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Vol. VI, No. 23

THE FOGGY BOTTOM CURRENT New revenue may stop tax hikes


■ Budget: Council spars over

parking fees, other measures By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

The debate over Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed tax and fee hikes took an unexpected turn Monday as Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans told his colleagues that the revenueraising measures might be unneces-

sary. As much as $90 million in additional income is likely to be announced in revised June estimates, Evans told his fellow D.C. Council members yesterday during a fractious budget roundtable. That figure would allow several of Gray’s proposed measures — including an income-tax hike that would hit those making $200,000 or more — to go unimplemented, Evans said. Evans’ finance committee also

identified several other tax and fee hikes that revised revenue estimates could help scuttle. A sales tax on live theater tickets, a $1 hike on Circulator bus fares, a jump in the parking-garage tax from 12 percent to 18 percent and an effort to gather more taxes from corporations operating in the District were all marked for elimination by the committee. It remains to be seen how new revenue could affect public opinion See Budget/Page 22

Kalorama house could be too roomy By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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A group of 25 students from Brigham Young University joined Citibank employees in a cleanup of the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Foggy Bottom Association, targeted curbs and tree boxes.

The D.C. Court of Appeals is considering whether a muddled series of errors by District regulatory officials justifies allowing an upscale “rooming house” in Kalorama Triangle to offer 12 guest rooms, rather than the eight authorized by the zoning administrator. The nearby Oakland Condominium association, backed by the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission, says owners of the American Guest House at 2005 Columbia Road were repeatedly put on notice about the eight-room limit, yet still invested $1.1 million to buy and renovate the elegant bay-fronted white house, which has been “grandfathered” as a rooming house for decades. But attorneys for the city, who are defending a Board of Zoning Adjustment decision, say owners Lucia and Claudio Rosan relied on past — albeit incorrect — cerSee Appeal/Page 20

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A guest house on Columbia Road is the subject of a D.C. Court of Appeals case. Neighbors challenged a city ruling allowing use of 12 guest rooms.

Liquor applications draw ANC protests

College still just a Dream for some Wilson students



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Proposed for opposite ends of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, the Guitar Bar and The Post Office evoked similar responses from the advisory neighborhood commission last week — as predicted by the lawyer the two establishments share. In introductory presentations about his clients’ concepts, attorney Steve O’Brien said he expected the commission to vote to protest each of the applications in hopes of reaching a voluntary agreement resolving operational issues. “We understand there’s some work to be done,” O’Brien said at one point during discussion of The Post Office, a proposed restaurant at the site of a closed post office at 1407 T St.

Wilson High School’s Elena Di Rosa is Princeton-bound. And like many area seniors, she’s getting excited for college. She’s already planning what to study (psychology) and what to pack (extra-long sheets). But Di Rosa can’t stop thinking about fellow students who won’t be headed to college this fall. “You’re really just born into the life you’re born into,” she said. “And for some people, it’s a lot easier than others.” For the past few months, Di

NEWS ■ District looks to add bike-sharing stations. Page 3. ■ Police decentralize prostitution unit. Page 5.

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The Post Office, a proposed restaurant at 14th and T streets, brought mixed reactions from residents. In quick order, the commission fulfilled his prediction — voting 7-0 in the case of the Guitar Bar, at 1216 18th St., and 6-0 in the case of The Post Office. In each instance, the commission cited the establishment’s potential effect on the neighborhood’s peace, order and quiet; the commission also said The Post Office would impact parking and vehicular safety on a See Licenses/Page 22

EVENTS ■ Solas Nua looks to define ‘Swampoodle’ with new work. Page 30. ■ Muralist has her say with Building Museum exhibit. Page 31.

PA S S A G E S ■ Key Elementary debuts first musical. Page 13. ■ Local vies for Food Network spotlight. Page 13 .

Rosa has been delving into the plight of an undocumented classmate as he tries to make his way to college. At the suggestion of school newspaper co-adviser Joe Riener, Di Rosa wrote an article for the Wilson Beacon about the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would make it easier for certain undocumented students to enroll in college and then pave a pathway to citizenship for those who graduate. The bill failed in the U.S. Senate last year, but was reinSee Wilson/Page 7

INDEX Business/17 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 Foggy Bottom News/11 In Your Neighborhood/24

Opinion/8 Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/19 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/32 Theater/30

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District aims to add 25 new Capital Bikeshare stations to 100 existing By JULIA FISHER Current Correspondent

Capital Bikeshare, the program offering red bicycles from communal stations, is poised to expand this summer. The D.C. Department of Transportation recently announced a plan to add 25 stations to its current 100. The Transportation Department has proposed locations for those stations, which are to be installed by this fall, but will hold a public meeting May 25 to field community input before finalizing the choices. Capital Bikeshare was launched in September 2010 as a replacement for

SmartBike DC, a smaller pilot effort modeled after a program in Montreal. Capital Bikeshare has met overwhelming approval and, as of April, offered roughly 1,100 bikes to more than 20,000 users. Now, “our goal is to make the system as convenient as possible to everyone across the city,” said Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle. “We’re trying to infill in the areas downtown where bike sharing is already very popular” and “expand coverage to new parts of the city.” The department’s proposal includes a station at Connecticut and Nebraska avenues, one on Connecticut Avenue near the National Zoo, and three in Ward 4.

The week ahead Wednesday, May 18 The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to review graduation requirements for D.C. high school seniors. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, May 19 The D.C. Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization will sponsor a Job Opportunities Fair for residents interested in construction work on the upcoming modernization of Takoma Education Campus and five other D.C. schools. The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW.

In addition to the announced expansion, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, chair of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, proposed last week that the city spend an additional $2 million on Capital Bikeshare for fiscal year 2012. The committee unanimously approved his proposal. The money had been set aside in the past but was not spent, said Wells’ chief of staff, Charles Allen. Federal and private funding from membership fees and businesses would complement city funds. The expansion would be distinct and funded separately from the one already scheduled for this fall, Allen said. Ben Thielen, a Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner, has advocated

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adding a station near Stoddert Elementary School. The only station currently in Glover Park is at Guy Mason Recreation Center, and a station at Stoddert would serve users on the opposite side of Wisconsin Avenue. Because Glover Park is inaccessible by Metro, the bikes would be a particular boon to the community, said Thielen. “Glover Park is a pretty dense neighborhood,” he said, and additional public bikes would reduce traffic and demand for parking. The department’s plan would add two stations in Georgetown: one on P Street at Rose Park, and one at Reservoir Road and Wisconsin Avenue. The Rose Park site feaSee Bikes/Page 20

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Saturday, May 21 Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a youth town-hall meeting on the proposed 2012 budget. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in Room G-9 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Circle Dogs will hold an organizing meeting for people interested in volunteering to assist with operations and cleanup of the S Street dog park. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. For details, visit

Monday, May 23 The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will sponsor a forum on the Affordable Care Act. Tony Carrk and Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress Action Fund will discuss the law and related court cases. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Home of DC, 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Tuesday, May 24 The D.C. Office of Zoning will hold a community meeting for Ward 2 residents on “Zoning 101: Zoning Basics.” The meeting will feature a 30- to 40-miniute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session on matters related to the presentation. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. To RSVP, contact Sara Bardin at 202-7275372 or

Wednesday, May 25 The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss expansion of the Capital Bikeshare program throughout the District and to solicit input on proposed locations for new stations. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 1107 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. For details, visit ■ The Georgetown Business Improvement District and the Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold a rat abatement meeting. Discussion will focus on two areas — the 3100 block of N Street and the 3200 block of O Street — but will include information applicable throughout the neighborhood. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW.

Thursday, May 26 The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion of growth, density, how to plan for Adams Morgan’s future, and how historic preservation fits in with development. Speakers will include D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning and D.C. state historic preservation officer David Maloney. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

Tuesday, June 7 The D.C. Office of Zoning will hold a community meeting for Ward 4 residents on “Zoning 101: Zoning Basics.” The meeting will feature a 30- to 40-miniute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session on matters related to the presentation. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Takoma Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. To RSVP, contact Sara Bardin at 202727-5372 or

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District Digest Area roads to close for Bike DC event Pennsylvania Avenue and 19th Street in Foggy Bottom and the westbound lanes of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge are among the roads that will be closed Sunday morning for Bike DC’s 2011 Washington & Arlington Community Bike Ride. According to a news release, the first closures will begin at 5 a.m. and all streets will be reopened by noon. Pennsylvania Avenue and 19th Street will be closed only from 7 to 9 a.m. — with 7th and

14th streets remaining open to cross Pennsylvania. The Roosevelt bridge will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m. For a full list of street closures, visit

School board to seat new members today The D.C. State Board of Education will welcome its new representatives from wards 4 and 8 in a ceremony before this evening’s monthly meeting. D. Kamili Anderson, who will replace Sekou Biddle in Ward 4,

and Trayon White, who will replace the late William Lockridge in Ward 8, will be sworn in at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser will swear in Anderson, and Ward 8 member Marion Barry will swear in White.

Oyster students to speak at Ford’s Students from three Washington-area schools — including Adams Morgan’s Oyster-

Adams Bilingual School — will present historical and original speeches Tuesday at Ford’s Theatre, according to a release. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Participants in the “Stand Up and Be Heard� event spent a year studying speeches by Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and other respected orators. Free tickets are available at the theater’s box office at 514 10th St. NW. Attendees can also reserve tickets at or by calling 800-982-2787, though that service charges a fee.

District’s ‘Roadshow’ to air this month The Public Broadcasting Service is scheduled to air this month three “Antiques Roadshow� episodes taped last summer in the District, according to a release. The show invited residents to bring their belongings for free appraisals at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Office vet gets nod as people’s counsel Mayor Vincent Gray has nominated Sandra Mattavous-Frye to serve as head of the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel, an agency charged with educating, representing and protecting D.C. utility ratepayers. Mattavous-Frye joined the office in 1983 and served as deputy people’s counsel for more than 15 years. Last year, the D.C. Council rejected the appointment of Patton Boggs attorney Vicky Beasley to head the office, declaring that thenMayor Adrian Fenty’s pick lacked the requisite experience in utility rate cases. Brenda Pennington, a nine-year veteran of the Office of the People’s Counsel, served as interim people’s counsel prior to Mattavous-Frye’s appointment.

Corrections In the May 11 issue, the headline for an article on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s master plan for the Nebraska Avenue Complex — “Traffic worries stall plan for federal site� — mischaracterized the National Capital Planning Commission’s vote. As the article makes clear, the commission required the General Services Administration to continue coordinating with D.C. officials to address traffic impacts and ensure adequate parking, but it did not delay or stall the plan. On the same date, an article on the proposed Walmart store on Georgia Avenue misstated the date of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B’s upcoming vote on the project. It is scheduled for the commission’s May 23 meeting. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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Citizens federation awards Loikow, other local activists for dedication Current Staff Report The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations presented Cleveland Park activist Ann Loikow with its Guy Gwynne Lifetime Achievement Award last Wednesday at the Fort McNair Officers Club. That night Deborah Hall received the Outstanding Public Service Award; David Frankel, the Sustained Civic Activism Award; Lauren Biel, Sarah Bernardi and Gregory New, Exemplary Civic Activism Awards; and The Current Newspapers, the Exemplary Media/Fourth Estate Contribution Award.

Loikow was recognized for her service as chair of two different advisory neighborhood commissions — in Foggy Bottom and Cleveland Park — as well as for being a citizen expert on regulated utilities, for revitalizing the statehood efforts of the District and for being a “civic activist extraordinaire.� Hall was recognized for her “outstanding� work of providing more than 30 years of child care for children with special needs. Her Big Mama’s Children’s Center on Martin Luther King Avenue SE serves up to 91 children. In her acceptance remarks, Hall said that

for every dollar saved closing special-needs child-care centers, $11 is spent later when the children get into serious trouble. Friendship Heights resident Frankel was honored for his efforts to increase transparency in government through repeated appeals on Freedom of Information Act cases regarding reconstruction of the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library and Janney Elementary School. The award called him “one hard worker� in his drive to ensure “the public business is conducted openly.� Biel and Bernardi were recognized for co-

Police shift prostitution duties to each district By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The Metropolitan Police Department has decentralized its street prostitution detail, spreading enforcement among its seven citywide police districts. The change was made last month in part to prioritize “high-visibilityâ€? community policing as the department’s numbers are shrinking, said a police official who did not get formal permission to be identified. Contrary to some rumors, the Prostitution Enforcement Unit has not been dissolved, the official said. The central unit, created in 2003 as part of the police department’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, will maintain a full-time staff of four who will concentrate on human-trafficking issues. The change will affect policing of street prostitution, the official said. Previously, the prostitution unit would employed seven staffers — one from each of the city’s police districts — on 90-day rotating details. “They would be trained ‌ and at the end of the detail, they would leave with that experience so they could go back to their district and use those skills,â€? said the official. As of April 24, that rotating detail was suspended, the official said, and the districts are handling enforcement of street prostitution through their vice units. The official said the vice units will be paying special attention to prostitution “hot spots,â€? including downtown on K Street around 11th and 12th streets NW. This month in Logan Circle, the advisory neighborhood commission expressed concern that the change would cause problems. “MPD has sought to assure us

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from May 8 through 14 in local police service areas.



â&#x2013; CHEVY CHASE

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 3700 block, Northampton St.; street; 5 p.m. May 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; noon May 9. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; noon May 11.



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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 10 p.m. May 8. Burglary â&#x2013;  3800 block, Albemarle St.; residence; 4 p.m. May 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4500 block, 43rd St.; street; 2 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 1:30 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  4100 block, River Road; church; 2:50 p.m. May 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Albemarle St.; church; 12:10 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 1:16 p.m. May 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 1:59 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Ingomar St.; residence; 3 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  4200 block, 42nd St.; street; 11:30 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Albemarle St.; street; 4:45 p.m. May 11.



Burglary â&#x2013; 5000 block, Upton St.; residence; 9 a.m. May 10. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4300 block, Garfield St.; street; 10 p.m. May 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5100 block, MacArthur Blvd.; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Warren St.; street; noon May 10.

â&#x2013; 1500 block, 44th St.; residence; 5:30 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  5100 block, MacArthur Blvd.; office building; 5 p.m. May 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Chain Bridge Road; street; 9 p.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Chain Bridge Road; street; 11 p.m. May 8.

