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Agency delays Broad Branch repairs ■ Transportation: Federal

issues reduce project’s scope

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Reconstruction of a stretch of Broad Branch Road that collapsed earlier this year has been delayed while the D.C. Department of Transportation scales back its repair plans, according to an agency

spokesperson. Work is scheduled to begin sometime this month, at which point the Transportation Department will remove the road’s one-lane temporary bridge over Soapstone Creek, said spokesperson John Lisle. Without the bridge, access to the Rock Creek Park route will be cut off until construction is complete; Lisle said he doesn’t know how long the work will take. After an old culvert gave way in

April, the agency initially planned to build an all-new structure to carry Soapstone Creek below the roadway in Rock Creek Park, said Lisle. The work was scheduled to be completed by early September. But after the department reopened the roadway in June with the temporary bridge — which was supposed to be in place for only a month — the National Park Service appeared less inclined to expedite See Bridge/Page 28

Lincoln Theatre poses quandary for city By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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Don Harrell, a parishioner and historian at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, led a tour Saturday of the historic Rock Creek Cemetery, which dates to the Colonial era and is celebrating its 300th anniversary. The tour was part of Cultural Tourism DC’s WalkingTown DC.

With the historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street nearing closure, city officials face an unhappy choice: continue to bail out an underused institution, or shutter the beloved landmark that has served as a venue for small arts groups without homes of their own. Victor Hoskins, deputy mayor for planning and economic development, was slated to meet with the theater’s board last night “to discuss recommendations to ensure [the theater’s] viability,” a mayoral spokesperson said. The Lincoln’s board has been asking for more money, saying it costs $60,000 a month to keep the 1,225-seat theater open, with only $50,000 in operating funds remaining this year. Board members have been especially critical of Mayor Vincent Gray, who has supported grants to other theaters but has so far refused to See Lincoln/Page 46

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Mayor Vincent Gray has said the business model for the city-owned U Street theater is “unsustainable.” The theater’s operator is seeking more funding.

School gardens flourish in West End, elsewhere

History museum prepares to relocate Calder sculpture


■ Arts: Project will return

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As president of the West End Community Gardens, Kevin Platte is accustomed to cultivating flowers and produce. But cultivating young minds? That’s a whole new challenge. “We’re preparing the soil, getting it ready to do some fall planting so the kids can actually see, touch and feel where their food comes from,” Platte said as he plunged his knuckles deep into a pile of mulch and readied the dirt for carrots and lettuce. “I think the benefit is kids actually realizing that food comes from the ground — it doesn’t arrive in the store in packages magically; it takes a lot of hard work.” On Sept. 25, Platte joined fellow neighbors and parents to build a new school garden at Francis-Stevens

NEWS ■ City planners cite progress on Glover Park, Georgia Avenue corridors. Page 8. ■ Vendors move out of Unity Park. Page 3.

‘stabile’ to prominent site

By ELIZABETH WIENER Bill Petros/Current File Photo

Gardens at schools such as Stoddert Elementary are helping fulfill the goals of the D.C. Council’s Healthy Schools Act.

Education Campus in the West End — one of many such gardens that have been cropping up across the city in recent months. “What we’re trying to do is provide support to schools that ... have school gardens ... or help build a See Gardens/Page 28

SPOR TS ■ St. John’s volleyball tries to end Good Counsel streak. Page 13. ■ National Cathedal soccer strives for perfection. Page 13.

Current Staff Writer

The “Gwenfritz” is coming home. The National Museum of American History is making plans to move one of Alexander Calder’s largest metal sculptures back to its original location, atop a reflecting pool west of the museum at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue. But moving a 35-ton, 40-foot-tall black metal “stabile” isn’t simple.

PASSAGES Local playwright explores hidden drama of book clubs in her reworked play opening this week at Arena Stage. Page 15. ■

It’s been sitting for 28 years amid a grove of trees northwest of the museum, and must be lifted onto a 30-foot-wide pedestal in a newly reconstructed pool outside the museum’s glassed ground-floor cafe. As museum spokesperson Melinda Machado noted, “You can’t just plop it down.” Architect Don Jones got approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last month for an elaborate plan to reconstruct the shallow pool and to install modern lighting, a new pebble floor, a gentle ramp to meet current accessibility standards, and See Sculpture/Page 26

INDEX Business/23 Calendar/30 Classifieds/45 District Digest/4 Exhibits/35 In Your Neighborhood/12 Opinion/10

Passages/15 Police Report/6 Real Estate/25 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/41 Sports/13 Theater/35

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ABC Board lets Dupont Circle’s Marrakesh stay open with restrictions By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Marrakesh Palace will be allowed to stay open at 2147 P St. if it puts a few security and noise-control measures in place, the city alcohol board ruled last week. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is ordering the Moroccan restaurant and bar to

hire overtime police officers at certain times, shut down entertainment an hour earlier each night, and install security cameras. Ed Grandis, the attorney representing Marrakesh, declined to comment on the board’s Sept. 28 ruling. But asked if his client would implement the measures, he said, “Yes; it’s a board order.” A group of neighbors who live near

Marrakesh protested the renewal of the establishment’s tavern liquor license, as did the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission. At a June hearing, they described loud music, rowdiness and occasional violence at the restaurant and bar on weekend nights. Kevin O’Connor, a Dupont neighborhood commissioner, said he thinks the alcohol

Van Ness considers overlay to aid retail mix By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Facing resident complaints about a lack of retail diversity, the Forest Hills/Van Ness advisory neighborhood commission voted recently to seek zoning protections against certain types of commercial tenants in the area. Although the commission voted Sept. 19 only to begin developing its envisioned Van Ness Neighborhood Commercial Overlay District, commissioners said they

would like more stores and restaurants in Connecticut Avenue’s retail mix. “What we’re trying to do is ... encourage a mix of retail to shop in,” said commissioner Karen Perry. “We have a lot of dry cleaners, drugstores and fast-food establishments, but we don’t have anywhere to go and buy a pair of jeans.” The “Neighborhood Commercial Overlay District” is an option laid forth in the District’s zoning regulations, and such zones already exist in Cleveland Park See Van Ness/Page 28

board order will be a “good step toward solving some of the problems at Marrakesh,” which neighbors have complained about since the place opened in 2007. “We never had any problem with it as a restaurant,” neighbor John Hammond, one of the protestants, said in an interview Monday. “It was always a problem with the noise and See License/Page 18

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City moves Latin food vendors out of Unity Park By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Following last weekend’s shutdown of the Latin food market in Adams Morgan’s Unity Park, several vendors are slated to relocate to an indoor Columbia Heights spot this month. Seven of the 11 vendors who formerly set up shop in the park at Columbia Road and Euclid and Champlain streets are planning to move a new home at 3505 14th St. NW, according to the Greater

Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Magda Cárdenas, communications director for the chamber, said vendors would be paying to lease the privately owned, 1,500-squarefoot space and operating “just like any other business” — rather than working within the city’s complex vending regulations. The market in Unity Park, which started in 2008 as a business incubator program through the city’s Office on Latino Affairs, shut down on Oct. 1. At the outset of the pro-

gram, which launched as a two-year pilot, officials said the goal was to help vendors transition from working outside the system to working within it. “Originally it was a decision of the [former Mayor Adrian] Fenty administration to provide this space to vendors who had previously been located in front of Sacred Heart,” Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham said in an interview, referring to the church off 16th Street where vendors had previously gathSee Vendors/Page 26



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The week ahead Wednesday, Oct. 5

D.C. Public Schools will hold a Community Vision Meeting as part of a multi-step process of drafting a strategic framework for the school system. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S St. NW. ■ The Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority Committee will hold a forum to discuss reuse of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus now that the District is slated to receive five additional acres. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Ohev Sholom — the National Synagogue, 1600 Jonquil St. NW. To register, visit

Thursday, Oct. 6

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on legislation requiring the D.C. Public Schools and D.C Public Charter School Board to strengthen efforts against residency fraud. The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

The D.C. Council Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on the nomination of Elizabeth Noël, former director of the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel, to a seat on the Public Service Commission. The hearing will begin at noon in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Thursday, Oct. 13

The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold a public hearing on emergency preparedness. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a public hearing on proposed bus service changes, including

updating schedules to reflect current road conditions and traffic patterns; increasing the frequency of bus departures in highdemand corridors; extending select routes to improve connectivity and access to local designations; and realigning underperforming routes. Plans include the restructuring of the L1 and L2 routes and elimination of the L4. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Monday, Oct. 17

The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board will hold a Ward 4 community meeting on plans for iGaming DC, its online gambling program. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a panel discussion on historic preservation. Speakers will include Anne Lewis, a member of the Old Georgetown Board; Tim Dennée, an architectural historian and preservation planner with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office; Jeff Jones, a Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner; Pamla Moore, chair of the citizens association’s historic preservation committee; and architect Outerbridge Horsey. The meeting will begin 7:30 p.m. at the Thos. Moser showroom, 33rd and M streets NW.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board will hold a Ward 1 community meeting on plans for iGaming DC, its online gambling program. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW.


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District Digest Pedestrian killed in Calvert St. accident

A Northwest woman was struck and killed by a car Thursday morning in Woodley Park, police said. Mariam Abdi Mohamed, 67, was crossing the 2500 block of Calvert Street at 6:35 a.m. when she was struck by an eastbound vehicle, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Police Department. The driver, who was not identified, was not injured and remained on the scene; the pedestrian died at a nearby hospital. The release does not say whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk, but says she was crossing Calvert Street â&#x20AC;&#x153;in a southeastern direction.â&#x20AC;? According to the release, the accident remains under investigation.

Police investigating homicide in Dupont A George Washington University graduate student died Thursday after a Sept. 23 fight in

the Dupont Circle area, police said. Patrick David Casey, 33, was found with a head injury at 2:40 a.m. outside a McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant in the 1900 block of M Street, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Police Department and media reports. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Argentine extradited in 2007 homicide

The Metropolitan Police Department last week charged an Argentine woman in connection with a 2007 homicide in the Adams Morgan area, according to an agency news release. Blanca Emilee Ortiz, 46, was extradited from Argentina in connection with the stabbing death of Gabriela Jose Lopez-Hernandez, 29, the release states. Police found the victim in the 1900 block of Columbia Road Jan. 9, 2007, after she was reported missing, according to the release. The International Criminal

Police Organization, or Interpol, arrested Ortiz in Argentina Friday morning, the release states; she is charged with first-degree murder.

New library funding keeps Sunday hours

Thanks to a funding shift, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will remain open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The D.C. Public Library system had announced last month that the flagship library at 901 G St. NW would have to shut down on Sundays for the first time since it opened in 1972. Officials described the change as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;least painful optionâ&#x20AC;? as the library system grappled with budget restraints. But a protest planned for Oct. 2 ended up turning into a celebration of restored funding, after Mayor Vincent Gray announced a new $316,000 allocation for the library system. The mayor said the funds came from recent savings on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt service, according to The Washington Post. The funding shift â&#x20AC;&#x153;makes good on the commitment and shared priority to keep the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s libraries open and available to the public,â&#x20AC;? Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells said in a D.C. Public Library release. Wells, who chairs the council committee dealing with libraries, had vowed last month to reverse the Sunday closures.

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After a series of setbacks, the Washington National Cathedral now hopes to reopen Nov. 12 in time to host the planned consecration of a new Episcopal bishop, the Cathedral announced yesterday. The Cathedral suffered tens of millions of dollars in damage in the

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Aug. 23 earthquake, as yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news release revealed, and has been closed since. Plans to host Sept. 11 commemorative events at the site were dashed when a construction crane repairing the damage toppled during a storm. Over the next month, workers will attempt to stabilize the building, located at Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues. The Cathedral hopes to raise $25 million to offset the costs of immediate work and ongoing operations through 2012, the release says. Officials told The Washington Post that it could take a decade to fully restore the ornamental elements of the building that were damaged during the earthquake.

Woodley Park church celebrates centennial All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Woodley Park is hosting two weekends of religious and secular events to celebrate its 100th anniversary, according to a release. The church hosted its first service at 2300 Cathedral Ave. on Oct. 15, 1911 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at first in a portable chapel, the release states; congregants had been meeting in a private home nearby since that March. Events include an open-house festival from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 and a 1911-style dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, according to the release. All events and services are free and open to the public. For details, visit

Registration open for Humane Society walk

The Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan will host a series of animal-related events Oct. 15, including a walk to benefit the Washington Humane Society; pet adoptions and vaccinations; and family-friendly activities, according to a news release. Participants can seek donations for their Walk for the Animals, and also benefit the Humane Society with their admission to the event: $20 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 4 to 12, the release states. The event, located at 2200 Champlain St., will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cooperative Play slots still available

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation has remaining slots for its Cooperative Play program at seven Northwest sites and has reopened registration to fill them, the agency announced last week. The program, designed to help prepare children ages 2 ½ to 5 for formal schooling, typically runs for five three-hour days per week and costs $1,920 per school year, according to its page on the dpr.dc. gov website. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis; the program began Sept. 12 without all seats filled.

The locations with available space as of Monday were the Chevy Chase Community Center and the Chevy Chase, Friendship, Kennedy, Mitchell Park, Stoddert and Volta Park recreation centers, according to a news release. For more information or to register, email

Brightwood, Temple Heights wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t close

The U.S. Postal Service is no longer considering closing the Brightwood and Temple Heights post offices, according to a new U.S. Postal Service document prepared for the Postal Regulatory Commission. Both were among 19 stations the District and 3,700 nationwide that the U.S. Postal Service identified in July as under consideration for closure. The Brightwood post office is located at 6323 Georgia Ave.; the Temple Heights facility is located at 1921 Florida Ave. Northwest post offices still under review are Kalorama, 2300 18th St.; State Department, 2201 C St.; the 20th Street station, 20th and M streets; and Walter Reed Finance Station, 6800 Georgia Ave.

Northwest students named semifinalists

Students at 11 Northwest high schools were named semifinalists recently in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American students. Across the country, more than 1,600 high school seniors will vie for approximately 800 scholarships worth more than $2.4 million. The winners will be announced in the spring. D.C. semifinalists are: â&#x2013; Georgetown Day School: Nelson B. Auguste, Cynthia I. Kane and Michael W. Reed. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School: Sarem Gizaw. â&#x2013;  Gonzaga College High School: James A. Allen. â&#x2013;  Maret School: Clarke C. Wheeler. â&#x2013;  National Cathedral School: Jonece M. Layne. â&#x2013;  Sidwell Friends School: Bethany M. Robinson. â&#x2013;  St. Albans School: Charles L. Cato, Benjamin T. Gordon, Akeda M. Hosten and Jonathan A. Ward. â&#x2013;  St. Anselmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abbey School: Conrad L. Hipkins-Jones. â&#x2013;  St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School: Jamal C. Cole. â&#x2013;  Washington International School: Claire E. Benoit. â&#x2013;  Wilson High School: Sophia Lipman.

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Low-income housing expert to join Zoning Commission By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council Tuesday approved an expert in low-income housing for a seat on the Zoning Commission while also confirming longtime commissioner Anthony Hood to another four-year term. Marcie Cohen, the new member, recently retired from a job structuring economic development and housing projects at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, according to her rĂŠsumĂŠ. The Dupont Circle resident has also served in a variety of positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as a commissioner at the D.C. Housing Authority. Cohen will take the seat of Greg Selfridge, a Capitol Hill developer appointed by former Mayor Adrian Fenty whose term had expired.

Hood, the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current chair and a Ward 5 civic leader, has heard more than 500 cases since he was appointed to the commission in 1998. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has strived to ensure the character of District neighborhoods is protected, and that all parties be fairly heard,â&#x20AC;? said D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown in pushing Hoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reappointment. Brown also noted that both nominees to the powerful commission have wide support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my first time on the council that there is no protest. The business community and labor actually agree,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. The five-member commission approves changes to the zoning code, major projects known as planned-unit developments and university campus plans. It is currently redrafting the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire zoning code.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Council extends life of property tax board The much-maligned Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals has a new, if temporary, lease on life. The D.C. Council Tuesday was forced to delay a planned Oct. 1 transition to a reformed tax-appeal commission because Mayor Vincent Gray has not yet found a chair or vice chair. The existing board has often been criticized for granting assessment appeals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly for large commercial properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that have cost the city millions in tax revenue. The part-time board only recently made its deliberations and decisions available for public review.

