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Vol. XLV, No. 17

The Northwest Current

Study finds growth in tree canopy

broad strokes

■ Environment: Ward 3 sees

drop, according to city agency

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Two new studies of the District’s tree canopy suggest that various planting programs have offset tree loss, and one concluded that the canopy has grown overall in the last five years in seven of the city’s eight

wards. The city’s Urban Forestry Administration released the preliminary results of its study earlier this month, finding that 37.2 percent of D.C. land area is covered by trees — up 6 percent from the 35.1 percent in 2006. Only Ward 3, which officials said had the most construction in wooded areas, declined; it fell from 56.8 percent in 2006 to 53.2 percent in 2011. “It’s positive and we’re moving

in the right direction, and we want to encourage people to keep moving in that direction,” the forestry administration’s Monica Lear said in an interview. The study suggests that the District is within reach of its goal of 40 percent tree coverage by 2035, she said. A second study, from the nonprofit Casey Trees group, isn’t quite as glowing. According to Casey executive director Mark Buscaino, See Trees/Page 38

Stoddert, Sidwell win ‘Green Ribbons’ By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Volunteers of all ages participated in a public art project at 14th Street and Colorado Avenue on Saturday. The colorful new “temporary art plaza” could one day become a permanent art space as 14th Street is revitalized. See story, page 7.

Two Northwest schools were honored Monday for their environmental friendliness as part of the first federal “Green Ribbon Schools” award program. Stoddert Elementary School in Glover Park and Sidwell Friends Middle School in North Cleveland Park were among 78 schools nationwide recognized for incorporating sustainability into not only their physical construction but also their students’ daily coursework and routines. “We’re always trying to do our best on everything,” Stoddert principal Marjorie Cuthbert said at an event at the school Monday, joined by several top U.S. officials. “And that’s what we’re trying to do with respect to green, with respect to education, with respect to creating a wonderful culture here that embraces the planet.” The U.S. Department of Education, which managed See Schools/Page 11

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Stoddert’s gold LEED rating, recycling program and outdoor garden helped the Glover Park elementary school seal the national award.

Wilson squad heads to robotics championships

Hearing scrutinizes proposal for later ABC closing times


■ Budget: Measure unlikely

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The self-proclaimed geeks on Wilson High School’s robotics team will be climbing on a bus today for a 16-hour ride to St. Louis. There, they’ll compete in an international championship with their robot, which they’ve never officially named and which they like to mock for its appearance. “Most of the robots look a lot sleeker and expensive,” said freshman Duc Le. “Ours is a 90-pound weakling,” said Angela Benjamin, a physics and engineering teacher at Wilson who leads the team. But sophomore David Rojas Rosario said that despite his team’s self-deprecation about its robot — a hulking machine about the size of a mini-fridge — he had an

NEWS ■ DDOT decides to expand, move Dupont bike station. Page 7. ■ 911 operator wins award for helping out victim. Page 5.

to deliver projected revenue

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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Wilson High School’s team is the first ever from the District to win the regional FIRST competition.

instinct that it could succeed. “I told almost everybody I had a great feeling about this season,” he said. “I told them, ‘I think we’re going to make it to the finals.’” That premonition was correct. At the end of last month, Wilson’s team became the first-ever in the See Robots/Page 38

SPOR TS ■ Visitation lax snaps Saints’ 171-game streak in ISL. Page 13. ■ Quakers win with opportunistic offense, stout pitching. Page 13.

Mayor Vincent Gray’s controversial proposal to extend alcohol sales at restaurants and bars by one hour may not raise the $3.2 million in tax revenue estimated, according to testimony at a budget hearing last week. More than 20 percent of all liquor licenses issued by the city to bars, restaurants and nightclubs have vol-

PASSAGES A year among books: Couple reflects on taking over ownership of local literary landmark Politics and Prose. Page 15. ■

untary agreements that stipulate hours of operation, according to Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration director Fred Moosally. At last week’s D.C. Council Human Services Committee hearing, he said those establishments would not be able to participate in extended hours if the proposed law passes. It’s a technicality the mayor’s original revenue estimates might have overlooked. Excluding all of the establishments with the restricted hours in their voluntary agreements, revenue estimates for the budgetSee Hours/Page 36

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/24 Opinion/10

Passages/15 Police Report/6 Real Estate/19 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/33 Sports/13 Theater/29

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Group offers reward after illegal trapping By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

After an illegal animal trap badly injured a raccoon in North Cleveland Park this month, concerned neighbors and the Washington Humane Society are trying to figure out who set the trap and to make sure they don’t do it again. Resident Cindy Snyder found the animal in her yard near 38th and Yuma streets April 7. Its front leg was caught in the metal trap, and despite chewing off its paw the raccoon had been unable to free itself.

Washington Humane Society enforcement officer Jennifer Gardner estimated the animal had been dragging the trap around the neighborhood for a week before it was freed. The injuries were so severe that the raccoon had to be euthanized. “I think people need to be aware of the amount of damage they inflict before they set these things,” Gardner said in an interview, noting also that the “leg-hold” style of trap has long been illegal in the District. The Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution, on

charges of animal cruelty, of the person or people who set the trap, and has posted fliers around the neighborhood. Gardner said it was likely a pest-management company that set the illegal trap, and that anyone who has seen a company vehicle or who saw the raccoon should contact the society at 202-723-5730. “We really need to get to the root of this,” said Snyder. “A cat could have stepped on this, or a dog. … Somebody put out a trap that was incredibly inhumane; it’s illegal, and it tortured this animal.” See Trap/Page 8

Washington Latin to graduate first seniors

After privately reaching consensus with neighbors about its development plans, Wesley Theological Seminary received Zoning Commission approval for its campus plan last Thursday, allowing it to construct a new 76-bed dorm overlooking University Avenue. The seminary’s small size, the relatively minor scope of its proposals and ready concessions to neighbors helped expedite the process, which has dragged out for months at other Northwest universities. Wesley, which is located just north of American University along Massachusetts Avenue, first introduced its campus plan proposal last fall, and its only Zoning Commission

The week ahead Wednesday, April 25

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a meeting to review a proposal to reinstate a senior thesis as a graduation requirement. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, April 26

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting, which will include consideration of a revised concept for a nine-story hotel to be built as a rear addition to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 1770 Euclid St. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on preliminary engineering design options under consideration to replace the 27th Street bridge over Broad Branch. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.

Monday, April 30

The Friends of the Tenley Library group will hold its annual meeting, which will feature board elections and a review of new and upcoming library technology. The meeting will be held in the large meeting room at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Photo courtesy of Washington Latin Public Charter School

Fariss Nabih, left, is one of many Washington Latin students who have won scholarships. The graduating class has racked up over $1.5 million in offers.

graduation at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall. For senior Anaka Osborne, the date will mark the end of her East Coast schooling. Osborne was one of two Washington Latin students to win full rides from the Posse Foundation, which sends its beneficiaries to school in groups — “posses” — of about 10 to provide the support of a peer group and has covered the full costs of more than 4,000 students since 1989. Osborne will attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. “Everywhere you are, you can see the ocean,” Osborne admitted of the school’s appeal. “But it’s still a drive to the beach.” Counselor Latham said she was thrilled about Osborne’s scholarship. She described Osborne as “beloved in this community”: “She remembers people’s birthdays, she says hello, she’s very intuitive” about others’ emotions, Latham said. And she said Osborne’s academics aren’t half-bad either. “She has this amazing system for note taking — with all these colors,” said Latham. “Anaka is a teacher’s dream, and she just totally deserves this. … [She’s] just See Latin/Page 11

Wesley Seminary wins approval for new dorm Current Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 1 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. ■ The West End Friends group will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. at the West End Library, 24th and L streets NW.


Crys Latham wrote a recommendation letter for every one of the 42 graduates from Washington Latin Public Charter School this year. And 40 of those seniors — from the school’s first graduating class — will enroll in four-year schools in the fall. “Forty-two letters was a lot, but I also started last summer,” said Latham, who was hired as the first college counselor at Latin in summer 2010. In the 21 months since Latham came on board, she has created a college-prep program from scratch at the classically focused charter school. And her results have been notable. As of last week, 70 percent of the colleges students applied to had accepted them. That translates into 113 schools, stretching from D.C. to Paris to Washington state. On top of that, the students — about half of whom will be the first in their family to attend college — have so far racked up more than $1.5 million in scholarship offers. “How many kids do you know today who will graduate from school with no debt?” said head of school Martha Cutts, a former National Cathedral School administrator who joined Latin five years ago, in the school’s second year of operation. “When you think of the parents of those 42 seniors, … those parents took an enormous leap of faith,” said Cutts. “And now I can say thank you to them.” No doubt, the parents will be thanking her right back. They’ll have that opportunity at the school’s June 8


hearing took less than two hours. “Given the recent experience with AU, many neighbors have commented that Wesley Seminary’s approach to the community has been a breath of fresh air,” testified Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioner Tom Smith, referring to the nearby university’s hotly contested campus plan, which the Zoning Commission recently approved despite many objections. Wesley Seminary’s new fourstory dorm will run parallel to the existing Straughn Hall on the campus’ western edge. The school will use that extra space to renovate its existing dorms to include fewer but larger rooms, and it will convert some of those into office space. Officials hope to have the new dorm open by August 2013.

In response to community concerns, the seminary redesigned the planned building to locate the biggest windows away from the neighborhood, promised not to sell several lots it owns along University Avenue, and is working with neighbors to develop a landscaping plan. Also, seminary officials agreed to extend the campus plan term through 2025, meaning that any major changes to the campus that weren’t addressed in this year’s zoning approval will need to go through a full public process. “The bottom line is this is a model that shows that the campus plan model can work and does not have to be confrontational,” Smith said. Smith added that neighbors also compromised on some aspects of the See Seminary/Page 8

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District Digest New website collects local black history

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton last week helped celebrate the launch of thespiritofblackdc. com, a website intended to “honor, protect, defend, advance and celebrate DC’s rich, extensive and diverse African American history and culture,” according to the site. The Spirit of Black DC includes content from high school and university students, who will continue to help with research and writing. D.C. residents also may submit oral, visual and written histories “to be preserved and celebrated,” and the site will offer a community calendar on upcoming history and cultural events. The site’s founder is Bernard Demczuk, a scholar of AfricanAmerican history who is now assistant vice president of government relations of George Washington University. Demczuk has lived in Shaw since 1985. Speaking to 100-odd attendees at the African American Civil War Museum April 17, Del. Norton praised the site and described Washington as “a city where many

have lost their history.” The delegate said her greatgrandfather, Richard Holmes, came to Washington from Virginia as a runaway slave in the 1850s. He and other African-Americans “gave this city its character,” she said.

Paving work to close 18th Street lanes

Lanes will be closed on 18th Street in Adams Morgan this week while the road is repaved, according to a D.C. Department of Transportation news release. The work is scheduled to begin today, as part of the corridor’s ongoing streetscape improvements. Affected areas include 18th Street from Florida Avenue to Belmont Road, and several side streets. Weather permitting, crews will work from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for about a week, the release says. They will close one direction of the road at a time, posting detour signs to direct drivers.

Williams to head Federal City Council Former D.C. Mayor Anthony

Williams has been chosen to lead a group of civic and business leaders that works to promote various projects and initiatives in the city, according to a news release from the organization. Williams, who served as mayor from 1999 to 2007, will take over as chief executive officer and executive director of the Federal City Council on July 1. “Tony Williams knows how to set agendas, fix problems and work closely and well with people of both political parties,” council president Frank Keating states in the release. Williams will replace John W. Hill Jr., former executive director of the D.C. financial control board.

Block party permit process is modified

Residents seeking to close off their block for a community party should now apply to the D.C. Department of Transportation instead of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. According to a Transportation Department news release, residents can apply online at up to seven business days before the requested closure. Existing rules remain in place, including required consent of at least 51 percent of households on the affected block, prohibitions of sales and alcohol, and 72 hours of posted notice on the street.

City weighs tax break for LivingSocial firm Mayor Vincent Gray last Wednesday proposed a tax deal of up to $32.5 million designed to keep the LivingSocial firm’s headquarters within the District, according to a news release from his

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Board seeks changes for new D.C. college

The city’s community college should have more funding and greater budget autonomy from the University of the District of Columbia as part of a gradual transition toward independence, according to a city-appointed advisory board. Board members testified Monday to the D.C. Council Committee on Housing and Workforce Development that the community college should have line-item veto authority for its budget, according to a news release from the DC Appleseed group. They argued that the community college, whose main locations are in Northeast but which offers classes elsewhere as well, needs to become independent from the four-year programs housed at Van Ness, the release states.

Farragut West Metro debuts new artwork

A new sculpture is on display at the Farragut West Metrorail station as part of a collaboration among the D.C. government, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. According to a transit authority news release, “Farragut Spheres” features backlit, perforated aluminum created by local artist Michael Enn Sirvet and inspired by overhead views of tree clusters in Farragut Park. The sculpture was installed this month at the station entrance at 17th and I streets NW.

Congress honors D.C. victim services chief

The director of the District’s Office of Victim Services received this year’s Lois Haight Award for Excellence and Innovation in the field on Friday, praised by members of the U.S. House of Representatives for improving the assistance the city provides to crime victims. According to a news release

from Mayor Vincent Gray’s office, Melissa Hook “revolutionized” the city’s victim services by coordinating D.C. and federal efforts and improving protections for domestic abuse victims. The Haight Award is issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Victims’ Rights Caucus.

Group praises service of elderly residents

A local community service organization honored two D.C. residents Saturday as “Sage Seniors” who didn’t let age stand in their way of contributing to the city, according to a news release. Capital City Links honored James Grisby, a former schoolteacher and deacon of the Shiloh Baptist Church, and former nurse Letha Blount, who founded the District’s chapter of the American Classic Seniors Pageant.

Georgetown plans French market sale

Shoppers in northern Georgetown will be able to browse discounted goods from more than 35 stores, restaurants and other businesses along the Wisconsin Avenue sidewalk this coming Friday and Saturday. The ninth annual French Market will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each day between P Street and Reservoir Road, according to a news release from the Georgetown Business Improvement District.

Palisades nonprofit seeks grant requests

The Palisades Community Fund is seeking grant proposals for programs that would benefit that neighborhood, according to a flier from the group. The deadline is April 30. Programs can include charitable activities, cultural enrichment and environmental enhancements, among others. Grant applications must describe how the proposal would benefit the Palisades, the flier states. Visit for more information.


In the April 18 issue, photos printed alongside a story on the Georgetown house and garden tours were incorrectly attributed. The credit for the largest photo, of Anna Fuhrman and Joe Kerr’s yard, should have read “WilkinsonWebster/Photographs of Architecture.” The other photos on the page, of the home of Jack and Michele Evans, were provided by the organizers of the Georgetown House Tour. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Call-taker honored for coolness in crisis

Office building is likely use for former Stevens play area

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The caller said she had been kidnapped and raped. She had been locked in a room for days. She didn’t know where she was. Nikita Washington, a nine-year veteran handling 911 calls for the District’s Office of Unified Communications, gets her fair share of crank calls. But she was confident this wasn’t one of them. “You could just feel it in your heart that this person isn’t playing,� Washington said. Over the next 30 minutes, Washington helped the caller identify her location, helped calm her down, and helped expedite police response to the third-story room in a 14th Street row house in Ward 4. For her job performance in that April 28, 2011, call, Washington received a national 9-1-1 Professional Award from the Next


Photo courtesy of the E9-1-1 Institute

Call-taker Nikita Washington received the award for helping police find a kidnapping victim.

