No.2 January 14, 2015 - The Current Newspapers


No.2 January 14, 2015 - The Current Newspapers
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Vol. XLVIII, No. 2
The Northwest Current
Ingleside plan nears zoning approval
mad hatter s
■ Development: Carnegie
seeks protections from impact
Current Staff Writer
The Ingleside retirement community’s bid to expand and modernize facilities on Military Road got a
warm reception at the D.C. Board of
Zoning Adjustment Tuesday. But a
last-minute snag will delay the
board’s vote on the case until March
An official from the Carnegie
Institution for Science, which sits
just to the south of the retirement
community, said Ingleside had previously downplayed concerns that
prolonged construction could damage sensitive scientific equipment.
Now, said Richard Carlson,
director of Carnegie’s Department of
Terrestrial Magnetism, both institutions need six weeks to conduct
vibration studies to determine the
extent of the risk and ways to mitigate it. Carnegie uses equipment on
its periphery to study earthquakes
and volcanic activity, for example,
and strong vibrations could jeopardize not only the instruments but
also grant funding for the experiments, and service contracts for the
equipment, he said.
Christopher Collins, Carnegie’s
attorney, said such damage would
See Ingleside/Page 19
Building’s lobbies, halls eyed as landmark
Current Staff Writer
Brian Kapur/The Current
The Palisades Library hosted a “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” on
Thursday to celebrate author Lewis Carroll’s birthday and the
150th anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Attendees got to make a craft, play chess, enjoy refreshments
and watch Disney’s adaptation of the children’s classic.
A new interior landmark nomination could complicate already tangled landlord-tenant negotiations at
Sedgwick Gardens, a lavishly ornamented but aging
Connecticut Avenue apartment building where water
pipes, electric lines and other building systems need
The Cleveland Park Historical Society and Art Deco
Society of Washington filed the application in late
December to cover both the exterior of the 1932 building
at 3726 Connecticut Ave. and also the “exuberantly”
decorated main lobby, elevator lobbies and corridors.
Interior nominations are rare, with only about 15 buildings in the city enjoying interior protections.
“The level of craftsmanship is worth saving,” said
Steve Knight of the Art Deco group, calling the lobby “a
masterpiece — over the top.” Preserving the space,
See Apartments/Page 7
Brian Kapur/The Current
Sedgwick Gardens’ exterior is already protected as
part of the Cleveland Park Historic District, but two
groups want to preserve the lavish interior.
3-D scanner sets sights
on Lincoln’s Cottage
District plans May start for
two-year Key Bridge rehab
Current Correspondent
■ Transportation: City says
At President Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the
Old Soldiers’ Home, a research team is using modern
technology to better understand the national historic
site’s past and help preserve the building for the future.
Researchers from Ithaca College in New York are
using a 3-D laser scanner this week to record all aspects
of the 1840s Gothic Revival cottage’s exterior and interior, 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln last
visited, including a replica of the desk where he drafted
the Emancipation Proclamation. (The original desk is at
the White House.) The data will be digitally preserved
and used to create a 3-D rendering of the building, similar to what you might see in a virtual tour.
“The data collected creates a dynamic, 3-D visual
work will not disrupt traffic
Deirdre Bannon/The Current
Ithaca College physics majors Kevin Coldren, left,
and Evan Van de Wall operate 3-D laser equipment
in use at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Ward 4.
database,” which can show in graphic detail the exact
condition of the building and create a record of the preservation work of the past, said Michael Rodgers, physics
and archaeology professor at Ithaca. It will also help
guide a plan for work that will be necessary in future
See Cottage/Page 19
Crowded field in
Ward 4 includes
former Bowser aide
— Page 3
National Cathedral
basketball star
nets 2,000th point
— Page 11
Current Staff Writer
The D.C. Department of Transportation will kick off a two-year
project to rehabilitate the Key Bridge
this spring, but it is promising relatively limited traffic disruptions.
The 1925 bridge, which runs
between Georgetown and Rosslyn,
Va., saw its last major work in 1986,
the Transportation Department’s
Rick Kenney said at last week’s
Georgetown advisory neighborhood
commission meeting.
Unlike with the bridge’s 1986
overhaul, motorists shouldn’t expect
major traffic disruptions this time.
The bulk of the project affects the
substructure, with workers accessing
the underside of the bridge from a
barge, according to Kenney.
“It’s a concrete structure — most
of the work is addressing deteriorating concrete,” he said. “You won’t
see the workers. They’ll be under the
bridge, in the arches, under the
Other project work includes
See Bridge/Page 19
Zoning Commission
to hear proposals
regarding pop-ups
— Page 5
District Digest/4
In Your Neighborhood/18
Police Report/6
Real Estate/17
School Dispatches/20
Service Directory/27
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Planning commission agrees Seaton teacher wins $25,000 Milken award
to alley closing in Palisades
Current Staff Writer
Current Staff Writer
A prolonged dispute over a narrow “paper alley” in the Palisades
landed at the National Capital Planning Commission last Thursday,
with commissioners approving the
contested alley closing five years
after an abutting homeowner fenced
off the property without permission.
The federal panel, which normally devotes its monthly meetings
to the design of federal monuments
and buildings, spent an hour on
arguments about the closing of the
15-by-225-foot alley behind 2427
Chain Bridge Road. Members eventually supported it, with one dissent,
on narrow grounds: that transferring
rights for the patch of green space
would have “no impact on the federal interest.”
All sides — including the offending homeowner, John Klick — agree
that he simply fenced off the alley
and landscaped it in 2009 after concluding that the District’s formal
alley-closing process would take too
long. Neighbors have angrily contended that he should not be rewarded with retroactive approval.
But the dispute lingered on
because the various governmental
bodies that reviewed the case have
compartmentalized responsibilities,
considering only the legal criteria
that they say govern their specific
roles in alley-closing decisions.
The D.C. Public Space Committee in 2013 fined Klick for taking
over the alley without permission,
advised him to file a normal alley
closing application, and then decided not to require removal of the
fences while the D.C. Council pondered the belated application.
The council, for its part, could
consider only whether the alley was
needed for “street or alley purposes,” Chairman Phil Mendelson has
See Alley/Page 10
A Seaton Elementary School teacher was surprised last Thursday with a $25,000 Milken Educator
Award — one of the prestigious prizes from the
Milken Family Foundation that Teacher Magazine
has dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching.”
Michelle Johnson, who teaches second grade at
the Shaw school, received the award during a morning assembly. She was visibly shocked by the
announcement, at first burying her face in her hands
and then holding back tears as she walked to the front
of the room to accept the honor.
Milken Family Foundation co-founder Mike
Milken said Johnson has had a profoundly positive
effect on her students, many of whom come from
low-income families and are in the process of learning English as a second language.
“By getting kids in her classroom excited about
learning and thinking for themselves, she significantly improved their achievement levels,” Milken
said in a statement.
Specifically, the students Johnson taught during
her first year at Seaton “grew at least five book levels,
and many had double digit growth” on reading tests,
according to the foundation. Johnson cut the number
Ex-Bowser aide draws crowd in Ward 4 race
Current Staff Writer
There isn’t actually an incumbent in the April 28
special election to replace Muriel Bowser on the D.C.
Council, but you wouldn’t have known it watching
Brandon Todd work the crowd at his Georgia Avenue
campaign office this past Saturday.
Wading through a sea of supporters gathered for an
open house, the longtime Bowser aide and president of
the Ward 4 Democrats shook hands and posed for iPhone
photos. All the while, he appeared alongside balloons
and campaign posters colored green and yellow — the
same colors his former boss used in her successful bids
for public office.
Making the symbolism even stronger, photos of Todd
and Bowser together also hung on the walls, serving as a
reminder that the new mayor has an obvious preference
when it comes to who succeeds her.
After nearly an hour of grip-and-grin, Todd stepped
to a microphone and made clear that his campaign’s
message is one of continuity and experience. Pledging to
“continue the progress” that Bowser achieved in her
ward, he touted his tenure as her constituent services
director, during which he said he had been “delivering
every single day from the Ward 4 council office.”
Todd’s message was as unyielding as it was unmistakable. Asked to name the biggest differences between
Bowser and himself, he declined to name any at all.
“We’re similar,” he told The Current. “I will govern in a
very similar way.”
See Ward 4/Page 12
The week ahead
Wednesday, Jan. 14
The D.C. Council’s Committee on
Education will hold an open house from
4 to 6 p.m. in Room 116 of the John A.
Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW.
■ Wilson High School will host a meeting on the principal selection process
with D.C. Public Schools instructional
superintendent Dan Shea. The meeting
will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium
at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. A meet and greet with
interim principal Greg Bargeman will be
held in the auditorium lobby from 6:30
to 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17
DC Vote, DC Working Families, the
National Institute for Civil Discourse and
the Urban Institute will host “Talking
Transition DC Town Meeting” from 9:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount
Vernon Place NW. The interactive, hightech meeting will address challenges
facing the city, identify priorities for the
new mayor and generate ideas for making local government more effective; the
day will include small group discussions
with residents from all eight wards. To
register, visit
Wednesday, Jan. 21
The Community Alliance for Upper
Fourteenth Street, Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority-Xi Omega Chapter, the Carter
Barron East Neighborhood Association
and the 16th Street Heights Civic Association will hold the “Heights Community
Soup,” a potluck dinner where neighbors will choose and help fund community projects. The event will be held from
6 to 8:30 p.m. at Alpha Kappa Alpha-Xi
Omega Chapter, 4411 14th St. NW. The
$5 suggestion donation includes soup,
salad, bread and a vote. For details,
email [email protected]; proposals are due by Jan.
Saturday, Jan. 24
EmpowerTalk and Esther Productions Inc. will co-host “The People’s
State of the Union” with a citizens group
named the U.S. Department of Arts and
Culture. Participants will express their
views about their communities; the con-
dition of our culture; and the state of
the union locally, nationally and globally.
Literary activist and author E. Ethelbert
Miller will kick off the event with
remarks. The meeting will be held from
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
Brian Kapur/The Current
Michelle Johnson, a second-grade teacher at
Seaton Elementary, was shocked when officials
announced she had won the Milken prize.
of students classified as reading “far below” grade
level in half, improving scores more quickly than any
other teacher at the school. In the end, 90 percent of
her students moved up a proficiency level or reached
the proficient/advanced level on city standardized
Speaking to reporters after receiving her award,
See Award/Page 10
Monday, Jan. 26
The Georgetown Business Improvement District will host a community
meeting on the 15-year “Georgetown
2028” action plan. The meeting will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the House of
Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
The D.C. Department of Transportation will host a Capital Bikeshare open
house. Representatives will present proposed fare increases, review system
highlights and performance, solicit feedback from riders, and discuss issues
related to the system’s growth and
development. The meeting will be held
from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room A-5, Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G
St. NW. Registration is requested at or 202-829-0591.
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District Digest
Bowser picks deputy
mayor for planning
Mayor Muriel Bowser has
selected Takoma Park, Md., city
manager Brian Kenner as the city’s
new deputy mayor for planning and
economic development.
Kenner, who will start next
month, has worked for the D.C.
economic development office
before, serving as chief operating
officer prior to moving to his current job in the suburbs, according to
a news release. His work there
involved managing the team drawing up the redevelopment plan for
Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Prior to that, Kenner, who has
degrees from the University of Iowa
and Harvard University, worked on
community investments for Fannie
Mae; on public-private initiatives
for Jones Lang LaSalle; on government real estate advising for Ernst
& Young; and as a presidential
management fellow for the federal
“Economic development and job
creation are driving forces of the
District’s economy and I am thrilled
to return to this vibrant and diverse
city,” Kenner says in the release.
“My job on day one is to provide
residents and businesses the top
notch quality of services they
deserve and expect from a worldclass city.”
Fees under review
for C&O Canal Park
The C&O Canal National Historic Park is proposing expanding
the entrance fee currently charged
in the Great Falls Tavern area off of
MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac,
Md., to all areas of the park that lie
outside D.C., as well as increasing
the cost of entrance at those sites,
and adding a parking fee at Fletchers Cove.
The moves are part of a nationwide review of fees at National
Park Service facilities. The local
park, which notes in a release that
100 percent of fees are invested in
park projects, is seeking public
input on the proposal at tinyurl.
com/canal-fees, which also offers
details on the changes. The deadline
for public comment is Feb. 22.
Under the proposal, the park
would also discontinue a reciprocal
agreement with Great Falls Park in
Virginia that allows visitors to visit
both parks under one pass.
Shaw water odor still
under investigation
The D.C. Water and Sewer
Authority is continuing to investigate the source of a petroleum-type
smell that spurred a “do not drink”
advisory in parts of Shaw and
Logan Circle from Dec. 17 to 19.
The agency, known as DC
Water, and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency are “analyzing
water samples and reviewing infor-
mation collected during the investigation,” according to a news
More information is available at A map of the affected
area is at
Tifereth Israel shows
rain garden project
Tifereth Israel Congregation
recently unveiled a demonstration
project of linked rain gardens and
permeable pavers developed with
support from the D.C. Department
of the Environment.
“Tifereth Israel is the first religious institution to showcase multiple landscape development strategies that help stormwater infiltrate
into the ground,” the department’s
P. Trinh Doan says in a news
release. “We would love to see
other communities of faith undertake similar projects.”
The 16th Street congregation
used $83,000 in funding from the
city agency to install two types of
rain gardens that absorb water and
three types of permeable pavers that
let rain soak into the ground.
The synagogue hopes the project
will inspire members to implement
similar systems at home and plans
to share its experiences with other
faith communities, according to the
Park Service names
Rock Creek deputy
National Park Service veteran
Frank Young is the new deputy
superintendent of Rock Creek Park,
overseeing park operations.
Young has worked with the Park
Service locally for nearly 27 years,
most recently as acting deputy
superintendent of National Capital
Parks-East. He has also served as
chief of maintenance for National
Capital Parks-East and has been a
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maintenance mechanic leader and
maintenance mechanic.
Park superintendent Tara Morrison recently named him as her deputy, with a start date in December.
“We are excited to have Frank
join the staff at Rock Creek Park
and look forward to working with
him as we prepare to celebrate the
park’s 125th anniversary in 2015,”
said Morrison.
Volunteers sought for
park cleanup events
The group Rock Creek Conservancy is offering volunteer opportunities throughout the weekend at 18
park locations to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
and the park’s 125th anniversary.
Activities will include cutting
invasive vines from trees and
cleaning trash from streams. Many
of the 18 sites are in Northwest,
and some are kid-friendly. Details
are at
Forever 21 to open
in Georgetown mall
Forever 21 will hold a grand
opening for its new Georgetown
clothing store Saturday, with the
first 300 people in line at 10 a.m.
receiving a gift card for $10 to
The 20,000-plus-square-foot
space is located in Georgetown
Park mall, at 3222 M St. Forever 21
is a Los Angeles-based fashion
retailer with more than 670 stores in
45 countries.
Grand-opening festivities will
also include a DJ and a complimentary photo booth.
New tool shows live
transit information
The D.C. Department of Transportation has launched a free digital
mapping tool — RideDC — that
shows the real-time transportation
options available at specific city
spots at any given time.
The tool, available at ridedc., is currently usable only
on large, high-definition monitors,
but a mobile app will be ready soon
for iOS, Android and Windows
The maps show Metrobus and
DC Circulator schedules and Nextbus updates; Metrorail arrival predictions; availability of Capital
Bikeshare bikes and open docks;
and car-sharing locations and availability.
Users can create a “custom”
dashboard, modifying the program
to display one or all of the transit
options and show those available
within a two-, four- or six-minute
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Zoning panel to weigh pop-up restrictions
Current Staff Writer
City proposals that would control the conversion of D.C. row
houses into “pop-up” apartment
buildings have won support from
several advisory neighborhood
commissions, while generating concerns from some area developers.
“Pop-ups” have been a source of
concern in many row house neighborhoods like Dupont Circle and
Petworth, where a developer can
purchase a single-family home and
expand it upward and rearward to
turn it into an apartment building.
Opponents say pop-ups are unattractive and that they rob immediate
neighbors of light, air and privacy.
These detractors also say they eliminate family-friendly housing stock
and add unwelcome density pressures. Supporters, meanwhile, say
they increase housing supply in
desirable neighborhoods and create
units that are more affordable.
Agreeing with opponents, the
Office of Planning has suggested
reducing what changes can be made
in R-4 row house zones as a matter
of right — that is to say, without
vetting from neighbors and other
members of the public.
As proposed, height maximums
in R-4 would drop from 40 feet to
35, and the number of housing units
in buildings older than 1958 would
be capped at two (there is no current
limit). In addition, a “mezzanine”
loophole would be closed that often
lets developers skirt a three-story
cap with a smaller fourth level.
Developers could still create
pop-up apartment projects, but they
would have to demonstrate to the
Board of Zoning Adjustment that
granting them waivers from zoning
rules wouldn’t harm neighbors or
lead to buildings that are out of
character for their surroundings.
The Zoning Commission will
hold a public hearing on the Planning Office’s proposals, including
some alternatives also put forward
by the agency, at 6:30 p.m. tomorSee Pop-ups/Page 7
Hyde-Addison to add pre-K for 3-year-olds
Current Staff Writer
Georgetown’s Hyde-Addison Elementary School
will offer expanded prekindergarten programming when
it opens its doors for a new school year this fall.
In addition to its current pre-K offerings for 4-yearolds, the O Street school will have one new class for
3-year-olds, principal Elizabeth Namba told The Current
this week. The class will have 17 students, one teacher
and one assistant. Interested families can apply for a spot
by using the My School DC lottery at,
which is open until early March.
“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity,” Namba
said, noting that she has seen “a lot of positive excitement and enthusiasm” about the class. Many experts
believe early-learning programs can help to reduce the
academic achievement gap as students grow older.
Asked about potential curriculum for the 3-year-olds,
Namba said details are still being worked out by a planning committee at the school. She hopes to have the
curriculum finalized by May in order to share it with
families of incoming students in early June.
In the meantime, Namba is inviting prospective parents to attend upcoming open houses at Hyde-Addison,
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including one from 9 to 10 a.m. on Feb. 6.
The principal also plans to visit other D.C. schools
that are already offering pre-K for 3-year-olds. She is
particularly eager to learn about best practices from the
nearby School Without Walls at Francis Stevens and
Maury Elementary in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
In an interview, Hyde-Addison parent Caroline
Simonds Pessey said she’s glad to see early learning
options expanding. Her 6-year-old daughter started at
Hyde-Addison as a 4-year-old and had an excellent
experience, making lots of friends and enjoying “structured play” as well as math and reading lessons, she said.
Pessey knows many parents in and around Georgetown are glad to take advantage of a quality public
school instead of shelling out tens of thousands of dollars
for a private preschool. “It’s good to have affordable
options in the neighborhood,” she said.
Throughout Northwest, pre-K for 3-year-olds —
known as “PK3” — is already offered at many D.C.
