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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Vol. VII, No. 6


GWU office tower wins zoning nod ■ Development: Panel seeks

commitments on retail uses By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

George Washington University’s plans to construct a new office building in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue won a preliminary approval from the Zoning Commission Monday night.

But commissioners said they agreed with community objections that the plan could eliminate nighttime businesses in the block, and asked the university to hash out more specifics about its proposed retail tenants before they take a second vote. The 11-story, 130-foot building will replace six university-owned historic row houses — which have for years hosted small local businesses along with some university

functions — and the adjacent eightstory office building that previously housed Kaiser Permanente. The project, which includes 6,600 square feet of ground-floor retail, is an investment property for the university that will fund its operations rather than serve a specific academic purpose. The university got approval for a smaller building on the site of just the row houses as part of its 2007 See GWU/Page 16

ANC backs revised plan for Stead Park By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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The National Symphony Orchestra presented a free concert Saturday at the historic Lincoln Theatre as part of a weeklong “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood” initiative focusing on the U Street, Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods.

Plans to upgrade Dupont Circle’s Stead Park and make it more functional for a variety of community members have taken a step forward, with the project winning support from the neighborhood’s advisory commission and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. A revised landscape design compared to a previous proposal includes a slight increase to athletic field space — which would allow for two games to be played simultaneously. The renovation would also include extra seating, new fencing and a water element. Plans first proposed by Friends of Stead Park this past fall recommended a 25 percent reduction of the existing athletic field, to make a larger portion of the park available to those not there to play sports, like young children and older adults. But pushback from several adult sports leagues, which use the fields almost daily, prompted the See Stead/Page 7

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The new design for Dupont Circle’s Stead Park would allow two athletic games to be played simultaneously.

Kuwait eyes adjoining parcel for new chancery

Bilingual charters hone plan for combined upper school



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Kuwait’s preliminary plans to build a four-story chancery on a vacant lot on Tilden Street next to its embassy received a mostly positive response at the Forest Hills/Van Ness advisory neighborhood commission meeting Monday, though neighbors requested some design changes. Residents who live near the Embassy of the State of Kuwait were generally supportive of the project, noting that the embassy has been a good neighbor. However, many expressed concerns about the new building’s height and modern exterior design, which could include a large glass street-facing atrium. Recognizing that plans are in the early stages, they asked embassy representatives to consider a design that

Leaders of four language-based elementary charter schools are making plans to open a merged middle school in fall 2014, at least a year before their innovative language immersion program moves into permanent digs at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The newly hatched District of Columbia International Public Charter School combines resources of four small charters that now offer French, Spanish, Mandarin and English instruction in various parts

NEWS Georgetown bowling alley wins zoning board approval

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The existing embassy building on Tilden Street would become the ambassador’s residence if Kuwait is allowed to build a chancery next door.

would blend better with residential buildings on the street. The embassy, located in a two-story building at 2940 Tilden St., needs more space to accommodate its programming, said Faisal Al Enezi, second secretary with See Embassy/Page 18

EVENTS Shakespeare Theatre to host hit Broadway musical ‘Fela!’

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PASSAGES Local resident, planner touts ‘walkability’ in his new book

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of the city. The new school will allow their students to continue on to middle and eventually high school, leaders say, perhaps with space to enroll additional children as well. The language immersion school also hopes to gain accreditation as an International Baccalaureate program, offering what sponsors say is a rigorous education for “world citizens.” The middle and upper school, once they are lodged in permanent facilities at Walter Reed, could enroll about 1,000 students. But the big push for now is finding temporary, or “incubator” space, See Bilingual/Page 5

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Bowling alley wins approval after accord with Georgetown Park condos By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A hastily drawn agreement between Pinstripes Bowling and residents of Georgetown Park Condominiums cleared the way yesterday for zoning approval of a 12-lane bowling alley and bocce ball courts at the redeveloping Shops at Georgetown Park mall. The Board of Zoning Adjustment unanimously endorsed the plan after viewing a

detailed — and legally binding — set of operating conditions for the bowling alley and its various eating and drinking facilities. The agreement was being finalized right as the zoning hearing began. The upscale bowling alley, complete with bars, an Italian bistro and upstairs banquet facility, is a key part of Vornado Realty Trust’s effort to transform the underused mall at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street into a more attractive shopping and entertainment destina-

Preservation board to review decision on Kalorama condo By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The Historic Preservation Review Board, taking a second look at a condominium project in Kalorama Triangle, agreed Tuesday to reopen a case that was approved without debate before abutting neighbors were notified. A new hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24. The neighbors — residents of historic apartment buildings that bookend two 1908 town houses that Lock 7 Development wants to expand into a 17-unit condo — argue that the project would have a significant impact on their block. They’ve hired two architectural historians and a traffic engineer, architect and zoning lawyer to make their

case. Lock 7, whose website says it specializes in “environmentallyfriendly building techniques and … conscientious historic preservation,” plans to renovate the fronts of the two town houses at 2012 and 2014 Kalorama Road, demolish some of the rears, and add a three-story addition behind each house running nearly the width of both lots. A Historic Preservation Office staff report, recommending approval, says the plan is compatible with the Kalorama Triangle Historic District because one of the town houses has already been considerably altered. It says the project offers “significant preservation benefit in the restoration of the façade and See Kalorama/Page 19

The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 16

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a Ward 4 community meeting to discuss draft proposed changes to the District’s zoning regulations. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road NW. For details, visit ■ The Georgetown-Burleith advisory neighborhood commission and the D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss community ideas and input on parking in the Georgetown and Burleith neighborhoods. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St. NW.

Thursday, Jan. 17

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a program on “The Future of Parking in D.C.” Speakers will include Angelo Rao of the D.C. Department of Transportation, John Townsend of AAA MidAtlantic and Susan Lihn of the Cleveland Park Business Association. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Tenleytown Neighbors Association will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 220 at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 42nd and Albemarle streets NW.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a presentation by Mohammad Akhter, chair of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, about implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the District. The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

The D.C. State Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a public forum to discuss the proposed development at 5333 Connecticut Ave., owned by Calvin Cafritz Enterprises. Cafritz representatives are expected to attend. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday, Jan. 24

The Crestwood Citizens Association will hold its bimonthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 1761 Crestwood Drive NW. Agenda items will include pedestrian safety and recommended safety enhancements at Blagden Avenue and Beach Drive, as well as reactivation of Orange Hat patrols to deter crime.

tion. Pinstripes, which already has four venues in the Midwest, envisions using 28,000 square feet of space on two levels of Georgetown Park, sandwiched between a parking garage below and condos above, for its first East Coast location. Dale Schwartz, Pinstripes’ founder and chief executive officer, said the concept “redefines entertainment and dining,” and said more than 80 percent of the business is “beverage and dining,” with bowling only

offered as one option. “Bowling alleys historically attracted the Harley-Davidson crowd,” he told the board. “That’s clearly not what we do.” But the plan initially ran into significant resistance from the condominium association, which feared a bowling alley would create disturbing levels of noise and vibration. Already frayed by the noise of construction elsewhere in the mall, the condo owners united See Bowling/Page 16


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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District Digest Metro sets schedule for Inauguration Day

Metrorail will operate for 22 hours on Inauguration Day, according to a news release. Rush-hour rail service will run from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., with peak fares in effect. From 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., off-peak fares will be in effect. Three Metro stations — Smithsonian, Archives and Mount

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Service day cleanups set for Rock Creek

The Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service will commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with four cleanups in Rock Creek Park on Saturday morning. Tasks will include removing trash and cutting English ivy and periwinkle from trees. Tools, gloves and training will be provided. Work will take place in Soapstone Valley, on Albemarle

Street east of Connecticut Avenue; along Piney Branch, between Mount Pleasant and Crestwood; in the Little Forest, on 28th Street near Military Road; and at Normanstone, in front of the British Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. Registration information and other details are available at

Kennedy Center gala honors top teachers

Some of the District’s standout teachers got a long-awaited ovation Monday at the Kennedy Center as Grammy Award-winning singer Roberta Flack — herself a former D.C. teacher — and others gathered for a high-profile gala and awards show. Originally scheduled for Oct. 29 but postponed because of Hurricane Sandy, the third annual “A Standing Ovation for D.C. Teachers” honored nearly 1,000 educators who have earned “highly effective” ratings under the school system’s Impact evaluation system. The event also featured special honors for seven teachers and one principal with $10,000 prizes for excellence. The winners of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching prize were Sarah Bax, who teaches math at Hardy Middle School; Mayra Canizales, instructional coach, Columbia Heights Education Campus; Hope Harrod, fifth grade, Burroughs Education Campus; Valyncia Hawkins, fifth grade,

Anne Beers Elementary School; Kristin Schrauth, preschool, Francis-Stevens Education Campus; Brian Thompson, world history, Cardozo High School; and Camille Townsend, fifth grade, Ketcham Elementary School. The winner of the 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award was David Pinder, principal of McKinley Technology High School.

Exhibit to raise funds to improve Francis

The Friends of Francis Field group will launch a new fundraising campaign this weekend with an exhibit of artwork by two local residents, according to a news release. “A Night of Art” will take place Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lucent Lounge at the WestEnd25 apartment building, 1255 25th St. NW. The featured artists are painter Fran Beard and photographer J.P. Kadzinski, who will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the group’s campaign. Dubbed “Let’s Make Francis Field Green,” the effort will seek funds to replant or resurface the playing field. For details, visit

United Way grants go to local nonprofits

The United Way of the National Capital Area last week announced grants worth a cumulative $358,271 to 20 D.C. nonprofits, according to a news release.

Recipients included Ayuda, the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place, the DC Central Kitchen, Food & Friends, the Georgetown Ministry Center, Iona Senior Services, Joseph’s House, Jubilee Jobs and Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care. The funds came through the District of Columbia Community Impact Fund in the United Way’s annual workplace giving campaign. Each grant addresses the group’s focus areas of education, health and financial stability. At Jubilee Jobs, the funds will go toward the salary of a job counselor, according to the release. Meanwhile, Iona will use its grant to provide direct care and supportive services to vulnerable older adults in its service area. Director Sally S. White noted in the release that foundation, corporate and individual donations have become increasingly important due to a decline in government grants. D.C. organizations seeking funding from the Community Impact Fund submitted 175 proposals totaling more than $3.6 million, according to the United Way. A volunteer task force made the funding decisions, in many instances favoring proposals for fresh approaches.


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BILINGUAL: Upper grades slated From Page 1

said Mary Schaffner, founder and director of Yu Ying Public Charter School. The four charters currently operate in scattered buildings, including some closed public schools, and need to find a bigger location to open a middle school with sixth through ninth grades in 2014. Schaffner said plans are still on track to open at Walter Reed for the 2015-2016 school year. The four schools, of various sizes and class ranges, include Yu Ying, which has a Chinese immersion program in Brookland; Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB), which has a SpanishEnglish curriculum at the old Military Road School and a smaller site in Michigan Park; Mundo Verde Bilingual, which offers Spanish and English instruction near Dupont Circle; and the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom School in Brookland, which has French and Spanish programs. The consolidation concept was born after Yu Ying won rights to coveted space at Walter Reed as part of an ongoing effort to redevelop the former Army hospital to serve District needs. Yu Ying will place a middle and high school in 100,000 square feet at a former nurses’ residence known as Delano Hall. LAMB, by the same process, won rights to 35,000 square feet in the same building. But school leaders soon realized they could combine forces — and money — to offer an even better program to more kids. Under current plans, Yu Ying and LAMB will control the space at Walter Reed, collecting rent from the other two schools, with a student body large enough to support a full academic program as well as the athletic and social programs older kids need. But the need for a middle school seemed too pressing to wait for the transfer of Walter Reed from the federal government to the city, and for the extensive renovation required

before the 1933 Delano Hall can accommodate a school. Elsie Whitlow Stokes, which started in Mount Pleasant 15 years ago serving largely immigrant families, is the oldest of the bilingual charters. “By the third year, parents were asking about middle school,� said director Linda Moore. “But we could never figure it out. You need a certain amount of size to have a credible program.� So when Shaffner first broached the idea of a consolidated middle and high school, “I got incredibly excited,� Moore said. “It’s a wonderful idea. This will be new for all of us, because none of us have space for a middle and high school.� Adding grades so that students can continue in the same program will also please parents, she said. “Having an end point will increase their interest.� The four charters all immerse children in a new language at a very young age — the ideal time to learn a language. So for the older grades, “there is an assumption of a certain level of fluency,� Moore said, noting for example that a science class taught in Spanish at the seventhgrade level would by “pretty difficult for someone with poor Spanish skills.� Thus the District’s rules for charters, requiring them to enroll all comers regardless of ability, will be “a bit tricky,� Moore said. “It’s important to explain the expectations to parents. We have to tell parents it might not be a good idea.� Yu Ying is already an International Baccalaureate School, a respected model that “incorporates language, culture, lots of high-ordered thinking,� Moore said. She expects the consolidated middle and high school to win IB accreditation as well. Moore envisions a publicly funded version of the Washington International School, the acclaimed multilingual kindergarten-through12th-grade private school in Burleith and Cleveland Park, but with a less affluent student body.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Jan. 6 through 13 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 1200 block, G St.; unspecified premises; noon Jan. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 11:07 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 11:05 a.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  700 block, 14th St.; medical facility; 2:55 p.m. Jan. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 10th St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 11th St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Jan. 11.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


architecture | interior design | construction | remodeling


Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 8:50 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; residence; 10 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; grocery store; 4:24 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 8:06 p.m. Jan. 12. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; medical facility; 8:04 p.m. Jan. 9.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park



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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4700 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 2:36 a.m. Jan. 12. Burglary â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 10:44 p.m. Jan. 7. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  5100 block, Linnean Terrace; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  35th and Macomb streets; street; 1:40 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  3300 block, 36th St.; street; 8:56 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Porter St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 3700 block, Calvert St.; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Woodley Road; street; 2:23 p.m. Jan. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; hotel; 3:57 p.m. Jan. 7.

