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Vol. X, No. 21

West End projects win early support

heels and all

■ Development: EastBanc

designs clear fine arts panel By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week voted tentative approval for two mixed-use complexes in the West End, enthusiastically supporting a striking 10-story building that will house the neigh-

borhood library, and also endorsing — with less enthusiasm — a stacked eight-story project that will include affordable housing atop a fire station and squash club. Plans for the library complex are “quite brilliant,” said one commissioner of the blocky asymmetrical building the EastBanc firm has proposed for 24th and L streets. It features eight stories of residential units “warped and twisted” on top of each other, looking like an unsta-

ble stack of blocks over a glassy two-story library that will stretch along L Street. The innovative design by architect Enrique Norten includes ground-floor retail space on 23rd Street, with a corner storefront to be occupied by a privately run cafe that will be accessible from the library, and two levels of underground parking. “Our intention is to bring a cerSee West End/Page 46

Enforcement effort sparks license convo By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Thousands of spectators — and many participants — turned out for the 25th anniversary of the Dupont high heel race on Tuesday night along 17th Street. The annual Halloween-season event began in 1986, when, as the story goes, a couple guys dressed in drag raced from one 17th Street bar to another.

A status update on “Operation Adams Morgan” last week evolved into a discussion on how to resolve what many see as an overconcentration of liquor licenses on 18th Street. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, at the Oct. 19 public meeting, said he plans to “put forward a proposal to reduce the number of licensees in the neighborhood,” since he is “absolutely convinced this is the central issue” behind Adams Morgan’s problems. Various city officials, including Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, hosted Wednesday’s meeting to report on the progress of Operation Adams Morgan. The program, which kicked off in late July to control nightlife chaos, has placed extra cops and enforcement officers on and around 18th Street on weekend nights. See Licenses/Page 38

Friends group plans to plant daffodils at Book Hill Park

Panel OKs steps linking Kennedy Center, park By ELIZABETH WIENER

■ Landscape: Other group

Current Staff Writer

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts voted approval last week for a long-awaited double stairway to connect the Kennedy Center’s west terrace with the parkland and Potomac River below. The preferred design involves two glass staircases, each surrounding an elevator, that will descend from the front terrace to a new plaza wedged between Rock Creek Parkway and a popular riverfront trail. That design differs only in minor detail from one proposed — and also approved in concept — four years ago. In the interim, funding issues slowed the project, while negotiations among four entities — the National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration, District Department of Transportation and Kennedy Center —

NEWS ■ Board staff advises against landmarking for Walmart site. Page 9. ■ Group works to save original D.C. boundary markers. Page 7.

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Both city officials and area residents reported on the successes of “Operation Adams Morgan” but discussed the need for long-term fixes.

targets Rock Creek for plants

By JESSICA GOULD Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Plans for the Kennedy Center steps have been in the works for years, but were slowed by funding and agency negotiation issues.

also prolonged planning. “It’s a very complicated project, involving four agencies, all with slightly different agendas,” Peter May, an associate regional director for the Park Service, told the fine arts panel last Thursday. See Stairs/Page 46

EVENTS ■ Studio Theatre presents ‘The Golden Dragon.’ Page 37. ■ National Portrait Gallery opens ‘Black List’ exhibit. Page 37.

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As a winter chill begins to set in, some residents are already preparing for spring. As they do every year, the Friends of Book Hill Park will hold a daffodil planting at the park Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30. Friends co-president Ginny Poole said the group plans to plant 500 bulbs to replace the flowers that

PASSAGES Rebellious DJs at Georgetown radio station reunite. Page 17. ■ New program makes storytellers of memoryimpaired seniors. Page 17. ■

have been lost or stolen over the past year. “Kids, families, all are welcome,” she said, adding that the annual planting is a key part of the group’s ongoing efforts to keep the park clean and attractive. Meanwhile, the Rock Creek Conservancy is raising money for another Georgetown beautification project. The group is seeking funds to support the planting of 5,000 daffodil bulbs, 2,250 coneflower bulbs, and 2,250 wild blue indigo bulbs along Rock Creek Parkway at the Pennsylvania Avenue exit. See Flowers/Page 46

INDEX Business/11 Calendar/32 Classifieds/45 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/15 Exhibits/37 In Your Neighborhood/26

Opinion/13 Passages/17 Police Report/6 Real Estate/25 School Dispatches/18 Service Directory/41 Theater/37

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Park Service, locals work through tensions By ALLISON BRENNAN Current Correspondent

“When is the preservation of the park’s history more important than someone getting run over?” Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein asked of a panel of National Park Service personnel Saturday. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton called a town-hall meeting that day to address local tensions with Park Service officials regarding spaces under the federal agency’s jurisdiction but located in District neighborhoods. “One of the complaints people had was reaching anybody with any authority,” Norton said.

And that was one of Silverstein’s concern when it came to the small triangular park at 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue. Community efforts to rehabilitate the Dupont park haven’t always meshed well with National Park Service historic preservation mandates. The most recent concern, Silverstein told Park Service officials, is the width of a sidewalk that runs along the park’s Connecticut Avenue side, which he said is insufficient to handle its heavy foot traffic. The park sits just north of one of the entrances to the Dupont Circle Metro stop, and its Connecticut Avenue sidewalk houses a bus stop, so pedestrian activity is busy. “That particular park was built in 1929, and since See Parks/Page 30

Residents back away from support of AU dorm By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

American University hasn’t been willing to work with neighbors on design modifications to its planned North Hall dormitory, community leaders told the Zoning Commission last Thursday, saying the panel should reject the building plans until the school resolves the issue. The school hopes to house about 358 students and a fitness center on the site of a parking lot between the President’s Office Building and the Wesley Theological Seminary property, atop a tree-lined hill overlooking Massachusetts Avenue. University officials said at the hearing that they hope to have the residence hall open by fall 2013, and neighbors have said the site is a good location for housing. But to the apparent surprise of university officials and zoning commissioners, the Spring Valley/ Wesley Heights advisory neighbor-

hood commission backed away from supportive statements made at its Oct. 5 meeting and in a subsequent Zoning Commission filing. Commission chair Tom Smith testified that the tall building would, as proposed, have a large, unsightly facade facing neighbors and Massachusetts Avenue passersby. “What we see is basically this industrial drab gray that is not in character for the community,” he said. The university recently redesigned the planned L-shaped North Hall, pulling it back farther from Massachusetts Avenue and adding an eighth story to only the section facing existing residence halls. At the neighborhood commission’s Oct. 5 meeting, Smith hailed the revisions as the result of “a model working relationship between American University and the community.” The neighborhood commission voted 7-1 to support the project on the conditions that the university

minimize the proposed eight-story building’s “visual impact”; work with the community to improve the planned facade; and submit construction, landscaping and stormwater management plans. But at last week’s hearing, neighborhood commission chair Tom Smith said those conditions had not been met. “If AU is unable to design an attractive building that minimizes the visual impact along Massachusetts Avenue, one solution would be reduce the height of the building and increase the setback required from Massachusetts Avenue,” Smith testified. Smith’s testimony provoked a lively exchange with zoning commissioner Peter May. “I find your testimony nothing short of shocking given the letter we’ve gotten,” May said. “The letter says, ‘We support it with these conditions.’ The conditions are pretty straightforward and seem to be achievable, but you’re See Dorm/Page 28




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The week ahead Thursday, Oct. 27

The National Park Service will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed safety improvements to the Rock Creek Parkway at Waterside Drive. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Volunteers will plant daffodils from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Book Hill Park, at Wisconsin Avenue and R Street. For details, contact Ginny Poole at 202-944-2753. ■ The Newark Street Park K-9 Friends will hold a one-year anniversary celebration and fundraiser for the Newark Street Dog Park. Activities will include training demonstrations, a storytime for children, a silent auction, a raffle, and collection of donated items for local animal shelters and rescue organizations. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the park, located at 39th and Newark streets NW. ■ The West End Citizens Association will hold its fall meeting, which will feature guest speaker Donovan Morris, manager of the new Whole Foods Market in Foggy Bottom. The agenda also features a presentation by Peter Chew on George Washington University’s proposed museum, including the relocated Textile Museum collection. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board will hold a Ward 1 community meeting on plans for iGaming DC, its online gambling program. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW. ■ The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature remarks by D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold a public hearing on enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle safety policies. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The State Health Planning and Development Agency will hold an information hearing on the application by Brinton Woods of Rock Creek LLC for the acquisition of Rock Creek Manor Nursing Home, a 180-bed skilled nursing facility at 2131 O St. NW. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 407, 899 North Capitol St. NE. ■ The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold a public hearing on police response to reports of hate crimes. The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel will hold a town-hall meeting on “D.C. Utility Quality of Services and Reliability.” The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.



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District Digest Teenagers charged in separate homicides The Metropolitan Police Department last week arrested two teens suspected in recent Northwest homicides, according to news releases from the department. Police arrested Derek Johnson, 17, of Northwest, on Oct. 18 in connection with an Oct. 8 homicide in the Petworth area, the department announced last Wednesday.

Johnson is charged with seconddegree murder in the stabbing death of Jamar Michael Freeman, 17, of Southeast, states a release. On Thursday, police arrested Christian Navarette-Rivas, 16, of Riverdale, Md., in connection with an Oct. 6 homicide in the 16th Street Heights area, according to a second news release. Police allege that Navarette-Rivas intentionally struck Miguel Angel Drullard Jr., 22, of Northwest, with a car on

14th Street. Navarette-Rivas was charged with second-degree murder. Both teens were identified because they were charged as adults.

Microsoft looking at St. Elizabeths site

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ness groups recently that Microsoft is considering establishing an “innovation center� on the St. Elizabeths Hospital site in Southeast. Hoskins said the company has built such centers, which its website describes as “applied research� facilities, in China and in Europe, but not in the United States. A big advantage of the St. Elizabeths site is that it is within view of and easily accessible from the U.S. Capitol building. Among the site’s visitors has been Microsoft’s director of innovation.

Federal aid sought for quake damage

The District is requesting federal funding for repairs to public facilities and landmarks damaged during the Aug. 23 earthquake, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. D.C. government facilities — mostly schools — collectively sustained more than $6.8 million in damage, the release says, and the Washington National Cathedral’s repair bill is estimated at $15 million. Mayor Gray sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday asking him to issue a disaster declaration, which would let the District apply for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

AIDS Walk celebrates 25th anniversary

Whitman-Walker Health will hold its 25th annual AIDS Walk Washington fundraiser on Saturday, honoring three individuals who have been part of the event’s histo-

ry as “Grand Marshals,� according to a news release. The marshals will be Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who served as the health center’s executive director from 1984 to 1998; Whitman-Walker psychotherapist Joe Izzo, who has participated in the AIDS Walk every year; and former Army nurse Maudie Jones, who worked with AIDS patients. Residents can donate or register to participate at As of yesterday morning, the event had raised slightly more than $642,000 out of a $1 million goal, according to the website.

D.C. Chamber doles out business awards

The D.C. Chamber of Commerce handed out several awards Saturday at its annual Chamber’s Choice gala at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Mark Ein, founder and chief executive officer of the technology holding company Venturehouse Group, was named Business Leader of the Year, and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the MidAtlantic States Inc. was named Business of the Year. EagleBank received the Economic Impact Award, and B. Smith of B. Smith’s Restaurant in Union Station won the Chamber’s Choice Award. The Chair’s Choice Award went to W. Christopher Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of the William C. Smith + Co. real estate firm.


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Project to expand Raymond Regulatory affairs director reports progress Rec Center to kick off soon By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Reconstruction of the Raymond Recreation Center in Petworth is on track to begin next month, following a brief and unpopular suggestion to fold a new headquarters for the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation into the plan. The project is now proceeding as originally planned, as a two-story, 24,000-square-foot new recreation center at 915 Spring Road, behind the Raymond Elementary School and within walking distance of the Petworth Metro station. JesĂşs Aguirre, director of the parks department, told Petworth

community members recently that the project — though lacking about $2 million in funds — should break ground within a few weeks. The agency had temporarily explored the idea of relocating its headquarters, now located in Columbia Heights at 3149 16th St. NW, into the renovated Raymond building. According to several sources, that change would have required another year or more of preparations. But the department “backed off� this concept quickly, according to local advisory neighborhood commissioner David Tumblin. “They were just exploring the idea, and it See Raymond/Page 30

Current Staff Report In an address before the Washington Circle Business Association last week, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs director Nicholas Majett said complaints about the agency have declined sharply in recent years. “Back in 1995, it was different,� he said. “Now, it’s a new DCRA.� Majett described many ways in which his department has increased efficiency by streamlining or simplifying processes. The agency is now doing a better job, for exam-

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Oregon Ave. reconstruction plans divide local residents By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

A handful of Oregon Avenue residents are so unhappy with the city’s plans to reconstruct their street that they have organized as a group and secured pro bono legal assistance to fight for a shift in direction. The Neighbors United to Preserve Oregon Avenue and Rock Creek Park, a seven-member committee with more than 250 signatories to a general petition of concern, formed after the D.C. Transportation Department released its environmental assessment on the project. The assessment weighed four options for reconstruction, three of which involve adding sidewalks and straightening the roadway. “We all read the EA,� said Beth Lamoreaux. “Not only were we

shocked at the massive change that was proposed for the street, but many of us felt ‌ it was not environmentally sound.â€? The group has retained support from the law firm Arnold and Porter, where one Oregon Avenue resident is head of the environmental division. Members said they sought the legal help simply to sift through all of the information and figure out how to proceed. Of course, not all residents agree with Neighbors United. One point of contention has been sidewalks, which the group opposes as an unappealingly urban change for their bucolic parkside road. Others say they’re crucial to improving safety along the street. “Literally, moms with their strollers will stop me and say, ‘Boy do we want a sidewalk on Oregon Avenue,’â€? said Gary Thompson, See Oregon/Page 27


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Oct. 16 through 22 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

psa PSA 201


■ chevy chase

Burglary ■ 3700 block, Jocelyn St.; residence; 3 a.m. Oct. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3300 block, Military Road; street; 8 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 3700 block, Morrison St.; street; 5 p.m. Oct. 18.

psa 202

■ Friendship Heights

PSA 202 Tenleytown / AU Park Robbery (snatch) ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:15 p.m. Ot. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 4700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Stolen auto ■ 42nd and Brandywine streets; street; 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 2:07 p.m. Oct. 16. ■ 5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 10:01 a.m. Oct. 17. Theft (below $250) ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:45 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19. ■ 4400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; government building; 11 a.m. Oct. 20.

psa PSA 203


■ forest hills / van ness

Burglary ■ 4600 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19. ■ 3600 block, Albemarle St.; residence; 3 p.m. Oct. 17.

psa PSA 206


■ georgetown / burleith

Robbery (snatch) ■ 3200 block, Prospect St.; sidewalk; 7:20 p.m. Oct. 17. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 3700 block, T St.; residence; 12:55 a.m. Oct. 23. Burglary ■ 1900 block, 35th St.; residence; 9 a.m. Oct. 19. ■ 3000 block, M St.; store; 1:35 a.m. Oct. 19. ■ 2800 block, N St.; residence; 1 p.m. Oct. 21. ■ 2800 block, Olive St.; residence; 9 p.m. Oct. 21. Stolen auto ■ 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 20. Theft (below $250) ■ 37th and O streets; university; 9 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 3000 block, M St.; store; 6:15 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ Wisconsin Avenue and S Street; parking lot; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 2500 block, P St.; residence; 9:50 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 3200 block, M St.; unspecified

Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1700 block, F St.; sidewalk; 9:35 a.m. Oct. 19. Burglary ■ 2100 block, I St.; residence; 1:40 a.m. Oct. 21. Theft (below $250) ■ 2600 block, I St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. Oct. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2500 block, M St.; street; 11 p.m. Oct. 21. ■ 1100 block, 25th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21. ■ 400 block, 18th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

premises; 1 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1600 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 5 a.m. Oct. 18. Theft (below $250) ■ 1800 block, I St.; office building; 1:54 p.m. Oct. 16. ■ 1500 block, 16th St.; street; 6:15 a.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 1500 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 1800 block, M St.; sidewalk; 12:30 a.m. Oct. 20. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 5:45 a.m. Oct. 20. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 7:20 a.m. Oct. 20. ■ 1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; store; 3:42 p.m. Oct. 20. ■ 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. ■ 2100 block, K St.; tavern; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 21. ■ 1400 block, U St.; tavern; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:25 p.m. Oct. 23. ■ 1500 block, 16th St.; church; 10:55 a.m. Oct. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1500 block, 15th St.; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1500 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 9 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 1500 block, Church St.; parking lot; 11 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 1700 block, 15th St.; street; 2 p.m. Oct. 19. ■ Florida Avenue and Q Street; gas station; 9:40 p.m. Oct. 21. ■ 1500 block, T St.; street; 2:15 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 1900 block, N St.; street; 4:15 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 19th Street and Riggs Place; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 22. Theft from auto (attempt) ■ 1500 block, Church St.; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 18.

