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‘Green infrastructure’ to reduce tunnel plans

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■ Environment: City, federal

officials announce agreement

By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Correspondent

The Foggy Bottom advisory neighborhood commission is calling for more transparency from the government and independent contractors regarding an investigation into the causes of the recent garage collapse at the Watergate complex. At their meeting last Wednesday, commissioners unanimously passed a resolution calling for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to provide the commission with a report on the results of the ongoing investigation within 30 days of its completion. “This situation is as clear as mud. It’s been the opposite of transparent,” commissioner William Kennedy Smith, who introduced the resolution, said during the meeting. “I think that’s been obvious to everybody involved, in terms of the process, in terms of the principals, in terms of the cause. All those things have been very hard to lay your hands on.” The structural investigation is currently in progress by Allyn See Watergate/Page 17


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D.C. has a new solution for stormwater runoff and the area’s polluted waterways: hundreds of acres of new green roofs, rain gardens, tree boxes, porous asphalt and other eco-friendly measures, collectively known as “green infrastructure.” Mayor Muriel Bowser and officials from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (known as DC Water), the U.S. Environmental Protection

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An annual Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony took place at Logan Circle Monday. The event included remarks from historians, a band, and D.C. resident and Billboard artist Rachel Panay, shown, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent


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One of the trail sites would be the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Dupont Circle. tour. Organizers say the significant Roosevelt sites will comprise an “outdoor learning lab for leadership.” The trail would be modeled after the Freedom Trail in Boston, which

highlights sites of the American Revolution. While the content would be designed to be compelling for all ages, the main idea is to offer a teaching tool for student groups that travel to D.C. “The idea of inspiring eighthgraders to think about how they could make a difference in their own communities is at the heart of this whole thing,” said Sarah Peck, a Dupont Circle resident who is leading this effort with Dupont advisory neighborhood commissioner Abigail Nichols. “Eleanor Roosevelt had an amazing vision about and achievements in the areas of human rights, civil rights, civic education and recognizSee Trail/Page 14


Mayor tour of Shaw looks at affordable housing options — Page 3

Agency and the U.S. Justice Department joined together last week on top of the Fort Reno Reservoir, in front of an acre of green roof plants and pervious pavement, to announce the city’s new plan to combat sewage overflow. Instead of building new tunnels in Rock Creek and alongside the Georgetown waterfront, a swath of water-capturing green infrastructure similar to what is used at Fort Reno will be constructed from Howard University to Takoma, and also around Burleith and Georgetown. In total, the plan envisions enough green infrastructure in these areas to See Stormwater/Page 14

Appeals of permits stymie two row house conversions

Eleanor Roosevelt trail pitched in Northwest The extraordinary accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life can be traced throughout the District — and now, two Northwest residents are proposing a historic trail and park to highlight the former first lady’s work as a leader, diplomat and human rights advocate. The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Trail and Park would start along the National Mall at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, where there is a statue of Eleanor, and move north to Dupont Circle, using historical markers and an interactive website for smartphones and tablets to take participants on a self-guided

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Faction of Fools to stage its take on classic ‘Our Town’ — Page 21

■ Development: Agency

reverses course during review By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Two small-scale developers in Adams Morgan have seen their plans to convert row houses into multifamily buildings stalled — and perhaps permanently stopped — as city zoning authorities sort out what’s allowed. The cases of 2305-2307 Ontario Road and 1636 Argonne Place serve as examples of confusion that’s reigned amid the high-profit renovation boom that is now transforming several older D.C. neighborhoods. The partially demolished facades sit covered in plywood, with permits still plastered in windows — and bright orange “Stop Work” orders slapped on the front doors. In both cases, city zoning administrator Matthew LeGrant allowed construction to proceed for months, then belatedly agreed that neighbors were correct in complaining that aspects of the work don’t meet the zoning code. Both have been the subject of

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The city rescinded its permits for 2305-2307 Ontario Road after neighbors noted errors.

appeals to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, which can review zoning administrator rulings. The board dismissed the Ontario Road case May 12 after LeGrant acknowledged he had erred, and then revoked the permits. A hearing on the Argonne Place project was scheduled for May 19, but it was postponed after LeGrant concluded that permits were issued in error, giving the developer a few weeks to revise his plans. “The Office of the Zoning Administrator has a very strong See Appeals/Page 27



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Georgetown Library celebrates new bust of early benefactor By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Correspondent

Jerry McCoy grew up watching “Mr. Peabody and Sherman� cartoons on television. He was always fascinated with the idea of the show’s “wayback machine,� which transports its users back and forward in time. Years later, his childhood fascination has come full circle in the Peabody Room at the Georgetown Pub-

lic Library, where he serves as special collections librarian. The room isn’t named for the animated dog in the show but for George Peabody, the philanthropist who donated $15,000 for the creation of this library branch, which opened in 1935. The Peabody Room serves as McCoy’s personal “wayback machine,� drawing him and his patrons into Georgetown’s past. It’s a repository for Georgetown history,

offering maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, histories of local homes and a variety of other research items. Last Saturday, about 20 community members gathered there to informally celebrate a new ceramic bust of George Peabody, which now sits on a small table in the entrance area, eyes pointed toward the room. Jeannette Murphy, a local artist who works at the Jackson Art Center, donated the bust to the library

after McCoy struggled to come up with funding for her contribution. Murphy had been eagerly awaiting the day when she could unveil her new work to the public. “I’m real happy that finally some people can see it,� Murphy said. The audience for the unveiling was made up of a mix of Peabody Room regulars and newcomers. Georgetown resident Frank Randolph has lived in the neighborhood his whole life and currently resides

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Jeannette Murrphy created the bust out of ceramic.

on 34th Street. He has been visiting the Peabody Room since his childSee Peabody/Page 5

D.C. honorees bring passion to classroom By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Correspondent


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Max Kanefield was sitting in the senior lounge at the Maret School, and Sophia Pink was walking home from a busy day of International Baccalaureate exams, when each got an exciting phone call. Kanefield, a senior at Maret School, and Pink, a senior at Washington International School, are among the 141 students nationwide who will receive the Presidential Scholars award at a ceremony attended by President Barack Obama in D.C. on June 21. The U.S. Department of Education honor recognizes students with exemplary academic achievement, leadership and community service. Both Kanefield and Pink were born and raised in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve both stocked their resumes with academic achievements, professional experiences and other honors in their 18 years. Before 10th grade, Kanefield, a resident of American University Park, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clear idea of what his future plans would be. But his Advanced Placement U.S. History course opened his eyes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just really enjoyed digging deeply into the history of the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; looking at how things happened, how things changed,â&#x20AC;? said Kanefield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m interested in doing that same type of thing for my generation and future generations.â&#x20AC;? From there, Kanefield channeled his newfound interest in politics and government into work outside the classroom. He spent a year with a program called Operation Understanding D.C., which brings together 12 African-American students and 12 Jewish students to discuss shared experiences and cultural differences. The program helped Kanefield understand more about social issues on a national and local level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just consider that huge in terms of my own development as an individual and as a student and as a human being,â&#x20AC;? Kanefield said. For the past three years, Kanefield also worked at the Central See Scholars/Page 27

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Mayoral tour highlights affordable housing By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro for a walking tour Thursday to highlight the Shaw neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affordable housing and economic development projects. The event was intended to kick off the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and show the impact of federal and local funds on revitalizing Shaw after the 1968 riots that

followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For decades, the District has worked with HUD to preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities,â&#x20AC;? Bowser said in a statement about the tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, the District and HUD are ensuring that those in need have a chance to share in our recent prosperity and revitalization.â&#x20AC;? Accompanying Bowser and Castro were Polly Davidson, director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development; and Alex Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets and a Shaw advisory

neighborhood commissioner. The tour focused on four properties: â&#x2013; the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA at 910 Rhode Island Ave., which provides 84 private rooms for lowincome working women and women with special needs; â&#x2013;  the Channing Phillips Homes at 1730 7th St., which will offer 56 units of affordable housing once construction is complete; â&#x2013;  the adjacent Lincoln Westmoreland high-rise, where about 75 percent of its units are rent-subsiSee Shaw/Page 16

ABC Board seeks added enforcement power By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Prompted by a series of violent nightlife incidents in recent years, members of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board are seeking broader authority to discipline businesses that serve liquor to minors. The board is accepting public comment through June 8 on proposed rule-making that would expand the definition of punishable â&#x20AC;&#x153;egregiousâ&#x20AC;? offenses by alcoholserving establishments, specifically targeting the sale of liquor to minors aged 16 or younger. The change, which would require D.C. Council approval, would give the board discretion to fine any business that sells a drink to a person under 17, even on a first offense. Fines could also be issued for establishments that serve three or more minors or admit minors who fail to produce valid identification. Under existing rules, businesses cited for serving

minors typically receive no more than a warning for a first offense, unless it can be proved that the establishments knowingly and willingly broke the law. Alcohol board member Mike Silverstein made the case for these reforms during an April 15 appearance before the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, just moments before the panel voted unanimously to support the changes. Silverstein, who also serves as a neighborhood commissioner in Dupont Circle, said the board was responding to â&#x20AC;&#x153;a pattern of violent events that involved underage minors who were either injured in brawls or arrested.â&#x20AC;? He told the commissioners that such issues have been a problem throughout the city, including the Georgia Avenue and H Street corridors and in Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and the West End. During his presentation, Silverstein was quick to stress that the proposed rules were designed solely to See ABC/Page 14

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The week ahead Wednesday, May 27

The group DC Public Power will hold a forum on how the Pepco-Exelon deal will affect D.C. residents and the alternative of a public power utility. The meeting will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in the fourth-floor Moot Courtroom, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. To RSVP, visit â&#x2013; The Metropolitan Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a briefing on the best ways to secure your home while on vacation. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the community room of the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its annual meeting, which will include an awards presentation, remarks by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, and the election of new officers. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Sea Catch Restaurant, 1054 31st St. NW; a half-hour reception will precede the formal agenda.

Thursday, May 28

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â&#x2013; The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development will host a Ward 4 community meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Coolidge High School, 6315 5th St. NW. Topics will include how to shape the future of affordable housing in D.C.

Saturday, May 30

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chat With Chehâ&#x20AC;? event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the Cathedral Commons Giant, 3336 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Metropolitan Police Department Cmdr. Melvin Gresham, newly in charge of the 2nd District, will join Cheh for the event. â&#x2013; The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will hold a training session on the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act for tenants, housing advocates, advisory neighborhood commissioners and tenant association representatives. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ralph Waldo â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peteyâ&#x20AC;? Greene Community Center, 2907 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. To RSVP, call 202-719-6560, email or visit

Monday, June 1

The National Capital Planning Commission will host an open house on the new Federal Urban Design Element of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-482-7200 or visit


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District Digest Suspect in quadruple homicide arrested

Police have arrested a 34-yearold Maryland man in connection with a May 14 quadruple homicide in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive, according to a news release. Daron Dylon Wint of Lanham is charged with first-degree felony murder while armed. According to media reports, businessman and socialite Savvas

Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy, 47, and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were beaten, stabbed and doused with gasoline, and the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year-old son, Philip, was beaten, stabbed and burned. Police believe Wint, who had worked for Savvas Savopoulosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; company American Iron Works, held the victims captive while he sought a $40,000 ransom before he set the Woodland-Normanstone home on fire, according to media

reports. They say he likely worked with more than one other person in the crime, according to reports. He has been charged only in Savvasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; death thus far, though officials say additional charges are likely. Wint â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose name is actually Darron Dellon Dennis Wint, according to CNN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; appeared in court Friday, where his lawyer said he is innocent. Wint previously faced charges for crimes including theft, assault and a sexual offense,

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and an attorney who represented him in the past told media outlets that they have the â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrong guyâ&#x20AC;? and that Wint is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;kind, gentle, nonaggressive person.â&#x20AC;? He is next scheduled to appear in court June 23, according to The Washington Post.

Some principals to get longer contracts

D.C. Public Schools will begin offering three-year appointments to high-performing principals starting this fall, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced last week. The longer contracts will be offered to 22 principals (more than 20 percent) who showed â&#x20AC;&#x153;sustained, high performanceâ&#x20AC;? under the School Leader IMPACT evaluation system, according to a news release. Other principals will continue with one-year appointments but can earn a three-year stint if they meet the criteria during their term. The contracts of those serving the longer appointments can also be re-evaluated if scores drop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know it takes a considerable amount of time and hard work to get to know the school community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its students, families, staff and culture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to improve academic performance,â&#x20AC;? Henderson says in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A three-year appointment shows that we trust and value their leadership and ability to nurture a strong school community.â&#x20AC;?

District gets B-minus from Casey Trees

For the third consecutive year, Casey Trees has given D.C. a B-minus on its annual tree report card. The organization says that while the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planting efforts have reached record levels, the grade hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t improved for two reasons:

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because the city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t monitor survival rates for â&#x20AC;&#x153;special treeâ&#x20AC;? replacements and because of an outdated removal fee structure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Special treesâ&#x20AC;? are those with circumferences of 55 inches or greater; to remove one, property owners must pay $35 per circumference inch and obtain a permit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A record 12,000 trees were planted last year, and more than half of those were planted by the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Urban Forestry Administration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an incredible feat,â&#x20AC;? Casey Trees executive director Mark Buscaino says in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, the overall grade suffered because the [Urban Forest Protection Actâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] fee structure is more than 10 years out of date, and the City does not periodically check the survival of replacement trees to determine if they are indeed replacing trees that have been removed.â&#x20AC;? The grade is based on the average of four performance metrics: coverage, health, planting and protection. The report card can be seen at

New toolkit to assist in bully prevention

The D.C. Office of Human Rights has released a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;toolkitâ&#x20AC;? to help schools train teachers and staff on bullying prevention and intervention. Created in partnership with the youth research center Child Trends, the toolkit includes presentation slides, scenarios and self-assessments. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of an effort spurred by the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012. The Human Rights Office will offer toolkit training sessions this summer during the D.C. Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; School Climate Academy and the Washington Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union Leadership Institute, and will provide the toolkit to charter schools in the coming months. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also available for free at page/bullyingprevention/toolkit.


