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Serving Foggy Bottom & the West End Vol. VI, No. 41

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Foggy Bottom Current

ANC won’t fight West End hotel

Embassy paving might intrude on public land

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■ Diplomacy: DDOT will

By BRADY HOLT

investigate possible violation

Current Staff Writer

Despite commissioners’ disappointment with plans for a new hotel at 22nd and M streets, the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission voted last week not to oppose the project — provided developers meet nearly three pages of conditions. The commission’s resolution covers the design of the proposed Hilton Garden Inn and its construction and traffic management plans, and specifies how developers should spend more than $200,000 budgeted for community amenities. OTO Development secured Zoning Commission approval in 2008 for a boutique hotel at 2201 M St. under the “1 Hotel” label. The Spartanburg, S.C.-based firm is now seeking that panel’s OK on various changes — including design revisions and a switch to the Hilton Garden Inn brand — to make its concept more economically viable. As now proposed, the 10-story, 238room Hilton Garden Inn would have a main entrance on 22nd Street See Hotel/Page 21

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The District government is investigating the Republic of Congo’s possible incursion onto city-owned public space in front of its newly purchased embassy in Dupont Circle, officials said. According to neighbors, the embassy earlier this month removed three mature trees and paved over its fenced-in front lawn at 16th and Riggs streets. Along 16th Street, the

16th Street condo project nets preliminary approval ■ Development: ANC still

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plans to weigh in on parking

National Park Service rangers conducted guided tours of Rock Creek Park during Saturday’s celebration marking the park’s 121st anniversary. The event also featured service projects and a nature and health fair.

By CHRIS KAIN and DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writers

New mural pays tribute to Dupont’s history By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Stumble onto 1914 Sunderland Place NW, and you’ll find a giant window into the past. Artist Peter Waddell and a fleet of assistants have spent the past month transforming a side of an office building into a colorful tribute to the bygone days of Dupont Circle. The mural, which was funded by the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, features a curtain that opens theatrically to reveal a vast green pasture interrupted by two Dupont Circle mansions. Waddell chose the curtains because “When I was little, I was

NEWS ■ Kosher caterer sets up at Adas Israel Congregation. Page 4. ■ Preservation issues stall Walmart construction. Page 3.

District owns a wide easement that covers most buildings’ entire front yards, overseen by the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Public Space Committee. “DDOT is aware of these issues and has performed a site visit, including photos documenting the entire public space,” agency spokesperson John Lisle wrote in an email. “We are reviewing the inspection results to determine what public space violations may have occurred.” Neighbors, including members of the Dupont Circle Conservancy group, say it’s very clear. “The See Embassy/Page 7

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Peter Waddell is working on a mural in Dupont Circle.

obsessed with theater,” he said. He decided to zero in on the neighborhood’s first buildings to communicate a sense of history. “It seems to pay homage to the architecture of the era,” he said. “I want-

ed to give a sense of what was before.” The mural includes images of the British Legation and Stewart’s Castle, two of the neighborhood’s earliest architectural masterpieces — both of which were demolished many years ago. “I love it. It brings life to a flat red wall,” said Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein. “It is joyful and optimistic, much like its creator.” Parent Patricia Lawson said the mural has been an eye-opener for her 4-year-old son, Skylar. “We walk by that mural every day,” she said. “He likes watching the progress.” See Mural/Page 7

EVENTS ■ Gallery exhibition looks at images of identity. Page 27. ■ Arena offering brings books clubs to local stage. Page 27.

The D.C. Zoning Commission voted Monday to give tentative approval to Il Palazzo, a 110- to 135-unit condominium project proposed for the 16th Street site of the former Italian Embassy. Though traffic and parking issues dominated a Sept. 8 public hearing, the commission’s brief discussion this week focused on another concern: the potential for future development on the parcel of the Scottish Rite temple to the north, which could shut off light and air for six Il Palazzo units with their only windows near the property line. “I sympathize with the unsuspecting condo buyer,” said commissioner Konrad Schlater. “If it were to happen, I think it would be our responsibility.” Commissioners noted, however, that architects pushed the Il Palazzo project near the property line in order to balance costly historic pres-

PASSAGES Calendar shows off Dupont Circle seniors. Page 13. ■ ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ scribe drops by Field School. Page 13. ■

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The converted embassy would contain over 100 condo units.

ervation concerns — particularly an insistence on minimizing the impact on the former embassy itself — with the need to keep the project financially feasible. At the earlier hearing, representatives from the D.C. Office of Planning said the proximity of the two parcels was typical for an urban setting. In the end, zoning commissioners asked Valor Development, owner of the property at 2700 16th St., to look at the issue again and seek to find a solution. Commissioner Peter May, who first raised the concern about the See Palazzo/Page 17

INDEX Business/4 Calendar/22 Classifieds/33 District Digest/5 Foggy Bottom News/11 Exhibits/27 In Your Neighborhood/20

Opinion/8 Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/19 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/29 Theater/27


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Landmark nomination stalls Architect scales back project at 14th, Wallach work at Ward 4 Walmart site By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A controversial landmark nomination for a century-old Georgia Avenue car barn won unanimous support Monday from the Brightwood advisory neighborhood commission, adding fuel to the fight over one of the District’s first Walmart stores. Work on the site has been halted until the Historic Preservation Review Board acts on the nomination Oct. 27. Meanwhile, the last-minute landmark application filed Sept. 9 by the Brightwood Neighborhood Preservation Association — after workers dismantled the roof of the car barn — is causing some heartburn for the D.C. Preservation League. That citywide preservation group actually wrote the landmark nomination four years ago, when a different project was planned for the Georgia Avenue site. “We wrote it, and they put their name on it,” said Rebecca Miller, executive director of the league. For the current project, “DCPL was not consulted and did not authorize the use of the draft landmark nomination,” she said. “They just whited out our name.” “DCPL did the initial work, but did not file,” said Andrea Ferster, attorney for the Brightwood group. “They’re a sophisticated organization with legal counsel, and they shared it with me without any written restriction on any subsequent use.” Baruti Jahi, a leader of the Brightwood group, said Tuesday that it is now hiring its own historian to redo the application. “It will be redone and resubmitted, with more historical documentation,

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The car barn was built in 1909 for Georgia Avenue streetcars.

within a month,” he told The Current. The Brightwood preservation group was incorporated with three members days before filing the application on Sept. 9, Jahi said. The group hastily organized after developer Foulger-Pratt began dismantling the car barn’s roof beams and then filed for permits to demolish it and two other structures on the site. “The car barn is historic, but Walmart is the larger issue,” Jahi said. “We have to find something we can hold onto to stop them from thinking they can step all over Ward 4 residents.” Jahi is also active in Ward 4 Thrives, a community group that has been fighting the superstore’s move into the ward. City preservation officials say they are processing the landmark nomination routinely. After it was submitted, they notified building regulators to put a hold on any permits because the Walmart site is “considered a historic landmark temporarily,” until the city preservation board hears the case. See Walmart/Page 16

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 28

The Mayor’s Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs will hold a Public Safety Open House featuring members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit and representatives of the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Edna Frazier Cromwell Community Room at the Reeves Building, 2000 14th St. NW. ■ The Mayor’s Health Reform Implementation Committee will hold a Ward 4 community dialogue on the future of health care in the District. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

The Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority Committee will hold a forum to discuss reuse of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus now that the District is slated to receive an additional five acres. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Ohev Sholom — the National Synagogue, 1600 Jonquil St. NW. To register, visit americaspeaks.org/wramcreuseplan.org.

Thursday, Oct. 13

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a public hearing on proposed bus service changes, including updating schedules to reflect current road conditions and traffic patterns; increasing the frequency of bus departures in high-demand corridors; extending select routes to improve connectivity and access to local designations; and realigning underperforming routes. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW.

A seven-story residential and retail building proposed for 14th Street and Wallach Place that aroused fierce opposition from some residents in July won quick approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board last week, but only after the developer made some design revisions that seemed to allay the critics’ concerns. Increased setbacks and more delicate facade plans won so much support that the board put the proposal by architect Eric Colbert on its consent calendar last Thursday, granting concept approval without any debate. The original proposal by Level 2 Development for the corner lot — now occupied by a single-story Chinese carryout — alarmed a group of Wallach Place residents, who prize their single block of historic two-story row houses. They feared their homes would be lost in shadow, and that the sheer mass of the new building would be out of character. But responding to that criticism and following recommendations of the review board, Colbert

revised the design to set back the top floors from Wallach Place without reducing the overall height. He said he could relocate a rooftop penthouse to the middle of the building to reduce its visibility, and also reduce the scale of several projections along 14th Street. “With slight reductions in the building mass and use of different architectural vocabularies, the weight of the building is broken down into smaller scaled elements that will coexist much more compatibly with the surrounding smaller historic buildings,” preservation planner Steve Callcott wrote in his report to the board. He suggested that Colbert continue to refine the design of the ground-floor storefronts and details of the building’s facade. Board member Elinor Bacon praised the development team. “They really listened, and came back with good changes. It will be a great project for the 14th Street corridor,” she said. Colbert, who has designed numerous buildings on the still-developing corridor, said the revisions will result in a loss of about 3,000 square feet of floor space, or 4 percent of the original plan.

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the Jewish community for upscale catered events,” said Rosenfeld Azachi. “We’re a full-service kosher caterer.” So along with Yarden’s responsibilities at Adas, which range from dinners for committee meetings with as few as 15 people to monthly “YP@AI” dinners for 300 young professionals, Yarden is available for weddings, b’nai mitzvah and corporate events. “We can do everything from the food to décor — all your rentals, all your service,” said Rosenfeld Azachi. “We do custom menus for every event.” Rosenfeld Azachi, who has a kosher home in Potomac, said she started the company because she found a dearth of full-service kosher caterers in the area. “The difference that we’re trying to express to the community is because of my background … we can offer the full service,” she said. “We have relationships with other vendors like florists and entertainers.” Rosenfeld Azachi’s background involves more than 20 years work-

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ing in catering and events, most recently as a travel director, accompanying companies on the road to manage food and drinks — or other details — of meetings or conventions. For Adas, that experience was appealing, meaning Yarden could handle the volume of activity but also “provide the lovely presentation that our members have come to expect,” said Golen. She said the congregation was also looking for a caterer to bridge the gap between “traditional Jewish cooking … and the 21st-century trend toward fresh and healthy foods.” For more information, visit yardencatering.com.

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District Digest Dupont project clears preservation board

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan for a nine-story apartment development on its lot facing 17th Street is progressing through the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complex review process, with opposition from East Dupont residents apparently easing. Last Thursday the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board approved the plans in concept, a week after the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission voted unanimous support for the required zoning changes. The project is designed to create revenue to help maintain the historic church, which fronts on 16th Street and offers day care and other services to the community, and some residents say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pleased at the prospect of new rental housing in the neighborhood. Developer Keener-Squireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan would create 228 units on the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot, under a long-term lease. At the preservation board hearing, staff reviewer Steve Callcott said the contemporary design by architect Eric Colbert would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;evocativeâ&#x20AC;? of early-20th-century buildings across 17th Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boston House and Bay State are the genesis for this design, but this has a better sense of scale,â&#x20AC;? he said. Only one resident spoke in opposition. Bonnie Wachtel, who lives in the Boston House, said her biggest concern is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the view from my apartment. I have a beautiful window view of a beautiful church, but these projections really clutter the view.â&#x20AC;? But board member Pamela Scott called the Colbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design â&#x20AC;&#x153;elegant.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are taking a cue from the Boston House, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly the right approach,â&#x20AC;? said member

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Police arrest two in fatal robbery attempt

One Northwest man is dead and two others are in custody after a failed robbery of an armored car outside CVS Pharmacy in the 6500 block of Georgia Avenue NW last week, according to a filing by prosecutors in U.S. District Court. Three men â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two of them armed with guns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; approached the Garda armored car in the CVS parking lot at about 10:50 a.m. Sept. 21, and exchanged gunfire with the truckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guard, according to a filing in U.S. District Court. One of the men was shot and all three ran away, the filing states. Near the CVS, police arrested Darnell Crews, 26, and Anthony James, 21, both of the 800 block of Butternut Street in Brightwood, and charged them with attempted armored car robbery in connection with the Sept. 21 incident, according to the filing. Police believe another Northwest man â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kirk Anthony Dean, 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was the third suspect, the filing states; Dean died of gunshot wounds after he was dropped off at Washington Hospital Center.