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Robbery (armed) â&#x2013; 3200 block, M St.; store; 11:06 a.m. May 12. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 10:50 p.m. May 13. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, 27th St.; residence; 11 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 31st St.; residence; 9 a.m. May 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 9:30 a.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  2700 block, O St.; street; 4 p.m. May 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; street; 9 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 28th St.; unspecified premises; 5:40 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 2:30 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:20 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:40 p.m. May 11. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:12 p.m. May 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3100 block, N St.; street; 5:10 p.m. May 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, S St.; street; 4:20 p.m. May 10.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 900 block, 25th St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. May 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2400 block, M St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  2400 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. May 11.

â&#x2013; 23rd and I streets; street; 4 p.m. May 13. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, F St.; university; 4:30 p.m. May 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; store; 4:30 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  2400 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. May 12. Possession of a prohibited weapon â&#x2013;  1200 block, 23rd St.; alley; 2:25 a.m. May 11.



Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; drugstore; 9:57 p.m. May 9. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 9:57 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  17th and P streets; sidewalk; 1:05 a.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 9:50 p.m. May 13. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100 block, Decatur Place; residence; 2:40 p.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Decatur Place; residence; 9:10 a.m. May 12. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; residence; 9:05 a.m. May 13. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. May 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 11 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 10 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  22nd and K streets; store; 2:50 p.m. May 13. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 5:50 p.m. May 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Corcoran St.; street; 6:15 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 4:30 p.m. May 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 bock, Swann St.; street; 6:54 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Hillyer Place; street; 6:45 p.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  19th and I streets; street; 12:40 a.m. May 12. â&#x2013;  2100 block, O St.; alley; 2:55

p.m. May 12. â&#x2013; 1700 block, K St.; street; 2:42 a.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Phelps Place; parking lot; 5:30 p.m. May 13. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 18th St.; street; 8:15 p.m. May 14.

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â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 18th Street and Columbia Road; sidewalk; 12:30 a.m. May 8. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; street; 1:55 a.m. May 9. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2700 block, Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 2 a.m. May 10. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Ontario Road; street; 8 a.m. May 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Columbia Road; street; 11:35 a.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; street; 8 p.m. May 9. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; street; 11 p.m. May 12. â&#x2013;  Adams Mill Road and Clydesdale Place; street; 6 p.m. May 13.

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â&#x2013; LOGAN CIRCLE

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 8:30 a.m. May 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 3:15 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 11th St.; residence; 9:10 a.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  1000 block, S St.; residence; 11:30 a.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; restaurant; 2:50 p.m. May 12. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 10 p.m. May 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 12th St.; street; noon May 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; street; 5 p.m. May 10. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 10:15 a.m. May 11. â&#x2013;  11th and N streets; street; 7 a.m. May 13.

THE CURRENT willing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a handful of community colleges that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require proof of citizenship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; From Page 1 tuition costs remain a barrier. So Di Rosa and a group of fellow troduced this month. As part of her story, Di Rosa pro- students have teamed up to help filed a Wilson student for whom the their classmate cover tuition costs. Di Rosa distributed fliers Dream Act could make a world of describing the studifference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never dentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation to the heard a story like his,â&#x20AC;? National Honor she said. Society and reached Di Rosa is careful out to Wilson families. to shield the identify She posted messages of her classmate, but on Facebook and on sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say this much: the Chevy Chase listHe came to the United serv. So far sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s States from Latin raised $5,000. America when he was Meanwhile, anoth14 in order to help his Bill Petros/The Current er classmate offered to mother pay for an put proceeds from a Elena Di Rosa backs operation back home. school play toward the He walked and the Dream Act. scholarship fund, raishitchhiked to D.C., where he secured a job in a kitchen. ing $1,000. Participants in Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Working below minimum wage, he International Night donated $300. earned enough money to pay for his And contributions keep coming in. According to newspaper adviser motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surgery. Then, three years ago, he came to Riener, teachers have raised money Wilson, earning good grades while for undocumented studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scholarremaining inconspicuous. He plans ships for years. But he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to graduate in a few weeks and des- never seen anything on the scale of perately hopes to attend college. Di Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting the kids â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has worked so hard, both inside involved, and getting Elena Di Rosa involved, really made a difference.â&#x20AC;? and outside school,â&#x20AC;? Di Rosa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so moving to me is how Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a story that would make a college admissions officer swoon. big a heart she has,â&#x20AC;? Riener added. But Di Rosa said the vast majority â&#x20AC;&#x153;And how much she was willing to of colleges wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept undocu- imagine what life is like for somemented students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real problem one else.â&#x20AC;? Di Rosa said she initially had a â&#x20AC;Ś is you have to put your social security number in for scholarships hard time processing the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and for the application process. So it predicament. She was so upset after that initial interview that she had to stops right there,â&#x20AC;? she said. And even if some schools are leave school early. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went home



from school and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mom. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe this. Look what his life is like. We have to do something.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But then, Di Rosa said, she realized that a few different twists in her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, and she could have had a similar fate. Di Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father was born in America but spent his childhood in Paraguay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He grew up with a difficult, more under-privileged life than I have lived so far,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then he came to the U.S. for college, and that changed his life.â&#x20AC;? Di Rosa said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often wondered what would have happened to

her father if he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been born in America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made me appreciate it and realize that other people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the same good fortune.â&#x20AC;? Now, as Di Rosa prepares to bid Wilson goodbye, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become even more grateful to have attended the Tenleytown school, which draws students from across the city and from many different nationalities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made me appreciate this great final experience at Wilson,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had always appreciated the diversity at Wilson, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it affected me as much as it did after I got involved in the Dream Act.â&#x20AC;?

Riener estimates that there are about a dozen undocumented students at Wilson. But he said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to tell, because in D.C., thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no legal basis for asking individuals about their citizenship status. Still, he said, one thing is clear: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are students at Wilson who are living in the shadows.â&#x20AC;? Di Rosa said she hopes to work on Dream Act issues in college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at Princeton, because the Dream Act hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t passed yet, I may not get to meet a student like him.â&#x20AC;? Di Rosa can be reached at

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School daze The news can’t have gone over well in homes across the District. With just one month left before the start of summer vacation, parents had to tell their kids that school would end on Monday, June 20, and not Friday, June 17. At first glance, it might seem like a trifling matter — a summer vacation deferred — but in fact it’s a tremendous inconvenience for no good reason. According to the D.C. Public Schools, the change was forced by law in order to make up the instructional day lost on Jan. 27 due to inclement weather. As school officials note, the school calendar published last year designated June 20 and 21 as possible school days. But makeup sessions generally come to play only in seriously snowy winters, when classes are suspended day after day after day. In this case, the District had just one snow day — along with a barebones school calendar that included only the 180 instructional days required by the D.C. Municipal Regulations. So the whole situation would have been unnecessary with a more robust schedule. Just as outrageous, the announcement could have been made months ago. And curiously, word of last Friday’s announcement spread on Monday — a teacher planning day that could have, with much less inconvenience, been made into an instructional day. Even now, the addition of the Monday half-day seems unnecessary. Surely the mayor, the D.C. Council or the State Superintendent of Education has the authority to waive the requirement for 180 days. That’s something we’d ordinarily be loath to suggest, but let’s be realistic: The late addition of a half-day on a Monday in mid-June is not really going to add any worthwhile time in the classroom. We’ll be shocked if half or even a third of students show up. More than a few families — and teachers — probably have paid for camps or vacations, with financial penalties if they cancel now. It’s easy to understand parents and teachers’ complaints that they feel disrespected.

Mapping Stevens’ future Stevens Elementary School in the West End has an important legacy as Washington’s first school for the children of freed slaves. Regrettably, city officials have mishandled the school’s 2008 closure and the decision of what to do with the vacant building. Officials of the previous administration proposed turning over the school to a developer who wanted to build moderately priced apartments on the site. The local advisory neighborhood commission and citizens association objected strenuously to the government’s favored proposal, fearing that the apartments would turn into quasi-dorms for nearby George Washington University — and yet officials backed down only when several D.C. Council members made clear that they would not approve the deal. Given the history, we were glad when Mayor Adrian Fenty’s officials put off decisions on redevelopment. Now it’s time for Mayor Vincent Gray and his appointees to set the right course. The Foggy Bottom-West End advisory neighborhood commission last month adopted a resolution that provides a roadmap to a positive solution. In January, the commission created a “vision” committee that included residents, educational leaders and Stevens graduates. The panel recommended that the city preserve a public educational purpose at the site, but make the surrounding D.C.-owned land available for commercial development to support the school’s renovation. The commission’s resolution adopted these themes. We commend the commission for its work on the issue. Given Stevens’ location at 1050 21st St. in a flourishing corridor, it does not make sense to preclude commercial development. Yet it is also important to respect the site’s history, and offering educational opportunities to future generations would be a fitting tribute. We trust that city officials will pay attention to the community this time.


A chance for a ‘reset’ … ?


.C. Mayor Vincent Gray walked into a Capitol Hill hearing room last week unsure if he would face an ugly clash with the Republicans who run the House. They haven’t been very friendly to our city. The hiring scandal that has dogged Gray’s early months in office has cast a thin but palpable cloud over the mayor. The D.C. Council’s recent Lorraine Green/Sulaimon Brown hearing seemed to indicate that something was wrong, even if it’s not clear yet exactly what. Meanwhile, Gray has promoted continuing demonstrations and arrests on Capitol Hill to protest how Republicans are treating the city. It didn’t help that Council Chairman Kwame Brown sat next to Gray during Thursday’s hearing, before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Brown has had his own scandal, over campaign finances, not to mention the flap over his “fully loaded” sport-utility vehicles. The GOP leaders, with President Barack Obama’s acquiescence, have already blocked the city’s spending on abortions, and they tried to end the anti-drug needle distribution program. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton came in frowning, ready for the fight. But it didn’t happen. On NBC4’s website last week, we reported that the hearing was a “man bites dog” surprise, with the committee receiving the city politely. The GOP members asked about school vouchers, public safety and Medicaid spending. And then, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., showed up. The committee chair appeared sympathetic to the city on a key issue — the local impact of a federal government shutdown. Issa said he would craft legislation that would exempt the District from a shutdown in the event that Congress and the president can’t reach agreement on the federal budget. He said he agreed with city officials that the federal policy fight should not handcuff the local government, as long as D.C. has enough local tax money to continue operating. Mayor Gray said it does, noting that of the city’s $9 billion budget, nearly $6 billion comes from local taxpayers. Gray was backed up by both the city’s chief financial officer, Natwar Gandhi, and Brookings Institution expert Alice Rivlin, who served as one of the chairs of the federal control board that ruled the city in the late 1990s. Rivlin and Gandhi testified that the D.C. government, despite being unable to tax federal and nonprofit land or nonresident income, is fiscally sound. It ought to have more budget autonomy all the time, not just during a federal shutdown, they said. “Compared to other cities,” Rivlin said, “the D.C. economy is actually doing quite well. Jobs are up,

population is growing, economic development is resuming and city revenues are beginning to edge up again.” Gray left the hearing appearing both satisfied and relieved. “It wasn’t negative at all,” Gray told NBC4 confidently. “We can manage ourselves at the local level.” We re-tell the story from last week because several city officials say it was a good sign that the city and Congress got past — at least for a while — the irritations between the two governments. They say it’s a chance for Gray to reset his relations with the House Republicans. There have been previous private meetings, in which Gray has tried to guide the GOP’s thinking about the capital city. But maybe nothing helps more than to have a congressional hearing where the GOP doesn’t take easy potshots at us. ■ Hill “security.” Last week’s hearing gave us a reason to visit Capitol Hill and experience (or suffer) its bunker mentality. It still pains us to see all the side streets closed off with massive, ugly security barriers that clump up and down. It looks more like an armed camp than the seat of government of the freest nation on earth. And we couldn’t help but notice that in the name of “security,” all those closed side streets that used to be open to tourists and others are now just free parking lots for select workers on the Hill. And, of course, the majority of the tags are from Maryland and Virginia. That’s another free perk for commuters who don’t pay income taxes here. ■ The budget battle. On Monday, Council Chairman Brown called all his colleagues into a small meeting room to hash out policy for the 2012 budget. Will there be tax increases on higher income citizens? Will money be found for homeless services that were previously federally funded? Will the city roll back parking meter fees? The meeting went on for hours. It provided great tweeting opportunities for reporters, who commented on policy, on what members were wearing and even on brief spats between members. But no votes were taken. Those will come next week. ■ Jack Evans @ 20. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans last week celebrated his 20th year on the council. Evans, now the longest-serving member currently on the council, replaced John A. Wilson after the ward’s longtime representative became D.C. Council chairman. Evans is widely respected for his financial knowledge, but his colleagues don’t always follow his budget and tax advice. Still, 20 years is 20 years. He must be doing something right. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Park group working on runoff issues In his recent letter to the editor, Marc Nicholson [“Street runoff harms Dumbarton Oaks Park,” May 11] correctly highlighted one of the many challenges the newly formed Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy faces. Siltation and channelized storm surge are widely recognized as the primary problems facing many urban streams, exacerbated by the high percentage of impervious paving and develop-

ment surrounding the watersheds. The un-named tributary in Dumbarton Oaks Park is a prime example; the issue Mr. Nicholson noted is not only detrimental to the ecology, but also to the valuable historical waterfall and bridge structures designed by Beatrix Farrand. The conservancy believes that the two largest restorative challenges facing the park are stormwater management and reversal of invasive-plant infestation, and the two are not mutually exclusive. We disagree with Mr. Nicholson, however, on his solution to canalize the runoff directly into Rock Creek, which would merely push this serious problem farther downstream.

