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Congress weighs shift in D.C.’s height limits


Name change would honor trailblazer

■ Development: Mayor calls

for ‘modest change’ to law By ELIZABETH WIENER


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In October 1962, LIFE Magazine ran a profile of environmentalist Rachel Carson, dubbing her “The Gentle Storm Center.” The article focused on Carson’s new bestseller “The Silent Spring,” which had placed the author at the vortex of a nationwide debate about pesticides. With research backing her up, Carson warned that Carson unrestricted use of the chemicals was endangering animals and humans. A photo that appeared with that article showed Carson, then 55, leading a group from the Audubon Naturalist Society on a See Trail/Page 19

Congress could tinker with the city’s building height limits to allow more rooftop restaurants, health clubs and bars, and to authorize a study of specific sites where height limits might be raised. But no one at a well-attended Capitol Hill hearing last week advocated scrapping the 1910 federal Height of Buildings Act that has, famously, preserved the District’s horizontal skyline, human

City officials discuss traffic analysis for proposed hotel ■ Zoning: Panel to begin

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hearings in September

Advocates Howard Bray and Kent Slowinski, pictured in Glover Archbold Park, recently won the support of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to rename the park’s three-mile trail after famed environmentalist Rachel Carson.

By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

Graham bill sets up major ABC changes By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Significant changes to the District’s alcohol laws could be in place by the end of the year if proposed legislation moves forward in the D.C. Council. Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham recently presented a bill with 43 proposed alterations to current law — covering everything from noise levels to the specifics of voluntary agreements. Graham said at a July 12 hearing that his goal with the legislation, co-sponsored by Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans and Ward 7’s Yvette Alexander, was to “balance the needs of our neighborhoods and those of the [entertainment] busi-

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scale and views of its monumental core. Even small changes, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a statement, won’t come quickly or without public debate. And any height limit modification would require approval by the D.C. Zoning Commission, which has both federal and local representatives. “In hometown D.C., local officials would be best able to make such changes, if needed,” Norton said. The U.S. House subcommittee on the District of Columbia convened the hearing last Thursday after the District’s head planner and a See Height/Page 30

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Hank’s has been at the center of a debate about citizen protests.

ness community,” particularly between the sometimes “competing interests” of restaurant and bar owners and the residents who live near such establishments. A 26-member task force —

including advisory neighborhood commissioners, liquor license holders, business association representatives and nonvoting members from government agencies — helped develop the legislation. Many of the proposed changes aren’t controversial, but testimony at the hearing revealed that divisions still exist over a few key provisions, especially those regarding citizen protest groups, voluntary agreements and noise complaints. One new provision would restrict how residents can protest a liquor license application. Currently any D.C. resident can join with at least four others to protest a liquor license application anywhere in the See Liquor/Page 18

EVENTS Kathleen Turner comes to Arena Stage for ‘Red Hot Patriot’

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City officials discussed traffic and zoning issues related to the proposed Adams Morgan boutique hotel at a heated community meeting last week, where most attendees spoke against the well-in-progress plan. The Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission hosted the meeting, where D.C. Department of Transportation officials discussed a recently released traffic study of the project and D.C. Office of Planning representatives provided some initial analysis of land-use issues. The neighborhood commission has scheduled another community forum for Aug. 27, and the Zoning Commission will hold public hearings on the proposal Sept. 6 and 13. Gabriela Vega, a transportation planner for the District, said that while some areas would see an increase in traffic — Champlain Street, for instance, where the hotel

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The hotel will be built around an existing church.

driveway would be located, is expected to draw three times the cars it does now — others wouldn’t see any changes at all. She said some traffic impacts could be substantial, but nothing was drastic enough to warrant opposition to the full project. “We have some concerns,” she said. “It’s still not enough to say it’s going to be doomsday.” Vega reported that on the positive side, the developer would not open the hotel’s 175-space parking lot to the public, so commuters to Adams Morgan would have no new incentive to drive there. The hotel See Hotel/Page 18

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ANC elections bring out Feds plan embassy complex at Walter Reed many first-time candidates By BRADY HOLT

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

This fall’s advisory neighborhood commission elections, the first since the city redrew political boundaries, are drawing in numerous firsttime candidates for the unpaid posts. It’s routine for new leaders to replace commissioners who retire from their posts, or to challenge incumbents they’re not satisfied with. But this year, boundary shifts in response to 2010 U.S. Census population data created several dozen new single-member districts — the subdivisions of neighborhood commissions that get one representative each. In some cases, the changes clumped two existing commissioners into one district, meaning they will compete if both hope to stay on the commission, while leaving another seat open. As of Tuesday, there were many single-member districts in which no candidate had yet picked up a petition to get onto the Nov. 6 ballot, but several others with three or more interested candidates, according to the D.C. Board of Elections. Nearly

300 candidates have collected petitions so far. Petitions with at least 25 signatures of registered voters from that single-member district are due to the elections board by 5 p.m. Aug. 8; as of Tuesday, 24 candidates had filed their petitions citywide. Each advisory neighborhood commissioner is elected to a twoyear unpaid term to represent approximately 2,000 residents. The commissions opine on matters affecting their community, which are granted “great weight� by the city’s decision-makers; agencies and panels must state why they disagree with a neighborhood commission if they overrule its advice. The commissions can also give out community grants, and many commissioners also take on constituent services roles of helping residents deal with the District government. Several D.C. Council members started their political careers as neighborhood commissioners. Emails this week from some two dozen prospective first-time candidates reflected a common interest in getting closer to the community. See Election/Page 28

The week ahead Wednesday, July 25

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability will hold its first meeting at 3 p.m. in Room 1116, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. For details, visit â– The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to discuss dual enrollment programs, national technology standards and proposed graduation requirements. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, July 26

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items will include review of new construction at Florida Avenue and 9th Street NW and construction of a new facade and additional floors at 1728 14th St. NW. â– The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will hold a “Community Conversationâ€? for Ward 1 residents as part of its Quality Schools Community Engagement Initiative. The meeting is intended to identify and discuss strategies to improve access and quality of education for D.C. students, particularly in areas identified as having a high need for additional seats at quality educational programs. The meeting will be held from 5:15 to 9 p.m. at CentroNĂ­a, 3029 14th St. NW. To RSVP, visit â–  The George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus will hold its quarterly community meeting at 7 p.m. in the Webb Building on the campus, located at 2100 Foxhall Road NW. To RSVP, email or call 202-994-0211.

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As the District finalizes its plans for how to redevelop 67.5 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the U.S. State Department is studying ways to accommodate up to two dozen foreign missions in the campus’ northwest corner. At an open house Thursday, State Department officials emphasized that they’re in the earliest stage of developing plans for subdividing 43.5 acres of the Walter Reed site to meet the needs of foreign govern-

ments. The agency is asking residents to share any concerns the planning process should address. Patrick Kennedy, the State Department’s undersecretary for management, said in an interview that community impact should not be dramatic. The State Department’s portion of the Walter Reed campus will be more open than it is now, he said, and an 1,100space parking garage should be enough to accommodate visitors and workers to the embassy complex. Other issues residents have mentioned include the preservation of trees and historic buildings on the See Embassies/Page 30

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District Digest City agencies earn primarily ‘C’ grades

Five city agencies earned grades of C- or C+ in the first month of operation for the new website, city officials announced yesterday. They pointed to improvements, though, showing that July scores have so far increased for all but one agency. Both the Transportation Department and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs drew a C- customer grade in June and a C+ so far in July. The Department of Public Works increased from a C+ in June to a B so far in July. The Department of Parks and Recreation improved from a C- to a C, while the Department of Motor Vehicles stayed flat with a C-. The grades were calculated by newBrandAnalytics based on comments posted on the new website, as well as opinions expressed elsewhere online. The firm uses a proprietary algorithm to convert the feedback about each agency into a score and letter grade, according to a city news release. The five agencies in the system were selected because residents and

businesses interact with their employees and websites regularly. Ten additional agencies will be added in the fall. “The residents of the District of Columbia deserve a government that works for them and provides them with excellent customer service,� Mayor Vincent Gray said in a news release. “Although clearly they are not where we want them ultimately to be, they are a good start.�

Planning Office seeks residents for panels The D.C. Office of Planning is hoping to create forums of 12 to 15 residents to discuss what characteristics of the District the agency should strive to improve and what it should work to protect, according to a news release. Residents are asked to contact Deborah Crain-Kemp at or 202-442-7615 by Aug. 8 to participate, at which point they will be asked to complete a questionnaire. The Planning Office will try to choose a diverse group of participants, so not every interested resident will necessarily be invited to take part, the release states.

Veterans groups net homelessness grants

Two D.C.-based organizations that help veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes have received U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grants, the federal agency announced Thursday. Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place and the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, along with two Maryland groups, collectively received more than $2.5 million, enough to serve more than 1,400 veterans and their families, according to a news release. The organizations provide direct financial aid and other assistance to low-income veterans, the release states.

Gray signs law to benefit LivingSocial

Mayor Vincent Gray last week signed into law a tax incentive package that encourages LivingSocial to expand in D.C., consolidating its six existing leases into one headquarters. The law ensures that LivingSocial, the city’s largest tech firm, remains in the District rather

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District schools get waiver on test scores

D.C. public and public charter schools no longer need to use federal standards for determining adequate yearly progress, after the U.S. Department of Education accepted the city’s alternative accountability metrics last week. According to a news release from the D.C. State Board of Education, the new accountability system looks at science and composition skills as well as graduation rates, on top of existing standards of reading and math laid out under the federal “No Child Left Behind� regulations. The Education Department rejected a previous city plan as too vague earlier this year. Several dozen state school boards have requested similar waivers, each proposing their own ways of deter-

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Unemployment rate drops to 9.1 percent

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Renovation wraps up at senior housing site A newly renamed affordablehousing community for seniors, the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments at 2001 15th St. NW, recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting after a full renovation. A development team including the Jair Lynch firm worked with residents of the former Campbell Heights Apartments to renovate the building and preserve long-term affordability. Jair Lynch partnered with the Campbell Heights’ residents association back in 2009, according to a news release from the firm. Upgrades include new heating and air-conditioning systems, new finishes to common areas, and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, along with $25,000 in renovations to each resident’s unit, according to a news release from Jair Lynch. Under a new U.S. Housing and Urban Development covenant, the affordability of the units is protected for the next 30 years, the release says. Residents renamed their building after Dunbar, the famous African-American poet.

Georgetown U. plans downtown campus

Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies will move more than 1,000 students from the main campus in the Georgetown neighborhood to a Mount Vernon Square office building. The university — which has faced space constraints at its main campus — has leased 91,000 square feet in an eight-story building at 650 Massachusetts Ave., building owner Brookfield Office Properties announced in a news release Friday. The university will have space on the first and second floors and two below-ground levels, the release states.