Robbery (pocketbook snatch) ■ 14th and L streets; sidewalk; 11:25 p.m. Oct. 22. Robbery (snatch) ■ 1300 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 2:31 p.m. Oct. 23. Burglary ■ 900 block, P St.; residence; 6:40 a.m. Oct. 23. Stolen auto ■ 1400 block, 11th St.; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 16. ■ 11th and O streets; street; 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Theft (below $250) ■ 1400 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 11:16 a.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1400 block, P St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19. ■ 1300 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21. ■ 1400 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1300 block, Riggs St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16. ■ 1700 block, Johnson Ave.; street; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 900 block, R St.; street; 6:27 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1400 block, R St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1400 block, Church St.; parking lot; 4:30 a.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1600 block, 13th St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 91. ■ 1500 block, 14th St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Oct. 20. ■ 1300 block, S St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Oct. 20. ■ 1400 block, Corcoran St.; street; noon Oct. 20. ■ 1100 block, 12th St.; street; 1 p.m. Oct. 21. ■ 1600 block, 11th St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. Oct. 21. ■ Unspecified location; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 1200 block, L St.; street; 8 p.m. Oct. 22.

psa 208

psa PSA 303

psa 401

premises; 7 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 3:30 a.m. Oct. 22. ■ 1200 block, 36th St.; tavern; 12:01 a.m. Oct. 22. ■ 3100 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 31st and K streets; street; 11:15 a.m. Oct. 23. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 2800 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 9 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1000 block, 30th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Oc. 18. ■ 3200 block, M St.; parking lot; 9 p.m. Oct. 19. ■ 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 12:01 a.m. Oct. 22. ■ 1200 block, Potomac St.; alley; 6 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 1000 block, 30th St.; street; 11 p.m. Oct. 22. ■ 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 1 a.m. Oct. 23.

psa PSA 207


■ foggy bottom / west end

■ sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Robbery (armed) ■ 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 10:40 a.m. Oct. 17. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 5:05 a.m. Oct. 22. ■ Unspecified location; sidewalk; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 22. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1500 block, K St.; store; 4:05 p.m. Oct. 19. ■ 1900 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 1:15 p.m. Oct. 20. ■ 19th and N streets; sidewalk; 2 a.m. Oct. 23. Burglary ■ 1500 block, O St.; residence; 2:45 a.m. Oct. 21. ■ 1000 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 4:58 p.m. Oct. 18. Stolen auto ■ 16th Street and Riggs Place; street; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. ■ 1500 block, T St.; alley; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1000 block, 16th St.; hotel; 10 a.m. Oct. 16. ■ 1400 block, U St.; unspecified


■ adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1800 block, Summit Place; residence; 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Robbery (snatch) ■ 1800 block, Summit Place; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Oct. 18. Burglary ■ 2400 block, Ontario Road; residence; 6 a.m. Oct. 23. Theft (below $250) ■ 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 11:15 p.m. Oct. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2500 block, 17th St.; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 18. ■ 1600 block, Fuller St.; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

psa PSA 307


■ logan circle

Robbery (knife) ■ 1200 block, 11th St.; alley; 4:27 p.m. Oc. 23. Robbery (assault) ■ 1200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 2:23 p.m. Oct. 23. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1700 block, 13th St.; sidewalk; 6:15 a.m. Oct. 17.

■ colonial village

PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Robbery (gun) ■ 7th and Dahlia streets; street; 9:40 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 6900 block, Blair Road; restaurant; 11:19 p.m. Oct. 19. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ Aspen Street and Georgia Avenue; street; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 18. Burglary ■ 7800 block, Eastern Ave.; store; 4:15 a.m. Oct. 19. Stolen auto ■ 800 block, Dahlia St.; street; 9 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 400 block, Butternut St.; street; 2 a.m. Oct. 17. Theft (below $250) ■ 6900 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 100 block, Carroll St.; drugstore; 8:20 a.m. Oct. 20. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 7800 block, 14th St.; residence; 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1700 block, Tamarack St.; street; 2 p.m. Oct. 17. ■ 1300 block, Holly St.; street; 8:15 p.m. Oct. 20. ■ 500 block, Cedar St.; street; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

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GWU presents designs for On D.C. border, history hides along wayside intended museum building By CARL STRAUMSHEIM Current Correspondent

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The museum George Washington University hopes to construct on its campus will be three stories of limestone topped with a level of glassfaced office space, according to design renderings officials presented last week. As part of its campus plan, the university received preliminary zoning approval to construct a 65-foot-high museum on the site of an existing rose garden in the 700 block of 21st Street. The museum will house a donated collection of Washingtoniana artifacts and materials the university already owns. Additionally, the Textile Museum will relocate from SheridanKalorama to space in the new facility. As planned, the museum will attach to the historic Woodhull House, and part of that building will also become exhibit space. Streetlevel access to the blockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central plaza space would remain. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary visitor entrance and internal loading dock would be accessed from 21st Street. Both the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoning

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The museum will include textile and Washingtoniana collections.

Commission and Historic Preservation Review Board must sign off on design details before the university can get building permits to start construction. The school hopes to open the museum in mid2014. Officials presented the plans for the building at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, saying they expect to go before the preservation board Nov. 17. The Zoning Commission will review the impact of the building plans at a later date, but the historic review aims to ensure the plans See Museum/Page 38

In 2005, Stephen Powers took his daughter to visit some of the 40 boundary stones marking the original border of the District. The occasion: a second-grade homework assignment about Arlington County. Surprised by the lack of upkeep, Powers went on to survey every stone, compiling notes about locations and conditions. More than 3,500 photos and several months later, he reached an overwhelming conclusion: The historic sites were falling into disre-

pair. Powersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; findings inspired volunteers across the region, and since the spring of 2010, a group of civil engineers, land surveyors and concerned neighbors has been working to renovate the sites on a regular basis. Their work is part of a greater push by the National Capital Boundary Stones Committee to raise public awareness about some of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest monuments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stone feverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is what I like to call it,â&#x20AC;? said Powers, who serves as a director for the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil See Markers/Page 10

Mayor talks budget, schools in Chevy Chase Current Staff Report Mayor Vincent Gray told the Chevy Chase Citizens Association Thursday evening that the District expects to record a surplus of between $100 million and $125 million for the just-completed 2011 fiscal year. He also discussed issues in education, public safety and job creation, as well as health care for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less fortunate. Establishing a stable fiscal environment, Gray told the group, is one of his four top priorities, especially as the city has not had a truly bal-

anced budget for several years. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund balance, he said, fell from $1.6 billion to $800 million during the Fenty administration. Most of the remainder cannot be touched, he added, as it is required either for protecting outstanding bonds or by order of Congress. Thanks to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong credit rating and favorable market conditions, Gray said, the District was able to sell $800 million worth of short-term bonds at an interest rate of 0.27 percent to finance its expenses until tax revenues are received.

But Gray stressed that those revenues must be collected fairly: To applause, the mayor said he disapproved of the idea of taxing out-ofstate municipal bonds that had been purchased prior to the legislation taking effect, as it is inappropriate to have a retroactive tax. Gray also touted his bona fides in promoting education reform, particularly early-childhood schooling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People doubted my commitment to education reformâ&#x20AC;? during the mayoral campaign, Gray said, in spite of â&#x20AC;&#x153;shepherding education reform See Gray/Page 10


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Preservation staff advises against car-barn designation in Walmart case By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The dispute over a planned Walmart on Georgia Avenue is moving to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Review Board Thursday, with board staffers recommending against landmarking the old car barn that Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developer wants to tear down. The staff recommendation posted Friday is an important part of the proceedings, but the

board will make its own formal decision. A hastily formed group of anti-Walmart residents known as the Brightwood Neighborhood Preservation Association will also mount its case at the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing Thursday. And the local advisory neighborhood commission voted Monday to seek a one-month delay to allow a historian retained by the Brightwood group to flesh out research on the century-old street car barn at 5917-5929 Georgia Ave.

New program teaches kids about water conservation By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Students across the city are soaking in information about sustainability through a new program called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Water Wise D.C.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Water Wise helps kids engage in a real-world issue, which is water conservation and water management,â&#x20AC;? said Diane Wood, president of the National Environmental Education Foundation. The foundation created the program two years ago in Miami as a way to integrate water issues into typical math, science, reading and geography lessons.

This year, 15 D.C. schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Eaton Elementary, Mann Elementary, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School and Washington Latin Public Charter School in Northwest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are participating. The program, replete with training sessions for teachers, is scheduled to last 18 months, with support from HSBC Bank and Johnson Controls Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the kids learn about water in their schools, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using real data, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at real water bills, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning where water comes from, where it goes, what it costs and things that they can do right in their schools to manage See Water/Page 38

Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evans faces friendly fire at Georgetown fundraiser Current Staff Report At a charity fundraiser last week, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans got â&#x20AC;&#x153;roasted and toastedâ&#x20AC;? for everything from his desire to be mayor to his failed attempts to tax highly paid athletes when they compete in the District. To help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, the Georgetown Business Association and political satire troupe Hexagon hosted the Oct. 19 roast of Evans at the Four Seasons Hotel. The night kicked off with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton remind- Evans ing Evans that he is the only D.C. Council member who can remember back when she was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;first-termer.â&#x20AC;? Norton became delegate months before Evans was first elected to the council just over 20 years ago. The master of ceremonies, Bob Madigan of WTOP radio, made fun of Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; penchant to always wear the same tie, reporting that in fact he owns more than one. Former Virginia U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, who stated that he had retired from Congress â&#x20AC;&#x153;undefeated and unindicted,â&#x20AC;? said Evans was once

given the choice between $20, a bottle of whiskey or some Biblical scriptures. Evans walked out with all three options, Davis said, demonstrating that he would definitely become a politician. Poking fun of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation for affluence, Davis said Evans represents â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one group in the District who can truthfully claim there is taxation without representation.â&#x20AC;? He compared Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; part-time job with the Patton Boggs law firm to the post of U.S. vice president, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because nobody knows what either one does.â&#x20AC;? Linda Greenan, Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associate vice president for community affairs and a former Evans aide, remembered when she first met Evans back in 1980. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack came as a guest and never left,â&#x20AC;? she said. Greenan said her major memory of a visit to Dewey Beach was when Evans, in a singing session at Bottle & Cork, twisted the lyrics of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mack the Knifeâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack the Knife.â&#x20AC;? Everyone muffled their ears with cocktail napkins, she said, but Evans was undisturbed by the reaction. Current columnist and NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood said Evans likes to brag about being the longest-serving council member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It See Evans/Page 38

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They came to a conclusion without even hearing our insight,â&#x20AC;? Baruti Jahi, leader of the Brightwood group, said of the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all know the Walmart folks donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it landmarked. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically saying no without hearing our historianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument or presentation.â&#x20AC;? The old brick car barn has become the latest battleground over Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to open four stores in the District, largely because a landmark designation by the preservation

board would create major obstacles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or at least, major delays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for developer FoulgerPratt as it prepares the Georgia Avenue corner for a one-story, 106,000-square-foot retail store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look forward to a favorable decisionâ&#x20AC;? from the preservation board, Walmart spokesperson Steve Restivo said in an email. Restivo said he could not give a timeline for opening the store until construction begins, but he See Walmart/Page 28





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MARKERS From Page 7

Engineers — one of the organizations featured on the committee. The stones were placed in 1791 and 1792 after a heated debate about where the new federal district should be located. Following astronomer and mathematician Benjamin Banneker’s calculations, Andrew Ellicott led a team of surveyors that placed a stone for every mile they traveled. Back then, the stones rested in fields and forests. As the city grew, some of the stones became part of more modern landscapes: people’s front yards or, in the case of the northernmost boundary stone, an area between town houses and the stretch of East-West Highway that runs through Silver Spring. On Saturday, volunteers — armed with paint scrapers, primer

The Current and stories about the stones’ history — were working to restore six stones along the District’s northern border. Like many Washingtonians, neighbor Allen Browne stumbled across the northernmost stone by accident. “I got stuck in traffic right here one day about 15 years ago, and I looked over to my right and saw this and thought, ‘That has to be the smallest cemetery I’ve ever seen!’” Browne said. On Saturday morning, the stone was covered by a thick layer of fallen leaves — invisible but for the wrought-iron fence surrounding it. The Daughters of the American Revolution added fencing around this and other stones in 1915 as part of a pledge to maintain the sites. But after nearly a century, some are showing signs of serious neglect. Powers’ group therefore faced little opposition when it set out to

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Volunteers help restore the fence surrounding the northernmost boundary stone. restore the fences in 2007. So far, 13 of the original 40 sites — 36 of which now remain — have been renovated, their fences scraped and repainted. Other sites were not as lucky. One mile southeast of the northernmost boundary stone, a marker was accidentally bulldozed in 1952. Today, its absence is commemorated by a plaque. Although the remaining stones

were added to the National Register of Historic Places by 1996, the Nation’s Capital Boundary Stones Committee is pushing for the sites to be designated as National Historic Landmarks. “With that designation, the National Park Service would have to take care of them. They’d have to be funded, maintained — and they’d get awareness through that,” Powers said. Now one stone — SW No. 9 — is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It sits in Benjamin Banneker Park in Falls Church, Va., in memory of the original planner. Further attempts to grant individual stones that status have been turned down. With the fences celebrating their centennial in 2015, Powers and the rest of the volunteers appear to be on track with their plan to renovate every site. “It’s either all or nothing now,” Powers said.


From Page 7 through the city council.” The mayor pointed out he had pushed legislation through the council for all District 3- and 4-yearolds to have access to preschool, noting that key brain development takes place before age 5. Answering a question about ensuring the quality of the programs, he said the programs would increasingly fall under the auspices of public or charter schools rather than nonprofits, which have offered inconsistent results. “There was a group of very nice people who were not prepared,” Gray recalled. The mayor said he plans to expand the city’s offerings to include a program for children as young as six months. The children will be read to and enjoy what children from better educated families receive, said Gray, adding that nonprofits could be very helpful in this area. “If you reach the kids earlier, you’re going to do better. ... Hearing words is how you build vocabulary.” The city, he said, will reap the benefits 10 to 15 years down the road.” Gray also announced progress in special-education spending. By next September, he said, the city will reduce expenses by $25 million to $30 million; it now spends $160 million on private schools plus $90 million on transportation. The savings, he said, will be reinvested in education. Gray also boasted of an area in which he has increased spending — reopening the city’s police academy, which was temporarily shut down due to budget cuts when Gray entered office. Now, the academy will train 300 new officers to more than make up for the 120 who leave the system each year. By year’s end there will be 3,200 officers; the goal, he said, is to have 3,800. Despite those hires, the key to ending the city’s 11 percent unemployment rate lies in the private sector, said Gray, who added that he is personally calling on firms to come here and to stay here. And one project — stalled in that pipeline for years — is already doing so, he noted. After a massive infusion of capital from the government of Qatar, construction is finally under way at the site of the old convention center. According to projections, CityCenterDC will lead to 3,000 construction jobs and 3,000 new permanent jobs. And there’s more good news in Shaw, Gray noted: The O Street Market development will break ground in mid-November. Gray also reported progress in keeping residents healthy. Asked about health care in wards 7 and 8, he said there soon will be three new clinics east of the Anacostia River. With only 3.2 percent of the District’s children not covered by some kind of insurance, “the problem is access, not coverage.”

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Mellow Mushroom concept lands on 18th Street


hen a lawyer ditches her nonprofit career and starts a pizzeria called the Mellow Mushroom, you can bet people make assumptions about her new lifestyle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had so many people jealous of me in my entire life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mostly my lawyer friends,â&#x20AC;? said 33-year-old Pooja Mehta, who opened the restaurant at 2436 18th St. in Adams Morgan last week. But in fact, Mehta is working so hard that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been driven to new means of fending off exhaustion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like dancing with delirium. In front of her staff. In the middle of the night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s either laugh or cry, man,â&#x20AC;? she said, laughing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you want to see?â&#x20AC;? Mellow Mushroom is a chain of pizzerias â&#x20AC;&#x201D; launched nearly four decades ago by three friends in Georgia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but each shop is a franchise, and Mehta and her co-owner, her 30-year-old brother, Amit, have franchising in their genes. Their father, Ashok, went from working as assistant manager of a Burger King in 1980 to owning 26 outposts in multiple states today. And both kids spent time helping out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved it,â&#x20AC;? said Pooja Mehta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was so fun. I would make my Whopper Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look so pretty.â&#x20AC;? The comfort food at Mellow Mushroom looks appealing, too: The shop offers 14 specialty pies and scores of choose-your-own-topping options â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of them handtossed pies with a little molasses in

regulars and two rotating choices â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as 50 bottles. Mehta encountered the Mellow beth cope Mushroom concept years ago while visiting a relative at Auburn the crust â&#x20AC;&#x153;so it caramelizes a little bitâ&#x20AC;? when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baked on a stone, said University. Later, when considering a franchise, she and Amit took a Mehta. tour of the chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outposts. Mehta says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partial to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got fat,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really, Philosopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pie, which has an really loved the food.â&#x20AC;? She also olive oil and garlic base, topped with grilled steak, portobello mush- loved the attitude of the owners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really felt the rooms, artipeople we met choke hearts [were], not like and kalamata Kool-Aid olives, as well happy, but they as three cheeses: felt like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d provolone, feta made the right and mozzarella decision.â&#x20AC;? ($13.95 for a The newest 10-inch pie to Bill Petros/The Current Mellow $25.95 for a Mushroom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Siblings Pooja and Amit Mehta 16-inch). and D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s She says own the 18th Street franchise. only; the closother popular est location otherwise is in choices are the Kosmic Karma, Charlottesville, Va. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; opened at 6 which combines mozzarella, sunp.m. Friday to crowds of the chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and Roma tomatoes on a red-sauce base, fans. It â&#x20AC;&#x153;was packed with people from Atlanta, people from South and tops it all off with a pesto swirl ($12.95 to $24.95); and the Magical Carolina, people from North Carolina,â&#x20AC;? said Mehta. Mystery Tour, which takes a pesto So is her dad proud? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s base crust and sauce and covers it over the moon,â&#x20AC;? she said. And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with button and portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, spinach, feta and also on the floor: â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] been here every day.â&#x20AC;? jalapeĂąos ($13.50 to $24.95). The menu also includes appetiz- Mellow Mushroom is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through ers like garlic bread and hummus, Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. as well as salads, calzones, hoagies Friday and Saturday, with the kitchand desserts. And Mellow en closing at midnight during the Mushroom is a great spot for beer, week and 1 a.m. on the weekends. offering 24 varieties on tap â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 22






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Preserving predictability

D.C. has a strong preservation law that contributes mightily to protecting our architectural and historical legacy, whether it be entire neighborhoods like Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park or individual landmarks like the Avalon Theatre and the old Columbia Hospital for Women. There’s also a vigorous historic preservation community. Yet there are recurring instances in which anti-development forces seek to harness the process for their own ends, irrespective of the historic value of their targets. In some cases, the board has rejected the suggested landmark; in most instances, staff members weed out questionable applications, though the process still engenders delays. In the case of the century-old Georgia Avenue car barn, the newly formed Brightwood Neighborhood Preservation Association has sought to protect the structure from Walmart and developer FoulgerPratt. We are glad to learn that the D.C. Historic Preservation Office staff has recommended against approval — in part because the “utilitarian brick structure” has been so heavily altered over the years. But the decision rests with the Historic Preservation Review Board. In our minds, the timing is as problematic as the request itself. Walmart’s plans to open a store at the Ward 4 site have been in the news since late 2010, but the landmark request was not filed until last month. The backers organized after Foulger-Pratt began dismantling the car barn’s roof beams and filed for demolition permits. Though the Historic Preservation Office has moved quickly since to consider the application, it is now six weeks later, with the board slated to consider the application Thursday. The District needs to hone the process to avoid last-minute requests that do much to bolster an anti-business reputation for the city. We suggest that the city set up a way for property owners to seek board guidance early in the process — with an opportunity for public input — on whether a particular structure is a potential landmark. A “no” vote would preclude a landmark application later on. That would help offer developers certainty and avoid unnecessary delays and costly design revisions late in the game.

