den has built-in desk with file pedestal drawers, bookcases and Elfa closet and luxurious BA with 2 entrances and soaking tub. 1441 Rhode Island Ave NW #310. Richard Waite 202-821-8940 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

LOGAN CIRCLE $729,000 ELEGANT 2BR, 2.5BA Duplex Condo 4668 Broad Branch Rd, NW Top 2 flrs of 1899 rowhouse features Denise Warner 202-487-5162 bright open living area, huge 10 ft ceilGeorgetown Office 202-944-8400 ings, moldings, hdwds both levels; gran/ss KIT, 2 Mstes plus half-bath, CAC, W/D, FT DUPONT PARK $160,000 sunny windows/skylights, big private WALK TO METRO! Owner help with deck, plus garage PKG space conveys. closing! Enjoy this 2BR well-maintained Gary Kraft 202-487-3716 semi-detach home w/HWFs look like new, Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 painted bsmnt great for RR/storage, Extremely deep yard! A must see! ROCKVILLE, MD $899,000 Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 CHARMING PORCH FRONT COLOFriendship Heights 202-364-5200 NIAL 3 luxurious levels on over a ½ acre. Elegant master suite. To-die-for GEORGETOWN / Kitchen/Great Room leads to supersized BURLEITH $849,000 Trex deck with retractable awning. THREE LEVEL end unit rowhouse with Builders own home, 6 years young. large detached garage. Stunning KIT with Barbara Fagel 301-351-5558 gran, Viking & SubZero. 2BR, 2 designer Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 BAs. Fin LL, pvt. rear entrance. Lovely brick patio & gardens. 3541 T St NW. U STREET $384,900 Mary Bresnahan 202-841-4343 BRIGHT, beautiful, new top floor 1BR Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 in U Street. Just 2 blocks to METRO. High tray ceiling! Granite & stainless GLOVER PARK $264,900 steel KIT, hardwoods. Low fee, bike GREAT BUY! Spacious, sunny 1BR unit storage. in wonderful bldg on the park. Fab, Casey Aboulafia 703-624-4567 renov KIT w/new wood cabs, SS appls, Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 new counters. Sep dining area. Lots of

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At Sutton Towers, the views are heavenly


lenty of multifamily properties in low-scale D.C. offer views of one site or another, be it the Washington Monument or

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the Potomac River. But too often those selling-point views require neck-craning or trips to the sole window where the scenery can be spotted. Not so in this one-bedroom Sutton Towers unit. Visitors enter on an upper level, so the nearly 1,200-square-foot home and its panoramic view are laid out beneath them. Through floor-to-ceiling windows, Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree canopy is springing into leaf, and rising above it is the Washington National Cathedral. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should see it at night,â&#x20AC;? said Realtor Kay McGrath King. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spectacular.â&#x20AC;? An open-plan kitchen, living and dining area lets light from that wall of windows spill throughout much of the unit. Wood floors visually unify all three spaces, which get some definition from the contemporary metal stair that sets the living space somewhat apart.

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This one-bedroom, one-bath unit at Sutton Towers is priced at $497,500. It features floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views. The living room is sizable, and would allow quite a few furniture setups. Entertaining would also be easy here, since thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a flow into and from this room, just as there is to and from the adjacent wide balcony that looks out on the same impressive view. Owners leavened the kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm cherry cabinetry with a new backsplash of miniature glass subway tile; granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances are other updates. An island in the same materials offers more prep space and storage as well as a natural spot for visitors to perch with a glass of wine. The nearby dining area is painted a warm, soft gray thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

welcoming during the day and cocooning at night. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shortage of storage in this home, from the ample kitchen cabinets to hallway closets to the two large closets in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entry. The last two, says King, have been altered by some residents to serve as a home office or other use. Since the home also comes with a storage unit, many buyers would likely be able to spare this space. The unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovated bath is sleek in marble and travertine. A double vanity is a luxury not often found in one-bedroom spots, and the large footprint allows for even more storage here. The large bedroom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more








than roomy enough for a king-sized bed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has its own view over the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treetops through a large window thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a source of ample afternoon light. A walk-in closet is an everyday luxury kitted out with rods and shelving. A garage parking space conveys with the unit, but owners will find many amenities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including tennis courts and a pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the property and within easy walking distance. The small shopping center next door offers a coffee shop, dry cleaner, bank and now two restaurants, including La Forchetta fea-

turing chef Roberto Donna. More restaurants and shopping wait in nearby Glover Park and Georgetown, but many buyers will appreciate that Sutton Towers is in the middle of quiet, leafy Wesley Heights. This one-bedroom, one-bath Unit 847 at 3101 New Mexico Ave. is offered for $497,500. Monthly fees of $717 include television, management, master insurance and more. For details, contact Kay McGrath King of Washington Fine Properties at 202-276-1235 or

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013; Glover Park / Cathedral heights


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ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park avenue heights massachusetts Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  update on the Sibley Memorial Hospital master plan. â&#x2013;  discussion of the May 5 and 6 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to allow an addition to a home at 4626 Garfield St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to allow a rear addition to a home at 3709 Corey Place. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Wesley Theological Seminary campus plan pending before the Zoning Commission. â&#x2013;  update on the voluntary agreement with La Forchetta, 3201 New Mexico Ave. â&#x2013;  update on a feasibility study for a nonmotorized boathouse zone along the Georgetown Waterfront. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit






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ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American friendshipUniversity heights / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  open forum. â&#x2013;  police report.

â&#x2013; vote on a grant request by the Friends of Friendship Park to support an educational activity at the annual May Fair celebration. â&#x2013;  discussion of a possible vote on resolutions relating to parking on the 4200 through 4800 blocks of Yuma Street and to traffic management at the intersection of 46th and Yuma streets. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Friendship Animal Hospital regarding plans for its property at 4105 Brandywine St. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution regarding the Wesley Theological Seminary campus plan. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 4855 Massachusetts Ave., for renewal of its Class B license. For details, visit ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  public forum. â&#x2013;  police report. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 26 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioner Jim McCarthy reported that the Board of Zoning Adjustment had adopted the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation about a rear deck and addition at 3825 Morrison St.: The new construction can remain in place, he said, provided adequate screening is added. McCarthy said he was also pleased to see that the lights the Chevy Chase Playground ballfield were turned off promptly at 9 p.m., as promised by the Department of Parks and Recreation. â&#x2013;  Anthony Lopez, representing Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, announced that the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a Ward 3 town-hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  Judi Gold, representing Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, asked residents to contact their council representatives with any comments or concerns about Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed budget. â&#x2013;  a resident said cars are making turns too quickly at the intersection of Utah and Nebraska avenues and said there should be a sign reminding drivers to watch for pedestrians in the crosswalks. â&#x2013;  commission chair Gary Thompson reminded residents that grant proposals for the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring cycle are due April 28. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support the renewal of a liquor

