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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Dupont Current

Vol. XI, No. 24

Debate stirs around school closings

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By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council concluded a two-day hearing Monday on D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s recently announced plan to shutter 20 schools. More than 100 public witnesses and the D.C. Council members weighed in on the controversial proposal over the course of the 16-hour hearing. Henderson argued that her school

closure and consolidation plan is a necessary step to right a system in which too many underenrolled schools have become a financial drain. But as many debated the merits of her plan and what it would mean for the future of D.C. Public Schools, a few key themes emerged:

The money

Council members peppered Henderson with questions about the savings the school system would see

from the changes, and the benefits for the schools that remain open. “Parents want to know how this cost savings will impact their school,” at-large Council member David Catania told Henderson. Henderson couldn’t answer those questions yet, saying that it’s all “just a proposal” at this point. But Catania had come prepared with a little number crunching from the report Henderson submitted to See Closings/Page 18

City nears selection of interim firehouse By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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More than 150 volunteers turned out Monday evening at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center to help prepare Thanksgiving meals for the area’s homeless and hungry.

A temporary West End firehouse will likely be located on two tennis courts near 23rd and N streets, though city officials emphasize that they haven’t made a final decision yet. A project by developer EastBanc will demolish the existing 1960s firehouse at 23rd and M streets, replacing it with a mixed-use building that will include a modern fire station at the ground level. Above that would be a squash club, then 52 to 60 apartment units. City officials have welcomed the project, but have struggled to find a suitable site in the crowded neighborhood to house firefighters and their trucks during the projected 15 months of construction. The three sites now under consideration are the tennis courts; Francis Field near 25th and M streets; and the parking lot of the vacant Stevens School near 21st and L See Firehouse/Page 18

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The city has committed to installing soundproofing to protect nearby residents if it places a temporary fire station on the 23rd Street tennis courts.

Adams Morgan hotel wins zoning approval

Graham’s alcohol legislation prompts spirited questions


■ Council: Civic coalition

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Plans for a boutique hotel in Adams Morgan that include a new 72-foot tower and reuse of the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist building won unanimous initial approval from the Zoning Commission Monday. When commissioners first heard about a proposal for the site at Euclid and Champlain streets in November 2011, some questioned whether such a large building was even worthy of public hearings. At 92 feet high, that concept was too big for the neighborhood, some commissioners said, and needed revisions before the panel opened the process for hearings. At that time, the Zoning Commission voted narrowly See Hotel/Page 5

NEWS Parents rally to save Garrison, Francis-Stevens schools

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aims to derail provisions

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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The commission gave initial approval to plans to build an addition to the historic church.

EVENTS Arena offers history lessons in ‘Pullman Porter Blues’

— Page 23

With a vote on a much-debated alcoholic beverage control bill right around the corner, critics are ramping up opposition to key provisions they say could limit residents’ role in licensing bars and restaurants, and in protesting noise and disorder. The D.C. Council is now slated to take its first vote on the omnibus bill on Dec. 4.

HOLIDAYS Students bring ‘A Civil War Christmas’ to GU stage

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But it’s unclear how much the last-ditch campaign of a new “Alcohol Sanity Coalition” will impact the bill. Members of the group roamed the halls of the John A. Wilson Building last week, lobbying members before the full council took up the measure on Thursday in its Committee of the Whole. There was enough concern that Council Chairman Phil Mendelson put off a planned first vote that day. The measure needs two votes — on Dec. 4 and 18 — to pass before the current council session ends. There are 43 provisions in the See Council/Page 7

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Mann neighbors near accord on expansion By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

With two new proposals for Horace Mann Elementary School’s renovation gathering support from the neighborhood, the school and its Wesley Heights neighbors appear close to agreeing on a plan. The D.C. Department of General Services presented the new options — which came in response to residents’ complaints about the original plan — at a community meeting last week. All of the proposals so far aim to expand space at the 4430 Newark St. school, adding features like a cafeteria and gymnasium through two new buildings. But the final configuration of those buildings has been a source of contention among Wesley Heights neighbors. Under one new proposal, an addition would be built adjacent to 45th Street — about 50 feet shorter in length than the one initially proposed, and farther set back from the street — and a third story would be added to the

existing wing facing Newark Street. The second option would construct a new building adjacent to Macomb Street. It would be attached to the original school structure through an underground tunnel. Both of the new proposals would increase visual and street access to the Mann “range,� the playground that becomes a recreational commons after school hours. The Department of General Services is continuing to accept community feedback, but aims to single out a proposal by the end of the month, according to spokesperson Kenneth Diggs. Both new plans have won some support from residents on the adjacent Macomb and 45th streets. With the original plan, neighbors were concerned that a 200-foot long, 30-foot-tall addition facing 45th Street would dominate the view and block the green completely. Mann principal Liz Whisnant said she still hopes the community can find a way to retain the initial plan’s “cluster model� — connecting the original Mann strucSee Mann/Page 24

Garrison, Francis-Stevens parents protest By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

When the D.C. Public Schools system last week proposed closing Francis-Stevens Educational Campus and Garrison Elementary next year, Chancellor Kaya Henderson pointed to the schools’ struggles to attract students as a critical factor. Under Henderson’s proposal for consolidating underutilized D.C. schools, the Francis-Stevens space would become a second campus for the over-capacity School Without Walls high school. Garrison would serve a yet-undetermined community function, but could reopen in the future if demand increased, school officials said. Parents don’t disagree that performance hasn’t been exceptional at the underenrolled campuses in the West End and Logan Circle. But in both cases, they’re urging the school system to recognize their school’s unique potential, pointing to population growth and improved parental involvement. It’s a stance backed by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, who said last week that he believes both schools should remain open. Garrison saw the formation of a parent-teacher association just three years ago, and volunteers and city officials have pledged improvements to the school’s grounds. “We’re on the tipping point,� PTA president Ann McLeod said in an interview. “Garrison three years ago — people didn’t consider it as a viable option. But now they are. We’re basically in the same position where Ross [Elementary] was five years ago, and look at Ross now. They have hundreds and hundreds of kids on their waiting list.� Garrison, at 1200 S St., has just 228 students, less than 64 percent of its capacity, according to the school system. Officials say nearby Seaton Elementary — just half a mile away, with a newer building and excess capacity — is the natural home for a combined campus. But as more families settle in Logan Circle, Shaw and eastern

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Francis-Stevens would become extra space for School Without Walls under the proposal.

Dupont, and as parental involvement boosts community interest in the school, Garrison has the potential to grow, McLeod said. The school also has a new principal this year. “They’re not even giving us a chance,� she said. In the West End, which has also seen significant population growth in recent years and has hundreds of new housing units in the pipeline, parents say a successful preschool program is drawing more children into the public school system. “To me, this is an opportunity for people to buy into DCPS overall, and build ourselves a strong community where we can walk everywhere to everything except, next year, a school,� Francis-Stevens PTA vice president Tim Ryan said in an interview. Ryan further emphasized that there is community demand for a strong elementary school in the West End. “We’re not there yet, but if we can build that school academically, we can fill it in a second,� he said. Francis-Stevens itself was consolidated just five years ago, when Stevens Elementary was closed and its students relocated to surplus space in what was then Francis Middle School. Francis-Stevens now enrolls 225 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, using 55 per-

cent of the capacity of its building at 2425 N St. More than three-quarters of those students are out of boundary. The school system’s proposal would send middle-schoolers to Hardy Middle in Georgetown and younger grades to Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan. When Stevens closed, “we were assured that there would still be a school for our community,� Florence Harmon, chair of the Foggy Bottom/ West End advisory neighborhood commission, said at the body’s meeting last week. “It’s essential that every community have a school, or people aren’t going to want to live there.� In choosing which city schools to close, the school system studied each of its 117 buildings based on the same four metrics: enrollment, excess capacity, building condition and available space at a nearby school. A total of 20 schools were proposed for “consolidation� citywide, nearly all of which are in Northeast and Southeast. At a D.C. Council hearing Monday, Chairman Phil Mendelson questioned Henderson on her proposals — singling out Garrison and Francis-Stevens. In places where parents are confident they can turn a school around within a couple of years, he said, the school system should consider postponing closure. “They were saying, ‘Give us a chance, give us a couple more years to grow.’ Is that not possible?� Mendelson asked. “We could give all 20 schools a few more years to work it out, and I don’t think we’d be in a markedly different place,� Henderson replied. And while these schools were working to improve, she said, the system would be spreading its funding thin among many smaller schools instead of fewer larger ones. Additionally, certain fixed costs of running a school building — regardless of whether it’s meeting its capacity — would siphon funds from other schools. Furthermore, Henderson said she wasn’t going to make decisions See Ward 2/Page 24

The week ahead Tuesday, Nov. 27

The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations will hold an oversight roundtable to review the implications on the Department of General Services of Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s proposal to close 20 schools. Subjects will include maintenance of the closed buildings, property management issues, and the executive branch’s plan for designating closed facilities as surplus property. The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 500, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature an address by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■ The Cleveland Park Citizens Association and the Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a “Countdown to Launch� reception for the Cleveland Park Village, a new nonprofit created to help people age in their own homes. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ, 34th and Lowell streets NW. For details, visit

Thursday, Nov. 29

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The District of Columbia Bar will hold a forum on “Understanding the D.C. Zoning Regulations Rewrite.� The session will begin at noon at Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K St. NW. Admission costs $10 to $15; to register, visit ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a talk by Georgetown resident Charley Casserly, former general manager for the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans and now with the NFL Network. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Nike Store, 3040 M St. NW.



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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Current

District Digest Police make arrests in Woodley Park case

City and Metro police on Saturday arrested nine suspects in connection with that morning’s fatal stabbing in the Woodley Park Metro station, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Police Department. Police responded at about 1:17 a.m. Saturday to a report of an aggravated assault in the Metro,

finding two adult male victims. Olijawon Griffin of Olney, Md., who was suffering from a stab wound, was transported to a local hospital, where the 18-year-old died; the second victim was admitted in stable condition. Units from both the Metropolitan Police Department and the Metro Transit Police worked to detain nine suspects. Their investigation revealed that earlier in the night Griffin had been

robbed in the 1800 block of Columbia Road NW. Later, he encountered the suspects involved in the robbery at the Metro, where an altercation ensued. The suspects assaulted Griffin a second time, and robbed and assaulted the second victim. Nine juvenile males have been charged with aggravated assault and robbery, according to police; one of them, Chavez Myers, 17, of Districts Heights, Md., was also



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Ward 3 Dems to fill three vacant posts

UDC swimming pool to reopen Monday

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a special election next month to fill vacancies on the D.C. Democratic State Committee for one male and two female Ward 3 representatives. The election will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Any registered Democrat in Ward 3 is eligible to run and vote. Prospective candidates must express interest by Dec. 3 with special election co-chair Brian Lederer. The process includes submission of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;statement of candidacy,â&#x20AC;? which can be mailed to Lederer, postmarked by Nov. 30, at 3003 Van Ness St. NW, Suite W-228, Washington, D.C., 20008; or emailed to by noon on Dec. 3. A statement of candidacy form and details on the application process and special election are available at

Meetings scheduled to discuss zoning

The D.C. Office of Planning is preparing to host ward-by-ward meetings to discuss the proposed rewrite of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code, a series of changes that affect development goals and restrictions in different parts of the city. The agency will offer the same presentation in each ward. The meeting dates include Dec. 11 for Ward 2, Jan. 5 for Ward 1, Jan. 8 for Ward 3 and Jan. 16 for Ward 4, all taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Locations havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been announced.

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The University of the District of Columbia will reopen the indoor swimming pool at its Van Ness campus Monday, according to a news release. The 25-yard pool features six lanes and a diving area. University students, faculty and staff have free access; other residents will pay $7 for a day pass or $100 for 20 uses. The pool closed in 2008 and has since undergone a $4 million renovation.

Phillips, Iona team up on pilot arts program

The Phillips Collection is presenting the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Agingâ&#x20AC;? this month, featuring artworks by participants in Iona Senior Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wellness & Arts Center. The pilot program, which has enrolled 30 individuals and 10 family members over the past year, involves monthly sessions at the museum and Ionaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenleytown facility. Using the artwork at the Phillips â&#x20AC;&#x153;as visual stimulus, individuals engage in conversations â&#x20AC;Ś that help trigger thoughts and feelings, inspiring them to make connections and access personal experiences and long-term memories,â&#x20AC;? states a release. Participants, who have memory impairment and physical challenges, then make art at Iona based on themes explored at the Phillips. The show will be on view through Nov. 30 as part of National Arts and Health Month.


Due to an editing error, a Nov. 14 article on the Burleith Citizens Association stated incorrectly that Lauralynn Lee, Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new associate vice president for community engagement and strategic initiatives, lives in Burleith. In fact, she did live there for two and a half years but no longer does. Also, part of the final sentence of an article on smoking bans at area universities was omitted due to a production error. The sentence, about rules in place at Georgetown University, should have read: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under the current university policy, smoking areas must be at least 25 feet from entries, outdoor air intakes and windows.â&#x20AC;? In the same issue, an article on the D.C. state title for boys soccer misidentified Maret goalie Jack Spiegelman as a member of St. Albans team. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-2447223.

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HOTEL: Reduced height, other changes to Adams Morgan design sway commission

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to move forward â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but in the end, the height was reduced nonetheless. Over the past year, developer Brian Friedman and his team removed one story from the design proposal and then another. By the time zoning commissioners were voting on the proposal Monday, the project had shrunk by 20 feet to 72 feet. Developers also heavily reworked other aspects of the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design, and negotiated a comprehensive set of amenities with the community. At the initial setdown hearing last year, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there was eye-shock at the structure, and we made extensive comments,â&#x20AC;? zoning commissioner Michael Turnbull, who had opposed the project at that stage, said Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this applicant made a 180-degree turn with regards to the architecture and the sensitivity to the community.â&#x20AC;? The project had the support of the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission, the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association, Ward 1

D.C. Council member Jim Graham, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, and various Adams Morgan community members. But some residents and business owners have continued to register their opposition to a 220-room luxury hotel, fearing increased traffic and soaring rents for nearby commercial and residential buildings. The Champlain Street Neighbors group, which formed to fight the hotel, submitted a filing to the commission that sums up the testimony from various opponents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ZC case record shows no meaningful discussion or reports on how a high-end hotel, with its proffered contemporary design and luxury amenities, wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t further exacerbate this growing trend of gentrification or how the proposed hotel will not negatively impact the most immediate properties,â&#x20AC;? the filing reads, â&#x20AC;&#x153;which happen to be some of the last relatively affordable market units, both residential and commercial, where Adams Morgan working families of diverse backgrounds live, work, and shop.â&#x20AC;?