Breaking and entering (vending) â&#x2013; 4500 block, MacArthur Blvd.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5000 block, V St.; street; 3:48 p.m. Jan. 9.

â&#x2013; 900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; store; 3:52 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; store; 4:59 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 2:45 a.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 8 a.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  21st and G streets; street; 9 a.m. Jan. 12. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; store; 3:23 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 9:25 p.m. Jan. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, De Sales St.; unspecified premises; 3:46 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  24th and L streets; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; unspecified premises; noon Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  2400 block, N St.; street; 1:35 a.m. Jan. 13.

psa PSA 206 206

psa 208

â&#x2013; 2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Tunlaw Road; residence; 9 p.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 12:45 a.m. Jan. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  38th and Rodman streets; street; 7:40 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 7:41 a.m. Jan. 9.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Burglary â&#x2013; 3500 block, T St.; residence; 10:40 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 35th St.; residence; 6 p.m. Jan. 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3000 block, R St.; street; 5:30 a.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  3600 block, O St.; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 2:51 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 10:38 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  3100 block, O St.; residence; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; sidewalk; 7 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; store; 9:14 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 12:40 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  2600 block, P St.; store; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; sidewalk; 3:12 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 6:32 p.m. Jan. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Dumbarton St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; 7:32 a.m. Jan. 9.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Burglary â&#x2013; 1400 block, K St.; office building; 10:06 a.m. Jan. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, I St.; restaurant; 2:13 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:40 p.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  2100 block, I St.; restaurant; noon Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 12:33 p.m. Jan. 11.

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 7:09 p.m. Jan. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; residence; 3:55 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; residence; 3:55 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; residence; 3:55 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 11 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Jan. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 9:07 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11:42 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 1:32 a.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 12:47 a.m. Jan. 13. Breaking and entering (vending) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. Jan. 8.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1400 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 10:10 p.m. Jan. 11. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 1:27 p.m. Jan. 10. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.;

unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Jan. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 1400 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; office building; 3 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  17th and U streets; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Jan. 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:34 p.m. Jan. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; gas station; 7:30 a.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  2100 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1500 block, T St.; unspecified premises; 6:40 p.m. Jan. 12.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; Kalorama and Ontario roads; restaurant; 11:20 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Summit Place; sidewalk; 10:10 p.m. Jan. 12. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  Euclid Street and Ontario Road; sidewalk; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2400 block; 19th St.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. Jan. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 8 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1 a.m. Jan. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; parking lot; 10 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 1:26 p.m. Jan. 12.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

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STEAD: Park proposal revised From Page 1

Friends group to go back to the drawing board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We met with community members and worked to address their issues with the design,â&#x20AC;? said Victor Wexler, a former Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner who now serves as the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stead Park liaison. Upgrades to the city-owned park located in the middle of a block bordered by P, Q, 16th and 17th streets are expected to cost approximately $1.2 million. Friends of Stead Park, a local group that works with the Department of Parks and Recreation to help maintain the park through an endowment established 60 years ago, is now lobbying elected officials to fund improvements to the much-used athletic field â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only one in the neighborhood. The group also hired landscape architect firm Studio39 to help design the park. Jeff Garigliano, a member of the friends groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board, described a meeting Monday with Mendelson as â&#x20AC;&#x153;very helpful,â&#x20AC;? in an email to The Current. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans is also working to secure city funds for the park, according to Garigliano. The group further hopes to win support from Mayor Vincent Gray, who in October launched a playground improvement project to renovate 32 city parks this year. A significant part of the Stead Park project involves replacing the patchy athletic field, which is prone to flooding, with artificial turf. At the Dupont Circle advisory commission meeting last week, newly elected commissioner Leo Dwyer questioned the decision to use an artificial rather than natural surface, and a resident at the meeting agreed, calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;not a very â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; option.â&#x20AC;? But commissioners explained that after a rainfall, the field often remains waterlogged and muddy for days, rendering it unusable until conditions dry out. Installing a drainage system proved too costly, so artificial turf was determined to be

the best solution. This change is expected to allow teams to be able to use the heavily programmed field on the same day as a rainfall. Garigliano noted that the switch to artificial turf could impact volleyball teams, which would need to find a new way to install their nets on the surface. The proposal received much support for making sure the renovated athletic field can still accommodate two games at one time. Garigliano said his group asked the heads of adult sports leagues which dimensions would be needed, and revised the design accordingly. Stonewall Kickball, which uses the field often, signed off on the plans. The proposed design also includes installing benches along the perimeter of the field, as well as a grassy berm at the southwest corner. Perimeter fencing would be lowered from its current 16 feet height to 10 or 12 feet, which some say will make the park more welcoming to visitors while still keeping stray balls inside. Proposed new fencing between the field and the pavilion area of the park would allow the field to be locked at night, while keeping other areas open for events like summer movie nights. A low-maintenance water feature is also proposed for the northwest corner of the pavilion area of the park. Described as similar to a sprinkler element, the interactive feature is designed to engage kids, and would incorporate a non-skid paver surface and a timer to turn off the water. Any changes to the site require approval from the parks department; the Friends group has been meeting regularly with the agency to discuss proposed improvements. Backers hope to obtain funding in the 2014 city budget, to be announced this spring; the permitting process and search for a contractor could begin thereafter, Garigliano said. In the meantime, Garigliano said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to listen to community feedback anytime.â&#x20AC;?



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Army gets OK to investigate backyard site Current Staff Report The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has won longsought permission to investigate an â&#x20AC;&#x153;anomalyâ&#x20AC;? in the backyard of a Spring Valley property, which officials believe might be the site of another World War I-era burial pit. The work could begin this fall. The owner of the property, in the 3700 block of Fordham Road, agreed verbally to an extensive investigation, Army officials reported at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board, which oversees the long-running efforts to clean up the neighborhood. Nearly a century ago, American University hosted an Army munitions testing program, with soldiers firing weapons into then-undeveloped woods and burying unwanted materials in unmarked pits in the area that later became Spring Valley. A 1918 aerial photo of the Fordham Road property shows a scar on the ground similar to another where workers have found munitions. The Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleanup project manager, Dan Noble, secured the verbal agreement with the property owner there after many years of unsuccessful attempts, officials

reported at the meeting. The owner had previously resisted allowing the work, which Army officials have described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;intrusive.â&#x20AC;? Due to the long delay in finally winning the approval, the Army will have to prepare a separate â&#x20AC;&#x153;task orderâ&#x20AC;? to solicit cleanup proposals from new contractors, which means the work probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begin until October at the earliest. At the meeting, Noble also disclosed the Army Corps has launched an investigation into â&#x20AC;&#x153;potentially responsible partiesâ&#x20AC;? regarding 4825 Glenbrook Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is believed to be the site of another larger munitions pit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as 4835 Glenbrook Road and American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Safety Building. After spending tens of millions of dollars excavating the 4825 Glenbrook site, the Army demolished the longvacant home there last fall in the belief that the burial pit was located beneath the structure. Excavation work there is now under way. The Army Corps is looking for information regarding the past development of the properties.

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Striking a balance

This week, the D.C. Zoning Commission approved redevelopment of the Babe’s site in Tenleytown as a mixed-use project with apartments, retail and just one parking space. The developer — confident that the nearby Metro station and amenities within walking distance will attract renters — says the building’s residents won’t be allowed to bring cars to the neighborhood. We have our doubts about the likelihood of avoiding negative impacts on the community, since some people coming to visit the building’s residents or to patronize the planned businesses will undoubtedly drive. But at least the review process forced a careful look at mitigation measures. In contrast, proposed changes to the District’s zoning regulations could make this type of parking situation much more common — and routine. In considering the proposed rules, it’s important to note that the Office of Planning isn’t suggesting a wholesale elimination of parking requirements. The new rules would discard parking minimums for “the areas where cars are needed and used least — in Downtown and in mixed-use and apartment zones within easy walking distance of transit,” according to an Office of Planning fact sheet. We agree that less parking is needed in such areas, but eliminating the requirements goes too far. “If you don’t build it, they won’t come by car” just doesn’t work as a precept. It’s clear that many people find it perfectly convenient to live without a car, but others consider automobile ownership essential to their way of living. Easy access to transit doesn’t mean everyone will arrive by transit, bike or foot. A compromise solution could allow a developer to obtain a parking exception like the one being granted at Babe’s — after appropriately addressing parking and traffic impacts. Even with the proposed zoning rules, some off-street parking will undoubtedly be built (thankfully, planners pulled back from a plan to set maximums, a much more intrusive approach). The desire to enhance a project’s marketability is likely to convince developers to include some parking whether or not it’s required. The amount, however, may not be enough to minimize community impacts, even if the District enacts and enforces prohibitions on residential parking permits for residents of new rental and condo buildings, as planned with the Babe’s project. Reducing parking minimums in some areas — downtown and near Metro stations — makes sense. Striking the right balance is clearly a challenging, complicated task that requires a lot of research and analysis. But eliminating the requirement altogether is unreasonable.

No drugstore loophole

For years, few D.C. supermarkets could sell beer and wine, with licenses restricted to one per chain. In 2000, the D.C. Council added flexibility in hopes of encouraging supermarkets in areas of the city, exempting new “fullservice grocery stores” and those undergoing “substantial” renovation. In recent years, big pharmacy chains such as CVS and Walgreens have sought to add beer and wine in new stores along with groceries. At first, the requests drew only minor scrutiny, with locations in Cleveland Park and the West End obtaining licenses with relatively little resistance. But contentious skirmishes in Woodley Park and Van Ness brought the issue to the forefront, and the D.C. Council rightly directed the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to review the situation. As a result, the board is working to clarify its regulations. Caught in a 45-day hold are applications from Walgreens at 4225 Connecticut Ave. and CVS at Calvert Street and Connecticut Avenue. We’re glad the board is taking a look at the issue. Beer and wine sales at supermarkets do not seem to have created many adverse impacts, and the last decade has certainly brought a lot of new stores and renovations. But there seems to be much less of a basis for luring new chain drugstores, which have grown in number here even without lucrative alcohol sales. We count at least seven just along Connecticut Avenue north of Taft Bridge. In addition, granting them full access to beer and wine licenses could hamper the viability of liquor stores and corner markets that rely on alcohol sales to remain profitable — not to mention the few remaining independent drugstores, which would be at a competitive disadvantage. We doubt seriously that automatically exempting drugstores is worthwhile. A full-service grocery is defined in the D.C. code as a store whose “primary business and purpose … is the sale of a full range of fresh, canned, and frozen foods.” The regulations should carry out this definition. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and D.C. Council ought to consider, however, allowing special exceptions in areas of the city that would benefit from encouraging the opening of new chain pharmacies.

