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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Agency plans bike lanes on L, N streets

Historic board rejects Third Church project

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By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Planned bicycle lanes on L and N streets will give cyclists improved east-west access through the center of town as early as this summer, potentially doubling the number of cyclists using those streets, according to D.C. Department of Transportation officials. An additional lane, on M Street, might be in place a year later. The L Street lane, which will carry eastbound bike traffic between 26th and 12th streets NW, will be set off from automobile traffic with flexible posts called bollards, according to bicycle program specialist Mike Goodno. And under a new pilot initiative designed to improve traffic flow, cars will merge into the bicycle lane, yielding to cyclists, to make left turns. Westbound cyclists will have a new N Street bike lane, a more conventional layout that will be marked off with paint instead of bollards, according to Goodno; a See Bike Lanes/Page 2

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The Third Church of Christ, Scientist, along with developers who want to replace its Brutalist sanctuary with a large office building downtown, suffered a big setback last week. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board rejected plans for a nine-story building with space for a new church, leaving the prominent site at 900 16th St. in legal and design-review limbo. David Stern of ICG Properties, the development firm that partnered

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Volunteers work on makeover for Garrison Current Staff Writer

If all goes according to plan, Garrison Elementary School will be increasing its curb appeal. Community members are now hatching a plan to make over Garrison’s fields and playgrounds at 1200 S St. NW. Their vision goes above the D.C. Public School system’s schedule for Garrison, which calls for an interior modernization in 2014 and exterior work a few years later. “The condition of our playground and field cannot wait until this scheduled date, and that is why we have undertaken this project,” Garrison PTA president Ann

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Architects are offering pro-bono services to the S Street school.

McLeod wrote in an email. A meeting tonight invites Garrison staff and parents, along with neighbors in the area, to lay

out a plan for the site. “We’re inviting everybody … to come out and represent what they’d like to see at Garrison,” said PTA vice president Evelyn Boyd Simmons. On hand will be architects and landscape designers who are lending their services to Garrison pro bono. The Washington Architectural Foundation helped pull in two firms — Newman Architects and the Landscape Architecture Bureau — to assist with the project. The goal, said Simmons, is to nail down a design plan before the 2012-2013 school year begins. The project is part of an ongoing effort to improve Garrison as more families with young children popuSee Garrison/Page 19

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with the church in its long battle to raze the blocky concrete sanctuary, said Tuesday that the church and ICG are now pondering their options. They could go back to the review board with a revised design, or appeal directly to the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation. Or the church could go back to federal court to reopen what has been a lengthy legal battle over whether the board’s actions violate its religious rights. “We went in with what we thought was the minimum [size] for viability,” Stern said. “We had worked with [the Historic Preservation Office], already reduced the height, increased the setbacks. We thought we were at a See Church/Page 5

Adams Morgan hotel gets nod from preservationists

Siblings look over a wreath before a ceremony at Logan Circle on Monday honoring Gen. John A. Logan, who instituted the practice of laying flowers at the graves of Civil War veterans.


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Long-stalled plans for a luxury 227-room hotel behind a restored Christian Science church in Adams Morgan lurched forward last week. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board voted 6-3 to approve the concept of a 90-foot hotel tower set back from the century-old church at 1770 Euclid St. That vote comes decades after members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, congregation decided they couldn’t afford to maintain their historic sanctuary, eight years after developer Brian Friedman first broached the idea of a boutique hotel in the low-scale neighborhood, and four years after the board approved a different conceptual scheme. Debate over the latest design, which still inspired fierce opposition from some neighborhood groups, stretched over three monthly meetings of the preservation board. Later in the board’s meeting last Thursday,

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Developer Brian Friedman plans to repurpose the church building as a lobby and meeting space.

members rejected an even more fiercely contested plan to build a big office building on the site of the Brutalist Third Church of Christ, Scientist, downtown. Both cases, as member Maria Casarella noted, had the board wrestling with “how to address the plight of urban churches,” historic and in some cases beautiful buildings with congregations too small to maintain See Hotel/Page 19

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BIKE LANES: Some neighbors fear traffic impacts from planned changes to L Street From Page 1

15th Street protected bicycle lane — two existing routes that have been very popular with cyclists. “It’s a really good east-west connection, and with the separation with the bollards and the wider lanes, a lot of people will use this lane,” Goodno said in an interview. To make way for the new lane on L Street, parking will be

“protected” westbound lane is under development for M Street. The L and M bike lanes, which will occupy a full lane of the street, will be wider than the D.C. norm. These lanes will provide access to much of downtown and connect with the Rock Creek Trail and the

removed from the north side between 22nd and 12th streets, which Goodno said represents a total of 150 spaces. When implemented, likely in summer 2013, the M Street lane will also require removal of parking spaces; this year’s planned N Street lane won’t impact parking. On the north side of L Street,

the agency is preserving the residential parking between 26th and 22nd streets, and will no longer restrict parking there during rush hour, to provide consistency for cyclists without impacting residents. The parking that will be removed farther east on L is in the downtown commercial area where fewer people live.



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This change will reduce L Street to two automobile lanes and one bicycle lane during rush hour, instead of today’s three automobile lanes. Goodno said the L Street plans received a favorable response at a public meeting earlier this month, despite some cyclists’ worries that sharing the bike lane with turning cars could pose a safety hazard. Reactions were also generally positive at the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission’s May 16 meeting, though some residents said they worried about the impact on L Street traffic. “It’s completely immovable right now, and you want to take away a lane,” said West End resident Barbara Kahlow. Goodno replied that the Transportation Department’s modeling of different intersections showed increased delays ranging from a few seconds to as much as 10 to 15 seconds during the height of rush hour. But he noted that delivery trucks and other vehicles often idle illegally anyway, which also blocks the travel lane. “If there are dire consequences, we can re-evaluate it,” Goodno added. On N Street, where the bike lane won’t have protected bollards, the roadway is wide enough to accommodate the same number of travel and parking lanes along with a bicycle lane, according to Goodno. Based on the agency’s experience with installing bike lanes on 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s “conservative” to expect bicycle volume to double on L Street once the new lane is installed, according to Goodno. In the present lane configuration, the agency recorded 63 bicyclists in the peak hour of the morning rush hour and 76 in the afternoon. West End advisory neighborhood commissioner Rebecca Coder wrote in an email that “the lanes can’t happen fast enough!” “The West End is especially in need given the larger number of residents who bike to work, and hotel visitors who use [Capital Bikeshare],” she wrote. “The lanes will provide safety enhancements for bikers and pedestrians alike.” In a separate move, the Transportation Department is seeking a location for an additional Capital Bikeshare station near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail station, program manager Chris Holben said at the neighborhood commission meeting. The agency had initially identified a possible location at 24th Street and New Hampshire Avenue, but that area is now blocked off for construction of the new George Washington University School of Public Health, Holben said. The nearest bike-share station, with 25 bicycles, is two blocks from the Metro near the corner of 21st and I streets.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012



As 18th Street work winds down, city points to loan program’s success By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Once the city finishes rebuilding 18th Street next month — with wider sidewalks, improved pedestrian crossings and aesthetic upgrades added to Adams Morgan’s main drag — Brian Harrison says he’s confident that business at his restaurant will be better than ever. Harrison, who owns The Reef at 2446 18th St., said the challenge has been staying afloat during construction, which has blocked sidewalks and eliminated parking spaces for more

than a year. In an interview, he credited the $80,000 in interest-free loans he received from the District for keeping the restaurant alive. Last Wednesday, Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials spoke at Reef to highlight the success of the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s Streetscape Loan Fund. The fund has provided no-interest loans ranging from $29,465 to $150,675 to nine Adams Morgan businesses, for a total of about $655,000. The District first piloted the loan program last summer while improving the H Street NE

Wilson, St. Albans standouts gain Presidential recognition By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Two graduating seniors who live and attend school in Northwest D.C. were named Presidential Scholars this month. Julia Peck of Wilson High School and Vadim Medish of St. Albans School, both 18, won the honor for the District. The award is considered one of the top distinctions in the nation for high school students. Peck, who lives in Chevy Chase, went to Lafayette Elementary and Deal Middle before starting at Wilson. She’s headed next to Columbia University. Medish, a Palisades resident, has attended St. Albans since fourth grade and will start at Harvard University in the fall. The two are among 141 students who won this year’s Presidential Scholar award. The honorees include a male and female from each state, D.C. and Puerto Rico; 15 at-large finalists; and 20 arts scholars, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Education.

Candidates qualify through their SAT or ACT scores and nominations, and they are invited to send in applications. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects the winners based on academic and artistic achievements, transcripts, extracurriculars and community service. Rather than providing scholarships, the program offers its winners a title of distinction along with a chance to connect with their peers. Honorees will convene in D.C. for a ceremonial weekend June 16 to 19. Peck said she has consistently been a “huge fan of foreign languages� in school, studying French since the age of 4, and Spanish since starting at Wilson. Her experience led her to co-found an after-school language program for kids. At St. Albans, Medish’s favorite subjects have been English, languages and classics. He has served on the student council and the honor and discipline council, and as cocaptain of the crew and swim teams. He’s also editor of the student-run newspaper, The Independent.

corridor. The loans often go toward everyday operating expenses, as they did with Reef, according to agency spokesperson Brendon Miller. The department has also provided money toward changes that make businesses more desirable destinations during construction; for instance, Meeps, a clothing boutique at 2104 18th St., put its $50,000 toward renovations. The interest-free loans will also be available to businesses in areas affected by future construction projects, such as streetscape work on U Street scheduled to begin in June.

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Capital Pride and the DC Center for the LGBT Community will hold a meeting on homelessness in D.C. among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hotel Palomar, 2121 P St. NW.

Saturday, June 2

The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development and the Greater Washington Urban League will host the fourth annual DC Housing Expo, which will feature workshops on homeownership, tenants’ rights, fair housing laws and aging in place. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. For details, call 202-442-7200 or visit

Wednesday, June 6

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will hold a “State of the Schools 2012� meeting for Ward 2 residents. The meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Francis-Stevens Education Campus, 2425 N St. NW.

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The week ahead The D.C. Department of Transportation and Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham will hold a community meeting on the upcoming U Street rehabilitation project. The streetscape work will improve sidewalk areas, repair the roadway and provide upgrades to street lights, traffic signals and storm drains between 9th and 14th streets. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the second-floor community room of the Reeves Center, 14th and U streets NW. â– The developers of the Adams Morgan Historic Hotel will hold a community forum to discuss their plans. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy Headquarters, 1782 Columbia Road NW.

Only independently owned businesses are eligible to participate in the program. They must demonstrate a hardship because of a city construction project and the capacity to repay the loans once the project is complete. According to Harrison, the latter won’t be a problem. The District had neglected the neighborhood for too long before its $6.5 million investment in the 18th Street streetscape, he said, and once the redone street reopens he expects an influx of new customers. The D.C. Department of Transportation expects to complete the last of the work next month.



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District Digest Improvements slated for major bus routes The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is launching a series of Metrobus changes June 17 aimed at improving service on key corridors, including Wisconsin and Georgia avenues and 16th Street NW. Wisconsin Avenue will get an extra hour of “MetroExtra� limitedstop service in the morning and afternoon rush hours, and 16th Street will see more MetroExtra buses and some larger buses, according to a news release. On Georgia Avenue and on 7th Street

NW, the authority will add “headway-based� bus schedules in which buses appear at a certain frequency rather than at particular times. Metro expects the June 17 service improvements and others in the region to collectively add 250,000 annual Metrobus trips, the release states.

‘Museum Walk’ event to host electric cars A “rally� of modern and historic electric cars will parade on Massachusetts Avenue near Dupont Circle on Saturday as part of the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk

Weekend, according to a news release from the Woodrow Wilson House. A 1921 Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupe similar to those used by Wilson’s Secret Service agents will be among the vehicles on display at the Wilson House, 2340 S St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the release states. The “electric car rally� will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday. A total of nine museums are participating in the museum walk; others include the Dumbarton House, the National Geographic Museum and the Textile Museum. For


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Architects to study future of MLK Library A group of architects and library consultants is studying ways to improve the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and determining whether the downtown building can accommodate other tenants, according to a news release from the D.C. Public Library. The library system commissioned the study, which in part will evaluate the March recommendations of the Urban Land Institute, the release states. The institute’s report concluded that the library can’t afford to maintain its large space at 901 G St. NW and that it doesn’t need to take up the entire facility. The city’s new study will review changes made to other cities’ central libraries and examine the physical constraints of the 1972 library building, the release states. Findings are due in the fall.

‘Top Chef’ restaurant opens in Georgetown Bandolero, a Mexican restaurant run by former “Top Chef� contes-

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Tudor Place honors journalist Kiplinger Georgetown’s Tudor Place raised more than $200,000 at a party last Wednesday in honor of journalist Austin Kiplinger. Tudor Place’s 20th annual spring garden party honored Kiplinger “for his passion for D.C. history and for keeping alive the ties ... between the Kiplinger family and Tudor Place,� said Timothy Matz, president of the early-19th-century estate. Kiplinger’s home near Poolesville, Md., was built by the son of Tudor Place’s founders, Thomas Peter and Martha Custis Peter, granddaughter of Martha Washington. “We can deal with the present and the future if we know something about the past,� Kiplinger said in brief remarks at last week’s event. Tudor Place’s spring garden party raises nearly 20 percent of the estate’s annual operating costs, according to its website.


