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Vol. VII, No. 31

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ANC pushes for delay on alley closing

Rock Creek trail work may advance this year


■ Recreation: $5.5 million

construction set for 2015

By JULIA O’DONOGHUE Current Correspondent

The Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission has asked that the D.C. Council hold off on approving an alley closure and land transfer to George Washington University, expected during the council’s meeting today. But it appears likely nonetheless that the measure — which would let the school build a dorm on the alley site — will get council approval. “I have no plans to pull it off the agenda and I know of no amendments that are coming up,” Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said yesterday afternoon. At a special meeting Monday night, neighborhood commissioners called for the council to demand compensation for the property, either through a community amenity or cash payment. Though commissioners backed off a previous push for $700,000 toward a second Foggy Bottom Metro station entrance, they maintain that the city should not give away such a valuable piece of public land for free, they said. See Alley/Page 15

By JULIA O’DONOGHUE Current Correspondent

Improvements to the popular Rock Creek Park bike and pedestrian trail — which runs north from Georgetown, winds around the National Zoo and merges with Beach Drive — may be moving forward by the end of the year. The D.C. Department of Transportation plans to release the project’s final environmental assessment by late summer or early fall. The

Self-guided walking tour launches in Logan Circle Bill Petros/The Current

The U.S. Army Brass Quintet provided musical entertainment Monday at a ceremonial lighting of the scaffolding-encased Washington Monument. Nearly 500 flood lamps will glow each night until the repair work is completed in 2014.

By JULIA O’DONOGHUE Current Correspondent


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Olivia Stein, left, and Charlee Mize founded Camp FUNDU in the Palisades.

people kept mispronouncing the name. So we changed it to FUNDU,” Charlee said. The girls came up with the idea for the camp when they were only

Bicycle safety bill heads for vote at D.C. Council — Page 2

Keegan Theatre presents family drama ‘Rabbit Hole’ — Page 19

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third-graders. They had attended another camp they really enjoyed in Glen Echo, and wanted to use it as a model to start their own program. “We really liked the three girls that ran the camp and liked going a lot. It was fun to us,” said Charlee. That first year, Olivia and Charlee had only a few campers, and the program ran just half a day for one week. “We just had my younger sister, younger brother and my cousin,” said Olivia. “It was fine. We had just three campers, and they were all related to me.” But as Olivia and Charlee have grown, so has FUNDU, which had seven campers on a reporter’s recent See Camp/Page 7


■ Heritage Trail: Stops By KATIE PEARCE

Palisades teens run their own summer camp Many summer camp directors have already finished college; some even have graduate degrees. But Palisades residents Olivia Stein and Charlee Mize haven’t even started high school yet. This week Olivia, 13, and Charlee, 14, entered their fifth year as the founders, directors and sole counselors of Camp FUNDU in the Palisades. Run out of Charlee’s home, FUNDU enrolls a handful of campers ages 3 to 7 and runs during the first two weeks of July. The name is a play on the phrase “to do fun,” the camp’s motto. “It used to be called FUNDO, but

agency has allocated $300,000 toward the project’s design in its 2014 budget and $5.5 million for its construction in 2015, according to spokesperson Monica Hernandez. For the most part, the work will focus on fixing the trail’s deterioration. The city plans to rehabilitate a 3.7-mile stretch of the trail between P Street NW and Broad Branch Road. The National Park Service must also sign off on the project plan, since much of the trail runs through federal land. Upgrades to the Rock Creek trail stagnated some time ago. There has See Trail/Page 26

At 11th and P streets, Sign 9 tells the story of Gordon Parks and Ella Watson. In the 1940s, when the photographer had a fellowship with the Farm Security Administration in Washington, he took to following around Watson, a black office maid, with his camera. Parks’ “American Gothic, Washington D.C.” — a famous parody of Grant Wood’s classic painting — shows a thin, solemn Watson holding a mop and broom in front of the American flag. Less well-known are Parks’ photos of Watson going about her daily life in Logan Circle, where she lived in a modest flat at 1433 11th St. The sign at this spot, with pictures and text, is one of 15 installed throughout the neighborhood this week as part of the new Logan Circle Heritage Trail. A celebration Saturday will mark the official launch of the 1.5-mile self-guided walking path, the 15th heritage trail

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The Logan Circle trail includes the home of Ella Watson, the subject of Gordon Parks’ spin on “American Gothic.”

in the city orchestrated by Cultural Tourism DC. The new trail traces various phases of Logan Circle’s past — its Civil War camps and old churches, its intellectualism and activism, its prostitution and crime — before its evolution to today’s upscale arts district. See Logan/Page 12



