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Council funds Dupont park plan ■ Budget: New space would

cover Connecticut underpass

By GEORGE ALTSHULER Current Correspondent

The Dupont Circle neighborhood could see a new park along Connecticut Avenue within the next few years, thanks to a $10 million addition to the D.C. budget included at the behest of Ward 2 D.C. Council

member Jack Evans. The plan would create additional public open space near the neighborhood’s namesake park — a bustling area with heavy foot traffic — by covering over the stretch of Connecticut Avenue between Q Street and the Dupont Circle roundabout where four lanes of the avenue drop down to pass under the circle. “This goes all the way back to the way these highways and roads were built in the ’50s and ’60s,” said

Evans. “People had no sense of what they were doing to the neighborhood. Now we can correct a problem.” Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Feldstein, who has been a strong advocate of the project, agreed that the change has been long overdue. “This has been a priority for 30 years. There are actually drawings of what the project would like from 50 See Park/Page 7

Wilson community rallies for Pride Day By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

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A participant at Saturday’s Capital Pride Parade blows bubbles. The 39th annual event along Dupont and Logan Circle streets featured former NFL punter Chris Kluwe as grand marshal.

Capping several days that earned Wilson High School national recognition for its embrace of gay pride, students at the school countered a small group of anti-gay picketers with a large counterprotest on their campus Monday morning. As a handful of demonstrators from the Kansasbased Westboro Baptist Church made their stand around the corner, the students were joined by elected officials and community members for a morning rally in front of their Tenleytown school, amassing a crowd of hundreds. The group held signs with messages like “Standing on the Side of Love” and “God Hates No One,” while support for the school spread on Twitter with the hashtag #TigerPride. At one point, Wilson principal Peter Cahall drew thunderous applause as he walked through the crowd waving a rainbow flag above his head. See Wilson/Page 5

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Wilson principal Peter Cahall, who came out as gay at his school’s Pride Day last week, drew cheers as he carried the rainbow flag at Monday’s rally.

Ideas floated for future use of Fillmore School

Resident sues Logan ANC over delayed FOIA response



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What’s to become of the old Fillmore School, the late-19th-century building at 1801 35th St.? George Washington University announced in May that it plans to sell the property that has served as the Corcoran College Art + Design’s Georgetown/Burleith home for over a decade. The university recently finalized a deal with the Corcoran to assume ownership of the downtown art school and gallery. The university hasn’t shared any other details of the sale, including the expected list price. But one idea that’s starting to float around is for the city to purchase the site and use it to relieve crowding at nearby public schools. Parts of the Fillmore property, which is comprised of a 26,000-square-foot building and a parking lot, are adja-

A Logan Circle resident with complaints about a now-closed restaurant located behind his home is suing his advisory neighborhood commission and the D.C. government for allegedly denying a related Freedom of Information Act request he sent in late April. James Kane filed the lawsuit June 2 after the commission didn’t provide him with records on its liquor license dealings with Ghana Cafe, a 14th Street restaurant that abuts his residence in the 1400 block


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George Washington University plans to sell off the historic Fillmore School building, which serves as a campus for the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

cent to Hardy Middle School, which is expected to experience high growth in the near future. It’s also within walking distance of Stoddert Elementary School, which is already at capacity despite a recent renovation and expansion. See Fillmore/Page 7


Former D.C. Council member Schwartz enters mayoral race — Page 3

Scena to present absurdist classic ‘Happy Days’ — Page 19

of Rhode Island Avenue. He had opposed the commission’s decision back in March to terminate a previous agreement with the community that detailed operating conditions of the establishment. Now called a settlement agreement, the document can be amended or terminated if the applicant renegotiates with the parties involved. The establishment is still bound by the existing agreement, though, until its license comes up for renewal in 2016. Attorney Don Padou said his client wants the records in order to See Lawsuit/Page 14



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The Washington Humane Society is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for brutally killing a robin in Adams Morgan recently. The organization was notified on June 1 of the deceased bird, which was found with a string tied around its neck and the other end attached to a tree at the corner of Biltmore Street and Cliffbourne Place. A necropsy revealed that “death was a result of blunt trauma to the body and a dislocated neck ‌ consistent with the bird being swung/shaken/ hit while tied to the string,â€? according to a flier. Anyone with information should contact Officer D’Eramo with the organization’s law enforcement arm at or 202-723-5730.

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New principal named at Lafayette School

Longtime Lafayette Elementary School principal Lynn Main is retiring, and Carrie Broquard will take her place starting July 1. The former Los Angeles science teacher has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has worked as an assistant principal, gifted and talented coordinator, emotional disabilities coordinator and clinical assistant professor in education administration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Astounding advances are possible when the right principal is leading a school,â&#x20AC;? D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson wrote in a letter to the community. She said that after weighing all the input â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have concluded that your recommendation, Carrie Broquard, is the strongest candidate to lead the Lafayette school community.â&#x20AC;?

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Dunbar High School nets design award

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City last week bestowed its 2014 Vision Award on the design of the new Dunbar High School, which opened in Shaw last year. The committee, which bills itself as the oldest citizen planning organization in the nation, presented the honor and others at its annual gala. Other 2014 recipients included the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington; the Tregaron Conservancy; Roadside Development for the O Street Market project; and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson for his work on the Height of Buildings Act and the rewrite of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code. The Vision Awards recognize people and groups whose achievements involve projects on â&#x20AC;&#x153;planning and land use that adapt the principles from the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant and McMillan Plans to modern challenges and goals,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release.

Fund to benefit new Georgetown Library technology corridor to host Joyce reading A new D.C. fund will provide Thirty scholars and actors are gathering at the Georgetown Library this week through Monday to read aloud James Joyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulyssesâ&#x20AC;? in its entirety. The event is being held in celebration of Bloomsday, June 16, the day on which the book is set. Held through a partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, WETA and local poetry groups and universities, the event will feature readers including WETAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Robert Aubry Davis and opera singer Laura Baxter, who will read Molly Bloomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part during her soliloquy at the end of the book. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The end of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ulysses,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Molly Bloomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soliloquy, is the most dramatic part of the book and Laura Baxter is the perfect performer to bring her to life,â&#x20AC;? said event facilitator Herb Guggenheim, a local poet and author. Hours for the reading will vary by day. The library is located at 3260 R St. For event details visit

Voting underway for DC Reads selection

Residents may vote this month on the book the city should choose for this fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Reads 2014, a program in which the entire District is encouraged to read the same book and attend discussions. Nominees are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in the Cityâ&#x20AC;? by Edward P. Jones; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bearsâ&#x20AC;? by Dinaw Mengestu; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Things They Carriedâ&#x20AC;? by Tim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard Revolutionâ&#x20AC;? by George Pelecanos. Voting can be done at

grants of $25,000 to $200,000 to â&#x20AC;&#x153;early-stage tech entrepreneursâ&#x20AC;? based in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or moving to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a designated tech corridor from the convention center to Petworth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Digital DC Tech Fund gives the District an opportunity to remain one of the fastest-growing cities for technology companies by supporting a diverse community of entrepreneurs who have ventures poised for growth,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Vincent Gray said in a news release. The corridor will stretch from 7th Street and New York Avenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; near a number of existing tech companies, including Optoro, Living Social, Blackboard and Social Tables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; north to the corner of Kansas and Georgia avenues. The release says the area â&#x20AC;&#x153;offers the amenities that many early-stage tech entrepreneurs require, including: affordable office space; restaurants and bars; a variety of transportation options; and access to highlyskilled talent employed by hightech businesses.â&#x20AC;? A group called DC Innovates will manage the program and oversee an investment board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that technology and innovation can be great accelerators, which are essential to our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success,â&#x20AC;? Rey Ramsey, chair of the Investment Advisory Board and a board member of DC Innovates, said in the release. Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 20. Details are at


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Georgetown Day purchases Schwartz announces independent mayoral bid adjacent Tenley properties By GRAHAM VYSE

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By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Georgetown Day School announced last week that it has purchased two Tenleytown properties — the Davenport Street Safeway and the nearby Martens Volvo-Volkswagen dealership — for a total of roughly $40 million. With the purchase, the prestigious pre-K-through-12 private school hopes to move its elementary and middle schools from their current location on MacArthur Boulevard near the Georgetown Reservoir to Tenleytown, home of Georgetown Day’s high school. Beyond that goal, no plans have been made for the properties. “Any final plans will be consistent with the beauty and character of the Tenleytown neighborhood while keeping an eye on creating open, green spaces and increasing safety for bicyclists and pedestrians,” Georgetown Day head of school Russell Shaw said in a statement In an interview, Georgetown Day spokesperson Alison Grasheim said neither the Safeway nor the dealership would close immediately. She specified that the grocery store would remain open for at least 10 months and the school would be willing to consider extending Safeway’s stay even longer. Grasheim said it may be half a decade before the new school buildings would open their doors. In

terms of possibilities for that construction, she said mixed-use development was under consideration but the school would not be seeking to increase its enrollment as part of the expansion. Grasheim said Georgetown Day anticipates concern from Tenleytown residents about increased neighborhood traffic, and there will be opportunities for community feedback in the coming weeks. Some community members are already upset by the plans. Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commissioner Jonathan Bender wrote that he was stunned to learn that the deal would preclude any grocery store from opening at the Davenport Street property in the future. He also lamented the “big loss” of a Safeway in a neighborhood where Whole Foods, with its higher prices, is the only other grocery store. In an interview, Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle said the store’s departure from Tenleytown “doesn’t necessarily close the door to us ever returning,” but “a decision like that would not be an immediate one.” Prior to Georgetown Day’s purchase, the Tenleytown Safeway was slated to be redeveloped into a mixed-use project with apartments atop an expanded, modernized grocery. Mixed-development had also been floated for the Martens VolvoVolkswagen dealership site, which fronts on Wisconsin Avenue.

The week ahead Thursday, June 12

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting as part of the third and final round of sessions for the North-South Corridor Planning Study on opportunities for public transportation improvements along the nine-mile stretch from Takoma to the Southwest Waterfront. The event will be held from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. Overview presentations will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. ■ The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a round-table discussion on “Moving Past Truancy: Chronic Absenteeism in the District of Columbia” at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Saturday, June 14

The Ward 2 Education Network will hold a meeting to introduce Joyanna Smith, the new ombudsman for D.C. public schools hired by the D.C. State Board of Education. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW. RSVP to ■ The West End Citizens Association will hold a membership meeting with guest speaker Jeffrey S. DeWitt, the District’s new chief financial officer. The agenda also includes a presentation on a proposed planned-unit development at 2100 K St. to adjoin the International Finance Corp. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 728 23rd St. NW.

Tuesday, June 17

D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and the Advisory Committee for Student Assignment will present draft recommendations on school boundaries, feeder patterns and school choice policies. The agenda will include an overview of the proposed citywide policies and breakout groups on their impact on Cardozo, Dunbar and Eastern high schools. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunbar High School, 101 N St. NW.

Thursday, June 19

D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and the Advisory Committee for Student Assignment will present draft recommendations on school boundaries, feeder patterns and school choice policies. The agenda will include breakout groups on Coolidge, Roosevelt and Wilson high schools. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road NW.

Former at-large D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz shook up the D.C. mayoral race this week by announcing her candidacy for the city’s top job. A longtime Republican, Schwartz said she will run as an independent, entering the political fray for the first time since losing a 2008 re-election cam-

paign for the council. After she picks up ballot petitions at the Board of Elections this Friday, Schwartz will need to obtain 3,000 valid signatures to qualify as a candidate against Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, and at-large Council member David Catania, an independent. Catania will need to meet the same signature threshold. Schwartz has previously run for mayor four times See Schwartz/Page 14



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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 21 meeting: â&#x2013; a Metropolitan Police Department officer reported that thefts from autos had increased recently in the area. Commission chair Patrick Kennedy told the officer that there have been concerns about speeding cars on Virginia Avenue near Columbia Plaza and said there should be a speed camera installed there; the officer said he would pass along the request. â&#x2013;  representatives of the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking described the role of their agency, which oversees the financial services industry in the city and helps combat fraud. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support the annual Sprint Four the Cure 5-K race on the morning of Sept. 20. Asher Corson, Graham Galka and Florence Harmon were absent. The route, from the Four Seasons Hotel to Ohio Drive and back, will be the same as last year. â&#x2013;  Ian Swain, representing the New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project, discussed work at Washington Circle and elsewhere in the project area. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support the use of Francis Field for a Washington Jewish Music Festival performance on June 8. â&#x2013;  Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans discussed the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget and other issues affecting the District, and fielded questions from the community. â&#x2013;  Chris Sondreal of the Ward 2 Education Network reported that his group will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. June 14 at the Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. The meeting will include an appearance by the new schools ombudsman hired by the D.C. State Board of Education. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to call for all D.C. students to have matterof-right access to a quality neighborhood school from kindergarten through 12th grade. â&#x2013;  representatives of George Washington University and Hillel described a redevelopment plan for the Hillel building at 23rd and H streets. As proposed, the existing home of the Jewish student group would be torn down and replaced with a more welcoming structure. The project would be funded by the university leasing space on the upper floors of the new building. The commission will vote on the related zoning issues at a future meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to support a liquor license application at Bread & Chocolate, 2301 M St., and to endorse a stipulated license that allows the establishment to begin serving while the application is processed. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the Public Space Committee delay consideration of a new bench at 23rd and L streets because

