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Council bill will establish ethics board

Feds, D.C. order embassy to undo front yard paving

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■ Diplomacy: Work involved city-owned public space governed

city-owned land on 16th St.

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer


Mired in its own ethics problems, the D.C. Council yesterday tried to dig out by passing an ethics reform bill that sets up a new, independent agency to investigate and punish government officials for campaign finance violations, conflicts of interest and other wrongdoing. The bill, which passed an initial reading by unanimous voice vote, would establish the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, with its own budget, hiring and investigative authority. The bill would also provide ethics training for high-ranking city employees; regulate fundraising for inaugural, transition and legal defense committees; and authorize the city attorney general to prosecute serious ethical violations. The three-member ethics board would be appointed by the mayor, with council confirmation. But Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser, who steered the bill through, said a sixyear term for members and protections against arbitrary removal See Ethics/Page 30

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The District and federal governments have each ordered the Republic of Congo to restore its new Dupont Circle embassy’s front yard to green space after an “unauthorized” paving project. In September, the embassy at 16th and Riggs streets removed trees and a grass lawn to pave the fencedin area between the sidewalk and its front door. Due to large rights-of-

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Two-year-old Rowan Dobranski of Dupont Circle checked out Santa’s beard while posing for a picture during Sunday’s open house at the Washington Animal Rescue League.

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

NEWS ■ Some Northwest schools lack crossing guards. Page 3. ■ Zoning rules prohibit several existing yoga studios. Page 3.

by the D.C. Department of Transportation, and the embassy never sought nor received a permit to pave that District property. According to a U.S. Department of State letter sent Friday to the Dupont Circle Conservancy group and other local organizations and officials, the Transportation Department notified Congo Nov. 17 that it had 30 days to “remove the unauthorized paving from public space and replace it with DDOTapproved landscaping.” Transportation Department See Embassy/Page 18

Future uncertain for post offices in Dupont, Adams By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

AU exhibit spotlights unsung photographer Laura Rhondah Katzman spent most of Sunday afternoon milling around the top floor of the American University Museum, guiding visitors among 150 photographs. Mostly black and white, with a batch of Kodachromes, the documentary photos include scenes of Southwest and Northwest D.C. in the early 1940s, Puerto Rico in the years before and after that, and New Jersey in the 1950s. The exhibit, “Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam,” is set to close Dec. 14 after a season in the Katzen Arts Center.

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Louise Rosskam took a shot of Shulman’s Market in the 1940s.

For Katzman, the show’s cocurator, it’s the final stretch of a project that goes back over two decades. In the early 1990s, Katzman was in Roosevelt, N.J., working on her

dissertation on the late American documentary photographer Ben Shahn. Her research brought her to Rosskam, who had been one of Shahn’s friends and neighbors. The older woman, then in her 80s, was game for conversation. “She was clear-minded, fun to talk to,” Katzman recalled. “She told good stories.” Katzman discovered that Rosskam had been a documentary photographer in her own right, working in tandem with her better-known husband, Edwin. While Edwin usually took the official paid positions, Louise Rosskam had worked largely behind the scenes, as an apprentice or volunteer. See Photos/Page 8

EVENTS ■ Kennedy Center presents “cautionary musical.” Page 23. ■ Parish Gallery shows “sensual energy” paintings. Page 23.

With three post offices around Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle potentially in line to close, the Columbia Heights station could become the mail hub for the area. Plans are in the works for two local stations — at 1914 14th St. and 2001 M St. — to shut down as their leases expire. For the 14th Street office, though, residents and city officials are hoping to work out a lease extension or new location. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service is deciding whether to close the Kalorama office at 2300 18th St., where the lease is set to expire in 2014. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham has helped set up a public meeting to discuss the changes, scheduled for Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center, 2500 14th St. An earlier meeting with postal officials on Nov. 29 didn’t quite satisfy residents, according to Graham.

HOLIDAYS Where to find Handel’s most popular winter piece. Page 12. ■ Seasonal offerings include puppet show, craft events. Page 13. ■

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Local officials are looking for alternatives to the 14th St. site.

“We had a meeting at the Cleveland Park library, set up by someone in Tennessee who didn’t understand very well the neighborhood situation,” he said. Graham said “there are especially compelling arguments” for keeping open the Kalorama station as well as the 14th Street station, whose closure he described as “an immediate problem.” “The fact that they are revenue generators … the fact that they’re mobbed everyday,” he said. “The thought that they’re thinking of closing both of these post offices is unbelievable.” See Offices/Page 18

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/5 Dupont Circle Citizen/9 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/4

Opinion/6 Police Report/7 Real Estate/17 School Dispatches/11 Service Directory/25 Theater/23

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Museum plans get preservation board nod By ELIZABETH WIENER

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


The week ahead Thursday, Dec. 8

Tuesday, Dec. 13

The D.C. Council Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation will hold a public hearing on various parking and pedestrian-safety bills. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â– The D.C. Republican Committee will hold its annual Christmas/Holiday Party at the home of Teri Galvez and Michael Cleary. The party will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1707 19th St. NW. A $15 contribution is suggested; donations of toys and other gifts for children will benefit the Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center. For details, visit Rendering courtesy of George Washington University

George Washington University hopes to build this museum in the 700 block of 21st Street.

Wing of the National Gallery — a statement that the building is special.� Others noted that the delicate textiles that will be exhibited must be shielded from direct sunlight. Board members were concerned about the size and shape of a steel-and-glass pedestrian bridge that will connect the new building to Woodhull House, and a narrow opening between them leading into the campus quad. The architects will return to the board with more refined plans. Maddux said her organization generally supports the idea of a new museum on campus, but views the location on narrow one-way 21st Street as possibly problematic, especially when trucks access a loading door concealed in the building’s facade. Adding curb cuts for the loading docks could also reduce on-street parking and endanger pedestrians, Maddux said. Those issues will be aired when the project, which is couched as a planned-unit development, goes to the city Zoning Commission.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a hearing on proposed changes to the Metropolitan Police Department Reimbursable Detail Subsidy Program. The hearing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Board Hearing Room in the Reeves Building, 2000 14th St. NW. To testify, contact Martha Jenkins at 202-442-4456 or by Dec. 9. â– The National Park Service will hold a public hearing on the Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail Rehabilitation project. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW.

Thursday, Dec. 15

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.


Planners seek zoning change for yoga studios By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Yoga studios operating in neighborhood commercial districts are technically out of compliance with the D.C. zoning code, according to a recent Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs decision, but the city is expected to amend its regulations to allow them. The issue arose when an existing studio needed a change to its certificate of occupancy, according to Office of Planning deputy director Jennifer Steingasser. At that point, she said, D.C. zoning administrator Matthew LeGrant reviewed the rules and determined that yoga isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an allowed use in C-1, CR and W-1 zones, which are designed to allow only low-impact neighborhoodserving businesses. In response, the Office of Planning is asking the Zoning Commission to amend city regulations to explicitly allow yoga studios in those districts, as well as studios for dance, exercise, martial arts and music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think that these are typically local businesses, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fairly small in nature, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of an appropriate use for these smaller commercial centers, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to move this forward fairly quickly,â&#x20AC;? Steingasser said in an interview. The Zoning Commission voted unanimously last week to hold a


The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the Historic Preservation Office will hold the â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Community Heritage Project Showcase.â&#x20AC;? The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell St. NW. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit

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Plans for a starkly modern museum wedged between historic buildings on the George Washington University campus have won tentative support from the Historic Preservation Review Board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a modern building between two landmarks, but your approach is great,â&#x20AC;? board chair Catherine Buell told the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architects. The university is proposing a six-level museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; four floors above ground, two below â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at 21st and G streets as a new home for Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Textile Museum, some university collections and the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. The 1855 Woodhull House to the south would be incorporated into the museum, while the 1924 Corcoran Hall, the first building constructed for university use in Foggy Bottom, would abut the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north side. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the proposal is a large and relatively plain limestone facade that would face 21st Street. Architect Lee Becker said the material relates well to other limestone buildings on the campus, and noted that the facade will be animated with lettering and banners â&#x20AC;&#x153;for blockbuster shows.â&#x20AC;? Glass windows on the ground floor will reveal a large lobby and museum shop, he said. Sara Maddux of the West End Citizens Association testified that members find the use of windowless limestone facade as â&#x20AC;&#x153;in-fillâ&#x20AC;? between historic buildings â&#x20AC;&#x153;wildly out of step.â&#x20AC;? She testified that the design offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;no grace or visual linkageâ&#x20AC;? to buildings on either side. Some board members said at the Nov. 17 meeting that they hope details of texture, color and coursing will enliven the limestone facade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The surface of the facade is critical, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident in your detailing of the limestone,â&#x20AC;? member Maria Casarella told Becker. But member Tersh Boasberg was not concerned about the big expanse of limestone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother me at all that there are no windows. It reminds me of the East