A new body, known as the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission, will have a full-time chair and vice chair, four full-time and six part-time commissioners, and more expertise in appraisals and real estate law. It was to have taken over at the start of this fiscal year. Emergency legislation proposed by the mayor will extend the life of the board until the new commission is up and running. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a friend of the mayor, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tired of these delays,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

Agency installs Georgia Ave. signal to aid pedestrian safety By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

Community concerns over increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic at Georgia Avenue and Taylor Street led the D.C. Department of Transportation to install a new traffic light at the intersection last month. Two key development projects in the neighborhood have drawn more people to this street crossing: the Yes! Organic Market on the first floor of a new 72-unit apartment building at 4100 Georgia Ave., and the renovation of the Petworth Recreation Center at 801 Taylor St. The new Petworth Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market has also attracted more pedestrian traffic to the area on Fridays. In an email to The Current, Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle said the traffic light installation came at the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two schools nearby as well as a new library and a new grocery store that [are] generating foot traffic across Georgia,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even without a signal, many folks would choose to cross at that intersection and we believe the light will make crossing Georgia Avenue far less dangerous.â&#x20AC;? Sean Wieland, the Ward 4 representative on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pedestrian Advisory Council, said Petworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory neighborhood commissioners heard complaints that it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;very difficult to cross from the west side [of Georgia] to get to the recreation center.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when Yes! Organic market opened up, a lot of people said it was difficult to cross to get to Yes! because there was no light there,â&#x20AC;? he

added. Wieland said the city installed â&#x20AC;&#x153;pedestrian paddlesâ&#x20AC;? to remind cars to stop for pedestrians in the intersectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crosswalk, but that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resolve the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a multi-lane street, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re afraid a car is going to pull around and hit people in the crosswalk,â&#x20AC;? he said. Neighborhood commissioner Joseph Martin said he started hearing from residents about the intersection in summer 2009, shortly after the Yes! market opened, so he asked Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser to help address the situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In general, drivers on Georgia Avenue are not especially considerate to pedestrians,â&#x20AC;? said Martin. Now, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are more pedestrian crossings than before. And [because of] the timing of lights going southbound, once cars get a green light at Upshur, they tend to drive at a clip thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not safe for people trying to cross the street.â&#x20AC;? Bowser petitioned the Transportation Department to address the intersection while implementing new traffic controls as part of a Georgia Avenue Great Streets initiative. Installing a traffic light at this crossing was not part of the originally planned improvements, but the council member persuaded the agency to reconsider. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We acted proactively instead of reactively because if you had an accident there it would be a large chance that it would be a car going at a fast speed hitting a child, and none of us wanted to see that happen,â&#x20AC;? said Bowser. See Signal/Page 46

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â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; Sept. 29. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; Sept. 30. Burglary â&#x2013;  3500 block, 34th St.; residence; Sept. 29. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3500 block, Rodman St.; residence; Sept. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Garfield St.; university; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; Oct. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Macomb St.; sidewalk; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; Sept. 30. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  2000 block, 37th St.; street; Oct. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  2700 block, 29th St.; unspecified premises; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  Calvert Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; Sept 27. â&#x2013;  2500 block, 28th St.; street; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 29th St.; street; Oct. 1. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Cleveland Ave.; unspecified premises; Oct. 1.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 4900 block, MacArthur Blvd.; sidewalk; Oct. 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  2900 block, Foxhall Road; residence; Sept. 30. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Salem Lane; residence; Sept. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4700 block, Berkeley Terrace; street; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Foxhall Road; school; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  4800 block, MacArthur Blvd.; unspecified premises; Sept. 29.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013; 27th and P streets; unspecified premises; Sept. 27. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Q St.; sidewalk; Sept. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3200 block, N St.; street; Sept. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; Sept. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Dumbarton St.;

sidewalk; Sept. 28. â&#x2013; 3100 block, M St.; store; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; Sept. 29. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 28th St.; alley; Sept. 29. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; Sept. 30. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Prospect St.; restaurant; Sept. 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; Oct. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 30th St.; street; Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  37th Street and Reservoir Road; street; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Cambridge Place; street; Sept. 28.

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial village PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 6900 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; Sept. 29. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  7700 block, Eastern Ave.; street; Sept. 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, Butternut St.; residence; Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  800 block, Butternut St.; residence; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  7500 block, 16th St; residence; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  100 block, Carroll St.; drugstore; Sept. 29. â&#x2013;  400 block, Butternut St.; residence; Oct. 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  7400 block, Georgia Ave.; gas station; Sept. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  6800 block, 8th St.; street; Sept. 27.

psa 402

â&#x2013; Brightwood / manor park PSA 402

lamond riggs

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 6400 block, Eastern Ave. NE; street; Sept. 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Peabody St.; sidewalk; Oct. 1. Burglary â&#x2013;  300 block, Rittenhouse St.; residence; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Tewkesbury Place; residence; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  100 block, Quackenbos St.; residence; Sept. 29. â&#x2013;  700 block, Somerset Place; residence; Oct. 1. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  5500 block, 1st St.; residence; Sept. 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Unit block, Madison St.; street; Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  5500 block, 1st St. NE; street; Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  700 block, Tewkesbury Place; street; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  100 block, Kennedy St.; street; Sept. 28. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  6300 block, 5th St.; school; Sept. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  300 block, Van Buren St.; park

area; Sept. 25. â&#x2013; 6700 block, Georgia Ave.; hotel; Sept. 28. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  700 block, Tuckerman St.; street; Sept. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  6600 block, 7th St.; alley; Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  Georgia Avenue and Peabody Street; parking lot; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  6400 block, Luzon Ave.; street; Sept. 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Van Buren St.; residence; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  6600 block, 13th Place; street; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  6300 block, 16th St.; parking lot; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  200 block, Van Buren St.; street; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  400 block, Sheridan St.; street; Oct. 1.

psa 403

â&#x2013; brightwood park PSA 403

16th Street heights

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1200 block, Kennedy St.; residence; Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  5000 block, 3rd St.; alley; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Hamilton St.; sidewalk; Sept. 29. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  5100 block, Illinois Ave.; sidewalk; Sept. 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  4900 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; Sept. 28. Burglary â&#x2013;  1300 block, Gallatin St.; residence; Sept. 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  300 block, Missouri Ave.; alley; Oct. 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5200 block, Georgia Ave.; drugstore; Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  5800 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  500 block, Kennedy St.; unspecified premises; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  5600 block, Georgia Ave.; drugstore; Sept. 29. â&#x2013;  5000 block, 2nd St.; residence; Sept. 30. â&#x2013;  5400 block, Georgia Ave.; store; Oct. 2.

psa 404

â&#x2013; crestwood / petworth

PSA 404 16th Street HEIGHTS

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 3800 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; Sept. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  500 block, Crittenden St.; residence; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Mathewson Drive; street; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Decatur St.; street; Sept. 29. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4100 block, 9th St.; store; Sept. 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  800 block, Randolph St.; sidewalk; Sept. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4700 block, 17th St.; street; Sept. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Shepherd St.; street; Sept. 30.

The Current

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Gray draws applause from Georgetown residents on campus plan position By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Residents gave Mayor Vincent Gray a standing ovation for his positions on Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan and several citywide issues during an appearance at Monday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission meeting. In the 2010 Democratic primary election, Georgetown and Burleith voted overwhelmingly for Adrian Fenty, Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponent. Gray won only 245 votes, or less than 15

percent of the total number of ballots cast in those neighborhoods. The mayor nonetheless received a hearty reception from a standing-room-only crowd as he responded to an open invitation from the commission to address the neighborhood and field questions. Gray didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for residents to ask him about the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan, for which the school is now seeking Zoning Commission approval. He introduced the subject early in his remarks, to an audience that included students and university officials as well as

other residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind saying here again tonight: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met with all the parties that were involved and I said at the end of the day we will continue to support [the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;] position. I support the community,â&#x20AC;? Gray said to applause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I looked at the commitments that were made in 2000, the last time the plan was approved, and some of the concerns that were expressed ... in my opinion were well-founded.â&#x20AC;? Gray added that he was pleased to hear about recent measures from the university to

address student trash and noise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been some positive movement, and I hope it continues in that direction,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to see the movement and people coming together; I think we still have a ways to go, but I hope it will happen.â&#x20AC;? Residents also applauded Gray for working to rebuild the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund balance, reducing special-education costs, expanding pre-kindergarten offerings, planning to hire additional police officers, and working with businesses to match unemployed residents See Gray/Page 22

Boutique hotel gets welcome in Georgetown By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Developers proposing a 48-room â&#x20AC;&#x153;ultra-luxuryâ&#x20AC;? hotel along the C&O Canal won support from the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission Monday. Commissioners were pleased that the plans to repurpose an existing 31st Street office building will include few obvious exterior changes, but they asked the Old Georgetown Board to scrutinize plans for a small rooftop pool when the panel reviews the project tomorrow. The Capella Georgetown hotel is expected to open in December 2012, according to a recent news release from the six-hotel Capella chain. Developers have been eying the five-story building at 1050 31st St., the former home of the American Trial Lawyers Association, since at least January 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This elegant and exclusive property will cater to a sophisticated and discerning clientele including global industry leaders, heads of state and other visitors,â&#x20AC;? the news release states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Capella Georgetown shall feature magnificently appointed rooms and suites, in a highly private and secure environment, and will provide unmatched levels of customer service and room finishes.â&#x20AC;? Developers are planning a thorough renovation of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior, architect Michael Winstanley told the neighborhood commission, but the exterior will get only a slightly larger canopy, new window frames and one â&#x20AC;&#x153;discreetâ&#x20AC;? sign. The hotel is expecting to include a public restaurant overlooking the canal, he said, but it will otherwise emphasize privacy for guests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a hotel thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to be very quiet and unassuming with the character of guests that would be here, but still very elegant and tasteful,â&#x20AC;? said Winstanley. Some commissioners expressed concerns about traffic problems that might arise from a dignitaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entouSee Hotel/Page 18


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011



The Current

Residents ponder uses for Georgetown heating plant as feds review site By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

For more than a decade, the U.S. governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Heating Plant facility in Georgetown has sat practically vacant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; retained as a backup to another federal plant in Southwest but never called upon for that service. To neighbors, the six-story building and its adjacent concrete yard are at best an unreal-

ized opportunity for the area around 29th and K streets, next to the Whitehurst Freeway and Rock Creek, and at worst a downright eyesore. The U.S. General Services Administration is reviewing whether the federal government still needs a spare heating plant in a neighborhood that has largely shed its industrial past, according to agency spokesperson William Marshall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In response to the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate to

rid the government of unneeded properties, GSA is evaluating its ongoing needs for this and other sites around the country,â&#x20AC;? Marshall wrote in an email, but he could offer no additional details at this time. Meanwhile, residents of the James Place Condominiums, on 30th Street near the heating plant, have been buzzing with a rumor that the General Services Administration is already making plans to sell the property to a commercial entity in the near future.


Five years out, planners tout progress along two corridors By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent




James Place resident Stephen Crimmins said the community should urge the federal government to convert the facility into public parkland. At the very least, he said, the former coal yard on the south end of the property ought to become green space, even if the heating plant building is sold for commercial use. A section of the facility that sat across K Street has already been absorbed into the Georgetown Waterfront Park. See Plant/Page 22

But Cohen says the streetscape upgrades have not yet begun, and more critically, two key intersections â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tunlaw Road and 37th Street, and Wisconsin Avenue, Calvert Street and 37th Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; still need improvements to address pedestrian and vehicle safety issues. Blumenthal said she knows itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough fiscal climate, but she

The D.C. Office of Planning released reports last month on progress made on long-awaited efforts to improve retail corridors in Glover Park and along Georgia Avenue. In a report on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;small area planâ&#x20AC;? for Glover Park, the Office of Planning said that by the end of this fall, the recommendations first made by the office in 2006 â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be implemented with a total public investment in the corridor of about $10 million.â&#x20AC;? Those recommendations included improving parking and streetscape elements to attract retailers to vacant storefronts and to promote the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walkability. Glover Park advisory neighBill Petros/The Current borhood commisThe District is spending $10 million on parking sioners Jackie Blumenthal and and streetscape improvements in Glover Park to Brian Cohen boost its flagging retail strip. agreed that the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommenda- noted that the project had a sizable tions to improve development in budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see a breakthe area were spot on, but they down of the $10 million myself,â&#x20AC;? questioned why it has taken five she said. years to complete some changes Cohen said he hopes the report â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and noted that not all the recom- doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the Office of Planning mendations have been implement- sees the Glover Park projects as done. ed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city has barely made a â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to be a case of dent in the numerous recommenda- the Office of Planning walking tions made in the 2006 report,â&#x20AC;? said away and saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Glover Park is in Cohen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad that the Office good shape now,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because I think if of Planning is focusing on this you walk up and down the strip, project, and are looking forward to there are still too many [retail] working with them to follow vacancies,â&#x20AC;? said Cohen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While through on the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommen- there is only so much the city can dations, but it is way too early for a do, â&#x20AC;Ś we hope that they remain focused on filling the vacancies in victory lap.â&#x20AC;? The implemented improve- Glover Park.â&#x20AC;? ments so far include a new Capital Community leaders from Bikeshare station on Wisconsin Georgia Avenue say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Avenue and new â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay-and-displayâ&#x20AC;? more concrete changes from the parking meters, also along Office of Planning. That districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s See Planning/Page 22 Wisconsin Avenue.

The Current



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ANC redistricting plan reduces differences By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

After a chorus of objections to a proposed redistricting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, a revised plan has significantly cut the population discrepancies among the eight planned single-member districts. Early last month, a group of Georgetown and Burleith residents developed a plan that would divide the Georgetown University campus into two all-student districts, and split the rest of the neighborhood among six others. But students, some residents and at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson said it was hard to accept the resulting population ranges, which varied from 1,660 to 2,581. By law, each single-member dis-

trict should contain between 1,900 and 2,100 residents when possible. Tom Birch, a Georgetown neighborhood commissioner who is also responsible for making recommendations on each Ward 2 commission to Council member Jack Evans, offered the most recent changes to that adopted plan. Birch managed to bring each districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population between 1,838 and 2,315 by moving two university dorms into neighboring districts, moving homes considered part of Georgetown out of the Burleith district, and redrawing a few other lines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we have a plan now that has a much more equitable distribution, and one in which I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair representation all around,â&#x20AC;? Birch said. Georgetown University student activists, who said See ANC 2E/Page 40

Ward 4 debates size of Petworth commissions Current Staff Report Last week a highly divided Ward 4 task force approved by one vote a motion stating that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4D should not be enlarged at the expense of the 4C commission. The group accepted other commission border changes either unanimously or with just one dissenting vote. The six-member 4D commission serves Petworth east of Georgia Avenue, south of Longfellow and north of Buchanan. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C, with 10 members, serves 16th Street Heights and portions of Petworth and Crestwood. 4D commissioners had argued that the size disparity should be mended, pointing out that they spend a larger share of their city allotment on a staff member than 4C does, leaving less money to spend on grants. The city allotment

is based purely on population. William Quirk, chair of the smaller commission, said that at a meeting the previous evening, 4D commissioners agreed to ask for an expanded territory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; provided that the residents affected did not object. During that meeting, 4D commissioners supported two methods of adding constituents to their smaller commission: transferring either parts of Brightwood Park represented by 4C commissioners Michael Yates and Janet Myers, or the parts of Petworth east of Georgia Avenue now represented by Joseph Martin and Shanel Anthony. But members of 4C disputed the idea that more constituents, commissioners and money could solve 4Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems. The smaller commission has frequently not had enough members attending meetings to have a quorum. Joseph Vaughan, 4Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair, said the number of commissioners

has no bearing on a commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effectiveness. Before his immediate predecessor as chair, Joseph Martin, took over, 4C was highly ineffective, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;4C should not be penalized because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now effective. ... Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a good job. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built a reputation.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money is not what makes ANCs effective,â&#x20AC;? Vaughan added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes interested residents and commissioners.â&#x20AC;? He also complained that the proposal to balance the commissionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sizes had come late in the process, so residents were not adequately informed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If 4D wanted to increase its size, why didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they get involved with us earlier?â&#x20AC;? he asked. Martin, the commissioner whose territory is most in demand by 4D, acknowledged that his single-member district is a peninsula surrounded on the north, east and west by See Ward 4/Page 18

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Sunday hours

Less than two weeks after announcing that budget cuts would eliminate Sunday hours at the District’s central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the city reversed course, releasing word Friday that the mayor had dredged up the funds to maintain sevenday-a-week service downtown. The Washington Post reported that savings on the city’s debt service provided the $316,000 needed to maintain Sunday hours at the central branch. The news is good — particularly since it came in time to prevent the first Sunday closure — but the city never should have considered the closure in the first place. Activists have noted in recent weeks that the city has put huge amounts of money into updating and refurbishing its libraries while limiting their hours — a seemingly contrary approach. With so much funding going into reconstruction, officials should focus similar attention on making those gleaming new facilities available to the public. In fact, we agree with Robin Diener and the DC Library Renaissance Project that officials should also try to restore Sunday hours at the city’s neighborhood libraries, which have been closed on that day since 2009. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans said Sunday is one of the busiest days for the central library — and we expect families and individuals would be happy to patronize their local branches on Sundays as well. For the many residents who work 9 to 5 during the week, there are limited times to check out a book or use public computers. We think opening one library per ward on Sundays — even if it meant eliminating one weekday from that branch’s schedule — would be a great help to the community. According to the library agency, such a shift in operations would cost several hundred thousand dollars. Is that too much to ask?

Meeting halfway

Debate over the lap-lane configuration at the Wilson Aquatic Center has made quite a splash in Northwest Washington. Proponents of the existing 50-meter lanes say the Tenleytown pool is the only city spot where they can train for long-course swimming events — and the facility’s popularity suggests that such a setup is appealing to many. They also say it can better accommodate a large number of lap swimmers. But others say they want access to the 25-yard lanes available at so many other pools, where swimmers of lesser ability can feel comfortable attempting laps, and where divers have room to use the board. We think there’s room for compromise. The first consideration must be Wilson High School’s needs — for both its swim/diving teams and its gym classes — and the school’s athletic director, Mitch Gore, says both uses benefit from a 25-yard setup. He argues, and we agree, that a split arrangement would be most appropriate, with the pool hosting 50-meter lanes part of the time and 25-yard lanes the rest. One way to address the concerns of those unhappy with this shift would be to consider the Takoma Aquatic Center when setting the Wilson schedule. The Takoma pool — which seems to see less use than Wilson — is currently arranged with 25-yard lanes, though it’s big enough to host 50-meter lanes. If the Department of Parks and Recreation could coordinate the schedules so that, between the two pools, both a 25-yard and a 50-meter option are nearly always available, we think that could come close to addressing various constituencies’ needs. Whatever the solution, the Wilson pool is a wonderful resource, and we’d like to see the angry fighting come to an end. We hope the parks department will immediately announce its long-awaited — and delayed — decision and put it in place.

