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Pool rule on water bottles reversed


■ Wilson: Swimmers rallied

against ‘ridiculous’ city policy

By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

Swimmers at Wilson Aquatic Center will once again be able to bring water bottles onto the pool deck, after some confusion following a D.C. Department of Health inspection this month.

Swimmers had been told that they couldn’t bring bags or water bottles with them in the pool deck area. But a Health Department representative said this week that the agency would permit the use of water bottles in that area and is reviewing several other regulations it enforces. The Health Department’s response came after complaints from frequent users of the Tenleytown aquatic center, who said

that as athletic swimmers they expect to keep their own water bottles nearby — and don’t want to leave their personal effects in the pool’s locker room due to security concerns. District health laws say that all swimming pool areas must legibly post a sign that says “no food, drink, glass or animals in the pool area” are allowed. Health Department spokesperson Najma Roberts wrote in an See Wilson/Page 2

ANC backs new Third Church project By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

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Students from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance perform at the Embassy of Ireland in Sheridan-Kalorama during Saturday’s annual European Union open house.

A planned office tower on the site of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, building won the support of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission last week. After years of battles, the church and its development partner cleared its most challenging hurdle in 2009 when the Historic Preservation Review Board accepted plans to raze the Brutalist-style church at 16th and I streets. Preservationists had originally fought to retain the concrete building, which the church found unwelcoming and costly to maintain. But the project still needs approval from the Zoning Commission for flexibility to go higher than 90 feet and incorporate greater density than is currently allowed on the site. Development partners ICG Properties and JBG Cos. will pursue a map amendment and planned-unit See Project/Page 30

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The Third Church of Christ, Scientist, has fought for years to rebuild. A zoning case seeks approval for an office tower that would include a new church.

ABC Board rescinds Town Square license

Gray plan to repeal bond tax reignites past budget battles



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Foxhall’s Town Square Market has lost its permission to sell alcohol after the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled that the store’s owner is unfit to hold a liquor license. Last Wednesday’s order denying the market’s renewal application reverses the board’s November decision on Town Square. In 2011, the store was identified by Montgomery County Police as an alleged hot spot for teenagers across the region to buy alcohol because of lax ID procedures, and owner Richard Kim was convicted last May of one count of personally selling to a 17-year-old. The alcohol board’s previous decision concluded that Kim had shored up his procedures following the viola-

A still-unsettled dispute about taxing the income from out-of-state municipal bonds is heating up again, this time with proponents arguing that some of the District’s wealthiest residents reap the biggest benefit from untaxed bond income. Out-of-state bonds are “DC’s Millionaire Tax Shelter,” according to a new report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, a think tank that advocates for programs and tax policies benefiting the poor. Director Ed Lazere, who is lobbying the D.C.


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The store at 4418 MacArthur Blvd. was described as a hot spot for underage alcohol buyers.

tion, and that Town Square, located at 4418 MacArthur Blvd., was not harming the community. But the Palisades/ Foxhall advisory neighborhood commission filed a motion for reconsideration, arguing that the board hadn’t appropriately weighed the applicant’s “character.” In its May 8 reversal, the alcohol board accepted the neighborSee License/Page 2


Berkshire residents fight plans to close convenience store — Page 3

New production of ‘guardsman’ comes to Kennedy Center — Page 23

Council to reopen the debate, said his figures show that 81 wealthy households earned the lion’s share of the tax-exempt bond income — an average of $2 million each in ■ SCHOOLS: 2010. Council panel But oppo- recommends nents, who have budget changes. s u c c e s s f u l l y Page 3 fought off implementation of the tax for two years now, say those figures are skewed. While a few families get outsize benefits, they say, the vast majority of beneficiaries are less wealthy or See Bonds/Page 30



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WILSON: District backs off newly enforced strict water bottle policy at aquatic center

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email to The Current, though, that she believes the Wilson management may have misunderstood the regulations. The regulations simply decreed that swimmers not bring water bottles on the deck right near the pool, Roberts said — but there was no broader prohibition for the whole pool area. Before the clarification, swimmers found their routines thrown off by strict enforcement. Lisa Berger, an athletic swimmer who lives within three blocks of the Wilson Aquatic

Center and works out in the pool at least three or four times a week, said she was surprised last month when a lifeguard told her that she wouldn’t be allowed to bring her water bottle or pool bag with her on the deck. Berger said she has swum in pools all over the world — and in 25 years of travel, has never heard of a policy forbidding swimmers from bringing water bottles with them on their workouts. After that, Berger said, signs were put up around the pool detailing the water bottle and gym bag policies, and lifeguards had been

vigorously enforcing the regulation in the past few weeks. As of Tuesday night, a petition to reverse the ban on water botttles at city pools had drawn 301 supporters. “This is a ridiculous policy. They’re going to feel very foolish in two months’ time when they reverse themselves on that,” Berger said. But the reversals didn’t take even that long. Representatives from both the Health Department and the Parks and Recreation Department told The Current this week that they would be undoing the ban on water bottles at District pools and aquatic centers, and

would be reviewing other policies — such as the issue of bags — in the near future. The Health Department’s Roberts said her agency’s inspector had found water bottles right alongside the pool — which will continue to be against regulations. But swimmers are permitted to have bottles by the lounge areas. “We certainly understand the importance of swimmers and pool loungers staying hydrated throughout the day and encourage patrons to do so,” Roberts wrote in an email. “Our ultimate goal is the health and safety of all District residents.”

LICENSE From Page 1 hood commission’s argument. “Because Applicant was convicted of a misdemeanor, directly related to the sale of alcohol, i.e., sale of alcohol to a minor, that conviction has direct bearing on Applicant’s fitness for licensure to sell alcohol,” the board order reads. The decision was split 3-2; board members Nick Alberti and Herman Jones supported renewing Town Square’s license. Alberti wrote that it was “perplexing” that his colleagues diverted from normal practice in Town Square’s case. Establishments found selling to underage customers have “routinely” had their licenses renewed, Alberti wrote. The only difference with Town Square was that police officers, rather than alcohol inspectors, witnessed the violations — subjecting Kim to criminal rather than administrative penalties. “Based on these past decisions, it’s clear that the majority of the Board does not view an administrative sale to minor violation as indicative of a lack of good moral character and fitness for licensure,” he wrote. Jones did not elaborate on his position. The alcohol board’s order focuses entirely on Kim’s single conviction, and does not mention the testimony of Montgomery County Police at last year’s hearing — when officers referred to Town Square as attracting a “feeding frenzy” of underage drinkers. Town Square was required to stop selling alcohol immediately upon the issuance of the order, according to Bill Hager, spokesperson for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. The establishment has 10 days to request reconsideration but hadn’t done so as of yesterday evening, Hager said. Stu Ross, the Palisades neighborhood commissioner who led the fight against the renewal, said it wasn’t his commission’s goal to end alcohol sales at 4418 MacArthur. “I hope for people who want to go down and buy some beer and some wine it’s not necessarily closed, if new management comes in and cleans up its practices,” Ross said. “We’re not against having a store there — we just want to be sure it complies with the law.”

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Council panel’s budget eases Berkshire residents battle to keep favorite store funding cuts to some schools By BRADY HOLT

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Proposed revisions to the D.C. Public Schools budget and other education spending would soften funding cuts to particular schools with sharp enrollment declines, accelerate some school modernizations, increase spending on school libraries and summer school, and re-establish an ombudsman’s office. The D.C. Council’s Education Committee voted unanimously last week to support the school system’s $819 million budget for fiscal year 2014, incorporating those amendments. To fund the committee’s various initiatives, members identified $4.5 million in savings in non-instructional spending related to school consolidations and lower enrollment projections, as well as $357,704 in savings from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education. The committee’s 93-page report on its recommendations for the fiscal year 2014 education budget states that the savings come from such items as contractual services, reduced energy and building rental costs. One of the main goals in amending the budget was to institute a 5 percent cap on budget cuts at particular D.C. Public Schools campuses that were facing more severe losses. Based purely on per-pupil funding, seven schools had been slated to abruptly lose large chunks of their annual budgets due to estimated enrollment declines. A $2.3 million “stabilization fund� is necessary to stave off “drastic budget cuts� at these schools, said at-large Council member David Catania, the committee’s chair. In Northwest, the school that will benefit from that fund is Georgetown’s Hardy Middle, which was slated to see a 12.5 percent budget cut. The stabilization fund will

restore $307,000 to Hardy. Three additional middle schools and three high schools in the city will also receive this funding. As another measure, libraries at small schools (newly defined as those with fewer than 400 students) that lost their full-time librarians will get a boost of $1.2 million in total funding to restore those positions. Northwest schools gaining back a librarian are Cleveland, HydeAddison, Key, Marie Reed, Stoddert, Takoma and Whittier elementary schools. “The committee believes that full-time librarians are essential to educational opportunities for young people and believe it to be a priority shared by all members of the committee,â€? Catania said at a May 9 markup session on the budget. Committee members at the meeting praised Catania and his staff for helping to make the school system’s budget more transparent. “Traditionally the DCPS budget has been opaque, not reliable, and it’s been very, very difficult ‌ to fully unpack, pull it apart and say this is what you get, and this is what it costs,â€? said Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, who sits on the committee. He called this budget a “huge first step in giving us a baseline on a more transparent budget,â€? which he said would be helpful when challenging Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson on “what buys what and why we pay different amountsâ€? on budget line items. The revised budget will also add $1 million to the $2.5 million originally allocated for summer school programs. D.C. Public Schools previously planned to restrict summer school to an invitation-only 2,700 students rather than opening it up to the approximately 10,000 students eligible to attend. See Schools/Page 16

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Residents at The Berkshire apartments at 4201 Massachusetts Ave. are up in arms about plans to evict a convenience store from their building to make room for a study lounge, with hundreds signing a petition for the store to stay put. The large store — officially named “Berkshire Food & Drug� — has been in the building for 27 years. Some residents say it’s a lifeline for the somewhat isolated stretch of Massachusetts just south of Ward Circle near American University. Atlanta-based Gables Residential said this spring it would terminate the store’s lease effective June 1. The Berkshire mostly houses university students, and much of it is under a master lease with the school. But the building is also home to several hundred non-students, including numerous senior citizens, according to advisory neighborhood commissioner Joe Wisniewski, a student at American who lives in The Berkshire. “For many older residents, they said straight up, ‘I’m going to have to move out without the convenience store supplying me food seven days a week,’� he said. But students also favor keeping the store over adding study space, Wisniewski added. “Students move off campus because they don’t want to live in a dorm anymore, and The Berkshire is trying to relabel itself as a dorm-like facility,� he said. Gables officials didn’t return messages. The store

has retained attorney Paul Strauss, who also didn’t return messages; workers at the store referred questions to Strauss, who served as the area’s neighborhood commissioner for many years. Wisniewski said he’s been in touch with Gables regional management but that he can’t tell what they might decide. According to a newsletter sent to residents, the company still intends to have a store in the building. Residents familiar with the plans said the replacement store would be smaller and leased to someone new. “He’s been here at the store for years,� resident Melissa Haendler said of the store’s current owner. “I just think it’s heinous.� Wisniewski said Gables had surveyed residents about amenities they’d like to see in the building, with an expanded fitness center topping the list. That change is planned, along with the study room. “But we had no idea that the result of this survey was to kick out an owner who’d been down there for 27 years,� he said. The petition in favor of keeping the store, posted on, had 422 signatures as of The Current’s deadline last night. Wisniewski speculated that Gables is seeking to make its building more appealing to students to compete with planned new American University dorms, but that the efforts are misguided. “I can walk five minutes to the library and study there,� he said. “They told us it’s exciting and it’s such a new change for The Berkshire — and nobody wants it,� said Haendler.

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District Digest Wells set to kick off his mayoral campaign Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells plans to formally kick off his mayoral campaign this weekend. On Saturday at noon, Wells will meet up with “family, friends and supporters from across the city� at Starburst Plaza at the crossroads of H Street, Benning Road and Maryland Avenue NE, according to

a release from the council member. “I’ve spent three months meeting with residents in every Ward of the city, and I hear the same message over and over,� Wells says in his release. “D.C. residents want an honest, ethical government that can help build neighborhoods. We are doing it in Ward 6 and I know that together, we can create livable, walkable communities all across D.C.� Wells is the second official can-

didate for the mayor’s seat. In the spring 2014 Democratic primary, he will face Muriel Bowser, his colleague from Ward 4. Though no one else has announced an intention to run, incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans are expected to seek the Democratic nomination; at-large member David Catania, an independent, is a rumored potential in the November general election. Wells, 56, won his Ward 6 seat

in 2006 after serving as an advisory neighborhood commissioner and school board member.

Bike to Work Day coming this Friday

This Friday is “Bike to Work Day,� an annual event that encourages commuters to cycle to their jobs instead of driving. Seventy pit stops will be set up around the D.C. area that morning to give out food, drinks and other freebies to participants, according to organizers. A national event, “Bike to Work Day� started in 1956 as part of the League of American Bicyclists’ celebration of “Bike Month� each May. The D.C. event — sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, among many others — last year drew 12,000 cycling commuters, according to the site. More information can be found at

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Washington National Cathedral took the popular vote this week in the Partners in Preservation contest, winning $100,000 to repair nave vaulting that was damaged in the 2011 earthquake. The Cathedral gathered roughly 1.39 million points through the social-media-oriented contest, through which 24 local historic sites competed for a slice of $1 million for shovel-ready projects. But beyond the popular winner, the contest — run by American Express Co. and the National Trust for Historic Preservation — will split the remaining funds among several other sites. The awards include $90,000 to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church at Scott Circle to restore

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stained-glass windows, and $75,000 to the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue near Mount Vernon Square for the same purpose; and $75,000 for the Carter G. Woodson Home in Shaw to rebuild the front and rear facade. The other funding winners in Northwest D.C. are the All Souls Church Unitarian, $50,000; Dumbarton Oaks Park, $50,000; GALA Hispanic Theatre, $35,000; the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, $50,000; and Meridian Hill Park, $50,000. In addition, all 24 participating sites in the region receive a base prize of $5,000.