The conservancy is working closely with the National Park Service and the surrounding neighbors and businesses to foster sustainable solutions to these problems that will contribute, if designed and implemented correctly, to the improved overall health of the entire Rock Creek/Potomac/Chesapeake watershed and will provide a unique public park experience for present and future generations to enjoy. The conservancy welcomes the dialogue initiated by Mr. Nicholson, as well as the input, support and participation of all those who care about the park. Buzz Seltzer Board of Directors, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Affected residents should have voice Why are advisory neighborhood commissioners Sara Green and Faith Wheeler constantly being quoted in your newspaper about the Walmart proposed to be built on the Curtis Chevrolet lot at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW? [“DDOT seeks delay on Walmart plans,” May 11.] Those of us in the affected communities are represented by commissioners Brenda Speaks (4B05) and Douglas Smith (4B04). Their thoughts and views should be of paramount importance since a majority of the residents of singlemember districts 4B04 and 4B05 are vehemently opposed to Walmart being forced into their community. Their sentiments should be expressed in any article about that proposed development. It is our hope that in the future the true sentiments of the residents of the affected districts are expressed. Wanda Oates Edna Doggett Washington, D.C.

Tax increase enjoys strong local support I’ve lived in D.C. for 30 years and in Ward 3 for the past 15 years. We enjoy lots of city services in Ward 3, and we are willing to pay for them. In fact, most of us in Ward 3 support Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposal to increase income taxes by a tiny amount. The Peter Hart poll commissioned by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute just showed that 91 percent of residents in wards 2 and 3 support the mayor’s proposed tax hike of just 0.4 percent on incomes over $200,000. We don’t understand why Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is fighting the mayor on this. Council member Cheh told me that approving the mayor’s tax hike is not enough to avoid the mayor’s budget cuts, and I agree. I explained to her how she could raise substantial additional new revenue by adding three new tax brackets starting at incomes over $100,000. But Council member Cheh also invoked several Republican myths against raising taxes. There is no evidence to support the arguments used by Cheh, Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans and Council Chairman Kwame Brown to fight the mayor. The District’s chief financial officer, Natwar Gandhi, has refuted the myth that we pay more in taxes

on average than taxpayers in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs (including all forms of taxes, such as income, property, sales, motor vehicles, et cetera). Gandhi also refuted the myth that “small business” owners would be hurt by the mayor’s proposal more than other taxpayers: The D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis proved in April that “small business” owners who make more than 10 percent of their adjusted gross from business income represent fewer than 12 percent of taxpayers making more than $200,000 per year. The state of New Jersey refuted the myth that taxpayers will move out of the jurisdiction if their taxes are raised: When New Jersey added a new “half-millionaire’s tax,” very few people left the state because of it, according to a Princeton University study cited by The New York Times. David F. Power Forest Hills

Wealthy should help balance D.C. budget After three years of economic pain, D.C. unemployment remains high, and social service providers still see increased demand, particularly for homeless families. Under Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget proposal, 67 percent of new cuts fall on these programs, according to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Homeless services alone would be cut by 20 percent. On the other hand, the mayor includes a small increase (0.4 percent) in the income tax rate for residents earning more than $200,000. This would begin to address the inequity of D.C. tax system, which makes no distinction between those earning barely above $40,000 and those earning $400,000 or more (and there are some who do). It’s incredible to me that some D.C. Council members (Chairman Kwame Brown, Jack Evans, Vincent Orange, David Catania and Mary Cheh) say they intend to oppose even a small high-income tax increase in a plan to balance the budget. According to D.C. chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi’s 2009 report, total taxes for a D.C. family of three earning $150,000 in 2009 were less than those for families earning the same amount in Prince George’s, Montgomery and Fairfax counties. D.C. was lowest of all the metro area jurisdictions for those earning $100,000. Low-income residents might not share the pain of income taxes, but we all pay sales taxes, and we all see high prices. The poor “share the pain” just by going to the grocery store. This isn’t about “beating up on


the rich.” It’s about not allowing “the tax capital of the world” meme to scare the D.C. Council from considering sensible income tax reforms in their plan. And it’s about staying focused on what can make our city a nice place to live for everyone. Jesse Lovell Forest Hills

AU must compromise on Nebraska dorms As a resident of Westover Place and neighbor of American University, I take some issue with Matthew Frumin’s recent Viewpoint piece in The Current [“American University is community asset,” May 4]. I do not believe, and have seen little evidence to suggest, that American University’s neighbors view the university as a “net negative presence.” During the past several months, we have become very frustrated with the university’s leadership, which has sought to divide neighbors from neighbors and neighbors from students as it bulldozed ahead with its desired approach to expanding its campus. The university has never shown any sign of being ready to compromise on its plans for the Nebraska Avenue parking lot. It is also looking to abolish the student cap and plans on buying as much commercial property as it can. We have all seen what George Washington University did to Foggy Bottom, and we neighbors of American University can perhaps be forgiven for not wanting to become another casualty of unbridled growth. As Mr. Frumin noted in reference to the report issued by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D, we neighbors are ready to compromise with the university on the Nebraska site. We did stake out an initial position against any dorms on the site, as we also noted other places on the existing campus where dorms could be built. This was a bargaining position that the university never explored by sitting down with us. Instead, the leadership left unaltered through various drafts its plan to impose more than 700 student beds on the Nebraska site. This high-density proposal is simply out of tune with the environment. In formal comments I made to the Zoning Commission and the advisory neighborhood commission, I suggested an agreement could be reached on 500 beds, assuming a green buffer of 100 to 120 feet and no traffic exit onto Massachusetts Avenue. There is still time for the university to show its seriousness about being a good neighbor. Gerard M. Gallucci Westover Place

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Gonzaga grad takes key post with UDC


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The University of the District of Columbia last week hired Gonzaga Athletics Hall of Famer Matt Rienzo as the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new associate director of athletics for marketing and communication. Effective June 1, Rienzo will be responsible for the marketing, branding, promotions and licensing initiatives within the athletic department and will oversee the sports information department. In addition, Rienzo will supervise student-athlete programming including the Student-Athlete Leadership Program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Rienzo, Gonzaga class of 1993, was a star lacrosse player for the Eagles and in 2000 coached the team to a 14-7 record and an appearance in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference


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From Page 11 season but knocked the team off in the first round of the playoffs. The Cadets went on to beat topseeded Good Counsel in consecutive games early last week to make the finals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This league was as balanced as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been. It was really anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament. You come in and play hard and anybody had a shot to win it,â&#x20AC;? said coach Mark Gibbs after his team came out on top. Last season, the Cadets earned the top seed in the league playoffs but lost to DeMatha in the playoffs. It was a different story in 2011. The team started off 9-1 but lost Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arm in Florida in late March and struggled over the

finals. He also served as the assistant dean of students that year. Gonzaga athletic director Joe Reyda said he expects Rienzo to enhance the culture at the University of the District of Columbia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a great person, a hard worker, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be successful anywhere he goes. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smart guy and he works well with kids. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll improve UDC just by being there,â&#x20AC;? he said. Casey Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant athletic director and head varsity lacrosse coach, is a former teammate and good friend of Rienzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. He said the former Eagles standout will bring â&#x20AC;&#x153;total characterâ&#x20AC;? to his new post. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honest, good values, work ethic. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great guy,â&#x20AC;? said Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, who added that, as a freshman lacrosse player at Gonzaga he looked up to the senior Rienzo. After coaching at Gonzaga, Rienzo served on the lacrosse staff at the University of Notre Dame in

2001, helping the Irish advance to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in school history. He has served as an assistant lacrosse coach at Georgetown University the last 10 years. Rienzo graduated from Georgetown University in 1997 with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in English and a minor in theology. In 2010, he completed a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown, concentrating on business operations, marketing and character development for student-athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matt Rienzo brings a wealth of experience in intercollegiate athletics to The University of the District of Columbia,â&#x20AC;? said athletic director Patricia Thomas in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled to have such a quality person working with our student-athletes, and we look forward to him joining the UDC family,â&#x20AC;? she said.

next month. Gibbs said he was proud of the way his team turned things around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously not being 100 percent healthy and not having Nick able to throw â&#x20AC;Ś I give all the credit to the guys. They hung together,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in team; we were all playing together and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what you gotta do to win a championship,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked all year round to get to this point and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re finally here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about brotherhood and teamwork, and I think we showed that here today.â&#x20AC;? Howard said it was an amazing feeling to capture his first title as a Cadet in his final game with the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been with these guys for a long time, and it just feels great to go out on top,â&#x20AC;? he said.

The Cadets took home their first WCAC trophy since 2005.

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some. I had such a good time working with the girls. [Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] such a level of talent and depth on that team. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to next year,â&#x20AC;? she said. Earlier in the evening, National Cathedral fell to Holy Child 10-9 in the ISL A playoff finale. The game was stopped twice due to thunder in the area, and when it resumed for the second time with just over 11 minutes to play, the score was knotted at 8. It was Holy Child that stepped up in the final minutes, scoring twice to take the lead and then holding on late. Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tori Hanway beat the defense to cut the deficit to one with less than two minutes to play, and the Eagles had a chance to tie it in the last minute. But Holy Child goalie Shannen Quinn made one great stop and her defense turned away Annah Jamison on a drive to the goal just before time expired. The Eagles had led 6-5 when the first stoppage occured, and Sasha Hanway made it a 7-5 game on a strike with 23 minutes, 17 seconds to play. After Holy Child tied the score, Jamison raced up the field, slashing through Holy Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense, and fired home to

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Cathedral dropped another close game to rival Holy Child Monday, falling 10-9 in the ISL A final. give Cathedral what proved to be its final lead of the game. Afterwards, Cathedral coach Jane DeGrenier said it was hard to be disappointed with her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a well-played game and unfortunately we finished on the short end of it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of the kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they played great.â&#x20AC;?

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

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School’s first musical is a Key achievement By STEPHANIE KANOWITZ Current Correspondent


t’s sort of like the National Zoo meets “School of Rock” at Key Elementary School as it prepares to showcase its first onsite musical, “The Carnival of the Animals,” tomorrow. There are slight variations, of course. Instead of instrumentheavy rock ’n’ roll, the students are singing a classical piece, and unlike Jack Black’s character in the movie, Key’s choral leader is legit. The school’s PTA hired her at the beginning of the school year to lead Key’s first two choruses: one for kindergartners and first-graders and another for second- through fifth-graders. Although the singers performed at other events, such as an annual school holiday show, the musical will be their crowning achievement. “Really, for it being a pilot program, I think we’ve got some momentum,” said Ann Roddy, head of the PTA’s arts committee, which formed in response to some parents’ requests that Key bring arts on campus. Traditionally, Key’s 340 students have had most of their arts exposure, including music, at the Fillmore Arts Center West in Burleith. “I think they’re so excited about [the musical] because we’re here on the campus creat-

ing stuff; we’re making art,” said Roddy. By “we,” Roddy means the 24 secondthrough fifth-graders slated to perform, the two student stagehands and the 10 kids who are helping with set and costume design, along with six parent volunteers. Every Monday since January, for one hour after school, the singers have been learning their words while the designers prepared backdrops of a jungle scene with greenery, a barn, and a big grandfather clock that will be home to

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Key Elementary School will present its first musical, based on Camille Saint-Saëns’ 19th-century piece “The Carnival of the Animals,” tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

a cuckoo-bird-clad kid. Each performer is dressed like an animal and sings to the accompaniment of an instrumental CD. There are some solos,

but it’s generally an ensemble performance, said Alexandra Phillips, whom the PTA tapped to lead the budding singers. Part-time chorus teacher is a new job title for Phillips, a professional opera singer who has performed at the Kennedy Center, but it’s one she’s embracing. She chose “The Carnival of the Animals,” written by French

composer Camille Saint-Saëns in the 19th century, because the music is fun and famous — think the can-can — and she found a children’s musical to this orchestral piece that has a script and lyrics, making it an ideal way to introduce kids to classical music. “It’s really nice to be able to integrate into the community and to encourage and show these kids the classical music in a very funny and witty and humorous See Key/Page 25

Cleveland Park resident aims for a star on Food Network By LINDA LOMBARDI Current Correspondent


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Food writer and consultant Mary Beth Albright will compete for her own TV series on “Food Network Star,” which premieres June 5 on the cable channel.

ere’s how central good food is to Mary Beth Albright’s life: She decided to buy her Cleveland Park home because it’s close to Palena. “I’m sort of embarrassed to say it, but not really,” said the food writer and consultant. “It’s one of my all-time favorite restaurants. When people ask me about what restaurants they might not know about, it’s always the first one I talk about.” But cooking at home is just as important as eating out to Albright — and she hopes her at-home background will make her stand out when she competes to get her own TV series on the seventh season of “Food Network Star,” premiering on June 5. Unlike many of her competitors, Albright doesn’t come from a background in the restaurant business. She grew up in New York and Connecticut, and first came to Washington to pursue a typical D.C. career. “It’s funny, but I always knew I wanted to

come to Washington. When I was 14 or 15, I thought, ‘I’m going to go live in Washington some day.’” She interned in the office of her home state senator, Joe Lieberman, and worked for a year at Roll Call. Then, while working for U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, she attended Georgetown University’s law school, graduating in 2006. It wasn’t an obvious route into the food world, but when Albright decided that being a lawyer wasn’t for her, that’s where she found her calling. “I came to Washington because I think it’s a very smart city,” she said, “and people come here with a purpose. Not to sound Pollyanna-ish, but people come here to make the world a better place.” Albright wanted to make a difference, too, but how? Working for Koop, she developed an interest in policy issues surrounding food and health, including the obesity epidemic, and she saw how this came together with her personal experience. “I learned to cook later in life, as an adult.