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Burglary â&#x2013;  4800 block, Alton Place; residence; 7:45 a.m. Sept. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 4:30 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; medical facility; 8 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  4800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:45 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  5100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office; 1 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Veazey St.; street; 3:30 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  41st Place and Livingston Street; street; 1 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  4400 block, River Road; street; 12:05 p.m. Sept. 23.

psa PSA 203

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â&#x2013;  forest hills / van ness

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Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3500 block, Davenport St.; street; 7 a.m. Sept. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4700 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 24.

psa 204

â&#x2013;  Massachusetts avenue

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Woodley Place; sidewalk; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 25. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Porter St.; sidewalk; 11:15 a.m. Sept. 22. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 9:08 a.m. Sept. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  3000 block, Rodman St.; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 22. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  29th Place and Garfield Street; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 7:45 a.m. Sept. 24. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Cleveland Ave.; residence; 12:15 p.m. Sept. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Bellevue Terrace; residence; 10 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Rodman St.; residence; 9 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, 39th St.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 8:45 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Porter St.; street; 6:38 a.m. Sept. 23.

â&#x2013;  3000 block, Porter St.; street; 7 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Hawthorne Street; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Porter St.; alley; 10 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23.

psa PSA 206

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â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  3200 block, N St.; alley; 1:22 a.m. Sept. 25. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 37th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  1300 block, 35th St.; residence; 2:05 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  3200 block, S St.; residence; 6:15 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Volta Place; residence; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, 30th St.; street; 6 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  3100 block, P St.; parking lot; 6 a.m. Sept. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 6:35 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 7:55 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 8:20 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; noon Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 1:28 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:10 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; 5:38 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Prospect St.; university; 11 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:03 a.m. Sept. 24. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 34th St.; street; 2 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  2400 block, P St.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; bank; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  31st and Dumbarton streets; street; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

psa PSA 207

207

â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  22nd and I streets; bank; 5:15 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; construction site; 12:51 p.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Virginia Ave.; street; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 25.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 8:15 a.m. Sept. 20. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restau-

rant; 6 a.m. Sept. 22. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 2:41 a.m. Sept. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Bancroft Place; street; 10:15 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; restaurant; 2:40 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; tavern; 2 a.m. Sept. 24. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:50 a.m. Sept. 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, S St.; residence; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; tavern; 7 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; residence; 3 a.m. Sept. 21. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; street; 6 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 10 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, M St.; office building; 1 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; office building; 3:10 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 7:50 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; store; 9:33 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; school; 3:40 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  2000 block, S St.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; street; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; sidewalk; 9:45 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 5 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  1700 block, H St.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 6:45 a.m. Sept. 24. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Scott Circle; street; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, M St.; street; 11 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 4 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; street; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2100 block, O St.; street; 6:45 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 8:45 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  20th and M streets; street; 9:45 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; street; 2 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  20th and K streets; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; street; 9:05 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  1500 block, N St.; street; 9:50 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 20th St.; street; 12:01 p.m. Sept. 23.

â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; street; 10:45 a.m. Sept. 24. â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; street; 4:54 a.m. Sept. 25.

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Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. Sept. 21. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1900 block, Biltmore St.; street; 7 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; noon Sept. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; medical facility; 3:30 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 8 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ashmead Place; street; 6:30 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 24.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 10th St.; unspecified premises; 11:05 a.m. Sept. 23. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 11th St.; sidewalk; 5:07 a.m. Sept. 24. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1200 block, P St.; sidewalk; 6:30 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. Sept. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 5:40 a.m. Sept. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; residence; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, N St.; residence; 1 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 10:22 a.m. Sept. 22. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; restaurant; 5:05 a.m. Sept. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 9 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; hotel; 5 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; residence; 8:45 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1400 block, L St.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1300 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 11th St.; hotel; 2 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 9:40 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 14th St.; street; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21.


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Peter Adriance, who works nearby, said the burst of color is welcome change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You move from a blank wall to

something you can look at and appreciate every day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just adds character.â&#x20AC;? Waddell said the mural also adds a new dimension to his body of work. The artist, who typically paints minutely detailed images of architecture and interiors, said the

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entire front lawn, which is DC public space, has been removed and filled in with concrete giving it the appearance of a parking lot making it a visual blight among neighboring residences and other embassies,â&#x20AC;? Rauzia Ruhanna Ally, the conservancy groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president, wrote in a letter to U.S. State Department and D.C. officials. A State Department spokesperson, who asked not to be named, wrote in an email that Office of Foreign Missions officials have â&#x20AC;&#x153;met with the Ambassador of the Republic of the Congo, and formally reminded the Embassy of the Republic of Congo of their obligation to complyâ&#x20AC;? with D.C. law. Messages left with embassy staff were not returned. The Republic of Congo purchased the historic property, known as the Toutorsky Mansion, for $3.5 million in March. Because of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential zoning, the embassy was required to obtain approval from D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foreign Missions Board of Zoning Adjustment, which signed off on the Republic of Congoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to operate at 1720 16th St. earlier this year. The original application for the embassy included a circular driveway in the front yard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which neighbors and D.C. agencies

mural has been a stretch. Literally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel somehow as if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely physical,â&#x20AC;? he said of painting the multi-story mural. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m skinnier than I was. And my sense of balance has improved dramatically.â&#x20AC;? But most of all, Waddell said

opposed. Emily Eig, a historic preservation consultant retained by Congo, had suggested a compromise during the proceedings: a smaller driveway with a permeable surface. But in the face of continued opposition, Ambassador Serge Mombouli withdrew the plan for a driveway altogether and testified that the front lawn would be preserved, which Eig said she considered an even better outcome. The embassy sought â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and received â&#x20AC;&#x201D; permission only to install a flagpole in the public space. When she saw the work at the embassy, Eig said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was shocked because the [zoning boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] approval did not include any paving of the yard of the property.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The action to remove the trees and the green that was in public space without permission is very sad,â&#x20AC;? she added. Because no curb cuts or gates in the historic fence have been approved or constructed, cars have no access to the newly paved front yard. (During the zoning approval process, several concerns arose about parking in the yard and changes to the fence.) Even so, neighbors and city planners had also noted the importance of preserving greenery along 16th Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Congoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives] ignored everything they agreed to and destroyed what had been beautiful green space in our neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Jack Jacobson, an advisory neighborhood commis-

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heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleased to give back to his adopted city. The artist, who was born in Hastings on the east coast of New Zealand, came to Washington as a copyist in 1992. It was love at first sight. He became a U.S. citizen in 2002 and now resides in Woodley

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Neighbors say the Congolese Embassy removed grass and trees on D.C.-owned public space.

sioner who lives near the embassy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear what enforcement action the District could take if it does conclude a violation occurred. For violations on embassy property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; technically foreign soil â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs must ask the State Department to rectify the situation. In this case, however, the land and the trees are D.C.-owned; they merely abut the Congolese land. Lisle, the Transportation Department spokesperson, said his agency has successful-

Park. Waddell, who is currently an artist-in-residence at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Georgetown, said he hopes the mural is the first of many. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think amusing the public is a very high calling,â&#x20AC;? he said.

ly worked with the embassies of China and Kazakhstan to coordinate their installations in public space. Congo, too, worked with the District for permission to install its flagpole. In its letter, the Dupont Circle Conservancy asked the District and the State Department to compel Congo to tear out its new concrete and replant grass and trees there. The State Department spokesperson wrote that the Office on Foreign Missions is aware of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s examination of the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;OFM is currently awaiting the results of their review before determining what additional actions by the Department, if any, are warranted,â&#x20AC;? the spokesperson wrote. The spokesperson could not immediately say what type of action is possible in such a situation. During this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning hearings, the State Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cliff Seagroves and Ambassador Mombouli had alluded to the international significance of negotiations around a nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embassy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The governments of the Republic of Congo and the City of Brazzaville generously assisted with the zoning and land use needs associated with the construction of the newly opened U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville,â&#x20AC;? Seagroves testified, according a transcript of the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Such cooperation is essential for successfully achieving the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission for providing safe, secure and functional facilities.â&#x20AC;?

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Not just baby steps

When the D.C. Council held its first legislative meeting of the year, members introduced a wide array of measures aimed at seizing the mantle of ethics reform and beginning to rebuild the public’s shaken trust in the municipal government. There are some proposals worth serious consideration. In particular, we see merit in Ward 6 member Tommy Wells’ bill to prohibit lobbyists and corporations with city contracts from contributing to council constituent service funds — and to bar council members from accepting free or discounted legal representation from lawyers who lobby the full council. Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser proposes to limit — and require disclosure of — contributions to transition, inaugural and legal defense funds for the council and mayor. This is an excellent idea. A bill by Ward 3’s Mary Cheh would cut constituent services funds from $80,000 to $20,000; restrict campaign contributions from lobbyists and fundraisers, as well as their appointment to public office; and require public officials and applicants for grants or contracts to reveal in writing any personal or business relationship. Each bill seems to tackle ill-advised loopholes in the District’s current ethics framework. But they all seem to nip around the edges. Restoring credibility will indeed require many small steps — but a giant leap would be even more welcome. Council member Bowser, chair of the Committee on Government Operations, has the opportunity to advance the cause with the Oct. 12 and 26 public hearings she has planned for the many pending ethics measures. Lining up objective, outside experts to testify will be key. So will conducting extensive public outreach to constituencies throughout the District. We’d still like to see the council establish the blue-ribbon panel we suggested before the summer recess. Such a committee could study ethics policies in place in other jurisdictions and come up with a proposal for the District. But the most important thing is that the council pass a strong, bold ethics bill by the end of the year. If it can’t do that, the public’s confidence may hit new lows just as the campaign for the April 3 primary heats up.

An embassy eyesore

The historic character of 16th Street is one of the major reasons so many embassies are drawn to the corridor. That makes it all the more surprising that the Embassy of the Republic of Congo has detracted from the street’s unique look, with its consistent line of expansive city-owned green space. Specifically, the work under way at the Toutorsky Mansion at 1720 16th St. has included the removal of three mature trees in the front lawn — as well as the front lawn itself. In their place is a concrete pad that the Dupont Circle Conservancy correctly describes as a “visual blight.” Even on private property, this would be a serious affront to neighborhood aesthetics. But the front yard is not on private property — it’s on public space, and so the issue is about much more than appearance. The D.C. government and the U.S. State Department need to address these serious incursions, spelled out in a letter last week by the conservancy, and ensure that they are reversed. Thankfully, D.C. Department of Transportation officials have taken the initial step of documenting the public space in front of the new embassy. The inspection results are now under review. An agency spokesperson rightly pointed out the need to work with the State Department on the issue. But the need for diplomacy should not result in inaction. It would set a horrible precedent, and it would also leave in place a scar that detracts from neighboring properties and the corridor as a whole.