Generation 9-1-1 Institute late last month. Washington grew up on New Hampshire Avenue near the site of the kidnapping, and her grandmother lives at 14th and Shepherd streets, the nearest corner to See 911/Page 8

Gray details ambitious sustainability goals By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

District officials released a lofty, if vague, vision for a “sustainable� city Tuesday, while celebrating a much more concrete accomplishment: the opening of a major link in the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. With a new bridge over freighttrain tracks and a wetland near the John Philip Sousa Bridge, pedestrians and cyclists can now travel along the riverbank from South Capitol Street to Benning Road without confronting a single car. Eventually the trail will run from the Tidal Basin to Bladensburg, Md., with stop-offs possible at the Maine Avenue fish market, Nationals Parks, RFK Memorial Stadium, Kingman Island and the National Arboretum. With a few creative zigzags, bikers and walkers could even connect to the Rock Creek and Capital Crescent

“One Of The Largest Carwashes in America�


trails. “You’ll be able to ride almost through the city without getting on a road,� said Terry Bellamy, director of the District Department of Transportation, as a bevy of officials and enthusiasts strode over the new trail bridge. “Projects like the riverwalk improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, but also livability and the quality of life,� said Greg Nadeau, deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, which kicked in most of the funding. The trail also presages future improvements for the muchmaligned Anacostia River, said Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells. “We laid out a vision where you can swim in it, fish in it. But for now, let’s celebrate with the trail — a symbol we want people to live here, work here and play here.� Mayor Vincent Gray said the trail

will connect residents of 16 waterfront neighborhoods. As of this week, 12 of the 20 planned miles of riverfront trail are now complete, with the federal government picking up 80 percent of the cost. Bellamy couldn’t give a final completion date, but said an application is now in for federal funds to finish the trail. The spacious red-railed bridge opened as a passel of city and federal officials, cyclists and reporters assembled on a sunny day along the shore of the Anacostia to tout and consider a new “vision for a sustainable D.C.â€? that has been put together over the past seven months to guide planning for the next 20 years. The slim report has some lofty goals, such as: • diversifying the District’s economy and job market with more green jobs; See Sustainability/Page 22

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six schools had applied, but officials said three of those 12 proposals werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sufficient to move forward. Developers and schools must now team up to create joint proposals, which may change from the newly released first-stage submissions. The second round of proposals, detailing how the school and developer would divide the properties, will be presented publicly in June. The four development finalists are Akridge and Argos; Donohoe Development Co. and Decca Development Corp.; Lincoln Property Co. and Mosaic Urban Partners; and MRP Realty and CGS Urban Partners. According to summaries from the developers, each proposal envisions some form of a mixed-use high-rise building with office space over ground-floor retail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, I imagine it says something about See Stevens/Page 22






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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from April 15 through 22 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown




Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 900 block, H St.; sidewalk; 6:13 p.m. April 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  7th Street and Constitution Avenue; government building; 8 a.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  11th and F streets; store; 10:30 a.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  11th and H streets; store; 11:21 a.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; store; 2:41 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 12:15 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  700 block, 14th St.; store; 2:15 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 7:05 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  11th and G streets; store; 2:50 p.m. April 21. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 1:48 p.m. April 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 13th St.; drugstore; 4:25 p.m. April 20.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 7th and I streets; sidewalk; 3:35 p.m. April 22. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  600 block, K St.; sidewalk; 5:55 p.m. April 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 5 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  400 block, 8th St.; drugstore; 11:45 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  700 block, H St.; park area; 8 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 11:15 a.m. April 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, 6th St.; street; 7:30 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  600 block, 5th St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. April 20.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

No crimes reported.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:40 p.m. April 17. Burglary â&#x2013;  4100 block, Harrison St.; residence; 11 a.m. April 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:45 p.m. April 19. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:45 p.m. April 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 7 a.m. April 15.

â&#x2013; 3600 block, Veazey St.; street; 10 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  Upton Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 11:30 p.m. April 21.

â&#x2013; 1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 8:45 a.m. April 16.

psa 203

Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 900 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. April 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1400 block, M St.; tavern; 2 a.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, I St.; sidewalk; 2:55 a.m. April 20. Burglary â&#x2013;  2500 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 7 p.m. April 17. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, 21st St.; university; 9 a.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  800 block, 16th St.; hotel; 9 a.m. April 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, E St.; hotel; 8 a.m. April 15. â&#x2013;  700 block, 19th St.; office building; 10 a.m. April 16. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. April 16. â&#x2013;  1500 block, L St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  23rd and I streets; street; 3:30 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:45 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 4 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  700 block, 15th St.; office building; 4:15 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  16th and K streets; street; 9:50 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11:30 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  22nd and G streets; university; 3:30 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; sidewalk; 4:15 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 8:50 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  800 block, 21st St.; drugstore; 8:19 a.m. April 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 7:45 a.m. April 22.

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

cleveland park

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; Metrorail system; 9 p.m. April 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  3400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 2:10 p.m. April 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2800 block, Quebec St.; parking lot; 5:35 p.m. April 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; park area; 5:40 p.m. April 16. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. April 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, 34th Place; street; 7 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Norton Place; street; 11:30 p.m. April 20.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 2100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; hotel; 9 a.m. April 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 8:30 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 29th St.; residence; 5:30 p.m. April 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; street; 9 a.m. April 18.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

No crimes reported.

psa 206

PSA 206 â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:34 p.m. April 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; office building; 12:45 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 3 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:20 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 5:40 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; restaurant; 5 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:45 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Canal Road; park area; 7 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 10:27 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; store; 11 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:40 p.m. April 21. Theft from auto (below $250)

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial village

PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 13th and Van Buren streets; street; 12:40 a.m. April 17. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  7600 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 2:45 p.m. April 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  7700 block, 16th St.; residence; 12:30 a.m. April 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  7400 block, 12th St.; residence; 3 p.m. April 18. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  200 block, Cedar St.; store; 12:30 p.m. April 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  7400 block, 13th St.; street; 10 p.m. April 16. â&#x2013;  400 block, Butternut St.; street; 12:30 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  6600 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 11:38 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  6800 block, Eastern Ave.;

street; 10:20 a.m. April 22.

psa PSA 402 402

â&#x2013; Brightwood / manor park

Burglary â&#x2013; 6300 block, 8th St.; residence; 10 a.m. April 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  6100 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 2 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Military Road; street; 11:59 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Missouri Ave.; street; 9:30 a.m. April 20.

psa 403

â&#x2013; Brightwood / petworth

Brightwood park

PSA 403 16th Street heights Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013; 1200 block, Madison St.; sidewalk; 11:25 p.m. April 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, Hamilton St.; residence; 2:35 p.m. April 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5600 block, Georgia Ave.; drugstore; 7:30 p.m. April 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5600 block, Colorado Ave.; street; 6 p.m. April 15. â&#x2013;  900 block, Madison St.; street; 8:45 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  200 block, Missouri Ave.; gas station; 10:10 a.m. April 20.

psa 404

â&#x2013; 16th Street HEIGHTS PSA 404


Stolen auto â&#x2013; 4800 block, Blagden Ave.; street; 9:30 a.m. April 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Emerson St.; street; 5:30 p.m. April 19. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Buchanan Street and Georgia Avenue; street; 2:30 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  16th and Gallatin streets; street; 12:15 p.m. April 16. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Iowa Ave.; street; 4 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Emerson St.; street; 3:30 a.m. April 20.

psa PSA 407 407 â&#x2013; petworth

Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013; 5000 block, 1st St.; sidewalk; 1:14 p.m. April 18. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  4100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 8:40 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  4200 block, 2nd St.; residence; 9:16 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  5000 block, New Hampshire Ave.; storage facility; 4:15 a.m. April 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, Crittenden St.; residence; 10 p.m. April 15. â&#x2013;  500 block, Buchanan St.; residence; midnight April 17. â&#x2013;  700 block, Webster St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. April 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, 9th St.; street; 9:35 a.m. April 20.

The Current

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Planners test-run public art as part of 14th Street effort By DAVID GUTMAN Current Correspondent

Instead of a drab street corner, the intersection of 14th Street and Colorado Avenue became a colorful urban mural on Saturday in a test run of the city’s 14th Street Corridor Revitalization Strategy. Intersecting and concentric circles of bright yellow, blue, aquamarine and brick red were painted all over the street and sidewalk. Termed a “temporary art plaza,” it was a mockup of what could one day become a permanent space for public art. Once the Office of Planning finalizes the revitalization plan based on input submitted before the public comment period ended last month, the D.C. Council will review the document. The initiative is intended to spur commercial development along the 14th Street corridor between Spring Road in Columbia Heights and Longfellow Street in 16th Street Heights — and also to open the area up to alternative, creative uses. The temporary art plazas (there will be several others in the coming months) are intended to foster discussion about how to stimulate

neighborhoods without gentrifying them, and what role public art can play. Kimberly Driggins of the Office of Planning said the process will be collaborative, involving city agencies and community members. On Saturday, after the design was mapped out in chalk, volunteer community members of all ages spent the day filling it in with water-based paint. The mural was designed to wash away after a few rainfalls. The Office of Planning and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities planned the mural and project, which were funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The design was by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design group. Jennifer Tai, who works at Rebar, flew in from San Francisco to organize the project. “We’re trying to reenvision how public space can be used,” Tai said. “So much is underutilized. We’re trying to uncover the secrets.” Rebar is perhaps best known for its Park(ing) Day project, in which people around the world reclaim parking spots by feeding meters and then using the spaces recreationally — for instance, laying down sod and lawn furniture.

Agency to move Bikeshare site in Dupont to allow expansion By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Residents in northeastern Dupont Circle will soon have a larger Capital Bikeshare station after the D.C. Department of Transportation and the area’s advisory neighborhood commission reached accord on a new location. The existing 15-bicycle station at 16th Street and New Hampshire Avenue is one of the city’s most popular, according to Transportation Department bike-sharing project manager Chris Holben. Within a few weeks, a 23-bicycle station will replace it a block southwest, on T Street in front of the triangle park, Holben said. Initially, the Transportation Department had planned to expand the station in place, moving it from the sidewalk to the street in the process. But some neighbors objected that this would eliminate three valuable New Hampshire Avenue parking spaces, and Holben met with neighborhood commissioners to identify an alternative site. The new site offers several advantages to the community and to cyclists, commissioners said. Located on the small stretch of T Street between the stop signs for 17th Street and for New Hampshire Avenue, it’s a calmer, safer spot than the busy 16th Street corner, they

said. Also, they said, cyclists can cool off in the triangle park, and the station will eliminate only two automobile parking spaces instead of three. At the neighborhood commission’s April 11 meeting, commissioners who were divided about the proposed expansion on New Hampshire Avenue unanimously supported the T Street plan. “This is one of those perfect cases where an ANC can actually do a whole lot of good very quickly and be the eyes and the ears of the government, which is what we were intended to be,” commissioner Mike Silverstein said. In an email, Holben wrote that there was no disadvantage to Capital Bikeshare users of relocating the station. “The new site is a good location as was the former proposed one,” he wrote. According to Holben, the existing station at 16th and New Hampshire is the eighth busiest of the more than 150 stations in the Capital Bikeshare system, and it now regularly runs out of available bicycles. Speaking to neighborhood commissioners at the body’s March meeting, he said his agency was eager to improve the situation during the pleasant spring weather. In an email last week, Holben estimated the new facility would be in place “in the next few weeks.”

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From Page 3 Before Snyder saw the raccoon in her yard and called the Humane Society for help, the animal had also been spotted several blocks northeast in the 3700 block of Appleton Street. More sighting reports could help the Humane Society determine a timeline of the animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travels and narrow down the original location of the trap, Gardner said. Gardner said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopeful that the intimate character of North


Cleveland Park will help generate tips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That neighborhood is pretty close, I would say,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People know each other, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendly, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a ton of people there. ... Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hope that maybe somebody saw something and will call us.â&#x20AC;? When Synder posted about her experience on the neighborhood listserv, she said she got an outpouring of response but few leads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very much an animal person, and I would really like to get the bottom of this,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m out for blood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most importantly, they need to be stopped.â&#x20AC;?

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SEMINARY From Page 3

plan: Some wanted the extension to go through 2032, and some are concerned that the planned buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s materials arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t of high enough quality, but no one testified against the campus plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you saying theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all in support? ... Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very unusual,â&#x20AC;? Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood said at the hearing. Wesley Seminary was constructed all at once more than 50 years ago

and hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen major changes since then. The school had gotten zoning approval in 2006 for a more radical overhaul of its campus, but had to scrap those plans for financial reasons. At Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoning Commission hearing, seminary president David McAllister-Wilson said the approved new dorm will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the last piece of construction on this site for a generation.â&#x20AC;? With little discussion, zoning commissioners unanimously voted to approve the campus plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should use this as a model for other campus plans,â&#x20AC;? said Hood.

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From Page 5 the room in which the victim was held. During the 911 call, Washington recommended that the woman push aside the adjustable pieces on the sides of the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s window air conditioner to look out and identify landmarks. The woman could see the street sign of 14th and Shepherd, and Washington was able to pinpoint her building almost exactly in relation to landmarks she knew, such as a bus stop and a Western Union store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just glad that she got me on the phone, someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lived in that area most of my life,â&#x20AC;? said Washington, 39, who now lives in Maryland. Ed Washington, Nikita Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor at the Office of Unified Communications (no relation), praised her conduct. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes you have to think outside the box and you have to use every resource to get the information that we need,â&#x20AC;? he said. Nikita Washington began handling emergency services calls in 2003 after working as a D.C. Public Schools counselor and elsewhere in the District government, and she is now a senior call-taker who helps mentor and monitor new hires. Receiving the award made her â&#x20AC;&#x153;excited, but at the same time feeling like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just my job. â&#x20AC;Ś We can get a call thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dramatic every day.â&#x20AC;? She said she has also fielded 911 calls about a shooting that left an 8-year-old dead in her Northeast home, and about a 90-year-old woman who was robbed of her groceries. Washington attended the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral, and she and her colleagues brought replacement groceries to the robbery victim. Washington said she would have liked to give the same personal attention to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kidnapping victim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never met the person that I saved,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just would have been nice to, so she could see who was on the other end.â&#x20AC;?




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the time,â&#x20AC;? she said. At the time, Kebe wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a total fan of this setup, as it often involved trying on clothes when she would rather have been playing. But the influence stuck: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been into fashion [from a] very early age, without knowing it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Now, Kebe is using her influence to guide others. Last month, she opened Pam K. Bambini in Foxhall Square, offering a carefully curated collection of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing, toys and books to the shoppers who visit the indoor mall at 3301 New Mexico Ave. NW. Many of the items come from Europe, revealing Kebeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background and persuasion: Born in Senegal to Senegalese/French parents, she also spent time on the Continent. As such, the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designers include Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catimini, Lili Goufrette, Tartine et Chocolat and Kenzo, and Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sarah Louise and Emily Rose. Kebe plans to add some Italian lines soon, as well as Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Splendid and Ella Moss, and she has one Canadian

representative on the floor: Deux Par Deux. Though Bambini is brand-new, Kebe has long worked in the industry. She spent 10 years at the recently closed Piccolo Piggies store in Georgetown, serving as the manager and buyer. And she said an excellent relationship with her former boss has been helpful to her new endeavor. The years in the industry have given her a trained eye for what works for kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always looking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will always notice when I am driving, what is that little girl wearing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even down to the hair accessories,â&#x20AC;? she said. Also helpful to her business, though less expected, is her native tongue: Kebe has been surprised to find that many of her customers speak French, which she says may be attributable to her European clothing stock. She noted that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s number of people have come from the French Embassy, and when they hear her speak their language, she sees â&#x20AC;&#x153;relief in their face.â&#x20AC;? Regardless of the language, Kebe is always eager to provide assistance to customers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and she says she remembers everybody. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always keep up with my client. â&#x20AC;Ś I will tell you what you bought seven years ago,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seriously.â&#x20AC;? Kebe said she chose her New Mexico Avenue location in part

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Hitting the books

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Vincent Gray last week released a blueprint for improving the city’s traditional public schools. The document, titled “A Capital Commitment,” describes five major goals that the leaders pledge to achieve within the next five years. The plan calls for higher test scores citywide, improved scores at the lowest-performing schools, an increased on-time graduation rate, improved student satisfaction and increased enrollment. We appreciate the document for its aggressive goals. Though its tenets are all so fundamental as to seem no-brainers, its concrete numbers are valuable. For instance, the chancellor pledges to increase the percentage of students who score “proficient” on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System test in reading and math by 27 points. She also promises a 90 percent student satisfaction rate. Most controversial of all this will no doubt be the leaders’ announcement that this growth will be impossible without closing some schools. According to The Washington Post, about 47,000 students attend 123 D.C. public schools, and 45 of those facilities enroll fewer than 300 students apiece. Closing facilities is a painful prospect, and many stakeholders will object. But we agree with the chancellor and mayor that matching the number of students with an appropriate number of institutions is crucial — both financially, and in order to ensure that the remaining schools are up to par. We hope Chancellor Henderson will ensure that transferred students see the benefits of the savings, helping ease the pain of the closures. While we would love to see each of these goals perfectly accomplished, we also believe that little is more important to the school system right now than consistency of leadership. D.C. Public Schools has seen five superintendents/chancellors in 15 years. Even if Chancellor Henderson does not meet the plan’s exact dictates, we think her continued leadership is crucial to the system’s progress.

