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Plans are moving forward for a mixed-use housing and hotel complex across from the Washington Convention Center and the newly opened Marriott Marquis. The Columbia Place project at 901 L St. includes 12-story hotel and apartment buildings comprising 200 housing units and 500 hotel rooms — a Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott — plus meeting and retail space. The plans incorporate vacant and deteriorating historic buildings — six 9th Street row houses and an L Street apartment building — from the late 19th and early 20th centuries into the 555,000-square-foot complex. Two 19th-century row houses would be torn down on L Street. At a hearing last Thursday, the Historic Preservation Review Board called for various changes to the proposal while supporting the general idea of redeveloping the site. Board members said that while they appreciated efforts to retain the existing buildings — part of the See Hotel/Page 24

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A major sewage spill last week continues to impact the D.C. stretch of the Capital Crescent Trail, as the city works on cleanup efforts. Last Wednesday’s spill of about 5 million gallons of overflow sewage also affected the Potomac River and a portion of the C&O Canal. Both of those bodies of water have now been cleared as sanitary, according to officials.

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A participatory parade Saturday evening marked the culmination of the daylong Funk Parade celebration of the spirit and soul of U Street. Other activities included an afternoon street fair and free evening shows in neighborhood venues.

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Mark Furstenberg’s Bread Furst opened this week in Van Ness.

But this isn’t the last venture for the 75-year-old journalist-turnedbaker. Yesterday, Furstenberg unveiled Bread Furst, his long-awaited new bakery at 4434 Connecticut Ave. in

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Van Ness, much to the excitement of neighbors looking for more creative options along the area’s commercial strip. “For the neighborhood, it’s an important step to making Van Ness more vibrant,” said Adam Tope of the Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission. “The ANC has been working to improve Van Ness, and we think this is a huge step forward.” The shop specializes in artisanal bread such as baguettes and ficelle, baked every four hours; as well as brioche and levain country loaf, sold by the pound. There are also daily specials such as challah served on Fridays, bialys on weekends and See Bakery/Page 8

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The off-road Capital Crescent Trail, however, remains closed between Fletcher’s Cove and Water Street in Georgetown. The trail, known as one of the most heavily used in the nation, is popular not only for exercise and recreation but also as a major bike commuter link between Maryland and the District. “We’re cautioning the public to expect the closure to last for several weeks while [the trail] is cleaned up appropriately and made safe for the public,” said Jenny Azelmo-Sarles, spokesperson for the National Park Service, which has jurisdiction over the D.C. portion of the trail going See Sewage/Page 38

Bus forum airs solutions for 16th Street crowding

New bakery gives rise to hopes for Van Ness The closing of Marvelous Market in Georgetown last week was a mournful occasion for Mark Furstenberg. “It didn’t feel good. I’m sorry it perished,” said the food entrepreneur, who opened the chain’s first location on upper Connecticut Avenue in 1990. Although he sold the business in 1996, after which it multiplied into a chain of local gourmet grocers, his wistfulness toward the 3217 P St. location was simply because “it was the last Marvelous Market name.” Other locations have closed or reopened with new monikers.

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Smart growth advocates are still waiting for the D.C. government to commit to bus-only lanes and other public transit reforms they favor for 16th Street, many of which were discussed at a community forum with government stakeholders last Wednesday. At the meeting, representatives of the D.C. Council, the D.C. Department of Transportation and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority discussed ideas for improving 16th Street’s unreliable bus service. But officials remained vague about a timeline for addressing persistent congestion in one of the busiest corridors in the city. “We’re looking for this to be better spelled out,” said Cheryl Cort of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which sponsored the event. “We didn’t quite hear everything we wanted to hear.” Cort expressed gratitude that

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The heavily congested 16th Street corridor sees 21,000 daily trips via Metrobus.

Metro plans to send bigger buses to 16th Street starting in August, but she said the change wouldn’t be enough to address traffic problems. “This is a corridor that has surging ridership — 21,000 trips per day. ... We’re carrying more people on buses than we are in cars during rush hour.” In response to this phenomenon, Cort’s coalition has so far collected 800 petition signatures in support of a more ambitious goal — bus-only lanes during rush hour. Her group has worked to promote the idea with Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commisSee Transit/Page 38

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Wisconsin Avenue bus stops Walls principal recommends new high school considered for consolidation By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

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In a effort to consolidate bus stops, Metro is looking into eliminating several along Wisconsin Avenue that serve the 30s bus routes. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials say the cuts would help Metro deliver more reliable service at remaining stops, while bringing down fuel and maintenance costs. Changes would take effect in late August, Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel wrote in an email. A public process will start in June, with signs posted aboard buses and at individual stops, as well as a webpage where residents can give feedback. Along the entire length of the 30s bus lines, Metro is considering removing about 40 stops total, Stessel said. A draft listing of the suggested cuts is making the rounds among affected advisory neighbor-

hood commissions and other stakeholders this month. Along Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest, proposed removals include southbound and northbound stops at Ellicott Street, Edmunds Street and W Place. Southboundonly stops could be eliminated at Mazza Gallerie, Warren Street, Idaho Avenue and Macomb Street; northbound stops could be removed at Dumbarton Street, Norton Place and Quebec Street. With the cuts, Metro is specifically targeting bus stops “that see relatively low numbers of passengers and/or [are] in close proximity to other stops,” Metro’s Ann Chisolm wrote in an email to neighborhood commissioners in Tenleytown, who plan to weigh in on the issue at this week’s meeting. Last week Georgetown commissioners voted 5-2 to oppose the suggested removal of the Dumbarton See Bus Stops/Page 5

School Without Walls principal Richard Trogisch said this week that he supports adding a neighborhood high school to his pre-K-through-eighth-grade Francis-Stevens campus in Dupont Circle. Speaking with a small group of education activists at the Francis-Stevens building on Saturday, Trogisch pitched the idea of a pre-K-to-12th-grade facility as a potential solution to the lack of neighborhood high school options in wards 2 and 3. He said the advantages of such an arrangement would include keeping cohorts of students together as they move through the grades, creating a tight-knit environment under one roof where teachers know students well, and ensuring appropriate curricula for students when they pass from middle school to high school. “It’s the private school model, and that appears to be working pretty well as far as I know,” Trogisch said to members of the Ward 2 Education Network. In a follow-up interview with The Current, he suggested that an expanded Francis-Stevens campus could add a new local upper school option, in addition to the existing School Without Walls High School magnet program in Foggy Bottom. Currently

Board raises concern over condo proposal By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A 32-unit luxury condo project proposed for 14271429 Rhode Island Ave. needs its projecting bay either redesigned or removed, the Historic Preservation Review Board told developers last Thursday. The 90-foot-tall building would run between two near-identical 85-year-old apartment houses of the same height, ideally connecting to both. The board approved a similarly sized building in 2011, and members had no issues with its scale. The property previously housed two 19th-century row houses that were torn down in 2012 in anticipation of a redevelopment plan that was subsequently abandoned. It now sits vacant, except for a driveway and

parking area belonging to a neighboring building. The developer of this new project, Madison Investments, is negotiating to acquire the air rights to build above that driveway, but the firm is seeking the board’s approval for versions of the new building with and without that space — 60 feet wide and 43 feet wide, respectively. Under zoning rules, the building would be entitled to have bays that project outward toward the street on about 40 percent of its facade. Generally, this allowance is split into multiple bays across the building; here, developers put it in one large section next to the adjacent building’s driveway. “The bay as you’re showing it isn’t working in relationship with the rhythm and the scale of either the adjacent buildings or the facades on that street,” board See Condos/Page 24

Trogisch serves as head of both the Francis-Stevens pre-K-through-eighth program and Walls, which merged last fall. If a new open-admission neighborhood high school were to open, Trogisch said he could oversee all of those programs. “I deal with hiring. I deal with staff evaluation. I deal with operations. ... Just like at Sidwell, just like at Georgetown Day,” he said. Trogisch’s comments came during a sparsely attended Ward 2 Education Network meeting focused on how to relieve pressure from Wilson High School, which is overcrowded with nearly 1,700 students. Trogisch said research has shown that the ideal high school has 600 to 800 students. Parents Chris Sondreal, the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission’s designee to the education group, and Evelyn Boyd Simmons, co-chair of the Logan Circle commission’s education committee, expressed initial support for Trogisch’s proposal. Everyone at the meeting, including Trogisch, also voiced support for another potential location for a neighborhood high school: the Burleith facility currently housing the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Sondreal said this building, which is slated for a See School/Page 24

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The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session to discuss graduation requirements and amendments to the District’s accountability system and Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1117, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Democratic mayoral nominee and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser as speaker. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW.

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The D.C. Department of Health will hold a “rat summit” in Ward 3. Speakers will include Robert Corrigan, author of “Rodent Control: A Practical Guide for Pest Management Professionals,” and officials from the D.C. departments of Health, Public Works, and Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601

Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Foggy Bottom West End Village will hold an open house from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in its new office and event space at St. Paul’s Parish, 2430 K St. NW.

Tuesday, May 13

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold a town hall meeting with National Park Service representatives, including National Capital Region director Steve Whitesell. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ Adas Israel Congregation will present a program on hospice care and making end-of-life decisions with leaders from Northwest-based Community Hospice and the Rockville-based Jewish Social Service Agency. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW.

Thursday, May 15

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and Northwest Neighbors Village will host a discussion with syndicated Washington Post columnist Michelle

Singletary and certified elder law attorney Bill Fralin on “Planning for Aging: Making Wise Decisions.” The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Saturday, May 17

The D.C. Department of Health will host animal health fairs in wards 1 and 2. The events will feature dog licensing, free vaccinations, veterinary advice, and information on emergency preparedness and animal laws. The Ward 1 event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Walter Pierce Dog Park near Adams Mill Road and Calvert Street NW; the Ward 2 event will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Shaw Dog Park, 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. ■ The Ward 2 Education Network will host a meet and greet with elementary school principals whose campuses serve the Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhoods. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S St. NW.

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Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh introduced legislation yesterday that would require the District to allow construction of a playground at the homeless shelter currently operating on the campus of the old D.C. General Hospital. The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project offered to build such a facility, but Mayor Vincent Gray

hasn’t acted, according to a news release from Cheh’s office. The organization solicited donations from various local businesses. Under the bill, the mayor would have to identify possible sites for a playground within 30 days and work with the Children’s Playtime Project to complete the project. “The ability to play in a safe and fun environment is something we owe all District children, especially those whose families are homeless,�

Cheh said in the release. “Although many may view something like a playground as a minor amenity, for the children living at DC General, a playground can help reduce the stress and trauma of homelessness.� She noted that supporting the playground doesn’t mean she thinks the city should continue housing the homeless at D.C. General. It should instead provide “more suitable and permanent housing for families,� Cheh said, but for the time being,

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Council approves bill on D.C. traffic tickets

If the mayor signs legislation the D.C. Council passed unanimously yesterday, the Department of Motor Vehicles will have to explain, in response to unsuccessful traffic ticket adjudications, why a resident’s evidence was insufficient. The bill, authored by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 1 member Jim Graham, also says: ■the agency must consider any facts in its files, such as vehicle registration information that proves a person does not own the ticketed vehicle, when assessing adjudication requests; ■ the city must create a new appeals process for traffic tickets; ■ the city must create a traffic adjudication ombudsman within the DMV; and ■ the agency must review its vehicle registration records and communicate with other DMVs before sending an outstanding notice of infraction, allowing the agency to dismiss erroneously issued tickets. The last two items were added by amendment from Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who chairs the committee with oversight of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Group lauds Gray for LGBT achievements

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance surprised Mayor Vincent Gray last week with its Distinguished Service Award for his work on LGBT issues. Gray was at the nonprofit’s annual reception to issue a proclamation celebrating its 43rd anniversary. In his introduction of the

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mayor, alliance president Rick Rosendall presented the honor, citing Gray for his multiyear efforts to help the organization. “As a cabinet officer and director of a nonprofit, Vince Gray was our ally and friend long before he ran for elected office,� Rosendall said in a news release. “As Council chair, he presided over the enactment of marriage equality. As mayor, he has been down to earth and accessible, brought the right officials to the table, followed through, and took action. “For those of us working in the trenches,� he continued, “it is all too easy to focus on the latest flap and forget that Vince is, by the evidence, the best mayor on LGBT issues our city has ever had.�

Sibley cancer center achieves LEED gold

On Earth Day last month, Sibley Memorial Hospital celebrated the LEED gold rating recently granted to its Radiation Oncology Center building. The U.S. Green Building Council recognized the center for its environmentally friendly features in December, according to a news release. The facility, which opened in 2012, has the city’s largest green roof in a health care building, at 17,000 square feet. Sibley is working to make all of its new buildings sustainable. Ninety-eight percent of the materials from the recently razed Hayes Hall were diverted from the landfill.

City cites progress on ‘Sustainable DC’

A top D.C. Department of the Environment employee said successes from the “Sustainable DC� program so far include equipping police cruisers with anti-idling devices, reducing idling time by 60 percent; creating 62 new garden plots; and rebuilding Dunbar High School to the highest level of LEED designation. Brendan Shane, chief of policy and sustainability, discussed the program at St. Alban’s Parish Sunday morning. He said that in 2013, 300,000 square feet of green roofs were installed in D.C., more than in any other American city. The property owners receive financial incentives to implement stormwater management improvements even when they are not required. Shane noted that Washington already has the highest green power use among American cities, and the region has the second highest mass transit ridership in the country. Sustainable DC’s goal is to make the District the “healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation� by 2032.

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Campaign pushes restaurant accessibility By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Accommodating people with disabilities at a restaurant doesn’t always involve physical alterations. For the most part, it simply requires a well-trained staff that knows how to handle the needs of this population. That’s the message of a new citywide campaign launched this spring by the D.C. Office of Human Rights. Officials are encouraging restaurants to create an inclusive atmosphere for people with disabilities, by taking steps like allowing service dogs indoors and providing well-lit and quiet dining areas. As part of the March 26 unveiling, campaign leaders spread the word by visiting some restaurants along the 14th Street corridor. Later

that evening, they introduced the initiative to a committee of the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission. “We all know about structural issues such as ‌ ramps and doors that are wide. But there are actually a lot of ways to make sure that your restaurant is a welcoming place for people with disabilities,â€? said Elliot Imse, policy director at the Office of Human Rights. A booklet developed by the American Association of People with Disabilities offers some guidelines, including: speaking directly to the patron instead of a sign language interpreter; accommodating service animals; spacing tables far enough apart to allow customers in a mobility device to pass through; and providing online reservation systems so hearing-impaired individuals can

more easily secure a table. “Most of them are cost-free,� Imse said of the measures. He described the initiative as a “friendly business approach to try and find ways to work together� instead of simply enforcing complicated building codes and regulations. Over half of the people with disabilities in this country eat out at restaurants once a week, according to surveys conducted by the Open Doors Organization. This Chicagobased nonprofit advises businesses, particularly in the travel and service industries, on how to improve their offerings to people with disabilities. Laurel Van Horn, the group’s director of programs, said these numbers are only going to increase, particularly with an aging baby boomer generation. “If restaurants See Accessibility/Page 9

BID remains optimistic about downtown D.C. Current Staff Report In spite of challenges like federal government cutbacks and companies downsizing space, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District is generally optimistic about the area’s long-term prospects. The business group shared figures and anecdotes about the growth and remaining obstacles for downtown D.C. at its annual forum, held April 26. Retail and apartment growth is now catching up with the office sector, which until recently dominated the area. The CityCenterDC development in particular is attracting high-end retailers and a number of restaurants. Downtown commercial property assessments increased 12.3 percent in 2013, while office rents have remained flat or declined, according to the business group. Donna Harris, co-founder of the startup-support organization 1776, said her firm is “poised for an incredible future,� at the same time the area’s largest employer — the federal government — is declining. Harris said the major competitive problem is North-

ern Virginia, where quite a few of the startups founded in the District have moved. Given Virginia’s lower corporate taxes, “it’s not going to be easy� for D.C. to compete, said Pepco regional president Donna Cooper. On the broader scale, the District dropped in its global ranking from the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate from first place in 2008 to 10th in 2013. (The U.S. as a whole dropped from first to fourth.) On the positive side, more employees at D.C. firms are choosing to live in the city. This number has doubled for the CoStar Group since the real estate information firm moved to the city three years ago, reported executive vice president Frank Cardechi. A big advantage for the District, said Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis, is that “millennials� tend to prefer the culture and walkability of city living to large homes in the suburbs. Harris added that Washington’s intellectual and cultural riches are a major advantage in attracting hightech firms as well as their well-educated employees.