Inaugural buzz and bummers …


t’s a given. Any president’s second inaugural really isn’t as big a deal as the first. That’s doubly so for President Barack Obama. How does he top his historic election in 2008 and inaugural party that followed? Crowds for the festivities through Monday’s ceremony and parade are expected to be respectable, but a fraction of the estimated million-plus that flooded the city four years ago. Street vendors understand what’s happening. In 2009, more than 1,000 vendors sought special licenses to sell wares on the street. This year, just about 100 or so vendors signed up. (That’s still pretty good. City officials say that for the second George W. Bush inaugural in 2005, only about two dozen vendors applied.) The Notebook is bummed that Aretha Franklin is not making a return appearance this year. Her rendition of “America (My Country, ’Tis of Thee)” was so powerful. And, of course, the dramatic hat had the country talking. The New York Times a couple of days later reported: “She reached back to her gospel roots and adorned herself as if for church, topping her outfit with a dove-gray wool chapeau, dominated by a giant bow set off at a jaunty angle and ringed in sparkling Swarovski crystals. “The hat was an instant sensation. Even before Ms. Franklin had finished singing ‘My Country, ’Tis of Thee’ on the inaugural podium, calls began pouring in to her hat designer, Luke Song, 36, of Mr. Song Millinery in Detroit, Ms. Franklin’s home town.” And the Smithsonian itself asked for the hat for its collection. Just for the record, singer Kelly Clarkson will sing “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” on Monday. She’s good. But she’s not Aretha. ■ The oath. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will again swear in President Obama. But the public ceremony in front of the Capitol will be only for show. By law, the president has to be sworn in by noon on Jan. 20. That’s a Sunday this year. Obama will take the oath in private at the White House, and they’ll do it again for the public on Monday. “I will be honored to again stand on the inaugural platform and take part in this important American tradition,” Obama was quoted as saying in the official announcement. ■ Purple tunnel of doom. Four years ago thousands of people who thought they had preferential inaugural seating (the purple section) wound up being stuck in the 3rd Street Tunnel. There aren’t any purple-colored tickets this year, and the tunnel will be closed. We’re sure there will be some kind of snafu somewhere — just because the inaugural is so huge an undertaking, even if it is a second one for Obama. ■ On the home front. What’s an inaugural without a protest? Mayor Vincent Gray has said he would erect

some kind of sign in front of the Wilson Building to protest the city’s lack of voting rights and/or statehood. As our deadline arrived, we were still awaiting word on what type of protest it might be. The city did get good news this week that the White House will put the city’s “taxation without representation” license tag on the presidential limousine. The White House said it would stay on through the Obama second term. “President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress,” said White House spokesperson Keith Maley. “Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the President’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, home rule and budget autonomy for the District.” The D.C. Council passed a resolution urging Obama to put the District’s “taxation without representation” tags on his car. President Bill Clinton used them, but Bush and Obama didn’t play along. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 3’s Mary Cheh, who authored the unanimous resolution, took the plate to the White House last week. They met briefly with an official but came away with no immediate assurance the tag will be used. And worse, much of the media coverage came as ridicule because the council leaders initially tried to get a city police escort to the White House, about three blocks away. The sporadic efforts in the city to highlight the District’s second-class citizenship seem never to take hold. There’s a dramatic decision at one point for people to get arrested; then the effort fades away. There’s a march on Congress; then, there’s nothing. There are meetings on the Hill and then, again, nothing. The fight for voting rights in the city has ebbed and waned. The organization DC Vote has tried any number of things. When will something stick? Maybe the activists should get Aretha Franklin to sing for them? And she can wear that hat. ■ March for Life. Just four days after the inaugural, the city really will have a massive crowd in town. It’s the 40th annual March for Life protesting the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortions. Whether you are “pro-life” or “pro-choice” or any other designation when it comes to abortion, the crowd that annually assembles in Washington is huge. The rally starts at noon on the National Mall, and the march itself begins about 1:30 p.m. It takes several hours for the crowd to march up Constitution Avenue to Capitol Hill and then assemble in front of the Supreme Court building. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Zipcar is registering vehicles in District

Recently, a member of the community wrote in regarding his observation of a Zipcar parked onstreet with New York tags [“City should review Zipcar requirements,” Letters to the Editor, Jan. 2]. He had expressed concern that Zipcar was not adhering to the District’s laws regarding titling and registration of vehicles.

In late October, Zipcar started transferring 150 vehicles from our New York fleet to the Washington, D.C., fleet as a means of refreshing our cars for our members. These low-mileage vehicles are helping us provide a well-maintained, up-to-date fleet for our members in the local area. We have been working with the Department of Motor Vehicles to transfer titling and registration of these vehicles to D.C. and currently have more than one-third already registered in the city. Our transfer of these vehicles was held up with some outstanding parking

and red-light ticket issues that were discovered during this transfer. We have since resolved these tickets and are continuing to reregister and title all of these transferred vehicles in the District. We expect that this process should be concluded in the next few weeks. Zipcar values its partnership with the District of Columbia, the Department of Transportation and the surrounding jurisdictions, and we welcome any comments from the public to improve our service. Scott Hall Washington, D.C., general manager, Zipcar

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Step up for D.C. plannersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dog and pony show VIEWPOINT

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he D.C. Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent Ward 3 meeting on the zoning regulations review unfortunately missed the mark on providing anything more than minimal opportunity for public input. Officials described three goals for the meeting: first, providing information about zoning code revisions in a formal presentation; second, providing an opportunity for attendees to understand the regulations â&#x20AC;&#x153;in greater detailâ&#x20AC;? during smaller sessions with Office of Planning staffers; and third, enabling attendees to provide their thoughts, questions and comments to staff members. Assuming attendees learned something about zoning code revisions from the presentation or the handouts, goal No. 1 was fulfilled. However, it would be appreciated if speakers would refrain from using industry jargon throughout their remarks. Attendees should not have to continually refer to the provided glossary of terms just to follow along. As to the second point, why was the decision made to host meetings in every ward rather than a single, Metro-accessible location downtown? I expected that the Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting would discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;in greater detailâ&#x20AC;? certain aspects of the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal as it related to this ward. Conversely, if I had traveled downtown that night, I would not have expected anything more than a generic presentation with questions and answers, which is what we got. For future meetings, tailoring the presentation even slightly to that ward would go a long way to reassure skeptics that the effort to erect a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sustainable communityâ&#x20AC;? in D.C. was not planned in a vacuum. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice idea, in theory, to give attendees 30 minutes to speak with the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff following the presentation. However, how was one expected to visit six different stations located around a very large auditorium in that amount of time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an average of five minutes per topic? Each station had a different focus, and one had to wait among the crowd gathered to have oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question answered. I gave up. How about revising the ground rules to suggest that residents of that particular ward be given first priority to ask their questions?

Letters to the Editor Proposed graduation standards need work

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing regarding your Jan. 9 editorial â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graduation requirements.â&#x20AC;? The D.C. State Board of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed high school graduation requirements fail to embrace, encourage or create conditions favorable for meaningful improvements in education. They purport, on the one hand, to embrace â&#x20AC;&#x153;flexibilityâ&#x20AC;? by allowing students to meet additional, and some existing, requirements in ways other than taking a class. On the other hand, ironically, they take flexibility away from schools by increasing the total number of credits required in order for students to graduate. The proposal contains an explicit acknowledgment that â&#x20AC;&#x153;proficiencyâ&#x20AC;? in a subject matter can â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, in many cases, should â&#x20AC;&#x201D; be used

Now, I realize the Office of Planning canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enforce it, but it would have been a nice gesture to cater to ward pride and get its residents out on time. In considering the third stated goal, I might have believed that city officials were committed to a fair and democratic process if Neighbors 4 Neighborhoods DC (N4NDC) representatives had been invited to voice their concerns to everyone in the public forum instead of literally being denied a seat at the table. N4NDC is made up of caring and concerned homeowners, some of whom Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud to say are my constituents. Their primary goal is to preserve the unique character of Chevy Chase and protect the significant financial and personal investment weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all made in choosing to live uptown. We all lost by not having their input except through handouts as we walked in the door. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to give a shoutout to Chairman Phil Mendelson for staying afterward to speak with residents. I clarified my beef with the proposed regulations, and it went something like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;For residents in Chevy Chase, having peaceful surroundings, lots of green space and being able to drive our cars was a worthwhile trade-off for ceding the higher property values to homeowners living closer to the city center. The proposed zoning regulations compromise why we chose to live here without the benefit of increasing our property values. So what will we receive for this concession? Nothing, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right.â&#x20AC;? Bottom line: I want to know when the Office of Planning will drill down and weigh the strengths and weaknesses of their uniform, â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-size-fits-allâ&#x20AC;? proposal within various wards. How will our comments inform the process given the lack of any context of location or lifestyle? Clearly, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who made the comment or where they were from or what their lifestyle is. Clearly, the proposed regulations will benefit developers and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, but what about D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizenry? With no ombudsman to negotiate the best possible outcome for Chevy Chase and other neighborhoods, the road ahead looks mighty foreboding. ISO a ringmaster to rein in the circus. Carolyn â&#x20AC;&#x153;Callieâ&#x20AC;? Cook is a member of the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission.

instead of time spent in a classroom to satisfy some requirements. At the same time, the proposal increases the number of requirements and therefore the amount of time that students must spend in order to satisfy them regardless of their proficiency. The proposed requirements purport to function as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-size-fitsallâ&#x20AC;? approach to high school education, when many schools, especially public charter schools, are bringing innovations to the classroom that may not necessarily fit the one-sizefits-all model. Finally, the proposed graduation requirements come at a time when there is robust conversation around the country about moving education in the direction of being more tailored and flexible as opposed to being more rigid. Successes in public education are happening in schools that, beyond meeting minimum core requirements, have the flexibility to be innovative, and tailor their programs to meet the needs of their

students in exciting ways. Imposing additional requirements beyond basic core standards stifles teaching, learning and success. The State Board of Education should hold off on approving the proposed graduation requirements until further consideration can be given to new emerging concepts in education reform, such as competency-based standards and greater flexibility. The board may find, after a more thorough review, that fewer required credit hours, not more, coupled with greater flexibility and room for innovation, may lead to better outcomes. While the proposed policies contain some good ideas, they generally are at odds with what is working best in schools today, especially the public charter schools that currently educate 43 percent of D.C. public school students. They also go in the wrong direction for improving outcomes for District students. Robert Cane Executive director, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools

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committees, as well as better reporting of actions each committee takes. â&#x2013; commissioners approved a resolution to continue renting meeting space at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for the next two months while considering alternative locations, including the Marie Reed school. â&#x2013;  commissioners discussed a possible bylaw change to better notify the public of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. The proposal, by chair Billy Simpson, would require advance announcement of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda and community notification each week of commission actions and impending items. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to ask the Historic Preservation Review Board to revoke its approval of a condo project at 2012-2014 Kalorama Road, and to reopen the case because abutting neighbors were not properly notified and want to present evidence in opposition. â&#x2013;  commissioners approved a resolution on temporary relaxation of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voluntary agreements to allow longer bar hours during the inauguration weekend. An amendment to a previous resolution was needed to allow later hours on Jan. 21, extending until 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013;  Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  election of officers. â&#x2013;  approval of meeting dates. â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  updates on the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Hampshire Avenue project; proposed zoning regulation revisions; and new Capital Bikeshare stations at 20th Street and Virginia Avenue, 23rd and E streets and 21st Street and Constitution Avenue. â&#x2013;  consideration of matters before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board: Froggy Bottom Pub summer garden and Watergate Hotel license application. â&#x2013;  consideration of matters before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment: Hillel at George Washington University. â&#x2013;  consideration of matters before the Public Space Committee: Tonic outdoor dining space and EastBancâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development of the West End fire station and library sites. â&#x2013;  consideration of a certificate of need application for MinuteClinic outpatient facilities in the area. â&#x2013;  presentation by George Washington University on its Square 77 residence hall project. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed street closings for the Nike Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marathon Half DC, on Sunday, April 28; the

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day 8K to benefit Back on My Feet, on Sunday, March 10; the Scope It Out 5K to benefit Chris4Life Colon Cancer, on Sunday, March 24; and the Race for Hope 5K to benefit Accelerate Brian Cancer Cure, on Sunday, May 5. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; election of officers. â&#x2013;  government reports. â&#x2013;  report from the Sheridan-Kalorama Historical Association. â&#x2013;  discussion of plans for 2305 Bancroft Place. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit anc3b. org. 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. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit

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Stephen Ackert, Head of Music at the National Gallery of Art, will present an all-Bach concert on the Concordia DC series at The United Church, Friday evening, January 18 at 7:30 PM. The church is located at 1920 G Street NW, corner of 20th Street. Cellist Benjamin Wensel will join Mr. Ackert for the concert, which is free to the public and includes a reception for artists and audience. Mr. Wensel is a member of the United States Army Strings. The concert will feature both chamber and solo works for cello and keyboard, some of which will be played on United’s historical baroque organ.