the commission never received details about the proposal. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0 to raise no objection to the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Triathlon, which will be held Sept. 7 using the same route as last year. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in Room 309 of the Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  update on the New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project. â&#x2013;  report from the office of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. â&#x2013;  update from the Ward 2 Education Network. â&#x2013;  announcements and public comment. â&#x2013;  presentation by the U.S. General Services Administration on the initiation of a master planning process regarding development by the State Department at Navy Hill/Potomac Annex. â&#x2013;  presentation by Colleen Hawkinson on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;moveDCâ&#x20AC;? long-range transportation plan. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by the Embassy of Senegal, 2215 M St., to designate 60 feet of curbside parking as being for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diplomatic Cars Onlyâ&#x20AC;? on weekdays. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control matters: presentation by Sarah Fashbaugh of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration; substantial change application by the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St., to permit the addition of a summer garden and expanded hours of operation and live entertainment; and application for a substantial change and stipulated license by the River Inn/Dish, 924 25th St., to permit the installation of a summer garden and sidewalk cafe. â&#x2013;  consideration of public space matters: permit application by the River Inn/Dish, 924 25th St., for the installation of a 44-seat sidewalk cafe; permit application for the installation of a bench at 2275 L St.; and a request by GCDC for a letter of a support to permit the installation of a sidewalk cafe at 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  updates on the West End Library and fire station projects. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter to the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development regarding funds for affordable housing. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Zoning Commission application by Hillel and George Washington University for zoning relief at 2300 H St. and a related campus plan amendment for the site. â&#x2013;  update on signage issues related to a Board of Zoning Adjustment appeal filed by the commission and 22 West Residences regarding the Hilton Garden Inn, 2201 M St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding permit issuance for nighttime construction activity at Patton Boggs, 2550 M St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by Arts in Foggy Bottom for a letter of sup-

port in order to permit the installation of a sculpture in public space on a light pole near 26th and I streets. â&#x2013; consideration of a letter regarding enforcement of rules related to the use of Francis Field by leashed and unleashed dogs. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding the expansion of affordable early childhood education programs at D.C. recreation centers and review of the current online enrollment system. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  election of the commission secretary and Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Policy Committee chair. â&#x2013;  consideration of a certificate of need application for a MinuteClinic at CVS Pharmacy, 6-7 Dupont Circle NW. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board request for an exemption to the single-sales ban at Hampton Inn, 1729 H St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a substantial change at Bottom Line, 1716 I St., to allow expanded hours of indoor and outdoor alcohol service. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application to allow Florianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1602 17th St., to open its sidewalk cafe at 10 a.m. instead of 4 p.m. on weekdays. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a substantial change at Penthouse Pool & Lounge (Vida Fitness), 1612 U St., to allow for lateral expansion (to include fourth floor) and an entertainment endorsement (DJ and live music) with hours of 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a new restaurant-class license for Yamas Mediterranean Grill, 1946 New Hampshire Ave. (Greek and Mediterranean cuisine; no entertainment; hours of alcohol sales, service and consumption, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; sidewalk cafe hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily). â&#x2013;  consideration of a request from the Presidential Cooperative, 1026 16th St., to participate in the D.C. Department of Transportation Residential Parking Permit program. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request to extend the Board of Zoning Adjustmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of a rear addition at 1820-1822 Jefferson Place. â&#x2013;  initial presentation of an addition to the rear of 1504 Swann St. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net.

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Essay contest highlights students’ courage By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

For Palisades resident Alessandra Selassie, an unexpected call to courage came through a seemingly innocuous princess game for fourthgrade girls. When Selassie’s best friends asked her to participate in the game, she opted instead to read a book. She sat on the bench during recess as her longtime friends played the roles of “princesses” and “servants” holding the royals’ bags and dusting seats. Now a sixth-grader at the BASIS DC charter school, Selassie recounted her experience for an essay competition run by the nonprofit Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence. She won first place in the fourth- through sixth-grade division of the local contest, which asked for writing on the theme of “courage.” “I could not be part of the game

where a few girls were better than others and those others were merely servants to the few above,” Selassie wrote in her essay. School officials, she wrote, “had a zero tolerance for bullying but they never did anything. I think bullying for girls is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe the teachers saw the girls and thought it was a silly game and no one was being hurt.” The student scribe also earned recognition last year with an essay about finding a deeper connection with her father from Eritrea. Selassie was the first D.C. student to win the Library of Congress’ national Letters About Literature contest. For this year’s competition for Global Harmony, Selassie’s essay on courage displayed “ethical conscientiousness,” said Dorothea Brady, cofounder of the local youth organization. That theme also reverberated in the works of the other 11 winners

and 24 honorable mention recipients from fourth to 12th grades. Sara Brodsky of Key Elementary School won third place in the fourthto sixth-grade division. The fifthgrader’s essay was about overcoming her shyness in third grade to become a student leader. “The next day my teacher asked for a raise of hand for anyone who was running for student council. It was as if two parts of my arm were fighting against each other. One wanted my arm to be back in its closed cocoon, wrapped up tightly and safely. The other part of my arm wanted my arm to shoot straight up, reaching for the stars,” Brodsky wrote in her essay. The competition winners, including Selassie and Brodsky, read their essays aloud May 29 at an awards ceremony at the Sumner School Museum. This was Global Harmony’s 26th year hosting the contest.

With closing on tap for St. Ann’s, alumni reflect By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

When a group of St. Ann’s Academy alumni gathered for their 60th reunion in the school gym on Saturday, it was a time to reflect on the activities they held in that same spot back in the early 1950s. There were basketball games, of course, and school dances that always had the warning: “Make room for the Holy Ghost.” The nuns would say this to pairs of students dancing too closely, especially during slow songs. At their 60th reunion, several members from the classes of 1953 and 1954 — the class of eighth-graders, that is — shared memories of these events and other good moments. Over 30 people attended the event. This will be their last gathering at the pre-K-througheighth-grade school. St. Ann’s Academy announced in March that it would close at the end of the school year due to dwindling enrollment and a budget deficit after operating in Tenleytown for more than a century.

Many of the alumni said an eighth-grade class reunion is not very common. But the group remains tight-knit, said Clare Cumberland, who has been organizing these gatherings for years with former schoolmate Chip Collins, who couldn’t make it to this year’s reunion. Cumberland boasts of an impressive — and eclectic — group of St. Ann’s graduates. Her former classmates include two entrepreneurs and inventors, the head of languages at the University Nacional Urena in the Dominican Republic, several stockbrokers and lawyers, a fire chief, a police chief and a circus clown. She herself has been a local florist for 53 years. Many of them have stayed in the area, such as Jim DeVol, whose family operates DeVol Funeral Home. DeVol joined the Navy, came back, got married, raised his children in the area and sent them to St. Ann’s. “If ain’t broke, why fix it,” said DeVol, who attended the event with his twin brother John. “We all just love D.C. Particularly in the 1950s, it was a wonderful time to grow up in the city.”

WILSON: School draws support From Page 1

Westboro’s picketing was prompted by Wilson’s second annual Pride Day last Wednesday, where Cahall came out as gay at age 50. Appearing at a news conference with Mayor Vincent Gray shortly after his announcement, the principal said he was tired of hiding. “I’ve got to be a model for the kids,” he said. “I just felt it was the right place and the right time.” Gray congratulated Cahall and said he wants to help expand Wilson’s annual student-inspired Pride Day tradition — the first of its kind among D.C. public schools — to other schools across the city. He also had a message for Westboro members: “In my best biblical reference, they can go straight to hell.” At-large D.C. Council member David Catania — the council’s first openly gay member — was also on hand when Cahall came out last week. The principal marched with him in Saturday’s Capital Pride Parade, wearing a “Catania for

Mayor” T-shirt and drawing cheers from onlookers. “I think he’s an incredible leader and a great role model,” Catania said after the parade. “I’ve had an understanding for a while that Pete was a member of the LGBT community. He and I have spoken about the possibility of him coming out. I think the Westboro demonstration was the final catalyst.” Catania attended Monday’s counterprotest, standing near Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, his Democratic rival in this year’s mayoral race. He said he continues to be impressed by how this generation of young people embraces the gay community. “I never thought, 30 years ago, when I was in high school, that I would be at a rally like this.” In a statement following the counterprotest, Bowser said she was proud of Wilson students for transforming an ugly incident into something positive: “Westboro’s presence here today only served to strengthen the resolve of these kids and this community.”

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1000-1099 block, G St.; 2 p.m. June 3 (with gun). â&#x2013;  13th Street and New York Avenue; 9:51 p.m. June 8.




Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; I and 11th streets; 1:56 p.m. June 6.

Theft â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 3:32 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, F St.; 3:41 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1349 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 7:07 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, F St.; 1:48 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 14th St.; 3:40 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 4:14 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 7 p.m. June 5.

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Theft from auto â&#x2013; 700-799 block, 11th St.; 1:38 a.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, New York Ave.; 4:36 a.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  Constitution Avenue and 14th Street; 3:58 p.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 5th St.; 9:39 p.m. June 8.

psA 102

â&#x2013; Gallery Place PSA 102

Penn Quarter

Burglary â&#x2013; 500-599 block, H St.; 1:49 p.m. June 5. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 8th St.; 5:50 a.m. June 7. Theft â&#x2013;  600-699 block, E St.; 9:52 a.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, 8th St.; 3 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, K St.; 5:26 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, F St.; 8:04 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 7th St.; 9:07 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street; 8:24 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:29 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  6th and C streets; 4:27 p.m. June 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  700-770 block, 5th St.; 7:40 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 8th St.; 1:51 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, H St.; 2:24 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, H St.; 10 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 8th St.; 5:09 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  914-999 block, 5th St.; 4:25 p.m. June 7.

â&#x2013; 6th and E streets; 12:27 a.m. June 8.

psA 204

â&#x2013; massachusetts avenue

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Robbery â&#x2013; 2700-2799 block, 29th St.; 9:45 p.m. June 8 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  4200-4349 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 8:18 a.m. June 7.

â&#x2013; 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:54 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 11 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 15th St.; 9:43 a.m. June 8. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, H St.; 8:38 p.m. June 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2400-2429 block, H St.; 1:51 a.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1100-1109 block, 26th St.; 11:17 p.m. Jun 7.

psA 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

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Burglary â&#x2013; 2800-2899 block, 35th St.; 7:37 p.m. June 5.

Robbery â&#x2013; 1700-1799 block, P St.; 12:56 a.m. June 7 (with gun).

Theft â&#x2013; 2701-2899 block, Calvert St.; 11:09 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  2001-2112 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:11 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  Calvert and 37th streets; 2 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, 37th St.; 5:55 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2001-2112 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:31 p.m. June 7.

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:57 a.m. June 2.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; Wisconsin Avenue and 35th Street; 7:48 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, 38th St.; midnight June 6.

psA PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; FoGGy bottom / west end

Theft â&#x2013; 1100-1199 block, 22nd St. 9:43 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  924-999, 26th St. 1:10 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899, I St. 1:46 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:49 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 11:45 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 10:58 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 2 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 4 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, H St.; 5:07 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 1:30 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, H St.; 2:35 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 15th St.; 6:52 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, L St.; 9:19 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 12:52 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 23rd St.; 1:36 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, G St.; 2:06 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 2:44 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 14th St.; 2:20 a.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 24th St.; 10:57 a.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 14th St.; 12:56 p.m. June 7.

Burglary â&#x2013; 1400-1499 block, 20th St.; 7:36 p.m. June 7. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2120-2199 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 12:18 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, California St.; 1:59 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2016-2099 block, O St.; 2:25 p.m. June 6. Theft â&#x2013;  2000-2007 bock, N St.; 3:31 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, 21st St.; 10:51 a.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1226-1251 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 1:34 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  P and 15th streets; 12:12 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1-7 block, Dupont Circle; 11:42 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1200-1219 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:30 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1510-1599 block, 20th St.; 12:31 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 3:17 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, P St.; 10:24 a.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, 19th St.; 2:44 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  3-5 block, Thomas Circle; 10:40 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  1600-1639 block, 20th St.; 11:19 p.m. June 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  17th and N streets; 1:08 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1721-1799 block, 19th St.; 3:14 p.m. June 6.

psA PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; duPont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 1600-1699 block, S St.; 5:30 p.m. June 5. Theft â&#x2013;  1700-1789 block, Corcoran St.; 11:11 a.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, 14th St.; 1:09 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, New

Hampshire Ave.; 2:43 p.m. June 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1700-1712 block, S St.; 9:58 a.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Riggs Place; 7:25 a.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Johnson Ave.; 2:16 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, 15th St.; 4:09 p.m. June 6.

psA PSA 303 303

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1700-1733 block, Columbia Road; 11:23 p.m. June 3. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, Champlain St.; 1:38 a.m. June 6. Theft â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Belmont Road; 1:39 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  2322-2499 block, Ontario Road; 1:04 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  2322-2499 block, Ontario Road; 3:05 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1737-1776 block, Columbia Road; 11:10 p.m. June 7. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 11:51 p.m. June 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1610-1631 block, Columbia Road; 9:26 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1850-1947 block, Biltmore St.; 11:30 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, Belmont Road; 9:42 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, Champlain St.; 4:18 p.m. June 7.

psA PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; loGan circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 17-18 block, Logan Circle; 6:30 a.m. June 4 (with gun). â&#x2013;  1100-1107 block, 12th St.; 12:50 a.m. June 5. Theft â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, M St.; 4:58 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:28 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 10th St.; 7:21 a.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Vermont Ave.; 2:40 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  923-999 block, O St.; 11:12 p.m. June 5. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 12:11 a.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  1200-1298 block, O St.; 4:46 p.m. June 6. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, M St.; 12:12 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  L and 11th streets; 4:40 p.m. June 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 2:16 p.m. June 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Vermont Ave.; 12:10 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  12th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; 3 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  923-999 block, O St.; 6:47 p.m. June 4. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, M St.; 4:52 a.m. June 8.


