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Vol. XI, No. 18

Enforcement effort nets 18 citations

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■ ABC: Agency investigates

Adams Morgan compliance By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration last month wrapped up its summer investigation into Adams Morgan liquor license establishments, having made 337 checks, conducted

138 comprehensive inspections and issued 18 citations. The agency stepped in to address liquor license violations as part of “Operation Adams Morgan” — the Metropolitan Police Department’s initiative, launched in 2011, to tackle noise, safety and traffic problems in the nightlife-heavy neighborhood. Each Friday and Saturday night from June through September, the agency’s investigators monitored licensed establishments through rou-

tine — and sometimes undercover — inspections. In a coordinated effort with the police department, the agency was also able to respond quickly to complaints of possible violations. Of the 18 citations issued, nine were for voluntary agreement violations. Noise issues were the most common of those, such as when establishments left doors and windows open while playing loud See Adams Morgan/Page 38

Shaw club gets fine, 10-day suspension By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham helped mark the ceremonial opening of Pleasant Pops on Saturday in southern Adams Morgan.

Mood Lounge, the Shaw nightclub that became embroiled in controversy after a December 2011 double stabbing outside the establishment, will pay $7,000 and lose its license for 10 days following a Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruling last month. The suspension is slated to begin Oct. 26, and it will include the Halloween weekend. The penalties are related to last year’s stabbings and two noise violations. The alcohol board’s findings stipulate that Mood, located at 1318 9th St. NW, could have its license suspended for an additional 10 days if another violation occurs in the next 12 months. In an interview, club owner Abeba Beyane called the alcohol board’s September decision “absolutely unfair,” and said the venue’s closure over the Halloween weekend is “extremely upsetting.” See License/Page 20

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Mood Lounge previously was closed for nearly three weeks after a December 2011 stabbing outside the Shaw establishment.

Updates for technology in the works at MLK

At-large council candidates address Georgetown forum

By ELIZABETH WIENER

■ Election: Brown draws

Current Staff Writer

As city officials debate expanding or significantly “re-imagining” the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown, work is about to start on some more modest changes to help the 40-year-old facility accommodate modern — and tech-savvy — users. Library planners presented a proposal to the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board last week to update the main floor’s west reading room with chairs and tables fitted for computers; docking stations to let users charge their own electronic devices; and a series of glass-enclosed “collaboration spaces” — also wellwired — for small groups of library users. Rows of black steel bookcases, echoing the building’s strict rectangular geometry, would be removed.

NEWS Board approves condos for site of Kalorama garden

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most jabs from opponents By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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While the city considers long-term changes to the cental library, upcoming updates to technology and furnishings will help modernize the facility.

But like the larger schemes for the Mies van der Rohe-designed building at 901 G St. NW, any modernization is complicated by the fact that interior spaces on the main floor — as well as the entire exterior — are See Library/Page 24

EVENTS Folger Theatre set to stage ‘The Conference of the Birds’

— Page 29

Four candidates for two at-large D.C. Council seats squared off Thursday, with much of the discussion focusing on the records of the two incumbents. Sitting council members Vincent Orange, a Democrat, and Michael Brown, an independent, joined independent David Grosso and Republican Mary Brooks Beatty at

PASSAGES Carlos Rosario School founder honored for 40 years of service

— Page 15

a forum sponsored by the Georgetown Business Association. The group invited the two incumbents and the two challengers whose campaigns had raised the most money, out of the field of seven total candidates. Orange is a former Ward 5 council member who won the at-large seat in a contentious special election in 2011 and narrowly survived this spring’s Democratic primary. Brown was elected to an at-large council seat reserved for a nonDemocrat in 2008 after unsuccessfully running as a Democrat for See Council/Page 38

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In Your Neighborhood/22 Opinion/10 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/33

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D.C. school system rewards standouts with $5,000 prizes By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

D.C. Public Schools last week honored 27 highly effective teachers, principals and support staff in the city with $5,000 prizes through the second annual Rubenstein Awards, which recognize outstanding dedication and hard work. Hundreds of educators were nominated, and in Northwest D.C., 16 faculty members and administrators won the award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a surprise and an honor,â&#x20AC;? said awardee Yolanda Johnson, a second- and third-grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary School in the Shaw neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just grateful to be nominated, so to find out that I won the award, it made me feel good.â&#x20AC;? Johnson, a lifelong D.C. resident, is a 19-year veteran teacher who has spent her entire career at Cleveland Elementary, which she calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hidden gemâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of us teachers just do what we do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on the outside piece; we just focus on our students,â&#x20AC;? she said. During her tenure at Cleveland, located at 1825 8th St., Johnson has worked under just one principal, Annie Mair, who is also a Rubenstein Award recipient this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a teacher at heart even though she is our principal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she can be seen listening to kids read and decorating bulletin boards,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said of Mair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She practices what she preaches, she encourages her teachers to go above and beyond, and she has high expectations for us as well as the students.â&#x20AC;? David Landeryou, principal at the Palisadesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Key Elementary School, was also recognized with a Rubenstein Award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Landeryou knows the names of every student at Key School and where they should be at

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Mann expansion plans still One house OKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, one dropped at Rosedale prompting mixed reactions By ELIZABETH WIENER

Current Staff Writer

There seems to be little disagreement that Horace Mann Elementary School needs to grow, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean everyone in Wesley Heights supports the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $30 million expansion plan for the school. A divided audience took in a city presentation on the project at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting. Even as Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class sizes are growing, the school already houses dozens of students and its library in temporary trailers, lacks indoor athletic space and an attached cafeteria, and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion plans call for new buildings along Newark and 45th streets and space for 400 students. Among the proposals, the

most controversial is the planned 45th Street wing of the building, which would house a cafeteria, gymnasium, kitchen and rooftop garden. Residents facing the school grounds are unenthusiastic about looking out at a 30-foot-high, 200-foot-long institutional building that would block the view of and easy access to the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central open space, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the range.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the epitome of how not to do it,â&#x20AC;? said Robert Bell, an architect who lives near the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build a wall that blocks the view of the houses from where people are playing.â&#x20AC;? Architects contracted by the D.C. Department of General Services, which oversees public buildings, said they had experimented with other locations for the additions but that there are few better alternatives on the constrained site. New conSee Mann/Page 8

The week ahead Thursday, Oct. 11

The D.C. Affairs Section of the District of Columbia Bar will hold a candidates forum in the D.C. Council at-large race. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the first-floor main conference room at Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K St. NW. Admission is free, but registration is required; contact kram@consortium.org.

Friday, Oct. 12

The D.C. Preservation League will hold its citywide conference. Sessions will focus on topics such as zoning, streetscapes, development in historic districts, proposed changes to Union Station, and the Capitol Crossing project that will reinstitute the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant street plan at F and G streets above I-395. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. Registration costs $20 for members and $35 for others; visit dcpreservation.org. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Engine Co. 28 with Mayor Vincent Gray. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at 3522 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Saturday, Oct. 13

The Coalition for Smarter Growth, Ward 3 Vision, Forest Hills Connection and National Association of Realtors will host a walking tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Envisioning Change in Van Ness.â&#x20AC;? The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon; participants should meet near the Van Ness Metro station outside Starbucks Coffee. Reservations are requested; visit tinyurl.com/VanNessWalk. â&#x2013;  Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ward 3 Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring Nicolas Roegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Witchesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Fort Reno Park, 3900 Chesapeake St. NW. The film will start at 6:30 p.m., and various food trucks will be on hand.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a public hearing on the draft small area plan for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The hearing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Woodley Park Community Association will hold its autumn general membership meeting. The agenda will include annual elections for officer and executive committee positions and a presentation by Jennifer Steingasser of the D.C. Office of Planning on the four-year process to rewrite the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning rules. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission will host a candidates forum in the D.C. Council at-large race. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

A big new house is going in on the periphery of Rosedale, perhaps the most historic spot in Cleveland Park. But a controversial proposal for an even grander house on the landmarked estate has been withdrawn. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board last week approved plans for a new, traditionally styled house at 3528 Ordway St., just west of Rosedaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundary and next to five recently constructed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and also substantial â&#x20AC;&#x201D; houses that were built to help provide funds to preserve what remains

of the 18th-century estate. The Cleveland Park Historical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural review committee had expressed concerns about the original proposal by the Zuckerman Partners development firm, saying the four-square house with wraparound porch seemed â&#x20AC;&#x153;too large for its subdivided lot and for its context on this block of Ordway.â&#x20AC;? But architect Ankie Barnes reduced the height and depth of the house, as well as the size of the generous front porch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We redesigned after talking to neighbors,â&#x20AC;? Barnes told the preservation board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a smaller See Rosedale/Page 38

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District Digest District CFO defends assessment changes

â&#x20AC;&#x153;absolutely flawed,â&#x20AC;? Gandhi said the initial assessments are conducted by March 1, but additional information about income from a commercial building isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available until April 15, prompting some changes. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and reconvene after 5 p.m. if necessary in Ward 2 Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Committee on Finance and Revenue.

The day before a scheduled D.C. Council hearing on property tax assessments, city Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi defended his agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record of assigning fair property values. Speaking yesterday to DC Chamber of Commerce board members, Gandhi lambasted a series of Washington Post articles that suggested assessments had been improperly lowered at more than 500 commercial properties. The changes would have reduced the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property tax income by $48 million, according to The Post. Calling The Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analysis

Taxicab commission debuts 24/7 hotline

Taxi riders with a complaint or a lost item can now call the D.C. Taxicab Commission at any hour at 855-484-4966, a system designed to improve response times, according to a commission news release.

Previously, the commission accepted complaints only in writing; the new system will allow inspectors to be dispatched to spot an alleged violation, the release states. Additionally, the commission hopes to reunite riders with lost property within two hours of a call. Callers must provide the name of the cab company and either the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Face Identification Number or the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license plate number. Taxicabs will soon be required to display a vehicle identification number inside, which riders can use instead.

City agency grades slide in September Residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feedback on five

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Forum highlights D.C. veterans program The D.C. Housing Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program combating veteran homelessness is serving as a national model, agency executive director Adrianne Todman told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation last month. Thanks in part to a federal $2 million grant, the Housing Authority can now get a homeless veteran into housing in one month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it had previously taken six, according to an agency news release. The authority has 744 veterans and families under its purview.

Attorney tapped for new D.C. ethics post The newly created Board of Ethics and Government Accountability has selected D.C. assistant attorney general Darrin

       

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D.C. historical society adds hours to library The Kiplinger Research Library in the historic Carnegie Building will resume regular public hours next month, thanks to improved finances at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the organization announced Thursday. Effective Nov. 5, the library will be open to the public on Wednesdays for regular hours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not yet announced â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and on Monday by appointment, according to a news release. For several months, access to the library had been offered on a more limited basis due to budget problems at the historical society, which owns the facility. The society has hired Jennifer Krafchik as the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director. Krafchik previously oversaw strategic planning at the Sewall-Belmont House Museum, which highlights the history of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights.

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Condos approved for Kalorama garden site By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board approved plans for a new five-story condo building in Sheridan-Kalorama last week, rejecting pleas from some neighbors that the garden lot at 2225 California St. merits preservation as part of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic green space. The Murillo/Malnati Group has a contract to purchase the lot, which sits next to the Regis apartment building and has long been planted as a garden. The preservation board had previously agreed with the firm that the narrow lot could be developed as a matter of right, and the board was set last Thursday to review only modifications to the

design of the nine-unit building. But a group of residents who want to preserve the garden mounted their case again. This time they were accompanied by preservation expert Emily Eig, author of the nomination that created the Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The significance of this garden was not understood by the board,â&#x20AC;? Eig argued. When she wrote the nomination, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I intended this garden and other green spaces should be recognized,â&#x20AC;? but landmark applications in past decades were generally not that specific. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great lossâ&#x20AC;? on a street lined by historic apartment buildings, Eig said. The board also heard a plea from the new owner of the town house next door, who said he did not real-

ize that the east side of his house is a party wall, and that developers can set the condo right up against some of his windows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My entire home and garden will be darkened,â&#x20AC;? said homeowner Michael Marriott. But board members said zoning rules govern the case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sympathize with Mr. Marriott, but it is a party wall,â&#x20AC;? said member Rauzia Ally, noting that the town houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eastfacing windows have always been â&#x20AC;&#x153;at risk.â&#x20AC;? Members also confirmed their conclusion from an initial review of the case in January. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame about the garden, but it is a buildable lot,â&#x20AC;? said member Gretchen Pfaehler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is private property, and it can be developed,â&#x20AC;? said Ally. See Garden/Page 25

Walk in Van Ness will suggest improvements By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The least-loved stretch of Connecticut Avenue will be getting some fresh attention this weekend during a planned walking tour of Van Ness. The Coalition for Smarter Growth is leading Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour, which will examine the area around the Van Ness-UDC Metro station. But unlike the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usual walking tours, which tend to highlight planning successes, this one will look at ways to improve past mistakes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This tour is [asking], what can we do better in terms of smarter growth?â&#x20AC;? said the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aimee Custis. The event will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad urban design and planning decisions that have been made over the years and have had a long-lasting impact on the development of that stretch of Connecticut Avenue in Van Ness,â&#x20AC;? said Ron Eichner of the Ward 3 Vision group. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a timely conversation that comes as Van Ness braces itself for several big changes. The WAMU 88.5 radio station is moving into the neighborhood soon, and a $40 million redevelopment of the University of the

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Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; restaurant; 6:42 p.m. Oct. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  13th and G streets; street; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  7th and G streets; sidewalk; noon Oct. 6. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  600 block, H St.; Metrorail station; 6 p.m. Oct. 6. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; residence; 12:06 a.m. Oct. 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  800 block, E St.; store; 10:25 a.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  7th and H streets; unspecified premises; 3:02 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; sidewalk; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 11:29 a.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 12:22 p.m. Oct. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. Oct. 3.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 5:14 p.m. Oct. 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Fulton St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Oct. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; unspecified time Oct. 2. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Macomb St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2800 block, 35th St.; unspecified premises; 4:06 p.m. Oct. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue; unspecified premises; noon Oct. 1. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Lowell St.; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue; unspecified premises;

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â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Water St.; sidewalk; 2:08 p.m. Oct. 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3000 block, N St.; street; 1:20 a.m. Oct. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 6:09 p.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 7:45 p.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  33rd and M streets; sidewalk; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 35th St.; school; 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:15 p.m. Oct. 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; alley; 1:38 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 31st St.; alley; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, R St.; parking lot; 9:40 a.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 33rd St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Oct. 3.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 1:08 p.m. Oct. 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; medical facility; 4:14 p.m. Oct. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; sidewalk; 2:20 a.m. Oct. 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; office building; 9:15 p.m. Oct. 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; noon Oct. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; office building; 10:57 a.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  2100 block, G St.; school; 2:42 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  2100 block, G St.; unspecified premises; 4:21 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  2100 block, G St.; school; 4:22 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1900 block, I St.; restaurant; 7:32 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 9 a.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; sidewalk; 10:44 p.m. Oct. 4. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:53 p.m. Oct. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 9:21 a.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  700 block, 23rd St.; unspeci-

fied premises; 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

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Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; bank; 11:53 a.m. Oct. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 2:35 p.m. Oct. 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  1800 block, Riggs Place; residence; 9 p.m. Oct. 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 1:31 a.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 12:24 a.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  2100 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Oct. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:52 a.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 10 a.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; residence; 8 p.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:52 p.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  1400 bock, P St.; store; 3:39 p.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; office building; 3:27 p.m. Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Rhode Island Ave.; restaurant; 4:21 p.m. Oct. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 19th St.; street; 1:44 p.m. Oct. 2. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Phelps Place; unspecified premises; 1:49 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 8 a.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; street; 10:15 p.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 22nd St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013;  Dupont circle

Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; residence; 8:43 a.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; residence; 10:05 p.m. Oct. 6. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, 17th St.; parking lot; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, R St.; residence; 4:54 p.m. Oct. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 5 p.m. Oct. 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; store; 6:40 a.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; store; 7:59 a.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; tavern/ nightclub; 8:10 p.m. Oct. 6. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  16th and T streets; unspecified premises; 5:44 p.m. Oct.