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Area businesses seek help from ‘crowdfunding’ Panel forwards bicycle safety By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The owners of a La Mano, a long-in-the-works coffee bar planned in Takoma, got a rude shock recently when they learned some unexpected utility costs would set them back thousands. Unable to cover that bill themselves, they followed the recommendation of various friends and turned to online crowdfunding. “We raised $5,000 in less than a week,� said coowner Javier Rivas of La Mano’s ongoing fundraising campaign on “I was very surprised by the way things went, and overwhelmed by people’s generosity.� With about a month now left for the campaign, he and business partner Anna Petrillo have raised nearly two-thirds of their $15,000 goal, which would help La Mano transition from its occasional “pop-up� events to a brick-and-mortar coffee shop at 304 Carroll St. NW. This type of funding strategy — in which numerous individuals independently donate usually small amounts of money online — is becoming a go-to for start-up businesses across the country that have to get creative to raise quick capital. Especially in cities like D.C., where it can be notoriously expensive and com-

plicated to launch a small business, entrepreneurs are looking more and more to sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo as an alternative to traditional financing models. This path is proving especially helpful for businesses that start off as “pop-upsâ€? without a permanent home. At that phase, the more casual style of fundraising can actually make more sense, said Gil Welsford, chief operating officer of Nicecream Factory, a new mobile business that sells liquid-nitrogeninfused ice cream. So far Nicecream is funded solely by its founders — Welsford and fellow recent James Madison University grad Sandra Tran — and a Kickstarter campaign that netted about $7,000 in May to pay for various equipment costs and intern salaries. “We’ve been talking to some other individuals who are interested in investing in our company for larger dollar amounts,â€? Welsford said, “but we don’t really want to take angel investment money until we’re sure of our concept.â€? Right now Nicecream operates through catering and pop-up stands at various different times and locations — the Science Club in Dupont, Figs Mediterranean CafĂŠ in the Palisades, and both the Glover Park and Palisades farmers markets. See Crowdfunding/Page 12

measures to council for vote By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A D.C. Council committee gave unanimous support to a series of bicycle safety measures last week, sending them on for review by the full council. The Bicycle Safety Amendment Act would: ■institute new penalties for motorists who strike a cyclist or fail to observe a cyclist’s right of way — the same fines and driver’s license points involved when the victim is a pedestrian; ■ allow cyclists to observe traffic signals for either pedestrians or motor vehicles; ■ add questions to the driver’s license exam regarding sharing the road with cyclists and pedestrians; ■ require public space permit holders who block a sidewalk or bike lane to provide alternative safe accommodation; and

■allow cyclists to shout a warning when passing a pedestrian, rather than sounding a bell. “Bicycling is an important and growing mode of transportation in the District,� Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh said at last Monday’s markup session for the bill. “But on the streets, bicyclists face an increased risk of injury from vehicle collisions not shared by most road users. Although laws in the District recognize the vulnerability of pedestrians, they often do not recognize similar dangers posed to cyclists.� The bill does not attack the most controversial issues surrounding the interaction among motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, instead focusing on measures that have sparked little debate. Besides Cheh’s remarks, there was no discussion of the measure during the Committee on Transportation and the Environment’s markup session. See Bicycling/Page 26

Board seeks to update voter rolls By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer






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The D.C. Board of Elections is trying to spread the word about voter canvassing, after starting the process last month by sending forms to many residents who didn’t vote in the November 2012 general election. The voter canvass — which takes place every other year — is the board’s primary mechanism for maintaining up-to-date voter rolls, according to its website. Through the process, the board mails postcards to each voter who didn’t participate in the latest general election, then uses the responses to update its records. The city needs help from residents who receive such a postcard but see inaccuracies on it, according to Cliff Tatum, executive director of the elections board. “If their name and address is correct on the card, they do nothing,� Tatum said in an interview. But if the postcard lists incorrect or out-of-date information — like the name of a former resident of the same address, including family members or roommates who have since moved out — the recipient should “check the box and mail it back,� Tatum said. The board also receives automatic responses from the U.S. Postal Service, which responds with new addresses when a resident has moved, he said. When the elections board finds that a person has moved out of the District — or gets a form sent back as “undeliverable� — that resident is See Voters/Page 7

The Current Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Politics still a part of parade, City study examines District’s agrarian past but international flair grows By JULIA O’DONOGHUE

