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Parkside sites face federal scrutiny


■ Housing: Landowners seek

to build along Broad Branch By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Deep in Forest Hills, Broad Branch Creek flows alongside the curved and treacherous road that shares its name, with a steep, forested slope rising to the west. Now plans for at least four new houses on

that slope could become a test of the federal and District government’s authority to protect the wooded setting of Rock Creek Park. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a guardian of federal land and monuments in the District, in July rebuffed plans for a new house at 4664 Broad Branch, saying it would “unacceptably degrade the setting and character of the national park.” Now the same review panel is awaiting a proposal for three more houses

on a slope the commission says probably shouldn’t be built on. “Our concern is the aggregate effect,” said Tom Luebke, secretary to the federally appointed panel. So much construction, he said, could turn a “woodland lane into a suburban street.” But the property owners are fighting back, saying the commission has no legal authority to stop any development of their land. “It’s See Park/Page 5

Debate continues over merger at Walls By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

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A street performer showed off his juggling skills during Sunday’s 35th annual Adams Morgan Day street festival.

School Without Walls began the new school year in the glow of the national spotlight last month, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington with an event featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and some of America’s most recognizable civil rights leaders. But the back-to-school season has not been without some anxiety: There are lingering concerns over the recent merger between School Without Walls, the high school at 2130 G St., and Francis-Stevens, the lower school at 2425 N St. Several parents of high-schoolers continue to worry about their teenagers sharing space, resources and a sought-after principal with students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The principal in question, Richard Trogisch, has See Walls/Page 14

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Volunteers helped spruce up the Francis-Stevens campus the weekend before classes started. The campus is now part of School Without Walls.

Cleveland Park sprouts a ‘Little Free Library’

Zoning panel set to discuss proposed land-use rewrite


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For Linda Greensfelder, it all started with a trip to Wisconsin. The Cleveland Park resident was visiting family in Madison this past June when she first came across a Little Free Library — one of the 10,000 miniature lending libraries that have cropped up all over the world since 2009. Often resembling mailboxes, birdhouses or tiny wooden sheds, these hyperlocal book lenders sit on front lawns and business properties — and outside schools and churches — in places as diverse as Middle America and the Middle East. Built by individual citizens, neighborhood groups and formal organizations, they aim to connect communities by allowing unregulated donating and borrowing of books on an honor system.


debate expected at hearings By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Linda Greensfelder

A Cleveland Park resident started up her own Little Free Library on Newark Street.

Many of the libraries were supplied by Little Free Library Ltd., and most of those are registered with the Wisconsin nonprofit, which was founded four years ago See Library/Page 14


Renovation in store for Duke Ellington School of the Arts — Page 2

Shakespeare’s dark comedy ‘Measure’ to run at Lansburgh — Page 49

The proposed rewrite of the District’s zoning laws has inched one step closer to fruition, with the Zoning Commission voting Monday to hold several weeks of public hearings on the matter. The new zoning revisions include such controversial items as reduced parking minimums for certain new developments, allowing “corner

stores” in some residential neighborhoods, and streamlining the process to add an accessory apartment to a single-family home. The latest proposal, a 997-page document released in July, has also faced some criticism for items that are not currently slated to change. Some activists have sought greater affordable housing provisions and measures that would further restrict redevelopment in neighborhoods of single-family homes. Monday’s “setdown” vote was not an endorsement of the proposed new zoning code — merely a deciSee Zoning/Page 7



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Planned Ellington School renovation faces myriad concerns from neighbors By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The promised renovation of Duke Ellington School of the Arts is not yet underway, but already the possibility of additions and major construction at the 1897 school building at 35th and R streets is making surrounding residents nervous. A spokesperson at the D.C. Department of General Services said Friday that the agency

has just hired an architectural team — a joint venture of Lance Bailey & Associates and Cox Graae+Spack — but that no further plans have been solidified. “We’re just in the preliminary stages … the concept/design phase,” said spokesperson Darrell Pressley. “We don’t have any details right now.” Pressley added that his agency — which manages public school modernization and maintenance as well as other D.C. government construction projects — is planning a commu-

nity meeting in late September to seek input. “We want to engage all the stakeholders,” he said. A precise date has not yet been set. But at a Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission meeting last week, neighbors voiced fears — and also complaints about the lack of information. Although Pressley wouldn’t confirm the plans, talk of an 800-seat theater with a roof deck for patrons, as well as associated traffic and parking changes, seemed to be the biggest

concern. “The vast majority of neighbors know nothing about this project,” said a resident of the adjacent Cloisters community. “I found out by happenstance.” The design, she added, “will have a profound impact” on nearby residents. “Please give us a voice.” Residents also expressed fear that a large theater could be used as a venue for nonschool events. See Ellington/Page 7

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In less than a year, two yoga businesses — each with different offerings — have found homes on the busy Wisconsin Avenue commercial strip of Glover Park. Local nonprofit Yoga District opened its fifth studio at 2201 Wis-

Since there are more older residents in Glover Park, the studio there offers more gentle yoga classes, which have a slower pace, Chehrazi said. Starting this month, she will also be adding a yoga-nidra class, also known as “yogi sleep,” to the schedule. The military calls the practice “integrative restoration,” using it to kat lucero help soldiers deal with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. consin Ave. in May. A few doors Corporate-owned CorePower, down, at 2233 Wisconsin, Core- another growing yoga venture, with Power Yoga, a Denver-based chain 80 studios in 12 states, chose Glover that specializes in “hot yoga,” will Park in part due to its central locaopen its third location in the D.C. tion between the chain’s two other area sometime this fall. D.C.-area spots in Georgetown and The studios join other health- and Bethesda. The new studio will be on recreation-related businesses — the main level of the Georgetown both corporatePlaza building. owned and indepenSince 2002, the dently owned — company has offered such as Washington heated power-yoga Sports Club, Tennis classes in climateZone and Balance controlled studios, Gym. with classes usually Andrew Shnidercosting $20 for a man, general mandrop-in at area locaPhoto courtesy of Yoga District tions. ager of Balance Gym, attributes Yoga District is one of the Audra Conard, some of that growth newest studios to call the company’s to the population of Wisconsin Avenue home. regional manager students and young for the D.C. area and professionals moving into the neigh- Boston, said CorePower also homed borhood. But he also said that over- in on Glover Park for its population all, people of all ages in the D.C area and proximity to other businesses. have become more interested in “We look for locations that are healthy lifestyles. neighborhood-friendly,” she said. “The location has changed over Conard echoed Shniderman on the past few years,” said Shnider- why Glover Park has attracted health man. “We have a younger demo- and wellness businesses: Young prographic moving in, but you also have fessionals, families and others who people who are more health-con- naturally gravitate to yoga live in the scious.” neighborhood. Jasmine Chehrazi, founder of Chehrazi said the arrival of a Yoga District, said she expanded to second yoga studio near hers will be Glover Park at the suggestion of positive. “We’ll complement each some of her instructors who already other,” she said, since each offers live there and wanted to spread the different styles of the practice. benefits of yoga to their neighbors. Glover Park advisory neighborSince 2006, the nonprofit has aimed hood commissioner Jackie Blumento offer affordable classes — $11 thal remarked that the area’s busiper session at its simple-designed ness scene seems equipped to fill a studios all over the city — and even variety of niches. free classes at public libraries. “From sushi and pho to wiener Chehrazi also said each studio schnitzel, from organic cereal and reflects the neighborhood in which artisanal soap to exotic bourbon and it’s located. For example, the Dupont craft beer,” she wrote in an email. Circle and Foggy Bottom outposts “We have two bagel places, two offer more classes catering to the modern furniture stores, two nudeschedule of working professionals. dancing clubs, and now two yoga “We’re an expression of the com- studios. I look forward to trying both munity we serve,” she said. of them.”


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Jewish Primary Day School Petco opens store in Columbia Heights mall adds new 16th St. campus By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital this week unveiled its second campus, created to accommodate a student population that has doubled since the school found a permanent location in 2003. The new facility — located just a mile south of the original campus, both on 16th Street — houses three kindergarten classes on the main floor, with pre-kindergarten in the basement. The new location offers new features including a learning studio called a “sadnah” in Hebrew, where students can conduct a variety of projects from science to art, and a spacious indoor community space called a “kikar,” where students can gather and play. An upcoming development is a custom-made playground, which will include an amphitheater, edible garden, sand area and water pump system with a bridge over it. Construction on the playground is expected to start in the fall. “We’re so excited,” said head of school Naomi Reem. “It’s a dream come true. It’s exactly what we planned.”

The new space at 4715 16th St. is not far from the school’s other building, at 6045 16th St., where students from grades one through six attend classes. The south campus will ultimately house the school’s early development program. Next year, three first-grade classes will move to the second floor there, sharing a space with a few administrative offices. This year, the school enrolled 318 students, a 100 percent increase in enrollment since officials at the District’s only Jewish day school found their initial 16th Street location in 2003. Last year, the school accepted 278 students and had only two kindergarten classes. In the past few years, there has been a growing demand for Jewish education from young families in the area, according to Greg Shron, president of the school’s board of trustees. The school purchased the new building for $3.9 million two years ago. A $3 million donation from longtime D.C. resident and Chloraseptic inventor Robert Schattner boosted the efforts to expand the school. To honor the benefactor and his late wife, the school named the See Opening/Page 7

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 11

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session to discuss a timeline and procedure for considering the Next Generation Science Standards, and to review and discuss revised bylaws for the board. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 842, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Trust for Public Land will hold a community meeting to present schematic designs for the planned renovation of the Rose Park Playground. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 2600 P St. NW.

Thursday, Sept. 12

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a community meeting and workshop to discuss the Cleveland Park transportation study from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will hold its 2013 annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at 200 I St. SE. Reservations were requested by Sept. 6; visit ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B will hold a community information meeting with the three finalists to become the master developer for the Walter Reed campus. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Trust for Public Land will hold a community meeting to present schematic designs for the planned renovation of the Forest Hills Playground. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Capital Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a public hearing on proposed changes for various bus routes, as reflected in the agency’s Docket B13-02. D.C. routes slated for reduction or elimination are 5A, 34, 74, 80, M2, M8 and M9; those slated for improvements include 31, 32, 36, 42, 96, 97, D6, E2, E4, E6, H1, H3, H8, U2, V7, V8, V9 and W1. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the second-floor conference room at the D.C. Department of Treasury, 1101 4th St. SW.

Thursday, Sept. 26

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold precinct caucuses to fill vacancies for delegate positions in precincts 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 50, 136 and 138. The caucuses will be held from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. To vote or run for precinct delegate, you must be a registered Democrat in the relevant precinct. For details visit

Current Staff Report A 12,587-square-foot Petco store opened Saturday in the DC USA shopping complex in Columbia Heights. The new store, with its entrance on Irving Street, offers a grooming salon for dogs and cats and dogtraining classes; it also sells kittens, salt- and freshwater fish, small birds, tortoises, snakes, hamsters, mice and gerbils. Local pet adoption organizations will visit on weekends to show puppies. The extensive selection of pet foods includes mostly varieties with no preservatives or artificial colorings. There are also prepared frozen raw foods. All 13 employees of the new Petco are District

residents, said general manager Cliff Smith. This is Petco’s second full-service location in the District; the first is at 3505 Connecticut Ave. near the Cleveland Park Metro station. There’s a smaller store in Georgetown, Unleashed by Petco, as well as numerous suburban locations. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, after cutting the ribbon Saturday, quoted former President Harry Truman: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Graham was accompanied at the event by his West Highland terrier, Guapo. David Sein, the DC USA director of building operations, said that with the new store the shopping center is now 96 percent leased.

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District Digest Construction work to shut Canal Road lane

Work on the Arizona Avenue Bridge — which carries the Capital Crescent Trail over Canal Road — will require single lane closures on Canal Road between Arizona and Clara Barton Parkway on Sept. 14 and 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the National Park Service. Workers will be completing

punch-list items and painting the bridge, and the lane closures are necessary to prevent debris from falling on cars.

Work moves forward on Franklin Park plan

The D.C. Office of Planning has partnered with the National Park Service and the Downtown Business Improvement District — and hired landscape architecture firm

OLIN Studio — to update Franklin Park, a 4.79-acre downtown square bordered by I, K, 13th and 14th streets NW. Working with the community, the team will develop a new design for the park. Options will include adding food offerings, restrooms, events and programs, as well as highlighting historic resources. Planners will consider sustainable materials and practices, an enhanced streetscape, better trans-

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private property,� said Thomas Wilner, an attorney who shares ownership of three lots on that stretch of Broad Branch Road. “You can’t deprive people of property rights without paying just compensation.� At issue is an obscure 1930 law, the Shipstead-Luce Act, which tasks the commission — a panel of architects, artists and art historians — with design review of private development bordering federal enclaves such as Rock Creek Park. The panel makes recommendations “to prevent reasonably avoidable impairment of the public values� of federal buildings, monuments and parks. But ultimate authority rests with the D.C. government, whose Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is charged with complying with the fine arts panel’s recommendations. “While CFA’s recommendations are not mandatory or dispositive, we take them into significant account in our review of the building permit application,� department spokesperson Helder Gil said in an email to The Current. Application of Shipstead-Luce has been a bit spotty. In 1989 the commission helped block construction of a house on the corner of Broad Branch Road and Davenport Street. In 2001, it reluctantly approved another near the same corner, but so far up the slope and so obscured by trees that it is barely visible from the park. Forty or 50 years ago, the commission did allow two new houses fronting Broad Branch. Luebke calls the result “unfortunate; a mistake.� One of those houses is now owned by a couple who subdivided the property last November and want to build an additional house for their family. That’s the Caldwells, who retained architect Robert Bell to design what he calls a “super-efficient, environmentally sensitive� house — with thermal heating, solar panels and an “air-tight skin� — that would cost only $12 a month to heat and cool. And, Bell told the commission in July, there would be no curb cut because occupants would use an existing driveway. And the zoning overlay that protects trees in Forest Hills would limit removal of additional trees, he said. The commission wasn’t having it; commissioners ruled that the location was inappropriate. William Caldwell wasn’t ready to comment. But his architect says the commission simply exceeded its authority. “Basically, they’re taking the property,� Bell said. Further, Bell said, a 1918 report by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of the park, urged the federal government to purchase land on the west side of Broad Branch Road to “protect the chief valley scenery� and prevent residential development. “The federal government chose not to purchase� then, Bell said. “You can’t wait 100 years, then

say, ‘It’s ours.’� Then come Thomas and James Wilner. The brothers grew up in a house high up on the slope and, after their mother died, tried to sell the property as a whole. But finding no buyers, they subdivided in 2010, creating three new lots on Broad Branch Road. “We have three buildable lots. We pay taxes on those lots, and eventually we’d like to sell or

â??If the government wants this land, they have to pay for it.â?ž — Thomas Wilner build on them,â€? Thomas Wilner said. They prepared applications for curb cuts and driveways, but they never formally submitted them. There are no specific plans yet, he said, but two developers have been eying the lots for purchase. “If the government wants this land, they have to pay for it,â€? Wilner said. “And I’m perfectly willing to sell — if they pay fair market value,â€? which he estimated at $700,000 to $900,000 per lot. “I’d rather they put the money into teachers and schools,â€? he said dryly. Both the Wilners and Caldwells have consulted Whayne Quin, a veteran zoning attorney in the District. No legal action is contemplated yet, Wilner said, but the group hopes to persuade the Fine Arts Commission that “their understanding of the law is incorrect. They just have design approval over architecture. They can’t prevent development.â€? Park superintendent Tara Morrison and the nonprofit Rock Creek Conservancy have already weighed in, citing concerns about loss of trees, indoor lighting visible from the park, and an increase in stormwater into the stream. “The rock-strewn stream, nestled in a narrow, winding valley, ‌ provides a unique and wonderful park experience,â€? conservancy director Beth Mullin wrote in July. Construction right across the street “would impair the natural and aesthetic value of the adjacent parkland,â€? she wrote. All parties must also factor in that the D.C. Department of Transportation is studying how to make Broad Branch Road safer, possibly by taking land on the west side to create a pedestrian and bike path. That, says Luebke, would mean even less buffer between homes and the park, while “putting the two mistake houses even closer to the street.â€? Luebke took a stab at summing up the controversy. “In the end, it becomes an issue for the District to adjudicate, and they face possible legal challenge by either the property owners or the federal government,â€? he said. “Truth is, D.C. is caught in the middle. It’s the right of a property owner against a public interest. We’re interested in protecting the park.â€?

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3900-3999 block, Garrison St.; 8 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:50 a.m. Sept. 7.

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Theft from auto â&#x2013; 3800-3899 block, Fessenden St.; 1:05 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  4100-4119 block, River Road; 1:04 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  4600-4699 block, 43rd Place; 9:54 p.m. Sept. 8. Theft â&#x2013;  5400-5417 block, 42nd St.; 1:55 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:01 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  3814-3989 block, Chesapeake St.; 11:30 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:57 p.m. Sept. 5.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3700-3899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  4800-4899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:28 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, Ordway St.; 2:17 p.m. Sept. 6. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  5250-5299 block, Linnean Ave.; 7:35 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Broad Branch Terrace; 9:20 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  5100-5149 block, 36th St.; 5:37 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  3100-3198 block, Brandywine St.; 9:19 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  4900-4999 block, 30th Place; 4:02 p.m. Sept. 6. Theft â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 5:32 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:59 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Broad Branch Terrace; 9:51 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  5100-5241 block, Nebraska Ave.; 9 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4300-4449 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:45 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 9:31 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:10 p.m. Sept. 8.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3000-3099 block, Woodland Drive; 8:43 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, 35th Place; 3:35 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:06 p.m. Sept. 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2731-2899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:33 p.m. Sept. 3. Theft â&#x2013;  2241-2318 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:34 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, 38th St.; 6:56 p.m. Sept. 7.

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Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 4711-4799 block, Reservoir Road; 4:41 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  4600-4699 block, Tilden St.; 11 a.m. Sept. 5. Theft â&#x2013;  4000-4299 block, Cathedral Ave.; 11:21 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4700-4799 block, Whitehaven Parkway; 2:38 p.m. Sept. 8.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1640-1699 block, 33rd St.;

3:45 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013; 3278-3299 block, M St.; 10:41 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, O St.; 12:22 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1227-1299 block, 30th St.; 3:36 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, P St.; 6:26 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, 32nd St.; 3:45 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3000-3399 block, Volta Place; 2:20 p.m. Sept. 7. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  3229-3299 block, P St.; 10:43 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1133-1333 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:23 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  3000-3041 block, P St.; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Dumbarton St.; 10:59 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 27th St.; 10:39 a.m. Sept. 7. Theft â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 12:41 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, O St.; 10:16 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1564-1601 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:50 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 8:57 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  3000-3041 block, P St.; 10 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1000-1003 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; 9:51 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 2:21 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  Q and 29th streets; 2:51 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, O St.; 8:45 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:06 p.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  O and 31st streets; 12:13 p.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  1200-1229 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3 p.m. Sept. 8.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 12:46 a.m. Sept. 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 25th St.; 3:30 a.m. Sept. 6. Sexual abuse â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 8:28 p.m. Sept. 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  1900-1949 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 12:16 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 3:41 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 23rd St.; 5:47 p.m. Sept. 6. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2488-2501 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5:38 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, L St.; 5:26

p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013; 2600-2699 block, L St.; 2:48 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  26th and L streets; 4:50 a.m. Sept. 8. Theft â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:15 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, H St.; 3:59 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 16th St.; 2 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:29 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, 17th St.; 8:25 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 20th St.; 12:34 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 2:39 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, G St.; 8 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1000-1050 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:17 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  F and 9th streets; 5:27 p.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Vermont Ave.; 6:46 p.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, K St.; 5:28 p.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 19th St.; 5:50 p.m. Sept. 8.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1900-1999 block, Q St.; 4:51 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1-6 block, Dupont Circle; 12:39 a.m. Sept. 6. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Newport Place; 9:33 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1802-1899 block, Corcoran St.; 10:38 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  32-99 block, Kalorama Circle; 9:16 p.m. Sept. 8. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  15th Street and Highland Terrace; 5:16 p.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1600-1619 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 10:20 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Church St.; 9:30 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  N and 18th streets; 8:15 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 11:14 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  O and 17th streets; 10:14 a.m. Sept. 8. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1479 block, 20th St.; 8:20 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, N St.; 11:47 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 9:25 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:56 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, R St.; 6:55 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:31 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:05 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  2100-2115 block, M St.; 6:36 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  2014-2099 block, P St.; 7:55 p.m. Sept. 7.

The Current Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ELLINGTON: Update planned From Page 2

But commission chair Ron Lewis said that in preliminary meetings heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learned that the General Services Department plans to renovate the existing school rather than building a new one on a nearby field. Plans for a theater and deck overlooking adjacent homes are â&#x20AC;&#x153;just ideas up for discussion,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ellington, an acclaimed high school that draws aspiring artists, actors, dancers and musicians from all over the city, is badly in need of an update. The former Western High School, with its distinctive columned front porch, was built in 1897 to serve students in the western part of the city. (The building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.) A gradual decline in school-age population threatened to close Western in the mid-1970s. But arts

patrons, including Peggy Cooper Cafritz, pulled together support to open it as an arts school serving students citywide. There are now roughly 500 students in grades nine through 12. Three years ago parents and students were alarmed by news reports that the city planned to relocate Ellington to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;more central locationâ&#x20AC;? near Union Station, using the historic building again as a neighborhood high school. Some officials supported that plan in light of overcrowding at Wilson High School, and the renewed popularity of public schools. But in the ensuing outcry, thenChancellor Michelle Rhee denied any â&#x20AC;&#x153;immediate planâ&#x20AC;? to relocate Ellington, saying she hoped eventually to build a new facility for the school. Ellington was placed in the long queue of public schools due for modernization.

OPENING: JPDS adds second campus on 16th Street From Page 3

new site the Kay and Robert Schattner Center South Campus. At the time of the purchase, the Washington Latin Public Charter School occupied the building, which the charter was leasing from the British School of Washington. The charter relocated to the former Rudolph Elementary after the end of the 2012-2013 school year, and Jewish

sion that no further changes are needed before the Zoning Commission launches hearings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing is definite. Everything is subject to change,â&#x20AC;? commission chair Anthony Hood said at the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just take what we have for now and then talk about how to fix it,â&#x20AC;? added commission member Peter May. The zoning code update, conducted by the D.C. Office of Planning, is the first full-scale rewrite of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land-use regulations since 1958. The comprehensive changes seek to reflect the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increased use of public transportation, modern environmental standards and reduced household sizes, the Planning Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jennifer Steingasser told the commission. The agency also aims to foster increased density in parts of the city that planners feel can best support the growth. The public hearings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; due to start later this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be the culmination of the years-long rewriting process. During that process, the Planning Office convened a task force of experts, including citizen activists, to vet several draft proposals. The agency also shared the proposals at more than 100 community meetings across the city, according to Steingasser. Zoning commissioner Robert Miller praised the process, which has led to numerous changes to the Planning Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, based on community feedback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten to a better point along the way, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to an even better point when we get through our public hearing process,â&#x20AC;? he said. At Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, Steingasser acknowledged the controversies surrounding some of the proposed changes, but she said her agency has incorporated all of the feedback it can. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of pent-up opinions that are waiting to get to the

commission and be voiced,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Zoning Commission, a fivemember body with three mayoral appointees and two federal representatives, will hold final say on any changes to the code. The Office of Planning serves as an expert adviser, and D.C. Council members regularly lobby for particular items, but commissioners are free to make their own decisions. Hearing dates havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been set, but the commission intends to set aside three weeks of daily hearings (Monday through Thursday nights), with each night dedicated to a particular aspect of the zoning rewrite. Particularly controversial topics, such as parking, will be scheduled for two nights. The hearings are expected to begin sometime later this year, but they must be scheduled around the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular business of reviewing proposed projects. Commissioner Marcie Cohen suggested that the body also hold additional hearings in different parts of the city, to reach residents unable to attend those at One Judiciary Square downtown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an unusual method her colleagues said they would support if it proved logistically feasible. Written testimony is also accepted online at Some residents werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing to wait for the hearings to make their voices heard. During Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, several held up signs calling for the commission to â&#x20AC;&#x153;redefine affordability,â&#x20AC;? according to Office of Zoning staff. Hood threatened to remove them from the meeting room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be plenty of time for there to be discussion and comments. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not start it off wrong,â&#x20AC;? said Hood. The proposed zoning regulations are available at and in hard copies at every D.C. Public Library branch.

Primary Day started work in June. The $2.5 million update constructed an operable school just in time for this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening. Despite having two campuses, faculty and administrators emphasized that the Jewish Primary Day is still one school. That means they will continue to maintain a tight-knit community with parents, teachers and students. The new siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening happened

to fall during the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th anniversary. It was founded in 1988 at Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park, but it temporarily moved out of D.C. before returning in 2003. The new building also has a familial connection to its current occupants: It was originally the home of Annette and Paul Himmelfarb, great-grandparents of school board member Steve Himmelfarb, whose child is currently a student.