Public Schools campuses, including Bancroft, Barnard,
Bruce-Monroe, Cleveland, Garrison, H.D. Cooke, Marie
Reed, Powell, Ross, Seaton, Shepherd, Thomson and
Tubman elementary schools. There are also programs for
3-year-olds at the Brightwood, Raymond, Takoma,
Truesdell, West and Whittier education campuses.
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Police Report
This is a listing of reports taken
from Jan. 5 through 11 by the
Metropolitan Police Department in local police service
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Sexual abuse
■ 1300-1399 block, New York
Ave.; 1:08 a.m. Jan. 6.
Motor vehicle theft
■ 500-599 block, 13th St.;
2:32 a.m. Jan. 6.
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■ 1200-1299 block, G St.; 11
a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 900-999 block, G St.; 1:45
p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 1000-1099 block, H St.; 3
p.m. Jan. 6.
■ 1300-1399 block, F St.; 2:33
p.m. Jan. 7.
■ 1300-1399 block,
Pennsylvania Ave.; 7:33 p.m.
Jan. 8.
■ 900-999 block, F St.; 6:50
p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 600-699 block, 13th St.;
8:09 p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 900-999 block, F St.; 9:50
p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 600-699 block, 12th St.;
1:11 p.m. Jan. 10.
■ 1000-1099 block, F St.; 1:15
p.m. Jan. 10.
■ 900-999 block, E St.; 6:46
p.m. Jan. 10.
■ 1000-1099 block, H St.;
1:45 p.m. Jan. 11.
Theft from auto
■ K and 11th streets; 8:40
a.m. Jan. 6.
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■ Gallery
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■ K and 4th streets; 3:30 a.m.
Jan. 9.
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Assault with a dangerous
■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 2
a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 600-699 block, H St.; 4:40
p.m. Jan. 7 (with knife).
■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 7:47
p.m. Jan. 6.
■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 7:31
p.m. Jan. 7.
■ 800-899 block, 9th St.; 5:31
p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 400-499 block, 7th St.; 6:45
p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 3:15
p.m. Jan. 10.
Theft from auto
■ 700-799 block, I St.; 6:39
p.m. Jan. 5.
■ F and 8th streets; 9:02 p.m.
Jan. 5.
psa 202
■ Friendship Heights
Tenleytown / AU Park
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 4:20 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 4:38 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 4500-4599 block, 40th St.;
9:19 a.m. Jan. 8.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 8:03 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 4 p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 3:45 p.m. Jan. 10.
Theft from auto
■ 5226-5299 block, 42nd St.;
6:15 p.m. Jan. 5.
psa 203
■ forest
203 hills / van ness
cleveland park
Motor vehicle theft
■ 3000-3379 block, Ordway
St.; 9:10 a.m. Jan. 6.
■ 2900-2999 block, Van Ness
St.; 10:29 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 4200-4225 block,
Connecticut Ave.; 11:20 a.m.
Jan. 9.
Theft from auto
■ 3600-3699 block,
Cumberland St.; 8:50 a.m. Jan.
■ 2500-2880 block, Porter St.;
9:40 a.m. Jan. 9.
psa 204
■ Massachusetts avenue
heights / cleveland park
woodley park / Glover
park / cathedral heights
■ 2600-3899 block, Tunlaw
Road; 3:24 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 2700-2799 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 11:57 a.m. Jan. 10.
Theft from auto
■ 3900-4099 block, Tunlaw
Road; 1:32 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 35th and Lowell streets; 4
p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 2900-3099 block, Cathedral
Ave.; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 42nd and Edmunds streets;
9 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ W and 40th streets; 7:30
a.m. Jan. 9.
■ 2900-3001 block, Cleveland
Ave.; 9 a.m. Jan. 9.
■ 2900-2999 block, Bellevue
Terrace; 9:56 a.m. Jan. 9.
■ 3900-4099 block, Tunlaw
Road; 10:07 a.m. Jan. 9.
■ Garfield Street and 29th
Place; 3:50 p.m. Jan. 9.
psa 205
■ palisades
/ spring valley
Wesley Heights / Foxhall
201 201
■ 4400-4499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 1:28 p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 3000-3099 block, Dogwood
St.; 3:30 a.m. Jan. 5.
Theft from auto
■ 4200-4299 block, 49th St.;
1:56 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ chevy chase
■ 5100-5198 block, MacArthur
Blvd.; 2:56 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 3340-3399 block, Maud St.;
3:53 p.m. Jan. 8.
206 206
■ georgetown / burleith
■ 2600-2699 block, P St.; 7:10
a.m. Jan. 7.
■ 2600-2699 block, P St.;
3:08 a.m. Jan. 9.
■ 3600-3699 block, O St.;
1:33 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 3600-3699 block, O St.;
10:40 p.m. Jan. 6.
■ 1900-1999 block, 35th
Place; 6:02 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 1200-1299 block, 31st St.;
9:50 a.m. Jan. 7.
■ 3300-3399 block,
Whitehaven St.; 4:40 p.m. Jan.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
8:20 p.m. Jan. 7.
■ 3000-3099 block, Dent
Place; 10:38 a.m. Jan. 8.
■ 1048-1099 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 5:40 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 3100-3199 block, M St.;
10:39 a.m. Jan. 9.
■ 1000-1099 block, Thomas
Jefferson St.; 4:10 p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 3517-3599 block, T St.; 7:28
p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
9:15 p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 1500-1599 block, 30th St.;
2:36 a.m. Jan. 10.
■ 3036-3099 block, M St.;
5:05 p.m. Jan. 10.
■ M and 26th streets; 5:32
p.m. Jan. 10.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
6:01 p.m. Jan. 10.
■ 1600-1677 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 7:48 p.m. Jan. 11.
Theft from auto
■ 3200-3229 block, P St.; 7:53
a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 3400-3499 block, R St.;
8:02 a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 3400-3499 block, R St.;
8:57 a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 3400-3499 block, R St.;
10:01 a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 3400-3499 block, R St.;
6:28 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 3000-3049 block, R St.;
8:24 a.m. Jan. 7.
■ 1560-1609 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 11:44 a.m. Jan. 7.
■ 3050-3054 block, R St.;
6:49 p.m. Jan. 7.
■ 2900-2999 block, Olive St.;
7:11 p.m. Jan. 7.
■ 3100-3199 block, South St.;
7:58 p.m. Jan. 11.
207 207
■ foggy bottom / west end
■ 1400-1433 block, K St.;
2:12 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 2400-2499 block,
Pennsylvania Ave.; 12:44 p.m.
Jan. 9.
■ 1400-1433 block, K St.;
5:07 p.m. Jan. 9.
Motor vehicle theft
■ 18th and F streets; 3:25
p.m. Jan. 7.
■ 1800-1899 block, M St.; 3
p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 900-999 block, 16th St.;
6:22 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 2500-2699 block, Virginia
Ave.; 8:29 a.m. Jan. 6.
■ 1700-1799 block, De Sales
St.; 2:17 p.m. Jan. 6.
■ 2500-2699 block, Virginia
Ave.; 11 a.m. Jan. 7.
■ 1000-1099 block, Vermont
Ave.; 11:28 a.m. Jan. 8.
■ I and 22nd streets; 3 p.m.
Jan. 8.
■ 1800-1899 block, L St.; 7:30
p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 1000-1099 block, 19th St.;
8:28 p.m. Jan. 9.
Theft from auto
■ 900-999 block, 18th St.;
2:28 a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 600-749 block, New
Hampshire Ave.; 10:08 p.m.
Jan. 6.
■ 21st and K streets; 1:53
p.m. Jan. 10.
psa 208
■ sheridan-kalorama
dupont circle
■ 1800-1819 block, 18th St.;
10:11 a.m. Jan. 8.
■ 1800-1899 block, M St.;
12:41 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 1615-1699 block, Rhode
Island Ave.; 4 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 1700-1799 block, Rhode
Island Ave.; 5:45 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ 1200-1249 block, 22nd St.;
9:52 a.m. Jan. 8.
■ 1-7 block, Dupont Circle;
7:52 p.m. Jan. 9.
■ 1400-1499 block, 22nd St.;
2:45 a.m. Jan. 11.
■ 1300-1699 block,
Connecticut Ave.; 5:10 p.m.
Jan. 11.
Theft from auto
■ 19th Street and Riggs Place;
5:26 a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 2400-2499 block, California
St.; 8:18 a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 2200-2299 block, N St.;
8:50 a.m. Jan. 5.
■ S and 19th streets; 8:54
a.m. Jan. 5.
■ 1100-1199 block, 18th St.;
9:42 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 1500-1599 block, N St.;
10:40 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 1600-1699 block, N St.;
3:30 p.m. Jan. 11.
301 301
■ Dupont circle
■ 1619-1699 block, 17th St.;
4:56 p.m. Jan. 8.
■ 1921-1999 block, 14th St.;
4:05 a.m. Jan. 10.
Theft from auto
■ 1400-1499 block, W St.;
4:05 p.m. Jan. 5.
■ Willard and 17th streets;
8:28 a.m. Jan. 7.
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ednesday, January 14, 2015
POP-UPS: Zoning Commission to hear proposal for new restrictions in row house zones
From Page 5
Based on testimony submitted electronically as of yesterday, the restrictions have
community support in several neighborhoods
that have seen many pop-ups, including
Adams Morgan, Petworth and the U Street
corridor. The Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission unanimously supported
the city proposals at its meeting last Wednesday.
“I think they’re going to make our neighborhoods stay our neighborhoods,” said commissioner JonMarc Buffa.
Commissioner Alan Gambrell added that
the proposals are “all quite reasonable in terms
of bringing the neighborhood more to scale
and protecting the integrity of our houses.”
Only one of the seven neighborhood com-
missions that submitted testimony ahead of
the upcoming Thursday hearing had serious
complaints about the proposal. Commission
6B, representing part of Capitol Hill, supported a reduced height maximum but opposed
three components: capping the number of
units in a building, requiring a project to consider the character of the street and changing
the definition of a mezzanine. (A second
Capitol Hill commission, 6A, fully endorsed
the Office of Planning recommendations.)
Two developers filed written concerns:
Sunil Chhabra, representing Pro DC’s Future;
and Greg Auger of BHOB Realty LLC.
“The revitalization of a dilapidated large
row home or an addition to an existing building on a large lot in an R-4 Zone District into
a multi-family building has served as an
important catalyst for the revitalization of
entire blocks or areas,” Chhabra wrote.
APARTMENTS: Sedgwick Gardens interior designation could delay renovations, owner says
From Page 1
Knight said, “doesn’t preclude doing
needed work. Things obviously need
to be fixed. It just requires a higher
level of care.”
The nomination came as a surprise to DARO Management Services, whose parent company has
owned the building — designed by
noted local architect Mihran Mesrobian — since 1958. The firm is planning major renovations to address
some serious infrastructure problems, president Carissa Barry said in
an interview. “We were caught off
guard,” she said.
“We’re working with the historians on what is original, and what can
be saved,” Barry said. “We too care
very much about the architecture,
but the building infrastructure needs
work.” The landmark process could
potentially delay renovations or
boost costs, she said. “We don’t want
a confrontational situation, but this
throws a little bit of a monkey
But Gwen Wright, a preservation
expert who volunteers with the historical society, said landmarking
could make the building eligible for
federal preservation tax credits to
help cover renovation costs, and also
boost its overall value.
Changes to the exterior of the
building already require approval by
the D.C. Historic Preservation
Review Board because it lies within
the Cleveland Park Historic District.
But during a recent tour, Wright said,
she was “blown away” by the elegance and elaborate ornamentation
of the building’s interior, yet also
alarmed by cracking plaster and
other signs of deterioration. “We
worried that it was not well maintained,” and suggested an interior
nomination might help.
“Yes, it does require a little more
effort” to preserve historic features
while renovating, Wright said. “But
the reality is, these [historic] apartments are really unique and highly
desirable. If they really made an
effort [to preserve historic features],
that would be a great selling point.”
The nomination is causing some
consternation in the tenants association, which is already involved in
litigation challenging whether a
recent change of ownership has triggered the District’s “Tenant Opportunity to Purchase” law, which
would entitle tenants to purchase the
building, or give them leverage to
negotiate for improvements and rent
limits for current residents.
“This building is very old, and
previous owners really let it go,” said
tenants association president Jeff
Quigley. He said water gets shut off
frequently because of pipe problems,
while electricity can be erratic
because that system hasn’t been
upgraded. “My hope is that any
[landmarking] would not substantially raise the cost,” of renovations,
or justify hiking rents on existing
tenants, Quigley said. “Historic preservation is important, but our top
priority is to ensure basic services.”
Both Quigley and DARO president Barry said needed renovation
work is delicate because some pipes
and electric lines run through the
highly ornamented columns in the
building’s main lobby. Barry said
pipes within the columns are leaking, resulting in cracks in the faux
plaster ornamentation.
But pipes and electric lines are
not the focus of the landmark nomination, penned by architectural historians Sally Berk and Caroline
Mesrobian Hickman, granddaughter
of the architect. Their nomination
describes in detail the five-story
building, with its distinctive portecochere and “elaborate, eclectic
lobby,” displaying “creative uses of
Byzantine, Romanesque, Moorish,
and Art Deco motifs.”
Sedgwick Gardens, they write, is
“one of the most distinctive apartment houses in the city of Washington.” The building itself also helps
illustrate the march of luxury apartment buildings up Connecticut Avenue after World War I, with doormen, valets to park cars in a heated
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basement garage, secretarial services
and elevator operators employed to
coddle its prestigious residents.
The main lobby, with its interior
fountain, skylit court, intimate niches and many columns and piers, is
densely ornamented. The nomination describes statues and carvings of
nude women, stylized griffins,
horned grotesques, unclothed Native
Americans and fruited vines — what
one reviewer described as “almost
barbaric splendor.”
Corridors still lined by solid birch
apartment doors with ebony inlay
and louvers that provided ventilation
to many of the original 117 apartments are also part of the nomina-
Any organization whose mission
includes preservation can file such
nominations, according to the Historic Preservation Office. However,
the Historic Preservation Review
Board will probably not consider the
nomination until permit applications
for the renovations are filed.
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Safety first
There are two primary questions to be answered after Monday’s terrifying Metro incident that left one rider dead and injured dozens more when
their train filled with smoke: Why? And how can we avoid a repeat?
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the episode,
and we hope its report will resolve both queries, though it could be months
before the document is released.
What we do know is that a southbound Yellow Line train stopped about
800 feet into the tunnel between the L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations a
little before 3:30 p.m. Monday. The power went out, leaving the train dark,
and then smoke started to pour in. Passengers were told to stay in place, but
some exited before emergency responders evacuated the train. The safety
board has reported that the fault lies with an “electrical arcing” malfunction
involving electricity escaping from the third rail that powers the trains.
Few details about Carol Glover, 61, the woman who died, were available
as of The Current’s deadline. Nor was it clear exactly how long it took emergency responders to access passengers. Some riders said it was nearly an
hour before firefighters reached them. In a news briefing yesterday, Mayor
Muriel Bowser said she thinks the fire department’s response was within
normal time parameters. Some attribute the delay to Metro.
Mayor Bowser’s initial comments about the disaster were subdued,
focused primarily on condolences for the victim’s family. But yesterday she
offered more concrete pronouncements. She promised an investigation into
the city’s response by next week and said she would work with city, Maryland and Virginia officials to ensure the cause of the incident is corrected.
Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, the council’s new representative on the board that governs the transit authority, offered stronger criticisms
of Metro. He said on Twitter and on a radio show that the incident was “a
tragedy that should never happen again” and that officials must “commit to
improving processes and trust in the system.”
We agree with Mr. Evans, though we believe the focus must be on infrastructure improvements — with increased trust coming (we hope) as a result.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is currently finalizing a report on the region’s infrastructure needs, which calls for $58 billion
to update transportation, utility, safety and energy systems. The Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which operates Metro, has reported a
need to spend $16 billion through 2025. These are large figures, but securing
the region’s safety, including on its railways, is crucial.
Filling vacancies
The CurrenT
In Ward 4, complaints last week about the city’s snow response went …
nowhere. Or at least, not to any dedicated council member and his/her staff.
In her new post as mayor, former Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel
Bowser will hear some of these concerns from her old constituents. Like her
predecessors, she has staff members assigned to handle constituent affairs for
each ward. But we’re troubled that residents will spend four months without
a council representative of their own. Ward 8 residents are in the same boat.
For Ward 4, the situation harkens back to eight years ago, when Adrian
Fenty became mayor. (Ward 7 also lost its representative then, as Vincent
Gray ascended to the council chairmanship.) At the time, we said Congress
should amend the D.C. charter to allow temporary appointments to fill the
posts. We suggested allowing either the ward party organization or the council chairman to choose the legislator’s replacement — with the person selected then prohibited from running for the seat in the special election.
We’ll second ourselves now. And upon further reflection, we wonder
whether Council Chairman Phil Mendelson couldn’t appoint temporary
replacements to fill the constituent-service role without first convincing Congress to alter the charter. Having a representative who can play the full role
would be preferable, but supporting residents is most necessary now. At the
very least, Mr. Mendelson could redirect calls from Ms. Bowser’s former
lines to a select staff within his own office until the April 28 special election.
(At present, a recording tells callers that the office is closed for the holidays.)
And when it comes to that election, there’s another issue we’d like to see
addressed. There are currently 18 prospective candidates for Ms. Bowser’s
seat and 25 for Mr. Barry’s. The crowd means the winners will most likely
receive a small slice of the votes, an unfortunate result that could be avoided
by establishing a runoff election. Again, we’re repeating ourselves here, but
we think instant runoffs in which voters rate each candidate would be ideal.
Implementing such a change would ensure greater buy-in for the ultimate
winners. There isn’t time to make this fix before the April election, but it’s
the perfect time to start working on the matter before the next vote.
Too many things to fix … !
aking a look around the region, an awful lot of
stuff needs fixing.
On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is hosting a news conference to say the area has $58 billion — billion —
in unmet infrastructure needs. The Council of State
Governments, a national group for state officials, lists
“infrastructure neglect” as one of its top issues for
2015. It could have been a top issue for the past 20
years, or it could be one
for the next 20.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is
the current Metropolitan
Washington Council of
Governments chairman.
He asked the regional body to focus on capital projects as a special project while he is chairman. Mendelson last year slashed about $400 million from the
District’s planned streetcar system, and there are suggestions that D.C. may follow Arlington’s lead and
drop the citywide system now planned. New Mayor
Muriel Bowser already has signaled that she might
prefer less costly rapid bus lanes over streetcars.
Departing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
Authority general manager Richard Sarles has
warned that buses cost Metro money (maintenance,
replacements, personnel) while the rail line makes
money for the system if enough people keep riding it.
Last week Sarles told the Metro board that “safety is
top of mind for all employees throughout the Authority.” Monday’s tragic fire at L’Enfant Plaza will raise
a thousand questions about the status and state of
Metro, which insiders say needs far more money
than is popularly known.