license at Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 5626 Connecticut Ave., and to discontinue their old voluntary agreements with the establishment. A resident asked why groceries and farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market goods at Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be purchased with food stamps; a representative of the store said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d look into it. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 6-0, with Peggy Sewell absent, to support the activation of a vehicle sensor on Livingston Street at its stoplight with Connecticut Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a D.C. Council bill that would require a permit to remove trees bigger than 40 inches in circumference. The commission noted in a letter, though, that it shared a number of the concerns raised by the group Casey Trees about other aspects of the legislation. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-1-1, with Carolyn Cook opposed and Peter Engel abstaining, to send a letter to the National Park Service supporting a community garden at Shoreham Drive and Rock Creek Parkway. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-1, with Carolyn Cook opposed, to support a petition from neighbors for a fourway stop sign at Utah Avenue and Northampton Street. Neighbors said speeding cars on Utah Avenue endanger pedestrians using the intersectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crosswalk. Cook said the commission should ask the D.C. Department of Transportation for a study rather than recommend a particular solution. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support Metropolitan Police Department plans to install additional automated enforcement cameras. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 6325 32nd St. to permit a one-story rear addition that does not meet setback requirements because of an irregularly shaped lot. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Circle Wine & Spirits, 5501 Connecticut Ave., for renewal of its Class A license. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed zoning code changes, including a presentation on what is under review and the process ahead. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an email to chevychaseanc3@ ANC 4A 4A ANC Colonial Village â&#x2013;  colonial village / crestwood Shepherd ShepherdPark Park / brightwood The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit

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From Page 5 tion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should we be official or unofficial? Well, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be able to stay unofficial. I would rather be in the right and then, if the city wants to do something different, they have to go through some procedure.â&#x20AC;? Melman said that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention had been elsewhere â&#x20AC;&#x201D; major renovations of the recreation center and nearby Stoddert Elementary were recently completed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but seems to be returning to the dog park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the natural inclination of people to think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not broke, why are we fixing it?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Melman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My sense is it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t brokeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because there were too many other things going on between Stoddertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation and our renovation.â&#x20AC;?

A group has formed to collect signatures and submit an application for a dog park to the Department of Parks and Recreation. Once the application is submitted, there will be a period for public comment, the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission will weigh in, and the city will rule on the application. Melman expects the application to be ready within 30 days. If the application is accepted, Guy Mason will be subject to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official dog park operating rules. Among those, there can be no more than one dog for every 450 square feet of park, no handler can bring more than three dogs, handlers must be at least 16 years old, and dogs must have registration tags issued by animal control. There has been some consternation that legitimizing the dog park would force dog walkers to limit themselves to three dogs. Melman dismisses that concern, pointing out

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place, and for the historic Capital Hall and Dunblane House to be renovated. The resulting 300,000 square feet of development will hold up to 2,000 students and 500 faculty and staff members. Development will be concentrated along Nebraska Avenue, based on requests from Yuma Street residents. The Tenley Campus Neighbors Association, representing that area, ultimately reached a compromise with the university and withdrew its opposition to the campus plan last year despite some lingering concerns. The university has said it expects many students, faculty and staff members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as special event attendees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to take Metro to the campus, and that its 450 parking spaces would accommodate the rest. But in response to neighborhood concerns that free street parking would be too tempting an alternative, the school is strengthening its â&#x20AC;&#x153;good neighborâ&#x20AC;? policy of identifying and ticketing university-associated vehicles parked in front of nearby homes. The school is still working on specifics of that policy, such as the times of day its staff would check for those cars and how far from campus the patrols would extend. The Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final order will address those points. Neighbors also requested 30 daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice before the university hosts any large special event on the campus,

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Community members are trying to make the Guy Mason dog area â&#x20AC;&#x153;official.â&#x20AC;?

that right now dog walkers and others are already technically violating the rules by letting dogs off leash. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These dog walkers are in business,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll figure it out. â&#x20AC;Ś We think there should be an offleash park in our area, and Guy Mason makes sense.â&#x20AC;?

and asked for a cap of 1,000 people on the campus at any given time. Zoning commissioners, questioning whether those measures were reasonable and enforceable, asked for more information from the school and neighbors about what would work for them. Commissioners also said they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure whether to require a particular lane configuration on Nebraska Avenue to provide access to the underground parking garage, or to allow the university and the D.C. Department of Transportation to choose. Despite the seeming inevitability of the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval, American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broad development plans may face another legal hurdle. Several community groups that have bitterly fought the campus plan last week filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking city emails and other related documents. Tom Smith, an officer of the Spring ValleyWesley Heights Citizens Association and a Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioner, said those documents could â&#x20AC;&#x153;possiblyâ&#x20AC;? be used to appeal the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of the campus plan. According to Office of the Attorney General spokesperson Ted Gest, the organizations will be able to petition the Zoning Commission to review its decision within 30 days of issuance of a full written order, which is expected sometime later this spring. If the commission denies that request, the case could come before the D.C. Court of Appeals. Gest said neighbors could request that the school be blocked from carrying out its development plans during the reviews.

conducted by DC VOICE showed that 75 percent of attendees consider it a priority to re-establish an elected school board to oversee school policy and budgets. Since the D.C. Council in 2007 abolished the elected school board and established mayoral control over the school system, the mayor and the D.C. Public Schools chancellor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kaya Henderson replaced Michelle Rhee in 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have held the power to close schools. The Chicago-based Illinois Facility Fund based its performance assessments and closure recommendations on standardized test scores, and if the city follows those recommendations, it could leave some neighborhoods without nearby traditional elementary schools. According to polls at the meeting, 80 percent of attendees considered it â&#x20AC;&#x153;very importantâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fight for a system of neighborhood schools,â&#x20AC;? and 75 percent â&#x20AC;&#x153;strongly disagreedâ&#x20AC;? that â&#x20AC;&#x153;labeling of schools as failures based on their standardized test scores has helped improve schoolsâ&#x20AC;? in D.C. Daniel Del Pielago, an education organizer at Empower DC and a panelist at the meeting, said parents at River Terrace Elementary School in Ward 7 spent a year trying to get a meeting with Henderson after they heard their school might close down. They never got that meeting, and later found out the school would close by the end of this school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents ask for meetings, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

get them, and are then scapegoated as to why schools arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working,â&#x20AC;? Del Pielago said at the meeting. Cathy Reilly, executive director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators and facilitator of last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, said in an interview that she wants to see more public engagement in the school decision-making process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mayoral control went too far. We need a policy board for education that operates with accountability and transparency,â&#x20AC;? Reilly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The chancellor can close a public school without any public process â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be voted on or discussed. And that does not seem right to me.â&#x20AC;? While concerns about charter schools came up at the meeting, Reilly said not all organizers are not opposed to charters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not anti-charter,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re running a twosector system, we have to define the roles of the sectors and traditional public schools have an additional responsibility to the city.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changes are moving forward pretty rapidly, and it can get to a point where we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull them back,â&#x20AC;? said Filardo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about having civic participation in public schools, then OK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not OK, then we need to act.â&#x20AC;? Neither D.C. Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson nor Deputy Mayor for Education Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shawn Wright replied to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for comment. Organizers of last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forum have scheduled an April 28 followup on the state of education in D.C.





