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Congressional panel to hear height debate

Zoning hearings close amid parking scrutiny


■ Land use: Commission to

consider next steps on Dec. 9

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A yearlong study of a century-old federal law concluded last week with a rapid-fire series of conflicting recommendations and reversals — just two weeks before a congressional hearing into possible relaxation of the 1910 Height of Buildings Act. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will chair a hearing Monday to consider “strategic” changes to the law. On Nov. 17, the staff of the National Capital Planning Commission issued a revised recommendation to amend the act to allow “targeted” changes through the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Then two days later, the commission itself rejected that recommendation, voting instead to ask Issa to keep existing height limits in place — inside and outside the city’s monumental core. The next night, the Office of Planning announced it would stick with its original proposal to essentially repeal the law outside the socalled L’Enfant City, and to allow somewhat taller buildings inside. See Height/Page 22

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

When it comes to parking, who is the District’s “silent majority” — residents who rely on the convenience of car ownership, or those who prefer other transportation modes? This is one of the key questions the Zoning Commission will begin weighing next month as it considers proposed revisions to the District’s land-use regulations. Since the

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The Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center organized 500 volunteers to prepare 20,000 servings of food Monday and Tuesday for area residents in need.

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer


Century-old hatter finds first D.C. spot in Georgetown — Page 3

Office of Planning kicked off the overhaul to the 1958-era zoning code six years ago, parking has been one of the topics that’s seen the most debate. In its series of public hearings on the zoning rewrite this month, the commission dedicated three nights to a section of the zoning code that includes parking, and parking policies also permeated much of witnesses’ other testimony. And people on both sides of the debate have claimed they represent the views of D.C. residents who aren’t closely following zoning proposals. At issue is how much parking See Zoning/Page 5

Alcohol board drops cap on 17th Street restaurants

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Changes will include upgraded signals, ramps and bus shelters.

— none of them are ADA-compliant. DDOT is coming through and we’re going to make them all ADAcompliant,” Andrew Johnson, engineer at KCI Technologies, the general contractor for the project, said at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Logan

Theater J to stage reprisal of last year’s ‘Woody Sez’ — Page 21

clubs, bars in eastern Dupont Current Staff Writer

Circle advisory neighborhood commission. The $4.7 million project is part of a major effort to upgrade the sidewalks along K Street. Johnson said the construction may affect commuters due to the work on bus stops. “As we’re working on medians at certain bus shelters, there will be impact to commuters. WMATA may or may not close or relocate bus stops as construction activity comes to certain locations,” he said of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which manages the Metrobus system. “It’ll be WMATA’s call.” The contractors will also try to See Street/Page 22


■ ABC: Freeze to continue for


K Street corridor slated for ADA upgrades In the next few weeks on K Street, work will start on an expected yearlong project to make pedestrian ramps at intersections between 12th and 21st streets compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. Spearheaded by the D.C. Department of Transportation, the construction will include adding accessible pedestrian signals and push buttons at each roadway crossing; removing and reconstructing existing bus stops; removing and reinstalling storm drains; and installing new streetlights. “Medians, the bus stops, bus shelters on medians along K Street

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Dupont Circle’s 17th Street liquor license moratorium will likely be extended for three years for new nightclubs and bars, but the cap on licenses would no longer apply to restaurants, liquor stores, groceries or multipurpose facilities. The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted last Wednesday to adopt the revised moratorium, which applies within 600 feet of the intersection of 17th and Q streets. The extension will require D.C. Council approval, which is expected to be a formality. The moratorium has been in place since 1990, with hotels being the only existing exempted use. The cap has limited the East Dupont area to 16 restaurants, four stores with alcohol sales for off-premises consumption, two taverns, no nightclubs and no multipurpose facilities. Proponents of the change hope that allowing new restaurants and other uses will help revitalize this


U.S. attorney evokes Gertrude Stein with ‘there’s there there’ — Page 6

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Backers of the relaxed liquor license limits hope additional eateries will revitalize the area.

section of the neighborhood as it competes with areas like 14th Street. In announcing their decision, alcohol board members said they were essentially endorsing the August recommendation of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission, which advocated phasing out the moratorium incrementally. Alcohol board chair Ruthanne Miller called this approach “a reasonable measure and appropriate solution.” “I was personally very impressed with the manner in which the ANC gathered information on these issues and presented their analysis,” Miller said. “I thought that it was very meaSee Moratorium/Page 22

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If National’s lineup thrives, then D.C. theater sees boost By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Photo by Joan Marcus

Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp star in the musical “If/Then,” now at the National.

The world premiere of a Broadway-bound musical infused the National Theatre with new energy this month, reviving the historic D.C. playhouse’s tradition of testing out shows headed to New York. “If/Then,” starring Broadway giant Idina Menzel of “Rent” and “Wicked” fame, began previews Nov. 5 with an official opening Sun-

Century-old hatmaker sets up shop in Wisconsin Ave. space

Goorin Bros., a century-old family hatmaking company based in California that has helped revive the popularity of this fashion accessory, has opened a shop in Georgetown. The store opened last Friday at 1214 Wisconsin Ave., marking the company’s 28th location. The site is in a retail-heavy neighborhood that’s devoid of stores dedicated to hats, an opportunity that CEO Ben Goorin described as “amazing” given the many clothing and shoe stores. “There are hundreds of them and yet there’s not a single hat store during a time when people are discovering that hats are an important style,” Goorin said. “That’s why we’re excited. There’s a been a void in the market.” Inside the 900-square-foot space, which formerly housed an Aerosoles shoe store, Goorin Bros. offers a variety of hand-made custom hats for men and women, including fedoras, flatcaps, woodsman beanies and modern baseball caps, ranging from $30 to $200. According to market research reports, the $2 billion hat industry is poised to reverse the declining revenues of the past few decades thanks to popularity among millennials. The Goorin Bros. business got its start in Pittsburgh and moved to San Francisco in 1949. Its locations across the country draw inspiration from the traditional hat shops that used to be commonplace. In line with that old-school ambiance, the store offers a personal hatfitting consultation with one of the employees.

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“It’s important to have a personal one-on-one with our merchants so that customers can understand what they feel is comfortable, what they look best in and how [the hat] best fits them,” said Goorin, who is part of the fourth generation of Goorins to run the family business. Goorin said the shop will also stretch patrons’ old hats, a complimentary service. “We’ll teach people about hat care and what goes on in the making of quality hats,” he said. For three years, Goorin Bros. has been looking for that perfect spot in Georgetown. “Wisconsin and M form one of the most unique retail intersections in America and are a cornerstone of the community,” Tom Morris, director of retail at Goorin Bros., wrote in an email. “The Georgetown customer appreciates the quality and craftsmanship of handmade products.” In keeping with the block’s historic architecture, Goorin said the Georgetown shop’s interior design features reclaimed wooden floors, a tin ceiling, custom mahogany cabinetry and shelving, antique decorations and old-fashioned hat tools.

Coffee shop opens

Culture Coffee recently opened at 709 Kennedy St. in Brightwood. In addition to serving hot coffee, the shop offers coffee shakes, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, fruit parfaits and pastries.

The week ahead Monday, Dec. 2

The D.C. Department of General Services will hold a public hearing to discuss proposals for the reuse of Sharpe Health School. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

American University President Neil Kerwin will hold a community town hall meeting, followed by a holiday gathering for the university’s neighbors. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

The D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a round-table discussion on the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project in Glover Park. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW.

day. Performances will continue until Dec. 8, before the show debuts in New York next March. It’s an out-of-town tryout for a cast that includes actor Anthony Rapp (a former “Rent” co-star of Menzel’s) and the same creative team that produced the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning “Next to Normal,” which itself came to D.C.’s Arena Stage before continuing to Broadway. For the National, though, “If/Then” is any-

thing but a tryout. It’s a real test for the theater’s new programming and management team, National Theatre Group. Begun last year as a partnership between entertainment companies JAM Theatricals and SMG, the organization aims to usher in a new era at the National. The goal is to revitalize the struggling playhouse at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. that was once considered among the most venerable in American theater, but which has See Theater/Page 22


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Current

District Digest New traffic cameras now issuing warnings

The Metropolitan Police Department activated its newest traffic cameras on Saturday, according to a news release. Violators will

receive warnings until Dec. 30, when fines will begin. The cameras rely on new technology to enforce a variety of offenses, including gridlock enforcement units targeting “blocking the box� at intersections; porta-

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ble stop sign enforcement units in residential neighborhoods; portable crosswalk enforcement units near schools, parks and recreation centers; and units that will enforce rules on oversized and overweight commercial vehicles. Additional speed enforcement units have also been deployed. Information about the new cameras is available at The website lists where each technology is deployed, and a map shows the locations of all of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s automated enforcement units

City set to distribute new trash containers

The D.C. Department of Public Works will begin distributing new trash cans and recycling bins in January. The process will begin in neighborhoods receiving once-a-week trash collection, according to a news release. Households there will receive a new Supercan and a 64-gallon recycling can. In the spring, distribution will expand to neighborhoods with twice-a-week trash collection. Homes there will receive a new 32-gallon trash can and a 48-gallon recycling can. Distribution is expected to continue through July. The use of larger recycling receptacles is aimed at fulfilling the Sustainable DC planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s target of â&#x20AC;&#x153;diverting 80 percent of the waste stream through recycling, composing and waste conversion,â&#x20AC;? the

release states. Most Supercans were last replaced more than a decade ago, and their age has led to complaints about containers in poor condition attracting rats and other animals.

Utility work affects Washington Circle

The D.C. Department of Transportation has closed the junction of New Hampshire Avenue and the southwest side of Washington Circle due to utility work. The project is slated to continue through Dec. 9, weather permitting. Detours are in effect for traffic on New Hampshire Avenue between 24th Street and Washington Circle. Emergency vehicles are still able to access George Washington University Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveways, and pedestrians can use the block.

Petitions available for Democratic posts

Petitions became available last week for seats on the D.C. Democratic State Committee. The partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 1 primary ballot will include the positions, along with mayor, delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, and other local offices. The Democratic positions include national committeeman and national committeewoman; alternate national committeeman and national committeewoman; six at-large state committeewomen and six at-large state

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In the Nov. 20 issue, an article on the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stance against license renewal for Good Guys Club misstated the history of a previous protest. It was an ad hoc group of citizens, not the commission, that protested the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed expansion; the commission subsequently worked out an agreement with the club that included dropping the expansion. In the same issue, an article on height limitations incorrectly reported the National Capital Planning Commission members voting against Peter Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amendment. The third â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? vote was presidential appointee Elizabeth White, not Preston Bryant. 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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ZONING: Residential parking reform at issue in commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land-use deliberations

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should be required for newly constructed buildings. The Office of Planning is proposing reduced parking minimums in certain areas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the area itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designating as downtown (where there would be no minimum) and areas particularly well-served by transit (where the minimum would be halved). In addition to other smaller parking minimum changes, the agency also wants to see additional transportation demand management measures for new buildings that provide more than twice the minimum number of parking spaces. But for the most part, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planners say that parking is best left to market forces rather than zoning obligations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because otherwise we have a one-size-fits-all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on a zoning category rather than a car ownership rate, utilization rate or many other things that affect how much parking demand there might be in a neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning told the commission last Wednesday. Planners and public witnesses testified that it costs roughly $50,000 per space to construct underground parking, which in many cases needlessly adds to the cost of housing and other development projects. Many residents testified at the hearings that they are able to live carfree or at least rarely use their cars. Michael Forster, who lives at 14th and R streets, said his condo buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking spaces far outstrip demand and that the minimums should be reduced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to be subsidizing something that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good for us, like having a minimum amount of French fries,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Planning Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jennifer Steingasser added that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard concerns from residents who thought that existing parking supply would be reduced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People with parking will still have parking,â&#x20AC;? she said. But opponents of the change say residents who today rely on street parking may find themselves

squeezed out by the overflow of new buildings without sufficient parking space in their own properties. And Friendship Heights resident Sue Hemberger testified that â&#x20AC;&#x153;car-lightâ&#x20AC;? residents still need a place to park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you drive less in a residential context, your demand for parking increases. Drive less, park more,â&#x20AC;? she said. Zoning commissioner Peter May said he sympathized with opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worries about an on-street parking crunch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to say that the market is going to decide, there are always going to be bad players who are going to throw up a building, rent it out and not care about how people park,â&#x20AC;? May said. As in past hearings, May said he wanted the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision on parking minimums to be determined by how the D.C. Department of Transportation reforms the Residential Parking Permit program. If the agency can block residents of certain new buildings from getting parking permits, reduce the size of parking zones or otherwise reduce on-street parking demand, May said, he would be more comfortable reducing on-site requirements. The Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sam Zimbabwe replied at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing that the agency may have preliminary recommendations for RPP reform this winter, but it would take a lot longer for anything to be finalized. He added that the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking minimum decision will also help shape what the department proposes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re waiting to see what happens with the zoning update to also inform how we approach parking,â&#x20AC;? said Zimbabwe. Beyond parking, another issue raised at recent Zoning Commission hearings was some residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommendation that â&#x20AC;&#x153;big boxâ&#x20AC;? retailers be allowed only through the special exception process. This would require them to demonstrate that they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t harming the community in which they would locate. Steingasser of the Planning Office said

that many concerns involve such matters as Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treatment of its employees, which is not germane to zoning regulations. Other witnesses testified that the Zoning Commission should use this rewrite to strengthen the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inclusionary zoning rules, which set aside 8 percent of units in most new buildings for lower-income residents. Several witnesses said the percentage should be higher and that more units should be reserved for very low-income residents. Some zoning commissioners indicated

they support those concepts, but that separate proceedings dedicated to the issue would be appropriate. In Zoning Commission hearings earlier this month, residents also testified about apartments on singlefamily properties, grocery stores in residential neighborhoods, an expansion of the area designated as downtown and other issues. The commission is still accepting written testimony on the zoning rewrite proposals. To comment, visit or send signed testimony in PDF format to

0, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Case No. 08-06Aâ&#x20AC;? and the subtitle of the relevant zoning code. Visit for a chart identifying the subtitles. Commissioners are due to decide on Dec. 9 whether to begin deliberations on the zoning rewrite proposals or to delay the proceedings so that residents have more time to weigh in. A number of groups have said there was insufficient time to review the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed changes, though others say the issues are ripe for action.




