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Vol. XII, No. 25

Federal panel resists height change

all smiles

■ Development: Congress

to weigh recommendations By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Capping a yearlong debate pitting “federal” against “local” interests, the National Capital Planning Commission Tuesday voted to recommend no change in the law governing building heights in the Dis-

trict’s monumental core. And then, after a surprise amendment, it recommended no immediate height changes for the rest of the city either. The final recommendation by the commission, which is charged with protecting federal interests in the nation’s capital, is a return to its original position that the 1910 Height of Buildings Act should remain in place. It acknowledges the city’s economic stake in looser building limits, but says “the hori-

zontal skyline, views and street-level character shaped by the Height Act” are “integral elements of the city’s DNA.” It’s also a rebuke to city officials, led by the D.C. Office of Planning, who were urging more sweeping change: first a modest adjustment in the formula that governs building height in L’Enfant City — bounded by Georgetown, Florida Avenue and the Anacostia and Potomac rivers See Height/Page 5

Franklin Park preps for major renovation By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

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Dupont Circle residents came together on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stead Park. The event featured live music, magician Jake Stern, face painting and refreshments.

Franklin Park, the historic downtown green space, will undergo a major renovation in the next few years to better accommodate its wide range of visitors, from residents to office workers to tourists. The new vision for Franklin Park is the first collaboration between the National Park Service, the D.C. government and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, which are working together to turn the park into a sustainable green space. The goal is to make Franklin Park “a jewel to the District,” said Thor Nelson, the project manager from the D.C. Office of Planning, at the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission’s Nov. 6 meeting. Planners believe the park, also known as Franklin Square, can emulate Madison and Union squares in Manhattan. Steering the design will be the Philadelphiabased OLIN Landscape firm, which has worked on

Record to stay open for zoning overhaul

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The D.C. government and partner agencies are working to renovate the historic downtown park.

several major D.C. green spaces including the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and the Capitol Riverfront. See Park/Page 13

First mayoral debate kicks off campaign season for primary



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Residents wishing to weigh in on the proposed D.C. zoning rewrite can continue to submit written testimony to the Zoning Commission, according to chair Anthony Hood. The commission is due to take action Dec. 9 on the Office of Planning’s recommended overhaul of the city’s land-use regulations, which govern parking requirements, building height and density, and acceptable uses of a given property. At that point, commissioners will decide whether to begin deliberating on the regulations or postpone the proceedings to give the public more time to digest the comprehensive overhaul — as a number of residents and advisory neighborhood commissions have requested.

The race is on. Six declared Democratic candidates for mayor debated for the first time last Wednesday, kicking off a four-and-a-half-month campaign season ahead of April’s primary election. Mayor Vincent Gray has yet to announce whether he will seek reelection, but that didn’t seem to faze his would-be successors participating in a D.C. Bar forum at the K Street offices of law firm Arent Fox. For political observers, the event


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One Zoning Commission member said Residential Parking Permit reform should occur alongside the District’s zoning rewrite.

Other groups are urging swift approval of the new rules, which include many long-debated concepts. “The record will stay open until further notice,” Hood said at the Nov. 13 hearing. “And I want to assure the public that even after we make our decision on Dec. 9, See Zoning/Page 3


Dupont ANC backs Carlyle Suites Hotel roof deck accord — Page 2

Arena set to host stage adaptation of classic 1960s film — Page 21


Gift drives, other charitable options abound this season — Page 15

served mostly as a preview of forums to come — an early glimpse at how candidates will make their cases and draw contrasts with their rivals. Four of the candidates are sitting D.C. Council members: Tommy Wells, Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser and Vincent Orange. To varying degrees, each touted experience at the Wilson Building as an asset. Ward 6 member Tommy Wells spoke most about ethics, repeatedly hammering Mayor Gray for running what he called a corrupt campaign in 2010. “I will fight to restore integrity to government,” Wells said. See Campaign/Page 12

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Carlyle Suites Hotel wins support in Dupont with roof deck compromises By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A series of community meetings and resulting compromises have eased many neighbors’ objections to a planned roof deck at the Carlyle Suites Hotel. The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to support a Historic Preservation Review

Board application for the deck, where the hotel would host functions like yoga classes and Sunday brunches. Residents of the Dupont Circle residential buildings surrounding the 1731 New Hampshire Ave. hotel had objected to earlier plans for the roof deck, which they said threatened their privacy and quiet. Neighborhood commissioner Stephanie Maltz took the lead in coordinating community meetings, which

included tours of the hotel’s roof. “The community involvement was incredibly helpful, and the hotel’s been very responsive,” one New Hampshire Avenue neighbor said at last week’s commission meeting. In response to community concerns, the hotel scaled back its plans in several ways. In the latest proposal, architects pulled back the deck’s railings back 15 feet from the edge of the roof, raised them to 5 feet tall and made

them solid glass. They also added a trellis to help dampen noise, and limited roof structure plans to the rear of the building. Residents and the neighborhood commission are still encouraging trellises on more of the roof. Hotel representatives said they would be willing but that the Historic Preservation Office has sought to minimize rooftop bulk. In addition to open space for patrons, the See Hotel/Page 13









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Glover Park commissioners back shift in Wisconsin Ave. traffic pattern By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

A pair of Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioners plan to appear before a D.C. Council committee next month to recommend abolishing recent changes to Wisconsin Avenue’s traffic lane configuration south of Calvert Street. Brian Cohen and Jackie Blumenthal

announced at last Thursday’s commission meeting that a survey of hundreds of neighborhood residents revealed widespread unhappiness with parts of the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project, completed by the D.C. Department of Transportation. The main issue has been the transformation of a through-traffic lane into a yellow painted median strip with several turn arrows. Complaints about incredibly slow northbound traf-

fic have caused many in the neighborhood to sour on the streetscape project, which affected Wisconsin from Whitehaven Parkway to Massachusetts Avenue. City officials have already undone some of the changes north of Calvert Street. “We have given it a chance, but the people have spoken,� Cohen said. Among other problems, traffic changes have resulted in delivery trucks illegally park-

ing along the road, Cohen reported. “There is no hope for Wisconsin Avenue the way it is structured now,� said Blumenthal, who will testify with Cohen at a Dec. 4 hearing of the D.C. Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment. In an interview, Blumenthal said she supports turning Wisconsin Avenue back into a six-lane road with changes such as trafficcalming measures.

The week ahead Wednesday, Nov. 20

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to discuss the Next Generation Science Standards. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The Coalition for Non-Profit Housing and Economic Development and Good Faith Communities Coalition will host a Ward 3 Housing Town Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The event will focus on ways to end chronic homelessness and make housing affordable for more D.C. residents. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a salute to “Oral History Pioneers.� The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the City Tavern Club, 3206 M St. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. at the 2nd District Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Thursday, Nov. 21

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items will include a rear and roof addition at 1835-1837 Wyoming Ave. NW and relocation of a house at 3211 Wisconsin Ave. NW with new construction behind it. â– The D.C. Board of Elections will hold two public hearings on proposed precinct boundary changes to match existing advisory neighborhood commission single-member district boundary lines. The hearings will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Room

280 North, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The Greater Washington Council of Churches will hold its fall forum, which will focus on D.C. statehood. The featured speaker will be Johnny Barnes, civil rights attorney and former director of the National Capital Chapter of the ACLU. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting on proposed changes to the agency’s permit fees and regulations. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5801 Georgia Ave. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District Citizens Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the 4th District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW. The guest speaker will be Paul Quander, deputy mayor for public safety and justice.

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The D.C. Zoning Commission will hold a hearing on Georgetown University’s proposed Northeast Residence Hall. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

ZONING: Commission weighing options on rewrite From Page 1

there will be adequate time for comments to be taken in to this commission.� Commissioners Peter May and Marcie Cohen indicated that they would support delaying the adoption of the new zoning code. “These are not the final words,� May said of the thousand-page draft text. “There’s going to be a lot of editing between now and when it gets finally approved. It’s going to take a lot of time to do that, and there’s probably going to be another opportunity for public comment.� The commission has held more than 24 hours of hearings in the past two weeks on the zoning rewrite. Witnesses have covered such topics as corner stores in residential areas, apartments in single-family properties, minimum parking requirements, big-box stores, the boundaries of the designated “downtown� area and other issues. The hearings continued this week with two “overflow� days — last night and tonight — primarily focused on parking. Last night’s hearing took place after The Current’s deadline. One contentious issue remains that of parking minimums in new developments. Residents have

debated whether to continue requiring minimum numbers of spaces or letting market forces drive developers’ decisions. The Office of Planning, which also heard extensive debate before submitting its proposal, is recommending a loosened version of today’s standard. In much of the city, existing requirements would remain in place. But in areas particularly well-served by transit, the minimum parking proposed would be half of what’s required today. And in the area designated as “downtown� — which is growing as part of the Planning Office proposal — there would be no required parking. Additionally, buildings with more than twice the minimum amount of parking would need corresponding transportation-demand management practices to mitigate the impact of those vehicles. At last Tuesday’s parking hearing, most witnesses speaking supported a reduction in parking minimums. Several said they or their neighbors have been forced to buy parking spaces they didn’t need because developers of their buildings had been required to provide them — driving up housing costs and driving off residents who prefer to go car-free. But others said they worried that

decreased parking requirements would give developers a chance to avoid constructing a costly but necessary amenity, particularly in hot spots like 14th Street and Columbia Heights. This would shift the burden of providing parking for a new building from the developer to the city and the neighborhood. Commissioner May said the way to protect against that would be to reform the District’s Residential Parking Permit system, and he urged the Office of Planning to work with the D.C. Department of Transportation toward that end. “You can’t have these large buildings built with RPP eligibility,� said May. “If you don’t put in a certain number [of parking spaces], you should not be eligible — something like that. There ought to be a trigger.� Hood said he was worried that the Zoning Commission wasn’t hearing from the “silent majority� of residents who do rely on their cars. “You’re not going to be out here riding on a bicycle with your parents who can’t walk anymore,� he said. To comment, send written testimony to, including “Case No. 08-06A� and the subtitle of the relevant zoning code. Visit for a chart identifying the subtitles.



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District Digest Whitman-Walker gets federal health grant

Whitman-Walker Health has received a major federal grant to support the work of its two D.C. health centers as part of the Affordable Care Act, which included $150 million to support 236 such sites around the country. Whitman-Walker was the only program in the D.C. area designated as a “federally qualified health cen-

terâ€? under the program, which focuses on “community-based organizations that provide comprehensive primary and preventative care ‌ to persons regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.â€? Founded in 1978, WhitmanWalker in 2005 transitioned from an AIDS service organization to a general health-care center. The program has drawn a federal stamp of approval since 2007, qualifying it

for higher Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements. Locations are on 14th Street NW and in Southeast.