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From Page 9 ensuring that the community continues even if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not there (though she has no plans to leave). â&#x20AC;&#x153;You look at what happened with John Friend â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one person,â&#x20AC;? she said, referring to the Texas-based founder of Anusara-style yoga, who has recently been caught up in a major scandal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not viable because eventually that personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to be able to do it.â&#x20AC;? She said the other reason behind the decision was to â&#x20AC;&#x153;show people that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a possibility.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that hard, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way for businesses to be,â&#x20AC;? she

have been fueled by highly educated people in the 25-to-34-year-old age range coming from outside the area, just the type of employees the tech industry is seeking. Hoskins said his most recent hire is someone to lure firms in the health and medical field. The District is also trying to encourage people who work in the city to live here as well. Currently, two-thirds of the people who work in D.C. live in the suburbs, according to Tregoning. She noted that universities and hospitals are the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest private employers and prefer having employees who live nearby. To help, the District has a $6,000 closing-cost benefit agreement with American and Gallaudet universities for employees who buy homes in the city.

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The city has already introduced a lower corporate profits tax for tech firms (4 percent versus the 9.975 percent for other companies). And Mayor Vincent Gray has announced plans to introduce a 3 percent capital-gains tax for D.C. residents who invest personal funds in local high-tech start-ups. Employees of high-tech companies who receive stock options could also benefit from this plan. This change would set the District apart from Virginia and Maryland in offering a locally focused capitalgains tax that is significantly lower than its income tax rate. Tregoning reported that the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent population gains


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The award-winning owner of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rasika restaurant opened a second outpost of his Indian eatery Friday in the West End. Rasika West End is serving the same modern and traditional Indian food that has earned Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam major award nominations from both the James Beard Foundation and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. Sunderam will serve as executive chef of both restaurants, while Manish Tyagi, who comes most recently from the Taj Group of Hotels in India, is serving as chef de cuisine of Rasika West End. Owner Ashok Bajaj has drawn praise as well, winning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restaurateur of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? awards from both Washingtonian magazine and the Washington City Paper. Along with the two Rasika restaurants, he owns Ardeo-Bardeo, Bibiana, The Bombay Club, The Oval Room and 701 Restaurant. The restaurant is located at 1177 22nd St. NW. It is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner Monday through Saturday.




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said. The new board will make all of Circle Yogaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decisions, settling issues like how to balance the budget and what teachers should be paid. Only Mahon, whose husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job has allowed her the fiscal flexibility to run a business for free, will be liable for costs. One choice the board may face in upcoming years is whether to keep paying teachers above-average rates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our teachers are cared for,â&#x20AC;? said Mahon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted people to make a living.â&#x20AC;? So far, this practice seems to be working. But Mahon said the new ownership situation may mean new ways of thinking. And after nearly a decade at the helm, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine with that.






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â&#x20AC;&#x153;And to try and continue to legislate and ... structure our society only for those people who work from 8 until 5 is something that we have to try and avoid, while at the same time paying due diligence to [their] needs and requirements.â&#x20AC;? Coburn suggested requiring individual establishments to apply to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for the extra hour, which would allow residents the chance to raise any objections publicly. Also, existing voluntary agreements limiting hours would be

unaffected by the policy change, according to alcohol administration director Fred Moosally. But Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who chairs the Council Committee on Human Services, which covers alcohol issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said he feared such neighborhoods as Adams Morgan would nonetheless feel the impact of the proposed policy change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In nightlife areas â&#x20AC;Ś that are right next to residences, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with intoxicated people going down the street, slamming car doors, arguing, singing, laughing,â&#x20AC;? said Graham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of that gets moved [an hour later] under this proposal.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is my position we should reject it,â&#x20AC;? added Graham, referring to Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal

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for later hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is my position that we should find the $3 million [elsewhere in the budget], because I think this is coming at too high a cost.â&#x20AC;? Seyhan Duru, who owns two establishments near 19th and K streets downtown, said the issues Graham has observed in his ward might actually improve if establishments are allowed to stay open an extra hour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At 3 a.m., when you close the place, the entire club is emptying out. The entire Adams Morgan is emptying out,â&#x20AC;? Duru said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you keep it until 4 â&#x20AC;Ś some people leave at 3, it splits up, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a whole mess leaving the club at the same time.â&#x20AC;? Graham and Moosally questioned that


claim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to assume that people will adjustâ&#x20AC;? to a later closing time rather than leaving early, Moosally said, but he promised to study other jurisdictions with later hours. Gray introduced his budget proposal less than a week before the regularly scheduled fiscal oversight hearing on the alcohol agency, so few people were prepared to speak about the extended hours on Thursday. Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committee will hold a hearing on that specific subject at 5 p.m. April 17 in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building. The budget proposal also calls for allowing restaurants to operate 24 hours surrounding the presidential inauguration and for allowing offpremises alcohol sales to begin at 7 a.m.


arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t things that just went wrong with the school this year. I heard they were going to fix the doors this summer, and the roof and the windows, but I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it until I see it.â&#x20AC;? Despite the school visits by city officials, Department of General Services spokesperson Darrell Pressley said there is no summer work slated for Roosevelt. At the January meeting, Wright told the audience that he would not send his godchildren to the dilapidated schools. For Hampton, that candid statement contradicts the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shawn Wright said he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t send his godchildren here, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that more of a reason to go ahead and do the modernization, fix the building now?â&#x20AC;? Hampton asked. Under Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget, Roosevelt would receive $127 million for a renovation project now expected to begin in June 2013. That project was first expected to begin this fall with a $66 million budget. At Coolidge, a modernization project that was originally slated to begin in 2014 will now start in 2015, with a budget of $95 million, up from $86 million. There, faculty and students say they expect water inside locker rooms anytime thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rain outside, and teachers worry about the paint that chips off the ceilings and walls. Kamili Anderson, Ward 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative on the State Board of Education, said she, too, heard that some work could get started at Roosevelt this summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the biggest problem, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem is no one is communicating to the school or to myself what the plans would be,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not engaged or informed in the decision-making process. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we asked for the meeting in January â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hearing back on plans to relocate the students for the construction that was supposed to begin this fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The assumption on the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part is that the funding is there, the plans are there and the project is supposed to go forward,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The actions taken didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match the budget or plan, and we now have a grave concern about whether promises will be kept by government â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but we will continue to push.â&#x20AC;?