Making progress

Back when Mayor Vincent Gray hired Victor Hoskins as deputy mayor for planning and economic development, the mayor told his new employee that the CityCenterDC project at the old convention center site had been in the planning stage for 11 years. “It needs to be done,” Mr. Hoskins recalled the mayor telling him. Now, 10 months later, the financing has been arranged and construction has started, which will include some 200,000 square feet of retail, 500,000 square feet of offices and 700 housing units. While Mr. Hoskins should not receive all of the credit, his drive and sense of optimism are major reasons the business community has such praise for the mayor. Said the former Maryland economic development official, “I’ve never been in a place with so many optimistic signals” as the District. Mr. Hoskins has worked to hone the city’s focus, using a tiered system to evaluate the 158 projects he faced when joining the office to concentrate on 24. And under his leadership, long-planned project after project has moved to the fore, with shovels in the ground. Given our high unemployment rate, nothing could be better. The CityCenterDC project alone will offer thousands of jobs, many of which will be filled by District residents. Unlike the agency’s past leaders, Mr. Hoskins has arranged for our mayor to meet with decision-makers who have shown an interest in locating here as well as local businesses considering leaving. As a result, Microsoft is now considering opening its first “innovation center” in the United States at the St. Elizabeths site in Ward 8. As Mr. Hoskins related at a recent D.C. Chamber of Commerce board meeting, when he first met his wife, he thought she was out of his league. But he asked, and she accepted. “You have to ask!” he told the chamber members.

What’s shaking … ?


ayor Vincent Gray is shaking the federal money tree. The mayor last week asked federal emergency management officials for $21.8 million in disaster relief funds because of the August earthquake. But only a small part of that money is for District government damage. The mayor’s request includes $15 million for the Episcopal Church’s Washington National Cathedral. The rest is for damage to public schools and city government buildings. “We look forward to working with the federal government to identify the best ways to recover from damages to our infrastructure and facilities like roads, bridges, schools and landmarks like the National Cathedral,” the mayor said in a prepared statement. Mayor Gray did a well-publicized tour of the Cathedral grounds last week. “We support the restoration,” he said, noting that the Cathedral is “far more than a religious institution.” He called it an “iconic structure [that plays] an enormous role in the nation, not just the District of Columbia.” Cathedral officials are struggling to cover the repair costs, which they estimate will be at least $15 million. The last few years have been tough on the Cathedral’s finances. Aside from the quake damage, the annual operating budget has dropped from about $20 million to about $12 million. But Cathedral officials promised that any donations given for building repair will be used for such work and not for operations of the Cathedral itself. “I would like to dispel any rumors that we’re using capital funds to support our operating budget,” said Andrew Hullinger, senior director of finance and administration. Hullinger acknowledged that it’s possible the Federal Emergency Management Agency may turn down the city request. “If we need to, if we do not receive FEMA funding … we will go coast to coast” in search of donors to help restore the Cathedral, he said. The Cathedral has been draped in chain-link fencing since the earthquake in August. Officials hope to reopen it the weekend of Nov. 12 and 13. ■ Shaking the shackles. Yet another midlevel government worker is headed to jail for corruption and theft. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen’s staff reported last

week that 47-year-old Mary Ayers-Zander, a former tax examiner for D.C., pleaded guilty to wire fraud involving more than $400,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. She won’t be sentenced until February. Now, we really don’t understand the sentencing procedures, the delays and all that, but that’s not the point of this item. We want to repeat the quote from the U.S. attorney that accompanied the news release about Ms. Ayers-Zander, who faces fines and imprisonment. “This tax examiner was supposed to be protecting the public’s tax dollars, not squandering them on herself and her friends,” said Machen. “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates how vigilant we must be to detect abuses of the public trust in government agencies and how committed we are to prosecuting those who seek to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense.” That kind of tough language could have a few city officials doing their own shaking. ■ Rolling snake eyes? The prospect of online gaming in the District has some citizens riled up. It began when activist Marie Drissel and others noted that the city passed the authorizing legislation — to allow “hot spot” gambling on computers all around town — almost in secret. Now the whole shebang has been delayed until community meetings can be held in each of the city’s eight wards. Three have been held so far. But there was more suspicion and outcry last week after the planned Ward 6 meeting was postponed. The lottery’s notice didn’t reach many people, leading to complaints that the delay was an effort to cut down the size of the crowd. Lottery officials denied that, apologized and rebooted. After lottery officials talked to Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, the Ward 6 meeting was rescheduled for Nov. 21 to give people more time to plan. It’ll be held in the North Hall of Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. In all, there will be five iGaming meetings in the remaining five wards in November. After that, we may have a better idea of whether the city government feels comfortable going forward. The whole iGaming gig got off on the wrong foot, and every misstep — particularly in the current city atmosphere of corruption — just undermines the money-making idea. Don’t place your bets on iGaming happening yet. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Noël deserves seat on D.C. commission

There is very strong support for Elizabeth Noël’s confirmation to the Public Service Commission throughout the District, especially among tenants. Why? Because she has provided fair, impartial and distinguished service throughout her public life, notably during her long tenure as head of the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel. Every citizen in this city has benefited from her work. Tenants seek no special treatment, only fairness in utility rate paying and the ability to live in an affordable city. The rich can live anywhere; tenants can’t. Runaway rents and utility rates are forcing the most

vulnerable among us out of the city — and nobody understands these demographics and hardships better than Ms. Noël. The “conflict of interest” and “functionality” arguments against this nomination are completely bogus and were debunked by the vast majority of witnesses, lay and professional, at the D.C. Council’s recent confirmation hearing. Each is a red herring contrived by entrenched special interests, with Pepco in the lead. Ms. Noël has called this giant utility to account on unfair and excessive costs, and Pepco’s strident opposition is nothing less than “get even” time. The definitive answer to both of these arguments against Ms. Noël was provided by the D.C. attorney general, the city’s top lawyer, who found no impediments whatsoever to Ms. Noël’s nomination. The most compelling reasons

to confirm are Ms. Noël’s outstanding qualities and the great need for them on the Public Service Commission now. She is an outstanding litigator, combining legal brilliance with extraordinary integrity, decency and commitment to the public weal. As such, she would fill a key gap in a critical agency that has become largely moribund. As people’s advocate, she has befriended the tenant cause countless times. Our organization’s board has unanimously supported her confirmation. We have testified many times before the council and endorsed many outstanding nominees for public office. We believe Ms. Noël is the finest one to date, and we respectfully urge the council to act promptly and favorably on her behalf. Jim McGrath Chair, D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition

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Letters to the Editor Ward Circle poses major safety risks

I am concerned about the traffic in Ward Circle next to American University and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I feel like the crossings and intersections have become a dangerous place not only for pedestrians, but also for drivers. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m driving, I worry Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get rear-ended when I stop for students and other pedestrians in the crosswalks. When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m walking, I fear for my life trying to cross Nebraska and Massachusetts avenues. From my observations, some drivers have difficulty navigating which lanes of the circle they should be in. All in all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very confusing and dangerous, I believe. Thomas R. Snowden McLean Gardens

Residents support wider sidewalks

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 12 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Businesses balk at plan for sidewalksâ&#x20AC;? was poorly written and researched and did not accurately report what happened at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission. The Current failed to mention that community members spoke in favor of the resolution to keep as much of the newly constructed sidewalk as possible available for the public to walk on. Of the members of the business community quoted in the article, only one, the Amsterdam Falafelshop, operates a sidewalk cafe in Adams Morgan. Located on private space in front of the business, it will remain unaffected by the streetscape. Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sidewalks must serve the 16,000 neighborhood residents, as well as the visitors drawn by the many restaurants; there are approximately 7,000 seats at Alcoholic Beverage Control Board-licensed establishments in the neighborhood, and many more at restaurants that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve beer, wine and spirits. These sidewalks have historically been grossly inadequate to accommodate the volume of visitors and residents on busy weekends and other nights. Pedestrians routinely walk in the streets due to sidewalk crowding. A prime purpose of the 18th Street streetscape project is to create safe, walkable sidewalks that will benefit residents, visitors and business owners alike. Under the advisory neighbor-

hood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation to the D.C. Public Space Committee, none of the 15 existing cafes in the area affected by the streetscape project would be reduced in size, so there is no threat of loss of seats. The additional sidewalk width gained in many places will only bring the width into the typical ranges in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current public space regulations (10 feet of clear unobstructed passageway, which the committee can reduce to 6 feet in its discretion). So, under even the existing rules, very few restaurants that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already have sidewalk cafes would be eligible to create them. This is due to the physical details of the street and has nothing to do with fairness. Denis James Adams Morgan

University has taken valuable measures

As residents of the communities near Georgetown University, we want to applaud the recent steps the university has taken to maintain the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Since school started this year, the university has deployed twicedaily trash patrols on the streets of West Georgetown and Burleith, collecting more than 100 tons of trash â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including non-university trash. The university has hired seven Metropolitan Police Department officers to patrol on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, working with campus security officers to prevent and deter crime on our neighborhood streets. In addition, the university has started a new shuttle bus service to take students to and from M Street, which means fewer students traveling on foot through our neighborhoods late at night. Each of these new initiatives benefits residents who live near the university. But all District residents benefit from the economic development and services that the university provides to the city. Georgetown University is the largest private employer in the city, employing more than 9,800 people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 40 percent of whom live in D.C. Last year, the university spent $86 million on goods and services from D.C. businesses. Georgetown University undergraduate and graduate students provide countless hours of volunteer public service to District residents each year at free health clinics, soup kitchens and other social service agencies. Overall, Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive impact on our city is broad and deep. When the university prospers, it enhances all of our lives. We also applaud the university for listening to its neighbors to the

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west by removing the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;loop roadâ&#x20AC;? proposal from the campus plan. The university is now proposing an approach to providing better internal circulation for its commuter shuttle buses that will reduce the number of buses on neighborhood streets without building the loop road. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win for everyone. Whether we moved here recently or years ago, we each made a decision to live near Georgetown University, knowing that there are pluses and minuses to living near any large institution. On balance, we continue to think that the benefits of living near the university far exceed any negative impacts. We appreciate the importance of Georgetown University to our neighborhood and support its campus plan, which includes these new community initiatives. And we thank Georgetown University for its continuing efforts to enhance our city and to be a good neighbor. Grace Bateman Georgetown

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The new Brooks Brothers outlet at 31st and M streets is a distinct asset to the neighborhood, with excellent displays and professional, courteous and helpful sales associates. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Saraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market at 30th and P streets, now under new ownership. The former longtime owner, a neighborhood resident, employed friendly clerks who made it a pleasure to stop by and pick up a few items. Since the business has been sold, there has been a distinct change for the worse. The new clerk, whom I believe to be the owner as well, is unfriendly and seems to enjoy arguing. His communication skills are poor. Although the addition of an on-site dry cleaning establishment is a plus, unfortunately the same attitude and lack of customer service prevails there. There always seems to be an extraordinary spot/stain removal problem requiring extra (read: expensive) treatment. I removed the soil on one such area with a moist tissue! After six years as a loyal customer, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be returning. Betty M. van Iersel Georgetown

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Letters to the Editor Careful development appropriate for plant The U.S. General Services Administration is going to be selling the unused West Heating Plant in Georgetown. The heating plant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the equivalent of an eight-story building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; runs the length of an entire city block alongside the C&O Canal National Historical Park. South of the plant building is a large, mostly open coal yard and tank facility that runs on the east along Rock Creek and on the west along 29th Street down to its intersection with K Street. The question is whether we can make this an opportunity of the sort that gave us our great Georgetown Waterfront Park and the C&O Canal Park, both created out of 19th-century industrial zones. These public spaces contribute immeasurably to the character and profile of Georgetown today. The opportunity before us is to take at least the area south of the plant

â&#x2013; Require council members to state on the record whether they have a conflict of interest or potential conflict prior to consideration of any proposed legislation before a council committee or the full body. Any member with such a conflict would be required to refrain at all times from participating in the matter in any way. â&#x2013;  Require any elected official with knowledge that another elected official or District employee has violated the conflict-of-interest laws to report it immediately to the D.C. inspector general and a new D.C. ethics commission. â&#x2013;  Establish an independent commission to strictly enforce all ethics matters, conflict-of-interest laws and financial reporting requirements of elected officials and candidates. The commission would not only look into allegations raised by others but also initiate its own investigations to determine potential violations. Of its seven members, four should come from community organizations, labor and business. The mayor and city council should each fill one seat; the D.C. attorney general (who will be elected beginning after the 2014 election) should be the seventh member. â&#x2013;  Eliminate council member constituent services funds. At present, members can raise up to $80,000 a year, most of which comes from special interests. When soliciting funds, members say these accounts will be used to assist residents with emergency needs, such as paying rent to avoid an eviction or an electricity bill to avoid a cutoff of service. The fact is these funds are used mostly for activities to enhance their reelection. â&#x2013;  Ban contractors and others from doing business with the city if they have misrepresented their experience, qualifications or abilities during a contract-award process in the past five years. â&#x2013;  Ban anyone from doing business with the city who has been convicted or financially penalized in the past five years for insurance, financial, contracting or other types of fraud. â&#x2013;  Prohibit contributions for expenses of an elected officialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition (instead use available government facilities, phones and supplies), and limit contributions for inaugural activities to $100. Currently, special interests can make contributions of $25,000 or more to both transition and inaugural committees, and no public reporting is required. Dan Wedderburn is chair of the government reform committee of the group DC for Democracy.

building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the large open-land portion of the site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and make it into parkland. This would create a broad lawn stretching from 29th Street to the bank of Rock Creek. We cannot let this opportunity pass. This will be our only chance to give our community access to a beautiful stream that for decades has been walled off by ill-conceived industrial development. Right now, Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only access to Rock Creek is a narrow cement path behind two office buildings. Plans for the Waterfront Park drawn up around 2000 specifically called for the heating plant site ultimately to become parkland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a community goal for decades. Given the General Services Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need to raise cash, some development appears inevitable. A win-win solution would be: â&#x2013; develop just the plant building, with its huge footprint, as condos or a hotel; â&#x2013;  preserve some of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art deco architectural features, while allowing the developer to cut open substantially more window space than the fortress-like plant structure has now;

â&#x2013; develop the area south of the plant as an open-field, passive park with access to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;softâ&#x20AC;? bank of Rock Creek; and, â&#x2013;  allow the developer to build a multilevel underground parking structure under the parkland given that the developer cannot realistically dig needed parking underneath the massive plant building. Additionally, removing the soil under the yard and tank area for underground parking, and then covering it with fresh topsoil, would likely solve various environmental issues for the developer. If we can agree that such an approach makes sense, picking a developer with a track record of quality projects and sensitivity to Georgetown issues will be critical. Certainly Anthony Lanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EastBanc would fit this profile based on its successful redevelopment of the Georgetown incinerator plant at 31st and K streets; there may well be others. As long as public-interest principles are respected, a compromise on development can benefit all. Steve Crimmins Georgetown

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Rebel DJs reunite at WGBT, once-controversial GU station

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent


he Georgetown University radio station that Spiro Agnew once skewered as “the voice of third-world communism” celebrated its provocative history with a first-ever reunion of disc jockeys, station managers and fans during the university’s homecoming events this past weekend. WGTB, which was founded in 1946, was once known as one of the most controversial college radio stations in the country, thanks to its progressive music and news programming, which in the 1970s covered topics such as anti-Vietnam War protests, the labor movement and gay and lesbian issues. The station also aired ads for contraceptives. By 1979, conflicts between the university and the students and staff running the station climaxed, and the administration pulled the station off the air and sold the signal to the University of the District of Columbia for $1. In 1997, that school sold the signal to C-SPAN for $13 million. Georgetown’s radio station was regenerated in the 1980s, and it went digital in 1996. Caroline Klibanoff, who has been a DJ since her freshman year and is now the station’s general manager as a senior, organized the reunion after she stumbled across some of the station’s archives when cleaning out the broadcast space this summer. “I heard that the alumni of the station had an active network, so their enthusiasm and the incredible history of the station combined with the archives I found -- I thought, ‘Wait, we have to do this,’” said Klibanoff. “We had something to show the alumni, we had people that wanted to come back and talk, and we have DJs that don’t know their history.” On Saturday in a room next to station’s

broadcast center, more than 75 people gathered for a two-hour open-mic session that was streamed live and included alumni, former staff and current students sharing stories about working at the station. For many alums, the station was the cornerstone of their undergraduate experience at Georgetown and impacted the careers they have today. John Paige, one of the founders of the 9:30 Club, was a DJ in the 1970s while an undergraduate at Georgetown. He stayed on after graduating in 1973 until the station was shut down in 1979. “Because of the relationships we were able to build with importers, we had the first and sometimes the only copies of certain records on the entire East Coast,” said Paige, including work by David Bowie, Tubular Bells and Bob Marley and the Wailers. “Some of the music was really underground stuff that you couldn’t hear anywhere else,

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Alumni of Georgetown University’s WGTB radio station, which was shut down for years, gathered at a reunion last weekend.

and we became known as a progressive station.” Paige added that when the university threatened to shut down the station in 1979, the petition to keep WGTB alive was the largest that had ever been presented to the Federal Communications Commission. But it was the news coverage and the ads for contraception that truly tested the Catholic university’s patience. In 1971, the university hired Ken Sleeman as a station manager to help “fire the troublemakers and hire squares,” according to

Sleeman, who now lives in Rockville and attended the reunion. But he said the same kinds of students gravitated to the station, so its message remained the same. Sleeman was fired at the end of 1975 and banned from campus. “They probably don’t know I’m here,” Sleeman said during the live broadcast. The final straw during his tenure came when the university opposed ads the station was running for a clinic in the District that offered referrals to abortion services. Sleeman noted that to this day, Georgetown’s radio station is still not allowed to discuss contraception on air. Today the station is completely studentrun, and it airs exclusively online. “I hope that we bring a diverse voice to campus,” said Klibanoff, who competes for an audience these days with iTunes and iPods. “We give 200 people a chance to talk every week, and we hope we fill a need in the campus community that they can’t get anywhere else.”

