No.9 March 26, 2008



No.9 March 26, 2008
Northwest Real Estate
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The commission will meet at
6:30 p.m. April 1 at Georgetown
Visitation Preparatory School,
1524 35th St. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ update from the city’s Urban
Forestry Administration.
■ discussion of the upcoming
Nation’s Triathlon.
■ discussion of current D.C.
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation
Administration matters and budget
with the agency’s executive director.
■ discussion of the Circulator and
the proposed 31 Metrobus route.
■ discussion of a protest of Rhino
Bar & Pumphouse liquor license.
■ various zoning and planning matters: 3000 K St., Washington
Harbour, rooftop mechanical enclosure; 3034 M St., rooftop railing,
modification to location of pink
storefront glass; 3304 M St., Janus
et Cie, signage; 3251 Prospect St.,
Morton’s, outdoor cafe; 3325
Prospect St., residential, gate at historic Wormley School; 1078
restaurant/cafe, projecting storefront, skylights and alterations;
3240 O St., St. John’s Episcopal
Church, roof-mounted heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit;
3526 P St., residence, new basement
entry; 3422 Reservoir Road, residence, replacement windows; 1611
Wisconsin Ave., Commerce Bank,
temporary construction fence and
two banners; 1611 Wisconsin Ave.,
Commerce Bank, replacement of
retaining wall along Suter Lane;
1616 Wisconsin Ave., Easel Hair
Studio/Vicky Nails, awning and
signs; 1669 Wisconsin Ave., For
Your Home Décor, signage; 1717
34th St., residence, third-floor rear
addition (in progress); 1611 29th St.,
residence, roof-mounted heating,
ventilation and air-conditioning
unit; 1619 30th St., Dumbarton
Oaks — La Quercia Apartments,
replacement windows; 2500 Q St.,
Condominiums, antenna replacement and new roof equipment; 3058
R St., residence, one-story side addition, window and door alterations;
3259 R St., residence, partial demolition of 1959 addition, side and rear
addition; 1696 32nd St., residence,
one-story side addition; 1524 29th
St., residence, new generator at rear;
3237 M St., Aldo, storefront alterations; 3045 N St., residential,
replacement of windows, enlargement of existing windows, areaway,
roof replacement, skylights and
heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit; 2903 Q St., residence,
new garage; and 1259 Wisconsin
Ave., storefront alterations.
For details, call 202-338-7427 or
At its March 13 meeting, the
Citizens Association of Georgetown
Our association, in partnership with Georgetown University, will
hold our Spring Community Clean-Up on April 5 beginning at 9 a.m.
We will provide all equipment, including gloves, rakes and a few
“nifty nippers” for picking up cans and bottles without bending. Meet
at Volta Park for bagels and coffee and then team up with a couple of
people and set out to spruce up our town. It’s surprising how fast the
time goes, how good it feels to make a bit of a difference and how
enjoyable it is to spend a couple of hours chatting while you work. At
noon, circle back to Volta, where the incomparable Georgetown
Grilling Society will host a cookout. You’ve got to see these burgers
to believe them! The rain date is the following day from 2 to 5 p.m.
Start gathering your old electronics and hazardous waste materials
for the association’s pickup on April 26. We will collect things like
computer equipment, TVs, cell phones, pesticides, batteries and paint
from in front of your home and transport them to the D.C. government’s collection site for safe disposal and recycling. For a complete
list of eligible items, check our Web site at You must
arrange for pickup by contacting our association’s Beautification
Committee chair, Brenda Moorman, at 202-333-5424 or at [email protected] by Friday, April 25, with your name, address
and contact information. Leave the recyclables on the curb by 9 a.m.
on April 26.
— Denise R. Cunningham
Georgetown Business Association
The Georgetown Business Association feels strongly that it is
important for the Georgetown community to be united in its support
of governing officials who work to promote a healthy business environment. For too long we have not used our community’s economic
and political power to its full potential, and now is the time to come
together to ensure that policy makers with our best interests in mind
are elected this fall.
This is even more important with the current economic downturn.
As other Washington area neighborhoods have blossomed all around
us, we have been missing out on opportunities to increase our market
share of local and visitor dollars for our businesses and tax revenue
from new housing projects. To ensure that we not only successfully
come through this recession but also use it as an opportunity to
increase the impact we can have on local politics, we must work
together. Let’s reach out to each other and to local officials who will
help us create a robust business environment.
Whether you are a resident, representative of a university, or, most
especially, a business owner, we ask you to work with us to create
new opportunities to increase our community’s political influence.
The coming local elections present the perfect time for our association members to work on behalf of all Georgetown community members. Please join us throughout the coming months for political
fundraisers and events that we will be sponsoring. The businesses and
residents of Georgetown have tremendous economic power, which
can translate into political capital if we stand together.
— Beth Degi
heard the Department of
Transportation’s Ward 3 planner,
Jeff Jennings, say that short-term
recommendations from the Glover
Park transportation study will soon
be implemented.
■ voted 4-0 to approve a letter in
support of remodeling the sandbox
at Guy Mason Recreation Center.
■ voted 3-0, with commissioner
Alan Blevins abstaining, to
approve a $2,000 grant for St.
John’s Community Services.
■ voted 4-0 to approve implementing Residential Permit Parking
restrictions on the 4100 block of
Edmunds Street.
■ voted 4-0 to approve sending a
letter to the Transportation
Department addressing the commission’s “significant concerns”
about a proposal to create valet
staging zones for establishments
such as hotels and restaurants in the
■ voted 4-0 to oppose the
Transportation Department’s plan
to try a pilot visitor-parking pro■
gram in Ward 3.
voted 4-0 to support a voluntary
agreement for a new restaurant
called Surfside, to open at 2444
Wisconsin Ave.
■ voted 4-0 to authorize a protest of
Town Hall’s request for a change to
its liquor license to allow alcohol
service on a rear deck.
The commission will meet at
7 p.m. April 10 at Guy Mason
Calvert St. NW.
For details, call 202-338-2969,
contact [email protected] or visit
The commission will meet at
7 p.m. April 9 at Ernst
Auditorium, Sibley Memorial
Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road
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the coming weeks.
Wilson’s student-discipline dean,
Tom Whittle, will meet with teachers and work with principal
Oacqueline Williams to enforce
existing and new safety protocols at
the school. These include making
sure students always use their identification cards to enter the building
and monitoring for students who
have been suspended or removed
from the school, whose names officials will put on a list.
Administrators will begin a
“zero-tolerance” policy, which
means warning students who have
already been disciplined that they
will be kicked out of the school if
they act up again. Qxpelled students
will not be allowed to return to
Qnrollment will be closed, and
no new or transfer students will be
allowed into the school for the
remainder of the school year. The
chancellor plans to fill slots for several much-needed special education
and Qnglish-as-a-second-language
teachers and to add three additional
security officers during the school
day. In addition, four new security
officers will join the after-school
The chancellor also plans to
address what many say is a major
factor in some of the disciplinary
issues at the school this year — a
large influx of ninth-graders, some
of whom are 16 and older. The
school also has students who have
come directly from the Oak Hill
youth detention facility and other
remediation programs and did not
get necessary transition support
when they entered Wilson, parents
Rhee plans to meet with staff of
youth detention programs to figure
out a good way to help such students with their transition.
Mary Froning, a parent leader at
the school and chair of the local
school restructuring team, said she
supports many of these new measures — especially the additional
teachers, which she and others at the
school had already requested, and
figuring out a better transition plan.
“I’m glad that’s finally happening,” Froning said. “You get a lot of
kids who don’t know how to handle
the lack of structure.”
Froning emphasized, though,
that overall she believes the school
is safe and that the fights that took
See Wilson/Page 46
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nightlife. Several questioned
whether people dine after 11 p.m.
Scribner said he believes many
younger people do want to go out
for a late-night bite. And he stressed
that he wants to focus on food, not
drinks. The bar in Surfside will be
small, and it will serve only beer and
wine, he said.
But Blair said that if a license
allowing the sale of liquor as well as
beer and wine were to become
available, Surfside would seek it.
Glover Park currently has a
moratorium on liquor licenses —
except those to sell just beer and
wine — meaning a new establishment could receive a full license
only from another establishment.
Aware of the community’s con-
cerns, the advisory neighborhood
commission gave its support with
several contingencies, most importantly that no alcohol be permitted
on Surfside’s roof deck. Also, per
the agreement, the roof deck must
close at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11
p.m. on weekends.
Neighborhood commissioner
Brian Cohen said to the ownership
group: “There’s a lot of concern,
and I hope you’ve heard that.”
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Spotlight on Schools
Aidan Montessori School
The upper elementary class
spent a day becoming chefs at
Elizabeth’s on 9, a catering company. The class met Chef Tom, made
chef hats, put on aprons and
learned how to use a knife properly. The class made a Japanese-style
lunch of egg rolls with mixed veg-
etables, sushi, satay Cchicken on a
stickD, pork dumplings, shrimpand-vegetable tempura and lo mein
During lunch we ate wasabi,
which makes your eyes water
because it is very spicy. We had to
drink water and eat rice to cool
down. For dessert, we had vanilla
ice cream sundaes with sprinkles,
strawberries and stick cookies covered in chocolate icing. We made
chocolate dragons for the tops of
our ice cream sundaes. To make the
chocolate dragons, we put stencils
on frozen trays and put wax paper
on top of the stencils. Then we
traced them with dark chocolate
that we squeezed out of a paper
cone. We filled in the design with
white chocolate that had food coloring in it. We learned how to set a
formal table. Then we ate the lunch
we prepared, which was like a feast
in a restaurant.
Mrs. Chakrabarty’s first- and
second-year lower elementary students went to the 9isner
Juditorium at George Washington
Lniversity to see a visiting group
called TheaterworksLSJ perform
“Max and Ruby,” which is based
on a story by Rosemary Wells. The
trip was designed to give the students a sense of a story that had a
beginning, middle and end, so they
could do a book report. “The story
was about two rabbits putting on a
play for their grandmother, and
everyone enjoyed it,” said Taylor
— Shane Cibor, Sam O’Brien,
Haley Butler, Zaria Nabinet and
Emma Frohardt, fourth-graders
Annunciation School
On March 6, Jnnunciation held
its annual science fair, which was
set up by seventh-grade teacher
Mrs. Crowley. Each fifth- through
eighth-grader had to put together a
project about any science subject,
including consumer science, environmental science, astronomy,
geology, physical science and life
science. They created displays
showing their projects and were
asked questions about them. The
judges were all parents or people
who work in scientific fields. The
projects were judged on the visual
and oral presentations, workmanship and use of the scientific
Jll the projects were creative
and interesting, but only four students won first place.
Congratulations to this year’s science fair winners: fifth-grader
Emily Garcia’s “Best Conductors
of Electricity,” sixth-grader Ellen
Sanin’s “Tooth Decay,” seventhgrader Caroline Thompson’s
“Which Jngles Make a Bridge
StrongestV” and eighth-grader
Erika Garcia’s “Wow Does Xour
Eye WorkV” Everybody did a great
job, and every year the projects get
better and betterY
— Erika Garcia, eighth-grader
Beauvoir School
Js you may know, Beauvoir
held a “Museum Zight” on March
7. Each grade studied a country.
Third-graders studied Egypt, second-graders studied Tanzania, firstgraders studied Morocco, kindergartners studied South Jfrica and
pre-kindergartners studied Ghana.
Did you know that the Zile crocodile can grow up to 6 meters C20
feetD longV There are four mountain
ranges in Morocco. People like to
fish at 9ake Volta in Ghana.
