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Water agency cites need to upgrade

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■ Equipment: Infrastructure

age blamed for pressure loss By GEORGE ALTSHULER Current Correspondent

Officials from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority say the serious issue of aging infrastructure contributed to the pump failure at Fort Reno that caused a boil water advisory for several nearby neighborhoods earlier this month. George Hawkins, general man-

ager of the agency, said in an interview that the problem underscored the urgent need to update the District’s water equipment. He estimated the price tag for all of the necessary upgrades in the “hundreds of billions of dollars.” The District’s average water main is 79 years old, and there are sewers still in use that were built around the time of the Civil War, Hawkins said. The agency’s electrical system, which is the biggest consumer of energy in the District, is also aging.

“Old infrastructure needs replacing just like anything else,” he said. “It’s not the sexiest part of the job, but it really needs to be done.” Hawkins said that for decades customers paid very low bills for the system’s upkeep, but these rates did not reflect the need to eventually rebuild the infrastructure. The water authority, known as DC Water, generates most of its revenue from ratepayers. The average residential bill per month has increased from $35.70 in 2000 to See Water/Page 3

Petworth Safeway eyes summer opening By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

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Sofia Bartkowska, 5, and other youngsters enjoyed games and crafts at the Purim Carnival at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q streets on Sunday.

With a planned early summer opening, the new Safeway at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Street — which will be one of the chain’s largest outposts in the city — anticipates recruiting many of its employees from the surrounding Petworth neighborhood. The grocery chain expects to fill about 150 to 175 openings, according to Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle; once the store opens, it may employ about 300. “So many people want [Safeway] to hire people in the community. That’s one of our issues,” Muckle said at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Petworth/16th Street Heights advisory neighborhood commission. “If you know anyone that’s looking for employment … We’re happy to entertain their application.” To prepare for the hiring surge, Safeway plans to set

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The new Georgia Avenue grocery will be recruiting locals for about 150 to 175 open positions.

up an employment office soon near the under-construction store at 3830 Georgia Ave. The team is currently See Petworth/Page 5

Tax policy debate anchors at-large candidates forum

Tenley filmmaker looks into Capital Bikeshare By KATIE PEARCE


Current Staff Writer

Current Correspondent

Tim Cone admits that before making a short film about Capital Bikeshare, his awareness of the phenomenon was only peripheral. He’d noticed the bright-red stations out of the corner of his eye, he says, “in the way one absorbs change without wanting to fully absorb it into the picture of one’s life.” But after diving into the intricacies of the popular bike-sharing system last summer to shoot his documentary “Rebalancing,” he now considers it an integral part of D.C.’s identity. “It’s a symbol of the new Washington,” he says, as the city attempts to grasp with a new population infusion and new ideals. The Tenleytown resident stumbled upon the topic after starting out with the general aspiration of participat-

In a fast-paced forum at the Woman’s National Democratic Club March 12, six primary candidates for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council packed as many budget numbers, prescriptions for education and personal stories as they could into the one minute they had to answer each question. One of the liveliest exchanges came when the moderator asked the candidates to explain their positions on tax policy. “Basically our taxes in the Dis-


Photo courtesy of Tim Cone

The short film “Rebalancing” will be shown Friday as part of this year’s environmental film festival.

ing in the annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. (This year’s festival, which started yesterday, will feature “Rebalancing” on Friday evening.) “I had actually gone to the festival, and as so often happens, was inspired by the films,” says Cone, a fedSee Film/Page 15


Cheh bill calls for meals on snow days for students in need — Page 4

Cathedral junior grabs Gatorade basketball honor — Page 9


Gray is following a familiar pattern with scandal response — Page 6

trict of Columbia seem to be working for us, but I think we can lower taxes and give something back to the taxpayers,” said Anita Bonds, the Democrat who now occupies the atlarge seat. Bonds praised the recommendations of the city’s Tax Revision Commission. She added that she is in favor of lowering taxes for the business community because “they carry the lion’s share of raising revenue.” Eugene Puryear, a Statehood Green Party candidate, drew what may have been the loudest applause See Council/Page 18

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WATER: Agency director hails swift action after pump failure but sees room for improvement

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$53.65 in 2014. Hawkins said rates will continue to increase for the next 10 years. This month’s problems stemmed from a power outage at the Fort Reno Pumping Station, which was built in 1978 and is now undergoing upgrades. Hawkins, in the interview, lamented that repairs weren’t made in time to avert that incident, which affected thousands in Upper Northwest. DC Water issued the boil water advisory

from March 5 to March 7 because it feared that the Fort Reno outage had reduced pressure enough to allow contaminants to enter the drinking water supply. The advisory remained in place while DC Water determined that the water was not contaminated. Hawkins said he thought DC Water responded “quite well” to the problem, but he noted room for improvements, such as cutting the time it takes to identify affected customers. The agency issued the advisory as a precaution after the pump failed. It notified residents

The week ahead Wednesday, March 19

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Open Government Coalition, the National Press Club and other sponsors will host the third annual D.C. Open Government Summit. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are required; for details visit

Thursday, March 20

Mayor Vincent Gray, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and State Superintendent of Education Jesús Aguirre will hold a hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget for public schools in the District of Columbia. The hearing will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cardozo Education Campus, 1200 Clifton St. NW. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a forum for Democratic at-large D.C. Council candidates (rescheduled from a previous date). The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold a mayoral forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell St. NW.

Friday, March 21

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold an open house to provide an opportunity for residents to discuss the draft proposed changes to the District’s existing zoning ordinances with the agency’s staff. The event will be held at the agency’s offices from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Suite E650, 1100 4th St. SW. ■ The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, the Sierra Club DC Chapter and the new coalition United for a Healthy Anacostia River will hold a mayoral candidates forum focusing on sustainability, clean water and environmental health. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at ideaspace, 300 Tingey St. SE.

Saturday, March 22

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., will hold a workshop on the reference resources of the D.C. Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division. The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. To RSVP, visit ■ A celebration of the life and accomplishments of the late Virginia Hayes Williams, the mother of former Mayor Anthony Williams, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. The event will feature reflections of her life from friends and family, as well as prayers and performances by the Washington Performing Arts Society and Duke Ellington students.

Monday, March 24

The D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a public round table on sustainable food policy in the District. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Urban Institute will host a forum on “DC Tax Reform: The Path to Fairness and Competitiveness in Local Taxes.” Speakers will include former Mayor Anthony Williams, chair of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission and CEO of the Federal City Council. The forum will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW. Admission is free, but registration is required; visit

Tuesday, March 25

The D.C. Public Library will introduce the architecture team of the D.C.-based firm Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Dutch-based firm Mecanoo, chosen to design the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. ■ Northwest Neighbors Village and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will host a discussion with Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary and certified elder law attorney Bill Fralin on “Who Will Take Care of Us When We Get Older? How Will We Pay for It?” The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the lower-level multipurpose room at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Wednesday, March 26

A community meeting will focus on redevelopment at St. Thomas’ Parish. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Parish, 1772 Church St. NW. ■ The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold a candidates forum for the Democratic Primary races for D.C. Council chairman and an at-large council seat. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at Goodwill Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

through robocalls, a public relations campaign, doorknob hangers and social media. Representatives of DC Water attended Thursday’s meeting of the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission, where the agency’s efforts generally won praise. But commissioners recommended that the agency do more community outreach — for example, by using local listservs. “Based on what I’ve seen, you guys deserve a B-plus or maybe an A-minus, but you really have to be on an A-plus level in the event of

something more serious,” said commissioner Jonathan Bender. This was the first time the agency used robocalls, and DC Water spokesperson Pamela Mooring said that effort was successful. The agency had 648 valid phone numbers for the 1,019 affected addresses. DC Water encourages residents to keep their telephone number updated with the agency, and also to enroll in an email and textmessage notification system. To sign up, visit


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District Digest Cheh legislation calls for snow-day meals

New legislation from Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh aims to ensure that snow-day school closings don’t deprive students from low-income families of healthy meals. The bill proposes that the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation distribute snow-day meals from its recreation centers in lowincome neighborhoods, according to a news release from Cheh’s office. To fund this offering, District

would follow the lead of other cities by arranging to receive reimbursements through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. Cheh’s release notes that D.C. Public Schools have already been closed for six snow days this year, which means that nearly 50,000 children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals have not received them on those dates. The legislation would require the parks department to develop a plan by Oct. 1 in order to start offering the snow-day meals by next winter. The release says the agency is well-


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eyeing available space at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, a neighborhood health facility one block north at 3912 Georgia Ave. The job openings will also be advertised on Safewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employment website, as well as through newspaper ads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The opportunity of jobs should be plentiful,â&#x20AC;? Muckle said. Safeway also plans to recruit employees who used to work at the Petworth store but were assigned elsewhere during the construction. Commissioner Joseph Vaughan specifically inquired about the return of Stewart Jones, a former manager of the old location, who lives in the area and was transferred to a Safeway in Southeast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Jones is a stalwart supporter of this community and this ANC. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to have him back,â&#x20AC;? said Vaughan. The revamped supermarket â&#x20AC;&#x201D; part of a larger mixed-use project by the Duball LLC firm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will have high ceilings, better lighting and

wider aisles, which is part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;lifestyleâ&#x20AC;? design that Safeway is now embracing, Muckle said. It also will feature a full-service pharmacy; larger meat, produce and seafood sections; a Starbucks kiosk; and a dry-cleaning service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really the way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing business now,â&#x20AC;? Muckle said in a separate interview, adding that customers can expect a scheme similar to that of the store in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. The development team is still looking to fill space in the building intended for a bank, as the community specifically requested. SunTrust was previously the sole contender, but now Wells Fargo and NASA Federal Credit Union are also candidates, Muckle said at the meeting. The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration last week gave the go-ahead to the supermarket to continue with an application to allow beer and wine sales. Safeway had previously sought an exemption from a citywide moratorium on Class B licenses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as is granted for many â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-serviceâ&#x20AC;? grocery stores

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but instead the company ended up avoiding various complications by purchasing an existing Class B license from a nearby smaller grocery store. Muckle said the licensing placards announcing a hearing date with the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board will soon be posted outside the building, as required by law. He also said his company will be working with the neighborhood commission to craft a settlement agreement. Widely supported by the community, the revamped supermarket

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at 62,400 square feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be triple the size of its unpopular predecessor, which had been in the neighborhood for 50-plus years. The chain has been looking to upgrade this location for a decade, according to Muckle, but the economic downturn a few years ago nearly forced Safeway to scrap plans to redevelop the location into a mixed-use site. The Duball firm, based in Reston, Va., scooped up the project and broke ground in September 2012. The updated store is part of a 285,000-square-foot development