In the May 23 issue, a report on the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission’s May meeting misstated the date of the “Jazz in the Circle� concert in the Dupont Circle park. It will be taking place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.




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CHURCH: Preservation board rejects project at Third Church site downtown as too tall From Page 1

turning point.� Stern said his firm and the church hope to decide in the next 30 days which option to pursue. “The church is in dire straits,� he said. The battle over the church building began about 20 years after it opened in 1971. Members have been unhappy with the modernist concrete structure, which they say is too hard to heat, light and maintain — and completely unwelcoming to new members. But the building was landmarked, and the preservation board opposed a raze permit in 2008. Since then the struggle has played out before the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation, and then in federal court, leading to a settlement that allows the church to be razed — but only after a design and permits for a new structure are approved. The effort fizzled again last Thursday, when ICG presented plans for a roughly 108-foot-tall office building, topped by a mechanical penthouse, with ground-floor retail space at the corner and a dou-

ble-height church and reading room, marked by crystalline glass fins, with entrances at midblock. The plan also assumes demolition of the former Christian Science Monitor building on the same site, a move not yet approved by city authorities. ICG is hoping to persuade the Mayor’s Agent to grant that approval to make way for what the developer calls a building of “exemplary architecture.� The project will also require approval from the D.C. Zoning Commission, since the overall plan exceeds both the height and density limits for its zone. Though downsized from previous proposals, the reductions were not enough to win over either the preservation board or its staff at the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. In a 16-page report, state preservation officer David Maloney argued the need for maintaining a consistent height in the historic 16th Street corridor, especially so near the White House. He asked the board to limit the building to the 90 feet allowed by current zoning. “This is not about

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shrinking a building, but the applicant’s request to expand — by 17 feet.â€? Maloney said he feared setting a precedent, noting his office has already been approached by other nearby building owners eager to add more floors. Some witnesses supported that view. Charles Robertson, an architect and member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, said ICG is proposing an unusually tall building for economic reasons, creating “a private terrace with commanding views of Lafayette Park ‌ that will

bring commanding rents.� Roger Lewis, a professor of architecture, said he supports “selectively lifting height limits� in some parts of the city to increase tax revenues and provide more housing. But lower 16th Street is “not one of those places,� Lewis said. He asked the board to “judge the value of preserving vistas� in the city’s core. ICG, church leaders and their supporters disagreed. Stern, for example, noted the same board had approved a rooftop addition to the Hay-Adams Hotel down the street. Architect Graham Wyatt offered

a series of slides showing a shrinking building, as the design team shed two top floors and added setbacks at the behest of the preservation office. Although a mechanical penthouse, well set back, will top out at 123 feet, Wyatt said, “What’s important in all of this is what’s seen from the street.â€? Asked why ICG needs a ninth floor, Wyatt said the developers made a “significant sacrifice of floor area ‌ to give the church full space.â€? Church leader Darrow Kirkpatrick referred to the ongoing See Church/Page 7

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Robbery (stealth) ■ 700 block, 11th St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. May 22. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 900 block, H St.; bus stop; 2 a.m. May 25. Theft (below $250) ■ 14th and K streets; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. May 20. ■ 1000 block, 14th St.; hotel; 7:30 p.m. May 21. ■ 500 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. May 22. ■ 900 block, E St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. May 22. ■ 900 block, F St.; store; 2:45 p.m. May 23. ■ 1000 block, F St.; store; 5 p.m. May 25. ■ 900 block, F St.; store; 11:40 a.m. May 26. ■ 900 block, F St.; store; 5:40 p.m. May 26. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 1200 block, G St.; store; 1:25 p.m. May 21. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 500 block, 11th St.; parking lot; 8:55 a.m. May 23.

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Robbery (snatch) ■ 700 block, E St.; residence; 6:30 p.m. May 24. Stolen auto ■ 400 block, K St.; parking lot; 3:30 p.m. May 25. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 500 block, Indiana Ave.; government building; 9:45 a.m. May 21. Theft (below $250) ■ 600 block, I St.; street; 6:25 p.m. May 21. ■ 600 block, F St.; restaurant; 4:12 a.m. May 23. ■ 600 block, Indiana Ave.; restaurant; 5:54 p.m. May 23. ■ 800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 12:10 a.m. May 25. ■ 700 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. May 25. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 8:10 p.m. May 25. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 400 block, 8th St.; parking lot; 1:30 p.m. May 26. ■ 400 block, F St.; street; 10 p.m. May 26.

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Robbery (force and violence) ■ 3400 block, M St.; hotel; 2:44 a.m. May 22. Robbery (snatch) ■ 37th and O streets; university; 3:30 p.m. May 23. Theft (below $250) ■ 3300 block, M St.; store; 2:49 p.m. May 20. ■ 3600 block, O St.; street; 8 p.m. May 20. ■ 1100 block, 30th St.; office building; 2:30 p.m. May 21. ■ 3200 block, M St.; store; 5:23 p.m. May 21. ■ 3300 block, M St.; store; 6 p.m. May 21. ■ 2700 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. May 22. ■ 3000 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 2:53 p.m. May 22. ■ 37th and O streets; university; 10:30 a.m. May 23. ■ 3200 block, K St.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. May 23. ■ 3100 block, M St.; store; 3 p.m. May 24. ■ 3800 block, Reservoir Road; medical facility; 10 a.m. May 25. ■ 3000 block, M St.; store; 12:10 p.m. May 25. ■ 3200 block, Prospect St.; restaurant; 1:23 p.m. May 25. ■ 3000 block, M St.; store; 4:16 p.m. May 25. ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:50 p.m. May 26. ■ 3000 block, K St.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. May 27. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 3200 block, M St.; store; 1:45 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; street; 3:15 p.m. May 21. ■ 3800 block, T St.; residence; 1 p.m. May 23. ■ 3000 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 6 p.m. May 23.

■ Gallery place PSA 102


Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3400 block, Garfield St.; street; 5 p.m. May 22. ■ 2600 block, Garfield St.; street; 9 p.m. May 22. ■ 28th and Calvert streets; street; 7:45 a.m. May 23. ■ 3000 block, Klingle Road; street; 8:15 a.m. May 23. ■ 42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue; street; 7:30 p.m. May 23. ■ 3300 block, Cleveland Ave.; street; 11:45 a.m. May 26.

■ Massachusetts avenue

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

Theft ($250 plus) ■ 2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:50 p.m. May 24. Theft (below $250) ■ Unspecified location; residence; 2:30 a.m. May 25. ■ 2400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 8:15 p.m. May 25. ■ 2800 block, 29th St.; residence; 12:05 a.m. May 26.

■ foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1100 block, 25th St.; grocery store; 5:54 p.m. May 20. Robbery (snatch) ■ 900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 3:45 p.m. May 21. Robbery (pickpocket) ■ 2100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; noon May 23. Robbery (stealth) ■ 1800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. May 25.

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) ■ 2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:20 p.m. May 23. ■ 1400 block, K St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2:35 a.m. May 26. Burglary ■ 2000 block, K St.; office building; 7:30 p.m. May 24. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 2 p.m. May 21. ■ 2200 block, I St.; grocery store; 2:46 p.m. May 21. ■ 1100 block, 22nd St.; sidewalk; 6:15 p.m. May 24. Theft (below $250) ■ 1700 block, I St.; restaurant; 1:58 a.m. May 20. ■ 1800 block, F St.; government building; 2 p.m. May 23. ■ 2200 block, M St.; store; 5:55 p.m. May 23. ■ 2200 block, C St.; government building; 11 a.m. May 24. ■ 1100 block, 18th St.; store; 5:55 p.m. May 24. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1100 block, 20th St.; alley; 5 p.m. May 24. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2100 block, H St.; alley; 3:10 p.m. May 23.

psa 208

■ sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Robbery (pickpocket) ■ 1500 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. May 23. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 1800 block, Phelps Place; residence; 6:30 p.m. May 25. ■ 1300 block, 16th St.; church; 10:20 p.m. May 27. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) ■ 19th and R streets; street; 2:52 a.m. May 27. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:50 a.m. May 27. Theft (below $250) ■ 1500 block, 19th St.; office building; 9 a.m. May 22. ■ 1400 block, P St.; store; 6:10 p.m. May 22. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:45 p.m. May 24. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:45 p.m. May 24. ■ 2000 block, P St.; sidewalk; 8:45 a.m. May 25. ■ 2400 block, Kalorama Road; park area; 6:50 p.m. May 25. ■ Unit block, Dupont Circle; restaurant; 4:38 p.m. May 26. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 9:30 p.m. May 26. ■ 1600 block, Rhode Island Ave.; park area; 11:18 p.m. May 26. Theft (attempt) ■ 1400 block, P St.; sidewalk; 4:52 p.m. May 22. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1600 block, N St.; street; noon May 22.

psa PSA 301 301

■ Dupont circle

Robbery (snatch)

■ 1900 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 3:35 a.m. May 27. Burglary ■ 1900 block, 17th St.; residence; 7:50 a.m. May 24. Stolen auto ■ 1700 block, S St.; street; 7 p.m. May 20. Stolen auto ■ 14th and V streets; sidewalk; 9 p.m. May 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1400 block, U St.; street; 12:45 p.m. May 22. ■ 1500 block, Corcoran St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. May 27. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1400 block, Swann St.; residence; 1 a.m. May 22. ■ 2100 block, 15th St.; street; 8 p.m. May 22. ■ 1700 block, U St.; street; 7 p.m. May 24.

psa PSA 303 303

■ adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 2500 block, 17th St.; residence; noon May 26. Robbery (armed) ■ 2500 block, Mozart Place; sidewalk; 4 a.m. May 20. Burglary ■ 2300 block, 17th St.; residence; 3 a.m. May 21. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 2300 block, Ontario Road; parking lot; 12:01 a.m. May 21. Theft (below $250) ■ 1600 block, Columbia Road; residence; 12:30 a.m. May 21. ■ 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. May 21. ■ 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:25 p.m. May 21. ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 10 p.m. May 23. Theft (tags) ■ 1600 block, Fuller St.; street; 5 p.m. May 22. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1800 block, Kalorama Road; street; 5 p.m. May 20.

psa PSA 307 307

■ logan circle

Burglary (armed) ■ 1200 block, 12th St.; residence; 11:11 p.m. May 23. Burglary ■ 1200 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. May 20. Theft (below $250) ■ 1300 block, 11th St.; office building; 5 p.m. May 23. ■ 1100 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. May 25. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 900 block, M St.; parking lot; 4 p.m. May 20. ■ 1300 block, R St.; street; 2:30 p.m. May 21. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1000 block, O St.; street; 11 p.m. May 23. ■ 1700 block, 13th St.; street; 4:30 p.m. May 25. ■ 900 block, N St.; alley; 7 p.m. May 25. ■ 1200 block, Q St.; street; 6:45 p.m. May 26.

The Current


Wednesday, May 30, 2012



Top officials talk retiree taxes, possible incentives for Georgetown store Current Staff Report Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, in recent interviews with The Current, said they would be looking into whether the city should exempt retirement income from taxes. Both Gray and Brown said they wanted the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief financial officer, Natwar Gandhi, to review the possibility. Gray added that investigating the idea would make an excellent project for students at one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate business schools. Currently D.C. retirees have an incentive to

establish legal residence in areas that do not tax retirement income. One retiree spoke to The Current recently about his decision to switch his official residency to Pennsylvania for this reason. He said if the District exempted his retirement income, he would retain his legal residence here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would allow the city to benefit from the sales taxes on his purchases and from the tax on his considerable nonretirement income. Brown also spoke to The Current about using tax incentives to help snare a high-end retailer such as Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the

Georgetown Park mall, for which mass-market options like Target are now under discussion. He said he would be willing to sponsor legislation for tax increment financing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through which the government pledges to use a portion of the developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future taxes to repay bonds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if part of the revenue were used to help other areas. For example, Brown said, revenue from the Georgetown store could be used to fund tax breaks to draw retailers to less-established commercial areas, such as Georgia, Rhode Island and Martin Luther King Jr. avenues.

In the past, Brown said, he and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans have suggested such legislation, but they stopped short of introducing it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m willing to send the message,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be a win-win.â&#x20AC;? Brown said another benefit would be encouraging shoppers to spend their dollars in the city rather than in the suburbs. Gray said that during his recent trip to the retail convention in Las Vegas he spoke with Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives, who told him they are interested in the city. There was no discussion of tax incentives, he noted.

