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Vol. XLVII, No. 5

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Council airs school boundary issues

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■ Education: Full proposal

for restructuring due in fall By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

District education officials said Monday that they have identified some initial principles to guide the first overhaul of D.C. Public Schools boundaries and feeder patterns since 1968.

Appearing before a D.C. Council round table on the subject, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson reported that recent citywide community focus groups revealed three priorities: equitable access to quality schools, predictability for school placements, and strong neighborhood schools. “The focus groups are the first in a series of planned community engagement sessions leading up to

the mayor’s announcement of the final plan for student assignment policies and boundaries in September,” Smith said. She promised that the next half a year would provide the public numerous opportunities to contribute to the process, both at the conceptual stage and once concrete proposals are under consideration. Finally, Smith emphasized that “no changes will go into effect until the See Boundaries/Page 7

DC Water aims to scale back tunnel plan By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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An eager youth slides down a hill in Battery Kemble Park in the Palisades during a snow day last Wednesday.

“Green infrastructure” solutions could alter two major tunnel projects to control sewage overflow in Rock Creek and the Potomac River, according to the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s latest proposal. The sewage tunnel originally planned to divert wastewater from Piney Branch in Rock Creek could be scrapped entirely, while the planned Potomac River tunnel could be shortened to exclude the Georgetown waterfront. Instead, in those areas the city would invest in $90 million worth of green infrastructure — technologies such as rain barrels, green roofs and permeable pavement that help absorb rainwater. This new proposal represents a significant change of course for DC Water’s $2.6 billion original “Clean Rivers Project” for sewage overflow, which federal environmental law requires to be in place by 2025. The proposed modifications — which would delay the timeline for

Bus turnaround eyed for new garden center

Rendering by Team Urban

One of seven proposals selected for further study in a DC Water-sponsored contest proposes underground stormwater storage as part of an overhaul on a section of Kennedy Street in Ward 4.

some projects until 2032 — will require approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice and ultimately a federal court. See Green/Page 2

Mayoral hopeful pushing for sports, entertainment venue seat sports and entertainment complex. The legislation, co-introduced by The nation’s capital has never Council members Jim Graham (Ward 1), Yvette Alexanhosted the Super Bowl, der (Ward 7), Marion which will be held this Barry (Ward 8), Jack Sunday at Met Life StadiEvans (Ward 2) and Anita um in East Rutherford, Bonds (at-large), would N.J., but mayoral candialso require exploring date Vincent Orange has a additional development plan to right that wrong. near the proposed stadium, This past November, including at Langston Golf the at-large D.C. Council Orange Course. The goal would be member introduced a bill instructing the mayor to study to assess the feasibility of several replacing Robert F. Kennedy Memo- massive projects: an 18-hole, PGA rial Stadium with a new 100,000See Orange/Page 18 By GRAHAM VYSE


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A former Connecticut Avenue bus station should be refurbished and put to new use, the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission declared on Monday. But the commission stopped short of endorsing a particular proposal that’s emerged for the site adjacent to Chevy Chase Circle: a garden center offering flowers, shrubs and mulch. And the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, while open to the idea of leasing out the building, is balking at the garden center proposal. The transit facility at Connecticut Avenue and Oliver Street was originally constructed as the terminus for the corridor’s streetcar line. The former station building sits in the center of a U-shaped driveway, where the streetcars would circle around to head back south.


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Metro is wary of a proposal to rehabilitate and reuse the largely unused former streetcar facility on Connecticut Avenue as a garden center.

The property is now owned by Metro, which uses it as a “bus loop” turnaround. Metrobus drivers also park there while waiting to begin their routes and use the former station’s restrooms, but the building is falling into disrepair, with a rusting metal roof and broken windows, and it lacks security. Mark Sniegoski, a Rockville resident who’s a memSee Depot/Page 18


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GREEN: Agency to install extensive infrastructure projects to avoid sewage overflows

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Carlton Ray, director of the DC Clean Rivers Project, said the sewer authority (also known as DC Water) intends to work with the federal agencies to get the new plan finalized by the end of this year. The public has until March 15 to comment on the new proposal.

Ray said DC Water has so far devoted $1.3 billion to complying with the original 2005 federal “consent decree.� That includes starting construction of a sewage tunnel system serving the Anacostia River, running from around RFK Stadium to the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. None of the plans have changed

for that tunnel, which is still set to start operating in 2022 — and should provide some relief to repeated flooding problems in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park. The rest of the project, however, is now in flux. For Rock Creek, DC Water wants to spend $60 million on green infrastructure — including bioretention devices, rooftop rainwater collection

systems and large-volume underground storage — instead of building the Piney Branch tunnel. Installation in neighborhoods mostly northeast of the Piney Branch Creek, such as Brightwood, would be phased throughout separate contracted projects from 2015 to 2032. For the Potomac River, DC Water would spend $30 million in similar

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projects in the Georgetown area, including parts of Glover Park, between 2016 and 2028. Instead of the originally proposed tunnel running from the Kennedy Center to the Key Bridge, a smaller tunnel would stop short of the Georgetown waterfront, to be completed by 2030. Such projects are necessary to stop excess stormwater from leading to sewage spills from combined tunnels, an outmoded system still in place in about a third of the city. But when the original â&#x20AC;&#x153;consent decreeâ&#x20AC;? for controlling overflows was developed in the early 2000s, green infrastructure technology wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advanced enough to play a big role, according to DC Water. Chris Weiss, executive director of the DC Environmental Network, said although advocates fully support the use of green infrastructure, there are concerns about the delayed timeline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken so long to bring some real relief to the Anacostia River,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still not convinced that adding another seven years is going to be good for the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially the Potomac River and Rock Creek, which will bear the brunt of any delay.â&#x20AC;? Ray of DC Clean Rivers said that the staggered implementation of green infrastructure projects means the rivers will see relief earlier than the 2025 finish date slated for the original tunnels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start addressing and improving water quality in 2015,â&#x20AC;? he said. He added that although his agency is â&#x20AC;&#x153;confident in the technology of green infrastructure â&#x20AC;Ś it does take us longer to pull all the pieces together.â&#x20AC;? DC Water has emphasized that green infrastructure could bring a number of perks the tunnels would not, like creating green jobs, improving property values and enhancing community spaces. The city has already launched its first major round of green infrastructure projects through a design challenge that will devote more than $1 million to up to four winning teams. The challenge will see the projects through construction in 2015. DC Water hopes to incorporate those projects â&#x20AC;&#x153;into our strategy for green infrastructure for the sewersheds in Piney Branch and the Potomac,â&#x20AC;? according to Ray. The overall strategy might also involve providing financial incentives to private property owners, including homeowners, to install their own green infrastructure. According to DC Water, extending the schedule for the Clean Rivers Project, along with deferring other capital projects, would also help reduce the financial burden to D.C. ratepayers. The public can review more information, and submit feedback, at DC Water will host public meetings on the plan on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School (1524 35th St.) and on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave.).

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

At-large candidates mobilize in effort to unseat incumbent

Garrison Street trees pruned after assault By BRADY HOLT


Two months after a woman was sexually assaulted in an empty lot on Garrison Street in Friendship Heights, the owners cleared the space of underbrush and low tree limbs Monday. The extensive pruning, which stripped trees of their limbs up to about 20 feet high, was intended to improve visibility of an adjacent alley that runs parallel to 44th Street. At about 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, a man approached a female pedestrian in the 5100 block of Wisconsin Avenue, placed an object in her back, demanded money and then forced her into the alley, where he sexually assaulted her. The alley is alongside the wooded lot, which sits behind Rodmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a medical office building. In response, neighbors raised concerns about the alleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darkness and seclusion, said Jonathan Bender, who represents that portion of Friendship Heights on the local advisory neighborhood commission. He reached out to the Donohoe Development Co., which owns the lot, to request better lighting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rapist consciously chose to take the victim from the other side of Wisconsin Ave. to this lot to commit the

Three days after New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, right around sundown, Nate Bennett-Fleming pulled up to an unassuming Woodridge residence with D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s red-and-white flag out front. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shadow representative in Congress had arrived at his latest campaign stop as one of four Democrats challenging at-large D.C. Council member Anita Bonds in the April 1 primary. It was another chance to differentiate himself from a field that includes mortgage banker John Settles, Defense Department contract specialist Pedro Rubio and former D.C. Army National Guard recruiter Kevin Valentine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a challenge for all the candidates in a race that garners much less attention than the spirited mayoral contest. Once inside, Bennett-Fleming greeted his hosts: Woodridge advisory neighborhood commissioner

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Although some valued the lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wooded feel, the pruning was described as a key safety measure.

assault, suggesting that he knew it was a safe (for him) spot to commit such a crime,â&#x20AC;? Bender wrote in an email to The Current. Jad Donohoe, a vice president at the development company, promised to address the issue, according to emails Bender shared with The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a first step is pruning the trees over the alley and the vacant lot to make it brighter and improve visibility through the space for passerby, so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel secluded,â&#x20AC;? Donohoe wrote to Bender. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be open to discussing improvements like fencing and lighting.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood commission might discuss the issue at its Feb. 13 meeting, according to Bender. A Donohoe spokesperson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t return messages from The Current this week. See Trees/Page 7

The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 29

Paul Public Charter School will hold a community open house in conjunction with National School Choice Week 2014. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, located at 5800 8th St. NW. â&#x2013; A panel discussion will launch â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in D.C.,â&#x20AC;? a grass-roots advocacy campaign. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. â&#x2013;  The group DC for Democracy will hold a candidates forum in the mayoral and at-large, Ward 1 and Ward 6 D.C. Council races. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.

Thursday, Jan. 30

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â&#x2013; The University of the District of Columbia Community-Campus Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room A-03 of Building 44 on campus, located at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, contact Thomas E. Redmond at 202274-5622 or â&#x2013;  The D.C. Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing to take testimony on the Zoning Regulations Review from advisory neighborhood commissioners. The hearing will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus will hold its quarterly community meeting at 7 p.m. in the Webb Building on campus, located at 2100 Foxhall Road NW. To RSVP, email or call 202994-0211. â&#x2013;  The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold a candidates forum in the Ward 1 D.C. Council race. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the main chapel at


Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

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Saturday, Feb. 1

The Ward 2 Education Network will hold a community forum with Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith to discuss D.C. Public Schools boundaries, feeders and student assignment policies. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cardozo Education Campus, 1200 Clifton St. NW. To RSVP, contact â&#x2013; The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting regarding the renovation of the playground at Guy Mason Recreation Center. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW.

WAMU 88.5 will hold a neighborhood open house to celebrate its new home. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at 4401 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-885-1200. â&#x2013; The West End Citizens Association will hold its winter meeting, featuring a talk by George Washington University President Steven Knapp, co-chair of the new Age-Friendly DC Task Force. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 728 23rd St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Petworth Library will host an information session on the My School DC lottery and application for D.C. Public Schools and participating charter schools. The event will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

Sunday, Feb. 2

The group Dupont Festival will hold its annual Groundhog Day Celebration at 7:30 a.m. at Dupont Circle, located at Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire avenues. Activities will include a live accordion performance, polka dancers, a puppet show, and weather and political predictions from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Potomac Phil.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013; The Cleveland Park Village will hold a volunteer orientation session from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave. NW. To RSVP, email or call 202-615-5853.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

School Without Walls at FrancisStevens will hold an information session and tour for prospective parents of incoming students (from prekindergarten for 3-year-olds to eighth grade). The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the school, 2425 N St. NW. For

Saturday, Feb. 8

Tuesday, Feb. 11

The D.C. Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Zoning Regulations Review for individuals and organizations that have not previously testified before the commission on this case. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. To testify, contact Donna Hanousek at 202-7270789 or â&#x2013; The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a forum for Democratic mayoral candidates running in the April 1 election. Incumbent Vincent Gray and challengers Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Reta Lewis, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal and Tommy Wells have confirmed their participation, according to organizers. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

Wednesday, Feb 12

American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kennedy Political Union will host a D.C. mayoral debate. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Nolan Treadway â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the political director for the national liberal group Netroots Nation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and statehood advocate Joan Shipps, Treadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife. The candidate mingled with a small crowd, chatting with Wilson Building staffers, neighborhood environmentalists and even old law school classmates who had come to see him speak. Then, standing in the glow of the family Christmas tree, Bennett-Fleming made his pitch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to expect more,â&#x20AC;? the Anacostia native told the group. He talked about being the son of a single mother who persevered against the odds, riffed on D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic inequality and said he worries â&#x20AC;&#x153;this city is becoming a place where a story like mine isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t possible.â&#x20AC;? Bennett-Fleming was understated and reserved in making a case against Bonds, who assumed office in late 2012 as the Democratic Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointee to a seat vacated by See Council/Page 12

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District Digest Mayor finds funds for trash, recycling bins

Next month the Department of Public Works will begin distributing new, larger recycling containers and new trash cans to residents with city pickup, Mayor Vincent Gray announced last week. The city will spend approximately $9 million to replace residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trash and recycling containers, which have not been updated en masse in more than a decade. The mayor says in a news release that providing larger recycling bins will help the city reach its goal of â&#x20AC;&#x153;diverting 80 percent of the waste stream through recycling, composting, and waste conversion.â&#x20AC;? The planned distribution, origi-

nally announced late last year, had been delayed after the D.C. Council rejected the proposed funding, but the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office subsequently identified an alternate source.

Task force to review standardized testing

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has created a new task force to ensure that the school system is â&#x20AC;&#x153;using assessments in the smartest way possible,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have heard from parents across the district that their students worry about tests, but they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure that DCPS is using tests to help their students learn,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put togeth-

er a task force to determine how we can do testing better.â&#x20AC;? Henderson added that she wants to ensure that â&#x20AC;&#x153;testing and accountabilityâ&#x20AC;? do not detract from studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; love of learning. The task force, whose 27 members are employed by various facets of the school system, will meet regularly over the next few months and then share its recommendations with the chancellor, who will make them public. Detractors have criticized the absence of student and parent representatives on the panel.

