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With graduation only a month away, the D.C. State Board of Education is scrambling to address several requirements that were written into the regulations a few years ago, but which officials say were never adequately communicated to schools and students. “Instead of having a class of seniors who are about to graduate being tripped up by them, we’re looking at an emergency clarification of our graduation requirements,” said State Board of Education president Ted Trabue. Trabue said he and his colleagues were alerted to the situation by Cathy Reilly, director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators, which advocates for local high schools. “We write to register our grave concern about the unaddressed problems within existing D.C. Municipal Regulations (DCMR) regarding high-school graduation requirements,” she wrote in a May 3 letter. Specifically, the letter points to a new requirement that all students complete a credit course with a See Graduation/Page 22

By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

The newest bid to redevelop the former Italian Embassy in Adams Morgan moved one step closer to reality late last month, when the city’s Zoning Commission approved the developer’s request for a public hearing. Il Palazzo LLC and Valor Development are proposing to restore the historic property at 2700

Court says city liable over N Street dispute ■ Zoning: Former city official

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The St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox youth dance troupe of Falls Church performed outside the Greek Embassy in traditional costumes during Saturday’s European Union Open House Day.

scratching, the developer described Current Staff Writer it as not only a forward-thinking idea for the city but also a practical solution for the building. One of the most noteworthy As part of a broader public-prifeatures of EastBanc’s proposed vate project, EastBanc aims to West End development is a rebuild the old Engine Co. 1 fire20,240-square-foot squash club, house and create five stories of dubbed “Squash on Fire,” that affordable rental units on the site would be sandwiched between known as Square 50. But since “it’s apartments and a fire station at Rendering Courtesy of EastBanc counterintuitive to live on top of a 23rd and M streets. fire station,” Lanier said, planners With eight international-regula- The developer included an eighthad to think creatively about how tion-size courts, the club is planned court squash club in the project. to separate the two functions. as a “world-class facility” with a The notion of a squash club didn’t come out of special emphasis on young players, EastBanc founder nowhere — Lanier’s daughter Camille is a highly Anthony Lanier said in an interview. See Squash/Page 7 Though the concept has inspired some head By KATIE PEARCE

■ D.C. water authority goes electric with car purchase. Page 3. ■ Legislators working to stabilize size of D.C. police force. Page 5.

EVENTS ■ Theater J presents premiere of ‘Moscows of Nantucket.’ Page 30. ■ Exhibit highlights Gothic prints by 20thcentury artist. Page 31.

By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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16th St. and add an eight-story residential condominium tower at the rear of the site. In addition to the 110 to 135 condominiums, the embassy development would offer some historic common spaces to residents, such as the former ballroom and library, developer representative Karen Thomas said at a recent meeting. The plans have changed somewhat after an evaluation by the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board, which has given concept approval to the redevelopment. Gone is a glass addition that See Italian/Page 25

District residents could be on the hook for substantial damages if a recent court decision against the city and former zoning authorities holds firm. A D.C. Superior Court judge found last month that defendants showed “reckless disregard and … deliberate indifference” to the property rights of a Georgetown property owner by illegally attempting to stop her construction project five years ago. The city is appealing the decision, and attorneys for both parties declined to comment. In court documents, Judge Natalia Combs Greene blasted former zoning administrator Bill Crews, who is named in the suit but not found individually liable, for his role in trying to prevent work at an apartment building at 3256 N St. Crews comes under fire not only for two erroneously issued stop-

PA S S A G E S ■ Palisades partners: Couples join forces for Salt & Pepper. Page 15. ■ Students help restore ‘fry’ to area rivers. Page 15 .

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The city is asking the judge to reconsider her ruling. work orders against property owner Mary Wagshal but also for his policy that led him to target the N Street apartment house. Crews testified that complaints from D.C. Council members and other elected officials went to the top of his list for review. Concerns from Wagshal’s N Street neighbors made that jump after residents funneled their worries through the office of at-large Council member David Catania. See Ruling/Page 22

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/38 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/13 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/24

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In an ongoing effort to reduce its emissions and fuel costs, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has added two Chevrolet Volt electric cars to its vehicle fleet. The agency recently purchased the hatchbacks — which can travel 35 gas-free miles before gasoline engines kick in to recharge their electric batteries — for about $40,000 each, according to spokesperson Alan Heymann. “Given that the District of Columbia is only 10 miles across, I can’t imagine that most of our vehicles travel more than 40 miles in a day,� he said. One of the vehicles was assigned

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The $40,000 Chevrolet Volt goes 35 miles on a charge. to general manager George Hawkins, who forfeited the $8,000 annual car allowance spelled out in his contract to drive one of the Volts, Heymann said. The other Volt serves in the agency’s general fleet, filling the

same duties as the Chevrolet HHR passenger cars that employees now use, said Hawkins. At about $19,000, the HHR is less than half the price of a Volt but is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency for only 22 miles per gallon in city driving. “While we’re always concerned about the use of ratepayer dollars, we looked at this as an environmental and a financial benefit,� Heymann said. “I would imagine that $40,000 is probably a little more than the typical fleet car, but there is a tremendous savings on the operating costs.� The water authority is studying the performance of its Volts to determine whether to expand their use in its vehicle fleet, Heymann said.

Planners urge changes to GU campus plan By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

City officials dealt a significant blow last week to Georgetown University’s chances of getting its proposed campus plan through the city Zoning Commission unaltered. In separate reports, the city’s Office of Planning and District Department of Transportation recommended changes to the plan — the most significant of which would have all undergraduates housed on campus within the next five years. The Planning Office’s findings in particular align substantially with neighbors’ frequent complaints about the impacts of off-campus undergraduates who live in the residential neighborhood. However successful disciplinary and other efforts may be, the report states, the sheer number of students in a neighborhood has a negative impact because of their “transient nature� and more. Another recommendation gives teeth to the housing requirement: If the school does not meet the 100 percent goal, clawbacks in the undergraduate enrollment cap would follow. “We strongly disagree with many aspects of the analysis and with the conclusions in the report issued by the Office of Planning,� school spokesperson Rachel Pugh wrote to The Current. “We look forward to correcting the record and providing further clarity on a number of points to the Zoning Commission as we continue the public hearing process.� The Zoning Commission is not bound by the find-

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Wednesday, May 18 The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to review graduation requirements for D.C. high school seniors. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. To testify, contact by May 16. ■The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, will host a “Great Street� celebration of U Street and the contributions of local businesses to its rich urban history. The event will include a reception and discussion with Nizam Ben Ali, Stacie Lee and Suman Sorg. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a private home on 16th Street. Tickets cost $50; register at or by calling Eva Lucero at 202-387-8391.

Tuesday, May 24 The D.C. Office of Zoning will hold a community meeting for Ward 2 residents on “Zoning 101: Zoning Basics.� The meeting will feature a 30- to 40-miniute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session on matters related to the presentation. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. To RSVP, contact Sara Bardin at 202-7275372 or



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District Digest Maret student wins D.C. geography bee Maret School sixth-grader Nathaniel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buddyâ&#x20AC;? Burrows will represent the District at the National Geographic Bee this month after winning the state-level competition for D.C.

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Baker steps down from charter post Josephine Baker, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, will step down from her post at the end of May. According to a May 4 news release, Jeremy Williams, the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of business oversight, will assume the interim executive director role until a search committee selects a perma-




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Cardozo High School renovation plan gets nod from federal arts panel By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Cardozo High School, which sits on a bluff overlooking downtown, is in for a makeover worthy of its prominent site. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts gave conceptual approval at its April 21 meeting for a total restoration of the historic school and construction of a new gymnasium dug into the hillside at 13th and Clifton streets NW. Architects for the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization said they want to preserve the school and modernize it

to suit a student body of 1,100. The school was built in 1916 and now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Current enrollment is about 650, and Cardozo, though it sports a new athletic field, has never had a regulation-size gym. A major part of the Cardozo project will be construction of a 30,000-square-foot gym on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northwest corner. Because of a sharp change of grade, the top of the gym will be level with Clifton Street, allowing cars to access an 86-space parking lot on the gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof. The 25-foot-tall gym will open out at the bottom of the hill, with access to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Mayor, council eye ways to offset police attrition By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Despite a bleak budget outlook, most members of the D.C. Council as well as Mayor Vincent Gray want to beef up the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s police force, or at least keep the ranks from shrinking. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough proposition when other programs are facing cuts and a fight looms over proposed tax increases. Concerns about the size of the force intensified after Police Chief Cathy Lanier testified recently that the current number of sworn officers, 3,869 as of May 1, will shrink through attrition by about 15 officers a month. And, Lanier told the Mendelson council, dropping below 3,800 means â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have trouble.â&#x20AC;? The force is now at the lowest level since mid-2007, she said, though it was as high as 5,200 in the 1970s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a concern every member of this council shares,â&#x20AC;? at-large member Phil Mendelson said during a May 3 debate on the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought the police force was growing, but hiring has ceased.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every member of this council supports keeping the force above 3,800,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson, who chairs the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public safety committee, said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number of police and how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re deployed really make a difference,â&#x20AC;? Ward 6 member Tommy Wells said at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The council should fund what it costs to have a police force that will protect our residents.â&#x20AC;? Gray initially proposed funding to hire 120 new officers in fiscal year 2012. But given the rate of attrition, he has acknowledged that even with those new hires, the number of sworn officers will continue to drop. Now Gray says he wants to find the money to start two new training classes at the D.C. police academy in June and September, despite the strapped current fiscal year 2011 budget.

When he took office, Gray said Friday on WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Politics Hour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found nothing in the pipeline,â&#x20AC;? with no money allocated for new training classes this fiscal year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking now to see if we can accelerate [hiring and training] â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 30 in June, 30 more in September,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lose 15 a month through attrition, so we need to infuse the force as people go out the door.â&#x20AC;? Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training proposal has some support on the council, but various members are offering other approaches. Ward 2 member Jack Evans, for example, has introduced legislation that would require the Metropolitan Police Department to maintain a level of 4,000 sworn officers, although he has not yet found the funding to do so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the council. We really need to identify the money,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. Meanwhile, Mendelson finds himself in the hot seat, as chair of the committee that will begin marking up the police departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget Wednesday. Mendelson said he would like to increase the force to 3,900. But the money required, an estimated $14.5 million, is beyond the bounds of the funding his committee controls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could cut $14.5 million from the fire department,â&#x20AC;? he said, but he described that solution as both a political and practical impossibility. So, Mendelson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is a problem for the full council.â&#x20AC;? Getting the force up to 3,900 is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very important, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m committed to work hard with the council to come up with $14.5 million,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But funding schools is important, and funding health is important, too.â&#x20AC;? He said he supports the suggested tax increases in Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If somebody doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support the tax proposal, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to find cuts.â&#x20AC;? Last week, at-large member David Catania tried another approach, offering an emergency bill to create a six-member commission to look for ways to improve recruitment and retention of police, with a report due in 90 days. The commission could find ways See Police/Page 25

new turf field. The project at Cardozo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; part of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general push to modernize all of its schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will also include refitting the front entrance on Clifton for handicapped accessibility and better security. A new staircase inside will give community groups access to the auditorium and its balcony after school hours. Architect Lee Becker, of the firm HartmanCox, said there will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;complete revamp of the physical plantâ&#x20AC;? and replacement of all windows. Exterior brick will be repointed, and the quirky Moravian tiles that depict workers at


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SQUASH From Page 1 ranked junior player in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but he said he mentioned it somewhat offhandedly at a meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were looking at the issue, and I made a comment,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The next time I saw the design [from Enrique Nortenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TEN Arquitectos firm], I had a squash club.â&#x20AC;? The idea was on Lanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind because, after spending time in the local squash scene with his daughter, he â&#x20AC;&#x153;realized that in Washington, we have a dearth of squash courts when this sport is becoming mainstream.â&#x20AC;? Now, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have the idea, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in love with the building, and I have to spend the time and effort to make sure this functions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not some over-age idiot whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to fail with it,â&#x20AC;? he added. Some residents at a recent community meeting, as well as a few blog posters, have reacted to the plan with skepticism (â&#x20AC;&#x153;I assume thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a belated April Foolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joke,â&#x20AC;? wrote one poster on But according to Lanier and other squash enthusiasts in the area, the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity has surged in the past several years, warranting more local facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exploded,â&#x20AC;? said Jahangir Naseem, who directs squash programs at three local Sports & Health Clubs, including the one in