Arboreal progress

Just in time for Earth Day and Arbor Day, two new surveys using satellite images have determined that D.C.’s tree canopy has either grown — according to the city’s Urban Forestry Administration — or held steady over the past five years, according to Casey Trees. The difference is somewhat significant, with the city agency posting a 2.1 percent increase that Casey Trees will dispute in an upcoming report. But in either case, both groups deserve pats on the back for helping to stop — or even reverse — the decline in the canopy that preceded the recent study period. The news, though good overall, contains a few troubling figures. One of the leafiest areas of the city, Ward 3, was the only ward that saw a decline in tree coverage. Within that ward, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D, covering the Palisades, Foxhall and Spring Valley, saw the biggest drop at 8 percent. The Urban Forestry Administration will further analyze its data in order to account for that drop and other changes, according to a spokesperson. But it’s likely that the culprits will be easily found, given that several projects — including multimillion-dollar Phillips Park on Foxhall Road — cleared forested lots in the neighborhood. We don’t suggest that the study is cause for alarm; Ward 3 is still the greenest area of the city. But perhaps some changes are in order. Area residents, for example, have been dogged in pushing Pepco to preserve neighborhood trees by undergrounding power lines whenever possible, for example during major road projects. That’s certainly a worthwhile effort; indeed, the D.C. Council should consider mandating it. But in light of the recent report, city leaders also need to re-examine and perhaps strengthen requirements to preserve and replace trees eliminated during development. Washington’s tree canopy is one of its greatest assets, and it’s up to all residents to keep its growth moving in the right direction.

The Current

Letters to the Editor Editorial bought into AU’s spin machine

In its April 18 editorial “The spirit of compromise,” The Current’s comments seem driven more by American University’s public relations “spin” machine than the facts. In the editorial, The Current cites comments attributed to me in an April 11 news article that Wesley Theological Seminary’s cooperative approach to working with neighbors on campus planning issues was a “breath of fresh air.” However, the editorial then suggests that American University also was willing to compromise, citing its “substantial reduction” in the size of dorms on Nebraska Avenue as an example. The university often cited such reductions during the Zoning Commission’s review of its campus plan. Whether pushed by American University or The Current, the spin has no relation to the facts. Despite numerous attempts by neighbors to engage the university in a meaningful dialogue on the size of the new dorms on Nebraska and Massachusetts avenues, the university steadfastly refused to alter the proposal that it submitted a year earlier to the D.C. Zoning Commission in March 2011. Maybe The Current is willing to give American University, one of its advertisers, a pass on the truth. But neighbors who were treated so disdainfully by the university during the campus planning process have no reason to give the university or The Current such liberties with the facts. The Current is correct to suggest that Wesley Seminary deserves credit on its own merits for its willingness to engage with the neighborhood on its campus plan. This reflects the type of good neighbor spirit that is part of the seminary’s culture and values. It is a model for all institutions that have a presence in residential communities — even American University. Dr. Jeffrey L. Kraskin Vice President, Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association

A disappointing take on zoning update

I was both amused and disappointed to read Linda Schmitt’s letter in The Current about contemplated changes in zoning regulations [“District taking wrong approach on zoning,” April 18]. Strangely, the writer associated the relaxing of zoning regulations that the Office of Planning is considering with excessive government intrusion. In fact, the proposed changes would merely

allow property owners greater freedom to do what they want with their property. They would, however, reduce Ms. Schmitt’s and her neighbors’ power to dictate what other people can do with their private property. If relaxing zoning regulations is driving one of her neighbors to push for less government, they must be confused. I was also somewhat offended by the characterization of single people and renters as transients with no commitment to their neighborhood. I am single and have lived in rented housing in Northwest Washington for the past 14 years. I don’t think of myself as a lesser neighbor than someone who happens to have chosen to purchase and have children. Ms. Schmitt says she would like someone to tell her clearly what is broken in her neighborhood. It sounds to me like what is broken is that the neighborhood is inhabited by people who do not welcome those who choose other lifestyles — despite her claim to the contrary — and who like to meddle in the decisions of their neighbors. Though I suppose zoning regulations won’t change that. Richard Mereand Cleveland Park

Protected trees can provide safeguard

I write to thank The Current for the April 11 follow-up article on 3901 Jocelyn St. By refurbishing a 1920s house and staying within its original footprint, the project satisfied the neighbors who had strongly objected to razing the house, subdividing the lot and building two new houses on the site. The developers apparently earned a substantial profit on their 10-month investment, and we look forward to welcoming the new owners to the neighborhood soon. All parties, it seems, should be pleased with this outcome. I would like to make a correction and one addition to the article. The correction is that I was erroneously credited in the article for collecting 130 signatures of neighbors objecting to the razing. It was a group of concerned neighbors who worked on that and other tasks aimed at saving the house. Secondly, the article neglected to mention a factor that may have had a role in preserving this house, a factor that could be of value to others wishing to protect the character and integrity of their neighborhoods: The Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002. There is a splendid white oak tree on the property of 5320 39th St. near the property line with 3901 Jocelyn St. This tree, measuring nearly 4 feet in diameter, is protected by this law. It was

described by an independent certified arborist as “the best specimen of white oak that I have seen on residential property in Washington, D.C.” As a result of its size, this oak has a “critical root zone” that extends 45 feet in all directions from its base, including a sizable arc of the property at 3901. The requirements to protect this tree and the restrictions on construction in its critical root zone were spelled out in a July 2011 letter from the supervisory forester of the Urban Forestry Administration, thanks to assistance by Council members Mary Cheh and Phil Mendelson in getting this tree evaluated. The evaluation was shared with the developers. While they did little over the following eight months to adhere to most of the recommendations of the Urban Forestry Administration to protect this tree, they did not — to their credit — try to build within the critical root zone. It remains to be seen whether the oak was negatively affected during the renovation, given the use of heavy equipment and loading and unloading some 18 Dumpsters in the zone. It is clear that the current rules and penalties of the Urban Forest Protection Act need strengthening for these preserved trees to be truly protected. Yet, in this case, it was the tree that turned out to be the protector. David Nygaard Chevy Chase

Preserve more than neon sign for Giant

As some people lament the imminent demise of the Giant not quite towering at Wisconsin Avenue and Macomb Street [“Neighbors bid farewell to 59-year-old Giant,” April 18], I would like to offer a solution to keep part of it alive. To salvage a hint of its midcentury aura, go beyond merely reutilizing the neon sign (as per The Current’s article). Recover the numerous bricks comprising Giant’s facade (and those of the long-shuttered G.C. Murphy, the Chinese restaurant, et cetera) and integrate them into the new (intelligently taller) structure. Doing so would make the new development a little greener from the get-go. Indeed, why let these bricks become one more source of landfill clutter when their only crime is not to have graced a terribly momentous structure? Nothing is lost, nothing is created, all is transformed. — Anaxagoras of Clazomenae via Lavoisier. Michael Kent American University Park

Tom Sherwood is on vacation. His column will resume when he returns.

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the Green Ribbon Schools program, organized the Monday event at Stoddert to discuss the program and its first set of winners. Attendees included Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re one of a very small percentage of schools that are doing extraordinary things,â&#x20AC;? Duncan told a group of Stoddert first-graders. The Green Ribbon winners are â&#x20AC;&#x153;examples of high achievement that all schools can follow.â&#x20AC;? Stoddert was modernized and expanded in 2010, a renovation that included installing a geothermal heating and cooling system and two green roofs. These and other features helped the building achieve a gold rating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the second-highest score â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. But an environmentally friendly building was just one of the U.S. Department of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards in selecting Green Ribbon recipients. Stoddertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Teamâ&#x20AC;? recycling program and its outdoor garden space were other important components. Green Ribbon Schools â&#x20AC;&#x153;teach our students about the importance of sustainable living and the vital role a

clean environment plays,â&#x20AC;? said Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making green a part of every day.â&#x20AC;? Sidwell Friends, the other D.C. winner, was recognized for its middle school, which was renovated and

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A teaching garden provides Stoddert students with the opportunity to grow their own vegetables, herbs and berries.

expanded in 2006. According to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to the Green Ribbon program, the building became the first K-12 school facility in the world to achieve the highest LEED rating, platinum. The Sidwell building recycles much of its own wastewater and produces its own electricity through


From Page 3 an amazing kid.â&#x20AC;? Osborne said Latin wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always easy for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first year was kind of rough. â&#x20AC;Ś In seventh and eighth grade, we were all in the one building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was school, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really school,â&#x20AC;? she said, referring to Latinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original home in Christ Church on Massachusetts Avenue. (The school now houses its middle and high schools in two 16th Street buildings.) But Osborne said that over time, things improved. She got to know the teachers, and that served her well when looking for college recommendations. She said things really picked up for her in 10th grade, when she got a grasp on time-management â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a skill thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be helpful while attending college on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Latinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other Posse winner, Fariss Nabih, will take his full ride to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Washington Latin officials said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notable for two winners of the award, which drew 1,500 D.C. nominees this year for 61 slots, to come from the same school. While the Posse recipients stand out for the size of their awards, other students at Latin have fared well in the scholarship arena as well. Marvin Browne, for instance, who plans to attend Occidental College in Los Angeles, received more than $300,000 in scholarship offers from the various schools that accepted him. He â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like others at Latin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said size was a major factor in picking his destination, and he looked for a small school like Latin. He also found Occidentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location appealing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I went there, it looked like where I wanted to be,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to get away â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more freedom.â&#x20AC;? Browne said he worked particularly hard on the essay that he submitted to the 10 schools to which he applied. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the areas that Latham stresses in guiding her college-bound students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I encourage them to write many, many drafts,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a total stickler for grammar and punctuation,

wind and solar power, the application states. And an eighth-grade environmental science course is structured to first teach students about the sustainable features of their school building and then to explain why each is so important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central to the mission of the school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our school is dedicated to environmental stewardship,â&#x20AC;? Sidwell associate head of school Ellis Turner said in an interview. The Sidwell application also notes that thousands of people have visited the website discussing the middle schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental features â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an important component, U.S. officials said, of the Green Ribbon program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Ribbon Schools represent the kind of success stories we want to see replicated all over the country,â&#x20AC;? Sutley said at the Stoddert event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As first-year winners of the awards, you have become role models.â&#x20AC;? This year, the Department of Education received just under 100 applications for the Green Ribbon recognition. The agency plans to continue the program yearly, and hopes for more submissions. For this cycle, the District nominated two schools besides Stoddert and Sidwell: Wilson High School and Ward 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School. School systems will have to decide by June 15 whether they plan to apply for the 2013 awards; due dates to submit the applications havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been set.

so some of the kids sometimes would be afraid to give me their essays.â&#x20AC;? She said she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dictate subject material, just encourages students to write â&#x20AC;&#x153;something refreshingâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;indicative of whoâ&#x20AC;? they are. For Browne, that meant writing about his father, who is Trinidadian, and the experiences they shared in that country that spurred Browneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in the sciences. He plans to study chemistry at Occidental. Browne, who lives within walking distance of Latinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crestwood campus, came to the school in seventh grade after attending H.D. Cooke Elementary School in Adams Morgan. Latin draws students from all over the city, with Ward 4 offering the biggest portion (27.7 percent), and wards 3 (15.8 percent), 5 (13 percent) and 6 (13.1 percent) following. The school operates on a classical curriculum, which means all students study Latin and work at â&#x20AC;&#x153;understanding the roots of Western democracyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;becoming productive citizens,â&#x20AC;? said Cutts. Latinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student body is diverse, this year consisting of 55 percent AfricanAmerican students, 28 percent Caucasian students, 9 percent Hispanic students and 4.9 percent Asian students. Thirty percent of the kids qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches. Latin has done well enough on standardized tests to earn a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tier 1â&#x20AC;? ranking from the D.C. charter board. Last year, more than 80 percent of the students at Latin tested â&#x20AC;&#x153;proficientâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;advancedâ&#x20AC;? on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System reading test, and more than 75 percent scored proficient or advanced in math. Now, the school can add its high secondary-school acceptance rates to those performance measures. Latham, who frequently works 12-hour days, is clearly a big factor in that success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just get nerdy, giddy happy about my work,â&#x20AC;? she said, noting that part of the joy has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;the opportunity to come to a school where I got to build my own college counseling program.â&#x20AC;? Already, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown it beyond herself: Latin plans to add a second college counselor starting in the fall.



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April 25, 2012 ■ Page 13

Visitation lacrosse scratches a 17-year itch, topples Saints

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

For roughly 17 years, the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes girls lacrosse team ruthlessly dominated the Independent School League conference. The Saints, a perennial national powerhouse, won 171 straight league games and always stepped onto the field with an air of mystery. That all changed on Wednesday afternoon, when Visitation traveled to Alexandria and beat the Saints 12-11 in an overtime thriller. “What this proved for us … was that it’s possible,” said Cubs firstyear coach Aubrey Andre. “We always had this myth and illusion. I think we finally unveiled the St. Stephen’s mystery.” The Saints proved to be a Rubik’s Cube of a mystery box that took the Cubs all 50 minutes of regulation and nearly six minutes of overtime to solve. St. Stephen’s grabbed the first draw and used a methodical offensive pace throughout the first half to build a 5-3 lead by halftime. But after the break, Visitation came alive, controlling the ball and forcing the Saints into an up-tempo game. The Cubs went on a 3-1 scoring run to tie the game at six. Junior

middie Riley Christopher, who scored twice during the run, sparked the comeback, and senior midfielder Mary Grace Mooney led the team with four goals and two assists. As the second half progressed, the Cubs took complete control, adding four more unanswered goals to build a commanding 10-6 lead with less than three minutes to play. But the Saints proved that no lead is ever truly safe. St. Stephen’s scored four goals to tie the game at 10 and send it into overtime. “The [momentum] swing was on their side when they were able to get the ball and we weren’t able to stop them,” said Andre. “St. Stephen’s definitely didn’t give it to us easily. For us to have a 10-6 lead and … they were able to come back and tie it up at the end of regulation — that’s ridiculous.” The Saints maintained their surge of momentum in the first overtime period and scored to take an 11-10 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the first half of the extra session. They held their 11-10 lead going into the second threeminute overtime half and won the first draw to keep control. But, just when it seemed all hope was lost for the Cubs, junior midfielder Tess McEvoy ripped the ball

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The Visi fans stormed the Saints’ field Wednesday to celebrate a historic win. St. Stephen’s had not lost an ISL game in roughly 17 years. The Cubs won 12-11 in overtime on a score by sophomore Ana Hagerup. away from a Saint to give the Cubs possession and new life. “That was the old mentality of Visitation competing against St. Stephen’s and thinking, ‘There goes another loss,’” said Andre. “But with Tess — who is an amazing player — creating that momentum there, that was the turning point.” Visitation raced down the field with the ball and set up a quick offensive set. Mooney passed the ball to junior attacker Mary Patalita,

who fired it into the cage to tie the game at 11 with 59 seconds remaining. The Cubs won the ensuing draw and put the ball into sophomore midfielder Ana Hagerup’s stick with the game on the line. Hagerup, who is also on the Cubs’ basketball team, looked like she was on the hardwood as she used her size to drive to the goal. The sophomore then spun away from her defender to create shooting space and flung in the

game-winning shot. “I was going to do whatever it took to win this game,” said Hagerup. “I wanted to bring it back for my team and for my teammates who worked so hard for this.” Hagerup finished the game with three goals and three assists. The win makes the Cubs the No. 1 team in the area for now. “This was a big milestone for us,” said Andre. “It just came down to the better team for today.”

Quakers power past Hoppers on baseball diamond By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent

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Sidwell senior pitcher Matt McLaughlin didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning.