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Sharing the wealth

The District’s development boom has yielded great results for the city’s coffers. Debates about which painful budget cut would hurt the least have been replaced by discussions of how to best use the city’s surplus. The explosive growth that’s raising new revenue for our government is also responsible for making parts of the city less affordable for lowerincome residents. We are therefore pleased to support Mayor Vincent Gray’s plan to spend $187 million on affordable-housing initiatives. Mayor Gray committed earlier this year to spending $100 million, and he announced last Wednesday that he was increasing that to $187 million — a combination of federal and local dollars. The mayor says this will create or preserve 3,200 units of affordable housing in 47 locations across the District. That puts us well on our way toward his stated target of 10,000 units by 2020. “Our city’s economic, ethnic, cultural and age diversity is one of the very things that attracts new residents in the first place,” the mayor said Sunday in his weekly radio address on WNEW. “Ensuring that long-term residents retain the ability to live in the neighborhoods they’ve helped build should be a top priority for any city government.” We agree wholeheartedly. Many D.C. longtime residents have worked tirelessly to improve their neighborhoods and their city, and they deserve the support of their government as costs rise. Affordable-housing production should also make sure to include units for a mix of income levels. We also strongly support affordable housing that’s targeted at our public servants, including our teachers, police officers and firefighters, who may be priced out of the District’s market-rate units and are particularly valuable to our communities. Separate from the commitment of funding, we believe there are aspects of the District’s affordable-housing policies that require further scrutiny. For instance, we’ve heard complaints from residents who bought subsidized condominium units only to find their condo fees double over just a few years. Residents of such units have also recently told the Zoning Commission that restrictions on selling their units have left them feeling trapped, and also have blocked them from borrowing against their homes’ equity. The District must continue working to address these concerns, provided the units remain designated as affordable.

Strike a balance

D.C. residents have demonstrated impressive willingness to use welldesigned mass transit, and the high percentage of our population that gets around without driving has protected us from even worse traffic congestion. We’re therefore generally impressed with the D.C. Department of Transportation’s “moveDC” roadmap toward improved transit service. The agency’s draft identifies north-south and east-west corridors that would have dedicated lanes for buses or other transit vehicles, along with routes that would have high-capacity buses sharing lanes with other traffic. In Northwest, 16th Street and parts of Wisconsin Avenue would have dedicated lanes, as would portions of H and I streets downtown and a few others, according to a recently posted draft map. High-capacity transit vehicles would use other stretches of Wisconsin, in addition to east-west routes on Calvert, U and Tilden streets, without dedicated lanes. Dedicated lanes address long-standing hurdles to bus travel by promising reduced travel times and improved reliability. So, too, do new technologies that give traffic signal preference to transit vehicles. While we support examining these approaches, we also want to remind transportation planners to not overlook the effects on motorists. If the changes create a traffic bottleneck, the congestion would likely discourage suburban motorists from enhancing the city’s economic vitality — as well as create a backlash against the transit program in general. We urge a very careful review of proposals to identify tradeoffs and avoid serious traffic congestion. We also note that pockets of Northwest are not adequately connected to this improved transit network, including Chevy Chase, Glover Park and the Palisades. Considering that they don’t have Metro stations, leaving these neighborhoods without another convenient transit option practically ensures that many residents there will continue to drive. We recognize that the “moveDC” plan is preliminary. Not only is it still in draft form, but we couldn’t expect to see it implemented in the immediate future. Nonetheless, we are pleased that the Transportation Department is taking a good look at improved transit options in the District, and look forward to seeing better bus service on D.C. streets.

The Current

There’s ‘there there,’ so there …


e think U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen last week was channeling a reverse Gertrude Stein. Stein was famous for saying of changes in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., and reluctance to visit that “there’s no there there.” Our thoughts of Stein came up when Machen was asked in a public forum about his long investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign for mayor. It was at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill. Your Notebook was hosting the interview. Why is it taking so long, we asked? It was a question we get three or five times a week on the city streets. Machen had an answer. First, he said, some of the same people who are complaining about how long it’s taking are the same ones refusing to turn over documents or talk to investigators. And at that point, we got our Gertrude Stein moment. Some folks on the mayor’s staff, we told Machen, think he has nothing on Gray. “You’ve got four people associated with a mayoral campaign who have pled guilty to felonies,” Machen calmly responded. “It’s not like we’ve been looking at this for three years and there’s no there there. I mean, there’s there there, and we’re trying to gather information, we’re trying to get documents and we’re trying to talk to people.” The hourlong interview was wide-ranging, with comments about Machen’s early childhood, his educator parents, his time at Stanford and his family now. We talked about the multi-layered U.S. Attorney’s Office here that handles international and national crimes as well as District prosecutions. We asked a lot, but it was the taciturn Machen’s comments on the Gray investigation that left our audience wanting more. ■ Happy birthday news? Last Friday, several reporters gave up our Friday night to attend the mayor’s 71st birthday party. It was held at Lost Society, a spacious, multi-level bar at 14th and U streets. There were rumors that Gray, in front of this friendly crowd, might make his political plans known. No luck. The mayor pointed out the reporters in the room, saying they were all there to write something. (We were.) The crowd sang a few bars of “Happy Birthday” and several chanted “four more years, four more years.” Never mind that many in the crowd were Gray’s own cabinet members — the mayor was having a good time. But he gave no hint of his soon-to-come decision on whether he’ll run or not. ■ Thank you for tipping. Restaurant workers hope you’re in the holiday spirit — and tip well. Those workers who depend on tips, especially waiters, are being left out of a plan to gradually raise the D.C. minimum wage from the current $8.25 per hour to $11.50 by the summer of 2016. Tipped workers will remain stuck at $2.77 per hour. The D.C. Council’s Economic Development Committee voted 6-0 on Monday for the plan. It was less than the $12.50 that committee chair Vincent Orange (at-large) had wanted.

But the $11.50 apparently is a number that’s vetoproof. Mayor Gray still is supporting a raise to $10 an hour next year, similar to increases supported by business leaders, but with no more increases until a study can be done of impacts on city business. “Lots of people want to open businesses in the city right now,” the mayor said on Monday in an interview with NBC4. “And we need to make sure we continue to be a place that encourages businesses in the city.” Orange, who has announced he’s running for mayor, said the booming city is ripe for better treatment of its minimum-wage workers. “Right now the council is ready to move forward,” he told us. “The citizens of the District of Columbia are ready to move forward.” The council is expected to take its first full vote on the issue next week and may pass final legislation by the end of the year. All of the council members had indicated they wanted to raise the minimum wage; it’s only been a question of how much and how fast. This debate follows a contentious — and unsuccessful — move to force Walmart to pay a minimum of $12.50 an hour. The council passed that legislation but Mayor Gray vetoed it. After months of wrangling, the council failed to override the mayor’s veto. Walmart had threatened to cancel plans for six stores in the city. But now, the first two are set to open next week. The minimum wage change has been much less contentious. “I think everyone knows that living on $8.25 an hour, the current minimum wage, is just impossible in this city,” said Elissa Silverman, a former council candidate and a chief strategist for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. ■ New Supercans coming. Mayor Gray has oneupped proposals to make it easier for residents to get new garbage cans. The mayor this week announced that all residents who have Supercans will get a new one by July of next year, along with bigger new recycling bins. When we caught up with the mayor on Monday, he laughed when we suggested that would be a good campaign issue if he should decide to run for re-election. He expressed mock surprise. Staring into the NBC4 camera, Gray solemnly said, “I wouldn’t ever talk about the fact that everybody’s going to get a Supercan in the District of Columbia by next July.” And then he laughed. ■ A final word. Joe Grano died this week. A more obstinate optimist you’ll never meet. He relentlessly padded around Washington for the past 30 yearsplus, promoting voting rights, statehood and respect for the once-dilapidated World War I Memorial. He button-holed, cornered, cajoled and — some say — corralled journalists and politicians to please pay attention to the issues that burned so bright with him. Joe Grano, always on the case. He was a living example of my email tag line — “local Washington only is good as the people active in it.” Joe was one of the good guys. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Metro should look at Georgetown options I have some thoughts in response to The Current’s Oct. 23 article “New push aims to get Metro in Georgetown.” Perhaps the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start the Blue/ Yellow Line loop — featuring,

finally, a Metrorail stop in Georgetown — would be to simply borrow the monstrous but state-of-the-art machines used to bore massive new sewer tunnels. Another possibility, which could be complementary, would be to open up a station at the increasingly popular and frequented Washington Harbour; the existing tracks already abut the Potomac River. A smaller tunnel equipped with a moving carpet (such as those featured often in

airports and several Parisian stations) could then link that location with the center of Georgetown at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. Third, even simpler, why not excavate for a second, western entrance to the Foggy Bottom station? That also would bring riders closer to Georgetown, while relieving the increasingly cluttered eastern entrance. Michael Kent American University Park

The Current

Letters to the Editor Council should delay action on old Hardy

On Oct. 28, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith announced the formation of a task force to make recommendations on revising D.C. school boundaries. This review is timely. Every public school in Ward 3 is currently overcrowded. The current attendance boundaries have not been analyzed comprehensively since the 1970s. After decades of declining enrollment, the number of students in D.C. Public Schools is growing again, and in Ward 3 our local schools can no longer handle the number of students who wish to attend them. The D.C. Office of Planning is projecting enormous growth in the city’s school-age population over the next decade — a 45 percent increase, almost 40,000 new students. The commission’s recommendations are due in September 2014. One solution to the crowding may be to reopen schools that closed when enrollment was dropping. However, there is only one such building in Ward 3 that is not currently being used as a public school. That is the old Hardy School on Foxhall Road (not to be confused with the similarly named Hardy Middle School on Wisconsin Avenue). When this school was closed in 1996, the city wanted to sell it, but neighbors insisted it be available for future use as a public school if the need arose. Since 1998 it has been leased to private schools with a series of five-year lease extensions. The same week that Deputy Mayor Smith announced her task force, with little fanfare the D.C. Council began the process of declaring the old Hardy School surplus. Legislation is pending to authorize a lease extension that will keep the school in private hands for an additional 50 years after the current lease ends in 2018. The three Ward 3 schools closest to the old Hardy School are Mann, Stoddert and Key, and they are among the city’s most crowded schools. We are neighbors of the old Hardy School and have served in volunteer leadership positions at Key Elementary. We have seen firsthand the impact that crowding has on the quality of education at our school. The Hardy building could play a major part in reducing the overcrowding issues facing these three schools and should be factored into the review process. It may well be that overcrowding can be addressed without needing the old

Hardy School. If that’s the case, we will know within 10 months. But until the city can provide a clear road map, it would seem irresponsible to tie up this property for 55 years. Given these facts, we — joined by 20 past PTA presidents and Local School Advisory Team members — ask that the council hold off on any disposition of the old Hardy School until the boundary review is completed and the recommendations have been made public. Tricia Braun Virginia Gorsevski Co-presidents, Key Elementary PTA

