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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vol. V, No. 51

THE FOGGY BOTTOM CURRENT Council tackles $188 million gap


■ Budget: Cuts, tax increases

produce spirited discussion By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Staring down a very deep budget hole, D.C. Council members Tuesday insisted that residents protesting cuts in their favored programs also suggest ways to slim down the city government or raise

additional revenue. And in a daylong hearing, many of the roughly 150 witnesses complied, offering ways to shake loose more federal dollars, combine programs, cut salaries or overtime pay for city workers and — in a now familiar refrain — raise income taxes. Immediately at issue is Mayor Adrian Fenty’s new proposal to plug a $188 million budget gap for the current fiscal year. His proposal,

submitted to the council last week, avoids any tax increases, as the outgoing mayor has long promised. But it would cut funding for virtually every city agency, for a total savings of $161 million; use federal stimulus money to maintain current “per pupil” school funding levels; and eliminate 125 vacant or “redundant” positions. One controversial budget item identifies $22 million in savings from having moved about See Budget/Page 29

ANC protests Ghana Cafe patio bid By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Sisters Caroline and Emory Haynes got a chance to meet Santa and pose for a picture with him Saturday afternoon at the Kennedy Center, which is hosting both Brunches with Santa and meet-Santa afternoons this holiday season.

According to Ghana Cafe owner Anthony Opare, business hasn’t been the same at the West African restaurant since it moved last winter to Logan Circle. In its previous home in Adams Morgan, Ghana Cafe reaped the benefits of the 18th Street nightlife scene with an outdoor patio, live music and late hours. Ghana said his customers aren’t used to the quieter, stripped-down version of the restaurant that opened in January at 1336 14th St. “I don’t have what it takes, so they leave,” he said. “My revenue was cut drastically.” To remedy the situation, Opare has applied with the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to open, and serve alcohol on, a 51-seat outdoor patio at the back of Ghana Cafe. But two groups — the Logan Circle advisory neighSee Ghana/Page 10

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The owner first envisioned a sidewalk cafe, but it proved too costly to move the bus stop. A planned rear patio has drawn opposition from neighbors.

Tree dispute looms large in Georgetown

Activists urge city to adopt new anti-bullying measure


■ Legislation: Charter

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The preservation boards that protect Georgetown’s historic streetscape are facing off against local tree lovers who are trying to keep the neighborhood green. At issue is the height of the little metal fences installed around tree boxes to keep dogs, litter and heavy-footed pedestrians away. At this point the dispute, which has played out at the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission, Old Georgetown Board and — most recently — the august U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, comes down to a mere four inches. But to tree advocates, including the city’s chief forester, those four inches could determine the life or death of beleaguered street trees.

NEWS ■ Ellington looks to ‘Dreamgirls’ to fill its budget gap. Page 2. ■ Council considers scrutiny on Title IX compliance. Page 3.

schools argue for exception By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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A federal commission says the city’s 18-inch treebox standard is unsuitable for Georgetown. “It’s not easy for street trees out there. Let’s give them a little bit of real estate to do their thing,” said John Thomas, head of the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration. “When we use an 18-inch [fence], no one goes in — bikes, dogs, humans.” Thomas told the Fine Arts Commission that higher See Trees/Page 10

PA S S A G E S ■ GWU exhibition looks at summer World Cup trip. Page 17. ■ Local hospice aims for comfort during holidays. Page 17.

Trina Cole always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. She envisioned makeup and miniskirts, shoulder-length hair and knee-high boots. “Many children know what they want to be in life,” Cole testified Monday before the D.C. Council. “And so did I. I wanted to be female.”

EVENTS ■ Tony-winning ‘South Pacific’ comes to D.C. from New York. Page 36. ■ Kuitca offers deeply coded art at Hirshhorn. Page 37 .

The problem, of course, was that she wasn’t. For most of her life, Trina was a boy named Tristan. Then, when Cole was 14, she began attending classes at Dunbar High School dressed like a girl. And that, she said, was when the bullying got really bad. “I was assaulted verbally and physically abused at school,” she said. She was called “faggot” and “low life.” She was banned from the girls’ restroom, she said, and ridiculed in the boys’. Now, city council members say See Bullying/Page 30

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/32 Classifieds/45 District Digest/4 Foggy Bottom News/15 Exhibits/37 In Your Neighborhood/28

Opinion/12 Passages/17 Police Report/6 Real Estate/27 School Dispatches/18 Service Directory/40 Theater/36






Duke Ellington School looks to fill $1 million gap with ‘Dreamgirls’ By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

When the Duke Ellington School of the Arts faces a crisis, principal Rory Pullens said, it doesn’t get panicked. It gets creative. Very creative. According to Pullens, the Burleith arts magnet is facing a nearly $1 million budget shortfall this year due to an unexpectedly high enrollment. “Our enrollment was higher than what the school district expected, and $400,000 was

trimmed from our budget,” he said. Pullens said the central office expected Ellington to draw 474 students this school year, but it opened with 518. Now, the administration is faced with a challenge: Raise additional funds or cut the arts staff. Pullens worries he might have to eliminate 15 full-time arts positions, which, he said, would “decimate our arts program.” But he’s hoping it won’t come to that. Instead, he’s betting the arts magnet will be able to stave off layoffs by doing what it does best: putting on a show. Tomorrow

evening, the curtain will rise on Ellington’s production of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls.” Pullens said more than 200 students are involved in the production, including cast, crew, orchestra members, costume designers and makeup artists. “It’s a lot of work,” said ninth-grader Anya Fredrickson. “But it makes sense. It’s what we do.” While she spoke, Frederickson — a student in the school’s museum studies program — was putting the finishing touches on an art

and photo exhibition chronicling the making of the musical. Pullens said students have worked on every element of the production. They even spearheaded a marketing and promotion campaign to create publicity for the production. “This is not a typical high school production,” he said. “This is a professional-level production.” And it has to be. The goal isn’t just to showcase Ellington’s talent, Pullens said: See Ellington/Page 8


In the Neighborhood December 2010

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY NEWS A NEW CAMPUS PLAN FOR AU AU is developing a new Campus Plan, a roadmap for all new facilities that the university plans to build on campus during the next decade. The new plan, which focuses on bringing students back to live on campus, proposes to build new residence halls on the university’s existing property. RESOURCE GUIDE FOR NEIGHBORS The new neighborhood resource guide features information about campus attractions for neighbors like the Katzen Arts Center and the Arboretum, as well as essential university phone numbers. The guide and a quick reference magnet will be distributed to the neighborhood. AU STUDENT WINS ELECTION SEAT FOR ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION AU student Deon Jones was elected to the long-vacant ANC3D07 Commissioner position to represent students on the South Side of the AU campus and nearby neighbors. A student in the competitive Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs, Deon also is one of the many AU students working as interns on DC Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray’s transition team. KAY SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER The interfaith Abraham S. Kay Spiritual Life Center is a hub of spiritual life at AU. Twenty five faith communities call the chapel their home, and it is frequently used for weddings, concerts, and other events. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the chapel, stop by the next time you are on campus. Visit for hours and schedule of services.

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WINTER DANCE SHOWCASE* 7 p.m. Katzen Arts Center

Biannual celebration of AU’s dance program with student performances of modern jazz, ballet, tap, and African dances.


KIDS @ KATZEN* 3 p.m. Katzen Arts Center – Rotunda

AU’s popular workshop for children 5-12 years old will explore print-making and the Washington Project for the Arts 35-year retrospective show at the AU Museum.


4th ANNUAL HOLIDAY SOIREE 7 p.m. Katzen Arts Center – Rotunda

Join the AU Alumni Board and the Friends of the Library for a festive evening featuring entertainment by AU’s popular student a capella group On a Sensual Note. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. RSVP at (202) 885-5921.


THE NUTCRACKER BALLET* Dec 10 at 7 p.m. Dec 11 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec 12 at 5 p.m. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

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Neighbors mull Fresh fight over Philly location By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

Some Potomac Street residents are mulling an appeal of a recent city covenant that allowed Philly Pizza & Grill to reopen as Go Fresh, and on Monday, the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission pledged its support for the potential effort. Residents who live close to the now-open shop haven’t decided whether they’ll file the Board of Zoning Adjustment appeal, said Lynn Schubert, one of the parties to a zoning battle that shut down latenight Georgetown University hangout “Philly P’s” earlier this year. Though officials have described the city order that allowed Go Fresh to obtain a new certificate of occupancy as very strict, Schubert said neighbors have serious problems with it, including its allowance of a too-big oven typically not permitted for a prepared-foods shop. But the bigger issue remains with the shop owner, Mehmet Kocak, who has flaunted city rules in the past, she said. Neither Kocak nor his attorney appeared before the commission, but Kocak has said in the past that he has made every effort to mitigate his business’ impact on neighbors. If neighbors do file an appeal, commissioners will support them before the board and be represented by the same attorney. There is a danger to appealing the city-negotiated order, Schubert noted. If the challenge succeeds and the order is canceled, a matter-ofright operation there could leave neighbors “in worse shape” than does the order, which curtails Kocak’s operating hours and more. The resolution to support the potential appeal passed 5-2. Schubert and her neighbors successfully battled this year to convince city authorities to yank Philly Pizza’s certificate of occupancy on the grounds that it was operating as a takeout joint, not a restaurant. But the real problems for neighbors, they said, were the noise, trash and other nuisances from students gathering at Philly after area bars closed.





After Georgia Ave. pawnshop issue, council orders community input By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

While one new pawnshop opened recently on Georgia Avenue and another proposed store remains under review, the D.C. Council last week passed legislation that gives community members across the city greater input on the businesses. The legislation requires pawnbrokers to notify advisory neighborhood commissions of their intent to locate in their area, and requires the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to give “great weight” to commissions’ opinions. Though the law awaits mayoral approval,

it has already played a role in a proposal for a pawnshop at 7301 Georgia Ave. Last spring, when the Dallas-based Famous Pawn chain leased the vacant space in Takoma, several community members and business owners mobilized to intervene. Fearing a pawnshop could increase crime and reduce property values, a group of residents launched a lawsuit against the city for issuing a license to the chain. Amid this controversy, Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser introduced emergency legislation to reform the District’s pawnshop regulations, and the Takoma residents dropped their lawsuit. The council last week passed a tweaked,

permanent version of the emergency legislation. Attorney Roderic Woodson with Holland & Knight, who represents Famous Pawn, said he thinks “the matter just spun out of control” in Takoma and has created negative consequences across the city. “This entire piece of legislation, which came to address and attack this business citywide, was grounded in a single disagreement between a single neighborhood group and a single store,” he said. But Sara Green, a Takoma advisory neighborhood commissioner who has closely tracked Famous Pawn’s plans, said the new law simply clarifies — and encourages

UAE looks to convert residence to chancery By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A vacant ambassador’s residence at 2406 Massachusetts Ave. in Sheridan-Kalorama would get a big addition in order to serve as offices for the chancery of the United Arab Emirates, under plans presented to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment last month. The zoning board is scheduled to vote on the application Dec. 14. The United Arab Emirates’ main chancery is at the International Center in Van Ness. But embassy officials said they need more space and want to use the Embassy Row property they have owned since 1973, vacant since the ambassador moved out in 2003. Plans include restoring the front of the 1912 mansion and building underground parking for 10 cars and a three-story L-shape rear addition that would back onto Rock Creek Park. Officials said the glassy addition would be only minimally visible from either

Tenleytown site poised for retail project By REBECCA ROTHFELD Current Correspondent

Paul Millstein of Douglas Development said last month that he’s anxious to “get going” with a retail project for the long-vacant corner site of the former Babe’s Billiards, at 4600-4614 Wisconsin Ave. Millstein explained to the Tenleytown-American University Park advisory neighborhood commission at its Nov. 18 meeting that Douglas Development has abandoned its initial hopes for a fivestory retail and office venue and has settled instead on a plan for a three-story “dramatic retail presence” with striking 20-foot ceilings. The firm also decided against pursuing a more recent plan for a six-story retail and residential project that would have required rezoning the parcel at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street. The building’s existing lower level will be converted into a restaurant, and the top two floors will house 20,000 square feet of See Babe’s/Page 29

Massachusetts Avenue or the park. One Sheridan-Kalorama resident complained about the project at a recent advisory neighborhood commission meeting, arguing that the neighborhood is already overrun with chanceries and objecting to conversion of a residential building to offices. But no opponents showed up at the Board of Zoning Adjustment’s Nov. 9 hearing. The board, when it rules on foreign missions, is generally urged by the U.S. State Department to accommodate chancery projects in order to “fulfill international obligations” of the United States. The United Arab Emirates project will cover more of the lot than normally allowed, and provide less parking — 10 instead of 26 spaces — than required by current zoning regulations. Embassy representatives testified that they will try to preserve several large evergreens on the park border, maintain the appearance of the front of the building, and institute shuttle-bus service to the Van Ness chancery to minimize auto traffic.

The week ahead Wednesday, Dec. 1 The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the status of emergency medical services reforms in the District. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 in the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature D.C. Council Chairman-elect Kwame Brown as guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 The University of the District of Columbia will hold its third community meeting as part of the development of a master plan for the campus. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition will hold its regular meeting, which will include a discussion of plans to highlight the 200th birthday of abolitionist and American statesman Charles Sumner. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.

Thursday, Dec. 9 The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment will hold a public roundtable to discuss the implementation of the Healthy Schools Act. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 in the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Saturday, Dec. 11 Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will hold a Ward 4 Holiday Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Day School, 5000 14th St. NW. Attendees are asked to bring a new winter coat for a child, sizes 2T through 18. To make reservations, contact Brandon Todd at 202-724-8052 or

Thursday, Dec. 16 The D.C. Department of Transportation will host an open house on the Rock Creek West II Livability Study and its recommendations for selected streets. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW.

enforcement of — existing law. The D.C. code already required the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to consider community impact when granting a pawnshop license, Green said. The new law gets more specific, allowing advisory neighborhood commissions “to be the community voice” on such applications, she said. Green’s Takoma commission voted in June, after the emergency legislation was enacted, to oppose Famous Pawn’s application. The owner of the vacant property, Wesley Gordon, has said he couldn’t find another See Pawnshop/Page 8

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14th Street in time for President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inauguration in January 2009. The new plaque enumerates Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accomplishments, including his dedication to public works projects in the District. Shepherd, who governed D.C. from 1873 to 1874, was responsible for the construction of numerous sewers, roads and buildings. The Alexander R. Shepherd Elementary School, which opened in January 1932, was named in

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Park service seeks input on fort plans The National Park Service is seeking public input on its proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long-Range Interpretive Planâ&#x20AC;? for the Civil War Defenses of Washington. The plan, currently in draft form, will outline educational and interpretative programs for the parks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which include Fort Reno and Fort Stevens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for the next five to 10 years. Public comments will guide the final plan. The Park Service is inviting the public to attend meetings where the plan will be discussed. In Northwest, the meeting will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road. For details, call 202-895-6070.

Golden Triangle BID adds storefront art Last month, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District inaugurated its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts in Storefrontsâ&#x20AC;? program with the unveiling of an eye-catching display in the Brawner Building at 17th and I streets NW, according


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to a news release. The project brings artwork to the ground floors of vacant buildings in an attempt to both beautify the district and attract potential tenants. Innovative exhibits will replace â&#x20AC;&#x153;for leaseâ&#x20AC;? signs, drawing attention to the visibility and availability of unoccupied properties. The initiative represents the latest of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many efforts to enhance the aesthetic of the Golden Triangle district, which spans the 43 blocks between the White House and Dupont Circle from 16th Street to 21st Street. Previous undertakings have included installing three decorative bike racks in the district and placing artwork at the entrances of the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations. For more information, visit

YMCA program hosts D.C. youth summit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defining Our Future,â&#x20AC;? the first of two citywide YMCA DC Youth & Government youth summits, will bring elected officials, public policy experts and high school students together Friday to discuss political issues and careers as politicians. More than 200 students have registered to attend, according to a Nov. 24 news release from the sponsoring organization. Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summit, to be held at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, will feature advisory neighborhood commissioners and other elected officials, Mo Elleithee of Hilltop Public Solutions and other public policy experts. The program culminates in a legislative weekend, to be held in March, when students will be given an opportunity to play the roles of city officials in a two-day simulation of the D.C. Council. The YMCA DC Youth & Government program, established in 2001, has provided more than 1,000 students in the metropolitan area with an opportunity to learn about governance. For details, call 202-380-7632 or send an e-mail to

Corrections In the Nov. 24 issue, an article on Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redevelopment project stated incorrectly that Giant official Guy Stutz had visited Philip Montaltoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house several times to discuss loading-dock alternatives. The two did meet, but not at Montaltoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. In the Oct. 27 issue, an item in the Spotlight on Schools section misstated the name of Kingsbury Day School middle school student Zenzi S. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.