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The academy will offer classrooms, three fields, indoor batting cages and more.

architectural firm that helped develop the $611 million Nats stadium. It will have eight classrooms, many computers, a teaching kitchen, indoor batting cages and athletic training rooms. Outside in the park, three new baseball diamonds with bleachers and a press box will replace muddy fields and scraggy parkland. The concept design won quick approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week, and the See Baseball/Page 28

Family asks Army to pay for temporary home Current Staff Report A family on Glenbrook Road has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay for them to rent a home while the house across from theirs — at 4825 Glenbrook — is demolished. The property slated for demolition is suspected of sitting atop a burial pit of World War I poison-gas containers and other dangerous paraphernalia. The resident, who asked that her name not be published, has a 1-yearold and a 5-year-old and is worried that a problem could occur during the demolition. She said in an interview that her request was rejected by the Corps and has since gone to the appeal level. Dan Noble, co-chair of the Spring

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Valley Restoration Advisory Board and project manager of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleanup, said he could not comment, as the matter is in the midst of â&#x20AC;&#x153;a formal legal process.â&#x20AC;? During World War I, American University was the site of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main research facilities for developing poisonous gasses. When the war ended, the Army buried much of the material in the woods near the university. The Corps has taken on an extensive cleanup of the Spring Valley area over the last two decades. After a long delay, Army headquarters earlier this month signed off on plans to demolish the universityowned house at 4825 Glenbrook. At a Restoration Advisory Board meeting last week, the Army Corpsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Brenda Barber said the government agency, which must pay the university the value of the house, is negotiating terms with school officials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to have it ... resolvedâ&#x20AC;? in the near future, said Brenda Barber, the project manager for the 4825 Glenbrook project. Noble said the Army Corps has sent the university an opinion about the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lease will be done,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not worried that it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be.â&#x20AC;? The Corps had hoped to knock down 4825 Glenbrook during the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer vacation, but because of delays in getting approval, work will probably take place this fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can accommodate demoliSee Munitions/Page 28

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mission meeting. As of yesterday, the agency didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet know which sections of New Hampshire Avenue would be redone when. The sequencing will be developed largely at the discretion of the contractor, Kenney said in an interview, and the Transportation Department will likely learn the contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan next week. The agency had determined the scope of the work, which revealed that the roadway is in the worst shape between M Street and Dupont Circle. In that stretch, it will need a total reconstruction; farther south, it will be repaved but not totally rebuilt. The decision to convert New Hampshire Avenue to two-way traffic between M Street and Washington Circle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is already two-way in the rest of the project area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; came at the request of See Street/Page 30


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from July 15 through 22 in local police service areas.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013; 1100 block, L St.; street; 10 p.m. July 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 2:34 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1 a.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  600 block, 11th St.; sidewalk; 10:45 a.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 7:18 p.m. July 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; parking lot; 5:42 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  900 block, 13th St.; street; 11:15 p.m. July 19.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 600 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 4 a.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  8th and E streets; sidewalk; 7:47 p.m. July 22. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  3rd Street and New York Avenue; sidewalk; 8:39 a.m. July 16. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; government building; 3:22 p.m. July 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; restaurant; 4:20 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  500 block, Indiana Ave.; government building; noon July 17. â&#x2013;  500 block, F St.; street; 2:35 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 6:16 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  7th and H streets; government building; 6:59 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 7:18 p.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  300 block, C St.; sidewalk; 1:30 p.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  8th and H streets; sidewalk; 1:31 p.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; store; 5:14 p.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 6:45 p.m. July 21. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:55 p.m. July 17. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 5th St.; street; midnight July 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, I St.; alley; 12:28 a.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  7th and I streets; unspecified premises; 12:01 a.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; parking lot; 3:38 p.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; parking lot; 1:18 p.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  500 block, 8th St.; parking lot; 1:50 p.m. July 21.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; Grace Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 1:10 a.m. July 21. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3300 block, N St.; street; 8 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 31st St.; street; 9:30 p.m. July 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:41 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; restaurant; 9:10 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:09 p.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 8:04 p.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:55 p.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 33rd St.; street; 2:30 p.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 3:15 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:52 p.m. July 22. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 2:30 p.m. July 18. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 28th St.; street; 4 p.m. July 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; alley; 10:14 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  32nd Street and Reservoir Road; street; 9 a.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  27th and P streets; unspecified premises; 8:55 p.m. July 31.

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â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 1000 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 2:10 p.m. July 17. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  500 block, 15th St.; hotel; 12:04 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  1900 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 1:45 p.m. July 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, H St.; office building; 4:41 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:44 a.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 1:30 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 3:24 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2:39 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  800 block, 15th St.; store; 4:46 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, F St.; parking lot; 8 a.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; store; 3:41 p.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; store; 6:30 p.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; medical facility; 2 p.m.

July 20. â&#x2013; 2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:01 p.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; medical facility; 9:44 p.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  2000 block, H St.; school; 2:03 a.m. July 22. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; medical facility; 4:25 p.m. July 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; street; 10 p.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  1400 block, L St.; street; 10:20 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  1400 block, L St.; street; 2:17 a.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; alley; 2:27 a.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; parking lot; 1 a.m. July 22.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1400 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. July 17. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 12:45 p.m. July 16. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; church; 8:30 p.m. July 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; store; 5:46 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; medical facility; 5:30 p.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; medical facility; 6:51 p.m. July 22. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 9 p.m. July 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; street; 11 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  2100 block, California St.; unspecified premises; unspecified time July 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 2:43 a.m. July 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 1:25 a.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Kalorama Road; street; 11:48 a.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  2100 block, N St.; street; 9:08 p.m. July 21.

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â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 15th and Q streets; sidewalk; 1:30 a.m. July 21. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; bus stop; 2:26 a.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; sidewalk; 12:54 a.m. July 22. Burglary â&#x2013;  1900 block, 18th St.; residence; 9 p.m. July 20. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2000 block, 15th St.; street; 5:40 p.m. July 19. Theft (below $250)

â&#x2013; 1400 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; store; 4:01 p.m. July 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 18th St.; alley; 9:30 a.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  15th and Caroline streets; street; 9:30 a.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; street; 10 a.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Corcoran St.; street; 3:15 p.m. July 19. â&#x2013;  1500 block, R St.; street; 8:30 a.m. July 20.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2600 block, Adams Mill Road; park area; 4:35 a.m. July 22. Robbery (armed) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; alley; 2:30 a.m. July 17. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Kalorama Road; sidewalk; 2:01 a.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  17th and Euclid streets; street; 2:55 a.m. July 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; parking lot; 8:50 a.m. July 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  2600 block, 16th St.; residence; 7:55 a.m. July 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; alley; 9 p.m. July 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 12:30 p.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 8:30 p.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 11:15 a.m. July 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Harvard St.; unspecified premises; 1:40 p.m. July 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Mintwood Place; alley; 8 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Argonne Place; street; 2 p.m. July 19.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (armed) â&#x2013; 1400 block, 11th St.; alley; 5:15 a.m. July 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  1100 block, 12th St.; residence; 10:30 a.m. July 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 9th St.; sidewalk; 7 a.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; sidewalk; 6:01 p.m. July 18. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 9th St.; unspecified premises; 1:14 a.m. July 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, L St.; street; 12:30 p.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  1000 block, L St.; parking lot; 9 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  900 block, O St.; alley; 4 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 14th St.; alley; 9 a.m. July 20.

The CurreNT

wedNesday, July 25, 2012


Legislation would impose fees on boot-camp operators, other park users By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

A bill before the D.C. Council would allow private companies to operate on D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation property, which city law now prohibits. The legislation would permit any third party to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;concessionsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; revenuegenerating activity such as personal training, sports lessons or bike rentals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so long as the

business complies with the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles. Any company wishing to do business in D.C. parks would have to apply for a permit and pay either a flat rate or a percentage of its profits to the city. Parks department director JesĂşs Aguirre has not determined which model the city would follow, but he said officials will study similar programs in New York City, Chicago and elsewhere to help determine fees and logistics.

CentroNĂ­a expands programs with new Upshur Street facility

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

The Columbia Heights-based education organization CentroNĂ­a is opening a new site in Ward 4, spurred in part by the northward movement of many of the Latino families it serves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now about 49 percent of our families reside in Ward 4,â&#x20AC;? said Tehani Collazo, senior director of community and school-based programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lots of housing is getting more expensive in Columbia Heights, and so [people are] moving up.â&#x20AC;? She said her organization was both â&#x20AC;&#x153;looking to expand and â&#x20AC;Ś to serve families where they live.â&#x20AC;? CentroNĂ­a offers a broad range of education programs, from full-day infant care to a charter elementary school to classes for parents on topics like social media. Founded with 15 students in a church basement 25 years ago, the nonprofit now serves 2,500 families per year in five sites in D.C. and one in Maryland, aiming to provide bilingual and multicultural education services to children and families. The group provided a sneak peek at its new 1288 Upshur St. space recently, offering tours of the five classrooms, kitchen, reception area, multipurpose family room and afterschool spaces that comprise the building. The site will serve as a replacement for an annex to CentroNĂ­aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main building that the organization will vacate, but it will also offer room for growth, bringing in 66 new students.

Private services could be in the parks as early as the end of this year if the council moves quickly to adopt the measure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going to allow us to leverage outside resources to enhance the programs we provide to the citizens of the District of Columbia,â&#x20AC;? Aguirre said in an interview. The D.C. Council Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning held a hearing on the bill on July 11, and committee chair Tommy Wells said he would support the legis-

lation provided that the concessions promote healthy living. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An increase in private support such as this would make it possible to acquire more consistent and higher quality classes and events,â&#x20AC;? he said. For instance, trainers who offer earlymorning â&#x20AC;&#x153;boot campsâ&#x20AC;? or sports lessons would be able to legally use parks for their activities, though many do so now under the radar. See Parks/Page 10

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Workers are preparing the Ward 4 facility for its Aug. 27 opening. Of the many components in CentroNĂ­aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, two will be included at the new site: the afterschool program, called Studio Rocks, and the early-childhood education component. The 50 students involved in Studio Rocks on Upshur Street will be new to CentroNĂ­a, as will 16 of the 80 young children. There will also be 15 new employees. The new site will open Aug. 27, after CentroNĂ­a staff and volunteers work to spruce it up. The building previously housed a child-development program, so no major structural changes are needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of it is cosmetic,â&#x20AC;? said Collazo, as a team of volunteers from American University and BB&T Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adams Morgan branch worked to prime and paint walls on Friday. See Center/Page 10


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Tread carefully on parking

The District’s “performance parking” program seems logical: In areas where demand for metered spaces is great, the city increases rates to encourage people to access the neighborhood via other means. And where turnover at spaces is desired, the hourly rates can increase the longer a car stays to discourage drivers from lingering. Despite the logic, parking changes in the city tend to inspire a lot of anger, as evidenced when the Transportation Department rolled out increased meter rates in 2009. So we would urge officials to tread carefully. They can start by seeking extensive community input on the potential expansion of the program, which is already in place in Columbia Heights and near Nationals Park. For instance, the agency plans to factor in “special traffic generators” — like a neighborhood’s late-night entertainment district, or the daytime draw of a community-based university — in setting rates and times. Neighbors, who have firsthand experience in such details, would likely have lots to say. Perhaps most importantly, seeking public comment on the plans would help ensure that the news spreads accurately, before rumors cause distortion. Communities are no doubt more likely to welcome change if they have been well-versed in its application first. Even with careful communication, some — and maybe many — will object. And officials ought to weigh any concerns before moving forward, explaining their position when arguments are rejected. On their side will be evidence that the system has worked well in wards 1 and 6, where the Transportation Department says it has boosted availability for those who really want to park, while spurring others to find different ways to get to the neighborhoods. The expansion will first bring the program to H Street NE, where meter rates will be 75 cents per hour before 6:30 p.m. and $2 per hour after. Then 10 more neighborhoods could be added, including Dupont, Georgetown and Van Ness.

The Stevens search

The long search for a team to redevelop the Stevens Elementary School site is nearing a close, and we’re thrilled to see that the process has yielded a high-quality field of candidates. The selection process was the focus of deserved scrutiny this goround, after a failed attempt a couple of years ago to strong-arm the community into accepting a large rental-housing development. Neighbors were convinced that the building would devolve into a de facto dormitory for nearby George Washington University. After a whirlwind lobbying effort, D.C. Council members — who must vote on any plan for Stevens — agreed. This time, however, has been different. A handful of well-known developers are finalists to take over the L Street portion of the parcel, which all candidates propose to convert into office space with a ground-floor retail component. More interesting to us will be the choice of an education provider to take over the historic Stevens building on 21st Street. Three public charters and two private schools are competing for the nod from the city development office, which, along with officials from other agencies, will make the final recommendation to the D.C. Council. Local advisory neighborhood commissioners have expressed support for a public-education option, and here they’re in luck: All three charters have long track records in the city. Commission chair Rebecca Coder praised all five choices, noting that a private school proposed by the GEMS Team includes scholarships for D.C. students and needs no public financing — undoubtedly a feature that’s attractive to city agencies evaluating the finalists. City officials plan to make their recommendation to the D.C. Council soon, and we look forward to a smooth conclusion to this lengthy process. But more than that, we are eager to see children using the historic Stevens property again. It’s a sight that’s long overdue.