In the May 20 issue, an article on the Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peabody Room misidentified the donor of a new bust of benefactor George Peabody. The artist, Jeannette Murphy, donated the bust to the library. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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Panel OKs White House security upgrades By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Without debate, the National Capital Planning Commission this month approved a temporary upgrade to the White Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fence and vehicle barriers. But the commission had a big caveat: Those measures can remain in place for only two years. Meanwhile, a task force of Secret Service and National Park Service officials is considering long-term plans for E Street and Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park, with its iconic Ellipse open to visitors just south of the White House. The idea is to come up with something more aesthetically pleasing and suitable for one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic sites.

The task force presented an update to the commission at the same May 7 meeting, but it was mostly about process rather than specific changes that might be put in place to enhance not only security, but also aesthetics and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;visitor experience.â&#x20AC;? Park Service associate regional director Peter May noted that the work is high profile. The Ellipse is not only â&#x20AC;&#x153;the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard,â&#x20AC;? he said, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also frequented by â&#x20AC;&#x153;people coming for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or to play sports, or who walk through the area every day.â&#x20AC;? Currently they see mostly bare lawn and jersey barriers. The task force, assembled in 2008, selected an architect, New York-based Rogers Partners, in

2011. Principal Rob Rogers said the firm is still studying ways to preserve the Ellipse and other historic resources in the park, as well as to accommodate events â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like the lighting of the National Christmas Tree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and improve traffic circulation and parking. He hopes to present a set of options to the commission by late fall. The temporary changes were spurred by an embarrassing string of recent incidents threatening the security of the White House and first family, including a much-reported breach of not just the fence but the White House itself. Those incidents were not discussed at the planning commission, but a report noted that the barricades, See Security/Page 17

Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s southern entrance slated for overhaul By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A proposed redo of the southern entrance at the National Zoo will make pedestrians safer, rebuild a popular bandshell and kiosk, and require relocation of the quirky glockenspiel that has for decades welcomed visitors to the portion of the Zoo nearest Adams Morgan. The plans, presented to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last Thursday, include reconfiguring the roadways and sidewalks near the southern gates to create a traffic circle, allowing drop-off and pickup of zoogoers away from through traffic. There will also be separate traffic lanes for cars driving to the lower parking lot or to the Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north entrance on Connecticut Avenue, and clearer turn lanes for motorists who want to exit onto Beach Drive, according to Hal Davis of SmithGroup architects. Just up the hill, there will be a new bandshell to host concerts on Lion-Tiger Hill, and a new kiosk for the Friends of the National Zoo, which now offers information, stroller rentals and vending machines from an â&#x20AC;&#x153;uglyâ&#x20AC;? ramshackle structure, Davis said. An entry area between the two will allow patrons to rest, and allow for

catering trucks to pull in to sell food to concertgoers. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Pelzman Memorial Glockenspiel, a 38-foot tower with a 36-bell carillon, animated animal figures and a four-faced clock. It was donated to the Zoo in 1976, initially installed near Connecticut Avenue, subsequently relocated to the Harvard Street entrance, and notoriously difficult to maintain and keep operable. The Smithsonian Archives lists the glockenspiel as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;attractive but dysfunctional giftâ&#x20AC;? whose upkeep proved so expensive that the Zoo eventually stopped repairing it. Reconfiguration of the Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower area will require yet another relocation, Davis said, this time to a parking lot near the panda pavilion, where buses pull in to drop off and pick up passengers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing marking it,â&#x20AC;? he said of the bus dropoff, and the glockenspiel could prove a recognizable gathering point. The Zoo is still trying to find funding to restore the steam engine-powered elephant, bear, giraffe and lion. The fine arts panel, which reviews federal projects in Washington, took no action on the plan, asking to see it again with more details. Members did joke about installing a lion at the south entrance to deter the deer that will inevitably graze on the planned new plantings.

PEABODY: New bust unveiled From Page 2

hood in the 1940s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come here to do my homework,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was more fun to do it here than at my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house.â&#x20AC;? The room has changed a lot since then, Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much better now. The fire brought so many improvements,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the 2007 fire that destroyed much of the old Georgetown Library. A more modern facility with a new Peabody Room was constructed in its place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a blessing in disguise,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sara Ellen Swatt heard about the unveiling of the Peabody bust during a poetry reading near her home in Arlington. She had never visited the Peabody Room before but appreciated the artistry of the bust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very realistic depiction,â&#x20AC;? Swatt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps to understand the spirit of the man. [Murphy] captured a spirit of kindness that he had throughout his life.â&#x20AC;? Peabody was a philanthropist and entrepreneur who funded museums, libraries and other public services in

both the United States and England in the 18th and 19th centuries. Following brief remarks from McCoy at the start of the event, Malcolm â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mikeâ&#x20AC;? Peabody offered a brief history of George Peabodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accomplishments. Malcolm said George was a fifth cousin of his great-great-grandfather â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;an extremely close relative,â&#x20AC;? he joked. The guests stayed for desserts as a belated nod to George Peabodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 220th birthday this past February. But the birthday cake came without candles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; McCoy said he wanted to avoid a repeat of the 2007 fire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a good idea to put real candles on a real cake,â&#x20AC;? he said with a smile. McCoy said he considers the Peabody Room an essential destination for any research project that involves Georgetown. The bust legitimizes that claim by announcing to patrons that the room is worth a look as soon as they enter, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the first stop for anybody doing research for works on Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? McCoy said.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from May 18 through 24 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 1100-1199 block, G St.; 1:31 p.m. May 21. Theft â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, L St.; 11:45 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:32 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 3 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:23 a.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  800-901 block, I St.; 12:50 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, I St.; 8:55 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 3:40 p.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:30 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 12:40 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, E St.; 5:40 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  200-299 block, 7th St.; 12:45 a.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  13th and K streets; 2:23 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, G St.; 2:30 a.m. May 24.

psa 102


â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery â&#x2013; H and 5th streets; 6 p.m. May 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  400-499 block, H St.; 11:57 a.m. May 20 (with knife). Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  700-899 block, K St.; 1:28 p.m. May 21. Theft â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 3:25 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 8:39 p.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 3:08 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 3 a.m. May 23.




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Theft from auto â&#x2013; 400-471 block, New York Ave.; 11:20 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 4th St.; 4:12 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 9th St.; 5:06 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  9th and E streets; 1:13 p.m. May 24.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Sexual abuse â&#x2013; 3400-3421 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:01 a.m. May 21.

Theft â&#x2013; 3700-3999 block, 37th St.; 4:14 p.m. May 22. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Porter and 36th streets; 12:22 p.m. May 20.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery â&#x2013; 600-699 block, 21St St.; 9:12 p.m. May 21 (with gun). Burglary â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 1:14 p.m. May 22. Theft â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 14th St.; 8 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  2500-2516 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:11 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 15th St.; 4:31 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, M St.; 6:16 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, L St.; 11:18 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 19th St.; 9:40 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  K and 21st streets; 3:03 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 4:30 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, M St.; 5:54 p.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 23rd St.; 5:15 a.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, K St.; 3:07 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, M St.; 4:31 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:21 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 14th St.; 11:33 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, L St.; 4:23 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 14th St.; 7:58 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 9:09 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 19th St.; 2:09 a.m. May 24. â&#x2013;  19th and I streets; 5:31 p.m. May 24. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 24th St.; 8:08 p.m. May 24. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  900-923 block, 26th St.; 5:48 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  L and 23rd streets; 10:19 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, K St.; 1:09 p.m. May 24.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Burglary â&#x2013; 2000-2099 block, M St.; 6:08 a.m. May 21. Theft â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, P St.; 9:32 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1200-1219 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:27 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1500-1549 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 4:40 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecti-

cut Ave.; 8:30 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013; 1300-1499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 3:44 a.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 4 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1500-1517 block, 17th St.; 7:30 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:33 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:32 p.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:24 a.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, N St.; 8 a.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, S St.; 9:27 a.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:28 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 18th St.; 2:53 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:50 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, California St.; 12:40 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:18 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  19th and R streets; 3:22 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 12:06 p.m. May 24. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, O St.; 9:13 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 16th St.; 3 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 11:41 a.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, T St.; 9:40 a.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Kalorama Road; 1:59 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  18th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; 3:42 a.m. May 24. â&#x2013;  620-699 block, T St.; 4:49 a.m. May 24.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 15th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; 11:30 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Q St.; 10:34 p.m. May 24. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1400-1429 block, S St.; 7:50 p.m. May 19. Theft â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, U St.; 2:20 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  R and 14th streets; 4:45 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Florida Ave.; 6:41 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1818-1899 block, 18th St.; 12:21 p.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, V St.; 10:15 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, T St.; 2:16 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1618-1699 block, 14th St.; 5 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1700-1789 block, Corcoran St.; 11:56 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, U St.; 4:36 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1416-1499 block, S St.; 11

a.m. May 21. â&#x2013; 18th Street and Florida Avenue; 11:40 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Harvard St.; 7:50 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, V St.; 8:30 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1821-1899 block, 16th St.; 9:26 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, 14th St.; 4:36 a.m. May 24.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, Adams Mill Road; 6:07 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 3:12 a.m. May 24. â&#x2013;  Ontario Road and Lanier Place; 4:18 a.m. May 24. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Wyoming Ave.; 5 a.m. May 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, Ashmead Place; 9:07 a.m. May 24. Theft â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 3:55 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1851-1875 block, Columbia Road; 7:50 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 4:36 p.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Champlain St.; 9:59 p.m. May 21. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, 19th St.; 5:14 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  2000-2048 block, Allen Place; 1:26 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  Kalorama Road and 19th Street; 2:28 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Mozart Place; 11:08 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Mozart Place; 9:35 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  1690-1741 block, Lanier Place; 10:18 a.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Wyoming Ave.; 9:09 p.m. May 23. â&#x2013;  2200-2399 block, 17th St.; 8:40 a.m. May 24.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, R St.; 9:45 p.m. May 22. Sexual abuse â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, P St.; 6:09 a.m. May 24 (with knife). Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 12th St.; 6:40 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 7:33 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1700-1709 block, 9th St.; 5:22 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 13th St.; 3:29 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, R St.; 8:59 a.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 13th St.; 1:20 p.m. May 22. â&#x2013;  14th and P streets; 3:24 p.m. May 24. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, N St.; 4:20 p.m. May 24.

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A green achievement

D.C. has great news for owners of homes and businesses who would have been impacted by planned sewage tunnels along the Georgetown waterfront and in an offshoot of Rock Creek Park: They’re not happening. That’s not to say that the city isn’t continuing with federally mandated efforts to reduce combined sewage overflows into our waterways. But through a recently announced deal with the U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, local officials have eliminated some planned tunneling in favor of installing more green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavement. The new plan discards a proposed tunnel to divert stormwater from the Piney Branch of Rock Creek Park, and it alters a tunnel that would have run from the Key Bridge to the Kennedy Center. The latter will now run from east of Washington Harbour all the way to the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Southeast, employing gravity to move up to 30 million gallons of combined stormwater and sewage along the way. An underconstruction 13.1-mile tunnel to keep overflows out of the Anacostia River will continue as planned. D.C. has been working since 2007 to address our long history of sewage spilling from pipes into local waterways during heavy rains. The cause is an aging sewer system that in places combines the waste from homes and businesses with stormwater runoff. It was common practice to build such systems in the late 1800s, but starting in the early 1900s the pipes were separated. The current efforts will include separating the system in some areas, but installing green infrastructure elsewhere to control runoff. We’ve been pleased at the efforts to address this environmentally destructive system, and we’re particularly happy to learn about the latest development. Installing green infrastructure is, as Mayor Muriel Bowser said, a “win-win,” with both environmental benefits and, thanks to careful planning by the city, economic perks. As part of the deal, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has pledged to hire District residents to fill at least 51 percent of the jobs created by green infrastructure projects. The city will also create training programs to help funnel residents into these opportunities. Individual homeowners can contribute to the cause by taking part in the Department of the Environment’s RiverSmart Homes project. The program helps residents install stormwater-reduction measures like rain barrels, pervious pavers and rain gardens in their yards, providing financial incentives and other support. The problems with combined sewer overflows are obvious: They contain bacteria and trash that can harm our rivers and creeks and the life within them. Thankfully, the city’s efforts should reduce overflows into the waterways by 96 percent in a year of average rain. We applaud officials for their work.

Stability in leadership

It might surprise some to learn that D.C. Public Schools principals have historically been offered only one-year contracts, regardless of performance. It’s hard to imagine how a school leader could plan for growth and improvement without the certainty of a longer tenure. Thus, we were pleased to hear that this fall the school system will start offering three-year appointments to high-performing principals. For the next school year, 22 administrators who received strong scores on D.C. Public Schools’ evaluation system will get the chance to sign on for a longer term. The deals won’t amount to carte blanche: If a principal’s scores drop, the terms will be re-evaluated, and misconduct can still result in discipline or termination, according to The Washington Post. And the school system says administrators who haven’t been offered a three-year appointment can earn one during a school year by raising their evaluation scores. The benefits seem clear, offering leaders the opportunity to put longrange programs in place and ensure consistent decision-making from year to year. An advocate for a school where the principal’s tenure is unclear — D.C. Public Schools hasn’t released all names yet — said the uncertainty harms the program. “We are losing good teachers, we are losing students, and we are losing faith from the community because nobody knows what’s going on,” Coolidge High School alumnus Terry Goings told The Post. The D.C. Public Schools system has benefited overall from consistent leadership over the past few years. We think individual schools can, too. The vote of confidence will undoubtedly help strong leaders become even better, and the promise of continuity will boost parent morale. We thank Chancellor Kaya Henderson for supporting our city’s hard-working school principals.