Foundation seeks â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Neighbors in Needâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; help Current Staff Writer

As the season of giving gets under way, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region is urging residents to remember their Neighbors in Need. The foundation, which administers funds to area nonprofits, launched its special Neighbors in Need program two years ago in an

effort to help those hardest hit by the recent recession. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no management fee associated with the fund, and every penny goes directly to groups working on the ground to beat back poverty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The impact of the recession is far from being over,â&#x20AC;? said senior program officer Sylvana Straw. In fact, if providers are seeing any change, she said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spike in

the level of need, not a reduction. For instance, Wendy Weinberg, a supervising attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, said her office has been flooded in recent months with clients seeking foreclosure prevention assistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In some of these cases, it takes a couple of years for a person to reach a point where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re facing forecloSee Neighbors/Page 8

Council may order study on Title IX compliance Brown said. Student athletes also have lower truancy, dropout, drug use and pregnancy rates, he said. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayorelect, who chaired the hearing and as mayor would be responsible for conducting the study and corrective action, said that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;benefits of participation in organized sports extend well beyond athletics.â&#x20AC;? He cited the discipline, sense of competence and self-confidence that come with playing team sports. Title IX does not specifically mention sports. But as interpreted in numerous court cases, it requires schools to offer athletic programs that â&#x20AC;&#x153;accommodate the interestsâ&#x20AC;? of both genders, with equal quality in coaching and athletic facilities, fairness in scheduling practices and games, and equal publicity for boys and girls sports. That sounds relatively straightforward, but witnesses at the Nov. 10 hearing discussed the many complexities of creating equal sports programming in District elementary, middle and high schools. Bruce Williams, executive director of the D.C. Coaches Association, said girls must be introduced to team sports at an early age if they are to continue in high school and college. But some elementary schools in the District have minimal physical education programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not equitable that one elementary school has a fulltime P.E. teacher, while others share. Kids have got to learn these skills when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took me four months to field a volleyball team [at Anacostia High School], because the young ladies were scared of the ball,â&#x20AC;? said Tina Bradshaw-Smith, now a coach at Wilson High. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The young ladies have to learn early how to win and lose, to compete under pressure.â&#x20AC;? See Title IX/Page 11

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A recent D.C. Council hearing shined a spotlight on inequities in athletic opportunities for boys and girls in city schools. Nationwide the inequality is obvious, and witnesses said conditions are no better here. At issue is compliance with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Title IXâ&#x20AC;? of the Education Amendments of 1972, a law that prohibits sex discrimination by any school or university that receives federal funds. Its most notable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and controversial â&#x20AC;&#x201D; impact has been the push for equal opportunities, and equal facilities, for boys and girls to participate in sports. At-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown wants the city to conduct an â&#x20AC;&#x153;independent analysisâ&#x20AC;? of compliance in District public and public charter schools, and then create a five-year plan to correct inequities. After five years, under a bill now before the council, there would be another analysis to see if compliance has improved. When the federal law was enacted, only one of every 27 high school girls played varsity sports. Today, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of every 2.5 girls, but gender imbalances persist. Brown said 80 percent of all colleges and universities are not in full compliance with Title IX. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less data at the high school level, but he cited estimates that girls, roughly half the student body, receive only 39 percent of athletic opportunities. The imbalance has big consequences, well beyond trophies and sports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abundant research shows that involvement in well-run athletic programs leads to higher graduation rates and higher college acceptance,â&#x20AC;?


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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 6:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:52 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 9 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  43rd and Jenifer streets; street; 5:50 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Ellicott St.; street; 5 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  5300 block, 42nd Place; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26. Simple assault â&#x2013;  4200 block, Nebraska Ave.; sidewalk; 1:45 a.m. Nov. 24. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  3700 block, Cumberland St.; residence; 3:25 a.m. Nov. 25. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 1:40 a.m. Nov. 24. Property damage â&#x2013;  4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Harrison St.; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 24. Fraud â&#x2013;  5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 7:45 a.m. Nov. 26.

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Robbery (armed) â&#x2013; 5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; gas station; 11:47 p.m. Nov. 26. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  4900 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  3200 block, Ellicott St.; residence; 10:15 a.m. Nov. 22.

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 4800 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 9 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Chesapeake St.; parking lot; 10:09 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Ellicott St.; street; 3:25 p.m. Nov. 24.




Burglary â&#x2013; 3600 block, Edmunds St.; residence; 5:45 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Bellevue Terrace; residence; 10 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 39th St.; residence; 3:58 a.m. Nov. 25. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Edgevale Terrace; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  28th Street and McGill Terrace; street; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Simple assault â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Property damage â&#x2013;  38th and Garfield streets; street; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  3900 block, 37th St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Whitehaven St.; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 11:50 a.m. Nov. 27.



Burglary â&#x2013; 5000 block, Glenbrook Terrace; residence; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Tilden and Sedgwick streets; unspecified premises; 12:30 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 10:12 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Embassy Park Drive; residence; 9 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 5:38 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  4800 block, MacArthur Blvd.; drugstore; 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Clark Place; street; 7:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Property damage â&#x2013;  4800 block, MacArthur Blvd.; street; 4 p.m. Nov. 22.

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Avenue; sidewalk; 10:05 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013; 3200 block, M St.; tavern; 2:20 a.m. Nov. 25. Burglary â&#x2013;  3500 block, Prospect St.; university; 11:10 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Olive St.; residence; 11 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Water St.; office building; 1 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 37th St.; residence; 4:05 p.m. Nov. 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3300 block, Reservoir Road; street; 4:19 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 9:29 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4:45 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Simple assault â&#x2013;  1700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 5:20 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  Prospect Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 2:50 a.m. Nov. 25. Property damage â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; store; 2:14 a.m. Nov. 25.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 2400 block, K St.; church; 7:15 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  900 block, 24th St.; residence; 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, H St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  2200 block, C St.; government building; 11 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 4 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; tavern; 2:15 a.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 7 a.m. Nov. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 9:15 a.m. Nov. 23. Simple assault â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 6:55 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  2100 block, E St.; drugstore; 12:45 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  Roosevelt Bridge; street; 4:15 a.m. Nov. 27. Property damage â&#x2013;  2200 block, C St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  700 block, 24th St.; parking lot; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23.



Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  1900 block, I St.; restaurant;

12:45 p.m. Nov. 24. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 800 block, 20th St.; park area; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 10 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 16th St.; street; 9:45 a.m. Nov. 27. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, 21st St.; residence; 9:55 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 10 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; office building; 8 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; residence; 12:08 p.m. Nov. 24. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; street; 11:15 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and R Street; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; medical facility; 4:50 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; street; 3:45 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:53 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1500 block, I St.; office building; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 12:15 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; sidewalk; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; medical facility; 11:45 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:15 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 12:15 a.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 3:40 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 16th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 17th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  17th and N streets; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; parking lot; 9 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  18th and H streets; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; street; 3:12 p.m. Nov. 26. Simple assault â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and M Street; sidewalk; 11:10 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  17th and Corcoran streets; 1:40 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; tavern; 2:25 a.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  17th and I streets; tavern; 2:30 a.m. Nov. 27. Threats â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24.




AU Park residents request speed humps to calm traffic on Brandywine By REBECCA ROTHFELD Current Correspondent

Complaining about speeding and reckless driving, residents of the 4900 block of Brandywine Street in American University Park are petitioning their local advisory neighborhood commission to support speed humps for their street. “Speeding has gotten aggressive,” said

Vernon Holleman, who has lived on Brandywine for 11 years. He said it poses a particular danger for the 18 children on the block of 26 houses. Another resident, Peter Carlson, said he believes unchecked reckless driving has led to a recent rise in area accidents. Support for the speed-hump proposal was unanimous among residents of the block in a D.C. Department of Transportation-required

ANC reaches accord with new eatery

survey, surpassing the city’s required threshold of 75 percent approval. The plan encountered hearty opposition, though, from Joan Bartlett of Chesapeake Street, who claimed the measure would divert speeding cars to nearby roads, exacerbating the problem for Brandywine’s neighbors. The commission did not take any action on the residents’ request at its Nov. 18 meeting or set a timetable for consideration. Commission

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!

Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. Lecture: Eyewitness Account: Two Years Under the Red Flag, 1949-1951 1957 E St. 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.

Liliane Willens, with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Peace Corps, will describe her first hand account of the demise of the Kuomintang, China; the peaceful arrival of the People’s Liberation Army; the societal changes in the new government; the outbreak of the Korean War and subsequent virulent anti-American propaganda and increasing political repression. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Organization of Asian Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. RSVP by Dec. 3 at William Atkins


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The arrival of a small restaurant on lower Wisconsin Avenue hit a possible snag recently when a neighboring business owner promised to challenge the establishment’s new liquor license. Although the advisory neighborhood commission declined to join the challenge and proceeded to approve a voluntary agreement negotiated with the owners of new eatery Lapis, neighbor Karen Brooks protested that the restaurateurs had violated city notice rules. Brooks, who co-owns BrooksBowerAsia, a firm that advises American companies operating abroad, said Lapis’ owners, who also operate Cafe Bonaparte farther north on Wisconsin, failed to display properly the placard required of license applicants. Her neighbors and staff saw no sign until Oct. 3, said Brooks — one day before the required notice period was to end. “We would have organized to present a protest,” said Brooks. And the city Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration had investigated the site days before, Brooks said, and found that the placard was not visible enough. But the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has already rejected Brooks’ argument; she plans to appeal that decision. Though the board suggested that Brooks work with the other protester in the matter — the neighborhood commission — there was little will among commissioners to join her effort. They had protested the license in order to craft a voluntary agreement. The voluntary agreement that will apply to Lapis, a small establishment with 28 seats inside and 12 outside, passed unanimously Monday night, and its authors tried to convince Brooks that the agreement — along with existing law — will address her concerns about noise and safety. Lapis must serve food until 45 minutes before closing time, and noise must be confined to the premises. In addition, Lapis’ owners must meet with concerned parties to iron out complaints, and any issues must be addressed within 10 days.

chair Matt Frumin said the heated discussion underscores the need for comprehensive traffic-control solutions. “The delicacy is [that] speed humps on one street affect other streets,” he added, recalling a similar situation in Chevy Chase that pitted neighbor against neighbor. The next step, Frumin said, is to “get together to talk about a more comprehensive solution.”

Dec. 8 at noon Perspectives on Current U.S.– Taiwan Relations Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 1957 E St., NW

Balance: The GW Ballet Group will perform The Nutcracker for free Dec. 5 in GW’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre.


A discussion with Bernard Cole, professor of international history at National War College, and Rupert HammondChambers, president of U.S –Taiwan Business Council. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. RSVP by Dec. 7 at

Dec. 4–5, 10–12 Washington Revels presents: The Christmas Revels Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW

Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Chamber Concert Phillips Hall, B-120 801 22nd Street, NW

For the 28th annual Christmas Revels in Washington, D.C., travel to novelist Thomas Hardy’s beloved “Wessex” to the little town of Mellstock in the countryside of nineteenth-century England for a English Country Christmas with traditional carols, anthems, rounds, country dancing, and a hilarious mummer’s play. This year’s guest artists, The Mellstock Band, come from England with a wonderful collection of string and wind instruments, including the haunting ”serpent,” a snake-like ancestor of the tuba. Performances are as follows: Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $12-$45 at or by phone at 1-800-595-4849. Group sale discounts for groups of 10 or more available through the Revels office at 301-587-3835.

Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Balance: The GW Ballet Group’s annual production of The Nutcracker Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre 800 21st St., NW Come see a classic holiday performance for free with Balance: The GW Ballet Group’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Following the performance, there will be a meet and greet with the dancers. Feel free to come down to the stage to take pictures and see the costumes. For more information, contact Andrea Farnan, at To pre-reserve your seat, contact Amber Lewis at or 202-994-0211.

Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-994-6245.

Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. All-Piano Concert Phillips Hall, B-120 801 22nd St., NW Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-994-6245.

Dec. 17 at noon Jazz Jams Phillips Hall, B-120 801 22nd Street, NW Patrons are encouraged to bring instruments to join the band. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-994-6245. $

Dec. 17–19 Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents: Men in Tights: A Pink Nutcracker Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW This holiday fantasia arrives complete with the Sugar Plum Fairy, lots of vodka and, of course, sexy men in tights. GMCW revives its popular take-off of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite, set to a wonderland of choral singing. Performances are as follows: Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50 at



PAWNSHOPS From Page 3 suitable tenant to fill the space. According to regulatory department spokesperson Michael Rupert, the city is now reviewing the application. He said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no â&#x20AC;&#x153;clear timeline for when they will come to a decision.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, another Famous Pawn outlet opened this fall lower on Georgia Avenue, in Brightwood. Sources said the store, at 6400 Georgia Ave., was immune to the new legislation because it won

approval for its application a couple of years ago. To Green, the store signals an unwelcome direction for Ward 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our economic development? Pawnshops?â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that says good things about us.â&#x20AC;? Woodson said the public perception of pawnshops is faulty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The image that has been created is that this business is essentially a conduit for criminal activity,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That has never been the case.â&#x20AC;? Woodson proposed two amendments to the pawnshop legislation that were not included in the final

NEIGHBORS From Page 5 sure,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economy is still bad. People are still unemployed. And people are still facing foreclosure because of fraud or because of financial reasons.â&#x20AC;? But while need is far from disappearing, Straw said, it is evolving. Back when the fund started, she said, people needed emergency items like food, clothing and assistance to pay rent and utility bills. They still do, she said, but other issues are cropping up as well. According to Straw, as unemployment rises, more people need help covering the costs of prescription drugs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people lose their jobs, they lose their health insurance,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, as the economy continues to drag, the signs of stress are becoming more apparent.

THE CURRENT version, which would have allowed pawnshops to relocate under certain conditions without the input of advisory neighborhood commissions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for example, in the event of unforeseen circumstances like a fire. The final legislation, in addition to giving neighborhood commissions great weight, sets a maximum rate of interest for pawnbrokers to charge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 percent per month for the first six months of a loan, and 3 percent thereafter. Those figures were reduced slightly from those in the emergency legislation, according to a Bowser staffer.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an increased need for mental-health care,â&#x20AC;? Straw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Providers are seeing more and more people with depression and suicidal tendencies as a result of losing their homes.â&#x20AC;? George Jones, executive director for Bread for the City, which operates an emergency assistance center in Shaw, said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still essential that groups provide services for â&#x20AC;&#x153;the spirit and the body.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, when we were in the throes of the recession, people were really focused on basic needs,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But now we need to support mental and social needs as well.â&#x20AC;? The Community Foundation recently awarded Bread for the City $25,000 to support mental-health services through its Neighbors in Need fund. The foundation has distributed $3.6 million since the fund was created in 2008, including $585,000 in grants just last month. To learn more about the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neighbors in Need fund, visit

ELLINGTON From Page 2 The musical has to make money. The school gets most of its funding from the District, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also supported by the Ellington Fund, a nonprofit that promotes the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts mission. In addition, the school has historically used grants to help cover salaries. Tuition from students who commute from the suburbs goes straight to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellington is a revenue booster,â&#x20AC;? Pullens said. But Pullens said this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget difficulties are heightened by the fact that some grants the school used to receive to cover salaries can no longer be put toward personnel costs. He said that shift â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plus the unfunded increase in enrollment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has left Ellington struggling to cover its operating costs, which are more than those of a typical public high school in D.C. At Ellington, students earn 34 percent more credits than those at other D.C. public high schools. The Ellington Fund and donations from supporters help. But sometimes, Pullens said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not enough. As a result, the arts programming central to Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is at risk. While arts programs are â&#x20AC;&#x153;just as

essential as math, science and English,â&#x20AC;? Pullens said, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re often the first to go when schools have to make tough choices â&#x20AC;&#x153;because we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut graduation requirements.â&#x20AC;? So, instead of the usual three to five performances, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show will have 14, running from Dec. 2 through 18. And a gala performance featuring a cameo by original â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamgirlsâ&#x20AC;? star Jennifer Holliday will take place Dec. 9. Tickets cost $25 to $35 for regular performances, and $200 for the gala. Pullens hopes the school will be able to raise a $300,000 profit from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamgirlsâ&#x20AC;? alone. And he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeling good about Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prospects. The school has already pre-sold 4,500 tickets, he said, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Plus, he said, local businesses have also pitched in, either through sponsorships or in-kind donations of goods and services. Meanwhile, Ellington has adopted some other moneymaking strategies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like renting out its theater and arts studio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in an effort to protect staff salaries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an awesome experience,â&#x20AC;? said teacher Marta Reid Stewart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the departments of Ellington are coming together to demonstrate their craft. ... Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working to make this thing work.â&#x20AC;?


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Jobs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and free food â&#x20AC;&#x201C; feted at new IHOP Current Staff Report


new IHOP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; formerly known as International House of Pancakes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; opened its doors last week in Columbia Heightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DC USA. The new eatery touted its employment figures at the opening celebration: 120 new employees, 95 percent of them District residents and 90 percent previously unemployed. Mayor Adrian Fenty, at-large D.C. Council member Kwame Brown and Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham represented the city at the celebration. The first 1,500 customers received free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes.

In addition, Park Row Shelter residents were invited to enjoy free meals as new employees were being trained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing gets your kitchen to rock and roll better than a full room,â&#x20AC;? said Birch. The franchise owner is Tyoka Jackson, a retired 12year player with the National Football League. Jackson, with family members, owns an IHOP on Alabama Avenue in Anacostia, which opened in 2008. Financing of $800,000 for the venture came indirectly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Anacostia Economic Development Corp., and $900,000 came from Industrial Bank, guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to Doyle Mitchell, the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president.

Pampered pets and their people go Unleashed


he dog treats offered at the new Unleashed by Petco store in Georgetown are so tempting, even people are digging in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a favorite of one of my staff members,â&#x20AC;? manager Kyle Butler-Myers said of the Duplex sandwich crème cookies. And the treats, made even more appealing by their attractive display jars, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only human-grade eats available. The 1855 Wisconsin Ave. shop is part of a new line of stores aimed at enticing high-spending animal owners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the humanization of pets recently,â&#x20AC;? said ButlerMyers, explaining the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection of pet outfits, as well as its focus on offering â&#x20AC;&#x153;premium, natural, organic, holisticâ&#x20AC;? foods. Along with dry and wet food brands that meet those criteria â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Wellness, Natural Balance, Halo, Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best, Pinnacle and Avoderm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the shop carries frozen raw-food options for dogs and even â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoghund,â&#x20AC;? a probiotic frozen yogurt to help a dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digestion.

those already doing errands. The co-locations allow shoppers unsatisfied with grocery-brand pet food BETH COPE to easily grab a grain-free or organâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifteen years ago, â&#x20AC;Ś we all fed ic option at the same time. And while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it, they [our pets] Iams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one flavor,â&#x20AC;? said might pick up something from the Butler-Myers. Now, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking other pet necessities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; litter, more time.â&#x20AC;? leashes and the The trend like. Unleashed doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to also carries have been some items for impacted by the non-furry financial fallfriends. One out, either. aisle includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whereas the stuff and susteeconomy has nance for fish, gone up and birds and repdown, you Bill Petros/The Current tiles, and hamhavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a lot of shrinkage Unleashed by Petco provides pet ster and rabbit gear is here, in the pet indus- food alternatives. too. try,â&#x20AC;? he said. Unleashed by Petco is open 9 Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unleashed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; located on the first floor of the new a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (6 Social Safeway building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is the p.m. after the holidays) Sunday. companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th store, and its third Weekend afternoons often feature in the D.C. area. Along with findadoption events with the ing locations where likely cusWashington Animal Rescue tomers live, the company is siting League, Washington Humane its shops near large grocery stores, in an effort to capture the dollars of Society or Capital Cats.