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Wednesday april 4 Classes â&#x2013; As part of the annual DC Tango Festival, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra will present a tango dance class. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-242-8032. The class will repeat weekly through May 2. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  Students at the Levine School of Music will perform chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Darcy James Argueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Society. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Performance artist William Pope.L will discuss his work. 6 p.m. $10; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. calendar. â&#x2013;  The Petworth Library Friends and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will sponsor a workshop led by Capital Area Asset Builders on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can You Really Afford Your Financial Lifestyle?â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  The annual Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture will feature Ezra Vogel, professor emeritus at Harvard University, discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;China as Number One? Managing the End of Rapid Growth in Japan and China.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. GastonSigurApril4. â&#x2013;  Steven John will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three A.M.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Diana Balmori, founding principal of Balmori Associates, will discuss the environmental benefits of integrating landscape and architecture. 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Events Entertainment $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013; Institute for Policy Studies senior scholar Chuck Collins will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Alfonso Alonso of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Realm of the Monarch Butterfly.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Lionel Shriver will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Republic.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Nikita Stewart of The Washington Post, Mark Segraves of WTOP radio and Tom Sherwood of NBC4 will discuss D.C. politics and the results of Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary. 7 p.m. Free. Hill Center on Capitol Hill, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  Portrait artist Jill Cohen will show examples from the hundreds of portraits she has painted in her 30-year-plus career and talk about the art of portraiture. 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. Films â&#x2013;  The American Repertoire series will feature the 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill a Mockingbird,â&#x20AC;? starring Gregory Peck. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Giorgos Siougasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burning Heads.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Indiana Pacers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475.


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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Tea and Chocolate Workshop,â&#x20AC;? for children ages 5 and older, will feature a tea service and an introduction to the basics of chocolate. Participants will create their own threedimensional chocolate eggs to take home. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $25; $10 for accompanying adults. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preschool Story Timeâ&#x20AC;? will feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, dancing and stretching. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Concerts â&#x2013;  The D.C.-based band Lightfoot will perform pop, folk and rock music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra, soprano Marlis Petersen (shown), mezzosoprano Anke Vondung, baritone Russell Braun, tenor James Taylor and the University of Maryland Concert Choir will perform Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elijah.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature violinist Tamaki Kawakubo. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Brooklynbased trio janus. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Greater Washington Board of Trade will present a talk by Charlotte Beers, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power and Joy at Work.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. $100. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., will speak. 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Historian Sheila Skemp will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Making of a Patriot:

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Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; A forum on agriculture will feature Roger Thurow (shown), senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a former Wall Street Journal correspondent, and Alan Bjerga, agricultural policy reporter for Bloomberg News. Noon. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Daniel Boomhower of the Library of Congress will discuss chamber music in Berlin, circa 1750. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 Architects in 25 Weeksâ&#x20AC;? lecture series will feature a talk by Jon Penndorf of Perkins+Will on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greening Your Home.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-347-9403. â&#x2013;  Scot Horst of the U.S. Green Building Council will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building in the 21st Century: LEED 2012.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. â&#x2013;  George Mason University professor Jeffrey Mantz will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Politics of Leftovers in the Time of the Zombie Apocalypse,â&#x20AC;? about societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of zombies. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Room 103, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ukraine in Anticipation of the October 2012 @Yd^hja[]oaf]gfEgf\Yqk& :jmf[`gfKYlmj\YqkYf\Kmf\Yqk )(2+(Ye%*2+(he

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Parliamentary Elections.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Anatomistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apprenticeâ&#x20AC;? by Tessa Harris. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Lady Pat Nixon: Ambassador of Goodwill,â&#x20AC;? about her travels to more than 75 countries. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  Jacqueline Winspear will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  French author Alexandre Najjar will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kadichaâ&#x20AC;? and 22 other published works. 7 p.m. $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  Winston Groom, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forrest Gumpâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crimson Tide,â&#x20AC;? will discuss his National Geographic book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shiloh.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Musical Theater at the Library of Congress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Concerts From the Archivesâ&#x20AC;? will feature a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stephen Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 70th Birthday Concert,â&#x20AC;? recorded in May 2000. 7 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Performances â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. â&#x2013;  Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. will kick off its 20th-anniversary season with a spring performance. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-297-2436. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5: Journey to Japanâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with gallery talks, language lessons and Japan-themed food and drink. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine will introduce the 2012 Witter Bynner Fellows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Origami Funâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to make origami cherry blossom branches. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play See Events/Page 27

Continued From Page 26 the Florida Panthers. 7 p.m. $75 to $155. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. 6 6 Friday, FridayApril april Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eggstravaganza!â&#x20AC;? will feature an egg hunt and egg roll contest, followed by a chance to decorate festive eggs and self-guided tours of the 5.5-acre gardens. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 for children; $3 for accompanying adults. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present its annual two-piano concert, featuring works by Shu Mei Liu, Lutos, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Chanler and Bolcom. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Charles Miller, minister of music at National City Christian Church, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Berklee College of Music will present a performance produced by its American Roots Music Program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Urban Tango Trio. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Promise and the Passion: Music for Good Fridayâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Calvary Chamber Singers performing Graunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Der Tod Jesu.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds will benefit the Shalom Scholarship Fund. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. Discussion â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;More Than Just Credit: A Panel Discussion on the Other Aspects of Microfinance.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Divasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kenji Mizoguchiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ugetsu Monogatari,â&#x20AC;? starring Machiko Kyo, and his 1936 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sisters of the Gion,â&#x20AC;? starring Isuzu Yamada. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Asian Film Series will feature the 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blind Shaft.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 503, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Meeting â&#x2013;  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. Performance â&#x2013;  Tyler Perry will star in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madea Gets a


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AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Divasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kenji Mizoguchiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Street of Shame,â&#x20AC;? starring Machiko Kyo, at 2 p.m.; and Yasujiro Ozuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tokyo Story,â&#x20AC;? starring Setsuko Hara, at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