Avalon makes switch to digital projection

The Avalon Theatre has successfully raised enough funds to switch to digital projection, according to a news release from the nonprofit film center in Chevy Chase. The digital transition is necessary because within the next year all major movie studios will stop making and distributing movies printed on the old format, 35-millimeter film. Both individual donations and a “Double Anniversary� gala in April — celebrating the Avalon’s 90 years as a theater and 10 as a nonprofit — brought in the money for new equipment. In a previous interview, the theater’s executive director estimated the cost of the new projectors at between $60,000 and $70,000 for each of the Avalon’s two screens. The Avalon has stayed dark during installation of the equipment, which began Monday and will end tomorrow with the conversion of the upstairs theater, according to the release. The first film presented in digital format will be “Star Trek: Into Darkness,� opening at the Avalon Thursday.

May 23 ceremony will dedicate Percy Plaza

A dedication ceremony for the new “Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza� will take place at the gateway to the Georgetown Waterfront Park on May 23 at 4 p.m., according to a release from the friends group that watches over the park. The late Sen. Charles Percy, R-Ill., was an advocate for and donor to the cause of building a park on the banks of the Potomac River in Georgetown. The plaza named in Percy’s honor is located at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street at the entrance to the waterfront park, which was completed in September 2011. Attendees of the May 23 ceremony will include Mayor Vincent Gray, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, and the senator’s daughter, Sharon Percy Rockefeller.


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Council’s ‘historic music’ bill would help financial issues for Blues Alley By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Helping “historic music cultural institutions� survive, by offering public funds or a tax break? D.C. has done so with the Lincoln Theatre and the Howard. And now a bill introduced by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans is aimed at easing the money woes of Blues Alley. The bill was “provided� by Blues Alley, the owner of the venerable Georgetown jazz club said at a hearing last week, but takes a “broadbrush approach.� Owner Harry Schnipper was

one of two witnesses to testify on the measure, which received a fairly neutral review from an aide to Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, the city’s budget watchdog. The bill would, in essence, exempt “historic music cultural institutions� from real property taxes for 10 years, and from any transfer or deed recordation taxes, if they purchase or lease space with the “goal of expanding public live music and cultural entertainment and employment opportunities� in the District. There are many caveats. To be eligible, for example, the beneficiary would have had to operate for at least 45 years here, hosting a

minimum of 100 live performances a year. And the expansion must occur within a year before or within five years after the bill takes effect. At least 50 percent of the venue’s new hires must be District residents. And the total tax abatement — for all who qualify — would be no more than $2 million. Schnipper of Blues Alley offered a compelling case for tax relief. “America’s oldest continuing jazz supper club� opened in 1965 in a former horse barn off Wisconsin Avenue and prospered in its early years, he said. Then in the 1970s, with the rise of nonprofit competition — the

Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center and the Washington Performing Arts Society, all presenting jazz among other offerings — “suddenly we became an anomaly.� Now, he said, most of his competitors get “preferential tax rates.� And with the rising cost of rent and property taxes in Georgetown, the survival of Blues Alley is under threat. “Does Blues Alley have the ability to compete? I don’t know,� Schnipper told Evans’ Committee on Finance and Revenue. He cited the closings of Childe Harold, the Cellar Door, the Bayou and other commercial music venues See Blues Alley/Page 7

The week ahead Wednesday, May 15

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on plans for a protected bike lane on M Street between 14th and 28th streets NW. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW.

Thursday, May 16

The District of Columbia Bar will host “Meet the Press 2013,� a discussion with local journalists on what’s hot in D.C. politics, government and business and predictions for the upcoming year. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Arent Fox, 1717 K St. NW. Registration costs $15 to $25; call 202-626-3463. ■The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold a forum on “Solid Waste Solutions: From Incineration to Zero Waste� at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. The association’s monthly business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program scheduled to follow from 7 to 8:30.

Friday, May 17

The D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a public roundtable on the mayor’s plan for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to redeploy ambulances to maximize availability during peak hours of service. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Saturday, May 18

Connect.DC and the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer will host the Spring 2013 Community Broadband Summit, featuring workshops for small businesses, residents and nonprofits. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE. Admission is free; reservations are requested at 202-266-6328 or â– The National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning will host a public meeting on the master plan to study height restrictions in D.C. The meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. For details, visit or call 202-482-7200.

Tuesday, May 21

The National Park Service will hold a community meeting on “DC Neighborhoods and Your Local National Parks.� Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison and C&O Canal National Historical Park superintendent Kevin Brandt will be on hand, along with officials from four other parks. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Education Campus, 16th and Irving streets NW. ■Ward 3 Vision, a smart growth advocacy group, will host a meet-and-greet with at-large D.C. Council member David Grosso and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Guapo’s, 4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Admission is free; RSVP at or 202-675-0016, ext. 123. ■ The Crestwood Citizens Association will hold its annual election meeting and discuss building its neighbor network at 7 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW.

Wednesday, May 22

The National Park Service will hold a public information meeting to present the findings from the feasibility study on a “nonmotorized boathouse zone� along the Georgetown waterfront. The meeting will consist of an open house with a short presentation; staff members will be on hand to answer questions. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW.

Thursday, May 23

The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration will host a public meeting to discuss the Union Station to Georgetown Premium Transit Service Alternatives Analysis Study. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. â– The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a talk by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans on the budget and other topics. The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from May 6 through 12 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 900-999 block, G St.; 8:26 p.m. May 10.

Robbery â&#x2013; 3100-3199 block, M St.; 5:24 p.m. May 12.

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, K St.; 3:15 a.m. May 6 (with knife).

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1500-1599 block, 28th St.; 2 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, S St.; 10:20 a.m. May 11.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1100-1199 block, G St.; noon May 11. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 14th St.; 3:02 a.m. May 10.



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Theft â&#x2013; 1300-1321 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:13 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 4:10 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 2:38 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 11th St.; 8:32 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, New York Ave.; 5:45 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 11th St.; 7:01 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 14th St.; 9:11 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  12th and G streets; 10 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  11th and F streets; 10 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  11th and G streets; 10 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  704-799 block, 9th St.; 1:16 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, K St.; 2 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 6:30 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, New York Ave.; 5:23 a.m. May 12.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 300-399 block, 7th St.; 6:30 p.m. May 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  7th and K streets; 12:49 a.m. May 12. Theft â&#x2013;  400-499 block, L St.; 5:45 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 7:24 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, 7th St.; 8:12 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  G and 7th streets; noon May 8. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 9:29 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 11:45 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  7th and I streets; 8:30 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 2:30

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Theft â&#x2013; 1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:02 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  3512-3699 block, Whitehaven Parkway; 4 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  Wisconsin Avenue and Dumbarton Street; 5:40 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  1664-1699 block, 35th St.; 10:17 a.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  3808-3899 block, Reservoir Road; 2:24 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, R St.; 8:58 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 2:31 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; 8:04 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  3808-3899 block, Reservoir Road; 2:58 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 5:50 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:19 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1200-1229 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:20 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  3278-3299 block, M St.; 3:29 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  1402-1442 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:14 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  2800-2899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 11:02 a.m. May 12. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; noon May 12. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, K St.; 12:23 p.m. May 12. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; 12:54 p.m. May 12. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 34th St.; 2:54 p.m. May 12.

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â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery â&#x2013; 1000-1099 block, 16th St.; 2:17 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, G St.; 3:05 p.m. May 6. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 8 p.m. May 6 (with knife). Theft â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, 17th St.; 12:14 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  2100-2499 block, K St.;

1:09 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013; 700-723 block, 14th St.; 7:48 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  2040-2043 block, I St.; 2 a.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 12:52 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  1610-1699 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 3:11 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Vermont Ave.; 2:41 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 11:24 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  2400-2403 block, Virginia Ave.; 12:55 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1100-1130 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:32 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 14th St.; 4 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 16th St.; 8 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1100-1130 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:18 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 5:28 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 3:54 a.m. May 11.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, T St.; 8:55 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  1500-1520 block, 14th St.; 11:59 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  1406-1427 block, Hopkins St.; 2:19 a.m. May 12. Theft â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, P St.; 9:27 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1300-1319 block, 19th St.; 9:38 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1200-1249 block, 22nd St.; 11:45 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, California St.; 12:51 a.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, S St.; 7:04 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  1300-1324 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:01 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 9:03 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1200-1215 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:17 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 3:25 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:13 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1212-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:32 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 5 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 11:45 a.m. May 12.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 16th and R streets; 11:10 p.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, V St.; 2:55 a.m. May 12. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  17th and Q streets; 11:42 p.m. May 12.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 14th and R streets; 6 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, T St.; 10:15 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Riggs Place; 7:44 a.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, S St.; 8:17 p.m. May 12. Theft â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, 14th St.; 10 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, 14th St.; 11:24 a.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  1800-1821 block, 17th St.; 12:36 a.m. May 11.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery â&#x2013; 2300-2399 block, 18th St.; 6:47 p.m. May 6. Burglary â&#x2013;  2412-2499 block, 20th St.; 9 p.m. May 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, 19th St.; 9:32 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  2100-2323 block, Ontario Road; 4 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Wyoming Ave.; 4:40 p.m. May 11. Theft â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St. 12:51 a.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  1850-1965 block, Biltmore St.; 8:53 p.m. May 7. â&#x2013;  Florida Avenue and 18th Street; 9 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 4th St.; 2:24 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, 18th St.; 5:41 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  2000-2105 block, 19th St.; 9:11 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, 18th St.; 11:26 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1800-1844 block, Calvert St.; noon May 12. â&#x2013;  1694-1741 block, Lanier Place; 8:05 p.m. May 12.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Burglary â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, Green Court; 1:44 p.m. May 12. â&#x2013;  1700-1721 block, 13th St.; 7 p.m. May 12. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1300-1319 block, N St.; 8:38 p.m. May 10. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  923-999 block, O St.; 11 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 9th St.; 12:04 p.m. May 10. Theft â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, 10th St.; 2:04 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 13th St.; 2:27 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  14th and N streets; 7:41 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Green Court; 6:08 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1000-1013 block, S St.; 3 p.m. May 10.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013


BLUES ALLEY: Evans says bill could help keep famed music spot in Georgetown

From Page 5

in D.C. “Once a jazz club goes away, it never comes back.” Beyond its contributions to Georgetown’s economy and to local hotels where visiting artists stay, Schnipper said his firm also has a nonprofit arm, offering a summer camp, a year-round youth orchestra,

and programs in public schools. Schnipper did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his future plans. But according to the Washington Business Journal, he’s been offered a chance to buy the Blues Alley building, which sits in an alley of the same name off Wisconsin Avenue. He has said he would like to

remain in Georgetown. Schnipper testified that when he approached his council member for help, “Evans said, ‘I can’t help you with the lease, but can help with taxes.’” Evans spoke only briefly at last week’s hearing, saying he would move the bill at the next council session. “It’s not specifically written for Blues Alley, but could be helpful to

keep Blues Alley in Georgetown. Blues Alley is known worldwide,” he said. “Because [the area] is becoming so prosperous, let’s not drive out what makes us who we are.” Betsy Keeler, the chief financial officer’s deputy director for economic development financing, said that “because no historic music insti-

tution is specifically identified in the bill, the CFO can’t determine” if tax relief is needed. The office also hasn’t completed its fiscal impact statement, which would say how much the bill would cost the city. “But,” Keeler said, “because the legislation caps it at $2 million, that would be the maximum fiscal impact.”

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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

More time at school

In recent remarks to the Ward 4 Democrats group, Mayor Vincent Gray brought up an education reform that he has raised at times in the past: the benefits of a longer school day and a shorter summer vacation. “Why,” he asked, “do kids get out of school at 3 or 3:15? ... They should take after us” and be in school from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. As to the length of the school year, Mayor Gray noted that the need for a long summer vacation grew out of an agrarian economy — hardly relevant in urban D.C. The notion that the District’s children could learn more if they spent more time in school is not new, but it merits serious attention. Many of the District’s most successful charter schools have extended school days, Saturday offerings and shorter vacations; some even operate on a year-round schedule, with shorter breaks spread throughout the calendar. A number of D.C. public schools have long had successful, parent-funded programs after school, and sports, arts and other extracurricular activities keep many high school students on campus long after the last bell rings. We agree with Mayor Gray that broader initiatives would pay dividends. Unfortunately, the budget does not envision widespread increases to the D.C. Public Schools calendar in line with his strong comments — in fact, this year’s summer school offerings will be more limited than in some past years. There are, however, some positive steps. Last year’s “Proving What’s Possible” grants to 59 schools funded a variety of initiatives, many of which included extended-day services and Saturday enrichment sessions. A serious analysis of the effectiveness of such programs should clarify whether the District should incorporate similar offerings elsewhere. We think the best solution might be providing options within the D.C. Public Schools. There are reasons that families might prefer the current calendar; for those who can afford extended vacations domestically and internationally, the trips themselves can be invaluable experiences. And an extended school day might stymie enrichment activities offered outside the school. But there are many situations where children would be better off at school. Extra time in school in the early years might reduce the need for special education services later on, and cut down on misbehavior, in and out of the classroom, from older children who have fallen behind. We’re glad to hear Mayor Gray bring up the subject. But we’d like to see city officials push the issue past talking points and a few pilot grants. Then the city should survey parents throughout the District on their views. The city should also ensure that teacher contracts provide maximum flexibility.

