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Vol. XLV, No. 33

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Judge dismisses Klingle Road lawsuit


■ Legal: Case sought to halt

hiker/biker trail construction

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

The U.S. District Court for D.C. last week dismissed a lawsuit seeking to stop the city from building a hiker/biker trail on a 0.7-mile stretch of Klingle Road across Rock Creek Park that has been closed to vehicles

for two decades. The D.C. Department of Transportation expects to start design work for the trail this fall. “Construction could start in winter 2014,” said agency spokesperson John Lisle. Judge James E. Boasberg wrote in the decision that the residents who filed the case lacked “standing” because their complaints stemmed from D.C. Council action, rather than the action of the named defen-

dants — local and federal officials involved in approving the trail plan. Plaintiffs had argued that construction of the trail would hinder their use of the park, increase nearby traffic congestion and decrease connectivity in the area. Boasberg traced those complaints back to the 1991 mayoral decision to close the road to car traffic and to the D.C. Council’s 2008 law closing the road for good. But he found little See Klingle/Page 10

Planned Hearst expansion raises concerns By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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St. Albans School held its fourth annual Iron Man Lift-a-Thon on Monday afternoon to emphasize the value of off-season workouts for student athletes. Proceeds benefited Operation Homefront, which provides emergency assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

Anticipating the upcoming renovation and expansion of Hearst Elementary School, some community members are voicing concerns about the impact the modernization might have on the neighborhood. Among the key issues are parking, the need for a buffer between the new building and adjacent residences, and the design for a new service road to go from Idaho Avenue to the rear of the school property. These topics came up Monday’s meeting of the Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission. The modernization project, expected to begin in the coming months, will renovate the existing building at 3950 37th St., and new construction will nearly triple the school’s size from 17,000 to 45,000 square feet. While the school’s population has increased in recent years — to about 300 students — the purpose of the larger buildSee Hearst/Page 26

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Some neighbors fear the renovation, which aims to accommodate an enlarged student population, will cause problems including parking congestion.

Memorial planned for Whitman-Walker site

New book on selective U.S. schools profiles D.C.’s Walls


■ Education: Authors dub

Current Staff Writer

A sculpture honoring the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the health-care workers who served AIDS patients there during the height of the epidemic will be installed this fall outside the clinic’s former site at 1407 S St. NW, if cleared by a city agency. Developer JBG, which is transforming the former clinic and surrounding buildings into 125 rental apartments and ground-floor retail and restaurants, commissioned the glass and light installation. Designed by local artist William Cochran, “Pillar of Fire” will stack and rotate 360 flat layers of circular and egg-shaped glass — some polished and some rough cut — to form a 16-foot spiral. Reflecting natural light and illuminated from within, the design is an abstraction of the rainbow

NEWS St. John’s College High School upgrades cafeteria, library

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school a ‘little-noticed gem’ By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

Rendering courtesy of William Cochran

JBG is redeveloping the clinic’s former site and will include a sculpture honoring its workers.

flag, a symbol of pride for the LGBT community, said Cochran. “The Whitman-Walker health-care workers were on the front lines serving a stigmatized population at a time when it wasn’t known whether by taking care of these See Sculpture/Page 26

SPOR TS NCS grad’s persistence and passion pay off on squash court

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School Without Walls is one of 165 institutions featured in an upcoming book about selective public high schools across the country. The Foggy Bottom school is profiled in its own chapter, which praises Walls for its strong academics but questions its neglected status in D.C. Written by Jessica Hockett and Chester E. Finn Jr., “Exam Schools:

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the Ups and Downs of Selective Public High Schools” calls Walls a “little-noticed gem in a troubled system.” In advance of the book’s Oct. 3 release from Princeton University Press, the authors will participate in a panel discussion on Aug. 24 at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Both authors have a background in education. Hockett is an education consultant specializing in curricula, and Finn is president of the Fordham Institute, a D.C.-based organization that advocates for education reform. See Walls/Page 26

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St. John’s High School upgrades its cafeteria, library in collegiate style By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

When students return to St. John’s College High School in the fall, parts of their campus will be unrecognizable thanks to a ninemonth renovation of the library and cafeteria that is wrapping up now. The library now boasts a new 6,000-squarefoot terrace overlooking Rock Creek Park, and the dining hall has been expanded by about 5,000 square feet and has new furniture, including eight flat-panel TVs.

“One of the big things was that we really went with a collegiate style of furnishings for both the library and the dining hall,� said school president Jeffrey Mancabelli. “We moved away from what you think of as a high school cafeteria.� The $9 million project was part of the school’s 20-year strategic plan. Along with the interior renovations, the school is adding a baseball clubhouse and football pavilion with new restrooms, concession stands and a skybox. Last summer, St. John’s redid its entrances on Military Road and 27th Street and put in

a new turf football field. The library and the cafeteria were next in line for an upgrade because they are the most popular spaces for the school’s 1,050 students. Construction began in December of last year, and the school will hold a dedication ceremony for the new facilities in early October. Mancabelli said he’s excited for the students to see the outdoor terrace in the library. “I think that’s going to be one of the greatest features of it,� he said. “Aesthetically for the students, what a great space for them to enjoy

their high school.� St. John’s added green innovations to the building as well. The campus’s main boiler system was converted to run on natural gas. And permeable pavement with PaveDrain technology will send 500,000 gallons of rainwater into the ground, rather than the sewage system, annually. But Mancabelli said the biggest advantage for the students is that both the dining hall and the cafeteria will now be open until 6 p.m. In the old facility, the library closed at 4 p.m. and See St. John’s/Page 14

Glover Park streetscape work expands







By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Construction on Glover Park streets is now expected to last through December, as the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project expands to allow changes to 37th Street and Tunlaw Road and upgrades to gas lines. The D.C. Department of Transportation hopes to complete the redesign of the problematic 37th and Tunlaw intersection this fall, officials said at a community meeting last week. The agency was able to “piggybackâ€? that project into the construction contract for Wisconsin Avenue, agency chief engineer Ronaldo Nicholson said at the meeting. Washington Gas is also hopping aboard the Wisconsin Avenue work, taking advantage of the construction period to replace aging gas mains beneath the street. Construction on Wisconsin began in March and was originally expected to wrap up in September. The streetscape project, which runs from 34th Street to Massachusetts Avenue, aims to slow down traffic, improve pedestrian safety and redesign intersections. One side effect of the construction work has been increased spillover traffic to the area around 37th Street and Tunlaw Road. The intersection has been a neighborhood trouble spot for years, but resident complaints have increased in recent months, and the Transportation Department has recorded higher car counts on 37th from drivers avoiding Wisconsin. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh praised the agency for agreeing to make changes to the intersection. “When we asked them to tack this on ‌ they found a way to do it,â€? she said at Thursday’s meeting, hosted by the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission. The planned redesign will form two new intersections to replace the existing four-way stop, creating an elongated K-shape. The project will include removing two concrete See Traffic/Page 10

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Rule allows visitor parking passes citywide By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A visitor parking pass program may expand citywide, after the D.C. Department of Transportation recently granted its director the authority to implement the pilot on all District streets with residential permit parking. Under the existing program in wards 3, 4 and 5 and parts of wards 1 and 6, all households on residential permit parking streets are mailed a one-year placard that allows cars to park nearby in areas where non-residents are restricted to a two-hour limit. The program is intended to be more convenient than requiring residents to go to a police station for a temporary permit that allows a particular car to park at a particular time. The visitor passes — which allow parking throughout an advisory neighborhood commission’s boundaries — have been generally well-received, but the program has

faced some pushback in communities such as Adams Morgan, where residents worried about abuse. Some smart-growth advocates have also opposed it, saying the city shouldn’t offer free street parking. At a June hearing before Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh’s Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation, Transportation Department officials said they were conducting a long-term study of the District’s parking inventory and would make recommendations this fall upon the study’s completion. The agency’s recent emergency rulemaking allowed it to mail out replacement visitor parking permits after the program expired July 31. The new passes are good through Sept. 30, 2013. But the change also includes a more sweeping update: “Subject to the availability of funds, the Director [of the Transportation Department] shall implement a See Parking/Page 26

Builder looks to maximize energy efficiency By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

When real estate developer Tanya Topolewski set out to renovate a 100-year-old row house in Petworth, she gave herself a challenge: Could she bring the house to net-zero energy use — so it produces as much energy as it consumes — while on a budget? The answer was, “almost.� And if an energy-conscious homeowner buys the place and goes further with the green features, the full goal might be possible. The final touches are now going on the four-bedroom, one-and-ahalf bath house at 411 Varnum St., which should be on the market later this month. “We wanted to build a home that would sip energy instead of guzzle it,� said Topolewski. She said she and contractor Chris Toussaint went

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The renovation in Petworth tried for “net-zero� energy use.