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The Dupont


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The wrong call

There’s been some debate in the District about how to use the 911 line. The Office of Unified Communications, which oversees the 911 and 311 call centers, favors directing all police-related calls — emergency or not — to 911. The operators there are specially trained in police matters and can connect to a police dispatcher. Calling 911 also means that residents who don’t realize the importance of their call will be put through quickly. But what can’t really be debated is the city’s law: Last year, the D.C. Council voted 11-0 to mandate that the 911 lines be reserved for emergency calls. The 911 Purity Amendment Act, introduced by now-Chairman Phil Mendelson, was crafted to keep non-emergency calls from consuming precious resources while callers trying to report a crisis are left on hold. We’re concerned that, notwithstanding its statements to the contrary, the Unified Communications Office is not complying with the law. The agency has acknowledged the law’s existence, as far as changing the advice it gives about where to call. Residents are now instructed to call 911 only for emergencies, and 311 for non-emergency police issues, such as reporting car break-ins and noise complaints. But the Office of Unified Communications is configured so that only a 911 call-taker can reach a police dispatcher. Do you want an officer to check in on the party next door, or look over your shattered car window? Call 311, then wait on hold for an operator who can do nothing but send you over to 911. Residents who follow the agency’s advice spend more time on the phone, but a 911 operator still must process them in the end. “That’s just the way the system currently works,” Stephen Williams, the Office of Unified Communication’s chief of operations, told The Current. That hardly justifies the noncompliance. While it’s true there are pros and cons to both ways of handling nonemergency police calls, it is not the place of a city agency to unilaterally substitute its judgment for a law adopted by the D.C. Council. Rather, we would like to see those pros and cons evaluated at a public hearing of Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells’ Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. Mr. Wells should also question the Unified Communications Office’s decision to continue with “the way the system currently works” even when the law mandates an operations change.

Extra hours

The hours of operation for D.C. libraries have fluctuated widely over the years, with Sunday hours often getting totally slashed. Recently, only the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has opened on Sunday, though neighborhood libraries have stayed open until 9 p.m. twice a week. Many feel that’s not enough. Our public libraries provide vital services, from serving as community gathering spaces to providing resources for literacy, job-hunting and enrichment. They offer free programs including children’s story hours and film screenings. And of course, they lend out books. Many have noted that a 9-to-5 operating schedule is illogical for facilities meant to serve all residents — including, obviously, those with day jobs. Thus we’re thrilled that starting Oct. 1, all D.C. libraries will include Sunday afternoons and an extra extended day on their schedules. Most branches will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans and Mayor Vincent Gray deserve credit for the change. Last summer, Mr. Evans introduced a bill that would require seven-day-a-week service at all branches. Mr. Evans said he was hearing persistent complaints that libraries weren’t open enough, and he concluded that only a law would keep hours from slipping through the cracks of the city’s budget negotiations. Mayor Gray heard the call, and he included funds to expand hours in his fiscal year 2014 budget, which takes effect next month. Many libraries are getting an additional 14.5 hours, for a total of 62.5 per week. We welcome the change, and we wonder if a similar extension could be considered for outdoor pools and spray parks. The Department of Parks and Recreation recently lengthened the season for several brand-new spray parks, allowing children’s water play through the end of this month, rather than stopping on Labor Day as usual. But why not keep all city spray parks operable through September? It’s typically a warm month, so there’s no reason to shut off the fountains just as it begins. Perhaps a few outdoor pools could get an extended year as well. There’s no reason adults — and kids, on the weekends or after school — shouldn’t enjoy a few more weeks of outdoor swimming.

Smoldering ruins … of freedom …


dozen years after 9/11, America has yet to come to grips with a loss that goes beyond that terrible day’s destruction in New York City, at the Pentagon and on a field in Pennsylvania. That other loss is far less direct, but real nonetheless. In the name of security, we have lost privacy and freedom in almost too many ways to count. First, there are the innumerable security barriers that have pockmarked our streets, our sidewalks, our building entrances and even access to revered public spaces like the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and the Ellipse near the White House. And who could tally all of the security cameras whirring away? Planes fell out of the sky on 9/11, and America rushed to close down its public streets here in the nation’s capital and around the country. Every government office or installation went into lockdown and still suffers from what your Notebook calls bureaucratic “security envy.” “Security envy” stems from the White House and Congress. They shut themselves off from the citizens they serve, and soon all federal agency bureaucrats reasoned that they, too, weren’t important unless they adopted super-strict security measures. We might as well put an asterisk next to any reference to “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The “securicrat” era has affected private companies, too, with fences and gates and ID checks and thousands of private security guards who often are ill-informed or clueless about their real authority, which is not much beyond the property boundaries they patrol. Your Notebook’s TV persona still encounters the occasional private guard who wanders out onto public space, telling us erroneously that we can’t shoot this or that. You should see the look in their eyes when we say that not only can we shoot footage, but we are shooting them interfering with us. But your Notebook doesn’t blame the individual guards. We blame the officials in charge, with their bureaucratic impulse to at least appear like they are in control of things. It’s compounded by their lack of understanding or knowledge of individual and press freedoms. The physical barriers — and we can only hope that one day they will be outdated relics equivalent to the 1950s/’60s bomb shelters — are not the only assaults on our liberty.

Every day brings some new disclosure that your every move online, or on the telephone, is exposed to secret government monitoring. As the media reported this summer, spy agencies can remotely activate your phone’s microphone and listen in on your conversations even when the phone is not being used. That’s creepy. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of privacy intrusions, but skeptics say there is little confidence that much will be accomplished. On this 9/11 anniversary, the good news is that it’s possible that the privacy issue may unite left- and right-wing adversaries in Congress. At least then the warring factions will be fighting for the same important goal — the freedoms all our security is supposedly in place to protect. ■ No vote on Syria. It’ll come as no surprise to regular readers of this column, but the 630,000-plus citizens of the District have no say in whether the United States attacks Syria for its reported use of chemical weapons. On Monday, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said that as of that moment, she would vote against the president’s plan for warlike action against Syria. But the key point is that she doesn’t have a vote on the floor of the House. And, therefore, the citizens of the District have no voice. “The outcry that the president not strike Syria without a vote from the Congress,” Norton said, “spotlights intensely the denial of the democratic rights that our citizens have faced in every war the nation has fought except, ironically, the Revolutionary War.” Norton, who was joined by Mayor Vincent Gray, spoke at the D.C. War Memorial, the structure that sits almost anonymously just steps from the grander World War II Memorial. The D.C. memorial remembers the 499 District citizens who died in World War I. Norton said Congress may well reject the president’s appeal. “If the vote fails, and the president proceeds anyway, the citizens of the 50 states … will have just a taste of what the residents of this city have experienced for more than two centuries,” she said. “For us, it is taxation without representation every single time there is a vote in the House of Representatives … and Senate.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor 21st Street addition fails visibility test

Further to letters written over the past year regarding construction at 1321 21st St., it is time for our concerned agencies to act, since the D.C. Historic Preservation Office chooses to allow visibility of new construction within the boundaries of the Dupont Circle Historic District. Transformation of a singlefamily row house into a six-unit condo was accepted by the Historic Preservation Review Board and other concerned agencies (the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, the Dupont Circle Conservancy and the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission) only on the condition that no part of the new construction be visible from the street, including Newport

Place. Although construction is now clearly visible, the Historic Preservation Office states that it doesn’t “have the standing to request further changes.” As visible as this construction is from Newport Place today, it will be far more visible during the six months of the year when the trees do not have leaves. This information was shared widely when the neighbors pointed out that the developer’s visibility test was seriously flawed as demonstrated by our own visibility test last winter (conducted by an architect and an engineer on the identical house next door). The developer’s test already showed some visibility as it approximated the roof deck parapet, but it failed to reflect the design addition of an enclosed roof deck access stair subsequent to Historic Preservation Office review. The roof deck access has since been modified, but the construction remains visible.

Try as we did to make our expert opinions known to the Historic Preservation Office through last spring, this agency began to listen only once actual construction made itself apparent, and when we pointed out the developer’s attempt to construct the front of the new roof contrary to the reviewed design (illegally raising the roof for more headroom for a top-floor unit). With construction ongoing, timing is now critical, and the neighbors have reached out to our concerned agencies to follow through with the Historic Preservation Review Board’s directive — to ensure that any new construction at 1321 21st St. is not visible from Newport Place. Or could it be that neither our Ward 2 D.C. Council member, our at-large council members, nor our concerned agencies (i.e., the powers that be) really care? Steve Nelson Dupont Circle

The Current

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Spring Valley health study was too limited VIEWPOINT kent slowinski


n his Aug. 14 letter to the editor, Malcolm Pritzker quarrels with The Current’s Aug. 7 editorial, which criticized the recently completed Johns Hopkins School of Public Health community health study because it “failed to scratch the surface” of a “host of rare health problems among Spring Valley residents.” The D.C. Department of Health awarded one contract to the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for a 2007 study, and five years later the D.C. Department of Environment awarded another to the school. Both studies reviewed existing reports and concluded by declaring: “Community health status of Spring Valley ... is very good.” Upon closer inspection, neither study is useful for preventing further illness. Hopkins 2007 narrowed the disease sample by considering only seven types of cancer found in the D.C. Cancer Registry. This registry is relatively new and certified only for years after 1996. Hopkins’ convenient reliance on the registry means the study ignored all non-cancer cases such as immune deficiency, autoimmune disorders and blood disorders (including aplastic anemia, pernicious anemia and multiple myeloma); ignored all cases from the 65 years prior to the registry; and ignored clusters of rare diseases that struck residents living on the same properties over a period of time. Hopkins claimed to look for a relation between registry cases and known contamination. Hopkins instead looked for a relation between cancer and “boundaries of interest.” However, due to extensive re-grading, cutting and filling during road and home construction, most properties within areas of interest are clean, while many properties located outside are contaminated. Hopkins used Chevy Chase as a control, even though all D.C. drinks from Dalecarlia Reservoir, the grounds of which were shelled and used for burial of chemical warfare materiel. In comparing Spring Valley with D.C. and the nation, Hopkins didn’t adjust for ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status; even though Spring Valley is whiter, more female and more affluent — factors that reduce incidence and mortality. Hopkins 2013 is also suspect since this “assessment” relied on the registry, thereby eliminating all non-cancer, pre-registry and cluster cases. Again Hopkins used Chevy Chase as a control and made no adjustment for

Letters to the Editor Noisy parties show lack of consideration

Peter Schaefer writing from rural Kent posits that neighbors are supposed to tolerate noisy parties, especially on a Saturday night, because one is celebrating a very special occasion in one’s own home. In an earlier letter, Michael Greene correctly noted that the wedding in question occurred in a “densely packed residential area,” and there is the real issue. In such dense neighborhoods everyone must take into consideration the effects of their actions. If at 10 p.m. there’s a house with 200 guests on the front lawn, party lights all over and a band just finishing its sixth number, I see red

ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status. Hopkins also created a community “outreach” survey. This survey was not conducted door-to-door nor was there a mailing; it was instead posted online. Few people heard of it. This is the worst kind of non-probability sample: self-selecting, self-reporting and low-participation. Hopkins ignored an important pathway for chemical warfare materiel exposure: the inhalation of poison gas! Why? Because Hopkins based its exposure pathways model on the Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund, which is not appropriate for toxins designed to kill people. Based on such fake science, Hopkins again comforts us: “Community health in the Spring Valley … continues to be very good.” Archival records indicate that 4,000 shells, many large burial pits and countless duds remain. Should we stop looking for them? Perchlorate has been detected both in Spring Valley’s groundwater and in D.C.’s treated water. The perchlorate plume is east and upgradient of Dalecarlia Reservoir. Shouldn’t we care that contamination may enter the reservoir? In 1992 the Environmental Health Network and the National Toxics Campaign Fund issued a scathing report, “Inconclusive by Design,” that charged the federal Centers for Disease Control and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry with fraud: “Both of these agencies have routinely funded and conducted studies of effects of toxic pollution on public health which are inconclusive by design. These intentionally inconclusive studies have been used by polluters and government officials to mislead citizens into believing that further measures to prevent toxic exposures are unnecessary.” The time has come to level the same charge against the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Around 2009, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh asked a reasonable question: “Can you use anecdotal health issues to identify properties needing cleanup?” What went wrong? In short, if you forget that your mission is to protect against further illness, don’t be surprised if you draft an incomplete statement of work, select the wrong contractor and obtain a useless result. Weak contract management, with no requirement for in-progress reports and no review process, can only make matters worse. Kent Slowinski is a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D and a former member of the Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board.

flags. As a District resident who has had to call the police over student parties in my neighborhood even without a band, I am in complete sympathy with Mr. Greene. Good for him and congratulations that the police shut down this inappropriate noisy party. Maybe the next family special occasion could be planned for Kent, where I am sure the neighbors would enjoy the noise. Jerry Barrett Washington, D.C.

Speed cameras do slow down drivers

I write in response to Jack McKay’s recent letter to the editor [“Drop in fatalities is result of safer cars,” Aug. 7]. Mr. McKay contends that increasing the number of speed cameras will fatten up the District’s

revenues but do nothing for actual safety. As a full-time pedestrian, I have observed speeders slow to nearlegal speed limits when within camera range. If a driver doesn’t habitually speed, what’s the concern about speed cameras? Jane Howard Woodley Park

Market patrons clog Safeway parking lot

Something should be done to discourage patrons of the farmers market from clogging up the MacArthur Boulevard Safeway parking lot on Sunday mornings. These law-violators are making it difficult for the elderly and handicapped to do their grocery shopping. Edwin Rockefeller Glover Park

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: ■ update on DC Health Link. ■ commissioner announcements. ■ discussion of School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens. ■ public announcements. ■ consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a license renewal at Doi Moi, 1800 14th St. ■ consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a new CR license for STK DC LLC, 1250 Connecticut Ave., for a fine-dining, family-friendly steakhouse with an entertainment endorsement for a DJ and background music. ■ consideration of a public space renewal application from DC2NY for a Washington Deluxe intercity bus stop along Massachusetts Avenue next to 9 Dupont Circle. ■ consideration of a public space application from DC2NY for a Washington Deluxe intercity bus stop on Connecticut Avenue next to the pocket park at 20th and Q streets. ■ consideration of a public space application from the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District for signage next to a proposed rain garden at the northwest corner of 19th and L streets. ■ consideration of a zoning application for construction at 905 16th St. ■ consideration of a zoning application for 1785 Massachusetts Ave. ■ consideration of a request for revisions to the planned-unit development at 900 16th St. (Third Church of Christ, Scientist, project). ■ consideration of a resolution recognizing Ross Elementary School for its standardized testing performance. ■ committee reports. For details, visit ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: ■ introduction of draft budget. ■ government reports. ■ police report. ■ discussion of 2328 Massachusetts Ave. with MuseArchitects. ■ update on the city’s zoning regulations review. ■ update on 2225 California St. ■ discussion of plans for a visitor parking pass program, including a presentation by D.C. Department of Transportation management analyst Evian Patterson.

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ police report. ■ discussion of a request by JP’s for a valet staging area. ■ discussion with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and the National Park Service regarding the Glover Archbold Park sewer line project and its impact on the Glover Park and Cathedral Heights neighborhoods. ■ discussion with Jarrett Ferrier regarding the Glover Park Citizens Association’s plan for benches at the Calvert Street and Wisconsin Avenue triangle. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park ■ cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: ■ discussion with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority regarding the Glover Archbold Park and Soapstone Valley sewer line projects. ■ update from the Metropolitan Police Department regarding recent burglaries and home invasions, as well as a report from the new traffic enforcement officer. ■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application by JBG regarding renovation of the Wardman Park Tower at 2660 Woodley Road and its conversion from hotel use to a condominium. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance to add a screened porch at 3006 32nd St. ■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a pool and pool house at 3210 Newark St. ■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application regarding pool installation at 3207 Highland Place. For details, visit

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reflects its burgeoning neighborhood, known variously as Brightwood and Manor Park. In the past few years, preservationists have worked to maintain the historical integrity of local gems, pushing, for instance, to shine more light on Fort Stevens, where the only Civil War battle within the District of Columbia took place. At the same time, Ward 4 is facing major changes in the form of a new Walmart and impending redevelopment of the Walter Reed campus. The newly renovated property at 317 Madison St. represents a balance between old and new. While owner Maureen Flanagan gutted the entire house this year, she kept much of the Federal-style homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage charm. Now, this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath brick home is on the market for $699,000. The exterior is the first giveaway of the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old-world charm.

Built in 1931, the property still has plenty of its original details, such as the custom-brick facade. The wraparound porch also still has the period concrete balustrades, while a mature tree provides generous shade on the front lawn. Another outdoor perk of this home is the parkland across the street, where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room for a game of Frisbee, touch football or kickball â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or space for the pooch to run. Once inside the first floor, one quickly sees the results of the recent renovation: recessed lighting; granite countertops in the kitchen; stainless steel Frigidaire appliances; restored crown moldings on the ceiling, doors and windows; stained maple cabinetry; and an open floor plan that allows a seamless flow from the kitchen to the dining the room. But many original details were left alone or enhanced to gracefully coexist with their contemporary counterparts. They include the French doors leading to the study that overlooks the back and connects to the powder room; the sanded and stained wooden stairs going up to the second floor; and the wooden stair banister with a distinctive swirling post.

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This four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath corner town house is priced at $699,000. In the living room, the woodburning brick fireplace with a largetiled hearth and white mantel looks to be new. But upon closer inspection of this painted feature, one can see a small flue damper just above the firebox, revealing that this fireplace was also part of the original design. The second floor is in keeping with the name Brightwood. Light pours in from skylights Flanagan built above the landing. In refinishing the hallway bathroom, she also added skylights to brighten the once-windowless space. A contemporary mirror and sink complement the custom-made tiles in the shower area and the 1930s beveled tub. Also on this level are four sunlit


bedrooms. Facing the parkland, the master bedroom is connected to its own contemporary bathroom. Back down to the first floor, the kitchen leads to a generous mudroom at the back of house. This feature is already complete with high wooden cabinets and a wall rack. The basement also showcases more of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern charm. Like the stairs above, the wooden steps leading down to this large recreation space are original. This main area has a built-in wet bar, with wooden cabinets, butcher block and a wine refrigerator. The

laundry room also has more of these warm maple cabinets and a butcher block, which can serve as a folding counter and linen storage. This level also includes another full bath and a window-filled space that can be used as a library or sitting room. It has a smaller area available for storage, and toward the back is the entrance to a spacious two-car garage. This four-bedroom, three-and-ahalf-bath house at 317 Madison St. is offered for $699,000. For details, contact Marilyn Charity of Washington Fine Properties at 202-4277553 or


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by entrepreneurs Todd Bol and Rick Brooks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought they were just darling,â&#x20AC;? said Greensfelder, a retired nurse who has lived in Northwest D.C. since 1970. Within weeks of returning from her trip, she had purchased a wooden model derived from an Amish barn, set it up in front of her home and enlisted the help of her granddaughters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sadie, 8, and Theo, 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to stock it full of books. Greensfelder drew 25 neighbors to her July 9 unveiling of the library, which now sits in the shade of a dogwood tree at 2940 Newark St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You stock it initially, and you hope people will make it a living thing,â&#x20AC;? said Greensfelder, estimating that 50 books have moved through the library so far. She said some passersby are reluctant to borrow and require her encouragement. Others are less hesitant, such as young children who grab picture books to take with them for a day at the nearby National Zoo. There are already several Little Free Libraries in D.C., including

those registered at 1434 F St. NE and 408 Aspen St. NW. Greensfelder said she hopes the novelty of these libraries wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wear off. She, for one, believes they have enduring appeal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you get a book from a Little Free Library, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like opening a present,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea is youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting a book someone else has endorsed.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no one who shares Greensfelderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fondness for the concept more than Todd Bol, the cofounder of Little Free Library Ltd. In a phone interview from Hudson, Wis., Bol said the movement he helped start has been called a global sensation. He noted that Little Free Libraries have been featured in thousands of media outlets, including The New York Times and Readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Digest, which recently listed the libraries as one of their â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 Surprising Reasons We Love America.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a primal need for us to feel close to each other,â&#x20AC;? said Bol, who credits the libraries with bringing neighborhoods together. According to Bol, Little Free Library has directly sold about 25

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percent of the 10,000 libraries currently in existence. They cost buyers between $170 and $280, on average. The nonprofit also charges $34.95 for each library that wishes to formally register as a Little Free Library, and those libraries receive a special sign and charter number. Bol said his organization has also donated hundreds of libraries, including to communities ravaged by the recent hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He considers himself a man with a larger mission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are 11,000 small towns without libraries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to change that,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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bang our shoe against the table,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. The D.C. Department of General Services has provided some temporary fixes, but Cheh said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waiting on longer-term solutions and detailed reports. Representatives from the General Services agency didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to questions from The Current yesterday. At Stoddert, drainage issues on a field beside the school building have been an â&#x20AC;&#x153;ongoing issue,â&#x20AC;? flooding the playground whenever it rains, according to principal Don Bryant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The solution for this seems to be re-grading the playground, followed by the installation of artificial [turf],â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email, adding that the PTA is willing to help fund that solution with help from the D.C. government. This month, though, the drainage problem has led to a more immediate safety concern â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when dirt in the playground erodes, dangerous items like shards of glass and beer bottles are rising to the surface. As a quick fix, Bryant wrote, city officials helped install a temporary fence to keep students out of that area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am grateful for that temporary solution,â&#x20AC;? he wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but obviously still concerned because this reduces the square footage of playground available to our students.â&#x20AC;? Cheh said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waiting on the General Services Department to put up a more permanent fence â&#x20AC;&#x153;and finish the process of fixing it.â&#x20AC;? For the larger problems with drainage, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it will take a longer fix,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said, adding that she wants to

see a report about what needs to happen. Stoddert, at 4001 Calvert St., underwent a $34 million renovation before the start of the 2010 school year. At Janney, which was updated through a $30 million modernization project two years ago, the new air-conditioning system has never functioned quite as it should, Cheh said. At the start of this school year at 4130 Albemarle St., the specific problem was on the third floor, where the air conditioner seemed to be broken. Cheh said yesterday that the General Services Department and engineers visited over the weekend to try to fix it, and will â&#x20AC;&#x153;see today or tomorrowâ&#x20AC;? if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working properly. In a recent email to Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, Janney principal Norah Lycknell questioned whether a larger fix was needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It often seems as if all the players are disconnected and putting out small fires rather than coming up with a prevention plan for the future (if the HVAC system breaks once every two days, and one room has never cooled properly, shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we be considering wider repairs or even replacement?)â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Cheh said that after visiting Janney last week she told the General Services Department that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted a report on why two-year-old air conditioning in a $30 million renovated school would not work.â&#x20AC;? With the problems at both Janney and Stoddert, she said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth investigating whether â&#x20AC;&#x153;builders and equipment makers [from the recent modernizations] should be responsible for replacements.â&#x20AC;?

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Calling the police: The 411 on 311 and 911 By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lesson drilled into our heads from an early age: When you have an emergency, you dial 911. But what is an emergency? A fire or pressing medical problem is an easy call. So is a crime in progress. Residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most common uncertainty is over whether their call is urgent, according to officials at the D.C. Office of Unified Communications, which oversees both the 911 and 311 call centers. The test recommended by the Unified Communications Office and the Metropolitan Police Department: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an inkling in your mind that you need police for something, we want [you] to call to 911,â&#x20AC;? Stephen Williams, chief of operations at the communications agency, said in an interview. With your 911 call, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be placed through to a specially trained operator who will evaluate your issue and either contact a police dispatcher or, if no police response is necessary, transfer your call to 311. Reports of suspicious activity are particularly crucial, safety officials say, because officers need to be able to respond quickly to the scene. Callers to 311 spend much more time on hold, and 311 calltakers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect to a police dispatcher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can play you dozens of 911 calls that start: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this is an emergency, but â&#x20AC;Ś ,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then officers get there and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serious.â&#x20AC;? But there are times when the Office of Unified Communications asks residents to call 311 instead. If you want to make a police report for a minor crime, like a car breakin or stolen license plates, a 311 call-taker can take your information. Things get hazy when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an emergency but you want police to respond â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the case of a







â&#x2013; Fires â&#x2013;  Medical emergencies â&#x2013;  Crimes in progress or that just occurred â&#x2013;  Serious crimes, regardless of when they occurred, including burglaries, stolen autos, robberies/muggings and assaults â&#x2013;  Cases with the potential for identity theft, including theft of a wallet that includes a credit or debit card, checkbook or personal information â&#x2013;  Suspicious people or activities â&#x2013;  Traffic accidents


â&#x2013; Minor property crimes,

such as thefts and car break-ins, unless the incident is in progress or just occurred â&#x2013; Lost or found property valued at $5,000 or less â&#x2013;  Noise complaints â&#x2013;  Questions about emergency services â&#x2013;  Non-emergency city service requests

â&#x2013; Lost property â&#x2013;  Lost vehicle tags â&#x2013;  Thefts and car breakins â&#x2013;  Destruction of property â&#x2013;  Damage to property â&#x2013;  Use only when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re certain no police followup is needed

noise complaint, for instance, or when you want an officer to take a look at your shattered car window in person. Until recently, the communications agency advised residents to call 911 for such incidents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; any time a police response was needed. But the 911 Purity Amendment Act, passed last year by the D.C. Council, prohibits the city from using or marketing the 911 line for anything but emergencies. So Williams now advises residents to call 311 for non-emergency police matters. However, those who request an officer to respond will then be transferred to 911, because 311 operators donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a link to police dispatchers. (Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who authored the 911 Purity law, recently told The Current that this system does not follow the law. Williams said his agency is in compliance.) An average of 13 calls are transferred daily from 311 to 911, and while an average of seven calls are

Police watch commanders

â&#x2013; 24/7 hotline to reach a supervisor in a particular police district with an urgent complaint regarding police services received â&#x2013;  1st District, 202-4377632 â&#x2013;  2nd District, 202-4384421 â&#x2013;  3rd District, 202-2767462 â&#x2013;  4th District, 202-3917177 More Metropolitan Police Department nonemergency contact information is available on the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website,

transferred daily from 911 to 311, according to Williams. The Office of Unified Communications handles 1.4 million 911 calls and 2 million 311 calls per year, he said. The communications agency further recommends that residents register for the free Smart911 service, which links telephone numbers to online user profiles. When a Smart911 user places a 911 call, the operator can see the profile associated with that phone, with as much detail as the user chose to share. This can include the callerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, home and work address, medical history, a description of the home and who lives there, and even special instructions for how to locate and access the property (such as a security code). Visit to register. Besides 911 and 311, there are a few other ways to get in touch with police. Some incidents, such as a car break-in, can be reported on the department website,, instead of by phone. Residents are urged not to file the same report in both places, and only to file online when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure the incident doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require police follow-up. Contact information for police service area lieutenants and other police officials is also available online, and residents can message them directly with questions or to report ongoing safety concerns. And when residents have an urgent problem with the service theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re receiving from an officer who responded to their 911 call, they can call the 24/7 hotline for each police districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watch commander. But 911 remains the place for emergencies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and many police officers have tales of residents who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that memo. One officer recounted at a recent community meeting that a crime victim had emailed him personally to report the incident. The officer, who was on vacation at the time, saw the message only days later.

