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Vol. X, No. 27

City seeks education use for Stevens

cap kids

■ Development: Release

emphasizes community input By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

As the District moves forward with its effort to redevelop the former Stevens Elementary School site in the West End, officials say they have taken to heart lessons learned during a previous attempt, which

deteriorated amid protests from neighbors. The two “requests for expressions of interest” issued Nov. 29 incorporate residents’ aim to preserve an educational use at part of the 1050 21st St. property, and highlight the importance of community input. One of the request documents asks commercial developers to submit economically viable concepts to build on the site, which also touches

a section of L Street, while funding renovations of the 1868 school building for an educational user. The second seeks interest from those educational users — a school or other organization that could make use of the facility. “We think we’re going to get a great response,” Jose Sousa, spokesperson for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, said in an interview. See Stevens/Page 24

ANC divided on Harris Teeter license By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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Washington Capitals star Marcus Johansson and two of his teammates skated with members of the Caps Kids Club on the iceless rink at the National Zoo Sunday evening.

It’s only two more hours, and selling wine and beer until midnight would be a nice convenience for Harris Teeter’s late-night customers — who could perhaps grab a bottle of wine or six-pack of craft beer at the upscale supermarket on Kalorama Road on their way home. But a seemingly simple request to extend the supermarket’s hours for “off-premise alcohol sales” from 10 p.m. to midnight tied the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission in knots last week. Commissioners said they don’t want to hamstring the popular store, but fear easy access to alcohol will fuel the late-night mayhem on 18th Street that police are just starting to get under control. “If just one supermarket in the middle of a residential neighborhood has extended hours, it will become known very quickly that Harris Teeter is the place to get See License/Page 31

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A voluntary agreement created in 2008 requires the store to halt its alcohol sales at 10 p.m. The store is asking for an extension to midnight.

Commissioner cools off on GWU office building spat

Residents rally around missing beagle Sassafras By DEIRDRE BANNON


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“Where’s Sassafras?” The question came from the 2-year-old daughter of Jeff Abramson and Beth Edinger about their pet beagle — and for her parents, there was no easy answer. Sassafras has been missing for eight months from her Takoma Park, Md., home. She got loose from her daycare’s dog walker near the National Zoo, about six miles away from her home, back in April. Abramson usually drove Sassafras to the cross-town doggie day care, and the family believes the pup doesn’t know how to get back to home. But repeated possible sightings by residents and successful tracking of Sassafras by professionals in several Northwest D.C. neighborhoods and the nearby suburbs

A Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commissioner who said he would organize recalls of three of his colleagues is now pledging to seek consensus on the issue that sparked the dissent. Asher Corson said at the neighborhood commission’s November meeting that he couldn’t work with colleagues who wouldn’t support him in fighting a George Washington University proposal to build an office building on Pennsylvania Avenue. At that meeting, he said he

NEWS ■ Six activisits mount hunger strike for D.C. voting rights. Page 3. ■ Park Service floats boathouse ideas for Potomac. Page 5.

Photo courtesy of Beth Edinger

Sassafras has been spotted in parts of Northwest.

have kept the search and hope alive. Still, now that winter is setting in, the missing dog will face a new set of challenges: Food will be harder to find, the dog will need to find a dry place to shelter, and there is a fear that while looking for food, she could venture onto partially froSee Sassafras/Page 24

EVENTS ■ Ambassador Theater presents ‘The Madman and the Nun.’ Page 29. ■ P&C Art Gallery features Dr. Seuss’ “Secrets.” Page 29.

PASSAGES Local author gathers World War I-era drawings of District sites for newly published ‘Washington Sketchbook.’ Page 15. ■

intended to use his position as Foggy Bottom Association president to spearhead efforts to recall commissioners Graham Galka, Armando Irizarry and David Lehrman. Corson’s November motion to hire an attorney to fight the university’s proposal failed, and further discussion was scheduled for a meeting last week. But after Corson had private conversations with commission chair Rebecca Coder, the item was removed from the agenda, they said. “Let’s just take the time, study the issue,” Coder said in an interSee ANC/Page 24

INDEX Business/7 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/11 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/10

Opinion/8 Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/23 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/33 Theater/29

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Document lays out options Activists stage hunger strike for voting rights for Rock Creek Park trails By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Rock Creek Park’s bike and pedestrian trail could be resurfaced and widened in spots, according to a plan that came out this month. The environmental assessment released Dec. 2 lays out various other upgrades for the multi-use trail, including new crosswalks, bridges and access points, and changes to Georgetown’s Rose Park. District and federal agencies are now accepting public comments on the assessment, and they will host a hearing tonight at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus. The rehabilitation work is expected to cover 3.7 miles of the asphalt trail from Broad Branch Road to P Street, including a “social trail� around Peirce Mill. The project would also address the Piney Branch Parkway trail from Beach Drive to Arkansas Avenue, most of which is

Hearing airs proposals for tree oversight By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Overseeing trees on private property should become the responsibility of the D.C. Department of the Environment instead of the Department of Transportation, the directors of both agencies testified at a D.C. Council hearing last week. But the directors said they oppose a measure in legislation drafted by at-large Council member Phil Mendelson that would transfer the entire Urban Forestry Administration out of the Transportation Department. They said that agency should continue to oversee street trees. The reorganization was one of several components included in Mendelson’s Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act, introduced earlier this year. Other proposals in the bill aim to boost the city’s tree canopy by increasing the number of trees that can’t be removed without a permit, and charging more for those permits. “Really, the goal here is to correlate the cost with the point at which the tree really has become more valuable,� Mendelson said at the hearing before the Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation. “It’s been around long enough that it’s an investment that we want to keep.� Mendelson, who introduced legislation 10 years ago to establish the city’s current tree canopy protections, also criticized the Transportation Department’s “misSee Trees/Page 31

now unpaved, along with a segment of the Rose Park trail. The project’s goals include increasing safety and improving access to Rock Creek Park for surrounding neighborhoods, the document says. The assessment includes a required “no-action� alternative, along with two proposals for rehabilitation work. Both “action� options would resurface the existing trail and create surfaced trails for the Piney Branch Parkway area. Just south of the National Zoo, they would widen the narrow sidewalk within the Beach Drive Tunnel and construct a new 10-foot bridge alongside the existing Beach Drive Bridge. Other work would improve crosswalks and create new connections at various points along the trail. The key difference between the two alternatives is trail width. The See Trail/Page 31

Six D.C. residents are on a hunger strike to demonstrate their support for District voting rights and full government autonomy. Sam Jewler, Adrian Parsons and Kelly Mears began an indefinite hunger strike for D.C. democracy on Dec. 8. Joe Gray joined them 12 hours later. In a show of support, two other residents joined the effort yesterday and are on a 48-hour hunger strike. The group’s demands are full representation and voting rights in Congress for the city; the elimination of required congressional approval for laws passed by the D.C. Council; and budget autonomy for the District, so it does not have to seek approval from Congress to spend its tax dollars. Yesterday, the group was on Capitol Hill to protest a rider in the year-end federal spending bill that would ban D.C. from using its local tax dollars to fund abortions for low-income women. A vote was expected last night, so the group fanned out in congressional office buildings in an effort to meet with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; among others. The protesters’ hope is that with continued lobby-

The week ahead Wednesday, Dec. 14

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D.C. native Sam Jewler is one of four residents who began a hunger strike last week. Two others have joined them for 48 hours. ing efforts and the attention the hunger strike will bring to the issue, legislative action will overturn the 200-year-old laws that deny D.C. full autonomy. “I was born and raised in D.C. — I’ve lived here my whole life,â€? said Jewler, who grew up in Chevy Chase and attended Lafayette Elementary, Deal Middle and Wilson High schools. “It infuriates me that Congress plays political games with our lives. ‌ See Protest/Page 38


The National Park Service will hold a public hearing on a recently completed environmental assessment 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. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Business Association will hold its annual meeting and holiday reception. The agenda will include election of the 2012 board of directors and an awards presentation. The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Admission is free for members and costs $20 for nonmembers; to RSVP, call 202-333-8076 or email by Dec. 12.

Thursday, Dec. 15

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include a planned rear addition at 2017 N St., a six-story apartment and retail building at 1328 14th St. and proposed alterations to Engine Co. 28 at 3522 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013; The D.C. Council Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning will hold a public hearing on community gardens and urban agriculture in the District. The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss the potential closing of the post offices at 2300 18th St. NW and on 20th Street between M and N streets NW, as well as the closing and possible relocation of the post office at 1914 14th St. NW. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center, 2500 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold a forum on upcoming changes to the D.C. code governing nonprofit organizations. Regina Hopkins, a nonprofit tax expert and director of the DC Bar Pro Bono Program, will participate in the discussion. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW.

Friday, Dec. 16

The D.C. Council Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation will hold a public hearing on financing and governance of the planned D.C. streetcar system. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversation on Ethicsâ&#x20AC;? with D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser, Vincent Orange and Tommy Wells. The event will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K St. NW. Admission is free; RSVP to

Saturday, Dec. 17

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 3 Youth Town Hall Meeting from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the Highly Effective Teacher Incentive Act. The hearing will begin at noon in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


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District Digest Impasse could mean District shutdown

Delays to a federal appropriations bill could force the District government to shut down next week, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. A news release from Norton’s office says the delegate met yesterday with Mayor Vincent Gray to warn him about the potential. A temporary measure allowing the federal government to keep operating is set to expire Friday night, and no replacement has passed. Because the District lacks fiscal autonomy, the city must have congressional approval to spend its own local revenues. D.C. faced a similar threat in April.

Bill would establish new parking permit

Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells last week offered legislation that would allow home contractors and repairmen to buy a yearly $500 permit authorizing

them to park in residential parking zones. Contractors now have to get a 15-day parking permit for every job, and they often consider parking tickets part of the cost of doing business in the city, Wells said. “Doing construction typically requires a vehicle,” Wells said. “This will make life easier for contractors and cause no inconvenience for residents,” he added, noting that the permits would allow parking only on weekdays during normal business hours, when on-street parking is generally available in residential areas.

Georgetown Village holds launch event

After more than three years of planning and weekly board meetings, the Georgetown Village agingin-place group held an official launch party last week. The group recently hired a fulltime executive director, Lynn Golub-Rofrano. She can be reached at 202-999-8988 or

A Holiday Oasis A grand estate. Holiday décor. And you’re invited. More than 30 Georgetown residents attended a recent volunteer training session held by the group, which has over 120 members.

Electric car charger opens in Georgetown

Owners of electric cars can now recharge their batteries in a Georgetown parking garage, which debuted a charging station yesterday, according to a news release from the building’s owners. EastBanc and Jamestown installed the charging station at their Georgetown Renaissance property, 3307 M St., the release states. Unlike at many charging stations, drivers will pay for the electricity they draw — expected to be 50 cents to $1.50 — after a threemonth grace period. According to the release, the charging station is the first to be installed in Georgetown.

City alters process for transit subidies

D.C. Public Schools students seeking subsidized transit fares from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority or DC Circulator will need a DC One Card as of next month to receive the lower rates, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of Transportation. To receive the School Transit Subsidy Program benefits, elementary and secondary school students must apply at manage, activate the card at a Metro station, and purchase passes at a Metro sales office, the release states. Students can apply starting Friday. Students in middle and high schools should automatically receive a DC One Card at school,

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according to the release. Students in elementary schools or education campuses will need to visit a DC One Card Customer Service Center to obtain one; details are available at According to the release, the move toward requiring a DC One Card follows a successful pilot program at School Without Walls and several other high schools.

New school breaks ground in Petworth

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School broke ground yesterday on an expansion to its 4501 Kansas Ave. NW campus that it will use as a 400-student high school, according to a news release from the school. To create the high school, E.L. Haynes is adding 33,000 square feet to the existing 12,000-square-foot Petworth building, which also houses preschool through second-grade students. The $23.7 million project is being funded with public money and donations, the release states. E.L. Haynes now serves 800 students from preschool through ninth grade at the Kansas Avenue site and at 3600 Georgia Ave. NW, according to the release.

D.C. Council hearing looks at contracting

The District government isn’t following its own policies regarding contracts with local small businesses, according to a news release from at-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange. Just 19 of 75 city agencies spent the required 50 percent of their expendable budgets with certified small business enterprises, and the District overall spent only $50 million instead of the required $440 million in fiscal year 2011. According to the release, city auditor Yolanda Branche presented the figures Thursday at a hearing of the council’s Small and Local Business Committee, which Orange chairs.

Pepco, city official discuss energy use

Pepco regional vice president Donna Cooper and Laurence Daniels, the city’s assistant people’s counsel, discussed the smart energy meters now being installed across the city at a recent community meeting. Speaking before the Shepherd Park-Crestwood advisory neighborhood commission last week, Cooper said 220,000 of the total 270,000 meters have already been installed. The meters are partially funded by the federal government. Cooper said some residents have expressed a fear that the radio frequency exposure from smart meters could be dangerous. The meters, she emphasized, comply with federal regulations and the radio frequency exposure is considerably less

than comes from using cellphones. Daniels noted that consumers are not allowed to opt out of smart meters; the Office of the People’s Counsel has asked the Public Service Commission to study whether they should be allowed to do so. Smart meters, said Cooper, are a component in improving the utility’s quality of service. Many old meters are behind locked doors, so Pepco has to bill based on estimates. With smart meters, the usage information will be available to the company. The meters will also automatically send “last gasp” reports when there is an outage so Pepco will no longer be dependent on people calling to report a problem. Cooper and Daniels agreed that smart meters will allow customers to better plan their electricity use, thereby decreasing their costs. The smart meter installations should be completed by the end of December.

D.C. signs pledge for ‘greener’ buildings

The District government and the Downtown Business Improvement District have signed a pledge to reduce the energy consumption of downtown city-owned and privately owned office buildings, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. The D.C. effort is part of the “Better Buildings Challenge,” a national program to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. According to the release, the District government will improve its own facilities and also offer incentives to private commercial properties to follow suit.

Logan condo project to switch to rental

A planned seven-story residential building along the 14th Street Corridor will have high-end rental units instead of condominiums, developers JBG Companies and Grosvenor Americas announced recently. “We received a substantial amount of interest in the condominium project, but the strong fundamentals of the rental market and our confidence in the opportunity to deliver an exceptional boutique apartment building ultimately swayed our decision,” JBG principal Kai Reynolds states in a news release. The project at 1401 S St. will now be known as “The District” instead of “District Condos,” the release states. Construction will wrap up next fall on the building, which will include 125 apartments and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

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Schools chief highlights testing progress Current Staff Report A top D.C. Public Schools administrator told the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, last week that the school system has made substantial progress since mayoral control replaced the school board four years ago. Chief of schools John Davis, who substituted as speaker for Chancellor Kaya Henderson because she was called to the White House, said the percentage of third- through fifth-

graders scoring â&#x20AC;&#x153;proficientâ&#x20AC;? in math jumped from 27 to 46. The reading proficiency jumped from 29.8 to 44.2 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are some of the strongest gains in the country, but we still have a long way to go,â&#x20AC;? said Davis. He noted that the District is joining about 40 states in developing a common core curriculum. The first area of focus is literacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to provide students in the early grades with complex texts

so they will be understanding Shakespeare when they get to high school,â&#x20AC;? said Davis. Next year, the focus for a major improvement in the system will be math. Currently, third-graders get an introduction to fractions. Fourthgraders get a bit more. Fifth-graders learn about common denominators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should do it all in a continuous prolonged period. We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just do a little bit each year,â&#x20AC;? said Davis.