CHURCH From Page 5 legal fight over whether restrictions on demolition of a sanctuary infringe on the congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Amendment rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a strong desire to eliminate what has been a burden on religious exercise,â&#x20AC;? he told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new design is light, transparent, with nothing hidden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a representation of our faith.â&#x20AC;? Lawsuits and appeals have cost the small congregation $315,000 so far, he said. Mike Silverstein, a Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner, put it more bluntly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For 21 years, Third Church has had to undergo this bizarre form of waterboarding when it even considered demolition of the property it owns, the property that is bankrupting it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only way out is for them to partner with a developer. And to deny it could put us all back to square one.â&#x20AC;? Then it was the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turn. Two members said they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t concerned about the proposed height, but others said they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approve an unusually tall top story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear a compelling reason why a building should go above 90 feet on this very special street,â&#x20AC;? said member Graham Davidson. The boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion, which asked ICG to â&#x20AC;&#x153;work to comply with the 90-foot height level the law requires,â&#x20AC;? was adopted 5-2.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012


The Dupont


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Maintaining a useful tool

Hank’s Oyster Bar chef and owner Jamie Leeds said recently that she hasn’t had a single complaint since she expanded her restaurant, a move she made after the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board controversially terminated the voluntary agreement she had signed with her neighbors. We wish Hank’s continued success, but we’re nonetheless glad that the D.C. Court of Appeals recently voided the alcohol board’s 2010 ruling, in effect reinstating the agreement. According to the court, D.C. law is clear that a liquor licensee who wants to terminate a voluntary agreement must meet each of three requirements: a “good-faith effort” to negotiate an amendment to the agreement; a demonstrable need for a change, such as circumstances outside the licensee’s control; and an ability to show that the amendment or termination would not negatively impact the neighborhood. The city alcohol board had declared that only the third condition had to be met in the Hank’s case — and in subsequent requests for termination. Three Mount Pleasant venues, for example, successfully vacated their voluntary agreements after the Hank’s decision — even though the board had rebuffed their previous requests to do so. It’s that snowball effect that troubled us most about the board’s decision, and one we’re glad to see reversed. Voluntary agreements are important neighborhood covenants that help residents in controlling noise, trash and vermin issues that sometimes accompany restaurants, taverns and bars. Once in place, they should not be thrown out without the consent of all of the signatories, except in extreme cases. That said, it’s also critical that neighborhood leaders be amenable to negotiating viable agreements as well as amendments to those documents. Hamstringing business owners with nit-picking lists of rules is not going to help local establishments succeed. And just as a neighborhood’s needs may change, so may restaurateurs need to evolve to stay competitive — and stay open. That’s a goal that business owners and residents should be able to agree on.

A retail win-win

Five years ago, the then-owners of the Shops at Georgetown Park revealed exciting plans for updating the aging, anachronistic indoor mall and making the center less like a “fortress.” At last, after much refinement, the plans won design approval, paving the way — it appeared at the time — for the District’s first Bloomingdale’s. But many months of legal wrangling ended up scuttling the deal. A few years, many court filings and one auction later, there’s new ownership and management of the Georgetown Park mall. Vornado Realty Trust, which now manages and co-owns the 3222 M St. shopping center, hasn’t identified its specific plans for the mall, even after emptying out longtime tenants. But reports suggest that it’s eying a mass-market chain such as T.J. Maxx or Target as the anchor. Many Georgetown business leaders, however, still hope to see Bloomingdale’s or a similar retailer. We concur, largely because a major high-end retailer would best draw the customers that Georgetown’s other stores need in order to flourish. Back in 2007, District officials had reportedly discussed contributing at least $20 million to the redevelopment — potentially through tax increment financing, in which the city would use a portion of the development’s future taxes to repay bonds used to finance the project. In a recent interview, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown said he stands willing to sponsor legislation if Georgetown Park lands a major high-end retailer like Bloomingdale’s or Saks. But he proposes to use part of the revenue to draw retailers to struggling corridors such Georgia, Rhode Island and Martin Luther King Jr. avenues. We wholeheartedly support this idea. It’s quite likely that proposing tax incentives for a Georgetown project will attract opposition from people concerned about subsidizing high-end retail in a successful commercial area. But harnessing the proceeds to address the unfortunate lack of shopping choices elsewhere in the city is an admirable way to spread the benefits more broadly.

The Current

‘What’ll you do? What will you do?’ The late actor Karl Malden played a tough San Francisco cop on television. He did a famous commercial in 1978 for American Express traveler checks. If you lost all your cash and credit cards, he asked ominously, “What’ll you do? What will you do?” Mayor Vincent Gray may be asking himself a similar question. Yes, he has strong legal advice coming from veteran lawyer Bob Bennett. And like most good lawyers, Bennett has told Gray to clam up. But legal events are moving swiftly and the cloud of guilt surrounding Gray’s administration is growing bleaker and bleaker. The political costs are rising, too. Last week two Gray campaign insiders pleaded guilty to felonies for their part in paying minor candidate Sulaimon Brown to harangue then-Mayor Adrian Fenty at public forums. The voters of the District in 2010 “were deceived,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. Your Notebook finds that word “deceived” chilling, and takes it as a sign that Machen’s investigations are quickening their pace. So, let’s get back to Mayor Gray. What will he do? What can he do? The crimes involving him, if there are any, already have happened. All he can do is await the prosecutor’s investigation. On the other hand, Mayor Gray may be completely innocent, the victim of people who thought they were helping him. Why doesn’t he just say so? This is where it gets tricky with lawyers. Their job, one prominent lawyer told me firmly, is to keep their clients out of jail if at all possible. Nothing more. The politics just have to play out. You may not save a political career, the lawyer said, but you keep the client out of jail. For a lawyer, that’s the only goal. Of course that legal goal is in conflict with the public obligation of the political person. Your Notebook has been asked repeatedly this same question, “If the mayor is innocent, why doesn’t he just tell us what he knows?” The Notebook is sympathetic. We like to think that if we were being accused or suspected of criminal behavior — and we were innocent — that we’d be yelling from the rooftops and turning over any information we had. We wouldn’t protect anyone. But Mayor Gray, who initially insisted he had done nothing wrong, now only repeats that on advice of his lawyer, he’s not commenting.

It’s a good legal strategy, we guess. But the silence seems only to deepen the public’s suspicion when first one, then another has already pleaded guilty — for all we know, there’s more to come. ■ Tell us! He’s hardly an unbiased source, but former D.C. Council member Bill Lightfoot last week urged Gray to tell the public what he knows. Lightfoot, an accomplished trial lawyer, served as chair of Adrian Fenty’s 2006 and 2010 mayoral campaigns. Appearing on the WAMU Politics Hour last week, Lightfoot said Gray owes the public an explanation. “Let’s not minimize what occurred here,” Lightfoot said, echoing U.S. Attorney Machen. “It was a deception of the public. And I think it is very hypocritical to run a campaign on honesty when in fact they were not.” And remember, all of this outrage is over the Sulaimon Brown payments. A far more serious criminal investigation involves the huge piles of cash and checks that apparently went into the Gray campaign but were never quite accounted for on the books. ■ The race for mayor. The political landscape for Gray has soured so much that folks are openly contemplating who’ll run for mayor. One possibility is that Gray could resign and we’d hold a special election this fall. More than a few candidates would enter that contest. Also possible is that Gray — just over a year into his four-year term — could be guilty of serious civil campaign violations. He’d end up paying hefty fines. If that happens, Gray could limp along to the end of his term, but be unlikely or unable to run again. It is not a pleasant prospect for him. ■ What about Kwame Brown? All of this turmoil within the mayor’s world is occurring while we also await the criminal investigation into D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s 2008 campaign for an atlarge seat on the council. Lots of money is still not publicly accounted for, and the prosecutors are being awfully quiet. That’s either the calm before the storm or there’s nothing there. Place your bets. ■ A final word. This week’s column is too depressing. Let’s end by noting that the Washington Nationals has gone on a tear, taking two out of three from the Phillies in Philadelphia and pulling off a three-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta. “Is this team for real?” one commentator asked. It’s certainly exciting to watch these guys play. And there’s still three-quarters of the season to go. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Budget quietly adds regressive tax hikes

Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council have proudly proclaimed that there are “no new taxes or fees” in the fiscal year 2013 budget. So how is it that the council voted May 15 to raise about $67 million in new revenue with hardly a murmur of protest from the public? Perhaps it is because the public does not know. While there has been much discussion in the media about the expanded hours for selling alcohol, the bulk of the new revenue will be raised through other means, including a clever accounting trick that will raise $12 million from practically all D.C. taxpayers. Specifically, the city has cut back a planned adjust-

ment of the standard deduction and personal exemption for income taxes, as well as the homestead deduction for property taxes; in essence, the new figures will account for one year of inflation, rather than five — and the D.C. government will end up with an extra $12 million. The D.C. Council has apparently relied on this underhanded method of raising income and property taxes for decades. For upper-income D.C. families, this increase is negligible; for lowerincome families, which include 140,000 residents on food stamps, the increase is painful. Fairness dictates that as income increases, the tax burden should rise. This is the principle behind progressive taxation. The 2013 budget continues decades of regressive policies that burden low- and middle-income taxpayers, while failing to ask the richest among us to pay their fair share.

According to a 2010 report prepared by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the overall local tax burden on a typical D.C. household earning $150,000 (including D.C. income, sales, property and automobile taxes) is 8.9 percent of income, compared to 10.4 percent for a low-income household earning $25,000. The council’s revenue measures for 2013 further increase the unfair tax burden on low-income families. Meanwhile, the council would not even debate the option of raising revenues from the richest 5 percent of D.C. taxpayers earning $200,000 or more, whose annual taxable income of $9.2 billion is about the same as that of the poorest 83 percent. If the public knew of this outrageous unfairness, I cannot imagine they would let the council get away with it. Kesh Ladduwahetty Van Ness

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Council needs to amend business license laws VIEWPOINT kristen barden


n April 4, officials with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Metropolitan Police Department raided a number of Adams Morgan and U Street area businesses that sell vintage and used goods, claiming they were improperly licensed. They threatened the businesses with fines, even closure, and conducted dramatic interrogations that made business owners look like criminals in front of their customers. But wait, it gets worse: Many of the businesses were operating under a class of license that the regulatory agency had told them was appropriate at the time they received their licenses. Suddenly, the general business licenses theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d used â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for decades in some cases â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were insufficient. A web of burdensome requirements ill-suited to the scale or scope of these businesses has been imposed instead, including quarantining newly bought merchandise for 30 days before reselling and recording every detail of each item received daily and submitting that account to the police chief. And plenty of other documentation previously reserved for pawnshops now applies to our used-book, record, clothing and furniture shops. In businesses where the reselling of stolen goods is an issue, this might make sense, but if there has been a crime wave involving 1960s sundresses, Kurt Vonnegut novels and secondhand coffee tables, we must have missed it. The reality is that this licensing regimen is a solution in search of a problem and threatens the very existence of our small businesses. One prominent record-store owner here in Adams Morgan says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be forced to leave the District if this continues. He knows what the rest of us are discovering â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that neighboring states have much lower bureaucratic hurdles than what D.C. agencies have conjured up for our â&#x20AC;&#x153;mom and popâ&#x20AC;? shops. This episode has been more than a nightmare for the retailers of Adams Morgan. It has revealed a shocking

Letters to the Editor Zoning changes put neighborhoods at risk

D.C. homeowners would do well to pay attention to the zoning changes the D.C. Office of Planning is proposing as it overhauls the l958 code. I have lived in Forest Hills for 40 years and, while I am no zoning expert, I worry about the effects several proposals will have on residential areas. A major concern is the proposals that would change rules for R-1-A and R-1-B zones. This includes most houses in Forest Hills, Palisades, 16th Street Heights, Chevy Chase, American University Park, Shepherd Park and Foxhall, among other neighborhoods. For example, planners are proposing a reduction in the side-yard requirement, currently 8 feet on each side. The proposal would make it possible for owners/developers to build within five or six feet of the side lot line on lots that are

breakdown in how the government interacts with the citizens and business owners who call the District their home. High rents, big-box stores and infrastructure projects have taken a toll on our small independent businesses. But just when D.C. government and elected officials should be taking steps to alleviate that pressure, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing misguided crackdowns predicated upon poorly conceived regulations executed by badly trained civil servants. The residents and business owners of the District deserve better than that. With the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District taking the lead, the impacted businesses brought this crisis to the attention of city leaders. In a face-to-face meeting with the executive director of the regulatory agency, his staff and a police department representative, assurances were made that the policies that led to this situation would be reviewed, a timeout was called on the raids and fines, and an apology was offered. But the problem isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t solved. Ultimate resolution lies with the D.C. Council â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which must step up to protect our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s businesses against overbearing and outdated regulations prone to misapplication. These regulations benefit no one, yet cause considerable harm and expense to our business community and economy. For the sake of our community and businesses, and in order to re-establish a sense of trust between local government and local businesses, the D.C. Council must pass emergency legislation leading to permanent legislation that exempts these stores from licensing requirements that impede their ability to operate here. Supporters of small business can help by signing our petition at Only then will our council get the message that business regulations must be refined to allow for an exemption for small businesses that sell used, vintage or antique books, records, clothing, jewelry and furniture; and that a climate of mutual respect between businesses, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Metropolitan Police Department must be maintained. Kristen Barden is executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District.