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TREES From Page 1 fences protect soil around the trees not only from litter and dog poop, but also from compaction that locks out water and nutrients, jeopardizing the treesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; long-term survival. But Thomas was on the losing end of the argument at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 18 meeting. The panel voted unanimously to limit tree box fences in Georgetown to 14 inches in height, pitting the federal panel against the D.C. government. Some background: A group called Trees for Georgetown, part of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens association, has helped plant close to 2,000 trees since its inception in the 1980s. Three years ago, Thomas asked the group to consider putting 18-inch fences â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; around newly planted trees. Trees for Georgetown gladly complied, according to chair Betsy Emes, ordering custom-made wrought-iron fences and installing them around about 150 trees. But the Old Georgetown Board balked at the height of those fences,



arguing they were too high, a tripping hazard and visually intrusive, given the narrow sidewalks in much of Georgetown. Some board members said they preferred no fence at all, but voted to limit the height to 12 inches plus a 2-inch gap at the bottom to let storm water run in and out. That would normally be the end of the matter. But Trees for Georgetown appealed to the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent body, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. City forester Thomas was wellresearched in his testimony. Noting the heavy traffic of people, dogs, bikes, scooters and Segways on Georgetown sidewalks, Thomas said the little fences are â&#x20AC;&#x153;a cheap wayâ&#x20AC;? to protect newly planted saplings, as well as trunks and roots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we want large, healthy trees, they need enough soil volume, enough space. Trees with an 18-inch fence are more protected,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The higher fence correlates with effectiveness.â&#x20AC;? He showed photos of street trees on busy 14th Street, protected by a taller fence and doing well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not concerned about design or appearance.

THE CURRENT We only require it be 18 inches high.â&#x20AC;? Mark Buscaino, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former top arborist and now head of Casey Trees, spoke of the decline of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree canopy, and the precarious state of street trees wedged between concrete roads, sidewalks and buildings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The worst place for a tree is between the street and building. A barrier as formidable as 18 inches will do a good job protecting them,â&#x20AC;? Buscaino told the commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not just a nitpicky thing. This will carry forward for decades.â&#x20AC;? Emes herself told the commission that â&#x20AC;&#x153;tree survival rates have soaredâ&#x20AC;? where the higher fences were installed. The attrition rate for street trees was 15 percent with lower fences, she said. But with the 18-inch fence, â&#x20AC;&#x153;only one or two of 150 have been lost.â&#x20AC;? One of the first higher fences was installed outside her own house on N Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen no footprints. Car passengers have space. The tree is healthy,â&#x20AC;? Emes said. The Fine Arts Commission was not moved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question is whether a 14-

inch fence does the job, with less impact to the historic district,â&#x20AC;? said commission secretary Tom Luebke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Georgetown, sidewalks are narrow. The Old Georgetown Board thought an 18-inch fence would create another barrier,â&#x20AC;? said Jose Martinez, who acts as staff for both the board and commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our history is to go with the Old Georgetown Board. They have done a lot of homework,â&#x20AC;? said Pamela Nelson, vice chair of the Fine Arts Commission. The commission then unanimously adopted the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to keep the fences at 14 inches, set back 12 inches from the curb. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still unclear whether the Urban Forestry Administration, which is part of District Department of Transportation, will recommend denial of public space permits for the shorter tree fences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Urban Forestry Administration will not give us a permit for the fence the Old Georgetown Board recommends,â&#x20AC;? Emes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would have to apply for a public space permit, and we would not approve it,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said.


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PARK From Page 1 Barry. Barry said he wanted to examine whether the construction contract was â&#x20AC;&#x153;legitimateâ&#x20AC;? amid allegations that Mayor Adrian Fenty was handing city parks contracts to friends. Once Barry reviewed the contract and withdrew his opposition, the project ran into further delays when the facilities agency couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t immediately secure required construction permits from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, according to Sanath Kalidas, a member of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project team. At the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 18 meeting, Kalidas spoke of the difficulties of the permitting process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have eight to 10 agencies within DCRA and sister agencies that need to sign off before they release the permit,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even with a cadre of experts, there are some things that come up that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t planned for.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, Robinson said getting the right permits is usually a multi-step process and that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily say thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a delay.â&#x20AC;? Though Robinson said the facilities agency is still waiting on a few permits necessary for later renovation stages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as those for the new elevator and heating and cooling systems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he said the project is ready to begin this week. Dan Melman, president of Friends of Guy Mason, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleased to hear the renovation work is ready to move forward. He and others â&#x20AC;&#x153;are very grateful to the council for keeping it on the forefront,â&#x20AC;? he said. But, like other residents who attended the recent Glover Park meeting, Melman expressed concern over the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tendency to run into what Kalidas called â&#x20AC;&#x153;permitting snafus.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city has kind of squandered three months by not having plans finalized and permits ready to be pulled,â&#x20AC;? Melman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and this primarily rests with two agencies, DCRA and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.â&#x20AC;? Melman also worries that if the project continues to drag on, Guy Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program offerings will suffer a hit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very concerned about losing the people who run our programs because transferring them â&#x20AC;Ś away from where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been based is disruptive not only to the instructors but to the people that have been taking the class,â&#x20AC;? he said. Neighborhood commissioner Brian Cohen suggested that someone should be held accountable for the holdups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCRA has to do its job,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault. â&#x20AC;Ś They need to expedite [the permits].â&#x20AC;?


TITLE IX From Page 5 Lack of facilities citywide is a huge problem. A shortage of fields and gym space means either boys or girls teams must practice into the evening hours, returning home after dark, sometimes in dicey neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids are afraid, having to play after dark,â&#x20AC;? said Joy Taylor, vice president of the Capital Athletics Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a space issue in D.C.,â&#x20AC;? added Bradshaw-Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was coaching volleyball, we had to practice from 3:30 to 5:30. The boys came in at 5:15, saying the gym was theirs. Our boys intrude on the young ladies. Nobody has anywhere else to go.â&#x20AC;? There are also inequities between schools. Several witnesses noted that Wilson offers 26 varsity and JV sports for boys and girls, including crew, lacrosse and skiing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; activities found in few other city schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 26 reasons why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the highest-rated high school,â&#x20AC;? said Robert Clayton, a consultant on sports opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a direct correlation between high grades and athletic programs.â&#x20AC;? Gray noted that Wilson benefits not from city funding inequities, but from the contributions and involvement of its relatively affluent parent body. He wondered how to provide equal programs at other schools without discouraging parent contributions at Wilson.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would applaud Wilson for having 26 sports,â&#x20AC;? said Williams, of the coaches association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But on the other side of town, we have locker rooms where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not been able to take a shower in 30 years.â&#x20AC;? Some fear the only way to balance opportunities for boys and girls, in tight fiscal times, is to shrink funding for boys programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you offer nothing to anyone, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in compliance, but I hope thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;elephant in the room,â&#x20AC;? Clayton testified, is football, a boys sport that attracts huge publicity and eats up funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you have football, how will the girls catch up? How can you match the opportunity and resources?â&#x20AC;? One answer, he said, is to emphasize sports â&#x20AC;&#x153;other than football and basketball, where results are not based on size. Size and brawn donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t determine the outcome in crew, tennis or skiing.â&#x20AC;? Charter schools, popular in the District, present a different problem. Josephine Baker, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, said that until recently few charters had the facilities necessary to offer team sports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to change that, so not only girls get a fair chance, but all charter students get a chance.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have places to play, what good is equality?â&#x20AC;? asked Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, director of athletics at Friendship Public Charter School. Abdul-Rahim,

Baker and other charter school representatives said they are still trying to get access to gyms and fields at closed public schools. Still, progress has been made. Phyllis Lerner of the Sankofa Project, a local group that monitors Title IX compliance, recalled growing up in the 1960s with few athletic opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My first and last letter was for a cheerleading team in junior high,â&#x20AC;? she testified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls had no uniform other than pinnies, no formal games except play days. The boys received huge trophies and full four-year college scholarships.â&#x20AC;? But for Claire Keller, an outspoken eighth-grader at Hardy Middle School, the progress seems slim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Female athletes in DCPS are being left behind,â&#x20AC;? she told the council members. Unlike in suburban and private schools, there are no middle school leagues and no field sports in the fall, said Keller, who plays basketball and soccer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Millions were spent on the renovation of turf football fields,â&#x20AC;? she said. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;while most are lined for soccer, athletic directors monopolize the fields for boys football.â&#x20AC;? When teachers tried to set up a girls soccer team at Hardy, she said, publicity was poor and few girls showed up to try out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cuts are practically nonexistent, because so few are interested. It makes me sad to remember all the girls who dropped soccer later in school because they lacked coaches and teams to support their continued efforts.â&#x20AC;?







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Changing the mix A number of key issues are at stake in the District’s update of its zoning regulations, and the Zoning Commission’s decisions in the coming months could help shape the look and feel of our neighborhoods for years to come. One such issue is the proposal to allow neighborhood-serving businesses, under certain conditions, to locate in residential zones without having to go before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment for a special exception or variance. At present, the proposal applies to medium- and high-density residential zones, which are generally dominated by apartment buildings. But it may be extended to low- and moderate-density residential areas, for which proposed regulations have not yet been drafted. As the Office of Planning’s Travis Parker noted at a recent debate held by the Citizens Association of Georgetown, many historic D.C. neighborhoods have neighborhood-oriented businesses such as Sara’s Market and Georgetown Wine & Spirits that offer convenience and add to the local character. Encouraging such mixed-use neighborhoods sounds nice in theory, but we recall many disputes over the years at spots with business concepts less palatable to neighbors — for example, a site near Georgetown University where a national pizza chain hoped to open up shop. We’re reluctant to sign on to an idea that might limit neighborhood input in such instances. The Office of Planning notes that its proposal would impose a number of conditions on such uses — including a 2,000-square-foot size limitation and a cap on the number of commercial uses per block. Planners also suggest that, at least initially, the new rules prohibit the sale of alcohol and on-site cooking of food, presumably to avoid the kinds of problems that have cropped up in the past. These are good steps, but the decision to let the businesses open would be administrative, not requiring a public Board of Zoning Adjustment proceeding — or, presumably, advisory neighborhood commission review. We would prefer to see both. At the very least, the rules should explicitly provide for notice to affected advisory neighborhood commissions and an opportunity for them to weigh in.


Lunch and other pressing matters … In between two wars, some new saber rattling by North Korea and — oh, yeah — the still limping economy, President Barack Obama was to sit down Wednesday for lunch with D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray. Maybe they’d talk about the 12 stitches Obama got from a pickup basketball game. The mayor-elect is pretty good at basketball. Maybe they’d talk about how Obama needs to show a more human side to the cold calculations he has to make. The mayor-elect knows something about defeating a rival who failed to do this. Maybe they’d talk about how the president in nearly two years basically hasn’t found time to do anything locally but go to sporting events and restaurants. The mayor-elect knows a place or two the president might visit. So on Monday, we asked Gray about his lunch plans with the president. You might be surprised. Gray said he intended to bring up the massive transformation of the old St. Elizabeths Hospital grounds in far Southeast into the sprawling headquarters for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Gray and other city officials worry that the hypersecret facility will turn its back to the local communities along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Gray doesn’t just want Homeland Security to be a good neighbor; he wants jobs for District citizens. Maybe he’ll invite Obama to his Dec. 13 jobs summit at the Reeves Center. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has fought to include local contractors in the construction and is pressing for permanent jobs to go to city residents. We say you might be surprised at the mayorelect’s agenda because build-out of the security headquarters is moving rapidly. If you haven’t driven along I-295, you haven’t seen how whole hillsides have been eaten away by bulldozers. It appears the federal officials are preparing the site so that it could have exclusive offramps. That means that thousands of workers could drive into the facility and return to the expressway without ever setting foot on MLK. And that means there wouldn’t be any economic development of restaurants, shopping or housing to serve those Homeland Security

workers. And that would be a shame. ■ D.C. voting rights. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray was expected to press at least a little for the District to have voting rights in Congress. But that issue has been dead ever since city leaders refused to allow gun amendments on the compromise bill that thenRep. Tom Davis, R-Va., crafted. Ilir Zherka, who runs the lobby group DC Vote, tried to put a positive face on the situation. “We will not give up just because the fight is getting harder,” he said. But with the U.S. House of Representatives in Republican hands, and Davis out of Congress, there is zero hope the voting rights issue will come up again anytime soon. And we may be talking a decade or longer. Zherka pointed out that national elections have swung dramatically. “None of us know what lies in store for the next two years, much less the next ten,” he wrote. No, we don’t know. But the case for optimism seems mighty thin gruel. You wouldn’t want it for lunch. ■ Federal paychecks. There are about 200,000 federal workers inside the Beltway, not counting military personnel. Most of the civilian workers learned Monday that Obama is freezing their pay as part of a budget-cutting effort. Obama is said to have done it in part to get ahead of Republicans who have the federal bureaucracy in their sights. The federal workers are just the first to feel the effects of the coming partisan battles. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., warned that the pay freeze was tantamount to unilateral surrender and warned that the GOP won’t be satisfied. “This move will only embolden the opponents of civil service, those who got elected claiming the federal government is broken and will now set about trying to break it,” Moran said Monday. Moran said the two-year pay freeze would exacerbate a “brain drain” and penalize hardworking employees. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



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George Washington University recently announced an exciting partnership with D.C.-based solar energy company Skyline Innovations that will reduce pollution, save the university money and yield a profit to Skyline. The project is expected to be operational by the end of the spring semester. New rooftop solar panels will provide the energy to replace gas water heating for three campus dormitories, all at no cost to George Washington. The university will pay Skyline for the heat it needs, at a lower cost than the university now spends for gas. Skyline, according to one of its principals, will make enough profit on the heat sales to pay back the cost of the solar panels within four to six years. Since the partnership is to last for 10 years, the firm will earn a nice profit overall. According to Skyline, federal tax credits mean that nonprofits such as George Washington can get a better deal forming a partnership with a for-profit company than they could doing the project on their own. But Skyline’s business model extends beyond the nonprofit sector: The firm is negotiating with the owners of several privately owned apartment buildings as well. The project represents a major step in fulfilling the tenets of the university’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for carbon neutrality by 2040 and reduction of carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2025. According to the university, the project will create the District’s largest source of on-site solar power. We commend George Washington University and Skyline for coming together on this project, and we hope other nonprofits will follow the university’s lead.

Redirecting traffic is not a solution In July 2007, I stood next to Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and D.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Karyn LeBlanc at the intersection of River Road, Fessenden Street and 45th Street NW to witness the removal of a barrier on River Road that had been erected in 2004. We were there to see the resolution of what had become a contentious matter in the neighborhood, consuming untold amounts of the time and energy. The barrier had been erected without neighborhood consultation in response to allegations by some residents on Fessenden that the intersection was particularly unsafe — a claim that was later found to be unsubstantiated. A group of neighborhood residents organized to oppose the installation. Our opposition was based primarily on the fact that the bar-

rier simply redirected traffic from Fessenden to nearby streets, most notably Ellicott and 44th. It took three years to reverse the Transportation Department’s ill-advised action. Now, three years later, under the auspices of the department’s Rock Creek West II Livability Study, proposals for “calming” traffic at this intersection are once again being offered without any regard to the lessons learned from the divisive history of this issue. The Transportation Department is once again proposing to reconfigure the intersection, this time by making Fessenden one-way eastbound and reducing the capacity of this collector street to serve its intended function of allowing traffic to move efficiently between Connecticut Avenue and River Road. While the livability study has many reasonable recommendations, the acceptance of these particular proposals will again serve to shift traffic away from a collector street and onto other local streets. It is understandable why residents of one street would be

supportive of proposals to reroute traffic flows away from their own street and onto adjacent ones. But why is the Transportation Department making recommendations that would undermine its own hierarchy of street designations, shift traffic onto local streets, create new safety concerns and further constrain efficient traffic flows? All residents want safe streets, minimal traffic congestion and a livable neighborhood. But the way to achieve that goal is not to transfer the burden of traffic from one set of residents to another. We live in an urban neighborhood and need to share both the benefits and burdens. Sadly, the current proposal for this intersection will reward some residents while unjustifiably burdening others. The Transportation Department should stop setting neighbor against neighbor through its traffic-shifting suggestions and bear in mind the need for approaches that are fair to the entire neighborhood. Paul Fekete American University Park



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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gray needs to show better judgment Tom Sherwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revelation that Mayor-elect Vincent Gray would be hosting his victory party at a nightclub whose owner owes the city $864,000 in unpaid taxes was troubling [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good, bad and Gray areas â&#x20AC;Ś ,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 3]. But even more disturbing was Mr. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;financial challengesâ&#x20AC;? but that â&#x20AC;&#x153;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always

percent carpooled or used transit to get to work. Among large U.S. cities, only New York had a higher percentage of residents who commute by public transit, and only Boston had a higher percentage who walk to work. The proposal by District planners are based on a misguided idea that making parking spaces available is a problem. Gridlock is the issue. The proposal fails to mention that 72 percent of the trips ending in the District each day originate outside of the District. There is no mention of the needs of D.C. families or seniors. The proposal ignores the need to accommodate staff, caretakers, students, individuals with disabilities, and visitors to private homes. One proposal would base the number of parking spaces a residential building could have on the number of dwelling units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one space per unit. For the residents of highend residential dwellings, there may be a desire to have access to two spaces. To attract million-dollar investments, that should be an option. Otherwise, we risk the loss of potential real estate taxes by limiting what D.C. can offer. The proposal says that â&#x20AC;&#x153;required parking spacesâ&#x20AC;? may be used as commercial parking and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;carshare parking spacesâ&#x20AC;? may be counted toward fulfillment of a minimum public parking requirement. Does this mean that someone has to lose a current parking space? If the spaces are limited, it will mean spillover from those who used to have a spot, but are now forced to park in the adjoining residential neighborhoods. Rather than attracting people to return to D.C., this will push people away. Empty nesters who return need a place to park their car. Professionals who work here need to know that safe parking is available. Those who have signed leases need to know that their spaces will not be turned over to a car-sharing vendor. Those who want to shop here may need accessible parking. How many people used bikes to shop for Thanksgiving? It is not in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial interest to give up public spaces to a commercial business. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forward-thinking. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the wrong way to go for Ward 4 residents. Gale Black is the advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 4A08.