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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

January 16, 2013 ■ Page 13

Local author espouses benefits of walkability

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


hat makes a city thrive? In the years since the 2008 economic recession, it’s a question many local officials are asking themselves. In his new book, D.C. author and urban planner Jeff Speck has defined what he says is a critical piece of the puzzle — walkability. In “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,” published in November, Speck outlined 10 steps that he says can help any city become more vital by attracting businesses and residents to spur growth. The key is to create desirable neighborhoods with convenient amenities, he says, which can accelerate both new development and more sustainable practices. According to Speck, who lives and runs a design firm in the Cardozo/Shaw neighborhood, cities need “useful, safe, comfortable and interesting” walking environments that provide residents with what they need — like grocery stores and neighborhood schools, for example — along with features they desire — like good restaurants and recreational areas. Two segments of the population, millennials and empty nesters, are moving to urban cores in everincreasing numbers, Speck writes in his book. In what could be called the “Seinfeld” or “Friends” effect, Speck says characters from these iconic television programs modeled an ideal city life centered around walkability: traveling on foot to meet friends at a local coffeehouse or to run errands. Millennials in particular, Speck

says, decide where they want to live first, then look for a job next. While some cities like San Francisco, for example, have been attracting new residents and businesses for decades, Speck argues that smaller cities can replicate those successes. That can be achieved, he says, by creating unique buildings and landscapes, what he calls “outdoor living rooms,” rather than blank settings such as a block of identical buildings or large parking lots that don’t offer compelling visual or practical reasons for residents to walk by them. “We want to create walkers by choice, because driving and parking continue to be an inexpensive option for people,” Speck said in an interview. While Speck calls his theory on walkability a “work in progress,” the idea comes by way of significant experience as an urban planner and architectural designer. A former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2007, Speck oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, where he worked one-onone with a number of city mayors to solve their most pressing planning issues. In 2001, he co-wrote the best-selling book “Suburban Nation,” which condemns suburban sprawl. Today, Speck leads a design

Top, left: Courtesy of Jeff Speck; below: Bill Petros/The Current

Jeff Speck, an urban planner who lives in the Cardozo/Shaw area, outlines 10 strategies to help cities in his book. The West End, below, ranks as one of D.C.’s most walkable neighborhoods.

practice in the District, the city he has called home for nearly 10 years. He currently lives with his wife, Alice, and two young children in a home the couple designed on Florida Avenue. When one of Speck’s children attended Ross Elementary at 1730 R St., he said he saw firsthand how neighborhood schools that parents and their children can walk to also help communities come together.

“First you come to pick up your kids, then you help clean up the school playground, and then you help clean the streets around playground — and you care because your kids are going to school there,” said Speck. “Any ideal image of urban functionality involves walking your children to neighborhood schools.” The District is the seventh most walkable city in the country, according to Walk Score, a nationally recognized organization that ranks walkability among U.S. cities. Breaking it down by neighborhood, Dupont Circle is the most walkable, followed closely by the West End and Logan Circle. Harriet Tregoning, director of the D.C. Office of Planning, called Speck’s book “very practical” and said in an interview that “walkability is a great lens through which to examine the environment and urban design.” “Even if you are a very small community, there are things every neighborhood can do to make it more walkable,” she added. “Residents can petition their government to improve walkability,” including weighing in on what kinds of buildings will be constructed in their neighborhood. According to Speck, many U.S. cities, particularly those in the Sun Belt, have suffered after relying too much on car-centric designs. These

cities built big parking areas and multi-lane roads and highways, rather than creating interesting, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. In some cases by failing to support walkability, populations and economies have declined in such cities. A study Speck cites says that “cities with the largest drops in housing value (such as Las Vegas, down 37 percent) have been the most cardependent.” Other cities, like Portland, Ore., stand out for prioritizing walkability in their long-term city planning and for earning back what’s called “walkability dividends,” Speck writes. He cites another study showing that Portland residents, by spending more time walking or biking and less time in their cars since 1996, have saved an estimated $1.1 billion each year — money that is often churned back into the local economy. According to Speck, any city neighborhood — whether in the District or elsewhere — can improve its walkability, often by starting small and focusing on one block at time. “A little bit of a great downtown,” he writes, “can help push a whole city into the great category. That’s the place to begin.” “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,” published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is available in hardcover and digital editions.

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

BSW’s House Cup is always exciting. This one was no exception. With the houses gearing up for this term’s cup, no one could rest peacefully. The atmosphere around the school had become tense, ready for 2012’s showdown between the teams; Chesapeake, Shenandoah, Potomac and Patuxent. To add to the excitement, the House Christmas Tree Competition results were going to be announced and would add to the totals. Going into the assembly Chesapeake were favourites. Then came the Christmas tree results and Chesapeake came in fourth, a bit of a blow to their title hopes. Shenandoah won the contest. The moment of truth arrives. Everyone is waiting patiently. House points are awarded for sports, whole school competitions, earning class and subject trophies, behaviour and work. Over a term, thousands are earned by BSW pupils. The results: “In fourth place, Shenandoah”. The students couldn’t believe their ears. As the Shenandoah House captains pulled off the blue ribbon from the cup, everyone wondered what had happened to Shenandoah, which had been in second place up until a week ago. Then came “Potomac” (red ribbon removed), “In second place, Patuxent” (gone was the yellow ribbon). A huge cheer came from Chesapeake. They had won, and the green ribbon would stay on the cup for next term. Everyone had


a good time. I certainly did. — Matteo Cardarelli, Year 5 (fourth-grader) and member of Chesapeake

Eaton Elementary

Last Wednesday, nine John Eaton students competed in the eighth annual GeoPlunge Tournament held at the National Portrait Gallery. One of our three teams came in fifth place out of 74 teams from D.C. elementary and middle schools! GeoPlunge is a fun, educational card game about U.S. geography. There are three different games in the GeoPlunge Tournament. In “Guess the State,” you have to guess your opponent’s state by getting clues from the other team. The clues are facts about the states, including state flowers and birds; rankings in size, population and statehood; and state capitals. Another game is “Race for the Borders,” which is where you are dealt cards and each team has to find sets of bordering states quicker than the other team. The last game is “Play the Ranks,” where you use the population, statehood and size ranks to beat your opponent. The goal is to always have a higher ranking than your opponent. We learned that there is a lot of strategy in all of the games, but especially “Play the Ranks.” The Eaton GeoPlunge teams

have been preparing since September. On some days, we spend lunch and recess practicing the games and memorizing the facts with our coach, Ms. Pugh. — Jack Wallis, Matthew O’Toole and Cormac Bianchi, fourth-graders

Edmund Burke School

I thought that entering a new school at the middle of the year would be a major change and somewhat hard for me, but it has turned out to be easy to get used to. At Burke there are multiple things that are far better than at my former school. First off, many of the teachers here are very caring and have a great sense of humor. At Burke it feels like the teachers are completely there for you. They work to try to connect with their students so as to know and really care about them. Also, the students at Edmund Burke are really helpful and help you get used to the routine. There is also a lot more personal freedom at Burke. For example, there are some free periods where students get to go off campus for an hour or so and go to nearby stores like 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy and Starbucks (most people’s favorite in my grade). There are also longer transition times here from class to class, which really helps to keep me organized and unstressed. Although we have all this freedom, with it also comes the great responsibility that you get back to school and to your next class on time. If you come late to school or

class and or don’t finish your homework, you are sent to promptness workshop at lunchtime, which is similar to a study hall. This really isn’t too bad as it’s a quiet place to finish your homework. These are some of the things that made my transition easy and make Edmund Burke School one of the best schools I’ve ever been to. — Stefan Cabrera, eighth-grader

out the school, which were run by teachers and focused on differences in race, religion and ability. Field’s middle school girls basketball team played two games last week, winning one 18-6 and losing the other. The boys team lost to Covenant Life. — Jana Cohen, eighth-grader; and Nina Gutzeit and Adam Bressler, sixth-graders

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Field students returned to school last Monday. The students are looking forward to the second half of this school year, which will be highlighted by our two-week internships in February, the Science Expo in March, and end-of-the-year festivities in June. On Thursday, middle school students played a spirited basketball game against Field’s faculty members. This annual tradition is exciting both for students playing in the game and students cheering on the sidelines. At the end, the scoreboard indicated that the students had pulled off a miraculous, lopsided victory of 199-0, which may have had more to do with the fact that the official scorekeeper was an eighthgrader, Tom Tenhula, than with the actual results on the court. It should be made known that the faculty did get in a few good dunks before the score went awry. Last Friday was Diversity Day at Field. Kevin Jennings, a supporter of the gay rights movement, came to speak to students. Afterward, students attended workshops through-

Our second grade class is studying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King did an “I Have a Dream” speech so that white and black people could be treated fairly and not be judged by the color of their skin. We also learned that he was a pastor. Both he and Jesus handled problems with peace and love. Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Our class did a presentation for the lower school about his life. We talked about how changing things begins with one person and one step. — Catherine Patterson, second-grader

Mann Elementary

A few weeks ago, the whole school planted trees. Peter Forbes from Trees for the Planet, with the help of student volunteers, planted one tree for each grade on the school grounds. The trees planted included Red Chokeberry, American Holly and Witchhazel. We planted the trees in what will be the school’s new garSee Dispatches/Page 15

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DISPATCHES From Page 14 den. We are moving Horace Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gardens to make room for the upcoming renovation of the school. We hope that the new garden will attract wildlife such as butterflies, birds and deer. The trees can make homes for birds and other animals. We planted each tree in the ground and put â&#x20AC;&#x153;Groasis Waterboxx Technologyâ&#x20AC;? around the tree. A Waterboxx is a plastic container that holds four gallons of water and gives a certain amount of water to the tree each day. It also collects rainwater and moisture from the air. The Waterboxxes help trees grow strong roots, which promotes longterm survival. On Dec. 11, Peter Forbes planted one more tree on school grounds. It was an older, larger Hawthorn. The tree was dedicated to Horace Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachers and faculty. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joseph Laroski, third-grader

Maret School

At Maret students learn how to

make their community flourish through service learning. One of our many projects is a partnership with an organization called Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table, which donates endlessly to the homeless and hungry. Each month, a lower school class makes soup, chopping and then delivering the ingredients. We also create and teach lessons for Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table preschoolers, teaching language development and academic skills. One of the things that Maret fourth-graders will always remember is the look of pure glee spreading from one small cheek to the next when the preschoolers start to decipher the lesson, and no fourth-grader can remember a time when they were unhappy with their preschool buddy. Every year, around the holidays, teal blue tubs are distributed around the school with neon yellow â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Driveâ&#x20AC;? signs in heavy black type. Then the miracle happens! Hundreds of toys are piled in the tiled lower school lobby. Brilliant hues of plastic, wood, cloth and cardboard with catchy labels pro-


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duce a mountainous pile of toys. Jumbles of huge black trash bags are loaded on to the bus. A grand total of 364 toys making D.C. a better place! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lindsay Kaplan, fourth-grader

Powell Elementary

After the horrible event that occurred in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., we all spent a moment of peace to think about the individuals and their families that were the victims of this unthinkable tragedy. Teachers and administrators

asked us how we think about peace. I think for me that peace is when I feel safe and content in whatever I do or wherever I am and what I strive to have daily. This tragedy affects us in some way because we are children and lots of innocent children were killed in the massacre. Here at Powell Elementary, our teachers and the principal helped us understand that whatever questions and any confusion we have, they are there to support us, that we are never alone, and no matter what we face, someone will always be there

to help us rise to the challenges set before us. They taught us that every day is important. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeff Williams, fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

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Northwest Real Estate BOWLING: Board approves Georgetown Park application after neighbors sign accord

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in opposition to a venue they feared might make the disruption permanent. Their opposition swayed the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission to vote unanimously against Pinstripesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; zoning application, but the commission indicated it would withdraw its opposition if Pinstripes and the condo owners reached an agreement. Pinstripes attorney Allison Prince and condo association attorney Marty Sullivan scrambled Tuesday to finish the long agreement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and an attached set of conditions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before the zoning board could act.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very close to agreement, 98 percent there,â&#x20AC;? said Sullivan as the day opened in the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing room. When the case was called about an hour later, Prince said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have crossed that 2 percent threshold.â&#x20AC;? Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients formally withdrew their opposition. With the agreement in hand, board chair Lloyd Jordan noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ANC moves to the support column.â&#x20AC;? Among the agreementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conditions, Pinstripes is pledging to: â&#x20AC;˘ allow the condo associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own sound engineer complete access during construction, to make sure all soundproofing specifications are met.

