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Serving Foggy Bottom & the West End Vol. VI, No. 22

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Foggy Bottom Current

Task force proposes ABC overhaul

sounds of arabia

■ Liquor laws: D.C. Council

committee will draft measure

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Setting geographic limits for neighbors allowed to protest liquor licenses? Restricting the conditions that can make their way into a “voluntary agreement” with a restaurant or bar?

These are just a couple of the ideas that made it into the dozen pages of recommendations by an Alcoholic Beverage Control working group. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham assembled the panel to consider changes to some of the city’s arcane and controversial liquor laws. The 24-member group — split roughly between neighborhood leaders and representatives of the bar, restaurant and alcohol industry

— tried to thread its way through the controversy with a series of recommendations on enforcement, noise, hours, catering rules and the everfraught issue of voluntary agreements. But it’s unclear which of the ideas will work their way into law. Graham, whose council committee oversees alcohol laws, held a hearing Tuesday to take testimony on the proposals. See Liquor/Page 36

D.C. officials test new tactics at Mood By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC held its fifth annual tour of more than 40 embassies on Saturday. At the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Foggy Bottom, visitors experienced the kingdom’s food, art, dance and music.

The city’s challenges in dealing with Mood Lounge in Shaw are inspiring a range of new strategies, including broad goals like legislative reform. “We’ve been working as a government to figure out the best way to approach this,” Paul Quander, D.C. deputy mayor for public safety and justice, said at a community meeting this week. “This is our problem child,” Quander said of the twolevel nightlife venue at 1318 9th St. NW. But he urged residents to give the city “a little time” in order to address the ongoing issues at Mood “by the law, by the books.” Mood, which opened in January 2010 in the former BeBar and EFN Lounge spot, advertises itself as an upscale lounge open Wednesday through Sunday. For months, neighbors have complained about excessive noise, illegal valet parking and unruly behavior from See Mood/Page 25

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A “reimbursable detail” of overtime police officers is one of the strategies officials are trying at Mood Lounge in Shaw.

Theater redesign needs refinement, board says

City imagines makeover for downtown’s Franklin Square



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It started with an anonymous donor. A faithful patron of the Keegan Theatre at 1742 Church St. NW loved to attend performances in the 107-year-old building, but was appalled at the condition of the bathrooms and the many stairs that made it almost impossible for the disabled to reach them. The patron’s offer to pay for restroom and accessibility improvements spawned a larger project now making its bumpy way through the city’s review process. The Keegan’s proposal for a 150-square-foot glassy addition, including new stairs, a new entrance and muchneeded elevator, left a clearly sympathetic Historic Preservation Review Board struggling with the details last week.

The District may coordinate with the National Park Service to redesign and upgrade the Franklin Square park, in an effort to make its roughly six acres a more attractive hangout in the increasingly populous downtown area. The D.C. Council Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning, chaired by Ward 6 member Tommy Wells, approved a set of budget recommendations last Wednesday that include $300,000 for developing a concept for a rede-

NEWS Historic board to take on two church projects this month

— Page 5

Rendering courtesy of Jeff Stoiber

The proposed addition to the left of the historic theater building would provide a new entrance that would not require patrons to climb as many stairs.

“You’re boxed in. I see what you’re up against, and architect to architect, I feel for you,” member Joseph Taylor told project architect Jeff Stoiber at a hearing last Thursday. The board and its staff have asked to see the project See Keegan/Page 8

EVENTS Updated version of ‘Werther’ heading to Kennedy Center

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PASSAGES Word play gets competitive at school Scrabble tournament

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signed Franklin Square. “As one of the largest center city parks, Franklin Square has the potential to become the symbol of urban livability in the District, a quality park destination with vibrant programming and amenities,” the committee’s report states. The federally owned park — bordered by 13th, 14th, I and K streets NW — now lacks east-west connections and is infamous for its homeless population. “It’s an entire block that’s a very underutilized park and green space; it’s not programmed very well,” See Franklin/Page 9

INDEX Business/7 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Foggy Bottom News/13 In Your Neighborhood/24

Opinion/10 Passages/15 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/33

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Transit agency hopes to consolidate some bus stops to save time, fuel

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Some Metrobus stops may be eliminated as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority looks for ways to reduce travel time and wear and tear on buses. The authority kicked off a series of public meetings last night on bus stop consolidation, which for now will focus primarily on stops serving buses numbered in the 70s and 90s. Potentially affected routes in Northwest run along the Georgia Avenue corridor; from Woodley Park through Adams Morgan to

Anacostia; and from Cleveland Park to Capitol Heights through Adams Morgan. “This is part of a multiyear effort from many different studies on how to make the buses flow smoothly and serve what they’re supposed to,� James Hamre, the authority’s bus planning director, said in an interview at Monday’s Ward 3 transportation town-hall meeting. The authority has made no decisions yet about particular bus stops to eliminate, Hamre said — those decisions will be based on the feedback the agency receives at this month’s three meetings. Proposed stop eliminations

will be circulated for further public comment this summer. Caroline Lukas, spokesperson for the transit authority, said that although these meetings are particularly designed to solicit feedback on the 70s and 90s bus lines, the authority will also be happy to hear from anyone requesting bus stop consolidations elsewhere. “Bus stop consolidation would benefit passengers with better on-time performance and more frequent service at remaining stops, and help Metro save both fuel and maintenance costs as a result of less stopping and starting,� a news release from the authority states.


The week ahead Saturday, May 12

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a “Chat With Cheh� event during the annual Turtle Park May Fair from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Friendship Recreation Center, 45th and Van Ness streets NW.


The Crestwood Citizens Association will hold its annual all-assembly and elections meeting. This will be a joint meeting with Carter Barron East Neighborhood Association. Agenda items will include a briefing by the Office of Planning zoning update manager Arlova Jackson on proposed new zoning regulations. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 Varnum St. NW. â– The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its annual public safety meeting. Invited speakers include officials from the Metropolitan Police Department and the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.



Wednesday, May 16

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to discuss the District’s requirement that students complete 100 hours of community service to graduate from high school. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■Trees for Georgetown will hold its spring fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic “Cox’s Row� home of Patrick McGettigan, 3327 N St. NW. For details, contact Betsy Emes at ■ The American Legion will host a veterans town-hall meeting on the quality of health care at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center and the VA CommunityBased Outpatient Clinic — Southeast. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 8, 224 D St. SE.



Tuesday, May 15

The next meeting on the bus lines will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Airy Baptist Church, 1100 North Capitol St. NW. The third and final meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road NW. Last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting was held in Southeast. Hamre said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident the authority will get plenty of opinions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had three people walk up to me tonight and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, I have some bus stops that you can get rid of,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Hamre said at the Monday meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t theirs,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were always somebody elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;?


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District Digest ‘Realignment’ cuts 333 teachers’ posts

More than 300 Washington Teachers’ Union members have had their positions “excessed” for the next school year, D.C. Public Schools officials announced Friday. According to a school system news release, the decisions were based on which job positions could no longer be retained, not on individuals’ job performance. Teachers with “effective” or “highly effective” ratings are eligible for a $25,000 severance payout if they don’t find another job within the school system. The administration will hold a series of transfer fairs to help the 333 affected teachers find new positions, according to the release.

Officials project that, based on historical data, more than 60 percent will find new placements. This “staff realignment process” occurs each school year; according to the release, the changes for fall 2012 affect fewer employees than those in the previous three years.

Bill urges tougher water standards

The District’s water supply should be tested for additional contaminants, and a Water Quality Assurance Panel should be appointed to evaluate the threats from any contamination the testing finds, according to two D.C. Council members. Ward 3 member Mary Cheh and at-large member David Catania last

week introduced the Water Quality Assurance Amendment Act of 2012, which includes those provisions. According to a news release from Catania’s office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 30 possibly harmful contaminants that aren’t regulated. “Our city’s residents deserve to know what they are drinking and whether those chemicals will be detrimental to their health,” Catania states in the release.

Reward increases in animal cruelty case

The Washington Humane Society is now offering a reward of up to $6,000 for information about a raccoon found in an illegal trap last month in North Cleveland Park,


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Sibley Hospital taps Davis as president

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Dupont Main Streets gets new director

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Georgetown market celebrates 10 years

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City board to review projects At Coolidge, college preparations go mobile at two Christian Science sites By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

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May 24 is shaping up as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Church of Christ, Scientistâ&#x20AC;? day at the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. Through an odd coincidence of timing, the board that day is expected to consider the fate of two very different, but equally controversial, â&#x20AC;&#x153;adaptive reuseâ&#x20AC;? projects for Christian Science churches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one on 16th Street near the White House and the other in Adams Morgan. The two structures are very different â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one neoclassical, one Brutalist modern â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but plans to reuse their properties have caused years of debate and long delays in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already-involved approval process. Developers are couching both projects as â&#x20AC;&#x153;planned-unit developments,â&#x20AC;? which require approval from the D.C. Zoning Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when and if they clear preservation board review.

So many witnesses wanted to testify, pro and con, about a plan to attach a modern luxury hotel tower to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, building at 1770 Euclid St. in Adams Morgan that the preservation board hearing stretched over two sessions in March and April. The board now plans to hear remaining witnesses May 24 and then vote on whether a nine-story hotel tower would be compatible with the century-old church, which would be incorporated as lobby and event space. Members of the church, which has moved its services to a reading room across Columbia Road, say they will demolish the building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beautiful, by all accounts, but expensive to maintain and repair â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if their deal with Friedman Capital Advisors falls through. Developer Brian Friedman has been trying to See Churches/Page 22

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This is a listing of reports taken from April 29 through May 6 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 500 block, 11th St.; store; 5 p.m. May 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  14th and K streets; street; 5:10 p.m. May 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 14th St.; office building; 10 a.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 5:30 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New York Ave.; office building; 5:45 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  700 block, 14th St.; store; 9 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 11:15 a.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 2:55 p.m. May 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 9th St.; street; 8 p.m. April 29.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102







Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 400 block, L St.; grocery store; 8:27 p.m. April 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; parking lot; 4:30 a.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  5th and K streets; sidewalk; 1:40 a.m. May 6. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; drugstore; 10:20 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; restaurant; 5:25 p.m. May 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; parking lot; 4:45 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 4th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. May 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; government building; 5:25 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 9:30 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  500 block, 5th St.; government building; 3:55 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 5:20 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  500 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  500 block, 9th St.; store; 6:45 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  400 block, 8th St.; store; 6:50 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  400 block, 8th St.; store; 12:30 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 4:55 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  500 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 12:25 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 2:45 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts

Ave.; store; 3:20 p.m. May 6. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013; 400 block, L St.; grocery store; 5:59 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 2:45 p.m. May 4.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Burglary â&#x2013; 4500 block, 49th St.; residence; 12:50 p.m. May 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:35 p.m. May 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; unspecified premises; noon April 30. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 8 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  4800 block, 43rd Place; street; 8:15 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:30 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:19 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Van Ness St.; residence; midnight May 6.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 29th St.; residence; 8 a.m. May 3.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 11:15 p.m. April 29. Burglary â&#x2013;  3200 block, Scott Place; residence; 12:35 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Cadys Alley; restaurant; 5:30 a.m. May 6. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3800 block, T St.; residence; 6:15 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  3400 block, M St.; street; 3:30 p.m. May 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:25 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; store; 1 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 3:35 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:40 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 7:30 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; street; 4 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 4:20 p.m. May 5. Breaking and entering (vending) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 10:42 p.m. April 30. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; alley; noon April 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 32nd St.; alley; noon April 29.

â&#x2013; 1300 block, Potomac St.; alley; 9:30 p.m. May 5.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 1800 block, K St.; store; 6:55 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; store; 3:15 a.m. May 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2200 block, Virginia Ave.; parking lot; 5:45 p.m. May 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  500 block, 15th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 11 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, D St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. May 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 6:30 a.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  900 block, 15th St.; store; 3:30 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; sidewalk; 9:03 a.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:24 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  18th and K streets; restaurant; 2 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 7:15 p.m. May 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, L St.; restaurant; 3 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:15 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; office building; 5:50 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  18th and K streets; sidewalk; 8:30 a.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; office building; 2:40 p.m. May 4.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 1400 block, 23rd St.; street; 11 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 11:30 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 2:30 a.m. May 6. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 1:45 a.m. April 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; street; 7 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  22nd and P streets; street; 8 p.m. May 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, M St.; hotel; 10 a.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; residence; 1 p.m. May 1. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; store; 9:30 p.m. May 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 bock, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11:30 a.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Decatur Place; street; 3 p.m. April 30.

â&#x2013; 1900 block, R St.; street; 12:30 p.m. May 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 5 a.m. May 6.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 14th and T streets; street; 4:30 p.m. May 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; street; 10:04 p.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Corcoran St.; residence; 10 p.m. April 29. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; street; 9 p.m. April 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 1:30 a.m. May 5. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Q St.; street; 3:31 p.m. May 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; street; 10 a.m. May 3.

psa PSA 303 303

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1900 block, Calvert St.; street; 3:35 a.m. May 5. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; store; 3:39 a.m. May 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  2000 block, Kalorama Road; residence; noon May 2. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Mintwood Place; street; 9 p.m. April 29. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 11 p.m. May 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; sidewalk; 10 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; residence; 8 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. May 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Biltmore and Calvert streets; street; 1:30 p.m. May 4.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 7 a.m. May 5. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1300 block, S St.; street; 9 p.m. April 29. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 12th St.; street; 1 p.m. May 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 12th St.; street; 1 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 5:30 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  900 block, O St.; street; 6:50 p.m. April 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 1 p.m. May 4. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 12th St.; unspecified premises; 1:15 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  13th and Q streets; street; 10:30 a.m. May 6. â&#x2013;  900 block, L St.; parking lot; noon May 6.