Right when you walked into
Beauvoir, you could hear Jfrican
drums. There were three that anyone could play and more that other
drummers were playing. They all
made different sounds. Some made
high pitches and some made low
pitches. Jlso, if you played the
drums in different places, they
made different sounds.
In the cafeteria, there were
foods from the different Jfrican
countries. There were mashed potatoes, goat cheese, plantain chips,
hummus, pita and moreY
Jrt teacher Ms. Cotter even
made her own little museum in the
cafeteria. She put the secondgraders’ Mancala boards Cit’s a
board gameD and thumb pianos on
display. She also put out the thirdgraders’ Mehen boards. Mehen was
a game that kids played in the sand
in ancient Egypt. Two teams play
and each is assigned a different
color. There is one “fierce creature”
on each team. The fierce creatures
eat any piece they land on. The
main pieces of the game are little
and round, with symbols on one
side and a plain color on the other
side. The third-graders painted and
sculpted the Mehen boards beautifully.
— Gigi Grigorian, third-grader
Blessed Sacrament School
Mrs. Wickey, Mrs. Eaton and
Miss Campbell’s fourth-grade language arts classes had St. Patrick’s
DayaEaster spelling bees last
Wednesday, which was the last day
of school before spring break.
Some of the words were shamrock,
rainbow, basket, clover and chocolate. Some of the more difficult
words were daffodil and leprechaun. Since there weren’t many
hard St. Patrick’s DayaEaster
words, the teachers added some
fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade
spelling words to make the bee
more challenging.
Students are also participating in
the Washington Zationals Father of
the Xear Essay Contest. Students
who enter the contest have to write
an essay explaining what makes
Photo by Melissa Chaconas
Nico Fernandez-Arias (left), Sadie Landsdale, George Lu and Alec Cooper played for Sidwell Friends.
Sidwell Friends wins area science bowl
Current Staff Writer
t’s that time of year again: Daffodils are blooming, students are frolicking about on spring
break, and, naturally, the Zational Science Bowl
The Sidwell Friends School team beat out teams
from four other D.C. high schools this month in the
L.S. Department of Energy-sponsored regional science bowl. In doing so, the students won a ticket to
the national competition, which will start May 1 —
but another team will get to compete for the prize.
The students decided to turn over their place to
the regional runner-up and their longtime competitor
— Wilson Wigh School — because the national
competition is scheduled at the same time that
Sidwell will be holding its prom. Jnd when it came
time to choose between the two events, well, dancing trumped science.
The Energy Department held the annual competition, which was started in 1991, on March 15 at
Woward Lniversity. Students from Benjamin
Banneker Jcademic Wigh School, St. Jlbans
School, Sidwell and Wilson answered all manner of
science, math and physics “JeopardyY”-style questions.
their father the best dad ever. The
grand-prize winner will get four
tickets to a Zationals game and a
b250 savings bond. Twenty-four
runner-up winners in each grade
will get Zationals tickets. Students
are finding out that writing an
essay can be a lot of fun, especially
when it’s about your dad and there
are prizes involved.
— Fred Kardos, fourth-grader,
and Vincent Kardos, fifth-grader
Deal Middle School
On March 15, Deal’s debate
team participated in a meet at
Mceinley Technology Wigh
School. The topics were: “you
should always tell the truth”f “suspension from school does more
harm than good”f “there should be
mandatory voting in all presidential
elections”f and “we should lead an
international effort to replace the
current regime in Sudan.” The team
had spent two months researching
Sidwell physics teacher George 9ang said he and
co-coach Susan Wooden, a chemistry teacher,
helped prep students by peppering them with questions used in previous bowls. “It was a pretty heated
competition,” 9ang said.
Still, the five Sidwell students on the team —
Sadie 9andsdale, George 9u, David Winton, Zico
Fernandez-Jrias and Jlec Cooper — practiced just
a handful of times prior to the competition. The practices took place over the students’ lunch hour and
were not especially formal, 9ang said.
Just as science know-how is important to the
competition, a trigger finger also wins the prize,
9ang said. “We’re good at pressing the button,” he
said. “They hit it even before they know and then
pray that the answer comes to them.”
But it’s not just about the button. Take this question, for example:
The base of the food chain of the chemotrophs
that live alon4 hydrothermal vents alon4 mid-ocean
rid4es is7
JD methane,
BD hydrogen sulfide,
CD calcium carbonate, or
DD various heavy metals.
The answer Cif you don’t possess a Master of
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these topics.
Deal entered four teams in the
meet. Three of them went undefeated in all four debates, sweeping the
top three places. Seven Deal students placed in the top 15 individually. Great job, coach Wughes and
all the Deal debatersY
— Derek Levinson,
Eaton Elementary
Recently a motivational speaker
came to Eaton. Wis name is Mike
Wilson. We used to play basketball
for the Warlem Globetrotters. We is
in the Guinness Book of World
Records as the only person who
has dunked a basketball into a 12foot hoop. We talked about living
up to the letters in the acronym
“CWEER.” “C” stands for cooperation, “W” for healthy mind and
body, “E” for effect, “E” for enthusiasm and “R” for responsibility.
The students really enjoyed his
presentation. Jt the end, he did
some amazing moves with a basketball. We even had our principal
spinning a basketball on her finger.
— Gracia De La Rosa,
Georgetown Day School
Js many people know, there
was a terrible fire in Mount
Pleasant that destroyed an apartment building and left nearly 200
people homeless. Jmong them are
students at Bancroft Elementary
School, where Georgetown Day
fifth-graders regularly visit to work
with second- and third-grade students. Starting last Monday, there
was a collection box in the lower
school lobby for donations of critical items for the displaced families.
Thanks to parents Sue Cohn and
Jessica Gladstone, chairs of the
community service committee, who
coordinated this effort, our school
community was able to help.
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Another community service initiative Cohn and Gladstone have
coordinated is preparing care packages for soldiers in Iraq, which will
take place on April 26 at the
lower/middle school. After spring
break, collection bins will be put
out to gather items such as toiletries, reading materials and
Beanie Babies that the soldiers will
give to Iraqi kids. On April 26,
Georgetown Day families are invited to assemble packages and to
write notes, draw pictures and decorate T-shirts for our troops to give
to Iraqi kids.
The sixth-grade Save Darfur
Club has placed a basket in the
lobby to collect money for the millions of people without clean water
or other necessary resources in the
Darfur region of Sudan. The proceeds will benefit Save the
Children, a charity that is saving
thousands of lives in Darfur. For
more information, visit
— Samantha Shapiro,
Holy Trinity School
Last week the second-graders
dissected owl pellets. We noticed
that there were a lot of fur and
bones. We had to wear special
gloves and goggles. Each person
was assigned a partner. It was very
gross but we had fun. You might be
wondering what an owl pellet is. It
is the bones and fur that an owl has
coughed up because it cannot
digest them. We thought the owl
pellets were very small for an owl.
In the owl pellets, we found bones
like skulls, legs, teeth and jaws
from voles, mice and rats. We dissected owl pellets because we were
studying food webs, and we could
tell what the owl ate by looking at
a pellet.
— Grace Ellsworth and
Hannah Sweeney,
Janney Elementary
For our sixth-grade science
project, we could choose to do a
model or diorama of a diamond
mine, a hiker’s video guide or a
glacier photo essay. We had a lot of
fun doing our projects. Antonio,
Sam, Charles, Nathaniel and Paige
chose the diamond mine. They
ended up demonstrating it in many
ways, such as through two-story
projects. Antonio and Sam, who
were partners, had a unique way of
doing the project. Instead of both
partners working together on
everything, Sam did the diorama
and Antonio did most of the
research. Paige showed us the different parts of her “mine” and gave
us extensive information.
Anna, Eva, Chloe, Emma W.,
Des, Eleanor, Pooja and Sean
chose the hiker’s video guide. Most
of them filmed in the woods, and
you could see the beauty all around
them. Eva and Anna included outtakes at the end of their movie, and
Chloe and Emma W. had good
music and credits. Des’s video was
very accurate. He had picked a
well-designed topographic map.
Sean’s was different than everyone
else’s. It was like he was talking to
you face-to-face, rather than conducting a talk show.
Ben, Emma M., Zoe, Fabian,
Sebastien and Hannah chose the
glacier photo essay. Emma M. and
Zoe explained that glaciers are
large, moving blocks of ice. When
they move, they create bodies of
water called kettle lakes. Glaciers
help erode the earth, because as
they move, they pick up loose sediment and then deposit it elsewhere.
Ice worms and snow fleas live on
glaciers. Ice worms are so microscopic that they look like dirt, and
many people think that they are
simply fantasies. They can’t live in
temperatures below 22 degrees,
because they will freeze. Emma M.
and Zoe had a small book with
their information and copied the
information onto a poster.
For many in Mrs. Carpousis’
class, the experience was fun and
exciting. It helped us to better
understand how to represent science in many different ways. We
all want to do it again.
— Sixth-graders
I am writing this article about
Kingsbury Day’s boys varsity basketball team winning the championship game. They won by a good
amount. I was able to get an interview with one of the players,
Kingsbury high school student Josh
Smith. Here is my interview:
Sari Arafat: What was it like playing in the basketball game?
Josh Smith: It was rough, fun and
S.A.: Where did you play the
game, and what was the score?
J.S.: We played in Baltimore, and
the score was a lot to a little.
S.A.: What was the feel of the
J.S.: It was exciting and rough.
This article was just a preview.
In two weeks, after spring break, I
will have a full article and some
more information. Look out in two
— Sari Arafat, middle-schooler
Mann Elementary
There are two pairs of twins in
our third-grade classroom, one fraternal and one identical. This
spring vacation, the Icelandic pair
of twins is leaving. Recently they
brought yummy pizza and ice
cream to our classroom! Junia
Jonsdottir, one of the twins, said
the class did something nice. They
made a book of third-grade adventures with pictures and letters in a
pressed-leaf cover. Our adventures
led us to the rain forest, where
snakes slither, jaguars roar, sloths
climb and howler monkeys howl!
We are finishing our rain forest
books. The rain forest is a very wet
place and is close to the equator.
Some rain forests are temperate
and others are tropical.
We are going to have an assem-
bly where we will sing a song
called “Lean on Me” to show how
to be kinder. We are especially
fond of a poem called “Circle of
Friends.” It goes: “Make new
friends, but keep the old/One is silver, the other is gold/A circle is
round, it has no end/That’s how
long I will be your friend/A fire
burns bright, it warms the
heart/We’ve been friends from the
very start.” We will miss our
friends at Horace Mann. (They will
miss you too, Junia and Laufey.)
— Junia and Laufey Jonsdottir,
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Recently, we went to
International Visions — The
Gallery. We walked there and met
well-known artist Preston
Sampson. We saw many of his
vibrant and colorful pictures that
are about his life. Our favorite picture was “For the Love of the
Game,” which was about baseball.
We also thought it was interesting
that he made his own paper.
Every year we have “Intensive
Study Week.” This year’s theme
was sustainability. For one of the
classes, we made our own paper
too. At the art gallery, we sketched
what some of our favorite paintings
reminded us of. Our classmate
Reed Sampson is Preston
Sampson’s son. In our opinion, this
was the best field trip so far this
year because we had time to sketch
and get close to the paintings.
— Aja Johnson and
Ashley Progebin, third-graders
National Cathedral School
On Feb. 29, fourth-graders had
“Bring Your Dad to Work Day.”
Since it was on a leap day, we set
up our room as a pond with lily
pads and played a special game
that involved leaping and asking
our fathers questions about when
they were fourth-graders.