Zoning commissioners said the project will be a net benefit to Adams Morgan and the city as a whole, bringing jobs for local residents and more economic activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hear that across the city when people are concerned about their taxes being raised and so on, but these [projects] are the things that bring a neighborhood to life and make it more vibrant,â&#x20AC;? said commission chair Anthony Hood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the end, it all works out.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Robert Miller also noted that the project will include the

restoration of the century-old church building, which had fallen into disrepair. Under the current plan, the church building will serve as the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance, lobby and restaurant. A connection will span 15 feet between the rear of the church and the 72-foot hotel, which will be constructed on the site of an existing parking lot and small office building. The Zoning Commission will take one more vote before its approval of the hotel becomes final, as it does for most large projects. Unlike

with many projects, though, commissioners did not request more information or further changes to the proposal before their second vote. The zoning approval is needed because the hotel exceeds the 40-foot building height limit ordinarily imposed on new projects within the Reed-Cooke Overlay. Developers initially sought a waiver of the restrictions; but in the end, based on community requests, they instead asked the Zoning Commission to modify the overlay to allow the hotel without establishing a precedent.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 9th and I streets; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, H St.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  500 block, 12th St.; bank; 3 p.m. Nov. 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 5:51 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  900 block, E St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  1200 block, L St.; school; 8 a.m. Nov. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 10th St.; unspecified premises; 7:35 a.m. Nov. 14.

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Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 7th and H streets; unspecified premises; 11:41 p.m. Nov. 15. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  900 block, 7th St.; bank; 1:11 p.m. Nov. 17. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  400 block, Indiana Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:20 p.m. Nov. 13. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, H St.; restaurant; 11 p.m. Nov. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 3:20 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 12:40 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; restaurant; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 3;27 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 1:29 p.m. Nov. 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, H St.; parking lot; 1:49 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 9:56 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  900 block, 5th St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

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Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013; 1800 block, K St.; office building; 2:14 p.m. Nov. 16. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 3 a.m. Nov. 16. Burglary â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue; government building; 10 p.m. Nov. 14.

â&#x2013; 1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; sidewalk; 10 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  23rd and G streets; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:04 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  600 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 7:45 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; unspecified premises; 10:16 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:59 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 6:40 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  600 block, 15th St.; restaurant; 9 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 14th St.; store; 8:24 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  20th and L streets; unspecified premises; 11:37 p.m. Nov. 18. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 2:16 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  24th and K streets; street; 7:15 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; parking lot; 2:20 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 22nd St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; street; 11:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2100 block, Newport Place; sidewalk; 2:55 a.m. Nov. 17. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; street; 3 a.m. Nov. 12. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2100 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; sidewalk; 12:49 a.m. Nov. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; liquor store; 4:18 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 10:10 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Florida Ave.; restaurant; 8:21 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 3:28 a.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 5:10 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:45 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland

Place; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 1900 block, T St.; unspecified premises; 8:19 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 12:16 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; alley; 4:15 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  20th and O streets; street; 8 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  2100 block, California St.; residence; midnight Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  2200 block, California St.; parking lot; 7:13 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Florida Ave.; parking lot; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1400 block, V St.; street; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; residence; 11:50 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; residence; 11:35 p.m. Nov. 15. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 10:15 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; street; 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  16th Street and Riggs Place; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; alley; 2:23 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; street; 11:50 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, T St.; street; 1 a.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  15th and Caroline streets; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; street; 6 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; alley; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 5 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; restaurant; noon Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; street; 4:59 p.m. Nov. 18.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 2400 block, Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 11:20 p.m. Nov. 17. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Ontario Road; street; 9:55 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 3:55 a.m. Nov. 18. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; street; 11:18 p.m. Nov. 16. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2200 block, 17th St.; street;

12:01 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013; 1800 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 3:15 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Columbia Road and Mintwood Place; unspecified premises; 5 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 8:15 a.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2 a.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 9:39 a.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 11:10 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Biltmore St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; alley; 2:22 a.m. Nov. 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  20th Street and Florida Avenue; street; 6:12 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 10:48 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Kalorama Road; street; 11:55 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; 12:01 a.m. Nov. 18.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1300 block, M St.; sidewalk; 2:37 a.m. Nov. 12. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 11th St.; residence; 11:25 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, M St.; parking lot; 3 p.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 10th St.; street; 10 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; street; 10:18 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1200 block, S St.; school; 12:15 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 5 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; sidewalk; 8:32 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; parking lot; noon Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

The Current Wednesday, November 21, 2012


COUNCIL: Graham hears continued concerns from colleagues about proposed ABC law

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omnibus bill, hashed out by a task force of representatives from the alcohol industry, businesses and neighborhood groups, as well as a separate group focusing on the issue of noise. Opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; complaints center on a handful of provisions that would limit protests of liquor licenses to those living within 400 feet of an establishment, require citizens associations to hold a hearing with a prospective licensee before lodging any protest, and allow voluntary agreements negotiated by an advisory neighborhood commission to override agreements made by groups of residents. And while the bill would beef up enforcement of noise regulations by establishing a team of nighttime inspectors, it would allow a bar or restaurant to close its windows and doors before an inspector could measure the noise level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from outside â&#x20AC;&#x201D; following a complaint. The coalition, in a news release, criticizes the changes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a step backward in alcohol regulation.â&#x20AC;? Several council members echoed the concerns of the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members as they peppered Ward 1 member Jim Graham, the chief sponsor, with questions during a brief discussion of the bill Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What was your thinking, that a voluntary agreement by an ANC would terminate other protests?â&#x20AC;? asked at-large member David Catania. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What was the rationale about limiting citizen involvement in the protest process?â&#x20AC;? asked Muriel Bowser of Ward 4. She noted that current law allows five residents from anywhere in the city to protest a liquor license. Graham noted repeatedly that there are still four entities that can protest a liquor license, under the omnibus bill: a community association, an adjacent property owner, the affected advisory neighborhood commission, and any group of five

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residents living within 400 feet of the establishment. Under the overly opened-ended current law, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;someone in Adams Morgan could protest a license on Capitol Hill.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Was there any representative from Ward 3 [on the task force]? Were any other wards not represented?â&#x20AC;? asked Ward 3 member Mary Cheh. Graham replied that the working group had representatives from wards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8, adding there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;no attempt to excludeâ&#x20AC;?

others. Cheh said later that she also has concerns about the 400-foot limit for residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; protests, about the proposed power of a neighborhood commission to override other agreements, and the noise provision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t measure noise with the doors closed. It should reflect what the neighborhood experiences,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graham defers to his working group, but my ward was left out,

other wards were left out. My communities were not represented.â&#x20AC;? Graham said he is trying to balance the interests of alcohol-serving businesses with the protection of neighborhoods that surround them. The bill introduced last June contains intact the 43 recommendations of the noise and alcohol beverage control working groups, resulting from more than 20 hours of meetings and three hearing days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have not added or changed a single rec-

ommendation. It was really a middle ground,â&#x20AC;? he said. Graham also noted that many of the recommendations are not controversial, such as allowing Sunday sales for liquor stores as well as the sale of beer in 64-ounce â&#x20AC;&#x153;growlers,â&#x20AC;? and requiring noise control training for alcohol servers. He is not saying where he comes down on the 40-foot limit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All these numbers are arbitrary,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be happy to have more discussion.â&#x20AC;?


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The Dupont


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Laying out a strategy

Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled an ambitious economic development plan last week that aims to add 100,000 jobs and $1 billion in tax revenue to the city’s economy within five years. While government-generated master plans can often be more gloss than substance, we were happy to see a detailed, targeted strategy emerge. That plan wisely pivots away from the U.S. government as the source of the city’s growth. Existing and impending federal austerity measures make that path unsustainable — though the document also outlines ways the city can fight for a greater share of federal dollars and real estate. In general, though, Mayor Gray’s plan targets technology, higher education, health care and real estate construction as drivers for further reductions in the city’s unemployment rate, which has already decreased to a just-announced 8.5 percent from 11.3 percent in the summer of 2011. Particularly compelling are suggestions to develop a high-tech sector and leverage it to bring jobs and amenities to neighborhoods that now lack both. A tech hub at St. Elizabeths, the plan suggests, could re-create similar city-developed hubs such as Roosevelt Island in New York; meanwhile, a medical center at the McMillan Reservoir would advance both employment and medical research goals. Indeed, it’s hard to find a neighborhood or a sector that’s left out of the plan. Artists get an invite to repurpose vacant properties; small businesses get help winning federal contracts; entrepreneurs could see a city-sponsored venture capital program; and neighborhoods in need of development could become candidates for federal offices. It’s easy, however, to spot the prongs of the plan that will attract opposition. A proposal to waive the city’s building-height limit in “noncore” neighborhoods is well worth considering, but certain to draw fire. And the plan’s swipe at enrollment caps at D.C. universities will be a nonstarter for neighbors who are already feeling squeezed by ever-expanding schools. D.C. has two main problems that feed each other in a never-ending cycle: a struggling education system and unemployment that clusters in a few wards. We think Mayor Gray’s creative proposals, developed with the help of local universities, will go a long way toward turning that vicious circle into a virtuous one.

Finding a temporary home

Neighborhood fire stations are reassuring places: safe and stolid, with architecture that typically reinforces those impressions. They’re also noisy, making the search for a temporary station contentious. But the search seems to be nearing an end for the West End firehouse, which will relocate temporarily while its 1960s quarters are rebuilt as part of a mixed-use building at 23rd and M streets. Of the three possibilities for its new home — Francis Field, the parking lot of the Stevens School, and the tennis courts at 23rd and N streets — the courts are the only option that won’t delay planned development of the school or destroy the recent upgrades of the field. The school and Francis Field lie in the purview of the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, which weighed in last week with its objection to using the field as a temporary firehouse site. Meanwhile city officials, who have not said yet which location they’ll choose, have wisely expressed a desire not to delay redevelopment at Stevens. The tennis courts lie within the borders of the Dupont advisory neighborhood commission, which last week offered only a lukewarm non-objection to that site selection. Commissioner Mike Silverstein said during the meeting that the city should examine only safety considerations, not developers’ timetables. We disagree, and wish that commissioners in the two neighborhoods had been able to coordinate better on this matter. Issues such as construction schedules are givens in a growing neighborhood, and it only makes sense to accommodate them by choosing the tennis courts.

The Current

After Kwame and Harry … what’s next?


wame Brown might be thankful this week that maybe the worst is over for him. Yes, the former D.C. Council chairman still has to do six months of home detention with electronic monitoring. And yes, he has to do 480 hours of community service (20 hours a month) for the next two years of supervised release. But that all may be nothing compared to the humiliation of his brief time in custody of the courts last week. Brown first appeared in federal court, where he got the above sentence for his felony bank fraud conviction. He told Judge Richard Leon his forging of home refinance documents was “stupid” and “wrong.” Leon said Brown, as part of his punishment, would have to serve the rest of that same day in the custody of U.S. marshals. Little did we know, at the moment Judge Leon said it, what that would mean for Brown later in the day. Appearing before Judge Leon, Brown had been nattily attired in a dark suit, white shirt and tie. Brown always has liked to be sharply dressed. But a few hours later, when he appeared in D.C. Superior Court on a minor campaign finance violation, Brown was transformed. WTOP reporter Mark Segraves said Brown walked into the D.C. courtroom looking somewhat dazed and embarrassed. The marshals had taken his tie and his belt, a routine safety precaution for prisoners in custody. But Brown also was shackled — shackled! — in chains attached to his hands and his feet. Even some reporters in the room who had witheringly covered Brown’s downfall were aghast at the image. Court officials said Brown was treated exactly as others in the marshals’ custody when he was taken from the federal courthouse a few blocks to D.C. Superior Court. Brown is said to be truly remorseful for his crimes, his ruined political career and the embarrassment he has caused himself and his family. Whatever he does to rehabilitate his life, he should keep the image of those chains in his mind. For us, the sight recalled what U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said during an appearance on WAMU’s “Politics Hour” a few months ago. He told us that if you spend one day in jail or prison, one day will be enough for the rest of your life. ■ How’s Harry Thomas Jr.? Those who have been in touch with the former Ward 5 council member say

he has been adjusting to prison life in Alabama, counseling with younger inmates and finding meaningful reflection time for himself. Thomas pleaded guilty to stealing about $400,000 in government grants that had been intended for youth sports programs. Instead, he spent that money on himself and others. He threw away his political career, too, and is serving a 38-month sentence. ■ And now what? The sentencing of Brown has brought renewed attention to the longrunning investigation of Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign. Several persons already have pleaded guilty to serious felony violations in connection with a $650,000 “shadow campaign” that helped elect Gray. U.S. Attorney Machen has said the Gray campaign efforts “deceived” the voters. Last Wednesday at Gray’s biweekly press conference, Washington Times reporter Tom Howell Jr. used the sentencing of Brown to ask the mayor about the probe into his political doings. The mayor generally turns aside such questions, saying his lawyer tells him not to respond. Still, Gray did respond when the reporter asked when the probe might be over. “Well, I think they’ll have to decide that for themselves, Tom,” the mayor said. “They are painstaking in their investigations of these issues. And when they get to a conclusion, I’m sure we’ll know it as will you.” Tom tried again. “How quickly would you like to see [it finished]?” Mayor: “Well, obviously, we’d like to see it moved on. But again, I underscore that we recognize that these are painstaking, complicated investigations and when they get to a conclusion they’ll get to it.” Some lawyers monitoring the investigation say the key focus remains on Jeffrey Thompson, the businessman who court records show funded a shadow campaign to elect Gray as mayor. Thompson is battling the U.S. Attorney’s Office over documents detailing contributions and expenses, but he has not been charged. Washington Post columnist Colby King last weekend hinted darkly that evidence of corruption in city politics — not just with Mayor Gray — is starting to pile up. So the waiting game continues, with all eyes on U.S. Attorney Machen and his investigators. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor School closure plan lacks major details

At the D.C. Council’s Nov. 15 hearing on school closings, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson presented her plan to close 20 public schools. She made a seemingly plausible argument that council members appeared to accept at face value: D.C. Public Schools will close campuses to save money on building maintenance, then plow those savings into better educational programs. Unfortunately, the chancellor failed to translate her general argument into a real plan. Such a plan would show how the 3,739 students who now attend these 20 schools will receive a significantly better education in the schools to which they will be transferred.