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Northwest Business

Flor brings â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;modular rugsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to new Cadyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley storefront


he carpet-tile company Flor opened its first D.C. showroom in the homedesign mecca of Cadyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley this month. Flor sells modular rug tiles by the piece, allowing customers to put together hundreds of floor-coverage options on their own in a

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manner company president Greg Colando described as similar to piecing together â&#x20AC;&#x153;a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puzzle.â&#x20AC;? The company launched in 2002 as an online- and catalog-only business but began opening retail shops within a few years. The search for a D.C. location â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th â&#x20AC;&#x201D; began about a year ago, with store owners checking out spaces on Wisconsin Avenue and 14th Street before settling on the previously residential spot at 1037 33rd St. The two-story, 1,000-square-foot space will house samples of the entire Flor collection, as well as displays of full rugs and an

area where people can try their hand at creating their own pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People love to go into the store and build a rug,â&#x20AC;? said Colando. The president said the perks of buying Flor tiles, rather than traditional rugs, include the sizing flexibility and range of design options. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can design it yourself, you can repair it, you can scale it to any size you want,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can even pick it up and take it with you to your next place of living.â&#x20AC;? The tiles seem likely to appeal in particular to buyers with kids or pets, because a tile soiled by juice spills or pet messes is just that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a tile â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and can be easily repaired or replaced without moving, or tossing, the whole thing. Colando said that while the various designs are not made indefinitely, company stylists can help a customer work out new additions when necessary. Another perk of Flor, he said, is that the tiles are environmentally friendly: Most are made of recycled nylon, and they can simply be returned to Flor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be recycled again. Flor tiles, which come in about 500 styles and 400-plus colors and patterns, range in

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price from about $8 to $40 per tile. â&#x2013; Finials closing in Chevy Chase. Owner Barb Lautman will close Finials Antiques at 3813 Livingston St. June 30 after 13 years in the space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? said Lautman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love my customers. I love this neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? But she said a number of factors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including, crucially, the economy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have forced her hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a choice,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the last man standing in Northwest Washington. So manyâ&#x20AC;? antiques and consignment shops have already closed. Lautman said hundreds of people have come in since she announced the closure last week on the Chevy Chase listserv â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to say goodbye and to take advantage of a half-off closing sale, which runs through the final day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great. I love them as much as they love me,â&#x20AC;? she said. Lautman worked in politics before opening the shop, a choice she made in order to spend more time with her three children. Finials was a good solution for that, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located half a block from her home. She isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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again, wanting more details about the fate of the original arched front door and the size and placement of the addition. The project also entails much interior work: digging out the back of the basement; putting restrooms on each floor; and turning a ratty rear garden into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;performersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; patioâ&#x20AC;? where actors can â&#x20AC;&#x153;catch some air,â&#x20AC;? as Stoiber put it. Keegan, a nonprofit professional theater that specializes in Irish plays, is the latest occupant of the 1905 mid-block, Georgian-style building. Until 1963, the space held a gymnasium for the Holton-Arms School. Since then, the building has housed small theater companies, including Woolly Mammoth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located right in the midst of historic row houses, sitting closer to the street than its neighbors and flanked on the east by a narrow parking lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has always been a unique building on this block,â&#x20AC;? Stoiber said. And accessibility has always been a big problem. The building contains many sets of stairs: up to the front door, leading to a tiny lobby, down to the basement restrooms and up to the mezzanine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three sets of steps chop it up inside, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not [American with Disabilities Act]-compliant,â&#x20AC;? Stoiber told the board. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, the various stairs and tiny lobby often leave patrons lined up outside as they wait to funnel into the 100-seat theater. But designing the proposed twostory side addition has proved challenging. Stoiber envisions a steel structure covered in subtly colored glass. The new front door to the theater will be at the curved northeast corner, with two staircases, an elevator and a lobby squeezed inside. The most serious constraint is size. The footprint must be less than 150 square feet to keep the entire building within lot occupancy requirements. Otherwise, Keegan would have to go through a pro-

longed and costly approval process at the Board of Zoning Adjustment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The patron has provided a generous but very fixed budget for this project,â&#x20AC;? Stoiber told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough to make this larger, and going through the BZA will kill the project.â&#x20AC;? Further, the entry addition must be placed far enough forward to line up with interior stairs and not interfere with actual theater space. City preservation staffer Jonathan Mellon was concerned that the addition is â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely small for a public assembly building,â&#x20AC;? and that the proposed setback â&#x20AC;&#x201D; less than four feet from the front of the theater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; means it would obscure the side view of the historic building. Board members tended to agree, but also said they understood the practical constraints. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ADA upgrades solve a lot of problems,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it needs a little more setback, and a little larger if you could.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;ADA compliance sort of trumpsâ&#x20AC;? other issues, countered member Andrew Aurbach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem enough of an addition. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the entrance to Keegan,â&#x20AC;? said member Graham Davidson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do about the zoning issue, but I sure wish there was more space.â&#x20AC;? Then he grinned at Stoiber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the problem of figuring this out, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real hard problem.â&#x20AC;? The board also grappled inconclusively with whether the original front door should be converted to a window or perhaps left as display space for the theater. Ultimately, the board supported the general concept of a side addition, but asked for restudy of the existing front door, and of the design, size and setback of the addition. Virginia Riehl, co-chair of the Keeganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board, said the total cost of the project is not yet clear, and that the board will be raising funds as well as relying on â&#x20AC;&#x153;our very generous donor.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no precise timetable for construction yet, but Riehl said the board hopes to minimize the time the theater will be closed.



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Wells spokesperson Charles Allen said in an interview. He mentioned Manhattan’s Bryant Park, located behind the New York Public Library, as a possible inspiration for a redesign. If the full council includes Franklin Square planning in its approved budget, the Office of Planning and the Department of Parks and Recreation would determine how to best use

and maintain the park’s space. According to Allen, the city would need Park Service approval — and likely funding — to implement any of the changes that emerge from a city redesign proposal. The D.C. government, however, would be entirely responsible for the $300,000 planning process. “There is a shared desire between DC and the National Park Service to make improvements at Franklin Square,” Allen wrote in an email. “While there is no formal agreement regarding any change to jurisdiction, there is


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a shared vision of the type of urban park and potential for Franklin Square that you find in all great cities.” At the same time, the District is looking for space downtown that might be able to host a children’s playground. Allen said the search comes in response to residents’ complaints that the area isn’t child-friendly. The District “used to have people who’d work downtown and then at 6 o’clock no one would live there,” he said. New development has already attracted young singles, but “a lot of the young folks wanted to stay and raise

families downtown … so we want amenities like playgrounds that support neighborhoods downtown.” According to U.S. Census data, the overall population in much of the downtown area increased substantially between 2000 and 2010 — even as the number of children generally decreased. Allen said the city is reviewing several federal and city properties downtown to see if they’re suitable for a playground, including a site near Massachusetts Avenue and 2nd Street NW.





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Ensuring great weight

A not-so-new bill, reintroduced recently by Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry, would allow advisory neighborhood commissions to use their own funds to challenge city agencies in court. Commissioners could initiate legal action when they believe decisions have been made in error or violate the “great weight” afforded to the grass-roots bodies. Council member Barry has floated this bill at least twice before. But this go-round, he has a far better chance of getting a vote on the measure, thanks to his position as the chair of the relevant committee. We hope the bill is successful. It would give commissions a last recourse against decisions they think are harmful to their communities, and it would remove an intrusion on their prerogatives as elected bodies. More crucially, though, the change would improve accountability by pushing city agencies to respond adequately to commissions and their constituents. We regularly hear that this panel or that agency head has flagrantly ignored commissions’ input when making a decision — which could change if this measure passes. We do see some potential pitfalls. Commissions would be able to use their publicly provided funds — money that otherwise could be used for neighborhood grants and the like — to sue city agencies. And there’s the risk that commissions could begin legal proceedings whenever they dislike a decision, or as a delaying tactic. But the reality is that most commissions have limited funds that won’t pay for a legion of lawyers. And commissioners are already permitted to appear in courts as individuals arguing on behalf of their constituents. Also, commissions as a whole can participate in cases brought by others or if their attorney does not charge for his or her services. Such appeals have occurred rarely enough that it seems unlikely the new bill would trigger a flood of litigation. Not all commissions in the city have pro-bono lawyers on call or a deep-pocketed civic association that can partner with a commissioner to bring an issue to the courts. Allowing commissions to use their funding to challenge city agency decisions, therefore, is a move toward citywide fairness and equity — as well as accountability.

Careful autonomy

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson floated an idea recently that’s an old chestnut to longtime Districts schools observers. Speaking with The Washington Post and before a DC Chamber of Commerce audience, Ms. Henderson suggested that greater autonomy for high-performing principals could be in the offing. At the Chamber event, the chancellor discussed the benefits of autonomy as well as the idea that the school system should regain its authority as one of two bodies able to approve charter schools. But, Ms. Henderson said of the nascent plans, “The devil is in the details.” Indeed it is. Don’t get us wrong — we support greater autonomy for successful schools and principals. It’s just that we’ve heard similar suggestions several times before, going back at least to 1994. In each case, a superintendent or chancellor trumpeted greater autonomy as a key way to retain talent and reward success, and then — well, as far as we can tell, then nothing. The most recent round of schools to win a longer leash from the system’s central office did so in the past few years. Seven schools achieved that distinction, six in Northwest: Banneker and School Without Walls high schools, and Barnard, Eaton, Key, Murch and Stoddert elementaries. Wilson High and Duke Ellington School of the Arts also have agreements spelling out areas of autonomy. We’d like to see a review of how greater autonomy has impacted these schools, for better and for worse. A look back at what happened — or didn’t — to earlier autonomy initiatives would also be wise, and could help avoid missteps this time. But overall, we favor granting greater authority to innovative leaders. Principals who have proved themselves deserve more leeway from red tape in order to make their schools the best they can be.

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Hats off to the Nats … It would have been nice to see the Nats sweep those Phillies last weekend. But two out of three ain’t bad. Your Notebook had tweeted an insult or two about the obnoxious Phillies fans and even tweaked them on the Kojo Nnamdi Politics Hour. But the series was about more than what went on during the games. The Nationals’ management in February said it was setting out to “Take Back the Park” by limiting sales to credit cards in the metropolitan area. It was an effort to blunt ticket sales to those loud Phillies fans who come down in droves to act out and maybe watch the games. Even ESPN announcers noticed that the Nationals fans were more numerous than they had been in previous meets with the Phillies. According to the Nats, the three-game series drew a total of 106,931 fans. The team says it was the most for a three-game series since the Cubs in 2008, the year Nationals Park opened. More than a few Phillies fans and some Nats supporters have said the team would draw more people as it got more wins. That’s true so far this season. Although The Washington Post wrote a story about sagging attendance for some games, the average attendance this year for the 16 home games is 25,791 — that’s up about 25 percent over the first 16 games last year. That’s a little more than an extra 5,200 fans per game. Even if you’re not interested in baseball, that meant extra sales and tax revenues for the District. “The stadium was packed, at least half the fans were Nats fans, which was up from about 30 percent in other games,” said Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, chairman of the Finance and Revenue Committee and the biggest baseball booster on the council. “It goes to show when you have a winner, people will turn out. It’s good for the team, it’s good for the city and it’s good for baseball.” With all the hoopla over pitcher Stephen Strasburg, there’s even more now for rookie Bryce Harper. “He stole home!” Evans said, still excited on Monday. “He’s just a hustle freak. He’s young, he’s energetic and he’s good. Arguably, we’ve got the best pitcher and best rookie in baseball. It’s the turnaround we’ve been looking for in Washington sports.” Bottom line, Evans says, the ballpark is making more than enough new city revenue to cover the bonds floated to build it, and that’s another win for the District. ■ Plunking the batter? We don’t know quite what to think of Phillies star pitcher Cole Hamels, who admitted that he purposely threw a pitch that hit Harper in the back. Major League Baseball suspended Hamels for five games. Sports reporters quoted Hamels as saying, “I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it. It’s something I grew up watching. That’s what happened. I’m just trying to continue the old baseball. Some

people get away from it. I remember when I was a rookie, the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything. That’s the way baseball is. Sometimes the league is protecting certain players. It’s that old-school prestigious way of baseball.” Old-school supporters know exactly what Hamels is saying. Others will find it violent and cruel. The Notebook will just say it is part of the game, kind of like fighting in hockey and hard hits in football. We do find it amazing that the pitcher admitted doing it. And what did Harper think? The young man showed a lot of old-school wisdom. At least through Monday, Harper was saying only that Hamels threw a good game. Now had it been a “bean ball” — tossed at his head — maybe there would be a lot more outrage. ■ Late-night bar hours? If a bar stays open until 4 a.m., wouldn’t it be better to say “early-morning” hours rather than “late-night”? Well, whatever you call it, those hours may not be happening in the District. The Human Services Committee headed by Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham last week defeated Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposal to extend bar hours one hour until 3 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weekends. Graham said citizens in neighborhoods with bars “rightly worry about spillover effects of noise, crime [and] a lack of public transportation.” He said drunk driving “will surely increase.” The proposal could come back to life in the next few weeks as the council debates the mayor’s 2013 budget. Gray had proposed the longer hours to raise about $3 million in additional tax revenue. Graham said the city could raise revenue by increasing the alcohol tax by about six cents per drink, a move that would generate about $20 million. Graham’s tax suggestion startled the city’s hospitality industry. At our Notebook deadline, there were plans for a big demonstration at the council Tuesday. We guess Mr. Graham won’t be speaking at the annual restaurant awards in June. ■ Sunday sales? There’s also a proposal to allow liquor stores to open on Sunday. Graham hasn’t slammed the door on that. He says he’ll hold a public hearing June 12. ■ A final word. Former Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr., now a convicted felon for stealing lots of money from city youth programs, was sentenced last week to 38 months in prison. There’s no parole in the federal system. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, appearing on the WAMU 88.5 FM “Politics Hour,” said prisoners with good time normally serve about 10 months out of every year of their sentence. That means just over 30 months for Thomas. He’s awaiting a letter from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to tell him when and where to report to begin serving that sentence. The special election to replace Thomas on the council is set for May 15. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Communities need to establish vision

