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In a break from the rancor that has surrounded many discussions of the George Washington University campus plan, the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission last week voted not to object to the school’s proposed School of Public Health building on Washington Circle. The university hopes to construct a seven-story glass-faced building on the site of the existing three-story Warwick Building and a small parking lot, an area known as “Square 39.” The new facility will allow the university to consolidate the School of Public Health into a single building across New Hampshire Avenue from the hospital. The new building will preserve the park at 24th Street and New Hampshire Avenue and many of the block’s mature trees, officials said, and the university’s traffic study identified “negligible” impact on surrounding streets. As part of the project, the university will also widen the sidewalks on that block, plant more street trees and use environmentally friendly design practices, officials said. See GWU/Page 16

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Some stakeholders are expressing dismay at D.C. Public Schools’ decision to eliminate hundreds of positions through a process called excessing. “I can’t imagine calling these teachers ‘excess’ when they are fundamental to the program,” said Anna Veigle, a parent of a senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in

ABC Board continues P Street license limits By JULIA FISHER Current Correspondent

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A young girl feeds a lettuce leaf to a Chinese lion performing a ritual dance during Saturday’s fifth annual International Children’s Festival at the Meridian International Center in Adams Morgan.

Cooking kids get gourmet at Dupont eatery restaurant, conducted the class as a Current Staff Writer simplified version of his intense, multi-session courses for adults. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders School lunches are getting a betdonned aprons, washed hands and ter rep than ever, with luminaries enthusiastically followed the direcfrom Michelle Obama to Alice tions of their instructor, a native of Waters working to put healthy, tasty southern Italy. food on students’ plates. After the cooking club But the Hyde-Addison members — all female, with one Elementary School cooking club Carol Buckley/The Current exception — rolled potato-rich offered a twist on the school-lunch dough into ropes and cut each into movement yesterday: Instead of Al Tiramisu chef Luigi Diotaiuti pillowy gnocchi, it was time for the simply eating the healthy food put helps a student toss gnocchi. first course as the dumplings rested: in front of them, about 10 students crowded into chef Luigi Diotaiuti’s gleaming restaurant mixed greens dressed simply with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. kitchen to concoct their own gourmet lunch. See Cooking/Page 16 Diotaiuti, chef and owner of Dupont’s Al Tiramisu By CAROL BUCKLEY

NEWS Gray fills emergency medical, transportation posts. Page 4. ■ Critics of income-tax hike cite migration threat. Page 3. ■

Burleith, where, she said, about 13 teachers have lost their jobs. “I was really shocked because the quality of teachers is so high,” she said. “I don’t know what the overall budget problems are, but I really feel it would be cutting into the bone to lose that many teachers.” Earlier this month, D.C. Public Schools posted a note on its website stating that 745 staff members, including 384 members of the Washington Teachers’ Union, had been excessed. Principals made the decisions with input from school communities, after getting their See Teachers/Page 16

EXHIBITS ■ National Gallery’s ‘Canaletto’ exhibit shows Venetian glory. Page 22. ■ Cuban ballet to visit D.C. Page 22.

Following the suggestion of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted unanimously last week to continue, with changes, a moratorium on liquor licenses just west of the circle. The West Dupont Circle Moratorium Zone extends 600 feet in all directions from the intersection of 21st and P streets, limiting the number of liquor licenses the board can issue within that area. Last week’s extension includes three substantial changes: It lifts the cap on liquor licenses for restaurants, exempts the block of One Dupont Circle, and lasts for three years instead of the usual five. Under the moratorium, the high demand for available liquor licenses meant that national chains were more able than small, local businesses to afford one. The neighborhood commission hoped that eliminating the restriction on restaurants would both reduce the cost of restaurant licenses and pave the way

PA S S A G E S ■ Our Lady of Victory principal wins dual honors. Page 13. ■ Arboretum technician focuses on biodiversity. Page 13 .

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The board’s decision lifts the cap on restaurants along the corridor. for the restaurant row that both residents and businesses wanted. “A restaurant can now open without having to pay tens of thousands of dollars for someone’s existing liquor license,” said Mike Silverstein, who serves on both the advisory neighborhood commission and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Silverstein recused himself from the board’s judgment because he had presented a request for a previous extension of the moratorium in 2006. The board had excluded the block of One Dupont Circle from the moratorium in 2001, but the See Licenses/Page 5

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/11 Exhibits/22 In Your Neighborhood/18 Opinion/8

Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 Service Directory/24 School Dispatches/14 Theater/22 Week Ahead/3


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Debate centers on views of tax migration By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

As the D.C. Council prepares to take an initial vote tomorrow on a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, advocates and detractors of a potential income-tax hike on the city’s high earners are making their final pleas. Included in those last-ditch arguments is the frequent charge that Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed tax rate of 8.9 percent for income over $200,000 will lead to tax migration — high-income earners fleeing the city for areas with lower tax burdens. The city now taxes all those earning above $40,000 at 8.5 percent. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans has often cited the likelihood of tax migration as a major reason to oppose the new bracket. His Committee on Finance and Revenue voted against the proposed higher income tax recently, and Evans said at a recent budget roundtable that new revenue predictions should allow the new bracket to be taken off the table. Others have raised the same specter of wealthy residents leaving the city to protect their wallets. Barbara Lang, chair of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, said at a recent budget hearing that as taxes, including income taxes, rise, “businesses close, people move and less revenue comes in.� But resistance to the tax migration narrative has also

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grown. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute, a supporter of the increased tax for high earners, cited recent studies to show that tax migration is a tired canard. A chief piece of evidence, they say, is a Princeton University study of New Jersey taxpayers after the state raised rates by 2.6 percent on those making more than $500,000. Those above that cutoff moved away at the same rate as those below, researchers found. Opponents of the new bracket have favorite data to cite as well, and from closer to home. After Maryland created a top tax bracket for millionaires, raising rates from 4.75 to 6.25 percent, 2008 tax filings from millionaires dropped sharply, leading many to conclude that high earners had left the state. But a review of those returns by a D.C.-based think tank concluded that much of the decline in millionaires’ returns was the result of the recession, not of residents fleeing taxes that rose as high as 9.45 percent in some municipalities. The so-called millionaire’s tax expired at the end of last year. But the District occupies a perch that offers a unique twist on the tax-migration debate. Existing and potential city residents have a menu of residency options that allow them to pay taxes elsewhere but work and play in D.C. And ticking up the rates could push residents to consider the option that’s already quite a bit cheaper than D.C., Evans argued in a recent interview. The “lion’s See Taxes/Page 5

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At about 2 a.m. on May 9, a male victim got involved in a verbal argument with two other men on the 2300 block of 18th St. NW, according to police. The victim was then violently assaulted with a baseball bat, the release states. The first suspect is described as a black male around 6 feet tall, in

his 30s, with shoulder-length dreadlocks; the second is described as a black male between 5 feet and 5 feet 5 inches, around 29 or 30, with a skinny build and hair in loose corn rows. Both suspects fled the scene in a 2000 green Honda Civic with a cracked windshield, according to the release.

The victim of the assault suffered severe head injuries and remains in a local hospital, the release says. Police are encouraging anyone with knowledge of the case or suspectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; identity to call 202-727-9099 or 888-919-2746. Anonymous information can be submitted by calling 866-411-TIPS or texting 50411.

Gray fills emergency, transportation posts Mayor Vincent Gray has nominated Terry Bellamy, the interim director of the D.C. Department of Transportation since January, to be permanent director of the agency. Bellamy has worked at the D.C. Transportation Department since 2008 and was instrumental in securing $123 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for proj-

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Correction Due to an editing error, an item in the May 18 issue on the Shepherd Park Citizens Association misstated the position to be held by Rosemary Reed Miller, Dwayne Revis and Gina Carvana, who were chosen as delegates to the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations. The associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three delegates to the D.C. Federation of Citizens Association are Rafael Saâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;adeh, Noreen Conway and Yvonne McIntyre. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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TAXES From Page 3 share of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealthy peopleâ&#x20AC;? already live in McLean, Va., Evans said, and the tax increase would solidify that trend. Virginia taxes income at 5.75 percent for amounts over $17,000. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed hike also would push the rate for high-income District earners further above rates for neighboring Montgomery County. Those who earn between $150,000 and $300,000 pay 8.2 percent in income taxes there, and the rate rises to 8.45 percent for income between $300,000 and $500,000.