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On eve of battleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150th anniversary, group aims to preserve Civil War forts anceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president Loretta Neumann reported last Thursday that her organization has drafted a bill to ensure the Park Service has resident Abraham Lincoln funding to maintain these forts. The escaped death nearly 150 legislation would establish the Civil years ago at Fort Stevens, located in what is now part War Defenses of Washington National Historical Park, with a visof the Brightwood neighborhood. During the sole Civil War battle that itor station at Fort Stevens to educate the public on the significance occurred within the boundaries of of both the battle and the war. the District of Columbia, he stood â&#x20AC;&#x153;When all of [the commemoraatop the fortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parapet to witness the tion events are] all over ... we want action and became a target for these forts to be well-protected, Confederate sharpshooters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the well-managed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only only time in U.S. history that a sitway weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get that is ting president came under direct through legislation.â&#x20AC;? enemy fire. If Lincoln had been Neumann announced that two killed or the Confederates succeedmembers of Congress are already ed in taking D.C., the course of the on board as sponsors. The alliance nation would have been drastically first reached out altered. to Republican The Alliance Rep. Frank to Preserve the Wolf of Civil War Virginia, who Defenses of pushed legislaWashington tion 12 years wants everyone ago to get conto know about gressional fundthese littleing for Cedar known yet Creek important details Historical Park, â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially in part of the the midst of the Bill Petros/Current File Photo Shenandoah sesquicentennial Valley of the Civil War, Children play at Fort Stevens, Battlefields where a preservation group and on the eve National of the 150th wants greater recognition of the Historic anniversary of siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic significance. District. the Battle of According to Neumann, Wolf Fort Stevens on July 11 and 12. will also be working with D.C. Del. Last Thursday, the alliance held Eleanor Holmes Norton, who plans a planning workshop with the to introduce the bill this fall. National Park Service at the Rock â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Monocracy [in Maryland] Creek Nature Center with several has a law and as Cedar Creek has a community organizations from the law ... we want the Civil Defenses D.C. area to brainstorm events for of Washington to have a law,â&#x20AC;? she the commemoration that they plan said of the other historic Civil War to roll out starting this fall, until sites that have received support October next year. from Congress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be a Participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; suggestions for well-protected Civil War Defenses events and activities ranged from guided tours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; biking and walking of Washington.â&#x20AC;? In the past few years, the allito the sites â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to lectures, poster ance and the Park Service have contests at schools, historical reworked together to maintain and enactments and music concerts. publicize the Civil War sites in the One event already planned for D.C. area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 17 of which still surNovember is a presentation on the Battle of Fort Stevens, among other vive within city limits, including Fort Reno, Fort Totten, Fort Slocum topics, at the annual Conference on and Fort DeRussy. Neumann said D.C. Historical Studies. The Park history books rarely mention the Service will also continue its monthly programming at the Robert importance of these sites â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is among the reasons that not many E. Lee Memorial in Virginia, in people, even locals, know about which rangers will discuss the them. defensive strategy used by local Realizing they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tackle Civil War forts. Last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brainstorming meet- the preservation efforts all by theming also served to raise more aware- selves, the activists sought help from the local community. Last ness of those forts, which formed a spring, the alliance and Park defensive ring around the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service held two smaller meetings capital during the war. that introduced interested individuâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the dwindling als to the forts and to the resources of the federal governBattleground National Cemetery ment, we have to look beyond â&#x20AC;Ś near Fort Stevens. funding. So how can we tap into The third gathering last our partners to develop partnerships Thursday allowed organizations to to produce great programming?â&#x20AC;? share plans, both detailed and said Kym Elder, the Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstract, for the commemoration. Civil War Defenses of Washington The two-hour workshop attracted program manager, in a separate 30 representatives from organizainterview. tions such as the Washington Area On the legislative front, the alli-

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Bicyclist Association, the Sierra Club, the D.C. Preservation League, the Washington Revels, the National Parks Conservation Association, President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage and the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities. As the meeting wrapped up, Benjamin Frank Cooling, a local Civil War historian who has written extensively about Fort Stevens,

announced that more local and federal government agencies also need to get involved to make the effort successful. The next step will be to follow up with these agencies, as well as meet individually with the workshop participants to iron out the details of their planned events, Neumann said in an interview. She also said the alliance and Park

Service will consult with several other groups that were unable to attend last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Formed in 2008, the alliance has gathered scholars, activists and city government representatives to advocate the preservation of Civil War forts in D.C. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest watchdog project is the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Nationals boost interest in local youth baseball By MATT SWENSON Current Correspondent


hen Tal Alter was working at a baseball camp recently, the native Washingtonian saw a sea of red, with names like Harper, Strasburg and Zimmerman on the backs of jerseys. It wasn’t D.C.’s big league club, but rather local kids emulating players from their hometown team. Alter has been around the national pastime his whole life, even though Major League Baseball wasn’t available nearby until he was long out of college. He longed for a local team not named “Baltimore” to root for growing up, a scenario the children at that camp may never be able to comprehend. “Their reality is so different than mine was,” said Alter, the executive director of the new Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Nine years after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and

Above: Courtesy of Capitol City Little League; left: courtesy of the Washington Nationals

Youth leagues have seen participation rise since the return of professional baseball to the District. Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, shown greeting Ward 7 kids during batting practice at Nationals Park, is involved in efforts to boost interest further with the nonprofit Youth Baseball Academy. became the Nationals, the reality of having a Major League team has trickled down to the city’s youngest players. Spurred by the combination of

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the Nats’ arrival and Washington’s changing demographics — and the economic development related to both — there is a surge in participation in D.C.’s youth baseball offerings. The most significant progress can be seen in neighborhoods where organized baseball hardly existed before. But the change is noticeable even in long-established organizations such as Capitol City Little League in Northwest. Stephen Ganote, co-president of Capitol City, estimated that the league has grown by 10 percent since the Nationals’ inaugural season in 2005. Having a team to watch each night has clearly created more fans of the game, added Scott Gold, Capitol City’s other co-president. “It’s not just the kids; more par-

ents are interested,” said Gold. “Parents are connecting with their kids through this common interest.” The numbers are dramatic closer to Nationals Park on Capitol Hill, where many young families have settled in the past decade. Capitol Hill Little League president Seth Shapiro said the group has grown from 75 kids in 2005 to about 500 currently. “It’s ballooned the last few years,” said Shapiro, who noted that the league — which did not have a Little League charter until three years ago — created a new four-team program for 6-year-olds this year. Of course, much of the interest can be traced to the Nats’ 98-win season a year ago, a run that led to the National League East crown and solidified Bryce Harper,

Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman as among D.C.’s most popular athletes. “Last year was very big for us, on and off the field,” said Shawn Bertani, the Nationals’ senior director of community relations. Beyond the excitement generated last season, the Nats for years have attempted to connect with D.C. communities, sometimes with mixed results. Among the notable efforts are a program begun in 2009 allowing D.C. public high school teams a chance to practice once per season at Nationals Park, and clinics for younger players at the waterfront stadium. But the center of their effort is the ambitious Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, headed by Alter since April. See Baseball/Page CG25

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Playground upgrades abound across city By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer


amilies are flocking to the new Takoma playground, which reopened late last month after a $1.8 million renovation. Late morning on Labor Day, the new splash park was crawling with about 20 kids, while several dozen more scampered around the two adjacent play areas, one each for younger and older ages. Folks had come from near and slightly far â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Silver Spring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to check out the new hotspot, and the question on many minds was: Is it about to close? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had heard that it might be â&#x20AC;&#x201D; todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last day,â&#x20AC;? parent Marybeth Stiles said of the splash park, which, along with all city pools, was slated to close for the season on Labor Day. Stiles, who came to the park for both the water features and the dual play areas, said her 2-year-old and 4-year-old were having a great time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here for two hours and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not done,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as the weatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm enough, I would love for [the fountains] to stay on.â&#x20AC;? According to John Stokes of the parks department, they will: He reported last week that the splash park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with four others in the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would stay open until Sept. 29. Other than the impending water shut-off â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and concern about the locked bathrooms, which Stokes reports are not yet complete â&#x20AC;&#x201D; parents had only enthusiasm for the new playground. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful. I mean, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very impressed with the whole thing,â&#x20AC;? said Liska Friedman, whose son, Gabriel, 3, was playing in the spray on Labor Day. Friedman said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d previously driven to Chevy Chase to find a splash park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very happy that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this close to us, because all the fancy ones [were across town before],â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two fancy ones over there.â&#x20AC;? Thanks to a major citywide effort to upgrade local playgrounds, there are now â&#x20AC;&#x153;fancyâ&#x20AC;? parks all around town. Last year, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation launched â&#x20AC;&#x153;PlayDC,â&#x20AC;? a program to rebuild 32 playgrounds across the city. Nearly all of them will be done by next month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and many already are â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning residents wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go far to find a good spot for outdoor play. And Takoma isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only neighborhood to get a new spray park. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rundown of all the upgraded â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or nearly upgraded â&#x20AC;&#x201D; playgrounds in Upper Northwest, based on information from the parks departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and interviews with agency officials:

â&#x2013; Banneker, 2500 Georgia Ave.: expected completion late

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The newly renovated Takoma Playground, pictured, is part of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play DCâ&#x20AC;? initiative to rebuild 32 sites across the city. Most of the new playgrounds will be done by next month. September/early October. Equipment is oriented primarily to 6- to 12-year-olds, and upgrades include a new skate plaza with ramps and benches. Other work has focused on improving the parking area, building a new walkway to separate the playground from other site facilities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a pool, tennis courts, a track, a baseball field â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and adding new shade structures.

play spaces for younger and older children, and it serves as a spot for unstructured play. The park, which features basketball and tennis courts, is also getting new raised garden beds, exercise equipment and shade. â&#x2013; Garrison, 1200 S St.: not yet started; first meeting date to be

determined. This elementary school playground is also being updated through a partnership with the Trust for Public Land. â&#x2013; Hamilton, 1340 Hamilton St.: complete. The site has a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;futsalâ&#x20AC;? court â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a hard-surface soccer court â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of interest in that community with

soccer,â&#x20AC;? said Aguirre. That new space replaces a tennis court and shuffleboard court. The department added a new surface in the play area and some new play equipment, as well as an enhanced entryway and new garden. It also resurfaced basketball courts, and the park includes a field. A ribbon-cutting See Playgrounds/Page CG23

â&#x2013; Emery, 5801 Georgia Ave.: complete. Renovations upgraded an existing playground, where new play areas for little and big kids are separated by a low hill with a builtin slide. A tricycle path loops around the site, and a new shade structure and fitness equipment sit between the playground and an adjacent basketball court. â&#x2013;  Forest Hills, 32nd and Chesapeake streets: still in planning stages. This update is being conducted through a partnership with the national nonprofit Trust for Public Land. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to leverage their expertise,â&#x20AC;? said Parks Department director Jesus Aguirre, explaining that work there probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be done until late this calendar year. The fifth in a series of community meetings on the plans will be held tomorrow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Capital Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. Aguirre said the theme of the updated park will relate to its forested location, and plans will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;more nature playâ&#x20AC;? than elsewhere. For instance, instead of the rubberized ground surface that the department is aiming to install in all city playgrounds for safety reasons, Forest Hills will have synthetic turf. â&#x2013;  Fort Stevens, 1327 Van Buren St.: expected completion by late September/early October. A new play space is being built around an artificial mound designed to replicate the Civil War fortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic ramparts. The mound also separates

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Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic houses bring in modern visitors By JENNY ROGERS Current Correspondent


ucked among private homes at the corner of 31st and Q streets in Georgetown stands a much more public house. Tudor Place, a national historic landmark open to the public, saw 6,000 people visit in 2004. Last year, nearly 20,000 people came. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a trend that many historic house museums in Northwest D.C. are experiencing. Strained under the Great Recession and the costly expense of maintaining the homes, similar facilities around the country have fought to maintain their visitors and, more importantly, their relevance. Despite facing those challenges, Northwest D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic houses are now drawing increasingly large crowds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I first started, we were mostly attracting older adults looking just for a regular tour or a book lecture,â&#x20AC;? said Talia Mosconi, Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of public programs.

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Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic Dumbarton House, above, and Tudor Place have begun drawing more visitors in recent years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past seven years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to diversify that audience.â&#x20AC;? At Tudor Place, an early 19thcentury neoclassical house once home to Martha Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s granddaughter, that has meant diversifying their programs as well. Themed teas, evening cocktail hours and even a program for tod-

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dlers have brought in growing audiences of history enthusiasts, young professionals and families. Tudor Place isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t alone in counting on new programs to bring in new faces. Hillwood Estate near Rock Creek Park added larger exhibitions to its lineup in 2011 and has attracted more people

because of it, says Lynn Rossotti, Hillwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of marketing and communications. In 2010, the estate had just over 52,000 visitors. Thanks in part to a popular wedding gown exhibit the next year, the mansion had more than 64,000 visitors. Last year, that number grew to more than 74,600, and the

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house is on track this year to raise that number again, Rossotti said. Despite those growing numbers, Hillwood House and many like it in the area cannot rely solely on admission fees to fund restoration and keep homes open to the public. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon, according to Katherine Malone-France, the director of outreach, education and support at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a D.C.-based nonprofit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly the model of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tour admissions are going to keep a place openâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was probably flawed from the start,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the makeup of volunteer corps changed and problems that might have started out small turned into larger, urgent preservation needs and more expensive preservation needs when they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met, I think that model just came under more and more strain.â&#x20AC;? Hillwood currently depends largely on an endowment set up by its former owner, philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, though Rossotti says the estate hopes to draw less on the endowment in the future. The same is true with Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dumbarton House, which opened to the public in 1932. In 2005, the house had 9,000 visitors. Last year, it had 19,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; growth driven by adding new programs and events. Even with a growing number of visitors, Dumbarton survives largely through a mixed income of invested funds that function like an endowment, as well as donations and grants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a Mount Vernon,â&#x20AC;? said Karen Daly, Dumbartonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I say that from a business perspective. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all fund our operating expenses purely through admissions.â&#x20AC;? Many of Northwest D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic houses also fund themselves in part through money made by renting out the property itself. Heurich House Museum, a Victorian mansion in Dupont, relies on both a small endowment and the income generated by hosting private events, like weddings and corporate receptions. It will also See Visitors/Page CG17

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Neighborhood watch groups work hard to avoid â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;red flagsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By JENNY ROGERS Current Correspondent


very day Marianne Becton, a block captain in Chevy Chaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood watch group, keeps an eye out for her neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stray newspapers as she walks her dog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A neighborhood that is well lived in and well cared for is not inviting to crime,â&#x20AC;? Becton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want people to lock doors, to turn porch lights on, to pick up newspapers.â&#x20AC;? In communities throughout Northwest D.C., neighborhood watch groups are relaying that same mantra to residents to help prevent crime. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of a citywide push to get captains on every block in the District. But getting watch groups kick-started and keeping them going can be tough work, and what happens with each group depends on its members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best way to have a safe city is to have participation by all residents,â&#x20AC;? said Samantha Nolan, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood watch program trainer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have an equal duty to work towards making our city safer.â&#x20AC;? The keys to a strong group, according to Nolan, are strong leaders and active communication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have a director who drops out, often the program can fall apart because the communication line dies,â&#x20AC;? Nolan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What keeps them sustained is seeing how effective the program is.â&#x20AC;? Nolan, like Becton, got her start in neighborhood watch groups in Chevy Chase more than a decade ago. Nolan and her neighbors launched their own group after an area woman was mugged on her way home from a bus stop. That pilot program started with 25 block captains and 100 people on its listserv. It now has 240 block captains and more than 5,000 people on the listserv. Since then, Nolan, a volunteer working with the Metropolitan Police Department, has trained more than 1,000 block captains across the city, she estimates, and that old flagship watch group has become a model for other neighborhoods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, for the first time this year, universities. That model relies on a relay system of information. Police reports trickle down to neighborhood program coordinators, who communicate with block captains; the captains then relay information about burglaries and assaults and tips on crime prevention to the residents on their block. Nolan and area block captains said the network creates stronger connections between police and residents. But program directors say they must walk a fine line between using their block captains effectively and overburdening those volunteers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to keep people engaged

without overwhelming them with email and requests to do things,â&#x20AC;? said Diane Colasanto, the block captain coordinator for Georgetown and co-chair of the Citizens Association of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public safety committee. So far, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turnover rate is very low, she said. Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, supplemented by hired security guards and surveillance cameras on residential streets, has grown from 35 block captains in 2007 to 80 this year. The program now has captains for 71 percent of the neighborhood, according to Colasanto. The program grew as Colasanto and others recruited new captains at neighborhood events and through cold calls, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really takes individuals who are willing to give it some thought to reach out to people they know and get the message out and really work at it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen unless someone is willing to do that.â&#x20AC;? Those who have been a victim of a crime are more likely to participate, said Nolan. But many others who are civic-minded or simply looking to get involved with their neighborhood also join watch groups. Not all communities have watch groups, though, and some have lost them after directors quit or moved away. Cleveland Park residents, for instance, simply havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expressed enough interest in recent years to start a group, according to Susan Taylor, president of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. Some residents there have expressed interest in hiring security guards instead. Adjacent Woodley Park has 20 block captains, which area watch program director Nour Jurgenson says is enough to get by, though more are â&#x20AC;&#x153;always welcome.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is difficult is not to engage [the block captains], but to emphasize how important it is to consistently inform the neighborhood about alertness,â&#x20AC;? Jurgenson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only difficult situation has been that people become lethargic a little bit.â&#x20AC;? In other words, Jurgenson has urged residents to remember to do simple things like lock their doors and close their windows. Residents sometimes become complacent about crime because the neighborhood appears so safe, she said. Those sorts of warnings are common coming from block captains. The belief behind the system, and one of Nolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mantras, is that most crime is preventable. Small details like broken window glass, dark streetlights or snow that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been shoveled are â&#x20AC;&#x153;red flagsâ&#x20AC;? for potential future crime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is through neighborhood watch that we watch out for those things,â&#x20AC;? Nolan said. Or, as Becton of Chevy Chase put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should know who your neighbors are.â&#x20AC;?

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Theater season abounds in comedies, musicals By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


omedies and musicals predominate in the upcoming theater season, with dozens slated for D.C. stages. There are also a wide variety of other offerings, along with four world premieres. Among the musicals is a return to the Kennedy Center of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Million Dollar Quartet,â&#x20AC;? about a famous recording session that included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Also coming to the Kennedy Center are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Lion Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and two adaptations of popular movies: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elf: The Musicalâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flashdance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Musical.â&#x20AC;? Baby boomers may want to relive the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hair,â&#x20AC;? which Keegan Theatre will present next spring. Romantics will be drawn to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gershwinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Porgy and Bessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Storyâ&#x20AC;? at the National Theatre. In the category of â&#x20AC;&#x153;most improb-

able subject for a musicalâ&#x20AC;? is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carrie: The Musical,â&#x20AC;? based on the Stephen King shocker and mounted by Studio Theatre. Other musical highlights include â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeâ&#x20AC;? at Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,â&#x20AC;? staged by the Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Shakespeare Theatre Company will also present a number of comedies, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Measure for Measureâ&#x20AC;? by its namesake, as well as Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Importance of Being Earnestâ&#x20AC;? and NoĂŤl Cowardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Private Lives.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Theatre will stage the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bristol Old Vic and the Handspring Puppet Company will

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RECENTLY OPENED â&#x20AC;&#x153;Torch Song Trilogy.â&#x20AC;? Harvey Fierstein comedy about marriage, family and self-acceptance in the gay community and beyond, directed by Michael Kahn. Studio Theatre through Oct. 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Velocity of Autumn.â&#x20AC;? Eric Coble drama about a lonely woman with explosives, featuring Estelle Parsons and directed by Molly Smith. Arena Stage through Oct. 20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the Revolution.â&#x20AC;? A woman must confront a troubling secret about her blacklisted grandfather, which leads her to question her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progressive legacy and her own path. Theater J through Oct. 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Detroit.â&#x20AC;? This Pulitzer Prize finalist takes a darkly comic look at a couple trying to survive in an economically challenged city. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Oct. 6.

SEPTEMBER 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Measure for Measure.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark comedy of complex and controversial ideas explores ethics, morality and the corrupting nature of power. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre through Oct. 27. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaret Barroco.â&#x20AC;? Bawdy and playful cabaret featuring interludes by Spanish masters on themes of love, jealousy, deception and entanglements, in Spanish with English surtitles. GALA Theatre through Oct. 6. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Million Dollar Quartet.â&#x20AC;? Return of the Broadway musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Kennedy Center through Oct. 6. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Speedo.â&#x20AC;? Lucas Hnath play about an Olympic hopeful and See Theater/Page CG15

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Exhibition season highlights big-name artists By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


ookending the new exhibition season are two blockbuster shows. In October, the Phillips Collection will open “Van Gogh: Repetitions,” the first Vincent van Gogh exhibition in Washington in 15 years. It will take a fresh look at the artist’s process, presenting some 30 of his paintings alongside related drawings and technical photographs. Timed tickets will be required for entry. At the other end of the season, in May, the National Gallery of Art will open “Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In,” which explores the frequent use of windows in the artist’s works. While perhaps not of the same stature as van Gogh, Wyeth is still a popular favorite, and this show will certainly be well-attended. Another must-see will open at the National Gallery of Art around the same time as the Wyeth exhibit. This is “Degas/Cassatt,” an exploration of how Mary Cassatt influenced Edgar Degas and paved the way for his warm reception in the U.S. Other highlights at the National Gallery include the first exhibit in this country devoted to 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville, and a look at 20th-century American photographer Gary Winogrand. The gallery will also feature an exhibit of Byzantium art and launch a series of three shows focusing on prints from an extensive bequest by Ruth Cole Kainen, wife of former Dupont Circle artist Jacob Kainen. There will be an exhibition about the evolution of yoga at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the Renwick Gallery will document the central role of baskets in the everyday life of Americans. Historical quilts will be highlighted at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which will also feature an exhibit about the censorship battles waged by Anita Steckel, who sparked a media scandal in 1972 by refusing to self-censor her erotic figures. The role of destruction in contemporary art will be investigated in a groundbreaking exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. On a related theme, man’s destruction of the natural environment is the focus of a show by Mia Feuer at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery will explore the ways modern abstraction has revolutionized the art of portraiture, as well as the relationship between dance and the evolution of a modern American identity. Another Portrait Gallery show will examine the meaning of “cool,” and two exhibits there will continue the commemoration of the 150th anniver-

sary of the Civil War, one featuring images of Washington, D.C., during the war and the other profiling generals Grant and Lee.

SEPTEMBER 15 — “Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial.” Honors one of the first regiments of African-Americans formed during the Civil War, documenting the creation and continuing inspiration of the Shaw Memorial. National Gallery of Art through Jan. 20. 17 — “Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry.” Images of the undersea world by photojournalist Skerry. National Museum of Natural History through an unspecified close date.