Cold weather cursing …


y the time you read this, our weather should be back to normal, warmer temperatures. We’ll admit to cursing the cold this past weekend. We hope we didn’t run afoul of at-large D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown’s anti-profanity movement. He’s proposing an anti-profanity day to teach young people that they can express themselves without cursing. Brown told The Washington Post it had nothing to do with the recent cursing among council members. As we said in a tweet this past week (@tomsherwood), the council members shouldn’t worry about their schoolyard cursing. They should worry about the public cursing them and their foolishness. No matter what the temperature is outside, it’s rising in the John A. Wilson Building. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser now has scheduled two public hearings on how to address the slippery ethical standards of too many of our elected leaders. Her hearings will be Oct. 12 and 26. Bowser is sifting through almost a dozen ethics proposals. But as chair of the Committee on Government Operations, she’ll lead the first draft of any major bill. As we reported last week, she says she doesn’t just want to write new laws; she wants to strengthen enforcement of the laws we already have. If you’ve got something to say at her hearings, contact the Bowser committee staff at 202-724-4902 or And remember, ordinary citizens are limited to three minutes of testimony at this and most council hearings. So skip the pleasantries and background and just get to your point. If Michael A. Brown is in the room, make sure you don’t curse. ■ iGaming grumbling. More and more people have been cursing the secretive way iGaming was sprung on the citizens last winter and then rolled out in the spring as a fait accompli. There have been enough complaints that the whole idea is on hold for more public review. The D.C. Lottery Board has finally scheduled a series of public hearings — one in each ward — to shed more public light on the online gambling plan. The hearings, initially scheduled to occur during summer vacations when attendance likely would have been sparse, will start Oct. 13 and run through Nov. 17. We went to the website — — but it’s hard to find the public schedule. Click on “iGames”, then near the bottom of the page click on “October.” The first hearing is in Ward 5. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans intends to hold his own public hearings after the lottery completes its sessions. This past summer Evans heard a lot of grumbling about iGaming’s potential impact

on neighborhoods. He told the lottery folks to slow down and get more public comment. “It could go either way,” Evans told reporters when asked about iGaming prospects. ■ Bigger than iGaming? Questions are being asked about more than just iGaming — the whole lottery procurement process is under review by the city’s inspector general. The lottery contract is a lucrative contract. Evans wants this as part of his hearings, too. Some fortunes and careers could be on the line if the IG finds too much out of line. We bet there’ll be a lot of cursing when this all plays out. ■ Banneker bump. So there was President Obama last week at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School (shouldn’t all high schools be academic high schools?). “Your country is depending on you,” the president told the cheering students. “So set your sights high.” Well, yes, do set your sights high, but not too high. We wouldn’t want any D.C. high school student thinking he or she might ever have a vote in Congress like Americans in the 50 states. The president, as usual, didn’t mention anything about our lack of voting rights. No, that wouldn’t do. And of course the fine Banneker event played out without one peep from any speaker about voting rights. Mayor Vincent Gray was there. He didn’t mention it. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was there. He didn’t mention it. Next time those leaders want to get arrested or sit in traffic as a publicity stunt to draw attention to voting rights, maybe they ought to think about the missed chance of speaking directly to the president of the United States. Why do our city leaders handcuff themselves? ■ Voting rights march. Those same leaders who are so silent around the president will be out shouting and marching on Oct. 15. That’s when the city plans to hold its previously postponed march and rally in connection with the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, scheduled for Oct. 16. Of course, even that rally won’t amount to much because it’s being held at Freedom Plaza, and the plan is to march just to 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. That’s on the opposite side of the Washington Monument, far from the King Memorial. It’s kind of like the city putting up those ceremonial King street signs along an obscure portion of Maine Avenue under the 14th Street bridge viaduct. Few can actually see them. Few will actually see the voting rights march. Now if you want something to curse about … Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor D.C. officials need to reign in spending

Last fiscal year D.C. continued to enjoy rising household incomes and property values, as well as relatively stable employment. Therefore the city could have expanded government services responsibly, unlike states that were required to balance their budgets with declining revenues. But when states such as Maryland and Virginia that also

rely heavily on federal spending grew more cautious, District officials looked forward to receiving “unanticipated revenues” that might be certified later in the year by the chief financial officer. The D.C. Council held impromptu and heated debates about what to do with each of these potential windfalls and spent another $400 million, an 8 percent increase from the previous year, mostly on the fly and in improvised backroom deals. The recent discovery of an $89 million surplus for 2011 was still not enough to pay for all the unbudgeted items on the government’s wish lists and rebuild the

city’s reserve fund. So after failing to control spending all year, a council majority passed “emergency” legislation that will impose new taxes on earnings from wages and non-D.C. municipal bonds. The mayor, who advocates higher income taxes, is expected to sign it. Moody’s has since placed D.C.’s general obligation bonds on negative outlook, and the other ratings agencies are likely to do so soon. Apparently even these significant tax increases will be no match for irresponsible spending. Neil Williams The Palisades

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Letters to the Editor Sherwood off base in recent criticism

Tom Sherwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 28 commentary is at odds with The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation for accuracy. If â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of these things just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his Notebook, because it has the facts wrong. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;secret meeting.â&#x20AC;? The D.C. Council recently gathered to discuss personnel and attorney-client matters. This was explained to Tom before council members arrived. The meeting was closed pursuant to the Open Meetings Act by unanimous vote. Reporters were escorted out because they refused to leave. Next, Tom accuses me of hiding the ball on inaugural, transition and campaign fund records. First, I did not have an inauguration fund. Second, the transition committee released its accounting in February. Third, the Committee to Re-Elect Kwame Brown 2008 campaign account inquiry is welcomed, and I have provided all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been asked of me. I hope future questions focus on middle school reform and not what Tom refers to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;games.â&#x20AC;? Kwame R. Brown Chairman, D.C. Council

Poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s users should help, not bicker

I am writing in response to the swim lanes debacle at Wilson Aquatic Center and The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 21 article on the Tenleytown/ American University Park advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion on the subject. Both groups debating this contentious issue should be ashamed of themselves! Apparently, not one person stepped up to volunteer to help re-string the lane dividers into the desired configurations. If the article was correct, both sides are pretty much yelling â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me! Me! My way!â&#x20AC;? without thinking about the actual work it would take for the lifeguards and pool staff to make those demanded changes. Reconfiguring the heavy lane dividers takes four staff members at least an hour, during which time the pool must be closed for safety reasons. Are those in favor of shorter (or longer) lanes willing to pay the staff for that extra hour? Or should it be lopped off the current operating hours, shortening the time the pool is open? Wilson Aquatic Center may not be, as one person was quoted as saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Tenleytown neighborhood pool.â&#x20AC;? But it is a D.C. recreation facility available to all D.C.

residents, not a private practice pool for an exclusive group. Screaming that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;otherâ&#x20AC;? side â&#x20AC;&#x153;can go to Takoma Aquatic Centerâ&#x20AC;? is an embarrassing display of entitlement. There are benefits to each configuration; surely, the fairest way to resolve this is to have â&#x20AC;&#x153;long laneâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;short laneâ&#x20AC;? nights, with each group taking an active role in the work needed to make the desired configurations possible. Leslie Fielding Forest Hills

Georgetown campus plan still falls short

On Nov. 17, the D.C. Zoning Commission will hold a sixth hearing on Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year campus plan. The commission scheduled the session to allow the university a third opportunity to submit a plan that the D.C. Department of Transportation could properly review and in turn discuss. We look forward to the completion of these sessions and to a Zoning Commission decision that will ensure livable neighborhoods now and for the future. Recently, the university took steps to alter its 2010-2020 plan. The university proposes a different design of the loop road, twice-daily trash pickups in the neighborhoods, and bus shuttles to and from M Street bars. Unfortunately, these limited initiatives do not address the most important issue: student housing. Georgetown University has built one dormitory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 780-bed Southwest Quadrangle, completed in 2003 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the past 10 years, but it increased undergraduate and graduate enrollment by close to 3,700 students from 2000 to 2010. Approximately 2,800 Georgetown University students live off-campus in Zip code 20007, according to the advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation to the Zoning Commission. Transient student rentals now make up close to 35 percent of Burleith residences alone. The Burleith Citizens Association, the Citizens Association of Georgetown and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E have made a strong case about the negative impact of increases in Georgetown University enrollment on surrounding neighborhoods. Housing its undergraduate students on campus or in satellite locations is the only solution to the problems of noise, traffic and deteriorating houses that plague our communities. If Georgetown University can find funding and campus sites for a business school, a science school and a new athletic center, surely it

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can build student dorms on campus or find good housing in places outside Zip code 20007. We hope the Zoning Commission has heard the unified voices of residents, leaders of community organizations and D.C. Council members who ask Georgetown University to commit to a responsible 10-year campus plan. Candith Pallandre Nan Bell Burleith

AU plans appropriate for Tenley Campus

Ward 3 Vision, a group of residents who can imagine our neighborhoods as even better urban places â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more walkable, sustainable and vibrant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would like to commend American University on its master plan for relocating the Washington College of Law to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley Campus. American University has listened to reasonable and progressive community voices and revised its plans to create a compact, modestly scaled group of buildings that respects the architectural history of the site, has minimal impact on the neighborhood, and includes potentially significant public spaces serving students, visitors and local residents. Across the nation, universities have been important catalysts for urban revitalization. Many of us are familiar with the impact that the University of Pennsylvania has had in its corner of Philadelphia, and American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law school move can contribute to bringing similar new urban energy to this part of Tenley. Needless to say, the proximity to Metro means this is transit-oriented development, which means minimal impact on traffic. As the design progresses to specific architectural and landscape plans, we are hopeful that the university and its design team will continue to take community concerns to heart, and propose innovative, high-quality, green buildings at this very visible site. In particular, we think the new public open space facing Tenley Circle has enormous potential to be a real neighborhood amenity as well as an attractive â&#x20AC;&#x153;front doorâ&#x20AC;? for the law school. We urge the university to consider a community-based â&#x20AC;&#x153;design charetteâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sort of workshop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with its design team and stakeholders from the community, the D.C. Office of Planning and the university itself to explore ideas to better integrate â&#x20AC;&#x153;town and gownâ&#x20AC;? at the Tenley Campus open spaces now in their plan. Susan Kimmel Tenleytown

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Our neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase Community Center, at 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW, has many fun and informative events scheduled for October. Be sure to mark your calendars. The community center is hosting a bicycle safety demonstration this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Although the program is directed at children, all are welcome to attend. Participants should bring their helmets and bikes. The demonstrations are scheduled to take place on the commons outside the center. In the event of rain, the program will be held in the auditorium. There will be an open house at the community center Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. At 5 p.m., the center (along with other D.C. recreation and community centers) is participating in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jump,â&#x20AC;? an event sponsored by National Geographic Kids and in support of first lady Michelle Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moveâ&#x20AC;? initiative. Children can help break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks. All you have to do is one minute of jumping jacks! For more information on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jump,â&#x20AC;? visit On Oct. 31, the community center is sponsoring a Halloween costume contest at 6 p.m., with Halloween treats available starting at 5:30 p.m. Finally, all classes at the Chevy Chase Community Center will begin the week of Oct. 31. Registration will start on Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. You may register in person or online at by clicking on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Programs and Servicesâ&#x20AC;? located on the left side of the screen and following the drop-down menu directions. A complete listing of programs at the community center is available online. For more information about classes and registration, call 202-282-2204. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor at the corner of Rock Creek Church Road and Quincy Street within a two-week period. Commissioner Robert Mandle said there is a concern about possible speeding if Quincy were changed to one-way. â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the new Chez Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 3815 Georgia Ave. receive a Class C tavern license with an entertainment endorsement. Several neighbors have supported the license request, although one woman expressed concerns about potential noise from the new establishment. Sheldon Scott said he hopes to open Chez Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as a full-service French bistro with 146 indoor seats and 36 outdoors seats by Dec. 1. He plans to host quiet jazz music in the lounge. The new restaurant will occupy the long-closed site of Billy Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which provided the African-American community an upscale dining venue during the days of segregation. It closed in 1978 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. â&#x2013;  Anna Chamberlin of the Department of Transportation discussed ways for residents to request traffic-calming devices. She said the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website fully describes the petition process and eligibility limits. Speed humps may be installed only on streets classified as â&#x20AC;&#x153;localâ&#x20AC;? that are not a primary route for emergency vehicles, trucks or buses. Other traffic-slowing methods include installing raised pedestrian crosswalks and bike lanes. Commission chair Joseph Vaughan called for more transparency in the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasoning when it makes decisions on traffic calming. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $1,500 grant to Teatro de la Luna for nine bilingual Spanish/English language workshops to be held at E.L. Haynes

Public Charter Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4501 Kansas Ave. campus. A talent show on Friday, Oct. 21, will be open to the public. â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $550 grant toward advertising for the Oct. 15 opening of a Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains neighborhood heritage trail, created by Cultural Tourism DC. â&#x2013;  commissioner David Tumblin reported that SunTrust is actively considering opening a branch in the new Petworth Safeway development, as the commission has requested. â&#x2013;  Tracy Eichelberger, representing Roosevelt High School, reported that 125 of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 139 seniors graduated this past year. Due to a school modernization program, students will be located elsewhere for the 2012-13 school year and return to Roosevelt in the fall of 2013. The swing site has not yet been determined. She said the school wants community input on issues like field access. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to oppose the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to authorize Internet gambling without a public hearing on the subject. â&#x2013;  commission chair Joseph Vaughan announced that the commission intends to protest a substantial change in the liquor license of Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ at 3931 14th St., as there have been fights and violent incidents outside of the establishment. â&#x2013;  former commission chair RenĂŠe Bowser announced her candidacy for the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat now held by Muriel Bowser. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit


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Young Eagles look to rebound after title loss By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Despite the team’s youth, National Cathedral soccer has outscored opponenets 37-3 while going 8-0 to start the season.

A year after National Cathedral’s soccer team lost the Independent School League championship to The Potomac School, the Eagles have their sights set on the conference title once again. So far this season, National Cathedral has established itself as an elite team in the ISL. The Eagles have started the 2011 season a perfect 8-0, including five shutouts, and have outscored their first eight opponents a combined 37-3. “Every year we set a goal to put up a banner in our gym,” said junior Emily Hester. “I think we’re more than ready to do that this year. We’ve tried to do it the last couple of years, but we lost in the finals. This year we are ready.” The Eagles are a young team, with only two seniors — Molly McShane and Maddie Basil — on

Gonzaga and St. John’s snag wins in WCAC

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Coolidge blows past Anacostia

The Colts used an explosive and balanced offensive attack to perfection as they defeated Anacostia 52-0 Friday. The Coolidge offense found success

Sophomore Bella Blosser scored five minutes into the game on a penalty kick. Two minutes later, junior Meagan Klebanoff kicked the ball into the box and junior Marta Sniezek scored on a header to make it 2-0. By halftime, National Cathedral had built a 5-0 lead, and the Eagles took advantage of the gap by resting their starters. The break was needed after the team played three grueling games in one week. “Some of our major players are a little banged up, and we wanted to rest them,” said Eagles coach Richie Burke. “Our two seniors played for 15 minutes, and they were done for the game. We had eight freshmen on the field and three sophomores. So it was a really young team that played the vast majority of the game.” National Cathedral will be in action twice this week, playing at Maret on Wednesday and traveling to Georgetown Day on Thursday.

St. John’s falls to Good Counsel in five sets as senior sets school record


St. John’s took down Archbishop Carroll 31-20 Sunday in a game with playoff implications, giving the Cadets a tiebreaker advantage in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The win will come into play at the end of the season as teams jockey for playoff spots. “All conference games are important. If you lose, you need help to get the spot you want to be,” said St. John’s head coach Joe Patterson. St. John’s trailed Carroll 20-7 entering the fourth quarter, but the Cadets defense stepped up and shut out the Lions in the final quarter. Meanwhile, the St. John’s offense found its rhythm and scored 24 unanswered points. “We had some good fortune. I thought our defense had some timely take-aways, and our offense capitalized,” said Patterson. Running back Troy Robinson led the Cadets comeback, racking up 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Cadets will host Bishop O’Connell Saturday.

the roster. But the team’s nucleus has played with poise beyond its years. Hester, a junior, leads the team with eight goals, while freshman Rubii Tamen and junior Tori Hanway have six goals each. “We have a really strong underclassman group this year,” said McShane. “They make up the majority of our team. There’s a lot of energy and excitement. Even though they’re sort of new to this whole experience, I think they’re really ready to win it — so are all of us.” Last Friday the Eagles earned their eighth win in dominating fashion: beating Madeira 7-1 at National Cathedral. “We just want to send a message to the other teams that we’re ready to win the banner this year,” Basil said. “We’re ready to go all the way — undefeated.” The Eagles wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard Friday.

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Cadets running back Troy Robinson rushed for 147 yards and two scores.

through the air and on the ground. The ground attack was led by running back Stacy Lipkins, who rushed for 146 yards, including two touchdown runs of 47 and 60 yards. Meanwhile, quarterback Darrius Taylor directed the air assault, throwing two touchdown passes to wide receiver Dayon Pratt. The Colts will host Cardozo Friday.

Gonzaga rebounds with important conference win over McNamara

With a loss to Good Counsel already on the books, the Eagles couldn’t afford to drop another game in the WCAC. Gonzaga’s effort Saturday reflected that reality as the squad beat McNamara 28-14. The Eagles faced early adversity as the Mustangs led 14-7 at halftime. But in the second half Gonzaga took control of the game and scored 21 unanswered points. Eagles coach Aaron Brady said he was especially pleased with running back Duane McKelvin, who ran all over the Mustangs See Football/Page 14

For the second time this season St. John’s took Good Counsel and its incredible winning streak — 108 consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference games — to the brink. But for the second time this season, the Cadets could not close out Good Counsel. The team lost in the fifth set, 3-2, in front of a loud and spirited crowd at its own Gallagher Gymnasium. “Second time this year we’ve had them down and we just haven’t been able to finish them off,” said Cadets head coach Bill Pribac. “I’m proud of the way we fought and battled; it just seemed like we had key mistakes at the wrong time of the match.” St. John’s senior outside hitter Darian Dozier finished with a school-record 30 kills and 15 digs to pace the Cadets’ offense. Meanwhile, senior outside hitter Helen Daly notched a career-high 14 kills. Sophomore setter Becca Bateman guided the Cadets offense with 41 assists. St. John’s and Good Counsel split the first two sets. The Falcons won the first 25-18, while the Cadets won the second 25-21 to set up a pivotal third. St. John’s started the third set on an 11-2 run and blew away Good Counsel 25-14, giving the Cadets a 2-1 set lead. “Our effort was there,” Pribac said. “I know the girls were fired up and wanted this one bad.” But the Falcons won the fourth set, 25-21, See Volleyball/Page 14

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Darian Dozier led St. John’s with a careerhigh 30 kills Thursday against the Falcons.