On Monday, NBC4 reported that the National
Park Service is exploring ways to raise fees and
impose some new ones to help maintain the C&O
Canal National Historical Park. (See nbcwashington.
com for a list of the proposed fees and information
on public hearings to be held through Feb. 5.)
■ Fix Virginia ethics? U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.,
was among those who sent letters to the judge who
sentenced former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to
two years in prison for his mingling of public duties
and private gifts. Kaine said simply that McDonnell
in his life had shown examples of mercy and that
perhaps the judge could show some to McDonnell.
But on the WAMU “Politics Hour” last Friday,
Kaine was more focused on fixing the ethics gap in
Virginia. “It’s made worse because the Virginia ethical rules are so lax,” Kaine said during the show. The
former governor noted that a Newport News delegate
also had been sentenced to prison in a separate case.
“When you have two convictions like this it ought
to make the legislature get serious,” Kaine said. “I do
believe Gov. [Terry] McAuliffe and the General
Assembly will fix the glaring weaknesses. A lax ethical culture can contribute to bad behavior.” The legis-
lature starts Wednesday.
■ Fix Maryland’s Democrats? There are still bitter
feelings from Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s
astounding loss in last year’s governor’s race. Republican Larry Hogan takes office on Jan. 21 after one of
the biggest upset wins in the nation.
Washington Post columnist Robert McCarthy last
week interviewed outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley,
who had hoped a win by his lieutenant governor
would bolster his own
still-fledgling presidential ambitions. As he has
been a few times before,
O’Malley was critical of
the Brown campaign.
“They made a tactical decision not to defend the [O’Malley] record or
talk about it,” he told the columnist. “And we saw
the results that we saw.” Brown has quickly fad from
view after his colossal loss. He made a cameo
appearance at Mayor Muriel Bowser’s inaugural on
Jan. 2 but kept a low profile.
“You have to offer an affirmative economic message to the voters,” O’Malley continued with McCarthy. “If you give voters a choice between a Democrat
who promises to do nothing and a Republican who
promises to do nothing, they’re generally going to
side with the Republican, because they’re better at
that than we are.”
Maryland Democrats would be smart not to nominate a 2018 candidate who campaigns in a bubble, as
many observers say Brown did.
■ Fix the schedule gap? The District and its neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia have a lot of
issues in common, from our polluted rivers to transportation concerns (and the financial instability of
Metro) to economic competition, among others.
So it was potentially significant when Mayor
Bowser and Virginia Gov. McAuliffe held a meeting
this past week, a meeting that appeared on neither
official’s public calendar. Mayor Bowser tweeted out
a photo of the two posing in a restaurant, and a barebones message: “I just had a great lunch with
@TerryMcAuliffe where we discussed ways to grow
the region’s economy.” Bowser’s staff said the omission was an unintentional oversight, but it still was
odd that both leaders kept the meeting secret.
■ Fix the statehood insult? Once again, there is an
effort to get President Obama to include a call for
D.C. voting rights and/or statehood in his State of the
Union address, on Jan. 20. Someone alert the Notebook if that happens. He’s zero for five so far.
■ Fix your decorations. Your holiday decorations
were lovely. We’re now into the third week of January. Take it all down. The stores already are displaying Valentine’s candy. You don’t want to be left
behind. Do you?
Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
Letters to
the eDitor
District gas prices
aren’t reasonable
In an era when the national
average price of gasoline is
reported to be $2.14, many D.C.
gasoline stations charge one-third
to 50 percent more. (The D.C.
average was $2.58 as of Sunday,
according to AAA Mid-Atlantic;
the Washington metropolitan area
average was $2.27.) This cannot
be the result of a free market, but
rather the impact of firms with
monopoly power.
This is more than a local issue.
It is the federal government’s role
to limit market power by monopo-
lies. While the energy industry is
heavily marketing the need for a
pipeline through the Plains states
on the basis that it will reduce our
fuel costs, it is simultaneously
manipulating these markets to
ensure that these reductions often
do not occur. Let us not swallow
these rationales easily.
Vic Miller
Washington Heights
Light snow shouldn’t
impede trash pickup
I am looking out my window
at a street full of trash that has not
been collected all week. I called
the D.C. Department of Public
Works and was told the trash
would be collected by the end of
the week. Today is Friday, and the
same piles of trash are there. I
asked the call taker why the trash
was not collected. I was told it
was because of the snowstorm.
The snowstorm? We had a
mere two inches of snow on Tuesday. By mid-day the streets were
clear. I was at first assured the
trash would be collected Wednesday. It was not.
Trash collection is a basic city
service. Trash left uncollected
attracts rats. Can the city at least
deliver a basic service like trash
collection? I am unwilling to
accept the lame excuse that two
inches of snow made it impossible
to collect trash this week. It is no
wonder the Olympic Committee
didn’t choose Washington, D.C.
John A. Boffa
The Current
Letters to
the Editor
Set record straight
on Palisades trail
After reading Mr. Steve
Hansch’s letter to the editor [“Not
everyone backs additional pavement,” Jan. 7], I realized that I
needed to reread Jack Koczela’s
Dec. 24 Viewpoint concerning the
Palisades trolley trail. After reviewing Mr. Koczela’s comments, I
wonder whether Mr. Hansch read
the same article.
There is no mention of paving
over the trail nor reference to the
majority as Mr. Hansch indicates.
Mr. Koczela’s article encouraged
me to take a survey publicized in
his piece and in an earlier article.
There is a question in the survey
that asks about what surface would
be preferred. My answer was woodchips. So I guess Mr. Hansch didn’t
bother with the survey before sending thoughts to The Current.
Mr. Koczela’s comments
encouraged a dialogue to determine
what might be best for the trail and
the neighborhood. It might have
been best to do the appropriate
research before writing a letter with
such glaring errors.
The community is entitled to a
fair and reasonable discussion, not
an emotional response with inaccuracies.
Charles B. Lanman Jr.
The Palisades
Bowser should hear
diverse viewpoints
As Mayor Muriel Bowser
announces her administrative team,
she must balance her desire for
change with the realities of executive agencies and programs already
in place. Most important, the new
administration must be guided by
the primary quality-of-life concerns
put forward by citizens of the District. The mayor has the opportunity
to infuse the concerns of thousands
of city residents into her planning,
and I urge her to give “Talking
Transition DC” a serious ear.
DC Working Families has partnered with DC Vote, the National
Institute for Civil Discourse and the
Urban Institute to open the lines of
communication and transform the
transition process. We’ve created a
process that allows Washington residents to take part in public conversations with the new mayor about
issues, ideas and questions that
affect their neighborhoods. At the
same time, we’re providing Mayor
Bowser with an opportunity to hear
about the current state of the District from a citizen’s perspective.
Over the past four weeks in
every D.C. ward, Talking Transition
DC canvassers have been reaching
deep into communities. Over
10,000 residents have already
voiced their opinions on matters
that affect their lives. We are gathering data on issues ranging from
housing and police relations to convenient shopping opportunities and
wages. Residents can also weigh in
and take our survey at Upon completion, the
data will be compiled in a report
and presented to the new administration in a town hall setting.
If the mayor is going to tackle
the city’s pressing problems, it’s
important that she hear from the
folks who took the brunt of the
recession on the chin. They’re living with broken homes, low wages,
struggling schools and bleak
futures. One of former Mayor Marion Barry’s greatest strengths was
his ability to include the concerns of
residents of every ward in his decision-making. Mayor Bowser has an
opportunity to do even better.
Many of our residents believe
that city government is not working
for them, but working against them.
Our hope is that with the administration on board, Talking Transition
DC will provide a space for productive conversations that address serious issues, and go a long way
toward changing this perception.
Delvone Michael
Executive Director,
DC Working Families
DMV fees excessive
for old cheap cars
I recently purchased a 1969
Volkswagen Beetle to fix up and
restore. I knew buying an older
vehicle would require a certain
amount of work and a lot of parts in
order for me to restore it to solid
drivable condition. I never expected
that the price to have the title
switched into my name would cost
me over twice the amount that I
actually paid for the car.
I bought the car for $150. It’s
badly rusted, the engine is bad, it
has no floor pans, and the electrical
system is shot. This will be a twoyear restoration for me, costing
thousands of dollars. A D.C.
Department of Motor Vehicles
employee told me my tax was
based on a $5,900 value that its system shows, and I paid $381 to
change the title into my name.
I ran into the same problem
when I registered a 1990 Honda
Civic three years ago. I paid $650
for the car but had to pay taxes
based on a $2,200 value.
I think DMV needs to seriously
rethink its tax basis because taxing
cars based on an unseen value is
robbing motorists of their hardearned money. I buy older cars and
trucks because they are cheaper to
purchase and I enjoy fixing cars and
making them safe and drivable. By
saving older cars I’m recycling an
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unwanted vehicle that would usually go to the scrap yard. D.C., it
seems, has a bad habit of punishing
people who manage to get a deal on
their vehicles.
I don’t want to bash the DMV
altogether. New vehicle inspection
policies have noticeably sped up the
process, and I have always found
the inspection staff helpful when
one of my vehicles didn’t pass. I
also have found the ability to renew
registrations online to be a great
time-saver, and the DMV has
always given me plenty of notice
before registration is due. But now
we need to clean up the financial
end of the DMV.
I’m sure DMV officials will say
the agency’s tax scale is based on
National Automobile Dealers Association prices in order to have an
accurate foundation for taxes, but in
my case (and many others, I’m
sure), the tax rate paid for a vehicle
exceeds the value of the vehicle,
which is unfair. I’d be more than
happy to sell my VW to D.C. for
$3,000 — half what the DMV says
it’s worth. D.C. would get a bargain
based on its estimated value, and I
can make money by overcharging
the buyer, just like the city did.
James Florczyk
Washington, D.C.
Ellington renovation
is waste of money
The Current’s Jan. 7 article
about the problems with the Duke
Ellington School of the Arts’ “renovations” horrified — but didn’t surprise — me.
When my husband and I saw the
design months ago, our reaction
was that it was a tremendous waste
of taxpayer dollars, and that it
would ultimately damage the
school. Both of our sons are Ellington graduates. There is no question
the R Street school building needed
a lot of repairs and updating, but we
are talking function, not form.
Meanwhile, the school is in a
supposedly temporary location with
classes split between two different
non-adjacent buildings. The neighborhood has a much higher rate of
violent crime than the Georgetown/
Burleith area. Rehearsals at the old
building often continued after dark.
A spokesperson for the District
now says they don’t expect to be in
the renovated building at the start of
the 2016-17 school year. We would
never have considered sending our
sons to Ellington under such conditions, and I suspect there are many
parents who will feel the same.
A tiny portion of the proposed
$139 million could have provided
full college scholarships for any
Ellington students in need. That’s
what changes lives, not rooftop
event spaces.
Carol Nissenson
Chevy Chase
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AWARD: Seaton teacher is one of 40 educators who will receive national Milken award
From Page 3
Johnson heaped praise on her students, saying
she benefited from their obvious excitement
about learning.
“It’s not just that they’re smart,” she said.
“It’s how hard they work. They want it. Anyone can be smart and float by, but they come in
every day and they want to be here.”
Talking about her upbringing, Johnson said
both of her parents are teachers. Her mother
has been at the front of a classroom for three
decades. Johnson came to D.C. after teaching
in Maryland because she was excited by the
education reforms the city has embraced in
recent years.
Having earned her master’s degree in political management from George Washington
University, Johnson initially planned to teach
for a few years before pursuing a career in
education policy. These days, she envisions
spending her entire career as a teacher.
“I could never imagine leaving the classroom,” she said Thursday. “These kids are
going to grow up to do amazing things, and it’s
going to be because of the teachers that they
Johnson is one of up to 40 educators who
will receive the Milken award during the 20142015 school year, and she will be the only
recipient from D.C. (There have been 11 other
recipients from the District since the city began
participating in the program in 2003.)
The Milken Educator Awards program was
launched in 1987, and it has honored 2,600
K-12 teachers, principals and education spe-
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recipients have put the money toward their
students or used it to fund their own continuing
education. Others have established scholarships or even helped to pay for the adoption of
children, according to the foundation.
Asked what she plans to do with her winnings, Johnson said she might invest it, save it
or use it to pay off student loans.
Current staff writer Brian Kapur contributed to this report.
ALLEY: Planning board approves
From Page 3
repeatedly said. With two members
dissenting, the council in December
decided it was not. Members did up
the fine — to roughly $30,000, or
about three times the property taxes
Klick would have paid since 2009
for the space.
And that, Mendelson said, was
sufficient to put people on notice
that they can’t take over public
rights of way without approval. The
fine was “very unusual, but meant to
serve as a penalty of sorts,” he told
the commission.
As for the federal planning commission, the only criteria for alley
closings is that they “not be inconsistent with the federal elements of
the [city’s] Comprehensive Plan, nor
… adversely impact any other federal interest.”
Though the alley had been frequented by local residents to reach
an abandoned trolley right of way
that serves as an “informal trail
between the C&O Canal and Battery
Kemble Park” — both federal parks
— “one can easily access the trail a
few hundred feet away,” said commission planner Jeff Hinkle.
“As upsetting as [the alley taking] is as a resident, that’s not really
the matter before us,” said Peter
May, a National Park Service planner who also sits on the commission.
“The question is, is there an impact
on federal interest? It’s very hard for
me to see any impact, so I believe
we have to support this.”
The vote came after five Palisades residents implored the commission to say no. Local activist
Alma Gates said Klick “knowingly
added stone piers, underground
sprinklers, lights” and fences. “This
taking of public space is a precedent
that should not be dignified” by the
commission, she said.
Another neighbor, John Wells,
said the 2,500 square feet of alley
space is actually worth more than
$200,000 in the pricey Palisades.
Klick’s fine should be increased, and
used to enhance the trolley right of
way and other disappearing parcels
of green space, Wells suggested.
“Why sanction giving away any
public land to a homeowner with
dirty hands?” asked neighbor Kate
Montague Perry.
Their testimony apparently
swayed only one commissioner,
Beth White, a presidential appointee
who directs the Chicago office of the
nonprofit Trust for Public Land.
“Put aside the fact that this fellow
pays a penalty,” White said. “What’s
troubling me is that you’re taking
away a connection between public
spaces. There’s no replacement, and
no maintenance.”
Mendelson said the council heard
conflicting testimony on how many
neighbors used the alley to access
the trolley route and other parkland.
“It used to provide access, until
the Klicks fenced it in,” one neighbor replied.
Athletics in northwest wAshington
January 14, 2015 ■ Page 11
Frogs stay perfect in the MAC
Current Staff Writer
Maret’s boys basketball team was losing its
momentum in Monday night’s game against
St. Andrew’s, prompting Frogs coach Garrett
O’Donnell to call a timeout to motivate his
players and turn around their mistakes.
As the squad gathered for instruction at the
bench, O’Donnell collapsed. It was a scary
moment as the coach lost consciousness for a
few seconds and the on-hand athletic trainer
tended to him. But O’Donnell recovered soon
after, remaining on the sidelines for the rest of
the game.
“I didn’t eat
dinner, so that
might have had
something to do
with it,” said
wanted to make
sure my guys and
the St. Andrew’s
guys knew I was
all right because I
didn’t want anything to take away
from the game. Our players have worked their
butts off, and so have the St. Andrew’s guys.
I’m not the show; it’s these kids.”
The coach wasn’t able to make the adjustments he planned during that timeout — to
have his players focus on rebounding and to
stop settling for quick jumpshots. But his
health scare was all the inspiration his players
needed, as Maret went on to defeat St.
Andrew’s 47-45.
“It was a little scary. We didn’t really know
what was going on,” said senior guard Max
Steiner. “When he started saying he was OK,
we huddled up together and said, ‘We need
everything.’ Coach always says we need to
bring the energy, but a lot of times, his yelling
and screaming, it’s him bringing the energy.
They were on a run, and we needed to bring
the energy to stop them.”
The team already knew why coach had
called the timeout, so they responded accordingly.
“I had just taken a bad shot; Austin had as
well,” said Steiner. “We knew what we had
done wrong. We really came together after that
and took good shots and really crashed the
The Frogs used the jolt to push past the
undefeated Lions and earn sole possession of
first place in the
Conference standings, with a 4-0
league record and
a 12-3 overall
The victory
was Maret’s third
straight big win.
The Frogs defeated the Washington
Catholic Athletic
Conference’s Bishop McNamara on Jan. 3,
before beating MAC foe Saint James on Friday and then the Lions on Monday. McNamara and St. Andrew’s are ranked 10th and
11th respectively by The Washington Post.
“We’re hitting our stride a little bit and are
putting some wins together,” said O’Donnell.
“We just put the blinders on and don’t worry
about the other stuff and just work, while hoping everything else just falls into place.”
On Monday the Frogs were led by sophomore center Luka Garza, who had 15 points
and seven rebounds. Senior guard Austin Vereen scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards,
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Maret’s head coach Garrett O’Donnell, left, momentarily collapsed during a timeout in
the third quarter. The coach recovered and finished the game with the team on Monday.
sophomore guard Coby Davis scored 10 points
and senior guard Max Steiner added seven.
“Big players in big games — that’s what
those guys have been working hard for; that’s
what they play for,” said O’Donnell.
The MAC foes battled in a close game
throughout the evening and were tied after the
first and second quarters. In the third period,
St. Andrew’s went on a small scoring run to
take a four-point lead when O’Donnell called
the timeout.
After the scare, the Frogs retook the lead
with strong shooting and closed the period on
a Vereen trey. Maret kept the momentum going
to start the fourth, when Steiner drilled a threeball to push the advantage to 37-33. The team
was able to ride the cushion to a win in the
final minutes.
Cathedral senior nets 2,000th career point
Current Staff Writer
Brian Kapur/The Current
National Cathedral senior guard Marta Sniezek will finish her high
school career as the Eagles’ all-time leading scorer.
In the middle of an easy blowout
win over Stone Ridge, the National
Cathedral girls basketball team was
nevertheless filled with anticipation
and excitement.
The team was waiting to witness
a rare milestone, unbeknownst to
their superstar.
Midway through the second
quarter, senior guard Marta Sniezek
delivered on their hopes when she
scored her 2,000th career point,
sending her team and fans into loud
“It’s a big accomplishment and
I’m really happy,” said Sniezek. “I
couldn’t have done it without my
teammates or my coaches.”
Though many in attendance
knew about the upcoming record,
the moment caught Sniezek
“I was really surprised when they
stopped the game and they said it,”
said Sniezek, who needed 13 points
in the match to reach the tally. “I
didn’t know about it at all. Our team
did a really good job and the scoring
was spread around. I was just going
out and playing my game and that
just happened to happen.”
Cathedral coach Brittany Mitch
knew Sniezek was closing in on the
mark, but she was also concerned
about keeping her team focused after
the holiday break.