By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

The annual Palisades Fourth of July parade took on a decidedly global theme in celebrating America’s Independence Day this year. While the Palisades Parade is often something of an unofficial pistol-start for upcoming D.C. political campaigns — the mayoral race in particular — with the D.C. primaries moved back to April next year, this year’s parade was able to focus more on its growing reputation as a host for international floats and performances. Though a large crowd turned out to consume classic American fare — including approximately 3,000 hot dogs provided by Mason Hot Dogs & Sausages — many performances reflected other cultures, including a band of bagpipers, traditional Bolivian dancers, and Burmese singers and musicians. Spence Spencer, a Palisades Citizens Association member charged with heading up with event, said the relatively informal sign-up process for the processional helps draw a

wide variety of acts. “We don’t have a sign-up sheet. If this parade were organized, it wouldn’t be the Palisades,� said Spencer. A mainstay for the past several years has been Alma Boliviana, a Bolivian folk dance group. New to this year’s parade was a presence from Burma. Alliance for New Music-Theatre, a D.C. arts group that has been working to produce the upcoming “Sandaya: Burmese Lessons� at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, has developed a production with Burmese artists to explore the social and political story of their country — and several members of that troupe came out to perform on Thursday’s parade route. And younger children and older citizens alike were enthralled by a 75-year-old Burmese puppeteer from the same troupe who manipulated highly complicated and elaborate puppets down the parade route. At one point, groups of onlookers began chanting “Yeah for Burma! Yeah for Burma!� “That’s something we may take See Parade/Page 26

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Tobacco. Grain. Orchards and cattle. Those agrarian industries dominated the outer reaches of Washington, D.C., in the 19th century. Within the District of Columbia, residents distinguished between the urban Washington City and rural Washington County. Just 120 years ago, people owned “country homes� in Brightwood and lived on large, working farms in the Palisades. Hoping to learn more about this period of the city’s history, the D.C. Historic Preservation Office recently conducted a study to find homes that might date back to the city’s early farms and estates. Using a combination of old and new maps, preservation staff identified 64 structures from the mid- and late19th century that are still standing today. “They are scattered fairly well around D.C., but there are clusters of them found in Brightwood, the Palisades and Brookland,� said Kim Williams, the city’s National Register of Historic Places coordinator. She presented the initial results of this farms and estates study to the city’s historic preservation board on June 27. The office plans to reach out to property owners and collect more information about the individual homes as the project moves forward. At the beginning of the 1800s, when D.C. was made up of large farms and expansive wooded areas, tobacco cultivation was fairly common. But D.C.’s landscape changed drastically in the 1870s and 1880s, when new transportation modes like the elec-

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This Sherier Place home is just one vestige of the city’s early farms and estates.

tric streetcar made it easier to live farther away from the city center. By the end of the 19th century, individual pieces of property were more likely to be 40 acres than 200. Some of the largest farms and estates had already been sold to real estate developers, who built residential subdivisions on the land. Tobacco continued to be a cash crop for some locally, but many D.C. farmers had moved on to cultivating grains and growing fruit that could be sold at the city’s four See Farms/Page 7

The week ahead Wednesday, July 10

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session to hear a presentation on the D.C. Council’s current education legislation. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 842, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, July 11

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â– The D.C. Council Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on the Fair Student Funding and School-Based Budgeting Act of 2013. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 123 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â–  The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations will hold a hearing on the feasibility of converting to a public financing model for D.C. elections. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 500 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Friday, July 12

The D.C. Council Committee on Economic Development will hold a public roundtable on major economic development projects. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 500 of the Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Wednesday, July 17

The Home and School Association of the School Without Walls at FrancisStevens will host an open house to present the preschool-through-eighth-grade school’s plans to parents, prospective parents and the community at large. The event will feature principal Richard Trogisch, new staff members and senior administrators. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the school, located at 2425 N St. NW. For details contact ■The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting and workshop on transportation and pedestrian safety in Cleveland Park as part of an upcoming study. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details contact Kelly Peterson at 202-671-4573 or

Thursday, July 18

The George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus will hold its quarterly community meeting at 7 p.m. in the Webb Building on campus, at 2100 Foxhall Road NW. To RSVP contact Britany Waddell at â– Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will host a community meeting to discuss a proposed sewer rehabilitation project in the Soapstone Valley section of Rock Creek Park. Discussion items will include the purpose and scope of the project, alternatives for repair of the existing sanitary sewers, and the potential impact of the construction on trees. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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District Digest Ethics investigation clears Walls principal

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability has dismissed its preliminary investigation into concerns about a hiring matter at the School Without Walls. Darrin P. Sobin, director of government ethics, wrote in a June 18 letter to Ward 1 State Board of Education member Patrick Mara that the agency had “determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a reasonable belief� that principal Richard Trogisch violated the code of conduct for D.C. employees. Trogisch had asked whether he could hire his wife as assistant

principal to help with consolidation of the Foggy Bottom magnet high school with the lower-grade program at Francis-Stevens Education Center, given her elementary school experience, Sobin wrote. “Mr. Trogisch subsequently was informed that he was not permitted to do so and he did not pursue the matter any further,� Sobin wrote. “In addition, Mr. Trogisch’s wife was not appointed to the position.� D.C. Public Schools officials also subsequently advised Trogisch of the city’s “prohibitions against advocating for the appointment or employment of a relative,� the letter said. Mara had requested the inquiry while he was campaigning for an at-large D.C. Council seat.