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Published by the Foggy Bottom Association – 50 Years Serving Foggy Bottom / West End The Neighbors Who Brought You Trader Joe’s!

Vol. 51, No. 51

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Belated Happy Third Anniversary to Trader Joe’s from the FBA! A Bright Spot for FB/WE If you’re one of the many folks who regularly frequents Trader Joe’s, you may have tuned out the wall-filling murals—depicting the historic FB/WE location—as well as the painted banner above the manager’s perch that notes the store’s opening on September 1, 2008. And you’ll know that even if you shop during “prime time” with a line snaking around the store (sometimes reaching all the way back to the entrance), there are up to 14 cashiers and you’ll be checked out very quickly. Nice and Easy–NOT By contrast, getting TJ’s and the larger project, the Residences at the Columbia and home to TJ’s, into Foggy Bottom/West End was anything but fast and easy. To FBN’s knowledge, D.C. government has never supported the FB/ WE community’s objections

to projects, no matter how odious. In this instance, not only did the city not help with the development, but also our “public servants” nearly scuttled the project altogether. Blast from the Past With no input from or consultation with fellow residents, the now-inactive FB Historic District Conservancy filed a landmark application for the old Columbia Hospital (less than half of the development on the site at the time) with the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and it was declared historic. Despite unanimous support from the community, ANC, and FBA for the



Saturday, December 11 from 5-7 pm Join your fellow FBA members and their guests in celebrating the upcoming holidays with Hors D’Oeuvres and a Cash Bar. Rivers at the Watergate 600 New Hampshire Ave, N.W.

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WEDNEsDAy, DECEmbER 15, 6:30 pm — AuthoR book tALk “When the Luck of the IrIsh ran out”

Veteran journalist David Lynch comes to Reiter’s to discuss and sign his latest book, When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out. Just a few years after celebrating their newly-won status among the world’s richest societies, the Irish are now saddled with a wounded, shrinking economy, soaring unemployment, and ruined public finances. Reiter’s Books 1900 G Street N.W. 202.223.3327, Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

WEDNEsDAys, 6:30 to 8:45 pm FAmILy RELAtIoNs: A book sERIEs

ABOVE: TJ’s makes shopping fun! LEFT: Past FBA President, Ron Cocome (L), and Perry Zettersten (R), FB/WE TJ’s super and dedicated Store Manager, share a warmer moment (in September) outside the store.

project, the HPRB dragged the design review process on for nearly a year with nine separate hearings, finally approving a building of reduced square footage. This effectively lowered the developer’s offer—negotiated by then-FBA President, Ron Cocome, on behalf of the FBA and ANC— for the community’s ownership interest* in the property from $5 million to $3.6 million. Moving Forward Setting aside disappointment, Cocome spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to TJ’s Corporate and teamed with developer Trammel Crow’s VP Jeff Sherman to pursue a contract through to conclusion, using $1.12 million of the settlement to entice the reluctant grocer (remember, this was 2002-3) to FB/WE. Never resting on his laurels, Cocome made (Continued on next page)

At thE WEst END NEIghboRhooD LIbRARy Ori Z. Soltes has been our resident scholar and returns for this year’s Family Relations Book Series. He is Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University, as well as a frequent lecturer in the National and Resident Associate Programs of the Smithsonian Institution.* The book selection and schedule for the program follows. A fuller program can be viewed on the website. There are multiple copies of each of these books available at West End Library (Continued on next page)

THE FOGGY BOTTOM NEWS THE FFoggy OGGY BOTTOM NEWS Bottom Association 2560 Virginia Ave.Box NW,58087 Suite 195 Post Office Washington, Washington,DC DC20037-8087 20037 Editor-in-Chief:Susan SusanTrinter Trinter Editor-in-Chief: The Foggy Foggy Bottom Bottom News News isis published publishedbybythe theFoggy FoggyBottom Bottom The Associationasasa aservice servicetotoitsitsmembers membersand andprovides providesinformation informationonon Association FBAand andneighborhood neighborhoodnews, news,programs, programs,activities activitiesand andother otherevents eventsof of FBA interesttotoFBA FBAmembers. members.Contributions Contributionsand andstory storyideas ideasarearewelcome, welcome, interest butthe theFBN FBNreserves reservesthe theright righttotoedit editororhold holdpieces piecesasasspace spacerequires. requires. but The Foggy Bottom Association was formed by a group of citizens The Foggy Bottom Association was formed by a group of citizens in 1955 and was formally incorporated in 1959. Attendance at FBA in 1955 and was formally incorporated in 1959. Attendance at FBA meetings is open to all residents of Foggy Bottom and the West End. meetings is open to all residents of Foggy Bottom and the West End.

FBA Officers: FBA Officers: PRESIDENT – Asher Corson PRESIDENT – Joy Howell V ICE PRESIDENT – Lev Trubkovich VICE PRESIDENT – Jacqueline G. Lemire ECRETARY – Jill Nevius SSECRETARY – Jill Nevius T REASURER – Bille Conlan Hougart TREASURER – Russell MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR – David Hertzfeldt

FBA FBABoard BoardofofDirectors: Directors: Rita Aid,Victor Elizabeth B. Elliott, David Hertzfeldt, Horwitt, Ciardello, Lisa Farrell, Dusty Dusty Horwitt, Donald W. Kreuzer, Mrozinski Lucia Pollock, GregLawrence Snyder, G. John Woodard Ex-Officio: Ex-Officio:Ron Joy Cocome Howell (Immediate (ImmediatePast PastPresident); President); Susan Trinter (FBN Editor) Susan Trinter (FBN Editor)

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certain that thousands of fliers were distributed to residents to alert them to the TJ’s grand opening. The remaining $2.48 million was used to endow the FBA Defense and Improvement Corporation as a non-profit trust for the neighborhood with grant making capability to advance the quality of life for our residents. The establishment of a community trust was a long-held goal of 30-year FB resident, Elizabeth Elliott, who as Chairperson led the ANC’s efforts on the project. And We All Know How That Turned Out… Our TJ’s has become one of the most robust, retailtax-generating, commercial, non-restaurant ventures in the neighborhood—a boon to the city and gem for our community. Perry Zettersten—inaugural (and current) manager—came to the D.C. store from TJ’s in Centerville, VA. He remembers seeing the store on a side street and thinking, “There won’t be much traffic.” He chuckles at how quickly

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saturday, December 4th, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm st. Lucia procession performing holiday songs at 4 pm Welcome to the Swedish Holiday Bazaar hosted by SWEA Washington DC and supported by Embassy of Sweden. Festivities include: Children’s activity room with Swedish craft, Swedish artwork, crafts, crystal, textiles, books, glögg, and much more. Raffle with prizes and the popular Swedish Café with home baked goods and traditional Swedish delicacies. Gingerbread House Challenge Display of creations on December 4th The visitors of the annual Swedish Holiday Bazaar will vote for their favorite creation and you can pick up your gingerbread house after 6 pm on Saturday, December 4th. for more information, please contact Pernilla Jonsson at or visit sWea Dc’s website that thought was disproved. Zettersten notes that the FB/ WE produce sales surpass all other TJ’s stores on the East Coast. “Our sales now have more than doubled since we opened. The staff has increased from 80 to 120 and, of those, about 36 are the original staff. And, I’d say that at least 80 percent of our staff** live in the District.” “I really enjoy the people, the community, and the store. You get to know people, seeing them every day.” The one downside, Zettersten shared with FBN, is that he had to inform his wife he has a TJ’s


“peanut-butter habit.” FBN has no sympathy! *Both the FBA and Foggy Bottom/West End ANC2A had signed written and legally enforceable covenants with Columbia Hospital owners in 1987 that ran with the land not the ownership. These covenants limited development to what was on the site at the time of the Trammell-Crow purchase. **TJ’s percentage of D.C. resident-employees far exceeds that of D.C.’s government (approx. 40-50 percent).


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Student journey to South Africa on view at GWU By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent


n a grand journalistic undertaking, three George Washington University students traveled to South Africa last summer to dig into the groundswell of excitement surrounding the World Cup and explore the event’s impact on the country and its residents. After having documented their travels on a blog, shot more than 10,000 photographs and recorded hours of video, they are now presenting their discoveries in a multimedia-packed exhibition at the university’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through Dec. 17. Recent grads Ryder Haske and Gabriel Seder and senior Tyler Perry first cooked up the idea for the project two years ago when they learned that the World Cup would take place in South Africa. They envisioned a journalistic odyssey that would lead them to the crux of what the World Cup really meant for South Africans. “We said, ‘Oh, wow, that would be a perfect way to end college,’” said Haske, a 2010 graduate who did most of the photography for the project. At first, they referred to their idea as simply “The Project,” imagining its epic proportions. But as time passed, they acknowledged that “an enormous budget, a crew

of guides, translators, and fixers, and travel by train, bus, boat, camel” were probably a little unrealistic, according to a description they wrote for the exhibit. Scaling down the magnitude of the project as they tried to make deals with major news outlets, they finally found a sponsor in the spring of 2010: an alum of their own school. After Haske met with Luther W. Brady, benefactor of the university’s gallery, the donor awarded

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The exhibit’s photos of South Africa include shots of a living-room-turnedquasi-legal bar, above; Port Elizabeth, left; and picnic tables freshly painted to advertise Coca-Cola, a major World Cup sponsor, above left.

financial support to the trio with no strings attached. “We had complete freedom. We got a fat check written to us on the spot,” said Haske. They left for South Africa in the spring of 2010, armed to the teeth with digital tools and resources. Not only did they bring along cameras, video cameras and laptops to capture what they saw, but they

also used a Facebook group, Twitter feed and YouTube channel to project their findings back home. “It was nice to use everything available in terms of self-publishing tools,” Haske said. Another online tool also proved critical to their mission:, which allows travelers to link up with hosts offering free accommodations. The students said the resource allowed them to spend hardly a dime on lodging and enjoy enhanced interaction with locals. And through that interaction, they found what they were looking for.

From late-night talks with South Africans in their homes to the conversations they managed to squeeze out amid the ubiquitous drone of vuvuzelas at fan parks (the three never attended a stadium match due to ticket prices), they repeatedly observed the “unity that the World Cup brings on a micro and macro level,” according to Haske. For South Africans, they said, that unity manifested itself most saliently in improved race relations. It was a shift that Haske, Perry and Seder experienced firsthand. One night they crowded into a sheSee Soccer/Page 21

Local hospice strives to create comfort, particularly during the holidays By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent


nd-of-life care typically takes place in hospitals, facilities well-equipped to administer conventional medicine to the dying. But according to Cynthia Carney, these giant structures of medical apparatuses lack something of vital importance to the bedridden, particularly during the traditionrich holiday season: comfort. That’s why, Carney said, she decided to dedicate herself to hospice care. It’s an alternative form of care giving that allows patients to live out the rest of their days in their own homes. “Surveys show that most people would like to die at home,” Carney said. “Hospice allows people to die at home instead of getting treatment that is unnecessary at the end of life.” Carney is general manager of the D.C. team of Capital Hospice, a nonprofit founded in 1977 that provides services to more than 1,000 clients daily in D.C., Northern Virginia

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Capital Hospice D.C. general manager Cynthia Carney says the nonprofit takes pride in never turning a patient away. and Prince George’s County. The organization’s goal is to furnish clients with a comprehensive form of care that caters to all facets of health while allow-

ing patients to reside at home, whether that’s a private residence, apartment, assisted-living facility or nursing home. In some cases, Capital Hospice also provides its services to patients in hospitals to supplement standard hospital care. Carney calls hospice care “an interdisciplinary care for the patient” that “recognizes their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.” “We look at the person holistically,” she said. To provide its services, Capital Hospice utilizes a diverse team of care professionals including physicians, nurses, social service workers, chaplains and 750-plus volunteers. On top of administering care themselves, the professionals also work hard to train family members to help, making the process more sustainable and pleasant for patients, Carney said. “We teach our families how to take care of their loved ones at home.” D.C. residents Charles Lee, a patient of Capital Hospice, and his wife, Geneva, say they appreciate the program’s multipronged

approach to care giving. “They’ve come out to explain things,” said Geneva. “They talk to the family members. They have everybody in hospice care that you could need for support.” The couple decided to try hospice a few months ago because Charles, who has prostate cancer, didn’t want to spend time in an assisted-living facility or nursing home. “Everybody wanted him home, and he wanted to be home,” said Geneva, who administers care to her husband daily, drawing on experience and instructions from Capital Hospice. Geneva said that under the health plan Capital Hospice tailored for Charles, a health aide checks in daily while a nurse visits once or twice a week. Carney said Capital Hospice assigns a team of professionals to each patient, avoiding the complications of working with a “scattered” assortment of practitioners. “We help to coordinate care,” she said, “so, instead of having one doctor over here See Hospice/Page 21



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Deal Middle School Things have been very busy around Deal as we enter the middle of the second marking period and get ready for winter. The girls and boys basketball teams have started practicing to get ready for their upcoming season, and indoor track has also begun. History Day and Science Fair projects are well under way, the choir and band are preparing for the winter concert, and there is always homework. Deal recently hosted the Wilson High School drama departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairspray.â&#x20AC;? The students used our auditorium while Wilson is under construction. It was a great show, and everyone is proud of all the Deal graduates who were in the play. It was nice to have them back at Deal. On Nov. 24, the whole school gathered in the auditorium for the annual Thanksgiving assembly. A lot of students brought in donations of canned goods or dry food for less fortunate families. Teachers and students shared the things for which they are most thankful. The choir also had an amazing performance. It was a great way to get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. There is a lot more to come at See Dispatches/Page 19

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Wilson High School students performed the Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairsprayâ&#x20AC;? last month at Deal Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auditorium.

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ouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a corny dance show, big hair, crazy dance moves and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;rainbowâ&#x20AC;? cast all held together with a touch of Ultraclutch! Why, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wilson High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zany production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairspray.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairsprayâ&#x20AC;? tells the story of a plump young girl who is obsessed with being on the Corny Collins show. While she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to join the likes of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nicest kids in town,â&#x20AC;? she embraces the â&#x20AC;&#x153;afrotasticâ&#x20AC;? side of the tracks as well. She fights racial prejudices as she shakes her thang on television, wins the heart of the cutest guy in town and beats out her blondehaired, blue-eyed rival for Miss Teenage Hairspray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairsprayâ&#x20AC;? is a well-known musical with an inspiring film adaptation, so it would be easy to mimic Nikki Blonskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrayal of Tracy Turnblad, the big-haired, boisterous Baltimorean. Maggie Roos played the part of Tracy and truly made this part her own. Roos had a unique attitude when dealing with her crazy crush, Link, that left the audience bursting at the seams. Roos did not limit her creativity with the role to acting. She varied the vocals, a risk with such a well-known show, and pulled it off magnificently. Each note seemed effortless. Each dance move was performed with spunk and attitude. Roos was a standout performer and was greeted with a welldeserved standing ovation at the end of the night. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like a

spoiled brat and her controlling mother â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the roles of Amber Von Tussle and her evil producer mother Velma Von Tussle, played by Abby Melick and Chloe Menderson. Their performances as a mother-daughter dynamic duo stole many scenes. Melick and Menderson were hated by the end of the first number. Melick stayed in character no matter the circumstances on set. Menderson portrayed with finesse a character well beyond her years. Queen Latifahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got nothinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Timaya Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrayal of Motormouth Maybelle. Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice was like a dark chocolate wave that layered the audience with its warmth. Her soulful voice set the tone for many numbers such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Know Where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Beenâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big, Blonde, and Beautiful.â&#x20AC;? While there were a few technical slips, the sound never failed. The mics were always there to pick up the actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beautiful voices, and the costumes accurately highlighted fashions of the 1960s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairsprayâ&#x20AC;? was written by Mark Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music written by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman in response to the 1988 film by John Waters. A movie version of the musical was made in 2007 starring John Travolta. You certainly were not able to â&#x20AC;&#x153;stop the beatâ&#x20AC;? of Wilson High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tremendous production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairspray.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Stapula of Hayfield Secondary School


DISPATCHES From Page 18 Deal before the winter break. The winter concert is a lot of fun, and the school will be selling holiday greens on Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. They will have candy and a great selection of trees, greens and candleholders. There will also be more homework for the break. — Sam Meroney, seventh-grader

Eaton Elementary The first-graders have been learning all about Thanksgiving. We learned about how the Pilgrims were thankful for the Native Americans because they taught them how to get food. We read many books about Thanksgiving, and we talked about what we are thankful for. Ms. McKinley’s firstgraders drew pictures and wrote sentences to show what is most important to them. Alex, Hannah, Hunter, William and Zoe are all thankful for their parents and families. Ayana, Calla and Jackie wrote that they are thankful for having a nice place to live and for clothes to wear. Justice, Diana, Miranda and Sydney mentioned food as something they are very thankful for. Bennett and Ishat told us that they are lucky to have toys and books, and Lydia is thankful for her friends. Charlie told us that he appreciates having nice

teachers. Felseta, Mei-Mei, Mattie and Viggo didn’t forget nature and animals. Our teachers made a bulleting board of our pictures and words telling what we are thankful for. We had our own Thanksgiving feast at school with all the firstgraders and their families. — First-graders

Georgetown Day School Everyone was off for the majority of last week due to the Thanksgiving break. One exciting piece of Thanksgiving news was that members of the Georgetown Day School community made about 225 pies that were then sent off to D.C. Central Kitchen to be distributed throughout the city to serve the area’s many hungry on Thanksgiving Day. According to the project’s coordinators, parents Sue Cohn and Jessica Gladstone, this was a record number of pies compared to those donated by Georgetown Day in years past. — Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hearst Elementary Ms. Weng and Mr. Wallace’s pre-k class recently spent several weeks learning about their neighborhoods and community. Some of that time focused on community helpers and how they help us. Making text-to-self connections,

students were asked how they can help others. Some of their responses included: “I can help a friend clean up blocks,” “I can help my mom with the dishes,” “I can help my friends zip their coat,” and “I can help [Ms. Weng] with snack.” Their enthusiasm to help others was never more apparent than it was this past Tuesday. Armed with an understanding that some people “don’t have enough money to buy food [and] if we don’t help them, they’ll starve,” a recipe for turkey and cheese sandwiches and a little help from our awesome parent volunteers, 18 4-year-olds eagerly set out to make sandwiches for Martha’s Table. Their sandwich goal, depending on who you asked, varied widely from 16 sandwiches to 1 million; yet in all, the class made more than 200 turkey and cheese sandwiches for those in need (and they didn’t even taste them for quality control)! — Pre-kindergartners