Tilman Wuerschmidt Claire Swift

Representatives, Key Elementary Local School Advisory Team

John Kennedy’s spirit continues to inspire

As a Young Democrat leader, I met then-U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., in his Washington office in August 1959 when I was 38 years old. I was in the senator’s office for only an hour, but more than 50 years later, it was in retrospect an hour not only to remember but also to cherish. I soon found Sen. Kennedy bright, very knowledgeable and charismatic. He was clearly a born leader, with a very promising future. I was especially impressed with his strong interest in health insurance coverage for the American people. Kennedy proved that his interest was real, for when he was elected president, he made health insurance legislation an important priority. It was, however, narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate. When I left Sen. Kennedy’s office in 1959, I was convinced that I had just met and spoken with the next president of the United States. Although he did not admit it to me, I somehow believed that he would run for president the following year and that he would be elected the leader of our country. After the meeting, I was inspired and became more active politically. I concentrated my work with the Middlesex County Young Democrats in New Jersey. I spoke before various Young Democrat groups, did registration work and also wrote several letters to the editor. I also spoke before senior citizens and praised Sen. Kennedy for his progressive views on the issues. On Nov. 8, 1960, a day I have never forgotten, JFK carried New Jersey by the narrow margin of 22,000 votes. Middlesex County, N.J., where I was manager of the county’s Citizens for Kennedy headquarters, provided a plurality of 32,000

votes for Kennedy. Oh, happy day for honest, efficient and responsive government! After the historic 1960 presidential election, I was appointed chief of staff and press secretary to U.S. Rep. Edward J. Patten, D-N.J. I held those two positions for the next 15 years from 1963 to 1978. When I joined and headed the congressman’s staff, I moved into the Cathedral Heights neighborhood, three blocks south of the Washington National Cathedral. As I write this letter, I’ve lived in the same Ward 3 apartment for 43 years. After Rep. Patten retired at 75, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry appointed me to several positions, including the D.C. Board of Library Trustees for 10 years and the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics for two terms. But wherever I’ve worked or lived, I always remembered President John F. Kennedy — a president of excellence, who was also blessed with unconquerable hope and a courageous spirit that will live and inspire forever. Stephen G. Callas

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D.C. minimum wage should rise gradually

Central Union Mission avoids political activities, as a well-intended 501(c)3 nonprofit should. However, the current debate on minimum wage catches us in an interesting position as advocates for poor and homeless people. We at the Mission appreciate the need for a higher minimum wage. Life is very difficult for a hard-working single mother with three children. We regularly help her with food and clothing to make ends meet. At the same time, we’re a small business employing many people re-entering the workforce at the bottom of the employment ladder. Almost all of our employees earn above the current minimum wage, and those who don’t receive room and board. Some of the new minimum wage proposals exceed the Mission’s pay schedule for entry-level employees. Our request as a small business is for a gradual increase in the minimum wage to enable us and our donors to catch up as we move ahead. We also ask that reasonable “wage” credit be given for room and board provided to lowincome employees by their employers. We look forward to helping all in the greater Washington area achieve a livable wage so that fewer people require our services. David O. Treadwell Executive Director, Central Union Mission

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The Current

Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Nov. 18 through 24 in local police service areas.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 700-899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 3:43 p.m. Nov. 20 (with gun). Theft from auto â&#x2013;  H and 14th streets; 6:45 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, L St.; 10:49 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, G St.; 3:18 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, I St.; 10:40 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, F St.; 5:06 p.m. Nov. 19.

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Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; I and 6th streets; 5:20 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  K and 4th streets; 6:20 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  7th and G streets; 2:18 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:06 a.m. Nov. 24. Theft â&#x2013;  800-899 block, F St.; 4:54 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, 8th St.; 2:37 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 10:10 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 1:01 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, I St.; 4:16 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 9 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, Mount Vernon Place; 2:42 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1089 block, 5th St.; 4 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 11:10 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 9th St.; 2:45 p.m. Nov. 24.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1200-1226 block, 30th St.; 2:35 a.m. Nov. 19. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2300-2599 block, P St.; 11:20 a.m. Nov. 21. Theft â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, O St.; 11:29 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 3:58 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:42 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; 2:41

p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013; 2800-2899 block, P St.; 8:45 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; 12:39 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 8:36 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:31 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 bock, M St.; 1:25 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1335 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:04 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 36th St.; 8:48 p.m. Nov. 24.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1200-1299 block, 24th St.; 6 a.m. Nov. 18 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 15th St.; 3:40 a.m. Nov. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, F St.; 2:07 p.m. Nov. 18. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1600-1627 block, I St.; 6:53 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 19th St.; 11:29 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 20th St.; 11:03 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 4:58 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 19th St.; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:44 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 1:08 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  500-529 block, 17th St.; 10:45 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, F St.; 12:06 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, I St.; 2:20 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1434-1499 block, K St.; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 14th St.; 7:44 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 15th St.; 9:16 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1700-1779 block, M St.; 12:27 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 15th St.; 5:33 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 14th St.; 2 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Vermont Ave.; 2 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 12:31 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, U St.; 10:59 a.m. Nov. 24.

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Homicide â&#x2013; Connecticut Avenue and M Street; midnight Nov. 18 (with knife). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.;

11:33 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013; 1500-1549 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 4:24 a.m. Nov. 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, N St.; 8:18 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, N St.; 6:45 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, O St.; 5 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  15th and N streets; 10:28 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Church St.; 12:21 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Church St.; 4:38 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 9:23 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 10:26 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:36 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, P St.; 10:34 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  18th and N streets; 8 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 12:18 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, N St.; 8:56 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 11 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Church St.; 5:27 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 3:12 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 3 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, P St.; 10:53 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, 20th St.; 6:25 p.m. Nov. 24.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1800-1828 block, 16th St.; 2:42 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, U St.; 1:51 a.m. Nov. 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, T St.; 3 a.m. Nov. 24. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1800-1828 block, 16th St.; 11:20 a.m. Nov. 22. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1620-1699 block, 16th St.; 12:08 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Corcoran St.; 8:37 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1700-1789 block, Corcoran St.; 11:55 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1800-1809 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 7:42 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  V and 15th streets; 5:53 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  17th and S streets; 3 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Swann St.; 11 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft â&#x2013;  1600-1617 block, 14th St.;

10:31 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013; 18th and S streets; 7:43 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1424-1498 block, R St.; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 22.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 2800-2815 block, Quarry Road; 8:10 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, Champlain St.; 3:08 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  2200-2399 block, 17th St.; 10:21 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, 18th St.; 3:35 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Wyoming Avenue and Connecticut Avenue; 7:14 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  2900-2923 block, 18th St.; 7:20 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, Champlain St.; 8:18 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1650-1798 block, Harvard St.; 8:45 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1650-1691 block, Lanier Place; 9:01 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1646-1699 block, Columbia Road; 7:14 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Ontario Road; 9:17 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, Old Morgan School Place; 3:40 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  18th Street and Florida Avenue: 9:40 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  Old Morgan School Place and Ontario Road; 11:59 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1600-1625 block, Fuller St.; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft â&#x2013;  1881-1899 block, Columbia Road; 9:12 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1800-1810 block, Columbia Road; 6 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, 18th St.; 1:50 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, 18th St.; 12:06 p.m. Nov. 24.

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Robbery â&#x2013; P Street and Kingman Place; 1:39 p.m. Nov. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 11th St.; 2:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  14th and N streets; 6:58 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1302 block, P St.; 5:13 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  900-999 block, S St.; 12:28 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, M St.; 10:18 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, N St.; 1 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, M St.; 2:43 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 11th St.; 4:06 p.m. Nov. 22.

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Cheh backs Wisconsin Avenue lane change By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

A push to restore a second northbound travel lane to Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park now has the support of Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, whose committee will hold a hearing on the subject Dec. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lane change seems not to be working. There seem to be piles of cars just waiting there,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the intention was to get people in traffic jams, well, then it worked.â&#x20AC;? The D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 streetscape project included wider sidewalks and a painted median and left-turn lane, with a focus on calming traffic and improving pedestrian safety. The redesigned roadway included the loss of one travel lane in each direction, which the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modeling predicted would result in a modest increase in travel times. But traffic impacts appear to exceed those projections â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly for northbound drivers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and now even many residents who originally supported the controversial project are saying a restored travel lane must replace the new median. The median was already removed north of Calvert Street this past spring. Cheh said the pedestrian safety concerns that prompted this streetscape project were legitimate, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;the solution that is in place now was probably illadvised.â&#x20AC;? This is roughly the same case Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Jackie Blumenthal made

in a Nov. 22 post on a community listserv. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted this to work, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Blumenthal and fellow commissioner Brian Cohen plan to bring that argument before Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on the Transportation and the Environment on Dec. 4. At a hearing taking place at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, they will also present a community survey in which hundreds of residents agreed that the changes should be reversed. One group that takes a different view of the situation is the smart growth organization Ward3Vision. Tom Hier, spokesperson for the group, said it may be too soon to consider changes to the streetscape project. In a statement, he argued â&#x20AC;&#x153;the problems on Wisconsin Avenue may have been exacerbated by the recently completed project at 37th and Tunlaw, other construction projects, and even underground utility repairs.â&#x20AC;? Hier went on to say there should be formal data collection to discern how road conditions have changed under the streetscape project. He said anecdotal evidence should not take the place of data. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The D.C. Department of Transportation needs to make it clear to the public why the project was done and if it accomplished the stated goals,â&#x20AC;? the statement reads. In an interview Monday, Transportation Department spokesperson Reggie Sanders declined to discuss the streetscape project in advance of next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We continue to study the area and will comment at a later date,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Georgia Ave. Walmart set to open next week By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


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After many months of planning and controversy, the new Walmart at Georgia and Missouri avenues is slated to open next week, just after the chain adopted a broader community benefits agreement with the city. The Georgia Avenue Walmart is one of the two that will celebrate its grand opening in the District on Dec. 4, of six total stores the retailer now plans for the city. According to Walmart spokesperson Amanda Henneberg, the Brightwood store has already hired 300 employees. The 103,000-squarefoot building, designed by developer Foulger-Pratt in a more â&#x20AC;&#x153;urbanâ&#x20AC;? style than a typical Walmart, also includes space for additional retail on the ground floor. It replaces the former Curtis Chevrolet dealership lot at 5929 Georgia Ave. The opening comes as activists across the country stage protests against Walmart for Black Friday, calling for higher wages and more full-time opportunities. Those protests are planned even at the not-yetopen D.C. sites. (In addition to the one in Brightwood, a 74,000-squarefoot store is scheduled to open at 99 H St. NW near Union Station.) The anti-Walmart sentiment is nothing new in the city, and many remain skeptical even as supporters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tout the job and retail benefits the chain will bring. Walmart says its six D.C. stores will create, over the next five to seven years, 1,800 total retail jobs, 600 construction jobs, and $15 million in annual sales and property tax

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revenues. The chain has also pledged to contribute $21 million to charitable partnerships to help with needs like hunger, health and education. These promises are part of a community benefits agreement Walmart penned last week with the District, publicizing promised terms for construction, hiring, wages and local partnerships. Specifically at the Georgia Avenue store, the chain touts using 46.8 percent Certified Business Enterprise contractors for the construction process. Combined, the two D.C. stores opening next week received 23,000 job applications, and hired 600 employees total, 68 percent of them D.C. residents. Some Ward 4 residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the way Walmart has engaged with the surrounding community. Sara Green, who chairs the Takoma advisory neighborhood commission, said her group stopped hearing details about the project shortly after construction started. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our ANC 4B worked very hard on the Walmart issue when it came before us a year or two ago, and one of the things we asked them to do was to come back to the community periodically,â&#x20AC;? Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not come back to us on any routine

basis.â&#x20AC;? In an email, Walmart spokesperson Henneberg said the chain has made a point of â&#x20AC;&#x153;holding quarterly meetings with Ward 4 residents and community stakeholders who live within 1,000 feet of the store since April 2013.â&#x20AC;? Citywide, as part of its new agreement Walmart has vowed to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;workforce development programâ&#x20AC;? and maintain hiring centers in wards 4, 5, 6 and 7. The D.C. stores will work with local partners and form community advisory committees to meet regularly on neighborhood issues. For transportation, the chain will work with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on bus routes, and with Capital Bikeshare to install docking stations near its stores. All D.C. stores will be prohibited from selling guns and ammunition. The agreement also addresses wages, although not in specific terms. The issue has been a big one for the D.C. Walmarts, with the D.C. Council initially proposing to require that the chain pay $12.50 per hour to employees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Mayor Gray later vetoing the controversial bill. The newly signed agreement says Walmart will provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;competitive market salariesâ&#x20AC;? and comprehensive benefits packages. Last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agreement falls short in many ways of an aggressive list of requirements a coalition of antiWalmart activists proposed last spring. That group, under the title â&#x20AC;&#x153;Respect D.C.,â&#x20AC;? requested transportation subsidies, on-site police officers and full-time jobs for at least 65 percent of workers, among various other terms. The coalition also sought for Walmart to hire at least 75 percent D.C. residents for all of its stores.