The Current

So, how you doing … ?


ayor Vincent Gray’s lawyer in the corrosive campaign scandal now playing out is veteran Washington attorney Robert Bennett. His many high-profile clients have included President Bill Clinton and presidential candidate John McCain. Bennett is friendly and approachable, and he speaks — when he speaks — in simple, declarative sentences. But mostly he tends privately to the legal tangles of his clients. So we thought it significant last week when Bennett issued a public statement explaining why he’s directed Gray not to comment on the scandal. That’s pretty routine stuff. You don’t want your client to misspeak and worsen the situation with the prosecutors. But Bennett’s brief statement went on to sharply criticize “some in the media” for treating his client unfairly as well as unnamed others “with their own political agendas.” Bennett said such critics “are not focusing on the very good things [Gray] is doing for our city — the improvements he has made in city services, the local economy and the welfare of the less fortunate in our community.” Of Gray’s entanglement in scandal, Bennett said that “there is a rush to judgment based on speculation and a presumption of guilt. He has not been charged with anything, much less convicted.” We recount nearly every sentence in the Bennett statement for a reason. Of course Bennett would offer such a defense. But it struck us that except for a couple of advisory neighborhood commissioners and a few ministers, no other significant leaders in public life — elected or otherwise — are defending Gray or aggressively trying to counter the drip, drip, drip of bad news. Bennett’s role in this case is twofold. He’s trying to protect the mayor’s legal options, but also to guide a public figure who no doubt in private is shaken by the turn of events. It is unlikely Bennett would publicly characterize the current client thusly. But in a 1995 interview with the D.C. Bar, Bennett was asked if defense attorneys must be “cool and analytical and ignore all of the emotion” that surrounds a big case. Bennett: “Oh, no! Dealing with a client’s emotions is often the most important part. An indictment is not just words on a piece of paper. You’re talking about a human being. When an executive of a company gets into trouble, he’s usually someone who is used to being in control; then all of a sudden the control disappears. He’s facing the worst, most traumatic situation of his life. It’s as if he’s hanging on to the end of a rocket that is taking him places he’s never been before. “Families are impacted, employees are impacted; the press can get involved in ways that do great damage to one’s reputation. Everything is scrambled up and disrupted. As an attorney you have to deal with all of that. You have to put your arms around the client and say, ‘Come here, let’s sit down and work

these problems out together.’” And that’s what Robert S. Bennett is trying to do for Vincent C. Gray. ■ Catania’s take. When at-large D.C. Council member David Catania called on Gray to resign, the mayor and some others groused that Catania has never gotten along with Gray and that Catania harbors dreams of being mayor. Catania indirectly answered those critics last week on the WAMU 88.5 Politics Hour. Catania told the Notebook and host Kojo Nnamdi that he won’t be running for mayor. Catania acknowledges he had indeed seriously considered such a campaign but said he has decided he doesn’t have the “fire in the belly” it requires. He said that “there was a time, very honestly, when I was seriously contemplating and would have loved to have been mayor. I think you have to have a certain fire in the belly. You have to want to do it. And you have to be consumed by it. I think I would be a good mayor, … but I don’t want it as much as others. It’s just the truth.” Almost as soon as Catania spoke, the Notebook got tweets saying the council member intends to run in 2014 to be the first elected D.C. attorney general. There’s no indication of that now, and we’ll leave it to another day. On WAMU, Catania empathized on a personal level with Gray’s worsening situation. “Here we have what is an otherwise very fine person,” Catania said. “I served with Vince Gray when he was a Ward 7 member and as chairman, and I know he has to wake up every day wondering, ‘What happened?’” Catania said whether Gray is personally guilty of wrongdoing is almost beyond the point. He said the shadow campaign — now detailed in others’ guilty court pleas — invalidates the mayor’s authority. “I think he’s lost his legitimacy to govern in light of a compromised election. I think the citizens deserve a fair election.” Catania called the shadow campaign “the largest criminal conspiracy in the history of home rule.” ■ A final word. Celebrated, beloved and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist William Raspberry has died. There have been many glowing tributes for this gentle man who applied tough words with grace and skill. Funeral services will take place at Washington National Cathedral on Thursday at 10 a.m., with a reception at The Washington Post’s 1150 15th St. NW offices set to follow from 12:30 to 3 p.m. We’ll allow D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to have this final word. “Bill wrote about the world and about life, but he also wrote about the city he called home. Bill Raspberry loved this city, but he never coddled us. He managed to make us listen even when we did not want to hear.” Well said. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Blame game won’t improve reliability

I would like to respond to your July 11 article “Cheh and Evans push undergrounding bills,” about proposed legislation by D.C. Council members Mary Cheh and Jack Evans regarding the burying of power lines. This urgency should be put into perspective. Neither Pepco nor anyone else

should be assigned blame for these power outages. Instead, blame historical growth, osmosis or lack of foresight. So eager were we for electrical distribution a century ago, when the population was far less dense, that we erected local power lines on shaky poles amid growing vegetation and trees; it was a lovely, pleasant environment! Then, witness World Wars I and II. Europe was devastated, and officials there quickly learned to bury those vulnerable local power lines. The nations of Asia

likewise quickly learned to bury lines due to fighting and natural climate disturbances. How fortunate we have been in North America! No wars, no sustained adverse climate — until now. Agreeably, not from war, but perhaps from global climate change? So Europeans now laugh at us, a developed nation, scurrying about during a power failure! No one is to blame immediately, but we must learn, albeit in hindsight and with cost. Edward Abramic Foggy Bottom

The Current

The challenges of sustainable preservation VIEWPOINT

maria casarella, catherine buell, jim kane gretchen pfaehler and andrew aurbacH


istoric preservation is sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest unacknowledged ally. Do we have your attention now? Although discussions about preservation rarely highlight the common values between historic preservation and sustainability, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on whose sustainability committee we sit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been working for years to emphasize how the two work hand in hand. In order for historic preservation to be useful, relevant and an asset for modern-day living in D.C., we recognize that as a board we must have a thoughtful understanding of the energy and resource consumption of an existing structure, while sustaining the individual features that contribute toward its historic status. We recognize that this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a simple task. Sustainable preservation is an issue that the board grapples with frequently. In a recent case on a solar panel installation in Cleveland Park, the board was split on how to address the issue. However, despite our differences of opinion, the board has taken a thoughtful approach to the question of â&#x20AC;&#x153;sustainable preservation.â&#x20AC;? D.C. has become a national leader in sustainability through the Green DC Agenda and SustainableDC. If the city is to implement these plans, historic preservation must be an integral cornerstone of long-term sustainable development. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board helps guide preservation and rehabilitation for more than 500 historic landmarks and 46 historic districts containing 23,000 buildings. Yet the existing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Energy Conservation for Historic Buildingsâ&#x20AC;? guidelines are more than 15 years old and do not utilize best practices with current sustainable technologies. The need for more public guidance is critical, and the citizens in the historic districts are demanding it. Sustainable preservation is the framework in which the common values of the sustainability movement and historic preservation are used to evaluate the built environment and its surroundings. Reasonable minds can disagree about how this is achieved. The evaluation process must account for the type of technology, its impact on contributing features, its reversibility, and the overall contribution it makes to the preservation, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of a property.

Letters to the Editor City agency unclear on storm cleanup

Following the huge June 29 storm that brought down many trees and branches in the city, I heeded the instructions I read on the Palisades listserv to â&#x20AC;&#x153;cut branches ... into 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; lengthsâ&#x20AC;? and tie them â&#x20AC;&#x153;into bundles no more than 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in diameter,â&#x20AC;? for collection by the D.C. Department of Public Works from July 1 through 7. I did this work over an afternoon in the extreme heat of the following week, and my bundles were picked up with my trash on Friday, July 7. Thus, you can imagine my extreme irritation on Monday, July 10, to see city employees, or per-

The Historic Preservation Review Board has a responsibility to protect historic resources so they are viable and adaptable for future technological changes. As with any alteration to a historic structure, integrating a renewable energy technology must be balanced with the physical and visual impact to the building and its landscape. The very act of preserving existing buildings avoids the greater environmental impact of waste and the expended energy of new construction and materials. Regular maintenance of a historic home can be an economic and technical challenge for owners in D.C., but it is also the most important first step to minimize carbon footprint and manage stormwater runoff. Simple solutions such as installing proper insulation and maintaining windows, roof, gutters, downspouts and landscaping can have the most sustainable impact for the financial investment. Advanced building systems include geothermal well systems, which use the Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constant ground temperature, have a minimal visual impact and eliminate the need for noisy exterior fans. Solar panels and shingles can be easily installed on flat roofs and contribute to energy generation and hot water loads. Green roofing can reduce the amount of solar gain and stormwater collected on a roof. The board is working with city officials and professional associates to develop sustainable design guidelines for historic buildings to encourage property owners to develop, renovate and maintain their properties in the most appropriate and sustainable manner possible. To this end, the guidelines should identify best practices as well as practical solutions for owners. To date, the funding for new guidelines has been limited, and sustainable preservation has not been sufficiently recognized in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green initiatives. Most importantly, the development of sustainability guidelines requires the board to take the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views into account. This means public input will serve as the cornerstone of any guidelines approved by the board. The board is actively seeking support for funding the development of sustainable design guidelines. Once funding is secure, we look forward to a spirited development of the guidelines that ensures full stakeholder input. Join us as we seek to create model sustainable design guidelines for the District of Columbia and move the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preservation program into the future. Maria Casarella, Catherine Buell, Gretchen Pfaehler, Jim Kane and Andrew Aurbach are members of the Historic Preservation Review Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustainability committee.

haps private companies contracted by the city, remove huge piles of curbside debris from in front of my neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; houses. Some of these piles were 10 feet tall. Had I known I could just drag my debris to the curb and let the city handle it, I certainly would have done so. I saw no information that said it was permissible to wait until July 10 to have the work done by the city. So, I have a few questions: (1) Was it acceptable to leave the debris at the curb for city pickup? (2) Why publish instructions that were optional to obey, and conversely, why pick up the debris after July 7 without letting the public know about it? (3) Given the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reported budget problems, what was its cost to clean up after citizens who did not follow official instructions? Gullible me. I hired a private tree company on July 16 to haul my

remaining debris away at a cost of more than $200. At the least, did the city plan to alert citizens that there would be a second sweep for homeowners who were not aware of the first visit? Elinor Tucker Wesley Heights

Alleys a good place for D.C. power lines

Putting the power lines underground sounds like a good idea, but it would be very expensive. Given that D.C. is a city of alleys, why not move the lines into the alleys where possible? That would get them away from street trees at much less expense. As an added enhancement, telephone poles are in place in many alleys. Larry Williams American University Park

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CENTER: CentroNĂ­a expands From Page 7

CentroNĂ­a expanded into afterschool programs when founder Beatriz â&#x20AC;&#x153;BBâ&#x20AC;? Otero, now the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy mayor for health and human services, discovered that the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early-childhood and elementary-age children wanted to come back in their later years. The program Studio Rocks serves kids ages 5 to 12, and other after-school programs work with middle- and high-school kids. Studio Rocks engages kids in various arts activities through a studio model. The Upshur Street branch will enroll kids in kindergarten through second grade from 3:30 to 7 each afternoon. Enrollment costs $75 per week, but subsidies and a sliding scale help those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford the fees. The five early-childhood classrooms on Upshur Street will house children ages 2 1/2 to 5. The kids are cared for from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with families paying varying rates depending on need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost 90

percent come with a subsidy,â&#x20AC;? said Renata Claros, senior director of early-childhood education. As with all components of the CentroNĂ­a program, the earlychildhood classes are bilingual. Claros said the program doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow a strict 50/50 model, but rather a setup in which each class is led one native Spanish speaker and one native English speaker. The kids â&#x20AC;&#x153;start naming the world in both languages. â&#x20AC;Ś By the time they get to the academic content, their brains and their skills are readyâ&#x20AC;? for a full bilingual program, she said. For some CentroNĂ­a participants, that full program will come at DC Bilingual Public Charter School, which the organization also runs. More than 350 kids in pre-k through fifth grade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; admitted by lottery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; attend the school, which is spread across two campuses. The organization also offers additional programs for older children, as well as a variety of classes for parents.