LICENSES From Page 1 exemption was left out of the moratoriumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renewal in 2006 because of a clerical error. The error wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discovered until Ping Pong Dim Sum sought to move into the site this winter. In its discussion, the alcohol board specifically praised the work of neighborhood commissioner Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, who led a special committee that evaluated the moratorium. Commission chair Will Stephens also praised Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, a commissioner since January. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kevin did a really stellar job of reaching out to everybody,â&#x20AC;? Stephens said. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor was out of the country and could not be reached for comment. At a series of public meetings over the winter, residents and business owners met with the committee to opine on the potential extension. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor also received 16 written statements: Ten supported the moratorium, five opposed it, and one was unclear in its judgment. Ruth Gresser, owner of Pizzeria Paradiso at 2003 P St., explained at a meeting in February that the mora-

But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to look at a residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall tax burden, not just income tax, argue researchers at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitive property-tax rates, homestead deduction and Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imposition of a car tax all help even the score between D.C. and its neighbors, they say. And Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham wrote in a recent email to The Current that maintaining services is worth the tiny risk that high earners might move. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How serious,â&#x20AC;? Graham asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the threat of people not moving into or leaving DC? â&#x20AC;Ś For people with taxable incomes in excess of $500,000 (a few thousand at most), the increase is the price of a table at a moderate charity dinner. Is that enough to send them packing?â&#x20AC;?

torium had prohibited her restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion in its previous location. Instead, she moved to a larger space down the street; the outcome was the same, but the process was more difficult. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just cautioning how moratoriums are written,â&#x20AC;? she recounted. Most parties were interested in the more fundamental issue of the moratoriumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existence rather than the details of its implementation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ABC Board just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to have a backbone with respect to community activists,â&#x20AC;? said Ed Grandis, legal counsel and executive director of the Dupont Circle Merchants and Professionals Association, which opposed continuation of the moratorium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not to say that there would be another nightclub or liquor store,â&#x20AC;? Grandis said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but the way to do that is through the application process, not the moratorium, which is essentially a zoning regulation.â&#x20AC;? The merchants group noted that other controls on licenses exist, such as voluntary agreements that regulate matters of concern to the community. Grandis had actually supported the moratorium when it was first proposed, in 1994, because he

thought it would encourage retail beyond nightclubs in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After [17] years, guess what?â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not getting businesses besides yogurt shops.â&#x20AC;? Grandis also said the neighborhood commission sought input from residents, rather than businesses, and the response therefore was skewed. But Stephens said the commission specifically created a committee with a merchants group representative: Aaron McGovern, owner of the Russia House Restaurant and Lounge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was for lifting the moratorium, and we did,â&#x20AC;? McGovern said, alluding to the limit on restaurant licenses. While bars and taverns did not escape the moratorium, as McGovern had hoped, he called the restaurant exclusion â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good stepping stone forward.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Silverstein said the moratorium debate was â&#x20AC;&#x153;not a question of residents versus licensed establishments.â&#x20AC;? He said the low attendance at the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendering of its decision indicated general goodwill toward the whole process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very happy the ANC was willing to compromise,â&#x20AC;? said Jonathan Ten Hoopen, president of the merchants group.

  

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Burglary â&#x2013;  600 block, 21st St.; residence; 6:30 p.m. May 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; tavern; 11:30 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; medical facility; noon May 20. â&#x2013;  900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; store; 5:10 p.m. May 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, N St.; street; 9:10 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; hotel; 6:15 a.m. May 20.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 5:15 p.m. May 16. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1600 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 8:55 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; restaurant; noon May 17. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; street; 9:33 p.m. May 20. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  17th and Q streets; restaurant; 8:28 p.m. May 16. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. May 20. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, 21st St.; resi-

dence; 8:28 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; office building; 9:55 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 21st St.; residence; 10:28 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. May 20. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  18th Street and Connecticut Avenue; street; 12:20 a.m. May 21. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 2:22 a.m. May 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; tavern; 12:01 a.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  1700 block, M St.; sidewalk; noon May 16. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 4:15 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:46 a.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 20th St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; hotel; 8:30 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; office building; 5:45 p.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  2200 block, R St.; construction site; 1 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:10 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  800 block, 18th St.; store; 5 p.m. May 21.

Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; street; 9 a.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 8:30 p.m. May 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 22nd St.; street; 11 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; alley; 3:45 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  22and O streets; street; 7 p.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 10:30 a.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  Bancroft Place and 24th Street; street; noon May 19. â&#x2013;  16th and Corcoran street; street; 3 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  Florida Avenue and R Street; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  19th and K streets; street; 11 p.m. May 19. â&#x2013;  2100 block, California St.; alley; 1 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 4:30 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; street; 8:30 p.m. May 20. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 22nd St.; alley; 11 a.m. May 21. â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 6:30 p.m. May 21.

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Burglary â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; residence; 8:45 a.m. May 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; residence; 9 a.m. May 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2500 block, Cliffbourne Place; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. May 16. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Biltmore St.;

unspecified premises; 7 p.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; residence; 7:30 p.m. May 15. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 16th St.; residence; 1 p.m. May 17. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; parking lot; 7:45 p.m. May 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Kalorama Road; street; 5 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Kalorama Road; street; 8 p.m. May 16.

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Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 10th St.; residence; 2:30 a.m. May 21. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 12th St.; sidewalk; 5:20 p.m. May 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  900 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 2:30 p.m. May 19. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1300 block, Corcoran St.; street; 7:15 p.m. May 18. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Vermont Ave.; residence; 9:45 p.m. May 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 11:25 a.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 13th St.; restaurant; noon May 16. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 3:59 p.m. May 16. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; store; 11 p.m. May 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 10:20 a.m. May 17. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 15th St.; street; 6:45 p.m. May 20.

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No more litterbugs Come next month, police officers in the 4th District will begin issuing tickets for littering. Offenders will be subject to $75 fines. It’s the result of a welcome pilot program that, if successful, is poised to spread throughout the District by the end of the year. Look at the sidewalks and gutters on all too many District streets and you’ll quickly recognize the need for a crackdown on litter. There may be fewer plastic bags these days, but cans, bottles, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, broken glass and other debris are all too common. It’s obviously an aesthetic issue, but the environmental implications are far-reaching as well. Much of the trash ends up in area waterways, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. As it turns out, implementation of an effective anti-littering law is surprisingly complex, given the difficulty in making sure scofflaws pay up and don’t just toss tickets they receive onto the ground. To address the problem of offenders simply refusing to say who they are, the city’s law now requires people stopped for littering to provide police with their name and address — just as they would if stopped for jaywalking. City officials say they chose the 4th District, which covers the bulk of Ward 4 and part of Ward 5, for the initial effort because littering complaints are so common there. Enforcement is beginning in just one section of the city to give officials time to test out new ticketing forms and a new adjudication process by the Office of Administrative Hearings. It’s unfortunate that D.C. agencies have taken so long to implement a law adopted by the D.C. Council back in 2008, but we are glad to see progress at last. At this point, it’s prudent to begin with a pilot project, though we would hate to see citywide implementation delayed beyond year’s end.

Friends indeed Given the District’s budget woes, it’s worth considering any palatable ways to raise a few dollars without increasing taxes or fees. Legislation introduced this spring by Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser seems to offer just such an opportunity. The bill would allow “friends” groups of city parks to hold fundraisers on public property. In particular, 28 organizations outlined in the legislation would be able to raise money at the property or properties they work with. The president of the Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks noted that her group’s sole purpose is to raise funds for park improvements. It seems foolish to hamstring the organizations’ ability to raise private funds to spruce up city parks and recreation facilities. In recent years, the District has invested a lot of capital dollars in new facilities across the city. But there was a time — during the city’s last budget crisis — when the fundraising prowess of friends groups provided just about the only hope for beautifying our city parks. Even now, the “friends” groups contribute mightily to the quality of life in their neighborhoods — by galvanizing support for city investment, by providing an untold amount of sweat equity, and by raising private funds. The products of all three are on display at facilities across the city. As Council member Bowser points out, it’s essential to make sure that the city knows how the money raised is being spent. The proposed legislation proposes regular audits of the friends groups’ finances — a good idea whether the fundraising takes place on city property or not. City rules should also dictate that all money raised at any event on government property goes to the stated purpose, not to covering overhead or paying an employee. Ms. Bowser chairs the committee that oversees the parks department, so it seems likely that the bill will move forward. We hope the full D.C. Council will approve the measure expeditiously.

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The past, present and future … First, here’s a little of the past. “You are an inspiration for all of us,” said at-large D.C. Council member David Catania. “Tolerance and respect … your spirit affects all of us.” “We all stand on the foundation you built,” said Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. Catania and Cheh were among a few dozen people who turned out on Saturday to say happy birthday — and thanks — to 86-year-old Frank Kameny, a pioneering activist for the rights of gay and lesbian Americans. Kameny was pushy, he was insistent and he was virtually alone when he began demonstrating for equal rights in the 1950s — yes, the ’50s. “The one thing I want to be remembered for,” he said in his still-strong voice, is the coining in 1968 of the phrase “gay is good.” Because back then, he said, the discrimination, the fear and the shame were “pretty dreadful.” Kameny talked when no one was listening, and he can still talk up a storm today. “I’ll have you out of here by dawn,” he joked, using one of his signature lines. You can do an Internet search on Kameny’s pioneering history, but you can also listen to Jeff Marootian, a city transportation official nearly onethird his age. “I’ve followed Frank’s life since I was in high school,” Marootian said during the gathering at Teak Wood restaurant on 14th Street NW. A graduate of George Washington University and a veteran of gay activism himself, Marootian said that he was “honored to be so close to those who paved the way for me.” One little taste of how much things have changed: On Sunday as the Notebook rode our bike on the National Mall, we came across the Stonewall Kickball League. We’ve never understood the fun of kicking — or catching — that oversized rubber ball, but Stonewall is named for the gay bar in New York City where the patrons rioted against police harassment. Far indeed. ■ Here and now. Here’s a little of the present. Mayor Vincent Gray is spending the first part of the week in Las Vegas. He’s at the big shopping convention that became a staple for city officials beginning with then-Mayor Anthony Williams. “Having a productive series of meetings with major retailers,” Gray wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon. “You’ll be excited about some of the companies considering DC locations!” Washington Post reporter Jonathan O’Connell tweeted that Gray had a minimum of 25 meetings set up for the three days. O’Connell also tweeted that the city’s exhibit on the vast convention floor was getting a lot of positive attention. Having a vigorous presence at the annual convention, one of the most important retail shopping gatherings in the world, has helped put the District