public hearing on the issue. A hearing date hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been set, but Steingasser said she expects it to be held in March. In reviewing the issue, the Office of Planning identified 28 commercial yoga studios, of which six are located in non-compliant zones. Each of those six is located in Northwest: Circle Yoga and Dahn Yoga Center in Chevy Chase, Georgetown Yoga and Down Dog Yoga in Georgetown, Hot Yoga in Cleveland Park, and Inspired Yoga on U Street. Steingasser and Helder Gil, a spokesperson for the regulatory affairs agency and zoning administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know which studio prompted the zoning review, but Gil said it was in the 3800 block of Northampton Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the longtime location of Circle Yoga. Gil said it appears the original certificate of occupancy â&#x20AC;&#x153;didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accurately reflect it was a yoga studio.â&#x20AC;? When the studio described its use of the site when applying for a revision, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where they ran into issues.â&#x20AC;? Circle Yoga owner Annie Mahon and the studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning attorney couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be reached for comment yesterday. If the Zoning Commission rejects the proposed change to the D.C. regulations, each of the six would

need to go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment, seeking a special exception to stay in place. The Planning Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s records search found no cases where these studios were forced to seek such exceptions when they first opened, suggesting that officials once considered yoga a legal use in the zones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not common, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also not uncommon,â&#x20AC;? Steingasser said of the reversal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As zoning administrators change, a use that was not explicit in the regulations might be interpreted another way.â&#x20AC;? At last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, zoning commissioners appeared supportive of allowing the various studios to remain. Commission chair Anthony Hood said he just wants to control what type of business is allowed in neighborhood retail space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was going to ask a question about dance, because â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;danceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in this city means a whole lot of things,â&#x20AC;? said Hood. Steingasser said the Office of Planning is working with the zoning administrator and the D.C. Office of the Attorney General to make the wording clear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think what they were concerned about is this could be interpreted broadly to mean a dance club instead of a more traditional ballet class,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We agree that we need to make sure that definition is fairly tight, so we can avoid any unintended consequences.â&#x20AC;?


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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: ■ public comments. ■ presentation by D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles director Lucinda Babers. ■ update on the 18th Street reconstruction project by D.C. Department of Transportation community liaison Tom Pipkin. ■ committee reports. ■ consideration of a grant application by We Are Family. ■ presentation on the 2012 SunTrust Rock ’n’ Roll USA Marathon on Saturday, March 17. ■ discussion of a community services initiative by the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application regarding 2337 Champlain St. ■ consideration of public-space applications by Blaguard, 2003 18th St.; Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St.; and L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St. ■ presentation by Historic Washington Inc. on possible historic designation of the Ontario Theatre, 1700 Columbia Road. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ public comments. ■ public safety report. ■ presentation on the 2012 SunTrust Rock ’n’ Roll USA Marathon on Saturday, March 17. ■ update on the status of the request for proposals regarding redevelopment of the Stevens School site. ■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal application for Foggy Bottom Grocery (FoBoGro), at 2140 F St. ■ discussion of the relocation of the George Washington University Hospital Radiation Oncology Center to the K Street commercial district. ■ update on efforts to address neighbors’ concerns regarding redevelopment of the West End Neighborhood Library site by EastBanc. ■ follow-up discussion on preliminary review of George Washington University’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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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: ■ announcements. ■ remarks by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. ■ presentation by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority regarding escalator repairs at the south entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station. ■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for concept design approval for a proposed addition to the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the Organization of American States, at 1816 Corcoran St. ■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for approval of a fourth-floor rear addition at 2017 N St. ■ consideration of public-space applications: Breadline, 1751 Pennsylvania Ave., expansion of sidewalk cafe from 16 to 40 seats; Corner Bakery, 1828 L St., sidewalk cafe; and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 900 19th St., sidewalk cafe. ■ consideration of a revised Alcoholic Beverage Control application by El Tamarindo, 1785 Florida Ave., for a new sidewalk cafe with 14 seats (with hours of sales, service and operation from 11 a.m. to midnight daily). ■ consideration of requests by One West Dupont Circle, 2012 P St., for an exception to single-sales restrictions and for permission to amend voluntary-agreement hours to reflect new legislation allowing liquor stores to stay open until midnight. ■ consideration of a request by Barmy Wine & Liquors, 1912 L St., for an exception to single-sales

restrictions. ■ discussion of responses to the Heritage India incident. ■ committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw ■ SHAW

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama ■ sheridan-kalorama The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown ■ Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

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 ■ logan circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: ■ announcements. ■ police report. ■ consideration of street-closing requests for special events. ■ consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration matters: Parc Deux Restaurant, 1601 14th St., new license; and Lima Restaurant, 1401 K St., sidewalk cafe. ■ committee reports. ■ consideration of historic review for a project at 1324 14th St. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover ■ Glover Park/Cathedral heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. In conjunction with the meeting, a special election to fill the vacancy in single-member district 3B03 will take place from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. All registered voters living within the 3B03 boundaries are eligible to vote. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit

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District Digest Police seek suspect in robbery attempt

A man allegedly attempted to rob a Cleveland Park SunTrust bank branch last Thursday, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Police Department. Police said the man entered the bank at 3440 Wisconsin Ave. at about 10:35 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, but he left without getting any. The suspect is described by police as a clean-shaven black male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a mole or tattoo on the left side of the face. He was last seen carrying a black book bag and wearing a brown or tan jacket. Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest. For details, go to

Library forgives fines for overdue materials Residents who owe money to the D.C. Public Library can go to a neighborhood branch through Feb. 5 to have their fines cleared, the library announced last week. Overdue or damaged books and other materials can be returned without penalty during the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Check It Inâ&#x20AC;? program, according to a library news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Libraries exist to give people access to books,â&#x20AC;? chief librarian Ginnie Cooper states in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When fines and fees keep people away from the library, we need to find ways to encourage them to return.â&#x20AC;?

Escalator work wraps up in Foggy Bottom

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station now has three new escalators expected to last at least 20 years, according to a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority news release. Although some work at the station â&#x20AC;&#x201D; installation of a canopy over the entrance and construction of a stairway â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will continue next year, the authority completed work on the escalators last Wednesday, the release states.

Rehabilitation of seven escalators at Union Station also wrapped up last month, the release states, and Metro is preparing to close the Dupont Circle stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s south entrance for a year to replace the escalators there.

Local firm buys office building at Watergate The new owner of the Watergate office building at 2600 Virginia Ave. NW will work to fill its large stretch of vacant space, according to a news release from the company. D.C.-based Penzance announced last week that it had purchased the 12-story, 200,000-square-foot office building, one of two in the mixeduse Watergate complex. The firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release notes that the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper floors now include 80,000 square feet of contiguous empty space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penzance will be applying a broad array of value enhancement strategies and an intense focus on day-to-day operations in order to reposition and revitalize this property,â&#x20AC;? Penzance managing partner Victor Tolkan states in the release.

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Area filmmaker wins film festival award

The 2011 Washington Jewish Film Festival will honor Chevy Chase-based filmmaker Aviva Kempner with its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visionary Awardâ&#x20AC;? at a reception and screening on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. The annual award recognizes â&#x20AC;&#x153;courage, creativity and insight in presenting the diversity of the Jewish experienceâ&#x20AC;? on film, according to an announcement. Saturday eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event at the

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The Dupont


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Nightlife controls

Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans introduced legislation yesterday prompted by last week’s late-night shootings and stabbings outside Heritage India restaurant that left one dead and several injured. The bill would force late-night establishments to hire overtime police officers as security details unless the city’s alcohol authority grants an exemption. Mr. Evans also proposes to regulate event promoters like the one that operated at Heritage India in the wee hours of Nov. 27. We applaud the council member’s measure and wish such a remedy had been proposed earlier — because in retrospect, this tragedy seems predictable, and likely preventable. Last week’s fracas was not the first to occur in “Club Central,” neighbors’ term for the cluster of late-night establishments south of Dupont Circle. Residents have long complained of the noise and simmering potential for violence that spill out — along with thousands of patrons — from clubs at 3 a.m. on weekends. The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission took a careful look at the situation over the past year and recommended restrictions on new establishments as well as greater security at existing clubs. We wish — as many surely do — that the latter suggestion had gotten traction with regulators and legislators before last week. But Mr. Evans’ suggestion is a targeted improvement on a general request for heightened security. Responsible establishments may receive a waiver from the city, but clubs with a troubled history and events involving promoters would have to feature overtime Metropolitan Police Department officers. A final point: Overtime police details are often called “reimbursible” because the city pays a portion of officers’ wages. This system has allowed a host of business owners to employ extra security. But with program resources already tight, events with promoters should not be eligible for reimbursement; club owners should pay the full amount, which in turn could be billed to the promoters.

Thanks to temple

Sad as it is to see the Temple Garden close, the Scottish Rite organization deserves credit for hosting Dupont community gardeners for more than two decades. “I think we’re all grateful that they made their private land available to us for as long as they did,” said garden president David Rosner. The 16th Street House of the Temple has served as headquarters for the Supreme Council, 33 degree, of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry since 1915. For the past 21 years, the group has made a quarter-acre portion of its site available for organic gardening, allowing 100 or so residents to cultivate about 75 plots along 15th Street. But now the temple needs to use the land, as leaders embark on a major renovation. Temple counsel Barbara Golden said the garden space must be clear for construction staging and parking. The aging building needs extensive system upgrades, as well as updates to its library and archival facilities. Garden president Mr. Rosner said the group met with temple officials to discuss alternatives for the gardeners, but could not find a solution. “Certainly there aren’t hard feelings here,” he said. “If you take a step back — yeah, it’s really sad that this garden is closed, but it’s a really good thing that it was there.” We also appreciate — as the gardeners likely do, too — that the temple provided several months’ notice before shutting the facility. The community was allowed a final harvest before the gate was closed for good, a thoughtful approach that serves as testament to the temple’s years of goodwill.