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Aguirre said that with 339 parks and almost 100 recreation buildings in the city, it is impossible to police everyone conducting business illegally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One important thing that this bill does [is it] allows us to regulate all that and allows us to ensure that the folks that are doing the business are doing it in a way that is compliant,â&#x20AC;? Aguirre said. But the bill may raise the cost of these sports lessons or exercise programs, if trainers have to cover new permit fees. Rachel Mishori, a doctor at Georgetown University who has been attending boot camps in D.C. parks for a decade, said she worries higher fees will deter people from working out, especially those in low-income neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see this as a big, big distraction from trying to get your population healthier,â&#x20AC;? said Mishori. Mishori noted that the boot camp she attends doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevent others from using the park because the class is held at 6 a.m., too early for most parkgoers, and the group also moves around, never lingering in one area. Karim Brittain, Mishoriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trainer, has run boot camps since 1997 at various D.C. parks, including the Palisades, Rose Park and Hardy facilities. He said that he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind paying a flat-rate permit fee, but he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to provide a portion of his profits to the city. Brittain said he is often chased out of D.C. park properties by park rangers or police officers, which, he said, is disruptive to his sessions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to better ourselves and stay healthy, and here comes a public worker saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

work out. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to call the cops and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be kicked out,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would all be willing to pay if they would just stop bothering us.â&#x20AC;? At the hearing, Wells said fees should be negotiated in such a way that they do not bar participation. He also stressed that he wanted boot camps to be offered in all areas of the city. The bill would also affect sports programs, such as baseball camps and tennis lessons, that use D.C. parks under the radar. Paul Rosenbaum, director of the Lafayette Tennis Association at Lafayette Park, said he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind paying fees to host tennis lessons at D.C. parks if the rates were reasonable. And if the money went back into the facility, it could be worth it, Rosenbaum said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They could collect enough money to cover all the maintenance they need to do on the courts on an annual basis,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The touchy issue is, how much is the fee? Is it going to be a reasonable fee, an exorbitant fee or a prohibitive fee?â&#x20AC;? Rosenbaum said he hopes the city consults the community before establishing rates. The fees would be competitive with other rates, including what it would cost to rent out a studio in a gym, Aguirre said. Mishori noted that as a taxpayer, she is already supporting the park. Paying increased fees so her trainer can obtain a permit would be paying the city twice, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is incumbent upon our health department and city government to try and find a way to encourage people to go exercise,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[This bill] is the exact opposite of what they are trying to do.â&#x20AC;?

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Dalya Luttwak makes art that grows. themselves, which I dig out of the Since 2007, she has been working on earth; other times I photograph, copy a series of large-scale steel sculptures or draw roots as the basis for my work. symbolizing the root systems of various I try to uncover the hidden beauty plants. The sculptures have wended of roots,” says Luttwak. She believes there way up the sides of the towers at the end of the Rio del Arsenale in Venice, Italy, climbed across tennis courts and up metal fences at the Kreeger Museum, sprung from the patio floor at the Katzen Arts Center, and crawled across the floor of the Sawhill Gallery at James Alfafa Root at 4.5 Months, dalya luttwak 2012 Madison University. Now you can see her latest root sculpture, “Alfalfa Root at in revealing the entire root for the 4.5 Months Old,” (at 915 26th St.) in world to see, “My sculptures reveal Foggy Bottom. The root seems to grow what nature prefers to conceal. My up to the very top of the three story wish is to uncover and discover roots house, as if it was a natural part of the even when they are hidden, indeed neighborhood ecosystem. The yellow especially when they are hidden.” metal vine is dramatic and imposing, In view of the deeper, symbolic like a gigantic weed that was never meaning of her art, Luttwak admits, uprooted. It’s part of the “Sculpting “My family roots have always played Outside the Lines” exhibit in Foggy an important role in my life.” Bottom until October 20th. According to Luttwak, her family Luttwak was born in 1943 on escaped from Czechoslovakia just as Kibbutz Sde Nehemia in the Upper World War ll was starting, and began Galilee and raised there and in Tel to put down “roots” into the soil of Aviv. She came to the United States the parched Middle East as newin 1972, where she took her first art made farmers. Her family roots, like classes. Metal became her raw material other roots in the natural world, have of choice nearly three decades ago. piqued her curiosity. What are the She crafted jewelry and other highly differences and connections between detailed pieces until an injury forced what exists “above ground” and what her to focus on larger items. remains buried? This is the type of The idea to sculpt roots came to question that inspires Luttwak’s work. her after a tree fell on her car. Taking On a purely physical plain, photos of the accident for insurance balancing the connection between purposes, the image of the unearthed what remained at the base in a planter roots stayed on her mind and became a and the part of the sculpture that favorite topic of artistic exploration. traveled up the front of the white “At times I work from the roots townhouse facade were some of the

main challenges Luttwak faced upon installing the exhibit. In addition to blocking the sidewalk, “I had to work within very close quarters: the townhouse is attached on both sides - the neighbors worried about their fences and other possible damages.” Despite the risks, the resulting installation has been a successful one, both in terms of placement and how the exhibit has been received by the community. Luttwak says her sculptures are site specific or site responsive in nature. In comparison with other installations in which she has participated, she was pleased with

the location, as it was her first choice. “My hope was to respond to this minimalist contemporary townhouse with a wish to somewhat overwhelm it, but in a delicate way.” As far as community response, to what other goal could an artist aspire? Neighbors scurried about and passersby noticed her sculpture. Luttwak recalls, “I had fun reactions from neighboring residents and visitors. The residents of the house itself were pleased too.” — By Adrienne Urbina Next week: Meet the Artists series continues with Joseph & John Dumbacher

calendar reMInderS Sculpture exhIbIt GuIded tourS 3rd Saturday Monthly through october 20 The Third Biennial Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit opened on April 21 and closes on October 20. Artist-guided tours are held on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Tours originate at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Eye Street, NW. Admission is free. Just show up.

dIScuSSIon of the blueSt eye by tonI MorrISon When: tuesday, august 17, 12:30 p.m. Location: West end library

farMer’S Market When: Wednesdays through november 25, 3-7 p.m. Location: eye Street between new hampshire ave and 24th St, nW

aGInG In place SurVey The Foggy Bottom/West End Village Board of Directors is working to launch an Aging in Place Village that will provide services to help FB/WE residents stay in their own homes throughout their lives. We need your feedback to determine what those services should be. The survey lists the types of services Villages typically provide to facilitate independent living at home. These include transportation, minor home repairs, social opportunities, and much more. Knowing which of these services you would need and use is critical, so please help us by completing the survey found online at http:// Web22fkuyZMbch The Board will use the survey results to determine what needs the new Village will strive to meet and what funding will be necessary. Please complete the survey by August 1, 2012.

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In The Spotlight Area youth orchestra picks new director

The D.C. Youth Orchestra Program has selected as its new executive director Joshua Simonds, who had served as general manager of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2003. Simons has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in music (percussion) from California State University at Long Beach and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in arts management from American University. He comes to D.C. from one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest youth orchestra programs, where he oversaw the establishment of new orchestras and overall growth of the organization. The D.C. Youth Orchestra Program is in its 52nd year and serves more than 600 students annually ages 4 1/2 to 19. It is based at Eastern High School.

Walls students win portrait competition

School Without Walls students Molly Weiner and Mariama TaifaSeitu recently won honorable mentions in the Smithsonian National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural Teen Portrait Competition.

Local teens designed the photography competition for their peers, with the help of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education department. The contest was â&#x20AC;&#x153;designed to introduce teenagers to the concept of representing identity through portraiture,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release. Of the 300 teens who entered the contest, 22 were honored. The grand-prize winners are online at and will be displayed at the museum in the spring. The website also features 20 honorable-mention images.

White House blog mentions local baker

Cleveland Park resident Yael Krigman, who was profiled in this newspaper in 2010 for launching an online baking business, has come a long way since then. Recently, her progress was highlighted on a White House blog post about women entrepreneurs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In April 2012, Yael Krigman gets her first order for more than $1,000 of her signature preservative-free baked goods,â&#x20AC;? reads a timeline on the blog, which seeks to draw attention to women creating jobs amid the recession.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Krigman started baking to relieve stress as a law student, and in November 2011 she left the law firm sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d worked at for 8 years to devote all her energy to Baked by Yael, an online bakery based in Washington, DC.â&#x20AC;? Krigman also recently drew honors from Washingtonian magazine, with her cake pop named the best in the city. Her treats can be ordered at

Roosevelt alum wins culinary scholarship

Jeanine Williams, a 2012 graduate of Roosevelt High School, recently won an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Educated Eatsâ&#x20AC;? scholarship to pursue her culinary aspirations. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington awarded Williams $2,500, which will go toward her education at Johnson & Wales University in Colorado, according to a news release from the association. Educated Eats, the education foundation for the restaurant association, works to promote restaurant and food-service careers. Awards this year went to five high school seniors in the Washington


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area who had secured admission to full-time culinary programs. The students had to have grade-point averages of 2.75 or above in their high school careers, and a minimum of 400 hours in food-service work.

P.E.O. Sisterhood honors Sidwell grad

The P.E.O. Sisterhood awarded Sidwell Friends School graduate Malinda Reese a scholarship at a state convention ceremony in May. The $2,500 prize will go toward Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education at Vassar College, where the filmmaker and performer plans to study the arts and anthropology. Reese was recommended for the award by the P.E.O. Chapter AA in the District. Her scholarship was noted at her recent solo performance, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Point Me Toward Tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? a benefit for the NoteBUSTERS after-school chorus for students at Janney, Murch, Mann and Lafayette elementary schools. According to a P.E.O. news release, the scholarship is â&#x20AC;&#x153;based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.â&#x20AC;? The P.E.O. Sisterhood, originally founded as the second U.S. sorority, today is a global womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization that emphasizes educational opportunities for women.

Area teachers earn Civil War fellowships

Four teachers from area schools are taking part this week in a fellowship program offered by the Civil War Washington Consortium. The teachers are Tom Hagerty from Washington Latin Public Charter; Adam Kirschenbaum, Deal Middle; Lee MacVaugh, Duke Ellington School of the Arts; and Reggie Willis, Edmund Burke. The Catherine B. Reynolds

Grant will help train special-ed teachers

George Washington University has received a $4 million federal grant to train special-education teachers at its Graduate School of Education and Human Development, according to a news release from the school. The university expects to produce 102 teachers over the next five years qualified to teach students with special needs, according to the release. The grant money will focus on programs to train prospective brain injury specialists, vocational trainers and school administrators, the release states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are tackling deficiencies in special education from a number of angles,â&#x20AC;? education graduate school dean Michael Feuer states in the release.

Wilson High students conduct â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;waste auditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

A Wilson High School environmental science class recently sorted through the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trash to study the types of waste and consider ways to deal with discarded food, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of General Services. According to the agency, which is responsible for operations at cityowned buildings, Wilson students have set a goal of reducing food waste by 70 percent. The May 31 event included a demonstration of a food waste pulping station, the release says.

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Georgetowner and part-time beach bum celebrates Rehoboth in new book

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

This is the way Rich Barnett wants you to imagine him as narrator: carrying a red plastic go-cup full of booze, strolling around with you on the streets of Rehoboth Beach. He’ll tell you “things you don’t really need to know about Rehoboth, but they’re fun” — which french fries the seagulls prefer, the best place to go naked body surfing, which scandal-ridden politicians have visited the town. Barnett, who splits his time between Georgetown and Rehoboth, has published these types of stories for several years as a regular columnist for Letters From CAMP Rehoboth magazine. He decided recently it was time to bring them together in book form. “I felt the time was ripe, and I had enough stories to do it,” Barnett said in a recent phone interview he gave from his front porch in The Pines neighborhood in North Rehoboth. His book, “The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town,” was published last month and has sold more than 600 copies in bookstores and gift shops in Rehoboth. Next, Barnett hopes to make it available at some local shops in D.C., capturing the crowd that, like him, spends a lot of time in both places. Barnett works for an environmental group in D.C., but he’s officially a Delaware resident. He visits Rehoboth all the time in the summer but also on many weekends through the fall, winter and spring.

“A lot of people do this,” he said, adding that pre-dawn Monday mornings — the time most beach lovers start their return trek to D.C. — can be like “rush hour, with cars pouring out of Rehoboth.” Barnett first discovered the Delaware beach town shortly after moving to D.C. in 1986. “I joined that wave of people heading here for weekends on the summer,” he said. The town charmed him. “I quickly said, ‘This is a place where I want to spend my time,’” he said. Today he attributes Rehoboth’s appeal to its “bipolar” character. “I think it’s a mix of high-brow and low-brown, of urban and rural, of homo and hetero,” he said. “It’s got multiple personalities.” Barnett and his partner, Michael, started looking for a beach house — a very specific kind — in the mid-’90s. “We didn’t need granite countertops or a fancy kitchen,” he said. “It had to be authentic.” In his book, he describes the place they found as a “notorious group rental … [that] looked and smelled like a fraternity house.” The foundation was crumbling, the appliances were old-school, and “it looked like the wiring had been done with old lamp cords.” But it was two blocks from the beach and an easy walk from town. The search for this cottage is one of 40 vignettes in the new book. But for the most part, Barnett features as a background character. “It’s not just ‘Rich living at the beach and what a weekend is,’” he said. Though he’s had total freedom with his columns for Letters From

New novel offers steamy tales of D.C. teen life

Northwest moms Maz Rauber and Amy Reingold seem to have hit first-time writers’ gold with their book “Secrets and Lies,” which comes out Aug. 7. The young adult novel will be followed by a sequel in November and a third book next year. And the “Capital Girls” series may even become a TV show, having been optioned by “American Beauty” producer Dan Jinks. “We started writing in the summer of 2009 and had a signed contract by January of 2010,” said Rauber, a former Washington-based political reporter for the New York Post. “It was so easy for us to work together,”

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Georgetown resident Rich Barnett fell for his now part-time home, Rehoboth Beach, when he moved to D.C. in the late ‘80s.