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PARK: Council funds project From Page 1

trasts with Dupont Circle, which is subject to tough National Park Service regulations regarding events. years ago,â&#x20AC;? said Feldstein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people consider Dupont Evans gave credit to Feldstein and real estate developer Michael Circle to be one of the most underKain for approaching him about the used parks in the nation,â&#x20AC;? said Feldproblem. He said he made obtaining stein, pointing to what he called funding for the project his â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;prohibitiveâ&#x20AC;? rules. Braulio Agnese, a board member issueâ&#x20AC;? this budget cycle and that he convinced Council Chairman Phil of a group that hopes to repurpose an abandoned trolley station under Dupont Circle, called the current situation a â&#x20AC;&#x153;65-year-old errorâ&#x20AC;? and welcomed news of the project. Dupont Underground submitted a formal application for the old trolley space to the city in 2010, and the group says it is in conversation with the District about its plans. Agnese said Dupont Brian Kapur/The Current Underground would benefit from collaboThe D.C. Council has budgeted $10 million to cover over this stretch of Connecticut Avenue rating with the park project because the just north of the Dupont Circle roundabout. two projects would Mendelson to include the funds in need some of the same heavy machinery. the budget approved May 28. However, he cautioned that it was Feldstein said people generally agree that the park should have best not to rush into the park effort â&#x20AC;&#x153;some place for people to sit outside, because doing it right could â&#x20AC;&#x153;prodrink coffee and drink wineâ&#x20AC;? but that foundly transformâ&#x20AC;? Dupont Circle it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;wildly prematureâ&#x20AC;? for him to for the better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advocate creating say what specific elements should be something as quickly as possible just included. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go beyond the because a cache of government dolmandate we have,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of lars has been set aside,â&#x20AC;? he wrote by the process of creating the park is email on behalf of Dupont Undergetting the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view on ground. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would also urge, quite what it wants.â&#x20AC;? Kain, who has worked in real strongly, that the neighborhood hold estate in Dupont Circle since the a design competition for the park. 1970s, said the park will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;great This space is too important to be assetâ&#x20AC;? for the community and that he rushed into completion,â&#x20AC;? he continhoped the Dupont Circle Farmers ued. Feldstein said he and other orgaMarket will move to the space and nizers will meet with the D.C. expand. Evans said funding for the project Department of Transportation soon will become available when the new and that he expects the department to fiscal year starts on Oct. 1 and that solicit bids for the project. He hoped the work could be planning should begin â&#x20AC;&#x153;sometime in completed in two years, but he the spring.â&#x20AC;? He and Feldstein both said an stressed there are a lot of issues to be advantage of the new park will be its worked out, including the potential location on District land. This con- environmental impact.


WeDnesDay, June 11, 2014


FILLMORE: University to sell Corcoran satellite From Page 1

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incumbent for us to try to get that building back to address school capacity issues,â&#x20AC;? said Matt Frumin, a member of the D.C. Advisory Committee on Student Assignment, which has been deliberating with the city to amend the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries and enrollment policies. Brian Cohen, a Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner and parent of a Hardy Middle School student, agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a school building, it has a potential to help with some of the overcrowding issues that the city is trying to address. I think that the city should keep its optionsâ&#x20AC;? open, he said. He noted that the draft proposal to shift school boundaries calls for removing the Burleith neighborhood from Stoddertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries, which the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PTA opposes. Frumin, who has brought up the idea of using Fillmore as a school with city officials, said this concept



could â&#x20AC;&#x153;be part of the next phase of the discussion this summerâ&#x20AC;? regarding boundaries and admission policies. The 1893 Fillmore School used to be part of the D.C. Public Schools

â??Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incumbent for us to try to get that building back to address school capacity issues.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matt Frumin system. The elementary school closed in the 1970s, but the city kept the facility open to house arts classes, leading to the creation of the Fillmore Arts Center. The awardwinning program still exists, serving more than 3,500 students from several Northwest public schools, but it is now located within Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building. The city sold the Fillmore building to the Corcoran for $1.5 million in the 1990s, and since then the his-



toric red-brick building has hosted undergraduate and graduate classes. In 2010, the Corcoran came close to selling the property to EastBanc, a development company that was planning to convert it into 14 condo units while adding town houses on the parking lot. But the sale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reported at $6 million to $9 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fell through after Corcoran and EastBanc werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to agree on terms, according to a Corcoran spokesperson. EastBanc doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have plans to revive the project at this time, according to a spokesperson. George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May announcement of the final merger agreement said the university wants to consolidate all Corcoran courses at the 500 17th St. campus across from the White House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any profit from the sale [of Fillmore] would go toward the renovation of the Flagg building or the operation of the GW Corcoran School,â&#x20AC;? wrote Maralee Csellar, a university spokesperson.



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It’s time for the election

The on-again, off-again election for attorney general may be on again for 2014, after the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week that the city council acted illegally last year when it delayed the vote. The story starts in 2010, when 75 percent of voters supported a charter amendment to change the attorney general position from appointed to elected. The measure called for the first election to take place after Jan. 1, 2014, though accompanying language said it would be in 2014. In 2013, struggling to sort out the exact duties of the attorney general after Mayor Vincent Gray proposed some changes, the council decided to delay the vote until 2018. Some objected to the delay, and Paul Zukerberg — a trial attorney from Adams Morgan who has been campaigning for the position — filed suit to force a primary in April of this year. Mr. Zukerberg lost in D.C. Superior Court but won on this week’s appeal decision. Now the question is how to proceed. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh introduced legislation last year that would allow a vote during November’s general election by skipping the primary and allowing candidates to self-identify party affiliation on the ballot. Last week she called for swift passage of the bill to facilitate election planning. “The way forward in getting the District in the position to elect an Attorney General in the November election is for the Council to pass the legislation I introduced,” she said in a news release. We support Ms. Cheh’s bill, which was considered in a February hearing and is ready for consideration by the Committee of the Whole. It has the added bonus of also authorizing city-employed attorneys, such as those working in the current attorney general’s office, to run for the position, which could create more competition for the important post. Disputes over the attorney general’s duties and responsibilities were sorted out in legislation approved last November that wisely has agencies’ legal counsel reporting to the mayor. The one remaining hurdle is that the city’s current attorney general says he will petition for review of the court’s decision. He maintains that the council did in fact have the right to postpone the election. We think that regardless of the outcome of this legal question, the city should move forward with planning a vote for 2014 — as was promised to voters four years ago.

Stop playing around

Some of the problems that plagued the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association’s softball season this year would no doubt be challenging to resolve. Rain-soaked fields unplayable for days at a time can certainly make playing — and rescheduling — games difficult. The issues behind lackluster teams that forfeit games or even the entire season may be deep and entrenched. But how about an umpire who shows up over an hour late to the championship game? Or a bus that breaks down while delivering the eventual champions to the field? There’s no excuse for these egregious failures. D.C. Public Schools needs to address all of the issues that are disrupting its softball teams and other athletic programs. Doing so is all the more urgent given that the problems seem to be disrupting girls’ sports more than boys’ teams — an unacceptable situation. A school system official says part of the problem lies with the Department of Parks and Recreation, which maintains many of the fields where the teams play and prohibits their use when they’re wet, often for days after a rain. It’s unfortunate that the schools don’t have sufficient facilities of their own to support their sports, but given that fact it’s unacceptable that the city fails to offer adequate usable alternatives. Apart from the parks department, league officials should work harder throughout the year to stir up interest in participation, to ensure that each school can field a team throughout the entire season. They should also ensure their staff and equipment are adequate to support their programs. When it comes to softball, these issues are particularly important given concerns over equity. Last year the National Women’s Law Center lodged a complaint against D.C. Public Schools for violating Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools. The organization found that “girls in D.C. have about 700 fewer opportunities to play sports than boys and also routinely fail to receive the same quality coaching or facilities that boys do.” The Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education is still investigating the complaint. Meanwhile, the D.C. Council has twice introduced legislation requiring the city to conduct an analysis of Title IX compliance, but neither bill has been adopted as law. Given the latest news, we urge the council to return to the issue and hold a hearing to consider compliance with the federal law as well as the general operations of the public school league. Both seem ripe for improvement.

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Still waiting for ideas that will help schools VIEWPOINT

stephanie maltz and chris sondreal


n or about June 12, the second set of school boundary, feeder pattern and student assignment policy proposals will be released for public review and comment. It has been eight months since this process was announced and just two months since the first trio of options was released. We are left with just a handful of months for our lame-duck mayor to take action on the recommendations. So what’s going to happen? After months of closed-door meetings with the D.C. Advisory Committee on Student Assignment, and Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith’s appearance at countless community meetings, we feel we can safely say we’ve seen the largest exercise in civic engagement in our city in recent years. Was the deputy mayor listening to the public? Will all the survey and other informal data that has been collected be considered? Will the minimal feedback from wards 7 and 8 — where the plurality of D.C. students reside — have an impact? We still don’t know. We sincerely hope that this process has pulled back from choice sets and returned to the deputy mayor’s original three ideas that, in her own words from October 2013, reflect “what families want” — namely clarity, predictability and access to highquality school options. We hope that the controversial choice sets — which would turn all school admissions into minilotteries — are gone, and that in their place we will see an emphasis on improvement of school quality citywide. In our view, the recommended plan of action must clear a number of hurdles to be acceptable: ■ The proposal should not be one-size-fits-all. For instance, while some communities reject the idea of the “education campus” (a facility that combines elementary and middle or middle and high), Ward 2’s School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens embraces the arrangement. Capitol Hill’s School Within a School draws students from across the city — as opposed to a single neighborhood — and the school community there seems to prefer it that way. Successful experiments like these should be changed only with caution and buy-in from a sufficient number of stakeholders. ■ The proposal needs to advance school quality citywide. As we said on these pages in April, we call on the deputy mayor and her consultants to improve schools across the city to create more equi-

Letters to the Editor News conference at issue with Machen

I write to set the record straight regarding Tom Sherwood’s Notebook column last week. Mr. Sherwood erroneously asserts that Mayor Vincent Gray’s supporters, such as me, object to the U.S. Attorney’s Office stating in open court that Jeff Thompson illegally supported Gray’s campaign for mayor in 2010. In my view, the U.S. attorney was well within his rights to identify Mayor Gray as one of the candidates illegally supported by Jeff Thompson. This is true as well regarding Hillary Clinton, Adrian Fenty, Muriel Bowser, David Catania or any of the other

ty and to breathe enthusiasm into moribund neighborhood public schools. Although people flock to Ward 3 because its schools offer great educational opportunities, the city’s own data shows that people citywide would prefer to go to their neighborhood school. Success is going to require major long-term investment and vision. ■ The proposals need to help D.C. Public Schools function as an integrated system of schools. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the plan also must recognize the need for alignment between neighborhood elementary schools and the middle schools and high schools they feed. Programmatic elements and curricula must be aligned and coordinated. Principals need to be brought together under individual superintendents to assure the system is coherent as a whole. Finally, whatever the final draft proposals are, we strongly recommend that D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson — who has been, to date, mum on the process — quickly report her institution’s ability to adopt the deputy mayor’s proposal. (After all, Josephine Bias-Robinson, her chief of family and public engagement, sits on the advisory committee.) The school system needs to provide estimated budget impacts and an implementation timeline before the proposals proceed. This information is crucial because, frankly, D.C. Public Schools has an image problem. Many parents distrust its bureaucracy, so the system needs to put its best, most trusted people on the front line on this — its principals. Proven leadership with evidence of past success in turning a dysfunctional, disconnected school system with pockets of success into a thriving one with a standard of success will be essential for whatever comes next. We do recognize that government has a role in making decisions about school boundaries for which it might be impossible to find consensus; however, we find the process to date to be a public relations exercise with little basis in data or impact analysis. We are headed into uncharted but potentially exciting new territory. We encourage people to look beyond traditional school versus charter ideology and become engaged in a discussion about what is best for our entire city. Stephanie Maltz is a member of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission and its designee to the Ward 2 Education Network, and Chris Sondreal is a School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens parent and the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission’s designee to the Ward 2 Education Network.

candidates whom Thompson also aided. No one has suggested that these candidates knew of Thompson’s malfeasance, and nothing I have seen convinces me that Gray knew either. Gray supporters like me object to the gratuitous news conference Machen held on the same day Thompson entered his guilty plea. At that news conference — which we assert ethics rules explicitly prohibit — it appears that U.S. Attorney Machen stated as fact that Gray knew of Thompson’s illegal support. We claim that the ethics rules are clear: Unless a prosecutor indicts an individual, the prose-

Tom Sherwood is on vacation. His column will resume when he returns.

cutor is barred from publicly speculating about his guilt or innocence because of the potential to lead the public to condemn an innocent person. Indeed, the headline in The Washington Post the next day was “Prosecutors: Gray Knew.” All this occurred just three weeks before an election in which Gray led every poll by at least eight points. The rest is history. Gray went on to lose the election, and Machen has yet to bring an indictment against Gray, let alone prove any wrongdoing in a court of law. It is this prosecutorial misconduct and abuse of government power that Gray supporters complain about — and will continue to complain about loudly. If we sit silently, we can expect prosecutors to meddle in elections again. Brian Lederer Van Ness

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LETTErs TO ThE EDITOr Article understated cuts for streetcars

Regardless of how one feels about the merits of the D.C. streetcar and whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a worthy investment for the city, I think we can all agree that Phil Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to reduce the level of funding for the project from $884 million by over half to $400 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; figures that are buried deep in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 4 article â&#x20AC;&#x201D; constitutes more than a â&#x20AC;&#x153;trim,â&#x20AC;? as the headline states. The article also seems to underplay the level of these cuts by describing, in the second paragraph, Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts as â&#x20AC;&#x153;tinkering with funds.â&#x20AC;? Maybe such a drastic cut is appropriate, but letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call a spade a spade, and not use language that minimizes a very significant blow to the D.C. streetcar. Jay Hardee Chevy Chase

Buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get permits

In response to Robert Museâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 4 letter to the editor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something seems off on M St. project,â&#x20AC;? we are pleased to clarify that the D.C. Department of Transportation has confirmed for us in writing that residents of our proposed project at 30th and M streets will not be eligible for Residential Parking Permits. We certainly did not intend to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;knowingly evasiveâ&#x20AC;? when we wrote that buildings on the 3000 block of M Street are not eligible for Residential Parking Permits. Perhaps we should have said that the residents of our building on M Street will not be eligible, which is in fact true. We had been advised of this orally by the Transportation Department on several occasions but wanted to receive written confirmation of that before we responded to Mr. Muse (hence the twoweek delay). As noted in our personal letter directly to Mr. Muse last week, no resident of our proposed project will be eligible for a Residential Parking Permit, as confirmed in writing by the Transportation Department. We look forward to continuing the extended dialogue that we have engaged in with the community through the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the advisory neighborhood commission. Over many years we have found it productive to engage with neighbors in both public forums (like The Current) and in face-to-face settings (like meetings of the neighborhood commission and citizens association). As long-term holder-operators we invite the civic interest that pro-

duces such an engagement and find that it makes our projects better for the entire community. Mike Balaban Frank Saul III Principals, SB-Urban