The Current

‘He knows if you’ve been bad or good …’ A children’s choir enthusiastically sang “Here Comes Santa Claus” Monday in the main foyer of the John A. Wilson Building downtown. When they got to “he knows if you’ve been bad or good,” we couldn’t help but think that those words might also apply to the FBI and what it knows about Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. There was a dramatic raid of Thomas’ house Friday by FBI and Treasury Department agents. On Monday, Thomas was in his office just down the hall from all the holiday festivities. He quietly walked out a back door, avoiding reporters who had been waiting for him. They had gotten distracted by the holiday singing. Giving reporters the slip may have been the only “good” thing for Thomas. Later that day, the D.C. Council’s Government Operations Committee approved a sweeping ethics bill that would make it easier to discipline council members caught up in ethics violations. And Thomas’ alleged violations were on everyone’s minds, especially Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser’s. “What I would say is, certainly if these allegations are proved true, it’s an outrageous breach of the public’s trust,” she said after the vote. Despite the cloud of ethics issues, the ethics bill nearly got sidetracked on Monday. At-large members Vincent Orange and Michael A. Brown strongly indicated that they would vote to postpone any consideration of the bill. Bowser and at-large member David Catania clearly wanted to go forward. It would have been a 2-2 tie, and the measure would have failed. (Here’s an interesting side note: The missing fifth member was Thomas.) But the bill was saved when Chairman Kwame Brown suddenly strolled into the room and sat with the committee. As council chairman, Brown can vote on any committee he chooses. He promptly dashed any hopes of the council members who wanted to delay, saying an ethics bill needs to pass the full council by the end of December and that Monday’s vote was crucial. At that point, at-large member Brown — who had said there were too many new provisions he hadn’t had a chance to read — folded and voted for the bill along with Bowser, Catania and the chairman. Orange was the lone holdout, threatening to introduce his own bill the following day. Yesterday, though, Orange spoke a lot but ended up withdrawing his proposed changes. The council gave initial approval to the Bowser bill and will vote again on it in two weeks. Other members may try again to amend the bill then. Though Chairman Brown saved the bill in committee, some reporters snickered at his action. He and his 2008 re-election committee are under a federal investigation involving tens of thousands of dollars improperly raised or spent. The chairman has denied any wrongdoing. Critics say that standing for strong ethics now is just a way to burnish his tainted image. But the fact is, whatever his motive, Brown backed the Bowser bill and provided the key vote.

“We want to make sure we get an ethics reform bill passed out of the council,” Brown told a gaggle of reporters at a nearby elevator. “Residents have come down and expressed their interest in the bill. And now it’s time we make sure we get something done.” ■ Wringing their hands. The ethics bill was just one battle at the start of the week. Chairman Brown called the council members to a private meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the dire situation with Ward 5’s Thomas. Some members said they just want Thomas to resign. Others said they want him take a paid leave of absence to at least lower the heat in the Wilson Building. And a couple simply want the council to do nothing and let the legal process play out. Again, as our deadline arrived, there was word that Chairman Brown would discuss the alternatives with Thomas. Even some of Thomas’ private advisers believe it would make sense for him to take the paid leave. But there’s no certainty he will. When this scandal first broke earlier this year, Thomas was chair of the influential economic development committee. Thomas hadn’t wanted to give up his chairmanship, but Kwame Brown made it clear that he had no choice. Brown was prepared to have the council remove Thomas from the post if he hadn’t voluntarily stepped aside. ■ The feds are watching. We’ve reported several times here in the Notebook about convictions of other public service officials. We’ve done it as a way of cautioning elected officials and others that U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen is serious about corruption. Our latest example is one James Hadieh, also known as Jason Hacen. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Hadieh pleaded guilty last week in federal court for attempting to bribe a D.C. tax official. Too bad the contractor didn’t know that the tax official, once aware of the bribe attempt, reported it to authorities and cooperated to help catch him in the act. Now Hadieh faces a year or two in prison. And he still owes the taxes. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hadieh was president of Quantum Services Inc., which failed to pay all of its D.C. taxes for three years. When the firm was audited, it owed about $100,000. According to federal authorities, Hadieh offered a bribe of $10,000 to the city tax official to reduce the tax bite to $60,000. D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi praised the tax official, saying, “This is an example of the strong professionalism of the [tax] staff and their commitment to their responsibilities as stewards of the City’s tax laws.” Gandhi is still stung by the famous case of the tax official who systematically stole tens of millions of dollars over many years. It’s nice for the good guys to win one now and again. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Motorists aren’t only danger on the road Lately, there have been many complaints about automobile drivers making life dangerous for bicyclists. There is another, unpopular side to the story. Bicyclists rarely stop at red lights unless forced to by oncoming traffic, and they breeze through stop signs regardless of

cars that have waited their turn and have the right of way. Are bicyclists required to use bike lanes when available or can they ride on the other side of the street? On one-way streets, are bikes required to go in the correct direction or can they ride against traffic? Is it OK for bikes to ride in a bike lane in the direction opposite to the arrows in the lane? Are bikes required to have lights at night? Bikes are allowed to ride on sidewalks outside the downtown business district, but the boundar-

ies are not widely known. Bikers popping out from behind trucks need to be aware that cars cannot see them. The laws are imprecise, and the police never ticket a bike for ignoring a stop sign or red light or for mowing down a pedestrian on the sidewalk. Not all the conflicts are the fault of automobile drivers. I’ve done my share of bike riding, but I figured that a collision with a 3,000-pound car was unlikely to end well for me. Hays Browning Cathedral Heights

The Current



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Nov. 27 through Dec. 4 in local police service areas.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights

PSA 202 Tenleytown / AU Park Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013; 4600 block, 44th St.; residence; 1:32 p.m. Nov. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:11 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 2:11 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 9:50 a.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Jenifer St.; store; 9:45 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  4500 block, 40th St.; street; 8 a.m. Nov. 30. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  42nd and Legation streets; unspecified premises; 1:45 p.m. Nov. 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Brandywine St.; street; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  4700 block, Reno Road; residence; 8 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  3900 block, 45th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  4100 block, 45th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Albemarle St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Albemarle St.; street; 2:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013; 3400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; bank; 10:37 a.m. Dec. 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; 5:40 p.m. Dec. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Macomb St.; park area; 3:15 p.m. Dec. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  27th Street and Woodley Road; street; 12:01 a.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 12:01 a.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  Garfield Street and New Mexico Avenue; street; 10 a.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Klingle Road; street; 3 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Porter St.; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Cleveland Ave.; street; 6 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Tilden St.; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Tilden St.; residence; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  36th and Lowell streets; street; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 32nd St.; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Porter St.; street;

7 p.m. Nov. 30.

psa PSA 206


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 3100 block, M St.; sidewalk; 3:44 p.m. Nov. 29. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3600 block, Canal Road; gas station; 3:30 a.m. Dec. 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 a.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  3800 block, T St.; residence; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 10 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 9:40 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:10 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:35 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Reservoir Road; grocery store; 1:10 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; 3:45 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 34th St.; restaurant; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; store; 7:25 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 8:45 p.m. Dec. 3. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 2:45 p.m. Dec. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, S St.; street; 11 a.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  3800 block, S St.; street; 9 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2500 block, Virginia Ave.; sidewalk; 11:45 a.m. Dec. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; store; 12:39 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 9 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  2100 block, F St.; university; 10 p.m. Dec. 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  25th Street and Virginia Avenue; street; 6:45 p.m. Dec. 1.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1600 block, P St.; sidewalk; 11:50 p.m. Dec. 3. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2200 block, California St.; street; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1500 block, L St.; sidewalk; 2:15 a.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 7:45 p.m. Dec. 4. Robbery (stealth)

â&#x2013; 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:26 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 5:45 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 12:45 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  Dupont Circle and Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 7:25 a.m. Dec. 3. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 3:30 a.m. Dec. 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:40 a.m. Dec. 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 11:53 a.m. Nov. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; tavern; midnight Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1100 block 15th St.; office building; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  19th Street and Dupont Circle; sidewalk; 1 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 3 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  2100 block, O St.; medical facility; 10 a.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 4 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  900 block, 16th St.; office building; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  22nd and M streets; store; 12:24 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; store; 6:30 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; office building; 1:45 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:50 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 12:30 a.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  23rd and L streets; street; 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Florida Avenue and R Street; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  2100 block, L St.; street; 8:45 a.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  19th and R streets; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, P St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Bataan St.; street; 8 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 18th St.; parking lot; 11:20 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  22nd and N streets; street; 1:15 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  21st and N streets; street; 7 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 9 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; street; 7:20 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 23rd St.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  19th and I streets; street; 11:10 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 12:15 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and L Street; street; 6:45 p.m. Dec. 4.

psa PSA 303


â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2900 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 10:20 p.m. Dec. 3. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1700 block, Kalorama Road; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 2 a.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  2500 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Dec. 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2400 block, Ontario Road; street; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 29. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 4 p.m. Nov. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  18th Street and Kalorama Road; sidewalk 9:30 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Kalorama Road; residence; 11:11 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:15 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; midnight Dec. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Seaton St.; alley; 4 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Summit Place; street; 6:15 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Kalorama Road; street; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

psa PSA 307


â&#x2013; logan circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1100 block, 12th St.; public housing; 4:03 p.m. Dec. 2. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Logan Circle and Vermont Avenue; street; 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, N St.; residence; 8 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, M St.; hotel; 11 a.m. Dec. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; drugstore; 3:08 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 9th St.; store; 2 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; store; 9 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; sidewalk; 10:07 p.m. Dec. 2. Theft (attempt) â&#x2013;  900 block, R St.; residence; 5:20 p.m. Dec. 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 10th St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 12th St.; street; 6 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  1200 block R St.; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 10 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Corcoran St.; street; 12:15 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Q St.; street; 1 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 10:45 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 12:10 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 13th St.; street; 3:30 a.m. Dec. 4.