Janney Elementary Traditions are a fun way to preserve happy memories of friends and family. Members of the Janney community celebrate using a variety of traditions when it comes to Thanksgiving. Third-grade teacher Ms. Nichole David keeps her dog from eating her turkey, while secondgrade teacher Ms. Elizabeth Koruda travels home to North Carolina and spends the Friday fol-

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 lowing Thanksgiving shopping. Mr. Ryan Varner, one of Janney’s pre-k teachers, said, “I go home and pick a veggie and my mom makes it. I like Brussels sprouts!” Isabella Warner, a student in Ms. Lauren Rockwell’s kindergarten class, said her family plays a game called “pin the tail on the turkey.” — Sophie Anderson, second-grader; Molly Ehrlich and Sophie Schiff, third-graders; Natalia Facchinato-Sitja, fourth-grader; and Claire Medina, fifth-grader

Kingsbury Day School October and November have flown by at Kingsbury Day School. We have been involved in several events. On Oct. 27 the middle school students participated in the Walk for the Homeless sponsored by the group THC. Due to the rainy weather we showed our support for the homeless by walking around the school building. We raised more than $1,700 to help homeless children and their families. On Nov. 6 one of the lower school teachers participated in the autism walk in D.C. Kingsbury students donated approximately $50 to the group Autism Speaks. On Nov. 12 we had our fall dance. The theme was “Masquerade Party.” Some students wore costumes, and others


came casually dressed. We had lots of fun. In my reading class we are reading a book called “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.” It is about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. In my social studies class we are learning about Reconstruction. Reconstruction was a time period after the Civil War when people began to rebuild our country. I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with my family and friends. Thanksgiving is a time when we should take time out from our busy schedules to thank the people we love and care about. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday! — Zenzi S., middle school student

Lowell School On Nov. 12 the Lowell School sixth-grade public art elective class sponsored “An Amazin’ Night Out.” This event allowed parents of kids in kindergarten to fourth grade to enjoy a night out while their kids were entertained. It was a fundraiser for a mural that the public art elective students are going to make for the new middle school lunchroom. At the Night Out, kids could do a variety of activities. They could get their faces painted, with the designs ranging from rainbows to See Dispatches/Page 20

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DISPATCHES From Page 19 zombies. They could crawl through a huge cardboard maze built by the public art elective students. Dinner was also provided. Students could eat a sandwich, vegetable soup or pasta with Parmesan cheese. Finally, the kids watched â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Storyâ&#x20AC;? while eating popcorn at the end of the night. The Amazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Out was a great success. The parents loved it, the kids loved it, and public art raised more than $200. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sam Kwait-Spitzer, sixth-grader

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THE CURRENT worse comes to worst, they are deprived of the food that many of us take for granted. This is just one of many facts that the All-School Service Learning Committee, a branch of the National Presbyterian Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student government, learned while visiting the Capital Area Food Bank on Nov. 11. Our mission was to gain information about hunger and poverty in the Washington area so that we can educate our school about hunger. Did you know that 1 in every 2 children in D.C. comes home to no dinner? Without this food, children, like adults, are not able to focus. Suppose your family lives in an area of town where there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any good grocery stores, your family doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own a car, and, to make matters worse, you and your family are struggling. The food bank calls the area you live in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;food desert,â&#x20AC;? a place where you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables. This is one of the main causes of hunger in the metropolitan area. I am proud to announce that the National Presbyterian School will

commence a food drive January to support the Capital Area Food Bank in its month of greatest need. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; David Rubenstein, sixth-grader

Paul Public Charter School On Nov. 17 Paul had an international family night. Students brought their families to learn about different cultures, and each family went to a different station and made something or learned something different. During the school day our teachers all dressed up in clothing from different places around the world. Then after school we had homework help and prepared for the evening activities. We helped sell snacks to raise money for our end-of-the-year trip to New York City on June 8. Then our families came, and we did fun things like make Chinese folding cubes with the math department, read different versions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;? from around the world with the English department, go out of this world and visit the International Space Station with the science department, and test our geography skills with a quiz show with the social studies department. The best part of the night for us was getting help with homework and selling snacks and drinks for our trip. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ashlynn Boodhoo and Omosefe Aledan, sixth-graders

The River School This week in the Falcon Class we are starting our new theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic and Wizardry.â&#x20AC;? We are going to learn magic tricks and learn about optical illusions. For our dramatic play we are building Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books. Each student will be on a different team. Some of the


students will be painting the window, other students will draw posters or paint a banner, and some students will create the Hogwarts School. On Tuesday, we will have a community meeting. This is when the entire school gets together to meet in the gym for the holiday and we sing songs. At this one we are going to sing Thanksgiving Songs. My class will play a song where there are singers, piano players, guitarists and percussionists. In math, we are learning how to multiply double-digit numbers. We learned some tricks about multiplying double-digit numbers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cyrus Rahbaran, The Falcon Class (third-grader)

Rock Creek Academy Rock Creek Academy is a good school for kids who have disabilities. It has a good junior varsity football team and a good football coach, Mr. Payne. The Rock Creek Rams went 6-1 on the season due to good leadership and strong teamwork. They won the playoff game, and hopefully now they are going to win the championship. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Niles Barnes, eighth-grader

Coached by Mrs. Amory Barnes, the Form A (sixth-grade) soccer players showed great promise and talent during their first year of competitive sports. The tennis players improved their various strokes during an intramural season as well. Finally, students in Voyager continued to increase their knowledge and skill in rock climbing. In the upper school, the varsity Bulldogs suffered just one loss to Georgetown Prep, and they went on to win the Interstate Athletic Conference championship for football. In a 13-7 win against Landon, the Bulldogs showed they had what it took to win the championship for the second year in a row. The cross country team did just as well as its lower school counterpart, also earning the conference championship title. Under the leadership of Mr. Hart Roper, the varsity soccer team had an exceptional season. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team finished in the IAC with a 9-5-4 overall record. We graduated a wonderful group of nine seniors, and we look forward to next fall.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nelson Billington, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy St. Albans School St. Albans is unique in the fact that it requires all students to participate in three seasons of sports. This fall has been a successful season at St. Albans. In the lower school the heavyweight football team performed well and suffered few losses. The lower school cross country team, coached by Mr. Mario Masso and Ms. Julie Haas, won the Middle School Interstate Athletic Conference Championship at Landon. The Form II (eighthgrade) soccer team battled together throughout a challenging season.



During the month of November St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy had a turkey feather competition. The whole school took part. We had this competition to raise money for a charity, the Pajama Project. The Pajama Project gives new pajamas to children in need. The classes competed to see which one bought the most feathers for their turkey, which was hanging outside of each classroom. The feathers were all made out of colorful construction paper. The fifthgraders cut out the feathers and counted the money. Fifth-grader See Dispatches/Page 21




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tles on a table in front of them. Perry said the locals kept speaking of â&#x20AC;&#x153;how important this whole World Cup was going to be to them because it was going to prove how they could all be together.â&#x20AC;? As the trio learned, soccer has

came behind the South African team was kind of seen as very important,â&#x20AC;? said Seder, who hanFrom Page 17 dled the project blog. been â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a semi-legal bar or restauA panorama of Cape Town set rant run of out of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house up across the gallery from the sheâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the city of Soweto. The pracbeen shot speaks to the World tice of shebeens dates back to Cupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as a galvanizing apartheid, when blacks could force of accord. In it, the not own businesses. gleaming new stadium built With locals, the trio for the soccer matches sugwatched a concert on TV on gests progress beyond the the eve of the World Cupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darker days of apartheid opening game. The owner and evoked by the drab Robben patrons of the shebeen, all Island on the imageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge, black, expressed gratitude that where Nelson Mandela spent the students and a couchsurfmany years imprisoned. friend had paid a visit. Pointing to these picTeke Wiggin/The Current tures and others as evidence, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They basically were kind of opening up to us about how the students said they were Recent GWU grads Ryder Haske and there had never been white Gabriel Seder and senior Tyler Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip happy that their experience people, certainly never white affirmed their projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is documented in â&#x20AC;&#x153;South Africa Kicks.â&#x20AC;? people from another country, in premise: that â&#x20AC;&#x153;a couple camthe shebeen or sort of even just not traditionally been popular with eras and an open mind can get in Soweto,â&#x20AC;? said Perry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just white South Africans. But the you a long way.â&#x20AC;? wanted us to feel so welcome.â&#x20AC;? World Cup won new fans from this Scenes like their shebeen chat A picture in the exhibit captures demographic, rallying whites can be seen at the free exhibit, the episode, showing Seder and behind their black compatriots on â&#x20AC;&#x153;South Africa Kicks,â&#x20AC;? at the Luther patrons of the shebeen huddled into the soccer field, they said. W. Brady Art Gallery, 805 21st St. a living room, with their beer botâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that [whites] kind of NW.

HOSPICE From Page 17 and one doctor over there, â&#x20AC;Ś we centralize and coordinate the care all into one package.â&#x20AC;? In addition to regular medical checkups, some patients, including Charles, enjoy occasional visits from another kind of caregiver: a chaplain. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extra aid like this spiritual support, Carney said, that enables the organization to identify ailments that otherwise might go undetected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in pain when really itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spiritual pain or a psychic pain. And those are the kinds of things we try to address,â&#x20AC;? she said. The organization also places great pride on its policy of never turning down a single patient, Carney said. Unlike some other hospices, Capital Hospice is a nonprofit, she said. Through fundraising efforts, the

DISPATCHES From Page 20 Whitney Octavious said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really difficult to make so many feathers because all the grades are very competitive.â&#x20AC;? Joel Hillware, also in the fifth grade, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get to add up all the money, and math is my favorite subject so I like being in charge of turkey feathers.â&#x20AC;? The winners were announced Nov. 23 during our Thanksgiving lunch, which took place in the gym. The first grade won this year; they had more than 2,000 feathers on their turkey. The third-andfourth grade class came in second place, and the fifth grade was in third place. The school raised $1,500 for The Pajama Project. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michaela Herdoiza, third-grader

School Without Walls This past week was, for obvious reasons, short, but School Without Walls had an especially short week, academically speaking. On Tuesday, we had the

organization provided around $1.6 million in charity care last year, according to Carney. She added that Capital Hospice also sticks out from its peers because it employs an unusually large number of physicians who specialize in hospice care and pain management and because it offers care to those who are still undergoing treatment. Most hospices work only with patients who have concluded any intensive treatment, she said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with services like these, Carney said, that she and her colleagues are able to play a special role during the holiday season for many of the dying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At holiday time, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so home-centered, people have all their decorations and traditions and rituals â&#x20AC;Ś . If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to be at home, they can continue to create those memories with their family,â&#x20AC;? she said. For more information, visit or call 202-244-8300.

Thanksgiving Assembly, which is usually the best of the year. The usual suspects performed: the international students introduced themselves in various languages, the choir performed two songs, the dance classes did a long performance, and the stage band performed a number of excellent (and very loud) songs. This year, our active theater department put on three well-rendered monologues, as well as the bubbly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Robin.â&#x20AC;? Wednesday was the annual Thanksgiving Feast. For $5, students get to enjoy an all-you-caneat buffet. The same catering group was used as last year, and diners again noted the very good turkey and Southern biscuits. The day before Thanksgiving is also the traditional day for alumni to come back, wandering around greeting old friends and teachers. No real classes are held this day, but many teachers put on games or movies. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Sheridan School Every year at Sheridan we decorate the school for the winter holi-

days in a theme that represents our school community. For our winter decoration this year, students, faculty and staff are decorating silk hoops with a wish we have for 2011. Each gradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoops have a connection with what the students are working on in homeroom. For example, the kindergartners are working on colors that represent the winter cold: white and purple. The first-graders are using symbols. The second-, third-, seventhand eighth-graders are using words to describe a wish that they have for 2011. The fourth-graders are using symbols that represent the Chinese New Year. The fifthgraders are using designs from Ghana, Africa. The sixth-graders are decorating their hoops like flags. Each hoop will be hung together in the World Room, which already has flags from countries around the world, to show how we come together as a community. At the end of this project, the hoops will be auctioned off and all the proceeds will go toward financial aid. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eliza Shocket, eighth-grader



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Anna Person gets a chance to meet Santa Claus at the KC Cafe as part of Saturdays with Santa. The event will combine vocal and instrumental music, dance and drama, featuring pianist Aldan Cruz and performers from the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church and other local congregations. It will also feature a wooden replica of a Christmas tree more than six tiers tall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; decorated with some 40 people singing holiday songs while standing within the structure of the tree. Performances will take place Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. The church is located at 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets cost $10. For more information, call 202-581-1500. â&#x2013; The St. Albans Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parents Association will hold the 28th annual St. Albans Christmas House Tour Dec. 3 and 4. The tour will showcase five elaborately decorated houses in Spring Valley. Students from St. Albans and National Cathedral schools will provide musical entertainment, and a gourmet luncheon will be served at the St. Albans Rectory both days from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The association will also offer patrons the opportunity to




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GREAT OP! Center hall brick Colonial on expansive corner lot. Estate sale – one owner since 1949! Lovingly cared for, but longing for new owner to bring it into the 21st century! Gorgeous orig oak flrs, flooded with light, 3BR, 1.5BA. Expansion possibility. Anneliese Wilkerson 202-895-7340 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700



CLASSIC 1920 6BR, 4.5BA on corner lot. First time offered in 30 yrs. Spacious LR w/FP, banquet-size DR, modern KIT opens to FR overlooking deck and glorious garden. LL BR & BA. Detached garage. Rare find. 2700 36th St NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-339-9209

RARE OP - TWO Units in The Presidential, a Best Address Co-op. Units may be combined. Both w/CAC, HWF. Doorman. 2 blks to Metro. Pets OK! #405 – 3BR, 3BA, Balc, W/D, ~1700+ SF and #406 – 1BR, 1BA, ~550 SF. – Open Sun 12/5, 1-4 pm. 1026 16th St NW. Joe Priester 202-262-7372 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300



2BR/2BA, NEW KIT APPL w/tile flr, views of parks, newly renovated front entrance lobby, 24 hr desk and rental parking available. Glenn Blong 202-243-2901 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

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NEW PRICE on this charming and wellmaintaned Hillcrest home on peaceful tree-lined st feat modern ts kit, lovely sun room, beatutiful natural wood moldings & hwfs, cac, 2 FPs and fenced rear yard. Helen Dodson 202-243-2955 Friendship Hts 202-364-5200



WONDERFUL open floor plan with spectacular light makes this 4BR detached home a pleasure to experience. Large deck plus slate patio in private drive setting. Over 3,300 SF. 3 frplcs, 2-car garage. Great loc at MacArthur And Arizona. Karen Barker Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

ELEGANT 1909 Georgian-style home filled with original details. Bay-front LR, formal DR, extra-large tablespace KIT, 5BR + den, 3rd Flr Mste, 2 rear porches, full basement. A/C, 3 period mantels, huge skylight. Great loc on beautiful Lamont St near Metro, shops, restaurants, Rock Creek Pk & the Zoo. Photos: Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800



ELEGANT 5BR, 3.5BA brick colonial on quiet street in immaculate condition. Mature landscaping, private gardens & patio facing wooded parkland. 4506 Edmunds St NW. Mary Bresnahan 202-841-4343 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Lge DR, renov KIT. 1627 Suters Lane NW. Ilse Heintzen 202-316-8626 Genevieve Rostad 202-714-3326 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400



WALK TO SHOPS, METRO, ZOO from this 1650 SF 2BR, 2FBA + Den with original moldings, high ceilings, hardwoods and 3 exposures. all in one of DC's "Best Addresses" building Welcome home! Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

16TH ST HEIGHTS $499,000 LOADS OF CHARACTER! Country charm w/unpainted woodwork thru-out + surprisingly generous, well-proportioned rooms. High ceilings, double French doors to rear screened porch for fall breezes. 3 fin lvls, 4BR, 2FBA. 2-car parking, 2 blocks to Rock Creek Park. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 BROOKLAND $279,000 LOADS of CHARM, SUPER PRICE! Allbrick 3BR Cape w/2BR+FBA on main level. Full bsmnt w/FBA. Lovely fenced rear yard, det gar. Near CU, Metro, Prov Hosp. Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 BROOKLAND $319,000 JUST MOVE IN! Restored Home w/ 3BR, 2.5BA, New KIT w/SS Appls, new flring, Freshly Painted, 1st Flr PR, MBR w/FBA, Finished Bsmnt, Covered Patio, Fenced Yard, OSP 3 Cars and easy walk to METRO. Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS $389,000 THE WESTCHESTER – Rare 2BR, 1BA apt w/ 1,200 SF includes entr foyer, spacious LR, sep dining area & sunny solarium, expanded new KIT w/ gran counters, new white tile bath, California closets, gracious Old World bldg. – Open 12/5, 1-4 pm. 4000 Cathedral Ave, NW. Darrell Zimmerman 202-302-5566 Roberta Theis 202-538-7429 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 CHEVY CHASE $284,000 SPACIOUS UPPER FLOOR unit with lots

KALORAMA / ADAMS MORGAN $1,295,000 RARE OFFERING of an expansive 4000 SF manse in heart of Kalorama Triangle. 5 large BR, 3.5BA on 4 levels. LR, parlor, DR, eat-in KIT. Each level features a deck. Spectacular views from top floor. LL 2BR in-law ste. 2 car pkg. A great value. View & more info: Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 MT PLEASANT $450,000 SPACIOUS corner condo w/ PKG sunfilled from S & W windows. Handsomely renov w/2 generous BRs, updated BA, gran/SS KIT, large LR, dining area, custom built-in, W/D combo in unit. Well-managed, pet friendly bldg w/common laundry & lovely garden. Mere blocks to Metro, shops, restaurants, Rock Creek Pk & Zoo. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PETWORTH $459,900 NEW PRICE! 4BR+den/3.5BA, new renovation, original HWFs, big kit, double decks & pkg. Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777

of sunlight and great views. Gleaming hdwd flrs, brand new KIT with gran countertops, ss applcs and maple cabs! Good-sized BR with 2 large closets. One outdoor parking space conveys. Prestige bldg with 24-hr mgmt. Schools, shops & friendship Metro nearby. Pat Gerachis Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