on the map with major retailers. And so far, there haven’t been any scandal stories about lavish expense accounts or misconduct in Las Vegas. That’s a pretty good record in itself for city officials. ■ The future is now. The D.C. Council is about to approve redistricting for the city’s eight election wards. The ward boundary changes will take effect for the 2012 elections. Council members Jack Evans, Michael A. Brown and Phil Mendelson have been working on a preliminary plan. It’s not a major makeover, but part of Ward 6 on Capitol Hill is expected to be ceded to Ward 7 to make the populations of each ward roughly equal. The three council members are scheduled to hold a markup session on the proposed plan Thursday at 1 p.m. in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building. David Meadows, Brown’s spokesperson, said the proposal should be up by midweek on the council website, dccouncil.us. At one point, there had been talk that Near Southwest (where the Notebook lives) might become part of Ward 8 even though there’s no direct connection across the Anacostia River. When it looked like it might happen, we told Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry that we would definitely run against him in the next election. “I can’t wait,” Barry said. “I can’t wait.” And then we both laughed out loud at that idea (which is not going to happen). ■ Bike to work? Nearly 11,000 people officially signed up for Bike to Work Day last Friday. But the big news was Mayor Gray’s ringing endorsement of bike lanes and biking at the 8:30 a.m. rally on Freedom Plaza. One enthusiastic bike rider said Gray sounded like Mayor Adrian Fenty. That’s high praise coming from a bike person. ■ A final stop. Ten-year Metro spokesperson Lisa Farbstein is headed to a new job. She’ll be joining the Transportation Security Administration, focusing on the airports and railway security in New York and New Jersey. The Notebook wants to take a moment to say best wishes to Farbstein, who often tried to cut through the clutter of government bureaucracy to respond to reporters. She’ll remain based in the Washington area, but it sounds like she’ll be on the trains and planes a lot to do her job. Farbstein is a former reporter for the Frederick News-Post, worked for Hood College in Frederick before it went co-ed, and also worked for the Arlington school system. She joined Metro in the summer of 2001, before all the worry about security. “It’s been an incredibly exciting place to work,” she told us on Monday. “I have a great deal of faith in this Metro system.” Her last day will be June 3. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City should remove potential hazards While I am sympathetic to the desire to preserve Washington’s wonderful tree canopy, we may have invited unintended consequences for ourselves by trying to save the largest and therefore oldest trees (those with a trunk diameter of 55 inches or greater). These are precisely the ones most likely to succumb to dis-

ease and/or be toppled by storms. Every serious thunderstorm or snowstorm in our city fells a number of large, old trees on cars, houses and other property, severing power lines, closing streets and costing individual citizens (and their insurance companies) thousands of dollars apiece to repair the damage. I remember one storm last summer when I counted nine cars completely totaled within Burleith, Glover Park, Foxhall Village and American University Park. Rather than trying to halt the removal of the largest and

oldest trees, the D.C. government needs to embark on a serious and substantial effort to identify the ones most likely to come down and take them down before they fall on their own, with attending damage to property and lives. The tree canopy over MacArthur Boulevard is stunning — and also exceedingly hazardous, with numerous old trees on their last (and diseased) roots. Let’s cut them down before they fall down! David Passage The Palisades


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Tax hikes would be a mistake for District Contrary to what is suggested by letters to the editor from David F. Power and Jesse Lovell [“Tax increase enjoys strong local support” and “Wealthy should help balance D.C. budget,” May 18], D.C. income taxes are among the highest in the nation. According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group located in D.C., the absolute level of D.C. taxes is exceeded only by that of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and in any case remains well above Virginia and Maryland. Only if the issue is D.C.’s tax burden relative to per-capita income are D.C. taxes lower than those of Maryland (but still higher than Virginia’s). The DC Fiscal Policy Institute, cited by Mr. Power, is hardly unbiased. It has pushed for higher taxes in D.C. to pay for more social programs for lower income groups. The D.C. government’s top priority should be to end waste, fraud, mismanagement, cronyism and nepotism within its ranks. In this context, it is inexcusable that the D.C. government continues to fail, through sheer incompetence, to take full advantage of federal programs that bring funds to D.C. It would be a mistake to raise taxes and fees of any kind. D.C. is already one of the most heavily taxed jurisdictions in the nation. D.C. should have a tax regime that encourages location in the District, thereby expanding the city’s tax base and generating more income and employment and thus tax revenue. D.C. should lower its corporate tax rates so that businesses, particularly large corporations, do not almost automatically locate in the suburbs. Allan Wendt Georgetown

Wilson teachers also deserve recognition Congratulations to The Current for running such a prominent story about Wilson High School’s new DREAM Act scholarship and the admirable efforts of Wilson senior Elena DiRosa, whose work on the student newspaper led to the scholarship’s creation and success [“College still just a Dream for some Wilson students,” May 18]. Ms. DiRosa is a remarkable young woman and is sure to go on to do wonderful things at Princeton and beyond. But what was just as remarkable was the role of the faculty sponsor of the student newspaper. The best teachers know how to inspire their students. Principal Pete Cahall is lucky to have Joe

Riener on the faculty at Wilson High School, as are the many students whose lives he has touched. Tom Israel Mount Pleasant

Pharmacy’s closing is cause for concern Our Giant Pharmacy at Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street died May 12. Its passing was unexpected, noted only by a small, typed sign on the entry door. Earlier in the week, the front display windows, covered with professional signage saying “Welcome to Your Neighborhood Drugstore,” failed to mention that the store would be closing. Pharmaceutical customers received no letters or emails advising us about our unexpired prescriptions. A local CVS sign told us to let pharmacists there know if we want them to call and get our med scrips. A call to the district Giant manager informed me that our prescriptions had been sold to the Walgreens chain and that we could find the most convenient store and be served there. I thought that the patient privacy law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, protected my medical information. I did not know that it could be sold without consent or notice. How many customers will come to the locked door of the defunct pharmacy and be unable to refill a needed prescription? The wait for the new Giant neighborhood service could be long, with construction expected to take about two years. Francis W. Rodgers McLean Gardens

Some Tenleytown residents back plan In response to Anthony Byrne and Wesley Egan’s letter to the editor regarding American University’s plans for the Tenley Campus [“Neighbors oppose plan, not university,” May 11], I would like to point out that some of us who own homes in the area (we live a block from the site) see the proposed renovations and new buildings for the law school as a positive, welcome development. It’s not true that “no property owner anywhere near the Tenley Campus” supports the plan. Some homeowners like myself are pleased that the law school will be relocated here and unfortunately are being drowned out by a vocal minority of homeowners who live near the site and bought knowing that it is part of the university. There are clear advantages to having the school close to Metrorail. In addition, we believe the plans will improve traffic by encouraging use of mass transit and by slowing commuters on 42nd

and 43rd streets, which will make it safer for the many pedestrians, especially the children who attend local elementary schools. There is plenty of short-term street parking in the area, and increased congestion can actually calm traffic. The university has also demonstrated a willingness to police parking violations and has done well in responding to any problems with students living in the area. The school also has a reputation for improving and maintaining its grounds with extensive landscaping, which will surely improve the the current aging facilities on 42nd and Yuma streets. It is likely that additional students and faculty will attract more dining and retail operations on Wisconsin Avenue. Our area has a reputation for objecting to anything progressive in terms of development, and as a result we’ve ended up with a largely boring, uninspired retail strip that needs updating. A law school can also serve as a vital center of learning for the community and typically attracts some of the most interesting and socially minded faculty and students. By being closer to the heart of Tenleytown, the school can better engage with its neighbors and can provide a valuable source of education to others outside of the school. I hope that community members keep an open mind regarding the plans for the law school and that university officials reach out to those who express concerns so that compromises can be reached. Knee-jerk reactions and legalistic arguments by a minority of residents serve only to hinder positive changes that can result from the university’s continued investment in modernizing its facilities and contributing to the community. Neil Meyer Tenleytown/American University Park

Police should avoid morality enforcement Regarding the assignment of prostitution duties to each police district to cut down on officers being assigned this duty [“Police shift prostitution duties to each district,” May 18], I’d say the less tax money used for morality law enforcement the better. When I arrived in D.C. a few decades ago, the police routinely entrapped and arrested gays. What a waste. At any time, but particularly now when resources are scarce, the police should go after only those who force others to engage in their lifestyle, straight or gay. If there’s no force or fraud, let’s take America as a free society seriously, and leave people alone. Dennis Sobin Director, Safe Streets Arts Foundation

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For Our Lady of Victory principal, dual honors By JULIA FISHER Current Correspondent

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heila Martinez, principal of Our Lady of Victory School in the Palisades, didn’t know she was the Archdiocese of Washington’s Distinguished Principal of the Year until superintendent Deacon Bert L’Homme jumped out of hiding during a morning prayer meeting. “I was very surprised to see him,” Martinez said, “but I knew it had to be good news because he was holding flowers.” The archdiocese, which contains 98 schools, issues the award to one principal each year. Martinez called it a “great honor” to be chosen by a panel of principals. Archdiocese communications manager Brie Hall said Martinez builds a “strong and engaging community” with a “family atmosphere” and actively participates in the archdiocese’s association of elementary school princi-

pals. Just a week before the surprise announcement, Martinez had pulled in another award: She was the only principal of a private school in the area to win The Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. For that honor, vice principal Katie Sague had organized the effort to put together a nomination packet for Martinez. “We’re thrilled that she’s here and being acknowledged by the outside and the inside,” Sague said of the two awards. “There’s a happy pop it just gives us going along.” Martinez said she knew her faculty “was up to something” when they asked for her résumé, but she didn’t know about the award until The Post called in March. She heard nothing of it again until publication of the awards in April; in the interim, she had begun to think the call had just been a hoax.