“It was something that we knew
was coming up,” said Mitch. “We
hadn’t really talked about it, and I
didn’t tell [Sniezek] it was happening today. We were just trying to get
the cobwebs dusted out of our game
as we prepare for some big games
coming up.”
For Mitch, it was a special
moment with Sniezek, whom she
has known since the Eagles superstar played as a kid with Fairfax
Stars on the Amateur Athletic Union
“My first year here I gave her a
ball for 1,000,” said Mitch. “To be
able to give her a second one — it’s
something not a lot of players
accomplish and only dream about.
She’s a really special player and she
really deserves it.”
Cathedral ended up routing Stone
Ridge 61-29, and Sniezek finished
with 20 points. The team was led in
scoring by junior forward Isabella
Alarie, who had 21.
The Eagles are now undefeated,
with a 10-0 overall record and a 5-0
mark in Independent School League
games. The squad will be back in
action Jan. 21 when it hosts Holy
Child at 5:45 p.m. Then Cathedral
will play Visitation, the defending
ISL champions, on Jan. 29 at home.
“This team has been fun to watch
and coach,” said Mitch. “They’re
working really hard, and they’re
going to be a team that will fight to
the end this year.”
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Northwest Sports
Sidwell runner captures Gatorade award
Current Staff Writer
“If my mom wants to stay at home,
I’ll do all I can to honor that. I just
want what she wants.”
When we ask people caring for a loved
one at the end of life what matters most,
this is what we hear. But we also hear
about how the responsibility can be
overwhelming for the whole family.
And what an incredible relief it is when
people realize how much support is
Emotionally. Spiritually.
They wonder why they didn’t reach
out to us sooner.
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For the second straight year, a
Sidwell runner has earned the D.C.
Gatorade Player of the Year award
for girls cross-country.
The honor went to junior Taylor
Knibb this year, according to a Jan. 8
news release. Sidwell coach Gaby
Grebski pointed to hard work as a
major factor.
“Taylor is incredibly talented, but
I believe a lot of her success comes
from her work ethic and drive,”
Grebski says in the release. “Her
commitment to training, both in running and in the pool, is somewhat
unrivaled. She is not afraid of working hard or being challenged by a
The award takes into account not
only performance on the field but
also in the classroom and in other
extracurricular activities. Knibb
excelled in all three categories.
She took first place at the D.C.
State Athletic Association title meet
and set a course record time of 19
minutes, 37 seconds in the process.
She also captured the Maryland and
D.C. Private Schools championship
and won the Varsity B race at the
tough Glory Days Invitational. In
addition, Knibb had a good showing
at the prestigious Foot Locker Northeast Regional, where she took 21st
place in an elite field.
In the classroom, Knibb has an A
average. She is a member of the
Quakers swim team and a triathlete,
and she volunteers for an assisted
living facility.
Independent School League runners have dominated the award in
recent years. The winners have been
Sidwell’s Megan Wilson, 2014; Visitation’s Emily Kaplan, 2013;
National Cathedral’s Polly Terzian,
2012; Visitation’s Grace Carr, 2011;
Sidwell’s Marisa Repka, 2010; and
Visitation’s Moira Ryan, 2009.
Photo courtesy of Cory Royster
Taylor Knibb won the DCSAA title
while setting a course record
during the fall season.
Sports Desk
DCSAA announces scholarship program
The D.C. State Athletic Association announced
this week that it is taking applications for its StudentAthletic Scholarship Awards through April 17.
“With the help of partners such as Modell’s and
Wendy’s, who realize the importance and value of
helping young people in our community, we are proud
to continue this scholarship program,” DCSAA executive director Clark Ray says in a news release. “We
look forward to reading these applications and helping
the winners get started on their journey to college.”
The program will give $1,000 college scholarships
to 17 12th-grade student athletes. The winners will
need at least a 3.0 GPA and two years of varsity
More information is available at
— Brian Kapur
Photo courtesy of Cory Royster
Wilson’s Jacinda Miller, who ran for the Tigers
last year, was one of 21 winners in 2014.
WARD 4: Former Bowser aide among crowded field
From Page 3
With a significant early fundraising advantage and connections within the District’s political establishment, Todd looks to be a front-runner
in a race that will almost certainly be
marked by low turnout. His spokesperson, Everett Hamilton, calls him
“a known quantity,” both in the community and at the Wilson Building,
and Todd has clearly inherited many
of Bowser’s most ardent supporters.
But not everyone is ready for a
In all, 17 other candidates are
hoping to compete with Todd in the
coming months, including labor lawyer Renée Bowser (no relation to the
mayor), who also tried for the Ward
4 seat in 2012 and the 2007 special
election. She plans to kick off her
campaign this Saturday in Petworth,
where she serves as an advisory
neighborhood commissioner.
In an interview with The Current,
Bowser sought to draw a contrast
with Todd, calling herself “unbought” and “not a hand-picked
candidate.” She said she would be an
independent-minded council member who casts votes based on evidence and doesn’t vote in lockstep
with a political patron.
Asked why she believes she can
run a competitive race, she added,
“I’m not going to have the money or
the big names, but I’m going to have
residents of Ward 4 and other parts
of the city who are willing to roll up
their sleeves and help me.”
Another candidate hoping to win
the Ward 4 seat is Pedro Rubio, who
ran unsuccessfully in the at-large
D.C. Council race last year. On his
new campaign website, Rubio touts
his work co-founding the Ward 4
Education Alliance, which advocates for public schools, and All
Walks DC, a pedestrian advocacy
group, among other accomplishments. Like Renée Bowser, he
sounds hopeful that his latest bid for
office will be a success.
“My experience with other elections has shown me how to build a
winning campaign,” Rubio wrote on
the website.
In last year’s at-large race, Rubio
finished fourth out of five Democratic primary candidates, with 7
percent of the vote.
In her 2012 Ward 4 race, Renée
Bowser finished second out of five
Democratic primary candidates,
with 13 percent of the vote. Muriel
Bowser won that primary with 66
percent of the vote.
Besides Todd, Rubio and Renée
Bowser, the prospective candidates
who have taken out petitions in the
race are Acqunetta Anderson, Leon
T. Andrews Jr., Ron Austin, Gwenellen Corley-Bowman, Chrysanthe A.
Courniotes, Judi Jones, Lydia I. Little, Bruce Morrison, Edwin W. Powell, Glova Scott, Douglass Sloan,
Vannie Taylor III, Bobvala Tengen,
Dwayne M. Toliver and Robert J.
Whitaker Sr. Signatures are due at
the Board of Elections Jan. 28.
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Food and beverage should not be taken for the
following 5 minutes.
• Wash hands after taking the tablet.
Take the first tablet of GRASTEK in your doctor’s
office. After taking the first tablet, you or your
child will be watched for at least 30 minutes for
What is the most important information I should
know about GRASTEK?
GRASTEK can cause severe allergic reactions
that may be life-threatening. Stop taking
GRASTEK and get medical treatment right away
if you or your child has any of the following
symptoms after taking GRASTEK:
• Trouble breathing
• Throat tightness or swelling
• Trouble swallowing or speaking
• Dizziness or fainting
• Rapid or weak heartbeat
• Severe stomach cramps or pain,
vomiting, or diarrhea
• Severe flushing or itching of the skin
For home administration of GRASTEK, your
doctor will prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine,
a medicine you can inject if you or your child has
a severe allergic reaction after taking GRASTEK.
Your doctor will train and instruct you on the
proper use of auto-injectable epinephrine.
Talk to your doctor or read the epinephrine
patient information if you have any questions
about the use of auto-injectable epinephrine.
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Spotlight on Community Living
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers
Vol 3, No 3
Executive Director’s Message
John M. Thompson, Ph.D., CPM, FAAMA, D.C. Office on Aging
In this issue of the Spotlight on Aging, we will focus
on volunteerism. According to the United Nations,
“volunteerism is a powerful
means of engaging people
in tackling development
challenges worldwide.”
Such development challenges include inadequate or the
lack of health and human
services infrastructures in
less developed countries and
communities. In our communities here in Washington, D.C., there are numerous opportunities to shape
development in ways that
could improve the quality of
life of fellow residents.
One opportunity that I
would like to present to you
is the D.C. Office on Aging’s (DCOA) Ambassador
Program. The purpose of
the Ambassador Program
is to train citizens on all of
the programs and services
offered by the agency and
those offered by other agencies that could help seniors,
persons with disabilities, and
family caregivers to improve
their quality of life. By acquiring this knowledge, ambassadors are fully prepared
to refer customers to the
agency who could benefit
from the array of services.
Another program that
may be of interest to you is
our Intergenerational Program, which is a partnership
between D.C. Public Schools
(DCPS), Jump Start, and
DCOA. Through this partnership, Jump Start trains
senior volunteers interested
in working with children
in the Pre-K programs in
selected DCPS schools. According to research, there
are mutual benefits for the
seniors and the children
when connected through
intergenerational pr ograms.
For seniors, it is an opportunity to combat social isolation as they are working in
the school system. Moreover, it gives the seniors an
opportunity to give back by
contributing to a greater
good of helping children
while being a huge help to
the teachers. For the children in intergenerational
programs, studies show that
they improve their social
and academic skills, which
means better success as they
matriculate through the
school system and interact
with their peers. This is a
win-win situation!
There are also volunteer
opportunities available
through the many senior villages in the District. Senior
villages add tremendous
value to the District as they
are designed to help seniors
with aging within their communities. As these seniors
remain in their communities,
senior villages provide them
with assistance in accessing a
variety of discounted or free
resources. These resources
include, but are not limited
to, handyman services to fix
a hot water heater, furnace,
or light fixture; lawn service;
transportation; companionship services; cooking; and
light duty house cleaning.
The services are discounted
or free as a result of the
generosity of community
stakeholders willing to give
of their time and resources.
As the number of seniors
continues to grow, the demand for a number of these
services will continue to rise
in the District of Columbia.
Consequently, there are
plenty of opportunities for
citizens to volunteer their
time in a meaningful way.
I trust that as you make
your New Year resolutions
that you would seriously
consider an opportunity
to join me in serving our
fellow citizens. If interested, please contact us at
202-724-5622 to learn more
about our volunteer programs. I am confident that
once you get connected
through volunteerism, you
will see how you are making
a tremendous impact in our
communities. ~
Community EvEnts CalEndar
6th • 12 pm
Next D.C. Caregivers Online Chat at
Noon. visit for logon
information. For more information
contact linda Irizarry at 202-535-1442 or
[email protected]
7th • 9 am
The Seabury - Ward 5 Advisory Council
Meeting will be held at 2900 Newton
Street, Ne. For more information please
contact Thelma hines (202) 529-8701
7th • 7 pm – 8:45 pm
The North Michigan Park Civic Association will hold their monthly meeting at
North Michigan Park recreation Center,
1333 emerson Street, Ne. DCOA will be
there and will provide information on
our programs and services. For more
information, contact grace lewis at
10th • 9 am – 5 pm
DCOA will be exhibiting at the NBC 4
health and Fitness expo, Washington
Convention Center, 801 Mt. vernon
Place, NW. Stop by and get some great
information and giveaways!
11th • 9 am – 4 pm
DCOA will be exhibiting on ay 2 of the
NBC 4 health and Fitness expo, Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. vernon
Place, NW. Stop by and get some great
information and giveaways!
15th • 10 am – 12 pm
The next DCOA Ambassador Training will
be held at DCOA, 500 K Street, Ne.
If you are interested in making a
difference in your community, and
connecting us with persons who are
age 60 and older or persons 18 and
older living with a disability, register
to attend by calling 202-724-5622 or
email [email protected]
15th • 10 am – 12 pm
Join the Ward 4 Mini Commission on
Aging at its monthly meeting held at
the Fourth District Police Precinct, 6001
georgia Avenue, NW.
15th • 11:30 am
The Center for the Blind and visually
Impaired Town hall Meeting will be held
at 2900 Newton Street, Ne. For more
information please call Thelma hines
(202) 529-8701
20th • 12 pm
Next D.C. Caregivers Online Chat at
Noon. visit for logon
information. For more information
contact linda Irizarry at 202-535-1442
or [email protected]
21st • 10:30 am
Ward 5 Mini Commissioner’s Meeting
will be held at 2900 Newton Street, Ne.
For more information call Thelma hines
(202) 529-8701.
21st • 12:45 pm – 2 pm
The Southwest Waterfront AArP Chapter Noon luncheon with Special guestJohn M. Thompson, Ph.D., CPM, FAAMA
at river Park Community room, 1311
Delaware Avenue, SW. Contact: Dr. Betty
Jean Tolbert Jones (202) 554-0901 for
more information.
gOv e rNMeNT O F The DI S T rI C T O F C O lUMB I A — MU r Iel B O W S e r , M AY Or
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Exceptional Chevy Chase Village historic home
beautifully updated throughout. Elegant, spacious
interiors include state-of-the-art gourmet chef’s
kitchen, lovely family room, grand master suite and
much more! Gorgeous west side setting!
Miller Spring Valley Office
This stunning 4BR & 3.5BA city home has been
renovated & restored perfectly for today’s discerning
buyers. Double parlor, sun-filled kitchen w/family
room, 5 FPs, and a sumptuous owner’s suite. Located
just blocks to all the delights of Georgetown!
Peggy Ferris
202.438.1524 / 202.364.1300 (O)
Gracious spaces and flow afford easy living and
entertaining in this 4BR, 6.5BA home. Large kitchen,
fireplaces, media room and garage.
Mary Jane Molik 202.669.4689 / 202.966.1400 (O)
Perfectly located in Brookmont. Custom 7BR, 6BA
home features 2-story beamed ceilings, flr-toceiling walls of glass overlooking stream & parkland,
gourmet kitchen opening to fam/great rm, 1st flr MBR
w/His & Her BA. Self-contained private in-law suite.
Molly Peter
202.345.6942 / 202.364.1300 (O)
Beautifully renovated spacious 6BR, 5.5BA house
near the towpath & Glen Echo Park. Lovely living &
dining rooms, 2 studies. Bright open kitchen. 2 Family
rooms. Au-pair suite. Entertaining deck & backyard.
Sarah Howard 703.862.7181 / 202.944.8400 (O)
This contemporary Arts & Crafts gem features large
dining room, Juliet balconies, soaring cathedral
ceilings, impressive MBR w/views & LL au pair suite
with full second kitchen & BR. Off-street parking. ¼
acre of professional landscaping.
The Waxman Team 202.309.5895 / 202.483.6300 (O)
rarely available 2BR, 2BA residence is luxury living
at its best! Spectacular views of the Potomac River,
Washington Monument and Georgetown. Parking
Salley Widmayer 202.215.6174 / 202.944.8400 (O)
Exquisite Penthouse minutes to Metro! 2BR, 2.5BA
with family room. Formal dining room & living room
w/fireplace, custom built-ins throughout, balcony
w/wooded views, 2-car parking. A rare find!
Delightful Colonial, ideal close-in location. Living
room w/fireplace, dining room, enlarged kitchen, den,
powder room, second floor 3BR, 2BA, impeccable
move-in condition.
Miller Bethesda Office
Charming 4BR, 3BA Tudor with new 2-zone
HVAC, dishwasher, newer windows, sunroom,
separate dining room. Make your dream kitchen;
attic bedroom can be a private hideaway!
Denise Champion 202.215.9242 / 202.363.9700 (O)
Miller Bethesda Office
Fabulous renovation! 4-5BR, 4BA, sleek + open, Liv
Rm w/FP, Din Rm, Fam Rm, Rec Rm, gourmet Kit,
marble counters, ebony HWFs, marble BAs, high
ceilings, garage, huge landscaped corner lot. Perfect
location near new Metro, McLean, Tysons.
Miller Spring Valley Office
Remarkable renovation on this 4BR, 3.5BA, 2,700
SF home with charming front porch, living room with
gas log fireplace, separate dining room and gourmet
granite/stainless steel kitchen with 2 breakfast bars!
So much more!
Friendship Heights Office
Pristine 4-story, 4BR, 2.5BA home is updated & includes
4-car parking. Gourmet kitchen w/ SS appliances,
wood floors, generous room sizes, exposed brick bsmt
w/sep entrance. Backyard w/large patio! Excellent
location close to shops, stores & transportation.
Friendship Heights Office
2BR, 2BA Condo with unique semi-private entrance.
Living room, dining room, kitchen with granite and
custom cabinets. Near Metro, shops and restaurants.
24-hr desk, fitness, roof deck.
6 stunning, all-new 1 & 2 BR TH condos flooded w/
light and custom finishes! Gourmet kitchens w/SS
appliances and custom stone counters, hardwood
floors, high ceilings, recessed lighting, W/D, decks,
and so much more! 5 min to Metro!
Roby Thompson 202.255.2986 / 202.483.6300 (O)
New on Market! Front-Facing, sun-filled one bedroom
(574 sq ft) with all the bells & whistles: granite
counters, SS appliances, wood floors and washer &
dryer in unit! FHA approved! Pet Friendly! Low condo
Denise Champion 202.215.9242 / 202.363.9700 (O)
Ingrid Suisman 202.257.9492 / 203.363.1800 (O)
A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington
January 14, 2015 ■ Page 17
Southern exposure, chic upgrades shine in Forest Hills
ince 1929, a mixed Tudorand Gothic-style residential
building has stood elegantly
on the corner of Connecticut Ave-
kat LucERo
nue and Davenport Street. Its dramatic main entrance is adorned
with limestone arches and decorative lintels, with a semicircular
cobblestoned driveway carved out
from the T-shaped parcel.
The lobby is just as elegant,
with soaring ceilings accented by
cast plaster shapes. Along the mezzanine level is a twin set of carved
walnut staircases and matching
Several residences within 4707
Connecticut Ave. boast sunwashed
units thanks to multiple bright windows. In particular, a brand-new
listing on the fifth floor facing the
avenue offers rich southern exposure enhanced by stylish upgrades
Longtime owner Jenny Kuhlmann takes full responsibility for
these improvements. Throughout
her 16 years at Unit 504, she has
spruced up the condo to befit contemporary living. The one-bed-
room, one-bath home
is offered for
$429,900 with a
monthly homeowner’s
fee of $545.
A cozy hallway is
the first introduction
to this 1,000-squarefoot-dwelling, covered
with oak flooring
throughout. Although
it separates a bedroom
suite and common
areas, the hall also
functions as a built-in
display of sorts with
its bank of bookcases — marked
with Tudor-inspired arches — that
continue into the living room.
This area seamlessly links to a
solarium, which has been outfitted
with solar protection film. The
light-filled space has served as an
office with scenic aerial views, and
it features a simple yet fashionable
shelving unit.