When I learned to cook, I lost 60 pounds,” she said. She became convinced that healthy eating wasn’t about depriving yourself — quite the contrary: “It’s about getting more connected to your food, not more alienated from it. It all comes down to enjoying life and enjoying food.” Her passion for the issue turned Albright into a food writer and consultant. She has worked with companies that want to incorporate more seasonal produce into recipes, and she has presented a radio feature on WTOP radio about what’s in season at the local farmers markets and how to prepare it. “One of my real passions is local food,” she said. “It sounds like a trendy thing to say, but this interest goes back years.” Her message is that eating your fruits and vegetables isn’t a chore; it’s a source of joy. “Asparagus is amazing! Strawberries are stupendous!” she said. As a mother, Albright also sees the importance of giving children a good food foundation. She teaches cooking and gardening at See Food star/Page 25

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Aidan Montessori School Over the past eight weeks, Aidan Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper elementary class has been participating in the Architecture in the Schools program. In teams, we created environ-

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School DISPATCHES mentally friendly structures out of foam core board. We made cisterns, wind turbines and solar panels, depending on the climate where the structure was to be built. At the end of those eight weeks, we put them on display at D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John A. Wilson Building. A few students spoke at the event about how we did it. Eva Sophia Shimanski, a fourthgrader who spoke for the school, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like that the different schools used different materials.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really fun,â&#x20AC;? said fifthgrader Ashton Lindeman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were cookies! One school made a

Our fourth-grade class had a real-life exhibit of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washingtonians Workingâ&#x20AC;?! Some of the people were Marian Anderson, Jackie Kennedy, Clara Barton, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and Walter Washington. We had multiple days to write our reports. Then, we practiced them with a partner and in front of the class. Everyone included a famous quote from his or her person. On the day of the exhibit, we had to wear what our famous Washingtonian would have worn. Parents, teachers and students came to the parish center, and the Washingtonians were all around the room. Museum visitors would push

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a green button that would signal the Washingtonian to start their threeminute talk. Every student had put a picture of his or her person on a cereal box, and some brought props. Many teachers complimented us on our work. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shira Nash and Alexandra Watson, fourth-graders We read the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flat Stanleyâ&#x20AC;? in school. We did literature circles and our jobs were artful artists, connector directors, discussion directors and word wizards. It was exciting, fun and a major accomplishment. During spring break, we took our Flat Stanleys on exciting trips. He went to movies, museums, zoos, beaches, restaurants, hotels, pools, other states and other countries (everywhere we went). Then we made travel journals and posters for a school project. It was awesome and we loved it! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second-graders

Beauvoir School Mrs. Stossel is our math resource teacher. Her office is on the third-grade hallway. She visits our class every Thursday. When she comes in, she shows what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning to teach us on the white board. Then she explains what activity weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do that day. She also works with students in her office. Mrs. Stossel organizes math morning as well. On Wednesdays between 7:50 and 8:20 first-, second- and third-graders can play fun math games in the lunchroom. Can you believe one person can do so many things? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Leviss, third-grader

British School of Washington My first nine months at the British School of Washington have been very interesting and somewhat challenging. Although I have settled in and made friends, it is taking me a while to get used to the

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International General Certificate in Secondary Education course, which is very challenging. When I first came to the school, I was quite shocked to hear about the number of students, which is smaller than my old school, in Tokyo. The plus side to having a small number of students in the school is that everyone knows each other. As well as having a great academics programme, the school also has a very good sports programme, which enables students to reach their full potentials in things other than academics. Throughout the school, there is a very friendly environment that really makes you enjoy your time. Especially for newcomers, it helps them settle in. From being new this year, I found the students and the members of staff really welcoming. This is one of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best assets: teachers having a great relationship with each other and with the students. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Adam Burnaby-Adkins, Year 10 Cardiff (ninth-grader)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Last week there was a scare at Ellington when a letter arrived at the school containing a white substance inside, which, thankfully, was later reported to be cornstarch. As a precaution, the school was immediately evacuated, parents were contacted and later students were sent home. The Student Leadership Council sponsored â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moveâ&#x20AC;? to coincide with first lady Michelle Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign to get kids out of school lunchrooms and onto the fields. The council partnered with White House interns and encouraged students to go outside for an hour during their lunch and play tug-of-war, Hula-Hoop and run relay races. They charged the students for water and healthy snacks. All proceeds went to the Red Cross to help victims of natural disasters. The Literary Media and Communications Department faculty sponsored a faculty reading. Four teachers spoke about their recent works. Mark Williams showed a preview of his play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zulu

Nation,â&#x20AC;? Jade Foster performed some of her original poems, Kelli M. Anderson showed her short film featuring her students, and Koye Oyedeji read from his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well Made Flesh.â&#x20AC;? The show garnered great reviews. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Lend Adams, 10th-grader

Georgetown Day School What is your favorite genre of music? What is your favorite fruit? What place do you want to visit most? What do you like to do in your spare time? The questions listed above are a small sampling of the many questions that sixth-graders have been asking friends and family over the past two weeks as they completed a math assignment. The task was to create a question and then survey at least 25 people. Once students had their results, they used ratios and proportions and translated them into percentages and created circle graphs. Students then wrote conclusions that summarized their results. They also gave possible reasons as to why the results might have turned out the way that they did. The project was not only a great way to practice math, but also a fun way to hear othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinions. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Holy Trinity School Cross country involves lots of hustle and hard work. Thirdgraders Jack Jones and Chiara Tartaglino completed a two-mile run every Sunday to prepare for a competition against third- through sixth-graders at other Catholic schools. Chiara earned fourth place and Jack earned 16th place. Students run cross country with Mr. Glass after school. Before starting a run, students eat a healthy snack so they are prepared. Examples of healthy snacks are fruits, vegetables and PowerBars. Cross-country students run at least one mile every Tuesday afternoon, and they also run on the weekends. The team practices by running through Georgetown, across Key Bridge along the C&O Canal and back to school. Then runners head See Dispatches/Page 15


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Last week we took the annual fifth-grade trip to Gettysburg. We went to Little Round Top and pretended we were in the Civil War. We learned all about Gettysburg. One of the coolest things we saw was a cyclorama painting of the Civil War. It was huge and lifelike and lit up where there was gunfire. It really made you feel as if you were in the Civil War. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Greta Felten, fifth-grader

Lowell School Hyde-Addison Elementary The fourth-graders went to Mount Vernon last week. The class has been studying how our country was formed, and Mount Vernon is where George Washington, a general in the American Revolution and our first president, lived. Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite part was the blacksmith shop because it was cool to see how they made nails. The blacksmith heated the metal in the fire and then took it out to pound it and shape it. He did this over and over again. It took two to three minutes to make one nail. Deonteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite was the mansion tour because we got to see a lot of the original places where he stayed and the things he used. The room where he did his writing and reading was cool. He sat in a special chair that had a fan over his head. We are now working on a play about the American Revolution. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Deonte Lee and Sam Sallick, fourth-graders

The sixth-graders went on a field trip to a Hindu temple in Lanham, Md. The temple is called the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple. The field trip has been a tradition for a couple years. It is meant to wrap up the study of India in our humanities class. The temple was gorgeous and


very traditional. The outside of the temple was breathtaking. There were many carvings on the outside of the many gods and goddesses that the temple was dedicated to, and it was absolutely magnificent. Once inside, we walked barefoot over to our guide, who told us the Hindu version of the story of how the world was created. Sitting on the floor and listening to the story with the priests singing in the background made everything seem like we were in a movie. After the woman told us the story, we were allowed to walk around the temple and admire the different deities. They were stunning, complete with statues and offerings to the gods. The entire trip was a wonderful experience. We were able to explore the maze of the Hindu tem-

ple, and we went home with bananas and some peach lassi (an Indian drink) to top off a great day. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julia Wenick, sixth-grader

Maret School This past week, the entire lower school of Maret gathered in the gym to present the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; newly published books to family and friends. The Publishing Party is an annual event that allows student writers to display their work. Throughout the school year, every lower school student expresses his or her creativity through at least one original book. Students work on their pieces during the spring semester on topics that are specific to each gradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curriculum. Genres represented include poetry, fantasy, history and historical fiction. The fourth grade










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wrote a compilation of poems, as well as an autobiography written in character as an ancient Greek god or goddess. In addition, the modern language classes completed multiple projects reflective of specific units of study. This year, they created nature poems and photography albums in Spanish. On May 6, parents, friends and visitors read the works of the students. The gym was alive with excitement and nervousness as some students presented published works for the first time. Visitors spent the afternoon admiring the wide variety of subject matter and presentation. Fourth-grader Story Hentoff said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun to have strangers approach me and ask to read my work.â&#x20AC;? Overall, it was a thrilling experiSee Dispatches/Page 36


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lue 44, the name of Chevy Chaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest restaurant, sounds like it could also be a play formation called before the snap in a football game. And it could, said owner Christofer Nardelli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-tiered,â&#x20AC;? Nardelli said of the nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provenance. For one, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something my father would yell out to usâ&#x20AC;? when he and his friends were playing sports as kids. Second, â&#x20AC;&#x153;44â&#x20AC;? is a tribute to a classmate who passed away who loved Danny Ainge (No. 44 for the Celtics). And third, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Pittsburgh guy, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blue-collar city,â&#x20AC;? Nardelli said. While you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find football or basketball references on the menu, the Pittsburgh connection is certainly apparent: Nardelli describes his concept as â&#x20AC;&#x153;American comfort food with a twist,â&#x20AC;? and the twist seems to come straight from western Pennsylvania. The appetizers include pierogies stuffed with potatoes and served with caramelized onions and sour cream, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron City mussels,â&#x20AC;? which are sautĂŠed in the Pittsburghbrewed beer. And included in the sandwich offerings is a cheese steak that tweaks the Philadelphia favorite by adding fries and coleslaw onto the soft roll (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pittsburgh style,â&#x20AC;? the menu says). But just a few items below the cheese steak is the Maryland crab cake sandwich, which connects the restaurant to both its surroundings

had for $10 and under, including a burger, a chicken sandwich and a grilled cheese of the day. Blue 44 BETH COPE also offers salads, two soups per day (one always tomato), and a and its chef, James Turner, who selection of classic entrees (such as hails from the Eastern Shore. grilled hanger steak, $19; bistro â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sort of did a whole chicken, $15; and papardelle with Pittsburgh meets Chevy Chase,â&#x20AC;? wild mushsaid Nardelli, rooms, $14). pointing out The shift in also the two focus seems to walls of photos, have served one representhim well, ing his homebecause town and Nardelli said another his new heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received a home. very warm welNardelli Bill Petros/The Current come in the came to Christofer Nardelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant community. Washington in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone 1995 to attend has â&#x20AC;&#x153;comfort food with a twist.â&#x20AC;? keeps saying, American â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waiting so long for University, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and this has been something [like this],â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. home since,â&#x20AC;? he said. Having And with the weather warming worked in restaurants since his teen up, his planned 30-odd-seat patio years, he quickly joined the induswill likely be popular as well. With try here as well, working most the necessary permits in hand, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently at CafĂŠ Ole on Wisconsin not waiting for city permission to Avenue south of Tenleytown. open it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just readiness. Blue 44 seems likely to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expected to be busy, but similarly neighborhood-oriented restaurant. Nardelli said he initially weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re extremely busy,â&#x20AC;? he said. Blue 44, at 5507 Connecticut envisioned a sports bar, but Ave. NW, is open from 11:30 a.m. changed his scheme after looking to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through at the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demographics and Friday for lunch; and from 5 to 10 polling neighbors. p.m. daily for dinner. The bar stays He opted instead to create a open until 11 on weekdays and family-friendly establishment with until 2 weekends (though it may casual, familiar food. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close earlier depending on busimore than $19 on the menu,â&#x20AC;? he ness). said, and a number of items can be


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16TH ST HEIGHTS $159,000 NEW ON THE MARKET. Beautiful 1BR condo with HWs thruout. KIT w/custom cabinets, ss applcs and granite countertop. BA has limestone floor and jet bath. Stunning. Close to Carter Barron, 14th and 16th St bus. Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 BETHESDA $315,000 2BRs – WALK TO METRO! Big, bright 1,100 SF Balcony Condo. ALL-NEW designer Kit, renov BA w/decorator vanity. 1 prkg spc. Pets OK (<30 lb); fee incl utils. Close to dntn Bethesda; next door to NIH. Dianne Bailey 301-980-5354 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 BETHESDA $499,000 SPACIOUS 3BR/3.5BA TH is move-in ready, great light, spacious open flr plan. Great entertaining space in LL FR w/wet bar. Come see! Jeanne Kayne 202-262-4555 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777 BETHESDA $1,075,000 JUST LISTED! Charred Oak 5BR, 4.5BA, oversized 2 Car Garage. Stunning, Spacious, Open Floor plan w/ 5 Big BR’s up. Beautiful HW! Large Rm Sizes. All new BAs & gour KIT. Neutral fresh paint. Amazing quality thruout. Huge finished bsmnt. Gorgeous stone frplc. Open KIT,

PETWORTH $585,000 BEAUTIFULLY RENOV, light filled extra wide 4BR row house + 2BR in-law suite. Close to metro. Renov BAs and KITs. Large double parlor and dining area opens to KIT. Refinished original HWFs. Huge yard with PKG easily added. New roof, porch deck, boiler, water heater, more. Home warranty included. Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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SW/WATERFRONT $425,000 RARELY AVAILABLE, sunny 3 lvl TH (1344sf) w/pkg by front door & its own pvt patio. Features 2/3 BR (or FR), 2BA, HWFs, W/D & great closets. Can’t beat the value for this money. Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 TAKOMA PARK $439,000 LOVELY COLONIAL! 3BRs/2BAs. Open Kit & Din space, LR w/FP, 3 fully fin lvls. Terrific BY w/huge Deck! Fin LL for a Fam Rm, Office, or possible In-Law Ste. Beautiful flrs, fresh paint, ready to move! Near dntn TP’s highly popular food coop, Farmers’ Mkt & eateries, as well as METRO. Lili Sheeline 202-905-7561 Chevy Chase Office 301-986-1001

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Condo offers flexible layout in historic building The Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood is known for its genteel, historic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and often very large â&#x20AC;&#x201D; single-family homes. But the leafy

ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY area is also home to multi-family buildings that reprise the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic charms on a more manageable scale. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say these spaces, including a two-/three-bedroom flat now on the market at this 1905 beauxarts building on California Street, are small. Rather, this 1,500square-foot space features high ceilings and a generous â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and very flexible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; layout. The thirdfloor spot opens into a large foyer that can accommodate a host of uses. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now used as a formal dining spot with room left over for a buffet and other furniture. Other rooms open from that central foyer like spokes on a wheel. That configuration funnels sunlight to the center of the home, preventing any of these hardwoodlined rooms from feeling dark or dreary. The largest spoke is a living room that gets light from three large, south-facing windows. Columns mark the entrance to this room, imparting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as do mold-

ings and other architectural details â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a somewhat grander feel to the space. There are two flexible rooms in this unit: One spot could be used as a third bedroom but also makes sense as a home office, as it is used now. The other multipurpose room is now a family room just off the kitchen. It works perfectly as a casual living spot, but an owner could easily use this as a formal dining room instead of the foyer. Owners have options when it comes to bedrooms as well. Both are sizable and could easily work as master bedrooms. One is closer to the larger of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two baths, a classic, black-andwhite space with a tub/shower combination; it also features a double exposure. The other has a charming window nook ideal for a reading chair and an en-suite bath with a shower stall. Though some buyers will be tempted to update the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, the color palette couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more of-the-moment. Gray cabinetry pops against yellow walls; a retro-fun linoleum floor repeats the currently chic neutral. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space for a small table here as well. Renovation-minded buyers could do what some owners in the building have already done: break

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This condo unit in Sheridan-Kalorama is priced at $799,798. down the wall between the kitchen and family room and turn the entire space into an open-plan space for cooking, dining and lounging. A door leads from the kitchen to a small balcony, which is one of two outdoor spaces in this home. The California Street spot will appeal to many looking for a quiet street, but the location is also immediately accessible to loads of amenities in Dupont, Adams Morgan and U Street. Trips farther afield are made easier with the parking spot included in the sale price. After a recent price drop, this two-/three-bedroom, two-bath condominium Unit 304 at 2205 California St. is offered for $799,798. For more information, contact Realtors Judi Cochran or Edina Morse of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 202-415-1510 or

Community Partner of the Year. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteers wrote journals of the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives and planted flowers at the center, according to the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The importance of our volunteers cannot be overstated,â&#x20AC;? Washington Home chief executive officer Tim Cox said in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would not be able to continue to provide the excellent care that is expected of us if we did not have the ongoing support of our loyal volunteers.â&#x20AC;?