Honoring history

Generally it’s the preservation controversies that get the most public attention, such as landmark applications of debatable merit or last-ditch attempts to block demolition. But the District’s historic preservation efforts over several decades have achieved remarkable results in protecting the streetscape in many areas of the city. The worthiness of a particular building may engender debate, but few would look at the streets of Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park and regret that they retain so much historic and architectural integrity. For the past 10 years, city officials and preservationists have handed out awards for excellence in historic preservation. This year’s selections included many stellar honorees in Northwest. The May 6 awards ceremony, presented in partnership with the D.C. Preservation League, took place at the beautifully renovated National Academy of Sciences building on Constitution Avenue — a project that won the State Historic Preservation Officer Award. Other honorees included the O and P Streets Rehabilitation Project — selected as an “exemplary restoration of a long-neglected cobblestone street containing the single remaining example of streetcar ‘conduit track system’ in the United States.” This project drew its share of controversy — we ourselves doubted the value of delaying the reconstruction to preserve some of the tracks. But it’s hard to argue with the results, and the streets are at long last an asset rather than a detriment to the quality of life in Georgetown. We were particularly glad to see recognition of the restoration of the circa-1820 Peirce Mill — and specifically what the city described as “coordinated teamwork between the nonprofit Friends of Peirce Mill and the National Service” that after years of hard work returned “the only remaining historic Rock Creek grist mill to production.” As Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning noted, the honorees show the many contributions of preservation in protecting — and enhancing — Washington’s unique character. The endeavors are worthy, and so is the recognition.

The Current

Parking tickets for out-of-town police … ?


ou’ll see them in evening and morning rushhour lanes, in the bus stops, in the crosswalks, on the sidewalks, in “no parking” zones and in commercial loading zones. In short, you see them parked everywhere. We’re talking about an embarrassing side of what normally is a heartfelt week in which police officers come from around the nation for “Police Week” in the nation’s capital. It continues through Friday. There are solemn ceremonies honoring slain officers. There are other ceremonies that mark the good work that police officers do every day. And the officers who come to Washington bring the prestige and honor of the departments for which they work. Which is why it’s particularly embarrassing when the many police vehicles lawlessly park essentially anywhere they damn please. NBC4’s cameras captured the scene on Monday. Especially near Thomas Circle, there were dozens of illegally parked police vehicles. The Newark, N.J., contingent went a step further. The officers brought along their own hometown orange cones and put them in the street to mark their territory. The Newark orange cones blocked a busy bus stop, forcing riders into the street as they got on and off the buses. Your Notebook asked D.C. officials about the rampant illegal parking. “They are expected to follow the laws just like anyone else,” was the reply from Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s office. A spokesperson for the Department of Public Works, which assigns parking ticket writers, said there was no instruction against ticketing the police. And Mayor Vincent Gray’s office said “no pass” was given for the out-of-towners. But over several hours on Monday, NBC4 did not see even one ticket on any police vehicle. We did get grumbling about the vehicles from passersby. We did get emails and tweets pointing out other locations and more violations. (And yes, we got a few tweets criticizing us for focusing on the issue.) Your Notebook is not sure why the city doesn’t block off parking spaces on non-rush hour streets and reserve them for the officers. Maybe the officers could bring their trailers into town, off load their cycles and other gear, then drive the trailers to a less busy part of town. In fact, there are many more vehicles parked illegally in a sparse area of Southwest near the baseball stadium. A huge lot is fenced off for outdoor eating,

vendors selling police memorabilia and general socializing. But the illegally parked cars there cause no trouble for anyone. There is even a steady stream of shuttle vans to take officers and their families to and from other parts of town. Before next year’s Police Week, maybe some better planning could be done. Police officers are an important part of the fabric of our free society. They shouldn’t be seen as Wild West cowboys riding in for a rules-be-damned Saturday night. Let’s find decent parking for all their gear, and then we can salute them rather than have people grinding their teeth over blatant disrespect for our city laws. ■ Better than before. Several D.C. police officers pointed out — and we agreed — that it’s a lot better than before. Years ago the public drunkenness was as bad as the illegal parking and the racing through the streets, blocking intersections at will. Chief Lanier has taken to sending a letter to other departments urging officers to respect their badge when they come to town. It has helped a lot. ■ It’s getting crowded here. Mayor Gray told the Notebook last week that the city’s economic boom time is continuing. He said planners now expect 250,000 more citizens to live in the District within the next 20 to 25 years. That would take our population to about 880,000 people. That’s why you’re seeing public meetings begin this week on whether and how to raise the city’s height limit to accommodate some of those folks. It’s why you see city planners thinking up ways to minimize single-occupancy automobile traffic in favor of mass transit and better density for housing. ■ Tourism is booming, too. The marketing group Destination DC last week reported that the city set a new record for visitors to the city. It was only a slight 3 percent increase over the year before, but the nation’s capital continues to be a popular destination. The city says tourism supports some 75,000 jobs and creates more than $6 billion in annual spending here. ■ A correction. In our posting last week on the city controversy over food trucks, your Notebook mistakenly wrote that “Andrew Klein” was representing the restaurant association. As we have known for way too many years, his name is “Kline.” As his email to us read so succinctly, “Dude, I’m still Kline!” Our apologies. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor City isn’t taking best approach on traffic The Current’s May 8 article on the Glover Park streetscape highlighted two problems. First, it should be of no consequence whatsoever that any individual is impacted negatively by changes that are designed to improve conditions for all. Jack Evans’ commuting woes should never be the basis for D.C. Department of Transportation decision-making. I take no pleasure in beating up on the Ward 2 D.C. Council member, but he made it about himself. The good news is that if the Transportation Department determines there is a need for a traffic light, the funding has already been secured! Sad to say that Evans demeans

his office by moaning about his own travails — better he show up with evidence of complaints from a couple hundred of his constituents and leave his personal experience with traffic out of the conversation. Unfortunately we as a people tend to attach extra significance to “VIP anecdotes,” but this is unwarranted. The reason that countries like France run more smoothly than ours is that professionals are heeded ahead of politicians! This is hardly to suggest that Jack Evans has no expertise, but I think his forte is finance, not traffic management. A bigger problem is the role of double-yellow lines in our traffic movement and control system. Double-yellow lines have indicated “do not cross” since lines were painted on asphalt. There is zero enforcement of this rule in D.C., and in fact I have spoken over the years with several police officers who have

informed me that no such rule exists. I’ve tried to explain the logic of the double yellow lines based on the fact that they are not continuous — where they break, the city has determined that turns across oncoming traffic are feasible, and where they do not break such turning is prohibited. Pretty simple. I have even called the Transportation Department office tasked with street signage and line painting and could not even make myself understood on the question of “What purpose do double yellow lines serve?” I doubt that “thou shalt not cross a double-yellow line” even appears in the D.C. Driver’s Manual. If there is a desire to maintain better traffic flow, particularly on main avenues like Wisconsin and Connecticut, then enforcement of the double-yellow line prohibition would go a long way. David M. Carr The Palisades

The Current

Letters to the Editor As a pedestrian, I welcome the new traffic signal at Connecticut Avenue and Northampton Street. But as a driver, I am confused. Your May 1 article states that a completely dark display is a signal to proceed. But a dark display often indicates that a traffic signal is out of order, and at least some drivers respond with appropriate caution. Is it wise to introduce signals in which a dark display means keep going? What would be wrong with green? Anthony Partridge

bers ebb and flow from year to year, so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a convenient way to muddy the issue. But officials canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escape the facts: Next year, Fillmore will serve about the same number of students it served in 2011-2012, but its budget will be $300,000 smaller, or nearly 25 percent less. And over the past four years, Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s per-pupil funding, a constant measure that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vary with the number of schools or children served, is down 40 percent. Chancellor Henderson, please stop raiding our schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; budgets for arts and music funding to pay for other programs. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spoken often about the importance of arts education; now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to back up that talk. Sunny Kaplan

Chevy Chase

President, Key Elementary PTA

Connecticut Avenue signal too confusing

DCPS shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut from arts instruction

When it comes to the D.C. Public Schools decision to slash funding for arts and music instruction at our elementary schools, Chancellor Kaya Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff seems intent on changing the subject, twisting the facts, or doing whatever else they can to avoid the basic question: why? The latest dodge was seen last week in an article in The Current about the school system rebuffing pleas from five Northwest PTA presidents and more than 1,000 petition signers to reverse budget cuts at the Fillmore Arts Center. The center provides arts and music instruction for about 3,000 elementary school students, including those at five area elementary schools (Key, Hyde-Addison, Stoddert, Ross and Marie Reed). Each of those schools has had its staffing allotment for arts and music cut by the equivalent of half a position, which results in a funding decrease of about $50,000 per school. And because those schools turn over their arts and music allotments to Fillmore as payment for participating in the program, that means Fillmore will lose $50,000 for each school that it serves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; up to $250,000 in lost revenue from these five Northwest schools. School principals are advised that the money cut from their arts and music budget should be used to fund a new requirement that they offer introductory language instruction. But as principals have noted publicly, that funding will not support a viable language program. It simply weakens arts and music instruction. D.C. Public Schools officials will say anything to avoid confronting the impact of the unfunded mandate for language instruction. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll talk about the number of schools Fillmore serves, the number of students, whatever. Those num-

Caitlin Oppenheimer

President, Stoddert Elementary PTA

George Simpson

President, Hyde-Addison Elementary PTA

Jennifer Touchette

President, Ross Elementary PTA

Susan Kolodziejczyk

President, Marie Reed Elementary PTA

Kelly Richmond

President, Friends of Fillmore

Agency ignoring input on new traffic signals New traffic signals have been installed at the intersections of W Street and Foxhall Road and at Dalecarlia Parkway and Loughboro Road. Significant history, dating back more than a dozen years, focused on the light at W Street and Foxhall Road. Both the Palisades Citizens Association and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D voted against its installation, and the Field School backed this position. The commission noted as part of the Board of Zoning Adjustmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceedings on the Field School that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we do not want this residential street to become an alternate commuter route.â&#x20AC;? The W Street light was also considered during review of the Phillips Park zoning application. The D.C. Department of Transportation agreed with the Metropolitan Police Department that the line of sight for drivers traveling south on Foxhall was insufficient to make installation of a traffic light at W Street safe. As a result the traffic light and entrance to Phillips Park were moved farther south, and residents of Foxboro Place and the eastern section of W Street were encouraged to use that point of access to Foxhall Road. In spite of this long history of community involvement, the Transportation Department has placed a sixth traffic light between Reservoir Road and the Field

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School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and did so without notice to the immediate W Street neighbor, who awoke one morning to find a traffic control box being placed next to his front walk. The light at Dalecarlia and Loughboro was not a consideration in the 2002 Palisades Traffic Impact Study, and later studies found it unwarranted. However, the studies did recommend improvements at the intersection of Loughboro and MacArthur because turning patterns from Loughboro onto MacArthur created a dangerous conflict with Norton Street. The Transportation Department failed to implement the traffic study suggestion. A long-standing Transportation Department agreement to fully signalize the intersection of Reservoir and Canal roads remains unfulfilled. The Palisades Traffic Study lists this as the first item on its short-term implementation list, but the agency has diverted federal funds elsewhere. Perhaps the Transportation Department has lost its copy of the Palisades Traffic Impact Study along with its institutional memory. It seems this agency thinks it knows whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for the community in spite of long-standing community priorities and its unkept promises. Alma Gates The Palisades

Park Service method of killing deer is cruel

I agree completely with the two recent letters in The Current about the deer in Rock Creek Park. As Ms. Jennie Malloy of Chevy Chase and Ms. Anne Barton of Chevy Chase have written, killing the mother deer when they have given birth to a baby does leave them without their mothers. How awful and cruel to do such a barbaric thing to an animal! There are other ways to help with the problem of too many deer in the park. We need to do something about it to stop this cruel way of killing deer. Susana Harrington Levy Forest Hills

District needs limits on noisy leaf blowers

The letter in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 1 issue about the many negatives of leaf blowers states the issue well. They are grim devices adversely affecting many, including the employees who use them. They may suffer most of all. I would like very much to see local papers and television stations discuss leaf blowers in editorials and environmental news. Sensible restrictions on the use of these nuisance machines are long overdue. R.J. Jones Glover Park

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Public charter schools need funding equity VIEWPOINT ROBERT CANE


ayor Vincent Gray, aggressively seeking the support of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burgeoning public charter school movement, repeatedly pledged during his 2010 mayoral campaign to break with his predecessorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discriminatory practice of underfunding D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public charter school students compared to their school system counterparts. But three years of continued underfunding shows that his promises were just a campaign ploy. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget provides the public charter schools, which will educate 45 percent of District students enrolled in public schools next year, with nearly $1,600 less per student for operating expenses than D.C. Public Schools receives. Additionally, proposed D.C. Public Schools facilities funding is $9,693 per student, compared to only $3,000 in facilities funding for each charter school student. Between 2008 and 2013, the gap in operating funding alone totaled $260 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an average of $4.5 million for each charter school in operation during those years. Friendship Public Charter School, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest, lost $36 million during this period. And KIPP Public Charter School, which perennially ranks as one of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best public schools, lost $16.2 million. The mayor, like his predecessors, employs a variety of techniques to favor the school system over the charter schools. Charters are funded only for the students they actually enroll, while D.C. Public Schools gets paid for its always-inflated estimated enrollment. The government also routinely provides supplemental budget funds to the school system when it overspends its budget, while requiring charters to live within their means. If D.C. Public Schools were required to live within its means, as D.C. charters must, city funding would be more accountable, as well as more fair. This egregious underfunding has serious consequences. Charters canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay their teachers as much as the school system does, though many work extended school days and years. And many charter school students are crammed into inadequate commercial buildings lacking sufficient classroom space, playing fields, playgrounds, libraries and gymnasiums. None of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfairness is justified by the job

D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charters are doing for District children. Tuition-free and open to all District-resident students, D.C. charter schools have an on-time high school graduation rate 21 percentage points higher than the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular high schools, ensuring that a higher share of charter students are accepted to college. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discrimination against public charter school students not only penalizes chartersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; more disadvantaged and more academically successful students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it also is against D.C. law. This stipulates that D.C. Public Schools and D.C. charter students who are at the same grade level, or have similar special education needs, should be funded equally. This administration, like previous administrations, ignores this law, and the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget simply entrenches existing inequality in city funding because millions are made available for the school system, but not public charter schools, outside of the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula. The city also discriminates against public charter school students in other ways. For years, the city has allowed school buildings no longer required by the school system to rot or be sold to private developers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite a law requiring charters to be offered surplus D.C. Public Schools buildings to buy or lease ahead of developers. As a result of this practice and city underfunding for facilities, many charters are forced to rent and renovate high-priced space in former warehouse, office or retail buildings, acquiring costly commercial loans to do so. Here again, the mayor is following the footsteps of his predecessors: Of the 15 schools recently marked for closure by the chancellor, none are scheduled to be leased to public charter schools. Other inequities unfairly place charter school students in harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way, such as the distribution of school nurses and crossing guards, which the city routinely provides at D.C. Public Schools campuses, but rarely makes available at equally deserving charter campuses. D.C. Council members have heard about how the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfair funding adversely impacts the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public school students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially those in the most vulnerable communities. Now it falls to them to amend the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget plans in the interest of fairness for all District students. Robert Cane is executive director of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools.