DCPs sports league lets down its players

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 4 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCPS stumbles through softball seasonâ&#x20AC;? captured exactly the frustrations of D.C. Public Schools families like mine that are engaged in athletics. These families want the best for their student athletes, recognizing the many benefits of sports such as healthier lifestyles and lasting friendships. Participation can often lead to better grades as well as enhanced resumes and better college acceptances or scholarships. Yet the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association consistently lets down too many teams and schools by not managing the basics, as exemplified by this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s softball championship: The bus transporting the Wilson team breaks down, the umpires show up an hour and 20 minutes late for the game and the contest itself is a lopsided affair as happens with so many league games. The Wilson team played only four conference games the whole season. It is no wonder top talent that played for them previously opted out this year. What is to be done? The league can provide a better and more meaningful experience with steps both small and large. First, get the little things right. Umpires need to arrive ahead of game time. Fields should be lined, ready and appropriate for the sport. Scoreboards should work. In the case of inclement weather, backup locations or rain date options need to be arranged. The league needs to establish relationships with private schools, colleges and others so it is not solely reliant on D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation fields. Second, the league needs to move to an inclusive format, with teams playing equivalent talent from charter schools and private schools. It should work with the other leagues to set up divisions based on records and ability, so programs can prove themselves and have more meaningful games. Third, the league needs to embrace sports that todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young people are interested in. Sports such as lacrosse, rugby and Ultimate Frisbee are proving popular. Many charter and private schools have teams, and a few D.C. public schools offer these as â&#x20AC;&#x153;clubâ&#x20AC;? sports â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with little or no support from the central office. Lastly, the league needs to promote its sports offerings year-round

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via announcements, clinics, special events and other means â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to minimize the chance of again seeing four schools fold their softball teams midseason. At many D.C. public schools, only as a season starts does anyone get around to recruiting and promoting the sport. D.C. has a great tradition of athletics. Well-known stars played here in the heyday of D.C. athletics. The city can help to nurture future success as well, but only with dramatic steps that bring real competition and professionalized management. Terry Lynch



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Agency mishandled trash can collections

When we got our new containers from the D.C. Department of Public Works, we decided to keep one new and one old trash can and one new and one old recycling can [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gray apologizes for Supercan errors,â&#x20AC;? May 28]. We put out one old trash can with a sticker, upside down and empty. When it hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been collected after a week or so, we brought it back, threw away the sticker and repurposed it. We happily used both recycling cans, filling them full for weeks. Our old container is one we were forced to buy because somehow, years ago, our original recycling can was damaged during pickup. At that time, we had to buy the replacement. Day after day we saw all of the nice-looking old recycling cans out with stickers and placed for pickup in our neighborhood, and we were very tempted to pick one up. With four adults in the house, we can often use more than two. News that someone was arrested for picking up the unwanted cans put the kibosh on that! Several weeks ago we put our cans out as always. When I came home at noon, our old recycling can was gone. It had our address on it, it was full, and there was no mistaking it for those marked for pickup. Of course I was all the more furious because we had paid for that one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; twice! Once as a taxpayer and again as a sucker. When I whined to the community listserv about the canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s removal, a delightful neighbor offered us one of her containers. The next day, though, it was taken from her property. It hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been set out for pickup or even to be emptied, and there certainly was no sticker on it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never understood why we residents couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just take a can that someone else had marked for pickup, and I never will understand why the city would crush perfectly good cans that many of us can use. Emily Pleasant Chevy Chase


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ngleside at Rock Creek appreciates the opportunity to respond to Mr. Charles Blanksteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 5 letter to the editor. By way of background, Ingleside at Rock Creek is a nonprofit continuing-care retirement community that has called 3050 Military Road home for 54 years. Like our neighbors, Inglesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 240 residents love the beauty and serenity that their 14-acre site affords. Ingleside offers a rare opportunity for seniors to get the continuum of care they need while remaining in the District, a place that many of the residents have long called home. The face of senior care is changing rapidly. Nationwide, the population of seniors is increasing, as is their average age. Demand for senior care is at an all-time high, as Inglesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waiting list demonstrates. With this backdrop, Ingleside continues its mission of service to the elderly by replacing its dated assisted-living and skilled-nursing center and adding assisted-living memory care and independent-living apartments. Mr. Blankstein raised several aspects of our proposed expansion that concern him, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to address each of them. These responses are part of what we hope will be a continuing dialogue. â&#x2013; Traffic: There is no doubt about it: Military Road is heavily traveled. However, Ingleside has never contributed significantly to that traffic, and the proposed project will have only a minimal impact. Only a fraction of Ingleside residents drive, and those who do tend to drive infrequently and during off-peak hours. Further, most of the residents use the Broad Branch entrance, which is the main entrance for the existing independent-living apartments. Ingleside has retained Gorove/Slade to study precisely how many people drive to and from the site today so we can anticipate the impacts of an expansion. In addition, the firm will closely examine the existing and future delivery patterns in an effort to demonstrate that the introduction of a second curb cut on Military Road exclusively for deliveries (and not for construction traffic) will have little impact. This analysis will help inform Inglesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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As a result of the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent vote on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2015 budget, we just received a whopping tax break on our inheritances. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not pleased, because it means that our neighbors will suffer. We are young inheritors, people born into families that have millions of dollars in funds, real estate, investments and other assets that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t earn. Most of us will inherit even more money in the future when members of our families pass on. We moved to the District because we were attracted not only to the growing economy but also to the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods here, where new residents mingle with those who have lived here for generations. We cherish this type of diversity and our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant culture, but we fear that the D.C. Council has put in place policies that undermine it in the long run. The District lost half of its affordable housing in the past 10 years and, with nearly 1 in 3 chil-

transportation demand management plan for the mitigation of any vehicular impacts from its expansion. Perhaps even more important, this study will help provide more information on the current use of Military Road, which will facilitate the larger community effort to secure traffic-calming measures such as speed cameras. â&#x2013; Commercial corridor: While Ingleside appreciates Mr. Blanksteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern that Ingleside is creating a â&#x20AC;&#x153;commercial corridorâ&#x20AC;? along Military Road, this could not be further from Inglesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intentions. Ingleside owns several homes along Military Road directly east of its main entrance. Ingleside purchased them with the intent of using them to buffer the Ingleside campus from Military Road and vice versa. These properties provide the perfect opportunity for landscaping and enhancing the picturesque setting of Rock Creek Park. In fact, the landscaping will heavily screen the expansion project from Military Road. Inglesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is one of faith-based, not-for-profit service to the elderly; it is not a commercial enterprise in any way. â&#x2013;  Community outreach: Our expansion plans remain preliminary as Ingleside gathers community input before determining the precise program. I, along with other representatives of Ingleside, have attended over 11 meetings with community members in the past year. Due to its commitment to community outreach, Ingleside has met with the District on only one occasion to discuss expansion plans. Ingleside intends to fully vet the project first with our neighbors. Ingleside will continue to reach out to our neighbors and listen to all of your concerns; we will spend this summer and after doing so. Ingleside has been a part of this community for over five decades, and we hope to be here for many more. Ingleside wants to be considered a vitally important part of this community and therefore wants to continue to maintain relationships with our neighbors. We invite anyone with questions to contact our executive director, Ann Schiff, at 202-596-3110 and to attend our next community meeting on June 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery on Inglesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. Lynn Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor is president and CEO of Ingleside at Rock Creek.

dren living in poverty, has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the country. Despite our distance from being personally impacted by these problems, we know the numbers represent a tremendous amount of suffering by people who are struggling to eat, pay rent, heal illness and maintain some semblance of dignity and hope. This year, we faced a choice. Do we want to be a city where people who have a lot of money get to keep more of it, or a city where all of our neighbors have enough food to eat and an affordable, safe place to live? We know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not possible to accomplish both. As a part of the tax system overhaul for fiscal year 2015, the council raised the estate tax threshold so that only estates over $5.25 million (versus the current $1 million) will be taxed. This change will cost the city $15.8 million in revenue every year, cementing cuts to vital programs that help the working poor survive. This is a tax cut for the rich at the expense of our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vulnerable residents. Though the tax means we will keep more of our inheritances, we find it deplorable. Of the largest 50 cities in the country, the District has the third highest income inequality. We want our children to inherit something different, and for that, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more

than willing to pay. Samantha Waxman Lou Perwein Organizers, Resource Generation

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mule yardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; requires gardening, not design

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;mule yardâ&#x20AC;? described in the May 14 issue [â&#x20AC;&#x153;BID seeking help to revitalize mule yardâ&#x20AC;?] was actually the back halves of the lots belonging to the houses of the 1000 block of 30th Street, sold off by the developer in 1951. After proposals for a garage and other uses failed, the National Park Service bought the space as an adjunct to the C&O Canal. In the first few years, the agency maintained the space along with plantings, but budget cuts eliminated a gardener, and an occasional mowing is all that happens now. What is needed is a gardener, not a â&#x20AC;&#x153;designer,â&#x20AC;? as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a valuable space for Frisbees, dog walkers and just walkers. It would really be nice if the Georgetown Business Improvement District could help to find the money to replace the previous barge. The mules would then have a place to rest between trips. A little maintenance, no â&#x20AC;&#x153;design,â&#x20AC;? needed. Don Shannon Georgetown

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

Vol. 56, No. 25

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YOUR OPINION MATTERS! WEIGH IN ON PROPOSAL TO EXPAND GWPD POWERS GWU is working with DC-based members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area to develop legislation to permit university police officers to enforce, on a limited basis, student codes of conduct off campus. Before drafting a bill, GW and other universities are seeking input from their neighbors. According to GW Associate General Counsel Charles K. Barber, GW envisions the legislation will give university police officers the ability to respond to complaints, knock on doors, and remind students of their responsibilities under the GW Student Code of

Conduct. He anticipates that this “soft intervention” will suffice for most incidents. But if necessary, GWPD officers would be able to take reports for use in GW judicial proceedings, at the same time notifying the DC Metropolitan Police Department to respond according to DC law. Barber noted that GWPD officers will receive specific, enhanced training should the proposed bill become law. Further, the current accountability process for officers will be made more easily accessible, with reports open to the public. Members of the Consortium

are working to reach consensus, as any legislation will apply to the police forces of all DC colleges and universities. Once consensus is achieved, a bill will be drafted. At that point, the public will be able to review and comment on the draft bill before it is introduced, as well as to testify at hearings. What do you think? Please email your comments to, with a copy to president@ foggybottomassociation. com. We need YOUR input by Wednesday, June 25. Watch this space and www. for further information.

WEST END LIBRARY TO OPEN INTERIM LOCATION ON JUNE 23 As you know, the West End Neighborhood Library will be rebuilt. During construction, interim library services will be provided at 2522 Virginia Ave NW. The interim library will open on Monday, June 23, at 9:30 am. The 4,000 square foot space will feature separate areas for children, teens, and adults, 20 computers, and a meeting room for 40 people. The new library will be part of a mixed use

project by EastBanc real estate development company. Designed by architect Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos, the future library will feature a 21,000 square foot library on two levels, with eight stories of residential housing above. The library will have a large meeting room, two conference rooms, and several quiet study rooms. The development also will include a cafe and underground parking.

WARD 2 EDUCATION NETWORK WELCOMES NEW DCPS OMBUDSMAN SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 10:00-11:30 AM Introduction of New DCPS Ombudsman, Joyanna Smith Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave NW Light refreshments will be served. Child care will be available. For more information, contact the Ward 2 Education Network at

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TUESDAY, JULY 29 7:00-9:00 PM The Birds & the Bees: Their Role In a Healthy Environment Location TBA

YOU’RE INVITED TO GIVE A LITTLE “GREEN” The Foggy Bottom Association Garden Committee works hard to keep Foggy Bottom blooming. The co-chairs – Ken Durham, Susan Lampton, and Bobbie Hertzfeldt – would love your support and assistance. The Committee is seeking both financial support and volunteer green thumbs. The Committee can use your tax-deductible contribution in many ways: $35 — Funds 6 months of plants in a half barrel

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Funds a year’s plants in a half barrel $100 – Funds clean-up and mulching of 5 tree boxes $250 – Funds beautification of one Foggy Bottom public space And volunteers make every dollar go even further! Interested? Contact Ken at (202) 338-2471. Or mail your check, payable to the Foggy Bottom Association, to FBA Garden Committee, 909 26th St NW, Washington DC 20037.

WEST END LIBRARY NEWS TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 12:30 PM West End Book Club – Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, as a tie-in with the DC Public Library summer reading program on the theme of “Science in Literature and the Arts” This event will take place in the interim Library at 2522 Virginia Ave NW.

THE FOGGY BOTTOM NEWS – Published weekly by Foggy Bottom Association, PO Box 58087, Washington, DC 20037. All rights reserved. Comments, letters, and story ideas welcome. Send to or leave a voice mail at (202) 630-8349. FB News reserves the right to edit or hold submissions.