Left: Courtesy of the Phillips Collection; Above: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

The Phillips Collection will present an exhibit of works by Vincent van Gogh, including the 1888 oil on canvas “Portrait of Camille Roulin.” Also on tap is the National Gallery of Art’s Andrew Wyeth exhibition, which will include his 1947 painting “Wind From the Sea.” 21 — “American Journeys — Visions of Place.” A new installation of the Corcoran’s pre-1945 American paintings and sculpture collection. Corcoran Gallery of Art indefinitely. 22 — “World of Stamps.” An exhibit of stamps that have shaped

history and honored people and places around the world. National Postal Museum through an unspecified close date. 28 — “Off the Beaten Path: Whistler’s Early Works on Paper.” Prints from Whistler’s trip to the Rhineland reveal its influence

on his mature style and choice of subject matter. Freer Gallery of Art thorough September 2014. 29 — “Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris.” The first U.S. exhibit about the renowned 19th-century French photographer. See Exhibits/Page CG21


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Music season celebrates birthdays of Wagner, Verdi, Britten and others Closing its season in May will be Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic Flute,â&#x20AC;? an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in the Outfieldâ&#x20AC;? simulcast. Continuing the Verdi celebration, Washington Concert Opera will present two of his early operas, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;I masnadieriâ&#x20AC;? and the swashbuckling â&#x20AC;&#x153;Il corsaro,â&#x20AC;? and the In Series will close its season with â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviata.â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Society will present a program called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Viva Verdi!â&#x20AC;? in October, and the Washington Chorus will offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Essential Verdiâ&#x20AC;? in March. The Choral Arts Society of Washington will perform Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiemâ&#x20AC;? on a November program that includes the premiere of a work commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assassination. As for Wagner, the National Symphony Orchestra will join forces with the Washington Chorus in a concert version of Act III of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parsifalâ&#x20AC;? at the Kennedy Center, and the PostClassical Ensemble will feature music by both Wagner and

Britten in a program at Dumbarton United Methodist Church. The same group will sampling of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in present music by store for music lovers Richard Strauss in a during the season ahead different program reveals a strong focus there. Strauss is also on Wagner and Verdi in celebration highlighted on two of of the 200th anniversary of their the nearly two dozen births, as well as many performancprograms by the es of music by Benjamin Britten on National Symphony the centennial of his birth. Other Orchestra, including a composers attaining significant concert version of birthday milestones are Richard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Der Rosenkavalier.â&#x20AC;? Strauss, turning 150 next year, and But there is much C.P.E. Bach, who will reach the more. The Kennedy three-century mark in the spring. Center is presenting a Opening the season for the Photo by Cory Weaver for the San Francisco Opera festival about Washington National Opera is The Washington National Opera will conclude its season in May with a production American song hosted Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love-death epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tristan by soprano RenĂŠe of Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic Flute.â&#x20AC;? and Isolde,â&#x20AC;? with Swedish soprano Fleming in November, IrĂŠne Theorin and British soprano Fantasyâ&#x20AC;? and Vivaldiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Theatre through Sept. 29. as well as one that pairs the Alwyn Mellor singing the role of Seasonsâ&#x20AC;? in three of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;What National Symphony Orchestra with the Irish princess Isolde. The comMakes It Great?â&#x20AC;? programs, pre29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony various dance ensembles in May. pany will follow this with Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sented by the Washington Orchestra presents its Season NPR commentator Rob Kapilow â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Force of Destiny,â&#x20AC;? in a new Performing Arts Society. Opening Ball Concert with cellist will look at Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kreutzer staging by the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic Besides its tribute to the music Yo-Yo Ma. Kennedy Center. Sonata,â&#x20AC;? Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wanderer director, Francesca Zambello. of C.P.E. Bach in May, the Washington Bach Consort will pres- OCTOBER :DVKLQJWRQÂśV0DLQ6RXUFH ent the â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. John Passionâ&#x20AC;? by J.S. IRU$UFKLWHFWXUDO$QWLTXHV Bach in March, and the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Emerson String Quartet music will also be heard when performs quartets by Mendelssohn, IRU2YHU<HDUV Jeremy Denk plays the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldberg Britten and Beethoven. Kennedy $17,48( Variationsâ&#x20AC;? at the Kennedy Center Center. in October. A musical celebration of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tempestâ&#x20AC;? is a 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Â&#x2021; +DUZDUH /LJKWLQJ highlight of the Folger Consortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchestra presents Saint-SaĂŤnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Â&#x2021; &KDQGHOLHUV 6FRQFHV season, and the Last Stand Quartet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organ Symphonyâ&#x20AC;? and the world Â&#x2021; 6WDLQHG %HYHOHG*ODVVV will honor the Bard with music and premiere of Roger Reynoldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â&#x2021; ,URQZRUN words in a December program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;george WASHINGTON.â&#x20AC;? Â&#x2021; )LUHSODFH0DQWHOV Opera Lafayette will close its seaKennedy Center through Oct. 5. (TXLSPHQW son in April with another anniversaWK6WUHHW1: 2SHQ0RQGD\6DWXUGD\_ Â&#x2021; 7LOHV ry observation, this one commemo6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Kennedy Center :DVKLQJWRQ'& 6XQGD\_ Â&#x2021; %DWK$FFHVVRULHV rating the 250th year after the death Chamber Players perform works 3KRQH 0DMRU&UHGLW&DUGV$FFHSWHG Â&#x2021; 0DQ\2QHRI$.LQG of French composer Jean-Philippe by Bach, Mendelssohn and Brahms. )D[ 'HFRUDWLYH,WHPV Rameau. Kennedy Center.

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SEPTEMBER 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tristan and Isolde.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera opens its season with the Wagnerian lovedeath epic. Kennedy Center through Sept. 27. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bach, Vivaldi & the Italian Influence.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort begins its season by demonstrating the influence of Italian composers on its namesake. National Presbyterian Church. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I masnadieri.â&#x20AC;? Washington Concert Opera opens its celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi by presenting this early opera by the composer. Lisner Auditorium. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Map of the World.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort presents music from 13th- and 15th-century Spain, with soprano Emily NoĂŤl and tenor Aaron Sheehan. Folger Elizabethan

6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration.â&#x20AC;? Washington Performing Arts Society presentation of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Kennedy Center. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Act III of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parsifalâ&#x20AC;? in concert to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth, with vocal soloists and the Washington Chorus. Kennedy Center through Oct. 12. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Force of Destiny.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera presents a new production of the Verdi tragedy staged by the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic director, Francesca Zambello. Kennedy Center through Oct. 26. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Goldberg Variations.â&#x20AC;? Performed by Jeremy Denk and presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Kennedy Center. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Mariinsky Orchestra. Presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society, the orchestra performs Stravinsky works, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Firebird,â&#x20AC;? See Music/Page CG18

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With summit, school officials D.C. school test results incorporate new index stress responsibility of parents By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer


teachers and a variety of other metrics. When the site launches next month, students and their families for the first time will be able to find comprehensive data about charter schools and traditional public schools in the same place. They will also be able to see how an individual school compares to the average District public school on an array of measurements. The site will also have more indepth data on individual schools, including the number of AfricanAmerican students in a particular high school who enroll in college, or the number of economically disadvantaged students who do so, based on data from the past few years. “The LearnDC site will put all the information in one place,” said Athena Hernandez, a spokesperson for the office who ran breakout sessions on the new portal. She said access to this data is particularly

.C. education officials highlighted the responsibility of parents for their children’s success at a six-hour event Saturday, while also previewing new online tools that promise streamlined access to data on the city’s public schools. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s second annual “Parent and Family Engagement Summit” drew hundreds to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The summit began with a morning keynote address from Chicagobased education consultant Sunny Chico, the author of the book series “You: Your Child’s First Teacher.” Noting that 92 percent of an average child’s life is spent outside of school, Chico urged parents to consider the disproportionate influence they have on their kids. “You have all probably realized how much more our children learn from us than they’ll ever learn in school,” she said. “We teach them how to live in this world, how to treat each other, how to work hard every day and what to value. As Graham Vyse/The Current important as school An afternoon panel of D.C. Public Schools subjects are to know, parents shared experiences at the summit. what our children learn at home can set important because the District is a them apart, raise them up and hold “school district of choice,” where them down.” parents can send their children to In an interview after her talk, any public school that enrolls them, Chico also stressed that her meseven one halfway across the city. sage isn’t reserved for parents and This makes comparing schools critfamilies from economically disadical. vantaged neighborhoods. “It is truly our goal to make it as “In the most affluent areas, which we don’t seem to discuss, we easy for parents as possible, because choosing a school for your have bullying, we have drug addicchild is complex,” Hernandez said. tion, we have high suicide rates, because a lot of the focus is on chil- Throughout the summit, speakers described the ideal relationship dren achieving,” she said. “You between schools and families as a have many students who are highpartnership, but Coolidge High performing but have issues.” School parent coordinator Terry The superintendent’s office Goings summed up the event’s holds an annual summit in part main message, insisting that because of a commitment to improving his child’s education is increasing parental involvement in largely up to him. exchange for flexibility in imple “That is my responsibility,” he menting the federal No Child Left said. “Not the school’s responsibiliBehind Act of 2001, said chief of ty. Not the city council’s responsistaff Jose Alvarez. bility. Not the neighbor’s or the “Every parent wants to be teacher’s responsibility. My responinvolved,” he said. “They’re trying sibility.” to find ways to do it.” Chico commended the District The agency spent several of the summit’s breakout sessions offering for holding the weekend summit, attendees a preview of a new online saying large events of its kind are uncommon. portal on its website, She said schools must give parThe portal will soon allow anyone with an Internet connection to com- ents and families feedback on how they can improve their children’s pare District schools in terms of education. “It’s important for parstandardized test scores, graduation ents to feel empowered,” she said. rates, extracurricular activities, and availability of Advanced Placement “It’s important for parents to feel they’re not alone.” classes, number of highly qualified

The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education has released the standardized test performance of each D.C. public and public charter school, as well as their rankings in a new “accountability” system. Citywide, public school students’ scores jumped 4 percentage points from the spring 2012 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System tests to the 2013 tests. The data were released July 29.

The new accountability system uses a formula to rate schools based on “student proficiency, growth, graduation rates, attendance and participation rates,” according to a news release from the superintendent’s office. Schools are judged to be Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus or Priority (in declining order). See full school-by-school results for wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 on page CG26.


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Out of the studio; into parks, churches, libraries By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer


oga is not just for slim, athletic young women who look perfect in a pair of skin-tight fitness pants. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also not restricted to people who can afford studio or health club fees. More and more, yoga teachers and studios are trying to make it clear that the practice is open to students of any fitness level, economic background, age, race and gender, from senior citizens to children to veterans to pregnant women. Locally, various studios and fitness-focused businesses are working to spread the healthy effects of yoga by hosting sessions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes free or donation-based â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in community spots like libraries, churches and parks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community feels that yoga is for everyone,â&#x20AC;? said Penny Bell, a board member of DC Community Yoga, the group that organizes DC Yoga Week and Yoga on the Mall every spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more people do yoga, the better for everyone. â&#x20AC;Ś We think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find peace, joy and relaxation and acceptance in their lives. That can be a positive thing.â&#x20AC;? Though often practiced at health clubs, fitness centers, stand-alone studios and even in the privacy of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, yoga can also be practiced outside the confines of such spaces. Some recreation-oriented businesses have also incorporated yoga into other fitness activities to diversify their offerings, like mixing

yoga with a hike through the wooded terrain of Rock Creek Park, or adding it after a long bike ride and paddle boating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people want to supplement their [yoga] practice with outdoor practice, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful, too,â&#x20AC;? said Bell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You literally feel the connection to the ground and nature and to the earth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is important to yoga, to feel connected to the natural world. It enhances your practice, no doubt.â&#x20AC;?

Below are several places in Northwest D.C. where yoga can be found outside of a regular studio.

Public libraries

From the Palisades to Shaw, yoga classes can now be found at several branches of the D.C. Public Library. These classes, typically held in meeting rooms or community spaces, are one of the ways D.C. libraries are seeking to transform themselves into multiuse centers that offer more than just books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This ties in with our mission in lifelong learning and being part of the community,â&#x20AC;? said Eric Riley, program coordinator with the library system. In the past few years, the library system has partnered with several yoga teachers to bring the practice


to some of the neighborhoods it serves. Several of the instructors belong to Yoga Activist, a nonprofit that connects certified yoga teachers with community-based and social-service organizations to spread the practiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and wellness benefits. While everyone is always welcome at yoga studios, said Jasmine Chehrazi, president of Yoga Activistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, some donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel comfortable going to them. Since â&#x20AC;&#x153;people from all walks of life are comfortable going to libraries,â&#x20AC;? these public venues are ideal locations to reach out to a greater variety of individuals, she said. Chehrazi started the organization when she founded Yoga District, another nonprofit that now has six studios offering lowcost classes throughout the city. Yoga Activist instructors currently teach free classes at nine libraries throughout the city. In Upper Northwest, the program is active at the Cleveland Park (Tuesdays at 7 p.m.), Petworth (Saturdays at 11 a.m.) and Watha T. Daniel-Shaw (Tuesdays at noon) branches. For a full schedule for all yoga classes available at public libraries, visit


Some local places of worship have started offering yoga classes in their common rooms. Organized by congregation members, the classes are open to both regular church attendees and other community



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Yoga Hikes founder Danielle M. Reyes leads a session during one of her hiking treks through Rock Creek Park. members interested in the practice. Glover Park resident Cherie Jones coordinates a yoga program held every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Georgetown, 3116 O St. Jones and her friends were looking for a way to continue the yoga practice they learned from Bodysmith, a boutique fitness studio that left its Wisconsin Avenue location a year ago. Jones discovered the church hall was available at Christ Church, where she worships, and won the clergyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permission to use the space. Then she got hold of yoga instructor James Foulkes, an integrated wellness specialist who focuses on alignment and teaches a slow-paced practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Besides daily prayers, numerous times each day, we find yoga another form of community building and a good care of the body,â&#x20AC;? Christ Church rector Stuart Kenworthy wrote in an email. Open to the public, the classes cost $15 for a drop-in or $72 for a pack of six. For more information, contact Jones at 202-352-7529 or Starting this week, the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., is offering a four-part introduction to yoga to church members and others in the area. The hourlong sessions are being held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. through Oct. 1. The program grew out of a series of yoga classes last spring. The goal was to offer an accessible exercise to a broad segment of the church community and possibly to individuals who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to go to a studio for physical reasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an outgrowth of well-being for the community [and is a program] thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessible to a broader group of people,â&#x20AC;? said Cathryn Gunnerson, a congregation member and a yoga teacher for 16 years. And it worked. Gunnerson has signed on to continue teaching for the fall session. The suggested payment is a $10 to $15 donation per class. To register or for more information, contact Gunnerson at or 301-946-7045.

Bike shops

The minds behind BicycleSPACE believe that yoga is

a good way to unravel, especially after work or a long bike ride. The shop, located at 1019 7th St., offers yoga classes twice a week: Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:15 a.m. The sessions are held before and after shop hours so participants wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get distracted by the regular stream of customers. The rolling cash register cart and for-sale bikes that are normally laid out in the middle of the store are set aside. Five volunteer instructors rotate the teaching assignments. About 20 people typically show up to practice amid the bike accessories, said Jordan Mittelman, the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager. From beginners to expert practitioners, anyone can walk into the store and participate. If participants donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a yoga mat, the shop can provide one. Since the shop opened three years ago in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, BicycleSPACE owners have wanted to provide activities to the community, as well host a variety of offerings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including bike maintenance classes and themed bike rides â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to draw more people to their store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something we started as a way to bring people to the shop and also use the space to get people active and engaged,â&#x20AC;? said Mittelman. Each class is donation-based, so participants can choose their payment. According to Mittelman, the shop uses the money to help bikerelated organizations such as Black Women Bike and Pathfinders Club, a nonprofit that introduces health, wellness and cycling to young people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been rewarding. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to support different groups,â&#x20AC;? he said. For more information, visit


Lululemon Athleticaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Logan Circle shop at 1461 P St. offers free Wednesday yoga classes at 6 p.m. on the grassy southern area of Dupont Circle during the warmweather months. The apparel store has been offering the sessions for four years, See Yoga/Page CG25

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How much is too much? Firms, groups offer ways to give your clutter a sendoff By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent


veryone knows that moving can be among the most stressful of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sorting through belongings, figuring out which items will work in your new home and what to do with the things that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re relocating, downsizing or just need to reorganize your home to make it more functional, several local companies specialize in making such transitions smoother. Here are a few who make it their business to help. (See sidebar on page CG24 for contact information for the companies, as well as other local organizations.)

they are home,â&#x20AC;? she said. Often with such moves, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the matter of what to do with the items that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in the new place. TAD can help clients decide which items should be donated to family, friends or charity, which might be salable, and which just need to be hauled to the landfill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then the company can oversee each step. When the adult children of Danickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early clients requested her

help with their own moves, the company expanded its reach, and it now provides moving management services to clients relocating anywhere in North America and to certain international cities. Danick says if a move is on the horizon, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too soon to start preparing. Bringing in a professional to strategize can make the process more manageable, she says. She also advises clients to start going through their belongings,

tackling one drawer or cabinet a day, and deciding what to keep, sell or give away.

College Hunks Hauling Junk

College Hunks Hauling Junk is the brainchild of two Northwest D.C. natives, friends Omar Soliman (who grew up in Dupont Circle) and Nick Friedman (from Forest Hills), who started their company when they were home from college in the summer of 2003.

Borrowing Friedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s van, they hauled unwanted items to the city dump for about four to six customers a week. The next year Soliman entered a business plan for the company in an entrepreneurial contest, and won $10,000. Fastforward a decade, and the company has exploded: College Hunks handles 30 to 40 junk removals a day in the Washington area; it has expanded to include moving servicSee Downsizing/Page CG24

TAD Relocation

Susie Danick describes her company, TAD Relocation, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the wedding planners of the moving industry,â&#x20AC;? fashioning herself and her staff as full-service event coordinators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the big event being your move, and the company managing everything from start to finish. Danick founded TAD, which stands for Transitional Assistance & Design, 14 years ago, after helping her grandmother move into an assisted-living facility in Chevy Chase. She made sure the new apartment had all the familiar touches of home, but also that the furniture moved in functioned well in the space. Her grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new neighbors buzzed about the apartment, and soon Danick was asked if she could help other seniors with their moves. A business was born. Danick, an American University graduate who had been a nurse for 20 years, always loved interior design, and she also was sensitive to how moving can be especially traumatic for older adults who may have lived in their home for 30 or more years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seniors often really need our help â&#x20AC;&#x201D; family members might not live nearby and the need to move can sometimes be immediate due to health reasons,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Gaithersburg-based business specializes in re-creating a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home in a new space, which Danick says can be huge for seniors. They offer a â&#x20AC;&#x153;turnkey-moveâ&#x20AC;? service, which means they help pack and unpack, and can take care of everything in between. When clients open the door to their new home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely set up and ready for them to settle in. TAD Relocationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services start with a free consultation, where staff can help a client plot his or her move and think about which items are most important to bring with them. The staff takes photos of the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current home, and when possible, uses floor plans of the new home to strategize. With those reference points, the company can set up the new home to resemble the old one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is for clients to walk in and immediately feel like

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Across D.C., a trail of lost movie theaters By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


he Washington area has been home to more than 400 movie theaters over the years, starting in the 1890s with experimental screenings of the new projection technology downtown. The first glamorous “movie palaces” flourished on 9th Street before a shift to F Street in the 1920s. With the Great Depression, the scene transitioned to Art Deco movie houses in D.C. neighborhoods outside the downtown core, persisting until multiscreen theaters cropped up in the suburbs in the 1960s. Today, it’s still possible to get a taste of what past movie experiences must have been like in D.C., in elegantly restored historic theaters like the Avalon in Chevy Chase and the Uptown in Cleveland Park. Other famous D.C. venues that now host music, comedy or plays originally started life as movie theaters, including the Lincoln on U Street, the Warner downtown, and the Tivoli in Columbia Heights. The fate of some old movie houses — like the Ontario in Adams Morgan and the Takoma Theatre — remains up to developers. And a small number of old theaters have recently returned to their original functions, like the former Inner Circle Cinema, which reopened as the West End Cinema in 2010.

Above: Photos from the Library of Congress; below: Current File Photo

The 1922 collapse of the Knickerbocker, left, was a dark hour for D.C. Above, Keith’s Theatre downtown offered vaudeville before movies. Below are the signs at the MacArthur when it closed in the 1990s. Less recognized are the many buildings and sites around town that once hosted movie theaters, but have since been demolished or redeveloped. These places share one commonality, wrote Robert K. Headley in his 1999 book about Washington’s theater history: “an ultimate end as a pile of disarticulated bricks, concrete, plaster and metal. Truly old theaters are an endangered species.” The Current looked into the stories of some notable “forgotten” movie theater sites around Northwest, using materials provided by the Historical Society of D.C. — including Headley’s book, “Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, D.C.” — along with information from the website


4859 MacArthur Blvd. Today: CVS Built in 1946, the single-screen, 800-seat Art Deco theater was run jointly by Warner Brothers’ film empire and the local K-B Chain, which owned a string of neighborhood screens, or “nabes.” In the 1950s, the MacArthur’s owner tried to avert financial troubles with specialty fare: a “Best of Britain” series featuring Peter Sellers comedies and dramas with Alec Guinness and Laurence Olivier. A second-floor lounge served coffee, tea and biscuits. When that concept lost steam by the mid-1960s, the MacArthur switched to first-run bookings (some long-lasting, like the movie “Oliver!” which ran for more than a year). In 1979 the theater famously hosted the world pre-

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miere of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” In 1982 K-B sold the theater to the prolific local Circle Theatre chain, which converted it into a triplex that turned out to be not particularly profitable. Plans to redevelop the building as a CVS surfaced in the mid-1990s, facing neighborhood opposition. The CVS, which opened in 1997, still operates with the MacArthur Theatre’s original Art Deco signage and balcony intact.


2454 18th St. Today: SunTrust Bank The story of the Knickerbocker is no doubt the darkest in Washington’s movie theater history. The Georgian Revival-style theater, which could seat 1,700, opened in 1917 on a narrow lot at 18th Street and Columbia Road. Its owner was Harry Crandall, the king of a small empire of a D.C.area movie theaters at the time. Tragedy struck the night of Jan. 28, 1922, following a two-day blizzard. The theater’s ceiling collapsed beneath the weight of heavy snow, along with its balcony, killing 98 moviegoers and injuring 133 who were there to see the popular comedy “Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford.” At the time, the accident ranked as the worst in Washington’s history. The ensuing investigation resulted in tighter building codes for all of the city’s theaters. Crandall opened a new theater called “The Ambassador” on the site in 1923. But Crandall’s suicide in 1937 — along with the earlier suicide of the Knickerbocker’s architect — are both associated with the accident. The Ambassador shut down in 1965. Two years later, the building went through a brief phase as a psychedelic concert hall, opening with a band called The Peanut Butter Conspiracy.


619 15th St. Today: Metropolitan Square office building The theater began life as

“Chase’s Polite Vaudeville Theatre” in 1912, located within the eight-story Albee Building that also included offices, stores and even Turkish baths. The theater reopened as “Keith’s” a year later, becoming the leading vaudeville theater in D.C. and drawing many luminaries — including President Woodrow Wilson, a regular attendee. The theater converted to motion pictures in 1929 and underwent a major renovation in the 1950s. Developer Oliver T. Carr was allowed permission to demolish the interior of the Albee Building in the 1970s. Despite the building’s national landmark status, a historic preservation officer deemed Carr’s project one of “special merit.” The ensuing Metropolitan Square development (now home to the Old Ebbitt Grill) preserved the building’s original facade.


3030 14th St. NW Today: Columbia Heights Metro station corner The Savoy, built in 1914, was one of the most popular movie theaters on upper 14th Street in its early days. Dwarfing others with its 810-seat auditorium, the theater was known as the largest in Washington outside of downtown. For many years a popular open-air theater also operated behind the building during summer months. In 1916, movie theater king Harry Crandall acquired the Savoy, expanding it and refashioning it in beaux-arts style. However, when another Crandall project, the Tivoli Theatre, opened just two blocks north in 1924, the Savoy’s profits declined, and the theater turned to showing second-run films. Severely damaged in the 1968 riots following the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, The Savoy was never rebuilt.

A few other noteworthy sites in Northwest: THE APEX

4813 Massachusetts Ave. After opening in 1940, the Apex See Theaters/Page CG25

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From Page CG8 performance-enhancing drugs. Studio Theatre through Oct. 13. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Project.â&#x20AC;? Portrait of a communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyo. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through Oct. 27. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sunshine Boys.â&#x20AC;? Neil Simon comedy about the reluctant reunion of two former Vaudevillians, who performed as a team for many years but came to hate each other. Keegan Theatre through Oct. 19.

OCTOBER 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love in Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? World premiere of Charles Randolph-Wright drama about a couple trying to navigate the pitfalls of romance, religious differences and political unrest. Arena Stage through Nov. 17. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic tale of starcrossed lovers. Folger Theatre through Dec. 1. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Argument.â&#x20AC;? A 40-something couple is rocked when the woman learns she is pregnant and both are forced to recognize the profound differences between them. Theater J through Nov. 24. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Night Watcher.â&#x20AC;? Ten vignettes written and performed by Charlayne Woodward about raising children. Studio Theatre through Nov. 17. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;36 Views.â&#x20AC;? An art dealer and an art historian discover what they believe is an ancient manuscript and try to learn whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authentic. Constellation Theatre Company, presented at Source through Nov. 24.