50 or 60 feet wide. Many of us prefer to keep the light, air and privacy the current requirement provides. Another proposal would permit homeowners to have rental apartments in their house, garage or backyard as a matter of right. Several regulations are intended to reduce off-street parking spaces. City planners say we need to encourage people to use public transportation to reduce traffic, citing surveys showing that fewer residents will have cars in the future. With this in mind, one proposal does away with the requirement that every detached house have one on-site parking space. This might be a plus for zones with tiny alley garages, but what is the point in lots as large as those R-1 zones (5,000 to 7,500 square feet)? Another proposal would reduce the number of on-site parking spaces required of apartments, public schools, churches and similar institutions. In addition, Connecticut Avenue from Chesapeake Street to Van Ness Street would be declared a â&#x20AC;&#x153;transit zone,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; where apartments,

stores and commercial buildings would no longer be required to provide any off-street parking. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not likely that existing buildings would get rid of their present parking spaces, but future construction is another story. Over time, as parking spaces decline in these â&#x20AC;&#x153;transit areas,â&#x20AC;? congestion might increase on residential side streets. Unfortunately there has been no easy way for the public to learn about these proposals or register an opinion. Last week, though, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown agreed at a Ward 3 community meeting to hold a hearing on the regulations and the review process. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a step forward. The Planning Office has a website (, and you can contact with questions. Read the listservs, The Current and Tell your council members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Mary Cheh at and Muriel Bowser at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what you think. Marjorie Rachlin Forest Hills

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7-Eleven dispute stays alive in Georgetown By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

In February, it appeared that accord had been reached on the once-controversial plans to expand the 7-Eleven at 2617 P St. Neighbors wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fight the 24-hour convenience storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth toward the 27th Street corner and the plans to use the corner as a second entrance. In exchange, the company would agree to restrict the use of that door to patrons with disabilities, and to prevent light from spilling out of the corner windows. But although Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioners, Citizens Association of Georgetown representatives and other residents lauded the outcome as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;modelâ&#x20AC;? for compromise, several neighbors say 7-Eleven hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been as willing to put its commitments in writing since then. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was a good model of cooperation, up to that point,â&#x20AC;? said

neighbor Brad Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But,â&#x20AC;? he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so far they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to address all of our concerns.â&#x20AC;? Neighbors have hired an attorney to make it easier to communicate with the Texas-based firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate headquarters, though they are not presently pursuing any legal action. Residents have asked the attorney to look for possible legal arguments against the plans, but emphasized that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to keep their negotiations with 7-Eleven amicable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our attorney is conducting a dialogue with them designed to resolve these issues, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cautiously optimistic,â&#x20AC;? said Clark. Last fall, 7-Eleven leased the corner storefront that previously housed P Street Pictures. The new space would nearly triple the size of the store, to 2,800 square feet, which the company said would allow for greater selection and less-crowded conditions. But some neighbors balked at a

plan to adopt the P Street Pictures entrance as a way to get in and out of the 7-Eleven, which the company said would make the store compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some believed that change would shift noise, light and activity away from the middle of P Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial block and closer to homes on P and 27th streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of our main concerns from the beginning with an expanded store was the impact on the surrounding neighbors,â&#x20AC;? said Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll reconsider [using the corner doorway], or at least take steps to ensure that it does not become a general entrance and exit used by the general public.â&#x20AC;? Reached for comment yesterday, 7-Eleven spokesperson Margaret Chabris wrote in an email that she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t familiar with the continued objections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been working with the area residents and believed that we had a mutually satisfactory agreement with the vast majority.â&#x20AC;?

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Historic preservation and clean energy: Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want both? But for homeowners in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic districts who want to install rooftop solar panels, balancing the merits of those two goals isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always easy. Mark Chandler is a homeowner in Cleveland Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic district who wants to add solar panels to the roof of his home on the 3200 block of Newark Street. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the panel that approves renovations to historic-district homes to ensure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in keeping with the period and character of the neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will hold a hearing this week to determine whether Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan can move forward. It could set a precedent for future rulings. In a staff report released in advance of Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, the preservation office has recommended that the board not approve any solar panels that would be visible from the street. The report notes that although the board has previously approved more than 200 applications for solar panel installations on historic-district homes, the Newark Street case is different. Many of the past approvals have been for row houses with flat roofs that obscure the technology from view. The Newark Street house is the first one in Cleveland Park that would have solar panels on a sloping roof â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning they would be visible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the Historic Preservation Review Board members have a strong interest in sustainability, and at the same time they have a strong interest in historic preservation,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Callcott, deputy director for the agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are very interested in establishing good policies whereby preservation and sustainability are mutually supported â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting issue in terms of how to weigh these two public benefits against each other and come out with a reasonable solution.â&#x20AC;? Chandler, who bought the 1906 foursquare three years ago, presented his case at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission meeting. He has restored many of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic features, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also interested in modern sustainable-energy technologies. He wants to install rooftop solar panels to reduce his carbon footprint and to produce clean energy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to be the role model for how solar panels can be done on a sloping roof so that they meet the needs of the Historic Preservation Board,â&#x20AC;? Chandler said at the May 21 meeting. The homeowner, who started working with solar panel installation company Astrum Solar in 2010, first proposed installing 25 panels for the western and north-

ern slopes of the house, which face the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side and rear yards. The Historic Preservation Office rebuffed this first plan because the solar panels on the western roof would be visible from the street. Chandler has since reconfigured his design and removed the four panels closest to the street. That proposal will go before the Historic Preservation Review Board this week. Chandler stressed to neighborhood commissioners that the project couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move forward without panels on the western slope of the roof. North-facing roofs are generally not ideal for solar panels because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough sun. Therefore, he said, the cost of installing the few panels for that slope wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow a sufficient return on his investment. Commissioners voted to support Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application, and they asked him to continue to work with the Historic Preservation Office to find a solution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The HPRB is really wrestling with these issues,â&#x20AC;? Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Leila Afzal said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The historic district is very important to our community, and sustainable living is part of that. They are a little at odds with each other because solar panels in their current state of development donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really fit â&#x20AC;Ś into a historic district.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need the HPRB to give ANCs more guidance on how they view solar panels in historic districts so that I can be a more effective advocate,â&#x20AC;? Afzal added. Callcott noted that the Historic Preservation Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of more than 200 solar-panel installations for historic homes demonstrates his agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support for the technology. Still, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it might not be possible for every single property to install solar panels,â&#x20AC;? based on the character or position of a building. In the report on the Newark Street property, the agency suggests that despite the reduction of panels on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west roof, the eight remaining panels there â&#x20AC;&#x153;should be eliminated from the roof altogether.â&#x20AC;? The report cites the preservation boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adopted guidelines, which indicate that the character of historic buildingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roofs must be â&#x20AC;&#x153;retainedâ&#x20AC;? and solar panels on sloping roofs â&#x20AC;&#x153;should only be installed on rear slopes that are not visible from a public street.â&#x20AC;? The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report offers Chandler a few alternatives, such as installing photovoltaic roof shingles or roll-on applications. Michelle Waldgeir, a vice president at Astrum Solar, said that while those technologies can be efficient for larger structures, they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be appropriate on a small roof. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two goods here, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to do both,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Local kids strike a chord in Arena’s ‘Music Man’

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer


n a chilly Saturday back in December, more than a hundred 10- to 12-year-olds from all over the D.C. area poured into the Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage to vie for a place in the 2012 production of “The Music Man.” Among them were Ian Berlin and Mia Goodman, fifth-graders at Maret School and Washington International School, respectively. “My cousin … called us up one day was like, ‘Hey, I saw they’re doing an audition at Arena. Why don’t you just go and see what it’s like to have a professional audition?’” said Berlin. “I went — no intent of doing this whatsoever; just thought it would be a good thing.” “I was doing another show: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at this theater in Falls Church,” said Goodman. “So we had to race really fast. We ran there, and then we ran back.” Both came prepared to sing pieces from the musical “Wicked.” They did well enough to be included in callbacks the following day, when Arena officials chose five out of the 120 original hopefuls for the roles of Winthrop Paroo, Amaryllis, Gracie Shinn and two River City kids. To their delight, both were selected: Berlin would be Winthrop, and Goodman one of the River City kids. “I was so excited,” said Berlin.

“I ran around the room squealing and clapping.” “I screamed and called my best friend,” said Goodman. And thus began an endeavor that would take over the two kids’ lives for months and put them on a professional stage, for the first time, starting a couple weeks ago. “I love coming to work each day,” said Berlin, pausing a bit on the word “work” to reflect: “But for me it’s really just fun. The real work for me is school. I’d much rather be here.” “I just feel so honored, because this is my first big show, and I can’t believe I’m here,” said Goodman. “Half the time I’m in the dressing room [thinking], Wait — why am I in this dressing room?” Chevy Chase, Md., resident Berlin, a slight 11-year-old with an almost excruciatingly winning smile, was bitten by the theater bug at an early age. “When I was maybe 3 or something, I went to one of those classes at Imagination Stage that was like, you sign your kid up for so they have something to do, so they’re not bored all day. And I liked it, so I kept doing more stuff.” His first professional role is a pretty substantial one: Winthrop Paroo is the younger brother of main character Marian the Librarian, the love interest of a slick con man trying to sell band instruments and uniforms to the people of a small town in Iowa. Berlin said the hardest part of the gig was getting a handle on a sequence in which his previously aloof character — who has a pronounced lisp — gets so excited about the arrival of his new coronet that he takes on a string of “s” words without pause.

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Ian Berlin, above, plays Winthrop Paroo in Arena Stage’s production of “The Music Man.” Other young stars, shown at right with Burke Moses as title character Harold Hill, include Jamie Goodson, Mia Goodman, Heidi Kaplan and Colin J. Cech. Below, Berlin appears with Kaplan and Kate Baldwin as Marian Paroo.

“I had a really hard time getting that [part] where he does the whole ‘Sister, sister, it’s the coronet!’ thing. … I was like, ‘Ohh, I can’t do this,’” he said. “It wasn’t the lisp,” he continued. “It was just the words, because it’s a lot of words that we’re not used to and it repeats — ‘Isn’t it the most scrumptious solid gold thing you ever saw?’ … Scrumptious, scrumptious, scrumptious!” Berlin’s character plays a pivotal role in the story line: Winthop becomes enamored with the con man, Harold Hill, who Berlin says serves as a “fatherly character” to the young boy, who lost his own father a couple years earlier. And then their relationship helps convince Marian to view Harold in a favorable light. “One of the main things that changes her mind is that she sees Winthrop — me! — really get excited by him,” said Berlin. Berlin said his favorite part of the role is the singing, and he was nervous for his solo — in the song “Gary, Indiana” — only “the first maybe four or five performances.” Now he’s relaxed enough that his pre-show prep involves only

changing into costume. He isn’t in the opening number; nor are costars Kate Baldwin (Marian) or Donna Migliaccio (Marian’s mother, Mrs. Paroo), so Berlin hangs with the two ladies back stage. “When they call places, I go over to the wig room … where Donna and Kate are getting their wigs on, and I chat with them,” Berlin said. “Because otherwise I’d be sitting alone in my dressing room being lonely.” He’s also comfortable enough to — though not taking part in any dance numbers on stage — do his own rendition behind the scenes. “At the top of Act 2, as you know, there’s the big dance number ‘Shipoopi,’ and I do [the whole thing backstage],” he said. Goodman, on the other hand, gets to dance in the number “Seventy-six Trombones.” It’s not her first time dancing in public, as she twice appeared in the movement-heavy musical “Annie.” She said she has drawn on that background, along with her experience singing with the Washington Girls Chorus and acting in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” for this production. “‘The Music Man’ is kind of a combination of all that,” she said. “It’s like, singing! Dancing! … Acting!” Goodman, who lives in Wakefield near the Van Ness Metro

station, said she’s been singing as long as she can remember. “When I was 3, it’s rumored that my grandmother was pushing me in the carriage and … — she can’t sing at all … — she was trying to sing ‘The Farmer in the Dell’ to me, and I started singing it and she stopped.” Goodman laughs when asked if her parents have any background in music or theater, but she points to a great uncle, Will Lee, who played Mr. Hooper on “Sesame Street,” and an aunt who teaches piano and sings. Like Berlin, Goodman really grasps the story of “The Music Man.” Both kids provide quick capsules of the plot, emphasizing the joy that Harold Hill — whom Goodman describes as “like the king of con men; the Lady Gaga of con men” — brings to the town of River City. Goodman notes that she learned from director Molly Smith that the town’s transformation is reflected in the production’s costumes and lighting. “Like in the first scene, ‘I Am Stubborn,’ we’re all washed out,” she said. “And then after we get more colorful and vibrant.” To most viewers, though, both Berlin and Goodman seem pretty vibrant from the start. The Washington Post calls Berlin “cheek-tweakingly adorable,” and Maryland Theatre Guide asks: “What would ‘The Music Man’ be without the kids?” “The Music Man” runs through July 22 at Arena Stage.