CAMP Rehoboth, the magazine published by a Rehoboth gay and lesbian community-service nonprofit, Barnett said he’s followed one organizing principle: “The stories are designed to be a little bit of knowledge-sharing.” The topics in the book come from a mix of oral history from his friends in town, local archives from places like the Rehoboth Beach Museum and online research. Barnett writes about the town’s start — as a Methodist seaside retreat that gradually grew more secular and later absorbed the influences of the wealthy du Pont family of Delaware. He writes about the history of its boardwalk, the creation of Cape Henlopen State Park, the growth of the town’s prominent gay scene, and visits from famous socialites and U.S. leaders.

added Reingold, who is trained as a chef and makes textile art. The pair started the first book around the time their younger children — Rauber’s is 19 and Reingold’s 20 — were heading off to college. But it was the experience of raising teens in Washington that inspired the book series. “Capital Girls” centers on four teen girls “whose private lives play out in a public fishbowl where even the kids are pawns in the adults’ political games,” according to a news release. The characters include a “Washington ‘It Girl’” who is dating the president’s son, a wild blonde bombshell who leads her clique, an ambitious and smart climber without the money and privilege of her friends, and a rich Southern belle “who

He shares anecdotes about Rehoboth’s present-day rituals: gleaning for discarded furniture in early May, the watermelons sold from school buses, the best place to start drinking in the morning, and trips up to nearby Smyrna for deepfried muskrat. He writes about the wildlife in and around the town: hermaphrodite conchs, black petunias and the infamous skunks. Barnett self-published his book through Amazon’s CreateSpace

Photo by Judy Licht

Amy Reingold, left, and Maz Rauber

dreams of the bright lights of Broadway.” One of the four will die “in a mysterious accident,” while, in the background, readers get “an insider’s view of behind-the-scenes Washington, from the White House family quarters to the Georgetown mansions to the Capitol’s secret back rooms,” says the

service, with a friend in North Carolina serving as his editor and designer. He commissioned an illustrator from England to create the cover: a quivery, eccentric depiction of friends hanging out on his front porch. It was his friends who came up with that idea. “I had people over with drinks, and someone said, ‘Why don’t you do your screened porch? That’s where all the action happens.’”

release. Rauber and Reingold say they didn’t draw from their own children’s specific experiences, but instead created “composites” of the schools and experiences they saw here. And they hope their work will shed light on some of the realities of life in D.C. “These girls live sort of very dramatic lives, and they’re privileged and all that, but it’s also a way of showing that real people live here,” said Rauber. “We love D.C., and we wanted to also convey our love of the city,” said Reingold. The book will be available at Politics and Prose, Child’s Play and local Barnes & Noble outlets, as well as online. Visit for more information. — Beth Cope

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all! Light from 7 windows with S and E exposures. KIT with gran counters, ss full size Jenn-Air appls, maple cabs & oak HWFs. BA has Jacuzzi tub. CLEVELAND PARK $1,550,000 Convenient location nr Columbia Hts, NEW PRICE! Charming cul-de-sac neigh- Georgia Ave, 14th & U Sts. borhood nr Metro, restaurants, shops. Kent Madsen Total renov incls new piping, wiring, water Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 filter, chef’s KIT w/top-of-the-line appls, $429,900 new furnace, dual zone climate control, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS Finnish sauna w/deluxe shower rm. LL in- REDUCED BY OVER 10K!!! Beautiful law ste w/kitchenette, walk-out entrance. 2BR, 1BA condo in the heart of Columbia Hts! Gorgeous gour KIT Private fenced-in rear yard w/patio. w/island, large built-ins, spacious BRs w/ Kari Seppala Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 walk out balcony. Steps to Col. Hts Metro, convenient to restaurants & CLEVELAND PARK $3,795,000 nightlife. Just blocks to DC USA shopGRACIOUS property with porches bathed in ping complex! Close to Adams Morgan natural light. Authentically renov & expand- and U Street Corridor! ed to provide approx 6,200 SF living space. Jennifer Bernard 202-640-8887 Heated pool, garage, driveway, storage. Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Everything new including all systems. 7BR $1,475,000 or 6+office, 5.5BA, media room w/large- FOREST HILLS screen projection TV, central sound system, STATELY, brick Georgian on 16,000 SF lot faces Rock Creek Park. 5000 SF of exercise room, wine cellar. Owner/agent. bright, open space. 6BR, 4.5BA, 4FPLS. Nora Stavropoulos Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 Marble foyer, grand piano-sized LR, library, great rm w/cath ceiling, large t/s COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $225,000 KIT w/brkfst bar & island, sep DR, rec RENOVATED 9 yrs ago this unit has it rm, flagstone terrace, 2 car garage. By friendly building with private dog park! Susan Fagan 202-246-8337 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

KENT $2,950,000 SPECTACULAR updated contemp on 1/2 acre with indoor pool in coveted neighborhood. Exciting 3 story atrium, skylights, "green roof", 5BR, 4.5BA, garage. Enjoy 5400 SF of comfort and solitude! 2724 Chain Bridge Rd, NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 MT PLEASANT $247,000 CHARMING, light-filled Jr 1BR, perfectly located in boutique pet friendly bldg with low fees. Features includes amazing lust roof top garden with panoramic views and blks to Metro, shops & restaurants. Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 MT PLEASANT $899,000 FABULOUS renov of sun-filled 4-level TH, steps to Zoo & Rock Creek Pk. Granite eat-in KIT, gorgeous DR, lovely LR w/builtins, stunning 3rd level Mste w/dressing rm & designer BA, LL office/rec rm. Loads of stor, charming brick patio & priv garden, 2FP, skylites, French doors, glass pocket door, CAC, WF & more. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PALISADES $1,055,000 NEW PRICE! Located on quiet cul de sac, warm and inviting home has large open floor plan with great S exposure. The KIT, dining and FR are designed for fun and relaxation. Deck and private, fenced yard overlooks Battery Kemble Park. New KIT offers premier ss appls/gran counter tops. Spacious MBR ste, finished LL. Garage. 5010 MacArthur Court, NW. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 PETWORTH $99,000 SUPER BARGAIN! Large unit loaded with character! KIT, sep DR, big LR, HDWDs, high ceilgs, 3 closets! “Pet Friendly” incls dogs to 20 lbs. Walk to Ft Totten METRO. “Best Addresses”. MAKE AN OFFER!!! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 TRINIDAD $299,000 THREE BEDROOM home in developing community close to Metro, shopping & dining. Sold “AS IS”. Daryl Laster Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

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Westchester one-bedroom offers graceful renovation


he Westchester is one of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grande dames, a four-building complex built in the 1930s and still sporting the

home. Doorjambs are particularly deep and articulated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a feature more often found in an 18th-century house than a 20th-century multifamily property. Crown molding, including some dentils, runs throughout the approximately 1,000-square-foot unit. The large foyer is particularly helpful when entertaining, giving guests a place to pause before entering the open-plan kitchen and living area. That space, like the bedroom, features new hardwood floors. In one corner of the living room, a large closet that once housed a Murphy bed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and could again â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is now a large storage area that could also easily become a hidden home office. Though this unit is on the ground floor, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a bit higher than ground level. So the branches of a mature magnolia are at the right height to provide the living room with some shade from the summer sun. But the real attention-grabber is the kitchen. Open to the living room via a breakfast bar, the space provides the jewelry for the unit with glittering granite countertops aptly named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arctic Ice,â&#x20AC;? stainless steel appliances from Viking and

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art deco elegance that has made it the choice of many judges, members of Congress and more over the decades. A recent refresh has left the Westchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common spaces newly polished, and more improvements are on the way, including new windows in all units. Funding for those projects has already been set aside, noted Realtor Annie Cefaratti â&#x20AC;&#x201D; i.e., no special assessment is in the offing for new residents. Just off the grand main lobby, a one-bedroom unit has also seen recent renovations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though far more thorough, with the entire unit taken down to the concrete slab and rebuilt. The result is an up-to-date space that nevertheless seems a bit timeless. The old-world feel begins at the front door, which opens into a wide foyer lined by the substantial moldings that are found throughout the

Miele, and a Grohe faucet. Those pieces can really cook, too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly a fourburner Viking gas range. The U-shaped layout is efficient, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of prep room here. A few visual tricks here help the space seem larger. Tip one: Avoid visual breaks. Here, the countertopsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; eye-catching granite also provides a backsplash. Tip two: Keep base cabinets dark, and upper pieces light. In this space, Wood-Modeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walnut-stained lower cabinets match the floors, and upper, glass-front cabinets are airy in a light cream. The bedroom is quite large, and its two walk-in closets are kitted out with custom Wood-Mode fittings. The attention to detail that is evident in the kitchen renovation reappears in the bath. A medley of marble tile mixes finish â&#x20AC;&#x201D; honed and polished â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as shape, from basketweave to Carrera subway. The former lines the floor, while the subway tile forms a wainscot that runs around the space. A smoked-glass shower door


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This newly renovated one-bedroom unit in the Westchester is priced at $349,800. adds a dose of charcoal gray to the bath. Behind that door, a luxe shower is also lined in marble and features a Grohe showerhead. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dose of whimsy here, too. The homeowner was inspired by the shops at Caesarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palace in Las Vegas, where lighting creates dusk and dawn effects on a vaulted ceiling. With a flip of a switch, this shower enclosure does the same â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and provides a surefire talking point for houseguests. There is currently no laundry in this unit, though the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facility is nearby. But a hall closet could accommodate a washer and dryer if a buyer wanted to install them.

Though some of the storied amenities of the Westchester â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like an onsite dressmaker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have disappeared, many remain, including a restaurant, gym, dry cleaners and more. An unassigned parking spot comes with the unit. This one-bedroom, one-bath Unit 46B at 4000 Cathedral Ave. is offered for $349,800. A monthly co-op fee of $845 includes property taxes, all utilities, maintenance, security and more. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Annie Cefaratti or Melody Novak of Keller Williams Realty at 202-8417601 or