Program makes storytellers out of memory-stricken seniors By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer


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Liz Nichols runs the TimeSlips storytelling program at Iona Senior Services.

t Iona Senior Services, the lunchroom is humming with memories. “The best time in my life was when I got married and had a family,” one woman recalls. But when she tries to remember her children’s names, her smile fades. “My kids’ names,” she trails off. “My God. I can’t start thinking about that. It’s too hard.” Sharon O’Connor oversees the Tenleytown facility’s adult day center, which provides seniors with a suite of services. “They come here to our program if they need some extra assistance during the day, or maybe some oversight from a nurse,” she said. And according to O’Connor,

many of the participants struggle with various forms of memory loss. “It could be something as simple as mild cognitive impairment, where you would say, ‘Gosh, I can never remember where I put my keys,’” she said. “Or it could be memory loss that would be more dementia or Alzheimer’s, where you would say, ‘I’m not quite sure what these keys are for.’” That’s why, O’Connor said, she was so excited when she learned about a storytelling program designed specifically for people with memory loss. According to the program’s website, a University of Wisconsin professor named Anne Basting established TimeSlips in 1996 to “replace the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.” This fall, with support from the National

Storytelling Network, facilitator Liz Nichols began offering TimeSlips sessions at Iona. “It works by getting people together in a circle, in a quiet place, and starting with a photograph or something else to prompt everyone to make up a story together,” Nichols said. “And then we have someone write down and echo back what they’ve said. Because if people have short-term memory loss, 10 minutes later they might not remember what they’ve said.” On a recent morning, a group of seniors settled into a circle at Iona. Nichols handed out a photo of an old-fashioned airplane, gliding into the sunset. “Charles Lindbergh,” one participant called out. And so the story began. Words turned into sentences, and sentenc-

es became paragraphs. As each participant spoke, Nichols wrote down their contributions and echoed them back. Soon a full story emerged. “Charles Lindbergh and his wife are flying from New York to Paris,” Nichols said. “They visit museums and look at beautiful portraits. ... Then they’re out, strolling the streets of Paris, and they’re singing ‘Frère Jacques.’” The seniors sang along. “The idea behind TimeSlips is that, aside from the fact that people lose their language ability, even more so they lose their confidence in their ability to express themselves,” Nichols said. “But with the right encouragement and the right setting, people can reveal a lot of creativity they still have, especially if you don’t press them to remember.”

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radioâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;la publicitĂŠ,â&#x20AC;? or advertising. We learned about advertising by creating our own product and making posters to advertise it. We had to use techniques for persuasion such as lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;imperatif and the new vocabulary we learned. After we completed our posters, we presented them to the rest of the class, which is good practice for the oral presentations we will have to do as part of our final IB grade in French. It was interesting (and in some cases very funny) seeing what others had done. Henry presented his product, a 1969 Ford Mustang; Laia and Robbie made an out-ofthe-ordinary poster persuading consumers to buy a somewhat bizarrelooking green cereal called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uraniosâ&#x20AC;?; and Savannah talked about her anti-smoking poster. My product was a personalized robotĂŠcole that does studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homework for them! We then did a timed writing exercise, similar to what we will have to do in the end-of-year exam, writing letters of complaint to each other about the faults of each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products. Inventing and presenting our products on posters was very fun. I am looking forward to the next unit, in which we will be learning about social problems such as homelessness. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Serrichio, Year 13 Berkley (12th-grader)

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fundraisers and even some major news. African, Chinese, American, Spanish and Mediterranean â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we have all types of cultures at Alice Deal. These cultures come together on International Night, an event where all five of these backgrounds are featured. Everybody brings in one food dish from one of these cultures. Two Thursdays ago, all of the school came at night to enjoy these exciting and interesting foods. We raised $5,000 in support of school activities. Just this month the students at Alice Deal received some shocking news: Our beloved principal is leaving Deal to go on to do bigger and better things (although I ask myself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What could be better than Deal?â&#x20AC;?). Principal Kim is leaving after six years as the head of our school. She leaves her principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in good hands, though, because our vice principal, Mr. Albright, will be taking over. Ms. Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final day as a true Alice Deal Viking will be in December. But she will always be a Viking in the hearts of the students. Just last week we started Viking Time, a favorite at Deal. Viking Time is a period at the end of the day when students do different activities with a teacher. The purpose is to get to know a teacher outside of the classroom. The activities include World Responders, Garage Band, Walking Club and even an intense workout called Insanity. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ben Korn, sixth-grader

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praised Cuban childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater group La Colmenita came to Duke Ellington as part of a nationwide tour. The group, which is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, performed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abracadabra,â&#x20AC;? a play that mixes rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, fairy tales and justice to tell the story of the relationship between the United States and Cuba. The cast members were a wide range of ages, and the highoctane performance was engaging and interactive. The group has visited more than 25 countries. Carlos Alberto Cremata founded and directs La Colmenita. The school also had a special visitor this week when Ralph Johnson, of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, came to the school to give a master class with percussion students. On Wednesday, Duke Ellington held its first open house of the school year. Students and parents from across the city got the chance to visit classes, meet teachers and view performances. There will be two more open houses, on Nov. 7 and Dec. 6. Students from the Literary Media and Communications Department took part in a press conference with journalists from the White House press corps. The event featured Time Magazine contributor Michael Scherer, and students were given the opportunity to put questions to him and others. On Oct. 22, the Duke Ellington

ceremonial band had its inaugural performance at the Howard Homecoming Parade. The day before the event the school held a pep rally at Ellington Field to show its support for the band. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kat Patrong, 10th-grader

Edmund Burke School

The eighth-graders have been visiting preschoolers. One of the schools they go to is BCDC, a day care across the street from Burke. The eighth-graders have made only two visits so far, but they loved every minute of them. Both times, they all came back to school chattering away about who was the most adorable child, who was the smartest and what fun they had together. The eighth-grade students visit the kids to teach them things. The first time, they taught the kids about biking safety, since the preschoolers were having a small event that involved riding bikes. The older kids read stories such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Froggy Rides a Bikeâ&#x20AC;? while asking questions such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you think Froggy is doing wrong?â&#x20AC;? The kids would respond with: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not looking in front of him!â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;He needs to hold both of the handles.â&#x20AC;? The children loved it and bonded quickly with the Burke kids. The second class was about math. One group focused on teaching the kids about patterns and shapes using handmade worksheets and tiles with different colors. Surprisingly, all the preschoolers answered within seconds of being asked questions, and a few even

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complained that the work was too easy! The Burke kids were happily surprised to find that the young students were much smarter than they had anticipated. All of the groups shared many laughs, and the preschoolers are looking forward to our future visits. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Boyd, eighth-grader

Hearst Elementary

We spent the month of September reading biographies and learning about many famous people. We read about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Jimmy Carter, Abraham Lincoln, Sacagawea, Harry Houdini,

Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe and many, many others! We enjoyed learning about Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln most of all. In library, Mrs. Vandivier taught us how to create time lines on the Smart Board to summarize a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. In the classroom, our teacher read us biographies and we were able to read several biographies on our own. At home, we completed a citizenship project. We picked a person to research, and we shared how the person served as a good citizen in the community. Some people chose to do the project on famous people, and others did their projects on family members or people in

their community. These projects taught us how Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, George Washington, Herbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad and many other people have used their lives to help people. Now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done with the unit, we realize that even when people are mean to us we should keep on trying to be kind and helpful. We can try this at school, at home and when we go out in our community. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mazen Sheppard and Noah Wood, second-graders

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Bolts wrote their first realistic fiction stories of the year. After all their hard work of writing their stories, they decided to have a publishing party and a bake sale. Earlier, they had read a true story called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fourteen Cows for America,â&#x20AC;? about how the Masai gave us 14 cows when our tragedy of 9/11 happened. When the horrible fire happened in Kenya and more than 70 people died, the Lightning Bolts thought of having a bake sale to raise money for them because they had helped us. So when the publishing party started, the parents came in and read the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories. After the publishing party, the parents and kids bought a few goodies that the Lightning Bolts had brought in. When the parents left, there was still a bit of work to do until the students went to their regular schedule, including counting the money they all gathered up. Ms. Salute brought the box out and started counting $1, $2 â&#x20AC;Ś $100. Everyone screamed! Then they got it together again. In the end, they ended up with $103.04. They were all so excited. The fifth-graders were very kind and had a bake sale, too. All the money that they raised they gave to us to give to Kenya. They raised $200. We ended up with $300. When David Auerbach, the man who helped us deliver the money to Kenya, told the students that they had just bought a water container for each of 250 families, the students were all very happy with their help and work. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fiona Madrid, fourth-grader

Jewish Primary Day School

On Oct. 12, the Jewish Primary Day School tried to help make a world record. The record that we were trying to set was for the most people doing jumping jacks for one minute within a 24-hour period.


At Key School the week of Oct. 31, we will participate in the annual Halloween Costume Parade on the blacktop. The whole Key School community walks around campus in costume to cool songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monster Mash.â&#x20AC;? The costumes are fun and creative, and many are homemade. Last year, our friend Jackson dressed up like a milk carton. Another unique costume was Poseidon, god of the sea. Idris wrapped an old sheet around himself like a toga and put a patch on from a book. His sister made him a



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First lady Michelle Obama brought up this idea because it helps kids and adults pay attention to the importance of exercise. At our school, the third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders were divided into groups of 50. Then, one grown-up volunteer watched each group while we were doing jumping jacks. This was because the rules from the Guinness Book of World Records say that we need to have a complete tally of everyone who participates. The volunteers also needed to make sure to count only people who kept jumping. The younger kids jumped with their own classes and were also monitored. Teachers, administrators and a couple of parents jumped, too. We also brought coins to school as another part of the activity. The money will be donated to help buy sports equipment for people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have very much. We raised $28.01. The kids at our school thought trying to make a world record was very exciting. They also thought that doing jumping jacks in the morning was really cool. In order to make the record, there needed to be 20,000 or more people doing jumping jacks within a 24-hour period. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know yet whether we made the record or not. We hope we made a difference and set the world record! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ellie Goldenberg, fourth-grader

crown. And he made a trident out of cardboard. Our friends Zack and Brett dressed up as Mario and Luigi (the Mario Brothers)! It was fun for everyone. Another exciting Key School activity to look forward to is the annual Fannie Mae Homeless Walk in the Palisades, on Nov. 4. Did you know that nearly 12,000 people in the Washington area are without homes? This walk raises money to support organizations that help to prevent or end homelessness in the D.C. area. Since 1988, the walk has gathered more than $85 million toward this cause. Everybody from Key walked in it last year. We are excited to help out again this year, and we hope the money we raise will make a difference. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Idris Hasan-Granier and Mica Gelb, fifth-graders

Lafayette Elementary

There are many clubs at Lafayette. Three of them are Jewelry Club, International Club and Math Club. At Jewelry Cub, you make jewelry with glass beads. You also make different patterns with the beads. This club is held on Tuesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. There are no club officers, but the two teachers who run the club are Ms. Kerry Cassidy and Ms. Erin Brooks. Usually five to 10 students attend the club, which is held in Ms. Cassidyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room. Third-, fourthand fifth-graders are welcome. Another club is International Club, which has been at Lafayette for a really long time. At International Club, you learn about places all over the world. This club has four fifth-grade officers and two teachers who sponsor it, Ms. Erika Pereira and Ms. Irene Taguian. The club meets every other Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and usually has 10 to 20 members attend. Last but not least is Math Club. Math Club is held on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. The three teachers who run this club are Mr. Robert Thurston, Ms. Erin Betz and Ms. Blake Yedwab. In this club, as you might expect, you have fun with math, play games and find patterns. Usually 20 to 40 students go to Math Club. These are only three of the teacher-led clubs for students at Lafayette. There are lots more exciting clubs here. If you ever go to Lafayette, you should participate in one of these clubs. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Therese Dombo, Ally Heinrich and Rose Kelleher, fifth-graders

Murch Elementary

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school! We think it is No. 1! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zara Kovner and Sigita Puskorius, third-graders

kids who are doing well get harder worksheets to move to the next level, and they also help kids who might need just a little extra help so the class does well together. Specials, like music, art, P.E. and library, also teach your child about many different things. In music, we learn about musical symbols and national anthems. In art, we learn how to make cool things, using materials like paper, paint, tape and scissors. In P.E., we get a fitness test and play exercising games. In library, the librarian reads a story and then the children then do an activity related to that book. At recess, your child will have half an hour to play with friends, which still leaves a lot of time to learn in the classroom. If it is raining at recess time, your child will have indoor recess with free time indoors to write, draw, play games (like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry!â&#x20AC;?), and not get wet or catch a cold. So choose Murch for your

National Presbyterian School

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On Oct. 13, National Presbyterian School hosted its fourth annual Diversity and Community Dinner. In total, there were around 150 people. Some parents pitched in by arranging delicious food that fed the whole crowd. Also, some teachers helped. Ms. Williams, the math specialist, organized a big chunk of the event. A guest author, Paula Young Shelton, read her amazing book and true story about her troubles with segregation and how she personally knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Child of the Civil Rights Movement.â&#x20AC;? It was published in 2010. After the storytelling, the kids were invited to travel a short distance over to the gym. There, they colored on paper houses, tents or castles and wrote what would be inside theirs and why thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important. Then, the kids proceeded to the gym wall where a giant piece of

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paper was and taped their structures on. All the students helped create a masterpiece of houses. All in all, the dinner was a very successful one. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elisa McCartin, sixth-grader

Ross Elementary

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there are so many things to do and so many opportunities. For example, the first-graders have the Architects in School program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went on a field trip and drew pictures of buildings,â&#x20AC;? said Eme, a first-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We learned how to build,â&#x20AC;? said John, a first-grader. We also have a new preschool at Ross. This is what our little children say about Ross. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like this place,â&#x20AC;? said Yasmine, a preschooler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like it because we get to play See Dispatches/Page 22



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in the kitchen,” said John, a preschooler. Jonathan V. summed it up when he said, “Teachers are very nice here, and I love Ross.” — Students and teachers

St. Albans School

School has gone smoothly since the drama of the crane collapsing at the Washington National Cathedral. The school has hosted visitors from the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools, otherwise known as AIMS, a group of

teachers from many private schools in Maryland and nearby areas that evaluate other schools and make sure they follow their “mission” statements. St. Albans also celebrated homecoming and “beautified” the entrance to our main gym. Over the last week, there have been many visiting teachers from AIMS. AIMS rates the school’s facilities and athletic and artistic offerings. In almost every class, there was a visiting teacher watching while we solved a problem, or asking us, “How do I get to this room?” They were very nice to all the students they encountered. Perhaps the best part was the fact that the teachers weren’t allowed to

give tests or quizzes during that week. This year we had a great homecoming. The soccer game that was scheduled for Friday against Landon was rained out. But the football game against Episcopal went on, drawing a great crowd. Led by captains Arthur Jones, Matt McJunkin and Charles Cato, the team was in great hands. It seemed as if St. Albans would win the game by a narrow margin, but Episcopal managed to kick a field goal in the closing minutes to win the game. Even though we lost to Episcopal, our chances of winning our third-straight Interstate Athletic Conference championship aren’t

spoiled yet. — Donal Mullane, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

In science, we have been learning about pulling forces and motion. We even did a lab with toy cars to calculate acceleration. In social studies, we have been learning about the physical geography of Latin America. In language arts, we have been doing a lot of fun activities, including creating scary or suspenseful stories. In Spanish, we have been learning about verbs and body parts, and speaking using mostly Spanish. In math, we have been learning about adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers. — Rudy Acree, sixth-grader I am new to this school, and so far it is going great. A week or two ago, the sixth-graders went to Camp Calleva. The first activity was the trapeze. We had to climb a tree, stand on a platform and then jump to try to reach the bar. The next activity was called Think Tank. We had to run down one by one to look at a design made of blocks, then come back to our stations and re-create what we saw. Our next activity, after lunch, was the Giant Swing. We used a rope and pulley system to elevate our classmates, and when they felt comfortable and high enough, they released a tag to allow them to swing through the trees. Our last and final activity was the X-games. We had to imagine that a big blob was taking over our planet. — Sainphorine Ewale, sixth-grader

School Without Walls

On Tuesday the entire student body took a trip to the D.C. College Fair. Set in the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the event had an overwhelming number of college representatives. However, students managed to make their way around successfully, and no one was lost on the trip back. A success! Minor note: A fight did occur as we were leaving, but no Walls students were involved. This week after school, most of the senior class reported to the common room to serve a near grade-wide detention. The previous week, while the rest of the school was engaged with the PSATs, the senior class was to have gone on a tour of the George Washington University campus and listened to an information seminar on the college application process. Only 34 out of a class of more than 100 were present. In other news, the jazz combo played a gig Wednesday night at Ben’s Next Door on U Street. D.C. government officials as well as George Washington University faculty members were present. Hopefully the lively music made up for any hard feelings sown by the previous week’s lack of senior attendance. Meanwhile, the school is gearing up for homecoming and spirit

week. The spirit days have been announced, the pep rally events are set, and tickets for Friday’s dance are being sold. Sadly, after the promise of a crazy-fun spirit week, it looks like things will return to normal in November with the onset of second advisory. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