She should be able to show that the education those thousands of children will receive in their new schools will be so superior as to justify their dislocation and the loss of their neighborhood schools. For all her fancy PowerPoint charts, Chancellor Henderson failed to present the key facts that D.C. Council and the community need to evaluate her plan. She did not provide the annual cost of keeping each school open. She did not provide an estimate of the net annual savings from closing each school. (According to the D.C. auditor, the previous round of school closures cost $17.7 million, before the write-down of reduced property values.) She did not provide the additional annual funds that will be directed to each receiving school, along with a description of the educational programs and resourc-

es they would pay for. Without the missing information, we cannot evaluate whether her plan makes any financial sense, let alone whether it will improve the education of any of the thousands of students whose lives will be disrupted by these events. The chancellor expects the council and the public to believe that she can somehow magically translate unknown savings from school closings into material benefits for the receiving schools. If the council pretends to have any oversight over public education, they must hold the chancellor accountable for failing to present a school-closing plan that passes the simplest tests of transparency and accountability. The council can and must reject her plan by prohibiting the expenditure of any appropriated funds to implement it. Kesh Ladduwahetty Forest Hills

The Current

Project goes against Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interests VIEWPOINT robin diener


he Current recently published an article and letters about our groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal of the D.C. Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of the West End parcel deal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; involving three publicly owned properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with developer EastBanc. In response, I want to clarify two points: 1) why the D.C. Library Renaissance Project has been involved (since 2007) and 2) why the scheme is a bad deal for the District as a whole. First, the deal is of concern to our group because one of the public parcels is a library. â&#x20AC;¨ The Library Enhancement and Development Act, passed unanimously by the D.C. Council in 2006, requires the city to leverage the sale of any library property to maximize value for the rest of the system, with resulting revenues deposited into the Library Trust Fund. The EastBanc project violates this law. After the successful transformation and rebuilding of 16 branch libraries over the past six years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at a cost to the city of $180 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there is no money to remake the remaining neighborhood libraries, or for the much-needed overhaul of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. â&#x20AC;¨ The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giveaway to EastBanc comes as the library agency struggles to provide basic services. In 2011, we had to stage a protest to keep the King library open on Sundays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for the lack of $350,000. Meanwhile, all branch libraries remain closed on Sundays because the city cannot find the few million dollars it would take to staff them. Books and media for new branches have been funded through the capital budget, because the city has shortchanged the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main mission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; collecting and delivering information. Second, a thorough analysis demonstrates that what the city is getting in the West End is no â&#x20AC;&#x153;deal.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;¨This prime real estate should be leveraged for maximum return. The D.C. chief financial officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative testified to the council that selling the parcels would reduce D.C. assets by $30 million. Sales of comparable property in the neighborhood, however, suggest that the land would sell for $100 million to $120 million on the open market. Under this deal, developer EastBanc will â&#x20AC;&#x153;payâ&#x20AC;? for the public land through a swap involving no cash.

Letters to the Editor Parkmobile has right to charge meter fee

A recent letter from Amy Hall expressed disappointment with the fee charged by Parkmobile for payby-phone parking [â&#x20AC;&#x153;City should review parking meter fees,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 14]. She also expressed disappointment with my staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to her concerns. There were several phone and email exchanges between my office and Ms. Hall, and we fully explained the situation with the Parkmobile fee. It is this: The District issued a request for proposal, or RFP, to any and all mobile payment providers. A wide net was cast, and a competitive bidding process ensued. In the end, Parkmobile earned the contract with the

Ownership will be conveyed to the developer in exchange for construction of a new library and firehouse, estimated by EastBanc to cost $10 million each. It costs EastBanc little to build these facilities, since they are part of larger structures being built anyway. With regard to the library, there is no consideration for the value it holds as a draw for the project. The Zoning Commission exempted EastBanc from inclusionary zoning, setting a precedent that subverts the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent and will encourage other developers to request the same special treatment. â&#x20AC;¨ EastBanc requested another $7 million from the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Mayor Vincent Gray agreed to it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to pay for affordable housing over the firehouse, another violation of the inclusionary zoning law, which requires that all new residential projects incorporate a percentage of affordable housing. â&#x20AC;¨ The deal will actually reduce revenues to the general fund. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because of a one-of-a-kind gimmick under which 85 percent of deed and recordation fees from the residential buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future sales will go to a maintenance fund for the exclusive use of the West End library and firehouse. Ironically, EastBanc has been exempted from paying its own share of deed and recordation fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; worth $2.1 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for transfer of ownership of the land from D.C. to the developer. The worst error, in our view, is counting the new library as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;amenity.â&#x20AC;? An amenity, in zoning parlance, is something above and beyond requirements and can earn zoning exemptions and bonuses. However, since the District is paying the full cost of the new library with the land transfer, the library cannot properly be counted toward a waiver for EastBanc. â&#x20AC;¨ A deal that does not subvert the law could have been made. The only other bid submitted (from Toll Brothers) incorporated affordable housing into the library/residential project, and would not have required an inclusionary zoning waiver. Can this deal be redeemed? In our view (concerning the library only), the developer must do two things: cover the cost of library construction in full to qualify it as a real amenity, and pay into the Library Trust Fund the $40 million that the library parcel would have generated on the open market. The Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision must be rewritten. Robin Diener is director of the D.C. Library Renaissance Project.

District, and we were able to negotiate the lowest price possible for the use of its program citywide. As part of that contract, Parkmobile charges a transaction fee. That fee covers its expenses such as credit card processing fees, its call center, signs on every block and meter, handheld devices that tell parking enforcement officers when meter fees have been paid, and the monthly wireless plans for those handheld devices. Parkmobile has similar arrangements with the cities of Albuquerque, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Newark, Oakland and many, many others. Indeed, Montgomery County has a transaction fee of 35 cents, but that covers only the credit card processing; the company with which it contracts did not provide signage, the handheld devices, or the continuing data plans for those devices. The idea that we could have

many different providers is in error. The firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract with the D.C. government is to provide a citywide service. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Transportation knows of no other jurisdiction with citywide service where there are multiple vendors. Thus when my staff members said that there was nothing more that we could do about the fee, that was correct. The Parkmobile service adds an extra option for drivers to pay their parking meter fees; drivers can still feed the meter manually, and all new meters, including multi-space meters, accept credit cards directly without a transaction fee. When the Parkmobile contract is up, the Transportation Department will again seek competitive bids and, of course, if we can get a better deal at the time, we will. Mary M. Cheh D.C. Council member, Ward 3

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 14 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners voted 3-0, with Florence Harmon abstaining and Armando Irizarry and David Lehrman absent, to oppose the use of Francis Field for an interim fire station. The District needs a temporary home in the area to house the firefighters now located at 22nd and M streets while the firehouse there is redeveloped â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 14-month process. Officials are considering three possible locations: Francis Field, tennis courts near 23rd and N streets, and the Stevens School parking lot near 21st and L streets. Francis Field and the tennis courts are the closest to residences, but using the Stevens site would delay a planned redevelopment project there. The commission did not make a recommendation between the tennis courts and Stevens. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application to build an apartment building and squash court on the site of the existing West End firehouse at

23rd and M streets. Developer EastBanc needs variances to avoid providing parking for the 52 to 60 apartment units, but a 24-space garage will serve firefighters and building staff. The planned building would also have a higher lot occupancy than zoning rules allow and needs other â&#x20AC;&#x153;minor variances,â&#x20AC;? project representatives said. Because the project would include all or mostly â&#x20AC;&#x153;workforceâ&#x20AC;? housing and would be located near a Metro station, EastBanc officials said there would be little demand for costly parking spaces. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 4-0 to support a certificate of need for George Washington University Hospital to add a kidney and pancreatic transplant program. The program would likely provide 10 transplants per year. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Donald Craig reported that crime is down 18 percent in the neighborhood but that thefts have increased. He warned residents and office workers to protect their valuables. Craig also reported that officers recently arrested four robbery suspects in the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. A Georgetown pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet, cellphone and jacket, and officers checked the Foggy Bottom station to see if the suspects were planning to leave the area by train. Police arrested the four suspects there and found one with a BB gun and another with the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cellphone, according to Craig. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to oppose the proposed conversion of the Francis-Stevens Education Campus, 2425 N St., into overflow space for School Without Walls. Commissioners agreed to testify at D.C. Council hearings on the closing. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to support a public space application for a 40-seat sidewalk cafe and tree plantings at Paul Bakery, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to support a public space application that would allow the owners of 1200 New Hampshire Ave. to retain some brick pavers on their sidewalk. The property now has a brick sidewalk to match bricks on private property, but some of those will be removed during a city streetscape project. â&#x2013;  commission chair Florence Harmon reported that the New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project will incorporate the crape myrtle trees some residents had requested. â&#x2013;  commissioners said that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten primarily negative feedback from constituents on the idea of having visitor parking passes mailed to every household. Residents should continue to get temporary passes from police stations, commissioners said, but the body took no formal vote on the issue. â&#x2013;  George Washington University officials showed preliminary designs for a planned dorm that will connect existing buildings in the 2100 blocks of I and H streets. The university

will present more details on the project, informally known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;superdorm,â&#x20AC;? at a future meeting. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 4-0 to raise a series of objections to a proposed alcoholic beverage control reform bill by Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-0, with Florence Harmon abstaining, to oppose the budget sequestration in the federal Budget Control Act of 2011. Mayor Vincent Gray requested that neighborhood commissions join him in opposing sequestration by passing identical resolutions. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to send congratulatory letters to two local winners of awards: to 1801 K St. for its garden, which won the Golden Triangle Business Improvement Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Streetsâ&#x20AC;? landscaping competition in June; and to School Without Walls students who excelled at the DC STEM Fair in March. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013; SHAW The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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Wilson ruled ineligible for Turkey Bowl By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

The Wilson Tigers, who beat Anacostia last week to earn a spot in the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving morning, instead will be stuck at home celebrating the holiday. D.C. Public Schools released a statement over the weekend stating that Wilson was disqualified from the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title game because an investigation found “that [a] player is in fact a non-resident and therefore ineligible to play football for Wilson.” A review of Wilson’s game tapes revealed that the player, identified by The Washington Post as Nico Jaleel Robinson, competed in two DCIAA games against Bell and Roosevelt earlier this season, according to a statement from Wilson principal Peter Cahall. Although Robinson wasn’t a major contributor to the Tigers this season, he played in both of those games since they were blowout wins for Wilson. “I accept and take full responsibility for any errors or mistakes that occurred at the school level,” Cahall said in the statement. But, the principal added, “There was no intent on anyone’s part to mislead or violate the spirit or letter of the regulation.”

The ruling results in a season-ending penalty for the squad, after it bested 40-20 to Anacostia last week. “Due to the player’s ineligibility, Wilson will have to forfeit the games when this player was on the field, including two league games,” according to the statement from D.C. Public Schools. “The forfeiture of two league games makes them ineligible for the playoffs and the Turkey Bowl.” This was another misstep for the DCIAA, which has seen a slew of blunders throughout the football season -- Roosevelt had to forfeit games at the start of the year because the team lacked players, and H.D. Woodson had to forfeit games for playing an ineligible athlete and also dismissed their head coach. Wilson attempted to appeal the ruling on Monday, but the protest never materialized because the school didn’t have the grounds to do so, according to The Post’s report. “In the end, as long as we have due process and the rules are applied fairly and consistently, I can and will accept and support any decision for or against us,” Cahall said. Wilson’s administration declined to comment further on the situation. Anacostia will take Wilson’s spot in the championship game Thursday.