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Watching Ward 3’s historic homes disappear stands out as a new height of arrogance and stupidity. But, like so many of D.C.’s historic homes, it lies outside of a historic district. So its fate is left to the PAUL DONVITO whims of mostly out-of-town developers looking to aybe I just have a fondness for Tudor make a quick buck by destroying the historic fabric revival architecture, or maybe I just recogthat make our communities so desirable. nize a period of home construction that It took many, many years and the loss of countstood out in American history for its creativity and less historic homes and buildings for the world to quality, or maybe I just haven’t yet become totally notice the value of architecture from the 18th and numb to the weekly loss of significant houses from 19th centuries, but now it seems as if it’s déjà vu all the 1920s and 1930s throughout Upper Northwest — over again as we all watch helplessly as one 1920s or homes destroyed to build yet 1930s home after another is another McMansion. But, that destroyed with barely a word from said, the storybook Tudor so many in our community. house that appeared this month What can be done? Well, first off, on D.C. raze list literally took I’m not suggesting that all buildings my breath away. In a word, it’s from this period are worthy of prosheer madness that such a tection. But the rule of law must home could be ripped down. replace wanton destruction. I would And yet there it is, in black suggest that any application to and white, with the box “raze demolish a building more than 75 Photo by Paul DonVito years old (pre-1940) be reviewed by entire building” checked as The Tudor revival home at 4304 “yes.” the D.C. Historic Preservation The house I am referring to Forest Lane off Foxhall Road Review Board. Clear signage must is at 4304 Forest Lane, located accompany most any application to on a cul-de-sac just off Foxhall Road. This Tudor demolish a historic structure. And, most of all, a revival masterpiece has the magic combination of waiting period of at least six months should be being an almost perfect example of a style of home required before the demolition of a historic building that’s simply no longer built. It’s a house perfectly can proceed. The community (through the advisory situated to its rustic surroundings and, even more neighborhood commission and local neighborhood incredibly, it appears to have been lovingly restored groups) must have the opportunity to weigh in before and is in almost perfect condition. In fact, in the an application to demolish is approved. The commumore than 50 years I have lived in D.C., this may nity’s role should not be limited, as it is now, to nothmark the most beautiful house ever to be destroyed ing but looking on helplessly as we watch developers — and that is saying a lot as many fine homes have rip the heart out of our neighborhoods only to say, met a similar fate (see “Embassy Row home eyed for “Isn’t that sad?” raze,” in The Current’s May 6 issue). There’s a photo In the meantime, will anyone stand up for a nevtour of the house online at er-to-be-rebuilt period home such as 4304 Forest mls/87334 — and each photo, I would say, truly Lane? Or will this masterpiece of storybook architecspeaks a thousand words far better than I can as to ture be another victim of a community’s lack of conwhy demolishing the home is almost criminal. cern? Upper Northwest and Ward 3 in particular have Paul DonVito is chair of the Historic Preservation been hit with demolition after demolition over the Committee of the Foxhall Community Citizens Assopast few years. Yet, even with this sorry record of ciation and president of the Foxhall Village Historic wanton destruction, demolishing 4304 Forest Lane Society.



Letters to the Editor City should ensure equity for schools

C.W. Harris Elementary is part of the D.C. Public Schools system. So are Orr Elementary, Jefferson Middle and Eliot-Hine Middle. Yet upon entering these buildings, you’d be hard-pressed to believe they are part of the same system that has schools like Janney Elementary, Deal Middle and Wilson High. The latter three have received lavish modernizations — with a combined cost of $300 million, and with both Janney and Deal getting additional augmentation to alleviate crowding issues. There’s a brutal truth that manages to cling tenaciously to life: The school system, despite litigation and mayoral control, is still beset by mammoth inequality. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the realm of school modernization. And the D.C. Council, absent a major shift, is preparing to continue largely unabated a capital improvement program that has consistently left the poorest and

most disadvantaged children behind. The D.C. Council Education Committee recently approved a capital budget that accepts many of the Bowser administration’s proposed revisions in its fiscal year 2016 budget vis-à-vis school renovation or rebuilding. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will receive nearly $30 million more for a modernization that had already ballooned to $150 million. Two years ago the budget for the Ellington project was $82 million. Since then the renovation has morphed into a completely different dimension than originally contemplated. The effect of this — and the addition of new capital expenditures like infrastructure for the soccer stadium — has pushed back desperately needed work at Eliot-Hine, Jefferson and Orr, among other schools. C.W. Harris will not see any modernization for at least five more years! Particularly egregious is that

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many of these schools were already near the end of the line. Former Chancellor Michele Rhee created the original modernization plan with no discernible process for determining the order of renovation. What is apparent, though, is that schools in more affluent areas have seen both greater timeliness and a more expansive scope of work. Eight of Ward 3’s 10 schools have received comprehensive modernizations, with additions in many instances. After aggressive advocacy Ward 3’s Murch Elementary will begin a $63 million modernization in summer 2016. It’s time to honor the rhetoric of equality. We have the means to do so — now let’s show that we have the will. Education Committee chair David Grosso made a commendable effort toward greater equity, but the results show how difficult that is absent additional resources. The city’s rainy day fund has nearly $2 billion. Like a family’s savings, this money is not meant to never be used. We ought to withdraw a modest sum and use it to give all District students access to worldclass school buildings. Peter MacPherson Capitol Hill

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District is hiding tax payment discrepancies VIEWPOINT bill gruen


f you pay your D.C. income taxes with estimated tax payments, you may have a problem you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just filed your 2014 D.C. tax return and you have an overpayment. Why not apply that overpayment to next year so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about writing any more estimated tax checks to the D.C. treasurer? Sounds like a good plan. What could go wrong? Plenty. If you made a mistake reporting your payments on your D.C. return â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for example, if you paid late, or sent them a check for $1,000 when you thought it was for $2,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Office of Tax and Revenue may not tell you until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late to do anything about it. The way this agency currently operates, rest assured, you will likely not find out your indiscretion until you file the next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax return, or even later. At that point it could cost you without your knowing it. How can that be? This is because D.C. does not tell you when they disagree with your reported tax payments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until you actually owe them money. Some taxpayers have been penalized or had their accounts out of balance for years without being informed. People who pay estimated taxes and do not ask for refunds of their overpayments find out about the Office of Tax and Revenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adjustments only when they file the next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D.C. tax return and get a notice saying they came up short. Then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to get another underpayment penalty if they are not paying close attention. This is not exactly â&#x20AC;&#x153;taxation without representation,â&#x20AC;? but it clearly is â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax administration without information.â&#x20AC;? The Office of Tax and Revenue can do a better job. There is an easy fix. All the agency has to do is follow what the U.S. Internal Revenue Service does. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made a mistake and paid the IRS less than the

Letters to the Editor Perry leaves legacy of community service

On May 15, the District lost Karen Perry, one of our longest serving and most dedicated community leaders. Karen was a passionate public servant and advocate for both her constituents and the District of Columbia. As an advisory neighborhood commissioner, Karen represented the residents of single-member district 3F02 for over 15 years. During this time she also served as a delegate of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee, working tirelessly to advance the agenda of the Democratic Party. Karen also served on the tenant board of the 3003 Van Ness St. apartment complex, working hard to improve the lives of residents there. In these roles, Karen was a fixture at the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, the D.C. Department of Transportation and other city agency meetings. I had the privilege to work with Karen as both a commissioner and delegate for the last five years. I was always struck by Karenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tireless enthusiasm for her work and

amount you entered on your Form 1040 (or paid a few weeks late), the IRS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; within 30 days, without fail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sends a very politely worded letter informing you. Their standard language is something like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We changed your 2014 Form 1040 to match our record of your estimated tax payments, credits applied from another tax year, and/or payments received with an extension to file. Your tax return showed that you wanted $1,500 applied to your 2015 Estimated Tax; however, we were unable to apply this amount because of the above changes. Therefore, you may need to adjust your Estimated Tax Payment to avoid being charged a penalty for underpayment. If you need assistance â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? (The IRS notice goes on to include an exact record of the payments they have received from you and when you paid them.) Maryland and Virginia send similar notices. Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the District of Columbia? The basis of efficient taxpayer service is informing taxpayers when they have made a mistake (or allowing them to dispute it if the Office of Tax and Revenue made an error). It is in the best interests of both the taxpayer and the District to keep everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accounts straight. It is that simple. The agency obviously keeps track of the funds it receives from each taxpayer and how much is applied to the next year. When the agency finds a discrepancy, it should let people know. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep it a secret. Give the taxpayers fair warning that they underpaid their taxes. If you overstay your parking meter, the District is not shy about telling you, are they? You get a ticket on your windshield. Not so with the Office of Tax and Revenue. They tell you the meter has run out only when you actually owe them more money, which might be a year or even longer after the fact. Information makes for fairness and better taxpayer service. The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue has made great strides in recent years. But this is another step the agency must take. Bill Gruen is a certified public accountant.

the immense knowledge of the workings of D.C. agencies. She was a mentor to many, freely sharing her knowledge and experience to empower her fellow commissioners and constituents so they too could help make a difference in D.C. Karen leaves behind a remarkable legacy of public service and will be missed by those who knew and worked with her. Adam Tope Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F

Bikeshare falls short in Columbia Heights

As a D.C. resident, I joined Capital Bikeshare as soon as it opened and if possible use it once per day. The idea earns an A-plus. Regrettably, the implementation deserves a D-plus because of the severe problem with redistribution that has been ongoing for more than a year. In my Columbia Heights neighborhood, there are 75 bikes within three quarters of a mile. If you are among the lucky 75 who can grab a bike before 7:30 a.m., bravo! For those who would like to share a bike between 7:30 and 12:30 p.m., you are simply out of luck. There is an easy remedy to this severe detriment to the Bikeshare

program. D.C. Department of Transportation, please solve this. Larry Ray Columbia Heights

Complaints shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t block GDS project

Thanks for the recent coverage of the Georgetown Day School development, which I fully support. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate to read yet again of complaints about parking and traffic. I remember similar griping when the former U-Haul lot was redeveloped into the lovely Tenley Hill condos. The Georgetown Day School development should turn a similarly derelict area into something nice. Robert Burchard Friendship Heights

Offering prayers for Savopoulos family

All affected by the slayings of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper in Northwest are in our thoughts and prayers. Washington, please pray the little prayer at every day, and for those who know how, the Holy Rosary as well. Matthew R. Dunnigan Rome, Italy

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The Latest on St Thomas Church from Judith Neibrief RE June 4th Hearing The Historic Preservation Review Board has scheduled the project proposed by CAS Riegler, St. Thomas’ Parish Episcopal Church, and Hickok Cole Architects for (the project team) 1772 Church Street, NW (HPA 14-530) for another hearing on June 4. Unfortunately, the project team has, once again, done no more than nibble around the edges of this proposal. They have not redesigned it to be compatible with either the historic district or, in particular, the 1700 block of Church Street, NW. And it looks like they may get away with it. In March 2015, ANC2B adopted a resolution that embodied a compromise among various interests. The project team has ignored several provisions that neighbors view as critical to the potential compatibility of this project. Unfortunately, the Historic Preservation Office is not supporting adherence to the full range of provisions in the March 2015 resolution. Most importantly, the staff report recommends that HPRB find that the minor changes made to the residential building "result in a height and mass that is compatible with the historic district and the perceived height is compatible with the scale of Church Street." They do not.

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The project team has never budged from its ingoing intention to "maximize" use of St. Thomas’ property by building a 70 plus foot tall residential building with close to 60 apartments on 2/3 of the property. Plans diminish the Cloister by renaming it a "hyphen" and topping the addition on top of the Parish Hall with a roof terrace that has now grown to 692 square feet (plus an abutting wall to maximize the intrusion into the neighborhood).

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12 Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Current

Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Last Thursday, the children in Year 6 at BSW arrived at school with our lunches in bags and excitement flowing through our veins as we were due at the National Portrait Gallery after three days of end-ofyear assessments. The trip coincided with our latest IPC (International Primary curriculum) topic: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Impressions of the World.â&#x20AC;? One of the most arresting paintings we saw was a portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who helped set up the Special Olympics, set on the beach with a beautiful sunset, as realistic as if it was a photograph taken in high definition. Another favourite was a portrait of Cesar Chavez, who fought for equal pay for farm workers. Further entertainment was in store the following day, as the whole school participated in a maths-themed day. Among the activities were outdoor maths relay races, maths dodgeball, and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cluedoâ&#x20AC;?-style problem involving a stolen school trophy, a rope, the school library and a guilty P.E. teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya Heussen and Libby Lovatt-Clarke, Year 6 Birmingham (fifth-graders)

Edmund Burke School

Whether you were interested in a trip to a vacation home in Spain, tickets to an awards ceremony in Las Vegas, or simply a new set of silverware, the 2015 Burke Auction for Financial Aid had something for you. The fun, Beatles-themed auction on April 18 offered numerous unique items and featured multiple student and faculty performances (both musical and comedic), a great


meal and impressive decorations. The main goal of the auction was to raise as much scholarship money as possible. All of the money raised will go toward financial aid awards to Burke families. This annual event really helps keep Burke the special and diverse environment it has been since it was founded. However, the auction is not just about fundraising. Volunteers turned the school into a Beatles wonderland. The theater entrance was a famous club from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s, colorful fish floated in the atrium, and amazing pop-art flowers and murals decorated the tables in the gym. There was also entertainment from both students and adult performers. All in all, the auction provided an opportunity for everyone who attended to give back to our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great community and enjoy a fun night away from home. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Henry Eisler, 10th-grader

Jewish Primary Day School of the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital

The fifth-graders at JPDS-NC went on a four-day field trip to TEVA at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, Md., for an educational outdoors adventure. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;TEVAâ&#x20AC;? is Hebrew for â&#x20AC;&#x153;nature.â&#x20AC;?) We went on hikes where we learned about the local environment including â&#x20AC;&#x153;the F.B.I.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fungi, bacteria and invertebrates. The hikes were full of wildlife and plants that we had never seen before. Watching a bird consume a worm, we witnessed the food chain in action. We did many activities where we learned about reusing and recycling materials. We also learned about the con-

nections between nature and Jewish teachings, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;shemitahâ&#x20AC;? which is the biblical Sabbath year for the land. When we ate meals, we tried to decrease the amount of pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;solet (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hebrew for wasted food) that we produced. We went to Pearlstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pasture where we saw goats, chickens, and ducks. At the end of the trip, each student got a necklace of â&#x20AC;&#x153;TEVA beadsâ&#x20AC;? representing the different topics we studied. Then we split into groups to figure out some ways that we could make our school better â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by starting a garden, making the school lunch boxes compostable or starting a competition each year at our school to see which grade would produce the least pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;solet. TEVA also inspired me to think about starting a compost pile in my backyard. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lincoln Aftergood, fifth-grader