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For at-large council

It’s unusual that an officeholder faces re-election less than a year after winning the seat. But that’s the scenario in the D.C. Council at-large race for the position held currently by Anita Bonds, a longtime D.C. activist and Democratic Party stalwart. She was appointed in late 2012 to fill a vacancy, and she won a special election in April 2013 with about a third of the votes in a crowded seven-candidate field. But given that little more than 11 percent of voters participated in last year’s election, she may not receive the full advantages of incumbency in the April 1 primary as she seeks the Democratic nomination for a full term. As council member, Ms. Bonds has pursued some potentially popular policies — including the elimination of property taxes for residents over 70 who have annual household incomes under $60,000 and have lived in their homes at least 20 years. She says she wants to focus on poverty, affordable housing and youth development. But while she has worthy goals and may have been an amiable presence on the council for the past year, we don’t believe she has made a strong enough impression to merit a four-year term. In our view, she is not the most knowledgeable candidate in the race — nor the best choice for voters. Candidate John Settles may well be the bestinformed non-incumbent we have ever interviewed in preparing our regular voters guides, a process that generally includes two- to three-hour interviews with the major candidates. While we don’t agree with all his opinions, we found them to be well-researched and logical, based on a strong knowledge base about the many issues affecting the city. The other two contenders in the race — shadow Rep. Nate BennettFleming, and Pedro Rubio — did not seem as well-informed or prepared as Mr. Settles. We were particularly surprised that Mr. Bennett-Fleming didn’t fare better, given his electoral experience and the numerous policy positions his campaign has set out. On policy, we were impressed by Mr. Settles’ proposal that the city spend up to $50 million annually buying properties to lease out as affordable housing. We strongly agree with many of his views on education — likely honed while serving as co-chair of the local school advisory team at Hearst Elementary — such as the importance of evaluating teachers and principals by their students’ improvements, rather than ability to perform at grade level. For instance, a fourth-grade teacher has done well if he or she helps a student performing at first-grade level in September move up to a third-grade level by June. Mr. Settles also urges more wraparound services, particularly in schools where many parents are not well-educated themselves. Many voters may view Mr. Settles’ financial history as a major problem. He owned a real estate development company that went bankrupt during the depth of the Great Recession. As a guarantor of more than $3 million in his firm’s loans, he also went through personal bankruptcy. Mr. Settles is now working as a mortgage banker for Wells Fargo, so his employer clearly does not view his background as a serious problem. We think it might be troublesome, but not a dealbreaker — especially since he stands out as the best candidate for the seat. All told, we recommend that Democratic voters go with Mr. Settles in the at-large race on April 1.

A vote for voting rights

It’s not much, but it could be the start of something. Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a resolution backing federal voting rights for D.C. residents. At-large D.C. Council member David Catania deserves praise for drumming up the support, with help from the group DC Vote. Years ago he met New Hampshire Rep. Cindy Rosenwald on a national group working to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible; ever since, she has been a proponent of congressional voting representation for the District. The Democrat failed to pass a resolution in 2012 but mustered sufficient support this year. It passed 145-133, with bipartisan support. “This is the first time in nearly 30 years that legislators from another state have raised their voices to affirm the rights of District residents to be fully represented in the United States Congress,” Council member Catania said in a news release. He said Rep. Rosenwald and her supporters “understand the unique injustice that District residents live every day. Today is a major step in our effort [to] make voting rights for the District a national issue.” What’s crucial now is that Mr. Catania and other District leaders follow through on seeking that national attention. The council member promised that his visits to New Hampshire to chase this resolution would be the start of an East Coast voting rights tour. We look forward to the results of his further endeavors, as national support is essential to righting this injustice.

Standing firm … on shaky ground …


he arc of a public scandal — no matter what is involved — tends to bend in the same direction. First, there is discovery of a tawdry event. Then come the partial explanations. Some older folks might recall that “modified limited hangout” phrase. Then comes more disclosure. Maybe a new participant or a few new facts are uncovered. Denials ramp up. There is a defiant vow to fight to the end. Next, there are private discussions, agreements that maybe something had in fact gone amiss. Then, a secret plea deal is hashed out with prosecutors, followed by a public acknowledgement and a court date. Then, and usually only then, comes the resignation and apology. Now, to be fair, that arc occasionally bends in a different direction, toward exoneration. But it is rare. So where are we in the Mayor Vincent Gray “shadow campaign” scandal? However it turns out in the end — and we make no judgment here — we have entered the defiant stage. On Monday, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s attorney told NBC4 that he was hoping that Gray would not be indicted in the shadow campaign probe but was prepared for it. In a brief telephone interview, attorney Robert Bennett declared that “if he does get indicted, he will go to trial and not make a plea.” Every other person caught up in this scandal so far has negotiated a plea deal. Bennett is a courtly but dogged defense attorney. He is polite beyond measure. He suffers reporter phone calls but rarely says anything unless it serves a purpose. His public comments Monday were his strongest yet in three years of scandal probing. Bennett also said he is upset with U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. Bennett says Machen unfairly used a press conference about the long-running case to declare prosecutors were not finished, that other guilty parties should find their way to the prosecutor’s office. “We are not going away,” Machen said that day. Most everyone assumes Machen meant Gray. And all this is just weeks before the April 1 primary in which Gray is a nervous front-runner. Early voting started Monday. Bennett consistently has cautioned Mayor Gray to refrain from discussing the scandal, but Bennett said of Machen, “It may be that he wants to influence the election. If he believes the mayor is guilty, he doesn’t want the mayor to win the election.” Here’s the rub. Last week D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson pleaded guilty in federal court on

charges that he financed a $668,800 off-the-books campaign to help elect Gray in 2010. Several others have pleaded guilty in the conspiracy, but Gray had said he had nothing to do with the scheme. Thompson specifically testified that Gray had directly asked for about $400,000 in get-out-the-vote money. And Thompson, who once held millions in city contracts, said Gray knew that the money would be given secretly so as not to rile up then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. After Thompson’s court appearance, Gray branded the testimony “all lies.” In the brief Monday interview this week, we asked Bennett a question that seems to strike at the heart of Gray’s situation: If the mayor is telling the truth that he knew nothing about the illegal shadow campaign, and is in fact a victim of the scheme, why hasn’t Gray rushed down to the prosecutor’s office to help convict Thompson? Although Gray has submitted various documents and Bennett has answered some prosecutor questions, Gray has declined to meet with prosecutors. Why? “They’re out to get the mayor,” Bennett said bluntly. “If he goes there and says something they don’t like, they can charge him with a false statement.” Bennett likely doesn’t want his client subjected to questions Gray can’t answer. Gray could be standing firm, but the ground may be giving way. So, back to the arc of a public scandal. This is where we are: “Let me make it clear,” Bennett said of Gray, “I don’t think he should be indicted. But if he is, we intend to go to trial.” ■ Public verdict in? Recent public opinion polls are bad for Gray. Many voters say Gray has been a good mayor, but they can’t get past the shadow scandal. The most recent NBC4/WAMU/Washington Informer poll showed two-thirds of the voters want a new mayor, though they hadn’t settled on any one challenger. On Sunday night, candidates who are trying to defeat Gray drew another line in the sand. In response to a question at the Washington City Paper forum at the Black Cat nightclub, candidates Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, Andy Shallal and Reta Jo Lewis all said they would break with tradition and would not support Gray in the November election should Gray win on April 1. Candidate Jack Evans said he was a Democrat and always had supported the party’s nominees and would do so again — but his face didn’t look like his heart was in it. Now that voting has begun, the key questions are: Where are the voters’ hearts? And what more does the U.S. attorney have in store for us? Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Local development benefits community

While waiting at Sibley Memorial Hospital recently, I read Alma Gates’ letter to the editor [“There’s a reason to be wary of Safeway plan,” March 5]. In the letter, Ms. Gates draws parallels between Sibley’s expansion and Safeway’s renovation plans. I would like to offer a different point of view. As a mid-40-something women with a family history of breast cancer, I was at Sib-

ley to meet with a top-flight genetic counselor regarding my options. I am thrilled this expertise is five minutes from my house! In November, my niece was born at Sibley. Complications resulted in a multiday intensive care unit stay for my sister and a three-week neonatal intensive care unit stay for my niece. I am extremely grateful that I was minutes from Sibley during this stressful and scary time for our family. When we moved to the Palisades, we knew we were choosing city life. I expect and applaud redevelopment of commercial areas, particularly our sad, tired

Safeway. I would rather bike or walk to the MacArthur Safeway than always drive the Sangamore Road location in Bethesda. I would like to spend my money in the District, but right now the grocery store doesn’t meet my family’s needs. Indeed, I only go there out of desperation or when I’m at the farmers market. While it’s true that Safeway’s primary responsibility is to its ownership, I hope that the Palisades community response to the company’s efforts doesn’t result in a decades-long wait for muchneeded improvement. Emily King The Palisades

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Letters to the Editor Voters Guide should explain party posts

As an elected committeeman representing Ward 3 Democrats on the D.C. Democratic State Committee, I want to congratulate The Current for publishing the Voters Guide in your March 12 edition. It’s important for all of us to be as informed as possible about those who are running for public office before we cast our votes. However, you neglected to explain that there are other people appearing on the Democratic Party’s April 1 primary ballot. A number of active Democrats are running for elected positions to represent Washington’s registered Democrats on the D.C. State Committee (the city’s Democratic Party) and the Democratic National Committee (the national party). We candidates had to gather signatures and file to be on the ballot, and we will appear on the same ballot as candidates for council and mayor. As Democrats, we promote core issues that reflect the values of our party. We serve because we want to do our part to make the city a better place for all its residents. I hope your readers will look at the whole ballot and consider voting for these party offices when they go to the polls. Robert Brandon Cleveland Park

Fort Drive proposals must consider cars

Roads provide a common service that does not cater to any one pressure group or special interest. In particular, the traffic loop formed by 40th Street and Fort Drive serves a busy transportation hub that includes the Tenleytown Metro station and 34 buses per hour as well as provides access to commercial activities, a high school and an aquatic center very popular with families. It is very democratic. Thus I read The Current’s Feb. 26 article “District eyes reconfiguring streets near Tenley Metro” with an eye toward who would benefit from the joint D.C. Department of Transportation and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority proposal. Those of us present at February’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E meeting learned that American University, which operates more than one-third of the bus traffic, would benefit from reduced car traffic, added walkways and new bus shelters. Indeed, the project’s planners admitted

they had already consulted with the university. According to the article, however, it is Metro and the city Transportation Department that will provide the funding, rather than the private, tax-exempt university that would be the largest single beneficiary. Indeed, a prominent feature of the proposal was to add a new crosswalk to accommodate the debarking American University shuttle bus passengers, who cross in the middle of the street rather than use the existing crosswalk just a few seconds’ walk down the block. While they were certainly proactive in contacting the university, the project’s planners have overlooked the needs of residents and the findings from prior neighborhood commission meetings on the safety of this area and its surroundings. For example, we rely on car access to Fort Drive and 40th Street, whether for shopping for (and loading up our trunks with) groceries or taking a family trip to the Wilson Aquatic Center. (This reliance on cars should not come as a surprise to the transit authority, as strollers are prohibited on its buses, ruling out this mode of transit for family trips.) Similarly, the already troublesome network of alleys behind Whole Foods did not factor into the planning, nor did the effect of the diversion of traffic onto neighborhood streets. All the proposed options reduce services to cars. These costs must also be weighed, not just the possible benefits. Martin Offutt Friendship Heights