Agency again floats Georgetown boathouses By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Long-dormant plans for new boathouses on the Georgetown waterfront will be reviewed once again next year, as the National Park Service evaluates the types and locations of facilities that could be built along a stretch of the Potomac River. The step is an early one in any sort of development process, as a boathouse feasibility study could at best conclude that various entities can once again seek approval to actually build there. But it will be the first activity on the concept since a previous federal report â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which focused on a particular boathouse proposal from Georgetown University â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was shelved in 2008 pending a more detailed evaluation. The university and the Park Service agreed in 1987 on a land swap in which the school would hand over unoccupied riverfront it owns about a mile upriver of Georgetown. In exchange, the school would have the rights to build a private boathouse for its rowing teams on Park Service land convenient to its campus. But since then, preservationists and other park advocates have fought the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed building, which they have said would overwhelm its location, damage the environment and block views. Both the university and the proposalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents applauded the Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement last week that it will look at all options in roughly a third of a mile of shoreline immediately upriver of Georgetown Waterfront Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re certainly in favor of the idea of increasing

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non-motorized recreation on the Georgetown waterfront,â&#x20AC;? said John Wheeler of the C & O Canal Association citizens group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The proposed boathouse by Georgetown University was way too big. â&#x20AC;Ś At that location, from the towpath that would have blocked the view of the river.â&#x20AC;? The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scott Fleming said the school is just looking for a convenient home for its student rowers, who now face crowded conditions at the Thompson Boat Center a mile from campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have invested significantly in terms of studies and designs for a facility on the site proposed by the National Park Service,â&#x20AC;? Fleming said. But even so, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We remain open to an alternative site along the Georgetown waterfront [in the study area] as long as it enables us to meet our needs.â&#x20AC;? The broader â&#x20AC;&#x153;Non-Motorized Boathouse Zone Feasibility Studyâ&#x20AC;? will also evaluate possible sites for public boathouses and another private facility, for George Washington University. Both proposals have also been floated for decades, albeit in a less concrete form than the Georgetown University plan. Beginning next month, the Park Service is scheduled to interview boaters and users of the Capital Crescent Trail and C&O Canal and Georgetown Waterfront parks. The agency expects to hold public planning workshops in February to get further input before developing the feasibility study, which is due in late summer or early fall 2012. Once complete, the study will â&#x20AC;&#x153;lay the groundwork for future decision-making,â&#x20AC;? according to a Park Service release.

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â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 4500 block, Nebraska Ave.; sidewalk; 9 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  4300 block, 43rd St.; street; 5:35 p.m. Dec. 10. Burglary â&#x2013;  4600 block, 46th St.; residence; 6:30 a.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Butterworth Place; residence; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Murdock Mill Road; residence; 4:55 p.m. Dec. 5. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  5300 block, Belt Road; street; 9 a.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  4600 block, 42nd St.; street; 1:55 p.m. Dec. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:35 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 11:24 a.m. Dec. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Brandywine St.; street; noon Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Chesapeake St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  47th and Brandywine streets; street; 4 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  4700 block, Davenport St.; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Yuma St.; street; 12:01 a.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Fessenden St.; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 10.

psa PSA 203


â&#x2013; forest hills / van ness

Burglary â&#x2013; 3500 block, Appleton St.; residence; 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 10 a.m. Dec. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Fessenden St.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Upton St.; street; 7 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Sedgwick St.; street; 9 p.m. Dec. 8.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 2900 block, Cathedral Ave.; residence; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Idaho Ave.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:02 p.m. Dec. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Newark St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Ordway St.; street; 5 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Newark St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Idaho Ave.; street;

6 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013; 3600 block, Idaho Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  2500 block, 28th St.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 5.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 4400 block, W St.; residence; 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, 45th St.; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  2300 block, King Place; street; 9 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Dexter St.; street; 2:30 a.m. Dec. 8.

psa PSA 206


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 34th Street and Volta Place; sidewalk; 1:50 a.m. Dec. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 1:52 a.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; tavern; 1:35 a.m. Dec. 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3400 block, Q St.; street; 1:10 p.m. Dec. 8. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; store; 3:49 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 9 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; residence; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  3200 block, N St.; residence; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, K St.; office building; 9 a.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:15 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:55 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2 a.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 11:34 a.m. Dec. 9. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 4:05 p.m. Dec. 9.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 2100 block, H St.; restaurant; 5:15 p.m. Dec. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, G St.; hotel; 11:45 p.m. Dec. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  200 block, 23rd St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  26th and L streets; street; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Virginia Ave.; street; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  2400 block, I St.; street; 9:45 p.m. Dec. 5.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1300 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 7 a.m. Dec. 10. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; hotel; 11 p.m. Dec. 10. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; sidewalk; 2:30 a.m. Dec. 11. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; bank; 9:10 a.m. Dec. 9. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and M Street; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 2:10 a.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 16th St.; hotel; 1:05 a.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  18th and I streets; street; 3:30 a.m. Dec. 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; restaurant; midnight Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; residence; 1:24 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:10 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 7:18 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Swann St.; residence; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; store; 1:20 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Swann St.; residence; 10 a.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:39 p.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 11:45 p.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; store; 10:45 a.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; residence; 12:55 a.m. Dec. 11. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 2:51 p.m. Dec. 11. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; alley; 4:45 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Decatur Place; street; 6 a.m. Dec. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; alley; 7:30 a.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 17th St.; alley; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; alley; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, P St.; street; 8 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  22nd and N streets; street; 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Swann St.; street; 3 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Riggs Place; parking lot; 5 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 bock, 15th St.; parking lot; 5:45 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 5:45 a.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; parking

lot; 8 a.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013; 1700 block, P St.; alley; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  19th and R streets; street; 1 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 17th St.; street; noon Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; street; 4:50 p.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 8 p.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  1600 bock, R St.; alley; 2 a.m. Dec. 11. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 15th St.; street; 4:50 p.m. Dec. 11.

psa PSA 303


â&#x2013; adams morgan

Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013; 1600 block, Fuller St.; sidewalk; 10:23 p.m. Dec. 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  2000 block, 17th St.; residence; 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; drugstore; 9 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1 a.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; tavern; midnight Dec. 11. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, California St.; street; 6:15 a.m. Dec. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; parking lot; noon Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; street; 6 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 2 a.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Fuller St.; street; 8:10 a.m. Dec. 11.

psa PSA 307


â&#x2013; logan circle

Burglary â&#x2013; 1300 block, Corcoran St.; residence; 9:15 a.m. Dec. 9. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 9th St.; street; 12:45 a.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  14th and Q streets; bus stop; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  L Street and Vermont Avenue; sidewalk; 10 a.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 10th St.; residence; 8 a.m. Dec. 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 5:20 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 5 a.m. Dec. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, P St.; street; 8 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 10th St.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  900 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Corcoran St.; street; 1 p.m. Dec. 10. â&#x2013;  13th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 01. â&#x2013;  1200 block, O St.; street; 3 p.m. Dec. 10.

The Current Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Ward 4 forum looks at small business issues By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


ants about city regulations and Walmart, along with ideas for business â&#x20AC;&#x153;incubatorâ&#x20AC;? sites, came out of a Ward 4 small business forum last week. Three D.C. entrepreneurs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Andy Shallal of Busboys and Poets, Warren Brown of CakeLove and Veronica Green of the Nspiregreen consulting firm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; shared wisdom at the Nov. 7 event, organized by Ward 4 D.C. Council candidate Max Skolnik. All three panelists think D.C. should follow the lead of other cities and encourage more incubator sites, which gather various start-up businesses together under one roof and share resources. Working within the incubator model herself, Green

said, has allowed her sustainable planning consulting firm â&#x20AC;&#x153;to have a place of business â&#x20AC;Ś thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affordable and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a lot of overhead.â&#x20AC;? Shallal, who now owns two Busboys and Poets restaurants in D.C. and four total in the region, along with the Eatonville restaurant, pointed out that the concept isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t revolutionary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So much is happening like this on the West Coast and other places,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tend to think these ideas are so creative and innovative because D.C. is behind the curve.â&#x20AC;? He said the movement is just getting off the ground in D.C., with places like the Affinity Lab on U Street and small hubs for tech businesses. Warren Brown, who started his first CakeLove on U Street and now owns four in the region, said the See Forum/Page 38

St. Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brings its mussels to Cleveland Park


ptown fans of St. Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mussel Bar, located on Jefferson Place south of Dupont, will be able to eat their bivalves and stay closer to home when the owner opens a second outpost this month in Cleveland Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The menuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be exactly the same,â&#x20AC;? said co-owner Paul Uppole: â&#x20AC;&#x153;mussels and frites.â&#x20AC;? Uppole took over the two-level space from Sabores restaurant after landlord Next Realty Mid-Atlantic terminated the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease. He plans a sit-down restaurant in the upper space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; essentially a sidewalk cafe on Ordway Street enclosed by garage-style doors and heated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a pub (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underground at St. Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;?) in a connected downstairs space that has its front door around the corner on Connecticut Avenue. Along with mussels and fries, the upstairs space will offer upscale pub fare with a Belgian twist (including choices like liege waffles and ghentse waterzooi, a stew). Downstairs, patrons will choose from simpler British offerings in a casual space featuring TVs and darts. Both spots will feature a careful selection of beers. St. Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, in



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The Dupont


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Sidewalk diplomacy

An embassy’s unauthorized paving project may seem too minor to warrant serious attention — and certainly not the stuff of a major diplomatic tussle — but we’re pleased that both local and federal authorities have weighed in on such a situation in Dupont Circle. In September, the Republic of Congo removed trees and a grass lawn in front of its 16th Street embassy and paved over the space. Though front yards are often private — or at least seen as such — the District has a large right-of-way along the prominent corridor, so the city actually owns the streetside space. Because the embassy had neither sought nor received permits to allow such paving, the city Transportation Department asked diplomatic officials to reverse the action. On Nov. 17, the agency notified Congo that the embassy had 30 days to “remove the unauthorized paving from public space and replace it with DDOT-approved landscaping.” The matter could have stopped there, as it was unclear whether the Transportation Department could enforce its order. But now the U.S. Department of State has added its authority: The agency wrote in a recent letter to local groups that it has twice communicated “with the Congolese Embassy, advising that it expects the Embassy to comply with the DDOT’s requirement that it take prompt, corrective action.” Clearly, the paving is not a high-level diplomatic intrusion. But neighborhood character is an important issue in D.C. neighborhoods — especially historic communities like Dupont — and embassies are required to comply with local land-use laws. We hope Congo will remedy the situation and, in the future, pay more heed to local rules.

Growing pains

Enrollment in the District’s public schools climbed once again this year, according to preliminary data released last month by city officials. The number of students attending the city’s charter schools climbed 9 percent to 32,009; enrollment in the D.C. Public Schools system grew by 1 percent to 46,191. District officials noted that enrollment was up for the third straight year, and they portrayed the rise as a sign of renewed trust and confidence in the education system and as the result of significant investment in capital improvements. We, too, see the trend as positive. But it’s clear that the District needs to take steps to manage the recent growth — which, in a historical context, really isn’t growth at all. That’s because the D.C. Public Schools served a high of 146,000 students in 1960, according to a Brookings Institution report. Though the District has closed a number of public schools since then, many facilities are considerably underutilized. Meanwhile, most schools in Ward 3 are at or even above capacity. Thankfully, D.C. officials are preparing to address the issue. Earlier this year, the deputy mayor for education enlisted a research group, Illinois Facilities Fund, to prepare a “neighborhood-based” capacity study as part of the process of preparing a new master facilities plan. Officials are expected to release the results soon. The general parameters, however, are predictable. The D.C. Public Schools system has too many schools for the number of students it serves. And the spread of public charter schools since 1996 has only exacerbated the disconnect. At a recent community meeting, at-large D.C. Council candidate and former State Board of Education member Sekou Biddle stressed the need for District officials to demonstrate leadership on this issue, which will entail challenging residents’ conceptions about what is best for their neighborhood and for the city. The bottom line, according to Mr. Biddle: We all must focus on “what does it take for every school to be great for the students who go there.” Officials would do well to consider Mr. Biddle’s suggestion as they craft a proposal — and we would all do well to take it to heart throughout the ensuing debate.

The Current

In case you were wondering … There is a succession plan for the District of Columbia government. If for any reason the mayor resigns or dies, the chairman of the council would become acting mayor until an election could be held. In that scenario, the council’s chairman pro tem — currently Ward 3’s Mary Cheh — would call a council meeting in which the members would select an at-large member to serve as acting chairman. But what if a situation arose in which both the mayor and chairman seats were vacated? It’s a bit more complicated. The chairman pro tem would call a council meeting in which the members would name a council chairman. That chairman immediately would then assume the acting mayor duties. The council then would follow with another vote to name another acting council chairman. Special elections subsequently would be held to fill out the terms of the departed elected officials. Those elections would be held within 114 days, and there would be no primary. The winner would be whoever got the most votes. No runoff. If the vacancy occurred within 60 days of an already scheduled election, the elections board has the option to hold the special election on the already scheduled general election day. (Got all that?) The special election provision is similar for council members themselves, although no temporary replacement is chosen for ward representatives. It’s all laid out in the Home Rule Charter legislation. D.C. Council counsel (we love using those two words back to back) David Zvenyach offered us an online link to the Home Rule Act. It can be found at Who knows, we could be in for a heck of an election year in 2012. Or not. Under current law, a sitting mayor, chairman or council member charged with a criminal offense would not have to resign until that elected official is imprisoned. If the mayor — as in the Marion Barry case — had to stand trial, the mayor could designate the city administrator to perform his duties. And if the chairman were indisposed, he could designate the chairman pro tem to act as chairman. That means that if there were a case in which Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown were sidelined but not removed, the acting mayor would be city administrator Allen Lew and the acting chairman would be Cheh.

We report the above just because a lot of people keep asking us about succession. There’s no hidden agenda, secret message or signal intended. ■ Patience wearing thin? We got quite a surprise last Friday on the Kojo Nnamdi “Politics Hour.” Jim Dinegar, the good-natured, relaxed president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, was our guest on WAMU 88.5 FM. But he gave anything but a business-as-usual answer when he was told that Mayor Gray had told NBC4 that “patience is wearing thin” with Occupy DC protesters. “Businesses are well past the patience point with Occupy DC,” Dinegar replied promptly. “I think the District and the surrounding areas, but specifically the District, is being abused by the occupiers.” But he didn’t stop there. He criticized the National Park Service and its parent Interior Department for allowing and extending permits for months on end. “There’s not a city in the country except for the Washington, D.C., area that has accommodated these protesters to this extent. We’re a flash point away from real trouble.” Dinegar praised D.C. police and U.S. Park Police officers for maintaining a professional presence as marches have disrupted the city. (Translation? No foolish use of pepper spray or other strong-arm tactics.) But he criticized the federal and local governments for allowing the continued occupation. “McPherson Square will be a toxic waste dump for the next couple of years before it’s fully restored,” hurting the businesses and tourism in that downtown area, he said. “People are reluctant to go downtown. You’ve got the Cherry Blossom [Festival] coming up in the spring, but certainly the Christmas tree lighting now. This is tourist season and you want to attract people to the downtown area, not repel them.” Dinegar said the protesters “have made their point, whatever that point is.” He said the prospect of “kicking them out on New Year’s Eve when the permit expires? The timing on this is lousy, just terrible.” ■ A final word. Just for the record, we checked: His answer was one minute and 25 seconds long, uninterrupted by either your Notebook or host Kojo Nnamdi. We’ll see how the next few weeks play out. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Cheh’s staff offers responsive service

In a town plagued by deadlock, non-responsiveness and constant wrangling, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and her staff are beacons of light. They are active and responsive. To wit: their actions regarding a hidden danger in the District, the many dead trees planted next to sidewalks. The danger comes when limbs either fall to the ground or are so cracked and broken that the next high wind will bring them down. Some are as thick as telephone poles. The problem is compounded when it happens in areas where

civic organizations have in the past placed benches beneath the trees. Two such trees stood for YEARS outside a popular gathering place in Ward 3. Two dangerous trees, two calls to the council member’s staff — and now both are mulch for someone’s lawn or a neighborhood park. The calls were to Judy Hubbard, the council member’s assistant director of constituent services. Trees, danger, gone. All because of Ms. Hubbard’s immediate response. An isolated instance? Not over your dead tree! A month before, a call to Council member Cheh’s legislative director, Jeremy Faust, resulted in a key referral (in one day) to another council member’s staff person regarding an issue of citywide importance.

Brava/o. Dead trees and referrals may not seem to be on the level of the congressional super-committee, but they are. They are a clear demonstration of a public servant who serves her public personally through the work of a well-chosen and exemplary staff. We should never underestimate the importance of a political leader’s staff members. They are her or his eyes, ears and line operators. They mirror their bosses. Good personnel like those of Council member Cheh’s should be awarded yearly prizes — local Nobels, if you will — for caring, acting and having the courage to put themselves on the line every day of the year. H.W. Cummins Washington, D.C.

The writer is a retired administrative law judge.