CONN AVE $235,000 PARKSIDE OASIS! With the city at your door! 1BR in luxury condo close to METRO, shops, dining, PARKING, pools, fitness center and more. Marjorie Newman 202-333-5528 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 DUPONT $195,000 WONDERFUL eff/studio w/loads of Old World Charm in heart of Dupont. Fabulous HWFs, fee incls taxes, very pet friendly. Sue B. Schumacher 202-422-5503 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

CLEVELAND PARK $417,000 REDUCED! Historic Broadmoor Coop. Elegant large 1BR. Shows pride of ownership. Generous rooms, HWF, Sep Din, many windows & good views. Full serv lux bldg. Low Fee. Indoor Pkg Avail. 1/2 block to Metro & shops. DUPONT CIRCLE $335,000 John Mammano 571-331-8557 NEW LISTING! Bring your sweat equity & Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 TLC to return this upper level 2BR to its former glory. Approx 1,000 SF Fantastic CLEVELAND PARK $1,175,000 tree top views, bathed in light, original SMALLER HOUSE with a BIG personali- detail, hardwoods. Bldg has new elevator. ty. Perfect blend of yesteryear with all the Pet friendly. Excellent price per sq ft value. modern amenities for today's living. Fee includes heat & taxes. Premier locaGarage + parking for multiple cars, stun- tion. ning screened in porch in rear of house, Matt Zanolli 202-744-5799 perfect for 3 season dining. Wonderful Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 blend of indoor and outdoor spaces. DUPONT CIRCLE $515,000 3426 Macomb St NW. Judi Cochran 202-415-1510 SPECTACULAR top floor 2BR, 2BA + loft Edina Morse 202-277-4224 w/ 1,000+SF. Professionally designed and Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 renov in 2006. High ceilings, built-ins,

chef’s KIT, hdwds, closet space galore. Pets OK. Near restaurants, Metro, Rock Creek. Info at Matt Zanolli 202-744-5799 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

SW WATERFRONT $115,000 WITH $3,500 CLOSING COSTS paid by seller. Own in DC for $975/mo incl. ALL taxes/fees/PARKING just $11,500 investment? Come see! Superbly renov studio: new KIT, stunning BA & balc! CAC, hwds, stor. Bldg has pool, gym, 24 hr desk/security, on-site maint & mgmt. 2 blocks to renov Waterfront Metro, Safeway, Starbucks, Arena Stage & the waterfront. Fish Market, Nat's Stadium, Eastern Market, Cap Hill, Haines Point! Casey Aboulafia 703-624-4657 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

GEORGETOWN $890,000 EAST VILLAGE - NEW PRICE - Lightfilled 2BR, 2BA on quiet 1-way street. Lovely proportions for entertaining. LR w/wall of French doors opening onto large patio and terraced garden. Updated KIT w/2 windows, lots of cabinet space. Upstairs MBR w/view of garden, 2nd BR w/ ample closet space, updated BA w/dble sink and skylight. 1672 32nd St NW. Jeanne Livingston 202-321-2600 $234,900 Sarah Howard 703-862-7181 SW/WATERFRONT Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 LOVELY 1BR in sought-after Harbour Sq. Bright & airy w/newly updated BA & kit, GEORGETOWN $869,750 beautiful original flrs, tons of storage. FEDERAL 3BR, 1BA classic home, zoned A gem! 202-215-5427 “W” / Residential – Commercial. Just above Jonathan Smith 202-364-5200 Canal. Waiting for your updates. Deep gar- Friendship Heights den. 1059 Thomas Jefferson St NW. WESLEY HEIGHTS Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 THREE UNITS in THE TOWERS! – 314E Fab 3BR unit w/ Garage Parking. GEORGETOWN $1,395,000 – 1421 One BR w/ Garage and balcony. DRASTIC PRICE REDUCTION! Fab East – 402E 2BR, 1.5BA, outdoor pkg space. Village 4-level Georgian TH w/garage. 3BR, Kent Madsen 202-363-1800 3FBA, 2HBA, LR & Lib w/fp & bookcases. Foxhall Office

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Cleveland Park 1898 charmer is home for all seasons


he 1898 home at 3426 Macomb St. is undeniably Washingtonian, its deep front porch and nods to Victorian

ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY decoration sitting comfortably among its Cleveland Park neighbors. And local history is key, with one family having owned the home for a 19-president stretch. But there’s something of hotter climates here, too, from the large screened porch with two ceiling fans to the shotgun-style layout of the home’s ground floor. High ceilings (over 10 feet) emphasize the volume of those sequential rooms: living room, kitchen, family room. The living room is proof that neutral need not read boring: Most of the color here is in accessories, while the main features, including custom drapes, a classic surround for a gas fireplace and a diamondpatterned floor treatment are warm neutrals. Because this home’s kitchen is located in the center of the home, between the living and family rooms, the owners wisely chose a design that highlights furniture-

style cabinetry instead of utilitarian kitchen appliances. A Sub-Zero refrigerator, therefore, is concealed behind a creamcolored panel. The unit, like the identical piece on the far wall, sits on risers to resemble a separate item of furniture rather than part of an unbroken wall of cabinetry. Smart storage — a hallmark of this home — is also on display in this kitchen. Glass-front (and back) cabinets in front of a window allow natural light to filter in while maintaining valuable shelving. A built-in china cabinet sits near another bright spot: a bay with three windows that now hosts a round breakfast table. The hardwood floors continue through the kitchen, past a door to a hideaway side porch, to a family room painted an of-the-moment gray. Built-ins hold a television and books and offer closed storage as well; a powder room and mirrored bar alcove are useful spots here. Beyond that casual-living space is another that entertainers will want to take advantage of as long as the weather permits. Buyers could do as these owners have — devote the space to dining as well as lounging — or go all-out for one or the other. The spot looks over


the rear yard as well as a one-car garage. Upstairs — and past a seagrass runner that adds to the property’s somewhere-south-ofhere vibe — two bedrooms and baths wait, but it’s the landing here that is a prime Photos Courtesy of Gretchen Weigel Doughty example of this This two-bedroom, 3.5-bath Cleveland Park property’s wise house is priced at $1,175,000. use of space. A built-in cherry combo. desk and shelving lets workers A hall bath is mostly white and spread out — and look out through a few windows here when attention bright, but a colorful tiled wall adds punctuation to a tub-and-shower flags. combo. The master bedroom incorpoAn unfinished attic offers a spot rates more smart storage in the for more storage, while a lower form of concealed shelving behind level can be put to the same purthe bed. Windows covered by wooden shutters allow filtered light pose — or, with modifications, add to the home’s living space. There’s in from two exposures. The master bathroom includes a a full bath and separate entrance full wall of storage space as well as here already. This property’s Cleveland Park a washer and dryer tucked away in location is one of its top selling a closet. A pocket door divides the toilet from the main bathroom, and a glass door leads to a shower lined in a classic subway-and-hex tile

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Georgetown/ Hillandale. Handsome 3 Brs, 3.5 Ba TH w/ elevator to all 4 flrs includes 2-story liv rm w/ frpl, dramatic MBR suite, kitchen with brkfst nook opens to patio; comm pool, tennis; gated community. Now $1,350,000

Chevy Chase. Impressive stone and stucco Tudor walking distance to 2 Metros, shops and restaurants: lg entrance foyer, liv rm, din room and kitchen w/ island opening to deck and play yard; 5 Brs, 4 Bas. Now $1,049,000

Chevy Chase, DC/ Friendship Hts. Inviting TH with front porch, high ceilings, chef’s kitchen: side hall, liv rm w/frpl, din rm, sleek kitchen, fam rm and powder rm; 4 Brs, 3.5 bas, in-law suite; parking. Walk to Metro and everything. $829,000

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Ellen Sandler- 202-255-5007; Susan Berger- 202-255-5006

points. Less than three blocks from Wisconsin Avenue, the house sits not much farther from Connecticut Avenue, giving it access to the restaurants and retail of two commercial strips. This two-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 3426 Macomb St. is offered for $1,175,000. For details, contact Realtors Judi Cochran and Edina Morse of Long & Foster Real Estate’s Georgetown office at or

American University Park $1,175,000 4706 Yuma Street, NW - Walk to Tenley Metro!

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5217 Massachusetts Avenue - Just over the line into MD!

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Capitol Hill/ SW. Walk to work and Metro from this bright, 3-lvl condo; kitchen w/ granite & new cabinets, din rm, liv rm w/ doors to brick patio; parking space; community grounds w/ courtyard. $379,900

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district 2D02. Candon said she neglected to get her petitions in on time to have her name put on the ballot and that Lamar organized an impromptu write-in campaign. Candon said she will remain involved in the community and that she is looking forward to working with Lamar. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, call 202-246-5155, e-mail or visit ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; GEORGETOWN / CLOISTERS Cloisters BURLEITH / HILLANDALE

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-338-7427 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013; LOGAN CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  a community forum on D.C. public schools in the neighborhood, including ways to make public primary schools a desirable option for area parents. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control renewal applications for Mova, 1435 P St.; ACKC, 1529 14th St.; FunXion, 1309 F St.; Recess Bar, 727 15th St.; K Street, 1301 K St.; Shelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back Room, 1331 F St.; Homewood Suites, 1475 Massachusetts Ave.; La Lima, 1401 K St.; Lotus, 1420 K St.; Vegas Lounge, 1415 P St.; The Occidental, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave.; Tattoo, 1413 K St.; Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court; and Cafe Eagle, 1414 9th St. â&#x2013;  discussion of meeting dates and the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget for 2011. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013;  GLOVER PARK/CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the cafeteria of Stoddert Elementary School, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  CLEVELAND PARK / WOODLEY PARK Woodley Park MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE HEIGHTS Massachusetts Avenue Heights CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit




Northwest Real Estate BABE’S From Page 3 upscale retail. Though Douglas Development has not yet selected tenants, Millstein doesn’t think the finished building will have trouble attracting chic vendors. The firm hopes to complete designs for

BUDGET From Page 1 500 special-education students out of private schools over the past year and uses that money to “build capacity” in the public schools for special-education services. Some council members viewed the proposal as a starting point. “There are cuts across the board — pages and pages of them,” said Ward 2 member Jack Evans. “We have to look closely to see what we can live with.” But many witnesses said the cuts would disproportionately affect programs that help the poor, disabled and unemployed, including children. “Our city’s most vulnerable citizens are under attack, and someone from this side of the dais needs to speak up and protect them,” said Ward 5 member Harry Thomas. Others were skeptical about the proposal. Council Chairman and Mayor-elect Vincent Gray said Fenty’s proposal “uses $90 million in one-time-only solutions,” and he noted that the council will have to find permanent cuts or revenue increases to plug an even bigger budget hole next year — when Gray will be mayor. But Sean Madigan, a mayoral spokesperson, said later that only about $25 million of the revenueraising package is “one-time.” In an e-mail, Madigan said “the one-time revenue proposals” will not create long-term problems because revenue shortfalls are expected to be smaller in future years. Gray asked witnesses at the hearing for alternatives to Fenty’s proposals, and he got some creative answers. Judith Sandalow, director of the Children’s Law Center, objected strongly to a proposed $2.6 million

the development by January, in time for a February or March hearing with the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment. The plan calls for no parking spaces. Instead, Millstein said, the firm will seek to make informal agreements with nearby commercial properties with underutilized parking lots, such as Best Buy and Whole Foods. Millstein said the firm will be “pushing

cut in subsidies for grandparents raising their grandchildren, as well as cuts in other programs for poor children. “That will move some families to homelessness, and more children to foster care,” she said. But she proposed a detailed way to make up for it, by eliminating some tutoring contracts and mentoring grants for poor children. Sandalow also identified federal grants she said were available for vulnerable children but are not yet being collected. “This is relatively simple. We have all the paperwork ready,” she said. Ernest Johnson, a real estate broker who ran unsuccessfully for mayor this year, had a laundry list of proposed savings. He recommended scaling back the proposed streetcar system to five miles, postponing construction of a convention center hotel that would receive big tax abatements, indefinitely freezing all overtime pay for city police and firefighters, and instituting a 1 percent pay cut for all city employees. District employees who live outside the city should be docked 1.5 percent, Johnson said.

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people to use existing parking,” as it’s “inappropriate to build structured parking when there’s a parking lot a block away.” The nearby Metrorail station and bus stops also provide convenient alternatives to driving, he added. Many of the neighborhood’s residents, who have lived with an unoccupied building in their midst since Babe’s Billiards

One group in the audience put its proposal on its T-shirts. “Dog Parks $5 million; Trolley Cars $10 million; Children and Family Services Administration budget gap $15 million,” the message read. There was also prolonged debate about raising income taxes, although it was not clear if there are enough votes to pass a so-called “millionaire’s tax.” The council has in the past rejected that proposal, which would raise the tax rate on those earning more than $250,000 a year. All District residents earning more than $40,000 currently pay the same rate. “For me it’s about striking a balance between cuts and increased taxes. We can’t responsibly do one without the other,” said Ward 1 member Jim Graham, adding that he will try to push through the million-

closed in 2004, shared Millstein’s enthusiasm for the project, though some lamented that the building will not contain a residential element. Two previous owners of the property had proposed a project combining retail and condos. Douglas Development purchased the site at auction in 2009, initially planning a fivestory retail and office building.

aire’s tax again this year. Ed Lazere of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute offered a different, broader version of a tax increase. His proposal, backed by a coalition of “safety net” activists, would raise the income tax rate by 1 percent for all tax brackets. “This would help mitigate severe cuts,” he said. “We’re open to discussion on the details.” As Lazere explained it, the 1 percent hike would raise $75 million annually in coming years. Lowincome households would not be affected, since they are eligible for tax credits. For others, local income taxes are deductible on federal returns, he said. The proposal would also require two-income households to file jointly, so they don’t evade higher brackets. That proposal also evoked angry

debate. “It’s a pipe dream that soaking the rich would generate $75 million,” said at-large member David Catania. “You lose all legitimacy when you say someone else should pay.” Catania added that he might support a “modest broad-based increase in taxes. But at-large member Michael Brown defended Lazere’s estimates, citing figures from the chief financial officer indicating that a 1 percent rate hike would produce $74 million in fiscal 2014, and $76 million the following fiscal year. The impact on individual families would be small, Brown said. “We hear scare tactics, like ‘wealthy people will leave,’” he said, discounting that idea. “These kind of taxes are much more progressive.” The council is scheduled to vote on the gap-closing measures Dec. 7.



BULLYING From Page 1 they want to prevent what happened to Trina from happening to future generations of D.C. students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide a safe environment for everyone, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really failed,â&#x20AC;? Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry Thomas said at a hearing on anti-bullying legislation he introduced in October. Similar to an earlier version introduced by at-large Council member Michael Brown, the

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harassment and Intimidation Prevention Act of 2010â&#x20AC;? calls on various city entities to prohibit bullying, including cyber bullying. It would also require the agencies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; D.C. public schools, charter schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the D.C. Public Library and the University of the District of Columbia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to develop anti-bullying programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sticks and stones will break my bonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work anymore,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. He pointed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the recent deaths of children around the countryâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

including the highly publicized suicide of Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge in September after what authorities have called a case of cyber-bullying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question is what do we do about it?â&#x20AC;? Brown said. Representatives of many justice-oriented organizations responded that passing the proposed legislation would be an important first step. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The passage of anti-bullying legislation like the bills presented here today is critical to ensure the

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â??Comprehensive anti-bullying legislation is a necessary aspect of ensuring school safety in the District of Columbia.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Activist Alison Gill licly reporting aggregate incidents of bullying and harassment so that officials would be held â&#x20AC;&#x153;accountableâ&#x20AC;? for addressing the issue. But Michael Musante, director of government relations for charter school advocacy group Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, said forcing charters to comply with the legislation would infringe upon their autonomy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although FOCUS understands the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to take steps to eliminate bullying in our schools, and we are confident that the proposed legislation was drafted to achieve this laudable goal, we cannot support the legislation because it impermissibly seeks to apply to charter schools laws enacted for D.C. Public Schools,â&#x20AC;? he said. Musante said the organization agrees that all schools should have â&#x20AC;&#x153;zero toleranceâ&#x20AC;? for bullying. In fact, he said, most charters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if not all â&#x20AC;&#x201D; already do. But he said the D.C. School Reform Act of 1995 gives charters exclusive control over their policies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Accordingly,â&#x20AC;? he concluded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we would be happy to support any efforts by the D.C. Public Charter School Board to encourage the public charter schools to address these issues in a manner consistent with the needs of their students.â&#x20AC;? But Thomas was not convinced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are situations that are quite egregious that are going on right now,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn a blind eye to it.â&#x20AC;? Thomas added that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considering introducing emergency antibullying legislation before the end of the year. Cole said she hopes he does. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it can help,â&#x20AC;? she said. And Cole has reason to be optimistic. After all, in many ways, her childhood dream has come true. These days, Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark hair skims her shoulders, and tight jeans give way to perilously high heels. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s active in the group Metro Teen AIDS and hopes to study social work at the University of the District of Columbia so that she can protect other teens from the bullying she experienced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just dedicated to working with LGBT youth,â&#x20AC;? she said. She added that the proposed legislation could give her just the tools she needs to make a difference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had faith in myself and others,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can make it work.â&#x20AC;?