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etween the bustling Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods lies an early20th-century Federal-style row house thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine-tuned to accom-

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modate modern urban living. Its comforts include the private serenity of an outdoor garden and deck, as well as an inviting front porch, stylish kitchen and highly coveted two-car parking area. Located at 1812 T St., this threebedroom home with one-and-half baths is on the market for a new price of $1,125,000. When the present owners decided to revamp the house a few years ago, they thought big for the 1,600-square-foot lot. They made especially efficient use of the limited outdoor space to lay out an attractive, small-scale garden. The landscaping behind the house is especially noteworthy. Off the kitchen in the back is a wooden outdoor deck that can accommodate sizable lawn furniture, overlooking the scene of the Asian-inspired garden below it. Anchored by a waterfall and

pond, the extensive garden features a cherry tree that provides a natural canopy that will be particularly colorful during the spring and fall. Pond plants include horsetail grass, mondo grass, blue iris, Irish moss and Japanese anemones. Along the fence are the white azaleas and camellias. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep track of all the horticulture? A garden scrapbook comes with the house. The current owners compiled a detailed outline of the plants along with maintenance instructions. An example: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double flower pink cherry tree flowers in the late spring. Do cover pond when flowers begin to fall with netting held down with rocks.â&#x20AC;? Right behind the long fenced enclosure is parking for two cars, considered prime real estate in this side of the town. From the back, the inside of the house can be accessed by a kitchen door with glass paneling. This renovated area features classic darkwood and glass custom-made cabinetry with wine storage shelving

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This three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath house near 18th and T streets is priced at $1,125,000. and under-cabinet lighting. Complementing the style are chic Jenn-Air stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The kitchen also has a deep farmhousestyle sink, a sun-lit breakfast bar fit for two and pendant lights hovering over the eating area. The adjacent room has an open layout, showing off oak floors with an ebony stain. This space can serve as a living and dining room, featuring a wood-burning fireplace and built-in shelf. Oversized windows on the north and south bathe the area in sun, creating an inviting aura. A unique touch is a wrought-iron candelabra


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hovering over the area that currently serves as a dining room. Across from the front door is the staircase with custom wooden balustrade to the second floor. All three bedrooms are on this level, each with wooden flooring. The largest one features a chandelier, three enlarged windows and a handcarved Victorian-aged mantelpiece that the owners have decided to leave with the house. A full bath is also on this floor. This newly renovated room includes a skylight, pond-stone

floor, marble vanity with nickel sink, and tub shower with glass subway tile walls. The basement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; accessed from the main floor next to the powder room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a prime candidate for renovation. The washer and dryer and tub sink are located here, as is an exterior door to the back. This three-bedroom home with one-and-half baths at 1812 T St. is offered for $1,125,000. For details, contact Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties at 202243-1622 or

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Bethesda. Sparkling rambler on quiet cul de sac. Updated TS kitchen w/island. 4 BRs, 2 BAs up. LL w/hrdwd floors, rec rm w/frpl, office & 2nd kit. 9,936 sf lot. $728,000 Linda Chaletzky  301-938-2630


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The Place To Be

McLean Gardens. Newly renovated nearly 1600 sf condo w/4 BRs & 2 BAs in this most sought after community. Amenities include pool, play areas & picnic grounds. Steps to shops, restaurants & transportation. $548,000 Lelia Harrington  202-330-1717


Forest Hills. Stylish 2 BR at The Parker House combines convenience w/vintage details. Arched doorways, high ceilings, French drs to solarium. Wall of built-ins & 5 generous closets. Pet friendly. $537,000 Patricia Kennedy  202-549-5167

Sleek & Pristine

West End. Spiffy renovated 800 sf 1 bedroom at the St. George. New kit, lge open spaces. Prime location, Roof deck, pet friendly. $355,000 Penny Mallory 202-251-6861

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robberies, the same number as last year. One involved a gun, one occurred outside an establishment at 10th and S streets, one was inside a lobby of a building and two involved iPhones. The officer said the police recovered the gun in the first incident. He also reported a total of six violent crimes, including an assault with a dangerous weapon (bat). For property crimes, he reported one burglary, 15 thefts, 17 thefts from vehicles and one stolen auto. Compared to last year, most of the crime numbers are down, but robberies are the same. He also reported 40 arrests, for driving under the influence, simple assault, prostitution and drugs, among other issues. â&#x2013; La Colombe, an upcoming coffee bar in Blagden Alley, did not send a representative for its expected presentation. â&#x2013;  contractors for the D.C. Department of Transportation shared plans for a yearlong redevelopment project along K Street from 12th to 21st streets that would make the sidewalks, medians and bus stops on parts of the street compliant with the requirements under the American with Disabilities Act. In addition to providing information via the website kstreetadaimprovements1221. com, the Transportation Department will also set up visiting hours on Mondays and Thursdays at a field office at 1411 K St. â&#x2013;  The Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thor Nelson gave an informational presentation on plans to revamp Franklin Park, at 13th and K streets.

Nelson, the project manager, said the D.C. government, DowntownDC Business Improvement District and National Park Service are working to come up with â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sustainable frameworkâ&#x20AC;? for park users as well as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;maintenance frameworkâ&#x20AC;? so that the square â&#x20AC;&#x153;will become a jewel to the District.â&#x20AC;? A planning committee hosted its first public meeting on Nov. 7 to gather community input. The next step is to draft a design based on community feedback. The project website is â&#x2013; D.C. Board of Elections executive director Clifford Tatum presented the Precinct Boundary Efficiency Plan, which would redraw and combine precincts so that each singlemember district in the city has one polling place. The board has extended its comment period on the plan to Nov. 30. Commissioner Chris Linn voiced a common concern about the long lines to vote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would make a lot more sense for everyone to be crosstrained and to stand in one line where you get your name checked, ballot and your card and go right through the table and vote and be done with it. It took an enormous amount of time to stand in three lines,â&#x20AC;? said Linn. Commissioner John Fanning said the lines during the 2012 presidential election at his polling place took three hours, to which Tatum replied: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unacceptable.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioner Matt Connelly reported that the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has narrowed the field to four bidders in a contest to redevelop the Franklin School. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Development Committee will consider the four proposals Nov. 20, and the commission will vote on which proposal to recommend at its next full meeting. â&#x2013;  a representative of the Hill Group announced that the health care IT consulting firm, now based in Bethesda, is planning to relocate its corporate headquarters to 1017 12th St. A representative from the firm will return to the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s January meeting once definitive plans are in place. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously approved a settlement agreement

with The American, 1209-1213 10th St. The agreement can be found on Blagden Alley Naylor Court Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at k3vdyck. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 7-1 to endorse the alcohol policy committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations to oppose the termination of the settlement agreement for The Park at 14th, 920 14th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-1, with chair Matt Raymond opposing, to require that liquor license issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; new applications, renewals and other changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for businesses in the Central Business District come before the commission. In the past, the commission didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t review the licenses for businesses in this area. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to support liquor license renewals for the following businesses: Number Nine, 1435 P St.; Ghibellina, 1610 14th St.; Vegas Lounge, 1415 P St.; and Capitale, 1301 K St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to oppose the liquor license renewal for Vita, formerly Mood Lounge, 1318 9th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to support six zoning variances and one special exception requested by CAS/Riegler, the developer of a project at 1101 Rhode Island Ave, on the condition that the developer complete a memorandum of understanding on various issues. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-2 to endorse the community development committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s petition to remove a bus stop at 1525 Rhode Island Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners supported the request of Roger Kemp, from the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for the District of Columbia, to write community impact statements, with resident input, for three court cases involving violent crimes in the neighborhood. â&#x2013;  commissioner Chris Linn reported that Oct. 19â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall Crime Outreach and Awareness event had a good attendance, noting that attendeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; main concern was bicycles on sidewalks. â&#x2013;  commissioner Matt Connolly wrapped up the meeting with â&#x20AC;&#x153;good newsâ&#x20AC;? about Garrison Elementary School: The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abandoned pool has finally been removed, thanks to Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans securing $1 million for the project. The school also is slated to receive more modernization funding, upping the tally to $15 million from last springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $8 million. 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 ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit

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– Dupont 1711 S Street NW. Dupont Circle Grande Dame. 4 levels of grand living/ entertaining space. Lots of original architectural details. Private parking for one behind professional designed garden. 4FP, high ceiling, bay windows soak in southern light. Finished lower level (recessed lights, new carpet, new paint) with private front entrance and rear door provides perfect canvas for inlaw/nanny suite. Few blocks to Metro/Whole Foods/14th Street Corridor. $2,250,000. Sylvia Bergstrom and Marin Hagen 202.257.2339

Logan Circle – 1224 13th NW Street #101.

Dupont Circle – 1616 T Street NW. 4BR, 3.5BA townhouse with separate 2BR, 1BA rental unit in perfect location. Has hardwood floors, lots of natural light & is perfect for entertaining with a large dining room, backyard patio, rooftop deck and two parking spaces. $1,700,000. Garrett Cottrell 202.618.3545

Capitol Hill – 120 3rd Street NE. Live in the Heart of the most Powerful City in the World! Intimate views of many of Washington DC’s finest landmarks: the Capitol, Washington Monument, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and much more. Grand 4-story Victorian boasts 7 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, off-street parking and a rental apartment equipped with a Certificate of Occupancy. Welcome Home! $1,395,000. Joe Reid 202.641.5514

Architect's past 1 bedroom home in distinctive 1800's Victorian. Classic character with contemporary benefits - like new! 11 ft Ceilings, Bay Window, Fireplace, Bathroom. Marble Kitchen, Granite Wired for Sound, Video Security. Pets. $434,900.

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Boutique Real Estate Experience With Cabin John – 7605 Arden Road. Life is good in this Craftsman Style five bedroom, four and one-half bath home which boasts four levels of gracious living space, ideal for entertaining and everyday living. This property is conveniently located near Glen Echo and the C&O Canal, and within minutes of downtown Bethesda, Washington DC and Virginia, with easy access to all local airports. $1,299,500. Diana Keeling 301.537.3703

Georgetown – 3633 Winfield Lane NW. Rarely available, sunny, 4level Cloisters h o m e . To o many improvements to list them all. Gourmet kitchen with custom cherry cabinets, granite counters, breakfast bar. Elevator to 4levels. 2-story LR ceiling with Palladian windows. Private patio, detached garage + adjacent pkg space. Beautifully finished LL w/FR, WBFP, BR & FB. Replaced roof, 2 heat pumps & windows thruout (life-time warranty). $1,395,000. Sylvia Bergstrom and Marin Hagen 202.257.2339

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Kalorama – 1901 Wyoming Avenue NW #42. "Best Address" Altamont. 1000 SF, sunny. Unique round DR. 2WBFP's, grand rooms, 10' ceil! Gran/ss KIT, Subzero; updtd BA. WIC w/organizing system. Co-op ownership means real estate taxes/utilities incl. in fee & no underlying mortgage! Parking space conveys. 24hr desk, roof deck. Few blks to Metro, Rock Creek Park! $650,000. Sylvia Bergstrom and Marin Hagen 202.257.2339

Palisades – 3018 Arizona Avenue NW. Wow! Recently renovated single-family house with highend kitchen appliances and finishes including Sub Zero, Wolf, Bosch and quartz countertops. Great open floor plan that makes entertaining a breeze. French doors connect to the patio and beautifully landscaped yard. Walkout au pair suite and wine cellar! Restaurants and shops just minutes away. Special incentives available for buyers. $1,050,000. Peter Raia 202.491.2197

Capitol Hill – 1350 G Street SE. Gorgeous 3-level Town house. LR is all one level and great for entertaining! 2BR, 1.5BA. MBA totally renovated - Full of light - South Facing - 1/2 block from Potomac Avenue Metro & Harris Teeter. Two car garage. Lovely rear patio - New roof Wonderful country style Dining Room & Kitchen. $749,000.

U Street – 2238 11th Street NW #1. NEW PRICE – 2BR, 2.5BA duplex - full of light; perfect for entertaining. Great home office nook. Hardwood floors thru-out. On-demand hot water heater. Full-size front loading W/D. Boutique two condo building built in 2010 in the U Street neighborhood. Walking distance to the Metro & everything else! Only one owner. $564,900.