The error was subtle and quick, the sort made countless times in baseball. Sidwell’s Chris Stevens bolted to steal second base, and the Georgetown Day catcher reacted with a rocket throw. The ball was lost and a runner at third scored the game winner. It was also the first inning. From then on Sidwell Friends kept scoring while keying on the mistake-prone Hoppers en route to a 10-1 victory over Georgetown Day late Friday afternoon. It was a key win that allowed the Quakers to hold their position atop the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings. “We’ve just got to keep on winning. Every game is a big win,” said Sidwell coach John Simon. “We needed to win this game, just as much as anyone on top of the league.” With Flint Hill and Potomac School on their heels in the conference standings, the Quakers came out hot Friday and scored four runs in the first inning. After the error on the steal gave Sidwell the lead, the Hoppers gave the Quakers another run after the throw to first base on a grounder sailed high. At the next at-bat, senior pitcher Matt McLaughlin hit a huge triple into the parallel

field to score fellow senior David Steinbach. Junior catcher Tray Brown drove in McLaughlin’s courtesy runner to put the Quakers up 4-0 going into the second inning. The Hoppers, who are sitting at fourth in the conference and are currently riding a three-game losing streak, failed Friday to get out of their own way. “Baseball is part mental, part physical,” said Georgetown Day coach Pete Robinson. “When you come to play, when you’re ready to play and you’re focused and in the game, the things that you do in the field are going to be positive. But if you’re not there and your mind is all over the place, you’re not going to

do positive things.” Seven Hopper miscues and errors led to scores for the Quakers. And the first might have been the most damaging, as Robinson points out that with young teams like his own, one error can be “discouraging” and have a snowball effect. Sidwell, on the other hand, played a nearly flawless game on defense. “Our defense has been getting better all year,” said Steinbach, a captain and the team’s starting shortstop. “And I think we have really progressed in that aspect.” The only blemish came in the fourth inning with the Quakers ahead 5-0. Georgetown Day senior Grayson Shepperd, facing two outs, got a piece of McLaughlin’s pitch with a double to deep left centerfield. The next batter, sophomore Ben Breuer, ripped off a hit that was mishandled, allowing the Hoppers to get on the board. But even with the slight shift in momentum, the Quakers’ defense continued to stifle the Hoppers. While Robinson is headed back to the “drawing board,” Simon said he was pleased with how his team closed out the game, noting that they were willing to keep playing rather than coasting.

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Gonzaga lacrosse thrashes St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stingy defense has been its backbone all season. But the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unit doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just prevent the opposition from scoring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also helped the team improve its own offense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We kept beating them up in practice and they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really like that too much,â&#x20AC;? defenseman Jack Slater said of his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventually, they just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it anymore, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing unbelievably since.â&#x20AC;? Those offensive improvements went on display Thursday, as the Eagles thumped St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the second-best team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 11-3 at Gonzaga. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As talented as some of [our kids] are on the offensive end, we are more of a defensive team, and the offensive guys buy into that,â&#x20AC;? said Eagles coach Casey Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To hold [Ryken] to three goals, I was really shocked, but happy.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles now boast a 12-1 record, including a perfect 4-0 in conference play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was just a big win for us because I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see them in the championship,â&#x20AC;? said senior midfielder Connor Reed. The Knights began the match trying to slow the pace and shorten the game. But the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stoppers were too much. The swarming




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The Eagles used a dominating and physical defensive effort to stifle the usually high-scoring Knights Thursday at Gonzaga. defense took the ball away and began to fuel Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attack. Eagles senior Sean Whitcomb started the scoring bonanza early in the first quarter to put the Eagles ahead 1-0. Moments later, junior Patrick Myers fired the ball into the cage. The Knights answered with a goal of their own to cut the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead to 2-1. But Rykenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rally was shortlived. Gonzaga dominated the second quarter, and junior midfielder Joe Fitzpatrick scored two of his three goals, while Brian Murray and Jimmy Kuzma scored to make it 6-1 by intermission. In the second half, the Knights tried to scrap their conservative

game plan and take chances on offense. The move backfired as Gonzaga forced more turnovers. The Eagles used the extra possessions to light up the scoreboard and outscore the Knights 5-2 in the second half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense has really good chemistry,â&#x20AC;? said defenseman Slater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all work together really well and fill in on the backside.â&#x20AC;? Alex Corboy led the team with three assists, while adding two goals. Patrick Myers finished with a hat trick to go along with two helpers. The Eagles will look to stay on the winning track when they travel to Alexandria to play Bishop Ireton at 5 p.m. today.

Bulldogs claw past the Heights in baseball By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent

The Boston Red Sox have â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Green Monsterâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a high outfield wall. The Heights School has â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hill,â&#x20AC;? a steep 35-foot embankment running along right field and half of center field. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an obstacle that can sway the outcome of any game. But the St. Albans Bulldogs used The Hill to their advantage early Saturday morning as they made their way to a 19-10 win over The Heights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you play in a field like this, anything can happen,â&#x20AC;? said St. Albans coach Jason Larocque. The Bulldogs wasted no time jumping out to the lead. After senior Gabe Roark took a pitch to the shoulder and senior Joe Dobbins hit a single right onto The Hill, designated hitter Chris Bodurian sent a hard shot past second base to score Roark. Moments later, pitcher Guy Steuart hit a single, but an error in the field sent him trying for an in-the-park home run. The gamble didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay off and the senior was tagged at home, with his team up 3-0. The Bulldogs



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DeMatha 6, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 Bullis 7, St. Albans 4 Flint Hill 13, GDS 2

would score once more before the inning ended. The Cavaliers battled back and cut the Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead to 4-2. But St. Albans would let them get no closer. Behind the Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense and pitching from Steuart, the team gave up only three runs to The Heights over the next four innings. St. Albans piled up seven more runs for an 11-5 lead entering the sixth inning. The Hill turned on the home team for that stretch, tripping up players and turning singles into doubles. And the Bulldogs werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complaining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That thing is crazy â&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen that before,â&#x20AC;? Dobbins said of The Hill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helped me out, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for sure, and it made it kind of wild and interesting. But at the end of the day, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt us.â&#x20AC;? Though The Hill certainly worked in the Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favor this game, Larocque wants his team to look past the score â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which he said will help them improve as the season progresses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to preach all the time, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play the opponent, play the game,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and part of that is donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play to the score,â&#x20AC;? said Larocque. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just want to keep trying to play the game and executing.â&#x20AC;?

Sidwell 11, Maret 2 Potomac School 9, Maret 1 St. Albans 5, Flint Hill 3

Holton-Arms 10, Cathedral 9 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 21, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12 Bullis 16, Wilson 4

Wilson 34, Roosevelt 2 Cathedral 11, GDS 1

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Cardozo 19, Roosevelt 1 Gonzaga 3, McNamara 2 Maret 15, Saint James 1 Sidwell 10, Potomac School 2 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6, DeMatha 3 Wilson 5, Bell 3

Cathedral 14, Maret 7 Sidwell 19, GDS 12 Seton 12, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 Sidwell 12, Stone Ridge 8 Visitation 15, Flint Hill 3

GDS 19, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 Walls 1, McKinley 0 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6, Flint Hill 3 Wilson 25, Bell 0 Potomac School 11, Sidwell 1


St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4, Paul VI 0 Sidwell 10, GDS 1 Flint Hill 13, Maret 12 Wilson 12, Roosevelt 0 Cardozo 8, Coolidge 5 Gonzaga 14, Landon 2 Maret 13, Bullis 3 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 8 St. Albans 19, The Heights 10 The Heights 18, St. Albans 0

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

April 25, 2012 ■ Page 15

Almost a year in, owners of Politics and Prose reflect

By ANNA WEAVER Current Correspondent


issa Muscatine wrote a new note of affection at the end of her Valentine’s Day card to her husband this year: “Love from your business partner.” That added relationship between Muscatine and her husband of 20 years, Bradley Graham, emerged in June 2011 when the couple took over ownership of Politics and Prose Bookstore, a beloved Northwest Washington institution. Almost a year after buying the store, the couple reflected on what has surprised them about their new gig. For one thing, Muscatine said that while she and Graham had been customers at the independent bookstore at 5015 Connecticut Ave. for years, it took becoming its owners to realize just how loyal Politics and Prose customers are. “I think the rabid support for the store made it appealing for people like us to think about buying it,” she said. “But just the absolute depth and degree of it I don’t think I fully appreciated.” Graham said he and Muscatine expected those faithful Politics and Prose patrons to have trouble accepting new owners after the same two proprietors had run the bookstore for the better part of three decades. After all, concerned customers started publicly worrying about the store’s fate soon after its original owners, Barbara Meade and Carla Cohen, announced in June 2010 that they wanted to retire and sell. Cohen passed away from cancer four months later. Her husband, David Cohen, and Meade officially sold Politics and Prose to Muscatine and Graham on June 17, 2011, after 27 years of a Meade-

Cohen ownership. Graham said that though there is the occasional customer gripe over an unfriendly experience, “those complaints are so rare that I can’t believe it!” Another pleasant surprise, he said, is that sales have been up since he and Muscatine took over. “There are still a lot of dark clouds over the book industry, a lot of real threats to the future stability and profitability, not just to Politics and Prose but to all independent bookstores,” Graham added. “So we’re not standing still.”

Path to ownership

Perhaps the biggest surprise for Muscatine and Graham was that they were chosen over other potential buyers with more money and retail experience. Graham, who was raised in Chicago and Pittsburgh, interned at The Washington Post after graduating from Yale. He returned to Washington and The Post full-time in 1978, working his way from covering national business to taking overseas reporting assignments. Around 1989, when Graham was back at the Washington office and on his way from assistant foreign editor to deputy national editor, he met Muscatine at the paper. The Berkeley, Calif., native had

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Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham, above, bought Politics and Prose from its longtime owners last year after working for years in media. Though some feared changes at the beloved bookstore, sales have actually increased since the purchase, with the new owners adding features like an on-demand book press, above left, and maintaining old traditions, like offering the shop as a gathering place, below left. moved to Washington in 1979 and covered a variety of Post beats including sports, politics and education. The pair married in 1992 and now live in Bethesda with their 18-year-old twins and 14-year-old. Muscatine went on to work for the White House from 1993 to 1998, mostly as Hillary Clinton’s chief speechwriter. She collaborated on Clinton’s bestselling memoir, “Living History,” and worked as a senior adviser on her presidential campaign. From 2009 to 2010, she was a State Department senior adviser and speechwriting director. Graham eventually shifted from editing back to reporting, covering the Pentagon and military affairs for the paper between 1994 and 2008, with breaks to write a book

on national missile defense, “Hit to Kill,” and a Donald Rumsfeld biography, “By His Own Rules.” Graham was working on another book proposal in the fall of 2010 when friends encouraged him to consider buying Politics and Prose. Initially, he worked by himself to fill out the extensive questionnaire that Barbara Meade and David Cohen had created to weed out the first round of potential buyers. But Meade had made it clear that she wanted at least one of the new buyers to be a woman to continue her and Carla Cohen’s legacy. Muscatine said she thought Graham’s interest was neat but figured, “You’re going to own Politics and Prose, right. Everyone wants to own Politics and Prose!”

Still, Graham convinced Muscatine to come along for a second-round interview, and she began to see how the store could be a way to promote the “higher level of civil discourse” that she found lacking in government work. “This is an oasis … a forum for ideas and for people who are writers and thinkers to get together and actually engage in the kind of dialogue that interests me,” she said.

Work partnership

Graham and Muscatine will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary tomorrow, and they say that raising three kids, building a house together and learning each other’s personalities inside and out have See Bookstore/Page 20

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

This week, Aidan Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper elementary is having our spring birthday luncheon. At our luncheon, we will be having pesto pasta, rigatoni in a meat sauce, Orangina, chocolate pie and much more! We asked some of the members who are setting up the luncheon if it is fun to be a part of it. Sixthgrader Ashton Lindeman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, even though the loudness isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that great. I still like being able to participate.â&#x20AC;? We asked Eva Sophia Shimanski, a fifth-grader, who is not participating in setting up the luncheon, if she is looking forward to seeing all of the excitement and celebration and being able to try all the food. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very excited for the luncheon because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to bring our own lunches, and we get to sit with our friends.â&#x20AC;? The last person we asked was Elliot Sealls, a fifth-grader. We asked him what part he is looking forward to, and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really looking forward to the food and hanging out with my friends.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isabel Bouhl, fifth-grader, and Leyu Negussie, fourth-grader

Beauvoir School

In art, we made Oaxacan animals. Oaxacan animals are popular in Mexico. The Oaxacan is a type of art with animals carved out of wood. They are painted with careful strokes. We made ours out of clay. I made a turtle. He is purple with blue and green circles. Ms. Cotter, our art teacher, put them in the kiln, and we got to see how they look. I love how they look! You can find the display in the


third-grade hallway. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aanya Hudda, third-grader

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

On April 18, Bannekerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street law class of seniors competed in the preliminary round of the 40th annual Street Law Mock Trial Tournament at the D.C. Superior Court. The tournament developed as a partnership between D.C. Public Schools and the Georgetown University Law School. It is a competition among 24 teams from 11 D.C. public and public charter high schools. Teams of students act as witnesses and lawyers to simulate a controversial trial created by the clinic staff at Georgetown. The case this year was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decker v. the Metro City Police Department.â&#x20AC;? The student team at Banneker began preparing for the tournament in January by taking a clinic class in street law taught by Georgetown University professor Richard L. Roe. To help prepare for the mock trial, each team was coached by a Georgetown University law student. Participation in the trial is a requirement for the Banneker street law students. The first round of the competition began on Wednesday, and the final round was on April 21 at Georgetown University Law School. Banneker won in 2010 and placed second in 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Natia Contee, 12th-grader

British School of Washington

Our topic is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Alive.â&#x20AC;? First, we went on a hunt in the playground to identify living, dead and

non-living things. We know how to tell the difference between living things and non-living things. We recorded what we found out in a mind map and wrote down some very big questions we had about living things like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you planted the first tree, where did the seed come from?â&#x20AC;? We have been spotting living things on our weekly walk in the woods, in Dumbarton Oaks Park. Year 2 also looks after our new trees, which were planted by student council and Casey Trees, by watering them every week. We have been writing poems using metaphors and similes to describe living things in different seasons. We collected describing words to match a picture of a season. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nina Wilson and Kiah Bardouille-Lewis, Year 2 Miami (first-graders)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Blast the DC-CAS! That was the mantra we learned from our pep rally. Last week, school was crazy from class to class. We sat for two whole class periods taking our DC-CAS tests. As our students walk around the school with confidence about passing this test and trying their best, I, too, am overwhelmed. The students at Duke Ellington must be tired. On top of this test taking, we still had arts block for three whole hours, but we must put in the time and effort itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take to get us where we want to go in life. As our seniors get ready for their recitals and college tours and work on getting their community service hours, we underclassmen are still doing our part. The

DC-CAS test period went smoothly, and the pep rally chants of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Ellington! How you feeling? Fantastic, terrific and great, all day longâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who rock the house? Duke rocks the house, and we rock it all the way downâ&#x20AC;? linger in the hallways. We were confident about blasting the DC-CAS! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Astra Armstrong, ninth-grader

Eaton Elementary

The second-graders are doing a special ballet program. Our teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is Ms. Saki, and she is from the Washington Ballet. She has helped us learn a lot about ballet and many other dances. Ms. Saki comes to our school on Tuesday and Thursday for dance class. We started ballet before spring break, and we will do our performance next week. When we go to our dance class, Ms. Saki calls the boys and girls to their places. We have four rows, boys, then girls, then boys, then girls. We have certain places, and we have to stay in those places so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get mixed up. We sit in ballet position and wait for Ms. Sakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructions. We learned that ballet has lots of rules and everyone follows the rules. Ballet is fun because you can stretch your body and get more flexible. Ms. Saki plays different kinds of music, and our class is learning a dance with music from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion King.â&#x20AC;? Ballet is very sophisticated because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk at all, you just use your body. Ballet is important because it can help you get strong and in shape for other sports and other activities. Next week, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a performance where we will perform our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lion Kingâ&#x20AC;? dance. All of the parents are invited to watch the

show. We hope all our parents come because we want everyone to see how hard we worked! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kendall Weaver and Lauren Walker, second-graders

Hearst Elementary

Our class has been learning about Earth Day and has come up with some ways that we can help our planet. Brandon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will recycle my plastic bottles to make new ones.â&#x20AC;? Caroline said she will â&#x20AC;&#x153;pick up trash and use the trash can to throw the trash away.â&#x20AC;? Victor said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can reuse a box to make a game about sports and if I threw more stuff away it would make more dumps on the countryside and that is not good so I would use stuff again.â&#x20AC;? Esai said he thinks he should â&#x20AC;&#x153;plant some new flowers and take care of living things.â&#x20AC;? Dylan said that if he â&#x20AC;&#x153;planted seeds to make more trees, we would have fresh oxygen so we can breathe.â&#x20AC;? Nicola said that she â&#x20AC;&#x153;would clean up trash and it would help all the creatures on the Earth. ... They wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get sick.â&#x20AC;? Maisie said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;will not throw trash at the Earth because it makes things dirty.â&#x20AC;? Finally, Keanu and Liza want to â&#x20AC;&#x153;recycle plastic bottles because things will get in a big pile and get dirty.â&#x20AC;? They would also â&#x20AC;&#x153;pick up trash and maybe reuse it and we will also not use a lot of water when we brush our teeth.â&#x20AC;? Happy Earth Day, D.C.! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kindergartners

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real firefighters! First, the firefighters from a nearby fire station came to our school on their fire truck! Then, on April 17, we walked to the station and met Fireman Bunn. He showed us all of his tools, his fire engine, his gear and uniform, and then we toured the firehouse! Our favorite part was when we saw Fireman Bunn slide down the pole. Nykolas said, “The last thing we did was sit on the fire engine and pretend to be real firefighters. It was really fun.” The Kindergarten Rock Stars learned a lot! — Mrs. Hayes’ Kindergarten Rock Stars

Janney Elementary

In my first game at the National School Scrabble Championship, my partner and I were losing by a score of 155-121. Then we picked the letters A, E, I, I, N, R and S. “Senarii!” I realized. I recognized the word because I had studied it. In competitive Scrabble, you learn all kinds of unusual words. “Senarii” was worth 69 points. Later in that game, we had E, E, I, N, R, S and T. I had also studied these letters. I had to think for a second, then I remembered: “Trienes,” “entires” and “entries.” We played “trienes” for 76 points and won the game, 390324. I was one of 14 D.C. students who competed in the championship, held in Orlando, Fla., on April 13 and 14. The other 13 players were from Alice Deal Middle School. A total of 144 students in the fourth through eighth grades from the U.S. and Canada competed. Everyone played seven games, and the top two teams faced off in a final. The winners collected $5,000 each. My partner, Deal seventh-grader Ali Bauman, and I won four games and lost three. We finished in 27th place out of 72 teams. The top finishers from D.C. were sixth-graders Nathan Wagner and Bryson Torgovitsky. They finished in 10th place and won $75 each, a bundle of games and trophies.