Tenleytown. He said the sport is â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge in the Northeast right now,â&#x20AC;? including in Baltimore, where in one area there are â&#x20AC;&#x153;40 international courts within a 10-mile radius.â&#x20AC;? Lanier said right now the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prominence basically dwindles â&#x20AC;&#x153;at the Mason-Dixon line â&#x20AC;Ś [but] thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no argument for why squash â&#x20AC;Ś canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come further south.â&#x20AC;? He said the District currently offers only four squash facilities: at the Metropolitan Club and University Club downtown, Results Gym in Capitol Hill, and the Sports Club/LA in the West End. Hunt Richardson, the head professional of the Sports Club/LAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squash program, said the club hosts 250 squash-playing members, and its four international courts are â&#x20AC;&#x153;packed every night and very busy during the day and weekends.â&#x20AC;? Lanier, who is seeking an outside operator for his squash center, mentioned a potential partnership with Sports Club/LA, which is located within the EastBanc-developed Ritz-Carlton building. The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives declined to comment on that possibility. EastBanc representatives have been describing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squash on Fireâ&#x20AC;? as â&#x20AC;&#x153;public,â&#x20AC;? which Lanier explained means users wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay for memberships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone can come in and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want to book a court.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? He said he hopes firefighters in the building will take advantage of the facility, which is slated to


include electronic equipment to record games, a training gym, and food and beverage service. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squash on Fireâ&#x20AC;? (a name Lanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter came up with) aims to focus especially on juniorlevel players, the developer said, offering â&#x20AC;&#x153;top-flight trainingâ&#x20AC;? and after-school court time. Lanier emphasized that squash abilities are becoming an increasingly attractive asset for â&#x20AC;&#x153;for top schools in the country,â&#x20AC;? some of which recruit players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you see 10 kids in D.C. land in the Ivy League because of squash-playing capabilities,â&#x20AC;? people here will pay more attention to the sport, he predicted. Naseem said new junior leagues are â&#x20AC;&#x153;forming every year,â&#x20AC;? and nearly 100 universities in the U.S. offer

squash programs. Last year, Naseem started a high-school-level league that he said incorporates about 70 kids from six area schools, including National Cathedral, Sidwell Friends and Wilson High. But in the region, only two Virginia schools offer squash courts, according to Lanier. In the District, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we have all these urban schools, private and public, and they have no [squash] facilities.â&#x20AC;? He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look into arranging funding to allow D.C. public schools to use the new facility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serious about saying this is a citywide component, not a box full of WASPs,â&#x20AC;? he said. Naseem said that though squash is often considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;more of a rich


manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sport â&#x20AC;Ś if you do the math, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very cheap sport,â&#x20AC;? with low equipment costs. Richardson at Sports Club/LA praised Lanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea â&#x20AC;&#x153;as a unique program that has never been tried.â&#x20AC;? For the club â&#x20AC;&#x153;to become self-sustaining,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;some really talented and dedicated pros and organizers will need to commit themselves for the long haul and work very hard.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squash on Fireâ&#x20AC;? is part of a larger project that also will include a brand-new library, condos and retail around the corner at 23rd and L streets. If the Zoning Commission approves the proposed development, construction is expected to begin in fall 2012 and be completed in 2015, EastBanc representatives said recently.




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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2800 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 11:30 p.m. May 5. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 2:30 p.m. May 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  2800 block, 28th St.; residence; 10 p.m. May 2. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2400 block, Calvert St.; street; 7 a.m. May 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Cathedral Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:30 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Garfield St.; school; 1:55 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Woodley Road; residence; 12:45 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Whitehaven St.; unspecified premises; noon May 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 9:30 p.m. May 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, 30th St.; street; 8 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  36th and Macomb streets; street; noon May 2. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 10:15 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Woodland Drive; street; 9:30 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 9 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 11:42 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; noon May 6.



Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 12:10 a.m. May 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5100 block, Tilden St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. May 5.

PSA 206

PSA 206 â&#x2013; GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH Burglary (armed) â&#x2013;  3500 block, S St.; residence; 12:13 a.m. May 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, 35th St.; residence; 9:18 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Q St.; residence; 2:30 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 33rd St.; residence; 10:30 a.m. May 3. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 33rd St.; residence; 4:30 p.m. May 2.

1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:30 p.m. May 6. Stolen auto â&#x2013; 3600 block, Canal Road; gas station; 1:50 p.m. May 3. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 12:55 p.m. May 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; office building; 2 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 5:50 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  3500 block, O St.; residence; 8:30 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:40 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; parking lot; 8:30 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 33rd St.; residence; noon May 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 2:25 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4 p.m. May 6. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2 p.m. May 5. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Prospect St.; street; 11:30 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013; 

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 24th and G streets; sidewalk; 8:25 a.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  2100 block, H St.; university; 2:25 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 2:50 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; office building; 2:30 p.m. May 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 23rd St.; street; 10:10 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  26th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; street; noon May 3.



Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013; 22nd and M streets; parking lot; 12:01 a.m. May 3. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 10:44 p.m. May 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  22nd Street and Florida Avenue; sidewalk; 12:09 a.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 22nd St.; street; 3 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Florida Avenue; sidewalk; 3:40 a.m. May 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; office building; 6:30 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; residence; 8:10 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; residence; 8:15 a.m. May 6. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; residence; 4:45 p.m. May 6. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  17th and Corcoran streets; street; 11:30 p.m. May 1.

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 1100 block, 15th St.; office building; noon May 2. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; restaurant; 1:30 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; school; 2:30 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; sidewalk; 4 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 5:49 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; bank; 8 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:53 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  800 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 12:33 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. May 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  16th and O streets; street; 9:30 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Avenue; street; 2:30 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, R St.; street; 4:15 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 21st St.; street; 9:15 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, N St.; street; 6 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Church St.; street; 11:45 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  2100 block, N St.; street; 12:45 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, L St.; street; 1 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, R St.; street; 6 p.m. May 6.

PSA PSA 307 307

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Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 1100 block, Rhode Island Ave.; parking lot; 12:01 a.m. May 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 7:40 p.m. May 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  15th and P streets; street; 11:15 p.m. May 5. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 11th St.; unspecified premises; 10:30 p.m. May 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 10th St.; sidewalk; 7 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; residence; 2:46 p.m. May 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Q St.; street; 3 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 15th St.; street; 4:34 p.m. May 6.

PSA 401 â&#x2013; COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401


Stolen auto â&#x2013; Eastern Avenue and Willow Street; street; 4 a.m. May 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  7900 block, Eastern Ave.; street; 9:30 p.m. May 1.



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Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 18th and California streets; street; 1 a.m. May 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 2:15 p.m. May 3. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 2:20 a.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  2200 block, 18th St.; street; 3:20 a.m. May 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  2900 block, 18th St.; residence; 11:15 a.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Belmont St.; residence; 8:10 a.m. May 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2000 block, Waterside Drive; street; 11:30 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Mintwood Place; street; 1 a.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 1:45 a.m. May 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; 2:45 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; noon May 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 10 p.m. May 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Mozart Place; street; 2:10 p.m. May 7.

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1st and Kennedy streets; street; 10 p.m. May 5. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; park area; 7:25 p.m. May 7. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  5th and Rittenhouse streets; sidewalk; 4:55 p.m. May 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  600 block, Nicholson St. NE; residence; 9 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Whittier St.; residence; 3:40 p.m. May 5. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  6600 block, Luzon Ave.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  5900 block, Piney Branch Road; parking lot; 11 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  300 block, Madison St.; street; midnight May 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5900 block, 9th St.; residence; 6 a.m. May 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Peabody St.; gas station; 12:40 a.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  6500 block, Georgia Ave.; drugstore; 2:25 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  500 block, Oglethorpe St.; residence; 9:31 a.m. May 4. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  100 block, Kennedy St.; grocery store; 3:30 p.m. May 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Eastern and New Hampshire avenues; unspecified premises; 8:20 a.m. May 6.




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Tree trouble The latest of Casey Trees’ annual “report cards” raises a problem with implementation of the city’s Urban Forest Preservation Act. The law, passed in 2002, requires anyone removing a healthy tree with a circumference of 55 inches or more to plant seven replacements or pay an equivalent amount into the city’s tree fund. The problem, according to the advocacy group’s executive director, Mark Buscaino, is that the city is not keeping track of where the replacements are going. “Nobody knows where they’re being replanted. So we can’t tell whether they’re alive,” he said. Mr. Buscaino said the problem lies in part with the Urban Forestry Administration’s focus on street trees. The administration oversees adherence to the 2002 act, but it does not look at private property and thus misses a portion of the replanted trees. He says the authority should be transferred to the D.C. Department of Environment, which oversees all D.C. land. We think it’s a strong point. There’s a troubling pattern in D.C. government of adopting worthy policies but failing to implement them properly. If there’s a better way to keep track of the tree law — or a better agency to do it — we hope officials will consider making a change. It’s all too frustrating to see a good law having little effect because it lacks enforcement or follow-up. At the same time, we’re glad to see the city scoring well on other portions of the report card. The District earned an A+ for the number of tree-related 311 calls (11,900) and volunteer hours (4,564 through Casey Trees alone). And the city won praise for our 35 percent tree canopy — within striking distance of the city’s goal of 40 percent by 2035 — and planting efforts, which added 8,632 trees to the city last year. We hope the tracking and replacement efforts will soon be making the grade, too.

Reaching new heights When one looks at Rosslyn’s skyline, it’s worth considering the number of office tenants that used to call D.C. home. They left over time, and for varied reasons. But the limited supply of large blocks of space — and the high cost of those that do exist — certainly plays a factor. That’s one reason Mayor Vincent Gray has discussed the idea of seeking to eliminate or moderate the limitation on building heights in parts of wards 7 and 8. The goal: Entice companies needing lots of space to locate in the District — providing an economic boost and jobs to parts of the city badly in need of both. Ward 7 has an unemployment rate of about 19 percent, and Ward 8 about 30 percent. New office buildings would provide jobs for skilled and unskilled workers alike, and they would also provide customers for new and existing stores and restaurants. At this point, it’s premature to call for changing height limits in a large swath of the city. But we believe it’s worth studying the idea — a process that must draw heavily on input from the residents who would be most affected. It would be important to find ways to maximize the benefits to the surrounding communities while limiting the potential consequences, such as a rise in property values that might otherwise squeeze out longtime community members. Even with the community backing the idea, it would — quite literally, in this case — take an act of Congress to do anything about it. In 1910, Congress enacted a law to restrict building heights to no more than 20 feet higher than the width of the adjacent street. Local zoning regulations also govern permissible building heights, but the federal provisions generally prohibit buildings taller than 130 feet. We believe the current tenor of Congress suggests that legislators might agree to changes geared toward creating jobs and attracting businesses. A broad coalition — from D.C. officials to the D.C. Chamber of Commerce to the construction unions — could help overcome legislative inertia.


D.C.’s gamble on web gambling …


arie Drissel may be best known to District citizens as one of a handful of people who helped persuade Tony Williams to run for mayor in 1998. She’s been involved in any number of other issues before and since, including scrutiny of the city’s troubled property assessment appeals process. But now, she has a new project. She wants to stop the city’s rushed entry into online gambling. And she fears you, dear readers, probably don’t know anything about it. “This is the biggest change in the landscape of the D.C. government in 40 years,” she told the Notebook on Monday, “the biggest challenge in 40 years.” There have been scattered news reports. The Washington Post has published one strongly worded editorial about the undertaking. Here are some basic details: The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board is preparing to launch online Texas Hold’em card games this summer or fall. You’ll have to carry your laptop to “hot spot” gaming centers that will be set up in bars, hotels and other high-density places where tourists and citizens gather. The system is being designed to avoid federal prohibitions on Internet gambling, so you’ll have to be located physically within the District to play. But ultimately, the goal is to expand the program so that anyone anywhere in the District may log on and gamble. A bill creating the new online opportunity was sponsored by at-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown and then-Mayor-elect Vincent Gray. It passed as an amendment to the budget with no — no — public hearings. It cleared routine congressional review in early spring. “Where’s the hearing?” Drissel asked. “We need cyber cops and cyber auditors to keep track of this. What’s the fiscal impact?” she continued. “Who’s behind it? The public doesn’t have any idea. There isn’t a computer that I know of that can’t be hacked or maneuvered.” Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans chairs the Committee on Finance and Revenue. He agreed this week that the idea needs more public comment. He said he’ll hold hearings in early summer after the council completes the massive budget review for 2012. Evans says he has questions, too, but has been comforted that independent Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi is supporting the new venture. Drissel is not alone in raising the caution flag, though. Patrick Thibodeau, a national technology reporter, is also alarmed. “Personally, I think this law will be overturned once people become aware of its full implications,” he said. Thibodeau said there’s no clear understanding of how or whether neighborhood groups will weigh in. It’s not clear, he says, how many “hot spot” parlors there will be. Buddy Roogow, executive director of the lottery board, acknowledges the concerns raised by Drissel and Thibodeau, but says the board is taking a cau-