On Oct. 6, Shepherd Elementary had its first Girl Scout meeting in the library for parents and students. Ms. Pethtel, one of our kindergarten teachers, was speaking about what we should do in order to have a Shepherd Elementary Girl Scout troop. She is an adult Girl Scout and would like to become a troop leader for Shepherd’s girls. At the meeting, there were about 20 students and parents who are interested in starting a Girl Scout troop. Ms. Pethtel asked us to sit in groups by grade levels to plan for our future troop. Girls in kindergarten and first grade are called Daisies, second- and third-graders are Brownies, and the fourth- and fifth-grade students are Juniors. There are also Girl Scout troops for students in middle school and high school. They are called, respectively, Cadettes and Ambassadors. The adult Girl Scouts, like Ms. Pethtel, can become troop leaders. I am a Junior from another troop. But I plan to participate in field trips with Shepherd’s Girl Scout Junior troop. Fellow Mustangs, like the Girl Scout slogan says, “Do a good turn daily”! — Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

On Oct. 17, the Sheridan first grade went to Mountain Campus in the Shenandoah Mountains for a day trip. The students had a lot of fun and did a lot of activities. First, they played nature bingo. We searched for natural things like leaves, acorns and mushrooms. We also looked for insects and animal tracks. We drew pictures and checked off what we found on a bingo board. Nature bingo was a lot of fun! After a lunch of mac and cheese, chicken tenders, carrots and celery, we headed to the field to solve team-building challenges. One team-building challenge involved getting out of a trap made by a rope. We had to go under the rope without using our hands! After team building, the firstgraders played games. One game we loved was called People to People. Finally, we went to the pond to build rafts. We collected sticks and used twine to tie the sticks together. Then, we sailed the rafts across the pond. The rafts carried bread that had to stay dry. The first grade had a great trip full of fun and exploration! — First-graders

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space. But at 1,350 square feet, the terrace at this on-the-market property in Watergate West goes beyond, starting to feel like duplicate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and expansive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; living and dining areas. Stone retaining walls curve to create ample space for plantings of annuals around the mature greenery, including trees, already in place. A large swath of the terrace faces the Watergateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courtyard, while a portion doglegs around a corner to abut the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior dining room. There are dozens of arrangements of outdoor seating and dining furniture that would work here, but all of them would likely enhance the terraceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main attraction: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideal for entertaining. Parties could easily flow from the living room to the outdoor spot, and then back inside via the dining room entrance. Those spaces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both visible from outdoors by a

wall of windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also sport a company-friendly open floor plan. Good for more than just entertaining, this two-level unit offers a range of built-in storage. In the moody entry hall, a large, deep-stained wood piece offers open and closed storage ideal for books and more. In the living room, a painted, warm-white builtin is suited to entertainment equipment. And in the dining area, mirrored cabinets hold serving dishes in style. The kitchen is an efficient galley style, with whitewashed cabinets, travertine floors and granite counters in a light palette that visually expands the room. Stainless steel appliances from brands such as Viking and SubZero also help bounce light around the space. A closet nearby holds a washer and dryer, and a door to the terrace allows easier entertaining; with access directly to the patio and,

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This two-bedroom property at the Watergate West cooperative, priced at $699,000, includes at 1,350-square-foot terrace. from there, to a gated alley entrance, catering staff could easily and discreetly set up an event. The first level also holds a luxe powder room, which introduces decorative chinoiserie influences that appear in the upstairs master bath as well. That space is lined in marble, from the vanity to the spa tub surround. A separate shower is also lined in the stone, and brass fittings from Sherle Wagner serve to warm the room. The second bedroom sports ample built-ins that make this space suitable as a home office. A full hall bath â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also with ample marble â&#x20AC;&#x201D; serves this room.




















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The master bedroom is very large, with a wall of windows looking out to the trees and Potomac River beyond. A dressing area waits in one corner of the bedroom, with mirrored doors hiding custom shelving and storage. On the opposite end of the room, a second stretch of closets lines the hall that leads to the master bath. A built-in entertainment center anchors the room, and wall sconces flank the logical spot to put the bed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ideal for late-night reading. Residents of Watergate West donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go out for much: The

complex offers underground access to a grocery store, dry cleaners, restaurants and more. And for entertainment, the Kennedy Center is steps away. But for the times driving is necessary, the unit conveys with one parking space. Unit 112 at Watergate West, 2700 Virginia Ave., is a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath property offered for $699,000. Monthly fees, including real estate taxes and all utilities, total $2,730. For details, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties at 202-243-1620.

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 12 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioner Mike Silverstein reflected on the life of gay-rights activist Frank Kameny, who died Oct. 11 at age 86. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who believe in human rights lost a great champion yesterday,â&#x20AC;? said Silverstein. â&#x2013;  commission chair Will Stephens announced that the commission is posting its annual reports dating to 1976 on its website. â&#x2013;  Curtis Farrar of the Dupont Circle Village announced that the organization is selling calendars for $15 to benefit its senior services. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jack Jacobson announced that the 17th Street Festival on Sept. 24 was a success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a bigger and better one next year,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jack Jacobson criticized a new policy of Safeway to check the receipts of all customers leaving the store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It treats everyone as a criminal instead of assuming youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jack Jacobson announced that Lt. Scott Dignan has retired from the Metropolitan Police Department. John MacDonald is serving as the acting lieutenant for Police Service Area 208, Jacobson said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0, with Phil Carney and Ramon Estrada absent, to support permits for a Nov. 5 all-star competition of the Stonewall Kickball league in Stead Park at 1625 P St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-1, with Mike Silverstein opposing, to support the temporary closure of Vermont Avenue near Lafayette Park on Oct. 16. The Right2March event, promoting regulations on labeling organic foods, needed the site as a staging area for parade vehicles. Silverstein opposed because organizers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend the meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support any permits needed for the 25th annual 17th Street High Heel Race on Oct. 26.

â&#x2013; commissioners complained that they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received enough information about work planned for the south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metrorail station. A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority representative was scheduled to speak at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting but did not attend. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to ask the city and the U.S. State Department to take action against the Embassy of the Republic of Congo, 16th and Riggs streets, for its removal of trees and green space without a public-space permit. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for renovations to an apartment building at 1250 New Hampshire Ave. The International Monetary Fund, which uses the property to host foreign guests, plans to gut the building to make it more modern and bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The renovations will result in a requirement for 30 parking spaces instead of the existing 26, but representatives said the existing spots are rarely used. The building also needs a special exception for a roof structure housing the elevator shaft. â&#x2013;  developers of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, site at 16th and I streets discussed their plans to construct an office building incorporating a new church. The commission will vote on various aspects of the plan at future meetings. â&#x2013;  chair Will Stephens said a group of restaurants seeking permission for valet parking are still working to amend their plan based on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous concerns, and they will present the changes at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s November meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Phil Carney, Ramon Estrada, Mike Silverstein and Victor Wexler absent, to support a restaurant liquor license for Boqueria, 1837 M St. The restaurant hopes to be open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights and to include a 32-seat sidewalk cafe. The small chain is expanding its high-end Spanish cuisine outside New York for the first time, a representative said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Phil Carney, Ramon Estrada and Mike Silverstein absent, to protest a liquor license application for El Tamarindo, 1785 Florida Ave., unless the restaurant agrees to reduce the hours of operation for a planned sidewalk cafe by one hour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. â&#x2013;  commissioner Mike Feldstein announced that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority moved a bus stop a block south from the Dupont Triangle Park at Connecticut Avenue and Q Street, resolving problems of crowding there. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jack Jacobson suggested the commission sponsor

a community meeting to discuss bicycling in the neighborhood. Commissioner Mike Feldstein suggested the commission also sponsor such a discussion about parking. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation discuss with the commission and the National Park Service any permits required to use D.C.-owned land adjacent to Dupont Circle Park. The Park Service, which owns the park, has threatened to shut down some activities at the site that also use the D.C. space unless they see evidence of a permit. â&#x2013;  commissioner Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor reported that Irish Whiskey, 1207 19th St., has agreed to seek shorter hours from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, so the commission will no longer protest its license. â&#x2013;  commissioner Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor reported that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board accepted the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voluntary agreement with Penthouse Bar, 1612 U St., with only minor changes. â&#x2013;  chair Will Stephens said the community still needs a polling location for D.C. Precinct 141. â&#x2013;  commissioner Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor reported that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided not to shut down Marrakesh Palace, 2147 P St. but placed conditions on its operation that are very favorable to the community. â&#x2013;  commissioners Mike Silverstein reported that the commission has closed its savings account because a service charge exceeded the interest earned. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW

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who chairs the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission. Thompson also noted that there’s a similarly adamant group of neighbors — residents of the Moreland Place cul-de-sac and adjacent Oregon Avenue block — who do want sidewalks on the street. “They could band together and start a group and call it ‘Community for Safety on Oregon Avenue,’” said Thompson. One of those residents, Henry Custis, said he has a pro-sidewalk petition signed by everyone on Moreland Place and all the houses in the 5700 block of Oregon. “We need a sidewalk to get out,” he said, noting that there are 26 kids living on the cul-de-sac, who have no sidewalks for walking to school. The division over sidewalks has lessened recently: The Neighbors United group has shifted to supporting some sort of “natural surface walking trail,” and the neighborhood commission in July backed construction of “an adequate sidewalk or other walkway.” “In substance, we’re almost all in total agreement,” said Thompson. What remains to be seen is what the Transportation Department will propose after sifting through public

comments on the environmental assessment. For its part, the neighborhood commission declined to support any of the four alternatives described in the assessment, but instead listed what the commission would like to see done, including curbs, gutters and stormwater control — but no change in the road’s basic footprint. The four options discussed in the assessment are a pro forma nobuild “alternative,” and then three varying proposals for widening and straightening the road while adding sidewalks, curbs, retaining walls, lighting and stormwater management. Neighbors United believes all but the no-build option go “overboard,” proposing far more reconstruction work than is necessary. The group, as well as some other residents, says straightening the road and adding more paved surfaces would detract from the pastoral character of their road, which runs alongside Rock Creek Park. They also question whether the proposed stormwater management would adequately address the runoff that spills onto the street and park from communities to the west. Shortly after joining together to question the assessment, Neighbors United submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the related federal and local agencies,

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Some residents object to city plans to reconstruct and widen Oregon Avenue. seeking all documents regarding Oregon Avenue. All but the city’s Transportation Department have responded with the requested papers; the transportation agency told Neighbors United last month that copying and search efforts would cost at least $1,800. The residents hope to have the fee waived, and they have sought help from the neighborhood commission and other local elected officials. But at its meeting Monday, the commission refused to write a letter of support, with no commissioner even seconding chair Thompson’s proposal to send such a missive. Neighbors United member Tim Ritzert said yesterday that the group is “deeply disappointed that the commissioners failed to comprehend the benefits of NU’s efforts

to shine light on what is now understood to be a poorly conceived set of proposals.” On the other hand, two local D.C. Council members — Ward 4’s Muriel Bowser and Ward 3’s Mary Cheh — have weighed in. Both sent emails this month to the Transportation Department: Bowser asked the director to work with the residents on “reasonable fees,” while Cheh asked him to consider “modifying” the fee, according to staffers. Les Sotsky, the Oregon Avenue resident who works at Arnold and Porter (he is not on technically a member of Neighbors United, but works with the group), said the residents could go “door to door” seeking donations to cover the fee, but they shouldn’t have to: D.C. regulations say the department can

waive Freedom of Information costs when the request is “in the public interest.” If the group’s request “isn’t in the public interest, I don’t know what is,” said Sotsky. “To me it’s a matter of principle.” Another matter of principle, the group might say, is the way the Transportation Department has conducted the project. The residents say their concerns haven’t been sufficiently heard — nor have they had a chance to ask questions. Neighborhood commissioner Carolyn Cook, who is helping Neighbors United with its efforts, said she’s working to set up a question-and-answer session for residents and department officials. “We need to just get the parties … together to have a real dialogue — a Q and A that has never happened,” she said. Cook said such a meeting would be more productive than sifting through the agency’s paperwork on the matter, which is why she did not back Thompson’s proposed letter regarding Freedom of Information Act fees. Regarding the procedures, Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle wrote in an email, “DDOT has had 3 public meetings in addition to attending ANC meetings. DDOT has never declined to meet with community members.”

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calling for a complete redesign of the building. You cannot tell me that those are somehow consistent positions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My testimony is very clear that the conditions we have laid out have not been met,â&#x20AC;? Smith replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we are saying is if [university officials] canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet these conditions, then they need to go back and redesign the building.â&#x20AC;? In considering the North Hall project, the Zoning Commission must decide whether it is likely to create objectionable conditions for neighbors. University attorney Paul Tummonds said the school is confident the building would not, even as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now designed.

He added that the school can make minor design revisions based on further feedback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not believe this is a project that needs to go back to the drawing board,â&#x20AC;? Tummonds told the zoning commissioners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe this is a project that has the appropriate massing, scale and height, and we can work with community comments that coalesce around an idea of what the facade should be.â&#x20AC;? But that may be difficult, Tummonds added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard earlier tonight that there were some residents of the community who wanted it to look like Katzen [Arts Center]. Some wanted it to look like the Kogod School of Business. Some wanted it to look like Wesley [Seminary].â&#x20AC;? Jeffrey Kraskin of the Spring Valley/ Wesley Heights Citizens Association testified



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that the neighbors just want something more attractive than the rather blank wall they fear the school will construct. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the facade facing Mass Ave was a facade that reflected the nature of the residential area and the area surrounding it, I think we could be very happy with it,â&#x20AC;? Kraskin said. Despite the complaints about the facade, the North Hall proposal hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the level of community objection that has arisen against some aspects of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development plans, such as for its Nebraska Avenue parking lot site and its Tenley Campus. Smith, Kraskin and a representative of Neighbors for a Livable Community were the only residents to testify, in contrast with dozens who have appeared at other recent hearings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It does seem to me that there is room for agreement between the university and neigh-

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noted that a poll commissioned by his firm last November found that â&#x20AC;&#x153;67% of Ward 4 residentsâ&#x20AC;? support Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan. The 1909 car barn, one of 29 built to house streetcars that once plied the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major corridors, could be eligible for landmark status despite its â&#x20AC;&#x153;plain, utilitarian brick structure,â&#x20AC;? according to the report by city architectural historian Tim DennĂŠe and city landmark coordinator Kim Williams. Four of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car barns are in fact listed in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, providing â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good representative sample,â&#x20AC;? the report says. But the fact that the Georgia Avenue structure was heavily altered when it was converted to a Chevrolet dealership in the mid1950s, and again altered this fall

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have jousted over permits issued this summer that allowed the partial demolition, with city officials backing the legality of the developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. Work on the site was halted when the landmark application was filed. If the board rejects the application Thursday, Foulger-Pratt would apparently have the green light to resume demolition and construction. Despite uncertainty about the landmarking, Walmart recently signed a lease with Foulger-Pratt, signaling its intention to move forward at the Georgia Avenue site. Â Spokesperson Restivo said the company â&#x20AC;&#x153;continues to have good discussions with the city about ways Walmart can be a good community partner for years to come. The truth is we already do most things residents want from development, such as hiring locally, supporting community organizations and offering competitive wages and benefits.â&#x20AC;?



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when Foulger-Pratt removed parts of the roof, seems the biggest argument against landmark designation. The building has lost â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant integrity,â&#x20AC;? the staff report says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;More recent work has further diminished the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic, even physical integrity,â&#x20AC;? the report states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The roof decking, skylight and ventilators of the original and largest shed have been removed in accordance with a recent building permit. What remains of the roof are just the steel trusses, which appear to be merely resting on the walls below.â&#x20AC;? The report notes that one collapsed wall and â&#x20AC;&#x153;serious crackingâ&#x20AC;? further jeopardize the car barnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original structure. That comment makes Jahi especially angry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blatant disrespect to Ward 4 residents to say the car barn is not historic based on demolition of the roof, which was authorized illegally,â&#x20AC;? he said. Jahi and Foulger-Pratt officials




bors on how this building should look without having to start completely from scratch,â&#x20AC;? said zoning commissioner May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I would strongly urge the university to get together with the neighbors and the ANC on this, because we have some time before we can make a decision.â&#x20AC;? Additionally, zoning commissioners requested renderings that more clearly show the proposed building from Massachusetts Avenue and asked that the school consider offering more than the planned 54 bicycle parking spaces. Before the Zoning Commission can take a position on North Hall, it must vote on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year development goals as part of the broader campus plan process. Hearings on the plan will continue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and likely conclude â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nov. 3.




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Jewish Primary Day buys second 16th St. building to house more students By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital will soon be expanding, thanks to the purchase of a second 16th Street building this month. The school bought the property at 4715 16th St. for $3.9 million, bolstered by a $3 million donation from Robert Schattner, a longtime D.C. resident. The gift, received


From Page 5 complain about a vacant property. Majett followed up on the property, found it to be indeed vacant, and added it to the list. Then, when the tax notices came out, the owner complained to the same council member, who passed the complaint on to Majett. The director had to remind the council member that his complaint was the reason the property made the list in the first place. Vacant properties, he reminded association members, typically bring down the values of adjoining properties by about 5 percent. Another big department initiative has been allowing property owners to apply for building permits electronically. Typically, with major projects, up to six agencies must sign off before permits can be granted. Now, the property owner can apply to the regulatory agency electronically, and the system forwards

earlier this month, includes a $1 million donation and a $2 million challenge grant, meaning Schattner will match every dollar the school can raise up to $2 million. The newly acquired building is currently home to Washington Latin Public Charter School, which has been leasing the property from the former owner, the British School of Washington, since 2008. The charter school’s lease, which will remain intact, is set to expire in December

the application to the others for simultaneous review. The other departments can comment online. The entire process normally takes less than a month, he said. By New Year’s Day, the online system will expand to businesses in need of a Basic Business License, he said. When asked if businesses would be required to use the online applications, Majett answered that they will “always be able to do it by hand” if they choose, adding that many small businesses in particular find it difficult to apply online. When restaurants apply for license renewals, the regulatory agency no longer requires a release from the Department of Health, which often caused delays of up to three weeks. The Health Department inspects restaurants on a regular basis, so Majett’s agency assumes all is fine after seeing problem-free Health Department records. When asked about possible new regulations for food trucks, Majett said they are now under review in the attorney’s general’s office.