I am writing in response to the May 2 article “Code rewrite might bring corner stores,” which revealed new proposed zoning regulations that would allow for more ground-floor businesses. Communities all over Washington, D.C., will have to

respond to these new rules made with little or no community input. Many of these neighborhoods have few viable vehicles to assess these changes, nor ways to fight the proposals if they oppose them. Adams Morgan has experienced the reality of developers and city leaders imposing their vision upon our community with little or no public input. As a result, we have chosen to develop our own vision for the future of Adams Morgan. Each month, committed community members

— including members of civic and business organizations — meet to craft a vision that will enable the community to interact on an equal footing with city planners and developers. Adams Morgan has even secured the commitment of a local university to assist in developing our community’s vision. We urge communities all over D.C. to do the same so that every community can see its vision realized. Martis “Marty” Davis Commissioner, ANC 1C02

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mid D.C. Council deliberations over Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $77 million supplemental spending package, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public charter schools have been left reeling. A recent series of political maneuvers will dearly cost the students of these publicly funded schools. Rumors spread before the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote on the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supplemental package. Among the more serious included a suggestion that charter schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarterly payments from the city might be stopped unless the council voted on the spending package. Sadly, this is merely the latest example of adults playing politics with childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education in the District. Recently, in an announcement made hours before the mayor spoke at an annual gathering of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public charter school community, his office announced $9.4 million for charters to cover â&#x20AC;&#x153;spending pressuresâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wrongly implying charters had overspent their funds. In fact, the money was already owed to charters under an automatic funding formula through which the city funds them and traditional public schools. The mayor misleadingly categorized this money as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;supplementalâ&#x20AC;? increase to chartersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; budgets, despite the fact that the city would have to pay it anyway. Some $2.8 million would have been provided to charters because their enrollment of special-education students increased this year. A further $6.6 million was earmarked for higher-than-expected summer school enrollment. When student enrollment increases, the city has to increase funding, as schools receive money according to the number of students they enroll. The real reason for miscategorizing these funds appears to have been to provide political cover for the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to supplement the D.C. Public Schools budget to offset $25.2 million of actual overspending. Unlike charter schools, which have to cut back if they overspend their budgets, the school system routinely exceeds its appropriation. Eventually the council approved a supplemental appropriation for D.C. charter schools of $6.971 million. Under D.C. law, city funds to all public schools are supposed to be paid via a funding formula designed to

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If the District Department of Transportation is any indication, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;social contractâ&#x20AC;? between residents and government here in D.C. is dead. The agency answers to no one. Not D.C. Council members. Much less so ordinary residents. Last fall, agency contractors appeared â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unrequested â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on our street and began ripping up and replacing seemingly random sections of sidewalk. The work was performed very quickly, and in a substandard manner. Some damaged sections were overlooked, while other perfectly passable sections were ripped out and replaced. The contractors left a mess in a number of spots, including our tree box, in which dirt had been piled

ensure that students at both types of schools are funded equally. Instead, the mayor sought to increase public education funding by $25.2 million, and allocate 100 percent of that money to D.C. Public Schools. These shenanigans will widen the city funding disparity between charters and traditional public schools, which has increased over the years as the city has increasingly resorted to funding the school system outside the legally mandated funding formula. What makes this more depressing is that Mayor Gray promised to close the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funding disparity. Over the past five years, District charter students received between about $1,500 and $2,500 less annually than their D.C. Public Schools peers in city funds. Charter schools are a lifeline upon which D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disadvantaged students depend. Their high-school graduation rate is 80 percent compared to 53 percent for D.C. Public Schools. The administration claims it has raised city funding for charter facilities from $2,800 per student to $3,000. But only $2,800 is guaranteed in city funds: the same amount guaranteed by his predecessor in his final year. Before Mayor Adrian Fenty cut this allowance, it was $3,109 per year. In his budget, Mayor Gray proposes to fund the $200 difference from a federal program that is intended to support D.C. Public Schools and D.C. charter schools, as well as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which funds scholarships for low-income District students. Yet this $200 per-student portion of chartersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; funds could disappear, following the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision not to allocate any of this money to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program this year. If Congress retaliates by pulling federal funding, charter students would lose. As an indicator of the unfairness that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public charter school students face, the mayor proposes to set facilities funding for D.C. Public Schools at $7,992 per student â&#x20AC;&#x201D; over two and half times what the city provides charter students. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charter students need the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in closing this funding gap. The budget negotiations are council membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chance to force progress toward what the mayor promised but hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delivered. Robert Cane is executive director of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools.

and grass ripped up. Some errant chunks of concrete were strewn about as well. We contacted Ward 3 Council member Mary Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Her director of constituent services promptly emailed a request to Transportation Department employee Aaron Rhones to make contact with us and see what was needed to resolve the issue. Four months passed and we received not so much as an email. Ms. Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aide again emailed Mr. Rhones with a second request that the agency provide us with a response. Again, not even an acknowledgment. After another six weeks had passed, we sent a letter to Transportation Department director Terry Bellamy, upbraiding his agency for failing to properly supervise its contractor and for ignoring Council member Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multiple requests citing the condition in which they left the property. That was three months ago, and a

response from the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has yet to appear. At least we now know where the subordinate gets his attitude. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve resided in D.C. through many changes in administration. Say what you will about the various Marion Barry administrations, but I never failed to get a response when voicing a concern of this nature. In terms of lowering the bar, this appears to be uncharted territory. What makes the matter even more vexing is that similar work was performed in other neighborhoods, and most appear to have been sodded after the replacement of the walks was completed. This raises an important question: If the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract called for sodding, who pocketed the money saved from the unsodded neighborhoods? It seems like just one more item paid for by, but undelivered to residents. Peter Watkins Foxhall Village

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DAle JohNsoN AND 25 YeArs oF the WAtergAte Foggy Bottom residents already know her. Dale Johnson has been in the area for over a quarter of a century. But if you haven’t visited her gallery, now is the time to go as the Gallery is closely involved with the biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in historic Foggy Bottom. On the lower level of the Watergate Mall, the Watergate Gallery features an aweinspiring array of paintings, sculptures, wood turning, ceramics, and fiber art. New artists are displayed monthly. The gallery doubles as a framing business. It offers high quality preservation framing using a wide variety of acid free materials and ultraviolet filtering glazing on virtually all pieces to be framed. Archival papers and mat boards, UV glass or plexiglass assist in maintaining the integrity of the framed item for the long term. Ms. Johnson has seen the neighborhood change over the years. Business for her has gone up and down. Lately, times have been tough for all artists. When the economy

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tanks, people are less interested in art-related purchases. “People are just not in a position to indulge themselves,” she said, adding that businesses, law firms, federal agencies - virtually everyone has become more reluctant to spend money getting things framed. More people are buying online. The cost of supplies for Ms. Johnson has also climbed, she said. One of the biggest blows to pedestrian traffic and thus her walk-in business was the closing of the Watergate Mall Safeway. Still, she soldiers on. And thankfully so. Shops like hers are exactly what gives neighborhoods their local feel. And yet, they’re disappearing

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-- replaced by web purchasing and larger commercial chains. For neighborhoods like ours, Ms. Johnson is an institution of local memory. Long time Foggy Bottom residents can stop by and find a fellow soul who remembers when a commercial airliner crashed into the 14th Street Bridge. She describes coming to work on September 11, 2001 after witnessing the cloud of smoke over the Pentagon while riding her bike on the Crescent Trail. She remembers thinking that a newly constructed building had fallen down. In some ways, Ms. Johnson is a disappearing breed. She is

both an artist and an artisan. She can tell you why certain materials should be used for certain pictures. You’re not sure what frame works best with a black and white photo. You’re not sure if one type of wood is better when framing your child’s high school diploma. You won’t get that kind of personalized guidance on the Internet. You will from Ms. Johnson. She has seen and done a lot over the years. Born in New Jersey, Ms. Johnson came to Washington to go to school at American University, where she majored in Art History. She attended studio classes as

well. She studied in Rome, where she met a girlfriend whose father originally owned the business at the Watergate. When he retired, Johnson took over the business, which was primarily custom framing at the time. Seven years ago, she took over the empty space next to the shop and expanded her museum, offering a larger gallery space. The work never ceases to throw curve balls and odd requests, she said. “I will never say ‘no,’ I can’t do something,” she added. Among her biggest challenges? Framing an ice (continued on the next page)

Community service Day – Foggy Bottom style In spite of the gray overcast and damp day, the annual spring community park clean up was a great success again this year. Thanks to neighbors Monica Martinez & Daniel Gage, Jill Crissman, Mark Negus, Kris Hart (FoBoGro), Ray Ashton (GWU senior & FoBoGro employee), Jade Hart, Jackie & Ken Durham, Marina Streznewski & Alan Alpert, Greg Snyder, Ellie Becker, Lisa Farrell, David Hertzfeldt and our newest volunteer Allison. Special thanks to

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Up Program, who provided equipment and leaf bag pick up. The over 32 bags of debris and 40 limbs and branches were hauled off before the day ended. Within two hours, the 26th Street park which is regularly maintained by the FBA Garden Committee, was cleared of winter trash and transformed into spring mode. The morning after, in the bright sun, dogs with their owners and children with their parents were out enjoying the newly spruced up parks. ~

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pick signed by Sir Edmund Hillary, a baseball glove, Mohamed Ali’s boxing glove, and fire arms. Recently, she framed a gigantic American flag in a custom made Plexiglas box over 4 x 6 feet. It had hung on the wall in the entrance of an office since September 11th. Not long ago, she framed a stethoscope. Perhaps her most nervewracking assignment was the request to frame a painting by Claude Monet. When the client brought in the painting, Ms. Johnson agreed to frame it, but she told the client that she was concerned about keeping something so valuable over night. “Nobody’s going to think it’s a real Monet,” the client reassured her. She couldn’t help but feel an immense sense of responsibility for the painting, but she realized her client was probably right. Assuming the picture was an actual Monet would be unlikely. “It’s like dealing drugs in front of a police station,” Ms. Johnson said. It’s just something you assume most people wouldn’t do. Ms. Johnson has also framed for the D.C. elite. Her clients have included Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center, The Washington National Opera and the renowned tenor Placido Domingo, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, senators and congressmen. The work can also be deeply poignant, Ms. Johnson explained. She could see when some clients felt particularly inspired by the items they wanted framed. Before any hint of scandal, Monica Lewinsky came in with her mother requesting to frame a poem. Like many interns, she had also had a photo of herself with the president framed. “I remember thinking this girl is in love with the President,” Ms. Johnson recounted. Visually Ms. Johnson’s gallery is a feast. Greeting visitors by the front entrance

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CaLL for Board NomiNatioNs Interested in board service? Contact President Asher Corson at or at 202-683-7869. is a life-size, cream-colored sculpture of a skinny man with curly hair. The sculpture, by D.C. artist, Robert Cole, is decked out in a suit and tie and is holding a tray. Right now, there’s a little flowering plant on the tray. Other times, the tray holds invitations or brochures on gallery exhibits. Drenched in natural light, the space is bright and airy. The paintings currently in the gallery include Haitian art to paintings of local D.C. scenes. There are black and white photographs, and metal sculptures -- even a cast iron cone lying on its side. The gallery recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. It featured an exhibition including 32 artists who had shown their artwork at the gallery in the past quarter

century. Some of the works are still on display. In April, the gallery participated in 3rd Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture exhibit. A tour of outdoor sculpture in Historic Foggy Bottom ended at The Watergate Gallery, where indoor work by the artists was on display. May brings Dennis Bergevin “Character Studies” May 11 – June 16, 2012. This exhibition presents ceramic sculptures of opera characters in disguise as marionettes. Mr. Bergevin has spent more than 30 years in the world of opera as a virtuoso of make-up and wig building. Visit the gallery website to find out about Watergate Gallery & Frame Design and the artists and events. — by Adrienne Urbina

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Word play: The game of Scrabble gets competitive at D.C. schools

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


alking into the Wilson High School gymnasium this past Saturday, one could have heard a pin drop — which was unusual, because inside were 48 elementary, middle and high school students, and they were playing a game. With determined expressions, teams of two faced off in the first-ever D.C. Public Schools citywide Scrabble tournament. Asked what they liked best about the game, partners Chloe Fatsis and Zara Hall, fourth-graders at Janney Elementary, said in unison, “The competition!” As the fourth and final round of the tournament got under way, Chloe and Zara were in the lead. They hit their timer to begin the 55-minute game, held a bag above their heads filled with tournament-quality tiles (molded plastic, so players can’t feel out the letter shapes) and picked seven. Then they scrambled to put the tiles in order as fast as they could, passing a notepad back and forth to one another as they scribbled notes and whispered ideas for how to best play their hand. Written on another pad next to the twosome was a motivational note: “Score big!” And they did. Early in the game, the team placed tiles on the board to spell “veritas,” using a blank tile for the letter “s.” Worth 80 points, it was their highest-scoring word of the day. As the timer clicked down, Chloe and Zara pulled out the win over two fellow Janney fourth-graders, with a score of 338289. After all the teams’ scores were tallied over four rounds of play, Chloe and Zara were the overall winners of Division A, designated for teams with some competition experience. It was the first tournament win for both girls.