One of these things is not …

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e haven’t watched “Sesame Street” in a long time (the son is now 33), but we always liked the song that went “One of these things is not like the other; one of these things just doesn’t belong.” It’s an elementary way of getting children to associate and think critically. You have three pizzas and one chocolate cake; which doesn’t belong? It’s not a hard concept. And certainly adults should understand it, which brings us to the D.C. Council. There won’t be any Muppet versions of the members anytime soon, but maybe we can devise some simple games for the members. For Ward 5 member Harry Thomas, which one of these doesn’t belong as you repay $300,000 in city funds that had been intended for youth sporting activities? A. Government-paid tee time at Pebble Beach. B. A $68,000 Audi SUV. C. A $140 tab at Hooters. D. A moralizing speech you gave about how the city must raise income taxes on the wealthy to care for the poor and disadvantaged. For Council Chairman Kwame Brown, which one of these doesn’t belong when you repeatedly promise to be “open and transparent?” A. Refusing to release detailed accounts of your transition funds. B. Refusing to release detailed accounts of your inauguration funds. C. Blaming your brother for not explaining where tens of thousands of unaccounted-for dollars went in your 2008 at-large campaign. D. Calling for a secret meeting of council members last week and then calling police when reporters got wind of it and refused to leave the room. Well, actually, none of those belong under the banner of “open and transparent.” So that game is over. The game that’s not over is the one going on at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where investigators are looking into both Thomas’ and Brown’s personal and political finances. We don’t know how many innings it will take before U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen calls his game, but a lot of citizens want to know exactly how badly Brown and Thomas have played and if there will be

any penalties. ■ Well played. In the real world of sports, we’re happy to note that the Washington Nationals were roaring through the month of September with a 13-3 streak, including four-game sweeps of the Phillies and the Mets. It has been terrific to watch and read about, regardless of the outcome of the last few games in Florida. It has us even thinking about buying into a season package for next year. We did that the first few years but felt like we were attending too many games. Our NBC4 sports guys and Tom Boswell at The Washington Post are cautioning that seasonending bursts don’t necessarily foretell better days ahead. But we like to think they do, and that they’ll hold on at least through spring training and the early days of April. But for this sparkling September, we say, congrats to the Nats. ■ Well done. We admit we live in the city in part to avoid the horrendous suburban traffic nightmares that play out on the eights on WTOP 103.5 FM. One of the masters of the traffic mess each afternoon is the station’s Bob Marbourg. The good news comes that he has been named to the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio. Marbourg has been on the traffic beat since November 1979. He first reported on traffic from the air in a plane he flew. That wouldn’t go over so well in the “securicrat” world of today. But Marbourg has a clear voice and you can clearly tell when he’s aggravated by some of the notso-smart things motorists do. He doesn’t go easy on transportation departments or other government agencies that don’t respond quickly enough to wrecks and other traffic jams. We have to stop here. This item is about as long as a Marbourg traffic report. ■ It’s not a tax. It’s a fee. The Department of Motor Vehicles wants more of your money. As of Oct. 1, the fee for a duplicate driver’s license will increase from $7 to $20. The same goes for any change of address or duplicate registration card. And residential parking fees are jumping from $15 to $35 a year. But if you’re a senior citizen, the increase is just to $25. Enjoy that $10 savings, folks. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor Median work should be more thorough

The median upgrade project that has finally been initiated by the D.C. Department of Transportation on the north side of Dupont Circle between R and S streets is significantly less than what is needed to fully restore and enliven that highly visible urban space. What is being done is a classic example of poor governmental planning. The median’s planters and trees have likely been in place for about 50 years or so. The masonry walls have suffered breaks, lengthy cracks and other damage related to vehicles and weather factors. Yet the Department of Transportation is doing no masonry rehabilitation! The dete-

rioration of the walls will continue, and indeed quicken, due to the lack of repair. Further, the department plans for no electrical upgrades and access at the median. This means that there can be no holiday lighting of the trees and planters, as well as no use of electrical equipment in the routine maintenance of what plantings will occur, much less for use for repairs and upgrades. The planters, which run the length of the block, are the public space centerpieces for the many restaurants on both sides of the street. Their beautification and restoration could significantly boost the quality of the experience for their diners, as well as others visiting that area. Yet the District is only restoring water access, making metal-fencing restorations and then doing some plantings. What is occurring here should

be compared to the extensive upgrades that are occurring to the median areas on Connecticut Avenue south of Dupont Circle. New concrete median planters are being installed, and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is putting in electrical access to accommodate holiday lighting, maintenance and future repairs. The city’s Department of Transportation should take note. I certainly believe the area’s many stores and restaurants, along with the many thousands who pass along the stretch each day, deserve a fully restored physical space with proper landscaping and lighting. Given its current scope, the project will be only half-done. Mayor Gray should step up and see that the neighborhood gets the first-class project it deserves. Terry Lynch Executive director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations


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Walmart is wrong solution for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;food desertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; VIEWPOINT mo-yain tham

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almart proclaims itself the salvation of urban â&#x20AC;&#x153;food deserts,â&#x20AC;? saying it is able to provide healthy and affordable food in a comprehensive one-stop shopping site. It is targeting East New York in New York City and four wards in D.C., claiming these â&#x20AC;&#x153;food desertsâ&#x20AC;? can benefit by Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence. What does it mean to live in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;food desertâ&#x20AC;?? I had to step back and think about what a real desert means. The Free Dictionary defines deserts as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;barren or desolate area, especially â&#x20AC;Ś a dry, often sandy region of little rainfall, extreme temperatures, and sparse vegetation.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve driven through deserts, and their immensity is impressive and the sense of lack oppressive. Until one hits an oasis. I visited an oasis that supported a date plantation when I traveled in the United Arab Emirates. There were more than 42 different varieties of palm dates. Before their wealth came from oil, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natives cultivated these dates naturally found in the oasis and traded them. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, we apply the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;food desertâ&#x20AC;? to urban or rural areas with limited access to a supermarket or large grocery store, whether due to availability of the stores or limited means of transportation. Walmart claims the four D.C. wards it is targeting fall under the label â&#x20AC;&#x153;food desertâ&#x20AC;? even though none of them appears in a recent Food Desert Locator published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I was surprised to see that East New York also did not appear in this locator. I am personally interested in East New York. I spent long days and nights organizing around the neighborhood with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, encountering its cracked sidewalks, crack houses and equally fractured families. This neighborhood on the edge of Brooklyn has suffered from high crime rates for many years, and more than half of its residents live below the poverty line. East New York is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;desertâ&#x20AC;? in many sig-

Letters to the Editor City should create more tax brackets

It is indeed gratifying that the D.C. Council voted last week to solidify the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget with higher income taxes on those best able to afford them. In creating a higher tax bracket for those earning more than $350,000 in taxable income, the council endorses the important principle of progressive taxation, at least for four years. Despite this step forward, the District continues to have an extremely skewed income tax code that bears little relation to income distribution in our city. We assess a 4 percent tax on those who make up to $10,000 of taxable income, an onerous burden on the extremely poor. We also assess a 6 percent tax on taxable income between $10,001 and $40,000, although this tax bracket spans the extremely

nificant ways. I contacted Shelly Ver Ploeng, the economist who developed the Agriculture Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Desert Locator, to ask her to explain the methodology. She replied that the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definition had two criteria: first, a high poverty rate or relatively low median income; and second, a significant number of residents living more than one mile away from a supermarket. When pressed further, Ver Ploeng explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The term â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;food desertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is not one that has been standardized or measured consistently over time, so there is a lot of room for different definitions and takes on the issue.â&#x20AC;? Which is why in other studies, East New York and D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wards 4 and 7 qualify as a food deserts. In East New York, the closest food option tends to have poorly stocked produce sections. Ward 7 has one of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest poverty rates and only four full-service grocery stores. For Ward 4, there are only two full-service supermarkets for a population of more than 74,000. Access to these stores may be difficult if one does not have a car or live along the main arteries in order to use public transportation. If D.C. is to accept Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premise that these four wards are food deserts, then has D.C. considered looking at what an â&#x20AC;&#x153;oasisâ&#x20AC;? in each ward could offer? For Ward 4, why not consider an Essex Street/ Eastern Market model for the car barn where local shops can sell affordable produce and offer retail space for other items? Essex Street Market in New York City was introduced for that reason, to counter the reality of a food desert in the Lower East Side. It houses small grocers that carry fresh and affordable produce. Better yet, why not ask each of the wards what residents there want to enhance their communities and address the shortage of good food and jobs? D.C. tends to follow, not lead, when it comes to trends. It leaves innovation and creativity to occur in other cities, and jumps on board when something proves popular. Could the District, for once, be an innovator and not a follower of trends (the invasion of urban markets by big-box stores) by nurturing these locally produced â&#x20AC;&#x153;datesâ&#x20AC;? and creating something D.C. can call its own? Mo-Yain Tham is a resident of Ward 4.

poor and the solidly middle class. The next tax bracket of 8.5 percent is assessed on taxable income between $40,001 and $350,000, a tax bracket that spans the solidly middle class and the extremely wealthy. The proposed new tax bracket is estimated to affect only about 6,000 people making over $350,000 in taxable income, less than 2 percent of D.C. taxpayers. Our tax brackets should bear some relationship to actual distribution of income. For example, as our budget comes into balance, we ought to eliminate taxes on the roughly 40 percent of low-income D.C. residents making less than $30,000 in taxable income. We should institute progressively higher rates on the following brackets of taxable income: $30,000 to $50,000 (20 percent of D.C. filers); $50,000 to $100,000 (another 20 percent of D.C. filers); $100,000 to $350,000 (almost the highest 20 percent of D.C. filers); and more than $350,000 (the richest 2 percent of D.C. filers).

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Thank you for the accurate reporting in the Aug. 17 issue regarding Central Union Missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection by the District government to develop Gales School as a multiservice homeless facility at 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW [â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. approves shelter lease for Gales School downtownâ&#x20AC;?]. There has been much misunderstanding of the missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort during the pursuit of an adequate facility to serve the poor and homeless in the 21st century, and your article captured the struggle, challenges and opportunity well. David O. Treadwell Executive director, Central Union Mission

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Vol. 52, No. 42

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September 28, 2011

FoGGy BoTTom/WeST eNd’S rediSTriCTiNG GAiNS:

ANC 2A to Add two New single member Districts as Part of Redistricting Process The past decade has seen an astonishing uptick in population growth within the boundaries of our Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2A, which includes both Foggy Bottom and West End. The results show that ANC 2A has gone from 12,000 to 17,213 residents, a 43 percent increase since 2000! Three factors drove this

growth: the addition of approximately 2,000 units of new residential housing in the West End (e.g. Ritz-Carlton, Columbia, Atlas and 22 West), substantial increases in GWU’s student population and an effort by DC government to ensure college and university students were counted where they study and spend the majority of their time.

Per DC Statute, this means there will be significant adjustments to the Commission area as part of DC’s current redistricting process, based on the 2010 US Census count. Each Single Member District (SMD) of the ANC must represent 2,000 residents (plus or minus 5 percent). As a result, the number of SMDs in ANC 2A

will increase from six to eight. Councilmember Jack Evans assigned three cochairs to each task force of Ward 2 ANCs to manage the redistricting process. For 2A, these are Rebecca Coder, Asher Corson and Barbara Kahlow. Additionally, 2A residents were invited to join the working group, which included Susana Baranano, Florence Harmon, Sara Maddux and John

Williams. GWU’s community liaison, Brittany Waddell, also participated. At a September 12 public hearing held by the task force, the updated plan was presented to ANC 2A residents. The draft future map can be viewed on the Commission’s Website at www.anc2a.org. The full DC Council will vote on ANC redistricting plans at a meeting in October. —FBN

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Tree Care Guide for Autumn D.C. residents prepare private and city trees for the upcoming cool months. Autumn is upon us. The good news is cooler weather is a great time for planting trees. If you already have trees, it is time to prepare them for the rapidly approaching winter months.