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Our Lady of Victory School principal Sheila Martinez visits classrooms daily and knows each student well. “I wish I hadn’t won them both in the same year,” Martinez said of the two honors. “It gets a little overwhelming to have so much recognition within one month.” But she views the awards as reflecting her “community, not really necessarily me,” she said. “You can only lead if others follow.” Martinez, who was born in England, grew up attending Catholic schools in a suburb of London. She always wanted to be a teacher, she said. She taught religion at a high school and psychology and coun-

seling at a university in England before marrying an American and joining him in the D.C. area in 1999. Before becoming principal of Our Lady of Victory in 2004, she was the vice principal of St. Andrew the Apostle School in Silver Spring, where she still lives. “I love being a principal,” Martinez said. “I like being the leader. I prefer to be the decision maker rather than the implementer.” Our Lady of Victory has also drawn national recognition recently: It won a Blue Ribbon award, given to the top 10 percent of

schools in the nation, in 2007. Parents say the praise is due largely to Martinez’s efforts. The principal has focused particularly on giving students opportunities to do community service, fostering the performing arts, improving facilities and integrating technology into classrooms. The school is newly equipped with SMART Boards, laptops and online textbooks. Martinez also introduced a curriculum in which teachers focus each lesson on a specific skill or piece of knowledge. Instead of See Principal/Page 19

Technician’s work at arboretum means braving sun, weeds and solitude This is the eighth in a series of articles about locals and their occupations. By AMANDA ABRAMS Current Correspondent

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ander through the U.S. National Arboretum with Michael Rayburn and it’s obvious: The place is so much more than just azaleas. Rayburn is one of the site’s custodians — technically known as Agricultural Science Research Technicians, or ASRTs — tasked with maintaining its collections year-round. He’s a pro-plant type who studied horticulture in college and loves nothing more than spending his days wordlessly tending to green organisms of all sizes. But he’s also a mountain boy who grew up roaming the hills of east Tennessee and talking to his grandparents about their land, which means he sees the arboretum’s plants in a slightly unusual light. Take the big clump of soft green weeds lying along one path. “Oh, that’s jewel-

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Michael Rayburn takes care of collections at the U.S. National Arboretum. weed,” he said, plucking one plant and crushing the stem. “It’s a traditional remedy for poison ivy; the juice relieves the itching.”

He pointed to another weedy-looking plant nearby and explained that it’s colloquially known as doll’s eye; its roots were used by Cherokee Indians to ease women’s menstrual cramps and birthing pains. But the plant is poisonous if you use too much. And then there’s the sourwood tree, native to the southeastern United States. Its oblong leaves taste acidic when chewed, and, according to Rayburn, the honey made from its blossoms is revered for its flavor. Rayburn is in charge of maintaining Fern Valley, the arboretum’s native plants collection. It’s one of the site’s least-showy sections: Compared to the Asian collection or those white, pink and fuchsia beauties whose potential demise recently drew a major outcry, the native area looks downright dull. It’s basically just a forest and a field, right? Wrong. And that’s why seeing the place through Rayburn’s eyes is so useful. The 7.5-acre section might look like mostly woods with a path running through it, but it actually represents several different ecosys-

tems, including the coastal plain, Piedmont, southern highlands, northern forest, eastern meadow and prairie. The zones melt into each other, so it’s hard to tell when one ends and another begins, but each contains a wide variety of plants common to its ecosystem. The coastal bigleaf magnolia with its fragrant white flowers, for instance, would never be found in the D.C. area otherwise; the same is true of the pawpaw tree, whose natural habitat is the southern highlands. The variety represented there highlights the arboretum’s main function: not to be pretty, per se, but to act as an archive for plants, particularly those that are rare, useful or valuable. “One of our big goals is to increase biodiversity here,” said Rayburn. He and his eight fellow ASRTs — as well as the eight curators, or horticulturists, who are in charge of the arboretum’s various sections — frequently go on collecting expeditions, seeking out new plants that the place might be lacking and bringing them back. See Arboretum/Page 19


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Spotlight on Schools Annunciation Catholic School On May 12, we had our biannual Afterschool Arts Showcase. First, we had an amazing performance from the School of Rock Club. The members performed four songs, including a song written and performed by two eighth-graders.

School DISPATCHES Then, the Step Club performed an exciting dance that incorporated rhythm and beats. Last, we had a comedic performance from the Drama Club. The play was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldilocks on Trialâ&#x20AC;? by Ed Monk. It was the story of Goldilocksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; court appearance for breaking and entering. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Danielle Allen, sixth-grader; Ingrid Fekete, seventh-grader; and Emma Thompson, eighth-grader

were studying for our nonfiction books. We learned about things such as gladiators, the Colosseum and the emperors. In third grade we have been reading a lot of books about Italy. For our Global Studies research, every day we worked on our topic, writing, editing, drawing, cutting and so on. We were preparing our books for a long time. Then we made projects such as a replica of Mount Vesuvius, the Colosseum, a Roman shield and an arch. We made them out of clay, cardboard and markers. Second grade studied Ireland and first grade studied France. Museum Night was on March 11, and we had great attendance. The evening was so much fun. We had exotic food, a fabulous museum tour and good music. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Constantine Tsibouris, third-grader

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In third grade, we had a great time at the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joust,â&#x20AC;? and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until we see Mr. MacIntyre and Ms. Brunsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play. Also, we studied Italy and students prepared for Museum Night. We

Last week was sports week at the British School of Washington. It is one of the most exciting weeks of the school year. It started on Tuesday for the upper school, but for me it began

on Wednesday at the Duke Ellington Field. I had entered the triple jump, discus, long jump and house captain tug of war. Triple jump was great â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was a hopskip-jump, and I went really far. Then I moved onto discus; I was a little scared in case I dropped it on my toe! Long jump was brilliant. I zoomed through the air and landed in the sandy pit. Finally was the tug of war. We pulled and pulled but unfortunately did not win. On Friday, we arrived at American University. The points were announced from all of the field days, and I discovered that Chesapeake House had won field day and was in the lead. My first event was the 400-meter race. I felt as if I would never stop. I put in a sprint at the end and finished third. After lots of other races involving the rest of the school, it was time for the relay. We went to our starting places. I was the third runner. I watched the baton be passed to No. 2, and then in a blink of an eye it was passed to me. I charged on, passed the baton to No. 4 and watched the end of the race. At the end of the event, I listened as Mr. Harding, the head teacher, announced the scores.

Shenandoah House was fourth. People cheered. Chesapeake House was third. More cheers. Then there was tension between the two remaining houses. Potomac House came in second and Patuxent House came in first. Screams and shouts of joy exploded around the field, and Patuxent House completed a victory lap. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win, because it was so much fun. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stella Raes, Year 5 York (fourth-grader and Junior Potomac House Captain)

Deal Middle School Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got talent! Forget â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idol.â&#x20AC;? Forget â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glee.â&#x20AC;? You should have come to Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arts Night last week. Lately, Deal students have been showing off. At Arts Night the band, choir and glee club performed. Also, Deal students have performed plays such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schoolhouse Rocks,â&#x20AC;? the seventhgrade musical. Last Wednesday, 26 sixthgraders from Team Manila traveled to the Singapore Embassy, their partner in the Embassy Adoption Program. This program allows an embassy in D.C. to partner with a school. Then they visit each other to learn and teach about the embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s country. Our final trip to the embassy included dances, speeches, a PowerPoint about Singapore and some amazing food! Sixth-graders also had the opportunity recently to travel to the State Department for a Model United Nations simulation. Each school sent about 30 students and represented five countries. The delegates for each country were sent to different rooms to debate current international issues. We learned that making decisions and drafting resolutions are not easy. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of physical action at Deal, including a softball championship. The girls softball team competed last week in the

city championship. The highlight of all the action was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moveâ&#x20AC;? flash mob, which took place a few weeks ago. Kids in gym/health classes and other interested students participated. First lady Michelle Obama gave the school a surprise visit. The kids learned a dance choreographed by BeyoncĂŠ. A team of reporters and 93.9 WKYS radio personality Angie Ange also came to Deal to cover the event. Later, newscasters on channels 4, 5 and 7 reported about the flash mob. Deal students enjoyed the excitement of that day! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samuel Brodsky, Emma Buzbee, Jacob Riegel and Krista Ross, sixth-graders

Duke Ellington School of the Arts On May 17, the Literary Media and Communications Department held another â&#x20AC;&#x153;R Street on H Streetâ&#x20AC;? performance at the H Street Playhouse. The event was hosted by 12th-grader Marcus Antonio Blanco and 10th-grader Isis Cooper and featured 11th-graders Sarah Phillips and Malik Hodge. There were performances by groups called The Dreamers and ING. Special guest and Duke Ellington alumna Alantra Lewis performed one of her pieces. Overall, the event was lively, entertaining and energetic. This R Street on H Street performance was sponsored by Sprinkles Cupcakes and Wiseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. This was an interesting week for our dancers at Duke Ellington as well. May 17 was the start of the Dance Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring concert. So far, they have had three matinee shows, and various middle and elementary schools have come to see the show. Famous company Philadanco director Joan Myers Brown came to watch the show on May 19. Among the featured acts were â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanctuary,â&#x20AC;? a solo performed by 12th-grade dance student Sherman Wood; â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Mike With Loveâ&#x20AC;?; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Corsaire,â&#x20AC;? choreographed by Marius Petipa and restaged by Sandra Fortune-Green, a longtime member of the Dance Department faculty. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bridget Dease, 10th-grader

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DISPATCHES From Page 14 just to see how you are doing; they encourage you to stretch yourself. Knowing they really care about not only my education, but also about me, has given me a love of learning, in particular a love of English. I wasn’t that thrilled about writing before I came to Burke. I liked reading, but writing wasn’t my favorite task. Now I look forward to writing essays and writing and reading poetry. Burke educates so that every possible subject is covered, from math to the arts. As Chicago journalist Sydney J. Harris said, “The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one’s mind a pleasant place in which to spend one’s leisure.” This is precisely what Burke has done. — Pippa Dobbyn, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School Having moved on from the Rube Goldberg projects, sixthgraders are learning in science about ecosystems. They have learned about the nitrogen and carbon cycles. Students are seeing how these cycles work by splitting into groups and creating their own ecosystems. Each “ecosystem” is a large container filled with water, fish, tadpoles, elodea and snails. Every day, sixth-graders test the water to see the amounts of ammonia, nitrate and nitrite. Students record the ecosystem information for each day on the computer and on paper. They also post on a blog stating general observations about things that they notice (such as the elodea losing its leaves) and then hypothesize as to why they think these things are happening (for example, the elodea is losing its leaves because of a lack of sunlight). All of the sixth-graders have

access to the blogs of other classes. It is interesting to see the differences and similarities. The sixthgrade science teacher, Michael Desautels, makes comments on each group’s blog. He often will remark on whether he thinks our assumptions are correct, and he will sometimes ask us to include more detail or ask questions about certain things. The blog definitely serves as a helpful learning tool. — Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

when we first got there,” said Ned. “When the man ate some paper and a lot of paper came down,” Alexandre said. “Playing music on a violin and some shakers and watching the show,” Banyan said. “I liked when the man who was playing the drum lost his drumsticks. And the man who was playing the fiddle played it real fast,”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 Jordan said. “Pretty much the music and the big violin and the little violin,” Elizabeth said. “I liked when they played the violin and the song they played,” Margaret said. “Making the music. The music they played in the amphitheater when we were pretending to make a heartbeat,” Willa said.