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Spotlight on Schools On Dec. 3, Blessed Sacrament students and families participated in the 24th annual Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive. Named after Greg Gannon, who started the drive in the 1980s as a way to help the poor, the food drive collects more than 50,000 cans each year. I got a chance to speak with Rick Gannon, the brother of Greg Gannon, who took over the drive in 2000. Mr. Gannon told me the drive touches a lot of charities. It gives food to the Capital Area Food Bank, which is the largest food bank in the Washington area. Mr. Gannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother decided to start the drive for a couple of reasons. One was that he had been involved with the Rev. Horace McKenna, the founder of So Others Might Eat. He was inspired by McKennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. On the day of the food drive, Michele Ficca and Mr. Gannon go through whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening and where the bags are going to be dropped off. Half of the participants are at Blessed Sacrament, and the other half are out doing other things. There is a prayer service, and the pastor usually talks. They go through the details and then head over to the Geico parking lot. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

Many weeks ago, we buried artefacts in our playground. When we returned from holiday, we carefully dug them up, cleaned them and recorded what we found. We used brushes and other stuff to really clean the artefacts. We had this great idea that other people should see our beautiful artefact bits. We got into teams to make our Miami class museum exhibit. We washed, polished and made labels. My teacher helped put up high bits, and we put tables out. We invited other classes and our parents. We chose the jobs that we wanted at the museum. I was a scientist. I had to show people how to use a


magnifying glass to look at artefacts in jars. I was giving out the maps so that people knew where to go. We taught the parents how to dig for artefacts in a tray of sand. We showed our parents around the museum. At the end, people wrote their names in our visitors book and told us how good it was. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zethu Moleleke, Djema Saracevic and Nathalia Martinez, Year 2 Miami (first-graders)

Hyde-Addison Elementary

Ms. Zaidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Third Grade Z Squad went on a field trip to the Textile Museum in November to study different textiles and to look at symmetry in textiles. Mr. Fadenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Third Grade Red Roaring Fireballs went on a different day. At the museum, we explored textiles from African tribes. The Kuba Kingdom and Cargo Tribe traded objects to make clothing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked the belts because they had really nice shells on them, and they had flowers designed on them, too,â&#x20AC;? said Jalen. After learning about the different textiles and symmetry, we had fun making things like snowflakes to help us learn even more about symmetry. Then we got to feel storebought textiles to see how they felt. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jackson Grant, Eliza Jones and Jalen Terry-Vauss, third-graders

Janney Elementary

Janney celebrated its brand-new turf field with an incredible school soccer tournament on Nov. 20. The Stoddert soccer teams from Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third, fourth and fifth grades played short games against one another. More than 100 students participated. Fourth-grader Max Karp of the Thunderbolts said he liked running on the field because â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bouncy and you can jump high.â&#x20AC;? Another

fourth-grader, Madelyn Shapiro of the Power, said she liked the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite team to play against was the Tigers,â&#x20AC;? she said. The field is 45 yards by 30 yards. That is smaller than some other fields in D.C., but still big enough that Stoddert hopes to use it for games in its girls U9 division. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nicholas Spasojevic, fourth-grader

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The Thanksgiving service on Nov. 22 was led by Ms. McCarten, one of the music teachers. The prelude and the processional was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let All Now Living.â&#x20AC;? The greeting was led by the head of school, Mr. Neill. Next we had an opening prayer by sixth-grader Phillip Zaki. The chorus sang a song called â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Can I Keep From Singing.â&#x20AC;? Sixth-grader Daija Yisrael read from the book of Exodus. Next we sang a Hebrew song called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ozi vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Zimurat Yah.â&#x20AC;? The chorus had practiced since late September on the songs they sang. The homily was read by the Rev. Jen Dunfee. Next in line was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanksgiving Prayers Throughout the Grades,â&#x20AC;? while the students sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Praise and Thanksgiving.â&#x20AC;? Next we had a blessing by the Rev. Dr. David Renwick, the senior pastor of the National Presbyterian Church. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carter Brainerd, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

At St. Albans School, midNovember is marked by the beginning of winter sports. The week before we left for Thanksgiving there were tryouts for seventh- and eighth-grade winter soccer and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade

basketball. Amazingly, our basketball team is sponsored by Converse. Basketball and soccer are not the only winter sports we have at St. Albans. Sixth-, seventh- and eighthgraders also have the option to play hockey, run winter track, wrestle or swim. The hockey team, a recently added sport, goes to an ice rink to practice twice a week. All the other sports are played on campus. With the exception of winter track and winter soccer, the teams compete against other schools. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sebastian Hernandez, Form II (eighth-grader)

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Last week, we talked about Advent in religion class. Advent is the season when Christians count

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ook through any holiday event calendar, and one theme will likely emerge: widespread devotion to George Frideric Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? Here in Washington, at least a half-dozen concerts this season feature a portion of the oratorio or more. Yet organist Owen Burdick says the Christmastime popularity of the piece, which tells the story of Christ through solos and choral music, is something of a mystery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was conducted 36 times by Handel â&#x20AC;Ś and it was always done during Lent,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that the holiday affiliation â&#x20AC;&#x153;took on a life of its own, and honestly, I can-

not tell you why.â&#x20AC;? Still, the choirmaster isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one to buck a trend: Burdick will head up a performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? at his own sanctuary, the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, later this month. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just any performance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Burdick believes this is the first time the 166-yearold congregation will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? The reason is earthshaking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole reason why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing this, of course, is the earthquake,â&#x20AC;? Burdick said. The shocking Aug. 23 quake damaged the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof and destroyed its organ, and Ascensionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 18 performance will raise funds for an Ascension and Saint Agnes Organ Restoration Fund.











Burdick says his performance will also be special, as his years of experience with the piece have convinced him that the show is best presented like an opera â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;with arias and choruses divided and grouped into â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;scenesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;acts,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he says in a news release. This approach means audiences can enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? and still get home in time to make dinner, as the show lasts only two and a half hours. Burdicksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience with Handel came from years at Manhattanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trinity Wall Street church, where The New York Times raved about his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? and where, he says, some historical accounts put the first American performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? Burdick hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intended to bring the tradition to D.C. when he moved here a couple years ago, but the earthquake created a need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we do a benefit?â&#x20AC;? he said. Others at the church suggested â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah,â&#x20AC;? which gave Burdick pause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much work to put it together,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and at Trinity, of course, I had all kinds of help.â&#x20AC;? But clearly, the Massachusetts Avenue church has managed: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put together one of the best

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The Washington National Cathedral, which presented its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? last weekend, is one of many local churches to perform the oratorio. orchestras of early instruments,â&#x20AC;? said Burdick, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to replicate as best we can that last performanceâ&#x20AC;? of Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which he uses as his guide. He said the effort is nothing short of miraculous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you need evidence of the presence of a Holy Spirit, you can just look at this performance of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Messiah.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Because we just really threw this thing together.â&#x20AC;? While several â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? performances have already come and gone this season, a number are still ahead on the calendar:


â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17, and 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Kennedy Center. â&#x2013;  The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington, will perform a holiday show including the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hallelujahâ&#x20AC;? chorus from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. â&#x2013;  Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday show, including the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hallelujahâ&#x20AC;? chorus, will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 21 and 1 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Kennedy Center.