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“I love having fun with words,” said Chloe, grinning about the victory. “And being with my friends.” Zara nodded in agreement, adding, “Even if I lose, if I know I tried my hardest, it’s OK — I just love Scrabble!” The two got their start at the Scrabble Club at Janney, which was initiated in 2007 by Chloe’s father Stefan, who also coaches the team at Deal Middle School. A longtime Scrabble aficionado himself, Stefan Fatsis is the author of “Word Freak,” a 2001 New York Times bestseller about competitive Scrabble. He has also appeared on ESPN, providing color commentary during National School Scrabble Championships. “It’s really a math game,” said Fatsis, who served as tournament director at Wilson on Saturday. “It’s about probabilities, spatial relationships and understanding the strategy of board positions — combined with a fundamental understanding of language. It’s all part of the game.” After a regional Scrabble tournament

Students carefully plot their next moves at D.C. Public Schools’ first citywide Scrabble tournament Saturday. Near left, Chloe Fatsis (left) and Zara Hall choose their winning strategy.

took place in the District last year, the National Scrabble Association donated about 100 Scrabble kits to D.C. Public Schools. Fatsis trained teachers, librarians and afterschool coordinators on how to coach a Scrabble team, and from there, clubs blossomed in nearly 30 schools across the District. This year, there was enough traction with the clubs that Shereen Williams, director of community partnerships for D.C. schools, approached Fatsis about organizing the citywide tournament. “When you think about DCPS’ five-year plan, it’s about proficiency, yes, but it’s also about kids liking their schools, and the Scrabble clubs help meet both goals,” Williams said.

For some students, Saturday’s event was their first Scrabble competition. These players were grouped in Division B, and, while focused, they all had smiles on their faces — and they brought some strategy. “I wrote down a bunch of ideas for V-words to warm up before we started playing,” said Madelyn Shapiro, a fourth-grader from Janney, who won Division B with her partner Lucy Levenson. “I like the feeling I get when I make a really good play,” said Lucy. “Especially a bingo play” — when a player uses all seven tiles to make a word, earning 50 bonus points. She and Madelyn scored two of those with “tinsels” and “curling.” Nicholas Spasojevic, a fourth-grader from Janney, said he studied Fatsis’ “cheat sheet” filled with sanctioned two- and three-letter words. What he liked best about Saturday’s tournament was “playing against kids from difSee Scrabble/Page 20

Guy Mason potters invite more day spinning By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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The pottery studio at Guy Mason was upgraded as part of the rec center’s recent $4 million renovation.

oordinators of the ceramics program at the Guy Mason Recreation Center say there’s only one problem with the building’s luxe new pottery studio: On weekdays, it’s basically dead until evening. “During the day, this thing is unused … and it’s terrible,” said Stanley Talpers, a regular user of the space who volunteers to supervise now sparsely attended “open studios” on weekdays. Jon Kerr, who manages the

ceramics program, played a key role in designing the new studio during the Glover Park rec center’s $4 million renovation, which wrapped up last August. “The architect said ‘dream big,’ and we came up with ideas,” Kerr said. While the old ceramics studio was “dark, drab and unhealthy,” according to Talpers, the new one is airy and bright — with eight pottery wheels, ample storage, a flatscreen television hooked up to the Internet, and access to three kilns. And the studio sees a lot of use in the evenings, coordinators said,

with beginners’ and wheel-throwing classes for adults as well as a popular “Clay for Kidz” program that takes place weekly after school for students ages 9 through 12. “It’s a very creative space,” said Clay for Kidz teacher Sue Baum. “We do animals and insects and things that hold food.” But the coordinators believe that in staying largely vacant during the daytime, the space isn’t living up to its potential. In particular, Talpers believes more retired seniors — the same crowd he’s seen come to Guy See Pottery/Page 20

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

This year, Aidan Montessori School had its spring musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sound of Music,â&#x20AC;? on April 27. We interviewed a few people about what they thought. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was very successful because everyone was so good with their characters,â&#x20AC;? said Eva Gondelman, a fifth-grader who played Sister Sophia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything was so well put together. The scenery and the lighting made it so, so realistic.â&#x20AC;? Alexandra Bullock, a fourthgrader who played a maid, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I

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thought it was really cool. I liked how it all came together.â&#x20AC;? Lucia Braddock, a sixth-grader who played Maria Rainer, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was fun. I liked the acting and singing and the whole idea of the play.â&#x20AC;? Ashton Lindeman, a sixth-grader who played Frau Schmidt, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was probably my favorite out of all six plays that I have been in.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josie Schiffer and Alana Hodge, fourth-graders

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At Beauvoir, we are very lucky! Every day, we get lunch and get all the food we need. Our lunches include sandwiches, cereals, meat, salad, vegetables and more! At the end of lunch, each grade weighs the amount of food wasted in the food bin. Third-grade tables have tried not to have wasted food, or ORT. You should challenge yourself and not waste food. Spread the idea and soon we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any ORT! To help get no ORT, you can split an apple. I have heard people say that students waste crust from bread. You should choose carefully when you make your food choices, so you will eat what you take, like with bread. Or even better, you can eat all of it! Also, you take a little food at a time and go get more if you want more. As you read this article, I hope you will be inspired not to waste food! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Winn Bartos, third-grader

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In the District, 1,248 students took the National Latin Exam during the second week in March, with levels ranging from intro to level five. At Banneker, where Latin is a required class, 88 students took the level one exam, with questions on grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension and culture, including mythology, Roman city structure, Latin phrases and derivatives. In preparing for the test, Ms. Jessica Levknechtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five classes of freshmen and seniors worked rigorously on many grammar exercises, vocabulary lists and quizzes every week as well as on readings and activities around culture. Because of

Ms. Levknecht, seven students got a perfect 40 out of 40 on the exam. In all of D.C. at all levels, only 27 students scored perfect, meaning Banneker students were responsible for 26 percent of the perfect scores. Of the 88 Banneker students, 78 scored at or above the average score of 28 out of 40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so proud of my students,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Levknecht said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have never had as many as seven perfect papers, and to have so many students above the national average is spectacular!â&#x20AC;? Forty students scored in the 90th percentile, earning them a gold medal. Eighteen students scored in the 83rd percentile, earning them a silver medal. Twelve students scored between the 78th and 82nd percentiles, earning them magna cum laude honors. Finally, five students scored slightly above the national average, at the 73rd percentile, earning them cum laude honors. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Natia Contee, 12th-grader

Blessed Sacrament School

On May 2, Blessed Sacramentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-grade class took its annual trip to Mount Vernon, home and plantation of George Washington, who was the first president of the United States. On this all-day field trip, the class got the chance to talk with a blacksmith (and see one at work), tour the mansion and grounds, and visit Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tomb. This was an educational trip as well as a fun one. We had the opportunity to view movies about his home, battle strategies and life as a general in the Revolutionary War. Inside the mansion, our class got to see the very bed in which the father of our country died, and the

kitchen, the parlor and the elegant green dining room. We could go to the slave memorial and quarters, the smokehouse, the wharf and many other historic sites that make up this amazing plantation. And inside the Education Center were the generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous false teeth! Many realistic wax figures were featured, including Washington as a young surveyor and Washington at 47 with his faithful horse, Nelson. George Washington might be gone, but he is never forgotten. He is truly, as the famous quote suggests, â&#x20AC;&#x153;First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

As part of our International Primary Curriculum work, Year 3 held a chocolate sale at school to help the rain forest. For every $50 we raised, we could help save an acre of rain forest. We raised $622.51, so we saved 12 acres of rain forest in Costa Rica. We made dark and milk chocolate and added marshmallows, sprinkles and much more! We donated the money to the Nature Conservancy. We made banners to advertise the sale in school, and we had a logo, which said ATC (Atlanta Rainforest Chocolate). We designed packaging for our chocolate to make it look good. This went with our topics on chocolate and the rain forest. In geography, we learned where the rain forests are. In design and technology, we designed and evaluated our own chocolate recipes. In science, we designed an experiment to see which type of chocolate melted See Dispatches/Page 17

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fastest. We realised how much of the rain forest was being destroyed. Just for one hamburger, 55 square feet of rain forest is used to raise cattle. We told people to have “meat-free Mondays,” but we knew we could do more. This is why our year group organized the chocolate sale. — Niamh Cogley and Tommaso Giammarioli, Year 3 Atlanta (second-graders)

Deal Middle School

“Oklahoma!” is in its final days of practice at Alice Deal Middle School. “Oklahoma!” is about an up-and-coming state in the early 1900s. It also has a love story in it. The play is by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Students have been practicing for this play for almost two months under the direction of Jill Roos. They have been practicing after school and even on Sundays. The performers are not the only people who are working hard. The tech and stage crew have put in many hours as well. Many students auditioned. Some of the parts include ensemble, picnickers and other small roles. Some of the main roles are Curley, Lori, Ado Annie, Judd and Will. The buzz of the play has been going around Deal, and there are posters everywhere. You can buy tickets by contact-

ing Alice Deal. The play is on May 10 and 11. The play is appropriate for most audiences. It should be amazing, so I strongly recommend that you go. — Eden Breslow, sixth-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

On May 2, Peter “Puff the Magic Dragon” Yarrow addressed the school during an afternoon assembly and played songs on the guitar. He came with a message that was shown through the songs “We Shall Overcome” and “Don’t Laugh at Me.” The general themes of his performance were non-violence and coexistence. This week, students from all over the country went to the Kennedy Center to attend the “What’s Going On Now?” event to talk about important issues that are occurring in their lives today. The first event was a reception, where students elaborated on issues such as racism and poverty through different forms of art. Students used the music of Marvin Gaye’s album “What’s Going On?” and applied it to their lives. The arts they used included poetry, song, rap, videos and music videos. After the performances, the students discussed what they were going to do to solve these issues. They came up with ways to communicate and listen to each other in order to have a better understanding of what we need as a community. As a finale, students attended John

Legend’s concert of Marvin Gaye’s album “What’s Going On?” The Duke Ellington Show Choir performed with Legend at the end of the show, and select students performed poetry throughout the performance. — Langston Barboza, ninth-grader

Edmund Burke School

The moment you have been waiting for has finally come. Emotions are flying for the performers: happiness, confidence, excitement and, of course, fear. Backstage, directors and other actors tell you again and again to be quiet, not to talk, but only to whisper. This is the hardest thing you will ever have to do. It feels like you have been waiting for years to get away from the backstage jail. The stage is your freedom. Finally, it is your time to show the world someone that it has never met before — your character. There you are, right behind the curtains, waiting for your cue to show the world a new person. This is your last chance to be afraid. And then, you speak. As you speak, you stop thinking as yourself and start thinking as your character. The words you say are no longer memorized lines; now, they are natural. At that moment when you feel natural, you are your character. You think like him, and as long as your character is not afraid, you aren’t either. It’s over. You have done one performance, and you need to do two

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 more, but the second two will be different. There will be less fear backstage, or perhaps no fear at all. Everyone loved you in the performance, but no one enjoyed it more than the performers, directors, and the tech workers who made the show what it was. You think, “I can’t wait to do this again.” — Kofi Bulluck, sixth-grader

Georgetown Day School

The Girls Learn International group held a Hunger Banquet for the sixth grade in return for donations to make it possible for girls to go to school. This “banquet” was probably the must controversial thing to happen in the sixth grade. That’s because we the sixthgraders of Georgetown Day were misinformed about this banquet — it was really a simulation. In this simulation, there were three classes: yellow, pink and white. The highest class, yellow, got to eat with tablecloths and napkins, and they got the best food and were served at their seats. Pink, the middle class, had to stand or kneel around tables without linens, but they were much better off than the white class. The white class got only rice and beans and had to sit on the floor. This made the whitecard people very angry. Ali commented, “I would have wanted to be warned beforehand.” William said, “It was a learning experience.” Logan said, “Felt bad for the white-card people.” Several sixth-graders stressed: “The yellows


didn’t get it.” I think that the GLI group should have advertised this event as a simulation, not a banquet. However, I did learn that 60 percent of people are in the hungry group. I also felt that it was unfair and I was cheated as a person in the white group. And as a side note, never do a hunger simulation during lunch. — Catherine Hay, sixth-grader

Holy Trinity School

The second-, third- and fourthgraders celebrated Earth Day by going to Disneynature’s new movie “Chimpanzee” on April 28. The movie is about a young chimpanzee named Oscar. Rivals attack Oscar’s pack and separate Oscar’s mom from the others. That night, Oscar’s mother is killed by a jaguar. Without his mom to groom him, Oscar finds it is hard to keep ticks and parasites off his body. He tries to find a new family, but everyone rejects him. A chimpanzee named Freddy, who was the leader of the pack, starts to take care of him. Rivals again attack their pack and Freddy’s pack defeats them. We learned some facts from the movie, like chimpanzees sometimes eat monkeys, jaguars eat chimpanzees and killer ants can eat chimpanzees. — Kevin Leonard and Jackson Namian, third-graders

Janney Elementary

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ferent schools,â&#x20AC;? he said. Among the schools that participated, besides Janney and Deal, were Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ross Elementary, Takoma Education Campus and Columbia Heights Education Campus. Students from J.O. Wilson Elementary, Johnson Middle and Ballou High rounded out the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to bridge the community and to do it academically,â&#x20AC;?

