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Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh tried unsuccessfully yesterday to bring the eastern section of Woodley Park back into Ward 3. Her proposal failed, 9-4, as part of the council’s initial action on a redistricting scheme that reflects population changes recorded by the 2010 Census. Cheh said it makes political and practical sense to reunite the few blocks east of Connecticut Avenue, split off to Ward 1 during the 1981 redistricting and now home to 1,735 residents, with the rest of Woodley Park. She proposed moving the boundary east to the border of Rock Creek Park. Ward lines, Cheh said, should respect both natural geography and “neighborhood cohesiveness.” The awkward split of Woodley Park, she added, has caused confusion, with residents receiving incorrect information from the Board of Elections and Ethics, and having to put in extra effort to get the visitor parking passes that are mailed automatically to their neighbors in Ward 3. But other members argued that the shift Cheh advocated would See Wards/Page 5

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A maintenance backlog on aging ambulances and firetrucks has sidelined much of the District’s emergency vehicle fleet, leading to the risk of slower response times, according to the local firefighter’s union. D.C. officials, however, said the problem wouldn’t delay response to the most critical emergencies.

West End hotel project wins zoning extension By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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David Zahirpour, owner of Oriental Rugs in Friendship Heights, demonstrated the art of Persian rug repair during the Textile Museum’s annual Celebration of Textiles over the weekend.

Court ruling nixes challenge to guesthouse commission, had argued that ownCurrent Staff Writer ers of the American Guest House at 2005 Columbia Road knew about the eight-room limit when they The D.C. Court of Appeals, in spent more than $1 million buying an unusually quick ruling, has and renovating the historic row thrown out an appeal against an house, which had been used as a upscale guest house on Columbia rooming house for decades. Road that offers 12 rooms — not A May 10 court hearing focused the eight rooms authorized by the on a series of errors and inconsiscity’s zoning administrator. Matt Petros/Current File Photo tent actions by the D.C. The difference, Judge Frank Department of Consumer and Nebeker wrote for the court last Neighbors had argued that the Regulatory Affairs. At several week, “is minor relative to the owners knew of the eight-room points, the agency told owners vibrant and active community” that limit before renovating. Lucia and Claudio Rosan of the surrounds it. The nearby Oakland Condominium association, eight-guest room limit, yet it issued building and other See Ruling/Page 10 backed by the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood By ELIZABETH WIENER

NEWS ■ DMV seeks possible new site for M Street branch. Page 3. ■ Council chairman appoints new auditor. Page 3.

DC Fire Fighters Association president Ed Smith said in an interview that the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department no longer has a “reserve fleet” of spare vehicles it can quickly bring into service when a regular vehicle needs repair. When a spare vehicle is available, Smith said, emergency workers need only about three hours to transfer portable gear from a disabled truck to make it ready for service. But without reserves, he said, vehicles must be shuffled among See Vehicles/Page 5

EVENTS ■ Kennedy Center hosts show about Nat ‘King’ Cole. Page 24. ■ Kandinsky exhibit featues iconic painting. Page 25.

The owner of a West End hotel has two more years to complete a planned expansion after the Zoning Commission extended — for the second time — its original 2007 approval. Carey Value Added, a Spainbased company that owns the Renaissance Hotel at 1143 New Hampshire Ave., has faced financial problems during the recession both at that location and its others around the world. The setbacks have prevented the company from being able to add two planned additional floors at the D.C. hotel, according to a company representative. The Renaissance completed a $28 million renovation of its existing 355 rooms four years ago, but once the recession hit Carey was unable to line up financing to continue the work. The zoning extension would give the company more time to complete the expansion approved during its planned-unit development process, which allowed developers greater density at the site in exchange for a prom-

PA S S A G E S ■ Artists create ‘free school’ for knowledge exchange. Page 13. ■ Petworth singer followed varied path to music. Page 13 .

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Developers had agreed to give funds to the West End library. ised $462,000 for the West End Neighborhood Library. At last month’s Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission meeting, some residents said they feared the delays would be perpetual and the library would never see the money. They also said residents of new buildings that have gone up nearby during the hotel’s delay deserve a chance to weigh in on the proposed expansion. “Certainly the West End is one of the places where there are only a couple of square feet of it that aren’t under development,” resident Gary Griffith said at the May 18 neighSee Hotel/Page 10

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Council chairman names new D.C. auditor By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has named a replacement for longtime D.C. auditor Deborah Nichols. Yolanda Branche, formerly a senior analyst in the Office of the D.C. Auditor, became acting auditor on June 1, according to a news release from Brown’s office. A confirmation hearing for Branche is not yet scheduled but should take place sometime this month, according to Brown’s chief of staff. Before coming to the auditor’s office in 2008, Branche owned a greeting-card company and acted as executive director of Mayor Anthony Williams’ public library task force, according to her resume. Among other positions, she also worked as chief of staff of the D.C. financial control board between 1996 and 2000. Branche earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tufts University and a law degree from George Washington University. The city auditor is responsible for conducting a

thorough yearly audit of the accounts and operations of the D.C. government, as well as assisting the council with budget oversight. It also scrutinizes advisory neighborhood commission finances. The former auditor, Nichols, was first appointed to the position in 1999 and then reappointed in 2004. According to a council committee report, Nichols had worked in the auditor’s office for more than 20 years before taking the head position. Nichols was not reappointed this year because she “decided to retire,” said Chairman Brown’s chief of staff, Karen Sibert. Nichols did not respond to a request for comment. D.C. government watchdog Dorothy Brizill recently sparked some concern about the new appointment through a post on her DC Watch website that made its way to advisory neighborhood commissions across the city. Brizill said she had discovered that Branche did not live in the District and, although admitted to the D.C. Bar, was not authorized to practice law here. Albrette “Gigi” Ransom, a neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5 who forwarded Brizill’s post to a See Auditor/Page 10

District prepares for possible closure of Georgetown DMV By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The District has begun to search for a possible replacement site for its Georgetown branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles in case renovations to the Shops at Georgetown Park force the city to leave the mall, according to an official in the D.C. Department of Real Estate Services. The official, who asked not to be identified because only the agency director is authorized to speak to reporters, emphasized that the city has no immediate plans to leave its location at 3222 M St., but noted that either the mall owner or the District may break the lease with a 90-day notice. Some tenants at the mall have already been told their leases are ending, and because it would take the District longer than 90 days to 2 5




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select and refurbish a new site, the real estate department decided to select a location in advance just in case, the official said. The lease runs through 2014. “This is not a guarantee that we’re definitely leaving 3222 M St.,” the official said. Wendi Kopsick, a spokesperson for mall owner Vornado Realty Trust, said the firm doesn’t comment on “tenant-related matters.” According to the District’s “Solicitation for Offers” document, officials are looking for 6,000 to 7,000 square feet of space — preferably a first-floor retail spot that opens to the street — somewhere in Northeast or Northwest within 1,500 feet of a Metrorail station. The Georgetown location is within a shopping mall and accessible primarily by car or by bus. The District is seeking offers by June 23 and will make a selection within 30 days of that date.




The week ahead Thursday, June 9 The American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital will host a D.C. statehood event featuring a concert by go-go artist Chuck Brown and a panel discussion with George Mason University professor Toni-Michelle Travis, DC Fiscal Policy Institute executive director Ed Lazere and George Washington University professor Garry Young. The event will be held from noon to 8:30 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. For details, visit ■ The Metropolitan Police Department will hold a community meeting for the 3rd District on plans to realign police service area boundaries. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the 3rd District Police Headquarters, 1620 V St. NW.

Monday, June 13 The D.C. Office of Zoning will hold a community meeting for Ward 1 residents on “Zoning 101: Zoning Basics.” The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. To RSVP, contact Sara Bardin at 202-727-5372 or

Tuesday, June 14 The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will meet at 7:15 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Speakers will include Alice Rivlin on the fiscal implications of budget autonomy for the District, at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson on the redistricting process, and Ed Lazere and Ed Cowan on the D.C. budget.





District Digest Broad Branch Road to reopen temporarily A temporary bridge across a collapsed section of Broad Branch Road should be open by the middle of this month, restoring a popular connection across Rock Creek Park, according to news release from the D.C. Department of Transportation. Officials said last month that they needed to test the agency’s temporary one-lane bridge before it

could go into use; last week’s news release said workers have begun installing it. Broad Branch Road was closed over Soapstone Creek in April after a culvert collapsed, caving in the ground beneath the roadway. Officials initially feared the road would remain blocked off between Brandywine Street and Ridge Road while they waited on building permits for a permanent repair. According to the release, the temporary bridge will likely be in

place through late July. At that point, the road would close again for the 30-day construction process of rebuilding a two-lane stretch of road, the release said.

Pay-by-phone parking service to expand Drivers who now pay for parking by phone in several areas of the city, including Dupont Circle, will need a month’s worth of quarters until the service returns.

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A pilot pay-by-phone program with the Verrus Mobile Technologies Inc. service ended last week and won’t be replaced until July, according to a release from the D.C. Department of Transportation. Verrus, one of two pay-byphone service providers in the District, served motorists parking in the Dupont Circle area; on sections of I Street, K Street and New York Avenue NW; and around Union Station, according to the release. Through the program, drivers could register to feed their meters electronically by phone. A competing service from Parkmobile — which had been piloted in Foggy Bottom and around Georgetown Hospital and Nationals Park — will now spread citywide, the release says. The system aims to allow drivers to pay for parking by phone at all of the approximately 17,000 on-street metered spaces in the District.

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He also wants “housing where affordable and luxurious can coexist in the same housing complexes and where city employees ... do not have to move to Southern Maryland and Virginia to find safe, affordable housing.� He cited John McCarthy’s Home Run Baseball Camp — whose programs have drawn more than 20,000 children from across the city — as a contributor to the “one city� goal. After practice, players go to George Washington University for snacks and tutorials before heading home. “He is bringing kids from the poorest areas of the city into one of the wealthiest ... to have fun and learn new skills,� Gray said of McCarthy’s programs, many of which are held at Ward 3’s Friendship Recreation Center. George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership hosted the event along with the DC Neighborhood College One City Community Leadership Forum, which seeks to engage the community on the mayor’s “one city� theme.