tious approach. Where will “hot spots” be? He says they’ll be targeted at commercial venues. “All potential locations will undergo, at the very least, the same rigorous (board) screening and evaluation process as … our current Retail Agent approval process,” he wrote. Roogow says there will be “stringent internal and operational controls, and system security features to ensure the games’ integrity and fairness to players.” The director says the lottery board and Intralot — the licensed operator of all D.C. lottery games — also will hire independent auditors. Why weren’t there any council hearings? “Any decision to hold public hearings or receive public input is within the purview of the District Council,” Roogow wrote. And maybe that’s where the trouble lies. This could mean a dramatic expansion of gambling in the District. There were no public hearings. No public discussions have been held about security, keeping juveniles or gambling addicts out of the system, or the impact of “hot spots” on neighborhoods. What if some bars and restaurants want to become “hot spots” to avoid losing a competitive advantage? Both Drissel and Thibodeau feel strongly that too many questions have been left unanswered. Actually, they say, the questions haven’t even been asked. Drissel says you can reach her at Thibodeau can be reached at You might say Thibodeau and Drissel are doubling down to stop the new gambling. And you can place your bets on whether they’ll succeed. ■ Where was Gray? The pile of suspicious letters containing unknown white powders rattled the D.C. school system last Thursday. By midafternoon, more than 30 schools had reported receiving the letters. Emergency hazmat personnel and police responded aggressively. Who knew what was really going on? Parents were scared. But it’s still not clear why Mayor Gray took more than four hours to make a public statement on the troubling incident. The leader of the city remained in his offices consulting with authorities, but apparently felt no need to make a public comment. More than a few aides to the mayor said it’s an unfortunate example of how Gray does not yet seize the executive mantle of his office. He still responds as if he were chairman of the council, with time to reflect and consult and collaborate before acting. Radio, television, blogs, Twitter, emails and who knows what else were aflame with information and reports. The mayor was nowhere in the mix. One person emailed the Notebook asking, “Is the mayor even in town?” Well, the mayor is supposed to act. Gray was right to let law enforcement take the lead on the investigation — no grandstanding was needed. But why didn’t the mayor simply appear in public to reassure everyone that the public safety people were doing their jobs, and that he was doing his? It would have been a simple thing for the city’s leader to do. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Littering deserves immediate citations A pilot program to enforce littering? How absurd! In the capital of the Western World, the government needs more than two years to start enforcing a basic law? [“Police step up littering

enforcement,” May 4.] I am an Adams Morgan business owner. Believe me, if police ticketed people who throw their trash on the sidewalks and streets, the word would spread like wildfire and the behavior would cease overnight. But, instead, the police will issue warnings for the first 30 days? Why? What idiot does not understand that littering is unacceptable? And the police can start the enforcement program in

only wards 4 and 5? The rest of the city has to wait? I’m sorry, but this is worse than pathetic. We should not only be ticketing litterers, but also each of us could help by bending down once in a while and picking up a little trash when we see it. Our neighborhoods would be a lot cleaner and, hey, we could all use that little bit of exercise. Bill Duggan Owner, Madam’s Organ



AU plan: Does PR trump good planning? VIEWPOINT THOMAS M. SMITH


merican University is pulling out all the stops to sell its 2011 campus plan to residents and local public officials, including the D.C. Zoning Commission. Nevertheless, the plan is opposed by nearly every neighborhood citizens group in the community, including the Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association, Neighbors for a Livable Community, the Westover Homeowners Association and Foxhall East. Nice-sounding public relations slogans can’t mask bad planning. After extensive review, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D also voted recently to oppose parts and seek significant changes in other parts of the plan when the Zoning Commission takes it up on June 9. American University is located in a residential neighborhood on residentially zoned land. Because of this, zoning regulations require the university to outline its proposals for new construction and growth over the next 10 years, all of which are subject to approval of the Zoning Commission based on whether these plans are likely to be objectionable to neighboring residents. In its 2011 plan, the university is proposing to build nearly 1.2 million square feet of new construction over the next decade. This compares to less than 500,000 gross square feet of new construction proposed 10 years ago and less than 100,000 gross square feet actually built over the last 10 years. University administrators also have indicated they will seek to expand the university’s property portfolio by purchasing any property, commercial or residential, within a mile of an existing American University facility. The university has purchased more than 600,000 gross square feet of commercial and residential property in the neighborhood since 1992. The university’s 2011 campus plan is a recipe for unlimited growth that threatens to radically alter the character and landscape of the adjacent residential neighborhoods. No element of its proposed plan is more revealing of the university’s long-term objectives than its proposal to scrap its existing cap on enrollment and employees. The university has operated under some form of a cap for 20 years. At the heart of the 2011 plan is a proposal to build seven dorms adjacent to the Spring Valley and Wesley Heights neighborhoods. Four would be located at Ward Circle on the current site of a surface parking lot east

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Street runoff harms Dumbarton Oaks Park I, too, welcome the launch of the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, intended to restore a gem of our community [“Group aims to restore Dumbarton Oaks Park,” April 13; “A worthy resource,” editorial, May 4]. A cautionary note, however: I was in the first volunteer group organized 20 years ago by the late lamented Bill Cochran to “bring the park back,” mainly by digging out the accumulated silt that had ruined the pond and series of waterfalls around which Beatrix Farrand’s landscape design was organized. Within five to 10 years,

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of Nebraska Avenue and the core campus. Although the university proposes to build more student housing, it also proposes to reduce the percentage of its students to be housed on campus, as mandated by existing zoning rules. Coupled with eliminating the cap, this can lead to only one conclusion: American University is planning for unprecedented growth beyond its stated enrollment projections. Plans for a new East Campus on the current site of the Nebraska Avenue parking lot have stirred some controversy, but not in our neighborhood. Each citizens group in the neighborhood agrees that the parking lot site is ripe for development, but not for student housing. Locating nearly 800 students east of Nebraska Avenue will increase pedestrian traffic dramatically and lead to more vehicular backups at Ward Circle, the most congested corridor of our community. Three separate traffic analyses conclude the Ward Circle corridor will only get worse in the next 10 years, with or without new development. The corridor is targeted for a major expansion of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that plans to double the agency’s presence in our community. New housing should be located on the campus core closer to the center of academic and student life and where pedestrian-vehicle conflicts can be minimized. An independent study commissioned by neighborhood residents and conducted by a nationally recognized campus-planning expert concludes there are other sites on the campus core to meet housing needs while also enhancing the campus’ visual appeal and organization. There are other problems with the university’s campus plan: buildings that could be downsized to better fit the residential character of our neighborhoods; a need for enhanced enforcement of restrictions on parking by students and employees in the neighborhood; and a need for the university to take responsibility for students’ off-campus behavior, a problem that has grown more acute in the last year. The 2011 plan should be rejected and the university told to engage in a meaningful dialogue with residents to craft a plan that meets the university’s needs while also demonstrating a commitment to protecting a stable residential neighborhood — the type of low-density urban neighborhood that prompts many would-be students to choose American University over other colleges and universities. Thomas M. Smith, a Spring Valley resident, is chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D.

however, our efforts were erased by continued street runoff of silt from Wisconsin Avenue. There is no durable solution to that problem absent an expensive (and unlikely?) investment by the District to curtail the runoff or to canalize it via a half-mile of piping to Rock Creek. I counsel the new conservancy to maximize its impact by focusing on eliminating the awful jungle of invasive plants in the park and restoring the copses and meadows there. Don’t attempt the impossible — restoring the stream complex absent a serious District effort to restrict silt runoff into it. Marc Nicholson Georgetown

Officials shouldn’t eliminate E6 route I am writing in response to the

possible elimination of the E6 route by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. I occasionally use the E6 bus. It stops on my corner, which would be really convenient if it had a reasonable schedule. But at most times of the day, it runs every 40 minutes, and it doesn’t run at all at night, on weekends or on holidays. If you want buses to have more riders, you need practical schedules. If Metro eliminates the E6 route, even more people in my neighborhood will use their cars, and those without would be out of luck. Running small buses more frequently would be more effective, better for the environment and provide an essential service to many residents. Carol Nissenson Chevy Chase

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR American University benefits community On April 28, the Washington Home & Community Hospices honored American University as its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Partner of the Year.â&#x20AC;? Washington Home & Community Hospices chief executive officer Tim Cox said the award reflects a commitment by the university and a working relationship that has spanned decades. This year, more than 150 students, faculty and staff, including American University President Neil Kerwin, were volunteers at the facility on Upton Street NW. It is worth noting that the Washington Home and American University were both founded in the late 1880s. They are among the oldest institutions in the area and share a remarkable record of working together in the community. Service to others is an integral part of student life at American University. Last year, 2,244 students volunteered 104,815 hours at more than 170 sites across Washington. Had they been paid, they would have earned $2,185,393. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participating in DC Reads tutoring children in need, or helping neighbors at McLean Gardens design a stormwater management program, our students are working and contributing to the community and the city. A new American University Community Service Coalition of student groups now promises to boost the already-robust roster of student volunteer activities. On April 30, several students worked with Spring Valley residents to clean up Spring Valley Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks for the opportunity to help out,â&#x20AC;? one student wrote in an email after the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting some fresh air was a nice break from studying for exams.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pleasure was all ours,â&#x20AC;? a neighbor responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You three made a great contribution, not only to the park but to community relations.â&#x20AC;? One of the lasting impacts of these outreach efforts is the new bonds and friendships that make our community and city a better place for all of us. Gail Short Hanson Vice President of Campus Life

Marcy Fink Campos Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service, American University

Neighbors oppose plan, not university Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E member Matthew Fruminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 4 Viewpoint piece [â&#x20AC;&#x153;American University is good neighborâ&#x20AC;?] misses the point with respect to American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 campus plan for the Tenley Campus. For those of us who live closest to the Tenley Campus, the

issue is not the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to move the law school to that site. The issue is the extensive development of the Tenley Campus that the university seems to think the law school requires. We and the other members of the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association have never suggested that the university â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś is a net negative presence in our community.â&#x20AC;? But no property owner anywhere near Tenley Campus supports the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aggressive, over-thetop development plan for this residentially zoned, low-density area. The development proposed for Tenley would drastically degrade the residential character of our neighborhood, especially for those who live within 200 feet of the campus. It would increase the number of people using the site fivefold from 500 to approximately 2,500, with all the attendant negative increases in traffic, parking and congestion. It would also violate the letter and spirit of the 1986 agreement between the university and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E, which, despite the assertions of some, remains in force. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original purchase and current use of that property was and remains contingent on that agreement. The 1986 agreement was the product of negotiations suggested by the Board of Zoning Adjustment between the neighborhood commission, on behalf of the neighborhood, and the university. It was the result of our objection to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to purchase and develop the Tenley Campus. In return for the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subsequent agreement to support the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to use the property for an institution of higher learning, the university agreed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś occupy only structures presently existing on the property without any new structures or enlarging any structures, except as renovated pursuant to the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-hearing submission â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? for a special exception to the R-1-B zoning still in effect. We testified before the Zoning Commission objecting to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to develop the Tenley Campus as proposed in the 2000 campus plan, and both of us were plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the university in 2003 to block major new construction on the site. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;benefitsâ&#x20AC;? of such development to which Mr. Frumin alludes were not evident to us then and are not evident now. What would have had a drastic and negative impact on our neighborhood in 1986 and 2003 would have the same, if not worse, impact in 2011. Anthony Byrne Wesley Egan Tenleytown

Recycling program needs improvement In response to Ward 3 Council member Mary Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent Viewpoint piece [â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. is a leader in green accomplishments,â&#x20AC;? April

27], I would like to explain 10 things D.C. is doing wrong in terms of recycling. At best, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program is mired in 20th-century technology and attitudes. While other jurisdictions achieve the environmental and economic benefits of a comprehensive approach to recycling, D.C. seems obsessed with antiquated goals. 1. D.C. exports our recyclables to Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County and Manassas, Va., wasting fuel and other resources and missing out on the opportunity for dozens of jobs in the District. 2. D.C. encourages single-family homes to limit their recycling: Look at the size of your city-supplied trash container (96 gallons in the outer ring) versus the size of the recycling container (32 gallons). 3. D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recycling program for commercial properties is heavily oriented toward enforcement rather than education. 4. In terms of single-family homes, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recycling program offers no enforcement. This seems discriminatory toward condominium and apartment dwellers. 5. Notwithstanding D.C. rules, the overwhelming majority of recycled glass products from D.C. currently ends up in landfills. 6. D.C. zoning regulations have an outdated definition of recyclables that makes it difficult to start any organic recycling, construction/demolition recycling or urban mining programs on an economically or environmentally viable basis. 7. D.C. does an excellent job of collecting and diverting leaves from November to January and collecting Christmas trees in January, but what about grass clippings and other yard waste? D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitude seems to be: Just leave all your clippings in your yard. 8. D.C. lacks any method of diverting reusable building materials or furniture to nonprofits. Goodwill, the Salvation Army and various community builders should receive D.C. reusable bulk items and construction debris. 9. D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many special events offer a prime opportunity for massive diversion of materials. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a D.C. United game, the Cherry Blossom parade or the Marine Corps Marathon, there is no reason to tolerate recycling rates less than 90 percent. 10. D.C. has only recently begun to install recycling cans on street corners. The waste stream from public receptacles is predominantly recyclables. Recyclables are a commodity, not unlike gold, silver, wheat and oil. If you treat them as a resource, the environmental benefits will be self-evident. Unfortunately, D.C. has never seemed to learn this. Forty-one years ago, the original Earth Day was envisioned as a teaching tool. It seems obvious that the D.C. government has not learned very much since then. Barney Shapiro Owner, Tenleytown Trash

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Two Palisades couples join to open restaurant By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer


irst, Lindsey met Nate. Then, Lindsey and Nate met Sue and Robert. And now everyone in the Palisades would do well to meet Lindsey, Nate, Sue and Rob, because the four are opening a neighborhood restaurant. Salt & Pepper is nearly ready to serve its first meals, with opening day expected before the end of the month. The eatery will join a small scattering of restaurants on a two-block stretch of MacArthur Boulevard, adding American food — and breakfast — to the gastronomic mix. The restaurant is highly anticipated in the neighborhood, and if the food is as good as the back story is cute, Salt & Pepper should have it made. “We met on our first day in culinary school,” Lindsey Auchter said of Nate, who wooed her with a 10-course truffle dinner before

leaving to cook in Puerto Rico. He eventually returned to the States, and she joined him in her preferred D.C. neighborhood — the Palisades — while both started making their way through the Washington dining scene. Meanwhile, Suechen Chen and Robert Golfman were busy running their MacArthur Boulevard restaurant, Bambu, a popular Asian-fusion operation with a vigorous takeout business. But they dreamed of opening a place serving American comfort food in the neighborhood, where they live in a condo across from their business. And then the Auchters moved in next door. “It was kind of funny, because they would stare at us when we were leaving in our chef’s whites,” said Lindsey. Soon the four neighbors became good friends, with the veteran restaurateurs even attending the younger couple’s wedding. And after the festivities, Golfman and Chen got down to business.

