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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Dupont Current

ANC backs West End library plan

Shooting spurs worries about Dupont nightlife

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■ Safety: Leaders call for

changes for ‘Club Central’

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


A plan to transform a stretch of L Street from modest municipal buildings and surface parking into a cutting-edge high-rise condominium has won support from the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission. In their Nov. 16 resolution, commissioners requested few concrete changes to plans for the 10-story building. They did ask, though, that a number of issues be “addressed more fully,” including traffic patterns, the proposed building’s impact on neighbors and construction management. Developer EastBanc is proposing a series of projections and regressions to break up the building’s block-long face between 23rd and 24th streets, which is slated to include ground-floor space for a new West End Neighborhood Library. EastBanc is scheduled to present its full “planned-unit development” concept to the D.C. Zoning Commission Dec. 19. EastBanc’s broader plan includes See Library/Page 19

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Violence erupted this weekend in Dupont Circle when three men were shot, one fatally, and three men were stabbed outside the Heritage India restaurant and lounge on the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue early Sunday morning. Public officials and area residents have long held concerns about the small area south of Dupont Circle known to some as “Club Central.”

■ Georgetown: Feds weigh

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sale of prime parkside land

The 10th annual Trot for Hunger 5K race took place Thanksgiving morning on Pennsylvania Avenue. The sponsor, So Others Might Eat, serves the city’s homeless and poor with daily meals and programs.

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

NEWS ■ Dupont’s Temple Garden closing this week. Page 5. ■ Residents weigh in on redistricting plan. Page 2.

With a large number of establishments serving alcohol into the latenight hours, safety concerns arise when a combined capacity of 6,200 patrons spill out to the streets after the clubs close at 3 a.m. Sunday’s fatal shooting escalated those concerns. “The violence on Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle is disturbing and frightening — just as violence anywhere in our city should disturb and frighten all residents,” Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement. Police reports say a fight started inside Heritage India around 2:30 See Shooting/Page 23

Partners envision condos at GSA heating plant site By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Connecticut Ave. median readied for reveal Work is nearly complete on beautifying the raised median on Connecticut Avenue between R and S streets, with an unveiling planned for Dec. 15 on a project whose planning began approximately five years ago. An irrigation system was installed in mid-November on the median, which consists of five 1,000-foot-long cement planters along Connecticut Avenue just north of Dupont Circle’s center park. The planting of more than 2,000 bulbs and other greenery began last week, with the design centered around existing magnolia trees. Each

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Workers add bulbs and other plants to the median.

planter will have a distinct color scheme, and landscape work is expected to continue for the next week. Once that work is done, the irrigation system will water the plants for 10 to 14 days to create a

firm foundation before the system is winterized. “We are so happy we were able to get the bulbs and other plants in before the planting season ended,” said Paul Williams, executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, which partnered with the District Department of Transportation to restore the neglected median. “It will be quite a show when the bulbs bloom in spring, but we really designed it to be a year-round landscape,” said Williams. “It will stay green or blossom or have color during the winter, and then in spring, summer and fall, we will see different plants bloom with each season.” “It was designed to have maxiSee Median/Page 19

EVENTS ■ Exhibit features artist’s photos on canvas. Page 33. ■ Local troupe stages long-form improv festival. Page 33.

As developers begin eying Georgetown’s two-acre West Heating Plant site — which the federal government listed as excess last month — one team has announced its concept to convert the property into an 80-unit luxury condominium and public park. The plan from the Georgetownbased Levy Group and the New York-based Georgetown Company is to renovate the six-story heating plant building into Four Seasons Private Residences, the developers and the hotel firm announced Friday. The proposed Four Seasons design would also convert the site’s open space — now home to storage tanks and parking — into a grassy park with public access to Rock Creek and the C&O Canal, and a trail connecting the parcel to other parkland nearby. “We have a long track record of doing what were best-in-class projects that we thought were transfor-

PASSAGES Columbia Heights dance studio wins national honor from first lady for its work with at-risk youth. Page 15. ■

This rendering by Wallace Roberts & Todd Landscape Architects shows parkland at the heating plant site. mative for a community,” Georgetown Company president Adam Flatto said in an interview. “This opportunity falls right in that zone.” The companies have been working on the design for more than a year, anticipating that the 1940s heating plant at 29th and K streets would be declared surplus property. The Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue backs on the heating plant site, making it a desirable spot for the company to build luxury condominiums, hotel company vice president Paul White said in an interview. See Plant/Page 8

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/28 Classifieds/38 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/13 Exhibits/33 In Your Neighborhood/22

Opinion/10 Passages/15 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/34 Theater/33


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The Current


Zoning Commission grants initial support to proposed West End Hilton By CHRIS KAIN Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Zoning Commission gave initial approval Monday to a planned high-rise hotel in the West End, but members expressed concerns about the dimensions of a planned “layby� lane for guests to drop off their cars. Plans for the 10-story, 238-room Hilton Garden Inn at 22nd and M streets have drawn

mixed reactions in the community. The project has the support of the Foggy Bottom Association and the West End Citizens Association, but the board of directors of the nearby 22 West condominium opposes the plans. The advisory neighborhood commission did not object, but commissioners did express disappointment that an earlier, more upscale iteration never materialized due to economic conditions.

At Monday’s meeting, most of the Zoning Commission’s deliberations focused on the unloading area, which would cut three feet out of the 22nd Street sidewalk to create the space for cars to stop. The D.C. Department of Transportation had pushed for the limitedwidth design, which officials said would provide a safety buffer while forcing drivers to move over a full lane to go around. But commissioners expressed doubts that

the department’s plan would provide optimal safety. “A 3-foot lay-by, if used during high-traffic times, is going to create traffic problems,� said commissioner Konrad Schlater. “I think that is a no-brainer. It’s going to stop traffic in those lanes, or people are going to try to squeeze by.� Said commission chair Anthony Hood: “Who would want their car sticking out?� See Hotel/Page 19

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!

For more information on the GW Community Calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Government, International and Community Relations at (202) 994-9132 or visit us at

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At a quiet cafĂŠ, a man and a woman sit separately. The interminable ringing of the man’s cell phone has finally gotten on Jean’s last nerve and she puts down her book and asks him repeatedly to answer it. When he doesn’t respond, she goes to his table and discovers that the man (Gordon) is dead. The cell phone again begins to ring. Jean decides to answer it. Dead Man’s Cell Phone follows the consequences of this post mortem act and its effect on Jean, Gordon’s family, his business and Gordon himself. Darkly funny, this surreal story is a theatrical journey through redemption, mortality and the meaning of connection in a constantly connected world. “Dean Man’s Cell Phone?â€? will be performed by a dynamic cast of GW students. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For showtimes please visit

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Support GW Men’s and GW Women’s Swimming as they take on Old Dominion. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is back with DC’s perennial holiday favorite, featuring a very special guest, Broadway and television star, Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors, Pushing Daisies). Bold production numbers and glittering holiday songs from a chorus of more than 250 men will make your days merry and bright. Tickets are $25 and $50 and are available through

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The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation and the Office of Government, International and and Community Relations cordially invite you to the Foggy Bottom Community Day pregame brunch and the GW Women’s Basketball game versus Loyola (MD)! Brunch starts at 12 p.m. and the game begins at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 14th, by calling (202) 994-0211. Have questions? Give us a call at (202) 994-9132.

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Redistricting plans fought in Tenleytown By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A group of Ward 3 residents living east of Wisconsin Avenue Tuesday continued their protest of a redistricting plan that would place them in the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission, where they say they will have little voice. Mary Alice Levine, a longtime Tenleytown activist, called the plan “a coup by ANC 3E,� which she said would have “jurisdiction over every business and institution in Tenleytown� while its five commissioners would be elected mostly by residents of American University Park and Friendship Heights. The proposal to pull just a few households from Tenleytown east of Wisconsin — where they are currently part of the Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park 3F commission — will be insufficient to make them “a political force� in 3E’s deliberations, she told a hearing on redistricting plans citywide. The D.C. Council’s redistricting subcommittee is enmeshed in the nitty-gritty task of approving new advisory neighborhood commission lines and dividing the commissions into single-member districts of roughly equal population, based on the 2010 census. Most witnesses at the hearing focused on lines drawn by a task force in Ward 5. But the Ward 3 task force proposal to transfer about 700 residents in the Tenley Circle area from the Forest Hills commission (3F) into the Friendship Heights commission (3E) also drew fire. Task force members have said the plan would consolidate residents most affected by development, business and institutions on Wisconsin Avenue into one commission, leaving 3F to focus on the Connecticut Avenue corridor. Several members of the Tenley commission are outspoken “smart growth� advocates generally favorable to development on the transitheavy Wisconsin Avenue corridor — including construction projects some opponents of the redistricting plan have fought. Sherry Zowader complained that the proposal splits her 3700 block of Chesapeake Street, although all resiSee Boundaries/Page 8

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Kalorama row house addition City may name plaza for civic leader, pastor denied by preservation board By BRADY HOLT

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A divided Historic Preservation Review Board has rejected a novel attempt to convert a 1920 Adams Morgan row house into an eight-unit condominium complex. The majority said at the November hearing that the unusually sited rear addition would “overwhelm” the small house at 1845 Kalorama Road. Rear additions are a common feature in row-house neighborhoods, even those designated historic, and the preservation board is usually somewhat flexible about design, provided that the new construction is not visible from the street. Many of the elegant row houses in Adams Morgan have already been enlarged and divided into apartments or condos. But architect Laurence Caudle’s proposal to place a four-story rear addition at the back of the lot on Kalorama Road, separated by a pocket-size courtyard from a threestory row house at the front, was too much for the preservation board to stomach. “You’re more than doubling the size,” said member Maria Casarella.

“That’s a big red flag.” Caudle said his client, Brookland Homes LLC, had already downsized its original plan to create 10 units in a five-story building. He said placing the courtyard between the original house and the rear addition would provide light and air to structures on either side. There’s some logic behind the proposal. The proposed addition, connected by only a spiral staircase and breezeway to the original house, would not require zoning relief, whereas typically, rear additions attached to the back of a house would need approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment because of complex rules governing courtyard size. City preservation planner Steve Callcott supported what he called a “historically unusual strategy” for adding to a row house, noting that the board had approved similar schemes in the more dense Mount Vernon Square and Shaw historic districts downtown. The 1800 block of Kalorama has a “variety of building types,” Callcott said in his staff report, with apartment houses at either end of the See Addition/Page 37

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Over the years, Jerry Moore has served as a member of the D.C. Council, chair of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors and even an elections observer in the African nation of Togo. But when officials looked for a way to honor the 93-year-old Crestwood resident, they focused on the church he led for five decades. A bill introduced in May by at-large Council member Michael Brown and Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser ceremonially renames the block surrounding the 19th Street Baptist Church as “the Rev. Dr. Jerry A. Moore, Jr. Commemorative Plaza.” At a Nov. 16 hearing on the bill, Council Chairman Kwame Brown said this focus on Moore’s house of worship seemed fitting. Upon thinking of Moore, said Brown, “people always said ‘council member,’ but I always thought ‘man of God.’ ‘Civic activist’ — I always thought ‘man of God,’ and that’s what I always remembered.” Several of the church’s current leaders spoke at the hearing, recalling growing up in Northwest with Moore as their pastor — first at the church’s 19th and I streets NW location downtown, then following it to 4606 16th St. in the 1970s. “To me, he’s a giant of a person, he’s a giant of a man of God, he’s a giant as a public servant, and he’s been a mentor and a friend to me most of my life,” testified board of trustees member Elmer Brooks, who said he believes he was the first person

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The Rev. Jerry Moore moved the 19th Street Baptist Church to the site in the 1970s.

baptized by Moore after he became a pastor in the 1940s. “And I certainly endorse this honor that we’re considering here today.” Moore, a Louisiana native, took over as the pastor of 19th Street Baptist Church in 1946 after graduating from Howard University’s divinity school. He became chair of the transit authority board in 1973, and served on the first elected D.C. Council in 1974; Moore, a Republican, held his atlarge seat for 10 years. Among other work in the United States and abroad, Moore served as a D.C. prison chaplain in the 1980s and on Baptist and interfaith religious groups. He stepped down as chief pastor of the 19th Street church in 1996, but still holds the title of pastor emeritus. Because of his transportation work, “It is entirely See Plaza/Page 37

The week ahead Wednesday, Nov. 30

The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations will hold a public hearing on the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Amendment Act of 2011, as proposed by the committee. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ D.C. Public Schools will hold a public hearing on the school system’s budget for fiscal year 2013. The hearing will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Langley Education Campus, 101 T St. NE. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Whitman-Walker Health will hold its annual World AIDS Day candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. in the Dupont Circle park.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Inspired Teaching Demonstration School’s “Winterfest” will feature parent information sessions, a tree sale, a book fair, a bake sale and musical performances. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the school, 4401 8th St. NE, and will continue Sunday during the same hours. For details, call 202-248-6825 or visit

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The Shepherd Park Citizens Association, Concerned Neighbors Inc. and the upper Georgia Avenue business community will host their fourth annual tree-lighting ceremony. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at 7435 Georgia Ave. NW. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for So Others Might Eat.

Monday, Dec. 5

Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, chair of the committee that oversees the D.C. Public Library system, will host the first installment of “Tommy’s Traveling Book Club.” D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning will join Wells in leading a discussion of “Triumph of the City” by Edward Glaeser. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW.

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District Digest New speed cameras installed this month

Vincent Orange said he plans to hold hearings on city agencies’ compliance with a policy intended to ensure District-based firms receive a share of city business. Local “Certified Business Enterprises� are supposed to get 50 percent of most agencies’ “expendable budgets� for contracting, but limited resources for the Department of Small and Local Business Development have inhibited compliance monitoring, he said at a recent meeting of the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants & Professionals, or CHAMPS. “There’s nothing wrong with the law. It’s the application,� said Orange, who chairs the council’s Committee on Small and Local Business Development. Orange said the city should have a think tank assess the processes small businesses must go through to sign up as Certified Business Enterprises and to re-register every two years. One of the program’s major benefits, Orange said, is that it helps provide work for the city’s 36,000 unemployed residents, thereby reducing welfare costs. Additionally, he said, local businesses and their District-based employees add tax revenue to the

Speeding motorists began receiving warnings last week after 14 speed cameras were installed in nine locations in the District, but beginning Dec. 21, drivers will get fines in the mail, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Police Department. New locations in Northwest are the 1900 block of Foxhall Road, the 2800 block of Calvert Street, the 2300 block of Connecticut Avenue, the 100 block of Florida Avenue, the 2300 block of Porter Street, and Canal Road south of Arizona Avenue. Cameras are also now in place in the 4200 block of South Capitol Street and on D.C. 295 at the Benning Road overpass and south of Exit 1, the release states. According to the release, police selected the new camera sites based on accident locations, observed speeding and requests from citizens and community organizations.

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city coffers. Orange said he also plans to hold a small-business summit in the spring to bring together business owners, agency heads and council members whose committees control bills that affect the enterprises.

Tenley library nets environment award

The Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library has formally earned a gold rating under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, according to a news release from the D.C. Public Library system. The library at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, which opened in January, includes a vegetated green roof, energy-efficient lighting and recycled materials, among other environmentally friendly features, the release states. Gold is the secondhighest “LEED� rating. In Northeast, the new Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library also achieved the environmental gold standard, the release says.

Ford’s Theatre joins with homeless group

Cast members of this year’s Ford’s Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol� will collect monetary donations to Miriam’s Kitchen during the show’s curtain calls, the theater announced this month. The theater has partnered with other area nonprofits for past performances, raising more than $77,000 for So Others Might Eat last year and raising enough funds for Bread for the City to provide 1,846 meals in 2009, according to a

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news release. Miriam’s Kitchen, based in Foggy Bottom, offers food, medical care and other services to homeless D.C. residents. “Each winter, the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ renews in us, as it does in Scrooge, a compassionate and generous heart,� Paul Tetreault, director of the Ford’s Theatre Society, states in the release. The show opened Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 31 at 511 10th St. NW.

Convention center expands free WiFi

Visitors to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center can now connect to the Internet for free in all public sections of the facility, according to a news release from the convention center authority. Wireless Internet access was already available at 15 spots within the sprawling complex, the release states, and the expanded WiFi coverage is intended to meet modern technology expectations.

EPA: District uses most ‘green power’

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this month presented the District with its Green Power Community Challenge award, for using more kilowatthours of clean energy for its electricity than any other jurisdiction. Residents, businesses and other electricity consumers in the District use more than 772 million kilowatthours annually of wind, solar, geothermal and other clean energy sources, amounting to 8 percent of total consumption, according to an agency news release. The city of Brookeville, Md., in Montgomery County, used the highest percentage of “green� power, the release states: 45 percent

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Convention authority leases Carnegie site

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will be able to remain in Mount Vernon Square’s Carnegie Library, but 80 percent of the building is now controlled by Events DC, the convention and sports authority announced recently. Events DC took over the historical society’s 88-year lease on the building, which the nonprofit was struggling to pay, according to a news release. The building will continue to host the society’s headquarters, collections and exhibits, and the authority plans to add a visitors center and other amenities, the release states. “Events DC will leverage its expertise in high-profile special events and tourism promotions inside one of Washington’s architectural treasures, while [the historical society] will be able to continue its important work collecting, preserving and presenting materials and programs about the city’s history,� historical society board chair Julie Koczela says in the release. Events DC was created in 2009 through a merger of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Washington Convention Center Authority.

Georgetown group picks new leaders

Rokas Beresniovas of HSBC Bank will serve as next year’s president of the Georgetown Business Association, Beresniovas told The Current recently. Beresniovas was previously vice president of the nonprofit. He will replace Joe Gianno of the Latham Hotel as president. Riyad Said of Wells Fargo Advisors will be the group’s new vice president, Karen Ohri of Georgetown Floorcoverings will be the treasurer, and Janine Schoonover of Serendipity3 will serve as secretary, according to Beresniovas. The new terms begin Jan. 1.

Yuma Study Center expansion kicks off

The Yuma Study Center has begun constructing a new facility in Tenleytown adjacent to its existing women’s spiritual education center, according to a news release. The center hopes to finish the 44,000-square-foot facility at 4101 Yuma St. in early 2013, the release states. It will continue to use the existing historic building on the site.