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HE FOGGY BOTTOM NEWS TTHE FOGGY BOTTOM NEWS Foggy Bottom Association 2560 Virginia Ave. Box NW,58087 Suite 195 Post Office Washington, DC 20037 Washington, DC 20037-8087 Editor-in-Chief: Editor-in-Chief:Susan SusanTrinter Trinter foggybottomnews@yahoo.com strinter@gmail.com

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FRIDAY, SEpT 30 – DC pREMIERE: “ThE BLACk pOWER MIXTApE” screening 6:45 at Landmark e st cinema, Drinks follow at Goethe Institut

The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the U.S. drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Featuring music by The Roots and Michael Jackson. For more info and tickets: www. dcfilminstitute.org/blackpower/

OCTOBER CALENDAR ANC 2A MEETINGS:

TUES, OCT 4 (SpECIAL MEETING), 7pM, Heart House, 24th and N Sts, NW To review West End Library redevelopment plans which have been submitted to the Zoning Commission for a hearing; WED, OCT 19, 7pM, St. Stephen Martyr – Parish Hall, 25th St and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Parish Hall entrance on 25th Street). For more information on ANC 2A go to www.anc2a.org//schedule.html

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TUESDAY, OCT 25, 7pM SOCIAL; 7:30pM SpEAkER. St.Stephen Martyr Church - Parish Hall (Entrance on 25th St) 2436 Pennsylvania Ave NW

OCT 1, 10–11:30AM WALkING TOUR OF hISTORICAL ST. MARY’S EpISCOpAL ChURCh (1867) 728 -23rd ST NW No tickets or reservations required. MEET at Foggy Bottom Metro Station (outside, on 23rd Street). Tour the site of the first Episcopal Church for African Americans in Washington, DC, on land arranged for by President Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton. For more information, please call St. Mary’s Church Office During business hours 9am-3pm at 202-333-3958. www.stmarysfoggybottom.org or www.culturaltourismdc.org

TWO FREE CONCERTS OF hISTORICAL INTEREST

Each event includes an artists and audience reception Tues, OcTOber 4, 7:30 PM. sonnambula. A new consort of viols that performs Renaissance and Baroque repertoire in a concert of Royal Wedding Music for Royal Nuptials from the 15th Century onward. This exciting period ensemble was founded in 2011 by Elizabeth Weinfield, after the Wieland Kuijken Residency in Boston. Among the members are players from the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, the New York Consort of Viols, and Canada’s Tafelmusik. Featured music by Bassano, Coreccia, Malvezzi, Monterverdi and more. saT, OcTOber 8, 7:30PM. Mainzer Domchor. Boy Choir of the Mainz Cathedral, conducted by Prof. Mathias Breitschaft. This famous European ensemble was first mentioned in print in the year 1276 and today is rivaled by none. In 2009 the Domchor played a featured role in the now-famous “1000 Year Celebration” of music, sold out months in advance, at the Mainz Cathedral. The DC concert will present music from medieval to modern times, including Gregorian chant, Hassler, Gastoldi, Palestrina, Schütz, Händel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Duruflé and other modern masters. Concordia D.C. Concerts and lectures at The United Church 1920 G St NW, 202-331-1495, info@theunitedchurch.org

WEST END CINEMA 2301 M St NW (Entrance on 23rd) 202-419-3456, www.westendcinema.com

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OPens FrI, OcT 14 – GAINSBOURG: A heroic life. It’s 1941 when a young boy, Lucien, walked up and down the streets of Paris, proudly showing off the abominable yellow star pinned to his jacket. This child of Russian-Jewish parents recounts the life of a hero. He goes around occupied Paris spouting out words as though he were putting flowers in a gun barrel. Forty years later, he provokes a major upheaval at a concert in Strasbourg where he is supposed to sing a Jamaican reggae version of The Marseillaise. The concert hall is sacked by the military, and the black musicians don’t even dare to come on stage. Gainsbourg became a true legend by winning over France with his subversive wit. It’s a tale in which Lucien becomes Serge Gainsbourg who evolves from being a starving painter to the master of the French pop song. **Advance tickets available online and and at the box office beginning October 4th** OPens FrI, OcT 28 – WE WERE hERE TThe first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination. Filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber co-directed the 2001 documentary THE COCKETTES, chronicling San Francisco’s legendary theatre troupe of hippies and drag queens, 1969–72. WE WERE HERE revisits the city a decade later as its flourishing gay community is hit with an unimaginable disaster. It tells the forgotten story of not only all the lives lost during this time, but also of those that lived, and their courageous and extraordinary achievement. 90 min. **Advance tickets available online and at the box office beginning Oct 25th** OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://wewereherefilm.com/


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Calendar aims to smash sterotypes about seniors

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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ick Busch never thought of himself as a calendar pinup. Then he became Mr. December. “Now I have my month of fame,” he said. Last week, the Dupont Circle Village, an organization that helps residents remain in their homes as they age, released its 2012 calendar featuring photographs of its members. Some images, like the one of Busch posed in front of a 17th-century soldier, are regal. Others, like the one of resident Kenlee Ray with her cat perched on her shoulder, are whimsical. And some, like the photograph of Mary Haber wearing a dress she crocheted and flashing a peace sign, are just plain cool. “The overarching theme is: Meet the coolest old people on the planet,” said Dupont Circle Village president Peggy Simpson. In fact, Simpson said, the goal of the calendar is similar to the goal of the village itself. “We’re smashing stereotypes,” she said. “You think you know what old is? You think you know what people who are retired look like? I doubt it,” she said. “This calendar is a vehicle for us to say, ‘This is who we are. We’re a bunch of interesting people with interesting stories.’”

A decade ago, a group of seniors in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood came together to form a support network that would allow them to “age in place.” Since then, a series of similar networks have sprung up across the country. D.C. boasts a handful, including those in Capitol Hill, Chevy Chase and the Palisades as well as Dupont Circle. The structure and scope of the organizations vary from group to group, but they tend to operate with a similar mission. “It’s all about independence,” Simpson said. Members usually pay a fee to belong, and the groups often hire an executive director to coordinate activities. Then a team of volunteers — many of them village members themselves — fan out into the community to assist seniors

Photos by Jim Vecchinoe

Rick Busch, far left, is Mr. December; Dave and Sandy Burns, above, are Mr. and Mrs. March; and Kenlee Ray is Ms. January in the Dupont Circle Village’s new calendar. “It’s a moneymaker and it’s a hoot,” Busch said of the fundraiser.

with rides to doctors appointments and errands. In addition, many villages offer social opportunities such as cultural outings, walking groups and gatherings. Most also provide important information about aging, from anti-

falling strategies to end-of-life planning sessions. Julia Cuniberti said she joined Dupont Circle Village because she wants to stay in her home for as long as possible, rather than moving to a retirement home or assist-

ed-living facility. “I’ve lived here for over 50 years,” she said. “I don’t want to move.” So, lately, volunteers with the Dupont Circle Village have been coming by on a regular basis to help her sort through a lifetime of literature, which she plans to parcel out to charity. See Calendar/Page 28

Field students jump to conclusions with ‘Tollbooth’ scribe By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

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Author Norton Juster exchanged ideas about his novel “The Phantom Tollbooth” with Field School students this month.

ield School students were the envy of many fans of the novel “The Phantom Tollbooth” earlier this month, when the author treated the Northwest school to a visit. Norton Juster, 82, traveled from his home in Amherst, Mass., to spend the day discussing his book with the Field students, all of whom read the novel — along with faculty and some staff members — as part of their summer reading program. A small group of seventh- and eighthgraders had the first opportunity to discuss the book with Juster, and they listened raptly as he told them that he was an “accidental writer,” who took a detour from his career as an architect to tell stories inspired in part by his father’s sense of humor. “My father was a punster and loved word play, and as I got older I started understanding that he was funny and I thought maybe I

could do that, too,” he said. When Juster was a kid, his dad would come up with a new puzzler for him to decipher every day. One of his favorites was when his father said to him, “You’re a good kid and I’d like to see you get ahead. You need one.” That got a lot of laughs from the students. “The Phantom Tollbooth” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the story still resonates with children and adults alike. Described alternately as a children’s adventure tale and a philosophical exploration, the book follows the story of Milo, a

bored 10-year-old boy who doesn’t see the point of learning new things. When he discovers a magical tollbooth, Milo passes through it in a toy car and experiences new places like the Islands of Conclusions and the Mountains of Ignorance, and encounters characters such as the princesses Rhyme and Reason. Jules Feiffer, the Pulitzer Prizewinning cartoonist for The Village Voice, illustrated the book. One of the Field students told Juster that her favorite part was when Milo jumped to the Island of Conclusions and had to swim back, to which the author responded, “If you’re not careful, you’ll come up dry.” This is the third year the Field School has embarked on a summer reading program in which all 320 students, grades seven through 12, are assigned to read the same book. In the fall, the kids participate in small group discussions, meeting with nine to 11 other students in varying grades and one to two See Tollbooth/Page 28


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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Aidan Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper elementary is getting a class pet. There is a committee that did all the research on the class pet. We are getting a bearded dragon lizard. Fourth-grader Edvin Leijon is the president of the committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different than a lot of other class pets, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be more interesting,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to have something other than a fish,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Julian Cunningham. Sixth-grader Ariel Garfield agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had fish lately, and

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British School of Washington

At the British School of Washington, students in Year 10 (ninth grade) are required to gain experience in the workplace for two weeks. Over the summer I had the pleasure of working at Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery in Rockville. Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a family-owned Greek bakery thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been around for more than 15 years and is known countywide for its pastries and cakes. I worked there as an assistant, learning the ways of the culinary arts. I was taught how to operate as a cashier, help customers, decorate cakes and more. At Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I discovered that you have to be openminded, kind and supportive in a work environment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had an interest in baking. I am now thinking about a career in the culinary arts. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lilly King, Year 11 Philadelphia (10th-grader) 

Deal Middle School

Alice Deal Middle School students have an opportunity to read, play or just chill out during recess. This allows the students to relieve any stress or anxiety that they have during school. Since Deal gives out only 35 library passes each lunch period, they are going to make an area in the cafeteria where students can relax and read. Extracurricular activities at Deal give students a chance to meet new people and to learn how to do something they are interested in.

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Eaton Elementary

At John Eaton this year, we have a new principal and assistant principal. Mr. Mann, the principal, grew up on a farm in Hancock, Md., with horses, beef cattle, pigs and chickens. He also had a lot of pets: a parakeet, three dogs, plenty of fish, hamsters and a horse named Satch. Mr. Mann told us that he had to do his farm chores every morning before going to school. He was the youngest of five children, and his family still has the farm. Ms. Anderson, the assistant principal, grew up in Washington, D.C. She said that she loves D.C. and remembers when there was less security and you could drive right by the White House. She had a dog named Chief and was the youngest of six children. We asked them what they liked to do as kids. Mr. Mann and Ms. Anderson had similar tastes in video games. They both loved PacMan! Mr. Mann said that he liked riding bikes. Ms. Anderson liked playing jacks and was really into jumping roping, especially Double Dutch. Maybe sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll teach us! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Bennett and Savannah Jackson, fifth-graders

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Last week, students rolled out the red carpet for a cadre of artists. On Tuesday, director, producer and actor Robert Townsend came to screen his latest film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Hive.â&#x20AC;? The movie is based on the real experiences of individuals who attend and teach at a special school in North Carolina. Tuesday was Townsendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth showing of the film, and it was screened to a schoolwide audience. After we previewed the film, cast members Loretta Devine, Vivica A. Fox and Jonathan McDaniel took to the stage for a Q and A. They were greeted with a standing ovation. On Thursday, the Literary Media and Communications Department welcomed Sheila P. Moses, an award-wining author of several books for young readers. Moses read an excerpt from her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Return of Buddy Bush.â&#x20AC;? It is a sequel to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legend of Buddy Bush,â&#x20AC;? a work of historical fiction that dramatizes the 1947 ordeal of an African-American man falsely accused of the attempted rape of a white woman.