The gourmet kitchen stands out
as the home’s centerpiece. Kuhlmann carefully fashioned it herself
with the help of a designer who
happens to be her sister. A roomy
cooking triangle and two entry
points lend to the room’s smooth
A frosted paneled pocket door,
Photos courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate
This one-bedroom condo unit in one of Connecticut
Avenue’s grand buildings is priced at $429,900.
close to the hall, slides open to
face a high-end stainless steel
stove and oven paired with a Miele
range hood. The kitchen also
boasts Leicht cabinetry with a
warm maple veneer, offering clever nooks and crannies for knives,
sponges and heavier kitchen goodies, as well as an appliance garage
and a bottom cabinet that expands
to offer more storage. The door of
the Miele dishwasher blends in
naturally with the cabinets.
An oversized Jenn-Air stainless
steel refrigerator, a slim glass display shelf, Italian-imported accent
lighting and gray porcelain floors
enhance the home’s luxury motif,
while the glass-tile backsplash pro-
Selling The Area’s Finest Properties
Luxury & Style
Bethesda, MD. New classic elegance in Greenwich
Forest. Superb culinary center & designer
appointments. 5 BRs, 4 BAs. Attached 2 car garage.
Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971
Stately & Charming
Chevy Chase, MD Grand style so close in. Exciting
floor plan w/bright open spaces on 4 levels. Pristine
condition. 6 BRs, 4.5 BAs Picturesque street
short stroll to dwntwn Bethesda, Crescent Trail.
Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 vides an artsy element to the room.
Black granite counters connect
to a two-seat breakfast nook next
to the dining area. This bright section has a removable corner banquette with custom-made gray
cushions. There’s a much wider
opening here to the living room,
lending to the common area’s natural flow.
The bedroom, linen closets and
bathroom are all nestled behind a
door at the end of the hall. Wellappointed elements in the bathroom include an air-jet tub and a
large vanity covered with marble
and featuring espresso-hued cabinets. Carrara marble floors and
towel racks can also be heated.
The sleeping quarters also
receive plenty of southern exposure. The room features two closets, along with original warm-hued
doors and hardware.
Located at 4707 Connecticut
Ave., the one-bedroom and onebath Unit 504 is offered for
$429,900 with monthly fees of
$545. For details on this property,
contact Long & Foster Real
Estate’s Brent Councill at 202-8414602 or [email protected]
Jaquet Listings are
Staged to Sell
Graceful Spaces
Kenwood. Updated & remodeled from top to
bottom. Large home on quiet cul de sac backing to
Kenwood Club. 6 BRs, 5 BAs. Two separate in-law
suites. $1,795,000
Patricia Lore 301-908-1242
Ted Beverley 301-728-4338
Stunningly Chic
West End. Extraordinary Duplex w/private garden.
2 BRs, 2 BAs + lofted den. 2 story ceilinged LR/DR.
Top of the line gourmet kit. 2 pkg spaces. White
glove bldg w/excellent amenities. $1,650,000
Sammy Dweck 202-716-0400
Star Quality
Chevy Chase, MD. Gorgeous views from the long
private balcony in this 1 BR, 1.5 BA unit at the
Somerset. TS kit, custom blt-ins. 2 pkg spaces.
Deluxe amenities. $725,000
Alex Senehi 202-270-6134
Totally Charming
N. Bethesda, MD. Classic 3 level TH in serene
community. 3 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Light filled w/soaring
ceilings, 2 frpls. Tile floored kit w/granite. Private
patio. $618,900
Harriet Fowler 240-346-3390
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■ adams morgan
At the commission’s Jan. 7
■ commission chair Billy Simpson
introduced newly elected commissioners JonMarc Buffa, Alan Gambrell and Hector Huezo. He reported
that another newly elected commissioner, Samantha Hicks, will not be
serving after all in single-member
district 1C01 because she has moved
to New York.
■ commissioners voted 6-0, with
Wilson Reynolds absent, to elect
officers and assign committees.
Officers are Billy Simpson, chair;
Ted Guthrie, vice chair and secretary; and Alan Gambrell, treasurer.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to allow
any member of the commission to
represent it in proceedings before the
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
■ Ben Case, the new Ward 1 liaison
from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office,
introduced himself and invited residents to contact him at 202-2859238 or [email protected]
■ Tania Jackson introduced herself
as the chief of staff for new Ward 1
D.C. Council member Brianne
Nadeau, and Claudia Barahona
introduced herself as Nadeau’s constituent services director. Barahona
can be reached at 202-724-0483 or
[email protected] Jackson
also reported that Nadeau will continue to host “coffee talks” with
constituents around the ward, as she
did while running for office.
■ Robert Robinson of the Grid 2.0
Working Group discussed his orga-
nization’s concerns with the planned
merger of Pepco and Exelon, and
encouraged the commission to
devote more time to the issue at a
future meeting.
■ commissioner Ted Guthrie reported that some 18th Street establishments are planning to participate in
a citywide St. Patrick’s Day pub
crawl that will last from 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. The commission’s committee on alcohol issues will discuss the
issue in more detail, Guthrie said.
■ commissioners voted 5-0, with
Gabriela Mossi abstaining and Wilson Reynolds absent, to oppose a
rear addition at 2719 Ontario Road,
saying there were no special circumstances that would justify the
addition and that it would set a bad
precedent for the neighborhood.
The homeowner said he needs to
expand his kitchen and would like
to have more space for his children
above it, and that he would likely
have to move away if the addition is
denied. “I think you’ve eliminated
another family by not giving us the
freedom to do what we want with
our house,” he said after the vote.
■ commissioners voted 6-0, with
Wilson Reynolds absent, to support
development restrictions proposed
by the D.C. Office of Planning for
R-4 row house zones, aimed at curbing “pop-up” apartment projects.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to
endorse a series of recommendations
regarding rooftop penthouses: to
allow only one story of human occupancy, to require a 1-to-1 setback
from the edge of the roof, to limit
occupancy to a third of the total roof
area, and to count penthouse area
toward density restrictions.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to protest a liquor license application for
Risky Ventures, a small preparedfood shop proposed at 1824 Columbia Road, while they work out a
settlement agreement with the
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to protest a liquor license application for
Exotic Hookah Lounge, 2409 18th
St., which didn’t respond to commissioners’ requests to discuss the
license. The business went out of
business a few months ago and a
former manager is reopening it.
■ Kristen Barden of the Adams
Morgan Partnership Business
Improvement District reported that
two new neighborhood businesses
have been well-received: Rise Gluten Free Bakery, 2409 18th St.; and
Bul, a Korean restaurant at 2431
18th St.
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Mary’s
Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW.
For details, call 202-332-2630 or
tory School, 1524 35th St. NW.
For details, call 202-724-7098 or
The commission will meet at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the
2nd District Police Headquarters,
3320 Idaho Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ announcements.
■ community forum.
■ consent-calendar review of Historic Preservation Review Board
applications for a rear addition at
3601 35th St. and for an addition at
3456 Macomb St. to accommodate
an elevator that will be accessible
from the outside.
■ presentation and discussion
regarding Cathedral Commons construction traffic queuing.
■ consideration of a Historic Preser-
■ sheridan-kalorama
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at Our
Lady Queen of the Americas
Church, California Street and
Phelps Place NW.
For details, visit or
contact [email protected]
■ Georgetown / cloisters
burleith / hillandale
The commission will meet at
6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at
Georgetown Visitation Prepara-
■ logan circle
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas
Circle NW.
For details, call 202-667-0052 or
■ Glover Park / Cathedral heights
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and
Glover Park Community Center,
4001 Calvert St. NW.
For details, call 202-338-2969,
email [email protected] or visit
■ cleveland park / woodley Park
massachusetts avenue heights
Avenue Heights
Cathedral Heights
vation Review Board application for
a two-story side addition at 2810
Ordway St.
■ consideration of a public space
application for a playground fence
above 42 inches tall on public space
at Embassy Church, 3855 Massachusetts Ave.
■ election of officers (Carl Roller,
chair; Catherine May, vice chair;
Gwen Bole, secretary; and Margaret
Siegel, treasurer).
■ approval of a meeting calendar
and discussion of an office move.
For details, visit
■ spring valley / wesley heights
palisades / kent / foxhall
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Room
B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon
Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW.
Agenda items include:
■ police report.
■ community concerns.
■ election of officers.
■ consideration of a public space
permit at 4825 Glenbrook Road to
replace the existing chain-link fence
with a 10-inch chain-link construction fence in front of the property at
the curb.
■ consideration of a Zoning Commission application by American
University for a modification to its
campus plan.
For details, call 202-363-4130 or
■ american university park
University Park
friendship heights / tenleytown
The commission is tentatively
scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 12. The location
has not been announced.
For details, visit
■ Forest hills / North cleveland park
Exceptional Residence Coming Soon in
One of DC’s Finest Boutique Buildings
#504 Sophisticated, sunny and spacious, this superior 1BR/1BA condo is
elevated to a new level of living with premium fixtures and finishes. Its space
plan features an entry hall, large living room, sunroom/den, open dining/
kitchen, generous main bedroom and sumptuous spa bath. Rich wood floors
and period details are tastefully mixed with modern custom finishes, fixtures
and design. A contemporary open kitchen and dining area feature cabinetry by
Leicht, appliances by Miele, Dacor & Jenn-Air and built-in banquette seating. A
masterful spa bath boasts heated Carrara marble floors, BainUltra oversized air
jet tub, Hansgrohe fixtures and integrated Bose sound. Offered at $429,900 this
exceptional property sets a new standard for living on The Avenue.
Brent J. Councill
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
4400 Jenifer St NW
Washington, DC 20015
202-841-4602 (Direct)
202-364-1300 (Broker)
[email protected]
Your Agent and Neighbor
for the Connecticut
Avenue Corridor,
Forest Hills, Wakefield,
Cleveland Park and
Chevy Chase
The commission will meet at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Forest Hills of DC (formerly the
Methodist Home of D.C.), 4901
Connecticut Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ election of officers.
■ approval of a 2015 meeting schedule for the third Tuesday of every
■ police report.
■ announcements/open forum.
■ discussion of the Pepco/Exelon
For details, call 202-670-7262 or
ANC 3/4G
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the
Chevy Chase Community Center,
Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.
For details, call 202-363-5803 or
email [email protected]
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constitute an “adverse impact” on
adjacent property, which is forbidden in the zoning code. But Collins
said he believed Carnegie and Ingleside can reach agreement if given
more time.
Ingleside’s attorney agreed. “We
did underestimate the magnitude of
the issue, but we’ve made a commitment” to address it, attorney Allison
Prince said. She said Ingleside has
already retained a consultant for
advice on Carnegie’s concerns, but
cautioned another hearing may be
needed if the two institutions don’t
reach agreement.
Management of the nonprofit
Ingleside wants to replace two outdated buildings with a more modern
— and taller — health center and
assisted living building, expanding
the number of housing units both to
accommodate demand and to bolster
the facility’s financial base.
The initial proposal was met with
strong opposition from nearby residents, who feared continuing institutional expansion into the residential
neighborhood and disruption from
construction initially estimated to
last five years.
But Ingleside officials agreed to
lop a floor off both of the two
planned buildings, condense the
construction into about 30 months,
and drop plans for a new driveway
onto Military Road, which is already
clogged with traffic.
A comprehensive agreement
worked out by the Chevy Chase
advisory neighborhood commission
in December, with strict conditions
on both construction and continuing
operations, seemed to the dissolve
most of the remaining concerns.
Chair Randy Speck called the agreement “a model for how communities
and developers” can achieve consensus.
Zoning board members were
impressed with the cooperation as
well. “It’s so important for this board
that people try to live and work
together,” said chair Lloyd Jordan.
He said the conditions that involve
zoning matters — such as a time
limit for use of temporary assisted
living facilities, and a prohibition on
construction in a ravine on Ingleside’s east side — will be incorporated into the board’s final zoning
order. Others, Speck said later, are
largely “self-enforcing,” with fines
or other penalties. All conditions
will be incorporated in a separate,
binding agreement between Ingleside and the neighborhood commission, he said.
After the hearing, Speck said he’s
confident Ingleside can fine-tune
construction methods to protect
Carnegie’s sensitive equipment.
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Jeffrey Larry, the cottage’s preservation manager and
the project director, added in an email to The Current that
the effort will provide “a platform for us to document,
manage and present to the public future preservation
The team is using a Leica C-10 3-D laser scanner, a
$95,000 machine owned by Ithaca College that takes
50,000 readings per second by laser. It will scan the
walls, floor and ceiling of each room, as well as the
building’s exterior.
Previous archaeological methods require taking measurements by hand, which is not only more time-consuming but also lacks the exactness of the laser, said
The data could be used to help restore the building if
a disaster like a flood or a repeat of the 2011 earthquake
were to cause damage.
“Instead of relying on photographs or notes, wouldn’t
it be awesome to have this data? If a door were damaged,
we could send the information to a mill shop and reproduce the door exactly,” said Rogers.
The Ithaca team also plans to use the data to create an
interactive virtual tour of the cottage as well as a video
that would mimic visitors’ tour routes, providing access
to the historic site for countless numbers of people who
can’t visit in person.
The research project fits in well with the ongoing
historic preservation work at the site, where the staff is
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replacing the streetlights with new
LEDs, installing a warning signal to
alert drivers when pedestrians and
cyclists seek to cross the Whitehurst
Freeway exit, repainting the ornamental fence, and strengthening the
barrier between cars and the sidewalk.
Those changes will require the
closure of each sidewalk on the
bridge for 90 days (at different
times). There will also be single-lane
closures throughout the project’s
duration, occurring only in “off-peak
times” outside of rush hour, which
Kenney said should have “very limited impacts.” The project is slated to
last from May 2015 through May
2017, and to cost between $15 million and $30 million.
Kenney emphasized that despite
complaints about the Key Bridge’s
complex intersection with M Street,
this work covers only preservation
and restoration of the bridge structure: “It’s not a traffic signal project
— it’s strictly bridge funds for bridge
Neighborhood commissioners
raised some concerns about the project. With traffic, they warned that
Georgetown attracts visitors at many
times outside the normal rush hour.
“On weekends, especially during the
warmer weather, which is when you
guys are starting, it’s not ‘off-peak’
here starting at noontimes,” said
commissioner Bill Starrels.
Starrels also asked the Transportation Department to provide traffic
control officers at busy times when
the sidewalk is closed, to help pedestrians cross the street at the M Street
intersection. Kenney said that might
be difficult because the officers are
assigned to permanent locations, but
some other type of help might be
Commission chair Ron Lewis
also raised concerns about the plans
for LED lights. “Pay close attention
to the light color value,” he told
“It will be that bright white,”
replied Kenney. “It’s not mercury
vapor — it will have a different
character to it.”
Lewis said the Transportation
Department should consider Georgetown’s federally protected historic
status and submit its proposals to the
Old Georgetown Board, part of the
U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.
According to Lewis, the board
should be consulted “on anything
that changes the current visual
appearance including lighting,
because that is a very visible, iconic
bridge and at night the lighting is
basically what you see.”
Commissioners also requested a
private meeting with the agency to
discuss noise impacts from night
always looking for ways to use technology, said Hilary
Malson, a spokesperson for the cottage.
“What resonates about the cottage is that this is where
Lincoln and his family really lived as a family for five
months at a time — to grieve Willie’s death, to have the
space to think — and that space allowed Lincoln to
develop the Emancipation Proclamation,” Malson said,
referring to Lincoln’s son William, who died at age 11.
“In order to understand Lincoln, you have to understand
the cottage, which is a pivotal place in his presidency,
and this project is helping us do that.”
One challenge the research team encountered this
week was cold weather. The group had planned to scan
the interior public rooms and the cottage’s exterior, but
the weather forced postponement of some of the exterior
readings because the laser can’t operate in below-freezing temperatures. The team plans to return in warmer
weather to complete those readings and also to scan
interior areas not open to the public, such as the attic and
Rogers has worked on similar projects at historic sites
in New York, including Old Fort Johnson. His interest in
the Lincoln Cottage was sparked by his stepfather, a
resident at the Armed Forces Retirement Home who is
fascinated with Lincoln. His relative’s relationship with
the cottage staff helped Rogers coordinate the partnership.
Ithaca College funded the research trip, and two
junior physics majors, Kevin Coldren and Evan Van de
Wall, along with SUNY Cortland archaeology professor
Scott Stull, make up the rest of the team.
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Spotlight on Schools
Annunciation Catholic
Every year, Annunciation Catholic School puts on a wonderful play
portraying our dear lord Jesus’ birth.
This year, we had all of that and
even more! We focused more on the
music and had an even better play.
We had a new pianist who brought
an energy into the room that was
simply indescribable. All in all, the
changes and old techniques paid off
in the long run. Annunciation Catholic School put its best effort into it
and it really showed. The 2014
Christmas play was a big hit for
ACS and an even bigger accomplishment for the students.
— Blain Beyene, sixth-grader
British School of
Recently, we went to the Steven
F. Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the
Air and Space Museum. A long
time ago the museum was a part of
an airport. Now it houses all kinds
of aeroplanes, even rockets and a
real space shuttle. We went because
we studied “Inventions that changed
the world” and especially focused
on aviation.
My class took a tour with a
guide from the museum. We saw
lots of interesting planes, and even
saw the Discovery Shuttle. Planes
can be used for many different
things — for example, military
planes, migrating planes that help
birds get to the South, and planes
that carry people. The museum
even had car-planes and boatplanes! Some planes are powered
by fuel and engines, air or even
pedal power.
I loved learning about all the
planes. My class enjoyed the tour,
too. The entire Year 3 made a glid-
er out of paper, with accurate folds.
We each flew our gliders three
times with a binder clip clipped to
the front, center and on the back of
the plane. We learnt that the clip on
the front flew the best. With the
position of the clip in the center, the
glider flew a close second. Then,
with the binder clip on the back of
the plane, it began flying somersaults. My prediction was with the
binder clip on the center of the glider, although the results were too
close to determine a winner. It
needs further experimenting. — Arne Tieman, Morgan Leahy
and Micayla Pang, Year 3
Nottingham (second-graders)
Edmund Burke School
Bruno Mars said, “You can’t
knock on opportunity’s door and
not be ready.” Here at Burke, in our
band program, John Howard, the
band teacher and head of the music
program, does an exceptional, outstanding job to prepare aspiring
musicians for when they “knock on
opportunity’s door.” In the band
program, he not only teaches challenging music theory, but he instills
the lessons by teaching songs, of
the students’ choice (through
democracy), that have the same
type of theory that was taught.
In sixth grade, the performing
arts options — band, chorus and
theater — are broken up into all
three trimesters. To be in band, the
basic requirements are to have two
previous years of studying an
instrument. In middle school
(grades six through eight), the band
classes are Diving In, Band 7 and
Band 8. In high school, you need at
least two performing arts credits.
There are eight bands in high
In Band 8, we currently have
four songs in our repertoire. We’re
learning four more songs right now.
The genres of these songs are rock,
pop and country. This shows how
diverse we are in selecting music.
We, the students of band, go
through rough patches throughout
the year. There may be a time when
we’ll be off key, out of tune or off
beat. There’ll be times when we
sound utterly terrible, but John
gives time and dedication to make
us sound much better.