Glenbrook cleanup resumes after delay

The cleanup of 4825 Glenbrook Road was suspended for several days recently while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigated a shrapnel round found there, which turned out to be harmless. Workers found the unfuzed and unfired 75 mm shrapnel round Jan. 13 on the property, which is

believed to hold a cache of buried World War I-era munitions. The Army removed the house in 2012 and has been painstakingly excavating the entire site to bedrock in search of the hazardous materials, left there when the land served as a munitions testing site. The Army determined Jan. 15 that the item was a riot control agent that contained no dangerous explosives, and the cleanup resumed the next day. Had there been hazardous chemicals in the round, the Army would have closed the site for two to four weeks to install further protective devices, according to project manager Brenda Barber. As part of the latest cleanup project, the Army has also found about 125 pounds of glassware as well as three empty 75 mm munitions at the site, which is adjacent to American University. Workers have been doing excavations by hand in the area that used to be the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front porch due to the volume of material there, but no chemical agents or breakdown products have been detected. For documents related to the Spring Valley cleanup, visit the new website at or read them in person at the Tenley-Friendship Library.

Sting to headline Ellington fundraiser

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this performance series not only gives our students inspiration and valuable exposure, but provides a source of revenue that enables us to continue the important mission of providing arts education excellence to deserving students,â&#x20AC;? head of school Rory Pullens said in the release. Single tickets to the 8 p.m. show will cost $250 to $750; VIP tickets will cost $1,000 apiece and include access to a private reception. There are also sponsorship opportunities available ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. For details call 202-3332555 or visit

Pepco customers are warned of scam risk

Pepco is warning customers about multiple types of scams targeting customers. Customers have reported receiving fake utility bills via email, which infect their computers when opened; phone calls demanding immediate payments for a supposed new meter; and phone calls demanding immediate payments via prepaid money cards for a nonexistent outstanding balance. Pepco says customers should pay their bills in one of only three ways: at, by mailing the remittance portion of their invoice, or by visiting a bill-pay center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many companies, including Pepco, contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons,â&#x20AC;? the company states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone claims to represent a company, whether the company is Pepco or another entity, it is important that customers take precautions to verify that the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate monetary payment.â&#x20AC;? The utility says it never â&#x20AC;&#x153;endorses a specific form of paymentâ&#x20AC;? and that its workers always carry company ID cards. Pepco urges any customer concerned about a suspicious call, email or visit to get in touch by calling the company at 202-833-7500.

Board of Education elects new officers

The D.C. State Board of Education elected Mark Jones as its president and Mary Lord as its vice president earlier this month. Jones, who has represented Ward 5 on the board since 2011, previously served as vice president, while Ward 3 representative Laura Slover was president. He is the owner and president of M. Jones Companies, a telecommunications and financial consulting firm. At-large member Lord, who has served on the board since 2007, is a journalist living in Dupont Circle.


As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


U.S. Conference of Mayors forum showcases D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early learning efforts By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Mayor Vincent Gray found a national platform to tout one of his signature policy initiatives last Wednesday at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting. Gray delivered an official welcome to about 280 mayors gathered downtown at the Capital Hilton, addressing an opening luncheon before discussing D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early learning programs at an afternoon session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children, Health and Human Services.â&#x20AC;? The mayor gave his talk at the invitation of con-

ference president Scott Smith, the mayor of Mesa, Ariz., who called the District â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the great stories of cities who have reinvented themselves.â&#x20AC;? Following a briefing on federal policy by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Gray used D.C. government data to argue that universal pre-K programs are already benefiting District students and their families in measurable ways. He began with statistics he shares frequently, reporting that 70 percent of 3-year-olds and 92 percent of 4-year-olds are now enrolled in school full time.

Owner of Petworth Citizen bar set to launch nearby restaurant Restaurateur Paul Ruppert plans to open his second eatery on the 800 block of Upshur Street in April, adding to his recently opened bar, Petworth Citizen and Reading Room. Petworth Citizen opened at 829 Upshur St. in September to fanfare

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from foodies and others; the reading room, a separate space in the back with a lending-book program, opened a few weeks ago. His second business on that block will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;a 25-seat neighborhood restaurantâ&#x20AC;? at 828 Upshur St., designed to complement the casual atmosphere of his bar. Ruppert described his plans last fall at a meeting of the Petworth advisory neighborhood commission. He said Petworth Citizen chef Makoto Hamamura will also manage the kitchen across the street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from Japan, but he has training in formal French cooking. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a combination of Japanese and French cooking,â&#x20AC;? Ruppert said of Hamamura, who previously worked at the Mandarin Orientalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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CityZen for six years. In a later interview, Ruppert elaborated on the upcoming offerings as building on Hamamuraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;fine-dining experience, taking his techniques and applying those to dishes that are not as elevated. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an expensive restaurant, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a restaurant where you can eat a good meal.â&#x20AC;? At the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October meeting, Ruppert told community members that the prices may be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;little bit more expensive than Petworth Citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? He later said a typical meal for two at Petworth Citizen runs around $40 to $50. Neighborhood commissioners voted unanimously that night to support Ruppertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application for a liquor license for the forthcoming dining establishment, which recently was granted. He is now working on an application for the outdoor cafe and deciding on a name for the restaurant. They also supported his request to renew Petworth Citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquor license, which Ruppert had purchased from the previous business in that space, Island Cafe. City officials closed the restaurant in 2012 after an See Upshur/Page 9

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to do some comparisons of testing of kids whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been involved in the early-childhood programs, starting with age 3, and some of these kids are now up to the third grade,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at every demographic, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress.â&#x20AC;? Specifically, Gray said his data showed a 5 percentage point difference in math proficiency between African-American students who had gone through pre-K and those who had not. This difference for Hispanic students was 8 percentage points. More broadly, the mayor credited early

learning initiatives with helping to attract young parents to D.C. and make their professional lives easier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having an increasingly large number of parents who are able to work, especially moms,â&#x20AC;? he said. Gray closed by predicting continued societal benefits from the programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see reductions in our truancy numbers over time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see reductions in our special education numbers, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see juvenile justice numbers as well. Nothing is a panacea. I think we all know that. But this is about the closest to a panacea that I can get.â&#x20AC;?


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psa PSA 101


â&#x2013; downtown

Burglary â&#x2013; 600-699 block, 13th St.; 3:50 a.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 12th St.; 1:26 a.m. Jan. 24. Theft â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 1:31 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, F St.; 11 a.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, Indiana Ave.; 8:51 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, G St.; 1:20 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 7:32 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 5:15 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  H and 13th streets; 5:13 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 6:20 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1000-1091 block, 11th St.; 7:18 a.m. Jan. 22.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; L and 4th streets; 8:50 p.m. Jan. 20 (with gun). Theft â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 3:07 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, Indiana Ave.; 6:25 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 10:17 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 7:05 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, Mount Vernon Place; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 24.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 5700-5799 block, 33rd St.; 3:59 p.m. Jan. 24. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3741-3899 block, Military Road; 4:09 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Ingomar St.; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  5209-5299 block, 38th St.; 7:49 p.m. Jan. 24.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park


Theft â&#x2013; 4500-4599 block, 40th St.; 2:29 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, 40th St.; 2:33 p.m. Jan. 26.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 4200-4299 block, Davenport St.; 5:49 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Garrison St.; 11:50 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Warren St.; 11:41 a.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, 42nd St.; 1:42 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  3604-3699 block, Warren St.; 7:05 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Harrison St.; 8:45 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  Fort Drive and Albemarle Street; 9:44 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  4000-4099 block, Chesapeake St.; 4:19 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  4400-4499 block, Butterworth Place; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Burglary â&#x2013; 3912-4099 block, Reno Road; 7:35 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2500-2880 block, Porter St.; 10 p.m. Jan. 22.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204

park / cathedral heights

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 3500-3599 block, Davis St.; 3:15 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, 37th St.; 4:52 p.m. Jan. 22. Theft â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 12:15 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  2400-2798 block, Calvert St.; 11:57 a.m. Jan. 25. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2800-2899 block, Bellevue Terrace; 11:18 a.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 11:15 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  4101-4199 block, Nebraska Ave.; 4:20 p.m. Jan. 24.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft â&#x2013; 4700-4799 block, Whitehaven Parkway; 3 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1704-1799 block, Hoban Road; 1:10 p.m. Jan. 20.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery â&#x2013; 3400-3499 block, N St.; 2:05 a.m. Jan. 21 (with gun). Burglary â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 3:48 a.m. Jan. 25. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1500-1533 block, 33rd St.; 5:15 p.m. Jan. 25.

Theft â&#x2013; 1000-1025 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:21 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:42 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:49 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  2300-2699 block, Q St.; 6:21 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:43 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  3050-3054 block, R St.; 8 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 8:48 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 10:45 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1401-1498 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:07 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, M St.; 6:29 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Reservoir Road; 1:53 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1738-1898 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:14 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, N St.; 8:12 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  3400-3499 block, P St.; 4:25 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, 30th St.; 4:05 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  P and 35th streets; 8:39 p.m. Jan. 26.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Sexual abuse â&#x2013; 800-899 block, 22nd St.; 7:09 p.m. Jan. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, I St.; 1:31 a.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, K St.; 2:15 a.m. Jan. 26 (with knife). Burglary â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, I St.; 10:42 a.m. Jan. 23. Theft â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, K St.; 3:33 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, L St.; 4:53 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:59 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5:42 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:57 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, L St.; 5:18 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:53 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 2:49 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 25th St.; noon Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:45 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:24 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, M St.; 2:31 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 2:43 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 23rd St.; 3:57 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  2431-2479 block, Virginia

Ave.; 7:19 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013; Connecticut and Rhode Island avenues; 10:20 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 12:01 a.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:43 a.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, K St.; 1 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 22nd St.; 5:05 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, K St.; 5:43 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, K St.; 1:55 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 17th St.; 2:10 p.m. Jan. 22.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Theft â&#x2013; 1400-1499 block, P St.; 1:32 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:41 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, California St.; 3 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:06 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1600-1639 block, 20th St.; 8 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1309-1399 block, 19th St.; 3:52 a.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, P St.; 3:58 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  Phelps Place and Florida Avenue; 7:46 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, O St.; 10:08 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:11 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  22nd and N street; 10 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  N and 17th streets; 4:36 a.m. Jan. 26.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1400-1499 block, U St.; 1:12 a.m. Jan. 26 (with knife). Theft â&#x2013;  1700-1789 block, Corcoran St.; 11:54 a.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1605-1616 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 3:52 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1900-1926 block, 16th St.; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, U St.; 10:05 p.m. Jan. 25. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, U St.; 7:13 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1700-1789 block, Corcoran St.; 11:14 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1700-1749 block, R St.; 2:59 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Willard St.; 7:33 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  V and 15th streets; 11:20 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  16th and W streets; 2:08 p.m. Jan. 26.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


BOUNDARIES TREES: Limbs removed as safety measure at Friendship Heights site

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2015-2016 school year, and we expect to include grandfathering provisions that will support a smooth transition to the new policies.â&#x20AC;? As the round table began, at-large Council member David Catania explained the impetus for boundary and feeder pattern changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While overcrowding at certain schools, under-enrollment at others and changing demographics are driving the current need to revisit school attendance boundaries,â&#x20AC;? Catania said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that one of the underlying causes of these issues is the perceived and real differences in quality in academic offerings between schools.â&#x20AC;? At the hearing, Catania was joined by Council members David Grosso (at-large), Tommy Wells (Ward 6), Muriel Bowser (Ward 4) and Mary Cheh (Ward 3). Wells conveyed that one of his priorities is for every neighborhood to have â&#x20AC;&#x153;an elementary school you can walk to and attend as a matter of right.â&#x20AC;? Henderson said she shares that priority, but argued that â&#x20AC;&#x153;people are willing to travel to some extent for a high-quality school.â&#x20AC;? Grosso was most concerned with public outreach going forward, urging the officials to engage diverse constituencies. He also asked if some recently closed schools might be reopened to ease instances of overcrowding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been clear that everything is on the table,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are big risks in that we recognize we need to be really efficient about the space weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using, but I think there may well be situations in which we determine that is the best option.â&#x20AC;? Cheh said boundaries and feeder patterns are â&#x20AC;&#x153;of particular importance to me in Ward 3, because of our extraordinarily serious overcrowding problems.â&#x20AC;? But she said had her own concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we lean toward neighborhood schools,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;then the fact of the matter is thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tension between that and what is desired by many of the parents in Ward 3, which is diversity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; diversity by income, diversity by race, diversity by background.â&#x20AC;? The deputy mayor made clear that neighborhoods would get individualized attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the question of projected population changes, we are absolutely taking that into account,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. Perhaps the tensest moments of the round table came when Bowser asked the officials if they could guarantee that every child affected by boundary and feeder pattern changes would end up at a better school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no question that is the fundamental goal,â&#x20AC;? Smith said, pointing out that changes could upset some students and parents even if their new schools were higher performing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t promise you that every family is going to be happy.â&#x20AC;? In the near term, officials assured Catania that they would gather feedback from current D.C. students.

Robert Burchard, who lives about a block from the alley, had been one of the first residents to raise the issue. In an interview yesterday, he applauded the tree-trimming, saying he saw a clear improvement Monday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been leery about walking there at night,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more pleased.â&#x20AC;? The tree trimming prompted objections from some Friendship

Heights residents for aesthetic reasons. In an interview, one neighbor said she was aghast when she first saw crews removing so many tree limbs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of like a jewel of a little green space in Northwest D.C., and there was so much wildlife in there,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really was a shame that it should be destroyed.â&#x20AC;? The resident, who asked not to be named because of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connection to the sexual assault, said

that even though the trees remain standing, a tree service told her the pruning was so extensive that they are unlikely to survive long-term. But the resident said her reaction was tempered by learning the reason for the work. Even though she believes the same goals could have been achieved with less environmental impact, she said she understands why Donohoe acted with an abundance of caution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you wanted to say that I was

outraged and stunned, those are verbs that definitely described my feelings at the beginning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before I realized why it had been done,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I were the mother of the woman who had been assaulted, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want them to go above and beyond what was necessary.â&#x20AC;? Burchard agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big tree person, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an environmentalist, I work at EPA, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all for trees,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But my No. 1 priority is safety.â&#x20AC;?