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Northwest Real Estate ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1c Adams â&#x2013; adams morgan At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 9 meeting: â&#x2013;  Capt. Larry Chapman of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department warned residents that gas generators should never be used inside homes as they release deadly carbon monoxide gas. They should be at least 10 feet from a house and not near an air conditioner. He also reminded residents that it is illegal to use a grill on a rooftop or balcony. â&#x2013;  commission chair Wilson Reynolds reported that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent shredding event in Kalorama Park was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great successâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;there was lots of stuff to shred.â&#x20AC;? A recycling event is being planned for early November. â&#x2013;  Kristen Barden, filling in for Tom Pipkin, reported that the 18th Street reconstruction project is almost complete. There are still minor repairs to be made, and bike racks need to be angled so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not partially in the middle of sidewalks. Project delays, she added, were due to Washington Gas officials first saying they did not need to participate and then changing their minds. Pepco was also slow, she said. â&#x2013;  Ward 2 State Board of Education member Mary Lord reported that the D.C. Council would be holding roundtables on truancy and the need for school libraries. She said the school board is working on revisions for the graduation requirements, including possibly adding a senior project. â&#x2013;  in answer to a question, commission chair Wilson Reynolds urged residents to send him and the city emails when trees block traffic signsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; visibility. â&#x2013;  John Elko, president of the Winchester Condominium Unit Owners Association at 1807 California St., joined several other condo residents in voicing objection to a proposed liquor license at 2102 18th St. due to potential noise problems. The restaurant, which is located 31 feet from the back of the condo building, is planning live music as late as 2 a.m. Commission chair Wilson Reynolds urged Elko to form as large a neighborhood group as possible to negotiate with the owners and to be prepared to file a protest with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Reynolds said the commission is in negotiations with the owners over a possible voluntary agreement. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed to hold a forum on the proposed Adams Morgan hotel project on July 18. The commission plans to vote on the project at a special forum on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the 3rd District Metropolitan Police Department headquarters at 1624 V St. NW. â&#x2013;  commissioners announced that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public services and environment committee plans to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Kalorama Recreation Center

to consider several grant proposals. â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously approved a $1,000 grant for the H.D. Cooke Elementary School PTA for gym equipment and a $1,000 grant to Cultural Tourism DC for reprinting 5,000 copies of the English language version of the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail Guide. If ad sales are insufficient, Kristen Barden said, the guide will not be printed. Her business improvement district is also contributing $1,000. The total cost is $6,000. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a patio public space application for Amsterdam Falafel at 2425 18th St. as the commission never received the paperwork and the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans would leave only an 8-foot-wide sidewalk clearance instead of the 12-foot width the commission wants. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a planned patio at Millie & Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2440 18th St., unless there is a 12-foot distance between the curb and occupied public space. Commission chair Wilson Reynolds said the drawing showed the distance to be just 6 feet. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a proposed valet parking application for 2406 18th St. put forward by Jonathan Wells of Sutra Lounge. Wells said the area around his restaurant lost 19 parking spaces with the switch from angled to parallel parking due to the sidewalk widening. He said drivers would be charged $20, and the cars would be stored in a parking garage. Several residents said the proposed garage already has vehicles in it and predicted that the valet workers would end up using street parking. Denis James, president of the Kalorama Citizens Association, said the proposed valet spot would block an alley. James Nixon, who owns the nearby Toro Mata store specializing in Peruvian art, said the proposed valet operator has in the past blocked access to his shop, used on-street parking, and operated an illegal stand. Furthermore, he said there is not enough space in front of 2406 18th St. due to bike racks and a light pole. Nixon said the District Department of Transportation will not cite an operator unless its inspectors see the offense and will not send representatives out in the evenings. Wells answered that his landlord supports the valet parking proposal. When asked for a copy of the contract with the garage, the valet operator said it has been verbally agreed to but is not yet in writing. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Funger Hall, George Washington University, 22nd and G streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; discussion of proposals from developers and schools for re-use of the Stevens School property, 1050 21st St. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Department of Transportation on a planned roadway improvement project affecting New Hampshire Avenue and other neighborhood streets. â&#x2013;  discussion of possible sites for an interim fire station in the West End. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding D.C. Public Schools libraries. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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also plans to purchase three parking meters for the year to run its valet service, and the applicant pledged to give part the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land to the city to allow widening of the corner of the alley that runs behind 18th Street between Columbia and Kalorama roads. That change would enable cars to make a smoother exit or entry from Euclid Street. Residents at the meeting appeared skeptical about the traffic analysis, which developer Brian Friedman commissioned from an independent firm. But Vega noted that the Transportation Department used its own numbers to verify some of the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic counts. Neighborhood commissioners voted unanimously to have a third party review the traffic study, and Friedman agreed to finance that review, but Vega said this would most likely not be ready in time for the Zoning Commission proceedings in September.

Community members were upset the city didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan a review of the traffic report from the start. They also noted that the report didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take 18th Street bus routes into account, and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider traffic disruptions that the two-year construction period could bring. Vega said the latter issue would be considered during the construction permitting stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was so disappointing,â&#x20AC;? said Chris Otten, a member of Adams Morgan for Reasonable Development, a group that formed to oppose the hotel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two years of crazy construction going on in the middle of Adams Morgan.â&#x20AC;? The Office of Planning gave a presentation at the meeting as well, bringing up many residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential violation of the Reed-Cooke zoning overlay, which aims to preserve Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low-scale residential character and affordable housing. The developer is asking for a zoning change that would allow him to bypass the overlayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restrictions.

The Planning Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Matt Jesick said his agency has concerns about the height of the hotel building, currently proposed at 90 feet, and a lack of information about some additional features, including a spa, rooftop deck and exterior lighting. Jesick said the proposed hotel fits with the D.C. Comprehensive Planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of creating jobs and stimulating economic growth, but he said it threatens the goals of increasing affordable housing and maintaining a â&#x20AC;&#x153;residential characterâ&#x20AC;? in Adams Morgan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are policies on both sides of the issue,â&#x20AC;? Jesick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we try to do is weigh those policies.â&#x20AC;? The Office of Planning will make a recommendation to the Zoning Commission 10 days prior to the hearing. The proposed hotel would rise behind the First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 1770 Euclid St., which would be renovated as part of the project. Developer Friedman recently announced that he had dropped his former

affiliation with Marriott to partner with the New York-based Sydell Group, which specializes in adapting historic buildings. Otten said members of his advocacy group worry that the hotel will raise housing prices and destroy the unique community of Adams Morgan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adams Morgan [is] one of the most diverse neighborhoods in city,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that other D.C. communities have seen housing prices rise and the community subsequently become more homogeneous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeing a lot of diversity in Georgetown these days. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quite fearful that this will become Georgetown 2.0.â&#x20AC;? At the meeting some support did come from organizations that will likely benefit from the hotel, including local elementary schools H.D. Cooke and Marie Reed, the Sitar Arts Center and nursery school Jubilee Jumpstart. Each group discussed the proposed amenities it would receive through the development.


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city. Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill would call for such protest groups to be restricted to those who live within 400 feet of an establishment; the group still must have at least five members. This issue is closely tied to Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle, where owner Jamie Leeds has engaged in a widely publicized conflict with a six-member protest group that wanted to limit the hours and capacity of her sidewalk cafe. Leeds testified at the hearing that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;incomprehensible that the laws allow so few people to impact a business,â&#x20AC;? adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the fringe element should be taken out of process.â&#x20AC;? Several at the hearing agreed that a 400-foot distance was too long, arguing that small group can currently wield too much power in the liquor license process. But others argued that the provision should allow for more citizens to participate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is an alarming, disturbing pattern in this legislation that would deny neighborhood residents the power to engage in the liquor license approval process,â&#x20AC;? Mark Rosenman, a representative of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, said in an interview. He testified on his groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf at the hearing. Matt Raymond, a Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner who testified at the hearing, said that while he agrees there should be limits on who can launch a protest, 400 feet is typically â&#x20AC;&#x153;less than one block,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are legitimate concerns beyond that distance.â&#x20AC;? Leeds has suggested that protests of liquor license applications should be funneled solely through advisory neighborhood commissions before heading to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, since commissioners are elected officials who represent the community at large. A separate provision in Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislation could come close to this concept. The provision stipulates that if the city alcohol board approves a voluntary agreement between a liquor license applicant and his or her neighborhood commission, protests from all other groups would be

â??The fringe element should be taken out of the process.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; restaurateur Jamie Leeds automatically â&#x20AC;&#x153;dismissed.â&#x20AC;? Graham clarified that this provision would not apply to established citizens associations, though the amount of influence those groups could have remains unclear. The scope of voluntary agreements would, for the first time, be concretely defined under the proposed legislation. The bill specifies that agreement terms could include entertainment, noise, litter, parking, security, hours of operation and occupancy; Graham noted that that list is meant to be exhaustive. Raymond questioned whether such an ironclad list could be inclusive enough. But Bill Duggan, owner of Madamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Organ on 18th Street, testified that the current regulations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which place no limits on the terms of a voluntary agreement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can be a source of frustration for many license holders. He said some agreements have overreached in their specifics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; limiting the type of foods that can be served, or in one case banning poetry readings. Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill also addresses noise complaints, calling for the

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to establish a hotline to field calls about possible noise violations at restaurants and bars. The phone complaints could initiate an investigation by the alcohol agency, which uses meters to measure noise violations. Fines of $1,000 could be levied against establishments that violate noise laws. These types of investigations have already increased compliance, according to alcohol agency director Fred Moosally. In an interview, he said investigators have made 45 site visits since May, through a new enforcement initiative suggested by a separate task force. All of the establishments that received initial warnings conformed, and the agency gave no official citations, Moosally said. Less controversial but still notable in the proposed legislation are a required orientation class for new liquor license applicants, and the new ability of brewpubs and some retail stores to sell 32- and 64-ounce â&#x20AC;&#x153;growlers,â&#x20AC;? which can be filled with beer and sealed on-site for offpremise consumption. The regulations could also require new mixeduse buildings to install higher levels of soundproofing materials in the windows, walls and floors between entertainment businesses and residential units. At the hearingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conclusion, Graham recessed instead of adjourning the proceedings, thus keeping open the option to continue at a later date. The council member noted that he expects a slightly revised version of the bill to come before his Committee on Human Services for a vote this fall. If it passes, the bill would then go before the full council for a vote, which Graham said he hopes will happen before the council session ends in late December.

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bird walk through Glover Archbold Park. Now, half a century later, there’s a push to formally attach Carson’s name to that park. A couple of local advocates recently won the support of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to name the three-mile trail that runs through the park the “Rachel Carson Nature Trail.” Norton introduced legislation last month to make the designation official, as the 50th anniversary of “Silent Spring” approaches. The bill was referred to the U.S. House Committee on National Resources, and Norton’s office is “currently seeking co-sponsors in both the House and Senate,” according to a spokesperson. Though there are memorials to Carson throughout the country, the trail would be the first such honor in the District, according to Howard Bray, a longtime Foxhall resident who’s working on the naming effort with local advisory neighborhood commissioner Kent Slowinski. Bray and Slowinski gave an interview Monday morning along a Foxhall section of the trail, which hosted joggers, dog walkers and student conservation workers constructing a small wooden bridge.

“It’s obvious that a lot of people who use the trail now make no connection to what happened here 50 years ago,” Bray said. Before her death in 1964, Carson, who lived in Silver Spring, was known to make frequent visits to Glover Archbold Park. She brought students there while writing “Silent Spring,” and she spearheaded a longterm census of bird breeding in the park. Carson was a biologist who blossomed as a nature writer. She turned her attention to synthetic pesticides, particularly DDT, in the 1950s. With the publication of “Silent Spring” in September 1962, Carson faced harsh criticism from the pesticide industry and its lobbyists, among others. But the book is now known for giving birth to the modern environmentalism movement. “The influence of her book has brought together over 14,000 scientists, lawyers, managers, and other employees across the country to fight the good fight for ‘environmental protection,’’ the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency writes on an online post about Carson, crediting her for the agency’s creation. At a recent community meeting, Norton touted the trail’s renaming and said she had been surprised to

learn of the local connections in Carson’s work. “I had not realized that so many of her observations were … from right here in the District of Columbia,” Norton said. Attaching Carson’s name to the trail in Glover Archbold Park “would make a walk in these woods more special,” Bray said Monday. “You would be following in Rachel Carson’s footsteps.” The wooded trail, which runs from Canal Road to Van Ness Street, is now marked on signs as “Glover Archbold Trail.” In addition to winning Norton’s backing, the renaming effort has earned support from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D, local citizens associations and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, according to Slowinski. The effort also fits in with a growing conservation movement focused on parkland west of Rock Creek. (In addition to Glover Archbold, there’s the Battery Kemble, Whitehaven and Wesley Heights parks, and the C&O Canal.) The goal is to create a new conservancy that parallels the work of Rock Creek Conservancy and the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy groups, Slowinski said. “It’s about bringing people together to make it

easier to volunteer,” he said, mentioning bird walks and history tours as among the future possibilities. For now, the group — which is assembling a board of directors — is billing itself as The Parks Conservancy, “until someone comes up with a better name,” Slowinski said. This is all happening as the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority plans a major renovation of the aging sanitary sewer system in Glover Archbold and Soapstone Valley parks. The options right now include placing either flexible liners or new pipes within the Bill Petros/The Current old existing pipes, said Student conservationists worked Monday William Elledge, an along the trail in Glover Archbold Park. engineer with the Hazen and Sawyer firm who’s con- the stream out of the sewers and tracting with the D.C. agency on the back to the surface. project. According to Elledge, the agency Slowinski said he’s also heard is in the middle of its environmental D.C. Water and Sewer Authority assessment for the project and officials talk about “daylighting” the expects to reach out to the public this Foundry Branch stream — bringing fall.