King urges residents to assist area youth Washington Post columnist Colbert King told members of the Rotary Club of Washington last Wednesday that troubled families “are the soft underbelly� of the District, and that city leaders “are not ready to speak frankly about the problem.� As a result of fathers who have abandoned their families and teenage mothers who are not prepared for the task of motherhood, too many of the District’s children “are rootless and have no anchors,� King said. That has brought high levels of juvenile crime. “Kids go out with the intention of killing someone,� he said. Jobs programs aren’t going to provide simple fixes, King said, suggesting that the government needs to look at a range of issues. Many children struggle with “how do they get home safely. We don’t understand that as a city.� Meanwhile, “no individual in the city government is tasked with dealing with the teen pregnancy problem,� King said. “Schools know nothing about the problems facing their students at home.� The solution, he suggested, is for volunteers to supplement parents on a weekly basis. The race of the volunteers is not important, King said. “Kids will respond. If you are willing to stay with it, you will succeed.� He urged Mayor Vincent Gray to call for more volunteers to help. Street Address

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VEHICLES From Page 1 fire stations until a broken “frontline� vehicle can be replaced or repaired — a far more lengthy process, and potentially dangerous if the department sees its typical high number of heat-related emergencies this summer. “Everything we do, seconds count,� Smith said. “You’re always fighting against time on our job.� Kenneth Jackson, an assistant chief in the

WARDS From Page 1 increase the population disparity between wards. “Ward 3 already has the largest population — 77,000 — and this would bump it up as high as it could go,� said Muriel Bowser of Ward 4. Redistricting is intended to equalize population in all eight wards, with only a 5 percent disparity allowed. At-large member Phil Mendelson said neighborhoods that straddle ward lines enjoy the advantage of having two council members looking out for their needs. Ward 1 member Jim Graham, who has represented the eastern sliver of Woodley Park for his entire tenure on the council, said simply, “I spend a lot of time in Woodley Park, LeDroit Park and every place in between.� Woodley Park activists have been arguing for the shift for years, most vocally at redistricting time. But the 1981 change was less controversial than the shift of eastern Chevy Chase to Ward 4 in 2001, and the controversy appears to have worn down as residents grew accustomed to their new representation. The once-a-decade exercise to equalize population in each of the city’s eight wards is always contentious, even though the boundary changes don’t have much impact on neighborhood ties, schools or housing prices — the shifts mainly affect which council member represents which residents. This time around, there were no boundary changes proposed for the

department, could not provide numbers of sidelined vehicles, but he said the problem is mostly limited to ambulance transport units that take a sick or injured person to a hospital. “We have had occasions when the reserve fleet has been diminished because of the mechanical problems in our frontline [vehicles]. That is an issue that we’re dealing with,� Jackson said. “But at no time has it compromised the care we have provided to any patient.� Jackson said there have been no delays in first-responder service, which includes per-

western and northern reaches of the city. But Ward 2 downtown gained significant population, and thus had to shed territory, while Ward 7 lost people and had to be enlarged. Ward 6, located in the middle, had to shift eastward to make that work. An initial plan drafted by a subcommittee headed by Ward 2 member Jack Evans and at-large members Michael Brown and Mendelson made some waves. Their proposal to transfer the Ward 6 neighborhoods of Hill East and Rosedale into Ward 7 upset residents of those tight-knit communities east of Capitol Hill. And some Ward 2 denizens claimed Evans was giving up the poorest neighborhoods, like Shaw, to Ward 6, while keeping valuable sites like the convention center. A revised plan keeps Hill East and Rosedale in Ward 6, quelling the loudest controversy. Instead, it moves only the old D.C. General Hospital and D.C. Jail properties, known as Reservation 13, into Ward 7. A small section of Shaw, bounded roughly by M Street on the north, New Jersey Avenue on the east, New York Avenue on the south, and parts of 11th, 9th and 7th Streets on the west, will move into Ward 6. Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry was vocally upset about the total package, arguing that his proposal to extend his ward west of the Anacostia River wasn’t fairly considered. He said the shift would have given his ward, the city’s poorest, more political power. Only Barry voted no on the overall plan. A second and final vote must be taken by July.



sonnel who can provide emergency medical care and assess how quickly someone needs to get to a hospital. “It does not create a situation where we get a 911 call and no one reports to that scene,� he said. But he said a reduced number of ambulances means that noncritical patients might wait slightly longer. At an April 8 hearing on the agency’s budget before the D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, department Chief Kenneth Ellerbe testified that a shortage of mechanics and a cap on their overtime was

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from May 28 through June 4 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.



Robbery (carjacking) â&#x2013; 44th and Q streets; street; 5:10 p.m. June 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4700 block, Reservoir Road; residence; 9:30 a.m. June 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 10 a.m. June 1. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Klingle St.; street; 3:30 p.m. June 1.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1400 block, 36th St.; sidewalk; 10:27 p.m. June 1. Burglary â&#x2013;  2800 block, Dumbarton St.; residence; 10 a.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; residence; 9 a.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 35th St.; residence; 9:30 p.m. June 1. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; 3:13 a.m. June 3. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3000 block, K St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. May 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, N St.; residence; 10 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:15 p.m. June 1. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 11:10 a.m. June 2. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 6:30 p.m. June 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 1:40 p.m. May 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th and R streets; street; 10:30 p.m. May 31.

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2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 10:55 p.m. June 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 2400 block, M St.; residence; 1:30 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  25th and N streets; government building; 1 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  25th and N streets; park area; 5:30 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  25th and M streets; park area; 6:30 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  2200 block, G St.; university; 4:10 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. June 1. â&#x2013;  19th and G streets; sidewalk; 9 a.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  2000 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 8:40 a.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, H St.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. June 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 26th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013; 



Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1800 block, S St.; sidewalk; 1:45 a.m. May 31. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  18th and M streets; sidewalk; 2:05 a.m. June 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 1 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; residence; 2:30 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; residence; 9:10 a.m. June 3. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; street; 1 p.m. May 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 21st St.; store; 11:30 a.m. June 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  22nd and P streets; sidewalk; 1 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  2000 block, R St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:45 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Q St.; restaurant; 4:30 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  2100 block, O St.; store; 8:45 a.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 11:40 a.m.

May 31. 1600 block, P St.; office building; 12:15 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013; 1100 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 6 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 12:50 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Hopkins St.; street; 2 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, L St.; sidewalk; 3:31 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; drugstore; 8:51 p.m. June 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 17th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 8:30 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  2100 block, L St.; street; 8:30 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; street; 11 p.m. May 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  21st and O streets; street; 8:30 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 11:50 a.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Corcoran St.; alley; 12:30 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  Corcoran Street and New Hampshire Avenue; street; 8:30 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; street; 4:40 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; parking lot; 5:40 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  17th and O streets; street; 9:30 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 17th St.; parking lot; 12:45 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, S St.; street; 6 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 23rd St.; street; 6:15 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013; 

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â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2300 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 3:05 a.m. June 4. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 12:15 p.m. May 30. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; residence; 8:45 p.m. May 29. Theft (below $250)

2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1 a.m. May 28. â&#x2013; 2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 11:30 a.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; grocery store; 11:30 p.m. June 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; alley; 11 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Ontario Road; street; 1 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; alley; 7 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013; 

PSA 307

PSA 307 â&#x2013; LOGAN CIRCLE Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1300 block, S St.; residence; 10 p.m. June 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; liquor store; 2:20 a.m. May 31. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; street; 1:30 a.m. May 31. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; residence; 10:30 p.m. May 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; sidewalk; 2 a.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; noon June 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  11th and N streets; street; 7 p.m. June 1. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; parking lot; 7 a.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 10th St.; street; 9 a.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 10th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  900 block, L St.; street; 8 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 11th St.; street; 1 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 11:45 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 12th St.; street; 1 p.m. June 4.

PSA 401 â&#x2013; COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401


Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 6900 block, 4th St.; sidewalk; 4:10 p.m. May 30. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  7400 block, Georgia Ave.; liquor store; 2 p.m. May 30.




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Minimize the impact District residents have raised a number of legitimate objections to the D.C. Council’s plan to tax the income they earn from out-of-state municipal bonds. In particular, critics are right to lambaste the council for a lack of transparency, since it offered no real public notice that eliminating the longstanding tax exemption would be part of the council’s budget-balancing plan. D.C. officials have considered the idea before — adopting it and then discarding it several times after public outcries — but that is no substitute for a public hearing and wide consultation on the current plan. Critics also note that the District, given its size and government structure, cannot offer the array of investment bonds that residents of other states can use to minimize the risk in their investment portfolios. All 50 states tax out-of-state municipal bonds, but because the District’s bonds lack diversity, the city shouldn’t levy the same tax, they say. While we see the provision as preferable to the mayor’s originally proposed hike in income taxes for residents earning more than $200,000 a year, as we wrote on this page last week, we hope the council can identify funds to restore the bond exemption. At the very least, the council needs to make substantive changes to reduce the impact on retirees and others who earn income from municipal bonds they already hold. As we understand it, the language now in the 2012 budget means D.C. residents would have to pay taxes on interest earned throughout 2011. This is simply unfair. If funds are not available to avoid the tax altogether, the council should apply the provision only to bonds purchased after June 14, the date of the council’s final budget vote. As a last resort, the council should at least identify enough dollars to avoid any impact on interest earned in the first six months of 2011.

Understandable concern Many neighbors are excited about the health club soon to open at 1612 U St. Vida has taken over the space from Results Gym, and it promises a number of high-end amenities in the upgraded space. But one of those features — the rooftop pool’s bar — has the community less than charmed. Owner David von Storch has applied for a tavern-class liquor license for the rooftop space, and he has requested the maximum hours possible: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Mr. von Storch says those will not be the pool’s regular hours; he applied for the maximum to allow flexibility for occasional special events. But the request still has neighbors alarmed — and understandably so. While many of the pool’s immediate neighbors are commercial, there are a number of apartment buildings and houses just to the south, where residents would clearly be disturbed by latenight pool parties. All involved seem interested in drawing up a voluntary agreement to govern operation and assuage worries, and we hope that’s possible. We’re concerned, though, that Mr. von Storch’s interest in flexibility will continue to clash with the residential community’s aim to sleep at night. And on that point, we have to side with the neighbors: The pool parties should end at a reasonable hour. We also hope Mr. von Storch will continue to keep on top of his contractors, who neighbors say have at times commenced work earlier in the morning than is legally allowed and on Sunday, when work is not permitted at the site. The owner apologized for those errors and acted quickly to halt them. With that in mind, neighbors should have no reason to worry about future transgressions. If all issues can be resolved, Vida will indeed be an excellent addition to an already-vibrant community.