— Kelsey Coleman, eighth-grader
Hardy Middle School
Hardy brought back choir this
year. So far the choir consists of
sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders
singing different music pieces. They
have worked on holiday-themed
music to prepare for the school’s
traditional holiday concert. Ms.
Delaine and Ms. Bentley try to
extend options for people’s comfortable singing ranges. Practicing
for the December winter concert
was fun, tiring and sometimes boring, but it paid off. The choir also
performed for its next-door neighbor, Safeway, singing “Carol of the
Bells” and “Silent Night,” along
with other music performers from
the school’s band, jazz band and
orchestra. We came back from our
vacation to exciting news: We are
performing “Carol of the Bells” for
the Ukrainian Ambassador on
Ukrainian Food Day, Jan. 29.
— Hannah Fabrigar,
Janney Elementary
Have you ever wondered what it
Signature to host Ellington students
Students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present the
world premiere of the play “Salat” on Saturday, Jan. 17, as part of
the Signature in the Schools 20th Anniversary Festival.
Signature Theatre has been working with high school students in
Arlington County for two decades, with students presenting a new
play each year. This year’s festival includes students from throughout the region, who will present four plays, all written by Signature
in Schools playwright Joe Calarco.
All shows will take place at 11 a.m. in Signature’s Max Theatre.
Tickets, available at or 703-8209771, cost $5 for students and $10 for adults; festival passes cost
$15 for students and $30 for adults.
Bishop Ireton High School students will perform “Revolution”
on Jan. 18; Oakton High School students will present “Image is
Everything” on Jan. 24; and students from around the region will
present “Aftershock” on Jan. 25.
is like being on Janney cross-country?
It is hard! But it is also fun
because you can race other schools
like Murch and Lafayette. Janney
boys came in second citywide by
one point! Janney girls came in
third citywide. This is what coach
Jeff had to say about the year: “For
are first season we did good and it
was a lot of fun and the runners had
a lot of fun too.” We had 40 kids on
our team! We also asked what was
the hardest part. “Keeping everybody calm and having fun!”
We asked the top boys runner,
Matias, how he feels and what he
could work on. “I felt good and
awesome,” he said. “I need to work
on keep on getting first. In the
championship race it felt pretty
good coming in second.”
Seamus, the second-best runner
on the team, thinks it felt pretty
good coming in second for most of
the season. He also felt pretty good
coming in third. Sasha was the top
girls runner. She was very happy
and said that, “This is a very big
moment in my life.” Ian was the
only fourth-grader to get a medal!
“I feel good because I improved on
my time by a minute,” he said.
Coach Lauren said that the season turned out better than we
expected. Coach O’Connor said that
she is proud of every student, and
each one worked so hard.
— Jack Kobil and Tomas Foxley,
Jewish Primary Day School
of the Nation’s Capital
We are brothers who are in third
and fourth grades at JPDS-NC, and
we each have a pen pal in Israel.
Over the break, we traveled to Israel with our family. We visited
JPDS-NC’s sister school, Har Tuv,
and got to spend time with our pen
pals, Michael and Yonatan. We
write letters to them in Hebrew.
This was our first time meeting in
person. When we got there, the
school director greeted us and took
us to the third-grade music class. “I
was handed a recorder and was
invited by the Israeli students to join
them in playing ‘Mary Had a Little
Lamb’! Then, we had a group art
activity and made an alligator out of
clay,” third-grader Noah reported.
He added, “I liked visiting the
school and meeting Michael. He
didn’t know English but I could talk
to him in Hebrew.”
Fourth-grader Gabriel said, “I
went to the fourth-grade class. The
students were excited to meet me
and I was excited to meet them,
especially Yonatan. I was asked to
give the class an overview of American holidays, and then participated
in their math lesson. They were all
very nice. When the class celebrated the birthday of two students,
they made sure that I received the
first slice of cake. The visit was
interesting and it helped me in
school because our general studies
unit now is about ‘Schools Around
the World.’”
— Noah Taylor, third-grader, and
Gabriel Taylor, fourth-grader
Lafayette Elementary
Each year, many fifth-grade students across the country have feelings of both hope and worry for the
upcoming year in middle school.
We interviewed several of our fifthgrade classmates to find out their
opinions on the major transition.
Most of Lafayette’s fifth-graders
will attend Deal next year and are
hoping it will be a fun learning
Ellen: I am nervous about getting to class on time, though I am
excited to be in a large space with
closed classrooms.
Esther: I am excited about new
friends, teachers and learning experiences. I am nervous about not
being able to make new friends.
Justine: I am excited about new
classes, but I am nervous about not
being able to make new friends.
John: I am excited to have more
than two teachers, to be able to go
places quickly, to go places myself
and be in a larger building. I am not
really nervous about anything at all.
Natalie: I am not really nervous,
but I am excited about being in a
new school and that I will take public transportation.
Mia: I am excited about getting
to take a language and being in a
larger school, though I am nervous
about all the work.
Soi: I am nervous about getting
lost in such a big building and I am
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afraid that I don’t have enough
experience with Deal. I am excited
about new places, people and clubs.
— Samuel Taubman,
Vance Gootman and Max Fuld,
Maret School
First in Math is a website to
practice math online and try and
earn as many points as you can.
There is a game called “skill sets”
and you have to try and get to 24
using only four numbers. There are
eight skill sets with three games
inside of them, and when you complete the three games you move
onto the next skill set.
Another game is called “the
gym” where you have four choices
between whole numbers, decimals,
fractions and integers. You have to
add, subtract, multiply or divide. It
is a great way to practice your facts
and you only go up to 12.
On the top of your screen when
you log in, there are options for
home, goals, achievements, my
team and rankings. Home gets you
to the home page, and for goals, the
computer sets goals for you and you
can see if you made them. For
achievement, you see what you
have achieved and what you need to
achieve. For my team, you can look
at how many points you have
earned for your team, or how many
points your teammates have earned.
Finally, in rankings you can see
where you are ranked in your
school, your state and nationally.
— Jack Burton, third-grader
Our Lady of Victory School
On Jan. 6, my family and I celebrated the Epiphany — the arrival
of the Three Kings or “El Dia de los
Reyes Magos” in Bethlehem.
My Epiphany is a mixture of
cultures because my mother is from
El Salvador and my dad is GreekLebanese. In my home we place the
Three Kings in the nativity crèche
on Jan. 6 because the Kings found,
met and adored Jesus on that day
and offered Him presents.
My dad told us that in Greek
Epiphany means “presence of God”
and during Epiphany we eat a round
Greek bread with a small gold-colored coin hidden inside. We cut the
bread slowly and we each eat a
slice. I was hoping to get the coin
because I would have good luck
and be a king or queen the whole
year. At the same time I was scared
to swallow the coin accidentally!
— Rafael N., sixth-grader
Ross Elementary
We started off our week with a
big “welcome back” and “happy
new year” from everybody. We continued our Monday routine with the
Fillmore Arts Center.
Grade five started off its week
with a visit to Sweetgreen. They are
studying about recycling and composting. This will be the last class
We are getting ready for our
yearly ski trip to Ski Liberty, on
Feb. 12. Also, the fifth-graders continued to study crickets, principles
of flight and barn owls with guest
scientist Dr. Ken. To help with our
study, our teacher Mr. Marcus had
us using the scientific method,
which included a lot of observing,
predicting, experimenting, recording results and forming conclusions.
In our library, Mr. Flanagan continued to read aloud the books
“Because of Winn-Dixie” and
“Skeleton Man.” With Readers’
Theater, we also got a chance to
play different kinds of characters in
the Aesop fables. To help us with
our critical thinking skills, we read
an article: “Family Sells House to
Help the Hungry.” Then, we had to
list the things we have or want that
we might be able to give up and
still have a “good life.”
In the second grade, we had a lot
of fun with writing poetry and the
students selling their poems to each
other using fake money. For our
teachers, the poems were free.
To finish out the week, the pre-K
3 and pre-K 4 took a field trip to
Imagination Stage.
— Ross students
St. Albans School
On Dec. 18, the entire school
was welcomed to the Lessons and
Carols event. This annual event is a
spiritual celebration held in the
National Cathedral. Each year, students and faculty members read
“lessons” which convey significant
messages or tell the story of the
Nativity. In between these lessons
students and members of the
National Cathedral Choir sang and
played instruments, which filled the
Cathedral with sound. All in all,
Lessons and Carols were a great
success and a joy for all who went.
Another exciting recent event
was the yearly Lower School
Christmas Pageant. In the pageant,
students of Form II vestry were
dressed up and assigned roles to
play in the Nativity. Two teachers
were Mary and Joseph, and the students played all other parts. The
Form I and II French classes sang
“Douce Nuit,” or “Silent Night,” in
French to add to the excitement.
As the boys return from winter
break they are coming to the close
of the first semester. The first
semester in the Lower School this
year has been a great one overall,
and the boys have been very
focused on achieving. This was the
first semester with a new schedule,
and there were no athletic fields, but
the students coped with this very
well and quickly adjusted, knowing
it is all for the better.
— Jonathan Merril,
Form II (eighth-grader)
Sheridan School
Sheridan School’s first assembly
back from break was a demonstration by StepAfrika. Performers stepdanced even though they didn’t
have any music. To get our attention
they made us put our elbows up and
out to our sides, say “Huh!” really
loud, and then we had to be silent
for three seconds. They told us that
is part of the step-dancing culture
and discipline.
They taught us a few steps, too.
For example, stepping side to side
is the march. And when you put one
hand up and make a blade with
your fingers, it’s called the blade.
The also showed us how to make
percussion sounds with our bodies
and our mouths. They danced really
fast. They told us the history of
step-dancing. One dance started
because miners in South Africa
were not allowed to talk so they
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would slap their boots to communicate. Now those movements are a
type of step-dancing. Even though it
started with African-American college students in United States, it is
now a dance anybody can do.
— Melanie Breslin, third-grader
Sidwell Friends School
When we came back from winter break there were new desks in
our classroom. These desks are
made by Ergotron and are called
Learn Fit. With the simple use of a
hand lever each student can adjust
what height the desktop should be.
Attached to the desk there is a little
bucket where you can store your
belongings. The desk also has
wheels so it can move to different
places around the room, and you
push down a little lever that is on
the wheel to lock it in place. We
think the desks are very fun to use
and extremely convenient for everyday classroom uses.
— Alden Zhang and Sophie Steel,
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Classes and workshops
■ Tai chi master Nick Gracenin will
present “Spacious Mind, Body and Spirit:
An Evening of Tai Chi,” focusing on
themes of expansiveness, immediacy and
insight. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW.
■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will
host a class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m.
$12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787
Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257.
■ Steven Glazer, rabbi emeritus at
Beth Emeth Congegation in Herndon, Va.,
and an adjunct professor at George
Washington University, will lead a Jewish
Study Center class on “Caring for Caregivers Jewishly.” 7 to 8:15 p.m. $14 to $20.
Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec
St. NW.
■ The Jewish Study Center will begin a
three-week class on “Global Jewish Cultures on Three Continents” with a session
on Sweden. 7 to 8:25 p.m. $15 to $20
per session; $40 to $55 for the full
course. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850
Quebec St. NW.
The class will continue Jan. 21 and 28.
■ The Parent Encouragement Program will begin an eight-week class on
“Parenting Preschoolers,” which teaches
parents to set limits and solve behavior
problems calmly and consistently. 7:30 to
9:30 p.m. $225. Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW. 301-929-8824.
■ The drum and bass trio Jungle Funk
— featuring vocalist Vinx with Living
Colour bandmates Will Calhoun and Doug
Wimbish — will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.
■ Vocal Arts DC will present tenor
Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius
Drake performing works by Beethoven,
Liszt, Ravel, Satie and Barber. 7:30 p.m.
$50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center.
■ The Delafield String Band will host a
bluegrass jam. 8 to 11 p.m. Free. Reading
Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St.
Discussions and lectures
■ Former ambassador Bill Luers,
veteran intelligence officer Paul Pillar and
The Current
Events Entertainment
journalist Robin Wright will discuss the
current status of nuclear negotiations
with Iran and the prospects for their
success. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Mortara Building, Georgetown
University, 3600 N St. NW.
■ American University professor Carl
LeVan will discuss his book “Dictators
and Democracy in African Development:
The Political Economy of Good
Governance in Nigeria.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Abramson Family
Founders Room, School of International
Service Building, American University,
Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW.
■ J.D. Dickey will discuss his book
“Empire of Mud: The Secret History of
Washington, DC.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
■ Howard Dodson, director of the
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and
Howard University Libraries, will discuss
how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired
him to dedicate his professional life to the
preservation and dissemination of African-American history and culture. 6:30
p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.
■ In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
D.C. Attorney General
Karl Racine will discuss “The State of U.S.
Race Relations:
Improved or Worsened?” 6:30 p.m.
Free. Capitol View Library, 5001 Central
Ave. SE. 202-645-0755.
■ S. Floyd Mori will discuss his book
“The Japanese American Story.” 6:30
p.m. Free. Reiter’s Books, 1900 G St. NW.
■ Ralph Nurnberger, professor of
international relations at Georgetown University, will discuss “Rasputin: The Man
Who Wouldn’t Die.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
$30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100
Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Stewart O’Nan will discuss his book
“West of Sunset.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics
and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ Susan Kuklin will discuss her book
“Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens
Speak Out” (for ages 15 and older). 7
p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department,
Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.
NW. 202-364-1919.
■ The Tenley-Friendship Library and
the group Friends of the Tenley-Friendship
Library will
present a book
talk by Scott
author of “A
History of Rock
Creek Park:
Wilderness and Washington, D.C.” 7 p.m.
Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
■ Independent curator Bruce Posner
will introduce a screening of the 1981
film “Moana With Sound,” about life on
the Samoan island of Savai’i. 7 p.m. Free.
McGowan Theater, National Archives
Building, Constitution Avenue between
7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
■ The “Film in Focus” series will feature “Led Zeppelin Played Here,” about
the enduring legend that the iconic rock
band played the Wheaton Youth Center
on Georgia Avenue in front of 50 confused teenagers in January 1969. A postscreening Q&A will feature director Jeff
Krulik, a local resident. 8 p.m. $6.50 to
$11.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
■ Improv comedy troupe Press Play
will present a night of comedy and storytelling. 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. District of
Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW.
■ George Yamazawa Jr. will host an
open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5.
Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025
5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
Special event
■ “Architects for Animals: Giving
Shelter” will feature a display of outdoor
shelters for community cats constructed
by architectural firms, along with
complimentary sips and bites. Proceeds
will benefit the Washington Humane
Society’s Cat Neighborhood Partnership
Program. 6 to 8 p.m. $25. American
Institute of Architects, 1735 New York
Ave. NW.
■ The National Portrait Gallery’s
monthly Pop Quiz trivia night will highlight
the museum’s collection of original Time
magazine cover art from the 1960s. 6:30
p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Capitals will play
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■ Concert: The Institute of Musical
Traditions will present singer-songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn
Martin in a tribute concert to Joan
Baez and Joni Mitchell. 7:30 p.m.
$15 to $20. Seekers Church, 276
Carroll St. NW. 301-960-3655.
the Philadelphia Flyers. 8 p.m. $45 to
$570. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000.
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■ The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of
Washington National Cathedral, and Daniel G. Zemel, senior rabbi at Temple
Micah, will open a four-session course on
“Looking for God in Washington DC: A
Priest and a Rabbi Search Together.” 7:30
p.m. Free; reservations required. Perry
Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. [email protected] The
course will continue Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and
Feb. 5.
■ The Rev. Rob Banaszak will lead a
workshop on “The Microphone:
Inspirational Public Speaking.” 7:30 p.m.
$22 per session. Institute for Spiritual
Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. The workshop will repeat Jan.
22 and 29.
■ The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature
saxophonist Antonio Parker, trumpeter
Tom Williams, pianist Allyn Johnson, bassist Herman Burney and drummer Harold
Summey performing the music of alto
saxophonist and composer Charlie “Bird”
Parker. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th
and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
■ The National Symphony Orchestra
Youth Fellows program will present solo
performances by violinist Sean Lim, cellist
Naenah Jeon, clarinetist Hannah Conn
and horn player Nathaniel Silberschlag. 6
p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The Cathedra choir will present “The
Cosmography of the Spheres,” featuring
baroque composer Henry Purcell’s dramatic works “Dido and Aeneas” and “Saul
and the Witch of Endor.” 7 p.m. Free.
Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
■ The National
Symphony Orchestra
and pianist Tzimon
Barto will perform
works by Rihm, Berlioz
and Dvorák. 7 p.m.
$10 to $85. Concert
Hall, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. The performance will
repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
■ The Mallett Brothers and singersongwriter Brock Butler will perform. 8:30
p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K
St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a
talk on “When Will ‘Never Again’ Mean
‘Never Again’?” by Mark Schneider, senior
vice president of the International Crisis
Group and a former U.S. State Department official. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts
Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860.
■ Textile Museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss “Swedish
Folk Weavings (1750-1850).” Noon. Free.
George Washington University Museum/
Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202994-5200.
■ Rebecca Edwards, professor of history at Vassar College, will discuss “Sex
on the Frontier: Fertility and America’s
Antebellum Empire.” Noon. Free. Room
G-25, Research Center, National Archives
Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between
7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
■ Scholar Nathan Hofer will discuss
“The Popularization of Islamic Mysticism
in Medieval Egypt.” Noon. Free. Room
113, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213.
■ Kathryn C. Brown, president and
CEO of the Internet Society, will discuss
“Internet Governance: Governing Ourselves on the Internet.” Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Free; reservations required. Room 602,
Elliott School of International Affairs,
George Washington University, 1957 E St.
■ Marie Clarke Brill, executive director
of ActionAid USA, and Ramona Vijeyarasa,
international program manager for women’s rights at ActionAid International, will
discuss “ActionAid: Safe Cities Campaign
for Women.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.;
program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s
National Democratic Club, 1526 New
Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
■ “Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus” will
feature panelists Elaine Steele, a longtime associate of civil rights leader Rosa
Parks and co-founder of the Rosa and
Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development; Ella McCall Haygan, co-director of
Parks Institute Pathways to Freedom
Youth Program in Washington, D.C.; and
Anita Peek, current executive director of
the Parks Institute. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
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SE. 202-707-2922.
■ Author and human rights activist
John Prendergast will discuss his work on
behalf of
peace in Africa
and as founding director of
the Enough
Project, an initiative to end
genocide and crimes against humanity. 2
to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kay
Spiritual Life Center, American University,
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
■ American University history
professor Richard Breitman and University
of Florida professor Norman Goda will
discuss “To the Gates of Jerusalem,” their
recently published volume of U.S.
diplomat James G. McDonald’s edited
diaries and papers. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Abramson Family
Founders Room, School of International
Service Building, American University,
Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW.