More candidates pick up primary petitions Three more Democrats are circulating nominating petitions for the D.C. Council’s at-large seat as of Monday afternoon. John F. Settles II, Pedro Rubio and Kathy Henderson picked up

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Healthy choices app launched at Wilson

HealthCorps and the National Cancer Institute launched a new iPhone app last week as part of a health fair at Wilson High School. More than 500 students participated in the launch of the mobile application, which helps students make healthier life choices. The “Momentum Challenge� app assigns daily health-related challenges that users can undertake on their own, with friends or schoolwide. Founded to combat childhood obesity, the nonprofit HealthCorps operates programs in Tenleytown’s Wilson High School and 61 other schools nationwide.


In the Nov. 13 issue, an article on the D.C. zoning rewrite misstated the rules for external accessory dwelling units. As proposed, they would be allowed without public review in existing buildings provided the buildings aren’t expanded. In the same issue, another article misspelled the name of Office of Zoning spokesperson Fredric Kendrick. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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HEIGHT: National Capital Planning Commission recommends no change to federal law

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— and completely scrapping the federal act outside those boundaries, handing height decisions there to the city and its zoning authorities. But Peter May, a top planner for the National Park Service, upended that proposal by immediately offering an amendment to maintain height act limits citywide. “This is not just about selective views, but views from Cardozo High School, the Cathedral, Frederick Douglass’ home. It’s about quality of life, human scale,� May said. “It’s one of those areas where mistakes cannot be fixed, if we decide later we were wrong.� Planning director Harriet Tregoning, who sits on the national commission, framed her rejected proposal to loosen heights as a homerule issue, and said it would not necessarily mean taller buildings anywhere in the city. She said Washington is the world’s only capital city that cedes control of local development to the national government. “Would a future Congress care if your kids can find an affordable place to live here, or our teachers or grocery store workers?� Tregoning

asked. “But we care, and we could decide to do something about it.� May’s amendment passed by a 7-3 vote, with only Tregoning, mayoral appointee Robert Miller and commission chair Preston Bryant dissenting. The recommendation goes next to Congress, and specifically to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. A year ago Issa requested the joint study to determine what — if any — “strategic changes� in the height act could give the city more development flexibility while still protecting what is known as “Washington’s iconic horizontal skyline.� A spokesperson for Issa said he could hold hearings on the issue as soon as next month. Tuesday’s action followed two hours of public testimony that continued familiar debates on the issue. Proponents of change said the District’s economy is hampered by the federal restrictions, and that the city could simply run out of room to grow in coming decades without flexibility to build higher. They argued that taller buildings are one of the few mechanisms available to

produce more affordable housing, and they chafed at federal limits on what they said should be the city’s right to determine its own destiny. But opponents, who vastly outnumbered the proponents at numerous presentations and public hearings, said the century-old height act has served the District well, not only protecting views of monuments and federal buildings, but also keeping the city low-scale and livable. And they scoffed at the idea that taller buildings would produce affordable housing in less prosperous sections

of the city, saying developers always opt for the highest profit in the most affluent neighborhoods. In presenting his amendment, May argued that it makes no sense to ask Congress to open the way for changes to the act prior to detailed study of specific areas where taller buildings might be feasible or appropriate. May’s amendment won strong support from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who showed up in person to cast a vote. Earlier in the day, Mendelson introduced a

“sense of the council� resolution opposing height act changes. It immediately won sponsorship from 12 of the 13 council members. The national planning commission did endorse one minor change to the height act citywide — allowing “human occupancy� of rooftop penthouses, which are currently limited to mechanical equipment. That change would not actually increase the height of any building. May also added a late amendment to limit penthouses to one story up to 20 feet tall.


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Reason not to rush

In developing its proposed rewrite of the District’s land-use regulations, the Office of Planning has spent six years working with community members and convening or attending hundreds of public meetings. This was undoubtedly an impressive public outreach program. But we would nevertheless like to join the chorus of voices calling for the Zoning Commission to delay action on the proposed zoning rewrite. The issue is not that the Planning Office failed to involve the public in crafting its recommendation. Far from it. We commend the agency for working hard to hear as many voices as possible, from every ward in the city. Considering the importance of our zoning regulations — they govern what sorts of construction and uses are allowed in what parts of the city — it was important to know what views were out there. Where the Office of Planning came up sadly short was in the process it followed after crafting its recommendations. The agency’s proposal, a complete restructuring of the city’s zoning rules, first emerged over the summer, with major revisions made as recently as September and tweaks continuing even during this month’s Zoning Commission hearings. This proposal is a thousand-page document that lacked even the most rudimentary guide as to what changes the agency was recommending compared to existing regulations. Details of the proposed revisions were still sadly lacking even when the hearings began. Comprehensive reports summing up notable changes were available just days before the public was asked to weigh in. Even these reports don’t identify everything that’s new in the rewritten zoning code — just the Planning Office’s selected highlights. If there isn’t adequate time for the public to digest this mass of information — and we think there has not been — the only informed opinion the Zoning Commission will hear is that of the Office of Planning itself. We understand the point that residents pushing for delayed hearings might simply be opponents of the zoning changes, who hope postponement could help kill aspects of the overhaul. Whether or not that’s the case, there is ample cause for a brief delay. The Office of Planning moved at a commendably deliberate pace while developing its recommendation. It should take some time to explain it. The Zoning Commission is due to decide Dec. 9 what its next step will be. We hope that it will delay action on the rewrite proposal for 60 to 90 days. And we would encourage proponents of this delay to use that time wisely to develop concrete recommendations for the city’s zoning future.

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After a multiyear process, the city has chosen a “master developer” for its portion of the old Walter Reed campus, selecting the Hines/Urban Atlantic/ Triden team from a pool of three finalist groups. We’re pleased with both the process and the outcome. The chosen developers envision creating, over the course of about a decade, a series of neighborhoods in parklike settings, mixed in with a science center, an arts district, a senior village, and retail focused on Georgia Avenue. And, notably, the crew has a plan for the meantime: hosting festivals, farmers markets and arts events on the expansive site. Officials invited and considered a huge amount of public input as they made their decision, and the two advisory neighborhood commissions in the immediate area also preferred the Hines team. The organizers even extended the period for public comment on the proposals after a summer meeting drew increased attention to the process. We believe that the careful effort and expansive public input spurred the competing development teams to look closely at what would be good for the city and community. And we think “The Parks at Walter Reed” will be a good fit. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, who represents the site and the surrounding neighborhoods, is calling for the developers to fast-track a couple of uses for the campus. City officials hope to rework a site on Georgia Avenue at Butternut Street — home to a decrepit former hotel known as Building 18 — to house a new fire station, allowing Engine Co. 22 to move from its aging facility at Georgia and Missouri avenues. And the Latin American Montessori Bilingual School and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School plan to create programs at Walter Reed. The council member said construction should begin as soon as possible on both the educational and safety uses, since this work can be started prior to the formal land transfer from the Army. We agree that this should be a priority. We’re looking forward to what’s to come: a vibrant new part of town with services, events and opportunities for residents from across the city.

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resident Obama has apologized for the clunky rollout of Obamacare. In Virginia, Annandale High School principal Vincent Randazzo has apologized for the impatient football coach who rushed the school band off the field a few minutes early, ruining senior night for the musicians. In Maryland, gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler has apologized recently for perhaps being too tolerant at his son’s “Beach Week” party, where underage youths were perhaps drinking. Here in the District, the mayor’s spokesperson apologized for referring to parts of the taxi industry as “third world.” This outburst of apologies — among many others; the Toronto mayor comes to mind — prompted a Notebook suggestion. We should gather all the apologizers in a circle to sing along with Brenda Lee and part of her 1960 hit single, “I’m Sorry”: I’m sorry, so sorry, that I was such a fool. … You tell me mistakes, Are part of being young. But that don’t right The wrong that’s been done. Oh, oh, oh, oh, uh-oh, oh yes. Our recent apologizers are not that young, but the Notebook particularly wants to see some of them sing that last “oh, oh, oh” line. It could be a YouTube sensation. ■ The horn went beep, beep, beep. Last week a bunch of cab drivers were outside the D.C. Taxicab Commission meeting. The drivers are angry that — they say — the city is rushing them to get new dome lights, credit card devices and paint jobs.

Commission chair Ron Linton was unruffled by the shouting drivers, although the noise forced him to adjourn the meeting. Linton engaged in testy backand-forth exchanges with several drivers as they crowded around him after the meeting. He told NBC4 that Mayor Vincent Gray is insistent that the changes will make the cab industry more organized and customer-friendly. And he noted that the hearing room drew about 200 cab drivers, “but another 6,500 are out on the street working.” Some of the cab drivers, who’ve always had trouble organizing themselves into effective groups, are now signing up with the Teamsters Union Local 922. The Teamsters have filed suit challenging the pace of the required equipment changes and increased towing of violators by hack inspectors. The union also has prompted an apology from the mayor’s press spokesperson for referring to the cabs here as “third world.” (As we noted earlier.) ■ You can’t always get what you want. U.S. Attorney for the District Ron Machen will sit down for an hourlong, on-camera interview Wednesday night in front of a live audience at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill (9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE). There’s room for about 110 people. The program will start at about 7 p.m. Machen has been the U.S. attorney here for nearly four years. We don’t have to remind you of all the corruption cases that he has handled or is handling. But his office of 350 assistant U.S. attorneys does far more than chase after D.C. corruption. Who is Ron Machen, and what is he doing? We’ll be asking a lot of questions, and we’ll take yours from the audience, too. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor External apartments merit special review

In The Current’s Nov. 13 article “Zoning rewrite hearings air debates over D.C.’s future,” there was an error in the description regarding “accessory dwelling units” (rental units). I am aware that it is very difficult to track all the many details of the zoning rewrite, but there is an important distinction. As the article stated, the proposed regulations allow an internal ADU (for example, a basement apartment) as a matter of right when the homeowner resides in the house. But the article is in error when describing the conditions for an external ADU. The Office of Planning proposal would also make the external units a matter of right not requiring any permission through the special exception process unless the rental unit would be in a newly built or expanded garage or other accessory building. The agency proposes to make all accessory dwelling units created in or on top of an existing garage or existing accessory building a matter of right. If the external rental apartments are allowed only as a special exception, neighbors could have an opportunity to

speak at the Board of Zoning Adjustment when the special exception request is considered. Many residents have strongly urged that all external accessory dwelling units go through the special exception process. I thank you for your coverage of the zoning rewrite. Julie Six President, Tenleytown Neighbors Association

Not everyone wants to delay zoning rules A front-page headline in The Current’s Nov. 13 issue implied that many local groups are seeking a delay of proposed zoning revisions. But the opposite is true. Key civic organizations like the Citizens Association of Georgetown and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B (representing Glover Park and Cathedral Heights) support the zoning rewrite. We believe that the rewrite is long overdue — the District’s 50-year-old zoning code needs to be updated in a way that respects our traditions while acknowledging that today’s D.C. is very different from 1950s D.C. The proposed revisions make reasonable allowances for local corner stores in row house residential areas such as Glover Park. These stores will provide the ability to walk a short distance to

local, neighborhood-friendly stores; they will enrich our neighborhood fabric and provide easy access to daily necessities. The proposed revisions offer improved options for homeowners to create accessory dwelling units. These units create more affordable housing, increase the value of existing housing stock, allow for neighborhood population growth without modifying existing building density, and can provide an income source to allow seniors to age in place in their own homes. The proposed zoning revisions contain limited changes to current mandated parking minimums. These parking minimums undermine market forces, increase housing costs, reduce incentives to use mass transit, and damage the historic and walkable form of many neighborhoods. The changes proposed in the draft zoning code — which are limited to downtown and areas well served by transit — would mitigate these problems. They would allow room for automobiles, but create new incentives and opportunities for walking, car- and bike-sharing, and mass transit. Put simply: The proposed zoning code revisions will make our city a better place to live, work, play and learn. The Zoning Commission should move rapidly to approve these changes. Brian A. Cohen Commissioner, ANC 3B05