“down to the studs� for the renovation, aiming for a platinum ranking in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes system. Topolewski — who formed her

green-building firm, True Turtle, in 2007 — isn’t new to such projects. Last year, she converted another Petworth row house, on 4114 New Hampshire Ave., into three two-bedroom condominium units. That project included spray-foam insulation, high-performance windows and doors, and high-efficiency heating, cooling and water-heating systems. This time, though, she wanted to work on a single-family home. “Our main focus was to make this home as energy-efficient as possible, while also making it comfortable and less expensive to live in,� said Topolewski. “Most people don’t know that it doesn’t cost that much more to build green,� she added. She declined to give exact figures for the renovation, but estimated that its price tag was about 10 to 15 percent above construction costs for a more convenSee Petworth/Page 14








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The week ahead Saturday, Aug. 18

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Conversationâ&#x20AC;? for Ward 4 residents as part of its Quality Schools Community Engagement Initiative. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. To RSVP, visit

Thursday, Aug. 23

The Hearst Elementary School Improvement Team will meet to discuss planned renovations at the school. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the library of the school, 3950 37th St. NW. â&#x2013; The Corcoran College of Art + Design will hold a community meeting to discuss upcoming decisions about the institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Reservations are suggested; visit

Friday, Aug. 24

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute will hold a forum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exam Schools: The Ups and Downs of Selective Public High Schools.â&#x20AC;? Speakers will include George Washington University president emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, who will discuss the creation of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School Without Walls. The forum will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh-floor offices at 1016 16th St. NW. To register, visit or call 202-223-5452. A live webcast of the event will be available on the instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site.

Saturday, Aug. 25

D.C. Public Schools will hold its annual Beautification Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help ensure that schools are ready and welcoming for the first day of school. For details, visit, email dcps. or call 202-724-4881.

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District Digest Police get reports of man enticing minors

Police are seeking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in investigating reports of an adult white male attempting to entice minors. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Investigations Division believe four incidents, all in Northwest, may be related, according to a news release: â&#x20AC;˘ On Friday, April 27, there were reports of fliers being distributed in American University Park offering tutoring services to boys. â&#x20AC;˘ On Monday, Aug. 6, police received a complaint regarding a Mount Pleasant resident allegedly in possession of child pornography. â&#x20AC;˘ On Tuesday, Aug. 7, a nude man reportedly made overtures to three juveniles in the locker room at the Wilson pool. â&#x20AC;˘ On Wednesday, Aug. 8, a juvenile reported that he was walking in the 4800 block of 36th Street when a man followed him in a blue, fourdoor Chevrolet and repeatedly

offered him a ride. Police are concerned that there may have been other incidents and are asking anyone who has had similar interactions to call 202-7279099, 202-576-6768 or 911.

MPD investigating Georgetown assault

Detectives are investigating a sexual assault that took place in lower Georgetown early Sunday morning, according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release. The victim reported that she was walking in the 3200 block of Cherry Hill Lane at approximately 4:10 a.m. when a man approached her from behind and groped her, police said. The assailant then fled. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with dark, shaggy hair, a slim build and dark eyes. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and khaki shorts. Anyone with information is

asked to call police at 202-7279099 or text 50411.

City reports virus in some mosquitoes

Mosquito samples in the District have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a release last week from the D.C. Department of Health, which urges residents to take precautions. Though the West Vile virus more commonly affects birds, occasionally an infected mosquito can spread it to humans, the release says. Senior citizens and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk. The virus generally causes no symptoms, but can occasionally create flu-like conditions. In the release, Health Department director Saul Levin advises residents to clear out standing water in or around their homes, use insect repellant containing DEET and wear long sleeves outdoors. The Health Department conducts regular testing for the West Nile

virus throughout D.C., according to the release. When the agency finds positive results, officials inform and educate neighbors and apply larvicide in nearby areas of standing water. A Washington Post article says this year marks the highest incidence of serious illnesses from the West Nile virus since 2004. Experts are attributing the trend to warmer than normal weather this year. More information on the topic is available on the Health Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website,, the Center for Disease Control and Preventionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site at, or through the West Nile Virus Call Center at 202-535-2323.

Police officer pleads guilty in fraud case

A former Metropolitan Police Department officer has pleaded guilty to fraud involving the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mobile photo radar equipment. An internal audit and investigation found that Officer David Cephas falsified certification times

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Buses return to 18th after construction

Bus routes that were detoured from 18th Street during the 17 months of streetscape construction in Adams Morgan have now returned to their former paths. Last Sunday, Metrobus routes 90, 92, 93, 96 and X3 resumed making their regular stops along 18th Street between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road, according to a release from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Along 18th, those buses now stop at Columbia Road, California Street, Belmont Street, and U Street at Florida Avenue. Since April 2011, when major reconstruction work started on Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main strip, the buses had been following detours on Columbia Road and Florida Avenue. The $6.5 million streetscape project marked its official completion late last month.


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for the radar equipment in 2008 and 2009, according to a news release from the police department last week. Cephasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; actions resulted in refunds of more than $17,000 in fines and recalls of more than 200 citations, the release says. The investigation of the case launched in May 2009. Cephas voluntarily resigned this June, after 22 years with the police department. On Aug. 9, the former officer entered a guilty plea to three counts of misdemeanor fraud in the second degree, the release says. As part of his plea agreement, Cephas will pay $17,550 in restitution to the District.

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D.C. schools draw criticism Survey seeks D.C. studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; views on testing for expulsions, suspensions By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

Current Staff Report Student expulsions and repeated suspensions often lead to jail time, speaker after speaker emphasized at a recent University of the District of Columbia forum. Panelists criticized D.C. schools for expelling misbehaving students more frequently than written policies allow. The result is a pipeline leading to prison, said Cynthia Robbins, co-leader of the Racial Justice Initiative of TimeBanks USA. The initiative â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which sponsored the July 25 forum at the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David A. Clarke School of Law â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aims to combat what its organizers decry as a disproportionate number of minorities ending up in the justice system. Eddie Ferrer, chief operating officer of DC Lawyers for Youth, a group representing young people in court, said kicking kids out of school has troublesome consequences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our schools rely too heavily on

exclusionary school policies and practices that increase the likelihood that our youth will ... drop out or become involved with the juvenile justice system,â&#x20AC;? he said. Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said there is no evidence that â&#x20AC;&#x153;excessive suspensions and expulsions work.â&#x20AC;? Kickedout students come to believe that â&#x20AC;&#x153;education is not for them,â&#x20AC;? he said. Henderson said the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expulsion rate is five times higher for African-American students than for white students. And the city often loses track of students who get kicked out of school, according to Kaitlin Banner of the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth. About two-thirds of long-term suspension and expulsion cases in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a hearing is required if the suspension is to last more than See Suspension/Page 24

DC Voice, an organization that works to encourage reform in D.C. Public Schools, has launched an effort this summer to gauge the academic impact of standardized testing on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school students. After hearing concerns about D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s testing culture from students this spring, DC Voice started its survey in June. The nonprofit is conducting 30-minute personal interviews with more than 100 current

high school students and recent graduates in all of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight wards, and plans to release its findings in a September report. DC Voice executive director Jeff Smith said the nonprofit started the survey after hearing complaints that standardized exams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which test students in English, math and science â&#x20AC;&#x201D; take up too much time in the school day and compromise academics. The group heard that students in grades that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t participating in testing would often skip See Survey/Page 24

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â&#x2013; 2700 block, 29th St.; street; 10 p.m. Aug. 11.

Sexual abuse (first-degree) â&#x2013; 1200 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 8. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:41 a.m. Aug. 12. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  500 block, 14th St.; government building; 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 5:34 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  900 block, E St.; unspecified premises; 8:18 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; restaurant; 10:07 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  600 block, 13th St.; office building; 12:33 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  4th Street and Independence Avenue SW; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  700 block, 14th St.; medical facility; 4:23 p.m. Aug. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  11th and H streets; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, F St.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; parking lot; 6:22 p.m. Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; parking lot; 9:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 1500 block, Foxhall Road; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Aug. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, 44th St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Aug. 9.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3200 block, Macomb St.; residence; 11 p.m. Aug. 11. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Upton St.; residence; 11 p.m. Aug. 6. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:27 p.m. Aug. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Porter St.; residence; 5:40 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Aug. 11.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 300 block, C St.; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 11. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; government building; 10:42 a.m. Aug. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  7th Street and Indiana Avenue; unspecified premises; 4:28 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 2:21 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 12:47 a.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  400 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 4:27 p.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  600 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 6:46 p.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; restaurant; 4:48 p.m. Aug. 11. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 6:42 p.m. Aug. 9. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  500 block, H St.; parking lot; 12:45 a.m. Aug. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; parking lot; 5:26 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; parking lot; 3:15 p.m. Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  700 block, 8th St.; parking

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Burglary â&#x2013; 5400 block, 28th St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Stephenson Place; street; 2 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  5400 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 3 p.m. Aug. 12.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 5000 block, 42nd St.; residence; 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4900 block, 43rd St.; residence; 11:15 a.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:45 p.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 3:46 p.m. Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:12 p.m. Aug. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5000 block, 44th St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Aug. 9.