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Spotlight on Schools Beauvoir School

I remember the day my book buddy left the Beauvoir School. I really, really miss her! Her name is Peyton. I was in first grade at the time. As I watched her skip around with a ribbon in her hand, tears filled my eyes and I burst into tears! She turned and looked at me directly in the eye. She smiled. I suddenly felt tears of joy run down my face. I quickly wiped my eyes, and stared at the dancing third-graders in the middle of the Cathedral. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to move my eyes off their beautiful movements. I guess I just wanted to be just like them because I watched every little skip or jump. I loved how every time a girl spun around, her dress would flow out, like a horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mane. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dancing the maypole. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Abdo, third-grader â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Grade Maypole Danceâ&#x20AC;? Round and round we go, twisting and turning. The colors are whirling around, creating a beautiful braid. Moms and dads crying, with tears coming down their faces. Music playing with excitement, and kids singing loudly with triumph.


We have finally graduated! Good-bye Beauvoir. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Meriwether Florence, third-grader

Blessed Sacrament School

Last week Blessed Sacrament students performed the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? featuring the very talented class of 2012. It was not only an amazing performance, but it also marked a very important date for the theater program. It was the 20th anniversary of theater at Blessed Sacrament! The theater program took flight in 1992 with the production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Pan,â&#x20AC;? directed by Betty Lou McQuade, Pat Leibowitz and Therese Donahue. In 1998, Blessed Sacramentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music teacher, Brigid Forcey, helped out with that yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play, and in 2000 she took over the program with the successful production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King and I.â&#x20AC;? Since then, Mrs. Forcey has helped assemble 12 years of musicals without repeating a single show. Performances have included â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver!,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sound of Music,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;il Abner,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspellâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys

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and Dolls.â&#x20AC;? Anyone from kindergarten through eighth grade who wants to be in the musical is greatly encouraged and welcomed. No tickets are sold. Instead, we have something called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good faith offering,â&#x20AC;? where we pass around baskets, and, as Mrs. Forcey puts it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;beg people for their money.â&#x20AC;? Over the years, the Kennedy Center has lent up to 20 platforms to the school for the show. This year, in honor of the 20th anniversary, the Kennedy Center generously donated all 20 platforms to the school! Since coming to Blessed Sacrament, one of my favorite parts of the year has been getting to participate in the school musical. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

At the British School we do lots of fun things, and we love to learn by experiencing new adventures. Last week we went to the Andrews Air Force Base. It was very hot. We saw the Blue Angels, F-22 Raptors, Golden Knights, Skydivers, Harriers, Mustangs, Ospreys and many other stupendous planes, jets and helicopters. The Osprey is half helicopter and half plane. It has a propeller and wings. President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planes and helicopters come to the Andrews runway and take off in the air. The best airplane drivers drive the Blue Angels. The F-22 cannot be detected by radar and can go twice the speed of sound. There were lots of little planes that had buttons on the top and on the side. Some planes were so big that we could walk into them.

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Deal Middle School

For months Deal students have been excited about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hunger Gamesâ&#x20AC;? movie and books. Here are some of the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughts about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hunger Gamesâ&#x20AC;?: Zennon Melnyk said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The book was really good. But the third one [â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mockingjayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;] wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as great.â&#x20AC;? Karim Diaite said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The book was awesome, but to turn it into a movie was brilliant. The movie was good! I saw the movie the day it came out!â&#x20AC;? Kian Sablad said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoyed the Hunger Games series. But to top it off, the movie was outstanding. â&#x20AC;? All in all, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunger Gamesâ&#x20AC;? is an outstanding book series and movie. One more thing before this article is over: â&#x20AC;&#x153;May the odds be ever in your favor!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karim Diaite, sixth-grader

Edmund Burke School

A few weeks ago the sixth-graders went to Luray Caverns in Virginia. It is a two-hour drive to get there from the school. We learned that Andrew Campbell and his nephew Quint discovered the caverns along with three other men in 1878. In the caverns, the first thing they saw was something called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Column.â&#x20AC;? At the beginning of the tour there is a 50-foot-long chasm called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plutoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chasm,â&#x20AC;? because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like the underworld. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s below a glowing stalactite called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plutoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ghost.â&#x20AC;? They called it that because the Campbells thought it was a real ghost. As you continue your tour, there is a pool that is so clear that it is a perfect mirror image of the ceiling. Even though you might suspect that the pool is very deep, it is only a few inches deep. When you see sta-

lactites wet, that means they are still forming. If you feel a drop of water on your head, that means the cave has kissed you and you get a year of good luck. There is one room that is so big that they have weddings in it. More than 450 weddings have been held there. In that same room they have an organ that is connected to stalactites all around the cave that make various sounds. You can hear a F-sharp when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not even in the same room as the organ. There also is a column that had human bones around it when it was discovered. At first people thought that that person died and was buried there, but they never found a complete body. So now people think that there was a tomb and rainwater washed bones away. At the end of the tour, you can see a memorial for all of the dead veterans in Virginia. The sixth-graders thought the whole thing was very interesting and would like to go again. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pablo Laguarda and Rory Donnellan, sixth-graders

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Walter Dean Myers is the Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; national ambassador for young peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literature. He is traveling around the country to talk with young people about reading. He is really excited and even showed us the medal that he had earned. He loves the medal so much, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I even take a shower with it.â&#x20AC;? We think he was joking, but he got a good laugh from the audience of fourth-graders and some middle school students. Myers is very hard-working. Every morning he wakes up very early, like at 4:30 or 5 a.m. He makes coffee and feeds his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cat, which he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really like. Then he writes at least five pages a day. Sometimes it may take only 30 minutes a page, but sometimes it may take 10 hours. After heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done with the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five pages, he keeps See Dispatches/Page 29

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GRAND opportunity to own a great home beautifully sited adjacent to Chevy Chase Country Club – 6BR, 3FBA, 2HBA. Generously proportioned rooms w/ good flow. Close to Friendship Heights, shops, restaurants, upper NW and METRO! Sharon Guizzetti Foxhall Office 202-363-1800




EXQUISITE 1926 Mediterranean Villa next to the VP’s residence. Wonderful period details, 2 KIT, expansion incls home office + 2 car Gar & apt above. Addl PKG for 10 cars. 3400 Mass Ave NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400


ADORABLE HOME! New KIT w/ brkfst nook, ss, updtd BAs, finished bsmnt (w/FR/BR/BA.) Lushly landscaped with eye for peaceful sitting areas & environmental stewardship; OSP. Near METRO, shops, restaurants. Lili Sheeline 202-905-7561 Chevy Chase Office 301-986-1001



NEWLY RENOVATED 5BR, 4BA with addition backs to Rock Creek Park. Gourmet KIT w/ granite & stainless appl, open FR with walls of windows, cathedral ceilings, & stone FP. This is a must see!!! Liz Abele 202-550-3222 Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777



CLASSIC FourSquare 2.5 blks to Metro. Broad front porch, 2 back porches, 3+BR, 1.5BA. Fin attic & bsmnt for den, offices, guests. Orig HWFs, WBFP, Energy Star appls, “green” products, new gutters/downspouts. Huge treed fenced back yard. Dodie Butler 202-409-4961 Chevy Chase Office 301-986-1001



BETHESDA $785,000 SUN-FILLED 2BR, 2.5BA, 2,020 SF corner unit in one of Sumner Village most sought-out bldg. Spectacular views overlooking forest! Renov KIT and BAs, formal DR & huge LR & FP. So much more! Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 BETHESDA $1,895,000 FANTASTIC op to own a fab, brand new house on double lot outside the Beltway. 5BR, 5BA, FR, LR, fin bsmnt, garage! High-end finishes w/ gorgeous design & architectural details: 2-story foyer, walls of windows & light, 2 balcs, deck & terrace. House in the finishing stages now!! Be in DC in 25 mins as well as Tysons Corner, Dulles and Reagan Airports. Ingrid Suisman / Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BRIGHTWOOD $185,500 TOTAL CONVENIENCE! Huge unit, Lots of sunlight, gorgeous HWFs, nr pub transp, Dtwn Silver Spring & Metro, gar PKG. All utils incl except phone & cable. Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

sep dining, built-ins, crown moldings, 1,550 SF. $279,000 - #805B - 1BR, renov KIT w/ gran counters, low fee, top flr, 950 SF. 4000 Cathedral Ave NW. Roberta Theis 202-538-7429 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

CHEVY CHASE, MD $925,000 ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES! Charming 1908 porch front classic in Chevy Chase Village, walk to Brookville Market & shops. Lots of character & cozy spaces, 5BR, formal LR & DR, lovely back yard w/ brick patio. Turn of the century charm & appeal waiting for your TLC. 301-346-6615 BROOKLAND $449,900 Cheryl Kurss 202-363-9700 NEWLY updtd 3BR, 2BA w/ sep DR, Chevy Chase Office wood burning FP (completely rebuilt in $400,000 2011), sunroom/den & front porch. CLEVELAND PARK MBR/MBA ste w/ sep sitting room/office A MUST SEE! The Broadmoor Coop & large closets (one cedar). Newly land- Top Flr. Beautiful, 1BR w/ lots of light & scaped incl the River Smart Landscaping park views. Updtd KIT w/ new ss appls & Program, gorgeous flower & herb garden. gran counters. Sep din, HWFs, freshly Josh Waxman 202-309-5895 painted & custom bookcases. Full Service Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Bldg. Gar PKG to rent. Walk to Metro & shops. CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS John Mammano 571-331-8557 $495,000 - #19B - 2BR, 2BA, den, office Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


CLASSIC COLONIAL with 5BR, 2.5BA is one of the prettiest houses on the best Avenue! 1st flr master, hi ceilings, pretty flrs, built-ins & stained glass. Wrap-around rear deck, huge yard, garage & 100+ acres of forest and parkland. Susan Van Nostrand 301-529-1385 Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777

16TH ST HEIGHTS $135,000 - $175,000 MADISON TERRACE - Four 1BR units, Low Fees, Pet OK, Roof Deck. 1 blk to RC Pk. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 ADAMS MORGAN $469,000 SPACIOUS AND SUNNY, modern and open 2BR, 2BA coop home with serene street views! Gourmet KIT, Large MBR, spiffy updated BAs (one w/ clawfoot tub), HWFs, high ceilings, ample closets, extra storage, bike storage. Pet Friendly Bldg! Near two Metros! Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


BRIGHT, spacious 4BR, 3BA. Gour KIT opens to LR w/ gas FP. Ebony HWs. Climate-controlled stor/wine cellar. LL has BR & is perfect as FR/office. 2 car driveway PKG, Backyard patio. 1416 Foxhall Rd NW. Sean Forschler 202-744-6723 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $259,000 RENOVATED 9 yrs ago this unit has it all! 7 windows with S and E exposure. KIT w/ gran counters, ss, full size JennAire applcs, maple cabs & oak flrs. BA with Jacuzzi tub. All the conveniences of Columbia Hgts, Georgia Ave, 4th & U Sts. Kent Madsen Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

GEORGETOWN $825,000 EAST VILLAGE 3BR, 2BA, 1,350 SF sun soaked home features in-law suite, 2MBRs, terrific closet space through-out, CAC, soaring ceilings & custom built-ins. This jewel shows like a model! Ramona Greene 202-494-2557 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $309,900 PLENTY OF LIGHT streams into this charming 2BR, 1BA. Lustrous HWFs and updtd KIT w/ butcher block island, ample closet space, W/D hook-up. Nr Target, Giant, Bed Bath and Beyond. Washington Sports Club, Columbia Hghts Metro! Sean Forschler 202-744-6723 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

GLOVER PARK $264,900 GREAT BUY! Spacious, sunny 1BR unit in wonderful bldg on the park. Fab, renov KIT w/ new wood cabs, ss appls, new counters. Sep din area. Lots of closets w/ organizers. Lrg windows facing trees. All new CAC system. Fee includes all utils. Great roof deck. PARKING! Mary Zitello 202-549-7515 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

GEORGETOWN $745,000 HIDDEN JEWEL in rare location. Renov 2BR, 1.5BA near Rose Park on quiet street. LR w/fpl, French doors to secluded patio, HWFs, granite counter. W/D, lots of storage. Walk to Dupont Metro and shops of Georgetown. 1511 26th St NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

KALORAMA $260,000 REDUCED PRICE at Valley Vista. Large recently updated Jr-1BR, 1BA. Marble, HWs, D/W, WIC. Close to Metro. Cat OK. 2032-2040 Belmont Rd, NW #434. Kristen Farman 202-870-4055 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