Architect presents revised Hearst design By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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An 11th-hour alternative to plans for modernizing and expanding Hearst Elementary had parents and teachers reeling in a meeting at the North Cleveland Park school Monday night. But neighbors, who requested the changes, and school leaders did agree on a common goal: They want the work done in one phase, with completion hopefully by the middle of the next school year. Stakeholders also agreed to push for full funding of the project, whether the cost is that of the original or the revised plans. “Getting funding sooner rather than later serves everyone,” said PTA co-president David Dickinson after a hurried presentation. There’s little question that Hearst, at 3950 37th St., is overdue for modernization. The 80-year-old redbrick schoolhouse has no gym, cafeteria or meeting space large enough for its current enrollment of nearly 300 pre-K through fifth-graders. The actual capacity of the school is only 180, and virtually every classroom looks cluttered and outmoded. But Hearst is finally in the D.C. Public Schools queue for modernization, in the 2013 fiscal year. Architect Ronnie McGhee had earlier sketched out a plan to modernize the original building next summer, then add wings to the north and east containing classrooms, a cafeteria, kitchen, music room and performing arts space — raising capacity to 325. That plan, already approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, would have built over a blacktop playground north of the school, along Tilden Street. It also included a new service drive and loading dock accessed by Idaho Avenue. The plan was appealing. But after it was “costed out,” school leaders realized that the $9.7 million allotted

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School leaders are pushing for a one-phase renovation at Hearst.

in the District’s capital budget is insufficient, with an additional $13 million needed to complete the full project. And the prospect of phasing the construction as money becomes available is unattractive, forcing small children to endure more than a year of construction. Additionally, neighbors feared the expanded school would loom over the steep slope, with the service drive funneling truck traffic to the quiet residential area. So McGhee was instructed to revise his plan. It was a rush job, he said, and he was clearly not happy with the alternative he presented to parents and neighbors Monday. Under that option, the northern addition would be set much farther back from Tilden, creating a narrower wing and a less attractive entrance, he said. It would also eliminate the service entrance off Idaho, meaning that trucks and children would dodge each other at a secondary entrance from the south. Both plans meet basic education specifications, McGhee said, and both add about 35,000 square feet to the old school. But the revised plan allows for less parking than normally required, which would require a costly and time-consuming trip to the city’s zoning board. “We had two weeks to do this,” he said. “The setbacks create prob-

lems, everything is pushed back. The cafeteria and kitchen are all squeezed. There’s more wasted space, and the entrance is less successful.” Parents struggling to grasp the revisions also looked unhappy. “It seems clear what the better version is. If educational specifications are No. 1, the original concept addresses that better,” said one. “We support the school,” said one of the neighbors. “We just want it to fit well on the site.” Kenneth Diggs of the Department of General Services tried to calm the crowd. Diggs is also overseeing a similar dispute between Mann Elementary School and some of its neighbors over the design of an addition, and said the two are close to compromise. “The architect is not going to submit something” that doesn’t meet the school system’s needs, Diggs said. “The neighbors are not trying to stop this. But one day you parents [of children currently at Hearst] will leave, and they will still be here.” But the schedule is tight if the original school is to be modernized over the summer, and the additions completed during the following school year. Diggs asked for comments on the revised design by next week, so his department can get approval from the city administrator, the mayor and D.C. Council. As for funding, Drew Newman, a top aide to Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, said he’s confident the the city will fully finance both Hearst and Mann. He noted that some other schools in the modernization queue are slated for closure instead, which should free up more capital dollars. “Are we in a better position to get full funding if the neighbors and school agree?” asked Matt Frei, a homeowner on Tilden Street “I said that from day one,” Diggs replied.

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Modern Times coffee vets look to Takoma


avier Rivas and Anna Petrillo have worked together for six years at Modern Times, the coffee shop that Rivas runs in the first floor of Politics and Prose bookstore. For two of those years, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked about starting another business together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We jokingly threw around [the idea] that we were going to combine both of our backgrounds,â&#x20AC;? said Rivas, who is Salvadorean. Petrillo was born in Korea, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kim Chimichangaâ&#x20AC;? was one option, they kidded. Instead, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going with their more recent experience: a coffee shop. They plan to open La Mano Coffee Bar this spring at 304 Carroll St. NW, about a block from the Takoma Metro station. The spring launch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; delayed after thoughts of a winter opening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is undoubtedly disappointing news for caffeine-deprived neighbors, who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival since an August announcement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The response has just been so great,â&#x20AC;? said Petrillo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this point we have yet to start the permitting process,â&#x20AC;? said Rivas, explaining that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of design work needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It needs to be completely redone.â&#x20AC;? Part of the challenge is the small size of the space (460 square feet), which previously housed the carryout Philly Steak Express. Yet Rivas said the physical constraints are demanding a level of care that is, in

nonprofit world before eventually joining Rivas full-time. As they get things going with La beth cope Mano â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose name has several inspirations, including the â&#x20AC;&#x153;impora way, â&#x20AC;&#x153;freeing us to be creative.â&#x20AC;? tance of handmade products,â&#x20AC;? said One solution will be something â&#x20AC;&#x153;similar to a European-style espres- Rivas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they still have a lot to figure out. so bar,â&#x20AC;? said Rivas. The shop will The food, for one: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also likely offer benches, with room thinking about â&#x20AC;&#x153;things that are porto seat perhaps eight to 10 patrons. While the community awaits the table that you can eat with your hands,â&#x20AC;? said shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening, Petrillo, but Rivas and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Petrillo are trymany specifics ing to give resiyet. Despite the dents a taste of shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size, that coffee. A they plan to recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;pop-upâ&#x20AC;? make their event at the wares on site. nearby Trohv Photo courtesy of Javier Rivas â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re designgift shop drew ing a very small Javier Rivas and Anna Petrillo an enthusiastic crowd, said lined up a recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;pop-upâ&#x20AC;? event. kitchen so hopefully â&#x20AC;Ś Rivas, and the thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be enough room to bake,â&#x20AC;? pair were also scheduled to serve she said. drinks last week at a documentary The coffee will be served in varfilm festival at the Silver Spring ious forms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pour-over, drip and Civic Building. More such events espresso â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and drinks like chai and are envisioned, as is, potentially, a hot chocolate will be available as stand at the Takoma Park Farmers well. Market. In the interim, residents can keep Of course, many are already an eye on progress via a variety of familiar with the Ceremony Coffee online sites:, curthe pair serve at Modern Times. rently just a placeholder; the Rivas got his start there as a barista Modern Times blog; and La Manoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the shop was part of Sirius Coffee Co., and he converted it into Facebook page or Twitter feed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited,â&#x20AC;? said Rivas. its current incarnation after taking â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done this,â&#x20AC;? he said of Modern over in 2006. Petrillo joined soon Times, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and now I get to do someafter, working on weekends to supthing from the ground up.â&#x20AC;? plement her weekday work in the


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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Recently, I went on a field trip to Georgetown with three other seniors and our geography teacher to collect data for an investigation on the distribution of leisure facilities. We carried out traffic and pedestrian counts, and we evaluated the quality of the environment. Then Francy and I asked people what they thought about the leisure facilities in Georgetown. That was one of the best parts of the day — just having the confidence to go up to people who you are never going to see again and asking them questions in English, Spanish and French such as “Where are you from?” and whether there should be a Metro station in Georgetown (55 percent of people said yes!). — Irene Riches, Year 13 Cambridge (12th-grader) For our new International Primary Curriculum topic about news we visited the Newseum. We started off at the learning center, where we were divided into six groups. One group learned about telegrams and Morse code; they even got to make their very own telegram. When the activities ended, we checked out the rest of the Newseum. The first thing we did was to look at pieces of the Berlin Wall; we even got to touch it! Later we saw which countries have a “free press” and which don’t. — Mali Bardouille-Lewis and Lucas Morena, Year 5 York (fourth-graders)

Eaton Elementary

Last Friday morning, during a meeting of John Eaton’s journalism group, we decided to go outside and look at plants around our school.


We observed a lot of signs of fall, such as the leaves on the trees had turned golden brown, red and yellow. We also saw dried-up plants — milkweed, stonecrop, balloon flowers and black-eyed Susans. Even though most plants looked dead, we also saw plants that were still alive and blooming. Some plants that we saw were also edible, such as thyme and chives. People can cook with edible plants and make things like soup, pizza or stir-fry. We also noticed green trees that had no signs of brown or changing color. These plants are evergreens. We figured this all out by using our own knowledge, looking at the nature plaques around our garden and listening to the teachers. This nature walk was educational and fun. It’s funny how our walk turned into an article! — Julius Boxer-Cooper and Charlotte Patrick-Dooling, third-graders; Danny Ringel, fourth-grader; and Lilly Koerner and Isabella Wood, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

Urban Alchemy is part of Burke’s outstanding art program. In this course, eighth-grade artists learn to work with different materials and different types of art. In Urban Alchemy you learn about anything from working with paint sharpies to sculpting. Maureen O’Brian, the art teacher, helps kids figure out how to work with art, while at the same teaching each artist to develop keen eyes of his or her own. For every project we engage in, every member of the

class has to think of a theme. This helps enhance our creativity and imaginations. Although this aspect of the class is fun, it can also prove to be a bit challenging. It requires you to think and challenge your mind to ponder deeper concepts and to dig beneath the surface. Aside from the educational parts of Urban Alchemy, this course also allows you to express yourself through art in a non-exclusive way. You do not have to have any talent to be in Urban Alchemy. Anyone may come, because the very purpose of this class is to teach young people how to become an artist and a member of the art world. Although this course runs for only the first trimester, some students say they have learned more from it than any other art class up to this point in their careers. — Orly Strobe, eighth-grader

Field School

Field students honored Veterans Day last week by welcoming Nathan Rimpf, an injured soldier who fought in Afghanistan. Just a few months ago, Rimpf was a first lieutenant leading his platoon in Afghanistan when he stepped on a homemade bomb. He lost both his legs, but just a few months later he is up and walking on his new prosthetic legs. Many middle-schoolers expected Rimpf’s story to be sad, but he was able to put a positive twist on just about everything. Most people would be depressed and angry at having lost their legs, but Nathan found the silver lining. He was happy that he was now a few inches taller and had a new practical joke up his sleeve. He told students about his experience going to the White House and befuddling the

security guard when passing through the metal detector. Rimpf also found the positive side of his hospital stay. Unlike many patients, he talked for hours, making friends and cracking up the nurses. He was able to show students that an optimistic view is half the battle. Also last week, sixth-graders visited NASA’s Goddard Space Center. They got a VIP tour of Goddard, seeing clean (uncontaminated) rooms for science experiments, and met an employee who moonlights as a DJ. — Maddie Williams, sixth-grader, and Lila Bromberg and Jana Cohen, eighth-graders

Georgetown Day School

Final highlights of the fall sports season included boys varsity soccer defending its Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title against Sidwell in a thrilling 2-1 victory. Also, the boys and girls varsity cross-country teams both claimed first place at the Maryland/D.C. Private School Championships! Additionally, the girls varsity soccer team and girls varsity volleyball team tied for third place and second place, respectively, in the Independent School League “AA” division. Lastly, the girls varsity tennis team tied for third place in the “A” division. A total of 17 Mighty Hoppers were All-League Award winners in the MAC and ISL conferences. As the fall season drew to a close, winter training and the winter season had already begun. This year Georgetown Day welcomes Michael Adams to coach boys varsity basketball. Adams, a former NBA all-star, comes to Georgetown Day after coaching the Vancouver Grizzlies, Washington Mystics and at the University of Maryland. Hopper fans hope to witness great successes with the school’s basketball program, which has floundered in recent years. In other news, the nationally competitive math team placed 13 out of 42 schools at a recent Duke University math meet. The top scorer for Georgetown Day was Daniel Zhang, who scored six points out of a possible 12. And the renowned performing arts department opened its season with Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” — Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Hardy Middle School

“The Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Work” —Plato Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School invites you to attend an Admissions Open House: Tuesday, October 30 at 9:15am Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm Wednesday, December 5 at 9:15am Register for our Open Houses and Tours online at or call 202-537-6493 3500 Woodley Road, NW · Washington, DC 20016 ·

How often do you get a chance to go canoeing with your class? Last Thursday, I had the privilege. We went to Anacostia Park and canoed on the river. We were there to learn about the Anacostia watershed and how the pollution drains into it. I got to canoe with half of the group while everyone else learned more about the watershed and the animals living in the Anacostia. A watershed is the area from which water flows into a larger body of water. Then the groups switched. When we were canoeing, we stopped at

multiple places. For example, we learned about the importance of the wetlands, which soak up lots of the rainwater. We also stopped at a little post in the water with a bird’s nest on top. The nest was built to try to keep birds in their habitat. Inside the education center we learned more about the watershed and looked at various animals. Ms. Michelle fed the animals for us. We saw a crab eat a clam and many crayfish eat dead fish. We also learned that everybody belongs to a watershed and you have to do your part. Even when you are not near a body of water, you need to pick up trash and to not litter. We also took a scavenger hunt around the center to find different animals. — Addie Alexander, sixth-grader

Holy Trinity School

Last month, Holy Trinity School held a mini-walk for the homeless. Our school holds a walk every year to raise money for the homeless and the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. The entire school, including pre-k through eighth grades, teachers, parents and staff, walked around Georgetown. One class chanted, “Help the homeless,” over and over again for about eight blocks. We had made posters and signs that we carried with us. We had an assembly before the mini-walk that taught us more about why we were walking. Michael O’Neil and a person who had been homeless spoke to us about homelessness and Friendship Place. All of the students seemed interested and supportive. More than 340 people went on the mini-walk, and together we raised more than $3,500 to support Friendship Place and the work it does with the homeless in our area. — Charlie Neill and Jackson Namian, fourth-graders

Janney Elementary

The second annual Janney 5K, held in late October, was organized by the PTA and sponsored by many local families and businesses. The race raised about $20,000 for Janney, said PTA co-president Tracy Scarrow. There also was a shorter “Fun Run” for younger kids. “More people ran the 5K and the Fun Run than last year, and it raised more money,” said Ms. Scarrow. The race began on Albemarle Street in front of the school under an inflatable starting line and ran through the neighborhood. Prizes were awarded to the top three male and female runners. Medals, trophies and plaques were given to the winners of various age groups and to the top Janney student and staff runners. The winner of the race was 28-year-old Miles Aitken, who graduated from Janney in 1997! He had a time of 17 minutes, 11 seconds. The top female finisher was 24-year-old Kara Scroggins, the daughter of Janney band director See Dispatches/Page 15

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From Page 14 Sterling Scroggins. She finished 12th out of all 392 runners, with a time of 20:53. The Janney student winners were fifth-graders Charlie Smiles and Molly Lindblom. Charlie had a time of 23:32, and Molly had a time of 25:37. The Janney staff winners were the same as last year: Mr. Scroggins had a time of 23:21, and third-grade teacher Ms. Seward finished in 25:35, which was a better time than she ran last year. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nicholas Spasojevic, fifth-grader