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Street stop. Although one commissioner argued that the change would help buses move more quickly up Wisconsin Avenue, others wanted to see evidence of the transit authority’s comprehensive reasoning for removing this and other specific stops. Some also objected to the idea of making residents walk farther to catch the bus. Stessel, in his email, noted that “in all cases, there is another bus stop within a short walk (i.e. a block or so) from the stop that could be discontinued.� The 31 buses travel seven days a week from the Friendship Heights Metro station down Wisconsin Avenue, ultimately terminating at Potomac Park in Foggy Bottom. The 32 and 36 lines, operating on weekdays, travel the same route but then extend farther across the city, covering Capitol Hill and ending at the Southern Avenue Metro station. In Northwest, other potential bus

stop removals include one at H and 15th streets, and two along Pennsylvania Avenue — at 26th Street and 11 Street. Many of the targeted stops also serve other bus lines, such as the N2, D32 or H routes. Tom Quinn, a Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commissioner, said he first heard of the consolidation plans at a transit authority meeting a couple of years ago. His commission has invited Metro officials to attend their May 8 meeting to explain specifics. The Glover Park/Cathedral advisory neighborhood commission will also discuss the issue that night. Stessel said the agency has consolidated bus stops in other areas with success. Last year, removing stops along the 90s route (the U Street-Garfield line) resulted in “minimal customer impact, but ‌ improvement to service,â€? he wrote. For the 30s line, the agency plans to circulate a final plan in mid-July, Stessel said. Staff writer Graham Vyse contributed to this report.

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Theft â&#x2013; 700-799 block, 7th St.; 2:38 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, E St.; 5 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, F St.; 11:06 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:53 a.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 9th St.; 3:43 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  New York Avenue and K Street; 1:02 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, F St.; 5:15 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, 8th St.; 7:57 p.m. May 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 8th St.; 1:40 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  8th and H streets; 2:03 a.m.

April 28. â&#x2013; 800-899 block, 7th St.; 11:07 a.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, I St.; 8:37 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, K St.; 12:16 a.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 4th St.; 7:50 a.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 4th St.; 8:22 a.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 6th St.; 3:45 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  9th Street and New York Avenue; 6:30 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  H and 7th streets; 5 p.m. May 3.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 3100-3199 block, M St.; 9:20 p.m. April 30. Burglary â&#x2013;  3900-4399 block, Reservoir Road; 1:21 p.m. April 30. Theft â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, M St.; 1:43 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 3:36 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  3900-4399 block, Reservoir Road; 12:30 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  1851-2008 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:06 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1851-2008 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:13 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Cadyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; 5:05 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1227 block, 33rd St.; 1:27 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:40 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 2:40 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:32 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:02 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, N St.; 10:55 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  3225-3299 block, Grace St.; noon May 4. â&#x2013;  3030-3099 block, K St.; 6:52 p.m. May 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Reservoir Road; 5:24 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, Dent Place; 7:41 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton and 31st streets; 8:53 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, South St.; 1:15 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, South St.; 6:45 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 7:48 a.m. May 3.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery â&#x2013; 1000-1099 block, 17th St.; 2 a.m. May 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 23rd St.; 8:05 a.m. May 2. Burglary

â&#x2013; 2200-2299 block, L St.; 4:03 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2100-2499 block, K St.; 5:28 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2100-2499 block, K St.; 9:30 a.m. May 4. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 1:01 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  Connecticut and Rhode Island avenues; 8:39 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  18th and H streets; 5:41 a.m. May 4. Theft â&#x2013;  1500-1549 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 3:16 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 15th St.; 4:07 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 24th St.; 4:26 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 15th St.; 11:07 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, I St.; 5:03 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1626-1699 block, I St.; 7:03 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:18 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:30 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, I St.; 2:34 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, L St.; 4:50 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 19th St.; 9:24 a.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, K St.; 2:53 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 11:10 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, G St.; noon May 3. â&#x2013;  G and 18th streets; 2:32 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 19th St.; 3:21 p.m. May 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  M and 23rd streets; 4:20 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1600-1627 block, I St.; 10:30 a.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  2500-2699 block, K St.; 11:01 a.m. May 4.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208

dupont circle

Assault with dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1400-1499 block, P St.; 2 a.m. April 28. Burglary â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, N St.; 4:20 p.m. April 30. Theft â&#x2013;  2000-2016 block, P St.; 6:25 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 17th St.; 11:19 a.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 11:08 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:09 p.m. May 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  15th and N streets; 7:18 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  2119-2199 block, R St.; 11:02 a.m. April 28.

â&#x2013; 1900-1999 block, 23rd St.; 11:29 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, O St.; 11:11 a.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, O St.; 4:16 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 9:32 p.m. May 3.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1900-1926 block, 16th St.; 1:35 a.m. May 4 (with knife). Burglary â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, 14th St.; 12:05 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1828 block, 16th St.; 5:28 p.m. May 3. Theft â&#x2013;  1921-1999 block, 14th St.; 11:17 a.m. April 28. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Swann St.; 8:50 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  Florida Avenue and Ontario Road; 4:41 p.m. April 28.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery â&#x2013; Kalorama Road and 18th Street; 12:20 a.m. May 3. Theft â&#x2013;  1690-1741 block, Lanier Place; 9:34 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 8:10 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1737-1776 block, Columbia Road; 12:40 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, 18th St.; 11:54 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2200-2399 block, 17th St.; 10:04 a.m. May 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 6:20 p.m. April 29.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 13th and L streets; 4:35 a.m. April 28. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  900-999 block, L St.; 11:28 a.m. April 28. Theft â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 14th St.; 8:17 p.m. April 30. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  R and 11th streets; 1:55 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, L St.; 6:26 a.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 11th St.; 10:53 a.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 10th St.; 11:55 a.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 12th St.; 6:49 a.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1700-1721 block, 13th St.; 1:02 a.m. May 4.


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Observatory says D.C. needs to limit light pollution to protect operations By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

City light pollution is hindering the ability of U.S. Naval Observatory scientists to see the stars, according to a recent study conducted for the federal agency. Navy spokesperson Janelle Herring presented the surveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results to the National Capital Planning Commission last Thursday, explaining that hard-to-filter light from sources as diverse as public streetlamps and uplighting at the Washington National Cathedral is

threatening the Navy facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission. Specifically, this light is preventing scientists from effectively using the observatoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 26-inch telescope â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a piece of equipment that, among other functions, provides data to support U.S. Defense Department weapon systems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mission here is critical,â&#x20AC;? Herring told federal planning commissioners. She said that though much of the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stargazing operation has been moved to Flagstaff, Ariz., observatory equipment such as the telescope and the Master Clock facility canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be transported easily â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or cheaply.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would just be cost-prohibitive to move them,â&#x20AC;? Herring said. She also noted that the Master Clockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s precise reading of time can be upset by even the slightest movements, which is another reason it should stay put. The Navy study recommends that the District revamp its public lighting to be more easily filtered by the observatory, and more easily dimmed and contained in general. One strategy to contain excess light is the strategic placement of trees and shrubs. Herring said she hopes the planning commission can influence federal properties to act on these recommenda-

tions. Towards the end of her presentation, Herring acknowledged that any push to change the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to lighting would have its limitations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are certainly things in D.C. that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to get away from uplighting,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to light up the Washington Monument.â&#x20AC;? But Herring sounded optimistic as she pointed to the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to replace all of its current public lighting with LED bulbs, saying the change See Observatory/Page 24

Georgetown church plan scaled back

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The prospective developer of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alexander Memorial Baptist Church has backed off on plans to build a new house on the western side of the church property. The congregation located at 2709 N St. has been looking to sell its property for $7.5 million and relocate to Maryland. The site includes about a third of an acre of land, the 1910 sanctuary, and a five-story 19th-century building used as a parish hall and church office. The Bethesda-based SGA Cos. last month floated a scheme to turn the site into four town houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two in the sanctuary, one in the parish hall (also known as the Hall House) and a new one constructed on the open space. But after the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission unanimously opposed that scheme last Monday, SGA decided to overhaul its plans. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sassan Gharai said in an interview yesterday afternoon that he will no longer propose building on the open space, and that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll share other design changes later this month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a bunch of feedback from the community, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working through the issues,â&#x20AC;? said Gharai. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know various people have said we need to provide a side yard, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing that, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to build anything attached to the Hall House.â&#x20AC;? The prospect of construction on the church site had raised concerns not only based on the historic fabric of N Street but also because neighbors feared that construction could damage their homes. A previous SGA project on Florida Avenue NE resulted in a lawsuit after a contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slipshod excavation caused an adjacent yard to repeatedly collapse. Marty Sullivan, an attorney representing a group of Georgetown neighbors on the church issue, said he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet heard from SGA about any changes regarding open space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping for is some commitment to preserve it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to wait and see.â&#x20AC;?

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BAKERy

On The Street

From Page 1 breads baked from ancient grains such as farro and kamut. Through wide glass windows on Connecticut Avenue, customers can immediately view the production process in the bread kitchen, led by Ben Arnold, whose resume includes stints at the award-winning Restaurant Eve and Range. An open pastry room sits on the other side, by the rear entrance. Former White House pastry chef Jack Revelle, who helms this sweet end, says guests can witness his team whipping up confections like canelé, seasonal pies, tea cookies and cashew caramel candy bars in this “beautiful palace” of a kitchen. “The basic idea of the design is that this is a neighborhood bakery” where people can witness the food production, said Furstenberg. Bread Furst also serves Mediterranean-, North African- and Asian-inspired savory items such as soups, salads and sandwiches, which are prepared in-house. Cheese and charcuterie are displayed in the middle of the shop. And coffee, espresso drinks and craft sodas are served along the stylish country-theme counter. Seating, including at a kids’ chalkboard table, runs along a white-painted exposed brick wall. Retail items include jams and caramel. The shop sits in a convenient location near the Van Ness Metro station and also has rear parking. The space is perfect for a bakery, according to Perry Plybon, a neighborhood resident and now manager at Bread Furst. In the past, while waiting for his car at the Flagship Carwash next door, he sometimes wished there was a shop nearby where he could sit and grab a bite to eat. “I wished hard enough,” he said. For Furstenberg, the new bakery’s location

Dino’s to debut in Shaw

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Located at 4434 Connecticut Ave., the new Bread Furst has windows that look onto the bakers at work.

also has special personal meaning. It’s located less than a mile south of Politics and Prose, the independent bookstore founded by his sister, the late Carla Cohen. She inspired him to pursue what he intended to do when he left the news business — open a neighborhood bakery. And he hopes Bread Furst will become a beloved neighborhood outlet just like his sister’s bookstore. The bakery is also located across from the former D.C. site of ABC News, Furstenberg’s first employer in the 1960s. He worked in the news business for decades before becoming a baker. His second career has been a successful one — even leading to a James Beard Foundation nomination for Bread Line, a bread-based restaurant that he opened in 1997 at 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. and later sold. “And, now, here I am,” says Furstenberg, sitting inside Bread Furst’s office as he takes a break from preparing for opening day.

After closing his Cleveland Park restaurant Dino over the winter due to lacking business, chef Dean Gold will open Dino’s Grotto next week in Shaw. The casual Italian restaurant will offer “rustic Italian dishes … handmade daily of fresh ingredients from local and organic farms, and sustainable fishers & butchers,” according to a news release. The menu offers small snacks like deviled eggs ($7), antipasti including deepfried artichokes with Hawaiian black salt ($12), primi piatti such as risotto with asparagus and morels ($14 half, $20 full), and entrees like an East Coast cioppino, a seafood stew ($24). Wines will come from small family producers, and “master” bartenders will pour creative cocktails including a ShawHoward Station Chief with London dry gin, Fidencio mezcal, Cocchi Americano, Jerry Thomas bitters and a lemon twist ($11). Dino’s Grotto will open May 15 at 1914 9th St. NW. The hours are 5 p.m. to “at least midnight” Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to at least 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4 p.m. to at least 10 p.m. Sunday. At first, the kitchen will close at 10 p.m., but within a month or so the restaurant will start offering a late-night bar menu and then brunch as well.

New bistro set to launch

A new Chevy Chase restaurant will combine the food traditions of two likenamed towns in the state of Georgia and France: Macon Bistro & Larder will offer “classically delicious dishes — all served

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with a side of southern hospitality,” according to a news release. The bistro is scheduled to open May 10 at 5120 Connecticut Ave. NW, offering dishes including grilled mountain trout with pecan persillade, pork rillettes, boiled peanuts and raclette with fingerling potatoes. Guests will be able to pair those with “creative cocktails, craft beers and a focused French wine list,” the release notes. And true to the “larder” portion of its name, Macon will also sell prepared foods — caramels, pickles, biscuits and more. The restaurant will serve dinner daily starting at 5 p.m. Details are available at maconbistro.com.

High-end barber opens

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center has opened in Georgetown, offering “precision haircuts” and a seven-step “facial shave.” The Michigan-based chain, which has over 70 locations around the country, offers a $50 haircut including consultation, shampoo, massage and hot-towel treatment, and a $50 shave featuring a hot-towel prep with essential oils, straight-razor shave and more. “We invite you to come in and unwind in an atmosphere reminiscent of the past while experiencing a modern-day haircut and shave,” says a news release. “We pamper our customers in oversized leather barber chairs in seven semi-private hardwood barber stations while providing precision haircuts and shaves with hot steam towels.” Roosters, located at 1815 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite C, held a grand-opening event last Thursday. For details on the barbershop, visit roostersmgc.com.


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D.C. needs healthy foods chief to coordinate broad efforts, advocates say By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Experts and advocates are calling on the District to create a food policy office and director to help it become the healthiest city in the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unlike so many municipalities such as L.A., Baltimore, Seattle and Boston and many more, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a food policy director who can help create cohesion, reduce redundancies and increase regulatory wheels, so that our policies can be truly in the service of health and economic advancement in our city,â&#x20AC;? said Laura Shweder Biel of DC Greens, a nonprofit that connects schools and low-

income communities to healthy food, speaking at a D.C. Council hearing on sustainable food policy. At the March 24 hearing of the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Holly Freishtat, Baltimoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first food policy director, provided some insight on how her role has improved the Charm Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustainable living efforts. One of those is an initiative that connects people living in â&#x20AC;&#x153;food desertsâ&#x20AC;? to healthy, affordable nourishment. Freishtat noted the necessity of smooth collaboration between multiple city agencies, as well as the Baltimore Development Corp. and nonprofit organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zoning regula-

tions, procurement contracts and ordinances are all part of food policy,â&#x20AC;? she said. When Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who chairs the council committee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; asked where the director could fit in D.C., Freishtat suggested the Office of Planning or another agency that has a sustainability initiative. Those areas, she said, would allow the â&#x20AC;&#x153;position to work with health [officials and] development corporations, but not limited to one subject.â&#x20AC;? Her own position falls under Baltimoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Planning. Currently, management of healthy foodrelated policies in the District is scattered among the Department of the Environment, Department of Health, Office of Planning and

ACCESSIBILITy: Campaign focuses on restaurants From Page 5

want to remain profitable, they need to be more accommodating to people [in this market]. So accessibility needs to go forward based on demographics,â&#x20AC;? she said in an interview. Advocates also note that ignoring people with disabilities also repels their friends and colleagues who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require special consideration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One person whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a wheelchair that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to access your restaurant also has five friends going out to dinner with [that individual]. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to know in the future that they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t access that restaurant. So youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking a lot more than just customers with disabilities,â&#x20AC;? said Imse. In the past few years, Imse told The Current, the D.C. Office of Human Rights has been receiving more complaints from people with disabilities trying to dine out in the city. To address the issues, his agency and the D.C. Office of Disability

Rights planned to review restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accommodations last year, but activists already knew that many dining establishments werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t properly trained or equipped. The city agencies then switched

â??If restaurants want to remain profitable, they need to be more accommodating â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Laurel Van Horn focus, creating a softer tone to become more helpful to restaurant owners. Organizers first targeted 14th Street because this high-growth area ranked as the most popular city dining destination in a survey the Human Rights Office sent out last year to its partners in the disability community. They proceeded to work with businesses along H Street in Northeast, a popular area close to

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the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The idea of a centralized food policy office and director aligns with Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainable DC, a plan devised as a way to lead the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation into one of the healthiest in the country by 2032. (Under the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food section is the suggested action of creating a â&#x20AC;&#x153;food policy council.â&#x20AC;?) A food policy task force has already been formed to iron out complications between different agencies working on Sustainable DC legislation, according to Shweder Biel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A D.C. food policy director would build on this important step,â&#x20AC;? she said. See Food/Page 38


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Checks and balances

When the D.C. Council votes to approve or reject government contracts, at-large member David Grosso skips the “yea” or “nay,” instead offering only that he’s “present.” Why the regular abstentions? Mr. Grosso believes that the council’s say in city deals of over $1 million gives the impression of corruption. When elected officials choose who get lucrative contracts, it’s easy to imagine behind-the-scenes finagling — especially because it’s happened. Ward 2 member Jack Evans agrees. Legislation he introduced last year would eliminate council review of city contracts entirely. During a hearing on the bill last month, Mr. Evans said the council has taken many steps to address a perceived pay-to-play culture, limiting who can make donations and how much they can give — and even considering banning donations altogether. “We go through all these gyrations trying to address the problem when there is a very simple solution, which is to get the council out of the business entirely,” he said. “If the council did not approve contracts, then there would be no impetus” to try to buy support. It’s a logical enough argument. But we don’t think it’s the right solution. Removing council review of these deals would simply leave them to the mayor, meaning there’s only one politician with authority over the decision, rather than 14. Since when does consolidating power help prevent corruption? We suggest, rather, changing the rules for review of contracts: Rather than requiring a majority vote to approve them, make it so that a supermajority is necessary to disallow them. This would strengthen the executive branch’s hand considerably, but the council would retain an institutional check on unfettered authority — as long as nine of the 13 members agree. It might seem cynical to propose a solution based on hoping that at least a few of our leaders aren’t corrupt, but it’s no less so than the rationale for booting the council out of the process entirely. Checks and balances are a core component of our democracy. While they clearly don’t always guarantee ethical conduct, we think they help — and we certainly don’t expect fewer checks will lead to better behavior.