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Paul Public Charter School ready to expand By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

With a little help from the D.C. Council, Paul Public Charter School is one step closer to expanding its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tier 1â&#x20AC;? middle school to include a 400-student high school. The council last week approved legislation extending Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease on its Brightwood campus, which will help the school win financing for an ambitious $18.9 million construction project. The emergency bill gives the high-performing charter school the long-term lease needed to assure the lenders that would finance a new high school building for Paul, said at-large Council member David Catania. And the project comes â&#x20AC;&#x153;at no cost to the District,â&#x20AC;? Catania emphasized. Proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray at Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request, the legislation also requires the school to include local and minority businesses in the construction project at 5800 8th St., formerly home to a struggling public school, Paul Junior High. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history is unusual. The red brick schoolhouse opened as a public junior high in 1930. But in the mid-1990s, then-principal Cecile Middleton became â&#x20AC;&#x153;increasingly

frustrated with the public school bureaucracy, and tired of waiting for the system to change,â&#x20AC;? according to a narrative on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. The concept of charter schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; run autonomously but using public funds and charging no tuition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was still new at the time. But after a two-year struggle that galvanized administrators, teachers and parents, Paul became a charter in 2000, the first D.C. public school to convert to charter status. The school now serves 455 students in grades six through nine. Many graduates do well, moving on to well-reputed public high schools. But Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders lamented that too many District children are still stuck in poor-performing high schools. The idea of adding a high school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both to provide continuity for current students and to provide more seats for others, was debated for several years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to the occasion and respond to this glaring need,â&#x20AC;? says the narrative explaining the expansion project. As planned, the new college prep high school will eventually accommodate 400 students and focus on global services, including study abroad. Grade nine was added this year in the original building, and officials hope to add one grade

a year. The class of 2016, school leaders confidently predict, will all be headed to college. When completed, there will be two separate buildings on the campus. The existing building, with some renovations, will continue to house the middle school, and a new structure for the high school will be built on its south side, designed to meet Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design standards. The surrounding community is largely supportive of Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion, according to Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but with a tinge of regret. In remarks before the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote, Bowser said Paul and been a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good neighborâ&#x20AC;? in Brightwood. But she emphasized the need for better public school options in the ward, and said she would like to ensure that charter schools locating there serve neighborhood children as well. D. Kamili Anderson, who represents Ward 4 on the State Board of Education, said Paul has an â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellent program.â&#x20AC;? But she urged the city to direct more resources to public high schools like Roosevelt and Coolidge, both in line for modernization but so under-capacity that officials are now proposing to modernize only parts of each building.

Pepco may relocate Wisconsin Ave. substation By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Pepco is searching for an alternative location for its Friendship Heights substation, responding to community pressure to free up its prime real estate in the 5200 block of Wisconsin Avenue, according to company officials. The substation has been at 5210 Wisconsin since the 1930s, converting electricity from high-voltage transmission lines into smaller â&#x20AC;&#x153;feedersâ&#x20AC;? that run along neighborhood streets. Some residents were already unhappy about the lowscale industrial use at the site, and became more upset when Pepco bought an adjacent parcel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Classic Motors dealership â&#x20AC;&#x201D; next door in 2011, with plans to expand the substation onto that property. These residents said they would favor vibrant mixed-use development that would improve the blockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance and take advantage of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convenience to Metro. At last Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Tenleytown/ Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission, Pepco officials mentioned that ongoing power line work in the community would let the company shift demand to other substations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re decreasing the capacity on that substation, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning to replace it â&#x20AC;Ś at some other space,â&#x20AC;? the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Taylor said at the meeting. In an email to The Current, Pepco spokesperson Courtney Nogas wrote that she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say what sites were under consideration. Although the company is open to moving to nearby locations, Nogas emphasized that the car dealer site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which Pepco spent $14.8 million to purchase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is still the ideal spot. Not only is it located where Pepco foresees increased demand for electricity, she wrote, but moving equipment elsewhere could also present logistical difficulties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While Pepco believes that the Wisconsin Ave. parcel is an ideal location for the new substation, we are sensitive to the fact that there is a desire in the community to have new retail development along Wisconsin

Ave.,â&#x20AC;? wrote Nogas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We continue to explore the feasibility of siting the substation in alternate locations within the Friendship Heights community.â&#x20AC;? However, Nogas added that relocation is not a done deal: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If an alternative location is not identified in the coming weeks, Pepco will need to move forward with construction planning at the originally purchased site to ensure that electric service to residents is not compromised.â&#x20AC;? Neighborhood commissioner Jonathan Bender, whose single-member district includes the site, wrote in an email that he has had talks with Pepco and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh about ways to minimize the utilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on Wisconsin Avenue. In those meetings, he wrote, Pepco said it could try to locate the substation on the rear of its property, behind low-rise retail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I and others said that this would certainly be an improvement over a substation at streetfront, but urged PEPCO to see whether they could find another site entirely,â&#x20AC;? Bender wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I was greatly encouraged to hear that PEPCO has moved from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;looking for another site is a possibility, but unlikelyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we are looking for another site.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? According to Nogas, Pepco hopes to have its new substation in place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; either built at the current Wisconsin Avenue site or elsewhere â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by the end of 2016. Current Pepco work in the Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with higher-capacity power lines being installed on new, taller poles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; began in April and will wrap up early next year, company officials said at the neighborhood commission meeting. This power line project could require dozens of trees to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;impacted,â&#x20AC;? some of which would likely be removed, the officials said. The company is working with the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Urban Forestry Administration to coordinate which trees can be trimmed or cut down, and how Pepco would need to replace them. Pepco bought the car dealership site at 5220 Wisconsin Ave. from developer Akridge, which had won D.C. approval for a high-rise residential project but was not able to bring the project to fruition.

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Edmund Burke School

made a magnificent archway. Although it was tough to do tech crew, finish my homework and get permanent paint stains on my clothes, I didn’t mind all of that. Working for the productions of “Arabian Nights” gave me the chance to work with people from both middle school and high school who I might not have met otherwise. In the end, the tech crew may not be the ones who stood on the stage, we may not be the stars, the applause may not be for us, but we worked and we helped make this play happen. — Helen Yao, seventh-grader

As part of the International Primary Curriculum topic “All Dressed Up,” the children in Year 1 investigated clothes worn for special occasions. We had to wear orange T-shirts for a sponsored walk raising money for bladder cancer research. It was a very long way but I did it. We had to walk all around the Tidal Basin by the water with the cherry blossoms. I walked with my mummy, my brother and my grandma. My feet felt very tired at the end! — Elizabeth Bainbridge, Year 1 Glasgow (kindergartner) Edmund Burke School does a middle school play each winter, in which the students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades take part in a play selected by the teachers. The students also paint the set, sell snacks, prepare props and more. This year, I was part of the tech crew of “Arabian Nights,” the play the students were doing in January. I really enjoyed my time as part of the crew because as an art lover, I felt I learned a lot about different techniques of theater art. I made lantern jars dyed different colors with Middle Eastern patterns out of Mod Podge mixed with food coloring, we stenciled leaves and flowers on the stairways, we painted the theater floor, and we


Georgetown Day School

Advanced Placement exams have been the cause of most students’ stress during the past week. Ranging from two to four hours, these exams cover topics from physics to Spanish. After an exam is completed, its respective course is also complete and students taking the class will receive a free period for the rest of the year. But students will also soon be preparing for final exams taking place in late May. Other events indicating the nearing of summer vacation are the athletic championship meets, matches and games! Varsity sports teams competed in Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference and Independent School

League championships and tournaments last week. Last Friday, the boys and girls track and field teams traveled to Holton-Arms to vie for another MAC championship banner, and improve on last year’s placement in the ISL. The boys and girls track and field teams have had a very successful season, after finishing second and sixth, respectively, at the recent Draper Invitational. At Draper, senior Nomi Miller set a new school record in the 1,600meter run, finishing with a time of 5:15.16. Additionally, the boys 4x800, 4x400 and 4x200 relay teams finished in the top three in the finals. The boys 4x200 relay team also set a new school record with a time of 1:32.74! — Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Murch Elementary

Murch had its annual talent show May 3 for pre-K through fifth grades. There were some truly amazing acts. Some people sang and some played instruments like piano and violin. There was even a group of students playing “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. One girl sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.” A group of second-graders did an amazing act with gymnastics, hula-hooping, ribbon waving, and singing with “Popcorn” by Barenaked Ladies. For the grand finale, the Murch Guitar Club

accompanied our music teacher, Ms. Catherine Pruett, in a singalong to “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. What made the talent show the best is that everyone in it did the best they could, and it really showed through. People were very creative about what they did in their acts. — Meredith Simon, third-grader

Powell Elementary

Powell will begin its Phase One modernization as soon as the 20122013 school year concludes. However, even though the work has been funded, it will only improve one wing of the school. I think this is sad because our entire school is in dire need of improvement. Powell is a great and remarkable school. In fact, the enrollment has skyrocketed since 2009, from 211 to a projected 430 students next year. This is why we need additional classrooms immediately. We have an average daily attendance of 98 percent, with 0 percent truancy. Student test scores improve exponentially, and some students are scoring in the advanced category on the DC-CAS. This is why Powell is classified as a Rising School under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and was a recipient of the Fight for Children Rising Star Award last year. I just hope the D.C. Council Education Committee will see how

important it is for my school to get full funding for modernization. We work really hard to achieve success academically and personally. It would be nice to have a good facility with attractive and welcoming spaces to accommodate us. — Jeff Williams, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

It was a rainy Monday morning as we all filed into the buses that would take us to our Form II camping trip (also known as “Woodlands”). Although we were all looking forward to the trip, some of us were anxious because it would be our first camping experience, some of us were concerned about tent-mates and activities, and some of us feared for our food. All of the tension and anxiety disappeared, however, as we started hiking toward, and then reached, Annapolis Rocks. The rain had become a drizzle, and Annapolis Rocks was a very awesome and beautiful place. After we set our tents up, we practiced rappelling down the rocks, and we went climbing before hiking away the next morning. Our next stop in Woodlands was Adventure Island. The canoe trip to the island proved long and tough, yet enjoyable. In the morning we swam the freezing rapids, and not many campers praised this activity. After the canoe ride back from See Dispatches/Page 19


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n leafy Sherier Place in the Palisades, a unique Craftsman-style home with Victorian elements is on the market


for just over $2 million. The fivebedroom property built in 1923 features fine craftsmanship, light-filled rooms and a spacious landscaped yard. On the far side of this corner lot at 5332 Sherier Place, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a one-bedroom caretakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cottage, built a few years later, which mirrors the main houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior design and hip roof. Set back from the street, the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curb appeal is the first sign that the home offers something special. Borrowing from the Victorian aesthetic, the three-story exterior incorporates four different colors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; off-white for the siding with sage green, muted brick and robinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s egg blue as accent colors. A grand wraparound porch provides the perfect spot to either chase the sun or enjoy the shade. Regardless of where you sit, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a view of the flowering lilac and rose bushes and cherry, magnolia and mulberry trees. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main entrance opens to a comfortable living room with a

brick fireplace flanked by windows and built-in bookcases. A set of French doors lead to a formal dining room, which has a built-in hutch and exterior French doors to the porch. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central hallway features Tiffany-style sconces and leads to the kitchen, which is part of a recent two-story addition at the rear of the property. Its expansive windows along the south-facing wall stream in lots of natural light. Custom cabinets with glass doors were stained in a soft muted blue. A large center island features a butcher-block countertop with a floating cabinet above. Home chefs will appreciate the top-of-the-line appliances, including a Thermador five-burner gas cooktop, a Bosch oven and dishwasher, and General Electric stainless steel refrigerator, microwave and warming drawer. The food prep area opens to a large dining space, surrounded by windows and an exterior door to the porch, where current owners have a long farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table. At the opposite end of the kitchen is an office nook with a built-in desk and bookcase. Off the central hallway are a large coat closet and a powder room. Best of all is a dumbwaiter located close to the kitchen that spans the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four levels. In addition to the main staircase,

thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a second one in the kitchen that leads to the family room above. Also part of the addition, the room has windows on three walls, a long south-facing window bench with cedar storage underneath and two cedar closets. There are also three bedrooms on this level with built-in bookcases and window benches, as well as a full bath that features a vintage porcelain sink, clawfoot tub and beadboard paneling on the walls. The renovated third level serves as a spacious master suite. Taking center stage are the rich brown beams with beadboard detail on the ceiling, which follow the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hip roofline. There are four closets, three window benches and two built-in bureaus and shelves. The en suite master bath features a soaking tub and shower with a frameless glass door, subway tile in a sea glass green-blue, and two vanities. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level provides an abundance of storage and living space. One room currently outfitted as a home gym has an en suite full bath with a soaking tub. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a

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This five-bedroom Craftsman home in the Palisades is listed for $2,095,000. central room, also used as an exercise space; a separate laundry room with a large sink; and a wine cellar with a tall double-door wine refrigerator. At the rear is a spacious and bright home office with floor-toceiling windows and exterior French doors that lead to a patio. The property has two additional structures: a storage shed that mimics the main houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior, and the two-level caretakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cottage. This bonus house is at the far end of the yard, which means thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spacious buffer between it and the main living quarters. At the main entrance of the cottage is a covered porch with a builtin bench on one side. The first level features an open-concept living,

dining and kitchen area with hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and a window bench with storage underneath. The kitchen features custom cabinets with granite countertops. The powder room has a stackable washer and dryer tucked behind a shutter-style door. A spiral staircase leads to the second levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spacious bedroom suite, which features windows on three walls, built-in bookshelves and an en suite bath. This five-bedroom, three-and-ahalf-bath house at 5332 Sherier Place is offered for $2,095,000. For more information contact Theresa Burt of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at or 202258-2600.