4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 15th St.; alley; 7:38 p.m. Oct. 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; alley; 3 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  14th and Corcoran streets; street; 1:06 a.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; street; 11 a.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Corcoran St.; alley; 10 p.m. Oct. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; street; 12:46 p.m. Oct. 7.

psa PSA 303 303

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 12:18 a.m. Oct. 7. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 1:05 a.m. Oct. 6. Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 11:45 p.m. Oct. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:38 a.m. Oct. 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100 block, 19th St.; residence; 8:05 a.m. Oct. 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, California St.; alley; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 2 a.m. Sept. 30. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Mintwood Place; residence; 4:18 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, 19th St.; residence; 12:51 p.m. Oct. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Belmont Road; street; 1 a.m. Oct. 1. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; street; 4:14 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; alley; 8:21 a.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 12:16 a.m. Oct. 7.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013;  logan circle

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  11th and N streets; sidewalk; 2:24 a.m. Oct. 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  14th and P streets; sidewalk; 1:03 a.m. Oct. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Logan Circle; church; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Logan Circle; alley; 9:58 p.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  9th and Q streets; park area; 8:40 p.m. Oct. 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 11th St.; alley; 9 a.m. Oct. 4. â&#x2013;  N Street and Vermont Avenue; street; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 12:03 p.m. Oct. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Q St.; street; 10:20 a.m. Oct. 3. â&#x2013;  13th and Q streets; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Oct. 5. â&#x2013;  900 block, R St.; street; 6:33 a.m. Oct. 7.


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ANC agrees to expansion, Panel not friendly to underground garage facility rental at Field School By BRADY HOLT

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Despite initial concerns about a traffic impact on Foxhall Road, the Wesley Heights/Foxhall advisory neighborhood commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to support a planned expansion of the Field School. Commissioners also backed a provision that would allow the school to rent out its gymnasium and athletic field to outside groups. Residents whose homes back onto the field have opposed such use, but neighborhood commissioners said they wanted to give the school a chance to work with its neighbors if it chooses to pursue rentals. Private schools seeking to open or expand in residential areas need permission from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to modify their operating conditions. Field hopes to increase its enrollment cap from

320 to 400 and its faculty and staff cap from 74 to 110. It also wants to add four to five classrooms and art and laboratory space, primarily by expanding existing buildings, and by nestling a new communal gathering building into a hillside. Field officials have said the school needs to grow to accommodate a sixth grade because nearby elementary schools increasingly finish after fifth grade. Field launched a sixth grade this fall by shrinking its seventh through 12th grades, but officials said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a permanent solution. According to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic study, the higher population of students and faculty members will not push traffic beyond the acceptable levels the zoning board stipulated when Field moved to the 2301 Foxhall Road campus in 2002. The school staggers its schedule to spread out traffic, requires carpoolSee Field/Page 24

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struction must avoid blocking the view of the historic 1931 building or damaging the newly installed soccer field, architects said, and they want to avoid the costs of building into the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hillside. At the meeting, General Services representatives said the plans arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet set in stone. Agency spokesperson Kenny Diggs declined to comment on the cost or timing of the expansion project because a meeting scheduled for last night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which finished after The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could change the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is up in the air,â&#x20AC;? Diggs said yesterday afternoon before the meeting. Among the undecided details is the location of the gymnasium/cafeteria wing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to get it right for the school and the community as a whole, and relocation is still definitely possible.â&#x20AC;? Some residents worried that these discussions mean the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation will be delayed. Although

Diggs declined to comment on the timeline yesterday, officials said last month that they hoped to begin construction as early as this fall. Neighbor Mike Mazzuchi said residents who say they support the school shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t send a mixed message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very supportive to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We support you but we want to rearrange all of your buildings before you can move forward,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. The neighborhood commission voted unanimously to support full funding for the school renovation but did not endorse a particular design. Mann principal Liz Whisnant said the need to grow is urgent. An influx of young students who have just joined the school will need classroom space in the higher grades that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet available, she said. And the additional amenities and modern facilities would be welcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an exceptional school and really would do well with having a building that supports an exceptional program,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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ways that make them better teachers,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He never fails to show his commitment to improving the lives of the children and his staff at Key, and this is his gift.â&#x20AC;? Key has doubled in size to 365 students during Landeryouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure of just over 10 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has handled all of the changes with such positive energy and keeps us all moving forward,â&#x20AC;? said Palm.

The awards started last year thanks to a donation to D.C. Public Schools by David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the Kennedy Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With David Rubensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help, we give these teachers well-deserved thanks and public recognition for everything that they do,â&#x20AC;? Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in a release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our best teachers make their classrooms exciting places to learn for their students, and their students, in turn, reap the benefits.â&#x20AC;?

VAN NESS: Tour will suggest improvements From Page 5

But the standard gripes about Van Ness focus on its lack of shopping, dining and nightlife options, its unappealing architecture and its many â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead zones.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residents will tell you thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not many sit-down restaurants, no coffee shops, other than Starbucks,â&#x20AC;? said Limauro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a single central plaza that you have in an area like Columbia Heights, where everyone in the community can meet.â&#x20AC;? Architect Matthew Bell, who lives near Van Ness and teaches at the University of Maryland, said he plans to talk Saturday about â&#x20AC;&#x153;the challenges of Van Ness in the context of what is largely a successful â&#x20AC;Ś linear development along Connecticut Avenue.â&#x20AC;? Van Ness follows â&#x20AC;&#x153;a different formulaâ&#x20AC;? than neighborhoods like Woodley Park and Cleveland Park, Bell said. In those areas, one-story shops along a central Connecticut Avenue strip draw customers from nearby transit stops and high-density residential buildings. In Van Ness, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;larger footprintsâ&#x20AC;? of commercial spaces provide a â&#x20AC;&#x153;less continuousâ&#x20AC;? pedestrian experience, he said. Limauro said the current look of Van Ness is the result of disconnected waves of development over the past 40 years, which created a series of â&#x20AC;&#x153;recessed and depressed plaza spaces that just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t function.â&#x20AC;? As is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the corridor doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for people,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if it

doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for people, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Humanities to fund more public art work for restaurants and commercial in Van Ness, including a possible property owners. It becomes a nega- project for the University of the tive circle.â&#x20AC;? District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new student A 2011 grant-funded study from center at Van Ness Street and the Office of Planning recommends Connecticut. ideas like new plantings, street furniLimauro pointed to the commuture, public art, tree boxes, curb extensions and pedestrian crossings along Connecticut Avenue. Such changes would not only beautify the area and improve pedestrian conditions, Bill Petros/The Current but also reduce The tour will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad urban design and stormwater runoff problems, planning decisions that have ... had a long-lasting according to impact,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 3 Visionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ron Eichner. Limauro. Right now Van Ness has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge nity-supported plans for that center, issue with unchecked stormwater along with the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general going into Soapstone Valley,â&#x20AC;? goal to double enrollment and Limauro said. Softening the look of encourage more students to live on Connecticut Avenue and removing campus, as signs that Van Ness is much of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;unnecessary hardscapeâ&#x20AC;? headed in the right direction. will make it easier for rainwater to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going to â&#x20AC;Ś start to get to soil, he said. create change in the way developers The Office of Planning is now see what can be done in this corriworking with the D.C. Department dor,â&#x20AC;? he said. of Transportation to figure out when Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour will start at 10 funding might be available to imple- a.m. near the Van Ness Metro stament these ideas, Limauro said. It tion, outside of Starbucks. The seems unlikely the project could start Coalition for Smarter Growth is before fiscal year 2014. hosting the event along with Ward 3 Limauro said planners are also Vision and the Forest Hills coordinating with the D.C. Connection. To register for the walk, Commission on the Arts and visit tinyurl.com/van-ness-walk.

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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

For at-large D.C. Council

Voters in the District’s Nov. 6 general election will choose two atlarge council members from a pool of seven. That list includes two incumbents — Michael A. Brown, running as an independent, and Vincent Orange, the Democratic nominee — as well as three other independents, one Republican and one candidate from the Statehood Green Party. (Mr. Orange, of course, enjoys an electoral advantage as the nominee of the city’s dominant party.) From the seven-person field, we find candidate David Grosso most worthy of consideration. We appreciate his plans to address high unemployment in parts of the city. While he opposes Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed tax breaks for high-tech companies, he favors special deals for businesses that would bring jobs to areas where many residents are out of work. We prefer the mayor’s more general approach, but we’re pleased that Mr. Grosso would address the situation. He also wants breaks for large residential development projects that include affordable units. In addition, Mr. Grosso — a former aide to D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, and later chief counsel to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton — wants the city to provide more wraparound services for schools, such as before- and after-school programs. He rightly believes the city needs to make an effort to address non-school problems that crop up in the classroom and disrupt learning. He also wants the council to look into the overcrowding problem in Ward 3 schools, which is a real concern. Republican candidate Mary Brooks Beatty is appealing as she provides a welcome image of integrity amid a period of political distrust. Like Mr. Grosso, she wants to encourage economic development to help solve unemployment problems. But when questioned on this subject, which she described as one of her key issues, she offered no specific program as a solution — a major weakness, in our view. She agrees with us that our corporate tax rate is far too high to attract businesses, but added that it would take a long time to lower it. And she disagreed with the high-tech bill and other efforts to lower tax rates for industries with limited presences in the city. The other two candidates we considered most closely are the incumbents. We have concerns about both. Mr. Brown, while exceptionally personable and charismatic, has a reputation for not working as hard as most of the other members of the council. And most important, he has had problems paying his taxes on time. Given that council members set tax rates, we think Mr. Brown’s problems paying his own bill make it hard to consider voting for him. In terms of policy and procedure, we objected to his last-minute, behind-thescenes push to authorize online gambling as part of a budget measure. We’re also troubled that Mr. Brown was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury last spring because of support he received from Jeffrey E. Thompson, the businessman whose company has long held the city’s health insurance contract. Mr. Orange was subpoenaed in that case as well. And we question his ability to work with his colleagues, as demonstrated when a strong ally of his, Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry, asked at a meeting whether the council majority opposed a proposal from Mr. Orange simply because he was the one proposing it. Yet we’re not as concerned about Mr. Orange as we are about Mr. Brown, in part because Mr. Orange has done a good job as chair of the Committee on Small and Local Business Development. He has pushed for companies to do a better job of hiring local residents, and pressed for bureaucrats to simplify the reams of paperwork necessary for small businesses to operate in the city. Though we are at best ambivalent about Mr. Orange’s council tenure, we see only two candidates as contenders for our endorsement. In our view, Mr. Grosso stands out in what is ultimately a disappointing field; both his background and his knowledge of the issues leave us confident of his ability to serve ably as a member of the D.C. Council. Though we cannot say the same of any other candidate without hesitation, Mr. Orange seems to us the best of the remaining field and therefore receives our second endorsement.

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f you’re reading this Wednesday afternoon, picture the Notebook at the ballpark for the first playoff home game in Washington in 79 years. If a foul ball comes my way, my year will be complete, even if my son Peyton snags it first. Seven years of mostly also-ran seasons pale in the gusts of regionwide excitement over the Nationals’ success. Of course, Washington almost didn’t get the baseball team. “Baseball was never excited about going to Washington,” said Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. “They didn’t like the history; they didn’t think the team could survive here,” he said on Friday’s WAMU 88.5 Politics Hour. Evans noted that had Virginia officials committed to floating stadium bonds, the team would be in Northern Virginia. Evans was a lead architect of landing the team in the nation’s capital. A full-throated debate can still erupt about whether the city should have committed $800 million in funding for the stadium. Couldn’t the money have been spent on other public needs? Evans noted that the city borrowed nearly $600 million for the stadium and is well on its way to paying off the bonds early through a utility tax, a business tax and dedicated sales taxes from the stadium itself. He said the city couldn’t simply borrow $600 million for more traditional government spending because there would be no additional revenue generated to pay the bonds. “In about five years the real estate taxes that we are getting will more than pay for what the stadium [cost],” said Evans, the longtime chair of the council’s Finance and Revenue Committee. Evans also points to the Verizon Center and the convention center, both of which he says generate millions more in taxes than the facilities cost to build. Although businessman Abe Pollin financed the Verizon Center itself, the city spent more than $100 million on land and infrastructure to prepare the site. On the Politics Hour, Evans said the council went through 12 different votes to commit to the stadium in order to draw the baseball team. “On the council it was difficult. There were seven council members who stuck with this issue all the way through, and without them we wouldn’t have had it. And it starts with [former Chairman] Linda Cropp,” Evans recalled. “Linda got a bad rap at the end,” he said. “She was trying to get a better deal for the city. It looked like it was going to impede baseball. But at the end of the day, without Linda Cropp’s leadership on that council we wouldn’t have gotten the baseball thing done.” Evans laughed at one irony of the whole situation. He said Adrian Fenty opposed the stadium deal as the Ward 4 council member, insisting that old RFK could be renovated well enough, then “threw out the first pitch as mayor” at the new stadium. Fenty had succeeded Mayor Tony Williams, who threw the city’s weight behind the stadium deal along with a bare council majority.