7 Saturday, SaturdayApril april 7 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; The French bakery Paul and the Alliance Française de Washington will host an Easter egg hunt, featuring a traditional French story time and a search for eggs hidden throughout Mitchell Park. 10:30 a.m. $5; reservations required. Meet at the Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911, ext. 814. â&#x2013;  Friends of the Georgetown Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Eggstravaganza,â&#x20AC;? featuring a spring-themed story time and craft activity. 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Lindsay Reishman Real Estate will host its seventh annual egg hunt, featuring a balloon artist, a face painter and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Stead Park, 1625 P St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Tregaron Conservancy will hold an Easter egg hunt along the estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trails. 11 a.m. Free. Meet inside Tregaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Klingle Road entrance, near the Twin Oak stump. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about African-American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven and Farrenc. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The annual Easter Vigil Jazz Vespers at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ will feature music by Bobby N. Felder and His Blue Notes. 7 p.m. Free. Sanctuary, Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202829-5511. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature composer and percussionist Andy Akiho. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Fort Stevens Working Group will present a discussion on new research about Civil War Washington. 9 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Weaver and teacher Christine Spangler will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Copying Rug Designs and Structures: Contemporary Jacquard Art Textiles.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of D.C. emancipation, a park ranger will discuss the changes that occurred in Washington after local slaves

Sunday, april 8 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: The Washington International Church will host an Easter egg hunt for ages 12 and younger. 12:30 p.m. Free. Washington International Church, 4420 River Road NW. 202-8959060. were freed. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Picturesâ&#x20AC;? series will feature journalist, travel writer and historian Tony Horwitz discussing Ole Peter Hansen Ballingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1872 portrait of abolitionist John Brown in captivity. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Festival â&#x2013;  Presented as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival will feature live music, cultural experiences, a foodtruck rally and water-related activities such as dragon boat demonstrations and sailing events. 1 to 9 p.m. Free. Southwest Waterfront, Water Street between 6th and 9th streets SW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $18 to $22.

Performances â&#x2013; The Laurel Fund for the performing arts will present a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $50. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase will feature musicians Jay Burden and Jonny Grave and comedians Pat Coffey, Brian Paul, Philippe Schafer and Haywood Turnipseed Jr. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  Jovee Inc. will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spa in the City,â&#x20AC;? featuring multiple treatment areas, interactive presentations and a glam photo stage. 6 to 10 p.m. $10; reservations required. MOCA DC, 1054 31st St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play Seattle Sounders FC. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a stroll through historic Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key


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Sunday april 8 Concerts â&#x2013; Washington National Cathedral artist-in-residence Jeremy Filsell will present an Easter Day organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Israeli pianist Efi Hackmey will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature guitarist Soichi See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 Muraji. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic event for singer/ songwriters. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  Opera in Cinema will present the Bregenz Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aida.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Tuesday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Koreaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jo Sung-Heeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;End of Animal.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Divasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Akira Kurosawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1950 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rashomon,â&#x20AC;? starring Machiko Kyo. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. 9 Monday, MondayApril april 9 Concert â&#x2013;  American composer, producer, musician, singer and actor Van Dyke Parks will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Educator Lisa Delpit will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Multiplication Is for White Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Raising Expectations for Other Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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Events Entertainment Children.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013; Benjamin Busch will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dust to Dust: A Memoir,â&#x20AC;? about his two tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The annual Henry Mitchell Garden Lecture, sponsored by the Friends of the Tenley Library, will feature Lucinda Fleeson, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Former National Portrait Gallery director Marc Pachter will interview prominent attorney and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan about his life and contributions to American history. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. â&#x2013;  National Symphony Orchestra cellist Yvonne Caruthers, flutist Aaron Goldman and percussionist Daniel Villanueva will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Math and Music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Closer Than You Think,â&#x20AC;? featuring live performances, film clips and audience participation. 7 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Family programs â&#x2013;  The National Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Easter Monday celebration will feature an egg hunt, Easter-themed games, animal demonstrations and performances. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Derrick Weston Brown, will feature an open-mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013; The WWE RAW Supershow will feature John Cena, Kane, Chris Jericho, CM Punk, The Miz and Randy Orton. 8:15 p.m. $20 to $75. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

Tuesday, april 10 â&#x2013; Discussion: Bill Press will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Who Is Behind Them.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-3040. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robots in the Great Hallâ&#x20AC;? will feature a look at the creations of Anthony Nunez of Infamous Robotics LLC and students at the University of Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Lab. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The Macomb Recreation Center will host its second annual Easter egg hunt, featuring games, activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny (for children ages 12 and younger). 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Macomb Recreation Center, 3409 Macomb St. NW. 202-282-2199. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burt Lancaster: American Classicâ&#x20AC;? will feature John Frankenheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birdman of Alcatraz.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company will host an â&#x20AC;&#x153;NT Liveâ&#x20AC;? high-definition broadcast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Comedy of Errors.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Ernest B. Schoedsackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1940 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Cyclops.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? hosted by



Tour â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mid-day Tour in the Garden of Good and Evil,â&#x20AC;? led by biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Beth Burrous, will feature a look at medicinal and poisonous plants. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Tuesday, April 10

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby/Toddler Lap Timeâ&#x20AC;? will feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and baby bounces. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. 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. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature pianist Hyeweon Lee. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Estonia will present musician Triinu Taul performing works by Estonian composers, traditional folk music and other selections. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Arditti String Quartet and pianist Stephen Drury will perform works by Cage, Berg, BartĂłk, Adès and Beethoven. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature violinist Sayaka Shoji. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a

talk by Julius Fleischman on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating Life With Low Vision.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Ophthalmology Clinic, Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. NW. 202877-6081. â&#x2013; Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam, 1965-1969,â&#x20AC;? about the roles Robert S. McNamara and Clark M. Clifford played in U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Politics and Prose owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Independent Bookstore: Joys and Challenges.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Robert J. Lieber, professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power and Willpower in the American Future.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, 36th and N streets NW. powerandwillpower. â&#x2013;  David Weitz, professor of physics and applied physics at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Physics of Cooking.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Room 112, Reiss Science Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature Erica Jong, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fear of Flyingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seducing the Demon.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Linda Greenhouse will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  MSNBC host Chris Matthews (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack Kennedy: Elusive Heroâ&#x20AC;? in a conversation with InterAmerican Development Bank president Luis Alberto Moreno. 7 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  Kelsey Alford-Jones, director of the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, will speak. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Robert Ballard, the National See Events/Page 30