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Letters to the Editor New Giant not sold as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;urban destinationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 7 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giant taps Bozzuto Group for Wisconsin Ave. projectâ&#x20AC;? suggests another bait-and-switch by Giant Food. No doubt, many are relieved to learn that Giant has finally announced a development partner for Cathedral Commons, and that construction is expected to begin in the spring. But I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help noticing a not-insignificant change in the description of the redevelopment, reminding me of other promises Giant reneged on. Anthony Hucker, new division president of Giant Food, describes the redevelopment as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;transformationâ&#x20AC;? to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;vibrant, urban destination.â&#x20AC;? This may seem slight, but in zoning parlance it is not: A â&#x20AC;&#x153;destinationâ&#x20AC;? commercial center is much more than a â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhood shopping center.â&#x20AC;? Giant representatives always claimed the redevelopment would maintain the â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;? character of our little shopping center. The D.C. Office of Planning likewise asserted this in reports and testimony approving Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application, and the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s order often cites â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhoodservingâ&#x20AC;? or something similar as a goal. In approving Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plannedunit development, the Zoning Commission never considered a â&#x20AC;&#x153;destinationâ&#x20AC;? development. That would have required greater scrutiny, probably more parking and more consideration for impacts on the local residents. I remember that Giant also claimed that redevelopment would be phased, with construction of the new grocery store on the south block finished before the north block was demolished. Neighbors were shocked a year ago when Giant announced that both blocks would be demolished at once. Consequently, our neighborhood has suffered without the pharmacy, cleaners, barbershop and Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toys for five-plus months already. If construction really does begin this spring, we might expect new stores sometime in 2013. We should be used to Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bait-and-switch approach by now, but I am always surprised. Does the Bozzuto Group really expect a â&#x20AC;&#x153;destinationâ&#x20AC;? commercial center, designed to attract customers from all over the metropolitan area? Is that why it bought into Cathedral Commons? Maybe Mr. Hucker, Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president only since September,

didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that redevelopment of Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friendship Shopping Center is supposed to maintain its â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhood centerâ&#x20AC;? character. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope he gets it now, and that he tells Mr. Bozzuto. Margaret Lenzner Cleveland Park

Planned businesses would crowd alley

EastBanc Inc. is continuing to acquire and expand properties without regard for the needs and rights of local residents and businesses. At the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 28 meeting, residents who live near the alley behind the 3200 blocks of M Street and Prospect Street voiced strong objections to EastBancâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to add a mezzanine level and rear alley access to the Coach store at 3259 M St. At the Old Georgetown Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 1 meeting, EastBanc representatives said they planned to alter the building because Coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease is almost up and they want to make the renovations before the next tenant moves in. EastBanc owns five properties along the alley, and representatives have indicated that the proposed modifications are only the beginning of their planned development of this alley, which is accessible from Potomac Street. According to Georgetown Patch, EastBanc principal Philippe Lanier said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is our intent to make this a versionâ&#x20AC;? of Cadyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley. I am a resident of Potomac Street, with my private parking spaces on this alley. The proposed changes would significantly compromise the usability of the alley. They would impede residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; access to our own homes and businesses due to increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic brought by commercial development of the alley. Several businesses have private parking spaces in the alley, and these spaces would be unusable with the additional foot and commercial traffic. It is important to note that the alley access on Potomac Street is only 7 feet wide, due to a railing along one wall. Farther down the alley, the width is only 10 feet. Even if primary access were through Prospect Street, the alley would be extremely difficult to navigate. I also have grave concerns about the noise and disruption that would result from the conversion of this small space into commercial use, which would greatly affect the residents and businesses along the alley. We also expect that our property values would decline with the proposed development. It is clear that the rights of the existing residents and businesses in

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this alley would be significantly compromised by the planned development. The point of view of the residents and businesses in this small area must be presented to the public; otherwise, commercial interests may continue to slowly infiltrate and change the nature of our community, concomitantly violating the rights and interests of its residents. I do not believe that Georgetown residents wish to cede their lifestyle and community to commercial interests. I do believe, however, that Georgetowners would support those enterprises that seek to factor the needs and welfare of the community into their development plans. Maria Kinnane Georgetown

Alas, alack: troubles over Mc and Mac

May I ask doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office managers, pharmacists and other human resources managers, please, to verify the spelling of their clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names? My name is spelled MacDonald, not McDonald, and Sally, not Sallie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both of which were recently discovered on medical files at my doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, mixing me up with another patient! Terrifying questions arose: Whose treatment was on which file? Who would then receive the correct treatment? How long had this continued? And whose insurance company had been charged for what? Luckily, it seems to be all right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so far â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but only after investigation by the office manager. A friend with a popular name tells me that she now insists on including her middle initial at doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offices. This, after a nurse came toward her with a large needle for an injection that she was not supposed to be getting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; oops! Wrong file! Another friend tells of discovering her name misspelled after a full day of complicated medical tests at a large D.C. hospital; all of the paperwork had to be redone! A surgeon tells of discovering that he had only half of a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record, with the person lying on the table! He yelled at his staff, who literally ran to find the rest of the misfiled information. This is a professional problem for many, with perhaps costly and dangerous results for both doctors and patients. Now, because of a lack of trust, I have moved to another practice. The doctor who lost a patient (me) might want to know why. I will also follow my friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice and add my middle initial. Others might want to do the same. Sally MacDonald Woodley Park

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 7 meeting: â&#x2013; Safeway representative Marcus Wingate said the supermarket is offering Watergate residents six months of free grocery deliveries ordered through The offer comes after Safeway closed its store within the complex this month. The company will evaluate after six months whether to continue the promotion, he said. â&#x2013;  representatives of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development announced that they have issued requests for expressions of interest in the former site of Stevens School, 1050 21st St. The city is seeking a developer to renovate the school for educational use in exchange for permission to build on the site. Developers and schools are applying separately to be involved in the project. The representatives also announced that they will hold a meeting at Stevens at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 with interested parties, which could include developers, school representatives and neighbors. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to support a George Washington University Hospital plan to relocate its Radiation Oncology Center from 2300 K St. to 2131 K St. The hospital had originally arranged to lease commercial space at 2150 23rd St., but faced resistance from residents who live on higher floors of the same building. The medical center has now purchased the all-commercial K Street building. The university plans to demolish the existing oncology center building to make room for its new School of Public Health, and the oncology center needs to be out by April 1, according to hospital representatives. It will first move to a modular building on a university parking lot, then to the new 2131 K St. facility once renovations there are complete. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to raise no objection to proposed outdoor seating at Chopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  West End Citizens Association representatives discussed their opposition to Foggy Bottom Grocery, 2140 F St., which they said attracts noisy loiterers and delivery trucks. â&#x2013;  EastBanc representative Joe Sternlieb discussed his firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to build housing and retail on the site of the West End Neighborhood Library and fielded questions from residents. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to send a letter to the D.C. Council supporting proposed legislation from Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans requir-

ing police details at clubs with latenight hours. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. The location has not been announced. 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: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  remarks by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority regarding escalator repairs at the south entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for concept design approval of a proposed addition to the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the Organization of American States, at 1816 Corcoran St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a fourth-floor rear addition at 2017 N St. â&#x2013;  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. â&#x2013;  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). â&#x2013;  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. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by Barmy Wine & Liquors, 1912 L St., for an exception to single-sales restrictions. â&#x2013;  discussion of responses to the Heritage India incident. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  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

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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 â&#x2013; 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

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission is tentatively scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Its regular meeting date falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit AANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; consideration of amendments to the voluntary agreement between Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Grille, at 50165018 Connecticut Ave., and the commission. Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is seeking to expand its liquor license to include the basement area and outdoor seating; the certificate of occupancy would increase the capacity to approximately 160 persons. â&#x2013;  discussion and vote on grants for the Hearst Elementary School PTA, Northwest Neighbors Village and Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. â&#x2013;  discussion of waiving grant deadlines, including a vote on exceptions for the Wilson High School Crew Boosters and Forest Hills Neighborhood News. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit

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10 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays Practice fire safety. Christmas table aglow with candles? Not only can curious whiskers get burned, if a candle is knocked over by a wagging tail, it can lead to a serious fire. 2. Hoard the people food. Although it’s tempting to give your pets a taste or two from your Thanksgiving plate, too much human food can be bad for your pet’s health. 3. Hide the breakables. Remember that your beloved pets don’t know the value of these items. So if you have favorite, breakable decorations or table settings, be sure to keep them out of reach. 4. Watch out for toxic plants. Many holiday plants, including mistletoe, holly, poinsettia, and even that beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece of lilies can be toxic to pets. 5. A toast to everyone’s health. Alcohol and pets simply don’t mix. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill, go into a coma or worse. 6. How sweet it isn’t. Although many people like to leave out chocolates for visitors throughout the holidays, it’s important to remember that these sweets are major pet dangers. Chocolate is toxic for Fluffy and Fido. 7. Keep the lights high. Twinkling lights make a shiny toy, but they’re not safe to play with or chew on. Keep your celebrations shock-free by hanging lights up high. 8. Don’t decorate with food. Strings of cranberries and popcorn can be holiday hazards for pets. Even if the food on the string isn’t toxic for Fido or Fluffy, they may end up eating the string—causing serious health problems. 9. Steer clear of tinsel town. Tinsel is more than just a glittery decoration. If your pets eat it, it can cause intestinal problems that require a trip to the veterinarian. 10. Wrap it up. If you like to display your holiday presents, watch out for ribbons, bells, and other small toys that can present a choking hazard for your pet. Hide any dangerous-looking gifts.


PUBLIC OVERSIGHT ROUNDTABLE: COMMUNITY GARDENS AND URBAN AGRICULTURE IN D.C. Thurs, Dec 15th from 1–5pm John A. Wilson Bldg #412 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW Councilmember Tommy Wells, Chairperson of the Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Planning, will convene a public oversight roundtable to discuss community gardens and urban agriculture in DC, including the Department of Parks and Recreation’s role in the establishment and use of community gardens and the Office of Planning’s related work. The Committee invites public or written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Those who wish to testify should contact Ms. Tawanna Shuford at (202) 727-8204 or . Individuals will have 3 minutes to speak; individuals representing organizations or groups, 5 minutes. Please submit written statements to Ms. Tawanna Shuford, Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Planning, Room 117, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, DC, 20004 or to, by 5 pm on Friday, Dec 16th.

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The District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation (“DDOT”) has investigated *The Republic of Congo’s unauthorized replacement of the landscaped front lawn of its chancery] and informed the Embassy via letter a letter dated November 17, 2011, that the referenced action constitutes a violation of the Board of Zoning Adjustment’s Notice of the Final Rulemaking and Determination and Order (No. 18162), issued on March 8, 2011. DDOT has further informed the Embassy that it is required to remove the unauthorized paving from public space and replace it with DDOT-approved landscaping within thirty days of the date of DDOT’s letter. Subsequent to the delivery of DDOT’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 DDOT’s replacement that it takes prompt corrective action. I recently had the privilege of receiving a tour of the interior of the Congolese Embassy. As a result, I can personally attest to the care the Government of the Republic of Congo has taken to renovate and preserve the character of the historic property. Thus, it is unfortunate that the problems cited above have distracted from this achievement. It is the Department’s expectation that the Embassy will do as DDOT requires and that once these actions are taken, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association and its members will come to view the Embassy of the Republic of Congo as an active and contributing partner to enhancing the beauty of the Dupont Circle neighborhood and preserving its historic character. Cliff Seagroves, Acting Director Diplomatic Property, Taxes, Services & Benefits December 2, 2011

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DCCA President’s Corner Debbie Schreiber Susan Volman is our newest member of the DCCA Board! Elected in May 2011, Susan, a scientist with NIH, brings an intelligence and objectivity to Board discussions and decisionmaking that we all welcome. Susan suggests that she is still learning about the activities of the DCCA, but that didn’t stop her from jumping into this year’s House Tour preparations and volunteering as a house captain on the day of the Tour! Susan moved to Washington in 1996 for a temporary job, and in 1998, accepted a full time position with the National Institutes of Health in Rockville. At this time, Susan bought a house in the 1500 block of Corcoran Street which she could see from her original apartment. After becoming a Dupont Circle home owner, Susan began her community involvement with the old PSA 309, in what is now known as Borderstan. She also attended ANC meetings, and in 2005 served on a subcommittee to study whether a zoning overlay would be a better balanced approach to the periodic need to renew alcoholic beverage license moratoria. These experiences gave Susan a deeper understanding of neighborhood issues and acquaintance with a wider range of people in the community. Susan joined DCCA in 2003 because the meeting programs such as candidate forums were of interest, and (she confesses) because DCCA meetings were often held in mysterious buildings that were not generally open to the public! Susan continues to explore where she can most effectively serve the community as a DCCA board member, and continues to maintain and improve the quality of life and opportunities for the diverse population of Dupont Circle.

Saturday, Dec 17th, 10:30am 2320 S Street Northwest Costume expert and independent curator Mary Doering discusses and shares selected North American and European children’s clothing from 1750 to 1950. The Textile Museum is housed in two historic buildings in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Visitors enter the Museum through the former home of the Museum's founding family which was designed by John Russell Pope in 1913. Since 1925, the Museum's galleries have been located in an adjacent building purchased by George Hewitt Myers for this purpose. Large gardens behind the buildings are open to the public during Museum hours.


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D.C. in sketches: New book shares old drawings

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

During an 18-month stint in D.C. during World War I, Robert L. Dickinson explored the area with the goal of creating a “Washington Walk Book.” A lifelong artist and nature lover, the physician sketched scenes from his outdoor excursions along Potomac River and the C&O Canal and throughout other sites in the city and its outskirts. He also created a detailed and whimsical map of the area, marking his favorite watering holes, trails and campsites. But his walk book was never published, and Dickinson ended up donating his drawings to the Library of Congress several years before his death in 1950. They sat there undisturbed for 60 years until local writer Gail Dickerson Spilsbury dug them out while researching a book on Rock Creek Park. Immediately, the drawings struck her. “They were charming and idyllic and romantic,” Spilsbury said. “When I saw these drawings, I knew they were good right away.” She included Dickinson’s scenes of Rock Creek Park in her 2003 book on that topic, but felt the broader collection held historic merit — and warranted a project of its own. The result is “A Washington Sketchbook: Drawings by Robert L. Dickinson, 1917-1918,” pub-

Left, Ernie Brooks/Rock Creek Images; rest, courtesy of Gail Spilsbury

Robert L. Dickerson’s World War I-era sketches included scenes of the C&O Canal, far left, springtime cherry blossoms, above, and the Taft Bridge. Author Gail Spilsbury brought together the collection of drawings in the newly published “A Washington Sketchbook.” lished by Chesapeake Book Co. this fall. Spilsbury’s first step in creating the book was tracking down Dickinson’s grandsons, who had a different last name and were then in their 80s. The brothers provided her not only permission to use their grandfather’s collection but also grants to get her started, along with family correspondence and memorabilia. Robert L. Dickinson was a New York physician at the forefront of the contraceptive movement alongside Margaret Sanger, who eventually founded Planned Parenthood. He was also an artist. “He had to choose between a medical career and an artistic career,” Spilsbury

said. And though he pursued the former professionally, “wherever he went, he sketched,” she said. Dickinson landed in Washington in the fall of 1917, serving on the new General Medical Board of the Army’s Council of National Defense. He lived temporarily at the Cosmos Club before finding an apartment near 14th and K streets NW downtown. His explorations along the Potomac River prompted his idea for the “Washington Walk Book,”

and led to further walks around the area — to places like Civil War sites, historic mills in Maryland, Mount Vernon and St. Paul’s Church. He found information on hiking treks by connecting with columnists who wrote about the topic for The Evening Star and The Washington Post. And with the help of the U.S. Geographical Survey, he created an intricate hand-drawn map of the area featuring recreational destinations. In a draft prelude to his walk book, Dickinson wrote of the importance of outdoor excursions for Washingtonians. “Beyond other cities, proportionately, Washington involves confinement, largely in government offices and assemblies, in colleges and libraries and museums. … The more need then that the knees-beneath-the-desk be provided with locations for unlimbering.” Though Dickinson published a “New York Walk Book” in 1923 (which remains in print today), he never completed his D.C. project, and left the city when the war ended. Spilsbury, who now lives in Takoma Park, Md., and works as a freelance editor, used the information Dickinson left behind for his Washington book as guidance for her own. She set about following Dickinson’s footsteps around Washington — “I walked everything that he walked and tried to see it through his eyes,” she said — and then researching the history of the sites. Her “Washington Sketchbook”

includes sections on Great Falls and the C&O Canal; river camps and Cabin John; the Washington landmarks Dickinson visited; and his explorations in Maryland and Virginia. “Most of Dickinson’s Washington landscapes have a sweet quality,” Spilsbury writes in her book. “They invite the viewer to join the enchanted world outside the image.” They also depict a time when leisure pursuits were more relaxed. Today, recreational activities are “pursued in a stressful way,” as check marks within a busy schedule, she said. In Dickinson’s time, people would plan their entire Sunday around local excursions — “you had a big meal, you stayed the whole day.” During the summer, families would set up campsites along the Potomac River, sometimes staying the whole season. The book also includes a foldout reproduction of Dickinson’s map, and a biography of the artist. Spilsbury found her fiscal sponsor in the C&O Canal Trust, which shared her recognition of the historical value of Dickinson’s work. She believes the book can serve as a tool for “activism, conservation and preservation.” “I’m hoping Dickinson’s drawings can be pulled out 50 years from now as a reminder of why to preserve the parks,” she said. Spilsbury plans to discuss her book at the Cosmos Club on Jan. 6 at noon, and hopes to set up events at local libraries and schools. More information is at