Jewish Primary Day School

We approached the 2012 election in a new way. The administration decided that the students would be too influenced by their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; views about President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to make a student election with them as candidates meaningful. So, the sixth grade created two faux candidates. One class invented and campaigned for Tangberk. The other class created and campaigned for Bosc (pronounced with the c silent). Bosc emphasized universal health care and a strong federal government. Tangberk stressed protecting Israel at all costs. Tangberk emphasized the concept â&#x20AC;&#x153;power to the peopleâ&#x20AC;? and each state working individually. Bosc won the popular vote, with 63 percent. Bosc also won the Electoral College, which was created based on the relative size of each grade. All grades except first and sixth swung toward Bosc. Here is how the campaigning was organized: A pair of sixth-graders was assigned to each grade to give speeches. Each grade was assigned a subject to focus on based on what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re studying. For example, the third grade studies states, so they researched the candidatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; positions on states versus the federal government. Fifth-grader Matthew Siff said he voted for Tangberk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Bosc was going to be president, there might have been inflation,â&#x20AC;? he said. Fourth-grader Miranda Neusner said she voted for Bosc. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bosc doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just focus on Israel, he focuses on Israel and the rest of the world,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ella Goldblum, sixth-grader

Key Elementary

The Key School Veterans Day Assembly took place on Nov. 9 in the cafeteria. Every year Key School holds this event to honor those who have served our country in the military. The cafeteria was decorated with red, white and blue flags and ribbons. Thad Felton, a third-grader, commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love how it is so patriotic.â&#x20AC;? A banner above the stage said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Salute Our Veterans.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Linden, a kindergarten teacher, planned the event as she has in many years past. The cafeteria was full of parents,

students, teachers, community members and, most importantly, veterans. The assembly included performances from the Key School Chorus, Ms. Lindenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindergarten class and the Girl Scout Color Guard. The assembly also included a speech given by military veteran and pilot Capt. Brendan Gray. Key School students also had the opportunity to introduce military friends and family, to honor them for their service. Each branch of the military, the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Air Force and the Marines, was also honored through songs and banners. Patriotic songs were sung by all. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carly Hogan-Bruen and Jack Sterling, fifth-graders

Lafayette Elementary

The annual fourth-grade powwow, a celebration of different Native American tribes, took place earlier this month. It began with a slide show about making the art for the powwow. Then fourth-graders made a grand entrance around the cafetorium, carrying flags that represented who they were. Next, they sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inkpatya,â&#x20AC;? accompanied by drums, shakers, recorders and xylophones. After that, Ms. Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class did a Cherokee alphabet chant, a tribute to the great Cherokee chief Sequoyah. Next, Ms. Hallstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class preformed a Hopi legend, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rooster, the Mockingbird and the Maiden.â&#x20AC;? In this story, the mockingbird and the rooster compete to marry a fair maiden. Mockingbird cheats, but still wins the girl. Their children are mean and annoying, but Rooster marries another girl, and they have kind and loving children. The moral is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheat!â&#x20AC;? Next Ms. Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class performed an Iroquois legend, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Sisters,â&#x20AC;? and then Ms. Frattoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class presented â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spiderwoman and the Gift of the Loom.â&#x20AC;? The headdresses that Ms. Frattoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class wore were colorful and cool. A 30-minute break in the performance let students do activities like make crafts or go on a scavenger hunt. The powwow concluded with the fourth-graders singing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazing Graceâ&#x20AC;? in Cherokee. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Gustafson, fourth-grader

Lowell School

The third-graders ran an election at Lowell School on Election Day. Our election was to pick our favorite type of animal, either cat or dog. We did this project to learn about elections. We read books to learn about elections. We learned important election vocabulary and discussed what we learned. We used all of this information to plan our election. First we made a voters guide so everyone would know what the election would be like. We registered all kindergartners through fifth-graders and all Lowell employees so they could vote. Each person got a registration card. People could vote at one of three

precincts. Some people used paper ballots and others used electronic ballots. Every vote was secret. Each person voted only once. We gave â&#x20AC;&#x153;I votedâ&#x20AC;? stickers to students and staff who voted. People who were campaigning for cats or dogs gave out stickers and had to stay a certain distance away from the voting area. We put posters, signs and illustrated cat and dog poetry around the school to convince people to vote for that candidate. We created an information bulletin board in our classroom to tell about the election. The results were 176 for dogs, 82 for cats and 19 write-in votes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Third-graders

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The canoeing trip in third grade was awesome! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first time that the third grade has been canoeing.

When we got to the Anacostia River, we could see a large grassy field with a bunch of kids. Everybody got off the bus, and we all got in a circle with the other kids. Before we got in a circle, we put on life jackets and got paddles. After we went over the safety rules in the circle, we got split up into groups for our huge canoes. We got into the canoes and started paddling. We saw a big, fat beaver, and it was actually awake! We saw a few birds, and then all the canoes gathered together in the water and one of the instructors told us a lot of interesting facts. The whole trip took an hour, and once we got back I was tired out. Then all of us felt some cool furs of stuffed animals that might live near the river. After that, we all sat in a circle and saw an owl and a


Murch Elementary

In October, the fifth-graders enjoyed a visit from the Explore-ItAll portable planetarium. Before going inside, we learned the names of some of the constellations, including the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper and Pegasus. Then everyone stood up and four people held up cards with certain constellations. The other students moved in a circle around the cards to demonstrate how we can see different constellations in different seasons. See Dispatches/Page 30


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braham Lincoln shares a drink with his cabinet at a War Department Christmas party. A Union soldier struggles with his religious beliefs in the face of battle. An escaped slave and her daughter follow the constellations to a new life in Washington. Robert E. Lee spends a bitterly cold night on the ground with his troops. No, it’s not a sequence from the new Civil War historical film “Lincoln.” It’s just a handful of the many stories that weave through “A Civil War Christmas,” a musical theater production currently running at Georgetown University. Set in D.C. on Dec. 24, 1864, “A Civil War Christmas” follows dozens of historical and fictional characters as they reflect on their lives in wartime against a backdrop of traditional American hymns and classic Christmas carols. The show is full of recognizable D.C. landmarks — but director Nina Mahdi sought to bring the story even closer to home. Mahdi, a performing arts professor at Georgetown, ventured to connect the school’s own Civil War legacy to the production. With the help of university archivists, dramaturge and assistant professor Nina Billone Prieur, and student and faculty crew members, the production team found countless artifacts and firsthand accounts of the school’s rich wartime history. “Once you start looking, you find so many allusions to the Civil War,” Mahdi said. At what was then Georgetown College, Northern and Southern culture collided. Considered the uppermost point of the Confederacy, Georgetown had 1,500 students and alumni who were of military age when war broke out, and 1,141 fought — 216 for the North and 925 for the South. The officially neutral college continued to hold classes for its Confederate-leaning campus while simultaneously providing lodgings and hospital care for Union soldiers. Even the school colors, blue and gray, commemorate Georgetown’s division during the Civil War. University librarians helped Billone Prieur and the crew find letters, photographs, art collections, manuscripts, rare books and banners from the Civil War-era campus. Scenic designer Robbie Hayes dove into his image archive to identify the photo that would become an icon for the play — one of Union soldiers looking across

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“A Civil War Christmas” will continue through Dec. 8.

the Potomac River to the Georgetown campus. The materials all served as cues for the show’s lighting, technical and costume designers and producers, and added a layer of Georgetown-centric history to the final production, said Billone Prieur. What started with a play has become a larger campus retrospective. Billone Prieur and the crew collaborated to transform the university’s Gonda Theatre lobby into an interactive, multimedia exhibit. Cast members played tapes of themselves performing letters and memoirs of 1860s Georgetown students and faculty. Students from a Georgetown costume history class

submitted informational recordings about historical figures featured in the show. Patrons are being encouraged to submit their own reactions to the issues prevalent in the production. It provides a historical context for the show, Billone Prieur said, while also highlighting how inequality and violence persist today. The goal is to “ask harder questions about our living history,” she said. “This isn’t a play about sitting in hopelessness, but it needs to have an active edge.” With so many moving parts — the show features a 16-member cast and a five-person orchestral team — Mahdi made sure to slot in a few history lessons. Mahdi and Billone Prieur encouraged the students to consider their own connections to the show’s characters. Some cast members had relatives who fought in the Civil War; others shared accounts of their parents’ experiences living through more recent wars. One student had found out that her family home in Pennsylvania was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad. The cast later recorded their comments,

and the tape is part of the lobby exhibit. “The idea behind the show is that in the midst of war, there are pockets of peace … windows of quiet and reflection,” Mahdi said. Though Christmas and the Civil War may seem incongruous, Billone Prieur said she thought the play captures what holidays are about — storytelling. “It’s the time of year when we feel a connection to a larger community,” she said. “A Civil War Christmas,” writ-

ten by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and D.C. native Paula Vogel, is the latest installment in this year’s “Season of War and Peace” at Georgetown’s Davis Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, “A Civil War Christmas” opened to a sold-out crowd. It will continue through Dec. 8. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets cost $15 to $20; call 202-687-2787 or visit


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streets. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department officials say all three meet the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. A decision is due by the end of the year, according to Jose Sousa, spokesperson for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Of the options, Francis Field has prompted the most community objection. The park recently underwent at least $350,000 in renovations, and neighbors also feared noise, parking and traffic impacts along narrow 25th Street. Meanwhile, the option to locate the firehouse at the Stevens School would likely delay an unrelated project to construct an office building there and restore the historic school

for special-needs students, according to Matt Troy of the development office. The tennis courts have the nearest residential neighbor of the three sites, necessitating more soundproofing work, Troy said. There are also concerns about traffic congestion on 23rd Street, which the city has pledged to study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every site has impacts,â&#x20AC;? Troy said at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the question is which one is the community willing to live with.â&#x20AC;? At that meeting, Troy said the decision was largely in the hands of the adjacent Dupont Circle neighborhood commission. Francis Field and Stevens are within the boundaries of the West End commission, while the tennis courts fall within Dupont territory.

The West End commission voted unanimously to oppose the Francis Field site, and city officials say they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to delay the Stevens School project. When the question came to Dupont the same night, commissioners there took a neutral stance on the tennis courts location. The commission unanimously voted not to oppose the courts, but requested a traffic study confirming that congestion on New Hampshire Avenue and other streets wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have too great of an impact on firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; response times. City officials say that study will be conducted. Dupont commissioner Mike Silverstein said the city should be looking only at safety factors, not the impact on developers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If my house catches fire, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to come from,â&#x20AC;? he said of the interim firehouse. Despite the lack of objection to the tennis

courts, the development office is still weighing various factors before choosing a site, according to Sousa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have not officially ruled out any option at this point in time,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are taking [the West End neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] resolution into consideration as we work towards a solution for this issue. Our main focus is to come up with a location that will allow FEMS to perform their core functions for the area in question.â&#x20AC;? If the city selects the tennis court site, the two courts farthest from the street will remain available; the other two would accommodate the temporary firehouse during construction of the new building. The courts would be restored after that project is completed. Staff writer Deirdre Bannon contributed to this report.

CLOSINGS: Residents, council members debate school chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal

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the council as testimony. Catania said the school system spends nearly $50 million just on utilities. If 17 percent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 123 schools close, there should be more than $8 million available to distribute among the ones that remain open, which he said could translate to 89 extra teachers. Several council members and witnesses criticized the lack of transparency in the current school budget, saying Henderson needs to show where the money is going before

making major changes. In particular, they want more information about the funds that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flow directly toward academic necessities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to run the schools,â&#x20AC;? said Catania, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but there is enough money in this budget to educate every child in this school system, and when enough money isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t linked to teachers, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem for me.â&#x20AC;?

Repeating history

For many residents who waited for hours to comment on the proposed plan, it felt like familiar territory, with the 2008 round of contro-


versial school closures led by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee remaining a fresh and painful memory. They wanted to know what would be different this time. Like Rhee, Henderson said the closings would reinvigorate the school system, allowing better-funded individual schools to provide improved services to students. But many didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy it. Mary Levy, longtime analyst of the D.C. school system, said that the 2008 closures led to a massive exodus from public schools, with many turning to charter schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three thousand students dropped out of DCPS when schools closed in 2008, and it never recovered,â&#x20AC;? she testified. So instead of growing the school system, the consolidations led to a continuing trend of lower enroll-

ment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The result was that we now have same amount of excess space in

â??We have these schools that are in a downward spiral, and then their resources are cut â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Council member Mary Cheh our schools as we did before,â&#x20AC;? Levy said.

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Several council members, including Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mary Cheh, said a lack of investment over the years has exacerbated problems at low-enrollment, low-performing schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have these schools that are in a downward spiral, and then their

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resources are cut, and they continue on this path,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a forward-looking plan to save our schools and not wait until theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a downward spiral and then say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close some schools.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We need a comprehensive plan overall.â&#x20AC;? A number of residents said they want to press pause on the closures and consolidations until Henderson can come up with a long-term strategy for the public school system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a state of emergency with DCPS,â&#x20AC;? said Alicia Rucker, a Ward 7 parent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some schools are not breathing and have no pulse. â&#x20AC;Ś We have to have a moratorium on school closures and bring emergency funds to the schools in order to â&#x20AC;Ś bring them back to life.â&#x20AC;?


The bottom line for many is the overall low performance of D.C. Public Schools, with the four-year high school graduation rate now hovering around 50 percent. The D.C. school system spends about $18,000 per pupil, according to U.S. Census data â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than many major cities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the high spending isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t translating into results throughout the city. And the gulf in school performance between affluent and nonaffluent areas doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be closing, advocates say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lowest-performing schools are in the poorest parts of city,â&#x20AC;? said Dorothy Douglas, the Ward 7 representative on the D.C. State Board of Education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The money is there; someone is spending it,â&#x20AC;? Douglas said, but the funds donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be turning around the low-performers. She added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be doing better in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital.â&#x20AC;? Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser reiterated that sentiment Monday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have on a regular basis children going into our schools where only one in five kids is proficient in math and reading,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we all need to be angry about.â&#x20AC;?