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Restaurateur couple Robert Golfman and Suechen Chen, above left, met chef couple Lindsey and Nate Auchter, above right, as next-door neighbors on MacArthur Boulevard. Now the four are working together to open Salt & Pepper across from their building, in a space formerly occupied by Starland Cafe, left. “When we got back from our honeymoon, it was like, ‘Welcome back! We want to talk to you,’” said Lindsey. “And who’s a better mentor than someone who’s been successful in the neighborhood for [26] years? It’s like having a second mom and dad.” “The thing about those two was that they got up every morning and went to work — so we knew they had a work ethic,”

Golfman said of Lindsey and Nate. “That’s what this neighborhood looks for.” “They’re excited,” said Chen. “They make me so excited, too.” Years of discussion preceded this month’s launch. First the group aimed to put the casual spot in the second floor above Bambu, but then nearby Kemble Park Tavern closed, leaving vacant a desirable large space just a few

doors down, at 5125 MacArthur. “When this became available, it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Golfman. Getting the bigger space allowed Nate, who will serve as head chef, and Lindsey, who is taking on desserts, wine and front-of-house operations, to expand their plans from a more casual concept to something more See Restaurant/Page 23

Small fry, big mission:Education group works to bring shad back to Potomac By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer


n the banks of the Potomac River, Jeannette O’Connor peered into a bucket and cooed at the small specks wiggling in the water. To the naked eye, baby shad — called fry — don’t look like much. They’re basically two tiny dots set in a clear body, connected to a squiggly line of a spine. But O’Connor thinks they’re the cutest things she’s ever seen. “If someone told me five years ago that I would think these things are the most adorable things in the world, I would have told them they were nuts,” she said. “But now that I have my whole life invested in them, I think they’re so cute.” O’Connor is director of school-based programs for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, a nonprofit that provides hands-on education to D.C. area students. Last week, the group partnered with local schools as part of an annual effort to hatch thousands of shad eggs and release the baby fry back into area rivers.

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Last Friday, students from local schools helped with the annual effort to return shad to the local ecosystem. “It’s important because the population is decreasing, and they’re like the main food source for other fish,” said Zoe Lach, 11, a student at National Cathedral School. “It’s really hard for them to be raised in the Potomac, so when we do it it’s safer for them.” According to Jim Cummins, director of living resources for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin,

there was a time when American shad dominated area waters. There were so many, he said, that they seemed to carry the Potomac’s tides on their silvery backs. They provided much-needed sustenance to indigenous peoples, earning the species name sapidissima, meaning delicious. And even eagles evolved to plan their procreation around the shad’s arrival. “They lay their eggs in February ... because they want to coordinate the hatching of their eggs with the arrival of the shad so they can feed their young,” Cummins said. But eventually all the demand for shad nearly outstripped the supply, and new dams prevented shad from returning to their home waters to spawn, further decimating the population. “It went from being the most abundant fish in the river to almost being a ghost in the river,” Cummins said. That was nearly 30 years ago. But in the 1980s, officials prohibited fishing for shad in the Potomac. In a joint effort, federal, state, local and regional agencies began concentrated repopulation efforts, collecting millions of eggs and nurturing them in nurseries before releasing the fry back into the river. In 2000,

the Army Corps of Engineers constructed a “fishway” to allow shad to cross the dam at Little Falls to return to their spawning grounds. Plus, for 16 years, Cummins has mobilized students in the effort, helping them to raise baby shad in their classrooms, separate fertilized eggs from unfertilized eggs and release them back into the river. At its most basic level, O’Connor said, the program helps children learn about conservation. But she said there are other lessons, too. For instance, watching the shad emerge from their eggs teaches students about life cycles. Then, as they trace the shad’s migration, from the river to the sea and back to the river to spawn, they learn about geography. They even do math, calculating how many fry will survive into adulthood. The answer: Not many. Out of every 3,000 fry released into rivers, only a handful survive to become full-grown. But, even though only a fraction will live to reproduce, O’Connor is careful to emphasize the importance of the students’ efforts. First of all, she said, students give baby fry a boost by helping to protect their eggs from See Shad/Page 23

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School On May 5, Aidan Montessori School will be having our Evening of the Arts. This happens every year. The kids at the school get to show their artwork. The first- and second-floor walls will be covered in two-dimensional art from all the classes. The lower- and upper-ele-

School DISPATCHES mentary students get to be docents for their families. Each year we have a theme for the lobby of the school. This year it is a garden. It will have a big tree with a papier-mâchÊ person on a swing who is an Aidan student. This school year the upper elementary did an architecture project. The students built sustainable buildings for different biomes. These buildings will be on display in the upper-elementary classroom. The upper-elementary class-

room also has African sculptures made of bottles inspired by African sculptor Romuald HazoumĂŠ. We also made altered books. We ripped out pages from books and glued things on the pages still in the book. There are spreads for every subject. In one of the upper-elementary art classes, we made bento boxes, the lunch boxes of Japan. We used creativity to make foods such as sandwiches, cupcakes, sushi and fruit out of different materials. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sofia Brown and Nina Gumbs, fifth-graders

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We recently went to Whole Foods. When we got there, we met one of the people at the shop called Pamela. She walked us to the fruits and the vegetables section. I learned that asparagus is one of the very healthy vegetables. Pamela asked us what fruits and vegetables we eat. After that we got to eat yummy pineapple. Then we headed to the delicious fish. The person who sold fish showed us some fish and a scrumptious octopus. I had never seen an octopus. Eventually we got goodie bags and went back to school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nina Wilson, Year 1 Glasgow (kindergartner)

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Edmund Burke School On May 6 the Edmund Burke School hosted â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Amazing Race,â&#x20AC;? a two-hour activity with the current eighth-graders and incoming ninth-graders for next year. This amazingly fun activity was thought of and executed by our current eighth-graders. We obviously wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been able to do it ourselves and would like to thank all of the eighth- and ninth-grade teachers, especially Amy Cataldo and Michelle Johncock. The Amazing Race is the third, and final, of the eighth-grade student projects for the Burke community. Together, we raced through many activities around the globe, visiting countries like Greece, Scotland, Egypt, Australia and

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Italy. Activities included playing Ping-Pong in China and making dessert pizzas in Italy. Everyone ate traditional foods from each country they visited, and in order to proceed to the next country they had to have their passports stamped so they could pass through. We hope this event brought together the current eighth-grade students and the arriving ninthgraders. This was a great chance to meet our new classmates, socialize with them and get to know them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nigel Grant Smith and Benjamin Hartheimer, eighth-graders

Georgetown Day School For the entire school year, the middle school band and chorus have been hard at work learning music and practicing songs over and over again to make them absolutely perfect. While they have gotten chances to perform certain pieces at special assemblies throughout the year, on May 4 and 10, the band and the chorus, respectively, got to show their entire repertoires to teachers, parents and friends. The band performed marches, rhapsodies and songs from contemporary venues, such as the television show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glee,â&#x20AC;? the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potterâ&#x20AC;? movies and even the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haloâ&#x20AC;? video game. The chorus sang well-known songs by famous composers, like Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to Joy.â&#x20AC;? To add a special twist, the students sang the song in both English and German. In addition, they performed two songs from the Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rentâ&#x20AC;?; a mash-up of three songs from another musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion Kingâ&#x20AC;?; and pop songs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Believinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? by Journey and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billionaireâ&#x20AC;? by Bruno Mars. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary Our Hyde garden has been around for many years. However, it has really expanded over the six years since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been at Hyde. We are now using things from our garden for our cooking club and our science classes. When I first came to Hyde, we had some plant boxes. In kindergarten we planted some flowers in our plant boxes from seed and then we got to take the flowers home when they got bigger. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of plant boxes. In third grade I remember learning how to grow potatoes as part of science. Two years ago, we added a building to our school called Addison. The garden really expanded because we had a lot more space for it. Last year, a parent volunteer named Ms. Callahan and some students and other volunteers planted a lot of seeds for vegetables and fruits we could eat. Now we have all types of vegetables and plants that students can sample. We often have science See Dispatches/Page 17



This morning, the fifth-graders leave for our annual trip to Gettysburg. We have been studying the Civil War in school and it will be exciting to see where the Battle of Gettysburg took place in 1863. We are going to go to the battlefields. We are going to hike from Little Round Top to the bottom of Gettysburg and pass important places like Devil’s Den. At the end of our day, we get to take a ghost tour of Gettysburg. We are both most excited about the ghost tour. We get to take a bus together and also go out to dinner. We have 15 parent chaperones. Hopefully the bus will not break down like it did last year. — Arham Sayyed and Josh Emanuel, fifth-graders

graders at Lowell School celebrated, too. At 6:45 a.m., the doors to the middle school were opened so that we could come early and watch the wedding with our classmates. We had a divine breakfast with scones, chocolates, coffee, digestive biscuits and English breakfast tea. There were even cookies with Kate’s and William’s faces on them! With the projector in the science room devoted to the wedding, there was a nice big screen to watch it on. But the food wasn’t the only thing that was traditionally English. There was no dress code, but it was recommended for guests to wear traditional English attire such as big fancy hats and formal dress such as suits, and most of the students and teachers did! There were big hats decked with flowers and an occasional fake bird. After watching Prince William and Kate ride their carriage throughout London, we had to go to class. However, we managed to squeeze in a viewing of their kiss on the balcony to the amusement of all. The morning was wonderful, and it surely made the royal wedding special and memorable for us all. — Julia Wenick, sixth-grader

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On the day of the royal wedding, April 29, the people in London celebrated. The sixth-

Lights! Camera! Action! The third- through fifth-graders are putting on a school play about Ben

From Page 16 classes in the garden or use things that have been grown in the garden. We have strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, carrots, onions, lots of herbs like mint and cilantro, and other types of vegetables and fruits. According to Noon, a student in our new cooking club, “We made soup from the garden!” — Elmer Ellis, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

Franklin, the greatest … American … icon! It is actually called “Benjamin Franklin: An American Icon” and will be performed at American University’s Greenberg Theatre on May 12 and 13. Tickets are on sale at, and we hope all our families enjoy the show! We are putting on this play to teach and learn about Ben Franklin. Thanks to our wonderful teachers and Ms Byrne and Mrs. McGreevy for making the wonderful costumes, and special thanks to Ms. Pace, our greatest ... music ... teacher! Please come! — Tara Bhagat and Katarina Kitarovic, fourth graders, and Jazba Iqbal, fifth-grader

Murch Elementary In Mr. Patterson’s and Ms. Mathur’s fourth-grade classes, we have herb gardens. Each student chose an herb to grow, which they planted from seed. The plants grow under a special light with a timer, which acts like the sun. We’re also learning how the different herbs played specific parts during Colonial times. “I think it’s a great idea to connect gardening with schoolwork,” said student Jalen Coleman. His classmate Michael Powell added, “I like how I can grow my own plant.” Some of the herbs we are growing include borage, catnip and sage. Soon, when the temperatures outside are perfect, we will plant

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 them outside in the Murch Elementary School garden. — Adelaide Kaiser, fourth-grader