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 13 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously to re-elect David Bender as chair and secretary, and Eric Lamar as vice chair and treasurer. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to implore the U.S. attorney not to engage in plea bargaining on an assault and destruction of property charge against Ryan J. Nonnan, who allegedly struck a local property owner with a rock when the owner opened the door but was subdued until police arrived. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender reported that he has worked with Pat Elwood, the director of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Protocol and International Affairs, on addressing problems with several local embassies: â&#x2013;  The Albanian Embassy has cleaned up its property and posted a â&#x20AC;&#x153;no parkingâ&#x20AC;? sign in the driveway. The ambassador hopes to get sufficient funds to fix the building. â&#x2013;  The State Department has given Pakistan permission to rent out its R Street property commercially. â&#x2013;  The commission will write an official letter of complaint to the State Department about parking problems with the Embassy of the Dominican Republic. â&#x2013;  The commission will write an official letter of complaint to the State Department asking for help in getting the Serbian Embassy to clean its yard. â&#x2013;  The Mauritanian Embassy has not been able to get funds to repair its S Street wall. â&#x2013;  The rat and cleanup problem with the Moldovan Embassy has apparently been solved.

â&#x2013; The Chinese government has signed an easement agreement with Portugal, allowing work to begin in February on the Chinese Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facility. It should last about 30 months. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Historic Preservation Office and the Commission of Fine Arts have approved modernization of the building systems of the French ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence. â&#x2013;  Kindy French reported that the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation held a hearing on roofing materials at 2422 Tracy Place. The Historic Preservation Review Board and the advisory neighborhood commission had objected to the roofing material used by the owner. The Sheridan-Kalorama Historical Association has spent $6,000 in legal fees on the issue. â&#x2013;  commissioners recommended approval of two permit requests to hold wedding ceremonies at the Spanish Steps. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support the Historic Preservation Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of a request from the Venezuelan Embassy to erect a statute of 19th-century Latin American leader SimĂłn BolĂ­var and erect a fence at 2409 California St. â&#x2013;  Stacie West, a planner with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, outlined plans to improve playground facilities at Mitchell Park. The department scheduled a Jan. 28 community meeting, and West will also discuss plans at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 24 meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support plans to increase the lot occupancy of 1814 24th St. by enclosing a porchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower levels, as long as no neighbors object. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Our

Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit anc3b. org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Room 112, Nebraska Hall, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW (building is located on Nebraska Avenue east of the Katzen Arts Center). Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  presentation by D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zon-



Judy Ingleside at Rock Creek resident â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am still very active outside the community. I do volunteer work as well as sing with community choruses. I have a continuation of friends who meet here for dinner and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m within walking distance of Politics and Prose, a great gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a real rhythm to life here. The District has a beat, and it resonates in the vibrant life here at Ingleside at Rock Creek. I feel I have one foot in the countryside and one in the city, and the diverse and interesting friends and neighbors are a plus.â&#x20AC;?

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ing Adjustment application at 4509 Foxhall Crescents Drive for a special exception to allow the construction of a single-family residence on a theoretical lot. â&#x2013; consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 1529 44th St. to permit the renovation of the back of the house. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 1513 44th St. to remove and replace the existing rear attic window with a French door that will lead to the existing flat roof of the wood frame addition, allowing its use as a roof deck. â&#x2013;  discussion of a resolution regarding conflict of interest. â&#x2013;  discussion of a resolution regarding Ward Circle. â&#x2013;  discussion of a resolution regarding Battery Kemble Park. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University Park friendship heights / tenleytown At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 15 meeting: â&#x2013;  Matt Krimm, co-owner of the Civil Cigar Lounge in the Chevy Chase Pavilion, reported that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d worked out an agreement with neighbors regarding complaints of smoke odors emanating from his establishment. Civil promised to vent smoke up to the roof of the pavilion in exchange for neighbors dropping their protest of its liquor license. Neighborhood commissioners said they would sign on to the agreement once they had seen it in writing, also dropping their own protest. (Neighbors subsequently objected to an aspect of Civilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans, and no agreement has yet been signed.) â&#x2013;  a resident of the 4300 block of 43rd Street reported that speeding cut-through traffic had increased on her street after the city installed two roundabouts at 42nd and Warren streets. Another resident, who lives at 44th Street and Butterworth Place, added that drivers routinely fail to stop for pedestrians. They said they might petition for traffic calming. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill reported that police have suspects in recent thefts from cars but havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t developed enough evidence to justify charges. Hill also reported that police stepped up patrols in the neighborhood in response to recent burglaries. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to table discussion of an addition to a home at 4445 Yuma St. The homeowners are applying for a special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment because the addition would expand their lot occupancy beyond the legal limit. They said their lot size is artificially reduced by large public rightsof-way at their corner property, and that their next-door neighbor has no objection. Some other residents and commissioners said, though, that the

project should include environmental measures to offset the increase in impervious surfaces on the property. The commission will consider the issue further at a future meeting. â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously to support a public space application for an apartment building at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street, the site of the former Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards. Douglas Development intends to make various streetscape improvements, including replacement trees, outdoor seating and higher-quality paving materials. The Public Space Committee is wary of these particular changes, but the neighborhood commission is urging it to let the Douglas plan move forward. â&#x2013;  property owner Frank Economides and architect Richard Foster discussed plans to redevelop three properties at Wisconsin Avenue and Chesapeake Street, including Osman & Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Egg Kitchen. The new building would be a 50-foottall, 16-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; likely including Steak â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Egg and another restaurant. No parking would be provided. The commission will consider the project further once Economides applies for a special exception for parking relief. â&#x2013;  an Embassy Suites representative discussed plans to reconfigure the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Military Road lay-by lane. The hotel would like to remove the curb separating the lay-by from traffic, and expand the lane to doublewidth. The hotel believes this would improve both safety and convenience. Commissioners and some residents, though, objected to the resulting loss of sidewalk space and a row of trees. They instead encouraged the hotel to simply remove the curb without expanding the lane, to see if that is sufficient to address the issues there. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to elect 2014 officers: Matt Frumin, chair; Jonathan Bender, vice chair; Tom Quinn, treasurer; and Kathryn Tinker, secretary. The commission will hold a special meeting at noon Thursday, Jan. 30, in the meeting room at Tenley Hill, 4725 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  presentation and possible vote on testimony for the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming hearing on the zoning regulations rewrite. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for 4445 Yuma St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for 4650 Warren St. â&#x2013;  commission business. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit

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UPSHUR: D.C. restaurateur prepares to expand his offerings with Petworth restaurant

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assault took place outside. “Thank you so much for investing in the community,” commissioner Zachary Hartman said to Ruppert at the meeting. In an interview, Hartman said that as Petworth changes, “it’s important for us to encourage economic devel-

opment in our neighborhood along and around the growing Upshur Street corridor. These investments create jobs for our neighbors and make our community an even better place to live.” Ruppert said he searched for an opportunity in Petworth for years before leasing the Upshur Street buildings. “There’s a wide range of

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businesses on that street — a cleaners, a takeout, an antique store. This makes for a vibrant street,” he said. The upcoming venue will house the restaurateur’s sixth business in D.C. He will also open a bookstore next to Petworth Citizen, replacing a former salon at 827 Upshur St. He said the shop will complement the bar’s reading room.

In Columbia Heights, he owns Room 11, a neighborhood wine bar and restaurant at 3234 11th St. that expanded last year to accommodate a bakery and coffee shop. He also co-owns Hogo, a tikitheme bar and restaurant that opened at the end of 2012 at 1017 7th St. NW — the former storefront of Ruppert’s, the now-shuttered restaurant

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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

A clear path

For just shy of a century, District law has required property owners to clear their adjacent sidewalks within eight daylight hours of a snowstorm. But the current statute lays out an enforcement process so cumbersome that it’s rarely if ever been used: City workers clear the snow-covered sidewalk, and then the government must go to court to seek reimbursement. The presence of this unenforced mandate has led to a lack of any clear community standard. Residents who walk their neighborhood streets frequently express frustration over the number of snow- and ice-covered stretches of sidewalk. Some even take to neighborhood listservs, vowing to turn offenders in to the authorities. Yet the owners see no reason to clear the walkways — or, in the case of senior citizens or homeowners with limited mobility or means, no practical way to accomplish the task. In recent years, D.C. Council members have tried to enact a law with a clearly articulated schedule for warnings, escalating fines for repeat offenders and exemptions for those unable to shovel their sidewalks. Most recently, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh and Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells in 2012 won initial approval for a bill but then lost a second vote as colleagues raised new objections and pushed various amendments. We hope they will try again. Criticism seems to follow two general lines. Some see the bill as pointless, given that the snow will melt soon enough and the exemptions would still leave stretches of unshoveled sidewalk. Others fear pervasive tickets would engender ill will among residents grumbling about the city’s snowremoval efforts — and about one more opportunity to gouge residents. “My concern,” said Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, “is parking enforcement officers kind of marauding the neighborhood giving out tickets.” We see the fears as overblown. The mayor could direct enforcement to focus first on commercial property owners, as well as multifamily properties, to lessen any widespread “gotcha” feeling among homeowners. Those are probably the major irritant anyway since they’re generally located in highdensity areas with a lot of pedestrian activity — and, in the case of apartment buildings, often are responsible for large expanses of sidewalk. The most recent bill would have set $125 fines for commercial owners and just $25 for residents — with warnings going out first. Enacting a Winter Sidewalk Safety Act would not be a panacea that would ensure clear pavement throughout D.C. But it would stress the importance of maintaining a walkable city where pedestrians young and old do not have to tread so carefully in inclement weather. Establishing clear standards and a notion of shared responsibility might also spur the National Park Service and other federal agencies to clear sidewalks near their properties.

Blossoming cooperation

In more than three decades of stealth beautification efforts, Henry Docter had never run into any trouble — until he encountered the bureaucracy behind D.C.’s Metro system. Last summer, the agency ripped out a thousand flowers the “guerilla gardener” had planted alongside the long escalator at the Dupont Circle Metro station’s north entrance and threatened legal action if he continued to tend to his greenery. Residents were understandably appalled. “They paid people to tear out plants that everyone loves? Well, this is cause for insurrection. Talk about fixing something that’s not broken,” Robin Diener, a leader of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, told The Washington Post. Mr. Docter’s efforts were not without fault: His actions were illegal, and the agency could have been liable had he fallen from his planting perch. But simply yanking out the flowers without trying to find a better solution first was hasty, wasteful and just poor public relations. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is now trying to clean up its mess, PR-wise. Officials have floated a pilot program in which community groups could “adopt” stations — as some have done with bus stops — and help pick up trash, shovel snow, water plants and report graffiti. Sounds pretty nice for the Metro system, doesn’t it? And much to their credit, local community members are eager to help out. Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein, who has been working with the transit agency on launching the program, called the idea a “win-win for everybody.” We still wish Mr. Docter’s bulbs were in place, readying to bloom in the spring. But perhaps this new program will allow other community-minded residents to plant new flowers — in Dupont and, if that works well, at stops throughout the region.

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Fear 1, Freedom 0 … Chalk up another loss for the American public. Tens of millions of baseball fans now — or soon — will have to go through enhanced “security” screening to enter ballparks for Major League Baseball games. Michael Teevan, senior public relations director for Major League Baseball, confirmed to us that “by 2015 Opening Day, all Major League Clubs will be officially required to implement a program for screening all fans prior to entry to each Major League ballpark.” Right now there is only observation and quick bag checks. But metal detectors and wands are likely on the way. Teevan said the league has been coordinating with the federal Department of Homeland Security and a private security firm called CEIA. It doesn’t come as a surprise to the Notebook that CEIA is “a leading manufacturer of walk-through metal detectors.” Now where will this latest intrusion on our freedom of movement at mass events lead? Metal detectors for all football games? Soccer? Basketball? Bowling? PGA golf tournaments? How about our Metro system, the trains and the buses? And, given the recent shooting at The Mall in Columbia, every shopping center? How about festivals on Pennsylvania Avenue, once known as America’s Main Street and now an open-air display of fear-based cameras, bollards and other barriers? The military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower once warned about is almost nothing compared to the relentless “securicrat” bureaucracy and its money-making machine that feeds on fear. These pre-emptive attacks on freedom in the name of security aren’t even that effective. Highranking law enforcement officials will admit privately that a lot of it is “security theater,” an effort to make people feel safe. These officials know that it’s almost impossible to stop random acts of violence. A lot of the training acknowledges this, with an emphasis not on preventing but on responding to attacks by either individuals or groups. Here’s a simple example with Nationals Park Assume metal detectors are installed near the Nats’ center field, where thousands pour through the gates from the Metro stop on Half Street SE. There’s already a backup getting fans through now. The metal detectors will slow things down even more. Just note the delays when the president attends. What’s to stop even a dull-witted terrorist or mentally ill lone shooter from stopping at the crowded entry and setting off a suicide bomb or opening fire right there? It would be horrific. What good are the gates and wands just steps away? Replicate this scenario for any place where large crowds gather — including the Fourth of July fire-

works on the National Mall, the Library of Congress National Book Festival, and any of innumerable crowded events at our gleaming Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Maybe Union Station and Amtrak around the nation will impose security checks and more barriers. But what would stop terrorists from targeting the tens of thousands of miles of open tracks crisscrossing America (or the huge new tunnel on Virginia Avenue SE being planned by CSX but hotly disputed by many residents)? The National Football League limits bag sizes (and requires them to be clear plastic). Where does it stop, this bureaucratic urge to block and wand every citizen everywhere? Again, just as a practical matter, there’s limited protection that can actually be provided. The only exception is the work of the U.S. Secret Service. It has extraordinary powers used in protecting the president. The Secret Service policy is simple — shut down a whole area and sanitize it for any potential disruption. But millions of Americans can’t live that way day in and day out. Your Notebook likes baseball. We like the atmosphere of live games. We live near the ballpark. We arrive early just for the National Anthem (“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/ O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”). Baseball has been a big cultural and sports addition to our city. More modern technology may allow subtle observation of and detection in big crowds. Surely our nation won’t become one giant airport where TSA lines back up everywhere, agents bark orders and everyone every day loses bits of freedom. The imposition of securicrat barriers, unfortunately, is becoming America’s pastime. It’s a game that free Americans should be reluctant to play. ■ The Nats response. Our hometown team is exploring ways to meet the Major League Baseball directive on new security measures. It looks like metal detectors won’t be added this season. That means there’s still time for cooler heads to prevail, and it means it’s more likely we’ll be attending the games this season. ■ A final word. The Notebook, along with many, many others, sadly marks the death last week of Virginia Williams, 87, the mother of former Mayor Anthony Williams. She had been visiting family for the holidays in Los Angeles. As boisterous as Mayor Williams is shy — and big-hearted and warm to everyone — Mrs. Williams embraced local Washington, and it embraced her. She lent her time, voice and energies to seniors, children and community groups across our city. A memorial service is being planned. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Non-lethal options deserve attention

This is in response to your recent comments justifying killing the deer in Rock Creek Park [“Sad but necessary,” Jan. 15]. You stated that “a deer brought down by a specially trained sharpshooter is less likely to die painfully than one attacked by wolves or struck by a car.” Your choice of words “brought down” is a euphemism that hunters enjoy using to mitigate the act of killing. Having never been a dying deer, how do you know for

sure what a painful death is? When wolves and cougars hunt down their prey, they go for the jugular and make their kill swift. Those are the laws of nature, unlike a manmade bullet that causes lingering pain to the wounded deer who escapes. There are alternatives to killing the deer. Alley Cat Allies uses the “TNR” approach to trap, neuter and return feral cats back to their outdoor colonies. This is a much more humane way to control the population of animals than the convenient but cruel method of killing them. I felt compelled to write, particularly after reading The Washington Post’s Jan. 20 success story about deer population control in

Fairfax City through sterilization. Pascale Kim Washington, D.C.