Enhancing downtown

Economically, the District has performed well lately — better than the local suburbs, and better than nearly any other large city in the country. But a couple of indices in the Downtown Business Improvement District’s annual report, released a couple of weeks ago, suggest a likely challenge on the horizon. The document says there has been no significant growth in private employment in D.C. since last August, and the federal government is reducing jobs here and throughout the country. At the same time, businesses are using less office space per employee and thus requiring less room. The impacts of these changes are felt downtown, where as new office buildings come online, they draw tenants from older ones, leaving the departed buildings with empty space. This trend will undoubtedly result in lower rents and eventually less tax revenue for the District. And since this area contributes $1 billion more in taxes than it uses in city services, keeping it humming is crucial. Thankfully, the CityCenterDC project will help mitigate the problem by bringing in more retail and residential space — and thus making the area one of the region’s largest shopping centers. With the new shops, the suburbanites and city residents will come, spending money and paying sales taxes to the city. Meanwhile, the new developments will also mean increased real estate tax revenue. However, there is a good chance the retail increase will not offset the office downturn. So we urge the city to consider the business district’s proposal: a public/private partnership to accelerate the transformation of older office buildings into hotels, apartments and retail uses. A good example of such a conversion is at 1522 K St. NW, a former office building that’s becoming a small hotel. A partnership to help spur such transformations — perhaps in part through 10-year tax abatements — could help reduce empty space, increase employment and produce considerably more tax revenue. At the same time, given the uncertain situation, we urge city officials to be careful when drawing up the District’s budgets. We don’t want to see a return to the revenue depletion of the Fenty administration.

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Tourism is good business …

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es, we know, you get stuck behind the thousands of buses that are pouring into town and rumbling through every road around the National Mall. Tourists are everywhere. And we mean everywhere. Tour guides with colorful umbrellas or walking sticks lead hordes of gangling young people to places like the Air and Space Museum, where the high school students are wowed both by the spaceships and planes and the huge McDonald’s where they hope to eat. The cherry blossoms come and go in a flash, but the tourism here remains in full bloom, part of the economic boom in the District. “Every visitor … plays a vital role in sustaining our local economy,” says Mayor Vincent Gray. The mayor, tourism officials from Destination DC and Events DC announced the latest tourism statistics during a ceremony on Tuesday. The report said business and tourism visits increased in 2013 to nearly 17.5 million, a 3 percent rise from 2012. The mayor and other officials said all those visitors add $6.7 billion into the local economy and help support 76,000 hospitality jobs. It’s the third year in a row that tourism spending has topped $6 billion. “There are more great things to come for D.C. tourism,” said Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association, in prepared remarks. Just in recent weeks, the new Marriott Marquis with over 1,000 rooms opened adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In 2016, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to open on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. The Washington Monument itself is due to reopen this month after two years of earthquake-related repairs. Later this summer, the city will host over 15,000 visitors for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July, followed by more than 60,000 attendees for the Jehovah’s Witness International Convention. Both events mean millions of dollars in taxes as folks sample our hotels, restaurants and other attractions. Your Notebook is going to have to start rerouting our usual bike route through the Mall during some of these mega events. ■ “Dream City” @ 20. The Notebook is going to take a personal moment here. Along with co-author Harry Jaffe of Washingtonian Magazine, we’re proud to announce that the 20th anniversary edition of our 1994 book on the city and Marion Barry is now available as an e-book on Amazon.com. The original title has been slightly changed. The 1994 version: “Dream City — Race, Power and the Decline of Washington, D.C.” The new version: “Dream City — Race, Power and the Revival of

Washington, D.C.” In a new “Afterwords” chapter that follows the original book, we chronicle the last 20 years, from Barry’s successful run for mayor in 1994 through the recent primary victory of Muriel Bowser on April 1. We hope we have a few insights on the remarkable rebound of the city’s economy, its mayoral elections, the control board and D.C.’s economic rebirth. We’d welcome your comments. (If you’re reading this Wednesday morning, you can hear Harry and me on the Kojo Nnamdi Show at noon on WAMU 88.5 FM. Both of us will also be appearing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on May 15 at 7 p.m. for a forum on how teachers are using the book to help teach contemporary D.C. history.) We hope to make the e-book available for printon-demand at least a couple of outlets, but details aren’t worked out. ■ A final word. On Twitter this week, former D.C. transportation director Gabe Klein summed up the life of U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn. He was 79. “RIP Jim Oberstar, one of the most passionate, courageous & energetic Congressman we [ever] had. We will miss him. My thoughts are with his family.” Oberstar served nearly 40 years in the House. But it wasn’t the length of his career but his passion for transportation and infrastructure policy that won him legions of fans around the country. “He was part of the bike caucus on the Hill,” Klein told us this week. “He was so knowledgeable, whether it was progressive transportation or the importance of funding our infrastructure. I don’t want to speak out of school, but he called this region home as much as Minnesota.” Oberstar in fact retired to Potomac, Md. While in office, and as chair of the transportation committee, Oberstar paid attention to the whole region. He memorably rode a $4,000 bike down Pennsylvania Avenue when the District installed bike lanes in the middle of one of the world’s most famous streets. “He had a real soft spot for the Washington region,” Klein told us. “He cared about local issues.” Del. Norton — who served with Oberstar on the transportation committee and remains a ranking member — praised him as a “brilliant scholar of the nation’s transportation and infrastructure.” Norton specifically mentioned Oberstar’s support for making Union Station a real transportation hub rather than just a train station. The work on Union Station to accommodate bikes, buses and other transportation is not finished, but Norton said it “will always be emblematic of his visionary leadership.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor DCPS unpersuasive on Walls merger

It’s astounding to read D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz describe the merger of School Without Walls High School and Francis-Stevens Education Campus as “productive and positive” [“School system holds steady on contested Walls merger,” April 23]. Perhaps she should align her spin with that of chief of schools John Davis, who told Walls High School parents at a December meeting that the merger had no benefits to the high school. He also told parents that the school system had no plan for

addressing the issues caused by shared leadership, no plan for future high school enrollment and no plan for how to logistically send some high school students to the Francis-Stevens campus. Moreover, the school system continues to ignore the recommendations of the joint task force it set up after the merger was announced. These volunteers met for six months to analyze the merger. The recommendations were unanimously approved by both schools and asked for three main things: separate leadership for each school; separate budgets; and all high school students remaining on one campus. These recommendations are what the high school’s petition, signed by more than 1,100 people, asks DCPS to implement. The

third recommendation is critical to the high school. The future plan is to split the 11th-grade class and send half to the Francis-Stevens campus on alternating days. The task force could find no way for this to work without being detrimental to students. Instead of addressing the issues, the school system continues to ignore the Walls high school community, especially the voices of the students. The overwhelming majority of the community — faculty, parents and students — will not “lower the temperature” until DCPS addresses the high school concerns and demonstrates a commitment to School Without Walls High School. Evidence of that would be productive and positive. Karen Beiley Parent, School Without Walls


The Current

Letters to the Editor Article misled on ANC cafe position

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 30 article on the Macon Bistroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for a sidewalk cafe permit characterized the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission as â&#x20AC;&#x153;opposingâ&#x20AC;? the application, but it is incomplete and erroneously suggests that we do not support this positive addition to the community. The D.C. Public Space Committee requires that a neighborhood commission indicate that it has either â&#x20AC;&#x153;no objectionâ&#x20AC;? or that it â&#x20AC;&#x153;objectsâ&#x20AC;? for particular reasons. Because some questions were raised at our meeting about zoning for the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trash disposal area that could not be answered without further investigation by the parties, it was not possible to find that there were â&#x20AC;&#x153;no objections.â&#x20AC;? Instead, we specified those steps that needed to be taken to remove any â&#x20AC;&#x153;objections,â&#x20AC;? e.g., resolution of possible zoning questions and completion of a historic preservation review. We expect those conditions to be satisfied so that there is no delay in issuing the sidewalk cafe permit. As we emphasized, Macon Bistro submitted an exemplary application, and its proposed outdoor cafe will enhance the ambiance of this section of Connecticut Avenue. We will convey this view to the Public Space Committee at its hearing, consistent with our conditional recommendation for approval of the application. Jim McCarthy Chair, ANC 3/4G

Randy Speck

Vice Chair, ANC 3/4G

M Street apartment plan needs parking

Well, here we go again: another parking dispute between business developers and Georgetown residents. Two local developers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; apparently without any real conception of the history and needs of our historic community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have purchased the Latham Hotel and propose to turn it into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;modernâ&#x20AC;? apartment building containing several hundred â&#x20AC;&#x153;microâ&#x20AC;? residences with no parking garage. The Latham Hotel was the perfect use for this property in historic Georgetown because it catered to upscale businesspeople and tourists who patronized the nearby restaurants and shops and arrived and departed in taxis or limousines. Moreover, it had no adverse impact on the neighboring residential community because the small, 52-space garage was adequate for the few

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hotel customers or their guests who used automobiles while in town. No one knows, nor could one possibly predict, the type of population that would ultimately rent â&#x20AC;&#x153;microâ&#x20AC;? apartments in the Georgetown business district. Most probably, they would provide temporary accommodations for graduate students or pieds-Ă -terre for traveling businesspeople. I will go out on a limb, however, and predict that a good number of these new apartment dwellers would either want or absolutely need cars. And, with no garage on the premises, those new tenants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; under existing law â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be entitled to park their cars and their guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cars on the nearby residential streets. So, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential parking unit on the case right now. The last thing our residential community needs is a new apartment building with no garage that would add to our already impossible residential parking problems. Don W. Crockett

expansion by designating it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;investment siteâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;market share demonstration site.â&#x20AC;? Its declared mission is to promote charter schools, private school vouchers and the dismantling of neighborhood-based public schools. They are also exerting enormous influence on the direction of public education (emphasizing math, reading and testing). Implementing any part of their agenda will, ultimately, lead to the demise of good neighborhood public schools and further the privatization of public education in D.C. The District of Columbia has a civil rights obligation to provide every child a high-quality neighborhood-based public education. Admission based on any form of lottery will not improve any D.C. public school, provide more D.C. children with quality public education or lead to the best or most efficient use of public resources. I urge you to support improving all neighborhood public schools and reject lottery-based assignment proposals. Tatiana Belenkaya

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Walmart destroying Letter shined light on neighborhood schools outsourcing problem The proposal for D.C. public school assignment based on a districtwide or choice-set lottery reflects the vision that is promoted by outside private interests, predominantly by the founder of Walmart through the Walton Family Foundation. This proposal does not reflect D.C. community aspirations, preferences, or school enrollment data â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of which reveal strong preference for good neighborhood schools. The Walton Family Foundation and others are pouring millions of dollars through various nonprofit organizations (for example, the DC Public Education Fund) to influence public school reform in D.C. with a hidden agenda of further expanding the charter school network, improving their chances for higher performance while destroying neighborhood public schools. This is done under the guise of creating more choice for parents, without any evidence that these promoted reforms lead to better education outcomes or more efficient use of public education funds. The foundation spent $63 million last year on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;shape public policyâ&#x20AC;? initiative, which specifically targets D.C. by funding various advocacy organizations to promote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;(1) public charter school choice; (2) private school choice; (3) district reforms, particularly open enrollment and district school choice; and (4) cross-sector parental choice, parents are empowered to choose across school sectors.â&#x20AC;? The foundation has also targeted the District for charter school

I was extremely touched by Mr. David Introcasoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving tribute to a wonderful custodian who has been dealt a devastating blow because of the greed and disregard within our high-rise communities and businesses to individuals who are essential to our very existence. Prior to my retirement, my former employer also transitioned to outsourcing services previously provided by loyal employees. The decision meant that if these individuals did not accept a lower salary in order to remain employed, they lost their jobs! The same thing happened in the building in which I live: It was sold recently because of the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy, and the new owners outsourced housekeeping services. Fortunately, most of these outsourced employees are not near retirement age. Some of them left and some remain. This kind of policy is destroying the fabric of our country! We no longer live in a democracy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we are experiencing a peerage of oligarchs! This situation became worse with the Reagan administration. Both the public and private sectors started outsourcing whatever they could in order to cut costs and make as much money as possible. Pension plans were eliminated and unions destroyed, with health care out of reach for most of us (99 percent?). This is now the American way. Thank you, Mr. Introcaso, for shining a light on how truly heartless and hateful we have become! Dolores Foscherari Van Ness

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1c Adams â&#x2013; adams morgan The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements and public comments. â&#x2013;  consideration of a payment of $1,500 for the development of a new website for the commission. â&#x2013;  update on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grant to the Adams Morgan Basketball Association. â&#x2013;  consideration of a $1,000 grant request by the Fund for Kalorama Park. â&#x2013;  discussion of Ward 1 school boundaries. â&#x2013;  update from the developers of the Adams Morgan Historic Hotel on their construction timetable. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

â&#x2013; Foggy bottom / west end

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013; dupont circle At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 9 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners presented $50,000 in community amenities checks from the companies behind the redevelopment of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, site to three local organizations. The Dupont Circle Citizens Association got $10,000, and the remaining $40,000 was split evenly between the anti-homelessness groups Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place and Sasha Bruce Youthwork. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0, with Mike Silverstein abstaining and Leo Dwyer absent, to protest an alcohol license renewal application for 1819 Club at 1819 M St. They protested on the basis of peace, order and quiet, asking for more information about occupancy, trash collection and valet parking plans. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0, with Mike Silverstein abstaining and Leo Dwyer absent, to support an alcohol license application for G Street Food at 1030 15th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0, with Leo Dwyer absent, to support a public space application for Glenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Market at 2001 S St. The establishment is seeking to convert its outdoor picnic area into a beer garden accommodating 16 patrons. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to object to a valet parking application by Kabin Group at 1337 Connecticut Ave. They expressed worry about duplicated valet signage and noted that the applicant has yet to attend an advisory neighborhood commission meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application for

an unenclosed sidewalk cafe with two umbrellas and eight seats at 1145 19th St. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 7-0, with Mike Silverstein and Leo Dwyer absent, to support a sidewalk cafe application for the restaurant Doi Moi at 1800 14th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0, with Leo Dwyer absent, to support Stonewall Kickball events in Stead Park on April 26. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support the route of the Capital Pride Parade scheduled for June 7. They also voted, by the same margin, to support the Capital Pride Movie Night in Stead Park scheduled for April 28. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; government reports. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  discussion of the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicle identification requirements. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org. ANC 3B 3B ANC Glover Park â&#x2013; Glover Park / Cathedral heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  discussion with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority regarding its bus stop consolidation plan. â&#x2013;  discussion of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Observatory Land Trust for a variance from lot-occupancy requirements and a

special exception at 3915 Fulton St. to permit construction of a new sixunit apartment house in the R-5-A district, as well as the same ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal for a similar project at 3919 Fulton St. â&#x2013; consideration of a resolution on maintaining matter-of-right neighborhood schools. â&#x2013;  open forum. For details, call 202-338-2969, email info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b.org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Commons at the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. Agenda item include: â&#x2013;  executive session (from 7 to 7:30 p.m., closed to the public). â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  presentation on American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Campus plans by David Dower, assistant vice president for planning and project management, and Linda Argo, assistant vice president for external relations and auxiliary services. â&#x2013;  discussion of American University student conduct issues with Gail Hanson, vice president for campus life. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 2824 Hurst Terrace to allow a one-story rear addition to an existing one-family detached dwelling not meeting R-1-B side-yard requirements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 4509 Foxhall Crescents Drive to allow construction of a single-family detached dwelling on a theoretical lot. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 4527 MacArthur Blvd. to permit a new five-unit apartment house in the R-5-A district. â&#x2013;  consideration of a draft resolution on bus shelters. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American friendshipUniversity heights / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Black Box Theater at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, visit anc3e.org.


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Dupont Circle House Tour Call for House Captains Sunday October 19th 12 - 5:00 PM Free admission to Tour plus Parties before and after! House Captains serve as liaisons between DCCA and the homeowners who generously loan us their premises for the Tour. Captains have more responsibility than monitors, and this year based on your feedback, we’re providing more up-front involvement and socializing before House Tour Day. Volunteers get free admission to the tour during their off shift and are invited to the volunteer thank-you party afterwards. In selecting Captains, preference will be given to volunteers who have served as monitors for House Tour previously. Shifts run 11:30 to 2:30 and 2:15 to 5:15. To volunteer: info@dupontcircle.org.

May 7, 2014

Tonight!!

Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee Meeting Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle Tonight, May 7th at 7:00pm

ZPD Draft Agenda (May – 2014) 1.