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Wednesday july 25 Children’s program ■ Jester Nicolo Whimsey will perform (for children ages 4 through 9). 1:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Classes ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, a Colombian group, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Jon Kaplan. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ “The 9 Songwriter Series” will feature locals Justin Trawick (shown), Andy Zipf, Molly Hagen, Luke Mitchem, Ken Wenzel, Charles Harrison, Ben Hofer, Kate Charnock and Nathan Robinson. 7 p.m. $10 to $20. Gibson Guitar Showroom, 709 G St. NW. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli and Johnny Mercer. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a seminar by Lenore Reinhart of Calvert Funds on “Socially Responsible Sustainable Investing. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The University of Phoenix will present a “Personal Branding Workshop,” on how job seekers should market and brand themselves in today’s hiring environment. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. University of Phoenix Washington D.C. Campus, Suite 150, 25 Massachusetts


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Events Entertainment Ave. NW. ■ Michael Mancilla will discuss his book “Love in the Time of HIV: The Gay Man’s Guide to Sex, Dating, and Relationships.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ “Lie Detection 101” will feature Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch discussing tools featured in their new edition of “How to Spot a Liar.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ Doug Herman, senior geographer at the National Museum of the American Indian, will discuss “Understanding Climate Change.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Sam Kean will discuss his book “The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Festival ■ A Peruvian festival — “Kaypi Peru, This Is Peru” — will feature an exhibition and sale of handicrafts by indigenous artisans, folk dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, Peruvian food and drinks, botanical displays and hands-on activities. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. The festival will continue Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Films ■ “The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores” will feature Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.” 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ A Jane Austen Film Fest will feature Joe Wright’s 2005 film “Pride & Prejudice,” starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. The event will include a book signing by Sandy Lerner, author of “Second Impressions.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW.

■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present Brad Bird’s 2004 film “The Incredibles,” about a family of undercover superheroes forced into action while trying to live a quiet suburban life. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. ■ Reel Affirmations’ International AIDS Film Festival will feature “Pills Profit$ Protest,” at 7 p.m.; and “Sex in an Epidemic,” at 9 p.m. $10 per film. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. reelaffirmationsaidsfilmfest. ■ The Screen on the Green festival will feature Frank Capra’s 1934 film “It Happened One Night,” starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. 8 p.m. Free. National Mall between 8th and 14th streets. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will present Guy Nattiv’s 2010 film “The Flood (Mabul),” about a boy whose unstable family threatens to crumble when his autistic brother returns home after spending years in an institution. 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. ■ The “Films on the Vern” outdoor film series will feature Peter Webber’s 2003 film “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-6670. ■ The U Street Movie Series will feature an outdoor screening of the 1984 film “Protocol,” starring Goldie Hawn as a D.C. cocktail waitress who prevents the assassination of a visiting Arab emir and winds up a national heroine. 8:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. Performances ■ Teens will present “Portraits Alive!” featuring original plays that bring the National Portrait Gallery’s collection to life. 2:15 p.m. Free. F Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Performances will continue July 26, 27 and 30 at 2:15 p.m. ■ As part of the Capital Fringe Festival, local writer and radio producer Heather R. Taylor will present “AARP, The Musical” and “Harriet 2.0,” two new solo works about    

Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Demonstration ■ U.S. Botanic Garden staff members will explain the diversity of carnivorous plants and how they’ve adapted to their environments. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

Thursday, july 26 ■ Concert: Wouter Kellerman, one of South Africa’s foremost flutists, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

the travails of a midlife volunteer job coach. 6 p.m. $17. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 9 p.m. ■ As part of the Capital Fringe Festival, storyteller Ellouise Schoettler will present “Pushing Boundaries: An ERA Memoir.” 8:15 p.m. $17. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ■ Poet Kwame Dawes (shown) and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will present “Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse,” a mixed-media performance featuring Dawes, composer and musician Kevin Simmonds, soprano Valetta Brinson and the photography of Andre Lambertson. 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. The performance will repeat Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Sale ■ St. Alban’s Opportunity Thrift Shop will host a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202234-4512. The sale will continue through Saturday. Special event ■ Local and national artists will present a “Pop-Up Gallery,” featuring original paintings, photographs and mixed-media works. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. 6 to 10 p.m. $5 to $10. Napoleon, 1847 Columbia Road NW. Thursday, July 26

Thursday july 26

Concerts ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Möbius Strip, More Humans and Grammar. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. ■ The U.S. Army Blues will perform works by Count Basie as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703696-3399. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli and Johnny Mercer. 8 p.m. Sylvan Theater,

Discussions and lectures ■ The Q&A Cafe series will feature Carol Joynt interviewing Howard Fineman (shown), editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, on the 2012 presidential campaign and the upcoming political conventions. Noon. $35. The RitzCarlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-4110. ■ Aquila Ismail will discuss her book “Of Martyrs and Marigolds.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Fragments and Cycles: Jasper Johns.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ “Brush Up Your Klingon: Adventures in Invented Languages” will feature Michael Adams, author of “From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages”; linguist Marc Okrand, inventor of the Klingon language; and actors Andrew Shull-Miller and Chuck Young, who will demonstrate the invented language in action. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Poet Kwame Dawes, photographer Andre Lambertson, director and producer David France and Sundance Institute senior consultant Patricia Finneran will discuss “Using Art for Social Engagement.” Afterward, Dawes will present “Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Madeline Levine will discuss her book “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Georgetown Neighborhood Library’s Non-Fiction Book Club will focus on Jon Ronson’s book “The Psychopath Test.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films ■ The K-Cinema Movie Screening will feature Han-min Kim’s 2011 film “War of the Arrows,” about the 17thcentury Manchu invasion of Korea. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ “PM @ the TM” will feature the Korean film “The Host,” about a hideous water monster that terrorizes Seoul. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $15. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. See Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 â&#x2013; The Phillips Collection will present Alex Gabbayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Trial and Error: Conversations on Consciousness.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay 101â&#x20AC;? film series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Birdcage,â&#x20AC;? starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest. 8 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will present opera and ballet selections. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Special event â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress Veterans History Project and the Defense Department will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War with a documentary film screening, book talk and discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ship of Miracles,â&#x20AC;? about the S.S. Meredith Victory and the Hungnam Evacuation. 10 a.m. Free. Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1071 Julyjuly 27 27 Friday, Friday Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Noon Concert series will feature pianist Shelby Sender performing works by Ives and Copland. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the band Incendio performing Latin jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Multiple ensembles from the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform works by Britten, Grieg, Gounod and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a performance by participants in its 10th annual Rock Band Camp. 6 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commodores will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 10 Water St. SE. 202-433-2525. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the New Orchestra of Washington. 6:30 p.m. $50. Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The 2012 Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Louis XIV,â&#x20AC;? featuring Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute, Joseph Gascho on harpsichord and Gozde

Yasar on viola da gamba. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25; free for ages 18 and younger. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 118 3rd St. NW. 202-543-0053.

feature Mussorgskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boris Godunovâ&#x20AC;? from the Teatro Regio di Torino. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Monday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Vault to Screen: Recent Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Bryan Forbesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whistle Down the Wind,â&#x20AC;? about childhood in rural Lancashire, at 1:30 p.m.; and Gillo Pontecorvoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle of Algiers,â&#x20AC;? about the historic conflict between the French colonials and Algerian rebels, at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Musical Summer at TenleyFriendshipâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story,â&#x20AC;? starring Natalie Wood. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225.

Discussion â&#x2013; Michael K. Kellogg will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greek Search for Wisdom.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kung Fu Fridaysâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fearless,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rebel,â&#x20AC;? at 9:30 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Performance â&#x2013;  Bellydance Evolution will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Side of the Crown,â&#x20AC;? blending Eastern and Western dance in a tale of murder and deceit. 8 p.m. $35 to $39. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. Special event â&#x2013;  Restoration Church will sponsor a party at Turtle Park with free snow cones, moon bounces, face painting, popcorn, hot dogs and music. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Friendship Recreation Center, 45th and Van Ness streets NW. 28 Saturday, SaturdayJulyjuly 28 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about iconic baseball player Babe Ruth and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Christine Saladino of Tranquil Space will lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Namaste at the Corcoran,â&#x20AC;? followed by healthy breakfast treats prepared by Todd Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muse at the Corcoran. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $25; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Independent textile conservator Midori Sato will lead a workshop â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kimono Care and Display.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $75. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Johari Rashad will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Federal Resume and Job Search Workshop.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, 914 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-543-1344. Concerts â&#x2013;  Members of the Southend on Sea Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choir of Essex, England, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Saturday, july 28 â&#x2013; Discussion: Tana French will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broken Harbor.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

â&#x2013; Jazz @ Wesley will feature saxophonist Fred Foss, bassist Herman Bernie, pianist Wade Beach and drummer Harold Summey. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-4233337. Discussion â&#x2013;  Gregory K. Hunt, founding dean of the Marywood University School of Architecture, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mid-Century Modernâ&#x20AC;? and explain how open floor plans, expansive picture windows and other modernist elements changed domestic life in the mid-20th century. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will

Special events â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drink the District: Beer Editionâ&#x20AC;? will feature more than 40 craft beers made by Flying Dog, Magic Hat, Ommegang, New Belgium and other breweries. Noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. $30 per session in advance; $40 on the day of the event. 500 New York Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and other sponsors will celebrate National Dance Day, an event designed to encourage all forms of dance as physical exercise and an art form. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Mall near 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The 2012 Citi Open tennis tournament will feature Mardy Fish, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kevin Anderson, Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey, among others. 10 a.m. $10 to $80. William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW.

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202-397-7328. The tournament will continue through Aug. 5 at various times. â&#x2013; D.C. United will play Paris SaintGermain. 7:30 p.m. $38 to $75. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. 29 Sunday, SundayJulyjuly 29 Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Britten. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington International Piano Festival will present a showcase of competition prizewinners, at 6:30 p.m.; and a performance by Aaron Diehl (shown), the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association, at 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Rome School of Music, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  The 2012 Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frederick the Great,â&#x20AC;? featuring Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute, Joseph Gascho on harpsichord and Gozde Yasar on baroque cello. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25; free for ages 18 and younger. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 118 3rd St. NW. 202-543-0053. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Adam Davies will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Let Us Now Praise See Events/Page 22





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Continued From Page 21 Famous Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Examining the Work of James Agee and Walker Evans.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; The Washington International Piano Festival will present a lecture by Seymour Bernstein on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pedaling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Soul of the Piano.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Rome School of Music, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Scott Wallace will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Uncontacted Tribes.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Philip Kaufmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1988 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unbearable Lightness of Being,â&#x20AC;? starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche. A talk by Columbia University professor Annette Insdorf, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Philip Kaufman,â&#x20AC;? will precede the screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  Mike Daisey will present a one-night workshop production of his latest piece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orient Express (Or, the Value of

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Monday, july 30 â&#x2013; Film: The Screen on the Green festival will feature the 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Here to Eternity,â&#x20AC;? starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Deborah Kerr. 8 p.m. Free. National Mall between 8th and 14th streets.

Monday july 30 Concerts â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will feature The Orioles. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Students from the Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Children of the Gospel Summer Vocal Workshop will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Blue Pinto and East Paw. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Swami Anubhavananda will discuss


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Concerts â&#x2013; The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Crooked Landing. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a doo-wop performance by The Jewels. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade

Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the early-music ensemble Countertop Quartet. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Two bands comprised of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employees will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington International Piano Festival will present a showcase of prizewinners, at 6:45 p.m.; and a performance by pianists Ivo Kaltchev and Chongxiao Liu, at 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Rome School of Music, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7372300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Washington International Piano Festival will present a lecture by Atsuko Okada on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Performing Scriabinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music: How to Achieve Scriabinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Distinctive Sound.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Rome School of Music, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Pauline Chen will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red Chamber.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  The National Black Church Initiative and the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud will present a seminar on how to protect yourself from the threat of home improvement fraud. 6 p.m. Free. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 5101 4th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Eric Laursen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  Geoscientist Patrick Russell will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remote Sensing: Seeing More Than Meets the Eye.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  David Crist will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twilight War: The Secret History of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will host a screening of Robert Greenwaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Koch Brothers Exposed.â&#x20AC;? Buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m.; film at 12:15 p.m. $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Favorite Food Moviesâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julie & Julia,â&#x20AC;? which tells the story of Julia Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start in the cooking profession intertwined with blogger Julie Powellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first book. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular movie series will show Eddie Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harlem Nights,â&#x20AC;? co-starring

Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and Della Reese. 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1

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Concerts â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talent show featuring employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sea Chanters will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-2525. â&#x2013;  Czech pianist Alice FiedlerovĂĄ will perform works by Smetana, NovĂĄk and Chopin. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington International Piano Festival will present a showcase of prizewinners, at 6:45 p.m.; and a performance by JosĂŠ Feghali, gold medalist at the 7th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, at 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Rome School of Music, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature the pop-rock band Hand Painted Swinger. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  David Crist will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twilight War: The Secret History of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Amor Towles will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rules of Civility.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Performance â&#x2013;  Director Joan Vail Thorne and actors Kathleen Chalfant, Mary Beth Peil and Tamara Tunie will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;History Matters/Back to the Future,â&#x20AC;? a concert reading of scenes from plays by celebrated women writers including ZoĂŤ Akins, Rachel Crothers, Edna Ferber, Angelina GrimkĂŠ, Lillian Hellman, Fay Kanan and Edith Wharton. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. Special event â&#x2013;  Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, a Columbia Heights vegan bakery and cafe, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taco Nightâ&#x20AC;? as part of a series of Wednesday night suppers featuring organic ingredients from local farmers markets. 6:45 and 8 p.m. $28; reservations required. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, 1370 Park Road NW. 202-299-9700.