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f a city could hang its head in shame, then for the District of Columbia, this might be a moment to do so. The surreal Sulaimon Brown hearing on Monday — its insults, revelations, derisive laughter, anger and foolishness — served to truly embarrass our city without shedding much light on whether Brown’s allegations are true. But there’s enough “there” there that we hope the U.S. Attorney’s Office will get to the bottom of it. Whatever Sulaimon Brown was or wasn’t paid to attack former Mayor Adrian Fenty during the campaign, he did get a $110,000-a-year job and extraordinary attention from the Vincent Gray campaign. As Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser said, citizens know something happened; they just don’t yet know what. Meanwhile, on a different stage Monday, Ward 5 Council member Harry “Tommy” Thomas was trying to stand firmly on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building, where he was declaring his innocence. But the political, and possibly legal, ground under him is giving way fast. D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan has issued a scathing report on Thomas. Nathan says the city will go to court to sue Thomas to collect “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in government monies that Thomas allegedly misspent “for his personal and political benefit.” The soft-spoken attorney general also said the case was being referred to the U.S. attorney for possible criminal prosecution. In his amazingly detailed statement, the city’s chief law enforcement officer laid out how Thomas allegedly diverted for his own use money intended for children and sports teams — the “kids” Thomas loves to talk about. The diversion included paying nearly $60,000 for an Audi Q7 Quattro Premium SUV. Nathan says Thomas was “unjustly enriched.” In an hour-long, closed-door meeting Tuesday, nervous and irritated council members made it clear to Thomas that if he doesn’t voluntarily step aside temporarily from his powerful post atop the Committee on Economic Development, the council itself would vote to remove him. At press time, Council Chairman Kwame Brown was promising a decision on Wednesday. Fred Cooke Jr., Thomas’ attorney, said it could be well into next year before the allegations are resolved. Thomas is saying he’s done nothing illegal. If even a fraction of the allegations are true, Thomas should consider his next move carefully. And as if that weren’t enough! Monday’s events followed a major editorial in Sunday’s Washington Post. Headlined “Michael Brown, gambling man,” it laid out a case against atlarge Council member Michael Brown. The editorial said that at the same time Brown was swiftly moving online gambling legislation through the council — without any public hearings

— he also received more than $200,000 in 2010 earnings from his employer Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, a law firm active in gambling issues. The Post editorial page calls for “the appropriate officials” to investigate this gambling issue, and presumably that would include, again, the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ultimately, D.C. enacted legislation to allow “intranet” gambling from any computer located in the District. The D.C. Lottery already is busy setting up “hot spots” where you’ll be able to take your computer, register and gamble. The city, Brown has said, stands to make millions from this new gambling income. But civic activists like Marie Drissel say the city is heading for a heap of corruption trouble with its gambling gambit. Taken all together — and there are actually more questions about other council members’ finances — the city is sliding fast into the state of derision and distrust that characterized the 1980s and early 1990s. More than a decade of work to revive the city’s reputation, begun by former Mayor Tony Williams and D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp, now appears in jeopardy. The stain is growing. A pall of scandal now hangs over the city government. Who will fix it? How? And when? The citizens await answers. ■ Policing the police. We had prepared a full column this week about the ugly incidents involving area police in recent days, but we’re going to come back to it next week. More than just civil libertarians are alarmed by apparent incidents of police overreaction. There were the Metro officers who manhandled a man in a wheelchair as they tried to arrest him, lifting him up and throwing him to the ground, where he lay bleeding. Disorderly charges against him were dropped. He’s consulting lawyers. There’s the case of the Maryland Transit Agency officers in Baltimore who detained a man who was openly taking video of trains that he likes. No charges were filed, and the agency admitted that no crime occurred. We’re still free to photograph and videotape public spaces, thank goodness. Finally, we were on hand Saturday at the Jefferson Memorial when dozens of people showed up to dance. Hundreds cheered them on. It was all in reaction to the rough handling by U.S. Park Police officers of five people who were arrested a week earlier for dancing there. Whether you found the dancing disgusting and disrespectful or a harmless lark, it’s the police action that should be the focus. But we’ll be getting back into that next week. Our head is hanging too low for the city right now, with the odor of scandal heavy in the air. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City should examine prostitution penalty My thanks to The Current for publishing Dennis Sobin’s perceptive letter about what he calls “morality law enforcement” [“Police should avoid morality enforcement,” May 25]. His comments were thoughtprovoking and valuable. Police priorities should be carefully examined. Decriminalizing consenting-

adult prostitution activities would leave the police with more time and manpower to go after those who hire underage girls and boys. Mr. Sobin put it so well: “If there’s no force or fraud, let’s take America as a free society seriously, and leave people alone.” Bob Jones Glover Park

Stranger’s kindness helps on Wisconsin I write to The Current as so many people I know read it. I hope the kind soul who found my

hubcap and placed it on the sidewalk on the afternoon of May 31 will know how grateful I am! We have a new Fiat 500, and as I drove south on Wisconsin Avenue, a driver in a passing car told me my hubcap had fallen off at the previous intersection. Lo and behold, it was there, out of the traffic and the gutter, leaning against a light pole at the corner of Warren Street. I hope that the kind stranger who rescued this hubcap knows that I think he or she is halfway to heaven! Pie Friendly Washington, D.C.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Council, paper wrong on bond-tax proposal Your June 1 editorial [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taxing decisionsâ&#x20AC;?] was dead wrong in its arguments and did not reflect well on the paper. It failed to present a true picture of what is at stake in the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed tax on income from non-D.C. state and municipal bonds. It failed to acknowledge that the council proposal lacks the transparency we were assured would be the hallmark of Kwame Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairmanship. It failed to acknowledge the reason the tax exemption was granted originally to D.C. residents was that the District offers investors little in the way of municipal bonds. And it failed to highlight that the 50 states and their local governments have an array of investment-grade bond offerings that offer diversification and are very attractive to District residents. Moreover, the present tax exemption permits District retirees to stretch their spending power by a few more dollars, and that benefits the D.C. economy. The Current should encourage residents of the District to write to all council members and ask them to oppose this new tax, which the council tentatively approved without hearings and with inadequate deliberation and information. A second council vote is scheduled for June 14. Harry Gates The Palisades

Many D.C. retirees depend on bonds Taxing retiree income from nonD.C. municipal bonds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an idea supported by The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 1 editorial â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taxing decisionsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a tired old proposal that has been offered repeatedly and always rejected. Such a tax was briefly imposed in the mid-1980s in a middle-of-the-night deal, only to be repealed after a public outcry. Ward 3 Council member Kathy Patterson killed it another time. Here we go again. This proposal is effectively targeted at retirees living on fixed incomes, rather than younger workers with salary income. Fixed income is fixed precisely because seniors spent decades planning how they could generate sufficient income to support their retirement without relying on salary income. Perhaps D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and council members want and expect that retirees will now go back to work. If the purpose is to compel retirees to buy D.C. bonds, it cre-

ates a dilemma because there are not many to buy. On May 26, there was zero market trading of D.C. general obligation bonds. If retirees can buy only D.C. bonds, they have no practical way to diversify their portfolios to minimize risk, which is a crucial priority in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncertain financial markets. D.C. stadium bonds seem to be vulnerable to going into default. Also, if this new tax is imposed, retirees have no way to shop around for bond yields, another crucial priority now that interest rates are so low. The idea that this new tax will raise revenue is a bit silly. Apparently the council believes that retirees will sit idly by and pay the tax rather than adjust. They must think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stupid. And when we adjust, poof, the expected revenue evaporates. If D.C. retirees are suddenly forced to reconfigure their retirement investments, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to pay substantial commissions and incur major losses. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no phase-in period; the new law is like a cliff. If retirees all rush to buy the limited number of D.C. bonds, the market will see windfall winners and windfall losers. The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support for a grandfather clause for current bonds held by retirees is the bareminimum modification of this retroactive tax increase that we should demand. The Medicare and Social Security reforms being bandied about apply to future retirees, not those who have retired in reliance on the current system. Even with a grandfather clause, if this tax becomes law, Brown and his colleagues will be telling D.C. retirees to move to Florida, which has no individual income tax. Chuck Ludlam Cleveland Park

Residents might well move over bond tax The D.C. Council must reconsider its proposal to tax non-D.C. municipal bonds. A major incentive for my remaining in D.C. has been the tax exemption residents receive on D.C. and non-D.C. municipal bonds they own. If the council abolishes the tax exemption on non-D.C. municipal bonds, there is no longer any incentive for residents who own these bonds to continue living in the District. In this austere time that seems to have no end, the council must look for other solutions to balance its budget. I suggest the council examine the budget more closely and eliminate non-essential spending, pet projects, overlapping of services, et cetera. Also, it should vigorously


collect unpaid overdue taxes. Everyone is adversely affected by the economic downturn, and we need relief now by our federal and D.C. governments. Patricia Senchur Cathedral Heights

Evidence refutes â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;overtaxingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; myth I write in response to recent articles, editorials and letters to the editor on D.C. taxes. The Tax Foundation effectively refutes the myths promoted by antitax D.C. Council members, such as Jack Evans, Mary Cheh, Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Chairman Kwame Brown. The Tax Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptionally detailed data on property taxes and on state and local income taxes contradict the Republican myths about D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s income taxes being â&#x20AC;&#x153;among the highest in the nationâ&#x20AC;? or even â&#x20AC;&#x153;the highest in the region.â&#x20AC;? The total tax burden is what concerns the chief financial officer and D.C. Council when they are preparing annual budgets. The total tax burden on high-income earners is what my earlier letter to the editor was about. The Tax Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website ( includes a report on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Facts on the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tax Climate.â&#x20AC;? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the group says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 state and local tax burden of 9.6% of income is below the national average of 9.8%. D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax burden has decreased overall from 11.5% (7th nationally) in 1977 to 9.6% (24th nationally) in 2009. D.C. taxpayers pay $6,076 per capita in state and local taxes.â&#x20AC;? The Tax Foundation has posted some of its data on property taxes ( for a limited time (the website also has PDF and spreadsheet files showing the same data). The foundation shows that D.C. property taxes, as a percentage of median home value, ranked as follows (each ranking is out of total counties in the United States for which data was obtained): In 2009, 727 out of 792 counties; in 2008, 728 out of 790; in 2007, 735 out of 788; in 2006, 738 out of 783; and in 2005, 731 out of 775. D.C. property taxes as a percentage of median income also ranked low: In 2009, 561 out of 792 counties; in 2008, 541 out of 790; in 2007, 567 out of 788; in 2006, 585 out of 783; and in 2005, 641 out of 775. Council members Evans, Cheh, Bowser and Catania and Chairman Brown, along with The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editor, have not done their homework. Nobody buys your myths about D.C. being â&#x20AC;&#x153;overtaxed.â&#x20AC;? David F. Power





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HOTEL From Page 1 borhood commission meeting. Approving an extension, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;will just lock into place two more years of inactivity.â&#x20AC;? Furthermore, if another company bought the hotel, it too would need to provide benefits to the community to expand the structure, Griffith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t renew it, I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll end up with exactly zero,â&#x20AC;? countered another resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re walking away from all sorts of




future opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Although several neighborhood commissioners said Griffithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns gave them pause, they ultimately voted 4-0 to support the two-year extension, with their eye on the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promised $462,000, which would go toward upgraded computer equipment. Under D.C. zoning rules, community amenities promised under the planned-unit development process need only be in place once the project is completed. Neighborhood commissioners did suggest that if the company

were to return in two years seeking yet another extension, they would be less likely to support it. Carolyn Brown, attorney for Carey, said the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial picture is improving after it was forced to restructure last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming out of this reorganization, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming up against this deadline for the [planned-unit development],â&#x20AC;? she said. The Zoning Commission, with little discussion, voted 5-0 at its May 23 meeting to approve the twoyear extension.