KALORAMA $756,000 BEAUTIFUL 3 lvl TH style renov condo. Main Lvl KIT, LR, DR, 1/2BA, 2nd Lvl MBR + den, in unit W/D, 3rd Lvl MBR + priv roof top deck w/ views of Rock Creek Pk & Cathedral. Lustrous HW, gran, all BAs renov. Plantation shutters, 10' ceilgs, flooded with light. Priv gar PKG w/ stor. Nr Woodley Pk Metro, Adams Morgan, Dupont. Sean Forschler 202-744-6723 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 MOUNT PLEASANT $247,000 CHARMING, light-filled Jr 1BR w/ renov KIT, wd flrs, custom closet lined w/ cedar located in boutique pet friendly bldg. Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 MOUNT PLEASANT $829,000 SPACIOUS, semi-detd TH w/ priv rear patio & columned front porch. 6-7BR, 3.5BA, LL in-law ste plumbed for kitchenette, CAC, HWF. Leased thru 8/31/12 – tenants given rights. Rob & Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PALISADES $1,085,000 WARM AND INVITING home on quiet cul de sac, large open floor plan with great S exposure. Fun and relaxing KIT, DR and FR. Wonderful deck, priv, fenced yard overlooks Battery Kemble Pk. New KIT has premier ss appls & gran counters. Delightful, spacious Mste, finished LL, Garage. 5010 MacArthur Court NW. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 SPRING VALLEY $1,484,900 LIGHT-FILLED, gracious WC & AN Miller built Colonial w/ fab entertaining spaces! LR & Study w/ gas FPLs, formal DR, FR off KIT leads to beautiful pool surrounded by priv gardens. 2nd flr incls 3-4BR, 2 updtd BAs and attic access. LL provides staff quarters or rec area w/ BA, stor, laundry, KIT area and garage access. Ed Stanley Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 TAKOMA PARK $617,500 STYLISH architectural jewel renov with care and attention to detail. Dramatic lighting, high quality materials and fixtures, chef's KIT, natural light, between the creeks, close to 2 parks, metro, shopping, etc. TRUE BLISS! 7214 Central Ave. Kornelia Stuphan 202-669-5555 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Custom home lets owners bring outdoors in


hile some buyers lean toward the classics of the Northwest housing market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Wardmans and Tudors,

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for example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; others look for that one-off property that brings a little something different to the mix. A tucked-away home on Reservoir Road fits the latter bill. Custom built in 1989, the property imports a dose of California cool to the neighborhood, with spaces that invite the outdoors in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the grounds that will reel in many visitors. In the front of the home, which is shielded from the street by a tall hedge, a green-ongreen scheme relies on distinctions in line and texture for contrast. Large pavers set in lush grass echo the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a restful gray that plays well with the immaculate, verdant landscaping. Out back, pops of white add contrast to sweeps of mature perennials, much of which is evergreen for year-round screening. Not that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much to hide: This property backs up to parkland, beyond which waits the C&O Canal, its towpath

and the Potomac River. Views of the rear garden are framed in many spaces here, but the showstopper is the living room. A wall of windows is topped by another row of clerestory windows for a total height of 22 feet. The large space is a natural for gatherings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks as well to a wholehouse sound system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but does not feel cavernous when empty, as many rooms of this sort do. Smart furniture placement is one reason; proportion is another. Though there is 6,700 square feet of living space in the home, dimensions seem to feel just right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roomy, but not too big â&#x20AC;&#x201D; throughout. The adjacent open-plan kitchen and family room is open to the living room through a wet bar thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lined in the same rich cherry that frames the nearby entertainment center. This spot is also open to the outdoors; a covered patio waits just outside. A fresh-water aquarium is set into the wall between the family room and dining room, providing a bit of natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner theater. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough to look at without the marine display, however; two walls of windows make this room feel virtually outdoors. In the kitchen, updates have

included soothing gray cabinetry with stainless-steel appliances from names like Sub-Zero. A large island can seat four comfortably, lending itself easily to entertaining. Home shoppers shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fret about the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction date: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing stereotypically 1980s about this home, including finishes. In the master bed and bath â&#x20AC;&#x201D; contained in its own wing, as is another upper-level bedroom suite â&#x20AC;&#x201D; materials are natural, sophisticated and calming, such as travertine in the bath, which also features a spa tub and separate shower. Ample closet space is kitted out with custom rods, shelves and drawers. Private spaces also bring the outdoors in. A balcony off the master bedroom is a natural spot for a morning cup of coffee. The other bedroom wing is now outfitted for a teenager, with a raised platform bed that could easily be switched out. Built-in storage is always useful, however, and a marble-lined bath is classic and modern at the same time. Another bedroom suite waits on the ground floor, complete with a full bath. The bath also opens to a final bedroom, now used as an office. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a powder room here for guests.


Photo courtesy of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty

This custom-built home on Reservoir Road is priced at $2,350,000. Like the rest of the home, this lower level is not typical of D.C. For one thing, the ceiling height compares favorably with most ground levels. An office, now used as an art studio, can be closed off from the large rec room that takes up much of the level. Another large area is now used as a home gym, complete with a sauna. There are useful spots on this level, too, such as a laundry room with a sink, a full bath and ample storage closets. More storage opportunities wait in the two-car garage. A final unusual feature sits outside: A whole-house generator was

installed a couple of years ago and is now ready for the next snowpocalypse. Owners wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about driving during the next snowstorm, either, thanks to the nearby retail center on MacArthur Boulevard that includes a supermarket, liquor store and a handful of restaurants, including BlackSalt and Kotobuki. This four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 4872 Reservoir Road is offered for $2,350,000. For details, contact Diana Hart and Bill Abbott of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 202-271-2717 or

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American University Park. Exceptional & majestic home on 1/3 acre facing tree lined street. 6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. Awe inspiring designer living & entertaining spaces unlike anything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen. All close to Metro & shops. $2,495,000 Anne-Marie Finnell   202-329-7117 Ellen Abrams  202-255-8219

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Logan. Classic renovated townhouse w/3 levels. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen w/island, granite SS appliances. Open LR, spa-like BAs, 2 skylights, frpl, deck & parking. $999,500 Leyla Phelan  202-415-3845


Style & Charm

Chevy Chase, MD. Incredible living space awaits! 4 beautifully finished levels. Sunny & spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar & lge eat-in area. Amazing great rm. A must see!. $1,599,000 Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins  301-275-2255

Dupont. Bayfront Victorian w/antique detailing. Renovated contemporary kitchen. 4 Bedrooms 3 redone baths. Hardwood flrs. Front & back yards. 2 car pkg. Great location. $1,175,000 Andrea Evers     202-550-8934 Melissa Chen     202-744-1235

Just Right!

Georgetown. Sun filled 2 bedroom gem in the desirable West Village. Kitchen w/Bosch & GE appliances. 2nd flr offers monument views. Hrwd flrs, frpl. Lovely brick & slate patio. $750,000 Leslie Suarez 202-246-6402

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Cathedral Heights. Spacious 1 bedroom co-op at The Westchester. Step-down living rm, full size dining rm. Large MBR w/2 walk-in closets. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Addressâ&#x20AC;? bldg. $295,000 Susan Morcone 202-437-2153

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ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1c Adams â&#x2013; adams morgan The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  update on the 18th Street reconstruction project. â&#x2013;  brief discussion with Sylvia Robinson of the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force on plans for Georgia Avenue. â&#x2013;  committee reports. â&#x2013;  consideration of a motion in support of a grant to the Archives Working Group of the All Souls Unitarian Church. â&#x2013;  consideration of a motion to hold an ANC 1C Shred Day on June 30 in Kalorama Park. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a patio at 2309 18th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 1849 Ontario Place. â&#x2013;  consideration of motions in support of graduation ceremonies at Marie Reed Learning Center and Cooke Elementary School. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 16 meeting: â&#x2013; Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Donald Craig reported that all types of crime had decreased in Police Service Area 207 in the previous 30 days compared to the corresponding period in 2011. â&#x2013;  commissioner Asher Corson complained that the city hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t addressed a homeless encampment at 26th and K streets. â&#x2013;  Mike Goodno of the D.C. Department of Transportation discussed plans to install a protected bike lane on the north side of L Street between New Hampshire Avenue and 12th Street. The plan will eliminate parking on that stretch but should have little impact on traffic flow, Goodno said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Rebecca Coder absent, to raise no objection to street closures for the June 2 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure 5K event. â&#x2013;  Chris Holben of the D.C. Department of Transportation said the agency had intended to install a Capital Bikeshare station at 24th Street and New Hampshire Avenue, but construction now blocks the site. The agency is seeking alternative recommendations near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail station. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to raise no objections to an application to allow single-container alcohol sales at Foggy Bottom Grocery, 2140 F St., because the establishment has had no liquor license violations. West End Citizens Association members argued that single sales would worsen an existing loitering problem, but neighborhood commissioners said they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t justify

opposing the application unless they had stronger evidence of a problem there. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0 to rescind their support for an application to continue single-container alcohol sales at Riverside Liquors, 2123 E St., in light of recent alcohol violations at the establishment including three alleged sales to underage patrons. The commission missed its deadline to protest the renewal to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, but commissioners said they hoped to get a letter included in Riversideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s file. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support an application for a liquor license and outdoor summer garden at the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel now under construction at 515 20th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on a medical marijuana dispensary planned for 1147 20th St., which is immediately across 20th Street in Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B. Herbal Alternatives managing partner Jennifer Brunenkant noted, though, that the establishment is having some â&#x20AC;&#x153;glitchesâ&#x20AC;? securing the 20th Street space and may need to select another space nearby. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court, 725 24th St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 21 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioner Eric Lamar announced that advisory neighborhood commissionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarterly reports will be posted on the website of the Office of the D.C. Auditor. â&#x2013;  commissioner Eric Lamar reported two recent robberies near the corner of California and 23rd streets. No arrests have been made. There was also a daytime burglary in the 2100 block of Florida Avenue. As a result of the crimes, Lamar said, police have increased foot patrols. He described the department as â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty responsiveâ&#x20AC;? when notified. â&#x2013;  Sarina Loy of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office said city officials have not yet scheduled a

meeting with the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue regarding some â&#x20AC;&#x153;temporaryâ&#x20AC;? buildings behind it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They look to be more permanent all the time,â&#x20AC;? commission chair David Bender said of the structures. â&#x2013; Pierre Wagner of the Friends of Mitchell Park announced that films will be shown at the park on the third Thursdays of June, July and August. A fundraiser for the friends group has been scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Embassy of Portugal. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender reported that the D.C. Department of General Services had completed its review of restoration work planned for the Spanish Steps, and the recommended contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal has been forwarded to the procurement office but not yet signed. The restoration, he said, should start in early June. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender announced that the steering committee for Kalorama Village has decided to disband the organization due to a lack of interest. The assets will be divided among 12 organizations. There were only two requests for service in the past two and a half years, Bender said. Residents interested in â&#x20AC;&#x153;aging in placeâ&#x20AC;? support should contact the Dupont Circle Village at 202-436-5252. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender reported that the Board of Zoning Adjustment decided to allow a reardeck addition at 1618 22nd St. NW, as recommended by the commission. â&#x2013;  A representative of Alliance Française de Washington announced that the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bastille Day celebration on July 14 has been relocated from Wyoming Avenue to the Hillwood Museum, since not all residents in the apartment building at 2100 Connecticut Ave. consented to the closure of Wyoming Avenue for the event. â&#x2013;  Lynn Lambert announced that a new nonprofit, Preserve Our Green Space in Sheridan-Kalorama, has been founded to preserve â&#x20AC;&#x153;our wonderful gardens.â&#x20AC;? The group has hired an attorney to oppose a proposed apartment building that would replace a garden at 2225 California St. â&#x2013;  commissioner Eric Lamar said he is continuing cooperative efforts with the U.S. State Department to address deterioration of vacant embassy properties such as the Embassy of Albania. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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them. Still, the split vote to approve the Adams Morgan hotel plan is a significant step, with the Zoning Commission set to begin its own hearings on the overall scheme Sept. 6. Architects must also return to the preservation board for final approval of the design. Friedman, after the vote, said his team of architects had responded to every suggestion from city preservation staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did exactly what they asked. We stepped down, cut down, set back, changed colors, changed materials, reduced the number of windows,â&#x20AC;? he said. The proposed height, 90 feet at the tallest occupiable point, is only slightly lower than an earlier proposal, but the building will step down to five stories to the south. The hotel tower will now be set back 28 feet from the historic church, which will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;repurposedâ&#x20AC;? as a lobby, restaurant, and meeting and event space. Though the review process is far from complete, Friedman said he hopes to start construction next January. Many neighbors are backing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;boutique

hotelâ&#x20AC;? as a way to bring jobs and daytime activity to the commercial strips of 18th Street and Columbia Road. They also argued, in hours of testimony, that Friedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal seemed the only viable option for preserving the 1912 Neoclassical Revival church. But groups opposed to the sheer scale of the project in their relatively low-rise neighborhood said they were deeply disappointed by the preservation boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite the fact that six or seven members had clear concerns about the height, they gave up their ability to affect it,â&#x20AC;? Denis James, president of the Kalorama Citizens Association, said of the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It puts the community in a hard position.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the Zoning Commission will hear us,â&#x20AC;? said William Simpson of the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association, which argues that the building would violate the zoning overlay designed to protect the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lowscale character. The preservation board was, in fact, torn about the height of the proposed hotel tower: 90 feet facing Columbia Road, topped by a penthouse enclosing mechanical equipment.