■ Charles Brock, associate curator of
American and British paintings at the
National Gallery of Art, will discuss the
exhibition “O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues With Nature,” which features two
masterpieces from Georgia O’Keeffe’s
“Jack-in-the-Pulpit” series on loan from
the National Gallery of Art. 6:30 p.m. $10
to $12; free for members and ages 18
and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600
21st St. NW.
■ The Smithsonian Associates will
present a lecture by
American University
professor William LeoGrande on Cuba as
part of the new
“Smithsonian Newsflash” series, offering
a look beyond the
headlines and sound bites. 6:45 to 8:15
p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100
Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Landscape architect and author
Marc Peter Keane will discuss “Serenity in
Stone and Sand: Karesansui Gardens of
Japan.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S.
Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive
SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Andrew Keen will discuss his book
“The Internet Is Not the Answer.” 7 p.m.
Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ A support group for job seekers will
host a breakout session for participants
to network and strategize. 7 p.m. Free;
reservations requested. Georgetown
Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
■ The Classics Book Group will meet.
7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th
St. NW. 202-347-0176.
■ The Washington Home and Community Hospices will present a talk by clinical
liaison Denise Bethea Lewis on “Caring
for Bedbound and Mobility-Challenged
Adults.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship
Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488.
■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss the first part of Donna Tartt’s 2013
novel “The Goldfinch.” 7:30 p.m. Free.
Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232.
■ Donna Strahan, the new head of
the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the Freer and Sackler
galleries, will discuss “Debating the Use
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of Lost-Wax Casting in Ancient China.”
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium,
Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000.
■ “Senior Cinema Thursday” will feature Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film “Selma,”
about the tumultuous three-month period
in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
led a campaign to secure equal voting
rights in the face of violent opposition.
10:30 a.m. $5. Avalon Theatre, 5612
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
■ The National Gallery of Art’s
“Discovering Georgian Cinema”
retrospective will feature Eldar
Shengelaia’s 1968 film “An Unusual
Exhibition.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW.
■ Alliance Française de Washington
will present the third and fourth episodes
of the World War I documentary series
“Apocalypse,” covering the years 1915
and 1916. 7 p.m. $5. Alliance Française
de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
■ The In Series will present a new
English adaptation of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker),” about innocent young love, jealousy and intrigue.
7:30 p.m. $22 to $42. Source, 1835 14th
St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance
will repeat Jan. 17 and 23 at 8 p.m. and
Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m.
■ The Washington National Cathedral
will present its “Spiritual Reflections Tour
for Seeing Deeper,” about the stories
highlighted in glass and stone at the
Cathedral. 10:45 a.m. $15. Washington
National Cathedral, Massachusetts and
Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228.
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■ “Storytime Yoga” will offer a family
class that combines movement and children’s book in a way that inspires budding bookworms and reluctant readers
alike (for ages 3 through 6). 5:30 to 6:30
p.m. $25. lil omm yoga, 4708 Wisconsin
Ave. NW. 202-248-6304.
■ The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will
hold a drop-in “Working From the Figure”
session for artists to work on drawings or
paintings in front of a live model. 6:30 to
9:30 p.m. $20. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
■ The Friday Morning Music Club will
present works by Mozart and Chopin.
Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755
8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
■ In honor of the 50th anniversary of
Catholic University’s Rome School of
Music, students will perform piano sonatas by Beethoven. 7 p.m. Free. Lang Concert Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St.
NW. 202-686-8000.
■ The Kevin Cordt Quartet will perform
jazz music. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; minimum of two items per person. Mr. Henry’s
Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
■ The National Symphony Orchestra
will present “Beyond the Score: Berlioz’s
“Symphonie fantastique,” featuring
actors, narration, musical excerpts and
projected visuals to share captivating stories behind the symphony. A full perfor-
German history on display
“Light and Dark: Photographs From Germany,” featuring
photographs by Barbara Klemm that span 40 years of Germany’s recent history, will open today at the Goethe-Institut and Leica Store Gallery DC with artist’s receptions at
both locations. Bearing witness to a country that was divided
On exhibit
for decades, the photographs were mainly commissioned for
the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. They
will remain on view through Feb. 27.
The reception at the Leica Store Gallery will take place
from 6 to 7 p.m., and the reception at the Goethe-Institut will
take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Goethe-Institut, located at 812 7th St. NW, is open
Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-289-1200, ext. 165. RSVP for the
reception to
Leica Store Gallery DC, located at 977 F St. NW, is open
Saturday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-787-5900.
RSVP for the reception to [email protected]
■ “Martin Karplus: Photographs, 1953-2009,” highlighting
photographs by the Austrian-born American chemist that
document humanity in Europe, Asia and the Americas, will
open today at the Austrian Cultural Forum with a reception at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 13.
Registration is required for the reception.
Located at 3524 International Court NW, the gallery is
open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2
to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. 202-895-6776.
■ “Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow,” featuring six HD video
animations in the form of narratives that ask questions
about man’s intervention in the physical environment, will
mance will follow. 8 p.m. $10 to $50.
Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.
■ The No BS! Brass Band and Backbeat Underground will perform. 9 p.m.
$14 to $17. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Historian Jim Barber will discuss
Pocahantas in the first of three talks
about the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the U.S. Noon.
Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F
streets NW. 202-633-1000.
■ Heather Wanser of the Preservation
:[email protected]
Barbarba Klemm’s photograph “Official Visit of
Erich Honecker to West Germany, Bonn, 1987” is
part of a new exhibit.
open Friday in the lobby of the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I
St. SW. The videos will remain on view 24/7 through March
15. 202-488-7500.
■ “William de Looper, Stained Paintings: 1964-1970,” presenting stained-canvas paintings by the Dutch-born former
Washingtonian, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to
8 p.m. at Hemphill. The exhibit will continue through March
Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601.
■ “Dances With Line,” highlighting works by Brightwood artist
John G. Parker, opened last week at Culture Coffee, where
it will continue through Feb. 4. Parker recently decided to
devote his full attention and time to his art after working for
many years in the food-service industry and raising a family.
Located at 709 Kennedy St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-5078349.
Directorate at the Library of Congress will
discuss the conservation of George Washington’s copy of the U.S. Constitution.
Noon. Free. South Gallery, Great Hall, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10
1st St. SE. 202-707-0185.
■ Father Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor of liturgical studies and
sacramental theology at Catholic University, will discuss “Mary as Woman, Mother,
and Idea in the Byzantine Tradition.”
Noon to 1 p.m. Free with museum admission. National Museum of Women in the
Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-7837370.
■ Joseph Seymour, historian for the
U.S. Army Center of Military History, will
discuss the Woolwich ballistic test charts
of 1779. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the
Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
■ Dr. Frances E. Jensen, chair of neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will
discuss her book “The Teenage Brain: A
Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising
Adolescents and Young Adults.” 7 p.m.
Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ ITVS Community Cinema will present “Violence & Solutions,” an episode of
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the series “A Path Appears” about two
groups in Atlanta that are working to combat domestic violence. 7 to 9 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Hill Center at the
Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave.
■ “The 80s: The Decade That Musicals Forgot” will feature Walter Hill’s 1984
film “Streets of Fire,” starring Diane Lane
and Willem Dafoe. 7 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of
Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE.
■ The 19th annual Iranian Film Festival will feature
Mokri’s 2013
film “Fish &
Cat.” 7 p.m.
Free. Meyer
Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The film
will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m.
■ A weekly bridge group will meet to
play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy
Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865.
■ The D.C.-based ensemble Nomad
Dancers will present a performance
inspired by the dance traditions of Iran,
Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, India and Turkey. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.
■ Washington Improv Theater will
present “Road Show: Wintry Mix,” featuring a revolving lineup of company ensem-
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$8 to $15. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Performances will continue each Friday and
Saturday through Feb. 14.
■ The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will
hold a MLK Shabbat with Turner Memorial AME Church to commemorate the spirit
and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. 7 p.m.
$6; reservations suggested. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487.
Special event
■ Kathryn Ashera Rose will present
“Spirits in Motion: Dances of Universal
Peace.” 7 p.m. Free. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Wizards will play
the Brooklyn Nets. 7 p.m. $19 to $472.
Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000.
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Children’s programs
■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest
stars, planets and constellations (for ages
5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock
Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road
NW. 202-895-6070. The program will
repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
■ Children will hear a story about Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. and then create a
special piece of art inspired by his life and
accomplishments. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F
streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program
will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
■ “MLK Extravaganza” will feature a
puppet show, reader’s theater, a craft
activity, a video and an opportunity for
kids to recite part of their favorite speech
by Martin Luther King Jr. (for ages 12 and
younger). 2 p.m. Free. Children’s Room,
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,
901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.
■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for
ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free.
Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover
Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program
will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
Classes and workshops
■ Artist Mary Ellen Carsley, visual arts
coordinator at Severn School, will lead an
art workshop on “Plants and the Fibonacci Sequence.” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $150
to $175; reservations required. U.S.
Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.
202-225-8333. The workshop will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
■ The Mount Pleasant Library will
present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m.
Free. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160
16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
■ “Honoring Your Inherent Gifts” will
feature techniques to get in touch with
your true calling for work. 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. $45. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW.
■ Chanson du Soir — featuring soprano Chelsea Camille and classical guitarist
David Isaacs — will perform songs spanning from the Renaissance to the modern
era. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
■ Chelsey Green and the Green Project will perform R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz
and more, infused with traditional classical technique. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The D.C.-based duo Smithjackson
will perform bluegrass, Americana and
roots music. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s
Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.
■ The bands Covered With Jam, Ten
Feet Tall and Fake Occent will perform. 9
p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K
St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Joel Finkelstein, owner and head
roaster at Qualia Coffee, will discuss the
importance of origin and geography to the
flavor of coffee. A coffee tasting will
accompany the talk. 12:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
■ Jenny Moore, Ru Freeman and Randon Billings Noble will discuss their contributions to the book “Spent: Exposing Our
Complicated Relationship With Shopping,”
at 1 p.m.; Mark N. Ozer will discuss his
book “Washington, D.C. and the Civil
War,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Scott Timberg will
discuss his book “Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class,” at 6 p.m. Free.
Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.
NW. 202-364-1919.
■ “The Met: Live in HD” series will
feature Lehár’s effervescent operetta
“The Merry Widow,” performed in English
in a new translation by Jeremy Sams.
12:55 p.m. $18 to $24. AMC Mazza
Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The film will be shown
suggested. American City Diner, 5532
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-362-3270.
■ The Washington Harbour ice skating
rink will hold a weekly “Rock n Skate”
event. 8 to 10 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-7067666.
Teen program
■ Jonathan B. Tucker will host a youth
open mic poetry event with teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team. 5 to 7
p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and
Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
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■ Concert: Violinist Kristóf Baráti
will perform solo sonatas by Yasaÿe
and Bartók. 4 p.m. $15 to $30;
reservations suggested. Phillips
Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
again Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
■ The In Series will present a new
English adaptation of Mozart’s “Bastian &
Bastianna,” an opera/musical for children
and families. 2 p.m. $10 to $20. Source,
1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763.
■ KanKouran West African Dance
Company will celebrate Senegalese history in its annual celebration of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. in an electrifying, athletic
and family-friendly performance of traditional West African dance and drumming.
8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225
8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
■ A “Line + Stars” poetry reading will
feature Mark McCloughan, Diana Smith
Bolton and Sarah Ann Winn. 7 to 9 p.m.
Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen,
829 Upshur St. NW.
■ Keegan Theatre actors will present
a reading of John Strand’s “Orchestration.” A discussion with the cast and playwright will follow. 8 p.m. Free. Politics and
Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.
Special events
■ Rabbi Mark Novak will present
“Minyan Oneg Shabbat: Jewish Renewal
Service and Potluck Lunch,” featuring
song, chant, meditation, story and Torah.
10 a.m. Free. Geneva Room, Chevy Chase
Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-362-3270.
■ The Washington Harbour ice skating
rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate”
event. 10 a.m. to noon. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-7067666.
■ The D.C. Public Library’s “2015
Poetry Extravaganza: 19th Annual Tribute
to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will feature
poetry by Sistah Joy and Collective Voices,
the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers,
youth poets and more (for ages 5 and
older with caregiver). 1 p.m. Free. Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G
St. NW. 202-727-0321.
■ A Havdalah Cafe and Cabaret sponsored by Minyan Oneg Shabbat will feature food and drink, with attendees invited to share a story, song, juggling feat,
joke, instrumental piece, rap or magic
trick. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations
■ Writer Rocco Zappone will present
“Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” a look
at downtown Washington filled with his
reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the
statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette
Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208.
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Children’s program
■ “Story Time and Crafts in Honor of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will feature
peace mobiles and magnets in honor of
the civil rights leader. 2 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave.
NW. 202-282-3080.
■ Nya Alemayhu will lead a weekly
class on Vinyasa yoga, an energetic practice that encourages breath with movement. Noon. $5 donation suggested.
Dock 5, Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.
■ The Dumbarton House will host an
“English Country Dance” workshop. 1 to 4
p.m. $5. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St.
NW. 202-337-2288.
■ Violinist Federico
Agostini (shown) and
pianist Enrico Elisi will
perform music by
Respighi and other
Italian composers.
3:30 p.m. Free. West
Garden Court, National
Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution
Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
■ Katherine Meloan from New York
City will present an organ
recital. 5:15
p.m. $10
donation suggested. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW.
■ The D.C. Legendary Musicians Band
will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its
weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to
9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522.
■ “Cathedral Sings!” will present a
community singalong of Vivaldi’s “Gloria,”
accompanied by organist Todd Fickley.
7:30 p.m. $10. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Stephen Hess will discuss his book
“The Professor and the President: Daniel
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House,” at 1 p.m.; and Sebastian Rotella
will discuss his book “The Convert’s
Song,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.
■ The National Museum of Natural
History will host the premiere of the
documentary “Language Matters With
Bob Holman,” about the lives of speakers
of endangered languages. 2 to 4 p.m.
Free; reservations requested. Baird
Auditorium, National Museum of Natural
History, 10th Street and Constitution
Avenue NW.
■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s
“Orwellian America” series on government
transparency and personal privacy in the
digital age, the Black Cat nightclub will
present Brian Knappenberger’s 2014
documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy,”
about the life of Internet activist and
political organizer Aaron Swartz. 8:30
p.m. Free. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW.
■ “In Your Ear” will feature readings
and performances by poets Marion Bell,
Thea Brown and Reb Livingston. DC Arts
Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-4627833.
■ The In Series will present “What I
Wanted to Sing When I Grew Up,” an original lounge/opera/cabaret event featuring
soprano Fleta Hylton and pianist Reenie
Codelka. 3:30 p.m. $16 to $35. Source,
1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The
performance will repeat Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature
emerging and established poets, followed
by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5.
Langston Room, Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
Special events
■ The D.C. Maxecuters will fly their
model airplanes
through the Great Hall.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
National Building
Museum, 401 F St.
NW. 202-272-2448.
■ Dena Kahn will host “Moms of Multiples Meet Up,” a chance for mothers of
twins, triplets and more to gather, ask
questions, share wisdom and learn a few
yoga skills that can help calm, relax and
entertain your little ones and you. 1 to 2
p.m. Free; reservations required. lil omm
yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2486304.
Monday, Jan. 19
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■ An introductory workshop will focus
on the foundations of yoga. 2:15 to 3:45
p.m. $10. lil omm yoga, 4708 Wisconsin
Ave. NW. 202-248-6304.
■ Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole will join the Kennedy Center and
University in a
musical celebration of the
Rev. Martin
Luther King
Jr.’s legacy with
the Let Freedom Ring Choir and other
special guests. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distrib-
uted in the Hall of Nations one hour
before the performance. Concert Hall,
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ “World Music Between Once and
Now” will feature musicians Simon Zöchbauer and Julia Lacherstorfer performing
works by Ramsch and Rosen. 7:30 to
9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Place NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Christopher Woods, director of the
United Kingdom’s National Conservation
Service, will discuss the care and conservation of Magna Carta copies. 10 a.m.
Free. South Gallery, Great Hall, Jefferson
Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St.
SE. 202-707-0185.
■ U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss
“Sugar: History, Botany, Production and
Processing.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free;
reservations required. Conservatory
Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100
Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
■ Catherine Bell will discuss her book
“Rush of Shadows.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
Special events
■ A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program and Birthday Party will feature slam
poetry, the Northwestern High School
Gospel Choir, the Natyabhoomi Indian
School of Dance, Bishop McNamara High
School’s Traditional African Drumming
and Dance Troupe, and the Peoples
Church Rhythmic Choir. Noon. Free; donation of a canned food item is requested.
Peoples Congregational United Church of
Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202-829-5511.
■ “All God’s Children” will honor the
life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through
performances by the African Heritage
Dancers and Drummers, the Howard
Gospel Choir, spoken word artist Tika
Wallace, soloist Francese Brooks, dancer
Mahkai Carroll, the Bishop Walker School
for Boys Choir and the Washington
Performing Arts Children of the Gospel
Choir. 2 to 4 p.m. Free with donation of
canned food item or a new children’s
book. Washington National Cathedral,
Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues
Sporting event
■ The Washington Wizards will play
the Philadelphia 76ers. 2 p.m. $15 to
$322. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000.
■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Beth
Burrous will lead a tour exploring culinary
and medicinal African plants. 1 to 2 p.m.
Free. Meet in the Conservatory Garden
Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland
Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
Ford’s hosts ‘The Widow Lincoln’
Ford’s Theatre will host the world
premiere of James Still’s “The Widow
Lincoln” Jan. 23 through Feb. 22.
Commissioned as part of “Ford’s
On stage
150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination,” the play is set in the White
House during the weeks following the
death of President Abraham Lincoln.
The emotional drama explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief
of the much-maligned “Mrs. President”
as she mourns the post-war life she and
her husband will never share.
Tickets cost $15 to $62. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202347-4833;
■ Newly formed Sharp Stick Productions
will present “Red High Heels,” featuring
three original one-act plays by Harrison
Murphy, Jan. 16 through 24 at the
Anacostia Playhouse.
The trilogy features plays about a
middle-aged man facing an angry
short film based on the book “Martin’s
Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport, followed by a chance for participants to
write messages of peace and descriptions
of their own dreams to be displayed. 3:30
p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St.
NW. 202-282-3139.
■ Yoga teacher and therapist Heather
Ferris will lead a yoga class. Noon. Free.
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th
St. NW. 202-727-1288.
■ The Georgetown Library will present
its “Take an Om Break” yoga series.
12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
[email protected]
■ Tarot master Bev Hitchins will begin
a six-session class on “Learning to Read
Tarot Cards.” 7:30 p.m. $33 per session.
Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419
Sherier Place NW. The class
will continue weekly through Feb. 24.
■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Beau Soir Ensemble performing
works by Leclair and Ibert. 12:10 p.m.
Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St.
NW. 202-347-2635.
■ Musician Javier Starks will fuse
clean lyrics and varied vocal melodies in a
spouse, the loss of his job and a crisis
of confidence; randomly assembled
travelers waiting in an airport lounge;
and a marine geologist who finds a blue
box in a tunnel beneath the Red Sea.