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Scottish Rite Temple community garden set to shut down after 21 years By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

After 21 years and about 800 different sets of hands in its soil, the Temple Garden behind the Scottish Rite Temple is set to close this week. “I think we’re all grateful that they made their private land available to us for as long as they did,� garden president David Rosner said of the longstanding arrangement between the temple and the popular community garden. Paying the temple minor fees, garden members have cultivated about 75 plots in the

quarter-acre of land along 15th Street. At last count, the organic garden had more than 100 members — and a wait list of more than 70. That land share is ending now that the temple, in line for a major renovation, needs to use the garden space for construction staging and parking. “We’ve enjoyed having the garden,� said temple counsel Barbara Golden. “But unfortunately we just need it now.� Almost a century old, the temple at 1733 16th St. NW has seen “only minor renovations� since it was first built, and it needs extensive systems upgrades, Golden said. The

temple also plans to update its library and archival facilities. Golden said funding shortages make the project’s timeline uncertain, but the temple is now “going through the permit process� before it ultimately paves over the garden lot. She said the area would likely be used for parking and to house construction equipment and possibly a trailer. The temple is now in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $97 million for the project, $20 million of which would go toward future maintenance. “We don’t have all the money now, so it’s hard to estimate how long it will

take,� Golden said. “It could take as long as 10 years or more.� Because of all the unknowns, the temple was unable to come up with an agreement with the Temple Garden for future use of the land. After learning of the renovation plans last April, several members suggested various options for keeping the garden at least partially intact, now or in the future. “We met with [officials from the temple], but they were unable to entertain any of those suggestions or compromises or other ideas,� Rosner said. See Garden/Page 37

At E.L. Haynes, raising trout to offer lessons in conservation By DANIELLE BURNS Current Correspondent

Students at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School learned to fly fish this month in an effort to raise money to participate in a national project that teaches children about ecology, conservation and fish care. Once the funds are raised, Jay Tucker, a third-grade math and science teacher at the charter’s Georgia Avenue campus, will enroll his class in the “Trout in the Classroom� project. The program, sponsored by Trout Unlimited, allows children to raise and hatch trout in large tanks in their classroom. Tucker’s class will receive its eggs and equipment in January, and the students will learn how to test the water daily for chemicals and feed and care for their fish. In May, the minnows will be released in a local stream chosen by Trout Unlimited. A conservation-based curriculum accompanies the project and teaches children about protecting local watersheds and natural resources. This is the eighth year “Trout in the Classroom� has been active in the area, and 32 schools in Maryland and D.C. are participating.

Tucker’s class needs to raise $1,500 to participate. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is donating eggs and fish food, as well as the aquaculture permit needed to raise the fish and the stocking permit to release the fish. On a recent Sunday afternoon, Zach Cockrum, manager for government relations at Trout Unlimited in Virginia, taught the children about the basics of fly fishing, including the best places to fish in the area and what types of flies to use, before taking them outside to practice. The event brought attention to the “Trout in the Classroom� program, and while the class was free, donations were encouraged. Katie Cole was also on hand to help with the instruction. A National Fishing in Schools project manager, Cole works with “Cast a Fly, Catch a Student,� which aims to integrate fly fishing into physical education programs for grades six through 12 across the nation. Through the program, schools are provided with kits that include rods and reels as well as circle targets and plush fish that the children can actually catch. Cole used one of these kits to help teach fly fishing at Haynes. See Trout/Page 8

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 35th and P streets; street; 8:20 p.m. Nov. 21. Burglary â&#x2013;  1300 block, 27th St.; residence; 5 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 32nd St.; residence; 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Prospect St.; store; 12:10 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 8:20 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:58 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  31st and M streets; street; 3:15 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:25 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  37th and N streets; university; 4 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; street; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 7:15 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  K Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 7:15 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Avon Lane; street; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  3100 block, South St.; street; 10:45 p.m. Nov. 25.

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Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 11:45 a.m. Nov. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  500 block, 21st St.; residence; 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Washington Circle; street; 3 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Virginia Ave.; street; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 25th St.; street; 9:45 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 1 p.m. Nov. 25. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  2400 block, Virginia Ave.; street; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  800 block, 23rd St.; sidewalk; 6:10 a.m. Nov. 25. Fraud â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 5:15 p.m. Nov 22.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1500 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 3:55 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 5:20 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1600 block, S St.; sidewalk; 1:10 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.;

sidewalk; 4:15 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013; 23rd and M streets; sidewalk; 9 p.m. Nov. 26. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; bus stop; 11:02 p.m. Nov. 2. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 6:20 p.m. Nov. 25. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 11:40 a.m. Nov. 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  18th Street and Connecticut Avenue; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Jefferson Place; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  900 block, 16th St.; sidewalk; 12:05 a.m. Nov. 26. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; residence; 9 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; parking lot; 8:45 a.m. Nov. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  18th Street and Connecticut Avenue; street; 12:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; restaurant; 12:20 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; office building; 1 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:45 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 8:09 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:45 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:15 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; medical facility; noon Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  2100 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 3:45 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; unspecified premises; 3:45 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 4:25 p.m. Nov. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 15th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; street; 8 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, R St.; street; 12:10 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  2100 block, N St.; street; 1 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; street; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 15th St.; street; 12:10 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Caroline St.; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 7 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Corcoran St.; street; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  2200 block, N St.; street; 4 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  21st and M streets; street; 4:43 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 20th St.; street; 12:01 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1600 block, T St.; street; 11:15 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 12:30 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  20th and L streets; street; 6:40 p.m. Nov. 25.

â&#x2013; 1500 block, T St.; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; street; 2 a.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  18th and N streets; sidewalk; 5 p.m. Nov. 26. Simple assault â&#x2013;  2000 block, I St.; street; 8:15 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 10:20 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 1:35 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 3:15 a.m. Nov. 26. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Riggs Place; residence; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; alley; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1500 block, M St.; street; 3:45 a.m. Nov. 26. Property damage â&#x2013;  2000 block, S St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Willard St.; alley; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; street; 8 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 23. Fraud â&#x2013;  1100 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 10:26 p.m. Nov. 21. Prostitution (solicitation) â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; hotel; 9:29 p.m. Nov. 23. Drug distribution (cocaine) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 10:58 p.m. Nov. 20. Drug possession (cocaine) â&#x2013;  700 block, Madison Place; government building; 12:06 a.m. Nov. 21. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  Unspecified premises; street; 12:50 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; street; 9:40 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; sidewalk; 11:04 p.m. Nov. 25.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 7:10 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 1:55 a.m. Nov. 25. Burglary â&#x2013;  2500 block, Champlain St.; restaurant; 2 a.m. Nov. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Clydesdale Place; sidewalk; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:01 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 2:06 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan School Place; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Calvert St.; alley; 9 p.m. Nov. 20.

â&#x2013; Euclid Street and Ontario Road; street; 4:30 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Columbia Road; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Harvard St.; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  Columbia and Kalorama roads; street; 8 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Kalorama Road; alley; 10 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 19th St.; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Fuller St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  17th and Fuller streets; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 25. Simple assault â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:20 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Nov. 26. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  17th Street and Florida Avenue; street; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; street; 12:01 a.m. Nov. 25. Prostitution (solicitation) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 8:15 p.m. Nov. 23.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1400 block, P St.; sidewalk; 1:45 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 7:25 p.m. Nov. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Corcoran St.; street; 12:15 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 13th St.; street; 3 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11:40 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  14th and R streets; street; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  13th and Riggs streets; street; 2 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200 block, R St.; street; 5 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  900 block, S St.; street; 12:15 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  13th and Q streets; street; 8:25 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, M St.; street; 1 p.m. Nov. 26. Simple assault â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; public housing; 1:26 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 11th St.; sidewalk; 9:40 p.m. Nov. 25. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; parking lot; 10 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  Kingman Place and Q Street; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; parking lot; 12:01 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 13th St.; parking lot; 9 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; street; 5 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 9th St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Drug possession (cocaine) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 11th St.; street; 1:13 a.m. Nov. 21.

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Stoddert Rec Center may see name change By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

After more than a year of community requests, the District may rename the Stoddert Recreation Center to reflect the neighborhood it serves rather than the elementary school it shares space with. The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation said this month it supports a bill that would rename the facility the Glover Park Community Center, introduced in May by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. “It serves an audience well beyond the students and families of Stoddert Elementary,” Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission chair Brian Cohen testified at a Nov.

16 hearing on Cheh’s bill. When the current recreation center opened in 2010, it was part of the renovated and expanded Stoddert Elementary School at 4001 Calvert St. — the result of cooperation between the school system and the parks agency. In March 2010, the neighborhood commission passed a resolution requesting the name change. Some neighbors have said using the Stoddert name on the recreation center leaves residents with the inaccurate impression that the facility — which includes a gym, computer lab and multipurpose space — is for students only. “Renaming the center will allow the recreation center to establish a

unique identity, to work with and be part of the school, but to also continue to serve the broader Glover Park community,” Cohen testified. Parks department chief of staff John Stokes testified that the agency has no objection to this requested name change or to a series of others residents have sought citywide. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, whose Committee of the Whole heard the name-change bill, said he was confident the full council would pass the legislation next month and would provide money for new “Glover Park Community Center” signage. “It’s definitely going to happen before the end of the year,” Brown told Cohen at the hearing.

Reno School project wins board approval By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Plans to restore the historic Jesse Reno School while adding classroom space for adjacent Alice Deal Middle School won unanimous approval from the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board this month. Alterations to the long-vacant brick schoolhouse are needed to meet current codes and provide space for the overcrowded Deal, but “will be offset” by restoration of the landmarked building’s historic fabric, according to a staff report to the board. A rear addition will provide 24,600 feet of new space and create a direct link between Reno and Deal. The Reno School was built in 1903 to serve a predominantly African-American community that grew up around Fort Reno after the Civil War but was “systematically demolished” in the 1930s and 1940s to make way for a reservoir and schools serving white residents of Tenleytown. The building was briefly used as a spe-

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The 1903 Reno School building will connect to Deal Middle School as extra classroom space.

cial education school, but it has been vacant since the 1990s. Architect Ronnie McGhee said at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting that he was pleased that plans for the neglected brick structure east of Deal “had grown from just restoring Reno to reconnecting it with Deal” so the old school can again serve its original purpose. Historical information about the Reno School and the demise of Reno City will be displayed in the restored space and the new addition.

Study urges help for ex-offenders to get jobs Current Staff Report A recent study on barriers to employment for D.C. ex-offenders cites unemployment as a major factor that drives recidivism. The report estimates that about 8,000 people return to the city from prison annually and half are back behind bars within three years. The nonprofit Council for Court Excellence prepared the report, which was released at a forum held Nov. 17 at the offices of D.C. Chamber of Commerce. The authors surveyed 550 previously incarcerated District residents, finding that 46 percent were unemployed and 77 percent said they received no assistance in preparing for a job while in prison. It also found “little or no difference in employment rates” between those who earned a GED or job certificate before or after prison and those who did not. Of the nearly 20 employers interviewed, about 80 percent said they had no policy for hiring the previously incarcerated. About a third said they had hired such workers in the past or would in the future. More

than half said they would “significantly increase” or at least be influenced in hiring such applicants if there were legal liability protection, certificates of good standing for exoffenders, or rehabilitation and industry-specific skill training available in prisons. “The DC business community appears to be highly concerned about the risks of liability and claims of negligent hiring when considering hiring previously incarcerated persons,” the study authors state. Yet the Council for Court Excellence was able to find only five examples of negligent hiring lawsuits filed against D.C. employers over the past several decades. Still, “the lawsuits’ impact on a private employer’s risk management calculus is likely significant.” Barbara Lang, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, discussed some of the feared risks to businesses when they hire the previously incarcerated. Retailers are afraid merchandise might be stolen, while other businesses fear legal liability or the loss of proprietary information. She said it is important to

make it easier for businesses to offer ex-offenders jobs. Mike Curtis, who runs the DC Central Kitchen, said most of his employees are ex-offenders, and their recidivism rate is only 2.5 percent. “It is the smart thing to do — not just the right thing,” he said. “It is about the future economic survival of our city.” At-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson told attendees at the announcement that he has an exoffender on his office staff. “What’s important is how good a job she does.” By reducing the recidivism rate, “we could reduce crime,” he said. At the same time, he added, no one wants to force banks to hire former embezzlers. The Council for Court Excellence called for legislation similar to a Minnesota law that offers liability protection for employers who hire ex-offenders. The group also urged the city’s criminal justice system to consider establishing a “certificate of good standing” program similar to programs in New York and Illinois to promote hiring and called for more job training in prisons.



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The U.S. General Services Administration, which owns the site, has retained the facility as a backup heating plant. The government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to maintain the facility, but hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t needed it lately. Neighbors have said the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s industrial use is a waste along Rock Creek Park in Georgetown and that they look forward to a more attractive and inviting use there. Flatto said The Georgetown Company (which, despite its name, has no connection to the D.C. neighborhood) has a history of creating public parks as part of its projects nationwide, citing examples in New York and Ohio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understood how this parcel, if developed prop-


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erly, could be a linking green space between Rock Creek and the waterfront,â&#x20AC;? he said. Flatto and Levy Group principal Richard Levy said they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have design details for the heating plant building itself, an art deco structure the government considers historically significant. Any redevelopment would require more than a year of cleanup to remove industrial equipment and asbestos, they said. The property remains in the early stages of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disposal process. The General Services Administration must first solicit interest from other local and federal agencies before offering it for sale, which is anticipated sometime next year. Levy said he expects significant competition from other developers for the site. Local firm EastBanc is among those interested in the prop-

erty, vice president for acquisitions Joe Sternlieb told The Washington Post last month. He declined to comment yesterday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of ambiguities here; this is a far from done deal,â&#x20AC;? Levy said. General Services Administration spokesperson William Marshall declined to comment on the Four Seasons vision for the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GSA does not speculate about how surplus properties should be used,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. Levy said he has personally met with General Services officials over the years to request the property be declared surplus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a lot of time on this; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very committed to it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we believe we have what should prove to be a very compelling project for the community and one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financially viable.â&#x20AC;?

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National Fishing in Schools also works to teach the ecology of fish and streams and get children excited about being outdoors. Tuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class will be raising around 100 Kamloops rainbow trout, which are not native to the area but have been stocked in local watersheds for years, according to Tim


dents are clearly affected by Wilson High and Deal Middle schools, as well as nearby business on Wisconsin Avenue. But at-large Council member Phil Mendelson, a veteran of redistricting battles, discounted such concerns. Mendelson said members of any commission can weigh in when its constituents are affected, even if a project or institution lies outside its boundaries. If the council starts shifting some boundary lines, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you have to change others,

Green, a longtime project volunteer. They are released only in approved areas where they will not harm native fish. Green said that the program â&#x20AC;&#x153;gives kids a sense of conservation ethics,â&#x20AC;? and shows them how important it is to preserve cold-water streams and rivers. Tuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class has also held a fundraiser at a local restaurant and is planning a few more. The class has raised about $350 thus far. and create more controversy.â&#x20AC;? Mendelson, a former neighborhood commissioner from Cleveland Park, recalled many development battles on Wisconsin Avenue when â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Friendship Heights, Cleveland Park, AU Park and Glover Park commissions all weighed in.â&#x20AC;? At-large member Michael Brown, co-chair of the redistricting subcommittee, also indicated that changes to the task force proposals are unlikely. The panel is operating under a hurry-up timetable that requires it to mark-up a citywide redistricting bill before Dec. 6 so the full council can take two votes by the end of the year.

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Forum looks at pros, cons for D.C. business Current Staff Report hile the District has many advantages over its neighbors when it comes to recruiting businesses, the city also has many weaknesses, according to developers and other high-tech business leaders who spoke at recent D.C. Chamber of Commerce event. Mayor Vincent Gray, who moderated the Nov. 10 forum, pointed out that Washington “has not been hit as hard as the rest of the country” by the recession. He pointed to 14 major projects now under construction or soon to be, including a 1,100-room convention center hotel and the giant $835 million CityCenterDC development, which will feature 200,000 square feet of retail, 500,000 square feet of office space and 700 housing units. Overall, said Gray, $2 billion worth of projects are under development in the city, which will mean 3,700 construction jobs and 5,000 permanent jobs. Chris Smith, chair and chief executive officer of the


District-based developer William C. Smith & Co., pointed out that the city has infrastructure in place for its population to grow from 600,000 to somewhere between 800,000 and 1 million. If the population does reach those levels — which Smith described as a reasonable possibility — incomeand property-tax receipts would soar, he said. Suburbanites who work in the District, he said, are getting tired of gridlock throughout the region, and the city’s sports venues and theaters are a major attraction for the 25- to 35-year-old set. Retailers such as Target in Columbia Heights and Walmart, with four or five possible locations pending, are following the population surge, Smith said. But, he cautioned, there are still serious problems. The First Source law demands that 50 percent of all new hires on a city-aided project be District residents. What should a builder do, Smith asked, if he or she lands a second project but is not allowed to count workers who had been hired for the first project as new See Chamber/Page 37

Market brings taste of Lancaster County to D.C.


he black-and-white photo hanging over the checkout counter at Eric Smucker’s new 14th Street shop shows his grandmother, three great-aunts and great-grandfather posed by an old pickup truck and several baskets of tomatoes — with one more perched on the patriarch’s knee. The image is a clear sign of the familial connection between Smucker and the food he sells. Nearly all the inventory at the shop, called Smucker Farms of Lancaster County, is made in the heavily Amish and Mennonite communities of southeastern Pennsylvania, where Smucker grew up. In fact, many of the producers are relatives. “Half of the co-op is related to my family,” Smucker said of a collective that provides a number of his goods. “But they’re not all Smuckers. They’re Stoltzfuses and Kings and Fishers and Zooks and Lapps.” Smucker left the land of the Pennsylvania Dutch a decade ago to attend Georgetown University, and while he liked D.C. enough to stay on after getting bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he missed his native community. Last year, while between finance jobs, he commuted back and forth to help on a family farm. “I came back to D.C. one day and realized what we could do up in Lancaster just wasn’t available down here,” he said, noting that the county grows and produces a huge amount of food. He thought: “Why not create a pipeline?” The result opened last week, offering an impressive array of produce, dairy goods, baked items, canned foods, snacks, meats, drinks, toiletries and even wooden furniture and toys. Naturally, the offerings will vary with the seasons, but just

Of course, there was also a lot of work for Smucker, such as visiting farms and developing delivery beth cope plans. Yet in selecting his wares, he took a simple approach: “Anything yesterday the shop was offering and everything I can find that’s raspberries — because one of Smucker’s suppliers has hot houses. made in southeast Pennsylvania that “And they’re a damn sight better I like.” That includes items ranging than what you’re gonna get shipped from root beer to radishes, soup mix to sauerkraut, peanut butter to across the country,” he said. potato chips. That’s the goal here: to offer great food sourced directly from the He thinks customers will be able to stock “75 to 80 percent of their producer. “Knowing where your pantries” with a visit to his shelves. food and non-food products come He even offers from is what we laundry soap, hope to prowhich he says mote, and I “works better think many peothan anything ple are yearning … and lasts for that opportuabout 100 nity,’’ said loads.” Smucker. And But to do so, Smucker says he had to think his prices are through a lot of “equitable to details. Whole Foods” “The crux of — a good deal it all was logiswhen he can tics,” said the vouch for the 30-year-old Beth Cope/The Current provenance of Logan Circle every item. “I Logan resident Eric Smucker resident. On trust where our some fronts, he came to D.C. from Southeast stuff is coming got lucky: He Pennsylvania a decade ago. from,” he said. found a new That’s been enough for some cooperative of farmers that still local restaurants. Smucker is develneeded buyers, and his family conoping a wholesale business alongnections proved crucial to developside his retail shop, and he’s curing a list of 50-plus other suppliers. rently working to increase his deliv “I would say my grandfather’s ery frequency. name, and they would say, ‘Oh, of “Vinoteca has been a loyal course, Jacob from White Horse.’ buyer,” he said, noting that he’s also … Everyone knew him very well, sold cheese to such hot spots as and then they knew my dad. And Komi, Tabard Inn and Restaurant that was that.” His parents are also helping with Eve. For those who want to source directly, you can buy it yourself, at the shop, and a cousin will manage the place. “My cousins, my parents, 2118 14th St. NW. Smucker Family Farms my girlfriend — I wouldn’t have ( is open been able to do any of it without daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. them,” he said.