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Mason in droves for daytime bridge-playing sessions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could be taking advantage of the studio. Talpers can speak with experience about the joys of post-retirement pottery. He tried it for the first time on a visit several years ago to see his daughter, who lives in the Sierra Nevadas. When she hosted a pottery class for kids, Talpers participated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looked like a lot of fun,â&#x20AC;? he said. Returning to D.C., the retired physician dove into his education, taking classes at George Washington University and the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now found his ideal pottery space at Guy Mason. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came back after the remodeling was

said Hillah Culman, who works with the community partnerships for D.C. schools and helped organize the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what school youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from, you can be great at Scrabble â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and you can have a great time.â&#x20AC;? All the kids who spent six hours playing Scrabble Saturday came away winners: Hasbro and the National Scrabble Association provided prize bags filled with games and other goodies for every player, most of whom skipped over to Culman to scoop up their winnings. done, and I was thrilled,â&#x20AC;? he said. Talpers, who lives in Cathedral Heights, believes the many retirees near Guy Mason could help activate the studio during the daytime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open to enlarging our program,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if our reasoning is correct that there are people who want to come during the day.â&#x20AC;? Kerr said he believes the interest is growing, especially as more people visit the renovated rec center for the first time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who have lived in this neighborhood for years walk in and they go, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guy Mason?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation spokesperson John Stokes said the agency is willing to explore expansion of the program if demand warrants it. Guy Mason is one of three rec centers in the city offering ceramic programs.

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ome renovations performed a decade or two ago can be problematic when a property is on the market. The work can

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seem too new to rip out and start over, but the design and finishes are often too dated to sell easily. But select projects seem timeless. Such is the case with a newly listed Chevy Chase home built in 1914 and renovated in 1991 by Stephen Muse. One of the bestknown architects in the area and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects — a coveted title — Muse reimagined this inviting, center-hall Colonial with a pared-down Craftsman aesthetic that nods at the Far East. Wide doorways with post-andlintel frames introduce dining and living rooms on opposite sides of the center hall. The vertical posts are slightly offset from the ends, creating a simple silhouette that is surprisingly decorative. In the living room, a wood-burning fireplace centers the space, while floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves on both ends of the room

provide heft. Unfussy moldings here and throughout the home — including on a coffered ceiling in the dining room — provide a clean, spare frame to each space. The kitchen features another coffered ceiling, this one trimmed out in the maple that also pops up on kitchen cabinetry. Black accents, such as hardware and tile, set off the warm wood and terra-cotta floor tiles. There’s tons of space here for cooks and helpers alike, and a window-lined bay offers a sunny spot for casual dining. The ground floor provides a host of other living spaces, including a music or sitting room that overlooks the home’s pool; a den with built-in storage and a vaulted ceiling; and a large, bright space now used as a home office. Skylights and a clerestory window keep the room bright; they also illuminate objects perched on the deep ledge that runs around the space. The room, though its built-ins are a natural as a home office, could easily work as a large family room as well. The spots at the rear of the home open from a central, light-filled gallery ideal for displaying art. A door from this atrium also leads to the deck and pool.

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Built in 1914 and renovated in 1991, this Chevy Chase six-bedroom home is priced at $1,925,000. A powder room is a useful ground-floor spot, as is a large coat closet nearby. Like in other bathrooms here, white ceramic tile is interspersed with colored tiles; there’s a different hue in each bath. A charcoal runner lines the stairs and fans out on the secondfloor landing, which leads to the master suite and two additional bedrooms. The master suite includes a large, sunny bedroom, a dressing room that was once a small bedroom, and a large bath in which two vanities flank windows and a sizable tub. All three bedrooms on this level have visual interest where it’s not

often found: on the ceiling. The master’s vaulted ceiling includes a skylight, the second bedroom features a tray ceiling, and the third has a vaulted space painted a sky blue. The two bedrooms share a hall bath. Two more bedrooms and a bath wait on the third floor. Sloping eaves give a touch of coziness here, but there’s still ample headroom in both spots. A bottom level is ideal as a space for a nanny or long-term guests as well as family living. A spacious bedroom-cum-living area

has a separate entrance; a nearby kitchenette and full bath complete the suite. There’s also a den with built-ins that would fit a host of different media, and a half-bath is useful as a changing spot for the swimming pool, which waits right outside this room’s exit and includes an automated cover. This six-bedroom home with four full- and two half-baths at 3751 Jenifer St. is offered for $1,925,000. For more information, contact Juliet Zucker of Long & Foster Real Estate at 202-491-5220 or

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three months for use in an Advanced Placement history class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Verizon Wireless is working to help engage students in mobile learning,â&#x20AC;? said spokesperson Melanie Ortell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teachers are telling us that these tablets are instrumental in encouraging teaching and learning.â&#x20AC;? Coolidge history teacher Bernadette Desario agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re much more engaged with this,â&#x20AC;? she said last Thursday, gesturing at her 16-odd AP U.S. History students, who were working in groups, but each with his or

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her own tablet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their grades have just skyrocketed,â&#x20AC;? she said. That morning, the group was studying primary-source documents to prepare for an upcoming AP exam. They were answering a question from a previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test: How and why did the slave movement become more radical between 1815 and 1816? One group of students paged through a website showing a letter from John Quincy Adams to Roger S. Baldwin regarding the Amistad slave revolt, while the rest looked at other documents. Desario said that without the tablets, she would have had to make about 130 copies to share all this information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re limited on resources. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re limited





on money,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The amount of paper alone that I have saved is tremendous.â&#x20AC;? Desario also said she appreciates the way the system she and her students are using â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Edmodo, an education program set up similarly to Facebook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allows her to communicate with her students online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the beginning of class, I had them rewrite the question in their own words, so I knew they understood it. Within a minute I could see, right here, every studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response,â&#x20AC;? she said, pointing to her tablet. Desario said using the tablets to write essays also helps the kids learn typing skills, â&#x20AC;&#x153;which they need,â&#x20AC;? because â&#x20AC;&#x153;few if anyâ&#x20AC;? have computers at home.

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win approval for the hotel plan since 2008. The saga over the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, though involving a much younger building, has dragged on even longer. Members of that congregation have been trying for two decades to demolish

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better than textbooks,â&#x20AC;? said 12thgrader Malik Jackson, who is headed to Coppin State University in Baltimore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can just turn pages like â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pow.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re awesome,â&#x20AC;? agreed 11thgrader Antonio Jenkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been using the tablets not that many people are dozing off.â&#x20AC;? As for Jabbar, he said the tutors helped him improve his college essay, which was about a two-week trip to England he took last summer as part of the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral Scholars program. At first, he said, his essay had â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of fluff, a lot of extra info. â&#x20AC;Ś [The tutors] helped me expand my ideas. â&#x20AC;Ś It ended up being shorter, but better.â&#x20AC;?

their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brutalistâ&#x20AC;? concrete building at 16th and I streets, erected in the late 1960s, because they say it is cold, unwelcoming and nearly impossible to maintain. But those plans got caught up in a historic landmark nomination, which blocked demolition, and then an appeal to a higher zoning official known the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent, then a long court battle. The situation finally ended with a complicated legal

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settlement that will allow the church and Christian Science Monitor building on the corner site to be removed in favor of a large office building incorporating space for a glassy new Christian Science church. Development partner JBG Cos. first presented plans for a 130-foottall office tower, with space for a ground-floor restaurant, landscaped plaza and 10,000-square-foot church, last fall. The sheer size upset some critics, and the company has since proposed modifications, including some reduction in the height and mass. Plans were slated for review at the preservation board May 3, but abruptly postponed two days before the hearing. Neither the developer nor the city preservation office would say exactly why, but it seems clear further refinements may be made to help assure approval. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are still discussing the project with the applicants and everybody agreed to postpone until May 24,â&#x20AC;? state preservation officer David Maloney wrote in an email to The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment beyond confirming that JBG will present to HPRB on May 24,â&#x20AC;? wrote company spokesperson Charlie Maier. It could be a long day. The board has already set up a May 31 continuation session just in case.

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Heart House, 24th and N streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety report. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  presentation on the D.C. Superior Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Courts. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Department of Transportation regarding the installation of bike lanes on L and M streets. â&#x2013;  presentation on the Komen Global Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 2. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control matters: application for an exception from singlesale restrictions for Foggy Bottom Grocery, 2140 F St.; single-sale renewal for Riverside Liquors, 2123 E St.; license renewal for Watergate Wine and Spirits, 2544 Virginia Ave.; license renewal for McReynolds Liquors, 1776 G St.; license application for Courtyard by Marriott, 515 20th St.; and recent security incidents at McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 24th Street and Pennsylvania

Avenue. â&#x2013; consideration of an application by Herbal Alternatives for permission to operate a medicinal marijuana dispensary at 1147 20th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of Zoning Commission matters: proposed minor modification to the George Washington University campus plan regarding the university-community advisory committee; and rehabilitation of U.S. Reservation 28 (I Street and Pennsylvania Avenue between 20th and 21st streets) by the National Park Service. â&#x2013;  consideration of public-space applications by Subway, 2517 Pennsylvania Ave., and Rasika West End, 22nd and M streets. â&#x2013;  matters before the Board of Zoning Adjustment. â&#x2013;  matters before the Historic Preservation Review Board. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on the proposed extension of hours of alcohol sales. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application by Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave., for a sidewalk cafe awning. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application by Urbana, 2121 P St., for a valet parking permit. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal application by Rosebud Liquor, 1711 17th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by Phase 1 of Dupont, 1415 22nd St., for a change of hours. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application by the D.C. Preservation League for designation of the Peyser Building, at 1518 K St., as a historic landmark. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application by Herbal Alternatives for permission to operate a medicinal marijuana dispensary at 1147 20th St. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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Carrington of the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office discussed the new citywide community court program for those accused of low-level nonviolent misdemeanors. Retchin said the program, which launched in January, is based on a successful pilot that has reduced the recidivism rate in wards 7 and 8 since 2002. A program started in New York City serves as the general model. Under the program, defendants are offered various types of remediation, such as restitution, community service or reference to a mental health court. If the defendant successfully completes the program, the case is dismissed. Among the community service locations are Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place at St. Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church and the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry. Michael Francis, a coordinator for the program, said his organization is looking for more sites for community service. â&#x2013; commissioner Eric Lamar said the commission will entertain grant applications through May 27. â&#x2013;  Mary Lord, the Ward 2 member of the D.C. State Board of Education, reported that the District is joining 46 states in adopting a â&#x20AC;&#x153;common coreâ&#x20AC;? curriculum for literacy and math. As a result, Lord said, there will probably be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dip in proficiency due to growing pains.â&#x20AC;? All but Texas, Virginia, Alaska and Nebraska have signed on to use the curriculum. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  update on community grants and the May 27 deadline for applications. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  updates from neighborhood groups. â&#x2013;  update on the Chinese Embassy project. â&#x2013;  discussion of Kalorama Village. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed changes to zoning regulations regarding group instruction centers or studios. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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drunk patrons, among other issues. Concerns escalated following a double stabbing outside the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors on Dec. 30 last year. Mood representatives werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t present at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Roderic Woodson, an attorney with Holland & Knight, said he and his client werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t invited. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of the meeting, nor were we aware of the subject matter,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anything, we were disappointed by not being asked.â&#x20AC;? At the meeting, officials from various D.C. government agencies talked about their arsenal of tools for cutting down problems at the club. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;reimbursable detailâ&#x20AC;? of police officers working overtime at Mood on Saturdays has proved at least modestly effective, said Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It did start to quiet things down a little bit,â&#x20AC;? she said. And the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has ordered Mood to pay fines for violating its voluntary agreement, according to alcohol agency director Fred Moosally. The Office of the Attorney General is now reviewing more charges against Mood for a May 23 hearing, he said. Quander, agreeing with residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; suggestions, said the city would also try to send more undercover inspectors to Mood. To residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; complaints about Moodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s valet parking service, Quander said the city could bring in the Department of Public Works to tow illegally parked cars. Other strategies require more long-range planning and could ultimately have citywide implications. Moosally said the city is working on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;multi-agency noise-enforcement effort,â&#x20AC;? involving the alcohol agency as well as the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, whereby inspectors will take noise readings late at night and early in the mornings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is something that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been done before,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Moosally also said his agency is pushing the D.C. Council for legislation that would allow â&#x20AC;&#x153;faster, more efficient noise enforcement.â&#x20AC;? As is, he said, residents â&#x20AC;&#x153;have to wait monthsâ&#x20AC;? to see results from their noise complaints. Officials would like to have the ability to â&#x20AC;&#x153;issue noise citations on the spot,â&#x20AC;? he said. Another strategy is to strengthen the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise in measuring noise levels. As is, only two available employees have the training to use the noise-reading meters, but the city is looking at bringing in â&#x20AC;&#x153;a cadre of individualsâ&#x20AC;? with experience at construction sites and hotels, Quander said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The long-range goal is to train individuals,â&#x20AC;? he said. The District is also working on ways to better control outside promoters hired by nightlife venues, possibly through legislation. Mood was prohibited from bringing in outside promoters after the December stabbings, but neighbors claim the practice continues. Residents came to Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting with a host of other frustrations about Mood. Cristina Amoruso said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given up on filing noise complaints. On weekend nights, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just take a double dose of a sleeping pill and hope for the best,â&#x20AC;? she said. Another resident said on weekend nights, he makes a point of leaving Shaw. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to flee my own neighborhood in the middle of the night, because I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any sleep or peace at my house.â&#x20AC;? Quander encouraged residents to continue communicating with the city about violations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every call is documented, and it gives us more reason, and more ammunition, to do what needs to be done.â&#x20AC;? Police Chief Lanier argued for a big-picture look at recent changes in the District, including residential growth in areas that were once only commercial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city is expanding so rapidly that zoning and licensing has to be redone,â&#x20AC;? she said. A lot of the old enforcement techniques arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working anymore and need â&#x20AC;&#x153;the teeth of the lawâ&#x20AC;? through legislative changes, she said.