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ents, is a priority for the committee. To this end, members identified more than $279,000 in internal savings from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and the NonPublic Tuition Program to re-establish an ombudsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The State Board of Education would be charged with getting it up and running by January 2014. Other programs to receive reallocated funding include $135,000 to implement the long-awaited science, technology, engineering and math program at H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast. The committee also recommended restructuring the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truancy program to better report results, and increasing access to intramural and interscholastic athletic programs. The full council began budget discussions this week during administrative meetings. The council is set to vote on the budget May 22.

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Kent – 5017 Klingle Street NW. Chryssa Wolfe Arts & Crafts masterpiece. Classic architecture with 21st C lifestyle requirements. Light, spacious rooms, high ceilings, high-end kitchen and woodwork details, great family living/entertainment space. Private lot, house sited high for privacy/light. K/bkfst solarium/family room, LR, DR, library/study+ office nook on main. 5 BR’s on 2nd. Dble garage, fully finished LL. $2,500,000. Sylvia Bergstrom 202.367.3730 Marin Hagen 202.257.2339

Georgetown – 3410 N Street NW. NEW LISTING w/2 CAR GARAGE. Semi-detached streams light from large windows. Wonderful high-ceiling LR w/French windows. Chef's size kitchen w/Viking stove opens to solarium/family room, opening into exquisite, landscaped garden. 2nd level has 3BR, 2BA (4th BR now a master closet/dressing room). Lower level features BR/FBA, plus storage & wine cellar. $2,500,000. Sylvia Bergstrom 202.367.3730 Marin Hagen 202.257.2339

Forest Hills – 2329 Porter Street NW. Arts and Crafts Gearing Bungalow stone home in historic enclave listed under Estate & Country Houses. Over 1/2 acre of landscaped ground, mature trees, pergola w/wisteria vines. Remodeled KIT. Oak floors, bluestone frplc, original coffered ceiling in LR. Oak paneling in sep DR. Country setting minutes to Metro & dtown DC. $1,750,000. Camille Gemayel 202.210.2314

Georgetown – 1065 Thomas Jefferson Street NW. Location, location, location! Wonderful home on terrific street in the heart of Georgetown. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths on 2 levels with a large unfinished basement. Currently loosely configured as a three-unit but perfect to convert to a single family & rental unit or 1 terrific home! Amazing rear yard accessible through a side entrance gate. Bring imagination and realize a great house. A must see. $1,250,000. John Edelmann 202.423.6900

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Logan – 1439 S Street NW #2. Incredibly bright & contemporary! Approx 1,820 SF 2level condo with rear walls of French Doors overlooking 2 private decks. Sunken living room w/fireplace, dining area & cook’s kitchen. Hardwood floors & skylight. Master bedroom suite w/fireplace, 2nd bedroom and library (or 3rd bedroom), 2 baths & garage parking. Walk to 14th Street nightlife, 2 Metros, etc. $939,000. Willie Parker 202.316.1236







Wesley Heights – 3255 C Sutton Place NW. Beautiful townhome condo! 2 level, 2 BR, 2.5 BA, hardwood floors throughout, renovated table space kitchen, fireplace, built-ins & private walled terrace! 2-car unassigned parking, swimming pool, tennis courts. Unbeatable location.....! Pet friendly community! $625,000. John B. Lumsden 202.288.3185

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American University Park – 4101 Albemarle Street NW #635. Penthouse 2BR/2BA apt w/ 10ft ceilings, spectacular view of the city from balcony. Chef's kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, granite countertops. Washer & dryer. Garage parking. Building has 24-hr desk, fully equipped gym. Convenient location, Metro at the building, plus library, shops and restaurants. $719,000. Gregory Ennis 202.276.1778

Logan – 1741 Johnson Avenue NW #205. Rare opportunity to own a chic 2BR, 2BA unit in Dupont Lofts with garage parking. 11 ft + ceilings, Saturnia stone floors, designer kitchen, gas fireplace and rooftop terrace. $699,000. Alexander Esfahani 202.701.6200 Gil Stockton 703.969.5089

Capitol Hill 202.547.3525 Georgetown 202.333.6100

Brightwood – 608 Rittenhouse Street NW. 2010 renovation. Kitchen with Scavolini cabinets, SS appliances, Zodiak and CaesarStone counters. 3 zone heat with Runtal wall radiators. Custom milled maple flrs. Gas frplc. Alfa closets. Bosch W/D. Security system. Garage. Deck. Landscaping. Takoma Metro & bus. $625,000. Edward Poutier 202.421.8650 Stewart Coleman 202.841.2936

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013; Foggy bottom / west end At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 17 meeting: â&#x2013;  commission chair Florence Harmon reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation intends to install bicycle lanes on M Street between 14th and 28th streets late this summer. â&#x2013;  a representative of George Washington University Hospital discussed his hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in a nationwide study of traumatic brain injuries caused by blunt-force accidents. Patients who arrive in the hospital with such injuries will receive immediately either an experimental new drug or a placebo in addition to regular treatment. Patients are automatically enrolled unless a relative requests otherwise or they had previously requested not to participate in the study. Visit for more details. â&#x2013;  commissioner Patrick Kennedy reported that the Public Space Committee had rejected a proposed 23rd Street lay-by lane proposed as part of the project to build luxury housing on the site of the West End Library. â&#x2013;  commissioner Peter Sacco congratulated George Washington University for hosting a â&#x20AC;&#x153;senior promâ&#x20AC;? with 160 elderly attendees. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Asher Corson and Armando Irizarry absent, to support the closing of an alley in the 2100 block of H Street so that George Washington University can build student housing on the site. The support is contingent upon the university agreeing to provide more community amenities, such as neighborhood-serving retail that would be open at night. The university intends to connect three existing apartment buildings on I and H streets, creating a combined capacity of 898 beds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a net increase of more than 300 compared to the existing buildings. The alley serves only university buildings today and would be replaced by internal loading in the new building. Commissioners also voted 6-0 to spend up to $600 on an attorney who can research whether the university would need to pay a city fee to close a public alley. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to oppose proposed regulations governing food trucks, arguing that there should be more flexibility for the trucks to continue congregating at popular spots with small sidewalks. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Asher Corson and Armando Irizarry absent and Florence Harmon recusing herself, to support a National Park Service proposal to designate

the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World War I memorial as a historic landmark. The resolution also states that the memorial should remain a tribute to D.C. veterans rather than becoming a national memorial. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 6-0 to push for the reintroduction of two D.C. Council bills: the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Empowerment Amendment Act, which would offer neighborhood commissions the right to sue; and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Allotment Efficiency Amendment Act, which would expedite quarterly payments to commissions. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on several dozen liquor license renewals after no residents or commissioners raised any concerns about them. The commission will consider more renewals at its May meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to assign one board member apiece from the Foggy Bottom Association and the West End Citizens Association, along with three neighborhood commissioners, to a joint committee with George Washington University to discuss community concerns. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to raise no objection to the annual Best Buddies noncompetitive bike ride, which will be held the morning of Saturday, Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  commissioners discussed redesigning their website to make it more attractive and allow more documents and other materials to be posted there. â&#x2013;  commissioners discussed forming a committee to review their bylaws, which some said are out of date. One of the key issues will be establishing procedures to issue community grants, commissioners said. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court, 725 24th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  presentation by Roger Mosier of the Kennedy Center on plans for new facilities. â&#x2013;  consideration of George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for an alley closing in Square 77. â&#x2013;  update from George Washington University on its application for second-stage review of a planned-unit development in Square 77. â&#x2013;  update on the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Hampshire Avenue project. â&#x2013;  consideration of alcoholic beverage control matters (constituents are asked to notify the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair at in advance if they plan to discuss an establishment so the owner can be invited): McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave.; Magic Gourd Restaurant, 528 23rd St.; Foreign Service Club, 2101 E St.; Sport Club, 1170 22nd St.; Embassy Suites Downtown, 1250 22nd St.; Diplomatic & Consular Officers Retired Club, 1801 F St.; Restaurant Associates of New York LLC, 701 18th St., 1850 I St., 1818 H St. and 2121 Pennsylvania Ave. (trade names to be deter-

mined); Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St.; Lindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bon Apetit, 2040 I St.; and Founding Farmers, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013; discussion of the rewriting of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bylaws. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The commission will hold a series of â&#x20AC;&#x153;listening sessionsâ&#x20AC;? on the 17th Street moratorium, which will expire later this year unless the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board renews it. The first two meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, and Monday, June 24, at The Chastleton, 1701 16th St. 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 20, 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;  update on the residential building under construction for the Embassy of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republic of China. â&#x2013;  discussion of the 2225 California St. project. â&#x2013;  discussion of a D.C. Department of Transportation traffic study for Connecticut Avenue from Calvert Street to Wyoming Avenue. â&#x2013;  announcements. For details, visit or contact ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  community forum. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Department of Health regarding rabies concerns in the area. â&#x2013;  consideration of a D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition and some front facade alterations at 3520 30th St. For details, visit

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DISPATCHES From Page 13 Adventure Island, we headed to the Calleva Farm, where we played games in the fields and in the barn. On our final morning we went whitewater rafting, which proved my personal trip highlight. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jack Lipson, Form II (eighth-grader)

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The sixth-graders are hard at work as the school year comes to a close. We are studying math concepts in geometry, such as measurements and calculating area and volume. In social studies we are exploring the continent of Asia, currently focusing on China in particular. We are learning about our solar system and other astronomical concepts in science class. We are currently reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Giverâ&#x20AC;? by Lois Lowry and are having interesting discussions about the story. In religion, we are learning about the kings and prophets who preceded Jesus. Later this month, our class will be taking a field trip to the National Museum of Natural History, as well as the National Air and Space Museum. The year has gone by very fast,

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International Day is a seasoned tradition in our school. Our annual festivities are broken up into two different celebrations: an assembly and a potluck dinner. Last week, we held our assembly in George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lisner Auditorium, where all of our assemblies occur. We had special performances from most of the trips abroad, as well as a student favorite featuring a special Vietnamese instrument. Twenty volunteers were each given one instrument, each corresponding to a singular note. By the end of the 20-minute presentation, the student volunteers were playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lean on Meâ&#x20AC;? and the audience was eagerly singing along. The potluck is scheduled for May 16 this year. Students, faculty members and parents show off their culinary skills and heritage by bringing in a dish to feed about 10 people. Some even choose to dress up in international garb! The dinner is an opportunity for everyone to

show off their culture, and generally to enjoy each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

At the end of March, I embarked on a 10-day adventure to China with seven classmates and three teachers from Washington Latin. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d all been studying Chinese for at least two years and had been looking forward to experiencing what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been studying in the classroom for so long. First we took a quick visit to Beijing, where we got to live in a traditional Hutong neighborhood and see sites like the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. Our 15-hour train ride from Beijing to Changsha, during which we attracted a lot of attention from the rest of the passengers, marked the transition from a sightseeing tour to a more interactive experience. We got to visit our pen palsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school and give them a lesson in D.C. slang, and we bonded with students in a karate club after joining them in a practice session. We were also served a homecooked meal one evening and took a Hunan cooking lesson the next. When we signed onto the trip, we never imagined that we would get to have a fire cupping massage,

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Wilson High School

Wilson students are preparing for Advanced Placement exams, which are taking place this month. Wilson offers 21 AP courses, in which hundreds of students are enrolled and are required to take the test. Though the testing week is hard


for everyone, it seems that younger students are generally more nervous than seniors. Tenth-grader Anna Viemose said she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;very nervousâ&#x20AC;? for her first-ever AP test: World History. Though she loves the subject, and has been studying hard, she said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot to memorize.â&#x20AC;? Senior Derrick Foret remembers the feeling. He has taken six AP tests in his high school career, and is preparing to take a whopping six more. And yet he said his stress has â&#x20AC;&#x153;gone down a lotâ&#x20AC;? since his first exam â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from â&#x20AC;&#x153;10th grade, a lot; 11th, some; 12th, not at all.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Christina Harn, 12th-grader

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Wednesday may 15 Benefit â&#x2013; The District of Columbia Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harlem Shake It Happy Hourâ&#x20AC;? will have attendees take part in the popular Internet meme by gyrating in front of a live video camera. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Adams Morgan-based arts group. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Bedrock Billiards, 1841 Columbia Road NW. 202-462-7833. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington National Opera will present highlights from its 2013-14 season, featuring main stage artists, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the Washington National Opera Orchestra. 6 p.m. Free. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  In preparation for a multi-city concert tour of Russia, the American University Chamber Singers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Tradition: Choral Music of Russia and the United States.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Flutist Eugenia Zukerman (shown) and keyboardist Anthony Newman will perform a chamber music recital. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will host a panel discussion featuring artists Dana Ellyn, Oenone Hammersley, Juan E. Hernandez Gonzalez and Paul Reuther. 5:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian folklorist and curator Olivia Cadaval will talk about the history of Adams Morgan, with a focus on the emergence and the development of the Latino


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Events Entertainment community. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202671-3121. â&#x2013; Susan Elia MacNael will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;His Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Reading â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trialogue: Passions,â&#x20AC;? a cross-cultural collaboration, will feature local poets Sarah Browning, Reginald Harris and Joseph Ross, as well as readings of Chinese and German poems. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Thursday, May 16

Thursday may 16 Benefit â&#x2013; Project Create will host its fifth annual Art Auction and Benefit to raise funds for arts education for children and families experiencing homelessness and poverty in D.C. 6 to 9 p.m. $20 to $100. Paul Hastings LLP, 875 15th St. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  The Palisades Library will celebrate National Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Week with stories and crafts. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Classes and seminars â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session for first-time homebuyers. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7006. â&#x2013;  A seminar will focus on how to start a business in the District. 1 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  David Newcomb, an author and longtime practitioner of meditation, will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deeper Into Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. The workshop series will continue May 23.