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On Sept. 12, the middle school went on a two-day camping trip to See Dispatches/Page 15

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Capital Camps and Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Pa. When we arrived, all the kids went to their cabins to make their beds and put their things away. The students quickly began to socialize with each other, regardless of their age or grade. This was good, as the tripâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose was to let students and teachers bond in a non-school environment. We could participate in a number of activities, such as basketball, soccer and hockey. There were also more quiet things, such as beading and board games. To the delight of everyone, there was a swimming pool with two slides. Rope courses were also available to everyone. There was a cafeteria with a buffet. The food consisted of pizza, pasta and salad for lunch and dinner, and pancakes, eggs, cornbread and orange juice for breakfast. At night there was a dance with music and a campfire, and we made sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores! At 10 p.m. we all had to go back to our cabins and get to sleep. The next morning was filled with more activities. After lunch, we packed and headed home. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eighth-graders

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Norton Juster, the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollbooth,â&#x20AC;? came to our school last week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his book. CBS News came to make a documentary about his visit. The middle school students decorated a room in the main building as one of the scenes in the book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chroma the Greatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colorful Orchestra.â&#x20AC;? We taped construction paper to the walls to make a rainbow and took the orchestra picture from the book, photocopied it and taped it under the rainbow. In the book, the orchestra played silent music that colored the world. Mr. Juster spoke to the entire school about what inspired him to

write the book. He talked about how his dad told puns, which is why he incorporated puns in the book. Mr. Juster also talked about how he was in the Navy as a young man. He spent his spare time drawing and putting his pictures up on the wall of the ship. The other men told Mr. Juster that drawing wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t part of being in the Navy. This only made him want to draw more. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya Small and Lucy Rock, eighth-graders

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Every year we have a classnaming ceremony. Each class votes for a name and makes a class banner to take to a whole-school meeting, usually with a chant or song. After the ceremony, the banners hang in their classrooms for the rest of the year. Here are the class names for 2011-12: the fifth-grade Big Dogs, the fourth-grade Lightning Bolts, the fourth-grade Invincible Fire Bolts, the third-grade Red and Roaring Fireballs, the third-grade Z Squad, the second-grade Terrific Deer Troopers, the second-grade Helping Cheetahs, the first-grade Fantastic Flamingos, the first-grade Amazing Iguanas, the first-grade Friendly Cheetahs, the kindergarten Purple Horses, the kindergarten Rock Stars, the kindergarten DC Ducks and the pre-kindergarten Little Swinging Monkeys. Which name do you like best? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gray Eisler, fifth-grader

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proximity to the northern property line, also expressed surprise that Adams Morgan residents had not sought limits on the ability of future Il Palazzo residents to obtain zoned parking permits. “They probably didn’t know they could make an issue of it,” he speculated. “It’s a risk adding a project with this kind of density to a neighborhood that already has parking issues.” Despite this week’s initial approval, the Zoning Commission’s final vote — scheduled for Oct. 17 — may hinge on a variety of issues not discussed Monday. The commission acted pending a submission from the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission on unresolved parking issues. In addition to the questions remaining about parking permits for Il Palazzo residents, the Sept. 8 zoning hearing didn’t clear up whether neighbors would be allowed to use parking spaces that Il Palazzo residents don’t buy first. The D.C. Department of Transportation opposes allowing non-residents to park at Il Palazzo, while neighborhood commission chair Wilson Reynolds said many of his constituents are “extremely interested” in parking in the planned garage. Concerns from the Transportation Department dominated most of that Sept. 8 hearing. Valor Development wants to add two curb cuts to accommodate the building’s parking garage. The intention is for vehicles and service trucks to enter on Fuller Street and exit on Mozart Place, reducing the traffic burden on their intersection. the Transportation But Department doesn’t like that plan. Citing concerns for pedestrian safety when any new curb cut is added to a street, as well as the loss of street parking, the agency’s Jeffrey Jennings objected to the Mozart Place curb cut. He said his agency prefers to see the Fuller Street entrance widened to accommodate two-way traffic. Allison Prince, the attorney representing Il Palazzo, said the developer brought in traffic engineers and consultants to investigate possible options, including the use of a mechanical parking system. But given the structure of the historic building and the narrow width of one-way Fuller Street, widening the entrance on that street turned out to be unfeasible, she said. Without a curb cut on Mozart or a widened entrance on Fuller, garbage trucks and other service vehicles would have difficulty entering the property, Prince said, and trash would have to be collected from the sidewalk rather than a planned interior location. Prince called that situation “undesirable” for tenants and neighbors, given that anticipated trash volumes from the building would require five collections a week. Zoning commissioner Schlater agreed that the sight and smell of

with the city’s Public Space Committee; the role of his office is to provide guidance to the applicant. Advisory neighborhood commission chair Reynolds testified that his panel has fully supported Valor Development’s plan as proposed, noting that the use of a separate entrance and exit would “diffuse traffic and points of bottleneck on narrow Fuller and Mozart, and is seen as true asset.” Also discussed on Sept. 8 was Il

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Palazzo’s plan to use an existing circular driveway on 16th Street for drop-offs, pickups and deliveries. Even though the driveway had been used for more than 80 years, because the building’s use is changing the developers must get Transportation Department permission to utilize it. Jennings indicated that his agency opposes this use, again citing safety concerns. The Office of Planning, meanwhile, recommended full approval

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome! Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Foggy Bottom Market Eye Street Mall I St. between New Hampshire and 24th streets, NW The Foggy Bottom market returns for another season. Offerings include fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, organic and grass-fed meats, handmade cheeses, breads, desserts, preserves, herbs, flowers, plants and more. Every Wednesday from 3–7 p.m. through Nov. 23. For more information, visit www.freshfarmmarket.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Oct. 14 Kay Jackson Exhibition Luther W. Brady Art Gallery 2nd Floor, 805 21st Street, NW

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at GW. Six to eight exhibitions are featured each year and include University-related shows and Permanent Collection exhibitions; as well as shows of historical and contemporary significance, often with a focus on the Washington area. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm. For more information on exhibitions please visit www.gwu. edu/~bradyart/home.html. This event is free an open to the public.

Neighbors of the Foggy Bottom and West End communities crowd the Eye Street Mall for free food, live music and FRIENDS at the Foggy Bottom/West End Neighborhood Block Party

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. 9th Annual Foggy Bottom/West End Neighborhood Block Party Eye Street Mall I St, between 23rd and 24th streets, NW

Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. GW Women’s Volleyball vs. Charlotte Smith Center, 600 22nd St., NW

Celebrate with the Foggy Bottom and West End Community at the 9th Annual Neighborhood Block Party. Enjoy live music, food, neighbors and fun for the whole family! This event is free and open to the public. For information about getting a table, please email friendsblockparty@gmail.com.

Support GW Women’s Volleyball as they take on Charlotte. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. GW Softball vs. Mount St. Mary’s Mount Vernon Field, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW

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Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. GW Softball vs. UMBC Mount Vernon Field, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW

Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. GW Men’s Soccer vs. Saint Joseph’s Mount Vernon Field, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. D.C. Government Alumni Reception Ben’s Next Door, 1213 U St., NW

Support GW Men’s Soccer as they take on Saint Joseph’s. This event is free and open to the public.

Are you a GW Alumni working in D.C. Government? If so, come out to Ben’s Next Door and network with fellow alumnus and D.C. officials. For more information about this event, please call the GW Office of Government and Community Relations at 202-994-9132. This event is free for alumni.

Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. GW Men’s Soccer vs. Temple Mount Vernon Field, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW For more information on the GW community calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Community Relations at 202-994-9132 or visit us at www.neighborhood. gwu.edu

Support GW Men’s Soccer as they take on Temple. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. GW Women’s Soccer vs. Dayton Mount Vernon Field, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW Men’s Soccer as they take on Dayton. This event is free and open to the public.

Oct. 13–15 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. “Circle Mirror Transformation” directed by Jodi Kanter Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre 800 21st St., NW Who would think that a drama class in a small- town community center could forever change the lives of its students? Welcome to Shirley, Vermont, and the world playwright Annie Baker created for her five- character play Circle Mirror Transformation. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.gwu.edu/~theatre/.

Support GW Softball as they take on UMBC. This event is free and open to the public.

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of Il Palazzo’s proposal, which includes unifying the split-zone site into one zoning designation. The Zoning Commission also reviewed the developer’s amenities package to the community, required as a part of the “planned-unit development” process. Valor is offering a jobs program for local residents, book donations to H.D. Cooke Elementary, renovation and expansion of the Festival Center’s kitchen, among other provisions.

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garbage, and possible infestation of vermin, would become a nuisance. Commissioner May directed a question to Jennings of the Transportation Department: “You might want to insist, as much as possible, to your dying breath, that Fuller Street is the right place to put [the curb cut], but if they can’t fit it and still have the building there, do they have a shot at Mozart?” Jennings said Il Palazzo’s developer would have to make that case

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riage house tucked away in a Dupont Circle mews belies that caricature: Bleached wood floors, a fresh palette and a dash of whimsy add up instead to a refreshing, but still recognizably British, look. The impeccable design comes as no surprise, given that the property is the residence of a wellknown designer, who has requested to remain anonymous. First-time visitors to the carriage house, built in 1892, could think themselves transported to the English countryside. Ivy covers red brick walls, and evergreens clipped into strict spheres are punctuation points in window boxes. But the effect is smart rather than quaint, thanks to the restraint of those plantings and the chic black of the exteriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s woodwork. The upper floors continue that tweaked English look, but the ground level takes a design detour. A large space is a garage with room

for two or three vehicles, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also much more than that. Glass walls to one side encase a 1,300-bottle-capacity, climate-controlled wine cellar. Ample track lighting and hardwood floors mean that this â&#x20AC;&#x153;garageâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which also connects to a bedroom and full bath â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could even transition to a party space for large gatherings. For more intimate groups, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showstopping dining room is the place to be. Clad in antiqued mirrors and framed by fanciful trim, the effect is one of dining in an English conservatory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or Versaillesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; famed mirrored hall, by way of a Victorian garden folly. That spot features limestone floors, but bleached hardwood lines the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest space, a 43-foot-long living room punctuated by nine windows with plantation shutters on three exposures. The room, which is given order by the green-and-cream stripes that march along the walls, centers on a wood-burning fireplace. The adjacent library also sports a fireplace, though this one is gaspowered. Bespoke bookshelves take up two walls here, and a strawhued, flat-weave carpet lines the floors. The kitchen is a workhorse in

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This 1892 house owned by an interior designer is listed for $2,699,000. black and white. Brand names like Thermador, Sub-Zero and Viking mark appliances, and both countertops and cabinets offer loads of space. One bedroom suite waits on this level. The bath, like others here, is simple and elegant, with granitelined walls providing the bulk of the decoration. The bedroom is, like the dining room, a wink at English design tropes. A tartan fabric is everywhere, draping windows and upholstering walls. A gas fireplace completes the cozy scene.

Two more bedrooms and baths wait one level up. The master suite is soothing in blue with a bleachedwood floor. A separate staircase from this room to the library allows a direct route to late-night reading material. In the granite- and marble-lined bath, amenities such as an infinity-edge tub and a steam shower promise relaxation. The master suite offers one access point to yet another option for entertaining in this home: a

rooftop garden with extensive mature plantings, including trees. The green retreat is divided into zones for lounging as well as dining, with a table and grill tucked under a trellis. This four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 1735 Fraser Court is offered for $2,699,000. For more information, contact Cecelia Leake or Patrick Chauvin of Washington Fine Properties at 202-256-7804 or 202-243-1621 respectively.