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Barnaby Woods home makes the 1920s light and bright


he tree-lined streets of Barnaby Woods are home to many cottage-inspired properties that call to mind roaring fires

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and cozy winter evenings. But the welcoming facade of this 1926 home hides a surprise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beyond the front door, high ceilings and loads of natural light are the result of improvements that have nevertheless maintained a good dose of vintage charm. Light, natural wood tones go a long way toward dispelling the dark-and-gloomy expectations that visitors may have of this Tudorinspired home. In the large living room, the floorboards, the mantel of a wood-burning fireplace and replacement Pella windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which are found in every room in the home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all sport similar natural finishes. Despite the trees and mature perennials on this lot, ample light spills into this living space from two exposures, thanks to a rear addition that formerly functioned as an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio. Now, the angled, window-filled space makes most sense as a casual family room. Wood floors in this spot extend into

a half-bath. French doors open from the family room to a patio sized to hold a dining spot. A wall separates that space from the driveway that leads to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-car garage. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now no door on that garage, but owners could add one if they wished. Back inside, a couple of cozier ground-floor spaces balance out the open-plan feel of the living and family rooms. Next to the living room, a spot that was once an open porch reveals its past with one exposed-brick wall. Now carpeted and painted an of-the-moment gray, the room could easily be a library, a home office or an easily concealed ground-floor playroom. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the dining room that this property shows its 1920s stripes most clearly. Picture-rail molding runs around the space, which also gets ample light, thanks to the tall windows that dot the bay at the front of the home. Original sconces with decorative wood surrounds punctuate the picture rail. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen will likely become a renovation project for many buyers, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a functional, efficient space that will work well with or without a facelift. Wood floors continue here, offering a strong foundation for a redesign. A door in the kitchen leads to a

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This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath Barnaby Woods house is priced at $949,000. walkout basement that most buyers would use for storage only, but some work could yield livable space such as an in-law suite. A full bath already exists but would also need updating if guests were to be stashed here. On the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second floor, a master bedroom offers soaring, 13-foot ceilings that are warmed up by the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second woodburning fireplace, this one surrounded by exposed brick. Two closets surround an alcove with a window, and carpet covers wood floors that some buyers would want to expose. A new master bath includes two sinks and a walk-in shower with a bench, all clad in earth-toned tile. Three additional bedrooms wait

on this level, each with its own distinctive look. One sits atop the dining room and offers views through an identical bay. Another windowlined spot includes a large closet kitted out with loads of drawers and shelves. Once used as a home office, this space could easily serve that purpose again. A final bedroom is the most unusual. A two-level space, the room includes a skylit loft reached via a ladder. That elevated spot is large enough for a bed, allowing the lower level to be a living/studying space ideal for a teenager. Or, keep

the bed downstairs and reserve the loft for playing and reading. Those rooms share a hall bath floored in green Italian marble. White marble surrounds the bath, and a porcelain sink is a reminder of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage. A laundry room is a luxury to have on the second floor. This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath property at 3251 Van Hazen St. NW is offered for $949,000. For more information, contact Realtor Ellen Abrams or Anne-Marie Finnell of Evers & Co. Real Estate at 202255-8219 or

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Wednesday november 21 Concert â&#x2013; Slovenian artist Vlado Kreslin will perform rock, world music and American blues. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Film â&#x2013;  The Textile Museum will present the 1987 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;SĂźleyman the Magnificent,â&#x20AC;? about the 16th-century sultan whose 46-year reign saw the Ottoman Empire flourish. Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Performance â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Thursday, Nov. 22

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Concert â&#x2013; The Millennium Stage will host a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with Doc Scantlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palmettos. Dance lessons at 5 p.m.; performance from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Dinner â&#x2013;  St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Church of the Annunciation and Washington Hebrew Congregation will present their annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. Noon. Free; donations accepted. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. 202-362-7100. Walk â&#x2013;  So Others Might Eat will host its 11th 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,

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Concerts â&#x2013; NSO Pops will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luck Be a Lady,â&#x20AC;? featuring vocalists Megan Hilty (shown) and Aaron Lazar in a tribute to Frank Sinatra. 1:30 and 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Boston-based Klezwoods will perform a mix of traditional klezmer, Balkan music and modern grooves. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Tinguely to Pipilotti Rist â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Swiss Artists on Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Thomas ThĂźmenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tinguely,â&#x20AC;? about the life and personality of the revolutionary artist Jean Tinguely. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chris Marker: A Tributeâ&#x20AC;? will feature the French filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sans Soleilâ&#x20AC;? and his 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La JetĂŠe.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Sale â&#x2013;  The 22nd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;BZB Holiday Gift & Art Showâ&#x20AC;? will feature holiday items, collectibles, toys, clothes and jewelry. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-6104188. The sale will continue Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train exhibit, the new Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001


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ture the German directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1978 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kingdom of Naples.â&#x20AC;? Roy Grundmann, director of film studies at Boston University, will make introductory remarks. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Children will hear a story about Sequoyah and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Soprano Jacqueline Neimat and pianist George Peachey will perform selections from the 1930s operatic musical comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giudittaâ&#x20AC;? by Franz Lehar. 1:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform selections from Rossiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Barber of Seville,â&#x20AC;? Weissenbornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Trios for Three Bassoons,â&#x20AC;? and Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horn Trio.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Raoul Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1922 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kindred of the Dust,â&#x20AC;? featuring original musical accompaniment by pianist Donald Sosin and vocalist Joanna Seaton. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  As part of the D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Readsâ&#x20AC;? program, the Georgetown Library will present Stanley Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lolita.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Film Noir Matinee Series will feature John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beat the Devil,â&#x20AC;? starring Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Werner Schroeter in Italyâ&#x20AC;? will feature the German directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1980 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palermo or Wolfsburg.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Charlotte Bobcats. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interac-

Tour â&#x2013; Docent Mike Bloom will lead a tour of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 9 a.m. Free. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Monday, Nov. 26

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Saturday, november 24 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: Gala Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth annual Flamenco Festival will feature a family workshop in flamenco zapateo, castanets and fans. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.

tive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. Sunday, Nov. 25

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Concerts â&#x2013; Anna Han, winner of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, will perform three ĂŠtudes by Israeli composer Avner Dorman, as well as works by Chopin, Haydn, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Scarlatti. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Guest organist William Wisnom of Baltimore will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Asian American Music Society will present a program featuring its young musicians. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session, featuring guest artist Butch Warren on bass. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Orchestra will perform music by Brahms, Danielpour and Mozart with guest conductor and soloist Philippe Entremont. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art. 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Werner Schroeter in Italyâ&#x20AC;? will fea-












Concert â&#x2013; Viennese jazz quartet Lukas im Dorf will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ambassador Dennis Ross, a veteran U.S. diplomat and distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S. Policy in the Middle East During the Second Obama Administration.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Christopher K. Johnson, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leadership Change in China: Its Effects in East Asia and Relations With the U.S.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Author Baratunde Thurston will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Be Black.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  James Wood will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays.â&#x20AC;? 7:15 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Editors Jared Bell and Todd Steven Burroughs will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lie of Reinvention: Correction Manning Marableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Malcolm X.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  The Petworth Fiction Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red Houseâ&#x20AC;? by Mark Haddon. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  Artist Enoc Perez will discuss his modernist paintings and the Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition of two new bodies of his work. 7 p.m. $12; $6 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  National Geographic explorersin-residence Enric Sala (shown) and Michael Fay will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Return to Pitcarin Island.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the 1946 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stairway to Heaven,â&#x20AC;? starring David Niven as a See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 British wartime aviator who cheats death and must argue for his life before a celestial court. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013; The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companion series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africa First,â&#x20AC;? a compilation of four short films by emerging African directors. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the Rainbow for Judy Garlandâ&#x20AC;? will feature Vincente Minnelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1944 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet Me in St. Louis,â&#x20AC;? co-starring Mary Astor, Margaret Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Leon Ames, Marjorie Main and Harry Davenport. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  A Werner Schroeter film series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salome,â&#x20AC;? the German directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtuosic staging of the Oscar Wilde tragedy. Roy Grundmann, director of film studies at Boston University, will make introductory remarks. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The West End Cinema will host a screening of Fredrik Gerttenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Boys Gone Bananas,â&#x20AC;? about the efforts of the Dole fruit company to block release of a film on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of a pesticide banned in the United States on banana plantations in Nicaragua. A panel discussion presented by the group 100Reporters will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10.34; $8.46 for students and seniors. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present John Fasanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jitters.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-4623356. Performances â&#x2013;  Jasiri X, six-time Pittsburgh Hip Hop Award winner and anti-violence activist, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present its annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Express Tour Showcase,â&#x20AC;? featuring student plays brought to life by professional actors. 7 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goodreads Book Group will hold a happy hour to discuss books about the American presidency. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-727-0321. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the San Antonio Spurs. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tuesday, Nov. 27

Tuesday november 27 Classes â&#x2013; Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St.


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Events Entertainment NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013; Lombardi Cancer Center will offer a workshop on expressive writing for people with cancer and their caregivers. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Nina Hyde Room, Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. 202-444-7228. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature period instrument ensemble The Soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delight performing an all-Italian baroque program. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will debut its new Concert Hall organ with a performance by National Symphony Orchestra organist William Neil. 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Internatioal Spy Museum historian Thomas Boghardt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entry Into World War I.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Walter Zvonchenko of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cole Porter in Paris.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Bonnie Erbe, journalist and host of the PBS show â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the Contrary,â&#x20AC;? and Cheryl Williams, vice president of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy Inc., will discuss how the results of the recent election are likely to affect womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Clearinghouse on Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Issues, 1 Dupont Circle NW. 202-744-6592. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Mark Schneider, senior vice president of the International Crisis Group, on international efforts to halt genocide. 12:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Nathan Lean, editor in chief of, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Pavel Khodorkovsky, co-founder of Enertiv and president of the Institute of Modern Russia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trade in Your Rights: Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circuitous March to Democracy.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Rose Gottemoeller, acting U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and Sergey Kislyak, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States, will discuss the implications of the Cuban Missile Crisis on the past 50 years of arms control history. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room

St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Wednesday, November 28 â&#x2013; Concert: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Joel Harrison String Choir. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; Randal Jelks will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  American University history professor Max Paul Friedman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Richard Kramer will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;These Things Happen.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Ray Kurzweil will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  Dan Schueftan, director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israel and the New Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 2, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3780. â&#x2013;  George Steinmetz, an expedition photographer for National Geographic, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Desert Air: The Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deserts From Above.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M    

Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shameless Bardolatry: Shakespeare on Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Richard Loncraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard III,â&#x20AC;? starring Ian McKellen, Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Popular Film Series will present Simon Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Expendables 2,â&#x20AC;? starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Bruce Willis. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Meeting â&#x2013;  Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering 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. The group meets every Tuesday. Performances â&#x2013;  Rain Pryor will present her hit onewoman show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fried Chicken & Latkes,â&#x20AC;? about her upbringing in a biracial household in Beverly Hills. Proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. of the Washington DC Metro Area. 6 p.m. $75. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Wednesday, Nov. 28

Wednesday november 28 Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present drummer and percussionist Luis Garay. Noon. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.


â&#x2013; Members of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform Sarasateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navarraâ&#x20AC;? and other classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A cappella quartet Anonymous 4 will perform a collaboration with Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will discuss current events and challenges for the future. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3379. â&#x2013;  Journalist and historian Chipp Reid will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Prebleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boys and the Tripoli Campaign.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dan Schueftan, director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Changing Strategic Environment in the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kennedy Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Nurhan Atasoy, senior scholar in residence at the Turkish Cultural Foundation, See Events/Page 22





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Continued From Page 21 will discuss “In the Sultan’s Gardens: Ottoman Gardens and the Decorative Arts.” 6 p.m. $45; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. ■ Hector Abad will discuss his book “Oblivion: A Memoir,” about his father’s life as a human rights advocate in Colombia. 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Intelligence historians Alexis Albion, Christopher Moran and Mark Stout will discuss “Bond Villains: The Reality Behind the Evil.” 6:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ Ann M. Graybiel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss “Making and Breaking Habits: The Basal Ganglia in Action.” 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. ■ Joyce E. Chaplin will discuss he book “Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss “Making History: Contemporary Art and the Middle East.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Instructor Jonina Duker will discuss the work of author Chaim Potok. 7 to 8:15 p.m. $20. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. ■ Instructor Jeff Gorsky will discuss “The First American Jews Who Came to New York.” 7 to 8:15 p.m. $20. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present C. Scott Willis’ 2010 film “The Woodmans” and Elizabeth Subrin’s 2000 film “The Fancy,” about the life and legacy

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Events Entertainment of photographer Francesca Woodman. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Thursday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. ■ The Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies will present Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 film “The Battle of Algiers” as part of its “Algeria at 50” film series. 5:30 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature an encore showing of Adès’ “The Tempest.” 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Special event ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s program for LGBT families will celebrate Hanukkah with painting of ceramic holiday items such as menorahs and dreidels. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Crafts sold separately. All Fired Up, 3413 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-777-3267. Performances ■ “Evenings With Extraordinary Artists” will feature Constellation Theatre Company founding artistic director Allison Arkell Stockman and several associate artists discussing the group’s work and performing scenes from past productions. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 3. ■ Busboys and Poets will present “Sparkle Open Mic Poetry,” a reading series that features LGBT-dedicated poets. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Portland Trail Blazers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Thursday, Nov. 29

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Benefits and sales ■ The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum will hold its annual holiday bazaar. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free; reserva-