Hyde-Addison Elementary The two pre-k classes went to “Got Rhythm?” at the Kennedy Center. What was the best part or most memorable moment about our trip to the Kennedy Center? “I loved to do the instruments. I like to play the trumpet. And I liked the sound they were playing on the instruments. I liked the colors, too!” said Dalton. “Playing the violin on the floor

“When I got to play the music on the drum, violin and maracas,” Renee said. “Watching that long show,” Sage said. “Playing the tambourine, the violin, and the little frog with the bumps on its back that had a little stick to rub it,” Sanaa said. “Listening to the songs and trySee Dispatches/Page 28

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Holy Trinity School Fourth-graders have been writing poetry and putting their work on display boards to show parents, teachers and other students. We have worked on this for two weeks. “It has been a great experience for all of us,” said fourth-grader Luke Egge. Our teachers Mrs. Skonberg, Mrs. Gannon and Mrs. Comer have pushed us to write the best poetry we can. We tried to put all of our poems on our display boards but they would not fit because we had written too many! “Some of us started to panic, but we all finished in time,” said fourth-grader Matt Yan. On May 19, we had a Poetry Fest where people could come in and write comments about our poetry. — Charlie Furlong and William Tober, fourth-graders

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park and include other community benefits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do like that you guys are adding something, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of the deadlock weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having at the other project,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to Square 55. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a precedent I would like to encourage as much as possible.â&#x20AC;? University attorney David Avitabile reiter-

ated the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view that it is not obligated to add amenities beyond those in the 2007 plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to instill any false hope that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve changed our legal position,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do think that when the university sees an opportunity to enhance the community â&#x20AC;Ś theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to take that opportunity.â&#x20AC;?

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budget numbers from the central administration. According to the website, that number may increase over the next few weeks as some schools are slated for reconstitution, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excessing is necessary when schools make changes to their programs, when budgets decline, or when schools are closed, restructured, or reconstituted,â&#x20AC;? the website says. But, officials underscored, excessing refers to the elimination of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position, not his or her employment. And staff members who have been excessed are able to apply for other jobs within the school system. The school system is posting available jobs on its website and held a transfer fair May 11. Still, some parents said the cuts will deeply impact the programs at their schools. Terry Lynch, vice president of the School Without Walls Home and School Association, said a $320,000 proposed budget cut and 10 percent

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Plates were cleaned, and many students of the Georgetown school went back for seconds. A chaperone for Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s field trip was not surprised about the enthusiasm for plates of salad. Kelly Callahan, a Hyde-Addison parent, science teacher and caretaker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with student workers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vegetable garden, has seen events far stranger. Kids munching on chives, mint and mizuna on the school playground is not unheard of, she said, and the small servings of salad that students prepare using greens theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve picked themselves are always big hits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They come back for four and five servings,â&#x20AC;? she said. Dr. Evan Nadler, a HydeAddison parent and co-director of the Obesity Institute at Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center, arranged Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class after meeting Diotaiuti, who is as enthusiastic about health as he is about cooking. Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class was also an important rehabilitation of Italian food for students who likely consider pizza and heavy pastas to be typical of that cuisine, Nadler added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luigi is about the root of Italian food, which is really the healthy

enrollment increase has led to the excessing of a handful of staff members, including one counselor and â&#x20AC;&#x153;at least threeâ&#x20AC;? teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The impact of cuts means that there [wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t] be a public high school that offers the level of education available at private schools,â&#x20AC;? Lynch said of the award-winning magnet. But Washington Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union president Nathan Saunders said he worries about discrimination in the excessing process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It appears that some members are being retaliated against by certain administrators for being vocal, or being union activists, veteran teachers, women, or on the higher end of the salary range,â&#x20AC;? he said. He said many of the excessed teachers fit several of those categories at once, such as female, veteran teachers at the higher end of the salary range. Saunders said he also doubts that budget constraints forced the cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DCPS budget has been used to arrive at conclusions that the DCPS people want it to arrive at.â&#x20AC;? He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scrutinizing each case individually and will consider pursuing legal action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find anyone in this town who says I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take them to court.â&#x20AC;? Mediterranean diet,â&#x20AC;? he said. Italian is just the latest conquest for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooking club, said club organizer and Hyde-Addison teacher Leah Stein. Since the formation of the group, students have tackled Mexican, Indian and Asian cuisines. That works for third-grader Fiona Madrid, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already mastered some all-American classics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At home, I cook beef stroganoff and apple pie,â&#x20AC;? she said. Like Diotaiuti, she accepts a sous chef in the kitchen: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad gets stuff together, but I cook it,â&#x20AC;? she added. Kids also learn in the club that cooking isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only about eating, Stein said. Students prep foods, clean up and plan for future meals. But Tuesday, at least, Al Tiramisuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff saw to the washing up, leaving students to do the fun stuff: toss gnocchi in a light red sauce and a bit of olive oil for what Diotaiuti called â&#x20AC;&#x153;that beautiful glossâ&#x20AC;? on top. And when the still-aproned cooks sat around a long table to eat their long-awaited main course, they were clear on who had been in charge in the Al Tiramisu kitchen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mmmm, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicious,â&#x20AC;? said Diotaiuti, diving into the gnocchi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who made it?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did!â&#x20AC;? came the immediate chorus.


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ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY But for home buyers who want a twist on the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional aesthetic, a new-to-the-market Spanish Colonial brings warm, missionlook architecture to a classic layout. Sunny stucco and a green tile roof create a bright backdrop for pops of white trim on the two-story home, and the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affinity for color continues inside. A red dining room is a standard, but this roomy space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which gets loads of light from several windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seems particularly suited to a spicy version of that hue. On the other side of the wide center hall, a duck-egg blue with gray undertones cools down the living room, a spot grounded by a wood-burning fireplace. Two doors open from here into a sunroom, creating a circular flow thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideal for entertaining. Moldings in this 1927 home are predictably substantial, but Realtor Elizabeth Russell pointed out the

additions that owners have made to the woodwork here. Custom bookcases in the living room offer open and closed spots to house books and more, since the built-ins are wired for sound. At the end of the ground floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center hall waits more bespoke storage in the form of a butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry. And radiator covers have been added throughout the home to add a distinctive note â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a useful surface for books, plants and more. The kitchen continues this propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s color story: Sunny â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though not too bright â&#x20AC;&#x201D; yellow walls show off a paint treatment that echoes the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior. White cabinetry and black granite countertops round out a classic color combo, and a serious Thermador range and hood show that this kitchen is about more than looks. A roomy eat-in bay in the kitchen is part of an addition to the home that also includes a powder room on this level. The build-out also saw the addition of a mudroom, which will be useful for the gardeners who are likely to be drawn to this home. A professionally landscaped rear yard includes a slate patio, lawn and mature perennials. On the second level, past a

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 11 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U St., for termination of its voluntary agreement with L. Owen Taggart and Preston Reed Jr. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, 1516 Connecticut Ave., for a new restaurant-class, beer-and-wine license for 40 seats. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to support an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Ping Pong Dim Sum, 1 Dupont Circle, for a new restaurant-class liquor license. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Current Sushi Restaurant, 1215 Connecticut Ave.,

to amend its 2007 voluntary agreement to allow louder music in its summer garden. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0, with Mike Silverstein not participating, to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by the Guitar Bar, 1216 18th St., for a new tavernclass license with a permitted occupancy of up to 330. Commissioners said they hope to reach a voluntary agreement with the establishment. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support a request by Mundo Verde Public Charter School to operate at 2001 S St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Jack Jacobson abstaining and Mike Silverstein not participating, to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by The Post Office, 1407 T St., for a restaurantclass liquor license. Commissioners said they hope to negotiate a voluntary agreement with the establishment. â&#x2013;  voted 6-0, with commissioner Mike Silverstein not participating, to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Penthouse Bar for a tavern-class liquor license at 1612 U St. with a permitted occupancy of 299. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protest is pending negotiation of a voluntary agreement. Owner David von Storch and representative Andrew Kline said the establishment would be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pool clubâ&#x20AC;? associated with the Vida Fitness health club planned for the U Street building. It would be open to Vida members, not the general public, von Storch said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to support a public-space application by Sweet Spot for a sidewalk cafe at 1140 19th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support an application by Dirty Martini Bar for a 20-seat sidewalk cafe at 1223 Connecticut Ave., as long as it closes by midnight. The establishment had sought permission to operate until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Commissioners had expressed concern about the later hours because they would violate the standards established for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club Centralâ&#x20AC;? area, which call for no additional outside seats after midnight. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-1, with Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor opposing and Victor Wexler abstaining, not to object to a public-space application by Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster Bar for a 20-seat sidewalk cafe at 1622 Q St., as long as the establishment outlines in a letter the measures it will take to protect the adjacent homeowner from undue noise. The application is the last step of an expansion plan that has already won approval from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Owner and chef Jamie Leeds said she is willing to install a fence or wall as part of noise-mitigation measures necessary to comply with the alcohol boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s order in the hotly contested case. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor objected to the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;prolonged discussionâ&#x20AC;? of