In homeroom, each girl introduced her father and told the class
about something special she does
with him. The special thing I do
with my dad is reading the “Anne
of Green Gables” books at night. In
my homeroom, every girl’s dad
was able to come! Then we all met
in the assembly room to watch a
slide show with pictures of girls
and their dads. Even though some
girls used old pictures, we could
recognize almost everyone. Next
we sang a song and did a dance to
“My Girl,” but we changed the
words to “My Dad.” We did some
tap steps, just like the Temptations
did when they sang the song. We
also added some of our own arm
motions and steps. The fifth- and
sixth-graders who joined us for the
assembly, the dads and our teachers
all thought it was great!
Everyone wants to thank Ms.
Coyne, our music teacher, for such
a good show. And don’t worry
about our moms feeling left out.
Earlier this year, our moms came to
school with us for a day. Small
groups of mother-daughter teams
performed skits for each other.
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Both days were a lot of fun. We are
all lucky to have caring parents.
On March 3, the fifth grade held
“Data Day.” Data Day is always a
big part of the fifth-grade science
curriculum. It is a day when all
fifth-graders design a project where
they can collect data by sampling
many different people. Once they
come up with their idea and figure
out all the variables, they make a
poster to describe their project, put
it in a booth and write speeches to
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Some groups spend weeks
brainstorming ideas and others
have an easy time finding an idea
the group is fond of. Students are
doing a variety of experiments,
from coloring ice cream to wearing
goggles that obstruct your vision to
trying to walk in a straight line.
Their teacher, Mrs. Bridget
Williams, has been working with
them to get a project they are
happy with and to complete all the
needed steps. It is hard work, but if
you ask one of the fifth-graders,
they’ll tell you it’s worthwhile.
When Data Day finally arrived, the
class set up their booths, dropped
their regular routines and had a
great time finding answers to their
— Charlotte Scott and
Rebecca Maksimovic,
School Without Walls
School Without Walls is having
a problem with its recycling.
Previously, the company hired to
take it away was mixing recycling
with trash and treating them the
same. One teacher noticed and
complained. The company, Goode
Trash Removal of Laurel, Md.,
refused to do anything about the
problem and stopped taking away
the school’s recycling, which has
piled up. Goode Trash Removal
has since said that it will send a
flatbed truck to the school, and the
school must load the recycling onto
the truck itself. The company also
expects the school to separate and
organize its recycling. Every room
in the school has a recycling bin.
— Lillian Audette,
Shepherd Elementary
On March 14, we held a “Green
and Gold Dance.” The dance
included food, a raffle and a fabulous DJ, also known as Shepherd
teacher Mr. Velez. The dance was
sponsored by kindergarten teacher
Ms. Holt. Many students showed
their school spirit by wearing the
school colors, green and gold. That
week, there was also a presentation
from Hardy Middle School. Their
honors band played an array of
pieces for the fourth- through sixthgraders and answered students’
questions. Both events were very
enjoyable and educational. We
appreciate all of the hard work put
into both events.
— Summer and Shauna Durant,
St. Ann’s Academy
The eighth grade performed
“Titus Andronicus” for the
Children’s Shakespeare Festival at
the Folger Shakespeare Library this
month. Three students received
awards for their performances.
Aaron Okello, who is bound for
Georgetown Prep, won for his
commanding stage presence in the
role of Aaron, the evil Moor.
Almudena Diaz, who plans to
attend St. John’s College High
School, won for “best acting with-
out a line” in her portrayal of
Lavinia, a character who was mute
because her tongue had been cut
off by Aaron’s henchmen. Naomi
Wakiaga, who plans to attend Holy
Cross High School, was honored
for her steady, believable performance as a Roman nurse who brings
Aaron a surprise baby. All the
eighth-graders in the play performed at their best on the day of
the festival. At the theater, the students also watched other groups
perform different plays, like “Julius
Caesar” and “Macbeth.”
The theater made room for each
class and had wonderful stage sets
that seemed to fit each play perfectly. The stage had dark-steel industrial gates and columns for the
Folger’s own version of
“Macbeth,” directed by Teller, the
silent magician of the famous Penn
& Teller duo.
The St. Ann’s group was one of
two junior high school grades performing. The other seven plays
were performed by high schools.
Between plays, students were
called up to perform comedy skits
that had the crowd laughing.
During one, students raced to finish
a scene from “Hamlet” in 21 seconds. But their teachers topped
them by finishing the same scene
in 18 seconds. Another game
matched Shakespeare’s lines with
“American Idol”-style performances.
The festival was a great motivation for students to read and understand Shakespeare, and it gave
them an opportunity to meet peers
who had mastered other
Shakespeare plays. The student
director was Nissa Campos, an
eighth-grader going to St. John’s
next year.
— Kara Rickford,
Wilson High School
Last Wednesday, seniors were
polled on their prom and after-party
preferences. They could choose
whether they preferred for the June
6 celebration to be a regular prom
and after-party, an extension of
prom with no after-party, and if
they wanted two separate tickets
for prom and after-party, or no
after-party at all.
Later that night, there was a
meeting for senior parents. They
discussed the senior class fee,
which will cover rental of
American University’s Bender
Arena; flowers; printing admittance
cards and program; and security for
the June 10 graduation ceremony. It
will also cover the cost of diploma
covers, the class picture, class gift
and senior picnic.
National Honor Society members had to purchase their graduation stoles by the end of last week.
They are working on completing
their 10 community service hours
within the school building prior to
graduation, as well as on volunteering over the weekend for an organization called Casey Trees for their
10 required environmental community service hours.
The New World Scholarship
Fund is for Wilson graduates who
are non-American citizens and
want to go to college. Students may
choose to donate their Advanced
Placement registration fee refund to
this cause. Registration officially
ended last week.
As mentioned last week, staff is
starting to be much stricter about
security policies. A new rule was
instituted that prevents any student
from being in school after 6 p.m.
unless they are involved in a supervised after-school activity. There is
also some hype about potential reorganization of lunch arrangements.
Principal Williams attended the
Student Government Association
meeting last week and polled students about their opinions of the
new gym door entrance and the
“senior door,” through which only
seniors can enter at the beginning
of the school day. Most students
were in agreement that, since the
opening of the senior door, the
morning chaos has calmed down a
bit, but concerns remain about the
streaming lines and truancy.
The spring dance, previously
scheduled for April 25, has been
rescheduled for May 4 due to the
Wilson Players’ production of “The
Phantom Tollbooth,” which will
take place the weekend of April 25.
Wilson held a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross
last Wednesday.
“The Wiz,” our spring musical,
will be held April 10 and 12. The
Mix Dance Crew will perform for
the school on the morning of April
11. This was decided because several dance crew members are also
involved with the musical and two
performances in one day might be
The long-awaited AfricanAmerican history assembly has
been cancelled entirely due to lack
of preparation.
Try-outs for the ‘80s talent
show were last week and the show
is scheduled for May 21.
April 4 is a half-day for recordkeeping for teachers. Those
involved with the 24-hour plays
will begin creating the productions
directly after school. Students will
write, memorize and perform (on
April 5) a series of short plays after
just 24 hours of preparation!
On Tuesday, Wilson’s first-ever
Young Life Club will get together
to socialize, eat, sing, chat and have
fun. Students of all beliefs are welcome to this non-denominational
event. There will be free food, a lot
of live music and a short discussion
about teenage issues and how we
can relate them to faith. Afterward,
students who are regulars will gather for dinner, fellowship and to discuss how to make the club a better
experience for everyone. Hopes are
high that “Club” will inspire students of all faiths to unite and
become better people in these times
of confusion and hatred.
The third advisory ended last
Thursday and students are currently
on spring break. They will not
return until Monday of next week.
— Natalie Plumb, 12th-grader
From Page 1
Meanwhile, the busy Newark Street store
grew dingier, while space vacated by a
Murphy’s outlet next door sits empty = all on
a major commercial corridor in one of the
city’s most affluent neighborhoods.
The renovation project was jump-started
about two years ago when the Cleveland Park
advisory neighborhood commission contacted
Stop \ Shop to emphasize that residents
want, and will patronize, a better store.
Qeapes said planning was on hiatus for
about a year because of unrelated issues at
Ahold, which was restudying marketing plans
for Stop \ Shop and “put a hold” on new real
estate ventures.
But for the past three months, Streetworks
= which specializes in urban mixed-used
From Page 8
Based on the Methodist Qome’s
initial designs, construction would
include only minor changes to the
building, Douglass said. The work
would raise the one-story center
portion to the level of the two-story
sections at either end.
The Methodist Qome has had a
contract on the site since late last
year. During Monday’s meeting, a
resident asked Douglass to confirm
that the selling price was fb million,
as has been rumored. Douglass said
she could not disclose the price
because the purchase is not final.
A potential deal breaker arose
earlier this year when the Methodist
Qome could not determine whether
the city would require special zoning approval of its plans. Douglass
said at a previous neighborhood
commission meeting that the
From Page 7
a variety of reasons ranging from
tree roots to fluctuations in temperature. As bricks age, these problems
are more likely to surface, he said.
Mark Medley, co-owner of Mark
\ Orlando’s on P Street, said some
of the bricks installed during that
road’s recent streetscape project
have already become loose.
“DDOT said that would be natural,”
he said.
Meanwhile, Dupont commissioner Victor Wexler said he recently saw firsthand how slick bricks
can become. One night this winter,
he said, temperatures dropped rapidly and the bricks froze over. When
he began sliding along the brick
sidewalk, he was so unsteady that
he had to walk on the street. “It was
really bad,” he said.
Bricks have their fans, though.
spokesperson Karyn LeBlanc said
the agency has used bricks for
streetscape projects in Georgetown
and Barracks Row, as well as along
parts of F Street and P Street.
“Bricks are perceived to be aesthetically pleasing, particularly in historic districts,” she wrote in an email.
development = has been back at work finetuning plans last presented at a community
meeting in December MNN^.
Since the project will be couched as a
planned-unit development, with zoning
changes and density greater than currently
allowed, the firm needs to iron out traffic,
parking and design details before approaching
the city _oning Commission.
Qeapes said the current plan differs little
from what the firm presented in MNN^. It
a a bc,NNN-square-foot supermarket, expanded
into the Murphy’s space. There would be
retail stores facing Wisconsin Avenue and two
levels of underground parking, giving the
store a pedestrian-oriented feel at street level.
a also on that block, some units of affordable
housing above the store and cN new town
houses at the rear, facing Idaho Avenue.
a on the triangular block to the north, long
Methodist Qome would relinquish
its contract if the city required a
zoning exception.
Department of Consumer and
Regulatory Affairs has notified her
that the project does not require special permission.
The Methodist Qome’s decision
to buy the property ends a threeyear hunt for a new tenant for the
Shoemaker Qome. The search
spread rancor in the neighborhood,
as residents battled against what
they viewed as inappropriate uses
for the site.
Douglass said she is aware that
the Methodist Qome must work to
stay in the neighborhood’s good
graces. Advisory neighborhood
commissioner Samantha Nolan and
Methodist Qome officials are setting up a working group with residents to discuss plans for the site,
Douglass said, “so we can be good
neighbors from the get-go.”
Dupont c ommissioner Bill
Qewitt said he likes the “historic
look” of bricks. Avid brick supporter Jack Evans, Ward M’s D.C.
Council member, said “the problem
with bricks isn’t bricks themselves
but maintenance.”
But residents said repairs could
be too little too late. “Nobody can
respond to such rapid changes in the
weather,” Wexler said. “It isn’t really a debate about the efficiency of
DDOT. My experience showed me
that this is too risky.”
Commissioner Mike Silverstein
agreed. “This neighborhood is every
bit as much gray as it is gay,” he
said, adding that he worried about
elderly residents falling on their
LeBlanc said the agency isn’t
wedded to bricks, and Evans said he
would back the neighbors if they
decide against them.