Tom Kitt. National Theatre through Dec. 8. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Apple Family Plays.â&#x20AC;? The first two plays in Richard Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quartet about the Apple siblings and their extended family, set at successive meals over the course of four years. Studio Theatre through Dec. 29. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maurice Hines Is Tappinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thru Life.â&#x20AC;? Hines teams up again with the Manzari Brothers to tap through his 40 years in show business. Arena Stage through Dec. 29. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? Stage adaptation of the Dickens classic. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through Jan.1. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.â&#x20AC;? A Roman slave schemes to win his freedom in this Sondheim musical. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall through Jan. 5. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guess Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coming to Dinner.â&#x20AC;? TV star Malcolm-Jamal Warner makes his Arena debut in this new adaptation of the 1960s film. Arena Stage through Jan. 5. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.â&#x20AC;? An encore presentation of last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Helen Hayes Award-winning celebration of Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, blending musical numbers, scenes from the folk singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and excerpts from his progressive newspaper column. Theater J through Dec. 14.

DECEMBER 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just the Two of Each of Us.â&#x20AC;? Comedy duo the Pajama Men present their trademark blend of wit, characters, improv and fast-paced physical comedy. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Jan. 5. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edgar and Annabel.â&#x20AC;? A dark and cheeky look at the future by British playwright Sam Holcroft, directed by Holly Twyford. Studio Theatre through Jan. 5.

29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sister Act.â&#x20AC;? Musical about a wannabe diva who witnesses a crime and hides out in a convent. Kennedy Center through Nov. 10.

13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Carol.â&#x20AC;? Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol,â&#x20AC;? loosely adapted and set in an Irish pub. Keegan Theatre through Dec. 29.

31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woman in Black.â&#x20AC;? Stephen Mallatrattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of Susan Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gothic-style story about ghostly events surrounding a mysterious woman. Keegan Theatre through Nov. 30.

17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elf: The Musical.â&#x20AC;? Stage version of a film about an orphan who leaves the North Pole to find his true identity. Kennedy Center through Jan. 5.

NOVEMBER 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Appropriate.â&#x20AC;? Sorting through the belongings of their recently deceased patriarch, family members discover a gruesome relic that opens up a dark history. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Dec. 1. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;If/Then.â&#x20AC;? World premiere of a musical about how choice and chance collide in Manhattan, starring Idina Menzel with music by

19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Suburb.â&#x20AC;? World premiere of Darrah Cloudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homage to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Townâ&#x20AC;? set in suburban Illinois in 1977, when Nazis marched on Skokie. Theater J through Jan. 12. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gershwinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Porgy and Bess.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? This new staging of the legendary love story won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. National Theatre through Dec. 29. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flashdance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Musical.â&#x20AC;? Celebrating the hit mov-


Mario Vargas Llosa looks back at the failed young love of a 90-yearold spinster, in Spanish with English surtitles. GALA Theatre through March 9.

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The rock musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idiotâ&#x20AC;? will make its long-awaited visit to D.C. with a National Theatre engagement Feb. 18 through 23. ieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30th anniversary, this stage adaptation includes favorite songs, plus 16 new ones. Kennedy Center through Jan. 19.

JANUARY 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribes.â&#x20AC;? Co-production with Gallaudet University about a deaf man trying to define his identity. Studio Theatre through Feb. 23. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tallest Tree in the Forest.â&#x20AC;? World-premiere tribute to the singer and actor Paul Robeson. Arena Stage through Feb. 16.

that take her children from her. Directed by Molly Smith. Arena Stage through March 9.

FEBRUARY 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stomp.â&#x20AC;? The international percussion sensation. National Theatre through Feb. 9. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La SeĂąorita de Tacna/The Young Lady From Tacna.â&#x20AC;? Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian playwright

10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.â&#x20AC;? Three black and three white actors come together to tell the little-known story of a conflict between the Herero tribe and its German colonizers. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through March 9. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idiot.â&#x20AC;? Broadway musical by the rock band Green Day about three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. National Theatre through Feb. 23. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening With Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin.â&#x20AC;? Two Broadway veterans team up for the See Theater/Page CG16

16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scapin.â&#x20AC;? An adaptation of Molièreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Deceits of Scapin,â&#x20AC;? which follows the escapades of a crafty servant who aids in the romantic pursuits of two gentlemen. Constellation Theatre Company, presented at Source through Feb. 16. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Importance of Being Earnest.â&#x20AC;? Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy about class, courtship and connection. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre through March 2. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Violet.â&#x20AC;? Musical about a disfigured woman who travels across the American South looking for a televangelistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healing miracle. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through Feb. 23. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best Man.â&#x20AC;? Gore Vidal play about two U.S. presidential candidates, one ethical and the other unscrupulous. Keegan Theatre through Feb. 22.



29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Face.â&#x20AC;? David Henry Hwang comedy about the practice of casting Caucasians to portray Asians, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Theater J through Feb. 23. 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Courage and Her Children.â&#x20AC;? Kathleen Turner stars in the Bertolt Brecht play about a mother who profits from the wars






28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard III.â&#x20AC;? Celebrated Shakespeare history play about maniacal ambition. Folger Theatre through March 9. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter and the Starcatcher.â&#x20AC;? Winner of five Tony Awards, this prequel to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Panâ&#x20AC;? takes a swashbuckling romp through Neverland. Kennedy Center through Feb. 16.

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MARCH 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamma Mia!â&#x20AC;? A musical that combines ABBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest hits with a tale of love, laughter and friendship. National Theatre through March 9. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water by the Spoonful.â&#x20AC;? 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner about an Iraq War veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggle to adjust to civilian life. Studio Theatre through April 13. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee.â&#x20AC;? A musical comedy that follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through May 17. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hair.â&#x20AC;? The 1960s rock musical about hippies, drugs, love and anti-war activism. Keegan Theatre through April 12. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immortal fantasy is staged by Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bristol Old Vic and South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handspring Puppet Company â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the collaboration responsible for â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Horseâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through March 23. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Admission.â&#x20AC;? An Israeli homage to â&#x20AC;&#x153;All My Sonsâ&#x20AC;? set in Haifa during the first intifada. Theater J through April 27.

21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp David.â&#x20AC;? President Jimmy Carter entertains Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat at Camp David in an attempt to broker peace in the Middle East, directed by Molly Smith. Arena Stage through May 4.

Studio Theatre through June 29. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Side Show.â&#x20AC;? This new Kennedy Center revival of the hit musical follows the story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers. Kennedy Center through July 13.

25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeare doubleheader about the young King Henry IV coming of age, directed by Michael Kahn and starring Stacy Keach as Falstaff. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall through June 8. 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arguendo.â&#x20AC;? An Elevator Repair Service production about the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre, brought by a group of go-go dancers petitioning for their right to perform completely naked. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through April 20.

APRIL 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight.â&#x20AC;? Holbrook impersonates the iconic American writer. National Theatre through April 5. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moth.â&#x20AC;? U.S. premiere of Australian playwright Declan Greeneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama about two outcast high school students and their travails in growing up. Studio Theatre through May 4. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen of Verona.â&#x20AC;? New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inventive Fiasco Theater presents the Shakespeare comedy. Folger Theatre through May 25. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Love of the Nightingale.â&#x20AC;? Timberlake Wertenbakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of an

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The National Theatre will host a revival of the hit musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Storyâ&#x20AC;? June 3 through 8. Ovid myth about a rape, its coverup and its ultimate exposure. Constellation Theatre Company, presented at Source through May 25. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Out.â&#x20AC;? Lisa Loomerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seriocomedy about the shared humanity of a nanny and her employer and the differences wrought by race, class and immigration status, in English with Spanish surtitles. GALA Theatre through May 18. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smoky Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.â&#x20AC;? Broadway musical revue, choreographed by Parker Esse. Arena Stage through June 8.

MAY 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things You Shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Say Past Midnight.â&#x20AC;? Peter Ackermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom farce about three New York couples, two straight and one gay. Keegan Theatre through May

24. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Man Group.â&#x20AC;? Three blue humanoid characters combine experimental music, comedy and multimedia. National Theatre through May 11. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Riot.â&#x20AC;? World premiere of a work by Rosemary Jenkinson. Keegan Theatre through May 25. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cock.â&#x20AC;? The relationship between two gay men is threatened when one of them discovers women. Studio Theatre through June 22. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Session.â&#x20AC;? Long-running Off-Broadway hit about a clash between Sigmund Freud and author C.S. Lewis. Theater J through June 29. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Private Lives.â&#x20AC;? NoĂŤl Coward comedy about a divorced couple booked in same hotel with their new spouses. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre through July 13. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prostate Dialogues.â&#x20AC;? World premiere of a play written and performed by Jon Spelman about the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment on sexuality and relationships. Theater J through June 29.


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2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Totalitarians.â&#x20AC;? Peter Sinn Nachtrieb farce about the absurdity of political rhetoric. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through June 29. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story.â&#x20AC;? Revival of the celebrated Bernstein and Sondheim musical. National Theatre through June 8. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puro Tango II.â&#x20AC;? A dazzling cast of tango artists from Argentina and Uruguay pay homage to the creators and stars of the passionate dance. GALA Hispanic Theatre through June 22. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beats.â&#x20AC;? A teenager discovers raves in an era when they are banned by the government. Written and performed by Kieran Hurley.

17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Lion King.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, returns with direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Kennedy Center through Aug. 17.

JULY 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carrie: The Musical.â&#x20AC;? Rock musical adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a high school outcast with unusual powers. Studio Theatre through Aug. 3.

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From Page CG6 soon rent out part of its property to other nonprofit organizations, according to Kimberly Bender, Heurich’s executive director. “It’s my theory that it’s a bad idea to rely on admissions for funding,” said Bender. Heurich started tracking visitorship only this year, but the operation has grown from one staff member to five since 2012, after restructuring its board of directors. The house was once home to the owner of one of the only D.C. breweries to survive Prohibition, and the museum has capitalized on that history. This year it has partnered with local breweries for beer tastings and house tours to attract a broader crowd, and it will be celebrating Oktoberfest this fall. But getting people through the doors of a historic home isn’t just about funding the operation, house directors say. “More importantly, it’s an indicator of our success and our relevance to our audience,” said Robert Enholm, executive director of the Woodrow Wilson House, which had about 12,000 visitors this past fiscal year. That question of cultural relevance weighs on the minds of Enholm and other historic house directors as they continually seek new ways to reach their audiences amid shifting demographics. It’s a

Northwest boasts a variety of house museums. Here are descriptions of what several offer, along with the location, phone number and website for each. Decatur House on Lafayette Square 1610 H St. NW; 202-842-0920; Completed in 1818, Decatur House is one of the city’s oldest homes. Owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is also one of three remaining residential buildings designed by early American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The museum promises insight into nearly 200 years of Washington history, as well as a glimpse at Lafayette Square’s residential past. Dumbarton House 2715 Q St. NW; 202-337-2288; Dumbarton House, headquarters of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and a museum open to the public since 1932, dates to 1799 and is hailed as a stellar example of Federal architecture. The stately brick mansion briefly hosted Dolley Madison in 1814 during her flight from the White House. Today’s visitors see furniture, paintings, textiles, silver and ceramics that were made and used in the early years of the American republic. Dumbarton Oaks 1703 32nd St. NW; 202-339-6400; Dumbarton Oaks — once the home of the seventh U.S. vice president, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina — is now an extensive research library that specializes in

question at the heart of many of the targeted programs and exhibitions at the area’s historic homes. “Over the years, people, I think, have had a shifting belief about whether people age into these

Byzantine, garden and landscape, and pre-Columbian studies. The 10 acres of gardens are filled with a number of terraces that were designed by the noted landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand. Heurich House Museum 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-429-1894; The Heurich mansion, considered one of the most intact Victorian houses in the country, was built in the 1890s by German immigrant, local brewer and philanthropist Christian Heurich. The home is open for docentled public tours Thursday through Saturday, as well as a variety of special events. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens 4155 Linnean Ave. NW; 202-686-5807; Keeping in sync with its slogan, “Where Fabulous Lives,” the Hillwood estate of the late Marjorie Merriweather Post contains her collections of Russian imperial art and 18th-century French decorative art. Tapestries and Fabergé eggs fill the rooms of the mansion of the Post cereal empire heiress. The 25 acres of manicured gardens are also open to the public. Kreeger Museum 2401 Foxhall Road NW; 202-337-3050; This museum shows the private collection of modern art that David and Carmen Kreeger started in their former residence. While the exhibit itself showcases exquisite paintings and sculptures, the house, too, is

things,” said Hillwood’s Rossotti. “We’ve learned that they don’t. It’s not that today’s 40-year-old will be today’s 60-year-old 20 years from now. Your interests don’t necessarily change.”

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interesting, with its striking architecture. Art and music are intertwined in the museum, both in the painted scenes and the building itself. The home was also used as a recital hall, showing the Kreegers’ dedication to art in all forms. President Lincoln’s Cottage Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street NW; 202-829-0436; “Take a Vacation in the Country Right Here in D.C.!” is the beckoning call of the President Lincoln’s Cottage. Situated picturesquely at the top of an expansive hill, the cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with the presidency of Lincoln aside from the White House. The Lincoln family lived here from June to November of 1862, 1863 and 1864. It opened to the public in February 2008. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden 1644 31st St. NW; 202-965-0400; Tudor Place is a historic home with lush gardens. The property used to belong to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Curtis Peter. The extensive gardens have been maintained according to Peter’s original plans. Woodrow Wilson House 2340 S St. NW; 202-387-4062; The home of the 28th president remains untouched, offering visitors a chance to see the rooms as they were when President Woodrow Wilson spent the last three years of his life there.

Broadening audiences now, therefore, could also help historic houses a generation from now. More simply, strong attendance reflects a healthy program, Woodrow Wilson’s Enholm says

— one that can “emphasize the poignancy” of historic stories for modern audiences. “If people aren’t coming here,” Enholm said, “we’re not doing what we should be doing.”

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MUSIC From Page CG10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Petrouchkaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rite of Spring.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The French CosĂŹ: Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;CosĂŹ fan tutte.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Opera Lafayette presents Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;CosĂŹ fan tutteâ&#x20AC;? in French. Kennedy Center through Oct. 19. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grace.â&#x20AC;? String quartet Ethel offers a program whose centerpiece is their adaptation of the score for the Academy Award-winning film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mission.â&#x20AC;? Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Viva Verdi!â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Society celebrates the 200th anniversary of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth with a program of his works. Washington National Cathedral. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata.â&#x20AC;? NPR commentator Rob Kapilow program â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes It Great?â&#x20AC;? explores the famous piano sonata, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Baird Auditorium. 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra plays Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto and other music. Kennedy Center through Nov. 2.

NOVEMBER 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Concord of Heaven.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort presents an all-Bach program of instrumental and vocal works. National Presbyterian Church. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Britten: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;War Requiem.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus celebrates

the 100th anniversary of Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth by performing the 1962 work with the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington. Kennedy Center. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Shostakovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Cello Concerto and other works. Kennedy Center through Nov. 9. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legacy and Life: A Musical and Visual Reflection.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents the East Coast premiere of a work written by Steven Stucky to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, as well as Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Enso String Quartet previews its upcoming recording â&#x20AC;&#x153;String Quartets by the Great Opera Masters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Verdi, Puccini, and R. Strauss.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra plays Lisztâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 2 and other music. Kennedy Center through Nov. 16. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something to Sing About.â&#x20AC;? Soprano Kathleen Battle joins pianist Cyrus Chestnut in music by Gershwin, Ellington, Joplin and others. Kennedy Center. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales From the Vienna Woods.â&#x20AC;? The PostClassical Ensemble, which describes itself as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;experimental musical laboratory,â&#x20AC;? presents its own takes on waltzes by Johann Strauss and other music. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Voices.â&#x20AC;? Soprano

RenĂŠe Fleming hosts a festival exploring the past, present and future of American singing with master sessions, discussions and performances. Kennedy Center through Nov. 24. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In Series Pocket-Opera Double Bill: Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera-ballet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Villiâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spiritsâ&#x20AC;?) and the zarzuela â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heart of Madrid.â&#x20AC;? GALA Theatre through Dec. 7. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; BĂŠla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Reunion.â&#x20AC;? In Series presents the premiere of an American opera-musical by Chris Patton and Bill Moses about a family dealing with their aging grandmother. GALA Theatre through Dec. 8.

DECEMBER 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra plays Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto No. 4 and Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Symphony No. 1. Kennedy Center through Dec. 7. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.â&#x20AC;? Male choral ensemble Cantus performs arrangements of carols and war songs that recall the remarkable World War I truce between Allied forces and German soldiers. Kennedy Center. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort presents the perennial Washington favorite. Dumbarton United Methodist Church through Dec. 15. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Revels.â&#x20AC;? The




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The Enso Quartet will preview its recording of works by opera masters at a concert Nov. 12 at the Kennedy Center. Washington Revels celebrates the season with traditional music, dance and stories from the Balkan region and Turkey. Lisner Auditorium through Dec. 15. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Jazz Piano Christmas.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Top jazz performers play Christmas favorites. Kennedy Center. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Holidays!â&#x20AC;? Steven Reineke conducts the NSO Pops in this annual program of holiday classics, with baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell. Kennedy Center through Dec. 14. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas in New Spain.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort highlights early music from Mexico and Peru, with instrumentalists Charles Weaver and Tom Zajac. Folger Elizabethan Theatre through Dec. 22. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Joy of Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Christmas program. Washington National Cathedral through Dec. 15. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schubert â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wanderer Fantasy.â&#x20AC;? NPR commentator Rob Kapilow program â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes It Great?â&#x20AC;? explores the famous fantasy with pianist Yuliya Gorenman, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Baird Auditorium. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Candlelight Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus presents its annual tribute to the season. Kennedy Center through Dec. 22.


15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Holly and the Ivy: Music for Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The City Choir of Washington celebrates the season. National Presbyterian Church.


16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Enchanted Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday celebration. Kennedy Center through Dec. 24.


19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra presents Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through Dec. 22. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkle, Jingle, Joy.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington

celebrates the holiday season. Lisner Auditorium through Dec. 21. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ceremony & Celebration: Christmas With the Consort.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort performs Christmas music by Benjamin Britten and John La Montaine. National Presbyterian Church. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Shakespeare in Words and Music.â&#x20AC;? The Last Stand Quartet, an ensemble of National Symphony Orchestra musicians, joins actors in an evening of sonnets, scenes and music by Byrd, Purcell, Beethoven and others. Kennedy Center. 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute.â&#x20AC;? A New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve jazz program with pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli. Kennedy Center.

JANUARY 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brave New World.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort presents a musical celebration of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tempest,â&#x20AC;? with Philadelphia baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare, soprano Rosa Lamoreaux and baritone William Sharp. Washington National Cathedral through Jan. 11. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Lisztâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 1 and other music. Kennedy Center through Jan. 18. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The French CosĂŹ: Philidorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Les Femmes VengĂŠes.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Opera Lafayette presents Philidorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Femmes VengĂŠes,â&#x20AC;? one of the precedents for Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;CosĂŹ fan tutte.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Vie en Rose.â&#x20AC;? In Series program of French art songs and cabaret chansons. GALA Theatre through Jan. 19. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The TakĂĄcs Quartet plays BartĂłkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s string quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 5. Kennedy Center. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The TakĂĄcs Quartet plays BartĂłkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s string quartets Nos. 2, 4 See Music/Page CG19

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MUSIC From Page CG18 and 6. Kennedy Center. 23 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Dvorák’s “New World” Symphony, Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony and other music. Kennedy Center through Jan. 25. 25 — “Ah, Bach!” Israeli-born musician Matt Haimovitz performs all six of Bach’s cello suites. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 27 — “De schöne Müllerin.” The Schubert song cycle is performed by pianist Christian Eschenbach and baritone Matthias Goerne. Kennedy Center. 30 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, with violinist Joshua Bell, and other music. Kennedy Center through Feb. 1.

FEBRUARY 3 — Time for Three, selfdescribed as the world’s first classically trained garage band, plays music from Bach to the Beatles. Kennedy Center. 6 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Schumann’s

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Cello Concerto and other works. Kennedy Center through Feb. 8.

In Series celebrates the songwriter. Source through March 9.

8 — “Don’t Box Me In.” The Grace Kelly Quintet performs jazz in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival. Dumbarton United Methodist Church.

22 — “Scenes From Childhood.” Selfdescribed “experimental musical laboratory” PostClassical Ensemble presents music by Wagner, Britten and Fauré. Dumbarton United Methodist Church.

9 — The Kennedy Center Chamber Players perform works by Paganini, Beethoven, Grieg and Leisner. Kennedy Center.

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22 — “Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc.” The Cathedral Choral Society performs Einhorn’s “Voices of Light,” written to accompany the silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” Washington National Cathedral.

Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone, former castmates in “Evita,” will perform a musical love story Feb. 18 through 23 at the Kennedy Center.

9 — Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach, Crumb, Muhly and Beethoven on the piano, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Kennedy Center. 13 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Dvorák’s Violin Concerto, with violinist Anna-Sophie Mutter, and other music. Kennedy Center through Feb. 15. 15 — “Passion.” The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents passionate choral arrangements. Church of the Epiphany. 16 — “Living the Dream … Singing the Dream.” The Washington Performing Arts

Society’s Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choir join with the Choral Arts Society of Washington to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy Center. 18 — “An Evening With Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin.” Two Broadway veterans team up for the first time since “Evita” to present a musical love story. Kennedy Center through Feb. 23. 22 — “Moby-Dick.” Washington National Opera stages Jake Heggie’s version of the Melville classic. Kennedy Center through March 8. 22 — “The Cole Porter Project.”



24 — “An Evening of Jewish Music and Poetry.” Pianist Evgeny Kissin presents the music and poetry of East European Jewry. Kennedy Center. 26 — “Celebrate Youth!” The Cathedral Choral Society’s ninth annual high school choir festival and concert. Washington National Cathedral. 27 — The National Symphony Orchestra plays Widmann’s Violin Concerto, with violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and Beethoven’s first and

second symphonies. Kennedy Center through March 1. 27 — The Kalichstein-LaredoRobinson Trio plays Previn’s Trio No. 2 and works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Kennedy Center.

MARCH 2 — “The Essential Verdi.” The Washington Chorus honors the Verdi bicentennial with selections from his operas and choral works. Kennedy Center. 8 — “Der Rosenkavalier.” Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth, the National Symphony Orchestra performs the composer’s comic opera in concert with soprano Renée Fleming and the Washington Chorus. Kennedy Center. 9 — “Il corsaro.” Washington Concert Opera closes a season celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi by presenting his early opera about pirates on the high seas. Lisner Auditorium. 13 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and other music. Kennedy Center through March 15. 14 — “Von Trapped.” The Gay See Music/Page CG20

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MUSIC From Page CG19 Men’s Chorus of Washington celebrates “The Sound of Music.” Lisner Auditorium through March 16. 15 — The Linden String Quartet and pianist Michael Brown play music by Mozart and Elgar. Dumbarton United Methodist Church.

18th-century France, with soprano Jolle Greenleaf, violinist Krista Bennion Feeney and harpsichordist Joseph Gascho. Folger Elizabethan Theatre through March 23.

APRIL 1 — The Nash Ensemble travels from its home in London to perform Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet and music by Mozart, Richard Strauss and Schoenberg. Kennedy Center.

16 — “St. John Passion.” The Washington Bach Consort performs the Bach oratorio. National Presbyterian Church.

10 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Korngold’s Violin Concerto, with violinist Gil Shaham, and other works. Kennedy Center through April 12.

18 — The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Kennedy Center.

11 — “A Polish Renaissance.” The Folger Consort presents Polish music from the Renaissance, with guests the Western Wind and organist Webb Wiggins. Folger Elizabethan Theatre through March 13.

20 — “The Elixir of Love.” Washington National Opera mounts Donizetti’s comic opera about a love potion. Kennedy Center through March 29.

12 — “Schubert & Goethe.” In Series salon-style concert-discussion about German romanticism. Heurich House Museum through April 13.

20 — The National Symphony Orchestra salutes the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth by performing his tone poem “Don Juan” and selections from “Elektra” and “Salome.” Kennedy Center through March 22.

17 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and a work by Mendelssohn. Kennedy Center through April 19.

21 — “Le Jardin Chinois.” The Folger Consort presents music of

18 — “Forte.” The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington pairs its vocal ensembles Rock Creek

Singers and Potomac Fever in everything from pop to Broadway to classical. Various locations. 21 — “Tango, Song, and Dance.” Violinist Augustin Hadelich, pianist Joyce Yang and guitarist Pablo Sáinz present a multimedia program that includes works by Previn, Falla, Piazzolla, Ginastera, VillaLobos and others. Kennedy Center. 24 — The National Symphony Orchestra plays Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and other works. Kennedy Center through April 26. 27 — “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” NPR commentator Rob Kapilow program “What Makes It Great?” explores the Vivaldi work with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Baird Auditorium. 27 — “Tango! Soul and Heart.” The Choral Arts Society of Washington celebrates Argentine music and dance. Kennedy Center. 30 — “Celebrating Rameau, Part I: The Salon.” Opera Lafayette begins its commemoration of the 250th anniversary Rameau’s death with vocal and instrumental chamber works by the French composer. Kennedy Center.