By the way, “senarii” is the plural of a Greek or Latin verse consisting of 6 metrical feet, and a “triene” is a type of chemical compound. — Chloe Fatsis, fourth-grader

Parkmont School

On March 7, Parkmont middle school students started their internships. Students went to a variety of internships, including at a hair salon, a toy store, a day care, a nonprofit organization, a bike shop, a dog day care and a D.C. government office. Students were dropped off at their internships by the teachers. Seventh-grader Lucas Rudd said that his first day at Sullivan’s Toy Store was great. Eighth-grader David Thomas said his first day at the Bike Rack was spent washing bikes. Eighth-grader Nicholas Rougeau said that on his first day at the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs he got his own cubicle! The purpose of internships is to put a student in a place where they can see what job they would like. For internships, middle school students work for three hours a week from March through May. Nijole Gedutis, a teacher, said that she has coordinated internships for 10 years and thinks they are important. — Yann Atchole, sixth-grader

St. Albans School

About two months ago, we had auditions for this year’s school play, “Animal Farm.” The auditions were like any other auditions, with callbacks and then the posting of the cast list. I was chosen for the cast along with approximately 30 other students from St. Albans and our sister school, the National Cathedral School for girls. At the same time we were beginning rehearsals, we were also finishing the book “Animal Farm” in English class. Being able to read the book by George Orwell and then act out the scenes in rehearsal proved to be a very good experience for the entire eighth-grade class. It also helped the actors to understand their roles better. They knew the characters’ motivations and feelings as opposed to having to make them up themselves.

The play itself proved to be fun and a success for the cast members and audience. To look more like our characters, our costume designer, Ms. Kathleen Leary, adapted human clothing to resemble animal clothes. For example, the pigs wore pink pants and snouts. The horses wore their hair in ponytails to resemble manes, and the dogs wore eye makeup to resemble spots on their faces. It is both a serious and comedic play, with the execution scene being a dark part of it, and the three sheep providing comic relief throughout. The acting in this play was exceptional and everyone had fun doing it. — Chris Olsen, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

Recently, St. Ann’s Academy had its second annual talent show, which was a great success. We had a variety of talented singers, excellent dancers and brilliant acts. With the help of our music teacher, Mrs. Massey, and fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Dewitt, it turned out to be a great show! The seventh-graders are now learning about feudalism in social studies. In Spanish, we’re learning daily routines. In math, we are learning about perimeter, area and circumference. In science, we’re learning about nutrition. Finally, in language arts, we are reading “The Outsiders.” School’s winding down, and everybody’s excited for summer but we’re maintaining our self-control! — Davona Johnson and Gabriela Garay, seventh-graders

Shepherd Elementary

April 21 was Beautification Day. This is when we clean up the school and we make the school a nicer place. On past Beautification Days, we’ve fixed garden beds, watered the plants and repainted the school. My mom and my dad would be there, too. When we’re all done, I feel good because the school is cleaner, it looks good, and it’s a better place to be. — Cyntia Pattison, third-grader

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Haynes school launches new language program E.L. Haynes Public Charter School has launched a new program for students to learn Spanish and Arabic online, according to a news release from the school. Students and their families learning English as a second language can study English online as well.

DC-CAS testing started April 17 for Shepherd students in grades two through five. There were a lot of exciting activities before the test. First, we decorated T-shirts to help us “Slam the CAS!!” We also had a parade in the school’s hallways. I heard a third-grade student say, “I feel like a star!” All around us were students cheering, “Go, grades, go!” Finally, at a rally on the Friday before we started the DC-CAS test, Washington Wizards mascot G-Man demonstrated amazing dunks and 360-degree flips. He gave us great tips for doing our best on the test. Shepherd Mustangs, I know we will all slam-dunk that DC-CAS test! We’re still testing through the end of the week, but on Thursday we’re all invited to go to Charlie’s at 7307 Georgia Ave. NW for a Family Dinner Night. The PTA gets 20 percent back from what you pay for dinner. It will be a great time to exhale after nearly two weeks of testing. Don’t forget to share your cool news tips and comments with me. The email address is the same: — Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

On March 5, Capuchi Ahiagble, a friend of a sixth-grade student’s parent, visited the Sheridan School sixth-grade community. This was his second time visiting. His first visit was on Feb. 22. Mr. Ahiagble brought in his very own traveling loom and demonstrated the steps of weaving the strings of Kente cloth. At the same time, he taught the intrigued sixthgraders about the meaning behind a

The program is sponsored as a pilot by the Rosetta Stone instruction software firm, the release states; Haynes students in grades five through nine will participate. The school has campuses in Columbia Heights and Petworth.

Kente cloth and the many things that go into creating one. Mr. Ahiagble brought in samples of his own work to show the sixthgraders what a finished version of a Kente cloth looks like. He explained that the color of a Kente cloth can matter, depending on the person you’re weaving it for. — Rachel Bamberger, sixth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Arabic has been offered for the last three years as an after-school academic program for Washington Latin. Throughout that time period, many students have come to join the program, with almost 20 students active right now. These students have enjoyed learning Arabic, which has been possible with support from the Qatar Foundation International. Students take classes in the afternoon, engage in conversational circles, and study the alphabet and written language. They also attend class trips, like a recent venture to Minneapolis for the National Service Learning Conference. Next year the school will offer Arabic as part of the regular school day and as an option that students may choose in order to fulfill the graduation requirement in modern language. Our teacher, Alexander Porcelli, said, “I would like to be able to make it part of the permanent curriculum.” Fred Sailer, a junior who has been in the class for a year, agreed. “While I like having Arabic twice a week, I would love to take the class four days a week, like my other classes.” — Kelly Rivera, 10th-grader



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oldest standing home in the District is now on the market. The Rosedale Farmhouse, the yellow home at the top of the hill thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had generations of Cleveland Parkers sighing for a country retreat of their own, is listed for the first time since a thorough, stylish and faithful renovation. Led by local architect Stephen Muse, the restoration has updated the two-room stone cottage built around 1730 and the much larger home added to it in the 1790s. The original stone core of the home is now a den and family room, both featuring massive fireplaces, two of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 functioning hearths. In the larger room, the restraint that marks this renovation is on display. With its brick hearth, white stone walls, rustic wood wainscot and massive wooden ceiling beams, the addition of much color or texture would have been overkill. As it is, the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

honest and simple original materials speak for themselves. A foyer is the transition from the humble cottage to the grander 1790s home that makes up most of this propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,200 square feet. These spaces have the high ceilings and large windows that mark it as a luxe 18th-century property, but renovations have also maintained the simplicity of that era. Simplicity also means honesty here. In the kitchen, for example, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no pretense that the space is original, no faux-historic patinas or old-world â&#x20AC;&#x153;charm.â&#x20AC;? Instead, there are the simple, well-designed lines of natural cherry cabinetry and a showstopping, brass-trimmed range perched against a brick wall. The kitchen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just as in new homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is where everyone will gather, and this is a space large enough to accommodate even a crowd. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room for guests to mill about while meals are prepared, and a large alcove lined by windows can hold a large dining table. Useful spots, like the pantrycum-laundry, were not ignored during renovations, and the kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s utilitarian stylishness can be found here, too. Formal meals have a spot of

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This four-bedroom, four-bath home is listed for $5.3 million. their own, down the hall past a library and a spot that could work as a home office or the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth bedroom. Those rooms, like all here, are surprisingly roomy, given the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage and the renovationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fidelity to the original footprint. The ruby dining room is typical of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blend of the simple with the formal, with a very large fireplace supplying the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centerpiece but a shiplap wainscot dialing down the stuffiness quotient. Windows on two exposures keep the space light and bright.












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Windows were added in several spaces during the renovation. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hard to distinguish from originals, and the spots were picked to add balance as well as light to rooms. A large living room wrapped in smoky blue gets light from three exposures, and French doors lead to a terrace bordered by a perennial planting bed, strip of lawn and a brick walkway to the pea-gravel spot where residents and owners

may park. Other attractive outdoor spots include a flagstone-bordered swimming pool and a shared tennis court. None of these spots, though, is what will draw buyers who want to enjoy the great outdoors. As many locals will remember, the reason that the Rosedale Farmhouse is now a home, rather than an institution, is that neighbors banded together to preserve the area and See Home/Page 23

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helped them to naturally complement each other as business partners. Both introduce speakers at events, handle personnel matters and long-term strategic planning, and edit each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing for the store blog and newsletter. Graham, who speaks methodically and thoughtfully and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford, prefers to handle more of the business side of the operations. Muscatine, the more animated talker of the two, spends more time on the bookstore floor and building up the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inventory of non-book items. She looks at running a bookstore as â&#x20AC;&#x153;part art and part science.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re selling one model of Chevrolets or even five models of Chevrolets,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re selling 35,000 different titles of books, each of which is different from the next. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a much more complicated, complex and frankly much more interesting and fascinating enterprise [than I ever knew],â&#x20AC;? said Muscatine. Both continue to work 40-plus hours a week, a pace theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kept up since their Washington Post days. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve turned that energy toward initiating new Politics and Prose efforts. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new in-store book-printing machine called Opus, intended to drum up self-publishing and out-of-print book orders on demand; more classes and store-led trips

abroad tracing literary paths; a website redesign to promote more web and e-book sales; and plans to alter the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s layout to allow for more space and better flow. Muscatine and Graham believe that those beyond-bookselling efforts, plus the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expert staff, steadfast customer base and strong community feel will keep Politics and Prose thriving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All those things â&#x20AC;Ś connect our community to the larger world of books and ideas in ways that an online retailer simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? Muscatine said. Former Politics and Prose owner Barbara Meade isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised by Muscatine and Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success so far. She likes their imaginative and entrepreneurial approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve felt consistently ever since they took over the ownership that David Cohen and I made the right decision,â&#x20AC;? said the 76-year-old Meade, who still spends about two days a week at the store helping out and visiting with patrons.

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One thing that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be changing is the Politics and Prose independent vibe. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find customers slowly browsing the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-curated brown bookshelves for books like Denis Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Pulitzernominated book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Train Dreamsâ&#x20AC;? and Madeleine Albrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest memoir, with no Danielle Steel in sight. Mark Framboise, the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head book buyer, said Politics and Prose customers have discriminating tastes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people really wanted dreck, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we would sell. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what they want,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Graham and Muscatine are avid readers themselves. Graham says he favors nonfiction, but loves a good spy thriller, too. Muscatine prefers fiction, like current favorite â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Buddha in the Atticâ&#x20AC;? by Julie Otsuka, though she finds herself reading lots of nonfiction these days in preparation for introducing some of Politics and Proseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speakers. And being in the store every day, surrounded by books, ideas and lively people, seems to them more a delight than a job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming to the store each day has not felt like coming to a workplace so much as it has felt like going to a community center,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. A crucial part of that community center is the spot at the back of the main floor, where the popular author and speaker events take place, such as recent visits from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollboothâ&#x20AC;? author Norton Juster and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

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A first-time â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pitchapaloozaâ&#x20AC;? event in that spot last month packed in those wanting the chance to give one-minute book pitches to a panel of literary experts and agents. The storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events have gotten so large that it is looking off-site to host those expected to draw the biggest crowds, such as April 28â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rachel Maddow appearance at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Downstairs at Politics and Prose, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small coffee shop and the sale book section, as well as an extensive childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area with everything from French- and Spanishlanguage kids books to the latest in Mo Willemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elephant and Piggieâ&#x20AC;? series. Tell one of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s section staffers you need a book for a third-grade boy and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll point you to half a dozen options, explaining the plotline and merit of each. Politics and Prose has a reputation for a high-caliber staff, and Muscatine and Graham have retained almost all of the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous 55 or so employees. Muscatine calls them the â&#x20AC;&#x153;crème de la crème of book-selling staff.â&#x20AC;? Book buyer Deb Morris, who is retiring this month after more than 16 years at the store, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Muscatine and Graham] have a great deal of respect for the knowledge of the people here on staff, and I think they realize they have a learning curve because this is all new to them.â&#x20AC;? The couple has also created a new editorial and programming director position, filled by author Susan Coll, who has developed more classes and more literary trips, starting with excursions to Ireland and France this October.