Morrison Street home is part of D.C. history They stand side by side on Morrison Street: two sister houses built before World War I. During the past hundred years they have experienced different fates. One, restored with care by owners, with gracious architectural features and inviting paths preserved, is juxtaposed next to the sad sight of rotting timber and missing tiles — a house seemingly long abandoned to its fate. This house, the cause of a sometimes-contentious debate at a Chevy Chase Citizens Association meeting in January, has been sold to an owner who plans to build a brand-new single-family home on the lot. Residents of the street want the house restored. The new owner states that the house is too far gone for renovation. It is his right to decide the fate of his property. Standing in front of those two houses is sad and thought-provoking. One house gives a view into

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home building in 1914, when elegant houses offered plenty of room for large families and boasted quality materials. The other shows the passage of time and seems a testament to the history of 100 years. The two houses witnessed the Great Depression, World War II, the election of presidents and the scandals of a century. Did a flapper come down those stairs and head off for an illegal evening in some speakeasy? Was a heart broken as a dreaded telegram arrived during the war years? What bride posed for photographs on the front porch? Did children catch fireflies on a summer night before the streetlights got so bright we can no longer see the night sky? Whether the house is structurally sound or so far gone that it would be impossible to restore is a question for engineers to decide. What is true is that 100 years of D.C. history absorbed into walls of this home are about to be struck away by a bulldozer. Preserving the past often means enriching the future. Yet a seemingly endless procession of teardowns is now occurring in the District. The neglected house on Morrison Street is an example. Lorrie Scally Chevy Chase

D.C. wasting money on Supercan program

I am wondering whether the D.C. government’s current replacement of trash and recycling bins was really necessary or if Mayor Vincent Gray had a political motivation in enacting the program. Besides the sheer cost of providing new cans to the entire city, I have several objections to the program: Many people (like me) may not need or want new bins; the larger recycling bin is heavier and more awkward for me (age 65-plus) to manage; and I am concerned about the huge cost of collecting and “recycling” the old bins. Was there any community survey to determine how many households require new bins? In the “old days,” the city supplied new bins, on request, at no cost. Several years ago, the policy was changed so that now the customer is charged $60 to obtain a new bin. Wouldn’t it have been more costefficient to go back to the old policy of providing free replacement bins instead of a blanket program covering the whole city? This program seems very wasteful to me and smacks of a political action by Mayor Gray to increase his popularity before the upcoming primary election. Elinor Tucker Wesley Heights

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This is a listing of reports taken from March 10 through 16 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 ■ downtown

Theft ■ 1200-1299 block, G St.; 4:49 p.m. March 12. ■ 1200-1299 block, G St.; 8:13 p.m. March 13. Theft from auto ■ 700-899 block, Constitution Ave.; 9 a.m. March 10. ■ 1100-1199 block, K St.; 10 p.m. March 13. ■ 1000-1099 block, 12th St.; 8:21 p.m. March 15.

psa 102

■ Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery ■ 7th and H streets; 2:17 p.m. March 15.

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Theft ■ 700-799 block, F St.; 9:32 p.m. March 10. ■ 800-899 block, H St.; 5:55 p.m. March 11. ■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 2 a.m. March 12. ■ 800-899 block, F St.; 11:30 a.m. March 13. ■ 800-899 block, 9th St.; 7:06 p.m. March 13. ■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 8:20 p.m. March 13. ■ 400-499 block, L St.; 4:25 p.m. March 15. ■ 7th and H streets; 11:42 a.m. March 16. ■ 400-499 block, L St.; 1:10 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto ■ 400-499 block, 5th St.; 11:27 a.m. March 14.

psa PSA 201 201

■ chevy chase

Burglary ■ 5100-5241 block, Nebraska Ave.; 3:10 p.m. March 13. Theft ■ 5520-5599 block, Nevada Ave.; 12:15 a.m. March 15.

psa 202

■ Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Robbery ■ 4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5 p.m. March 14. Burglary ■ 4400-4499 block, Jenifer St.; 12:20 a.m. March 13. Theft ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:14 p.m. March 10. ■ 3700-3799 block, Windom Place; 4:30 p.m. March 10. ■ 4500-4599 block, 40th St.; 8 p.m. March 11. ■ 5100-5199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:03 a.m. March 13. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:35 a.m. March 13.

Police Report ■ 4300-4399 block, Military Road; 5:21 p.m. March 14. Theft from auto ■ River Road and Wisconsin Avenue; 3:05 p.m. March 10. ■ 5400-5499 block, Western Ave.; 6:14 p.m. March 10. ■ 5400-5499 block, Western Ave.; 6:51 p.m. March 10. ■ 4600-4699 block, Wisconsin Ave.; noon March 12. ■ 4200-4226 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:15 a.m. March 14.

psa 203

■ forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Theft ■ 4200-4225 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8 a.m. March 10. ■ 3600-3699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10 a.m. March 11. ■ 3000-3199 block, Chesapeake St.; 9:32 a.m. March 12. Theft from auto ■ 3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:52 p.m. March 14.

psa 204

■ Massachusetts avenue

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

Theft ■ 2700-2799 block, Woodley Road; 4:10 p.m. March 11. ■ 2400-2499 block, 41st St.; 5:48 p.m. March 11. ■ 2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:51 a.m. March 16. ■ 2731-2899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:30 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto ■ 2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 12:02 a.m. March 12.

psa PSA 207 207

■ foggy bottom / west end

Assault with dangerous weapon ■ 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:06 a.m. March 14. Burglary ■ 2200-2299 block, Washington Circle; 10:56 a.m. March 10. Motor vehicle theft ■ E and 15th streets; 10 p.m. March 12. ■ 19th and I streets; 12:10 p.m. March 16. Theft ■ 1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:04 a.m. March 10. ■ 1100-1129 block, 17th St.; 12:36 p.m. March 10. ■ 1900-1999 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 2:02 p.m. March 11. ■ 25th and M streets; 8:01 p.m. March 11. ■ 1700-1799 block, I St.; 9:04 a.m. March 13. ■ 1600-1699 block, K St.; 6:11 p.m. March 13. ■ 1400-1433 block, K St.;

11:28 a.m. March 15. Theft from auto ■ 800-899 block, 21st St.; 9:49 p.m. March 15.

psa 401

■ colonial PSA 401 village

shepherd park / takoma

Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 6900-7099 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:54 a.m. March 13 (with knife). Burglary ■ 7100-7199 block, Georgia Ave.; 3:50 p.m. March 12. Theft ■ 900-999 block, Butternut St.; 8:27 p.m. March 15. Theft from auto ■ 6800-6899 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:50 a.m. March 12. ■ 5th and Whittier streets; 2:53 p.m. March 12. ■ 1400-1599 block, Jonquil St.; 10:49 a.m. March 13. ■ 6947-6978 block, Maple St.; 2:50 p.m. March 13. ■ 6720-6799 block, 16th St.; noon March 14. ■ 6800-6899 block, 4th St.; 1:58 a.m. March 15. ■ 500-599 block, Butternut St.; 2:30 a.m. March 15. ■ 5th and Cedar streets; 4 a.m. March 15. ■ 400-499 block, Butternut St.; 4:05 a.m. March 15.

psa PSA 402 402

■ Brightwood / manor park

Robbery ■ 800-899 block, Somerset Place; 4:30 a.m. March 15 (with gun). ■ 1400-1499 block, Rock Creek Ford Road; 8:44 a.m. March 15. Burglary ■ 800-899 block, Rittenhouse St.; 12:06 p.m. March 10. ■ 500-699 block, Peabody St.; 5:20 a.m. March 14. Theft ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 9:28 p.m. March 13. ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:58 p.m. March 14. ■ 6500-6599 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:57 p.m. March 14. ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:45 p.m. March 15. ■ 5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 11 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto ■ 6400-6489 block, Georgia Ave.; 1 a.m. March 11. ■ 1300-1399 block, Underwood St.; 11:15 a.m. March 11. ■ 13th and Sheridan streets; 5:27 a.m. March 12. ■ 6500-6599 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:19 a.m. March 12. ■ 1400-1499 block, Fort Stevens Drive; 9:55 a.m. March 12. ■ 6300-6399 block, 3rd St.; 12:12 p.m. March 16.

psa 403

■ Brightwood / petworth

Brightwood park PSA 403

16th Street heights

Homicide ■ 1200-1299 block, Madison St.; midnight March 10 (with gun). Burglary ■ 5700-5799 block, 13th St.; 4:15 p.m. March 10. ■ 5700-5799 block, 13th St.; 5:40 a.m. March 11. ■ 1400-1599 block, Oglethorpe St.; 5:15 p.m. March 12. ■ 5817-5912 block, 14th St.; 8:15 p.m. March 12. ■ 1200-1299 block, Hamilton St.; 12:07 a.m. March 15. Theft ■ 5200-5299 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:25 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto ■ 1300-1325 block, Madison St.; 10:53 p.m. March 12. ■ 5200-5299 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:38 a.m. March 16. ■ 900-999 block, Longfellow St.; 2 p.m. March 16.

psa 404

■ 16th Street HEIGHTS PSA 404


Robbery ■ 4100-4199 block, 14th St.; 11 p.m. March 14. Motor vehicle theft ■ 4100-4199 block, 13th St.; 6 p.m. March 13. Theft ■ 3800-3899 block, Kansas Ave.; 6:46 p.m. March 11. ■ 2200-2299 block, 14th St.; 9:21 p.m. March 13. Theft from auto ■ 4500-4599 block, Georgia Ave.; 12:30 p.m. March 11. ■ 1700-1789 block, Allison St.; 7:51 a.m. March 13. ■ 1700-1799 block, Taylor St.; 10:15 a.m. March 13. ■ 3700-3799 block, 9th St.; 1:47 p.m. March 16.

psa PSA 407 407 ■ petworth

Burglary ■ 3805-3899 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:39 a.m. March 14. Motor vehicle theft ■ 3900-3999 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 6:43 a.m. March 12. Theft ■ 300-399 block, Upshur St.; 1:30 a.m. March 11. ■ 500-699 block, Randolph St.; 11 a.m. March 15. Theft from auto ■ 4900-4999 block, 9th St.; 8:32 a.m. March 10. ■ 3900-3999 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 6:37 a.m. March 12.


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March 19, 2014 ■ Page 9

AU, GWU hoops head to the big dance

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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American University’s men’s basketball team gathered at the Mary Graydon Center Tavern on Sunday to see where the team would be seeded. This is the Eagles’ third trip to the NCAA tournament.