MAY 3 — “The Magic Flute.” Washington National Opera stages Mozart’s final opera, includes an “Opera in the Outfield” simulcast. Kennedy Center through May 18. 4 — “Revolution & Evolution: The Music of C.P.E. Bach.” The Washington Bach Consort celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of C.P.E. Bach. National Presbyterian Church. 7 — “NEW MOVES: Symphony + Dance.” A festival that combines dance with popular music and orchestral works performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Kennedy Center through May 17. 8 — “New Music for a New Age.” The Washington Chorus presents music by Tarik O’Regan. Church of the Epiphany. 18 — “Mozart: Grand Mass in C Minor.” The City Choir of Washington performs the Mozart mass, along with the North American premiere of Britten’s recently rediscovered “Two Psalms.” National Presbyterian Church. 18 — “Gay Man’s Guide to Broadway.” The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington looks at Broadway musicals. Location to be announced. 18 — “Classical Showcase.” The Cathedral Choral Society presents music by Beethoven, Mozart and

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The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Sam Haywood in concert at the Kennedy Center on May 31. Haydn. Washington National Cathedral. 23 — 19th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Celebrates the pianist and composer. Kennedy Center through May 24. 29 — “Carousel Latino.” In Series presents a “carousel ride” of Latino programs and artists, including cabaret, congas, tango, zarzuela, bolero, opera and more. Source through June 1. 31 — Sam Haywood plays Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Villa-Lobos on the piano, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Kennedy Center.

JUNE 1 — The Kennedy Center Chamber Players perform Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” arranged for string trio, plus Rheinberger’s Nonet in E-flat major. Kennedy Center.

ebrates the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth by presenting his tragic portrayal of a fallen woman. GALA Theatre through June 28.

Venue Information Baird Auditorium National Museum of Natural History Constitution Avenue and 10th Street NW 202-633-1650; Church of the Epiphany 1317 G St. NW 202-347-2635; Folger Elizabethan Theatre 201 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-7077; GALA Theatre 3333 14th St. NW 202-234-7174; Heurich House Museum 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW 202-429-1894;

5 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Brahms’ Double Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique Symphony. Kennedy Center through June 7.

Dumbarton United Methodist Church 3133 Dumbarton St. NW 202-965-2000;

9 — “Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.” A free initiative celebrating the rich diversity of choral artistry with more than 50 choruses from across the nation. Kennedy Center through June 15.

Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St. NW 202-994-6800;

11 — “Made in America: Three Generations of Master and Emerging Composers.” The Choral Arts Society of Washington joins forces with the Washington Chorus, the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the Great Noise Ensemble in a concert that includes a world premiere by Armando Bayolo, as part of Chorus America’s annual conference. Kennedy Center. 12 — The National Symphony Orchestra plays Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6. Kennedy Center through June 14. 14 — “La Traviata.” In Series cel-

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW 202-467-4600; National Presbyterian Church 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW 202-537-0800; Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW 202-408-3100; Source 1835 14th St. NW 202-204-7800; Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW 202-537-6200;

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EXHIBITS From Page CG9 National Gallery of Art through Jan. 5.

OCTOBER 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pakistani Voices: A Conversation With â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Migration Series.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Presents the results of a Pakistani workshop cosponsored by the Phillips Collection and the U.S. Department of State that drew on Jacob Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Migration Seriesâ&#x20AC;? (1940-41) as a catalyst for the creation of artworks. Phillips Collection through Jan. 5. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby.â&#x20AC;? Highlights one of the most innovative secondgeneration artists coming out of the post-World War II American ceramic studio movement. Renwick Gallery through Dec. 8. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Measure of Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets.â&#x20AC;? A collection of modern baskets that reveal the central role basketry has played in Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; everyday lives. Renwick Gallery through Dec. 8. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing the Dream.â&#x20AC;? Images of performers, choreographers and impresarios explore the relationship between dance and the evolution of a modern American identity. National Portrait Gallery through July 13. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Hale.â&#x20AC;? Presents exquisitely detailed etchings of the cities, landscapes and people encountered by the widely traveled Hale (18551940). National Museum of Women in the Arts through Jan. 5. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium From Greek Collections.â&#x20AC;? Some 170 rare and important works will offer a

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glimpse into the soul and splendor of the mysterious Byzantium Empire. National Gallery of Art through March 2.

Exhibit.â&#x20AC;? Features props, costumes and footage from the 2004 hit comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,â&#x20AC;? prior to the release of the sequel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anchorman 2: The Legend Continuesâ&#x20AC;? in December. Newseum through Aug. 31.

10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment.â&#x20AC;? More than 100 images and multimedia works highlight 11 women photographers. National Geographic Museum through March 9. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Van Gogh: Repetitions.â&#x20AC;? The first Vincent van Gogh exhibition in D.C. in 15 years takes a fresh look at the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process, presenting some 30 paintings alongside related drawings and technical photographs. Phillips Collection through Jan. 26. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga: The Art of Transformation.â&#x20AC;? Yogaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution through time is revealed in more than 120 works, including an illustrated compilation of asanas made for a Mughal emperor in 1602 and never before shown in the United States. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through Jan. 26. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange and Wondrous: Prints of India From the Robert J. Del Bonta Collection.â&#x20AC;? Fifty prints show how perceptions of India changed through the centuries, from the Enlightenment to the colonial period and into modernity. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through Jan. 5. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990.â&#x20AC;? Traces Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transformation into an internationally recognized destination with its own design vocabulary, canonized landmarks and coveted way of life. National Building Museum through March 10.


23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd.â&#x20AC;? Works by Los Angeles photographer Prager that feature elaborately staged crowd scenes, along with other photographs and videos. Corcoran Gallery of Art through March 9.

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Frank Sinatra is among the celebrities featured in the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Coolâ&#x20AC;? exhibition, opening Feb. 7. Garden through Feb. 9. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.â&#x20AC;? More than 90 works show how Latino artists tackled classic American themes and participated in the artistic movements of their day. Smithsonian American Art Museum through March 2.

NOVEMBER 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mia Feuer: An Unkindness.â&#x20AC;? Part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;NOW at the Corcoranâ&#x20AC;? series, the exhibit features three site-specific installations by Feuer about the relationships between failed infrastructure, the natural world and environmental catastrophe. Corcoran Gallery of Art through Feb. 23. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equal Exposure: Anita Steckelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight Against Censorship.â&#x20AC;? Personal papers, photographs and art highlight a

woman who sparked a media scandal in 1972 by refusing to self-censor an exhibit of her exuberant and shameless female and male erotic figures. Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts through May 9. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siberia in the Eyes of Russian Photographers.â&#x20AC;? Photographs of Siberia, many shown in the West for the first time, that span more than 150 years. American University Museum through Dec. 15. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africa Re-Viewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon.â&#x20AC;? A retrospective of the Life magazine photojournalist who first popularized post-World War II images of Africa and its leaders in American media. National Museum of African Art through March 2. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anchorman: The

13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio.â&#x20AC;? Photographs, prints, drawings and maps reveal how the Civil War affected life in the District of Columbia. National Portrait Gallery through Jan. 25, 2015. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recent Acquisitions: American Art From the Johns Collection.â&#x20AC;? Celebrates a recent gift to the Corcoran of 61 prints and drawings. Corcoran Gallery of Art through Feb. 9. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Workt by Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.â&#x20AC;? Showcases 35 quilts from the 18th through the 20th centuries, examining them through the lens of contemporary feminist theory. National Museum of Women in the Arts through April 27.

FEBRUARY 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Cool.â&#x20AC;? Explores the definition of cool as a state of mind. National Portrait Gallery See Exhibits/Page CG22

24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950.â&#x20AC;? Groundbreaking exhibit on the theme of destruction in international contemporary visual culture. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture


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EXHIBITS From Page CG21 through Sept. 7. 15 — “Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage.” Decorative art in gold, silver, porcelain and enamel reveals the power and patronage that marked the reign of the famous tsarina. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens through June 8. 22 — “Made in the USA: American Masters in the Phillips Collection.” After a four-year world tour, more than 100 works by some 75 American artists return to the Phillips Collection. Phillips Collection through Aug. 31. 23 — “Modern German Prints and Drawings From the Kainen Collection.” The second of three exhibits to highlight a major gift to the National Gallery of Art by Ruth Cole Kainen. National Gallery of Art through June 29.

MARCH 2 — “Gary Winogrand.” The first retrospective of the 20th-century American photographer’s work features some 180 images. National Gallery of Art through June 8. 6 — “Pacific Exchange: China and U.S. Mail.” Explores the relationship of China and the United States through stamps. National Postal Museum through Jan. 4.

APRIL 18 — “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction.” Reveals

how mid-20thcentury artists reinvented portraiture as a progressive art form for a new generation. National Portrait Gallery through Jan. 11. 25 — “Meret Oppenheim at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.” Highlights surrealist artist Oppenheimer — best known for her fur-lined teacup and saucer from 1936 Courtesy of National Gallery of Art — with artist’s Mary Cassatt’s “Girl Arranging Her Hair,” 1886 oil on book prints and canvas, is part of a National Gallery of Art exhibit paintings. National opening May 11. Museum of duction and prepared the way for Women in the Arts through Nov. 9. his warm reception in the United States. National Gallery of Art MAY through Oct. 5. 2 — “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We JULY Forget.” Shows how artist Fasanella (1914-1997) addressed 4 — “Grant and Lee.” Paintings, issues of postwar America. Smithsonian American Art Museum photographs, documents and objects reveal the personal lives and profesthrough Aug. 3. sional rivalries of two Civil War generals. National Portrait Gallery 4 — “Andrew Wyeth: Looking through May 25. Out, Looking In.” Highlights Wyeth’s frequent use of the window AUGUST as the subject of his art. National Gallery of Art through Nov. 30. 8 — “The World of James Castle.” Presents a sampling of the 11 — “Degas/Cassatt.” Explores oeuvre of artist James Castle (1899the extent to which Mary Cassatt 1977). Smithsonian American Art shaped Edgar Degas’ artistic pro-

Museum through Jan. 4.

Museum Information American University Museum Katzen Arts Center 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-885-1300; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 1050 Independence Ave. SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave. NW Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Free Community Days are the first Sunday of every month. 202-783-5000; Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 17th St. NW Hours: Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for military and ages 11 and younger. 202-639-1700; Freer Gallery of Art 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens 4155 Linnean Ave. NW Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and selected Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $10 for students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. 202-686-5807; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; National Building Museum 401 F St. NW Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults; $5 for youth, students and seniors. 202-272-2448; National Gallery of Art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday

from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215; National Geographic Museum 1145 17th St. NW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors, students and military; $7 for ages 5 through 12. 202-857-7588; National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave. SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-4600; National Museum of Natural History 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave. NW Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Free Community Days are the first Sunday of every month. 202-783-5000; National Portrait Gallery 8th and F streets NW Hours: Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000; National Postal Museum 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-5555; Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, students and military; $12.95 for ages 7 through 18; free for ages 6 and younger. 888-639-7386; Phillips Collection 1600 21st St. NW Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Varies. 202-387-2151; Renwick Gallery 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; Smithsonian American Art Museum 9th and G streets NW Hours: Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000;

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Wednesday, sepTember 11, 2013


PLAYGROUNDS: City invests millions in renovations, new equipment From Page CG5

ceremony is slated for Friday at 10 a.m.

slowed the timeline. The existing space has two play areas, tennis courts, a basketball court and a ball field.

■ Harrison, 1330 V St.: complete. The design of this upgraded park incorporates musical instruments to reflect the history of the nearby U Street corridor. A new misting station joins updated play equipment, a multipurpose backstop on a small sport court and new seating. The park also includes a baseball diamond and a basketball court.

■ Takoma, 300 Van Buren St.: complete. There’s a new splash park and two new play areas, as well as a new shade structure, adult exercise equipment and a skate spot. The park was designed to reflect the wooded community, and new play structures look like treehouses. There are also large Legolike blocks housed in the field house that will occasionally be

■ Macomb, 3409 Macomb St.: playground complete, but additional work being done on field, with expected completion in mid-September. Work here added a spray park, linked two separate play spaces by adding new stairs and an incline with climbing ropes, and moved a shaded gazebo to create a “more pronounced entry,” according to the parks department’s website. There’s also new equipment throughout the site and a new rubberized surface. The park also features a basketball court and baseball field. ■ Newark, 39th and Newark streets: expected completion in October. “We’re moving a little bit slower on this design … just to make sure [we have an] adequate plan to protect those trees,” said Aguirre, referring to old-growth trees around the site. “One neat thing about that one is that we’ll have our first equipment specifically designed for little bitty ones, because we know demographically there’s little ones there,” he added. The playground will also feature a handicap-accessible path, a new stroller parking area and new seating. New equipment will include climbing apparatuses and small boulders, and a rubberized play surface will be installed. The park also features a large community garden, a dog park and tennis courts. ■ Palisades, 5200 Sherier Place: complete, with ribbon-cutting held in July. The park now features a Native American theme, paying homage to the area’s history. There’s a “lot of natural-looking equipment — things that look like logs, rocks,” said Aguirre, as well as a replica of the Potomac River “flowing” through the equipment. The park previously had a wading pool but now has a new spray park, as well as new play equipment, a new shade structure, a small skate park, an expanded garden area and new fitness equipment for adults. ■ Rose, 26th and O streets: in the design phase, with a fifth community meeting to be held tonight at 6:30 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 2600 P St. NW, and a groundbreaking date to be determined. This playground is also being redone via a partnership with the Trust for Public Land, which has somewhat

brought out by park staff. “As of Oct. 1 we’re going to be hiring what we call play specialists,” said Aguirre. The three staffers will make regular announced visits to parks to help residents take advantage of the amenities. “They’ll go out and set a schedule across the city … , [saying, for instance], ‘From 10-12 come meet our play specialists and take advantage of the site.’” Nearby are tennis and basketball courts, fields and an aquatic center. ■ Upshur, 4300 Arkansas Ave.:

not yet started; first meeting set for Nov. 20. “We just redid that playground a year and a half ago or two at the most,” said Aguirre. So the current work is “just kind of finishing the site.” Work included adding a new synthetic turf soccer pitch, resurfacing the basketball court, removing exercise equipment and refurbishing the sandbox. ■ Volta, 34th Street and Volta Place: complete, with a ribbon-cutting held in July. This project was done through a partnership with the Friends of Volta Park. The work

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The new Palisades playground has a Native American theme.

replaced equipment and benches, refurbished the sandbox and installed a rubberized surface.


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DOWNSIZING: Varied ways to de-clutter at home

From Page CG13

es â&#x20AC;&#x201D; College Hunks Moving; and they have almost 50 franchises across the country, with a call center headquartered in Florida. The company guarantees availability within 48 hours, and sometimes can do same-day pickups. The brand is centered on providing stress-free service from friendly, trustworthy workers, Friedman says. Helping the community and the environment have always been core values for the company, so it aims to divert items in good condition away from the landfill and instead find ways to donate them whenever possible. This idea got even more traction when the two young business owners met Brendan Hurley, vice president of Goodwill of Greater Washington, at a local networking event about five years ago. There, they learned that Goodwill was losing out on donations because while it offers a free pickup service, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often a six-

to eight-week wait because it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough trucks. Donors on a tighter timetable hoping to give away larger items that they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop off themselves, like mattresses or furniture, had to be turned away. Within a few months, a partnership was formed between the two organizations whereby College Hunks will take customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unwanted items in good condition to Goodwill. The company offers a discount to customers who opt to donate items, and after dropping them off, they will take care of the paperwork and supply customers with a donation receipt. On average, College Hunks makes nearly 100 deliveries to Goodwill of Greater Washington per month, valued at more than $20,000 each, according to Friedman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see it as a win-win-win â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for the donor, for Goodwill, and for the environment,â&#x20AC;? said Friedman. Through its franchisees, College Hunks has partnered with more than 20 Goodwill locations across the country. Friedman wants people to

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know that Goodwill still provides free pickup services, but for people working on a tighter deadline, College Hunks can pick up donations for a fee. And whereas Goodwill typically requires items to be on the first level or by the curb, College Hunks will remove items from anywhere on a property.

A Wider Circle

Another local organization that accepts donated household items is A Wider Circle, a nonprofit founded in 2001 by Mark Bergel, a part-time faculty member at American University. Its mission is to end poverty by providing social services, adult and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education programs, and job training â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in addition to furnishing homes for those transitioning out of homelessness or living without lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessities. Bergel was inspired to start his nonprofit while working as a volunteer delivering food to low-income households. He saw that many had no beds to sleep on or no kitchen table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason that one in five people in the District should live in poverty,â&#x20AC;? Bergel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We approach it as if it were our family member living in poverty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what would you do to help them get out?â&#x20AC;? A Wider Circle began by collecting furniture and home goods for those in need, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still one of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core services â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the nonprofit now helps furnish about 15,000 households a year, according to Bergel. For those interested in donating, A Wider Circle offers free pickup services. The organization has four trucks, up from just one two years ago, which are sent to homes and businesses around the region to collect donations. The nonprofit works to schedule pickups as quickly as possible, but depending on truck availability, it can take anywhere from one day to four weeks. Donors can also drop off items in person at a warehouse at 9159 Brookville Road in Silver Spring, Md. The items A Wider Circle needs most are beds (mattresses, box spring and frames), dressers, kitchen tables and chairs, sofas, baby items (diapers, cribs, strollers, car seats), linens, nonperishable food, tissues and toilet paper. A wish list can be found at

Just That Simple

For assistance with moving, or if you just need to get organized, Just That Simple, a Takoma-based home and office organizing business founded by Judy Tiger in 2006, can lend a hand. The full-service firm helps clients with a wide range of projects, from organizing a closet or tackling an unruly home office or an entire home. She also helps clients with relocations or downsizing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; figuring out which items to keep in the move, and helping organize the new home. This summer, Tiger gave series

Photo courtesy of College Hunks Hauling Junk

College Hunks Hauling Junk was founded in 2003 by two Northwest residents on summer vacation. The company partners with Goodwill of Greater Washington to donate customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unwanted goods. of talks on organizing principles at D.C. public libraries, and she regularly leads seminars on the topic for local groups including area civic associations, community centers and senior residences. Just That Simple specializes in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;personalized, nonjudgmental, creative approach to organizing solutions,â&#x20AC;? Tiger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Good Housekeepingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or Martha Stewart; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about living well, and the boost in health and wellness that can be gained from being more organized.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clutter is not a moral failing,â&#x20AC;? Tiger added, saying that most of her clients are â&#x20AC;&#x153;relieved to find out itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manageable and something we can work on.â&#x20AC;? Many people get excited about their organizing projects by going shopping first â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for containers, cubes or shelving that could house

their belongings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but Tiger advises against that. She calls containers â&#x20AC;&#x153;the icing on the cake,â&#x20AC;? and says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;First you have to do the work and bake the cake.â&#x20AC;? Tiger recommends taking the time to evaluate what you have and what you can get rid of before working out storage options. For those anticipating a relocation, Tiger offered similar advice to Danick: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too early to start planning, particularly for those who might be moving from a house theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived in for decades. Most moving guidelines, Tiger says, work from a six- to eight-week timeline from start to finish, but for some that might not be enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially with older clients, they deserve the time and [help] to review what they have to then decide what will work in their new home so they can fully enjoy it,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Resources College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving 800-586-5872

condition such as sofas, beds and dressers) 202-347-8870

Just That Simple 202-726-8667

DC Habitat for Humanity (wish list on website) 202-882-4600

TAD Relocation 240-403-0177 A Wider Circle 301-608-3504 Goodwill of Greater Washington 202-636-4225 Turning the Page (accepts books) 202-347-9841 Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table (non-perishable food, gently used clothing and new school supplies) 202-328-6609 Black Student Fund (school supplies, toys, office supplies, clothes) 202-387-1414 DC Coalition for the Homeless (clothing, household items in good

Food & Friends (non-perishable food, office supplies, small housewares, vehicles) 202-269-2277 Jubilee Jobs (gently used professional clothing appropriate for corporate interviews) 202-667-8970 Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen (non-perishable food, seasonal clothing, disposable cutlery and plates) 202-452-8926 N Street Village (travel-size toiletries, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing, cleaning supplies; wish list on website) 202-939-2076 Neighbors Consejo (furniture and appliances, toiletries, housewares) 202-234-6855

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BASEBALL: Youth leagues flourish From Page CG4

Construction is expected to finish in October at Fort Dupont Park in Ward 7 on three fields and a 4,800-square-foot indoor facility that will host education initiatives. While affiliated with the ballclub, the youth academy is a separate, nonprofit organization. The academy — modeled after New York’s heralded Harlem RBI, which is run by Maret School graduate Richard Berlin — will focus on education, nutrition and, naturally, baseball, serving solely children east of the Anacostia River. It will begin modestly this fall, with after-school programs offered three days a week to 90 third- and fourth-graders from three elementary schools in wards 7 and 8. Alter said there will be full-day programming five days a week in the summer, and the academy will eventually expand to include kindergartners through 12th-graders once there are enough resources. Currently, Alter is searching for volunteers to serve as mentors. “Baseball was my education,” said Alter, who played at Landon High School in Bethesda and Haverford College in Lower Merion, Pa. “It offers a unique opportunity to teach life lessons.” Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond shares a similar perspective about baseball, said Alter, and has taken an active interest in the program. The all-star sits on the board of directors and has sent Alter emails late at night with ideas for growing the academy. “He relates very much to this program,” Alter said. Bertani, who previously worked in community development with

the Houston Astros, calls the Nationals’ efforts “leaps and bounds better than most teams,” but not everyone involved in Washington’s youth baseball is impressed. Antoine Williams, who is entering his 16th year as Maret’s baseball coach, said the Nats have yet to do enough to make a long-lasting community impact. “It’s frustrating,” he said. “The first three, four, five years, they hardly did anything but give out tickets to games that weren’t selling out.” Williams founded DC Dynasty in 2002 to develop competitive baseball players in Washington, and he assists with many of D.C.’s Little League organizations. While acknowledging that things are finally headed the right direction, Williams said the Nationals’ false starts cost the team chances to make inroads in the city. He said the sport still loses many of the area’s best athletes to football and basketball. And he called for the Nationals to find ways to make its players more available to the community, to allow youth players more access to Nationals Park, and to show a stronger financial commitment across the city. Williams noted that the D.C. Baseball Classic, an annual tournament held at the South Capitol Street stadium that Maret has won the past two years, isn’t likely to return to the venue now that the event is run by the D.C. State Athletic Association. The city group, which took over from the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, may balk at the $50,000 the Nationals charge to use

using a rotation of instructors from various yoga studios in the city. The events draw dozens of participants, from beginners to veteran practitioners. Since the exercises are performed on the grass, participants are encouraged to bring mats. Inspired by yoga’s health-conscious mission, Lululemon requires each of its stores across the country to host free athletic activities for residents and customers. In addition to introducing beginners to yoga, the outdoor classes in Dupont Circle are a way to connect with people, says the company. “It’s part of creating and engaging the community in new and different ways,” said Lululemon spokesperson Amanda Casgar. The outdoor sessions last through Sept. 30 and will pick up again next spring. During the colder months, this activity will be held indoors at a regular fitness studio. For more information, visit washington/logancircle.


Danielle M. Reyes, founder of Yoga Hikes, started her organization this past spring to incorporate the practice with her love for the great outdoors. The nature setting makes the exercise more authentic, as some names of the poses are related with the open air, said Reyes, a certified yoga instructor. “When I tell people to ‘root down the earth’” —


THEATERS: Bygone venues From Page CG14

became one of the most successful Art Deco theaters in Washington. It was demolished in 1976, despite fierce local opposition, to make way for the Spring Valley Shopping Center.


Brian Kapur/Current File Photo

The DCSAA title game may be moved from Nationals Park because of a $50,000 fee.

the ballpark, Williams predicted. In prior years, it took fundraising efforts by parents to meet the high cost, according to Williams. Capitol City and Capitol Hill Little League officials agree that the Nationals’ outreach efforts are not the sole reason for their programs’ growth, but they say it’s hard to ignore the excitement that the team has built up even in a disappointing season. Capitol Hill’s Shapiro marvels at the many kids he sees trading cards at the school near his home. “I thought that was a lost art,” said Shapiro, who grew up in Boston. And while many D.C. little leaguers still root for the Orioles, Red Sox and Yankees, it’s easy to see the change when the kids take the field to practice, said Capitol City’s Ganote: “There is a lot of red.”

YOGA: Practice spreads through non-studio settings From Page CG12

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

which means to stand firm before transitioning to a different standing pose — “you’re actually doing it,” she said. Combining the two activities also creates a wellrounded fitness routine, she said. Hiking provides the aerobic element, while yoga helps strengthen the muscular system with various poses to develop the core muscles in the abdomen, lower back and pelvis. Yoga Hikes offers two types of excursions in Northwest that usually last around 90 minutes each. An urban hike, held in the early evening on varying weekdays, starts at Dupont Circle and winds through a few neighborhoods. During the weekend, nature treks travel through two different areas of Rock Creek Park. In each session, Reyes leads participants through a brisk hike with 15-minute yoga intervals. She said the short-length yoga sessions make the experience “compelling” because people “can give it their all.” Reyes also said the combination gives people “options to explore yoga.” Individuals who are curious about the practice, but not yet willing to dedicate at least an hour to class, can diversify their fitness regimen. “It’s very accessible to new people because [the yoga poses] get broken down,” she said. Reyes carries small strips of yoga mats in her backpack for exercises that require sitting or lying on the ground. She also recommends that participants wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The schedule is available at, where participants can also RSVP. Classes cost $25.