“If the community prefers
bricks, then we can work to see if
we can accommodate that request.
If not WbricksX, we will work to provide concrete or an alternative, costeffective material,” LeBlanc wrote
in an-e-mail.
In fact, Wexler said the agency
has been responsive throughout the
streetscape process. “They have
made significant revisions in
response to community concerns.”
owned by Giant’s real estate arm, a new fivestory retail-and-residential building that
would replace the current two-story structure
that now hosts a toy store, Giant pharmacy
and other small shops, as well as the large
parking lot behind it.
The height and density proposed on that
block have drawn the most controversy.
Qeapes said architects have “refined the massing” to make it look less bulky, but he said the
proposed height is needed to make the entire
project’s finances work.
City planners met with Qeapes about a
month ago and said they were pleased what
one termed a “smart-growth” approach.
“At first blush, it looks great,” said Ward e
planning coordinator Melissa Bird. “The city
wants to see it happen. Everybody wants to
see something happen there.”
But some neighborhood activists are
uneasy about the density proposed for the
From Page 3
!SA Today report identified Adams
Morgan as one potential site for a
new line of boutique hotels called
Edition = a partnership between
Marriott and upscale hotelier Ian
“The uniqueness will be a draw,”
Christenson said of the hotel, which
she said would attract guests “who
would normally go to a bed-andbreakfast or someplace unusual.”
The hotel would “not likely be
the type of place where you’d book
a big convention,” she said.
It’s not the first time Friedman
has set his sights on this corner of
Adams Morgan.
“This project has taken a life of
its own two or three times,” said
Bryan Weaver, chair of the Adams
Morgan advisory neighborhood
Previous plans, dating back to
northern block, the number of residential units
and the traffic the occupants would create.
“There is support certainly for expanding
and improving the supermarket. That’s the
factor that drove this from the beginning,”
said Nancy MacWood, chair of the Cleveland
Park advisory neighborhood commission.
“But Stop \ Shop decided to approach it as a
development opportunity.”
MacWood said the northern block is zoned
for low-density, neighborhood-serving retail,
and the density proposed would create too
much traffic and congestion. The site is too far
from the Tenleytown Metro to support dense
“transit-oriented” development, she said.
MacWood emphasized that she is delighted with the pedestrian-oriented retail planned
for the southern block, as well as the affordable housing. “The community wants this to
happen, and my expectation is that we can
work this out.”
MNNO, looked at redeveloping the
church as a condominium building
with around PN units.
That project, called !nity Square
Condominiums, would have significantly altered the look of the church.
Christenson and others said
resistance from the city’s Qistoric
Preservation Office contributed to
the demise of the condominium proposal. Friedman declined to comment in an interview.
Friedman introduced his hotel
concept to the Adams Morgan
neighborhood commission this
month and plans to show drawings
to the commission in May. !ntil
then, “we have to learn from the
community what the needs are and
adapt those plans,” he said.
!nder the current proposal, the
hotel would be built as a plannedunit development = a zoning
mechanism that allows developers
to exceed zoning restrictions by
offering amenities to the surrounding community.
“It’s going to be a fairly substantial building for the neighborhood to
swallow,” neighborhood commissioner Weaver said in an interview.
“I think the amenities ... have to be
pretty concrete.”
Friedman emphasized that the
new hotel would offer substantial
community space for offices and
meetings. The nonprofit Adams
Morgan Uouth Leadership Academy
is slated to take part over of that
space, he said.
Weaver lamented potential loss
of the three Adams Morgan institutions in the Champlain Street building. “Those are three pretty substantial WorganizationsX at the heart of
the neighborhood,” he said.
According to Christenson, the
City Paper is seeking a new downtown office, near a Metro lineY the
radio station is gathering funds to
purchase or build its own new buildingY and the nonprofit Men Can
Stop Rape is searching for a larger
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■ St. Columba’s Episcopal Church will
host “Wingspread Conference,” an intensive seminar for faith communities and individuals working with older adults. 2 to 5
p.m. Free. 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202479-1200, ext. 6655.
■ American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang
Varahi will lead a class on “Living
Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully.” 7 to 8:30 p.m.
$12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257.
■ Emerging jazz artists will perform as
the culmination of the 11th annual Betty
Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency at the
Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The Historical Society of Washington,
D.C., will present pianist Ruth Rose performing “From Baroque to Contemporary
With a Latin Tinge.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Library, 801 K
St. NW. 202-383-1828.
Discussions and lectures
■ The Georgetown Writers Series will
feature Jennifer Fink discussing “Fiction:
Cordial Bars: Experiment & Error.” 3 p.m.
Free. New South Film Screening Room,
Georgetown University, 37th and O streets
NW. [email protected]
■ Artists Andrea Robbins and Max
Becher will discuss their focus on cross-cultural interactions through photography, film,
video and digital media. 5:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Phillips Collection,
1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151, ext.
■ A representative of the D.C. Public
Library will discuss available business-related databases. 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E.
Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood
Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100.
■ The Historical Society of Washington,
D.C., will present a panel discussion on the
life and legacy of the late D.C. Council
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NW. 202-383-1828.
■ E. Benjamin
Skinner (shown) will
discuss his book “A
Crime So Monstrous:
Face-to-Face With
Modern-Day Slavery,”
and Kevin Bales will
discuss his book
“Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s
Slaves.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston
Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St.
NW. 202-387-7638.
■ Dr. Bruce D. Cheson, head of hematology at Georgetown University Hospital’s
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center,
will discuss lymphoma treatment options.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration
required. Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW.
■ Cara Black will discuss her book
“Murder in the Rue de Paradis.” 6:30 p.m.
$8. Alliance Française de Washington,
2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.
■ Michael Farquhar will discuss his
book “A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten
Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and
Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the
Footnotes of History.” 7 p.m. Free.
Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St.
NW. 202-638-7610.
■ Laura Lippman
will discuss her book
“Another Thing To Fall:
A Tess Monaghan
Novel.” 7 p.m. Free.
Politics & Prose, 5015
Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ Musicologist Judith Tick will discuss
the legacy of composer Ruth Crawford
Seeger. 7 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium,
Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of
Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-6937.
The Smithsonian American Art
Museum will screen Billy Wilder’s 1950
film “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Gloria
Swanson and William Holden. 6 p.m. Free.
McEvoy Auditorium, Reynolds Center for
American Art and Portraiture, 8th and F
streets NW. 202-633-1000.
■ “Images of Women in Film” will feature Gavin Hood’s 2007 film “Rendition,”
starring Reese
Meryl Streep
and Jake
Gyllenhaal. 6
p.m. Free.
Auditorium A-5,
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,
901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295.
■ Reel Affirmations, the National
Black Justice Coalition and Black Pride
w w w. s t d a v i d s d c . o rg
at 8:00, 9:15 & 11:15 am
Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 am
5150 Macomb Street, NW
between MacArthur Blvd. and Loughboro Rd.
will present Marlon T. Riggs’ 1991 documentary “Tongues Untied,” about the
black gay male experience. 7 p.m. $10.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St.
NW. [email protected]
■ Scena Theatre artistic director Robert
McNamara and actor Ian C. Armstrong will
present McNamara’s staging for an early
Samuel Beckett short story, “First Love.”
After the performance, the two will discuss
Beckett’s life and the process of literary
adaptation. 5:30 p.m. $15; reservations
required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I
St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16.
■ The China Acrobat and Music Troupe
will open the Smithsonian’s “China: An
Incomparable Journey” series. 7 p.m. $40.
Baird Auditorium, National Museum of
Natural History, 10th Street and
Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.
■ The Playground Playwrights Group will
present a reading of three comic shorts by
Michael Merino. 7 p.m. Free. Melton
Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Company, 641 D St. NW.
Sporting event
■ El Salvador and Anguilla will compete
in a qualifying match for the FIFA 2010
World Cup. 8 p.m. $25 to $50. RFK
Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St.
SE. 202-397-7328.
Wine tasting
■ Best Cellars will present “An
American Tour of Wine,” featuring eight
U.S. vintages paired with award-winning
farmstead cheeses. 7 p.m. $60. Corcoran
Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391700.
Children’s activity
■ A park ranger will lead ages 5 and
older on an exploration of the Woodland
Trail in search of hidden treasures. 4 p.m.
Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200
Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
■ Joy of Motion founder Michelle Ava
will lead a five-week class on “Healing
Motion/Gentle Yoga.” 11 a.m. to noon.
$18 per class or $75 for all five sessions.
Joy of Motion, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
202-362-3042. The classes will continue
April 3, 10, 17 and 24.
■ First Class Inc. will offer a class on
“How To Be Un-Insultable.” 6:30 to 9 p.m.
$39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW.
■ Soprano Delia
Zielinski and pianist
Danielle DeSwerte will
present “Vienna, Paris,
Madrid: A Journey
Through Art Song,” featuring works by
Schubert, Fauré, de
Falla and other composers. Noon. Free.
Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271285.
■ Organist Paul Weber, assistant professor of music at Franciscan University,
will perform works by Bach and
Rheinberger. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Free.
National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas
Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
Thursday, MARCH 27
■ Concert: “The Rhythm Road:
American Music Abroad” concert
series will feature the Maya Azucena
Band (shown) performing soul, hiphop, world and funk music, at 6
p.m.; and Alvin Atkinson and the
Sound Merchants, integrating heavy
jazz and blues with global rhythms
and melodies, at 7:15 p.m. Free.
Grosvenor Auditorium, National
Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700.
■ Emerging jazz artists will perform as
the culmination of the 11th annual Betty
Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency at the
Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The National
Symphony Orchestra
and pianist Louis Lortie
will perform works by
Stravinsky, Prokofiev,
Poulenc and
Shostakovich. 7 p.m.
$20 to $80. Concert
Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The
concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8
■ Guitarist Steve
Herberman (shown),
saxophonist Jeff
Antoniuk and bassist
Tom Baldwin will perform jazz selections. 8
p.m. $8. Washington
DC Jewish Community
Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3254.
Discussions and lectures
■ Lecturer David Gariff will discuss “De
Stijl and Early 20th-Century Sculpture.”
10:15 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium,
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and
Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
The talk will repeat Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
■ Kluge fellow Kip Kosek will discuss
“Acts of Conscience: Christian Nonviolence
and American Democracy.” Noon. Free.
Room LJ 119, Thomas Jefferson Building,
Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-2692.
■ Gerhardt Knodel,
former director at
Cranbrook Academy of
Art, will discuss his
roles within the art
world as an instructor,
administrator and fiber
artist. Noon. Free.
Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street
and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-6331000.
■ Williem Van Kemenade, senior fellow
at the Netherlands Institute of International
Relations, will discuss “The U.S.-China-India
Strategic Triangle.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reser-
vations required. Room 806, Rome
Building, Johns Hopkins University School
of Advanced International Studies, 1619
Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5816.
■ Harry Cooper, curator and head of
modern and contemporary art at the
National Gallery of Art, will lead a conversation with artist Robert Gober. 3:30 p.m.
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery
of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue
NW. 202-737-4215.
■ Martin D. Evans, professor of economics and finance at Georgetown
University and a research economist at the
National Bureau of Economic Research, will
discuss “Understanding Exchange Rates: A
Micro-Based Perspective Based on the
Importance of Fundamentals.” 5 p.m. Free.
Room 714, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns
Hopkins University School of Advanced
International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts
Ave. NW. 202-663-5626.
■ Joann Moser, senior curator for graphic arts at the Smithsonian American Art
Museum, will lead a gallery talk on
“Obata’s Yosemite.” 5:30 p.m. Free. F
Street lobby, Reynolds Center for American
Art and Portraiture, 8th and F streets NW.