Lafayette Elementary

In addition to the PARCC testing, Lafayette Elementary School offers many fun activities to the graduating class of 2015. For one, there is the annual Field Day, an activity for first through fifth grade. Following Field Day is the (also annual) overnight field trip, which is offered to all the fifth-graders. On this trip, the fifth-graders traditionally go to Gettysburg, Pa., and to Hershey Park. In Gettysburg, the fifth-graders learn ghost stories about the Civil War and go to the Gettysburg battlefield (they are learning about the Civil War). They proceed to the (Hershey) amusement park popularly known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the sweetest place on Earth.â&#x20AC;? After this comes graduation. At this significant event, the graduating class of 2015 is to sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Day of My Lifeâ&#x20AC;? by the band

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American Authors. Plus, there are always the end-of-the-year class parties (for all students at Lafayette). After graduation, the soon-tobe middle-schoolers finish an important chapter in their youth, and move on to summer. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lucy Sakura, fifth-grader

Murch Elementary

Two of the fourth-grade classes at Murch are studying baby chicks, and we actually have two real chicks in our classroom. They are named Lemon and Bumblebee, and they are super cute and fuzzy. Each class got to vote on one chickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. Lemon was chosen because that chick is yellow, and Bumblebee because that one is yellow and black. Lemon has feathery feet, but Bumblebee does not. Seven other eggs are going to hatch some time around the first week of June. The eggs are in an incubator which keeps the eggs warm so they can develop. At the end of the school year, all nine chickens (if they all make it) will be sent to a farm, where they will enter an egg-laying program. We do something called candling where we turn off the lights and put the egg on a special light so that we can see the chick developing inside the egg. It was really cool that I could see the baby chickenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye and blood vessels. Then we drew them in our chick notebooks. Claire Abrams, another fourthgrader, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good responsibility, learning to care for a pet if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one, and holding them feels like a furry skeleton.â&#x20AC;? Having chicks is a cool project, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until the eggs hatch. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gabrielle Bennett, fourth-grader

National Presbyterian School

Every year, the sixth-graders of National Presbyterian School do a business simulation. The whole simulation takes up five weeks: three weeks for preparation and two weeks for the actual simulation. In the first three weeks, everyone is taught how to write checks, deposit slips and savings withdrawal slips; how to buy a house; and how to buy a car. The way it works for the actual simulation is there are seven businesses: banker (the author of this article), stockbroker, grocer, department store owner, transportation (cars and bus passes), insurance and the Realtors. There are a total of four business owners (two owners per class) except for the bank,

which there is one per class, and there are three grocers per class. For the first week of the actual simulation, one class will take the role of the businesses and the other class will be the consumers. In the second week of the simulation, all of the students swap roles. During the simulation, all of the consumers have to get enough food, a car, a home, insurance, stocks and clothes. All of the businesses have to provide all of the consumers needs. This is an altered version of purchasing things in life, and it is enjoyable experience. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Murphy, sixth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

Our school is very lucky because Alton Fitzgerald White, who has played Mufasa in over 4,000 performances of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion Kingâ&#x20AC;? on Broadway, has agreed to sing with OLVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new theater chorus at a fundraiser on June 6 at Georgetown Visitation to raise money for the John Warman Scholarship! The JWS gives scholarships to high school students who are good at music. Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo helped us get an awesome theater director, Mr. Bobby McCoy, who has won a bunch of awards. It is so much fun! I love all the songs, but my favorite is â&#x20AC;&#x153;They Live in Youâ&#x20AC;? because we will get to sing it with Mr. White. He has a deep voice because he is the Lion King! The JWS is named in honor of John Warman, who teaches Greek and Latin at Gonzaga and also plays the piano during its school musicals. I have known him since I was born because he also is the director of music at OLV church. He is so good at playing the piano that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even look at the music when he plays. If you want to see Mufasa, you should hurry up and buy a ticket because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going fast! Visit You also can buy a raffle ticket for a trip to New York with four tickets to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion King,â&#x20AC;? hotel, and round-trip transportation. Hakuna matata! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tea P., fourth-grader

Ross Elementary

We started off the week enjoying our classes at the Fillmore Arts Center. We had our Fillmore Spring Music Concert. Also, this was the week that all D.C. students had an art exhibit that started on May 21 at the new Brookland Middle School. The PARCC testing also began See Dispatches/Page 13

The Current

DISPATCHES From Page 12 this week with the third-, fourthand fifth-graders. We will complete everything by next week. Some teachers from the Turner Elementary visited to see how we did on our guided reading lessons. We continued with our field trips. The pre-K 4 and kindergartners went to the Kennedy Center. Kindergartners and first-graders continued their dance residency. Our clubs met this week, like the chess, running, games, newspaper, Spanish and French clubs. The Spanish club ended this week and our French is also over for the year. Three Ross students represented us at the Mathematics Bee at Stoddert Elementary School. Thank you to Sebastian Dubey, Mahlet Lemma, and Maxim Podgore! This was the last week for Everybody Wins. A big shout-out to our reading buddies for giving up their time and energy. We are looking forward to the final week of our Career Exploration. We are going to have a career fair put together by our Guidance Department counselor, Mr. Kenneth Rogers. There will be guest speakers from the U.S. Department of Interior, and a real FBI agent and TV anchor. — Ross community

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

Last Wednesday, kindergartners put on costumes, went through make-up and headed to the gym. When they entered, they were met by a crowd of “big kids” cheering them on as they took the stage. This was a rehearsal for a St. Patrick’s classic, the Kindergarten Circus. This yearly event is a milestone marking the fast-approaching end of school, and is a kindergarten student’s first taste of theater. Each of the three kindergarten classes takes on acts from horses and lions to daredevils and clowns. This event is a very big deal for kindergartners at St. Patrick’s, and I can remember mine! Each act is, of course, on a smaller and safer scale than that of a professional circus, but it is still amazing. Kindergartners aren’t the only performers, however. Each clown act features special guests, such as the head of school and the division heads. The most famous of these is an act during which the head of the lower school is given a pie in the face by a clown. The kindergartners are not just showing off their acting and P.E. skills; after almost every act they stand up and sing a song introducing the next event or about the circus in general. — Thomas Lowe, sixth-grader

School Without Walls High School

To celebrate the diversity of our school and the many international opportunities available for students, School Without Walls held an Inter-

national Day Assembly on May 19. This year’s theme was global citizenship, and students from all grades presented reflections on international trips, dance and musical performances, and films. The assembly began with students discussing the school trips of the past year, including visits to Tanzania, Bonaire and Europe. Following these presentations were a variety of performances reflecting cultures from across the world. The BOMB squad, SWW’s hip-hop dance team, performed a tribute to Michael Jackson and his influence across the globe. After, the Bach to

Rap class performed “The Opera La Boheme” and the general music classes played the angklung, a bamboo instrument from Indonesia. In addition, the Concert Choir sang “Cantate Domino” and “Here’s Where I Stand,” followed by a selection of dances from the Latino Dance Team. Students from the poetry club read poems celebrating their individual culture and heritage. From AP literature classes, the students presented a dramatization of “Things Fall Apart.” To spread awareness of climate change, the marine science and film production classes showed one-minute movies

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 focusing on the dangers of global warming. To end the show, dance performances included “Dola Re Dola,” a series of numbers celebrating International Women’s Day, and a selection from African dancers of Senegal, Mali and Guinea. — Montana Lee, ninth-grader

Sheridan School

The first-grade class let the painted lady butterflies go free. We had watched them grow since they were larvae. We opened the habitat where they made their chrysalises in the butterfly garden that our school created so the butterflies


could eat. We wanted them to have the energy they needed to fly away. We grew milkweed and flowers and high mallow and Joe-Pye weed. Some of them went right to the garden plants and some of them stayed in the habitat. We had to push some out, because they were used to the habitat where they came out of their chrysalis. Our science teachers had to help them out by putting them on their fingers and taking them out. The butterflies looked happy as they fluttered away. Some flew over the school and disappeared. — Sam Colvin, Brookey Talbott and Maya Feinberg, first-graders

14 Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Current

ABC: Board seeks to expand enforcement authority STORMWATER: Accord reached

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promote public safety, not to burden businesses unduly. Foggy Bottom/West End commission chair Patrick Kennedy also focused on the issue of public safety in an interview with The Current, referencing last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stabbing at the now-closed McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. In terms of empowering alcohol board members to curtail underage drinking, Kennedy said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;what we want to do is support their ability to take more decisive action against these establishments that are flagrantly disregard-

ing the identification process.â&#x20AC;? For Silverstein, this push for new rules represents the latest effort in a multi-year campaign for safer nightlife in the District. In 2012, he spoke out against a D.C. Court of Appeals decision overturning penalties for violence at the Rumors nightclub on M Street, saying the ruling had â&#x20AC;&#x153;scary implicationsâ&#x20AC;? for D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to prevent dangerous activity at bars and clubs. D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson Jessie Cornelius told The Current that the board would not vote whether to accept or amend the proposed rules until after public comment ends June 8.

TRAIL: Plan highlights sites tied to Eleanor Roosevelt From Page 1

ing minority rights,â&#x20AC;? said Peck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are hundreds of stories where she led with courage and conviction, she did the right thing, and she reached out to people and raised them up and inspired them.â&#x20AC;? One example the tour would highlight is Eleanor Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in organizing the historic concert by singer Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Anderson to sing at Constitution Hall because she was black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Roosevelt] was like an eighthgrader in some ways: She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any official bases of power, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in elected office, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold the purse strings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she was an inspiring thinker and leader, and she was able to enact important social change,â&#x20AC;? Peck said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the nugget of all of this: Every young person feels powerless like that, but in fact they can make a difference in their communities and they should be inspired to do so.â&#x20AC;? The trail would include several monuments along the Mall as well as

the White House and would then head north to Dupont Circle, with proposed markers at the American Red Cross building on 17th Street, Constitution Hall and the Mayflower Hotel, among others. The distance would be about 10,000 steps, Peck noted, adding that one eighth-grader suggested calling it an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amerithon.â&#x20AC;? Organizers also hope to include a â&#x20AC;&#x153;contemplative parkâ&#x20AC;? in the Dupont neighborhood with a statue of Eleanor. A possible anchor for the trail would be the Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club at 1526 New Hampshire Ave., where Eleanor, a longtime member, gave many radio speeches and worked to advance womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in the political process. Eleanorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great-granddaughter Anna Fierst, the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president, supports the idea of a trail and will be working with the board and other members to determine what role the club could play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here we have a person who is one of the leading figures of the 20th century, and whose legacy continues to live on, and we have no way to mark her accomplishments,â&#x20AC;? Fierst said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see this trail as a wonderful

way to involve not just visitors but people who live here in an educational experience that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on very much in school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; human rights and how it ties in with conflict resolution,â&#x20AC;? as well as womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and civil rights. Nichols, who became a Dupont commissioner in 2013, hopes the trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interactive nature will encourage locals and visitors to think about how they could apply lessons from Eleanorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life in their own lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eleanor Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergence into leadership as a young woman will resonate with teens along the trail, but her long life of service inspires at every age,â&#x20AC;? Nichols said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First elected to public office at age 68, I keep the lessons of her perseverance before me every day.â&#x20AC;? Organizers hope that the trail could be underway by next spring, and they are currently looking for funding and institutional partnerships. Several organizations have shown interest in the project, including Cultural Tourism DC and the National Park Service. The Dupont Circle Citizens Association and the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill in New York also support the effort.

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offset the amount of runoff that results from 1.2 inches of rain falling on 500 impervious acres. The plan still relies on â&#x20AC;&#x153;gray infrastructure,â&#x20AC;? with the planned construction of a 30-million-gallon tunnel along the Potomac River, which will run south to connect with the under-construction Anacostia River Tunnel System and end up at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. But with the new green infrastructure, that tunnel will need to hold 18 million gallons less wastewater than the originally planned version running from the Kennedy Center to the Key Bridge, which would have had the capacity to store 58 million gallons. And authorities are entirely discarding the original plan for a new sewage tunnel to divert wastewater from Piney Branch in Rock Creek. The announcement of the new plan, on May 20, comes after the District was able to modify the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project, a 2005 agreement with federal authorities that mandated that the city improve its waterways. Reducing the amount of untreated sewage that ends up in rivers after heavy rains is a large portion of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment. Hawkins said the modified plan will achieve equal or better results as the previous tunnel plan, in addition to creating environmental benefits from the added greenery in the city. Under the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combined sewer system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was constructed in the late 19th century and continues to serve much of the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sanitary sewage and stormwater go into the same pipes. With heavy rain, runoff water collects trash and debris from streets and ends up in the sewers at a faster rate than the system can handle. The stormwater, mixed with sewage, then ends up spilling into the river or flooding streets. With the alternative solution, green roofs and permeable pave-

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DC Water officials have installed a green roof at the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fort Reno reservoir facility.

ments will catch the rain before it runs off, saving the sewer system from having to hold excess wastewater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just earlier this week we had two and a half inches of rain in a 12-hour period that went flooding throughout the city,â&#x20AC;? DC Water general manager George Hawkins said at the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement. Bowser is on board with the revised plan after reaching an agreement with Hawkins for hiring city residents to fill over half of the new jobs created by the green infrastructure project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know this is an innovative step; it is a bold step,â&#x20AC;? said Bowser. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is also not an easy step, but it is one we will put all of our minds to and get D.C. residents back to work.â&#x20AC;? John Cruden, assistant attorney general of the Justice Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environment and Natural Resources Division, praised city leaders for the environmental and employment opportunities the deal is meant to create. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing here today puts the District of Columbia in a leadership role in green infrastructure in the nation,â&#x20AC;? Cruden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is true you can have environmental progress, and you can grow middleclass values, â&#x20AC;Ś but it requires the kind of leadership youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing today.â&#x20AC;?