2819 M St. Through the 1960s and 1970s, The Biograph in Georgetown ran foreign and specialty movies and hosted film festivals. In 1989 the management started offering X-rated matinees to stabilize finances. The Biograph closed in 1996, replaced by a CVS.


4935 Georgia Ave. Harry Crandall’s last movie theater opened in 1926 as part of a mixed-use building including apartments and stores. Acquired by the K-B Chain in 1953, it became a first-run house. Later the space hosted live performances from the

D.C. Black Repertory Theater. The building in Brightwood remains.


1660 Connecticut Ave. The Janus, one of the first “twin theaters” in D.C., opened in 1965 in the ground floor of a Dupont Circle office building. It became known for playing avant-garde and offbeat films and later earned the nickname “Heinous Janus” for its shabby conditions. Loews shuttered the theater in 2002, and the office building is now home to Sette Osteria restaurant.


2669 Woodley Road An intimate theater with Spanish-inspired décor was part of the original Wardman Park Hotel complex, built in 1924 by prolific D.C. developer Harry Wardman. The space later hosted one of Washington’s first TV studios starting in the late 1940s. Today the site, minus the movie theater, is home to the Marriott Wardman Park hotel.


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Spring DC-CAS Results

For details about D.C.’s scores, see page CG11

Bancroft Elementary

Ward 2



Ward 1


Benjamin Banneker Academic High

Charter DCPS

Ward 3


Math Scores

Reading Scores













































Cardozo High at Meyer





– 2.4%






– 5.8%

Cleveland Elementary





– 1.2%



– 6.4%




Columbia Heights Education Campus












H.D. Cooke Elementary












Marie Reed Elementary












Shaw Middle at Garnet-Patterson





– 3.7%



– 6.2%



– 1.2%

Tubman Elementary











10.8% – 14.1%

Booker T. Washington





– 8.8%






Capital City — Lower












Cesar Chavez — Chavez Prep












D.C. Bilingual












E.L. Haynes — Georgia Avenue Campus








– 1.3%




Howard University Middle School of Math and Science





– 0.3%



– 0.4%



– 0.1%

Inspired Teaching Demonstration
























Duke Ellington School of the Arts












Francis-Stevens Education Campus








– 2.9%




Garrison Elementary





– 15.9%



– 18.0%



– 13.7%

Hardy Middle








– 1.6%



– 0.3%

Hyde-Addison Elementary





– 3.5%



– 1.2%



– 5.8%

Ross Elementary












School Without Walls








– 0.9%




Seaton Elementary











– 6.8%

Thompson Elementary


































Community Academy Butler Bilingual












KIPP DC — WILL Academy












Deal Middle












Eaton Elementary





– 0.1%






– 1.2%

Hearst Elementary












Janney Elementary











1.0% 0.4%

Center City — Shaw Campus

Key Elementary





– 1.0%



– 2.5%



Mann Elementary












Murch Elementary





– 2.6%



– 1.5%



– 3.6%

Oyster-Adams Bilingual (Oyster Campus)











– 1.7%

Stoddert Elementary












Wilson High












Barnard Elementary








– 9.8%



– 2.6%

Brightwood Education Campus
















– 1.8%



– 4.3%




Lafayette Elementary












Coolidge High

Lasalle-Backus Education Campus












Macfarland Middle












Powell Elementary












Raymond Education Campus








– 0.5%















Roosevelt High











– 5.2%

Shepherd Elementary











– 0.2%

Takoma Education Campus












Truesdell Education Campus












West Education Campus












Whittier Education Campus





– 3.4%



– 2.4%



– 4.5%

Capital City High












Capital City Middle












Center City — Brightwood Campus












Center City — Petworth Campus












Community Academy — Amos I












Community Academy — Online








– 0.4%



















– 10.5%



– 9.0%



– 11.9%

Sharpe Health

E.L. Haynes — Kansas Avenue Campus


Composite Scores

Bruce Monroe Elementary at Park View

Basis DC

Ward 4

Accountability index

Hope Community — Lamond Campus Hospitality












Ideal Academy — North Capitol Street Campus












Latin American Montessori Bilingual












Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy — Slowe Campus












Paul Junior High























– 5.9%

Washington Latin High












Washington Latin Middle











– 0.7%

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Worthy of best supporting setting: District hosts countless books and films By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer


ashington is a constant in our popular culture, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a brief flyover of the Capitol dome in a political thriller; a detailed invocation of Civil War-era D.C. for a historical novel; or another of the dozens of ways the city has been deployed in the service of storytelling. Below are just a few of the hundreds of books and films that have used the District as a silent, though significant, character.


â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bearsâ&#x20AC;? by Dinaw Mengestu: Set in the 1990s, this novel exploits the storytelling possibilities that come with gentrification. Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanose operates a rundown grocery store in Logan Circle, where his fellow immigrants gather to recall pasts filled with dictators and revolutions. Judith, a white woman, and her 11-year-old daughter move to the neighborhood and begin renovations on a home as well as on the expectations that Sepha has for his life in America. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Crimesâ&#x20AC;? series by Margaret Truman: This murdermystery collection of more than 20 books was penned by the daughter of President Harry Truman over the course of nearly three decades. Each novel spotlights a section of the city, and though thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no one character who appears in every book, there are some who appear in many, such as Mac and Annie Smith. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fail-Safeâ&#x20AC;? by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler: Published in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, this Cold War thriller captured the imaginations of a tense American public. The novel also explores the anxieties sparked by the growing importance of technology, as a machine-generated glitch sets the stage for an American nuclear strike on Moscow. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Griefâ&#x20AC;? by Chris Adrian: In an imagined post-Civil War D.C., Gob is a doctor still traumatized by the death years earlier of his twin brother, an 11-year-old bugler for a Union army regiment. Aided by poet Walt Whitman, Gob works obsessively to construct a time machine to resurrect his brother, Abraham Lincoln and all the Civil War dead. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in the Cityâ&#x20AC;? by Edward P. Jones: This collection of 14 short stories earned Jones a National Book Award nomination for his portrayal of black Washington in the 1960s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s. Instant classics, the stories explore characters working to maintain hard-won gains that always seem to be slipping away. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revisionistsâ&#x20AC;? by Thomas Mullen: In this high-concept novel published in 2011, Zed

is an agent dispatched from an ideal future to ensure that events leading to that future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a modern-day disaster â&#x20AC;&#x201D; happen according to schedule. But Zed has gotten lonely while protecting his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfect Present,â&#x20AC;? leading him to entanglements with a former spy and a young D.C. lawyer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to questions of whether the future is as ideal as he believes. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;River, Cross My Heartâ&#x20AC;? by Breena Clarke: Set in the aftermath of 5-year-old Clara Bynumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drowning death in the Potomac River, this novel captures the grief and growing up of her sister Johnnie Mae. In the background are the Bynumsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; move from rural North Carolina to early 1900s Georgetown and a society that bans the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black children from the public pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; driving them to wade in the river instead. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Days of the Condorâ&#x20AC;? by James Grady: With three more days than the movie adaptation (though no Robert Redford), this novel follows mild-mannered CIA operative Malcolm after he returns to his office to find all of his colleagues murdered. Published in 1974, this multilayered conspiracy tale in which no one can be trusted is a creature of its Watergate-obsessed time. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul Circus: A Derek Strange Novelâ&#x20AC;? by George Pelecanos: An example of the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many works set in the city, this is the third to feature the private detective Derek Strange as he explores the criminal side of present-day D.C. Hired to help a drug lord avoid death row, Strange delves into a world of cops-turnedgun peddlers, thugs who are little more than children and a gang battle sparked by the drug lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Moonsâ&#x20AC;? by Thomas Mallon: Cynthia May is a 35-yearold war widow in 1870s D.C. when she passes the exams to become a human â&#x20AC;&#x153;computerâ&#x20AC;? at the Naval Observatory. Lured by handsome astronomer Hugh Allison and pursued by a politician decidedly more concerned with temporal matters, Cynthia is the planet at the center of those two menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or moonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; orbit. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are the Love of My Lifeâ&#x20AC;? by Susan Richards Shreve: This 2012 novel is set in 1973 in a fictional D.C. enclave near the Maryland line where an impression of openness masks tightly guarded secrets. For protagonist Lucy Painter, whose father was a presidential aide before he committed suicide, her neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; secrets and the unfolding Watergate scandal are only the latest chapters in a life full of evasions and lies.


â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menâ&#x20AC;? (1976): This dramatization of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reporting of the Watergate scandal has held up well over the years, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t showing

its age. Watch it again for the fashion, the flowerpot and the fact that people were able to do research without the Internet. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Presidentâ&#x20AC;? (1995): Michael Douglas plays the president and a widower who falls for Annette Bening in this romantic drama. Fans of Aaron Sorkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small-screen treatment of White House life will appreciate his screenplay, which explores what happens when a popular president falls into an unpopular relationship. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breachâ&#x20AC;? (2007): Based on the true story, young FBI agent Eric Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill begins the film as an assistant to agent Robert Hanssen and later helps expose Hanssen as a spy of more than two decades. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadcast Newsâ&#x20AC;? (1987): William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks received Academy Award nominations for their performances in this film, though none won. The story, about what it takes to succeed in a D.C. television news bureau â&#x20AC;&#x201D; style or substance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; still feels relevant today. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burn After Readingâ&#x20AC;? (2008): This Coen brothers film removes the seriousness that attends most political thrillers, and the result is a black comedy that has a cast of stars scrambling after the memoirs of disgruntled CIA employee Osbourne Cox. Though filmed mainly in New York, locals will easily pick out the scenes shot in the city, particularly in Georgetown. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daveâ&#x20AC;? (1993): Dave, played by Kevin Kline, is a presidential lookalike who gets drafted for the top job after the president has a stroke while canoodling with a young staffer. Soon even first lady Sigourney Weaver is taking a second look at the charming optimist in the Oval Office. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcistâ&#x20AC;? (1973): The film adaptation of the novel of the same name, this horror classic follows two priests as they attempt to exorcise a young Linda Blair. If


you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watched it in the decade since more footage was added, nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance. And to burn off calories from the popcorn, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always the Georgetown steps immortalized in the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ending. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Smith Goes to Washingtonâ&#x20AC;? (1939): This Frank Capra film was reviled by Washington insiders for its portrayal of a corrupt Congress when it was released. But it was a huge hit everywhere else and remains possibly the best dramatic rendition of a parliamentary procedure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the filibuster â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in film. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Elmoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fireâ&#x20AC;? (1985): This Brat Pack classic features a group of self-absorbed Georgetown University graduates who are finding it hard to let go of their college

days. The characters, who find themselves time and again at hangout St. Elmoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Restaurant, may be hard to love, but at least the theme song isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;State of Playâ&#x20AC;? (2009): A remake of a British miniseries, this American version follows journalists played by Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams as they try to unravel the murder of a congressmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mistress. This retelling, which features scenes in Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant, includes a few American twists other than to the accents, including a storyline about the privatization of American military operations in the Middle East. This article originally appeared in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Community Guide.




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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

I woke up and thought â&#x20AC;&#x153;first day of school, uh-oh,â&#x20AC;? but really everything turned out fine. In class, we discussed some things like our topics over the year and how Year 6 works. We played some games to get to know each other, and we talked about our vacations and what we were most looking forward to. Then we worked together to create some rules/guidelines linked with our nine personal learning goals: resilience, adaptability, morality, communication, cooperation, internationalism, thoughtfulness, respect and enquiry. We also had our first P.E. lesson. Our topic will be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Invasion Gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. We played some catch to test our throwing and catching skills and then played team tag to test our reactions and speed. We talked about our first topic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Holiday Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which is about tourism. We are having our first field trip next Tuesday. We will be making A to Z books on D.C., and we will visit the 26 places we picked as a group to make up our book. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Diego Zavarce, Year 6 New York (fifth-grader)

Georgetown Day School

The 2013-2014 school year is well underway for Georgetown Day students. High school students returned on Tuesday while the lower and middle schools returned the following day. As is tradition at the high school, the senior class executed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;run-inâ&#x20AC;? in which we stormed into the forum area of the school during the opening assembly. This year, the class of 2014 donned customized and camouflage T-shirts. In addition, we obtained water balloons, water guns, candy and confetti to hurl at the unsuspecting juniors, sophomores and, especially, freshmen. After the hubbub and hullabaloo died down, it was back to the grind for high school students.


Another tradition at the high school is the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Fridayâ&#x20AC;? celebration. As last Friday was the first Friday of the school year, classes were suspended in the afternoon for fun and games, a barbecue and grade bonding. Some events this year included speed texting, knockout, cup-stacking and race-walking. As a school, we have much to live up to after last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful school year. We have championship banners to defend, new banners to capture, math meets to win, theater performances to present, band concerts to put on and a plethora of other endeavors to succeed in. With hard work, both physical and mental, and the help of our peers and mentors we will surely reach our goals. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

As eighth-graders, we are in our last year at St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. This year we will graduate and go on to high schools. We are busy now with the process of choosing high schools and applying to them. In social studies, we are learning about the Middle Colonies, the New England Colonies and the back country. In science, we are learning the metric system and how to convert from customary to metric. In language arts, we are reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gameâ&#x20AC;? by Orson Scott Card and starting to write personal essays, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll include in our high school applications. In math and algebra, we are reviewing exponents and preparing for the High School Placement Test. To stay sharp in math over the summer, each of us solved problems on a website ( that monitored our progress and adjusted the skill level based on how well we were doing. In art, we are working on silhouette drawings. First, we get our pic-

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St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School

The start of school means many changes for children across the country. It means waking up early, seeing friends from the previous year, meeting new kids, settling into new classrooms, perhaps new classes, the start of sports and activities, and new experiences. On the first day of school, everyone is excited and running around asking their friends about their summers and where they went on vacation or maybe camp. At St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all the teachers are nice, funny and welcoming. Once after-school sports start, kids get the opportunity to interact with students from other grades. This can be a great opportunity to make new friends. At St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, there is a variety of sports that range from soccer to track and field. For kids who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play sports, there are some great after-school activities,

such as a knitting class for those who want to make a cool hat or blanket. Toward the beginning of October, the sixth-graders take a twonight field trip to Echo Hill, Md., where they participate in outdoor learning activities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; always a fun highlight of the year. Probably the most anticipated event of the beginning of the school year, however, is Family Fun Day! Family Fun Day is a carnival that features activities like the Dunk Tank, where kids can dunk staff members. The beginning of the school year is an exciting time and this year promises to be the best year ever at St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Olivia Lyall, sixth-grader

School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me nomen Mayaâ&#x20AC;? is â&#x20AC;&#x153;My name is Mayaâ&#x20AC;? in Latin. My Latin teacher, Mr. Prinzbach, taught my class how to say our names in Latin during the first week of school. All students at my school are going to learn Latin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me llamo Mayaâ&#x20AC;? is â&#x20AC;&#x153;My name is Mayaâ&#x20AC;? in Spanish. I learned to speak and write Spanish at my old school. I like Spanish. My parents said that Latin will help me with my English and Spanish and something called the SATs.

My first week I had gym and my mommy came to the school to have lunch with me. She works close by. I was happy to see her. Principal Trogisch calls the teachers at our school â&#x20AC;&#x153;all-stars.â&#x20AC;? Mommy got to see a few of them at lunchtime. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya M. Hendricks, kindergartner

School Without Walls High School

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Operation HOPE and the King Center collaborated to remember the iconic march through a panel at our Francis-Stevens campus. The arrangements started with a welcome by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The panel was moderated by Kevin Powell, and consisted of eight debaters: Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, Ambassador Andrew Young, Carolyn McKinstry, William Leventhal, Doris Crenshaw, Ernest Green and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. In addition, one of our own classmates, Sinclair Blue, appeared as a voice of current and future leaders. The panelists all contributed in different ways to the Civil Rights movement, and many of them were See Dispatches/Page 55

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Wednesday september 11 Classes ■ The Downtown Business Improvement District’s “Workout Wednesdays in Franklin Park” will feature a weekly fitness class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW. The classes will continue through Sept. 25. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on “How to Solve Our Human Problems,” about Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202986-2257. The classes will continue through Oct. 16. Concerts ■ Chilean folk singer Patricio Zamorano will perform “9/11 — 11 de Septiembre: A Message of Historical Memory, Justice and Peace,” commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1973 coup in Santiago, Chile. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Water Liars will perform roots-minded indie rock, and South Rail will fuse Americana and rock. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ University of Maryland at College Park professor Shibley Telhami, Princeton University professor Daniel Kurtzer and University of Virginia professor William Quandt will discuss their book “The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood, will discuss “Perennial Traditions: Marjorie Post’s Floral Designs.” 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Muse-


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Events Entertainment um and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ London- and Milan-based architect Claudio Silvestrin will discuss “Can Architecture Uplift Our Spirit and Prevent the Weight of Materialism From Crushing Us?” 6 p.m. Free. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. ■ Stephen Kimber will discuss his book “What Lies Across the Water,” about the events leading up to the arrest of the Cuban Five. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The World Affairs Council will present a talk by John Zogby, author of “First Globals: Understanding, Managing & Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. University of California, Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. ■ Congregants from Masjid Muhammad will discuss the life of the local Muslim community in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Slate’s Emily Yoffe, author of the advice column “Dear Prudence,” will discuss her most memorable and controversial letters, as well as lessons she has learned from letter writers and readers. 7 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ Donna DeCesare, author of “Unsettled/Desasociego: Children in a World of Gangs,” will discuss “The Unsettling Impact of War and Its Aftermath.” 7 p.m. $5 to $10; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391700. Film ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Petr Jancárek’s 2009 documentary “Václav Havel, Prague-Castle,” about the

earliest days of Havel’s presidency. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances ■ Los Texmaniacs will perform traditional conjunto dance music from Texas. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Busboys and Poets will host an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Thursday, Sept. 12

Thursday september 12 Art event ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club’s fall art exhibition reception will mark the opening of Micheline Klagsbrun’s “Undergrowth” and Melchus A. Davis’ “The Many Colors of Expressionism.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Children’s program ■ The junior scientist series will feature an interactive turtle discovery program (for ages 6 through 12). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes ■ Mike Feerick, chair of Ireland Reaching Out, will discuss how the reverse genealogy program helps trace and locate all the people who left Ireland and invites them to become part of a new extended Irish society. 10 a.m. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a “Pilates in the Park” class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. The class will repeat weekly through Oct. 10. Concerts ■ The “Music on the Lawn” series will feature the swinging jazz vocal ensemble Cloudburst. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. ■ D.C. funk band The Good Thing will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Musician Leonardo Lucini will perform Brazilian jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th Street and Monroe Street NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Cruisers ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202-4334011. Demonstration ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will lead a cooking demonstration on ways to use eggplant in its myriad forms. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures ■ Scientists, humanists, journalists and science fiction authors will participate in a symposium on whether the longevity of human civilization on Earth will be imperiled or enhanced by world-changing technologies. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1639.

Wednesday, september 11 ■ Discussion: Alice McDermott will discuss her novel “Someone.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

■ Jens Lund, folklorist and program manager emeritus at Washington State Parks and Recreation, will discuss “I Done What I Could: Occupational Folk Poetry in the Pacific Northwest.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. ■ Panelists will discuss “Accountability, Transitional Justice and the Case of Northern Ireland.” Noon to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 100, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Kimberly Marten of Barnard College and Robert Orttung and Cory Welt of George Washington University will discuss “Reset the Reset: The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. USRussia. ■ Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mark Mazzetti will discuss his book “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. ■ Registered nurses Melanie Lamar Hancock and Marcia Foxx will lead a seminar for seniors on how to prevent falls and how best to recover if one does occur. 1 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-3620704. ■ Denver Brunsman, assistant professor of history at George Washington University, will discuss his book “The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World.” 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Julia Lynch, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “Of Death and Taxes: The Politics of Health Inequality in Comparative Perspective.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 736, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “A Day in the Country: Renoir’s ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party.’” 6 and 7 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie

Moeller will discuss “Jakarta Stripes and Japanese Kimono: Indonesian Influence on Japanese Textiles.” 6 p.m. $20 to $25. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ “Livable Communities: Healthy Neighborhoods” will feature panelists Terry M. Bellamy, mayor of Asheville, N.C.; Scott Ball, planner with Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Co.; Irena H. Yen, associate professor at the University of California at San Francisco; and Ted Eytan, director of the Permanente Federation. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Biographer A. Scott Berg will discuss his book “Wilson,” about the passionate and enigmatic man who served as the 28th president. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Steve Fitch, Robert Flick and Elaine Myers — the photographers featured in the exhibition “Landscapes in Passing” — will discuss their work, which in the 1970s challenged traditional representations by acknowledging the country’s increasingly mobile society. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Sara Farizan will discuss her book “If You Could Be Mine.” 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Graphic novelist Jeff Smith will discuss his book “RASL.” 7 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Author Kitty Kelley (shown) will discuss the newly published “Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the March on Washington,” featuring Tretick’s previously unpublished photographs alongside Kelley’s text. The discussion will feature journalist Soledad O’Brien and Children’s Defense Fund president Marian Wright Edelman, a March on Washington participant. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The local nonprofit Parent Encouragement Program will present a talk on “The New Rules of Boy World” by parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes” and “Masterminds and Wingmen.” 7:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW. 301-929-8824. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present “The Rite of Spring” as part of a series of filmed performances of dances originally premiered by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Goethe-Institut will present Yasemin Samdereli’s 2010 film “Almanya — Willkommen in Deutschland,” with introductory remarks by Georgetown University See Events/Page 45


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visiting professor Asiye Kaya. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ “Washington Project for the Arts — Experimental Media 2013” will feature video work by local, national and international artists exploring cybersecurity, data collection and imaging surveillance practices in the digital age. 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ In conjunction with the Mutual Inspirations Festival, the West End Cinema will screen Jana Chytilová’s 2002 documentary “The Plastic People of the Universe.” 7 p.m. $8 to $11. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. The festival, a celebration of the life and legacy of dissident, playwright and former Czech president Václav Havel, will feature events at various venues through Oct. 31.

Wine seminar ■ Master sommelier Fred Dexheimer will present a wine seminar about the quality and diversity of the Pays d’Oc IGP wines. 7 p.m. $50 to $65. Napoleon Bistro, 1847 Columbia Road NW.

Sporting events ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Connecticut Sun. 7 p.m. $12 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

Meetings ■ The Talking Book Club will discuss “Shadows of Glory” by Owen Parry. 11 a.m. Free. Room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7272142. ■ The Literary Book Group will discuss “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. 2:30 p.m. Free. Room A-9, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Performance ■ Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara and KARAS will perform the North American premiere of “Mirror and Music.” 8 p.m. $19 to $45. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Reading ■ The eighth annual Small Nations Poetry Night will feature ambassadors from Austria, Bulgaria, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta and Slovenia reading works from their home countries. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. smallnationspoetrynight2013. Special event ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will provide chess sets for players of all ages and abilities. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. The event will continue daily during the library’s operating hours. Tours and walks ■ Birder Sheila Cochran will lead a walk through the Olmsted Woods. 8:30 a.m. Free. Meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2319. The walk will repeat Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a tour of the National Garden. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Historian James Barber, curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s Time collection, will lead a tour of the exhibit “Mr. Time: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin.” Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F

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Friday september 13 Concerts ■ Organist Daria Burlak of Moscow will perform works by Alain, Florentz and Duruflé. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-7970103. ■ The U.S. Army String Quartet will perform works by Walter Piston, Roy Harris and Samuel Barber. 4 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ The D.C. group Alma Tropicália will perform a re-imagined version of the psych-samba sounds of 1960s tropicália music from Brazil. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Brazilian guitarist Rogério Souza (shown), bassist Leo Lucini, clarinetist Andy Connell and percussionist Bruno Lucini will perform works by late19th-century composer Ernesto Nazareth. 7 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ Concordia DC will present George Washington University faculty pianists Jeffery Watson (shown) and Molly Orlando performing works by Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy and Kabalevsky. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. Discussions and lectures ■ Claudia West of North Creek Nurseries Inc. will debunk the myth that native plants are weedy and messy. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ “The Case of the Cuban Five: Justice or Injustice?” will feature Danny Glover, actor, producer and humanitarian; Richard Klugh, trial and appellate attorney on the Cuban Five legal team; Mara VerheydenHilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund; Crisarla Houston, associate professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law; and Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Moot Court Room, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ A panel discussion on “Directors’ Approach to Havel” will feature Oscar Award-winning Czech director Jirí Menzel, prominent Czech physical theater actress and director Mirenka Cechová and U.S. theater director Gail Humphries Mardirosian. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Film ■ The “Pages of Beauty and Madness:

Friday, september 13 ■ Concert: The S&R Foundation’s Overtures Summer Concert Series will feature pianist Ryo Yanagitani. 6:30 p.m. $65. Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW.