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Wayne Ratkovich was right: Something needs to be done with the city’s central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Mr. Ratkovich led a panel of experts in real estate, architecture and other related fields who spent a recent week assessing redevelopment scenarios for the prime downtown property, which hasn’t seen an extensive renovation since it opened in 1972. The group concluded that the most viable options would be to lease out part of the Mies van der Rohe building, using the funds to pay for updates, or to move the library and replace it with a new occupant. Both alternatives would involve major work, including potentially adding two floors to the top of the historic landmark. Bringing in the Urban Land Institute panel was a smart move: Clearly the issue was worth a look, as the library needs major work, and the site is extremely valuable. But we hope city officials will tread carefully as they move forward from here. The panel of experts made sense for a first step, but now the issue should go to locals, with a public meeting held soon to draw strong participation. Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, who heads the council committee in charge of libraries, likes the shared-use idea, and we agree that it has appeal. Keeping the library on the site would maintain its excellent central location, while leasing out part of the space would provide funds for the sorely needed renovations. But we are anxious to hear what residents and library activists think of the idea. Regardless of the solution, D.C. needs a strong central library that provides desirable services in a convenient location. We look forward to further discussions about how to deliver such a facility.

Employing ex-offenders

The Council for Court Excellence recently issued a report that highlights a hidden driver behind the District’s high unemployment rate. According to the study, which surveyed 550 ex-offenders and 20 District employers, former inmates face huge barriers to landing jobs, and the result is massive unemployment — nearly half of the study population — and a high rate of recidivism. But the report does more than spotlight these depressing statistics. The study’s authors recommend a battery of tactics to improve job training for ex-offenders and nudge employers toward hiring them. The D.C. Council should examine these recommendations as quickly as it can, given the approximately one in 10 District residents who have been incarcerated. With higher employment rates and lower recidivism statistics, the city’s tax base would expand, public safety expenses would drop, and former inmates would be able to contribute to, rather than harm, their communities and the city as a whole. Particularly crucial is the group’s recommendation that the city craft a law — similar to one in Minnesota — to shield employers of ex-offenders from potential lawsuits. The prospect of liability was one of the biggest concerns among city employers, researchers found. Other worries could be assuaged by a “certificate of good standing” issued to former inmates who are complying with the conditions of their release, the study’s authors suggest. And the city could better use the dollars it spends on helping ex-offenders by reviewing reentry programs that receive District support, the report states. Finally, authorities should urge federal prisons housing District residents to tailor now-insufficient job training to the city’s in-demand jobs. The group’s suggestions are reasonable, low-cost and needed. But one move now under consideration by the D.C. Council would go a step too far. The Washington Post reports that Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry is pondering legislation to include ex-offenders in the roster of protected classes in the city’s Human Rights Act. While ex-offenders certainly deserve second chances, strong-arming employers into hiring former inmates with the threat of discrimination lawsuits is not the answer. We think a far better solution is to examine — and ideally implement — the suggestions of this important new study.

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Policing the police … The Occupy phenomenon continues across the nation. Whatever you think of the protest goals, many politicians and especially police departments have not distinguished themselves in handling the demonstrators. Maybe the worst example is that officer at the University of California at Davis who now is a YouTube sensation because of his brutish blasts of pepper spray at unresisting protesters. That and other heavy-handed reactions around the country have provoked and strengthened the protesters rather than kept the peace. Be thankful that the nation’s capital has been an exception. Except for a few, mostly minor incidents, the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police have shown restraint and tactical sophistication. “Whatever they’ve been doing, you have to give them credit,” says Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner Bill Starrels. “They know what they’re doing.” Starrels said the recent march through Georgetown to Key Bridge at rush hour could have been a disaster, but it wasn’t. Police consulted the marchers, mapped out the streets to be used and made it clear to those marching that blocking the bridge even for a moment would not be tolerated. Both Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier have declared that the city’s laws will be enforced. Those declarations came after a scuffle and traffic incident at the city’s convention center. National Park Service officers have monitored the occupied sites at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square, reminding protesters that their encampments are illegal. The Park Service is concerned about safety and sanitation and destruction of the parks themselves. But so far, there’s been no use of force, even though protesters on Freedom Plaza are building more permanent structures with concrete and two-byfours. The federal authorities and the city leaders, including members of the D.C. Council, have said that this city respects the right of protest. It wasn’t always so. In the past, the District has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars for illegally rounding up protesters. And earlier this year, the Park Service was hugely embarrassed when officers roughly arrested some young people who — on a lark — danced at the Jefferson Memorial. As a result of those arrests, several hundred more protesters showed up, essentially to jeer at the police. ■ Crime on Connecticut. Even one murder anywhere is one murder too many. But more than a few eyebrows have been raised by recent violent events — a drive-by shooting in Georgetown on Halloween, and last weekend’s deadly fight outside a restaurant on Connecticut Avenue just south of Dupont Circle. Neither neighborhood is known for violent crime. The shooting on Connecticut has raised issues about restaurants that turn into essentially private nightclubs in the wee hours of the morning. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans is con-

sidering emergency legislation to require such establishments to pay for uniformed city police to patrol the immediate area. One thing is for certain — the city doesn’t want its downtown core known as a place of clubs and crime. At our Monday deadline, we were still waiting for reaction from Mayor Gray to the unusual violence. ■ Ethics latest. Do you think government is run by a bunch of crooks? That’s a popular view of those who slam all manner of local, state and federal governments. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser is scheduled to hold a public hearing today on a proposed ethics bill for the city. The deadline to testify was 11 a.m. yesterday, but you may still be able to submit written testimony for a few more days. Email Bowser’s staff at Bowser has promised a preliminary vote on the bill before January. The ethics hearing was set as expectations rise for U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. The U.S. attorney is investigating possible illegal conduct by two elected officials and their campaign organizations — Mayor Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown. A third investigation by federal authorities is looking into the alleged criminal misuse or theft of $300,000 in city funds by Ward 5 Council member Harry “Tommy” Thomas. All three have said they’ve done nothing illegal. ■ AIDS outreach. A nightclub venue may be a little unusual for 13-year-olds, but city officials and private organizations are trying to reach everyone regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington. On Friday, the second annual “Golden Ticket: Party for Prevention” will be held at the K Street Lounge downtown. The lounge normally hosts partying adults and corporate events. But Friday’s free gathering — part of a week of activities in conjunction with World AIDS Day — is for young people ages 13 to 24; it’s meant to teach them about HIV/AIDS prevention. (It’s called “Golden Ticket” because that’s the nickname of the Trojan Magnum condoms that are wrapped in shiny gold foil.) The party will be from 5 to 8 p.m. It is sponsored by Metro TeenAIDS, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), The Women’s Collective, Children’s National Medical Center, Sasha Bruce and Promising Futures. Door prizes include an iPad2. Asked why an essentially teen event is being held at a 21-and-over nightclub, supporters noted that the event ends at 8 p.m. One person involved said that if the event is “not fun and cool, it won’t serve its intended purpose. It’s about saving lives.” ■ A final word. Did you even see or feel Thanksgiving as it was swallowed up in all the preChristmas frenzy? One person on Twitter summed it up nicely on Monday: “Rant! First Xmas card arrived, neighbors put up lights, and stores opened on Thurs. No one has any respect for Thanksgiving anymore.” Rant, indeed. But unfortunately ranting against it is like a dog howling at the moon. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Merry-go-round does not date from 1940s

Having grown up in Georgetown one block away from Montrose Park and having spent much of my childhood there, I am pleased to see plans to restore this

local treasure [“Friends work to help restore Montrose Park,” Nov. 23]. I was bemused, however, over the assertion that the little merry-go-round once there dates from the 1940s. It’s a lot newer than that, dating to about 1968 as I recall and part of a benighted modernization of the playground with new, garishly painted things that spoiled the traditional rustic appearance of

the play area and offended the aesthetic sensibilities even of this then-10-year-old. It’s too late to restore Montrose Park to its original appearance with its sadly lost park house and simple playground facilities, but I am not sure about making a Nixon-era merry-go-round a focal point of this project. Peter C. Kohler Georgetown

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Salary suspensions the exception, not the rule VIEWPOINT mary cheh


ome uncertainty surrounds the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent approval of significant salaries for four top District officials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Police Chief Cathy Lanier ($253,817), Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe ($187,302), D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson ($275,000) and Chief Medical Examiner Marie PierreLouis ($185,000). While these amounts might seem jarring, it is important to understand the circumstances behind the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action and what it means for the future of the District. Under District law, the maximum salary for agency directors is $179,096. In order to pay a director above this cap, the mayor must seek approval from the council. The salaries for these four positions were determined and paid by then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. Upon taking office, Mayor Vincent Gray elected to continue these salaries and thus had to seek council approval. The mayor introduced Bill 19-197, the Executive Service Compensation Amendment Act of 2011, which sought approval for the current compensation for these four individuals. When this bill came to the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, we first refused the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request to increase salary caps across the board. Second, in considering the four specific positions identified, we researched salaries for similar positions in the region and across the country. We found that Chief Lanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compensation is 24 percent greater than the regional average of $185,312, and 13 percent greater than the national average of $203,465 for similar-sized jurisdictions. Chief Ellerbeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compensation is 13 percent and 10 percent greater than

Letters to the Editor Wisconsin Ave. needs better redevelopment

Why does Wisconsin Avenue on the D.C. side of the line always get the thin end of the stick? [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pepco buys prominent Friendship Heights site,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 16.] The prospect for redevelopment of the Classic Cars site is case in point: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of yards away from an entrance to the Friendship Heights Metro station, and just a few more yards away from Mazza Gallerie and all the shops around the Western Avenue/ Wisconsin Avenue hub. So it is an ideal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; absolutely ideal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; site for a combination of retail at street level and residential above that. Any other use for the site would be verging on immoral from an urban planning perspective â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and so Pepco buys the site intending to build a new substation there???!!! This is beyond absurd. Residents of the area need to get together and, in cooperation with the D.C. planning authorities, make sure that Wisconsin Avenue, from Tenley Circle north to Western Avenue, is developed as the urban residential and commercial thoroughfare (apartment buildings, res-

the regional and national averages, respectively. Chancellor Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary is 10 percent greater than the regional average. Chief Medical Examiner Pierre-Louisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary is 21 percent less than the national average. There is no doubt that these officials are very well compensated. Some have suggested that these individuals are, in fact, compensated beyond what is fair. But fairness requires us to confront two facts. First, our police chief, fire chief, schools chancellor and medical examiner are hard-working officials who are well-respected in our community. These individuals have been performing high-stress jobs at high-quality levels. Second, these individuals were promised â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at a different time and under a different administration, but promised nonetheless â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that they would receive these salaries. And so the council struck a compromise: We approved the compensation for these four individuals, but simultaneously capped and froze their compensation at the amounts already promised. As such, these individuals cannot receive raises, cost-of-living adjustments or future bonuses. Additionally, we provided that when these individuals leave their positions, their salaries shall not be used as a basis to negotiate the compensation of their successors. Finally, I amended the bill to improve transparency by requiring that, in the future, the mayor post employment contracts with agency directors online within 30 days of signing. In this way, the public and the council will have ready and easy access to the salaries, benefits, severances and other conditions of employment for these employees. This will prevent the mayor from entering into private deals that have the effect of increasing total compensation to agency directors. Mary Cheh represents Ward 3 on the D.C. Council and is chair pro tempore.

taurants and retail) it was so obviously meant to be. NIMBYism and bureaucratic red tape have frustrated all kinds of reasonable proposals for redevelopment over the years. What we have gotten as a result is an avenue that is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite its two Metro stations, prosperous population, excellent accessibility and major sites available for development (including the bus depot) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; woefully falling behind its obvious potential. With a bit of imagination and planning, we could have a broad avenue with a vibrant mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, and highconcentration, Metro-oriented residential buildings, with sidewalks populated with people out for a pleasant stroll. Instead, we have an avenue with long stretches of â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead spaceâ&#x20AC;? with little or no interest. I know people have their own concerns, and every change has its winners and losers, but some of the objections to redevelopment over the years have been incredibly shortsighted. What do people living one block from a major commercial and transport thoroughfare expect when that thoroughfare becomes ready for redevelopment? No change at all? We face a choice: On the one hand, develop Wisconsin Avenue in a way that takes advantage of its

location above the Metro line, with high-density residences and retail that are transit-oriented rather than car-oriented; or, on the other hand, end up with a cityscape dotted with substations and vacant lots. I know which I would prefer. Steven Beller American University Park

District shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set 15 mph speed limit

The proposal by D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells to reduce the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speed limit to 15 miles an hour [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not so fast,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 9] will be a revenue bonanza for ticket writers and whoever makes and posts speed limit signs in a city with too many signs already. But it will do nothing to improve air quality as cars inch their way through neighborhoods. As a driver, biker and walker, I suggest that everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety would be enhanced if: â&#x20AC;˘ police enforced existing traffic laws; â&#x20AC;˘ drivers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t text while driving; â&#x20AC;˘ bikers stopped blowing through red lights; and, â&#x20AC;˘ pedestrians looked both ways before lurching into intersections while chatting on the phone. William Herron Washington, D.C.