Thursday, november 29 ■ Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jonathan Biss will present pieces from French impressionist composers. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

tions required. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. ■ The third annual Georgetowner Holiday Benefit and Bazaar will feature shopping, music, dinner and seasonal cocktails. Proceeds will benefit the Georgetown Senior Center. 6 to 10 p.m. $45 in advance; $65 at the door. Historic George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-4833. Concerts ■ Chilean guitarists Romilio Orellana (shown) and Luis Orlandini will perform a classical program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Guatemalan rocker Ranferí Aguilar will perform original compositions in the style and rhythm of indigenous Mayan music. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. ■ Pianist Alex Peh and soprano Laura Bass will pair iconic solo piano works with selected opera arias as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival’s yearround programs. 7 p.m. Pay what you can; tickets required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center. 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Levine Jazz Quintet will perform “A Tribute to the Bebop Baroness and Joe Zawinul.” 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-686-8000, ext. 1039. ■ Country singer Billy Joe Shaver will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. ■ La Risonanza will perform works by Vivaldi and Handel. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures ■ Artist Pedro Reyes will discuss his work. 6 p.m. $10; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Per Kirkeby: Connecting Art and Science.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and stu-

dents. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “Secrecy and the State,” a panel discussion about policies in the United States and the United Kingdom, will feature Warwick University professor Christopher Moran, former Central Intelligence Agency officer Jon Hedley and Federation of American Scientists director Steven Aftergood. 6:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ Philip Greene, an Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur, will discuss his book “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion” at a reception with food and drinks. 6:30 p.m. $55; $80 for two. The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle. NW. ■ Anne Applebaum will discuss her book “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Georgetown Library’s Non-Fiction Book Club will discuss “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Archaeologist William Saturno will discuss “Between Rise and Fall: The Art of Maya Civilization.” 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Performances ■ Comedian and radio show host Danny Rouhier will headline a night of emerging comedians from New York and D.C. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. ■ The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will make its Kennedy Center debut. 8 p.m. $22 to $65. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Special event ■ A “Trivia for Syria” night will benefit the Syrian Expatriates Organization. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Friday, Nov. 30

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Benefit ■ Nonprofit arts organization Transformer will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a silent auction and benefit party. 8 to 11 p.m. $175. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Class ■ A wreath-making workshop will teach participants how to create holiday greens from cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, berry-laden holly, pine cones and boxwood. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $48; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The workshop will also be offered Dec. 1 and 7 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Concerts ■ Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez will perform with his jazz trio. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s

Own” will present its annual holiday concert. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 703696-3399. The concert will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. ■ The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will present “Winter Nights,” featuring traditional carols and modern updates to classic holiday favorites. 8 p.m. $13 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. ■ The American University Chorus will perform traditional and contemporary American songs. 8 p.m. $15: $10 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ “Library Late,” presented by the Library of Congress, will feature the groups ACME and yMusic performing music by composers under the age of 35. 8 p.m. $15 to $28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedrick Smith will present his book “Who Stole the American Dream? Can We Get It Back?” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Marianne Williamson will discuss her book “The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles,” about spiritual secrets to financial abundance. 7:30 p.m. $23.99; tickets required. Unity of Washington, 1225 R St. NW. ■ Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland will screen and discuss her Golden Globewinning 1990 film “Europa, Europa.” 7:30 p.m. $18; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ Nobel Prize-winning chemist Mario Molina and behavioral ecologist and biologist Iain Couzin will discuss “Locust Swarms and Ozone Holes.” 7:30 p.m. $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Meeting ■ As part of a support group for people diagnosed with osteoporosis, Elements Fitness and Wellness Center practitioners Rosalie Begun and Marva Makle will lead a session on “Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle for Strong Bones.” 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, Suite 217, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-5252. Performance ■ “Fuego Flamenco VIII” will feature the world premiere of “Flamenco/ Flamenca,” choreographed, directed and performed by Edwin Aparicio. 8 p.m. $30; $18 for students. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.


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Sackler exhibit features Arabian archaeological discoveries


oads of Arabia: Archaeology and On exhibit History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” drawing on recently dis1950-2000,” a permanent exhibit about covered archaeological material never before seen in the United States, opened last week at Americans’ changing perceptions of food durthe Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where it will ing the second half of the 20th century, opened yesterday at the National Museum of continue through Feb. 24. American History. Exploring the impact of ancient trade Highlights include Julia Child’s kitchen; routes across the Arabian Peninsula, the exhisections on food innovations, social and culbition includes objects that predate early tural movements and Egyptian civilization, wine; and an open some of them going table where visitors back as far as the can sit down and disseventh millennium cuss various foodB.C. Later objects on related topics. view reveal the influ Located at 14th ence of Egyptian, Street and Babylonian, Greek Constitution Avenue and Roman cultures. NW, the museum is Artifacts excavated during the last 40 Cliff Evans’ single-channel HD video “Flag” open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. years are featured in is part of an exhibit at Curator’s Office. 202-633-1000. the traveling exhibit, ■ “And Heaven and Nature Sing,” the which drew 1.5 million visitors during its Washington National Cathedral’s annual European tour. exhibit of Nativity scenes from around the Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, world, opened Monday and will remain on the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 view through Jan. 6. p.m. 202-633-1000. Located at Massachusetts and Wisconsin ■ “Food: Transforming America’s Table,

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Arena Stage’s “Pullman Porter Blues” will open Nov. 23. located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-2412539; ■ Theater Alliance is presenting “Wonderful Life” at the H Street Playhouse Nov. 29 through Dec. 30. Jason Lott and Helen Pafumi’s one-man retelling of the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” features Lott’s critically acclaimed performance as all of the colorful characters of Bedford Falls. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-2412539; ■ The Washington Ballet is celebrating the 120th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” with Septime See Theater/Page 25

avenues NW, the Cathedral is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-537-6200. ■ “Drones in the Garden,” featuring singlechannel videos by New York artist Cliff Evans that incorporate military drones into shifting and paranoid landscapes, opened recently at Curator’s Office, where it will continue through Dec. 20. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 201, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. ■ The University of California in D.C. recently opened an exhibit of paintings of Rock Creek and the Potomac River by Washington-born artist Edward Bear Miller and watercolors by local artist Montana Debor. It will continue through the end of the year on the first floor of the campus building, just left of the entranceway. Located at 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, the campus building is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 202-9746200. ■ “Luces y Sombras: Fourteen Travelers in Mexico,” featuring the works of 14 American photographers in Mexico, opened recently at the Cultural Institute of Mexico, where it will continue through March 2. Located at 2829 16th St. NW, the institute

“Head of a Man,” cast bronze on loan from King Saud University in Riyadh, is part of an exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. 202-728-1628. ■ “Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge,” featuring works by six artists who have expanded the narrow boundaries that once See Exhibits/Page 25

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based on how actively parents have protested a particular closing. “I want to make sure this is not a case of ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease,’ but that we work with all of our families.” Henderson emphasized, though, that the school system hasn’t made any final decisions. She plans to meet with parents at Francis-Stevens and Garrison, among other schools, and host a series of community meetings. A community meeting at Francis-Stevens is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; Garrison’s hadn’t been set as of last night. In the Logan Circle area, one alternative — proposed by Ward 2’s incoming State Board of Education member Jack Jacobson — is closing Seaton Elementary and sending its students to Garrison rather than vice versa. Seaton has a fancier building and more room for temporary classroom trailers, he said, but Garrison has more community support. “I think Garrison will be able to grow faster and better than a school

without that community infrastructure,” Jacobson said. In the West End, another complaint about the Francis-Stevens closure was the timing. This summer, the community was asked to choose among several educational options for the now-vacant Stevens School site, which is being redeveloped. Confident that Francis-Stevens would be there to serve the community, the West End neighborhood commission supported several schools equally, and the city ultimately selected the Ivymount special-needs school over several conventional public charter schools. “We had a major decision about the use of Stevens, and it was really critical information for this community to know that there wasn’t going to be an elementary school or junior high in this community,” said commission chair Harmon. “Ivymount is a spectacular school, but this might have changed the outcome.” School system spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz said the proposals for closures weren’t finalized until last week.

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ture and the two new buildings by a lobby, and allowing staff and students to circulate easily through the school. Only one of the two new options would do so. “We really do want to be an elementary school where the children play amidst each other all day,” Whisnant said. Mann enrolls students from prekindergarten through fifth grade. The school was built in 1931 for about 225 students, but with enrollment now topping 300, it houses some functions in trailers. The city has thus far budgeted $10 million for Mann’s renovation. General Services spokesperson Diggs couldn’t provide exact cost estimates for the two new proposals, but both would be above the $30 million projected for the original proposal. The option to create a disconnected new building would be the most expensive one. And though this plan would be more favorable to 45th Street residents — by retaining completely unobstructed views of the school’s green — officials characterized it as the least advantageous choice for the school’s students, staff and educational programs. This plan would be “one of the more challenging options,” said architect Paola Moya, who thought that it would present “more cons,” including a separated building requiring supervision of entrances and exits, a loss of direct sunlight during student recreational periods, and an inability to integrate some major sustainability features. That plan would also “cost substantially more for the excavation and foundation systems” required. The agency has described the

other option — for a shorter addition along 45th Street and a new third story to the Newark Street wing — as a “medium compromise.” This option would present its own challenges. Architects Moya and Michael Marshall pointed out that the additional floor to the original school building would interrupt the “flow” of interior circulation and limit plans for a green roof. But Hal Hiemstra, a 45th Street resident and former Mann PTA president, said he thought this option would be a suitable compromise for both the school and neighbors. Though a number of Wesley Heights residents might prefer the version that retains their unobstructed views, he acknowledged that it could present educational and programming challenges for Mann. Still, he wondered whether the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts would sign off on that plan after it rejected the original proposal in late September. The two schemes, he said, may prove to be too similar in building height and mass. In September, the Fine Arts Commission wrote in an open letter that the original plan “would overpower the historic school building,” and recommended “significant simplification in the range of forms, materials, and details on all elevations of the building.” “Going back to CFA with essentially the same proposal as the one presented in September may be viewed as being less than responsive to the Commission and certainly runs the risk of delaying the project further,” Hiemstra wrote Tuesday in an email to The Current. In an interview, Fine Arts Commission secretary Thomas Luebke said he had not yet seen any of the alternatives to the original

proposal. Luebke said he anticipates meeting informally with city officials before they officially submit a new plan. The next commission meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17. Edward Cavalcanti, a Macomb Street resident and member of the Horace Mann School Improvement Team, urged any undecided community members to choose between either the original plan or the proposed third-story addition to the Newark Street wing. While coming to a solution amenable to neighbors is a significant concern, he said, maintaining the school’s commitment to teaching through inter-grade collaboration — which linked buildings would facilitate — should be the first priority. “If they can do that with the tools they have today, think of what they can do with really great tools,” Cavalcanti said. Diggs said the General Services Department and D.C. Public Schools will make a decision on the Mann renovation once they have spoken with the majority of the 45th Street residents whose homes face the proposed construction. Several community members, though, said they were beginning to suffer from “meeting fatigue” over the matter. “We’re ready to have it over with,” said Macomb Street resident Glenn Westley. He said he found the two new proposals to be reasonable — which he described as refreshing after seeing neighbors reject several alternative design options presented at an Oct. 17 meeting. “It does open the school up to the community.” Hiemstra, in his email, wrote that neighbors have “indicated to DGS that we could support either option and left it up to DGS and the school to decide.”

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EXHIBITS From Page 23 defined drawing and portraiture, opened recently at the National Portrait Gallery and will continue through Aug. 18. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The Corcoran Gallery of Art opened two exhibits recently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters,â&#x20AC;? on view through Feb. 24, features images and text by Simon, who traveled around the world from 2008 through 2011 to research and record bloodlines and their related stories. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enoc Perez: Utopia,â&#x20AC;? on view through Feb. 10, presents Perezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lushly figured paintings of modernist buildings. The images both exploit and question the seductions of architecture, as well as painting itself. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for ages 11 and younger. 202-639-1700.

THEATER From Page 23 Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation at the Warner Theatre Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. The ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker at a Christmas Eve celebration in her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1882 Georgetown mansion. Later that evening she encounters a battle of Revolutionary War soldiers led by the frightful King Rat and the Nutcracker. After winning the battle, the Nutcracker leads her on a wondrous journey filled with the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, cherry blossoms, Anacostia Indians and more. Performance times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $34 to $104. Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 202-397-7328; â&#x2013; Folger Theatre will close the Washington premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Conference of the Birdsâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 25. Based on a 12th-century Persian poem about the search for the divine and the quest for truth, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conferenceâ&#x20AC;? metaphorically maps out the journey of the human ego and the quest for self-discovery. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $68, with certain discounts available. The Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; â&#x2013;  The In Series will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pocket Opera x2: Love & Witchcraftâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 26 at Source.