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Holidays inWashington

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Tree lightings, house tours kick off holiday festivities

The holidays are fast approaching, and a varied slate of festivals, markets, theatrical performances and holiday-themed house tours are on tap throughout Northwest. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sampling: â&#x2013; The Royal Norwegian Embassy will host a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Union Station at 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Presented as part of the 16th Norwegian Christmas at Union Station, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree features decorations marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of legendary artist Edvard Munch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as 20,000 lights. The tree symbolizes Norwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gratitude for help received during and after World War II, according to event organizers. Next Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will open

with Christmas carols at 5:45 p.m. Santa Claus will attend, with surprises for children in attendance; there will also be Gløgg and cookies for audience members. U.S. Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toys for Tots campaign. The tree will remain on display throughout December. Union Station is located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, and the Christmas display is outside the West Hall on the 1st Street NE side. â&#x2013; The Heurich House Museum will host a holiday craft market and Christmas open house Dec. 6 and 7. Visitors will have a chance to take self-guided tours of brewmaster Christian Heurichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home decorated for the holidays as the Ger-

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man immigrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family would have designed it almost 100 years ago. In the garden, a Christkindlmarkt will feature locally made jewelry, housewares and more. Sponsor Cafe Berlin will offer traditional treats, including sausages and pastries, and a silent auction will feature rare nutcrackers. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. The Heurich House is located at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. â&#x2013; St. Albans School will showcase five festively decorated houses in the Woodland Normanstone neighborhood as part of its 31st annual Christmas House Tour on Dec. 6 and 7. The tour will feature two Georgian brick homes, a former ambassadorial residence, a Mediterraneanstyle villa and a newly constructed home. One of the selected houses has a White House marble mantel on display, and another was once home to a former U.S. senator and a treasury secretary. The daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities will include a holiday market from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a luncheon at the school from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A complimentary shuttle will depart from the school every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tour tickets cost $40 at the door or at â&#x2013;  The Tenley WinterFest will take place Dec. 7 at Janney Elementary School and other local spots. At Janney, the event will feature musical performances, a train

exhibit, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Garden of Lightsâ&#x20AC;? and a holiday market with 70-plus vendors from noon to 4 p.m. In the morning, the school Courtesy of the Royal Norwegian Embassy will host a 5K and The 16th Norwegian Christmas at Union Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fun Run at 10 Station will kick off with a tree lighting cerea.m., followed by a mony next week. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree will feature post-race celebration. decorations honoring artist Edvard Munch The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities and his famous painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scream.â&#x20AC;? will also include a storytime, craft activities historic neighborhood, including a and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book unit in the District Apartments with sale at the Tenley-Friendship 900 square feet of outdoor space, a Library (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) painstakingly renovated natural A kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scavenger hunt during brick house that was boarded up the week leading up to the event just one year ago, and a Victorian will encourage kids to hunt for with ultra-contemporary design and more than a dozen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenley Yetisâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; little abominable snow monsters sleek finishes. The Studio Theatre will host a hidden in shops and other places in Wassail Reception, and the Unity Tenleytown. Prize collection will Washington, D.C. Choir will protake place Dec. 7 at Janney. vide a musical interlude. Janney Elementary School is Tickets are $30 in advance at located at 4130 Albemarle St. NW, or several area and the other sites are on the same stores; â&#x20AC;&#x153;day ofâ&#x20AC;? tickets will be block or nearby. For details, visit available at the Studio Theatre for $35. â&#x2013; The Logan Circle Community Association will host its 35th annu- â&#x2013;  Weichert, Realtors, will host a toy drive through Dec. 13, collectal Holiday House Tour from 1 to 5 ing gifts for financially and physip.m. on Dec. 8. cally disadvantaged children at local The self-guided event will feaoffices, including 5034 Wisconsin ture visits to nine properties in the Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will host its annual Russian Winter Festival Dec. 14 and 15. Spotlighting Grandfather Frost and his granddaughter the Snow Maiden, the festival will offer a chance to meet and pose for pictures with the characters, a handson art activity, shopping, dining and '(&(0%(5  more. 6DWXUGD\ 6XQGD\DP²SP The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. -RLQWKLVQHLJKERUKRRGWUDGLWLRQ 15. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 'RQ¡WPLVVRXUVSHFLDOWUHHVIURP0DLQH 3$ for seniors, $12 for members, $10 IUHVKEDOVDPZUHDWKVJDUODQG NLVVLQJEDOOV for students, and $5 for children 6 through 18; they are free for children under age 6. Hillwood is locat)UDQFLV6FRWW.H\(OHPHQWDU\6FKRRO ed at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202+XUVW7HUUDFH3DUNLQJ/RW 1RUWKRI0DF$UWKXU(DVWRI$UL]RQD

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Local stages host seasonal favorites

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By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

As colder weather arrives in the District, theatrical stages and concert halls citywide are providing the warmth of wholesome holiday entertainment, offering annual endof-year traditions. Organizers report that many of these reoccurring events draw reliable crowds as patrons make the family-friendly performances yearly rituals around Christmas, Hanukkah and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, for example, is staging â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? for the 26th consecutive year. In an interview, theater publicist Lauren Beyea said the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal comes largely from its source material, with themes of compassion and charity. She said many patrons have long personal histories with the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser who finally opens his heart to humanity after his ghostly travels on Christmas Eve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is something so timeless about Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story,â&#x20AC;? Beyea said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many of us saw it when we were children, and now we can bring our own families. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun way to spend time and remember the important things in life.â&#x20AC;? Edward Gero returns as Scrooge in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition, which runs through New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Beyea said the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast and crew are also continuing an annual tradition

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Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is featuring a stage adaptation of Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? for the 26th consecutive year. of using curtain calls to solicit charitable donations for organizations fighting hunger and homelessness. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization of choice is the nonprofit Covenant House Washington, which serves youth in Northeast. Another holiday performance tradition that will be on display next month is the Washington Revelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 31st annual Christmas Revels, Dec. 7 through 15 at George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lisner Auditorium. The winter solstice celebration of singing and dancing â&#x20AC;&#x153;draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures,â&#x20AC;? according to the Washington Revels website. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances celebrate Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Event spokesperson Jo Rasi said the biggest draw for annual patrons is audience participation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is something different in that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just watch it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in it,â&#x20AC;? she said, describing how audience members often hold hands and sing in unison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People in the audience become

a community,â&#x20AC;? Rasi added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people say they open their holiday season with the Revels and carry its joy with them throughout the season.â&#x20AC;? Other upcoming holiday performances include the Washington Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? at the Warner Theatre, which runs Dec. 6 through 29, and the Keegan Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Carol,â&#x20AC;? a humorous and modern take on Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story running Dec. 13 through 31. The Kennedy Center, arguably the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading arts venue, has scheduled an expansive roster of holiday events throughout December. Among them are The Joffrey Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;?; the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elfâ&#x20AC;?; the Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion, the Unicorn, and Meâ&#x20AC;?; and a National Symphony Orchestra concert series featuring Broadway singer and actor Brian Stokes Mitchell.

686-5807; â&#x2013; The National Zoo will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. The annual celebration features lighted displays, access to a number of zoo houses, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;conservation carousel,â&#x20AC;? 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. nationalzoo. â&#x2013;  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 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. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Study Center will commemo-

rate 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. â&#x2013; The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will stage Langston Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Nativityâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 4 through 15. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobby will feature a Nativity 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.


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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Hello! At Aidan Montessori School, in the upper elementary class, we have a pet bearded dragon named Lopez. We made Lopez a harness, but he scrambled out of it, so we ordered him a new one. Sadly, he did not walk in it. He mostly tried to wiggle out of it. Luckily our teacher had put the harness on tightly. Since then Lopez has not gone for a walk. On Nov. 11 Lopez got a hammock. He does not like to go on it; it seems like he is afraid he will fall off. He likes to use it as a tent though. Lopez also enjoys crickets, Adult Bearded Dragon Food and Adult Iguana Food. We both love Lopez. So does the majority of the class. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stella B. and Isabelle Murdock, fourth-graders

Blessed Sacrament School

As youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driving past Blessed Sacrament in the morning, you see two middle-schoolers wearing


bright orange belts. Who are they? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the school safety patrols, there to make sure kids and adults cross the street safely. The patrols are chosen by Ms. Ryan and are stationed morning and afternoon at a variety of spots surrounding the school, including Patterson Street and Nevada Avenue, in front of the school, and at the flagpole. The patrols have a variety of other jobs besides helping people cross the street, such as raising and lowering the flag and showing new patrols what to do. The time and effort are not in vain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at the end of the year, the patrols, as well as the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir, school band and eighth-grade cantors, are rewarded for their hard work with a day trip to Hershey Park! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patrols are a good way to start or end your school day!â&#x20AC;? said Caroline, also a morning patrol. Caroline and her partner, Maddie, have made colorful posters to display to the cars driving past the school in the




morning. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy and fun to be a patrol, and it keeps the kids safe! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, seventh-grader

British School of Washington

Our house music contest (this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is disco) is not just a singing contest. It is a leg warmercovered, feather boa-shaking, dayglo extravaganza. The halls are filled with glitter, and the teachers have swapped their suits and button-downs for neon tights and wigs. House sing is taken very seriously in primary school. The choreography and harmonies are complex, the costumes elaborate and the dancing frenetic. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlights include eventual winner Potomac Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirited rendition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;YMCAâ&#x20AC;? and Patuxentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intricate use of decorated signs and a paper-shirt-ripping finale. The bar has been set for secondary, and the standard is high. Shenandoah hits it off with a Survivor mashup, clever choreography and an electrifying duet, complete with decorated denim. Chesapeake makes good use of the miniature stage in a cool dance routine. Potomacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance includes a mini drama and an impromptu and wildly energetic Harlem Shake. Last to perform is Patuxent. We are feeling the pressure. We have no song within a song, surprise dance or complicated choreography. We rely upon our singing alone. As we take the stage, the tension is palpable. It goes off without a hitch. Our choreography is in time, our soloist is fantastic, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing Queenâ&#x20AC;? carries loud and clear over the heads of our fellow bootyshakers. Our performance is electri-

fying, and our house explodes. Afterward, the tights and headbands are put away for another year. But the sense of camaraderie and house spirit will linger on. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Poppy Noble, Year 13 Princeton (12th-grader)

Deal Middle School

Enter Alice Deal Middle School on a Monday afternoon and you may hear a sound like a drummer boy on the war field. That sound is the African Drumming club, lead by math teacher Mr. Assael in one of the music rooms. Each week, the African Drummers learn a new beat, which is part of a song. The instruments that we use are bells (made in Ghana), a shaker (made out of a gourd), two African drums and two Cuban drums. In order to play the African drums, you have to hold them in front of you at an angle. The shaker is present to keep the rhythm in the song. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bell keeps everyone in check,â&#x20AC;? said 12-year-old African Drumming club member Morgan May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The drum call tells you when to go and when to stop.â&#x20AC;? The call is usually played by Mr. Assael, when he wants to get our attention. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Erin Harper, seventh-grader

Eaton Elementary

We learned about D.C. history and we had a mission. In groups, our job was to advertise a monument or memorial so people would HAVE to visit it. We started the project by looking up facts, writing them down and using them to make a poster that was hung up in school. After this project we got to see the real monuments and memorials that we were studying! We took the Metro and

met Ranger Jen, who had a tour bus that took us to four memorials. Ranger Jen made the trip fun by creating a scavenger hunt at each place. It was a beautiful day and we had lunch outside. On the way back to the Metro we passed the White House and saw a helicopter on the lawn. Ranger Jen thought it belonged to President Barack Obama and we did, too. After our trip we had another mission. This time we did a research project that included making mosaics. We chose postcards of monuments and memorials, researched them, and when we were finished, we walked to All Fired Up (AFU) Pottery Studio and made mosaics. We took our postcards and glued them to blocks of wood. Then we glued clear glass squares on top of the postcards and decorated the perimeter with colored glass. The AFU staff grouted our artwork and voila, mosaics were made! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amera Al-Sarhan, Camille Anderson, Amelia Gaston, Anna Cain and Kathryn Carline, third-graders

Edmund Burke School

Burke has many sport options throughout the year. In the fall we have soccer, cross-country and volleyball. In the winter we have basketball, swimming and wrestling. And in the spring we have track and field, golf and Ultimate Frisbee. The teams at Burke are generally good and lots of kids participate in sports. This year the girls varsity volleyball won the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championships, which was the first time they won it in 12 years. There is a no-cut policy at Burke See Dispatches/Page 17