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â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013; 2300 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 6:08 p.m. Aug. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  27th and Garfield streets; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Woodley Road; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Idaho Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Aug. 8.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; medical facility; 7:17 p.m. Aug. 7. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  31st and P streets; street; 3 p.m. Aug. 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 2 a.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 11:54 a.m. Aug. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 4:19 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 4:34 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 31st St.; sidewalk; 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  3200 block, K St.; store; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 11:38 a.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; street; 9:55 a.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4 p.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; school; 12:45 p.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  34th and M streets; sidewalk; 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, N St.; street; 4 p.m. Aug. 7.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Burglary â&#x2013; 800 block, 22nd St.; school; 10:57 p.m. Aug. 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 4:30 a.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; unspecified premises; noon Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; medical facility; 1:50 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; office building; 8 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 12:15 p.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  2100 block, F St.; office building; 4 p.m. Aug. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  2300 block, H St.; church; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania

Ave.; office building; 12:47 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013; 1000 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 9:42 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; store; 4:19 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; office building; 11:16 a.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:01 p.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2:39 a.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  16th and L streets; street; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; parking lot; 9 a.m. Aug. 7.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1700 block, P St.; sidewalk; 11:29 p.m. Aug. 10. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; restaurant; 7:45 p.m. Aug. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 2:46 a.m. Aug. 12. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 9:20 a.m. Aug. 6. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 1:40 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; noon Aug. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; residence; noon Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Newport St.; street; 5 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 9 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Newport Place; street; 2:10 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; sidewalk; 12:37 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 1:14 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  Unit bock, Dupont Circle; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 7 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 8:55 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 9:42 p.m. Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:06 p.m. Aug. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 18th St.; alley; 1:34 a.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 2:43 a.m. Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

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Wednesday, augusT 15, 2012


Former tax attorney launches fitness business


ust before their October 2011 wedding, Sarah Sands’ fiancé, Ben, told her he wanted to leave consulting to start his own business. “He drops this bombshell,” Sarah recalled this week. “And I am the most risk-averse person in the world, being a tax attorney.” But less than a year later, both of the Sands have their own companies. In January, Ben launched Regret-Free Life, a business that “better aligns who people are with what they do,” said Sarah. And as he launched the project, they realized that she was part of his target audience. “I was his guinea pig,” said Sarah, who now owns and operates DanceTrance Fitness — Washington, DC. “He said, ‘If you could do this every day, and didn’t care about the money, would you do it?’” And the answer, she said, was “Of course. Because I [already] do it every day.” Sarah had done DanceTrance for years, starting in college, when she found that her regular workouts — on the treadmill, Stairmaster or elliptical — weren’t helping with the last few pounds she hoped to shed. A friend took her to a DanceTrance class, and she was

your girlfriends” — an alternative to getting together for meals or drinks, she said. beth cope Sands has been offering classes at Balance Gym, at 1111 14th St. hooked. NW, since mid-May, but she offiShe now has a franchise agreement with the national DanceTrance cially launched the program June 25. Fitness company, which allows her Classes are held twice a day to run the only such operation withMonday through in a 10-mile radius and Thursday — starting provides her with choat 7 or 7:30 a.m. and 8 reography. She has p.m. — and once, at partnered with Balance 11:30 a.m., Saturday. Gym’s Thomas Circle There’s also a beginlocation, where she ners’ class at 7 p.m. offers nine classes a Thursday, and an extra week along with two “breakdown” session instructors she hired. in which routines are The hourlong classshared more slowly es are similar to other dance workouts, but Sarah Sands opened from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. less technical, she said. a DanceTrance Drop-in classes “Think Zumba but Fitness franchise. cost $18, $150 for 10 with choreographed or $275 for 20, but participants can routines — to Top 40 hits. … It’s a also sign up for unlimited classes fun environment.” for $99 per month. Beginners get a She said the moves are easy to week for free to get them acclimatlearn, and each song has its own ed, and Balance Gym members get steps. 50 percent off. Primarily, though, the appeal to “For me it’s pure enjoyment,” DanceTrance seems to be that it’s Sands said of the classes. It’s like fun. “They get fit, but they don’t “being able to go to a club and get feel like they’re working out,” your dance on but without ruining Sands said of her students. “And your best clothes and without weird there’s a huge community aspect to guys dancing behind you.” it. It’s a great outlet for you and


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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Lacking initiative

The D.C. Board of Elections ruled last week that backers of the anti-corporate-donation Initiative 70 failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. Proponents have vowed to review the signatures deemed invalid and to take the matter to D.C. Superior Court if they see legal grounds for a challenge. The expected Nov. 6 vote on Initiative 70 had promised to steer the political debate toward the need for campaign finance reform and higher ethical standards. Its absence from the ballot must not be the death knell for reform efforts. Most likely, the persistent, repeated D.C. government scandals will lead voters to focus on the issue whether Initiative 70 is on the ballot or not. Indeed, the thousands of people who signed the petitions are likely to become only more frustrated if it is not. Thus, it remains essential that the D.C. Council act swiftly on the issue when it returns from its summer recess. The Committee on Government Operations held a hearing June 25 on three measures and heard from Attorney General Irvin Nathan on the administration’s planned legislation. As we’ve said before, more robust disclosure laws are particularly important. Establishing electronic filing and a 24-hour disclosure period for donations made in the final 30 days before an election would enable voters to make a more educated choice — and might well discourage shady contributions. So, too, would a requirement for corporations to tie donations to named shareholders. Certainly, controls are needed as well on the kind of contributions that most invite corruption. Contractors, for instance, ought to be forbidden from making donations to an elected official or candidate who could be involved in the contract approval process. But banning corporate expenditures outright — as Initiative 70 would do — is unwise. Court decisions have ruled that caps and bans on independent donations and expenditures violate First Amendment rights, so such a measure would likely prompt lawsuits. Furthermore, a ban could encourage spending by groups like the super PACs that are fueling the current national discourse.

No parking?

The boom in residential developments near Metrorail stations over the past decade shows that a lot of people will pay a premium for easy and quick access to public transportation. Many of those developments offer fewer parking spots than the zoning code calls for, and given their locations, that is appropriate. What’s not appropriate, however, is a Metro-accessible development that offers no parking whatsoever to its residents or to customers of its retail component. Yet that is precisely what developers of a site in Tenleytown propose to do. Douglas Development wants to build 60 residential units and two floors of retail at the former home of Babe’s Billiards, at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street. The firm is asking the Zoning Commission to allow for the development to offer no parking at all, aside from one car-sharing spot. To prevent spillover parking on residential streets, residents of the new building would be ineligible for city parking permits. When the developer gave the area’s advisory neighborhood commission the choice between parking spots or retail in the new project, the body chose the shops. But zoning commissioners were skeptical that the arrangement could work, and so are we. We’re pleased to see movement on a long-empty corner of Tenleytown, and we agree with Douglas Development’s logic that many residents near a Metro won’t want or need cars. But leaping to the conclusion that no residents here will own cars seems unrealistic. The new building’s residents should be discouraged from owning cars — but by the high price of one of a few parking spots, not an outright ban that may trigger occupants to find their own, less desirable parking solutions.

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Looking up all around …


t’s a summer like no other for the Washington Nationals. As of Tuesday evening, the team had the best record in all of baseball (72-44) and was the only team in Major League baseball with 72 wins. The squad’s on a 11-3 winning run for the month of August. Based on ESPN’s calculations, the Nats have a 98.8 percent chance of making the playoffs, and this after 100-game losses in recent years. The home team — again, as of Tuesday afternoon — led the Atlanta Braves by 5.5 games. Heck, even the New York Yankees had won four fewer games than the Nats. The seats at the ballpark are seeing more fans, proving correct what the team owners said during the difficult days: A winning team draws the fans better than any promotional giveaway, any talk of next year or any appeals to local pride. Win and they will come. Now everyone take a deep breath. There’s a lot of work between now and the postseason. The Nats were due to wrap up a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants this afternoon and begin a string of three-game home stands Friday night, first with the New York Mets and then the Braves. Right after that, the Nats will head to Philadelphia for three games with the underperforming but always-dangerous Phillies. That’s a nine-game stretch against teams that trail in the National League East. It’s a stretch that could give hungry D.C. fans a real taste of what may come in the postseason — or it could burst the bubble. ESPN senior writer David Schoenfield noted earlier this week that seven teams were within five games of a playoff spot in the National League. He wrote that the Nats should be helped by the return of Jayson Werth, who had been out with a wrist injury: “Werth won’t ever live up to the $126 million contract, but he’s a huge key as the Nats push for a division title.” More importantly, Schoenfield surveyed the whole Major League Baseball season this year. “There is no clear-cut No. 1 team in baseball,” he wrote. “We have parity, we have excitement, we have fans filling ballparks … and we have a crazy, unpredictable finish ahead of us.” And yes, folks, it’s good for the nation’s capital to be right in the thick of things. It’s particularly pleasing to former Mayor Anthony Williams. When we interviewed him for an NBC4 Olympics story last week, the conversation veered off to the Nats. We asked him if the team — for

which he spent a lot of political capital — is living up to its potential. “I think so,” he said with a smile. “I’m there all the time. I’m a big fan.” The former mayor recited a few big plays he had seen in recent games. “And I was saying to myself, ‘This is amazing,’” he said, broadly waving his hand to evoke the big crowds in attendance. “‘This is amazing,’” he repeated. “‘This is so good.’” And this being a political city (and column), the mayor couldn’t resist a little jab at those who had opposed the city-built stadium. “I wish they would [play] on the big screen — which is one of the best HD screens in baseball — I wish they would play the comments of all the detractors on the big screen before 30,000 fans.” And then he laughed in a gentle way, but kind of like someone getting the last laugh. ■ Batter up for blood. Baseball fans who want to be part of the Nationals’ winning season could consider signing up to take part in the team’s second blood drive of the summer. According to the team, the blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the ballpark. The team says each donor will get two tickets to a future Nationals game and a special Nationals T-shirt. There’ll also be opportunities to take behind-thescenes tours of the ballpark, and donors will be eligible for autographed team memorabilia. But you can’t just walk in off the street. The blood drive is being run by Inova Blood Donor Services, which supplies blood and blood products to more than a dozen Washington-area hospitals. One donor’s blood may help save as many as three patients. To sign up, call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (2566372) or visit ■ Traffic jam? One downside to the higher Nats attendance is traffic. There are demonstrably more traffic headaches, and the ballpark Metro stop is brimming with fans. The city’s Department of Transportation has commissioned a traffic study of the M Street corridor that runs from Southeast to Southwest. But it’s unclear whether the study will include the impact from all those big baseball crowds. The Nats ownership is asking that the study be broadened to include the baseball effect. By our deadline this week we were still seeking information on whether that will happen. To an outsider, it looks like an obviously good idea. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the eDitor What’s happening with vacant Giant?