â&#x20AC;˘ limit the number of people who can use outdoor patios on both levels, and end outdoor operations at 10 p.m. on weekends and 9 p.m. on weekdays. None of the facilities, indoors or out, would open before 8 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ put screening around the patios to protect â&#x20AC;&#x153;the privacy of neighborsâ&#x20AC;? on both sides of the C&O Canal, which flanks Georgetown Park. Movable walls will be used to prevent noise from escaping whenever amplified music is used inside. In addition, as Prince pointed out, the entire operation will be bound by D.C. code requiring any establishment serving alcohol in Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waterfront zone to limit noise

escaping its doors. Even so, board members had some doubts about whether the noise controls would work at Georgetown Park. Despite a lengthy report by Pinstripesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sound engineer, Jordan noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any actual readings from this facility.â&#x20AC;? But members seemed reassured when Vornado official Scott Milsom described the 12-inch concrete slab between the bowling alley and floor above, and another thick slab between the banquet level and condos. Schwartz said Pinstripes hopes to begin construction in the next few months, and to open by the end of 2013.

GWU: Zoning Commission requests commitments on retail in Pennsylvania Avenue project

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as the most valuable amenity the school could provide. The university, however, instead offered 7,209 square feet of affordable housing as its main amenity. The plan calls for rehabilitating three university-owned row houses in the 2100 block of F Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get affordable large units in Foggy Bottom is a significant amenity in my view,â&#x20AC;? zoning commissioner Robert Miller said before Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote. Other promised benefits include $100,000 toward office space for the Foggy Bottom/West End Village aging-in-place program, $100,000

campus plan. But the school now needs approval to incorporate the Kaiser Permanente site that became available more recently, as well as for the detailed design of the glassy building. As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;planned-unit developmentâ&#x20AC;? process, the university must provide community amenities to offset the impacts of its project. The Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, the Foggy Bottom Association and the West End Citizens Association identified community-serving retail

toward a real-time transit message board for the neighborhood, $51,000 for the Francis-Stevens Education

â??To get affordable large units â&#x20AC;Ś is a significant amenity in my view.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Robert Miller Campus and up to $55,000 toward a landscape buffer with The President condominium, which backs to the project. The university also dropped plans to relocate an alley closer to

The President after residents complained. Neighbors said they appreciated many of the other amenities, but that the affordable housing would have little direct benefit for the community and might simply provide housing for university graduate students. Retail would make a more critical difference right around the project site, they said, and the university has not yet specified what types of businesses it would lease to. Something like a bank that would close after business hours would harm the block, residents said, and locally owned small businesses

would be more valuable than chains. Miller agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that is a legitimate point â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Pennsylvania Avenue frontage in that area does need activation so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just become an office canyon at night.â&#x20AC;? Commission chair Anthony Hood noted that the body canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t specify which amenities a developer will offer. Rather, it can encourage a developer to promise certain benefits, and vote down projects that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet that standard. The community groups urged the commission to do just that if the school doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide more details on the planned retail before the final vote.

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ly to live. This month thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new offering for homebuyers looking to capture a bit of sophisticated urban living: CityCenterDC. One- and two-bedroom condominiums went on sale this month at the much-anticipated 10-acre mixed-use development on the site of the former convention center. Bounded by 9th and 11th streets to the east and west and New York Avenue and H Street to the north and south, The Residences at CityCenter will include 216 condominium units in two of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven buildings. Rounding out the total development is office space in two buildings, 90 percent of which has been leased; rental apartments in two others; and a hotel with a planned 370 rooms. Restaurant and retail tenants will occupy the ground floors of all of the buildings, and pedestrian walkways and a public park will connect the development to the neighborhood. Although construction is still under way (residences should be

ready for occupancy this fall), a well-appointed two-bedroom sales model is available for viewing across the street from the project, tempting prospective buyers with an alluring package of city living. London-based Foster + Partners designed the condosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exteriors and interiors, aiming for a contemporary yet warm aesthetic, according to John Mullin, director with Hines, the firm that developed the project along with Archstone. Units will range in size from roughly 700 to 3,000 square feet, and while no two will be identical, all will incorporate glass and wood elements and an open layout. Each one is designed to offer a direct sightline from any vantage point to dramatic, floor-to-ceiling windows spanning the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s width. Custom 6-foot-wide sliding glass doors provide access to private outdoor space, which will vary with each unit. Some will have Juliet balconies, and others will have 4-foot-deep terraces with Cumaru wood decking. Eleven of the units will come with fully landscaped patios ranging from 900 to 1,200 square feet. Inside the model unit, almost as eye-catching as the oversized windows are the gleaming white oak floors with 7.5-inch-wide planks. In all of the residences,

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One-bedroom units start at $500,000, and two-bedrooms range from $800,000 to $3,500,000. these floors will extend throughout. In the model kitchen, the L-shaped design features custom cabinetry by Italian company Molteni/Dada. Created to resemble a piece of furniture, the sleek cabinets are available for other units in three finishes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bleached white oak, bleached walnut or white lacquer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and conceal all of the appliances, save for the Bosch electric and microwave ovens. Other appliances include a refrigerator by Thermador or Liebherr, a dishwasher by Miele and a Bosch gas stovetop. White Caesarstone quartz countertops, a Kohler stainless-steel sink and Grohe faucet complete the modern look. Units will also include a Bosch stackable washer and dryer tucked discreetly behind a closet door.

In the model, the same clean lines of the kitchen continue into the bath and powder rooms, where Molteni/Dada and Caesarstone elements again make their mark. With innovation in mind, some units will include a sliding wall to separate the sink and toilet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; accessible from the living areas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the private shower or soaking tub area, which opens to a bedroom. Other features include built-in drawers, open shelving and porcelain tile flooring. In the bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows let natural light flood the space. Some will also open onto a

balcony or terrace, an ideal spot for a morning cup of coffee. Making organization easier, customdesigned closets with modular shelving allow for personalized configurations. Almost as appealing as the luxe features of the units is the abundance of amenities that enhance life at the condominiums. Residents will be able to take advantage of a spa treatment room, a yoga studio and a fitness center, which overlooks the courtyard. A banquetsized dining room with a catering kitchen and bar area is ideal for See Condos/Page 19



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Kuwaiti Embassy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want your feedback, positive and negative,â&#x20AC;? he added. Plans call for a reception hall as well as space for events, offices and executive functions to shift into the new building, which would allow the existing building to be used solely as a residence for the ambassador and his family. Despite adding more physical space for the embassy, staffing levels would not increase. The Kuwaiti government finalized its purchase of the adjacent vacant lot three weeks ago, and its plan to expand operations has the approval of the U.S. State Department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The intent of the project is to depict Kuwait as a growing, progressive country,â&#x20AC;? said Rod Henderer, an architect with local firm RTKL Associates, who presented the conceptual design plans at the meeting. The new structure would measure 43 feet in height, with a glass atrium spanning all four floors and facing Tilden Street. Connecting the new building to the old one would be an exterior courtyard and ground-floor passageway. A 27-space parking garage would be built beneath the courtyard, and a mechanical penthouse would be placed at the rear of the roof. Henderer said the building is ideally situated to take advantage of solar energy, though he noted itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to talk about specific â&#x20AC;&#x153;green buildingâ&#x20AC;? plans. The vacant lot on Tilden Street has a contentious recent history, going back to 2006 when Clark Realty proposed a six-story residential development for the site. The commission and nearby residents vehemently opposed that plan, citing concerns about the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s height and density. The empty lot has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;a neighborhood heartbreak over the years,â&#x20AC;? said one resident who lives in an apartment building directly behind the embassy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That history impacts our reactionâ&#x20AC;? to any development, she explained. Longtime neighborhood commissioner Karen Perry, who was involved with the fight against the Clark development, sympathized with concerns of neighbors, but said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to go there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to remain empty.â&#x20AC;?

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Kuwait plans to build a chancery on the long-vacant lot next to its existing embassy building.

Perry said she supports the plans of the Kuwaiti embassy, which she said has been a good neighbor, and noted that another developer could again propose to build a much taller structure there. Whayne Quin, an attorney representing Kuwait on the project, was careful to point out that the four-story structure is consistent with the heights of nearby residences. Commissioner Bob Summersgill and residents of the apartment building behind the proposed building expressed concerns about water runoff on the site, which slopes back toward the apartments. Quin and Henderer said plans could include stormwater gardens and permeable pavers. They said parking congestion due to embassy events, another concern raised by neighbors, would be mitigated by the underground parking garage. Quin added that embassy representatives would be willing to meet informally with neighbors and commissioners to address concerns as the project moves forward. More detailed plans could come before the neighborhood commission again in two to three months. The building application will be filed with the Foreign Missions Board of Zoning Adjustment, a division of the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment that works with embassies, and a decision is expected to take six months, according to Quin. Once plans are finalized and permits are obtained, construction will likely last 18 months.

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entertaining, as is a wine-tasting lounge that comes complete with private wine storage. But perhaps what steals the spotlight are the multiple rooftop gardens that feature built-in seating, fire pits and water elements, providing residents with relaxing outdoor spaces. Two

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KALORAMA: Board reopens case From Page 3

front yard” and that an eight-story apartment building to the east and “massive” nine-story apartment to the west will make the additions “minimally visible from the front.” But the developers had said in last year’s historic preservation application that abutting neighbors were notified of the plans, a requirement for Historic Preservation Review Board consideration. In reality, Lock 7 now acknowledges, the project was placed on the board’s consent calendar and approved without debate last Oct. 25, before the affected apartment dwellers had a chance to weigh in. “They did intend to notify abutting neighbors,” said Cary Kadlecek, attorney for Lock 7. The check-off on the city application form, he said, meant that “abutting neighbors would be notified.” “We all know they lied,” Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner Marty Davis said at a commission meeting Jan. 9. Davis, who represents the area, said Lock 7 showed the commission plans for a “matter of right” development last fall, indicating neighbors had been notified. “There was no such conversation with the two very large buildings on both sides. It should never have gone forward.” Kadlecek said Lock 7 initially presented the project to the neighborhood commission in late September and then again in October. “My client said he was in the process of meeting with neighbors,” the attorney said, and the commission decided not to take a position. “We were following directions of the ANC, so it’s a little disingenuous to say we lied,” Kadlecek said, adding that the project was “adequately noticed” on the websites of both the neighborhood commission and the preservation board. David Marlin, a resident of the historic apartment building next door at 2010 Connecticut Ave., said residents learned of the project only after Denis James of the Kalorama Citizens Association, who routinely scours the board’s meeting information, sent them a “courtesy email.” Last Wednesday, the neighborhood commission voted to ask the preservation board to revoke its approval and reopen the case. A unanimous resolution said neighbors from 2010 Connecticut had submitted “substantial new information

asserting that the project may not lawfully be built. … The ANC now asks HPRB to afford the neighbors the same rights they would have had if the process had worked correctly.” The situation left the city preservation office, and the board, in an awkward position. Chair Gretchen Pfaehler announced in December that the board’s “longtime policy has been not to reconsider cases unless there is substantive new information regarding the design or preservation issues.” She gave neighbors until Jan. 14 to submit their case. It took the board only one day to review the raft of new information from the neighbors, and agree to the new hearing, starting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 24, deputy preservation officer Steve Calcott told neighbors in an email Tuesday. But the neighborhood commission is asking for even more time so it, too, can review the reams of documents hurriedly assembled by neighbors to show why the planned additions would negatively impact the historic district. “We’re asking the ANC’s help so we can at least be heard,” said attorney Emily Vaias, representing the neighbors. Mary McReynolds, another resident of the 2010 Connecticut cooperative, gave a sampling of the concerns. “This project would transform two historic row houses into a 17-unit condo, obliterating back gardens. People in 2010 will almost be able to reach out and touch them.” She said her building was “designed specifically” in 1927 so that east-facing units had windows to let in light and air. If the condos are built, she said, residents would instead face “a three-and-a-half-story blank brick wall with no windows. How could that be compatible with the historic district?” Neighbors also object that the additions would be built out nearly to the property line, destroying jointly owned trees. There are also concerns — outside the preservation board’s purview — that the 17 condos will exacerbate parking problems on the street. Kadlecek said no permits have been issued yet for the project. He said Lock 7 is continuing design work, and also meeting with neighbors “about possible design changes.” He said he doubted the neighbors’ fresh evidence would change things. “They’re basically saying the Historic Preservation Office staff didn’t do their job.”