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Northwest Real Estate SUSTAINABILITY From Page 5

â&#x20AC;˘ reducing disparities in income, health and education across the city; and â&#x20AC;˘ improving the environment and â&#x20AC;&#x153;quality of lifeâ&#x20AC;? for all residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What it means to individuals is spending less on utility bills because homes are more energy-efficient, saving up to $10,000 a year by walking and biking, and lowering obesity rates,â&#x20AC;? the mayor said. Key to the plan is continuing growth in population and jobs. Gray said that after decades of population decline, the District has

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the market, and what people think the best use for that site is,â&#x20AC;? the development officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nimita Shah said at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission meeting. Neither of the rejected proposals envisioned an office building.

gained 16,000 residents since the 2010 Census. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All signs point to continued growth,â&#x20AC;? he said, and his new plan predicts 250,000 additional residents by 2032 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most of them relying on transit, bikes and walking instead of cars. Specific goals include cutting the citywide obesity rate, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by half; bringing locally grown food to within a quarter-mile of threequarters of the population; ensuring that all residents are within a 10-minute walk of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;natural spaceâ&#x20AC;?; and ensuring that 75 percent of intracity trips occur by foot, bike or transit. It offers short-, mid- and long-term actions in several areas. For example, to improve health in the short term, the plan calls for cut-

Capstone Development proposed a hotel but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow a requirement that hotels promise to allow their workers to unionize, according to Shah. And the city rejected a partnership between EastBanc and JBG because their proposal didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t specify what type of building they would construct, Shah said. The five education proposals that made the short list are a pre-kindergarten charter school from the


ting in half the 21 percent of residents who do not engage in some form of physical activity; in the mid-term, eliminating lead exposure threats; and in the long term, improving air quality enough to cut in half the rate of childhood asthma. In terms of transportation, the city is already working on two short-term actions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; improving bike and pedestrian â&#x20AC;&#x153;connectivityâ&#x20AC;? through a system of bike lanes and trails, and reducing parking minimums in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code. Long-term, the plan would expand transit services, with at least 37 miles of new streetcar or premium bus service lines. Gray said the District is already among the top 10 cities nationwide in sustainability, citing

AppleTree Institute; preschool through fifth grades from the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School; childcare, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten from the Eagle Academy Public Charter School; kindergarten through fifth grades from the GEMS Team private school; and a specialeducation school from Ivymount Schools. The city rejected the sixth educational proposal, from Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, because the program doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet have a District of Columbia charter, according to Shah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That added a lot of uncertainty to their proposal,

its ambitious bike-share and green-building programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to be No. 1,â&#x20AC;? he said. But the vision is far from reality. The mayor said his administration will roll out an â&#x20AC;&#x153;implementation strategyâ&#x20AC;? by early fall. Then, officials will seek funding for the various efforts, to be carried out over the next 20 years. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top aides were optimistic about the lofty plans. Planning director Harriet Tregoning noted that the District is a pioneer in some of its green building and stormwater management codes, even in its fee on plastic bags. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re leading in so many ways, people who get trained here will be able to export those skills all over the globe,â&#x20AC;? Tregoning said.

unfortunately, and that precluded us from giving them our strength and weight to move forward,â&#x20AC;? she said. The summaries for the developments and schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only part of the proposals made public so far â&#x20AC;&#x201D; vary in their detail. Two of the developers identified the planned heights of their buildings (the Lincoln team, 110 feet; the MRP team, 130 feet) and two schools named the number of students they would serve (Appletree, 160; Dorothy I. Height, 355). Other summaries highlighted the community benefits of their projects. Perhaps the most distinct proposal was an Akridge/Argos promise to

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include a public art gallery and other displays celebrating the history of the Stevens School and its namesake, Civil War-era Congressman Thaddeus Stevens. More details should become clear in June, when the developer and school teams present their joint proposals. Whichever proposal the development office selects would also likely need zoning approval down the road, a process that would allow more opportunities for public comment. The development officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process has received generally positive community feedback since it was announced last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a stark contrast to a past proposal to sell and redevelop the Stevens site that failed amid community opposition, in part because it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include an educational component. At last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood commission meeting, though, commissioner Asher Corson and another resident expressed disappointment with the office proposals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to say that an office building creates almost nothing for the community. Nothing,â&#x20AC;? said Corson, criticizing the elimination of the hotel plan. Chair Florence Harmon replied at the meeting that it was reasonable for the city to expect proposals to follow its guidelines, and that neither Corson nor other commissioners had requested a particular type of project. In a subsequent interview, Corson said there are already enough office buildings in the area, and that projects on other public land in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the sites of the West End fire station and library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are â&#x20AC;&#x153;really extraordinary. I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t picture an office building as extraordinary.â&#x20AC;? Reached after the meeting, Harmon declined to comment further, but commissioner Rebecca Coder â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who has also been active on the issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wrote in an email that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleased with the proposals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the final short list of developers is strong, and any of them through interesting retail will be able to liven up the corner,â&#x20AC;? Coder wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the debate should be about commercial use because the ANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official position is we are open to any type of commercial development to ensure we can restore Historic Stevens to an operating school.â&#x20AC;?

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Free on-site shredding of personal documents (limit of five boxes of paper, please) and family fun will be offered Saturday by PNC Bank at 5530 Connecticut Ave. NW from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which will take place in the branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot, is being held in partnership with the Chevy Chase Citizens Association and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G. For more information, contact PNCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wayne Fortune at Later that day, enjoy a jazz concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church at 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. The concert will feature saxophonist Sharon Thomas. Food and drinks will be available for purchase; coffee and tea are complimentary. Families are welcome. General admission costs $10, and seniors will pay $7 (with children under 12 admitted for free). Please bring a lightly used coat and/or a can of food to jazz up another personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. For more information, visit On another subject, come to a special event Sunday at the Avalon Theatre to benefit the Avalon Legacy Campaign. The evening will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Boo: Harper Lee and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;To Kill a Mockingbird,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? a documentary that explores the phenomenon of Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, which is marking its 50th anniversary. The program will begin at 5 p.m. with an hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres reception, followed by a screening of the film and a discussion hosted by Susan Stamberg, a special correspondent for NPR, with Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout, and Mary Murphy, director of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Boo.â&#x20AC;? For details and tickets, visit In other news, we thank the following businesses that recently renewed their association memberships: American City Diner, the Avalon Theatre, Circle Yoga, Chevy Chase Gallery, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits and the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, as platinum members; Arucola Osteria and Nancy Wilson of Evers & Co. Real Estate, as gold members; and Aerobic Dancing by Jacki Sorenson and Periwinkle Gifts, as silver members. For information about these and our other business members, visit our websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business Corner at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor schools in Ward 4, Hawkins said Council member Bowser takes the issue â&#x20AC;&#x153;very personally. â&#x20AC;Ś I promise you she will fight to get that money back.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013; commissioner Shanel Anthony reported that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board held a license hearing on the Island Cafe on March 20. Anthony reported that the board decided to reissue the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license after the owners agreed to make certain security changes. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-3, with commissioners Joseph Vaughan, Michael Yates and Janet Myers opposed, to protest the renewal of M&S Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license to sell alcoholic beverages. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration did not properly provide the required notice when the former beer and wine store at 213 Upshur St. received permission to sell hard liquor. Commissioner Robert Mandle said the community would have opposed the change given the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location in the midst of a residential area, but Myers argued that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inappropriate to penalize M&S because of the alcohol administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 error. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to issue a letter of support for Saborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Latino Bar and Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for a permit for an 11-table sidewalk cafe with 34 chairs. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-1, with Shanel Anthony opposed, to support a license renewal for JB Liquors, at 3914 14th St. â&#x2013;  Laurence Jones of the D.C. Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel discussed pending Public Service Commission

decisions on Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed $42.5 million rate increase, the quality of Verizonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s telephone service, and a $29 million rate increase request by Washington Gas. â&#x2013; Aaron Rhones of the D.C. Department of Transportation discussed the pros and cons of creating a right-turn lane southbound on 14th Street onto Arkansas Avenue. The change would eliminate between six and eight parking places. To reduce the loss of parking, the department is looking at the possibility of consolidating some bus stops after hearing community feedback on the matter. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment variance that would allow addition of a fourth unit at 821 Randolph St. The Office of Planning has made a similar recommendation. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to issue a letter of support for a public space permit for the Petworth Jazz Festival. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to ask the D.C. Department of Transportation to change the 100 block of Webster Street into a oneway eastbound road, while changing the 200 block into one-way westbound. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support conversion of a 42-inch chain-link fence at 1400 Decatur St. into a picket fence of the same size. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit

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Classes ■ As part of the DC Tango Festival, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra will present a tango dance class. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-242-8032. The class will repeat May 2. ■ The Guy Mason Community Center and Macomb Recreation Center will host “Wednesday’s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips,” a seven-session class featuring local chefs and other guests. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue May 9, May 23 and June 13. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ Members of the Oud Hobbyists Association will perform a concert showcasing the Arabic lute, one of the oldest stringed instruments in the world. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Mount Vernon Brass Ensemble will present “A Musical March Through History.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. ■ Musicians from the Marlboro Music Festival will perform works by Mozart, Schumann and Bartók. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Georgetown University Wind Ensemble will perform works by Shostakovich and Schumann. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. Discussions and lectures ■ Experts will discuss “The Birth and Death of Cults of Personality: Case Studies in North Korea, Libya and the Former Yugoslavia.” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Local attorney and author Anthony


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Events Entertainment Franze will discuss his book “The Last Justice.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ NPR correspondent Daniel Zwerdling will discuss “How Not to Bore Your Listeners: Producing Exciting, Alive Investigative Reporting.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 163. ■ “Science Cafe” will feature a talk by National Institute of Standards and Technology physicist John Gillaspy on “Empty Space.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ U.S. Naval Academy historian Marcus Jones will discuss “Rise of the Nazi Juggernaut,” about the Nazi aggression between 1933 and 1939 that led to World War II. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ The “Fate or Free Will?” discussion series will focus on “The Natural” by Bernard Malamud. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Eric Alterman, media columnist for The Nation, will discuss his book “The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism From Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ At an Emancipation Day program sponsored by the Tenleytown Historical Society and the D.C. Archives, historian and lecturer C.R. Gibbs will discuss “The Triumph of Freedom: The Story of D.C. Emancipation,” and attorney Donet D. Graves, a descendant of prominent 19thcentury hotelier James Wormley, will discuss “Lafayette, We Are Here: A Story of a Family of Free Blacks in the City of Washington.” 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Francis Slakey, professor of physics and public policy at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 103, Reiss Science Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.

■ Martin Fletcher, former Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv bureau chief for NBC News, will discuss his novel “The List.” 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature an encore presentation of Laurent Pelly’s new production of Massenet’s “Manon.” 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature “Better This World,” about two boyhood friends charged with domestic terrorism for their role in protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention. A question-and-answer session will feature Andrea Prasnow, senior counsel for Human Rights Watch. 7 p.m. $9 to $11. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. ■ The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature a screening of the 2011 film “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness” and a discussion with director Joseph Dorman. 7 p.m. Free. Room B-07, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. ■ The Reel Israel DC will present Avi Nesher’s musical “Ha’lahaka,” about members of a military entertainment troupe as they try to entertain the Israeli Army following the Six Day War in 1967. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance ■ Furia Flamenca will perform. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Readings ■ “Evenings With Extraordinary Artists” will feature Grace Cavalieri, who will read from her poetry and discuss her work as host of the Library of Congress’ series “The Poet and the Poem.” 5:30 p.m. $20. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282, ext. 16. ■ “Time Shadows” will feature readings of original poems in German, Chinese and English. 6 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. ■ Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou will host the monthly “Sparkle” open-mic poetry event, a reading series exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. 9 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3326433. Special event ■ Featuring rooms by 24 local designers, the fifth annual DC Design House will raise funds for the Children’s National Medical Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20.

Thursday, aPRil 26 ■ Discussion: The Landmark Society will present a talk by author Steve Dryden on “A Fast-Flowing Stream: Rock Creek and Its Mills in the Late 18th and 19th Centuries.” 7 p.m. $10; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW. The design house will be open through May 13; viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26

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Book signing ■ A party to celebrate the publication of Garrett Peck’s “The Potomac River: A History and Guide” will include cocktails, a book signing and a chance to stroll around the historic Congressional Cemetery grounds. 6 to 8 p.m. $30. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Children’s program ■ “Preschool Story Time” will feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, dancing and stretching. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Concerts ■ National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Linden String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Bartók and Ravel. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. Demonstration ■ Clive Atyeo of the U.S. Botanic Garden will demonstrate orchid repotting and answer questions. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures ■ A symposium on “Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population” will feature a keynote address by former U.S. Housing and Urban

Development Secretary Henry Cisneros. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $150; $45 for students. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Lawyer Veronica Isala Eragu Bichetero will discuss “Child Soldiers in Africa: Critical Perspective.” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 112, Reiss Science Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Latino writers Blas Falconer (shown) and Lorraine López, editors of the anthology “The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity,” will discuss the contemporary state of Latino literature. Noon. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. ■ Nazar Albaharna, former minister of state for foreign affairs in Bahrain and a visiting researcher at Georgetown University, will discuss “Bahrain Political Stalemate: Is There a Way Forward?” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Zhou Jingxing, political counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, will discuss “China’s Foreign Policy and Sino-U.S. Relations.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Executive Conference Room, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Georgetown University professors Jeffrey Collman and Kevin Fitzgerald will discuss “Moving Beyond Past Mistakes: Genomics and Indigenous People.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 550, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “Q&A Cafe” will feature Washingtonian editor-at-large Carol Joynt interviewing entrepreneur, venture capitalist, Washington Castles owner and philanthropist Mark Ein. 12:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Degrees Bar & Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-9110. ■ Robin Koepke and Emre Tiftik of the Institute of International Finance will discus “Real-Time Forecasts for the World Economy — a Practitioner’s Perspective.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 321, Monroe Hall, 2115 G St. NW. ■ Maria Otero, U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, will discuss “The Open Government Partnership: A Progress Report.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Joy Gordon, professor of philosophy at Fairfield University, will discuss her book “Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Home Is Where the Art Is.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 See Events/Page 27

Continued From Page 26 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Francisco González, associate professor of Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his book “Creative Destruction? Economic Crises and Democracy in Latin America.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Elijah Anderson will discuss his book “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The Greater Washington Urban League will host a financial literacy seminar on “Know Your Credit.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th St. NW. 202-265-8200, ext. 228. ■ Jürgen Knoblich, senior scientist and deputy scientific director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, will discuss “Stem Cells and Cancer: A Deadly Alliance.” 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-3286988. ■ Author and tour guide Anthony S. Pitch will discuss the 1814 capture of Washington, D.C., by British military invaders who torched the White House, U.S. Capitol and other public buildings. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ “Past, Present, and Future of Congressional and Presidential Campaigns” will feature former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.; former Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan.; former Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La.; former Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Mo.; and John Ashford, chairman and chief executive officer of the Hawthorn Group. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Ron Rash (shown) will discuss his novel “The Cove,” at 7 p.m.; and Guy Delisle will discuss his book “Jerusalem: Chronicles From the Holy City,” at 7:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Lessons From Poland: The Power of Preservation, Memory, and Identity” will feature panelists Lisa Ackerman, executive vice president of the World Monuments Fund and director of its Jewish Heritage Program; Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Phyllis Myers, a member of the executive board of the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies. 7 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3260. ■ The Georgetown Library’s Non-Fiction Book Club will focus on Patti Smith’s memoir “Just Kids.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films ■ “PM @ The TM” will feature Ryuichi Honda’s 2011 film “A Honeymoon in Hell:


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Events Entertainment Mr. and Mrs. Oki’s Fabulous Trip.” 6 to 9 p.m. $15. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. ■ The Embassy of the Republic of Korea will present Oh Seong-yoon’s hit animated film “Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild.” A discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-5876153. ■ Presented in conjunction with the Washington Project for the Arts, “Experimental Media 2012” will feature a selection of videos chosen by artists Max Kazemzadeh and Jonah Brucker-Carlson. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature a sneak preview of Malgorzata Szumowska’s 2011 film “Elles,” about a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes for a magazine article. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances ■ The D.C.-based ensemble force/collision will present the premiere of “The Nautical Yards,” a largescale, site-specific performance featuring new music by composer Daniel Paul Lawson. 7 p.m. $30 for premium seating; free for general admission. The Yards Park, 10 Water St. SE. The performance will repeat Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. ■ 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. Reading ■ Latino writers Blas Falconer and Lorraine López will read from their work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Special event ■ Raynell Cooper and Roger Craig, champions on the “Jeopardy!” television show, will join other top winners for a night of gaming and socializing at a “Hooray for History!” quiz event. 6 to 9 p.m. $30; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 8 p.m. $20 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. April 27 Friday, Friday april 27 Children’s programs ■ The Maru Montero Latin Dance Company will perform at a celebration of Latin American dance, music and culture on El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). 10 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ “Jazz, Baby!” will feature a special story time program in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ “Family Movie Night” will start with an art activity and then feature short fairytale films from the United States and Quebec, including “Sleeping Betty,” “The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin” and

Friday, april 27 ■ Discussion: Marjane Satrapi (shown) will discuss her graphic memoir and film “Persepolis” in an interview with Azar Nafisi, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.” 8 p.m. $25 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800745-3000. “Faerie Tale Theatre.” 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mozart, Handel, Bach and Smetana. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ Daniel Aune of Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ As part of the Friday Music Series, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek will perform. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ The KC Jazz Club will feature vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The American University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform “Songs From the Heartland,” featuring music from Russia, Hungary, Germany and the British Isles. 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ Time magazine editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy will discuss their book “The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ In honor of Arbor Day, author Melanie ChoukasBradley will discuss the history and botanic diversity of the capital city’s world-renowned trees. Afterward, attendees will stroll through the Regional Garden, where trees and shrubs native to the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont and Coastal Plain will be in full spring leaf and flower.