Deer population is affecting community

In addition to Bambi vs. park foliage, the deer affect people and property in the community. In our area we have at least one reported case of Lyme disease. I nearly collided with deer on Rock Creek Drive twice in one week. Extensive property damage is attributable to deer. I understand their point of view: We are newcomers, and they want their land back. Laurence J. Aurbach Woodland Normanstone

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In schools, efficiency does not ensure quality VIEWPOINT nicolas ojeda


plethora of research shows that positive school climate is strongly correlated to everything from strong academic performance to good behavior. Terry Lynch’s Jan. 8 Viewpoint piece fails to take that, and other factors, into consideration in its suggestions regarding the location of magnet schools. In the name of perceived logic and efficiency, the author argues the practicality of having Duke Ellington School of the Arts and comparable magnet schools in a central location. While I can speak only for Duke Ellington, I posit that the interests of our students and community would not be well served by this plan. The neighborhood of Georgetown has been instrumental in helping the Duke Ellington School of the Arts succeed. Partially as a result of Duke Ellington’s remarkable school climate, we have the city’s highest graduation rate and among the highest D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System proficiency rates. Relocating the school away from our Georgetown/Burleith campus would undermine and potentially ruin gains made by a community for over four decades. While making the technocratic argument to move schools to a central location would seem to make sense, this would be detrimental to the program and environment that have evolved at Duke Ellington over the past 40 years. The Duke Ellington community opposes relocation and was heartened at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E’s December discussion concerning our renovation when commissioners expressed their commitment to keep us in the neighborhood. One of Ellington’s strengths is the positive school culture that builds community among students from different parts of the city and diverse backgrounds. This has been well documented by everyone from Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools to highranking D.C. Public Schools officials to government leaders. Our Reservoir Road school is more than a beautiful campus; it is an educational experience for our students. For the Ellington student body, coming to Georgetown and experiencing the neighborhood, sitting

Letters to the Editor Longtime resident helped Spring Valley

We write to honor the life of Geza Teleki. After a long battle with many health issues, Geza passed away on Jan. 7, 2014, in his home on Szentendre Island, Hungary. He lived in Spring Valley from 1984 to 2003 at 3819 48th St. We remember Geza for his deep concern over the cleanup and wellbeing of Spring Valley. He fought for a more thorough and transparent investigation into the buried munitions and chemical remains resulting from the World War I chemical weapons development and testing at the American University Experimental Station and neighboring properties. Geza eloquently spoke of these concerns while serving on the Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board from its inception until he resigned in 2002. We also remember Geza, a pri-

on our lawn, being in a non-threatening environment, and even being in an affluent neighborhood on a daily basis are part of their educational and personal development. It tells them, “Yes, I belong here, too.” This location is part of the physical and psychological environment that supports their artistic sensibility and nurtures their creativity. This is something that may be hard for some to understand without moving a little out of their comfort zone to venture into the neighborhoods in the eastern periphery of the city where a significant chunk of our student population lives It is an assumption that clustering magnet schools together would be positive for students. Efforts that bring masses of students together can have a negative impact on learning. On the surface it may seem efficient; however, efficiency doesn’t equate to quality. One need look no farther than New York, where this idea has been tried and is proving to be problematic, ruining community ties and school cultures that were once thriving. Mr. Lynch was correct in saying that D.C. is a different place from decades ago, but decisions in education should reflect goals for an inclusive future for the city. While the city has experienced massive growth and redevelopment in recent years, the divide between rich and poor — as well as the income gap between blacks and whites — is greater than ever, and the city’s growth that he references is leading to further marginalization of low-income and even middle-income residents as affordable housing disappears. The poor have fewer places to live, and the economic gains of the past decade are at best a dream to them. Why pursue a path that would disrupt the ecosystem of a strong community for a dubious experiment in efficiency? Moving Duke Ellington School of the Arts out of Georgetown would do just that. In this case, the community we have built at Duke Ellington must be considered and respected. There is far too much to lose in the name of efficiency. Nicolas Ojeda, a D.C. resident, teaches D.C. history and U.S. government at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. A D.C. Public Schools teacher since 2007, he previously worked at Powell Elementary and H.D. Woodson High.

matologist and conservationist, for his work with Jane Goodall in East Africa studying chimpanzees, and his fascinating stories regarding his experiences there and later in West Africa establishing the OutambaKilimi National Park. We wish all the best to his wife Heather and their son Aidan. We will miss him. Ginny Durrin Ken Shuster Washington, D.C.

Historic homes are truly irreplaceable

I was pleased to read in Mary Rowse’s Jan. 22 Viewpoint [“Architectural gem awaits buyer, restoration] that the developer who purchased 3823 Morrison St. is willing to give the stately, if neglected, 100-year-old house another lease on life by selling it to someone interested in restoring it. Graciously proportioned foursquares like this house help define historic Chevy Chase; they contribute to the sense of place in a way

that new houses cannot match, no matter how referential they may be. And while the 1914 house may not be unique (in fact, it has a twin next door), the type is rare enough that the number of such houses cannot satisfy the demand: They sell as soon as they come on the market. That may be why, in the face of significant community opposition to the loss of the historic structure, builder Robert Holman himself volunteered at the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission’s Jan. 13 meeting to sell the house if a buyer stepped forward quickly. One of the “right reasons” for saving hundred-year-old houses with high, coffered ceilings; handsome woodwork; and high-quality materials — the likes of which cannot be matched by contemporary sources — is that they are irreplaceable. If we as a community accept the loss of one house after another, we will eventually find that the distinctive neighborhood we treasure has been dismantled. Andrea Rosen Barnaby Woods

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COUNCIL: Democrats Bennett-Fleming, Settles, Rubio and Valentine challenge Bonds

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Phil Mendelson, now the D.C. Council chairman. But the longtime District political activist, who won a special election last spring to keep her seat, certainly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound intimidated by her challengers in an interview last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be re-elected. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working every day to be re-elected,â&#x20AC;? Bonds said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My record speaks for itself.â&#x20AC;? According to a recent legislative summary by her office, that record includes authoring four bills and cointroducing another 64. That first category includes the Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief Act, which would eliminate property taxes for seniors with modest incomes and which won initial approval from the full council this month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been very productive,â&#x20AC;? Bonds said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been involved in the politics and civic life of D.C. for a long time.â&#x20AC;? Although she said she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;get into a back-and-forth with anyone,â&#x20AC;? the council member made clear that she questions the seriousness of her opponents this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When all is said and done, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the incumbent,â&#x20AC;? she said. But Bondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; challengers question her productivity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That type of record doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reflect an agenda thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to meet this moment,â&#x20AC;? Bennett-Flem-

ing said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four major pieces of legislation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we would have that ready for our first council meeting.â&#x20AC;? On the subject of his own credentials, the shadow representative said his legal background prepares him to be a legislator. As a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of California at Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law school, he said he would plan to pursue cutting-edge public policy ideas if he were elected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really engaged with the emerging trends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; policies throughout the country that are working,â&#x20AC;? he said. One specific example BennettFleming cited: San Antonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cafe College,â&#x20AC;? a publicly funded resource center helping grade-school students navigate their paths to higher education. Asked how he plans to win the election, Bennett-Fleming said he will draw lessons from his three previous District-wide campaigns. He was elected to his current post, in which he promotes the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to gain voting rights, in 2012 with upward of 200,000 votes, so he feels confident he can draw support from across D.C. But several questions remain for the shadow representative: Was his 2012 vote total largely due to high turnout in a presidential year? How much can be attributed to support from his party, led at the time by chair Anita Bonds? Is there enough

dissatisfaction with the incumbent to create an opening for a challenger? That final question is one also facing the other Democrats running, the best known of whom is John Settles. He tried to take on Bonds in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special election, but he failed to qualify for the ballot when his nominating petitions were challenged. He kicked off his second campaign for the seat earlier this month. In an interview, Settles joined Bennett-Fleming in criticizing Bondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legislative accomplishments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done a lot,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think at-large council members should be held to a higher standard of activism. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just too tied to the political establishment.â&#x20AC;? And like the shadow representative, the mortgage banker took issue with Bondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vote to delay the election of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney general, arguing that the council member opposed the will of the voters, who approved the shift from an appointed to an elected top lawyer. Settles also thinks he can bring a unique perspective on education issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a father of three kids in D.C. public schools, where students had to eat lunch at their desks because there was no cafeteria or gymnasium for rainy day play,â&#x20AC;? he wrote on his campaign website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am troubled by the high school dropout rate, and the fact that fewer than 50% of DCPS students are meeting

math and reading proficiency levels.â&#x20AC;? A graduate of Howard University, Settles said he wants to be a council member who advocates for small businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am running because I am an entrepreneur and housing and community development advocate, with a track record of improving peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a believer in the notion that you are either a part of the problem, or a part of the solution.â&#x20AC;? The at-large Democratic field also includes two first-time office seekers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pedro Rubio and Kevin Valentine. The son of Salvadoran immigrants, Rubio is an elected board member of the DC Latino Caucus who writes federal contracts for the Department of Defense. He plans to kick off his campaign Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Union Market. In an interview, Rubio said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latino candidate,â&#x20AC;? but he does believe â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are a lot of issues in the immigrant community that members of the D.C. Council canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relate to.â&#x20AC;? He also said he understands the importance of education, because he was an at-risk student growing up in Ward 4 before he became the first person in his family to go to college. A graduate of American University, Rubio is currently pursuing a

masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in real estate at Georgetown University with a focus on affordable housing. He said he feels personally invested in D.C. Public Schools to this day, in part because he lives with his sister who has two children in the system. In a campaign statement, he elaborated his mission: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stand committed to working towards strengthening our education system, improving the safety of our neighborhoods, ending the pay-to-play political games, and continuing to make D.C. a vibrant city where both long-term residents and a younger generation can call home.â&#x20AC;? The other first-time candidate, Valentine, sent an informal statement to The Current via email. He wrote that the most important issue for him is increasing D.C. residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; involvement in local government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means calling your local ANC commissioner to inquire about a new building,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It includes being able to have a sit down, face to face meeting with your city council representative.â&#x20AC;? Citizen engagement, he argued, is ultimately the solution to all of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems. Valentine, who is not presently employed, is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. As a former recruiter for the D.C. Army National Guard, he wants to see more done to honor service members, including the creation of a D.C. Army National Guard Day.

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St. Albans senior ends ‘historic season’ with XC Gatorade award By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Photo courtsey of Foot Locker

St. Albans senior Tai Dinger became the first Bulldog cross-country runner to ever qualify for the prestigious Foot Locker National Finals. His season was capped off by being named Gatorade’s D.C. boys cross-country runner of the year for the second-straight time.

At the prestigious Foot Locker Northeast Regional cross-country championship in November, St. Albans senior Tai Dinger needed a top-10 finish to earn a place at nationals. But as he neared the end of the course, he found himself in 11th place with roughly 600 yards to go. So the senior did what he always does at practice, in meets, in the classroom and as a singer — he found another gear and overcame the obstacle. Dinger finished in eighth place to become the first Bulldog to ever advance to the Foot Locker National Finals. “These weren’t the kind of guys you could just kick past — they’re all super strong runners,” said St. Albans coach Jim Ehrenhaft. “Tai just gutted out those last 600 yards and out-leaned three other guys to get eighth. Tai was hardly challenged all year. … To be suddenly in the midst of this incredible field and respond the way he did was incredible.” The senior’s season ended with a 27th-place finish at the Foot Locker Championships — a national meet where the top 40 boys and top 40 girls compete — in San Diego on Dec. 14. And his efforts were rewarded on Jan. 16 when he was named D.C.’s Gatorade cross-country runner of the year for the second year in a row. “This season was really historic as far as the school is concerned,” said Ehrenhaft. “Nobody has ever done what Tai did this year. Qualify-

ing for that Foot Locker National is incredibly difficult.” For Dinger, it was a year in which he reached every preseason goal — Interstate Athletic Conference champion, the D.C. State Athletic Association crown, qualifying for nationals and then the Gatorade award. “It was a great way to end my high school running career,” said Dinger. “I have never had so much success in my life. It was great to see all of my work over the years build up into this season.” But those accolades weren’t his motivations to succeed; rather, he says, it was the camaraderie he found with his teammates at St. Albans. “What makes me so passionate is that I’ve loved the sport since I was a young age,” said Dinger. “So it’s not hard to find motivation. I love running because of the team. The best people do cross-country.” Dinger had been building toward this season since the end of his eighth-grade year, when he approached Ehrenhaft about running a track meet during the summer. Dinger’s eagerness to start training for high school-level competition caught the coach’s attention. “He just brought this up … so we came up with a program for him,” said Ehrenhaft. “That was one important indicator — his devotion and commitment.” The coach said Dinger was one of the most teachable players he has ever had. “It’s just been incredibly rewarding to see the way he’s progressed,” said Ehrenhaft. Dinger was a perfect fit for the Gatorade award, which is given to student athletes who place as much emphasis on the classroom as on

their athletic success. Dinger is passionate about running — both cross-country and track — but he has also participated in other sports on campus. He competes on the swim team and played tennis while he was in lower school. In the classroom, he has had an A average at St. Albans and earned a certificate from the Washington Japanese Language School in Kensington, Md. At the Japanese school, which he attended on Saturdays from third grade through his junior year, he took a full curriculum of classes, all taught in Japanese. “My mom is Japanese so I wanted to keep the Japanese culture and my fluency in Japanese,” said Dinger. He is also an accomplished singer. Last year the National Society of Arts and Letters at a Kennedy Center event honored Dinger as one of the winners of the Award for Excellence. He was also recognized for his performances in Chorale and the Madrigal Singers and his appearance in “Oklahoma!” On top of everything else, Dinger is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. His coach believes that the balance works for Dinger. “These outlets and well-roundedness have helped him as a runner,” Ehrenhaft said. “It’s enhanced his ability to push himself.” Dinger’s achievements at St. Albans have him poised to run at a Division I school, but he’s undecided on which one he will attend. Before he moves on to college, he will take his talents to the pool for the Bulldogs swim team and later to the track for the spring season.