Application to HPRB for construction at 1337 22nd St (2B06) 2. Application to HPRB for construction at 3 Dupont Circle (2B02) 3. Application to HPRB for construction at 1620 Q St (2B05) 4. Application to BZA hearing #18773 for construction at 1528 Church St (2B05) 5. Application to BZA for construction at 1815 Riggs Place (2B01) 6. Review – Zoning Policy and Procedures Manual _________________________________________

MidCity Artists Open Studios May 17th & 18th, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Free!

Twice each year, the private studios of ANC 2B Seeking Applicants for the Jeff select MidCity Artists are open for visitors. Last year on the House Tour, The Cairo

Coudriet Memorial Public Policy Internship

A Stipend and 5-10 hours per week or 20-25 per month Deadline May 16th The ANC’s Public Policy Internship is named in honor of Jeff Coudriet, former legislative staff member for Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans’ office. The Coudriet Intern helps the Commission improve the overall quality of its decisions and recommendations by researching and reporting on relevant public policy matters — such as best practices in liquor licensing, zoning matters, and historic preservation, or legislation and public policy that affects the neighborhood. The Intern receives a stipend each semester. The expected time commitment is 5-10 hours per week, or 20-25 hours per month. The intern will:  Assist the Commission in making more informed public policy decisions.  Learn and report on best practices in city government and regulation – including transportation, zoning, historic preservation, alcohol control, public space usage, and other areas.  Provide input on new legislation, regulations, and other public policy initiatives in DC.  …and more! Send resume and statement of interest to Chairperson Will Stephens, Vice Chairperson Noah Smith, and the current Jeff Coudriet Memorial Intern at will.stephens@dupontcircleanc.net noah.smith@dupontcircleanc.net, and coudriet-intern@dupontcircleanc.net by May 16, 2014.

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Where is Mid City? Host to some of the city's hottest restaurants, nightclubs, galleries, interior design shops and fashion boutiques, the Mid City corridor is a thriving destination for the arts in DC. Roughly centered between Dupont Circle on the West and 9th Street NW to the East and stretching from U Street NW to L Street NW to the South, the area crosses a number of neighborhoods including Dupont, Shaw, Logan . . . This spring for the first time, visitors can use their Creative Genius badge, available from any participating artist, to garner special deals at supporting businesses. Discounts will be given when visiting the individual business and can include deals for local wine, chocolate, clothing and even art. Back by popular demand, MCA has arranged five guided tours for visitors by an art expert who can further illuminate the process. Each tour visits different studios and will be a small group of no more than 10 people. These free tours are on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be reserved in advance through the MCA website: www.midcityartists.com. Editor Ruth Horn ruthhornrealestate@gmail.com

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As a DCCA member, you are an integral part of neighborhood history JOIN OR RENEW ONLINE AT DUPONT-CIRCLE.ORG .Show your Membership Card and Receive

Discounts of 10%+ at DCCA Preferred Merchants

Teaism, G-Star Raw, Beadazzled, Caramel, Cocova Fine Chocolate, Trappro, FIT Personal Training, Just That Simple, Keegan Theatre, Total Party! Washington Studio School, Carlyle Suites NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES DO YOU LIKE TO GARDEN? DUPONT OPPORTUNITIES DCCA’s Environment Committee cleans up, plants and waters many Dupont venues including tree boxes throughout Dupont. If gardening and other hard labor interests you’re your help would be welcome. Contact: Marcy Logan co-chair 202-316-5329 Robin Diener co-chair robinsdiener@gmail.com DC DMV OPENING GEORGETOWN SERVICE CENTER April 29, 2014 at New Location in Georgetown Park ROCK CREEK CEMETERY TOUR 201 Allison St NW, Saturday, May 31, 9:00 am Free but reservations required Historic Rock Creek Cemetery is the final resting place for 3 centuries of very interesting folks. It is also one of the country’s most beautiful garden cemeteries with hundreds of elaborate monuments, family mausoleums, a collection of trees second only to the National Arboretum as well as wonderful landscaping. The cemetery surrounds St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Rock Creek Parish), the oldest church in what is now DC. David Downes, former Cemetery Superintendent and Parish General Manager, will be conducting the 2-3 hour tour. Donations to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington will be accepted. Reservations and info: downesdd@aol.com

WASHINGTON MONUMENT REOPENING MAY 13TH Tickets are available at the Washington Monument Lodge, on 15th Street, between Madison and Jefferson or online at http://www.recreation.gov/

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Residents seek upgrades to Lafayette facility By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Lafayette Park in Chevy Chase is slated for $1.5 million in playground upgrades. But at a design charette last week, residents had even more on their mind: a new recreation center. Over the last couple of years, Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Play DC initiative has invested in dozens of playground overhauls across the city. While this program typically doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include buildings, residents at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting on Lafayette immediately brought up the nineacre parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small and outdated recreation center. A majority of the audience members raised their hands when D.C. General Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kenneth Diggs, who led the charette, asked the large audience who wanted a new facility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been talking to â&#x20AC;Ś our city council member and our ANC for a couple of years,â&#x20AC;? said Jeff Stoiber, president of the Friends of Lafayette Park, referring to Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission. Stoiber, an architect, drafted plans a few years ago for a new building to replace the 981-square-foot structure built in 1947. His design features wheelchair accessibility, a kitchenette, a bigger office, a community room, and washroom facilities that would accommodate adults with infants and toddlers, he said in an interview. Stoiber said the Friends group, which he co-founded in 1999 to raise money for and coordinate improvements at the park, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t push the District about the building in the past because other areas had more pressing needs. Under Play DC, the playground near 33rd and Patterson streets has been the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary focus. Any changes to the building would not be covered in the earmarked $1.5 million, according to Diggs. However, there have been special cases, such as the Friendship Recreation Center at Turtle Park, near American University, where a $7 million renovation will include improvements to the recreation center, play courts, landscaping and playground. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other parts of the city like Friendship have been lobbying for their field house â&#x20AC;Ś to be modernized, upgrad-

ed,â&#x20AC;? said Diggs, adding that the residents who use Lafayette Park are â&#x20AC;&#x153;sophisticatedâ&#x20AC;? enough to know how to push for additional funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So if that is an issue, then we have to bring that back, which then would make the project far, far longer than what we had initially anticipated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was the case at Friendship,â&#x20AC;? said Diggs. The agency expects to spend three to four months on the Lafayette playground renovation, while the Friendship project will take a year. Another major issue that residents want the city to address at Lafayette is poor hillside drainage, which causes erosion problems in the fields. Ella Faulkner of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation said this matter has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the things we asked our designers to look at.â&#x20AC;? As for the redesign of the play area, some parents of toddlers requested expansion of the tot lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very, very small in comparisonâ&#x20AC;? to the other play spaces, â&#x20AC;&#x153;at least for this neighborhood thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s filled with toddlers,â&#x20AC;? said one parent. She also suggested adding signs stating the ages meant to use the space, since there have been problems with kids â&#x20AC;&#x153;that use the rec center after school who are way too old for the tot lot.â&#x20AC;? Parents with older children also want a play area designated for ages 4 and up. They suggested high slides and other features that would â&#x20AC;&#x153;make the kids feel adventurous.â&#x20AC;? Other adults requested an outdoor fitness area and improvements to the four tennis courts. Neighbors also want natural features for the new playground, leading Diggs to suggest a theme based on the nearby Rock Creek Park, which gained support. Stoiber also called upon the parks department to replace the lighting for better security. The adjacent Lafayette Elementary and its baseball field will also be undergoing a major renovation this summer. Diggs said there will coordination in the construction schedule. The Play DC initiative, launched two years ago, includes 40 playgrounds, including Lafayette and seven others added this past fall. So far, the city has completed 24 projects; eight more are in the planning process. Sites were chosen based on a scorecard that tallied the need for improvements.

Gonzaga rolls to fifth straight tennis crown By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Gonzaga senior Freddy Mesmer has gained a lot of experience while playing tennis in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference over the last four years. But one thing he has never faced is defeat in a league match. On Monday afternoon, he wrapped up his WCAC career with a perfect 72-0 record â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in regularseason and playoff singles and doubles matches. In his final two contests, Mesmer earned the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles (alongside sophomore Dominick Perez) title contests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it even happened,â&#x20AC;? said Mesmer, who will play at the college level next year for Virginia Tech. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bittersweet because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to miss playing here with all of these guys. It was nice to get both victories.â&#x20AC;? Following Mesmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead, the Eagles rolled to their fifth straight WCAC crown and sixth title in the last seven years. Gonzaga racked up 49 points while rolling past Good Counsel and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell, which had 20 and 15 respectively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels great,â&#x20AC;? said Ariel Laguilles, who is in his eighth season as

the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy for the guys. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy the seniors ended it with a championship.â&#x20AC;? The most exciting match of the afternoon occurred in the No. 3 singles title contest. Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s P.J. Anderson trailed 9-7, but he won the next four sets to take the match 11-9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just found a way to stick in there and make him hit one more ball,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said of his opponent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found myself tied, and once I was I knew what to do with it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done anything like that. For my last high school singles match, to do that is unbelievable. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even dream about.â&#x20AC;? His comeback also impressed his coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;P.J. is a strong player,â&#x20AC;? said Laguilles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was just mental fortitude right there. He found himself in a hole, but he gutted it out and he was playing some really good tennis.â&#x20AC;? While Anderson had to rally for the victory, the Eagles easily dominated the rest of the WCAC tennis championship event. Mesmer won the No. 1 singles by a score of 10-2, Perez took the No. 2 bracket with a final score of 10-4, and sophomores Tommy Clare and Thomas Tran won the No. 4 and No. 6 tournaments with scores of 10-5 and 10-6

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Gonzaga senior Freddy Mesmer completed his high school career with a 72-0 mark in WCAC play.

respectively. The only singles bracket Gonzaga failed to capture was the No. 5. The Eagles also swept the three doubles championship matches, with Mesmer and Perez winning 10-5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fred is one of my really good friends,â&#x20AC;? said Perez. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet to be a team that can close out a five-peat and win with him.â&#x20AC;? In other doubles action, Anderson teamed with senior Jack Karpinski to win 10-5 and the Eagles ended the event with Tran and Clare taking their match 10-4.


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In The Spotlight Walls students win top STEM Fair prizes

School Without Walls High School seniors swept the DC Citywide STEM Fair this spring, winning trips to Los Angeles to represent the city at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next week. First-place winner Maya Hall worked at the Mann Laboratory at Georgetown University to study the “effectiveness of speckle count to determine the age range of bottlenose dolphins.” “Currently, if researchers need to determine the age of a dolphin, they must extract a tooth and examine the calcium layers, which is similar to aging a tree by its rings,” she wrote in a news release. “This process is invasive and time consuming, and is dangerous for both researchers and dolphins.” Second-place winner Marcelle Snead studied the impact of different bacteria on the immune system of purple sea urchins, which researchers have found via genome sequencing to be similar to that of humans. “In my paper I argued that Purple Sea Urchins should be used as an evolutionary model, using the research from my product, along with outside research, as evidence,” she wrote. Third-place winner Kelsey White examined planaria, a type of

flatworm, to consider the potential effect of ocean acidification on stem cell processes. She said it’s extremely important to understand “more about ocean acidification’s potential impact on life and biological processes.”

School student Matthew J. Katzman. By July, about 8,000 students will receive scholarship awards worth a total of more than $35 million. Further announcements will come in late May and July.

National Merit group awards scholarships

Avalon Theatre hosts cinematic field trip

Students at eight D.C. schools are among 2,500 pupils nationwide who won $2,500 scholarships, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced today. The awards went to four Northwest residents: Georgetown Day School student Nicholas BinlazHarris, who is interested in a career in cell biology; St. Albans School student Samuel H. Danello, who is interested in public policy and education reform; National Cathedral School student Skylar E. Lovett, who is interested in engineering; and Wilson High School student Eva S. Monroe, who is interested in physics. Other awards went to Maryland and Virginia residents who attend private schools in the District. They are Field School student James F. Catterall, Georgetown Day School student Griffin T. Black, Gonzaga College High School student Tyler O. Jones, Maret School student Miriam L. Pierson and Sidwell Friends

Over 200 students from Hardy Middle School, Center City Public Charter School and Thurgood Marshall Academy will attend the last “Cinema Classroom” screening of the school year at the Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase next week. The free educational program brings middle school students from throughout the area together to watch and discuss films. Local educators help select the movies to supplement classroom learning. On Tuesday, students will watch “Rabbit Proof Fence,” about the conflict between Australia’s white European settlers and its indigenous people. Moderating the discussion will be an Australian attorney who worked for the country’s government before moving to D.C.

Storytelling group hosts teacher event

SpeakeasyDC will celebrate teachers Friday night with a program called “After-School Special:

A Night of True Stories By and About Educators.” Eight teachers and students will tell their “poignant, comical, and sometimes harrowing true tales from inside and outside the classroom,” according to a news release. A discussion will take place afterward. One of the stories focuses on a Wilson High School teacher’s defense of a gay student, which led to the creation of an LGBT club. A portion of the proceeds will go to collaborator Teaching for Change, which will also benefit from a fundraising reception before the show. The nonprofit “encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside the classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.” The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets cost $25 at speakeasydc.com for general admission, with discounts available for teachers and students.

Dance program adds four more schools

An after-school dance program that began at two Northwest schools is expanding to four more, thanks to a partnership with the Washington Performing Arts Soci-

ety. The D.C. After School Latin Dance Program, which launched as a pilot in 2012 at Wilson High School and Next Step Public Charter School, will now also work with students at the Columbia Heights Education Campus, Cardozo High, E.L. Haynes Public Charter and Roosevelt High. The program, led by the After School Dance Fund, teaches salsa, merengue, cha-cha and bachata, and it culminates in a citywide dance competition in June. Students must maintain a minimum grade-point average to participate, and alumni are invited to take part in a professional training course and then serve as mentors in the program. “The D.C. After School Latin Dance Program is a natural expansion of WPAS’s education programs and will allow students to experience the arts in authentic and meaningful ways,” said Michelle Hoffman, director of education at the performing arts society. “Each dancer learns about Latin culture, teamwork, and discipline from talented mentors and teachers in a supportive setting while experiencing the thrill of learning exciting choreography set to vibrant Latin music.” More information can be found at afterschooldancefund.org and wpas.org.

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Recently, Year 5 went to the National Zoo to make documentaries based on our topic, “Express Yourself.” The main question for each group was, “Does living in an enclosure change animals’ emotions?” Each group had a chaperon to keep an eye on them but we were the ones in charge. To find this out we looked into the animals’ enclosures and explained what we saw, using the research we had carried out at school to help. We made short reports with the information we had collected on our cameras. What was unexpected was that most of the animals actually looked calm and relaxed, which made us ponder. Year 5 figured out that the keepers at the zoo go to great efforts to make the animals feel at home. We had enjoyed the educational trip so much that at first our documentaries were over 40 minutes long! Editing was one of the hardest jobs. We cut down our documentaries to make sure they would be interesting for the viewers. The finished results are extraordinary. — Bruno Sullivan and Amia Guha, Year 5 York (fourth-graders)

Edmund Burke School

At Burke, every grade has two representatives for student government. These representatives are

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elected by the grade. These representatives lead grade meetings. Grade meetings are a time when the representatives tell the grade about what has been happening in student government. It is also a time for suggestions about what to bring up at student government meetings. At these meetings, everybody is open to new ideas and suggestions. The student government plans for different events that are coming up, such as Founders Day, dances and other special events. The group meets once a week at lunchtime. The meeting is run by the 12th-grade representatives. When a suggestion is approved by the student government, someone in the organization talks to a teacher about whether it is possible. For example, the sixth grade recently suggested that students should be able to use the elevator at lunch. The body approved the idea, and Monica, the head of middle school, will see if this is possible. Student government is a good way to plan for events and bring forth wanted changes at Burke. — Ellie Salyers and Paul Keenan, sixth-graders

Jewish Primary Day School

We have a new playground at our school. It is made out of natural

things like stone, trees, wood, logs and sand. We also have some grass. We wanted to make it more beautiful. In our kindergarten science class, we learned about living and non-living things. We wanted to add more living things to our playground. We started by planting sunflower seeds inside. They are mammoth sunflowers and they will be 12 feet tall when they grow! After the seeds sprouted, we took them outside, dug holes and planted them. We watered them every day and then we got to play on the playground. We put up fences around the sunflower plants so that soccer balls wouldn’t knock them over. We look at them every day to see how they are doing. They are doing really well. We started a composting bin outside. We throw in orange peels, apple cores and banana peels from our snacks and lunches. It will take a long time before everything turns into dirt. We will be able to take the compost out and put it on the sunflowers to help them grow. We are going to plant vegetables, flowers and herbs too. — Zoe Becker, Isaac Yourman and Keira Zatman, kindergartners