the public-space permit, given that the issues had been addressed previously. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My objection was due to the letter and not the application,â&#x20AC;? he said after the vote. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Mike Feldstein and Jack Jacobson abstaining, not to object to a publicspace application by Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave., for a 36-seat sidewalk cafe on the condition that the applicant move two existing dogwood trees, if it is feasible to do so, or else replace them with another species more appropriate for a sidewalk cafe. Non-attorney representative Andrew Kline noted that the issue of the sidewalk cafe had been addressed in a voluntary agreement negotiated with the commission and approved by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. He said the establishment has been exploring where the trees could be relocated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aware that that is a concern,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to try to address it.â&#x20AC;? Tom McMahon, a resident of the Palladium Condominium on 18th Street, objected to the treesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; removal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These were gorgeous trees when they were in blossom a few weeks ago,â&#x20AC;? he said. McMahon also complained that someone had recently cut two feet off the branches of the trees, adding that he holds the establishment responsible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think these people can be trusted,â&#x20AC;? he said. Kline dismissed the comments as speculation not based on evidence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is a thinly disguised attempt to interfere with the agreement that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already reached with the commission,â&#x20AC;? he said. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 8 in the Brookings Institution building, 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. June 1 at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D2D ANC Sheridan-Kalorama â&#x2013;  SHERIDAN-KALORAMA The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 20 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact davidanc2d01@aol.com or visit anc2d.org. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  LOGAN CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 1 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.


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Northwest Real Estate PRINCIPAL From Page 13 having general goals over the course of the year, â&#x20AC;&#x153;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re constantly checking for mastery,â&#x20AC;? she said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more fun for the kids, too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more games, more group work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it meets studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs more precisely, she said. Martinezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite parts of her job are the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; arrival in the morning and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the sound of recess,â&#x20AC;? which consists mostly of screaming â&#x20AC;&#x201D; happy screaming, she emphasized. She often goes to watch recess, where

ARBORETUM From Page 13 But, as Rayburn put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We aspire to the natural look.â&#x20AC;? That means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessarily obvious to visitors that the landscape is closely managed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have kids whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go running into the woods because it looks so natural,â&#x20AC;? explained Rayburn. In part, arboretum officials chose the â&#x20AC;&#x153;natural lookâ&#x20AC;? as a specific aesthetic, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the result of a small staff who can only do so much in the course of an eight-hour day, even though they work throughout the winter. Rayburn said he spends 60 to 70 percent of his time weeding, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still not enough. So his main objective is to get rid of non-native invasives, plants like Asian elms, English ivy and Japanese honeysuckle that have no place in a wholly American garden. During the rest of his time, Rayburn maintains the collection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; taking down dead trees, pruning

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or putting in new plants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and helps his co-workers on large projects that might include setting up irrigation systems or building stone walls. He also leads five-mile moonlight hikes during the full moon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good job,â&#x20AC;? said Rayburn, a Hyattsville resident who worked for a tree-care company before coming here two years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horticulture doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay much, but if you love it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rewarding.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not ideal for everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a joke that people always say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It must be nice to be outside all the time,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but on those days when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot or humid, or freezing cold or rainy, we miss it,â&#x20AC;? explained Rayburn, adding that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never actually held an indoor job. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also tough on the body. Rayburn and his colleagues drive little two-seater Cushman trucks around the grounds, but most of the work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a lot of the hauling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has to be done by hand, which means shoulders, knees and

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lower backs tend to take a beating. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the whole being alone thing. The secluded arboretum gets about 500,000 visitors a year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; compared to the National Mallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so visitors are few and far between. But Rayburn said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind, even though he might spend a whole day in silence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I like it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of us are extroverts, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need constant human connection.â&#x20AC;? Plus, there are tons of nonhuman visitors: deer, fox, possums, goldfinches, woodpeckers, and lots of butterflies and frogs. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re native to the area: Despite Rayburn and his colleaguesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best efforts to transform sections of the arboretum into completely different ecosystems, it is, ultimately, part of the southeastern region, with its corresponding acidic soil and high humidity. Just like Rayburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong Appalachian accent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which begins to slip out over time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reminder that oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural state can never be fully repressed.

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ture youth ensembles performing original plays. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. The festival will continue with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Thursday, May 26 Thursday MAY 26 Concert â&#x2013;  Strathmore artists-in-residence Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin, members of the singing duo The Sweater Set, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert Lawrence, director of the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking the Talk: Why Seek LEED Certification for the Center for a Livable Future?â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Picture: Lawrence as Storyteller,â&#x20AC;? about Jacob Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of patterns and bold colors to tell the story of the great 20th-century exodus of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Artist GyĂśngy Laky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose grids, vessels and language sculptures explore form, arrangement, dimensionality, material, texture and pattern â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss her concepts and methods. 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Irene Levin Berman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We Are Going to Pick Potatoesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $28; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  Artist, author and photographer Harry Gamboa Jr. will discuss his conceptual works and their relationship to urban Chicano culture. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films

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â&#x2013;  The Palisades Neighborhood Library will show Stanley Kramerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inherit the Wind,â&#x20AC;? starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  Asia Society Washington will present Daniel Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;A

State of Mind,â&#x20AC;? about life in North Korea. A discussion will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. $20; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013;  The International Spy Museum will present Thomas Cappelen Mallingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norwegian Ninja,â&#x20AC;? followed by a talk by the director. 6:30 p.m. $20. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. Performance â&#x2013;  Gene Markowski, an artist and poet, and Sharon Shafer, a singer and composer, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Artist Speaks: Creative Conduit,â&#x20AC;? featuring poetry, drawings, songs and conversation. 4 p.m. Free. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. studiogallerydc.com. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Chicago Sky in a preseason matchup. 11:30 a.m. $5 to $75. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

formance by interdisciplinary artist Chajana denHarder. 2 p.m. Free. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  The Inkwell will present a developmental reading of Rebecca Bossenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Straggler,â&#x20AC;? about a love that blossoms quickly and ends in tragedy. 8 p.m. Free. Classroom, Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. reservations@inkwelltheatre.org.

Friday, MAY 27 â&#x2013;  Concert: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Origem performing Brazilian jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

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Tour â&#x2013;  Rosarian and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Sharon Hanes will lead a tour of the Margaret Hagedorn Rose Garden. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116.

Friday, May 27 Friday MAY 27 Concerts â&#x2013;  Henk de Vries of the Netherlands will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Strauss and Brahms. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present soprano Rosa Lamoreaux (shown), clarinetist Richard Spece and pianist Elizabeth Hill performing works by DvorĂĄk, Spohr, Cooke, Mozart and JanĂĄcek. 7:30 p.m. $75. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. 202-625-2361. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Carol Christensen will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gauguin: Mythmaking Through Painting Technique.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. East Building Information Desk, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will discuss Auguste Rodinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1909 bust of Gustav Mahler. 1 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Downtown Players will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond the Blues: A Performance Piece on the Issue of Gay Bullying,â&#x20AC;? featuring song, dance, poetry and special readings. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. dcsownentertainmentgroup.com. The performance will repeat June 3 at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House will present an open-mike night with special guest Chris Bargmann. 7 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House,

Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the San Diego Padres. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, May 28 Saturday MAY 28 Concerts â&#x2013;  The rock band Fourmanchu will perform. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation will present the final round of its Washington International Competition for Piano. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  The Brooklyn-based Beach Fossils will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Dr. Sheila Overton, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Too Late: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Pregnancy and STD Prevention,â&#x20AC;? will discuss teen sexual health. 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Matthew Algeo will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening of award winners from the International Festival of Films on Art will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twice Upon a Garden,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expansive Groundsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances â&#x2013;  The D.C. Commission on Arts and the Humanities will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Body,â&#x20AC;? a new per-

Special events â&#x2013;  The Memorial Day Weekend Battleground National Cemetery Rededication and Open House will feature the reopening of the historic Lodge House, a remembrance of the 41 Union soldiers buried at the cemetery and a ranger presentation about the Battle of Fort Stevens. Open house from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; program at 3 p.m. Free. Battleground National Cemetery, 6625 Georgia Ave. NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Microfiction,â&#x20AC;? featuring readings of five short stories (in English) at sites throughout the Anacostia neighborhood. 2 p.m. Free. Meet at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and V Street SE. francedc.org. The event will continue with readings (in French) in the U Street Corridor on Sunday starting at 5 p.m.; meet at the African American Civil War Memorial, 1200 U St. NW. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 9 and older on a two-mile â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Creek Park Wildlife Awards Hike.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A Textile Museum docent will lead a tour of the current exhibitions. 1:30 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202667-0441, ext. 64. The tour will repeat Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Workshop â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will host a workshop on how to draw manga, create costumes, edit video and more (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. dcanimeclub.org. Sunday, May MAY 29 29 Sunday Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2011 will feature the Memorial Day Festival Chorus and the U.S. Army Orchestra performing American music by John Williams, Robert Russell Bennet, Mack Wilberg, Howard Hanson and others. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 800-395-2036. â&#x2013;  Clarinetist Elena Maria Liberatore and pianist Mary-Victoria Voutsas will perform works by Mozart, Weber, Stravinsky, Bach, Liszt and Kabalevsky as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music With the Angelsâ&#x20AC;? concert series. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. ChurchoftheHolyCityDC.org. â&#x2013;  Mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Rodney Long of Philadelphia will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The D.C.-based band Medications will See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Memorial Day Concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra and performers Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Kris Allen, B.B. King, Daniel Rodriguez and Yolanda Adams, among others. 8 p.m. Free. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. 202-467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening of award winners from the International Festival of Films on Art will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Rijksmuseum.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Season of Rohmer,â&#x20AC;? featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;AstrĂŠe and Celadon.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? will feature Aaron Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful Losers,â&#x20AC;? about a loose-knit group of outsiders who found common ground at a little New York City storefront gallery. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Tour â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defenders of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to walk the earthworks of Fort Stevens and experience the lives of the men who defended the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital in 1864. 2 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6070.