The height would drop down along sloping Champlain Street to the east, where most homes and condo buildings are shorter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I sat on Champlain, looking at the plans, and stayed there a long time, I simply could not convince myself that the height â&#x20AC;Ś is compatible,â&#x20AC;? said member Nancy Metzger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visually shocking â&#x20AC;Ś not consistent with the neighborhood or the church,â&#x20AC;? said member Graham Davidson, suggesting a maximum height of 70 feet for the hotel tower. But other members said they were not troubled by the height, and noted the board had approved a 90-foot building when it first reviewed the project four years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board has taken a position, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not appropriate to move that target,â&#x20AC;? member Andrew Aurbach said. The board also heard a detailed description of how the church building will be reused, with the broad front steps facing Columbia Road as the main entrance to the lobby, and stainedglass windows and even the organ pipes preserved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re repurposing the church,â&#x20AC;? member Joseph Taylor said. Friedman said preserving the church build-

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late Logan Circle. Many parents who might have previously sent their kids to private schools, or moved out to the suburbs, are now looking with more interest to their in-boundary public school options. Garrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PTA first activated last year. Since then, the group has helped orchestrate volunteer cleanups and a major library makeover, among other projects. With this new attention, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outside appearance has become a top concern. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To parents, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very off-putting,â&#x20AC;? Simmons said of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current condition, which includes broken playground equipment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to signal that nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking, nobody cares.â&#x20AC;? Simmons brought in the 21st Century School Fund â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d witnessed making significant improvements to her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Woodley Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to help with Garrison. Based on focus-group sessions this winter, the local education nonprofit has prepared a preliminary report on Garrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. The report notes â&#x20AC;&#x153;ineffective use of space,â&#x20AC;? safety concerns and limited access to water in Garrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two play areas. The athletic field is patchy and uneven, with no seating or storage options. And an abandoned wading pool area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; owned by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and closed off for years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is taking up valuable space on the site. The report suggests ideas like an all-weather athletic field for both school and community use, new playground equipment, increased green space, garden plots for outdoor education, and reconfigura-

tion of parking and drop-off areas. For the abandoned wading pool, the report notes the option of transferring that property to D.C. Public Schools. (Parks department spokesperson John Stokes wrote in an email that his agency is â&#x20AC;&#x153;open to discussionsâ&#x20AC;? about that possibility.) Jonathan Fitch, principal of the Landscape Architecture Bureau, said the volunteer architects have so far encouraged community members to â&#x20AC;&#x153;do some fantasizingâ&#x20AC;? about what Garrison could look like in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one has said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We want a roller coaster,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all been stuff that could be accommodated.â&#x20AC;? The 21st Century School Fund report lists a series of similar grounds-improvement projects that

have been completed at other D.C. public schools, ranging in cost from about $300,000 to up to $2.6 million. At Garrison, organizers are hoping for as much public funding as possible for the project, said PTA president McLeod, but will also explore grants and other private fundraising. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Realistically we believe it will come down to a combination of public and private funding,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;visioning meetingâ&#x20AC;? takes place between 6 and 8 p.m. in Garrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multipurpose room. Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided. Architects will present an initial concept plan for the site at a June 12 meeting.

ing has always been the focal point of the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are revitalizing, reusing, showcasing the church. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a hotel without the church,â&#x20AC;? he said. The board did ask for refinements to the facade treatment of the hotel, which has already been shifted from modern glass to more traditional masonry; and more study of a vehicle drop-off area along Champlain Street, which members said was too commerciallooking and not pedestrian-friendly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not quite there yet. The warehouse aesthetic is not appropriate,â&#x20AC;? member Casarella said. Of the nine members who participated in the debate, Davidson, Metzger and Rauzia Ally voted against granting concept approval. Sale of the church to Friedman Capital is contingent on the developer winning approval for the hotel plan from both the preservation board and Zoning Commission. Church member Nasrine Beck said the congregation has been trying to sell it since the boiler and burner blew out many years ago. A much-shrunken congregation now worships in the Christian Science Reading Room on Columbia Road, she said.

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Concert â&#x2013; Mezzo-sopranos Kate Jackman and Sarah Mesko (shown), winners of Vocal Arts DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Artists Competition, will perform with pianist R. Timothy McReynolds. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Special events â&#x2013; A National Portrait Gallery trivia game will highlight the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection of portraits featuring icons from Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Age. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A Summer Reading Launch Party will feature stories, songs, games and snacks. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Capturing Fire, the National Queer Spoken Word Summit and Slam, will present a marathon performance and reading by established and emerging poets from D.C., Baltimore and Virginia. 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. The festival will continue through Saturday with performances, workshops and discussions at various venues.

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Matti Friedman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  DC Latino Pride will feature a panel discussion on employment discrimination faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoMa Summer Screenâ&#x20AC;? will present Stanley Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,â&#x20AC;? starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets

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Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Mystics will play the Minnesota Lynx. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Thursday, May 31

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Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session to help first-time home buyers navi-

gate the purchase process and take advantage of loan programs offered by the D.C. government. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concerts â&#x2013; The Golden Triangle Summer Concert Series will feature No Second Troy performing an indie-pop mix. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW. â&#x2013;  Sri Lankan pianist, composer and improviser Tanya Ekanayaka will perform her own music, as well as works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Strauss and Shepherd. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Indie-folk bands River City Extension and The Drowning Men (shown) will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of

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Thursday, may 31 â&#x2013; Discussion: In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, naturalist, photographer and author Kenn Kaufman will discuss his passion for birds, which led him as a teenager to hitchhike across the country in pursuit of breaking the North American record for the most bird species seen in one year. 6 p.m. $15. Visitor Center Auditorium, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Peter C. Frumhoff of the Union of Concerned Scientists will discuss climate change policy. 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1212. â&#x2013;  Cynthia Kierner will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times,â&#x20AC;? about Thomas Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest daughter. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Louise Shelley, professor of public policy and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Mayor Vincent Gray and the School of Advanced International Studies will hold an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University    

School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Fiber artist and educator Lia Cook will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faces, Mazes, and Neural Networks,â&#x20AC;? about her work with neuroscience researchers at the University of Pittsburgh mapping the response of the human brain to viewing and touching art. 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feast of Friends: Renoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Luncheon of the Boating Party,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? about the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of friends and colleagues as models for his monumental impressionist painting. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  In honor of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of George Peabody in Georgetown, the Peabody Room will host a talk by David Mould, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering Georgetown: A History of the Lost Port City.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  Editor and author Susannah Joel Glusker will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Story of Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art World in the Wake of the Revolution,â&#x20AC;? about the journals of her mother, Anita Brenner. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-7281628. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs CouncilWashington, DC will host a talk by James Fallows, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;China Airborne.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10; reservations required. University of California, Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1031. â&#x2013;  Gerald McEntree and Lee Saunders will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Representatives from the winning teams in the Trust for the National Mallsponsored National Mall Design Competition will discuss their ideas for transforming Union Square, Constitution Gardens and the Washington Monument grounds at Sylvan Theater. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  Peter Carey will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chemistry of Tears.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight in Paris,â&#x20AC;? starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams as a romantic writer and his wealthy, spoiled fiancĂŠe. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Thursday Night Lounge film screening will feature Robert Greenwaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Koch Brothers Exposed.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 See Events/Page 21


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Film â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Divas Outdoors: Films Under the Starsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Morton DaCostaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Auntie Mame,â&#x20AC;? starring Rosalind Russell and Forrest Tucker. 6:30 p.m. $15; $10 for college students and children ages 6 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807.

Reading â&#x2013; Poets Joshua Beckman and Stanley Plumly will celebrate the birthday of Walt Whitman with a reading of his works. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Friday, June 1

Friday june 1 Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Deanna Bogart Band performing blues fusion. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a recital by students of Alicia Kopfstein-Penk and Gary Joynes. 6 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Concert Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunsets With a Soundtrack.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703696-3399. â&#x2013;  The 2012 DC Jazz Festival will open with a performance by vocalist Akua Allrich, a D.C. native. 8:30 p.m. $27.50 to $38. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. The Hamilton will host daily concerts through June 10 as part of the DC Jazz Festival; concerts will also take place at venues throughout the city. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Scholars will discuss the work of artist Joan MirĂł at a symposium. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The symposium will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Allen Rokach, senior photographer for Southern Living magazine and director of photography at the New York Botanical Garden, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magical World of Floral Close-ups.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  E.J. Dionne will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, June 2

Saturday june 2 Book sale â&#x2013; The West End Library Friends will hold a used-book sale in preparation for the closing of the current library facility in the fall. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission; all sale items priced at $1. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature juggler Michael Rosman presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazing Feats of Comedy.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Amazing Josini â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a magician, ventriloquist, singer, actor and comedian â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present a dream-themed performance (for children ages 6 through 12). 11:30 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about French-American naturalist and painter John James Audubon and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Amazing Josini will present a dream-themed performance (for children ages 6 through 12). 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Class â&#x2013;  As part of the Washington Early Music Festival, Philip Cave will lead a choral workshop devoted to the fiery passions and broken hearts of the great Italian and English Madrigal composers of the 16th



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Saturday, june 2 â&#x2013; Special event: The 23rd annual Glover Park Day will feature a flea market, a dog obstacle course, a team tug of war contest, food from local restaurants, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and live music by Esther Haynes and Hokum Jazz, The Unforgiven, BoxCartel with Jeff Blakeman and Pat Kehs, the Emily Fullerton Band and Upper Ninth Ward. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW.

and 17th centuries. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $55; $40 for seniors; $25 for ages 24 and younger. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, 2430 K St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013; Pianist and humorist John Eaton will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sounds of Summerâ&#x20AC;? jazz concert to benefit Northwest Neighbors Village. The event will include hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres from area restaurants. 4 to 6 p.m. $35 to $45. Katzen Arts Center, American University,

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-2713511. â&#x2013; The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer concert series will feature Kid Goat. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mills Road and 16th Street NW. 202-997-0783. â&#x2013;  As part of the DC Jazz Festival, Baltimore pianist, singer and composer Matt Wigler will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a recital by students of Lindy Campbell. 6 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Deviant Septet performing modern chamber music. 7 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Washington Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camerata will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys and Dolls: Music for Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus by Women Composers,â&#x20AC;? featuring music by Alice Parker, Gwyneth Walker, Eleanor Daley, Jennifer Higdon and others. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singing Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Songs: A Silver Anniversary Concert,â&#x20AC;? featuring an eclectic mix of folk songs, spirituals, jazz standards, Broadway gems, choral classics and contemporary works. 7:30 p.m. $25. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-399-7993, ext. 182. â&#x2013;  As part of the Washington Early Music Festival, mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead and lutenist Howard Bass will perform works by leading composers from the royal courts of Elizabeth I and James I. 8 p.m. $15 to $20. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, 2430 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington DC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heart Throbs,â&#x20AC;? featuring a showcase of adoring men in music. 8 p.m. $30 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The concert

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eegan Theatre will present On STAGE multiple Tony Award winner “Spring Awakening” June 2 through July 8 at the Church Featuring a cast of six backed by a 23-piece orchestra, the musical Street Theater. revue will celebrate the songwriting With a score that swings from team that created “Cabaret,” folk to rock, the musical follows “Chicago, “Kiss of the Spider the journey of a group of students Woman,” “Zorba” and other hits. in late 19th-century Germany as Signature Theatre’s Eric Schaeffer they move from adolescence into directs. adulthood. Facing both Performance times the devastation and the are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday wonder of sexuality through Sunday and and self-discovery, the 1:30 p.m. Saturday and characters navigate Sunday. Tickets cost through their coming $65 to $125. 202-467of age despite parents 4600; kennedy-center. and authority figures org. intent on withholding ■ Theater J will presinformation and supent the East Coast prepressing thought and miere of David Bar expression. Katz’s “The History of Performance times Heidi Blickenstaff Invulnerability” June 6 are 8 p.m. Thursday stars in “First You through July 8 at the through Saturday and Dream: The Music of Washington DC Jewish 3 p.m. Sunday as well Community Center. Kander and Ebb.” as 8 p.m. Tuesday, The new drama illuJune 5. Tickets cost minates the story of Jerry Siegel, $35 to $40. The theater is located at Superman’s creator, and the imag1742 Church St. NW. 703-892ined struggle between the creative 0202; father and his son. ■ The Kennedy Center will present “First You Dream: The Music of Performance times generally are Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday Kander and Ebb” June 8 through See Theater/Page 24 July 1.