National Cathedral School This week, upper school students are very busy taking Advanced Placement exams. These tests cover an entire school year’s worth of work, and they offer an opportunity for students to show the depth and breadth of their knowledge. Most National Cathedral School students choose to challenge themselves by taking these college-level courses. Students in the middle and upper schools were able to see their peers perform in two different productions during one weekend recently. Talented dancers put on an excellent Dance Gala. Individual dances ranged from elegant ballets and fierce tangos to contemporary hip-hop routines. A small group of students performed an African dance to the beat of live drummers. The more theatrically inclined students were a part of the studentdirected One-Acts. Each individual group gathers for its own rehearsal. Both productions were amazing. — Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader

National Presbyterian The musical this year was called “2 Good 2 Be 4gotten.” The directors were Mrs. Hancock, a music teacher; Mrs. Bravo, an art teacher; Mrs. Kilpatrick, the drama teacher; and Mrs. MacSlarrow, a kinder-


garten teacher. The kids sang songs from our teachers’ childhoods. In between the songs there were acting scenes, which were written by Mrs. Kilpatrick. This year there were 71 kids in the production, including the backstage crew! All the students were from fourth, fifth and sixth grades. The show was performed on May 4, 5 and 6. The students began practicing in the beginning of January. The songs were “ABC,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Hound Dog,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Footloose” and “Thriller.” Mrs. Hancock and Mrs. Bravo have been doing the musical for seven years! These are the past musicals: “School House Rock,” “Retro Express,” “Books on Broadway,” “Celebration of the Arts,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Jungle Book.” For the past seven years National Presbyterian has used Wagtech, a light and sound crew. The musical is “very exciting,” said fifth-grader Cayla Strong. “It’s a lot of work, but at the end the shows really pay off. You feel really proud,” said fifth-grader Molly Dwyer. — Elisa McCartin, fifth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School On April 15, Our Lady of See Dispatches/Page 37

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orthwest D.C. boasts a lexicon of American domestic architecture, from Victorian to Tudor to the

ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY city’s own Wardmans. But there may be no style as comfortingly, iconically familiar as the deepporched American Foursquare. Pre-World War I examples of that architecture line Madison Street in 16th Street Heights, including a property recently listed for sale. This 1913 home has been thoroughly updated, but its roots are immediately apparent: An entryway includes the large foyer, wainscoting and built-in bench typical of homes of this style and vintage. Updates here included ebonizing wood floors and paneling, and those glossy black surfaces pop against white trim. Ground-level rooms are classic and well-proportioned. A sunny living room flows into a dining room that features wainscoting, a wood-burning fireplace and a coffered ceiling. Kitchen renovations here have

yielded a traditionally designed space that will work for even serious cooks. There’s loads of storage inside cherry cabinetry, and expansive granite countertops provide more than enough prep space. A small addition on the rear of the home has managed to be both unobtrusive and very useful. On this level, a bumped-out wall allows for a dining table and banquette seat topped by a wall of windows. The addition also includes a space missing from most homes this age — a casual living room. But the spot blends well enough with the rest of the home that it seems to be original. A half-bath is another useful add-on here. A rear yard is a welcome bit of green space and connects the home to a one-car garage. Four second-floor bedrooms echo touches from the ground floor, including cut-glass doorknobs and deep, rich woodwork. Three bedrooms here share a renovated hall bath. The master suite incorporates the home’s addition. A large bedroom flows into a bathroom, closet and flexible space that leaves buyers with loads of options. The

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Northwest Real Estate RULING From Page 1 Catania spokesperson Brendan Williams-Kief wrote in an email to The Current that his office â&#x20AC;&#x153;could not recall the specific matter, [but] residents contact the office daily with a variety of concerns and we do our best to assist those residents.â&#x20AC;? Greene wrote that Crewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy â&#x20AC;&#x153;demonstrates further reckless disregard forâ&#x20AC;? the rights of D.C. citizens because there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;no objective analysisâ&#x20AC;? of complaints. Efforts to reach Crews, who left the Zoning Administrator post in 2007, were not immediately successful. According to court documents, Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbors believed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and soon Crews did, too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that the five-unit apartment building had been a nonconforming use under zoning rules. Because its roominghouse status had been discontinued, they argued, city authorities had to disallow future use as an apartment building. It was with that understanding that Crews issued â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or had his

agency issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two stop-work orders and one revocation of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certificate of occupancy, according to his testimony. Under city law, Crews was not permitted to issue the stop-work notices. The bigger problem, however, is that the property actually conforms to zoning standards, thanks to a decades-old city order. But even after Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneys explained the 1960s zoning ruling to city officials, Crews continued to block progress at the site. The result, according to Greene, is that Crews and the city violated Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights to substantive due process â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a very high legal threshold that means that the behavior in question â&#x20AC;&#x153;shock[s] the contemporary conscience,â&#x20AC;? according to court records. In addition, the city is blamed for a failure to adequately train and supervise Crews. Even after the zoning administrator had illegally issued stop-work orders and improperly yanked the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occupancy permit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereby throwing Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction financing into limbo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; higher-ups and city attorneys failed to restrain him, Greene wrote.

City attorneys have pushed back with a motion to reconsider, challenging that Greeneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judgment contains â&#x20AC;&#x153;a number of errors of fact and law.â&#x20AC;? For one thing, they claim, Crewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; confusion over the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning status is understandable, given the wording of the 1962 order allowing the apartment house as a conforming use. After all, the Board of Zoning Adjustment found his reading to be incorrect only after â&#x20AC;&#x153;hoursâ&#x20AC;? of debate and discussion. In their motion, city attorneys acknowledge that Crews made errors in the case but argue that his actions were good-faith efforts to enforce D.C. law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The government should correct its errors and learn from them, which is what occurred here,â&#x20AC;? the motion states. And even if, as Wagshal testified and the court acknowledged, Crewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behavior was â&#x20AC;&#x153;dismissive and arrogant,â&#x20AC;? wrote attorneys, rudeness does not constitute a violation of Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights. Prior to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion seeking reconsideration, the court had scheduled a hearing in December on the damages owed to Wagshal.

GRADUATION From Page 1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;culminating composition or project that is formally presentedâ&#x20AC;? in order to graduate. But Reilly said the senior project requirement made its way into the regulations before schools had time to develop viable programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a process, she said, that often takes years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While a handful of D.C. high schools have implemented such programs with varying degrees of success,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it had become obvious that few schools could have mustered the needed resources and preparations in time to meet the requirement.â&#x20AC;? As a result, Reilly recommended removing that requirement from the regulations. She also suggested removing requirements that seniors and juniors be able to write a cogent thesis, saying that belongs in state standards, not in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s municipal regulations. Meanwhile, Reilly noted another glitch. The regulations require that students complete two Carnegie Units of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Career Technical Education (CTE) and/or college level coursesâ&#x20AC;? to graduate. But, she said, if Advanced Placement classes are used to meet core subject requirements, they cannot count toward the college level/career prep requirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was not the outcome intended by the 2006-07 state-level drafting committee,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The intent of the requirement was to provide incentives for students to enroll in these classes as well as pursue a certification path in CTE, and to allow flexibility and choice for students based on their interests.â&#x20AC;? Reilly said the issue merits immediate action because the class of 2011 is the first cohort to be held to the new requirements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the regulation is not corrected, the

diploma status of a large number of recent and pending graduates will be put at risk,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. So, on May 18, the state board will review the graduation requirements at a public meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to hold a hearing, solicit comments, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to put some quick fixes into the books so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t penalize students,â&#x20AC;? said Mary Lord, the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ward 2 representative. Then, Trabue said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to remove it from the books. Because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a serious question about how it got on the books.â&#x20AC;? According to Trabue, the situation stems from the transition from the old D.C. Board of Education to the State Board of Education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say it snuck onto the rulebooks,â&#x20AC;? Lord said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it just got there.â&#x20AC;? Still, Trabue said the decision to remove the requirement should not be seen as a retreat from strong graduation requirements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a watering-down of requirements,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have anybody tripped up because there was not clear communication that the regulation was in effect.â&#x20AC;? Trabue and Lord said the board plans to take a close look at its graduation requirements in the coming year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a rush to help the current class of graduating seniors,â&#x20AC;? Lord said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But this is just the start of a longer, deeper conversation about graduation requirements.â&#x20AC;? But, in an interview, Reilly said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bigger issue at stake. In the past few years, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been significant turnover in the school system, on the State Board of Education and in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of turnover, important things can fall through the cracks,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been on the table to be fixed for three years. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 11th hour.â&#x20AC;?









Northwest Real Estate SHAD From Page 15 predators during the gestation period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can get them past the egg point to the fry point, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that much more chance they have of surviving into adulthood,â&#x20AC;? she said. And even if they end up being eaten, by minnows, osprey or eagles, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine, too, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The job of those fry is just as

RESTAURANT From Page 15 upscale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but still relaxed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to call it swanky casual,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey. While â&#x20AC;&#x153;there might be fantastic wines and great food and service, we still want people to come in in sweat suits and jeans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and suits.â&#x20AC;? The shift also suits their experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows us to showcase our culinary skills a little more,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey, who lists hot spots BlackSalt and Equinox on her rĂŠsumĂŠ, and most recently served as executive sous chef for the Canadian Embassy. Nate also worked at BlackSalt and Equinox, and he comes most recently from a stint as sous chef at the National Museum of the American Indian. Dishes the two are particularly excited about include an â&#x20AC;&#x153;awesome fried chicken with a mac and cheese that [friends and family] request for their birthdays,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey; salmon with a corn, bean and squash salad inspired by Nateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time at the Native American Museum; a daily roast and a daily catch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both caught or raised in the United States; and an amusingly named â&#x20AC;&#x153;secondplace crab cake,â&#x20AC;? in honor of the pairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repeated near-wins at an annual American Institute of Wine & Food competition. The restaurant will also offer casual lunch items like soup and salads, and a breakfast menu,

much to feed the ecosystem as to become adult fish and spawn again.â&#x20AC;? Andrew Alikhani, 17 and a senior at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s High School, gently poured a cup of fry into the water Friday. He said he knows that only a few are going to survive into adulthood. But, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel happy because letting them go is pretty much like the cycle of life.â&#x20AC;? Still, classmate Elizabeth Ogunsanya said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopeful about the fate of her fry. From

though that will wait until August, after the pair gets settled. Other plans include Fourth of July festivities to go with the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular parade, and a doggy â&#x20AC;&#x153;yappyâ&#x20AC;? hour on the patio, where Nate and Lindseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10pound papillon named Joujou will â&#x20AC;&#x153;be like the mistress of events,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey. All that fits with the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal, which is really to provide a comfortable neighborhood spot where locals want to hang out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It all came about because Sue and I wanted to have a place to go eat food we liked,â&#x20AC;? said Golfman, who has lived in the neighborhood for years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always had to go to Bethesda.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a fan of the other restaurants on MacArthur Boulevard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all four appreciate the business community there, and they hope not to step on any toes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find mussels on our menu,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because [Et Voila] can do them better.â&#x20AC;? Still, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all knew that the Palisades was missing a true American restaurant.â&#x20AC;? And now that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found each other, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to fill that niche. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want to be successful enough and well-liked enough that the neighborhood will allow us to stay in the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want to make sure that it lives up to everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopes and dreams.â&#x20AC;?

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the 1,500 eggs her school hatched, she chose a single fry and named him Lucas, after her favorite character on the teen-centric TV show â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Tree Hill.â&#x20AC;? Then, as she prepared to pour Lucas into the chilly water, Ogunsanya said a little prayer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told him, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to make it. Out of all the trials and tribulations you face, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to come back and spawn and make your own babies.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? As Ogunsanya bid Lucas goodbye, she

said the experience had made her reflect on humansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; impact on the environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are some really invasive species,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We consume everything in the environment. ... We really need to think twice about what we do and what we eat so we can conserve our ecosystem.â&#x20AC;? In fact, she plans to do just that. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considering majoring in environmental science when she arrives at the University of Pittsburgh next fall.