Concerts â&#x2013; National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Fellows will perform chamber music by Saint-SaĂŤns, Schuman, Prokofiev and Beethoven. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musician John Henry will perform a weekly concert. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Broad Branch Market, 5608 Broad Branch Road NW. 202-249-8551. â&#x2013;  The 18th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature leading jazz artists over three nights, starting with the Tineke Postma Quartet, the Amina Claudine Myers Trio, and Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton. 7 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance series will continue Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  NSO Pops will pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wickedâ&#x20AC;? and the 65th birthday of composer Stephen Schwartz with a concert performance of songs from the Broadway hit, conducted by Steven Reineke. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The David Mayfield Parade will perform with local singer/songwriter Justin Trawick. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000. â&#x2013;  Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $43. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will hear members Marla Leftwich and John Wheeler discuss various gardening topics, including the threat posed by invasive English ivy. Noon. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202387-7936. â&#x2013;  Freelance writer and communications consultant Pam Bailey will discuss living and working in Egypt and the Gaza


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Wednesday, may 15 â&#x2013; Discussion: Historian Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Strip. 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. â&#x2013;  Dan Walsh, founder of the Palestine Poster Project Archives, will discuss the emerging genre of Palestinian poster art. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on the use of bold brushwork and spirited colors by expressionist artists such as Oskar Kokoschka and Vincent van Gogh to translate their intensely personal experiences. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Science writer Jessica Wapner will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Record: The Backstory From D.C. Journalistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature moderator Stephen Hess (shown), senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution and former research professor in media studies at George Washington University, and panelists Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for NPR; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post political correspondent; David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of The New York Times; Clarence Page, columnist and senior member of the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune; and Chris Wallace, journalist, television anchor and    

Films â&#x2013; The West End Film Club will present George Roy Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slaughterhouse-Five,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel of the same name by Kurt Vonnegut. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The monthly Senior Cinema Thursdays series will feature Roberta Grossmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hava Nagila (The Movie),â&#x20AC;? about the infectious party song. 10:30 a.m. Free for AARP members with reservations through the organization; $5 for others. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  The School of International Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new film series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;3rd Thursdays,â&#x20AC;? will feature the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Wants to Fly,â&#x20AC;? about a young German filmmaker who decides to try transcendental meditation at the behest of his idol, David Lynch. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  American University film school students will present five shorts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A to Zâ&#x20AC;? by Jeremy Rush, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Dreamâ&#x20AC;? by Carl Rudolph, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under the Bourbon Moonâ&#x20AC;? by Harold Jackson III, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surviving Death: A Paranormal Debateâ&#x20AC;? by BJ Barrettaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saving Mr. Yamamotoâ&#x20AC;? by Mike Hardy. 7:30 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. Meetings â&#x2013;  The Providence Primary Stroke Center will host a support group session for stroke survivors and caregivers. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Senior Connections Meeting Room, Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum St. NE. 202-448-4048. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunchback of Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;? by Victor Hugo. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Michael Chabonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Yiddish Policemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Union.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Special events â&#x2013;  An International Art & Language Soiree will feature a tour of European paintings on display at the Phillips Collection, followed by French, German, Spanish and Russian language meetups. 6 to 8 p.m. $12 to $15; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The ZooFari 2013 fundraiser will feature food from 100 area restaurants, wine, entertainment, animal demonstrations and a silent auction. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $150 to $200. National Zoo, 3001 See Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tour â&#x2013; Biochemist Beth Burrous will lead a tour highlighting culinary and medicinal African plants. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. Friday, May 17

Friday may 17 Art event â&#x2013; Fillmore West Arts Center will host its eighth annual art show, featuring work by students at Hyde-Addison, Key, Marie Reed, Ross and Stoddert elementary schools. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fillmore West Arts Center, 1819 35th St. NW. 202-729-3794. Book signing â&#x2013;  Lisa Kurtz will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heaven Sphere.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free. Flying Fish Coffee and Tea, 3064 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 202-299-0141. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Maryland Opera Studio will perform songs from â&#x20AC;&#x153;La bohème,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;CosĂŹ fan tutte,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pagliacciâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gianni Schicchi.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Kabalevsky, Goodman and Arensky. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Organist Rich Spotts of Doylestown, Pa., will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Easter Organ Works of Charles Tournemire.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  New Music at the Atlas will feature the Great Noise Ensemble. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jim Downs, assistant professor at Connecticut College, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Michael Jones, associate director of the American Research Center in Egypt, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything Is Forever Until It Is No More.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Lucian Perkins and punk musician Alec MacKaye will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard Art, DC 1979.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Shorts Laughsâ&#x20AC;? will feature a collection of eclectic, comedic films from past DC Shorts Film Festivals. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $15 to $25. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The films will be shown again Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865.

Performances â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Intergalactic Nemesis: A LiveAction Graphic Novelâ&#x20AC;? will combine classic radio drama with comic art (for ages 8 and older). 7 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  French dancer Brahim Bouchelaghem will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Did You Say?â&#x20AC;? a rhythmic piece inspired by American choreographer and poet Carolyn Carlson. 7 p.m. $20. Elstad Auditorium, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Corps will host a weekly Friday Evening Parade with music and precision marching. 8:45 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marine Barracks, 8th and I streets SE. 202-4336060. â&#x2013;  The Charlie Visconage Show feature Bjorn Munson, director, writer and producer of the fantasy Web series â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Broken Continentâ&#x20AC;?; B. Stanley, executive director of the District of Columbia Arts Center; and musical guest Ms. Fridich. 9:30 p.m. $15. Fort Fringe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Shop, 607 New York Ave. NW. Readings â&#x2013;  A reading to celebrate Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Week and kick off the D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer programs will feature Fred Bowen, the author of various books on sports for young people and a columnist for The Washington Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KidsPost. 11 a.m. Free. Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Poet Richard Blanco, whose poem was featured during President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 inauguration, will read from his work. 2 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4604. â&#x2013;  The OB Hardison Poetry series will present a night of prose and poetry with a graffiti theme, featuring best-selling author Adam Mansbach (shown) and poets Joseph Ross and Clint Smith. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Special events â&#x2013;  The U.S. Botanic Garden will celebrate Endangered Species Day with informational booths, tours and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities on endangered plants and pollinators. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

Community Park will host an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Scienceâ&#x20AC;? event featuring experiments and explosions. 11:30 a.m. Free. 10th Street between L and M streets NW. â&#x2013; Park rangers will introduce kids to the world of honeybees at the Nature Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live hive. 2 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070.

Friday, may 17 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Silvan Negrutiu will play classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

202-225-8333. â&#x2013; The Dupont Circle Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celeb Salonâ&#x20AC;? speaker series will feature an intimate conversation with Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine, co-owners of Politics and Prose. 7:30 p.m. $75; reservations required. Location provided upon registration. Saturday, May 18

Saturday may 18 Auditions â&#x2013; The Cathedral Choral Society will hold auditions by appointment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-5527. Benefit â&#x2013;  The D.C. chapter of the American Research Center will host an Egyptianthemed social extravaganza, fundraiser and party, with prizes for the best Egyptian attire. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25 to $30. 1255 25th St. NW. Book signing â&#x2013;  Author and illustrator Patricia Polacco will sign copies of her books. 11 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  A storytime will feature the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbapapa,â&#x20AC;? by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor. An arts and crafts session will follow. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Tenth Street

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Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood, will lead a floral design workshop. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. $35 to $45. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Genealogy expert John Colletta will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Keys to Genealogy Research: How to Use Libraries, Archives, and Public Records.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Londoner Lorella Brocklesby will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Neighborhoods and Villages of London.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Sackler Gallery will present a workshop on how to make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pouch-book,â&#x20AC;? a common format used for novels, romances and humorous works during Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edo era. 1 p.m. $15. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. The workshop will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  Instructor Jackie Mikolaski will lead a beading workshop on how to make earrings and bracelets. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks

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Quintet will perform as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; Soloists Lena Seikaly and baritone George Singleton will join the Westmoreland Festival Chorus and Orchestra to perform works by Bach and DuruflĂŠ. A reception and art show will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Westmorleland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-229-7766. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present jazz singer Ute Lemper in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Tango in Berlin,â&#x20AC;? featuring cabaret songs by Kurt Weill, Astor Piazzolla, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and others. 8 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000. â&#x2013;  Grammy-nominated jazz musician Darcy James Argue will perform with his 18-piece big band, Secret Society. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Preservation expert Julia Brennan will describe the highlights and challenges of the multi-year effort to open the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles Conservation Center in Thailand. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Jack Staub will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardensâ&#x20AC;? and share gardening tips. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. See Events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 ■ Alexander Wohl will discuss his book “Father, Son, and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy,” at 1 p.m.; Marcia Coyle (shown) will discuss her book “The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Gail Godwin will discuss her book “Flora,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz will reflect on his career in a conversation with Michael Kerker, director of musical theater at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. 5 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


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Events Entertainment live talent search for ages 5 through 17. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets NW.

Conference ■ The Party for Socialism and Liberation will host its spring D.C. conference on socialism. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 to $20 donation suggested. The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW. 202234-2828.

Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of the digital restoration of Roman Polanski’s 1979 film “Tess,” an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” 2 p.m. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The House of Sweden will host a live high-definition broadcast of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. 2 to 7 p.m. $5 to $15. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. ■ The West End Cinema will present the Royal Opera House’s production of “Nabucco,” starring Placido Domingo. 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202419-3456. ■ The Fridge and DC Zinefest will present local director Amy Oden’s documentary “From the Back of the Room,” about women’s involvement in punk from 1981 to today. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. The Fridge DC, 516 1/2 8th St. SE.

Festival ■ The Fiesta Asia Street Fair will feature food, demonstrations, musical and dance performances, craft activities and a

Performances ■ The Washington Ballet will present “Peter and the Wolf,” set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score and featuring the chore-

ography of Septime Webre. 1 and 5:30 p.m. $15 to $50. Theater, Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. ■ The Alliance Française’s Urban Corps festival will wrap up with a hip-hop dance show featuring Cie De Fakto, Cie Zahrbat and Urban Artistry crews. 2 p.m. Free. Kalorama Park, 1875 Columbia Road NW. ■ The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present a spring dance concert. 7:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. Ellington Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ Joy of Motion Dance Center will present jazz, hip-hop and tap dance performances by youth companies Groove Elements, DanceFusion Jazz Project and Soles of Steel. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ Crash of Rhinos, a new theater company, will present a sketch comedy revue, “Crash!” Proceeds will help fund the group’s startup costs. 8 p.m. $10; reservations requested. National Conservatory of

Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Reading ■ Local poet Felecia Karen Scott will read from and discuss her book “The LP Collection: Lessons and Praise.” 2 p.m. Free. Room 209, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Special events ■ The National Museum of Women in the Arts will offer free admission in honor of Art Museum Day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-7837370. ■ A special event will celebrate the work of the late Mark Mack and the Howard University Archaeology Team in documenting the historic African-American and Quaker cemeteries at Walter Pierce Park. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Walter Pierce Park, Calvert Street and Adams Mill Road NW. ■ Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Operation Paws for Homes will host a Pet Adoption Day. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Suite 101, Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-333-6100. ■ The Washington National Opera will present “Opera in the Outfield,” a live highdefinition simulcast of the American classic “Show Boat.” Gates open at 5 p.m.; screening at 7 p.m. Free; reservations encouraged. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Sporting event ■ DC Rollergirls teams Majority Whips, DC DemonCats, Cherry Blossom Bombshells and Scare Force One will square off in championship bouts. 4 and 5:45 p.m. $16.85. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Sunday, May 19

Sunday may 19 Benefit ■ Split This Rock, a D.C.-based national organization that integrates poetry into movements for social change, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a mimosa

brunch featuring Richard Blanco, whose poem was featured during President Barack Obama’s 2012 inauguration. Noon to 2 p.m. $100; reservations required. McLean Gardens Ballroom, 3811 Porter St. NW. Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead a series of games and activities typical of the 1770s. 3 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ “Music on the Lawn” will feature musicians Herman Burney and Marshall Keys performing jazz selections. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. ■ “The Cricket in Times Square,” a National Symphony Orchestra family concert, will feature music inspired by George Selden’s children’s book about a country cricket that travels to New York City. 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Pianist Ina Mirtcheva and flutist Jana Hristova will perform works by Prokofiev, Massenet, Taktakishvili and others. 3:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-4626734. ■ The Chevy Chase Chancel Choir and Orchestra will perform Bach’s “Magnificat.” 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202363-2202. ■ Cellist Zuill Bailey will perform works by Bach, Francoeur, Boccherini and Eccles. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Urban Philharmonic Society will host the final round of its annual Paul Robeson Vocal Competition, now in its 23rd year. 4 p.m. Free. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1514 15th St. NW. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown’s 11th annual Concerts in the Parks series will feature local singer/songwriter Rebecca McCabe. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Volta Park, 34th and Q streets NW. 202-337-7313. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of William Smith, Charles Villiers Stanford and Arthur Baynon. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, See Events/Page 24

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dvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Norwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous painter and printmaker with more than 20 works on paper, will open Sunday in the West Building of the

On exhibit National Gallery of Art and continue through July 28. 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;Littoral: John Hubbard in Context,â&#x20AC;? featuring paintings and drawings by John Hubbard inspired by the south of England, will open today with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. The exhibit will continue through June 28. Located at 805 21st St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525.