But enough history. Evans said each game of the division playoffs will generate, at minimum, nearly $1 million in added sales taxes from concessions, merchandise and increased sales in any number of bars and restaurants showing the games. He said the added revenue more than pays for the additional public safety and transportation costs the city incurs to get people into and out of the stadium. While we’re at it, let’s go all in on sports in this column. What about the Washington Redskins returning someday to the District? “It is a doable thing,” Evans said. “It’s not a question of if it will happen, but when it will happen. The Redskins have a lease in [Prince George’s County] until 2026. And at some time between now and 2026, there’s no doubt in my mind the Redskins will return to the city and build a brand-new stadium at the RFK site. That’s going to happen.” Evans noted that he expects the football team to pay for any new stadium, with the city picking up infrastructure costs. Many residential groups on Capitol Hill aren’t on board with Evans’ optimistic view. The residents are worried about overdevelopment and whether the big ’Skins operation would eat up valuable land that could go to other economic ideas, parks and recreation space. Evans says all of that can be worked out. More sports? What about plans for a soccer stadium for D.C. United? “I would say we are in final negotiations on the soccer stadium as well,” said Evans. He said the new ownership of the soccer team is more willing to put up money for a stadium, which could seat about 25,000 people. One key site is diagonally across South Capitol Street SW from the baseball stadium. “It is a perfect area, bringing a lot of synergy with the baseball stadium,” Evans said. He also said there’s a lot of support for a soccer stadium because it doesn’t involve huge amounts of money. Baseball, basketball, soccer and football: Evans has said his ultimate goal is for the city to bring in all of these big businesses to generate jobs, revenue and opportunities, in addition to the recreational goods like playoffs and the World Series. Go Nats. ■ A final word. Casual consumers of TV, radio and print media might never have known Bill Line. The spokesperson for the National Park Service here in the nation’s capital knew his job and wore his ranger hat with pride, even as he biked around the city. District police confirmed this week that Line died Sunday in an apparent suicide at his home in the city he loved. For many years, Line helped journalists understand and appreciate the Park Service. He was sometimes grumpy, and he was sometimes long-winded with his explanations of policy, but he was never bored nor too busy to speak to the media. Many a spokesperson could learn a thing or two from him. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor Georgetown razing requires scrutiny

The Georgetown Current’s Oct. 6 article “Dent Place house may be demolished” fails to note that although the frame house on Dent Place has little historic value, its brick cellar and soil do. The property once belonged to Yarrow Mamout, the most promi-

nent African-American in early Georgetown, and perhaps in early America. He was a Fulani Muslim, brought to Maryland on the slave ship Elijah in 1752. He bought the Dent Place property in 1800 after being freed. The eminent artist Charles Willson Peale was impressed that Yarrow “owned a house and lot” and painted a stunning portrait, showing Yarrow as a wealthy, black Georgetowner. Yarrow made bricks to win his freedom, and the bricks of the cellar have

been tentatively dated to his time. Peale also wrote that Yarrow was buried in the corner of the property, where he went to pray. His remains may yet be there. Razing the house, unless done with care, threatens the bricks, the grave and other evidence of the man. The quick approval of the plan reflects serious ignorance of black, and indeed our shared, history. James H. Johnston Bethesda


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ABC bill would impede community input VIEWPOINT DENIS James

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he D.C. Council’s Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012, introduced by Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham, is largely a grab bag of goodies for the alcohol industry. Particularly egregious are numerous provisions designed to deter resident involvement in Alcoholic Beverage Control licensing in the District. It’s worth noting that the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration sought only four of the 43 provisions. These are clarifying matters for enforcement purposes, such as stating that failure to comply with the restaurant food requirement is a primary-tier violation. (Look later in the bill and learn that Mr. Graham’s task force endorsed the idea of relaxing the current penalty of revocation for a licensee with four primary-tier violations within four years; under the new law, the establishment could live on by paying a $30,000 fine and facing a 30-day suspension, a corrupt proposition.) The provisions aimed directly at tamping down community involvement include: ■ Only those who live within 400 feet of an establishment would be allowed to protest a license renewal or other request by the establishment. Currently, there is no measurement in the law for this particular purpose. The boundaries that relate to establishments’ “affected area” range from 600 to 1,800 feet; these are used to set moratorium areas and in adjudicating protest hearings. The draft bill should designate 1,800 feet for this purpose, thereby recognizing that large establishments can have wide-ranging effects on such community concerns as noise, traffic and parking. ■ Citizens associations wishing to file protests would face rigid new requirements. They would have to give at least seven days’ notice to their membership and the applicant prior to a meeting at which the group would consider a protest, and to offer the applicant an opportunity to address the voting body concerning the application at the duly called meeting. To participate currently, a citizens association must be incorporated in D.C. within the affected area; membership must be open to all residents of the area represented by the association; and a resolution must be approved in accordance with

Letters to the Editor Fair policies needed for city soccer fields

Having testified at the D.C. Council’s Sept. 20 hearing on the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, we would like to respond to the Oct. 3 editorial “Field questions.” Many issues were highlighted at the hearing, but there were common refrains: We want more field time; don’t take our fields away; we deserve to play at our local park; the agency is not performing its duty; the permit process is opaque. The editorial fails to mention some telling statistics from the department’s Sept. 18 letter to DC Stoddert Soccer: Stoddert utilizes an average of 75 percent of afterschool weekday hours at 12 of the department’s fields, including 100 percent of the time at Rudolph,

the articles of incorporation or bylaws at a duly called meeting advertised at least 10 days in advance. Adding onerous requirements will lead to bitterness between applicants and neighbors. Associations will want to be party to a case to obtain a voluntary agreement. Applicants will think that pleading their case before the group will result in no protest, setting up a problematic situation. Agreements are generally best made in private meetings, not public ones. ■ The protests of other groups would be dismissed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board upon its approval of a voluntary agreement with the affected advisory neighborhood commission. This is so patently unfair that it’s hard to imagine a task force member, much less a D.C. Council member, even making the suggestion. Taking away existing due process rights is no small matter. Neighborhood commissions are sometimes not so interested in liquor licensing matters, or the commissioner in charge of licensing for a commission may live far from establishments that cause problems for neighbors or citizens associations. Local voices must continue to be heard by the board, with no qualifications or early dismissal. ■ Four pages of limiting language for what may be included in voluntary agreements would be added to the code. Currently, there is a perfectly adequate provision stating that the subject matter for a voluntary agreement must concern the operations of the establishment or topics mentioned in the current code or regulations. Laying out such strict parameters will prevent innovative thinking, which often leads to reasonable solutions in these agreements. The recommendations of Mr. Graham’s task force were first made public at a hurriedly set public roundtable on May 8. Then the bill was introduced on June 26, with a public hearing held on July 12. Some advisory neighborhood commissions and most citizens associations take off either July or August, or both. With a bill introduced in late June and the council going on recess July 13, the public has little knowledge of the contents of this bill. It is welcome news that Mr. Graham’s Committee on Human Services announced Tuesday that it will hold a further hearing on the bill Monday at 5 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building. Denis James is president of the Kalorama Citizens Association in Adams Morgan.

Hardy and Hamilton and 85 percent of the time at Palisades. On Saturdays, public fields in Upper Northwest are monopolized by Stoddert Soccer; on Sundays, it uses three of the area’s premier turf fields to conduct “travel” soccer games from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Those players selected to play on a travel team pay approximately $2,000 to $3,000 each year.) Stoddert Soccer generates sevenfigure revenue annually, and it would be a simple and fair outcome for its travel teams to play at a private facility such as the Maryland Soccerplex, as is done by most other clubs in the metro area. At a minimum, Sunday travel games should be restricted to one premier turf field. This would allow neighbors and small organizations access to fields that is now denied. First Touch Soccer has served D.C. youth since 2007. Our coaches and I are appalled at the wasted field space we see during Stoddert Soccer’s weekday practice times;

that it has 400 teams and demands more time is not a good reason to monopolize field space. We have witnessed weekday training for a dozen 9-year-olds on a 100-by-50-yard field. For this age group, this is detrimental to teaching and understanding the game. Given the new demands for limited space, it is time to discard antiquated and unreasonable soccer practice methods and to implement a system that will expand access to fields for everyone. We agree with the editorial that the agency should allocate spring field space based on data and accountability for how the space is utilized. We urge officials to obtain all of the data from Stoddert Soccer necessary to understand its needs while correlating field dimensions to the ages served, and at the same time factoring in other groups’ needs. Mitch Dubensky President, First Touch Soccer and DC Youth Futbol Club

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In The Spotlight D.C. students tapped as Merit semifinalists

Students at 10 District schools ranked among the approximately 16,000 scholastically talented high school seniors nationwide announced last month as semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. The semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 Merit

Scholarship awards, worth more than $32 million. The scholarships will be awarded in the spring. Semifinalists at D.C. schools are: â&#x2013;  Georgetown Day School: Marcus S. Boorstin, Anna E. Cerf, William B. Cox, Elizabeth M. Dach, Elisabeth K. Davis, Anne K. Hills, Elizabeth Lasater-Guttman, Naomi S. Miller and Neha Shah. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School: Christina F.

Libre, Megan D. McAndrews, Julia M. Rauen, Emma Vissicchio, Juliana C. Vossenberg and Sarah L. Wyckoff. â&#x2013;  Gonzaga College High School: Andrew J. Campbell, William Clougherty, Jason Lee, Patrick D. McMahon, Paul F. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara and Andrew C. Richard. â&#x2013;  Maret School: Lauren R. Balbus, Seonwoo Kim and Caroline R. Malin-Mayor. â&#x2013;  National Cathedral School:

Claudia Harrison, Meredith P. Hilton, Shafali F. Jalota, Camille P. Kellogg, Elizabeth Keto, Satowa Kinoshita, Maria L. Messick and Jina Shin. â&#x2013;  Sidwell Friends School: Evan D. Brown, Chris B. Dock, Andrew J. Flax, Joan E. Fleischman, Jonathan R. Gerstell, Samuel A. Gondelman, Xenia C. Laguarda, Sarah M. Lake, Chris A. Meyerhoff, Nina A. Moiseiwitsch, Grant A. MulitzSchimel, Meera Munoz Pandya, Noah P. Museles, Molly E. Reiner, Tyler A. Rivlin, Lincoln A. SwaineMoore and Henry M. Trotter. â&#x2013;  St. Albans School: Philip J. Abboud, Frederic L. Atwood, Mitchell G. Bryski, James R. Dreben, Derin D. Dutz, Jonathan J. Kang, Malcolm Steinberg and Cameron Thariani. â&#x2013;  St. Anselmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abbey School: Alexander P. Atienza and Joseph H. Nahra. â&#x2013;  Washington International School: Frederik Claessens. â&#x2013;  Wilson High School: Elizabeth B. Fosburgh.

Ellington junior wins CBC essay contest

A 16-year-old junior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts has won a national essay contest sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses, according to a news release. Maya Wesbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essay, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defeating the Barriers of Physical Activity,â&#x20AC;? calls for increased access to physical education to combat childhood obesity. It was selected from more than 200 submissions nationwide, the release says.

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Area resident to lead oncology program Johns Hopkins Medicine has appointed Tenleytown resident Sheila Evans as its oncology program administrator in the national capital area. In the position, Evans will develop and oversee clinical

oncology programming in the region. Evans worked at Sibley Memorial Hospital, now part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, for 10 years as director of oncology services. After that, she joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in developing a cancer program in the United Kingdom, returning to Sibley in 2011 as the oncology service line administrator. Evans, who will have offices at Sibley and at Suburban Outpatient Medical Center, has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in nursing from Rush University.

D.C. schools awarded for healthy practices The U.S. Department of Agriculture has newly singled out 10 D.C. Public Schools campuses for â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellence in nutrition and physical activity,â&#x20AC;? the Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced last month. Northwest honorees include Raymond Education Campus, Roosevelt High School, Sharpe Health School, Seaton Elementary School and Shepherd Elementary School. Schools recognized in the federal agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HealthierUS School Challenge are eligible for awards of $500 to $2,000.

City official honored for curriculum redo

The D.C. Public Schools official responsible for the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s move to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Common Coreâ&#x20AC;? curricula has won a national award for his efforts from the Council of Great City Schools, the school system announced recently. Brian Pick, deputy chief academic officer for curriculum and instruction, was chosen for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Curriculum Leadership Award out of 300 curriculum directors from city school districts.

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Jackson Art Center users seek longer lease By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Jackson Art Center is preparing to extend the lease for its Georgetown space, but the relatively short three-year term has left some artists and neighbors concerned about the future of the property. The center is 14 years into its 15-year lease of the former Jackson School at R Street and Avon Place, a city-owned property for which it pays about $11,200 per month. The nonprofit arts center features 45 artists studios sized from about 80 to 500 square feet, and artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rent and membership fees cover the lease payment and administrative costs. According to artists and neighbors, the art center is a treasured community resource. But negotiations with the D.C. Department of General Services to extend the lease for five years were abruptly suspended in July, art center president Simma Liebman said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They called us and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting everything on hold because someone offered to buy the building,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said, explaining that the proposal had come from a developer hoping to convert the old schoolhouse into condominiums. Then, last month, the agency returned to the artists group, offering only a three-year lease, saying the developer had withdrawn interest. Liebman is worried, she said, that the extension will keep the art center in place only long enough for the District to find another buyer, which would spell trouble for the artists who rely on the space. General Services spokesperson Kenny Diggs confirmed that the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussions with the Jackson Art Center had been suspended because of a purchase inquiry but declined to elaborate. Asked whether the agency plans to seek a buyer for the site, Diggs said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to be determined.â&#x20AC;? The three-year lease extension is on pace to close this month, Diggs said. The centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease expires in July. At its meeting last week, the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission unanimously voted to request that the agency extend the art centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease by at least

five years. Liebman said the artists are prepared to go ahead with the three-year extension. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution further calls on the city to require that the building retain an arts use even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a worthwhile use of that space, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a use of the space that really provides some nice benefits to the community,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Tom Birch. Many of the artists at the center are Georgetown residents, said Liebman, who lives within walking distance of the 1890 Jackson School building. Liebman and other artists said they appreciate not only the convenient location and affordable rental space, but also the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large windows and high ceilings. Community spirit is also important, said painter Sherry Kaskey, a Glover Park resident who rented studio space on Wisconsin Avenue before moving to Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an entirely different feeling when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just surrounded by commercial,â&#x20AC;? Kaskey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a building surrounded by people doing what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an energy there. You see what other people are doing, you talk to them, and you get ideas, you get inspiration.â&#x20AC;? According to Liebman, the Jackson School closed about four decades ago due to declining elementaryschool enrollment in the neighborhood, and artists began leasing the space in the 1980s. The art center and the Corcoran Gallery of Art shared the site until the late 1990s, at which point the Corcoran found space elsewhere and the Jackson Art Center became the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole tenant, she said. In 1997, during the tenure of the financial control board, the government invited bidders for the site as part of an effort to sell former schools no longer used for educational purposes. It attracted 15 initial proposals at the time, but community objections derailed the plan. Officials signed the lease with the Jackson Art Center instead, Liebman said. Liebman said the waiting list for the center is always long. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard for artists in D.C. to find studio space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no old factory buildings like they have in New York,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Stoddert parents want idling Metrobuses gone By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