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Mr. Brian Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent letter in The Current misconstrued my comments on reconstruction plans for the Glover Park section of Wisconsin Avenue [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glover Park project will bring benefits,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 23]. The tone of his letter was condescending and mean-spirited. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entitled to his opinion, but he neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be nasty about it. He made false assumptions and statements about what I said. My vision is hardly one of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;highspeedâ&#x20AC;? highway. The current speed limit is 25 mph. I did not recommend increasing it. His other accusations are incorrect as well. The reality is that Wisconsin Avenue is a designated â&#x20AC;&#x153;emergency route.â&#x20AC;? Permanently changing it from six lanes to four will cause a traffic nightmare. Emergency vehicles will not be able to get through the traffic. It will cause longer commutes, buses will be off schedule, taxi fares will be higher as meters keep running, and so on. Should there be a major catastrophe in which residents are ordered to evacuate the city, the bottleneck caused by the Glover Park project will cause its own catastrophe. Do not waste taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money on this ill-advised renovation. Stop this project now! Patricia Senchur Cathedral Heights

Streetscape project good for Glover Park

The Wisconsin Avenue streetscape improvements for Glover Park will bring significant benefits to our neighborhood and will enhance pedestrian safety. Equally important, key project elements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as the addition of more than 100 Washington Globe streetlights, and the creation of a median that hopefully can be landscaped with trees some day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will enhance a distinct sense of place for our neighborhood. Our streets need to be designed to be safe for all District residents, not just drivers. Our goal should be balancing efficient traffic flow with safety, while trying to build attractive, livable communities. More than one-third of D.C. households donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own a car, and 60 percent of District residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive to work. Our streets should accommodate those residents who choose to walk or bike to work. There are other priorities besides saving people driving home to Maryland 10 seconds on their evening commute. Unfortunately, we know our roads are not as safe as they could be. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report noted that 13 pedestrians are killed every single day. Some of these fatalities have occurred close to our neighborhood. In the past few

years, there have been two pedestrian fatalities and one serious pedestrian injury on Wisconsin Avenue. Vehicles often approach the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street faster than is acceptable because of the slope of Wisconsin going south. Similarly, the intersection at Wisconsin and 35th Street is at the start of a hill and is not well lit, creating hazards for pedestrians. A median in this area, one that can be landscaped with trees, will send a clear signal to drivers that this is a commercial area with a lot of people crossing the street, including children. As the D.C. Department of Transportation moves forward with these streetscape improvements, it is also a good time to remember that bicyclists are legitimate road users. Our advisory neighborhood commission has supported bike lanes for Tunlaw Road and New Mexico Avenue that will enhance safety for people using this sustainable travel mode. Over the past decade, there has been an increase of more than 80 percent in the number of people biking to work. Over the past year, there have been well over a million Capital Bikeshare trips. Residents who choose to travel in a way that does not use oil, pollute the air or increase competition for scarce parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that improves public health â&#x20AC;&#x201D; should not have their own safety put at risk when doing so. Ben Thielen Commissioner, ANC 3B01

D.C. shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give valuable site away

The Washington Business Journal wrote recently that defense contractor Northrop Grumman looked closely at part of the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus in D.C. before selecting a site elsewhere in the region for its headquarters. D.C. residents should be concerned about the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s misguided willingness to give away such a valuable piece of land â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to scrap a public planning process with meaningful community input. In January 2003, then-Mayor Anthony Williams announced a nine-month planning schedule for the St. Elizabeths redevelopment framework plan. This was meant to be an open, inclusive effort to maximize the economic and social benefits of a valuable land asset for the benefit of the neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River and the entire city. Knowing that the outcome would greatly affect the surrounding neighborhoods, officials encouraged the broadest possible participation as redevelopment options were analyzed and considered. Ward 8 residents did participate, and they eagerly awaited the outcome of their input given at numerous meetings. More than eight years later, residents continue to wait for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;shared visionâ&#x20AC;? promised by the city; the public planning process abruptly ended in August 2003. It is now known that the federal

government did not convey the west campus to the District as anticipated, but rather designated it for the consolidated Department of Homeland Security complex. And it appears the input from residents of Ward 8 was not given promised priority. Instead, the District decided to offer Northrop Grumman substantial acreage on the St. Elizabeths east campus and a $25 million incentive package. While tax income from the Northrop deal would have eventually benefited the entire city, it appears little in the deal would have benefited the residents of Ward 8, who are already wondering how they will cope with the addition of the Homeland Security complex and its traffic. Although the enticement package wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sweet enough for Northrop Grumman, it is likely the deputy mayor for planning and economic development has another corporation eager to feed at the trough of District largess. Meanwhile, Ward 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s champion, former Mayor Marion Barry, has remained silent throughout the framework planning process and recent turndown by Northrop Grumman. Council member Barry knows the public participation process is simply a pro forma exercise the city undertakes to give the appearance of public input â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which has little to do with redevelopment plans being considered by those who think they know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for the city. Alma Gates The Palisades

Injury rate indicates no need for helmets

The Current recently had a frontpage article about the problem of getting Capital Bikeshare riders to wear helmets [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bike program grapples with helmet issue,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 16]. District government officials lament the fact that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just no good way to dispense helmets, especially since people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like sharing them. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all sort of percentages of the number of people who wear helmets, and for Capital Bikeshare riders, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very low. Buried in the middle of the article, and essentially ignored, is this amazing statistic: In its first year, Capital Bikeshare has recorded approximately one million rides â&#x20AC;Ś and 20 serious accidents. The number of head injuries that a helmet might have prevented isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mentioned, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessary. The numbers given mean that the city should not spend any time or money on this problem. Even if we could devise a 100 percent effective solution, we could, at best, prevent fewer than 20 head injuries per year. In a city of 600,000 people, it is impossible to imagine any amount of public money that would produce a workable solution and still represent a reasonable investment to produce such a modest return. Richard Mereand Cleveland Park

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November 30, 2011 ■ Page 15

D.C. dance studio moves in ‘Positive Directions’

By CARL STRAUMSHEIM Current Correspondent


very weekday afternoon, 30-odd high-schoolers from all parts of the city meet at the Dance Institute of Washington. Dressed in the institute’s uniform of blue sweatpants and a white T-shirt, they hit the studios to learn about nutrition, personal finance and — of course — dance. The program, called Positive Directions Through Dance, represents a partnership with the D.C. Department of Employment Services to provide at-risk youth with after-school activities. It recently gained national attention when it won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities — one of first lady Michelle Obama’s pet projects. During warm-ups on a recent Tuesday night, Dance Institute of Washington founder and artistic director Fabian Barnes took his usual seat at the front of the class. Legs crossed, he watched his students follow the instructors’ moves. At times, he would leap from his chair to adjust a posture or foot placement — or just show the students how to do the exercise. After 20 minutes, every face in the room shone with the effort. “The overreaching goal of the program is to develop successful citizens,” said Barnes, who established the dance institute in 1987. The Columbia Heights dance studio, which provides lessons to about 200 students, rose in 2006 from a lot that had stood vacant since the 1968 riots. In addition to

Photos of Fabian Barnes by Bill Petros/ The Current; others by Anna Louise Jiongco/Dance Institute of Washington

special programs geared toward both adults and children, the institute also offers lessons in dance styles as varied as classical ballet and salsa. In an interview, Barnes spoke emphatically about the role dance has played in his life. “It was [because] the director of the dance institute of Harlem reached out to me and invited me to come to join his organization that my life has been what it’s been,” he said. The national award is not the first time Barnes’ work has drawn recognition. In 2000, he received Oprah’s Use Your Life Award for his work with the dance institute. Asked about why he thought the president’s committee had chosen to honor his organization, Barnes said he hoped the group saw Positive Directions as a model that could be replicated in other cities across the country.

Fabian Barnes, above, runs the Dance Institute of Washington, whose Positive Directions Through Dance program was just honored by the president. The studio draws students of all ages, including Shane Johnson and Shomari Savannah, bottom.

“I think the first lady of the United States understands the power that the arts have to help these students to become successful citizens by teaching them discipline, by teaching them how to be tenacious, by teaching them how to be prepared,” he said. The institute was one of 12 winners picked from a pool of 471 nominees, and it shares the honor with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, which tours internationally, and Sojourn to the Past,

which re-creates the civil rights movement for young students, among others. Positive Directions has attracted high-schoolers from all parts of Washington. Even Sasha Obama stopped by in 2009 for some lessons. “Kids are kids, and all kids have the same needs,” Barnes said. That said, some of the students in the Positive Directions program were surprised about the sometimes-rigorous dance lessons — although they quickly caught on, Barnes said. “All young people want discipline — they all do, whether they say they do or not,” Barnes said. “What that shows them is that somebody cares.” Other students started the program with some qualms about learning to dance. “Some of them have never danced before, but after talking with me, and I’m actually motivating them, they’re actually loving it,” said Teon Henderson, one of the institute’s instructors. During the day, Henderson works for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, where he teaches a life-skills program for children

with special needs. When asked about the students in Positive Directions, Henderson said his teaching methods emphasize mentoring over lecturing. “I just try to encourage them to first be successful … and then put the dance in there,” he said. When his students began to lose focus Tuesday night, Henderson paused the lesson for a pep talk. “A lot of people don’t have this opportunity,” he said. “Don’t take it for granted.” When the lesson resumed, the students seemed to find their rhythm. Mary Connole, who also works as a dance instructor, provided her own take on why Positive Directions has been a success. “We recognize that dance is not just an aesthetic activity — art for art’s sake. It’s a life-changing discipline,” she said. “And even if kids don’t dance for the rest of their lives, they take what they learn into the rest of what they do. They stand up straighter, they look you in the eye, they think twice, and they’re more successful.” And after their initial hesitation, students are showing up as early as an hour before their lessons to practice, Connole said. “This is where they spend their after-school hours. It’s so empowering,” Connole said.

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Wilson offers enjoyable twist on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oliver!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

On Nov. 22, Mrs. Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class is having a Thanksgiving feast. This is a nearly completely kid-organized event. The children will take in the



ingredients and pre-prepared homemade things for the feast. We will be having many foods, including chicken noodle soup, lentil soup and the traditional cornbread. Oddly enough, we will not be having any turkey dishes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Eva Gondelman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because I like pie!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that the food is going to be great!â&#x20AC;? said Edvin Leijon, fourthgrader. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have desserts such as French silk chocolate pie and chocolate-covered strawberries. Some people will give a report on Thanksgiving. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jaquelin Weymouth, fifth-grader, and Sylvia Altman, fourth-grader

British School of Washington

In October we attended a genetics conference. Sam Rhine, a university professor from Indianapolis, spoke about epigenetics, stem cells and the biology of cancer. I found the lecture extremely interesting because much of what he discussed was very relevant to the research I had undertaken for the extended essay portion of my

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Alexander Carroll-Cabanes, as Oliver Twist, led an ensemble of Wilson High students in the Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver!â&#x20AC;?

International Baccalaureate. I was enthralled by the prospect that the cure for cancer could be found during my lifetime. But I was most fascinated by the notion that ordinary somatic cells could be â&#x20AC;&#x153;reprogrammedâ&#x20AC;? to derive stem cells, which would create the potential to

ccording to 19th-century English author Charles Dickens, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is the best that is ever told.â&#x20AC;? Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; claim was certainly proved true in Wilson High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an adaptation of one of his most famous novels. A study in contrasts, the production adeptly juxtaposed slapstick humor with the harsh reality of poverty-stricken London. The production opens as Oliver Twist (Alexander Carroll-Cabanes), a young orphan boy, disrupts a meal at the workhouse by asking for more food. Oliver is sold to a cruel undertaker and his wife, but he eventually escapes and befriends another young boy, nicknamed the Artful Dodger (Gabe Kohrman). The Artful Dodger introduces Oliver to the eccentric Fagin (David Peck), who leads a band of child thieves, and to Nancy (Maggie Roos). After Oliver is arrested during his first day as a pickpocket, the magnanimous Mr. Brownlow (Adam Tempchin) takes him in to the outrage of Nancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s man, the villainous Bill Sykes (Chris Jones). The cast worked together to portray the various facets of Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; classic tale: the lightheartedness and the tragedy, the whimsy and the reality, the caricature and the criticism.

develop new medicines and drugs. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire conference because it entailed exactly what I aspire to study at university. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Neha Rajpal, Year 13 Oxford (12th-grader)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

For students in the theater department, four years of hard work culminated in the seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show-


The themes of family, belonging and finding oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place in the world came through nicely in Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. Carroll-Cabanes was endearing as the innocent, plucky Oliver Twist. Playing the humorously sinister Fagin, David Peck elicited chuckles from the audience with his amusing physicality and impressive stage presence. Nancy Roosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strong vocals kept the audience at rapt attention, especially during the heartfelt â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Long as He Needs Me.â&#x20AC;? The large ensemble kept energy high throughout many dance numbers and group scenes, remaining in character even in the background. Exciting numbers such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pick a Pocket or Twoâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oom-Pah-Pahâ&#x20AC;? were audience favorites. Incorporating students from local elementary and middle schools into the production added an appealing element of realism. Although English accents sometimes obscured clear speech, ensemble members remained dedicated and portrayed their characters with earnestness and enthusiasm. An enjoyable production given an impressive effort by Wilson High during a two-week run, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver!â&#x20AC;? caused the audience to emulate its titular character and beg for more. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Martin of Whitman High School

case, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Identity Crisis.â&#x20AC;? The two-day show took place on Nov. 17 and 18 and featured a series of monologues and dramatic performances written and performed by the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors and a few students from other grades. Many friends and families came out to watch the seniors perform for what will be one of the last times at Ellington. On Nov. 18, the nonprofit organization Invisible Children screened a documentary to select students

from the history and English classes. The film is set in Uganda and looks at the plight of young children abducted from their hometowns and forced into being child soldiers. The organization was on hand to talk about their projects as well as to sell merchandise as a fundraising strategy for young children abroad. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â TrĂŠaseat Lawrence, 10th-grader Students were getting antsy in the days before Thanksgiving, but See Dispatches/Page 17



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school was still in session; despite the underlining celebratory mood and holiday spirit, students were made to sit down and focus for three final days before the holidays. This was especially so during the D.C.-administered Paced Interim Assessments, a series of standardized tests in math and reading that are taken in addition to the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System. The tests are administered to second- through 10th-graders every six to eight weeks to measure their progress in math and English classes; each test covers a little more of the material that students should be learning throughout the year. The tests took place on Monday and Tuesday in English and math classes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Barrett Smith, 10th-grader

Edmund Burke School

Every year in the fall, Burke has a grandparents day when they are invited to come visit their grandchildren at school. They even attend a few classes with the students. Before they sit in on classes, they have a special breakfast, where they are given buttons with pictures of their grandchildren. After morning classes, students attend an assembly with their grandparents where the high school bands perform. At the end of this special assembly, the students invite their grandparents to dance with them as the Burke bands play. This is a great tradition for those participating and those watching as well. After that, the students take their grandparents to their next two classes. Usually, the teachers work on something that allows the grandparents to participate. For example, in the eighth-grade language workshop, our class worked on crossword puzzles with its visitors. After the classes, the children say goodbye to their guests and the grandparents watch a performance by the high school students. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Abigal Strauss and Katie Boyd, eighth-graders

Janney Elementary

On Nov. 19, 59 kids in fourth through eighth grades played insane words like â&#x20AC;&#x153;nereids,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;bantiesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sparingâ&#x20AC;? in a fierce Scrabble tournament held at Janney. Participants came from Virginia and New Jersey, as well as Janney, Deal Middle School and Hardy Middle School in D.C. They were spread across three divisions based on experience. In School Scrabble, each game has two teams of two players. The teams played four games lasting up to 45 minutes each. Sixteen of the players were Janney students. Janney fourthgraders Chloe Fatsis and Zara Hall finished second out of 10 teams in Division B with a record of 3-1. They were the only fourth-graders in the division! â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel pretty good about the tournament because we placed well and got some money,â&#x20AC;? Fatsis said. She and Hall each won $30. Janney fourth-graders Nicholas Spasojevic and Ryan Cheney used their diverse vocabulary to finish fourth in Division C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we did the best we

could,â&#x20AC;? Cheney said. A total of $580 was awarded. Other prizes included the games Super Scrabble and Scrabble Flash; colored Scrabble tiles; and the books â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman,â&#x20AC;? a new novel for kids about School Scrabble, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Word Freak,â&#x20AC;? by Janney Scrabble coach Stefan Fatsis, who ran the event. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josh Landweber, fourth-grader

Lafayette Elementary

Lafayette Elementary School celebrates Thanksgiving even before the students and staff members leave school to celebrate it with their families. There is a kindergarten feast, a Native American museum held by the second grade, a powwow performed by the fourth grade, and even a staff breakfast. For the kindergarten feast, the children made decorations, cooked meals with their classes and learned to sing traditional songs about grinding corn and celebrating Thanksgiving. On Monday and Tuesday, the second-graders did fantastic performances about Native Americans. Each class picked a tribe to work



on. One of the classes sang a great song about the Lakota tribe. The second-graders were really enthusiastic and even dressed up as the tribe would. They decorated their rooms like the plains. Teachers and other staff members werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t left out of the Thanksgiving festivities. They had their annual Thanksgiving breakfast before school on Nov. 22. Mr. Thurston, our math specialist, made omelets. Everyone brought in delicious food and took the time to enjoy it. One of the big things that the staff is thankful for is the newly renovated lounge. With its new countertops, stove and refrigerator, they were able to cook up a feast.  Lafayette students are thankful for what they have and generous to others in need. The student council gathered $1,040 from Lafayette students to donate to the less fortunate so they could have a hearty Thanksgiving meal. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jalen Ciagne, Therese Dombo, Emma Fisher and Ellida Parker, fifth-graders

Murch Elementary

On Nov. 15, fifth-graders


Jacques Nissen, Max Berengaut, Zach Lordan, Alex Togneri-Jones, Nick Sessums, and John Keating played in the seventh annual GeoPlunge tournament at the National Portrait Gallery. Murch got an overall record of 22-5-1 and finished 13th and 18th out of 78 teams from all over D.C. GeoPlunge is a card game designed for kids to learn U.S. geography while having fun. There are three rounds, each one covering a different topic. In the first round, players have to guess the state on the card of their opponent, based on certain clues. In the second round, players must find two groups of three bordering states before their opponents. For the third and final round, cards are played based on how high their size, population and statehood rankings are. To prepare for the tournament, the Murch team practiced during its recess all year. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alex Togneri-Jones, fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

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Hyde-Addison Elementary

The Kindergarten Purple Horses have just finished our emergent reader unit. In this unit, we read Star Books over and over again. Our favorite Star Book is the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Billy Goats Gruff.â&#x20AC;? Last week, we worked in groups and acted out the story. We videotaped our performances and watched them the next day in class. We also went on a field trip to see a puppet show of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Billy Goats Gruff.â&#x20AC;? It was really interesting seeing the differences between the book and puppet show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part of the puppet show was the green troll puppet. I liked how its belly button lit up,â&#x20AC;? said Maya. Noah liked that the puppeteer showed us how to make our very own puppets. We had such a good time! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kindergarten Purple HorsesÂ

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sors, and we used a glue stick. We made turkey headbands and wore them on Wednesday when we had our Thanksgiving feast. We ate chicken, rice, rolls with butter, lasagna, Russian salad and other foods that celebrated our family traditions. Students in both first and second grades had their publishing parties today. Trinidi said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was super fun. We got to read visitors our published work, and they gave us nice compliments.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeare was alive and well for our students in grades three through five today. They visited the Sumner School and enjoyed a performance by Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Buddies through our Folger Shakespeare Library partnership. The actors explored themes of justice and fairness by presenting a variety of scenes from Shakespeare plays. Isabel reports that most of the fourth-graders liked the parts when the actors used swords. Some students also liked it when the girl character from Taming of the Shrew slapped the

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

On Nov. 21, we went to the Library of Congress. We saw the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest library! We went in two different groups. One group went to the American Folklife Center first, the other group went on a tour of the Jefferson Building first, and then we switched. We heard the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Sally Walkerâ&#x20AC;? at the American Folklife Center. The librarians there helped us with the folklore projects weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on in Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop. We also saw the Great Hall. The view was awesome. Our class saw the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early Americansâ&#x20AC;? exhibit in the Jefferson Building. After lunch, we saw the Supreme Court building. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Addie Robinson and Michaela Herdoiza, fourth-graders The second grade has been working hard and learning many new things. In social studies, we made maps of the Tenleytown

neighborhood. We walked up Wisconsin Avenue and went around the block, across Nebraska Avenue to the Tenley fire station and back to St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We plotted the important places in the neighborhood, including St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church, St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school, the Tenley library, the Metro station and the mini-market. We have been learning about the rain forest in science and especially the four layers of the rain forest and the plants and animals that live there. Math has been a challenge. We are learning how to regroup numbers in addition and subtraction. We have a book club, which meets after school on Wednesdays. We enjoy the snacks and being with our friends to discuss our book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second-graders

explore your own.â&#x20AC;? A cultural scrapbook is a good way for kids to get engaged in the past because history is more interesting to a child when it relates to the main characters in the story. The scrapbook project helps the children ask questions to siblings, parents and grandparents. The questions could be complex or simple. For example, a question about family traditions could reveal one or two special traditions, but for others there could be 10. The scrapbook is also a chance to show our creativity. Children can decorate their books with stickers or pictures, ribbons or drawings. On the due date, there will be a feast. Kids will bring in a food or treat that is common in their culture. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elinor Howells, sixth-grader