Sidwell hopes to advance in the ISL By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

After a fourth-place finish in the Independent School League’s upper division last season, Sidwell’s girls basketball team hopes to build off that foundation this year. The team lost forward Tiara Wood to graduation — she now plays for Furman University. But even without their leader from last season, the Quakers are off to a 6-5 record. The team is built around strong guard play and versatile post players. In the lead is junior guard Madison Matthews, the squad’s top scorer and go-to player when things get dicey. “She’s a three-year starter,” said Sidwell coach Anne Renninger. “She knows the team, she’s a good leader and she can score.” On the perimeter, the team has also looked to sophomore forward Gaby Statia, who is averaging nearly 10 points per game, freshman guard Charlotte Masters and junior guard Shannon Morgan.

In the post, the team relies on senior center Ali Steinbach to anchor the paint. She and sophomore forward Sydney Garner are a dynamic duo who put opposing defenses in a bind. “Ali can clear it out for Sydney,” said Renninger. “Ali can shoot the baseline shot and if you don’t guard underneath she can get a layup or Sydney gets a shot. They’re a good tandem.” The team is also working sophomore center Adrianne Goldstein into the rotation as another post option. With a good mix of talented upperclassmen and skilled youngsters, the Quakers think they can be as good as, if not better than, they were last year. “This team can definitely be in the top four,” said Renninger. The Quakers will look to keep climbing in the ISL when they host defending regularseason champion Visitation Thursday at 5:45 p.m. and Georgetown Day Saturday at noon.

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Sidwell Friends sophomore forward Sydney Gardner, left, lost a recent game to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 50-29. In that game, Saints guard Gussie Johns, right, a Northwest resident, scored four points.

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Cadets emerge as WCAC title contender By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer





When St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s began its Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys basketball slate, the Cadets were blown out by Paul VI in a 20-point defeat at home. Cadets coach Sean McAloon called that experience a serving of humble pie. The team had to wait a month for a chance to get that taste out of their mouths, but finally got a chance to make up for the loss when facing a pair of WCAC powers last week. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrashed DeMatha 81-69 on Thursday and then knocked off Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the defending league champions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 82-80 in a double overtime thriller in Arlington Sunday afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got smacked by PVI in the same type of environment,â&#x20AC;? McAloon said after the DeMatha game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought our kids grew up tonight and played our type of basketball. We learned from it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve progressed nicely since that game, and we have dropped one since then. This was a nice test, and we passed.â&#x20AC;? In the second game, against Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell, both teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coaching staff participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. Gonzaga coach Steve Turner had tweeted at WCAC coaches to suggest the united stand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a terrible disease and we have to fight to beat it,â&#x20AC;? said McAloon. That game turned into a fastpaced contest in the jam-packed Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell gym, with both teams continually pushing the ball in transition. But neither squad ran out of gas, keeping within 10 points of each other throughout the game. In the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clung to a 62-56 lead. But Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell was able to tie the game at 62 to force overtime. In the extra session, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell kept the momentum and took a fivepoint lead with a minute to play. But Cadets senior guard Tre Campbell â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a future Georgetown Hoya â&#x20AC;&#x201D; buried a three-pointer. On the ensuing Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell possession, senior forward James Palmer made a steal and dished the ball to Campbell to tie the score at 72. The Knights had a chance to win the game on the final possession, but Palmer blocked a shot by Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell senior guard Melo Trimble â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who will play next at the University of Maryland at College Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to force a second overtime period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down the stretch I wanted to defend him and show that I was a defensive stopper,â&#x20AC;? Palmer said of

Scores Boys basketball

H.D. Woodson 63, Bell 56 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 81, DeMatha 69

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The Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; James Palmer, far left, scored 12 points in the rout of DeMatha and 24 points in the win over Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell. On Sunday he hit the go-ahead shot in the late in double overtime to sink the Knights. stopping Trimble. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank God I got the block.â&#x20AC;? In that second overtime, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell again raced out to the lead and took a four-point advantage into the final minute. McAloon could see his team was feeling the pressure of the moment. He called a timeout and â&#x20AC;&#x153;told the kids to relax and attack it when it was there.â&#x20AC;? The pep talk worked, as St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earned a pair of free throws to make it a two-point game. The Knights then tried to extend their lead on the next possession, but senior guard Darian Bryant stepped in front of Trimble to draw a charging foul â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his fifth of the game. That sent Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star player to the bench for the remainder of the game and gave St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ball. On the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next play, they swung the ball around the threepoint line and found Palmer wide

Potomac School 66, GDS 39 Carroll 55, Gonzaga 53 Wilson 77, Luke C. Moore 47 McLean School 68, Burke 61 St. Albans 70, Landon 54 DeMatha 81, Gonzaga 66

Eastern 83, Walls 49 Wilson 78, Phelps 33 Roosevelt 80, Luke C. Moore 60 Ballou 82, Bell 59 Jewish Day 49, WIS 42

open. The future Miami Hurricane buried the trey to give St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lead for good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m shocked right now,â&#x20AC;? McAloon said after the win over Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We kind of let it slip at the end of regulation. We were down in both overtimes. Credit to the kids, they fought back. We made shots, and the kids attacked the basket. We just made one more play.â&#x20AC;? The two wins were a confidencebuilder for the Cadets, who staked their claim as a WCAC contender. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just gelled together as a team and showed everyone that we can beat the top teams,â&#x20AC;? said Palmer. The Cadets hope to keep the momentum going when they get their long-anticipated rematch with Paul VI on Thursday in Fairfax. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day by day for us,â&#x20AC;? said McAloon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is big because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win on the road. To sneak one on the road is valuable for us.â&#x20AC;?

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 82, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 80

Girls basketball

Bell 53, H.D. Woodson 39 Coolidge 50, Dunbar 35 Wilson 63, Anacostia 52

Bullis 74, Sidwell 49 Visitation 56, Cathedral 43 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 68, Seton 47 Bell 40, Ballou 37 Sidwell 46, Maret 42 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 57, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 45

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This six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home on Manning Place in Kent is priced at $2,395,000. tain. On the other side of the house is a gourmet kitchen. Built during the renovation, this warm area features top-of-the-line appliances including a SubZero refrigerator with matching wood panels, a Bosch stainless steel dishwasher and JennAir convection wall ovens. A granite island houses a six-burner gas Viking cooktop with automatic downdraft exhaust. Providing an airy and spacious ambiance are cathedral skylit ceilings, numerous windows and French doors with transom windows leading to a wrap-around slate terrace. The room also has a built-in wooden hutch with an arched win-


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dow, maple cabinetry, granite counters, a Waterworks glass tile backsplash and ceramic tile floors. With two arched entry points from the kitchen and foyer, the family room has double crown molding, five bay windows facing south and more double French doors opening to the terrace. The main floor also still has the original kitchen, which now serves as a butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry with ample storage, a wine cooler and an icemaker. A powder room nearby has custom millwork, marble flooring and a custom wall-hung marble-topped

sink. Three en-suite bedrooms are on the second floor. The two smaller sleeping quarters have hardwood flooring, double-door closets and bathrooms with marble countertops. The master suite features a fireplace in the bedroom and a large walk-in closet thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an organizerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream, with built-in dressers and shelves, pullout tie and belt racks, track lighting and a Lazy Susan for shoes. Large and inviting, the bathroom faces the front of the house and has double French doors See Kent/Page 18

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leading out to a Juliet balcony. It has heated marble tile floors, two separate vanities, a separate shower and a Jacuzzi spa tub flanked with custom shelving. Located in the middle of the second floor, the laundry room is in a convenient spot. It has built-in cabinets, a utility sink with laminate counters, shelving and whitetiled floors. The third level houses a fourth bedroom and a hallway bath. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a smaller room that could be used as a playroom or bedroom. The open, oak-clad landing at the top of the stairs is currently used as an office.

Three floors down in the basement is another family room with Berber carpeting, a fireplace, plantation shutters and built-in bookshelves. Two additional rooms on this level can be used as sleeping quarters, but currently they serve as an exercise room and a wine cellar. This area also has two entrances to the garage, another entrance to the rear terrace and a full bath with a shower. This six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home at 5171 Manning Place is offered at $2,395,000. For more information on this property, contact Washington Fine Properties Realtors Chuck Holzwarth at chuck.holzwarth@ or 202-285-2616 or Stephanie Bredahl at or 202-821-5145.

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championship golf course; a soundstage for film and TV production; an indoor waterpark; and hotel accommodations. In an interview Monday, Orange said the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Committee will consider the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Complex Feasibility Study Act of 2013 on Feb. 25. According to a timeline laid out in the bill, the feasibility study would need to be finished by Feb. 15, 2015. 3-D models of the proposed arena would be completed one year later. Orange said he hopes to oversee the entire effort if elected mayor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This would certainly be a centerpiece of my administration,â&#x20AC;? he said. With regard to the price tag of such an endeavor, Orange said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to speculate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a cost for the project itself,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would think that the feasibility

study would be $500,000 or less.â&#x20AC;? Despite the ambitious scope, the council member insisted that these projects arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;just a pie-in-the-sky initiative,â&#x20AC;? pointing to the support his bill already enjoys from his D.C. Council colleagues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With six members already on board, we only need one more,â&#x20AC;? he said. Orangeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislation portrays these projects as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an economic development engineâ&#x20AC;? that would provide, among other things, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the opportunity for the Washington football team to return to the District.â&#x20AC;? The billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s language predicts that the proposed stadium â&#x20AC;&#x153;would play host to Super Bowls, Final Fours, the Olympics, Federation Internationale de Football Association (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;FIFAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) Soccer, All-Star games, Professional Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;MMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) matches, live concerts, national political conventions, large events, and much more.â&#x20AC;? In terms of when the arena might

open, Orange has his sights set on the year the Washington Redskinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lease is set to expire at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at 2027, 2028,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a plan for the future.â&#x20AC;? The complex is just part of the agenda touted by the Orange campaign, framed around two Twitterfriendly slogans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;#LeaveNoOneBehindâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;#TakeNoOneForGranted.â&#x20AC;? Cornerstone issues include creating jobs and ensuring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;living wageâ&#x20AC;? for all workers; encouraging fiscal responsibility and government accountability; enforcing the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contracting requirements; ensuring affordable housing for retirees and other residents; and fostering an education pipeline from preschool through the University of the District of Columbia. This article is the sixth in a series exploring key policy objectives from mayoral candidates.












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ber of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church across the street from the bus loop, has his eye on the site. A former garden center manager for Home Depot, he hopes to fulfill a childhood dream of opening his own garden store. Sniegoski concluded that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room at the underused site for Metro to continue its existing operations while also leaving room for his store and some customer parking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The building is not used â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the building is a bathroom for Metro staff,â&#x20AC;? Sniegoski said at the neighborhood commission meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s falling apart and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to save it and run a little flower shop.â&#x20AC;? But Metro real estate director Stan Wall said operations of the bus loop would be threatened if private cars were allowed in. Sniegoskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans call for 20 parking spaces around the outside of the loop, which he said would still provide room for one dedicated bus lane and one through lane for cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen a bus go around a corner, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay in one lane,â&#x20AC;? Wall said at the meeting. Furthermore, he fears customers parking improperly while loading would further interfere with buses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at a typical garden center â&#x20AC;Ś you see cars parked everywhere right in front of the store.â&#x20AC;? Wallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments persuaded several commissioners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the abstract it seems like a great idea, and saving the building is wonderful, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a question of feasibility,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Henry Griffin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the parking itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to fly as a gar-

den center â&#x20AC;Ś and if you do have the parking, there are, I would think, significant liability issues.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner David Engel added that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel comfortable with the commission supporting a single-source contract regardless of the specifics, but he urged Metro to request additional proposals for the bus loop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been negligent in caring for that building.â&#x20AC;? The commission unanimously adopted a resolution to that effect, and Wall said that is entirely feasible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This particular type of use would be difficult to make it work for bus operations. If there are other creative ideas to repurpose this building that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a lot of vehicle traffic, that would be different,â&#x20AC;? he said. In an interview yesterday, Sniegoski said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep pushing for Metro to adopt his plans. He hopes to drum up support from the community and from Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, who sits on the Metro board. He also noted that he had promised to keep the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bathrooms available around the clock to Metrobus drivers, and he dismissed Wallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern about private vehicle traffic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to this anyway â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Metro deals with situations where there are buses and private vehicles and pedestrian traffic all in one space,â&#x20AC;? Sniegoski said. Sniegoskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan would include more than $300,000 in renovations to the old bus station, plus a little over $3,800 in monthly rent. A speedy approval would mean the Chevy Chase Garden Center could be open by this fall, Sniegoski said.