During this weekend’s Selection Sunday, a slew of basketball fans at American University and George Washington University waited to see where the two schools would land in the 68-team bracket. It was a major departure from the past, when Georgetown University and the University of Maryland at College Park generally garner the most local attention for basketball prestige. American ultimately found out that its Patriot League-winning squad would be the No. 15 seed in the West region. They will play the Wisconsin Badgers in essentially a road game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Thursday at 12:40 p.m. “It’s huge. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said junior guard John Schoof. “We’re all excited, but we have to prepare like we would for any other game.” American’s move to the big dance began last April when Billy Walker took over as the university’s athletics director. Walker was immediately faced with a big decision — how to fill the vacant basketball coach position. He ended up going with a familiar face: Mike Brennan, who served as an assistant coach at Georgetown

University from 2009 to 2013 and before that at American from 2007 to 2009, where he’d helped with two NCAA bids — the only ones in the university’s history. In his first year as head coach, Brennan led the Eagles to a 20-12 record and the Patriot League championship victory over Boston University 55-36 on March 12 to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Before the season started, the team had been picked to finish ninth in the conference. “We’re thrilled. We worked hard,” said Brennan. “This group had a great year. … I’m really happy for the accomplishment. I’m looking forward to getting to Milwaukee.” The team knows it enters the tournament as a long shot as a No. 15 seed, but players still feel they can compete and make a run. “We played a lot of tough nonconference games on the road at the beginning of the season,” said redshirt junior guard Darius Gardner. “I believe our coaching staff is going to have us prepared for Wisconsin. We have a lot of confidence. We believe that we can beat anybody if we play our game right and rebound. If we do those things that we can control, we will have a good chance.” American has drawn inspiration from Patriot League rival Lehigh University, which knocked off Duke as a No. 15 seed in 2012. “We all

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When National Cathedral junior Marta Sniezek checked her phone on Thursday, she saw a text message from a friend that read, “Congrats.” But not until shortly afterward did she find out why she’d gotten it: Sniezek had been named D.C.’s girls basketball Gatorade Player of the Year. The junior joins recent Northwest D.C. stars — St. John’s grads Lindsay Allen (2013) and Mooriah Rowser (2011), and Visitation 2012 alumna Katie Gillespie — as Gatorade award winners. “When I read the list of former Gatorade players of the year, I have a hard time believing that my name is among the very best,” Sniezek wrote in an email. “It’s a very good feeling.” Averaging 30.6 points — the highest in the area — along with 8.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 6.6 steals, Sniezek is the first National Cathedral basketball player to earn the honor. This season the junior led the Eagles to a 17-5 record and into the Independent School League championship game and the D.C. State Athletic Association semifinals. It has been a remarkable turnaround for the

Eagles, who were a bottom-dweller in the ISL’s lower division before Sniezek arrived. Under her lead, the squad moved into the upper division this year. “I see programs like Georgetown Visitation, and I would like to see that here at NCS,” wrote Sniezek. While her team has made big strides recently, “to build a program it takes years and dedication by many people. I am glad that we have been able to start that here and hope that it will continue.” Sniezek also credits Cathedral’s coaches for guidance. “I cannot speak highly enough about our head coach Brittany Mitch, her staff, and our athletic director [Heather] Dent.” Mitch has worked with Sniezek since the junior was nine years old. The ISL recently named Sniezek as a firstteam all-league selection, and although the conference doesn’t name a player of the year, at least one rival coach said Sniezek would have won the honor. Georgetown Day coach Bobby Asher also commended her performance on the court. “I can’t say enough about Marta Sniezek as a player and a game changer,” Asher said in Gatorade’s release. “When we played them most recently in a close game, she was our absolute focus. Still, we couldn’t really stop her. I’ve never seen more of a one-man wreck-

Local grads to watch during March Madness

When putting the finishing touches on your brackets, be sure to consider five teams that feature former Northwest D.C. high school stars. Gonzaga alumnus Charles Glover, a freshman at Mount St. Mary’s, was set to compete in last night’s first four against Albany while trying to secure a No. 16 seed. (The game took place after The Current’s deadline.) Meanwhile three of his former teammates are already in the field of 64 teams. See NCAA/Page 10

Frogs tame Tigers in girls lax match

Sniezek wins hoops Gatorade honor By BRIAN KAPUR

watched two years ago when Lehigh surprised the world when they beat Duke,” said Gardner. Meanwhile, George Washington University was in a little bit more of a precarious position on Sunday night. Without an automatic bid, the team waited anxiously to learn its fate. The NCAA selection committee awarded the Colonials a spot based on their 24-8 record, which included wins over Maryland, the University of Miami and then-No. 18 Creighton. The Colonials are the No. 9 seed in the East region and will play No. 8 Memphis on Friday at 6:55 p.m. at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

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Junior Marta Sniezek is the first Cathedral basketball player to win the award. She averaged 30.6 points per game and carried the Eagles to the ISL title game.

ing crew. Every time I watch her, she makes a couple of plays that I can only marvel at.” The Gatorade award also takes into account academics and volunteer jobs. The junior has a 3.05 GPA and is a member of the National See Cathedral/Page 10

When the Maret Frogs needed a play, they put the ball in sophomore forward Carter Wynne’s stick. The second-year player delivered by scoring a game-high six goals as Maret knocked off Wilson 18-12 on Friday at the Frogs’ home field. “Carter is great,” said Maret coach Emily Beckwith, who is in her seventh season at the helm. “She played a lot of attack wing and defense for us last year. One of her strengths is ball control. She’s super fast, and her right and left hands are both pretty strong. She’s pretty tough to defend because of those two things.” When Wynne wasn’t scoring, senior Nora Lenhard, senior Madison Sharp and sophomore Katie Van Duyne were doing the honors. Lenhard made four goals while the other two each notched hat tricks. “It’s a promising sign,” said Beckwith. “I’m happy with what I saw today.” The Frogs also benefit from a deep defense, anchored by five seniors — Lenhard, Sharp, Kathryn Sachs, Kendall Schutzer and Julia See Maret/Page 10

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NCAA: Former WCAC, Sidwell stars ready for tourney From Page 9

Nate Britt, who played for Gonzaga through his junior year before transferring to Oak Hill for his senior season, will be playing for the No. 6 seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels against Providence in the East bracket. Britt is averaging 20.9 minutes and 5.3 points per game. Gonzaga also has last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference player of the year, Kris Jenkins, suiting up for Villanova, which drew the No. 2 seed in the East region. Jenkins has averaged 11.6 minutes and 3.9 points per game during his freshman season. Jenkins is joined by Sidwell alumnus Josh Hart on the Wildcats roster. Hart, a freshman, has averaged 21 minutes and 7.9 points per game this season. Of the local freshmen in the tournament, Hart has been the quickest to adapt and make big contributions during his first college campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Josh has done a great job this season, fitting in with a bunch of

upperclassmen on the No. 3 team in the country,â&#x20AC;? Sidwell coach Eric Singletary said of his former player. The coach has kept an eye on Hart, attending a few games in Philadelphia this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His tremendous energy off the bench earned him all-rookie team and runner-up for rookie of the year,â&#x20AC;? said Singletary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He should be ready to make a major impact in [Villanovaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] NCAA run.â&#x20AC;? The last local athlete competing in the big dance is Coolidge grad Maurice Jeffers, who is a now a redshirt freshman averaging nearly five minutes per game for the No. 13 seed University of Delaware in the East. Meanwhile, in the girls tournament, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grad Lindsay Allen is the lone Northwest D.C. grad. During her freshman season at Notre Dame, Allen has averaged 26.3 minutes and 6.4 points per game. The Fighting Irish â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who are a perfect 32-0 and the No. 1 seed in their bracket â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will host No. 16 seed Robert Morris Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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Josh Hart, a Sidwell alumnus, has been a reliable contributor at Villanova this year.

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Visitation senior wins soccer honor

Visitation senior Maddie Kulik was recently named the D.C. girls soccer Gatorade Player of the Year. Kulik scored 22 goals and made six assists while the Cubs posted a 7-7-2 record. The senior also won AllIndependent School League honors and finished her high school career with 66 goals and 26 helpers. Kulik has a 3.67 GPA and has also volunteered with Visitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Key Club and Think Pink group.

MARET: Despite young roster, Frogs hope to contend From Page 9



Sidwell senior Nike Jackson recently earned the D.C. boys soccer Gatorade Player of the Year honor. Jackson made two critical saves during a penalty kick shootout in the DCSAA championship game to earn Sidwell the title, as the Quakers went 16-3-2 on the season. The team also captured the Mid-Atlantic Conference crown last season. Jackson, who scored 13 goals and dished out nine assists this season, won the award Feb. 13.

have that experience back there.â&#x20AC;? The seniors have helped bring along freshman goalie Nnenna Nwaezeapu, who only recently started playing lacrosse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She picked it up three weeks ago, and she has been

extremely dedicated,â&#x20AC;? said the coach. The Frogs jumped ahead of the Tigers 8-0 in the first 12:19 of play. But Wilson wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fold, as junior Suzanna Carnevali-Doan led the Tigers on a 8-3 run to close the gap to 11-8 with 20:35 to play. But Maret was able to close out the game with a 5-1 scoring swing to push the advantage back to 16-9 with 11:22 remaining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consistency is going to come with experience,â&#x20AC;? said Beckwith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luckily we were able to calm ourselves down and get back to our patient play.â&#x20AC;? With the big win, Maret has confidence moving forward in the Independent School Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect to compete in the lower division, especially after what we saw today,â&#x20AC;? said Beckwith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are really starting to execute.â&#x20AC;?

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Maret sophomore Carter Wynne had six goals on 10 shots Friday.