■ Historian and former journalist
Frankie Hutton, author of “The Early Black
Press in America” and “Outsiders in 19th
Century Press History,” will discuss
“Women’s Art, Women’s Vision.” 6 p.m.
Free. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Ave.
NW. 202-673-2402.
■ Panelists will discuss “China’s
Presence in Latin America.” 6 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Room 417, Nitze
Building, Johns Hopkins University School
of Advanced International Studies, 1740
Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5734.
■ Public affairs officer Bethany Bentley
will discuss the portrait of Stephen Colbert.
6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Reynolds Center for
American Art and Portraiture, 8th and F
streets NW. 202-633-1000.
■ A Women’s History Month program
will focus on depictions of women by Edgar
Degas and Edouard Vuillard and what they
reveal about the artists and their subjects.
6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger.
Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151.
■ Local artist Serinity Knight will discuss her work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Secondfloor West Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271291.
■ Eric T. Haskell, professor of French
studies and humanities at Scripps College,
will discuss his book “The Gardens of
Brécy: A Lasting Landscape.” 6:30 p.m.
$15; reservations required. Hillwood
Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155
Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
■ Roger Hangarter, professor of biology
at Indiana University, will discuss “Plants in
Motion.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom,
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave.
SW. 202-225-1116.
■ Johns Hopkins University history professor David Bell will discuss “Napoleon
and the Birth of Total War.” 6:45 to 8:45
p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100
Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ The Divine Science Church will present “Life Without Struggle and Strife: The
Divine Science Teaching.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Divine Science
Church, 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630.
■ Jonathan Rosen will discuss his book
“The Life of the Skies.” 7 p.m. Free.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.
Events Entertainment
NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Trisha R. Thomas will discuss her
novel “Nappily Faithful.” 7 p.m. Free.
Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St.
NW. 202-638-7610.
■ Christopher Rice will discuss his book
“Blind Fall.” 7 p.m. Free. Lambda Rising
Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ Dr. Peter Whitehouse, professor of
neurology at Case Western Reserve
University, will discuss his book “The Myth
of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told
About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis.” 7
p.m. Free. Borders, 5333 Wisconsin Ave.
NW. 202-686-8270.
■ Rudolf Preimesberger, professor
emeritus at Free University Berlin, will discuss “Michelangelo: Artist’s Fame in the
Shadow of St. Peter’s Dome,” in German.
8 p.m. $5; free for students. Reservations
required. German Embassy, 4645
Reservoir Road NW. 703-379-7849.
■ The Japan Information and Culture
Center will present a screening of “The
Desert Princess and the Pirates,” the
eighth in a series of “One Piece” movies
based on the comic book and television
show of the same name (in Japanese
with English subtitles). 6:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Japan Information
and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW.
[email protected]
■ Merce Cunningham Dance Company
will present
7:30 p.m. $25
to $58. Sidney
Harman Hall,
610 F St. NW.
The performance will repeat Friday and
Saturday at 8 p.m.
■ Poets Rodney Jones and Ellen Bryant
Voight will read from their work. 6:45 p.m.
Free. Montpelier Room, James Madison
Building, Library of Congress, 101
Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394.
Special events
■ The student-led social justice group
Darfur Action Now will host a genocide
awareness fair, featuring a mock refugee
camp and information
sessions with Amnesty
International, Enough
Project and Save
Darfur Coalition. 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Eric Friedheim
Quadrangle, American
University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
202-885-5935. A panel discussion featuring ambassadors, politicians and human
rights activists and moderated by NAACP
chair Julian Bond (shown) will be held from
7 to 9 p.m. in Room 1 of the Ward Circle
Building; admission is free.
■ A three-day book and literary festival
will open with a poetry reading by women
students and a panel discussion on
“Everything You Wanted To Know About
Getting Published But Were Afraid To Ask,”
featuring literary agent Audra Barrett,
author and self-publishing expert Dorothy
Phaire and children’s author Deborah
Dessaso. 5:30 p.m. Free. Windows
Lounge, Building 38, University of the
District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave.
NW. 301-683-2134. Performances, panel
discussions and readings will continue
Friday and Saturday at various locations.
■ The Café des Artistes at the Corcoran
Gallery of Art will present “Celebrate
Diversity,” exploring the many cultural influences on America’s art and cuisine. 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. $25; reservations required.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW.
202-639-1786. The program will repeat
April 3 and 10.
and younger. Mexican Cultural Institute,
2829 16th St. NW. 202-315-1323. The
performance will repeat March 29 at 8
p.m., March 30 at 6 p.m., April 4 at 8 p.m.,
April 5 at 3 p.m. and April 6 at 8 p.m.
Children’s activity
■ Ages 3 through 5 will take an interactive tour of the garden and landscape and
then make a special garden craft to take
home. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $12; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic
House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
202-965-0400, ext. 100.
■ The Friday Morning Music Club will
present a concert featuring works by Listz
and Schumann. Noon. Free. Sumner
School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202333-2075.
■ Percussionist and marimba player
Lee Hinkle will perform works by Keiko Abe,
Georges Aperghis and Joseph Schwantner.
Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017
I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 23.
■ Georgetown University student
soloists will perform classical works and
Broadway hits. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall,
Georgetown University, 37th and O streets
NW. 202-687-6933.
■ Emerging jazz artists will perform as
the culmination of the 11th annual Betty
Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency at the
Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The Smithsonian Jazz Cafe will feature guitarists Howard Alden and Howard
Paul. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $12. Atrium Cafe,
National Museum of Natural History, 10th
Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-8801.
■ “Unplugged Open Mic” will feature
Joe Shade. 7 p.m. Free. Modern Times
Coffeehouse at Politics & Prose, 5015
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-362-2408.
■ The Boston-based
Jupiter String Quartet
will perform works by
Mendelssohn, Britten
and Brahms. 8 p.m.
$55. Corcoran Gallery
of Art, 500 17th St.
NW. 202-639-1700.
■ The 100-voice University of Michigan
Glee Club will perform sacred and secular
works at a benefit for the upcoming South
African tour of the St. Albans and National
Cathedral Chorale. 8 p.m. $10 for adults;
$5 for students. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW. 202-537-5203.
■ The band Joker’s Wild will perform at
a swing dance. 8:30 p.m. to midnight. $15.
Chevy Chase Ballroom, 5207 Wisconsin
Ave. NW. 703-359-9882.
Discussions and lectures
■ Caroline Bledsoe,
professor of anthropology at Northwestern
University, will discuss
“Family Reunification
Ideals and the Practice
of Transnational Family
Life Among Africans in
Spain.” Noon to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room
202, Hortense Amsterdam House, George
Washington University, 2110 G St. NW.
Saturday, MARCH 29
■ Festival: The 42th annual
Smithsonian Kite Festival will feature
demonstrations by Chinese kite masters, exhibitions of authentic Chinese
kites, kite-making booths, public competitions and a special opening ceremony. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Washington Monument grounds,
15th Street between Constitution and
Independence avenues. 202-6333030.
■ Bharati Chaturvedi, founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and
Action Group, will discuss “Civil Society and
Sustainable Development.” 12:30 p.m.
Free; reservations required. Room 200,
Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies,
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6635943.
■ Thomas Graham, former special
assistant to the president and senior director for Russian affairs at the National
Security Council and currently senior director at Kissinger Associates, will discuss “Is
Russia Entering the Post-Putin Era? Fresh
Impressions of Russia After the Elections.”
12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Room 812, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins
University School of Advanced International
Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
■ Joshua White, a master’s degree student at the School of Advanced
International Studies and a member of the
U.S.-sponsored election observer delegation in Pakistan, will discuss “Of Tigers and
Turnout: Reflections on Pakistan’s Election
Process.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns
Hopkins University School of Advanced
International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts
Ave. NW. 202-663-5722.
■ Panelists will discuss conditions in
Burma and southern Thailand. 3:30 to
5:45 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins
University School of Advanced International
Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
■ Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky
will discuss their book “Mission
Accomplished!: The Experts Speak, or How
We Won the War in Iraq.” 7 p.m. Free.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.
NW. 202-364-1919.
■ The In Series will present “¡Viva
Zarzuela!,” a Spanish light opera combo
featuring Cuba’s “Cecilia Valdés” and
Spain’s “La Revoltosa.” 8 p.m. $33; $30
for seniors; $18 for students and ages 17
Classes and workshops
■ Lanny Bell, adjunct professor of
Egyptology at Brown University, will discuss
“The Lure of the Desert: The Western
Oases of Egypt.” 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $95.
S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson
Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Becky Umeh, a member of the
Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, will
lead a weekly African dance class. 10 a.m.
to noon. $10. Josephine Butler Parks
Center, 2437 15th St. NW.
■ Italian opera specialist Denise Gallo
will introduce the greatest composers of
Italian opera and explain the musical characteristics of major periods. 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center,
1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Dan Paterak will lead an “Orchid
Repotting” workshop. Participants should
bring one or two of their own orchids and a
terra-cotta pot for each plant. 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. $20; reservations required. Hillwood
Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155
Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
■ Alto saxophonist Alan Durst will perform with classical and flamenco guitarist
Corey Whitehead. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The Capital City Symphony and
Capitol Hill Chorale will present “Choral
Hits: A Capital Collaboration,” featuring
mezzo-soprano Andrea Duplechain and violist Daniel Campos. 7 p.m. $18 to $23;
free for ages 16 and younger. Lutheran
Church of the Reformation, 2nd and East
Capitol streets NE. 202-399-7993.
■ The East Village Opera Company, featuring a powerhouse rock
band and string
quartet, will
transform classic opera arias
as high-adrenaline rock songs. 8 p.m. $20 to $40. Lisner
Auditorium, George Washington University,
730 21st St. NW. 301-808-6900.
■ The American University Chorus will
present “Yom Hashoah: Let Us Remember”
in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. 8
p.m. $15; $5 for students. Abramson
Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center,
American University, 4400 Massachusetts
Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The concert will
repeat Sunday at 3 p.m.
■ Greek guitarist
Eleftheria Kotzia will
perform works by
Greek composers. 8
p.m. $25; $12.50 for
ages 18 through 22;
free for ages 19
through 17.
Westmoreland Congregational United
Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle.
■ Axelrod String Quartet members Marc
Destrubé, Marilyn McDonald and Kenneth
Slowik will join with Richard Wolfe of the
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra to perform
works by Haydn, Britten and Beethoven. 8
p.m. $23 to $31. Grand Salon, Renwick
Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania
Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. The concert
will repeat Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
■ EELS will perform the songs of
singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett. 8
p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue,
600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.
Discussions and lectures
■ The 2008 Zwerdling Memorial
Shabbaton for Social Justice will focus on
“Voting Rights and Wrongs,” featuring talks
by Julie Fernandes,
principal of The Raben
Group; Ben Ginsberg,
partner at Patton
Boggs; Wade
Henderson, president
and chief executive officer of the Leadership
Conference on Civil Rights; Jamin Raskin
(shown), professor of law at American
University and a Maryland state senator;
and Joe Sternlieb, co-founder of DC Vote. 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. $17. Temple Sinai, 3100
Military Road NW. 202-363-6394, ext. 210.
■ Scholars from Pakistan and the
United States will explore factors that
affect political life in Pakistan and discuss
prospects for participatory democracy
there. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building,
Johns Hopkins University School of
Advanced International Studies, 1740
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■ Orchid curator Dan Paterak will discuss orchid care, cultivation and classification, as well as what it’s like to care for
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s extraordinary
collection. 10 to 11 a.m. $15; reservations
required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and
Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807.