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Wraparound porch adds flair in Chevy Chase


n outdoor fete would be a special treat at 3808 Huntington St., a grand dame of a home with an expansive wrap-


around front porch that flows guests right into the side garden. One special occasion drew approximately 100 guests out here, according to the current homeowner, who took advantage of this prominent feature. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storied past could also lend to party conversation. The 1912 house first belonged to Martin A. Leese, a local optician who founded WMAL radio and became its first manager and announcer. And during the early days, the residence stood alone on vast farmland. Among neighboring homes today in Chevy Chase, the hillside property continues to have a venerable presence atop a third-acre corner lot. With five bedrooms and four-and-a-half-baths, the house is now on the market for $2,295,000. In addition to the outdoor porch, with its curb appeal, the Four Square-style home is well-suited for indoor entertainment in its gracious spaces. Plenty of original details â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

from elegant crown molding to a pocket door and dark coffered ceilings in the dining room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; still have a solid hold on the house, adding to its elegance. Through the center-hall entrance is a large welcoming foyer, which divides two sitting areas. One flows out to the front porch from French doors; the other leads to the dining area. Off to the side is a sun-washed space currently used as an office, which looks out at the garage and side driveway. The kitchen is a stylish yet homey section of the house featuring a breakfast nook with hovering skylights and a butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry connecting to the dining room. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also complete with hanging pot racks,

high-grade stainless appliances, a sixburner stove and three sinks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of which is conveniently placed on the butcher-blocktopped island. Like many large rambling homes, this one has a back staircase, located along a corridor in the kitchen that goes into one of the front sitting rooms and foyer. Up on the second level are two bedrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill bath. The master suite is also here, with a private bath and a walk-in

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closet that offers access to the back staircase. The top level boasts a gracious landing and high ceilings. Facing Huntington Street are two more

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16 Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Current

Northwest Real Estate SHAW: Revitalized neighborhood may offer model

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property over the Shaw Metro station built in 2013 with financing from HUD, where 51 of its 205 units are reserved for affordable housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Partnerships fuel progress and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to work with local leaders to continue building on this cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proud legacy as a modern urban center with strong and diverse communities,â&#x20AC;? Castro said in a statement about the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collaborations with the District. Along the way, the group also pointed out Foster Homes, Asbury Dwellings and the Watha T. Daniel/ Shaw Library as additional examples of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revitalization. Despite these models, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide agreement on the dire need for more affordable housing in the District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Affordable housing is the biggest challenge after education that we have in the city,â&#x20AC;? Padro said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where there are opportu-

dized by HUD and also set to undergo renovations; and â&#x2013; Progression Place, across the street at 1805 7th St., a mixed-use


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nities to include more affordable housing in Shaw, we should.â&#x20AC;? But Padro also says Shaw can offer success stories on that front. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shaw neighborhood has been able to achieve something I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that anyone else in the country has â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to have created thousands of new units of housing without the kind of displacement that is historically associated with gentrification,â&#x20AC;? he said. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s due in part to the number of vacant lots in Shaw, empty because of the riots or cleared in anticipation of development, Padro explained. Also, many low-income residents who were temporarily displaced were able to return thanks to housing vouchers that subsidized the now-higher rents. Displacement of residents â&#x20AC;&#x153;could have been huge,â&#x20AC;? Padro noted, if renovated apartment buildings were converted to all market-rate housing rather than reserving some units for low-income tenants who qualified for subsidies. He credits â&#x20AC;&#x153;cooperation between the D.C. government and HUD to help make sure the neighborhood retained economic diversity.â&#x20AC;? But others say the outlook on affordable housing in Shaw is not so bright. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you look at the impact of revitalization on Shaw, longtime African-American residents have been drastically displaced,â&#x20AC;? said Dominic T. Moulden, a resource organizer for ONE DC, a nonprofit in Shaw that advocates for racial and economic equity. According to data from The

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Mayor Bowser joined HUD Secretary Juan Castro, center, and Shaw advisory neighborhood commissioner Alex Padro, left, on the tour. Urban Institute, blacks made up 65 percent of the Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhood populations in 1990; by 2010 that figure decreased to 29 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An equitable D.C. would mean that longtime residents would be able to participate in the revitalization, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being pushed out,â&#x20AC;? Moulden said. Low-income residents of Kelsey Gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 54-unit apartment building at 7th and Q streets that was razed to make way for Jefferson MarketPlace, a luxury 281-unit building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were granted housing vouchers to return to the building when it was finished last year, Moulden said. But after residents were displaced for eight years awaiting completion of the project, they were met with amenities fees for things like parking, pets and trash removal, which were free in the past but the vouchers wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover. As a result, many couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to move back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a fixed income and

you have amenities fees you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be priced out,â&#x20AC;? Moulden said. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute released a report in March that said the District now has half as many low-cost rental apartments as it had in 2002. Doubling the local and federal governmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; investment in public housing is critical, Moulden said, and would be more of a guarantee that affordable housing would remain intact â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as opposed to privately owned buildings that offer housing vouchers to low-income tenants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shaw is an example of success if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re naĂŻve and think any kind of development is good,â&#x20AC;? Moulden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People say they want diversity and equity, but development doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work if it only benefits a homogeneous wealthy group. We need innovative affordable housing so longtime residents along with the history and culture of the neighborhood arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t uprooted.â&#x20AC;?

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Northwest Real Estate SECURITY: Planning commission grants OK to temporary upgrades around White House

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in place for more than a decade, are â&#x20AC;&#x153;starting to fail,â&#x20AC;? and that the fence has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;breachedâ&#x20AC;? many times. The security mechanisms on E Street â&#x20AC;&#x153;have experienced failures, have exceeded their useful life, and now require replacement.â&#x20AC;?

The temporary upgrades, now about to be installed, include an â&#x20AC;&#x153;anti-climb featureâ&#x20AC;? consisting of a series of spikes bolted to the top of the fence at the north and south sides of the White House grounds. A staff report notes that they will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;sensitive to the historic setting,â&#x20AC;? that they will not disrupt views of the mansion and that their installation is â&#x20AC;&#x153;fully reversible.â&#x20AC;?

On E Street, which was hastily closed to through traffic after 9/11, the temporary plan will rearrange guard booths, concrete Jersey barriers and vehicle â&#x20AC;&#x153;deltaâ&#x20AC;? bars that can stop traffic but also swing up and down for approved vehicles. Vehicles will be able to enter a protected area for screening, where dogs help inspect vehicles.

A new guard booth will be installed at the 16th Street and Constitution Avenue entrance to the Ellipse, where Secret Service guards currently sit in a parked car to control vehicle access. There will also be new â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but temporary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jersey barriers at this point, which sits on a direct line between the White House and the Washington Monument.

WATERGATE: Neighborhood commission calls for transparency in investigation of collapse

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Kilsheimer of KCE Engineers, Smith said. While Kilsheimer confirmed to Smith that he was investigating the garage collapse, Smith could not get him to commit to the technical distinction of being the designated contractor on the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge disconnect between the process and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually been happening on-site,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to understand where this process is coming from.â&#x20AC;? Three stories of the Watergate parking garage collapsed on the morning of May 1, injuring two people and damaging more than 100 cars. The collapse interrupted the $125 million project to renovate the Watergate Hotel. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs offers a timeline for how such an investigation

ought to be conducted, according to agency spokesperson Matt Orlins. In addition to an investigation funded by the property owner (in this case, investment company Penzance), the department simultaneously determines the cause of the collapse and the necessary steps to restore the building to its original state. Once KCE Engineers completes its investigation, the department will compare the finished product with its own work and then reach a final determination on the cause of the collapse by cross-examining the two, according to Orlins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The process for evaluating the cause of a building accident is designed to ensure safety and accountability,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. Smith said getting clear-cut information on this investigation is unusually difficult because of the

nature of property ownership around the Watergate complex. He said the property is â&#x20AC;&#x153;criss-crossedâ&#x20AC;? by several owners that own small portions of the land. He eventually traced the origin of the investigation to Penzance, which has operating power over the garage and confirmed to Smith that it was responsible for hiring Kilsheimer. The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numerous efforts to obtain information about the investigation from the Watergate Hotel, KCE Engineering, Kilsheimer and Penzance were unsuccessful, with each party declining to make comment and referring the reporter elsewhere. In the meantime, the D.C. Department of Transportation is working to restore normal traffic flow to the area around the Watergate. Smith said at the meeting that most of the portion of the garage accessible

from New Hampshire Avenue is open. He expects the city to remove a crane and other construction equipment on Virginia Avenue within the next couple of weeks. The area between the Watergate West residential cooperative and the Watergate Office Building at 2600 Virginia Ave., which leads to the portion of the garage most directly affected by the collapse, was a point of contention. The construction zone established in response to the garage collapse prevented cars from using the alley between the buildings to enter and exit that portion of the garage. But Smith said that frustration has been resolved. KCE Engineers and the D.C. Department of Transportation agreed on Friday to shrink the construction area to avoid obstructing the alleyway between the buildings.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no structural, construction reason why that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be done,â&#x20AC;? Smith said at the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply a matter of the way in which the construction area was drawn and trying to get those areas redrawn, which would pull a lot of people off the street.â&#x20AC;? Most of the disruption to traffic flow is confined to the area directly in front of the complex at this point, Smith said. Smith hopes that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on transparency concerns will remind everyone involved that informing the public of progress is fundamental to maintaining trust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If any lessons can be learned in an event like this, we need to learn them,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a city where there are a lot of opportunities for these things to come. We need to learn from them and get better in our future response.â&#x20AC;?


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Wednesday may 27 Benefit ■ The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will celebrate its 121st anniversary and present the Visionary Historian Award to author, curator and lecturer James M. Goode. 6 to 9 p.m. $50 to $75. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. Classes and workshops ■ The annual festival “DanceAfrica, DC 2015” will feature a master class led by Assane Konte of the KanKouran West African Dance Company. 6:30 p.m. $15. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The festival will continue with master classes and performances through Sunday. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $6 to $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. ■ The Georgetown Library will present a yoga class led by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 7:15.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts ■ Ensemble Harmonia will present “Exploring Slovakia’s Folkloric Traditions!” as part of the European Month of Culture. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Tyler Nail Trio will perform. 7 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The David Mayfield Parade, the Hello Strangers and Carolina Story will perform. 8 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Herb Scott will host a weekly Capitol Hill Jazz Jam. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; two item per person minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. Discussions and lectures ■ Travel writer Diccon Bewes, manager of the Stauffacher English Bookshop in Bern, Switzerland, and author of “Swiss Watching” and “Slow Train to Switzerland,” will discuss “Swissness.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. ■ The Takoma Park Library’s Book to Film Club will meet. 6:30 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202576-7252. ■ Jerry A. Coyne, an evolutionary biolo-


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Thursday may 28 Children’s programs ■ Karen Deans will discuss her picture book “Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm” (for ages 7 through 10). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will present “Théâtre d’ombres,” a whimsical shadow puppet-focused story time and craft workshop (in French). 4 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut 7+(:25/')$0286


Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Classes ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present an hourlong “Pilates in the Park” class led by a certified instructor. 5:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Classes will continue each Tuesday and Thursday through Sept. 29. ■ The annual festival “DanceAfrica, DC 2015” will feature a master class led by Nkenge Cunningham of Farafina Kan. 6:30 p.m. $15. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. ■ Instructor Camila Karam will lead a weekly Belly Dance and Yoga Class. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW. 202-371-9656. Concerts ■ The vocal trio Zulal and oud player Ara Dinkjian will perform Armenian music and song as part of the Homegrown Concert series. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5510. ■ The vocal trio Zulal and oud player Ara Dinkjian will present a celebration of Armenian culture. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will perform. 6 p.m. Free. World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 703-696-3399. ■ The Art on 8th performance series will feature the Freddie Dunn Quartet performing jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market, 716 Monroe St. NE. ■ The band Sageworth — with original members Walter Egan, John Zambetti, Annie McLoone, Ralph Dammann and Frank Peters, who starting performing together while they were students at Georgetown University — will perform. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The band Session Americana will perform. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. ■ The Embassy Series will present “An Evening of Fado From Portugal” with singer Pedro Botas, guitarist José Silva and violist Viriato Ferreira. A wine reception will follow. 7:30 p.m. $150. Residence of the Portuguese Ambassador, 2125 Kalorama Road NW. 202-625-2361. ■ The McLovins, Aqueous and Backbeat Underground will perform. 8 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The Davis Bradley Trio will perform bluegrass, old time and swing music. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; two item per person minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. Demonstration ■ Writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present a cooking demonstration featuring raw recipes that showcase fresh herbs. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures ■ Paul Newman, chief scientist for atmospheric sciences in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will discuss “A World Avoided: How Science and Policy Solved the Global Ozone Crisis.” 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of

Wednesday, may 27 ■ Discussion: Sonia Nieto, professor emeritus of language, literacy and culture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss her books “Why We Teach” and “Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1192. ■ Glenn C. Frankel, professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and a Pulitzer Prize recipient, will discuss research for his book project, “The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of ‘High Noon.’” Noon. Free. Room G-25, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ As part of the Blumberg Dialogues in Astrobiology, scholars of the humanities and sciences will discuss “Rethinking Life on Earth and Beyond: Astrobiology and the Role of Paradigm Shifts in Science and Human Self-Understanding.” 3 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. ■ As part of the European Month of Culture, a panel discussion on “Let’s Talk About Poland: Before/After” will feature John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies; Maciej Pisarski, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland; and Kasia Klimasinska, a journalist with Bloomberg News and graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics. 6 p.m. Free. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. ■ The Voices of American Design lecture series will feature a talk by ceramic artist Wayne Higby, known for his innovative vessels, sculptures and architectural installations inspired by the American landscape. 6 p.m. $10; free for museum members. Reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-9947394. ■ “Intersections @ 5: Artists’ Perspectives,” celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Phillips Collection’s Intersections contemporary art projects, will feature a talk by some of the series’ artists on their projects and works that have entered the museum’s permanent collection. 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Ross MacPhee, curator in the department of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History and a professor in the museum’s Gilder Graduate School, will discuss his book “Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30

to $62. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Chef and author Pati Jinich will present a culinary tour of Mexico, focusing on food traditions that reflect the spirit and culture of the country’s diverse regions. The event will include a tasting and beverage. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Celeste Ng will discuss her book “Everything I Never Told You.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar will discuss his book “The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic” in conversation with litigator, author, activist and nonprofit entrepreneur Doug Kendall. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ A support group for job seekers will host a breakout session for participants to network and strategize. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Fiction writer Chuck Palahniuk will discuss his work, including his short story collection “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” and the “Fight Club 2” comic. 7 p.m. $33 to $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ The Georgetown Library’s Twentythirtysomething Book Club will discuss journalist and television producer Peter Pomerantsev’s 2014 book “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” about the strangerthan-fiction scenarios and extraordinary people he encountered when work took him to Russia at the start of the 21st century. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Breadsoda, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Films ■ The weekly “Textiles at Twelve” series will feature Elizabeth Chamberlin’s 2003 documentary “Salsa in Japan,” about the growing subculture of salsa dancing in Japan. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. ■ “Afternoon at the Movies” will feature a family-friendly film (for ages 4 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The K-Cinema series will feature Lee Joon-ik’s 2006 film “Radio Star.” Appetizer social at 6 p.m.; screening at 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performances and readings ■ Upshur Street Books and Split This Rock will present three poets featured in the anthology “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.” 7 p.m. Free. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW. ■ The In Series will present “Latino Music Fever,” a hit-parade cabaret of classic Latino pop songs performed by pianist Mari Pazz and vocalists José Sacín, Adriana González, Alex Alburqueque and Patricia Portillo. 7:30 p.m. $16 to $37. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat at Source on May 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and at the Mexican Cultural Institute on June 5 at 8 p.m. and See Events/Page 19