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Year 6 students of the British School of Washington have just completed a topic about how artists see the world. We had four field trips, the first one to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. We saw many pieces of art from the Revolutionary War onward there, most of them of famous people from history. Later trips were to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery, the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery. The Hirshhorn contains only modern art, and we saw how artists try to show their feelings. At the National Gallery we were shown around by a tour guide and had the privilege to see original paintings by Monet, Manet and Renoir, for example. We were also amazed by the sculptures in this gallery. The National Portrait Gallery displays many works of art by realists. Some of the paintings looked so realistic that we could not believe they were not photos. After all this input we also produced our own artwork. When we did this, we used the same styles that we had seen on our field trips. Those styles were impressionism, expressionism, cubism, photogra-

School DISPATCHES phy, Japanese printing and identity art. For the Exit Point, which is the event to mark the end of a topic, all Year 6 students put all their artwork together to make a gallery of their own in their classrooms. Parents and other students were invited to the gallery and could give feedback to the artists about their work by writing compliments or criticisms on Post-it notes. — Aidan Thomas, Year 6 Birmingham (fifth-grader)

Edmund Burke School

“Fools” is a comedy about a Russian village cursed with stupidity, so that none of the villagers can be taught anything. The only way that the curse can be lifted is for one of the villagers to be taught. The play starts off with a teacher arriving in the village square and finding out that he only has 24 hours to break the curse or else he will be cursed with stupidity also! The tech crew at Burke worked on sets for “Fools.” Once finished, the set had a two-story building, a village square and village houses. Tech crew also worked on the light-

ing, sound and backstage for the play. The tech crew had a lot of fun building amazing sets. They built walls for the village and a flower stall on wheels. Also, the crew made colorful doors and golden domes to top the houses. The set design was overseen by Mel, who also is an art teacher. Tech crew helps students to be creative and make new friends by showing you how to paint, how to do woodworking, and how to handle tools. There were about 20 actors and 10 people working in tech. One third of the middle school worked in the play in some way. Also, the great thing about all the plays at Burke is that there is a no cut policy. In some plays, if someone wants to be in the play and there are no more positions, a new role will be made to include the person. “Fools” was a great and memorable experience for all involved, and we encourage others to join in next year! — Andrew Louda and Rylan Gottron, seventh-graders

Hearst Elementary

In PE with Mr. Coleman we have been practicing tennis. All of the classes have been able to go to the tennis courts across the field

School Without Walls High School We are seniors and we graduate really soon, This is going to be our last article for the month of June. So we decided to switch it up — why always write in prose? So we settled on verse to have this dispatch come to a close. Bear with us, as you read this dispatch written with a special spin, Sit back, relax, as we begin. Seniors are excited that they are almost done, Ready for summer and to have lots of fun. In the fall, they’ll head off to college, from the West Coast to the East, We’re sure they’ll do well, to say the very least. So Ellie and Delmar, the Current correspondents for the last two years, Will pass on the torch to a group of new volunteers. From now on these articles will be written by a girl named Brett, We’re confident she’ll do great; she’s as good as they get. We’ve enjoyed writing, the opportunity’s been grand, and for this we feel blessed, Even if at times we know our dispatches were not always the best. We apologize for those articles, we just wanted to make sure you all were awake. But now we will leave you, have a great summer break! — Delmar Tarragó and Eleonore Edgell, 12th-graders from school and use the nets to play. I have learned how to do a forehand and a backhand tennis swing. The forehand is much easier than the backhand. At first I could not get the ball over the net, but now I can. My favorite game was when one time we had to serve the ball and try to hit the chair on the other side. One time I hit the ball over the fence, but it was OK. It has been really hot outside during our class, but one court is in the shade so I have been using that one the most. PE with Mr. Coleman has been really fun and tennis is fun, too. — Todd Lowder, second-grader and tennis master

Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital

The fourth grade prepared a World Expo on June 2, which included many wonderful exhibits, videos of dances, country projects, pen pal letters and more. Every fourth-grade student researched one country and learned about its physical features, holidays and landmarks, cuisine, clothing, famous people and challenges. Students

decorated posters with flags, pictures, maps and essays. In addition, kids split into three groups to learn about dance, landmarks and food. Kids sculpted food with clay. Students were filmed dancing the hakka, the Irish jig, the Brazilian dance and the Bollywood. Others created a replica of landmarks out of pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks and other materials. Kids also taught parents and built models of different kinds of schools, including a cave school (one built into a cave), a train school and a tree house school. Students created board games about different religions including Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. One parent said, “I couldn’t believe the depth of the students’ research, their hard work and how much I learned this morning!” — Ellie Hasenberg, fourth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

Friday is my favorite day of the week. On Friday, May 30, the second and third grades from Our Lady of Victory School traveled to the National Mall for a special field See Dispatches/Page 13

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Local students earn Merit scholarships

Students at three D.C. schools earned college-funded $2,500 scholarships, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced recently. The recipients included Northwest resident Anne Chambers, a Wilson High School student who received a scholarship from Northwestern University. The other awards went to Maryland residents attending D.C. schools: Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School student Lauren E. Singer, recipient of a Bucknell University scholarship; and St. Anselm’s Abbey School student John A. Biffl, who received a Vanderbilt University scholarship. All three students cited engineering as their probable career field. By July, about 8,000 students across the nation will receive scholarships worth more than $35 million. A further announcement will come that month.

to a news release. Three of Bonds’ students got to meet President Barack Obama recently after becoming finalists in the White House Student Film Festival. They developed their documentary, “Thru the Lens of a Tiger,” under her tutelage. “I am so glad to do what I love and love what I do,” Bonds said in the release. “I enjoy challenging my students to tap into their creative side … in a world that is all about rubrics and data.” The annual award, backed by a class of 1970 endowment, includes $1,000 in prize money. It was named after Wilson’s principal from 1968 to 1969, who went on to hold top posts in local and federal education agencies.

Pilot program aims to boost student fitness

Kadesha Bonds, head of the communications program at Wilson High School, has won the 2014 Vincent E. Reed Award for Excellence in Teaching, bestowed by the class of 1970. Bonds started from scratch when she joined Wilson’s staff to head the Career and Technical Education Mass Media and Communications program in 2012. Since then she has built her courses into a nationally recognized program, according

This fall 22 D.C. schools will pilot programs to increase physical activity among students, with efforts including summer swim classes, after-school running clubs, structured recess activities and dance instruction. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education is distributing a total of $220,000 in grants to support the programs as part of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act. Recipients in Northwest are Bancroft Elementary, Bruce-Monroe Elementary, Capital City Public Charter’s middle school, DC Bilingual Public Charter, Eaton Elementary, E.L. Haynes Public Charter, Garrison Elementary, Raymond Education Campus and Takoma Education Campus.


summer break feels like Friday. — Maia M., third-grader

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From Page 12 trip. Our first stop was the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial located near the Tidal Basin. We walked through the memorial and learned the history of the Great Depression and bread lines. My friends and I enjoyed petting the statue of Fala, the president’s Scottish terrier. Our next walking stop was the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This memorial is full of strong phrases and has a very large statue. After we read some of the inscriptions, our teachers asked us what we thought about this famous civil rights leader. Some of the students in my group felt empowered by his willingness and his beliefs. After we walked through the District of Columbia War Memorial we took lunch on the lawn near the Washington Monument. It was fun to eat our packed lunches because it was such a beautiful day and we all wanted to be outside. Our thirdgrade teacher brought kites and kite string. We all tried to fly a kite but the wind was not blowing hard enough. After we returned to school, I felt very blessed to live near such wonderful national monuments. I cannot wait for school to be out next week because every day of

Ross Elementary

Ross had a competition involving student enrollment. The competition was the grades that enrolled 75 percent or more got a free dress on May 6. I guess we got some winners already, grades: pre-K-4, kindergarten and K-1. Fourth- and fifth-graders had a visit to Adventure Park! I had been there before and it is extremely exciting. It basically is a huge obstacle course. Like I said, it is extremely exciting but it also shows your courage and strength. If you’re wondering why, it’s because many of the obstacles are really challenging and if you don’t have courage you may not go on them. Summer is coming up and so we want students to read during this summer vacation. We are preparing kids to read with “Summer Adventures With Graphic Novels.” Look for more details later. Ms. Theresa Wang, children’s librarian at Shaw Library, has been visiting us to talk about the summer reading program there. I can tell you more about it next time. She’s been talking to the pre-K through first grade this week. Next week she’ll tell us all about it. — Jonathan Velasquez, fifth-grader

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as the GOP nominee, and she served on the council from 1985 to 1989 as well as from 1997 to 2008. In a statement announcing her latest mayoral bid, she portrayed herself as a tested and proven leader who could energize an uninspired electorate. She also pitched herself as the right candidate to ensure that D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing economic prosperity is broadly shared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While I have been extremely happy to see our town develop and thrive,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have become more and more troubled as many of our longtime fellow residents are being left behind or pushed out.â&#x20AC;? Schwartz also addressed ethics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the defining issue of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic primary, which turned on Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 campaign scandal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any corruption is too much â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and D.C. has gone beyond the pale,â&#x20AC;?

Schwartz said. She went on to recall her fight against earmarks during her time on the council. Following Schwartzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement, the Catania campaign accused her of trying to help Bowser by becoming a spoiler in the race. The two have a history of supporting one another, and Catania â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a former Republican who left the party in 2004 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; backed Schwartzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary opponent in the 2008 race that ended her council career. Catania and Schwartz also sparred over a variety of legislative and policy issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an indication of how panicked the Bowser campaign is about the momentum that David Catania is generating,â&#x20AC;? Catania spokesperson Ben Young said. The Bowser campaign did not respond to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for comment, but both Bowser and Schwartz have dismissed the Catania campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charge.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;understand why the ANC is trying to blow apartâ&#x20AC;? a previous agreement. The commission, Kane, seven other residents and two condo associations signed that document with the restaurant owner in October 2009 when the former Adams Morgan business was moving to Logan Circle. Commission chair Matt Raymond called the lawsuit â&#x20AC;&#x153;frivolousâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a product of a misguided crusade against [an] immigrant small businessmanâ&#x20AC;? in a news release issued the day after Kane filed the suit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To call this a fishing expedition would be an understatement,â&#x20AC;? Raymond said in the statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more akin to Captain Ahabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brash pursuit of Moby Dick. The extreme nature of the FOIA request and this lawsuit speak to the plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intemperate efforts to bring harm to Ghana Cafe, as well as to greatly hinder the ability of ANC 2F to represent the needs of Logan Circle residents.â&#x20AC;? Ghana Cafe closed June 5 because â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay my bills,â&#x20AC;? owner Tony Opare said, though he hopes to reopen in the future. The owner, who ran the restaurant for more than a decade, mostly blames Kane and other neighbors who have refused to amend some settlement agreement terms that Opare says hindered his business from fairly competing with newer restaurants in the area. According to the lawsuit, Kane asked the commission for communications from April 1, 2013, to April 22, 2014, including emails, meeting minutes and resolutions on Ghana Cafe. His FOIA request also contained common search terms such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alcohol Policy Committeeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;resolution.â&#x20AC;? The lawsuit accuses the commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as an extension of the D.C. government â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of denying Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquiry â&#x20AC;&#x153;without even searching for responsive documents.â&#x20AC;? Raymond denied this claim. The commission did conduct an initial search, which generated 500 emails and other documents on Ghana Cafe, according to his release. There was also a broader search that generated thousands of documents, mostly emails; the chair communicated this to attorney Padou and suggested narrowing the search to the restaurant only. Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request â&#x20AC;&#x153;went far beyond the one business,â&#x20AC;? and a bulk of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matters involve liquor


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license matters, noted the release. It went on to explain that processing the request would have taken â&#x20AC;&#x153;an unreasonable amount of timeâ&#x20AC;? for commissioners who are volunteers and often have full-time day jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. law requires only eight hours of personnel time related to document formatting, which would be exceeded by an order of magnitude in accounting for thousands of documents,â&#x20AC;? said the statement. Padou called the news release a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumb moveâ&#x20AC;? because it showed that the city didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle the situation within the appropriate legal channels. He said the commission invoked the proper 10-day extension, but commissioners waited until the â&#x20AC;&#x153;extension was running out, not to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got five more months to work it out,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but just to deny the FOIA request.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not how D.C. government agencies are supposed to work. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slap in the face of the requestor, and it invites a lawsuit,â&#x20AC;? Padou said. The D.C. Office of the Attorney General is handling the FOIA case on behalf of the city and the neighborhood commission. The lawsuit stems from residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about Ghana Cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on the neighborhood. In 2009, Kane and his neighbors banded together to protest its liquor license application. They crafted an agreement setting restrictions on the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations, which the neighborhood commission supported. Recently, the commission has become sympathetic to Opare, given the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapid growth of restaurants and bars after the cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival. Several establishments are allowed to have two main features that Opare has wanted for his restaurant: outdoor seating and live entertainment. When the West African restaurant was operating in Adams Morgan, it featured both. According to Opareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s January application to terminate his old voluntary agreement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which the alcohol board rejected due to a tardy filing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he attempted to renegotiate with the residents who signed the 2009 agreement. However, some of the signatories had left the neighborhood and the ones still around ignored his requests. Among the listed reasons for termination is a claim that his opponents, including Kane, signed an agreement with less stringent terms for other nearby businesses. An example is B Too, a Belgian restaurant run by a celebrity chef, which also abuts Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property.




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struction finishes, 1055 High will showcase a rooftop deck with striking views of the neighborhood, as well as private terraces, chic European-designed interior features and spacious layouts for all units at 1055 Wisconsin Ave., along the C&O Canal. Sales started at the end of May for the planned seven residences with three to four bedrooms apiece, priced from $3,000,000 to more than $5,000,000. But now, only two units are left on the market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been crazy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; multiple offers on every unit,â&#x20AC;? said Mei-Mei Venners, director of sales at 1055 High. Remaining units are a duplex (1E) with four bedrooms and threeand-half bathrooms, priced at $3,600,000 with monthly condo fees of $3,956; and a third-floor unit (3E) with three bedrooms and four-and-half baths priced at $4,750,000 with monthly condo

fees of $4,905. The two residences will both have bedrooms overlooking the C&O Canal. On the other end, from their private terraces, prospective buyers will be able to enjoy Grace Episcopal Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charming Gothic structure and gardens. Similar to the other dwellings, the two units will each have a library, high ceilings, solid hardwood flooring, separate service entrances, spa-inspired bathrooms with heated marble floors, and walls of windows with automated shade-control features. Topping off these residences will be a communal roof deck that offers multiple views of Georgetown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the canal, the Potomac River and the iconic golden dome of the bank building on the corner of Wisconsin and M Street. When the building opens, the al fresco area will be landscaped and designed for entertainment. It will also feature a 45-foot heated pool and, inside glass walls, a fitness center with more soaring views of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial district. EastBanc president Anthony Lanier was conscious of privacy in devising plans for the building, built on a site once home to a parking lot for Verizon trucks. He is installing thick double-pane windows, a

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Wednesday june 11 Art events ■ A cocktail reception will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DC Arts Center. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $100. Hemphill, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. ■ RAW will present “Panorama: An Artist Showcase,” featuring creatives in film, music, fashion, art, performance art, hair and makeup. 7 to 11 p.m. $15 to $20. Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. Classes and workshops ■ Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will present “Pearls of Wisdom,” a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $6 to $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ The summertime Harbour Nights concert series will feature acoustic musician Kerry McCool. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ “Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition” will feature the Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. leading his Voices of Inspiration choir and a special assembly of singers from across the city in signature arrangements of hymns, spirituals and gospel songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present a concert by country singer, humorist and political contender Kinky Friedman. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $20 to $25. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.