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Wednesday january 16 Children’s programs ■ Second- through fifth-graders will participate in activities exploring the library’s nonfiction section and learning about the Dewey Decimal System. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. This program will repeat Jan. 23 and 30 at 4 p.m. ■ A collaborative poetry project will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 4 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. This project will continue through Monday. ■ The Rock Creek Park Nature Center will host a weekly introduction to the night sky for young astronomers at its planetarium. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will play classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocal Arts DC will present tenor Toby Spence in his Washington recital debut. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Georgetown University professor Joanna Lewis will discuss her book “Green Innovation in China: China’s Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low Carbon Economy.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ A pre-inauguration panel discussion on “The First Lady’s First Family: Michelle Obama’s Ancestral Pathways to the White House” will feature Rachel L. Swarns, a reporter for The New York Times and author of “American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama”; Dana A. Williams, professor of African-American literature at Howard University; and Greg E. Carr, associate professor of Africana studies at Howard University. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. East Ballroom, Blackburn Center, Howard


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Events Entertainment University, 2397 6th St. NW. ■ Wenonah Hauter will discuss her book “Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ A lecture will compare the leadership styles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi as they promoted nonviolent action. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Novelist Brad Meltzer will discuss his latest D.C. thriller “The Fifth Assassin.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Panelists Lisa Guernsey, Jack Hardcastle and April McClain-Delaney will discuss “Parenting the Digital Native.” 7 p.m. $10; reservations requested. Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW. ■ Israeli playwright, journalist and political activist Boaz Gaon will lead an interactive lecture about the evolution of Israel’s social protest movement. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3780. Films ■ The Institute for Policy Studies will lead a panel discussion and present the film “The Power of Dialogue: Peace From Unexpected Places and Unexpected People,” about gang truces in El Salvador. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will screen Wai-keung Lau and Alan Mak’s 2002 film “Infernal Affairs” as part of its foreign film series. 6:30 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature an encore presentation of Verdi’s “Aida.” 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s 2011 film “The Intouchables,”

about the friendship between a quadriplegic aristocrat and his streetsmart caretaker. 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meetings ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will discuss its new Teen Advisory Board. 5:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ The Mystery Book Club will discuss “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Performances ■ Taffety Punk Theatre Company will present Shakespeare’s “The Rape of Lucrece” as a concert poem. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ LYGO DC will present a comedy show featuring Jon Eick, Kyle Martin and Schewitz Whichard. 7 p.m. $10. Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. ■ Jonathan Tucker will host an Open Mic Poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special event ■ Journalists Nina Totenberg (shown), Clarence Page and Ted Koppel will test their knowledge of news trivia and swap commentary during NPR’s live “The Political Junkie Road Show.” 7 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Thursday, Jan. 17

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Children’s programs ■ A storytime will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through books and music. 10 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ At a new storytime with games,

Thursday, january 17 ■ Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Tzimon Barto (shown), led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach, will perform Bartók’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. crafts and activities for children learning to read, librarians will read “Frog and Toad Are Friends” by Arnold Lobel (program recommended for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade). 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Librarians will read and discuss “Lulu and the Duck in the Park” by Hilary McKay. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Classes ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will demonstrate how to cook with shell beans. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ The Parent Encouragement Program will begin an eight-week course for parents of 5- to 12-year-olds on ways to discipline without punishing, gain cooperation without yelling, and make parenting easier and more satisfying. 7 p.m. $248 per person. Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 301-929-8824. Concerts ■ New York-based band Bad Buka will perform high-energy gypsy punk rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Starry Mountain Singers will present harmony singing from Corsica, Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria and America. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15 donation suggested. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by biologist Dennis O’Connor on the social and ethical aspects of contemporary biological research. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington will present a talk by

historian Janice Rothschild Blumberg on her book “Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi ‘Alphabet’ Browne 1845-1929,” about her great-grandfather. Noon. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-789-0900. ■ Evan Thomas will discuss his book “Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Vesela Sretenovic, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phillips Collection, will discuss “(IN)balance,” Xavier Veilhan’s first major museum presentation in the United States. 6 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Once Upon a Picture: Lawrence as Storyteller,” about Jacob Lawrence’s use of patterns and bold colors to tell the story of the great 20th-century exodus of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Turkish Cultural Foundation scholar Recep Karadag will discuss the secret techniques behind 16th- and 17th-century Ottoman dyers and weavers. 6 p.m. $35 to $45; registration required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ PBS broadcaster Tavis Smiley will moderate “Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty,” a nationally televised discussion featuring author and Princeton University professor Cornel West and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. ■ Mark J. Basil, a former agent with the U.S. Secret Service, and Daniel J. Mulvenna, a former member of the Security Service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will discuss “On the Front Line: Protecting Presidents and Prime Ministers.” 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-3937798. ■ Grace Cohen Grossman, former senior curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, will discuss “Faith and Form: The Art and Architecture of the Synagogue.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Ward Wilson, a senior fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and author of “Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons,” will discuss five reasons to reassess current policy. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Artist Vito Acconci — known as a pioneer of installation, performance and video art — will discuss his 2008-2010 collaboration with Ai Weiwei at Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong. 7 p.m. Free. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Films ■ The National Archives will screen selected films from the inaugurations of Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, as well as the swearingin of Gerald Ford. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 â&#x2013; The Phillips Collection will present Jordan Feldmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veilhan Versailles.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art will screen 139 independent and experimental films from the Arab world, all of which were curated by the Goethe-Institut in Cairo. Amman, Jordan-based artist Ala Younis will introduce the program. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. The program will repeat Friday at 7 p.m. Meetings â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Kareninaâ&#x20AC;? by Leo Tolstoy. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marriage Plotâ&#x20AC;? by Jeffrey Eugenides. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Special events â&#x2013;  The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a trivia night with a kosher dinner and drinks. 7 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on day of event. Registration required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will prepare food for local homeless shelters as part of its ongoing Hunger Action initiative. 7 to 9 p.m. $5; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tour â&#x2013;  Sidney Hart, the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior historian, will discuss the rise of the U.S. Navy via portraits of John Adams, Isaac Hull and Theodore Roosevelt. Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Jan. 18 Friday, Friday january 18 Class â&#x2013;  Iranian linguist Abbas Mousavi will discuss and demonstrate some of the technical details involved in artistic Arabic calligraphy. 1 to 2 p.m. Free; registration requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. Concerts â&#x2013;  Americana band Poor Old Shine will play folk and Appalachian mountain music with a variety of eclectic instruments. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Organist and pianist Stephen Ackert and cellist Benjamin Wensel will present an all-Bach concert as part of the Concordia DC series. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-3311495. â&#x2013;  Musicians Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis (shown) will go head-to-head in a piano battle. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25 to $50. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-289-1200. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Society of the Cincinnati curator Emily Schulz will present and discuss a


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Events Entertainment 19th-century hand-drawn map by Pierre Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013; Frederick E. Hoxie will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Criminal profiler Pat Brown will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anacostia Community Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program will feature a talk by Majora Carter (shown), a Peabody Award-winning radio broadcaster, an ecoentrepreneur and an urban revitalization strategist. The event will include a performance by hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-4875. â&#x2013;  Author Christopher Kennedy Lawford will discuss his personal and professional experiences with addiction while presenting his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival â&#x2013;  In honor of the presidential inauguration, the National Museum of the American Indian will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance, and Story.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will screen selected films from the inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will screen the animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Chat du Rabbin.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $4 to $6. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Score, Sistine Robot and other

a look back at past presidencies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12; $5 for ages 12 and younger. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400, ext. 115. The tours will continue Saturday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. â&#x2013; Biochemist Beth Burrous will highlight poisonous and medicinal plants in a tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Jan.january 19 Saturday, Saturday 19

Friday, january 18 â&#x2013; Discussion: Justice Sonia Sotomayor will discuss her memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Beloved World,â&#x20AC;? about her journey to becoming the Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Hispanic member in 2009. 7 p.m. $25 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW.

local improv groups will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aboulia! Inaugural Ball.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 and 10 p.m. $8 to $10. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. â&#x2013; KanKouran West African Dance Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamono (Roots),â&#x20AC;? an athletic, family-friendly performance of traditional West African dancing and drumming presented in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Charlie Visconage Show will feature comedian Brandon Wardell, promoter Tyrone Norris and musical guest Jenny Lee. 9:30 p.m. $15. Fort Fringe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Shop, 607 New York Ave. NW. Service â&#x2013;  The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church will commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a joint service and a performance by the Afro-Semitic Experience ensemble. 7 p.m. $6. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will host a pre-inaugural reception in honor of the new female members elected to the 113th U.S. Congress. 6 p.m. $45. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Tours â&#x2013;  Tudor Place will present a new, hourly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour for the Presidential Inauguralâ&#x20AC;? with



Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Students will have the opportunity to work as â&#x20AC;&#x153;junior staffâ&#x20AC;? at Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twoday curator camp (for ages 10 through 15). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60 to $85. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400, ext. 110. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a morning hike on the Track Trail (for ages 6 through 12 and families). 10 a.m. Free. Picnic Grove 2, Broad Branch Road and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A family tour of the National Gallery of Art will explore the shapes and colors of


Pablo Picassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cubist paintings. 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free. East Building Atrium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. This program will repeat Jan. 26 at the same times, and Jan. 20 and 27 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra will perform an ode to teddy bears (for ages 3 through 5). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. This program will repeat Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Children will be able to explore and touch Chinese art in the Freer Gallery at an interactive cart. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. This program will repeat Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  A planetarium program will explore the birth, life, death and diversity of stars (for ages 7 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. This program will repeat Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Classes â&#x2013;  Artist Carol Vogel will begin a nineSee Events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 part workshop on pastel and oil painting. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $285. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. â&#x2013; An archivist will be available to answer questions from genealogy researchers. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  A typing clinic will offer practice tutorials and custom keyboard lessons. 12:15 p.m. Free. Room 311, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. Concert â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will play classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss the botany, history and production of sugar. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  As part of Adas Israel Congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, a discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crisis of Homelessness in the Districtâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jean-Michel Giraud, executive director of the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place, and Nechama Masliansky, an advocate at So Others Might Eat. 1 p.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202362-4433. â&#x2013;  Russian-born, D.C.-based artist Anastasia Rurikov Simes will discuss her

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Events Entertainment work. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. International Visions Gallery, 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-234-5112. â&#x2013; Richard Rashke will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Useful Enemies: John Demanjuk and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open-Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Paul Dickson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Words From the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presidents.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film noir series will feature the 1947 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lady From Shanghai,â&#x20AC;? starring Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles and Everett Sloane. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  As part of a series on French filmmaker Jean GrĂŠmillon, the National Gallery of Art will screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gueule dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amour,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madloneâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chartres,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Collective Voices, a poetry ensemble that focuses on social consciousness, will present its 17th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry Extravaganza,â&#x20AC;? a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  LYGO DC will present a comedy show featuring Komplex, Reggie Melbrough, Bigg


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Sunday, january 20 â&#x2013; Concert: The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University will host a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy, featuring Grammy Award-winner Smokey Robinson and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. 6 p.m. Free; tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations at 4 p.m. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Nez and Max Rosenblum. 3 to 5 p.m. $10. Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  A youth open mic night will feature work from local middle and high school students. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Improv Association will present a night of unscripted, unrehearsed comedy. 9 p.m. $4 to $6. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. Services â&#x2013;  Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a Presidential Inauguration Shabbat service focused on community and social justice. 9 a.m. Free; reservations requested. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of Adas Israel Congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, Enterprise Community Partners vice president David Bowers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a national and local expert on housing and an ordained United Church of Christ minister â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present a homily at the end of a Shabbat morning service. 9 a.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202362-4433. Special events â&#x2013;  The Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service will celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by    