City buses idling in front of Stoddert Elementary School in Glover Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes in noparking zones â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are creating a safety hazard for students and others during school drop-off and pickup times, according to Brian Cohen, a Stoddert parent and chair of the advisory neighborhood commission. Cohen says the situation has steadily worsened over the past six months, but that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has done nothing to address the situation despite repeated pleas from community members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an immediate safety problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just because a kid hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been hit by a car or a bus yet doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to happen,â&#x20AC;? said Cohen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if Metro allows this problem to fester, a child is going to get hit by a car or by a bus. They need to fix this before that happens.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like a pretty easy problem to fix,â&#x20AC;? said Stoddert PTA president Kathryn Youel Page, adding that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense to her that the transit agency hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already addressed it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the reason why the buses are there, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that we are obviously concerned about,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Caroline Lukas, a spokesperson with the transit authority, wrote in an email to The Current that the agency is working with â&#x20AC;&#x153;local partnersâ&#x20AC;? to address issues at the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Several options are currently being explored and we are hopeful that this will be resolved soon,â&#x20AC;? she added. While Cohen said the problem occurs in both the morning and afternoon, he said the morning is worse, because â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything converges at once.â&#x20AC;? About 350 students arrive at the school at 4001 Calvert St. between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. on weekdays, traveling down the narrow sidewalks and street on foot, bikes, scooters and strollers. Some parents drop off students by car, and two hired buses transport others. At the same time, commuters in the neighborhood are also on the roads heading to work, and city buses are operating at rush-hour frequency. Cohen said the idling buses, often parked for 15 or 20 minutes at a time either at the bus stop in the front of the school or a few feet east in a noparking zone, create more crowding and severely restrict sightlines for those crossing the street or driving along it. Bus drivers sometimes get out of the buses, and engines are variously turned on or off, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolute chaos in the morn-

ing in front of the school,â&#x20AC;? agreed PTA president Page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are harried in the morning as it is. A lot of little kids are excited to get to school, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy to keep everybody focused walking down that narrow sidewalk. Having one more big vehicle that is potentially hazardous to kids parked in front of the school for no apparent reason is something that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about.â&#x20AC;? Cohen said that last month he observed a driver who parked her bus in front of Stoddert in a noparking zone, blocking a fire hydrant, when he arrived at the school with his son around 8:30 a.m. The driver was operating a D3 bus, a route that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve Glover Park. Cohen said that when he approached the driver, who was outside the bus talking on her cellphone, to tell her that she should not park there, the driver told him that her supervisor told her to park there. Cohen called the area in front of Stoddert â&#x20AC;&#x153;the worst possible place in Glover Park to idle a bus.â&#x20AC;? He said the transit agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;complete silenceâ&#x20AC;? on the matter is a mystery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not rocket science,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;WMATA can claim a lot of bureaucratic nonsense, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple, uncomplicated fix that can be done in five minutes: just tell your drivers to idle somewhere else.â&#x20AC;?


The People and Places of Northwest Washington

October 10, 2012 ■ Page 15

Rosario founder celebrates 40 years of adult education

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

When Sonia Gutierrez moved from Puerto Rico to D.C. as a young wife and mother in the early 1970s, she never expected to become an advocate for the District’s immigrant communities — never mind start a groundbreaking and award-winning adult education school. But that’s exactly what happened after an old friend introduced Gutierrez to Carlos Rosario, a fellow Puerto Rican and a D.C. government official. The chance encounter with Rosario, who had just started a small English-language program for District immigrants, would radically alter the course of Gutierrez’s life, as well as that of tens of thousands of immigrants. This year, the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, which Gutierrez founded, is celebrating her 40 years of service to the community. A September gala drew dignitaries including Mayor Vincent Gray. “It’s a love story, really,” Gutierrez said, reflecting on her four decades of work with students. When she first met Rosario, he was looking for well-educated Latinos to help teach about 100 Spanish-speaking students in his program. Gutierrez was reluctant — she had a business degree but no experience teaching or working as a counselor. But Rosario’s passion persuaded her, so she started volun-

teering a few nights a week. “And you know what happened? I fell in love with them. I started listening to their stories and I thought, ‘What a plastic world I have lived in,’” she said, referring to her own upper-middle-class upbringing. “They struggle and they work so hard — I have so much respect for them,” Gutierrez added. “To this day, 40 years later, I’m still in love with them.” The Carlos Rosario School, the first charter school for adult education in the country, provides English as a Second Language instruction, family literacy classes and test prep for GED and U.S. citizenship exams. There are also career training courses in technology, nursing and culinary arts. Located at 1100 Harvard St. NW, the school today enrolls about 2,500 students who hail from 78

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A gala last month honored Sonia Gutierrez, above fifth from left, for founding the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, which teaches adults.

countries and speak more than 35 different languages — and it consistently has a waiting list of more than a thousand students. It has won a number of national and international awards and has served as a model for schools internationally.

And that success is leading to an expansion. The school is opening a new location next year in Northeast near Rhode Island Avenue, which the school board has decided to name the Sonia Gutierrez Campus. The new facility’s state-of-the-art

kitchen facilities will allow an expansion of the successful culinary arts training program, which will continue its partnership with the Culinary Institute of America. Gerardo Hernandez, an alumnus of the school’s ESL program, said the program and Gutierrez’s leadership changed his life. “When I met Sonia for the first time, I thought, ‘Who is this person? She’s incredible.’ Her fire and passion take your breath away,” See Gutierrez/Page 19

Cycling for a cause: GU hospital leader marks seventh ride for lymphoma By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

Late last month, more than 300 people gathered in Maryland to take a ride. In the process, they raised over $500,000 for lymphoma research, adding to a multimillion-dollar effort launched seven years ago by Dr. Bruce Cheson, director of hematology at Georgetown University Hospital. There are more than 60 types of lymphomas — a form of blood cancer — and about a hundred thousand people will be diagnosed with one of them this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Georgetown is one of a number of medical facilities researching treatments and cures for the diseases, but Cheson, who has been at the hospital for about a decade, said funding is dwindling. “So … you have to do smaller trials,” he said. “As a consequence, the process toward curing these diseases will slow down.” Unless fundraisers step in, that is.

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Dr. Bruce Cheson, right, with ABC7’s Scott Thuman, left, and the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Diane Blum.

Cheson has been studying blood and blood diseases for his entire career. But a few years

ago, his wife suggested taking the work beyond the hospital. “I’ve been a cyclist for many years, and about seven years ago, my wife said to me, ‘Is there something we can do — as a family? Some sort of cause we can focus on?’” Thus was born the Lymphoma Research Ride, which Cheson said is known simply as “the ride,” since it’s the only major event of its kind in the area. Participants are asked to raise $1,000 — or form a group to raise the sum — and to bike 25 or 50 miles in a noncompetitive event that supports the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Cheson said the organization funds research that’s making major strides in combating blood cancer, particularly in terms of finding treatments other than chemotherapy. “It’s an exciting time because of these new approaches,” he said, explaining that new drugs like Rituximab are “replacing the chemotherapy that some patients can’t tolerate,

that no one wants and some don’t need.” “The hope is that as we learn more about the biology of these diseases and as we discover more effective targeted therapies, we might be able to get rid of chemotherapy altogether,” he said. The reason for that goal is evident: The side effects of chemo can cause hair loss, nausea, vomiting, rashes and more. The new approaches can kill just the cancer cells — a more targeted approach than chemotherapy, which is nonspecific, said Cheson. Though undergoing treatment can be extremely arduous, Cheson said some patients are inspired to participate in the annual ride. “We have people who have never cycled before go out and buy bicycles just to take part,” he said. “We have patients who are in chemo … who are in this event. … It’s a wonderful event because there’s a sense of enthusiasm and encouragement.” To learn more, donate or sign up for next year’s ride, visit lymphoma.org.


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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

In Year 4 Edinburgh, we started the year with an exciting International Primary Curriculum topic, volcanoes! We started by researching the eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii. One of our tasks was to write an eyewitness account in the form of a letter. Here is the opening to the letter I wrote: Dear Pliny, I hope that this letter finds you and your family well. While I was in Pompeii, I witnessed something terrible. Mount Vesuvius erupted! I was walking in the marketplace, I looked over my shoulder, and saw grayish-black smoke coming out of the top of the mountain. Rocks were rolling down the hill towards the village and making a rumbling noise. Red sparks flew out into the sky, people were terrified! They ran and screamed and pushed as they tried to get away. — Maya Perry- Pradhan, Year 4 Edinburgh (third-grader)

Eaton Elementary

Every Friday, third, fourth and fifth grades separate into different classrooms to learn about subjects of their choice in Eagle Time and ER2 (Enrichment, Re-teach, Extend, Remediate). Each ER2 class includes third-, fourth- and fifth-graders learning together. Classroom teachers work with small groups while the resource teachers challenge other kids. ER2 offerings are Chinese, music, physical education, computers, 21st-century media, technical art and library. The Eagle Time classes are for all third- through fifth-graders and give kids the chance to experience new things. The third-grade choices for Eagle Time are Orffestra, Geoplunge, Recycled Art, Lego Robotics, Continent Quest, Games Italia and Challenge 24. One student who does Challenge 24 with the math specialist said, “I’m glad I’m in third grade so I can do Eagle Time.” Another student who participates in Recycled Art said that she loves art and she didn’t know she could make so much out of recycled materials. Fourth-graders have the same choices. The kids taking Continent Quest are learning about map reading and love having a geography bee each time to test what they learn. The Geoplunge kids are learning about U.S. geography. A team from Eaton will go to a Geoplunge tournament. The fifth-grade choices are Podcast Productions, Geoplunge, Set & Costume Design, Lego Robotics and Continent Quest. In Lego Robotics, students learn how to build robots with the different types of Legos, mechanical parts and computer programming. Everyone will do three Eagle

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Time classes this year. — Julius Boxer-Cooper and Charlotte Patrick-Dooling, thirdgraders; Danny Ringel, fourthgrader; and Lilly Koerner and Isabella Wood, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

I distinctly remember the faint smell of wood and saxophone reeds from the first time I entered the band room: the smell of music. The bands at Burke are fantastic. We all come to Burke with a set instrument that we play or want to play, and we leave learning three more. I came to Burke playing violin. Although I have only been here for one year, I now know how to play the drums and bass and to sing. It is pure magic how John Howard, the band teacher, can do this. When I came to Burke in seventh grade, the music program was the thing I wanted to do most. I have been classically trained for the violin and thought that there would be an orchestra. I heard that there was only a band and I was disappointed. But I came to figure out that the band can be great. After you have completed a song and it is pretty good, you get to perform at assembly. It is kind of nerve-racking to be in front of the entire school, but you get the hang of it. There are a total of eight different bands: seventh-grade band, eighth-grade band, Band A, Band B, Band C and Band D. In addition to these student bands, there is a pit band for the musical in the spring, which anyone can join, and a faculty band limited to members of the faculty. — Nathan Saindon, eighth-grader

Field School

Since Field’s founding in 1972, winter internship has been an opportunity for students to go out into the real world and experience working in a structured environment. Students get two weeks off of school in February to pursue their interests in the community by taking part in an unpaid internship. In the past, seventh- through 12thgraders have interned at a variety of places including soup kitchens, bakeries, hospitals and even on Capitol Hill. This year the new sixth grade will also be a part of internship, but will do activities in the D.C. area as a group. To kick off internship this year, students gathered early last week in the gym for an assembly. Teachers and faculty members discussed the program, how to choose an internship and how to succeed in a working environment. To encourage students to be proactive about getting their internships, teachers performed a skit mimicking the popular TV show “The Voice,” internship-style. Four teachers played the roles of the iconic judges: Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake

Shelton and Adam Levine. A few other teachers performed songs and chose their internship mentors from the group of judges. This week is Spirit Week at Field, and organizers planned a theme for each day of school. With no school on Columbus Day, the week kicked off Tuesday with Harvest Day. For the rest of the week, students were to dress up as twins on Wednesday and babies or senior citizens on Thursday, then wear Field gear on Friday. The week culminates in homecoming. — Maddie Williams, sixth-grader, and Lila Bromberg and Jana Cohen, eighth-graders

Hearst Elementary

Our class has adopted a bison, Buddy Bison, from the National Park Trust. Each day a student from our class takes Buddy home along with a writing journal. We write about an outdoor experience we have with Buddy and take a picture with him in the great outdoors. We want to thank the National Park Trust for letting us participate in the Buddy Bison program. Here are some things we want to say about our experiences with Buddy. He is afraid of the dark, so we keep a nightlight on for him when he spends the night at our houses. Buddy is friendly and quiet. He is forgiving. Buddy is on a rawfoods diet. He only eats grass (one student called him a lawnmower because of this). Buddy is like family to us. He goes where we go. If our class goes on a field trip, he goes with us. Most of all, he likes the outdoors and helps us by getting us to play outside. — Third-graders

Janney Elementary

Last month the fifth-graders went to Calleva Farm in Poolesville, Md., for a field trip to learn about team building. The students are incorporating this theme into their school year. Activities at Calleva included the round robin, where every student started at a different place on an obstacle course filled with ropes and wires and worked as a team to make it all the way around. In another activity, two students walked across a plank of wood that acted as a seesaw, balancing their weight to get to the middle. There was also a high wire and “the log,” where students climbed up a tree to reach a wire or a log about 25 to 50 feet in the air. Then they could walk across the wire or log and rappel down to ground level. A little scary, right? Janney fifth-graders have gone to Calleva for the last five years. “We looked at places that had a specific program for team building, and we contacted several camps and schools, and we felt that Calleva was the best choice for our kids,” said fifth-grade teacher Mary Osterman. The goal of team building is to See Dispatches/Page 17


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DISPATCHES From Page 16 learn to work with other people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some you may know, some you may not even know, some you might not be friendly with, but in the end youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to succeed as a group,â&#x20AC;? said Mrs. Osterman. I learned that during the round robin. I am pretty short and could not reach a rope that was high up, but it was the only thing I could use to get across. My classmate Tim Ward, who is pretty tall, was on the other side of the rope. He grabbed it and brought it across for me to hold. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have done it without his help! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chloe Fatsis, fifth-grader

Murch Elementary

The first gradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden at Murch is called the Three Sisters Garden. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called that because there are three things growing in it: squash, corn and beans! (I thought it couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been called Three Sisters Garden after Ms. Burke, Ms. Hurley and Ms. Delgado, the three Murch moms who tend the garden.) Our entire school shares the garden. This year we got to harvest pumpkins, beans and corn. But the pumpkins are molding already so they might not last till Halloween. I hope they do, but they might not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what do you think? The one kind of corn I remember from our garden tour is dent corn. It has many uses. It is used for food and fuel and many other things. I learned this year that the squash vine is longer than the corn stalk. Next spring we will be ready to plant again, and next fall the firstgraders (who are in kindergarten now) will go to harvest. The cycle

goes on and on! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lila Chesser, first-grader