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Spotlight on Schools Annunciation School

The second- and fifth-graders at Annunciation went to the National Museum of the American Indian. We have been studying Native American dolls and culture. Before we went to the museum, we made clay dolls and yarn worry dolls in art. We also made corn husk dolls out of newspapers and we painted them yellow like corn. At the museum, there was a large room that had four canoes, one of them with the head of a serpent, tiger and snake combined. We also saw a tall totem pole, a flag made out of beads, a statue of an Indian shooting an arrow up to the sky, and a wall with pictures of many American Indians who live in the U.S. We call it the Wall of Lives. One really interesting thing we visited was the George Washington Friendship sculpture, which stands for the friendship between the Oneida Nation and the United States. By the way, did you know the Indians made ketchup, hot sauce, candy and popcorn? Our special interest was the dolls. Our favorites were the doll with no face, the mom doll with five babies, the horse and rider doll which was made of beads and wood, the doll made of beads, and the doll carved out of a deer antler with wolf hair clothes. Our tour guides were nice and we learned a lot. This museum was awesome! You will like it, too! — Second-grade class

British School of Washington

On Thursday, Year 6 hosted its “Cupcake Wars” exit point. We spent four weeks on research, experimenting, marketing and then preparing the final batch of 12 cupcakes. We had to use our scientific knowledge that we learned during our IPC (International Primary Curriculum) topic titled Making New Materials. On Thursday we came into school with all of the display materials and cupcakes and set it all up in the cafeteria. The judges came in the morning to assess our cupcakes on taste, presentation, creativity, scientific reasoning, packaging and overall. In the afternoon we presented our cupcakes to our parents and other students. We gave them a quarter of the cupcakes to taste and then they voted for their favourite cupcakes. Just before the end of an exciting day, we found out who had won an award for each of topic of judging. We all a fun day of giving our cupcakes and learned a great deal about the science of baking along the way. — Ruth Williams and Minna Abdel-Gawad, Year 6 Birmingham (fifth-graders)

Deal Middle School

This week at Deal, Team Alexandria is learning about the geography in ancient China in history class. Trading was difficult because


of the Himalayas and the two deserts, but there were also natural resources from those mountains and the two rivers in the country. Since this is the last week in our second advisory, everybody is rushing to turn in their late work and bring up their grades. On Friday we will have a half day that we’ll spend learning about the Reno School, which will become part of Deal next year. — Quinn Freeman, seventh-grader

Eaton Elementary

In first grade at Eaton, we learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We learned how he changed things and turned the world upside down. He wanted everybody to be equal. He wanted everybody to be fair and to treat people nicely. We read books about Martin Luther King Jr. like “Martin’s Big Words” which is about words like “love,” which is not a long word but it’s a big important thing and means a lot. We read “My Brother Martin” which was written by his sister and tells about when he was boy. We read a picture book biography called “Martin Luther King Jr.” which told us that MLK was a minister, which is a leader in a church. All of the books taught us about his life and how he helped change the world. We also learned about his “I Have a Dream Speech.” We read the “Sweet Smell of Roses” which had some words that were important to Dr. King. The words were “love, equality, peace, happiness and freedom.” We matched the words with symbols like hearts, equal signs, peace signs, smiley faces and flags. We made pictures using the words and symbols to show Dr. King’s message and what we heard about in his “I Have a Dream” speech. The artwork is on display in our school. — Zain Khaishgi, Devan Mehta, Will Newnham and Isabella Oh, first-graders

We have also improved individually. Joe Burney, one of our star centers, had some clutch shots against the Lab School. Billy Conte leads the team in points which isn’t surprising, but the points that are being scored per game are being distributed more throughout the team, unlike last year where he had more than half the points. In our most recent game Harry Ferguson had three three-pointers in rapid succession. Also James Dohlman has been on fire and is one of the key players to our offense. We want to continue this hot streak. — Jack Muoio and Gray Eisler, seventh-graders

sprint medley relay and the thrilling 4x400-meter relay. On the girls side, our top placing teams were our sprint medley and distance medley relay teams, finishing overall in third and second place, respectively. Additionally, senior Neville Palmer heaved a 12-pound shot put 43 feet, 7 inches to claim first place in that field event. Lastly, senior Erin RustTierney jumped 19 feet 4 inches to collect first prize in the long jump. Meanwhile, our boys basketball team stands at 8-6 overall, while our girls basketball team stand at 7-6 this season. — Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Georgetown Day School

Let’s go sledding! The week of Jan. 20 brought us many days off of school. In fact, we had a five-day weekend! At Key, the students enjoyed two days of fun in the snow. The weather was the coldest we have had in 30 years in D.C. Another reason we had a fiveday weekend was because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every school got this one off. We are proud to celebrate him and the way he helped us live like we live right now with respect for everyone. We have a lot going on in my class. Ms. Jones’ fourth-graders started a new “read aloud”: “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor. The story is about how black and white families lived during the Great Depression in Mississippi. Key School’s principal, David Landeryou, has been selected to be a mentor for a future D.C. school leader. Ms. Katie Larkin is shadowing him. Ms. Larkin was born and raised in Warwick, R.I. She likes the Boston Red Sox (and I totally

Classes are finally back in session for high school students after a hiatus due to winter break, a twoweek exam period, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and, most notably, two snow days! As a result of this month-long lull in academic classes, student extracurricular activity has been limited in the recent days. However, in true Georgetown Day fashion, some students have continued extracurricular pursuits. One such student is senior Daniel Zhang, who recently won honorable mention at this year’s University of Maryland math competition. Zhang performed superbly in both rounds of the competition, finishing in 19th place out of the 2,600 students who competed. Our sports teams have also been training diligently to prepare for the final weeks of the winter season. Our indoor track and field team recently traveled to Episcopal High School to participate in the Maroon and Black Relays. The boys teams clenched first place in both the

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agree with her). She also enjoys spending time with her dog, cooking and running. She has completed three marathons and six half-marathons. Her goal is to one day run a marathon or half-marathon in every state! We all wish you luck, Ms. Larkin! — Daniella Nichols, fourth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

Three times a year, students at Our Lady of Victory School take the Scantron standardized test. We take the first one in the beginning of the year, the second in the middle and the third at the end of the school year. Scantron is a “smart” test which means that it knows if you got the right answer and then the next question is harder. We take the Scantron on a computer in our school’s computer room. Each day we take one subject. This year we took math on the first day, the next day was a normal school day, and the day after that we took the reading test. My favorite Scantron test is math because I like to do math problems. The night before the Scantron test I try to go to sleep early. Before the test I eat a big breakfast, usually an egg sandwich. During the test we can take breaks, but we have to stay quiet. I didn’t take a lot of breaks. When we’re done, we can read a book or draw (usually I draw). Before the test, our teacher Ms. Wampole gives us a mint, then after the test I feel good because it’s over! — Nicolas Cloutier, second-grader

St. Ann’s Academy

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Edmund Burke School

The boys middle school basketball team has improved tremendously since the beginning of last year. We have not only enhanced our skills, but also our teamwork and leadership on the team. In our past game, we beat the Lab School by 19 points and played the best we have ever played. So far over the course of the year we have won half of our games, and have improved mentally and physically. This year, we have a new assistant coach who has really helped the team. He comes up with some key plays in practice that we are performing well during the games. This year in the annual Burke Basketball tournament, we won second place by beating the Lowell School in the first round. Our work is paying off in the wins column, and we hope to keep it up!

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Wednesday january 29 Classes ■ Science of Spirituality teacher David Newcomb will lead a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform works by Kikta and Dvorák. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host a singer-songwriter showcase featuring Ken Wenzel and Jenee Halstead. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Charles Anderson, a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, will discuss “Popular State Formation During ‘The Great Revolt’ in Palestine (19361939), or, How Peasant Rebels Almost Overthrew British Rule.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Sam Lubell, co-curator of “Never Built Los Angeles” at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, will discuss “The Potential of L.A.’s Never Built Landscape.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. ■ Anson Hines, director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, will discuss “What the Blue Crab Can Teach Us.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Wayne Grody, a technical adviser to various Hollywood productions and a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, will discuss “Genomics, Hollywood Style.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Nancy Horan will discuss her novel “Under the Wide and Starry Sky,” based on

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Events Entertainment the story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Maurine Beasley, professor emerita of journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park and one of the few female reporters at The Washington Post in the 1960s, will discuss her book “Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence.” 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ “Outside the Frame: Three Experts, Twenty Minutes Each, One Work of Art” will feature talks by Sarah Cash, Stefan Bechtel and Fritz Wildt on Albert Bierstadt’s masterpiece “The Last of the Buffalo.” 7 p.m. $5. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ The Tenleytown Historical Society will present a talk by architect, map enthusiast and author Don Hawkins on “Tenleytown in the District’s Early Road Network.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. ■ Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar — arrested and detained under his country’s Sedition Act, with seven of his books banned by the government — will speak about his use of a drawing pen as a weapon to fight state corruption and abuse of power. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Rebeccah Heinrichs, visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, will discuss “Nuclear Weapons: Do We Even Need Them?” 8 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 207, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. Expo ■ The 2014 Washington Auto Show will feature displays by more than 42 domestic and import manufacturers, celebrity guests and interactive events such as the Camp Jeep indoor test track. Noon to 9 p.m. $5 to $12; free for ages 5 and younger. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The show will

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continue Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Performance ■ Underground Comedy and LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Mariya Alexander, Schewitz Whichard and Herbie Gill. 8:30 p.m. $10. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. Special events ■ The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ■ Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and bassist Esperanza Spalding will host “Spotlight on Guantanamo,” featuring the broadcast of a new version of the music video “We Are America,” live musical performances, remarks by representatives of human rights groups and a video message by Harry Belafonte. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Lincoln Theatre, 1250 U St. NW. Thursday, Jan. 30

Thursday january 30 Benefit ■ The Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University will hold a shipwreck-themed beer tasting with Heavy Seas Brewery as part of its Ancient Ales & Archaeology series. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 to $45. The Powerhouse, 3255 Grace St. NW. Children’s program ■ Cokie Roberts will discuss her book “Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation” (for ages 8 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Classes and workshops ■ Science of Spirituality teacher David Newcomb will lead a class on techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ “Goodnight, Sleep Tight,” a Parenting Center workshop led by Claire Lerner, will feature tips on how to develop good sleep habits from the start and how to address typical challenges that arise. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $32 to $47. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Concerts ■ The National Symphony Orchestra, violinist Joshua Bell (shown), baritone Matthias Goerne and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung will perform works by Mendelssohn and Hindemith. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Dawn Drapes, an alternative indie rock trio, will perform. 8:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Thursday, january 30 ■ Discussion: Jewish Literature Live will present an evening with Dara Horn, author of “A Guide for the Perplexed,” “In the Image,” “The World to Come” and “All Other Nights.” 7 p.m. Free. Room 311, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202994-7470. at American University will present a talk by American University professor Akbar Ahmed on “The West and the World of Islam After 9/11.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Daniel Markey will discuss his book “No Exit to Pakistan.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ M.J. Chung, member of the Korean National Assembly, will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable on the Korean Peninsula: Nuclear North Korea and Reunification.” 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Margarita M. Balmaceda, professor of diplomacy and international relations at Seton Hall University, will discuss “The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure.” 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Gideon Rose (shown), editor of Foreign Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Eliot Cohen, director of the Strategic Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss “U.S. Foreign Policy and the Global Liberal Order.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss “International Consequences of the U.S. Oil and Gas Boom.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ The opening of the exhibition “Post Oil City: The History of the City’s Future”

will feature remarks by the curator; Ursula Seiler-Albring, president of ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations); and Karlfried Bergner, minister at the German Embassy. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Architectural Research Institute, Building 32, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The nonprofit group A Vegan Life will present a seminar on the benefits of vegetarianism and the basics of transitioning from meat consumption to a diet rich in vitamins, fiber and vegetable consumption. Samples for vegan food will be available from the Woodlands Cafe. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. ■ Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, will conclude a two-part lecture on “For Light and Liberty: African Americans and Civil War Espionage in Washington and Beyond.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-249-3955. ■ Susan Carle will discuss her book “Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Anna Quindlen will discuss her novel “Still Life With Bread Crumbs.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ American University’s “Books That Shaped America” series will feature a discussion of W.E.B. DuBois’ “The Souls of Black Folk,” led by School of Professional and Extended Studies dean Carola Weil. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Training & Events Room, Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3847. ■ The German Language Society will present an illustrated lecture in German by Erich Keel, former head of education at the Kreeger Museum, on “The Bauhaus Between Fascism and Communism: The Fight for a Democratic Art and Architecture Under Hannes Meyer.” 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-239-0432. Films ■ The Lowell School will host a screening of the 2013 documentary “American Promise,” about two AfricanAmerican boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Gym, Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW. ■ The Georgetown Library’s “Stories of the Subcontinent” series will feature the second part of the 1982 film “Gandhi.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will present its weekly “Olympic Moments” film series leading up to the Sochi games. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1448. Performances ■ Comedians Sara Schaefer and Brian Parise will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The collective LYGO DC and ODB Live! will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Ryan Schutt, Pete Bladel and Herbie Gill. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th St. NW. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standSee Events/Page 21


Continued From Page 20 up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. â&#x2013; Underground Comedy and LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Pete Bladel and Herbie Gill. 8:30 p.m. $15. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. Friday, Jan. 31 Friday january 31 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Poulenc. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature a performance of 17th- and 18th-century works by Modern Musick, a baroque period instrument ensemble. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present bassbaritone Luca Pisaroni in recital. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Three Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tenors will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love You Madly,â&#x20AC;? featuring vocal and instrumental ensembles from Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $40. Ellington Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. 202-337-4825. The concert will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Third Coast Percussion will perform. 8 p.m. $31.50 to $35.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. â&#x2013;  The 41st annual Cherry Tree Massacre, an a cappella music festival, will feature the Georgetown Phantoms, Superfood, Saxatones, Gracenotes and Chamber Singers. 7:30 pm. $12. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  River Whyless will perform a mix of acoustic folk and Americana music. 8:30 p.m. $8 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post Oil City: The History of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future,â&#x20AC;? panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? with a focus on the goals laid out in the Sustainable DC plan. Participants will include D.C. Department of Transportation director Terry Bellamy, D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development Michael P. Kelly and German Embassy first secretary for energy and climate Georg Maue. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Architectural Research Institute, Building 32, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Fresh Perspective on the Western Balkansâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Jonathan Moore, director of the Office of South Central European Affairs at the U.S. State Department; Edward Joseph, senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations; and Sasha Toperich, senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Douglas R. Egerton will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Progressive Era.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Q&A Cafe series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now in its 13th year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kojo Nnamdi Show.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $40. The RitzCarlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-4100. â&#x2013;  Douglas R. Egerton will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Progressive Era.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Gary Lee Kraut, the author of five travel guides to France and Paris, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Got Heritage? Understanding and Exploring â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Patrimoineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Preservation in France.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $8 to $12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The 18th annual Iranian Film Festival will feature Mohammad Shirvaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fat Shaker.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz Film Fridayâ&#x20AC;? series will feature 2001â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside Out in the Openâ&#x20AC;? and 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Breath Courses Through Us.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. Meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances â&#x2013;  In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Tuesday night open mic event at Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Mug, founder and original host Toni Asante Lightfoot will take to the stage with regulars DJ Renegade, Holly Bass and Toni Blackman. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;WITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Famous Road Show of Longform Improv Comedy,â&#x20AC;? featuring company ensembles. 10 p.m. $12 to $15. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1

Saturday february 1 Book signing â&#x2013; Author Kathy Stinson and classical violinist Joshua Bell will sign copies of Stinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man With the Violin.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Bright Star Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show â&#x20AC;&#x153;George Washington Carver,â&#x20AC;? an introduction to some of the most influential AfricanAmericans of the past 150 years. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372.