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 24 meeting, â&#x2013;  Paul Williams, executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, said Main Streets is starting work on the upper Connecticut Avenue median project. He also said the organization will soon be hiring a consultant to make improvements to Dupont Circle shop windows. â&#x2013;  commissioner Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor read a letter from the management at G Star Raw at 1666 Connecticut Ave. describing plans to install an â&#x20AC;&#x153;electric security gateâ&#x20AC;? at the store following a series of break-ins and attacks on employees. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously supported plans for an apartment building on the parking lot of First Baptist Church at 17th and O streets. Developer Keener-Squire is seeking support for zoning variances and a special exception for the building, which would rise nine stories from the parking lot and include approximately 228 units. Architect Eric Colbert noted that the company could build 47 percent more at the site as a matter of right. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just felt our design was the right thing to do,â&#x20AC;? he said. Commissioner Jack Jacobson said he is concerned about a reduction in the number of efficiencies proposed, compared with previous

iterations of the plan. He said he worries the change was made in response to concerns expressed by neighbors at community meetings about students living there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would object to anything that would ... keep some group of people out of our neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he said to applause. But commissioner Mike Silverstein said he supports bigger apartments that allow families with children to stay in the neighborhood. The change is not about excluding people, he said, but about trying to encourage diversity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was done with the best of intentions,â&#x20AC;? he said. First Baptist member Christi Harlan said the church is against discrimination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would go against everything we as a church stand for,â&#x20AC;? she said. Commissioner Bob Meehan said the designs forge a middle path between competing interests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to me that the church has worked out a compromise that is excellent,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on an application by Irish Whiskey at 1207 19th St. for a new tavern license with an occupancy of 180; a sidewalk cafe with 36 seats; hours of interior/exterior operation Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.; hours of alcohol sales/service/consumption Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.; and an entertainment endorsement (DJ) with hours Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Commissioner Mike Silverstein, a member of the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, was out of the room for the discussion. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0-1, with commissioner Ramon Estrada abstaining because he was out of the room for the discussion, to object to a request by Bistro Bistro at 1727 Connecticut Ave. for valet parking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bistro Bistro has done everything since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been open to break District regulations,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Mike Feldstein. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support an application by Sette Osteria at 1666 Connecticut Ave. to convert its sidewalk cafe into a semi-enclosed structure with a retractable awning. Commissioners supported the project on the conditions that the restaurant maintain a 10-foot clearance on the sidewalk and that it keep the sides of the outdoor cafe unenclosed. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support an application by Ohfish at 1899 L St. for a sidewalk cafe with 18 seats. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support an application by Upper Crust at 1747 Pennsylvania Ave. for a sidewalk cafe with 12 tables, 24 seats and six umbrellas. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Brookings

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

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The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  financial report. â&#x2013;  community comment. â&#x2013;  announcement of the Georgetown Business Improvement Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taste of Georgetown event on Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  consideration of the widening of a curb cut at the Hurt Home property, 3050 R St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by the new owner of the Friendly/ Williams-Addison property at 1645 31st St. to change the tax class from â&#x20AC;&#x153;vacantâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;residential.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  consideration of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed adjustments to the G2 and D2 bus schedules. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Friends of Rose Park on the second phase of a master plan for Rose Park. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request for an emergency hearing regarding a public-space application for a curb cut at 3029 Q St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Verizon and EastBanc for variances at 1045 Wisconsin Ave. to permit an addition to the existing building. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by 2805 Bond St. Equities LLC to change its Board of Zoning Adjustment application to request a use variance rather than an area variance. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  logan circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.


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and access to a ground-floor restaurant from M Street. But many community members, some of whom were originally skeptical about any hotel plan, said it was the concept of the high-end 1 Hotel that convinced them to support the initial project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The corner of 22nd and M Street did not need another hotel, and the fact that the original proposal was a unique destination and concept overcame this on many levels,â&#x20AC;? states the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution. Nonetheless, neighborhood commissioners said that if developers could effectively ease traffic and other concerns, they would not ask the Zoning Commission to reject the project. If they are not satisfied, however, they could oppose the hotel at a scheduled Oct. 27 hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the developer doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come around on a few things, we may be changing this to an objection,â&#x20AC;? commission chair Rebecca Coder said after the meeting. In an interview, OTO president Corry Oakes said he is confident most concerns can be resolved, but a more upscale hotel isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feasible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, at the end of the day it is a private investment, it is a forprofit enterprise, and the original design of the 1 [Hotel] anticipated one set of economic circumstances that just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t develop,â&#x20AC;? Oakes

said. Even so, said Oakes, OTO is not skimping on its planned hotel. Its local architect, Shalom Baranes Associates, designed several wellregarded buildings in that section of the West End, and Oakes said OTO is planning to spend more than twice as much on the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior

â??I think these issues are all surmountable.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; commissioner Asher Corson as would be spent on a typical Hilton Garden Inn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be a very high-end-looking product,â&#x20AC;? he said. At the meeting, most concerns centered on traffic and parking for the hotel. Residents noted their experience with tour buses clogging streets near other West End hotels, questioned a planned 5-foot-wide drop-off lane on the west side of 22nd Street, and doubted developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; assertions that few guests would drive to the hotel. OTO vice president Todd Turner said the planned Hilton Garden Inn will be smaller than many West End hotels, and would therefore be chasing a different type of customer. A 400-room hotel relies on busloads of guests or large-scale conventions to reach its capacity, he said, while the proposed 238-room facility wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to market to those big groups.

Developers expect only a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in traffic in the area from the hotel, representatives said, including three to five charter buses a month. And based on a survey of nearby hotelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; garages, they said, they are confident that their planned 53 spaces will be sufficient. The 5-foot unloading lane, they added, was requested by the D.C. Department of Transportation; the agency didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to sacrifice any more of the sidewalk. Taking up half a lane of traffic is also considered a safety enhancement for guests unloading their vehicles, because motorists would be forced to proceed slowly around a stopped vehicle, and the hotel will have staff overseeing the area. In its resolution, the neighborhood commission requested topquality materials on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

facade and asked that the building be pushed back slightly for more sidewalk space. It also requested that the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation management plan include more specifics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think these issues are all surmountable,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Asher Corson said at the meeting. In the interview, Oakes emphasized the same point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think with a well-thought-out approach to the

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Wednesday september 28 Classes â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Classical Music Foundation and Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center will present a concert by Mexican musician Gerardo Pablo. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Belgrade-born opera singer Jadranka Jovanovic will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature musician Chris Collatt. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Performance â&#x2013;  The Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romance of the West Chamber,â&#x20AC;? about the power of young love to break traditional social barriers. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

Thursday september 29 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead children ages 3 and older on a Discovery Hike along the Woodland Trail in search of signs of wildlife. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Pakistani journalist Jugnu Mohsin, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Role of the Media in Civil Society.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National

Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Silk Roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Strategy: What Is It? Where Is It Headed?â&#x20AC;? will feature Robert D. Hormats, U.S. undersecretary of state for economic, energy and agricultural affairs; Sham Bathija, senior economic adviser to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai; and Juan Miranda, director general of the Central and West Asia Department at the Asia Development Bank. 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7721. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Negotiating With Afghanistan and Pakistanâ&#x20AC;? will feature Riaz Mohammad Khan, former foreign secretary of Pakistan; Howard B. Schaffer, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer; and Teresita C. Schaffer, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution and a former U.S. Foreign Service officer; and William Maley, foundation director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free. Room 141, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. eventbrite.com/event/2133601660. â&#x2013;  Scholar Klaus Larres will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imperial and Financial Overstretch: The Politics of Nixon and Obama â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lessons to Be Learned?â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  The McDonough School of Business Distinguished Leaders Series will feature a talk by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters chief executive officer Larry Blanford. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. greenmountaincoffee.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Thant Myint-U will discuss his new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asiaâ&#x20AC;? in a conversation with William Wise, associate director of the School of Advanced International Studies Southeast Asia Studies Program. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5837.

â&#x2013;  Anjuli Singh of the American Film Institute will discuss Ronald Reagan as an actor. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Jill Lepore, a Harvard University professor and staff writer at The New Yorker, will discuss the influence of the King James Version of the Bible in the United States. 6 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  Salim Tamari, professor of sociology at Birzeit University in Palestine, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Year of the Locust: The Erasure of Palestineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ottoman Past.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6215. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on the monumental series of 13 works by Augustus Vincent Tack, commissioned in 1928 by Duncan Phillips and now on display in the wood-paneled Music Room. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Nicolle Wallace will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classified.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Artâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk by artist Leonardo Drew, whose work is featured in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Americansâ&#x20AC;? exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. 7 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787. â&#x2013;  Brothers Johannes and Eduard Kutrowatz, the artistic directors of the Liszt Festival Raiding, will discuss the life and times of Franz Liszt, known as one of the most dazzling musical personalities of the Romantic era. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. â&#x2013;  Chef JosĂŠ AndrĂŠs (shown) and mentor Ferran AdriĂ  will discuss their storied careers and AdriĂ â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Family Meal: Home Cooking With Ferran AdriĂ .â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  Faculty member Louise Rauseo will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is Resilience?â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The West End Film Club will present Stanley Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1971 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Clockwork Orange,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel by Anthony Burgess. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End

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Thursday, september 29 â&#x2013;  Concert: Conductor Rafael FrĂźhbeck de Burgos, the National Symphony Orchestra, soprano Laura Claycomb (shown), tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Hugh Russell will perform works by Beethoven and Orff. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Revolt of Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conscienceâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2002 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Burning Wall,â&#x20AC;? about what leads individuals to stand up for freedom and civil rights despite severe repercussions by repressive state authorities. A post-screening discussion will feature Hava Kohav Beller, the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director and writer, and GĂźnter Nooke, a civil rights activist. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 167. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present Mischa Scorerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degas and the Dance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Man Behind the Easel.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Performances â&#x2013;  The Local Dance Commissioning Project will feature Deviated Theatre performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;siGHt,â&#x20AC;? a dance opera created by Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The two-night performance will continue Friday at 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nights: Hard Cider and the Harvestâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to sample apple cider punch, tour the grounds and view a 1940 Rockwood Pottery vase adorned with autumn leaves. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a tour of the oldest house in the District. 10 a.m. and noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St.

Book sale â&#x2013;  Friends of the Palisades Library will hold its fall used-book sale, with most books priced at $1 and bargain titles at 25 cents apiece or $5 per bag. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. friendsofpalisadeslibrary@ gmail.com. The sale will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with most books available for $10 per bag from 1 to 4 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Alvin Blount of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta, Ga., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature pianist Michael Beckerman. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Students of Maureen Andary will present a guitar and ukulele recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Bassist, composer, arranger and musical artist Cheikh Ndoye will perform jazz selections. 7 p.m. $12; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  Brothers Johannes and Eduard Kutrowatz, the artistic directors of the Liszt Festival Raiding, will perform works by Liszt, Pärt, Gershwin and Batik. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-8956776. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort will perform musical settings of biblical verse and other sacred works, complemented by instrumental fantasies and lively dances. 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Bernadine Prince, co-executive director of Freshfarm Markets, will demonstrate the canning process for fresh tomatoes and fresh-packed tomato sauce. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Paul Haenle, director of the CarnegieTsinghua Center in Beijing, China, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emerging Global Influence.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. eventbrite. com/event/2195440622. â&#x2013;  Jack Warren, executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The See Events/Page 23

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Andersonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Copy of the Farnese â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hercules,â&#x20AC;? about a garden statue based on an antiquity excavated in Rome in the 16th century. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  A lecture series on the philosophical thought of Martin Heidegger will feature a talk by Stonehill University philosophy professor Richard Capobianco on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heideggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Truth of Being.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. â&#x2013;  Tomas Sedlacek will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning From Gilgamesh to Wall Street.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reptile World,â&#x20AC;? featuring Michael Shwedick and his animal friends. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Ages 5 and older will listen to a story about Elvis Presley and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Mary Quattlebaum, a Tenleytown resident, will read from her picture books â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pirate vs. Pirate,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleansâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225.