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the Brooklyn artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exploration of connections between abstract visual art and African-American avant-garde music, will open tomorrow at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and continue through Oct. 27. The Hirshhorn also recently opened â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the use of fragments and detritus in collages and assemblages. It will continue through Sept. 8. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Libro Della Notte â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Book of the Night,â&#x20AC;? a 215-foot-long artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book made by 110 international artists with a connection to Veniceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Atelier Aperto, will be on display from Friday through Monday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda. A reception will be held Friday at 6 p.m. The Katzen Arts Center at American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-375-9288.

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loose Canon,â&#x20AC;? featuring ink works on paper created last year by Ethan Rochmis, will open Saturday at Watergate Gallery and continue through June 15. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the artist will give a talk June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013;  The Mid City Artists Open Studios, a biannual event now in its 10th year, will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, including studio locations, visit â&#x2013;  The semiannual 52 O Street Open Studios will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at 52 O St. NW. 52ostreet. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yours, Mine and Ours: Girardini: Retrospective,â&#x20AC;? featuring sculpture, painting, photography and furniture by Julie and Ken Girardini, will open Tuesday at the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space and continue through Aug. 31.

edvard Munchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;two Women on the Shore,â&#x20AC;? a 1898 woodcut with watercolor, is part of the National Gallery of Art exhibit. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will take place Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Located at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the space is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-783-2963. â&#x2013; Jane Haslem Gallery recently opened an exhibit of drawings by 16 American artists and will continue it through July. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 2025 Hillyer Place NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4644.

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he Kennedy Center will present a new production of Ferenc MolnĂĄrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Guardsmanâ&#x20AC;? May 25 through June 23 in the Eisenhower Theater.


On StAGe Less than six months into a new marriage, an actor suspects his new wife â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Budapestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful and beloved young actress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is getting restless. So he decides to disguise himself as a dashing courtier to the emperor to test her fidelity and win her love. But the more he woos his wife as this guardsman, the more insanely jealous he gets of the character he feels compelled to play. This new translation by Richard Nelson veers from the 1920s adaptation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was tailored to the light comedy skills of husband-andwife acting legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and restores MolnĂĄrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more passionate original. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $54 to $95. 202-4674600; â&#x2013; The St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Players will present the Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaretâ&#x20AC;? through May 19 at St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish. Based on Christopher Isherwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin Stories,â&#x20AC;? this classic musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb is set on the eve of Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to power in Weimar Germany. It depicts the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, a writer from America and the denizens of Berlin, all caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m.


Sarah Wayne Callies and Finn Wittrock star in the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Guardsman,â&#x20AC;? opening May 25. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $20. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish is located at 301 A St. SE. 202-546-9670; â&#x2013; Arena Stage will host the Voices of Now Festival, featuring original works by 13 youth ensembles, May 15 through 19 in the Kogod Cradle. The festival will bring together more than 175 young artists who have been working with Arena Stage professionals for the past year to devise original one-act plays. Participating groups include D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Jefferson Middle School and KIPP DC Public Charter School. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre Society and Signature Theatre will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Dolly!â&#x20AC;? May 18 at Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Monday through

Saturday and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $18. The theater is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787; â&#x2013; The Studio Theatre will close Amy Herzogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;4000 Milesâ&#x20AC;? through May 19. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $82. The Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-3323300; â&#x2013;  The Washington Stage Guild will present T.S. Eliotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elder Statesman,â&#x20AC;? through May 19 in the Undercroft Theatre at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50, with discounts for seniors and students. The Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050;





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Continued From Page 22 Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. ■ The Washington Chorus and singersongwriter Melanie DeMore will perform old and new arrangements of spirituals in “Comin’ Up Shoutin’.” 5 p.m. $15 to $65. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-342-6221. ■ Organist Richard Spotts of Doylestown, Pa., will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. ■ The Capital City Symphony and cellist Brannon Cho will perform works by Dvorák, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. 5 p.m. $16 to $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The D.C.-based experimental rock band Drop Electric will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures ■ Rabbi Harold White, who teaches theology at Georgetown University, will discuss his experiences as a U.S. Navy chaplain and as the first rabbi to be appointed to a full-time campus ministry position at a Catholic university. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s


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Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Phyllis Theroux will discuss her book “The Good Bishop: The Life of Walter F. Sullivan.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Robert Edsell of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art will discuss his book “Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures From the Nazis.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Textile collector Yolanda Alcorta will present a timeline of Mayan weaving traditions, demonstrate their techniques and discuss ways in which weaving styles have endured and evolved over time. 2 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64.

Monday, may 20 ■ Discussion: “Classic Conversations” will feature Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald (shown) and Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $35. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.

Films ■ The Freer Gallery will screen the 1973 film “A River Called Titas” as part of its series on the cinema of Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. ■ Composer and pianist Andrew E. Simpson will perform his original score

during a screening of the 1928 silent film “The Wind,” starring Lillian Gish. 3 p.m. Free; tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the start of the program. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The National Gallery of Art will show Alf Sjöberg’s 1951 film adaptation of

Performances ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature a reading by poet Richard Blanco, followed by an open mic poetry event. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Bowen McCauley Dance will join Alexandria Symphony Orchestra to perform works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Mezzanine, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ The collective LYGO D.C. will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Dana Bell, Adam Friedland, Drey Dailey and Reggie Melbrough. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Desperados, 1342 U St. NW. Sale ■ The Palisades Georgetown Lions Club will hold its annual community flea market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Parking lot, Wells Fargo Bank, MacArthur Boulevard and Arizona Avenue NW. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play against Sporting Kansas City. 5 p.m. $26 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800745-3000. Walks and tours ■ Dumbarton House will offer a walking tour of historic Georgetown, with cupcakes for participants. 10 a.m. to noon. $20; reservations required by May 16. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW. ■ Tudor Place and Dumbarton Oaks will present tours of their estates’ gardens and landscapes. 11:30 a.m. $10 to $15. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, and Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. georgetowngardentour. ■ The Shepherd Park Citizens Association will host its ninth annual garden tour, a self-guided visit to homes in Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and North Portal Estates. 2 to 5 p.m. $7 to $15. Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. ■ A park ranger will lead a two-mile history hike to a Civil War fortress, a poet’s cabin and a historic creek ford. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Monday, May 20

Monday may 20 Concert ■ The Upper Anacostia-Lower Gold Coast Symphonic will present “Drums Along the Potomac — A Global Go-Go Fantasia,” a collaborative concert featuring New York-based experimental jazz group Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber and local go-go musicians Donnell Floyd, Go-Go Mickey and Kenny “Kwick” Gross. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Jennifer Armstrong will discuss her

book “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted,” about the making of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ National Gallery of Art research assistant Fulvia Zaninelli will discuss “The Kress Traveling Exhibition: 1932-1935.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will host a talk by Paul K. Williams, president of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery, on the Capitol Hill landmark’s fascinating history. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. ■ The Dupont Circle Village will present a talk by ophthalmologist Rajiv Luthra on ways to accommodate low vision in daily activities. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Reservations required. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-234-2567. ■ Former Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, will discuss her book “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.” 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Why All the Kvetching About Female Clergy?” — a discussion about the barriers to achieving gender equality in religious leadership — will feature Washington Post assistant editor Lisa Bonos, Atlantic senior editor Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, the Rev. Amy Butler of Calvary Baptist Church and Rabbi Susan Shankman of Washington Hebrew Congregation. 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. ■ Ru Freeman will discuss her novel “On Sal Mal Lane,” about a Sri Lankan neighborhood in the 1980s. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Marvelous Movie Mondays series will feature Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 film “Pan’s Labyrinth.” 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Sola Nua’s “Irish Popcorn!” series will feature Frank Berry’s 2011 documentary “Ballymun Lullaby,” about a music teacher who brings the young residents of a Dublin housing project together to sing their story. 7 p.m. Free. Lobby, Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Jimmy T. Murakami’s 1980 movie “Battle Beyond the Stars.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance ■ Busboys and Poets and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will celebrate Afro-Venezuelan culture through an interactive presentation, including an Afro-Venezuelan dance workshop and a discussion with scholar and dancer Mesi Walton. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, See Events/Page 25


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Continued From Page 24 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Readings â&#x2013; Poet Jean Nordhaus, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innocenceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn,â&#x20AC;? will read from her work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 209, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locally Grownâ&#x20AC;? art festival will feature a reading of Randy Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Monastery.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Theater Alliance of Washington DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on the Hillâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Personâ&#x20AC;? by Aditi Brennan Kapil. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Fridge DC, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. Tuesday, May 21

Tuesday may 21 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Glover Park Village and Healthy Living Inc. will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthy Cooking for Aging Wellâ&#x20AC;? workshop led by chef Juliette Tahar and nutrition counselor Martha Rebour. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present an Pilates class led by a certified instructor from Yoga District. 5:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. The class will repeat weekly through June 25. Concert â&#x2013;  Organist Richard Spotts will play music from Charles Tournemireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orgue Mystique.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Josh Stebbins, managing attorney of the Sierra Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environmental Law Program, will lead a panel discussion on strategies to address climate change and reduce the public health and environmental impacts of energy use. 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. â&#x2013;  Charles Moore will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands,â&#x20AC;? the initial volume of the first authorized biography of the late British prime minister, at 4 p.m.; and Paul Theroux will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Neuroscientist Robert Provine will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curious Behavior! Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Local financial expert Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Color Is Your Money? Your Personalized Roadmap to Business Success.â&#x20AC;? The event will include an interactive financial semi-

nar, networking opportunities and a book signing. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Films â&#x2013; The Popular Film Series will screen Tom Tykwerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloud Atlas,â&#x20AC;? starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Furry Friendsâ&#x20AC;? film series will screen Gary Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2003 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seabiscuit,â&#x20AC;? starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The West End Cinema will screen the movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pronti a tutto (Workers)â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Il Richiamo (The Call)â&#x20AC;? as part of the 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sudestival in DCâ&#x20AC;? Italian film festival. 7 and 9 p.m. $10.34 per screening. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-4193456. â&#x2013;  The Washington Jewish Film Festival will screen Edgar G. Ulmer and Jacob BenAmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1937 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Fields.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Juilliard students Austin Goodwin, Robbie Moore and Ida Saki â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2010 YoungArts alumni â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present an original dance performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre Society will present an evening of original speeches by local students. 7 p.m. Free; tickets available at the box office on the evening of the performance. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-434-9537. Reading â&#x2013;  The First Draft reading series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sooner Childâ&#x20AC;? by D.C. playwright Allyson Currin. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Wednesday, May 22

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ent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altered Egos,â&#x20AC;? its annual student art show featuring work by sixth- through 12thgraders. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Ave. NW. Concerts â&#x2013; The Congressional Chorus will perform. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Soprano Meri Siirala and pianist Marja Kaisla will perform music by Finnish composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Beau Soir Ensemble. 5:30 p.m. $20. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  Composer, guitarist and pianist Tim Callobre will perform works by Albeniz, Piazzolla, Tarrega and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Attacca Quartet will perform a world premiere by Timothy Andres, as well as works by JanĂĄcek, Beethoven and Adams. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10

1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013; Guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio, best known for his work in the rock band Phish, will perform with the NSO Pops and conductor Steven Reineke. 8 p.m. $36 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Rick Atkinson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945,â&#x20AC;? the final volume in his World War II trilogy. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Carolyn Morrow Long, a specialist in New Orleans history, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  David Olin and Tamara Luzeckyj of Olin Conservation will discuss the challenges they faced in the recently completed conservation of the Key Room wall murals, painted by H. Siddons Mowbray in 1909. 6:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of Spanish.â&#x20AC;? in conversation with FĂŠlix SĂĄnchez, chair and cofounder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required by May 20.