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Feb. 5, two students from Aidan Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper elementary classroom were invited to meet Vice President Joe Biden. The vice president gave a speech about the United Automotive Workers. It was very empowering, and he had a good sense of humor. Sylvia Altman, who was one of the sixth-graders who went on the trip, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was very nice and obviously cared about womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights because he said that women can do anything that men can do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got our pictures taken with him and all of us couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop smiling!â&#x20AC;? says sixth-grader Leyu M. Negussie. Sylvia and Leyu were so glad and honored that they got to meet Vice President Biden and hope that others will also get a chance to meet him too! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sylvia Altman and Leyu Negussie, sixth-graders

British School of Washington

For this term, our IMYC topic was structures, so in groups of four, we all designed and built catapults, ballistae and slingshots from scratch. Once we had finished, we would fire the weapons and the one that fired the farthest would win. For our first part of the day, we designed our contraption. We put down the measurements and the materials, all drawn in perfect per-


spective. Once the design was finished, you start building the basics, like the frame. Between all the measuring, marking, sawing and sanding that went on for building the frame, you can imagine how complex this was going to be. None of OUR machines were going to be some run-of-the-mill stick and rubber band catapult! For the final test â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the thing that everyone has been waiting for the whole time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everyone was brought up to the fourth floor. Unfortunately, it would be mean to say how badly some of the catapults failed, but on the bright side some of the catapults sent objects flying up to 11 metres. On the even brighter side, everyone had a ton of fun and, personally, I think of it as one of my favorite entry points yet. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charlie Teeters, Year 7 Manchester (sixth-grader)

Deal Middle School

Last week Deal had its annual African-American speech and drama competition where you memorize and recite a piece of prose and a poem by a black author. This year I heard about the competition and in my head I was thinking this might be really fun so I signed up and I started practicing and practicing and practicing. As I

started to memorize the words I tried to add a little drama to it. Our assistant principal Ms. Neal and our librarian Ms. Redekopp organized the competition and helped us prepare. I wanted to quit because I was scared and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to laugh at me, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to let fear take over me so as I was waiting for my turn I was also practicing. The bad thing was that I was the fifth one up out of 17 people. They finally called my name and I recited my speech, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I a Womanâ&#x20AC;? by Sojourner Truth, and my poem, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Way Down in the Musicâ&#x20AC;? by Eloise Greenfield, for our judge Lamont Carey. But as they called third, second and 1st place I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe I won third place. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sheyla C. Gyles, sixth-grader

Georgetown Day School

Lily Gasperetti, Noah Cowan and Tajin Rogers led our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academicâ&#x20AC;? team to a recent victory over Richard Montgomery and Quince Orchard in the playoff round of the Washington area tournament. They will continue their strong drive to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academicâ&#x20AC;? Superbowl when they compete in the semifinal round on April 26. Last Friday, the Young Men and Young Women of Color affinity groups held a joint meeting and welcomed two guest speakers, Adri-

ane Brown and Candiace Dillard. Brown is an assistant coordinator at Hart Research Associates, a public opinion research firm. In addition to working with the Democratic National Committee, she has also worked as a community organizer for numerous campaigns including for President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Our second special guest, Dillard, founded the organization My Sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keeper, which matches young girls with adult women who may serve as mentors and role models. In sports, the track team endured the cold weather and wind last Thursday to compete in a track meet at the Potomac School. Our Fan Section Game of the Week featured the girls varsity lacrosse team, which played Brentwood last Friday in its home opener. Lastly, the boys varsity baseball team opened its season against Bullis last Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

Ms. Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-graders are publishing a book titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;H is for Hearst.â&#x20AC;? Our book is an A-to-Z book that is all about Hearst. Our class/Club 210/Room 210 book will be available for sale on Amazon. com starting in late April 2014. Five special-edition autographed copies will be auctioned off at the Austrian Embassy on April 25 during our

annual Hearst â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raise the Roofâ&#x20AC;? fundraiser. Our book will be fun to read because it will contain fun Hearst facts and capture the fun experiences we have in Club/Room 210. This book will entertain readers with pictures of everyone from our class. We hope readers will appreciate the hard work we put into publishing this book. A cool fact about our book is that it features different elements of the Hearst community. This is the best class in the whole world! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-graders

Mann Elementary

Fifth grade at Horace Mann is not exactly a walk in the park, except for when we are with our pre-K buddies. Fifth grade at Horace Mann is our last year so we feel that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have a strong bond with the youngest kids in our community, thus the Pre-K Buddy idea was born. We work with Mr. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pre-K class and you may catch us reading their favorite book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinkaliciousâ&#x20AC;?; playing with their favorite toy, magnet blocks; or creating holiday art projects. When we interviewed Mr. Smith about the relationship we share with his class, he responded by saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it, I love it! Simply joyous!â&#x20AC;? The fifth grade feels the same way. One student said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel happier See Dispatches/Page 29




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In Your Neighborhood ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American University Park

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the auditorium at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. The regular meeting date was changed to avoid falling during Passover. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013; CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 2950 Legation St. â&#x2013;  update on the Cafritz Enterprises project at 5333 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on proposed funding for Murch Elementary School modernization. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a license for Macon Bistro & Larder, 5520 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  presentations on grant requests. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803. ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013;  colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood Crestwood 16th street heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. The regular meeting date was changed to avoid occurring on the day of the D.C. primary. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit ANC 4C ANC 4c Street Heights Petworth/16th â&#x2013;  petworth/16th Street Heights At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 12 meeting: â&#x2013;  the Petworth Farmers Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Erin Lane announced that the market will begin operating on Saturdays as of May 3. She also said her organization is planning to accommodate more participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so she has applied for a grant offered by the advisory neighborhood commission. â&#x2013;  Laurence Jones of the Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel reported that his agency is reviewing three cases:

Chevy Chase Citizens Association

Join us on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW, for a special program, co-sponsored with Northwest Neighbors Village: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making wise decisions: Who will take care of us when we get older? How should we plan now to pay for advanced medical care?â&#x20AC;? The village, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, is a local community nonprofit that gives residents the confidence and practical help to grow older at home, while staying healthy, engaged and connected to neighbors and friends. (Please note that this month, our meeting is on the fourth Tuesday, rather than the regular third Tuesday.) All are welcome to attend. Nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Color of Moneyâ&#x20AC;?) and certified elder law attorney Bill Frail will address issues related to growing older, including talking with family members, healing relationships if needed and making wise decisions on financial planning for retirement and future medical care. For more information, visit On another subject, our annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greenâ&#x20AC;? meeting, which focuses generally on environmental and sustainability issues, will be on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center. (Please note the date change to the fourth Tuesday of the month, instead of the regular third Tuesday.) This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, which will coincide with Earth Day, is planned to feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;green transportation.â&#x20AC;? In other news, we thank the following businesses that recently renewed their association platinum business memberships: Catch Can, Holly Worthington of Long & Foster Real Estate, Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of DC and Taylor Agostino Group Real Estate. For information about these and our other business members, visit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for another rate increase, Verizonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing poor quality of service for its business customers and Verizonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s switch from copper to fiber optic cables for its telephone service. â&#x2013;  Brightwood/Shepherd Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Gale Black shared her commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution opposing modifications to the federal 2005 consent decree that would require certain fixes in Rock Creek and Piney Branch. The resolution includes opposition to the D.C. Water and Sewer Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to add â&#x20AC;&#x153;green infrastructureâ&#x20AC;? to its current long-term plan that would control the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sewer overflows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plan sounds nice â&#x20AC;Ś but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not specific in terms of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being proposed, performance measurements and timeline,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x2013;  D.C. Water and Sewer Authority project managers Bethany Bezak and Seth Charde presented their agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to modify its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Term Control Planâ&#x20AC;? that would control sewer overflows into Rock Creek and the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. The plan proposes within the commission borders to incorporate more â&#x20AC;&#x153;green infrastructure,â&#x20AC;? such as rain gardens, vegetated swales, native landscaping and green roofs. The DC Water representatives said economic benefits include the creation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? jobs. They said their agency plans to pilot a training program for participants ages 19 to 24 with DC Greenworks. The planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comment period runs until April 14 at 5 p.m. Residents can visit; email; or send mail to Clean Rivers GI, DC Clean Rivers Project, 5000 Overlook Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20032. â&#x2013;  Safewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Craig Muckle reported that the upcoming Petworth loca-

tion at 3830 Georgia Ave. is expected to open in early summer. The chain plans to hire people in the neighborhood and will open a hiring office in the area. The chain is expecting to hire about 150 to 175 people for the upgraded store, which will become one of the biggest Safeways in the city. Muckle also announced that the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration is currently reviewing Safewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to sell beer and wine at the Petworth store. On behalf of the supermarket chain, the spokesperson also apologized for the health violations that briefly shut down the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piney Branch store, currently the closest Safeway to the neighborhood. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 7-0 to support a resolution urging the D.C. Department of Transportation, D.C. Council and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to improve the 16th Street commuter bus lines. Commissioners Shanel Anthony, Jeff Standish and Janell Rawlings were absent. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support an application for a curb cut for a property at 3926 5th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to congratulate the First Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 810 Shepherd St., on its 125th anniversary celebration. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Zachary Hartman and Joseph Vaughan abstaining, to protest Sabor Latinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request to extend its hours of operation. Commissioner Rickey Williams said he has received noise complaints from neighbors of the restaurant located at 3910 14th St. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit

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FILM: Featured documentary at festival looks at strengths, weaknesses of Capital Bikeshare

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eral public defender by day whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lived in D.C. since 1999 and has previously experimented with creating short personal films about modern art and other themes. In launching his new project, Cone surveyed others about the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustainability efforts, and found that cycling kept emerging as a cornerstone. He narrowed that down to focus on bike-sharing, in part because D.C. was such an pioneer on that front â&#x20AC;&#x201D; debuting the first system in the U.S. with the pilot â&#x20AC;&#x153;SmartBikeâ&#x20AC;? project in 2008. Today Capital Bikeshare, which replaced SmartBike in 2010, offers more than 2,500 bikes for short-term rentals at 300 stations in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the secondlargest bike-sharing network in the U.S., after New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Cone sought to investigate Capital Bikeshare in terms of its environmental impact, which many activists tout as positive. Cone says thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;still an open questionâ&#x20AC;? depending on your point of view. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

stuck in rush-hour traffic on I-66, is bike-share doing anything for that? Probably not.â&#x20AC;? But for those who actually use the bikes, Cone says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you realize a lot of them would be using vehicles instead,â&#x20AC;? so smog and emissions are reduced â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly if you consider the possibility of a ripple effect on regional traffic. In addition, he found that many bike-share users end up warming to cycling so much that they buy their own bikes, which further cuts down car trips. One issue Cone raises in his documentary is the inefficiency of the Capital Bikeshareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vans, which circle the region to ensure a balanced stock of bikes across different stations. (This labor-intensive process is also the source of his filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title.) The ultimate goal is to build up to a self-sustaining network that can â&#x20AC;&#x153;rebalanceâ&#x20AC;? itself without relying so much on those vans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That takes more stations and larger stations, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on that,â&#x20AC;? said Jim Sebastian, a D.C. Department of Transportation bike planner Cone interviewed. A Capital Bikeshare

employee also noted that the system sometimes gets close to this goal on warm weekend days, when a constant turnover of bikes helps naturally replenish the stations. And he took to the streets on his own bike to interview Capital Bikeshare users across the region, most of whom were enthusiastic about the system. He also encountered some doubters and critics, and touched upon the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tricky racial and class dimensions beneath Capital

Bikeshare. But he says through his research he â&#x20AC;&#x153;discovered that actually itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the contrary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that benefits all classes, all races,â&#x20AC;? and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evidence that â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking advantage of it.â&#x20AC;? Cone developed this impression from many weekend visits to Capital Bikeshare stations across the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every weekend, I would get on my own bicycle and put my camera and tripod in my backpack,â&#x20AC;? he says, heading each time to a different area.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really a joy to discover Washington.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebalancingâ&#x20AC;? will be shown this Friday as part of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sustainable DCâ&#x20AC;? panel of the environmental film festival. That event, featuring an introduction from Mayor Vincent Gray and discussion with former Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning and others, begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. Reservations are required via


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Farmhouse offers vintage aesthetics, stylish garden


ith all the commercial activity buzzing in Friendship Heights, it can be easy to forget that this area was