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Wednesday may 9 Benefit â&#x2013; A fundraiser for the Georgetown Senior Center will feature drinks, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and background music from the 1920s and 1930s. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $50 donation suggested. F. Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1226 36th St. NW. 202-316-2632. Classes â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tipsâ&#x20AC;? series, vegan chef Brennan Gerald will prepare veggie burgers with sprouted grain buns and sweet potato fries. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 materials fee per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue May 23 and June 13. â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi, resident teacher at the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, will lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully,â&#x20AC;? a class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Study Center will begin a four-week class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Savoring the Psalms,â&#x20AC;? led by Amy Schwartz. 8:15 to 9:25 p.m. $75. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. The class will continue May 16, 23 and 30. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mary Kaldor, director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  CNN national security analyst Peter L. Bergen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; From 9/11 to Abbottabad.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  William Katz will discuss his book


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Events Entertainment â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013; Lance Jay Brown, professor at the City College of New York, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whose Space? Public Land in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital,â&#x20AC;? about the sometimes-contentious role of open space in Washington. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present a program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;From R. Mutt to Monty Python: The Meaning and Legacy of Dada.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Friends of the Tenley Library will present a talk by Stefan Fatsis, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Julia Alvarez will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Wedding in Haiti.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Robert A. Caro will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $18. Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  YaĂŤl Tamar Lewin, recipient of the Arts Club of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth annual Marfield Prize, will discuss her biography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins,â&#x20AC;? about the classical and modern dancer who in 1951 became the first AfricanAmerican prima ballerina with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16. â&#x2013;  John Irving will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;In One Person.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eurochannel Short Films Tourâ&#x20AC;? will feature three selections with the theme of love or friendship in honor of Europe Day. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International

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Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yilmaz GĂźney: Master of Euro-Asian Film Cultureâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1978 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Herd.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature Mimi Chakarovaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Price of Sex,â&#x20AC;? about young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. A question-and-answer session with Chakarova will follow. 7 p.m. $9 to $11. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will preset Jan Hrebejkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innocence.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature juggler Paolo Garbanzo, demonstrating daring feats and comedic talents; and Yo-Yo People (shown), featuring husband-andwife duo John Higby and Rebecca Loomis Higby in a show that combines yo-yos, hula hoops and unicycles. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage will host the four-day Voices of Now festival, featuring 11 youth ensembles performing original one-act plays. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. Performances will continue Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10

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Classes â&#x2013; Lil omm yoga will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zooga! Yoga @ the Zooâ&#x20AC;? class. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Meet near Parking Lot D across from the Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Farm entrance at the National Zoo,

$38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert series will continue Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, may 9 â&#x2013; Special event: Featuring rooms by 24 designers, the fifth annual DC Design House will raise funds for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20. 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW. The design house will be open through Sunday; viewing hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2486304. â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session to help first-time home buyers navigate the purchase process and take advantage of loan programs offered by the D.C. government. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concerts â&#x2013;  NSO Pops will feature Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and a night of retro-swing. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature pianist Chihiro Yamanaka, saxophonist Jane Bunnett, pianist Hilario Duran, percussionist Candido Camero and vocalist Carmen Lundy. 7 p.m.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Larry Cohen, president of Communications Workers of America, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Labor and the Democratic Party.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Christian McBurney will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Historian David C. Ward will discuss what connects Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson and Mark Twain. Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Scholar Kevin Bartig will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Musicians, Soviet Music and Cultural Ties in the 1940s.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3302. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonnardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Technicolor Visions.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Sharon S. Takeda, senior curator and head of costumes and textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will discuss the history, popularity and practicality of Japanese indigo-dyed textiles. 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  In honor of the 200th anniversary of George Peabodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival in Georgetown, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to Georgetown, George!â&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk by John DeFerrari, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Charles A. Birnbaum will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Influence of the Italian Garden on Garden Design & Landscape Preservation in America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20; $7 for college students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Victoria Moran will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys See Events/Page 27


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and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013; Ten graduating seniors at the Corcoran College of Art + Design will discuss their work. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Evolutionary biologist Lee Dugatkin and neuroeconomist Paul Zak will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mysterious Moral Molecule.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Arlie Russell Hochschild, professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Ed Walker, host of WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-running radio show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Broadcast,â&#x20AC;? and Rob Bamberger, host of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Jazz Saturday Night,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the history of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Broadcast,â&#x20AC;? present a sampling of the vintage radio broadcasts and discuss how the programs enriched the lives of Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  H.W. Brands, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Anne S. McKnight, director of the Bowen Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anxiety, Addiction, and the Family.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-9654400.

Concerts â&#x2013; Martin Neary, master of the choristers and organist at Westminster Abbey, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Arts@Midday series will feature actors Dan Crane and Eva Wilhelm and oboist Kenneth Stilwell performing Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sonnets intertwined with the music of Mozart. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  Jazz pianist Amy K. Bormetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Striking Quartet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The 17th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature bassist Linda Oh, percussionist Allison Miller and vocalist Carla Cook. 7 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert series will continue Saturday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present the Two Rivers Middle Eastern Ensemble, led by Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir El-Saffar. 7:30 p.m. $80. Iraqi Cultural Center, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. The concert will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Blue Moon Cowgirls and Hurley String Band will perform country songs. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Carroll CafĂŠ, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Great Noise Ensemble. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

Films â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present Barcelona filmmaker Pere Portabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary shorts about his friend Joan MirĂł. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The films will be shown again May 24 and 25 at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  CinĂŠ Francophone will feature David LaChapelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rize,â&#x20AC;? about the vibrant hip-hop movement in Los Angeles. 7 p.m. $9; $4 for students and seniors. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midnight Circus in a stage show with actors, acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists, dancers, singers and more. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Deal Middle School will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma!,â&#x20AC;? directed by Jill Roos and featuring more than 130 students in the cast. 7:30 p.m. $10; $5 for students and teachers. Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. Tour â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Sharon Hanes will lead a tour of the Margaret Hagedorn Rose Garden. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Walter Dean Myers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; named the National Ambassador for Young Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Literature 2012-2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will tell stories and read from his books at an event celebrating Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Week. 11 a.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, Mining and Human Rights in Latin America.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Local teens will present plans for making the Anacostia neighborhood more accessible and vibrant, the culmination of their semester in the National Building Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CityVision program. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Christopher Buckley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;They Eat Puppies, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t They?â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival â&#x2013;  The Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth annual Garden Fest will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardening for Healthy Livingâ&#x20AC;? with live music and activities for all ages, including a look at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retro Garden Gamesâ&#x20AC;? presented by the Hillwood Museum. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Enid A. Haupt Garden between the Smithsonian Castle and Independence Avenue SW.

is reunited with a childhood friend. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pasties and Popcornâ&#x20AC;? will feature a collection of sexy and titillating films from the DC Shorts Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s archives. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. pasties. More films will be shown Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, may 12 â&#x2013; Special event: The European Union delegation and the embassies of the member states will present their annual Open House Day, featuring cultural activities, performances and food. Activities will range from instruction on how to play cricket to a viewing of paintings by 16th- and 17th-century Dutch Masters to a demonstration of Renaissance sword-fighting techniques. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Various locations. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Michael Aptedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enigma,â&#x20AC;? about a gifted mathematician working with the British government to develop the Enigma machine. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Home: The Films of Turkish Master Yilmaz GĂźneyâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1974 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Friend,â&#x20AC;? about an aristocrat from an impoverished town who

Performances â&#x2013; Eaton Elementary School will present the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.,â&#x20AC;? based on the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel by Norton Juster. 7:30 p.m. $5. Barbara Munday Theater, Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell St. NW. the-phantom-tollbooth. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society and the Shakespeare Theatre Company will present a performance by contemporary dance troupe Pilobolus. 8 p.m. $35 to $55. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Sunhwa Chung and Ko-Ryo Dance Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arirang â&#x20AC;&#x201D; We Go Beyond the Crossroad.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  In conjunction with National Public Gardens Day, Tudor Place will host a plant sale and self-guided garden walks. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. â&#x2013;  The 13th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shabbat in Song,â&#x20AC;? a communitywide celebration hosted by area congregations such as Kesher

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Israel, Temple Micah and Bet Mishpachach. Free. Various times and locations. The festival will continue through May 21. May 12 Saturday, Saturday may 12 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; National Geographic and the D.C. Public Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Printingâ&#x20AC;? (for children ages 8 and older). 11:30 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Jackie Urbanovic, author and illustrator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duck Soup,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duck and Cover,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sitting Duckâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duck at the Door,â&#x20AC;? will read from her books at an event presented by the Friends of the Tenley Library. 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a variety of theatrical, dance and musical performances, as well as classes on yoga, African dance and other topics. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Yards Park, Water Street between 3rd and 4th streets SE. â&#x2013;  The Christie Dashiell Quartet will perform jazz works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The 17th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature an opening set by violinist Diane Monroe (shown) and a performance by percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington and her band Mosaic Project. 7 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. See Events/Page 28









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Continued From Page 27 â&#x2013; Pianist and composer Haskell Small will perform works by Bach and OndĂłnèz, as well as his own composition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of Childhood.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. â&#x2013;  The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Balagan Boogaloo,â&#x20AC;? featuring a performance by IsraeliAmerican emcee and rapper Kosha Dillz and a mix of Israeli hip-hop, bhangra, baile funk, radio remixes and 1980s freestyle. 10 p.m. $10 to $20. Eden, 1716 I St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Memoirist, novelist, screenwriter and saxophonist James McBride (shown) will discuss Julian Wasserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic photograph of James Brown performing at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Christopher Tilghman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Right-Hand Shore,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Robert Draper will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Originals Now: Ernie Gehrâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perspectives on the Street,â&#x20AC;? a


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Events Entertainment program of the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short films. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; The Kennedy Center will present Hueyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Good Time, the Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with the filmmaker will follow. 3 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Performance â&#x2013;  The Joy of Motion Dance Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Dance Ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and longest-running writing competition for teens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will read their original work. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Special events â&#x2013;  The Rev. Mary Kay Totty of Dumbarton United Methodist Church will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blessing of the Bicyclesâ&#x20AC;? at the intersection of C&O Canal Towpath and Capital Crescent Trail. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Free. Near Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove, Canal and Reservoir roads NW. 202-333-7212. â&#x2013;  The seventh annual Herb Day festival will feature demonstrations, tours, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, discussions and information tables. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Lego master Adam Reed Tucker will complete a model of the White House for the National Building Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition.â&#x20AC;? Attendees will be able to take

Sunday, may 13 â&#x2013; Concert: Washington Concert Opera will present Brandon Jovanovich and Michelle DeYoung in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Samson et Dalila,â&#x20AC;? a story of love and revenge set to music by Camille Saint-SaĂŤns. 6 p.m. $40 to $100. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-364-5826. part in design challenges and to talk to Tucker as he works. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. The event will continue Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The DC Rollergirls will present the season championships, featuring the DC DemonCats and the Majority Whips competing for third place and Scare Force One and the Cherry Blossom Bombshells squaring off for the title. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through historic Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union

officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013; Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renewing Urban Renewal,â&#x20AC;? about what was lost with 1960s-era redevelopment in Southwest D.C. as well as the enduring residential communities that resulted from the upheaval. 11 a.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet outside the Waterfront Metro station exit. 202484-1565. Sunday, May 13