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iscovery Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons of Lightâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 12 through 23 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. The seasonal show captures the warmth of many holidays filled with light in an interactive celebration. Performances are at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, as well as at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14, 16 and 21. Tickets cost $6 for children; $3 for children younger than 2; $8 for general admission; and $5 for resident members. The Dec. 18 show will feature a pre-show crafting activity, in which participants will make a Zuni prayer stick or holiday ornament to take home (prices increased). 202-633-8700; â&#x2013; The Herb Cottage gift shop at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW, will host a Christmas shopping night from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. The shop is set up in a temporary space on level B-2 of the Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking garage. â&#x2013;  Discovery Theater will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? with Bob Brown Puppets at 10:15 and 11:30

a.m. Dec. 9 and noon Dec. 10 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Bunny, penguin and snowman perform feats of skill and daring that will leave young audiences holiday-happy. Tickets cost $6 for children 2 and older; $3 for children under 2; $8 for general admission; and $5 for resident members. 202-6338700; â&#x2013; Folger Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music From Renaissance Spainâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 9 through 18 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $45. 202-5447077; â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Business Improvement District will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;12 Days of Merriment in Georgetownâ&#x20AC;? 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 shoppersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relief cocktails and pampering stations. A kickoff party will be held from



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present traditional English choral works such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First NoĂŤlâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.â&#x20AC;? The performance will star â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;? and feature the Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and National Cathedral School. Ticket prices start at $15. 202-537-2228; â&#x2013; Watershed restaurant, 1225 1st St. NE, will host a game roast at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Menu highlights will include cider-brined roasted game hen, pheasant and port wine cherry sausage and Chablis-poached pear with whipped Armagnac vanilla cream. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres will be served on the patio, where a fire pit will keep guests warm. DC Brau will serve

beer, and live music will entertain. Tickets cost $75. 202-534-1350; â&#x2013; Duke Ellington School of the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parent group will present a Holiday Gift Bazaar and Art Show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Admission is free. Ellington is located at 3500 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will present a gingerbread house-making class for kids at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10. The cost is $60 per person. For reservations, call 202-457-5019. â&#x2013;  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

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hear winter Russian folk music. An art activity will allow visitors of all ages to create their own kokshnik, a ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headdress, or traditional Russian manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 under 6 are free. 202-686-5807; â&#x2013; National Geographic, at 1145 17th St. NW, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Christmas in Americaâ&#x20AC;? at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10. This festive mix of traditional music, dance and storytelling celebrates its sixth year at National Geographic. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show features singers Lumiere, harpist GrĂĄinne Hambly, piper Tommy Martin and accordionist SĂŠamus Begley, as well as dancers from the Culkin School. Tickets cost $23 for members and $25 for nonmembers. 202-8577700; â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Play! A Holiday Puppet Workshopâ&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Participants will join the Dinorock ladies, Michele and Ingrid, to make their own puppets, inspired by characters from their show. Admission costs $10 per child and $5 per adult. 202-633-8700; â&#x2013;  The sixth annual Upshur Street Handmade Art & Craft Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 10 in the 800 block of Upshur Street NW, in and around Domky Bar & CafĂŠ and CoreHaus DC. â&#x2013; Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital Christmas Walking Tourâ&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m. Dec. 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 dĂŠcor, 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. 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; â&#x2013;  The Cantate Chamber Singers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday in Veniceâ&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. Tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for students with ID. 301-9861799; â&#x2013;  The City Choir of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Christmas,â&#x20AC;? led by conductor Robert Shafer, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. The performance will include audience singalongs of â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Come All Ye Faithful,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First NoĂŤlâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Night,â&#x20AC;? along with a num-



ber of other works. The Chamber Singers from the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington will join the choir. Tickets cost $15 to $45. 301-572-6865; â&#x2013; Dumbarton Concerts will present the Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton Celtic Consort Dec. 10 and 11 at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Performance times are 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, along with 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets cost $33 for adults, $29 for seniors and $16 for ages 18 and younger. 202-9652000; â&#x2013;  The annual Georgetown Jingle, a fundraiser for Georgetown University Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pediatric cancer programs, will return to the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11. The event features 12 holidaythemed trees and vignettes, created by local designers. All the trees and decorations, on display since late last month, will be pre-sold through an auction that also includes donated items like event tickets and vacation packages. The event will also feature crafts and other kid-friendly features, including an ice-themed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tween lounge. Tickets cost $150 per person; $350 for families of four; and $50 for ages 3 through 18. Admission is free for children under 2. â&#x2013;  Equinox restaurant, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, will celebrate the winter solstice with a fourcourse seasonal dinner with wine pairings on Dec. 16. Dinner costs $125, including tax and gratuity. 202-331-8118; equinoxrestaurant.





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in the local real estate market. A three-bedroom unit for sale in The Greenbriar shows why home buyers may prefer such a spot to the stand-alone structures near this Massachusetts Avenue location. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need to maintain grass or monitor drooping tree limbs, no cause to worry about missing shingles or a clogged gutter. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left is a roomy interior with lots of natural light, and space for entertaining as well as comfortable living. A spacious foyer is a welcoming entry to the sunlit home. Parquet flooring is found here and throughout much of the unit. A sizable separate dining room is an amenity rarely found in new condo developments; this one is roomy and bright, thanks to natural light as well as a chandelier. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also space for a table in the kitchen, which owners have updated within the past several

years. A white, mint and charcoal color palette is a nod to the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s midcentury vintage, but materials such as engineered granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances keep the look current. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shortage of prep space in this kitchen, and two sinks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one beside a window â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mean that more than one cook can work in here comfortably at the same time. Storage is ample, thanks to plenty of cabinets and a wall of pantry shelving concealed behind louvered doors. The kitchen window, like all in the building, is a recent replacement, and parts of each fenestration are casement windows operable by hand cranks. A living room is sunny, thanks to its two exposures, which include shutters or blinds for privacy. At 20 feet by 12 feet, the master bedroom is nearly as large as the

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This three-bedroom, two-bath unit in The Greenbriar on Massachusetts Avenue is priced at $499,900. spacious living room and also features two exposures. Closets line one wall, and the carpet here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as in the other two bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; covers the wood floors that are found elsewhere in the home. Those other two bedrooms are also sizable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a boon due in part to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage. Built in 1951, this spot retains features, like the dining space, from traditional domestic architecture but also sports bedrooms larger than those found in homes built before World War II. Bathrooms have been updated and sport simple designs that can be easily personalized through










Greenbriar offers access to the bus lines that run along Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues. The location is also close to many spots visible from the developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large roof deck, such as the Washington National Cathedral. This three-bedroom, two-bath Unit 5005 at 4301 Massachusetts Ave. is offered for $499,900. Monthly fees total $1,322. For more information, contact Jamie Coley and Leigh Reed of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 888-9076643 or

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accessories and paint. The master bath is cool in mint green and white, including the white tiles that line a shower stall. In a hall bath, wall tile in a neutral pattern wraps around the space, which includes a tub/shower combo. This nearly 1,800-square-foot home includes a garage parking space in addition to an unassigned spot in the developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot. A storage space is also included, as is access to a luggage-storage closet. Just off of Ward Circle, The


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property director Cliff Seagroves wrote that his agency has already discussed the matter twice with Congo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Subsequent to the delivery of DDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter, the Department of State again formally raised this matter with the Congolese Embassy, advising that it expects the Embassy to comply with the DDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requirement that it take prompt, corrective action,â&#x20AC;? Seagroves wrote, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectation that


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According to residents who went to last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, the Postal Service is positioning the Columbia Heights station at 3321 Georgia Ave. as the local option for residents, assuming the other offices close. The shutdown of the Kalorama

land-use laws and regulations and permit requirements applicable in the local jurisdiction.â&#x20AC;? (It does not specifically address adjacent public space.) The website also states that the State Department has the authority to revoke diplomatic privileges such as property tax exemption for embassies that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow its rules. But Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood See Embassy/Page 30

station isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a done deal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Postal Service is now undergoing a lengthy review process, involving more public input, before making the final decision. Back in August, when the Postal Service announced that 19 stations in the District could be closing, a second Adams Morgan post office also appeared on the list. Postal Service spokesperson Laura Dvorak

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said that station â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Temple Heights, at 1921 Florida Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is no longer under review at this time, but she confirmed that its lease is set to expire in 2013. Both the Kalorama Citizens Association and the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission recently passed resolutions opposing potential closures of the Kalorama and Temple Heights stations. Denis James, president of the Kalorama group, said the Postal Service â&#x20AC;&#x153;heard a lot of pushbackâ&#x20AC;? from the audience at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. James pointed out that the Columbia Heights station is â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty distantâ&#x20AC;? from Adams Morgan residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would mean people would have to drive there, if they needed anything beyond stamps,â&#x20AC;? he said. Meanwhile, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been some talk about ways to avoid the planned shutdown of the post office at 1914 14th St. According to the Postal Service, that station is now set to close on Feb. 29, 2012, as its lease expires. Hearing that news last month, both Council member Graham and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton called on the Postal Service to look into alternate locations. One option that came up at the November meeting was the cityowned Reeves Center at 14th and U streets. Another was the idea of extending the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease until planned development work begins on that block, between T Street and Wallach Place. Level 2 Development is now moving forward with plans for a new condo building there. According to Dvorak, the Postal Service is looking into the lease extension based on rumored interest from the new property owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the option is real, USPS will consider [that] while we look for alternate space,â&#x20AC;? she wrote in an email. The M Street station has been expected to close down soon, with its lease about to expire on Dec. 31. But Dvorak said â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are ongoing discussionsâ&#x20AC;? about the closing date, and a Norton staffer said residents have complained about lack of proper notice for the change and are asking for more opportunities for input. Dupont Circle resident Greg DuRoss pointed out that the station isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly essential, due to the proximity of another post office at 1800 M St. The 19 D.C. stations the Postal Service marked for review in August were among 3,700 nationwide the agency is considering closing, as it grapples with budget shortfalls.