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Northwest Real Estate BIKESHARE From Page 3 tures narrow sidewalks and heavy pedestrian traffic. In line with popular opinion, Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission chair Ron Lewis prefers to place a station at the M Street end of the park. “This is friendly advice from us,” he said. “We don’t criticize the program at all.” He

said the Transportation Department has made clear that the current proposal is tentative and that the agency is open to alternatives. Allen said Council member Wells’ first priority is to expand “in particular in areas where transit is underserved,” including Ward 4. A staffer for Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser said her ward currently has few stations but is a perfect place to add more because it has limited rail and bus service, so residents now mostly rely on cars.

But many believe isolated bike-sharing stations in less central parts of the city won’t serve users as well as a string of closely spaced stations. Extra charges kick in when users keep bikes longer than half an hour, so the system works best if the distance between stations can be traversed in less than that time. Otherwise, “if there isn’t another bikesharing [station at the destination], I have to lock the bike … and all the while I’m paying while it’s sitting there,” said

Tenleytown/Friendship Heights neighborhood commissioner Jonathan Bender. Allen said Wells hopes to add stations in less centrally located areas as well as places that already have Capital Bikeshare. Central areas, too, would benefit from new stations, Allen said. If a rider tries to return his bike to a station that’s full, he has to continue to the next station with an open slot, so denser concentration would make the system easier to use.

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tificates of occupancy, lax inspectors and conflicting orders from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Assistant D.C. attorney general Holly Johnson told judges last week that it would be unfair to make the Rosans give up profits from the four extra rooms, and said there is no other “reasonable” use for the extra rooms in the 1898 row house a block east of Connecticut Avenue. At issue is whether the zoning board erred when it ruled in 2009 that the “contorted zoning and permitting history” of the property justifies allowing the Rosans to continue renting out the additional rooms. If they can’t, the board ruled then, the loss of income would constitute an “undue hardship.” Lucia Rosan, in a phone interview, said a small group of neighbors has been “just trying to break us, make us move, sell the property.” She said she and her husband had “spent all our savings renovating the building,” which Rosan said had operated as a “rundown hostel” before they purchased it in 2003. “I don’t understand what they have against us. We have made the place beautiful,” she said. At the May 10 hearing, attorney Lawrence Hargrove, representing the Oakland Condominium just across Columbia Road, argued that the Rosans were clearly on notice they could rent out only eight rooms, and that money they spent renovating additional rooms constitutes “a self-imposed hardship.” The convoluted case seemed to leave even the three appeals court judges confused. Though opponents said they were concerned about noise, trash and traffic, they focused their arguments on a 1989 zoning law forbidding expansion of hotels and other “transient housing” in certain residential zones. Even the city Office of Planning, which also opposed the Rosans’ 12-room use, did not cite any disturbances to neighbors. To the average passerby, the historic row house looks like an upscale bed-and-breakfast. A plaque near the carpeted entry calls it “Your home away from home in Washington D.C,” and a website refers to an “elegant DC B&B” with elaborately furnished rooms running around $200 a night. The meat of the case is whether the Rosans knew they were restrict-

ed to eight rooms, and whether the renovation of four more for guest use actually constituted an expansion. And on those issues, the court record is replete with confusion and contradiction. The Columbia Road house has apparently been used as a rooming house since at least 1969. Although the owner at that time applied for a certificate of occupancy for eight rooms, he had a business license for 15 units. When the Rosans applied for a certificate of occupancy, after buying the property in 2003, to operate as an “Inn/Tourist House” with 15 rooms, regulatory staffers told them to amend it to say “8 rooming units.” The Rosans started to renovate anyway, and got a building permit approved for 12 units. After much of the work was done, regulatory officials asked the Rosans to reduce the number to eight. They didn’t, and rented out 12 units for five years with no enforcement action taken. Then in 2008, the city zoning administrator stepped in, saying that the rooming house use was “grandfathered,” but for only eight rooms. And so it went. At court, assistant attorney general Holly Johnson put it this way: “Even though zoning officials kept telling them only eight rooms, they never told them why. When building permits [were issued], the Rosans were reasonable in believing DCRA had changed its mind.” Plus, the agency inspected the property five times without citation. Johnson also argued there is “no other reasonable [permitted] use for those four extra rooms,” and it wouldn’t be marketable to have four single-room apartments in the middle of a rooming house. But Hargrove argued there is “no exceptional circumstance. The owners had information very early, … almost immediately after purchase and before any investment.” He also argued that the rooms or property as a whole could be economically converted to legal residential uses, such as apartments or a single-family home. The judges seemed sympathetic to both sides. “There may have been [regulatory] stumbles, but they were quickly made aware [of the eightroom limit] and stubbornly persisted,” said Judge John Fisher. But later the judge said, “That’s a very busy, bustling neighborhood. It’s hard to imagine why everything is ruined” by a 12-room guesthouse. The appeals court gave no indication when it will rule.

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Spectacular hi-end renov/redesign of 3,640 sf corner apt by renowned builder. Fantastic entertaining space offers open LR w/ fplc, DR, open kit w/ family and breakfast area. Spectacular 270-degree wrap-around views include Potomac River, monuments, Memorial/Key bridges and Kennedy Ctr. Outstanding craftsmanship and custom built-ins throughout. 4 BR, 3.5 baths. New hardwood flrs, custom kitchen. 2 car parking. $2,395,000.

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Charming home with 2 BR and 3 full-baths. Superb natural light in every room. Hardwood floors throughout first floor featuring dining and living rooms with adjacent den, full-bath, master BR and updated kitchen. Second floor features open floor plan with 1 BR, spacious living area, and full-bath. Improved basement with full-bath. Lush landscaped yard with rear deck. $810,000.

Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202.333.1212


Classic Cleveland Park. Spacious and sun-filled floor plan includes a formal LR w/ fplc and classic chestnut detailing. Banquet sized DR, library, chef caliber kitchen w/ island and dining space. 1st floor guest suite and den. 4 BR, 2 bath up. LL is large family room, BR/bath and storage. Sensational studio w/ 1/2 bath and office/living space. Lush lot with mature plantings. Driveway parking. $2,200,000.

Jean Hanan 202.494.8157


Rare opportunity to own a fully renovated townhouse in Dupont. This stunning 3 BR, 3.5 bath house has undergone a careful renovation by a noted designer. Enormous entertaining spaces, Kitchen w/SubZero, Wolf. Family room off kitchen. All bedrooms have en-suite baths with Waterworks and Ann Sacks tile. Imported chandeliers and ironwork throughout. Huge deck and 2-car garage. $1,749,000.

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344


EAST VILLAGE. Charming and Bright 3 story brick Federal home in a mew setting. Living room features wood-burning fireplace, built-in bookcases opening to private patio. 2 BR and full bath on top floor. In-law suite on lower level with full bath. High ceilings, wood floors, CAC. Proximity to Rose Park, restaurants and all the village amenities. $875,000.

Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887


Could be Paris! Rare, detached Federal brimming with European Flair and architectural character. 1 BR, 1.5 bath. Cozy living room with wet bar. Separate dining room, den, 3 fireplaces, wide-plank wood floors. Lovely, private yard. Easy street parking. $754,000.

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David DeSantis, 202.438.1542

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Northwest Real Estate LICENSES From Page 1 residential street. The application for the Guitar Bar proposes an upscale tavern serving European sausages, hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn. With a total capacity of 330, it would have 60 seats inside and a summer garden with 210 seats. The establishment would operate until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Edwin Villegas, one of the owners, said the concept is not for a nightclub, but rather for a Europeanstyle beer garden. Villegas said the name is an homage to the current tenant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Guitar Shop. He said he hopes to find a way to incorporate the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings in some manner. The Guitar Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18th Street location is in the area the commission has dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club Central,â&#x20AC;? and neighbors there have complained about decks smaller than the one proposed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to deal with the sound issue with twice as many seats,â&#x20AC;? said commis-

sioner Mike Feldstein. Commissioner Jack Jacobson said he objects to the outdoor seating because the Guitar Bar is seeking a tavern-class license. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The patrons are different. The effects on the neighborhood are different,â&#x20AC;? said Jacobson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support a tavern with outdoor seating.â&#x20AC;? On the other end of the neighborhood, The Post Office is envisioned by owners as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;casual and relaxed bistro restaurantâ&#x20AC;? with a permitted occupancy of 259. Its application requests a sidewalk cafe with 56 seats and a summer garden with 14 seats. The outdoor seating areas would close by 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and by midnight on Friday and Saturday; the restaurant would be open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Neighborhood commissioner Ramon Estrada said the application presents issues related to capacity, hours, parking and the planned DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all in a building adjacent to a condominium, and on a corner already home to CafĂŠ Saint-Ex and Policy Restaurant and Lounge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of concerns. I

think we can work out a compromise,â&#x20AC;? he said. The suitability of outdoor seating at the T Street site led to some division among commissioners. Estrada questioned the appropriateness of a sidewalk cafe; Jacobson, who ultimately abstained on the vote to protest, urged against treating the space differently from other settings with outdoor seating, such as 17th Street, where businesses and residents are also â&#x20AC;&#x153;cheek by jowl.â&#x20AC;? The several who spoke on the issue expressed a range of views. Longtime resident Patrick Cirillo said he supports the Post Office proposal because it would contribute to the quality of life in the neighborhood. But other neighbors groaned at the suggestion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are other people on T Street that this affects more directly,â&#x20AC;? one resident called out. Another said she shares a wall with the building and fears a repeat of past noise problems with other nearby establishments. A fourth objected to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fear-mongeringâ&#x20AC;? fliers that suggested the area was in danger of â&#x20AC;&#x153;becoming another Adams Morgan.â&#x20AC;?

BUDGET From Page 1 on the proposed higher income tax and other measures. A recent poll by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, which supports the income tax hike, showed a strong majority across the city preferring the income-tax rise over cuts in services. Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry blasted Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accounting methods, saying that the city has never before counted on unrealized revenue in such a manner. The council has in fact done something similar several times, countered Evans. At those points, he said, the council came to a consensus about which budget items the hoped-for revenue would fund. Evans also expounded Monday on the reasons his committee suggested eliminating combined reporting, a popular, Gray-proposed measure that would prevent multistate corporations from shifting profits earned in D.C. to locations with lower business taxes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of us have been led out on a limb â&#x20AC;Ś and taken positions publiclyâ&#x20AC;? in favor of going after the estimated $22 million that the move would garner, said at-large member Phil Mendelson. Those members thought that Evans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a respected voice on financial matters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; supported the effort, Mendelson added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not arguing against it,â&#x20AC;? Evans clarified. But testimony from the business community and research into the numbers has shown that the $22 million is an uncertain result of the measure, he said. If city revenue exceeds projections, therefore, Evans would recommend against implementing combined reporting, he said. Evans and other council members lambasted another proposed revenue-gathering measure, this one from Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Committee on

Transportation and Public Works. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed budget would increase the fee for on-street parking stickers from $15 to $25. Wellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; committee tacked on an additional $10 for the first car. A second car would cost $50, and a third would be $100 annually. Fees would not increase for seniors. The projected $1.4 million in revenue would be spread across several transportation priorities, but Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser fixed on one potential recipient â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a popular red bus that does not operate in her ward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking the people in Ward 4 to subsidize people who are riding the Circulator,â&#x20AC;? she accused Wells. The entire city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including people without cars â&#x20AC;&#x201D; subsidizes onstreet parking through road maintenance, Wells countered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re nickel-and-diming everyone again,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evans, noting that people with larger families â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like his own â&#x20AC;&#x201D; typically have more than one car. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get used to it. â&#x20AC;Ś They just get madder and madder.â&#x20AC;? But Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own neighborhood might see a benefit from the fee hikes for parking stickers. District Department of Transportation official Karina Ricks noted at a hearing Monday evening that the new pricing structure could help clear Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crowded streets by charging more to residents of group homes. Those properties, typically rented by university students, may have five or six vehicles associated with one address. Despite Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposal, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not at all certain that a rollback of Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed tax and fee hikes would be the result of any summer windfall. Council members have identified upward of $350 million in new spending priorities, which include reversing some those revenue-generating measures. But the wish list also includes more police officers and the cancellation of planned cuts in homeless services.