Our Lady of Victory School

I flew to the pilgrimage site of Lourdes in southern France on Thursday on a chartered 268-seat Airbus A330 carrying volunteers for

the Order of Malta, a Catholic service group, and 45 extremely sick “malades,” ranging from an 85-year-old with Parkinson’s disease to a 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. People often ask if sick people are “cured” when they bathe in Lourdes water. I think the answer is more complicated than yes or no. Healing can come about in many forms, not just physical. Malades can experience emotional and spiritual healing even if their disease remains. I am so lucky to be healthy and able to help, whether it’s pushing a cart carrying a malade or holding a hand. For all of us, this trip is about getting closer to God. Throughout my 10 years at Our Lady of Victory School my teachers have stressed the importance of service to others. This year the eighth grade has organized a coat drive and collected weekly sandwiches for the homeless and baby bottles of coins for poor infants. In a few weeks we will volunteer in an underprivileged community in Camden, N.J. In the fall I will be a freshman at Georgetown Visitation. I would like to volunteer at an orphanage in Peru with my Visi classmates like my older sister Harriet did. I like making people feel happy. I hope in their brief visit to Lourdes my malades will find some peace. — Katherine F., eighth-grader

Parkmont School

My name is Wyatt Qualiana and I am an 11th-grader currently attending the Parkmont School. My school has an internship program that has provided me with the opportunity to work at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. At the Zoo I work in the Invertebrate House as a keeper aide. My primary responsibilities are to feed a variety of animals ranging from cuttlefish to orb weaver spiders, to maintain the ideal conditions of their simulated environments to keep them in the best of health, and to handle some necessary paperwork (feeding charts and schedules, and submitting the daily reports and assessments to whomever they are addressed). Working at the Zoo has provided me with an opportunity to learn a vast amount of information about biology and conservation, to explore career options and to meet new people. I’ve enjoyed the experience so much that even after my school year ends, I will continue to work there. — Wyatt Qualiana, 11th-grader

St. Albans School

It has been an eventful end of April and beginning of May for St. Albans students. The prefects for each upper school form have been announced. Head prefect voting for See Dispatches/Page 21


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Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA, D.C. Office on Aging happy older americans month! in this issue of the Spotlight on Aging, i am elated to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our seniors across the District of columbia! this year’s theme, “safe today. healthy tomorrow,” underscores the importance of helping our seniors to stay healthy and active while mitigating unintentional injuries such as falls. by remaining focused on our service to District seniors, we can be confident that they will experience a better quality of living in their communities for many years. according to the administration for community living, older citizens are at a much higher risk of unintentional injuries and even deaths as compared to the younger population.

for older americans, unintentional injuries result in at least 6 million visits to medical facilities and more than 30,000 deaths every year. the centers for Disease control and Prevention reports that medical costs associated with unintentional injuries are estimated at $30.4 billion. besides healthcare costs being astronomical, some of these seniors lose some of their independence, which means adapting to a new lifestyle that could threaten their level of physical activity. Dcoa is here to assist every District senior in maintaining their independence and remaining healthy. seniors can take advantage of the free wellness centers located across the District of columbia. at these centers, seniors can strengthen their

physical well-being as well as enhance their emotional well-being. for the month of may, seniors can participate in free special programs held at our wellness facilities. these events include, “enhancing the health & safety of older americans,” “the east river swing a special evening of elegance,” “senior awareness Day event,” “senior health & fitness info fair,” “senior appreciation Day,” and many more events. for information on the locations of our senior wellness centers, hours of operation, and the dates and times of the special programs, please contact the District of columbia office on aging at 202-724-5626, check out our website at www.dcoa.dc.gov, or e-mail us at dcoa@dc.gov. ~

DCOA Executive Director John M. Thompson presented the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Recognition Program held at the Navy Yard. Celeste Ellerbee was nominated by the principal of the school for her work as a classroom aide at the Langdon Educational Center. She has been an essential part of the classroom there for the last 13 years. She is known to adapt to the learning styles, behaviors and abilities of each of her students to ensure they are successful no matter how difficult the assignment. Mrs. Ellerbee has a talent for helping students with different learning styles, behaviors and abilities. In the classroom, she has taken the time to develop a relationship with each student. She also has the ability to teach each student in such a way that the students do not realize the difficulty of their assignments. Mrs. Ellerbee believes that each student is as unique in their learning as their personality. Her teaching methods reflect her beliefs about children. According to the principal at Langdon, Ms. Shannon Foster, the staff appreciates her because she is an innovator, mentor and a leader. She is continually sharing ideas, mentoring and helping colleagues and peers. No matter the situation, she continues to conduct herself in a respectful and professional manner. She added, “I believe that Celeste Ellerbee is everything that the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year should be: VALUABLE, COMMITTED AND INSPIRATIONAL. Every principal yearns to have a staff member like her and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have her at my school. DCOA applauds Ms. Ellerbee for her dedication and commitment to early childhood learning in the District of Columbia.~

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Citywide Older AmeriCAnS mOnth ACtivitieS 2014 – “SAfe tOdAy. heAlthy tOmOrrOw.” the month of may is observed annually as older americans month to celebrate the many contributions of older americans to their communities. older americans month this year is celebrated under the theme “safe today. healthy tomorrow.” the D.c. office on aging understands the importance of injury prevention and safety awareness in helping older adults remain active, healthy, safe and prepared for emergencies. those that are able are living active lifestyles, participating in activities and giving back to the community.~ 5th-16th: 31st Annual DC Senior Olympics Department of Parks and Recreation medal competition in more than 15 sporting events, including, swimming, tennis, track and field, basketball, table tennis. various locations across the city visit dpr.dc.gov or call 202-664-7153, for more information. 7th: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mayor’s Third Annual Senior Symposium hyatt regency washington on capitol hill. 400 new Jersey avenue, nw, registered participants will attend workshops, connect to technology, and get information on government resources in an information exhibit area. 9th: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enhancing the Health & Safety of Older Americans washington seniors wellness center, 3001 alabama avenue, se, for more information contact 202-534-4880 9th: 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Celebration viDa senior center, 1842 calvert street, nw contact information: miguel guerrero, 202-483-5800 14th: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Seabury Resources for Aging Ward 6 Lead Agency Open House 901 a street, ne for more information, contact 202-727-0357 15th: 5 – 9 p.m. The East River Swing a Special Evening of Elegance east river family strengthening collaborative Keen seniors Program. contact information: robin gantt (202) 5344880 ext 110 or chicquita bryant (202) 534-4880 ext 125 16th: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. TERRIFIC, Inc. “Safe Today! Healthy Tomorrow” Health Fair 19th street baptist church 4606 16th street, nw. for more information, contact 202-882-1824 14th: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Seabury Resources for Aging Ward 6 Lead Agency Open House 901 a street, ne. for more information, contact 202-727-0357 16th: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Senior Awareness Day Event east river family strengthening collaborative Pilgrim rest baptist church, 4611 sheriff road, ne contact ms. hazel Jackson, (202) 398-1843 or 296-8283 ext 19 20th: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Seabury Ward 5 Senior Community Day edgewood terrace, 635 edgewood street, ne, for more information, contact 202-529-8701 23rd: 1 – 3 p.m. Senior Appreciation Day first baptist senior center, 715 randolph, street, nw, for more information call 202-723-4313 28th: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Senior Health & Fitness Day Info Fair 2014 bernice fonteneau senior wellness center, 3531 georgia avenue, nw, contact information: 202-727-0338 (continued on next page)

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Community EvEnts CalEndar MAy EvEnTS 6th • 1 to 2 p.m.

hayes senior wellness center will hold a program on wise food choices. the center is located at 500 K st. ne. for more information, call Pauline Kabore at 202-727-0357.

8th • 10 a.m.

the Dcoa budget oversight hearing, to take place before the committee on health, has been rescheduled to thursday, may 8 at 10 a.m. in room 123 of the John a. wilson building, 1350 Pennsylvania avenue, nw. Persons interested in providing testimony should contact rayna smith, committee Director, at 202-724-8170 or rsmith@dccouncil.us.

10th • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

a senior health fair will be held in the large meeting room of the watha t. Daniel library, 1630 7th st. nw. for more information, call 202-727-0907.

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14th • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

D.c. office on aging executive Director John m. thompson, Ph.D., faama will be the guest speaker at the washington retired teachers chapter meeting. the meeting will be held at the howard university school of Divinity, 1400 shepherd st. ne. contact emma Jean coates at 202-483-6060 for more information.

15th • 11:30 a.m.

attend a seminar called “older adults & healthy relationships” hosted by seabury ward 5 aging services. the program will be held at 1400 florida ave. ne. for more information, call vivian grayton at 202-529-8701.

16th • 1 to 2 p.m.

learn about reverse mortgages at the hayes senior wellness center, 500 K st. ne. for more information, call Pauline Kabore at 202-727-0357.

21st • 1 to 2 p.m.

hayes senior wellness center, 500 K st. ne, presents a program on seniors and money. for more information, call Pauline Kabore at 202-727-0357.

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Sally Sullivan was presented with the Tom Nelson Award from the D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (DCLTCOP) where she has served as a volunteer ombudsman for 6 years. As a retired nurse, Mrs. Sullivan wanted to make a difference in her community. She wanted to offer her skills and enthusiasm to positively impact the lives of others, as well as her own. Mrs. Sullivan enjoys advocating and protecting the rights of vulnerable seniors, and being a part of something that supports her values, beliefs, and life goals. As a volunteer ombudsman, Mrs. Sullivan investigates and resolves complaints for or on behalf of long-term care residents; and ensures that their rights are protected. She also educates the community about long-term care issues. Ms. Sullivan has improved the quality of life and care for District residents in long-term care facilities and their families. Because of Mrs. Sullivan’s continued volunteerism with the DCLTCOP, our program successfully accomplishes its goals impacting long-term care residents. This includes increasing awareness of LCE/DCLTCOP and educating and empowering residents to be self-advocates. ~

POStAl inSPeCtOrS wArn Of tAX refUnd SCAmS

now that the april 15 tax deadline has passed, many americans eagerly awaiting tax refunds are receiving a shocking surprise: scammers may have already beaten them to their refund. it’s a problem Postal inspectors have been investigating at an alarming rate. 27th • 12 to 12:45 p.m. identity thieves are stealing people’s names and social security numbers, D.c. office on aging executive Director creating bogus w-2 forms and other tax documents, and then filing a phony John m. thompson, Ph.D., faama and tax return — all to collect a fraudulent refund before you do. his staff will make a community previctims don’t realize they’ve been scammed until they file taxes online and sentation to the Penn branch chapter # it won’t go through, or an expected refund never arrives, or when the inter3473. the event will be held at the Pennnal revenue service notifies the taxpayer that multiple returns were already sylvania avenue baptist church, 3000 submitted in his name. Pennsylvania ave. se. for more informathe Postal inspection service is charged with protecting america’s mail tion, call gloria clanton at 202-582-1985. 12th • 11 a.m. system from illegal use. many of these fraudulent tax refunds are sent by north capitol at Plymouth will hold a 29th • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. mail and deposited in bogus bank accounts created with the stolen personal town hall meeting at 5233 n. capitol the 6th annual olmstead community in- identifiable information. Postal inspectors are working closely with the irs to st. ne. for more information, call vivian tegration conference will be held at the stop these criminals. grayton at 202-529-8701. Kellogg conference hotel at gallaudet tax refund scams are growing and it victimizes both the taxpayer and the university, 800 florida ave. ne. for more federal government. recently the federal government reported it lost $4 bilinformation, call melinda hasbrouck at lion in fraudulent tax refunds last year. for an individual, it can take months 202-671-2894. to receive the tax refund the scammer stole from him. anyone can become a victim of a tax refund scam. Postal inspectors recomtrAin tO Be A dCOA AmBASSAdOr mend taxpayers do the following to protect themselves: • File your taxes early. make a difference in your community by learning more about the programs • Always safeguard your personal identifiable information. Never provide and services offered by Dcoa. your knowledge can help connect us with your social security number unless absolutely necessary and with persons in the community who need our assistance. sign up today for the a trusted entity. Dcoa ambassador training by calling, 202-724-5622 to register!~ • Check your credit score often. The same identity thieves who are filling fraudulent tax refunds in your name may also use your information to SPOTLIgHT On COMMunITy LIvIng conduct other financial crimes. • The IRS does not send unsolicited emails. If you receive a phone call or Spotlight on Community Living is published by the External Affairs email from someone claiming to be irs, verify it by calling 800-829-1040. if your tax refund doesn’t arrive in a reasonable time, you can check its and Communications unit of the D.C. Office on Aging. status online at www.irs.gov. if you suspect tax-related identity theft, call Advertising contained in the Current is not endorsed by the D.C. Office on Aging or the irs at 800-908-4490. by the publisher. The D.C.Office on Aging is responsible for developing and carrying the u.s. Postal inspection service, our nation’s oldest federal law out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, nutrition, education, enforcement agency, is committed to protecting consumers from mail employment, training, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who fraud. to learn more about common scams and fraud prevention tips, are 60 years of age and older. The Office on Aging also administers the Aging and please visit postalinspectors.uspis.gov.~ take a yoga, tai chi, strength or other fitness class at iona senior services. new classes start the week of may 12 and run for six weeks. the drop-in rate is $13 per class meeting, but if the entire session is paid for when signing up, the rate drops to $10 per class. sign up at the front desk at 4125 albemarle st. nw. for more information, call Darryl simpson at 202895-0238.

Disability Resource Center, a one-stop shop resource center, designed to assist seniors, persons with disabilities 18 years of age and older and family caregivers navigate the long-term services and supports system. 500 K Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 202-724-5622 • www.dcoa.dc.gov John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA Executive Director In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code Section §§2-1401.01 et seq.,(Act), the D.C. Office on Aging does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

SmArt911 COmmUnity PreSentAtiOnS the D.c. office of aging and the office of unified communications (ouc) continue their campaign to make more seniors aware of smart911, the safety profile that provides first responders information to better assist them when responding to emergencies. the Dcoa has partnered with the ouc to present these presentations citywide in an effort to keep District seniors safe and more prepared during emergencies. if you have a church group, an organization, residence building or other entity that is interested in hosting a presentation, call 202-727-8364 or email darlene.nowlin@dc.gov to sign up today! give 9-1-1 the information they need to better help you and your family in the event of an emergency. visit the office of unified communications for more information at www.ouc.dc.gov or www.smart911.com to register.~


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DISPATCHES From Page 18 next year’s senior class took place on May 2. Seventeen current seniors were inducted into the St. Albans Cum Laude society, and the annual National Cathedral Flower Mart took place on the first Friday and Saturday of May. Each form elected three boys to be the form’s prefects next year, except the rising senior class, which elected five. The prefect voting spanned over a week and a half with two rounds of voting for most grades, and three rounds for the current freshmen. On Friday, each of the prefects elected by the rising senior class gave a speech in Trapier Theater in front of next year’s upper school to try to get enough votes to become next year’s head prefect. On April 25, 17 seniors were inducted into the St. Albans Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society is only for the top percent of students in each grade academically. The induction ceremony was held at the St. Albans Parrish.

Friday and Saturday was the annual National Cathedral Flower Mart. Many St. Albans students and other members of the Cathedral community go to the Flower Mart on at least one of the two days. Flower Mart is a large “market” set up by the Cathedral. — Sterling Myhre, Form III (ninth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

In the third-grade class, we have completed our science poster projects in honor of Earth Day. Our teacher has our posters on display in the school hall. Each of us had to pick a landform or a water feature to research and do our project on. We each had to present our project to the class, telling what it was all about. We had to include two plants found there, two animals found there, where in the world it would be located, the definition of the topic, pictures and some interesting facts. This was a fun project. — Kevin Bowman, third-grader

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ing up on Wednesday. Lots of kids are going to be riding their bikes — so parents, be careful when you’re driving! That’s all I’ve got this time; I guess it’s a slow news week. Have a great week! — Henry Trimble, fourth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

On April 30, Washington Latin held its first annual Senior Honors Concert, where seniors who participated in both choirs and jazz band were honored.

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The night started with the eighth-grade choir, which sang “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper with a passion. Afterward, the high school concert choir sang its reggae version of “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. The concert choir was accompanied by sophomore John Akinsaniya playing the drums and several other student musicians. The honors choir sang a few beautiful songs, the highlight was “Fix You” by Coldplay. Justin Bineck rearranged “Fix You” for the honors choir. Jazz band performed

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classic jazz songs and did songs of fours, where each instrument group would perform the same four bars but add its own style and challenge the other players. Before the last song, music director Melissa Nevola honored all of the student performers who were seniors and would be leaving. The last song was performed by the eighth-grade choir, concert choir, honors choir and jazz band — they played and sang “Bluebird.” — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hello everybody, this is Henry. There is a Bike-to-School day com-

Get moving to the Chevy Chase House for a *RIGHTsizing / Downsizing Seminar

5420 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20015

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*“Rightsize / Downsize” To make something in a smaller version while maintaining the features and qualities of the original.

Thinking of making a move? We can help. The Chevy Chase House presents a “Rightsizing/ Downsizing” Seminar with Special Guests Eric Stewart and Susie Danick, specialists in real estate and relocation who will give you their top tips for getting rid of clutter and selling your house or condo.