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The work we are doing now will help us provide more reliable service in the event of severe storms. We’ve been working hard to make our systems more reliable. And while we can’t prevent winter storms, we can take steps to address some of the most common causes of outages. We can also be better prepared to address outages when they occur.

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Wednesday december 7 Benefit ■ “Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Holiday Benefit for 826DC” 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 ■ The 38th annual “Merry TubaChristmas” 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. ■ 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 ■ “The Arab Awakening: How Should the West Respond?” will feature Maria Aznar, former president of Spain; William A. Taylor, special coordinator for Middle East transitions at the U.S. Department of State; Marcin Zaborowski, director of the Polish Institute for International Affairs; and Maurizio Molinari, correspondent for La Stampe. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Stanley Weintraub, author of “Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December

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Events Entertainment 1941,” will discuss the Japanese attack on U.S. forces in Pearl Harbor. A book signing will follow. 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ David Satter will discuss his book “It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202663-5772. ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on “Cultivating the Medium of Your Message — Your Voice!” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ As part of the Friends of the TenleyFriendship Library’s local author series, John Burgess will discuss his book “Stories in Stone: The Sdok Kok Thom Inscription and the Enigma of Khmer History.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman will discuss his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ 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. ■ Gar Alperovitz will discuss the release of a new edition of his book “America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy.” 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021


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14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Physicist and artist Bulent Atalay will discuss “Patterns in Creativity: Leonardo and Newton.” 7 p.m. $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ New York Times columnist Melissa Clark will discuss her book “Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can’t Wait to Make.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ Nat Geo Traveler editor Andrew Evans will discuss “Digital Nomad: Bus to Antarctica and Beyond,” about his overland journey through 14 countries. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ The 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival will continue with the 2010 documentary “Standing Silent,” about a Baltimore journalist who published a series of articles about allegations of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. A post-screening discussion will feature the film’s subject, Phil Jacobs; the co-director, Scott Rosenfeld; and therapist Lisa Ferentz. 6:15 p.m. $11; $10 for seniors and students. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The film festival will continue through Sunday with events at various venues. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Glass’ “Satyagraha.” 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The Capital Irish Film Festival will feature PJ Dillon’s 2010 film “Rewind,” about a recovering addict who fears that the return of an old boyfriend will shatter the new life she has made for herself with her husband and their young daughter. 7 p.m. $10. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The festival will continue through Saturday at various venues. ■ The Global Hunger Advocacy Group will present Bread for the World’s recently released film “Challenging Hunger,” followed by a discussion. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Nikos Kalogeropoulos’ film “Riders of Pylos,” about a poverty-stricken 50-year-old actor who flees Athens to escape his creditors. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Open house ■ The Daughters of the American Revolution’s 10th annual Christmas open house will feature live choral music, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus and more. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 202-572-0563. Thursday, Dec. 8

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Book sale ■ Friends of Palisades Library will hold a holiday used-book sale with refreshments. 2 to 8 p.m. Free admission; $1 to $2 for most books; $10 for a bagful of books. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. Concerts ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Washington Women’s Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30

Thursday, december 8 ■ Concert: The Brazilian series “Movimento Violão” will feature accordionist, guitarist and composer Marcelo Jeneci. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ Choral group Convivium will perform seasonal selections. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ NSO Pops will present the Canadian Tenors performing “The Perfect Gift,” featuring festive seasonal songs. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ Jonathan Elkind, principal deputy assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, will deliver the keynote address at a conference on “Transatlantic Energy Futures: Strategic Perspectives on Energy Security, Climate Change and New Technologies in Europe and the United States.” 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. eventbrite. com/event/2570829420. ■ National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will discuss “The Christmas Story in Art,” about paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. 11 a.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The talk will repeat Dec. 15 and 22 at 11 a.m. ■ Laura Katzman and Beverly Brannan will discuss their book “Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5221. ■ Ambassador Johnnie Carson, assistant U.S. secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs, will discuss “Forty Years of Dedication to Africa.” Noon. Free. Room 220, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-2905. ■ Cassandra Clare and Michelle Hodkin will discuss their books, “The Clockwork

Prince” and “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer,” respectively, at 5 p.m.; and John Lewis Gaddis will discuss his book “George F. Keenan: An American Life,” at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Tamara L. Bray, professor of anthropology at Wayne State University, will discuss “At the End of Empire: The Inca, the Caranqui, and the Northern Imperial Frontier.” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6440. ■ Former Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., will discuss his time in Congress and his campaign to regain the seat he held for two years. 6 p.m. $50. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Degas and the Corps de Ballet.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Marc J. Kuchner, an astrophysicist at NASA, will discuss his book “Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiter’s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327. ■ Wilford W. Scott, a lecturer on American art and head of adult programs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Panelists will discuss “The Food Pyramid and Government Dietary Guidelines.” 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. ■ Journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock will discuss her book “Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction.” 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Historian and author Diana Kohn will discuss the founding of the century-old Takoma Park Neighborhood Library. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor, star of the one-woman show “Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards,” will discuss her acting career. 7 p.m. $15; reservations required. The Theatre Lab, 733 8th St. NW. 202-824-0449. ■ British author Adam Nicholson will discuss “The King James Bible.” 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performances ■ Edward Gero (shown) will perform excerpts from Arena Stage’s production of John Logan’s play “Red,” followed by a conversation with Arena Stage associate artistic director David Dower and Phillips Collection curator at large Klaus Ottmann. 6 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Ballet Petite and Youth Performing Arts School’s Ballet Performance Company will present “The Nutcracker.” 6 p.m. $18. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The performance will repeat Friday at 5 and 8 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 and Sunday at 2 and 5 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. 7:30 p.m. $37; $34 for seniors; $20 for students and youth. Sprenger Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202204-7763. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The Danish Ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Residence will host an open house to spotlight â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Christmasâ&#x20AC;? decorations created by Corcoran College of Art + Design students Alexandra Hunger and Ariel Wilchek and focusing on Greenland and the Arctic region. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Embassy of Denmark, 3200 Whitehaven St. NW. Friday, Dec. 9

Friday december 9 Class â&#x2013; Tudor Place will host a holiday wreath workshop. 1 p.m. $40; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400, ext. 116. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Lutos. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  Eugene Lavery of St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Del., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202797-0103. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts@Middayâ&#x20AC;? will feature flutist Brandon Patrick George performing works by Debussy, Telemann, Toru Takemitsu and others coupled with English, Greek, French and Japanese poetry. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Cantate Chamber Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program will perform classical chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present bass-baritone Eric Owens (shown) and pianist Craig Ruttenberg performing works by Wolf, Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc, Ravel and Wagner. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present Romanian-born pianist Matei Varga performing works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Lupati, BartĂłk, Enescu and Grieg. 7:30 p.m. $100. Residence of the Romanian Ambassador, 2500 30th St. NW. 202-625-2361. â&#x2013;  The Great Noise Ensemble will perform Martin Bresnickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pine Eyes,â&#x20AC;? a retelling of


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Events Entertainment â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinocchio.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students and children; free for ages 17 and younger with the paid admission of an accompanying adult. Hartke Theater, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013; The U.S. Army Band â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pershingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate the holiday season with the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Holiday Festivalâ&#x20AC;? concert. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music From Medieval Spain.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $45. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Performances will continue through Dec. 18. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Symphony Orchestra cellist Yvonne Caruthers will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rimsky-Korsakov: An Unlikely Life.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a buffet luncheon of Russian specialties and a performance of music by Rimsky-Korsakov. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $133. Embassy of the Russian Federation, 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Shelley Sturman, head of object conservation at the National Gallery of Art, and Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edgar Degas and Sculpture.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The American Research Center in Egypt will present a talk by Peter Lacovara of the Carlos Museum in Atlanta on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dows Durham: Recollection of a Remarkable Archaeologist.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Andy Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 mm film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Francis Veberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1998 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dinner Game,â&#x20AC;? about a contest between a man and his friends to see who can bring the biggest idiot to their weekly dinner party. 6 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Hayao Miyazakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moving Castle.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reincarnations: Films From Thailandâ&#x20AC;? will feature Sivaroj Kongsakulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eternit.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Washington Revels will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andalusian Treasures: A Tale of Old Spain.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18 to $45; $12 to $27 for ages 18 and younger. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800595-4849. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Gansu Dance Theater will present the award-winning Chinese classical dance drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silk Road.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10 to $40.

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Saturday december 10 Book sale â&#x2013; The Petworth Library Friends will hold a used-book sale with refreshments, live music, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and story time. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.