■ Julia Brennan will discuss
“Conservation of Traditional Algerian
Textiles at the Bardo Museum.” 10:30 a.m.
Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202667-0441, ext. 64.
■ Charles Lane will discuss his book
“The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax
Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the
Betrayal of Reconstruction,” at 1 p.m.; and
Steven Waldman will discuss his book
“Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and
the Birth of Religious Freedom in America,”
at 6 p.m. Free. Politics & Prose, 5015
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Mark Golden of Golden Artist Colors
Inc. and Mark Gottsegen of the
Intermuseum Conservation Association will
discuss challenges artists face with new
materials. 3 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium,
Reynolds Center for American Art and
Portraiture, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000.
Family activities
■ As part of a monthly series of art
workshops for ages 8 through 12, area
artist Glenna Park will help participants create their own dwellings with patterned
paintings on the surface. 9:30 a.m. to
noon. $18; reservations required. Kreeger
Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3383552.
■ “Gargoyle’s Den” will provide families
a chance to pat a gargoyle, try their hands
at stone carving, make their own gargoyles
to take home, and explore crafts such as
stained glass and mosaics. 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. $5 for up to four people; $1 per additional person. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW. 202-537-2934.
■ The National Cherry Blossom Festival
Family Day will celebrate Japanese arts and
design with hands-on activities such as
sumo-mask decorating, dance and musical
performances, and demonstrations. 10
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. National Building
Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
■ The National Gallery of Art’s “In
Glorious Technicolor” series will feature
Frank Borzage’s 1946 film “I’ve Always
Loved You,” at 2 p.m.; and John M. Stahl’s
1945 film “Leave Her to Heaven,” at 4:30
p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium,
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and
Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
■ The “Saturday Morning at the
National” series will present “Swords and
Chivalry,” featuring swashbuckling action in
a breathless world of pirates, knights and
kings. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free. Helen Hayes
Gallery, National Theatre, 1321
Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.
■ The sixth annual “Stomp D.A.T.!” —
sponsored by the Federal City Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority —
will feature teams from area schools and
youth-based community groups in a step
show focusing on the dangers of drugs,
alcohol and tobacco. 4 p.m. $20. Lincoln
Theatre, 1215 U St. NW.
■ Sharna Fabiano Tango Company will
present “Uno,” an original score by Glover
Gill exploring the tango’s persistent theme
of nostalgia. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students,
teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages
17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St.
NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will
repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.
■ Peter Penczer will give a reading and
sign copies of his new book, “The
Washington National Mall.” 2 to 4 p.m.
Free. Museum Stores, National Museum of
Natural History, 10th Street and
Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
■ Poet
Patricia Smith
will read from
her work. 2 to
3 p.m. Free.
Room, Busboys
and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638.
■ Jim Lehrer, author
of more than 20 works
of fiction and nonfiction, will read from his
work. 3:45 to 4:45
p.m. Free. Windows
Lounge, Building 38,
University of the District
of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Walks and tours
■ “Ringing Sensations: The Bells of
Washington National Cathedral” will feature
a climb to the ringing chamber and demonstrations of the two sets of bells in the
Gloria in Excelsis Tower. 10 a.m. $10; registration required. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW. 202-537-6397.
■ A park ranger will lead a walking tour
through historic Georgetown to Francis
Scott Key Park. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone
House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070.
■ “Carnaval Yisrael” will feature Israeli
dance performances, folk-dance instruction, falafel and shwarma booths, a
Bedouin tea corner, a talent show, rock
climbing, and Israeli arts, crafts and jewelry
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■ Concert: Violinist Elina Vähälä
(shown) and pianist Mika Rännäli will
perform works by Copland, Debussy,
Fauré and Stravinsky. 6:30 p.m.
Free. West Garden Court, National
Gallery of Art, 6th Street and
Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215.
for sale. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $10 for
adults; $5 for ages 18 and younger; $25
per family. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850
Quebec St. NW. 202-362-4433.
■ Soprano Brooke
Evers and tenor
Michael Gallant will perform “An Afternoon of
Art Song.” 3 p.m. Free.
Congregational United
Church of Christ, 1
Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770.
■ The National Men’s Chorus and
pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform
Psalms and sacred songs. 4 p.m. $15;
free for students and children. Western
Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave.
NW. 202-244-7191.
■ The Washington Performing Arts
Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel
Mass Choir will join the Heritage Signature
Chorale and guest soloists to present
“Done Made My Vow,” an original work by
composer Adolphus Hailstork based on
melodies from Negro spirituals. 4 p.m. $25
to $45. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202785-9727.
■ Countertenor Mark Crayton (shown),
cellist Laura
Handler and
pianist James
Janssen will
perform. 4 p.m.
$12; $10 for
seniors and
students; free for ages 18 and younger.
Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151.
■ The Capital City Symphony and
Capitol Hill Chorale will present “Choral
Hits: A Capital Collaboration,” featuring
mezzo-soprano Andrea Duplechain and violist Daniel Campos. 5 p.m. $18 to $23;
free for ages 16 and younger. Lang
Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center,
1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.
■ Organist Justus Parrotta will perform
works by Telemann, Albinoni, Bach, Gigout,
Messiaen and Vivaldi. 5 p.m. Free. St.
Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3655
Calvert St. NW. 202-333-4949.
■ The Encore Chorale will perform. 6
p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
■ The “Critical Issues in the Light of
Faith” forum will feature Rep. John Lewis,
D-Ga. 10 to 10:50 a.m. Free. Washington
National Cathedral, Massachusetts and
Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.
■ Scientific illustrator Vichai Malikul will
explain the research process and techniques of butterfly illustration and sign
copies of his book “Field Guide to Eastern
Butterflies.” 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Museum
Stores, National Museum of Natural
History, 10th Street and Constitution
Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
■ Adam Mansbach
will discuss his novel
“The End of the Jews,”
at 1 p.m.; and Aaron
David Miller (shown) will
discuss his book “The
Much Too Promised
Land: America’s Elusive
Search for Arab-Israeli Peace,” at 5 p.m.
Free. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut
Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Artist Martin Puryear, a native
Washingtonian, will discuss experiences
that have shaped his wood sculptures, as
well as the range and evolution of his creations. 2 p.m. Free. East Building
Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th
Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.
■ John McLaughlin will discuss his book
“Run in the Fam’ly,” about a young black
man who faces a fateful choice when his
father returns from prison. 4 to 6 p.m.
Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
■ The National Gallery of Art’s “In
Glorious Technicolor” series will feature
Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1954 film “The
Barefoot Contessa.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East
Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art,
4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
■ Washington Shakespeare Readers
will host a participatory reading of “Antony
and Cleopatra.” 1 p.m. Free. Cleveland
Park Neighborhood Library, 3310
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-337-2889.
■ Rep. John Lewis,
D-Ga., will preach from
the pulpit where Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
delivered his last
Sunday sermon 40
years ago. 11:15 a.m.
Free. Washington
National Cathedral, Massachusetts and
Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2221.
■ A mental health symposium, sponsored by the nonprofit group NARSAD, will
feature discussions about post-traumatic
stress disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and childhood disorders. 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Lisner
Auditorium, George Washington University,
730 21st St. NW. 703-535-1577.
■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and
older on a 1.5-mile hike on the lessexplored north end of Rock Creek Park. 2
p.m. Free. Picnic Grove 10, Beach Drive
north of Sherrill Drive NW. 202-895-6070.
A weekly workshop will offer instruc-
tion in qi gong, a form of Chinese medicine
using movement, breathing and meditation
techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End
Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW.
■ George Washington University’s Latin
ensemble, Los Gringos, will perform Latin
jazz, salsa and meringue. 6 p.m. Free.
Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.
■ The Embassy
Series will present cellist Amit Peled (shown)
and pianist Alon
Goldstein performing
works by Beethoven,
Eccles, Stutschewsky,
Shostakovich and
Ligeti. 7:30 p.m. $50. Embassy of Israel,
3514 International Drive NW. 202-2717976.
Discussions and lectures
■ University of Michigan professor Silvia
Pedraza will discuss “Church and State:
Religion and Revolution in Cuba.” Noon to
1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Room 205, Old North, Georgetown
University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-0140.
■ Travis Price (shown), adjunct professor of architecture at
Catholic University, and
Peter Hynes, architect
for the Mayo County
Council in western
Ireland, will discuss “Tir
Saile and the Spirit of
Place: Emerging Land
Sculpture and Architecture in the
Landscapes of Mayo.” 5:30 p.m. Free.
Koubek Auditorium, Catholic University, 620
Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-6185.
■ Nouzha Skalli, minister of social
development, family and solidarity in the
Kingdom of Morocco, will discuss “Gender,
Human Rights and Social Development.”
5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Room 241, Intercultural Center,
Georgetown University, 37th and O streets
NW. 202-667-6215.
■ Julie Barlow, author of “Sixty Million
Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong,” will discuss
“French: The Other Global Language.” 6:30
p.m. $12; reservations required. Alliance
Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming
Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.
■ Architectural historian Judith Dupree
will discuss her book “Monuments:
America’s History in Art and Memory.”
6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students.
National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.
■ Elizabeth
Crane will discuss her book
“You Must Be
This Happy To
Enter: Stories,”
and Paul
Fattaruso will discuss his book “Bicycle.” 7
p.m. Free. Olsson’s Books & Records,
1307 19th St. NW. 202-785-1133.
■ Travel author
Marybeth Bond will discuss her book “Best
Girlfriends Getaways
Worldwide.” 7 p.m. $6.
Sixth & I Historic
Synagogue, 600 I St.
NW. 202-408-3100.
■ Taylor Branch, author of “At Canaan’s
Edge” and “America in the King Years,” will
discuss “MLK’s Nonviolence: Asleep After
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Court NW. 202-895-6714.
40 Years.” 7 p.m. Free. Nave, Washington
National Cathedral, Massachusetts and
Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2221.
■ Ted Van Dyk will discuss his book
“Heroes, Hacks, and Fools: Memoirs From
the Political Inside.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics &
Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.
■ Writer Adam Sexton and illustrator
Yali Lin will discuss their work on “The
Manga Editions” — versions of “Macbeth,”
“Hamlet,” “Julius Caesar” and “Romeo and
Juliet” presented in the stylized Japanese
comic forum. 7:30 p.m. $12. Folger
Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St.
SE. 202-544-7077.
■ Best-selling author Daniel Pink, who
writes on innovation, competition and the
changing world
of work, will
discuss his
book “A Whole
New Mind,” about the rise of right-brain
thinking in modern economies. 7:30 p.m.
Free; tickets required. Concert Hall,
Kennedy Center. 202-371-2830.
■ Annie Griffiths Belt will discuss her
book “A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel,”
about her life since becoming one of the
first women hired as a staff photographer
at National Geographic. 7:30 p.m. $18.
Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic,
1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
Discussions and lectures
■ Sidney Blumenthal will discuss his
book “The Strange Death of Republican
America: Chronicles of a Collapsing Party.”
12:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555
12th St. NW. 202-347-0176.
■ Milsaps College
history professor
Robert McElvaine will
discuss his book
“Grand Theft Jesus:
The Hijacking of
Religion in America.”
6:30 p.m. Free.
Borders, 18th and L streets NW. 202-4664999.
■ Johns Hopkins University professors
Diane Griffin and Richard Johnson will discuss “Viruses, Our Invisible Enemy.” 6:45
to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center,
1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Israeli peace activist Dorothy Naor, a
member of the Israeli Committee for
Residency Rights and the feminist group
New Profiles, will discuss the price Israelis
and Palestinians pay for occupation and
expansionism. 7 p.m. Free. St. Columba’s
Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.