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Kreeger exhibition spotlights MirĂł collection


oan MirĂł: From the On exhibit Collection of the Kreeger Museumâ&#x20AC;? will open Tuesday at the Kreeger Museum, through Thursday by reservation marking the first time the musefor guided tours at 10:30 a.m. and umâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete collection of works 1:30 p.m. Admission costs $10 for by MirĂł will have been on view. adults and $7 for seniors and stu Continuing through July 31, the dents. 202-337-3050. exhibit features the 36 prints of â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Stories,â&#x20AC;? a chronologâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mallorca ical look at the Suite,â&#x20AC;? the people, inven36-foot-long tions, issues and printed silk fabevents that have ric â&#x20AC;&#x153;Makimonoâ&#x20AC;? shaped U.S. hisand the â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Vol tory, will open de lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alosa (The tomorrow for an Flight of the indefinite run at Lark)â&#x20AC;? print the National This reproduction of silk with edition in celeMuseum of phoenix and vine scroll roundels American bration of is part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woven Treasuresâ&#x20AC;? History. Mallorcan poets. Located at exhibit at the Textile Museum. Located at 14th Street and 2401 Foxhall Road NW, the museConstitution Avenue NW, the um is open Friday and Saturday museum is open daily from 10 a.m. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

â&#x2013; The Anacostia Community Museum opened two installations Monday as the final installments of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call and Response: Creativity and Communityâ&#x20AC;? series of exhibits. They will remain on view through Aug. 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighborhood Paletteâ&#x20AC;? highlights the history of east-of-the-river public art by the Albus Cavus design collective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citifiedâ&#x20AC;? explores the art of tattooing with CoCo and Vonnie Bayron of Nu Flava Ink Tattoo shop. Located at 1901 Fort Place SE, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dupont Circle office recently opened an exhibit of paintings by self-taught Adams Morgan artist Matt Sesow and will continue it through May 31. Located at 1606 17th St. NW, the office is open Monday through

Joan MirĂłâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1973 lithograph â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Vol de Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alosa (The Flight of the Lark),â&#x20AC;? is part of a Kreeger Museum exhibit of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202387-6180. â&#x2013; The Textile Museum recently opened two exhibits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woven Treasures of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tawaraya Workshop,â&#x20AC;? on view through Aug. 12, features precious textiles and kimonos on loan from

the 500-year-old Tawaraya Workshop, which has produced exquisite silks for imperial garments and Noh costumes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sourcing the Museum,â&#x20AC;? on view through Aug. 19, presents pieces by 11 fiber artists who were See Exhibits/Page 36

Ballet offers new take on Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild adventures


he Washington Ballet will present the world premiere of Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;ALICE (in wonderland)â&#x20AC;? April 11 through 15 at the Kennedy Center.


This re-imagined take on Lewis Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic tale features whimsical sets, an original score expressing the personality of each character, and a giant Jabberwocky puppet. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $50 to $155. 202-467-4600; washingtonballet. The Washington Ballet will stage the premiere of Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s org. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ALICE (in wonderland)â&#x20AC;? April 11 through 15 at the Kennedy Center. â&#x2013; Scena Theatre will present Wednesday through Saturday and 2 Conor McPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seafarerâ&#x20AC;? $35 ($15 for students except on p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $18 for April 20); there will be $10 preApril 7 through May 20 at the H views April 7, 8 and 11. The theater the general public, $15 for faculty, Street Playhouse. is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703staff, alumni and seniors, and $10 The play is set on Christmas 683-2824; for students. Georgetown Eve in a coastal suburb north of â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will University is located at 37th and O Dublin, where James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sharkyâ&#x20AC;? present an streets NW. 202-687-2787; Harkin, an alcoensemble holic, has dering of â&#x2013;  Pointless Theatre will present returned to live Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cab Callowayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minnie the with his blind, tragedy Moocherâ&#x20AC;? April 13 through 29 at aging brother, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Macbethâ&#x20AC;? April the Mead Theatre Lab at Richard. As 12 through 21 at Flashpoint. Sharky attempts Puppets, dancers and a live jazz the Davis to stay off the band help tell the story of Minnie Performing Arts bottle, he conthe Moocher and Smokey Joe, Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gonda tends with the Pointless Theatre will stage â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cab characters that Calloway threaded Theatre. hard-drinking, Callowayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minnie the Moocherâ&#x20AC;? through a number of songs over the Fifteen cast irascible April 13 through 29. course of his career. The performembers perRichard and his mance features drug and alcohol form multiple roles, including own haunted conscience. A series use and may not be suitable for across genders. The ensemble of unexpected visitors culminates approach seeks to answer the ques- children. in a poker game that seems casual Performance times are generally tion of whose nightmare the play but is in fact a game for Sharkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 depicts. The production caps a soul. p.m. Sunday, as well as 3 p.m. yearlong focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Macbethâ&#x20AC;? by Performance times are 8 p.m. April 14. Tickets cost $15 to $20. professor Maya Roth. Thursday through Saturday and 3 Performance times are 8 p.m. p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to See Theater/Page 36




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Continued From Page 28 Geographic explorer-in-residence who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic, will discuss the legendary vessel and its dramatic loss. 7:30 p.m. $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Meeting â&#x2013; Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3642680. The group meets every Tuesday. Performances â&#x2013;  Dance Exchange artistic director Cassie Meador will present an interactive performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Lose a Mountainâ&#x20AC;? as the kickoff for her new project â&#x20AC;&#x153;500 miles/500 stories.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Science: Stories about experiments, chemistry, and explosive situations.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Local performer Wayne Manigo will host a weekly comedy show. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-291-2906. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  Catholic University will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a Founders Day Mass with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of the university. 12:10 p.m. Free. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. The anniversary celebration will continue through Saturday with various events. â&#x2013;  The Alliance Française de Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Is More: Snapshots of Belgian Performing Artsâ&#x20AC;? festival will open with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Society, Strange Fruit and Frites,â&#x20AC;? featuring a champagne reception, a three-course dinner and a performance


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Events Entertainment from a pair of quirky servers. 7 to 10 p.m. $115; reservations required. Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Events will continue at various venues through Saturday. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  The D.C. Preservation League will host a tour of Observatory Hill, the site of the historic Old Naval Observatory and the original Washington Naval Hospital. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. 23rd and E streets NW.

Wednesday, april 11 â&#x2013; Concert: Violinist Caroline Goulding will perform. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202783-7370.

11 Wednesday, WednesdayApril april 11 Class â&#x2013; The Guy Mason Community Center and Macomb Recreation Center will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips,â&#x20AC;? a seven-session class featuring local chefs and other guests. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 13. Concerts â&#x2013;  In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Jack String Quartet will perform works by Hosokawa and Ives. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Benjamin Hutto, director of music ministry and organist at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easter Alleluias: Organ Music by Bach, Gigout & Howells.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766.