Join Us! May 14th, at 2:00 p.m. An Experience that will “Move” You

Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Candace Burke or Sharon Adler at

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GEORGETOWN, DC

FOREST HILLS, DC

$2,495,000

WASHINGTON, DC

$2,300,000

SPRING VALLEY, DC

$1,995,000

Spacious residence with “step down” living rm w/ windows opening to garden. Study, formal dining rm & large country kit FR. Large MBR, MBA en suite & 4 add’l BRs, 3.5 BA, media rm, gym storage, 2-car garage. Close to Metro, The Levine School & Rock Creek Park. Stephen Vardas 202.744.0411 / 202.944.8400 (O)

2004 Exquisitely built and designed 4-level, 6BR, 5.5BA custom home. Features high-end finishes, twostory foyer, elevator, and high-ceilings... decorator’s paradise. Stone and cedar siding, Pergola, flagstone tiered patio, and turf backyard. Tammy Gruner Durbin 301.996.8334/301.229.4000 (O)

Stately brick colonial, expanded in 1994 and 2004, provides 5,000+ SF of finished space. Features large family room addition and kitchen open to vaultedceiling breakfast room, master suite, lots of storage. Beautiful landscaping w/terraced patios and pond. Miller Bethesda Office 301.229.4000

POTOMAC, MD

BETHESDA, MD

CLEVELAND PARK, DC

$1,750,000

$1,245,000

Renovated Colonial in Mazza, 6BR, 5.5BA, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, sun room, great room, office and first floor master bedroom on ONE LEVEL! 2.5 acre lot; Whitman; easy commute to DC and more. Miller Chevy Chase Office 202.321.9132

Dramatic and sun-filled 4BR, 4.5BA contemporary house in desirable Anchorage subdivision. This home sits on an elevated corner lot that features unparalleled views from every room.

BETHESDA, MD

BETHESDA, MD

$1,045,000

New Price! Westmoreland Hills – Custom built 1936 classic stone and brick home with 3BR, 3.5BA in wooded setting. 1.5 blocks to DC line, two-car garage. Owner/Agent. Miller Spring Valley Office

CLEVELAND PARK, DC

202.362.1300

$349,000

NEW PRICE! Large, bright 1BR w/old world charm; high ceilings, arches, big windows & hdwds. Updated SS Kit w/quartz counters. Pet-friendly, low fee. Minutes to everything that Woodley & Cleveland Park have to offer. Close to 2 Metros & Rock Creek Park! Mitchell Story 202.270.4514 / 202.483.6300 (O)

Miller Spring Valley Office

202.362.1300

$985,000

$1,193,310

$1,995,000 Elegant 4BR, 4.5BA East Village home. Gorgeous formal rooms w/original details. Beautiful marble & stainless kitchen. Exquisite MBR suite. Bright, spacious in-law suite w/separate kitchen and entrance. Lovely private patio w/space for grilling & entertaining. The Linda Low Team 202.232.4733 / 202.363.1800 (O)

CHEVY CHASE, MD

$1,150,000

Forest oasis where Mid-Century Modern meets Classic Colonial. Spacious flr plan, HWFs, expansive deck, 14,000 SF fenced lot w/garden. 5BR, 3.5BA, gour Kit w/ TS. Close to shops, restaurants, tennis, tot lot, dog park. Elizabeth Russell / Jeffrey Kochan 301.580.0540 / 703.585.5487 / 202.363.1800 (O)

Spacious, custom-built home w/open floor plan, entertaining space, main level MBR suite, cook’s Kitchen, FR, LR overlooking expansive deck. Over-sized LL w/kitchenette, rec room, BR & BA. Surrounded by green space; close to shops, dining & Crescent Trail. Chevy Chase Uptown Office 202.364.1300

16th STREET HEIGHTS, DC

OBSERVATORY CIRCLE, DC

$899,000

$465,000

6BR, 4BA renovated open eat-in SS kitchen w/granite & breakfast room. Living room w/ wood-burning fireplace & formal dining room. Two fireplaces. Finished basement. Screened porch & large flagstone patio. Beautiful landscaping, great home for entertaining. Deborah Charlton 202.415.2117 / 202.944.8400 (O)

New Construction! Exquisite 3000+ SF home with grand open floor plan; 4BR, 4.5BA, HDWDs, stunning gourmet kit w/adjoining family area. Master suite w/ huge walk-in closet and balcony. Fully fin LL w/huge Rec Rm w/9’ ceilings, guest suite and full walkout. Roby Thompson 202.255.2986 / 202.483.6300 (O)

Rarely Available! 2BR located in the main building. Living room, dining room & kitchen – lots of windows. Located on second floor, near elevator. Unit is bright and looks onto beautiful magnolia trees and surface parking. Call for further details. Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200

VAN NESS, DC

CAPITOL HILL, DC

PETWORTH, DC

$327,500

HUGE 1BR (981 SF) w/garage parking, 1 blk from Metro. Lightly updated kit & bath, parquet floors, bedroom w/walk-in closet & built-ins, hallway closets + storage unit. Amenities include 2 pools, exercise room, front desk, doorman & more. Sandy Rosengarden 202.270.7355/202.363.9700 (O)

$239,000

Beautifully Renovated! Open kitchen w/high-end stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets and black granite counter-tops. Washer/Dryer in unit! Pleasing marble bath w/marble shower surround and glass doors. A must see! Call for details. Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200

$145,000

Large 2BR corner unit (825 SF) w/sep dining room, 4 closets, updated granite Kit, HDWDs, high ceilings, large storage area, private courtyard for complex. No income limits, must occupy. Dogs up to 20 lbs & cats OK. Closing help, great financing. Walk to Metro. Denise Champion 202.215.9242 / 202.363.9700 (O)


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Forest Hills Tudor manor offers lush, multi-tiered gardens

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n Forest Hills, a Tudor-inspired home atop a sleepy hillside street enjoys a verdant half-acre setting. In renovating the 1934

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house, the current owners took advantage of lush surroundings to create airy spaces filled with skylights and picturesque windows. At 2510 Upton St., this home with five bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths is on the market for $2,375,000. A brick pathway leads down to the front entrance, which has a curved dark, slat-style door complemented by a neutral square frame and stone cladding. Other Tudor themes on the facade include steep gables, a prominent chimney and timbering on the second floor. Greeting guests inside are the dark-tiled foyer and hallway, which separate the spacious living areas. To the right is the step-down living room with built-in shelves and cabinets, a fireplace, crown molding and oversized windows that provide southern exposure. This area flows southeast to the sunroom, filled with skylights and

walls of glass that open to the deck. The current owners positioned a sofa facing toward this glass so they can enjoy views of the morning sunrise with their coffee. Farther south is the study, with its two picture windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the front facing an ivy-filled incline and the rear overlooking the lush gardens. The room also has another fireplace and more built-in shelves; next door is a powder room. Outside, accessed from the sunroom, is the flora-filled, multi-tiered rear yard. The landscaping includes mature trees, perennials, flagstone paths, terraced patios, outdoor lighting and a lawn at the bottom. It also has gated access to the driveway. Back inside and across the hallway, the dining room offers more garden views through oversized triplet windows. Another large window, facing north, is surrounded by built-in china cabinets with a marble serving board. The updated kitchen features white custom cabinets complemented by dark soapstone countertops and a butcher block-topped island. Other gourmet credentials include the six-burner Wolf gas stove with stainless hood, cabinet-faced Miele dishwasher, under-mounted stainless steel sink, Sub-Zero refrigerator

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This five-bedroom home near Rock Creek Park is priced at $2,375,000. and two separate Sub-Zero freezer drawers under the kitchen island. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a side entrance, as well as a built-in bench/eating area surrounded by more woodland views and skylights. The curved stairs lead to the second floor, where there are two spacious bedrooms and a shared bath. Taking up the southern wing, the master suite offers a luxurious escape, with a sitting room separating the bedroom from the rest of the floor. The suite also includes a private balcony and a spa-worthy bathroom with a marble tub and separate standing shower. The sleeping quarters boast high ceilings graced by more picture windows and skylights that offer views of treetops and the garden.

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Cape Cod Gem

Colonial Village. Completely restored 4 BR, 3.5 BA w/walls of windows. Gourmet kit/family rm & den addition. Beautifully landscaped. 2 car garage. Surrounded by Rock Creek Park. $1,499,000

Lee Goldstein  202-744-8060 Dina Paxenos  202-256-1624

City Classic

Garfield/Woodley Park. Exquisitely updated 3 BR, 3.5 BA detached house w/ 3 fin. levels. Custom millwork. Brick walled patio. Garage. Near 2 Metros. $1,295,000

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The third floor has another bedroom with sloped ceilings and vintage window dormers. It also has the third full bath and deep attic storage. Back to the main floor, near the study, is a sunny landing with stairs leading down to the lower level. Another family room down here has a fireplace and glass doors that open up to one of the patios. The other powder room is down the hallway, and around the corner is the fifth bedroom with a private bath and a kitchenette. This level also has the laundry room and additional storage spaces. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also access to the two-car

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about the proliferation of the projections in general in historic districts across the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for the residents to have all this extra space within a building thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s punching out over the street, the width of the bays is beginning to become uncomfortably wide,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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with 19,000 more coming in 2015. In response to commissioner questions about available Navy funding to incentivize local jurisdictions to act on these issues, Herring said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the Navy has

extra money unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re offering some.â&#x20AC;? She did say she planned to reach out to Arlington County to see what lessons could be learned from the action that jurisdiction has already taken on LED lighting.

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modernization, could be â&#x20AC;&#x153;low-hanging fruitâ&#x20AC;? if the arts school were moved elsewhere. One woman said this would be beneficial for Ellington, too, because a more centralized location in a neighborhood such as Shaw could make Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts education more accessible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The transportation obstacles are really easy to underestimate if you just look at the people who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hindered by them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the people who are hindered by them,â&#x20AC;? she said. Both Sondreal and Simmons said they planned to press Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans on the Ellington idea, although they wondered aloud about

whether the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernization in Burleith was a foregone conclusion. (Ellington parents opposed efforts to relocate the school as recently as 2010.) Trogisch expressed his own frustration related to modernizations, lamenting the fact that the Francis-Stevens facility is scheduled to be refurbished later than other lower schools such as Garrison Elementary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We deserve to be modernized before anybody else,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to have this building not be renovated when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bringing in top staff.â&#x20AC;? Although the merger between Walls and Francis-Stevens has been controversial, Francis-Stevens parents have credited Trogisch with attracting top-tier teaching talent since he became their principal last year.

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Wednesday may 7 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;RĂŠsumĂŠ, Cover Letter and Correspondence Developmentâ&#x20AC;? as part of a seven-session series on jobseeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-9862257. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75,â&#x20AC;? Cubanborn American pianist Fabian Almazan will perform selections from his March 2014 album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhizome.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Aima Labra-Makk on piano and Florian Kitt on violoncello will perform World War I-era compositions by Kodaly and Stravinsky, paired with modern-day works. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. labrakitt.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communion DCâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an eclectic mix of up-and-coming musical acts curated by Communion Music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature live sets by Neulore, Bootstraps, Busy Living, Cub Sport and the Sea Life. 8 p.m. $9.50 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;March: Book

One,â&#x20AC;? his memoir in the form of a graphic novel. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013; The H&B Book Club will discuss Scott Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $45. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org. â&#x2013;  Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Witmore will discuss his perspective on the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen of Verona.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. â&#x2013;  Amanda Vaill will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Roger Engle will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories (From a Small Town): Remembering My Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. â&#x2013;  Susan Katz Miller will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Both: Two Religions in One Interfaith Family.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Film â&#x2013;  The new Programmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice series will feature Liza Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hateship Loveship,â&#x20AC;? starring Kristen Wiig, Nick Nolte,

Hailee Steinfeld and Guy Pearce. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moves: symphony + danceâ&#x20AC;? festival will feature selections from Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Townâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Waterfrontâ&#x20AC;? with dance ensemble Keigwin + Company performing new, original choreography, as well as Schumanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New England Triptychâ&#x20AC;? and a new concerto with principal bassoonist Sue Heineman. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Sarah Lawson will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special event â&#x2013;  Art and Soul will host a biscuit competition among five local chefs to kick off patio season and raise funds for Hospitality High School. 6 to 8 p.m. $55; reservations required. Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. biscuitbash.eventbrite.com. Thursday, May 8

Thursday may 8 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Megan Frazer Blakemore will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spy Catchers of Maple Hillâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 9 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Class â&#x2013;  Tulani Elisa will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social Media 101.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. knowledgecommonsdc.org. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75,â&#x20AC;? Beninborn guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke will perform his distinctive fusion of traditional African music and modern jazz har-

    

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nue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keeper â&#x20AC;Ś Responding to the Callâ&#x20AC;? will focus on issues facing young boys of color and how best to prepare them to succeed in college. Speakers will include Kenneth Ward, executive director of College Bound; Tony Lewis Jr., community activist and founder of Sons for Life; Brandon Frame, chief visionary officer for the Black Man Can Institute; and Danielle Singh, middle school principal at Paul Public Charter School. 3 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Paul Public Charter School, 5800 8th St. NW. tinyurl.com/PaulResponding. â&#x2013;  Christofer Berglund of Uppsala University will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nation-Building in Saakashviliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgia: Evidence From a Matched-Guise Experiment.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/Berglund. â&#x2013;  Tina Khmelnitskaya, curator of the Russian porcelain and ceramics collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, will discuss porcelain figures from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nationalities of Russiaâ&#x20AC;? series created from 1907 to 1917 by the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg at the request of Tsar Nicholas II. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. â&#x2013;  Bibiana Obler, assistant professor of art history at George Washington University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and MĂźnter, Arp and Taeuber.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â&#x2013;  As part of an annual lecture series honoring the late columnist and avid gardener Henry Mitchell, the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library group and the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by retired journalist and press secretary Neal Gregory on â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Knew Henry Mitchell.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a support group for job seekers. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read the Book First!â&#x20AC;? Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killingsâ&#x20AC;? by Andre Dubus. 7 p.m. Free. Room 209, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. sarah.arnold@dc.gov. â&#x2013;  Roxane Gay will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Untamed State.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Rachel Strisik Rosenthal, owner of the professional organizing firm Rachel and Company, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Organized and Decluttering for Spring.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Historian and independent scholar Steven Beller will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modernism in 1914â&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on the 100th anniversary of World War I. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. stevenbeller.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Allen Kesiwetter, a retired senior foreign service officer and a scholar at the Middle East Institute, will discuss the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in U.S. relations with the Middle East. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Family Center, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-9654400. â&#x2013;  VIDA Fitness and People for the See Events/Page 27


Continued From Page 26 Ethical Treatment of Animals will present a talk by vegan lifestyle coach and certified personal trainer Zachary Koval on the best vegan protein-rich foods for athletes. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Location provided upon registration. lindsayr@peta.org. â&#x2013; Yehudah Mirsky, associate professor at Brandeis University, and Rabbi Shai Held, co-founder and dean of Mechon Hadar, will discuss the visions of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, two of the most influential and controversial rabbis of the 20th century. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Louder Than a Bomb â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will present a preliminary competition featuring School Without Walls, Dunbar, Friendly, Hayfield and Frederick Douglass high schools. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $5; free for middle and high school students. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Comedian and actor Todd Barry will perform. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20 to $23. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  Deal Middle School will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Oz.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Auditorium, Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. alicedeal.org. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nights: Lemon Trees and Limoncelloâ&#x20AC;? will feature a look at blooming fruit trees long cultivated on the Tudor Place estate, as well as samples of artisanal SweetShine liqueurs from Bloomery Plantation Distillery. 6 to 8 p.m. $20; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Brews: The Beverage All of Washington Agrees On,â&#x20AC;? a beer tasting and seminar focusing on the resurrection of local brewing, will feature Bill Butcher, founder of Alexandria-based Port City Brewing Co., and Garrett Peck, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Brewmaster and author Garrett Oliver will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farmhouse Ale: The Taste of Saison,â&#x20AC;? featuring a selection of light but flavorful brews that originated in the farm country of Belgium. 7 p.m. $100. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

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Events Entertainment to $25 per session. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. Concerts â&#x2013; The Arts Club of Washington will host its Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  Arts@Midday will present a performance by the Senior Girl Choristers from Washington National Cathedral. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75,â&#x20AC;? an allstar D.C. salute to the legendary record label will feature saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, alto saxophonist and flutist Lyle Link, trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse, trombonist Raynel Frazier, pianist Tim Whalen, bassist Elliot Seppa and drummer Harold Summey. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a percussion and piano recital by students of Nathaniel Aguilar. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard (shown) will perform with guitarist Lionel Loueke, pianist Fabian Almazan, saxophonist Brice Winston, percussionist Kendrick Scott and bassist Joshua Crumbly. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform. 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liner Notes: A Live Musical Journey Through Hip Hopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Many Intersectionsâ&#x20AC;? will feature live music, poetry and a multimedia design. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chorus will perform. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW.