Saturday, december 10 â&#x2013; Film: The National Archives will present the 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julie & Julia,â&#x20AC;? starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Eureka Dance Festival will feature world premieres by participating choreographers. 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 Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will feature an open-mic poetry reading. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  Jewelry artist Shaune Bazner and the Outloud abstract painters will present a show and sale of their work. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Second floor, 5117 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202537-2980. The sale will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center and Brightest Young Things will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest Holiday Party of All,â&#x20AC;? featuring live bands, a DJ and other entertainment. 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 in advance; $10 at the door. Atrium, South Gallery and Roof Terrace Restaurant, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Virginia Ballet Company and School performing selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  Architects Lam Vuong and Andrew Radman will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tools of the Tradeâ&#x20AC;? workshop on how to express and translate realworld ideas using concepts such as elevation and scale. 10 a.m. to noon. $5 per child; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-667-1798. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea Party & Storytellingâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to listen to some of Nelson Mandelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite African folk tales while enjoying a cup of South African red tea and snacking on cassava chips. 2 and 3 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202667-0441, ext. 64. Classes â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Contemporary Art: From Pop to Pluralism.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Elliot Cohen will lead a hands-on workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Digital Camera Basics.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $256. Computer Lab, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will present its annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joy of Christmasâ&#x20AC;? concert. Noon and 4 p.m. $25 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. The concert will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caroling in the Rotundaâ&#x20AC;? will feature The Mandoleers performing seasonal favorites and leading the audience in standard Christmas carols. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Christmas in Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature vocal duo Lumiere, harpist GrĂĄinne Hambly, piper Tommy Martin, singer and

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accordionist SĂŠamus Begley, and dancers from the Culkin School. 3 and 7 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013; Dumbarton Concerts will present the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Christmas.â&#x20AC;? 4 and 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. The concert will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Arlington Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The Fender Benders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; young musicians from the Kids Rock Free band program at the Fender Center in Corona, Calif. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform classic rock and holiday music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center and National Public Radio will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Jazz Piano Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring Barry Harris, Jason Moran, Eddie Palmieri, Alfredo Rodriguez and other top performers performing their favorite holiday songs. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $55. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Tori Project will perform a new collaborative jazz work based on a famous Korean folk song. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202633-1000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Scholar Steven Price will discuss the uses and origins of silk in Central Asia. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Lecturer and National Symphony Orchestra performer Yvonne Caruthers will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Searching for the Real â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Messiah.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $15. Israeli Lounge, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting Now: A Discussion Sparked by the Work of Joseph Marioni,â&#x20AC;? about abstract painting today, will feature art historian and critic Michael Fried, National Gallery of Art curator Harry Cooper, Museum of Modern Art curator John Elderfield, and art historian and critic Karen Wilkin. 2 to 5 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 Metropolitan Opera’s production of Gounod’s “Faust,” featuring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. 12:55 p.m. $22. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Andy Warhol’s 16 mm film “John and Ivy.” Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Yuri Ilyenko: Ballad of Ukraine” will feature the director’s 1965 film “A Spring for the Thirsty.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special events ■ The Rock Creek Park Open House at Peirce Mill will feature a miller and his assistant turning the millstones and grinding grain. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A Russian Winter Festival will feature Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, folk music, art activities and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $18; $15 for seniors; $10 for students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. ■ A Holiday Gift Bazaar & Art Show will feature fine art, silver and gold jewelry, home décor, holiday cards, food vendors, a silent auction and student performances. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. ■ Janney Elementary School’s Winter Fair,

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Events Entertainment will feature gifts, crafts, jewelry, Janney cookbooks and more. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free admission. 4130 Albemarle St. NW. 202-282-0110. ■ The Upshur Street Handmade Art & Craft Fair will feature items from more than 25 local artisans. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 800 block of Upshur Street NW. ■ The Jerusalem Fund’s annual “Souk and Olive Harvest Celebration” will feature music, coffee and food, as well as textiles, pottery, jewelry and gifts from the Middle East. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. ■ A Christmas sale will feature designer jewelry, poetry readings, fresh floral arrangements and more. Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. 6506 Luzon Ave. NW. 240-460-0328. ■ A kickoff celebration for “12 Days of Merriment in Georgetown” will feature entertainment, contests, gourmet cocoa tastings and more. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. PNC Bank lot, Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW. ■ The 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival will present its 2011 Visionary Award to D.C.-based filmmaker Aviva Kempner and a 25th-anniversary screening of her documentary “Partisans of Vilna.” A reception will follow. 6:15 p.m. $11. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ Artist Allen Coyle will exhibit his seascapes and landscapes. A portion of sales will benefit WeCanRow DC, a local organization supporting women in breast cancer recovery. 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission; reservations requested. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. ■ An informal Community Christmas Carol Sing-along with organ accompaniment will feature favorite seasonal songs. 6:30 p.m. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-9070. Walks and tours ■ National Zoo Bird House keeper Debi Talbott will lead a walk focusing on resident and migratory bird species. 9 to 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the Bird House, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ A park ranger will lead a candlelight

Sunday, december 11 ■ Concert: Latin American musician Juan José Chuquisengo will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Ravel. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. tour of historic Pierce Mill. 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Dec. 11

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Concerts ■ “Caroling in the Rotunda” will feature the Alexandria Choral Society. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Cantate Chamber Singers and guest instrumentalists will present “Holiday in Venice.” 3 p.m. $30; $15 for students. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. 301-986-1799. ■ The singing and ringing choirs of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church will present “A Chevy Chase Christmas.” 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202. ■ The Thomas Circle Singers and Bel Canto Chorus of the Children’s Chorus of Washington will present “Sing We All Nowell! — Music for Christmas.” 4 p.m. $20; $15 for students and seniors. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW.

■ “Christmas Candlelight Carols” will feature the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale, the Runnymede Singers, the First Baptist Church Chancel Choir and the First Baptist Church Handbell Choir. 4 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, 1328 16th St. NW. 202-387-2206. ■ The City Choir of Washington will present “Music for Christmas,” featuring a candlelight processional and a carol singalong. 5 p.m. $15 to $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-5726865. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the female Vienna-Falls Chorus performing in the a cappella barbershop style. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The Rose Ensemble will perform early Mediterranean Arab, Christian and Jewish music, preceded by a lecture by Jerome Barry on Sephardic music. 6 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Soldier Stories,” a benefit concert for the Patriot Foundation, will feature Joe Craven, Keith Little, Jim Nunally and Nell Robinson performing string band music and reading stories and letters from soldiers and their loved ones dating from the Revolutionary War to the present. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by celebrity chef José Andrés. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202347-8766. ■ “Image of the Black in Western Art, Part II” will feature panelists David Bindman, emeritus professor of the history of art at University College London; Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University; and Sharmila Sen, general editor for the humanities at Harvard University Press. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

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Special events ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, will present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” featuring readings and music performed in candlelight. 10 a.m. Free. 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. ■ Christ Reformed Church will present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.” A holiday reception will follow. 5 p.m. Free. 1405 15th St. NW. 202-656-1611.

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Films ■ Letelier Theater will host a screening of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. ■ “Reincarnations: Films From Thailand” will feature Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2010 film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.” 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “American Originals Now: Fred Worden” will feature several of the director’s recent short films, including “Here,” “Possessed” and “When Worlds Collude.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival will close with the mid-Atlantic premiere of Anna Justice’s 2011 film “Remembrance,” about a love story that blossomed in the middle of a German concentration camp in Poland. A dessert reception and party will follow. 7:30 p.m. $25. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” series will feature Jalmari Helander’s 2010 film “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.” 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

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■ Author and culinary expert Fran OsseoAsare will discuss “Cuisine and Culture in Central Africa.” 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ “Tranströmer across languages,” a poetry talk, will feature Vasius Papageorgiou and Rika Lesser. 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.

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Concerts ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Annandale Singers, a costumed high school madrigal vocal ensemble. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The band Matuto will perform a mix of Brazilian and Appalachian sounds. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ As part of the Friends of the TenleyFriendship Library’s local author series, Sasha Gong and Scott D. Seligman will discuss their book “The Cultural Revolution Cookbook: Simple, Healthy Recipes From China’s Countryside.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. See Events/Page 24


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nnergism,” featuring works On EXHIBIT by Russian-born Maryland artist Luba Sterlikova described as “sensual energy paintMadzo, Chris Malone, Karen ings,” will open today at Parish Starika, Bradley Stevens, Cassie Gallery and continue through Jan. Taggart, Ken Wyner and others. 17. An artists’ reception will take An artist’s reception will take place today from 6 to 8:30 p.m. place today from 6 to 8 p.m. Located on the second floor of Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 the gallery is open Tuesday through Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202open Wednesday through Saturday 994-2310. from noon to 6 p.m. 202-783-2963. ■ “Intuitive Journeys,” a mini-retro- ■ Watergate Gallery recently spective of mixedopened an exhibit of media works by colorful Haitian Columbia Heights paintings from the artist Joyce Wellman, Rainbow Gallery in will open today at Port-au-Prince, the Heurich Gallery Haiti, and will conand continue through tinue it through Jan. March 6. 7. An opening An opening reception will take reception will take place today from place today from Ken Wyner’s “Flat Iron 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. include a talk by the Building” is part of Zenith There will also be a artist. reception Dec. 17 Gallery’s new exhibit. Located at 505 from 2 to 5 p.m. 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. NW, the gallery is open Monday to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 to 4 p.m. 202-223-1626. p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to ■ “Year’s End/New Beginnings,” a 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. mixed-media group show, opened ■ “Winter Series,” featuring new last week at Zenith Gallery and paintings by Capitol Hill artist Tati throughout Chevy Chase Pavilion, Kaupp, opened last week at Cross where it will continue through Feb. MacKenzie Gallery and will 25. remain on view through Jan. 10. Artists include Fabiano Amin, Located at 2026 R St. NW, the Justin Beller, Jay Burch, Eric gallery is open Wednesday through Ehlenberger, Stephen Hansen, Peter Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202Kephart, Joan Konkel, Michael 333-7970.