Continued From Page 18 June 6 at 2:30 p.m. ■ The Scottish Ballet will present a bold new take on Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” 7:30 p.m. $30 to $108. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Teen program ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a poetry slam for teens. 6 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Tour ■ A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedral’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques. 6:30 p.m. $6 to $15; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Friday,may May 2929 Friday Benefit ■ The Penthouse Pool Club & Lounge at The Yards will host a social and networking event with a silent auction to benefit Augie’s Quest, a nonprofit research initiative dedicated to finding a cure for ALS. 7 p.m. to midnight. $25. Penthouse Pool Club & Lounge at The Yards, 1212 4th St. SE. 202-748-5860. Children’s program ■ Alliance Française de Washington will present Luc Jaquet’s 2013 film “Il était une forêt (Once There Was a Forest),” a look into the depths of the tropical jungle (for ages 6 and older). 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Class ■ Nora Gallagher and Barbara Brown Taylor will lead a three-day workshop on “Getting to the Truth: Writing in the First Person.” 7:30 p.m. $225 to $240. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-5372228. The conference will continue Saturday and Sunday. Concerts ■ The Arts Club of Washington will present its chamber concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. ■ Organist David Lang, artistic director of the Reston Chorale, will perform. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ Jazz vocalist Juanita Williams will perform as part of the “Jazz in the Garden” concert series. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Middle C Music will present a recital by ukulele and guitar students of Maureen Andary. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature a lineup presented by the Tour de Fat. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. ■ Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jason Ager will perform acoustic music. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra


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Events Entertainment and musician Liam Teague will present “Rhythms of the Americas,” featuring a world-premiere concerto for steelpan and orchestra, music by composers from Venezuela and Argentina, and classics by Gershwin and Bernstein. 8 p.m. $10 to $70. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ Trumpeter Etienne Charles will present his “Creole Soul” project, an exploration of the musical connections between AfroCaribbean, Creole, New Orleans and American traditions. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. ■ The weekly “Jazz on the Hill” event will feature the Dave Wilson Trio. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; two item per person minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. ■ The Honey Island Swamp Band will perform. 9 p.m. $15 to $17. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Gail McMurray Gibson, a fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library and professor of English and humanities at Davidson College, will discuss “The Croxton Play of the Sacrament in Ireland.” Noon. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. ■ Pesach Lubinsky, science adviser for the Foreign Agricultural Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will discuss “The History and Origins of Vanilla Orchids.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Fashion designer Leonora Cabili will discuss “The Thread That Intertwines the Indigenous Groups of the Philippines.” A post-talk reception will feature Filipino delicacies. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394. ■ Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery in Arlington will discuss “Creole Soul Food.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Robert Dassanowsky, professor of German and film studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will discuss the debate over the true nature of Hollywood’s pre-World War II relationship with Nazi Germany and a 1936 deal to save independent Austrian cinema. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. ■ Deborah Harkness will discuss her novel “The Book of Life.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The National Archives will present “A Nation of Hypocrites,” the third episode of the 2011 PBS series “Prohibition” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Art of Spring Film Series will feature Megumi Sasaki’s 2009 film “Herb & Dorothy,” about how postal clerk Herb Vogel and librarian Dorothy Vogel created


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Emily Piccirillo, will open Friday at Zenith Gallery with an artist’s reception from 4 to 8 p.m. A second artist’s reception will take place Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m., and the exhibit will continue through July 3. On exhibit Located at 1429 Iris St. NW, the gallery is open Friday and Saturday unique language, will open today in the from noon to 6 p.m. 202-783-2963. Rotunda Gallery at the Katzen Arts ■ “Annual Rings,” highlighting the Center and continue through June 24. renaissance of Finnish wood An opening reception will take place architecture over the last two decades, June 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. will open Saturday at the Embassy of Located at 4400 Massachusetts Finland and continue through June 28. Ave. NW, the center is open daily from Located at 3301 Massachusetts 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-885-1300. Ave. NW, the embassy is open Saturday ■ “Intersections @ 5: Contemporary Art and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Projects at the Phillips,” celebrating the (except June 20 and 21). 202-298fifth anniversary of the “Intersections” 5800. series that pairs new works with older ■ “Evidence: Thom Flynn + Ian Jehle,” ones that influenced them, will open featuring two artists who celebrate the tomorrow at the Phillips Collection imprint of their own hand on their work, and continue through Oct. 25. An artwill close Saturday with a reception from ists’ reception will take place tomorrow 6 to 8 p.m. at Studio 1469. at 6:30 p.m. Located at 1469 Harvard St. NW, Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the rear, the gallery is open Friday and Satmuseum is open urday from 11 Tuesday through a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 10 202-518-0804. a.m. to 5 p.m., ■ “Analog Landing Thursday until Site,” presenting 8:30 p.m. and new multimedia Sunday from 11 works by Vargas a.m. to 6 p.m. Suarez Universal Admission on the that explore the weekends costs science and $12 for adults materials of aeroand $10 for space architec“Untitled (Swiss Peasant art seniors and stuture, opened last dents; it is free for exhibition, 1957.4)” by Vesna week at All We Pavlovic is part of a new show Art, where it will ages 18 and at the Phillips Collection. younger. Admiscontinue through sion during weekJune 21. The artdays is free. 202-387-2151. ist will give a talk June 3 from 6:30 to ■ “Lucent Moments,” presenting photo- 8:30 p.m. realistic skyscapes on canvas panels by Located at 1666 33rd St. NW, the “Out of the Box,” featuring abstract mixed-media works from a series by Flora Kantor and Pam Frederick that combines cardboard and canvas in a

one of the most important collections of American art by recognizing the potential of many late-20th-century New York artists. 2:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ A summer film series will feature Suha Arraf’s 2012 film “Villa Touma.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. ■ The Korean Film Festival DC 2015 will feature Jang Jin’s 2014 film “Man on High Heels,” a send-up of the Korean gangster movie genre. The director will attend the screening. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. ■ As part of the “Forge the Future” project, Alliance Française de Washington will present Jean-Paul Jaud’s 2009 film “Nos enfants nous accuseront (Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution),” about a French mountain village where the mayor decides to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. 7 p.m. $5 to $7. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature “The Devil Wears Prada.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Performances ■ Dancer and choreographer Robert

Pam Frederick’s “Under Construction” is part of an exhibit at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-3759713. ■ “City Fields,” a 160-foot mural by D.C. artist Rachel Schmidt about how the growth of urban cityscapes might coevolve and interact with local wildlife species, went on view last week at 5th and K streets NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. It will stay there for half a year. For more information, visit the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District’s website at ■ “Shirin Neshat: Facing History,” highlighting the Iranian-born New York-based video artist, photographer and filmmaker, opened recently at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where it will continue through Sept. 20. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202633-1000.

Priore and performer Trent D. Williams Jr. will present an evening of contemporary dance works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Art on 8th series will feature an African-inspired dance fitness performance by the group ASA! Kelenya. 6:30 p.m. Free. Plaza, Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. ■ The long-running stand-up comedy showcase “Don’t Block the Box” will feature Nore Davis, Pete Bladel, Lafayette Wright, Ahmed Vallejos and Reggie Melbrough. 7:30 p.m. $5. Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. 202-8619706. ■ Ardani Artits will present the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg in “Rodin,” a fulllength ballet by Boris Eifman based on the life and creative work of French sculptor

Auguste Rodin and his turbulent relationship with his apprentice, mistress and nurse, Camille Claudel. 8 p.m. $59 to $95. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ■ Atlas Performing Arts Center will present “SCAReALYZeD,” about a group of young people who check out their neighborhood’s new haunted house only to come face to face with horrors they seek to avoid in their everyday lives. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. Special event ■ Northern Grade, a roving marketSee Events/Page 20

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Continued From Page 19 place featuring American manufactured brands, will offer items from more than two dozen vendors, including Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Filson, San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coronado Leather, Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Throne Watches and D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mallory Shelter, Kicheko Goods and Gordyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pickle Jar. 3 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Dock 5, Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. The event will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30 Saturday may 30 Book sale â&#x2013; The group Friends of the Takoma Park Library will host its annual spring used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!â&#x20AC;? as part of its Teddy Bear Concert series (for ages 3 through 5). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  The weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts for Familiesâ&#x20AC;? series will offer a chance to create a felt mask and transform into a superhero, animal or some other creature. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. â&#x2013;  As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, children will hear a story about Isamu Noguchi and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The Diabetes Research & Education Program at Georgetown University will host a continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump seminar. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Tenleytown Office, Georgetown University MedStar, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-342-2400. â&#x2013;  Art historian Nancy G. Heller will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day at the Prado,â&#x20AC;? an all-day seminar with a Spanish-themed lunch. 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $105 to $145. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Team Rubicon and Home Depot will present a workshop on hurricane preparedness, including tips on creating a storm survival kit, choosing a generator and repairing a home after a storm has passed. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Home Depot, 901 Rhode Island Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango will lead a class on the Argentine tango. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  Jessica Lusty will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance With Daughters: Spring Into Action!â&#x20AC;? with simple guided movement sequences combined with free exploration (for ages 7 and older). 6 to 7:15 p.m. $30 for one adult and up to two kids; $40 for families of four or more. lil omm yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-248-6304. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The PlayOff 2015â&#x20AC;? competition, a regional event will feature the bands Detached Retina, Eleven, Class Action, the Vonabees, the Bridge and Gartner in the Cloud. 12:30 p.m. $10. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Violinist Robert Simonds will perform American music featuring established

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composers, emerging new voices and arrangements of traditional roots music. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013; Jazz@Wesley will feature vocalist Shirli Hughes performing works by George Gershwin to celebrate the concert seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; five years. Open house and anniversary exhibit at 5:30 p.m.; concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  National Symphony Orchestra members will perform chamber works by Loeillet, Moszkowski and Sarasate. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will present a recital by flute students of Gwyn Jones. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Musician Stephen Spano will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies of Jazzâ&#x20AC;? will feature Tacha Coleman Parr. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; two item per person minimum. Mr. Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. â&#x2013;  Better Off Dead and the Black Muddy River Band will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ken Hughes will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fatal Politics: The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War, and the Casualties of Reelection,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Nancy Sherman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Richard Peabody will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Richard Peabody Reader,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival â&#x2013;  New Belgium Brewingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour de Fatâ&#x20AC;? festival will begin with a bicycle parade through city streets, followed by a festival with live entertainment, a dance contest, and a variety of food and beer. Parade registration at 10 a.m.; bicycle ride from 11 a.m. to noon; entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Films â&#x2013;  An Our City Festival film screening will feature Walter Gottliebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tivoli: A Neighborhood Landmark Reborn,â&#x20AC;? Meridian Hill Picturesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Harvestâ&#x20AC;?; and Alberto Roblestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muralismo D.C./ D.C. Muralism.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. â&#x2013;  The Korean Film Festival DC 2015 will feature Jang Jinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 satire â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Brothers.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening reception will feature the director as well as Korean food and drink. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery will present Heinz Emigholzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Annunzioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caveâ&#x20AC;? and his 2014 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Museums,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and his 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goff in the Desert,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets

Saturday, may 30 â&#x2013; Performance: The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will feature the party band La Unica. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. 202-9970783. NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Experiments in Narrative: 2000-2015â&#x20AC;? will feature Jennifer Reevesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time We Killed,â&#x20AC;? Steve Bilichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Native New Yorkerâ&#x20AC;? and Jem Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;NYC Weights and Measures.â&#x20AC;? Reeves will attend the screening. 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Music and Poetry Club will screen the 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower Drum Song,â&#x20AC;? starring Nancy Kwan and Miyoshi Umeki. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court, 725 24th St. NW. 202-393-1511. Performances â&#x2013;  Opera Lafayette will present the modern world premiere of AndrĂŠ GrĂŠtryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ă&#x2030;preuve Villageoise (The Village Trial),â&#x20AC;? a 1784 opera about the trials and tribulations of a small country town. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $65 to $100. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Senior dancers of Nrityalaya will perform a repertoire of the Odissi style of Indian classical dance. 6:30 p.m. $5. Gandhi Memorial Center, 4748 Western Ave. 301320-6871. â&#x2013;  Clouds in My Coffee will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sensuality II,â&#x20AC;? the story of two women in love, as a fundraiser for Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House for Older Adults. 7 p.m. $45 to $60. Howard Theater, 620 T St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The annual festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;DanceAfrica, DC 2015â&#x20AC;? will feature a master class led by Baba Chuck Davis and Abdel Salaam, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; an African Marketplace and outdoor performances by Dance Place junior staff companies, the East of the River Boys and Girls Steel Band, the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, and Herb Spice & the Cinnamonstix, from noon to 7:30 p.m.; an indoor performance by Soul in Motion, the Dance Place Step Team and KanKouran West African Dance Company, among others, at 2 p.m.; and an indoor performance featuring Coyaba Dance Theater with Sons of Freedom, Poetics, a tribute to Baba Chuck Davis and a music and dance party with Sahel, at 8 p.m. Free for outdoor events; $15 to $30 for indoor performances. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The festival will conclude Sunday. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Reading Kick-Offâ&#x20AC;? will fea-

ture information on reading programs for children, teens and adults, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; a story time on the lawn with parachute games, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and craft activities, a movie, an animation workshop and other festivities, from noon to 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Reading Kick-Off: Superhero Craft Dayâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with information on how to earn prizes for reading over the summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature a family story time, at 10:30 a.m.; and stations to make masks, logos and other superhero-themed crafts, from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Certified professional coach Christina Ferguson will launch the first Infidelity Speaks Awareness Day with an event highlighting the emotional and psychological effects of infidelity on individuals, children, families and communities. Attendees are asked to wear yellow. 11 a.m. to noon. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Volunteers will read the names of African-Americans and Quakers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including more than 40 Civil War veterans and Buffalo Soldiers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who were buried in 19th-century cemeteries beneath what is now Walter Pierce Park. The event will include family â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom Storiesâ&#x20AC;? about the ways that people found their freedom before the end of slavery. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Walter Pierce Park, Calvert Street and Adams Mill Road NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Reading Kick-Offâ&#x20AC;? will feature superheroes, performances by Cat Jack and Nox, a Friends of the Library book sale and food trucks. Noon. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Reading Kick-Offâ&#x20AC;? will feature registration for summer reading programs for all ages, craft activities and a movie for children, and various activities for teens and adults. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Reading Kick-Offâ&#x20AC;? will feature an all-ages superhero party with activities and prizes for kids, teens and adults, including a movie, â&#x20AC;&#x153;pin the cape on the superheroâ&#x20AC;? and more. 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Philadelphia Union. 7 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Garden Treasuresâ&#x20AC;? will feature guided tours at Tudor Place and Dumbarton Oaks led by the horticulturists who oversee and care for them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Suzanne Bouchard, director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place and Gail Griffin, director of gardens and grounds at Dumbarton Oaks. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 to $20. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Washington Walksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Local!â&#x20AC;? series will explore Walt Whitman-related sites downtown on a tour led by Garrett Peck, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Poet.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the 9th Street exit to the Gallery Place-Chinatown MetroSee Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 rail station. ■ Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a “Cupcakes of Georgetown” tour with stops at Baked & Wired, Sprinkles and Georgetown Cupcake for spring-flavored treats. 1 p.m. $25; reservations required by May 28 at noon. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW. Sunday, May 31

Sunday may 31 Classes and workshops ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a class on “Advice for Life.” 10 to 10:45 a.m. $6. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-9862257. ■ A teacher from Yoga Activist will present a “Soothing Sunday Yoga” class for adults. 1:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/ Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. Concerts ■ Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its annual choir benefit, featuring a luncheon and concert. Noon. Donation requested. Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW. 202-8299400. ■ “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will present a chamber music recital. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202433-4011. ■ Music Celebrations International will present the John Philip Sousa Band Festival, featuring performances by the Southeastern Wind Symphony from Louisiana, the National Christian Honor Band sponsored by Houghton College in New York, the Quabbin Regional High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble from Massachusetts and the Chaparral Middle Wind Ensemble from California. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 800-395-2036. ■ The “Music With the Angels” concert series will feature violinist Yoojin Baik and pianist Eunea Ko Han performing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Kreisler. 3 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. ■ The U.S. Army Field Band will perform opera selections by Strauss, Verdi, Massenet, Rossini and Leoncavallo. 3 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the G Street lobby a half hour before the performance. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202633-1000. ■ The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic will present “Beatles to Broadway.” 3 p.m. $20. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 703-799-8229. ■ The Phillips Camerata will perform works infused with the artistic synergies between mathematics and art. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Young pianists James Bennett and Oscar Paz Suaznabar will perform. 5 p.m. $10 donation suggested. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. ■ As part of East River JazzFest, pianist Janelle Gill will present “Exploring Strayhorn!,” a musical homage to jazz pianist, composer and lyricist Bill Strayhorn. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Barbara Brown Zikmund, president

emeritus of Hartford Seminary, will discuss “How Our History Informs Our Future” as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations at First Congregational United Church of Christ. After the service, she will lead a conversation about the congregation’s history. 10:30 a.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-628-4317. ■ Mary Morris will discuss her novel “The Jazz Palace,” at 1 p.m.; and Richard A. Clarke will discuss his novel “Pinnacle Event,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ The Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington and the Sibley Senior Association will present a talk by Elly Waters on “Living With Macular Degeneration: Personal Journey & Resource Round-up.” 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602. ■ Artist Susan Meiselas will discuss her well-known 1979 photograph “Molotov Man,” taken during the Nicaraguan Revolution. 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ F.J. Stevens will discuss her novel “James Girls.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ An Our City Festival film screening will feature Walter Gottlieb’s 26-minute documentary “Shepherd Park: Past and Present,” about the neighborhood’s evolution from an exclusively white community into one of the city’s first truly integrated suburbs. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ An Our City Festival film screening will feature Jennifer Crescenzo’s film “Ready to Play,” about the D.C. Glover Park Co-Ed Softball League. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0233. ■ The Korean Film Festival DC 2015 will feature Jang Jin’s 2010 film “Quiz Show Scandal.” 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “American Experiments in Narrative: 2000-2015” will feature Thomas Allen Harris’ 2014 film “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.” Harris will attend the screening. 4 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Music and Poetry Club will screen Richard Lester’s 1965 film “Help!,” starring the Beatles. The event will include a performance by bassist Josh Ballard and friends. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St. NW. 202-393-1511. Performances ■ Brian Feldman Projects will present “txt,” featuring dialogue written by audience members via Twitter. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. American Poetry Museum at the Center for Poetic Thought, Studio 25, 716 Monroe St. NE. 800-838-3006. ■ Chris Brandt will host a comedy showcase. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


‘Our Town,’ with some new touches Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” May 28 through June 21 at Gallaudet University. With a nod to Wilder’s use of pantomime, direct address and metatheatri-

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cal commentary, director Matthew R. Wilson applies a commedia dell’arte lens to rediscover the classical archetypes still familiar in “Our Town” today. Tickets cost $12 to $25. Elstad Auditorium is located at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 800-8383006; ■ Ambassador Theater will present the U.S. premiere of Polish-born playwright Tadeusz Rózewicz’s “The Trap” May 28 through June 21 at George Washington University’s XX Building. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and George Washington University’s Department of Theatre & Dance, the play examines the anxieties and nightmares NW. Sale ■ The Palisades Georgetown Lions Club will host its annual flea market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Parking lot, Wells Fargo, Arizona Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard NW. Special events ■ A special choral service for the Feast of All Saints will feature the “Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” in a new setting by Roman Hurko, a Toronto-born composer of Ukrainian descent. 10:30 a.m. Free admission. Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family, 4250 Harewood Road NE. ■ Petco will host the Washington Humane Society’s mobile pet adoption center Adopt Force One. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Petco, 3505 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The annual festival “DanceAfrica, DC 2015” will feature an African Marketplace and outdoor performances by Tam Tam Mandingue, DC Casineros, the Malcolm X Dancers and Drummers, and the Duende Quartet, among others, from noon to 7:30 p.m.; an indoor performance by Sankofa Dance Theater and Ezibu Muntu African Dance Theatre, at 2 p.m.; and an indoor performance featuring Farafina Kan, Poetics, a tribute to Baba Chuck Davis and a music and dance party with Cheick Hamala Diabaté, at 8 p.m. Free for outdoor events; $15 to $30 for indoor performances. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. ■ As part of National Bike Month, “Library Lovers Like to Bike” will feature a family ride from Mount Pleasant to Petworth, where an outdoor celebration will feature stories, crafts, parachute play and snacks. Adult chaperones will be necessary for children; liability waivers and helmets will be required for all riders. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Free. Meet at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-645-8337. Tours and walks ■ A relaxing walk at the Georgetown Waterfront Park to various local overlooks

of Franz Kafka. Altering conventions of time and space, the avant-garde playwright traps Kafka in the ultimate nightmare of the 20th century — the Holocaust. Tickets cost $20 to $40. The theater is located at 814 20th St. NW. ■ Spooky Action Theater will present Richard Henrich’s “Jarry Inside Out,” freely adapted from the life and work of the French literary catalyst Alfred Jarry, May 28 through June 21 at the Universalist National Memorial Church. The play mixes biography with unbridled inner imagination as it tracks the convention-shattering journey of Jarry, whose monstrous antihero Père Ubu launched the modern era of dada, surrealism and theater of the absurd. Tickets cost $25 to $35, with paywhat-you-can performances on May 28 and 29. The theater is located at 1810 16th St. NW. ■ “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff” will run May 30 through June 21 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre.

will share the bittersweet history of how Georgetown became an attractive and vibrant community. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Meet at the fountain in the Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Garrett Peck, author of “Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Greatest Poet,” will lead a walking tour of Whitman-related sites in the nation’s capital, including the courtyard in the Old Patent Office. 1 to 4 p.m. $35; reservations required. Meet outside the 9th Street exit to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station. 202-726-0380. Monday,june June 1 1 Monday Concerts ■ Students from the Wilson High School Vocal Music Program will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Commodores ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures ■ William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh will discuss their book “Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Alison Luchs, acting head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “The Relief of Alexander the Great From Verrocchio’s Workshop: The Hungarian Connection.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Stefan Engel will discuss his book “Catastrophe Alert.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025

Faction of Fools will stage “Our Town” May 28 through June 21. The comedy production, written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, condenses all seven “Harry Potter” books into 75 madcap minutes. Tickets cost $35.95 to $99.95. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Folger Theatre has extended Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” through June 28 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Tickets cost $35 to $75. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ The “Openly YA Tour” will feature Bill Konigsberg, author of “The Porcupine of Truth”; David Levithan, author of “Hold Me Closer”; Adam Silvera, author of “More Happy Than Not”; and Will Walton, author of “Anything Could Happen.” 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Matthew Palmer will discuss his international thriller “Secrets of State.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Feeder’s Advisory: A Book Club for Those Who Love Food” will discuss Erin Gleeson’s “The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes From My Cabin in the Woods.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. ■ “Neighborhood Heroes: Eugene Allen, of ‘The Butler: Witness to History’” will feature a talk by Charles Allen about his father’s career and experiences witnessing history firsthand. 7 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ Ava Barron-Shasho’s monthly “Life Empowerment” discussion group will focus on “What’s Holding You Back From Prosperity & Abundance.” 7:30 p.m. $22. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. ■ Jeffrey Brown, a poet, Emmy Awardwinning television journalist, creator of the PBS blog Art Beat and host of “PBS NewsHour,” will discuss his book “The News: Poems” in conversation with Gwen Ifill, moderator of “Washington Week.” 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will feature George Tillman Jr.’s 2013 film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” about the sons of two drug-addled prostitutes who end up having to fend for themselves. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 â&#x2013; An Our City Festival film screening will feature Stefan Immlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz,â&#x20AC;? about the story of jazz musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past, present and future as told through the lens of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lively scene. 6 p.m. Free. Room 316, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  An Our City Festival film screening will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;At 9th and Sâ&#x20AC;? by Peggy Fleming and Kaveh Razaei; â&#x20AC;&#x153;U Streetâ&#x20AC;? by Kevin Simms and Filmmakers for Tomorrow; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locating Uâ&#x20AC;? by Kyle Pienaar; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barberinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? by Eidolon Films. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will open with films from China and Germany. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Toronto Blue Jays. 7:05 p.m. $10 to

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$345. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 2

Tuesday june 2 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; A certified yoga instructor will lead a class targeted to seniors. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present a yoga class led by Margaret Brozen of Yoga Activist. 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  VIDA Fitness and the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District will present a weekly outdoor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vinyasa Yogaâ&#x20AC;? class. 7 p.m. Free. Boardwalk, The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Classes will continue through Sept. 8. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, pianist Jeremy Filsell and organist Mark Willey will perform music by French composer Louis Vierne on the eve of the 78th anniversary of his death. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St.


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NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013; The Victor Provost Synthesis Quartet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  New Dominion Choraleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Summer Sings!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a series of group singalongs of major choral works â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature excerpts from Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem,â&#x20AC;? featuring young professional singers and pianist Thomas Pandolfi and conducted by Thomas Colohan, artistic director of the Washington Master Chorale. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Sea to Shining Sea.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. West Side Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Demonstration â&#x2013;  D.C.-based food writer Cathy Barrow will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preserving With Mrs. Wheelbarrow: Fruit Jams and Set Tricks,â&#x20AC;? a demonstration with tastings. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $50 to $60. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Police Use of Forceâ&#x20AC;? by Carlos Acosta, inspector general of the Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County Police Department and an adjunct associate professor of law at American University. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  The Movable Feast reading group will discuss Jane Austenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sense and Sensibility.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  Gavin Kovite and Chris Robinson will discuss their novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;War of the Encyclopaedists.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-7260856. â&#x2013;  A. Brad Schwartz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;War of the Worldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and the Art of Fake News.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ehrlich Architects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Evolution of Multicultural Modernismâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by founding partner Steven Ehrlich on the architectural progression of the firm, recipient of the 2015 American Institute of Architectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Architecture Firm Award. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Eugenia Cheng, scientist-in-residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making Math a Piece of Cake.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The series will continue June 9 and 16. â&#x2013; An Our City Festival film screening will feature Ellie Waltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices From Within,â&#x20AC;? about the lives of four people in care at St. Elizabeths Hospital. 8 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

Tuesday, june 2 â&#x2013; Discussion: Actor Edward Gero (shown) and Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Originalist,â&#x20AC;? a drama based on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 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. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library Book Club will discuss Roxane Gayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Untamed State.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book of Aron.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Garrett Peck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Poet.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5; reservations required. Chapel, Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Films â&#x2013;  A summer movie series will feature Omar Robert Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though I Know the River Is Dryâ&#x20AC;? as well as other short films by Basma Al-Sharif and Kamal Aljafari. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-3381290. â&#x2013;  The EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from France and the Philippines. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stolen Futures: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Prisonâ&#x20AC;? will feature the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world premiere and live testimonies from Palestinian youth, hosted by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Way to Treat a Childâ&#x20AC;? Campaign and the American Friends Service Committee. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  An Our City Festival film screening will feature Arya Sorowidjojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vigil,â&#x20AC;? about a Pakistani classical dancer, and Eidolon Filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;73 Cents,â&#x20AC;? about a grieving window who advocates for easier access to patient information. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-3080. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adams Morgan Movie Nights,â&#x20AC;? sponsored by the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District, will feature Vittorio De Sicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1948 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bicycle Thief.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Free. Soccer field, Marie Reed Elementary School, 18th and California streets NW.