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DISPATCHES From Page 16 but when you get to high school you make either varsity or junior varsity although you still get to play. I think the no-cut policy is good because possible players wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get scared to try a sport they have never played before. It allows us to try lots of different challenges, which might result in a new passion. That is what Burke is about. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Billy Conte, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School

Last week was the last full week of school for students before Thanksgiving break. Last Friday, the Young Men and Women of Color affinity groups welcomed Allison Brown, a civil rights attorney and president of Allison Brown Consulting. Along with discussing her career path, Brown talked about her experiences with the Justice Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil Rights Division, where she and her colleagues enforced various civil rights acts and constitutional protections. Brown has received the attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Meritorious Award, Special Achievement Award and Special Commendation Award. Recently, the graphic design and digital media graphics class at the high school was presented with a special opportunity to get involved in an upcoming Smithsonian exhibit. Using our skills and knowledge in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, students have worked diligently to create logo designs for an upcoming Apollo 11 exhibit slated to open in late 2018, the missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary. We were lucky to have a Smithsonian curator, exhibit designer and graphic designer come to present the exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement of purpose, in what Studio Art Department chair Michelle Cobb called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;once-in-alifetime opportunity.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

It was difficult to pick a topic to write about because we have so many exciting things happening at our school! One of the things happening in our classroom is that we have class pets. We have two leopard geckos named Chris and Rocky. They are both girls and are 2 1/2 years old. The geckos need a lot of moisture to help them shed. In our school we have a lot of student clubs that we participate in, such as: GeoPlunge, student council, safety patrol, display case committee, tennis, robotics club, yearbook club and many more. These clubs are a lot of fun! We want to tell you about two of our clubs. Student council is made up third- though fifth-graders who help make our school better and support our smart thinking. GeoPlunge is for third- though fifthgraders and focuses on U.S. geography. We recently competed in a tournament where we got eighth place in the District and won the Sportsmanship Award. We are also

going to the national tournament! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mrs. Gassertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth-grade class

Murch Elementary

More than 200 D.C. students have been training hard since the beginning of the school year. But for what? And is it just a coincidence that the same students have miraculously gotten much better at geography? No! Improvement took hard work. They have been playing the game GeoPlunge and recently participated in a citywide tournament. To prepare, these elementary and middle school students have studied and played with a deck of 50 cards. No, not 52, 50 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one for each state. Each card in the deck has information about a state, such as size, population and how early they gained statehood. The cards also list top cities, border states and much more. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of information, and a lot of learning. The game includes several rounds that each test the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; knowledge in different ways. The kids trekked into the National Portrait Gallery plaza for the ninth annual GeoPlunge Tournament on Nov. 14. The winning teams of three were Deal Middle School and Shepherd Elementary School. Murch placed second in the junior advanced league and ninth in the intermediate. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Olivia Roark and Nathan Sigel, fifth-graders

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

library class, Turkey Bobbing Head Hats were used to celebrate some family traditions such as Thanksgiving and turkeys. The students also drew their favorite house or home from around the world. Then, the some students got up to talk about their drawings. Fourth- and fifth-graders are still in their science unit on magnets. They are learning about the strongest magnets. We have also received about 100 brand-new books. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I saw a Lemony Snicket book â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Could That

Be at This Hour?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bought for our library. Our second-graders are finishing up their unit on birds. The last day before we break for the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 26), the secondgraders will have a Bird Study Celebration. Also, the kindergartners will be taking a trip to the Kennedy Center. Also, I want to thank Ross parent Claudia Grinius for helping our GeoPlunge teams compete in the recent citywide tournament. One of our teams earned a Spirit Award and

another earned an Explorer Award. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Velasquez, fifth-grader

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, the sixth-graders at St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy are hard at work. In math we are converting fractions to decimals. For language arts we are studying action and linking verbs in English, and reading the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hatchetâ&#x20AC;? by Gary Paulsen. During religion classes we are See Dispatches/Page 27

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Our Lady of Victory School

The Power of One Assembly at our school was really fun. I liked being with the older kids. I got to learn that you should not bully your friends. We learned about it last year, but this assembly was awesome! The characters in the play were called the Target and the Bully. The Target was being bullied; he got his feelings hurt because the Bully left him out of a birthday party. I did not like the Bully because he was very mean. All of the students got to sign a poster to STOP Bullying if we ever see it! Every time the Target was being bullied, the Target asked us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What should I do?â&#x20AC;? and we said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell a teacher!â&#x20AC;? really loudly! We got to hear really fun music at the end and at the beginning of the play. I learned a lot. All of my friends are nice and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bully. I love my school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lane Kimball, first-grader

Ross Elementary

Our preschool and pre-kindergarten continued celebrating the Thanksgiving season with homemade Turkey Bobbing Head Hats. During their library class, Mr. Flanagan, our librarian, did turkey finger plays and read the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Know-Nothings Talk Turkeyâ&#x20AC;? by Michele Spirn. Ms. Abrams helped Mr. Flanagan put the paper hats on the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heads and attached colorful feathers. Prekindergarten continued its unit on Family Traditions and Homes Around the World. In the



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Wednesday november 27 Class ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on “How to Solve Our Human Problems,” about Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202986-2257. 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. 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,” about a 30-year-old romantic who becomes obsessed with the idea of making a film on the subject of strippers. 8


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Events Entertainment p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. 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. ■ The Wonderland Circus, a variety show by the producers of the Capital City Showcase, will feature musician Rachel Levitin, burlesque artist Aurora Wells and comedians Randy Syphax, Brandon Wardell and Tim Young. 8:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. The Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. 202-4314704. ■ DeWayne b will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special event ■ 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 ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Ottawa Senators. 7 p.m. $33 to $443. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Thursday, Nov. 28

Thursday november 28 Concert ■ A Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party will feature music by the Tom Cunningham Orchestra with special guest Jean

daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).

Veloz. Dance lessons from 6 to 7 p.m.; dance party from 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Montreal Canadiens. 5 p.m. $53 to $510. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000.

Dinner ■ St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Church of the Annunciation and Washington Hebrew Congregation will present their annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. Noon. Free; donations accepted. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-7100. Special event ■ So Others Might Eat will host its 12th annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger, a 5K run and family walk to benefit programs for the homeless and hungry. 8:30 a.m. $25 to $30. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th streets NW. Friday, Nov. 29

Friday november 29 Children’s program ■ Barefoot Puppets will present “Ooey Gooey Thanksgiving,” featuring an interactive look at favorite characters from children’s rhymes and stories (for ages 4 through 8). Noon. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. Concerts ■ Adam Swanson, a multiple-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, will perform ragtime piano music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Maiden Voyage: The Music of Herbie Hancock” will feature musicians Mike Pope, Allyn Johnson, Kenny Rittenhouse, Jeff Antoniuk and Todd Harrison. 8 and 10 p.m. $17. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. ■ Gypsy Sally’s will present “Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison’s Holiday Shindig.” 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.

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Friday, november 29 ■ Concert: NSO Pops will present “An Evening With Matthew Morrison,” featuring the Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee performing his own compositions and selections from his upcoming album “Where It All Began.” 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Tim Whalen Septet will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $17. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. ■ Elikeh will perform at a Black Friday Afrofunk Dance Party. 9 p.m. $12. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. Discussion ■ Poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will discuss her newest collection of poetry, “Chasing Utopia.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Film ■ A retrospective of the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini will feature the director’s 1964 film “The Gospel According to Matthew.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special events ■ Union Market will present “Thread at Dock 5,” a fashion event featuring more than 30 local and national brands in the fashion, beauty, lifestyle, art and home arenas. 1 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc. com. The event will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■ The ninth annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily. ■ “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train exhibit, two 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat each

Children’s programs ■ Barnes & Noble will host an “Elf on the Shelf” storytime and activity program. 11 a.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ A park ranger will present a planetarium film on “Oasis in Space,” about the quest for water and life throughout the solar system (for ages 7 and older). 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. ■ Children will hear a story about Sitting Bull and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. ■ A park ranger will present a planetarium program on the history of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the construction of the largest spacecraft ever built (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956227. Concerts ■ Richmond-based pianist Jim Pettis, a former child prodigy who is celebrating his 50th anniversary year of public performance, will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Gershwin. 2 p.m. $25 to $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocalist Irina Sarbu and the Marius Mihalache Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Walkmen, an indie rock band featuring five D.C. natives who attended St. Albans School together, will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $125. Dock 5, Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. Discussion ■ National Portrait Gallery historian and curator Amy Henderson will discuss American dance icons during a tour of the exhibit “Dancing the Dream.” 2 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Allan Dwan’s 1927 silent film “East Side, West Side,” about a self-made architect in a New York City literally on the rise. Musicians Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton will provide live accompaniment. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ A retrospective of the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini will feature the director’s 1962 film “Mamma Roma,” about a prostitute on the fringes of Rome who tries to rise above her tormented past into lower middle class respectability for the sake of her son. 4 p.m. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance ■ Josh Kuderna, Jason Saenz and See Events/Page 19


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Continued From Page 18 Stavros Halkias will star in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wake & Bacon,â&#x20AC;? a weekly brunch and comedy show. 3 to 5 p.m. $10. Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave. NW. Special events â&#x2013; The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cartoon Skateâ&#x20AC;? event. Noon to 2 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-7067666. â&#x2013;  As part of Sherman Alexieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indies Firstâ&#x20AC;? movement, authors George Pelecanos and Natalie Hopkinson will recommend their favorite books. 2 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock n Skateâ&#x20AC;? event. 8 to 10 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks. 7 p.m. $6.55 to $529. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Walk â&#x2013;  Writer Rocco Zappone will lead a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulysses-esqueâ&#x20AC;? walking tour of Washington, filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. Sunday, Dec. 1

Sunday december 1 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Barnes & Noble will host a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the Grinch Stole Christmas!â&#x20AC;? by Dr. Seuss. 1 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Concerts â&#x2013;  Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Weiss. 3 p.m. $20; free for ages 18 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 703-799-8229. â&#x2013;  Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will perform. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of William Smith, Thomas Tallis and Charles Wood. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  In celebration of Hanukkah, the New York-based vocal band Six13 will perform its unique style of Jewish music, featuring thumping beatbox, intricate arrangements and soulful harmonies. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Piano Trio will present a Hanukkah concert featuring works by Bloch, Rosowsky and Stutschewsky and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522.


Exhibition features holiday ornaments, jewelry Watergate Gallery will hold a four-day show and sale of holiday ornaments and jewelry made by Alfredo Ratinoff beginning Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. The event

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will continue Monday from 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Ratinoff will demonstrate his creative skills every day during gallery hours. The gallery is located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing With Spiral Eyes: An Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Through South and Central America,â&#x20AC;? featuring photos and abstract paintings inspired by artist Madeline Susan Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent travels through Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico, will open Tuesday at the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 17. A reception will take place Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2112 R St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202483-2777. â&#x2013;  Neptune Fine Art opened an exhibit last week of monotypes, screenprints, etchings and lithographs by Wolf Kahn that span the years from 1969 to 2010. The show will continue through Jan. 11. Located at 1662 33rd St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202338-0353. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Explorations,â&#x20AC;? a group show featuring the D.C., Maryland and Virginia winners of the final phase of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series nationwide art competition, opened recently at International â&#x2013;  Pro Musica Hebraica will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Voice of the Clarinet in Jewish Classical Music,â&#x20AC;? featuring Alexander Fiterstein and Friends. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Director and screenwriter Agnieszka Holland will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Viewing History Through the Filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lens,â&#x20AC;? followed by a screening of her new three-part HBO Europe miniseries â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burning Bush.â&#x20AC;? Lecture at 2 p.m.; film at 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Middle East Cafe will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Soldier and the Refusenik: Two Israelis, Two Choices, One Conclusion,â&#x20AC;? featuring Eran Efrati and Maya Wind discussing their efforts to encourage Israelis to shed their countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ingrained militaristic culture. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. Films â&#x2013;  The Palisades Library will present Mark Sandrichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1942 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Inn,â&#x20AC;? starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Continuing Talk on Race,â&#x20AC;? an open discussion series, will present Shakti Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performance â&#x2013;  Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou

Visions Gallery, where it will continue through Jan. 25. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. â&#x2013; Jane Haslem Gallery recently opened an exhibit of paintings and prints from the last 40 years by Glover Park artist Carlton Fletcher and will continue it through Dec. 23. Located at 2025 Hillyer Place NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4644. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;EnterTwined,â&#x20AC;? featuring works made from paper by Amy Genser, opened last week at Long View Gallery, where it will continue through Dec. 31. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curio,â&#x20AC;? offering a contemporary twist on 16th- and 17th-century cabinets of curiosity, opened recently at Heiner Contemporary, where it will continue through Jan. 4. Addressing such issues as why certain things are collected and the way information is cataloged, the show features works by Christine Gray, Sue Johnson, Caitlin Teal Price, Olivia Rodriguez, Esther Ruiz and Julie Wolfe. A panel discussion will take place Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. Located at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-338-0072. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art recently returned two rare antique biblical manuscripts to view in the Peacock Room. One of the manuscripts is the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Codex,â&#x20AC;? the third-oldest parchment manuscript of the Gospels in the world. The other is an ancient

will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkle,â&#x20AC;? an open mic event for LGBT-dedicated poets. 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013; Washington National Cathedral choirs will lead a service of lessons and carols in the tradition of the Kings College offering. 4 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Tour â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Close-up Tour: Angels High and Lowâ&#x20AC;? will explore the Washington National Cathedral (for ages 10 and older). 1:30 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The tour will repeat Thursday at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 Monday december 2 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Discovery Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons of Light,â&#x20AC;? an interactive program about the history and customs of Ramadan, Diwali, Sankta Lucia, Hanukkah, Los Posados, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tradition of the Winter Solstice (for ages 5 through 10). 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. Performances will continue through Dec. 20. Class â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert

Watergate Gallery will feature ornaments and jewelry made by Alfredo Ratinoff. parchment volume of Deuteronomy and Joshua. The light-sensitive documents will remain on view through Feb. 16. Located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;60 Years of Made in Italy,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the sartorial genius of leaders in Italian fashion and design, opened recently at Arena Stage, where it will continue through Jan. 10. Located at 1101 6th St. SW, the theater complex is open Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. 202-488-3300.

series will kick off with performances by singer-songwriter Jason Paul Curtis and the Baltimore Vocal Jazz Ensemble. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013; Members of the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will perform musical highlights from the new holiday family opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Italian Society for Chamber Music will present the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra and violinist Aiman Mussakhajayeva in a Gala Concert for Kazakhstan. 8 p.m. $20 to $50. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

reservations required. State Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Seth Karafin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Resumes and Interview Skills for Professionals Over 40.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. See Events/Page 20

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historical Reconciliation and Prosperity in Northeast Asia: 70 Years Since the Cairo Declaration.â&#x20AC;? 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Free;



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Continued From Page 19 Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-3871582. â&#x2013; Architects Chris Wood and Brian Coffield of SmithGroupJJR will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building in the 21st Century: Sustainable Universities,â&#x20AC;? featuring a look at the new American University Washington College of Law project and how an integrated design process can be leveraged to create highperformance buildings in the world of higher education. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Combat Depressionâ&#x20AC;? by Bill Amt, a licensed clinical social worker at Iona Senior Services. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1772 Church St. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  George Washington University professor Fran Buntman will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Need for Prison.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  James McBride will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Lord Bird,â&#x20AC;? winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  MedStar Medicare Choice will present a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medicare and You.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will host a public dialogue on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pope and the Poor: Challenges of Pope Francis and

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Events Entertainment Catholic Social Thought for American Poverty.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not Scared,â&#x20AC;? about a young boy who accidentally finds a deep hole in the ground â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where another boy is being kept prisoner. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present Hans-JĂźrgen Syberbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ludwig â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Requiem for a Virgin King.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;RSC Liveâ&#x20AC;? will present a screening of David Tennantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard IIâ&#x20AC;? from the Royal Shakespeare Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stage in Stratford-upon-Avon. 7 p.m. $18 to $20. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $6.55 to $357. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tuesday, Dec. 3 Tuesday december 3 Book signing â&#x2013;  Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undersecretary of art, history and culture, will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History of America in 101 Objects.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.


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ing from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3642680.

Classes â&#x2013; Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Washington Bach Consort and organ soloist J. Reilly Lewis. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Potomac Harmony Chorus, a barbershop-style ensemble. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  An evening of classical Indian and Pakistani music will feature 2013 VSA International Young Soloist winner Zohaib Hassan on sarangi and world-renowned sitarist, vocalist and composer Abhik Mukherjee accompanied by tabla and tanpura. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camelot in Tune: Music in the Kennedy White Houseâ&#x20AC;? will feature cellist Kenneth Slowik, violinist James Stern and pianist Lura Johnson presenting a re-creation of Pablo Casalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1961 performance of Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trio in D minor at the White House. A discussion with Slowik, artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Dan Miraldi will perform rock music. 7 p.m. Free. Davenport Coffee Lounge, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. â&#x2013;  The Nth Power will perform soul music. 8 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussion and lectures â&#x2013;  A conference on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Economics of Oceansâ&#x20AC;? will explore issues such as the need for ocean governance and maritime spatial planning. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. embassyofsweden. The conference will continue Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Asian Community Service Center will offer an illustrated presentation on Chinese culture. 11 a.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  Orit Bashkin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Cait Miller will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Belle of the Ball: An American Opera Student at the Turn of the 20th Century.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-8437. â&#x2013;  On the 20th anniversary of the gallery he founded, George Hemphill will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving Art,â&#x20AC;? about his career as a conceptual artist and his venture into art dealing. 6 p.m. Free. Hemphill, 1515 14th

Tuesday, december 3 â&#x2013; Concert: The Young Concert Artists Series will feature pianist Ji-Yong performing works by Bach, Brahms, Ligeti, Schubert, Schumann and Bach. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

St. NW. 202-234-5601. â&#x2013; Linda Wharton-Boyd, director of external affairs and stakeholder engagement for the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, will lead a discussion of DC Health Link with representatives of insurers Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, United Health and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Andrew Aydin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;March, Book One,â&#x20AC;? the first volume in their graphic novel trilogy about Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Ed Bearss, chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service and a longtime tour leader for the Smithsonian Associates, will discuss his encyclopedic knowledge of Civil War battles in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35 to $47. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Nutritionist Marion Nestle will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Thom Hartmann will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and What We Can Do to Stop It.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The French-American Global Forum series will present a debate on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The United Nations at Seventy: Is Global Governance Broken?â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. american. edu/sis/events/FAGFUnitedNations.cfm. Film â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will screen the 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Meeting â&#x2013;  Recovery International will host a weekly group discussion for people suffer-

Performances â&#x2013; A stand-up comedy show will feature Stavros Halkias. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Desperados, 1342 U St. NW. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC and the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will celebrate Hanukkah with the fifth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;My So Called Jewish Life,â&#x20AC;? featuring funny, poignant, powerful and peculiar autobiographical stories. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Love Onion and People Like Us, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  The Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual tree lighting ceremony will feature holiday entertainment by the Georgetown Visitation Madrigals, holiday card decorating for children, family photos with Santa Claus and Rudolph, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free admission; guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corpsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Toys for Tots Program. Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, 2401 M St. NW. 202-429-2400. â&#x2013;  The Royal Norwegian Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norwegian Christmas at Union Stationâ&#x20AC;? will kick off with a Christmas tree lighting, seasonal carols, a visit from Santa Claus and treats for all ages. 6 p.m. Free. Outside the West Hall, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $40 to $527. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Teen event â&#x2013;  A holiday party for teens will feature a movie, a mini hot chocolate bar and a chance to make origami gifts and decorations. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Wednesday, Dec. 4

Wednesday december 4 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga in the Galleriesâ&#x20AC;? class. 10 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8851300. â&#x2013;  A hands-on workshop will focus on making holiday wreaths and tabletop creations from boxwood branches, pine cones and berries. 11 a.m. $25 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Ballet Hispanico will present a master class for intermediate to advanced-level adult dancers. 7 p.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Hall of States, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Susan Lowell will lead an introductory class in Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi. 7:30 p.m. Free. West See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. Concerts â&#x2013; A monthly concert series will feature the Madrigal Singers from St. Albans and National Cathedral schools performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of the Season.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Ballet Hispanico will perform to live music by D.C.-based salsa band Timba Street, which combines native African and Cuban rhythms with Afro-American funk, jazz, soul and go-go. Dance lessons at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Cathedral Choral Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symphonic chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202628-9100. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present bass-baritone Brandon Cedel in recital. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University Wind Ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Great Room, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5416. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Concert Choir and Orchestra will present a singalong of the Christmas portion of Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? led by professor Frederick Binkholder and professional soloists. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Singer, songwriter and pianist Anna von Hausswolff will perform. 8 p.m. $12. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys will perform American traditional music. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Michelle Krowl of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antonia Ford Willard: A Confederate Spy.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War in Americaâ&#x20AC;? exhibition, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4604. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Women in the Arts chief curator Kathryn Wat will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tupperware Ladies,â&#x20AC;? about ceramic pieces by Honor Freeman and Beatrice Wood. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  Deborah Solomon will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  David O. Stewart, known for his award-winning nonfiction works on Aaron Burr, President Andrew Johnson and the Constitution, will discuss his first novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lincoln Deception.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2138. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faster, Better, Safer: Lean Design and Constructionâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists


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Events Entertainment Chris Jahrling, vice president and general manager of federal services for Turner Construction Co.; Bill Seed, vice president of design and construction for Universal Health Services; Tom Sorley, CEO of Rosendin Electric; and Jan Tuchman, editor in chief of Engineering News-Record. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; free for students. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013; John DeFerrari will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. events. â&#x2013;  Emilie Aries, founder and CEO of Bossed Up, will discuss the holistic career counseling her organization provides to women. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Second Service Speaker Series will feature a talk by U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, on how he uses his experience as a doctor, Army reserve officer, Iraq War veteran and smallbusiness owner to help Congress tackle economic and security challenges. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Veterans Center, George Washington University, 2013 H St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dr. John Whyte, an internal medicine physician and former medical expert for Discovery Channel, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boost Your Brain Fitness.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $18 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library will host a talk about the War of 1812 and the burning of Washington by Steve Vogel, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. â&#x2013;  Author and journalist Katy Butler will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knocking on Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.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. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes Angry Birds Soar?â&#x20AC;? will feature Rovioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peter Vesterbacka, creator of the Angry Birds franchise, and physicist Rhett Allain, author of National Geographicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angry Birds Furious Forces!: The Physics at Play in the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Popular Game.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  La Maison Française and the Next Generation Foreign Policy Network will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Cares?â&#x20AC;? about social entrepreneurs from a wide range of countries. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alex Prager Selects Film Seriesâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1948 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red Shoes,â&#x20AC;? about a young ballerina torn between her loyalty to


Guthrie play revisits D.C. Theater J will host a return engagement of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrieâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 29 through Dec. 14 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Celebrating the creator of American classics like â&#x20AC;&#x153;This

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Land Is Your Landâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ballad of Tom Joad,â&#x20AC;? this play is a boisterous retelling of Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life as an American troubadour. It blends musical numbers, scenes from his life and excerpts from his progressive newspaper column. Tickets cost $15 to $50. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013; Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Commedia Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 29 through Dec. 22 at Gallaudet Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elstad Auditorium. The whimsical retelling of Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; holiday favorite â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nominated for a 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; features the troupeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characteristic blend of historical Commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte archetypes, inventive masks and ensemble physicality. Tickets cost $12 to $30. The Gallaudet University campus is located at 800 Florida Ave. NE. 800-838-3006; â&#x2013;  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. 29 through Jan. 5 in the Fichandler Stage. Tickets cost $40 to $90. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  The Keegan Theatre will present Stephen Mallatratâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of Susan Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1983 horror novella â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woman in Blackâ&#x20AC;? through Nov. 30. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Andrew Keegan Theatre (formerly known as the Church Street Theater) is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; â&#x2013;  Folger Theatre will present Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Julietâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 1. Tickets cost $40 to $72, with some discounts available. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol a ballet impresario and her love for a talented composer. 7 p.m. $5; free for members. Reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Bibliophilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope: A Tragedyâ&#x20AC;? by Shalom Auslander. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Performances â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will feature the Synetic Theater Teen Company in a silent retelling of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  The Second City, Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary sketch comedy theater, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;NutCracking Holiday Revue.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 and 9 p.m. $20 to $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  The Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Theater J will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Sez,â&#x20AC;? a retelling of Woody Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, Nov. 29 through Dec. 14. St. SE. 202-544-7077; â&#x2013; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present the East Coast premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comic drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Appropriateâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 1. Tickets start at $35. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; 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; 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; â&#x2013;  The National Theatre will host the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;If/Thenâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; starring Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, LaChanze and James Snyder â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through Dec. 8. Tickets start at $53. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849;

will stage Langston Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Nativity,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the African-American experience through gospel music, song and dance. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $40. Ellington Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. Performances will continue through Dec. 15. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chanu-Comedy: A Festival of Laughsâ&#x20AC;? will feature performers Eugene Mirman, Kurt Baunohler and Derrick Brown. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. â&#x2013;  Holly Bass will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.