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â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waterline,â&#x20AC;? featuring photography by Frank Hallam Day that deals with the interaction between humankind and water, opened recently at Addison/Ripley Fine Art and will continue through Dec. 1. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-5180. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today,â&#x20AC;? presenting sculptures and drawings that celebrate the people, art and culture of the Canadian Arctic, opened recently at the Embassy of Canada, where it will continue through March 15. Located at 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-682-1740. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Housebound,â&#x20AC;? a group exhibition exploring the depiction of domestic space, opened recently at Heiner Contemporary. On view through Jan. 5, the show features work by Rachel Farbiarz, Bella Foster, Allison Gildersleeve, Allison Reimus, Ann Toebbe and Augusta Wood. Located at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-0072. Shows will feature Henry Purcellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dido & Aeneas,â&#x20AC;? the story of African queen Didoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fated love for Aeneas, a Trojan prince, and the envious sorcerer who conjures love away, and Manuel De Fallaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Amor Brujo (Love by Sorcery),â&#x20AC;? a ballet about a fearless Spanish gypsy confronting her inner demons. Performance times are 3 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets cost $19 to $40. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202204-7763; â&#x2013;  The Keegan Theatre is presenting Arthur Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;All My Sonsâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 1 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; â&#x2013;  Theater J is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrieâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 2 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $60. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of Mia Chungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;You for Me for Youâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 2. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $35. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939;







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DISPATCHES From Page 15 When we entered the planetarium, we had to remove our shoes to crawl into the giant inflatable dome. The planetarium was dark, with only red lights to guide us in. A guide turned the projector on and suddenly we could see all the constellations. Because the Earth rotates but the stars don’t, you can only see certain constellations at certain times of the year, when the part of the earth you are on is pointed toward them. We also learned that the North Star is at the end of Ursa Minor’s (Little Dipper’s) tail. Students really enjoyed going inside the dome. Kobie, a fifthgrader, said, “I got to see and learn new things. I learned that the North Star always stays in the same spot.” — Miles Scherger and Chloe Ifill, fifth-graders

Ross Elementary

Last week, the third grade went around D.C. and visited some of its most famous monuments, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. One student said his favorite memorial was the one to Martin Luther King Jr. because he studied King in class as one of his peaceful heroes. Another student said he enjoyed the Lincoln Memorial because Lincoln was the president who helped free the slaves. One student mentioned that they were able to take lots of great pictures. It seems like they had a fabulous trip! — Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

All lower-school students got two days off because of Hurricane Sandy. For most of us, this didn’t have a huge impact in our lives other than the missing days from our usual agenda, but Hurricane Sandy did a lot to this country that many are not aware about. The hurricane was classified as a “superstorm” because once it hit land it was not technically strong enough to be a hurricane. However, what made this “superstorm” so destructive was that it touched down in a coastal area that was unprepared, the Jersey shore. Here small houses literally feet away from the water got flooded above the roof. In addition, an issue many would not consider was the fires. One fire knocked out more than 80 homes in Queens, N.Y. One of my good friends could see the fires starting miles away from his house on Long Island. Due to these factors, the death toll rose to 149. The people alive and with a house during the storm experienced no power and no gas. Electricity and gas are what we use to keep our water clean and food cooked and not spoiled. Even now, people flood the streets begging for gas or food or water. People wait 11 hours in line for just a little gas for their car or stove. Currently, many are upset that

their power is still down, but along Long Island and New Jersey power is being slowly restored. — Ryan Hennessey, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

Recently the seventh and eighth grades went to Camp Calleva, where we learned to overcome our fears and work as a team. One of the activities was climbing a tree and then walking over a rope (we were harnessed). Then we said something nice about someone and jumped off. Later, the fifth through eighth grades went on a field trip to the National Building Museum. We created scale models of houses that have a positive effect on the environment. We used recycled plastic and paper boxes to build them. In math class we used the houses to learn about scales, area and geometry. In language arts we are reading “Huck Finn.” In social studies we are studying the Greeks. — Ellis Davis and Lajae Crutchfield, seventh-graders

School Without Walls

One of the special opportunities that School Without Walls offers is to obtain an internship. Juniors and seniors are assigned internship as a class period where they have to learn how to operate in a work environment, hopefully in a field they are interested in. During the first week, the teacher, Ms. Lauren Adamo, provides an orientation so students can find internships if they haven’t done so already. Every period that the class is scheduled, which is typically the first of the day or the last of the day, students will go to their office and work as interns. Everyone has a supervisor who makes sure that you work a certain amount of hours and helps you reflect upon your experience through evaluations. Students are also expected to blog periodically about challenges and adjustments they have faced. Many students choose to work at the abundant nonprofit organizations that D.C. has to offer, as well as at their past schools. Internship is a special experience because it gives students freedom. It is also an opportunity to break from the traditional classroom environment and explore what the city has to offer. Learning how to function in a work environment helps our students prepare for the future. — Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

Sheridan School

Kindergarten had a mock election. It was a pretend election for kids who couldn’t vote for president because they were under 18. It was on the same day as the real election. People vote because it means they really want someone to win. Even though you have different opinions, it’s OK to vote for whomever you want. You can say, “That’s OK. I’m just voting for the other person.” Or you can say, “I can vote for the person I want, and you can vote for the person you want.” It’s

not nice to tease people if they have a different opinion. We took turns voting. We voted in a mini-voting stand. We put an X on our ballots and put our ballots in the ballot box. We got an “I voted” sticker with an American flag on it. The kindergartners were very excited to vote: “I felt like I was so grown up when I was voting, even though I was just a kid,” said one. “I felt very happy because some people don’t get to vote and I did,” said another. “I was confident Barack Obama would win. But if Obama wins, you shouldn’t brag about it to someone who voted for Romney,” said another. Obama got 22 votes. Romney got three votes. It’s good to have a president because the president and the government work together to run the whole country. — Kindergartners

Stoddert Elementary

We are celebrating Thanksgiving with a feast in our classroom. All of our families come and bring food that we share. We celebrate Thanksgiving to give thanks to people like family and friends. Some foods we eat for Thanksgiving are turkey, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. We wear pilgrim outfits and turkey outfits. We sing for our families. Our favorite one is called “Thanksgiving Day Is Here”: “Thanksgiving Day is here, Thanksgiving Day is here, let’s all give thanks for all we have here.” My favorite part of Thanksgiving Day is eating! — Elise I. and Jacob G., kindergartners

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Have you read the play “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose? If so, you can probably understand the excitement of the freshman class after recently finishing the play. The play is about a jury of 12 men that must decide the fate of a 16-yearold boy on trial for murdering his father. Every juror votes guilty … except for Juror Eight. His mission is to get the others to look at the case without bias or prejudice. As the story unfolds, so do the characters, creating a window for the reader to look inside and see the personal biases held by each juror. After the freshmen finished reading “Twelve Angry Men,” each student chose one of the following cases to study further: the Sacco and Vanzetti trial; the Leo Frank trial; the Richard Hauptmann trial (the Lindbergh baby murder); and the Scottsboro Boys trial. Each student is writing a research paper discussing what bias was shown by the jury, press and/or public that led to the verdict. I chose the Hauptmann trial. I concluded that Lindbergh’s popularity biased the jury, media, public and even the prosecutor against the defendant. The project has proved to be a fascinating study of human nature and how social status can affect a system that prides itself in being impartial to bias. — Mica Carroll, ninth-grader

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Prestigious Embassy Row townhouse, limestone façade, porte-cochere entrance, w/ 1-car garage plus parking for 4 more vehicles. Nearly 6,000 sf, 4BR plus au pair suite, 4.5 BA. High ceilings, 4 fireplaces, elevator, library, and entertaining room w/ roof terrace. $3,295,000 | Jonathan Taylor | 202.276.3344

Exquisite new home to be built with open floor plan, high ceilings and unique architectural details. When finished, this gem will have 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs and feature over 5,000 sf of finished living space on 3 levels. Features include fireplace, fitness center, and attached garage. $2,200,000 Bill Abbott | 202.903.6533

4BR/3.5 BA Federal semi-detached home featuring generously sized entertaining space, custom-built flagstone garden w/outdoor fireplace, built-in garage parking, storage, south-facing facade, triple exposures and flexible 4th bedroom en suite that can double as library or staff quarters. $1,735,000 | Liz D’Angio | 202.427.7890

This stately Federal features period details including crown moldings, high ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces. The home boasts 4 levels including a 1BR apt w/ own entrance. In addition, there is off-street parking for 2 cars, gardens, a pool and roof-top deck. $2,500,000 | Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344

This meticulously renovated 4BR row home offers a formal living room w/ 18-pane windows and wood-burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and master BR w/ a private porch. LL features BR, full BA, and kitchenette. Outdoor areas include brick terrace and rear garden. Parking for 2-3 cars. $1,995,000 | Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344

Renovated row house w/ many period details. 11’ ceilings, plaster crown moldings & hw floors. Master suite w/ walk-in closet, bath w/double vanity, separate tub & water closet. Finished lower level 1BR/1BA in-law suite with front and rear entrances. Secure 2-car off-street parking. $1,495,000 | Michael Moore | 202.262.7762 ©MMXII TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, licensed real estate broker. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Equal housing opportunity. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Price and availability subject to change.

Featuring over 5,000 sf of custom finished living space with spacious rooms, high ceilings and custom millwork, this newly constructed craftsman style home is suited for both entertaining and family living with 5 BRs, 5.5 BAs, screened porch w/ fireplace and a fitness center. Under Contract Bill Abbott | 202.903.6533

Stunning renovation of this grand 1918 residence located on large level lot adjacent to park and playground. Elegant public rooms with period detailing, chef’s kitchen, wonderful open porch with lovely open vistas. 5 BRs, fabulous walk-out lower level with kitchenette and full bath. $1,975,000 | Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011 | Richard Seaton 202.907.8037

Opportunity to own in one of DC’s ‘Best Addresses’ at Chancellery. Grand south-facing 3 BR + library and sun room. Approx. 2505 sf, lives like a private home. Includes W/D, dining room, juliette balcony, hw floors, built-ins, large closets, and marble BAs. Pets welcome. $1,395,000 | Liz D’Angio | 202.427.7890

To-be-built craftsman style 5BR/4.5BA home will feature over 5000 sf of finished living space on 3 levels with high ceilings and open floor plan. Sited on an 8000 sf lot with mature trees and landscaping. Features double sided fireplace, fitness center, and attached garage. $2,250,000 Bill Abbott | 202.903.6533

A new concept in luxury residences, these extraordinary homes include amenities like 10’ ceilings, crown moulding, real hearthstone fireplaces and private elevators that open onto your own foyer. Floor plans of over 4,400 sf and 4BRs are available. Project has broken ground and now preselling! Starting at $1,800,000 | Zelda Heller 202.257.1226 | Michael Moore 202.262.7762

Stunning architectural, approx 4200 sf of interior space on 1/3 acre. Open floor plan w/ sunlight and soaring spaces. Terrific integration of interior/exterior environments. Gourmet kit and smashing fam.rm. w/French doors to large deck. 5BR/3.5BA. LL in-law suite w/kit. plus rec. room. $1,185,000 | Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011 | Richard Seaton 202.907.8037







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EStatE SEtting Kenwood, Md. Magnificent & grand Colonial on 2/3 acre lot. Featuring 8 BRs, 6.5 BAs. Elegance & grace throughout including a beautiful curving staircase to both the 2nd & 3rd floors. $2,995,000 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242 Striking & Dramatic

cutting EDgE Palisades. Marvelous new home designed by Chryssa Wolfe. High style & environmentally friendly. 4 levels, 6000+ sf of luxurious living space. 6 BRs, 5 FBAs, 2 HBAs. Gorgeous pool w/multilevel patios, outdoor frpl & dramatic landscaping. $2,785,000 Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374 gEorgEtown charmEr Georgetown. Sunny, light filled end unit townhouse. Completely renovated w/4 BRs, 2.5 BAs. SS & granite kitchen, frpl. Fenced yard, pkg for 2/3 cars. $1,449,000 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

Georgetown. Transformed 3 BR, 3.5 BA home w/ elevator. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, LR w/ granite frpl, family rm. Master BR w/adj office & dressing rm. Stone terraced patio. Gated community w/ pool, tennis & 24 hour security. $1,750,000

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CHEVY CHASE 4400 Jenifer Street, NW Washington, DC 20015 202-364-1700

ALREA ICENSED ’S FINEST IN DC, PROPERTIES MD, VA BESt kEpt SEcrEt Chevy Chase, DC. Rarely available large semi-detached townhouse built in 1999. 5 BRs/4.5 BAs. Family rm & MBR w/ gas frpls. Kit w/brkfst rm. LL in-law suite + rec rm/office & sep. entrance. 1 car gar + off-st. pkg. $1,299,000 Kathi Kershaw 301-613-1613

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Chevy Chase, MD. 1918 beauty w/6 BRS, 3 BAs & 2 HBAs. Large kitchen open to family rm. Finished walk-out LL. Screen porch, deck & patio. Lge lot less than a mile to Metro & shops. $1,995,000

Chevy Chase, MD. Four beautiful levels recently expanded & renovated. High end kitchen w/island breakfast area, Great room MBR suite w/spa bath. 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Flagstone patio. $1,879,000

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Bethesda, MD. Gracious & elegant expanded 7 year old Colonial. 6 BRs/4.5 BAs. Huge kitchen/family rm. 1st flr library/office. Finished LL. Flagstone patio, att.garage. $1,349,000

Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Main level living at its best. Updated & expanded bungalow. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, Large unfinished loft. Walkout LL w/au-pair suite. On street pkg for 3 cars Walk to dwntwn Bethesda. $1,349,000

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Georgetown. Beautifully renovated Federal on charming one block street. Sun filled & enhanced w/renovated kitchen and baths. Dazzling colonial onE oF a kinD Great lower level, Potomac, MD. Heritage Farms Chevy Chase, DC. Colonial expansive deck Beautifully renovated 5 BR, 2.5 BA on private wooded lot in quiet & flagstone patio. neighborhood. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Parking! $1,225,000 home w/great kit. Fam rm w/frpl, MBR suite w/den. No detail overlooked. Family rm addition. MBR suite w/new Beverly Nadel 202-236-7313 On quiet cul de sac within walking ba, 13’5” ceilings & brick frpl. Loft Melissa Brown 202-469-2662 distance to Potomac Village. $969,000 BR w/skylights. Att. garage. $949,000

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Chevy Chase, MD. Contemporary Colonial on quiet cul de sac. Open floor plan, updated kitchen, family rm w/frpl & access to deck. 5 BRS, 3.5 BAs include LL suite + rec rm. Patio, 2 car att. garage. $899,000

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Capitol Hill. Delightful spacious 3 level townhouse near Metro & Eastern Market. 3 BRs/3.5 BAs. Contemporary kitchen, 3 frpls, top contEmporary StylE moDErn DElight flr MBR Colonial Village. Beautiful & spacious Brightwood.Beautiful w/whirlpool, custom home overlooking Rock Creek renovation of detached home shower & skylights. Park. Living rm w/access to patio, open w/garage. 4 BRs, 4 BAs, $839,000. kitchen w/granite & SS appl. 3 BRs on gourmet kitchen w/breakfast Martha Williams 202-271-8138 main level. LL w/rec rm, powder rm & bar.MBR w/cathedral ceiling library. 2 car garage. $769,000 & luxury bath. Hrdwd floors. Rachel Burns 202-384-5140 Finished LL. $674,000 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

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Cleveland Park. Charming 1 bedroom in small 12 unit coop. High ceilings, good light, separate dining area, hrdwd floors. Short walk to Metro. Cats allowed. $289,900.

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