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In Your Neighborhood ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1C Adams ■ ADAMS MORGAN At the commission’s May 4 meeting: ■ commission treasurer Katherine Boettrich reported that the city has withheld $1,000 of the commission’s 2010 third-quarter allotment of $5,000 because one of the recipients of a commission grant has not provided the needed paperwork. ■ commissioners unanimously approved $1,000 grants for Festival Food’s culinary training program, set for June 16; Girls on the Run, DC, to help finance a 5-kilometer run; and Hensen’s Art & Learning, to help purchase five digital cameras for a summer program to be held at Marie Reed Learning Center. ■ commissioners unanimously agreed with a suggestion by commissioner Stacey Moye to start the process for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to investigate a possible Adams Morgan arts project. The idea, which would cost up to $20,000, is for a local artist to use some of the steel from the old 18th Street streetcar tracks to create a work of art. ■ commissioners voted 5-0, with Marty Davis abstaining, to co-host the mayor’s Ward 1 budget meeting on May 6. ■ commission chair Wilson Reynolds reported that the developer of the planned-unit development that would add a boutique hotel to the vacant First Church of Christ, Scientist, building at Columbia

Road and Euclid Street plans to file his zoning application by July 29. ■ commissioners agreed unanimously to support the Adams Morgan Partnership business improvement district’s plans for a series of Saturday band concerts in June and July at the BB&T Plaza. ■ commissioners unanimously supported opening the Champlain Street underpass at Marie Reed Learning Center during the reconstruction of 18th Street from June 1, 2011, until June 1, 2012. Chair Wilson Reynolds reported that the school principal has no objections. The street would remain one-way southbound. ■ commissioners unanimously supported a variance request to allow a free-standing carport at 1757 Seaton Place. ■ commissioners unanimously approved a voluntary agreement with Mellow Mushroom, a new pizza franchise, at 2436 18th St. The establishment will open at 9 a.m. and include both open and enclosed space. The enclosed space will close at 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The open space will close at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Denis James of the Kalorama Citizens Association called the new enterprise a modified tavern. ■ commissioners unanimously agreed to recommend that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approve a temporary license for Bistro 18, at 2420 18th St. The establishment will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. The outside space will be open until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. the other five days. Alcoholic beverage service will end 30 minutes before closing. It will have a 25-seat summer garden and six sidewalk seats. ■ commissioners recommended 6-0, with Marty Davis abstaining, that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approve a revised license for District Lounge & Grill, at 2473 18th St. on the second floor, which is combining with Saki Asian Grill, at 2477 18th St. on the main floor and the basement. Denis James of the Kalorama Citizens Association said he opposes the proposed license because there is no numerical capacity mentioned. He said the limit might not be enforceable and the result could affect the area’s peace and quiet. Commissioner Oliver Kamanda said the numerical limit is the number the two previous establishments had, though it is not mentioned. ■ commissioner Wilson Reynolds announced that the developer of the former Italian Embassy site at 2700 16th St. has filed an application for a planned-unit development with the Zoning Commission. “We need information as to what we want included in the amenities package,” he said. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 1 at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW.

For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy ■ FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END The commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 18 at Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ presentations on the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure on June 4 and the DC Triathlon on June 19. ■ presentation on Pepco’s plans to install “smart meters.” ■ update on the Stevens Elementary School property. ■ update on EastBanc’s plans for reconstruction of the West End library and fire station as part of a public-private partnership. ■ discussion of an interim compliance report on the George Washington University campus plan. ■ consideration of a Zoning Commission application by the Renaissance Hotel at 1143 New Hampshire Ave. for a second extension of a planned-unit development. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for an office development at 1700 New York Ave., adjacent to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. ■ consideration of a Zoning Commission application by George Washington University regarding its School of Public Health project (Square 39). For details, visit ANC 2B2B ANC Dupont Circle ■ DUPONT CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 8 in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw ■ SHAW The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 1 at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama ■ SHERIDAN-KALORAMA The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 20 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact or visit ANC 2F 2F ANC Logan Circle ■ LOGAN CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 1 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit




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family and friends.â&#x20AC;? For Phillips, there are personal reasons for hoping the lessons From Page 13 last beyond the curtain call. and silly manner,â&#x20AC;? said Phillips, Singing in first grade helped her who lives in the Palisades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When overcome shyness and feel youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a serious accepted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This performer, you gives them an can lose the rawopportunity to be ness of the exposed to process. You get expressing themvery performanceselves in a very [and] results-orihealthy manner,â&#x20AC;? ented. I think she said of the when you work students. with kids, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The musical is so delightful is it unlikely to be a forces you to one-hit wonder at remember that Key. Roddy, who things are more has three children organic instead of at the school, said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;it has to be this her committee is way.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? looking to include Laura the program in Latendresse, a the after-school fourth-grader who lineup for next Bill Petros/The Current year. is playing the lion Key brought in professional opera singer Alexandra Phillips to that rules the aniThatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music to guide the students, who play animals in the show. mals, is excited Latendresseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ears. about being in her â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they have it first play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part â&#x20AC;Ś is nervous, the understanding of next year, I would definitely do it probably working together with how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re projecting yourself again,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would probaall the people and having to conand what you know and how to bly be one of my first choices for tribute my part in the play,â&#x20AC;? she share that with others,â&#x20AC;? said what to do after school.â&#x20AC;? said. Madigan, also a Palisades resiTomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, which will Parents are excited, too. dent. start at 6:30 p.m., will be open to Tracey Madigan, mom of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The experience itself will be the public, with tickets costing $5 Latendresse and her second-grade wonderful for the students,â&#x20AC;? said for adults and $2 for children. All sibling, who is playing a turtle, principal David Landeryou. proceeds will go toward the chowas one of the proponents of â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have worked hard and now rus fund. Key Elementary is bringing more music to the camget the opportunity to perform for located at 5001 Dana Place NW.



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FOOD STAR From Page 13 the U.S. House of Representatives preschool, where she plants a garden with the children. And that project led to writing a book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Apples Grow.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was looking around for teaching tools, and there was no book that I could find that was for very young children about how food grows,â&#x20AC;? she said. With photos and rhymes, the book shows how flowers turn into fruit and explains the life cycle of a food every child is familiar with. When she talks about gardening, Albright emphasizes that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK not to do everything. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many people feel like, if I want to garden, I have to have a huge backyard and I have to read all these books,â&#x20AC;? she said. Start small, she advises, with something that will add pleasure to your meals. It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like â&#x20AC;&#x153;another thing on your to-do list.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same approach she takes with cooking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about being perfect, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about being better,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have signs all over my house, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is a perfection-free zone.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; In Washington, the terrific

work ethic that leads to us getting so much done makes us think we have to get everything done.â&#x20AC;? Albright is clearly a lover of words â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in one restaurant review she wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I order â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bucatini et polpetiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; whenever itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the menu, just to experience the name roll off my tongue.â&#x20AC;? So why television? She auditioned for the Food Network program for the chance to reach a broader audience than she can with her writing. And while sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up against some pretty intimidating competition (such as a woman who cooks at Thomas Kellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Per Se restaurant), she feels that she has something special to bring to viewers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a state of mind â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about being a foodie, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about getting joy through food,â&#x20AC;? she said. And she believes everyone can do it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a family, I know what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to cook for a family. I think that people who cook at home are the heart and soul of cooking.â&#x20AC;? You can see Albrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s audition video and vote for fan favorite in the weeks leading up to the premiere at And you can learn more about Albright at






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Events Entertainment Wednesday, May MAY 18 Wednesday 18 Concerts â&#x2013; Singer/songwriter Buffy Sante-Marie will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington Revels will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of the Civil War,â&#x20AC;? featuring American folk songs, spirituals, patriotic music and readings. 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31228. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  James Swanson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corpse.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Roy Blount Jr. will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films â&#x2013;  The Asia Society Washington will present Andrzej Fidykâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yodok Stories,â&#x20AC;? about a man who escaped a North Korean concentration camp and told of his experiences on stage. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013;  The local group Service to Serve Haiti will present a screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lift Upâ&#x20AC;? to benefit Haitian organizations involved in earthquake relief and rebuilding. 7 p.m. $10. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th

St. NW. â&#x2013; The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Ursula Meierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home,â&#x20AC;? about a family whose peaceful existence is threatened when a busy highway is opened next to their isolated property. 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. Performance â&#x2013;  Theater Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on Hâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Negroâ&#x20AC;? by Thembi Duncan. 7:30 p.m. Paywhat-you-can. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. Thursday, May 19 Thursday MAY 19 Class â&#x2013;  Larissa Ormsby Gibson will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chocolate Tasting With a Professional Chocolatier.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $49. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202797-5102.

Concerts â&#x2013; The 16th Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature Brooklyn native CharenĂŠe Wade. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Nikolai Lugansky will perform works by Sibelius, Beethoven and Nielsen. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature the JaLaLa vocal group, flutist Jamie Baum and her septet, and saxophonist Tia Fuller and her quartet. 7 p.m. $38 to $95. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Violinist Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.

â&#x2013; The Kopecky Family Band will perform folk rock. 8 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Richard Miniter will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Thomas Patrick Chorlton will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First American Republic: 1774-1789.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Jack Campbell will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreadnaught,â&#x20AC;? the latest installment in the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Fleetâ&#x20AC;? series. 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Bob Van der Linden, curator of aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum, will discuss Alexander Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrait of Charles Lindbergh. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Linda Leaming will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Do,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Found Bliss.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bodies in Motion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; From Degas to Lawrence.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Author Meryle Secrest will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modigliani â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Life.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturers Diane Arkin, David Gariff and Sally Shelburne will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Then and Now.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  Historian Whit Ridgway will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The War of 1812: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forgotten Conflict.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.



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Thursday, MAY 19 â&#x2013; Concert: Singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia and his quartet will perform a mix of Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk music and contemporary pop. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000.

â&#x2013; Joel Achenbach will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Yacoubian Buildingâ&#x20AC;? by Alla Al Aswany. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232.

Films â&#x2013; Senior Cinema Thursdays will feature Francis Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water for Elephants,â&#x20AC;? starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. 10:30 a.m. $6.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Neighborhood Library will show Nicholas Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knock on Any Door,â&#x20AC;? starring Humphrey Bogart, John Derek and George Macready. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139.

Performances â&#x2013; Theater Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on Hâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Night Motherâ&#x20AC;? by Marsha Norman. 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  The Woodrow Wilson House will host a book launch for Garret Peckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? The event will include an after-hours look at the authentically furnished 1920s home and a peak at President Woodrow Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine cellar. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $35; tickets required. Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. 202-387-4062. Tour â&#x2013;  Rosarian and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Sharon Hanes will lead a tour of

Book signing â&#x2013; Cornelia Maude Spelman and Kathleen Hill will sign copies of their books â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Occupies This House,â&#x20AC;? respectively. Noon to 1 p.m. $10. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Debussy, Kobayashi, Puccini and Turina. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  Michael Lodico, assistant director of music at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature pianists selected for the annual eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emerging-artist workshop. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  Students of Magdalena Duhagon will present a guitar recital. 6 and 7 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves (shown) and Cassandra Wilson in a tribute to the late Abbey Lincoln. 7 p.m. $38 to $95. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Guitarist Manuel Bernardo and his students will perform. 7 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present period-instrument ensemble Chatham Baroque performing mostly Italian baroque music. 7:30 p.m. $75. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. 202-625-2361. â&#x2013;  Trio Generations will perform its mix of jazz, funk, rock and reggae. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. â&#x2013;  New-music ensemble eighth blackbird will perform works by Mazzoli and Glass and the premiere of Hartkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest composition. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Philadelphia Orchestra and violinist Gil Shaham performing works by Mendelssohn, Walton and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. $42 to $97. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The early-music ensemble Carmina will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Timor et Tremor,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Perotin, Gesualdo and Lassus. 8 p.m. $15. Cathedral of St. Matthew the See Events/Page 27





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 703532-9356. Discussions and lectures ■ Experts will discuss “Re-imagining the U.S. Civil War: Reconnaissance, Surveying and Cartography.” 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-1616. ■ Yale School of Art professor Robert Storr and artists Odili Donald Odita, Joel Schapiro and Carrie Mae Weems will discuss “The Role of Art in Diplomacy.” 11 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “A Journey to the Middle Kingdom” will feature a discussion of Chinese culture, history and traditions through the ages. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ “Building Bridges: Spanish and English Writers in Conversation” will feature Javier Montes, Alberto Olmos, Andrés Otruño, Azar Nafisi (shown), Peter Manseau and Marie Arana. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Suzanne Onstine, assistant professor of history at the University of Memphis, will discuss “Women and Religion in Ancient Egypt.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Mary Gordon will discuss her novel “The Love of My Youth.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Todd Kliman, author of “The Wild Vine,” will discuss the history and mysteries of American wine. 7 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. NW. 202-544-7077. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Emile de Antonio’s 1973 film “Painters Painting,” a snapshot of New York’s art world in the 1960s. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ■ Kids World Cinema, a two-weekend showcase of international children’s films and crafts workshops, will present “The Whistle” and “Coluboccoro” (for ages 9 through 13). 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. 202-238-6900. ■ The House of Sweden will host a rooftop screening of Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson’s 2010 film “Sound of Noise,” about love, lunacy and loud drumming. A drum battle by the film’s guerrilla musicians will precede the film. 7 to 10:30 p.m. $10. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.

Performances ■ Theater Alliance’s “Hothouse on H”

series will feature a reading of “Thomas Jefferson and George Mason Draft the Declaration of Independence” and “The Fairy Tale,” both by Carl Long. 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. ■ “Planet Damana: Poetry and Music for Cultural Dialogue and Peace” will feature poetry readings and songs in English, Arabic, Spanish, Italian and French, set to a backdrop of improvisational jazz, oriental and classical music. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested; reservations required. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Special events ■ An Endangered Species Day Celebration will feature tours of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s endangered species and native plant collections and more than 20 booths focusing on endangered plants. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■ An Armenian Food Festival will feature traditional cuisine, cultural activities and performances by the Arax Armenian Dance Ensemble. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden St. NW. 202-363-1923. The event will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ■ Local actors Sarah Marshall, Jennifer Mendenhall, Kim Schraf, Craig Wallace, MaryBeth Wise, Christopher Henley, Donna Migliacco and Deidra Starnes will perform in readings of new plays by Washington playwrights Ari Roth, Norman Allen, Ally Currin, David Emerson Toney, Renne Carlarco, Elizabeth Pringle, Pamela Leahigh and Keith Bridges. Proceeds from the “Dramathon” performance will benefit scholarships to the Theater Lab School of the Dramatic Arts’s summer camp. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $15; $10 for students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-824-0449. Walk ■ Sheila Cochran will lead an Olmsted Woods bird walk. 8:30 a.m. Free. Meet at the George Washington statue on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2319.