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Events Entertainment Compiled by Julio ArgĂźello Jr. Wednesday, December 1 Wednesday DECEMBER 1 Classes â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information on programs and resources available to first-time home buyers. 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;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Arlington Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The Mcintosh County Shouters, Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Award winners, will present a rendition of ring shouting, a call-and-response form of singing formed on plantations in the 18th and 19th centuries. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing a Song of Christmasâ&#x20AC;? will feature pianist and soprano Joyce Bouvier performing lesser-known Christmas songs as well as a singalong of seasonal favorites. 7 p.m. Free. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. â&#x2013;  Avanti, the orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, will perform works by Mozart, Verdi and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-333-2075. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Kirk Savage, winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010






Charles E. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship for his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Ivory Tower Meets the Real World: Monument Wars a Year Later.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013; Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and former acting director for cyberspace of the National Security Council, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cyber Challenge: Threats and Opportunities in a Networked World.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Bernice McFadden will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glorious.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. â&#x2013;  Joan Nathan will discuss her cookbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous, My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $10; registration required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drayton Hall: Palladio in Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature the South Carolina landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director George W. McDaniel and director of preservation Carter C. Hudgins. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Matt Taibbi will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Griftopia: Bubble Machine, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music On â&#x20AC;Ś Photographyâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by recording artist Neko Case. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  Journalist Sally Quinn, moderator of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Faithâ&#x20AC;? forum on The Washington Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Journalists Must Understand Religion.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. 202-544-6973. Film The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panorama of Greek Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Dinos Dimopoulosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1993 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Dolphins,â&#x20AC;? about a young boy and girl who become friends over the summer (in Greek with English subtitles). 8 p.m. $10.50; $8.50 for students; $8 for seniors; $7.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013; 

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to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue daily through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special event â&#x2013; The University Club of Washington, DC, will hold its 21st annual Meet the Author Night and Book Fair, featuring authors such as Warren Brown, Jules Witcover, Eugene Robinson and Deborah Tannen (shown). 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. 1135 16th St. NW. 202-824-1378. Thursday, December 2 Thursday DECEMBER 2 Benefit â&#x2013;  The 17th annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest will raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation. 7 p.m. $200. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202250-9193. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activity â&#x2013;  A park ranger will teach ages 5 and older how to determine what owls eat by exploring their pellets. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Class â&#x2013;  Ray Franklin-Vaughn will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classical Yang Style Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi Châ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uanâ&#x20AC;? for area seniors. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Mcintosh County Shouters will perform. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5510. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Colonial Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Darrell Scott, a Grammy-nominated Americana and roots musician, will perform his original works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Louis Lortie will perform works by Beethoven, Liszt and Strauss. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Wind Ensemble will perform Whitacreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghost Trainâ&#x20AC;? and movements from Holstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Planets.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congo: The U.N. Mapping Report and the Responsibility to Justiceâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Mvemba Dizolele, Carina Tertsakian, Peter Rosenblum, Howard French, Anthony Gambino and Laura Seay. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics and former president of AOL, will discuss his book

Thursday, DECEMBER 2 â&#x2013; Concert: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythm Roadâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Johnny Rodger Band performing a mix of Americana pop, rock and jazz at 6 p.m.; and the quartet Nasar Abadey and Supernova performing jazz selections at 7:15 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Work and Lifeâ&#x20AC;? as part of the new Distinguished Executive Program Lecture Series. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Building 46, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Virginia Scharff, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Women Jefferson Loved.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovery and Risks: Economies of the Caucasus and Central Asia Today â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the IMFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Latest Findings and Policy Recommendationsâ&#x20AC;? will feature David Owen, deputy director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund; Marc David Miller, executive director of the Kyrgyz-North America Trade Council; Eric Stewart, executive director of the U.S.-Turkemenistan Business Council; and William Veale, executive director of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6637723. â&#x2013;  Jim Leach, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Ronald Grätz, secretary general of Germanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Future of Dialogue: International Cultural and Educational Policy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 171. â&#x2013;  Martin Chapman, curator of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will discuss the recent exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cartier and America,â&#x20AC;? which featured Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jewels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Intoxicating Quest for the Perfect Drink: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Just Human Nature.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. $28. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence

Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln and Haiti: Colonization and Haitian Recognition During the Civil Warâ&#x20AC;? will feature scholars Franklin Knight of Johns Hopkins University, James D. Lockett of Stillman College, Phillip Magness of American University and Debra Newman Ham of Morgan State University. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Daniel V. Papero, a faculty member at the Bowen Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Emotion: The Devil Is in the Details.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cause,â&#x20AC;? the first installment of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1990 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  The 21st Washington Jewish Film Festival will kick off with a screening of Roselyne Boschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Rafleâ&#x20AC;? and an openingnight reception. 7 p.m. $25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 800-494-8497. The festival will continue through Dec. 12 at various venues. â&#x2013;  The Alliance Française de Washington will present Riad Sattoufâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Beaux gosses (The French Kissers).â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and college students. Reservations required. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  Solas Nua will open its annual Capital Irish Film Festival with a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Brothers,â&#x20AC;? about three young brothers who travel the Irish countryside to replace their dying fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lost watch. 8 p.m. $10. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The festival will continue through Dec. 11 at various venues.

Reading â&#x2013; An evening of spoken word will feature works by eminent Argentinian poets living in the United States and Canada. 7 p.m. Free. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  Remnant Ministry will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Covenant Journey,â&#x20AC;? about solutions to the problems facing many teenagers today. 7:30 p.m. $35 to $90. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup comedy show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202393-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by See Events/Page 33





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 32 Phillips Collection curator Elsa Smithgall on the innovative photographs of Alvin Langdon Coburn and their relationship to work by other leading pictorialists of the day, from Alfred Stieglitz to George Bernard Shaw; a talk by The New Republic critics Jed Perl (shown) and Leon Wieseltier on works in the gallery’s permanent collection; music by DJ Neville C.; and a gallery talk on “Playful Purity — Klee and the Art of Children.” 5 to 8 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Friday, December 3 Friday DECEMBER 3 Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Brahms, Dvorák and Poulenc. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-3332075. ■ National City Christian Church organist and minister of music Charles Miller will perform. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts will present a holiday concert and singalong. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ The World Percussion Ensemble will perform. 4 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Alexandria Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ Guitar students of Magdalena Duhagon will perform in a recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Cathedral Choir, a baroque period orchestra, will perform Handel’s “Messiah” with soprano Gillian Keith, alto Marietta Simpson, tenor Rufus Müller and bass Eric Downs. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ The 22nd annual Christmas Concert for Charity will feature performances by the Catholic University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Proceeds will benefit the Vieban Annual Fund at Catholic University’s seminary, Theological College. 7:30 p.m. Free. Great Upper Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5600. ■ Grammy-nominated vocalist Roberta Gambarini will perform with clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera (shown). 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Lionel Loueke Trio will perform West African harmonies and rhythms

infused with jazz. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ Stephanie McCurry will discuss her book “Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ British filmmaker Rex Bloomstein will discuss “Humor, Identity and the Holocaust.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-9897. ■ David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill will discuss their book “A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. 202466-4999. ■ Michael Gillespie, professor of political science at Duke University, will discuss “Distinguishing Crime and Virtue: Machiavelli’s Modernism and the Christian Tradition” as part of a fall lecture series on philosophy. 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. ■ Al Roker will discuss his book “The Midnight Show Murders.” 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. ■ “Music on … Photography” will feature a talk by musician Ben Folds about his photography. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Performances ■ “The Majesty of Christmas” will feature vocal music, orchestra, drama and dance, as well as a six-tier-tall wooden replica of a Christmas tree. 7 p.m. $10. Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-581-1500. The performance will repeat Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. ■ American University dance students will perform modern, jazz, ballet, tap and African dances. 7 p.m. $5. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. ■ The Georgetown University Dance Company will perform a diverse program of dances ranging from hip-hop to classical ballet. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for students and seniors. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The In Series will present “Swingtime! A 1940s Live Jazz Musical,” written and directed by Tom Mallan. 8 p.m. $39; $35 for seniors; $20 for students. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763. The performance will continue through Dec. 12 at various times. Reading ■ Edward P. Jones (shown) and Nam Le will read from their work at the 2010 PEN/Malamud Award event, a celebration of excellence in the art of the short story. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201

luncheon at the school. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35 for the tour; $15 for the luncheon. St. Albans School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-3190. The tour will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Walk of the Town tour guide Tim Stewart will present “Monumental Stories,” a walking tour of major attractions. 10:30 a.m. Free; tips appreciated. Meet on 15th Street NW near Pennsylvania Avenue. The tour will repeat every Friday and Sunday through Dec. 26 (except Christmas Eve) at 10:30 a.m. Workshop ■ Tudor Place will host a holiday wreath workshop. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $35; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400, ext. 110. The workshop will repeat Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.

Saturday, DECEMBER 4 ■ Holiday event: “Christmas in Washington: Two Centuries of Yuletide Traditions” will feature festive and historic holiday displays at Dumbarton House (shown), Anderson House and Tudor Place. The event will include live music, children’s crafts and refreshments. 4 to 8 p.m. $10 to $15; $5 to $10 for children. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW; Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW; and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.

Saturday, December 4 Saturday DECEMBER 4 Bazaars ■ A holiday bazaar will feature French food and pastries, crafts, books and toys, as well as a flea market and a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. French Protestant Church of D.C., 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-320-3955. ■ The Swedish Women’s Educational Association will host a Christmas bazaar, featuring baked goods, Swedish sandwiches, arts and crafts, crystal, textiles, artwork, books and decorations. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 703-628-6517.

East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Portland Trailblazers. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tours ■ The St. Albans School Parents Association will host the 28th annual “St. Albans Christmas House Tour,” featuring five homes in Spring Valley and a holiday

Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the







National” series will present storyteller Chris Davis recounting Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in an interactive adventure. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ “Portrait Story Days” will feature various Andy Warhol-themed activities, including a hands-on art project and a story. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Classes ■ Pianist, raconteur and American musical specialist Robert Wyatt will discuss “From ‘42nd Street’ to ‘Singin’ in the Rain’: Celebrating the Hollywood Musical.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ George Scheper, faculty associate at the Center for Liberal Arts at the Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Native American Visions and Voices.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Horticulturist Bill Johnson will lead a workshop on how to make a wreath of fresh greens. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $50; registration required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. The workshop will repeat Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ■ Ron Peterson will explain “How To Write and Sell Your First Screenplay.” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $59. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. ■ Tudor Place will host a holiday ornament workshop. 10:30 a.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400, ext. 110. ■ Circle Yoga will offer a “Yoga Community Class” for all levels. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. See Events/Page 34




Events Entertainment Continued From Page 33 202-686-1104. The class will be offered weekly through Dec. 18. Concerts â&#x2013; Tenor Antonio Giuliano will perform sacred and romantic songs by Schubert, Bellini, Liszt and others. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Concert Choir will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contrasts,â&#x20AC;? featuring pairings of liturgical texts as perceived by different composers throughout the centuries. 2 p.m. $5; free for students. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Band will perform with its Singing Sergeants and Ceremonial Brass ensembles. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Free. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. 202-767-5658. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celtic Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort. 4 p.m. $33; $29 for seniors; $16 for ages 16 and younger. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. The concert will repeat Dec. 5 and 12 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 4 and 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort will present a musical exploration of horizons near and far, inspired by the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unruly Landscapes.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? will feature the

Encore Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013; Conductor Jack and the Zinghoppers will perform pop music for kids. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Percussion students of Lindy Campbell will perform in a recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  One Common Unity will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a concert featuring Farafina Kan, Mikuak Rai, Beat Ya Feet Kings and Maimouna Youssef. 7 to 10 p.m. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m. $25. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present Klea Blackhurst and other D.C. performers will perform Irving Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call Me Madamâ&#x20AC;? and tell the story of the classic Broadway musical inspired by Washington hostess Perle Mesta. 7:30 p.m. $100. Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. â&#x2013;  Country quartet Little Big Town and country songwriters Brett James, Lori McKenna (shown) and Bob DiPiero will perform. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  Pianist Michael Adcock will perform works by Schubert, Ravel, Scriabin and Granados. 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewmongous Chanukah Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature a comedy concert by Sean Altman, former lead singer of Rockapella. A latenight party will follow. 9 p.m. $20. Sixth & I


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Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877435-9849. Discussion â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music on â&#x20AC;Ś Photographyâ&#x20AC;? will feature musician Andy Summers discussing the stories behind the images in his latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Desirer Walks the Streets.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  The D.C. Conservation & Wildlife Film Festival will feature a diverse program of movies, ranging from two-minute shorts to full-length features. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $15 per film session; $12 for children, seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. The festival will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; all-weekend passes cost $125 to $150. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film program for children will feature the 1974 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bagpuss: The Most Magical, Saggy, Old Cloth Catâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 4 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Josef von Sternbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1928 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Command,â&#x20AC;? with live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will host a marathon of the anime classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Blazers.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-10, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-262-2083.

Sunday, DECEMBER 5 â&#x2013; Concert: Violinist Joanna Frankel (shown) and pianist Gregory DeTurck will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151.

Showcase,â&#x20AC;? featuring 13 new pieces. 8:30 p.m. $15 to $20; $12 to $15 for seniors and students. Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Improv Association will present a night of unscripted comedy. 9 p.m. $6; $4 for seniors and students. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. Reading â&#x2013;  Co-editor and contributor Jennifer Silverman will join local parents, authors and activists to read selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids With Disabilities.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Center for Community Change, 1536 U St. NW. Sales

Performances â&#x2013; The Washington Revels will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Revels,â&#x20AC;? featuring English country music, dance and drama in celebration of the winter solstice. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $18 to $45; $12 to $27 for ages 18 and younger. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-595-4849. The performance will repeat Dec. 5 and 2 p.m., Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 1 and 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Centre de Danse will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparation for the Ball,â&#x20AC;? an original ballet based on the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderella.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $20. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202885-2787. â&#x2013;  Carla & Company will present the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing Stays the Same,â&#x20AC;? inspired by the demolition of the Brookland Studios and creation of the Brookland Artspace Lofts. 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 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company and featured artist NĂŠlida Tirado will present the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alma Flamencaâ&#x20AC;? as part of Gala Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth annual Flamenco Festival. 8 p.m. $30; $18 for students and seniors. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-2347174. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Joy of Motion Dance Center will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Project: A Choreography

â&#x2013; The Glen Echo Potters Holiday Sale will feature works by more than 50 local potters. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. 202-368-2231. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  Russian sculptor and artist Tatyana Zhurkov will present a trunk show featuring her contemporary, sculptural necklaces. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors; $7 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The 20th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;BZB Holiday Gift & Art Showâ&#x20AC;? will feature holiday items, collectibles, toys, clothes and jewelry. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-610-4188. The sale will continue Dec. 11, 18 and 23.

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Atlanta Thrashers. 7 p.m. $60 to $330. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead a weekly walking tour of his hometown and share reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208. â&#x2013;  Walk of the Town tour guide Tim Stewart will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Einsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday

Morning Charity Tour to the Tidal Basin and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? featuring visits to various monuments and memorials. 10:30 a.m. Free; donations will benefit the Fisher House. Meet at 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The tour will repeat Dec. 11 and 18 at 10:30 a.m. â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy and discuss what life was like for Union soldiers encamped there. 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  Students from the University of Maryland, College Park, will lead tours dressed as individuals who have influenced American history and culture and whose portraits are in the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The tours will repeat Sunday at 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5 Sunday DECEMBER 5 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camerata will present its 27th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas With the Camerata,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Beethoven, Arthur Foote and Alfred Burt and arrangements by Alice Parker, Robert Shaw, Patrick Quigley, A.T. Davison, Christopher Marshall and others. 4 p.m. $25; $15 for students. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064. â&#x2013;  The Washington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs and Stories of Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring accompanist Laurie Vivona Bunn, host and narrator Cokie Roberts and the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Vocal and Handbell Ensembles. 4 p.m. $20; $18 for seniors and students; $5 for ages 6 through 12; free for ages 5 and younger. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-7367. â&#x2013;  The Washington Chorus will perform Christmas carols. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Chorale and baritone Kerry Wilkerson will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Fantasia.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $20. Our Lady of Victory Church, 4815 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202282-3210. â&#x2013;  The Suspicious Cheese Lords, an allmale a cappella vocal ensemble, will perform Advent and Christmas music. 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-332-3133. â&#x2013;  Catholic University piano professor Nikita Fitenko will present a recital. 5 p.m. Free. Ward Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5417. â&#x2013;  Guitar students of Brock Holmes will perform in a recital. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2447326. â&#x2013;  Jazz vocalist Karen Gray (shown) will perform with pianist Wayne Wilentz and bassist John Leonard. 5 to 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Brightwood Bistro, 5832 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-545-5014. â&#x2013;  Matuto will perform a blend of Brazilian rhythms, blues, jazz and bluegrass. 6 p.m. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly See Events/Page 35





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 34 â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013; The Poulenc Trio will perform works by Jakov Jakoulouv and other Jewish composers in honor of Hanukkah. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus will perform a Christmas concert. 7 p.m. Free. St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St. NE. 202-319-5417. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Castle Trio Friends will perform works by Brahms, Schoenberg and Steurmann. 7:30 p.m. $28. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A seminar on diabetes will feature talks on nutrition, new treatments and management issues. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Gorman Auditorium, Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. 202-342-2400. â&#x2013;  Production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein â&#x20AC;&#x201D; winner of an Academy Award for her work on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amadeusâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss her ideas and methods for designing a film, illustrated with footage from four of her well-known works. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Ronald E. Sutcliffe, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legacy of the Iowa School for the Deaf,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edmund Booth: Deaf Pioneer.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Milliners: A Look at Past and Presentâ&#x20AC;? will feature Vanilla Beane, Andrea Bray and Gaston DeVigne sharing their Washington hat stories. 2:30 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-383-1800. Films â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Danny Alpertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Calling,â&#x20AC;? about young Americans preparing to become the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next generation of religious leaders. A discussion will follow. 4 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Abraham Polonskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1948 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Force of Evil,â&#x20AC;? about the corruption of the numbers racket. 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pelada,â&#x20AC;? about two former college soccer stars who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it the pros but arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready to give up the

game. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202332-6433. Holiday events â&#x2013; The Friends of Volta Park will hold its second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breakfast With Santa,â&#x20AC;? featuring hot chocolate, bagels, a tree lighting, arts and crafts, and Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival on a fire truck. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Volta Park, 34th Street and Volta Place NW. â&#x2013;  An open house will feature photos with Santa for pets and children, refreshments, and holiday arts and crafts. Noon to 3 p.m. Free; donations of dog and cat food or pet supplies suggested. Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. 202-375-7746. â&#x2013;  Choir and clergy of St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish will lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. The Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-363-8286. Performance â&#x2013;  Balance: The GW Ballet Group will present its annual production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The 16th BB&T Classic college basketball showcase will feature American vs. Florida at 2:45 p.m., Navy vs. George Washington at 5:15 p.m. and Maryland vs. Temple at 8 p.m. $20 to $45. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

Sunday, DECEMBER 5 â&#x2013; Holiday event: Merriment in Georgetown will feature family activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, a tree-lighting ceremony, a reading and book signing by â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Girlâ&#x20AC;? author Valerie Tripp, a meet-and-greet with Santa and a performance by the kid-friendly rock band Milkshake. 2 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Wisconsin Avenue between M and N streets NW.