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PROJECT: ANC agrees to office tower with church From Page 1

development, in which they must offer community amenities to compensate for the zoning flexibility they’re seeking. The zoning hearing will take place next month. The plans presented to the neighborhood commission last week had evolved slightly after conversations with D.C. historic preservation officials. While the church had initially discussed a new 11-story structure, ICG’s David Stern presented last Wednesday an eight-story, 112-foot building with a ninth floor planned as an office and penthouse suite. A new church facility would be incorporated into the office building’s lower levels. According to Stern, the Historic Preservation Review Board has approved the current plan. Church representative Darrow Kirkpatrick said in an interview after the meeting that he had been working closely with the Dupont neighborhood commission’s zoning, preservation and development committee “for a long, long time” before the church and their developers presented the plans last week. The plan will replace the walls of concrete with glass, forming part of a 112-foot-tall office building. In addition to replacing the Brutalist church, the new office building will be built on the site of an adjacent eight-story office building. The project will also create new landscaping and ground-floor retail space. “[Their support] has been consistent,” Kirkpatrick said of the neighborhood commission’s vote, though this is the first time the church has sought zoning approval for a planned-unit development. Kirkpatrick, who was a First Reader at the church until a few years ago and now identifies himself as the owner representative of the group, said that the longplanned renovations would “allow [the congregation] to properly represent our religious exercises in a facility that is reasonable” to parishioners. The new facility will also be available for neighborhood nonprofit organizations,

some of whom have already contacted the church about future building use, he said. Dupont commissioner Mike Silverstein, who chairs the body’s development committee, said in an interview that there was a consensus in the neighborhood that the Brutalist building was “inappropriate” for the needs of the church, and that community amenities that would come with the renovation were worthwhile to pursue. Silverstein said that movement on the matter is important, as the current property has “really impoverished” the church in costly maintenance upkeep. “This was a very different situation than what you would normally run into on a [planned-unit development],” Silverstein said, citing the church’s long fight for a new building in the area, and extensive litigation between the church and the city. Silverstein also lauded the “great” amenities package for the neighborhood that would come as a required part of the planned-unit development process. The package includes $20,000 in donations to Charlie’s Place, a nondenominational, anti-hunger and -homelessness initiative that operates out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on 1830 Connecticut Ave. Another $10,000 has been committed to renovation of the 9 Dupont Circle Resource Center, which houses functions for the Sunday farmer’s market as well as a neighborhood meeting place. “It speaks volumes that the developers that are working with the church are providing for different denominations. … These are groups that are providing vital services,” Silverstein said. Silverstein acknowledged there may have been “bruised egos and hurt feelings” among some preservationists about the ultimate support of the building project. For some, he hypothesized, the current church “is an absolute architectural gem. They were all about saving it, and they’re heartbroken they’re going to lose it.” Commissioners voted 8-1 to support the project; Abigail Nichols opposed it for procedural reasons.

BONDS: Group urging D.C. Council not to repeal tax From Page 1

on fixed income. And they argue, as they have all along, that the tax would hit hardest on retirees who have carefully planned their investments based on tax-free status. Beth Marcus, a retiree who has led the charge against the tax, says 18,048 District households reported some municipal bond income in 2010. Even if you accept Lazere’s figures, she said, the high rollers with big bond income make up only 0.4 percent of those who hold taxexempt municipal bonds. The bonds are issued by state and local government entities nationwide to finance public projects, and residents of each state that issues them are generally allowed to keep the interest income tax-free. Until now the District has left municipal bond income from any jurisdiction untaxed, in part because the city issues so few bonds on its own.   D.C. officials first enacted the bond tax in a last-minute budget deal in 2011, as an alternative to raising general tax rates for the wealthy and also to encourage District residents to choose bonds issued here. But the decision met with such a storm of protest that the D.C. Council twice delayed implementation, then “grandfathered” previously purchased bonds so they will always remain tax-free. This year, for the first time, the tax on new bond purchases is set to

take effect. Bond holders who file estimated quarterly payments are supposed to include revenue from municipal bonds in their 2013 payments, although many bond holders — and even their accountants — are apparently unaware of the change. But also this year, Mayor Vincent Gray is hoping to end the controversy once and for all by proposing, in his 2014 budget, a total repeal. His aides argue that the tax falls too hard on seniors, and is simply too confusing to administer. Many investors hold municipal bond funds, which continually trade in and out of individual bonds, making it almost impossible to determine which are grandfathered and which are subject to tax. Lazere is gearing up to fight the repeal, with new figures compiled from Internal Revenue Service data and the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. They show, he said, that “over three-fourths of tax-exempt interest income [in the District] goes to households who have income of $200,000 or more.” “I think the data’s pretty compelling,” Lazere said in an interview. The beneficiaries fall into two groups — the very wealthy, who use the bonds as a tax shelter; and a small number of residents who have built their retirement portfolios around the bonds. “There’s clearly no reason,” he said, to continue giving the first group a tax break, as well as an incentive to invest in non-District

bonds. Lazere is also suggesting a compromise, proposing a cutoff point so that those earning less than $75,000 or $100,000 a year could retain the tax-exempt status on their bonds. He would also have the council clarify that bond funds purchased prior to this year remain tax-exempt, no matter what future trades the fund makes. Marcus is also back in the fray, as the council gears up to debate next year’s budget. “The bond tax will not raise the revenue Mr. Lazere suggests,” she said in a statement. “What it will do is hurt a lot of people who have worked and lived in Washington for all or much of their lives … who just hope they can stay without being singled out with a tax that disproportionately hurts seniors.” The estimated take from the municipal bond tax is modest — $1.7 million in 2014, probably more in future years. But opponents contend that it’s hard to determine, since the tax, if imposed, could discourage District residents from purchasing out-of-state bonds, or even encourage them to move out of the District to states with more bond issues and less onerous taxation. It’s not clear what the council will do when it considers both revenue and spending measures starting May 22. The D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue, headed by Ward 2’s Jack Evans, last week backed the mayor’s proposal.

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GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC c1815 residence with magnificent 1/3 acre grounds meticulously renovated and features guest house, heated pool, multiple car parking, 7 fireplaces and gourmet kitchen. $8,995,000 Eileen McGrath 202-253-2226 Jamie Peva 202-258-5050

WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC 9,700 square foot English Country home on 1.4 private acres. Terrace has distant views of Virginia and spectacular sunsets. Pool and four car garage. $8,895,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620

MASS AVE HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC Kennedy Center architect Edward Durrell Stone’s homage to art deco design. Sunsplashed one level living in a gated enclave. 5BR/6BA, 2 fireplaces, master suite with his/hers baths, pool, cabana & 2-car garage. $5,195,000 Marilyn Charity 202-427-7553

SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC Magnificent Tudor home features hardwood floors, crown molding and recessed lighting throughout; perfect for entertaining. Open gourmet eat-in kitchen, beautiful master suite, flagstone patio and luxury pool. $3,495,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164



KALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC Stunning 4-level end-unit townhouse. Gourmet kitchen, expansive family room, dining room with 3-story atrium, private patio, elevator and 4-car parking. 5BR, 5.5BA. $2,999,000 Patrick Chauvin 202-256-9595 Cecelia Leake 202-256-7804

BETHESDA, MARYLAND 2-acre setting on quiet, private street. High ceilings, sweeping staircase, marble foyer, conservatory overlooking pool and flagstone terrace, au pair suite, wine cellar and exercise room. Quick and easy access to Beltway. $2,625,000 Anne Killeen 301-706-0067

WEST END, WASHINGTON, DC Stunning 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath apartment featuring nearly 2,500 square feet at the Ritz with exceptional custom woodworking throughout. 2-car parking and 24-hour front desk concierge. $1,750,000 Patrick Chauvin 202-256-9595

HILLANDALE, WASHINGTON, DC Beautifully renovated 5BR, 4.5BA townhouse with garage, driveway and garden. Features hardwoods and large kitchen. Amenities include pool, tennis courts and 24hr security. $1,525,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164 Cynthia Howar 202-297-6000

COLONIAL VILLAGE , WASHINGTON , DC 6,000 SF of executive living in the most traditional enclave adjacent to Rock Creek Park. 7BR, 5.5BA, oak floors, gourmet island kitchen, family room with fireplace, owner’s suite, level rear garden and 2 car garage. $1,475,000 Marilyn Charity 202-427-7553

POTOMAC, MARYLAND River Falls – One of only two spectacular, highly desirable Gosnell townhomes of this size and stature. 5,000+ sqare feet on 3 levels backing to parkland. 9’ ceilings, screen porch, entertaining patio. $1,399,000 Anne Killeen 301-706-0067

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Historic Georgetown Federal is ideally located just walking distance from M Street. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, with hardwoods, high ceilings throughout, spacious master suite, private rear patio and garden. $1,395,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA Spacious 1 bedroom + den, 2 baths upperlevel apartment at Turnberry Tower with many custom upgrades, private elevator, stunning views of Georgetown and the Potomac River, 24-hour concierge, and parking. $1,244,000 Patrick Chauvin 202-256-9595

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Semi-detached townhome with 2 bedrooms and 3 baths. Open floor plan with eat-in kitchen. Lower level family room overlooking terrace. Elevator and garage. $1,149,000 Ellen Morrell Matthew McCormick 202-728-9500

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Charming Federal showcases a parking garage, private rear patio & garden. This home features hardwoods, recessed lighting & modern amenities throughout, spacious closets & kitchen with top-of-the-line SS appliances. $995,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC Lovely mews townhouse with elevator. Three bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath, perfect oak floors, sunken living room with fireplace, kitchen with bay, top floor master suite and private garden. $875,000 Marilyn Charity 202-427-7553

CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND Lovely 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Colonial in Martin Additions. Family room/kitchen with subzero, paneled den, recreation room, au pair space. Pretty garden with gazebo. Walk to B-ville shops. $849,000 Boucie Addson 301-509-8827


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ONE OF A KIND American University Park. Exquisite & impeccably expanded Colonial on 1/3 acre. 5,300sf interior includes 6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. brkfst rm, family rm. Patio & outdoor fountains. A work of art throughout.. $2,275,000 Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117 Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219

ELEGANCE DEFINED Kenwood. Magnificent colonial on 2/3 acre grounds has 8 Brs, 6.5 Bas, great entertaining spaces, paneled library, front and back stairs; beautiful street. $2,795,000 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242



Town of Chevy Chase. Sunny & sophisticated. Thoughtfully expanded &: renovated Colonial w/6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. Kitchen opening to family rm. Deck, patio, screened porch. Large lot. $1,829,000

Spring Valley. Light filled updated Colonial w/5 BRs, 4.5 BA on 4 finished levels. Gourmet kit w/island opens to breakfast rm. Lge family rm w/cathedral ceiling. Patio, attached garage. $1,695,000

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Georgetown. Transformed 3 BR, 3.5 BA home w/elevator. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, LR w/granite frpl, family rm. Master BR w/adj office & dressing rm. A CLASS BY ITSELF Stone terraced patio. Gated community Colonial Village. Grand renovated French w/pool, tennis & Tudor overlooking Rock Creek Pk. Stunning 24 hour security. garden w/stonework, terrace & pool. $1,650,000 5-6 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Designer kit w/beamed ceiling, Library. $1,500,000

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Brinklow, MD. Stone country Colonial blt in 2005 by Mitchell & Best on 2 acres. 7 BRs, 5 BAs include MBR on 1st flr. 2 story family rm, chef’s kit, library. Walk out LL. Minutes to ICC & DC. $1,295,000

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Bethesda. 3 level contemporary gem flooded with light backs to parkland. Open flr plan. 6 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Super kitchen, family rm w/stone frpl. Den, LL rec rm. 4 decks. $1,178,000

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Cleveland Park. Gracious light filled 1912 updated Stucco w/6 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Lge kitchen & adj. breakfast rm open to deck. Period details. Huge 3rd flr. Walk out LL w/au pair suite. $1,337,500

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Foxhall Village. Rarely found end unit townhouse. 4 BR, 3.5 Ba Tudor w/4 finished levels. Renovated kitchen & baths. LL in-law suite/legal rental unit w/sep entrance. Pkg pad. $995,000

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SIGNS OF SPRING Bethesda, MD. Westwood Mews. Great views of Little Falls Pk & Capitol Crescent Trail from the deck of this lovely C ITY S PIRIT CHARM & CHEER 4BR, 3.5 BA Kent/Palisades. Walk to schools Bethesda, MD. Wyngate Beautiful townhouse. Lge & Starbucks! Delightful 3 bedroom, expanded Colonial w/5 BRs, TS kitchen. Fin. 3 bath split-level with lovely garden 3.5 BAs. Huge MBR suite w/walkin closet. Open kitchen w/granite & natural light. Finished walk-out LL LL w/family rm, frpl, wet bar, bedrm, ba & drs to private patio. $769,000 counters. Hardwood flrs. $875,000 w/ rec rm. 5031 Eskridge Terrace $840,000 Catherine Arnaud-Charbonneau Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338 301-602-7808 Pat Lore 301-908-1242

Chevy Chase, MD. Rolling Wood. Custom Tudor done to the “nine’s”. Light filled, gourmet kit opens to family rm. 4 BRs, 4.5 BAs includes MBR suite. Office w/sep entrance, 2nd family rm. Patio, attached garage. $1,289,000

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Ch Chs, DC. 1916 Foursquare on 6,000 SF lot. Renov opportunities. Incl 4/6 BRs & 3 FBAs. Quiet street 1/2 mile to red line Metro, shops of Friendship Hghts. Welcoming front porch, rear deck, lg yard, pkng. $995,000

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Bradley Hills. Snappy white brk home w/4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Eat-in kitchen w/adj family rm. 1st flr study. Built-ins, French drs. Fin. LL den/office w. full ba. Stone patio. $989,000

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16th St. Heights. Beautifully updated 1921 Dutch Colonial w/3-4 BRs, 2.5 BAs. Kitchen w/SS appliances & brkfst area. Original trim, front porch, deck & garden. Finished 3rd flr. OffDelia McCormick 301-977-7273 street pkg for 2 cars. $749,850

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