Did Giant abandon us? It’s been more than a year since any updates have appeared on the website created for the “Cathedral Commons” project, It’s been more than a year since Giant executives closed our neighborhood pharmacy and months since our grocery store closed. I have not seen one piece of evidence that any groundbreaking has taken place. It’s sad — what was a bustling grocery store and pharmacy are ghost areas now. And those of

us who don’t own cars must walk long distances, ride the bus or take a cab just to get eggs or milk, or Band-Aids for that matter. Maybe the city can intervene and urge Giant to sell the properties to Wegmans or Harris Teeter or Safeway — they seem able to design nice stores, get approvals and build them in record time. Meanwhile, we wait. David White Cathedral Heights

City’s canopy trees should be preserved David Passage’s letter in the Aug. 8 issue applauding the removal of D.C.’s older, large canopy trees is upsetting to all who love them for their beauty,

their cooling shade, water runoff mitigation and innumerable other advantages. It is true that the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration has been underfunded and thus unable to attend to the health and safety of many of our trees. But this is no reason to promote the removal of healthy and health-giving trees. Pepco does plenty of that already. Mr. Passage, I urge you to take another look at what you (and all of your neighbors) would be giving up without our beautiful tree canopy. Google it, or attend a class at Casey Trees, or just step from the shade into the sun on a hot muggy day and see what life would be like without these beautiful giants. Bonnie Coe American University Park

The Current

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ward 3 schools tour shows good and bad news VIEWPOINT mary cheh


his week, I am visiting all Ward 3 public schools as part of my sixth annual school readiness tour. The purpose of these visits is to ensure that all public schools in Ward 3 are fully prepared to welcome students when the new school year begins on Aug. 27. I am very pleased to report that the overall condition of Ward 3 schools continues to improve each year. When I began visiting our schools six years ago, I would frequently discover problems like broken air conditioners, missing textbooks, classrooms without enough desks, and unfilled teacher positions. Thanks to the work of Chancellors Michelle Rhee and Kaya Henderson and City Administrator Allen Lew, these types of significant problems have largely gone away. During my school visits, I still find minor issues, such as leaky bathroom faucets, damaged ceiling tiles and burned-out classroom lights. After visiting each school, I send a list to the D.C. Department of General Services, which works quickly to fix all of them before the first day of school. One disappointment this year has been the modernization of Janney Elementary School. The District celebrated the completion of this $30 million project a year ago; however, a lot of work has yet to be completed. Some of the new flooring seems to be defective. The newly planted trees are dying and must be replanted. And water pressure throughout the building is very low. To fix these problems, I have asked Mr. Lew and the project managers to tour Janney with the principal and me later this week. While speaking with principals, teachers and PTA leaders at each school, it seems clear that one of the biggest education issues in Ward 3 is the surging enrollment in our public schools. In the last three years, the number of students attending public schools in Ward 3 has increased by 23 percent. All 10 public schools in Ward 3 are now either at or above capacity. Wilson, Deal and Janney â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as just three examples â&#x20AC;&#x201D; demonstrate the levels of overenrollment that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experiencing in Ward 3. Wilson High School, which completed a beautiful $115 modernization a year ago, has a capacity of 1,550

Letters to the Editor George Washington stool needs support

In May 1776, Gen. George Washington ordered 18 campstools from an Irish upholsterer in Philadelphia for his Revolutionary War â&#x20AC;&#x153;marquee,â&#x20AC;? the tent in which he slept and conducted business. Only a few of those folding seats survive today in public hands, and just one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is on regular display to the public in a domestic setting. This month, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking the public to help â&#x20AC;&#x153;saveâ&#x20AC;? the stool, whose condition has deteriorated over time, by voting for its nomination as one of Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts 2012. Descriptions and photographs of all the nominees appear on the

students. Last year, Wilson exceeded its capacity with 1,660 students. This year, without accepting any out-ofboundary students, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enrollment is projected to be between 1,750 and 1,800. At Deal Middle School, the incoming sixth-grade class of 450 students is 50 percent larger than the eighth-grade class that graduated in June. Deal has a capacity of 985 students, but its enrollment is projected to increase from 1,040 last year to 1,189 this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; again without accepting any out-of-boundary students. To address this problem, I was able to find $9.8 million in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, which will increase Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capacity by 200 students by modernizing the adjacent Reno School. Until this work is completed in 2014, though, some Deal students will be taught in portable classrooms. Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernization increased its capacity to 550 students; however, this year the school expects to enroll more than 600, without accepting any students who live outside of its boundary zone. The surging enrollment in Ward 3 public schools is a great endorsement of the high-quality public education available, and it is a sign that parents and families have renewed faith in D.C. Public Schools. But I am very concerned that this dramatic enrollment increase, if not addressed, will ultimately negatively affect the quality of education in our schools. I have raised this growing issue with Chancellors Rhee and Henderson each year. In addition to considering adding school capacity in Ward 3, I also think that it is appropriate to carefully re-examine school boundaries. Earlier this year, I introduced the School Boundary Review Act of 2012. Just as ward and advisory neighborhood commission boundaries are reviewed and updated every 10 years, this bill would create an independent, nonpolitical group of experts to lead a community-based effort to review school boundaries and feeder patterns to try to balance school enrollment and prevent overcrowding. Throughout this new school year, I will continue working with our Ward 3 public schools to make sure that they have the tools and resources they need to provide a high-quality education to our students. And I will continue working to address the enrollment pressures to ensure that Ward 3 schools can continue to excel. Mary Cheh represents Ward 3 on the D.C. Council.

Virginia Association of Museumsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; website, where the public can choose the object they consider most endangered or deserving. Voting continues through Aug. 29 at Founded in 1816 by a granddaughter of Martha Washington, Tudor Place holds the largest collection of George and Martha Washington artifacts of any public institution outside Mount Vernon. The campstool is one of more than 200 Washington artifacts in the collection. In the estate sale following Martha Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death in 1802, granddaughter Martha Parke Custis Peter, with her husband Thomas Peter, purchased six of the 18 folding chairs, only one of which remains at Tudor Place today. Its treatment will require the services of furniture and textile conservators and an upholstery specialist. Over 230 years of camp life and family use, the stool has lost its original

upholstery, and the fabric webbing that underlay it has grown brittle. Some metal fasteners have corroded and protrude above the walnut frame. If it is not treated, Tudor Place will have to remove it from display. Ten honorees and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choiceâ&#x20AC;? winner will be announced in September, based on the public poll and subsequent review by an expert panel convened by the Virginia Association of Museums, the contestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organizer. The programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate aim is to make â&#x20AC;&#x153;winnersâ&#x20AC;? of all 21 nominees by calling attention to the need to preserve them and the collections they are part of. While the Top 10 awards bring no funding, some 2011 participants secured preservation grants based on publicity and support generated by the contest. Please vote! Erin Kuykendall Curator of Collections, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

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TRAffIC: DDOT expanding Glover Park project to address 37th, Tunlaw intersection

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islands, resurfacing the roadway, creating four extended curb areas for pedestrians, adding two high-visibility crosswalks and installing turn lanes. The biggest concern for residents at the meeting was the planned loss of five parking spaces — two on Tunlaw and three on 37th — to make way for the extended curbs. “We’ve got a horrendous parking problem,” said one neighbor.

But another resident offered a counter philosophy: “Actually, pedestrian safety and traffic flow is way more critical,” she said. Neighborhood commissioner Ben Thielen imagined the chance for a Capital Bikeshare station in one of the two areas of “low-impact development” the new project allows on the larger curbs. Others suggested plantings, stormwater control and street furniture. In addition to the loss of parking, officials said impacts would include removal of two trees and relocation of a Tunlaw bus stop.

Paul Hoffman of the Transportation Department said the 37th and Tunlaw redesign is moving “at lightning speed” compared to many of the agency’s projects. The agency aims to complete the work in October. More information about the project is available at Hoffman encouraged residents to submit any comments on the intersection design by Aug. 23. As for the construction on Wisconsin, Nicholson estimated another “maybe 60 days of work” are necessary there.

The schedule includes time for Washington Gas to replace 6,000 feet of cast-iron gas mains beneath Wisconsin, according to the firm’s Steven Jumper. Neighborhood commissioner Brian Cohen accused the gas company of unnecessarily delaying the project by coming “late to the party.” Cohen expressed concern that winter weather could extend the project into spring. Nicholson said that’s the last thing coordinators want to see. “It’s my goal to complete this project this year,” he said.