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Events Entertainment ■ The Washington Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the Great Noise Ensemble will present “Made in America,” a celebration of the rich diversity of the American choral tradition. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Williams, Bernstein and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. ■ Low Cut Connie will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning’s summer speaker series will feature a talk by KaiUwe Bergmann, a partner at the New Yorkand Copenhagen-based architecture and design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. 5:30 p.m. Free. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-319-6106. ■ Muralist, public artist and conservation specialist Meg Saligman will discuss her experiences making public art and the ways that these works are preserved for the future. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The World Affairs Council will present a book talk by Daniel Drezner, author of “The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Auditorium, University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. ■ The West End Library Friends’ series

“Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literature” will conclude Georgetown University theology professor Ori Z. Soltes leading a discussion on Susan Vreeland’s “Girl in Hyacinth Blue.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Community meeting room, Columbia Residences Condominium, 2425 L St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ David Ignatius will discuss his thriller “The Director.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The D.C. Public Library and Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a photographic tour of “Dragons in Art,” narrated by Bela Demeter, a docent at the National Gallery of Art and retired reptile keeper at the National Zoo. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Carrie Gardner will discuss “Internet Freedom and Internet Privacy.” 7 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ The “You Can’t Make This Up” Nonfiction Book Club will discuss “Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout” by Lauren Redniss. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Films ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris.” 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ DC Moving Pictures will present Ross McElwee’s film “Charleen,” which follows the filmmaker’s old high school teacher as she teachers poetry workshops to innercity children, deals with familial issues and berates McElwee for hiding from love behind his camera. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. 202-722-2939. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Roman Kasparaovsky’s 2014 film “Lousy Bastards,” about two brothers who separate after falling in love with the same

10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Thursday, june 12 ■ Concert: The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present the Yemen Blues performing a mix of Western African and Yemenite influences with contemporary grooves. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. girl. A Q&A with film actor Jiri Mádl will follow. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performances ■ Jane Arnfield will star in “The Tin Ring,” a dramatization of Holocaust survival based on the autobiography of Zdenka Fantlová. A Q&A with Arnfield, drama professor Carol Martin and The Forge executive director Tony Harrington will follow. 7:30 p.m. $20. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ George Yamazawa Jr. will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Reading ■ The Georgetown Library will celebrate “Bloomsday” with a marathon reading by 30 actors and scholars of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” considered by many to be the greatest novel of all time. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 301-367-6742. The reading will continue Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.



Special event ■ “The Best of Prix Europa 2013” will feature a Czech radio documentary about three ethnic German women and the changes in their hometown over the last century and an Irish broadcast about the trans-Atlantic friendship that flourished after a woman in Ireland found an American serviceman’s message in a bottle. 7 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Montreal Impact. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-7453000. Thursday, June 12

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Children’s event ■ Kate Samworth will discuss her book “Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual” (for ages 7 and older).

Classes ■ The Georgetown Village aging-inplace group will present a class on stress reduction through tai chi and qi gong. 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. $15 to $20. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. 202-999-8988. ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a “Pilates in the Park” class led by a certified Yoga District instructor. 5:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Classes will also be offered June 17 and 19. ■ Instructor David Newcomb will begin a three-part series on “Meditation for Optimum Well-Being.” 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Concerts ■ Carmina will perform music for vocal chamber ensemble. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941. ■ The Sounds of Summer Concert Series will feature the Bruce Swaim Quartet performing jazz. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-8333. ■ “Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition” will feature the World Children’s Choir. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Arts on 8th,” presented by Dance Place and Monroe St. Market, will feature the Duende Quartet performing smooth Latin jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Plaza, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach will perform Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The PostClassical Ensemble will present a CD launch event for “Dvorák and America” and a 2014-15 season announcement. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. ■ The Embassy Series will present pianist Avguste Antonov in concert. 7:30 p.m. $100. Residence of the Bulgarian Ambassador, 3516 Rittenhouse St. NW. 202-625-2361. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Williams, Bernstein and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. ■ The bands Driftwood and Roosevelt Dime will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by composer and lyricist Barry Bortnick on “‘Out of Their Dreams’: Rodgers and Hammerstein.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Author Ruth Feldstein will discuss her book “How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights See events/Page 17


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 16 Movement.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; U.S. Botanic Garden botanist Kyle Wallick will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Longing for Longans and Loquats: An Adventure With Tropical Fruits.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Ingrid D. Campbell will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time Has Come to Tell My Story.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. â&#x2013;  Wanda Corn, professor emeritus of art history at Stanford University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Luncheon Party That Rocked the Boat: Duncan Phillips Spars With Gertrude Stein.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Geoff Dyer will discuss his nonfiction book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bushâ&#x20AC;? and novels â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Colour of Memoryâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Search.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The group Ward3Vision will present a talk by Benjamin Ross, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Ayize Sabater will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tellinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Children Our Story.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. 202-722-2939. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read the Book First!â&#x20AC;? Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brokeback Mountainâ&#x20AC;? by Annie Proulx. 7 p.m. Free. Room 209, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Ang Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film adaptation will be shown Monday at 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Local author Adam Brookes will discuss his international espionage thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night Heron,â&#x20AC;? which he wrote in the Takoma Park Library. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Sara R. Horowitz, professor of comparative literature at York University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mothers and Daughters in the Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. events/weinmannlecture2014. â&#x2013;  Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondents for The Atlantic, will discuss Coatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; June cover story making the case for reparations based on a moral debt accrued after centuries of slavery. 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. â&#x2013;  American diplomat and attorney Stuart E. Eizenstat, chair of the Defiant Requiem Foundation Board and former U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Michael Salberg (shown), director of international affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anti-Semitism in Europe Today.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital

Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Birmingham, Ala., psychiatrist Judith M. Bowen will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Murray Bowenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legacy as Written in Letters to His Family.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Family Center, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Seaâ&#x20AC;? by Callum Roberts. 7:45 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Films â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will present Iranian director Asghar Farhadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le passĂŠ (The Past).â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $6 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The group Friends of Mitchell Park will kick off its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Films in the Fieldâ&#x20AC;? series with a screening of the 2002 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. 202-265-4778. The series will continue July 10 and Aug. 14. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canal Park Thursday Movies: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Whole New Ballgameâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Gilmore.â&#x20AC;? Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. Performance â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Scena!â&#x20AC;? Italian Theater Festival NY will present actress Iaia Forte in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hanno tutti ragione (Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Right),â&#x20AC;? a monologue based on Paolo Sorrentinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 novel about a singer from the far suburbs of Naples. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz will feature a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choiceâ&#x20AC;? trivia night focusing on selected portraits at the gallery. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Friday, June 13

Friday june 13 Concerts â&#x2013; Blues fusion artist Deanna Bogart will perform as part of the 14th season of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? concerts. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Traditionâ&#x20AC;? will feature choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, poet and lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri and The Crossing, a Philadelphia-based professional chamber choir known as a champion for new music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Friday Night Concert Series will feature the Texas Chainsaw Horns performing horn-driven rock. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Kreeger Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June Chamber Festival will feature the American Chamber Players performing works by Mozart, Martinu, Schumann and Louise Farrenc. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202338-3552. The series will continue June 17 and 20. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Concert Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something Old, Something Newâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunsets With a Soundtrackâ&#x20AC;? concert series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps,


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jayme McLellan: Pleasing Nature,â&#x20AC;? exploring the nature of beauty by pairing Mount Pleasant photographer McLellanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s images of the natural world with images from contemporary

On exHiBit material culture, will open today at the Heurich Gallery with a reception and artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 2. Located at 505 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-223-1626. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;DMV Dirt,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by area ceramic artists Laurel Lukaszewski, Novie Trump, Lori Katz and Jodi Walsh, will open tomorrow with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Long View Gallery. The show will continue through July 13. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Temps des Cerises,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Tunisian artist Samia Zoghlami, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds. The exhibit will continue through July 15. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;California, Nigeria, Washington DC: The Passion of the Media and the Process From a Global Perspective,â&#x20AC;? featuring the works of Doba Afolabi, Christopher Malone and Leslie Printis, will open Friday at Zenith Gallery and continue through July 19. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. Located at 1429 Iris St. NW, the gallery is open Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-783-2963. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Images of Washington, DC, 2014,â&#x20AC;? highlighting members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, will open Saturday at American Painting Fine Art with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will continue through Sept. 27. Located at 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202244-3244. â&#x2013;  The American university Museum will open four shows Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and continue them U.S. Capitol. â&#x2013;  Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band will perform. 9 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Conference â&#x2013;  The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a clinical conference on psychotherapy led by Dr. Roberta Gilbert. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $135; $25 to $45 for students. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Discussion â&#x2013;  Nursery owner Steven Kristoph, an


jayme McLellanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 print â&#x20AC;&#x153;truth is Beautyâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at Heurich Gallery. through Aug. 17. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passionate Collectors: The Washington Print Club at 50â&#x20AC;? features some 150 prints from Washington collections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund: Second Actâ&#x20AC;? presents paintings, sculptures and works on paper by artists who received grants from the Bader Fund over the last 13 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Continental Driftâ&#x20AC;? surveys the work of Mount Pleasant artist Judy Byron. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Syzygyâ&#x20AC;? presents William Newmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s series of 19 oil paintings and digital images and two sculptures. Located in the Katzen Arts Center at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amber Waves of Grain,â&#x20AC;? celebrating wheat, opened recently at the u.S. Botanic Garden and will continue through Oct. 13. A festival in conjunction with the exhibit will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature wheat-related activities for all ages. Located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, the Botanic Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altered Ego,â&#x20AC;? a group show of works made from recycled materials, opened recently at the joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and will continue through Aug. 23. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talk will be held July 19 at 3:30 p.m. Located at the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts, 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600.

adjunct instructor of landscape architecture at Rutgers University, will discuss the 17 species of azaleas native to the United States. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Films â&#x2013; The National Archives will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The True Welcome,â&#x20AC;? the fourth episode of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz: A Film.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000.

â&#x2013; The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will present Margarethe von Trottaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hannah Arendt,â&#x20AC;? starring Barbara Sukowa. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art will present Wong Kar-Waiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Mood for Love.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twisting the Knife: Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scary Love Storiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1952 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Confess.â&#x20AC;? A discussion will folSee events/Page 18

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Continued From Page 17 low. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013; The Golden Cinema Series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Date With the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Meetings â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. â&#x2013;  Overeaters Anonymous will host a beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts on 8th,â&#x20AC;? presented by Dance Place and Monroe St. Market, will feature the ReVision dance company performing contemporary dance improv. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Plaza, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Shorts Laughs!â&#x20AC;? will feature comedic short films interspersed with live stand-up performances. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $15 to $25. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The event will repeat Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  As part of a night of four one-act

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Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Mystics will play the Chicago Sky. 7 p.m. $15 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. tour â&#x2013;  Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies and architecture, will lead an all-day Smithsonian Associates tour â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Roofs: Reaching New Eco-Friendly Heights,â&#x20AC;? featuring visits to American University, Arlingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walter Reed Community Center and the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enid A. Haupt Garden. 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. $139 to $179. Bus leaves from the Mayflower Hotel, Connecticut Avenue and DeSales Street NW. 202-633-3030. Saturday, June 14 Saturday june 14 Book signing â&#x2013;  Sandra Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell will sign copies of â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Family in World War II.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Mall Store, National Muse-

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4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013; The Glover Park Village will present a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tai Chi for Beginnersâ&#x20AC;? class led by Geri Grey. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bahman Aryana of Rondezvous Tango will lead a class on the Argentine Tango. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321.

plays, Open Stage will present the world premiere of local playwright James Brunsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cain Scrutiny,â&#x20AC;? about the life of James M. Cain, a famous author and screenwriter who in 1948 suddenly left Hollywood and moved to Hyattsville, Md. 8 p.m. $10. The Fridge, 516 8th St. SE. â&#x2013; The 11th Hour Poetry Slam will feature two high-intensity, competitive rounds hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.