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Nov. 28, we went around the school and asked everyone what their favorite subjects were. In upper elementary, the majority of people liked physical education. Writing was in second, then came art, history, math and music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I chose writing,â&#x20AC;? said Ashton Lindeman, a sixth-grader, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awesome!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think writing is fun,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Eva-Sophia Shimanski, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because you get to think of lots of stories and poems.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like P.E.,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Edvin Leijon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because you get to run around!â&#x20AC;? One of the lower elementary classes, Mrs. Chakrabartyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, had science as its winner. Next came art and history. Second-grader Max Mendelsohn said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love science because I love animals.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love science,â&#x20AC;? said secondgrader William Clark, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love history,â&#x20AC;? said third-grader Henry Van Hove, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awe-


some!â&#x20AC;? In the other lower elementary class, Mrs. Kendrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, P.E. was the winner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like P.E.,â&#x20AC;? said first-grader Linnea Leijon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool.â&#x20AC;? Next was writing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because I like it,â&#x20AC;? said first-grader Macy Brigham-Hill. Then science: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun,â&#x20AC;? said Gabriel Kraemer, a first-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra Bullock, fourth-grader, and Jaquelin Weymouth, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

Every nine and half minutes, someone in the United States gets infected with HIV. One in five people infected do not even know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living with the disease. I researched AIDS and HIV after I saw an ad for the annual Whitman Walker AIDS Walk on the back of a public bus one day. I had originally decided to join the walk as an indi-




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vidual, but then realised I could get the rest of the year 12 class involved in supporting the cause. For a couple weeks, I went around my class asking for donations and for people willing to join the walk with me. It was hard at first, as students didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know much about the cause and just knew they had to donate money, but with further explanation and effort, I was able to raise more than $300 for AIDS awareness. All I had to do now was to organize a group of at least 10 people to join me on the day of the walk. It only took a few phone calls and a Facebook message to unite nine people to join me. On Oct. 29, students from the year 12 class joined the annual AIDS walk at Freedom Plaza. The 5K walk united nearly 5,000 people despite cold and rainy weather. The year 12 class had a lot fun walking on the streets of D.C., as we were supporting an important cause. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marie-Latifa FollĂŠa, Year 12 Oxford (11th-grader)

Deal Middle School

When you think of sandwiches, do you think of 27 students gathered in a room making them? Last Friday, many students attending Alice Deal Middle School worked with the DC Central Kitchen to do just that. Each homeroom brought in 200 water bottles, 200 mayonnaise and mustard packets and 200 granola bars to give to the needy. Each homeroom was called during lunch on a certain day to go and place sandwiches in a bag. More than 300 sandwiches were made and delivered to the needy. Many kids think it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;really funâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;excitingâ&#x20AC;? to make sandwiches. The bag that is delivered contains a water bottle, a granola bar, a sandwich, a packet of mayonnaise and a packet of mustard. Even though the topic of homelessness is very sad, students had a lot of fun. Fiona Lynch, a sixthgrader at Deal, said she enjoyed it a



lot and had fun helping out with her homeroom. It encourages people to do more for our community. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vineeta Hennessey, sixth-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Last week, the school acknowledged World AIDS Day with a schoolwide assembly. Students welcomed actors from the KaiserPermanente performance company. They performed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrets,â&#x20AC;? a series of skits designed to inform students of HIV/AIDS awareness. The twohour show answered several questions about the HIV/AIDS epidemic such as where it came from and shared prevention techniques. The Literary Media and Communications Department welcomed journalist and author Janet Langhart Cohen, as well as special international guests from Nanyangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinese Orchestra who performed in our theater. The night closed with our Instrumental Department Ensemble Concert, featuring students from our string, wind, piano, flute and trumpet ensembles, as well as our jazz orchestra. On Saturday, our school parent group held its Holiday Bazaar. The school was opened to all, and the day featured performances and both school and private vendors selling everything from jewelry to artwork. Also on Saturday, the Literary Media and Communications Department held its senior showcase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tanganiyka â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Source of the Nile,â&#x20AC;? held at St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, featured a series of 10-minute plays written by seniors in the department and performed by professional actors. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emmanuel Adakomola, 10th-grader

Edmund Burke School

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discussed, ranging from reducing the number of free periods to changing to a semester system and adjusting school start times. Many people feel that free periods are a large part of what makes Burke special. Free periods teach time management, lighten long days and give students more choices. Burke prepares you for life after school by giving independence and teaching you the consequences of bad decisions. Without frees, meeting with teachers outside of class would be difficult, and this is an important part of the self-advocacy taught at Burke. The eight-day cycle is also uniquely Burke. It provides for a greater variety of classes and meeting times, and means no school day is the same, so students never feel as though they are in a rut. It does, however, make scheduling things outside of school difficult. With a two-day block schedule, like some other schools, classes would meet more often, which could be helpful, especially for Advanced Placement and single trimester classes. Other schedule structures were considered, but nothing was decided. Burke runs on trimesters that dovetail with the athletic seasons. These short terms call for intensive, focused academic work. Semesters would be long, but single-term classes would be less rushed. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mathilde Arandia, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

Our class reflected on the things that we are thankful for and ways that we can make the world better. Here are some of our responses: Faris said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am thankful for our veterans that protect our world, and I am thankful for people inside of my class and mothers. I like all the states â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks for you, too.â&#x20AC;? Boaz said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am thankful for lungs so we can breathe, brains because it helps you think, the planet because if the planet wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t here there would be no gravity. Thanks for the solar system, too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you can get in a space suit and look at it. My family, and nature, and peace is important because everybody can get along with each other and I like that, and rain because it helps everyone live.â&#x20AC;? Chase is thankful for â&#x20AC;&#x153;my family and my aunts and my cousins, and we can make people more happy when we love them.â&#x20AC;? Shreya said that she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;thankful for my mommy and daddy.â&#x20AC;? Madison is thankful her â&#x20AC;&#x153;mommy and her food, and we can make the people happier by giving everyone toys.â&#x20AC;? Ixchel is â&#x20AC;&#x153;thankful for Grandma Moon because she makes the water seem so sparkly and Mother Earth because she makes the plants grow and the water so good. ... We need to keep her fresh and clean.â&#x20AC;? Our class participated in several charitable donation drives in November. Toys, money and handmade sandwiches were all collected See Dispatches/Page 15

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to help those in need. It was fun for us all. We learned a lot about giving and are ready to do more as we move into the winter holiday season. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kindergartners

Holy Trinity School

On Nov. 21 the third grade went to Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. We have been studying Colonial times and reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Courage of Sarah Noble.â&#x20AC;? We traveled by school bus, and several teachers and parents and our principal accompanied us. We split into groups and were led by ladies dressed up in Colonial clothes to show the children how they dressed back then. One ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name was Nancy, but she disguised her name as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mistress Nancyâ&#x20AC;? because in Colonial times people would be addressed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mistressâ&#x20AC;? for women and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sirâ&#x20AC;? for men. The guide showed us buildings from Colonial times, and we got to play with Colonial toys. We also got to feel some of the clothes that they would wear in Colonial times. We tried on hats and bonnets that people would have worn back then. After the tour, we had lunch and recess outside on the city dock. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sofia Daubert, third-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary

For our fourth-grade social studies project, we were assigned to groups to research different tribes of Native Americans. Each group had to research information about their tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location, cultural/religious beliefs, clothing, food, government and houses/dwellings. Each person in the group created an artifact that related to the tribe. My group researched the Cheyenne tribe. First, we had to learn about the tribe and what they made or used so we could create an artifact for the tribe. My artifact was a replica of a Cheyenne styled tepee, which is the kind of house they lived in after they moved west. (At first, they were village farmers and lived in circular houses made out of tree bark and mud.) I made the tepee out of wooden skewers and chamois cloth to represent the bison skin, which is what the Cheyenne people really used. Once I glued the skewers to the base that I used as a platform, I put small pieces of the skewers on the front of the tepee to copy the pattern that they put on the front of their tepee. I also made a hole in the front of the tepee to represent the tepeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aja Muhammad, fourth-grader

the project. We have been collecting shoeboxes full of winter scarves, gloves, hats, toiletries and toys to give to the organization, which will then distribute the gifts to the homeless communities. So Others Might Eat gives homeless families food and necessities throughout the year. To make this project possible, one of the fifth-grade classes wrote a letter to Mr. Landeryou, our Key School principal, to get approval. We created a flier to be distributed to all Key families. We wrote an email to be sent out to the Key community. We made posters to advertise the project. We have been using our reading and writing skills in a real way and are excited about the outcome of our work. We are looking forward to wrapping and assembling the gifts and to homeless families to receive our gifts. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mica Gelb and Idris HasanGranier, fifth-graders

Maret School

Our third-grade class is doing a project about Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture. We get a subject about Japan, like food, language, traditions or history. In the beginning, our teacher, Mr. Stone, said that we should choose three subjects that we want to study for homework. Then the â&#x20AC;&#x153;picker of the weekâ&#x20AC;? picks the sticks in order to see what subject we get assigned. Mr. Stone lets us choose if we want to use books or the computer to get our facts. For books, we use the table of contents and index to find our facts. The two websites we use are an site our teacher created and We researched a whole lot of facts and then started to arrange them on a poster board. We had to get at least 15 facts before we could start the poster board. Then, we could get our three pictures and start putting them on the poster board. We used a blank piece of paper to make a plan of where we wanted our facts to be. When we are done, we will present our research to the other third-

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Murch Elementary

In fifth grade, we have been learning about the pioneers on the Oregon Trail. Our social studies teacher, Ms. Otten, separated us into four groups â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wagon trains â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so we can simulate a trip along the Hacker Trail. Christopher Bond, wagon master of wagon train three, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun, and it is a great chance to learn about what it probably felt like to be one of the pioneers.â&#x20AC;? Michael Powell Jr., my wagon master on wagon train four, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing I like about the wagon train is you get to be with partners and work together and really experience what it was like to be on the trail.â&#x20AC;? As we move along the trail, we experience â&#x20AC;&#x153;fates.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes the fates are good: We made it through the first month without running out of water or losing any people or animals. Sometimes the fates are not so good: We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring enough water or enough firewood. This week, one of our wagon members burned her hands in the fire. She had to research how pioneers treated burns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they had some pretty weird ways to treat burns. Good fates give us points; bad fates take points away. The wagon train that makes it to Oregon first will win. One fifthgrader, whose older sister went on the trail, told us that some of us might not make it to Oregon. I wonder what fates await us as we move along. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ziggy Annaville, fifth-grader

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each grade has a play to perform. The second-graders just had their play on Dec. 2. The play was in the school gym and was based on fairy tales. The second-graders each had to give clues for a character that they made paintings of. Some examples are Puss in Boots, Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man. Next, they had to form tableaus of fairy tales. A tableau is a frozen scene showing something. One of the tableaus was of Sleeping Beauty. The last thing that the secondgraders performed was the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Got To Dig a Little Deeper.â&#x20AC;? I thought the song was a success that finished the play well in the end. The second-graders practiced for a long time. Practice was the reason for the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; success in the play, in my opinion. The second-graders proved their skill in art with the paintings, music with the song, and drama with the tableaus in their performance. Well-done, second grade! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marshall Riccardi, fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

The preschool and pre-kindergarten students made gingerbread houses with volunteers from the University of the District of Columbia Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Kelly and Miss Shannon helped us,â&#x20AC;? explained Powe, a preschool student. The houses werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t regular gingerbread houses; they were healthier gingerbread houses. Students used an empty milk carton as the base and decorated with healthy ingredients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used waffle pretzels, graham crackers, prunes and cranberries to make our houses,â&#x20AC;? Powe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part was putting

sticky stuff on the houses to glue graham crackers,â&#x20AC;? said Carla. Larkin thought that â&#x20AC;&#x153;sticking the graham crackers on the wallsâ&#x20AC;? was the most fun part. In other news, Powe reports that there is now a cornucopia in the housekeeping learning center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to hold fruit and is like something you have never seen before.â&#x20AC;? First-graders Paul and Beverly are very excited about the upcoming book fair at Ross. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The books are different from what we have in our library. There are new fairy books!â&#x20AC;? Beverly said. Paul said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are books about sports and animals, and Garfield books, too.â&#x20AC;? First-graders are authors themselves. Beverly just published an â&#x20AC;&#x153;all-aboutâ&#x20AC;? book about dolphins, and Paul published a book about salamanders. They researched their topics and then wrote their books in class. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carla Flabbi-Fruttero, Haliburton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poweâ&#x20AC;? Rigby and Larkin Stack-Loney, preschoolers; and Beverly Coronado and Paul Murphy, first-graders

St. Albans School

Here at St. Albans, the holiday season is full of annual traditions that bring holiday cheer to our community. Every year, on the first Friday and Saturday of December, the Christmas House Tour is held at St. Albans. The tour is a fundraiser to benefit the wonderful faculty and staff at St. Albans School. There are two components to the Christmas House Tour. The first is a tour of beautiful homes that are decorated for people to admire. Everybody â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from architects and designers to people who just enjoy touring homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is welcomed on See Dispatches/Page 30

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he National Zoo is presenting “ZooLights” through Jan. 1. Thousands of environmentally friendly light displays, dancing trees, Pandaw Claws, seasonal food and drink, and live entertainment will illuminate the Zoo throughout the holiday season. Visitors will also be able to thaw their paws in exhibit buildings and view the animals at night, check out a Kids’ Farm-themed model train, take in gingerbread habitat contest entries, skate on an “iceless” rink and ride around Great Cats Circle on a new trackless train. ZooLights runs from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1 except Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Admission is free, but skating costs $5 for a 30-minute session (skate rental $2), the trackless train costs $3 per person, and parking costs $9 for Friends of the National Zoo and $16 for nonmembers. Spots can be reserved ($30 for nonmembers, $20 for members) by calling 202-633-4486 at least 48 hours in advance. ■ 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. com. ■ Long & Foster’s Georgetown office is collecting gifts through Dec. 16 for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots Campaign. Toys may be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW. toysfortots. org. ■ The Children’s Chorus of Washington will present “A Nordic Holiday Concert” at 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. The chorus, joined by the Washington Symphonic Brass, will share the choral traditions from

Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland and will include crowdpleasers such as “Winter Wonderland,” a carol singalong and the “Hallelujah” chorus. Tickets cost $50 for reserved seats; $25 for non-reserved adults; and $10 for non-reserved children ages 12 and younger and chorus alumni. 202-237-1005; instantseats. com. ■ Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, will host a holiday floral workshop Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Supplies will be provided. Tickets cost $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. 202-686-5807; ■ House of Sweden, at 2900 K St. NW, is presenting “Home for Christmas,” an exhibit of illustrations from the book by Jan Brett, Dec. 17 and 18. The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Special storytelling sessions will take place at noon and 2 p.m. Admission is free. ■ Washington Walks will present “A Nation’s Capital Christmas Walking Tour” at 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Come along on this three-hour holiday walking tour and hear about the Obamas’ White House decorations, which hotel lobby always displays the swankiest décor, and where to buy the official White House holiday ornament. The walk concludes at the newly planted National Christmas tree, where you can see more than 50 individually decorated trees dedicated to each U.S. state and territory and then warm yourself by the blazing yule log. Tickets cost $20, or $15 for military personnel; admission is free for ages 3 and younger. Meet outside the White House exit of the McPherson Square Metro stop. 202484-1565; ■ The Dominican House of

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Washington Capitals stars Cody Eakin (left), Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault (above) signed autographs, posed for pictures and skated with children on Sunday night on the iceless rink at the National Zoo as part of the “ZooLights” festival. Studies, 487 Michigan Ave. NW, will present “The Divine Life Conferences: Faith and the Birth of Truth” by Peter Martyr Yungwirth, at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 18. Free. ■ Folger Consort is presenting “O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music From Renaissance Spain” through Dec. 18 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $45. 202-5447077; ■ The National Men’s Chorus, pianist Joel Ayau and harpist Laura Stokes will perform Christmas and Hanukkah music Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202-232-3133. ■ Saint Dominic Church, 630 E St. SW, will present “The Divine Life Conferences: Love of the Flesh” by John Baptist Hoang, at 3 p.m. Dec. 18. Free. ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, at 3240 O St. NW, will present a staged reading of “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 202-338-1796. There is a suggested

donation of $10 per adult or $20 per family. Babysitting will be available, and there are parking spaces across the street at Hyde Elementary School. ■ The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present its annual Christmas concerts — featuring Ural Philharmonic Orchestra mezzo-soprano Irina Shishkova traveling from Russia to perform — Dec. 19, 21 and 24 at the Kennedy Center.