KLINGLE: Court dismisses suit to block Klingle Road hiker/biker trail through park

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connection between the complaints and the defendants the plaintiffs targeted, and thus ruled that the plaintiffs did not meet requirements for legal standing. The decision reads: “ … the critical question is whether it is actions by these Defendants — as opposed to actions by others — that have caused these harms. And the answer is quite simple: of course not. … As

Federal Defendants correctly point out, the harms alleged ‘are not ones expected to occur from the project. Instead they are occurring now … as a result of the Mayor’s 1991 order to close the road.’” Plaintiffs Gale Black et al. had named the following as defendants involved in approving the trail plan: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ron Machen, Mary

Peters and Roberto FonsecoMartinez of the Federal Highway Administration, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan and D.C. Transportation Department director Terry Bellamy. Plaintiff Black said she was “very perplexed and of course disappointed” by the decision. “The court seems to be punting this controversy back to the D.C. Council. To me that’s adding insult to injuries that we did suffer and do continue to suffer,” she said. Black, an advisory neighborhood commissioner representing Ward 4’s Crestwood neighborhood, noted

that she believes the decision interprets the council’s 2008 road closure as prohibiting emergency vehicles from traversing the area, which city officials have said they plan to allow. Jim Dougherty, a lawyer with Sierra Club, called the case “kind of a distraction.” His organization, along with the Friends of the Earth, had submitted a motion to intervene asking the court to dismiss the case, after having fought for years for permanent road closure and construction of a pedestrian/biker trail. “Basically this project has been in the hands of the executive branch

since 2008 … so now it’s just a question of executing,” he said. “I think this redirects the spotlight on DDOT.” Dougherty further said the Transportation Department should not have waited for the case’s resolution to begin the design process, as the litigants “never even sought any type of injunction … . So this lawsuit has in no way tied the hands of DDOT.” Klingle Road closed in 1991 after serious deterioration. The council voted in 2003 to repair and reopen the road, but the project never went forward, and five years later the council reversed itself. The 2008 act calls for the city to leave the area closed to vehicular traffic, but to instead construct a pedestrian and bicycle trail and remediate stormwater runoff and other issues. In June 2010, the Federal Highway Administration and D.C. Department of Transportation released an environmental assessment of the plan, and a finalized version was signed in January 2011. The agencies also looked at impacts, as required by federal law, and found no significant impact, issuing that finding in March 2011. The plaintiffs filed suit on Nov. 1 of that year. After the suit was filed, the defendants filed motions to dismiss, arguing that the plaintiffs lacked standing.


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National Cathedral grad driven to squash the competition By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

When Camille Lanier got to National Cathedral School, she was already a wellrounded athlete whose sports included swimming, tennis and lacrosse. But her passion was always squash — a sport that’s not easy to pursue in this city. Cathedral didn’t have a formal team, and D.C. didn’t have enough squash facilities to help junior players grow. That lack of access led many of Lanier’s squash-playing friends to give up the sport, rather than traveling long distances to play. But Lanier was undeterred and committed to daily training in Baltimore, an hour-long car ride away. “It’s really hard to sit on a squash court and hit the ball to yourself for an hour,” she said. “I still wanted to play. I found a coach in Baltimore, which really motivated me to make the hour drive … to train for three or four hours, then drive back and do my NCS homework. I’ve done that for two-and-a-half years now.” Lanier’s persistence has yielded two major accomplishments. First, she earned a scholarship to play squash at the University of Pennsylvania, where she’ll be a freshman this fall. Second, her passion for the sport helped inspire her father to create the “Squash on Fire” project to increase access for young athletes in D.C. Camille’s father is Anthony Lanier, founder of the EastBanc development firm. EastBanc is redeveloping the parcel at M and 23rd streets NW into a mixed-use project incorporating housing, a fire station and — thanks to Anthony Lanier’s pushing — an eight-court squash center. He has said that his daughter’s love for the sport and lack of access to it in D.C. helped him come up with this concept. “[I] realized that in Washington, we have a dearth of squash courts when this sport is becoming mainstream,” Anthony Lanier told The Current last year. The sport provided a strong father-daughter bond, Camille said. “When I started getting into it, he just started putting his heart into it,” she said.

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Camille Lanier has excelled at squash despite limited D.C. facilities. Her training routine includes an hour-long commute to work with coach Lefika Ragontse, left, in Baltimore.

And it was Camille who came up with the “Squash on Fire” name. “My dad wanted to create a place here for juniors to play where it wasn’t hard to get a membership and the school didn’t have to sponsor it,” she said. “I’m really excited that he’s doing it and I think that if he completes it, it’s going to be revolutionary.” This week, a Squash on Fire tournament at The Sports Club/LA aims to drum up interest in the new concept. Lanier will play at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the event, which features top players from Egypt, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic. Lanier hopes as the District’s interest in squash grows, more young female players will pick up rackets. “I would tell them that it’s a great sport

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and it opens a lot of opportunities,” she said. “I didn’t think I would go to college because of it. [Since] it’s not huge in the U.S., I get to travel a lot — Egypt, Netherlands, Germany [and] all over Europe.” When Lanier first took up squash, she was drawn to the uniqueness and speed of the sport in spite of the logistical challenges in D.C. “When I started playing squash, it was just much more intense and fast, and I could make my own shots,” said Lanier. “It was about moving around my opponent, and it was a chess game. I had to figure out where to put the ball and not just slam it everywhere.” She quickly climbed the rankings among girls her age, and by age 15 she was considered a top-10 player in the U.S. That ranking enabled her to travel globally to play some of the world’s best competition. But these opportunities, such as playing in the Dutch Open in Amsterdam three years ago, came with a tough lesson.

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Five Eagles lacrosse players recently earned 2012 U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic Team honors. They are junior Charlotte Russell; seniors Arlana Agiliga, Emma Grauberger and Isabel McCullough; and Caroline Yarborough, who graduated this year.

“I was ranked in the top 10 [in the under15 age group],” Lanier recalled. “[There were] around 100 girls in each draw.” She expected to win the tournament easily and walk away with the championship. But instead “I got crushed really badly and I didn’t understand why,” she said. “It really motivated me to train.” Last year in the same tournament, she landed a fourth-place finish in her age group. Her skills also encouraged her to pursue squash at the college level. “I chose Penn for multiple reasons,” said Lanier. “I felt the most welcome when I went there. Girls squash over there was a really cool environment with strong, passionate girls with funkiness to them. I felt like I fit in. They didn’t have the top players, but they had the most depth among the college teams.” But before she moves on to become a Quaker at Penn next month, she hopes to make an impact at the Squash on Fire tournament this week. “I would love to win my first round,” said Lanier. “But [opponent Latasha Khan] is a tricky player. I feel like if I play smart I will have a chance, and [I need] to just keep her on the court as long as I can and to make a good impression.” The free-admission tournament begins tomorrow at The Sports Club/LA at 1170 22nd St. NW. For more information about the event, go to

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This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home in Georgetown is priced at $2,250,000. bit above its neighbors, pointed out Gaddy, the sunny rooms have a bit more privacy than the typical Georgetown bedroom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no looking directly into the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; windows here. Storage needs have been addressed during the renovation, including on this level. A hallway holds a linen closet, and the master suiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large closet will be kitted out according to a buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, according to Gaddy. The master bath will likely be a big draw for buyers. A large rainfall showerhead waits in a marble-lined stall behind a frameless-glass door

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the cafeteria shut down after lunch. Because students are in many extracurricular activities, Mancabelli said they will benefit from the increased hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going to change the student experience,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rich Gardella, chair of the Men of St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booster group, agreed that the renovations will change the

schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere. He said that besides later hours in the cafeteria, the school will offer more food options and make the room a more open space with circular tables. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it changes the look of the school, gives it more a community feel versus those old-fashioned straight lunch tables,â&#x20AC;? he said. Gardella said the sense of community will be further enhanced by

the TVs in the cafeteria, which could play tapings of football games, concerts or school plays, giving students a chance to see what their peers are up to. Gardella, whose organization sells concessions during football games, said the additions to the sports fields are much needed. The concession stand will be set farther back from the seats, giving the com-

munity more room to purchase snacks. There will also be outdoor restrooms so spectators no longer have to travel to the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gym. Gardella said the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration communicated effectively with parents throughout the renovation to make sure everyone was on the same page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The school did a great job of pushing that information out to us as

decisions were being made,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were pulling feedback from teachers and other parents to make sure that what they were doing made sense to everyone.â&#x20AC;? Although renovations are not quite finished, Gardella said he feels confident that the money for the work went to good use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pumped,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited about it.â&#x20AC;?