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RULING From Page 1 permits for more than eight rooms and did not take any enforcement action while the couple rented out 12 units for more than five years. A previous owner had operated a 15-unit rooming house in the property since 1969. But a zoning change pushed through in 1989 to limit â&#x20AC;&#x153;transientâ&#x20AC;? uses in stable residential neighborhoods complicated the question of whether American Guest House was â&#x20AC;&#x153;grandfatheredâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and for how many rooms. The three-judge appeals court panel concluded that the Board of

Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 26 news release, a search committee headed by former Mayor Williams selected Branche after a â&#x20AC;&#x153;thoroughâ&#x20AC;? vetting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The screening committee was impressed with Yolanda Brancheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for the office as well as the energy and enthusiasm she has for the job,â&#x20AC;? Williams said in the release. Brown was not available for comment. Zoning Adjustment acted reasonably in granting the Rosans a variance for 12 rooms because of the muddled zoning history of the property and because it would cause â&#x20AC;&#x153;undue hardshipâ&#x20AC;? to convert the four extra rooms to some other use. But their ruling also focused on the lack of harm caused by the upscale guesthouse a block east of Connecticut Avenue. The four extra rooms donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect traffic or noise, wrote Nebeker, adding that the zoning board balanced â&#x20AC;&#x153;the strictures of cold zoning regulations with the vicissitudes of human nature and condition.â&#x20AC;?




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DCCA inventory and care of trees!

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DCCA’s Tree Committee has developed a new set of activities to ensure that the sidewalk trees and resident-own yard trees get enough water to survive the summer heat. As many of you know, the City’s Urban Forestry Administration planted new trees last year along the commercial areas of 17th, 18th and P Streets, as well as, more recently along many residential streets in Dupont Circle. Once the trees are planted, however, businesses and residents must provide the care. DCCA is ready to help. 


First: a quick inventory of new and distressed Ward 2B trees on Saturday, June 11, 9:0011:30. We’ll record the addresses of new trees/distressed trees, talk to owners/renters about watering and leave tree care flyers. Second: in two weeks we’ll return and see if the street trees have been watered. Third: for homes and business that are unable to water, we’ll be initiating a new volunteer- and bike-powered DCCA summer watering program. Stay tuned!

JUNE 11th - Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the small park at the intersection of T, 17th and New Hampshire. We will provide brief instructions over doughnuts and coffee and then head off in teams or alone to do the inventory. Please bring water and sunscreen. Reconvene at 11:30 to hand in completed forms. If you want to meet for a non-host brunch afterwards at Cajun Experience, at 1825- 18th Street, just let us know. Further info: Nancy Diamond ( or phone (202-667-5818)


Thursday, June 9 6-9 PM The Textile Museum In the spirit of the exhibition Green: the Color and the Cause, start the summer off right with an evening in one of the most beautiful hidden garden gems in DC. Dress fit for a summer picnic with lawn games, live music, drinks and market treats. Explore artists reactions to the "green" movement and what the color has meant to cultures throughout the ages. In partnership with The Pink Line Project. Fee: $10.

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It’s common knowledge: D.C. ‘ripe’ for free school By JACOB COMENETZ Current Correspondent


iding in a Metro car is usually a humdrum affair: It’s a silent, formal space for the utilitarian purpose of getting from Point A to Point B. But on Sunday afternoons this month, the Readers and Riders Metro Poetry Series will transform the last car of a Red Line train into a performance art space for the ride from Dupont Circle to Fort Totten and back, conducting experiments with words in motion and attempting to turn the quotidian into the sublime. “It’s part Dada, part iPod shuffle,” one of the workshop leaders, poet Suzanne Zweizig, said of the session she’ll lead on June 12. The Metro poetry series is part of an innovative learning project this month in which organizers are using sites across the city to teach classes on a wide range of subjects. From home studio sound recording to urban foraging to poetry, all are aimed at fostering otherwise unlikely interactions between people and places. The small group of artists and arts organizations behind Knowledge Commons DC describe it as a “free school for thinkers, doers, tinkerers and those passionate about something, anything and everything.” They hope to expose people to new ideas and experiences, ultimately

reshaping their relationship to the spaces and places in which they live. “Every city contains an ideal city,” said Don Russell, whose Provisions Library institute, which promotes social change through art from its base near Dupont Circle, served as an incubator for the “KCDC” project. “You have to go out and find it.” “This is a way of speeding up that process,” he added. At the program’s kickoff event, on a balmy summer evening at Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale last week, a chic young crowd filled the patio,

Courtesy of Kate Clark

Organizers, including Kate Clark, far left, held a kickoff party last week at Big Bear Cafe for Knowledge Commons DC, a “free school” with classes on a range of topics.

chatting about courses they might attend or teach, sipping cans of Dale’s Pale Ale and sampling bruschetta and strawberry gazpacho by self-described “guerilla chef” Avi Nocella. On the patio, Russell explained the inspiration behind KCDC. The former director of

the Washington Project for the Arts said he kept having the same conversation about free schools sprouting up in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Free schools are based on the idea that exchanging knowledge does not have to involve the exchange of money; volunteer teachers and a healthy dose of idealism drive them instead. “In many ways, D.C. is the perfect place for a free school. People are in silos; it’s hard to

cross-pollinate,” Russell said. “KCDC is based on the idea of getting people off their usual paths, of going into different communities,” to inspire changes in perspective. Russell himself will teach a class called “What Is Bookness?” on June 28, examining how artists use the form of the book as a primary art medium. In the class description, Russell invites prospective learners to “join me for an evening See Knowledge/Page 19

Petworth musician Tom Goss takes new album to ‘Cougar Town’ and beyond By KATE OCZYPOK Current Correspondent


hat do a wrestler, a priest and a high school teacher have in common? All are pursuits local singer/songwriter Tom Goss tried before finding a passion in music. The Petworth resident, who is currently touring with his latest album, “Turn It Around,” didn’t even start playing guitar until he graduated from high school. “Music was always a thing on the side and a convenient outlet for me emotionally and spiritually,” Goss said. Always an athlete, the Wisconsin native focused initially on wrestling, winning a scholarship to the University of Central Missouri. He earned an education degree and went on to teach high school just outside of Chicago before moving to D.C. for seminary. “After college I trained to become a Catholic priest,” he said.

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Tom Goss is now on tour to promote his album ‘Turn It Around.’ But Goss, who said he was drawn to the seminary because of an interest in social

justice, became disillusioned while studying at Washington Theological Union, where he found it hard to connect with his peers. Unsure what to do next, he decided to take his interest in music and writing more seriously. “It was very much put on the side for seven years for me — it was what I did to decompress,” he said. “It really wasn’t what I wanted to do or was passionate about at the time.” Goss recorded his first album five years ago, one-third of it while he was in seminary. He said the anger and disillusionment he was feeling at the time are prominent in the album. His song “All I Ever Wanted,” which was featured on the May 25 season finale of the ABC show “Cougar Town,” also explores that time period. The song “speaks the most truth to how I felt during that experience,” he said. “Never in my life [had] I wanted to see God more than in seminary and I never

saw God less — it was interesting and sad.” Goss said the “Cougar Town” spot was a pleasant surprise. He had met producers of the show through friends. Though they enjoyed his CD and mentioned putting one of his songs on the show, he didn’t get his hopes up. “I’ve had a lot of flirtations with these kind of [things] that always ended badly,” he said. “I try to keep my optimism dull; I know the heartbreak of these things.” Despite the heightened exposure, Goss said he isn’t out for fame. “People who listen to music understand that most are not in the music business to be famous,” he said. “I’m not in it to have people treat me differently than anyone else.” He feels music should be about connecting with people and facilitating conversations and relationships. “When people See Goss/Page 19

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School On May 31, the sixth-graders in Mrs. Mosher’s upper elementary class had their exhibition. Our sixth-graders are Evan Manuel,

School DISPATCHES Payton McCarty-Simas and Blaire Hardison. Evan did baseball. He explained which games baseball evolved from and what bats are made of. Payton did llamas. She told us what happens when you do not shear them and the difference between an alpaca and a llama. Blaire did ancient Egyptian architecture. She shared the different types of columns and pyramids.

Mr. Long, our P.E. teacher, helped with upper elementary’s Field Day on June 1. We walked to St. Albans School’s field. At around 11:45 a.m., we set up stations. Ten or 15 minutes later, lower elementary came. The upper elementary kids explained things to the lower elementary kids. After that, we walked back to school. — Jaquelin Weymouth and Elliot Sealls, fourth-graders

Beauvoir School Beauvoir is going green. The first, second and third grades are doing a report every day at lunch. We put our scraps of food in a bucket, and at the end of lunchtime we weigh our waste and record it on a chart.

We are also trying to recycle. We are saving plastic water bottles for science, and we used them in the flea market as vases and watering tools. We also try to save our snack from the previous day without wasting it if it is a snack that doesn’t go bad. In the classrooms, we have a scrap bin to put used pieces of paper so that we can use them again. We use the scrap pieces of paper for math, drawing and folding. In art, we reuse materials during free art so we can have fun with something we have already used! An example of this is the tights we used for our sculptures. In third grade, every class learns how to play a recorder. A recorder is like a flute but it is thicker and

shorter. The music booklet that we use is called “Recorder Karate,” and it is called karate because when we play a song on our recorder for Mr. Paul, we get a piece of colored string called a belt that goes on our recorder case. There are three different recorder packets: Karate 1, 2 and 3. Right now I am on Recorder Karate 3. — Henry New and Miranda Giambi, third-graders

British School of Washington I think that one of my best experiences at the British School of Washington is kayaking. It is my favourite sport, and I am glad that I can do it with my friends. The lessons are safe as we always wear a life jacket, and the instructor is always right next to you in the motorboat. The lessons are also exciting and not repetitive; every time there is something new. Each week we choose our kayaks and lead out to the Potomac River. If we go upriver, we may visit Mud Island or lead out to the mile rock. If we go downriver, we may visit Roosevelt Island Circle or gust past the island. We can choose between the easy and stable recreational kayaks or the sleek and speedy tippy kayaks; both are very fun, although you may fall into the river if you take a tippy kayak. — Alexandre Ferreira, Year 8 Houston (seventh-grader)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts On May 31, the Literary Media and Communications Department held its senior showcase. The next day, incoming students and their parents attended the new student orientation day. Incoming ninthgraders were given a taste of the school with a performance in the theater, and then they got the chance to meet with the art teachers. On June 1, the school hosted a

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reading of the winning play in the playwriting competition hosted each year by the Horwitz Family Foundation. The winning play, “The Business of Survival,” was written by Sara Phillips, a junior in the Literary Media and Communications Department. Ken Johnson, the chair of the Theater Department, directed the play with dramaturgy by Mark Williams, chair of the Literary Media and Communications Department. The show featured professional actors, but Rachel Peters, a senior in the Theater Department, filled the lead role. Afterward, Phillips received a check for $1,000. The Duke Ellington Strings Concert, featuring the Duke Ellington String Orchestra and string soloists, took place in the Student Cafe. It featured works by Bach and Mozart, among others; the night ended with a reception. At the same time, the Theater Department’s class of 2011 performed “From the Outside Looking In” in the school’s media center. — Madison Hartke-Weber, 10th-grader