â&#x2013; The Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present vocalist Anna Caterina Antonacci (shown) and pianist Donald Sulzen performing works by FaurĂŠ, Hahn, Tosti, Cilea, Mascagni, Respighi and Refice. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Steve Lehman Trio. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Senegalese singer and composer Cheikh Lo will perform as part of the Francophonie Festival 2012. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Vali Nasr, professor of international

politics at Tufts University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Regional Implications of ShiaSunni Sectarian Conflict.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor and founder of a Palestinian humanitarian aid organization, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eyes in Gaza: What Did I See? What Can You Do?â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Folger Consort artistic director Robert Eisenstein will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Ladies: The Musical World of 15thCentury Burgundy.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  Dennis Whigham, senior botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Native Orchids: A National Approach to Conservation.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Natural History anthropologist Bruno Frohlich will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excavating in Ancient Oman.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Friends of the Tenley Library and the Tenleytown Historical Society will present a talk by Valerie Brown and Barbara Glickman, authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Splendor: Parks and Gardens of Washington D.C.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. â&#x2013;  Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, co-founders of The Book Doctors and authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It â&#x20AC;Ś Successfully,â&#x20AC;? will listen to 20 writers chosen at random to pitch their book ideas, with one winner receiving an introduction to an agent or publisher. As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pitchapalooza!â&#x20AC;? event, the authors will provide a 20-minute consultation to anyone who buys their book. 7 p.m. Free admission; participation requires purchase of $15.95 book. Politics

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and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013; The Library of Congress will present Michael Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bach & friends,â&#x20AC;? featuring reflections and performances by world-class artists. 7 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5664. â&#x2013;  The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Meridian Hill Pictures will present a selection of short documentaries on water and sanitation in Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh. A post-screening discussion will feature D.C. filmmaker Stephen Sapienza and Nigerian journalist Ameto Akpe. 7:30 p.m. Free. Modern Times Coffeehouse, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will preset Robert SedlĂĄcekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Live the Family.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meditation â&#x2013;  The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Performance â&#x2013;  As part of the Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill festival, George Washington University students will present an open rehearsal of their staged reading of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Begotten.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherry Blossom Teaâ&#x20AC;? will feature tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and Japanese tea blends. After the tea, docents will lead a tour through the Tudor Place mansion. 1 to 3 p.m. $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center and the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington, D.C. Association will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Japanese Way of Tea,â&#x20AC;? featuring a video screening, lecture and demonstration. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wine Tasting 101â&#x20AC;? series will feature a session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merlot: Old Bordeaux Vintagesâ&#x20AC;? with wine teacher Vincent Morin. 7 p.m. $70. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Thursday, Aprilapril 12 Thursday 12 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preschool Story Timeâ&#x20AC;? will feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, dancing and stretching. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Class â&#x2013;  Circle Yoga teacher Liz Chabra will lead an introductory workshop. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. 202686-1104. Concerts â&#x2013;  Japanese flutist Yoko Owada and See Events/Page 31

Continued From Page 30 the Tim Janis Ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature pianist Yu Kosuge. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Flutist Daniela Koch (shown) and pianist Christian Reif will perform works by Mozart, FaurĂŠ, Dutilleux, Chaminade, Hindemith, Pirchner and BĂśhm. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Clive Atyeo of the U.S. Botanic Garden will demonstrate how to repot orchids. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Norton Juster will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition,â&#x20AC;? at 10:30 a.m.; and Richard Zacks will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Island of Vice: Theodore Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Journalist Barbara Slavin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Containment Can Work In Iran.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  Rabbi Sivan Maas will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Can You Live in Israel and Be Secular?â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Copley Hall Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Kate Masur, associate professor of history and African-American studies at Northwestern University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Runaway Slaves and the Origins of Emancipation in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Seventh floor, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bruce Richardson, editor of an expanded and illustrated edition of Okakuraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Book of Tea,â&#x20AC;? will read from the book. The event will include a tea tasting. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Teaism Tea


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Events Entertainment Shop, 400 8th St. NW. 202-638-7740. â&#x2013; Marc Lynch, associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Eben Kirksey, visiting assistant professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 501, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Joyce Denney, assistant curator at the Metropolitan Art Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noh Costumes: An American Appreciation.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Salim Tamari, visiting professor at Georgetown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arabs and Turks: Shifting Notions in Ottoman Ethnography of Syria.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday People: Photographic Portraits.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. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Mike Moore, New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambassador to the United States, will speak. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Hall Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  S.H. Sohmer, president and director of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a Botanical Institute (Nearly) From Scratch: A Tale of Philanthropy and Fortitude.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Daniel V. Papero, a faculty member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neuroscience and Bowen Theory.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.

Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Is More: Snapshots of Belgian Performing Artsâ&#x20AC;? festival, the duo Compagnie Oh My God! will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Nice,â&#x20AC;? a look at two 16th-century symbols of femininity and power. 8 p.m. $20. Undercroft Theatre, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.

screening of the 10 jury-selected finalists in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshot Home Movie Contest.â&#x20AC;? Audience members will select a winner to be shown at the 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival. 6:30 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; The Inter-American Development Bank will present Maria Elena Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;MadWomen,â&#x20AC;? about the discovery of Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s archive. A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will open with the local premiere of the Canadian comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starbuck.â&#x20AC;? A party at Bar Louie in Chinatown will follow. 7 p.m. $25. Regal Cinemas Gallery Place, 701 7th St. NW. 202-628-3456. The festival will continue through April 22 at various venues. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Musical Theater at the Library of Congress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Concerts From the Archivesâ&#x20AC;? will feature a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Creativity: The ComposerLyricist Jonathan Larson,â&#x20AC;? recorded in October 2006. 7 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394.

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Special event â&#x2013; Mixologist Dale DeGroff will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Town! A Tribute to Bars, Speaks, and Legendary Saloons,â&#x20AC;? an evening of stories, drinks and songs from famous watering holes. Proceeds will benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail. 6 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Cincinnati Reds. 1:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. April 13 Friday, Friday april 13 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A National Library Week Party will feature books, music, snacks and a craft activity. 4 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Damase and Ravel. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, flutist Yoko Owada, pia-


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Friday, april 13 â&#x2013; Performance: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupy GALA,â&#x20AC;? a response to contemporary political and social realities by D.C.-grown artists, will feature reggae, rock, hiphop, poetry and visual arts exhibitions. Participants will include Quique AvilĂŠs (shown), Luci Murphy and E. Ethelbert Miller. 8 p.m. $15. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The event will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.