Films â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Koji Masunariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to the Space Show.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Moves: The Empress Dowager Onscreenâ&#x20AC;? will feature Li Hanxiangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1975 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Empress Dowager.â&#x20AC;? Actress Lisa Lu, who starred in the film, will introduce the screening and lead a discussion afterward. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  VSA will present the premiere of 18-year-old Emily Hedgecockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handspeak,â&#x20AC;? winner of the 27th annual VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. kced@kennedy-center.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Beijing Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Restaurant,â&#x20AC;? about the comic ups and downs of a Peking roast duck restaurant over half a century. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $60. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  CafĂŠ du Parcâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth annual Vendanges, an autumnal wine harvest festival, will feature authentic French festival dishes, various styles of French wine and beers, live music, dancing and grape-stomping. 5:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Courtyard, Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-942-7000. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Buffalo Sabres in preseason competition. 7 p.m. $50 to $310. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wine tasting â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101â&#x20AC;? series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour de Franceâ&#x20AC;? with sommelier Philippe Marchal. 7 p.m. $75 to $230. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. Saturday, Oct. 1

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Class â&#x2013;  Jim Woodworth, Sara Turner, Shawn Walker and Sue Erhardt of Casey Trees will present a tree-planting workshop. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 102, Aquinas Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. ct.convio.net/calendar. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Till Fellner performing works by Haydn, Armstrong, Schumann and Liszt. 2 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Tenor Reginald Bouknight will perform arrangements of spirituals by Henry Burleigh, as well as other fragments of AfricanAmerican music that composer Antonin DvorĂĄk encountered during his years in America. 3:30 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar

tionist Danielle Navidi will demonstrate healthful and seasonal recipes inspired by the National Garden and created with fresh local and regional produce. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116.

Saturday, october 1 â&#x2013;  Festival: Cleveland Park Day will feature childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, book signings, music, restaurant tastings and shopping discounts. 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Connecticut Avenue between Macomb and Porter streets NW. cpday.org. Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. â&#x2013;  Concert pianist and American University musician-in-residence Yuliya Gorenman will perform works by Bach. 8 p.m. $25 to $40. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787. â&#x2013;  Irish pianist John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Conor will perform works by Haydn, Field, Beethoven and Schubert. 8 p.m. Paywhat-you-can. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmorland Circle. 301320-2770. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Cooking instructor and holistic nutri-

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Local author Carolyn Reeder will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;From a True Soldier and Son: The Civil War Letters of William C.H. Reederâ&#x20AC;? and provide a social and historical context of the descriptive letters written by her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ancestor. 11 a.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  Morley Winograd and Michael Hais will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation Is Remaking America,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Joel F. Brenner will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis will use video of well-known ballets to explain the fine craft of making a ballet. 3 p.m. $15 to $45. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  John Carlos and Dave Zirin will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World,â&#x20AC;? about the U.S. track star whose Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium became an iconic image. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Lecturer and musicologist Rob Kapilow will discuss Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 1 as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes It Great?â&#x20AC;? series. The Washington Performing Arts Society event will feature a performance by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. 6 p.m. $18. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural

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History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-785-9727. Festival â&#x2013;  The Royal Thai Embassy will sponsor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thai Village in Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? featuring authentic cuisine and cultural performances. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Royal Thai Embassy, 1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-944-3600. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present a range of Andy Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 mm films. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Tamra Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  In celebration of the Suzanne Farrell Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th anniversary, the Millennium Stage will present films on the work and life of Suzanne Farrell. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The film series will continue Sunday and Monday at 6 p.m. Performance â&#x2013;  Bowen McCauley Dance will present the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;ReSuitened,â&#x20AC;? a mashup of Bach suites arranged and performed by National Symphony Orchestra cellist Yvonne Caruthers. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The eighth annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair will feature 170 booths filled with crafters selling their handmade wares. Offerings will include a food court staffed by local restaurants and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crafty See Events/Page 24

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Continued From Page 23 Farmâ&#x20AC;? area with a variety of food-centered programs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Marie Reed Learning Center, 18th Street at Wyoming Avenue NW. washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards. â&#x2013;  Bunim/Murray Productions will hold an open casting call for the 27th season of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Real World.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Town Tavern DC, 2323 18th St. NW. bunim-murray.com/rwcasting. â&#x2013;  A celebration of chile peppers will feature taste tests and samples of recipes for salsa, sorbets and other foods. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4523. â&#x2013;  Brew Crew DC will present the inaugural Foggy Bottom Bar Tour, featuring specials on micro and craft brews, wines, mixed drinks and food at participating bars. 3 to 11 p.m. $10 to $15. Tickets on sale at Foggy Bottom Grocery (FoBoGro), 2140 F St. NW; registration at the start of the event at FoBoGro or Tonic at Quigleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2036 G St. NW. fobogro.com. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  As part of Cultural Tourism DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature event â&#x20AC;&#x153;WalkingTown DC,â&#x20AC;? Dumbarton House volunteer docent and Guild of Professional Tour Guides member Dwane Starlin will lead a tour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Heights: Herring Hill, Cemeteries, Mansions, and Estates.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW. culturaltourismdc.org.

â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Olling will lead a tour of the National Garden, focusing on trees and shrubs of the midAtlantic region. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The tour will repeat Oct. 8 and 15 at 1 p.m.

folk dancing, musical performances, arts and crafts activities, fortune telling, a Turkish Coffee House and authentic cuisine. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. turkishfestival.org.

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Sunday october 2 Concerts â&#x2013;  Pianist Philip Glass (shown) will perform a benefit concert for Freshfarm Markets and the Phillips Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Concertsâ&#x20AC;? series. 4 p.m. $250; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. info@freshfarmmarkets.org. A dinner with the artist, to be prepared by Blue Duck Tavern chef Brian McBride, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at a nearby residence; tickets for both events cost $750. â&#x2013;  Musician Alif Laila will perform as part of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall Festival of Indian Arts. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. rsvp@dakshina.org. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by William Smith, George Dyson and H. Balfour Gardiner. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature Downtown DC Business Improvement District executive director Richard H. Bradley speaking as part of a three-part series on

Sunday, october 2 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Michael Moore will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington, D.C.: Past, Present, and Future.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Callahan at 100.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Paul Hendrickson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hemingwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will join with Arena Stage to host a discussion of Alice Childressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trouble in Mind,â&#x20AC;? about AfricanAmerican actors coming to grips with the types of roles available to them. 5 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Festival â&#x2013;  The annual Turkish Festival will feature

Films â&#x2013;  NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom of the Operaâ&#x20AC;? with a fully staged musical concert to be broadcast live from Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Albert Hall. 2 p.m. $22; $20 for seniors; $18 for children. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. The broadcast will be shown again Oct. 5, 6 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Moves: The Empress Dowager Onscreenâ&#x20AC;? will feature Li Hanxiangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1976 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Tempest.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present the first two episodes in Louis Feuilladeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serial â&#x20AC;&#x153;FantĂ´mas.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The rest of the original five episodes will be shown Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  Poet Gowri Koneswaran will read from her work as part of the Fall Festival of Indian Arts. 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. rsvp@dakshina.org. Reception â&#x2013;  A reception will honor artists Mary Ann Carroll and Carnell â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peteâ&#x20AC;? Smith in conjunction with the closing of an exhibit of the Florida Highwaymen groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic landscapes. 4 to 8 p.m. Free. Blackburn University Center, Howard University, 2397 6th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks in preseason competition. 5 p.m. $50 to $310. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

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Monday october 3 Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing to Your Baby,â&#x20AC;? at 10:30 a.m.; and Ariel Dorfman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Daniel B. Shay, art services manager at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Quiet Laotian: Oil on Bamboo.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, visiting professor of law at Georgetown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death and Dying in Jerusalem.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6876215. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suspense and Shiraz! Murder and Malbec! An Evening With Ellen Crosby.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. libraryassociates@ georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wickedâ&#x20AC;? by Gregory Maguire. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  The In Seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salonâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Potion #1â&#x20AC;? director Nick Olcott, music director Frank Conlon and cast members discussing the production, a new English adaptation of Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comic opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-244-7760. â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre will host a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;E Pluribus Unum: Seeking Unity, Respecting Diversityâ&#x20AC;? hosted by political commentator and talk show host Chris Matthews and featuring members of Congress. 7 p.m. See Events/Page 25

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Continued From Page 24 Free; tickets required. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fordstheatre.org. â&#x2013;  Photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Ready to Wed: Child Brides.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature Rob Sitchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dish,â&#x20AC;? about a remote Australian antenna that plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentlemen Prefer Marilynâ&#x20AC;? series will open with Roy Ward Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1952 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Bother to Knock,â&#x20AC;? starring Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark and Anne Bancroft. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alfred Hitchcock Filmfestâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1954 suspense film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rear Window.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company will host an encore presentation of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;NT Liveâ&#x20AC;? broadcast of Richard Beanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Man, Two Guvnorsâ&#x20AC;? from Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National

Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Performances â&#x2013;  Gordon Clapp will star in A.M. Dolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Verse Business: A Frost-Eye View of Poetry and Other Things,â&#x20AC;? about American poet Robert Frost. 7 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  The Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will premiere â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Writers Now! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Fight for Family,â&#x20AC;? featuring work by Latino student writers. 7 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. yptdc.org. Tuesday, Oct. 4

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan and Brian Floca will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballet for Martha: Making â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Appalachian Spring,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and members of the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform excerpts from the ballet classic. 11 a.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5221. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert celebrating its 125th anniversary. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservation required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. fmmcanniversaryconcert.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Somnambula, a consort of viols, will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Royal Nuptials,â&#x20AC;? featuring selections from the 15th century onward. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Broadway performer

Tuesday, october 4 â&#x2013;  Concert: Portuguese singer Carmen Souza will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Audra McDonald performing selections from the great American songbook. 8 p.m. $25 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Raphael Bostic, assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Sustainability Initiatives: Challenges and Opportunities.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.

202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Patricia A. Wand, dean of library and learning resources at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates and former university librarian at American University, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultural Adaptations: American-Style Higher Education in the Arabian Gulf.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  As the kickoff to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Reads celebration, Wes Moore will discuss the 2011 selection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Wes Moore,â&#x20AC;? about two boys from the same decaying city whose lives followed divergent paths. 6 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  Daveed Gartenstein-Ross will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bin Ladenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legacy: Why Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Still Losing the War on Terror.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-3470176. â&#x2013;  Stephen Greenblatt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss the poetry traditions of the United States and Mexico and the ways they interrelate. 7 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5394. â&#x2013;  Joan Nathan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.â&#x20AC;? The event will

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include samples of French Jewish cuisine. 7 p.m. $48. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Christopher Sten, professor of English and American literature at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Literary Capital: A Reader.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. Films â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Switzerland will present Volker Schlondorffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homo Faber,â&#x20AC;? based on the classic book by Swiss author Max Frisch and starring Oscar nominee Sam Shepard. 7 p.m. $6. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-745-7900. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut and the Washington Jewish Film Festival will present Percy Adlon and Felix Adlonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mahler on the Couch.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Readings â&#x2013;  Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate, will read from his work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  Poets and translators Fady Joudah and Khaled Mattawa will read from their work. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown See Events/Page 26

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Wednesday october 5 Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Chorus will perform traditional folk and spiritual fare. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. â&#x2013;  Washington Musica Viva will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;DvorĂĄk Dances,â&#x20AC;? a jazz piece for a fivemember band by contemporary composer Charley Gerard. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Adrian Burgos Jr. will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Afternoon Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Company of Cheerful Ladiesâ&#x20AC;? by Alexander McCall Smith. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Sumit Guha, professor of history at Rutgers University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ethnicity, Hierarchy and Caste: A Global View From a South Asian Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. mortaracenter@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Journalist and commentator TourĂŠ will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afraid of PostBlackness? What It Means to Be Black Nowâ&#x20AC;?

in a conversation with Jonathan Capehart and Roland Martin. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Historian Carlo Ginzburg, winner of the 2010 Balzan Prize, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schema and Bias: A Historianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reflection on Double-Blind Experiments.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friends of the Tenley Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Author Series, Alison Kahn will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patapsco: Life Along Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic River Valley.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Economist Jeffrey Sachs, professor of sustainable development and health policy and management at Columbia University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Architect Frank Gehry and collaborator Robert Wilson will discuss the creative process of developing the concept and design of the Eisenhower National Memorial. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Ballet icon Suzanne Farrell and musical conductor Emil de Cou will discuss the world of ballet, as well as the responsibility of preserving choreographer George Balanchineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great works while infusing them with new life every time they are staged. 7 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.

Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Concert â&#x2013;  Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Thursday, october 6 â&#x2013;  Concert: Conductor John Storgards (shown) will lead the National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Gidon Kremer in a performance of works by Mussorgsky, Sibelius, Liadov and Nielsen. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Washington Post environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Thursday, Oct. 6

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Book signing â&#x2013;  George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The 9/11 Arts Project and the Kreeger Museum will present a talk by attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, former special master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. 6:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Traitors, Fathers and Sons: The John Walker and Jim Nicholson Family Spy Storiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature David Major, former supervisory special agent and director of counterintelligence, intelligence and security programs for the FBI, and Bryan Denson, an investigative reporter for The Oregonian. 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein (shown) will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Trackâ&#x20AC;? in a panel discussion with former Reps. Dennis Hertel, D-Mich.; Matt McHugh, D-N.Y.; and

Connie Morella, R-Md. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Films â&#x2013;  The Institute for Policy Studies will present Patricio GuzmĂĄnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nostalgia for the Light,â&#x20AC;? about the Atacama Desert in Chile. The event will include a performance by the D.C.-based musical group Son Cosita Seria and a reading by poet Mario Escobar. 6:30 p.m. $35. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. netfa@hotsalsa.org. â&#x2013;  The Austrian Cultural Forum and the Washington Film Institute will present Werner Booteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plastic Planet,â&#x20AC;? about the threat plastic poses to environmental and human health. 7:30 p.m. $15. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. eventbrite.com/ event/2019270693. Performances â&#x2013;  The Local Dance Commissioning Project will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tinsel and Boneâ&#x20AC;? by choreographer and dancer Erica Rebollar. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The two-night performance will continue Friday at 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  Montreal-based company Lemieux Pilon 4D Art will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norman,â&#x20AC;? a tribute to pioneering filmmaker Norman McLaren in which projected holograms inhabit the stage with live actors. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.

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themes of identity, myth and home, will open Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue through Oct 28. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. ■ “ArtCode,” presenting post-modern paintings by Mexican artist and fashion designer Edurne Esponda suggestive of bar codes, will open Friday at Susan Calloway Fine Arts and continue through Oct. 29. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. ■ “Site Aperture,” featuring site-specific installations by Margaret Boozer, Mia Feuer, Talia Greene and Mariah Anne Johnson, will open Friday at Flashpoint

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery’s exhibit of works by Adam Chamy features family installations and portraits that evoke themes of refuge and home. Gallery and continue through Nov. 5. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202315-1305. ■ “Degas’s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint,” exploring the 16-year process required to create Edgar Degas’ late painting “Dancers at the Barre,” will open Saturday at the Phillips Collection and continue through Jan. 8. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., See Exhibits/Page 28

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Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and free for ages 18 and younger. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday Beauty,â&#x20AC;? presenting James Schaeferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mixed-media works on paper, will open Saturday at Watergate Gallery and continue through Oct. 29. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Art will open three exhibits Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Americans,â&#x20AC;? continuing through Feb. 12, highlights important African-American artists of the last three decades in works that focus on racial, sexual and historical issues in contemporary culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit,â&#x20AC;? continuing through Jan. 16, explores notions of AfricanAmerican identity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gordon Parks: Photographs From the Collection,â&#x20AC;? continuing through Jan. 16, presents photographic essays by Parks about poverty, race, segregation and crime. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; and free for ages 12 and

younger. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Callahan at 100,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the innovative and influential 20th-century American photographer with some 110 of his daring and experimental images, will open Sunday in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and continue through March 4. Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Structure of Spirit, Design of the Heart,â&#x20AC;? featuring more than 40 of photographer Kenneth M. Wynerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kaleidoscopic images of domestic and commercial interiors, homes, gardens and architectural features in D.C., opened recently at the American Institute of Architects Headquarters, where it will continue through Oct. 28. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Located at 1735 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-879-7766. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Options 2011,â&#x20AC;? Washington Project for the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 30th-anniversary biennial exhibition of works by emerging and unrepresented artists from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region, opened recently at 629 New York Ave. NW on the second floor, where it will continue through Oct. 29. The curator and artists will give a talk Saturday at 3 p.m. Exhibit viewing hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. wpadc.org.

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Julia Cuniberti shows off a photo of herself as a child. She is Ms. April in the Dupont Circle Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new calendar. interesting characters to decorate the calendar,â&#x20AC;? she said. Photographer Jim Vecchione took the photographs for free, while the village covered the cost of a lighting assistant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you get older, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a couple generations from the people who are movers and shakers,â&#x20AC;? said

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teachers to talk about the book, with an upper school student leading the conversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing summer reading that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to share across the entire community has felt like a fresh way to get kids to read something and be a little bit accountable for it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not so much accountable to the teacher as much as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accountable to each other to have this conversation,â&#x20AC;? said Will Layman, Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of admissions and teacher of a 12th-grade creative writing class. Martha Cohen-Tomlinson, who chairs the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English department, said the summer book selection has to be relevant to anyone ages 12 to 18 and inspire people to talk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also try to have books that connect to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission in some way, which is self-discovery, generosity of heart and skills of mind,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Phantom Tollboothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was definitely a book that spoke to all of those things.â&#x20AC;? She said the book can be viewed as a fun adventure story with word play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a book about learning and that learning should be joyful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we try to make learning joyful at Field.â&#x20AC;? In the previous two years, the school read Roald Dahlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;James and the Giant Peachâ&#x20AC;? and Ernest J. Gainesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lesson Before Dying.â&#x20AC;? Field senior Matthew Witkin said he â&#x20AC;&#x153;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wildâ&#x20AC;? about the first two book selections. So while on a run with English teacher Sarah Greenspan last spring, he lobbied hard for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollbooth,â&#x20AC;? which he first read in second grade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I instantly loved the book, and thought it was a playful journey that this kid goes on to a fantasyland where everything is different and wacky,â&#x20AC;? Witkin said of his initial reading. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This time I knew the book and read it from different levels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how much I would appreciate each of the characters and that each one represents a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, I never saw it that way beforeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moment. Juster really hits on the point of seeing things from a different perspective.â&#x20AC;? While the English department already had â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollboothâ&#x20AC;? on its short list, Witkin pushed to make sure it moved to the top. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things I love about Field is that I had a voice to do that and they took my opinion seriously,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When a student expresses an idea in thoughtful

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way like that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty hard to resist,â&#x20AC;? said CohenTomlinson. When Witkin heard Juster was going to come to the school on top of that, he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it. Describing the visit as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;happy accident,â&#x20AC;? CohenTomlinson said a Field parent happened to be at a picnic this summer with Justerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publicist, Janice Kaplan, who lives in the Palisades neighborhood. The parent mentioned that the school was reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom

â??Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such things as difficult words â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there are just words you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know yet. But once you use them, they become part of you.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Author Norton Juster Tollboothâ&#x20AC;? this summer, so Kaplan asked Juster if he would be interested in visiting the students. Juster will publish his 12th book this October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nevilleâ&#x20AC;? is about a new boy in town who is trying to make friends. It will come out the same day as both the 50th anniversary edition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollboothâ&#x20AC;? and a longer annotated version of the book, which includes commentary from the author. The author told Field students that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollboothâ&#x20AC;? might never have been published if it were up to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book editors who first read it. They said the vocabulary, word play and imagery would be beyond childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understanding, that they would never get the jokes and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;fantasy stories disorient children.â&#x20AC;? Defending the abilities of younger readers, Juster said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing as difficult words â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there are just words you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know yet. But once you use them, they become a part of you.â&#x20AC;? Juster said he thinks the story of a boy navigating the world around him still resonates with readers 50 years later â&#x20AC;&#x153;mainly because it is still talking about very basic human responses and universal concerns and ideas that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change. The circumstances may change, but the issues are still there.â&#x20AC;? The author visits about 10 schools a year and said he enjoys hearing from students about what they liked and what issues interested them. Of his visit to Field, Juster said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today it was very good. Clearly the kids raised issues that they were concerned about and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very nice; I can learn things from that.â&#x20AC;?


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earliest peoples of the Americas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Incas, the Aztecs, the Anasazi and the Mayan civilizations. Our tour guide showed us several exhibits related to these early people and the artwork and crafts of their descendants. Our tour guide played a twopart instrument made from bamboo. He is originally from Bolivia and told the class about his culture. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural specialist played some drums and talked about his own tribal culture. One of the highlights of our trip was a movie that appears on some custom tapestries, on a dome ceiling and on a rock! The movie focuses on the culture and history of Native Americans and emphasizes the influence that the earth has on native cultures even today. Another highlight was lunch in the cafeteria, which features food from four regions of the United States and native cuisines. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fifth-graders

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School

This was a very exciting week for St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The football team had its first home game. Many students came to cheer the players on, and the crowd was happy that the team shut out Wilson, 37-0. While the football team played Saturday, crew had a big day Sunday. Crew is a new sport for St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and this is its first year as a varsity sport. Sunday was the dedication of the two rowing shells. The team also purchased a new launch and a trailer to take the boats to away regattas. On Sunday, there was a ceremony for everyone to come see these two new boats, which are named the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mancabelliâ&#x20AC;? and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veithâ&#x20AC;? after St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president Jeff Mancabelli and athletic director Thomas Veith. As a way to raise funds, rowers dedicated a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name to put on each seat. On Wednesday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl visited St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and celebrated Mass. At the end of the liturgy, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acknowledged two Lasallian educators for their years of dedicated service. Mr. Mancabelli, president, celebrates 20 years as a Catholic educator. Brother Martin Zewe celebrates 50 years as a brother and 17 years as a teacher at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kate Lodico, 12th-grader

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School The beginning of school always makes us feel nervous. But after meeting my teacher, my class and all of the new students, I can tell that it is going to be a great year. One thing that my friends and I have enjoyed is that we are now in the upper school at St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which means that we have art class in the Upper School Art Studio, science in the Upper School Science Lab, and music in the Upper School Music Room. We

now wear P.E. uniforms and go on overnight field trips. One other thing that is new this year is that many people entered our grade. Usually we have about two new students, but this year we have five. Of course, this is a great opportunity to make new friends. Also, the kindergartners are now in the lower school after spending last year in our nursery school. They are now eating in the lunchroom for the first time. Plus they get to perform in the annual Kindergarten Circus. And there are also students who are completely new to St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the nursery school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Megan Beyer, fourth-grader

School Without Walls

Walls is proud to add girls field hockey to our growing list of fall sports, which already includes soccer, crew, and track and field. After school, athletes from each of the teams can be seen getting ready to leave for practice at fields in different parts of the city. Although Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; athletes do not have the convenience of practicing on their own turf, they are nonetheless dedicated. On Wednesday the newly elected student government met for the first time. Each grade level also met later on in the day at class meetings, whether cramped in the top-floor library, jammed into the noisy common room, or assembled outside on the terrace. Some, like the freshman and sophomore classes, welcomed new class officers. Others, like the senior class, talked about the upcoming school year, steps toward graduation and planned fundraisers. One such fundraiser is scheduled to take place this Friday. The Back to School Dance will be a glow-in-the-dark-themed event. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Hi! My name is Anastasia, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the third grade. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on subtraction. I also like to add and do partial sums. We learned about Washington and its neighborhoods. We found out about Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Adams Morgan and Glover Park. Georgetown has the C&O Canal. I like the library. We get to check out books. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of nonfiction that I can read and learn from. My favorite fiction is about ballet. Hi! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Micah. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also in third grade. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been learning about subtracting. If the number on the top is smaller than the one on the bottom, you have to trade with the one beside it. I like the gym and computer. In computer class, we get to learn lots of things like how to type. We can play games to learn things. My favorite books are the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic Tree Houseâ&#x20AC;? books. Ms. Choi helps us learn. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get something and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having trouble, she helps us understand at a table she has set up. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anastasia Kotova and Micah Robinson, third-graders


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