Georgetown Day School A big assembly honored middle school principal Barbara Bitner, who will be retiring. Students and teachers celebrated her long tenure by offering remarks, presentations and skits. The “Barbara Bitner, Superhero” assembly began with a red carpet being rolled out for Barbara, who was presented with a crown and offered a “throne” to sit on to watch the many tributes. People dressed up as superheroes, wearing capes, masks and other accessories, and everyone got stickers with Barbara’s initials imposed on the Superman logo. The seventh- and eighth-graders performed skits that demonstrated how Barbara earned her status as a school superhero. The sixth grade presented a timeline of Barbara’s tenure at the school. Many people were amazed to learn that Barbara first came to the school about 30 years ago! The board of trustees, the parent association and head of school Russell Shaw presented gifts and spoke of her many contributions to the school community. Jeff Kalil, vice principal of the middle school, was our hilarious master of ceremonies. A common theme of the assembly was Barbara’s love of rubber ducks. Her entire office is filled with ducks of all sizes and colors. For the assembly, the gym was filled with pictures of rubber ducks. Barbara has been an amazing principal who has worked hard to make this school a great place, and she will certainly be missed. — Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary The third-, fourth- and fifthgrade Cooking Club went to Al See Dispatches/Page 15


DISPATCHES From Page 14 Tiramisu to cook with restaurant owner and chef Luigi Diotaiuti. This was a real treat. Later that week Chef Luigi came to Hyde to work with the club to make a special dessert and to make bruschetta using some of the food grown in our school garden. After walking to the restaurant and receiving a warm welcome from Chef Luigi, students put on aprons, washed hands and then entered the kitchen to learn how to make gnocchi pasta and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Springâ&#x20AC;? salad. Chef Luigi taught us how to prepare the dough. Then he showed us how to make the pasta by rolling the dough in strips and cutting it into squares. We cooked the pasta, and when it was done, Chef Luigi put the pasta in several different pans. He poured a special tomato sauce over it, and students helped sautĂŠ the pasta. As the dish cooled down, we started on the salad. First we mixed all kinds of vegetables together, and then Chef Luigi added olive oil and a drop of wine vinegar. He took out some olives and made bunny rabbits he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;happy rabbits.â&#x20AC;? We all sat down at the large dining table and ate our meal. Later that week, Chef Luigi came to Hyde and taught us how to make cream puffs and a special salad using vegetables from the school garden. To make the cream puffs, Chef Luigi had already made special dough. He then showed us how to shape it into what looked like a Hersheyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kiss. He made a bunch of them and then we tried. We filled them with whipped cream. While the cream puffs were cooking, he helped us use vegetables from our garden to make bruschetta. He served it on small pieces of bread. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yum!â&#x20AC;? A real surprise at the end was when Chef Luigi let us taste his famous

tiramisu. The Cooking Club has taught us how to fix tasty and healthy food. We are grateful to Mrs. Stein, our club leader. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mara Dragomir and Cristina Iacob, fifth-graders

Jewish Primary Day School The fourth grade created a restaurant on March 31. There were four groups. Each group made a different food. The four foods were truffles, sushi, empanadas, and guacamole and salsa. The sushi group used carrots and cucumbers. The empanadas had apple and cinnamon or onion and cheese in the dough. A teacher at our school, Mrs. Miri Ploff, made a Moroccan stew. After we finished cooking, we got to try all the foods that were made. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Naomi Alter, fourth grade The fourth-graders did their annual country project. To decide who gets what country, our teacher picked names out of a hat. Then, she told us everything we needed to know for our presentation about our country. For the presentation you needed a poster with paragraphs about your country on it. Three of the countries that were studied were Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia. A lot of the countries had really weird laws, traditions and clothing. We learned that every country has different traditions and clothing. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Henry Sosland and Noam Stanislawski, fourth-graders

Key Elementary For Field Day at Key, we play games and have fun. We have a picnic and then there is a tug-ofwar contest between the fifthgraders and the teachers. There is also a pie-eating contest. Every year before graduation, the fifth-graders put on a talent show for the whole school. It is great because we get to showcase

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 Kemble Park. We walked to the creek with our amazing science teacher, Mr. Howes. We found a variety of species of macroinvertebrates in the area. We also found out that the water in the creek was too acidic, so there was less life than we hoped. Half of Mrs. Koernerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourthgraders got caught in the pouring rain! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tara Bhagat and Sophia Colon Roosevelt, fourthgraders, and Jazba Iqbal, fifthgrader

year with a block-building project. Using sketchbooks, we notice the details around campus and then build the school out of wood blocks. Other classes will tour our structures before school ends. We will make the Maret campus on the floor in two classrooms. We push everything aside and the wood blocks take over the classroom. It helps us get to know Maret better. Using our own sketches and photographs, we plan out the design, including how many blocks and what shape blocks to use for what places around the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We See Dispatches/Page 31

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Glover Park row home makes the most of a large lot


wners of historic homes have typically already decided that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to life than square footage, but they

ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY also â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps more than others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; realize what a difference a few feet can make in the right spot. This new-to-the-market row home in Glover Park proves just that point. Where most properties in the neighborhood are 18 or 20 feet wide, this five-bedroom home built in 1919 clocks in at 23 feet wide. The result is a spacious entry with a clear view to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear door â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a guaranteed way to make a home feel bright and open. Ample light helps that impression: Large replacement windows brighten the dining room. The other windows on the front of the home are also new. Wide doorways lead visitors from that room to a living room and a sunny den, all lined by warm, honeyed oak floorboards. Built-in bookcases are an original feature in the living room, and the nearby den is an ideal place to

sit with a book: The wall of windows looks out on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deck and rear yard. That latter spot is also roomy, thanks to an unusually deep lot. And beyond a rear fence is another welcome amenity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; parking spots for two cars. Owners of this property have made significant upgrades in the past few years. In addition to the new windows, the home sports a new boiler, a central air-conditioning system and new carpeting. But before all that came a bigger remodel: the kitchen. The classically designed space is now outfitted with custom white cabinetry, a tumbled-stone backsplash and stainless-steel appliances from brands including GE Profile. An added area at the rear of the home is a multipurpose mudroom, a smart way to corral coats, shoes and homework in an easy-to-find spot. On the other side of the mudroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wall is a half-bath, a useful ground-floor amenity often missing from homes of this vintage. Three bedrooms and a full bath wait on the second floor. The hall bath is also a renovated space, with classic white subway tile contrasting with cheerful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but livable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; green walls.

The master bedroom gets additional square footage from a connected space that was once a sleeping porch. Now a home office, the room could also work as a nursery or sitting room. A top-floor area has been converted into extra sleeping quarters. Though the pitch of this attic ceiling may be too sharp for a full-time bedroom, guest quarters or a playroom for little ones would suit this spot well. More living space has been carved out of the basement, though storage and laundry areas remain here as well. A complete suite, including a full bath, kitchen, living area and bedroom, is ideal for visiting family or long-term guests. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an exit to the rear yard here. Beyond that yard wait more amenities that will attract potential buyers to this home. Though the street is a quiet one, Wisconsin Avenue is steps away, along with Whole Foods, Guy Mason Recreation Center and a host of restaurants. This five-bedroom, 2.5-bath home at 2449 Tunlaw Road is offered for $925,000. For more information, contact Realtor Ariadne Henry of Sophia Henry


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Of note Renovations to two deteriorating historic apartment complexes in Brightwood and Petworth have been completed, providing 114 higher-quality affordable units to residents, according to a release from Somerset Development Co. The nonprofit Transitional Housing Corp. partnered with the private Somerset firm to restore the Fort View and Webster Gardens

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Susan Berger 202-255-5006 Ellen Sandler 202-255-5007

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Chevy Chase, MD. Town of Somerset. Renovated 5 level 4000 Observatory Circle. Amazing period details in this charming 4 sf w/ 5 BRS, 3 BAs, cathedral ceilinged LR & DR opening to bedroom, 2 bath. Wonderful condition. Welcoming front porch, deck. Community pool & tennis courts. $1,325,000 private rear garden, screened porch and garage. $939,000

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Bethesda. Kenwood Park. Move right in to this charming 4 BRs, 3.5 BA Colonial. Spacious family rm addition, screen porch & sunny back yard. Walk to Pyle/Whitman. $929,000.

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Northwest Real Estate ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1C Adams â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 1 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioner Marty Davis said he is preparing a report on commission-area residents based on data from the 2010 Census. He said the census shows a significant decline in Latino and African-American residents and an increase in Asian residents. â&#x2013;  Joy Phillips, associate director of the D.C. Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Data Center, gave a 2010 Census report covering national, regional and District results. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population increased to 601,723 from 2000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 572,059, she said, though it is still well below the 1950 figure of 802,178. â&#x2013;  Tom Pipkin, the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community liaison on the 18th Street reconstruction project, said there will be no work on 18th Street north of Kalorama Road until after the Adams Morgan Day celebration in September. Work will continue south of Kalorama Road and should be largely completed before work restarts on the north side. â&#x2013;  commissioner Olivier Kamanda reported that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcoholic beverage control and public safety committee would meet on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the Kalorama Recreation Center, 1875 Columbia Road. The meeting changed from June 8 so local police officers could attend. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously

approved a $1,000 grant to the Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater to help with production costs for a playwriting program planned for this summer. â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously approved a $294.83 grant to help with graduation ceremonies at Marie Reed Learning Center and a $204.62 grant to help with graduation ceremonies at H.D. Cooke Elementary School. â&#x2013;  a commissioner announced that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning, zoning and transportation committee would meet on June 6 to discuss potential amenities community members should seek from developers of the former Italian Embassy, as well as the possibility of expanding bike lanes in Adams Morgan. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously approved a resolution asking the national Democratic and Republican parties to endorse statehood for the District. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously voted to protest a request for a liquor license by the owner of Vida Fitness center at 1612 U St. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed to support Harris Teeter Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;generous offerâ&#x20AC;? to anchor eight black metal bollards at no cost to the city on the curbside portion of the sidewalk in front of 2418 17th St. to discourage errant tucks and illegal parking. Trucks have previously parked on the brick sidewalk. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously authorized an appeal of the D.C. zoning administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determination that Peking Garden at 2008 18th St. has a valid certificate of occupancy. Former commission chair Alan Roth said the carryout restaurant frequently blocks the nearby alley with its trucks. The original certificate of occupancy was for a different company, Roth said, and has been abandoned. If Peking Garden got a new certificate, it would need a special exception to operate. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. July 6 at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013;  FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 15 at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B2B ANC Dupont Circle â&#x2013;  DUPONT CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 8 in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to support a 2011 summer music festival at Stead Park. â&#x2013;  discussion of draft proposals for reducing noise and traffic and attracting retailers and service

providers to moratorium zones. consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Eye Bar/Garden of Eden, 1716 I St., for a substantial change to a tavernclass license to permit earlier interior and summer-garden hours of operation, sales and service (11 a.m. rather than the current 5 p.m.). â&#x2013; consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Le Pain Quotidien, 800 17th St., for a restaurant-class license for beer and wine sales (seating capacity of 95; total occupancy load of 127; sidewalk cafe with 12 seats; hours of operation 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; hours of alcohol sales and service 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; request for stipulated license). â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Local 16, 1602 U St., for a substantial change to add a 20-seat sidewalk cafe along New Hampshire Avenue (hours of operation 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday). â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Food Corner Kabob House, 2029 P St., for a voluntary-agreement amendment to allow longer service hours (until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, rather than midnight). â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Toscana Market to transfer a Class B beer-and-wine license from 2203 14th St. to 1710 Connecticut Ave. (hours of alcohol sales 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.). â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Ozio, 1813 M St., for a variance from rear-yard requirements in order to allow a third-story addition. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit â&#x2013; 

ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013; SHAW The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 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 â&#x2013;  SHERIDAN-KALORAMA The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 20 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  LOGAN CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. July 6 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit




Northwest Real Estate KNOWLEDGE From Page 13 browsing through my extensive collection of artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; books, book objects, and various artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; artifacts: perhaps we can discover what it means to exude â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bookness.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Adding to the intrigue, the class location is revealed only after one has registered on the KCDC website, where one can also propose to teach a class: Thus far classes are scheduled only through June, but organizers hope to add another session in the fall. And with the do-it-yourself ethos so in vogue, and creative types flocking to Washington in droves, the KCDC experiment seems to fit with the zeitgeist, filling a niche for unconventional learning opportunities. But it will succeed only if it proves â&#x20AC;&#x153;useful for people from broad backgrounds,â&#x20AC;? said Kate Clark, an artist and cultural producer who got the inspiration to found KCDC after taking classes at the Trade School, a free school designed by a friend in New York, in the winter of 2010. At the time, Clark, originally from an island in the San Juans of Washington state, had been working â&#x20AC;&#x153;with all kinds of experimental ideasâ&#x20AC;? as an artist-fellow within the Floating Lab Collective at Provisions Library. At the Trade School, there was an â&#x20AC;&#x153;incredible experience of seeing classes float from one theme to anotherâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the history of Web design to a class called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baudrillard the Poetâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which

made her think of how D.C., a city always in flux yet full of experts in wide-ranging topics, would be perfect for a like-minded project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the time is ripe for this in D.C.,â&#x20AC;? she said. Sitting on a bench outside Big Bear later in the evening, after City Paper â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beerspotterâ&#x20AC;? columnist Orr Shtuhl presented an oral history of Fish House Punch and an introduction to cocktail lore (like jazz, Shtuhl said, cocktails are an American original), Clark discussed her hopes for KCDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural month and beyond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just beginning, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping people will seek us out,â&#x20AC;? she said. Already the Frederick Douglass Community Center in Anacostia has asked KCDC to collaborate on a threepart time-capsule-construction class examining the past, present and future of life in Anacostia for its students. Together with poet Lucy Burnett, Clark will lead these classes, as well as two others: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Food Treasure Hunting in our Urban Worldâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experimental Drawing in the Zoo and Other Free Spaces.â&#x20AC;? She hopes that other people and organizations will reach out and get involved with KCDC as it becomes better known. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning is a lifelong process,â&#x20AC;? she said. In an egalitarian setting such as a KCDC class, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be stressful for the student or the teacher.â&#x20AC;? However popular its classes prove to be, KCDC will always remain free, in the spirit of volunteerism, according to Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural thing we do, living in an integrated culture,â&#x20AC;? she said.

GOSS From Page 13 come out to my shows, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a diva, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blow people off; I use it as an opportunity to get to know them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like as a result, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experience â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fame.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The 29-year-old is touring with his third album these days, and he said he enjoys the experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love touring. You meet so many amazing people and drive around to different parts of the country and eat great food,â&#x20AC;? he said. Like many musicians, Goss also

loves to spend some days holed up writing and working. And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got plenty to work on: He has more music and multiple projects in his head, and he plans to make a new music video later this summer. He is also development director â&#x20AC;&#x201D; telecommuting half the year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, a homeless-services organization based at St. Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Dupont Circle. Though life has been busy recently, Goss has had time to find a partner, Mike Briggs, whom he married in October 2010. He says Briggs is his biggest fan, supporter and inspiration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very much a part of

â??I love touring. You meet so many amazing people and drive around to different parts of the country and eat great food.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Local musician Tom Goss everything that I do,â&#x20AC;? Goss said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a lot of time apart, which is hard on us, but we work hard to keep the lines of communication open â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re honest with each other.â&#x20AC;? To learn more, visit




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Events Entertainment Wednesday, June JUNE 8 Wednesday 8 Concerts ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present Sin Miedo performing salsa music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature musicians Phil Kominski and Chris Bruno. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ The quartet 4in Correspondence — featuring National Symphony Orchestra cellists James Lee, Steven Honigberg, David Teie and Rachel Young — will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Heritage Festival will present a jam session featuring musical styles of the African diaspora. 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. Bossa Bistro & Lounge, 2463 18th St. NW. The festival will continue through Sunday with events at various venues. ■ The U.S. Marine Dixieland Band will perform jazz works. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ NPR science correspondent Joe Palca will discuss his book “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Ann Patchett will discuss her novel “State of Wonder.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ Busboys and Poets will host a screening of Charles Shaw’s film “The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & the American Criminal Justice

System.” A post-screening discussion will feature Shaw, Eric Sterling of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 to $30; reservations suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. ■ EuroAsia Shorts 2011 — the sixth annual festival featuring pairings of short films from Asian and European countries and the United States — will feature selections from Korea and Spain. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. KORUS House, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The festival will continue through Friday at various venues. ■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film “North by Northwest,” starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. 7 p.m. Free. L Street between 2nd and 3rd streets NE. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Ondrej Trojan’s 2010 film “Identity Card.” 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ “Movie Nights in the Heights,” presented by the Columbia Heights Day Initiative, will feature John Hughes’ 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Field, Tubman Elementary School, 11th and Kenyon streets NW. Thursday, June 9JUNE 9 Thursday Book signing ■ Sugar Ray Leonard will sign copies of his book “The Big Fight: My Life in and out of the Ring.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Children’s activity ■ A park ranger will lead ages 5 and

Concerts ■ The Victor Provost Steel Pan Quartet will perform as part of the DC Jazz Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Jennifer Koh (shown) will perform works by Schumann and Thomas. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The U.S. Marine Dixieland Band will perform jazz works. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham will discuss “The Future of the Bookstore Business and the Future of Politics and Prose,” about the Connecticut Avenue bookstore that the couple recently bought. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The Q&A Cafe series will feature John Donvan of ABC News interviewing Carol Joynt (shown), author of the memoir “Innocent Spouse.” Noon. $50. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-9124110. ■ François Rivasseau, deputy head of the European Union delegation to the United States, will discuss “The Role of Culture in Foreign Affairs: Towards a European Smart Power.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500,

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Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Reel Affirmations’ “RA Xtra” film series will feature the 2010 film “Leading Ladies,” about an overbearing stage mom who lives vicariously through her youngest daughter, the darling of the local amateur ballroom circuit. 7 and 9:15 p.m. $12. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW.

older on an exploratory hike along the Woodland Trail. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070.

Thursday, JUNE 9 ■ Lecture: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by Theater J artistic director Ari Roth on “Selecting a Season: Making Decisions for the Stage.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8954860.

Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5880. ■ Drew Oliver, one of the lenders to the “Capital Portraits” exhibit, will speak about a portrait of Andrew Oliver Jr. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Stephen Tuck, a lecturer in American history at the University of Oxford, will discuss “The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union: Race Protest in the Subversive Special Relationship.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-387-6437. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “The Phillips Collection and the Avant-Garde.” 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ Phillips Collection librarian and archivist Karen Schneider will discuss “Duncan Phillips and His Experiment Station: Anniversary Reading Room.” 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ Ted Danson, actor, environmental activist and founding board member of Oceana, will join a panel of ocean scientists, educators and health professionals to discuss “The Gulf and Its Seafood — One Year Later.” A wine and seafood reception will follow. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $95. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Norman Rosenthal will discuss his book “Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation.” 8 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Palisades Neighborhood Library will show George Cukor’s 1949 film “Adam’s Rib.” 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. ■ The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery will host a screening of João Moreira Salles’ 2006 film “Santiago,” the opening-night film of the IV BrazilDocs Documentary Film Week. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American

Reading ■ The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Kelly Cherry and Julia Holemans. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Friday, June JUNE 10 Friday 10 Benefit ■ The Friends of Volta Park will kick off the 16th annual “Volta Park Weekend” with a silent auction featuring drinks and food. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $100. Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. 202-342-2498. Classes ■ Frist Class Inc. will present a class on “How to Find Grant Money.” 10 a.m. to noon. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. ■ Lynn O’Connell will lead a class on “The Art of Writing Grant Proposals.” 1 to 3 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Concerts ■ Grammy Award-winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will perform traditional and contemporary folk, oldtime country and swing, and children’s music. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Outside National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue and 9th Street NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Robert Bright, organist at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature singer, pianist and saxophonist Deanna Bogart 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. ■ Brazilian vocalist Kenia Ashby and the D.C.-based group Origem will perform as part of the DC Jazz Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Guitar and voice students of Esther Haynes will present a recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ The Verso Libre Ensemble will perform “From Seville to Buenos Aires,” featuring works by Lorca, Mozart, Guastavino, Jordá and Bustamante. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-728-1628. See Events/Page 21





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 ■ The 2011 June Chamber Festival will feature the American Chamber Players performing works by Gaubert, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3373050. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will present “Sunsets With a Soundtrack,” featuring Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” and favorite tunes from Rodgers and Hart. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Captiol. 703696-3399.

Discussions and lectures ■ Washington Women’s Weekly will present a talk by executive coach and leadership consultant Anne Loehr on “How to Bridge Generational Differences Among Baby Boomers, Gen X & Gen Y.” 8 to 9:30 a.m. $38; reservations required. Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Food writer Laura Shapiro will discuss “The First Kitchen,” about Eleanor Roosevelt’s passionate commitment to plain, economical living during the nation’s hard times. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden botanist Kyle Wallick will provide an overview of the show “Green Genes: Mapping the Plant World” and discuss the steps involved in determining plant relationships. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom and Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. ■ Chef José Andrés — chief culinary adviser for the new exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” — will discuss the history of American food and cooking. A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ David Ignatius will discuss his book “Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.

Improv Theater’s company ensembles. 8 and 10 p.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. The performance will repeat June 11, 17 and 18 at 8 and 10 p.m.

Sale ■ St. Alban’s Opportunity Shop will hold a sidewalk used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.