Sidwell Friends School

In our opinion, San Miguel School is one of the best middle schools in the District of Columbia because we are surrounded by positive influences. This year, we have a new science teacher, Mr. Albertini, and a wonderful principal, Brother Francis. This is the third year in our new building on Georgia Avenue. We have many activities such as soccer, basketball and flag football. We celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by making PowerPoint presentations and having a huge feast at the end of the month. Parents brought in Central American dishes like pupusas (a kind of tortilla) and tamales. We ate a ton this year! At San Miguel School, the classrooms are rather small; each class has about 15 kids. The classrooms include projectors, whiteboards and nice desks. San Miguel also has its own library and computer lab. We have seven periods including lunch and recess. One of our classes is called independent reading. Students read books and then take a test for a letter grade. The students get to choose their own books according to their reading level. Every week, students have to stay after school for three days to do homework or ask for help if they need it. We have a staff that helps us apply to good high schools. We have been shadowing at these schools, which include Don Bosco Cristo Rey, Gonzaga, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Archbishop Carroll and DeMatha. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kevin Hernandez, Alecxi Rodriguez and Carlos Lopez, eighth-graders

The sixth-graders are making cultural scrapbooks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throughout the year, we will have the opportunity to explore several cultures around the world,â&#x20AC;? sixth-grade teacher Gretchen McCourt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But first, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a chance to








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After a hard-fought game with Wilson High School, the girls soccer team, which had fought its way up to the finals, finished second in the league. It was the end of a great season, one that graduating seniors can look back upon with pride. Despite it being only a three-day week for Walls, we managed to pack it to the brim with fun and excitement. Sophomores and freshmen took standardized tests (the Paced Interim Assessments) for both read-

ing and math on Monday and Tuesday. Upperclassmen attended lessons as usual, the only change being a slightly rearranged schedule to accommodate those long exams. Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving assembly, although long, included stellar performances from nearly all parts of School Without Walls, including the stage band, concert and show choirs, dance team and Creative Expressions. Wednesday was free of testing, with the afternoon solely devoted to the Thanksgiving feast. Nearly 300 students attended, and the food was nothing short of amazing. The feast was followed by short alumni presentations on their career paths. Thanks to teachers, the student government, the National Honor Society and all other volunteers for making the day go smoothly. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader Â

Shepherd Elementary

Last week, Shepherd Elementary had girls basketball tryouts. The competition was open to fourth- and fifth-graders. Ms. Christenberry and Ms. Moorefield are the coaches for our team. Everyone at Shepherd seems to be excited about basketball! A friend of mine shouted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes!â&#x20AC;? when she heard the loudspeaker announcement inviting the girls to the auditorium for warm-ups. This year, the Shepherd girls basketball team is limited to 10 players. Fellow Mustangs, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheer on our basketball team! I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving, too. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader Â

Stoddert Elementary

In kindergarten at Stoddert, we learned about Thanksgiving. We learned about the feast that the Native Americans and Pilgrims had on the first Thanksgiving. There was one table for dinner. At the first Thanksgiving, the Native Americans and Pilgrims ate turkey, corn and berries. We had a Thanksgiving feast. Everyone was supposed to bring something so we could have a big meal. We had turkey, pasta, pumpkin pie and chocolate chip cookies. My dad was trying to figure out which pumpkin pie was the best, and I think he got a stomachache. We sang songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Turkey Got Away.â&#x20AC;? I got to welcome everyone in. This was the first time I got to use a microphone. We said what we were thankful for. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful because there are lots of animals and families in the world. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful for everything that exists and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful for my mom and dad because I like them and they care about me a lot. Our parents took pictures of us in our Pilgrim and Native American costumes and said we did a great job. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elijah Kirkpatrick, Alexander Le Sage, Ellie Rosser and Josephine Schneider, kindergartners

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Commissioner Peter May said he sees room for flexibility — by reducing the size of the adjacent 6-foot tree box, or reducing the dimensions of the planned sidewalk cafe. Despite their concerns, commissioners also said they were uncom-

fortable ignoring the Transportation Department’s recommendation and dictating a different solution. They ended up leaving flexibility for a 3to 11-foot-wide lane — “whichever is safest,” said May. Commissioners also focused on the amenities package proffered by the developer in return for the zoning flexibility permitted to plannedunit developments.

LIBRARY From Page 1

not only the library site but also a replacement fire station at 2226 M St. as part of an intricate deal to improve city facilities in exchange for the rights to build on the cityowned properties. The fire station site would also include more housing and a squash court. Because of the project’s scope, it requires input not only from the Zoning Commission but also from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the District agencies whose facilities are involved. Additionally, EastBanc has made design changes based on feedback from neighbors and the D.C. Transportation Department, among others. “Overall, the commission is supportive,” neighborhood commission chair Rebecca Coder wrote in an email. “The development team has delivered something unique and done so through what is a rather complex process (with many chefs!).” In a presentation at the Nov. 16 neighborhood commission meeting, EastBanc representatives said they had tweaked their plans after an Oct. 4 community meeting. The new plan includes more green space around the building, they said, and has drivers exit the underground parking garage through a back alley rather than at the 24th Street entrance, a change that would allow more cars to queue to enter without blocking the street. Also, the Transportation Department rejected an L Street lay-by lane, where cars could stop, because the

The developer asked for permission to reallocate dollars if one of the intended recipients, a neighborhood dog park, does not pan out. Commissioners said the developer would have to return to the commission if the situation arises, but they noted that such a request could likely be handled as a minor modification without need for a further public hearing.

agency plans to install a bicycle lane on that block; the proposal includes another lay-by on 23rd Street. Some neighbors said the latest changes to the structure, which planners say will hold about 165 units, don’t go far enough. One resident of the Gibson Condominium said the projecting bays would block the view out of her unit and asked EastBanc to pull back that one projection. Other residents also repeated concerns that the units would be rented out rather than sold as condos, which they fear could make the neighborhood less stable. The neighborhood commission’s resolution asks the Zoning Commission to require that each apartment be constructed to premium condo standards. EastBanc’s Joe Sternlieb said the firm will do so. The resolution also echoes the Gibson resident’s concern about the bays. “We request that the applicant be much more sensitive to the edges of the building and its place in the West End compared to neighboring buildings,” the resolution states. “We ask that the Zoning Commission look closely at this in its review.” Commissioners also asked that the zoning order detail loading times and other use of the block’s alley. As part of the planned-unit development process, EastBanc is required to provide community amenities in line with the density of its project. The neighborhood commission requested that the company repave the alley and provide the commission with office space in the library. EastBanc has already agreed to build and maintain the library and fire station and provide up to 10,000 square feet of “community-serving” retail on 23rd Street.



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mum visual impact for people on the sidewalks 50 feet away, or driving by in their car,” Williams added. The project, a joint venture between the city and Dupont’s business community, was made possible by an $85,000 transportation enhancement grant from the Department of Transportation. Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets raised an additional $30,000 to help with maintenance. “Improving public space to attract customers to local businesses is one of Main Streets’ principles,” said Williams. “It helps people slow down and enjoy the environment — people eating at the restaurants along Connecticut Avenue will be able to appreciate it as well.” According to Williams, about 68 inches of mulch and soil had to be removed from the planters, which comprise about 40,000 square feet in total. He said the new landscape design is intended to be as maintenance-free as possible. For the next five years, the city will maintain the planters and the new greenery, and Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets will pay the water bill. At that end of that term, the two groups will evaluate and draw up a maintenance plan going forward. The median project has received some criticism from community leaders, including Terry Lynch, executive director of the Downtown

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Cluster of Congregations, who wrote in a recent letter to The Current that the Transportation Department had not addressed cracks in the planters’ masonry. He also expressed disappointment that no electrical access was being incorporated to accommodate lighting. Williams responded in an interview that the planters, which are a foot thick, were structurally tested and found not to need any masonry work. As for the desire to have lighting within the planters, Williams said he would have liked to include it, but found it was “not allowed” due to the proximity of the water in the irrigation system, and that bringing in electricity from the street would have been “cost prohibitive.” Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets has worked on the project for more than two years, and Williams is proud of what has been accomplished. “We all came together to solve funding issues and the bureaucratic issues to get it done,” said Williams. To celebrate the completion of the project, an unveiling ceremony will take place on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at 1701 Connecticut Ave. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, whose staff worked to help bring the project to fruition, praised the work. “When you create a great streetscape, it’s important to small businesses because it’s more inviting to customers, so people walking in that area are more likely to go shopping or go to the restaurants and other retail businesses,” he said.

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MUST SEE! This charming 1BR co-op unit at the legendary Westchester offers 9-foot ceilings, parquet floors and an entry foyer. Renov KIT w/granite & stainless applcs. Marble BA w/soaker tub. 2 closets with built-in Elfa organizers. Stan Watters 202-674-4081 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700



171 SUBDIVIDED LOTS in the Potomac River waterfront communities of Riverside Shores and S. Greenway 10 miles south of National Harbor. Beautiful river views; under $15K per lot; 39+ acres. Rare opportunity! Chris Jones 202-441-7008 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400



EXQUISITE ENGLISH COTTAGE Built in 1939, 3BR, 2.5BA home presents picturesque charm in a lovely setting steps from RC Park. This spacious home features a gracious LR, formal DR, bright KIT, cozy Den, lovely HDWD floors, 2 FP, private MBR, LL Fam Rm, private fenced back yard. Emily Swartz 202-256-1656 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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SERENE 2BR, 1BA with the longest balcony in the bldg. Move-in condition, HWFs, recently updated KIT & BA, W/D, & more. PKG pre-paid for 2 years. Lux Bldg: pet friendly (20 lbs), 24 hr front desk, roof deck, pool, gym, etc. Close to Whole Foods, Social Safeway. David Branch 202-575-5020 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


WONDERFUL Victorian in Georgetown’s West Village. Four finished levels, 5BR, 4.5BA, landscaped garden. Grand double living room, family/dining room, highend KIT, master bedroom suite, in-law suite, and more. 3407 N St, NW.


HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! Beautifully renovated Victorian with contemporary flair featuring dramatic 2-story FR w/skylight, FP & HWFs, renovated KIT, large BRs. Fully finished LL w/FP. Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Hts Office 703-522-6100

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CLEVELAND PARK $369,000 GREAT OP, Broadmoor Co-op - Estate Sale - Priced Accordingly. Unique 2BR, 2BA. (Combo of 1BR+studio). Freshly painted and floors refinished. Good space & shows well. Bring your vision for a new KIT & BA. Do them to your specifications! Full Service Bldg. Walk to Metro & shops. 3601 Connecticut Ave NW. John Mammano 571-331-8557 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 CLEVELAND PARK $419,000 BROADMOOR Co-op - Top Flr. Beautiful lge 1BR w/ lots of light & park views. Updtd KIT w/new ss appls & gran Counters. Sep Dining. HWFs, Freshly Painted & Custom Bookcases. Full Serv Bldg. Garage PKG to rent. Walk to Metro & shops. 3601 Connecticut Ave NW. John Mammano 571-331-8557 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


ON QUIET cul de sac, large open floor plan with great S exposure. KIT, DR & FR are designed for fun and relaxation. Wonderful deck, priv, fenced yard overlooks Battery Kemble Pk. New KIT w/premier ss appls, gran counter tops. Spacious MBR ste. Fin LL, Garage. 5010 MacArthur Ct NW. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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BETHESDA $450,000 SUN-DRENCHED, 1443 SF, 2BR, 2BA home set in the trees with expanded balcony space that runs the length of the apt. TS KIT w/new ceramic tile flr, formal dining, MBR & BA en-suite, beautiful light parquet wood flrs & freshly painted. Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777 BETHESDA $619,000 CHARMING CAPE COD - Spacious and adorable home on large level lot. Close to NIH, METRO, Ride-On Bus. 4BR, 3FBA, LL walkout FR, CAC. Margaret McLaughlin 202-297-3914 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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1BR/den with 2FBA. Upgrades out of Architectural Digest, from the Kitchen cabinetry to the lux marbles and granite! Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 CHEVY CHASE / TENLEY $552,000 PERFECT CONDO ALTERNATIVE! This 2BR, 1.5BA detached house oozes charm! Lge DR, TS KIT, hrdwd & pine flrs and lots of windows. Front porch & big back Deck for quiet sitting or entertaining. Offstreet PKG! Short walk to Tenley METRO! Mary Zitello 202-549-7515 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $349,000 WAREHOUSE LOFT at Lamont St Lofts. Large 1BR w/11 ft ceils, exposed brick & ducts, wall-to-wall windows & barn door. So much more! Call for details. Phil Di Ruggiero 202-725-2250 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

DUPONT CIRCLE $340,000 CONDO PERFECTION! This home has a beautiful, large LR with a wall of windows. CHEVY CHASE $789,000 Generous BR with a massive WIC large UNBEATABLE location near Friendship enough for your clothes & a mini-office. Heights Metro! Custom designed 2BR or KIT has been updated w/quartz counters,

Pk. Sunken LR w/cathedral ceil, FP, renov KIT w/ high end appls, concrete counters, wd fls & walls of glass w/fab park views, 3BR, 3BA, study (easily converted to 4th BR), loft/den, tons of closets, 2-car gar, large brick terr w/S exposure, 2 blks Clev FOGGY BOTTOM $899,000 Pk Metro. 202-365-0643 STUNNING 1900 SF 2BR, 2BA PH with Richard Coss sweeping views, updated gour KIT, Mste Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 with sumptuous BA & ample closets, $1,049,000 huge LR & DR, spacious priv balcony, & GEORGETOWN garage PKG space in top notch bldg with GTOWN Classic – corner TH brimming with charm. Liv/din room combo with FP pool. View at Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 and recessed lights. MBR ste w/sep dressWoodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ing room, loads of closets. Eat-in KIT w/French doors leading to fenced rear FOREST HILLS $284,405 patio. Full bsmnt in-law ste w/sep entry, DRAMATIC price adjustment and 100% W/D, KIT & BA. All of the amenities of financing with no PMI available. Contact Gtown: tennis courts, shops, fine dining. agent for details. 880+ SF, 1BR, 1BA apt. Allen Goldberg 202-363-1800 Large liv/din room, spacious BR, wonder- Foxhall Office ful city views (winter views of the $329,000 Shrine). KIT w/loads of cabs & counters GLOVER PARK and tiled FBA. Freshly painted & cleaned 2 BR TOP FLOOR corner unit – SW exposures Hardwood Floors, extra storage, and near METRO. Parking included. 4100 W St #513 WDC. Jeff Kochan 202-538-7429 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 Roberta Theis Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 FOREST HILLS $1,495,000 $399,000 SPACIOUS, 3630 SF, open detd contemp GLOVER PARK in priv enclave of 6 homes high above RC RENOVATED - 1 of 2 units at Sheffield has a built-in desk area & a pass through to the dining area. HWF & pet friendly. Close to Dupont & Foggy Bottom METROS. Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700


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w/priv terrace leading to grassy courtyard-perfect for pet friendly bldg. Large windows, great light, open plan. Large LR w/built-ins, renov KIT w/gran, ss, lots of cabinets. MBR w/WIC & 2nd large closet. Updtd bath, W/D, HWD. Condo fee includes cable, HBO, Showtime. FHA approved. Garage Parking & storage included. 2320 Wisconsin Ave NW #112. Kristen Bell Farman 202-870-4055 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 KALORAMA $299,500 BRIGHT AND LIGHT top flr corner unit in boutique Kalorama bldg. Beautifully renov KIT. Nr 2 Metros, large park, shops and restaurants. Unit is ready to move into. Start enjoying the city life! Pets OK. 1875 Mintwood Pl. NW #46. Robert Mitchell 202-674-7574 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 OBSERVATORY CIR $2,100,000 TRULY RARE op at the Colonnade. Gorgeous PH end apt w/spectacular panoramic views of DC/VA, incl Monuments & Potomac. Beautifully renov, 2BR/Den with abundance of builtin closets/cabinetry. 450 SF landscaped terr. Bldg has doorman, heated pool, fitness ctr. Small pets OK. 2 PKG spaces. Jeanne Kersting Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PETWORTH $249,900 - $259,900 ALMOST SOLD OUT! FHA APPROVED! Light filled, fantastic condos in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR w/den or 2BR/2BA. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: gran, ss, HW & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! 804 Taylor St NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 SW WATERFRONT $250,000 NEW PRICE! This is the ideal 1BR home you have been looking for! Beautiful W view overlooking memorials, River & VA. Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 SW WATERFRONT $375,000 HARBOUR SQUARE - Spacious S-facing Co-op Unit w/spectacular river & pond views. 2 Balconies, 2 Lg BR, 2BA, approx 1200 SF, newly painted w/refin flrs & loads of closet space. This sought-after community offers Roof Deck & Olympicsize swimming pool. 2 blks to METRO! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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he Hillandale development just north of Georgetown has a few obvious benefits: location, privacy and security. But

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a three-bedroom, 3.5-bath property now on the market adds comfortable, convenient living to that list of amenities. The end-unit town home sits along a quiet mews and backs up to another peaceful location: the grounds of the French Embassy. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a car in sight here, but owners can easily access their vehicles. This propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level opens to a two-car garage, which is located within the complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larger garage. Inside, the home makes a gracious first impression with a marble-floored entry. A powder room and closet wait along the hallway to the living and dining rooms, and to the left sits the sunny, updated kitchen. Lengths of warm cherry cabinetry provide ample storage space here, and granite counters offer plenty of room to prep. Stainlesssteel appliances include the brands

KitchenAid and GE Profile, providing a cool contrast to the parquet flooring found throughout this level. This eat-in kitchen offers a sunny spot for breakfast in front of the bay window; the arrangement is inviting enough to convert even die-hard island-philes. An adjacent dining room is open to the living room that waits a few steps below. Anchored by a wood-burning fireplace, that space is roomy enough for ample seating. The propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flow continues through French doors to a deck and small yard; casement windows on a second bay here open to let in breezes. Downstairs, new carpet lines a casual living spot centered on a fireplace with a large stone surround. A wet bar makes the room ideal for entertaining, while a bright white-and-yellow full bath means the space is flexible enough to house overnight guests. Also here are a laundry room with a sink, storage space and the entrance to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage. Two flights up is the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom level, but if owners want to avoid the stairs, plans are available to add an elevator to the property.