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Saturday, june 14 â&#x2013; Concert: D.C. vocalist Justin Thomas Ritchie will perform selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feels Like Homeâ&#x20AC;? at a CD release concert. 8 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. um of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will present Single Carrot Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rumpled,â&#x20AC;? a reinvented classic featuring elaborate costumes, audience participation and hilarious action sequences. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt,â&#x20AC;? featuring two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezlaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting to Know the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Artistsâ&#x20AC;? books (for ages 4 and older). 11 a.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Richard Mozerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degas and the Dancerâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 8 and older). Noon. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Add Water and Shakeâ&#x20AC;? will feature a low-impact aquatic exercise along the lines of Zumba. 8 a.m. $30; reservations required. VIDA Fitness, 1612 U St. NW. â&#x2013;  Soprano Karin Paludan and tenor Doug Bowles will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Singing Voice,â&#x20AC;? featuring live demonstrations as well as video clips and recordings of great singers of the past and present. 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian lecturer George Scheper will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Europe 1900: The Golden Ages of Vienna, Paris, and London.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  An interactive workshop will focus on the principles of book cover design. Participants are encouraged to bring in examples of covers they like and hate for group discussion. 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library,

Concerts â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Traditionâ&#x20AC;? will feature current and former members of Vineyard Sound performing a diverse repertoire. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a flute recital by students of Gwyn Jones. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present Israeli violinist Asi Matathias (shown) and pianist Eliran Avni. 8 to 9:30 p.m. $15 to $18. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will perform. 9 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Cosmos Club and the Dumbarton House will present a symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outcomes of the War of 1812,â&#x20AC;? featuring talks by historians Mark N. Ozer, Larry Kaplan, Alan Gropman and Craig Symonds. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $40. Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Textile Museum will present a talk by member Christine Brown on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Textiles for the Head: Utility, Identity, Authority.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;So You Want to Be a Romance Writerâ&#x20AC;? will feature published authors Sally Mackenzie and Emily Greenwood. 2 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Mike Magner will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Alan Furst will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight in Europe,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Members of the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Committee will discuss the fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first 13 years of grant giving and its artist recipients. 5 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. Family programs â&#x2013;  A kickoff of the Summer Reading Festival will feature storytime events, face painting, arts and crafts, giant chess, performances by juggler Nicolo Whimsey, a Zumba class, a marine animal demonstration and a visit from the Washington Nationals president mascots. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Reunion Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will offer opportunities to create memory books, make art collages, design patriotic scratch-offs, receive photos from a photo

booth, enjoy music from the Tom Cunningham Orchestra and hear â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandma Cautionary Talesâ&#x20AC;? from storyteller Debra Mims. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013; The Royal Shakespeare Company will present a live recording of its production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV Part Iâ&#x20AC;? from Stratford-upon-Avon. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202419-3456. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Streetâ&#x20AC;? will feature Shirley Clarkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cool World.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960-1990â&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medium Experiments: From Film to Video.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase, a variety show, will feature rock band Harris Face & the Restoration, musician Justin Trawick and comedians Mikey Larrick, Dylan Meyer and Shahryar Rizvi. 10 p.m. $10 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202431-4704. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Amber Waves of Grain! Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature activities for all ages, including demonstrations by chef Tania Mercer and a look at how wheat is used in everyday products like shampoo and concrete. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  A day of special events at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park will include a self-guided treasure hunt and other childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a demonstration of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only surviving gristmill in action, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and a talk by carpenter Stephen Ortado on tips and techniques for window restoration, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  The HSC Health Care Systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 June Fair Family & Community Health Expo will feature health information, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, live entertainment, and cooking and exercise demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 1731 Bunker Hill Road NE. 202580-6485. â&#x2013;  Friends & Family Day at Dance Trance DC will feature dance fitness classes, dance instruction, refreshments and giveaways. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 per class. Balance Gym â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thomas Circle, 1111 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  In celebration of the 200th anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Star-Spangled Banner,â&#x20AC;? the National Museum of American History will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raise It Up! Anthem for America,â&#x20AC;? a singalong of the national anthem. The event will kick off with performances by a 500-person choir and by the U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free; registration requested. Mall Terrace, National Museum of American History, Madison Drive between 12th and 14th streets NW. See events/Page 19


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 18 ■ Dumbarton House will celebrate Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the national anthem with punch and cookies on the front lawn, museum tours and a chance to learn facts about “The StarSpangled Banner.” The event will culminate in a singalong as part of a national program organized by the Smithsonian. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. ■ A Polish vodka tasting will focus on the subtleties of the many varieties. 5 p.m. $30 to $35. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. ■ Atlas Brew Works will host “Brewskies & BBQ,” featuring brewery tours, craft beer tastings and a jazz performance by Tribe Inc. Proceeds will benefit mental health programs for D.C. veterans. 5 to 9 p.m. $40 to $60. Atlas Brew Works, 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE #102. tours and walks ■ Curator Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams will lead a morning tour of the Arts in Foggy Bottom biennial outdoor exhibition “Sculpted: Histories Revealed,” featuring 16 site-specific contemporary sculptures by 15 artists. 11 a.m. Free. Meet at New Hampshire Avenue and I Street NW. ■ Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Eastern Market and residential Capitol Hill. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Eastern Market Metro station. ■ National Portrait Gallery senior curator of prints and drawings Wendy Wick Reaves will lead a tour of the exhibit “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction,” at noon; and senior curator of photographs Ann Shumard will lead a tour of the second installation of “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits,” at 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Sunday, June 15

Sunday june 15 Benefit ■ A fundraiser for the East River JazzFest will feature music and wine tastings. 3 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Batch 13, 1724 14th St. NW. Children’s program ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Richard Mozer’s 1999 film “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” (for ages 8 and older). Noon. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. Concerts ■ The Steinway Series will feature pianist James D’León performing works by Corigliano, Liszt, Montague, Rzewski and Ravel. 3 p.m. Free; tickets distributed a half hour in the G Street lobby before the performance. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “World on a String: Cross-Cultural Concert” will feature hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, Swedish fiddle player Andrea Hoag, Hindustani classical violinist Nistha Raj, Afro-Cuban percussionist Felix Contreras, medieval viol player Tina Chancey, and

Native American cellist, vocalist and improvisor Dawn Avery. 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown’s 12th annual Concerts in the Parks series will feature a Father’s Day celebration featuring the Dixie Power Trio. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Volta Park, 34th and Q streets NW. 202-337-7313. ■ Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Kodály and Hermann. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Cáceres/Ramos Santana Duo will present “Puerto Rico in 176 Keys.” 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ The US-Philippines Society will present “After the Storm: A Benefit Concert for the Philippines,” featuring of The Black-Eyed Peas, violinist Joshua Bell, “Glee” and Broadway star Darren Criss, actor Lou Diamond Phillips, ballet dancer Christine Rocas, Metropolitan Opera star Rodell Rosel and Tony-winning singer Lea Salonga, among others. 8 p.m. $25 to $250. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ D.C. vocalist and composer Alison Crockett will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $20. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202337-4141. Discussions and lectures ■ The Summer Connections series will feature a conversation with Ruth Frey, director of the Washington National Cathedral’s public education programs, and Charles Fulcher, acting director of the Cathedral’s visitor programs. 10:10 to 11 a.m. Free. Great Choir, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ Luke Russert will discuss the 10th anniversary edition of his late father’s memoir, “Big Russ & Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life,” at 1 p.m.; and Richard A. Clarke will discuss his book “Sting of the Drone,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Archaeologist Klaus Schmidt will discuss “Göbekli Tepe: Stone Age Sanctuaries in Southeastern Anatolia.” 1 p.m. Free. Sublevel 1, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Legends & Lore DC discussion series will focus on the book “Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent” by John Muller. 2 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ Henry Adams, professor of American art at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss “Andrew Wyeth at the Movies: The Story of an Obsession.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films ■ Girl Scout Service Unit 42-4 will sponsor a Father’s Day showing of “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.” Proceeds will help pay for low-income girls to attend Girl Scout camp this summer. 10 a.m. $12. Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-425-3711.


Scena stages absurdist Beckett classic Scena theatre will stage Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic “Happy Days” June 14 through July 5 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

On StAGe Local favorite Nancy Robinette portrays Winnie, a happy-go-lucky woman who struggles to uncover meaning in her static, lonely life. Stuck with an aloof husband, all she has left are memories, routines and words. Tickets cost $20 to $40, except for $10 previews on June 11, 12 and 13. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ Arcturus theater Company will present Lisa Loomer’s comedy “Districted” June 12 through 22. Nine-year-old Jesse’s parents set off on a zany quest to improve their son’s quality of life when his teacher informs them that Jesse may have attention deficit disorder. Tickets cost $29 to $32. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ Washington national Opera will stage the world premiere of “An American Soldier” June 13 and 14 in the Terrace Theater. Created as part of the American Opera Initiative, the hourlong show features music by composer Huang Ruo and a libretto by David Henry Hwang. It is based on the true story of Pvt. Danny Chen, a Chinese-American soldier found ■ The Freer Gallery of Art will present Alfred Hitchcock’s 1926 thriller “The Lodger,” at 1 p.m.; and Teinosuke Kinugasa’s 1928 film “Crossroads,” with live musical

dead in a guard tower at his base in Kandahar province in Afghanistan. Tickets cost $30. 202-467-4600; ■ Warner theatre will host Jeanie Linders’ “Menopause the Musical” June 13 and 14. Four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a department store’s lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the women joke about hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. Tickets cost $35 to $65. Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 800-745-3000; ■ The Kennedy Center will present a reimagining of the Broadway musical “Side Show” June 14 through July 13 in the Eisenhower Theater. Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, the play follows the story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers. Tickets cost $45 to $130. 202-4674600; ■ The in Series will present Verdi’s “La Traviata” June 14 through 28 at the GALA Theatre. Based on Alexandre Dumas’ “The Lady of the Camellias,” Verdi’s three-act opera recounts the tragic story of the frail demimondaine, Violetta, and her love with the well-born Alfredo, whose father severs the relationship. When the father, Germont, realizes Violetta’s worth, he reunites the two — yet it is too late, with her death near at hand.

nancy Robinette stars in Scena theatre’s “Happy Days.” Tickets cost $21 to $44. GALA Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7760; ■ The Kennedy Center will host “Disney’s The Lion King” June 17 through Aug. 17 in the Opera House. Winner of six Tony Awards, “The Lion King” returns to D.C. with direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Tickets cost $40 to $195. 202-4674600; ■ SeenoSun OnStage will present “Killer Joe,” the first play by Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Tracy Letts, through June 29 at the DC Arts Center. In a withering rustic outlook on the disenfranchised in America, the Smith family hires Killer Joe to do away with mother for the insurance money. He decides to bed the family’s young virgin daughter as sexual collateral against his fee until the insurance policy is paid. The graphic, disturbing play features sexual content, nudity and violence. Tickets cost $25. The DC Arts Center is located at 2438 18th St. NW. ■ The Palisades Library will present Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 suspense thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much” as part of See events/Page 20

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Continued From Page 19 its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Movies in the Afternoonâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Streetâ&#x20AC;? will feature John Cassavetesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1959 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadowsâ&#x20AC;? and Arthur Felligâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1948 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weegeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

focus on the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gargoyles and grotesques. 2 p.m. $6 to $15. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Monday, June 16

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Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Mystics will play the Atlanta Dream. 4 p.m. $15 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

Classes â&#x2013; The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will host a weekly yoga class led by instructor Francesca Valente. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-686-2210. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. The class will also be offered Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Readings â&#x2013; The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Judith McCombs and Stephen Powers. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature poets Regie Cabico and Bas BĂśttcher, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.


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ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. â&#x2013; Singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night at the Park With Ryan Zimmerman,â&#x20AC;? an annual benefit for the ziMS Foundation and efforts to treat and find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, will feature country music stars Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann. 8 p.m. $35 to $480. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Rene Redwood on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equal Opportunity Issues in Hiring and the Workplace.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  Matthew Brown, adjunct assistant professor of global health at the Uniformed Services University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Health Diplomacy.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Fourth-floor conference room, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Henry Adams, professor of American art at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Kokoon: Modernism in Cleveland Before the Armory Show.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss Edwidge Danticatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Claire of the Sea Light.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Popular Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  Coilin Owens, a Joycean scholar and professor emeritus at George Mason University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tale of a City: A Bloomsday Celebration of James Joyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dublin.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Dan Barber will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Friendship Hospital for Animals Client Education Series will focus on pet allergies and common skin conditions. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fantasy Flicksâ&#x20AC;? series will feature John Landisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Werewolf in London.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present Marion HĂźtterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhymers and Rivals,â&#x20AC;? about four performers during the course of a year as they participate in two German Slam Poetry Championships. BĂśttcher, Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 champion, will introduce the film. 6 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices on Palestineâ&#x20AC;? summer film series will feature Benny Brunnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Book Robbery.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-

Tuesday, june 17 â&#x2013; Concert: The Kreeger Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June Chamber Festival will feature the American Chamber Players performing works by Brahms, Raimi and Bruch. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. 338-1958. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read the Book First!â&#x20AC;? film series will present Ang Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brokeback Mountain,â&#x20AC;? based on a short story by Annie Proulx. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery, Dance Metro DC, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington Performing Arts and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present an open rehearsal for the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clean Sweep,â&#x20AC;? a site-specific work featuring Nancy Havlikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Performance Group, MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet and Next Reflex Dance Collective. Noon. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The performance will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  YoungArts@KennedyCenter will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Americans,â&#x20AC;? an original theatrical performance exploring American identity and celebrating the history of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the States Gallery beginning at 5:30 p.m. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Reading â&#x2013;  Politics and Prose will host a minimarathon reading of James Joyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulysses.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Tuesday, June 17 Tuesday june 17 Benefit â&#x2013;  Poet Nikki Giovanni will give a reading and talk at a benefit for the Literacy, Empowerment & Action Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ghana Scholarship Fund. 6 to 8 p.m. $50; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Classes â&#x2013;  Yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present

its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? lunch-hour yoga series. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013; Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and adjunct professor of medicine at George Washington University, will lead a workshop on how to avoid complications from type 2 diabetes and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-527-7314. Follow-up sessions will continue weekly through July 15. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? performance series will launch for the summer with a concert by R&B singer Jean Carne. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Performances will continue on weekdays through Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature musicians Barbara Hollinshead and Howard Bass in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theatre Musick: Songs From Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Troupe.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  YoungArts@KennedyCenter will present bassist and vocalist Zachary Ostroff, the 2011 YoungArts Winner in Jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Band will perform as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concert on the Avenueâ&#x20AC;? series. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  New Dominion Choraleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Summer Sings!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a series of group singalongs of major choral works â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature choral excerpts from FaurĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiemâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cantique de Jean Racine,â&#x20AC;? led by soprano Rachel Evangeline Barham, baritone James Rogers and pianist Thomas Pandolfi and conducted by Thomas Colohan, artistic director of Washington Master Chorale. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Grand Old Flag.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. â&#x2013;  Blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crises vs. Problems: The U.S. Global Role Today and Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;? by Edmund B. Rice, a senior professional staff member with the U.S. House of Representatives See events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 Committee on Foreign Affairs. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8954860. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Botany and Chemistry of Brewing.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Ted Piccone, acting vice president and director of the foreign policy program at Brookings Institution, will discuss “Cuba’s Stroll Toward Change: A View From the Streets of Havana.” 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. ■ Dana Visalli-Gold of Optimal Beginnings and Michael Mack of Mack Consulting will discuss “Resources for Life” as part of the Special Needs Transition Series presented by the D.C. Public Library and Quality Trust for Individuals With Disabilities. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-448-1458. ■ Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, will discuss his book “Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Gloria Groom, senior curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ French novelist Marc Levy will discuss his thriller “Replay.” 7 p.m. $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ The Palisades Book Club will discuss “Look at Me” by Anita Brookner. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Films ■ The Georgetown Library’s weekly June film series will focus on “Twinkle Toes,” featuring movies about dance. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Palisades Library’s “Family Movie Singalong” will feature the classical musical “The Wizard of Oz.” 6 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. ■ The Cineforum 2014 series will feature Sergio Rubini’s 2013 film “Mi Rifaccio Vivo (I’ll Be Back). 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. ■ The “Film and Beer” series feature the classic Czech comedy “Who Wants to Kill Jessi?” 7 p.m. Free. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Chris Teerink’s 2012 documentary “Sol LeWitt.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances ■ Spooky Action Theater will present “Kwaidan,” featuring a series of Japanese

ghost stories. 7 and 8:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature performances by Madeline and Breaker Breaker, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. ■ Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading ■ “Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival” will feature a reading of Jennie Berman Eng’s “Spectacular Women (in Their Natural Habitat).” 7:30 p.m. $10. Bernstein Library, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Houston Astros. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. tour ■ A guided garden tour will trace the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and English boxwood. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ Biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Beth Burrous will lead a walking tour of the Conservatory and National Garden focusing on medicinal and poison plants. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Wednesday, June 18

Wednesday june 18 Classes and workshops ■ Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8851300. ■ Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on “Interviewing and Negotiating” as part of a seven-session series on job seeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will present “Pearls of Wisdom,” a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $6 to $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” performance series will feature jazz singer Janine Gilbert Carter. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-3121300. ■ The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present “You’re a

Wednesday, june 18 ■ Concert: The summertime Harbour Nights concert series will present singer-songwriter Paul Pfau. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-2955007.