Ambassador Sergey L. Kislyak has arranged for the visit. The concerts will feature a repertoire of Russian classical favorites, Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus, popular standards, audience singalongs and Russian folk music. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 21 and 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Tickets cost $15 to $65. 202-785-9727; ■ Commissary, Grillfish, The See Events/Page 18

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Heights and Logan Tavern will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dine Outâ&#x20AC;? night Dec. 19 to benefit So Others Might Eat, donating 10 percent of dinner proceeds to the organization. â&#x2013; Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come Home for Christmas: Advent Communal Penance Service,â&#x20AC;? with many priest confessors available, including those fluent in American Sign, Spanish and other languages, at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 20. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Business Improvement District is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;12 Days of Merriment in Georgetownâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 20. Events will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shop for Himâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shop for Herâ&#x20AC;? nights from 5 to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, respectively. Participating merchants will offer playful promotions like shoppersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relief cocktails and pampering stations. Details are at â&#x2013;  Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, will present gingerbread house workshops for children ages 5 and older at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29.

Participants will tour the historic mansion, search for clues of holiday celebrations past, and then design and build their own edible gingerbread houses to take home. Tickets cost $10 per child for members and $12 per wreath for nonmembers. Admission is free for adult chaperones. Reservations are required. 202-965-0400, ext. 108; â&#x2013; The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE, will hear Christmas confessions daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 21 through 24. nationalshrine. com. â&#x2013;  St. Aloysius Church, 19 I St. NW, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Nativityâ&#x20AC;? from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 21. â&#x2013;  The Source by Wolfgang Puck, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will offer a holiday duck dinner from Dec. 22 through 24. The $49 menu will include Peking duck served with an array of sides and finished with the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature 15-layer carrot cake. 202-637-6100; â&#x2013;  Discovery Theater is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons of Lightâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 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 inter-

active 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; Giant grocery stores will serve as collection spots for Toys for Tots through Dec. 23. The Marine-led collection is in its 65th year. Local Giant stores include those at 3336 Wisconsin Ave. NW and 4303 Connecticut Ave. NW. giantfood. com. â&#x2013;  The Washington Project for the Arts is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;IceBox,â&#x20AC;? its annual holiday gift shop, through Dec. 23 at its 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW site. The store will feature crafts, jewelry, housewares and small works of art made by Washington Project for the Arts members. Store hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with special events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Admission is free. â&#x2013;  The Willard InterContinental,









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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbying â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Choral Concertsâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 23 in its grand lobby. The concerts are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. â&#x2013; The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE, will host Christmas Eve events from 5 to 10:30 p.m., including choral music, musical meditations on the Nativity and a Solemn Vigil Mass presented by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. nationalshrine. com. â&#x2013;  Bourbon Steak, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, including three choices per course, for $90 plus tax and gratuity. Dinner service will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. 202-944-2026; â&#x2013;  Cafe Milano, 3251 Prospect St. NW, will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Fish

Dinnerâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 24, served from 5 p.m. to midnight, for $75 per person, including a six-course meal and a glass of Italian sparkling wine (tax and gratuity not included). 202333-6883; â&#x2013; Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, will present the Schola Cantorum and Festival Singers leading worshippers in hymns at 9:15 p.m. and Cardinal Donald Wuerl blessing the crèche and celebrating Mass at 10 p.m. Dec. 24. â&#x2013;  Churches throughout the Archdiocese of Washington will offer Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. â&#x2013;  Equinox restaurant, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, will present a Christmas Eve feast starting at 5:30 p.m. The menu will include traditional fish dishes and innovative seafood creations, as well as wine pairings. The price is to be determined. 202-331-8118; â&#x2013;  Fiola restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will offer the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The eight-course menu will cost $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Dinner service will run from 5 to 11:30 p.m. 202628-2888; â&#x2013;  The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Nights of Lights,â&#x20AC;? featuring 800 luminaria lighting the grounds, Dec. 24 through 31. â&#x2013;  The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE, will present a Solemn Spanishlanguage Christmas Day Mass at 2:30 p.m. and other Masses at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The See Events/Page 20

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alem Pearce says true Christmas spirit can be found in volunteering. The Logan Circle resident, who celebrated the holiday for years before converting to Judaism, now spends her holiday on the Day of Service hosted by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually the groups meet at the JCC, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tons of people there, and it feels like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of a huge community of people who are all out there doing good,â&#x20AC;? said Pearce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best feeling that you could have on Christmas.â&#x20AC;? This year, the Dupont Circle center is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the annual event â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is going strong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually look for about a thousand volunteers,â&#x20AC;? said Erica Steen, director of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community service department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have over 80 different projects ... everything from preparing food for the homeless to throwing a Christmas party for those in need â&#x20AC;Ś to painting a homeless shelter.â&#x20AC;? Pearce said most of her service days have been spent at the Center for Creative Nonviolence, where she helps add a fresh coat of paint to the shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior spaces.

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Volunteers take part in previous Day of Service events with the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. The center gathers about 1,000 people each Dec. 25 and sends them out to paint, party and prepare food.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a variety of people who come out, especially to the painting projects, [which are] marketed as good for families,â&#x20AC;? she said, calling the work a â&#x20AC;&#x153;great antidote to the increasing commercialism of Christmas.â&#x20AC;? Steen said the projects are greatly beneficial to clients and volunteers alike. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all touching,â&#x20AC;? she said of the various projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of my favorite things is hearing stories about people going to our visits â&#x20AC;Ś and talking with

people who are either at a shelter or a low-income facility,â&#x20AC;? she said. They â&#x20AC;&#x153;walk away having such a feeling of accomplishment and like they really made a difference in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life.â&#x20AC;? Steen said the turnout for the event fluctuates based on factors such as whether the holiday falls on a weekend â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which inspires more people to travel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually plenty of room for volunteers. Anyone interested can visit for details and to sign up.














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shrine will also sponsor a dinner for those who are alone or in need from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. nationalshrine. com. â&#x2013; Cafe Milano, 3251 Prospect St. NW, will offer a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Day Sparkling Brunchâ&#x20AC;? from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a made-to-order egg station, a raw bar, homemade breads and more. The cost is $85 per adult and $25 per child, and it includes bottomless Italian sparkling wine (tax and gratuity excluded). 202-333-6883; cafemilano. com. â&#x2013;  The Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will offer a Christmas Day brunch buffet with unlimited sparkling wine and com-

plimentary valet parking from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $95 per person. For reservations, call 202457-5020. â&#x2013; J&G Steakhouse, 515 15th St. NW, will offer three meals on Christmas Day, including a $75 prix-fixe dinner including butternut squash soup with fall mushrooms, rice cracker-crusted tuna with citrus chili sauce, grilled filet mignon with soy-caramel sauce and gingered mushrooms, and green apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream. 202-6612440; jgsteakhousewashingtondc. com. â&#x2013;  The Willard InterContinentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willard Room and Crystal Room will offer seatings at a Christmas Day brunch at 10:30 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 2 p.m. The cost is $85 per adult and $35 per child age 4 through 12; children under 4 are





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free. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alleyâ&#x20AC;? daily through Dec. 30 (except on Dec. 25, 26 and 31). The tea, available from 1 to 4 p.m., features harp music. Dates and times are subject to change based on special events and holidays. The cost is $39; $49 with a glass of Champagne. Reservations are suggested by calling 202-637-7350. â&#x2013;  America Eats Tavern, 405 8th St. NW, will offer a four-course tasting menu from 5 to 7 p.m. on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve ($75 per person plus tax and gratuity) and a ninecourse chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tasting menu from 8:30 p.m. ($150 per person plus tax and gratuity). Dancing will begin at 10 p.m. 202-393-0812; â&#x2013;  Jaleo will offer New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve celebrations at its three locations, including 480 7th St. NW. After early a la carte offerings, the restaurant will serve unlimited tapas for $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity) starting at 8:30 p.m. A DJ will play from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  J&G Steakhouse, 515 15th St. NW, will host private parties of up to 20 people in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Bubble Lounge,â&#x20AC;? including private bartender, valet and private entrance with red carpet. The restaurant will also offer a prix-fixe menu from 8 to 10 p.m. 202-6612440; jgsteakhousewashingtondc. com. â&#x2013;  JW Marriott Washington, DC, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is


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offering a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve package including noon check-in, 3 p.m. check-out, valet parking, chilled champagne and strawberries upon arrival and breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant, starting at $259 (excluding tax and gratuities). 800-marriott; â&#x2013; La Maison Française will host a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve gala for guests 21 and older from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. The evening will feature five bands, a midnight balloon drop, mock casino gabling, free-flowing Champagne, party favors, a fivehour premium open bar and a choice of three-course meal or buffet. Tickets cost $99 (post-dinner, available for a limited time) to $215 (VIP). â&#x2013;  Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 7th St. NW, will offer a four-course New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve dinner for $59 (plus tax and gratuity) with seatings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a fivecourse dinner for $74 (plus tax and gratuity) from 8 to 10 p.m. Rudy Gonzalez y su Locura will perform salsa, merengue, cumbia and jazz from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 202-6281005; â&#x2013;  Smith Commons, 1245 H St. NE, will offer a three-course dinner and dance party for $60 per person on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Highlights will include braised short ribs, lobster ragout, a Moet Champagne toast, and live music and DJ entertainment until 3 a.m. Seatings are from 6 to 7:30 and 9 to 10:30 p.m. 202396-0038; â&#x2013;  The Washington Humane Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope for the Holidaysâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 31. Adoption fees will be discounted by 50 percent, holiday photos will be available with your pet at various locations, and shelters will host a special adoption event Dec. 17 with holiday dĂŠcor, music and treats. Guests are asked to bring a donation to that event; donations are also welcome at any Washington Humane Society facility throughout

the month, as is sponsorship of homeless animals. A wish list and other details are available at â&#x2013; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Woolly With Love: A New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Benefit,â&#x20AC;? featuring a performance of The Second Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spoiler Alert: Everybody Diesâ&#x20AC;? at 10 p.m. followed by a reception with a photo booth, deserts from JosĂŠ AndrĂŠs Catering, an open bar, a raffle and a champagne toast led by the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast. The theater is located at 641 D St. NW. Ticket prices start at $110. 202-393-3939; â&#x2013;  Zaytinya, 701 9th St. NW, will offer a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve celebration featuring a fire dancer and DJ. After an early a la carte seating, the restaurant will offer a five-course dinner ($65 per person plus tax and gratuity) starting at 8:30 p.m. and a six-course chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tasting menu ($85 plus). 202-638-0800; â&#x2013;  The Archdiocese of Washington will offer New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Masses throughout the area. directory. â&#x2013;  The Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will offer a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day brunch buffet with unlimited sparkling wine and complimentary valet parking from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $89 per person. For reservations, call 202457-5020. â&#x2013;  Folger Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heavenly Revelations: Hildegard von Bingen and Medieval Franceâ&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. Jan. 6 and 7 at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Tickets cost $40. 202-544-7077; â&#x2013;  Pepco is offering its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gift of Energyâ&#x20AC;? program, allowing gift-givers to pay othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; energy bills, through Jan. 15. To give a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gift of energy,â&#x20AC;? visit one of four Pepco service center locations (including at 701 9th St. NW, open 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday).

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



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



CHARMING 2BR, 1BA Dupont Condo near Adams Morgan and U St. Open floor plan, newly renov KIT, charming BA. Nice BRs with ample storage. SW facing w/ lots of light. BLDG roof deck. Pet Friendly. 1 year PKG included in price. View at Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300



STATELY, brick Georgian on 16,000 SF lot faces Rock Creek Pk. 5000 SF of open space. 6BR, 4.5BA, 4 fpls. Marble foyer, grand piano-sized LR, library, great rm w/cath ceil, large t/s KIT w/brkfst bar & island, sep DR, rec rm, flagstone terrace, 2 car garage. 4668 Broad Branch Rd NW. Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

PETWORTH $479,900


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BEAUTIFUL Tudor, updtd open flr plan, sep DR, LR w/stone frpl, open KIT, large deck, 3 BRs up w/2 marble BAs, Jacuzzi, beautiful loft for office or FR, LL w/2nd KIT & BA. Laundry rm/stor. Beautiful front porch w/landscaped garden, fab view of Rock Crk Pk. 1813 Ingleside Terrace NW. Sonia Stenvall 301-523-5801 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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THE MIDDLEBURG Christmas Tree Farm! A unique 172 acre property (4 parcels.) The farm is a turnkey Operation in land use and includes a beautiful custom-built 4,000 SF quarry stone home with addl 3000 SF of stunning stone patio overlooking an acre and one-half stocked lake. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

AMERICAN U PARK $1,095,000 “A PERFECT 10!” Brick colonial with 4BR up & 2.5BA on quiet tree-lined street. Pristine condition with additions & renovations. Close to Tenley Metro & Turtle Park. 4504 Burlington Pl. NW. Mary Ann Corette 202-256-5501 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 BETHESDA $2,195,000 OUTSTANDING workmanship abounds in this special, newly constructed home. 5BR/4.5BA, 3 FPs, 2 car gar, lib/Ofc, RR/exercise rm & media rm. Large lvl back yard overlooking Greenwich Park. A MUST SEE!!!! Jeanne Kayne 202-262-4555 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777 BRIGHTWOOD $205,000 TOTAL CONVENIENCE! Huge Unit, Lots of Sunlight, gorgeous HWFs and conveniently located to Public Transp, Dtwn Silver Spring & Metro, all this and Gar PKG! Fee incl all utils, except phone and cable. Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700


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THIS IS THE 1BR HOME you’ve been looking for! Fabulous 1BR PH condo (988sf) has vaulted ceilings w/18’ glass wall opening to big balc! So Much More! Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200 redone inside! A must see! Glenn Blong 202-256-2072 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777

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CAPITOL HILL $780,000 3BR, 1.5BA on one of the Hill’s prettiest tree-lined streets, just 3 blocks to E Market metro. Renovated throughout, granite and stainless KIT. Charming private patio. 510 10th St SE. Deborah Charlton 202-415-2117 Counters. Sep Dining. HWFs, Freshly Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Painted & Custom Bookcases. Full Serv Bldg. Garage PKG to rent. Walk to Metro CATHEDRAL $230,000 & shops. 3601 Connecticut Ave NW. 571-331-8557 RARELY AVAILABLE! Enjoy the simple John Mammano elegance of this efficiency condo with Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 HWFs, contemp KIT/BA with black gran$340,000 ite, California closet and a New York-style DUPONT CIRCLE view! Low condo fees include heat/water CONDO PERFECTION! This home has a and assigned parking space! Pet-friendly beautiful, large LR with a wall of windows. Generous BR with a massive WIC bldg & FHA-approved. Marian Huish 202-210-2346 large enough for your clothes & a miniChevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 office. KIT has been updated w/quartz counters, has a built-in desk area & a pass CHEVY CHASE $789,000 through to the dining area. HWF & pet UNBEATABLE location near Friendship friendly. Close to Dupont & Foggy Bottom Heights Metro! Custom designed 2BR or METROS. 202-441-2301 1BR/den with 2FBA. Upgrades out of Jennifer Knoll 202-363-9700 Architectural Digest, from the Kitchen Chevy Chase Office cabinetry to the lux marbles and granite! FOGGY BOTTOM $899,000 Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 STUNNING 1900 SF 2BR, 2BA PH with sweeping views, updated gour KIT, Mste CLEVELAND PARK $419,000 with sumptuous BA & ample closets, BROADMOOR Co-op - Top Flr. Beautiful huge LR & DR, spacious priv balcony, & lge 1BR w/ lots of light & park views. garage PKG space in top notch bldg with Updtd KIT w/new ss appls & gran pool. View at

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FOREST HILLS $284,405 DRAMATIC price adjustment and 100% financing with no PMI available. Contact agent for details. 880+ SF, 1BR, 1BA apt. Large liv/din room, spacious BR, wonderful city views (winter views of the Shrine). KIT w/loads of cabs & counters and tiled FBA. Freshly painted & cleaned and near METRO. Jeff Kochan Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 FOREST HILLS $1,495,000 SPACIOUS, 3630 SF, open detd contemp in priv enclave of 6 homes high above RC Pk. Sunken LR w/cathedral ceil, FP, renov KIT w/ high end appls, concrete counters, wd fls & walls of glass w/fab park views, 3BR, 3BA, study (easily converts to 4th BR), loft/den, tons of closets, 2-car gar, large brick terr w/S exposure, 2 blks Clev Pk Metro. Richard Coss 202-365-0643 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