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This Hillandale town house is on the market for $1,197,000. A master bedroom is large, with a vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan. Another bay window lets in loads of natural light to the space. A walk-in closet is kitted out with custom shelving, and a master bath has been completely renovated. The result is a large space thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made to feel more intimate by swaths of warm earth tones. Separate vanities flank a dual-head shower. A large soaking tub waits to one side, near the door to the bathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s separate water closet. Two additional bedrooms on this level share a renovated hall bath that features a similar palette











to the master bath. Although thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ample closet space in this home, a pull-down door accesses an attic that offers even more storage. Hillandale offers a long list of perks, including a swimming pool, tot lot, tennis courts and gatehouse with security staff. And within Hillandale, Chancery Court provides particular convenience, with trash pickup in the complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage (ideal in snowy weather) and guest parking available nearby.

But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even more to do a short distance from the complex. Georgetown with all its restaurants and shops is nearby, as is Upper Northwest. This three-bedroom, 3.5-bath property at 4044 Chancery Court in Hillandale is offered for $1,197,000. Monthly fees total $580. For details, contact Realtor Rachel Valentino of Valentino & Associates at Keller Williams Capital Properties at 202-270-6972 or

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety report. â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  presentation by D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles director Lucinda Babers. â&#x2013;  update on the 18th Street reconstruction project by D.C. Department of Transportation community liaison Tom Pipkin. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013;  Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  presentation on the 2012 SunTrust Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll USA Marathon on Saturday, March 17. â&#x2013;  update on the status of the request for proposals regarding redevelopment of the Stevens School site. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal application for Foggy Bottom Grocery (FoBoGro), at 2140 F St. â&#x2013;  discussion of the relocation of the George Washington University Hospital Radiation Oncology Center to the K Street commercial district. â&#x2013;  update on efforts to address neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns regarding redevelopment of the West End Neighborhood Library site by EastBanc. â&#x2013;  follow-up discussion on preliminary review of George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redevelopment of Square 75A on Pennsylvania Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 28 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioner Bill Starrels announced there would be a meeting with the District Department of Transportation about installing in Georgetown more parking meters that take credit cards. He noted that 27 old meters are now out of service. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jeff Jones reported that the project to reconstruct O and P streets is on schedule and that by mid-December the 3300 and 3400 blocks of P Street should have cobblestones in place. A new 18-inch water main should be installed by the middle of January, and residents will have a private contractor replace the connection lines on their property or have project workers do it for a cost of $500 to $600. When Peter Enslein, a local resident, mentioned that lead in the water increases when old copper pipes are connected to the new mains, Jones agreed, noting that the city would provide free filters. Jones said the project is still creating parking concerns. He said parking will be restricted to those with Zone 2 or visitor permits, and the contractor will park in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;emergency no parkingâ&#x20AC;? spots. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the initial phase of the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned Wisconsin Avenue roadway overhaul between 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, which is based on a 2008 Glover Park transportation study. The commission asked to be included in all communications. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jeff Jones reported that some areas of Georgetown had been skipped during the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first leaf collection and that he had been told this would not recur during the second collection. He urged residents to put leaves in paper bags and place them in tree boxes. Jones also said trash inspectors are levying fines that can rise as high as $1,000 and that escalate for repeat offenders. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously voted not to object to alterations of one of the two garages at 1248 30th St. to convert it into habitable space. They urged the closure of the curb cut serving the garage. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a blade sign at UGG Australia at 1249 Wisconsin Ave. as such signs are reserved for secondfloor establishments on Wisconsin Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to the concept design to alter the doors at 2823 Q St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to alterations in the windows of Macaroon Bee, 1669 Wisconsin Ave., to allow sales to customers through the openings,

though several commissioners had expressed concerns about a possible precedent. The resolution notes that should the busines change, the configuration must be reconsidered. â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously not to object to the concept for a three-story rear addition to a twostory office/residence at 1738 Wisconsin Ave., but commissioners expressed concern about the size of the addition and opposed the idea of a roof deck. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to strongly oppose proposed work at 3254 O St. The proposal involves partial demolition of a garage and reconstruction of a larger garage with a second floor, as well as a new covering over a brick walkway between the garage and the main house. The commission stated that the changes would â&#x20AC;&#x153;damage the historic character of the alleyâ&#x20AC;? and that the garage covering would â&#x20AC;&#x153;fragment the garden space,â&#x20AC;? adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;under no circumstances should the garage be used for residential purposes.â&#x20AC;? The architect said the enlargement would allow an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio, but neighbors said it would be an apartment. One neighbor said the two-story garage would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead on arrivalâ&#x20AC;? at the Old Georgetown Board and that the submitted plan had been turned down at every level for 10 years. Outerbridge Horsey, representing the Citizens Association of Georgetown, said the organization has opposed the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various proposed changes to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the beautiful houseâ&#x20AC;? over the years. â&#x2013;  in the absence of a presentation, commissioners unanimously objected to a proposed sign for the DC Jewelry Center at 1432 Wisconsin Ave. because it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;contrary to the historic character of the community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously expressed reservations about a concept proposal by EastBanc to make alterations in the roof at 3259 M St. Commissioner Bill Starrels said he was unable to download the proposal on his computer and that in a meeting the firm had â&#x20AC;&#x153;not been as responsive as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m used to.â&#x20AC;? Neighbors have expressed opposition to the project. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to oppose a 120-seat summer garden for Blue Gin, at 1206 Wisconsin Ave., due to noise concerns. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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a.m., and when the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security responded by shutting down the establishment, the disruption spilled out onto the street. Police responded to the scene after receiving calls of a shooting on the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue. Jhonte Coleman, 34, of Suitland, Md., was killed, and the five other victims, all from Maryland, were taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive. At the time of publication, no suspects had been identified by the Metropolitan Police Department. The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigation is ongoing and includes a review of surveillance tapes. Yesterday Heritage India posted its own statement on its blog, at The post says the Nov. 27 fight began between two men at a private party. At one point the stabbing victim was brought inside the restaurant, by then cleared of patrons, for medical assistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contrary to published reports,â&#x20AC;? the blog says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the stabbing did not occur inside Heritage India.â&#x20AC;? According to its blog, Heritage India is reviewing contract procedures for private events and ready to engage with â&#x20AC;&#x153;police and city officials to promote a safe, hospitable environment for nightlife activities.â&#x20AC;? The post expresses sympathy for the victims of the crime. The owners of Heritage India couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be reached for comment late Tuesday. After Sunday morningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events, Police Chief Cathy Lanier shut down the restaurant for 96 hours. On Wednesday, the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board will meet to discuss its own internal investigation into the incident at Heritage India and whether the events that took place violated the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquor license. Meanwhile, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans is drafting legislation to beef up security in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because we have many restaurants that morph into nightclubs at night, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at legislation that would mandate them to have a reimbursable detail, hiring police officers to control safety outside of the establishment,â&#x20AC;? said Evans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If that were in place on Connecticut Avenue on Saturday night, that may have led to no violence or less violence taking place.â&#x20AC;? Asked about the extra cost burden on establishments, Evans replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they are going to operate a nightclub, then they are going to have to pay for [an off-duty police detail], and if they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay for it, then they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t operate.â&#x20AC;? Evans said he plans to introduce the bill next week. Phil Carney, the advisory neighborhood commissioner who represents the area where Heritage India is located, said he supports the planned legislation. He called the event â&#x20AC;&#x153;tragic and inexcusable,â&#x20AC;? add-

ing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the ultimate nightmare as a result of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Club Central.â&#x20AC;? Carney plans to attend the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will support whatever action the ABC Board wants to take that will help prevent this from happening again, and if that means pulling [Heritage Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] liquor license, so be it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Documents from the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration show that Heritage India has been investigated 10 times since 2006 for alleged violations of its liquor license and fined for four incidents. The restaurant appeared before the board last month to respond to concerns that it did not supply enough security to prevent a fight on June 18, after which two people were taken to the hospital. The board requested a show-cause hearing to further review the June incident and has not made a final ruling on whether the establishment violated its liquor license in that case. Abigail Nichols, who lives on 18th Street just behind Heritage India, says she has long been concerned with the noise and fighting that happens when the bars close on weekends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death never occurred to me,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just terrible. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure what the dynamic is that is going on over there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just Heritage India; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the threat that occurs when so many bars empty out at the same time.â&#x20AC;? Nichols, a longtime activist in the community, is asking Connecticut Avenue businesses to seal off the rear entrances of bars so that patrons donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exit onto residential streets. In light of Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fatality, she said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;wants the city to be brave





about shutting down businesses that contribute to an environment where violence can happen.â&#x20AC;? Over the past year, the Dupont Circle neighborhood commission has responded to the safety concerns created by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club Centralâ&#x20AC;? with a new policy: To cut down the volume of late-night crowds in the area, the commission objects to new licensees that want to admit patrons after midnight. Commissioners have also recommended that establishments increase security and establish taxi stands in fixed locations to control the rush of patrons for cabs at the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end. Commission chair Will Stephens now says that policy didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go far enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the worst thing I can recall happening here,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Club Centralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; initiative doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get at some of the issues we are facing because it only addresses new liquor licenses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we need to better address problems with existing establishments by working together with ABRA and MPD.â&#x20AC;? Jack Jacobson, a commissioner who has been reluctant to impose blanket restrictions on all area businesses, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recognize that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Club Centralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has issues that needs

to be addressed, and what happened Sunday is a prime example of why.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad operators arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t adequately disciplined by ABRA,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we need to do is shut the bad operators down, not discipline all operators.â&#x20AC;? His fellow commissioners have

some different ideas. Carney said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see late-night establishments close at staggered times. While heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in favor of Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposal to mandate a police detail for those operators, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really complex issue, and nobody is quite sure what the answer is.â&#x20AC;?


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he Washington Humane Society launched â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope for the Holidaysâ&#x20AC;? last week and will continue it through Dec. 31. Adoption fees will be discounted by 50 percent, holiday photos will be available with your pet at various locations, and shelters will host a special adoption event Dec. 17 with holiday dĂŠcor, music and treats. Guests are asked to bring a donation to that event; donations are also welcome at any Washington Humane Society facility throughout the month, as is sponsorship of homeless animals. A wish list and other details are available at â&#x2013; The Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will present its eighth annual tree-lighting ceremony from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30. Guests will enjoy refreshments, holiday card making, family photos with Santa, the Marine Corps Color Guard and the Georgetown Visitation Madrigals. Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring a gift for Toys for Tots. â&#x2013;  Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31 St. NW, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nights: Punch Royal and Holiday Trimmingsâ&#x20AC;? for guests ages 21 and older Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Delight in the lavish Christmas re-created in the mansion. Included among the artifacts, treasures and ornaments are the Peter familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original 1891 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father Christmasâ&#x20AC;? sled. Vintage cocktails and delectable holiday treats will be served. The event is free for members; tickets cost $15 for nonmembers. 202-965-0400; â&#x2013;  The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alleyâ&#x20AC;? daily from Dec. 1 through 30 (except on Dec. 25, 26 and 31). The tea, available from 1 to 4 p.m., features harp music. Dates and times are subject to change based on hotel events, special events and holidays. The cost is $39; $49 with a glass of Champagne. Reservations are recommended by calling 202-6377350. washington.intercontinental. com. â&#x2013;  The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbying â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Choral Concertsâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 1 through 23 in its grand lobby. The concerts are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, will host wreath workshops at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 and 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets $40 for members and

$50 for nonmembers. 202686-5807; hillwoodmuseum. org. â&#x2013; The Junior League of Washington will present its annual fundraising event, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops,â&#x20AC;? Dec. 2 through 4 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2600 Woodley Road NW. The three-day event will begin with a special breakfast (tickets $45) at 9 a.m. Dec. 2. That night will feature a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Belles and Beausâ&#x20AC;? ball (tickets $65 in advance; $70 at the door) of hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, cocktails, dancing and auctions starting at 6 p.m. Events will conclude with pictures with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. General shopping hours (tickets $10) will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. â&#x2013;  The St. Albans School Parents Association will host its 29th annual Christmas House Tour Dec. 2 and 3 in Sheridan-Kalorama. The theme of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour is â&#x20AC;&#x153;city sidewalks,â&#x20AC;? reminding guests of the joys of urban living during the holidays. Five homes, decorated for the holidays, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec 3. Tickets cost $35 and are available at St. Albans, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, on the days of the tour. There will also be a holiday luncheon ($15) served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days in the St. Albans Refectory. â&#x2013;  Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, will present a holiday wreath workshop for ages 12 and older at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 and 10 a.m. Dec. 9. All materials will be provided. Tickets cost $30 per wreath for members and $40 per wreath for nonmembers. 202-965-0400; â&#x2013;  The Washington Project for the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;IceBox,â&#x20AC;? its annual holiday gift shop, Dec. 2 through 23 at its 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW site. The store will feature crafts, jewelry, housewares and small works of art made by Washington Project for the Arts members.

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Upcoming events include a wreath workshop at Tudor Place and a bazaar and Santa Lucia procession at the House of Sweden. Store hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with special events from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Admission is free. â&#x2013; The DC Craft Bartenders Guild and others will present the fourth annual Repeal Day Ball, a black-tie event celebrating the 78th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect St. NW. Attendees will enjoy cocktails crafted by the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best mixologists while dancing to the Prohibition-era sounds of the Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs and enjoying food from Occasions Caterers. Tickets cost $100 to $150. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton Celtic Consort performing music Dec. 3 through 11 at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW.



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House events look at Christmases past â&#x2013; Historic tour: Museums

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ith the holiday season in full swing, four historic Northwest museum homes are celebrating together for the first time with a joint open house tour and exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holidays Through History.â&#x20AC;? The Woodrow Wilson, Dumbarton and Anderson houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with Tudor Place Historic House and Garden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are joining forces on Saturday to display the holiday traditions of four distinct periods in history, complete with unique dĂŠcor, craft activities, refreshments and live entertainment, all authentic to different eras. The museum homes, which are located in Dupont Circle, SheridanKalorama and Georgetown, will provide shuttle buses so visitors can easily experience all four exhibits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really kind of a time travel through holiday traditions from the Federal period through the 1920s,â&#x20AC;? said John Powell, curator of the Woodrow Wilson House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it

will be interesting for people to follow along and see what traditions have changed and what has stayed the same.â&#x20AC;? The Dumbarton House in Georgetown will display the simple holiday traditions of the early 1800s; the Gilded Age of the late 19th century will sparkle at the Anderson House, a beaux-arts mansion in Dupont Circle; and Tudor Place and the Woodrow Wilson House will demonstrate two distinct versions of holiday celebrations during the Roaring Twenties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of all the houses, Dumbarton is going to be the most simply adorned because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way they did it in 1800s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the earliest of all houses, and we interpreted it authentically,â&#x20AC;? said the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Missy Groppel. The historic Georgetown home will offer self-guided and familyfocused tours, and guides will be on hand to answer questions. There will be a craft activity for visitors and period refreshments including a citrus-based mulled cider, which will be served hot and cold. The Dumbarton Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curator is also creating a display of a period dinner course that Groppel called â&#x20AC;&#x153;somewhat exotic,â&#x20AC;? including beef tongue


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and oysters. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most excited about the entertainment offered by Friday Morning Music Club, a local group of classical singers and musicians that is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hearing the live music in the museum is so rare and special,â&#x20AC;? said Groppel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will have a violin and viola in the parlor, which is not where we usually have concerts, so it will be a real treat.â&#x20AC;? On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Woodrow Wilson House on Embassy Row, which will feature cutting-edge technology of the 1920s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woodrow Wilson House will be different from the older historic sites on the tour because President Wilson supported innovation during his presidency, so his


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For the Dec. 3 event, Woodrow Wilson House will replicate a 1920s Christmas celebration. Three other homes will also participate. home had all the comforts of modern technology during its time,â&#x20AC;? said Powell. According to Powell, the home is decorated for the holidays the way the Wilsons would have done it, and refreshments will reflect what they would have served when they lived in the house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be electric lights on the tree, and the Victrola will be playing,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a modern home of its era, so we will have lots of gadgets on display, from radio microphones that Wilson used when he addressed the country to a 1920s telephone.â&#x20AC;? The Wilson tour coincides with a new exhibition at the museum home, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woodrow Wilson, President Electric: Harnessing the Power of Innovation in the Progressive Era,â&#x20AC;? which examines the scientific and technological advances that occurred during this

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period. Hands-on interactive exhibits will be on display as well. At the Anderson House, traditional holiday music will be performed on the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1898 Steinway piano, and at Tudor Place, a local quartet called Seraphim will perform. Both homes will be festively decorated and will offer craft activities and refreshments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What makes the open house event unique is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an evening experience â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the homes are not usually open from 4 to 8 p.m., so visitors can see them all lit up at night,â&#x20AC;? said Powell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it, and it is definitely out of the ordinary.â&#x20AC;? Advance tickets for the Dec. 3 tours are available for $16 for all four museums, or $10 to tour one house. Discounts are available for ages 16 and younger. For details, go to holidaysthroughhistory.