Ross Elementary

This past Wednesday was the second annual Walk to School Day at Ross Elementary. Walk to School Day is when all the kids from Ross meet at 15th and R streets and come to school together! Students rode bikes and scooters, and they walked down the street. The most unbelievable part was that there was a police officer on a horse and he walked with us! When we got to school, there were breakfast sandwiches and cereal waiting to be eaten thanks to Chartwells and Vigilante. Here is what some of the Ross students had to say. A second-grader said riding his bike was his favorite part. Another student was excited to see all her friends there. Most of the students talked about how exciting it was to be able to see a police horse. Many of the students made their own signs to show their pride in Ross Elementary and the importance of Walk to School Day. It was a wonderful start to our school day! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

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coaching from Coach Hatch and Coach Franz. But winning isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only thing this team is focusing on. The most important skill weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned is the ability to act respectfully yet with determination on and off the field. The drive the players show is one of the reasons the team has been doing so well. In four of the 11 wins, St. Albans gave up early goals. Persistence and teamwork have helped the team regain its footing. When asked about the team, Ryan Khosravi, center forward and

one of the leading scorers, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This team can do it all. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going undefeated.â&#x20AC;? That attitude can be found throughout the school, and not just in regard to sports. St. Albans gives boys opportunities to show drive, skill and teamwork in the classroom as well. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sam Guenther, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

On Friday, the fifth-grade class visited the U.S. Botanic Garden. In this large greenhouse we saw all

sorts of plants from around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The field trip was great because I got to see my favorite plant, the pitcher plant,â&#x20AC;? said Kennith Brandon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also looked at many kinds of cactus. My favorite was the old man cactus plant, because it looked like the plant had an old manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beard,â&#x20AC;? said Michaela Herdoiza. There is a large exhibit of â&#x20AC;&#x153;savage plantsâ&#x20AC;? where the Venus fly trap and the pitcher plant were on disSee Dispatches/Page 18

St. Albans School

Beginning in A Form, or sixth grade, boys at St. Albans School have the chance to play interscholastic sports together as a team. For most boys, the highlight of the day comes at 2:15, when we head down to the fields for soccer, football, track, lacrosse or baseball. This year, the eighth-grade soccer team is comprised of 24 boys, and most have played together for three years. So far, the team is 3-0 coming off a 6-2 win on Wednesday against Bullis. This continues an 11-0 winning streak that started last year; the team has outscored its opponents 79-4 in those 11 games. Its confidence has been sparked by excellent

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DISPATCHES From Page 17 play. In the west wing, visitors can smell different herbs and spices that come from plants. Many students were surprised at the potions and perfumes that come from â&#x20AC;&#x153;weirdlookingâ&#x20AC;? plants. The students overall were taken with the variety and color throughout the exhibits. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michaela Herdoiza and Kennith Brandon, fifth-graders

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School Life in 4A is great. There are a

lot of changes from third grade to fourth grade. In third grade, we had cubbies, and in fourth grade, we have lockers. We have art in the upper school art room instead of the lower school art room. We also have a different music room and music teacher. In my third-grade class, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have desks and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn grammar. We now have four different kinds of folders. I have a planner to write homework assignments. Like every year, we have new classmates. Another new thing for us is student council. Student council is a group of upper school students elected to help make the school a

 



  

  

 

      

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better place. I am running to be a class representative, and just about the whole class is running, too! All you have to do is write a two-minute speech and make a poster. In the speech, you tell what you will do to help make St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a better place and why you would be good for the job. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty fun thing, and so is fourth grade. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Genevieve Johnston, fourth-grader

Sidwell Friends Middle School

In September, two sixth-grade homerooms volunteered at Food & Friends, an organization providing meals to people who cannot shop or cook for themselves. A majority of these people have cancer, AIDS or HIV. Patients can get information from their doctors about Food & Friends and become eligible for a year of free meals for themselves and their families. The organization also offers cooking classes for those who have gotten better and want to learn how to cook, with or without dietary restrictions. Food & Friends provides 1.2 million home-delivered meals every year with only 55 staff members. The key is its volunteers. There are 12,600 active volunteers, and 54 percent of them are under the age of 25. They work very hard for this worthy cause. While we were at Food & Friends, we packaged homemade meals specified to dietary needs, prepared fresh produce that would be delivered straight to doorsteps (â&#x20AC;&#x153;groceries to goâ&#x20AC;?) and even learned about the organization. In total, my group packaged about 300 meals to be delivered to the homes of people in need. And that was only one homeroom! We were there for a relatively short period of time and helped so many people in so many

ways. If you would like to make a difference in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, you too can volunteer at Food & Friends. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra McGuire, sixth-grader

School Without Walls

School Without Walls has many clubs that meet regularly. Two of the clubs that deal with international relations are Global Issues Network and Model United Nations. Model United Nations at Walls is well under way. We partner with George Washington University, which supplies us with mentors to coach us. We practice twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays, and are planning to attend a conference at Holton-Arms School soon. Global Issues Network is another interesting club Walls offers. Walls is one of only three schools in the United States that offers the club, which focuses on what people are doing around the world to help change the world. It focuses on raising money for particular causes its members are passionate about. The group is planning on doing a joint conference in the spring with Washington International School as well as possibly attending a conference in South America in the fall. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hello, fellow Mustangs. This is London Downing, and I am so excited about making the crosscountry/track team that I decided I would like to let you in on some secrets of what we do in crosscountry. We start off with basic aerobic exercises like the warm-up in gym, and then we begin the hard work by jogging laps around our lower field for 10 to 13 minutes. Coach

Thornton (Mr. Thornton from aftercare) lowers our time for sprinting around the track each practice. So one week we have six minutes to get around the track, and the next week we have five minutes. My teammates are Tony Wilson, Omari Clark, Mia Heyward, Savannah Waymer, Ethan Reece, Lyndon Downing (my brother), Colyar Trimble, Margaret Goletiani, Adam Thomas, Gavin Rasmussen and Anatia from Ms. Valentine-Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room. This weekend my dad plans to take my brother and me on a trail to practice. Our first meet is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; London Downing, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Hi, my name is Lilith and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in second grade. We are learning about multimeaning words. We have to write a sentence and draw a picture with our multimeaning words. These words include words like â&#x20AC;&#x153;wave.â&#x20AC;? You can wave your hand for good-bye, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wave in the ocean. We learn that words have different meanings. Hi, my name is Eliza and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on our Number Scrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Math Project. We put numbers in boxes that show the highest addition we can do. We put our numbers on a scroll. We roll them up on paper towel rolls. We work on our number project every day. We get a prize after two months of adding up to high numbers. My highest number now is 1,000. We both enjoy reading time because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quiet and we like to read. We also like the homework Ms. Choi gives us. We think Stoddert is a really good school. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here since kindergarten. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lilith Pierce and Eliza Oppenheimer, second-graders


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GUTIERREZ: Founder of Carlos Rosario Charter School celebrates 40 years

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said Hernandez. Now a graduate of George Mason University, Hernandez said he repeatedly applied for his dream job at Kaiser Permanente until he landed a position there earlier this year. “Sonia inspired me to do my best and never give up — and now here I am,” he said. But the school’s road to success hasn’t always been easy. It evolved from a small language school to an adult education center, to an adult education school funded by the D.C. Public Schools system. Despite winning multiple awards, the city closed the school, but a year later Gutierrez resurrected it by founding it as a public charter. From its beginnings in the early 1970s, the school grew rapidly. Then called PEILA (Program of English Instruction for Latin Americans), the school was popular not only for its language instruction, but also because its staff made sure students had all the support they needed, from getting eyeglasses to finding housing to opening a bank account for the first time. Gutierrez, who became the

school’s director after two years as a counselor, met resistance when she first lobbied to have the adult ed school included in the D.C. public school system. Then-schools Superintendent Barbara Sizemore said there wasn’t enough money in the budget to support the school, but after ruffling a few feathers by pointing out where the system could save money by cutting failing programs, Guiterrez won the battle in 1974. After Rosario died in 1987, she was granted permission in 1992 to rename the school the Carlos Rosario Adult Education Center. One of the school’s biggest challenges came in 1996, when the D.C. government became nearly insolvent and Congress stepped in to oversee the city’s spending. Many public schools were closed, and Gutierrez heard a rumor that adult education was on the chopping block. She marched down to the office of then-Superintendent Franklin Smith, who confirmed the news: Despite its stellar reputation, the school was being shut down. She was devastated and reeling when Smith offered her a job at a different school. Gutierrez thought of her nearly 25 years building up the program, and she refused.

Instead, she told him she wanted to take the early retirement package so she could start her own school. Gutierrez said Smith laughed at her and told her she couldn’t do it. “I turned to him and said, ‘Just watch me, sir,’” and walked out the door, Gutierrez recalled. “I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I was determined to do it.” Returning to the school, she called students and staff into the auditorium and told them, “We are not giving up that easily. I don’t want you to cry; I want you to fight by my side. I want you to come out to the streets and fight with me for this school.” They demonstrated daily, but the school fell dormant for a year. Meanwhile, a small group met at Gutierrez’s home to develop a charter application and raise funds to reopen the program. The group eventually raised more than $150,000 in grants and donations, and in 1997, Gutierrez opened the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. It was one of the first schools approved by the newly formed D.C. Public Charter School Board. When classes resumed, they were taught in basements in

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The charter school has been on Harvard Street since 2004.

Chinatown and in unused public school classrooms until Gutierrez was able to secure the Harvard Street location in 2004. She tells her students to apply the lesson of the school’s history, which Gutierrez describes as like the phoenix rising out of the ashes,

to their own struggles to overcome adversity. In a recent evaluation from the charter school board, Carlos Rosario was deemed “exemplary” in categories including academics and administration, and dubbed “stellar” overall. “It was like winning the Oscars,” said Gutierrez. She’s quick to acknowledge that it has been a collaborative effort. Christina Cammack, who has taught at Carlos Rosario for more than 20 years, said Gutierrez is vibrant and passionate, and makes everyone feel that they can come talk with her any time. “Everything we have at the school is because of her,” she said. And though Gutierrez is now 73, neither she nor the Carlos Rosario school will be slowing down anytime soon. “When I walk into school every day ... I think it’s such a beautiful place, with so much love and love of learning going on,” she said. “It’s such a miracle.”


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She added that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to be a better neighbor and wants to give back to the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financially Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in a good place because of the issues Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going through with the neighbors,â&#x20AC;? said Beyane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Business is slow already, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only open three days a

weekâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the latter a voluntary decision on her part to open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To add a $7,000 fine is completely unfair,â&#x20AC;? she added. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the first time Mood has faced penalties: The club paid $500 and $750 for two noise violations in 2011, and $500 for a 2011 assault, according to the Alcoholic Beverage

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on shared walls to help with noise control, she said. New dĂŠcor, along with a new menu, will also be part of a re-envisioned Mood Lounge that will reopen in November, she added. Beyane said she also wants to contribute to the neighborhood in a positive way by making the space available for community meetings. One sticking point might be the use of outside promoters, whose business practice of luring big crowds has drawn some criticism across the city. As part of last Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agreement between the alcohol board and Beyane, outside promoters are no longer permitted at Mood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A business like Mood, without outside promoters, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically like closing your doors,â&#x20AC;? Beyane said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why financially weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re struggling right now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the things I have to work on with ABRA to see if they will allow [it].â&#x20AC;?


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tectural pedigree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the front. In the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear yard, trees and those plantings are a shady haven for swimmers in the pool. Seating areas abound here, including a patio near the pool, an open veranda adjacent to the bottom-level entrance and a wooden deck just above that. The combination has been party-tested and succeeded, said Kranenburg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do tons of entertaining here,â&#x20AC;? she said. Back on the ground floor, a few highlights catch the eye. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than the beams to look at in the two-exposure living room. A stylized, somewhat heraldic mural decorates the fireplace with motifs taken from the natural world. Wellknown area muralist Byron Peck painted the piece, which sits atop a hammered copper mantel. Kranenburg renovated the kitchen with a sleek mix of white custom Sterling cabinets and Silestone black matte counters that offer the look of soapstone with none of the hassle. Spanish-designed lights over the large island are a modern-look version of leaded glass thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage. Architectural Ceramics glass tile forms a backsplash thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another twist on a classic: Long, thin tiles