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In IPC (International Primary Curriculum) we’ve been learning about the news — how we receive the news and what is news. For our Entry Point we took a trip to the Newseum, where we saw a 4-D movie that taught us how news developed through time. The day after, we created mind maps to display how much we knew at the beginning of our topic. Our next activity was to compare news websites to newspaper front pages. We used the Google news archive to explore newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s. One of our homework tasks was to read articles from the day we were born and rewrite them in our own words from what we understood from the text. Now we are looking at news websites. We are building our own websites, including links, tabs and real stories. We have learnt how to use hyperlinks. When we have finished, they will be be published on the school network so other children can read them and comment. — Matilde Impavido and Alex Loughran, Year 5 York (fourth-graders)

Deal Middle School

At Deal there is a lot of diversity among more than 1,200 students. Some of us, including me, have something in common: swimming. This school year, we have our first swim team since the mid-’90s. We had our first practice on Nov. 5 at the Wilson Aquatic Center. Most people were really excited because this was the first team they got to participate in, and they want to show Deal their swimming skills. The coaches are really cool, and they guide the kids who may not know how to swim well or do not know the swim techniques. If we keep practicing and helping each other, we will form a bond with each other. — Jessica Padilla, eighth-grader

Edmund Burke School

Last week our very talented students had six fantastic performances of “Alice In Wonderland” where everyone was steam punk. This made the play 10 times more interesting because they made it different and unique, which also describes Edmund Burke School. It felt like walking in a dark maze with so many twists and turns and moments that if you missed them you might be confused later. You could tell they were putting their all into it, and there wasn’t one dull moment. The White Rabbit did cartwheels, rolls and splits. The remarkable set had a swing and a glowing treehouse including lights and a door. The set made everything look crazy and hectic. Circles hanging from the ceiling were painted different colors. There were students doing lights, sounds and even backstage help. The students all showed so much


initiative when they came together and made this play their own. The whole group was outstanding, acting on stage and helping with lights and sound effects. They all came together as one. I think it inspired many people; it surely inspired me. — Hallie Friedman, eighth-grader

The Field School

Last Tuesday, the day after Veterans Day, retired U.S. Marine Terry Mahoney as well as Wounded Warrior Project spokesperson David McAfee talked to a schoolwide assembly about what you can do for a veteran and the medical conditions that many veterans have when they come back. One thing you can do for a veteran without a home is to let him stay in your house for a night and give him a hot meal. Also last week, winter sports started. Middle schoolers can either be in P.E. or play basketball. On Nov. 8, the school hosted Grandparents Day, for students to invite their grandparents or a “special guest” to come to school for a special lunch. Teachers and grade heads gave speeches to the grandparents. Grandparents had a special meal and so did the students. Students also got their picture taken with their grandparents. Grandparents received a Field School umbrella. The day was really fun. — Freddie Skelsey, sixth-grader, and Kameron Poole, seventh-grader

Georgetown Day School

Last Friday, the Performing Arts Department held its first showing of “Romeo and Juliet,” this year’s fall show. The production presents the Capulets and Montagues in the 1920s during Benito Mussolini’s reign over Italy. The lead roles of Romeo and Juliet are played by senior Mike Tiernan and junior Emma Stern, respectively. Additionally, last Tuesday the high school Visual Arts Department welcomed painter, illustrator and muralist Aniekan Udofia. Udofia acquired national attention with his caricatures and photorealistic illustrations. While visiting, Udofia held a workshop, reviewed students’ work and held a Q-and-A session. Next Wednesday, Nov. 27, the inaugural Spike Memorial Classic 5K, in memory and in honor of Georgetown Day graduate and avid runner Sam Freeling, will be held at Fletcher’s Boat House at noon. The event will memorialize and celebrate Freeling’s passion for longdistance running and the legacy he left as one of the fastest runners over 5,000 meters in our school’s 68 years of existence. All proceeds generated by the event will benefit the newly installed straightaway track surface at the high school, which has been named in Freeling’s honor so that his legacy may live on. — Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

We have been learning a lot about the season of fall. Natalie says it’s cold so she needs to put on a jacket. Amaya says leaves get loose like her tooth and fall off the tree. Mia thinks leaves come down out of the trees because wind is blowing all around. Rachel says sometimes it can be rainy, but it is mostly windy and then the leaves change and fall gets ready for winter. Amani sees deer looking for food because animals hunt. Clara says bears hibernate, bunnies turn white and when the foxes try and find them they cannot see them. Maeve says apples, pumpkins and vegetables are harvested with your hand or with a machine. Kiyla and Khalil say red leaves are outside on the playground. Neko says after you pick apples and pumpkins you can make pie, and he loves both pies equally. Finn says leaves change colors like Christmas lights. Reva says the weather lets the leaves know when to change. Gael thinks splashing in leaves is the most fun. Luqmaan says when it gets cold he wears a coat and scarf. Aminyah and Maurice say leaves on the ground are red, yellow and brown. Trent and Edward see leaves all over the place. Thomas says snakes hibernate in the ground and many snakes are all together. Betiko sees pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns. — Ms. Prince and Mrs. Whittaker’s kindergarten class

Mann Elementary

Ms. Yeager’s and Ms. Ullo’s fourth-grade classes went on our annual field trip to the Library of Congress on a funny date: 11/12/13. We learned about Thomas Jefferson and James Madison’s library, which is housed there. We had a scavenger hunt for things in the library like statues or pictures. Compared to Mann’s library, it’s huge. (Sort of like the one in “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!”) Even though the Library of Congress’ books burned during the War of 1812, it has more than 35 million books now, and the collection even includes baseball cards! Ms. Siepiola’s second grade has sad news to share. Moe, our bluetongued skink, recently died of mites. He was 11 1/2 years old, and had lived in the second grade for four years. He was very gentle and kind, and everybody loved him. He used to listen to Ms. Siepiola teaching and pretend not to notice the children. The class has buried him in the school grounds and marked the spot with painted rocks. — Frederic Truslow, fifth-grader; Eddie Cavallin, fourth-grader; Giada Ghiaroni, Juliette Krevat, Sophie Reeves and Ravi Milano, third-graders; Jackie Cavallin, Sofia Rothrock, Nadia Limani and Sebastian Mejia, second-graders; and Sylvia Hopkins, Frankie Duporte, Nico Sotoodehnia and Immanuel Friday, first-graders See Dispatches/Page 16

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Robbery ■ 1300-1335 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:51 p.m. Nov. 16 (with gun). Burglary ■ 3600-3699 block, O St.; 3:48 p.m. Nov. 15. ■ 1300-1399 block, 35th St.; 11:46 a.m. Nov. 17. Theft ■ 3500-3599 block, Reservoir Road; 10:55 a.m. Nov. 12. ■ 1800-1899 block, 35th St.; 10 a.m. Nov. 15. ■ 1851-2008 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5 p.m. Nov. 15. ■ 2800-2899 block, M St.; 8:44 p.m. Nov. 5.

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Robbery ■ 1400-1499 block, 17th St.; 12:05 a.m. Nov. 11. ■ 2100-2199 block, N St.; 12:18 a.m. Nov. 16. Burglary ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:15 a.m. Nov. 13. ■ 1800-1899 block, S St.; 1:59 p.m. Nov. 13. Motor vehicle theft ■ R and 19th streets; 12:06 a.m. Nov. 15. ■ 2100-2199 block, O St.; 11:52 p.m. Nov. 15. Theft from auto ■ 16th and O streets; 8:03 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:05 p.m. Nov. 14. ■ 1800-1899 block, T St.; noon Nov. 15. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:02 a.m. Nov. 16. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:31 p.m. Nov. 16. ■ 1700-1799 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:56 p.m. Nov. 16. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6 p.m. Nov. 17. ■ Connecticut Avenue under Dupont Circle; 8:06 p.m. Nov. 17.

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Robbery ■ 1818-1899 block, 18th St.; 4:24 a.m. Nov. 16. ■ 1900-1999 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:05 p.m. Nov. 16. (with gun). ■ 1600-1699 block, U St.; 12:41 a.m. Nov. 17. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1600-1699 block, U St.; 3 a.m. Nov. 17. Sexual abuse ■ 1600-1699 block, Florida Ave.; 7:07 p.m. Nov. 14. Theft from auto ■ V and 16th streets; 6:23 p.m. Nov. 12. ■ 1700-1799 block, Johnson Ave.; 4 p.m. Nov. 15. ■ 1700-1799 block, Swann St.; 3:17 a.m. Nov. 16. Theft ■ 1400-1499 block, W St.; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

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A rarely available tavern license is up for grabs in Georgetown, and Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is first in line for it. The closing of Saloun, at 3239 M St., opened up one of only six tavern liquor licenses permitted in the historic neighborhood. The licenses are coveted because they allow for more freedom with alcohol sales than restaurant licenses do. And particularly since the opportunity hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come around for the last 20 years, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it immediately becomes a valued commodity,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Birch of the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission. A 1994 law restricted the number of tavern licenses in the Georgetown Historic District to six. Further caps on liquor licenses in the neighborhood are established through a moratorium. The owners of Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a new Americana music venue at 3401 K St., were quick to recognize the narrow window of opportunity. Karen Ensor, who runs Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with her husband David, said she filed the application the same day she heard news of the license from the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh my goodness, I want this,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Ensor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I figured out how to do it, got it notarized â&#x20AC;Ś and got it to ABRA.â&#x20AC;? Ensor said her motivation came from the mountains of paperwork sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s required to deal with for Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing restaurant-class license. Restaurant licenses require owners to submit proof that 45 percent of their sales come from food, while tavern licenses donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a food sales percentage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to calculate every little lemon and lime and

piece of food thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sold here,â&#x20AC;? said Ensor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a tavern license, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do any reporting.â&#x20AC;? Smith Point, the restaurant and bar at 1338 M St., was the second applicant for the tavern license, according to Jessie Cornelius, spokesperson for the D.C. alcohol agency. Representatives from Georgetown Events, the larger company that owns Smith Point, werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available for comment. The alcohol agency will review applications on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;first-come, first-serve basis,â&#x20AC;? Cornelius wrote in an email. The transfer of the Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license from restaurant to tavern would require approval from the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. According to Ensor, if Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wins that approval it has no plans to change its business model of offering both live music and fresh food. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We serve dinner here and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always serve dinner here,â&#x20AC;? she said. Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner Bill Starrels indicated that his commission would be likely to support such a license change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has proven â&#x20AC;Ś to live up to how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s billed itself as a serious music venue that does serve food,â&#x20AC;? he said. According to Starrels, other establishments that expressed interest in the tavern license included the restaurant and bar George, and Malmaison, the restaurant located below Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. (The alcohol agency has named only Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Smith Point as formal applicants.) The remainder of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tavern licenses are held by Rhino Bar, Chadwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, El Centro D.F., Modern and Blue Gin, whose license is in safekeeping. The license that belonged to Saloun was canceled in September; that M Street space now belongs to a GANT clothing store.