■ Carnegie
Institution for Peace
visiting scholar David
Rothkopf will discuss
his book “Superclass:
The Global Power Elite
and the World They Are
Making.” 7 p.m. Free.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.
NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Brent Blackwelder and Josh Hilgart of
Friends of the Earth will discuss
“Environmental Truth Is Easily Marketed.” 7
p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon
Center, American University, 4400
Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408.
■ Michael Meyerson will discuss his
book “Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison
and Jefferson Wrote the Federalist Papers,
Defined the Constitution, and Made
Democracy Safe for the World.” 7 p.m.
Free. Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th
St. NW. 202-638-7610.
■ TheatreworksUSA
will present “Freedom
Train,” about Harriet
Tubman and the
Underground Railroad.
10:30 a.m. and 12:30
p.m. $10. Lisner
Auditorium, George
Washington University, 730 21st St. NW.
■ The “Monday Night at the National”
series will feature “The $inging $tockbrokers’ Razz-Ma-Tazz Revue,” a madcap musical vaudeville act led by Garry Richman. 6
and 7:30 p.m. Free. Helen Hayes Gallery,
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave.
NW. 202-783-3372.
London-based Iraqi filmmakers Kasim
Abid and Maysoon Pachachi will show work
by students in their 2007 documentary
course at the Independent Film & Television
College in Baghdad. 5 to 7 p.m. Free.
Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021
14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
■ The Washington National Cathedral
will present “Traces of the Trade: A Story
From the Deep North,” a documentary by
director Katrina Brown about her New
England ancestors, the largest slave-trading
family in U.S. history. 7 p.m. Free.
Washington National Cathedral,
Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues
NW. 202-537-2221.
April 1APRIL 1
■ Heidi Kosakowski will lead a class on
“Eight Steps to Happiness.” 11 a.m. to
noon. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center,
1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257.
The class will continue April 8, 15, 22 and
■ Mechanical engineer Michael Avery
will lead a class on “Cars 101: How To
Care for Your Car and Save on Repair
Bills.” 6:30 to 9 p.m. $39. First Class Inc.,
1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.
■ The Washington Bach Consort will
present soprano Joellen Brassfield, countertenor Chris Dudley, tenor Ole Hass and
bass Thomas Stork in concert. 12:10 p.m.
Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St.
NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18.
■ The National Symphony Orchestra
Youth Fellows will perform classical works.
6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
■ Baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and
pianist Russell Ryan will perform in “Lieder
From Theresienstadt.” 7:30 p.m. $20.
Embassy of Austria, 3524 International
■ Preachers from across the nation will
deliver sermons in the tradition of the Rev.
Martin Luther King to commemorate the
40th anniversary of his last Sunday sermon, given at the Cathedral on March 31,
1968. 7:30 a.m. and noon. Free.
Washington National Cathedral,
Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues
NW. 202-537-2221. The services will continue through Friday.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Capitals will play the
Wednesday, APRIL 2
■ Special event: Trevor Corson will
discuss his book “The Zen of Fish:
The Story of Sushi, From Samurai to
Supermarket” as part of the annual
“Grand Sushi and Sake Event,” featuring master sushi chefs from Japan
and area Japanese restaurants. 7
p.m. $95. Grosvenor Auditorium,
National Geographic, 1600 M St.
NW. 202-661-7585.
Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $9 to $169.
Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.
■ Recovery Inc. will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress,
anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems,
anger, fear and other mental or emotional
problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase
Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave.
NW. 202-364-2680. The group meets every
April 2APRIL 2
■ American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang
Varahi will lead a class on “Understanding
the Mind.” 11 a.m. to noon. $12.
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. The
class will repeat April 9, 16, 23 and 30.
■ The Friday Morning Music Club will
present a concert featuring works by
Trimble, Schocker, Hoiby and McMichael as
part of the weekly “Happenings at the
Harman” series. Noon. Free; reservations
recommended. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F
St. NW. 202-547-1122.
■ Solo pianist John
Eaton will perform jazz
selections. 12:30 p.m.
Free. Hammer
Auditorium, Corcoran
Gallery of Art, 500
17th St. NW. 202-6391700.
■ “Hump Day Groovez” will feature
Chester River Runoff performing original
country bluegrass. 9 to 11 p.m. $10.
Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021
14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
Discussions and lectures
■ The National Gallery of Art’s celebration of Italy’s cultural links to D.C. will kick
off with a lecture by Italian architect
Massimiliano Fuksas and a panel discussion featuring David Alan Brown and
Maygene Daniels of the National Gallery of
Art. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. East Building
Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th
Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-
■ Jerry A. McCoy, special collections
librarian with the D.C. Public Library, will
offer a tour of D.C. attractions via postcards from the first half of the 20th century. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. National Postal
Museum, 1st Street and Massachusetts
Avenue NE. 202-633-5533.
■ Mariano Fernandez, ambassador of
Chile to the United States, will discuss his
country’s current situation and future challenges. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations
required. McGhee Library, Intercultural
Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O
streets NW. 202-687-0140.
■ The Georgetown
Writers Series will feature Derek Goldman
discussing “From Text
to Stage: ‘Stuff
Happens.’” 3 p.m.
Free. New South Film
Screening Room,
Georgetown University, 37th and O streets
NW. [email protected]
■ Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., will discuss his book “America: Our Next Chapter.”
7 p.m. Free. Politics & Prose, 5015
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Clinical psychologist Susana A. Galle
will discuss “The Many Faces of ADHD: An
Integrative View.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15; $20
per couple. Lab School of Washington,
4759 Reservoir Road NW. 202-944-3083.
Kinjo Ryubu Dojo of Kin Village will perform
traditional and folk dances of Okinawa. 6
p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
■ Writer and actress Yvonne Hudson
will perform excerpts from “Mrs.
Shakespeare, Will’s First & Last Love.” 7
p.m. Free. St. Augustine’s Episcopal
Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222.
■ The Washington Ballet will present
“High Lonesome,” featuring George
Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments,”
Choo-San Goh’s “Fives” and Trey
McIntyre’s “High Lonesome.” 7:30 p.m.
$30 to $80. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St.
NW. 202-547-1122. The performance will
repeat Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday
at 1 and 5:30 p.m.
Special event
■ The National Park Service will offer
the first canal boat rides of the season.
11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. $5.
Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas
Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. Rides
will be offered every Wednesday and
Sunday until April 30; thereafter, they will
be offered Wednesday through Sunday
until Oct. 26.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Wizards will play the
Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $10 to $850.
Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.
■ Bill’s Buddies, an educational acting
ensemble, will perform a 50-minute sampler of Shakespeare’s plays. 10 a.m. $15.
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East
Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Thursday at 10 a.m.
■ Dancers from Tamagusuku Ryu-Hirae
The Current welcomes submissions
for the Events & Entertainment calendar,
although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items must
be submitted at least two weeks in
advance of the event, and they should
include a brief summary of the event,
date, time, location with complete
address, and cost to attend (indicate
“free” if there is no charge). Also, please
list a telephone number for publication
and a phone number for an editor to
reach a contact person. Entries may be
e-mailed to [email protected], faxed to 202-244-5924, or
sent to The Current, P.O. Box 40400,
Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.
■ The “Jewish Life in Turkey: Then and
Now” series will feature Victoria Barrett’s
2003 film “Desperate Hours,” about the
efforts of Turkish citizens, Muslim and
Christian alike, to save Jews from Nazi concentration camps. A question-and-answer
session with Barrett will follow. 7 to 9 p.m.
Free. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I
St. NW. 202-408-3100.
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Events Entertainment
Carrey, Carell labor to out-hyper each other in noisy ‘Horton’ film
This week, we offer a mix of notes on current movie
offerings, both in theaters and on DVD.
If you were hoping the animated version of Dr. Seuss’
“Horton Hears a Who!” might possess the same charm as the
Pixar films of recent years or television versions of the
author’s work, I have bad news. This padded and noisy film
by Pixar rival Blue Sky Studios lacks the whimsy and subtle
charms of the book, while teaming two
to lose the attention of all but
buddy flick “In Bruges,”
the smallest viewers. Which
with Colin Farrell and
means many of those same
Brendan Gleeson; and the
viewers will miss the wonfascinating documentary
derful message of acceptance
“Chicago 10.”
and compassion Dr. Seuss so
Finally, if the serious tone
brilliantly brought to all his
of this year’s Oscar crop didreaders.
n’t draw you into theaters,
When you cherish the
you have a chance to make
work of Dr. Seuss as much
up for lost chances on DVD.
as I do, you have to hope
This year’s Best Picture,
that his widow, who licensed
“No Country for Old Men,”
the unfortunate live-action
boasts a great ensemble of
versions of “The Grinch,”
actors, including Best
“The Cat in the Hat” and
Supporting Actor Javier
Jim Carrey (Horton) seems to be taking his cues from the
this film, will decide next
Bardem, Josh Brolin and
time to work with the Pixar
Tommy Lee Jones. The pasRobin Williams school of acting in “Horton Hears a Who!”
folks. Time after time, from
sionate and sweeping
“Toy Story” to “Ratatouille,” they have shown the kind of
“Atonement,” with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, is a
intelligence, humor and storytelling skill that makes their pic- heart-wrending tale of lost love amid a child’s lies.
tures family films.
If laughs are what you need, take a look at “Dan in Real
“Horton” is rated G, and it gets two stars from me.
Life,” an above-average romantic comedy with Steve Carell
Believe it or not, there are some worthwhile films in theshowing, as he did in “Little Miss Sunshine,” that he can act
aters now, though it seems we’re in a holding pattern until the with subtlety and restraint while also being quite entertaining.
summer films arrive. Worth seeing are the fact-based heist
Joe Barber’s reviews can be seen weekly on WETA-TV’s
thriller “The Bank Job,” with Jason Statham and Saffron
“Around Town,” heard weekends on WTOP-FM and read at
Burrows; the charming period piece/romantic comedy “Miss He can be heard regularly on “The Tony
Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” with Frances McDormand and
Kornheiser Show,” airing weekdays at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on
Amy Adams; Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic gangster
1500 and 820 AM and 107.7 FM.
Current SCENE ■ BY Joe Barber
actors who, though they never appear on
screen, manage to chew enough scenery to
deforest all of Whoville.
Jim Carrey, who provides the voice for Horton the elephant, seems to be taking his cues from the Robin Williams
school of acting. But his hyperactive work lacks the cleverness Williams brought to “Aladdin.”
It quickly becomes clear that the film’s producers chose
Steve Carell to play the Mayor of Whoville so they can make
a point about how similar he and Horton are. Sadly, Carell
chooses a style closer to the overly silly way he portrays his
character on “The Office.” Though the mayor and Horton
may be eccentrics, the performances end up attempting to
out-hyper each other, leaving viewers exhausted.
Newsman Charles Osgood does a nice job narrating what
little of the original Seuss dialogue remains, and the animation itself is faithful to the book, but the overall tone is likely
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Washington National Opera to stage ‘Rigoletto’
ashington National
Opera will present
“Rigoletto” Saturday
through April 13 at the Kennedy
Center Opera House.
As the libertine Duke of
Mantua’s jaded jester, Rigoletto is
known for sparing no one his biting
and often vicious sarcasm. But
when courtiers abduct Rigoletto’s
beloved daughter, Gilda, for the
Duke’s enjoyment, a curse and
misdirected revenge bring tragedy
and Rigoletto’s undoing. The opera
will be performed in Italian with
English supertitles.
Performances are at 7 p.m.