2013. The Jewish Primary Day School then plans to renovate the building before moving in the pre-k and first-grade classes. Grades two through six will remain at the school’s current location at 6045 16th St., according to Naomi Reem, head of school for the Jewish Primary Day School. “For years we haven’t been able to accept all the children in the area that wanted a Jewish education,” said Reem. Adding that JPDS, as it is known, is the only Jewish school

in the city, Reem said, “Now we can accept three full kindergarten classes instead of two.” Jewish Primary Day plans to continue enrolling the same grades, pre-k to sixth, with the goal of increasing enrollment to 350 students from its current student body of 273. Martha Cutts, head of school for the Washington Latin Public Charter School, said that the school hopes to stay in the area. It will look for a new facility to lease long-term or buy.

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got out more quickly than they wanted it to,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They apologized for getting that information out when it was just an idea.â&#x20AC;? The proposal caught many Petworth residents off-guard. The renovation project had already endured some delays (it was originally scheduled to launch in October 2010), and many have associated the recreation centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor condition with crime problems. A letter from residents, posted recently on the Prince of Petworth blog, describes drug dealers who park themselves around the center at night,



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and men sleeping and urinating in the playground area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This criminal element has a safe haven at Raymond Rec, as it is full of dark corners and numerous entry points for people to get in and out,â&#x20AC;? wrote authors who signed their letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends of Raymond Recreation.â&#x20AC;? The letter also pointed to a recent homicide in the alley abutting the recreation center. On Oct. 8, 17-year-old Jamar Michael Freeman of Southeast D.C. was stabbed to death on the 900 block of Quincy Street; the Metropolitan Police Department announced last week that 17-year-old Derek Johnson of Northwest has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the case.

Neighbors feared that continued delays to the recreation centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation would mean continued crime. Neighborhood commissioner Tumblin said the community was assured recently that the project would move forward. According to Tumblin, the city has committed to finding the additional $2 million or so necessary due to updated design estimates, while the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has helped expedite permits. Parks department spokesperson John Stokes said yesterday that the current $11 million budget for the project â&#x20AC;&#x153;doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include money for the field and lights,â&#x20AC;? but that work would proceed. Construction is expected to take 12 to 16 months, he said.


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The new Raymond Recreation Center, which will replace a facility slated for demolition, is planned as a limestone-and-brick-clad building housing a gym, weight and fitness room, computer room, game room and multipurpose rooms. Outside, the project will include a new multipurpose athletic field, tennis court and basketball field, as well as an entry plaza featuring a playground and small amphitheater. The center will attach to Raymond Elementary School through a future addition to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s western wing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives [the school] a gymnasium and a safe place to play,â&#x20AC;? said Tumblin, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;it gives the community the ability to finally do some programming.â&#x20AC;?

then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put in a Metro stop that takes 23,000 people a day, in and out. The sidewalk at one point was 26 inches wide,â&#x20AC;? and therefore in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, Silverstein said, noting that the rules mandate at least 36 inches in width. Silverstein tried unsuccessfully for three years to get the sidewalk widened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All we heard was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not interested in changing the 1929 design,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he reported. He also said that a fence was proposed to preserve the grass in the park, but it would have restricted movement at the sidewalkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slimmest point, where the Park Service also placed a trash can, funneling foot traffic from the Metro and bus stops into the street. After his repeated queries to the Park Service went unaddressed, Silverstein had had enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did the only thing I could do, which was to contact the Justice Department and file an ADA issue â&#x20AC;Ś and miraculously two weeks later, the trash can was removed, the sidewalk is a little bit wider and they are talking about moving the bus stop.â&#x20AC;? Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, responded to Silverstein: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I apologize if we gave you the impression we were stonewalling,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it gets to a deeper issue â&#x20AC;Ś which you allude to, and again itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how are we communicating or not communicating.â&#x20AC;? Vogel, who took on the position two months ago, said he is working to foster relationships between the National Park Service and District residents. He said the Park Service wants to be more involved with the community, and other superintendents at the meeting agreed. Norton said after the meeting that this attitude has changed the dynamic for future relations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that the National Park Service officials, all of them relatively new, either brand-new or close to it, created an entirely changed tone between the Park Service and District residents, something of a breakthrough in their responsiveness,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Park Service is in a difficult position, Norton said, because it is a federal agency working at a local level, and residents can get irritated

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Residents have sparred with the Park Service over this small park. with bureaucratic red tape. But the meeting served to create space for dialogue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the time that meeting was over, I think people had heard a far more responsive, people-friendly group of National Park Service officials,â&#x20AC;? she said. Concrete changes also came out of the meeting. The Park Service will now post contact information for and maps of all its local parks on its website. Vogel is also working on a new model in which each park will have one contact point, to increase communication and reduce confusion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on a system here at the National Mall where people can have one staff person that they call rather than, if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a trash situation, they call our chief of maintenance; if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a permit situation, they call our permit office,â&#x20AC;? Vogel explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes when they are calling different people, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear how it is coming together.â&#x20AC;? With increased participation in the community, Norton hopes that the Park Service will get involved in more public-private partnerships that can give District residents more ownership of public parks and also help maintain the spaces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing to happen bottom line from the town hall meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that you are going to see a more flexible, friendly National Park Service when it comes to our neighborhood parks and the Mall,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve turned a corner,â&#x20AC;? Silverstein said after the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have people who want to work more closely with the citizens of Washington â&#x20AC;Ś . Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made enormous progress.â&#x20AC;?

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went to the Heifer Global Village, which is a grouping of seven homes typical of places all around the world. The homes were from Tibet, Appalachia, Kenya, Guatemala, Mozambique, Thailand and a refugee camp that did not have a set location. The family groups were chosen by a lottery, and I ended up in the family from Appalachia with about 10 other students and one teacher. Each family was given a water balloon to take care of as if it were a baby. Every family was given resources that they would have in real life. My group had carrots, potatoes and some silverware and dishes, including a pot. We had to cook over an open fire, which was very difficult to do in the rain. While some members of our group started the fire, others traded with others for resources such as water and rice. We let the refugee family use our fire because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one. My family had some plans for our meal, but we ended up mixing our ingredients with the refugeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the pot over the fire. After three hours of cooking and eating our meals, we discussed our experience and headed back to campus. We returned at 7:30 p.m., extremely tired after a 13-hour trip. The trip to Heifer Global Village made me think about how other people live, and how lucky I am compared to so many others. This was a wonderful field trip that I really enjoyed. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isabel Kirsch, sixth-grader

danced under it and up and back through a line â&#x20AC;&#x201D; do si do. We did circle dances where we clapped hands and took steps forward and backward. We danced with partners, too. We also did some funny dances like the gorilla dance (the kindergarten joined us for this one) and an elephant dance, along with the electric slide, cha-cha slide and the swim. Mr. McCall made the dancing fun. It was a unique experience, and we think everyone had fun. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Casey Bressler and Tamer Whittle-Hage, fifth-graders

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Our 11th- and 12th-grade Spanish classes recently went to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;ÂĄAy, Carmela!â&#x20AC;? at the Gala Theatre. The play portrays the effects of the Spanish Civil War from the point of view of the protagonists Carmela and Paulino. The director showed us the past, when the two were alive, and the present, when Carmelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ghost appears. With his management of space, his use of lighting and the performances by Paulino and Carmela, director JosĂŠ Luis Arellano-GarcĂ­a presented a fantastic play.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 The Gala Theatre is relatively small, and that limits the quantity of objects that can be used. Likewise, it is very difficult to show the changes in time periods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the switches between past and present. Considering these limitations, JosĂŠ Luis Arellano-GarcĂ­a used a screen to differentiate between the past and the present. When a scene takes place in the past, the lights are very bright; this helped the audience know the difference between time periods. The script is quite complete, but the play is performed by only two


characters. The details of the play were enhanced by the music, lighting, costumes and much more. It was easy to make a personal connection with the leads. Playwright JosĂŠ Sanchis Sinisterra and director JosĂŠ Luis Arellano-GarcĂ­a have collaborated well to present this historic tragicomedy. I recommend that all who have an interest in history or in the Spanish Civil War see this play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ezti Fricano, 12th-grader (translated from the original Spanish)

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Today we had a visitor from the Washington Square dance group. His name is Mac McCall. He knows all about square dancing. He knows the history and the dances, and he dances a lot with his wife, Phyllis. He said he was going to be camping out and dancing with a group in Virginia over the weekend. We had Mr. McCall visit as part of our unit on Western Expansion (or Indian Eastward Encroachment). We are reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Levi.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a book about a young boy named Austin who leaves Independence, Mo., to go west with his adopted family because his mom and dad are dead. He writes letters home to his brother. The Indians, or Native Americans, were here first, then white people in America wanted more land in the west, so they started taking over. As they traveled by wagon train, they traded things. If they ran out of food, they could trade oxen for food. They also worked very hard and sometimes theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get together with other wagon trains, and to relax and have a little fun they square danced. We learned lots of dances from Mr. McCall. We made a bridge and


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Wednesday october 26 Class ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ The Tokyo String Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Szymanowski and Dvorák. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Budapest Festival Orchestra performing works by Bartók and Schubert. 8 p.m. $39 to $105. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Real Vocal String Quartet will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. Discussions and lectures ■ “Outreach Evening With Extraordinary Artists” will feature a salute to Judith Terra, chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16. ■ Rita Dove will discuss her book “The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Anthropologist Nina G. Jablonski, author of “Skin: A Natural History,” will discuss “Skin Color Evolution and Significance.” A book signing will follow. 6:45 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Cornell University professor Robert H. Frank will discuss his book “The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and

Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Witmore will discuss his recent work in Shakespeare studies, which combines computer analysis of texts, linguistics and traditional literary history. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. ■ Lawrence Douglas, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, will discuss “Demjanjuk in Munich: War Crimes Trials in Historical Perspective.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. meyerhofflecture2011. ■ Daniel McFadden (shown), the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics Studies, and Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Collapse” and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, will discuss “The Big Idea: The Power of Choice,” about why people make decisions the way they do. 7 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ The annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Charles King on his book “Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Film ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv’s 2007 film “Strangers,” about a star-crossed romance between two sports fan rivals. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

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Performances ■ The Kids Euro Festival will feature Spain’s renowned puppet theater Bambalina in “Kraft.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Beijing Dance Theater will present “Haze,” in which dancers perform in the midst of a smog cloud on a padded stage. 8 p.m. $22 to $60. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 8 p.m.

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Special event ■ The Friends of Rose Park will host “Pumpkin Fest,” featuring pumpkin painting,

Lunch Specials With a $5 Feature Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm Malt Shop Late Night Drink Specials 10pm – Close Trivia Wednesday Happy Hour Nightly 4-7pm 1 Block from the Tenleytown Metro 4615 41st Street, NW Washington, DC 202-244-1882

apple cider, snacks and a costume parade for children of all ages. 4 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Rose Park, 26th and O streets NW. Thursday, Oct. 27

Thursday october 27 Book signing ■ George Norfleet will sign copies of his book “A Pilot’s Journey,” about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead children ages 3 and older on a scavenger hunt for autumn leaves during a half-mile Woodland Trail hike. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes ■ Trio Con Brio Copenhagen will present a master class, featuring a performance by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra and a discussion of interpretation and technique. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. ■ Meditation expert William Smith will teach simple and effective meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Concerts ■ Conductor Lorin Maazel will lead the National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Simon Trpceski (shown) in a performance of works by Berlioz, Grieg and Mussorgsky/Ravel. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ A small ensemble of the Wolkersdorf Municipal Band will perform typical Bohemian-Moravian music. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-8956776. ■ Iranian singer and composer Sussan Deyhim will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Discussions and lectures ■ Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, professor of journalism at Boston University, will discuss her book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The fall 2011 fellows in the International Reporting Project at the School

Thursday, october 27 ■ Concert: Violinist Doren Dinglinger will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202331-1495. of Advanced International Studies will discuss their experiences overseas. Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7726. ■ Biologist and nature writer Joan Maloof will discuss her book “Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-1116. ■ Sam Huff will discuss his book “Controlled Violence: On the Field and in the Booth.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Evangelos Liaros, a visiting scholar at George Washington University, will discuss “A Barrage of Grievances: Electoral Reform and Patterns of Ethnic Voting in Turkey.” 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Historian David Ward will discuss Sacco and Vanzetti. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Bodies in Motion — From Degas to Lawrence,” about how artists such as Edgar Degas and Jacob Lawrence have used line, color and shape to capture the kinetic energy of human movement. 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ Dave Madden will discuss his book “The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. 826DC, 3233 14th St. NW. ■ Isabel Wilkerson will discuss her book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Yale University professor David Blight will discuss his book “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.” 6:30 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. President Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. ■ A panel discussion on “The Puerto Rico Status Question” will feature Robert Pastor, professor of international relations at

American University; Franklin D. Lopez, former state-democratic chair of Puerto Rido; Marcos Rigau, lawyer and former senator of the Popular Democratic Party; and Erick Negron Rivera, lawyer and leading member of the Independence Party. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. ■ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will discuss his book “Making Our Democracy Work.” 7 p.m. $22. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ Dava Sobel will discuss her book “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Food Frights! Food Safety Then and Now” will feature Philip Derfler, deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service; Suzanne Junod, senior historian for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of the Food Safety Program at the Center for Science in the Public Interest; and José Andrés, chef and chief culinary adviser for the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit at the National Archives. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature panelists Robert Lipsyte, John Bloom (shown) and Dan Steinberg discussing “Telling It Like It Is: Jews, Sports & Writing.” 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ The 16th annual Arabian Sights Film Festival will open with the American premiere of Olivier Baroux’s film “The Italian,” about an Algerian man living in France who has perfected a false facade as a genuine Italian. A wine and cheese reception will follow. 7 p.m. $20. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. 202-234-3456. The festival will continue through Nov. 5 at various venues. ■ Cinematic Titanic Live, featuring the original creator and cast of the television show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” will present commentary throughout a showing of the 1976 horror film “Rattlers.” 8 p.m. $25 to $35. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. ■ The Avalon Theatre will host the world premiere of Janks Morton’s film “Dear Daddy: A Message to Our Fathers,” starring Jonetta Rose Barras, Jasmine Bowden and Landy Thompson. 8 p.m. $10; registration required. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performances ■ The Kids Euro Festival will feature the Czech Republic’s Tony D in a theatrical performance depicting a Western-style showdown between musical genius Antonín Dvorák and communist politician Zdenek See Events/Page 33

Continued From Page 32 Nejedly. 11 a.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The Kids Euro Festival will feature the DC Youth Orchestra performing Czech composer AntonĂ­n DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the New World.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Place History Hauntâ&#x20AC;? will feature a guided tour through Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ghostly garden, followed by chilling cocktails and refreshments. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. calendar.html. Friday, Oct. 28

Friday october 28 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; A Halloween party will feature spooky stories, a costume parade, pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating in the library. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will host its Friday Noon Concert Series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282, ext. 16. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Chopin, Schubert, Cassado and Brahms. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  Eric Dombrowski of Grace Episcopal Church in the Plains, Va., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature the Washington Saxophone Quartet performing original compositions and works by Bach, Mozart, Barber and Francaix. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Oboist William Wielgus, bassoonist Lewis Lipnick and pianist Lisa Emenheiser of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Still, Ben-Heim, Schulhoff and Poulenc. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society, soprano Alexandra Berti, mezzosoprano Magdalena WĂłr, tenor Corey Bix and bass Aleksey Bogdanov (shown) will perform DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Te Deumâ&#x20AC;? and JanĂĄcekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glagolitic Mass.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $80. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  Trio Con Brio Copenhagen will perform works by Haydn, Norgard and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  Scottish singer Euan Morton, a veteran of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sondheim on Sondheimâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tabooâ&#x20AC;? on Broadway, will perform as part of a theater cabaret series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Violinist Daniel Auner will perform works by Berg, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524


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Events Entertainment International Court NW. 202-895-6776. â&#x2013; Swedish singer Sarah Riedel will perform jazz selections. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. rsvp-hos@foreign. â&#x2013;  Violinist Daniel Hope will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Meets West,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by De Falla, Takemitsu, Ravel, Mazumdar and BartĂłk. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden landscape architect Nick Nelson will discuss how to put into practice the techniques of sustainable design without compromising aesthetics. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. â&#x2013;  Gordon A. Martin Jr. will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  Beth Keck, senior director of sustainability at Walmart, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of the Private Sector in Sustainable Agriculture.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202870-6677. â&#x2013;  Lauren Feldman, assistant professor of public communication at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Effects of Partisan and Satiric News on Public Engagement With Climate Change.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Library Training and Events Room, Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Amanda Nelson, program director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paperworks: Incipit Vita Nova,â&#x20AC;? a 16-foot-long, 200-pound work created in collaboration with more than 100 members of the Wellesley College community. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. â&#x2013;  Artist Nicole Eisenman will discuss her work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. â&#x2013;  The American Research Center in Egypt will present a talk by Betsy Bryan, professor of Egyptian art and archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Execution in the Mut Temple: Precinct Execration Ritual, Human Sacrifice or Capital Punishment?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Readâ&#x20AC;? will feature a panel discussion on Rebecca Sklootâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Gilad Sharon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an Israeli columnist and an adviser to his father, Ariel Sharon, before and during his term as Israeli prime minister â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sharon: The Life of a Leader,â&#x20AC;? about the elder Sharonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political and military career. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

$10; $5 for students. Auditorium, African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW.