Saturday, May 21 Saturday MAY 21 Children’s program ■ The International Children’s Festival will feature performances, global cuisine and hands-on activities at 26 embassysponsored booths representing countries from around the world. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place NW. Classes and workshops ■ Seth Lerer, professor of literature and dean of arts and humanities at the University of California at San Diego, will lead a class on “The History of Children’s Literature From ‘Aesop’s Fables’ to ‘Harry Potter.’” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Suzanne Bouchard, director of gardens and grounds, will lead a hands-on workshop on creating a potted herb garden, and then participants will cook their own lunch using ingredients discussed in the morning session. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $95; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.

Saturday, MAY 21 ■ Concert: The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will feature multi-instrumentalist Corky Hale (shown), the duo of pianist Peggy Stern and saxophonist “Sweet” Sue Terry, and vocalist Marlena Shaw performing with Five Play. 7 p.m. $38 to $95. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

■ In honor of the 150th anniversary of Italy and the 15th anniversary of Al Tiramisu, chef Luigi Diotaiuti will lead a class on the history, culture, people and cuisine of Sardinia, with three courses of food and paired wines. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $75; reservations required. Al Tiramisu, 2014 P St. NW. ■ Victor Albisu, executive chef of BLT Steak DC, will present a class on traditional American barbecuing techniques, followed by a four-course lunch. 12:30 to 3 p.m. $100; reservations required. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. 202-689-8989.

Concerts ■ The Voce Chamber Singers will perform “Flower Songs.” 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. ■ The interfaith, multicultural community choir Mosaic Harmony will present its spring concert, featuring a program ranging from contemporary gospel to inspirational music written by director David North. 7 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton Ave. NW. 703-627-8096. ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. ■ The Library of Congress’ “onLOCation” series will feature the U.S. Army Band performing “Roots of the American Songbook.” 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ Nigerian writers Christie Watson and Helon Habila will discuss their novels “Tiny Sunbirds Far Away” and “Oil on Water,” respectively, at 1 p.m.; and Tim Harford will discuss his book “Adapt: Why Success

Always Starts With Failure,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Kent C. Boese and Lauri Hafvenstein will discuss their book “Park View,” about the history of the Park View neighborhood. 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. ■ Rabbi Yoav Ende, director of the Hannaton Educational Center and the rabbi of Kibbutz Hannaton, and Galit Baram, counselor for public and academic affairs at the Embassy of Israel, will discuss “The Future of Religious Pluralism in Israel.” 1 p.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-362-4433. ■ Richard Wenzel will discuss his book “Labyrinth of Terror.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-9659880. Festivals ■ The sixth annual Fiesta Asia will feature performances, traditional cuisine and crafts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets NW. ■ The VSA Start With the Arts Festival will feature hands-on art activities and family-friendly performances. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. The festival will continue Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Films ■ “Reel Reads” will feature the film “Animal Farm,” based on the novel by George Orwell. 1 p.m. Free. Room A-10, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Kids World Cinema, a two-weekend showcase of international children’s films and crafts workshops, will present a lineup of Brazilian and Australian films (for ages 8 through 12). 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. ■ “Kids’ Afternoon Movies” will feature the 2010 film “Despicable Me,” about a criminal mastermind who seeks to use a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme. 3:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood

Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ “A Season of Rohmer,” featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 2003 film “Triple Agent.” 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ The Dance Institute of Washington will present its spring concert, featuring a mixed repertory program performed by preprofessional and community dance students. 5 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. ■ Dance Box Theater will present Laura Schandelmeier and Stephan Clapp performing “Affectations,” a multimedia performance exploring the human body as a metaphor for society’s cultural systems and social structures. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7 p.m. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present comedian Vijai Nathan’s solo show “Woman on Top: Tips From Mom, Dad & Cosmo.” 8 p.m. $22. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Special event ■ A celebration of International Migratory Bird Day will feature family activities, guided bird hikes, conservation education and bird-banding demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature See Events/Page 28


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Walks and tours ■ Docents will lead tours of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Garden, which is filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works and herbs popular in his day. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. ■ National Portrait Gallery curator emerita Ellen Miles will lead a tour of the exhibition “Capital Portraits: Treasures From Washington Private Collections.” 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and

Art event ■ The artists of Jackson Art Center will host their 10th annual Spring Open Studios event. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. 3048 1/2 R St. NW. Children’s programs ■ Jennifer Allison, author of “Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop,” will lead a “Spy Fiction Writer’s Workshop” for ages 9 through 14. 1 to 3 p.m. $25. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-3937798. ■ A National Symphony Orchestra

Kinderkonzert — “Got Rhythm?” — will feature musicians Glenn Donnellan, Richard Barber, Edward Cabarga, Adel Sanchez and Joe Connell performing works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rossini and other composers (for ages 4 and older). 1:30 and 4 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Cub Scout Packs 61 and 100 will help boys build and race toy boats at an open house. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. Class ■ Instructor Susan Yanero will lead a drawing workshop on “The Figure in Motion.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $120.

Washington Studio School, 2129 S St. NW. 202-234-3030. Concerts ■ The Josh Nelson Project will perform modern Jewish music as part of the “Ahavat Yisrael” weekend. 11:15 a.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202362-4433. ■ The U.S. Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Haydn, Lourié, Frank and Dvorák. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and L Streets SE. 202-433-4011. ■ Pianist Andrius Zlabys will perform works by Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The DC Youth Orchestra Program’s Junior Orchestra will perform its year-end concert. 4 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale will perform Haydn’s “The Creation.” 4 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, 16th and O streets NW. 202-333-2075. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown will open its Concerts in the Parks series with a performance by musician Rebecca McCabe and an appearance by CBS journalist Bob Schieffer. 5 p.m. Free. Volta Park, 34th Street and Volta Place NW. 202-333-7313. ■ The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present “Northern Lights: Choral Illuminations From Scandinavia and Beyond,” featuring a world-premiere commission by Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas about the relationship between man and nature. 5 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Anthony Williams of Nashville, Tenn., will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Students from the Levine School of Music will perform chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Gustav Mahler in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Atrium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941. Discussions and lectures ■ The annual Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Memorial Lecture will feature New America Foundation fellow Peter Beinart (shown) and former American Israel Public Affairs Committee official Steve Rosen discussing “The Future of Israeli-Diaspora Relations.” 9:30 a.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202362-4433. ■ Steve and Cokie Roberts will discuss “Making Interfaith Families Work” as part of the Sunday Forum series. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Artist Judith Schaechter will discuss her use of traditional stained-glass prac-

tices to create her pictorial windows, currently on view in “History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011.” 2 p.m. Free. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, will discuss “Shakespeare’s Italy.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Contributors to the book “Writers Among Us: A Celebration of the Writers-inResidence Program at St. Albans School” will read from their writing and discuss their experiences at the school. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Carol Joynt will discuss her memoir “Innocent Spouse,” about life after the sudden death of her husband. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Blake Hall, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. 202-797-4943. Expo ■ The Same Love, Same Rights LGBT Wedding Expo, presented by Rainbow Wedding Network, will feature more than 30 local wedding-related exhibitors. 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

Films ■ Kids World Cinema, a two-weekend showcase of international children’s films and crafts workshops, will present a lineup of German and Spanish films (for ages 6 through 10). 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. ■ “A Season of Rohmer,” featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 2001 film “The Lady and the Duke.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Fundraiser ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will hold a fundraiser and dance party. 6 to 10 p.m. $10. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance ■ Washington Concert Opera will present Jules Massenet’s “Werther.” 6 p.m. $40 to $100. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-364-5826. Reading ■ The Veterans Writing Project will present readings by Kelly Kennedy, Jim Mathews, Jeff Stein, Bob Johnson, Dario DiBattista and Steve Scuba of their fiction, nonfiction and poetry about service in World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play AFC Ajax of the See Events/Page 29





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 Netherlands. 5 p.m. $30 to $60. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Tour ■ “Defenders of Washington” will offer a chance to walk the earthworks of Fort Stevens and experience the lives of the men who defended the nation’s capital in 1864. 2 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6070.

Monday, May MAY 23 Monday 23 Concerts ■ The DC Youth Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Georgetown Day School Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m., and the Edmund Burke School Jazz Ensemble will perform at 9 p.m. $15 per show; reservations suggested. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ A panel discussion on “History in the Mystery” will feature authors Louis Bayard (shown), Ellen Crosby and Daniel Stashower. Noon. Free. Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2138. ■ Panelists will discuss “Ghosts of My Home Country,” about human rights abuses and available services for Asian immigrants. Noon. $20; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-8332742. ■ Carol Christensen, senior conservator at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Gauguin: The Mythmaker in His Studio.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar series will feature a talk by Roberta Gosier and Amanda Gosier DesBarres on “Daily Money Management Can Save You Grief.” 3:30 to 5 p.m. $10; free for Dupont Circle Village members. 1735 T St. NW. 202-234-2567. ■ Emilye Crosby will discuss her book “Civil Rights History From the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement,” and Judy Richardson will discuss her book “Hands on the Freedom Plow.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The Museum of the American Cocktail will present a talk by Garrett Peck, author of “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t.” The event will include samples of classic cocktails and instruction on how to make them. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. ■ Roméo Dallaire will discuss his book “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature the 1993 film “The Scent of Green Papaya.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut

Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Growing Up: German Youth in Film” will feature Dennis Todorovic’s 2009 film “Sasha,” about a gay 19-yearold who is secretly in love with his piano teacher. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The History/Biography Book Club will discuss “How the States Got Their Shapes” by Mark Stein. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Performance ■ Young Playwrights’ Theater will present “Luv in the Time of Txting,” featuring original plays by student playwrights. 7 p.m. Free. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-387-9173. Reading ■ Barnes & Noble will host “M Street Poetry Open Mic Night.” 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-9659880. Tuesday, May MAY 24 Tuesday 24 Benefit ■ Misti Burmeister and Mali Phonpadith will launch their books — “Hidden Heroes” and “A Million Fireflies,” respectively — at a benefit for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs and the Lao Heritage Foundation. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. $75; reservations required. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Concerts ■ Composer, singer and pianist Scott Alan will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ French saxophonist Jacques SchwarzBart will perform jazz selections. 8 and 10 p.m. $25; reservations suggested. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Carol Joynt will discuss her memoir “Innocent Spouse,” about life after the sudden death of her husband. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Ed Offley will discuss his book “Turning the Tide: How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic.” Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ Architect Daniel Kaplan, senior partner at New York-based FXFOWLE, will discuss “Regenerative Urbanism,” about a framework for breathing new life into the forgotten spaces of cities. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. ■ Miranda Kennedy will discuss her book “Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Panelists will discuss “From ‘Us and Them’ to ‘We Are Them’: Rethinking Muslim-West Relations and Our Common Identity.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and

Wednesday, MAY 25 ■ Discussion: Cookbook author Joan Nathan will discuss “Jewish Holiday Traditions and Cooking in America.” A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

O streets NW. ■ Ed Offley will discuss his book “Turning the Tide: How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Robert Mintz, associate curator of Asian art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, will discuss “Japan’s Ukiyo-e Prints: Exploring the Pleasures of Urban Living.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Arthur Phillips will discuss his novel “The Tragedy of Arthur.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Rev. Ellen Jennings and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik will present an “Interfaith Guided Meditation in the Christian and Muslim Traditions.” 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 Lowell St. NW. 202-355-6462. Films ■

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Performance ■ The Voices of Now Festival will feature youth ensembles performing original plays. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. The festival will continue with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Special event ■ “A Vintage Evening: 18th-Century Taverns and Ales” will feature a tasting of Yards Brewing Company’s “Ales of the Revolution” and a talk by tavern scholar Rod Cofield. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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The middle school group on Thursday went to Special Olympics. I won third place. Then I took a trophy home and my mom was proud. We had to practice before we skated at the rink. It was fun and we learned coping skills. It took patience. This is how you skate: You put your foot in front of your other foot and slide your feet. — John Wood, seventh-grader

Last week, the eighth-graders left the comforts of their daily lives for an outdoor excursion known as Woodlands. The adventure began with a two-hour bus ride to a meadow out in Boonsboro, Md. After arriving at the farm, the boys constructed their own tents with help from the instructors. After a briefing on rules and safety measures, we ate food that exceeded any expectations by far. That night, the individual groups gathered with their respective instructor(s) and settled down peacefully by a campfire for stories and s’mores. Once satisfied, the boys fell asleep uncertain of what to expect for the upcoming days. The next days flew by with much excitement! We white-water rafted down the Shenandoah River, kayaked on Antietam Creek and hiked the Antietam Battlefield. These activities brought a new perspective of life outside the city. All students took this new experience with them to bed on the last night before leaving the campsite. Once awake, the groups needed to pack up their equipment, say goodbye to instructors, whom we all had grown to trust and appreciate, and finally head home for the ordinary life. — Jack Peden, Form II (eighth-grader)

On May 4, the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students took part in the annual Federal Inspection here at St. John’s. This was a show of the student’s drilling and other JROTC practices. This was an amazing display of skill and coordination. The whole school gathered to watch the cadets proudly march onto and around the field. The regimental band also played a few songs for the school and the Army inspector who came to judge the students’ performance. Freshman Alexis Nettles won a scholarship for excellence in JROTC. In news this week, the entire school will attend a Mass on Friday. This will be the second and last of the Masses that all of the students participate in. It is a good time to gather as a whole once more before the exams and then the end of school. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

ing around Sheridan’s community rule and essential concept: Respect ourselves, each other and the environment. In one outdoor activity, all of us had to rely on each other in order to complete the task. But the catch was that some of the people were blindfolded, and others weren’t allowed to talk. Some of us had no disabilities, but we had to do something that seemed totally unrelated at the time. It turns out that this was an essential part of the activity and helped us balance our responsibilities. Then we did role-playing exercises, and we read about social scenarios that went wrong and talked about the consequences. We discussed things you should do in each situation, which focused on respecting yourself. Finally, to focus on respecting the environment, we picked up trash around the neighborhood. — Max Jarvis, Michael Ellick and Nico Alexander, seventh-graders