March 29 and 31 and April 12;
7:30 p.m. April 1, 3, 8 and 9; and 2
p.m. April 6 and 13. Tickets cost
$45 to $300, and some performances are sold out. 202-467-4600;
■ Georgetown University’s
Nomadic Theatre will present
“Salt Water Moon” April 2 through
6 in the Walsh Black Box Theatre.
Two young people must reconcile the scars of the past and the
realities of the present with their
aspirations for the future in this
play by David French.
Performances are at 8 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday, 2
p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets cost $9. The Walsh theater
is located at 36th and Prospect
streets NW. 202-687-2787;
■ George Washington University
will present the world premiere of
Frank Velez, Maria Victoria Peña, Karen Morales and Carlos Castillo
star in GALA’s production of “Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding).”
“The Falling Man,” by university
alumnus Matthew K. Johnson,
April 2 through 6 at the Dorothy
Betts Marvin Theatre.
The play follows Edie, a successful photographer whose life
begins to unravel after she takes a
photo of an unknown man jumping
to his death from a burning building. Haunted by his ghost and the
guilt of being a witness, Edie must
face her photograph or destroy it
— even if that means destroying
the man.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday and 2
p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $10
for seniors and students. The
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre is
located at 800 21st St. NW. 202994-6178;
■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will
present “Bodas de sangre (Blood
Wedding)” April 3 through 27 at
GALA Theatre.
The best-known play in
Federico García Lorca’s tragic trilogy of rural plays, “Blood
Wedding” tells the passionate story
of young lovers strapped by the
repressive traditions of Andalusia,
Performances, which are in
Spanish with English surtitles, are
at 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets cost $30 to $34, with discounts available. GALA Theatre at
Tivoli Square is located at 3333
14th St. NW. 800-494-8497;
■ The Kennedy Center and
Pakistan National Council on
the Arts will present “Kite on the
Wind: A Tale of Pakistan” April 4
through 12 in the Kennedy Center
Family Theater.
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African sculptor turns trash into art
Current Correspondent
o Ghanaian-born sculptor El Anatsui, trash is
more than landfill. It is treasure, valued for both
all the human hands that have touched it, and as
raw material to be bound together in elaborate constructions that link all those hands with his.
Nine of his unusual sculptures make up “El
Anatsui: Gawu,” which arrived recently at the
National Museum of African Art, the last stop on a 10venue tour that began in Wales five years ago. During
the course of that tour, the artist has added some new
pieces to the show,
including one created this
year and never before
The word “gawu”
comes from Anatsui’s
native Ghanaian language, Ewe, and denotes
a cloak fashioned from
metal. Its meaning
“encapsulates the medium, process and the format” of the exhibited
sculptures, according to
the artist, who has taught
at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka since 1975.
Anatsui rose to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the Nsukka Group, artists associated with the
university who were trying to incorporate indigenous
designs into contemporary art. He has worked in such
materials as clay, metal and wood, employing techniques ranging from molding to carving to chain sawing.
An installation of “El
Anatsui” on display at
the Fowler Museum at
the University of
California at Los
Angeles in 2006, with a
close-up view
In 1999, he discovered
trash, specifically the discarded metal lids of condensed-milk cans that lay
around Nsukka in what
he called “huge heaps”
during a recent tour of the show. The emptied cans
themselves found use as pots for making pudding consumed at the many truck stops dotting the area,
through which runs a major highway. But no one
wanted the lids, until Anatsui got an idea.
He thought to “belt” them, as he calls it, together.
That means he drilled holes in them and linked them
See Sculptor/Page 38
Studio eyes rhythm, personalities, Provence
tudio Gallery will open three
shows today and continue
them through April 19.
“Visual Rhythms” features
Adams Morgan artist Suzanne
■ “Sentiments,” a joint exhibit of
paintings by Palisades artist
Stephen Day and Cathedral
Heights artist Jerry Sowels, will
open tomorrow with a reception
from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rowe House
Frame Shop and continue through
April 9.
Day shows mainly semi-abstract
waterscapes, especially of the
Goldberg’s abstract, figurative and
Chesapeake Bay, but also of locarhythmical compositions on paper,
tions in Maine, France
as well as landscapeand elsewhere.
inspired abstract oils
Sowels presents
on canvas.
colorful, exotic figura“Personalities in
tive paintings.
Color” presents
Located at 1723expressionistic por1725 Wisconsin Ave.
traits by American
NW, the gallery is
University Park artist
open Tuesday through
Yvette Kraft painted
Saturday from 11 a.m.
in acrylic on canvas
to 5 p.m. 202-338and canvas paper.
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Provence” includes
will open an exhibit
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ings by Richmond
Virginia artist
artist Jamie
Suzanne Yurdin.
Pocklington and
An artists’ recepTowson University
Jerry Sowels’ art is
tion will take place
adjunct professor
Saturday from 5 to 7
on display at Rowe
Robert Sparrow
p.m., and a “First
House Frame Shop.
Jones. Both were
Friday” reception will
highlighted in the New American
take place April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Paintings publication, Volume 69,
Located at 2108 R St. NW, the
released in the fall of 2006.
gallery is open Wednesday and
Pocklington paints quasi-realisThursday from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday
from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from tic people in abstract settings, while
Jones focuses on the “mysteries
1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734.
Yvette Kraft’s “The Passions of
Etvah” is part of an exhibit at
Studio Gallery.
that everyday experiences bring,”
according to a release. The show
will continue through April 25.
An opening reception will take
place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Located at 1302 9th St. NW, the
gallery is open daily from 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m. 202-232-4788.
■ George Washington
University’s Luther W. Brady
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Awards Show with a reception
Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., announcing awards at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit
will continue through April 27.
The gallery, located at 805 21st
St. NW on the second floor, is open
See Exhibits/Page 38
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place are not isolated to Wilson or unique.
Froning said she hopes that the plan to move students
into their classrooms during lunch period is “extremely
temporary,” and that the chancellor will talk to students
about how to solve some of the lunchtime disciplinary
problems. Many of the students feel the measure is punitive when they “are perfectly wonderful children who
haven’t done anything wrong,” she said.
Students often use lunch to make up tests or receive
tutoring, or simply to socialize with friends, and the vast
majority of them are well-behaved, Froning said.
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Science in marine biology) is B —
hydrogen sulfide.
Lang said each of the Sidwell
students has a particular talent, be it
in biology, math, physics or chemistry, and many are enrolled in
Advanced Placement courses. The
only tough subject for the team was
earth science, which is not offered at
the private school.
Most members of the winning
team plan to study math and science
in college, and all are seniors save
Cooper, a junior and the resident
astronomy expert on the team, said
Lang. Astronomy is not offered at
Sidwell, but Cooper studied it a bit
at Lowell School, which he attended
through sixth grade. He also learned
some earth science at Lowell.
Cooper said he became interested in astronomy in middle school
From Page 3
The appeals court ruling rejects Bradley’s pleas on
every count. First, the three-judge panel wrote that permits were properly revoked because landmark protections went into effect as soon as the landmark application was filed.
The panel also rejected the developer’s argument that
he relied on verbal assurance that the building would not
be landmarked. The judges noted that Bradley’s own
architect had warned him that the embassy met landmark criteria and “did not contest the property’s historic
The judges also agreed that the project did not
meet any of the statutory criteria — “special merit,”
“public interest” or “unreasonable economic hardship” — for overturning the board’s decision. They
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Board’s decision not to support the
subdivision, saying the project has
no special merit and is incompatible
with Georgetown’s historic character.
But Teren still had some
recourse: He could appeal the
Mayor’s Agent’s ruling to the D.C.
Court of Appeals — an action he
said he will not take at this time —
or he could apply for D.C. Board of
Zoning Adjustment approval to
build the new house using an alternative mechanism to subdivision.
But he still has opposition. “The
neighbors are prepared to fight this,”
said Kinley Dumas, an attorney representing a group of residents who
have opposed the development for
Dumas said Teren would have
tremendous difficulty getting the
Board of Zoning Adjustment’s
approval to build the house. “It’s the
most difficult type of land-use
approval to obtain,” Dumas said of
the “use variance” Teren would
need. The variance is necessary to
achieve a theoretical lot subdivision,
which allows construction of more
Parent Teacher Student Association co-president
Mary Giffin said in an interview that she feels the students should be more formally involved in the plan.
“The students who have not been involved in discussing these plans are upset because they use the lunch
period in a lot of important ways,” Giffin said, noting
that she hopes the plan does not create new problems.
She echoed Froning in saying she feels the school is
a safe place, despite the fights that took place last week.
She said she spoke with her daughter, a junior, about the
issue. “I asked her, ‘Are you scared?’ And she said no.”
Rather than the plan being a reaction to some of the
incidents that have occurred in the last month, Froning
said she hopes it marks what will be “consistent application of discipline.”
and got a telescope to study on his
own — though there’s not much
time to do that with Sidwell’s rigorous program.
Cooper, 16, said he has “always
really enjoyed doing science” and
that the competition was tough.
Hopefully next year, the team will
win again, he said, and there won’t
be a scheduling conflict.
The nationals will be held at the
National 4-H Center in Chevy
Chase, Md., May 1 through 6.
quote the mayor’s agent: “Proposed production of 79
‘high end’ condominium housing units ... is hardly
sufficiently ‘special’ enough to warrant a ‘special
merit’ status.”
As to “unreasonable economic hardship,” they said
Bradley’s sunk costs are not the measure. “The property remains available for use as it was originally intended,” the judges wrote, and Bradley is free to “propose a
different design that meets concerns raised” by the
preservation board, which suggested relocating the proposed condo tower away from 16th Street.
“Petitioner took a calculated (and as it turned out,
unwise) risk and commenced the project in the face
of [the historic preservation office’s] expressed concerns ... . Petitioner’s expectations were not reasonable,” the ruling states.
Bradley’s attorney, Whayne Quin, said only that he
and his client are “studying the opinion and considering
our options.”
than one building on a residentially
zoned parcel, she said.
To secure the variance, Teren
must demonstrate there is a “unique
circumstance that creates an undue
burden on him,” Dumas said.
Another challenge is that the
original home’s rear yard sits on an
alley, Avon Lane, which Dumas said
is not wide enough to provide legal
street frontage for a new house. “No
home can be built unless it fronts on
a public street or an alley that is
more than 30 feet wide,” said
Dumas. Teren has said the alley is
that wide in places.
In his e-mail, Teren pointed out
that the Old Georgetown Board has
already approved the architectural
concept for the new residence.
The U.S. Commission of Fine
Arts will vote on the project at its
April 17 meeting, according to secretary Tom Luebke. But the arts
commission can approve only architectural plans, not subdivision.
Some neighbors are upset with
Teren’s plans because of the historic
nature of the estate, one of the city’s
designated landmarks.
Preservation Review Board will
decide whether to amend the property’s 1964 landmark designation to
flesh out its history and significance
— a request of neighbors.
“We can now tell the story of the
building,” said Emily Eig, an architectural historian at consulting firm
E.H.T. Traceries, whom neighbors
enlisted to research the Friendly
Estate’s history.
Eig said the property is one of
Georgetown’s few remaining midsize 19th-century estates, as well as
one of a few historic Georgetown
estates still in private hands.
The Friendly Estate dates back to
the early 19th century, when a
landowner named Williams carved
it out of his vast holdings in northeast Georgetown for a newly married daughter. There have been
many changes since, but the current
19,000-square-foot parcel still has
the same boundaries as when it was
established in 1858.
The house has been home to several prominent Washingtonians,
including journalist Alfred Friendly.
Much of the main house has been
preserved intact, but sometime after
1950 a tennis court, now overgrown
with weeds, was constructed in the
rear yard. It is on that tennis court —
deemed “noncontributing” in terms
of the historic district — that Teren
hopes to build a second house.