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removing English ivy from trees in Rock Creek Park. 9 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Beach Drive and Rock Creek Parkway NW. â&#x2013; Volunteers will remove English ivy at Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dumbarton Oaks Park and clear shrubs from the edges of the meadows and woods. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Lovers Lane entrance, Dumbarton Oaks Park, 31st and R streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night of Art,â&#x20AC;? a fundraiser for the Friends of Francis Field, will feature the work of painter Fran Beard and photographer J.P. Kadzinsky. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The Lucent Lounge at WestEnd25, 1255 25th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Yala Fitness and the Sport Club/LA will host an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inaugural Fitness Party,â&#x20AC;? featuring a fashion show with athletic wear by Lululemon, the Yala dance experience with interactive video, and an after-party with champagne and chef-inspired hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. 8:30 p.m. $50 in advance; $75 at the door. Sports Club/LA, 1170 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  Chef Art Smith will host a Chefs Ball to celebrate President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inauguration with live music, an open bar and late-night bites prepared by hosts Erik Bruner-Yang, Scott Drewno, Todd Gray, Rock Harper and Mike Isabella. 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. $75 to $125. Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Walk â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Business Improvement District and Washington Walks will present an inauguration-themed tour of Georgetown, featuring looks at John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old residences, Sen. John Kerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and Francis Scott Key Park. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Start point provided upon registration. Sunday, Jan. 20

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Concerts â&#x2013; Cellist Jamie Walton and pianist Finghin Collins (shown) will perform works by Beethoven, JanĂĄcek, Britten and Rachmaninoff. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Members of the Washington National Opera Chorus will perform works by George Gershwin, Mark Fax and Carlyle Floyd at a concert to benefit the Relief Fund of the American Guild of Musical Artists. 4 p.m. Free; donations encouraged. St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St. NW. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of Richard Ayleward, John Blow and Adam Drese. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  Stephen Ackert and M. Frank Ruppert will discuss the works of Schubert and Vali, followed by a performance of the composersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; works by violinist Cyrus Forough (shown), cellist Katya Janpoladyan and pianist Sung-Im Kim. Discussion at 6; concert at 6:30 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall and West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and

Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013; Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Melody Barnes, President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former domestic policy adviser, will discuss the domestic policy-making process in the White House. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. â&#x2013;  Former CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, professor of political science at Hood College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Answering the Knock at Midnight: Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legacy in the Contemporary Black Church.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 1514 15th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ben Schrank will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Is a Canoe,â&#x20AC;? a humorous look at romance, wisdom and books. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will screen five short films by the Vienna-based nonprofit distributor Sixpack. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  A screening of James Blueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The March to Washingtonâ&#x20AC;? will commemorate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dreamâ&#x20AC;? speech. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  A series on French filmmaker Jean GrĂŠmillon will feature the American premiere of the digital restoration of the 1943 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lumière dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ĂŠtĂŠ,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Light.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Anacostia Community Museum will present Charles S. Duttonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Obama Effect,â&#x20AC;? featuring Dutton as a man who immerses himself in the Obama campaign after experience health and life challenges. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE. 202-633-4875. Performances â&#x2013;  Poets Clint Smith and Jamaal May (shown) will perform in Split This Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? program. An open mic event will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Latino arts and culture organizations will celebrate the presidential inauguration with a program featuring Antonio Banderas, Rita Moreno, George Lopez, Ballet Hispanico and other entertainers. 7 p.m. $150 to $300. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events â&#x2013;  The DC Statehood Coalition will hold a party to celebrate President Barack See Events/Page 24


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owards Abstraction,” featuring On exhibit acrylic and oil paintings by a group of Corcoran College of George Washington University’s Luther Art + Design students called the Now W. Brady Art Gallery and continue through Painters, will open today at Watergate March 15. Gallery and continue through Feb. 5. The painters include Cheryl Bearss, Arleen An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. Cheston, Jean Eckert, Harry Harper, Magida Located at 805 21st St. NW on the second Hyatt, Gregory Jones and Lois Kampinsky. floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through An openFriday from ing reception 10 a.m. to 5 will take p.m. 202place today 994-1525. from 6:30 to ■ “One 8:30 p.m. Man’s Located Search for at 2552 Ancient Virginia Ave. China: The NW, the galPaul Singer “Leaving the Gate” is on exhibit at George Washington lery is open Collection,” Monday University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. featuring through Chinese archaeological objects from the colFriday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday lection of New Jersey psychiatrist-turned-colfrom noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. lector and scholar Paul Singer (1904-1997), ■ “Captured Moments,” presenting paintings will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler by Clarice Smith, will open tomorrow at

Gallery and continue through July 7. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Rabín Ajaw: Indigenous Ceremonial Dress of Guatemala,” presenting photography taken by Juan Carlos Lemus Dahinten to highlight indigenous dress at the Mayan pageant known as Rabín Ajaw in 2011, opened last week at the Organization of American States’ F Street Photo Gallery, where it will continue through March 29. Located at 1889 F St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-463-0203. ■ “Mental Maps,” highlighting new gouache paintings by Ted Milligan and glass wall mosaics by Michael Curry, opened last week at Gallery plan b and will continue through Feb. 17. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711. ■ “Rise and Shine: New Paintings by Patrick Brennan,” presenting abstract mixed-media

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&B recording artist Michelle Williams will star in a touring production of the Broadway musical “Fela!” Jan. 29 through Feb. 10 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall. The winner of three Tony Awards, “Fela!” is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti,

pieces by the Brooklyn-based artist, opened last week at Heiner Contemporary and will continue through Feb. 23. Located at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the See Exhibits/Page 30

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whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. Performance times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $30 to $100. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ The Studio Theatre will present Stephen Adly Guirgis’ black comedy “The Mother------ With the Hat” Jan. 30 through March 10. Jackie, out on parole and newly sober, is determined to start anew with his childhood sweetheart Veronica. But her unrelenting cocaine addition, his slick-talking AA sponsor and the discovery of another man’s hat in his living room all threaten to derail Jackie’s tenuous progress. Performance times are Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $82. The Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Spooky Action Theater will stage “Kafka on the Shore” Jan. 31 through Feb. 24. Adapted by Frank Galati from the novel by Haruki Murakami, the play acts as a kaleidoscope of images and characters who morph, combine and fall into patterns of perfect dream logic. At age 15, Kafka Tamura escapes Tokyo and his dangerous father. Away from home, he moves simultaneously through contemporary Japan and through a world of spirits that echo the ghostly Japan of the past. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $25. Spooky Action Theater is located at 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301; ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” Jan. 31 through March 17

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Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall will host “Fela!” Jan. 29 through Feb. 10. at the Lansburgh Theatre. The two-man show, one of O’Neill’s later works, is a commanding study of “Erie” Smith, a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle are wavering after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his largerthan-life confidence. Unless he can find a new person to affirm his transparent fantasies, he will be forced to confront his crushing self-pity. Richard Schiff of NBC’s “The West Wing” and Broadway’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” stars. Performance times are generally Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $43 to $100. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Georgetown University’s Nomadic Theatre will present Eugène Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” Jan. 17 through 26 at the Davis Performing Arts Center. Considered a cornerstone of the Theater of the Absurd movement, the play depicts an English tea party unraveling at its own tweedy seams. Performance times generally are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $12. Georgetown University is located at 37th See Theater/Page 30

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Continued From Page 22 Obama’s second term. 8 to 10 p.m. $25 to $50. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. ■ Fort Knox Recordings and DC Brau Brewing Co. will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration with “Funk 4 Peace Ball,” featuring DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 and other performers. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. $10; reservations suggested. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Walk ■ Walter Pierce Park Archaeology Project volunteers Eddie Becker and Mary Belcher will lead a walking tour, “From Slavery to Freedom in Adams Morgan.” 1 p.m. Free. Meet at SunTrust Bank Plaza, 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. Monday, Jan. 21

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Tuesday, january 22 ■ Concert: The Tuesday Concert Series will feature harpist Lily Neill performing music from travels in Lithuania, Finland, Russia, Ireland and beyond. 12:10 p.m. $10 donation encouraged. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635, ext. 18. ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will celebrate the presidential inauguration with a black-tie ball. 8 p.m. to midnight. $150 to $175. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host the “Inaugural Ball for the Rest of Us: Four More Years,” with dancing, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. 8:30 p.m. to midnight. $55 to $65; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tuesday, Jan. 22

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Classes ■ Local knitters and crochet enthusiasts will participate in a fiber arts workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. ■ The Washington National Cathedral will begin a weekly Bible study and discussion course. 7 p.m. $104. College Library Board Room, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. This class will continue each Tuesday through May 14. Concerts ■ Baltimore-based clarinetist and composer Todd Marcus will perform with his ensemble. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will hold a “Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.,” featuring Fortissima, the Capitol Hill Youth Chorus and performers from the Bokamoso Youth Center in South Africa. 7 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SE. 202-547-6839. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Shawn Armbrust, executive director of the Innocence Project and a professor of law at Georgetown University. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Islamic art curator Massumeh Farhad will discuss the artistic and cultural

exchanges that shaped the history of ancient Arabia. Noon. Free. Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202633-1000. ■ “Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” about intervention strategies to overcome stereotypes and encourage female participation, will feature panelists Jolene Jesse of the National Science Foundation, Janice Koch of Hofstra University and April Osajima of Girls Inc. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Clearinghouse of Women’s Issues, 1 Dupont Circle NW. 202-744-6592. ■ Radio personality Joe Madison will discuss the impact of the civil rights movement on today’s society. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Lilith editor in chief Susan Weidman Schneider and local artist Rachel Farbiarz will lead a discussion about how race and ethnicity factor into the daily lives of Jewish women. 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. ■ Former Rep. Tom Allen, D-Maine, will discuss his book “Dangerous Convictions: What’s Really Wrong With the U.S. Congress.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films ■ Georgetown Library will screen Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 film “Cinema Paradiso” as part of its Italian cinema series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Popular Film Series will feature Marius A. Markevicius’ 2012 film “The Other Dream Team,” about the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team and its success at the Barcelona Olympics. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Reading ■ Poet Shonda Buchanan will read from her book “Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?” 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 316, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Winnipeg Jets. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, Jan. 23

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Bozarth performing works by Schubert, Loewe and Liszt. 7:30 p.m. $55. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-625-2361. ■ Jerseyband, a band that combines hardcore metal music with jazz trumpets, will perform. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Robert Kramer and E. James Lieberman about their book “The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., will discuss his book “The U.S. Senate: Fundamentals of American Government.” Noon. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Scott Bates, president of the Center for National Policy, will lead a panel discussion assessing Taiwan’s current strategic position. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Amaney Jamal, associate professor of politics at Princeton University, will discuss her book “Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Alexander Nagel, assistant curator of ancient Near East art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, will discuss “Ernst Herzfeld’s Archaeological Journeys: From the Ancient Near East to Washington.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. ■ Journalist Fred Kaplan will discuss his book “The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War,” about how U.S. forces adapted techniques of insurgents. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Slate journalists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz will discuss the inauguration in a live taping of their podcast “Political Gabfest.” 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. Performance ■ Education and media organization Story Pirates will perform a musical sketch comedy show featuring stories written by students. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Reading ■ American University’s Visiting Writers Series will present a faculty benefit reading by Kyle Dargan (shown), Danielle Evans, Stephanie Grant, Andrew Holleran, David Keplinger, Elise Levine and Rachel Snyder. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation to benefit 826DC. 7:30 p.m. 826DC, 3233 14th St. NW. 202-885-2908.