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Sidwell’s rally falls short against Hancock Friday

The Quakers found themselves trailing Hancock 21-6 at halftime, but a furious second-half rally wasn’t enough, as they lost 21-20 Friday in Hancock, Md. Sidwell quarterback Jackson Mills threw for 143 yards and one touchdown to Gerald Wagner. Mills also ran for a two-yard touchdown, while running back Isaiah Davis paced the Quakers offense on the ground as he racked up 113 yards and a touchdown. Sidwell will host St. James


Maret tops Theodore Roosevelt in local battle

The Frogs used a fast start to beat Theodore Roosevelt 38-20 Friday: After racing to a quick 15-0 lead, Maret never looked back. The team’s strong offense was led by quarterback Tre Henderson. The Frogs quarterback lit up Theodore Roosevelt with three touchdown passes and 198 passing yards; wideout Sean Davis caught two of the touchdowns. Theodore Roosevelt tried to make it close late in the action, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough. Roosevelt’s effort was led by running back Trenton Lewis, who scored one rushing and one receiving touchdown. Maret will host Potomac on Thursday; Theodore Roosevelt will travel to Wilson Friday.


to force a decisive fifth. And in the final, the Cadets never got on track as the Falcons took a quick 11-3 lead. Pribac called a timeout to try to stop the momentum, but it was too late. Good Counsel won the final set 15-11. “We had that rut at the beginning of the fifth set, and we dug a big hole,” Pribac said. “We fought back, but you can’t dig that big of a hole and expect to get all the way back.” Despite the disappointing loss, the Cadets remain determined to win the WCAC and would welcome a third chance against the Falcons in the playoffs. “We definitely want to see them,” Dozier said. “We want to beat them. We will beat them.”


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Despite losing both regular season games to the Falcons, St. John’s wants a third shot.

Boys soccer

Sports Desk Week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3 Football Coolidge 52, Anacostia 0 Maret 38, Theodore Roosevelt 20 Hancock (Hancock, Md.) 21, Sidwell 20 St. Albans 28, Allegany (Cumberland, Md.) 10 H.D. Woodson 24, Wilson 6 Gonzaga 28, Bishop McNamara 14 St. John’s 31, Carroll 20



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Cadet Olajuwon Swearinger

Georgetown Day 3, Holton-Arms 0 Madeira 3, National Cathedral 0 Maret 3, Sidwell 1 Wilson 2, Dunbar 0 Washington International 3, Holy Child 0 Good Counsel 3, St. John’s 2 Wilson 2, Bell 0 Maret 3, Stone Ridge 1 Washington International 3, Georgetown Day 1 Visitation 3, Episcopal 0 Washington International 3, Jewish Day 0 Langley 3, Maret 0

St. John’s 3, St. Mary’s Ryken 1 Gonzaga 6, Bishop Ireton 0 St. Albans 3, Bullis 0 Washington International 5, Field 0 The Potomac School 1, Georgetown Day 0 Georgetown Prep 3, Maret 2 Georgetown Day 1, Maret 0 Sidwell 4, The Potomac School 1 St. Albans 2, Good Counsel 1 Washington International 4, St. Anselm’s 0

Girls soccer School Without Walls 3, Bell 1 National Cathedral 7, Wilson 0 Good Counsel 4, Visitation 0 Georgetown Day 1, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 0 National Cathedral 7, Madeira 1 Maret 3, Washington International 0 Sidwell 5, St. Andrew’s 0 Calverton 7, School Without Walls 3

Field hockey Holton-Arms 1, Sidwell 0 Visitation 1, St. John’s 0 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 2, National Cathedral 0 Visitation 4, The Potomac School 3 Episcopal 5, Sidwell 0 St. John’s 0, Stone Ridge 0

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

October 5, 2011 ■ Page 15

Playwright focuses on the drama of book clubs

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


et people talking about their book clubs, and you’ll probably hear some weird stuff, says Arena Stage resident playwright Karen Zacarías. Years ago a hairdresser, a longtime member of a book club, shared some wisdom with Zacarías’ husband: “You think everything is good now, but you’ll come to a point where you actually have to get ruthless to keep your book club alive.” At the time, that solemn warning cracked up Zacarías and her husband, who were then in their 20s and embarking on their first book club experience. “We thought it was the funniest thing we’d ever heard,” she says. Fourteen years later, it might still be hilarious, but Zacarías says she now gets it — and she’s helping let others in on that strange world through “The Book Club Play.” The production, a relaunch of Zacarías’ 2008 work, is set to open Friday at Arena Stage. Structured as a documentary about books, the play looks at the diverse personalities within one D.C. book club, focusing on the uptight Ana. “When bizarre circumstances put her life under a magnifying glass, things begin to heat up and more truths are told than anyone bargained for,” reads the Arena Stage blurb. Zacarías had plenty of material — both comedic and dramatic — to draw on. Her own co-ed book club in D.C. has weathered a num-

ber of conflicts and hijinks, including what Zacarías describes as a “schism” that split the original group into two factions. (“One didn’t survive,” she says). And there are also the stories she’s heard from other people. One friend, for example, told Zacarías about how her mother’s book club imploded in a battle over red wine, as some members of the group wanted to “go dry.” Others had tales of tension arising from new personalities or controversial book choices. “I realized it was a whole social phenomenon that no one had really talked about,” Zacarías says. She describes her play as “a comedy that examines group dynamics and how books change us and our lives.” She says the personalities featured should be “familiar to anyone who lives in D.C.,” particularly the “driven professionals” the club includes.

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Arena Stage is producing “The Book Club Play” by Adams Morgan resident Karen Zacarías, top left, starring Ashlie Atkinson and Tom Story, top, and Kate Eastwood Norris (background) and Rachael Holmes, bottom right. Molly Smith, bottom left, directs the comedy, which will run Oct. 7 through Nov. 6. Zacarías, who lives with her husband, three children and two dogs in Adams Morgan, is now a year and a half deep into her residency with Arena’s American Voices New Play Institute. Born in Mexico, she attended the playwriting graduate program at Boston University and in 1995 founded the Young Playwrights’ Theater in D.C., where she now serves as a board member. Among her past works are “Legacy of Light,” which had its world premiere at Arena in 2009; “Mariela in the Desert”; “The Sins of Sor Juana”; and “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.” Now at the halfway point of her residency — which gives her full salary and benefits, and precious access to quiet writing space — Zacarías is juggling multiple projects, including an adaptation of

“The Age of Innocence” and “a big adult musical” she has in mind. This week, though, she’s busy focusing on last-minute details for “The Book Club Play,” which she reworked as part of her residency. The original first opened at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre in 2008, and later played at the Berkshire Summer Festival. Zacarías was happy with the positive response — “it was a big commercial success,” she says — but recognized that the play, her first comedy, needed changes. “The one thing that gave me pause is that I had a lot of people after the play say ‘Oh, I’m so glad I’ve never joined a book club,’” she says — which was not the message she intended to impart. Of her own experience, she says, “Even though we’ve had to weath-

er some things, I really love my book club.” So, with Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith encouraging her, Zacarías rewrote the play, trying to “make it funny on a deeper level” and to examine some philosophical questions about reading and literature. The original premise and characters remained intact, but the editing process, she says, “was like keeping some of the paint color and tearing down the whole house.” She also updated some of the 35 literary references in the play — adding, for example, “The Da Vinci Code,” a book that now ends up “changing the life of one of the characters,” she says. There’s also “a whole scene devoted to ‘Twilight’,” inspired by a fight Zacarías once had with a friend over the vampire book. The contrast between “popular fiction” and “literature” forms a central tension in the play — as Zacarías believes it does for many book clubs. “It becomes a play about what is literature and what is being cultured,” she says. “One character argues that a truly cultured person reads both Danielle Steele and Salman Rushdie.” Arena artistic director Smith, who worked with Zacarías previously on “Legacy of Light,” is directing this production of “The Book Club Play.” Performances will take place in Arena’s Kogod Cradle theater between Oct. 7 and Nov. 6. More information is available at

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Aidan Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper elementary got a bearded dragon lizard on Sept. 27. Basically, everyone loves the lizard. Fourth-grader Edvin Leijon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lizard is very friendly, and if you touch it, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to bite you.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-grader Sylvia Altman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lizard is basically what I expected, just smaller than I thought.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-grader Sebastian Lenart mentioned that the lizard eats very quickly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like its grayish-greenish color,â&#x20AC;? he added. Fifth-grader Jack Nixon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good class pet because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique.â&#x20AC;? Sixth-grader Lucia Braddock agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally awesome because when you think of a class pet you think of a hamster or a fish, but you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of a lizard,â&#x20AC;? she said. Sixth-grader Nina Gumbs said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot better than I expected because I thought it would have a beard.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-grader Stephen Sealls said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool, but when it gets bigger it might be harder to take care of, but it still is cool.â&#x20AC;? Sixth-grader Sofia Brown said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like how it sits around and looks at me.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lukas Leijon, fifth-grader, and Julian Cunningham, fourth-grader

British School of Washington

In our International Primary Curriculum work, we have been learning about inventions. We decided it would be interesting to


spend a day as if we were Victorian children. The Victorian times were more than a hundred years ago, before much of our modern technology was invented. On that day, we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use electricity, batteries, our whiteboards or such materials as Velcro on our shoes. We lined up in height order and boys entered the classroom before the girls. Did you know that you would be caned if you wrote with your left hand in a Victorian school? Children were not allowed to ask questions, and they could only talk if asked to. If you fell behind in learning, you would have to wear the dunceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat and stand in the corner. Victorian children repeated poems, wrote their times tables and practiced handwriting. I definitely prefer living in the modern times because it was a shame that children couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share their opinions in Victorian schools. I would have felt as small as a fly because the teachers were very strict. However, I loved writing with ink pens on our Victorian Day. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Molly Teskey, Year 3 Atlanta (second-grader)

Dorothy I. Height Community Academy

School is back in session, and it is the fifth week already. Many events have taken place like convocation and Back to School Night, where we were encouraged to strive for excellence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard work will take you far,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Sadia White, our chief academic officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are the leaders of tomorrow.â&#x20AC;?

One thing for sure, our dream wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fulfilled if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t practice healthy behavior. That is why, with the help of our academy leader, Dr. Bryan K. Lewallen, and the crew of Action for Healthy Kids, we made raised beds for each grade level. We will be planting a garden of vegetables for our upcoming school year. I worked alongside my dad, my third-grade friend Isaac and teachers from the school. We dug, dumped dirt, and worked hard from the morning until the afternoon. It was a lot of fun as we took pictures with our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder, Mr. Kent Amos. And you know what? I did enjoy it because I like nature. Special thanks to all of our leaders for making this initiative happen. The purpose of this event is to let everyone know that healthy eating fights against diseases and childhood obesity. So let us all be involved in this great cause for our community and our school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Schalom G. Ampe Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;da, fourth-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

On Thursday, the instrumental and vocal departments had their first recital of the year. Selected students performed solo pieces that they had been practicing. Everyone from the music department gathered in the theater to watch and listen. The performances ranged from beginning-level pieces to concertos. There were two ensembles: the flute ensemble and the trumpet ensemble. The flute ensemble played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pure Imaginationâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.â&#x20AC;? It was

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a fun song for the audience to listen to. The trumpet ensemble played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trumpet Guild Fanfare.â&#x20AC;? Their trumpets ranged in size from about 8 inches to 2 feet long. Twelfth-grader Emily Jordan played a concerto for alto saxophone by Alexander Glazunov. The audience reacted with a standing ovation. Her piece was entertaining, and it showcased her talent and hard work. Vocalist Hasina Horne sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tanto sospireroâ&#x20AC;? by Bencini. The song, performed in Italian, was sung superbly in her rich soprano voice. Many students performed pieces that they had been working on throughout the year. The musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; peers and teachers appreciated each performance. It was a nice start of the year for the music department. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Genna Kules, 10th-grader

Eaton Elementary

John Eaton Elementary celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a big assembly on Sept. 26. The students started off the celebration by performing for the entire school and some parents. The kindergartners began with a song and a dance from Mexico. After the John Eaton Orchestra played a song, some third-, fourth- and fifth-graders did a Hispanic dance. Everybody loved the student part of the celebration. We clapped for the dancers, orchestra and kindergartners until they told us to stop clapping. It was a great performance. After the applause died down, we got ready for the next part of the celebration. In the second part, two musicians came and performed for us. They had instruments from other countries that were made from different animals. One was like a tambourine, but it was made of goat toenails tied to a rope. There was an instrument like a mini-guitar that had an armadillo shell for the back. There was also an instrument made from a donkey jaw. There were also maracas and other instru-

ments from South and Central America. The music they played sounded fantastic, and they even got the whole audience to stand up and dance! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya Sklarin and Henry Frankel, fourth-graders

Edmund Burke School

This week Edmund Burke has been choosing new presidents of the Student Government Administration. At Burke, two people share the executive power. This year there were four candidate teams. One team, Mathilde and Garrett, said they would install suggestion boxes in convenient places to make the student government more democratic. They would also focus on raising more money for clubs. Garrett said he wanted the Student Government Association to be more present in studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. He wants students to be able to come to meetings and bring up concerns. The second pair, sisters named Ananda and India, came to Edmund Burke in sixth grade and participated in student government last year. They also said they would install suggestion boxes. In addition, they want to include middle school students more in the government. Another team was two seniors who also said they would install suggestion boxes. They wanted to do fundraising so the school would be able to sell chocolate milk again. One of the boys, to stress this point, stirred chocolate syrup into a cup of milk with his finger and presented it to a candidate on another team. The last team was Ellie and Dana. They said they want more transparency in student government and like the others would install suggestion boxes. They want to improve the middle school and make it more important in the student government. The election was held during a See Dispatches/Page 17





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break period the same day the candidates made their speeches. Mathilde and Garrett won. We wish them luck! — Julianna Schifferes, eighth-grader

Hearst Elementary

Our new school year is off to a great start. Elijah and Xzavier report, “We’ve learned so much already — rounding numbers, negative numbers, decimals, addition and subtraction. We’ve also learned about the Inuit and the Anasazi people, and we’ve worked on reading strategies like cause and effect while reading ‘Frog and Toad.’” Jaidyn B. says, “I really like coming to school here. Ms. Weng and Mrs. Goldman are strict, but nice and sweet. We have fun but learn a lot.” When asked what she thinks of her new school, Trinity said, “I like coming to my new school and seeing my new friends. We do a lot of literacy rotations, and I can’t believe that I make it through all the rotations.” Tuesday is Jamir’s favorite day of the week because “we get to go to Fillmore Arts Center for band, strings, art, sculpture and architecture,” just to name a few. Mehkai, Kamryn and others really enjoy our new program “Reach for the Stars.” Students earn stars for excellent behavior; those who have demonstrated excellent behavior or superior improvement throughout the week are named “Star of the Week” and enjoy having lunch with our new principal, Dr. Bergeron. Lastly, students are looking forward to upcoming field trips, learning more about algebra, dissecting things and becoming better readers. — Fourth-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

The Hyde-Addison Community Council is a gathering of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, two from each grade, who meet on Tuesdays at lunch. The council takes place in Mrs. Roth’s classroom. She is our adviser. We solve school problems and plan events. One issue we’ve been working on is silent lunch. Silent lunch is something for the third- through fifth-graders to try to get their homework done in case they have a class or activity right after school. It’s in different classrooms every day except for Wednesdays, when we have Fillmore. The council has also been planning a school dance for the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. It’s going to hopefully be in October. We’re still working on a theme and time. We are planning a dance to have something fun for the students. — Lucas Roemer and Zoe Edelman, third-graders

Lafayette Elementary

This year Lafayette has a new assistant principal, Mr. Michael McCoy. Mr. McCoy worked as a

Spanish teacher and as an assistant principal in Charlotte, N.C., for five years before coming to D.C. Public Schools to work as assistant principal at Bancroft Elementary for seven years. So he has lots of experience and is happy to be at Lafayette. Mr. McCoy attended Wake Forest University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history. He earned his master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Students and staff members agree that Mr. McCoy is nice, is interesting and can keep everything under control. “He is a good role model!” says Mrs. Judith Perlin, our librarian. Principal Lynn Main likes him, too. She says that he is interested in kids and is helpful with everything that needs to be done in a busy school like ours. It’s because Lafayette is getting busier and bigger all the time that Ms. Main needed the help of an assistant principal. Since her arrival a decade ago, Lafayette has grown from 450 to 707 students. Mr. McCoy replaces last year’s assistant principal, Peter Young, who left to become principal at Brent Elementary. — Emma Fisher, Ellida Parker and Anna Reilly, fifth-graders

Murch Elementary

The first annual Murch 5K was held on Sept. 25 at 7:30 a.m. The Murch 5K had more than 200 people walking or running. It was a very active experience. A lot of people were doing their best. The race was at Carter Barron. The course was 3.1 miles, or 5 kilometers. There was a very steep and long hill, and many, many people complained. It was a very nice day to run, with no rain! The people who registered got T-shirts. There were water stations and a fruit station. Levi Berger, a Murch fourthgrader, won the race! Everyone who finished got a blue wristband. — Lucy Harllee, second-grader, and Murphy Harllee, fifth-grader