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and cozy covered front porch at one side of the main entrance. A later addition created another enclosed porch on the other side of the doorway. A flagstone walkway and a soon-to-be verdant lawn separate the home from the front sidewalk, where a curbside Coronado-style mailbox offers a rustic touch. Another sign of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venerable standing is the large black antique front door, with its decorative stained-glass window. Entering here, a cozy foyer overlooks the living room to the west and the kitchen to the south. The country-themed kitchen has a unified black-and-white palette. The abundant cabinetry varies between solid and glass-paneled doors, while the white backsplash features roosters on a few tiles. The black-and-white-tiled floor adds a stylish edge. The spot includes a small island, and there is access to a modest laundry room, as well as to the formal dining room and rear family room/solarium. The adjacent dining and living rooms both retain the original wooden floors. Facing Jenifer Street, the living area also allows side access to the newer porch. A bold hue of red paint with white chair railings clad the dining roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walls. This space connects

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This renovated four-bedroom, three-bath farmhouse in Friendship Heights is priced at $1,250,000. to another room that currently serves as an office but is counted as one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four bedrooms. This room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flooded with natural light from a skylight and glass-paneled door to the porch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also includes a full bath. The family room takes up the rear portion of the main floor. A renovation created this spacious area, which features a two-sided fireplace and detailed with ceramic floors and arched entryways. One section is enhanced by high ceilings, a skylight and bay windows the current owner adorned with antique stained glass. The other area has large windows and a door leading out to the back gardens. Out back, the property maintains the traditional late-19th-century

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of the 50-minute forum when he countered Bondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think business taxes should not be lower. Businesses donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just make money out of thin air,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have a young, exciting, vibrant city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which we have â&#x20AC;&#x201D; business will come,â&#x20AC;? said Puryear. John Settles, a mortgage originator, agreed with Bonds that the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current tax policy generally works, but said that it should be reformed to help the middle class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the Tax Revision Commission mostly got it right,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I agree with them on leveling the local deductions with federal deductions so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re equal, and I agree with them on lowering the tax rate for our low-income people.â&#x20AC;? Settles, a Democrat, added that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to also lower rates for the

income bracket between $60,000 and $100,000. Democrat Pedro Rubio, a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student in real estate development at Georgetown University, said he would draw on his experience as a federal accountant to crack down on wasteful contracts. He echoed Bonds and Settlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; endorsement of the tax commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations, saying it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty much rightâ&#x20AC;? and that it would help the middle class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the current tax code is fair, especially to the middle class,â&#x20AC;? said Rubio. Nate Bennett-Fleming, also a Democrat, said he would draw from his experience as the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current shadow representative to fight to regain tax revenue the city loses by not being a state. He said this lack of revenue causes structural deficits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard earlier that the tax sys-




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tem is working; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not working,â&#x20AC;? said Bennett-Fleming. He said he agreed with other candidates that the tax policy is â&#x20AC;&#x153;too regressive.â&#x20AC;? Statehood Green Party candidate G. Lee Aikin brought props to illustrate how income taxes are higher than they should be because District exemptions and deductions arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as beneficial as federal ones. One common thread throughout the evening was the idea that the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new wealth isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t benefiting all its residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Increasingly, I see the symbols of a renaissance here in D.C., but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the substance of a renaissance,â&#x20AC;? said Bennett-Fleming. Many of the candidates drew from their personal stories in closing statements. Settles touted his experience solving civic problems and said that he is the only candidate who works every day on the issues the candidates discussed at the forum. Rubio said he entered the race because of his passion to help people, citing his experience as a mentor and volunteer. Aiken stressed her commitment to serving the community and described the 500 hours she spent on a campaign to protect street vendors. Speaking last, Puryear said the District can become a model for other cities on social justice issues. Bonds left the forum early because of another commitment and did not give a closing statement. Two at-large seats will be up for election in November. Each party can nominate one candidate, who will run against any independents who qualify for the ballot.





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Wednesday march 19 Concert â&#x2013; In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, the Frost Middle School Symphonic Orchestra and Loudoun Youth Guitars will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Human Scale,â&#x20AC;? about Danish architect Jan Gehlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contention that cities should be built in a way that takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. The film festival will continue through March 30 with screenings at various venues; details are available at â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Amaud Desplechinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy P.,â&#x20AC;? starring Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theater will open its Fighting Improv Smackdown

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Events Entertainment Tournament, an elimination-style bracketed competition with 73 teams competing for audience favor. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $14. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The competition will continue through April 12. â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ThÊâtre de lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Atelier will present the U.S. premiere of Marguerite Durasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Savannah Bay,â&#x20AC;? about a young woman desperate to discover the truth about her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suicide the day after her birth. 7:30 p.m. $49. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Wine tasting â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spanish Wine Tastingâ&#x20AC;? with tapas from Taberna del Alabardero. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Thursday, March 20 Thursday march 20 Concerts â&#x2013;  In celebration of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Quintet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring Jen Krupa on trombone and Leigh Pilzer on saxophone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will showcase the music of American jazz trombonist Melba Liston. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Ameri-

can Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; In honor of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Ryukyuan folk singer Rimi Natsukawa will present a performance that blends traditional and modern musical elements. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer Walter Egan will perform a solo concert celebrating his Govinda Gallery exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martyrs of Rock.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating R. Strauss at 150,â&#x20AC;? featuring soprano IrĂŠne Theorin (shown) and bass-baritone John Relyea. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  A two-day festival celebrating 20thcentury Viennese composer and pianist Friedrich Gulda will feature a performance by pianist Burnett Thompson, vocalist Lena Seikaly, saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Nau, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Lennie Robinson. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. â&#x2013;  Musicians Mark Newton and Steve Thomas will perform bluegrass- and country-inspired music. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15.

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Wednesday, march 19 â&#x2013; Concert: Israeli pianist Efi Hackmey (shown) and English pianist Andrew Harley, both Levine Music faculty artists, will perform works by Schubert and Mozart. 7 p.m. $15. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-7773251. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Tim Carpenter, founder and director of Progressive Democrats of America, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building the Progressive Movement Inside and Outside the Democratic Party.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;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smart Growth: The Next Phase of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SW Ecodistrictâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Diane Sullivan, senior planner for the National Capital Planning Commission, and Otto Condon, urban design principal at ZGF Architects LLP, discussing the proposed concept for connecting the National Mall to the waterfront via 10th Street and Banneker Park. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind the Scenes of the Natural Food Revolution: How the Natural and Organic Food Movement Grew a New Industryâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Joe Dobrow, former head of marketing for Whole Foods and Fresh Fields and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natural Prophets,â&#x20AC;? and Seth Goldman, president and TeaEO of Honest Tea and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently and Succeeding.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15; tickets required. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. â&#x2013;  Joyce Tsai, postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Modern Art and George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modulating Modernism: LĂĄszlĂł MoholyNagy in America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Richard Louv, author of the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Child in the Woods,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reconnecting Children With Nature.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Grand Ballroom, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-9412. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trees 101: Back to Basics.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Nick Pearce, a specialist in the arts of China, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going, Going, Gone:

A Market History of Chinese Ceramics.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Cassandra Potts Hannahs, professor of medieval history at Middlebury College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossroads and Connections: Exploring Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Channel Islands.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $28 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Boston Globe food writer and cookbook author Debra Samuels will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bento: Japanese Culture in a Box.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35 to $45. Atrium Cafe, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Austin Kleon will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jewish Literature Live will feature writer and journalist Claudia Roth Pierpont, who will discuss Phillip Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portnoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complaintâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodbye Columbusâ&#x20AC;? and her own book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Amphitheater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Local historian B. Franklin Cooling will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot: The Fort Stevens Story.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Loveâ&#x20AC;? column and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Illuminated: Exploring Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Mystifying Subject â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With the Help of 50,000 Strangers,â&#x20AC;? and Sara Eckel, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Singleâ&#x20AC;? (based on her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Loveâ&#x20AC;? column in 2011), will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Modern Love.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12 to $29. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. Films â&#x2013;  The School of International Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Thursdays film series will feature Hernan Jimenezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Regreso,â&#x20AC;? about a man who finds a changed Costa Rica after returning from a decade abroad. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Ward 2 Lecture Hall, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present Greg MacGillivray and Stephen Judsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to the South Pacific.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening discussion will feature Chris Palmer, co-executive producer and director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University; Helen Fox, director of marine science at the World Wildlife Fund; and Mike Henley, animal keeper and dive officer at the National Zoo. 7 p.m. $7 to $13. Johnson IMAX Theater, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penny Plain,â&#x20AC;? a puppet theater piece about an old boarding house owner whose end-of-days vigil is interrupted by See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 several bizarre characters. 7:30 p.m. $29. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bristol Old Vic and South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handspring Puppet Company will present a new take on Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $29 to $49. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  RFD will host a third-round March Madness of Comedy performance with six comics. 8:30 p.m. Free. RFD, 810 7th St. NW. 202-431-4704. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;History & Hopsâ&#x20AC;? will feature samples from Atlas Brew Works and tours of the Brewmasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle, with a focus on its first owner and the history of the Christian Heurich Brewing Co. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Institute for Spiritual Development will host a celebration of the Spring Vernal Equinox, combining an ancient ceremony with a contemporary spiritual message. 7:30 p.m. Free. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. â&#x2013;  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Built to Amaze,â&#x20AC;? a thrill-filled circus spectacular. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $35. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Performances will repeat Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 Friday march 21 Book sale â&#x2013;  The Friends of Palisades Library group will hold its spring used-book sale with most titles $1 each. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-337-1505. The sale will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., with books available both days for $10 per bag (except childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books). Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present the Helen May Memorial Concert, featuring soprano Melissa Coombs and pianists Bonnie Kellert and Frank Conlon. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of Bach on His 329th Birthday,â&#x20AC;? featuring Richard Stone on lute and Mark Janello on harpsichord. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The K-Classic Spring Concert will feature violinist Ahreum Kim, cellist Young Eun Lee and pianist Hyewon Ryu. 6 p.m. Free. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Solo guitarist Christopher Jenkins will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchid Symphony: A Little Night Music.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The 64-member Hamilton College Choir will perform sacred and secular music by Handl, Lotti, Whitacre, Carmi-