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at 1 p.m. Admission is free. ■ House of Sweden, at 2900 K St. NW, will present “Home for Christmas,” an exhibit of illustrations from the book by Jan Brett, weekends Dec. 3 through 18. The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Special storytelling sessions will take place at noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. Admission is free. ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, at 3240 O St. NW, will hold its annual greens sale and Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. The church benefit features wreaths, gourmet foods, holiday plants, gifts and more. A Vintage Christmas and Collectibles Shop will offer items from years gone by, including jewelry and children’s holiday outfits. ■ Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, will present a holiday ornament workshop for ages 12 and older at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3. Materials will be provided for guests to make three Victorian ornaments. Tickets cost $12 per three ornaments for members and $15 for nonmembers. 202-965-0400; ■ The U.S. Air Force Band will present its 2011 holiday concert at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. Tickets are free, but reserve up to four seats by calling 202-7675658 or visiting www.usafband. Unclaimed seats will be released 15 minutes prior to each performance. ■ Washington Walks will present “A Nation’s Capital Christmas Walking Tour” at 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Come along on this three-hour holiday walking tour and hear about how the Obamas plan to decorate the White House, which hotel lobby always displays the swankiest décor, and where to buy the official White House holiday ornament. The walk concludes at the newly planted National Christmas tree, where you can see more than 50 individually decorated trees dedicated to each U.S. state and territory and then warm yourself by the blazing yule log. Tickets cost $20, or $15 for military personnel; admission is free for ages 3 and younger. Meet outside the White House exit of the McPherson Square Metro stop. 202484-1565; ■ The 33rd annual Logan Circle

Holiday House Tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. More than 12 properties, representing a mix of historical architecture and modern renovations, will be open to guests. The event will also feature a Wassail reception with refreshments at Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. ■ The Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will present gingerbread house-making classes at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 (the latter for kids). The cost is $60 per person. For reservations, call 202-457-5019. fairmont. com. ■ The Daughters of the American Revolution will present a Christmas open house at DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 1776 D St. NW, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Live choral music and other musical entertainment will take place throughout the evening. Santa will be on hand to mingle with guests and give out coloring books to children, and hot chocolate will be served. Admission is free. 202-5720563; ■ The Georgetown Business Improvement District will present “12 Days of Merriment in Georgetown” Dec. 9 through 20. The events will include everything from gourmet hot cocoa tastings to shopping parties at neighborhood merchants and even an

ugly holiday sweater contest. Participating merchants will offer playful promotions like shoppers’ relief cocktails and pampering stations. A kickoff party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Details are at ■ The Cathedral Choral Society will present “The Joy of Christmas” at Washington National Cathedral at noon Dec. 10 (family matinee) and at 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at the Washington National Cathedral, and “A Dickens Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Music Center at Swarthmore. A perennial holiday favorite featuring beloved carols, the Cathedral concert will feature the 18th Street Singers and the Washington Symphonic Brass, among others. “A Dickens Christmas” will present traditional English choral works such as “The First Noël” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” It will star “Charles Dickens” and feature the Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and National Cathedral School. Ticket prices start at $15. The Cathedral is located at Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW; Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Md. 202-537-2228; ■ Cork Market & Tasting Room, at 1805 14th St. NW, will hold its second annual set of gingerbread house decorating classes on Dec. 10 at noon and 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy hot cocoa and

cider, nibble on gourmet holiday treats and Christmas cookies and sip seasonal winter wines. Tickets cost $30, which includes materials and good. Reservations must be made by Dec. 5 by emailing ■ Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, will host a Russian Winter Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Visitors will meet Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden and hear winter Russian folk music. An art activity will allow visitors of all ages to create their own kokshnik, a lady’s headdress, or traditional Russian man’s hat. Admission costs $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for members and college students and $5 for children ages 6 through 18. Children


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under 6 are free. 202-686-5807; ■ National Geographic, at 1145 17th St. NW, will present “An Irish Christmas in America” at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10. This festive mix of traditional music, dance and storytelling celebrates its sixth year at National Geographic. Tickets cost $23 for members and $25 for nonmembers. 202-8577700; ■ The City Choir of Washington will present “Music for Christmas,” led by conductor Robert Shafer and featuring audience singalongs, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Tickets cost $15 to $45. 301-572-6865; ■ The Children’s Chorus of












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Wednesday november 30 Classes â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concert â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Blues will perform a Christmas program featuring the music of Stan Kenton. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jack Bishop, editorial director of Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Illustrated, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Illustrated Cookbook: 2000 Recipes From 20 Years of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Trusted Food Magazine,â&#x20AC;? at 4:30 p.m.; and Ann Beattie will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by Lionell Thomas, the newly appointed executive director 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. 202-3317282, ext. 16. â&#x2013;  Jean H. Baker will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Margaret Sanger: A Passion of Life.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Election and Government Turnover in Spain.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Room 450, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Howard Ross will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Donald Eigler of IBMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Almaden Research Center will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atom Manipulation: New Perspectives in Nanoscience.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Natural History researchers Gabriela Perez Baez, Joshua Bell and Gwyneira Isaac will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keeping Endangered Languages Alive.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45

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Events Entertainment p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Wildlife photographer Steve Winter will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Trail of the Tiger,â&#x20AC;? about his recent travels through India, Sumatra and Thailand to document the dwindling population of Asian tigers. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homage to Christoph Schlingensiefâ&#x20AC;? will feature the German directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Years Adolf Hitler â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Last Hours in the Bunkerâ&#x20AC;? and his 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The German Chainsaw Massacre.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present the Oscar-nominated 2009 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food, Inc.â&#x20AC;? in conjunction with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooking, Uncle Samâ&#x20AC;? exhibition. Afterward, a panel discussion will feature Alice Kamps, the exhibition curator; Ann Harvey Yonkers, co-director of Freshfarm Markets; and Brooks Miller, coowner of North Mountain Pastures Farm in Newport, Pa. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will present Eitan Tzurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Naomi.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Special events â&#x2013;  The University Club of Washington, DC, will hold its 22nd annual Meet the Author Night and Book Fair, featuring authors such as Patrick Buchanan, William S. Cohen, Jennifer Allison and Susan Stockdale. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. 1135 16th St. NW. 202-824-1378. â&#x2013;  The fourth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic and Miraclesâ&#x20AC;? event will benefit Reading, Willing, and Working, a nonprofit aimed at ending homelessness, welfare dependency and substance abuse. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $150. The RitzCarlton, Washington, D.C., 1150 22nd St. NW. Thursday, Dec. 1

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Benefit â&#x2013; The 18th annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest will raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. 7 p.m. $200. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-250-9193. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Willard InterContinentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yearlong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, members of the Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DomingoCafritz Young Artist Program will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of the Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band will

perform. 1 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-2525. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Washington Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by DvorĂĄk and FaurĂŠ. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Jazz quartet Laissez Foure will perform seasonal selections. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The Rhythm Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Music Abroad series will feature Paul Beaudry & Pathways (shown) performing jazz selections, at 6 p.m.; and the Melvin Williams Group performing gospel selections, at 7:15 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Luxembourg Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Quattro Corde String Quartet, pianist Edvinas Minkstimas, baritone Jerome Barry, tenor Noah Donahue and soprano Grace Kim. 7:30 p.m. $125. Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at Tufts University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theories of International Politics and Zombies.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Rebecca Boggs Roberts, program director of Historic Congressional Cemetery, will discuss the 204-year-old graveyard on Capitol Hill and her research into the lives of some of the people buried there. 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early American Cooking, Customs, and Chocolateâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Stephen A. McLeod, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dining With the Washingtonsâ&#x20AC;?; Mary V. Thompson, research historian at Mount Vernon; Rodney Snyder, Mars Chocolate history research director; and B.L. Trahos, open hearth cooking instructor at Gunston Hall. A book signing and chocolatemaking demonstration will follow. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on contemporary diplomacy will feature Ă lvaro de Soto, a Peruvian diplomat and international mediator; Ricardo Luna, former Peruvian ambassador to the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations; Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of

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â&#x2013; Faculty member Edward Beal will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talking With Trauma: The Experience of Working With Returning Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.

Thursday, december 1 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Midori (shown) will perform works by Britten, Golijov and Shostakovich. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Washington; and Alexander Evans, a counselor in the British diplomatic service. 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3302. â&#x2013;  Anthony Elson, professorial lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies and a former economist at the International Monetary Fund, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Global Financial Crisis and Reform of the International Financial Architecture: A Progress Report.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 517, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Johns Hopkins University professor Pier Massimo Forni will discuss Boccaccioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decameron.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 462, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Nw. lc368@ â&#x2013;  As part of the George Washington University Veterans Campaign Distinguished Speakers Series, Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., will discuss his transition from the military to public office. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fifth floor, Minutemen Memorial Building, 1 Constitution Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Walter Isaacson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steve Jobs.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Civil rights activist, author and Princeton University professor Cornel West will deliver a keynote address as part of a conference on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy and Public Argument.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Smith Center, George Washington University, 600 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  A panel of former national security advisers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Henry Kissinger, Stephen Hadley and James Steinberg â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss the issues that arose during their tenure, and Jane Harmon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; former ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will offer a congressional perspective. 7 to 8:15 p.m. $40. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

Films â&#x2013; The 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival will open with a reception and the D.C. premiere of the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mabul,â&#x20AC;? about a boy whose unstable family threatens to crumble when his autistic brother returns home after spending years in an institution. A postfilm discussion will feature director Guy Nattiv and screenwriter Noa Berman-Herzberg. 7 p.m. $25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. The film festival will continue through Dec. 11 with events at various venues. â&#x2013;  United Productions Foundation will present Rob Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Capital Irish Film Festival will open with Alexandra McGuinnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lotus Eaters,â&#x20AC;? about three friends hurtling toward events that threaten to destroy their lives. 8 p.m. $10. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The festival will continue through Dec. 10 at various venues. Performances â&#x2013;  Stand-up comedian and sketch writer Michael Ian Black will perform. 8 p.m. $27.50. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Black Theatre Ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The African American in Art: The Harlem Renaissance Revisited,â&#x20AC;? a performance installation featuring poetry, essays, artwork, interactive videos and music. 8 p.m. $8. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  Entertaining and design expert Debi Lilly will present her line of floral and home dĂŠcor. 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Safeway, 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-3223. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance of scenes from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? by Washington School of Ballet trainees and a gallery talk on Pierre-Auguste Renoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of friends and colleagues as models for his monumental impressionist painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luncheon of the Boating Party.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nights: Punch Royal and Holiday Trimmingsâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to sample a traditional 18th-century holiday treat and to roam the Neoclassical mansion, trimmed with festive greenery and dĂŠcor. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7 p.m. $138 to $250. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wine tasting â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101â&#x20AC;? series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cognac Hennessy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. See Events/Page 29

$75. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Friday, Dec. 2

Friday december 2 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Tudor Place will host holiday wreath workshops. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $40; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400, ext. 116. Workshops will also be offered Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  Horticulturist Bill Johnson will lead a holiday wreath workshop. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Workshops will also be offered Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Mompou, Turina, AlbĂŠniz and Shostakovich. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Stephen Kalnoske of Damascus United Methodist Church in Damascus, Md., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature a holiday concert and singalong. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the a cappella menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ensemble open5ths. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Violist Ruth Wicker Schaaf, cellist David Teie and bassist Jeffrey Weisner will perform works by Haydn, Albrechtsberger, Teie and Donizetti. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Kyiv Chamber Choir will perform Ukrainian Christmas music. 7:30 p.m. $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 877-266-2557. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spotlightâ&#x20AC;? will feature singer Alexandra Silber. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The KC Jazz Club will feature vocalist Tierney Sutton and her band. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choir, Baroque Orchestra and soloists Gillian Keith (shown), Marianne Beate Kielland, Rufus MĂźller and Nathan Berg will perform Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. The concert will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The 23rd annual Christmas Concert for Charity will feature performances by Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chamber choir, chorus and symphony orchestra, and the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Proceeds will benefit A Simple House of Washington, D.C., which assists residents of low-income housing. 7:30 p.m. Free. Great Upper Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5600. â&#x2013;  The American University Chorus will

Events Entertainment present â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoĂŤl,â&#x20AC;? featuring works that celebrate the Christmas season. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013; The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arlen Blues & Berlin Ballads,â&#x20AC;? featuring songs by Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin in a cabaret show chronicling their film and Broadway careers. 8 p.m. $37; $34 for seniors; $20 for students and youth. Sprenger Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Dec. 3 and 10 at 7 p.m., Dec. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Greater Washington Board of Trade and TD Bank will present a talk by Gallup chief executive officer Jim Clifton on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Coming Jobs War.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. $100; reservations required. Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. â&#x2013;  Henriette Mueller, a visiting scholar at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Commission President in Crisis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Political Leadership in the European Union.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Room 450, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  A lecture series on the philosophical thought of Martin Heidegger will feature a talk by Catholic University of Leuven professor Rudolf Bernet on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heidegger on Plato: Truth and Myth.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. â&#x2013;  PĂĄl Schmitt, president of Hungary, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why a Europe Whole and Free Still Matters: A Central European Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 2:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Veterans Debra Kay Mooney, Chuck Boers, John Emhoolah and Joseph Medicine Crow will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Warrior Spirit: Native Americans in the U.S. Military.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the Vaults: The WPAâ&#x20AC;? will feature short films produced by the federal government to promote the New Deal programs of the Works Progress Administration. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Andy Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 mm film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chelsea Girls.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. 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. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuego Flamenco VIIâ&#x20AC;? will present the

friendly light displays, a model train, live entertainment and presentations on how visitors can adopt energysaving practices at home. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 11 and daily Dec. 16 through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).

Saturday, december 3 â&#x2013; Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Kathryn Stott performing works by Ravel, Debussy, Franck, Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Fitkin and FaurĂŠ. 2 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamenco Men,â&#x20AC;? choreographed, directed and performed by Edwin Aparicio with featured artists Sergio Aranda, Norberto Chamizo and Carlos Menchaca. 8 p.m. $30; $18 for seniors and students. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013; The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antic Meet,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squaregameâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sounddanceâ&#x20AC;? to live music as part of its Legacy Tour. 8 p.m. $22 to $65. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  Edith Pearlman, author of more than 250 works of short fiction and nonfiction, will read from her body of work at the PEN/ Malamud Award Reading. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special events â&#x2013;  Mother and daughter team Maureen and Rebecca Worth will present a trunk show featuring their creations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flowers and leaves sculpted in porcelain or stoneware, painted, and woven with pearls and other semi-precious stones. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors; $7 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The Junior League of Washington will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops,â&#x20AC;? an annual fundraiser to support literacy programs in the Washington area. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 for general shopping; prices vary for special activities. Hall A, Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. The event will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The seventh annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature environmentally

Tour â&#x2013; The St. Albans School Parents Association will host the 29th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Albans Christmas House Tour,â&#x20AC;? featuring five homes in Sheridan-Kalorama and a holiday luncheon at the school. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35 for the tour; $15 for the luncheon. St. Albans School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-256-7365. The tour will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3

Saturday december 3 Book signing â&#x2013; Anthony S. Pitch will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They Have Killed Papa Dead!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;: The Road to Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will present the improvisational troupe Now This! performing songs, comic sketches and musical fairy tales. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friends of the TenleyFriendship Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author series, Jennifer Allison will read from her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gilda Joyceâ&#x20AC;? books and talk about writing mysteries. 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Classes and seminars â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social Media Career Bootcamp,â&#x20AC;? led by Lynn Cooper, chief executive officer of Socially Ahead. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $50. 40 Plus of Greater Washington, Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202387-1582.


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Concerts â&#x2013; The U.S. Air Force Band will present its annual holiday concert. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. 202-767-5658. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Christmas.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. The concert will repeat Dec. 4, 10 and 11 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort will perform Nicholas Mawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piano Trioâ&#x20AC;? and Jon Deakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $20. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Greater First Baptist Church will host the third annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas and All That Jazz Concert.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. 2701 13th St. NW. 202-462-6127. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the See Events/Page 30

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Continued From Page 29 Encore Singers performing sacred and secular music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform selections from Shorty Rogers’ “The Swingin’ Nutcracker” and the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s reworking of “Nutcracker Suite.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202633-3030. ■ The Capitol Hill Chorale and jazz coronetist David Jellema will present “Jazzy Christmas,” featuring traditional holiday favorites and 20th-century standards. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25; $15 for ages 29 and younger; free for children ages 12 and younger. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-547-1444. The concert will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ Independent scholar Jeff Spurr will discuss the historical and cultural background as well as the various styles of Lakai embroideries. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. ■ “Deaf Education and American Sign Language” will feature various speakers, including Gallaudet University provost Stephen Weiner. 1 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Films ■ The “Ballet in Cinema” series will feature “The Sleeping Beauty,” featuring choreography by Yuri Grigorovich and music by Pytor Tchaikovsky. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Sunday at 11 a.m. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Handel’s “Rodelinda.” 12:30 p.m. $22. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present


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Events Entertainment Andy Warhol’s 16 mm film “Outer and Inner Space.” 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Christoph Schlingensief’s 2006 film “The African Twin Towers.” Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ Georgetown University and PostClassical Ensemble will present “Falla/ Stravinsky,” a double-bill featuring newly staged productions of two seminal works from the early 20th century — “El Amor Brujo” by Manuel de Falla and “A Soldier’s Tale” by Igor Stravinsky. 2 and 8 p.m. $25; $5 for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. ■ The Washington Revels will present “Andalusian Treasures: A Tale of Old Spain.” 2 and 7:30 p.m. $18 to $45; $12 to $27 for ages 18 and younger. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-595-4849. The performance will repeat Dec. 4 at 2 p.m., Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 1 and 5 p.m. ■ In honor of International Day of Persons With Disabilities, storytellers Peter Cook, Mario Hernandez and Monique Holt will present a family-friendly evening of stories told in American Sign Language. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Centre de Danse will present “The Adventures of Alice,” an original ballet. 7 p.m. $20. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Top Shelf: Best stories of the year,” featuring Joseph Price, Nancy LeRoy, Mike Kane, Adam Ruben, Erin Myers, Topher Bellavia, John Kevin Boggs and Dan Sullivan. 7 and 9 p.m. $25; $20 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. ■ Dance Exchange will present

Sunday, december 4 ■ Concert: British countertenor Iestyn Davies (shown) and pianist Kevin Murphy will perform works by Bach, Britten, Mulhy and Purcell. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. “Hammock.” 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Sales ■ The annual Glen Echo Potters Holiday Sale will feature works by more than 50 local potters. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, will host its annual greens sale and Christmas bazaar. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. ■ A French Bazaar will feature pastries and other food, crafts, books, toys, a flea market and a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. French Protestant Church of D.C., 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301320-3955.