Monday, May 30 Monday MAY 30 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Revivalists, a New Orleansbased indie rock band, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Musicians Brendan Perry and Robin Guthrie will perform atmospheric rock. 8 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Film The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening of award winners from the International Festival of Films on Art will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boris Vian, the Jazz Life,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Archipels Nitrateâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphonie MontrĂŠal.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

â&#x2013;  The National Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the American Veterans Center, will feature veterans, active-duty military personnel, marching bands, floats, flags and special guests Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise and Pat Sajak. 2 p.m. Free. Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street NW. 703-302-1012, ext. 227.

â&#x2013;  As part of the DC Jazz Festival, the Berklee World Jazz Octet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Sousa, Barnes and Listzt. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011.

Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 1:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present Temple Sinai rabbi emeritus Fred Reiner discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shapira Affair: A 19th-Century Dead Sea Scroll Scandal.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Marc Leepson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership From the Idealist General.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Washington Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Provocations of the Body: The Art of Egon Schiele.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Michael J. Pfeifer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roots of Rough Justice: Origins of American Lynching.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  David Gray, director of New America

Tuesday, May 31 Tuesday MAY 31 Concerts â&#x2013;  Upbeat Unlimited, an ensemble of 10to 14-year-old singers and dancers at Rockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Musical Theater Center, and Singular Sensations, a pre-professional group of high school students at the same center, will perform Broadway song-anddance numbers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Musician Alexander Ebert will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present pianists Samuel Oram and Shou Ping Liu playing and discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Artist Peter Waddell will discuss the paintings in the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Artist Visits the White House Past.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-8292. The talk will repeat weekly through July 26. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Preservation League will present a talk by Dumbarton House museum curator S. Scott Scholz about how the staff goes about interpreting the lives of its early residents. 6 to 8 p.m. $25; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dcpreservation.org. â&#x2013;  Tayari Jones will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Sparrow,â&#x20AC;? about the two families of a bigamist. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Wednesday, JUNE 1 â&#x2013;  Discussion: The Hay-Adams Author Series will host a three-course luncheon with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, who will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $85. Top of the Hay, Hay-Adams Hotel, 16th and H streets NW. hayadams.com.

Andrew Smith. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a concert by the D.C.-based reggae band Jah Works. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. goldentriangle.com.

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The second in a series of screenings based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;AFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 Years â&#x20AC;Ś 100 Moviesâ&#x20AC;? list will feature No. 94 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Quentin Tarantinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pulp Fiction.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will screen Jackie Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1984 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night Patrol.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-462-3356. â&#x2013; 



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Special events â&#x2013;  CafĂŠ Saint-Ex will host its third annual Memorial Day Chili Cook-Off, featuring live music, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and chili tastings. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Garrison Elementary School. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. T Street between 14th and 15th streets NW. saint-ex.com. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service, the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., and the Logan Circle Community Association will hold a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of John A. Logan, the founder of Memorial Day. 12:30 p.m. Free. Logan Circle, P Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. 202673-2402.

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Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workforce and Family Program, and Ann-Zofie Duvander, associate professor of sociology and demography at Stockholm University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parenting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Putting the Pieces Together,â&#x20AC;? about family roles in the United States and Sweden. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se. â&#x2013;  Juan E. Mendez, U.N. special rapporteur on torture, and other panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Accountability Today â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Preventing Torture Tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-547-1920. â&#x2013;  Linda Stout will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Justin Cronin will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Passage.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian horticulturist Janet Draper will discuss the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, a serpentine series of raised beds, intimate seating areas and antique planters. 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

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On STAGE ing two programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of Danceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; May 31 through June 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of Danceâ&#x20AC;? features ballet highlights from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giselle,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sleeping Beauty,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swan Lake,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;CoppĂŠlia,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gottschalk Symphony.â&#x20AC;? The other program features the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idiosyncratic, passionate version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quixote.â&#x20AC;? Performance times for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of Danceâ&#x20AC;? are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; performance times for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;? are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $99. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. â&#x2013;  Washington National Opera will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Pasqualeâ&#x20AC;? May

The Kennedy Center will host Ballet Nacional de Cuba May 31 through June 5. 27 and â&#x20AC;&#x153;IphigĂŠnie en Taurideâ&#x20AC;? May 28 at the Kennedy Center. Performance times for â&#x20AC;&#x153;IphigĂŠnie en Taurideâ&#x20AC;? are Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.; performance times for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Pasqualeâ&#x20AC;? are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $300. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. â&#x2013;  Folger Theatre has extended Edmond Rostandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyranoâ&#x20AC;? through June 12. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $60. Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202544-7077; folger.edu.

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analetto captured the glories of Venetian architecture, canals and abundant festivals in light-filled spacious paintings he sold primarily to English tourists. It is little wonder that more of his so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;view paintingsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known as vedute â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wound up in English collections than in those of any other country. Little wonder, also, that an English scholar and art dealer would have curated an exhibition about such paintings titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals,â&#x20AC;? which ran at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Gallery before coming to our own National Gallery of Art, where it will close Sunday. Curator Charles Beddington, speaking at the Washington opening, said the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;brings together one of the finest groups of 18th-century Venetian view paintings ever assembled,â&#x20AC;? including 21 vedute by Canaletto and 34 by his most-important rivals. Among the finest of these exquisitely detailed paintings is Canalettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Looking West, With Santa Maria della Saluteâ&#x20AC;? (about 1729). This magnificent view of Veniceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main thoroughfare, crowd-

Canalettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Looking West, With Santa Maria della Salute,â&#x20AC;? about 1729, oil on canvas ed with gondolas where it funnels in from the Bacino di San Marco, exemplifies what might be called Canalettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;touristâ&#x20AC;? style. It features a must-see landmark, the double-domed Santa Maria della Salute, Veniceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preeminent Baroque church. It presents a pleasingly tranquil sunlit scene filled with colorful detail. And it shows realistic people captured spontaneously amid their daily activities, as though in a snapshot. The era of the vedute ended when Napoleonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forces stormed across Europe at the close of the 18th century, capturing the millen-

nium-old Venetian Republic and halting the tourism that had sustained the view painters for 100 years. But their legacy continued in England, inspiring a flourishing landscape movement the following century led by artists like John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Venice: Canaletto and His Rivalsâ&#x20AC;? will close Sunday in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215; nga.gov.

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On EXHIBIT Geographic Museum. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 21. Located at 1145 17th St. NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and military personnel; $4 for ages 5 through 12; and free for ages 4 and younger. 202857-7588. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Color to Form,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Virginia artists David Carlson and Suzanna Fields, will open today at the Heurich Gallery and continue through Sept. 7. Sidney Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is An opening reception and artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk will take on display at Geoffrey place today from 5:30 to Diner Gallery. 7 p.m. Located at 505 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-223-1626. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Life in Color,â&#x20AC;? featuring paintings by 95-year-old Alexandria musician-turned-painter Sidney Foster, will open tomorrow with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at

This photograph of Robert Scott in his quarters is part of a National Geographic Museum exhibit. Geoffrey Diner Gallery and continue through June 25. The artist will give a talk June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 1730 21st St. NW, the gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-4835005. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NASA Art: 50 Years of Exploration,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting 72 artworks commissioned by NASA to document the U.S. space program over the last 50 years, will open Saturday at the National Air and Space Museum and continue through Oct. 9. Located at 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Genes: Mapping the Plant World,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit that illustrates how genetic mapping is bringing new insights to plant taxonomy, will open Saturday at the U.S. Botanic Garden and continue through Oct. 10. Located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, the Botanic Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-2258333.