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works on paper and sculptures by the 62-year-old British artist. “John Cage at the Phillips” features three watercolors by the avant-garde composer and Johns collaborator, along with works by his contemporaries. As part of the museum’s “Intersections” series, “One Day, After the Rain,” a monumental drawing by Brazilian artTouchstone Gallery’s “Rail Ways” ist Sandra Cinto, opened on the exhibit features paintings by walls of the Shelley Lowenstein. Phillips cafe. Admission to the Johns exhibit is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for ages 18 and under. Admission to the other exhibits is by donation on week-

Jasper Johns’ “Shrinky Dink 4,” a 2011 intaglio print published by Universal Limited Art Editions, is part of a new exhibit at the Phillips Collection. days and the same as to the Johns exhibit on weekends. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Touchstone Gallery will open two shows today and continue them through July 1. “Rail Ways” presents paintings by Shelley Lowenstein that use train stations as a microcosm for See Exhibits/Page 24

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at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $30, except for pay-what-you-can previews on June 6 and 7. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “Puerto Rico …¡fuá!” June 7 through July 1. A comedic take on the island’s most notorious time in history, Carlos Ferrari’s satirical musical spins tales ranging from the Taíno natives to invasions by the conquistadores and the United States to the ups and downs of contemporary life. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $38. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; ■ Broadway director George C. Wolfe will remount Tony winner “The Normal Heart” at Arena Stage June 8 through July 29. Fueled by love, anger, hope and pride, a circle of friends struggles to contain the mysterious disease ravaging New York’s gay community. Larry Kramer presents an outra-

EXHIBITS From Page 23 people in transition. “Holding Patterns” features multimedia artwork by Susan Feller focused on life’s transitional moments. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and an “Encore Party” will be held June 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. ■ An exhibit opening today at the Art Museum of the Americas will feature artwork from an ongoing exchange program between children in Salvadoran towns and those of Salvadoran origin living in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. It will continue through June 13. An opening reception will take place today at 5 p.m. Located at 201 18th St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202463-0203. ■ “How We See — How We Express,” the 12th annual D.C. Public Schools Citywide Student Visual Arts Exhibition, will open Friday in the Rotunda of American University’s Katzen Arts Center and continue through June 17. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-885-

geous look at sexual politics during the AIDS crisis. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $49 to $94. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ The In Series will present Mozart’s “Idomeneo” June 9 through 17 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The rarely performed opera will be presented with an updated English libretto and lyrics. Choreographer and dancer Heidi Kershaw will bring heightened movement to the story drawn from the Greek classics about a warriorking, his son — an emerging new leader — and the fate of his returning soldiers. Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $21 to $42. The Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202204-7763; ■ The Bolshoi Ballet will close “Coppélia” June 3 at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $29. 202-4674600; 1300. ■ Studio Gallery opened three shows last week and will continue them through June 16. “Tree Fever” features paintings and works on paper by Micheline Klagsbrun inspired by Ovid and Dylan Thomas. “Yvette’s Soiree” is an installation of sketches of people by Yvette Kraft arranged as though at a dinner party. “Scapes and Escapes” features large, colorful, vigorously brushed works by Dupont Circle artist Carol Rubin. A “First Friday” reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and an artists’ reception will be held June 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-2328734. ■ “An Architect’s Dream,” presenting works by Joseph Cornell, Rashid Johnson, Pipilotti Rist and Haim Steinbach, opened last week at Curator’s Office, where it will continue through June 30. Located at 1515 14th St. NW in Suite 201, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. ■ “Unbuilt/Built: The Influence of the Progressive Architecture Awards,” highlighting 25 influential honorees, opened recently at the American Institute of Architects headquarters, where it will continue through Aug. 31. Located at 1735 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-879-7766.

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Every year around mid-May, the fifth-graders go on a full day field trip to Gettysburg, Pa. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point of the American Civil War. We studied the Civil War in the fall. We got to explore the battlefield sites such as Little Round Top, Devil’s Den and the location of Pickett’s charge. When we saw Little Round Top, we discovered a little hill with big rocks and a wonderful view of the rest of the battlefield. We listened to Mr. Kelliher, a Civil War expert and Key parent, tell us about the significance of the site. “I learned that Col. Chamberlin knew what to do when his troops ran out of ammo,” said Mica Gelb, a fifth-grader. Next, we explored Devil’s Den, a battle site with huge rocks. The rocks were a great defense mechanism for the soldiers. Xian Gunther, a fifth-grader, said, “The Confederate soldiers had to think of their strategies, then plan and then charge.” After a picnic lunch on the battlefield, we viewed a film about the Battle of Gettysburg and then looked at the largest painting in all of North America: a cyclorama that gave us a 360-degree view of the battle. We then went into the museum and explored different artifacts, such as tents, weapons and canons. Our trip ended with a yummy dinner in a historic home that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, as well as a historic ghost tour through the town. — Margaret Downing, Meghan Ourand and Maurice Sibaja, fifth-graders

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This year’s state fair was a lot of fun for fourth-graders and for students in the other grades who got to visit it. It all started on a recent Friday morning, when students from the four fourth-grade classes came to school with their suitcases. If that sounds a bit strange, you should know that each suitcase contained items relating to a particular state. For example, some students packed their suitcases with pamphlets and travel brochures from the states they were assigned to study. If the state was Kansas or Indiana, there was probably a corncob inside. A fuzzy white polar bear was in a suitcase representing Alaska, peanuts were in the suitcase for Georgia, and a stuffed crab represented Maryland. Each student

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Northwest students land college Merit Scholarships Two Northwest residents received word last week that they are among more than 2,500 high school seniors nationally to receive college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,000 annually. Sidwell Friends School student Eric C. Anderson received a scholarship from Northwestern University. He is interested in a career in engineering. National Cathedral School student Nora E. Loughlin received a scholarship from the University of Chicago. She is interested in paleontology. Scholarships also went to several Maryland and Virginia residents who attend Northwest schools: Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School’s Emily G. Veillette (Vanderbilt University) and Georgetown Day School’s Jordan F. Cahn (Carleton College), Adam M. Frank (Washington University) and Gregory Ross Sharpe (Carleton College). also made a poster with information such as the state motto, bird, flower and tree. Students in other grades got to visit the state fair, which was held in the gym. As they stopped in front of a particular suitcase, the fourthgrader would present information and answer questions about his or her state. Later, at lunchtime, the fourthgraders joined together to try each other’s state dishes and food. One of the many favorites was whoopie pie from Maine. Everything was yummy. The staff was invited to join the fourth-graders for the feast. “It’s one of my favorite Lafayette traditions,” said secondgrade teacher Ms. Nancy Nickel. The state fair is one tradition that everybody hopes will be around a long time. — Sam Angevine and Catherine Hammes, fourth-graders

St. Albans School

On May 10, instead of waking up to go to school, I went to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. I was travelling to Orlando, Fla., to go to the annual National MathCounts Competition at Disney World, held from May 10 through 13. Accompanied by two seventhgrade boys from Sidwell Friends School and one seventh-grade boy from Georgetown Day School, I arrived at the Swan and Dolphin at 11 a.m. After we had hung out around the lobby for an hour or so, we checked into our rooms. Then we had an orientation and spent a few hours practicing math problems. The next day we enjoyed a buffet breakfast and then went to the competition room to begin the test. Three hours later, we emerged from the ballroom, tired and ready to relax at the Epcot Center. Raytheon was the main sponsor this year, and it had rented out the Sum of All Thrills ride for a celebration. The next morning we woke up and headed to the main Disney parks to enjoy the rest of our stay in Orlando. After riding the famous Space Mountain and Everest Expedition two times each, as well as multiple other rides, we decided to return to our hotel room to change for the official awards ceremony banquet that was being held

in the ballroom where we had been earlier that day. We woke up the next morning and headed back to Washington, D.C., where we said our goodbyes. — Sam Akhavan, Form II (eighth-grader)

Shepherd Elementary

Mr. King’s third-grade class went outside to the school garden with our science journal and drew pictures of what we saw and wrote sentences. As we drew and wrote, we harvested food and herbs from the garden: red onions, sweet peas, snow peas, chives, bok choi, basil, rosemary and parsley. (There are some carrots, lettuce and cabbages that are about to sprout.) After we harvested the food, Mr. King took it home and made potato salad with fresh snow and sweet peas. We ate it in our classroom the very next day. The day that we ate our homegrown potato salad was also “Strawberries and Salad Greens Day” at the school. This Friday, June 1, is the day of the big BWL Band show (BWL stands for Black, White, Latino). The show starts at 6:45 p.m. in the school auditorium, and it’s free. The recorder club and the violins will play together. The guitar players will also play a couple of songs, and we’ll have clarinet players, too. No one knows about the clarinet, but now you do! After that comes the BWL Band. Along with the band, there are singers and dancers. It’s a lot of fun. — Cyntia Pattison, third-grader

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Welcome to physical education for the Sheridan first grade. Fitness is a main goal of the President’s Challenge. It is a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Right now we are participating in the President’s Challenge. Some of the challenges include sit-ups, the mile run, pushups, pull-ups and dynamic and static stretching. We also learn about healthy eating. It is important to eat a balanced meal. We need to eat fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains. You should try to eat as many different colors as you can. — First-graders

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■ The Jack String Quartet will perform work by Roger Reynolds and other composers from the University of California. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Mark Turner Quartet will perform. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993.

Discussions and lectures ■ Lindsey Hilsum will discuss her book “Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The Chevy Chase Book Club will discuss Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prizewinning novel “The Blind Assassin.” 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

Demonstration ■ Marisa McClellan will demonstrate how to turn berries into jam and sign copies of her newly released book, “Food in Jars.” 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market, 20th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-362-8889. Discussions and lectures ■ Jonathan Bober of the National Gallery of Art will discuss “Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione: Genius in Context.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Samuel L. Popkin will discuss his book “The Candidate: What It Takes to Win — and Hold — the White House.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Czech animator Jan Svankjmajer’s 1994 film “Faust.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Cineforum Italiano will present Francesco Bruni’s 2011 film “Scialla! (Take It Easy),” about an unlikely coexistence between a father and his newly discovered teenage son. 4 p.m. $15. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. calendar. Reading ■ The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature Susan Oakie and Ehud Sela. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113. Tour ■ The Greater Brookland Garden Club will hold its 12th annual House and Garden Tour, which will highlight Victorian homes. Noon to 5 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the tour. Various locations. Monday, June 4

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Concerts ■ As part of the DC Jazz Festival, Baltimore bassist Kris Funn will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The DC Jazz Festival will feature clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera and an all-star lineup performing jazz interpretations of classical works. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.

Films ■ The EuroAsiaShorts film festival will offer a look at how cultures in Asia, Europe and the United States tackle multiculturalism and diversity. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. The festival will continue through Friday with screenings at various venues. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Doron Eran’s 2011 film “Melting Away,” about a family drawn into crisis after parents kick their son out of the house after learning that he has been secretly wearing women’s clothes. 7 p.m. $10 to $11. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tuesday, June 5

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Benefit ■ Archbishop Carroll High School will hold its 20th annual Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony. 6 to 9 p.m. $100. Terrace Cafe, Kennedy Center. Concerts ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Vivaldi Project performing Baroque works for violin and cello. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ As part of the DC Jazz Festival, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Telemann, Bach and Mozart. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ The New Dominion Chorale will host a singalong of Fauré’s “Requiem” and “Cantique de Jean Racine,” conducted by J. Reilly Lewis, music director of the Cathedral Choral Society and the Washington Bach Consort. 7:30 p.m. $10. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. 703-442-9404. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Commodores ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ The U.S. Air Force Strings will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Discussions and lectures ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s June speaker series will feature “An Insider’s Look at the Newseum” by Susan Bennett, senior vice president at the museum. 10 to 11:50 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-4860. ■ Experts from Iona Senior Services will discuss “What Next? Deciding Whether

Tuesday, june 5 ■ Discussion: U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will discuss his book “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. to Stay or Move.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Grand Oaks Assisted Living, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-349-3400. ■ Collectors Barbara and Ted Alfond will discuss their wide-ranging art collection and how they have integrated it into their 17th-century home. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Jeremy Bernard, social secretary for President Barack Obama, will join five of his predecessors to discuss “White House Social Secretaries: They Serve at the Pleasure of the President and First Lady.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $45. Decatur House, 1610 H St. NW. 202-633-3030. Films ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will present Annabel Park and Eric Byler’s film “9500 Liberty,” about Prince William County’s adoption and repeal of a controversial immigration law. Noon. $15. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The D.C. Public Library’s popular movie series will show Daniel Espinosa’s 2012 film “Safe House,” starring Denzel Washington. 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performances ■ Members of Story League will share true, first-person stories based on the theme of “Broken Toys: How We Became Damaged Goods.” 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 16. ■ The Alliance for New Music-Theatre will present scenes from “Sandaya: Burmese Lessons.” 7:30 p.m. $10. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 6

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feature Metropolitan Opera trombonist Weston Sprott and organist Michael Lodico presenting “Posaune & Pipes.” 12:10 p.m. Free. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202767-5658. ■ As part of the DC Jazz Festival, the Brazilian band Origem will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocalist Lena Seikaly and the Rodney Richardson Trio will perform jazz selections. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Reeves, Thomas, Gershwin, Lauridsen, Anderson and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. Discussions and lectures ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by Andrea Worden, former general counsel and senior adviser at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, on “Human Rights in China From Tiananmen to the Arab Spring: Trends and Prospects.” 10 to 11:50 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-4860. ■ Gordon S. Brown will discuss his book “The Captain Who Burned His Ships.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ Metropolitan Police Department Officer Rhonda Hardy will discuss safety issues for seniors. 2 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ Robert DeCaroli, associate professor of art history at George Mason University, will discuss “Exploring Angkor Wat: The Art and History of a Khmer God-King.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ As part of the Tenley Friends Local Author Series, Carolyn Morrow Long, author of “Madame Lalaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House,” will discuss the story of a New Orleans slave owner. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Justin Halpern will discuss his book “I Suck at Girls.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877435-9849. Film ■ The Washington DC Film Society will present “Coming Attractions Trailer Night,” featuring previews of summer releases. 7 to 9 p.m. $8. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, E Street between 10th and 11th streets NW. Performances ■ The Faction of Fools Theatre Company will perform. Noon. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ New York comedians Carolyn Castiglia and William Mullin will headline “Gaylarious,” a monthly comedy showcase produced by Chris Doucette and Zach Toczynski. 8 p.m. $15. Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW.

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