Friday, october 28 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist François-FrĂŠdĂŠric Guy (shown) and violinist Tedi Papavrami will perform Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete sonatas for violin and piano over three nights. 7:30 p.m. $25; $20 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. The concert series will continue Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

â&#x2013; Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;African Foundationâ&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Light and Liberty: African Descent Spies of the Rebellion.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m.

Films â&#x2013; The Japan Information and Culture Center will show Yosuke Fujitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fine, Totally Fine.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of the American Indian will present Georgia Lightningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Older Than America,â&#x20AC;? about the dark reality behind Indian boarding schools. 7 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. The group meets every Friday. Saturday, Oct. 29

Saturday october 29 Bazaar â&#x2013; A church bazaar will feature handcrafted jewelry and gifts, a white elephant sale,

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baked goods, chili dogs and drinks. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Divine Science Church, 35th Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW. 202-333-7630. The bazaar will continue Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Book signing â&#x2013; Thomas Kaufman will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steal the Show.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-9659880. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barrymore Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Costume Paradeâ&#x20AC;? and Black Cherry Puppet Theater performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretel.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performer John Henry England will present his seventh annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halloween Bash,â&#x20AC;? featuring live music and a costume party. 10 a.m. $6.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will help children ages 5 and older create a corn-husk doll like those made by Colonial children. 11 a.m. Free. Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. See Events/Page 34

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Continued From Page 33 â&#x2013; House of Sweden will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Day: Pippi Longstocking at the Kids Euro Festival,â&#x20AC;? featuring performances by Swedish jazz singer Sarah Riedel, a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laban the Little Ghostâ&#x20AC;? and Swedish treats for children. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halloween Fun With The Jimmiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature the New York City-based kindie rock band. 1 p.m. $16; $12 for children ages 12 and younger. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 through 12 will make their own African masks using cardboard, paint and raffia, combining elements and features from the human, animal and spirit worlds. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Children ages 4 and older will have a chance to play with classic 19th-century toys and make their own crafts to take home. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  A Halloween celebration will feature guest performer Ray Owen. 2:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Class â&#x2013;  Suzanne Farrell will lead an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring Balletâ&#x20AC;? class for non-dancers. 11 to 12:30 p.m. $35. Rehearsal Room, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Concerts â&#x2013;  Guitarist Dorado Schmitt and the


Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars will lead a participatory jam session. 11:30 a.m. $5. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; The U.S. Army Band Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform works by Huang Ruo, Andrew Edwards and Dan Roberts. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  As part of the Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project, cellist TamĂĄs ZĂŠtĂŠnyi will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gray Clouds: Late Chamber Music of Franz Liszt.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Violinist Regino Madrid, cellist Ben Wensel and pianist Alejandro HernandezValdez â&#x20AC;&#x201D; performing as the B.A.R. Piano Trio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present works by Mendelssohn, Babajanian and Piazzola. 7 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-6578565. â&#x2013;  The Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars, featuring guitarist Dorado Schmitt, will perform jazz selections with guest harpist Edmar Castaneda. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. â&#x2013;  The Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Concert will feature piano duo Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov performing works by Schubert, Arensky, Liszt and Milhaud. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075502. â&#x2013;  The Vermont-based indie rock band Chamberlin will perform. 9 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-7453000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Textile Museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shahsavan Pile Weaving.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  The Slovak American Society of Washington, DC, will present a talk by University of Ottawa professor Mark M. Stolarik on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prague Spring and

the Cursed Snake,â&#x20AC;? a traditional shadow theater performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; SpeakeasyDC will present storytellers sharing tales about frightful encounters, terrifying moments and spooky predicaments. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $22; $10 for students. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. speakeasydc. com. A family-friendly version of the show will take place Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Institute for Spiritual Development will host a Halloween party, talent show and evening buffet. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $22. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. 202-363-7106.

Sunday, october 30 â&#x2013; Concert: The Amerigo Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Cras and Sibelius. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151.

the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia, 1968: Forty Years Later.â&#x20AC;? 2:15 p.m. Free. Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 3523 International Court NW. 703-751-1456. â&#x2013; Paul Starr will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Christine Jahnke will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Dr. Justin Frank will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Nurhan Atasoy, an expert on Ottoman art and architecture, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Costumes of the Ottoman Sultans.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Mark Auslander will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Accidental Slaveowner: Revising a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Ursula Hegi on her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children and Fire.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adriana Lecouvreur,â&#x20AC;? performed at the Royal Opera House in London. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Giovanni.â&#x20AC;? 12:55 p.m. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le CinĂŠma Fantastiqueâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jean Epsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1928 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Chute de la Maison Usherâ&#x20AC;? and Eric Rohmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1965 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edgar Allan Poe: Histoires Extraordinaires,â&#x20AC;? at 2:30 p.m.; and Jean Renoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1959 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Testament of Doctor Cordelier,â&#x20AC;? at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Cyprus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alexander the Great and

Special events â&#x2013; Boy Scout Troop 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23rd annual Pancake Breakfast will feature pancakes, fruit, sausage, ham, juice and coffee. 8 to 11 a.m. $5 per child; $8 per adult. St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St. NW. 202421-4863. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;RFK Stadium Appreciation Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature a 50th-anniversary memorabilia display, player appearances, giveaways and behind-the-scenes tours of team locker rooms and the field. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Free; reservations required for tours. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pink Project 2011: Asthma Prevention and Management,â&#x20AC;? featuring exhibits, demonstrations, flu shots and a panel discussion. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission; reservations required. Xi Omega Center, 4411 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A celebration of the opening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Song for the Horse Nationâ&#x20AC;? will feature ledger art and beading workshops, storytelling with childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book author S.D. Nelson and special tours of the exhibition. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The activities will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The LeDroit Park Civic Association and Common Good City Farm will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;OktoberFest,â&#x20AC;? feature live music and entertainment, games, food, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and local vendors. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Elm Street between 3rd and 5th streets NW. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pumpkin Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will feature pumpkin carving and a tasting of seasonal specialties, including pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and spiced pumpkin cocktails. Proceeds will benefit the D.C. Central Kitchen. Noon to 3 p.m. $20 donation suggested; $10 for children. Reservations required. Ris, 2275 L St. NW. 202-730-2508. â&#x2013;  Artomaticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;SurrealDC Halloween Masqueradeâ&#x20AC;? will feature a costume contest, an open bar, art installations and performances by Monroe, Atoms Apart, Color School SNRG and DJ Asu Rock. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $25. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford and discuss the diverse natural and cultural resources that surround the historic water crossing. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Wingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Crashers.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station.

800-979-3370. â&#x2013; Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a tour of the newly restored Peirce Mill and discuss the many machines and steps necessary to make flour using water power. Noon. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Oct. 30

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monthly Storytime at Ms. Kirbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kidsâ&#x20AC;? will focus on autumn, leaves, farms, the harvest and Halloween (best for children ages 1 through 5). 4:30 p.m. Free. 2410 37th St. NW. 202-821-5464. Concerts â&#x2013;  Organist Robert Church, flutist Kerm Towler, violist Kristin Gomez and pianist Maritza Sadowsky will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flights of Fancy and Fantasy,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Bach, Reineke, Ravel, Stephen Schwartz and Randy Newman. 2 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-289-1216. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Swedish jazz singer Sarah Riedel will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pippi in America,â&#x20AC;? a largely acoustic performance combining wellknown Swedish childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs with jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Genova and Dimitrov Piano Duo will perform works by Liszt and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Josh Rolnick and Will Boast (shown) will discuss their books â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pulp and Paperâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Ballads,â&#x20AC;? respectively, at 1 p.m.; and Amos Oz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scenes From Village Life,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Carmen C. Bambach, professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leonardo da Vinci: Artist of Sketchbooks and Notebooks.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Lorrae Jordan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;God Kept Me: My Story Told Through Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein See Events/Page 35


Continued From Page 34 Jewish Literary Festival will present a panel discussion on “Glasnost’s Children,” featuring novelists David Bezmozgis, Nadia Kalman and Haley Tanner (shown). 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ “Le Cinéma Fantastique” will feature Marcel Carné’s 1942 film “Les Visiteurs du soir” and Georges Méliès’ 1904 film “Voyage à Travers l’Impossible.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ “Cinema Français á Mount Vernon” will feature François Ozon’s 2010 film “Potiche,” starring Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini. 4:30 p.m. Free. Eckles Library Auditorium, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-2426673. Special events ■ The annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a morning of crafts, folk tales and fun with Vicki Weber, author of “It’s Too Crowded in Here!” 10 a.m. $10; $8 per family. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ Halloween festivities will include “Spooky Tales From the Pet Cemetery” by storyteller Marianne Meyers and a chance for families to decorate their own mini pumpkins, using whimsical wigs, hats and other creative trimmings. 1 to 5 p.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. A “Spooky Pooch Parade,” featuring a walk along the woodland trail and a costume contest, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.; admission costs $15 per dog with one or two owners. Walk ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile autumn hike and discuss presidential visits to Rock Creek Park. 10 a.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Oct. 31

Monday october 31 Class ■ Teacher and therapist Elizabeth Muniot will lead a weekly yoga class. 5:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concert ■ Participants in the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures ■ Jeffrey Eugenides will discuss his novel

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Events Entertainment “The Marriage Plot.” 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Alicia Oltuski on her book “Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life.” 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1990 film “Journey of Hope.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. ■ A film series on challenges presented by globalization and scientific progress will feature Jens Schanze’s 2010 film “Plug and Pray.” 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The “Gentlemen Prefer Marilyn” series will feature Billy Wilder’s 1959 film “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ “Alfred Hitchcock Filmfest” will feature the 1963 film “The Birds.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Special events ■ “Historic Halloween Spooktacular: Trick or Treat at Tudor Place” will offer a chance for children to don their Halloween costumes, trick-or-treat through Tudor Place’s gardens and create tasty Halloween treats to take home. 3 to 6 p.m. $7 for children; $3 for adults. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ “Harvest Fest and Halloween Fun” will feature pumpkin painting, a costume parade, treats and hot cider. 3 p.m. Free. Takoma Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ A Halloween party will feature karaoke, snacks, a monster fashion show and trick-ortreating. 3:45 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. Tuesday, Nov. 1

Tuesday november 1 Book/CD signing ■ Harry Belafonte will sign copies of his memoir “My Song” and the companion CD “Sing Your Song: The Music.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Classes ■ Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ The Jewish Study Center will present a

Monday, october 31 ■ Concert: Mats Carlsson, leading tenor of the Swedish Royal Opera, will present “A Tribute to Jussi Björling.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.

four-week class on “‘You Shall Pursue Justice’: Textual Foundations for Jewish Social Action,” featuring instructor Batya Steinlauf. 7 to 8:15 p.m. $75. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. The class will continue Nov. 15, 22 and 29. Concerts ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Washington Bach Consort and soloist Todd Fickley. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ The Orion String Quartet will perform works by Bach, Schubert, Brahms and Webern. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Embassy Series will present Israeli pianist Ran Dank performing works by Beethoven and Chopin. 7:30 p.m. $50. Venue to be announced. 202625-2361. Discussions and lectures ■ Jonathan S. Landay, senior national security and intelligence correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, will discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and whether the United States should declare victory and withdraw. 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s

National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Ernesto Cordero, National Action Party contender for president of Mexico, will discuss “Mexico’s Success Facing Global Economic Crisis.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Ruth Nemzoff on “Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Kasper Monrad, chief curator of the National Gallery of Denmark, will discuss “Vilhelm Hammershoi and His Contemporaries.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Alyssa Ayres, deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, will discuss “India and the United States: Forging a Global Strategic Partnership.” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. ■ Caroline Preston will discuss her book “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Physicist Peter Volkovitsky will discuss “Scientists and Spies: The Soviet Nuclear Weapons Program.” 6:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ Travel expert Kristina Schreck will discuss “Explore Chile: From the Atacama Desert to Easter Island.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Peter Sís will discuss his book “The Conference of the Birds.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Richard Thompson, creator of “Cul de Sac” and “Richard’s Poor Almanac,” will discuss the world of comic strips and highlight some of his favorites. 7 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Izabella Tabarovsky will discuss “Sacred Fragrances of the Tanach.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW.

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■ Harry Belafonte will discuss his life as a performer and participant in the civil rights movement. A book signing will follow. 7:30 p.m. $20. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will present a panel discussion on “Israel, Loose Nukes and the End of the World,” featuring authors Avner Cohen (shown) and Ron Rosenbaum and journalist Marvin Kalb. 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1992 film “Unforgiven.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ National Geographic will present a screening of the new National Geographic Channel film “Secrets of the Lost Gold,” about the discovery of a trove of treasures and battlefield items that constitute England’s most important AngloSaxon archaeological find. A post-screening panel discussion will feature Caroline Alexander, author of the National Geographic book and magazine article about the discovery; David Symons of the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; and Deb Klemperer of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Meeting ■ Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680. The group meets every Tuesday. Performances ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Hungary will present magician Gábor Holcz in See Events/Page 36


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Continued From Page 35 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power of Magic.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Anaheim Ducks. 7:30 p.m. $46 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, Nov. 2

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Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session to help first-time home buyers take advantage of loan programs offered by the D.C. government. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The class will repeat Thursday at 11 a.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Michael Lodico, associate choirmaster and organist at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toccatas and Carillons.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The Monadnock Music Trio will perform works by Bogdanovic, Garner, Lindroth, Norman and Simpson in honor of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. West Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  European Jazz Motion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Austriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angela TrĂśndle on vocals, Switzerlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tobias Meier on alto sax and alto clarinet, Estoniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marek Talts on guitar, Finlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antti Kujanpää on piano, Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mattia Magatelli on bass and Denmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christian Windfeld on drums â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. â&#x2013;  Avanti, the Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, will perform works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Deepa Rao, research assistant professor at the University of Washington and a

licensed clinical psychologist, will discuss efforts in China and India to reduce HIVrelated stigma. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013; Political scientists John P. Entelis, Chris Alexander and Melani Cammett will discuss the Tunisian election and possible outcomes. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Keegan de Lancie, displacement monitoring officer for the International Organization for Migration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iraq Mission, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crafting Durable Solutions to Iraqi Displacement.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Author Meir Shalev will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Shepherd Park Book Club will discuss Wes Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,â&#x20AC;? about two children with the same name growing up in the same decaying city. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Hideo Levy, the first westerner to become a critically acclaimed novelist in Japanese, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World in Japanese.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Views From the Frontlines: First Accounts From Burmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conflict Zones.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse Among Youth.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. rsvp-hos@foreign.

Friday, October 28, 7 p.m. %GJ?B1F?PML 1F?PML (HarperCollins, $29.99) This biography of Ariel Sharon by his youngest son, a columnist for an Israeli newspaper and an advisor to his father before and during his term as Prime Minister, draws on the elder Sharonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diaries from all phases of his political and military career, offering insight into Sharonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decisions on events ranging from the Yom Kippur War to the Gaza settlements. Saturday, October 29, 6 p.m. (SQRGL $P?LI -@?K?-L2FC!MSAF (Free Press, $26) As he did for the previous president in Bush on the Couch, Dr. Frank applies his psychoanalytic skills to Obama, offering new ways to understand the Chief Executiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievements and shortcomings. What does Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turbulent childhood, for example, suggest about how he makes decisions? Are there clues in his past to his current handling of the economy or health-care reform? Sunday, October 30, 5 p.m. KMQ-X 1ACLCQ$PMK4GJJ?EC*GDC (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22) In Tel Ilan, things may not quite be what they seem. One man hears mysterious digging sounds. Another finds a cryptic note from his wife. In his new novel of linked stories, Oz, the renowned Israeli author of A Tale of Love and Darkness, Rhyming Life and Death, and many other works of fiction and nonfiction, profiles a multi-faceted community, facet by facet. !MLLCARGASRTC,55?QFGLERML "!  z  z  D?V @MMIQNMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMKzUUU NMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMK

Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013; As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Ireland will present puppeteer Miriam Lambertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gingerbread Man.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Thursday, Nov. 3

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Wednesday, november 2 â&#x2013; Discussion: Spencer Wells, explorer-in-residence at National Geographic and director of the Genographic Project, will discuss his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in collecting and analyzing DNA samples to create a genetically based map of human migration. 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  Theda Perdue, professor emerita of Southern culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friends of the TenleyFriendship Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Author Series, Giles Kelly and Ann Stevens will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sequoia: Presidential Yacht.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Author Simon Sebag Montefiore will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerusalem: The Biography.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Meir Shalev will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Artist Julie Mehretu will discuss her work, which uses images or architectural plans of public spaces from around the globe as a point of departure to create sprawling drawings with colorful, geometric abstractions, iconic imagery and loosely figurative markings. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The closing night of Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Lucette Lagnado on her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arrogant Years.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Bolena.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happenings at the Harmanâ&#x20AC;? performance series will feature work by local choreographers, curated by Dance/MetroDC director Peter DiMuro. Noon. Free. Sidney

Concerts â&#x2013; Grammy-winner Rahim Al-Haj will perform. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Peter Serkin will perform works by Shepherd, Messiaen, Benjamin and Stravinsky. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Pro Musica Hebraica will present Jascha Nemtsov & Friends performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Romantics: Jewish Composers of Interwar Europe.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Greater Washington Board of Trade will present Tom Brokaw discussing his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 a.m. $115. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Gerald Darsch and Kathy Evangelos of the U.S. Army Natick Solder Research, Development and Engineering Center will discuss the history of feeding the military and creating usable combat rations that are both nutritious and tasty. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Scholar Mark Geiger will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil War, 1861-1865.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upcoming Trip to Australia.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 141, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Should Govern the Internet?â&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Severine Arsene, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University; Bertrand de La Chapelle, board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and program director at the International Diplomatic Academy in Paris; and Laura DeNardis, associate professor at American University and a fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Center Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  Robert Bailis, assistant professor of forestry and environmental studies at Yale University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arresting the Killer in the Kitchen: The Promises and Pitfalls of Commercializing Improved Cookstoves.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Political theorist Timothy Mitchell, a professor at Columbia University, will discuss

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fight to Be Heard From Susan B. Anthony to Hillary Clintonâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Rep. Tammy Baldwin (shown), D-Wis.; Christine Jahnke, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Bestâ&#x20AC;?; and Ann Lewis, president of the No Limits Foundation. 6 p.m. $15. SewallBelmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Ferrer will discuss the creative and cultural exchanges between Edward Weston and Manuel Ă lverez Bravo, two pioneers of modern photography. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Felix Matos Rodriguez, president of Hostos Community College, City University of New York, will discuss the social history of Puerto Rico in the 1940s. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. â&#x2013;  Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Adam Guy Riess will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting Some Light on Dark Energy.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Tom Brokaw will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Shinique Smith and iona rozeal brown, two of the artists featured in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Americansâ&#x20AC;? exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, will discuss their work and reflect on the role that artistic community plays in their artwork and process. 7 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Journalist Scott Wallace will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unconquered: Brazilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s People of the Arrow.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Portugalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cativar will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poles of Our Earth,â&#x20AC;? a play that uses puppets, stories and songs to tell about the polar regions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature interactive magic demonstrations by David London and a gallery talk on Phillips Collection founder Duncan Phillipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exploration of the work of emerging artists. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many Stories, One Night,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immigrant communities, will feature the release of a preliminary report on immigrantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experiences accessing public benefits and the screening of Robert Winnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communities in Transition,â&#x20AC;? about the impact of language barriers during emergencies such as a 2008 fire that destroyed a Mount Pleasant apartment building. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-621-1001.