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 12 meeting: â&#x2013;  commission chair Will Stephens reported that a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition at 1336 22nd St. had been withdrawn â&#x20AC;&#x153;indefinitely.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioner Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor reported that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d met with the new operators of the former Marrakesh Palace restaurant at 2147 P St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cautiously optimistic that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see a lot of positive improvements,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x2013;  Rob Halligan introduced himself as a new board member of the Dupont Circle Main Streets group. â&#x2013;  Charlie Ellis introduced himself as the new president of the Dupont Circle Citizens Associations and invited residents to attend or volunteer for the Oct. 21 Dupont Circle House Tour. â&#x2013;  Matt Marcou of the D.C. Department of Transportation reported that the agency will soon experiment with sending public space applications electronically to neighborhood commissions so they can have more time to review them. He also reported that the agency has hired additional staff to process the applications. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0, with Mike Silverstein absent, to support a public space application that would allow residents of 1940 New Hampshire Ave. to use their existing driveway, a portion of which is in the public right of way. One resident opposed the application, saying he worried it would set a precedent of encouraging more driveways in the neighborhood. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application for Policy, at 14th and T streets, to maintain its existing T Street sidewalk cafe. The establishment has operated the cafe on a trial basis without complaint. Commissioners also voted 8-0 to support a public space application for a fence surrounding the cafe, subject to Historic Preservation Review Board approval of the fenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on an application for a liquor store at 1710 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to sup-

port a liquor license for The Iron Gate, 1734 N St., which is reopening under new ownership. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to protest an application for a summer garden at Midtown, at 1219 Connecticut Ave., pending negotiation of a voluntary agreement. Commissioners said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet have enough information to support the concept, and worried about more noise in the area, which is known by many as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club Central.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition at 1321 21st St. if the board considers the application before the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October meeting. Commissioners reported seeing conflicting schedules about when the board would consider the issue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0, with Bob Meehan absent, to oppose a possible plan to temporarily relocate the West End firehouse from 23rd and M streets to Francis Field in the 1200 block of 25th Street. The existing firehouse is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as part of a larger two-year project starting in 2013. â&#x2013;  commissioner Phil Carney reported that work has begun on a project to extend the Connecticut Avenue median landscaping from L Street north to Jefferson Place. â&#x2013;  commission chair Will Stephens reported that the body has entered into a voluntary agreement with Heritage India, at 1901 Pennsylvania Ave., restricting the live entertainment allowed there. The establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous location at 1337 Connecticut Ave. was temporarily closed by police after a November 2011 homicide involving its patrons. â&#x2013;  commissioner Mike Silverstein reported that the city has completed an overhaul to the S Street dog park. Commission chair Will Stephens noted that the Dupont Circle Citizens Association is working to spruce up the nearby T Street triangle park as well. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements â&#x2013;  presentation of advisory neighborhood commission candidates on the November ballot. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution opposing planned sequestration mandated by the federal Budget Control Act of 2011. â&#x2013;  consideration of a proposal from the Friends of Stead Park group for renovating Stead Park. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on whether to request participation in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visitor parking pass program. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on the planned new West End fire station and library. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Glenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Market, 2001 S St., for a Class B grocery (beer and

wine) retail license with on-premises consumption (communal seating for 24 patrons; sidewalk cafe capacity of 16; hours 8 a.m. to midnight daily). â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for new sidewalk pavers for an ongoing renovation project at 1140 19th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for an umbrella at Sette Osteria, 1666 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for concept design approval for a rear addition to a three-story row house at 1321 21st St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for concept design approval for a five-story residential addition to an existing commercial building at 1337 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application to designate the Barr Building, 910 17th St., as historic. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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ing and offers a popular shuttle service, officials said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our transportation management program has really been a model in the area; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really successful,â&#x20AC;? said Field School advancement director Will Layman. Neighborhood commissioner Tom Smith, who voiced traffic concerns when the school presented its plans in September, said he could support the school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; provided that it conducts a traffic study two years after expanding to demonstrate that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in compliance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This holds them accountable to the numbers that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sharing with us,â&#x20AC;? said Smith. Officials agreed to carry out a study. The issue of renting out sports facilities, particularly the athletic field, was also hotly debated during the September meeting. Many residents said youth soccer groups have a shortage of suitable practice space in the area, but immediate neighbors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who secured a provision banning rentals when the school opened â&#x20AC;&#x201D; resisted the change, fearing noise impacts. Before the meeting, neighbors

had agreed that the school could rent out its gymnasium. The neighborhood commission recommended that events be allowed only between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and that attendance be capped at 100. The Field School had requested permission only to rent out its gym, but school officials said they had no objections to being allowed to rent out the athletic fields. They noted, however, that they would do so only if neighbors donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t object. Commissioners recommended, however, that the school be required to renew its approval for renting out its facilities after a five-year trial. The Board of Zoning Adjustment will make the final determination. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical expansion has been less controversial, with the proposed changes slated to be barely visible from the street. At a previous neighborhood commission meeting, Layman emphasized that the new construction will be clustered near Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing buildings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to sprawl buildings out across our 10.5 acres,â&#x20AC;? he said. The zoning board will hold a public hearing on the Field School plans Nov. 7.

HOUSE: Spanish Colonial offers updates, convenience From Page 21

buyers should note the placement of speakers, projector and screen for future reference. New carpet covers much of this level, including a fifth and final bedroom. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a full bath and a large laundry room with Elfa shelving and new cork floors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as a final reminder of Kranenburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye for details. Last year, she replaced the laundryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

big-box-store door with a period door, yielding a spot that may make chores just a little more pleasant. Also enjoyable is the drive to get to many spots in the city from this home. Beach Drive is just blocks away. This five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 4500 17th St. NW in Crestwood is offered for $1,129,000. For more information, contact Katherine Kranenburg of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 703-307-1024 or kkranenburg@ttrsir.com.

LIBRARY: Short-term renovations move forward From Page 1

landmarked. Preservation guidelines adopted earlier this year recommend preserving â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miesianâ&#x20AC;? features even as the library is brought into the 21st century. Plans for the lobby, or Great Hall, are less problematic, and were well-received by the preservation board. The quirky used bookstore is already gone, as are most of the oldfashioned card catalogs. Under the plans, the carpeted lounge at the west end of the lobby would be restored, featuring Barcelona chairs just as Mies did. On the east end, movable cafe tables and chairs would provide space for author talks and other performances and programs. And new display cases behind the main information desk would respect the form and size of the old card catalogs, according to a staff report. But the Business, Science and Technology Reading Room on the west end of the lobby would be transformed in a way that gave the preservationists pause. It was closed last week to make way for the redo, and plans include removing all bookcases, desks and chairs in favor of furniture that can be more easily wired. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This building was built without computer equipment, outlets, data,â&#x20AC;? architect Derek Jones, of the Freelon Group, told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The staff has done the best they can, but now there are wires and cables all over the place. We did look at repurposing the original tables, but you would have to put so many holes in

themâ&#x20AC;? to accommodate the necessary cables and wiring, Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have appreciation for the Mies building,â&#x20AC;? said chief librarian Ginnie Cooper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we also appreciate the challenge of providing todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library in a 40-year-old building.â&#x20AC;? Design guidelines approved by the preservation board last January

â??This building was built without computer equipment, outlets, data.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Architect Derek Jones identify both the lobby and west reading room as â&#x20AC;&#x153;restoration zonesâ&#x20AC;? deserving the highest level of protection, with original architectural features retained or replaced in kind, according to city preservation staffer Anne Brockett. Brockett, in her review of the library plans, cited a letter from Mies himself noting his â&#x20AC;&#x153;meticulous selection of materialsâ&#x20AC;? when the building was furnished. She urged keeping some of the historic furniture, while allowing changes â&#x20AC;&#x153;to accommodate modern use.â&#x20AC;? Brockett was especially concerned that the rectangular black steel bookcases, which she called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a continuation of the architectural program,â&#x20AC;? would be removed. She said perhaps they could be used to create the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;collaboration roomsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; currently envisioned as six attached metal-and-glass structures running across the north end of the reading room.

Board members sympathized with those concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the reading room, everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arranged in a north-south direction, everything reinforces the shape of that room,â&#x20AC;? said member Graham Davidson, also an architect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting back. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve moved to a pod form, and I wish it could be reworked.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a directional quality to the original design,â&#x20AC;? said Maria Casarella, another architect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new arrangements are kind of visual clutter.â&#x20AC;? Several members also lamented the removal of some original Barcelona chairs, but Cooper said they are in such poor shape â&#x20AC;&#x153;you might fall through them.â&#x20AC;? In the reading room, they will be replaced by new polyvinyl chairs with â&#x20AC;&#x153;the same clean look, that can be stacked,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. In the end, the board endorsed the overall plan as â&#x20AC;&#x153;generally compatibleâ&#x20AC;? with the historic building. There were two big caveats: The original furnishings will be stored for future use, and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;collaboration roomsâ&#x20AC;? will be viewed as temporary. D.C. Public Library spokesperson George Williams said the various interior improvements should be completed next year. In the long term, officials are contemplating proposals to add two revenue-generating floors on top of the old library, and perhaps to cut a light-filled atrium through the center of the entire building. But those plans could cost $175 million to $250 million, and they are at minimum four or five years off.

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Member Nancy Metzger urged residents to survey remaining green spaces in Sheridan-Kalorama to document whether they merit historic protections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I regret people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see this train coming down the track,â&#x20AC;? she said. The board discussed ways to preserve more of a historic garage in the rear of the lot, which is to be modified to serve as an entrance to an

underground parking garage. Architect Ralph Cunningham said his plans preserve a south-facing wall overlooking the garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The garage has four arches in back, which will be preserved. Effectively, it will look the same,â&#x20AC;? he said. Board members will review plans for the garage again, but they delegated final approval of the building design to their staff. The development firm hopes to break ground this fall.

GARAGE: Plan upsets neighbors From Page 7

half-finished, frustrating many neighbors. The latest owners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Capital City Real Estate, which bought the site for $6.2 million this spring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have promised to restart previously approved construction while also seeking permission to add new amenities. The underground garage, they said, would make the site more marketable, allowing them to invest in other beautification efforts on the property. They would eliminate a planned above-ground garage and add green space in place of existing surface parking spaces, they said. The Old Georgetown Board disagreed that the underground garage would be a net positive, said Tom Luebke, secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which includes the Old Georgetown Board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The impact on the property was just too great,â&#x20AC;? said Luebke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The garage] takes up a substantial part of the rear yard. It prevents the development of mature landscape.â&#x20AC;? Beyond that, neighbors had feared that having so much parking would turn the site into an attractive event venue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be an event where 200 people come, valet park them the way every other house in Georgetown does when something else is going on,â&#x20AC;? said

commissioner Tom Birch. Project architect Dale Overmyer said the idea was merely to have accommodations for a prospective wealthy homeowner whose family might have many cars, and who would want to park close to the house. When a neighbor asked why the owners couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t park on the street like everyone else, Overmyer replied: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is there anyone here who wants to see less parking in Georgetown?â&#x20AC;? Neighbors also raised concerns that existing mature trees would be threatened by an excavation project. Overmyer said the plans call for a new planting program after construction ends. At one point, Overmyer suggested neighbors would oppose anything the current property owners might put forward, exacting revenge for the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troubled history and its current messy conditions. Increasing parking wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a mess until at least next spring regardless, because of the construction thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be ongoing,â&#x20AC;? said Overmyer. Birch said he hopes the property already has enough appeal even without the garage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand your interest in wanting to create a marketable property. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a disappointment that a nice house with a big yard doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell, I guess,â&#x20AC;? he said.

  

   

 

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Wednesday october 10 Class ■ Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on “Transforming Conflict Through Skillful Action.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ The Happenings Happy Hour series will feature hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ Acclaimed Chinese instrumentalist and vocalist Wang Li will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ A Baroque organ recital will feature Roland Voit. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. ■ The Embassy Series will present mezzo-soprano Veronika Dobi-Kiss and pianist George Peachey performing works by Wagner, Saint-Saëns, Verdi, Gluck, Donizetti, Ponchielli and Bizet. 7:30 p.m. $100. Embassy of Hungary, 2950 Spring

of Freedom St. NW. 202-625-2361. ■ The Fortas Chamber Music Concerts series will feature the Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet and violinist Elena Urioste. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4700. ■ Violinist Pamela Frank and friends will perform works by Dvorák, Schoenberg and Brahms. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. ■ “Jazz at the Atlas” will feature arranger Mark Masters and Grammy-winning saxophonist Gary Smulyan performing arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ Raja Jandhyala, deputy assistant administrator for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development and chair of the Private Capital Group for Africa, and Eric Kacou, co-founder of Entrepreneurial Solutions, will discuss “Private Investments in Africa: Recent Trends, Challenges and

Opportunities.” 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. africa.sais@gmail.com. ■ The DC Living Building Challenge Collaborative will present a talk by green building advocate Sandy Wiggins on the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Potomac Watershed Study Center in Accokeek, Md. — set to begin construction this fall, and the closest Living Building Challenge project to the District. 6 p.m. Free; registration required. Room A03, Building 41, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. dclbcc.eventbrite.com. ■ Louise Erdrich will discuss her novel “The Round House.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ A book discussion series on “Home Sweet Home” — about the notion of “home” as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal — will focus on the Seamus Heaney translation of “Beowulf.” 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Critic, essayist and journalist Adam Gopnik will discuss “What Makes American Art American?” 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Scientists Adam Riess and Kenny Broad will discuss “Blue Holes & Dark Energy: Mapping the Unknown.” 7 p.m. $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films ■ Meridian Hill Pictures will present local filmmaker Nina Shapiro-Perl’s 2011 film “Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz.” 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. meridianhillpictures.com. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will present Helena Trestíková’s 2010 documentary “Katka,” about three women living on the streets in Prague. A questionand-answer session with the director will follow. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25

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■ The Pan American Symphony Orchestra will perform new tangos in honor of composer and bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla. 8 p.m. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. panamsymphony.org. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m.

Thursday, october 11 ■ Special event: Beer expert Chris O’Brien (shown) and Cowgirl Creamery’s Adam Smith will present “Bleus & Brews: A Seasonal Beer and Cheese Tasting.” 7 p.m. $25 to $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meeting ■ The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. ltagmiles@aol.com. Thursday, Oct. 11

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Benefit ■ Common Good City Farm will celebrate its fifth anniversary with “A Taste of Common Good,” featuring a live jazz performance and fresh, locally sourced tastings prepared by nearby chefs and restaurants. 5 to 9 p.m. $50 to $100. V Street between 2nd and 4th streets NW. commongoodcityfarm.org. Classes ■ The Parent Encouragement Program will launch an eight-week workshop for parents of 5- to 12-year-olds, focusing on skills to handle challenging behavior in their children while raising them to become respectful, confident individuals. 9:30 a.m. $248. Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 301-929-8824. ■ David Necomb will lead a two-part class on how meditation can help heal us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. The class will conclude Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Concerts ■ The National Symphony Orchestra and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann will perform works by Wagner and Bruckner. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Shanghai Quartet will perform works by Schubert, Bartók and Beethoven, as well as new arrangements of Chinese folk songs by Yi-Wen Jiang. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

Discussions and lectures ■ History professor Troy Bickham will discuss “The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Kenneth W. Mack, professor at Harvard Law School and a legal historian, will discuss his book “Representing the Race: Creating the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1920-1955.” Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Mark Van Stone of Southwestern College will discuss “The Ancient Maya and the Year 2012.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-6404. ■ David Maraniss will discuss his book “Barack Obama: The Story.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Author Mike Lydon will discuss “Tactical Urbanism.” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Bodies in Motion — From Degas to Lawrence.” 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ David Childs, consulting design partner at SOM and former chair of the National Capital Planning Commission, will give a lecture as the recipient of the American Architecture Foundation’s inaugural George White Award. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden conservation and sustainability horticulturist Ray Mims and education technician Alex Torres will discuss “Creating Sustainable Landscapes.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. ■ Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss interior design. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 103, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. intdes@gwu.edu. ■ Joyce Johnson will discuss her book “The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ An Ethical Dilemmas Reading Group, led by George Mason University professor Phil Burnham, will study “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202See Events/Page 27


Continued From Page 26 282-3080. â&#x2013;  Liana Paredes, curator of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;PrĂŞt-Ă -Papier,â&#x20AC;? will talk with renowned costume collector Martin Kamer about his work with artist Isabelle de Borchgrave and about the substantial European fashion collection he donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009. 6 to 8 p.m. $20; $7 for students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Films â&#x2013;  The 2012 Human Rights Film Series will feature Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika ZouhallWorrallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call Me Kuchu,â&#x20AC;? about the lives of gay Ugandans. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. centerforsocialmedia.org. â&#x2013;  As part of a festival celebrating the work of Czech-American director Milos Forman, Czech documentary filmmaker Helena TrestĂ­kovĂĄ will show a selection of clips from her own work and discuss how she was influenced by Forman. The event will include a screening of TrestĂ­kovĂĄâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;RenĂŠ.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. reservations@mutualinspirations.org. Performance â&#x2013;  The group Fendika will perform traditional Ethiopian dance and music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  Pittsburghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attack Theatre will lead an interactive tour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture,â&#x20AC;? using audience observations to improvise a dance and live music performance. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play a preseason game against the New York Knicks. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Friday, Oct. 12