Corcoran opens exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Journeys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Visions of Placeâ&#x20AC;? opened recently at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The permanent exhibit is a reinstallation of the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-1945 American paintings and

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sculpture collection that conveys the changing notion of place in the history of American art. Featured are approximately 110 paintings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than have ever been on view in the galleries of historic American art. The exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 125-odd paintings and sculptures are integrated in a manner that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been seen for more than a decade. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; it is free for military personnel and ages 11 and younger. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transforming Cityscapes,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the winning entries of the 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial, will open tomorrow at the Organization of America Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art Museum of the Americas and continue through March 16. Located at 201 18th St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202370-0147. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;1964: Civil Rights at 50,â&#x20AC;? a yearlong exhibit about the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign to register black This photograph of a voters in Mississippi, opened church in Ecuador is recently at the Newseum. featured in an exhibit Located at 555 Pennsylat the Art Museum of vania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 the Americas. p.m. Admission costs $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, students and military personnel; $12.95 for ages 7 through 18; it is free for ages 6 and younger. 1-888-NEWSEUM. â&#x2013;  Watergate Gallery, which recently opened an exhibit of â&#x2013;  The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rock band The RTTs performing songs from their album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turn It Up Mommy.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $6 to $8.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film series will feature international short films featuring animals large and small (for ages 4 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  Hari Jones, curator and assistant director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights,â&#x20AC;? an interactive program about the scope of African-American involvement in the Civil War (for ages 5 and older). Participants will have the opportunity to handle reproduced Civil War items. 10:30 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about civil rights activist Rosa Parks and then create a special piece of art inspired by her life and accomplishments. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Every Language Love,â&#x20AC;? an open house for all ages, will feature a digital slide show of images of love in Asian art and a chance to create vivid Valentines to

The Corcoran Gallery of Art recently opened â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Journeys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Visions of Place,â&#x20AC;? a reinstallation of its pre-1945 American paintings and sculpture collection. Haitian paintings from the Rainbow Gallery in Port-au-Prince, has rescheduled the reception and discussion of Haitian art that was planned for Jan. 22, due to snow. The event will now take place today at 6:30 p.m. The show will continue as planned through Feb. 22. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Actually Think â&#x20AC;Ś ,â&#x20AC;? a new installation by Georgetown artist Edmond van der Bijl made from pizza boxes arranged in a grid and adorned with large block letters that spell out a message, opened last week in the lobby at 1200 1st St. NE. Continuing through Feb. 22, the exhibit is the last in the three-part â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lobby Projectâ&#x20AC;? series, curated by the Washington Project for the Arts and aimed at familiarizing the community with the NoMa Business Improvement District. The lobby, which serves as a social and professional gathering place with Wi-Fi, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about the project and activities, visit â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russian Influences on Music and Dance,â&#x20AC;? an interactive multimedia exhibit about the universal influence of famous Russian-born musicians and dancers, will close Friday in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress. Located at 101 Independence Ave. SE, the library is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202707-8000.

take home. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013; In conjunction with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post Oil City: The History of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future,â&#x20AC;? Peter Voit and Pratik Raval of Transsolar GMBH Stuttgart/New York will lead a Low Energy Building Design Workshop. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Architectural Research Institute, Building 32, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learn How to Meditate: The Basics.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $25; reservations requested. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013;  Violinist Laura Kobayashi and pianist Susan Gray will perform. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Benjamin Hochman performing works by Knussen, Brahms and Rzewski. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace

Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013; New York tenor saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III will perform a mix of jazz, soul and R&B. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Cellist Paul Watkins and pianist Huw Watkins will perform works by Mendelsohn, Huw Watkins, Britten, Piers Hellawell and Brahms. 6 to 8 p.m. $51 to $67. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The 41st annual Cherry Tree MassaSee Events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 cre, an a cappella music festival, will feature the Georgetown Gracenotes, Saxatones, Chamber Singers, Connecticut College Co Co Beaux and Loyola Belles. 7:30 p.m. $12. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6872787. ■ The Cezanne Piano Trio will perform works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. ■ Singer Audra McDonald will perform favorite show tunes, including songs by Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim and Michael LaChiusa. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present a jazz concert by The Spring Quartet, featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Joe Lovano, vocalist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese. 8 p.m. $39 to $49. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. 202-7859727. ■ The Don Byron Gospel Quintet will perform. 8 p.m. $28.50 to $33.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Kalob Griffin Band will perform. 8:30 p.m. $8 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.


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Events Entertainment Discussions and lectures ■ Collectors Frances Plunkett and Kelly Webb will compare and contrast Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Karakapak weavings and identify their personal favorites. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ In conjunction with the “Form Transformed: Five Sculptors” exhibit, the featured artists will discuss how they think and work. 2:30 p.m. Free. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-3472787. ■ Alice Greenway will discuss her novel “The Bird Skinner,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Carolyn Forché and Duncan Wu will discuss their book “Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ As part of a ballet lecture series, dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis will discuss “Contemporary Dance for Ballet Lovers: ‘Revelations.’” 4 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Curators Benjamin Forgey, Andrea Pollan and Jack Rasmussen will present a gallery talk on the exhibition “Washington Art Matters II,” about the history of Washington art from the 1940s through the 1980s. 4 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. ■ Playwright David Henry Hwang will lead a discussion of his play “Yellow Face.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ In honor of the birthday of Langston Hughes and the anniversary of the It’s Your Mug poetry series, panelists will dis-

Washington, filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208.

cuss the D.C. poetry scene since the 1990s and into the future. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Anthony Mann’s 1947 films “T-Men” and “Raw Deal,” with introductory remarks by historian and biographer Max Alvarez. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ As part of the Smithsonian’s Black History Month Family Day, the National Museum of American History will present Stanley Nelson’s film “Freedom Summer,” about the 1964 civil rights mobilization seeking to assert voting rights and improve substandard education for blacks in Mississippi. A discussion with Freedom Summer veterans will follow. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; tickets required. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Library will host the “Matinee Saturdays” film series. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The Mount Pleasant Library will present a film as part of its “Tim Burton Saturday Movie Mini-Series.” 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202671-3122. Meeting ■ The Petworth Vegetarian Cooking Club will hold its first meeting, featuring a discussion of recipes in the library’s collection. 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Performances ■ Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will pres-

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Sunday, february 2 ■ Demonstration: The Georgetown Library will host a cooking demonstration, Q-and-A and book signing with Washington Post food and travel editor Joe Yonan, author of the new cookbook “Eat Your Vegetables.” 3 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ent its 17th annual “Step Your Game Up Scholarships Step Show,” featuring competitors from various multicultural Greekletter organizations. 7 p.m. $20. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. ■ Professional actors will join Georgetown University faculty members, alumni and students to present a staged reading of Patricia Loughrey’s “Dear Harvey,” a tribute play to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a major public office in the United States. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ Dennis C. McAndrews will present his one-man play “If JFK Survived Dallas: Presidential Reflections as Elder Statesman.” 8 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. Special events ■ Alliance Française de Washington and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will host “La Chandeleur (Crêpe Day),” featuring traditional Breton music performed by Moch Pryderi, classic tales told in French and English, a celebration of the culture of Brittany, and crepes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. ■ The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate” event, from noon to 2 p.m.; and a weekly “Rock n Skate” event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Sporting events ■ The Cherry Blossom Bombshells will compete against Scare Force One and the Majority Whips will square off against the DC DemonCats in DC Rollergirls competition. 4 and 5:45 p.m. $16.85. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m. $10 to $809. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000. Walk ■ Writer Rocco Zappone will lead a weekly “Ulysses-esque” walking tour of

Concerts ■ Members of the U.S. Air Force Band will perform chamber music at a concert in honor of the Year of Military Women, which kicks off in March. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Cellist Andreas Brantelid and pianist Gloria Chien will perform. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of Philip Radcliffe, Herbert W. Sumsion and Edward C. Bairstow. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. ■ Washington National Cathedral organist Benjamin Straley will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ Baritone Wolfgang Holzmair (shown) and pianist Russell Ryan will perform Schubert’s “Schwanengesang.” 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures ■ Cyndi Lee will discuss her book “May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind,” at 1 p.m.; and Joan Breton Connelly will discuss her book “The Parthenon Enigma,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ George T.M. Shackleford, deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, will discuss “Van Gogh: The Face in the Mirror.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films ■ Georgetown University’s Modern Greek Studies Program will present Maria Iliou’s documentary “Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City 19001922.” The director will make introductory remarks and participate in a postscreening Q-and-A. 4 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation” will feature Joseph H. Lewis’ 1950 film “Gun Crazy,” about two outlaw lovers. Rebecca Prime, author of “Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Film Culture,” will make introductory remarks. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Director Katrina Browne will present her film “Traces of the Trade,” about her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family See Events/Page 23


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Continued From Page 22 in U.S. history. Browne will lead a postscreening discussion. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performances ■ Mandrágora Circo will present a theatrical piece featuring two performers who use a combination of circus skills, music and acrobats instead of words to tell their story. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform. 7 and 10 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Detroit Red Wings. 12:30 p.m. $72 to $677. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000. Tour ■ “Close-up Tour: Patriots at the Cathedral” will feature a look at depictions of patriots, statesmen and heroes. 1:30 p.m. $16 to $20; tickets required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral. org. The tour will repeat Thursday at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3

Monday february 3 Classes ■ The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on “A New You,” featuring guided meditations and teachings on Buddhist psychology. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-986-2257. ■ The Georgetown Library will host a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. ■ The new Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will hold a four-week class on Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. The class will continue Feb. 10, 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Concerts ■ Time for Three — a self-proclaimed “classically trained garage band” featuring Zachary DePue and Nick Kendall on violin and Ranaan Meyer on double bass — will perform works by Bach and Brahms, as well as their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Pianist and composer Helen Sung will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $20. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Charles Greene III on “Improve Your Presentation

Skills.” 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. ■ Providence Hospital and the Joslin Diabetes Center will present a program on diabetes. The event will include complimentary A1C diabetes and blood pressure testing. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ The Sibley Senior Association will open a four-week lecture series on “Understanding Computers and the Internet” with an introductory session. 1 to 2 p.m. $10 to $15 per class; $30 to $45 for the series. Conference Room 5, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-3647602. ■ Education policy expert Jack Jennings will discuss “Presidents, Congress, and Public Education: School Improvement in a Political Atmosphere.” 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Betts Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. ■ “The Pope, Politics, and Policy: The Continuing Impact of the ‘Francis Factor’ and Catholic Social Thought on Public Life” will feature panelists John Allen, associate editor of The Boston Globe and Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Architect Jan Gehl and public space expert Birgitte Svarre will discuss “Livable Cities for the 21st Century” and their book “How to Study Public Life.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Roddy Doyle will discuss his book “The Guts,” the latest installment in his saga of Dublin’s fictional Barrytown neighborhood. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Attorney and activist Junius Williams will discuss his memoir “Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Age of Black Power” in conversation with Tom Hayden, co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society. 7 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ David Kertzer will discuss his book “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.” 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ The Bibliophiles’ Book Club — described as a slightly off-beat group for people in their 20s and 30s — will discuss John Wray’s “Lowboy.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202243-1188. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Library will host the “Marvelous Movie Mondays” series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. ■ The nonprofit group A Vegan Life will present the film “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” Samples for vegan food will be available from the Woodlands Cafe. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. ■ The Goethe-Institut will present


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to re-create the grand romance of Mamaé, a 100-year-old spinster aunt who ended her engagement with a dashing Chilean captain when she was young. Presented in Spanish with English surtitles, the play offers a moving and humorous portrait of a family and its secrets in which memories and the present are interwoven. Tickets cost $20 to $42. GALA Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-2347174; ■ Arena Stage will present a workshop performance of a new work by resident playwright Samuel D. Hunter Feb. 6 through 9 in the Kogod Cradle. As part of the Kogod Cradle Series, Hunter will “The Importance of explore the piece in collaboBeing Earnest” stars ration with a director, dramaGregory Wooddell, left, turg and company of actors. Tickets cost $10. Arena and Anthony Roach. Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Georgetown University’s Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present a student-directed production of David Auburn’s “Proof” Feb. 6 through 15 in Poulton Hall’s Stage III. This Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play explores mental illness, familial relationships and strains, and how intellect, aca“Pumzi,” a Kenyan science fiction piece by Wanuri Kahiu, and two other short films as part of a look at “Afrofuturism.” A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.

Luz Nicolás and Hugo Medrano star in GALA Hispanic Theatre’s “La Señorita de Tacna.” demia and career exist with the other parts of ourselves. Tickets cost $8 to $12. The Georgetown University campus is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; ■ Cultural DC will present Samuel Beckett’s two-act play “Happy Days” Feb. 6 through 23 in the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Director Jess Jung aims to unlock Beckett’s classic text for a contemporary audience by accenting society’s dependence on objects and technology. Written in 1961, the play depicts a woman buried to her waist in the earth, isolated from others and yearning for an old way of life. Tickets cost $10 to $15 after pay-what-you-can previews Feb. 6 and 7. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-3151305; ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company has extended Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” through March 9 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Wilde’s satire tells the story of Jack Worthing, a self-made man who uses the alias “Ernest” in his high society life and with his love Gwendolyn when he is away from his country manor. Tickets cost $18 to $106. The theater is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122;

Performance ■ Theater Alliance will present Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” which requires one actor who has never seen the script to impersonate characters, read and ad-lib the story of a rabbit that attends the circus

without a ticket. 6 p.m. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Portland Trail Blazers. 7 p.m. $6 to $332. See Events/Page 24


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Tuesday february 4 Classes â&#x2013; Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New You,â&#x20AC;? featuring guided meditations and teachings on Buddhist psychology. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Wind Ensemble of the Greenbelt Concert Band will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Love and Hugs.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature tenor Matthew Smith and pianist Joel Ayau performing works by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. 12:10 p.m. Free.

Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will perform the complete Brandenburg concerti of J.S. Bach. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Addressing Soft Security Challenges in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Local journalist, historian and tour guide John Muller will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Ari Shavit will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Kennedy Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.


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â&#x2013; Members of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will discuss their craft. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will sponsor a seminar by local historian Matthew Gilmore on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Research Your Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35 to $45. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Andrew McAfee will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Author Gloria Kaiser will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Franz Schubert, 1797-1828, a Literary Biography.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celluloid Sweetheartsâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a romantic comedy. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Italian Cultural Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cineforum 2014 series will feature Vittorio De Sicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1963 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ieri, Oggi e Domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow),â&#x20AC;? starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atrium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;CinĂŠma at Bloombarsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Angelo Cianciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dernier ĂŠtage gauche gauche (Top Floor Left Wing).â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation, a world-renowned Sri Lankan dance company, will perform a program featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancers, drummers, a vocalist and a violinist. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform new works and enduring classics. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $140. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Performances will continue Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesdays With Funnieâ&#x20AC;? series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring comedy, music, improv and vaudeville â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will kick off with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DMV Roast of Daniel Snyder.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 202-431-4704. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by People Like Us and Spirit Bear, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading â&#x2013;  The PEN/ Faulkner reading series will feature authors Blake Bailey, Ruth Franklin and D.T. Max (shown). 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special event â&#x2013;  The fourth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies Nightâ&#x20AC;?

host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257.

Wednesday, february 5 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra will present a recital by organist Paul Jacobs featuring works by Vierne, Nadia Boulanger, DuruflĂŠ, Messiaen and Guilmant. 8 p.m. $15. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. event â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Express Your Inner DIYâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature vendor demonstrations, free giveaways, raffle prizes and discounts. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required by Jan. 31. 5th Street Ace Hardware, 1055 5th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders. 7 p.m. $37 to $527. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tour â&#x2013;  A docent-led tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will highlight artworks by African-American artists in the permanent collection. 12:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. The tour will repeat Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Wine event â&#x2013;  Alba Osteria will host a wine dinner with Sabino Loffredo of Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pietracupa Winery. 7 p.m. $75; reservations required. Alba Osteria, 425 I St. NW. 202-733-4454. Wednesday, Feb. 5

Wednesday february 5 Benefit â&#x2013; The 2014 Sugar & Champagne Affair, featuring sweet and savory items created by pastry chefs from more than 80 of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top restaurants, will benefit the Washington Humane Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $90 to $150. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-683-1827. Classes â&#x2013;  Cellist Steven Isserlis will lead a master class. 6:30 p.m. $10. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library and Knowledge Commons DC will present a class led by personal and executive coach Kaytura L. Felix on â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are the First Organization That You Must Master,â&#x20AC;? about leadership. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Science of Spirituality teacher David Newcomb will lead a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will

Concerts â&#x2013; The Happenings at the Harman series will feature the Washington Revels Gallery Voices performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Is in the Air: Madrigals in Celebration of St. Valentines Day.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  A monthly concert series will feature soloists from the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir performing baroque music for Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  New Yorkbased band Underground System will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Irish musical group Clannad will perform. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-745-3000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communion D.C.â&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Brave Baby, Oh No Fiasco, Johnnyswim, The Raised by Wolves, and the Walking Sticks. 8 p.m. $11 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Heather Slania, director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, will discuss selections from the special exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equal Exposure: Anita Steckelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight Against Censorship.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202783-7370. â&#x2013;  Julie Miller of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian People and Places on Abel Buellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1784 Map of the United States.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Great Hall North Gallery, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-9203. â&#x2013;  Lindsay Hoffman, executive director of Friends of White Flint, will discuss plans approved by Montgomery Country officials to transform the suburban, car-oriented area surrounding the White Flint Metro station into a center of residences and businesses where people walk to work, shops and transit. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Peter U. Beicken, professor of Germanic studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul Celanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lovers and Muses: Poetry and the Biographical.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 443-542-2263. â&#x2013;  Art historian Louisa Woodville will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medieval Mosaics in Norman Sicily: An Artistic Convergence of Empires.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Joshua Zeitz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Image.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Len Vlahos will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scar Boysâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 15 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Ruth M. Schimel, a career and life management consultant, will discuss her See Events/Page 25


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Continued From Page 24 book “Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ The Folger Shakespeare Library will present a talk by Turi King and Mathew Morris, participants in the Greyfriars Project that discovered the remains of Richard III in September 2012, on the archaeological dig and the process of obtaining verification through DNA research. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. 212 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Films ■ Director Vivienne Roumani will present her film “Out of Print,” about the pros and cons of reading on screens rather than on paper. A discussion will follow. 3 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3847. ■ Director Bill Siegel will present his 2013 documentary “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” about the extraordinary and complex life of Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. A Q-and-A with Siegel will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000.

■ George Washington University will present Pablo Larraín’s 2012 drama “No” as part of a Latin American film festival. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ The Avalon Docs series will feature Zachary Heinzerling’s 2013 film “Cutie and the Boxer,” about the chaotic 40-year marriage renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife Noriko. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the San Antonio Spurs. 7 p.m. $9 to $491. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Thursday, Feb. 6

Thursday february 6 Class ■ The D.C. Public Library and Knowledge Commons DC will present a class led by Andrew Robbins on “Translation: A Brief History.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. GeorgetownLibrary, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts ■ The D.C. Public Library will host the monthly Brown Bag Concert chamber music series. Noon. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. ■ North Carolina folk duo Lowland Hum, featuring husband and wife Daniel and Lauren Goans, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center.

202-467-4600. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra and cellist Steven Isserlis will perform works by Haydn, Schumann and Brahms. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ Woman’s National Democratic Club member Alice Day will discuss her life journey, her 23 years in Australia and her film “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. ■ The Literary Book Group will discuss Bertolt Brecht’s play “Mother Courage and Her Children,” written in response to the outbreak of World War II. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. ■ The “Read the Book First! Book Club” will discuss Robert M. Edsel’s “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” the basis for a forthcoming movie by George Clooney. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. ■ The Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series will feature a talk by Longwood P.S. du Pont fellow Colvin Randall, author of “Longwood Gardens — 100+ Years of Garden Splendor.” 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ The Mystery Book Group will discuss “Turn of Mind” by Alice LaPlante. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ In conjunction with the National Museum of Natural History exhibition “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,” an interactive debate on genetic information will feature Robert C. Green, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Susan M. Wolf, professor of law, medicine and public policy at the University of Minnesota. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Bruce Aft, rabbi of Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, Va., will discuss “Why Biblical Stories Still Speak to Us: New Meanings From Modern Midrash.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $28 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ Jennifer Senior will discuss her book “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ A discussion series on award-winning young fiction writers will focus on Karen Russell’s “Swamplandia!” 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ “Artists on the Line: A Conversation About Art, Activism, and the Keystone XL Pipeline” will feature panelists David Dufresne, Franke James, Mia Feuer and Steven Mufson. 7 p.m. $5 to $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202639-1770. ■ Priscilla J. Friesen, a faculty member

at the Bowen Center, will discuss “Cooperating for the Future: The Role of Bowen Theory in Family Enterprise.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202965-4400. ■ The “Authors Out Loud” series will feature a talk by Michael Ruhlman, author of “The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Reading ■ The Visiting Writers Series will feature Andrew O’Hagan. 7 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2973. Special event ■ With a focus on Nordic Lights,” this month’s “Phillips After 5” event will feature opportunities to see innovative lamp designs, watch short films and sample small bites and beers from the region; create Lite Brite masterpieces; and hear 15-minute focused discussions about how artists use light in their work. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Winnipeg Jets. 7 p.m. $36 to $476. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

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Our social studies class seemed more excited than usual on Wednesday, because we were going to check in with Paul Salopek, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is taking seven years to walk from the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia to the southern tip of South America. He is tracing the footsteps of our earliest ancestors by following the migration path of early humans as they spread throughout the world. Paul is documenting his journey at When we log in each week, we learn about his current location through latitude and longitude coordinates, pictures and a soundscape that records what he is hearing. The various cultures that Paul has encountered are in some ways similar to ours, but are often very different. As he approached the encampment of a nomadic family in Saudi Arabia’s Bedouin country, the wife lay on the ground and covered herself until Paul and his guide left. This stood out because a nomad’s way of life can be very isolated — meeting new people can be an uncommon experience. As Paul plans the second year of his journey, our class has many questions about what he will do next. We are wondering if he will alter his route or change his pace,

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School Without Walls High School

After students placed spoons under their pillows, flushed ice cubes down the toilet, and wore pajamas inside out — anything to extend the existing three day weekend — last Monday night, D.C. Public Schools granted the second snow day of the school year. Then, their elation doubled the next day when their four-day weekend turned into a five-day weekend. Therefore, last week we only had one and a half days of official school, as Friday was already scheduled for a half day as the end of the advisory. Typically, snow days are received as overwhelmingly positive — they are an opportunity to sled, have snowball fights, and get extra time to catch up on schoolwork. However, when school resumed on Thursday, many students seemed overwhelmed. You see, along with the advisory being scheduled to end this week, many semester classes were scheduled to take finals or turn in final projects. With two days off, the future of these exams were uncertain. Most classes scheduled the first part of the week to review for the test at the end of the week. With these review sessions canceled for snow days, everyone was confused about their testing schedules. Luckily, on Thursday the advisory grading period was extended until Tuesday. The student body took a collective sigh of relief, as many of the deadlines were extended. — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

Do you know what a creation story is? If you were a Sheridan School third-grader you would! A creation story is how, in your mind or the mind of your culture, the world was created. Almost every religion and culture around the world has a creation story they believe in. Creation stories are important because they shape how people view others, nature and life. One example of a creation story comes from ancient Egypt. In this creation story, different gods became different parts of the universe. For example, there was a god who became the sun and another who became the sea and islands. Because the Egyptians believed there was a god for each of these things they thought these gods would protect them. I think it’s cool that each culture has a creation story because it tells us about how they were as people, even though they may have lived thousands of years ago. It’s a really interesting way to look at history. — Erin Pollack, third-grader

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We visited the Royal Thai Embassy as part of the Embassy

Adoption Program. They were greeted by Ambassador VijavatIsarabhakdi, who told us all about what he does as ambassador. We were excited about going to an embassy and we were wondering what it would be like. We learned about Thailand and the celebration of Songkran, the New Year festival featured in April. During this time, Thai people splash water on each other. One activity we participated in was very much about food. We learned about many foods from Thailand like pad thai, salads and desserts. We made a very famous papaya salad dish from Thailand. We got into groups to make it. This salad combines all the senses of taste: sweet, salt, spice, fish and crunch. The papaya salad combines peanuts, green beans, red peppers, dried shrimp, garlic, sugar, fish oil, cabbage, carrots, water chestnuts and rice — it’s really delicious! We also made mini desserts that looked like fruit and were made with sweetened bean paste. We made strawberries, apples and pears from the paste. To go, we were each given a Thai fried chicken with rice boxed lunch. The Royal Thai Embassy also gave each of us a magnet showing the national animal — the elephant. The Royal Thai Embassy was so fun and the ambassador and his staff were very generous. — Trinity Cawthorne and Jeffrey Opsitos, fifth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

After Washington Latin geometry and AP calculus teacher Christopher Richardson’s motorcycle accident, the teacher returned quickly to his concerned class, smiling, and his students welcomed him with humor. The accident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. Nov. 20. Mr. Richardson was riding his motorcycle on Connecticut Avenue. Students were relieved when he returned to class with his normal, buoyant attitude, making math puns. Students have still stepped up to help and support him with equally silly puns. Students from Mr. Richardson’s Delta period geometry class sent him a card, in addition to a video based off a math pun. Two students created a video based on a misunderstanding of the word postulate. One student didn’t know how to pronounce “postulate” and so he asked, and I quote, ‘What is a postu-latte?’ So the students then went to three different Starbucks, filming each other asking for postulattes at the Starbucks counters. Mr. Richardson responded to the students with a heartfelt email describing how much he appreciated their actions. “I was touched and moved. It brought home to me how special my Geometry class is and the strong group learning environment we have created during Delta period. … I guarantee that I will treasure the ‘Postu-Latté’ video for years to come.” — Sarah Wu, ninth-grader

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Anslie Stokes Milligan 202.270.1081

Forest Hills, DC


This lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo offers generously sized rooms with ample closet space throughout. Most important is the garage parking!

Joan Caton Cromwell 202.441.8912

Alexandria, VA


Built in 1860, this brownstone Victorian home has been meticulously renovated. Features 4 beds, 4.5 baths and 10.5 foot ceilings. Most importantly for Old Town is its off street parking and an elevator that goes to all 4 levels.

Kensington, MD

Sue Goodhart 202.507.7800

Silver Spring, MD


Wonderful, light-filled 3-level split with nice yard, plenty of storage and off street parking. Close to MARC, Metro, parks and Antique Row.

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266

Mt. Jackson, VA



Renovated 4 bedroom, 3 bath Gem. Park setting in sought after Woodside. Chef's dream kitchen. Walk to downtown SS and Metro.

3+ bedroom, 3.5 bath home on 2.2 acres with scenic vistas. Minutes to Bryce Resort. Carriage House, 2-car garage, hot tub, and generous office space.

Catalina Schrader 301.922.3099

Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.888.3603

Wesley Heights, DC


Kensington, MD

Exquisite new construction! Private setting adjacent to park. 4 finished levels (7,200 SF), 2 or 3 car garage.

Tom Williams 202.255.3650

Silvia Radice 240.888.5126 ®


Large 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo with renovated kitchen & bath. Separate dining, huge balcony. Close to Metro. shops. Pet friendly.


Chevy Chase, DC


Pristine 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit at The Garfield. Gleaming floors, significantly updated kitchen + bath. Near dining, retail, grocery & ¾ mi. to Metro.

Jessica Monat 202.725.6306

Kensington, MD


Fantastic Arts & Crafts home in Parkwood. 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths. Move-in ready. Fabulous features.

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266

Old Town Alexandria, VA $499,900 3 bedroom, 2 bath riverfront condo. Balcony, garage parking, pool, gym. Condo fee includes all utilities.

Delaine Campbell 703.299.0030


4315 50th Street NW • Washington, DC

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