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Portrait Gallery exhibition depicts African-American life


he Black List: Photographs by On exhibit Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” presenting portraits of 50 AfricanAmericans to illustrate the struggles, tria.m. to 4 p.m. 202-342-1298. umphs and joys of black life in the United ■ “A Song for the Horse Nation,” a traveling States, will open Friday at the National exhibition about the importance of horses Portrait Gallery and continue through April over the centuries to Native people, will open 22. Saturday at the National Located at 8th and F Museum of the streets NW, the gallery is American Indian and open daily from 11:30 continue through Jan. 7. a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633Located at 4th Street 1000. and Independence ■ The Ralls Collection Avenue SW, the museum will open an exhibit today is open daily from 10 of colorful abstract painta.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202ings by two artists, 633-1000. including John Blee’s ■ “Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold From England’s “Orchard Suite” series Dark Ages,” featuring and Adam Swart’s pieces from the largest “Crimes and “Sainkho’s Nomads” by Adam Celebrations” series. The and most valuable collecSwart is at the Ralls Collection. show will continue tion of Anglo-Saxon treathrough Dec. 31. sure ever discovered, will Located at 1516 31st St. NW, the gallery open Saturday at the National Geographic is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 Museum and continue through March 4.

Located at 1145 17th St. NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and military personnel; and $4 for ages 5 through 12. Tickets are required. 202857-7588. ■ “Eclectica,” presenting thematically diverse photography by John Potter, will open with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of the Holy City and continue through Nov. 30. Located at 1611 16th St. NW in the upstairs chapel, the exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday until 9 p.m. 202-462-6734. ■ “Agnes Bolt: Dealing,” highlighting new artwork by Bolt that documents her interactions with two art collectors, opened last week at Project 4, where it will continue through Nov. 26. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. ■ “Autumn Mix,” presenting sculpture by Michael Gessner and paintings by Lucy Clark, Kathryn McDonnell and Stuart

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ 2007 photo of Toni Morrison is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit “The Black List.” Greenwell, will close Tuesday at PASS Gallery. Located at 1617 S St. NW, rear, the gallery is open Tuesday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-745-0796.

‘Golden Dragon’ mines unexpected connections


tudio Theatre will present Roland Schimmelpfennig’s “The Golden Dragon” Nov. 2 through Dec. 11. In the cramped kitchen of an


Asian restaurant, four cooks pull the tooth of a young Chinese coworker. His tooth ends up in the Thai soup of a flight attendant, who overhears the fight of a young couple who live above the restaurant, whose fighting disturbs the shopkeeper of the dry goods store next door, who is more connected to the Studio Theatre will stage “The Golden Dragon” from Nov. 2 through young Chinese man than anyone Dec. 11. suspects. 234-7174; ■ GALita, a family program from Performance times are 8 p.m. ■ The Washington Ballet will GALA Hispanic Theatre, will Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. revive artistic director Septime present “Las aventuras de Don Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Webre’s adaptation of “The Great Quijote de La Mancha” Oct. 31 Sunday. Studio is located at 1501 Gatsby” Nov. 2 through 6 at the through Nov. 10. 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; stuKennedy Center. Based on the novel “Don Performance times are 8 p.m. Quijote,” this bilingual adaptation ■ The Chevy Chase Players will Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 follows the mispresent Neil p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 6:30 adventures of Simon’s “The p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to the gentleman Gingerbread from La Mancha $125. 202-467-4600; Lady” Oct. 28 and his loyal through Nov. 12 ■ Howard University will present squire Sancho at the Chevy Panza. Obsessed Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Chase Girls Who Have Considered with chivalrous Community Suicide When the Rainbow Is ideals, Don Center. Quijote takes up Enuf” Nov. 2 through 12 in the Performance Environmental Theatre Space. his lance and times are gener A series of poems choreosword to set ally 7:30 p.m. graphed to music express the tribuwrongs to right, Friday and lations of seven African-American defend the helpSaturday, with a women in their lives and loves. less and destroy noon matinee on Performance times are 7:30 p.m. The Washington Ballet will stage the wicked Nov. 12. Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 throughout the Tickets, avail“The Great Gatsby” at Nov. 2 able at the door, through 6 at the Kennedy Center. Spanish country- p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. Friday, Nov 4. Tickets cost $5 to $15. side. cost $15; $13 Howard University is located at Performance times are 10:30 for students and seniors. The com2455 6th St. NW. 202-806-7050; a.m. Tickets cost $10. GALA is munity center is located at 5601 See Theater/Page 40 located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202Connecticut Ave. NW.

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don’t compromise the protected Woodhull House. The university hadn’t yet filed its application with the preservation board, so the neighborhood commission took no action at last week’s meeting. But Barbara Kahlow of the West End Citizens Association recommended working to block the application until the

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university can demonstrate that the plans won’t tie up traffic on 21st Street. The road is already congested, said Kahlow, and museum visitors and delivery trucks would exacerbate the problem. “Obviously we want the Textile Museum in our neighborhood, but it is the wrong place,” she said. Officials said the planned internal loading setup — which would be screened from the street except as a truck is entering or leaving — would be essential for protecting delicate

running for mayor in 1998, when he “failed miserably.” Radio host Mark Plotkin later chimed in that Evans actually did pretty well, getting support from one of every 13 voters. At the end of the event, Evans took advantage of his time at the

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it,” said Wood. For example, at Eaton, students spent a day last week scoping out stormwater runoff on the school’s grounds. “We did one of our first audits on the outside to see where water was pooling,” said fourth-grade teacher Susan Coti. “They can see right outside their doorstep what’s happening.” Meanwhile, with clipboards in hand, students visited the school’s bathrooms to get a sense of the amount of water flowing out of sinks and toilets. Coti said the students will use the information in

textiles. Only small trucks would be able to use the loading dock, they added. University attorney David Avitabile said the school will address traffic concerns later with the Zoning Commission, not with the Historic Preservation Review Board. Susan-Anne Cora, the university’s campus planning director, said she thinks the neighborhood will benefit from the planned museum. “It’s open to the public, and I think there will be a lot of really fun family-type programs there,” she said.

mic to reply with digs at all those who had jabbed at him. The roast raised between $12,000 and $13,000, which will go to Hexagon as well as the Wounded Warriors Project, which aids to severely injured soldiers.

special projects designed to help conserve water and address runoff. The students will also make presentations to D.C. leaders about their efforts next year. In a statement, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she’s excited to see students develop their own solutions to such a pressing environmental problem. “We’re excited to have schools in our district participate in the program this year and apply the problemsolving skills they have developed in the classroom to improve the local environment,” she said. Eaton fourth-grader Pearl Benjamin said the program has already made her think twice about how she brushes her teeth and does the dishes. “At first I thought, ‘Oh, there’s tons of water on Earth.’ Now I see that we really have to start saving water,” she said.

In another George Washington University campus plan project, the school broke ground Thursday on its eight-story Science and Engineering Complex, which is replacing a parking garage at 22nd and H streets and several nearby buildings on the block. Officials hope to open that facility in 2015. Neighbors generally supported the planned complex but expressed disappointment that the large-scale construction on the Square 55 site wouldn’t include a second entrance to the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station.

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According to city officials and residents, it’s been a success so far. During September, Chief Lanier said, Adams Morgan saw a 40 percent reduction in overall crime and a 20 percent reduction in violent crime. Neighbors, meanwhile, talked about a change in perception in the area, with bad behavior on the decline due to the increased police presence. One woman who lives on 18th Street said she’d overheard people saying things like “We’re not coming here next weekend; there’s too much police.” According to Capt. Aubrey Mongal, the police department puts 30 to 40 officers in the neighborhood on weekend nights, while businesses separately fund several other officers. So far during the operation, said Assistant Police Chief Patrick Burke, police have made 225 arrests for violations like drinking or urinating in public. The program also involves other city enforcement officials, like alcohol inspectors. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration director Fred Moosally said his agency’s responsibilities include checking bars to “make sure they’re not overserving” or “extending their space outside.” Inspectors have found 21 violations since July, he said. Though neighbors at the meeting praised the operation, they also questioned how the long the city can direct extra resources toward the broader, ongoing problems in Adams Morgan. “I get the feeling that we’re treating Operation Adams Morgan as … a one-time surge of undetermined length,” one resident said. “From a resident’s standpoint, it’s a system problem. … You have too many liquor licenses in one place.” The resident also noted that the operation’s identified “targets” — visitors who come to tailgate and harass paying customers of 18th Street’s businesses, while never setting foot inside any themselves — aren’t the only ones damaging the area’s quality of life. “It’s the patrons, not the predators,” the resident said of the crowds that straggle through the streets after hitting the bars — “peeing, dumping pizza boxes, having a party on the front stoop.” Resident Bella Rosenberg echoed those sentiments. “From our point of view, we need [the operation] to continue as long as the problem continues … but that’s also

unrealistic,” she said. The city needs to “address this structurally,” Rosenberg said, “not as a police matter, but as an economic development matter.” Comments like these spurred conversation about the concentration of liquor licenses in Adams Morgan — 87 total in one police service area, according to Chief Lanier. Denis James, president of the Kalorama Citizens Association, noted that a five-year moratorium on liquor licenses in Adams Morgan took effect in 2008, prohibiting any new licenses. But he said, “I can’t imagine that the time could be more ripe than now” for discussing a lower target number of licenses for the future. Council member Graham also talked about how Adams Morgan could use alcohol regulations to its advantage. The neighborhood could follow the lead of Georgetown, for example, and make a certain number of liquor licenses non-renewable once a business moves out. “If this neighborhood is ready to say … OK, as our nightclub licenses, as our tavern licenses, as our restaurant licenses expire … then they can’t be renewed in this particular neighborhood,” Graham said. “There’s been no appetite for this previously,” he said of the idea, but he added, “Maybe Adams Morgan is at that point.” Later in the meeting, Graham spoke more firmly of his plans to introduce a proposal — “hopefully in a way that will spark a lot of discussion” — to reduce the number of licenses in Adams Morgan. Graham said the topic would surely come up during sessions of the task force he’s convened to discuss and possibly revamp the District’s alcohol laws. “We’re going to involve businesses, involve residents, ANCs and so forth,” he said of such conversations. Another idea Graham mentioned more theoretically was to enforce earlier closing times in Adams Morgan. “The real restaurants would be happy, but the bars would be at a disadvantage,” he said. One woman argued against tactics that could punish restaurant owners. “You’re going to have a street full of empty vacant lots” if restaurants close, she said. Bill Thomas, who owns both Bourbon and Jack Rose Dining Saloon on 18th Street, said Adams Morgan needs to focus more on economic-development strategies, like financing support, to “attract good, quality establishments.”


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facade facing neighbors and Massachusetts Avenue passersby. “What we see is basically this industrial drab gray that is not in character for the community,” he said. The university recently redesigned the planned L-shaped North Hall, pulling it back farther from Massachusetts Avenue and adding an eighth story to only the section facing existing residence halls. At the neighborhood commission’s Oct. 5 meeting, Smith hailed the revisions as the result of “a model working relationship between American University and the community.” The neighborhood commission voted 7-1 to support the project on the conditions that the university minimize the proposed eight-story building’s “visual impact”; work with the community to improve the planned facade; and submit construction, landscaping and stormwater management plans. But at last week’s hearing, neighborhood commission chair Tom Smith said those conditions had not been met. “If AU is unable to design an attractive building that minimizes the visual impact along Massachusetts Avenue, one solution would be reduce the height of the building and increase the setback required from Massachusetts Avenue,” Smith testified. Smith’s testimony provoked a lively exchange with zoning commissioner Peter May. “I find your testimony nothing short of shocking given the letter we’ve gotten,” May said. “The letter says, ‘We support it with these conditions.’ The conditions are pretty straightforward and

seem to be achievable, but you’re calling for a complete redesign of the building. You cannot tell me that those are somehow consistent positions.” “My testimony is very clear that the conditions we have laid out have not been met,” Smith replied. “What we are saying is if [university officials] can’t meet these conditions, then they need to go back and redesign the building.” In considering the North Hall project, the Zoning Commission

❝It does seem to me that there is room for agreement.❞ — Zoning commissioner Peter May must decide whether it is likely to create objectionable conditions for neighbors. University attorney Paul Tummonds said the school is confident the building would not, even as it’s currently designed. He added that the school can make minor design revisions based on further feedback. “We do not believe this is a project that needs to go back to the drawing board,” Tummonds told the zoning commissioners. “We believe this is a project that has the appropriate massing, scale and height, and we can work with community comments that coalesce around an idea of what the facade should be.” But that may be difficult, Tummonds added: “We’d heard ... that there were some residents of the community who wanted it to look like Katzen [Arts Center]. Some wanted it to look like the Kogod School of Business. Some wanted it to look like Wesley [Seminary].”

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Todd Beckwith noted in an interview, and the nearby Dalecarlia Reservoir hasn’t shown significant perchlorate levels. Perchlorate has been found to disrupt thyroid functions, but only when taken internally. “Based on the data so far, I don’t expect that we’ll identify unacceptable risks to the public that require remedial action, but we’ll have to let the process play out,” said Beckwith. Although perchlorate can come from a variety of natural and manmade sources, officials believe the contamination in Spring Valley and on the American University campus stems from the area’s World War I-era use as a chemical weapons testing site. Perchlorate concentrations are highest near the university’s Kreeger Hall, where the Army Corps will dig for what officials call “potential buried objects” this winter. Concentrations have also been detected near Sibley Memorial Hospital; the corps is planning to analyze samples to determine whether both findings come from the same perchlorate source. The Army Corps has spent more than $200 million in the Spring Valley area since 1993, including $150,000, officials said, for the two new wells — one installed Friday and the other earlier this month. Fifty-one wells in the area monitor groundwater closer to the surface. Water samples will be drawn from the new wells every few months beginning this winter, according to Beckwith. These 6-inch-wide wells, which sit between the street and sidewalk, will be abandoned if no deep contamination is found. If the monitoring wells find a human health hazard from the perchlorate, the Army Corps would develop a

Jeffrey Kraskin of the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights Citizens Association testified that the neighbors just want something more attractive than the rather blank wall they fear the school will construct. “If the facade facing Mass Ave was a facade that reflected the nature of the residential area and the area surrounding it, I think we could be very happy with it,” Kraskin said. Despite the complaints about the facade, the North Hall proposal hasn’t seen the level of community objection that has arisen against some aspects of the university’s development plans, such as for its Nebraska Avenue parking lot site and its Tenley Campus. Smith, Kraskin and a representative of Neighbors for a Livable Community were the only residents to testify, in contrast with dozens who have appeared at other recent hearings. “It does seem to me that there is room for agreement between the university and neighbors on how this building should look without having to start completely from scratch,” said zoning commissioner May. “So I would strongly urge the university to get together with the neighbors and the ANC on this, because we have some time before we can make a decision.” Additionally, zoning commissioners requested renderings that more clearly show the proposed building from Massachusetts Avenue and asked that the school consider offering more than the planned 54 bicycle parking spaces. Before the Zoning Commission can take a position on North Hall, it must vote on the university’s 10-year development goals as part of the broader campus plan process. Hearings on the plan will continue — and likely conclude — Nov. 3.

way to remove it. “That could include pumping the water out and putting it through a treatment system; it could include injecting sugars and edible oils into the groundwater that would promote biological activity that would reduce the contamination levels — there’s a wide range of options for cleaning up groundwater,” Beckwith said. “But it’s a little bit premature to be talking about cleanup now.” Kent Slowinski, a Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commissioner who is active on the contamination issue, said he worries the Army Corps’ monitoring practices are designed to avoid finding perchlorate, and he criticized the Corps for not removing what it’s already found. “They’ve detected perchlorate in the groundwater, but nothing’s being done about the issue,” he said. Allen Hengst, who works at American University and maintains a blog about the Army Corps’ work, said he isn’t as worried about the health risk from perchlorate. “It’s primarily for us a signal, or a sign, that something’s going on under the ground,” said Hengst. “If you have that kind of perchlorate, then it’s got to be coming from somewhere.” The planned Kreeger Hall excavation should determine that source, according to Beckwith. A survey over the summer with advanced metal detectors found “anomalies” that could be buried Army waste causing the contamination, he said. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting tonight about an unrelated project: the cleanup of 4825 Glenbrook Road, where the corps is proposing demolishing a vacant home to remove soil contamination down to bedrock. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

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