Grand Old Flag.” 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. ■ The Marine Band’s contemporary ensemble Free Country will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202433-4011. ■ A singer-songwriter showcase will feature Hugh Trimble, Andrea Pais and Michael Mattice. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Blues singer and harmonica player John Nemeth will perform. 8:30 p.m. $15 to $18. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ “Open Doors at Friendship Place” will feature an informal discussion on the group’s work in creating lasting and permanent solutions to homelessness. 11 a.m. Free; reservations requested. AimHire Center, 4652 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202503-2963. ■ John Muller will discuss his book “Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by American folk musician and scholar Stephen Wade on his book “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8954860. ■ National Museum of Women in the Arts assistant educator Ashley W. Harris will discuss father-daughter connections found in the museum’s collection. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Books@Noon will feature a talk by Rick Atkinson, author of “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 19441945.” Noon to 1 p.m. $12 to $18. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ “Astrobiology & Theology: A Discussion” will feature a conversation between astronomer, author and historian of sci-

ence Steven J. Dick and theologian Robin Lovin. 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. ■ Randall C. Jimerson will discuss his book “Shattered Glass in Birmingham: My Family’s Fight for Civil Rights 1961-1964,” about the experiences of a white Northern family during the climax of the civil rights movement in Alabama’s largest city. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. ■ Steve Forbes will discuss his book “Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy — and What We Can Do About It.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The D.C. Public Library’s “Books & Bars” modern-day book club will discuss Walter Mosley’s “Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Bistro d’Oc, 518 10th St. NW. ■ The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Dawn” by Octavia E. Butler. 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. ■ Laura Silver will discuss her book “Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food” in conversation with Emily Goodstein. 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ Helene Emsellem, a neurologist, sleep specialist and director of the Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders in Chevy Chase, Md., will discuss “How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep.” 7 to 9 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Films ■ In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the National Archives, “From the Vaults” will feature a selection of archival films, including “Your National Archives” and “The Washington Parade: The Archives.” 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and

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9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ A “Pride Month Film Screening” will feature Dee Rees’ 2011 film “Pariah,” about a Brooklyn teenager juggling conflicting identities. 6 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Takashi Yamazaki’s 2012 film “Always — Sunset on Third Street — 3.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. ■ The “Voices on Palestine” summer film series will feature Maryanne Zehill’s “La Vallée des Armes (The Valley of Tears).” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor movie series will feature the 2009 animated film “Up.” 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ “The Met Summer Encore” will feature a showing of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” 7 p.m. $15. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The AFI Docs film festival’s opening night gala will feature the world premiere of Scott Teems’ film “Holbrook/ Twain: An American Odyssey.” 7:15 p.m. $75. Annenberg Theater, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The festival will continue through June 22 at various venues. Performances ■ YoungArts@KennedyCenter will present alumni Dan Mitra, Ernest Baker, Garrett Coleman, Dave Eggar and Mark Whitfield Jr. performing dance solos and a collaborative work spanning hip-hop, tap and Irish step dance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dumbarton House and the Picnic Theatre Company will present a garden See events/Page 26

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Children’s programs ■ “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés” will offer a chance to sing, shake and sound our rhythms while trying regional Latin dances and practicing Spanish words (for ages 5 and younger). 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ A workshop will focus on building a marshmallow catapult, followed by a scientific test to see how far the marshmallows will fly depending on various testing conditions (for ages 7 through 12). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” performance series will feature jazz guitarist Ronnie Smith. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ The U.S. Air Force Concert Band’s Saxophone Quartet Chamber Group will present a community concert. Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-767-5658. ■ Cathedra will present music for a cappella choir by Howells and other composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. ■ The “Take 5! Jazz Concert” series will feature pianist, composer and arranger Noble Jolley, saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, trumpeter John Williams II and bass player Romeir Mendez. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202633-1000. ■ YoungArts@KennedyCenter and the National Symphony Orchestra will present violinist Rhea Chung, cellist Daniel Tavani, pianist Nicholas Biniaz-Harris and cellist Peter Eom performing works by Sibelius, Elgar, Barber and Dvorák. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ “Arts on 8th,” presented by Dance Place and Monroe St. Market, will feature Polvo and Scree performing jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Plaza, 8th and Monroe streets NE. 202-269-1600. ■ Sak Tzevul, popular practitioners of Mexican indigenous rock, will perform. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. ■ Singer-songwriter and guitarist Griffin House will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-7871000. ■ The Marine Band’s contemporary ensemble Free Country will perform works.

8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. ■ Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney and indie folk quartet Darlingside will perform. 8 p.m. $12 to $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Demonstration ■ Writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will showcase new ideas for summer salads. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on “The Two Sudans: A History of Conflict, Prospects for Peace” by Linda Bishai, senior program officer in the Center for Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Beth Baker, a freelance journalist and features editor of BioScience, will discuss her book “With a Little Help From Our Friends — Creating Community as We Grow Older.” 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. ■ Charles Montgomery will discuss his book “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. ■ Carol Joynt’s Q&A Cafe series — now in its 13th year — will feature Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan, hosts of ESPN 980’s “The Sports Fix.” 3 p.m. $25. The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202333-9330. ■ William M. Fowler Jr., professor of history at Northeastern University, will discuss “The U.S. Navy During the War of 1812.” 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Beau Willimon, creator, showrunner and executive producer of “House of Cards,” will discuss the popular Netflix series in conversation with New York Times culture reporter David Carr. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Mark Horowitz, a senior music specialist at the Library of Congress and a leading authority on Stephen Sondheim, will discuss “Celebrating Sondheim!” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ Michael Smerconish will discuss his book “Talk.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will discuss “Healthy Approaches to Weight Control and Reversing Diabetes.” 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. ■ Victor Zabielski, professor and assistant dean of geology at Northern Virginia Community College, will discuss “Responding to Cataclysms & Climate Change.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ “Jazz in the USA: On the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival” will feature panelists George Wein, the music event’s founder; Dan Morgenstern, author,

archivist and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master; and Jonathan Batiste and Christian McBride, jazz musicians. Film clips of the 1960 festival will complement the discussion. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Mount Pleasant Book Club will discuss “The General in His Labyrinth” by Gabriel García Márquez. 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. ■ Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a support group for job seekers. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. ■ The Classics Book Group will discussion “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Edith Wharton’s classic novel “The House of Mirth.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. Films ■ George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, will introduce a screening of Bert Stern’s 1958 film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” about that year’s festival starring Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson and Thelonious Monk. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will present a horror film series. 6 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ DC Moving Pictures will present Edgar G. Ulmer’s classic 1945 film noir “Detour.” A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Large meeting room, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. ■ “Canal Park Thursday Movies: It’s a Whole New Ballgame” will feature “Dodgeball.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. Performances ■ Wolf Trap Opera Company will present “Vocal Colors: A Musical Exploration of Visual Art,” featuring soprano Tracy Cox and tenor Robert Watson responding to the exhibit “Made in the USA.” 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Special events ■ “Juneteenth 2014 Celebration,” a multimedia event, will feature members of the Aspiring Writers Circle and D.C. Public Library staff members presenting original works and letters from slaves that evoke the strength, courage and freedom that Juneteenth represents. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The monthly “History & Hops” event will feature Adroit Theory and three of the Loudoun County craft brewery’s beers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

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SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC Almost brand new brick colonial with 6000+/SF floor plan. Family room/kitchen combo and 6 bedroom suites. 12,800+/-SF landscaped lot and 3-car garage. $4,495,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620

KENT, WASHINGTON, DC NEW PRICE! Unsurpassed privacy. Extraordinary home featuring 5 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. Gourmet kitchen and family room, gym, library, wine cellar, sauna, two car garage on main level + pool sized yard. Gated driveway. $3,995,000 Eileen McGrath 202-253-2226

POTOMAC FALLS, MARYLAND Sellers ready to move west! Exceptional price. 8,400SF custom home, 9’+ ceilings, great open floor plan, chef’s kitchen & theater. Private 2-acre setting. 5+ car pkg. Near C&O Canal. $2,750,000 Adaline Neely 301-580-2214 Anne Killeen 301-706-0067

KENWOOD, CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND Perfect for entertaining! Elegant living-room with fireplace, lovely dining room, sun-filled family room adjacent to the open kitchen and breakfast room, 4BR/3.5BA, great room, in-law suite, pool and more!! $2,450,000 Joanne Pinover 301-404-7011



POTOMAC, MARYLAND Mediterranean Villa built by Bradbern Construction and designed by Michael Ochsman. Three acres at the end of a cul-de-sac. Six bedrooms, five full and two half baths and walkout lower level. $2,350,000 Marsha Schuman 301-299-9598

FOGGY BOTTOM, WASHINGTON, DC The most spectacular River/DC penthouse vistas through 3,600 +/- square foot unit and extensive outdoor terraces. Three car parking. $2,175,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620

AU PARK, WASHINGTON, DC Classic colonial on nearly 1/3 acre! 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Gourmet kitchen with conservatory. Exquisite public rooms outlook to gardens and terrace. 88/100 WalkScore. Blocks to Metro! $1,995,000 Margot Wilson 202-549-2100

DUPONT, WASHINGTON, DC Outstanding location! 4 unit - 1BR/1BA townhouse with stunning stone facade. One unit per floor. Exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, original pocket doors and rear patio.$1,950,000 Nate Guggenheim 202-333-5905 William F. X. Moody 202-243-1620

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SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC NEW LISTING! Renovated and move-in ready! Charming, sunny Tudor features chef’s kitchen, break and family rooms, study, 5BR/4.5BA and lower level rec room, Au Pair suite. Oversized garage, landscaped gardens & pool! $1,795,000 Andrea Kirstein 202-251-8655

POTOMAC FALLS, POTOMAC, MARYLAND NEW PRICE! Sellers are moving! Incredible value, redone top-to-bottom including all baths, kitchen, recessed lighting, pool & pool equipment. Fabulous lower level opening to loggia & pool. Greenhouse. 2+ glorious acres. $1,775,000 Adaline Neely 301-580-2214

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA NEW PRICE! Sophisticated craftsman with incredible architectural details and designer finishes. 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 half bath. 2-car garage. $1,625,000 Jennifer H. Thornett 202-415-7050 Micah A. Corder 571-271-9828

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA NEW PRICE! Charming 5BR, 4.5BA New England-Style Colonial on 2+ private, gated acres. Beautifully landscaped grounds with pool, hot tub, waterfall, tennis court and ample yard space. 2-car garage. $1,625,000 Mark McFadden 703-216-1333

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CHEVY CHASE, WASHINGTON, DC NEW LISTING! Handsome Four Square Colonial with 3,500+/-SF floor plan, updated kitchen, 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Convenient to all of Chevy Chase and Downtown DC. $1,295,000 William F.X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620


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Kensington, MD


Berkley, DC


European inspired, custom home on one acre lot with pool & extensive stone terraces. Expansive spaces, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths. Close-in location.

Updated original Kensington masterpiece. Features stunning eat-in kitchen, formal living & dining room, screened porch, new master suite. Lush private lot.

Fabulous colonial with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths on 3 finished levels. Many new upgrades. Lower level is legal rental unit or terrific extra family space.

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Mark Hudson 301.641.6266

Tom Williams 202.255.3650

Cleveland Park, DC


Rare Mid-Century Modern in Cleveland Park. Architect-designed. 12 ft ceilings, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, family room, home office, 2 car garage.

Joan Fallows 301.526.0744

Columbia Heights, DC


Renovated townhouse features 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, updated kitchen, formal living & dining rooms, breakfast room & patio. Parking for 2 cars.

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266

Petworth, DC


Excellent location! 4+ bedrooms, 3 kitchens, 3 full baths, finished basement, 1 car garage with driveway. Close to Metro, buses, Rock Creek Park, & more.

Annie Koontz 240.606.9423

Forest Hills, DC


3 levels of elegant living space on a 27,000 sf lot. 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, outdoor space w/pool.

Andy Hill 301.646.3900 Sue Hill 202.262.4961

West End, DC


Bright & spacious top floor condo in the Columbia! Open living plan. Updated kitchen, balcony, garage parking, pool & concierge.

Katherine Bertles Hennigan 202.321.3427

Accokeek, MD


Logan Circle, DC

2-bedroom, 2-bath with parking & storage in fabulous Crescent Towers. Rooftop pool & deck, exercise room. Close to shops, restaurants, nightlife.

Rina Kunk 202.489.9011

Logan, DC

4315 50th Street NW • Washington, DC


Beautiful condo in renovated building. 9+ ft. ceiling, fabulous open kitchen, high-end appliances, parking. Near Metro, 14th St, U St & Dupont Circle.

Santiago Testa 202.552.5624

Bethesda, MD


Charming & tranquil! Historic home with guest house on private 10 acres. Less than 25 mins from DC. The escape that you’ve been looking for.

Fantastic one level living in popular Parkwood. 3BR, 2BA home is updated & expanded. Walk to Rock Creek Park, KP Elementary, Grosvenor Metro!

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