Friday october 12 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature the Baroque period instrumental ensemble Modern Musick performing 17th- and 18th-century compositions from Venice. 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  North Carolina-based instrumental band Toubab Krewe will present a mix of rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Carroll Cafe will feature songwriters Zoe Mulford and Brad Yoder. 7:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. carrollcafe.org. â&#x2013;  Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist

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Events Entertainment Jeffrey Kahane will perform works by Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as the world premiere of Nico Muhlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commission â&#x20AC;&#x153;Compare Notes.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Airmen of Note will perform with jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini. 8 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Prism Saxophone Quartet. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Fatmir Besimi, defense minister of Macedonia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does Macedonia Belong in NATO?â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. eventbrite.com/event/4532625204. â&#x2013;  James Blight and Janet Lang will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy/Khrushchev/Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  In the second of three lectures on native plants, horticulturist, naturalist and consultant Rick J. Lewandowski will discuss shrubs. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. â&#x2013;  Archivist Valerie Sallis will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isabel Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scrapbook of the 1912 Republican Presidential Campaign.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Ray Rist, president of IDEAS and codirector of the International Program for Development Evaluation, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Current Trends in International Evaluations.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 200, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. developmentroundtable@jhu.edu. â&#x2013;  A philosophy lecture series in honor of the Rev. Kurt Pritzl will feature University of Notre Dame associate professor Sean Kelsey discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aristotle on Thinking vs. Perceiving.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. â&#x2013;  Rolena Adorno, professor of Spanish at Yale University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aztecs and Allegory: The Baroque in Colonial Mexico.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-6404. â&#x2013;  Leslie Maitland will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossing the Borders of Timeâ&#x20AC;? and the people she met in France during her search for her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true love. 6:30 p.m. $12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. â&#x2013;  Paul Elle will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reinventing Bach.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Friday, october 12 â&#x2013;  Concert: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spotlightâ&#x20AC;? will feature singer Maureen McGovern. 7:30 p.m. $60. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cinema Night will feature the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Key.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Pantalla CĂłmica: Comedy in Mexican Cinema From the 1940s to Todayâ&#x20AC;? will feature Beto GĂłmezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;El SueĂąo del CaimĂĄn (Caimanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream),â&#x20AC;? followed by a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humor in Mexican Films and Culture.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The festival will continue through Sunday. Oct.october 13 Saturday, Saturday 13 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hula With Mokihana.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will



present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Pivotal American Women Artists,â&#x20AC;? about Mary Cassatt, Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe, Louise Nevelson and Cindy Sherman. 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redefining Success.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $30. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202986-2257. â&#x2013;  Stefanie Walker, lecturer for the Smithsonian-Mason Master of Arts Program in the History of Decorative Arts, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Glitters: The Allure of Classic Jewelry.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, will lead a handson workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Get Your Orchid to Re-bloom.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The workshop will repeat Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  Company members from the Suzanne Farrell Ballet will lead a participatory master class for adults. 11 a.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Hall of States, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dale Allen Hoffman, an international Aramaic spirituality mystic, will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home in Emptiness: Yeshuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Original Aramaic Be-Attitudes.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. $25. Divine Science Church, 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. â&#x2013;  Professional makeup artists will share techniques and tips for creating theatrical faces. 2 p.m. $15. Hall of Nations, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis will use video of well-known ballets to explain the fine craft of making a ballet. 3 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Concerts â&#x2013;  Musician RamĂłn SaldaĂąa will perform a concert of Latin and African influences in the music of the Americas. 1:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Grammy Museum executive Bob Santelli will host a performance and concert celebrating Woody Guthrie. 2 p.m.

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Continued From Page 27 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. â&#x2013;  The Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C., will present a talk by historian Joan McGuire Mohr on her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Czech and Slovak Legion in Siberia, 1917-1922.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 3523 International Court NW. dcslovaks@yahoo.com. Fairs and bazaars â&#x2013;  Northminster Presbyterian Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual fall bazaar will feature collectibles, kitchen items, jewelry, attic treasures, handmade crafts, lamps and a bake sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7720 Alaska Ave. NW. 202-450-3031. â&#x2013;  The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, Northwest Neighbors Village and Friendship Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center will host the annual Community Zoo Day, featuring live entertainment, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and intergenerational activities, a petting zoo, and food from Rosa Mexicano and Red Hook Lobster Truck. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. 5425 Western Ave. NW. 202966-6667, ext. 3373. â&#x2013;  Murch Elementary Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual fall fair will feature carnival rides, games, a book fair, a flea market, food and a photo booth. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Murch Elementary School, 4810 36th St. NW. murchschool.org. Films â&#x2013;  The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a film festival featuring two shorts made by past students and â&#x20AC;&#x153;CHAW@40,â&#x20AC;? a 15-minute film about the center. 10 a.m. $5; reservations suggested. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present the CBS docudrama â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Missiles of October,â&#x20AC;? about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue

between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore.â&#x20AC;? 12:55 p.m. $18 to $24. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Sense of Place: Frantisek VlĂĄcilâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Czech directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1968 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Valley of the Bees.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Film Noir Matinee Series will feature Robert Aldrichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1955 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiss Me Deadly.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Pantalla CĂłmica: Comedy in Mexican Cinema From the 1940s to Todayâ&#x20AC;? will feature Miguel M. Delgadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1967 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Su Excelencia (His Excellency),â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m.; Diego Lunaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abel,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m.; and Emilio Portesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La cabeza de Juan PĂŠrez (Meet the Head of Juan PĂŠrez),â&#x20AC;? at 9:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Roberto Rosselliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to Italy,â&#x20AC;? about an upper-class English couple experiencing new anxieties in their marriage as they try to find a buyer for their villa near Naples. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Sunday at 4:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outdoor Movies at the Palisades Park,â&#x20AC;? sponsored by Friends of Palisades Park and the Palisades Community Fund, will feature Carroll Ballardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1979 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Black Stallion.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Bowen McCauley Dance, Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, DanceSmith, Karen Reedy Dance and Maryland Youth Ballet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eric Hampton â&#x20AC;Ś With Us, Again,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by the late D.C. choreographer. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  A late-night â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mock the Voteâ&#x20AC;? comedy showcase will feature Jordan Carlos, Jeff

Bombshells and the DC Demoncats. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for children ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. tickets@dcrollergirls.com.

Sunday, october 14 â&#x2013;  Festival: The third annual Cleveland Park Day will feature childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, shopping, food, visits from President and Mrs. Cleveland, and live music by Flo Anito and Little Bit a Blues. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Connecticut Avenue between Macomb and Porter streets NW. cpcadc.org. Kreisler and Lee Camp. 10:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Special events â&#x2013;  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Operation Paws for Homes will host a pet adoption event. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-333-6100. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fall Harvest Teaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a traditional Victorian tea service, followed by a guided tour of the Tudor Place mansion. 1 to 3 p.m. $30. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org/calendar.html. â&#x2013;  The U.S. National Arboretum will host its annual chile pepper celebration, featuring tastings, demonstrations and informational displays. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4523. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The DC Rollergirls will present bouts between Scare Force One and the Majority Whips and between the Cherry Blossom

Walks and tours â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Historical Society and the Tregaron Conservancy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geologic Foundations of Cleveland Park: A Walking Tour From the Top Down,â&#x20AC;? led by geologist Tony Fleming. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Meet at the west front of the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. clevelandparkdc.org. â&#x2013;  Suzanne Bouchard, director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place, will lead a fall foliage tour of the Georgetown estate and point out historic specimens, including boxwood, magnolias and smoke bush. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. $12. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org/calendar.html. 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. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org/calendar.html. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden intern Kelly Whitson will highlight plants of historical significance on a tour of the National Garden. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Historical Society and the Tregaron Conservancy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Environmental Geology and Natural History of Tregaron: A Hands-On Tour,â&#x20AC;? led by geologist Tony Fleming. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Meet at the top of the sledding hill inside Tregaron, 3100 Macomb St. NW. clevelandparkdc.org. â&#x2013;  A curatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour will focus on the cre-

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ation of the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition on the War of 1812. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Historical Society and the Tregaron Conservancy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earthquake Tour,â&#x20AC;? led by geologist Tony Fleming. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Meet at the stone bridge inside Tregaron, 3100 Macomb St. NW. clevelandparkdc.org. Sunday, Oct. 14

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Class â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advice for Life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Relying Upon Conscientiousness and Mindfulness.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11 a.m. $6. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9862257. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? Marine Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Gubaidulina and Ravel. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Bach and Mendelssohn. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Pianist Charlie Albright will perform works by Chopin, Menotti and Schubert. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Band will present its annual Navy birthday concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Navy: Defining the Fighting Spirit.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; tickets suggested. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 202-433-2525. â&#x2013;  Peter King from Bath, England, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Tom Paxton will lead a participatory jam session featuring Woody Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-known songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes It Great?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Smithsonian Associates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Rob Kapilow discussing Chopinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mazurkas, Nocturnes, and Polonaisesâ&#x20AC;? and pianist Brian Ganz performing selections. 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th See Events/Page 30    

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he National Gallery of Art will open On exhibit a retrospective Sunday for pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Billed as the first from 5:30 to 8 p.m. major exhibition of his work since his death Located at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in 1997, it includes more than 100 of his finthe space is open Monday through Friday est paintings from all periods of his career, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on along with related drawSaturday and Sunday, ings and sculptures. It will enter at the side door or be on view in the East 12th Street NW. 202-783Building through Jan. 13. 2963. Located at 4th Street ■ “Picturing the Sublime: and Constitution Avenue Photographs From the NW, the museum is open Joseph and Charlotte Monday through Saturday Lichtenberg Collection,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and featuring 11 photographs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 that document how artists p.m. 202-737-4215. use the camera to capture ■ “The Poetic Dimensions Edward Burtynsky’s “Super Pit the beauty and human of Symbols and Shapes,” destruction of the natural #1, Kalgoorlie, Western featuring sculpture by Pattie Porter Firestone Australia” is part of an exhibit at world, will open tomorrow at the Phillips and paintings by Andrea the Phillips Collection. Collection and continue Barnes, will open today at the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space and con- through Jan. 13. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum tinue through Jan. 12. is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 An artists’ reception will take place today

a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission on the weekends is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for ages 18 and younger. Admission during weekdays is by donation. 202-387-2151. ■ “Signals,” an exhibit that declares there is a distinct Washington school of art by presenting works by more than 40 area artists, will open Friday at the District of Columbia Arts Center and continue through Nov. 25. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. ■ “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets,” highlighting poets from Walt Whitman to Allen Ginsberg, will open Friday at the National Portrait Gallery and continue through April 28. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Fabulous! Portraits by Michele Mattei,” featuring portraits of women who have devot-

Roy Lichtenstein’s “Ohhh … Alright …,” a 1964 oil and Magna on canvas, is part of the National Gallery of Art’s new exhibit. ed their lives to the arts, will open Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and continue through Jan. 13. Located at 1250 New York Ave. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and free for ages 18 and younger. 202-783-5000. See Exhibits/Page 36

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olger Theatre will present the Washington premiere of “The Conference of the Birds” Oct. 23 through Nov. 25. Based on a 12th-century Persian

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poem about the search for the divine and the quest for truth, “Conference” became a play in the 1970s. It metaphorically maps out the journey of the human ego and the quest for self-discovery, following the birds of the world as they take flight on an extraordinary pilgrimage to find their king. Katie deBuys, left, Jessica Frances Dukes, center, and Annapurna Performance times are generally Sriram star in Folger Theatre’s “The Conference of the Birds.” 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Performance times are 8 p.m. Greenberg Theatre is located at through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday Wednesday through Saturday and 2 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 to $10. 2787; american.edu. and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to The university is located at 37th ■ George Washington $68, with certain discounts availand O streets NW. 202-687-2787; University’s Department of able. The Folger is located at 201 performingarts.georgetown.edu. Theatre and Dance will present East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; ■ American University will presJohn Cariani’s new comedy folger.edu. ent “Guys and Dolls: A Musical “Almost, Maine,” Oct. 18 through ■ The Mask and Bauble Fable of Broadway” Oct. 18 21 at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Dramatic Society at Georgetown through 27 at the Theatre. University will On a Friday night in the middle Harold and present Alan of winter, residents of a small New Sylvia Bennett’s “The England town are falling in and out Greenberg History Boys” of love at an alarming rate. Theatre. Oct. 18 through Performance times are 7:30 p.m. A colorful 27 in Poulton Thursday through Saturday and 2 assortment of Hall. gamblers, chorus p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to A group of $15. The Dorothy Betts Marvin girls and misclever and rowdy Theatre is located in the Marvin sionaries inhabit sixth-form boys Studio Theatre has extended Center at 800 21st St. NW. 202in northern “Invisible Man” through Oct. 21. Damon Runyon’s mythi- 994-8072; gwu.edu/~theatre. England study ■ Studio Theatre has extended cal New York City, where a fastfor acceptance into Oxford and paced story is balanced with Oscar-nominated documentary Cambridge under the dueling instruction of an eccentric old main- romance and Frank Loesser’s score. filmmaker Oren Jacoby’s adaptation Performance times are 8 p.m. of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” stay and an edgy young maverick. Friday through Saturday and 2 p.m. through Oct. 21. Along the way, they navigate horSaturday and Sunday, along with 8 The 1952 story follows an anonmones, peer pressure and the study p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Tickets cost ymous black man as he journeys of history while questioning the See Theater/Page 36 $10 to $15. The Harold and Sylvia value of education.

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Continued From Page 28 Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Pianist Thomas Mastroianni, soprano Alessandra Marc and violinist Ricardo Cyncynates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Love Sonnet and Nineteenth-Century Italian Music.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  Celtic Thunder will perform. 7:30 p.m. $65 to $75. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6851. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Tom Hart, U.S. executive director of the global advocacy organization ONE, will discuss the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to fight poverty and disease in Africa and elsewhere. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Joy Ladin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders.â&#x20AC;? 11

a.m. $12 to $15. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. The festival will continue through Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  EJ Levy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love in Theory: Ten Stories,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and John Jenkins will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Harry Cooper, curator and head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roy Lichtenstein: Reading Between the Dots.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Ira Wallace of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will discuss plant diversity and heritage plants. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Pantalla CĂłmica: Comedy in Mexican Cinema From the 1940s to Todayâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ismael Rodriguezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1947 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los tres GarcĂ­a (The Three Garcias),â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Gilberto MartĂ­nez

 

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â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinema Francais a Mount Vernonâ&#x20AC;? will feature Michel Ocelotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les contes de la nuit (Tales of the Night).â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Eckles Memorial Library, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-2425117.