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Children will hear a story about American sculptor and architect Maya Lin and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present a family concert featuring Saint-SaĂŤnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carnival of the Animals.â&#x20AC;? 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Debussy, YsaĂże and Beethoven. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will present a performance of Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mass in B Minor,â&#x20AC;? featuring sopranos Kate Vetter Cain and Rosa Lamoreaux, countertenor Charles Humphries, tenor Robert Petillo and bass Jon Bruno. 4 p.m. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  The Raphael Trio will perform works by Italian operetta composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Gala Celebration Concert,â&#x20AC;? featuring a singalong of show tunes, pop classics, folk songs and other familiar music. 5 p.m. Donations suggested. St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4700




Whitehaven Parkway NW. 202-342-2823. â&#x2013; The Capital City Symphony will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brahms Meets Jazz,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Brahms and Gershwin. 5 p.m. $16 to $25; free for children ages 16 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Soprano Charlotte de Rothschild and harpist Danielle Perret will perform works by Montsalvatge, Poulenc, Satie and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mothers, Wives, and Patriots,â&#x20AC;? about the diverse roles women played on the home front and the battlefield during the American Civil War. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Creative Spirit of Dance.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare, director of program and ministry at the Washington National Cathedral, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinking Christ: Lessons From Julian of Norwich.â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Faya Causey, head of academic programs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amber and the Ancient World.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Julie Wymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strong!,â&#x20AC;? about the struggles of a champion weightlifter as her career inches toward its inevitable end. A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. â&#x2013;  Cineforum Italiano will feature Edoardo Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;18 Years Later,â&#x20AC;? about two brothers driving across the Italian countryside in a road trip to carry out their fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dying wish. 4 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Originals Now: Ernie Gehrâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visiting Video Shadows,â&#x20AC;? featuring the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work after he switched from 16 mm film to digital formats in 2004. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harvest of Empire,â&#x20AC;? about the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and its connection to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immigration crisis. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 See Events/Page 30


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African Art Museum exhibit looks at womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identities


alla Essaydi: Revisions,â&#x20AC;? featuring works in diverse media by Moroccan-born New York artist Lalla Essaydi that push the boundaries of Arab, Muslim and African perceptions of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identities, will open today at the

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National Museum of African Art and continue through Feb. 24. Located at 950 Independence Ave. SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-4600. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everywhere Nowhere,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Christian Balzano that meditate on time, space, existence and transformation, will open tomorrow at the Italian Cultural Institute and continue through May 30. A reception will take place tomorrow at 7 p.m., for which an RSVP is required. Located at 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors must make an appointment in advance. 202-

518-0998, ext. 27. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Character Studies,â&#x20AC;? featuring ceramic sculptures by Dennis Bergevin of opera characters in the form of marionettes, will open Friday at Watergate Gallery and continue through June 16. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the artist will give a talk May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dialogues,â&#x20AC;? highlighting emerging women artists Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Annette Isham and Helina Metaferia, will open Friday at International Visions Gallery and continue through June 9. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-2345112. â&#x2013;  Conner Contemporary Art will open an

exhibit Saturday of new work by Leo Villareal that explores imagery identified with modernity. The show will continue through June 30. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. â&#x2013; Project 4 will open an exhibit Saturday of new work by Foon Sham that uses sawdust to explore themes of diligence and survival. The show will continue through June 16. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unforgettable: A Painterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brush â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With Iranian Female Artists,â&#x20AC;? a series of paintings by Nurieh Mozaffari inspired by famous female artists of Iran, opened last week at La Maison Française, where it will continue through May 16. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., for which reserva-

Washington National Opera updates â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wertherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


ashington National Opera will present Jules Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wertherâ&#x20AC;? May 12 through 27 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Chris Alexander directs an updated production that moves the


opera to the mid-20th century. The opera tells the story of the passionate young poet Werther, who falls in love with the beautiful Charlotte, who is already engaged to Albert. Werther clings to his unrequited love with tragic results. Washington National Opera will present an updated production of Performance times vary. Ticket Jules Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wertherâ&#x20AC;? May 12 through 27. prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; Catherine wakes to find herself Performance times are 1:30 and imprisoned in a coffin-size freezer. 4 p.m. Tickets cost $18. 202-467â&#x2013; Taffety Punk opened Ivan To discover how she got there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4600; Vyrypaevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxygenâ&#x20AC;? this week and will continue it through May 19 and whether she can talk her way to â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance will present the freedom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she must quickly premiere of Nicholas Wardigoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Two actors, a man and a woman, decide which of her captors to trust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humâ&#x20AC;? May 14 through June 2 at Performance times are 8 p.m. the Atlas Performing Arts Center. perform 10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;tracksâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; scenes that This new piece of theater chalThursday are constructed through Saturday lenges our expectations of storytelllike prose songs, ing. In a world filled with a conand 3 p.m. complete with stant, pervasive hum that blocks out Sunday. Tickets refrains. verbal communication, Van and cost $20. Performance Eva live an uneventful life. But Flashpoint is times are 8 p.m. when a stranger arrives, they must located at 916 G Wednesday learn how to connect in new ways. St. NW. 202through Saturday Performance times are 8 p.m. 315-1310; and 3 p.m. Taffety Punkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxygenâ&#x20AC;? will Thursday through Sunday and 2 Saturday. p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $35. â&#x2013;  Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continue through May 19. Tickets cost Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. Patch Theatre $10. Capitol Company will bring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emily Loves 202-241-2539; Hill Arts Workshop is located at â&#x2013;  The Keegan Theatre will close to Bounceâ&#x20AC;? to the Kennedy Center 545 7th St. SE. 800-838-3006; the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Workingâ&#x20AC;? May 13 at May 12 and 13. Inspired by the books of Stephen the Church Street Theater. â&#x2013;  Mead Theatre Lab at Performance times are 8 p.m. Michael King, the show fuses Flashpoint will present Factory mime, music, sound, imagery and Thursday through Saturday and 3 449â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ice illusion to create a whimsical world p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to Childâ&#x20AC;? May 10 through June 3. of bouncing balls and magical mov- $40. The Church Street Theater is Urban legend gets a shot of located at 1742 Church St. NW. Edgar Allan Poe and a dash of con- ing boxes. It is appropriate for ages 4 and older. 703-892-0202; temporary horror in this play.

Lalla Essaydiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 chromogenic print â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harem #4Bâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at the National Museum of African Art. tions are requested. La Maison Française is located in the French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Road NW, and it is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601.

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Continued From Page 28 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performances ■ Thai violin trio VieTrio will perform, and Elías Aguirre and Álvaro Esteban will present their modern dance piece “Entomo.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dance Place will present a theater and dance performance as part of “The Arts, Military + Healing: A Collaborative Initiative.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. Sale ■ The National Museum of Women in the Arts will present “Global Marketplace,” featuring jewelry, ceramics, personal accessories and home décor created by women artisans living in emerging economies throughout the world. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. The sale will continue Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special events ■ “Mother’s Day Tea” will feature a

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Events Entertainment craft activity, a discussion of proper etiquette and a traditional tea with period teas, finger sandwiches and desserts. 11 a.m. to noon. $25; $10 for children. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. ■ DC Yoga Week will kick off with the YoKid DC Yoga Challenge, featuring a goalsetting exercise, 108 sun salutations, a healthy eating lesson and snacks. 2 to 4:30 p.m. $5. University Yard, George Washington University, H Street between 20th and 21st streets NW. DC Yoga Week will continue through May 20 with free and $5 classes at studios throughout the area; for details, visit ■ Dance in the Circle, a six-hour event presented by the nonprofit In the Circle Productions, will feature 12 local dance companies performing and offering instruction in various styles. 3 to 9 p.m. Free. Dupont Circle Park, Massachusetts and Connecticut avenues NW. ■ Tifereth Israel Congregation will host a dedication ceremony for Mindy Wiesel’s painting “Es Brent (It’s Burning),” and the artist will discuss the work’s origins as a way for her to cope with anguish over her

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Monday, may 14 ■ Concert: Singer Nathalie Pires will perform traditional fado music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

parents’ incarceration during the Holocaust. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. 202-882-1605, ext. 101. Tour ■ Sharon Hanes, a rosarian and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer, will lead a Mother’s Day tour of the Rose Garden. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Monday, May 14

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Concerts ■ The Washington Jewish Music Festival will feature Roberto Rodriguez and the Cuban Jewish All Stars. 7 p.m. $18; $15 for students and seniors. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present violinist Itzhak Perlman (shown) and pianist Rohan de Silva performing works by Schubert, Brahms and Prokofiev. 8 p.m. $45 to $115. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ The Islamic Society of North America and Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding will host a symposium on “Religious Freedom and the Rights of Minorities.” 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “Live to Read,” a citywide celebration of literature presented by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., will feature a discussion of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a screening of the film adaptation. 5:30 p.m. Free. Second-floor West Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ Pamela S. Nadell, director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University, will discuss 350 years of the

American Jewish experience through the prism of the National Museum of American Jewish History, located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 306, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1238. ■ Michael Shuman will discuss his book “Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity — A Community Resilience Guide.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Jennifer Miller will discuss her novel “The Year of the Gadfly.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The D.C. International Human Rights Film Festival will open with Iranian director Maryam Keshavarz’s film “Circumstance,” about the lives of two 16-year-old girls navigating a lesbian relationship in Iran. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. The festival will continue through Thursday. ■ “The Importance of Oscar Wilde” will feature Albert Lewin’s 1945 film “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ Goethe-Institut will present Milo Rau and Simone Eisenring’s 2010 film “The Last Hour of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu.” Vladimir Tismaneanu, professor of comparative politics at the University of Maryland at College Park, will make introductory remarks. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Vernon Zimmerman’s 1980 film “Fade to Black.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Reading ■ The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will feature a reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special events ■ The national semifinals of the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest will feature 53 champions from every state, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-682-5551. The finals will be held Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the same site. ■ The Museum of the American Cocktail will present D.C. mixologists J.P. Caceres, Jamie MacBain and Duane Sylvestre discussing spirits and cocktails from warmer climes, such as mescal, tequila and pisco. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Bourbon Steak, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sporting events ■ The Washington Mystics will play the

Connecticut Sun in a preseason contest. 7 p.m. $5.50 to $200. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. ■ The Washington Nationals will play the San Diego Padres. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. Tour ■ Beth Burrous, a biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer, will lead a “Midday Tour in the Garden of Good and Evil,” focusing on medicinal and poisonous plants. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 15 15 Tuesday, TuesdayMay may Classes ■ Monika Saxton of the U.S. Botanic Garden will lead a workshop on “Plant Propagation: Reproduction of the Green Kind.” 1 to 2:30 p.m. $5; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a weekly Pilates in the Park class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW. The classes will continue through June 26. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Handel, Bach and Rosenmüller. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature soprano Jennifer Jellings performing works by Bach and Handel. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ Winners of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Feder String Competition for sixth- through 12th-graders will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Peruvian pianist Juan José Chuquisengo will present a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of the InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. ■ The Washington Jewish Music Festival will feature Basya Schechter presenting “Songs of Wonder.” 7:30 p.m. $18; $15 for students and seniors. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ Pop vocalist Melissa Manchester will perform. 8 p.m. $30 in advance; $35 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Robert K. Musil, adjunct professor at American University, will discuss “Before and After Rachel Carson: Women Who Protected the Environment.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, See Events/Page 31

Continued From Page 30 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. ■ “Live to Read,” a citywide celebration of literature presented by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., will kick off with an introduction to the 2012 selection, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Nobel laureate Herta Müller will read from her work, followed by a conversation with Georgetown University professor Peter Pfeiffer. 6:30 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. ■ Meira Levinson will discuss her book “No Citizen Left Behind.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Henry A. Crumpton will discuss his book “The Art of Intelligence: Lessons From a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Ron Fuchs II, curator of the Reeves Collection at Washington and Lee University, will discuss “George Washington’s Society of the Cincinnati Porcelain Service.” 7 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book “We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian


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Events Entertainment Holocaust.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-332-1221. Film ■ A countdown of the American Film Institute’s top 100 films of the last century will feature the 1959 film “Some Like It Hot.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Special event ■ Brewmaster and beer expert Garrett Oliver will discuss “The Power and the Glory,” about beers that combine brawn with true elegance and an ability to age well. The event will include a chance to taste samples. 7 p.m. $85. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. 16 Wednesday, WednesdayMay may 16 Concerts ■ “Jazz at the Atlas” will feature “Out of the Cool: Gil Evans at 100,” featuring various ensembles performing work by the iconic jazz composer. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Batavia Madrigal Singers will perform. 8 p.m. $20; $10 for children ages 7 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The chamber ensemble Concertante

will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202783-7370. ■ As part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival, Chilean singer/songwriter Yael Meyer will perform. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Adam Jortner will discuss his book “The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Yangzom Brauen will discuss her book “Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family’s Epic Journey From Oppression to Freedom.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Gary Younge will discuss his book “Granta 119: Britain,” and Tania James will discuss her book “Aerogrammes and Other Stories.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Planetary geologist Jim Zimbelman will discuss “Fire and Ice,” a virtual tour of the planet’s major volcanoes. 6:30 to 8:30

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p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Adam Frank will discuss his book “About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Terry Tempest Williams will discuss her book “When Women Were Birds: Fiftyfour Variations on Voice.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ As part of the “Ancient Greeks/ Modern Lives” program, Gettysburg College classics professor Brett Rogers will discuss “The Art of Storytelling,” about the similarities between ancient poets and modern storytellers. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ The Mystery Book Club will discuss “Before I Go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Lauren Strauss, assistant professor at George Washington University, will discuss “Jewish Civil Life at a Time of Civil War: American Jewry in the Mid-19th Century.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1238.