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Sackler exhibition features Mughal, Persian paintings


orlds Within Worlds: Imperial On exhibit Paintings From India and Iran,â&#x20AC;? featuring Mughal and exhibit will continue through Aug. 25. Persian paintings and manuscripts from the 16th and 17th centuries, will open Saturday at Located at 2030 8th St. NW, the gallery is the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and continue open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 16. 202-262-5468. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Material Power: Pure Metal,â&#x20AC;? presenting the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 sculpture, furniture and wall p.m. 202-633-1000. reliefs by Robert T. Cole, â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Kruger: Belief + opened last week at the Doubt,â&#x20AC;? a site-specific instalEleven Eleven Sculpture lation by Kruger that wraps Space, where it will continue the entire lower lobby of the through Oct. 6. Hirshhorn Museum and An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will Sculpture Garden with text, take place today from 5 to 8 will open Friday and continue p.m. through December 2014. David DiMicheleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 Located at 1111 Located at Independence work â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holes and Lightâ&#x20AC;? is Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the Avenue and 7th Street SW, space is open Monday part of a group show at the museum is open daily through Friday from 8 a.m. to Randall Scott Projects. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 202-783-2963. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;All My Friends Are Painters,â&#x20AC;? a group â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Untitled No. 2,â&#x20AC;? a group show of diverse works, will open Friday with a reception from show of works by eight painters curated by Dan Treado, opened last week at Addison/ 6 to 8 p.m. at Randall Scott Projects. The

Ripley Fine Art and will continue through Aug. 31. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-338-5180. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Refresh IIâ&#x20AC;? opened last week at Long View Gallery, featuring some of the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite artists, as well as new guests. The show will continue through Aug. 19. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duets,â&#x20AC;? featuring collaborative mixedmedia works by MG Stout and John Gascot, opened recently at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, where it will continue through Sept. 8. Located at 1318 U St. NW, the center is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-682-2245. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citified,â&#x20AC;? a mural installation by the Albus Cavus collective, recently went on display at the corner of 13th and W streets SE and will remain on view through Sept. 30.

The Arther M. Sacklerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new exhibit includes this painting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emperor Jahangir Embracing Shah â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Abbas of Persia,â&#x20AC;? from the Saint Petersburg Album.

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AU,” she said. Once work starts, Barber said, the Corps will post weekly updates on the project website, which can be found at A Corps spokesperson said that if “unexpected contamination beyond the 4825 Glenbrook Road property is found, it will be addressed appropriately.” In an interview after last week’s meeting, Noble said the Corps has made no progress on getting access

to a property in the 3700 block of Fordham Road, where evidence suggests there may be another burial pit. He said the city government and the Environmental Protection Agency are looking at how to help the Corps gain access. Noble said the site is probably not currently hazardous, as the soil acts as a physical barrier. But the contents of the possible pit could be uncovered unintentionally in the future, causing a real danger.

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controversial proposal to build a baseball stadium just off South Capitol Street, largely with public dollars. Amid skepticism over the ever-rising cost estimates, the Nats promised a series of benefits to the city. The stadium opened in 2008, but it took much longer to engineer a complicated land swap that will allow the academy to be built in a national park. The National Park Service, which oversees Fort Dupont, had to transfer jurisdiction to the District, which then had to lease the land to the Nationals Dream Foundation, the charitable arm of the team. “It took a long time, more than anybody imagined, to get the land from the National Park Service to convey to the city, and then to lease it from the city,” McCarthy said. “It turned into a four-year process.” The academy is one of three “cornerstone initiatives” of the Dream Foundation, run by members of the Lerner family, which owns the team. The second is a Nationals Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex that will open this year at the Children’s National Medical Center, offering a “multidisciplinary approach” and supporting families. The third program started as a “Neighborhood Initiative” of grants to local nonprofits in the immediate area around the stadium in Southeast and Southwest Washington. Tutoring and Little League programs, as well as community groups, have already benefited. But the initiative now has a larger focus, McCarthy said. For example, the foundation last year opened the “Miracle Field,” designed to allow children with physical and mental disabilities to play baseball, at Montgomery County’s South Germantown Recreational Park.

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Their ranks include students, professionals and retirees; longtime residents and new arrivals to the city; established community activists and those who’ve never met their neighborhood commissioner. Some former commissioners are also running for the seats they’ve held previously. “I’m retiring from the full-time practice of law next year and want to use my new-found time in helping to keep our community livable, safe, informed, and involved,” Chevy Chase resident Randall Speck wrote in an email. His single-member district representative, Peggy Sewell, is stepping down from her commission, “and it would be a dereliction of our civic responsibility if we did not fill that position with someone who will act on behalf of the neighborhood.” Many candidates also pointed to particular topics that attracted them to seek an advisory neighborhood commission seat. Across the city, parking, transportation and safety issues have long come up as top

concerns; this year, several also cited questions about the reliability of Pepco’s electrical service as a factor driving them to seek public office. Others have said they represent a constituency that’s currently missing from their neighborhood commission. For example, several said they’re apartment-dwellers whose commissioners have mainly been homeowners; some are students or other young people whose commissioners have been older longtime residents. Dupont Circle resident Stephanie Maltz said she’s running, in part, because her nine-member advisory neighborhood commission is now made up entirely of men. “I think it is important that the members of the ANC are representative of the community,” she wrote in an email. None of the challengers who responded to The Current said they were running specifically to oust the incumbent. Some nonetheless said their incumbent commissioners didn’t proactively address some issues, or didn’t offer the expected level of constituent services.

“I have not had any specific complaints regarding the incumbent,” wrote Palisades resident Jameson Freeman, who is looking to challenge W. Philip Thomas. “I do however feel that he has not been particularly visible or accessible. I would be a more visible, more accessible advocate for the neighborhood’s needs, and plan on making that clear to my fellow residents.” In an email, Thomas wrote that he has a record of accomplishments at the commission, and said he “will continue to work with my neighbors to bring results to our community.” Candidates for an advisory neighborhood commission seat must be registered to vote in the District, must have continuously resided in the single-member district in which they’re running for at least 60 days immediately before they file as a candidate, and hold no other elected public office. Visit for a regularly updated list of residents who have so far picked up petitions to run for office.




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Department representatives will be on hand to field questions and note any community concerns. In another West End construction project, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority resumed work on a water main under M Street July 9, after the authority secured permission to work during the morning rush hour. Plans stalled for several weeks after neighbors complained about construction noise from overnight work, which the authority had cho-

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“They’re actually pretty good neighbors — they mow and they shovel snow and things like that,” said Tope. “I have very minimal interaction with them; they keep to themselves and don’t really participate in the community,” Tope added. “They’re just kind of there.” Tope said he’s never heard of a parking or traffic issue attributed to the chancery center, and he noted that Secret Service officers patrolling the area improve public safety in the community as well. “The weakness is that it’s not a vibrant area,” Tope said. Although embassy workers will sometimes go out to lunch at nearby restaurants, “there aren’t a lot of people walking around.” The layout and density of the Walter Reed site remain in flux, based on historic preservation and environmental issues and on interest from foreign governments, said Kennedy. The department’s plan is to subdivide the site to accommodate governments that would reuse an existing building or build something new. Depending on the size of the buildings governments propose for Walter Reed, the 43.5-acre parcel could accommodate fewer than 15 indi-

vidual projects or more than 20, he said. The governments that have said they might be interested in space at Walter Reed are dissatisfied with their current sites, according to Kennedy. Some have outgrown small buildings; others lease space in a larger building and want a facility with a more distinctive character. He emphasized, though, that development is still many years out. Even completing the planning process could take up to two years, and each foreign government then has to go through its own internal approval process to select a site and design for its embassy. Proposals will also be subject to approval from the District’s Foreign Missions Board of Zoning Adjustment to ensure compliance with local zoning and historic preservation standards. It took 20 years, said Kennedy, for the Van Ness space to be fully developed — “which is one of the reasons that we’re here tonight, which is that Van Ness is now full.” The State Department is accepting comments through Aug. 10 by email at or by mail to Project Manager, Department of State, A/OPR/RPM, HST Room 1264, Washington D.C. 20520.

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major real estate development association agreed to support a minor change to the federal law, which now generally limits building height to the width of the street plus 10 feet in residential areas (up to 90 feet), and street width plus 20 feet in commercial areas (up to 130 feet). Under that law, only mechanical equipment, like elevator shafts and air conditioning units, can extend up to 18 feet above the maximum height. The same law limits the visibility of such utilitarian structures by requiring them to be set back from the roof edge by a distance equal to their height. “Architectural embellishments” like towers and domes are also exempt from the height act limits. Now consensus seems to be developing around a minor change that would also allow rooftop structures that support “human occupancy” — for example, cafes, lounges, enclosed swimming pools or community rooms — to also exceed the height limit as long as they meet the same size and setback requirements. D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning, who said she was testifying for Mayor Vincent Gray,

said the “modest proposed change” would have “no real impact on the overall maximum heights of the buildings … and will not impact the District’s recognizable and historic skyline.” But “penthouse occupancy,” as she put it, would attract new tenants, make neighborhoods more “vibrant,” and bring in tax dollars. Christopher Collins, counsel to the D.C. Building Industry Association, said his organization of developers, contractors, architects and engineers had discussed the height act and — surprisingly — is not pushing for changes beyond the human occupancy proposal. But Collins said trade group members agreed that lifting that restriction for rooftop structures is “a practical approach” that will expand uses for rooftops without harming the District’s skyline. Still, Collins said, rooftop additions are not possible on every building — only on larger buildings where existing mechanical equipment doesn’t take up all the usable space. Another witness, architecture professor and commentator Roger Lewis, said the century-old height limits are “inappropriate and unnecessarily constraining” in some parts

of the city outside downtown and the monumental core. He mentioned the redeveloping Southwest quadrant and the Anacostia waterfront, as well as sites near Metro stations, as meriting additional study. But Lewis said a citywide, siteby-site study is needed before any limits are lifted, and urged against “piecemeal rezoning. … The only prudent way to do this is to look at topography, solar orientation, views and vistas, proximity to parks and open spaces, as well as Metro access,” he said. Marcel Acosta, executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission, offered his agency to do that study, along with the city’s Office of Planning. But he also cautioned that the height act, while crafted to address fire safety and other public health concerns, has played a beneficial role in keeping new development from being concentrated in a few extraordinarily tall buildings, and in spreading construction dollars around the city. Natwar Gandhi, the District’s chief financial officer, attacked the issue from a different perspective — money. Gandhi said it’s clear the height act constrains development, so loosening it would accommodate

new residents and businesses, bringing in more tax revenue. “Increasing the District’s development capacity by allowing taller and denser buildings is a policy response to our limited land area and limited tax base,” he testified. But Laura Richards of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, a citizens planning group, said loosening the height act is not necessary to achieve those goals. Richards said many parts of the city have plenty of capacity for growth within existing height limits, and noted that development outside downtown has in part been spurred by the limits on growth there. She also scoffed at the idea that taller buildings would allow more affordable housing. Richards noted that recent developments downtown and elsewhere have yielded mostly luxury housing, and noted that “high-rise housing is the most expensive to build and maintain.” Even the minor rooftop changes that the congressional panel is considering, Richards said, would produce “visual clutter” and set a precedent for more piecemeal changes. “There is no public sentiment among residents for going higher,” she said. “Residents want a horizontal city.”

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The hotel will be built around an existing church. Kathleen Turner comes to Arena Stage for ‘Red Hot Patriot’ Advocates Howard Bray and Kent...

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