OBSERVATORY CIR $2,100,000 TRULY RARE op at the Colonnade. Gorgeous PH end apt w/spectacular panoramic views of DC/VA, incl Monuments & Potomac. Beautifully renov, 2BR/Den with abundance of builtin closets/cabinetry. 450 SF landscaped terr. Bldg has doorman, heated pool, fitness ctr. Small pets OK. 2 PKG spaces. Jeanne Kersting Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PALISADES $1,125,000 LOCATED on quiet cul de sac, warm and inviting home has large open floor plan with great S exposure. KIT, DR & FR are designed for fun and relaxation. Wonderful deck and priv, fenced yard overlooks Battery Kemble Pk. New KIT w/premier ss appls, gran counter tops. Delightful, spacious MBR ste. Completely fin LL. Garage. 5010 MacArthur Ct NW. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 PETWORTH $249,900 - $259,900 ALMOST SOLD OUT! FHA APPROVED! Light filled, fantastic condos in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR w/den or 2BR/2BA. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: gran, ss, HW & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! 804 Taylor St NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

GEORGETOWN $355,000 SERENE 2BR, 1BA with the bldg’s longest balcony. Move-in condition, HWFs, recently updtd KIT & BA, W/D, more. PKG pre-paid for 2 yrs. Lux Bldg: pet OK (20 lbs), 24 hr front desk, roof deck, pool, gym. Nr Whole Foods, Social Safeway. SW WATERFRONT $375,000 David Branch 202-575-5020 HARBOUR SQUARE - Spacious S-facing Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Co-op Unit w/spectacular river & pond views. 2 Balconies, 2 Lg BR, 2BA, approx GEORGETOWN $1,049,000 1200 SF, newly painted w/refin flrs & GTOWN Classic – corner TH brimming loads of closet space. This sought-after with charm. Liv/din room combo with community offers Roof Deck & OlympicFP and recessed lights. MBR ste w/sep size swimming pool. 2 blks to METRO! dressing room, loads of closets. Eat-in KIT w/French doors leading to fenced Denise Champion 202-215-9242 rear patio. Full bsmnt in-law ste w/sep Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 entry, W/D, KIT & BA. All of the amenities of Gtown: tennis courts, WESLEY HEIGHTS $575,000 shops, fine dining. CHIC & SOPHISTICATED 1,653sf, Allen Goldberg 2BR/2BA home is sun-filled and offers Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 both east and west exposures. Spectacular sunrise & sunset views & a view of The GERMANTOWN $479,900 National Cathedral! THIS 4BR/2.5BA HOME shows like a Connie Parker 202-302-3900 model! Almost everything has been Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

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ellers often time a propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut on the market to highlight a homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a spring garden, say â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or to avoid a

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traditionally difficult period, like Washington in August. But rarely does a home come up for sale thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tuned to the pop culture calendar, as is the case with a two-bedroom unit in art deco hotspot The Marlyn. The flat belonged to Clyde Tolson, whose relationship with J. Edgar Hoover is examined in Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new biopic â&#x20AC;&#x153;J. Edgar.â&#x20AC;? As the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real estate bible â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Addressesâ&#x20AC;? notes, Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limousine was often spotted at the building, where he paid very frequent visits to Tolson. But Unit 515 has more to offer than a guaranteed dinner-party icebreaker. Updates have added to the charm of the vintage space, but the

1938 buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streamlined aesthetic is still dominant. The front door opens into a dining area separated from the living area a step below by a metal rail. The divider is not original to the home, but it evokes the right era, and its selection shows that an expert eye â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that of a current owner, an architectural historian â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has guided improvements here. A galley kitchen gets a dose of natural light from a window, and stainlesssteel appliances bounce that sun around the space. Maple cabinets stretch to the ceiling, and a shot of marine blue on the floor adds a jolt of whimsy. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more function than fun here; for a compact area, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ample prep space and full-size appliances. And sleek Grohe hardware is a small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but significant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; high-style addition. The living space is sizable and sunny, with vertical mullions dividing the distinctive windows. But despite their period charm, the windows are in fact new, energy-efficient ones.

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This two-bedroom, one-bath unit at The Marlyn near Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues is priced at $379,900. A closet that opens from the living room offers more than the typical hall storage; it is a deep space and includes dividers to maximize utility. The master bedroom closet also features the dividers. That bedroom is bright and spacious, with square footage large enough for a kingsize bed. Leafy views wait outside each of the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two exposures. A south-facing second bedroom is also roomy enough for a kingsize bed and has a closet featuring dividers. Smart updates make another








appearance in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bath. The art deco tile floor is original and perfectly preserved; the smoky shades offer a counterpoint to the sharp black-and-white palette in the rest of the space. New Waterworks tile, along with the Grohe hardware, are sleek but maintain a vintage sensibility. The purchase price includes a garage parking space and a storage spot. Building amenities include a gym and a roof deck.

The Marlyn is located near the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues and allows easy access to all those corridors have to offer. This two-bedroom, one-bath unit in The Marlyn at 3901 Cathedral Ave. is offered for $379,900. Monthly fees total $880. For more information, contact Realtor Phil Sturm of Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc. at 301-213-3528 or

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of interest in the Stevens School site.â&#x20AC;? Developers, school representatives and interested community members will tour the school at 10 a.m. tomorrow, meeting at the back entrance off L Street. Sousa said Monday evening heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d already heard from more than 50 people interested in the site visit. The Stevens documents bear the headline â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Historic Opportunity in the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? and describe the building as â&#x20AC;&#x153;deteriorated from lack of maintenanceâ&#x20AC;? but still having â&#x20AC;&#x153;remarkable integrity to its original character and appearance.â&#x20AC;? Interested companies and educators have until March 1 to submit concepts for the property, and the District will weed out responses that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stated requirements. Remaining applicants will then pair up, with each developer presenting in more detail how its plan would accommodate one or more specific educational uses, and vice versa, with responses due in May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure we have a quality development that generates enough value to renovate the school, and a quality educational user to fill it,â&#x20AC;? Matt Troy of the economic development office told residents at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission. The process calls for numerous community presenta-

tions from the parties interested in Stevens School before a final selection in late spring. The requests also include the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 13 resolution on the subject, and instruct applicants to consider it an important guideline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The success of any development project hinges on the inclusion and support of the local community,â&#x20AC;? the documents read. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Responses must consider and incorporate stakeholder and community preferences, to the extent practical.â&#x20AC;? This tone represents a far cry from the earlier process, under former Mayor Adrian Fenty, in which residents called for a school, yet only commercial projects made the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shortlist and the city selected an apartment building that neighbors opposed. Neighborhood commission chair Rebecca Coder said the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willingness to accept a for-profit development to fund the school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as expressed in the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; helped move things forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last time around, we just felt like something was happening and we were not involved,â&#x20AC;? she said. One difference between the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests for interest and the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution is the type of school facility. The city documents are open to any facility â&#x20AC;&#x153;that supports the academic needs and/or career development of any type of student,â&#x20AC;? but the commission specified â&#x20AC;&#x153;public educational useâ&#x20AC;? and cited a strong preference for elementary or secondary schools.


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From Page 1 view. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to act on this any time soon.â&#x20AC;? Neighborhood commissions donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally take a stance on a project until its builder formally files plans with the District. Corson had asked that the commission get an early start because he opposes the general idea: to build an oncampus office building that would generate revenue but house no academics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I went a bit overboard, but I still feel very strongly about this issue,â&#x20AC;? Corson said in an interview after last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was upset and I went further than I should have, and I wish I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mentioned recalls,â&#x20AC;? he added. Corson said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t oppose redevelopment in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, where the university hopes to replace a row of town houses and the adjacent 90-foot Kaiser Permanente building with a


zen water, like Rock Creek, and fall through. Sassafras also has a medical condition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she suffers from mild seizures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and before she was missing, she took medicine twice a day to control the shakes. These combined concerns are sparking a renewed sense of urgency to find Sassafras and bring her home. Just this weekend, there was a reason for hope: Abramson received several calls from residents in Chevy Chase, Md., who said they saw a beagle that looked like Sassafras running around the neighborhood. One spotter took a picture and noted the location where he saw the dog. Abramson, who was at a local Target store with his daughter when the call came in, raced to the location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what we want people to do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Note where they are exactly. Look closely at dog. If they can, take a picture ... . Then call us.â&#x20AC;? While Abramson was fairly certain that the dog photographed that day wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the pet he rescued four years ago, with multiple sightings he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely rule out the chance that one of them might have been Sassafras. So he called in a dog tracker from Baltimore who has been helping with the search. Her dog, a golden retriever named Salsa who is specially trained in finding missing pets, picked up a fresh scent from Sassafras, and from there, the trio tracked the missing dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trail for about three hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to find her during a track because Sassafras is probably moving faster than we are,â&#x20AC;? said Abramson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the track does is establish a pattern of where she has been, and from there if we can find her regular spots, we can set up camera and feeding station with water, and we can put up fliers.â&#x20AC;? Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track took the search party from Connecticut Avenue and East-West Highway to Georgetown Branch Trail and back again. It closely resembles a previously confirmed track of Sassafras, found on Oct. 20. The dog has also been tracked in Rock Creek Park, Tenleytown and Chevy Chase, D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there,â&#x20AC;? said Edinger. The search effort is aided by a number of volunteers from the areas where Sassafras has been spotted. They have helped put up 8,000 fliers since April, handed out business cards when walking in places Sassafras has been and spread the word through neighbors. Sassafrasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; owners also maintain a blog (findsassafras. net) where they post updates and answer frequently asked questions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually when I see a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lost dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; flier, I note the dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

new, larger office facility. But he said he hopes the neighborhood commission can push the project toward academic use. The Zoning Commission OKed a similar project for the site, which was also commercial, as part of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broader campus plan. Since then, the university purchased the Kaiser Permanente building and decided to seek approval to add that site to the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footprint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The university has long used revenue from investment properties to help fund its academic mission,â&#x20AC;? the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alicia Knight wrote in a statement. Coder said she expects the neighborhood commission to consider a resolution on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan in the spring, and that last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion should have been tabled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the first time many of the commissioners had heard about [the plan], itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a topic that can breed a lot of emotion, it was late at night,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just need to spend more time thinking about what we want our strategy to be with it.â&#x20AC;?

details but have no practical way of learning whether the dog has been found,â&#x20AC;? said Jen, a search volunteer who preferred her last name not be used. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So sooner or later, I assume the dog is either home or deceased, and then I stop looking out for the dog. In Sassafrasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; case, her mom and dad maintained a blog, and they kept posting to it â&#x20AC;Ś . Knowing that she was still out there despite her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heroic efforts to find her is what made me decide to volunteer.â&#x20AC;? Pam Carpousis is another volunteer who frequently looks for Sassafras. She taped fliers to the windows of her car, a strategy that she hopes will help expand the awareness of the still-missing dog and signal that the search is active. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is hope â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sighted, and I think Sassafras has been very resourceful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survived a hurricane, an earthquake and cold weather most recently,â&#x20AC;? said Carpousis. Her owners â&#x20AC;&#x153;arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t giving up, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not giving up.â&#x20AC;? Abramson and Edinger say they are humbled by the generosity of so many strangers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no way we could have done this search without all the people who have stepped up to volunteer,â&#x20AC;? says Edinger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in these neighborhoods where our dog has been seen, and we are always cognizant that we are in someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front yard or backyard as we look for our dog, and we want to make sure that what we are doing is OK with them.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are constantly surprised by how many people know about Sassafras,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On a recent hike through Rock Creek Park, we stopped to give people a business card and they said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I already have your cellphone number in my phone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always looking for your dog.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? With the arrival of the winter months, both Abramson and Edinger say they are always glad to have new volunteers and can find ways to use the help. They say that in addition to having helpers post fliers and talk with friends and neighbors, they will be looking for volunteers who will host humane traps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ideally, along the route where Sassafras has been most recently tracked â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lined with blankets with the family membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scent on them. Since their dog went missing in April, Sassafrasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; owners are often asked why they keep looking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This really isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an eight-month-long search for us,â&#x20AC;? explained Edinger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is, but for us weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always searching based on the last sighting and working from there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;All we really want is to get our dog back,â&#x20AC;? said Abramson. For more information or to learn how to help, visit or email

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Wednesday december 14 Class â&#x2013; A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Thomas Circle Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra, featuring students from Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cultural Academy for Excellence, will perform holiday selections. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music From Medieval Spain.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $45. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The End of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resistance Army? Establishing Security and Justice for Northern Uganda.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Kimberley Phillips, professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;War! What Is It Good For? Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military From World War II to Iraq.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Idea: Exploring the Edge of Existenceâ&#x20AC;? will feature John Mather (shown), the 2006 Nobel laureate in physics, and Robert Ballard, National Geographic explorer-inresidence. 7 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office and Johns Hopkins Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environmental Studies Program


Events Entertainment will present the National Geographic documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Megastructures: EcoARK,â&#x20AC;? about the construction of a nine-story building in Taiwan from 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. A panel discussion with architect Arthur Huang and other experts will follow. 6 p.m. Free. Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-1852. â&#x2013; The School of Advanced International Studies and the Hudson Institute will host a screening of David Satterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Robert SedlĂĄcekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men in Rut,â&#x20AC;? about a small Moravian village that schemes to host the European deer-calling championship. 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. Performances â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Greece and Scena Theater will present a staged reading of Homerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Iliad.â&#x20AC;? A wine and cheese reception will follow. 7 p.m. $20; reservations required. Embassy of Greece, 2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Dance Place will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fall Showing,â&#x20AC;? featuring new performance works from various aesthetic viewpoints. 8 p.m. $10. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. Special event â&#x2013;  The seventh annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Dec.december 15 Thursday, Thursday 15



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Book signing â&#x2013; John Weisman will sign copies of his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;KBL: Kill Bin Laden.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Capital Accord Chorus performing four-part a cappella harmony. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania

Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The group Lox & Vodka will perform klezmer music. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra, soprano Kiera Duffy, countertenor Matthew Shaw (shown), tenor James Gilchrist, bassbaritone Neal Davies and the University of Maryland Concert Choir will perform Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? 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 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  Jewish choir Zemer Chai will present a holiday concert with the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chorus and the Pentagon Winds of the U.S. Army Field Band. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter David Broza will perform. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Kenneth Wollack, president of the National Democratic Institute, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Following Up on the Arab Spring: Elections.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degas the Revisionary,â&#x20AC;? about recent revelations that Edgar Degas began painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancers at the Barreâ&#x20AC;? in the 1880s but returned to the work several times over the next two decades. 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. â&#x2013;  Phillips Collection director Dorothy Kosinski will lead a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eye to Eye: Joseph Marioni at the Phillips.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Adult Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Razorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edgeâ&#x20AC;? by W. Somerset Maugham. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immigrants in Americaâ&#x20AC;? book discussion series will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unaccustomed Earthâ&#x20AC;? by Jhumpa Lahiri. 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3072. â&#x2013;  Author Mary-Lou Weisman and illustrator Al Jaffee will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Al Jaffeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mad Life: A Biography.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, BgafMk^gj@Yhhq@gmj =n]jqEgf\Yq%>ja\Yq >jge,%/he Dggc>gjGmjKmf\Yq:jmf[` :]_affaf_BYfmYjq)kl

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Friday, december 16 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Menahem Pressler will perform works by Beethoven. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blindnessâ&#x20AC;? by Portuguese author and Nobel laureate JosĂŠ Saramago. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Hirokazu Koreedaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hana: The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai,â&#x20AC;? about a shy young samurai sent to avenge the death of his father. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Cine Francophone will feature Xavier Dolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Amours Imaginaires,â&#x20AC;? about two close friends whose relationship comes unhinged as they compete for the attention of a suave new arrival in Montreal. 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Friday, Dec. 16