WHY, WHEN, AND HOW CHILDREN SHOULD LEARN LANGUAGES Lecture and Discussion with Alison Mackey, PhD sponsored by

Monday, December 5, 2011 7:00-8:30 PM admission is free; this event is open to everyone WIS Primary School Campus Reservoir Road at 36th Street Washington, DC 20007 Dr. Mackey is a professor of linguistics and head of the applied linguistics program at Georgetown University. She has coauthored nearly 100 research articles and books on methods of teaching and learning languages. She will address common myths and misconceptions about language learning; her lecture will be followed by a Q&A.


■ The annual Key Elementary School tree sale will feature more than 400 freshly cut trees from Maine and Pennsylvania, as well as other holiday decorations. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Parking lot, Key Elementary School, 5001 Dana Place NW. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ The National Museum of the American Indian’s annual Native Art Market will feature jewelry, beadwork, pottery, prints and sculpture made by more than 35 artists from North and South America. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202633-1000. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ■ Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a winter used-book sale. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free admission. Second floor, Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ The Swedish Women’s Educational Association will host a Christmas bazaar, featuring baked goods, Swedish sandwiches, arts and crafts, crystal, textiles, artwork, books and decorations. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 703-628-6517. Special events ■ Olu Yemisi & Company Entertainment will celebrate its 11th anniversary with musical and dance performances and a screening of the documentary “Rhythm & Body Language,” about the troupe’s founder. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Second floor, Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 240-4292063. ■ “Holidays Through History!” will feature festive and historic holiday displays at Dumbarton House, Anderson House, Tudor Place and Woodrow Wilson House. The event will include live music and refreshments. 4 to 8 p.m. $16 to $20; $10 for children. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW; Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW; and Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Ottawa Senators. 7 p.m. $61 to $145. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours ■ The D.C. Preservation League will host a construction tour of the historic Howard Theatre, which showcased black entertainers such as Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald. 10 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. 620 T St. NW. ■ Mike Ferguson and Shawn Walker of Casey Trees will lead a tree walk and discuss ways to identify deciduous trees by their winter characteristics and the fine points of identifying various evergreen species. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. ■ Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ Washington Walks will present a holiday-themed walking tour, “A Nation’s Capital

Christmas.” 2 p.m. $20; $15 for military personnel; free for ages 3 and younger. Meet outside the White House exit to the McPherson Square Metrorail station, Vermont Avenue and I Street NW. 202-484-1565. The tour will repeat Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.december 4 Sunday 4 Art event ■ The artists of Jackson Art Center will host their annual Fall Open Studios event. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. 3048 1/2 R St. NW. Children’s program ■ Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about French artist Henri Matisse and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Class ■ Musicologist Rob Kapilow and pianist Yuliya Gorenman (shown) will present “Exploring the Immortal Beethoven,” featuring a performance of the composer’s “Appassionata” and a question-andanswer session. 6 to 8 p.m. $18. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Concerts ■ The Catholic University Women’s Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert. 2 p.m. Free. St. Vincent’s Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416. ■ The Washington Bach Consort will present “Christmas in Leipzig,” featuring works by Bach, Kuhnau and Telemann. 3 p.m. $23 to $65. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-429-2121. ■ The Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Jeffery Watson performing works by Chopin, Liszt and Schumann. 3 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. ■ The Washington Men’s Camerata will present its 28th annual “Christmas With the Camerata” concert, featuring works by Byrd, Handel, Martin Shaw and Kentaro Sato. 4 p.m. $25; $15 for students. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064. ■ The Washington Women’s Chorus will present “Gloria! Celebrating the Season of Light,” featuring host Cokie Roberts and the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart vocal arts and handbell ensembles. 4 p.m. $20; $18 for seniors and students; $5 for children ages 6 through 12; free for children ages 5 and younger. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-7367. ■ A 183-voice choir will join vocalists, instrumentalists and journalist Gwen Ifill as moderator to perform Handel’s “Messiah.” 5 p.m. Free. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M St. NW. 202-3311426. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by William Smith, Geoffrey Shaw and John Goss. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Alexandria Singers performing American popular music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard See Events/Page 31


Continued From Page 30 InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The International Care Ministries Children’s Choir from the Philippines will perform inspirational works. 6 p.m. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Flutist Mathieu Dufour will perform. 6:30 p.m. $20 to $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. ■ The Pacifica String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. Discussions and lectures ■ The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ The Diabetes Research & Education Program at Georgetown University Hospital will present its winter seminar. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Gorman Auditorium, Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. 202-342-2400. ■ John Hanhardt, senior curator for media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss “Time Frames: Andy Warhol’s Film and Video.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Ron Eglash will discuss “Computational Perspectives on African Art.” 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Florence Howe, co-founder of the Feminist Press and past president of the Modern Language Association, will discuss her book “A Life in Motion.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Cameron McWhirter will discuss his book “Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America,” about race riots that swept the United States. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will discuss his book “The Book of Ice,” about Antarctica and humanity’s relationship with the natural world. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Film ■ “Le Cinéma Fantastique” will feature Germaine Dulack’s 1928 film “The Seashell and the Clergyman” and Jean Cocteau’s 1930 film “Blood of a Poet.” 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Open house ■ The Washington Animal Rescue League’s “Winter Holidays Open House” will feature pet photos with Santa, holiday cheer and seasonal refreshments. Noon to 3 p.m. Free admission; $20 for photos. 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. 202-375-7746. Sporting event ■ The 17th BB&T Classic college basketball showcase will feature George Washington University vs. Virginia Commonwealth University at 2:15 p.m. and the University of Maryland vs. University of Notre Dame at

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Events Entertainment 4:45 p.m. $25 to $45. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tour ■ The Logan Circle Community Association will host the 33rd annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour, featuring a mix of historical architecture and modern renovations. 1 to 5 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the event. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Monday, Dec. 5

Monday december 5 Concerts ■ The Georgetown University Concert Choir will present a singalong performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature Music Oriana performing in Renaissance period costumes. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The Catholic University Wind Ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416. ■ The Georgetown University Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. Discussions and lectures ■ Panelists will discuss “Labor and Employment Policy in the Nixon Administration.” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Joanna Raczynska, assistant head of film programs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Evidence and Context: Opening Nonfiction Videos.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Erez Manela, professor of history at Harvard University, will discuss “Smallpox Eradication and the Rise of Global Governance.” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. eventbrite. com/event/2190138764. ■ Danielle Evans will discuss her book “Before You Suffocate Your Fool Self.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will host the first installment of “Tommy’s Traveling Book Club,” featuring a discussion of “Triumph of the City” by Edward Glaeser. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Henry Louis Gates will discuss his book “Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1995 film “The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down a

Tuesday, december 6 ■ Discussion: Meryle Secrest will discuss her book “Modigliani: A Life,” about the Italian artist and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. 5:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16.

Mountain.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The “Celebrate the Holidays” series will feature Peter Godfrey’s 1945 film “Christmas in Connecticut,” starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ “Homage to Christoph Schlingensief” will feature a showing of the director’s 1992 film “Terror 2000,” about two fugitive gangsters who are unsuccessfully pursued by two detectives. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Performances ■ Movement-based improvisational performance group Daniel Burkholder/The Playground will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Two Halves of a Circle: Ronald and Nancy Reagan” will feature Jeff Allin and Naomi Jacobson in an exploration of the Reagans’ personal and political journeys. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Reading ■ An Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute will feature Aracelis Girmay reading from her work and those of the 19th-century American poet. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special event ■ The Institute for Spiritual Development will host a session on “Prosperity Meditation.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. 202363-7106. 6 Tuesday, TuesdayDec. december 6 Classes and workshops ■ 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.

Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Abel, Hoffmeister and Beethoven. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-3372288. ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Washington Bach Consort. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202347-2635, ext. 18. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Potomac Harmony Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The Chapel Ringers from Fort Myer Chapel will present a bell-ringing program celebrating the holiday season. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Downtown Quartet, a barbershop quartet, will perform seasonal selections. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Young Concert Artists will present clarinetist Narek Arutyunian (shown) and pianist Steven Beck. 7:30 p.m. $24. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416. Discussions and lectures ■ Bob Edwards will discuss his book “A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Gail Spilsbury will discuss her book “A Washington Sketchbook: Drawings by Robert L. Dickinson, 1917-1918.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5221. ■ David O. Stewart will discuss his book “American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by

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author Art Downey on “The Little-Known Role of Law and Lawyers During the Civil War.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-8954860. ■ Roberta Stevens of the Library of Congress will discuss her year as president of the American Library Association. 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3302. ■ David Zirin (shown), author of “Edge of Sports,” and Joe Briggs, public policy counsel for the NFL Players Association, will discuss “Professional Athletes as Workers.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Marc Kaufman, science writer and national editor at The Washington Post, will discuss his book “First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiter’s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327. ■ Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, will discuss her book “The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Poet and translator Zackary Sholem Berger will discuss “Why Does Yiddish Poetry Matter?” 7 to 8:15 p.m. $20. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. ■ Izabella Tabarovsky, a clinical aromatherapist and an instructor on holistic health and wellness, will discuss “Sacred Fragrances of the Tanach.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. ■ Bertram Ulrich, curator of the NASA Art Program, and James Dean, founding director of the NASA Art Program, will discuss the collection and the connections between art and space. 7 p.m. $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Films ■ As part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and the Embassy of Israel will present the U.S. premiere of Liora Amir Barmatz’s film “Who Shot My Father? The Story of Joe Alon,” about the 1973 murder of an Israeli Air Force attaché in Chevy See Events/Page 32

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Continued From Page 31 Chase. A post-film discussion will feature Barmatz; Rachel Alon-Margalit and Yael AlonRosenshain, the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughters; and Fred Burton, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasing Shadows: A Special Agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice.â&#x20AC;? 6:15 p.m. $11; $10 for seniors. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. â&#x2013; The Shakespeare Theatre Company will


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Events Entertainment host a presentation of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;NT Liveâ&#x20AC;? high-definition broadcast of Arnold Weskerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kitchenâ&#x20AC;? from Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Readings â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry on Cedar Streetâ&#x20AC;? will feature E. Ethelbert Miller. 7:30 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. 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. Dec.december 7 Wednesday, Wednesday 7 Benefit â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cold Outside: A Holiday Benefit for 826DCâ&#x20AC;? will feature speakeasy cocktails and music by DJ Huang (for ages 21 and older). 8 p.m. to midnight. $60 in advance; $75 at the door. The Gibson, 2001






14th St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013; Madrigal Singers from St. Albans and National Cathedral schools will perform seasonal music. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Pianist Thomas Hrynkiw will perform works by Kevich, Revutsky and other Ukrainian composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band will perform. 1 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-2525. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the chamber choir Illuminare. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The 38th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merry TubaChristmasâ&#x20AC;? concert will feature tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players from around the area playing traditional Christmas music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Rohan de Silva will perform works by Beethoven, Poulenc, Zimmermann, Brahms and Sarasate. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble will perform works by Gordon Goodwin, Sammy Nestico and Mike Tomaro, along with holiday classics. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both Sides of the Camera: In Conversation About â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Who Shot My Father? The Story of Joe Alonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? will feature Liora Amir Barmatz, the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director; Rachel AlonMargalit and Yael Alon-Rosenshain, the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughters; and Fred Burton, a 16-yearold neighbor at the time of the murder and the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasing Shadows: A Special Agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $6. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 800-494-8497. â&#x2013;  Washington writer and historian Lucinda Prout Janke will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside Civil War Washington.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Independent scholar and museum docent Fran White will discuss the pianoforte at Dumbarton House. 12:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-3372288. â&#x2013;  The Shepherd Park Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sundays at Tiffanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? by James Patterson. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013;  The Tenley Library Book Discussion Group will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marchâ&#x20AC;? by Geraldine Brooks. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Stanley Weintraub, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the Japanese attack on U.S. forces in Pearl Harbor. A book signing will follow. 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery,

Wednesday, December 7 â&#x2013; Discussion: Nat Geo Traveler editor Andrew Evans will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Digital Nomad: Bus to Antarctica and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? about his overland journey through 14 countries. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultivating the Medium of Your Message â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Your Voice!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, John Burgess will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories in Stone: The Sdok Kok Thom Inscription and the Enigma of Khmer History.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinking, Fast and Slow.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Journalist Marvin Kalb will use film, audio and photographic records from the National Archives and the Newseum to discuss how the media informed Americans of the 1941 attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Gar Alperovitz will discuss the release of a new edition of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Physicist and artist Bulent Atalay will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patterns in Creativity: Leonardo and Newton.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  New York Times columnist Melissa Clark will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Wait to Make.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happenings at the Harmanâ&#x20AC;? series will feature improv troupe Press Play. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Special event â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Memorial will mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a reading by Stanley Weintraub, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941,â&#x20AC;? at noon; a wreath-laying ceremony, at 1 p.m.; and a panel discussion led by historian Paul Stillwell, at 2 p.m. Free. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300.


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Exhibition features artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos on canvas


ens. Paper? Canvas!â&#x20AC;? On exhibit will open today at the Foundry Gallery. It Technology,â&#x20AC;? presenting a series of will feature photographs by Sarah totems made by Rima Schulkind Alexander printed on canvas rather from technological detritus, will than the usual paper, creating a open Friday at Touchstone Gallery cross between photography and and continue painting. The through Dec. 24. show will conAn opening tinue through reception will Dec. 20, with an take place Friday opening recepfrom 6 to 8:30 tion Friday from p.m. 6 to 8 p.m. Located at Located at 901 New York 1314 18th St. Ave. NW, the NW, the gallery gallery is open is open Wednesday Wednesday Andrei Kushnirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Eve, through Friday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;? is on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and and Saturday at American Painting Fine Art. Saturday and and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202347-2787. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipsed by the Cloud: The â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Treasures,â&#x20AC;? featuring Detritus of Obsolescent

small-scale works by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and other artists, will open Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at American Painting Fine Art and continue through Jan. 28. Located at 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-244-3244. â&#x2013; La Luna Gallery, which recently moved to the District from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., will open its debut show Saturday with a cocktail reception from 3 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue for two months. Presented in collaboration with engineering firm Lourenco Consultants Inc., the exhibit features 30 photographs by finalists in the fifth annual Colors of Life International Photo Contest. The images are part of a tour supporting charitable work on behalf of

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madikweâ&#x20AC;? is part of a Foundry Gallery exhibit of photographs by Sarah Alexander printed on canvas. American children. Located at 5171 MacArthur Blvd. NW in Suite 150, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-3164481. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?â&#x20AC;? will open Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery

of Art and continue through March 11. The exhibit presents works by the Australian duo that draw from American history, literature, pop culture, current affairs and the architecture of the Corcoran to examine the symbolism of space See Exhibits/Page 39

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exploration and the paradoxes of food consumption. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; it is free for military personnel and children ages 12 and younger. 202-6391700. ■ “In Season” will open Saturday at Project 4, featuring diverse smallscale recent works by a selection of the gallery’s artists. It will continue through Jan. 7. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The gallery will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. 202232-4340.

Gordon Binder’s “City Center” is on display at Gallery plan b. ■ Artists at the Jackson Art Center, 3048 1/2 R St. NW, will open their studios to the public Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. ■ “Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas,” presenting Arthur Drooker’s photographs of significant ruins in Mexico, the Caribbean,

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prostitute to parole officer, addict to editor, with nuance and empathy. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ City Artistic Partnerships will present David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” Dec. 1 through 24 at The Shop at Fort Fringe. Based on the outlandish but true accounts of Sedaris’ experience as an elf in Santaland at Macy’s, the play riffs on the author’s truly odd encounters with his fellow man, woman and child during the height of the holiday crunch. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20. The Shop at Fort Fringe is located at 607 New York Ave. NW. 202-213-2474; ■ The Washington Ballet will present the 50th anniversary of its holiday productions of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 1 through 24 at the Warner Theatre. Performance times are generally 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $29 to $90. Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 202-397-7328; ■ Theater Alliance will present Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” Dec. 3 through 31 at the H Street Playhouse. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-241-2539; ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will close Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape,” featuring Oscarnominated actor John Hurt, Dec. 4 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $75 to $95. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ The Folger Theatre will close an extended run of “Othello” Dec. 4 in the Elizabethan Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket cost $30 to $60. The Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; ■ American Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” Dec. 8 through 11 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through


Central America and South America, will open Monday at the Organization of American States/ Art Museum of the Americas F Street Gallery and continue through Feb. 24. An artist’s reception will take place Monday at 6 p.m. and include remarks by Drooker, a book signing and Latin American music by the Organization of American States Choir. Located at 1889 F St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202463-0203. ■ Gallery plan b recently opened a holiday exhibit of works in various media by a selection of its artists and will continue it through Dec. 24. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711.

Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday. 202-467-4600; ■ The ensemble dog & pony dc is presenting “Beertown” through Dec. 10 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Performances, which open with a dessert potluck (attendees are encourage to bring a nut-free dessert to share), are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $25. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. ■ Studio Theatre is presenting Roland Schimmelpfennig’s “The Golden Dragon” through Dec. 11. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Studio is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; ■ Ford’s Theatre is presenting Michael Wilson’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 31. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20 to $85. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800-9822787; ■ Arena Stage is presenting Amy Freed’s “You, Nero” Jan. 1 on the Fichandler Stage. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $55 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Arena Stage is collaborating with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to present its production of Bill Cain’s “Equivocation” through Jan. 1 in the Kreeger Theater. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting “Much Ado About Nothing” through Jan. 1 at Sidney Harman Hall. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon Dec. 21. Tickets cost $20 to $100. The theater is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ The hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” is back at the National Theatre through Jan. 7. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $41.50 to $276.50. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161;

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By DEIRDRE BANNON By DEIRDRE BANNON Workers add bulbs and other plants to the median. See Shooting/Page 23 This rendering by Wallace Roberts...