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Key Elementary Today the fifth-grade classes are going on a field trip to Rock Creek Park. In science we are studying invasive species. These are species that invade natural environments. They are not native to those environments, so they are harmful to the natural habitat. We are going to remove invasive species in Rock Creek Park today. We will pull them off the ground and from around trees. These invasive species are ruining the park and the environment. Miss Johnson, our science teacher, is leading the trip. — Georgia Woscoboinik and Joey Massaro, fifth-graders

Kingsbury Day School Hydraulic fracturing, or hydraulic fracking, is a controversial issue. What is hydraulic fracking? According to sourcewatch.org, it is a drilling process used to obtain natural gas. This practice of drilling for gas is occurring in the United States because the demand for energy has risen and foreign oil is expensive. During this fracking process, water and chemicals are injected into rock at high pressures to break the rock and release the gas below. Once the fracking is complete, the drinkable water used during the process is released back into the water source. While hydraulic fracking provides money for landowners, creates new jobs and encourages economic growth, it may also lead to negative health and environmental effects. This is the material we are learning in our 12th-grade environmental science class. Our school is

creating a group presentation on this subject to inform residents in the D.C. area and our neighboring states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We have a partnership with React to Film, a nonprofit that uses documentary films to engage. Drinking water contaminated with chemicals from hydraulic fracking can lead to negative health effects, including kidney and liver damage, irritation of lung tissue, a decrease in blood pressure, dizziness and vomiting. Fracking can also have an effect on the environment such as air pollution and decreased water levels. The chemicals can also impact animals. — Aiman Iapalucci, 12th-grader

Lowell School The first-ever sixth-grade trip to New York occurred on May 11 through 13. The first place we went was the historic Apollo Theater. We learned all about the Apollo, and then got an amazing opportunity: to perform on the Apollo stage. The majority of the sixth-graders took this opportunity and showed off pieces from our musical, “Amrita’s Tree.” After a relaxing tour of Central Park and a pizza dinner on the patio behind the hostel, we headed out to Amateur Night at the Apollo. We got there as the DJ was playing music and the audience was dancing. After the fun start came the real Amateur Night, where people were encouraged to boo if they did not like an act. The next morning everyone awoke excited for the day. We started off at the Tenement Museum, where we learned about the lives of immigrants. Next we headed to the famous Katz’s Deli for some delicious New York favorites. After we were all full, we proceeded to the High Line for some down time at this unusual park on an old railroad track. We then headed to the United Nations for a tour and then to a Chinese restaurant and the MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) in Chinatown. Later we walked to Little Italy for some gelato. When we woke up, we left for Liberty Island and Ellis Island, where we did a scavenger hunt. — Zoe Ades, sixth-grader

through their Greek mythology play. Every year, the fourth grade creates a play with music at the end of the year. This year, the musical is based on Homer’s “Iliad,” the story of Greek and Trojan heroes fighting in the Trojan War. Audiences will take a journey back to 1500 B.C. and, guided by Homer, will witness the epic 10year battle over a woman. You will meet heroes such as Odysseus, Hector and Achilles, powerful kings such as Menelaus and Agamemnon, and of course the cowardly Paris and the beautiful (yet unfaithful) Helen of Troy. Obviously, no myth would be complete without the 12 Olympians and their egos, clashes and attitudes toward mortals. For the past few weeks, all 36 students have worked diligently to create, memorize and practice the full production. As part of the preparation, the fourth-graders made a life-size sculpture of Odysseus in art class out of framing, plaster and paint. “It has been a pleasure working with my peers as a final adventure before middle school,” said Niara Mondie-Sapp, who plays one of the characters. — Mr. Nisbet’s fourth-graders

National Presbyterian The sixth-graders took a trip to Ingleside at Rock Creek, a retirement home in D.C. The students got there with chaperones and their cars. Each student interviewed a resident of the retirement home. Sixth-grader Bonnie McKelvie said they asked questions like, “Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?” The residents talked about their feelings when some historical events happened. Students also asked the residents if they knew anyone who fought in former wars and which schools they went to during their childhood. The sixth-graders took turns going. First was Mr. Green’s group, then Mrs. Lewin’s group. After interviewing the residents, the students wrote biographies about the people. The sixth-grade class has been doing this project for about 10 years! — Sofia Fretes, fifth-grader

Mann Elementary We have an amazing festival every year just before summer. It’s called the Summer Bash. We have activities such as obstacle courses, moon bounce, teacher dunking, wax hand making and much, much more! This event is open to all. However, you do have to pay for admission. Our school musical, “Benjamin Franklin: An American Icon,” was a success! It was sold out soon after tickets went on sale. — Catherina Bley and C. Nyusha Lin, fifth-graders

Maret School Calling all mythology lovers! The fourth-graders are bringing out their inner actors and actresses

Parkmont School In my reading group, we recently read a Washington Post article titled “Mothers of young black men try to protect sons from becoming statistics.” I enjoyed reading this article. I am not saying that I was smiling when I read it; I simply mean that it caught my attention, and I was into it from the start. It feels good to know that there are other African-American mothers out there, like my mother, who care about their child. One story that I really enjoyed reading was the story of a grandmother, Lia Gillus, who lost her son to violence and was raising her 14-year-old grandson. Because she See Dispatches/Page 30


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From Page 28 does not want to lose him to violence, she is very protective of him, driving him everywhere, not letting him ride Metro and trying not to leave him home alone. One thing I do not necessarily agree with, though, is the fact that Ms. Gillus will not let her grandson do anything. I see where she is coming from when she does that — it’s because she does not want to lose her grandson like she lost her son. However, I feel she needs to let her grandson live his own life. He has to take advantage of all the opportunities given to him and shouldn’t be stuck in the house all day. I know I would be mad if that was my life because I would feel like I was missing out on a lot. Nevertheless, I sincerely understand where all the mothers and grandmothers mentioned in the article are coming from. — Desmond Douglas, 12th-grader

St. Albans School Each year, St. Albans School takes a day off from academics to celebrate spring with a field day competition. The lower school is divided evenly into a blue team and a white team. All family members who have attended St. Albans throughout the generations are placed on the same team. The day combines traditional track and field events such as the long jump and hurdles with competitive games such as the tug of war and sack races. Even parents get involved by joining their sons for a three-legged race, which often leaves a trail of fallen competitors. This tradition allows students from all grades to unite as one team. While people are fiercely competitive, the day is primarily about camaraderie, which is celebrated with a group picnic in the amphitheater at the conclusion. This year’s event marked the 101st annual field day. The blue team won, although the white team leads in the overall series, 66-45. In addition to being a fun event, Field Day helps reinforce our feeling of connection to the century-old community. — Jack Irion, Form II (eighth-grader)

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On May 11, we took a field trip to the Bowie Baysox game. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade went on the trip to Bowie, Md. We went to the game because it was Education in Baseball Day at the stadium, but we also went to have fun. My favorite part was the home run! I did a lot of things at the game. I went to the arcade. I went to the store and bought a large tub of popcorn. I ate blueberry ice cream and watched the game. Everyone had a great time at the baseball game! — Ephraim Michael, fourth-grader

St. John’s College High School We have less than a week of school left. Final exams will take place May 23 through 26. Prom will be held May 27. On May 14, the St. John’s varsity baseball team won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference by defeating DeMatha 10-3 at the University of Maryland’s Shipley Field. This was a great cause for celebration at St. John’s. The principal was so impressed and happy with the team’s success that the whole school was given the day off on Friday. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

School Without Walls This past week was very kind to School Without Walls’ teams. The girls softball team won the semifinals May 17 against rival Wilson. The team went on to win, 17-14, against Anacostia on Thursday at Watkins Field. With that last win, School Without Walls is the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association softball champion. The boys baseball team is moving up, too. It also grabbed a win last week, against H.D. Woodson in the baseball quarterfinals. Lacrosse did just as well. The girls and boys teams played backto-back games last Thursday against Wilson. The girls won 8-0. The boys won in a shutout as well. Wilson used to be the only D.C. public school with lacrosse teams, playing against private schools. Now, in our first year competing, Walls beat Wilson decisively. Needless to say, School Without Walls was very proud, and not very quiet about it. Last Wednesday was also a big day for academic reasons. Seniors presented their senior projects, which are required to graduate. Generally, a panel with at least one teacher and at least one outside expert judges the PowerPoint presentations. Juniors attended to prepare themselves for next year. The lower classes got to go to the Newseum in the afternoon, for free, during the presentations. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary During spring break, parents and staff members volunteered to construct our new salad bar. My sister and I also helped put it together. On May 9, second- and fourthgraders were the first to taste the salad. They seemed to enjoy the lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded cheese and peaches at lunch. Fellow Mustangs, I encourage you to try yummy salad from our new salad bar. Please make sure you take only what you will eat to avoid waste. Bon appétit! — Sophia-Rose Herisse, third-grader

Sheridan School On May 16 and 17, the firstgraders went to Sheridan’s Mountain Campus, a camp located in Luray, Va., in the Shenandoah Mountains. We slept in tents with other students (tent buddies) and ate in the dining hall. Science there was really fun. We went on a hike in the woods to look for critters and insects. We found really cool things under rocks, logs and leaves like salamanders, caterpillars and moths. We also did an “unnatural hike.” We looked for objects that don’t belong in the woods, like a stuffed monkey or a toy truck. It rained hard and fast both days at Mountain Campus. It was fun playing in the rain and was loud on our tents. We had a campfire to keep us warm during the rain. We made s’mores and sang! The staff members at Mountain Campus are really nice. Their names are Morgan, Sandy, Heather, Jon, Maddy, Spencer and Steve. They taught us cool things! Some of the staff members have friendly, playful dogs. One of the best parts of our trip was spending time with our parents. We paired up with our parents to do all of the activities. We had a lot of fun working with them. It was a great trip! — First-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School This past week Washington Latin held its second annual Science Night. We had a great turnout of more than 100 people. The high school students and teachers held a wonderful barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, brownies, carrots and more. For $5, you received a whole meal. Inside, the classrooms were set up as different stations — rockets, polymers, DNA, et cetera — all led by students. There were hands-on activities that engaged science lovers of all ages. On the second floor, sixth-grade science teacher Ms. Dobler was showcasing dry ice, which many people bravely gave a quick touch. Another room had multiple tests you could conduct on your senses. These included a feeling test and a reflex test. Additionally, you could trick your brain with a couple of optical illusions. Downstairs, a polymers room showed different types of “gak,” including mixtures of cornstarch and water as well as glue and borax. The night finished with an awards presentation. These awards went to winners of contests and several “guess the number of … ” games. These winners were awarded either candy or a science book. A raffle drawing resulted in four lucky people taking home museum tickets, cupcakes or books. Overall, the night was a great success due to the hard work of our science teachers, especially department head Ms. Hannon. — Ellie Leape, sixth-grader


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