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by J.T. Martin, Ron Dicus, Lawrence Ink, Leslie Bennett and David Rubenstein. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Stephen Harouff of Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore 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;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the City Choir of Washington. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The D.C.-based band U.S. Royalty,

known for its bluesy swagger and rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll energy, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The International Choir will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navida Nuestraâ&#x20AC;? and Christmas music from various countries. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present cellist Efe Baltacigil (shown) and pianist Amy Yang performing works by Beethoven, DvorĂĄk and Ravel. 7:30 p.m. $150. Residence of the Turkish Ambassador, 1606 23rd St. NW. 202-6252361. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington DC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red & Greene,â&#x20AC;? featuring bold production numbers, glittering holiday songs and Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ellen Greene. 8 p.m. $25 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The trio Senayit will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10. BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. 202567-7713. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  As part of a series highlighting objects in the Society of the Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vaults, independent scholar James L. Kochan will discuss a horsemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sword made for the Continental Army by Philadelphia gun maker and cutler Abraham Morrow during the Revolutionary War. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Ralph Nader will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Students from Browne and Takoma education campuses will present their plans, developed in collaboration with the D.C. Office of Planning, for sites in Columbia Heights, the Navy Yard and NoMa. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Poet Jacqueline Osherow (shown) and scholar Michele Osherow will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetics and the Bible.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Far Left of Center: The Fiery Politics of Koji Wakamatsuâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Japanese directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caterpillar,â&#x20AC;? about a woman who figures out how to exact revenge on her abusive husband in post-World War II Japan. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-6331000. Special events â&#x2013;  Heidi Hess and 14 other local artists will display and sell hand-crafted jewelry items. 2 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Puro CafĂŠ, 1529 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train, live entertainment and presentations on how visitors can adopt energy-saving practices at See Events/Page 27

Continued From Page 26 home. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason game. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Dec. 17 Saturday, Saturday december 17 Book signing ■ Sandra O’Connell will sign copies of her book “An American Family in World War II.” Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the National” series will feature Mary Ann Jung as “Good Queen Bess.” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ Ages 8 through 12 will discover what the average person would need on a journey to Mars in the exhibition “Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?” Afterward, participants will use recycled materials to create a personalized jet pack. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per child. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Classes ■ Hillwood’s floral designer, Adrienne Summers, will lead a workshop on how to create a holiday centerpiece of fresh greens and flowers. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. ■ A gingerbread house workshop will benefit the DC Central Kitchen. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $20; $10 for children. Reservations required. Ris, 2275 L St. NW. 202-730-2508. Concerts ■ The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present its annual Family Christmas Concert, featuring Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and the Joy of Motion Youth Dance Ensemble. 1 to 2 p.m. $15 to $45. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Caroling in the Rotunda” will feature the Annapolis Area Christian Schools 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. ■ The Washington Chorus will present “A Candlelight Christmas,” featuring holiday classics, singalongs and a candlelight processional. 4 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. ■ The Children’s Chorus of Washington will present “A Nordic Holiday,” featuring the Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus and Young Men’s Ensemble. 4 p.m. $25 to $50; $10 for children ages 12 and younger and chorus alumni. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-237-1005. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the McLean Symphony Festival Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


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Events Entertainment ■ The Stradivari Memorial Concert will feature the Borromeo String Quartet and pianist Seymour Lipkin performing works by Schuller, Beethoven and Schubert. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures ■ Costume expert and independent curator Mary Doering will discuss “Two Centuries of Children’s Clothing.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. ■ A park ranger will explain how to recognize trees by their bark. Noon. Free. Montrose Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. ■ The bimonthly discussion series “Thinking About Jazz” will feature music critic David Hajdu, author of “Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn.” 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. 202-4847700. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Andy Warhol’s 16 mm film “Afternoon,” at 10:30 a.m.; and “Space” at 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The “Opera in Cinema” series will feature “Don Giovanni,” recorded live at Teatro alla Scala. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. ■ “Yuri Ilyenko: Ballad of Ukraine” will feature the director’s 1990 film “Swan Lake — The Zone,” about a convict unable to successfully escape from a prison camp. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Phillips Collection will present Frederick Wiseman’s 2009 documentary “La Danse — Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris,” about preparations for the 2008 season of the worldfamous Paris Opera Ballet. 2 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ “American Originals Now: Fred Worden” will feature a talk by the American director about his interest in the moving image and human perception, followed by a screening of his 1989 film “How the Hell I Ripped Jack Goldstein’s Painting in the Elevator.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ ITVS Community Cinema will present Ellen Spiro’s film “Troop 1500,” about a Girl Scout troop in Texas that unites daughters with mothers who are serving time for serious crimes. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Performances ■ The Georgetown Theatre Company will present “King George and the Dragon,” a holiday-themed English folk play. 6 p.m. Free.

anniversary with music, drink, conversation and presentations by authors Laila Al-Arian, Anthony Arnove, Jared Ball, Brian Jones, Chris Lehmann, Scott McLemee, Marvin Surkin, Sherry Wolf and Dave Zirin. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638.

Sunday, december 18 ■ Concert: The Washington Saengerbund will perform a German Christmas concert with audience participation. 3 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-3311495.

Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa celebration will feature Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests. 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. 202269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Special events ■ Bethlehem’s Christmas Lutheran Church and the Washington National Cathedral will present their fifth annual Christmas simulcast service, featuring the priests, choirs and congregations of both churches alternating in leading parts of the service, which will be in English and Arabic. 10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ The 21st annual “BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show” will feature holiday items, collectibles, toys, clothes and jewelry. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-610-4188. ■ The Washington National Cathedral’s annual Christmas pageant for children will include a re-enactment of the story of Jesus’ birth, including visits from the three magi, animals and angels. 2 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Haymarket Books will celebrate its 10th

Walks and tours ■ A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including “The Exorcist,” “The West Wing” and “Wedding Crashers.” 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-9793370. ■ Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ The Kreeger Museum will offer its monthly public architecture tour, which highlights the residence of David and Carmen Kreeger, designed in 1963 by renowned architect Philip Johnson. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall

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Road NW. 202-337-3552. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford and discuss the diverse natural and cultural resources that surround the historic water crossing. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Washington Walks will present a holiday-themed walking tour, “A Nation’s Capital Christmas.” 2 p.m. $20; $15 for military personnel; free for ages 3 and younger. Meet outside the White House exit to the McPherson Square Metrorail station, Vermont Avenue and I Street NW. 202-484-1565. Sunday, Dec.december 18 Sunday 18 Children’s programs ■ A park ranger will help children ages 5 and older create a corn-husk doll like those made by Colonial children. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. ■ Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about Pablo Picasso and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Concerts ■ “Caroling in the Rotunda” will feature the Central Bucks High School West Chamber Choir 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. ■ The Marine Band Brass Quintet will perform works by Rossini, Grainger, Hillborg, Chopin, Bach, Bozza, Kamen and Harbison. 2 See Events/Page 28


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Continued From Page 27 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and L streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013; The Choir and Baroque Ensemble of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, conducted by organist and choirmaster J. Owen Burdick, will present Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds will benefit an organ restoration fund at the church, which suffered damage in the Aug. 23 earthquake. 4 p.m. $35 to $75. Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 800-838-3006. â&#x2013;  The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Nordic Holiday,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Treble Chorus, Concert Chorus and Young Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ensemble. 4 p.m. $25 to $50; $10 for children ages 12 and younger and chorus alumni. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-237-1005. â&#x2013;  The National Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus, pianist Joel Ayau and harpist Laura Stokes will perform Christmas and Hanukkah music. 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-332-3133. â&#x2013;  Organist Jeremy Filsell will perform Messiaenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete â&#x20AC;&#x153;La NativitĂŠ du Seigneur.â&#x20AC;? 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 18th Street Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The DC Youth Orchestra Program will present a holiday concert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Singer Thomas Mark Fallon will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Countertenor Christmas.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Barbara von Barghahn, professor of art history at George Washington University, will offer an introduction to the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Song â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballet in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? live from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Monday at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Far Left of Center: The Fiery Politics of Koji Wakamatsuâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Japanese directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;United Red Army,â&#x20AC;? about the trajectory of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radical left. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Ellen Spiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Troop 1500,â&#x20AC;? about a Girl Scout troop in Texas that unites daughters with mothers who are serving time for serious crimes. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required.


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â&#x2013; The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Treasures From Russia,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Irina Shishkova. 7 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Discussion â&#x2013;  Joseph A. McCartin, associate professor of history at Georgetown University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363.

Sunday, december 18 â&#x2013; Concert: Andrew Arceci (shown) on viola da gamba and John McKean on harpsichord will perform baroque instrumental music. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present RaĂşl Ruizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mysteries of Lisbon,â&#x20AC;? a cinematic adaptation of the book by Portuguese novelist Camilo Castelo Branco. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The film will be shown again Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Performance â&#x2013;  St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, will host a staged, costumed reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol,â&#x20AC;? adapted from a script written and used by Charles Dickens for his own performances. 4 p.m. $10 per adult; $20 per family. Reservations required. 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy Chef: Battle of the Spuds,â&#x20AC;? part of a cook-off series, will pay homage to the potato. 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  One Common Unity will host an openmic event about child soldiers and child trafficking. 8 to 10 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Walk â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through Dumbarton Oaks Park and explain why this naturalistic park was considered landscape architect Beatrix Farrandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crowning achievement. 10 a.m. Free. Meet at R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070.

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Class â&#x2013; Teacher and therapist Elizabeth Muniot will lead a weekly yoga class. 5:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the early-music ensemble Vox Pulchra 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.

Films â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything Is Illuminated.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company will host a presentation of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;NT Liveâ&#x20AC;? high-definition broadcast of John Hodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collaborators,â&#x20AC;? about an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Don Lettsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1978 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Punk Rock Movie.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance â&#x2013;  Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater die baustelle will present excerpts from Humperdinckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hänsel & Gretel.â&#x20AC;? 6 pm. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Tuesday, Dec. 20

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Children ages 5 and older will tour the historic mansion to see how the holidays were celebrated in Washington in years past, and then they will design and build their own edible gingerbread houses. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $12 per child; free for adult chaperones. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400, ext. 108. The program will repeat Dec. 21, 27, 28 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  A Christmas Benefit Concert for the Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Epiphany Choir and conductor Christian M. Clough. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Jazz band Project Natale will perform seasonal selections. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

â&#x2013; The D.C.-based roots-rock band Last Train Home will perform original holiday tunes and interpretations of yuletide classics. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussion â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the World in Eighty Daysâ&#x20AC;? by Jules Verne. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Special event â&#x2013;  Chaplain Michael Bloom will bring the story of the Maccabeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; military victory to life. The celebration of the first night of Hanukkah will feature traditional songs, latkes, jelly doughnuts and gelt. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280, ext. 511. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Nashville Predators. 7 p.m. $47 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wednesday, Dec. 21

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Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The event will repeat Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happenings at the Harmanâ&#x20AC;? series will feature classical guitarist J. Scott Matejicka. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  The Wilson High School Jazz Chorus will perform holiday music. 1 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocal ensemble Philomela. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The Macaroons will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussion â&#x2013;  Journalist and author Philip Terzian will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Film â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Jacques Doillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three-Way Wedding.â&#x20AC;? 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. Performance â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;My So-Called Jewish Life III,â&#x20AC;? featuring autobiographical stories by Adam Ruben, Ophira Eisenberg, Rabbi Jonathan Roos, Hannah Seligson, Jerome Copulsky and Amy Saidman. 8 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.


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Gallery features paintings, bronze sculptures


ddison/Ripley Fine Art On exhibit opened two shows last week that will continue Laurel Lukaszewski. A highlight is through Jan. 21. her site-specific installation called One features new paintings and pastels by Wolf Kahn, who is “char- “The Path of Water,” done in the artist’s signature porcelain medium acterized by a determined and fearless exploration of color,” according and spilling from the ceiling to the floor. to a release. Located at 3146 Dumbarton St. The other presents small-scale NW, the gallery is open by appointbronze sculptures by Carol Brown ment. 202-210-9316. Goldberg that combine ■ “Secrets of the both abstract and figuDeep,” featuring limitrative elements and ed-edition reproducoffer allusions to the tions of artwork by Dr. human figure. Seuss creator Ted Located at 1670 Geisel that was until Wisconsin Ave. NW, recently kept from pubthe gallery is open “The Path of Water” lic view, opened earlier Tuesday through this month at P&C Art Saturday from 11 a.m. is on display at the Art Registry Gallery. Gallery and will conto 6 p.m. 202-338tinue through Dec. 24. 5180. ■ The Art Registry Gallery recent- The exhibit runs in conjunction with the release of the book “Dr. ly opened an exhibit of new wallmounted and freestanding works by Seuss’s Secrets of the Deep: The

Lost, Forgotten, and Hidden Works of Theodor Seuss Geisel.” Located at 3108 M St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 888299-6783. ■ Carroll Square Gallery recently opened an exhibit of artworks by participants in the Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program, which helps young cancer patients and their families. The works will remain on view through Jan. 13. Located at 975 F St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202624-8643. ■ Washington Studio School recently opened a certificate graduate exhibit of works by Chevy Chase, Md., artist Gail Goodman and will continue it through Friday. Located at 2129 S St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-

Wolf Kahn’s “Two Cupola Barn” is part of an exhibit that opened last week at Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Georgetown. 234-3030. ■ “Artuaré,” the second exhibit in the “Call and Response: Creativity and Community” series, opened Monday at the Anacostia Community Museum and will continue through March 18.

Featured are installations by Steven Cummings and Creative Junkfood, a multimedia production studio. Located at 1901 Fort Place SE, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-633-1000.

‘Madman’ play examines the individual, society


mbassador Theater is presenting “The Madman and the Nun” through Dec. 18 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.

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Written in 1923 and first staged in 1924, the play is about the tyranny of society over the individual. Author Stanislaw Witkiewicz, aka Witkacy, felt threatened by insanity — an expression of rebellious individuality — and the play may be considered an ironic portrait of the artist. Ambassador Theater is presenting “The Madman and the Nun” through Performance times are 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. dangerous life she craves and the Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Community Supported Art From Our Own Garden.” physically safe but emotionally Sunday. Tickets cost $30; $20 for Performance times generally are perilous life she doesn’t quite students and seniors. Flashpoint is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and understand. located at 916 G St. NW. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 Performance times are 8 p.m. ■ Theater J will present Renee p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to Tuesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. Calarco’s “The Religion Thing” $60. The Washington DC Jewish Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 4 through 29 at the Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Community Center, is located at Washington DC Jewish Studio Theatre is located at 1501 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3214; Community Center. 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; Mo and Brian are a ■ Studio Theatre will present fect D.C. couple: They’re smart, ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Donald they’re witty and Company will present Chicago Margulies’ they have a comedy troupe The Second City in “Time Stands beautifully a new work, “Spoiler Alert: Still” Jan. 4 remodeled kitchthrough Feb. 12. Everybody Dies,” Dec. 16 through en. But when Holly Twyford Jan. 8. Mo’s best friend, Woolly artists fly to Chicago to leads the cast of Patti, announces this drama from work with The Second City’s comshe’s found Pulitzer Prize edy wizards in an unprecedented Jesus and is Theater J will present “The winner collaboration. Their mission? Bring putting her Margulies. It fol- back to Washington the most gleeReligion Thing” as part of its career on hold lows a globeful anti-holiday celebration of to be a wife and “Locally Grown” festival. trotting photodoom ever: a mind-bending new mother, Mo journalist who returns home injured show exploring the twists of fate must take a closer look at the hard from the battlefields of Iraq. When that propel our universe. truths surrounding her own mar Performance times are generally her reporter boyfriend makes a riage. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 3 The production anchors Theater pitch for domesticity, Sarah must choose between the thrilling but See Theater/Page 32 J’s new festival, “Locally Grown:


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the tour. Each year a different neighborhood is selected, and St. Albans families residing in that area are asked if they would like to put their houses on the tour. This year, the neighborhood was Kalorama, and a group of volunteer parents worked with the homeowners to prepare the homes for the tour. Students in grades 10 and 11 are assigned a house, where they assist the elderly up and down stairs and cater to the needs of other visitors. The Christmas House Tour includes a Holiday Boutique that is set up in the school refectory and neighboring rooms. Vendors are enlisted to set up booths that sell a variety of goods. The shops are a great place to find gifts for loved ones or just something nice to munch on after a long day. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Parker Lombardo, Form II (eighth-grader)

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Buon Natale! The first grade is in the middle of our Christmas around-the-world celebration. Our celebration began with a field trip to the Discovery Theater to see a play titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Season of Lights.â&#x20AC;? We learned about holidays that revolve around light like Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and St. Lucia Day. The play served as inspiration to start our research into celebrations around the world.