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Northwest Real Estate POLICE From Page 5 to beef up the force more cheaply, Catania said, for example redoing rules on part-time work, providing incentive pay for officers with college degrees or requiring officers trained at the D.C. police academy to work here for a number of years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know we will have a crime emergency this summer, and simply saying we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the money [to hire more officers] doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t solve it,â&#x20AC;? Catania said. But Lanier, in a letter, rebuffed the commission idea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MPD does not have either an attrition or recruitment problem,â&#x20AC;? the chief wrote, noting that the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attrition rate of about 4.5 percent a year is â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely lowâ&#x20AC;? compared to either the federal government or the private sector. There will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;retirement bubble hitting, as expectedâ&#x20AC;? in the next few years, 25 years after a hiring surge in the late 1980s, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;attrition is a normal

ITALIAN From Page 1 designers had proposed to append to the north side of the historic structure; board members at a December meeting called the idea a â&#x20AC;&#x153;glassy Kleenex box.â&#x20AC;? Residents at that meeting spoke out against the proposed 89-foot height of the building, which they feared would tower over nearby row homes. That height remains the developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal, and area advisory neighborhood commissioner Steve Lanning said he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;most commonly asked about the heightâ&#x20AC;? by his constituents. But the overall development scheme has not drawn much fire in Adams Morgan, in contrast to the last attempt to revamp the site. In 2005, another developer proposed a nine-story condo tower next to the embassy. The plan would have torn down parts of the embassy building, which was not under historic preservation protection at the time. A hurried landmarking process followed in 2006, and the developers sold the property to Valor and Potomac Construction Group for $7.9 million. The developer is seeking a

process,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Instead, Lanier said the department should â&#x20AC;&#x153;focus on attracting the best, brightest and most dedicated new officers in the coming years. We are certainly up for this challenge.â&#x20AC;? Other members said Cataniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency commission would â&#x20AC;&#x153;micromanageâ&#x20AC;? the police and detract from the central task of finding money to hire more officers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a distraction from the real problem, which is that we need to find the money,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said. The council tabled Cataniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency bill on an 84 vote. Others wondered whether the numbers alone would make a difference, or if limited funds would be better spent on job training and employing troubled youth. Ward 1 member Jim Graham noted that the police force will be down this summer even as cuts to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer youth employment program will leave more youngsters on the streets, idle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to be one heck of a summer,â&#x20AC;? he said.

planned-unit development in order to win some wiggle room on the configuration of outdoor space and on roof structures. But its larger request is for a map amendment that will rezone the portion of the property slated for the condo tower to accommodate the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s height. The planned-unit development process requires a developer to pro-

â??Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity here to do the right thing, and [the developer] is trying to do that.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Steve Lanning vide benefits and amenities to the surrounding community in exchange for some leniency from zoning regulations. And here the Zoning Commission found the embassy proposal wanting during brief discussion at its April 25 meeting. The developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s submission names amenities such as the condo towerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture. But commissioner Konrad Schlater said that since heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge fanâ&#x20AC;? of the proposed design, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not such a

CAMPUS From Page 3 housing in the document. Shortly before zoning hearings began this spring, the school announced it was willing to add on-campus beds after all â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 250 converted hotel rooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if the commission approves its plan in its entirety. But the Planning Office determined that even with that concession, the resulting 5,300 beds would not be enough to reduce the impact of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional undergraduate population, which numbers about 6,600 (or 6,000 under an earlier counting method). In response to the plannersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; report, advocacy group DC Students Speak launched a letter-writing campaign to oppose the 100 percent housing recommendation. Calling the report â&#x20AC;&#x153;myopic,â&#x20AC;? the group predicted that with the change, the existing rental units in the residential neighborhood would be occupied instead by other schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; students and twentysomething professionals. The result would be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;same conduct experienced today without GUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oversight,â&#x20AC;? according to a post on

â&#x20AC;&#x153;compellingâ&#x20AC;? amenity. Commissioners also noted that another â&#x20AC;&#x153;amenityâ&#x20AC;? described in the zoning application â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the inclusion of affordable units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is in fact required by zoning rules. But four of the five proposed affordable units would be two-bedroom units, notes the developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the roomier condos, which could accommodate families with children, that constitute the boon to the community. The final package will likely contain more community benefits, possibly some beautification projects, said neighborhood commissioner Lanning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still need to come back with our [requested] list of amenities,â&#x20AC;? he said. That list will include an agreement that the developers and community are nearing consensus on, he added. Under that deal, about a dozen Ward 1 residents would participate in a construction training program during development of the project, Lanning said. The Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jennifer Steingasser said her office will evaluate the final agreement against other city employment deals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity here to do the right thing, and [the developer] is trying to do that,â&#x20AC;? Lanning said of the local-hiring agreement.

the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. The Transportation Department also got its licks in last week. Although the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed transportation management plan is commendable, city officials wrote, the university through its paid consultant failed to provide information including a complete traffic analysis for the neighborhood road network. Without more information, the report states, city transportation officials cannot make an â&#x20AC;&#x153;informed recommendation.â&#x20AC;? The report also requests more data on a proposed change that the school and neighbors agree on: a legal left turn for university traffic onto busy eastbound Canal Road during peak hours. The agency agrees that the change would allow greater use of the Canal Road entrance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereby reducing pressure on roads in Georgetown proper. But it cannot make an evaluation without more information, the report adds. Both the Office of Planning and the Department of Transportation are slated to present their reports Thursday on the second night of the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public hearing in the case.


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Events Entertainment Wednesday, May MAY 11 Wednesday 11 Class 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.

Concerts â&#x2013; Brooklyn-based quintet Father Figures will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Recording artist Ian McFeron will perform selections from his sixth studio album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Nights.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Baked and Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-333-2500. â&#x2013;  The Fessenden Ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;French Fables,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Ravel and Françaix. 7:30 p.m. $30. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-362-2390. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  James Reston Jr. will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;History and the Movies: An Historian Writes a Screenplay.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5027. â&#x2013;  Howard Means will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  Jim Sebastian of the D.C. Department of Transportation, Shane Farthing of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Jennifer L. Toole of the Toole Design Group will discuss future plans for D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bicycle infrastructure and potential challenges for implementation. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The American Humanist Association will present an introduction to humanism. 6:30 p.m. Free. 1777 T St. NW. 202-2389088. The talk will repeat May 18 at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  William Smith, a meditation practitioner for more than 30 years and a retired Army lieutenant colonel, will discuss how meditation can improve oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical, mental and spiritual health. 7 p.m. Free.

West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; Author Adam Hochschild will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Mika Brzezinski will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Worth.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. â&#x2013;  Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films Shared Hope International will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Immersion Project,â&#x20AC;? about U.S. children who are trapped within the commercial sex industry. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Jaroslav Fuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twosome,â&#x20AC;? about a couple who have come to a crossroad in their five-year relationship. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. â&#x2013; 

Reading â&#x2013; R. Tripp Evans will read from his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grant Wood: A Life,â&#x20AC;? recipient of the fifth annual Marfield Prize honoring excellence in writing about the arts. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282. Thursday, May 12 Thursday MAY 12 Benefit â&#x2013;  The Project on Government Oversightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30th-anniversary celebration and dinner will feature a discussion of







â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wikileaks, Wall Street and Whistleblowers: The Role of Government Oversight,â&#x20AC;? featuring Matt Taibbi, a political reporter for Rolling Stone; Rep. Donna Edwards (shown), D-Md.; David Einhorn, president of Greenlight Capital; and former Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $275. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-347-1122. Class â&#x2013; Citronelle master sommelier Kathy Morgan will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;If You Love Pinot Grigio â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. $100. Michel Richard Citronelle, 3000 M St. NW. 202625-2150.

Concerts â&#x2013; National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin and pianist Marija Stroke will perform works by Rodrigo, Ponce, Adolphe and Frank. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. â&#x2013;  The Jazz on Jackson Place series will feature Matvei Sigalov. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. 202-218-4332. â&#x2013;  NSO Pops will present a Latinthemed concert featuring percussionist Tito Puente Jr. (shown) and vocalist Jon Secada. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Imagination Movers, a New Orleansbased rock band for kids of all ages, will perform. 7 p.m. $33. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington DC will host an open-mike piano bar night. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-293-1548. â&#x2013;  The Court Yard Hounds, featuring sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, will perform. 8 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sibley Senior Association will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Effects of Untreated Hearing Lossâ&#x20AC;? by clinical audiologist Mary Ann Dworak. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 2, Renaissance Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road NW. 202364-7602. â&#x2013;  CBN host and terrorism expert Erick Stakelbeck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government Is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threatâ&#x20AC;? as part of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Authorâ&#x20AC;? luncheon series. Noon to 1:15 p.m. $25; reserva-

Thursday, MAY 12 â&#x2013; Discussion: Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith will speak about the Southwest D.C. theater. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363.

tions required. Rivers at the Watergate, 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-3331600. â&#x2013; David Walders will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women Against Tyranny: Poems of Resistance During the Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-3779. â&#x2013;  A discussion will focus on the winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenbergâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the four finalists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Visit From the Goon Squad,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord of Misrule,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Model Homeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Visiting scholar Roshi Joan Halifax will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside Compassion: Edge States, Contemplative Interventions, Neuroscience.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5027. â&#x2013;  Mixed-media artist Nancy Cohen will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Estuary and Other LandscapeInspired Work.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leadership in Promoting Asian and Asian-American Peace and Prosperityâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Esther Benjamin, director of global operations for the Peace Corps; Deepa Iyer, executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together; Abraham Kim, vice president of the Korea Economic Institute; and Albert Santoli, president of the Asia America Initiative. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5830. â&#x2013;  Curator Wendy Wick Reaves will discuss Alexander Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrait of Frank Crowninshield. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mettling With Metal: Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sculptural Process.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  Willie Geist and Boyd McDonnell will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loaded! Become a Millionaire Overnight and Lose 20 Pounds in Two Weeks, or Your Money Back,â&#x20AC;? a tongue-in-cheek look at how to make it big

in the financial world. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013; Poet, critic and curator Bill Berkson will discuss Philip Gustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship to one of the artists he admired most, Piero della Francesca. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a senior intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Operation Dark Heart: Spy Craft and Special Ops on the Front Lines of Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  The Washington Sculptors Group will host a presentation by Greg Braun on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Google SketchUP for Artists & Sculptors.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Garden Association will present a talk by Mary Travaglini of the Nature Conservancy on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasure of the Potomac Gorge: Unique Ecology and Rare Species in Our Backyard.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Grand Oaks, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-686-1229. â&#x2013;  Mary Quattlebaum will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pirates vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tales of a Big, Blustery Maritime Matchâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 4 through 10). 7 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  Alexis Madrigal will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Anne S. McKnight, a faculty member at the Bowen Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Epigenetics and Bowen Theory.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The Palisades Neighborhood Library will show Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wrong Man,â&#x20AC;? starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Harold J. Stone. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogueâ&#x20AC;? event, the National Gallery of Art will host a screening of Mohamed AlDaradjiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Son of Babylon,â&#x20AC;? about a 12-year-old Kurdish boy who sets out with his grandmother on an odyssey to find his father, missing since the Gulf War. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Screenings of nine other films will take place the same night at various venues on the National Mall as part of the event; for details, visit â&#x2013;  The fifth annual GI Film Festival will See Events/Page 27





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 feature the D.C. premiere of Jonathan Englishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ironclad,â&#x20AC;? about rebel barons and their fight against King John in 13thcentury England. 6 to 10 p.m. $45. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The festival will continue through Sunday with screenings at various venues. â&#x2013; Cine Francophone will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gainsbourg, vie heroique,â&#x20AC;? about the notorious French composer, lyricist and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg. 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  The DC Palestine Film Festival will feature Elia Suleimanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time That Remains.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Actor Andrew McCarthy, a contributing editor for National Geo Traveler and the recipient of a 2010 award from the Society of American Travel Writers, will discuss his most memorable travel adventures. 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a look at Romeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic and cultural legacy through art, music, language, food and fashion; excerpts from Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Pasqualeâ&#x20AC;? performed by Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists; a talk about Philip Gustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visual references; and a jazz performance by Project Natale. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Friday, May 13 Friday MAY 13 Concerts â&#x2013;  Charles Miller, director of music at 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. â&#x2013;  Arts @ Midday will feature vocalist Joan Phalen, pianist Sonya Sutton and accordionist Michael Rubin performing works by Edith Piaf, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, Astor Piazzola and Francis Poulenc. 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  New York City-based vocalist and composer Lola Danza will perform a form of Korean Shamanic ritual music infused with western vocalization, improvisation and instrumentation. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Students of Lindy Campbell will present a percussion recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Pianist Tigran Alikhanov will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Taneyev. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  LaManda Joy of the Peterson Garden

Project in Chicago will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1212. â&#x2013; Jack Warren, executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, will discuss a Franklinia tree in the Anderson House garden with connections to the Revolutionary era. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Fred Joris, head of the Walloon Heritage Institute, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wallonia: Above and Beyond the Battle of the Bulge,â&#x20AC;? about Belgian architecture. 6:30 p.m. $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  David Bezmozgis will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Free World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Anam Thubtem will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mindfulness and the Environment.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-986-1090. Festival â&#x2013;  St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral will hold its annual spring festival, featuring Greek food and pastries, attic treasures, a Greek market, international arts and crafts, religious icons, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and live Greek music and dancing. Noon to 10 p.m. Free admission. 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-3334730. The festival will continue Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  Kids World Cinema, a two-weekend showcase of international childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films and crafts workshops, will present Philippe Baylaucqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hugo and the Dragonâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 5 through 8). 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Eran Rikilsouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lemon Tree,â&#x20AC;? a parable of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. 7 p.m. $5; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The DC Palestine Film Festival will show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arafat & Iâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Quiet.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.