â&#x2013; Members of the George Washington University Health Insurance Counseling Project will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How To Prepare for Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Friendship Terrace

Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013; Dylan Smith, research conservator at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Identity and Technique: Recent Research on Bronzes by Giovanni Francesco Susini.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;  James Brown, host of CBS Sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;NFL Today,â&#x20AC;? will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of a Lifetime.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1938 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lady Vanishes,â&#x20AC;? starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Paul Lukas. Noon. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mira Nairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1988 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salaam Bombay!â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in West/East Germanyâ&#x20AC;?

Classes â&#x2013; Jennifer Ransaw Smith will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Branding 101: Creating Your Own Personal Brand.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202797-5102. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concert â&#x2013;  Students from the University of Maryland Musical Theatre Program will perform Broadway works by Kern, Ellington, Gershwin and Bernstein. 6 p.m. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Scholars will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Work and Transformation: Documenting Working Americansâ&#x20AC;? at a two-day symposium. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; registration required. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5510. The symposium will continue Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Performances â&#x2013; The Monday Night at the National series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adventures in Astonishmentâ&#x20AC;? with musician and comedian Jim Vagias. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture will present a performance of Jacqueline E. Lawtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius,â&#x20AC;? featuring Avery Brooks and Jewell Robinson. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-8520. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the See Events/Page 38


Walks and tours â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through historic Georgetown. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, K Street between Wisconsin Avenue and 33rd Street NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  The Logan Circle Community Association will host the 32nd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Logan Circle Holiday House Tour.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 5 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the event. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Monday, December 6 Monday DECEMBER 6

film series will feature Konrad Wolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Divided Heaven,â&#x20AC;? about a woman who returns to her small village (in German with English subtitles). 4 p.m. $7; $4 for seniors and students. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in West/East Germanyâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature Alexander Klugeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1965 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yesterday Girl,â&#x20AC;? about a woman who flees East Germany (in German with English subtitles). 6:30 p.m. $7; $4 for seniors and students. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200.


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Lincoln Center Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;South Pacificâ&#x20AC;? will visit the Kennedy Center Dec. 14 through Jan. 16. audiences only, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25. The District of Columbia Arts Center is located at 2438 18th St. NW. 202-4627833; â&#x2013; The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamgirlsâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 2 through 18 in the Ellington Theatre. Based on the show-business aspirations and successes of legendary R&B acts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamgirlsâ&#x20AC;? follows the story of a young female trio from Chicago called The Dreams whose members become superstars. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Ticket prices start at $25. The theater is located at 3500 R St. NW. 202-337-4825; â&#x2013;  The Washington Ballet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 2 through 26 at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage take on the holiday classic transports audience members back in time to historic D.C. and an A-list party on the Potomac. Performance times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $31 to $89. The Warner Theatre is located at 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-397-7328; â&#x2013;  RoseProse Productions will present the new play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boxesâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 6 and 7 at Source. Written by Ebony Custis, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boxesâ&#x20AC;? centers on ordinary people who have allowed everyday issues to ruin their lives in extraordinary ways. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $17. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Second City Theatricals will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Washington Politicsâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 8 through Jan. 9 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Second City brings an original revue about D.C. to Woolly Mammoth, covering the life of Washington politics with an original spin. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday; 10 p.m. Friday; and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; â&#x2013;  Synetic Theater is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Master and See Theater/Page 44





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Meaning elusive in ‘Everything’ By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


rgentinian artist Guillermo Kuitca listens to his paintings, which he compares to “people who speak in a very strange way,” adding that “you understand little of what they say.” Visitors to a traveling exhibition of his works now at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden may find themselves agreeing with the artist. Try as they might, even cocking an ear to the canvas, they may come away from his pictures with scarcely a clue to their meaning. It wouldn’t be for lack of examples to look at — or listen to — in a show that bills itself as “a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work.” Indeed, the 45 paintings and 25 works on paper in “Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings, Works on Paper, 1980-2008” plumb the

career of the 49-year-old artist. What likely will remain elusive is the meaning of the artist’s highly personal symbolism, without which viewers can stand and scratch their heads indefinitely in front of such paintings as “El mar dulce” (“The Sweet Sea,” 1986). This enigmatic picture focuses on three beds roughly at its center. Black bedspreads cover them, and a prostrate man dangles from the end of one, his hands stuck into what appear to be boots on the floor. Empty chairs, some of them overturned, stand or lie near the beds. These furnishings occupy a room as big as a gymnasium, which dwarfs and isolates them in its cavernous space. There are three doors at the back of the room, and above them hangs a huge picture that portrays a baby carriage descending a broad staircase on which several human figures lie. A spotlight shines from higher up the wall

Above, Guillermo Kuitca’s “El mar dulce” (“The Sweet Sea,” 1986), Cejas Art Ltd.; left, “Mozart-Da Ponte I” (1995), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden onto the baby carriage, suggesting special significance for the perambulator. What are we to make of this painting? The wall text helps. For one thing, we discover that the stroller on the stairs, a recurring motif in Kuitca’s pictures, echoes a famous scene from Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent classic “The

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On EXHIBIT Capital Area Food Bank, will open today throughout Chevy Chase Pavilion and continue through Feb. 6. It will kick off with a calendar launch celebration and silent auction at the Embassy Suites Hotel, on the Terrace Level of the Chevy Chase Pavilion, tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 with WUSA 9 news anchor Bill Mead’s “Tomato by the River” is part of an exhibition at the Chevy Andrea Roane serving as emcee. Chase Pavilion organized by the Zenith Community Arts Foundation. Tickets cost $80 and include a complimentary calendar. some 40 works in all media by the two shows today and continue Featured are works by 15 artists gallery’s artists. them through Dec. 23. on the theme of healthy sustainable “HanuChrismaKwanza” presThe annual Small Works dining. ents small Members’ Exhibition highlights 50 Located at works for the artists. 5335 Wisconsin holidays. “Shaping Room” is an installaAve. NW, the An opention of mixed-media works by pavilion is open ing reception Gary Bergel exploring his daily Monday through will take place life. Saturday from Friday from 6 An opening reception will take 10 a.m. to 8 to 8 p.m. place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. p.m. and Sunday Located at Located at 901 New York Ave. from 11 a.m. to 1519 NW, the gallery is open Wednesday 6 p.m. 202-783Connecticut and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 2963. Ave. NW on p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ■ Gallery 10 the second and Saturday and Sunday from will open two floor, the noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. shows today and gallery is ■ Hillyer Art Space will open continue them open two shows Friday and continue through Dec. 24, “Sissinghurst Tower” by Newton Wednesday them through Dec. 23. when it will More is on exhibit at Touchstone. through “Bill Moore: Fictions of close its doors Saturday from Nature” presents giant bronze forever after 36 years of operation. noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-3326. sculptures portraying insects, fish “Last Picture Show” features ■ Touchstone Gallery will open See Exhibits/Page 44

Battleship Potemkin,” an icon for the Bolshevik Revolution. We can then connect Eisenstein’s revolutionary image, exhorting the oppressed masses to unite against the czar’s imperial forces, with upheaval in Argentina during the country’s Dirty War of the late 1970s and early See Kuitca/Page 44




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St. NW. 202-797-5102. â&#x2013; Jewish Study Center guest speaker Michael Bloom will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Military Siddur â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Prayers.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $20. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Bach Consort will perform. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635,

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Film â&#x2013; The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Albert Pyunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1985 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Radioactive Dreams.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-4623356.



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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 38 period, including works by Schumann and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Discussions and lectures ■ Artist Mark Dion, whose cabinets of curiosities appropriate scientific methods to investigate ideology, will discuss his work. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ “Beyond Granite: Global Approaches to Public Art, Placemaking, and National Commemoration” will feature Julian Laverdiere, designer of the World Trade Center Tower’s Tribute in Light; Krzysztof Wodiczko, a professor at Harvard University and an artist with a specialty in temporary light installations; Justine Simons, curator at London’s Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square; and Thomas Luebke, secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. ■ Rochelle Davis will discuss her book “Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6215. ■ Bill Simmons will discuss his book “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. 202466-4999. ■ Food historian William Woys Weaver will discuss “Cyprus: Culinary Crossroads of the Mediterranean.” 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. $50. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Jonathan Lee, president of the Society for Financial Awareness, will lead a seminar on “Tax Tips and Planning.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ Corcoran College of Art + Design professor Bernard Welt will discuss “The Aesthetic of the Dream in Surrealist Film.” 7 p.m. $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Photographer William Albert Allard will discuss National Geographic’s recently published retrospective of his work, and his daughter, country-folk musician Terri Allard, will perform. 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film ■ The “Lions of Czech Film” series will feature Jitka Rudolfová’s 2009 film “Dreamers,” about friends who consider moving to an idyllic farm in hopes of finding new meaning in their lives (in Czech with English subtitles). 8 p.m. $10.50; $8.50 for students; $8 for seniors; $7.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Open house ■ The Daughters of the American Revolution’s ninth annual Christmas open house will feature live choral music by students at Fillmore Arts Center, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus and more. 5:30 to 8

p.m. Free. DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 17th Street entrance between C and D Streets NW. 202-572-0563.

■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Annandale Singers, a high school madrigal vocal ensemble. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ NSO Pops will present a concert of holiday classics. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. ■ The Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble will perform works by John Clayton, Sammy Nestico and Michael Phillip Mossram. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838.

Performance ■ Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown and Ritmo y Sabor will present “Posada,” a celebration of the coming Christmas season with dances from across Mexico. 8 p.m. Free. Walsh Black Box Theatre, Georgetown University, 36th Street between N and Prospect streets NW. 202687-3838. Reading ■ Teatro de la Luna will present the first day of its 11th Young People’s Poetry Marathon in Spanish, for elementary school students. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-882-6227. The event will continue Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon for middle and high school students. Thursday, December 9 Thursday DECEMBER 9 Class ■ First Class Inc. will offer a “Beginning Watercolor” workshop. 6 to 9 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202797-5102.

Concerts ■ The Washington National Opera, Double Nickels Theatre Company and the Armed Forces Retirement Home will present “Songs for the Unsung,” featuring original musical works inspired by the memo-

Wednesday, DECEMBER 8 ■ Concert: The 37th annual “Merry TubaChristmas” concert will feature tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players from around the area playing traditional Christmas music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

ries of U.S. veterans. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Armed Forces Retirement Home, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. ■ Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Schubert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures ■ The Q&A Cafe will feature MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. RitzCarlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-4110. ■ The Phillips Collection will discuss “Documentation Nation: The Pictorialists and the Camera,” about the effort to elevate photography from a documentary tool to an artistic medium on par with painting. 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Artist John Alexander will discuss his prolific career, his first exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in the 1970s and

the humor often found in his artwork. 7 p.m. $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Neurologist Oliver Sacks will discuss his book “The Mind’s Eye.” 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Emma Donoghue will discuss her novel “Room,” a finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower will discuss their book “Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life With Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969.” 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Reading ■ Poet Dana Gioia, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and director of the Harman-Eisner Program in the Arts at the Aspen Institute, will read from his work and talk about poetry as an art form. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Florida Panthers. 7 p.m. $45 to $310. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.

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visualizing a battle between compulsive orderliness and creative freedom. Maps provide him another way to express this struggle. They are found in many works, including “Everything” (2004), a mural that looks abstract from a distance but resolves into a maze of U.S. road maps up close. The maps are all scrambled, though, and you wouldn’t want to try and get anywhere with them, except lost. The road from Dallas, for example, leads to another Dallas. “Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings, Works on Paper, 19802008” will continue through Jan. 16 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Located at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202633-1000;

Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. Jackson Art Center will hold its annual Holiday Open Studios this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., showcasing the works of more than 50 artist members who have studios in the former D.C. elementary school located at 3048 1/2 R St. NW. ■ Studio Gallery opened an exhibit last week of works in diverse media by its member artists and will continue it through Dec. 23. A “First Friday” reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734. ■ “Points of View: Contemporary Takes on the Landscape,” presenting works by six artists with individual approaches to landscape painting, opened recently at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, where it will continue through Dec. 31. Featured are artists Caroline Adams, Brad Aldridge, Larry Chappelear, Ed Cooper, Michela Mansuino and Christian Platt. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. ■ Galleries 1054 will hold its usual “Third Friday” reception this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., instead of on Christmas Eve. The reception will take place at 1054 31st St. NW. 202-338-9486. ■

and birds in unnatural and fantastic situations. Selections from the International Arts & Artists’ Hechinger Collection highlight art about tools. A “First Friday” reception will take place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5. Located at 9 Hillyer Court NW, the gallery is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-0680. ■ “Oracles and Mandalas,” featuring ceramics by Argentinian-born artist Alfredo Ratinoff, will open Saturday at Watergate Gallery and continue through Jan. 15. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and the artist will give a talk Dec. 9 at 7 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. ■ “Yuletide” will open Saturday at Project 4, presenting small works by artists who frequently collaborate with the gallery. The exhibit will close Dec. 22. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through

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Ocean with his title. The beds, presumably, symbolize the means by which his family multiplied in the New World. Political commentary “has nothing to do with my intention,” he said in the interview, quoted during the show’s run in Buffalo, N.Y. Still, the painting’s nightmarish feel must signify something — perhaps a skeleton in the family closet? If so, neither the artist nor the picture is talking. Soon after painting “The Sweet Sea,” Kuitca stopped portraying people, though he continued to imply their presence by including manmade, often architectural, elements in his pictures. For example, there are a number of works that feature apartment floor plans and theater seating charts, but the artist usually disrupts their formal structure in some way, as though

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7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets prices start at $45, with certain discounts available. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Studio Theatre has extended Tracy Letts’ comedy “Superior Donuts” through Jan. 2. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $44 to $65. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-3323300; ■ Arena Stage is presenting the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s “every tongue confess” through Jan. 2 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center for American Theater. Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad stars. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday

and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $40, with certain discounts available. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Ford’s Theatre is presenting “A Christmas Carol” through Jan. 2. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $18 to $67. Ford’s will hold a donation drive for So Others Might Eat throughout the run, with members of the cast collecting monetary donations during curtain calls. Ford’s is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-48233; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company will present a new adaptation of “Candide” through Jan. 9 at Sidney Harman Hall. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $48. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122;




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HOLIDAYS From Page 24 hold its 32nd annual Logan Circle House Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5, followed by a reception from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Studio Theatre, located at 14th and P streets NW. The self-guided tour will feature 12 houses displaying stylistic and architectural diversity and containing an array of artistic pieces. Proceeds will benefit the Logan Circle Community Association, which supports local community and philanthropic efforts. Tickets cost $20 in advance at or $25 the day of the tour at the Studio Theatre. Tickets will also be sold at a number of local businesses. For more information, call 202-494-7274 or visit ■ The Georgetown Business Improvement District will present the third annual Merriment in Georgetown Celebration Dec. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wisconsin Avenue between M and N streets NW. The street, closed to traffic, will house musicians, Santa and his elves and horse-drawn carriages offering complimentary rides. More than 50 Georgetown merchants will provide deals and savings to shoppers during the free festival. For more information, visit ■ The choir and clergy of St. Alban’s Parish will perform Advent Lessons and Carols on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. The event, held in the chapel at St. Albans School, will feature readings, prayers and a selection of medieval anthems. A reception in Satterlee Hall will follow. For more information, call 202-363-8286 or e-mail ■ The Washington Animal Rescue League, located at 17 Oglethorpe St. NW, will hold a free holiday open house and pet food drive, featuring Santa, from noon to 3 p.m. Dec 5. Photos of pets or children with Santa will be available for $20. Refreshments will be free. Attendees are encouraged to bring pet food and supplies for the drive as well as their pets. For details, visit ■ The Washington Women’s Chorus holiday concert, “Songs and Stories of Christmas,” will be held Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. The event will feature singers from local schools and the world premiere of a song composed in honor of a former Washington Women’s Chorus member. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, $5 for ages 6 through 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. For details, call 202-244-7367 or visit ■ Through Dec. 15, the Spring Valley office of McEnearney Associates will collect new, unwrapped toys and gifts appropriate for ages 14 and younger. The

office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details about the Toys for Tot collection, call Brittany Beam at 202-552-5600. ■ The Folger Consort, of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Tallis Scholars, a renowned British vocal ensemble, will present four performances of “A Renaissance Christmas,” featuring music by Renaissance-era composers. The concerts will be held Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., Dec. 11 at 5 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 12 at 2 and 5 p.m. at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall, located near the university’s main entrance at 37th and O streets NW. Tickets cost $30 to $50. For more information, call 202-5447077 or visit ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown will hold its annual Greens Sale and Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will feature wreaths, baked goods and holiday baskets. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Father Christmas will deliver gifts to attendees. The parish will provide lunch, with special offerings for children. The Georgetown Parish is located at 3240 O St. NW. Attendance is free. For more information, call 202-338-1796. ■ Discovery Theater is presenting “Seasons of Light,” a multicultural celebration, through Dec. 22. The program will include the history and customs of Ramadan, Devali, Hanukkah, Sankta Lucia, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas/Christmas and a First Nations tradition of winter solstice. Performances will begin at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, with additional performances at 1 p.m. Dec. 8, 10, 15 and 17. Tickets cost $6; $5 for children; free for ages 2 and younger. Discovery Theater is located in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 110 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700; ■ Bethlehem’s Christmas Lutheran Church will work with the Washington National Cathedral to hold the fourth annual Christmas Simulcast Service on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Congregations of both parishes will collaborate to conduct services in English and Arabic. The event will take place in the Cathedral’s nave for the first time. For more information, or to watch a live broadcasting of the service, visit ■ The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will host a series of holiday events this month, including jewelry and art exhibitions, lectures, workshops and a Russian Festival. Throughout the holiday season, the Hillwood Estate’s stores will provide patrons with decorations and gifts. Hillwood is located at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. For more information, visit or call 202-686-5807. For entry, a $12 donation is suggested; $10 for seniors; $7 for full-time college students; and $5 for ages 6 through 18.

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