Neighbors push Arkansas Ave. safety fixes By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Residents are calling for improvements to a stretch of Arkansas Avenue in 16th Street Heights after a young woman was struck by a speeding vehicle there in early October. Friends of the victim, Kelly Dillon, spearheaded a petition titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safer Arkansasâ&#x20AC;? to push the D.C. Department of Transportation for traffic-calming measures to slow down cars and prevent reckless driving. Dillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend Mary Lauran Hall, who helped launch the petition, said the document attracted signatures from all of the households on Arkansas Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. The total collected surpasses the 75 percent of households required by the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trafficcalming application process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a classic example of a street that has not been working for people on that corridor. Unfortunately, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken a serious event like this for the city governmentâ&#x20AC;? to notice the problem, said Hall, who works as a communications manager for the national advocacy organization Alliance for Biking & Walking. Hall said the Safer Arkansas group submitted the petition on Monday to the Transportation Department. Once the agency reviews the application, it will conduct an assessment to see what traffic-control measures are appropriate, according to the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

website. Hall said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also hoping for a December neighborhood meeting on the issue attended by local residents, advisory neighborhood commissioners and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. On Friday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m., Dillon was packing her car for a camping trip while parked in front of her home on the 4600 block of Arkansas Avenue when a speeding vehicle crashed into a car behind her. Dillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left leg was pinned between the two cars, crushing her knee. She underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dillon, who works as an English teacher in Arlington, was released from rehabilitation last Thursday. She still requires the support of crutches, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undergoing physical therapy. According to the petition website, the driver of the speeding vehicle involved in the crash is awaiting sentencing. Hall and Kelly Blynn, another neighborhood resident, started the petition knowing that the crash involving Dillon wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an isolated incident. Hall said that a man was once hit while walking his dog across the street, and several residents have seen property damage from speeding cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The traffic just whizzes by that street, and we thought we should do something about it,â&#x20AC;? said Hall. When Hall presented the petition at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Petworth/16th Street Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting, resi-

dents in the audience murmured in agreement that the section of Arkansas Avenue has been problematic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned because residents have, year after year, asked D.C. government and asked the D.C. Department of Transportation to take action on this particular stretch of the road. There havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been any improvements,â&#x20AC;? said Hall, whose group also created an online petition at saferarkansas.wordpress. com. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to let everyone here know that this is something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on.â&#x20AC;? Commissioners Joseph Vaughan and Jeff Standish, whose singlemember districts include this section of Arkansas Avenue, support the effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a resident that crosses Arkansas every morning to take the bus, I completely agree that this is something that needs to be addressed,â&#x20AC;? Standish said. He also said that his commission will draft a resolution if â&#x20AC;&#x153;we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any motion from DDOT.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, Standish said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be sending a separate letter to the Metropolitan Police Department asking for increased speeding enforcement in Ward 4. Hall asked Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to check into the matter back in October; she also raised the issue last week with Mayor Vincent Gray, who was present at the neighborhood commission meeting. The mayor said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enlist his staff to work on a solution with Transportation Department director Terry Bellamy.

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

November 20, 2013 ■ Page 11

Updated Brightwood home boasts sunlight, value


renovated house with multiple sources of sunlight, two porches and a broad backyard would probably be con-


sidered desirable in most Northwest neighborhoods. With a price tag of under $700,000, a detached home packed with these offerings in the burgeoning Brightwood neighborhood would likely be considered a bargain. Such a house is available at 905 Quackenbos St. NW. The home, with four bedrooms and three-anda-half baths, is on the market for $685,000. While the front of the house has a simple look, the interior has been gutted to create a modern elegant feel, with the upper two levels drenched in light. The first floor’s open layout provides a seamless connection for the three living areas. Helping create this continuous flow, as well as complementing the neutral palette throughout the home, are chocolate-stained birch wooden floors. The many windows also enrich the floor’s airy ambiance. These sources of natural light flank the walls on the dining room and kitch-

en, providing a sunbathed west side. Opening to the back porch that connects to the spacious yard, the kitchen’s French doors also let an abundance of sunny rays pour into this area. Contributing to the space’s charm is the French countryinspired cabinetry in the kitchen, which provides plenty of storage space. The latest stainless steel appliances and the kitchen’s deep sink complement these beige accents. Although a stairway creates a slight division between the kitchen and the living room, the large entryway continues the floor’s open feel. French doors that lead to the side covered porch bring in more light. A reminder of the house’s 1920s origins is the large, brick woodburning fireplace — now spruced up with new white paint — in the living room. Joining this period detail are a new built-in bookshelf and a powder room.

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This renovated four-bedroom home on Quackenbos Street in Brightwood is priced at $685,000. Upstairs are three of the four bedrooms, all clad with the same dark-hued birch flooring. French doors open to the master suite, which has its own wooden balcony overlooking the backyard. A walkin closet is packed with built-ins, and there’s a modern spa-like bath with a double vanity, a separate shower and built-in linen closets. Another linen closet and a shared modern bath with a tub are accessed from the hall. Down in the finished basement is another open layout. This area is clad with carpeting and furnished with a complete wet bar. The fourth bedroom and third full bathroom with the same modern accents as the others are also on this level.

Outside, the spacious fenced backyard has three main access points — the side porch, kitchen porch and basement. While the finished interior of the house is ready for new owners to move in, the green space at the back and front is a blank canvas for various landscaping opportunities. And if new residents have the desire to plant vegetables while maintaining a lawn here, they can always join the community garden a half a block away. Parking is also not a problem in

this burgeoning neighborhood. At the back, the house has a pad that can accommodate two compact cars. There’s also ample street parking. The site is also located near the Georgia Avenue corridor and the forthcoming Walmart. This four-bedroom home with three-and-a-half baths at 905 Quackenbos St. is offered for $685,000. For details contact Elizabeth Hughes of DCRE Residential at 202-277-7553 or

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Northwest Real Estate CAMPAIGN: Democrats debate From Page 1

Wells also voiced a vision for creating after-school jobs for young people, saying he would aim to cut teenage crime in half within two years of assuming office. Ward 2 member Jack Evans leaned hardest on his status as a D.C. Council veteran, arguing that his leadership over two-plus decades had helped stabilize the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances and boost the economy. He also promised to prioritize education and said D.C. must invest more in public libraries and arts programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been the champion of the arts in this city, and as mayor Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll return us to the No. 1 city for arts in the country,â&#x20AC;? said Evans. For his part, at-large member Vincent Orange touted his proposal for a minimum wage hike, which has garnered citywide media attention in the past week. Orange told The Associated Press that his legislative proposal to raise the wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016 could face a vote before the end of the year. In the debate, Orange also painted himself as having a â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasonable, balance and fairâ&#x20AC;? approach to government. He joined several other candidates in advocating increased access to affordable housing. The final council member at the

forum, Muriel Bowser of Ward 4, cast herself as the candidate who could give D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;a fresh start in the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know a great mayor has a lot of energy and big vision,â&#x20AC;? she said, echoing her campaign announcement video, in which she spoke of a need â&#x20AC;&#x153;to think big and act swiftly.â&#x20AC;? The last two candidates in the debate portrayed themselves as political outsiders. Former U.S. State Department official Reta Jo Lewis sought to set herself apart from career politicians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throughout my career, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been building bridges rather than moving up that ladder,â&#x20AC;? said Lewis, who also cited experience as an executive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, the only businessman in the field appeared to be the farthest left politically. Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal offered a liberal critique of D.C. public education reforms, calling for an end to school closings and a reduced emphasis on standardized testing. He also said he hoped to lower the voting age to 17 and encourage high schools to devote studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; senior year to the study of civics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be speaking truth to power,â&#x20AC;? Shallal said.

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 4 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioner Marty Davis encouraged residents to visit and contribute to the online Adams Morgan history project through Envision Adams Morgan. â&#x2013;  a resident complained that cars routinely run the light at 19th Street and Columbia Road with impunity, despite the presence of police officers. â&#x2013;  Kishan Putta of DC Health Link encouraged residents to explore their insurance options on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care site. â&#x2013;  a D.C. Public Library representative encouraged residents to volunteer to talk, read and sing to toddlers. This is part of a citywide push from the library system to prepare D.C. children for kindergarten. â&#x2013;  a representative of the group DC Divest asked commissioners to urge the D.C. Council to have the District government gradually sell all the fossil fuel stocks in its pension funds. â&#x2013;  after extensive public comment, commissioners took three actions regarding the Adams Morgan moratorium on liquor licenses: â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-1, with Wilson Reynolds opposed and Elham Dehbozorgi absent, to state that Adams Morgan suffers from a lack of peace, order and quiet. They further stated that the issues are caused by nightclubs in the neighborhood and that they do not want Adams Morgan to have the image of being merely an entertainment district. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Wilson Reynolds abstaining and Elham Dehborzorgi absent, to request that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board renew the moratorium on new tavern and nightclub licenses. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-2 to table discussion of a renewed moratorium for restaurant licenses to their Dec. 4 meeting. Commission chair Billy Simpson had recommended lifting the prohibition on new restau-




rant licenses subject to stringent conditions, but commissioners decided to spend more time exploring this and other options. Gabriela Mossi and Jimmy Rock opposed the motion to table discussion. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 7-0, with Elham Dehborzorgi absent, to oppose a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pop-upâ&#x20AC;? addition to 1835 Wyoming Ave. Commissioner Jimmy Rock said the proposal is â&#x20AC;&#x153;too aggressive for this blockâ&#x20AC;? and noted that neighbors oppose the plans. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to protest the liquor license renewal application for Club Timehri, 2439 18th St., pending a settlement agreement with the commission. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to protest the liquor license renewal application for Rendezvous, 2226 18th St., due to concerns about violence there. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to protest the liquor license renewal application for Shenanigans, 2450 18th St., due to citations for underage alcohol sales. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Marty Davis and Elham Dehborzorgi absent, to protest the liquor license renewal application for Club Heaven and Hell, 2327 18th St., pending resolution of various concerns from neighbors. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support a public space application for a sidewalk cafe at the Adams Morgan Coffee Shop, 2204 18th St., contingent upon the application reflecting an oral agreement on design changes. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation add Residential Permit Parking restrictions to the 1700 block of Florida Avenue, which is currently unrestricted. They further requested a single 15-minute parking space in front of Planet Pet, 1711 Florida Ave., to ease loading and unloading there. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations came in response to a D.C. Department of Transportation proposal to install parking meters on the block. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support a D.C. Department of Transportation plan to remove parking meters in front of the former Washington City Paper building at 2390 Champlain St. and replace them with Residential Permit Parking spaces. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the Zoning Commission postpone its decision on the proposed zoning rewrite for 120 days to allow the commission more time to evaluate the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommended changes. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the Zoning Commission require the Office of Planning to provide its reports to the commission at least 30 days before a zoning hearing. The commission will hold its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW.