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media, will open Sunday in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and continue through Oct. 5. Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Designing for Disaster,â&#x20AC;? examining how builders and others assess potential risks from natural disasters and create designs to better withstand them, will open Sunday at the National Building Museum and continue through Aug. 2. Located at 401 F St. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and ages 3 through 17; it is free for ages under 3. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The semiannual 52 O Street Open Studios will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at 52 O St. NW. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event celebrates the centennial of the warehouse building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; home to â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bustling artist community for the past 39 years,â&#x20AC;? according to event organizers. 52ostreet.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits,â&#x20AC;? 202-994-6800. â&#x2013;  The Michael Clem Trio and Speidel, Goodrich & Googin will perform. 8:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Conference â&#x2013;  The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a clinical conference led by marriage and family therapist Kathleen Cotter Cauley on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triangles in Stepfamilies.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $135; $25 to $45 for students.

the second half of a two-part exhibit of photographs from a gift to the National Portrait Gallery of more than 100 portraits created by Karsh (1908-2002), opened last week and will continue through Nov. 2. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly,â&#x20AC;? presenting microphotographic images and aerial photographs that highlight the transnational monarch migration, opened recently at the Embassy of Canada, where it will continue through June 17. Located at 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-682-1740. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington opened an exhibit last week of works by Maryland artist RenĂŠe T. Lachman and Northern Virginia artists Roberta Beasley and Jill Poyerd. It will continue through May 31. Located at 2017 I St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  Touchstone Gallery opened three shows last week and will continue them through June1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Windows on the Worldâ&#x20AC;? highlights works by gallery artists on the theme of windows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bringing Congo to the Heart of America,â&#x20AC;? presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Congo, features works by artists of the Painting School of Poto-

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. thebowencenter.org. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Tina Khmelnitskaya of the Hermitage Museum will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Serge Diaghilevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ballets Russesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Russian Imperial Porcelain.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Rosenwald Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4371. â&#x2013;  Stephanie Cohen, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Perennial Gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Design Primerâ&#x20AC;? and

Mary Cassattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girl Arranging Her Hair,â&#x20AC;? 1886 oil on canvas, is part of the new National Gallery of Art exhibition. Poto in Brazzaville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breathing Earthâ&#x20AC;? includes photographs by Arab filmmaker and photographer Natalie Kreidieh filled with faces and images of nature from her travels in Latin America, the Middle East and Sri Lanka. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Re:Vision Beginnings,â&#x20AC;? highlighting works made from recycled materials by Sandra Davis, Michelle Parrish, Jake Short, Veronica Szalus and Jeff Tackes, opened last week at SCRAP DC, where it will continue through June 1. Located at 12th and Irving streets NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-827-4547. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season Into Autumn,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Native Perennials.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Scholars will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Future of Religious Studies and the Public Understanding of Religion in a Global Age.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Third-floor conference room, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 Georgetown University, 3307 M St. NW. berkleycenter.georgetown.edu. ■ Philip Kerr will discuss his psychological thriller “Prayer.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The National Archives will present “Gumbo,” the first episode of Ken Burns’ documentary “Jazz: A Film.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will present Malgorzata Szumowska’s 2012 drama “Elles,” about a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes for a magazine article. 7 p.m. $6 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will present Michel Hazanavicius’ 2011 film “The Artist,” about a silent movie star who meets a young dancer as the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Union Market’s “Drive-In” outdoor movie series will feature a James Bond film selected by the public — “From Russia With Love,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” or “Goldfinger.” Gates open at 6 p.m.; film starts at 8 p.m. Free admission; $10 parking fee per car. Union Market, 305 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc.com. Meetings ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy Chase

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Events Entertainment dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. events@gloverparkvillage.org.

Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. ■ Overeaters Anonymous will host a beginner’s meeting. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performances ■ Local poets Michael Gushue and Regie Cabico will respond to the Fiasco Theater’s production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” with original works exploring themes from the play. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. ■ As part of the “Ellingtoniana! Fabulous @ 40 Festival,” the Duke Ellington Opera Workshop will present “An Evening at the Opera, From ‘La Bohème’ to ‘Rent,’” featuring scenes that compare and contrast the beloved Puccini opera and its modern musical offspring. 7:30 p.m. $25. Ellington Blackbox, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. 202-3374825. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ Washington Improv Theater will present “WIT’s Famous Road Show of Longform Improv Comedy” with various ensembles. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances will continue on Friday and Saturday nights through May 31. ■ Open Stage will present the premiere of local playwright James F. Bruns’ “Hemingway: The Arkansas Years” as part of a night of four one-act plays. 8 p.m. $10. The Fridge DC, 516 8th St. SE. smore.com/mbe7-openstage. ■ SpeakeasyDC and Teaching for Change will present “After-School Special: A Night of True Stories By & About Educators,” featuring Allyson Criner Brown, Tim Jones, Chris Obermeyer, Savanna Flakes, Viky Sosa, Clint Smith, Ritija Gupta, the Dance Place Step Team and more. 8 p.m. $10 to $50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. speakeasydc.com. ■ The 11th Hour Poetry Slam will fea-

Tour ■ In honor of National Public Gardens Day, Tudor Place will offer free garden visits and tours, as well as its annual plant sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with guided tours offered at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. Free. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. Saturday,may May 1010 Saturday

Saturday, may 10 ■ Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present German pianist Martin Helmchen performing works by Bach, Schumann, Webern and Schubert. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.

ture two high-intensity, competitive rounds hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events ■ The Smithsonian’s eighth annual Garden Fest will feature entertainment, workshops, demonstrations and activities for all ages. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Enid A. Haupt Garden between the Smithsonian Castle and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ A pre-Mother’s Day tea will feature recollections of enchanting teas with friends and family. 2 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ The Glover Park Village’s monthly “Friday Free-for-All” series will feature a film or games, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and a

Book sale ■ The group Friends of the Takoma Park Library will host a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Front lawn, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Children’s programs ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about spring’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops ■ Steven Shafaram will lead a workshop on FlexAware, a dynamic practice he created to help people breathe freely and move easily for healing, fitness, exercise and mindfulness. 10 a.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ “Zumba in the Park” will offer a fastpaced, Latin-inspired dance/exercise class. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. info@healthyhabitsdc.com. ■ Drew Asbury, Hillwood’s greenhouse and cutting garden grower, will lead a hands-on workshop on how to create a 14-inch moss-lined hanging basket filled with an array of pink and purple flowers and ornamental foliage. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $35 to $45; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ Art historian Stefanie Walker will lead a class on “Titans of Jewelry Design: The Tiffanys, Fabergé, Lalique, and Cartier.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ Mike Turner, a Palisades Library employee, Mount Rainier Bike Co-op member, bicycle enthusiast and commuter, will lead a workshop on bike safety and maintenance. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango will lead a class on the Argentine Tango. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. Concerts ■ Children’s Chorus of Washington will present “American Voices,” featuring American classics and Broadway favorites. 4 p.m. $10 to $30. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW.

childrenschorus.com. ■ Soprano Delia Zielinska and mezzosoprano Viktoriya Koreneva will perform romantic art songs, operatic duets and popular arias. 5:30 p.m. $15 to $20. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. bbernhardt@thekf.org. ■ As part of “Blue Note at 75,” bassist and composer Derrick Hodge will perform selections from his debut Blue Note Records recording “Life Today.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Sligo Creek Stompers (shown) and Caroline Mountain Band will perform “American Folk Fusion.” 7 p.m. $15 to $20; free for Levine Music students. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. levinemusic.org. ■ Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat will perform works by Toru Takemitsu and Tan Dun. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-1000. ■ Chantry DC will present “A Renaissance Ladymass: Victoria and Byrd.” 8 p.m. $15 to $30. St. Mary Mother of God, 727 5th St. NW. chantrydc.com. ■ Grammy-winning hip-hop jazz pianist Robert Glasper will perform in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records. 8 and 10 p.m. $30. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Highballers, the WeatherVanes and solo artist Lauren Calve will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Demonstration ■ “Run of the Mill” will offer a chance to see D.C.’s only surviving gristmill in action. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. Discussions and lectures ■ The Macular Degeneration Network and the Sibley Senior Association will present a “Low Vision Tech Fest” seminar with Moira Williams of Envision Technology and Scott Holden of Vision Support Inc. The event will include a chance to gain handson experience with iPad accessibility features, low vision apps, video magnifiers, reading machines and more. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602. ■ The Textile Museum’s “Rug & Textile Appreciation Mornings” will feature a talk by collector Jeff Krauss on “Mummies From Western China’s Silk Road.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. 202-6670441. ■ Steven Cohan, professor of plant science and landscape architecture at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss “The Establishment and Sustainability of Green Roofs.” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ John R. Wennersten will discuss his book “The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D.C.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. ■ National Portrait Gallery researcher E. Warren Perry will discuss his book “Elvis 1956,” at noon; and Robert Hilburn, chief See Events/Page 29


Continued From Page 28 music critic and pop music editor at the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Johnny Cash: The Life,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013; Robin Becker and Jeffrey Harrison will read from and discuss their respective books of poetry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiger Heronâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into Daylight,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest Master of Fine Arts recipients will read from their work, at 3:30 p.m.; and Molly Wizenberg will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Instructor Dan Howlett will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Salem Witch Trials: Witchcraft in Massachusetts.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. knowledgecommonsdc.org. â&#x2013;  Larry Appelbaum of the Library of Congress will lead a panel discussion to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the prestigious Blue Note Records jazz label. The event will include a rare screening of the 1986 South Bank Show documentary on the label. 2 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Family programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Toolkit for a Healthy Summer,â&#x20AC;? a family-friendly community event, will feature hands-on activities and information on topics such as exercise, nutrition and safety. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with regular admission of $4 to $7. Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St. NW. 202-334-1201. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Family Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by the Knuckle Dusters folk band and Wits End Puppets, as well as hands-on art activities to create portraits like those of artist Ralph Fasanella, bouquets of paper flowers and decorative family trees. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  The Opera in Cinema series will present a production of Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon,â&#x20AC;? starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando VillazĂłn. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960-1990â&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Scene/Country Scene,â&#x20AC;? a collection of short films. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Son of Batmanâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 13 and older). 2 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. dcanimeclub.org. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Brazil will present the D.C. premiere of the 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elena,â&#x20AC;? about a young Brazilian woman who moves to New York with the dream of becoming a movie actress. A discussion with director Petra Costa will follow. 3 p.m. Free. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-3525623. The film will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. at BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Ingmar Bergmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1975 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic Flute,â&#x20AC;? the most celebrated opera-

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Events Entertainment to-film adaptation of all time. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will also be shown May 24 at 1 p.m. Performances â&#x2013; In conjunction with the three-day 2014 Zeitgeist DC International Festival and Symposiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on participatory theater, the Goethe-Institut Washington will host performances of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee & Prejudiceâ&#x20AC;? (Swiss), â&#x20AC;&#x153;15â&#x20AC;&#x2122;000 Grayâ&#x20AC;? (German), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Clubâ&#x20AC;? (Austrian) and a devising event by local troupe dog & pony dc. Times and prices vary. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. zeitgeistdc.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  In collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kafkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prague,â&#x20AC;? featuring a range of performances evocative of the Czech capital city in the 1920s and inspired by the work of Franz Kafka. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. tinyurl.com/KafkaPrague. â&#x2013;  CityDance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;DREAMscape,â&#x20AC;? featuring performances by the Washington Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brooklyn Mack, Bad Boys of Dance, North Carolina Dance Theatre and other dance superstars from around the country. Proceeds will benefit CityDanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free after-school program. 7 p.m. $25 to $38. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-347-3909. â&#x2013;  Crash of Rhinos will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Cows,â&#x20AC;? an irreverent comedy by Mario Baldessari and Jim Helein that skewers religious intolerance. 7:30 p.m. $15. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. theconservatory.org/rhinos.html. The performance will repeat May 17. â&#x2013;  Alice Howes of Trajectory Dance Project and Kista Tucker of Kista Tucker Insights will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shift.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-8852587. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moves: symphony + danceâ&#x20AC;? festival will feature music by Duke Ellington with a dance performance by Memphis jookin artists, as well as Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Souvenirs,â&#x20AC;? music from Gershwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porgy and Bessâ&#x20AC;? and a concerto featuring National Symphony Orchestra principal timpani Jauvon Gilliam. 8 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Tuesday at 7 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The European Union delegation and the embassies of the member states will present their annual Open House Day, featuring cultural activities, performances and food. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Various locations. euopenhouse.org. â&#x2013;  The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library and the Anthony Bowen YMCA will host a Senior Health Fair with eye exams, weight evaluations, wellness tips and blood pressure, diabetes and cataract screenings. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Lower-level meeting room, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Denmark will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Live Broadcast From Copenhagen.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 to 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Embassy of Denmark, 3200 Whitehaven St. NW. EurovisionUSLive.eventbrite.com.

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Studio Theatre will present British playwright Mike Bartlettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tensely comic, Olivier Award-winning drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cockâ&#x20AC;? May 14 through June 22. In this play about power and relationships, John breaks up

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with his long-term boyfriend. Three weeks later, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grateful to be accepted back â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and haunted by a passionate and unshakable encounter with a woman. The resulting love triangle detonates in this investigation of attraction, ambivalence and commitment. Studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production follows critically acclaimed and soldout runs in London and New York. Tickets cost $39 to $85. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org. â&#x2013; The Highwood Theatre will stage â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Critic,â&#x20AC;? its first audience-immersion production with a professional cast, May 9 through 11 in the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Written by Highwood resident artists David Engoron and Jacob Kresloff, the play experiments with an audience-directed narrative in the form of a hair-raising murder mystery. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 301-587-0697; thehighwoodtheatre.org/tickets.html. â&#x2013;  The Keegan Theatre will present Peter Ackermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screwball comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things You Shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Say Past Midnightâ&#x20AC;? May 10 through June 7. The bedroom comedy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a romp about communication, â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Side Yards at the Yards,â&#x20AC;? a sideshow extravaganza, will feature sword swallowers, acrobats, fire breathers and other local circus performers. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. TheYardsDC.com/sideyards. â&#x2013;  The 34th annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will feature the judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; citations for each finalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, the conferral of the award, a reading by each author and a buffet dinner. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner is Karen Joy Fowler (shown) for â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are All Completely Beside Ourselvesâ&#x20AC;?; the finalists are Daniel Alarcon, Percival Everett, Joan Silber and Valerie Trueblood. 7 p.m. $100. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  The Kingsbury Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual Transformer 5K Run/Walk/Skip will benefit the Kingsbury Day School Scholarship Fund. 9 a.m. $10 to $50. Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St. NW. kingsbury.org. â&#x2013;  The annual Georgetown Garden Tour will feature nine private gardens, including

Studio Theatre will present the award-winning British drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cockâ&#x20AC;? May 14 through June 22. honesty and identity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; follows three pairs of lovers trying to enjoy a night of romance. Tickets cost $25 to $30. The Keegan Theatre is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; keegantheatre.com. â&#x2013; Theater J will present the regional premiere of Mark St. Germainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Sessionâ&#x20AC;? May 14 through June 29 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goldman Theater. The long-running off-Broadway hit stages a clash between intellectual giants Dr. Sigmund Freud, the legendary psychoanalyst, and C.S. Lewis, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chronicles of Narnia.â&#x20AC;? On the day England enters World War II, Freud summons the then-unknown professor to his office for an impassioned exchange about God, love, sex and the meaning of life. Tickets cost $15 to $65, except for pay-what-you-can performances May 14 and 15. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; theaterj.org.

one with a series of formal terraces combined with a greenhouse and an organic vegetable garden. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35. Keith Hall, Christ Church, Georgetown, 3116 O St. NW. georgetowngardentour.com. â&#x2013; Writer Rocco Zappone will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? a look at downtown Washington filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $8 to $10 for one tour; $12 to $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present a tour of the Logan Circle neighborhood, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only unaltered Victorian residential district. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the 14th Street           

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Continued From Page 29 ship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!â&#x20AC;? will feature National Symphony Orchestra violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan performing Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Trout,â&#x20AC;? Rachmaninoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vocaliseâ&#x20AC;? and Rossiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Cats.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 and 4 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat May 24 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about Mary Cassatt and then create a piece of art inspired by her life and accomplishments. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Mendelssohn Piano Trio will perform works by Beethoven at its annual Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day performance. 3 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street lobby a half hour before the performance. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Vocalists Jamie Eacker, Amy Reiff, Chris Sizemore and Brian Quenton Thorne and pianist Frank Conlon will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadway and the Great American Songbook.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202441-7678. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a recital by students of Gjinovefa Sako. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Daria Burlak will perform works by Tournemire, DuprĂŠ and Florentz. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. â&#x2013;  The Henschel Quartett will perform works by Beethoven, Henze and Theofanidis. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522.

â&#x2013; Singer-songwriter Keren Ann will perform. 8 p.m. $15 to $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will offer an introduction to the new exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degas/Cassatt.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Botanical artist Esther Carpi will discuss her sketchbook drawings and the notations that help her capture the information necessary to complete a botanical portrait. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory East Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Past Belief: Visions of Early Christianity in Renaissance and Reformation Europeâ&#x20AC;? lecture series, Princeton University professor Anthony Grafton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constantine and Conversion: The Roles of the First Christian Emperor.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Nicole Mary Kelby will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pink Suit.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Anne Germanacos will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribute.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Films â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery will present Claire Denisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2002 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Night,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Chantal Akermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night and Day,â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jerzy Kawalerowiczâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Austeria.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special events â&#x2013;  A reception for winners of the Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize will feature Anthony Marra, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,â&#x20AC;? and David Finkel, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank You for Your Service.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Asia Heritage Foundation will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiesta Asia Planet Family,â&#x20AC;? featuring cultural performances by children of all ages. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. asiaheritagefoundation.org.