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DISPATCHES From Page 15 other teams in several games that are based on the geography of the United States. My team played against many teams. We won five and lost the rest. My favorite part of the day was our delicious pizza lunch. One of the Ross teams won an award for sportsmanship. The team members received special medals. When I spoke to one of these winners, he said he felt good about winning. He was proud of himself and proud of his teammates. — Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

After the winter break, some students are refreshed and ready to go. Others wish the winter break were a little longer. School resumed on Jan. 2, and now we are preparing for our mid-term exams. These will be taken during the week of Jan. 14. Each class, from Form A (sixth grade) onward, takes midterms, which grow progressively more important to our grades. This year, Form II exams range from 10 percent of our grade in English and history to 20 percent in math. Many winter sports teams have started playing against schools around the region. The swim team has won both of its meets — one against Flint Hill and one against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes — while the three basketball teams, Form A, Form I and Form II, also beat the Saints on Wednesday. The other sports are wrestling, ice hockey,

winter track and winter soccer. Also, instead of weekly assemblies, we are starting our clubs. They range from Ultimate Frisbee to cooking and will continue until the end of March. These, among other things, will electrify and challenge us during the rest of the year. — Dinesh Das Gupta, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

As we approach our hundredth day of school this year, we have learned and grown so much! We are learning to read sentences and books, and have learned all of our letter sounds, even our vowels! We enjoy storytime and having special visitors come and read to us. In math, we are learning to count and how to put information and votes onto graphs and charts. In science, we made predictions about what would happen when we blended food coloring together, and we also used stethoscopes to measure our heart rates before and after exercise to measure changes in how hard our bodies work! One of our favorite days so far this year was teddy bear day. We brought our favorite stuffed animals to school and presented them to the class. We also used paper clips, counting cubes and pennies to measure how tall they were. We did a fun activity where we sorted different-colored teddy bears into groups and graphed our results. — Ms. Zupkus’ kindergarten class

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

Once a month, instead of regular

chapel, we have a special chapel called Taizé. When we walk into the Nave on Taizé chapel days, there are people holding signs that say “SILENCE” in big, bold letters. This is an instant symbol that this is a sacred space that we, as students, should respect. One of the wonderful things about Taizé is that if you don’t feel like joining in a song or a prayer, you feel no pressure to do so. Another great thing about these services is that all of the songs are repeated multiple times so everyone can get a feel for them. Most people will listen to the songs once or twice just to get the gist of them, and start singing somewhere around the third repeat. Not everybody sings the entire time; some just sit in silence respecting the other people who choose to sing. The only prayer that is recited in a group is the Our Father. The rest of the prayers are read by students who volunteer for chapel duty. The musical accompaniment is much lighter and quieter than the usual pipe organ. The songs are most often played on a keyboard or on the grand piano at the front of the chapel. Taizé is a very inspiring experience for me and my peers. — Kate Purdum, seventh-grader

School Without Walls

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 knitters, both expert and novice, whose goal is to knit scarves and hats for charity. It is a social gathering with a larger purpose — to assist those in need. If the scarves are not finished, the expert knitters will finish them at home. Various knitting and crocheting groups around the area are expected to join and donate materials. The Global Issues Network Club is hosting this as its project for the Global Service Leaders National Day of Service. The club is partnering with a school in Cameroon that is doing a similar project for charity. Additionally, we will be hosting a clothing drive to benefit the same charity. School Without Walls invites any readers who like to knit or crochet to attend the gathering. — Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We are all in Mr. Duff’s fifthgrade class, and we made it to the GeoPlunge contest. You have to know your geography to participate and win. Hi, I’m Ava and I really studied the East Coast states and statehoods. I know all the states and when they became part of the United States. At GeoPlunge we played about 30 teams and we lost four games. The border states was the hardest part. Hi, I’m Oskar and I studied mostly capitals and borders. I was best at the central states. In fact, I knew all of them. Hi, I’m Rami and the hardest thing for us was always getting the state flower and bird questions. I really studied the capitals and the


size of each state measured in miles. We came up with a strategy to divide into what we knew best. Everyone was polite at the contest. They served us a pizza and salad lunch with water. We ate with a team we didn’t know, but we ended up talking. We received ribbons and a certificate as we got to go onstage. We made 10th place out of 74 teams of fourth-, fifth-, and sixthgraders in the District. — Rami Chiaviello, Oskar Floman and Ava Mackaye, fifth-graders

Wilson High School

At Wilson’s Jan. 11 open house, attendees flocked to the auditorium at 9 a.m. — parents eager to see what sort of school they would be sending their children to, and a few Wilson students wondering what on Earth they had gotten into. When I arrived, there were four students standing at the bottom of the stage. Parents were asking them questions as they responded with smiles and clarity. Soon it was time for the tour of the building, where parents and prospective students were told to latch onto a Wilson student to be led around the facilities. A classmate and I led a group of 11 or so. Overall, the parents seemed much more at peace as we walked through the halls. They would peer into the windows of classrooms at students sitting attentively (or sometimes not) in their seats, staring at the board in front of them. The last three open houses for this school year will take place on Feb. 1, Feb. 22 and March 15. — Lauren ReVeal, 10th-grader




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gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-338-0072. ■ “Inaugural Visions,” featuring works on the theme of the presidential inauguration, opened last week at Art Enables’ Off-Rhode Studio and will continue through Jan. 23. The artists include Dana Ellyn, Matt Sesow, Todd Gardner, Kate Patsch, Ronald Reiley, Jerry Williams, Danny Jean-Jacques,

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and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; ■ Constellation Theatre Company will present “Zorro” Jan. 17 through Feb. 17 at Source. Performance times generally are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $45. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ The National Ballet of Canada will stage a theatrical production of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” Jan. 18 through 27 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Performance times generally are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 to $150. 202-467-4600; ■ Rorschach Theatre will join with Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre to present the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s “The Minotaur” Jan. 18 through Feb. 17 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ The Studio Theatre has extended “An Iliad” through Jan. 20. Director Lisa Peterson and actor Denis O’Hare adapted Homer’s epic poem into a one-man show that brings the classical story onstage with a contemporary retelling. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $72. The Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; ■ Folger Theatre will stage Shakespeare’s war epic “Henry V” Jan. 22 through March 3 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $68. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; ■ Ford’s Theatre will stage a 75th anniversary production of Thornton

Marielle Mariano and select artists from Art Enables. Located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-554-9455. ■ Jane Haslem Gallery has announced that it will extend its two current shows through Jan. 31. The shows include an exhibit of fine contemporary prints and “Lincoln Perry: Story Teller.” Located at 2025 Hillyer Place NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4644.

Wilder’s classic “Our Town” Jan. 25 through Feb. 24. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $15. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800982-2787; ■ The Washington Stage Guild will present the area premiere of Karoline Leach’s romantic thriller “Tryst” through Jan. 25 at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240582-0050; ■ The In Series will present Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” Jan. 26 through Feb. 3 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $42 for general admission, $38 for seniors and $21 for students. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ Keegan Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret” Jan. 26 through Feb. 23 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $40. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ Holly Twyford stars in the U.S. premiere of British playwright Mike Bartlett’s “Contractions” through Jan. 27 at Studio 2ndStage. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $30. The Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Theater J will present the English-language premiere of “Boged (Traitor): An Enemy of the People” through Feb. 3 at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. Performance times are generally Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 800-494-8497;

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This renovated home is restored with modern conveniences while reflecting the style of the early 1900s. Grounds feature a pool and detached 2-car garage. $4,500,000 | MICHAEL RANKIN +1 202 271 3344


Embassy Row townhouse with limestone façade, nearly 6,000 sf, 4BR + au pair suite, 4.5 BA overlooking Rock Creek Park. $3,295,000 | JONAtHAN tAYLOR +1 202 276 3344


This historic estate was once the location of Thomas Carper’s Forge, offering both casual living and formal entertaining spaces. $2,750,000 | MICHAEL MOORE +1 202 262 7762


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Elegant residence, built in 1921, expanded with a contemporary flair, and renovated in 2009. 20,000 sf level lot, with swimming pool. $2,750,000 | JONAtHAN tAYLOR +1 202 276 3344

Best value in Wesley Heights with many upgrades, ebony floors, travertine foyer, flagstone patio with fireplace, and landscaping that offers complete privacy. $999,990 | LIZ D’ANGIO +1 202 427 7890

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Renovated and expanded townhouse, approximately 4,600 interior square feet, 5BR/4.5BA + potential in-law suite on 4 spacious levels. $1,950,000 | JONAtHAN tAYLOR +1 202 276 3344

Dramatic 2-level unit with 1 BR + loft/den and 2 full BAs. Huge 750 sf terrace + second private balcony perfect for entertaining! $715,000 | tHE ROB & BRENt GROUP +1 202 744 6463

Sophisticated renovation of a 5BR/4.5BA residence with high end materials and finishes throughout and a large, pool-sized back yard and terrace. $1,895,000 | MICHAEL RANKIN +1 202 271 3344

This sun-filled and impeccably maintained 1BR is beautifully appointed and overlooks Rock Creek Park in an elegant, boutique building. $529,000 GARY wICKS +1 202 486 8393

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HEVY CHASE DUPONT 00 Jenifer Street, 1509 NW 22nd Street, NW ashington, DC 20015 Washington, DC 20037 2-364-1700 202-464-8400



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

ESTATE SETTING Kenwood, Md. Magnificent & grand Colonial on 2/3 acre lot. Featuring 8 BRs, 6.5 BAs. Elegance & grace throughout including a beautiful curving staircase to both the 2nd & 3rd floors. $2,795,000 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242 STRIKING & DRAMATIC

GORGEOUS & GREEN Palisades. Marvelous new home designed by Chryssa Wolfe. High style & environmentally friendly. 4 levels, 6000+ sf of luxurious living space. 6 BRs, 5 FBAs, 2 HBAs. Gorgeous pool w/multilevel patios, outdoor frpl & dramatic landscaping. $2,785,000 Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374

Georgetown. Transformed 3 BR, 3.5 BA home w/elevator. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, LR w/granite frpl, family rm. Master BR w/adj office & dressing rm. IDYLLIC CLASSIC Stone terraced patio. Chevy Chase, MD. Rolling Wood Custom Tudor Gated community done to the “nine’s.” Light filled, gourmet kit w/pool, tennis & 24 hour security. opens to family rm. 4 BRs, 4.5 BAs includes MBR suite. Office w/sep.entrance, 2nd family rm. Patio, $1,750,000 attached garage. $1,425,000

Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

Delia McCormick 301-977-7273 Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456

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



Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Main level living at its best. Updated & expanded bungalow. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, Large unfinished loft. Walkout LL w/au-pair suite. Off street pkg for 3 cars Walk to dwntwn Bethesda. $1,349,000

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

INVITING SPACES Chevy Chase, DC. Rarely available large semi-detached townhouse built in 1999. 5 BRs/4.5 BAs. Family rm & MBR w/gas frpls. Kit w/brkfst rm. LL in-law suite + rec rm/office & sep. entrance. 1 car gar + off-st. pkg. $1,299,000 Kathi Kershaw 301-613-1613

Ben Dursch 202-288-4334

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255 GEORGETOWN CHARMER Georgetown. Sunny, light filled end unit townhouse. Completely renovated w/4 BRs, 2.5 BAs. SS & granite kitchen, frpl. Fenced yard, pkg for 2/3 cars. $1,299,000 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410


Brinklow, MD. Historic Springdale Manor, breathtaking 1838 estate painstakingly restored. 6 BRs, 4.5 BAs, 6 frpls. 3 story addit. w/fam rm & chef’s kit. Guest house. 27 acres w/exquisite gardens. Minutes to ICC & dwntwn DC. $1,399,000

Delia McCormick 301-977-7273


Chevy Chase, MD. Contemporary Colonial on quiet cul de sac. Open floor plan, updated kitchen, family rm w/frpl & access to deck. 5 BRS, 3.5 BAs include LL suite + rec rm. Patio, 2 car att. garage. $869,000

Rachel Widder 301-986-1679


Mt Vernon Square. Completely renovated 1 bedroom + den in historic brownstone bldg. Top of the line kitchen, huge bay window sep. entrance, hrdwd flrs, W/D, pet friendly. Minutes to Metro. $375,000

Kate Sheckells 301-806-4450


Chevy Chase, MD. Four beautiful levels recently expanded & renovated. High end kitchen w/island breakfast area, Great room MBR suite w/spa bath. 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Flagstone patio. $1,879,000

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Marina Krapiva 301-792-5681



Adams Morgan. Light flooded townhouse w/open floor plan. Sep. dining rm, stepdown living rm w/frpl, kitchen w/brkfst bar. CITY CHIC Skylights, hrdwd West End. Exceptional light filled floors. Near to one bedroom fully updated. Kit. w/ SS 2 Metros. $574,000 appliances & glass tile backsplash. Refinished flrs. Roof deck, courtyard Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410 garden. Great location! $379,000



Chevy Chase, MD. Construction is starting on this impressive and grand residence. Sited on an expansive lot with thoughtful outdoor spaces to explore. 5 BRS, 4.5 BAs. $1,895,000

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


Logan Circle. Beautifully appointed 2 bedroom, 2 bath at The Abbey. Flooded w/light from 3 exposures. Sep. DR, state of the art kitchen & baths. Gas frpl, custom built-ins. 1 car pkg included. $659,000

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


Brightwood. Beautiful renovation of detached home w/garage. 4 BRs, 4 BAs, gourmet kitchen w/breakfast bar.MBR w/cathedral ceiling & luxury bath. Hrdwd floors. Finished LL. $649,000

Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624

WELCOME HOME Cathedral Heights Great location across from National Cathedral. Charming 1 bedroom condo. Updated kitchen & bath. Hrdwd floors. URBAN CONVENIENCE Pet friendly bldg. Cleveland Park. Charming FHA approved. 1 BR in small 12 unit $269,000 coop. High ceilings, good light, dining area, hrdwd floors. Short walk to Metro. Cats allowed. Jenny Chung 301-651-8536 $279,000. Melissa Chen 202-744-1235 Andrea Evers 202-550-8934


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