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. ■ A public symposium will focus on “Celebrating the Reopening of the Nineteenth-Century French Galleries.” Noon to 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The symposium will continue Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. ■ Actor Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich Von Trapp in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music,” will discuss “The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Medea Benjamin will discuss her book “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Michael J. Sandel, professor of government at Harvard University, will discuss his book “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Scholar Svitlana Shiells will discuss Japanese influences on Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Film ■ The DC Tango Festival’s movie night will feature “Arrabalera,” starring Tita Merello. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-242-8032. Meeting ■ The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Performances ■ Dancer and choreographer Janaki Rangarajan will perform a bharatanatyam dance program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Catholic University and Theater J will present a reading and discussion of Craig Wright’s “The Unseen.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Georgetown University Dance Company will present its spring performance, featuring a diverse program from hip-hop to classical ballet. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Walsh Black Box Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ The annual DC Tango Festival will feature live music and a tango demonstra-


tion. 8 to 11 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-242-8032. Tours and walks ■ In honor of Arbor Day, a park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on an exploratory hike along the Edge of the Woods Trail. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ In honor of Arbor Day, a park ranger will lead a 1.5-mile hike along the Melvin Hazen Trail to investigate some of the oldest trees in Rock Creek Park. 3 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Special events ■ The Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America’s annual herb sale will feature more than 85 varieties, as well as handmade rose beads and jewelry, gift baskets, and craft items such as rose garden soaps. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202544-8733. The sale will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Plume’s executive chef, Chris Jakubiec, will present “Rock Stars of Burgundy and Rhone Valley,” a multicourse wine dinner. 6:45 p.m. $225; reservations required. The Jefferson, 1200 16th St. NW. 202-448-2300. ■ The Washington Conservatory of Music will present a master class led by Irish pianist Thérèse Fahy. 7 p.m. Free for observers. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. Workshop ■ Phillips Collection educator Rachel Goldberg will lead a gallery discussion about the historic chemical processes artists in “Snapshot” used to develop photographs, and then participants will learn about a photographic printing process and produce monochromatic cyan-blue images known as cyanotypes. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. 28 Saturday, SaturdayApril april 28 Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the National” series will feature a performance by Bright Star Theatre about notable American women whose courage and determination helped shape the country. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. ■ Tiny Chefs will teach participants how to make veggie pizza, cherry lemonade and mango lemon trifles at a 90-minute cooking class for children ages 4 through 8, at 11 a.m.; and for ages 9 through 13, at 1 p.m. $40. Chevy Chase See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 Baptist Church, 5671 Western Ave. NW. 301-871-7395. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present Mamoru Hosadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Warsâ&#x20AC;? (for children ages 12 and older). 11:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about American swing musician Benny Goodman and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Kids World Cinema Festival 2012 will feature several episodes of the Brazilian childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s television show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fishtronaut,â&#x20AC;? as well as short fairy tales and fables illustrated by German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger. A craft activity will follow. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazzfest will feature performances by local and Grammy Award-winning artists, as well as a new commissioned piece by Dan Cavanagh for the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble. Noon. Copley Lawn, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Cellist Tanya Tomkins will perform works by Bach. Noon and 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  The third annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; presented by Living Classrooms and Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature performances by King Street Bluegrass, Patuxent Partners, Split String Soup, Hollertown, and By and By. 1 to 8 p.m. $5

donation suggested. Kingman Island Park (entrance at the northeastern parking lot of RFK Memorial Stadium near 575 Oklahoma Ave. NE). â&#x2013; Cathedra, the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chamber ensemble, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Choral Masterworks,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Barber, Thompson, Fine, Ives, Lauridsen and Corigliano. 5 p.m. $25 to $45. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  Pianist JĂźrg Hanselmann will perform works by Beethoven and Rheinberger, as well as his own original work. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven. 6 to 8 p.m. $63. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Jazz @ Wesley will feature saxophonist Sharon Thomas. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors; free for children 12 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  KC Jazz Club will feature Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University of America University Singers and Chamber Choir will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5417. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. â&#x2013;  The Washington Conservatory of Music will present Irish pianist ThĂŠrèse

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designed for the National Museum of Natural Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new education center as part of the Design Apprenticeship Program. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013; Dr. Karen Gail Lewis, a psychologist and family therapist, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Dynamics in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Long Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Into Night.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $2. Molly Smith Study, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-4883300.

Saturday, april 28 â&#x2013; Festival: The eighth annual Rose Park Spring Celebration will feature pony rides, a baby animal petting zoo, bonnet trimming, face painting and live music by Josh Read. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Rose Park, 26th and O streets NW. Fahy performing works by Debussy. 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Long & Foster Real Estate will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 2012 Real Estate Essentials Seminar,â&#x20AC;? featuring information on local home prices and current credit requirements. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Sales Office, Long & Foster Real Estate, 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 240-632-6700. â&#x2013;  Artist and educator Candace Edgerley will discuss the work of contemporary fiber artists working with Japanese shibori techniques. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. â&#x2013;  Paul French (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidents Club: Inside the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Exclusive Fraternity,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Student design teams will present working prototypes of mobile learning carts

Expo â&#x2013; The second USA Science & Engineering Festival will feature stage shows, author presentations and more than 3,000 interactive exhibits, including a chance from the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center to spend time in a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoes. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The expo will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family program â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts for Familiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance for participants to make their own prints on fabric with textile paint and rubber fish, based on the traditional form of Japanese printing known as gyotaku. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Divasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Yasujiro Ozuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early Summer,â&#x20AC;? starring Setsuko Hara. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Comedian Bill Cosby will perform. 7 p.m. $54.50 to $79.50. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Sahara Dance will present its 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under a Desert Moonâ&#x20AC;? performance, highlighting traditional and experimental styles of belly dance and Arab folk dance. 7 p.m. $35. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Catholic University and Theater J will present a reading and discussion of Craig Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unseen.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Callan Theatre, Catholic University, 3801 Harewood Road NE. â&#x2013;  Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company will perform Anna Sokolowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lyric Suite.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Sales â&#x2013;  The Washington International Church will host a multifamily yard sale to benefit Boy Scout Troop 100. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. 4420 River Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Urban Neighborhood Alliance and the Ross Elementary School PTA will hold a neighborhood spring-cleaning and rummage sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission; table rental available for $25. Ross Elementary School, 1730 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Georgetown Library will hold a spring book sale, featuring a particularly large selection of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, fiction, nonfiction, history and rare books. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Downstairs meeting room, Georgetown

Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Tours and walks â&#x2013; Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;U Street and the Howard Theater,â&#x20AC;? about the history of a neighborhood known for many years as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Broadway.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet outside the 13th Street exit to the U Street/Cardozo Metro station. 202-4841565. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown House Tour will showcase some of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest historic homes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $45. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. Sunday, April 29

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Benefits â&#x2013; Amazing Life Games Preschool will hold an auction, featuring items such as a weeklong vacation at a beachfront condo in Costa Rica and tickets to the sold-out Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in D.C. 6 to 9 p.m. $25. Cobalt/30 Degrees, 1639 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  A benefit for the Avalon Legacy Campaign will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill a Mockingbirdâ&#x20AC;? and the 90th anniversary of the Avalon Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction. The event will include a reception, a screening of the 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Boo: Harper Lee and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;To Kill a Mockingbirdâ&#x20AC;? (shown), and a discussion with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Booâ&#x20AC;? director Mary Murphy and actress Mary Badham, who played Scout in the 1962 film. 5 p.m. $50 to $250. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday Gospel Brunch will feature the Howard Gospel Choir. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Chamber Singers will perform works by Claude Le Jeune and Claudio Monteverdi. 1 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Soprano Megan Hickey will present a voice recital. 2 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University of America Town and Gown Community Chorus will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fern Hillâ&#x20AC;? by John Corigliano, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Pastoralesâ&#x20AC;? by Cecil Effinger and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Saints Preserve Usâ&#x20AC;? by Daniel Pinkham. 2 p.m. Free. St. Vincent Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5407. â&#x2013;  The GW Jazz Festival will feature King James and the Serfs of Swing. 3 p.m. Free. Duke Ellington Park, 21st and M streets at New Hampshire Avenue NW. See Events/Page 30


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Gallery hosts artist’s nature-inspired acrylics


Silve: Synaesthetic Impressions,” featuring nature-inspired acrylic paintings by Portland, Ore., artist K Silve, will open Friday at Susan Calloway Fine Arts and continue through May 26. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is

Faction of Fools Theatre Company’s “Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark” will run April 26 through May 19.

Company transforms ‘Hamlet’ into Commedia dell’Arte show


action of Fools Theatre Company will present “Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark” April 26 through May 19 at Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium. This Commedia dell’Arte staging of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is an

“Wives and Wits,” an evening of George Bernard Shaw, April 26 through May 20 at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church’s Undercroft Theatre. The evening will include two Shaw one-act comedies about love and marriage — the 1913 “Overruled,” directed by Alan Wade, and the 1933 “Village Wooing,” directed by Laura On STAGE Giannarelli. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. energetic, tragic-comic spectacle Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and that pairs the dramatic philosophy Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday of the Bard with the physical come- and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to dy of the commedia tradition. $50. The church is located at 900 Performance times are 8 p.m. Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582Thursday through Saturday and 2 0050; p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to ■ The Washington National $25. Gallaudet University is located Opera will present Giuseppe at 800 Florida Ave. NE. 800-838Verdi’s early masterpiece 3006; “Nabucco” for the first time in the ■ Georgetown University will company’s 56-year history April 28 present a workshop production of through May 21 in the Kennedy “Begotten: O’Neill and the Harbor Center Opera House. of Masks” April 26 through 29 at Presented in a new production Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle. by Thaddeus Strassberger, Written and “Nabucco” tells directed by the Biblical tale Derek Goldman of the defeat, and starring local enslavement and actor Rick exile of the Jews Foucheux, the in Babylon by play is set in a King mythic landscape Nebuchadnezzar. intended to At the time of Folger Theatre will stage “The evoke Eugene the opera’s debut Taming of the Shrew” May 1 O’Neill’s fasciin 1842, the nation with whole of norththrough June 10. Greek dramas. ern Italy was “Begotten” explores the playunder Austrian domination. wright’s legacy, his tortured person- Insinuating that the plight of the al relationships, his diverse creative ancient Israelites was comparable to output and his vision for a new that of his contemporaries in Milan, American theater. Verdi amplified the call for Italian Performance times are 8 p.m. independence. Thursday through Saturday and 2 Performance times vary. Ticket p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; cost $10. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Folger Theatre will present Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the ■ The Washington Stage Guild Shrew” May 1 through June 10 at will present the area premiere of See Theater/Page 32

On exhibit

open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. ■ The Smithsonian Museum of American Art will open an exhibit Friday of paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs by 43 African-American artists who documented a time of tremendous change during the 20th century, beginning with the Harlem Renaissance and continuing through the civil rights era and beyond. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 3. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. Frederick Brown’s “John Henry,” to 7 p.m. 202a 1979 oil painting, is part of the 633-1000. ■ The Newseum Smithsonian American Art will open a new Museum’s new exhibit. gallery Friday that uses interactive technology to immerse visitors in the latest stories of the digital news revolution. It is the first permanent gallery added to the museum since its

“Market V,” acrylic on canvas, is part of an exhibit at Susan Calloway Fine Arts of nature-inspired paintings by Oregon artist K Silve. opening in 2008. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, students and military personnel; and $12.95 for ages 7 through 18. 888639-7386. ■ Georgetown University’s Spagnuolo Gallery will open an exhibit today of works by the university’s senior art majors and continue it through May 18. An opening reception will take place today from 5:30 to 7 p.m., preceded by the 20th annual Misty Dailey Awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Located in the lobby of the Walsh Building at 1221 36th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. 202-687-9206. See Exhibits/Page 32






S AT U R DAY M AY 5 , 2 0 1 2 10 AM TO 5 PM Tickets $30 (if purchased before May 3) $35 thereafter By mail: 3313 P Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 By phone: (202) 965-1950 Online: Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour from Keith Hall at Christ Church 31st and O Streets, NW Washington, DC

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Continued From Page 28 ■ The Washington Bach Consort will present “Heaven on Earth,” featuring sacred and secular works by Bach. 3 p.m. $23 to $65. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. ■ Pianist Mijail Tumanov will perform as part of the “Music With the Angels” series. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ The Wesley Concert Series will feature an African-American women’s a cappella ensemble, In Process …, performing songs of peace, justice, love and community. 4 p.m. $15. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Clarinetist Reto Bieri (shown) and pianist Benjamin Engeli will perform works by Brahms, Debussy and Holliger. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The Georgetown Chorale will present its spring benefit concert, “Beloved Choruses.” Proceeds will benefit the Cultural Academy of Excellence. 5 p.m. $20; $10 for ages 18 and younger. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-832-3210. ■ Andre Rakus of Mississauga, Ontario, will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo and pianist Yu Kosuge will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festiva. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ 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. ■ A “Poetry and Music” performance will feature selections by American and British composers set to poetry. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hand Chapel, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100


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Events Entertainment Foxhall Road NW. events. Discussions and lectures ■ Jim Holman, chair of the Wagner Society of Washington DC, will discuss “Wagner, Christianity, and Redemption.” 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Yukio Lippit, professor of Japanese art at Harvard University, will discuss “Ito Jakuchu’s Colorful Realm: Juxtaposition, Naturalism, and Ritual.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Jane Shore will discuss her book “That Said: New and Selected Poems.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state, will discuss her book “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948” in conversation with Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic. 5 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ “What Makes It Great?” will feature a talk by musicologist Rob Kapilow about Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with a performance by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra and violinist Keng-Wyen Tseng. 6 p.m. $18. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-785-9727. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Naoki Segi’s 2004 film “The Thousand Year Fire” (for children ages 9 and older). 11:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Japanese Divas” will feature Yasujiro Ozu’s 1957 film “Tokyo Twilight,” starring Setsuko Hara. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance ■ George Washington University’s Capital Funk dance group will present its fifth annual Hip Hop Show. 6:30 p.m. $15.

Sunday, april 29 ■ Concert: Violinist Ariadne Daskalakis (shown) and pianist Anthony Spiri will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-7453000. Special event ■ “All-Ages Spring Gaming Day” will feature a chance to play early American games such as lawn bowls, shuttle cock, skittles and graces, as well as cards and dice. 1 to 3 p.m. $10 for children; $5 for adults. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Tours and walks ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a Spring Stroll through Dumbarton Oaks Park and discuss why it was called the “crowning achievement” of landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand. 10 a.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate Washington National Cathedral. 2 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger; $30 per family. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Monday, April 30

Monday april 30 Concerts ■ The all-female D.C. band Be’la Dona will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington DC International Music Festival 2012 will feature top high school and community ensembles from across the United States. 7:30 p.m. $30. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Georgetown University Concert Choir will present “Traditions,” featuring masterworks of the 19th and early 20th centuries. 7:30 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Discussions and lectures ■ Thomas Graham Jr., former special representative of the president for arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament, will discuss his book “Unending Crisis: National Security Policy After 9/11.” Noon

to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Saudi Arabian poet, writer, photographer, lecturer and activist Nimah Nawwab will discuss “Women and the Arab Spring.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Helon Habila will discuss his novel “Oil on Water.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Smithsonian Associates will present “The Way and Its Power: Daoism in the Arts of China.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Alice Kessler-Harris, professor of American history at Columbia University, will discuss her book “A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ As part of the “Ancient Greeks/ Modern Lives” program, Gettysburg College classics professor Brett Rogers will discuss “Stranger in a Strange Land: Encountering the Other,” about how the Greek hero Odysseus helps explain the experience of being a stranger both in foreign lands and in one’s own home. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Films ■ “Burt Lancaster: American Classic” will feature Louis Malle’s 1980 film “Atlantic City.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ “Robert Thalheim in Focus” will feature the director’s 2004 film “Netto.” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Mark Pirro’s 1988 film “Curse of the Queerwolf.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202462-3356. Performances ■ “Cultures in Motion” will feature “Common Threads: Mary Lincoln, Varina Davis and Elizabeth Keckley,” a play by Martha King De Silva commemorating the Civil War with a theatrical exploration of the lives of three women. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. ■ The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts will present “My Soul Look Back and Wonder: Life Stories From Women in Recovery,” featuring original material by the women of N Street Village. A panel discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-824-0449. Reading ■ The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will present “Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Reading Tour,” featuring Tisa Bryant, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Major Jackson, John Keene, Tracy K. Smith, Sharan Strange, Natasha Trethewey and Kevin Young. 7:30 p.m. $15; $7.50 for stu-

dents. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Tuesday, 1 1 TuesdayMay may Book signing ■ Ross Coen will sign copies of his book “Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan Through the Northwest Passage.” Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Children’s program ■ “Baby/Toddler Lap Time” will feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and baby bounces. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Classes and workshops ■ Musicologist John Eaton will lead a four-week class on the sources for America’s popular music, including film, jazz and Broadway musicals. 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. $96. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The class will continue May 8, 15 and 22. ■ 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. ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a weekly Pilates in the Park class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW. The classes will continue through June 26. ■ 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 Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Washington Bach Consort. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ “New Music at the Atlas” will feature the Trio Chiaroscuro. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ Young Concert Artists will present Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel. 7:30 p.m. $24. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Paul Dickson will discuss his book “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick.” Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ National Building Museum curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino will discuss the museum’s Intelligent Cities initiative, which explores how data and information technology impact the way cities look, feel and function. A book signing will follow. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by translator Barbara Goldberg on the work of Israeli poet Moshe Dor and the rebirth of the Hebrew language. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Architect Enrique Norten, founding principal of TEN Arquitectos, and Anthony

Continued From Page 30 Lanier, principal of EastBanc, will discuss two striking West End projects that Norten designed for the firm, as well as attitudes toward modern architecture in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013; Victoria Sweet will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Marc Lapadula, a professor at Yale and Johns Hopkins universities, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Films That Changed America,â&#x20AC;? featuring selected clips. 7 p.m. $35. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient Greeks/ Modern Livesâ&#x20AC;? program, University of Maryland at College Park classics professor Judith Hallett will lead a discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homecoming: Return of the Warrior,â&#x20AC;? based on the Roman poet Vergilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rewriting of the post-war journeys and experiences of the Greek mythic hero Odysseus. 7 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  Rabbi Shira Stutman and Dr. Zachariah Stutman, her psychologist brother, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Over Your Jewish Mother.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Authors Etgar Keret and Nathan Englander (shown) will discuss Keretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent collection of short stories, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suddenly, a Knock at the Door.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.