National Presbyterian School

Outdoor education may sound like an ordinary field trip, but it is really one of the perks of being in fifth or sixth grade. Outdoor education at National Presbyterian School is a three-day, two-night field trip to a camp. In this case, it was to Sheridan Mountain Campus. Students attending outdoor education are given the opportunity to overcome challenges and to experience nature firsthand. You also learn a lot about yourself. When I have gone on outdoor education trips in past years, I have had trouble sleeping away from home. This year, it was easy for me to spend a couple of days without my parents. Kids also learn to face fears, like heights and falling. I used to be afraid of some activities, but now I see that zip lines and ropes courses are actually really fun. Lastly, most of us aren’t used to

the nature that we experience at outdoor education. This year we got to know what it is like to be in Luray, Va., in the mountains, where it is freezing cold in the morning. Whether we were hiking to the zip line or waking up to the sound of chirping crickets, Sheridan was a really good time. — Lily D’Amato, sixth-grader

St. Albans School

On Sept. 7 St. Albans School got off to a crazy start. Washington National Cathedral, scarred by a recent earthquake, was without its spires and closed until further notice. This left a gap in the first day of school for many boys, especially the St. Albans seniors who traditionally walk the C Formers, who are in their first year at St. Albans, down the nave of the Cathedral during the school’s opening ceremonies. The closure of South Road and the bumper-tobumper traffic on Wisconsin Avenue ensured that many boys showed up huffing and puffing in front of the True Lucas building, the building that has housed St. Albans’ lower school for more than 100 years. Other then that, the school day started like any first day of school would: boys greeting old friends whom they had not seen that summer, carrying big crates of books (many of which won’t be needed until the second semester), and being welcomed by the headmaster of the lower school, Paul Herman, who was enthusiastic as always as he learned the names of all of the new boys. The day continued with boys marching into their classrooms to learn about what the upcoming year would be like. Later that morning, things got even crazier as high winds and thunder swept in. As the students sat in their advisories or homerooms learning about the activities to come and waiting for the first day of school to be over so they could go back to catching up with their friends, there was one particular thunderclap that was a little louder then the rest. None of the students knew what had happened at the time, but they were soon to find out that the thunderclap was actually the sound of the crane that was fixing the Cathedral falling over in the high winds. Thankfully the operator of the crane was left with only a few cuts and bruises, only a few cars were crushed and no one on the ground was hurt. This did mean, however, that Pilgrim Road had to be closed, increasing the traffic on an already backed-up Wisconsin Avenue. The first day of school is always a crazy one, but Mother Nature made St. Albans’ first day a lot crazier. — Nicholas Gaffney, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

On the first day of our two-day trip to Camp Calleva, we were separated into groups, and then we went off to the woods to do our team-building activities. In the think tank, we were given a puzzle,

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 and we had to remember it and describe it to our teammates so that they could re-create it. Next, we went to the 8-foot climbing wall. Getting all of our team members over the wall was difficult. We had to build trust, communication and support — and figure out how to get out of the way. After that, we went to the rails, where we learned about trusting each other for balance. The Giant Swing was more about fun and encouragement than team building. Everyone went on the swing, which was a big accomplishment for our seventh- and eighth-grade classes. After the exhausting activities, we put up our tents and prayed that the rain would hold off. We had some free time before dinner, so we played football in a huge field. That night, we went on a twilight hike and then sat around a campfire and made s’mores while telling scary stories. It didn’t rain until the next morning, but then it poured. That was bad news and good news. It was bad news because we were wet and cold. It was good news because it made the Potomac River four feet


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4D. But, he added, most of the issues affecting the district take place to its south. Martin pointed out that Ward 2’s Sheridan-Kalorama commission has only two members, but is “highly effective” and its residents do not want to be a part of a larger commission. Janet Myers, vice chair of 4C, said she understood the reasoning behind equalizing commissions, but 4C’s commissioners all work hard together and get things done. And she said many residents attend her commission’s meetings, thanks to the panel’s dynamic character. “Our commissioners have a strong rapport and are able to disagree, yet work together.” 4C got a vote of confidence at the task force meeting from TaalibDin Uqdah, head of the 14th Street Uptown Business Association. Uqdah said his group tried unsuc-

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the crowds it produced as a nightclub.” At the June protest hearing, an alcohol inspector testified that patrons causing havoc on P Street often seemed to be coming from other places, only to congregate near Marrakesh — an argument that attorney Grandis also made. The alcohol agency conducted 55 investigations at Marrakesh this year, according to hearing testimony. Last week the alcohol board ruled that Marrakesh’s tavern-class liquor license is “appropriate for the neighborhood” if owners take steps to preserve peace, order and quiet. The ruling requires Marrakesh to end entertainment — its upstairs room hosts music and dancing — by 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and by 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and to install security cameras that monitor at least 50 feet of sidewalk space in front of the establishment. It also orders Marrakesh to hire a

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“You’re taking a very drab building and dressing it up a bit, and we’re very appreciative of that,” said Bill Starrels, whose single-member district includes the property. “We’re turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse here,” added commissioner Tom Birch. cessfully to get cooperation from 4D commissioners in drafting a small-area plan for the Kennedy Street corridor between Georgia Avenue and North Capitol Street, all in 4D’s area. The plan became law in 2009 in spite of the lack of participation from 4D commissioners during a two-year process, he said. Commissioners from 4C, on the other hand, were helpful, Uqdah said. But equity should be the task force’s guiding principle, said task force member Gladys Mack, who voted in favor of the proposal to shift areas to 4D. “It shouldn’t be equity is nice, but not for me.” After voting 6-5 to keep 4D’s borders unchanged, the task force, on a 9-2 vote, urged the creation of a new task force to examine the question of “equity” or similarly sized commissions. A final meeting to go over the redistricting plan is scheduled for Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at a location to be determined. “reimbursable detail” of overtime Metropolitan Police Department officers for at least an hour at closing time, and for at least four hours whenever there’s any entertainment or dancing. Neighbor Hammond said if Marrakesh fulfills these conditions, “it would basically achieve the result” residents have wanted, cutting out the troublesome nightlife elements. He added, though, that he has “no confidence that [the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration] will enforce these conditions.” Attorney Grandis, in a previous interview with The Current, said Marrakesh once contributed onefifth of the payment for a reimbursable detail on P Street, but couldn’t afford to continue when other businesses dropped out of the program. Both Hammond and neighborhood commissioner O’Connor said Marrakesh recently underwent a management change, but neither the managers at Marrakesh nor their attorney responded to a request for comment.

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tors participated, each group trying to prove to the others that they had superior stamina. Everyone tried to make his or her best time on the hilly three-mile course, which ran from the back parking lot of St. John’s through Rock Creek Park and back. Afterward everyone gathered around with friends and drank some refreshments, cooling off and telling each other about their ups and downs during the run. It’s one of the more prominent gatherings of the St. John’s community, and it was a good reminder that there are many people at the school who are immensely supportive of the community. At the end of the race, it was less about who won and who lost; it was more about sharing in the

exhilarating experience of running. One former student’s passion for the strenuous exercise brings everyone in the community together time and time again. It’s a great celebration, one with real meaning and one that Carl is probably overjoyed to see. — Aaron Stock, 12th-grader

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This week the boys and girls soccer teams played their first matches of the season. The boys emerged with a 1-1 tie against Coolidge and a win against Ballou, while the girls team remains undefeated, with a 3-1 win against Bell and a 9-0 win against Banneker. Great hustle, Penguins! The robotics team, a three-year participant in the National FIRST Robotics competition, had its second meeting this week, and it looks like we may actually have one of the largest robotics teams in school

history. The group gets extra points for having the highest number of girls on the team roster as well. Other extracurricular groups made news as well. The hip-hop dance team held its tryouts this week, and other members of the dance department had a bake sale after school on Tuesday. The Walls chapter of the National Honor Society met to address this year’s agenda. The induction for new members will be held in January. Above all, congratulations to senior Ruby Simon, a finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Good luck, Ruby! — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

On Sept. 27, the Shepherd Elementary family had dinner at the Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant. The place was small and cozy. More than half of the

diners were from our school! Students were happy to chat with their friends while waiting for their meals. The food arrived quickly, and it was phenomenal! I read on a door sign that the Spring Garden Restaurant is on a list of the top 100 Chinese restaurants in the D.C. area. I had fried chicken dumplings, chicken and broccoli, General Tsao’s chicken and fried rice, and I also tasted salt and pepper squid! Yum! I was really happy to eat out with my family and school friends. I hope that next month more students and also teachers will come to the Family Dinner Night. Fellow Mustangs, I encourage you to ask your family to participate in the next Shepherd Family Dinner Night, at Comet Ping Pong. It will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, starting at 5 p.m. We have a fun time, and we help our school at the same time. The Shepherd PTA gets 20 percent of what we spend. — Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

On Sept. 13, the seventh-graders went to the Sheridan Mountain Campus for four days. Their big activity was a three-day and twonight hike through the Shenandoah Mountains. Before they hiked, the seventh-graders learned how to pack their backpacks. They also learned how important it is to leave no trace, so that when you go to a spot in the woods and then leave, people won’t be able to tell that you were just there. The class was split into three groups, each with two or three instructors. The groups walked four to five miles the first day and about seven miles the second day, carrying packs weighing about 30 pounds. The second day all the groups met together, having each taken a different path. Though it rained the whole night and day while they were hiking, the seventh-graders were all smiles and laughter when it came time to eat dinner and s’mores. The next day, they walked two miles back to Mountain Campus. The hike was fun yet tiring. At the end of the trip, the class felt proud knowing that they just walked 13 miles with those heavy packs. When they got back to the Mountain Campus, everyone was cheering, including the staff and other campers. — Rachel Greenberger and Gerard Hormiga, seventh-graders

Sidwell Friends School

On Sept. 26 the sixth-grade class went on a field trip to the Solar Decathlon, a competition in which college students design completely solar-powered homes. After arriving, we heard a presentation as part of Solar Decathlon Education Days and then had an early lunch before exploring the houses. Everyone split up into their homerooms, with a tour guide to lead them around. We had almost

three hours of exploring and searching for the answers to the questions in our student guides. The group that I was in had time to look at almost all of the solarpowered houses. Some of my personal favorites were the homes designed by college students in New Zealand, China, Belgium, Massachusetts, California, New York and Maryland. At the time of our visit, the University of Maryland house, WaterShed, was leading the competition in points, and Purdue was in second place. The homes were designed for a couple or expanding family. The home from Parsons School of Design is actually going to be donated to a single mother and her children in D.C. after the contest. We were shown through the houses by students who had helped in the building or designing process and were able to answer all of our many questions. After a long time of looking at the remarkable houses, we headed back to school. This was an awesome field trip, and I would highly recommend a visit to the Solar Decathlon. — Isabel Kirsch, sixth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We’re finishing our unit on the Shoshone Indian tribe. We read “Who Was Sacagawea” and “Sacagawea.” We just took a test on the unit. It was a full pack of questions, and we had to answer true/false, multiple choice, cause and effect, main idea and long answer. We also acted as statues from the book “Sacagawea.” When the teacher tapped us, we had to talk about what or who we were in the story. We will learn about Native Americans when we visit the Aquatic Gardens next week. We’re learning all kinds of things about Native Americans. Did you know that Columbus gave the name “Indian” to the people he saw here because he thought he was in India? And the Native Americans got here from walking across the Bering Strait land that went from Alaska across to where Russia and China are now. I like social studies this year because we’re learning about the Northwest Passage and the Pueblo and Navajo Indians. We’ve looked at how these tribes are alike and different by filling out a Venn diagram. In fourth grade, on the playground, the boys usually play basketball and soccer and the girls have conversations and hula-hoop. Everyone plays tag. Mrs. Marquez is strict and encouraging. She wants us to try our best and do harder things like bonus questions. She is also fair about decisions like if we have to lose five minutes of recess. She also reads out loud to us, and right now the book is “True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.” It’s a good book. Being in the fourth grade is fun. — Mia Heffelfinger and Matthew Rebour, fourth-graders

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adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is time for this kind of travesty and oppression to end, and it will end if we stand up for ourselves.â&#x20AC;? In the question-and-answer section of Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance, residents asked about the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promises to fund renovations at Volta Park and add bicycle lanes on L and M streets; Gray promised to look into those issues promptly. One resident asked about middle schools, which Gray said would receive â&#x20AC;&#x153;a renewed focus.â&#x20AC;? He said he would like to see a greater balance between wards with multiple middle schools and those with none. A Georgetown University student raised the issue of redistricting Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E. Students have argued that their

high population means they should have a greater number of single-member districts that student candidates would likely win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I actually would defer to the ANC leadership on that issue,â&#x20AC;? Gray replied. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who introduced Gray at the meeting and who cochairs the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redistricting subcommittee, noted that residents still have an opportunity to comment on redistricting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To anyone who is further interested or not happy with the way this came out, they can come out to the council and talk about this particular issue,â&#x20AC;? said Evans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But keep in mind, not everyone goes home happy after redistricting, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just part of the process.â&#x20AC;?


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report does not specify how much the city has spent on Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small area plan. The officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 recommendations included encouraging privatesector construction of more mixeduse residential and retail buildings along the corridor, improving pedestrian and vehicle traffic safety along Georgia Avenue and filling vacant storefronts. The goal was to focus initially on the area closest to the Petworth-Georgia Avenue Metro station. Petworth advisory neighborhood commissioner Shanel Anthony, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said he has seen significant improvements along Georgia Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a local kid growing up in this neighborhood, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud to see the changes that have taken place on Georgia Avenue,â&#x20AC;? he said. Citing wider sidewalks and streetscape improvements, Anthony said the avenue has become more attractive to new businesses such as Domku restaurant, Island CafĂŠ, furniture shop Corehaus and Qualia Coffee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of which also happen to be locally owned. A number of new apartment buildings and condominium projects along Georgia Avenue include both affordable units and higherend options. There are additional traffic lights and stop signs in the area, and a new sheltered bus stop was installed at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Upshur Street. Anthony said the Office of Planning has been responsive to community and business input, but he added that he wants to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;continued emphasis on [filling] vacant properties and encouraging businesses and other development going further north along Georgia Avenue.â&#x20AC;? Sylvia Robinson of the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force agreed that the area near the Petworth-Georgia Avenue Metro station has seen significant improvements, but said she would like to see the changes extend south along the avenue. Citing the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse population, Robinson said city planners need to work with the community to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bottom-up development rather than a top-down one to take into account the needs of the different demographic groups.â&#x20AC;? Factoring into the future development of Georgia Avenue is the potential redistricting of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood commissions. Robinson said the Georgia Avenue Task Force is pushing for a new commission to be established along Georgia Avenue from New Hampshire Avenue down to S Street in Ward 1 to â&#x20AC;&#x153;bring more concentrated attention to Georgia Avenue.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get a unified corridor when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divided into two different ANC groups,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Residents rally to protect Watergate Safeway Current Staff Report umors that Safeway plans to close its small store in the Watergate complex are unfounded, according to a company spokesperson. A group of Foggy Bottom residents recently started a petition to keep the store at 2250 Virginia Ave. open, in light of reports that its lease will not be renewed. Craig Muckle, the local spokesperson for Safeway, said he had heard the same rumors but denied that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been any talk at the corporate level about closing the Watergate store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No such discussions have occurred,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview, indicating that if residents are hearing information otherwise it must be from the landlord, not Safeway. A petition to keep the Safeway open has gathered more than 1,200 signatures, with the most recent added at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Foggy Bottom Association.


Marija Hughes, who drew up the petition, said residents have heard that the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease expires in December and will not be renewed. When residents See Safeway/Page 46

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ne of the owners of Zabb Modern Asian, which opened this summer across 18th Street from Lauriol Plaza, says the wait at his famed TexMex-serving neighbor is usually long or longer. But now those unwilling to queue 30 minutes for a quesadilla can make their way to Zabb, a panAsian restaurant with an emphasis on sushi. The sister restaurant of a Thai eatery in Manassas, Va., the new 18th Street establishment has taken over the expansive space formerly occupied by Straits of Malaya.

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Chinsetthakit are trying to increase their catering work. They also feature a special lunchtime menu, along with latenight and happy-hour offerings. The lunch deals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zabb Under Tenâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; include an entrĂŠe such as pad thai or teriyaki, along with miso soup and salad, all for $8.99 or $9.99. But the real hot item at Zabb, says Iemsawat, is the sushi, because the restaurant brought in sushi chef Saran â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peterâ&#x20AC;? Kannasute, who moved for the job from Florida, where he trained with See Asian/Page 46





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PALISADES $1,165,000 LOCATED on quiet cul de sac, this warm and inviting home offers a large open floor plan with great southern exposure. KIT, DR and FR are designed for fun and relaxation. Wonderful deck and private, fenced yard overlooks Battery Kemble Park. New KIT has premier ss appliances and granite counter tops. Spacious MBR ste is a pure delight. Completely finished LL. Garage. 5010 MacArthur Court NW. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Cleveland Park Colonial boasts extensive renovation work


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backbreaking work. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something special about the Reno Road home that owner Sharon Martin brought back to life and dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Fenice,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phoenix,â&#x20AC;? for the fabled bird that rises from its own ashes. Empty for nearly three decades, the Cleveland Park property was in a sad state when restoration work began in the mid-1990s, Martin said. That run-down past is hard to imagine when standing in the 1930s brick Colonial now. Instead, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bones â&#x20AC;&#x201D; substantial moldings, random-width white-oak floorboards on the ground floor and original hardware throughout â&#x20AC;&#x201D; simply look to be those of a wellkept, unaltered property. The ground floor has a classically Colonial layout. To one side of a wide center hall waits a large living room lit through ample windows and grounded by a wood-burning

fireplace. Opposite that space is a generous-sized dining room. Renovations have added built-in storage, both closed and open, along one wall. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second fireplace waits in this room; two more are in the master bedroom and a bottom-level in-law suite. The dining space segues to a kitchen that was upgraded in 2006. Features include Silestone counters and high-end appliances, but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more notable here is a layout that allows work by multiple cooks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks to ample counter space and two sinks. Guests are also welcome to perch, either on barstools or at a built-in banquette. Two more spaces on this level suit different moods. For a cozy chat or quiet read, the denâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original wood paneling strikes the right tone. Ready for a sunnier site? A few steps away is a three-season sunroom that looks out on this homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s setting. Nestled on nearly half an acre, the property is ringed by leafy spots to sit and relax, including a gazebo and a couple of terraces. Paths lead to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circular driveway set back from Reno Road. A two-car garage and a parking pad are on the property as well.