Saturday, June 11 Saturday JUNE 11 Auditions ■ The Washington Girls Chorus, open to third- through sixth-graders, will hold auditions for the 2011-12 season. 9 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Place NW. Classes ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a class on “Woven in History: The Story of Textiles.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Cate Meyers will lead a crochet workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Concerts ■ The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District’s summer concert series will feature Bethesda-based band The Black Sparks performing highenergy, all-original, post-punk music. 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. ■ Pianist Christoph Eschenbach, violinist Jennifer Koh and oboist Nicholas Stovall will perform works by Beethoven and Schumann. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Leading artists, conservators and scholars will discuss “Kandinsky: Looking Forward, Looking Back.” about the artist’s contribution to modern art and his lasting legacy. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Ann McLaughlin will discuss her novel “A Trial in Summer.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Michael Shermer will discuss his book “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them.” 8 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.

Saturday, JUNE 11 ■ Parade: The annual Capital Pride Parade, celebrating the diversity of the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, will proceed along P Street, New Hampshire Avenue, R Street, 17th Street and 14th Street. 5:30 p.m. Free.

East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ “The House I Live In,” a theatrical presentation by Catherine Ladnier, will chronicle life in America from New Year’s Eve in 1939 through the end of World War II. 4 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. ■ El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador will present “Earth, Wind and Sky — Dance Latin America II,” featuring classical and contemporary dances from El Salvador, Cuba and Mexico. 8 p.m. $30; $15 for ages 17 and younger. Gonda

Sporting events ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Chicago Sky. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. ■ D.C. United will play the San Jose Earthquakes. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours ■ The American Kidney Fund’s “Steps That Count” walk will raise money and awareness for programs and services that help people with kidney disease. The event will include health screenings, cooking demonstrations and food samplings. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. ■ A park volunteer and his therapy dog will lead an introductory hike around the Rock Creek Nature Center, Woodland Trail and horse stables. Dogs on leashes are welcome. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. Sunday, JuneJUNE 12 Sunday 12 Concerts ■ The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ Soprano Marilyn Moore and pianist Carlos César Rodriguez will perform works by Liszt, Handel, Brahms and Carter. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

■ Brass and piano students of Mark Chuvala will present a recital. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ International concert organist Neva Krysteva will present “The Magnificent Baroque.” 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ Vintage Wildflowers will perform three-part harmonies backed by Celtic harp, Irish flute and fiddle. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Texas Children’s Choir and soprano Anne-Marieke Evers will perform 17thcentury music from the Netherlands. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir will perform a concert to raise funds for its upcoming trip to France. 7 p.m. $25 to $100. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. The concert will repeat Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. ■ The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mike event. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Discussions and lectures ■ Jacqueline Davies (shown) will discuss her book “The Lemonade Crime,” at 1 p.m.; and Maziar Bahari will discuss his book “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Artist Judy Byron will discuss portrait See Events/Page 22

Film Films “Divas Outdoors: Classic Films Under the Stars” will present the 1957 film “Desk Set,” starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students and ages 6 through 18. Reservations suggested. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. ■ Cinema Night will feature the 2009 film “Mademoiselle Chambon,” based on a novel by Eric Holder. 7 p.m. $5; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 21 miniatures and the form’s distinct narrative qualities in relation to her own portrait work. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Author, poet and activist Kola Boof will discuss her novel “The Sexy Part of the Bible.” 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Festivals ■ Celebrating the 36th anniversary of Capital Pride, a street festival will feature a variety of entertainment and activities. Performers will include recording artists Jennifer Holliday (shown) and Sabrina Johnston. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets NW. ■ The Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Heritage Festival will close with dance performances by Capoeira Malês DC and Sambart Entertainment and Brazilian fire dancing by Oju Oba Performers. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, 14th Street between Park Road and Kenyon Street NW. Films The National Gallery of Art will present “All for All: Collaborative Channeling With Nam June Paik,” about three collaged single-channel works that the video artist realized with longtime partners and collaborators in the 1970s and 1980s. 2 p.m. ■

Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Cineforum Italiano will present Luca Miniero’s 2010 film “Welcome to the South,” about a post office manager whose efforts to win a transfer to Milan from a small town backfire. 4 to 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. italiano/events/19083901. ■ “Color, ’Scope: Recent Restorations From the 1950s” will feature Joshua Logan’s 1956 film “Picnic,” starring William Holden and Kim Novak. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ ITVS will present a Community Cinema screening of the documentary “Two Spirits,” about a mother’s tragic loss of her son and the spiritual nature of gender and sexuality in Navajo tradition. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. ■ “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” will feature Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet’s 2010 documentary “8: The Mormon Proposition,” about the church’s involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 and its decades-long campaign against gay

■ Eleven D.C. residents ages 60 and older will compete for the title of Ms. Senior D.C. 2011. 2:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Main Auditorium, Building 46, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-724-5626.

Sunday, JUNE 12 ■ Festival: Georgetown’s 16th annual Volta Park Day will feature a cookout, live music, a softball game and a bake sale, as well as children’s games and activities. 3 to 6 p.m. Free. 34th and Q streets NW. 202342-2498.

rights. 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events ■ The Washington Animal Rescue League will host a “Kitten Shower” to collect food and supplies for kittens and recruit foster homes. Activities will include talks on raising bottle-fed kittens and the foster program. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. 202-726-3012.

Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of Herring Hill, a vibrant 19th-century African-American community in the heart of Georgetown. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through historic Georgetown and discuss the neighborhood’s transformation. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, June JUNE 13 Monday 13 Children’s program ■ Blue Sky Puppet Theatre will present “If Pigs Could Fly” (for ages 3 through 8). 1 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ The summertime “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will open with a concert by recording artist Smokey Robinson. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. ■ The Texas Children’s Choir will per-

form. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans,” presented by the Kennedy Center and the DC Jazz Festival, will feature the Rebirth Brass Band (shown), alto saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., singer and trumpeter James Andrews, clarinetist Dr. Michael White and trombonist Big Sam Williams. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel will perform. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures ■ DC Science Cafe will feature a talk by Joe Palca on his book “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Lisa See will discuss her novel “Dreams of Joy.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature the 2000 film “Broken Hearts Club.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. See Events/Page 23





Events Entertainment the St. Louis Cardinals. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Continued From Page 22 â&#x2013; Paul Tukey, an advocate for natural lawn care, will present Brett Plymaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Chemical Reaction.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Barber of Seville,â&#x20AC;? recorded live in 2011 at Teatro Regio di Parma. 7 p.m. $20. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-4193456. The film will be shown again Saturday at 11 a.m.

Performances â&#x2013; Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War,â&#x20AC;? featuring scenes and monologues written by students. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-387-9173. â&#x2013;  Zeitgeist DC will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ugly One,â&#x20AC;? written by Marius von Mayenburg and translated by Maja Zane. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 167. Tuesday, June JUNE 14 Tuesday 14 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Harbour Kids concert series will feature Mr. Knick Knack. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Gambaro and Rossini. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Saxophonist Brian Lanier will perform jazz selections at a benefit concert for Open Arms Housing. 6 to 8 p.m. $25 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-525-3467. â&#x2013;  Nordic Jazz 2011 will feature the Finnish band KuĂĄra performing folk musicinspired tunes. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The 2011 June Chamber Festival will feature the American Chamber Players performing works by Mozart, Raimi, Bridge and Chausson. 7:30 p.m. $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3373050. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Boismortier, Bach and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The New Dominion Chorale will host a singalong of Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ein Deutsches Requiemâ&#x20AC;? (in German), 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. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by authors Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revolutions in the Middle East â&#x20AC;&#x201D; What Does It Mean for Israel and the Palestinians?â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50

Wednesday, June 15 Wednesday JUNE 15 Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The class will repeat June 22 at noon and June 29 at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, JUNE 15 â&#x2013; Concert: The Eggner Trio will perform works by Haydn, Berauer and DvorĂĄk. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-8956776.

a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8954860. â&#x2013; Stanley Meisler will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Liliane Willens will discuss her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stateless in Shanghai,â&#x20AC;? about her life in a China collapsing under the weight of foreign invaders and civil war. Noon. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The History-Travel-Biography Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a Sunburned Countryâ&#x20AC;? by Bill Bryson. 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Former members of Congress and the Bush administration will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Responding to a National Crisis: Congress in the Aftermath of 9/11.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  Virginia Eubanks will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Paul Madonna will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything Is Its Own Reward: An All Over Coffee Collection.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  A series of screenings based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;AFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 Years â&#x20AC;Ś 100 Moviesâ&#x20AC;? list will feature No. 91 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alan J. Pakulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sophieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Performance â&#x2013; SpeakeasyDC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Booties, Beer Bellies, and Bad Hair: Stories about our bodies.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $14 in advance; $15 at the door. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play

Concerts â&#x2013; The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present Monster Band performing funk, pop and dance music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature vocalist and guitarist Jason Masi. 5:30 to 7:30. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Those Darlins will perform a blend of country punk and dirty South garage rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by DvorĂĄk, Rachmaninoff and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.

book â&#x20AC;&#x153;High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; National Gallery of Art lecturer Sally Shelburne will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism, and American Modernism.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Penny Colman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Erin McHugh and Nan Buzard will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tigers to Honey Bees: Where in the World Did They Go?â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Ari Redbord, an assistant U.S. attorney who specializes in cases involving human trafficking, and Kathleen Davis,

national training coordinator for the Polaris Project, will discuss the extent of human trafficking and slavery in the Washington area. 7 p.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202362-6295. â&#x2013; Juliet Eilperin will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jewish authors Steve Stern and Joseph Skibell will discuss their most recent books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Frozen Rabbiâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Curable Romantic,â&#x20AC;? respectively. 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Belles Bridal Bashâ&#x20AC;? will spotlight the Fall 2011 Vera Wang Collection from the Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel, bridal shoes from Neiman Marcus, a silver jewelry showcase from Tiffany & Co., beauty consultations from Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, creative treats from Georgetown Cupcake and Charm City Cakes, and floral ideas from Volanni. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by veteran diplomat Kempton Jenkins on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cold War Saga.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Historian Lorraine McConaghy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warship Under Sail: The USS Decatur in the Pacific West.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  Jessica B. Harris will discuss her



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On STAGE The play offers an intimate look at the legendary performer and the state of race relations in 1950s America, when Cole became the first black man to host a variety show on national television. Penumbra Theatre Company will bring “I Wish You Love,” about Nat Cole’s carefully manicured “King” Cole, to the Kennedy Center June 11 through 19. image distracted many white fans from the reality of racial violence on the streets. But trouble brewed Michael Mitchell and Clark cost $15 for adults; $10 for stueven in the studio where Cole dents. The Theatre Lab is located at Young. It is directed by associate dreamed of being valued for the professor Derek Goldman. 733 8th St. NW. 202-824-0449; strength of his character, notwithBefore and after select shows, standing the color of his skin. ■ Georgetown University and audiences can experience free, Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Arena Stage will present “The short performances and interactive Tuesday through Sunday and 2 Glass Menagerie,” Tennessee installations, which explore aspects p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets Williams’ most autobiographical of Williams’ life and family that cost $34 to $40. 202-467-4600; work, June 9 through July 3 at manifest themselves in the play. Arena’s Kogod Cradle. Performance times generally ■ The Theatre Lab will stage In a tenement apartment in are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry 1930s St. Louis, the Wingfield Thursday through Saturday and 2 Orchard” June family strugp.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at 9 through 11. gles to hang on $35. Arena Stage is located at The producto their dreams 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; tion — part of for the future The Theatre amid the harsh ■ The fourth annual Source Lab’s “Creating Festival will present 25 new works realities of a a Role” class, in June 10 through July 3 at Source. rapidly changwhich acting The event is dedicated to showing world. students stage a The produc- casing new works from across the complete play nation and launching performing Sarah Marshall stars in “The Glass tion, which — will feature arts careers. enjoyed a sucMenagerie,” which will run June 9 cessful run this actors playing The lineup includes 18 10scenes through- through July 3 at Arena Stage. minute plays, three full-length spring as part out the theater. of the universi- plays and four “artistic blind dates” The seating arrangement will shift that unite artists of varying discity’s Tennessee Williams at intermission to accommodate the Centennial Festival, features plines. staging. Details are available at Georgetown University faculty Performance times are 7:30 p.m. member Sarah Marshall and Source Thursday through Saturday. Tickets recent alumni Rachel Caywood, is located at 1835 14th St. NW.