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Events Entertainment Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; National Geographic and the D.C. Public Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Printingâ&#x20AC;? (for children ages 8 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Classes â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session to help first-time home buyers navigate the purchase process and take advantage of loan programs offered by the D.C. government. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi, resident teacher at the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, will lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully,â&#x20AC;? a class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Balalaika Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Russkie Musikanti will perform on Russian folk instruments. Noon. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Kimberly Hess, director of music at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in

Great Falls, Va., will perform works by Bach and Liszt. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013; The monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art & Spiritâ&#x20AC;? coffeehouse series will feature the piano duo of Lou Ivey and Mark Conrad performing works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and P.D.Q. Bach. 7 p.m. Donation suggested. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. â&#x2013;  The Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra will present a gala concert featuring pianist Chanyang Bae and singer Sohee Song. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 703-622-9028. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunch Bytes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Digital Art & Cultureâ&#x20AC;? will feature University of Southern California professor Douglas Thomas and artists Tobias Leingruber, Annina RĂźst and Jon Rafman discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surveillance, Security and the Net.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss

Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviata.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  German director Jakob Preuss will present his 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other

Chelsea â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Story From Donetskâ&#x20AC;? and lead a post-screening discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013; The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Crimes of Kabul.â&#x20AC;? John Sifton of Human Rights Watch will introduce the film. 7 p.m. $9 to $11. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. Performance â&#x2013;  An evening of live and digital performances will highlight the poetry, video, photography and music of young people from around the country. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wine Tasting 101â&#x20AC;? series will feature a session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Château LafonRochetâ&#x20AC;? with winemaker Basile Tesseron. 7 p.m. $70. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.






Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Nationals will play the Arizona Diamondbacks. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Benefit â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream in Color,â&#x20AC;? a benefit for Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan, will feature a silent auction and live music from Sitarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saints Band. 7 to 10 p.m. $250 to $500. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-797-2145, ext. 101.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glass Rainbowâ&#x20AC;? by James Lee Burke. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013; Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgard will discuss his work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Madison Hall, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1212. â&#x2013;  Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;X-Ray Astronomy and the Multicolored Universe.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Paul Krugman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;End This Depression Now!â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.




Performances â&#x2013; Members of Words Beats & Life, an organization that works to transform individual lives and communities through hiphop, and the DC Slam Team, a group of local spoken word artists, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Into Night,â&#x20AC;? part of Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Festival, will continue through May 6. NW. â&#x2013; Shakespeare Theatre Company will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange Interludeâ&#x20AC;? April 29 at Sidney Harman Hall in conjunction with Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Festival. One of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earlier plays, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange Interludeâ&#x20AC;? is a drama about love and deception. Heartbroken over her adored fiancĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before marrying a man she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love. Months later, pregnant with her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child, she learns a horrifying secret about his family, setting off a dramatic and emotional chain of events that spans two decades. Performance times are noon Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $100. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122; â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Into Nightâ&#x20AC;? through May 6 as part of the Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Festival. Meet the Tyrones: Like most resilient American families, they have had their share of highs and lows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from celebrity and financial success to illness and loss. One fateful day, as their increasingly drunken hours slip by, they are forced to confront the demons that plague them individually, in a final effort to save the family. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon April 25. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  Washington Savoyards is continuing the celebration of its 40th anniversary season with the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical revue â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Grand Night for Singing,â&#x20AC;? through May 6 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. This fresh take on the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canon features such curiosities as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shall We Dance?â&#x20AC;? as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer and a lovelorn young lad posing the musical question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you solve a problem like Maria?â&#x20AC;? Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. An additional performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 26.

Tickets cost $15 to $40. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993; â&#x2013; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is presenting the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arias with a Twistâ&#x20AC;? as part of a regional festival of Basil Twist works through May 6. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;sometimes racy, occasionally raunchy, and always rivetingâ&#x20AC;? journey, according to the New York Daily News, transports audiences to unpredictable worlds: from a neonlit space lab to an abundant Garden of Eden to a smoky Manhattan nightclub. It stars drag chanteuse Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $35. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; â&#x2013;  The Keegan Theatre is presenting the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working,â&#x20AC;? based on Studs Terkelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, through May 13 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $40. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is presenting the Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;1776â&#x20AC;? through May 19. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $44 to $60. The theater is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202347-4833; â&#x2013;  Scena Theatre is presenting Conor McPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seafarerâ&#x20AC;? through May 20 at the H Street Playhouse. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $35 ($15 for students). The theater is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703683-2824; â&#x2013;  Theater J is presenting Matthew Lopezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Whipping Man,â&#x20AC;? exploring black-Jewish relationships in the postbellum South, through May 20 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $60. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497;




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balancing measure could be off by at least $640,000. According to Moosally, there are 1,169 active liquor licenses for bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the District. Of those, 267 are restricted by voluntary agreements held with community groups, establishing hours of operation. Moosally said 106 of the agreements restate the closing hours allowable under current city law: 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. Although those licensees were simply agreeing to the full hours permitted by law, they would be held to their existing voluntary agreements even if a new law passed. The mayor’s budget has proposed extending closing hours to 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. respectively. To take advantage of the later hours, restaurant and bar owners would have to renegotiate their voluntary agreements with their community groups and then win city approval of the change — or else wait until their existing voluntary agreements expire. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who chairs the Human Services Committee and has vocally opposed the mayor’s plan, said in an interview that the proposed law sets up a “fundamental inequity.” “What if you signed a voluntary agreement that included hours but your neighbor didn’t?” he asked. “They get to stay open while you close. That could put a bar out of business. Twenty percent of our city’s bars would be at a competitive disadvantage.” Though an overwhelming majority of witnesses at the hearing said they oppose the mayor’s plan, the idea also has its proponents. Bar and restaurant owners tend to favor the proposed legislation. Lynne Breaux, president of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, and representatives from the 9:30 Club and Madam’s Organ said they support extending alcohol sales. They argued that the extra hour would create staggered closings and thus ease congestion and chaos that can occur in heavily trafficked nightlife areas when patrons leave at the same time. They were also keen to take advantage of the opportunity to increase sales. But the testimony of these industry representatives raised further questions about Gray’s $3.2 million tax revenue estimate. Graham questioned how the law would actually play out, since the argument for gradual closings doesn’t match the mayor’s theory on revenue growth. “You can’t have it both ways,” he said. If establishments do see more staggered closings, he noted, then the city wouldn’t be raising the type of big revenue it has projected from the extra hours. More than 40 people testified at the nearly six-hour hearing April 17, including representatives from advisory neighborhood commissions and community groups from Dupont

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Dupont Circle is home to about 300 restaurants, bars and nightclubs with liquor licenses — a higher number of licensed establishments than any other advisory neighborhood commission in the city. And with that kind of responsibility on their shoulders, Dupont’s advisory neighborhood commissioners decided they wanted more feedback from constituents before issuing an official opinion on Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposal to extend alcohol sales. The commission is now planning a special meeting, to take place sometime before May 9, to allow community members to speak out about the proposal and its potential impact. “We want to give the community plenty of notice, at least seven days, and we want to be transparent and process-oriented in our involvement with the community,” said commissioner Ramon Estrada, who chairs the group’s alcohol policy committee. At the neighborhood commission’s April 18 meeting, the group voted unanimously to ask Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham to keep the public comment period open on the mayor’s proposal until the commission can weigh in. Still, commissioners couldn’t help but start the conversation. Commissioner Kevin O’Connor argued that the potential to encourage staggered closing times for bars — one benefit supporters have seen in the mayor’s proposal — is actually a myth. Bars and restaurants already have the ability to stay open past the 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. alcohol sale cut-off times, and expanding the hours would encourage more places to serve alcohol right until the end. Estrada noted that establishments with voluntary agreements stipulating hours of operation would be exempt from the extended hours. He said the process involved in renegotiating the agreements could overwhelm the city’s neighborhood commissions and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which must approve all revised agreements. Commissioners also noted that if the measure passes, Metro would be closed when the bars finally empty out, raising public safety concerns. O’Connor said taxi drivers might benefit from the law since they would no longer be competing with Metro to bring patrons home. Commissioner Jack Jacobson said he could see potential benefits to keeping restaurants open later, increasing healthier options. — Deirdre Bannon Circle, Adams Morgan, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown and Glover Park. The vast majority opposed the mayor’s plan to extend alcohol sale hours due to concerns about increased noise, crime and congestion, particularly in residential areas near bars and restaurants. “The spin from industry is that there will be a more orderly disbursement that will be good for the neighborhoods, which we don’t buy,” said Bill Starrels, a Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner. “People will drink until 4 a.m., and then go home. For people who live in these neighborhoods, being woken up at 4 or 4:30 a.m. is very difficult.” “Our neighborhood isn’t prepared for longer hours,” he added, noting that the Georgetown commission is also not prepared to review the many license holders that could seek to renegotiate their voluntary agreements. “It would be a daunting task, time-consuming, to review all those voluntary agreements.” Critical to the public safety concerns about the change is the one place that wouldn’t be open later at night: Metro. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority closes down its Metrorail operations at 3 a.m. on weekends and at midnight Sunday through Thursday, and Graham said those hours are unlikely to change. “Since Metro would close before the bars, there will likely be an increase in drunk driving. More people will choose to drive in unless they live nearby and can walk,” said

Graham. “We can be sure that there will be more intoxicated drivers, greater traffic congestion with circling taxis, more competition for street parking and more adverse spillover into our neighborhoods.” Several residents testified that they already see a high volume of cars with Maryland and Virginia tags frequenting city establishments. If the proposed law passes, D.C. bars and restaurants would be open later than those in neighboring jurisdictions, Graham noted, saying that people who want to stay out later would likely choose to come to the District — and drive here. Given the level of opposition to the proposed law, Graham believes it will not pass. But if the mayor’s proposal fails, “we’ll still have to find the $3.2 million from somewhere else,” he said — a difficult task in a year when the city initially faced a $171.2 million shortfall. Graham said budgets that fall under his Human Services Committee have already taken big hits — including a loss of $10 million for services to the homeless and $5 million for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs. “It will have to come from somewhere outside of my committee,” he said. The public comment period on the mayor’s proposed changes to alcohol regulations will remain open through May 3, Graham said. The Committee on Human Services is scheduled to vote on its budget recommendations May 2, with the full council expected to act on the overall budget May 15.




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the group will publish findings on Friday that the change in tree cover over the last five years has been statistically insignificant. “We don’t want to be seen as naysayers, but at the same time we don’t want to start cheering if there hasn’t been a noticeable or a measurable change,” Buscaino said in an interview. However, even holding steady after years of declines is still a worthy accomplishment, he said, and it suggests that the various government and private tree-planting efforts have made an impact on the city’s tree canopy. “We’re heartened by it, because it seems that things are starting to stabilize,” said Buscaino. Casey Trees hadn’t yet separated its results by different parts of the city as of yesterday afternoon, but the Urban Forestry Administration study broke down its data by advisory neighborhood commission. According to that study, the largest growth — where tree cover increased by 7 percent — came in commissions 4C and 4D in the Petworth area, as well as 6D in Southwest. The biggest drop came in Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D, covering such neighborhoods as Foxhall, the Palisades and Spring Valley; its tree canopy coverage decreased by 8 percent. Most of Ward 3 also saw declines. The Urban Forestry Administration is still working on a more detailed analysis of specific locations where tree cover increased and decreased and will look into the reasons for those shifts, according to Lear. Although the administration’s numbers may change slightly, Lear said, she’s confident in the broader conclusion that the canopy has increased. She said she hasn’t yet seen the upcoming Casey report and couldn’t comment on its findings. Lear and Buscaino do agree that it’s important not only to continue with tree-planting programs but also to protect the existing trees from either removal or death by neglect. “Just planting trees is not enough for us to

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District to win the regional FIRST Robotics Competition, which drew more than 60 teams from D.C. and about a dozen states to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for two days. Now the Wilson students head to the world championships in St. Louis, where they’ll compete over three days with hundreds of teams from the U.S. and abroad. This year’s robotics team at Wilson is made up of 25 students who have been working together on various projects throughout the school year. What they have in common, Rojas Rosario said, is that they “are all usually excited to learn” — though everyone verges off into their own specialties. “Some of us want to do programming, some engineering … ,” he said. Twelve guys make up the traveling team that participates in the FIRST competitions; nine will be taking part in the finals. FIRST, an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” challenges high school teams to assemble robots from a kit of parts to perform specific tasks. The program aims to give students a taste of real-world engineering. “It’s a celebration of the mind, a NASCAR for geeks,” said David Thompson, an instructional coach at Wilson who mentors the team.

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increase our urban tree canopy,” said Lear. Buscaino said he’s seen many encouraging signs from the government and the public that the District is taking its tree canopy seriously, from new tree-protection laws and planting programs to an increasingly pervasive mind-set that the environment matters. “People are now interested in being greener, whether it’s recycling or green development, stormwater management or tree canopy, and it’s not just one or two nonprofits saying this,” he said. The two canopy studies were based on analyses of satellite images from 2006 and 2011.

This year’s challenge is “Rebound Rumble,” in which robots can rack up points by shooting basketballs into hoops of different heights. Students had six weeks to build after receiving their kits, and a thick book of rules, in January. The Wilson team designed its robot to play defense, which may sound like a not-so-flashy skill for the competition. But there’s a second way for the robots to earn points and show off — by delicately balancing on a large platform seesaw — and the team has proved its prowess there. Junior Ari Taske, the team’s chief engineer, is in charge of guiding the robot with remote control during this part of the competition. At the regionals, other teams noticed “we were always on the bridge, we were always balancing,” said Benjamin. “Now the other teams know about us.” It helps to get noticed at FIRST, where three teams join to form “alliances” in their matches. Wilson won the regionals playing with two other teams, from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Various D.C. schools have competed in the regional FIRST competitions over the past 10 years, and Wilson has participated for four. The robotics program at the Tenleytown school began as fairly makeshift — “we started working in people’s garages,” said Benjamin — but has gained experience and resources over time. After a 2010 renovation, the school now features a dedicated

robotics lab. Another important factor, the students and Benjamin said, has been the assistance of Bill Marks, a retired John Hopkins University neurophysiologist. He first came to Wilson as a substitute teacher for Benjamin and now hangs out in the lab in his spare time, working on projects. With a “huge twinkle in his eye,” Benjamin said, Marks is great at drawing young students to the robotics teams. “He talks to the kids,” she said. “He feeds them Ho Hos. He feeds them fried chicken.” Benjamin said a growing lineup of sponsors — including Bechtel Corp. and the Aerospace Corp. — have also made a difference, providing financial support and mentorship. With that padding, the team had the luxury to experiment more this season, constructing not one but two robots in advance of the regionals. “The teams that win build two,” Benjamin said. Whatever the outcome at this week’s championships, the students want to keep working on robotics this summer. They aspire to build a robot with a human-like arm that can throw, pick up and catch a ball — and if all goes well, a second robot that can do the same. “The vision is two robots throwing back and forth between them,” said freshman Sebastian Quilter. Quilter acknowledged that this goal is ambitious. “But the unrealistic goals make us learn more,” he said.

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