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On May 6, the newest budget for School Without Walls was released. It is slightly better than the last one, which would have had Walls using space at FrancisStevens Education Campus two days a week. If it is finalized, the latest budget will necessitate that only three teachers and counselors be cut, plus an unspecified number of administrative and janitorial positions. This is not nearly as bad as it was going to be, but the new budget is still a relatively large reduction, considering there are only 43 teachers and four counselors. The home and school association and the administration will continue to lobby for the top-scoring D.C. public high school to be allowed to continue its tradition of excellence. Last week was the second week of Advanced Placement exams. It was also the second of two weeks of finals for George Washington University. Juniors and seniors in the university’s Exposure Program and the George Washington Early College Program (known informally at Walls as AA) had their final exams. The university’s graduation took place Saturday. The first AA class proudly received associate degrees courtesy of the university. All the students in the program graduated, continuing Walls’ 100 percent graduation rate for normal students. The AA seniors will also get high school diplomas from School Without Walls on June 13. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Sheridan School The seventh-graders at Sheridan participated in an annual event called the Leadership Institute, which took place on April 25. The Leadership Institute teaches rising eighth-graders to be leaders and role models for the younger kids at the school. We did some activities revolv-

At Stoddert this week, we had dancers from South Africa. They danced different African dances and told us about some things that they do in South Africa. They took students as volunteers to participate in some of the dances. The dancers also taught us some words that are spoken in South African languages. There was a dance and song about the city of Johannesburg. My favorite dance was the first one, when they played their drums and were dressed in traditional clothing. There was a lot of jumping and moving from side to side. I like going to the gym to see performances. In the new wing of our school we have a gym, and it is nice to watch performances there. We also have a stage, where the dancers performed. Everyone in the whole school can go together now to watch things. The music was really fun. I recommend this dance performance for your school. The group is called Lesole’s Dance Project. — Sophie Ludgin, third-grader

Wilson High School Advanced Placement testing is finally done for Wilson students, and boy are we relieved. Some students prepared for the test by studying books that promise to help you to achieve a five — the top score on the exam. Others just went in relying on luck. Many teachers drilled their students with practice tests to help prepare them for the real deal. Everyone hopes to get at least a three, because that may mean college credit (depending on the college or university). We hope that all our hard work will pay off. The teachers have been great in motivating us to do our best, and even if we do not know the answer not to stress about it, but to make an educated guess. — Liana Kutos, 12th-grader




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“Sculpture 1275: Craig Kraft,” featuring neon artworks by Washington Sculptors Group member Craig Kraft, opened recently in the lobby at 1275 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. On view Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., the show will continue through June 3. 202-686-8696. ■ Industry Gallery recently opened an exhibit of FlexibleLove seating, made from an accordion-like material, and will continue it through July 2. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE on the second floor, the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-399-1730. ■

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THEATER From Page 30 ■ The Washington Ballet will present “Carmen” May 18 through 22 at Sidney Harman Hall. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $29 to $87. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Ford’s Theatre will close “Liberty Smith” May 21. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 to $55. Ford’s is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800-551-7328; ■ Taffety Punk will close “Dance Craze” May 21 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Tickets cost $10 per show. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. 800-838-3006; ■ Washington Stage Guild will close George Bernard Shaw’s “The Apple Cart” May 22 in the Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050; ■ Washington National Opera is presenting “Don Pasquale” through May 27 and “Iphigénie en Tauride” through May 28 at the Kennedy Center. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $25 to $300. 202-467-4600; ■ Constellation Theatre Company is presenting “The Green Bird” through June 4 at Source. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $30. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741; ■ Arena Stage is presenting Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined” through June 5 in the Fichandler.

visitors can easily discover for themselves by walking a block from the Building Museum to the former Municipal Building at 300 Indiana Ave. NW, now the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. After passing through the metal detector, head for the east courtyard. There you will find a brightly colored terra-cotta frieze depicting the public health and welfare benefits available to Washingtonians in 1940. It runs along the top of the west wall, unfortunately somewhat obscured now by overgrown trees. Perhaps this show will raise the designer’s profile enough to warrant trimming them. “Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière” will continue through Nov. 27 at the National Building Museum. Located at 401 F St. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-272-2448;

Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $55. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Folger Theatre is presenting Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano” through June 6. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $60. Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; ■ D.C.-based ensemble theHegira is presenting Suzan-Lori Parks’ “In the Blood” through June 11 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20; $15 for students and seniors. There will be a pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. May 18. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. ■ Theater J is presenting the world-premiere production of Sam Forman’s comedy “The Moscows of Nantucket” through June 12. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Theater J performs at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ Arena Stage is presenting the world-premiere stage adaptation of John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill” through June 19 in the Kreeger Theater. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon May 24 and 25 and June 1. Ticket prices start at $55. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ The Kennedy Center will stage a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” through June 19. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $150. 202-467-4600;

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This fully detached East Village home includes gracious entertaining & living spaces. Chef’s kitchen, stately library, beautifully landscaped terrace & garden, MBR suite, 5 add’l BR & 4.5 BA. Elevator & garage. $5,495,000

Grand family estate on a sprawling lot, country club pool & pool house, flagstone terraces with pergolas. Main house includes 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, & luxurious master suite. $4,345,000

Spectacular Georgetown home renov. throughout with a kitchen with top of the line appliances, 3 spacious bedrooms, library, rear patio and garden & a charming 2 story Carriage House with 2 car parking. $3,495,000

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

Spectacular residence in East Village with elevator to all levels, garage plus parking, renovated chef’s kitchen and 3.5+ baths. Master bedroom suite, pool, 2 fireplaces, elegant in-town living with high ceilings + loads of light! $3,995,000


InternatIonal offerIng


InternatIonal offerIng

Eileen McGrath


Nancy Taylor Bubes Margot Wilson

202-256-2164 202-549-2100

InternatIonal offerIng

CleVelanD parK, washinGton, DC

GeorGetown, washinGton, DC

Kalorama, washinGton, DC

GeorGetown, washinGton, DC

Colonial Revival c1913 set on almost 1/4 acre lot. Sunfilled with high ceilings, 7,850sf floor plan, large kit, MBR with huge dressing room & bath, 7BR, 5 full & 2 half BA. Garden, 2-lvl rear porch. 2-car pkg. $3,475,000

c1811 Singular 200-year-young pure Federal with renovated kitchen and bath, two car garage, courtyard entry. Charm abounds on all three levels. Fabulous private garden, seven working fireplaces. 2 car garage. $2,995,000

Georgetown c1890 historic manse in the East Village has been meticulously preserved throughout renovations. Private garden, master suite, 4-6 bedrooms and 4.5 full baths, library. $1,995,000

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

Sensational 2008 constructed Federal-style townhome in Kalorama. Boasts an elevator, gourmet kitchen, dramatic family rm, outstanding master suite comprising an entire level. Legal lower level apt, two decks/terraces & a backyard with 2 car garage. Ideally located. $2,250,000

Eileen McGrath

Mark McFadden




Eileen McGrath Jamie Peva

202-253-2226 202-258-5050

sprinG Valley, washinGton, DC

GeorGetown, washinGton, DC

sprinG Valley, washinGton, DC

arlinGton, VirGnia

NEW PRICE! Elegant 4 bedroom, 3 full & 2 half bath home in Spring Valley located on quiet cul-de-sac features large rooms and ideal floor plan for entertaining, large terrace and pool for three-season enjoyment on nearly 1/3 acres with two car garage. $1,895,000

Georgetown’s greatest secret nestled right off Montrose Park. Three bedroom, 2 full and one half baths with gracious large rooms, beautiful private garden and patio. $1,695,000

NEW LISTING! Spectacular home on winding tree-lined street. Home offers 5 large bedrooms including MBR suite with 3 closets, 4FBA, finished basement, 3FP, wrap-around rear stone terrace, manicured landscaping, driveway leading to attached 2 car garage. $1,475,000

Meticulously thought-out in terms of flow, design and delivery, this five bedroom, four luxurious bath home has it all. This home is one of a kind and is truly “move-in ready” and built with the finest materials and exquisite finishes. $1,399,000

Jim Bell

John Eric

Eileen McGrath


Nancy Taylor Bubes Jamie Peva

202-256-2164 202-258-5050



arlinGton, VirGinia

alexanDria, VirGinia

arlinGton, VirGinia

FoGGy Bottom, washinGton, DC

Picture perfect! Fantastic location! 5BR, 4.5BA with stunning hardwoods, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, great outdoor spaces, and carriage house with 2-car garage and guest suite. Across from Hayes Park. $1,299,000

Wonderful colonial in private enclave. Light filled floor plan, generous room sizes, 9 foot ceilings and elegant details throughout 3 finished levels. Many improvements completed including new deck. 2 car gar, 3 fireplaces, hardwood floors & walk to King St metro! $1,195,000

Courthouse Hill luxury townhome with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, hardwood floors, den/office, large closets, and 2 car garage, all within walking distance to the urban village of Courthouse/Clarendon. $885,000

NEW LISTING! Townhouse-style, duplex 2,150 SF floor plan with 1,350 SF terrace. Walls of glass, gracious rooms. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Parking space. Storage space. $799,000

Mark McFadden

John Eric

William F. X. Moody Robert Hyryniewicki

Bobbe Ward Joe O’Hara

202-243-1604 703-350-1234





40 Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Current

Stunning contemporary

Stately elegance

timeleSS & treaSured

Chevy Chase Town. Excellently sited on the “street of streets” in the Town. Extensively renovated & expanded. Panoramic views. 6 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Deep & expansive grounds. $2,295,000

Town of Chevy Chase. New England Colonial in spectacular setting. Top-of-theline renovation. Elegant rooms, dazzling kitchen/family room. 5 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBs. Two fireplaces. $2,185,000.

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971

Melissa Brown 301-469-2662

Spring Fling Woodley. Open floor plan in this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath charmer w/3 fireplaces. Family room & 7 fabulous master suite. Large lot. Freshly painted. $1,549,000

Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

luxury at itS BeSt

Chevy Chase. Sophisticated multi-level Japanese in- Dupont. Renovated 4 level townhouse w/ fluenced gem. Walls of windows w/view of wooded open floor plan. 4 BR, 3.5 BAs. Gourmet hillside backing to Rock Creek Park. 7,100 sf of kitchen, 3rd fl MBR suite w/stairs to fabuliving area. 5 BRs 5 BAs includes MBR wing w/roof lous roof deck. LL in-law suite. Patio + deck & tree top retreat. Indoor lap pool. $1,795,000 pkg for 2 cars $1,599,000

Bonnie Lewin 301-332-0171 Catarina Bannier 202-487-7177

gardener’S deligHt

HigH Style

Watergate Wonder Foggy Bottom. Open floor plan (3000+ sf) that lives like a house. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, balcony w/ river views. Great light from two exposures. Beautifully renov. kit & new woven bamboo flrs. 3 gar. spaces. $1,450,000

Andrea Evers 202-550-8934 Melissa Chen 202-744-1235

Georgetown. Beautifully renovated Federal townhouse. 4 BRs, 2.5 BAs, includes lovely lower level in-law suite. Sun drenched rooms, skylight, dining rm w/ double doors to 2 level deck & patio. Off street parking. $1,425,000

Beverly Nadel 202-236-7313

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

Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219

Chevy Chase, MD. Expanded and renovated 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath with soaring ceilings, amazing light in tranquil surrounds. Walk to Metro and downtown shopping, restaurants. $1,379,000.

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971

DUPONT 1509 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20037 202-464-8400

pictureSque & cHarming Westmoreland Hills. Sunny Colonial w/beautiful patio & courtyard. Newly renovated kitchen, 4 BRs, 3 FBs, 2 HBs includes 1st floor BR & BA. Den $1,215,000

Bonnie Lewin 301-332-0171

cottage colonial

colonial comFort

Georgetown. Lovingly restored Chevy Chase, DC. Walk to the Circle to like-new condition. 4 BRs, 2.5 from this spacious Dutch colonial with ctr hall, liv rm, din rm and sunny BAs, includes well appointed lower kitchen/ family rm overlooking pretty level in-law suite. 2 frpls. Delightful back yard; 5 Brs, 3.5 Bas, home office, garden for family, friends & pets. $1,049,000 4 finished lvls. $1,165,000

Laura McCaffrey- 301-641-4456; Suzanne Blouin-301-641-8448

all For you

Foggy Bottom. Tastefully updated Palisades. Enjoy the redone kitchen w/ granite, SS & maple in this detached brick. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath row house in LR w/frpl, DR & enclosed porch on 1st. the center of it all. Kitchen w/gran3 bedrooms bath on the 2nd. Lower level ite, SS. Built-ins & fireplace Lovely bedroom & bath. Fenced rear yard. Walk to fenced patio/garden Steps to Metro, Kennedy Center. $679,000 Georgetown, Canal and shops. $739,000

Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374

Victorian treaSure

Rachel Widder 703-216-4446


Ted Beverly 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242

claSSic tudor

old Hamlet

Chevy Chase. Captivating brick Woodley Park. Updated semi-detached townhouse w/original charm & details. Leaded colonial in the Old Hamlet: 3 Brs, windows, corner fireplace, columns & arches. 3 Bas, liv rm, din rm w/ frpls, 3 BRs, 2 BAs, 2 HBs. Finished lower level completely charming decks and includes rec rm, office w/sep entrance. Patio porches, sunny kitchen + family room; finished lower lvl; att. & rose garden. Garage. $965,000 garage. $875,000. Rachel Burns 202-384-5140

Martha Williams 202-271-8138

Laura McCaffrey301-641-4456

cHarming tudor

contemporary Find

urBan cHic

Shepherd Park. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Tudor with great architectural details. Spacious kitchen, freshly painted, refinished floors. 2 car garage. $599,000

U Street Corridor. Smashing, sophisticated 2 BR, 2 BA condo. Gourmet kitchen, balcony, master suite. W/D. Pet friendly bldg. $525,000

Columbia Heights. Classic meets Modern in this 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo. Kitchen w/silestone counters Open floor plan, balcony W/D. Pets welcome. $295,000

June Gardner 301-758-3301

Denny Horner 703-629-8455

Leslie Suarez 202-246-6402


FOG -- 05/18/2011  
FOG -- 05/18/2011  

Foggy Bottom Current