The Current Each day, we take off on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Airlinesâ&#x20AC;? and fly to a new location to find out the local customs and traditions that each country uses when celebrating Christmas. We have so far learned about Los Posados in Mexico, that it is summertime in Australia at Christmas, and that La Befana brings sweets to the children of Italy. We enjoy learning how other countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas celebrations compare to our celebrations. We have many more countries to visit and cannot wait to fill up our passport with stamps from as many countries as possible. In reading, we are reading stories that revolve around our community and the jobs you find in a community. We created our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gingerbreadâ&#x20AC;? community, which has houses, businesses and other places you find in a community. Then, we wrote about our community to try to convince people that our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gingerbreadâ&#x20AC;? community is somewhere you would want to visit. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Taylor Branch, Roseclaire Kontchou and Harrison Combs, first-graders

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Last weekend, on Dec. 3, 4 and 5, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presented â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musicalâ&#x20AC;? to packed houses! The show saved this reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sanity and also made me the happiest senior in the auditorium. The lead cast and supporting

choir lifted up the auditorium with their tantalizing vocals. Every lead did an especially wonderful job. Senior Gabby Priest (Darlene Love) and junior Beaza Michael (Annie Golden) were tremendous, and they lit up the stage. Senior Becky Sella (older Ellie/Rosie) and sophomore Olivia Morreale (younger Ellie) were mesmerizing with their acting and song renditions. Senior Spencer Veirs (Jeff Barry) was wonderfully witty and funny while senior Alex Hunt (Gus Sharkey) was equally funny with outrageous wigs and costumes and his own puns. Overall, the leading cast of the musical was tremendous, as was the supporting cast. The chorus added great background to the leads. The acting, music and overall atmosphere went above and beyond all pre-conceived notions I had about a high school musical. I encourage everyone to come out and show support to the theater departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring show. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sean Dwyer, 12th-grader

will decide nearly 10 percent of our grade are to be taken. To veteran students, the schedule appeared out of the ordinary, if only slightly. Whereas last year midterms were taken the week after winter break, this year the schedule is split. Exams for year-round courses are scheduled for the week of Dec. 12, while all half-year course exams are to be taken the week after break. This change is manageable for most students, though many would prefer not to study over the break. The strangest addition to the midterm schedule was the fact that, instead of having exam days divided between study hall and testing, classes will continue to be taught regularly. Many teachers have already informed their classes that they will introduce new material during this period and that students should expect to show up for class (as if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever dream of skipping). Somehow we will have to manage. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

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How did mid-December get here so fast? This week at School Without Walls, we started to slow down in learning new materials in nearly all classes as teachers began to prep students on what information would be covered on their respective exams. It was with lighting-fast speed that the exam schedules were distributed among students, a whole week and a half before the tests that

In recent weeks, student council candidates have started campaigning. There are four officer positions: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The fourth- and fifth-grade candidates are Chandler Mabry, Julianna Ingram, Sankessha Meskhinetin, Tiffany Missembe, Naomi Schuster, Margret Goletiani, Kwniyah Tuffour, Saige Ballard and Noah White.

The candidates will make speeches to encourage votes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

Sheridan students have been talking about homelessness. In the past two school assemblies, the Sheridan community met to discuss the problem of homelessness. We talked about stereotypes of homeless people, the reasons people might be homeless, and the fastestgrowing population of homeless â&#x20AC;&#x201D; children. Some of the stereotypes of homeless people are that they are always begging on the sidewalk for change and they are dressed in ragged clothing with a backpack and a sign that asks for money or food. The reality is that a person who is homeless could look like you or your neighbors. People are homeless for many reasons. For example, someone might be homeless because of the economic crisis. They may have lost their homes or jobs or have medical expenses. Child homelessness is a big problems in the United States. Some homeless families send their children to live with relatives or friends. Many families think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to stay together and live in motels or shelters. It would be tough being a kid without a home. You would worry about your parents not having a job. Older kids See Dispatches/Page 36


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erable” stewardship of its trees. The agency misuses the “tree fund” of tree removal permit fees, doesn’t verify that privately planted replacement trees are surviving, and is careless around trees in road construction projects. “I think they just don’t get it,” Mendelson said. Transportation Department director Terry Bellamy said at the hearing that it’s essential to keep the Urban Forestry Administration and its staff and equipment within his agency. Otherwise, he said, lost “continuity” would impact such activities as storm cleanup.

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your drinking on,” said one ReedCooke resident, begging the commission not to amend a voluntary agreement. Commissioners were conflicted, and ultimately tabled a decision at their meeting last Wednesday. “I’ve never seen the hooligan aspect of Adams Morgan in Harris Teeter,” said commissioner Stacey Moye. Harris Teeter wants to take advantage of a recent change in the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control law that allows off-premise retailers — full liquor stores, as well as corner stores and supermarkets that sell only wine and beer — to apply to stay open beyond 10 p.m. The legislative change, approved last summer as part of a massive budget support bill, is designed as a money raiser for the cash-strapped city. Coupled with an increase in the sales tax on alcohol from 9 to 10 percent, extended hours are expected to bring in an extra $2.3 million this fiscal year, and $9.4 million over four years. The Alcoholic Beverage RegulationAdministration said 52 Class B retailers have applied for longer hours since the law took effect July 1. But the extension isn’t automatic for retailers with voluntary agreements that limit their hours. Harris Teeter signed one of those in 2008, when plans for its first store in the District were contested by residents concerned about alcohol sales near 18th Street. The agreement cuts off beer and wine sales at 10 p.m. Now the store is asking the advisory commission to amend that agreement, with a six-month “trial period” for sales up to midnight. District manager Duane Inskeep made the case: Harris Teeters with extended hours average 19 customers and a total of $205 in beer and wine sales between 10 p.m. and midnight on a typical night, he said. “It’s not a lot of sales, but those 19 customers pay your bills.” “Harris Teeter gets numerous requests from customers who work late,” said the chain’s attorney. “It’s merely an accommodation.” The store hires off-duty police to patrol inside and immediately out-

But Bellamy added that supervision of permits to remove trees on private property and related activities could be comfortably absorbed into the Environment Department. That agency’s director, Christophe Tulou, testified that he supports that assessment. When the forestry administration was formed in 2002, the Department of the Environment hadn’t yet been established. Bellamy also noted that Mendelson’s proposal to require permits for removal of smaller trees would mean monitoring 3,000 more trees and would require more employees. Mendelson proposed covering trees as small as 40 inches in circumference; the law now applies to trees 55 inches and larger. side the store, Inskeep said, and within the past year, “we’ve not had one incident in the store or in front.” Neighborhood commissioner Olivier Kamanda, who chairs a committee involved with liquor licenses, saw it differently. Kamanda noted that a concentrated policing effort on 18th Street, known as Operation Adams Morgan, has recently begun to take hold, with both violence and overall crime down along a strip known for latenight chaos. “MPD has done a good job of cracking down. But I don’t think the neighborhood is ready to ... risk the gains we’ve made in recent months,” Kamanda said. “Ten to midnight is the beginning of prime time, people drinking in cars, making a nuisance, and a lot of that is tied to alcohol.” Kamanda weighed the “risks and rewards” of the extended sales hours. “There’s a potential for some [Harris Teeter] patrons to contribute to drinking that goes on in cars. In all due respect to the 19 people who work late, it’s an inconvenience, but there is no urgency. We have to consider the people who are irresponsible — and we tend to attract them.” Commissioner Steve Lanning said police have told the commission that an increase in the supply of alcohol would increase the problems along 18th Street. Some Reed-Cooke neighbors chimed in. “We’re two blocks away [from 18th Street] and see people drinking in cars. And your cop doesn’t prevent any of it,” one resident told Inskeep. “We love Harris Teeter, and certainly want them to make a profit. But I don’t think the timing is right,” another neighbor said. Commission chair Wilson Reynolds offered a compromise: extended hours for alcohol sales on weekdays only. “Let’s address the elephant in the room, which is Friday and Saturday nights,” Reynolds said, adding, “I do not believe Harris Teeter is the source of the drinking in cars. I’m fully convinced those people are pre-loaded, [have] done their shopping.” His amendment failed on a tie vote. Clearly torn, the commission voted to table Harris Teeter’s request, and to gather more input through meetings with affected residents.


From Page 3 first option, totaling about $4.44 million, would retain the Rock Creek trail’s existing widths — between 6 and 10 feet, depending on the location. The second, at around $7.45 million, would widen the trail in different areas to a maximum of 10 feet. Under this plan, about 2.6 miles of trail would be 10 feet wide. The two plans also offer different



widths for the trail within Rose Park in Georgetown — 6 feet under the first option, 8 under the second. Some neighbors objected to previous plans to widen the trail to 10 feet, saying a path that broad would invite cyclists to speed through an area often crowded with pedestrians and small children. The National Park Service, which owns the majority of the trail property, worked with the Federal Highway Administration and the D.C. Department of Transportation

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p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; â&#x2013; The Kennedy Center will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards,â&#x20AC;? starring Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, Dec. 17 through Jan. 15 in the Eisenhower Theater. Everything is bigger in Texas. For the late Texas politician Ann Richards, that maxim held true not only for her huge character and heart, but also her wit and hairdo. Taylor wrote the play as a way of sharing what it was about the down-home woman that affected so many people so deeply. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $54. 202-467-4600; â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Mo Willemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musicalâ&#x20AC;? returns Dec. 17 through Jan. 8 in the Family Theater. The show about family, best friends, baby steps and dancing laundry is appropriate for ages 4 and older. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20. 202-4674600; â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre will host an extended run of former â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daily Showâ&#x20AC;? correspondent Lauren Weedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bustâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bustâ&#x20AC;? is a mostly autobiographical play based on Weedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiences working as a volunteer advocate in a California prison for women. She plays dozens of characters, switching from prostitute to parole officer, addict to editor, with nuance and empathy. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; â&#x2013;  City Artistic Partnerships is presenting David Sedarisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Santaland Diariesâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 24 at The Shop at Fort Fringe. Based on the outlandish but true accounts of Sedarisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience as an elf in Santaland at Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the play riffs on the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly odd encounters with his fellow man, woman and child during the height of the holiday crunch. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20. The Shop at Fort Fringe is located at 607 New York Ave. NW. 202-213-2474; â&#x2013;  The Washington Ballet is presenting the 50th anniversary of its holiday productions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 24 at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-of-a-kind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? set in 1882 Georgetown, stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker, King George III as the villainous Rat King, Anacostia Indians, frontiersmen and many other all-American delights. Performance times are generally 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $29 to $90. Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 202-397-7328; â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 31. Audiences will hear familiar carols, encounter imaginative stage tricks and discover the goodwill, compassion and charity that inspire the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a transformative journey. Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in Michael Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20 to $85. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800-9822787; â&#x2013;  The Keegan Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Matthew Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Carolâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 31 in the Church Street Theater. The play, both comic and touching, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance is presenting Langston Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Nativityâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 31 at the H Street

Holland Taylor stars in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richardsâ&#x20AC;? at the Kennedy Center Dec. 17 through Jan. 15. Playhouse. Written toward the end of his career, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Nativityâ&#x20AC;? is a vibrant retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-American perspective, woven with gospel music, griot-style storytelling and dance. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-241-2539; â&#x2013; Washington Improv Theater is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasonal Disorderâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 31 at Source. The four-week festival of long-form improvisation performances explores, extols, exploits and maybe even exterminates themes prevalent during the holiday season. Performance times are generally 8 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is presenting Amy Freedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;You, Neroâ&#x20AC;? through Jan. 1 on the Fichandler Stage. As Rome collapses beneath Neroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outrageous narcissism, a forgotten playwright tries to restore order through the art of theater in this farce. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $55 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is collaborating with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to present its production of Bill Cainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equivocationâ&#x20AC;? through Jan. 1 in the Kreeger Theater. In 1605 London, the worlds of King James and the Gunpowder Plot collide with William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shagspeareâ&#x20AC;? and his theatrical troupe in a startling cat-and-mouse game of politics and art. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Boysâ&#x20AC;? is back at the National Theatre through Jan. 7. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $41.50 to $276.50. National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161; â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company has extended â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much Ado About Nothingâ&#x20AC;? through Jan. 7 at Sidney Harman Hall. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon Dec. 21. Tickets cost $20 to $100. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122; â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billy Elliot the Musicalâ&#x20AC;? is at the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opera House through Jan. 15. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $25. 202-467-4600;





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It’s one of the clearest pictures of hypocrisy that we are the leader of the free world and yet our capital city doesn’t have control over itself.” “No one can create a case for why D.C. shouldn’t have these rights,” he added. When The Current went to press, Boehner had not agreed to meet with the hunger strikers. Reid’s legislative aide has indicated that the senator supports their efforts, said Jewler, but that Reid couldn’t promise to push for the D.C. rider’s removal over others among the bill’s 135 that might have a higher priority. Jewler (a former intern for The Current) said while he now understands more about the congressional negotiations, Reid’s unwillingness to commit to the cause only strengthened his resolve. “D.C. hasn’t had voting rights for so long that people take it for granted that it can’t be changed,” said Jewler. “But Congress doesn’t need the extra burdens or complications that come into play when they try to control D.C. This is an injustice that needs to be challenged, and we have to take steps to right what is wrong.” The hunger strikers have the support of DC Vote, a local nonprofit that advocates for District autonomy. “We admire the courage and conviction that the DC hunger strikers are displaying today,” DC Vote executive director Ilir Zherka said in a news release. “Like so many other Americans, they are sick and tired of DC’s second class status. They decided they are not going to accept less democracy for DC, and are demanding action. We call on Congress to respond by freeing DC’s budget.” Jewler and three other hunger strikers are planning to fast indefinitely to draw attention to D.C.’s lack of autonomy. They are drinking water infused with electrolytes and taking vitamins. The group organized the hunger strike while participating in the Occupy DC movement in McPherson Square, where Jewler served as one of the editors of The Occupied Washington Times, a news publication about Occupy DC. “The two movements are related,” said Jewler, but he added that the hunger strike is not officially sanctioned by Occupy DC. “Both are about political and economic disenfranchisement. I think it’s important for Occupy DC to be active on local issues as well as with the national movement, and a lot could be done better in

civic organizations “so you’re not parachuting into a community.” But he warned that business owners should expect some hostility from neighbors. In every building he’s worked in, he said, “there’s been one damn person, and that person has made my life hell.” Wariness about Walmart, which is poised to open two locations in Ward 4 (one on Georgia Avenue and the other in Fort Totten), inevitably made its way into the forum. Taalib-Din Uqdah of the 14th Street Uptown Business Association said the city will revert to the way things were back when one company — Woodward & Lothrop — was the second-largest employer after the government. “You’re going to see that repeat itself. … Our city has allowed itself to be treated like a cheap date” with Walmart, he said. One resident said that Walmart “is staging an invasion” and will bring “business genocide,” snuffing out places like hardware stores and coffee shops. Another resident noted that he’d rather see Walmart come in than the continued business void on Georgia Avenue. “I want to see some activity,” he said. “I wish it was a Harris Teeter, I wish it was a Trader Joe’s ... [but] I just want to see something new.”

D.C., and it starts with this.” The strikers have — for the moment — left their tents in McPherson Square. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church on 16th Street has offered them shelter to ease the physical impact of the hunger strike. Jewler said yesterday, the sixth day of the strike, that the participants were adjusting well, although they tired more easily and felt more physically weak. Asked what Jewler’s family thinks about his strike, he said both parents were initially strongly opposed, particularly his mother. But he said they now understand that he is doing what he feels he needs to do. “I contact my parents daily about my health, and they’ve been helpful in passing along medical advice,” Jewell said. “All of us have had tough discussions with our friends and loved ones, and they know that it’s our bodies and our lives and we are doing what we believe in.” The hunger strikers have found verbal support, if nothing more, from some District officials. Mayor Vincent Gray, who was one of 41 residents arrested in April while protesting the city’s lack of voting rights, said through his communications staffer Doxie McCoy that he supports all actions made by residents that bring attention to the fact that the District lacks full democracy. Likewise, Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, who was also arrested in April, is supportive of the group’s efforts to end taxation without representation, according to his staff. The hunger strikers are using Twitter and Facebook to document their crusade, and they are filming their activities 24/7 and streaming them live on “In government today, there’s not a lot of transparency — budget discussions are behind closed doors. It’s hard just to get members of Congress to talk with us. We have very little control,” said Jewler. “So we’re trying to be as transparent as possible, which is why we have the 24/7 video feed. Through that, people can see that we’re really not eating, we’re quite feeble, and they can get to know us and why we’re doing this.” Links to the video feed and more information about the hunger strike and D.C. voting rights can be found at or on Twitter, @occupythevotedc. “D.C.’s lack of autonomy is such a radical injustice,” said Jewler, “and it needs to be met with a radical measure.” The Current was not able to reach the other strikers.

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