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reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old Print Gallery and continue through July 8. Located at 1220 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-965-1818. ■ “Evan Reed: Traveling Past PROUN,” presenting wood sculptures and other works by Reed, will On EXHIBIT open Friday at Project 4 and continue through July 15. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. place Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2629 Connecticut Located at 1353 U St. NW on Ave. NW, the gallery is open the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. 202■ “From the Ground up,” featuring 234-5112. contemporary monotypes and ■ The Goethe-Institut will open paintings by Kathy Brady and “gute aussichten: young german Carolina Correa, will open Friday photography 2010/2011,” highat Paolo’s Ristorante and continlighting eight winners of an annual ue through July 10. German competition An artists’ recepfor graduate photogration will take place phy students, tomorTuesday from 6 to 8 row and continue it p.m. through Sept. 3. Located at 1303 An opening recepWisconsin Ave. NW, tion will take place the restaurant is open tomorrow from 6 to 8 Sunday through p.m., for which reserAlfredo Ratinoff’s Thursday from 11 vations are requested. a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and “Les Pecheurs de Located at 812 7th Friday and Saturday St. NW, the institute is Perles” is at the from 11 a.m. to 1:30 open Monday through Watergate Gallery. a.m. 202-333-7353. Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to ■ “L’Air du Temps,” featuring colorful vibrant works by painter 3 p.m. 202-289-1200, ext. 165. Elizabeth Martineau and ceramicist ■ “Line & Shadow,” featuring Alfredo Ratinoff, will open prints by early-20th century and Saturday at Watergate Gallery contemporary artists skilled in the and continue through July 16. use of line and the depiction of An opening reception will take light, will open Friday with a

ommon Threads,” featuring mixed-media collages about working people and families by Preston Sampson, will open tomorrow at International Visions Gallery and continue through July 23. An artist’s reception will take

Wassily Kandinsky’s “Painting With White Border (Moscow),” 1913, oil on canvas; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; ©2011 Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP, Paris

Iconic Kandinsky painting highlights Phillips exhibit By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


eople call it the “purple hour” — the time when twilight comes, shadows deepen and shapes become indistinct. It was during that hour one May evening in Munich 98 years ago that Wassily Kandinsky found the solution to a problem that had preoccupied him for the previous five months. He sat in the gathering gloom of his studio and studied an unfinished painting, a chaotic hodgepodge of intense colors and vibrant lines. His radically abstract creation needed something to coalesce its disparate parts into a unified whole. What he decided was to give it a white border, and one of his most celebrated paintings was born. “Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting With White Border,” a traveling exhibition set to open Saturday at the Phillips Collection, traces the evolution of this pioneering foray into nonobjective art. The

show’s centerpiece is, of course, the painting itself, the picturewindow-size “Painting With White Border (Moscow)” (1913). Accompanying it are 11 preparatory studies and a selection of works inspired by it, all amounting to a detailed look at a defining moment in the career of a revolutionary artist. Inspiration for the painting came from a trip Kandinsky took the year before to Moscow, where he was born in 1866. He wanted to express what he called the “extremely powerful impressions I had experienced in Moscow.” In the process, he set painting on the path of pure abstraction. The exhibit will open Saturday and continue through Sept. 4 at the Phillips Collection. 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. Admission is $12; $10 for seniors and students; and free for ages 18 and younger. 202-3872151;

Mixed-media collages from Preston Sampson’s family series are part of a show at International Visions Gallery. place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the artists will give a talk June 21 at 7 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ Washington Studio School recently opened a graduation exhibit of paintings by certificate student Laurel Dugan and will continue it through June 30. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2129 S St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202234-3030.

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DISPATCHES From Page 15 plan in committees of three or four kids. We share ideas before we even pick up a single block,” said Ishaan Barrett. It is a three-day project. One day is spent building with blocks. Another day is for accessorizing with extra materials like clay, tissue paper, cardboard and pipe cleaners. The last day is for tours. We show our Maret School to the kindergarten class so they can see the first-grade classrooms. Second-, third- and fourth-graders visit, too, because they recognize the areas around Maret and remember when they built Maret out of blocks. It’s a fun way to end the year at Maret! — Ms. Wallace’s first-graders

National Presbyterian Students in grades first through sixth had Field Day at Turtle Park. The events included a long run, the sprint, the tug-o-war, a Hula-Hoop contest, jump roping, the ball toss, a clothing relay and an obstacle course. The school colors here are red and white, so there were two teams — Red and White. The parents association provided T-shirts for each team. Students walked over in the morning and came back later in the day. The fourth-, fifthand sixth-graders voted for a boy and girl from the sixth grade to serve as team captains. Field Day ended with an award ceremony, where every kid who won first, second or third was awarded with a ribbon. Every student in first through sixth grades got a participant ribbon. The White Team won by only 13 points. We would like to thank our P.E. teachers who made this all possible: Mr. Craig and Ms. Kay! — Kathleen Neill and Hailey McKelvie, fifth-graders

St. John’s College High School School is finally over at St. John’s. The week of finals ended and summer vacation has begun. The summer classes will begin soon, and so will the summer sports camps. The football camp will have an all-purpose session available for rising third-graders through rising ninth-graders. There will also be a session available for rising sixthgraders through rising ninthgraders, to be split into Big Man Camp, Skills Camp and Quarterback Academy. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

School Without Walls Last week was finals week. Each day there were two finals, organized by subject (“humanities,” “foreign language,” et cetera). First period is essentially free; students checked in with their teachers, but went wherever they needed to study. Lunches were extended to an hour and a half, giving more time to study and work on assignments.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 If students do not take a subject, they are expected to study in the library. Often they meet and work in the hallways, though, and that’s OK, too. Senior grades were due on Friday. It was also the day seniors were given clearance sheets, which had to be signed by all their teachers and the heads of departments. If their sheets are not signed, seniors do not graduate. It is pretty certain that Mr. Trogisch did this solely to ensure that seniors would be in school on Friday. Many girls skipped anyway, because they did not have any exams and prom was that night. It was held from 8 p.m. to midnight at a local hotel. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Sheridan School In fifth grade, we are working on our Shakespeare performance. As we are writing this, our classmates are transforming the room into a playhouse. We just cleaned out our desks, and we’re taking everything off the walls. On May 24, we performed for the Sunrise Senior Living retirement home, and on June 7, we’ll perform for the entire school community. Before we decided on scenes to perform, we read the Young Readers versions of several of Shakespeare’s plays. They helped us understand what was going on. Then we chose to do dramatic scenes as the theme for the performance. We went outside in groups to figure out which scenes would work and then voted on them. We chose the scene with Macbeth at the gates of Inverness, the final Macbeth death scene, the Hamlet graveyard scene, the final Hamlet death scene, the Romeo and Juliet party scene and the final Romeo and Juliet death scene. It takes a lot of practice to memorize the lines, and it takes a lot of effort to become the character. — Ethan Schwartz and Avery Adomaitis, fifth-graders

Stoddert Elementary We had a talent show at Stoddert. We got to see all of our friends perform on stage. We saw a lot of singing and dancing. I performed twice. I danced with a group of girls to “Monster High,” and I sang Adam Lambert’s song “If I Had You.” There were others who performed twice, too. I was yelling when my good friends performed. My favorite act was when my two best friends danced to “Dynamite.” They made up their own choreography. The moves were really good. They matched the song. I had a great time watching the show. It was really fun to hear Anaiah sing “Broken-Hearted Girl.” She sang on her own with no music. She was really good. It’s like she’s another person when she sings. I like that we are able to do talent shows. At my other school in California we couldn’t. Watching “Is It Time Yet” performed by the kindergartners was really cute, and the audience loved


them. — Leila Bruske, Isabella Colella and Maria Flores, fifth-graders

Washington International The sixth-grade French classes had a wonderful field trip recently. The classes visited the Sackler and Freer museums, accompanied by Mme. Theunynck, the French teacher; M. Delair, the French humanities teacher; and a few parent volunteers. The sixth-graders visited the exhibits of ancient Asia and saw statues, murals and carved stones. We saw several statues of Buddha, represented differently when influenced by different countries. We also saw Chinese vases representing animals, as well as other amazing pieces of art. While touring the various rooms of the museums, the students participated in a scavenger hunt and had to answer questions about ancient Asia in groups of three or four. The splendid time at the museum was followed by a delicious French lunch at Le Chat Noir. The students returned to the school just before the dismissal time. — Alexia Godron, sixth-grader

Wilson High School Two members of the Wilson debate team, Joe Haberman and Paul Banks, placed 13th in the national championship, becoming the highest-placing Wilson students in the team’s recorded history. They topped hundreds of other teams from all across the country. The 60th annual National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament began on May 28 and lasted two days. Much of it was held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The first day weeded out many teams: To move on to the next round, you needed to get at least a 3-2 record and nine judge’s ballots, as there were three judges in each round. That night was stressful as competitors anxiously awaited results. Team member Sarah Ulstrup described the scene as “completely crazy. Everywhere you looked there were people crying or jumping up and down. There were teams competing who had flown in. … It was probably one of the most important moments of their lives.” The next day the top 32 teams competed. Paul and Joe made it, and fellow students Julia Peck and Noah Klose missed by only one ballot, still making it further than most in the competition. Wilson Tigers were further encouraged when Paul and Joe made it to the next round, consisting of 16 teams. This was especially moving for debate coach K.J. Anderson, who is retiring from coaching after founding the team years ago. Joe Haberman said, “I was proud of our finish, but what made me really happy was knowing Ms. Anderson was proud of us. I just wanted to win for her.” — Kathleen Harn and Sydney Allard, 12th-graders

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