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Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and many others. Located at 9th and G streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The eighth annual Exposed DC Photography Show will open today with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. at Long View Gallery. Presenting 49 winning photographs, the show will continue through April 6. Tickets for the reception, which includes food and drink from many local establishments, cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A free â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Partyâ&#x20AC;? will take place at 8 p.m. at the Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under the Influence: Reverberations of the Washington Color School,â&#x20AC;? examining the ways eight contemporary D.C. artists engage with the legacy of the Washington Color School, will open Friday and continue through April 12 at both the Salve Regina Gallery and the Victor L. Selman Community Gallery. Opening receptions will take place Friday at Salve Regina Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Victor L. Selman Community Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tourâ&#x20AC;? will take place April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Salve Regina Gallery. The Salve Regina Gallery, located at 620 Michigan Ave. NE (on the campus of Catholic University), is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The Victor L. Selman Community Gallery, located at 3305 8th St. NE (at the Brookland Artspace Lofts), is open Thursday and Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday ing the volume of stormwater runoff; the 2014 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebalancing,â&#x20AC;? about the Capital Bikeshare program; and the 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;EarthEcho Expedition: What Happens When We Build Cities?â&#x20AC;? about a journey across the Anacostia River and underground to explore the impact of urbanization on the water cycle. Mayor Vincent Gray will make remarks, and D.C. Department of the Environment director Keith Anderson and former D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning will discuss the films and D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current initiatives. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Root Auditorium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Will for the Woods,â&#x20AC;? which follows Dr. Clark Wang as he battles lymphoma while planning his funeral with his loved ones. After the screening, journalist Ray Suarez will moderate a Q-and-A with the directors. 7:30 p.m. $3. St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 301-741-6234. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts@Middayâ&#x20AC;? will feature Baltimorebased storyteller Jon Spelman presenting some of his favorite tales. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001



Claes Oldbenburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Pizza,â&#x20AC;? a 1964 color lithograph on paper sheet, is part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. from noon to 4 p.m. 202-319-5000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits of Denial and Desire,â&#x20AC;? featuring photographs by John Halaka that portray three generations of Palestinian refugees, will open Friday with a reception and artist talk from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds. The exhibit will continue through April 25. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memories of Moscow: Reliefs, constructions, and compositions, 1976-1995,â&#x20AC;? highlighting works by 82-year-old Russianborn artist Oleg Kudryashov, will open Saturday with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at Robert Brown Gallery. The exhibit will continue through May 10. Located at 1662 33rd St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-338-0353. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Un.furl,â&#x20AC;? presenting sculptures by Nancy Sansom Reynolds made from cut and layered plywood, will open Saturday with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Addison/Ripley Fine Art. The show will continue through May 10. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202338-5180.

Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Koresh Dance Company performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moonlight,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come Togetherâ&#x20AC;? and more modern dance. 8 p.m. $30. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-785-9727. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grande FĂŞte will feature food, drink, music and dance from the French-speaking world. 7 p.m. to midnight. $40 to $60. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Saturday, March 22

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Continued From Page 21 sign copies of “DC Photo Book: An Insider’s View of Washington, DC.” 1 to 3 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. Children’s program ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature Bright Star Theatre performing “Jack’s Adventure,” featuring luminaries of U.S. history such as George Washington, Betsy Ross and Henry Ford. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Classes and workshops ■ The DC Poetry Project will present its Traveling Writer’s Workshop, followed by a poetry reading. Workshop from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.; poetry reading from noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Photographer Vincent Knaus will lead a workshop on night and low-light photography. 4 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ Levine Music will host the Young Art-

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NW. 202-232-3353. ■ Conductor Stanley J. Thurston and the Heritage Signature Chorale will present “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” featuring hymns and spiritual arrangements. 7 p.m. $15 to $50. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ “D.C. Stands for the Troops,” a concert sponsored by George Washington University to benefit the nonprofit group Stand for the Troops, will showcase the Bacon Brothers Band, comedian Jim Breuer, the Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Guitar Duo, Buskin & Batteau, and Tom Prasada-Rao. 7 p.m. $35 to $125. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. ■ The Embassy Series will present soprano Claudia Galli (shown) and pianist Gregory Moulin performing works by Schumann, Richard Strauss, Brahms, Wolf, Zemlinsky and Berg. 7:30 p.m. $110. Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. ■ Pianist Yuliya Gorenman, musician in residence at American University, will perform works by Liszt. 8 p.m. $10 to $25. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. ■ The Grammy Award-winning band Tinariwen, featuring Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-785-9227. ■ The Nighthawks and the Colin Thompson Band featuring Ron Holloway will perform blues and classic rock. 9 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The 17th annual Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium will focus on topics ranging from Lincoln’s historical legacy to wartime laws in American history. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. ■ National Park Service interpretive intern Amy Grogan will present a talk on “Joan of Arc: Vive La France!” 10 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Meet at the Joan of Arc statue in Meridian Hill Park, 16th and Euclid streets NW. 202-895-6227. ■ Nabil Al-Raee, artistic director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine, will discuss “Freedom Theatre: The Art of Resistance.” 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Bananas: Botany, History, Agriculture and Future.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Art experts will discuss “El Greco: 400 Years After.” Noon to 4 p.m. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Garrett Peck will discuss his book “Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.,” at 1 p.m.; Kenan

Trebincevic will discuss his book “The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Patrick Tucker will discuss his book “The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Audrey Chin will discuss her book “As the Heart Bones Break.” 2 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Living history interpreter Patricia Tyson and documentary producer Marvin T. Jones will present a program on “Elizabeth Thomas and Her Battle of Fort Stevens,” about the African-American farmer and landowner whose property was taken by the U.S. Army to build Fort Stevens. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. ■ Glover Park Village’s “Artists in the Afternoon” series will feature a talk by Ronald Stevenson on “Self-published Genealogy: Sharing Your Family Tree.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. ■ Former U.S. ambassador and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Edward L. Rowny will discuss his book “Smokey Joe & the General: The Tale of Gen. John E. Wood and His Protégé Lt. Ed Rowny.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. Family event ■ The National Building Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival will present hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations and dynamic performances. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. The event will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Films ■ A children’s film series will feature Iranian director Maryam Milani’s 2012 film “The Rooster Trademark Paper” (for ages 9 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The film will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ■ The DC Anime Club will screen the DC Universe animated film “Justice League: War” (for ages 13 and older). 2 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. ■ The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will feature the U.S. premiere of Jean-Nicolas Orhon’s 2013 film “Slums: Cities of Tomorrow,” about the resilience of individuals living on the fringes of society. 2 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Thomas Riedelsheimer’s 2012 film “Breathing Earth.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his dance company will hold a public rehearsal for their second original dance work in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s “Dancing the Dream” exhibition. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Another public rehearsal will be held March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

■ The Sri Lankan dance company Serendib Dance will perform traditional and folk dances directed by founder, choreographer, dancer and educator Asanga Domask. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Magician Max Major will present his show “Think: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic.” 6 and 9 p.m. $32 to $49. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The final round of the March Madness of Comedy will feature six comedians. 8 p.m. $15. Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 202-431-4704. Special event ■ “Wild Toppers: A Vintage Hat Tea” will feature sandwiches and deserts accompanied by specially selected tea brews. A guided tour of the historic mansion will follow. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $25 to $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Sunday, March 23

Sunday march 23 Class ■ The Georgetown Library will host a workshop on “Crafting Fiction on the Macro Level.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts ■ “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band’s Chamber Music Series will feature a brass and percussion concert. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-4334011. ■ “Tender Dissonance” will feature vocal and instrumental music by Javier Ledesma performed by pianist Kenneth Hopper, flutist Stephanie Ray, clarinetist Santana Moreno, mezzo-soprano Melissa Kornacki, organist Jose Zambrana, violinist Katarzyna Bryla, cellist Seth Singleton and the Washington Symphonic Brass Ensemble. 3 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ Pianist Wen-Yin Chan will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. A reception and the opening of an art show by Jennifer Rutherford will follow. 3 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202363-4900. ■ The Washington Men’s Camerata will present “A Night at the Opera,” featuring choruses from works by Handel, Mozart, Wagner, Beethoven and other composers. 4 p.m. $15 to $25. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064. ■ Ian Rosenbaum and the Mivos Quartet will perform music for the marimba and string quartet. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Cantate Chamber Singers will perform Britten’s “Curlew River,” as well as the premiere of Gary Davison’s “Chidori.” 4 p.m. $15 to 445. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■ The Capital City Symphony will present the first part of its “American MusicFest,” featuring works by Scott Pender, Jennifer Higdon, Steven Gerber and Howard Hanson. 5 p.m. $15 to $25; free for ages 16 and younger. Atlas Performing See Events/Page 23

Continued From Page 22 Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. â&#x2013; Guest organist Gail Archer will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band led by saxophonist Ken Field, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  IThe Poulenc Trio will perform music for oboe, bassoon and piano by Laura Kaminsky and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941. â&#x2013;  The Axelrod String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, BartĂłk and Ravel, with a pre-concert lecture by Smithsonian Chamber Music Society artistic director Kenneth Slowik. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $25 to $31. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-633-3030. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Cathal Armstrong will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Irish Table: Recipes From the Homeland and Restaurant Eve,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Louis Bayard will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beast,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stagesâ&#x20AC;? theater festival, a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recasting Home: Conflict, Refugees, and Theaterâ&#x20AC;? will feature Liwaa Yazji of Syria, Ali Mahdi Nouri of Sudan, Shahid Nadeem of Pakistan, Nabil Al-Raee of Palestine and Derek Goldman of the United States. 1:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the States Gallery a half hour before the discussion. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dutch Paintings in a New Age: The Debut of NGA Online Editionsâ&#x20AC;? in a conversation with the curatorial, technical and publishing team behind the innovative program. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Hormoz Farhat, professor emeritus at the Trinity College School of Music in Dublin, Ireland, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Persian Classical Music: Theory and Practice.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Israeli director Adina Tal and French director Didier Bezace will discuss productions during the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stagesâ&#x20AC;? theater festival. 4:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the States Gallery a half hour before the discussion. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room,


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Events Entertainment Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. Films â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present Dominique Benichetiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1973 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Cousin Jules,â&#x20AC;? about the daily life of two aging relatives living quietly in the French countryside. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  ITVS will present a Community Cinema screening of Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medora,â&#x20AC;? about an Indiana public schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity basketball team over the course of a season. A Q-and-A with Frazier Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary, baseball coach and English teacher at D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cardozo High School, will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Race â&#x2013;  A 5K will benefit the D.C.-based nonprofit Bright Beginnings, which provides services to homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. 8 a.m. $30. West Potomac Park at Hains Point, Ohio Drive SW. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  National Park Service volunteer Michael Zwelling will lead a two-mile history hike in Rock Creek Park. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a walk through Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic East Village. 11 a.m. $10; free for ages 3 and younger. Meet by the garden gates at Dumbarton House, 27th and Q streets NW. Monday, March 24

Monday march 24 Concert â&#x2013; Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist Colin Stetson will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Stephanie Chong of Seabury Care Management will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Be a Health Advocate for Yourself and Others.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202244-7400. â&#x2013;  Fine art sculptor Ben Victor will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making History: Creating the U.S. Capitolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village Live & Learn Seminar series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutrition and Cooking for Singlesâ&#x20AC;? by dietitian Katherine Tallmadge. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. St. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parish, 1772 Church St. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Angels to Ashcans: The Rise of 19th-Century Realism.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Svante Pääbo, a founder of the field of ancient DNA studies, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah


Epic drama â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Henry IVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; set to open The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweeping epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2â&#x20AC;? in reper-