Sunday, october 14 â&#x2013;  Discussion: The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature an opening-night talk by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon on his new novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Telegraph Avenue.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. Solaresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Rey del Barrio (The King of the Neighborhood),â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. $5 donation suggested. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.

Performance â&#x2013;  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interns, the Tiny Mammoths, will present a workshop performance of Mike Daiseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Utopias,â&#x20AC;? with proceeds going toward intern stipends. 7 p.m. $25. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. Monday, Oct. 15

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Concert â&#x2013;  Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas will perform zydeco, the accordiondriven dance music of the Creole people of South Louisiana. Dance class at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Independent scholar Rosamond Mack will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lest We Be Shamedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Italian Renaissance Taste for Textile Ensembles.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will host a talk by Laurence Jones of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs on what his office can do for seniors, followed by a presentation by Gerry Braun on the evolution of paper money. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  As part of the D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Readsâ&#x20AC;? event, the Palisades Library will host a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lolitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Tehranâ&#x20AC;? by Azar Nafisi. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  François Rivasseau, minister plenipotentiary and deputy head of delegation of the European Union to the United States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The European Union and International Organizations in a Time of Crisis.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/rivasseau. â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enriqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journeyâ&#x20AC;? by Sonia Nazario. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  David Quammen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet Celebrations: Our Favorite Cupcake Recipes, Memories and Decorating Secrets That Add Sparkle to Any Occasion.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Gidon Bromberg, co-director of Friends of the Earth Middle East, will discuss efforts to save the Jordan River and the Dead Sea from damage due to pollution and low water flow. 7 p.m. Free. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. â&#x2013;  Daniel Smith will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staying the Course: A Discussion of How to Ensure and Manage a Culturally Astute Military in the 21st Century.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature novelists Eishes Chayil and Anouk Markovits (shown) discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hasidic Worlds in Fiction.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by professional coach, speaker and See Events/Page 31


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Continued From Page 30 Jewish Week columnist Deborah Grayson Riegel on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oy Vey! Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. Films â&#x2013;  A foreign film series will feature Alfonso Arauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1992 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like Water for Chocolate.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the Rainbow for Judy Garlandâ&#x20AC;? will feature Victor Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1939 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Oz.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will present Jennifer Grausman and Mark Beckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pressure Cooker,â&#x20AC;? about the ups and downs experienced by a group of high school culinary arts students. 6:30 p.m. Free. Second-floor West Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Our City Film Festival and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin: City of Reinventionâ&#x20AC;? series, the Goethe-Institut will present two documentaries about D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Harvestâ&#x20AC;? and Ellie Walton and Sam Wildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chocolate City.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  A classic film series will feature Cecil B. DeMilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1934 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cleopatra.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present Hidetaka Inazukaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chronicles From the Heartland: Fukushima 2011,â&#x20AC;? about the 10 months after the March 2011 disaster through the eyes of teachers, farmers, civil servants and other residents. 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Workshop â&#x2013;  Certified professional life coach and yoga leader Diane Cohen will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughter Yoga.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. Tuesday, Oct. 16

Tuesday october 16 Classes 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;  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. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Mr. Don. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Bach, Haydn, Hoffmeister and Boccherini. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. eventbrite.com/event/4187643354. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Beau Soir Ensemble performing works by Mozart, Bach and Debussy. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  The French-American Cultural Foundation will present musician Thomas Dunford on lute and theorbo. 7:30 p.m. $25; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. lmf_dunford_chemirani.eventbrite.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  NASA chief scientist Waleed Abdalati will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking Homeward Toward Earth: The Power of Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-7077450. â&#x2013;  As part of a series of events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang of the University of Waterloo will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the Cuban Missile Crisis.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/sis/cubanmissilecrisis. â&#x2013;  Historian Thomas Boghardt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entry Into World War I.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Washington Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Loras Schissel of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by author and former National Geographic

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Tuesday, October 16 â&#x2013;  Discussion: The Arts Club of Washington and the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Book Association will present a talk by Leslie Maitland, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed,â&#x20AC;? and Vaddey Ratner (shown), author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Shadow of the Banyan.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. editor Susan Tejada on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notorious: The Characters and Context of the SaccoVanzetti Case.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW.

202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Steve Coll, president of the New American Foundation and a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Private Empire: Exxon Mobile and American Power.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;? by Mary Shelley. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary for policy at the U.S. Defense Department and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S. National Security and Defense Priorities in a Time of Austerity.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/flournoy. â&#x2013;  Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Adriaan Geuze will discuss recent work by his Rotterdam- and New York-

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Continued From Page 31 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare in Love.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Popular Film Series will feature Wes Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 romantic comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moonrise Kingdom.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a screening of the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kafkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Storyâ&#x20AC;? and a theatrical reading of excerpts from Franz Kafkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosis.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10 to $11. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. Performances â&#x2013;  Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Compagnie de Danse JeanRenĂŠ Delsoin will perform. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry

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Concerts â&#x2013;  Listen Local First DC will present the local band Fire and the Wheel. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Levine School of Music artist-in-residence Ysaye Maria Barnwell will lead a Community Sing. 7 p.m. $5. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-6868000. â&#x2013;  The Ron Carter Trio will present an all-acoustic jazz performance. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ben Williams and Sound Effect. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  As part of Growing Healthy Schools Week, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Start an Orange Plant!â&#x20AC;? will feature a story and a chance to sprout an orange plant using food scraps and household materials (for children ages 6 through 12). 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. â&#x2013;  The International Spy Museum will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minute by Minute: The Role of Intelligence in the Cuban Missile Crisis, a Hands-On Simulation,â&#x20AC;? followed by a talk by retired CIA officer Eugene Poteat. 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transforming Conflict Through

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fall open studios tour Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For information and studio locations, visit midcityartists.com. ■ “Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement,” an interactive exhibit about efforts to tame, clean and engineer the Anacostia and other urban rivers, will open Monday at the Anacostia Community Museum and continue through Aug. 18. Located at 1901 Fort Place SE, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “The Eyes of History 2012,” featuring more than 70 photographs and videos from the annual competition of the White House News Photographers Association that portray people and events around the world, opened recently at the Newseum, where it will continue through March 29. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, students and military personnel; $12.95 for ages 7 through 18; and free for ages 6 and younger. 888-639-7386. ■ “Metamo’rphosis I,” presenting jewelry and fine metalware, opened recently at Dumbarton House and will continue through April 5. Commissioned pieces will be auctioned April 5 to benefit Dumbarton House. Located at 2715 Q St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202337-2288. ■ “The Photographs of Frank Hurley: Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917,” featuring photography taken during an Antarctic expedition nearly 100 years ago, opened recently at the Ralls Collection, where it will continue through Nov. 27. Located at 1516 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202342-1298.

Oct. 11 through Nov. 3 at Source. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7770; washingtonimprovtheater.com. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre’s GALita family program will present Juan Ramón Jiménez’s “Platero y yo” Oct. 12 through 27. Performance times are 3 p.m. Saturday. The show will also be performed at 10:30 a.m. weekdays for students. Tickets cost $10. GALA Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; galatheatre.org. ■ Keegan Theatre is presenting Frank and Malachy McCourt’s “A Couple of Blaguards” through Oct. 14 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; keegantheatre.com. ■ St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet will bring “Cinderella” to the Kennedy Center Oct. 16 through 21. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $29 to $150. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company will present “DruidMurphy” — a three-play story of Irish emigration — Oct. 17 through 20 at the Kennedy Center. In “Conversations on a Homecoming,” it’s the 1970s, and Michael, after a 10-year absence, suddenly returns to County Galway

from New York. “A Whistle in the Dark” centers on the uprooted Carney family as its members try to adapt aggressively to life in an English city in 1960. And the villagers of Glanconnor face the real prospect of starvation as the second crop of potatoes fails in 1846 in “Famine.” The three will be presented together starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. “Conversations” will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, “Whistle” will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and “Famine” will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $35 to $65 for the individual shows and $66 to $135 for all three on Saturday. 202467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ Holly Twyford will star in the world premiere of Bryony Lavery’s “Dirt,” presented Oct. 17 through Nov. 11 at Studio Theatre. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Studio is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; studiotheatre.org. ■ Ford’s Theatre is presenting Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s “Fly” through Oct. 21. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $15. 800-9822787; fords.org. ■ Arena Stage is presenting “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” starring Kathleen Turner, through Oct. 28 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $46. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org.


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house.” The site for the new house will be created by subdividing a lot where Winthrop Faulkner, a noted modernist architect, built his own home. Other modernist houses on the end of the block create a sort of compound, and some preservation board members said they wished Barnes could take his cues from Faulkner. “You’ve chosen not to build of our time,” said member Gretchen Pfaehler.

Meanwhile, a much more contentious proposal for a 12,000-squarefoot Italianate mansion, for a site adjacent to the historic farmhouse on Rosedale, has been withdrawn. For that last buildable lot on the Rosedale property, architect Barnes had proposed a “Mediterraneanstyle” compound, with guest cottage, garages, a tower and colonnaded arches connecting some of the pieces. It drew strong opposition from many nearby residents and the Cleveland Park Historical Society. That group’s architectural review

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mayor and Ward 4 council member. Grosso, who has never held elected office, previously worked for former Ward 6 Council member Sharon Ambrose and for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Beatty, who has held government relations posts for several companies and nonprofits, has been elected to three terms as an advisory neighborhood commissioner along H Street NE. At the forum, Brown was the target of most jabs from the challengers, who noted that he holds outside employment and that his campaign can’t account for $114,000 of its funds. Grosso also criticized Vincent Orange for his connections to fundraiser Jeffrey Thompson and gas station magnate Joe Mamo. “We need council members who aren’t caught up in ethics problems,” said Grosso. Both Grosso and Beatty said that as they’ve campaigned, they’ve come across many residents who have given up on the D.C. Council. Beatty recounted telling one man that she was running for a seat, and he replied, “Well, you look pretty intelligent — so why would you do that?” But the incumbents said they have a record of achievements. “When I’m knocking on doors, people say, ‘Michael, thank you for fighting for affordable housing,’” said Brown. At the forum, Brown cast himself as the council’s staunchest defender of the city’s safety-net programs, and he said activist groups routinely grant him that same distinction. He also distanced himself from the loss of his campaign funds, alleging that his former treasurer had “stolen and embezzled” the money, and noting that other public officials nationwide have been similarly hoodwinked. “If you trust someone and they really want to steal from you, they will,” said Brown. Orange, meanwhile, emphasized his work for D.C. small businesses, pushing city agencies to award more contacts to locally owned firms. He also said he regularly provides a “spark” that generates a citywide policy — for instance, he said, school modernization and parks improvements. Like Brown, Orange said the city needs to boost its social services spending, and criticized cautious revenue projections for forcing unnecessary budget cuts. “It’s not

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2BR/1BA stone cottage, perched high on an elevated corner lot. Beautiful landscaping, solarium, living room w/ vaulted ceiling and FP, kitchen w/stainless steel appliances & granite counters. Spacious wrap-around patio and terrace, ideal for outdoor entertaining! $795,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7941045 Jonathan Taylor | 202.276.3344

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Charming brick 1812 Federal in West Village. Elegant hall entrance, Den, Kt. DR, Staff Qrts. 2nd level LR opens to terrace and garden. 2BRs, BA. 3 fireplaces w/ original mantels. Random width floor boards, abundance of sunlight. Terrific location close to the Village. $1,995,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7771792 Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887

KALORAMA, DC

Top floor unit with amazing city views & tons of south-facing light! 1,235 square foot 2BR/2BA, renovated kitchen, wood floors, high ceilings, crown molding, large master bedroom with en suite bath & 2 walk-in closets. Extra storage included. $699,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7936065 Maxwell Rabin | 202.669.7406

GEORGETOWN, DC

DOWNTOWN, DC

McLEAN, VA

CHEVY CHASE, MD

202.333.1212

703.319.3344

202.234.3344 301.967.3344


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$560,000

Bethesda, MD

$1,375,000

Kalorama

$567,500

Forest Hills, DC

$495,500

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Elegance Abounds

Stunning Parkwood Renovation

Spectacular Penthouse

Fantastic Location

Perfectly proportioned 1,000-SF, 1-bedroom, 1-bath in boutique building in the East Village. Formal dining room, bright sunroom and wonderful light from 3 exposures.

This expansion/remodel that has it all! 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 10-foot ceilings on 2 levels. Custom moldings, surround sound, family room with stone fireplace. Truly a beauty.

1000-SF, 1-bedroom at the coveted Altamont. Bright with big windows, high ceilings, and amazing park views. Hardwoods & built-ins. Very low fee. PARKING & Central Air incl.

Great two-bedroom, one-bath unit at Tilden Court. Fantastic location in the heart of it all. Walk to shopping, dining, and Metro.

Jeffrey Tanck Catherine Czuba

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266 www.MarkHudsonGroup.com

Catherine Czuba 202.549.6819 www.CzubaGroup.com

Rina Kunk 202.489.9011 www.RinaKunk.com

Colonial Village, DC

Kensington, MD

Basye, VA

202.494.2638 202.549.6819

McLean, VA

$1,150,000

Quick Commute

$745,000

Colonial Village

$849,000

A Delight

$325,000

Bryce Resort

Delightful home built in 1932 – beautifully renovated/updated! Gorgeous master suite plus first-floor bedroom/bath. 4 bedrooms/4 baths! Totally private exterior grounds.

Spacious, four-bedroom, three-bath, movein ready home. Spectacular views of Rock Creek Park and great location. New windows and updates galore.

One of Historic Kensington’s charming original homes – located across from Saint Paul’s Park. 4 bedrooms and 2 full, updated baths. Private lush backyard and wonderful deck.

Gorgeous home with expansive views of Great North Mountain and close to all Bryce offers. Two-story great room with beautiful light.

Charlotte O’Conor 571.217.6494 www.charlotteoconor.com

Rina Kunk 202.489.9011 www.RinaKunk.com

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266 www.MarkHudsonGroup.com

Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.731.3974 www.BryceGetaway.com

START YOUR FALL CLEANING…FREE SHREDDING & ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT! Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 9:00 am - 12 noon Washington, DC Office of McEnearney Associates, Inc. - 4315 50th Street, NW

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...and while you’re cleaning out your basement or attic, please bring along any household items, furniture, sealed food or personal items to donate to A Wider Circle, an organization that assists homeless families moving into new housing. (www.awidercircle.org) The shredding truck, electronic recycling truck and A Wider Circle truck will be in our parking lot behind our building waiting for you. We’ll be there to help you unload.

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