Truth — 4 Days Inside Guantanamo.” A question-and-answer session with Andrea Prasnow of Human Rights Watch will follow. 7 p.m. $9 to $11. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456.

Sporting events ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ■ D.C. United will play the Houston Dynamo. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328.

Films ■ “Yilmaz Güney: Master of Euro-Asian Film Culture” will feature the director’s 1970 film “Hope.” A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature Luc Côté and Patricio Henríquez’s 2010 film “You Don’t Like the

Walks ■ Birder Sheila Cochran will lead a walk through the Olmsted Woods, at 8:30 a.m.; and Washington National Cathedral horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer will lead a walk spotlighting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, at 10 a.m. Free. Meet at Pilgrim Road and Garfield Street NW. 202-537-2319.

Performances ■ Physical storyteller Rachel Hynes will present “Tale of a Tiger,” featuring original music created and performed by Ethan Foote. Noon. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present young student musicians and dancers in performance with professional artists. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.

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stood proud and tall above the old lower playground, providing shade for students and teachers during recess. Because of the construction, the tree had to be cut down. But now Janney students are able to sit — or stand — on wood from the Janney Oak because logs from the tree were made into three benches.

The Current It turned out that the tree had suffered from serious “windshake.” That means that the growth rings of the tree had cracked or separated, most likely due to the effects of high winds. As a result, experts said, the tree probably would have died within two years anyway. The bench sculptor, Marcus Simms, said that the most challenging part of making the benches was “splitting the tree apart along the windshake lines.” Simms and his helper, Cecil

Smith, coated the benches with a polyurethane sealer to protect them from the weather. “It’s a good place to relax during recess,” said fourthgrader Maddy Kessler. Pre-kindergarten teacher Wendy Morgan-Williams recalled when masses of cicadas arrived a few years ago and chose the Janney Oak as their home. “The cicadas climbed up the tree and would drop off on people’s faces,” she said. “The old pre-k science teacher got permission from

the parents of the first-graders to fry the cicadas and put chocolate on them and feed them to the kids.” — Michael Bauman and Oliver Satola, fourth-graders

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At Key School this April, we started up our fantasy book clubs again. It’s a fifth-grade tradition where we all gather and share our thinking about fantasy books. We start with a survey from our teacher noting the fantasy books we have and have not read, as well as what types of fantasy we like. Based on the surveys, our teacher, Ms. Williams put us into three book clubs. We’ve been reading “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins, “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DePrau and “Dragon Slayers’ Academy” by Kate McMullan. At the first club meeting, we wrote a constitution and came up with our club names and first reading assignment. Since then, we have met weekly to discuss thinking and theories about our book. “I like to use two-column notes to help me understand my fantasy reading a bit more,” said Georgia McCally, a member of the Questenators Club, a fun fantasy name we came up with based on the word “quest.” “Fantasy also gives us a break from reality,” said Margaret Downing, a member of the Warriors of the Underland Club. — Meghan Ourand, fifth-grader

Maret School

Last week, we celebrated Environmental Spirit Week at Maret School. Every day, we learned something new about how to take care of the environment. On Friday morning, everyone in the lower school went for a hike on Roosevelt Island. We looked for signs of nature, plants and animals. We began by hiking through the woods to the memorial for Theodore Roosevelt. When we were in the woods, we saw lots of different plants and animals. Of

course, we had to watch out for poison ivy. When we left the woods, we walked over a bridge to the marsh. We found two spiders, a caterpillar, two different kinds of ducks, and red-winged blackbirds and hummingbirds in the marsh. We also found tracks in the mud and different sized holes for skinny and fat animals to burrow in. The hike was hard because we had to remember to stay on the path, and to be very quiet and not touch all the interesting plants. But it was fun because we got to see the memorial and so many cool animals and plants. — Ms. Tomasi-Carr’s first-graders

Murch Elementary

On April 25, Murch celebrated its first “Pie Your Teacher in the Face Day!” We earned this day through our horseshoe program. Whenever a student does something that goes beyond the schoolwide expectations, an adult gives that student a horseshoe. These horseshoes are collected every week, and when we reach a certain number, the whole school gets a reward: an ice cream party, an extra recess or a pizza party. We earned 1,500 horseshoes, so our reward was to pie 12 brave teachers and our principal in the face. Students wrote persuasive paragraphs or essays on why they should be selected to pie a teacher in the face. Twelve of the strongest essays were picked and the authors of those essays did the pieing. The pie was whipped cream in a pie tin, so it was extra messy! It took place on our hill, and all the students came out to watch. Before each pie, the whole school yelled, “1, 2, 3, 4, pie!” We had great laughs, great memories and great fun. The only letdown was that kids couldn’t be pied! — Adelaide Kaiser and Sierra Johnson, fifth-graders

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Meanwhile, the working group waded into the tricky subject of voluntary agreements, an unusual and contested mechanism that allows neighborhood groups to negotiate a laundry list of operating conditions in return for supporting a restaurant or bar’s application for a liquor license. First, the working group recommends that a protest of a liquor license by the affected advisory neighborhood commission, or a voluntary agreement signed by the commission, should “subsume” other protests or voluntary agreements by neighborhood groups. Then the working group sets out a clear list of issues a voluntary agreement could cover, as well as which issues it couldn’t. That’s always been a hot-button topic, since some restaurant and bar owners say neighborhood groups hamper normal operations by imposing conditions irrelevant to the sale of alcohol. For example, the working group says voluntary agreements can set some directives on trash removal, rats and vermin, parking arrangements, occupancy limits and hours of operation. But the agreements shouldn’t be used to restrict a business owner’s contracts or require his or her attendance at community meetings. The agreements also shouldn’t prohibit business owners from applying for a change in license class, the task force recommends. And voluntary agreements shouldn’t prohibit a licensee from offering “specific types of music,” although they could limit the hours of entertainment or specify measures for noise abatement. The working group also offered a new proposal to limit protest rights to neighbors who live within 400 feet of an establishment, a somewhat less-stringent restriction than the 200 feet proposed by industry representatives on the panel. But that was not enough for residents of neighborhoods like Adams Morgan that have become nightlife destinations, who say a protest and subsequent voluntary agreement is the only legal tool they have to protect their “peace, order and quiet.” William Simpson, president of the Reed Cooke Neighborhood Association, testified that the noisy bar scene in Adams Morgan “has an enormous impact on the quality of life” there, with negative spillover well beyond 400 feet from any particular restaurant or bar. Simpson suggested allowing anyone who lives within 1,800 feet of an establishment to protest its license application or change in operations. Denis James of the Kalorama Citizens Association objected to what he called the “industry-friendly tone” of the recommendations, particularly the limitations on protests and voluntary agreement conditions. But Dante Ferrando, owner of the Black Cat club and a member of the D.C. Nightlife Association, emphasized the sharp split within the working group. “We didn’t get most of what we wanted,” he said of the nightlife advocates. The report, he said, contains “the best of the less-controversial ideas proposed.”




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annual Spring Fling. Spring Fling is one of the school’s most-loved traditions because it gives the whole community an opportunity to get together. It’s also for kids of all ages to enjoy the amusing attractions, such as giant inflatables and the dunk tank. Spring Fling is full of many exciting activities. There was a cotton candy and a snow cone station. One of the newest additions to the Spring Fling was the Grandsons Jr. Band, which was a great success. Of course, the whole Spring Fling event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Parents Association and Mr. Francisco Maravilla. — Isabel Atiyah, fifth-grader

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We have been learning about spring. We went on a green walk, looking for signs of spring. We matched our small squares of spring colors to the colors we found in nature on our walk. Our class developed our own shades of green paint and gave each color a name, such as princess, frog, apple and more. We displayed our colors on a very large poster board. In early May, we are going to Brookside Gardens to visit the Butterfly Garden. We are going together with the 3-year-olds’ class. We will also walk the trails, and visit the pond and play in the children’s area. Next week, Mr. Sucato, a police officer and father, will visit our classroom. He will be talking to us about safety and the role of the police. Mr. Sucato will also tell us about his uniform and equipment, and show us his police car. We are busy making our Mother’s Day cookbook. Each one of us is giving our favorite recipe that Mom makes; in our own words, we dictate the recipe to our teacher. When completed, we will have a very nice cookbook for Mom. It’s a surprise! In our block corner, we have been making some very complex structures. We had a 4-foot office building with a parking garage filled with cars, and we had a theater complete with chairs and people. We also had a railway system, highways and more. Next week, we will make our monthly trip to the library for story hour. We also include the 3-yearolds and kindergarten class with us. — Mrs. Helen Mazzuca and the 4-year-olds

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Here at Walls, we have a special yearlong project that determines whether a student will graduate with a Walls diploma. It’s a bold and brave (and required) undertaking, reserved for those in their final year of high school. It’s been called many things (mostly by students and mostly unprintable), but it generally goes by the title of Senior Project. There are many steps to this project, which all culminate in

a 15-minute presentation before a panel of judges. It’s 15 minutes that decide whether or not you will graduate, with your future held in the hands of three people you might not even know. So, of course, no one is nervous. That being said, the school does try its hardest to pass students, this year going so far as to accept Ds as a “passing grade” for the project. In a nearly half-day-long marathon April 25, the presentations were completed. Grades were supposed to be kept secret until midway through the week of May 1, but most students knew the results almost immediately. Despite the lowered standards, more students failed this year than had done so in previous years. They will have a chance to redeem themselves, but for many it is a reminder that the work is not over yet. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Everybody should come to the big gala this Friday. It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the school. The theme is “An Evening in Paris.” Allison Seymour from the Fox 5 Morning News will be the host. The date is May 11. The time is 7 to 11 p.m. The place is the Washington Ethical Society, at 7750 16th St. NW. There’s going to be lots of fun and lots of food, including crepes. There’s going to be a silent auction and a live auction. There’s going to be a special donation called SEED, which stands for Shepherd Educational Enrichment Dollars. The money will be used to help buy new computers and other things the school needs. The gala will include a raffle for a new iPad and a new bike. The tickets cost $45 now, but the price goes up to $50 if you wait until the day of the gala. It will be an adults-only evening, so you can get a sitter and dress up. — Cyntia Pattison, third-grader

Sheridan School

On April 18, the second-graders did monologues about many famous people from the past. First, we read a lot of biographies, then chose our favorite one. We wrote down most of the information. Then, we took away the not-important information and made the rest into a monologue and put it in order. Finally, we memorized it and presented in a live-action museum. We presented in the world room and gym. People read our start button and did what it said. Then, we started our monologues. When we were done, we went back to our freeze pose and waited for the next person to come and unfreeze us. — Henry Cheetham, Graham Eynon-Holloway, and Emma Nelson, second-graders

Sidwell Friends School

The middle school has an incredible program called Minimester. The school has been running this exciting program for more than 30 years. It usually takes place the week before spring break.

Minimester is a chance for students to do a chosen non-academic activity for one week. It is a nice break from being in the classroom. Prior to Minimester, students receive a booklet with all of the choices. They must create a list of 10 groups they would like to be a part of. Some creative Minimesters offered this year were yoga, digital editing, liquid fire, “It’s a Natural,” and reading and weeding. Students can also do an apprenticeship, which they must organize on their own, to learn a new skill and serve as an assistant to the organization they choose. During his or her middle school years, each student must complete one service Minimester to give back to the community. Students in seventh and eighth grades also have the opportunity to go on one of the adventurous trips to places such as Beijing, the Florida Keys or the Grand Tetons. — Vy-Anh Kieu-Le and Sophie Horst, fifth-graders

Stoddert Elementary

We attended the Mini-UN this week. We acted as delegates and ambassadors for our embassy program countries: Cyprus and the United Kingdom. Initially, we had to write essays to get selected to go. Some of us wrote about leadership qualities, and others wrote about our countries and global warming. We presented and were rated by our peers and teachers. Our main topic at the Mini-UN was global warming, and we had to debate pros and cons about the topic and how our countries are dealing with it. Is it better to use solar, wind, hydroelectric or geothermal power? Is it better to use natural gas? We have to think ahead. For instance, in China, a dam the country constructed endangered 47 species and caused 91 landslides. Mr. Sy, a presenter, was really cool. He taught us a lot. When people talk about “space” like your own space, you might think it’s just a couple square feet, but your personal space is 21 baseball fields! If every person on Earth used as much energy as we do in the U.S., we would need five Earths! — Olga Ladilova, Addie Alexander, Alex Hill, Nick McCourt, Casey Bressler and Jacob Beineke, fifth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

The Model UN allows middle and high school students to think about world events and act like world leaders. As part of my school’s team, I recently participated in a conference hosted by the State Department. I researched India to get a feel for how the country works, and then wrote a position paper about the drug trade in Colombia. I wrote it the way I thought somebody who was actually from India would, rather than someone who was only familiar with India. For my work, I won a distinguished delegate honor. — Sophie ReVeal, seventh-grader

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