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tional renovation. Topolewski estimates the home could sell for somewhere in the mid-$600,000s. True Turtle bought the house in February for $295,000, according to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real property sales database. The Varnum Street property is typical of many in the area, a Wardman-style row house. According to Topolewski, its previous owners maintained it well while living there for more than 40 years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the home hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a major renovation during that time. Topolewski purchased the property in February. The renovationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key features include insulation reinforced with cellulose and spray foam from the attic to the basement. Energy-efficient windows and doors will also help keep the place warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A high-efficiency heating and cooling

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yard was designed to help water infiltrate the ground rather than become runoff on the street. As a bonus, if buyers have an electric vehicle, they can plug in with a 30-amp line installed near the parking area. As for the net-zero equation, Topolewski said the renovation should bring the home about halfway there. Depending on the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usage, energy costs could be about 50 percent less than in a similar home that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the same green features. What could bring the home closer to net zero is a solar panel roof. Topolewski and her general contractor wanted to install one as part of the renovation, but decided against it because the cost would push the project over budget. New homeowners could decide to install a solar roof on their own, and depending on how much energy they use, could potentially eliminate the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy costs. While this project was a top-to-bottom

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Woolly Mammoth offers satirical look at pro wrestling


oolly Mammoth Theatre Company will kick off its 33rd season with Kristoffer Diaz’s satire “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” Sept. 3 through 30. In the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling, Macedonio “Mace” Guerra is the perennial fall guy, losing again and again


to charismatic champ Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, he decides to get him a job as a wrestler. But the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $35, except during pay-what-you-can performances on Monday, Sept. 3, and Tuesday, Sept. 4. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; ■ Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint will

present Hueman Prophets’ “Read: White and Blue” Sept. 5 through 23. Hip-hop theater duo Baye Harrell and Jabari Exum will team up with director Psalmayene 24 to re-envision their story about a white-collar author struggling to write a book about a blue-collar ex-con. Through the lens of an author’s creative process, the audience witnesses the result of a lifestyle of status and privilege. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $12 for students, teachers and seniors. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St NW. 202-315-1310; ■ Constellation Theatre Company will present English playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s “Taking Steps” Sept. 6 through Oct. 7 at Source. In this riotous farce that premiered in 1979, six Brits evade a ghost, capture an intruder, sidestep spouses and unwittingly bed-hop on three levels of a former brothel. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets

cost $20 to $45. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741; ■ Scena Theatre will close George Tabori’s dark comedy “Mein Kampf” Aug. 19 at the H Street Playhouse. Popular in Europe but rarely produced in the United States, the play tells the story of young, down-and-out painter Adolf Hitler and his relationship with two Jews in a Viennese flophouse circa 1900. Robert MacNamara directs the production, which began as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824; ■ As part of the Fresh Produce festival, Impossible Theater Company will present “[missed connections]” through Aug. 19 at The Fridge DC. This devised theater piece incorporates scripted dialogue, poetry, song and improvisation to explore a perplexing question: If you had one chance to be the person you’ve

Exhibition features Middle Eastern landscape


hadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne alAni,” a new body of video work about enduring representations of the Middle Eastern


landscape, will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. On view through Jan. 27, the works are inspired by archival archaeological and aerial photographs, as well as contemporary “Aerial VI,” a production still from Jananne al-Ani’s “Shadow Sites II” news reportage. Located at 1050 Independence is part of an exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily local scholar, will open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633- Monday through Saturday from with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-7071000. 87Florida. The exhibit will contin8000. ■ “The Musical Worlds of Victor ue through Aug. 26. ■ “You Too Can Buy Art! Herbert,” examining the life of the Featured are Calder Brannock, Affordable Fine Art for Young man who has been called the Stephen Crouch, Joseph Hale, Collectors,” an exhibit specifically grandfather of the American musitailored to young Deshaundon Jeanes, Mark Keeler, cal theater, will Aaron Lim, Pradip Mennon and collectors and open tomorrow first-time buyers, Joshua Padarathsingh. in the will open Friday Located at 87 Florida Ave. NW, Performing Arts the gallery is open by appointment at Susan Reading Room only. Calloway Fine in the Library ■ Art in Society: The Power of Art and continof Congress’ ue through Sept. Culture,” presenting 23 works of art James Madison on themes such as history, indige8. Building. nous culture, slavery, revolution, An opening Continuing freedom, justice, violence and popreception will through Jan. 26, take place Friday ular traditions, opened recently at the exhibit feafrom 6 to 8 p.m.; the Inter-American Development tures materials Bank Cultural Center. an RSVP is from the Drawn from the IDB Art requested. library’s Victor Janet Fry Rogers’ “Iris,” china Collection, the exhibit celebrates Located at 1643 Herbert marker on paper, is part of an the center’s 20th anniversary and Wisconsin Ave. Collection, NW, the gallery will continue through Sept. 28. It including origi- exhibit at Susan Calloway Fine Art geared to first-time buyers. is open Tuesday includes works by Diego Rivera, nal scores, through Saturday Andy Warhol, Edgar Negret and printed copies many others. of the composer’s music, programs, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-9654601. Located at 1300 New York Ave. publicity materials and photoNW, the gallery is open Monday ■ “ScanTron,” featuring the work graphs, as well as his death mask. of seven multi-disciplinary through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 Located at 101 Independence Washington-area artists and one p.m. 202-623-3558. Ave. SE, the library is open

Shawn T. Andrew and Jose Joaquin Perez star in Woolly Mammoth’s “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” opening Sept. 3. always wanted to be, what would you do? Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10. The Fridge DC is located at 516 1/2 8th St. SE. ■ Arena Stage will present “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” starring Kathleen Turner, Aug. 23 through Oct. 28 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod See Theater/Page 20

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Wednesday august 15 Children’s program ■ Musician Mauricio Salguero will present an interactive program of Latino dances and bilingual songs (for children ages 3 through 8). 5 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts ■ The D.C.based indie rock band Young Rapids will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Josh Burgess. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures ■ Manuel RoigFranzia will discuss his book “The Rise of Marco Rubio.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Actress Kathleen Turner will discuss her role as legendary newspaper columnist Molly Ivins in the play “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” opening Aug. 23 at Arena Stage. 7 p.m. $20. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Films ■ “Spies on Screen” will feature Daniel Mann’s 1966 film “Our Man Flint,” followed by a talk by International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest on how pop culture portrayals of spies and villains affected his CIA career in the 1960s and 1970s. 6:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-397-7798. ■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present John Badham’s 1983 film “WarGames,” starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature André Téchiné’s 2011 film “Unforgivable,” about a successful crime writer who hires a young ex-convict to investigate his new wife’s activities. 8 p.m.

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Events Entertainment $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performance ■ Story League’s monthly storytelling contest will focus on “‘Excuse Me!’: Things That Slipped Out.” 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event ■ “Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Dinner,” a benefit for the National Museum of American History’s new exhibition on “Food in America,” will feature items created by chef Ris Lacoste for Child’s 90th birthday, including a rack of lamb with mustard crust and a peach cobbler with honey almond ice cream. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $250. RIS, 2275 L St. NW. 202-730-2508. Thursday, Aug. 16

Thursday august 16 Concerts ■ Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor (shown) will present “Flatpick Guitar and Fiddle Music From Kanawha County, West Virginia.” Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. ■ Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor, three of the Kanawha Valley’s best-known traditional musicians, will perform as part of the concert series “Homegrown: The Music of America.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Demonstration ■ U.S. Botanic Garden staff members will show carnivorous plants in the collection and explain how they have adapted to their environments. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures ■ Biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Beth Burrous will discuss “Caffeine: Friend and Foe to People, Plants and Insects.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Painted Love Letters,” about the ways that artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Amedeo Modigliano and Edouard Manet immortalized their favored subjects in paint. 6 and    

7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Paula McClain’s novel “The Paris Wife,” about Ernest Hemingway’s years in Paris from the perspective of his first wife, Hadley Richardson. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Films ■ The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Friends of Bonobos and La Maison Française will present Alain Tixier’s 2011 film “Beny, Back to the Wild,” about a young bonobo’s rescue and return to life in the wild. 6:30 p.m. $20. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. ■ Friends of Mitchell Park will present George Lucas’ 1977 film “Star Wars” as part of its Films in the Field summer series. 8:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. Performances ■ Austrian comedians Peter Moizi and Christian Schwab will perform as part of their “Moizi and Schwab Rock the US Tour.” 8 to 10 p.m. $30. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 914934-0111. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special event ■ A “Summer in Style” fashion show will feature clothing and accessories for seniors. Noon. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Tour ■ A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 6:30 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Friday, Aug. 17

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Concerts ■ The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature jazz violinist Susan Jones. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The acoustic, song-based group Veronneau will perform its distinctive blend of Latin jazz, Gypsy swing and more. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Whitney Robertson, museum collections manager at the Anderson House, will present a look at servants’ livery uniforms and other evidence of behind-the-scenes life at Anderson House in the early 20th

the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 and 1:35 p.m. Tour ■ A “Lunchtime Tour of the Conservatory” will explore the links between the exotic plant world and everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. The tour will repeat Monday and Wednesday at noon. Saturday, Aug. 18

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Thursday, august 16 ■ Discussion: Mickey Edwards will discuss his book “Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. century. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Robert Wheeler will discuss his book “Jim Thorpe: World’s Greatest Athlete.” 2 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Films ■ The “Beat the Heat: Creature Feature” series will present Sam Raimi’s 2009 film “Drag Me to Hell.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The 17th annual “Made in Hong Kong Film Festival: Hong Kong Classics” will feature Chor Yuen’s 1976 film “Killer Clans.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Special events ■ A happy hour fundraiser will benefit the National Association of American Veterans’ caregiver support program, which provides assistance to improve the quality of life for severely injured service members, veterans and their family members. 5:30 to 9 p.m. $20. Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th St. NW. ■ “A Cheetah Celebration” will feature a chance to see the adult cheetahs and cubs on view in their yard; to speak with scientists, animal keepers, vets and animal nutritionists; to hear a talk by Adrienne Crosier on the cubs’ dramatic birth; and to enjoy complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soda. Proceeds will benefit improvements to the Cheetah Conservation Station and efforts to bring new African wildlife species to the Zoo. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Visitor Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ “Women of Faith: Celebrate What Matters” will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning artists and bestselling authors. 7 to 10 p.m. $99 to $109. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. The event will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play