For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013; Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish Hall, 2430 K St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  safety report. â&#x2013;  update from the D.C. Department of Transportation on the New Hampshire Avenue project. â&#x2013;  update on the EastBanc mixed-use project at the library and fire station sites. â&#x2013;  report on the Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom Ward 2 Education Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community education forum on Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  presentation by at-large D.C. Council member David Catania, chair of the Education Committee, on public education and his committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiatives. â&#x2013;  consideration of alcoholic beverage control license renewals for Todd Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muse, 500 17th St.; and Avenue Suites/A Bar, 2500 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by Shadow Room, 2131 K St., for extended hours on Wednesday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Eve) and Tuesday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve). â&#x2013;  update on the Whitehurst Freeway. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act of 2013, a D.C. Council bill introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson and members Jack Evans, Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser and David Grosso. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will have an overflow meeting to discuss the zoning rewrite at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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PARK: Planning Office, other groups embark on effort to revitalize downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Franklin

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The projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning budget will include a $300,000 allocation from the city and $150,000 from the Park Service, Nelson said. Located between K, I, 13th and 14th streets, the nearly five-acre park is the second largest in downtown D.C., not far from the six-acre Lafayette Park next to the White House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currently, the park serves lunchtime office workers and also is a place for homeless people to get social services,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the park isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accessible to other groups like children and residents.â&#x20AC;? The renovation responds to the

rising population growth in the Logan Circle area, which comes with an increased demand for urban green space, according to the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Since June, employees from the three main organizations involved in the effort have been researching and surveying users of Franklin Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a couple of hundred surveys to understand how the park is [used] and what improvements they want to see,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. The public has until Nov. 22 to answer an online survey and provide formal comments to the National Park Service, both of which can be done at This month, the planning team also held a kickoff meeting at 1201

K St. to gather community input. Ellen Jones, director of infrastructure and sustainability at DowntownDC, said the session was â&#x20AC;&#x153;very productive.â&#x20AC;? Planners intend to develop design options based on public feedback, presenting draft ideas in January 2014. The final design is expected to be unveiled next June. The downtown square has seen many historic moments since its inception in 1819. Originally known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fountain Park,â&#x20AC;? the site once supplied water from natural springs to the White House and other federal buildings. During the Civil War, it served as a campground for Union troops. In 1866, the park underwent its

HOTEL: Dupont ANC backs Carlyle Suites roof deck From Page 2

new roof plans include elevator and stairway access, bathrooms and storage space. The hotel needs Historic Preservation Review Board approval because the new construction would be visible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though barely so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from a few public streets. Hotel representatives said the project does meet zoning requirements, but the neighborhood commission is asking the D.C. zoning administrator for clarification on that point. The relatively modest historic preservation issue, though, is likely a precursor to a more controversial proposal. There is no such application now, but many residents expect the Carlyle will at some point seek permission to serve alcohol on the roof, which would require

another public process. Some neighbors said the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooperation has established a basis for future requests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to work with them on an agreement for how the space will be operated,â&#x20AC;? said one resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the details, but we hope that by the time they come back for [an alcohol license] or something else, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have an agreement in hand.â&#x20AC;? Not all neighbors are satisfied, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Such a space like this is destined to be noisy and disruptive and is just not appropriate in a residential neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said a 17th Street resident whose building backs to the hotel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I purchased my condo with a reasonable expectation of peace and quiet, since [itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] on the top floor and the back of the building.â&#x20AC;?

first landscape treatment, by horticulturist Andrew Jackson Downing, who modeled the layout after Lafayette Park. The monument to the American Revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commodore John Barry was erected in the early 1900s, and another upgrade in 1936 incorporated a beaux-arts design. Franklin Park later fell into a period of decline following the 1968 riots over the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Since 2003, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downtown Parks Task Forceâ&#x20AC;? has worked to find ways to revitalize the park, involving entities like DowntownDC, the D.C. Historic Preservation Office and the National Capital Planning Commission. DowntownDC has also orches-

trated recent renovation projects for other smaller green spaces within its service area, including Edmund Burke Park and Chinatown Park, Jones said. Jones attributes the push to enhance downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green spaces to the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent willingness to partner with other groups, as well as Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainability DC Plan, launched last year, which also emphasizes park improvements. The Planning Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nelson noted the importance of involving several groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the greatest things about this project,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a partnership â&#x20AC;Ś [with] each bringing strengths to the project.â&#x20AC;?




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Holidays inWashington

‘Christmas Carol,’ holiday window unveiling help kick off festivities


he holidays are fast approaching, and a varied slate of theatrical performances, festivals and markets are on tap throughout Northwest. Here’s an early sampling: ■ Ford’s Theatre will present “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 21 through Jan. 1. Join the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Returning for a fifth year, Edward Gero plays Scrooge in Michael Wilson’s music-infused adaptation of the classic story by Charles Dickens. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20 to $91. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-

347-4833; ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir — featuring ages 9 through 18 — will perform Nov. 23 at the unveiling of holiday window displays at the downtown Macy’s store at 1201 G St. NW. The event will start at 2 p.m. with excerpts from Washington Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Other performers will include Judith Hill of NBC’s “The Voice,” actress and recording artist Coco Jones, and the Ballou High School band. ■ Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present “A Commedia Christmas Carol” Nov. 29 through Dec. 22 at Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium.

The whimsical retelling of Dickens’ holiday favorite — nominated for a 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play — features the troupe’s characteristic blend of historical Commedia dell’Arte archetypes, inventive masks and ensemble physicality. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $12 to $30. Gallaudet University is located at 800 Florida Ave. NE. 800-838-3006; factionoffools. org. ■ The National Zoo will present “ZooLights” Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. The annual celebration features lighted displays, access to a number of zoo houses, a “conservation carousel,” snowless zoo tubing on 150-foot-long tracks down Lion/ Tiger Hill, gingerbread habitat contests and holiday treats, among the many attractions. ZooLights is open from 5 to 9 p.m. daily (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Admission is free, though some of the activities require a fee. Parking costs $10 for members of Friends of the National Zoo and $20 for nonmembers. ■ The Downtown Holiday Market will return for its ninth year, setting up shop Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. More than 150 exhibitors and artisans will join with live entertainment and comfort foods to offer gifts and fun at an outdoor

marketplace in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (on F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW). The market will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. ■ The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Study Center will commemorate Hanukkah with a Dec. 4 event featuring stories of holiday observations by Jewish American service members in the field. The event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will feature traditional fare such as latkes, jelly doughnuts and chocolate gelt. Guided tours of the museum will be available. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is located at 1811 R St. NW. Admission to the Dec. 4 event is free, but reservations are requested by Nov. 27 at or 202265-6280. ■ The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will stage Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” Dec. 4 through 15. The school’s co-founder, Mike Malone, directs the production, which retells the Nativity story and celebrates the African-American experience through gospel music, song and dance. Before each show, the Ellington Theatre’s lobby will feature a Nativ-

ity Village with costumed singers, dancers and musicians. A market will offer a chance for holiday shopping. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $25 to $40. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is located at 3500 R St. NW. ■ The Washington Ballet will present Septime Webre’s adaptation of “The Nutcracker” at the Warner Theatre Dec. 5 through 29. The ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker on Christmas Eve in her family’s 1882 Georgetown mansion. Later that evening she encounters a battle of Revolutionary War soldiers led by the frightful King Rat and the Nutcracker. After winning the battle, the Nutcracker leads her on a journey involving the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, cherry blossoms, Anacostia Indians and more. Tickets cost $32 to $112. The Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 202-397-7328; Before the Warner Theatre run, the Washington Ballet will present four performances of the holiday favorite Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Tickets for these performances cost $35 to $50 and are available at or 202-362-3606, ext. 605.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holidays inWashington


Party, Play & Shop...

Gift drives, other charitable options abound in D.C. for the holidays By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer


ith the holidays just around the corner, local nonprofits are ramping up their efforts to help the populations they serve, with some trying out new ways to draw attention to their causes. Here are a few options for holiday charity drives in D.C.:

Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table

The 14th Street organization, which has been working with lowincome families in the District for 33 years, has traditionally held a toy drive during the holidays. This year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying something new â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a gift-giving program that strives to have a direct and longlasting impact on the families it serves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to focus on items that would aid [children] through their development,â&#x20AC;? said Kimberly Lyons, spokesperson for Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure the parents are empowered and make sure the kids are getting something they will use.â&#x20AC;? Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giving Wisely and Wonderfully,â&#x20AC;? the holiday drive offers four ways for people to donate. Under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bundles of Joyâ&#x20AC;? category, donors are encouraged to purchase crayons, paints, books, toothbrushes, diapers, baby formula and â&#x20AC;&#x153;discovery toysâ&#x20AC;? such as puzzles, Legos and alphabet/coloring activities that encourage learning and development. On the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website,, each age group has a link to an Amazon page featuring appropriate items. Donors can buy the items from another vendor or from Amazon, which will send them directly to the Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table headquarters. Gift cards are also available. Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table is also looking for winter clothing. In demand are childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coats for toddlers through 12-year-olds and new winter accessories for all ages. The organization also requests donations of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s casual clothing. The two other categories are traditional monetary and food donations. A list of needed emergency foods is available on the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Monetary contributions are also encouraged. The deadline to give online or drop off items is Dec. 13.

D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations The D.C. civic group is running a holiday drive for children in the care of D.C. Child and Family Services and the D.C. General Emer-

gency Family Shelter. Requested donations are new and unwrapped toys, clothing and books. Gently used books are also welcome, which will be used in an upcoming childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library at the family shelter. Gift requests include: ABC blocks and Leap Frog toys for infants and toddlers; crayons, African-American dolls and age-appropriate movies for 2- to 8-year-olds; workbooks, computer software and art activity kits for 9- to 12-yearolds; and scarves, watches, jewelry and team-logo shirts and sweatshirts for teens and young adults. Donors have until Dec. 14 to the drop off the gifts, tagged with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Gifts for D.C. Kids,â&#x20AC;? at the Sport and Health Club at 4001 Brandywine St. NW.