Performances â&#x2013; Eaton Elementary School will present the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once on This Island, Jr.,â&#x20AC;? a retelling of the Little Mermaid story set in the French Antilles. 7:30 p.m. $5. Barbara Munday Theater, Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell St. NW. 202-282-0103. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andalucia-Crete: Bridging of Two Culturesâ&#x20AC;? will feature music and dance with a Mediterranean flavor. 8 p.m. $30 to $60.

Vitalityâ&#x20AC;? will feature instruction by Deborah Dougherty, Zinnia Marvell and chiropractor Anthony Noya. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Friday, MAY 13 â&#x2013; Concert: Hawaiian performer Kealiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Reichel will perform. 7:30 p.m. $35. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-3977328. â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Trey McIntyre Project, a Boise, Idaho-based modern dance ensemble. 8 p.m. $25 to $55. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  Poets Bill Berkson and Cole Swensen will read from their work. 7 p.m. $15; $7.50 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Florida Marlins. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Walk â&#x2013;  Sheila Cochran will lead an Olmsted Woods bird walk. 8:30 a.m. Free. Meet at the George Washington statue on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2319. The walk will repeat May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 14 Saturday MAY 14 Book signing â&#x2013; Elizabeth Kolodziej will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vampyre Kisses.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-9659880. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  First Class Inc. will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conquering Clutter: Get Control of Your Life.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. â&#x2013;  Kurt Aschermann, president of the Charity Partners Foundation and a member of the Community of Reconciliation, will lead an interactive seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simplicity, Silence, Sabbathâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listening, Hearing, and Living Series.â&#x20AC;? 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 to $20. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  A workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enhancing Your

Concerts â&#x2013; The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington, DC, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Little Thing Called Love,â&#x20AC;? featuring its a cappella ensemble, Potomac Fever, and NoteWorthy from the Triad Pride Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Greensboro, N.C. 5 and 8 p.m. $30. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. 202-293-1548. â&#x2013;  Adult students of various teachers will present a recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2447326. â&#x2013;  The Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;onLOCationâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Now Ensemble (shown) and Victoire performing a mix of chamber-rock and indie-classical music. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Collector Kelvin Webb will show examples of rugs and kilims that are mostly from Central Anatolia. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  National Park Service volunteers will be on hand to discuss Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich history and culture. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Brian Till (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations With Power: What Great Presidents and Prime Ministers Can Teach Us About Leadership,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Frederick Kempe will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin, 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Artist Rosetta DeBerardinis will present a lecture and demonstration on the use of acrylic paints. 1 to 3 p.m. $20 dona-

tion suggested; reservations required. Zenith Gallery, Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-783-2963. â&#x2013; Music scholar Saul Lilienstein will discuss the mysteries behind the creative genius of Ludwig van Beethoven, including the effects of the encroaching deafness on his work. 2 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will screen the 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Old Man and the Sea.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  Kids World Cinema, a two-weekend showcase of international childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films and crafts workshops, will present a lineup of French and British films (for ages 10 through 12). 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present King Vidorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1926 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Bohème,â&#x20AC;? featuring a live score performed by organist Dennis James. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery will present the 1927 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metropolis,â&#x20AC;? accompanied by an original score performed by Silent Orchestra. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IberoAmerican Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Festival will feature the Spanish film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nocturne.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. $5 per child; $8 for adults. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. â&#x2013;  The Fiesta Asia Film Festival will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lucky Few: The Story of the USS Kirkâ&#x20AC;? at 4:30 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Geisha Real Womanâ&#x20AC;? at 6:30 p.m., and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Offâ&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. $8 to $12 per film. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW.

Performances â&#x2013; Area high school students will perform an abridged version of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cymbeline.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. See Events/Page 28

Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m. $PCBCPGAI)CKNC CPJGL  (Putnam, $29.95) The Berlin Crisis was overshadowed by the Cuban Missile Crisis, but Kempe, former Wall Street Journal columnist and editor, argues that it was more decisive in shaping later Cold War developments. Drawing on documents and extensive interviews, Kempe recreates the chilling moment when Soviet and American troops faced each other directly, just yards apart. Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m. KW1RMJJQ 2FC,GLRF5GDC (HarperCollins, $14.99) An accomplished author of novels for young adults, Stolls here shifts to an older age group with a story about marriage. Bess has just gotten engaged and is shocked to learn that her intended has eight former wives. Desperate to understand him, she sets out on a cross-country trip to meet each of her fiancĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s erstwhile spouses. Sunday, May 15, 5 p.m. +?PA)?SDK?L $GPQR!MLR?AR (Simon & Schuster, $26) Once thought inhospitable to living creatures, glaciers, volcanoes, and other extreme habitats in fact do harbor life. So why not the universe beyond Earth? Kaufman follows a range of scientists, from geologists and physicists to astrobiologists, explaining the challenges and theories of the search for extraterrestrial life. !MLLCARGASRTC,55?QFGLERML "!  z  z  D?V @MMIQNMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMKzUUU NMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMK

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 27 â&#x2013; AurĂŠlien Kairo and Abderzak Houmi, members of the dance group De Fakto company, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Belle Affaire,â&#x20AC;? a street performance that evokes memories of Charlie Chaplin and Michael Jackson. 2 p.m. Free. Kalorama Park, Kalorama Road and 19th Street NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  Faculty members and students from the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies will present a dance performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Capitol Movement Dance Company will present the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Layers,â&#x20AC;? featuring jazz, contemporary, modern and hip-hop dance. 7:30 p.m. $60. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

Special event â&#x2013; Passport DC, a monthlong festival of cultural events sponsored by Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embassies, will feature the Around the World Embassy Tour. Activities at 35 embassies will range from a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony to samplings of the Bahamian street festival Juckanoo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Various locations. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The fifth-season DC Rollergirls championship bout will pit DC DemonCats against Scare Force One. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Colorado Rapids. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Casey Trees urban forestry instructor Shawn Walker will lead a walk focusing on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shade trees. 9 to 11 a.m. Free. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  The Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club will sponsor a Warren Buffett History Trail Walk, with 5- and 10kilometer options available. Registration

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from 8 a.m. to noon; participants must finish the walk by 3 p.m. Free. Begin and end at Geico Insurance Headquarters, 5260 Western Ave. 301-610-7752. â&#x2013; A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Wingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Crashers.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, 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. $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. 202-9650400. â&#x2013;  Gail Griffin, director of gardens and grounds at Dumbarton Oaks, and Suzanne Bouchard, director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place, will lead a tour of two of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic gardens. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Sunday, May MAY 15 15 Sunday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Classical Kids Live will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beethoven Lives Upstairs,â&#x20AC;? about a young boy whose life is turned upside down when the composer Ludwig van Beethoven moves into his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boarding house (for ages 5 and older). 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Granetta Coleman will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Hooping,â&#x20AC;? about the resurgence of the Hula-Hoop as an exercise tool. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. â&#x2013;  Instructor Carolyn Reece-Tomlin will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Large Scale Figure Drawing.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $120.

Washington Studio School, 2129 S St. NW. 202-234-3030. Concerts â&#x2013; D.C.-based group Stripmall Ballads will perform contemporary folk music after a talk on Edward Mitchell Bannisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Untitled (moon over a harbor, wharf scene with full moon and masts of boats).â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The DC Youth Orchestra Program will present a year-end concert by beginner students at 2 p.m. and by intermediate students at 4 p.m. Free. Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. 202-698-0123. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and soloists Mark Mason and Tanya Coyne will perform DuruflĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russian Riches,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Gretchaninov, Taneyev and RimskyKorsakov. 4 p.m. $25 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 877-537-2228. â&#x2013;  The City Choir of Washington and soloists Elizabeth Kluegel (shown), Barbara Hollinshead, Matthew Smith and Kerry Wilkerson will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mass in B Minor.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $15 to $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-572-6865. â&#x2013;  Students of Gjinovefa Sako will present a piano recital. 5 and 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Winners of the Feder Memorial String Competition of the Washington Performing Arts Society will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. 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 Starry Mountain Singers will perform sacred and secular songs from Georgia, Bulgaria, Corsica and the United States. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE. 202-344-7018. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Historian Ronald C. White Jr. will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War Sesquicentennialâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Sunday Forum series. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral,

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Generation.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2008 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful Losers,â&#x20AC;? about a looseknit group of outsiders who found common ground at a little New York City storefront gallery. 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Sunday, MAY 15 â&#x2013; Concert: Violinist Erin Keefe and pianist Lucille Chung (shown) will perform works by Beethoven and Stravinsky. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151.

Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013; Amy Stolls will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ninth Wife,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Marc Kaufman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  June Hargrove, professor of 19th-century European painting and sculpture at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calling the Earth to Witness: Paul Gauguin in the Marquesas.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Diana Post, executive director of the Rachel Carson Council, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rachel Carson: Prophet of the Green Movement.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Festival â&#x2013;  The Literary Hill BookFest will feature talks and signings by more than 30 authors who live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Participants will include Louis Bayard, Peter Manseau, Spike Mendelsohn (shown), Ariel Sabar, Gene Wiengarten and Bonny Wolf. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. North Hall, Eastern Market, 7th Street and South Carolina Avenue SE. 202-546-7231.

Performance â&#x2013; The George Mason University Dance Company will perform student-choreographed works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events â&#x2013;  The sixth annual DC Yoga Week will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga on the Mall,â&#x20AC;? a collective outdoor practice with an appearance by renowned yogini Shiva Rea. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Events will continue through May 21 at participating studios throughout D.C. â&#x2013;  The Kosciuszko Foundation and Ambassador Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Literary Cafe,â&#x20AC;? featuring an evening of music and poetry. 7 p.m. $25; reservations required. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320. Reading â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Love,â&#x20AC;? an open-mike poetry event. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss the Old Stone House and its place in early Georgetown history. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defenders of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to walk the earthworks of Fort Stevens and experience the lives of the men who defended the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital in 1864. 2 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6070.

Monday, May MAY 16 Monday 16 Class â&#x2013; A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Films â&#x2013; ITVS will present a Community Cinema screening of the 2009 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to Shelbyville,â&#x20AC;? about a small Southern town grappling with rapid demographic changes and issues of immigrant integration. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-939-0794. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Luchino Viscontiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1971 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death in Venice.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Cineforum Italiano will feature the 2009 romantic comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;1000 Euro

Concerts â&#x2013; The Atomic Duo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; singer and guitarist Mark Rubin and singer and mandolin master Silas Lowe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform acoustic roots Americana music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Vocal Arts Society will present tenor Paul Appleby and pianist Steven Blier (shown) in concert. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Holistic health counselor, chef and instructor Tania Mercer will present a cooking demonstration on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Pleasures.â&#x20AC;? See Events/Page 29





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 Noon to 1:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas and Choral Arts Society of Washington artistic director Norman Scribner will discuss Kortegangasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new composition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Songs for Planet Earth.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1848. â&#x2013;  David Essex, curatorial assistant at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humor Since Homer: The Legacy of the Ridiculous in Western High Art.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will present a talk by Linda Pirrone of the greening program at the American Chemical Society. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  Contributors Nafees Syed, Elham Khatami, Ayah Ibrahim and Rima Kharuf will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim,â&#x20AC;? a collection of 40 personal essays. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Author Alexandra Styron will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading My Father: A Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Rabab Abdulhadi, Amal Amireh, Noura Erakat, Mervat Hatem and Nadine Naber will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arab and Arab-American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1996 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shall We Dance?â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Up: German Youth in Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Bettina BlĂźmnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pool of Princesses.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160.

Performance â&#x2013; Cultures in Motion will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Graham Herself,â&#x20AC;? a tribute to former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham starring Kim Schraft. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6338520. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, May MAY 17 Tuesday 17 Benefit â&#x2013;  At a celebratory dinner to honor the legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and to commemorate

the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights activist and attorney Vernon E. Jordan Jr. will deliver the keynote address at the event, which will benefit the outreach activities of St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. 6:30 p.m. $125. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-863-0256. Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Purcell, Barriere and Giordani. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The 15-piece ensemble Flat Earth Society will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Alliance de Française de Washington will present pianist Jean-Michel Pilc (shown), bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig performing jazz selections. 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Blues Alley, 1069 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-8993. The program will repeat May 24 at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 Wednesday MAY 18 Class â&#x2013; Monica Barnett will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking Chic Without Breaking the Bank.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.

Concert â&#x2013; Singer/songwriter Buffy Sante-Marie will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Monday, MAY 16 â&#x2013; Reading: Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass will read from his work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. NW. 202-544-7077.