Free. DAR Headquarters, 1776 D St. NW. 202-572-0563. â&#x2013; The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Jewish War Veterans of the USA and the Jewish Study Center will commemorate Hanukkah with stories of holiday observations by Jewish American service members in the field. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested by Nov. 27. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280, ext. 502.

Special events â&#x2013; The Daughters of the American Revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12th annual Christmas open house will feature live choral music, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus, a chance for children to play with replica 18th- and 19thcentury toys, and more. 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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recently struggled to attract pre-Broadway or other top-flight productions. Aiming to make an impression, National Theatre Group lined up a 2013-2014 series that includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gershwinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Porgy and Bess,â&#x20AC;? the first D.C. run for Green Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idiot,â&#x20AC;? and the return of â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story,â&#x20AC;?

which premiered at the National in the 1950s. And it secured â&#x20AC;&#x153;If/Then,â&#x20AC;? the Nationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first pre-Broadway show in many years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new management could be transformational,â&#x20AC;? said Linda Levy, who heads the D.C. theater promotional group theatreWashington. Levy said the National was once renowned for its pre-Broadway performances, and she

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sured in the sense that they were recommending a gradual change.â&#x20AC;? In August, the neighborhood commission had voted narrowly to recommend an eased moratorium, with the chair breaking a tie against commissioners who wanted to see the license cap abolished altogether. There was general agreement on the commission, though, that new restaurants would add vitality to 17th Street with a relatively slight risk of adverse impact. Alcohol board member Mike Silverstein said neither the neighborhood commission nor the Dupont Circle Citizens Association reported serious community concerns under the current moratorium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone who testified agreed that there had been no major problems with peace, order and quiet,â&#x20AC;? he said. (Silverstein also serves on the Dupont neighborhood commission but generally recuses himself from its alcohol issues.) In the meantime, the new modifications could have immediate bene-

fits for Dupont Circle, according to Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcohol policy committee chair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It presents the opportunity for new restaurateurs to move into the 17th Street area,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can see how it goes.â&#x20AC;? The Dupont area already saw one recent relaxation of a liquor license moratorium, when the alcohol board in 2011 allowed new restaurant licenses in the area around 21st and P streets. More recently, the board last month rejected a proposed moratorium in the 14th and U streets area. And less than a mile north of Dupontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17th Street moratorium zone, Adams Morgan residents are debating whether their own liquor license freeze should be scaled back to allow new restaurants. There, the debate is whether to recommend allowing additional restaurants subject to strict conditions, or to maintain the license cap as-is. The Adams Morgan neighborhood commission is due to adopt its recommendation next Wednesday.

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hopes the theater can brighten its future by borrowing from its past. She also said a renaissance at the National could inspire increased theater attendance across the District, which produces more performances than anywhere else in America besides New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ripple effects could only be positive,â&#x20AC;? Levy said. The National Theatre Group is also opti-

mistic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now in the middle of our run and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting a very strong response,â&#x20AC;? JAM Theatricals co-founder Steve Traxler said. He added that he hopes the current offerings can live up to the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You hope that in another 50 years people will be talking about the time â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If/Thenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opened in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;?

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avoid causing too many problems for pedestrian and vehicle traffic, Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be working on one corner per intersection at a time. So pedestrians will still be able to get through one side of K Street and try to get through the other side,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be working on consecutive intersections to minimize impact on traffic as much as possible.â&#x20AC;? The 12-month timeline for the project depends on weather and the progress of utility companies. The work, scheduled to take place mainly in the daytime, will start at 21st Street and head east. In addition to offering updates at project website, KCI Technologies and the Transportation Department will be setting up a field office at 1411 K St. where people can go with concerns.

And before major construction begins, the Transportation Department will send out 72-hour notices to surrounding businesses. According to Transportation Department spokesperson Monica Hernandez, efforts to increase accessibility will be spreading across the city. A pilot program a few months ago compiled a database on Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues in downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Triangle area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; helping inform the planned improvements to K Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As part of our ADA accessibility implementation plan, our goal is to compile a citywide database within a four- to five-year period,â&#x20AC;? Hernandez wrote in an email. She also added that within a year, the city will finalize the â&#x20AC;&#x153;transition plan to identify how we address/prioritize ADA improvements throughout the District.â&#x20AC;? The agency also has â&#x20AC;&#x153;upgraded over 663 bus shelter padsâ&#x20AC;? to make them ADA-compliant, according to Hernandez.

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And then on Thursday, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts agreed unanimously that it wants no change to the height act at all. That sets up a potent conflict before Issa, who asked a year ago for a joint study by the city Planning Office and national commission. Instead, his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will weigh warring recommendations from the two groups. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear if Issa will propose any legislative fix. But he told Roll Call newspaper last week: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to have a radical or significant change to the Height Act as a result of the study, but we do expect to empower the parties to bring forth future plans.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;¨ Committee spokesperson Ali Ahmad said Issa has invited both the D.C. Office of Planning and the national commission to discuss their respective plans. Others will be able to submit statements for the record. Issaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role adds irony to an already-touchy issue. D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning has argued repeatedly that the city should be able to set its own development limits as a matter of home rule. But sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now asking the California congressman to reject the views of what appears â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least from testimony and turnout at numerous presentations and hearings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be broad support from District residents to keep the existing height act in place. And last week, 12 of the 13 members of the D.C. Council co-sponsored a resolution saying the Height of Buildings Act should not be amended.

But Tregoningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office says the true issue has been confused. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The opposition to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations are primarily about opposition to raising height. That is not what we are asking Congress to do,â&#x20AC;? said agency chief of staff Tanya Stern. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The District is asking for the ability to determine, with our residents, council and NCPC, whether to increase any height, and if so, when, where and how to do it. This is not about more height. This is about who gets to decide.â&#x20AC;? Pedro Ribeiro, spokesperson for Mayor Vincent Gray, elaborated on his administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of folks missed the point,â&#x20AC;? Ribeiro said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be up to people in Ohio or California how high we go. The mayor, council and people who live here should be the ones.â&#x20AC;? The lopsided split in opinion surfaced again Thursday at the Fine Arts Commission, which was awaiting its turn to weigh in. All eight public witnesses pleaded to keep existing height limits, saying the city still has plenty of room to grow within existing zoning and height act restrictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rumors of running out of space are wildly exaggerated,â&#x20AC;? said architectural historian Sally Berk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are expanses of undeveloped land, but developers prefer to build downtown where the profit is.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The notion that [taller buildings] would bring trickle-down, cheaper housing is absurd,â&#x20AC;? said Dupont resident Ann Selin. But it appeared that the arts commission, which fiercely guards the horizontal skyline and openness of the federal city, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need much persuading.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why D.C. seeks to enter the fray of manipulating the zoning code with different heights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it allows a tremendous amount of mischief,â&#x20AC;? said member Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. And she added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be any development community pressureâ&#x20AC;? for changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all agree, from different points of view, the NCPC position is very appropriate. Our support for it is unanimous,â&#x20AC;? said chair Rusty Powell. Meanwhile, the Office of Planning is sticking by its recommendation to allow somewhat taller buildings inside the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant City by tweaking the formula that correlates height limits to the width of various streets. That would raise the current limit on the widest avenues, for example, from 160 to 200 feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; another approach soundly rejected by the national planning commission and D.C. Council. Â â&#x20AC;&#x153;The alternative â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of retaining unchanged a century-old law that artificially constrains the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to accommodate growth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will place the District on the path of becoming a city comprised primarily of national monuments, surrounded by exclusive neighborhoods affordable only to the very few,â&#x20AC;? the Office of Planning says in a Nov. 20 news release. Next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changes to the Height Act: Shaping Washington, D.C. for the Future, Part II,â&#x20AC;? is set for Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Citizens, civic organizations, business groups and other stakeholders can contact to submit statements for the record.

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St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

Grade 5 recently visited two exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History. Sant Ocean Hall illuminated an amazing underwater kingdom; it helped us to learn more about how marine organisms have adapted to their habitats. At St. Patrick’s, Grade 5 students invent a marine organism in science class. We design all of its characteristics and figure out how it will survive. Afterward, we bring the organism to life using the Scratch computer programming language. It was interesting to see a variety of marine animals at the museum and learn how each really survived in the different regions of the ocean. We also visited the Hall of Human Origins. We could not believe how different we look from the people who lived millions of years ago. A full-grown woman in that time was shorter than we are now! As we walked past the different skeletons, newer each time, we watched their bones morph into the shape we recognize today. We all enjoyed our trip to the museum. If you had poked your ear into any conversation as our bus rumbled along back to school, you

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 would have heard conversations like, “There are so many endangered species underwater! We should definitely help them!” or “The people in the Human Origins Hall looked so weird! How did we change so much?” We can’t wait to learn more about both subjects. — Sophie Mansfield and Tia Piziali, fifth-graders

School Without Walls High School

Today marks another year of a beloved tradition — our annual Thanksgiving feast and assembly. The feast is organized by the Student Government Association to create a nice break before students leave for a long weekend. Everybody waits in line to get their food and then meanders in the hallways — chatting with teachers, visiting friends who have graduated, and talking to other students. The feast is also an opportunity for alumni to come home and visit the school. It is most common for students to come when they are still in college, most likely for the free food, but we also occasionally see visitors who graduated in the early 2000s or ’80s and ’90s. It is a special treat for these alumni because our school has recently been remodeled, and it looks a lot different from when they went here. Last week, in the spirit of giving and to give back to the community, we held a shoebox drive for the nonprofit So Others Might Eat. Different homerooms created boxes of toiletries and warm clothes to give away in time for the holidays. For instance, some were geared toward teenage women, while others were geared toward a young boy. We also held the traditional canned food drive. — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hi, this is Henry again. It’s been very busy around our house because my sister, Colyar, broke her toe slipping on toothpaste. But on to other matters. The school renovations are going very well. The new library is still being built in the basement. I’m very excited about the Winter Concert. We will be doing it with our new music teacher, Ms. Bryant. Rehearsals have started and there will be singing, dancing and lots more. I am very excited that Mr. Giles (our former music teacher) is coming back to teach violin. If you are interested, please contact Star Achievers (the aftercare program). My art project, which is to draw a natural phenomenon, is almost due. I am drawing a tsunami. Finally, it’s a short school week. I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! — Henry Trimble, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We are reading and finding things in books. We used the book “Tuesday” by David Wiesner. We had to gather information from the illustrations, and it was all about time. We discovered that there is equal importance in the illustrations


as there is in a text. We discussed the illustrations and we gave evidence about the illustrations. Writing has been fun. We’ve been learning about adverbs. Ms. Orlando used the name sticks and called us up to pick a word from one bag and another word from a different bag. One word was an adverb. We made combination words like “wiggling proudly” and “jumping quickly.” This was a fun way to learn about adverbs. When we come across adverbs now, we try to use them. We also learned about idioms. We illustrated idioms. I had “on top of the world” and I drew a person sitting on top of the world. This idiom means you’re really happy. I got the idiom “let the cat out of the bag” and I drew a cat escaping from a bag. It means you let out a secret. — Sophia Lubov Hall and Ian Cassidy, third-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Our school held the annual Merit ceremony and in the spirit of Thanksgiving had students and faculty members speak about what they are thankful for. Chemistry teacher Kate Lewis from Australia talked about how thankful she was to have her first Thanksgiving with Washington Latin and how much the school has made her feel at home. Many of the students who spoke talked about how they feel comforted by our community. John Drury, a history teacher who had wanted to teach at Latin for two years, explained how he loved and was thankful for the opportunity to teach at this school after persistently trying to get a job at the school. Others acknowledged the profound loss of the president that occurred 50 years ago and noted how grateful they were for our school and its idealism in a difficult time. The ceremony was a peaceful and warm gift for the school.
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Wilson High School

Wilson students have more to be excited about this Thanksgiving than just pumpkin pie. For the first time in 21 years, the Wilson Tigers football team will be competing in the annual Turkey Bowl. Wilson will play H.D. Woodson. For quarterback Scot Beumel, this will be the last game in a four-year high school football career. For others, like freshman and backup quarterback Steve William, it’s just the beginning. The Tigers have had a great season, defeating Dunbar three times — including in the playoff game to qualify for the Turkey Bowl. The team has worked harder than ever this season, and it will continue to work hard until the whistle blows for the end of the game Thursday afternoon. Want to help support the Wilson football team? Fans are welcome to come watch the game at 11 a.m. Nov. 28 at Eastern High School. — Rachel Page, 10th-grader

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