Children’s program ■ Children will hear a story about artist Jacob Lawrence and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Class ■ BLT Steak executive chef Jon Mathieson will lead a class on how to prepare soft shell crabs. 12:30 to 3 p.m. $100. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. 202-689-8989. Concerts ■ Jazz pianist Charles Covington Jr. will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Violinists Sam Bean and Genna Davidson, cellist Benjamin Gates, flutist Tom Skvarka and singers Julia Scherer Hoock and Katharina Acosta will present “Hear the Titanic,” a concert featuring original and period-inspired music from Michael Merino’s play “Hemispheric Dysfunctionalism and the Cortical Titanic.” The performance will include a reading of scenes from the play. 7 to 9 p.m. $20. Dance Place 2 Studio, Art Space Lofts, 3305 8th St. NE. Films ■ “From Vault to Screen: Recent Preservation” will feature Otto Preminger’s 1958 film “Bonjour Tristesse” and JeanLuc Godard’s 1960 film “Breathless.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Tours and walks ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile interpretive hike in search of Rock Creek Park’s wild mushrooms and colorful fungi. 10 a.m. Free. Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ Sculptor Chas Colburn will lead a tour of the Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, which features 13 works positioned in front lawns or hanging from roofs in the Foggy Bottom Historic District. 11 a.m. Free. Meet at See Events/Page 19

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Sunday august 19 Concerts ■ The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ Winners of the Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition will perform. 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Flutist Karen Johnson, trumpeter Jeffrey Silberschlag, pianist Frank Connor and the ensemble Dancing Heart will present “Summer Serenade,” featuring works by Vivaldi, Bernstein and others. Proceeds will benefit the Chesapeake Orchestra. 3 p.m. By donation. Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St. NW. ■ The Songwriters’ Association of Washington Showcase will feature Sol Roots, Christylez Bacon (shown), Dulcie Taylor and Margot MacDonald. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522.


Events Entertainment form its mix of reggae, funk, jazz, ska and Latin music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202433-2525. Discussions and lectures ■ The Fiction Lover’s Book Club will discuss Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. ■ James Srodes will discuss his book “On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Comedian and musician Dave Hill will discuss his book “Tasteful Nudes: … and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation.” 7 p.m. Free. Nixon Room, Capitol Lounge, 231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Films ■ “American Originals Now: Liza Johnson” will feature the director’s short films “Karrabing! Low Tide Turning,” “South of Ten” and “In the Air,” at 4 p.m.; and the Washington premiere of her 2011 film “Return,” at 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Films ■ A foreign film series will feature Juan José Campanella’s 2009 film “The Secret in Their Eyes.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. ■ A classic film series will feature George Stevens’ 1953 film “Shane,” starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Here’s Looking at You, Bogart” will feature Edward Dmytryk’s 1954 film “The Caine Mutiny,” starring Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurry, José Ferrer and Robert Francis. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ “Seize the Day: Outstanding German Films You Might Have Missed” will feature Feo Aladag’s 2010 film “When We Leave (Die Fremde).” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

Performance ■ “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.

Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

Sporting events ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Chicago Sky. 4 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. ■ D.C. United will play the Philadelphia Union. 5 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202397-7328.

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Discussion ■ National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will discuss “All the News That’s Fit to Paint: Reading in Art.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Tour ■ A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 2 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Monday, Aug. 20

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Classes ■ Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Ebeth Johnson, a healthy eating specialist, will present a class on “Raw Summer Meals for Busy Folks.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; reservations required. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. ■ The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts ■ The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Mr. Don. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St.

Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3642680. The group meets every Tuesday. Performances ■ Local performer Wayne Manigo will host a weekly comedy show. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-291-2906. ■ Busboys and Poets will host “Tuesday Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Wednesday, 22 WednesdayAug. august 22

Sunday, august 19 ■ Concert: Singer-songwriters Matt Alber (shown) and Tom Goss will perform. 8 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993.

NW. 202-295-5007. ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the U.S. Army Strings. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ Maryland-based guitarist and mandolin player Orrin Star will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7372300. Discussions and lectures ■ As part of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and its iconic Mies van der Rohe building, Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy will discuss the library’s integral role in D.C. life. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ AARP and Northwest Neighbors Village will present a talk by occupational therapist Tori Goldhammer and builder Bob Holman on “Home Fit: Design Your Home to Prevent Falls and Consider Design Features to Stay at Home as You Grow Older.” The event will include a walkthrough a retrofitted house. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required by Aug. 17. 3211 Tennyson St. NW. 202-237-1895. ■ Author and journalist Kati Marton will discuss her memoir “Paris: A Love Story.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Palisades Book Club will discuss “I, Alex Cross” by James Patterson. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Film ■ “Summer Screenings: Independent Film Series” will feature Alexandra Roxo’s 2010 film “Mary Marie,” presented by Reel Affirmations. 7 p.m. Free. Lobby, Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-359-5931. Meeting ■ Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m.

Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. Concert ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Phil Kominski. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures ■ The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ “Earthquake Days 2012” will feature a talk on “Seismic Assessment of the Washington Monument and National Cathedral.” Noon to 1 p.m. $10; registration required. District Architecture Center,

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421 7th St. NW. ■ A staff member will discuss artists’ books. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. ■ Jennifer Close (shown) will discuss her book “Girls in White Dresses,” and Rebecca Harrington will discuss her book “Penelope.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films ■ Goethe-Institut will present Wim Wenders’ 2011 film “Pina.” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The U Street Movie Series will feature an outdoor screening of Alan J. Pakula’s 1993 legal thriller “The Pelican Brief.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. Meditation ■ The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Performance ■ Israeli choreographer Rachel Erdos will present a dance performance. 6 p.m. See Events/Page 20


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Continued From Page 19 Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events â&#x2013; The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Send Off Partyâ&#x20AC;? for D.C., Maryland and Virginia delegates to the Democratic national convention. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop Quiz: Olympians,â&#x20AC;? featuring a collection-inspired Olympic trivia night. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, a Columbia Heights vegan bakery and cafe, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sushi Raw Nightâ&#x20AC;? as part of a series of Wednesday night suppers featuring organic ingredients from local farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets. 6:45 and 8 p.m. $28; reservations required. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, 1370 Park Road NW. 202-299-9700. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Chicago Fire. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202397-7328. Tour â&#x2013;  Nate Cromley of the U.S. Botanic Garden will lead a tour of his favorite spaces in the National Garden. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Aug.august 23 Thursday, Thursday 23 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Singing & Praying Bands of

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Events Entertainment Delaware and Maryland will perform an African-American style of a cappella sacred music unique to the Delmarva region. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. â&#x2013; The Singing & Praying Bands of Delaware and Maryland will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celtic Aire ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Demonstration â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden staff members will show carnivorous plants in the collection and explain how they have adapted to their environments. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earthquake Days 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning From the 2011 East Coast Earthquake.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. $10; registration required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the World Through Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eyes,â&#x20AC;? about the bold aesthetic choices in subject matter and style made by globetrotting American artists such as Louis Eilshemius, John La Farge and Maurice Sterne. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond the Vote: Post-Suffrage


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subjects of targets, flags and numbers to examples of his new work. 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

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Strategies to Gain Access to Powerâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Page Harrington of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Joy Kinard of the National Park Service and Jennifer Lawless (shown) of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; RenĂŠe Maurer, assistant curator of the Phillips Collection, will discuss Jasper Johnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; printmaking legacy, from his iconic

Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature pianist Tony Nalker. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Somali Sunrise Concert Tour for Peace 2012 will feature performances by Shiine Akhyaar Ali of the hip-hop collective Waayaha Cusub, Somali-style R&B/soul artist Hodan Abdirahman and singer Dalmar Yare. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Anthony Pitch will discuss his book

THEATER From Page 17 Cradle. Written by twin journalists Margaret and Allison Engle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Hot Patriotâ&#x20AC;? stars Turner as newspaper woman Molly Ivins, a dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas whose rapier wit made her one of Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest-regarded columnists, satirists and beloved rabble-rousers. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $46 to $94. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-4883300; â&#x2013; The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present its 22nd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free for Allâ&#x20AC;? production â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Well That Ends Wellâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aug. 23 through Sept. 5 at Sidney Harman Hall. This production, set in the World War I era, tells of Helena, the daughter of a physician, who cures the ailing king of France using the skills her late father taught her. In return, the king promises her the husband of her choice, unaware that the noncommittal Count Bertram is the object of her affection. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are free and can be obtained by online lottery or in person. Visit or call 202-547-1122 for details. The theater is located at 610 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  Theater J will present Annie Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Body Awarenessâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 25 through Sept. 23. The Obie Award-winning author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circle Mirror Transformationâ&#x20AC;? has created a new comedy about Body Awareness Week at Shirley State College in Vermont. Psychology professor Phyllis is determined to make it a thought-provoking and healing experience, but she finds herself viscerally opposed to one of

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; Dan Krokos (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;False Memory,â&#x20AC;? and Elizabeth Norris will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unraveling.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Films â&#x2013;  As part of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and its iconic Mies van der Rohe building, a 1970s film festival will feature classics such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Car Wash,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cornbread,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earl & Meâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaret.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beat the Heat: Creature Featureâ&#x20AC;? series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Shop of Horrors.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. Performances â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;2012 Dance DC Festival: City Rhythmsâ&#x20AC;? will salute the drum with an evening of rhythmic percussive foot performances from countries across the globe. 6 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The festival will continue Saturday with events at various venues. â&#x2013;  As part of the Fresh Produce festival, EMP Collective will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genesis,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia theater piece about storytelling. 7 p.m. $5. The Fridge DC, 516 1/2 8th St. SE.