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Archives Greg Bradsher and exhibits conservator Terry Boone will discuss the creation of the Nuremberg Laws. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Samuel Brylawski, former head of the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress, and Karen Lund, digital project coordinator in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 220, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3779. â&#x2013;  Members of the Midday Book Club will discuss a favorite or recently read work of fiction. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Francis X. Hezel, director of the Micronesian Seminar, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pacific Island Economies: How Viable Are They?â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 462, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-7464. â&#x2013;  Ross Perlin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Nobel laureate Michael Spence will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Joe and Terry Graedon will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202408-3100. â&#x2013;  Yoram Perl, professor of Israel studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Changing Face of Israeli Society.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $5. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th

â&#x2013; The second in a series of screenings based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;AFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 Years â&#x20AC;Ś 100 Moviesâ&#x20AC;? list will feature No. 98 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 1942 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yankee Doodle Dandy.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will screen Umberto Lenziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nightmare City.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-462-3356.

Reading â&#x2013; First Draft will present a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabin and Zombies,â&#x20AC;? a new play by Malcolm Pelles inspired by the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Tour â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour & Teaâ&#x20AC;? event will feature a visit to the Bishopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden and a catered tea in the Washington National Cathedral Tower. 1 p.m. $25; reservations required. Meet at the West Front of the Washington

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; David McKenzie, interpretive programs manager at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewish Life in Mr. Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-789-0900. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gustav Mahler and Finde-Siècle Vienna.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  James Swanson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corpse.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The International Spy Museum will host a talk by Annie Jacobsen, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Area 51: An Uncensored History of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Secret Military Base,â&#x20AC;? and the world-premiere screening of the National Geographic Channel documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Area 51 Declassified.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frederick Douglass and the Civil Warâ&#x20AC;? will feature Edna Medford (shown), professor of history at Howard University; Robert Levine, professor of English at the University of Maryland; John Stauffer, professor of African and African-American studies and of English at Harvard University; and Jennifer James, director of the Africana Studies Program at George Washington

University. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Roy Blount Jr. will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Gordon S. Wood will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love a Mystery Book Clubâ&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell No Oneâ&#x20AC;? by Harlan Coben. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. Films â&#x2013;  The Asia Society Washington will present Andrzej Fidykâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yodok Stories,â&#x20AC;? about a man who escaped a North Korean concentration camp and told of his experiences on stage. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013;  The local group Service to Serve Haiti will present a screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lift Upâ&#x20AC;? to benefit Haitian organizations involved in earthquake relief and rebuilding. 7 p.m. $10. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Ursula Meierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home,â&#x20AC;? about a family whose peaceful existence is threatened when a busy highway is opened next to their isolated property. 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.

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heater J will present the world-premiere production of Sam Forman’s comedy “The Moscows of Nantucket” May 11 through June 12. Affluent, anxious and at each other’s throats, the Moscow family

On STAGE attempts some unusual family bonding over a summer weekend in Nantucket. On the agenda are brisket, booze and a blowout confrontation between competing brothers who have avoided each other for years. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to James Flanagan and Heather Haney star in Theater J’s production of $60, except during pay-what-you“The Moscows of Nantucket,” a new comedy opening May 11. can previews May 11 and 12 and located at 916 G St. NW. brownpa- ■ Shakespeare Theatre $30 previews May 14 and 15. Company will present Holly Theater J performs at the ■ The Washington Ballet will Twyford in Harold Pinter’s “Old Washington DC Jewish present “Carmen” May 18 through Times” May 17 through July 3 at Community Center, 1529 16th St. 22 at Sidney Harman Hall. the Lansburgh Theatre. NW. 800-494-8497; Accompanying artistic director Performance times are 7:30 p.m. ■ Taffety Punk launched “Dance Septime Webre’s adaptation of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; Craze” last week and will continue French opera will be two company 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; it through May 21 at the Capitol premieres: associate artistic director and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hill Arts Workshop. David Palmer’s “Passing There will also be a noon matinee Week two of the three-week Through,” and Edwaard Liang’s on Wednesday, June 29. Ticket production will feature improv by “As Above, So Below.” prices start at $37; $15 for patrons Adriana Durant, “Perchance to Performance times are 8 p.m. 35 and younger. The Lansburgh is Dream” by Micheline Heal and Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 located at 450 7th St. NW. 202“Shapes in Space and p.m. Saturday and 1 547-1122; Other Things” by and 6 p.m. Sunday. ■ Ford’s Theatre is presenting the Contradiction Dance, Tickets cost $29 to musical “Liberty Smith” through at 8 p.m. Friday, May $87. Sidney Harman May 21. 13, and 3 and 8 p.m. Hall is located at 610 Performance times are generally Saturday, May 14. F St. NW. 202-5477:30 p.m. Monday through Week three will 1122; washingtonbalSaturday and 2:30 p.m. Friday and feature “Among the Saturday. Tickets cost $15 to $55. Porcelain” by Taffety ■ The Downtown Ford’s is located at 511 10th St. Punk co-founder Erin Players will present NW. 800-551-7328; Mitchell, a new work “DCPS” May 12 ■ Washington Stage Guild is preby Scott Rink and through 14 at the DC senting George Bernard Shaw’s “Garden for Wayward Sona Kharatian stars Arts Center. “The Apple Cart” through May 22 in the Washington Girls” by Micheline Performance times in the Undercroft Theatre of Mount Heal, at 8 p.m. Friday, Ballet’s “Carmen.” are 7:30 p.m. Vernon Place United Methodist May 20, and 3 and 8 Thursday through Saturday and 3 Church. p.m. Saturday, May 21. p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15. Performance times will be 7:30 Tickets cost $10 per show. The DC Arts Center is located at p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday located at 545 7th St. SE. 800-838- 2438 18th St. NW. and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to 3006; ■ Keegan Theatre will close a $50. The Mount Vernon Place ■ D.C.-based ensemble theHegira world-premiere musical, “National United Methodist Church is located will present Suzan-Lori Parks’ “In Pastime,” May 13 at the Church at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. the Blood” May 17 through June Street Theater. 240-582-0050; 11 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Performance times are 8 p.m. ■ Washington National Opera is Flashpoint. Thursday through Saturday and 3 presenting “Iphigénie en Tauride,” A re-telling of Nathaniel p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $40; $35 starring Placido Domingo, through Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” May 28 and “Don Pasquale” May “In the Blood” takes a glimpse into for students and seniors. The Church Street Theater is located at 13 through 27 at the Kennedy the lives of a troubled inner-city Center. family and recasts Hester Prynne as 1742 Church St. NW. 703-8920202; Performance times vary. Tickets a struggling mother of five. She ■ The In Series will close “From cost $25 to $300. 202-467-4600; seeks the chance to get help from Berlin to Sunset” May 15 at the her children’s fathers, with hopes Atlas Performing Arts Center. ■ Constellation Theatre that one may come through. It is Performance times are 8 p.m. Company is presenting Carlo recommended for those ages 13 Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Gozzi’s “The Green Bird” through and older. Sunday. Tickets cost $39; $35 for June 4 at Source. Performance times are 8 p.m. seniors; $20 for students and ages Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 11 and younger. The Atlas Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20; $15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to for students and seniors. There will Performing Arts Center is located $30, except during pay-what-yoube pay-what-you-can previews at 8 at 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763; can previews May 5 and 6. Source p.m. May 17 and 18. Flashpoint is





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John Taylor Arms, “From the Ponte Vecchio, Florence” (1925), etching and aquatint in black on wove paper; promised gift of David F. Wright

Exhibit highlights Gothic prints by American artist By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


he devil is in the details of the prints made by American artist John Taylor Arms during the first half of the 20th century. His etchings overflow with so many intricate, precise lines that they seem to re-create the objects they portray. During a time when abstraction and the simplification of modernism motivated most artists, Arms bucked the trend, opting for photorealism and an old-fashioned sense of craft. Highlighting this anti-modernist, “The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms” opened Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, featuring some 60 prints, drawings and copper etching plates from his 40-year career.

Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202315-1305. ■ Watergate Gallery will open an exhibit Saturday of colorful abstract paintings by four members of the Independent Artists Forum, an organization that brings together artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The show will continue through June 4. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the artists will give a talk May 19 at 6 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ Conner Contemporary Art will open three shows and two installations Saturday and continue them through July 2. “Between the Lines” features photography by Jeremy Kost about constructed identities and sexual

Jamie O’Shea’s “Immaculate Telegraphy” is part of an exhibit at Flashpoint Gallery. personae in urban club scenes. “Coming Home” presents sculptures by Joe Ovelman that explore sexuality and the subversion of social norms. “All That Glitters” highlights videos by Geoffrey Aldridge that employ an emblem of gay culture, the disco ball, as a symbol of the divine. “A Unified Theory of Everything” is a large sitespecific wall painting by Jeremy Flick. “Awning Studies: Florida Avenue, NE,” an installation by Patrick McDonough, augments the exteriors of See Exhibits/Page 39

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“A Devil of Notre Dame” (1929), etching in black on Van Gelder Zonen wove paper “Arms felt that Gothic art was man’s greatest achievement,” said curator Charlie Ritchie last week. The artist See Prints/Page 39

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During the month of May students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade made science fair projects. The projects were on display in school halls on May 9. The categories were healthy living, systems of the body and common diseases. We did the projects to learn how to do research. Getting all our

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 information together was hard work, but we all learned a lot from each other. One of my friends did her project on the circulatory systems and made a working model of the heart! My project was on nutrition. I did lots of fun experiments with food. The science fair was really fun this year! — Addie Robinson, third-grader

School Without Walls This past week was the beginning of Advanced Placement exams. School Without Walls puts a heavy emphasis on AP classes, mainly because we are a college preparatory school and taking AP classes helps students do well in college. So far, 15 of the AP classes at Walls have had their exams. Four more will go from Wednesday through Friday. As of this year, all sophomores are required to take the AP World History course. The point is to get them used to the harder, more self-instructed AP format before they take multiple AP classes as juniors and seniors. Their scores from this week will be a good test of whether it is working. A belated spring break update: Students traveled to Peru on a guided tour, visiting Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lima. Ms. Schultz was the head chaperone. Eight students from the British Culture Club also did a cultural exchange in Sunderland, England. (Sunderland is the ancestral home of George Washington’s family, and it is one of D.C.’s sister cities.) They also visited York, Holy Island, Durham and London. The Sunderland students are planning to visit D.C. sometime next school year. Speaking of trips, some Walls students are going on an extended trip to China this summer, with a larger D.C. Public Schools program. A Walls-only trip is being planned for next spring break, to France and Italy. Another is in the works to India, probably two years in the future. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader


eighth-grade math classes participated in savings-related lessons, taught by PNC Bank employees. For example, in the fourth-grade lesson we listened to the “Tale of Two Brothers.” The two brothers were saving up for a snowboard. One earned more but spent a lot, while the other earned less but saved it all. The moral of the story is that you should prioritize what you want, and save up for it. It was an educational and fun experience that we enjoyed a lot. — Sofia Pereira, Lucy Volino, Emma Kay and Aves Mocek, fourth-graders

Stoddert Elementary On May 3, we had a special performance. Chinese acrobats came and performed for the school! The students had a great time. Olga thought the acrobats were really interesting. Her favorite part was when one of the girls performed with lots of Hula-Hoops. She thought it looked like it was really hard, but the acrobat seemed to be having fun. She looked like a huge Slinky! Olga also liked it when the young man balanced a balloon on a sword and a bottle on top of the balloon! Anastasia liked all of it, but her favorite part was also the HulaHoops. She also liked it when one of the performers rode around on an old, small unicycle. It was cool! Yiming’s favorite part was when they did tricks with yo-yos. She also liked it when two of her classmates, Addie and Adrien, got to come up on stage for the tricks with the yo-yos. The yo-yo was like an hourglass. Olga said the show reminds her a lot of the Russian circus that she sees when in Russia. It was a great performance, and we thank our principal for scheduling this enjoyable assembly. — Olga Ladilova and Yiming Chen, fourth-graders, and Anastasia Khlestova, fifth-grader

Wilson High School Sheridan School On April 12, teachers and students gathered in the school’s auditorium for Teach Children to Save Day, a day when banks nationwide teach children about the importance of saving. Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, wearing his elk teeth cufflinks and Oasage Indian warshield cowboy boots, introduced us to the difference between wants and needs. When students filed into the assembly, each had a card with “want” on one side and “need” on the other and we were asked to identify the difference between the two. For example, some kids said doughnuts and iPads are wants. Gov. Keating said we should save at least 20 percent of what we earn. The presenters showed us a series of videos made by kids for the “Lights, Camera and Save” contest and invited us to enter the contest as well. Later in the day, fourth- through

It’s almost here, the day we have all been waiting for. Seniors are about to graduate and start their new lives. Now we’re getting to the point where seniors say they just can’t wait to get out. “It’s finally here,” said senior Rapheal Cooke. “All that hard work, all the sweat I’ve put in for the last three years is finally paying off.” What is really exciting is that we are graduating in a new venue. In past years, Wilson seniors graduated at American University, but this year we are graduating in the beautiful Constitution Hall. It’s one of the best places in D.C. and will have plenty of space for friends and family. “I don’t care where we are graduating as long as I graduate and get out,” said Adewola Osunsade. We seniors are proud to be Wilson’s 75th graduating class. — Meskerem Desta, 12th-grader

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