Catalogue for Philanthropy

The organization, which connects residents with philanthropic opportunities in the Washington region, is launching its â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Penny Savedâ&#x20AC;? campaign to encourage consumers to pay attention to what they spend during the holidays and give some of their savings to charities. To draw more attention to its D.C.-area small- to medium-sized nonprofits, the Catalogue is joining forces with a national campaign called #GivingTuesday. The yearold philanthropic movement seeks to establish a national day of giving â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Tuesday after Thanksgiving â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to counter the spending frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re encouraging people to be smarter consumers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; find those

great deals, and then find a way to help the community with the money you saved,â&#x20AC;? said Aline Newman, spokesperson for the Catalogue of Philanthropy. On Dec. 3, the organization will kick off â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Penny Savedâ&#x20AC;? by challenging its social media followers to estimate their savings from the major holiday shopping days after Thanksgiving. Once a dollar amount has been established, followers are encouraged to donate that extra money to one of the Catalogueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 365 charities. Some of the local organizations the Catalogue supports are Georgetown Ministry Center, Jubilee Jobs, For the Love of Children and Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theatre. The campaign will run until Dec. 31. For more information, contact 202-955-6538. To participate, follow catalogueforphilanthropydc or

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Bread for the City

The nonprofit seeks monetary donations of at least $29 to its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Helpingsâ&#x20AC;? campaign, which will fund a healthy holiday meal for 8,000 low-income D.C. families. For details or to donate, visit

D.C. Cancer Consortium

For the first time this year, the consortium will partner on its toy drive with Nueva Vida, a support network for Latinas with cancer. The drive is accepting unwrapped toys and gift cards to benefit families that have been affected by can-

cer. It will run until Dec. 13. Donations can be dropped at 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For details visit news/events/toy-drive.

Washington Humane Society

The animal shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday drive offers several options: Pick out gifts from the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wish list; drop off items at the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adoption centers at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW and 1201 New York Ave. NE; or host an office donation box collecting items for pets (after completing an application form). The drive runs until Jan. 3, 2014. Details are available at whsholidays.

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Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center

The local health center is collecting new and unwrapped toys and gift cards for children from infants to teens. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center encourages people to host their own toy drives to benefit the organization. Donors have until Dec. 19 to drop off the gifts at one of its area locations, including 2333 Ontario Road NW and 3912 Georgia Ave. NW. For more information on monetary donations contact Rebecca Dia-

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Maret School

During Reading Workshop weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been reading realistic fiction. Our teacher has been reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Esperanza Rising,â&#x20AC;? and it is an interesting book so far. The chapters are all named after fruits and vegetables in Spanish. We also meet with our first-grade Reading Buddies once a week. We read and play math and spelling games with them. We have upper school math buddies who help us during math. They come on Wednesdays and Thurs-

The Current days. Their names are Alicea, John, Madeline and Soraya. In math we are working on mind benders, which help us learn how to use clues to solve problems. We have been very busy in resource classes. In science class we studied bones and sorted Mystery Mix. In art we are drawing people and making tin foil dolls. In PE we have been practicing throwing skills for football. Sometimes we have Wordly Wise Theater. We act out vocabulary words, and our classmates guess them from our word lists. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sawyer Gourgey, Donia Nasr and Xavier Orlic, third-graders



Murch Elementary

This year we are learning about asking and answering questions. Something we liked about it was that we loved a specific story called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grace for President.â&#x20AC;? Reading it relates to asking and answering questions because we answered questions that were involved in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grace for President.â&#x20AC;? Also in science we are learning the types and forms of energy. We are going to learn about the night sky! In math we are learning area and perimeter. Soon we will focus on shapes. In writing we are studying Patricia Polacco. We are learning how to write personal narratives. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already learned about persuasive letters. We are reading books that she wrote, and they have lots of connections with her and older people. Also she writes about herself and her own memories. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jamie Coequyt and Hadley Carr, third-graders


Our Lady of Victory School

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On Nov. 7, Our Lady of Victory School had a fundraiser benefiting our 17-year-old cousin Jazzmin Peluchette. Jazzmin has a rare disease called neuromyelitis optica, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease,â&#x20AC;? that has left her paralyzed from the waist down and blind in one eye. We ordered purple silicone bracelets online that say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prayers for Jazzâ&#x20AC;? on them. At lunchtime, we sold the bracelets to grades one to eight for a minimum donation of $1. There was a great turnout, with donations of more than $1 from many students and teachers. Our cousin and her parents are so thrilled to hear that they have everyone at Our Lady of Victory behind them. Although she is bound in a wheelchair, she is doing much

better now, and going to physical therapy to help her become stronger. She keeps in mind every day the support she has and uses this as motivation. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Valeri Donnellan, eighth-grader, and Jack Donnellan, sixth-grader

Ross Elementary

We finished the GeoPlunge contest. This involved us learning the rankings of states, the state capitals and the border states. This contest was intense with about 50 schools and more than 200 students. Some of us got medals. Other students got Team Sportsmanship Awards. Currently, our fourth- and fifthgraders are studying magnets for their science units. They are learning about different types of magnets and what items are magnetic. In literacy, fifth-graders are learning about the westward expansion and pioneers such as Lewis and Clark. We are also learning about the Native Americans and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;orphan trains.â&#x20AC;? We received several large boxes of brand-new books from our annual Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Book Drive. Our librarian, Mr. Flanagan, picks the books we need. He gives the lists of books to our parents. Next, the people from the community buy the books. Many of the books have a sticker that say who donated the book. Ms. Juriga and her prekindergarten students went to the National Building Museum to do a program called â&#x20AC;&#x153;My House, My Home.â&#x20AC;? They are studying different houses found around the world. Gabriella, a prekindergarten student, described how they built houses out of paper, cardboard and glue. A museum worker taught students about different types of houses such as adobe,

wood cabins and igloos. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Velasquez, fifth-grader

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

At St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, we have just begun the second quarter of the academic year, which brings new topics and projects. In social studies we are learning about ancient Greece, Sparta and Greek culture. In language arts and reading we are learning about pronouns and will begin reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pact.â&#x20AC;? In math and science we are beginning our bowling unit, which will discuss force, velocity and laws of motion in relation to bowling. In math, we will discuss who is statistically the better bowler by recording and graphing the results from the game. National Junior Honor Society members (seventh- and eighth-graders) are working on the annual Turkey Feathers contest. The money raised will help buy coats for those less fortunate. They are also collecting gently used childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coats. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Seventh-graders

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

At St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, fourth-graders have been learning about the 13 colonies in social studies and music. We have been practicing for the Grade 4 American Music Presentation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even practicing our lines on our pets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; trying to figure out a way to not overheat while wearing Colonial costumes on stage. The performance is about musical things that would have gone on in the 13 colonies in the 1700s. The people in the Colonies would sing songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bile Them Cabbage Down,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yankee Doodleâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazing Grace.â&#x20AC;? Many of these See Dispatches/Page 17

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DISPATCHES From Page 16 songs would have dances that people at parties would do, referred to as folk dances. Some of these could have been danced at fancy dinners, while others werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so prim and proper. As part of this unit, we also made a dulcimer with our own hands! We cut wood into fine shapes and sizes so that the pieces would fit into place. We all learned to play the instrument in class. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Clay Bruno, fourth-grader

Shepherd Elementary

The Jammy Jam Costume Dance was awesome. I had a great time. I danced with my friends, ate and saw many kids in cool costumes. We did the Wobble, the Cupid Shuffle, the Harlem Shake and the Electric Slide (which I made my father do). Congrats to the girls and boys who made the basketball team (including myself) and thank you to Mr. Page, Mr. Walcott and Ms. Hamer for preparing us for the season ahead with our conditioning. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zoe McCullough, fifth-grader The GeoPlunge Tournament took place on Nov. 14. The team with Godloves Tata, Keshav MehtaHarwitz and myself came in first place on the Junior Advanced level. The team with Leela Mehta-Har-

witz, Jean Pierre Roberts and Johnathan Jennings came in sixth place on the Intermediate level. The team with Imani Thomas, Weldon Genies and Madison Swanson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t place but received the Christopher Columbus Explorer award. I have to thank Ms. Thomas and Ms. Ulba. They have given their time and patience for us to participate in this tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; London Downing, fifth-grader

Sheridan School

Having hydrogen gas around can lead to some explosive situations. At Sheridan, the eighth grade has been studying chemistry by looking at the properties of elements and chemical reactions. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking a small piece of magnesium and combining it with hydrochloric acid. Then we wait for a reaction to take place. By holding a glowing splint over the test tube, we see evidence of hydrogen gas if we see some sort of chemical change or reaction. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve based this hypothesis on disasters such as the Hindenburg zephyr and Challenger explosions. With the Hindenburg, the operators were using hydrogen instead of helium, and the hydrogen caught fire. In the Challenger accident, hydrogen leaked out and caught fire. While our experiment may be small, it shows the volatile properties of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most abundant element. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Avery Adomaitis, eighth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

In third grade in Ms. Caccavaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s math class we learn a lot. We go to our homeroom for math. We go to another third grade for reading, and another for science. Basically, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s switching so all the third grades go to certain classrooms for a subject. It gives us a chance to have a specialized teacher rather than just one teacher for everything. It has worked well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like middle school. We have teachers who are trained well in the subject. Ms. Caccavale knows exactly what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, and she has everything planned for math. It seems like the teachers really enjoy what they love teaching so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re producing a higher level of teaching by doing what they want to teach. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grace Carter and Gabriel Alexander, third-graders

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 learning about America. The club also plans to possibly have experts on anime, manga and Japanese talk to us. The club might even hold a fundraiser to go to an anime convention later in the year. The club also wants to screen Japanese movies and maybe even watch an anime together. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Collier, ninth-grader

Wilson High School

When kids are willing to stay at school until 9 or 10 p.m., you know they are dedicated. This is how one

could describe the cast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story,â&#x20AC;? which opened Nov. 15, with performances continuing through this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Storyâ&#x20AC;? is a modern take on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? Senior Paige Rumelt said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It warns about the tragedy that can come from inequality and hate.â&#x20AC;? The cast has been preparing for weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything has really come together: acting, tech, and orchestra,â&#x20AC;? said senior Eva Monroe. Visit for details! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Madeline Taub, 12th-grader


Washington Latin Public Charter School

At the beginning of the 20132014 school year, Washington Latin sophomore Nicholaus Harvey created the Anime/Manga/Japanese Club, which meets every Tuesday at lunch. Anime is the Japanese form of animation. Most anime, similar to modern American movies, originate from books, or manga. Manga are Japanese comic books. The club participated in an Oct. 29 event dealing with students from two different Japanese high schools coming to the U.S. and presenting PowerPoints about Japan while



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Wednesday november 20 Classes â&#x2013; The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Solve Our Human Problems,â&#x20AC;? about Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202986-2257. The class will repeat Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Susan Lowell will lead an introductory class in Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi. 7:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. Concerts â&#x2013;  A centennial celebration for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will feature musical selections from 1964 to 1988 performed by Jason Graae, Shelly Burch and Martin Charnin. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Concert Choir will perform Kevin Siegfriedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly commissioned cantata â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vidimus Stellamâ&#x20AC;? and Daniel Pinkhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Cantata.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets


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Events Entertainment NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013; The band American Babies will perform. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Maggie Anderson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Black Year: One Familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest to Buy Black in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Racially Divided Economy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will present a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Future of the U.S. Dollar as Global Reserve Currency.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5 to $10; reservations requested. 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. â&#x2013;  Joe Sacco will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of

the Battle of the Somme,â&#x20AC;? which captures the battleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first days in a 24-page foldout. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Barbara Haskell, a longtime curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robert Indiana: His Art and Its Shifting Reputation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street lobby a half hour before the talk. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muslim Journeysâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk on the role of food in Muslim culture. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  MedStar Medicare Choice will present a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medicare and You.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Films â&#x2013;  The West End Library will show the 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Washington Really Works: Charlie Peters and the Washington Monthly,â&#x20AC;? followed by a talk by director Norman Kelley. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature RĂŠgis Roinsardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Popu-

laire.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Readings â&#x2013; Irish author Kevin Barry will read from his short story collection â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Lies the Islandâ&#x20AC;? and his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Bohane.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The First Draft Reading Series will feature D.C. playwright Billy Finnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Grunts,â&#x20AC;? about two veteran hit men trying to dispose of a dead body late at night. 7:30 p.m. Arts Club of Washington of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 8 p.m. $76 to $665. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-




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3000. Tasting â&#x2013; A tasting soiree will focus on holiday wines. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Thursday, Nov. 21

Thursday november 21 Concerts â&#x2013; A centennial celebration for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will feature musical selections from 1989 to 2013 performed by Corey Cott, John Bucchino and Kara Lindsay. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Chamber Ensemble Duo will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Italian Violin From Baroque to the Nineteenth Century,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Tartini, Porpora, Scarlatti, Nardini, Vitali, Paganini, Listzt, Bellini and Verdi. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atrium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Revivalists will perform a mix of soulful indie rock, R&B and funk. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $22. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will perform. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6872787. â&#x2013;  Kung Fu and Moogatu will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Russ Feingold, the U.S. special envoy to Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Lakes region, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Continued Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Lewis Grossman of American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington College of Law will discuss Washington Irvingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 240, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4642. â&#x2013;  The Washington Women Writers Series will feature a talk by Breena Clarke, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stand the Storm.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;  Cecilia Baeza, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Brasilia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palestinians in Latin America: Between Assimilation and Long-Distance Nationalism.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  Michael Yahuda, visiting scholar at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sino-Japanese Relations After the Cold War: Two Tigers Sharing a Mountain.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Retired U.S. Air Force Capt. Kernan Chaisson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;MAD Cats: The Story of VP-63,â&#x20AC;? about sailors who worked to counter the Nazisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; undersea menace during World War II. 2 p.m. Free. See Events/Page 19

Continued From Page 18 Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013; Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revolution and Political Transitions in North Africa.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Colombian writer Juan Gabriel VĂĄsquez will read from his work and participate in a discussion with translator Anne McLean on the state of contemporary Latin American literature. 4 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5394. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Shiloh Krupar will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Spotterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste,â&#x20AC;? about remediation of nuclear and other U.S. military facilities from World War II and the Cold War. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees group will host a talk by economist Walton Francis on health insurance choices available to federal employees and retirees during the current open season. 6 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-387-7936. â&#x2013;  John Elliff, a member of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power and Meaning of Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gettysburg Address: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room 209, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Cottage Conversation series will feature a book talk by legislative historian Chris DeRose, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congressman Lincoln: The Making of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest President.â&#x20AC;? Reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 6:30 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations requested. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage at the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232.


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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; International jewelry experts Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style,â&#x20AC;? about the jewelry collections of 11 international icons, including Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post. 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  New York-based painter Wade Guyton will discuss his work in conversation with Klaus Ottmann, director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and curator at large for the Phillips Collection. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; free for students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Curator Andrianna Campbell and artists David Kennedy Cutler, Ellington Robinson and Corin Hewitt will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legacy of the 1913 Armory Show.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3383552. â&#x2013;  Author and Virginia Tech professor Doris Zallen will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real-Life Genome Stories.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  George Sullivan, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Built in a Day: Exploring the Architecture of Rome,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hidden Gems: An Architectural Stroll.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Ari Shavit will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  MedStar Medicare Choice will present a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medicare and You.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202541-6100. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian American Art Museum senior curator Eleanor Harvey and Oregon State University art history professor Henry Sayre will discuss the western American landscape and its relationship to Wayne Higbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceramic containers. 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting the Story: 125 Years of National Geographic Writingâ&#x20AC;? will feature editors Cynthia Gorney and Oliver Payne


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd,â&#x20AC;? featuring photography and films by the Los Angeles-based Prager that include staged crowd scenes, will open Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and continue through March 9. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednes-

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day through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m. Admission costs $8 to $10; it is free for children under 12 and military personnel. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mirage,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Canadian artist David Ivan Clark that hover in the space between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact, will open with a reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susan Calloway Fine Arts. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 21. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-9654601. â&#x2013;  Alley Cat Studio will open an exhibit of current paintings by Pat Goslee, Sally Kauffman and Lynn Putney with a reception Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will conclude Dec. 1 with an artist talk from 3 to 5 p.m. Located at 29 Kings Court SE, No. 6, the studio is open by and writers Alma Guillermoprieto, David Quammen and Paul Salopek. 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. â&#x2013;  Erwin A. Schmidl, professor at the University of Innsbruck, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the Balkan Wars to the First World War: Stumbling Into a European Catastrophe.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. frombalkanwartofirstworldwar. Films â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,â&#x20AC;? the National Archives will show the 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baghdad Twistâ&#x20AC;? and the 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baklava and the Meaning of Life.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The 3rd Thursdays Film Series will feature Takashi Yamazakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always: Sunset on Third Street 3.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders







Alex Pragerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crowd #5 (Washington Square West)â&#x20AC;? is part of the Corcoranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new exhibit. appointment only Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-365-0219. â&#x2013; Addison/Ripley Fine Art opened an exhibit last week of paintings and pastels by Wolf Kahn and will continue it through Jan. 11. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202338-5180.

Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. events/film. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumn in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a movie set in the Big Apple. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Meetings â&#x2013;  The West End Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new evening book club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marriage Plotâ&#x20AC;? by Jeffrey Eugenides. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss George Saundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; short story collection â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenth of December,â&#x20AC;? a finalist for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Book Award for Fiction. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barchester Towersâ&#x20AC;? by Anthony Trollope. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Performances â&#x2013;  Comedienne, singer and performer

Sylvia Traymore will present her one-woman play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come See About Me â&#x20AC;Ś A Fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diana Ross Story.â&#x20AC;? 7 and 9 p.m. $40. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. comeseeaboutme. â&#x2013; Catholic University will present its Engelbert Humperdinckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretel,â&#x20AC;? sung in English with surtitles. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Picnic Theatre Company will present a benefit performance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds will benefit the Dumbarton House as well as Malaika Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir in Kenya. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rude Mechanicals will present a production of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Othelloâ&#x20AC;? set in the cutthroat business world of the 1960s. 8:30 p.m. $7. See Events/Page 20


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Continued From Page 19 Auditorium G01, Kreeger Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;History & Hopsâ&#x20AC;? will feature samples of the last of DC Brauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-creation of Christian Heurichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-Prohibition lager. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Teen program â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hunger Games Trivia Tournament for Teensâ&#x20AC;? with prizes and snacks. 4 p.m. Free. Large Conference Room, TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Tours â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Sustainability will present a tour of green buildings, vegetated roofs, green energy systems and other environmentally friendly features on campus. 11 a.m. Free. Meet at the American University Museum, Katzen

Events Entertainment Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013; A behind-the-scenes tour will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Specialty Mums at Hillwood,â&#x20AC;? offering a look at the greenhouse where gardeners continue a 55-year tradition of propagating chrysanthemums for fresh cut flowers used in the weekly floral arrangements. 11 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $15 suggested donation. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. Friday, Nov. 22

Friday november 22 Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Haydn, Persichetti, Spindler and Martinu. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature electric guitarist Ben Harbert, cellist Amy Domingues and drummer Amy Farina adapting works that straddle mid-century avant-garde and folk traditions. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Members of the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will perform classical music, and


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Howard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocal group Afro Blue will perform jazz selections. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013; Students of Magdalena Duhagon will present a guitar recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundation Artist Concert Series will feature Evermay Chamber with Tamaki Kawakubo & Friends. 6:30 p.m. $65. Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW. 202298-6007. The concert will repeat Saturday at 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Swedish singer-songwriter Marlene will perform electro-pop with a raw R&B and melodic sound. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. embassyofsweden. â&#x2013;  Cantate Chamber Singers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th Birthday Celebration,â&#x20AC;? featuring composer Benjamin Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition of Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiemâ&#x20AC;? and Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Stringsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cantata Misericordium.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $35. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-920-0923. â&#x2013;  The American University Workshop will perform contemporary works. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall,

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. â&#x2013; The Andrew Hare Quartet will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $15. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. â&#x2013;  American singersongwriter Bonnie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Princeâ&#x20AC;? Billy will perform. 8 p.m. $10 to $25. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Americana band Yarn will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Conference â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a conference on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tap the Power of LinkedIn for Your Job Search,â&#x20AC;? featuring speaker Colleen McKenna and sessions for advanced users and beginners. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $95 to $110. Venable LLP Conference Center, 575 7th St. NW. 202-387-1582. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Martin W. Sandler will discuss his

book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Letters of John F. Kennedy.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hidden History of D.C.â&#x20AC;? will feature a panel discussion with Robert S. Pohl, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Legends & Historic Lore of Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;?; John Muller, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;?; and Garrett Peck, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Martin W. Sandler will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Letters of John F. Kennedy,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and Bill Ayers will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jeremy Pope, assistant professor of history at the College of William & Mary, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mysterious Meritefnut: A Missing Persons Case From the 7th Century B.C.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Joshua DeBois will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, journalists Marvin Kalb (shown) and Dan Rather will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Presidency, a Legacy and a Day That Changed America.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Main Ballroom, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Festival â&#x2013;  The three federally recognized tribes of the Cherokee Nation will celebrate their tribal history and heritage with food demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and music and dance performances. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 50th-Anniversary Salute to Taiwanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Horse Awardsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Leon Daiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Cannot Live Without You).â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  Wilson High School will present the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story,â&#x20AC;? featuring an 18-piece school/community orchestra. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Auditorium, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  AU in Motion, a student-run dance performance group, will present its fall showcase. 8 p.m. $10. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Readings â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish CommuSee Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 nity Center will present a reading of Liz Maestriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;House Beautiful,â&#x20AC;? about three generations of a family weathering the end of an era in a decaying town. 2 p.m. $5. Bernstein Library, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013; Local poets Joel Diaz-Porter and Paulette Beete will respond to the Folger Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Julietâ&#x20AC;? with original work exploring themes from the play. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special events â&#x2013;  On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Newseumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;JFK Remembrance Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature discussions with authors, journalists and filmmakers, as well as documentary screenings and the rebroadcast of three hours of CBS Newsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; live coverage from Nov. 22, 1963. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events free with museum admission ($12.95 to $21.95; free for ages 6 and younger). Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Free-for-Allâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a film or games, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington and the French-American Chamber of Commerce will host their annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration,â&#x20AC;? featuring light fare from D.C. restaurants, free-flowing Beaujolais Nouveau and a selection of French breads, cheeses, pâtĂŠs and pastries. 8 p.m. $60 to $95. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Montreal Canadiens. 7 p.m. $60 to $525. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Saturday,november Nov. 23 Saturday 23 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mary Ann Jung as Margaret

Brent, a historical figure in Colonial Maryland. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Films for Children & Teensâ&#x20AC;? series will present Michel Ocelotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Azur and Asmar,â&#x20AC;? a modern-day fable that celebrates multiculturalism, loyalty and honesty. 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Tots: Thanksgiving at Tudor Place,â&#x20AC;? for ages 4 through 6, will feature an interactive story and a chance to scour the historic mansion in search of historic games and tours. Participants will also make a special holiday craft and engage in period dancing. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $8; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Class â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day With David Thomas, Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Former Royal Crown Jeweler,â&#x20AC;? an allday seminar. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $105 to $135. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Beau Soir Ensemble will perform. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Lecturer Alex Ross, mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore and pianist Daniel Hobbs will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wagner in America.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Students of Magdalena Duhagon will present a guitar recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202244-7326. â&#x2013;  The American Voices festival will feature a concert with sets by D.C. gospel singer Vanessa Williams and the country music band Mama Tried. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The choral ensemble Third Practice will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing a New Song,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Distler, MacMillan, Paart, Sweelink and Parry. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Mary

Arena Stage presents film remake Arena Stage will present Todd Kreidlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new theatrical adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guess Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coming to Dinnerâ&#x20AC;? Nov.