Tickets cost $15 to $20. The theater
is located at 2020 Shannon Place SE.
■ The Kennedy Center and VSA will
stage “Mockingbird” Jan. 17 through
Feb. 1 in the Family Theater.
Adapted by Julie Jensen from the
National Book Award-winning young
adult novel by Kathryn Erskine, the play
about an 11-year-old on the autism
spectrum shows how the perseverance
of one girl can change a community.
Tickets cost $20. 202-467-4600;
■ The Washington Stage Guild will
present Terence Rattigan’s “In Praise of
Love” through Jan. 25 at the Undercroft
Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United
Methodist Church.
A seemingly fractured family whose
ties to each other are deeper than any
of them realize find that sometimes
unique style filled with social consciousness and optimism. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.
■ The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and
the Anacostia Playhouse will present a
“Remembrance of Martin Luther King,
Jr.,” featuring performances by All Souls
Jubilee Singers and Not What You Think.
7 p.m. Free. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020
Shannon Place SE. 202-547-6839.
■ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host
its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free.
Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St.
■ In honor of the 50th anniversary of
Catholic University’s Rome School of
Music, students will perform piano sonatas by Beethoven. 8 p.m. Free. Ward
Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5414.
Discussions and lectures
■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a
Mary Bacon stars in “The
Widow Lincoln” at Ford’s
unkindness is the kindest thing.
Tickets cost $40 to $50. The theater
is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave.
NW. 240-582-0050;
■ The Studio Theatre has newly
extended Joshua Harmon’s savage
comedy “Bad Jews” through Feb. 1.
Tickets cost $44 to $88. The Studio
Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW.
talk by Tom Prewitt on “Visible Language,”
a world-premiere musical he directed with
the WSC Avant Bard Theatre. 10 to 11:50
a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall,
Katzen Arts Center, American University,
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8954860.
■ Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eric
Lichtblau will discuss his book “The Nazis
Next Door: How America Became a Safe
Haven for Hitler’s Men.” Noon. Free.
McGowan Theater, National Archives
Building, Constitution Avenue between
7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
■ Martin Conway, professor of
contemporary Western European history
at Oxford University, will discuss “A distant
land of which we know little: West
European Images of American
Democracy, 1945-68.” Noon to 2 p.m.
Free; reservations required. Room 450,
Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown
University, 37th and O streets NW.
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Children’s programs
■ “Tudor Tots: Winter Wonderland” will
feature songs, stories and movement (for
ages 2 through 4). 10 a.m. $5; free for
accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic
House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
■ “Martin Luther King’s Birthday Celebration” will feature stories, songs and
fun. 10:45 a.m. Free. Takoma Park
LIbrary, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-5767252.
■ “Celebrating Dr. King!” will feature a
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■ Jack Devine will discuss his book
“Good Hunting,” about his 32-year CIA
career and the national security challenges the U.S. faces. Luncheon at 12:15
p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30.
Woman’s National Democratic Club,
1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363.
■ The West End Fiction Book Club will
discuss George Orwell’s novel “1984” as
part of the D.C. Public Library’s series of
events on government transparency and
personal privacy in the digital age. 12:30
p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522
Virginia Ave. NW. 202-727-8707.
■ Marakmal Niyazmatov, lawyer and
co-founder of Tashabbus, will discuss
“Regulation of Blogger’s Activity in
Uzbekistan: Implications for Freedom of
Religion and Belief.” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott
School of International Affairs, George
Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
■ The Fiction Lover’s Book Club will
discuss Imogen Robertson’s novel “The
Paris Winter.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Popular
Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295.
■ “Behind the Science With Joe Palca:
Insights From Scientific Innovators” will
feature Carol Greider, professor and director of molecular biology and genetics at
Johns Hopkins University. 6:45 to 8:15
p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center,
1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka — a
close friend of Pope Francis, an Argentine
chemist and an author — will discuss the
importance of interfaith dialogue and the
intersection of faith and politics. 7 p.m.
Free; reservations required. Adas Israel
Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW.
■ Nick Lake will
discuss his young
adult thriller “There
Will Be Lies” (for ages
15 and older). 7 p.m.
Free. Children & Teens
Department, Politics
and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Architectural historian, preservation
specialist and author Stephen A. Hansen
will discuss his book “A History of Dupont
Circle: Center of High Society in the Capital.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Interim
Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-7278707.
■ Upshur Street Books’ Public Bookgroup will discuss Leslie Jamison’s book
“The Empathy Exams.” 7 p.m. Free.
Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
■ Robert M. Poole will discuss his
book “Section 60: Arlington National
Cemetery: Where War Comes Home.” 7
p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ “Tuesday Night Movies” will feature
the 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. 6
p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther
King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.
■ The Smithsonian American Art
Museum will present Nancy Graves’ 1973
nature film “Aves: Magnificent Frigate
Bird,” with introductory remarks by Christina Hunger of the Nancy Graves Foundation. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum,
8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Rachel Eskin Fisher and Rachel Nierenberg Pasternak’s
2014 film “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be
Silent.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center,
1529 16th St. NW.
■ The Washington Improv Theater’s
“Harold Night” will feature performances
by Madeline and Knife Club, followed by
an improv jam. 9 p.m. By donation.
Source, 1835 14th St. NW.
■ Busboys and Poets will present an
open mic poetry night hosted by Drew
Anderson. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston
Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St.
NW. 202-387-7638.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Capitals will play
the Edmonton Oilers. 7 p.m. $26 to
$484. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000.
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Children’s program
■ Nick Bruel will discuss his book
“Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day” (for ages 7
through 10). Free. Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.
■ The Parent Encouragement Program will launch an eight-week class on
handling challenging behaviors while raising children to be respectful, confident
individuals (for parents of 5- to 12-yearolds). 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. $255 per person. Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave.
NW. 301-929-8824.
■ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock
Creek, will host a weekly tai chi class. 2
p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202-7262080.
■ The Georgetown Library will present
its “Take an Om Break” yoga series. 7:15
p.m. Free; reservations required.
Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
[email protected]
■ Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi
class. 7:30 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library,
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
■ The Jewish Study Center will begin a
four-session course on “Some of Their
Best Friends: Righteous Gentiles of the
Bible,” led by instructor Norman Shore.
Tuesday, january 20
■ Discussion: Thomas Pierce will
discuss his book “The Hall of Small
Mammals.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe,
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202387-1400.
8:15 to 9:25 p.m. $15 to $20 per session; $55 to $75 for the full course. Adas
Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St.
NW. The course
will continue Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb.
■ Students from the International
Music Academy in the Principality of
Liechtenstein will perform chamber works
by Ravel and Dvorák. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.
■ Singer-songwriter Peter Fanone, a
Georgetown University
student from Alexandria, Va., will perform
will his band. 8:30
p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge,
3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a
talk by law professor Margaret Farrell on
“Ebola: International, National and State
Responses.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave.
NW. 202-895-4860.
■ The Chevy Chase and Georgetown
chapters of the National Active and
Retired Federal Employees organization
will present a talk by licensed nutritionist
Rose Clifford on “Eat Well to Age Well.”
Noon. Free. Second-floor Meeting Room,
Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-387-7936.
■ George Washington University professor of ceramics Turker Ozdogan will
discuss the textures that result from the
production of fiber arts and ceramics.
Noon. Free. George Washington University
Museum/Textile Museum, 701 21st St.
NW. 202-994-5200.
■ Klaus Tochtermann, director of the
German National Library of Economics,
will discuss “Research 2.0: The Impact of
Social Media on Research Libraries.”
Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101
Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4371.
■ James Hutson of the Library of Congress will discuss how the term “civil
rights” evolved through the 18th and
19th centuries. Noon. Free. “The Civil
Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for
Freedom” exhibition gallery, Jefferson
Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St.
SE. 202-707-2922.
■ National Museum of Women in the
Arts director of education and digital
engagement Deborah Gaston will illuminate themes and artworks in the special
exhibition “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free.
National Museum of Women in the Arts,
1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.
■ Victor Shih, associate professor of
international relations and Pacific studies
at the University of California at San
Diego, will discuss “Chinese Debt: Is It
Sustainable?” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Room 505, Elliott
School of International Affairs, George
Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
■ Farran Smith Nehme will discuss
her novel “Missing Reels,” about young
love, old movies and an epic search for a
long-lost silent film. 6:30 p.m. Free.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517
Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
■ The World Affairs Council will present a panel discussion on “State of the
Union’s Foreign Policy.” 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Free; reservations required. University of
California Washington Center, 1608
Rhode Island Ave. NW.
■ Author Fred Plotkin will discuss “Italy’s Magnificent Six: Regions Worth Discovering — Veneto.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30 to
$42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Sarah Chayes, a senior associate in
the Democracy and
Rule of Law Program
at the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace, will
discuss her book
“Thieves of State: Why
Corruption Threatens
Global Security.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and
Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.
■ The D.C. Public Library’s “Books &
Bars” modern-day book club will discuss
“The Double” by George Pelecanos. 7
p.m. Free; reservations requested.
Gordon Biersch Brewery, 900 F St. NW.
[email protected]
■ Former U.S. Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va.,
and Martin Frost, D-Texas will discuss
their book “The Partisan Divide: Congress
in Crisis” in conversation with U.S. Rep.
Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. 7:30 p.m. Free;
reservations suggested. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets
■ The Jerusalem Fund will present the
1976 film “Ici et Ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere)” by Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre
Gorin and Anne-Marie Miéville. 1 to 2
p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
■ UN Women National Capital will
host a screening of Emmanuel Itier’s
2013 documentary “FEMME: Women
Healing the World.” 6 to 8 p.m. $30.
Langston Room, Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
■ The Japan Information and Culture
Center will present Nobuhiro Yamashita’s
2007 film “A Gentle Breeze in the
Village.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Japan Information and Culture
Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
■ The French Cinémathèque series
will feature Eric Rohmer’s 1992 romantic
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Housing for Rent (Apts)
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SQUARE 37 - CBE Subcontracting Employment Opportunities
Your bid is due to us on or before January 26th, 2015 @ 5:00 PM
Project Description: Redevelop the West End library into a new 11-story building with library, retail and larger condominiums above. A mix of one-bedroom/den, two-bedroom/den and three-bedroom/den are planned with an average size
of approximately 1,500 sq. ft. with one garage parking space per unit. Approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of retail is planned for
the street level.
Project specific requirements/ emphasis for the above referenced project: Subcontractors and suppliers will be
asked to furnish labor and/or materials and equipment to accomplish work required by the contract documents for the
various areas of work listed below.
Drawings and Specifications May Be Purchased From:
American Reprographics: Ken Karbeling, 301-231-5200
Bid Documents can be viewed at:
The Clark Construction Plan Room, 7500 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Address all correspondence to: Clark Construction Group, LLC, 7500 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Contacts: Matt Villa, Dustin McCrackin, Josh Slocomb
Phone: 301-272-8100
Fax: 301-272-1922
We request bids from small, disadvantaged, minority and
women owned subcontractors and suppliers.
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comedy “A Tale of Winter.” 8 p.m. $6.50
to $11.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
Special event
■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s
“Orwellian America” series, the Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host
a “1984 Readathon” featuring guest
readers and members of the public reading the entire text of George Orwell’s
novel “1984” aloud. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Wizards will play
the Oklahoma City Thunder. 8 p.m. $25 to
$577. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000.
■ U.S. Botanic Garden executive director Ari Novy will lead a tour through the
institution’s collections and discuss its
history. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden,
100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
Thursday, Jan. 22
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■ The Talladega College Choir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ Local recording artist Nakita Tiffany
will present “The Multiple Mes Concert.”
7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638.
■ The National Symphony Orchestra
will present “Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky
Masterworks,” featuring concertmaster
Nurit Bar-Josef and conductor Christoph
Eschenbach. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert
Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The
performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
■ Recording artist Gerald Albright will
perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $50. Blues Alley,
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141.
The performance will repeat Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m.
■ River Whyless and Luray will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a
talk on “Food for Thought” by Andy Shallal, founder and owner of Busboys and
Poets and a D.C. mayoral candidate in
2014. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson
Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center,
American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860.
■ Jennifer S. Holland will discuss her
book “Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart From the Animal Kingdom,” at 10:30 a.m.; and Thanassis Cambanis will discuss his book
“Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian
Story,” at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.
■ National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes will discuss poetry. Noon.
Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building,
Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5394.
■ Thomas Talhelm, doctoral candidate
at the University of Virginia, will discuss
“The Rice Theory of Culture.” Noon to 1
p.m. Free; reservations required. Room
602, Elliott School of International Affairs,
George Washington University, 1957 E St.
■ Speakers will discuss “New Challenges for Islamist Movements.” Noon to
2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room
602, Elliott School of International Affairs,
George Washington University, 1957 E St.
■ The D.C. Public Library’s “Orwellian
America” program will feature a discussion of the value of government transparency and how to access government information online. 6 p.m. Free. West End
Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW.
■ Vesela Sretenovic, senior curator of
modern and contemporary art at the
Phillips Collection, will discuss “NO/
Escape,” an Intersections exhibition by
Bernardi Roig. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; free
for members and ages 18 and younger.
Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
■ Opera expert Fred Plotkin will discuss “The World’s Greatest Opera Houses: Teatro alla Scala, Milan.” 6:45 to 9
p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center,
1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ A Petworth Library book club will
discuss “A Game of Thrones,” the first
book in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy
series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” 7 p.m.
Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen,
829 Upshur St. NW. 202-243-1188.
■ The D.C. Public Library’s “Orwellian
America” program will feature a discussion of James Risen’s book “Pay Any
Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.” 7
p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160
16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
■ Ian Roberts will discuss his political
thriller “Nos Populus.” 7 p.m. Free.
Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
■ Artist Spencer Finch, who uses scientific means to reach a poetic understanding of the natural world, will discuss
his process and his work. 7 p.m. Free.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue
at 7th Street SW. 202-633-1000.
■ New York Times columnist Roger
Cohen will discuss his family memoir “The
Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of
Memory in a Jewish Family.” 7 p.m. $12.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St.
■ The Georgetown Library’s Twentythirtysomething Book Club — a casual
discussion group for ages 21 through 35
— will delve into Amanda Ripley’s “The
Smartest Kids in the World,” about the
experiences of American high school students in Finland, South Korea and
Poland. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Breadsoda, 2233 Wisconsin
Ave. NW. [email protected]
■ The D.C. Public Library’s “Orwellian
America” program will feature Michael
Radford’s film “Nineteen Eighty-Four,”
starring John Hurt, Richard Burton and
Suzanna Hamilton. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-2823139.
■ The D.C. Public Library’s “Orwellian
America” program will feature a screening
of the “Frontline” documentary “United
States of Secrets,” followed by a discussion of Edward Snowden, the National
Security Agency and George Orwell’s
uncanny vision. 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown
Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
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SPRING VALLEY $5,500,000 |
Stone and stucco colonial with 8BR, 6.2BA and 7,705 finished
sq ft of high-end finishes and state-of-the-art “green”
technology. Custom millwork, fine cabinetry, exotic stone
countertops, 3 fireplaces, advanced mechanical systems and
high performance appliances. 16,500 sq ft lot with terraced
yard and extensive landscaping, outdoor fireplace, pergola,
custom pool and pool house. Wine cellar, elevator, 2-car garage.
GEORGETOWN $3,250,000
THEO ADAMSTEIN +1 202 285 1177
JONATHAN TAYLOR +1 202 276 3344
MICHAEL RANKIN +1 202 271 3344
CHEVY CHASE, MD $2,845,000 |
GEORGETOWN $2,495,000
Light-filled East Village townhouse has been beautifully
renovated. The five bedroom, four and one half bathroom
residence features high ceilings, gas fireplace, hardwood
floors, marble baths, and a chef’s grade table-space kitchen
with built-ins and an island with a breakfast bar. There is a
pergola-covered balcony off the fifth bedroom/study, a lower
level family room, and two parking spaces.
MICHAEL RANKIN +1 202 271 3344
PENN QUARTER $1,595,000 |
Open floor plan with 2,720 sq ft, 3BR, 3.5BA, distinct living
spaces, abundant closet and storage space, walls of windows
with East, West, and South-facing city views. High-end finishes
include granite counters, stainless steel appliances, hardwood
floors throughout, unique architectural details. The huge living
and dining rooms connect to span approximately 57 feet in
length. Direct-access garage parking, and pet-friendly.
ECKINGTON $425,000 |
Gorgeous, modern, nearly new condo in convenient Eckington.
This spacious 992 sq ft 2BR, 2BA condo has it all: ample light,
high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, and more. Gourmet
kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and
a breakfast bar is perfect for entertaining. In-unit washer and
dryer, spacious master suite, gorgeous marble tile bath and
large balcony. Close to many restaurants, bars, and metro.
Built in 1912, this exceptionally grand stone and slate
colonial features 6BR, 7 full and 2 half BA. The original
historic property was seamlessly expanded to connect the
main house to what was once a detached garage, creating
a stunning 2-story family room and walkout lower level. The
professionally landscaped 18,125 sq ft lot includes a spacious
central deck overlooking a 2-tiered flagstone patio. One of the
landmark homes of coveted Chevy Chase Village.
ELLEN ABRAMS +1 202 255 8219
ANNE-MARIE FINNELL +1 202 329 7117
BETHESDA, MD $1,099,000 |
3,750 sq ft. Classic 5BR, 4.5BR Colonial. Main level includes
formal living room with fireplace, dining room, eat-in-kitchen
leading to dramatic family room opening onto deck patio
and garden. Main also includes 3 room wing suitable for
professional/home office or in-law-suite.
MICHAEL MILLER +1 202 365 9008
This 2 bedroom residence offers over 2,500 sq ft of expansive
space with serene northern and western views. Apartment
A-4 features a large living room and dining room with walls of
windows, custom built-ins and cabinetry throughout, a chef’s
kitchen with designer-grade cabinetry and family room, and
two Juliet balconies. 2-car garage parking and onsite pool and
gym complete this home.
New listing; beautifully renovated family-style home. 3-4BR,
3BA with finished attic and aupair suite. Huge deck with
fragrant wisteria overlooking big yard. 2-car garage, walk to
Tenley Metro, Spring Valley center.
DIANA HART +1 202 271 2717
BILL ABBOTT +1 202 903 6533
BETHESDA, MD $2,995,000 |
6BR, 7BA, 2 half bath estate on over 1 acre in Burning Tree.
9,750 sq ft with 3 levels perfect for entertaining. Pool, terrace,
large windows, 11/12 ft ceilings, oak floors, 3-car garage.
COURTNEY ABRAMS +1 202 253 0109
ELLEN ABRAMS +1 202 255 8219
ANNE-MARIE FINNELL +1 202 329 7117
MAXWELL RABIN +1 202 669 7406
JONATHAN TAYLOR +1 202 276 3344
FRANK SNODGRASS +1 202 257 0978
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