Japanese Writers Onscreen” series will feature Mikio Naruse’s 1954 film “Sound of the Mountain.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. Meeting ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances ■ Coyaba Dance Theater will perform African-style dances. 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th Street and Monroe Street NE. 202-269-1600. ■ SpeakeasyDC and Atlas Performing Arts Center will present “Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story,” featuring storytellers, musicians and dancers. 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance

Tour ■ U.S. Botanic Garden conservation and sustainability horticulturist Ray Mims will lead a tour and present an overview of the 2013 summer exhibit “Food for Thought.” 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-8333. Saturday, Sept. 14

Saturday september 14 Children’s programs ■ A park ranger will lead a night sky tour in the Rock Creek Park planetarium. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956224. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the weather in the solar system. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes ■ Vincent Giarrano, a former illustrator for Marvel and DC Comics and an Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition finalist, will lead a workshop on “Drawing From Your Head.” 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $50; registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. ■ Instructor Catherine Fleishman will lead a yoga class in Rock Creek Park, from 2 to 3 p.m.; and a Zumba fitness class, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations


required. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. followyogadc@ Concerts ■ Music students from American University will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Toronto’s New Country Rehab, an altcountry band led by singersongwriter John Showman, will perform. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstrations ■ “It’s Miller Time: Peirce Mill in Action” will offer visitor a chance to watch the conversion of corn to cornmeal using water power and to explore four stories of Rock Creek’s most successful gristmill. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6227. ■ Cherie Lester, healthy eating specialist at Whole Foods Market, will present ideas for “Lunch Box Builders” as part of a back-to-school series. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market Georgetown, 2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Arums: Spathe, Spadix and All That.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Therapist and workshop facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson will discuss “Reducing Stress: Keeping Positive at Work and at Home.” 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-352-5225. ■ Karla Dakin, co-author of “The ProSee Events/Page 46

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Continued From Page 45 fessional Design Guide to Green Roofsâ&#x20AC;? and principal of K. Dakin Design Inc., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Creative Now in Green Roof Design: Taking a Look at Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pushing the Boundaries.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013; Vincent Giarrano, a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, will discuss his technique and work. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Family day â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;CerĂĄmica de los Ancestros,â&#x20AC;? a Central American Family Day, will feature food demonstrations, hands-on activities and a Maya pottery-inspired dance performance. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  The Global Lens Film Series will feature Sebastian del Amoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fantastic World of Juan Orol.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-6713121. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day With JirĂ­ Menzelâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 black comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Closely Watched Trains,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and his 1969 satire â&#x20AC;&#x153;Larks on a String,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The group Friends of Rose Park will host an outdoor screening of Chris Noonanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babe,â&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m.; and Phil Aidean Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Field of Dreams,â&#x20AC;? at 9:30 p.m. Free. Rose Park, 26th and O streets NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Teatro de la Luna will present an open-air production of the bilingual familyfriendly play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy and Healthy (Sanos y Contentos)â&#x20AC;? by Hispanic playwright Neher J. BriceĂąo. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, 14th Street and Park Road NW. The performance will repeat Sept. 21 at 10 and 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present a longform story performance featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;No More Helen Keller Jokesâ&#x20AC;? by Anne Thomas and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lose the Kidâ&#x20AC;? by John Donvan. 3 p.m. $20 to $25. Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW.          


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Events Entertainment The performance will repeat Sept. 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. â&#x2013; The Network of South Asian Professionals will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fusion 2013: Infuse the Arts,â&#x20AC;? featuring comedy, dance, music and more. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pink Collar Comedy Tour,â&#x20AC;? featuring D.C. comedian Jessica Brodkin (shown) and New York-based comedians Erin Judge, Carrie Gravenson, Abbi Crutchfield and Kaytlin Bailey. 10 p.m. $15 to $20. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk and Readâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about how singing, talking and reading with a baby or young child can help them later in school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature workshops, craft activities, games, live entertainment and free childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books. 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Maru Montero Dance Company will present the second annual series of Latin Nights festivities, featuring Latin dance, music and games. 4 to 9 p.m. Free. Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, 14th Street and Park Road NW. 202-258-5283. The event will repeat Sept. 21 and 28. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Los Angeles Galaxy. 4 p.m. $26 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  National Zoo keepers at the Reptile Discovery Center will lead a behind-thescenes look at critically endangered species. 9 to 11 a.m. $95. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The tour will repeat Sept. 25 and 28 at 9 a.m. â&#x2013;  Writer Rocco Zappone will lead a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulysses-esqueâ&#x20AC;? walking tour of Washington, filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $8 to $10 for one tour; $12 to $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacecivilwartour.

â&#x2013; The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will present a walk through the picturesque landscape designed by Beatrix Ferrand and explain how the naturalistic garden is being restored to its former glory. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet at Lovers Lane near 31st and R streets NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  Emily Porter, contractor with the U.S. Botanic Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project BudBurst, will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fall Into Phenology Tour.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet on the terrace near the conservatory entrance, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. Sunday, Sept. 15

Sunday september 15 Benefit â&#x2013; St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Services will host a benefit concert featuring violin/ piano duo Holly Hamilton and Carol Barth and solo pianist Sara Daneshpour. An accompanying art auction will feature work by participants in the ART Options program. 4 to 6 p.m. $40. Hearst Auditorium, National Cathedral School, 3612 Woodley Road NW. 202-274-3460. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  In honor of the ropewalk in Montrose Park during the War of 1812 that made rope for oceangoing vessels, park ranger Michael Zwelling will lead a program on rope-making and how to tie knots (geared for ages 6 through 12). 10 to 10:45 a.m. Free. Montrose Park, 31st and R streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy and deep space. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Class â&#x2013;  A weekly Ukulele Circle led by Liz Ennis will offer beginners a chance to learn a few easy chords and more advanced players an opportunity to improvise and jam. 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202244-7326. Concerts â&#x2013;  Young jazz saxophonists will perform in the semifinals of the 26th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. 1 to 5 p.m. Free; tickets required. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Guitarist Michael Raitzykâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challah Day ensemble will perform improvisational Jewish soul music. 1 p.m. Free; donations suggested. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-262-7571. â&#x2013;  The First Baptist Church of the City of



museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature a reading and book signing by the author, as well as related activities. 1 to 4 p.m. $5 to $15; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013; Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day will feature an exploration and demonstration of salsa music and dance. 3 to 6 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

Saturday, september 14 â&#x2013; Festival: The fourth annual 17th Street Festival will feature an art show, live entertainment, business specials, a pet zone and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. 17th Street from Riggs Place to P Street NW. Washington, D.C., will inaugurate its new organ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the largest in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a recital by organist and choirmaster Lawrence P. Schreiber. 4 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 1328 16th St. NW. 202-387-2206. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Pierre Zevort will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tension Between Security and Liberty.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Marianne Szegedy-Maszak will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Stephen Emmott will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Billion,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  RenĂŠe Ater of the University of Maryland at College Park and Nancy Anderson, Sarah Greenough and Lindsay Harris of the National Gallery of Art will discuss the exhibit (and companion book) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shaw Memorial.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss carnivorous plants. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will lead a discussion about human rights and U.S. policy in post-coup Honduras. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. Family days â&#x2013;  A Family Fun Day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; inspired by Mary Ann Allinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna and the Hermitage Cats,â&#x20AC;? about a visit to the St. Petersburg

Film â&#x2013; In conjunction with the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shaw Memorial,â&#x20AC;? the National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of the digital restoration of the 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glory,â&#x20AC;? with introductory remarks by director Ed Zwick. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Elaine Flynn will star as Alice Roosevelt Longworth in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scandals in the City,â&#x20AC;? featuring many decadesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of Washington gossip as dished by Theodore Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eldest daughter. 3 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-362-0704. â&#x2013;  The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, African Continuum Theatre Company, Howard University Theatre Department and Project1Voice will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Little Girlsâ&#x20AC;? Birmingham 1963,â&#x20AC;? written by Christina Ham and directed by Phylicia Rashad. 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Reading â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the New York Liberty. 4 p.m. $12 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Park will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun Run,â&#x20AC;? featuring a three- to four-mile loop and a five- to seven-mile option. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  The Kalorama House and Embassy Tour will include stops at the residence of the ambassadors of the Austria and Portugal, the modern Embassy of Slovenia and the Andrew Mellon Building. Noon to 5 p.m. $35 to $150; registration required. Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. â&#x2013;  Park ranger Michael Zwelling will lead a 2.5-mile walking tour about Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connections to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Montrose Park, 31st and R streets NW. 202-895-6012. â&#x2013;  A behind-the-scenes tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gargoyles and grotesques. 2 p.m. $5 to $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Monday, Sept. 16

Monday september 16 Class â&#x2013; An AARP driver safety course will offer instruction in proven safety strategies. See Events/Page 47

Continued From Page 46 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 to $14; reservations required. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-365-0630. Concerts â&#x2013; Sonic Circuits, a local promoter of experimental music, will present cuttingedge, genre-defying contemporary music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Young jazz saxophonists will perform in the finals of the 26th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. 7:30 p.m. $50 to $75. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Evolution of Gospel.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 832-428-8252. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prospects for Gender Equality in Iran Under President Rouhani.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by a representative of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Health Insurance Options Under Obamacare.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  The Sibley Senior Association will open a four-week lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Computers and the Internetâ&#x20AC;? with an introductory session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Do They Work?â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. $10 to $15 per session; $30 to $45 for the series. Private Dining Room 3, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road NW. 202-3647602. The series will continue weekly through Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  Law professor Garrett Epps will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Susan Reyburn and Athena Angelos will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Game.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  A Latino Heritage Month event will feature a discussion with author and poet Bobby Gonzalez. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Room 203, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3651. â&#x2013;  The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will present a talk by Don Turnbull on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lesser Known Memorials and Monuments of Washington.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  Imani M. Cheers, assistant professor at George Washington University, and Nina Oduro, founder of African Development Jobs, will discuss the importance and impact of investing in women and girls in Africa and in the African diaspora. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  At a fundraiser for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, blogger and speaker Sean Murphy will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please Talk About Me When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Gone,â&#x20AC;? about cancerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on his family. Afterward, Dr. John Marshall will discuss his work as the


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Events Entertainment Lombardi Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of clinical research. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; donations requested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. â&#x2013; Adel Iskandar will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Charles Jones, associate dean for graduate studies at Catholic University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defining Humanity: Western and Asian Religious Perspectives.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art and Style of Graphic Novelsâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Laura Lee Gulledge, Rutu Modan, Matt Phelan and Gene Yang. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Dr. D. Theodore George, clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University and associate clinical director at the National Institutes of Health, and coauthor Lisa Berger will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Films â&#x2013;  The Fantasy Flicks series will feature Ridley Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 dystopian thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blade Runner.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present Margarethe von Trottaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hannah Arendt,â&#x20AC;? about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Alan J. Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Song.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Meetings â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Supremes at Earlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All-YouCan-Eatâ&#x20AC;? by Edward Kelsey Moore. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  The Film Discussion Group will focus on the best films of the summer and look ahead to fall and winter releases. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Performance â&#x2013;  The Cultures in Motion Program will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singing Praises: Mahalia & Martin,â&#x20AC;? featuring Julia Nixon as Mahalia Jackson and Michael Mack as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-8520. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17

Tuesday september 17 Benefit â&#x2013; BLT Steak chef Jon Mathieson,

901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013; The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080.

Monday, september 16 â&#x2013; Discussion: Bo Lidegaard will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Countrymen.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper, Bayou Bakery chef David Guas, 1789 chef Anthony Lombardo and Green Pig Bistro chef Scot Harlan will participate in â&#x20AC;&#x153;86 Summer, 86 Bucks,â&#x20AC;? a rooftop grill-out to benefit the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center. 6 to 11 p.m. $86. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. 202689-8989. Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Joseph Scanlon of the National Archives will discuss Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act issues and give advice on access. 11 a.m. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Michael Ward of CloudHands Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi will lead an introductory class. 6:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,

Concerts â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the U.S. Air Force Band Chamber Players. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest ensemble, The Skipjack Quartet, will perform with vocalist Shana Sullivan. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seabury Presentsâ&#x20AC;? will feature international musician Vladimir Rozenblat. 7 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-3620704. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a chamber music concert featuring works by Bach, Danzi and other composers. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shattered Hopes: Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Failure to Broker IsraeliPalestinian Peace.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. â&#x2013;  Robert Sutter, professor of practice of international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International

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Politics Since 1949.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; In recognition of Constitution Day, University of Virginia law professor Risa L. Goluboff will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the Constitution Changes: Social and Political Aspects of the Law.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4642. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wars of Necessity or Wars of Discretion? Iraq, Afghanistan and Beyondâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ryan Crocker (shown), former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan and dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University; Andrew Bacevich, chair of international relations at Boston University; and Robin Wright, a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Situation in Egyptâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Yasser Elnaggar, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt; Khaled Elgindy (shown), a Brookings Institution fellow; and Dina Guirguis, director of advocacy at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Cocktails and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres at 6 p.m.; discussion at 6:45 p.m. $10 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. See Events/Page 48




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Continued From Page 47 â&#x2013; Landscape architect Chip Callaway will discuss his work restoring the gardens and grounds of historic properties from Maine to Florida. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 to $100. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  Actress Barbara Sukowa will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interpreting History on the Screen.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Callan Bentley, associate professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Snowball Earth Theory,â&#x20AC;? about a paradigm-shifting concept that addresses modern climate change and human existence on Earth. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Classical scholar, commentator and television personality Mary Beard will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $18 to $25. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Gene Luen Yang will discuss his

graphic novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boxers & Saints.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013; Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Claire of the Sea Light.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Daniel Madigan will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Qurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;an: Book or Voice?â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Substance Versus Sex Appealâ&#x20AC;? by Jared Lipworth, executive producer of specials at National Geographic Television. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408. â&#x2013;  As part of American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books That Shaped America series, physics professor Nathan Harshman will lead a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experiments and Observations on Electricityâ&#x20AC;? by Benjamin Franklin. 7 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders



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Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-8853847. â&#x2013; Mollie Katzen, an inductee to the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heart of the Plate,â&#x20AC;? featuring 250 healthful, unfussy vegetarian dishes. 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State of the Constitution: What Americans Really Knowâ&#x20AC;? will feature a panel discussion with Akhil Reed Aar, professor of law and political science at Yale University; U.S. Sen. Amy Jean Klobuchar (shown), D-Minn.; and Edwin Meese III, author, law professor and former U.S. attorney general. 7:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stoppard on Screenâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,â&#x20AC;? starring Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfuss. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. â&#x2013;  The Popular Movie Series will feature Marc Forsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;World War Z.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  A Czech film series will feature JirĂ­ Menzelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1981 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cutting It Shortâ&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will screen the fifth episode of the Israeli television show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hatufim,â&#x20AC;? which inspired the American hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeland.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $9. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Aquila Recovery, Caron Foundation and Cumberland Heights will present Greg Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Anonymous People,â&#x20AC;? about the birth and growth of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addiction recovery movement. A panel discussion will follow. 8 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-0962. The film will be shown again Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fledglingâ&#x20AC;? by Octavia E. Butler. 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performance â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tours â&#x2013;  Biochemist Beth Burrous will lead a walking tour highlighting African plants that are used to make everything from life-saving medicines to sweet and savory foods and coffee. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  An in-depth tour of the Washington National Cathedral will precede a traditional English tea. 1:30 p.m. $30. Washington

Tuesday, september 17 â&#x2013; Reading: The Lannan Center will present a reading by poet Mark Doty. 8 p.m. Free. Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The tour will repeat Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 Wednesday september 18 Auditions â&#x2013;  The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will hold auditions for its vocal programs for ages 9 through 18. Various times. Free; reservations required. Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Place NW. 202-237-1005. Concert â&#x2013;  Serbian flutist Andjela Bratic and Serbian pianist Jasna Popovic will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Peggy Wagner of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religion in America During the Civil War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War in Americaâ&#x20AC;? exhibition, second floor, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4604. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemorationâ&#x20AC;? will feature a viewing of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War Battlefieldsâ&#x20AC;? film on Manassas (Bull Run) and a talk by Sam Smith of the Civil War Trust. Noon. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-2656280. â&#x2013;  Richard Rashke will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open-Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-3012. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is Europe Joining the International Religious Freedom Bandwagon?â&#x20AC;? will feature Pasquale Annicchino, a fellow at the European University Institute and the University of Salerno, and David Reeves Taylor, chair of Christian Solidarity Worldwide and a former British diplomat. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown University Berkley Center, Suite 200, 3307 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts digital media specialist Laura Hoffman will discuss selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paintings of the 1960s.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202783-7370. â&#x2013;  Homa Sabet Tavangar will discuss

her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be at Home in the World.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. $35. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. e-collaborate. â&#x2013; Scott Scholz, deputy director and curator of Dumbarton House, will discuss the newly acquired New York Easy Chair and its important place in the historical interpretation of Dumbarton House. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations encouraged. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. â&#x2013;  John Zogby will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Globals: Understanding, Managing & Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life: Governing New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gorgeous Mosaic.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Jim Zimbelman, an astrophysicist at the National Air and Space Museum, and Linda Welzenbach, curator of the meteor collection at the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sky Is Falling: Following the Trail of Meteorites.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, will present Richard McCann and Danielle Evans reading from their fiction and discussing why D.C. is such an important setting for their work. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Sheri Fink will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  New York artist Teresita FernĂĄndez will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bamboo Cinema, Blind Landscape, and Stacked Waters.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Rainbow Rowell will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fangirl.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Bob Shacochis will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Artists Lilian Thomas Burwell, Marilee Shapiro and Carmen Torreulla Quander â&#x20AC;&#x201D; participants in the 2012-2013 Art Cart: Saving the Legacy project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flourishing in the Creative Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Citizens Association Garden Club will host a talk by Chrissy Moore, curator of the 2.5-acre National Herb Garden of the U.S. Arboretum. 7:15 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Global Lens Film Series will feature Mani Haghighiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modest Reception,â&#x20AC;? about a mysterious pair of urban sophisticates from Tehran who travSee Events/Page 50


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Tapestries bear witness to violence under Chilean regime


apestry as Testimony: Arpilleras of Chile,â&#x20AC;? featuring tapestries created by the Chilean people to depict the harsh realities under the Pinochet regime, will open today with a reception from

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6 to 7 p.m. in the rotunda of the Katzen Arts Center. Continuing through Oct. 20, the exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of the military coup that brought the ruthless dictator to power. Located on the campus of American University at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Cart: Cherishing the Legacy,â&#x20AC;? presenting works by artists between the ages of 63 and 100 who live in D.C. and New York, will open today with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free Gallery 31. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 29. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m. 202639-1700. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pieces of History â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Collage Art of John M. Williams,â&#x20AC;? highlighting collages by an artist with autism, will open Saturday with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. at Off-Rhode Studio. The show will close with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception Sept. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-554-9455. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Believer,â&#x20AC;? featuring paintings by Washington-area artist Christine Gray that juxtapose the banal and the spectacular, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Project 4. It will continue through Oct. 26. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Text/Message,â&#x20AC;? presenting ceramic vessels and wall pieces by Chevy Chase artist Kanika Sircar that focus on the aesthetic and visual impact of writing, opened yesterday at the Waverly Street Gallery, where it will continue through Oct. 5. An opening reception will take place Fri-

day from 6 to 9 p.m. Located at 4600 East-West Highway in Bethesda, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 301-951-9441. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,â&#x20AC;? a group show on the theme of getting motivated in the morning for the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, opened last week at Watergate Gallery and will continue through Oct. 5. Receptions will be held Sept. 18 and 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and a closing party will take place Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013;  Cross MacKenzie Gallery opened an exhibit last week of abstract expressionist prints by the late Helen Frankenthaler and clay vessels by one of her disciples, Beth Kaminstein. It will continue through Oct. 2. Located at 2026 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-333-7970. â&#x2013;  The National Air and Space Museum will begin exhibiting Leonardo da Vinciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Codex

Chilean tapestries like this one, shown in detail, are part of a display at American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Katzen Arts Center. on the Flight of Birdsâ&#x20AC;? Friday as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Year of Italian Culture in the United States.â&#x20AC;? On view through Oct. 22, the extraordinary document, created circa 1505, shows da Vinciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in human flight by exploring bird behavior and aerodynamic principles. Located at 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

Production places â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Measureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Fascist Europe


he Shakespeare Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Measure for Measure,â&#x20AC;? the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark comedy about the dual nature of humanity as both tragic and comic, Sept. 12 through Oct. 27 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Director Jonathan Munby places Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story in late 1930s Europe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; steeped in cabaret culture, and with Fascism on the rise. When the Duke of

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present at the actual march half a century ago. They gave advice, bickered and shared personal stories. After the structured questions, students got the chance to ask the panelists their own questions. At the end of the program, the Rev. Bernice King encouraged the body to become young activists and continue to work hard. — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hi. My name is Henry Trimble. I am in the fourth grade in Ms. Charles’ class. I’m really looking forward to this coming year at Shepherd. This year I will be joining Safety Patrol where I will work with Ms. Holt and Ms. Guldin and other students to help kids cross the streets safely. Over the summer the Shepherd building got a lot of renovations. My favorite renovation is the new

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Our school opened its new building this week, for the first time combining the middle school and high school into a single school with grades five through 12. Previously our classes were spread between multiple campuses on 16th Street NW. This single campus allows upper school students to continue to visit and stay in touch with our middle school teachers. It’s a bigger building, and now all the students share a single cafeteria. The upper school eats lunch together. The rooms are better lit, and it makes students more alert to have so much sun-

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bathrooms; they have new colors and decorations. The classrooms also look better, and we’re going to have a new library in the basement. Also, we have a new music room — and a new music teacher who really likes percussion. There’s also a new art teacher in the school — he’s very funny. — Henry Trimble, fourth-grader



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ter is located on the American University campus at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1641; ■ The Washington National Opera will stage Richard Wagner’s romantic masterpiece “Tristan and Isolde” Sept. 15 through 27 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. In this retelling of the beloved Celtic myth about the transformative power of love, the beautiful Irish maiden Isolde is sailing to Cornwall to marry King Marke. But first she must avenge the death of her former lover by killing Tristan, a dashing knight and nephew of the king. In a late casting change, Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin will perform alongside noted Wagnerian tenors Ian Storey and Clifton Forbis. British soprano Alwyn Mellor will take over the role of Isolde for the final performance. Performance times are 2 p.m. Sept. 15 and 6 p.m. Sept. 18, 21, 24 and 27. Tickets start at $25. 202-4674600; ■ The In Series will present a new adaptation of Mozart’s “The Abduction From the Seraglio” through Sept. 22 at Source. Bari Biern’s version transplants the story to the 1800s Wild West. Belmont must rescue his beloved, the famous English actress Lillie Langtry, from the clutches of her obsessed admirer, the notorious “Hanging Judge” Roy Bean. Meanwhile, the villainous Osmond has Lillie’s assistants within his power — or so he thinks. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12; 8 p.m. Sept. 14, 20 and 21; and 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and 22. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763; ■ Palestinian arts group Freedom Theatre will perform the South African anti-apartheid play “The Island” Sept. 16 and 17 at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. Written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona and inspired by a true story, the play revolves around two prison cellmates — one about to be released, the other serving a life sentence. The two spend their days at mind-numbing physical labor; at night they rehearse for a production of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Part of Freedom Theatre’s inaugural U.S. tour, the performances follow sold-out shows at its theater and cultural center in Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine. A discussion with the artists and policy experts will follow


light. The air conditioning is better, which also keeps us alert and focused. The library is a new space in the building, with enormous glass windows that extend up two floors and face the sports fields. There is more room to use the library as a place for homework, and there is more light, too. At our old building we used the library for activities like dance class and clubs, so it was hard to do work there, but the new library is filled with quiet space for silent work. Now we have other meeting spaces like conference rooms for community council meetings. We also now have our own fields exclusively for sports, so we don’t need to hold practices on the blacktop or in classrooms. Now we can combine middle school students and upper school students in classes and clubs and all students can take music, drama and dance. With our new building, it really is clear that we are one school. — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

each performance. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets cost $7 to $15. The Davis Performing Arts Center is located on the Georgetown University campus at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; ■ The Keegan Theatre has extended Aaron Sorkin’s drama “A Few Good Men” through Sept. 14. First produced on Broadway in 1989 and inspiring an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, the play tells the story of military lawyers who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two U.S. Marines accused of murder. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Andrew Keegan Theatre (formerly known as the Church Street Theater) is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ Theater Alliance has extended Nathan Louis Jackson’s family drama “Broke-ology” through Sept. 15 at the Anacostia Playhouse. William King, a single father, has successfully raised two children despite challenging circumstances. Overcoming the death of his wife, King has instilled responsibility, loyalty, love and obligation in his sons. As his illness slowly takes over, the King sons are charged with decisions about his care. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $25. The Anacostia Playhouse is located at 2020 Shannon Place SE. 202-241-2539; ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will host “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience” through Sept. 15 in the Sidney Harman Hall. Written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the family-friendly parody condenses all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 minutes. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $45. The Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122; ■ Rorschach Theatre will present Robert Kauzlaric’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel “Neverwhere” through Sept. 15 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In this urban fantasy, a wounded girl appears on the London sidewalk in front of Richard Mayhew. Quickly he’s plunged into an underworld where heroes and monsters are real and where death awaits. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $30. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993;

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