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29 through Jan. 5 in the Fichandler Stage. Malcolm-Jamaal Warner stars in the production, based on William Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenplay for the classic 1967 film about a young white woman introducing her family to her African-American fiancĂŠ, a charming, accomplished physician. Tickets cost $40 to $90. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013; Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present the annual Donn B. Murphy OneActs Festival Nov. 20 through 23 in Poulton Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stage III. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event features the student-written musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Succeed With Dolls,â&#x20AC;? which follows a young Wall Street actuary as he falls head over heels in love with a woman he has only Mother of God Church, 727 5th St. NW. 703-600-9751. â&#x2013;  Jazz@Wesley will feature the Sharon Thomas Experience. 6:30 p.m. $7 to $10; free for ages 11 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present a concert by banjo player BĂŠla Fleck and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarists Anabel Montesinos and Marco Tamayo will perform arrangements of works by Mozart, Bach and The Beatles. 8 p.m. $25. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-6546403. â&#x2013;  The American University Symphonic Band and soloist Nobue Matsuoka-Motely,

just seen. The festival will also include student-directed scenes from Shakespeare plays. Tickets cost $5 to $8. The Georgetown University campus is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; â&#x2013; The In Series will present two shows in repertory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pocket Opera x 2: Puccini & Zarzuelaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Family Reunionâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nov. 23 through Dec. 8 at GALA Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pocket Opera x 2â&#x20AC;? pairs Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Villi (The Spirits),â&#x20AC;? an opera-ballet in which the spirit of a jilted young woman returns to haunt her unfaithful lover, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heart of Madrid,â&#x20AC;? an assemblage of hits from Spanish light opera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Family Reunionâ&#x20AC;? is a new American opera-musical by Chris Patton with libretto by Bill Moses. Love, loss, duty and memories of happier times converge as a family wrestles with strained relationships and issues of care for their aging, dementia-addled grandmother. Tickets cost $21 to $42. The GALA Theater is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763;

a percussion instructor at American University, will perform. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. â&#x2013; The Georgetown University Orchestra and soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot will perform works by Strauss, LehĂĄr and Korngold. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The American Voices festival will feature a concert hosted by soprano RenĂŠe Fleming and conducted by National Symphony Orchestra principal pops conductor Steven Reineke. Performers will include Broadway singers Sutton Foster and Norm Lewis, jazz veterans Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling, gospel diva Kim Burrell, pop stars Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, country-bluegrass star Alison Krauss and opera singer Eric Owens. 8 p.m. $29 to $225. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Randy Thompson

Arena will open â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guess Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coming to Dinnerâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 29. â&#x2013; The Kennedy Center will present the world-premiere musical production of Mo Willemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elephant & Piggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s We Are in a Play!â&#x20AC;? Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 in the Family Theater. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center and based on Willemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award-winning childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book series, the play has the Elephant & Piggie duo singing and dancing their way through peril and suspense. The show is recommended for ages 4 and older. Tickets cost $20. 202-467-4600; and the Dave Kitchen Band will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein (shown) will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and David Baldacci will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;King and Maxwell,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Cultural Study Abroad will present a seminar on new trends in Parisian museums and fashions to benefit D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garfield Elementary School. The event will include a game to identify Parisian personalities. 2 to 4 p.m. $20. 3526 S St. NW. 202-669See Events/Page 22



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Continued From Page 21 1562. â&#x2013; Warren Brown, owner of the CakeLove bakeries, will discuss his fourth cookbook, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pie Love.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a pie crust demonstration, samples and a book signing. 3:30 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Bill Ayers will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Films â&#x2013;  The Ballet in Cinema series will present a production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spartacusâ&#x20AC;? from the Bolshoi Ballet. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  Andrew Dosunmu will present his 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restless City,â&#x20AC;? about a Senegalese musician who negotiates his way around Harlem taking odd jobs and gigs. Afterward, he will discuss and show excerpts from his new film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother of George,â&#x20AC;? about the immigrant community. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Con-

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Events Entertainment stitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; DC Shorts and SpeakeasyDC will present films created in five days after watching local storytellers share personal stories in front of an audience. 7:30 and 9 p.m. $20. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Dance Place will present the â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Rhythms Festival,â&#x20AC;? featuring Coyaba Dance Theater, Culture Shock, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and the Step Afrika! ensemble. 8 p.m. $12 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase will feature rock band Charles the Hammer, musician Don Kim and comedians Brandon Wardell, Becca Steinhoff, Jeff Hysen and Stavros Halkias. 10 p.m. $10 to $15. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. capitalcityshowcase.eventbrite. com. Special event â&#x2013;  A dinner and book signing will mark the launch of Alice Watersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new cookbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor,


and Inspiration From the New Kitchen Garden.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds will benefit The Edible Schoolyard. 7 p.m. $345 to $350 for book, dinner and wine; $645 to $650 for two people. Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fishing and Camping, 5031 Connecticut Ave. NW. Sporting events â&#x2013; The Majority Whips will square off against the DC DemonCats and the Cherry Blossom Bombshells will square off against Scare Force One in DC Rollergirls competition. 4 and 5:45 p.m. $16.85. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 800745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the New York Knicks. 7 p.m. $10 to $578. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Sunday, Nov. 24

Sunday november 24 Concerts â&#x2013; The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Libby Larsen, Jennifer Higdon and Louis Saverino at a recital honoring the 40th anniversary of women joining the Marine Band. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music With the Angelsâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature saxophonist Zulfugar Baghirov, guitarist Chris Galvan and drummer Leland Nakamura in an afternoon program of experimental jazz techniques, free improvisation and avant-garde styles. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Wind Ensemble will perform works by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and others. 4 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Calder Quartet will perform pair-

ings of traditional pieces and contemporary music. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013; Stanley Thurston, artist in residence at the Washington National Cathedral, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Students of Brock Holmes will present a guitar and piano recital. 5:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The American Voices festival will feature musical theater numbers performed by D.C. actress and singer Erin Driscoll and a concert by singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Jon Carroll, who won a Grammy for his arrangement of the 1976 hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon Delight.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Guitarists Mak Grgic (shown) and Nejc Kuhar will perform works by J.S. Bach and Slovenian composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform works by DvorĂĄk and Bruckner as part of the Masterworks of Five Centuries concert series. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $22 to $28. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Mr. Hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchestrotica will perform global jazz and exotic chamber music from




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4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-9325. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Marc-André Hamelin performing works by Field, Medtner and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $60. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Bruce Rosenstein on “Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way.” 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. ■ Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein will discuss their book “Getting Back to Full Employment.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Robert Stone will discuss his book “Death of the Black-Haired Girl.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Georgetown Day School’s Benjamin Cooper Memorial Lecture series will feature a talk by Ta-Neishi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of the awardwinning article “Fear of a Black President.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required by Nov. 21. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW.

Walk ■ Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a walking tour spotlighting the homes and neighborhood spots frequented by John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie during their years in Washington. 10 a.m. $15; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW.

Films ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature the 1950 film “Harvey,” starring James Stewart. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The “Fiction Lover’s Film Companion” series will feature David Frankel’s 2011 film “The Big Year.” 6 p.m. Free. Room A-9, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” series will feature Michael Curtiz’s 1949 film “Flamingo Road.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ The Goethe-Institut will present Carl Froelich’s 1913 silent film “Richard Wagner,” about the composer’s childhood and his triumphs in orchestral and operatic music. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200.

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Children’s program ■ Barefoot Puppets will present “Ooey Gooey Thanksgiving,” featuring favorite characters from children’s rhymes and stories (for ages 4 through 8). 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The performance will repeat Tuesday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and Friday at noon. Class ■ Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi will lead an introductory class in the meditative martial art. 7:30 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Concerts ■ The Asian American Music Society will present a concert by young winners of its 2013 woodwind, piano, string and voice international competitions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The D.C. Federation of Musicians will present a jazz showcase featuring Herman Burney, Nasar Abadey, Jon Ozment and others. 7 to 10:30 p.m. $10. Guapo’s,

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Concerts ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature violinist Monika Chamasyan and pianist Marina Chamasyan performing works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Arno Babajanyan. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Sea Chanters chorus will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by labor lawyer Larry Cohen on “The American Labor Movement: Past, Present and (?) Future.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ The Restaurant Opportunities Center and Institute for Policy Studies will present a panel discussion on “Tipped Over the Edge,” featuring restaurant workers and policy experts on the importance of raising the tipped minimum wage and providing sick days for restaurant workers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and

Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Suzanne Massie, author of “Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia,” will discuss her new memoir “Trust But Verify: Reagan, Russia and Me.” 6:30 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. ■ Nicholas Dawidoff will discuss his book “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ The monthlong “Tales of the City — San Francisco” series will feature Don Siegel’s 1971 film “Dirty Harry,” starring Clint Eastwood. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Performances ■ The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature People Like Us and Spirit Bear, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Los Angeles Lakers. 7 p.m. $10 to $322. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Wednesday, Nov. 27 Wednesday november 27 Concert ■ Singer, songwriter and guitarist Owen Danoff, a Strathmore artist in residence, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussion ■ Connie Carter of the Library of Congress will discuss “Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday During the Civil War.” Noon. Free. “The Civil War in America” exhibition, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4604. Films ■ The “Muslim Journeys” film series will feature “Prince Among Slaves.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Retro Movie Night” will feature Woody Allen’s 1979 film “Manhattan,” starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Arik Lubetzky’s 2011 film “Little Simico’s Big Fantasy.” 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meeting ■ The Glover Park Village’s twicemonthly “Conversation Corner” will offer a chance to speak French, Spanish or German with neighbors. 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Performances ■ The Joffrey Ballet will present Tchaikovsky’s family classic “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. $34 to $155. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Ottawa Senators. 7 p.m. $33 to $443. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

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