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Baker will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discovering the Soul of Cuba.â&#x20AC;? A Cuban salsa dance party will follow. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film â&#x2013; Cinema Night will feature Nathaniel Kahnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Architect,â&#x20AC;? about the life of his father, the celebrated 20th-century architect Louis Kahn. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Special event â&#x2013;  A Preview Party will celebrate the opening of the fifth annual DC Design House, featuring rooms by 24 local designers and benefiting the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center. The event will begin with a chance to tour the house at 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW from 6 to 7:15 p.m.; then, the festivities will shift to The Collection at Chevy Chase at 5471 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase, Md., for a reception and party from 7 to 10 p.m. $135; reservations required. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event, and they should include a summary of the event and its date, time, location, and cost to attend (indicate â&#x20AC;&#x153;freeâ&#x20AC;? if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be sent to or The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.


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Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202364-1700. ■ “With Every Fiber of My Being,” showcasing textile assemblages and other sculptural forms by Southeast D.C. artist Amber Robles-Gordon, opened recently at Honfleur Gallery, where it will continue through April 27. Located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-580-5972.

■ The New York City Ballet will close two mixed repertory programs at the Kennedy Center April 8. The first program showcases works by American artists, while the second focuses on contemporary works. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $85. 202-467-4600; ■ Studio Theatre has extended British playwright Roy Williams’ “Sucker Punch” through April 15. 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 through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Synetic Theater is presenting “The Taming of the Shrew,” part of its “Silent Shakespeare” series, through April 22 at the Lansburgh Theatre. The play, presented with larger-than-life visuals, farce, dance and acrobatics, centers on the contentious courtship between bohemian artist Petruchio and headstrong businesswoman Katherine. Director Paata Tsikurishvili places this merry battle of the sexes into modern context, amid Hollywood stars, bikers and models. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $43 to $65, with student tickets available starting at $15. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting “Strange Interlude” through April 29 at Sidney Harman Hall in conjunction with Arena Stage’s Eugene O’Neill Festival. One of O’Neill’s early plays, “Strange Interlude” is a drama about love and deception. Heartbroken over her adored fiancé’s death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before marrying a man she doesn’t love. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as noon Wednesday, April 25. Tickets cost $20 to $100. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122; ■ Arena Stage is presenting “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” through May 6 as part of the Eugene O’Neill Festival. Meet the Tyrones: Like most resilient American families, they have had their share of highs and lows — from celebrity and financial success to illness and loss. One fateful day, as their increasingly drunken hours slip by, they are forced to confront the demons that plague them. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon April 11, 17 and 25. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Ford’s Theatre is presenting the Tony Awardwinning musical “1776” through May 19. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $44 to $60. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833;




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the absentee and provisional ballots, which the elections board has not yet included in its results. (The board has said it mailed absentee ballots to 3,790 voters.) If Biddle loses in the primary, it will be his second loss to Orange. Last year, he briefly warmed the atlarge seat before Orange won a special election in April. On the campaign trail, Orange, 54, emphasized his experience working on a highly successful council during his Ward 5 years, before, he said, the Fenty administration aggressively overspent. He faced some scrutiny about past ties to fundraiser Jeffrey Thompson, whose campaign finance activities are under federal investigation. Biddle, 40, highlighted his education background during his campaign. He previously served as an at-large member of the D.C. State Board of Education and worked for the groups Jumpstart for Young Children and KIPP DC. In Ward 4 — which stretches from Petworth to Chevy Chase — Muriel Bowser’s win was expected. Bowser has held the seat since 2007, when she took over Fenty’s spot after he moved up to become mayor. A former advisory neighborhood commissioner, she chairs the council’s Committee on Government Operations and recently spearheaded reform of the city’s ethics legislation. In both the at-large and Ward 4 races, the incumbents campaigned alongside a crowded and motley slate of candidates. But the Ward 4 outcome was more clear-cut, with the incumbent’s five Democratic opponents splitting up the remaining votes. Renee Bowser (no relation to Muriel) emerged as the closest competitor, with 13 percent of the votes by


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April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Capital Planning Commission. Rob Bennett, executive director of the Portland Sustainability Institute, will moderate the panel and talk about Portland’s lead on the ecodistrict concept. Ways, from the University of the District of Columbia, and organizers from DowntownDC ecoDistrict will join representatives of the Walter Reed Site Sustainability Plan, Arlington’s Community Energy Plan and the National Capital Planning Commission’s Southwest Ecodistrict to talk about their approaches to creating ecodistricts. “If you plan at this [ecodistrict] scale, you can achieve so much more than you can for your individual building,” said Diane Sullivan, the commission’s sustainability planner. And Sullivan points out that it’s more financially feasible to work on a broad scale. Scott Pomeroy, DowntownDC’s sustainability manager, said the groups presenting at next week’s event represent “a very good cross section of what the different types of geographic approaches are.” The University of the District of Columbia and DowntownDC are working primarily on existing buildings, while the Southwest Ecodistrict is transforming “a stark district into a vibrant community,” and Walter Reed will have the chance to create sustainable infrastructures as the now-closed Army site is redeveloped, Pomeroy said. At the university, Ways said the sustainability initiative includes 11 courses across five schools, an active recycling program, a sustainability pledge, solar-pow-

Tuesday night. No Republican or D.C. Statehood Green Party candidates were on the ballot in the Ward 4 primary. The Democratic at-large nominee, whether Orange or Biddle, is widely expected to prevail in November’s general election, but will face several opponents in the race for the two seats up for election. Incumbent Michael A. Brown, an independent, is seeking another term, and independent David Grosso is actively campaigning as well. On Tuesday, Mary Brooks Beatty, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Capitol Hill, ran unopposed in the Republican atlarge primary; Ann Wilcox, a lawyer and former Ward 2 school board representative, had taken a firm lead for the D.C. Statehood Green ticket last night. In other contested D.C. government races in this year’s primary, Tuesday night’s numbers showed the following: • Michael D. Brown, the D.C. shadow senator since 2006, winning the Democratic primary over challenger Pete Ross. Nelson Rimensnyder ran unopposed for the Republican ticket. In uncontested primary races that remain relevant in November: • Ward 1 Council member Jack Evans ran unopposed for the Democratic ballot. • D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes, now in her 11th term as the District’s nonvoting representative in Congress, is on the Democratic ballot. In the general election, she will face the sole D.C. Statehood Green candidate, Natale Lino Stracuzzi. • Democrat Nate Bennett-Fleming ran unopposed, and without Republican or Statehood Green candidates, for the role of D.C. shadow representative.

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