Upstairs, four bedrooms and three baths ring a large central landing. The master suite is a particular draw, with a fireplace and a renovated bath inspired by a hotel that Martin visited. This level also features hardwood floorboards, but these are random-width heart pine, rather than oak. A bottom level has a surprising amount of living space devoted to its one-bedroom in-law suite. A large living room centers on a substantial brick fireplace; a connecting room could work as a dining area or sitting room. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a full bath, a not-too-small kitchen and, of course, a bedroom.







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This five-bedroom home on Reno Road is on the market for $1,850,000. Elsewhere on this level are some useful spots, including a laundry room and half-bath. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s systems, including a threeyear-old boiler, are also housed here and serve as reminders of a thorough renovation. This five-bedroom home with

four full and two half-baths at 3820 Reno Road in is offered for $1,850,000. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For details, contact Realtor Marjorie Dick Stuart of Randall Hagner, a J Street Co., at 240-731-8079 or

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ered illegally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was Fentyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concept for how to deal with this, and how to provide this opportunity,â&#x20AC;? he said. Now, Graham said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we have a situation where the new administration is unwilling to continue it.â&#x20AC;? Roxana Olivas, director of the Latino Affairs Office, did not respond to an inquiry from The Current by press time. In other news reports, Olivas said the Unity Park market had always operated illegally, since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s against the law to sell food in a public park, and that city officials never worked to get the proper permission to change that. The collection of vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who set up stands three days a week, selling mostly Salvadoran and Mexican food â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been a tricky topic in Adams Morgan. Several owners of nearby brickand-mortar businesses complained that the market was slashing into their profits, while some neighbors had concerns about trash and rats. Beyond that were questions about the vendorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; licenses to operate. Since taking over vendor man-

agement from another nonprofit in 2010, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has worked to address those issues, CĂĄrdenas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the complaints about them not having permissions and licenses to sell food, we worked on that,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also attended to

â??They were happy with the food; they think it improved the park.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Magda CĂĄrdenas all complaints from the [business improvement district] and neighbors that they were leaving trash behind.â&#x20AC;? Many in the neighborhood enjoyed the market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;they were happy with the food; they think it improved the park,â&#x20AC;? CĂĄrdenas said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was trouble to keep [the vendors] operating because of the complaints of certain people.â&#x20AC;? Kristen Barden, director of the Adams Morgan Partnership business improvement district, sent out a news release last week praising the mayor and the Office of Latino Affairs for closing the market.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This weekend vending program has operated illegally since the summer of 2008 and done financial damage to many of the hard working, legally operating brick and mortar businesses in Adams Morgan,â&#x20AC;? Barden wrote. Over the years, while vendors sold food in Unity Park illegally, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;long waiting listâ&#x20AC;? for legal vending licenses has been growing, she said, due to a citywide moratorium on the licenses. Maritza Guevara, who used to run a stand in Unity Park, called The Current to express doubts about the future for herself and other vendors. Many families are out of work now that the market has closed, and the Office on Latino Affairs owes them money from the program, Guevara said. She was skeptical of the plan to relocate the market to Columbia Heights, saying past promises of this nature havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t panned out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a solution for the vendors in the Unity Park,â&#x20AC;? Guevara said in Spanish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a place to sell.â&#x20AC;? CĂĄrdenas of the Chamber of Commerce said vendors had six monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice of the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end.

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a concrete base for the stabile â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an abstract sculpture that resembles a mobile but has no moving parts. The actual move, Machado said, will occur sometime next year, probably with the help of a very strong crane. In 1968, Calder was commissioned by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to create a sculpture specifically designed for the west side of museum. It was crafted in France, and the 1969 dedication was attended by Calder himself, Gwendolyn Cafritz (for whom the statue was named) and then-Smithsonian director S. Dillon Ripley, Machado said. But over the years, ideas change. Calder died in 1976, and a later museum director, Roger Kennedy, decided he wanted to hold concerts on the west side of the museum, using a donated bandstand from Illinois. In 1983, the reflecting pool was filled in, and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gwenfritzâ&#x20AC;? unceremoniously relocated to the corner, obscured by tall willow oaks that have grown up around it. The black-painted metal of what is described on a plaque as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and most important stabilesâ&#x20AC;? now shows spots of rust. But band concerts proved to be a poor fit for the side of the museum. The sloping site made accessibility difficult, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and traffic on 14th and Constitution got worse and worse,â&#x20AC;? drowning out the music, Machado said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an interesting idea, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work.â&#x20AC;? In 2010, after much negotiation, the band shell was disassembled and sent back to Illinois. Smithsonian officials have discussed putting the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gwenfritzâ&#x20AC;? back in its original location for some time. The final push came during a complicated bureaucratic review triggered by a separate proposal to punch a horizontal row of windows into the west side of the museum,

above the cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glass wall, in order to bring light to galleries on the floor above. Since the building has landmark protections, preservation officials wanted to mitigate that change by restoring another historic feature. And there sat the big, lonely Calder, hidden among the trees and practically begging to go back to the spot it was made for. But what was once the reflecting pool is now â&#x20AC;&#x153;an ugly platform covered with grass,â&#x20AC;? with exterior lighting such that it â&#x20AC;&#x153;looks like a backyard pool,â&#x20AC;? architect Jones said. So he discussed a variety of proposed changes with the design panel Sept. 15 during its review of the project. New LED lights, including some submersed in the pool, will be installed, he said. The pool itself will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;shallowedâ&#x20AC;? so that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require guardrails. And a new ramp with only a 5 percent slope will be installed to meet current Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. The floor of the pool got special attention. The original pool bottom had big stones set in gravel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;difficult to keep clean and maintain,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now considering using a product marketed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;PebbleTec,â&#x20AC;? which features small pebbles set in cement, but wanted the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the PebbleTecâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said member Edwin Schlossberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do, too. I just hate the name,â&#x20AC;? said member Pam Nelson. Chair Rusty Powell noted that the original pool and its setting â&#x20AC;&#x153;was a supremely â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s installation. You can make it look better now,â&#x20AC;? he told Jones. Machado said later that the restoration of the reflecting pool and relocation of the stabile is expected to cost about $1.8 million, using a mix of federal and private funds. A somewhat ragged â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victory Gardenâ&#x20AC;? exhibit that now sits between the cafe and the pool site will also be removed â&#x20AC;&#x153;in favor of a more contemplative setting,â&#x20AC;? Jones said.

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and Woodley Park, among other neighborhoods. An overlay â&#x20AC;&#x153;is established to preserve and enhance neighborhood shopping areas, by providing the scale of development and range of uses that are appropriate for neighborhood shopping and services,â&#x20AC;? the code states. Specific overlay requirements are developed by community members who work with the D.C. Office of Planning, and must be approved by the Zoning Commission. In addition to restrictions on service-industry businesses, overlays typically limit restaurants and building density. The overlay rules can be waived on a case-by-case basis, but community members and D.C. agencies can offer input before a restricted tenant is allowed to move in. Neighborhood commissioner Adam Tope said the number of vacancies in Van Ness today presents an opportunity for the commu-

nity to shape the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term retail future. An overlay applies only to new tenants within commercial space, so although current businesses would be grandfathered, the new restrictions would limit what can fill the empty storefronts once demand picks up. Tope supports the overlay â&#x20AC;&#x153;basically to limit more dry cleaners, more banks, more institutions like schools from opening up in our neighborhoods, and kind of force landlords to open restaurants and retail of other types,â&#x20AC;? he said. Commissioner Tom Whitley, the only member of the neighborhood commission to oppose the overlay, said he wanted to hear from real estate experts before moving forward with restrictions on retail. Since he has lived in the neighborhood, he said, he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen evidence that the retail or restaurants his fellow commissioners are seeking have any interest in Van Ness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had in these 20 years a big exciting demand,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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new garden,â&#x20AC;? said Sam Ullery, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-ever school garden guru. When the D.C. Council passed the Healthy Schools Act last year, it created a slew of new nutrition and exercise requirements for students. But it also created a position dedicated to promoting gardens at local schools. As school garden specialist, Ullery operates under the auspices of the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. He stepped into his role four months ago and has been spreading the garden gospel to public charter and traditional public schools ever since.

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gardens will create new connections between the schools and their communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have a group of students and teachers working on a space, and they care for it, and they love it, and they have ownership of it, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to translate outside the community to their homes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to translate into the classroom. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a way to bring a loving, caring culture in the school,â&#x20AC;? he said. Francis-Stevens PTA president Kimberly Johnson said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrilled to see the community come together to support the garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is going to be a great opportunity for the kids to really understand where their food comes from and how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a healthy option for them as well,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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hen asked to describe Mount Pleasant, participants in the National Building Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investigating Where We Liveâ&#x20AC;? program had no shortage of words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diverse,â&#x20AC;? they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peaceful.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Otherworldly.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friendly.â&#x20AC;? But they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to stop at words â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mount Pleasant: Discovering D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diverse Small Town,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit the students created this summer, features video, an iPod station with recorded interviews, a puzzle map, and a wall full of poetry and pictures about the neighborhood. The monthlong program, now in its 15th year, aims to share the â&#x20AC;&#x153;youth perspectiveâ&#x20AC;? on the city. Twenty-eight teenagers and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;tweens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 75 percent of them residents of the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spent their summer vacations researching District neighborhoods and designing exhibits to showcase their findings. This year, 10 students focused on Mount Pleasant. At the July 29 event opening, participants and supporters were eager to talk about the project. Vinita Phonseys, the team lead-

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The photographs taken by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investigating Where We Liveâ&#x20AC;? participants captured various aspects of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. er of the Mount Pleasant group, said the program hoped to spotlight the â&#x20AC;&#x153;special character of the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? The students seem to have found it. They took notice of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quiet and wildlife, Phonseys said. More than one student commented that it felt like the group wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in D.C. anymore. And Vinita recalled one student, from a different D.C. neighborhood, who said the scene reminded her a movie: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is so perfect, it feels like something bad

is about to happen.â&#x20AC;? Ike Allen, a student at Washington International School, described four days of â&#x20AC;&#x153;structured walksâ&#x20AC;? and interviews. He said the group found a neighborhood that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the most diverse in the country â&#x20AC;Ś racially but also in the way the neighborhood looks.â&#x20AC;? Sean Ross, a student at Eastern High School, described learning about the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, referring to the 1991 riot in Mount Pleasant as an important event that â&#x20AC;&#x153;people still remember, but they

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem angry.â&#x20AC;? Tim Wright, a Mount Pleasant resident and author of the42bus., was one of the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first interviews. He presented a brief history of the neighborhood, including its origin as a suburb and place of summer residences. Wright also talked about the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique character. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We consider it a village,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Village in the Cityâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;En la Ciudad un Pueblo.â&#x20AC;? Wright, a former civics teacher,










said he hoped to help students â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay attention to the components of a neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;?; in his talk he highlighted the residential and commercial division of Mount Pleasant. Ross seemed to have picked up on the lesson, describing the neighborhood as a place with â&#x20AC;&#x153;two sides.â&#x20AC;? Students also met with longtime resident Joe Kiyerliber and Dos Gringos restaurant owner Alex Kramer, and they approached random residents, pleased to find See Mount Pleasant/Page 40


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Wednesday october 5 Classes â&#x2013; A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Meditation expert William Smith will teach simple and effective meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Concert â&#x2013;  Washington Musica Viva will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;DvorĂĄk Dances,â&#x20AC;? a jazz piece for a fivemember band by contemporary composer Charley Gerard. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Patrick French will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;India: A Portrait.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5722. â&#x2013;  Journalist and commentator TourĂŠ will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afraid of PostBlackness? What It Means to Be Black Nowâ&#x20AC;? in a conversation with Jonathan Capehart and Roland Martin. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Institute for Policy Studies will present a talk and reading by IranianAmerican human rights activist Amir, writer and co-creator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zahraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paradise.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Loft, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theolo-

gy and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Odysseyâ&#x20AC;? by Homer as part of a series on heroic adventure in Western literature. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; Historian Carlo Ginzburg will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schema and Bias: A Historianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reflection on Double-Blind Experiments.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friends of the Tenley Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Author Series, Alison Kahn will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patapsco: Life Along Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic River Valley.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Economist Jeffrey Sachs will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Architect Frank Gehry and collaborator Robert Wilson will discuss the creative process of developing the concept and design of the Eisenhower National Memorial. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Ballet icon Suzanne Farrell and musical conductor Emil de Cou will discuss the world of ballet, as well as the responsibility of preserving choreographer George Balanchineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works while infusing them with new life every time they are staged. 7 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Washington Post environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium,


National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films â&#x2013; Peace Action will present Alice and Lincoln Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. $10; $8 for students. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom of the Operaâ&#x20AC;? with an encore showing of a fully staged concert at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Albert Hall. 7:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The broadcast will be shown again Oct. 6 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Hristos Karakepelisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The House of Cane,â&#x20AC;? about seven ordinary men who committed murder. 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. Thursday, Oct. 6

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Book signing â&#x2013; George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead children ages 3 and older on a Discovery Hike along the Woodland Trail in search of signs of wildlife. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts â&#x2013;  Conductor John Storgards will lead the



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Thursday, october 6 â&#x2013; Discussion: Deepak Chopra (shown) and Leonard Mlodinow will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Gidon Kremer in a performance of works by Mussorgsky, Sibelius, Liadov and Nielsen. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mark Schubin of the Metropolitan Opera will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fandom of the Opera: How a 400-Year-Old Art Form Helped Create Modern Media Technology.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-1212. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Bridges, assistant professor of German at Rhodes College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foreign Powers, Strange Attractions, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Turkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: An 18th-Centry Chess Automaton and His Literary Afterlife in Hoffmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Die Automate.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 141, Intercultural Center, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6051. â&#x2013;  Gail Halvorsen will discuss his memoir

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Berlin Candy Bomber,â&#x20AC;? about his experiences as a U.S. pilot involved in the massive airlift of food and supplies during the Berlin Blockade. Noon. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013; Deborah Brautigam, professor at the School of International Service at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;China in Africa: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Really Going On.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5816. â&#x2013;  David Cameron, professor of political science at Yale University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eurozone Crisis: Stumbling Toward Economic Government.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Curator Frank H. Goodyear will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shimomura Crossing the Delaware.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The 9/11 Arts Project and the Kreeger Museum will present a talk by attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, former special master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. 6:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Traitors, Fathers and Sons: The John Walker and Jim Nicholson Family Spy Storiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature David Major, former supervisory special agent and director of counterintelligence, intelligence and security programs for the FBI, and Bryan Denson, an investigative reporter for The Oregonian. 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Paul Farber, co-curator of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American in Deutschland,â&#x20AC;? will discuss American photographer Leonard Freedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in the post-war Jewish community of Berlin. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Laurence Bergreen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Columbus: The Four Voyages.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein (shown) will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Trackâ&#x20AC;? in a panel discussion with former Reps. Dennis Hertel, D-Mich.; Matt McHugh, D-N.Y.; and Connie Morella, R-Md. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Artist Nina Chanel Abney will discuss her work, which is featured in the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Americans.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  The Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of the American Democracy will present a talk by Phillip Blond on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the Market and State Combine to Undermine Civic SelfGovernment and Local Responsibility.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Human Rights Film Series will feature Peter Richardsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Die in Oregon,â&#x20AC;? about the right See Events/Page 31


Continued From Page 30 of terminally ill Oregonians to physicianassisted suicide and the complex nature of the decision to end one’s own life. A question-and-answer session with Richardson will follow. 5:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ The Institute for Policy Studies will present Patricio Guzmán’s documentary “Nostalgia for the Light,” about the Atacama Desert in Chile. The event will include a performance by the D.C.-based musical group Son Cosita Seria and a reading by poet Mario Escobar. 6:30 p.m. $35. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. ■ The Austrian Cultural Forum and the Washington Film Institute will present Werner Boote’s film “Plastic Planet,” about the threat plastic poses to environmental and human health. 7:30 p.m. $15. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. ■ Interstages Inc. will present Jamie Foxx’s documentary “Thunder Soul,” about the importance of arts-based education. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performances ■ The Local Dance Commissioning Project will feature “Tinsel and Bone” by choreographer and dancer Erica Rebollar. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The two-night performance will continue Friday at 6 p.m. ■ Montreal-based company Lemieux Pilon 4D Art will present “Norman,” a tribute to pioneering filmmaker Norman McLaren in which projected holograms inhabit the stage with live actors. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events ■ “Phillips After 5” will feature a talk by Washington Ballet artist director Septime Webre on the exhibition “Degas’s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint,” demonstrations by Washington School of Ballet trainees and a talk on “Morris Louis: In Living Color.” 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ “A Vintage Evening: 18th-Century Taverns and Ciders” will feature a tasting of hard ciders and a talk by tavern scholar Rod Cofield, director of interpretation and museum programs at Historic London Town and Gardens near Annapolis, Md. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ The annual Friends of Rose Park fall party will raise funds for maintenance and improvements at the Georgetown park. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $150. 3032 N St. NW. Tours ■ A Smithsonian horticulturist will lead a