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ALA Hispanic Theatre On stage will present the D.C. premiere of comedian Saulo García’s “La vida en los Esclavos laundry is appropriate for ages 4 Unidos” Dec. 9 and 10. and older. With piercing humor, García Performance times vary. Tickets tells the stories of immigrants dealcost $20. 202-467-4600; ing with the financial crisis, foreclo- sures, health care and employment ■ The Kennedy Center will host in the United States, “Ann: An Affectionate and the trauma of their Portrait of Ann visa interviews. Richards,” starring Performance times Emmy Award-winner are 8 p.m. GALA Holland Taylor, Dec. Theatre is located at 17 through Jan. 15 in 3333 14th St. NW. the Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $20. 202Everything is bigger 234-7174; in Texas. For the late Texas politician Ann ■ The Kennedy Richards, that maxim Center’s production held true not only for Saulo García stars in her huge character and of Mo Willems’ “La vida en los “Knuffle Bunny: A heart, but also her wit Esclavos Unidos.” Cautionary Musical” and hairdo. Taylor returns Dec. 17 wrote the play as a way through Jan. 8 in the Family of sharing what it was about the Theater. down-home woman that affected so The show about family, best many people so deeply. friends, baby steps and dancing Performance times vary. Ticket

“Knuffle Bunny” will open Dec. 17 at the Kennedy Center. prices start at $54. 202-467-4600; ■ Studio Theatre will close Roland Schimmelpfennig’s “The Golden Dragon” Dec. 11. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Studio is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300;

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Continued From Page 22 NW. 202-727-1225. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1999 film “East-West.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The “Celebrate the Holidays” series will feature Michael Curtiz’s 1954 film “White Christmas.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.


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Events Entertainment ■ “Homage to Christoph Schlingensief” will feature the director’s 1995-96 film “United Trash.” 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The “Opera in Cinema” series will feature “Don Giovanni,” recorded live at Teatro alla Scala. 7 p.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Robert A. Endelson’s 1977 film “Fight for Your Life.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant

and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Reading ■ Gish Jen (shown), author of “Typical American” and “Promised Land,” and Helen Simonson, author of “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” will read from their latest works. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201

East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Tuesday, Dec. 13

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Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Philadelphia Flyers. 7 p.m. $61 to $145. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wednesday, Dec. 14

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Concerts ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Thomas Circle Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will perform holiday selections. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Photography critic Vicki Goldberg will discuss her book “The White House: The President’s Home in Photographs and History.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Kimberley Phillips, professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, will discuss her book “War! What Is It Good for?: Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military From World War II to Iraq.” 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “The Big Idea: Exploring the Edge of Existence” will feature John Mather, the 2006 Nobel laureate in physics, and Robert Ballard, National Geographic explorer-in-residence. 7 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.





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THE CURRENT Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND PUBLIC HEARING: ROCK CREEK PARK MULTI-USE TRAIL REHABILITATION The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) would like to announce the availability of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA analyzes a range of alternatives for the rehabilitation of this multi-use trail located within Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. The rehabilitation would cover the section of the trail from Broad Branch Road, NW to P Street, NW, including an existing social trail from Broad Branch to Peirce Mill. The project also would include part of the Rose Park trail from M Street to P Street, NW, and the Piney Branch Parkway trail from Beach Drive to Arkansas Avenue, NW. As provided for by regulations guiding the implementation of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended (NHPA), the EA also provides documentation to comply with Section 106 of that act in support of a Finding of No Adverse Effect on cultural resources (36 CFR 800.8(c)). The District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Office (DCSHPO) concurred with this determination on October 19, 2011. Consulting parties wishing to comment on the finding of no adverse effect may do so by commenting on the EA. EA NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY WHEN: The EA will available for public review on December 2, 2011. WHERE: The EA will be available to review in its entirety at the NPS's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website: ( Rehab) and the following District locations: District Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Project Management Administration: 55 M Street SE, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20003 National Capital Planning Commission Library: 401 9th Street, NW -North Lobby, Suite 500, Wash, DC 20004 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library: 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Cleveland Park Branch Library: 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Mount Pleasant Interim Library: 3162 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010 Tenley-Friendship Library: 4450 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016 Rock Creek Park Headquarters: 3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW, Washington, DC 20008-1207 Rock Creek Park Nature Center: 5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC 20015 Rock Creek Park Peirce Barn: 2401 Tilden Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Only written comments can be accepted. You may submit comments electronically at NPS's PEPC website ( or by mail at the following address: Austina Casey, Project Manager District Department of Transportation Infrastructure Project Management Administration Attn: Rock Creek Trail EA 55 M Street SE, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20003 Comments must be received no later than January 13, 2012. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING In cooperation with the FHWA, DDOT and NPS will be hosting a public hearing to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed action and the EA. WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Open House: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Presentation and Comments: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Auditorium 3101 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20010 Registrations to provide comments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis starting at 6:00 p.m. The first twenty (20) individuals to register are guaranteed the opportunity to comment. Comments are limited to two (2) minutes. DDOT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its projects, programs, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or on the basis of disability as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Austina Casey at (202) 673-6813 or by email at at least four days in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS: The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) is located one block from the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the Green Line. The Campus is adjacent to the Headquarters of the DC Parks and Recreation and the Capital City Charter School. The CHEC is located on the corner of 16th and Irving Streets, NW. For more information visit

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commissioner Jack Jacobson, who represents the embassy area, said he’s not sure how much officials will force the issue. “I think that’s great movement; I’m dubious as to whether the embassy will heed those calls,” he said. The Republic of Congo bought the property, home to the historic Toutorsky Mansion, for $3.5 million in March, and received D.C. zoning approval for renovations to the building. The embassy had requested to pave the front yard to create a driveway but then backed off when neighbors protested that green space is a community characteristic. “We had requested a driveway and that was not approved, [so] we came to the decision we should pave the front because anyway there was not really a yard there,” Ambassador Mombouli told The Examiner. “It was just a lot of mud and a lot of mosquitoes.” In Friday’s letter to neighbors, Seagroves wrote that most of the embassy’s recent renovations were a credit to the neighborhood. “I can personally attest to the care the Government of the Republic of Congo has taken to renovate and preserve the character of this historic property,” Seagroves wrote. “Thus, it is unfortunate that the problems cited above have distracted from this achievement.”

would help ensure the panel’s independence. No more than two seats could be filled by members of the majority party. The measure didn’t quiet critics who say creating another government agency is unnecessary, since the Board of Elections already has power to enforce campaign finance rules — or that the new office would not have enough power to remove wrongdoers from office or limit the influence of lobbyists and companies doing business with the city. Bowser’s bill also avoids dealing with the most pressing ethics issue before the council: an ongoing federal investigation of Ward 5 member Harry Thomas for allegedly taking for his own use $300,000 in city funds earmarked for youth sports. Federal agents searched Thomas’ home Friday, and some observers believe an arrest is imminent. Thomas arrived a bit late for Tuesday’s legislation, taking his place on the dais stone-faced while colleagues studiously looked away. Chairman Kwame Brown, after meeting in private with legislators Monday, agreed to ask Thomas to take a paid leave of absence until his legal issues are resolved, according to media reports. The council has no power to oust Thomas unless he is convicted of a crime. Meanwhile, other issues linger: allegations that Brown himself funneled campaign funds to his brother’s firm, and still-unresolved questions about whether campaign workers for Mayor Vincent Gray paid off an opponent. In some cases, the controversies have overshadowed the day-to-day work of the mayor and council. The ethics bill, patched together by Bowser from 12 separate proposals, also requires disclosure of outside income by city officials and their families, certification that they have paid taxes and reporting of any known illegal activity. It would also ease requirements for mounting a recall campaign. Some members wanted to go further, banning bundling of corporate contributions, prohibiting city contractors from contributing to council campaigns, or eliminating the now loosely regulated constituent service funds that council members are supposed to use to help residents or pay office expenses. Bowser agreed the ideas merit further discussion, but she said she was not ready to include them in her bill. But then at-large member Vincent Orange proposed allowing the council, by a two-thirds vote, to remove a member “whose conduct substantially threatens the public trust.” Bowser said she wants to protect voters’ rights to select their representatives, but added that she’s had a “change of heart” and thinks the council should in fact consider a “removal from office” provision. The council is slated to take final action on the ethics bill Dec. 20, but Bowser acknowledged the revisions might cause a delay.

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