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tory March 25 through June 8 at the Sidney Harman Hall. The plays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; described by director Michael Kahn as his favorite Shakespearean drama â&#x20AC;&#x201D; function as a family story of unusual intimacy as well as a grand portrait of regional and political differences throughout England. Film, television and stage actor Stacy Keach plays Falstaff, considered one of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most enduring and complex human creations. Edward Shourd will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013; Paula Shoyer will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional and Contemporary Holiday Desserts.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blackout,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloudetteâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bear Has a Story to Tell.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  A War on Poverty anniversary film program will feature Jacob Kornbluthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inequality for All,â&#x20AC;? followed by a discussion about the challenges of legal and political anti-poverty advocacy. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Hart Auditorium, Georgetown Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. 202-662-4043. â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companion series will feature John McTiernanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Thomas Crown Affair.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kingdom of the Apes: Brother vs. Brother.â&#x20AC;? A Q-and-A with Nat Geo Wild executive


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Gero portrays the stern, reserved and resolute King Henry IV. Tickets cost $20 to $115. The theater is located at 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122; â&#x2013; The Welders, a playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collective devoted exclusively to developing and producing new work, will present Allyson Currinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s postmodern comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Carolina Layaway Grailâ&#x20AC;? March 21 through April 5 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Diana leaves her familiar, safe home in the country and heads to a surrealistic urban landscape to retrieve her slightly crazy grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite shiny glass globe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in which he believes his dead ancestors reside. Tickets cost $15 to $20, except for

vice president Geoff Daniels will follow. 7:30 p.m. $15. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Readings â&#x2013; The Folger Shakespeare Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Voice of Women in American Poetry,â&#x20AC;? featuring readings by Hailey Leithauser and Shara McCallum. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. â&#x2013;  The Folger Shakespeare Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making Your Own Map: Joy Harjo and Evie Shockley,â&#x20AC;? featuring the authorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meditations on social issues, culture, race and more. 7:30 p.m. $15. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-544-7077.

Edward Gero stars as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IVâ&#x20AC;? in Shakespeare Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest offering. a pay-what-you-can preview on March 21. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997933; Tuesday, March 25 Tuesday march 25 Concerts â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature violinist David McCormick and organist Jeremy Filsell performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lententide Bach II.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  I Cameristi di Roma will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Great Movie Classics,â&#x20AC;? featuring musical arrangements to the original scores of Italian films by Totò, Trovajoli and Fellini. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk See Events/Page 24



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Continued From Page 23 by U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer Jacqueline Birn on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Survival of a Jewish Child in France in World War II.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202895-4860. â&#x2013; Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat.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;  Georgetown University professors Charles King, Kathleen McNamara and Angela Stent will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the News: Ukraine.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will discuss how to avoid complications from type 2 diabetes and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-527-7314. A follow-up series

of four workshops will start April 1. â&#x2013; The D.C. Public Library and Quality Trust for Individuals With Disabilities Inc. will present a talk by Tina Campanella and Jonathan Martinis on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supported Decision Making, Guardianship and the Other Alternatives.â&#x20AC;? as part of a special needs information series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Legendary Hollywood producer and studio executive David Picker will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Winston Groom will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh and the Epic Age of Flight.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Teju Cole will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Day Is for the Thief.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


â&#x2013; Svante Pääbo, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding Our Inner Neanderthal.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $18 to $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Films â&#x2013;  The Tuesdays at Noon film series will feature Jon Bowermasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antarctica 3D: On the Edge.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series will feature Namirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Virgin, the Copts and Me.â&#x20AC;? A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. egyptfilmseries-thevirginthecoptsandme. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hip-Hop in the Pocketâ&#x20AC;? will feature Pure Perfection Band and Show, One Mic Creative Ecosystem and Rhome Anderson. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Spirit Bear and Breaker Breaker. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  The Lannan Center will present a reading by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Los Angeles Kings. 7 p.m. $40 to $610. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Wednesday, March 26

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ent a class led by certified tax volunteers on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mysteries of the 1040 Form and Other Tax Basics.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Create at the Corcoran Happy Hourâ&#x20AC;? will feature a workshop on introductory bookbinding techniques. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Homegrown Concert Series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of West Africa,â&#x20AC;? featuring performer Amadou Kouyate on the 21-string Kora and on Djembe and Koutiro drums. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will present D.C.-based singer/songwriter Flo Anito in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much Ado About Something!â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202547-5688. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give My Regards to Broadway,â&#x20AC;? starring vocalists Julia Brundage (shown) and Aaron Paige of the U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Singing Sergeants. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required by March 25. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  The Ravi Coltrane Quartet will present an evening of jazz in honor of John Coltrane and the 50th anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Love Supreme.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  A singer-songwriter showcase will feature Eli Perry, David Bavas and Andres Gallego. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  The U.S. Botanic Garden will present a demonstration on repotting orchids. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Jungle Overlook, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Shira Robinson, associate professor


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around them.” Mr. Smith also described our relationship with his students by saying, “You all are like the honey and they are like the bees. They can’t get enough of you!” — Sam Alswang and Jack Irwin, fifth-graders

but my favorite so far has been “Money Madness” which helped us learn about how money works. I also really like going to Our Lady of Victory. I have great friends in my class, I have a great teacher this year and I have had great teachers every year. Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Sague, who make our school run, are also very nice. — Mark O., second-grader

Maret School

St. Ann’s Academy

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Who doesn’t look forward to a snow day? But, after so many snow days and two-hour delays, it might seem like you’ve run out of ways to keep yourself entertained. Never fear — Ms. King’s first-graders have come up a list of activities you can do to occupy your time indoors! If you’re feeling lonely, Cleo suggests you phone a neighbor for a playdate. If they’re reluctant to journey outside your house, you might try luring them over with a mug of hot cocoa. Or, if you can’t find a playmate, Mattias recommends asking your mom or dad to play. He also proposes grabbing a long chapter book. By the time you’ve finished reading, the snow and ice will have melted. If you’re looking for some good books that fit those requirements, “Treasure Island” and “The Magic Tree House” series are approved by Hailey. Just in case the snow hasn’t thawed after you’ve finished reading about young Jim Hawkins’ and Long John Silver’s pirate adventures, Conor advises that board games are another sure-fire way to fight boredom. His favorites are Chutes & Ladders, Mancala, Connect Four and Monopoly. If computer games are more your speed, Nial thinks and have a cool selection! If you’d prefer to do something creative, Aimée says that arts and crafts are fun, too! Stay tuned for Part II on outdoor activities. — Ms. King’s first-graders

Our Lady of Victory School

For Grandparents Day at my school, I sat with them at the end of Mass. After Mass we walked over to Hess Auditorium and visited the book fair together. There were many really good books at the fair. My grandparents bought me three, including “Lego Harry Potter” — I like to read Harry Potter books with my parents at night. We have read four already and are working on the fifth. They also bought me “Terrors of the Deep,” which is about sharks and other animals in the ocean, and “Sink Your Teeth Into Sharks,” which is all about sharks. After we finished, I took my grandparents up to my little brother’s pre-K class and we brought him down to the book fair. My grandparents bought Patrick three books as well — “Nighttime Ninja,” “My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish” and the “Lego Movie Book.” I really like books. I have lots at home and we read in class with our teacher, Ms. Wampole. She has already read us some great stories

The middle school students of St. Ann’s Academy have been hard at work during the third quarter. Many of the eighth-graders are eagerly awaiting their acceptance letters from high schools, and many have already been accepted to the schools of their choice. The annual St. Ann’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament is underway, and the eight teams in the bracket are competing for the championship during their recess time. This is a great opportunity for the students to demonstrate sportsmanship, as well as work together as a team. This Friday, March 14, is Pi Day! Several middle school students will be competing in a “Buzz Tournament,” and the winner will win freshly baked pies for their entire class. These are just a few of the exciting activities that are happening at St. Ann’s. — Sixth-graders

School Without Walls High School

Although often overshadowed by the school’s academics, Walls also has a strong music program including a show choir, concert choir, orchestra and stage band. These groups perform at school assemblies and have performed at the Kennedy Center and National Cathedral. For the past four years, students in these groups have also competed in an annual national competition hosted at Disney World, to the delight of Mickey and Minnie (I assume). However, this year the Walls stage band decided to take it up a notch, as it did much more than cross state lines to perform. This year those in the band had to bring their passports along as they crossed the Pacific to perform in China. The stage band will be in China for approximately a week, where the members will be performing and sightseeing, using music as a language that will surely transcend any linguistic or cultural differences. Who knows, maybe they’ll start a loyal fan base in the “Middle Kingdom.” — Delmar Tarragó, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

At Sheridan School, learning about geometry is also an exercise in eating. This week in our fifthgrade math class we have been learning about pi. Pi is the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. Pi is important because it’s used to find the area of a circle. The Mayans thought that pi was a regular number, just like the number


three. They had no idea that it went on forever. Even today we estimate it as being close to 3.14. The number pi has taken on a special place in popular culture, even becoming the subject of many books and movies. It really is a mysterious number for many people. At Sheridan, we celebrate “Pi Day” on March 14, because of the date being 3/14. As a school we held an assembly where we learned all about pi. I learned all sorts of things like what the pi skyline is, pi arts and crafts and a chance to try to memorize all of the digits of pi. One of my classmates was able to recite more than a hundred digits of pi from memory! In our math class we also celebrated with chocolate pudding pie and spent the day learning more about circles. In the words of a kindergarten buddy, “We should do this all the time!” — Lucy Netchvolodoff, fifth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We’re in Ms. Guaraldo’s kindergarten class and we just read a poem called “Bee! I’m Expecting You!” by Emily Dickinson. It’s part of the Great Books program. We read this poem because it’s about spring. The one thing I like about poems is that they rhyme. They’re like songs. In this poem, the fly is writing a letter to the bee. It’s saying that spring is coming. When you see flowers growing in the spring, bees can come and get the nectar from the flowers. The flies get to enjoy the warmth of spring. They’re celebrating spring in the letter, that spring is coming. You can think of spring when you see a bee or a fly. Now we know when it’s spring. — Anna Gordus and Jack Hare, kindergartners

Wilson High School

Wilson administrators spent much of March 6 and 7 shuttling water bottles between classrooms and after-school activities. Not surprisingly, the cause of the lack of safe water in the school originated right across the street. On Wednesday evening that week, electricity powering one of the city’s water pumps at Fort Reno was shut off accidentally. This outage affected the water pressure for many homes and businesses in Northwest D.C. It also caused a boil water advisory. This accidental and sudden emergency put many restrictions on how Wilson was able to use water for the remainder of the week. Water fountains were sealed off with trash bags, and bathroom trips were strictly limited. The Department of General Services provided the school with water bottles for two days, just long enough for the advisory to be lifted. Although administrators, teachers and students can all agree that it was an experience they wouldn’t like to repeat, the lack of safe water in the school definitely cut down on “necessary” trips out into the hallways during class. — Evan Hamlin, 12th-grader

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