Performances â&#x2013; The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by the troupes Love Onion and Richie, at 8 p.m.; and by Going to the Movies Alone and Discoteca!, at 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Twain Dooley. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Wednesday, June 3

Wednesday june 3 Class â&#x2013; National Archives director of digital preservation Leslie Johnston will present a hands-on adult workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personal Digital Archiving,â&#x20AC;? featuring practical tips on organizing and preserving digital photos. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Boeing Learning Center, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral organist Benjamin Straley will perform. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The Levine Music Voice Department will present a concert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights summer concert series will feature Project Natale. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Soprano Yaritza Veliz, winner of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women to Listen Toâ&#x20AC;? singing contest in Santiago, Chile, will perform. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Bandoneon player JP Jofre will perform. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15 to $20. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Sea to Shining Sea.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vinyl Lounge Grateful Jamâ&#x20AC;? will feature an open jam session featuring Grateful Dead songs. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats will perform actual Jerry Garcia Band setlists. 8:30 p.m. $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. The performance will repeat Thursday at 8:30 and Friday at 9 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  International scholars will discuss various aspects of the history of the ancient city of Tyre in Lebanon. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Northeast Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1221. See Events/Page 23

Continued From Page 22 ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Earth Policy Institute president Lester R. Brown on “The Great Transition: Shifting From Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ “The Language of Film: The Long Take — Cinema in the Age of 24/7,” the Avalon Theatre’s latest film studies program, will open with a lecture by Hester Baer, a faculty member in German and film studies at the University of Maryland. 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $20 to $25 for the lecture alone; $45 to $55 for the lecture and two subsequent screenings. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. The series will continue on June 10 at 10:30 a.m. with a screening and discussion of “Meek’s Cutoff” and on June 24 with a screening and discussion of “Still Life”; tickets for each screening alone cost $15 to $18. ■ Garrett Peck will discuss his book “Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ National Museum of Women in the Arts curatorial assistant Stephanie Midon will discuss ceramics in the special exhibit “Casting a Spell: Ceramics by Daisy Makeig-Jones.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Palestinian comedian Amer Zahr will discuss the role of comedy in sharing the Palestinian narrative with the American public. 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. ■ Smithsonian American Art Museum objects conservator L.H. (Hugh) Shockey Jr. and curator of film and media arts Michael Mansfield will discuss “Conserving and Curating Media Art.” 6 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000. ■ Clark Elliott will discuss his book “The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. ■ Noah Charney will discuss his book “The Art of Forgery: Case Studies in Deception.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. ■ Jason Matthews will discuss his book “Palace of Treason.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856. ■ Steven Petrow, author of The Washington Post’s Civilities column, will discuss manners quandaries small and large that can surface in our digital, social and medical lives. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Historian Joseph J. Ellis will discuss his book “The Quartet: Orchestrating the


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Thursday, june 4 ■ Discussion: Judy Blume will discuss her novel “In the Unlikely Event” in conversation with Linda Holmes. 7 p.m. $28 to $45. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ty. 7 p.m. $65. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Chicago Fire. 7 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Thursday, June 4

Thursday june 4 Benefit ■ The San Miguel School will host “Fiesta de Gala,” its third annual scholarship benefit for middle school students from families living at or below the federal poverty level. 5:30 p.m. $175. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202810-8202. Children’s program ■ A children’s movie series will feature “The Sword in the Stone.” 6 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-2823139. Class ■ The Institute for Spiritual Development will begin a four-week “Inspired Speaking” class. 7:30 p.m. $22 per session. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. The class will continue June 11, 18 and 25. Concerts ■ The monthly Brown Bag Concert series will feature chamber music. Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Asheville, N.C.-based trio Clyde’s on Fire will perform Americana and bluegrass music. 7 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Jessica Stiles will perform bluegrass, folk and Americana music. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; two item per person minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. ■ An all-local concert will feature Jonny Grave & the Tombstones, Human Country Jukebox and the Sligo Creek Stompers. 7:30 p.m. $15. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on “Overcoming the Obstacles to a Two-

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APPEALS: Agency reverses course on projects’ legality From Page 1

track record of decisions being upheld by the Board,” Matt Orlins, spokesperson for LeGrant and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, wrote in an email. “In the rare instances where mistakes are made, though, the Office voluntarily acknowledges them upon discovery and then corrects them, as was the case here.” The reversals put the stalled projects smack in the middle of an ongoing debate among residents who want to maintain the character of the city’s older row house neighborhoods, others who say the city needs more housing to meet growing demand, and developers who snap up old houses relatively cheaply and convert them to pricey condos or apartments. Most sides say LeGrant is trying his best in an office overwhelmed by the recent flood of building applications. And they say the D.C. zoning code — now being revised — is notoriously difficult to parse, leaving it open to interpretation and allowing developers to manipulate the code to get bigger buildings. “In the end, he is a fair person,” said Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner Wilson Reynolds, who backed both appeals. Interpreting the code is at times like “counting angels dancing on a pinhead,” Reynolds said. “It doesn’t surprise me he changed his mind.” An Ontario Road resident, who asked not to be named, was critical of the city. “Development is on steroids, and a lot of it is not legal,” the resident said. “You don’t need to change the zoning code. You need to enforce it.” On Ontario Road, Mike Crisci of 202 Development wants to turn two 1905 single-family row houses into one eight-unit apartment building. A main sticking point is the number of parking spaces required. Zoning regulations require one for every two units, for a total of four spaces. Crisci’s plans show only three, but LeGrant issued a “parking credit” and initially approved them. “The plan effectively quadruples the number of units per lot, will change the character and density of the block dramatically, and strain parking availability in an already very constrained location,” says an appeal filed by the neighborhood

commission. Neighbors have been making that case since last August. LeGrant “rereviewed” the plans in December, first finding the “credit for one space erroneous,” then days later deciding the permits were OK. Then days before the May hearing LeGrant reversed himself again, said no parking credit is due, and revoked Crisci’s permits, making the appeal moot. “We did not reach the correct conclusion on the required floor area ratio and parking credits. After a rereview, we identified the inconsistency and took steps to correct it, including revocation of the building permit and engaging the applicant about how to achieve compliance,” Orlins wrote. Crisci said Tuesday that he’s still reviewing his options. He owns a third row house next door, and he would like to convert all three into a 12-unit building, if he can provide enough parking spaces. “I feel it’s unfair,” he said of the permit revocation. “Of course it cost me time and money, but now I don’t have the time or money to fight it.” On Argonne, District Design and Development wants to convert a single-family row house into four units. Neighbors say it will exceed allowable size because the lowest floor is mislabeled on plans as a “cellar,” which does not count against density limits, when it’s actually a basement, which does. “Basements” rise at least 3 feet above ground level, according to the zoning code, while cellars stick up less than 3 feet. District Design added a retaining wall to conceal that the lowest floor extends well above grade, neighbors say. LeGrant’s office said that was acceptable when it approved the permits starting in March 2014. Then last December, in response to neighborhood concerns, he issued a stop-work order saying the density was over the limit, according to case records. Days later he reversed that ruling, then reversed again — and revoked the retaining wall permit — right before the appeal was to be heard in May. That forced the zoning board to postpone until July 7 so all sides could review a hasty revision proposed by District Design. Revised plans would “embed the retaining wall in the back wall,” said neigh-

borhood commissioner Alan Gambrell, who is helping with the appeal. But that still won’t make the project legal, he said. A retaining wall that doesn’t exist yet “can’t by any logical measure change the existing finished grade.” District Design’s lawyer, Marty Sullivan, complained to the zoning board that LeGrant allowed construction to proceed for more than a year before revoking permits. His client “relied in good faith” on zoning approvals, spent nearly $300,000 on the project, and would be “catastrophically damaged” if the project is stopped. Beyond the arcane zoning issues, a larger conflict is clear from posters on Argonne Place that proclaim “don’t downzone Lanier Heights.” Many residents of the neighborhood on the northern edge of Adams Morgan want to change to a more restrictive land-use category to prevent such row house conversions. Others see downzoning as an infringement on property rights and an obstacle to more housing. Ron Baker is a leader of the latter cause. He says eight other row house projects in Adams Morgan are stalled while developers wait to see if the zoning board will block them because of density or parking space problems. “Those eight currently vacant houses could provide as many as 32 new homes for new neighbors,” he wrote in an email. Neighbors trying to stop the multifamily conversions, Baker wrote, “want to subject every permit to a very high level of scrutiny that has not been the norm, turning matterof-right projects into major BZA cases.” He said zoning authorities in the past had read the zoning code flexibly for relatively small projects. “Now with pop-up hysteria and downzoning fever gripping the city, some people are insisting on a return to the strictest interpretation of every rule.” But Hugo Ruell, an architect who lives across the street from the Ontario Road project, says such “flexibility” is changing the character and affordability of neighborhoods like his own. “We can’t stop what’s matter of right,” he said, but he argued that manipulation of the zoning code is not OK. “These developers can outbid families. We love our block, and we’re trying to protect our neighborhood.”

SCHOLARS: Two Northwest students win prestigious award for academic achievement


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American Resource Center in Columbia Heights, spending weekends tutoring current visa holders on civics and American history. Right after he found out he won the award, Kanefield went to class with the teacher he chose as his most influential, Lynn Levinson. She congratulated him and let him call home. While Kanefield loves social studies, Pink’s primary passion is working with her hands to create products that help people. In high school, the Cleveland Park resident has made everything from short films and documentaries

to household objects and mobile apps. Among her creations: utensils with attached salt shakers; a documentary called “Honk If You Love Someone”; and a chair that notifies its occupant after 25 minutes of being sedentary. She used to think that learning and making things were mutually exclusive. Now she knows better. “I’m still trying to figure it all out,” Pink said. “I figured out that learning and making actually work together a lot more than I previously thought.” Pink nominated Steve Hoare, her adviser for a required long-term research project, as her most influential teacher. Under Hoare’s

guidance, Pink spent much of her senior year, including the preceding summer, investigating the properties of crumpled paper balls. “He tells students what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear,” Pink said. “He’s helped me become a better scientist and I thank him for that.” Hoare first taught Pink eighth-grade chemistry and took a liking to her quickly. “Her ability to ask insightful questions and being able to understand models and how things work was pretty impressive for an eighthgrade student,” he said. Kanefield also caught the attention of his

mentors, including his Hebrew school teacher, American University assistant professor Guy Ziv, who was excited when he heard that Kanefield won the award. “I was very pleased, but I can’t say I was shocked or surprised,” Ziv said. “We don’t assign grades at our religion school, but if we did, Max would be at the top of his class.” This fall, Pink will attend Stanford University, where she’s hoping to pursue the school’s degree in product design and engineering. At Dartmouth College this fall, Kanefield hopes to study economics, history or government. He has his eye on Capitol Hill.

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Raising the Bar: $1 Million Dollar Homes are the New Normal in Chevy Chase DC

U Street DC, 2242 12th Place NW. Renovated row house near all of the action! Brand new designer kitchen. 2BR, 1.5 BA. Super patio/ garden and all ready for move in. Call for pricing. Steve Agostino 202.321.5506 Read more on our website.

Spring Inventory is Moving Fast!

Under Contract in 4 Days! Chevy Chase DC, 6119 Utah Ave NW, $969,000. Classic Colonial, with recent addition. Cathedral-ceiling family room and library with new bath. Other features include 2 additional renovated baths, recent high-end Pella windows, 2-zone HVAC, updated electrical/ plumbing systems and roof as well as a new double-car garage with extra storage above. Read more on our website.


Chevy Chase DC has long been regarded as one of DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier neighborhoods, and recent home sales in the area continue to reflect this level of prestige. Georgetown, 3413 Q Street NW, $859,000. Super bright row house. 2BR home with open plan on first. Nice garden and garage. Quiet and pretty street, too. Read more on our website.


Recent data released by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) shows that the median home price for this neighborhood hovers just above the million-dollar mark, at $1,00,440. Based on the 32 Chevy Chase DC homes sold so far this year, this figure is up 8.4% from the same time last year, when the median home price for the first quarter of 2014 was $922,500. Likewise, the number of available units increased 14.29%, from 28 in 2014 to 32 in 2015. Though the available inventory has increased, available homes remain hard to come by. Want to learn

Under Contract in 4 Days! North Cleveland Park, 3617 Everett St NW, $949,000. Semi-detached 3BR, 3BA home with updated kitchen & baths. Nice formal rooms, den on main level, finished basement with attached garage. Awesome potential in unfinished 3rd floor. Fabulous location on quiet street around the corner from Politics & Prose. Read more on our website.

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Chevy Chase DC, 6911 32nd St. NW. Huge, bright 5BR/3BA Rambler features almost 5,000 sq ft of space, with new windows & kitchen plus big rooms and attached garageâ&#x20AC;Ś close to Rock Creek Pk, giving great access to Dntwn DC, Bethesda & SS. Call for pricing. Keene Taylor 202.321.3488 Read more on our website.


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Under Contract in 7 Days! Mohican Hills, 6016 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda, $995,000. Wonderful Colonial, located in the quiet but convenient Mohican Hills section of Bethesda. The 4 bedroom/3.5 bath home has been expanded & updated, featuring breakfast and powder rooms plus 2 additional extra rooms on the main floor. Read more on our website.


Under Contract in 3 Days! Chevy Chase DC, 5320 28th Street NW, $1,199,000. Wonderful American 4-square home extensively renovated, adding all the modern amenities one could want. Nice master suite and private modern bath, plus 2 more bedrooms, renovated hall bath and fabulous office on the 2nd level as well as 2 more bedrooms & 3rd lux bath on top floor. Close to schools, Rock Creek Park, Broad Branch Market and the shops on Connecticut Ave. Read more on our website.

Chevy Chase DC 3505 Patterson Street NW, $1,149,000. Super location between Lafayette & Conn Ave on quiet street. Beautiful updated home with room to grow, including wonderful yard. 4BR, 3.5BA, recent windows, plus spacious porch & deck. Read more on our website.

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