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Sunday, may 11 â&#x2013; Concert: Violinist Joanna Kurkowicz (shown) and pianist Gloria Chien will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Eastern Europe.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music.

â&#x2013; The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playdate With a Purpose,â&#x20AC;? a casual gathering of neighbors and families to raise awareness about its voter initiative campaign. 3 p.m. Free. Playground, Cortland and Devonshire places NW. Monday,may May 1212 Monday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Isabel Roth will lead a storytime. 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Classes â&#x2013;  The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will host a weekly yoga class led by instructor Francesca Valente. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-686-2210. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. meditation-dc.org. Concert â&#x2013;  As part of the citywide European Month of Culture, New York-based pianist and composer Dimitrije Vasiljevic, a native of Serbia, will perform jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nixon Legacy Forum: Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transformation of the National Security Councilâ&#x20AC;? will feature moderator KT McFarland and panelists Winston Lord, Robert C. McFarlane, Richard V. Allen and John F. Lehman Jr., four early National Security Council members. 10 a.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitu-

tion Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Lois Lowry and screenwriter Michael Mitnick will discuss the making of Lowryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newbery Medal-winning book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Giverâ&#x20AC;? into a motion picture. 10 a.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smart Growth: The Difficult Rebirth of American Urbanismâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by Benjamin Ross, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Yaroslav Prytula of Ivan Franko National University will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regional Differences in Individual Risk Attitudes in Ukraine.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/Prytula. â&#x2013;  Toby Jones, associate professor of history at Rutgers University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Energy and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Long War in the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. annualmaaslecture. eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hurricanes: An Urban Perspectiveâ&#x20AC;? will feature Richard Reed, senior vice president of disaster cycle services at the American Red Cross; Richard Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center; Calvin Drayton, first deputy commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management; and Alex Washburn, head of the Stevens Institute of Technology Faculty Coastal Resilience and Urban Xcellence Center. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Zachary Lazar will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Pity the Poor Immigrant,â&#x20AC;? and David Gilbert will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;& Sons.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jeffrey Kaplan, associate professor of biology and director of the Center for Food Studies at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;GMOs and Food Labeling: What You Need to Know.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. â&#x2013;  The Dudley Memorial Lecture 2014 will feature artist, teacher and community activist Lily Yeh discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awakening Creativity.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Beyond Borders will present a talk by Haitian activists Alina â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tibebeâ&#x20AC;? Cajuste and Guyto Derosiers on efforts to help the 250,000 Haitian children who live in a modern form of slavery called restavèk. 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Broadcast journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman will discuss their cover story in Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of The Atlantic, based on their new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; What Women Should Know.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  James Shapiro will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare in America: An Anthology From the Revolution to Now.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host the See Events/Page 31


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Continued From Page 30 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013; The Books on Film series will feature Agnieszka Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Squareâ&#x20AC;? by Henry James. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read the Book First!â&#x20AC;? book club and film series will feature the film adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killings,â&#x20AC;? a short story by Andre Dubus. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 219, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. sarah.arnold@dc.gov. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Hand Paulâ&#x20AC;? series will feature James Ivoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. & Mrs. Bridge,â&#x20AC;? starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Simon Callow and Blythe Danner. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75â&#x20AC;? film series on the history of jazz will feature John Jopsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Night With Blue Note: The Historic All-Star Reunion Concert (1985),â&#x20AC;? with an introductory talk by Library of Congress senior music reference specialist Larry Applebaum. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â&#x2013;  The Opera in Cinema series will present a production of choreographer Rudolf Nureyevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quixote.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again May 17 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present three episodes of the new hit Israeli television series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shtisel.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Screenings will continue May 19 and 26. Performance â&#x2013;  The Italian Cultural Institute will present Massimiliano Finazzer Flory in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gran Serata Futurista,â&#x20AC;? an homage to Italian futurism and the movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it. Symposium â&#x2013;  As part of the three-day 2014 Zeitgeist DC International Festival and Symposium on participatory theater, Georgetown University will host a conference on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Performer/Audience Relationship: Politics, Intimacy, and the Barriers Between Private and Public.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. zeitgeist.eventbrite.com. Tuesday, May 13

Tuesday may 13 Career fair â&#x2013; The Military Officers Association of America will host a career fair open to current and retired military service members and government employees and their spouses. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. moaa.org/hire. Classes â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at

Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. meditation-dc.org. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? lunch-hour yoga series. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. erika.rydberg@dc.gov. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pilates in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? class led by an instructor from Yoga District. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. goldentriangledc.com. Classes will continue each Tuesday and Thursday through June 19. â&#x2013;  Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and adjunct professor of medicine at George Washington University, will lead a workshop on how to avoid complications from type 2 diabetes and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-527-7314. Follow-up sessions will continue weekly through June 10. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Rameau, Handel and Haydn. Noon. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Daria Burlak on piano and organ. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  American tenor Lawrence Brownlee (shown) and pianist Kevin Murphy will perform works by Marx, Ginastera, Poulenc, Verdi and Ben Moore, as well as arrangements of traditional spirituals. 7:30 p.m. $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-9946800. â&#x2013;  Kim Lenz & the Jaquars and Jumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jupiter will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys. com. â&#x2013;  Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will host an open mic night. 9 p.m. Free; tickets required. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Low Vision Lunch & Learnâ&#x20AC;? talk by Dr. Michael Korchak on communicating effectively with your eye doctor. 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 1A-19, Eye Center Conference Room, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. NW. 202-877-6159. â&#x2013;  Jamesina Thatcher will discuss her project on Ezra Carman and the making of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atlas of the Battlefield of Antietam.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Marian Moser Jones will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Red Cross: From Clara Barton to the New Deal.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Mary Kay Zuravleff will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man Alive!â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.

his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Falling Out of Time.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/authorsoutloud. â&#x2013; Leaders from D.C.-based Community Hospice and Rockville-based Jewish Social Service Agency will discuss hospice care and end-of-life issues. 7:30 p.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-364-0717.

Tuesday, may 13 â&#x2013; Discussion: Consumer advocate and former U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Tina Campanella and Jonathan Martinis of Quality Trust for Individuals With Disabilities Inc. will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-448-1458. â&#x2013;  Society of the Cincinnati curator Emily Schulz will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Eagle.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will present a talk by Georgetown University professor Matthew Kroenig on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Auditorium, University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. â&#x2013;  Stephen T. Ayers, architect of the Capitol, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restoration and Preservation on Capitol Hill.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Roz Chast will discuss her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Authors Out Loud and Embracing Democracy series will present a talk by Israeli author David Grossman on

Films â&#x2013; The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly May film series will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Silver Screen,â&#x20AC;? featuring movies about aging. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will present its weekly Pop Movies series. 6 p.m. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. â&#x2013;  The Cineforum 2014 series will feature Carlo Mazzacuratiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Passione (Passion).â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the citywide European

Month of Culture, Spanish singer-songwriter and dancer Lara Bello will present her mix of classical music and jazz, overtone singing, Buddhist chants, Flamenco dance and song, and Arab dance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beltway Poetry Slam Finalsâ&#x20AC;? will feature spoken word performers competing for the chance to represent D.C. at the National Poetry Slam. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present its monthly show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Close Calls: Stories about near misses and narrow escapes.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. speakeasydc.com. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  The Society of the Cincinnati will celebrate the 231st anniversary of its founding in 1783 with extended museum hours, guided tours and birthday cake. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts See Events/Page 32

  

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Continued From Page 31 Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Tours and walks â&#x2013; A guided garden tour will trace the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and English boxwood. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  Biochemist Beth Burrous will lead a tour highlighting poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. Wednesday,may May 1414 Wednesday Benefit â&#x2013;  The President Woodrow Wilson House will hold its 26th annual Garden Party â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with live music, spring hats and specialty cocktails â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to support the preservation of the historic residence. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $75. President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. woodrowwilsonhouse.org/events.

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Kwame Alexander will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crossoverâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 9 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Class â&#x2013;  Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ways People Find Workâ&#x20AC;? as part of a seven-session series on job-seeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov. Concerts â&#x2013;  Pianist Edvinas Minkstimas will perform music by Lithuanian and other composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Opera will present highlights from its 2014-2015 season, including selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;La bohème,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderella,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flying Dutchman,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Florencia in the Amazonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dialogues of the Carmelites.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free.

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Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; Pianist Carlo Grante will perform works by Chopin and Godowsky. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique will perform. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. reservations@nmwa.org. â&#x2013;  Amen Dunes and Amos Piper will perform. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. â&#x2013;  The Steel Wheels will perform bluegrass and Americana. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts assistant educator Ashley W. Harris will discuss some of her favorite artworks from the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  Central Intelligence Agency officer Mark A. Bradley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Neely Myers, research professor of anthropology and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, Development and Mental Health in Tanzania: Preliminary Findings From Three Regions.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 501, Elliott School of International Affairs,

George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. bit.ly/1iJEzOn. â&#x2013; Hollis Clayson, professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Cassattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Radical Monstrosities.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. West Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Anthony Cross, professor emeritus of Slavonic studies at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of the British Academy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catherine the Great as Portrayed by British Artists During Her Reign.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The West End Library Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; monthly series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literatureâ&#x20AC;? will feature Georgetown University theology professor Ori Z. Soltes leading a discussion on Tracy Chevalierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girl With a Pearl Earring.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Collector Don Kaufman will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Dip Into the Past: The History of America in Ice Cream Scoops.â&#x20AC;? An ice cream social will follow. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $22 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Library and the group Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present Carleton College professor emerita Anne E. Patrick discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pope Francis and Prospects for Women in the Catholic Churchâ&#x20AC;? and her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conscience and Calling: Ethical Reflections on Catholic Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vocations.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Large Conference Room, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-

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Continued From Page 32 czech_events@yahoo.com (put “Leaving” in the subject line). ■ The “In Focus” series will feature Richard Goldgewicht and Jeremy Goldscheider’s 2012 documentary “Lost Town,” about one man’s obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family’s town of Trochenbrod. A post-screening Q&A will feature D.C. resident Avrom Bendavid-Val, the film’s historical consultant and subject. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performances ■ The Happenings at the Harman series will present a sampling of different styles of Russian and Eastern European music performed by the Russkie Musikanti, a folk ensemble of the Washington Balalaika Society. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. ■ The four-day Voices of Now Festival will feature original works written and performed by area youth ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. The festival performances will continue Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Reading ■ The Graywolf Poetry Tour will feature readings by Hailey Leithauser, Mark Wunderlich and Saskia Hamilton. 7 p.m. Free. Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Special event ■ The National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz will feature a space-themed trivia night. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Thursday, May 15 Thursday may 15 Children’s program ■ Chris Van Dusen will discuss his book “President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath” (for ages 5 through 8). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Concerts ■ The René McLean Quintet will perform. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Oud musician Fuad Foty will present “Nakba Commemoration: A Musical Journey Through Palestinian History.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202338-1958. ■ The Embassy Series will present “Evening of Operetta,” featuring Hungarian soprano Krisztina David (shown) and Austrian tenor Michael Heim in an array of arias and duets. 7:30 p.m. $65. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202625-2361. The performance will repeat Friday at the Embassy of Hungary. ■ The Congress will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Conference ■ Scholars will discuss “From Terra to Terrabytes: The History of 20th-Century

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D.C.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ The Center for Inspired Teaching will present a town hall discussion with “Dream City” authors Harry S. Jaffe and Tom Sherwood on D.C.’s status as a “divided city” and how educators can make the District’s complex local history come alive for teens. The discussion will feature two D.C. teachers using excerpts from the book in their classes. 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss “Vilette” by Charlotte Brontë. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. ■ “Brown at 60: Is Full Equality Within Our Grasp? A Conversation on Zero Tolerance, Segregation, and the Promise of Justice” will feature Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education; Dennis Parker, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Project; and Laura Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s 2013 novel “The Lowland.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

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The importance of increasing the city’s food supply was another consistent topic of the hearing. One of the first steps would be to identify arable land, a process that at-large Council member David Grosso pointed out could involve the D.C. Department of General Services. “We had a lot of vacant land that wasn’t being used in the District of Columbia, which was a blight in the community. … So I wanted to find a way to activate those lands,” he said of ongoing efforts to track city properties. Gail Taylor’s costly taxes on her Three Part Harmony farm plots in the District exemplify how expensive real state can hamper Sustainable DC’s goals. Taylor recommended that growers

like herself pay taxes significantly lower than the levels proposed in the D.C. Urban Farming and Food Security Act, co-sponsored in February by Grosso and Cheh. “My largest plot is two acres,” Taylor said at the hearing. “It’s assessed at $5.2 million. Fifty percent of the annual estimated taxes would be $25,000, which actually is three times more than I spend in seeds, compost, fertilizer and supplies, and that’s still not paying myself a salary.” Also, Reg Godin of FreshFarm Markets — which operates farmers markets in Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter and downtown near the White House — addressed frustrations in getting permits from the city, describing long delays he’s experienced in approvals for public space applications. Expanding access to healthy food was another

issue many speakers said should be a priority for the new food policy director. Karissa McCarthy of DC Greens suggested procurement of appropriate kitchen equipment as an important policy consideration. Gus Schumacher, a former U.S. Department of Agriculture official who is now part of the national Wholesome Wave nonprofit, also suggested that D.C. work with hospitals to provide incentives for low-income individuals to eat healthy local food. Cheh called the feedback she heard at the hearing “thrilling.” “These are pieces to this mosaic,” said the council member, who has championed healthy living with bills such as the Healthy Schools Act and the FEED (Food, Environmental, and Economic Development) Act addressing food deserts. “The prospects are enormous,” she said.

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into Georgetown. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is in charge of that work, which “involves cleaning up solid waste and sanitizing the area,” according to Azelmo-Sarles. Authorities are applying “an extra level of precaution,” she said, because the trail’s users face more direct exposure than, say, motorists. “People are hiking, walking, biking, running, bringing their kids and dogs,” she said. “This is not something that people are going to want to be tracking into their homes. It’s not just on the tires of their cars.” John Lisle, spokesperson for the city’s water agency (also known as DC Water), said cleanup began last week after a plan was approved by the Park Service. “We have completed the majority of the cleanup,” Lisle wrote in an email, “but are still working on some mitigation measures in coordination with NPS.” Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, said the trail closure “is impacting [bike] commuters, so it’s a bit of a problem.” But Farthing said a parallel trail on the C&O Canal towpath offers “a relatively good workaround,” and he also expressed confidence that the city and Park Service are working quickly on solutions. The spill happened late in the day

April 30, during record-breaking rains. A rupture in a large interceptor sewer caused “an estimated 5 million gallons of combined sewage to overflow into the Potomac River,” running first over portions of the Capital Crescent Trail, according to DC Water. Authorities cautioned the public to avoid contact with the Potomac River — an advisory that was lifted Monday, according to Azelmo-Sarles. Lisle said his agency is “still investigating the cause” of the sewer line break, which appears related to the failure of an inflatable dam at a combined sewer outfall of the Potomac. The sewer system — installed in the late 1800s — is designed to operate during heavy rainfall. But in this case combined sewage “backed up and surcharged, spilling out in several locations, including a junction vault near Foundry Branch Tunnel, and from preexisting breaks in what we call the Upper Potomac Interceptor — a section of pipe that is out of service,” Lisle wrote. The problem conflated when untreated sewage overflowed from a manhole into part of the C&O Canal on Friday night. Though activities on the canal towpath were allowed to continue as normal, authorities warned the public not to use the canal itself for fishing or recreation below Lock 6. That warning was lifted on Sunday, according to Azel-

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The Capital Crescent Trail has been closed since last Wednesday after 5 million gallons of overflow sewage spilled across it. mo-Sarles. Jennifer Chavez, an attorney for Earthjustice, said the bigger picture is that the outdated, overtaxed D.C. sewer system can’t be sustained. “The similar common thread is that the District and [DC Water] have not kept up with the infrastructure, and they need to, and that’s just showing in so many ways across the city,” she said. “This is just one of the latest examples.” “Clearly this is a big deal that they close down the Capital Crescent Trail due to ... to health reasons,” said Hedrick Belin of the Potomac Conservancy. For the waterways, he said, the event marks “a step backward for a healthy, vibrant Potomac River” and, by extension, the Chesapeake Bay. According to Lisle with DC Water, the spill was not the only

consequence of last week’s epic rainfalls. Overall, he wrote, “an estimated 215 million gallons of combined sewage was discharged into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and Rock Creek during those incredible rains.” While “there are certainly risks” to those bodies of water, he wrote, “that would have been true whether or not we had the sewer break.” Lisle also noted that these broader problems are exactly the focus of the DC Clean Rivers Project, a longterm plan to address sewage overflows into local waterways. Currently the agency is floating a plan to invest $90 million into “green infrastructure” solutions like green roofs and rain barrels. More information about the Clean Rivers initiative is available at dcwater.com/cleanrivers.


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