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WALLS: New book profiles success of high-performing magnet

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The two authors seem impressed with Walls’ academic emphasis. After visiting the school and speaking with the principal, parents and students, they wrote about the mandatory Advanced Placement courses, the “ambitious” senior project and the school’s relationship with George Washington University, which allows students to earn an associate degree there while working on their high school diplomas. The book also comments on a “relaxed and friendly” atmosphere, saying the school’s open campus, where students can come and go, gives them both responsibility and freedom. Finn and Hockett concluded that the highly motivated population at Walls can handle the combination. “We have a different philosophical approach,” Walls principal Richard Trogisch said in an interview about the new book. “We trust students to do the right thing.” Yet the authors deem School Without Walls underappreciated, and questioned why it isn’t more celebrated. “Despite its many strong points, its able faculty and its impressive performance, the [School Without Walls] team

feels like something of a stepchild” of D.C. Public Schools, the authors wrote. They note that Walls drew a high score in Newsweek’s high school ratings, earned accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and won Blue Ribbon status from the U.S. Department of Education. But the authors focus on the fact that then D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her staff paid it little attention. Principal Trogisch agreed, adding that Rhee visited the school only to cut the ribbon on a newly renovated building in 2010. In response to that characterization, D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Fred Lewis explained that “Michelle Rhee’s focus was largely on low-enrollment and low-performing schools. She wanted to drive a lot of attention towards those schools.” While Trogisch doesn’t dispute that other D.C. schools need funds, he noted that Walls saw drastic budget cuts last year. Per-pupil funding went down from $10,600 to $8,400, and the school had to cut five staff members and increase its student body from 440 to 555. “I feel very neglected,” Trogisch said. “I believe that resources need to go in the area of greatest need, but you can’t raise me up to the

level of Blue Ribbon School and then cut me down in funding.” The book’s conclusion paints Walls as an example of a troubling larger trend: As the country overemphasizes student proficiency, it neglects to challenge talented students to reach to higher levels of academic achievement. Principal Trogisch said he agreed with the book’s depiction of the country’s education goals. “I think that’s the push nationwide — 100 percent proficiency,” he said. School Without Walls didn’t start as an academically selective school. Created in 1971 by a special charter from the D.C. Board of Education, Walls was originally meant as an alternative school for students who did not do well in comprehensive high schools. Trogisch said that as the school’s popularity grew over the years, officials had to raise the bar on admissions. Participating in next week’s panel discussion on “Exam Schools” will be former George Washington University president Stephen Trachtenberg, who played a key role in the establishment of School Without Walls. Also joining the authors will be Geoffrey Jones, founding principal of another local school the book profiles, the Thomas Jefferson High

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan attended a 2010 event honoring School Without Walls as a Blue Ribbon School.

School for Science and Technology in Alexandria. The event will take place Aug. 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute at 1016 16th St. NW, and will also be broadcast on the Web. More information is available at

HEARST: Expansion set to begin PARKING: Change could expand visitor system From Page 1

ing is to accommodate that growth and get the students out of temporary trailer classrooms, not to add more students, according to Hearst principal Deborah Bergeron. The work will create two classrooms per grade, a dining area, and a computer lab, among other additions, according to a project description from late last year. The school especially needs more space after adding fourth and fifth grade classes in 2009. It previously served pre-kindergarten through third grades. Neighborhood commissioner Cathy Wiss said she was surprised a comprehensive parking plan hasn’t already been established for the project. Commissioners estimated that about 20 Hearst staffers would need to park on residential streets during construction, along with an unknown number of construction workers. While voicing support for plans to improve Hearst, one Upton Street resident said she worries that construction of a two-story building will intrude upon neighboring properties. She was also displeased with the aesthetics of the proposed service road. As a solution, she said, she would like to see architects implement a landscape design that would ensure privacy for neighbors. Commissioners resolved at the meeting to send a letter to Hearst urging the school to address issues with parking, privacy and transportation — concerning both construction as well as normal school operations — as it finalizes the plans. In an interview, Bergeron acknowledged the concerns, which she said have come out through ongoing meetings and conversations with neighbors. The Hearst School Improvement Team, which includes business owners, school representa-

tives and neighborhood residents, is also working to forestall potential problems. “We’re understand that this process is inevitably bumpy, but we’re

❝The current building is beautiful, but it’s inadequate for modern education.❞ — Principal Deborah Bergeron sensitive to the neighbors’ concerns, and realize that all members of the community are affected by these changes,” said Bergeron. She described the renovation project as “an opportunity to take this school to a new level.” “The current building is beautiful, but it’s inadequate for modern education,” she said. “There is no cafeteria and no gymnasium; the trailers are unsightly. We know the community wants the school to improve, so we hope people will step up and make their voices heard about the changes.” Bergeron invited residents to contact her at the school to discuss their concerns, and noted that the school’s website,, will include information about the modernization project. “At the end of the day we want everyone to be happy — that’s really important to us,” she said. The latest plans will be discussed at a School Improvement Team meeting Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. The meeting at the Hearst campus is open to the public and will include the architect, members of the school community and representatives from the D.C. Department of General Services, which is overseeing the construction project.

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visitor parking pilot program within all residential parking permit areas in the District,” according to the rulemaking notice in the D.C. Register. “The Director may phase in the District-wide visitor parking pilot program … beginning with those areas that are participating in a current visitor parking pilot program or have participated in a previous visitor parking pilot program,” the notice continues. Details of the change remain unclear. Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle couldn’t say yester-

day whether the agency has any immediate plans to expand the visitor parking pass program or why it has authorized an expansion now. More information, however, should be available Friday, he added. The emergency rulemaking was “necessitated by the immediate need to address the threat to public welfare posed by an abrupt and substantial change arising from the expiration of previous visitor parking programs,” the document states. It does not cite a reason for a citywide expansion. The agency is accepting written comments on the visitor parking pass expansion at

SCULPTURE: Memorial honors Whitman-Walker From Page 1

folks you might contract AIDS and die, but they did it anyway,” he said. “It was a heroic effort.” Cochran said the interspersed layers of glass are symbolic of “a sort of gestation, a lifting and transforming of what was born here. The Whitman-Walker Clinic helped transform society’s perception of AIDS,” he explained. In creating a piece of public art, Cochran said he wants to pay tribute to the “remarkable effort to mobilize during the AIDS crisis.” But he said it’s also important to recognize that the city still has an epidemic rate of HIV, with more than 3 percent of the population infected with the disease. The Whitman-Walker Clinic, founded in 1973 to serve gay men, moved from 18th Street in Adams Morgan to the S Street location in 1987, under the leadership of Jim Graham, who served as executive director from 1984 to 1999 and now represents Ward 1 on the D.C. Council. Whitman-Walker was one of the first community-based medical clinics in the nation to provide care exclusively for HIV-positive and AIDS patients, and its services extended to dental care, legal services and housing. In the 1980s, the

clinic also started treating women. Now called Whitman-Walker Health and located at 1701 14th St., the clinic offers health-care services to anyone in the city, regardless of their HIV status. “It’s a very emotional place,” said Graham, who helped with the memorial effort. “There was a great deal of pain and a great deal of humanity to be found there. … This celebrates the humanity and at the same time remembers the challenges. The humanitarian response that occurred in this building is historic.” JBG purchased the clinic’s building in 2008. The idea for the memorial arose that year when the developer went before the Historic Preservation Review Board in connection with the project. The agency proposed a plaque, but JBG wanted to do more. “We thought the work of the clinic during the peak of the AIDS epidemic was worthy of a better memorial than just a plaque,” said James Nozar, a JBG vice president working on the project. “AIDS was such a hidden disease in the ’80s, and this facility was at the heart of it — we liked the idea of using glass and light at a visible corner to stand in contrast to the history of the epidemic and to convey a sense of hope

and forward-thinking.” The D.C. Department of Transportation’s Public Space Committee, which must approve the use of sidewalk space, is expected to consider the proposed installation Aug. 23. The project has the support of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Office of Planning. Ramon Estrada, a member of the Dupont commission, noted in expressing his support for the project that he would like to see more public art installation in the area, which is designated as an arts overlay district. If approved, the sculpture could be installed in October or November, said Nozar. The mixed-use “boutique” building, which will include one- and two-bedroom rental units ranging from 425 to 2,000 square feet each, is expected to be complete by December, though some units could be available sooner. Restaurant tenants will include Ted’s Bulletin, which has a location on Capitol Hill, and a Southeast Asian establishment created by Mark Kuller, who owns local restaurants Proof and Estadio. Nozar said other retail tenants will include home furnishing and clothing shops, and that 8,000 square feet of retail space is still available.

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