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Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mussorgsky, Barrios-Mangiore, Franck, Copland, Ellington and Hoiby. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ Charles Miller of the National City Christian Church will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature Risa Browder on violin, John Moran on cello and Anthony Harvey on theorbo performing works by Corelli, Boni and Stradella. 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ La Catrina String Quartet will perform a blend of Latin American and standard music. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. ■ The Washington International Piano Arts Council and Woman’s National Democratic Club will present pianist Eric Himy performing works by Liszt. 7 p.m. $50 to $125. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. ■ The KC Jazz Club will feature saxophonist Steve Wilson (shown), pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Michael Bowie, drummer Lewis Nash and a string quartet performing the music of the seminal Charlie Parker recording “Bird With Strings.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. ■ On the 162nd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, local musical acts Lenorable, Nunchucks, Dance for the Dying and LTW will present a benefit concert for Baltimore’s Poe House & Museum, which recently lost city funding and faces closure in 2012 without additional financial support. 9 p.m. $8. Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Mark Pett will discuss his children’s book “The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ A new literary series focusing on African poets and writers will feature a talk on contemporary African culture by Ali

Friday, october 7 ■ Discussion: Musician and spoken word artist Henry Rollins will discuss his book “Occupants,” which pairs his photographs and writing. 7:30 p.m. $40. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Mazrui, professor in the humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Noon. Free. African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1980. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden conservation and sustainability horticulturist Ray Mims will dis-

cuss “Sustainable Gardening for Homeowners — An Overview.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present a video recording of historian David McCullough’s recent talk on “Morse at the Louvre.” Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Robert Thompson, visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss “The Challenge of Feeding Nine Billion by Mid-Century.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-870-6677. ■ Experts will participate in “Fact or Fiction: A Symposium on Native Law.” 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ A lecture series on the philosophical thought of Martin Heidegger will feature a talk by Richard Polt, professor of philosophy at Xavier University, on “Drawing the Line: Political Thought in Heidegger’s Lecture Courses and Seminars of 1933-1935.” 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-3195259. ■ Valerie Kivelson will discuss “Mapping Magic: The Sites of Witchcraft in 17th-Century Russia.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations

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required. Room 662, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films ■ The Petworth Neighborhood Library will host the D.C. premiere of Jenalia Moreno’s documentary “Stitched,” about three quilters racing to complete their entries for the International Quilt Festival. A question-andanswer session with Moreno will follow. 3 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ “Power Moves: The Empress Dowager Onscreen” will feature Nicholas Ray’s 1963 film “55 Days at Peking,” starring Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Meeting ■ The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. The group meets every Friday. Performance ■ Bharata Natyam dancer Leela Samson See Events/Page 32

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Continued From Page 31 will perform as part of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts. 8 p.m. $27.50 to $55. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Special event â&#x2013; The Ponca Nation of Nebraska will celebrate its tribal history and heritage with cultural activities and performances, including a new play about Ponca Chief Standing Bear and his famous trial at Fort Omaha. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Saturday october 8 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Pamela Duncan Edwards. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about first lady and activist Eleanor Roosevelt 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. Concerts â&#x2013;  Rocknoceros will perform family-friendly music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. 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. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The D.C. Preservation League and Historic Mount Pleasant will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic House Toolbox,â&#x20AC;? featuring tips on working with architects and contractors, roofing, wood

sion. Suite 101, Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-333-6100. â&#x2013; Dumbarton United Methodist Church will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blessing of the Animals.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Front steps, Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Institute for Spiritual Development will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Message Circle,â&#x20AC;? featuring mediums with messages of love, inspiration and guidance for all attendees. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $22. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. 202-362-2456.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Collectors Bob Emry will discuss the varied weaving techniques, formats and functions of the flatwoven textiles of the Caucasus. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Francisco X. Stork will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Writing About disAbilities.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. Second-floor West Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7272142. â&#x2013;  The creative team from Montrealbased company Lemieux Pilon 4D Art will discuss the artistry behind their multidisciplinary production. 4 p.m. $12. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Festival â&#x2013;  The three-day Taste of DC festival will feature tastings, demonstrations and seminars, as well as live performances by Styx, Big & Rich, Rusted Root, Rocknoceros (shown) and others. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free admission; $15 for 10 food and beverage tickets; $15 for 10 alcohol tickets; other prices vary. Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street NW. The festival will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Andy Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 mm film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lupe.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present three of the original episodes in Louis Feuilladeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serial â&#x20AC;&#x153;FantĂ´mas.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, october 8 â&#x2013; Tour: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Trees,â&#x20AC;? will lead a tour of the U.S. Capitol Grounds to see the architecture and the colorful foliage of the historic trees. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-1116. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  Bharata Natyam dancer Leela Samson will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spandaâ&#x20AC;? as part of Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts. 8 p.m. $27.50 to $55. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will join with Operation Paws for Homes to host a pet adoption event. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admis-

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Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $89 to $164. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walks and tours 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;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 12:30 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Nourseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgetown Neighborhood c. 1810.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10; free for ages 3 and younger. Meet at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will lead a tour focusing on important plants in American history. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan



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Olling will lead a tour of the National Garden, focusing on trees and shrubs of the midAtlantic region. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The tour will repeat Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

Sunday october 9 Class â&#x2013; Musician Jonny Grave will lead a slide guitar workshop. 3:30 to 5 p.m. $30; reservations required. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. Concerts â&#x2013;  The James Madison University School of Music will present pianist Bob Hallahan and saxophonist David Pope performing jazz standards and original compositions. 2 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Holmboe, Françaix and Rouse. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and L streets SE. 202433-4011. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Camerata will perform works by Gould and Weber. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  Soprano Millicent Scarlett will perform songs and arias by Puccini, Mozart, Strauss and Barber, followed by the opening of a show of watercolors by Chris Holmes. 4 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-3634900. â&#x2013;  Recording artist and producer SHI 360, one of the first Israeli MCs, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Orchestra and the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Bernstein, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic event for singer/songwriters. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Discussion and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christianity & Politics,â&#x20AC;? a speaker series about confusion over church and state, will feature a talk by theologian Michael Horton on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evangelism and Social Justice.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Christ Reformed Church, 1405 15th St. NW. 202-656-1611. â&#x2013;  Mark N. Ozer (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northwest Washington, D.C.: Tales From West of the Park,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Jeremy Rifkin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Peter J. Brownlee, associate curator at the Terra Foundation for American Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gallery of the Louvre.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, See Events/Page 33


Continued From Page 32 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Films ■ “Power Moves: The Empress Dowager Onscreen” will feature Ann Hu’s 2000 film “Shadow Magic,” about the arrival of motion pictures in China. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Downtown Scene NY Film Series will feature the film “Downtown 81,” starring American artist Jean Michel Basquiat. After the film, Maripol and Michael Holman will discuss the film, Basquiat and the explosive art and music scene in New York during the late 1970s and early 1980s. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Elio Petri’s 1961 film “The Assassin,” a pointed critique of politics and police power in 1960s Italy. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” will present Mary Harron’s 1996 film “I Shot Andy Warhol,” about 1960s radical Valerie Solanas. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading ■ “Nine on the Ninth,” hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will an open-mic poetry reading. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event ■ “Gifts for the Family Caregiver: A MiniRetreat” will feature Mary Wright Baylor, Washington National Cathedral pastoral care nurse; the Rev. Andrea Martin, associate rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church; and Mona Hanford, caregiver and activist in endof-life care. Participants will learn new forms of prayer and meditation, walk a prayer labyrinth, receive a chair massage and learn about practical resources for caring for an elderly parent or a spouse or child who is ill. 1 to 5 p.m. $15. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW. 202342-2800. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older a tour of the Georgetown Waterfront Park and discuss the role the neighborhood has played during times of conflict between the United States and other nations. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6700. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of the Old Stone House’s garden while describing the multiple benefits of plants and herbs used during Colonial times. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. ■ A behind-the-scenes, lantern-lit tour will explore the National Building Museum’s

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Monday october 10 Concert ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. 8 p.m. $35 to $85. Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Spices Through the Ages.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-1116. ■ Justin Jacobs, assistant professor of East Asian history at American University, will discuss “100 Years Later: The 1911 Chinese Revolution Then and Today.” 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Battelle-Tompkins Atrium, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Brent Heath, co-owner of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, will discuss “Bulbs as Companion Plants.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■ Alia Malek will discuss her book “Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Karin Carrington and Susan Griffin will discuss their book “Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Jeremi Suri will discuss his book “Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building From the Founders to Obama.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ As part of the Lincoln Legacy Project, Ford’s Theatre will host a panel discussion on “Jews and Race Relations in the South,” featuring journalist Cynthia Tucker, playwright Alfred Uhry and historian Eli Evans. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW.

Monday, october 10 ■ Concert: The Good Lovelies will perform folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Becky’s Bulbs, will lead a Living Flower Arrangements Workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. $50; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Tuesday, Oct. 11

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Concert ■ Deva Premal and Miten will perform sacred and contemporary music. 7:30 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Panelists will discuss the United Nations’ work to promote gender equity and empower women. 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by R. Scott Turner, professor of neurology and

director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ The History-Travel-Biography Book Club will discuss “American Lion” by Jon Meacham. 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Editor Alexandra Garbarini, associate professor of history at Williams College, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum survivor volunteers will discuss “Reading Signs of the Times: Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1938-1940.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. ■ Nelly van Doorn-Harder, professor at Wake Forest University, will discuss “Can Muslims Be Good Dutch Burghers?” 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Peter Van Buren will discuss his book “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Marsha Coleman-Adebayo will discuss her book “No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker will discuss his book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ The Center for Environmental

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Filmmaking’s seventh annual fall film series will feature “Synthetic Sea, Synthetic Me,” about the growing threat posed by plastic in the oceans. A post-screening discussion will feature activist Anna Cummins, one of the film’s subjects. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performances ■ The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington will present “Icon 11,” a talent show featuring local youth. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Opera d’Arte will present a theatrical performance of “The Betrothed,” based on the novel by Alessandro Manzoni. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-518-0998, ext. 27. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Jackpot: Stories about reversals of fortune, hitting the bigtime, or losing it all.” 8 p.m. $14 in advance; $15 at the door. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. ■ Busboys and Poets will host “Tuesday Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading ■ Jorie Graham will read from her poetry. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294. Wednesday, Oct. 12

Wednesday october 12 Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The event See Events/Page 34


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Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 7 p.m. $49 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Workshop ■ Brent Heath, co-owner of Brent and

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Continued From Page 33 will repeat Oct. 19 and 26 at noon. Concerts â&#x2013; The Virginia-based group Linda Lay and Springfield Exit will perform a mix of traditional country, blues, swing, bluegrass and folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present baritone Mathias Hausmann (shown) and pianist Craig Rutenberg performing works by Austrian composers who lived and worked in the United States. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weaving Success: Taking Leadership to the Next Level,â&#x20AC;? about leadership trends and needs in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complex global business environment. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Military historian Lewis Sorley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Westmoreland,â&#x20AC;? will discuss how Gen.

William Westmoreland, commander of the 101st Airborne Division and superintendent of West Point, was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunch Bytes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Digital Art & Cultureâ&#x20AC;? will feature a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Institutional Challenges,â&#x20AC;? about questions regarding storage, exhibition and preservation created by the emergence of digital art. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard G. Kurtz, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then a Soldier,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Army â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Youth Escapes From Jewishness â&#x20AC;Ś and the Man Returns. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202265-6280. The discussion will continue Oct. 19 at noon. â&#x2013;  Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required.

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Wednesday, october 12 â&#x2013; Discussion: The Lowell School Parent Education Series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Multicultural Education: Essential Learning for All of Usâ&#x20AC;? by Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of language, literacy and culture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 7 to 9 p.m. $10. Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW. 202-253-5591.

Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; Joshua Goldstein, professor emeritus at American University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide,â&#x20AC;? about todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successes in building peace. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Room 200, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Peter Ng Kok Song, chief investment officer at the Government of Singapore Investment Corp., and Sean Hagan, general counsel of the International Monetary Fund, will discuss the attributes of leadership and




the role of meditation in their success. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 415, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; Artist Wolfgang Laib will discuss his use of natural elements to create objects and installations. 6 p.m. $10; free for students. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Carrie Trybulec, director of the Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington, D.C., will discuss the basic principles of Mahatma Gandhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-violent campaign to gain Indian independence. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Washington Post national security reporter Dana Priest will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Secret America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Carol Hart, a horticulturist at Wakehurst Place, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kew in the Country: A View of Wakehurst Place,â&#x20AC;? about the 465-acre country estate, its conservation work and the Millennium Seed Bank. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Iris Krasnow will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Painter Elizabeth Peyton will discuss her work, including her visually arresting portraits of fellow artists, friends and cultural icons. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen: A Generation of Queer Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Michelle Clunie of Showtimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queer as Folk,â&#x20AC;? Ronnie Kroell of Bravoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Me a Supermodel,â&#x20AC;? Bob Mondello of National Public Radio and Stephen Fossell of George Washington University. 7 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Chinese poets Xi Chuan and Zhou Zan will read from their work and discuss contemporary Chinese poetry. 7 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. â&#x2013;  Pattie Boyd, a British fashion model and wife to two of musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest legends, will share images from her marriages to George Harrison and Eric Clapton. 7:30 p.m. $38. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature VĂĄclev Havelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaving,â&#x20AC;? an absurdist look at the life of an ex-politician. 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. Meditation â&#x2013;  The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630.


Special events â&#x2013; The National Park Service and partner

organizations will celebrate National Fossil Day with hands-on activities, including a chance to dig for fossil souvenirs in fossil-rich sediment from North Carolina. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. In front of the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. â&#x2013; A prayer service celebrating the 175th anniversary of Asbury United Methodist Church will feature a singing and praying band performing an African-American ritual that started in the 19th century on the Delmarva Peninsula. 7 p.m. Free. Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th St. NW. 202-628-0009. Sporting event â&#x2013;  A congressional team will play members of the U.S. Capitol Police in a charity flag football game to benefit nonprofit organizations Our Military Kids and the Capitol Police Memorial Fund. 7:35 p.m. $10. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. Tour â&#x2013;  A U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer will lead a lunchtime tour of the conservatory and discuss connections between exotic plants and everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. The tour will repeat Oct. 19 and 26 at noon. Thursday, Oct. 13

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Book signing â&#x2013; George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will led children ages 5 and older on an exploratory hike along the Woodland Trail. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Association will perform in the Chinese theatrical tradition. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  NSO Pops will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein,â&#x20AC;? featuring soprano Rebecca Luker, tenor Aaron Lazar and baritone Rod Gilfry (shown). 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Amira Maaty, a program officer at the National Endowment for Democracy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Progress and Setbacks in Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest for Democracy.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Tim McGrath will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail,â&#x20AC;? about one of the U.S. Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding fathers. Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  Khaled Furani, assistant professor of anthropology at Tel-Aviv University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ethnographic Arriving of Palestine.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations See Events/Page 36


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Gallery offerings range from figures to leopards Touchstone Gallery will open two shows today and continue them through Oct. 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scapesâ&#x20AC;? features recent expressionistic paintings by Steve Alderton that include landscapes and figurescapes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clouded Leopard Labyrinth,â&#x20AC;? an installation by


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Leslie A. Johnston that evokes a rain forest, is devoted to the elusive and endangered cat. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pictorial Choreography,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Clyde Fowler that offer choreographic considerClyde Fowlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ations of movement, rhythm, space â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whispersâ&#x20AC;? is and form, will open tomorrow at on display at Long View Gallery and continue Long View. through Nov. 6. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Figurescape #20â&#x20AC;? by Steve Alderton is part of an exhibit at Touchstone Gallery. Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013; Tryst Coffeehouse will open an exhibit of photography by Emily Dolenz tomorrow with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Nov. 1. Located at 2459 18th St. NW, the coffee shop is open Monday through Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Sunday See Exhibits/Page 38

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different look courtesy of director Nick Olcottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English adaptation of Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore.â&#x20AC;? Will math nerd Nemorino win his beloved Adina over dangerous competition from bad-boy Belcore? Performance times are 8 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 28, 2:30 p.m. Oct. Laura Choi Stewart and Alex Alburqueque star in the In Seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love 16 and 23 and 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Tickets cost $20 to $40. GALA Potion #1â&#x20AC;? at GALA Theatre Oct. 15 through 29. Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. Aldridge Theater is located at 2455 with Dr. Wonderful and her amazNW. 202-204-7763; ing adventure team of Newton (the 6th St. NW. 202-806-7700; â&#x2013; Howard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog) and Ben (the human) in this Department of Theatre Arts is presenting David FeldShuhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss â&#x2013;  The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will world-premiere musical. Dr. Wonderful and her team receive an celebrate its 10th anniversary by Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Boysâ&#x20AC;? through Oct. 9 in the presenting two George Balanchine important call causing them to leap Ira Aldridge Theater. programs Oct. 12 through 16 at the into action from their laboratory/ Based on the historic Tuskegee Kennedy Center. bedroom into outer space. Study, which looked at the oftenPerformance times are 7:30 p.m. Performance times vary, but all fatal progress of untreated syphilis shows take place during the dayWednesday in a group of time on weekends. Tickets cost through Sunday black sharecrop$18. 202-467-4600; and 1:30 p.m. pers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Saturday and Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Boysâ&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre has extended the Sunday. Tickets chronicles the U.S. premiere of Alan Bennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost $29 to $84. experience of comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Habit of Artâ&#x20AC;? through 202-467-4600; Miss Eunice Oct. 23. kennedy-center. Evers, the public Deep in the bowels of Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s org. health nurse who â&#x2013;  The Kennedy National Theatre, rehearsals for a attempted to aid Ted van Griethuysen and Paxton new play go apace: Benjamin Center will four of the men Whitehead star in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Habit of Britten is having trouble with his present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The in the study. Artâ&#x20AC;? at the Studio Theatre. latest opera and seeks out his colAmazing Performance laborator, poet W.H. Auden, after a Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 25-year separation. Between visits Her Dog!â&#x20AC;? Oct. 15 through 29 in through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. by a rent boy and a biographer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Family Theater. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. See Theater/Page 37 Fly through the solar system Tickets cost $5 to $15. The Ira

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Continued From Page 34 required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Curatorial assistant Lauren Johnson will discuss Tam Tran’s self-portrait. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Degas in the Dancer’s Studio,” about the artist’s intricate creative process. 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The D.C. Preservation League will present a talk by architect Matthew Jarvis on “A

Civil Union: Marrying the Historic and Modern,” about the history of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dupont Circle and the vision for its new sanctuary. 6 to 8 p.m. $10; reservations required. St. Thomas’ Parish, 1772 Church St. NW. ■ The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington and the Goethe-Institut will present a concert and lecture on the growing importance of Mahler’s music a century after his death. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. ■ Kathryn J. McGarr will discuss her book “The Whole Damn Deal: Robert Strauss and the Art of Politics.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.

NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Christianity & Politics,” a speaker series about confusion over church and state, will feature Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson (shown), Hillsdale College history professor Darryl Hart and Weekly Standard publisher Terry Eastland discussing “The Future of Evangelicals in Politics.” 7 p.m. Free. Christ Reformed Church, 1405 15th St. NW. 202-656-1611. Films ■ The Palisades Film Club will present

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Andrea Kalin’s 2006 documentary “The Pact,” about three friends who agree in high school to do whatever it takes to help each other make it through college and then medical school. 4:15 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. ■ American University’s Human Rights Film Series will feature Daniele Anastasion and Eric Strauss’ film “The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” about an evangelical Christian preacher who was formerly a fearsome warlord of the 14-year Liberian civil war. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow. 5:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ The Institute for Policy Studies’ Drug Policy Project will present the D.C. premiere of the documentary “Leaving La Floresta,” about the forced displacement of a Colombian family because of cocaine-eradication policies. A post-screening discussion will feature Sanho Tree of the Drug Policy Project and Dan Roge and Michael Christmas of Give Us Names. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The 20th annual Reel Affirmations film festival will open with Abe Sylvia’s 2010 film “Dirty Girl,” about the travails of a teenager on a cross-country adventure in search of love, family and identity. 7 p.m. $20 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The festival will continue through Oct. 22 with films at various venues. ■ The Ciné Francophone series, sponsored by the Alliance Française de Washington, will feature David Teboul’s 2003 documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau.” 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. Performance ■ Story League will present “Other People’s Stories: A Break From Narcissism,” featuring storytellers sharing funny or sad tales others have told them. 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

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Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Haydn, Beethoven and Quilter. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. ■ Hartwig Barte-Hanssen of St.

Friday, october 14 ■ Discussion: Anne Enright will discuss her novel “The Forgotten Waltz.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Batholomaus-Kirke in Wilster, Germany, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature Bryan Bowers on autoharp. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band will perform jazz selections. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Printer and publisher Robin Price will discuss her work. 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Art and fashion historian Laurent Cotta will discuss “Yves St. Laurent, Classicism and Transgression.” 7 p.m. $12; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. ■ “Young Explorer’s Salon” will feature Emily Ainsworth, Shannon Switzer and Neil Losin (shown), recipients of National Geographic’s 2011 Young Explorers grants. 7 p.m. $25 to $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Performances ■ The “Arts@Midday” series will feature Word Dance Theater performing a program of dances by Isadora Duncan, writings of George Sand and music of Chopin played by virtuoso Carlos Rodriguez. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. ■ The Kids Euro Festival will feature Slovenia’s Melita Osojnik Musical Theatre performing a musical puppet play. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Wandering Souls, a nonprofit arts-outreach organization, will present “Reflections: Plays From Saint Elizabeths Hospital,” a compilation of original short plays on the themes of recovery, hope and overcoming adversity. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. Reading ■ R. Dwayne Betts and Ta-nehisi Coates will read from their memoirs — “A Question of Freedom” and “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood,” respectively. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

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whom Auden briefly mistakes for the rent boy — these aging artists wrestle with their desires, their jealousies, the ephemeral connection between creativity and inspiration, and all the reasons their friendship fell apart. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $69. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Arena Stage will present Karen Zacarías’ “The Book Club Play” Oct. 7 through Nov. 6 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. Ana, a type A personality, has a husband who adores her, the perfect job and her greatest passion: book club. But when bizarre circumstances put her ideal book club under a magnifying glass, things heat up and more truths are told than anyone had bargained for. Performance times are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage. org. ■ The District of Columbia Arts Center will close “Vincent,” a oneman play by Leonard Nimoy and performed by B. Stanley, Oct. 8. In this show, set in Paris one week after Vincent van Gogh’s suicide, Theo van Gogh attempts to rescue his brother’s legacy, trying to transform him from a madman into a misunderstood genius. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $25; $15 for arts center members. The center is located at 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833; ■ Faction of Fools Theatre Company will close Niccolò Machiavelli’s “The Mandrake” Oct. 8 at Gallaudet University. In “The Mandrake,” a young scholar named Callimaco returns to Florence in the early 1500s in search of a legendary beauty named Lucrezia. The only problem is that Lucrezia is married to a dithering old lawyer named Messer Nicia, who is desparately attempting to father a child. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $20. Gallaudet University is located at 800 Florida Ave. NE. 800-838-3006; ■ Washington Improv Theater’s fall season, “Fall Into WIT,” will close Oct. 8 at Source. The company’s improv troupes revolt against the humdrum monotony of this buttoned-down city by embracing the moment at hand with playfulness and energy. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $12. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7770;

■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will close “¡Ay, Carmela!” Oct. 9. Carmela and Paulino, a vaudeville comedy duo, have fallen into the hands of Franco’s troops during the Spanish Civil War. Forced to perform for the fascists, they rehearse their show — flamenco songs, the paso doble and bizarre comedy routines. The play will be performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $34 to $38. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall will close the Broadway musical “FELA!” Oct. 9. Presented by Jay-Z, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ruth and Stephen Hendel, “FELA!” is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and dignity. Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah stars in the title role, which he originated in the Broadway production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $115. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Rorschach Theatre will present “After the Quake” Oct. 10 through Nov. 6 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In the aftermath of a terrible earthquake, a writer fueled by heartbreak heals a broken little girl, while a menacing frog saves Tokyo from an enormous worm. Frank Galati’s play is adapted from the short stories of Haruki Murakami. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present “A Bright New Boise” Oct. 10 through Nov. 6. In the parking lot of a mega craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning the rapture. Samuel D. Hunter’s play will shatter your preconceptions about the sacred, the profane and the secret lives of bigbox retailers. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-3933939; ■ Catholic University will present Molière’s “Tartuffe” Oct. 13 through 16 in the Hartke Theatre. In one of the greatest cons of the 17th century, arch-hypocrite Tartuffe infiltrates the heart and

E. Faye Butler stars in Arena Stage’s “Trouble in Mind.” family of Orgon under the religious cloak of piety. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $5 to $15. Catholic University is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-319-4000; ■ Studio Theatre is presenting Duncan Macmillan’s “Lungs” through Oct. 16. Macmillan wrote the first draft of “Lungs” in one sitting in the midst of a time of change in his life: He had just turned 30, gotten engaged, bought a home and landed a proper job. He and his fiancée were also considering having chil-

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 dren — and struggling with the state of the world. All of this factored into this play, which centers on two thoughtful, educated, middle-class people discussing whether to have a baby. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-3323300; ■ Arena Stage is presenting Alice Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” through Oct. 23 in the Kreeger Theater. In this midcentury play, which made Childress the first woman of color to win an Obie Award, battle lines are drawn within a newly integrated theater company preparing to open a misguided race play on the Great White Way. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; along with weekday noon matinees on Oct. 12, 18 and 19. Tickets cost $55 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of David Ives’ “The Heir Apparent” through Oct. 23 at the Lansburgh Theatre.


Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $95. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Ford’s Theatre is presenting the Washington premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical “Parade” through Oct. 30. A co-production with Theater J, “Parade” is based on the true story of Leo Frank’s trial and lynching in early 20th-century Atlanta. Performance times vary, but most begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $15. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-3474833; ■ “Les Misérables” is at the Kennedy Center through Oct. 30. Cameron Mackintosh is presenting a new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical, featuring new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of author Victor Hugo. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and select Wednesdays. Tickets cost $39 to $155. 202-467-4600;


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from 7 a.m. to midnight. 202-232-5500. ■ “Shining Stars,” highlighting sculpture and mixedmedia works by five artists, opened recently at the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, where it will continue through Jan. 7. Featured are artists Julie Girardini, David Hubbard, Joan Konkel, Barton Rubenstein and Paul Martin Wolff. An artists’ reception will take place today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Located at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the space is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-783-2963. ■ National Geographic Museum recently opened two exhibits for children and will continue them through Jan. 2. “Animal Grossology,” based on Sylvia Branzei’s “Grossology” science-book series, features interactive stations and animated characters that highlight “the grossest, slimiest and most disgusting aspects of the animal kingdom,” according to a release. “Weird but True,” drawn from the National Geographic Kids eponymous book series, illustrates diverse hard-tobelieve animal facts. Located at 1145 17th St. This eagle-serpent labret from NW, the museMixteca-Puebla is on display at um is open daily the Dumbarton Oaks Museum. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and military personnel; $4 for ages 5 through 12; and free for ages 4 and younger. 202-857-7588. ■ “Lasting Impressions: Body Art in the Ancient Americas,” featuring pre-Columbian art and jewelry that showcases how people of the ancient Americas

Barton Rubenstein’s “Breathe” is part of an exhibit at the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space. modified the human body, opened recently at the Dumbarton Oaks Museum and will continue through March 4. Located at 1703 32nd St. NW, the museum is open daily from 2 to 5 p.m. 202-339-6401. ■ “‘Something of Splendor’: Decorative Arts From the White House,” featuring 93 household objects from the White House’s permanent collection, opened recently at the Renwick Gallery and will continue through May 6. Located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

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that they were generally happy to talk, said Keenan Brown, a Hardy Middle School eighthgrader. Brown described a neighborhood full of â&#x20AC;&#x153;mom and dadâ&#x20AC;? restaurants like Dos Gringos and independent stores like Old School Hardware. Mount Pleasant has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;different quality than other communities,â&#x20AC;? Brown said, describing windy roads and distinctive architecture. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the buildings and businesses that make Mount Pleasant special, according to participant Jana Iyles, a home-schooled 10th-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are nicer in Mount Pleasant,â&#x20AC;? Iyles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smaller community, and people know each other.â&#x20AC;? Most of the students had never visited the neighborhoods they researched before the project. Iyles, however, is from nearby Columbia Heights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but said that she found out only through the exhibit that her parents had gotten their wedding cake from Hellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery in Mount Pleasant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really interested before!â&#x20AC;? she said. When selecting areas for the students to research, â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a neighborhood that has a story,â&#x20AC;? said Andrew Costanzo, outreach coordinator for the National Building Museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for places that are engaging â&#x20AC;Ś that the students will enjoy seeing and be able to communicate through their exhibits.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit also spotlighted H Street NE and

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A group of 10 young people recently spent a month documenting the Mount Pleasant area. The photos are on display at the National Building Museum.

Bloomingdale. The students found plenty to share about all three neighborhoods, as the array of observant poems and photos of plants, rusty gates, alleyways, residents and pets, and businesses attested. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investigating Where We Liveâ&#x20AC;? is open at the National Building Museum, 301 F St. NW, through May 28, 2012. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website,, also includes a page on the exhibit that includes links to audio and video recorded by the students, as well as photos and blog entries.





the previous plan diluted their vote, were unimpressed with the changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The numbers work out a little better â&#x20AC;Ś definitely closer to legality,â&#x20AC;? said Jake Sticka, who represents what is currently the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only all-student district. But the changes were made without much regard for the cohesiveness of neighborhoods, said Sticka, and one on-campus district is still too populous, with more than 2,300 residents. He said the changes didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to â&#x20AC;&#x153;represent much of a departureâ&#x20AC;? from the previous plan he opposed. Sticka had backed a different plan that kept all of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dormitories in one of three districts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two on-campus and a third comprising a mix of dorms and neighboring homes, which would create three districts likely to be represented by students. Ron Lewis, who chairs the Georgetown neighborhood commission and co-chaired the group that developed the controversial original proposal, said his plan did have more respect for neighborhood cohesiveness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But there are compromises that need to be made in order to flatten the spread between the highest and the lowestâ&#x20AC;? populations, Lewis said, and he did not believe three student-heavy districts were warranted. Evans has declined to comment on the Ward 2 redistricting plans until he receives a formal report from Birch later this month. Council member Mendelson said in an interview last month that by clumping students into oversized districts, the previously adopted plan was â&#x20AC;&#x153;grossly discriminatoryâ&#x20AC;? and that he would try to block its approval. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to a request for comment about the new revisions.

In deciding to make the changes, Birch said he became â&#x20AC;&#x153;increasingly became uncomfortableâ&#x20AC;? with the population ranges in the districts in the earlier plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a gut feeling that the numbers that we should have been reaching for werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there,â&#x20AC;? Birch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was on vaca-

â??I was on vacation in Denmark and I lost sleep over it â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tom Birch tion in Denmark and I lost sleep over it, and I decided when I get back I would address that.â&#x20AC;? Only Birchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommended boundaries will be formally shared with Evans, though opponents may introduce the rejected proposals during council testimony later this year. Maps showing the existing Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E boundaries, the original proposal adopted by the task force and Birchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new modifications to that version are available at Elsewhere in Ward 2, the Sheridan/Kalorama and Dupont Circle neighborhood commissions have proposed few or no changes to their boundaries. The Foggy Bottom/West End commission, which saw major population growth, plans to add two single-member districts for a total of eight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including one George Washington University student-only district â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but met the required population ranges. None of the three generated significant controversy among residents. Birch isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet certain whether he will make changes to any of those commissionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommended districts, but he said that their plans â&#x20AC;&#x153;look to be in good shape.â&#x20AC;?

















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Bowser said. In August, the agency began construction to both install the light and improve the sidewalks. “DDOT really worked hand in hand with us,” said Bowser. “They did the necessary study as quickly as possible, and they made sure it was addressed during the construction project so they wouldn’t have to

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pitch in extra funds for the city-owned Lincoln. Gray has said the Lincoln’s business model is “unsustainable.” There is no resident theater company, and only a handful of outside groups have booked performances in recent years. “Mayor Gray values the Lincoln Theatre’s historical significance and its contribution to the rich cultural life of the city. He also believes the board should consider all options to keeping its doors open,” spokesperson Doxie McCoy said Monday. McCoy said Gray aides had “reached out” to the theater’s board earlier this month to discuss its financial problems, but until now calls were not returned. McCoy noted also that the theater foundation has had “a historic problem of not being able to generate enough revenue to cover expenses.” She listed a series of emergency grants and earmarks from the city totaling about $250,000 since 2007, plus another $1.5 million to help with capital expenses. Yet there have been two previous threats of closure, both halted by an emergency infusion of city funds. The theater has six full-time employees, including a director who earns $80,000 a year. As at-large D.C. Council member David Catania put it on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show last Friday, “We can’t continue to put good money after bad. If we are going to bail it out, there has to be a change of regimes, a whole new management.” The Lincoln has a proud history, opening at 12th and U streets NW in 1922, when black performers and audiences were banned from other venues. Over the years Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong and other jazz greats performed regularly, making the theater the heart of what became known as “Black Broadway.” The Lincoln closed for a time after the 1968 riots, but was restored and reopened in partnership with the city in 1994, and now it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At a news conference in front of the theater last week, supporters blamed some of the budget problems on the high costs of maintaining a 90-year-old, landmarked building. And they criticized Gray and other

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come back later and tear up the new sidewalks.” Neighborhood commissioner Shanel Anthony said constituents have praised the light. “Public safety increased because of the light,” he said. “Everyone knew that intersection was a problem.”

city officials for granting capital subsidies to larger institutions like Arena Stage and Ford’s Theatre. But they also acknowledged that there are only four performances booked for the rest of this year, paying about $6,000 each to cover rent, utility, cleaning and other costs. Officials said they have trouble wooing large or established companies to perform at the Lincoln. But the theater does serve a vital role for some smaller companies seeking an audience. The Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company has booked the Lincoln for its annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts Oct. 7 and 8. Two other performances, “The Civil Wars,” and “Celebrating Arab Culture in America,” round out the schedule for the rest of this year, according to the Lincoln’s website. Daniel Phoenix Singh, Dakshina’s artistic director, wrote in an email to The Current: “The DC government cutting funding to the Lincoln Theatre is like cutting down a red wood tree — a whole Eco system of community artists will go down if the Lincoln is lost.” He said his company has partnered with the Lincoln for six years, a partnership that has helped Dakshina gain support from other organizations. “There are multiple levels of double standards going on here,” Singh wrote, noting that many theaters — as well as some businesses and developers — routinely receive subsidies from the federal and local government. “The Lincoln Theatre is being used as a red herring,” he said. Rumors of closure are impacting ticket sales, he added, but the Dakshina festival will go on as scheduled. “Not only is the Lincoln Theatre an economic engine that generates sales for businesses throughout the U Street corridor, but it is relied on by many nonprofits that would otherwise not be able to present their events in a professional setting,” said Alex Padro, director of Shaw Main Streets. Padro said a combination of public and private funding is needed “to help ensure U Street’s only currently operating theater is not allowed to go dark.” Some local bloggers had a different take. “The heart of the problem here is that acts aren’t being booked,” wrote one. “It’s U Street, it will be turned into condos,” said another. Eilene Lifsay, the theater’s executive director, did not respond to a request for comment.

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Don Harrell, a parishioner and historian at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, led a tour Saturday of the historic Rock Creek Cemetery, which date...

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