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building blocks and other movable equipment, according to a news release. The play surfaces evoke Native American themes, and include water spray features, outdoor fitness equipment, a skating area and gardens. Another ribbon-cutting celebration, at Georgetown’s Volta Park, had been scheduled to take place the day before, but weather forced officials to cancel the event. Construction there of play areas for younger and older children wrapped up last month.

District students win Merit scholarships

Four D.C. residents are among more than 6,000 high school seniors nationally to have received National Merit Scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,500 annually. Further announcements will come July 15. St. Albans School student Philip J. Abboud received a $2,500 scholarship. Sidwell Friends School student Jonathan R. Gerstell received a scholarship from the University of Chicago. Washington International School student Frederik Claessens received a corporate-funded scholarship from Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. He is interested in a career in economics. National Cathedral School student Maria L. Messick received a corporate-funded scholarship from FTS International LLC. She is interested in a career in electrical engineering. Scholarships also went to several Maryland and Virginia residents who attend Northwest schools: Marcus S. Boorstin, Georgetown Day School; William B. Cox, Georgetown Day; Elizabeth Keto, National Cathedral; Jason Lee, Gonzaga College High School;

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Pizza party to host Colombian children

The Lab School will host an open-house event Saturday for the Kidsave Summer Miracles program, allowing potential adoptive families to meet Colombian orphans spending the summer in Washington. The program brings children ages 10 to 13 — who are less likely to be adopted than their younger counterparts — to the United States for the month of July. Host families send the kids to camp activities and help them connect with potential adoptive parents. On Saturday, International Junior Miss Virginia Pre-Teen Sydney Spencer will join the 10 kids who are staying in the Washington area from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. The afternoon will feature pizzamaking. For more information on the program, visit

School board honors science standouts

The D.C. State Board of Education last month honored the District’s delegates to the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia. Tyler Rogers graduated from Capital City Public Charter School, and Sasha Rickard graduated from the School Without Walls. The monthlong camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. In addition to lectures and hands-on studies, the camp offers opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program. Rogers is interested in a career as a veterinarian or marine biologist. He has studied D.C. waterways, including Anacostia River pollution levels and Rock Creek fish ladders designed to allow American shad to cross the Peirce Mill dam and reach their spawning grounds. Rickard aspires to an engineering career with a focus on integrating scientific and technological developments in ways that benefit society. As part of her senior project at School Without Walls, she spent months determining the effectiveness of carbon nanotubes in filtering methylene blue and salt from drinking water.


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Gray might seek change on minimum wage if he opts to veto retailer bill Current Staff Report Mayor Vincent Gray may veto a bill that would raise minimum wages at large retail chains including Walmart, pursuing instead a higher minimum wage for all D.C. businesses, he said in an interview last week with The Current. Gray said he’s worried the current bill in the D.C. Council could derail the city’s hardwon efforts to bring in six new Walmarts. Three stores are already under construction, including one at Georgia and Missouri avenues in Ward 4. But if the superstore chain drops plans for the other three stores — as Walmart officials now say they’ll do if the new bill passes — that would leave parts of

wards 7 and 8 as a continued food and retail desert, he said. The Large Retailer Accountability Act would require retail chains with more than $1 billion in annual sales and no organized labor to pay workers $12.50 an hour in stores larger than 75,000 square feet. The bill, proposed by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, passed its first reading on an 8-5 vote on June 26. If approved today, as expected, the bill would apply to all new stores and give existing stores that fit those conditions four years to implement the new wage standard. Gray said if he were to veto the bill, he would instead propose a minimum wage

increase of 50 cents or perhaps up to $1 per hour over the current $8.25. If the mayor chose to veto, it would take nine council members to override his action. Barbara Lang, president of the DC Chamber of Commerce, said the mayor’s proposed wage increase would be preferable. The District already has a minimum wage $1 higher than either Maryland or Virginia, but Lang predicted that increasing the differential to $2 would not drastically upset the regional balance. But requiring some large stores to pay $12.50 an hour would be enough to attract suburban residents, who Lang fears would take up jobs that would otherwise go to D.C.

Health insurance reform details take shape Current Staff Report Various details are falling into place as the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange prepares to offer enrollment Oct. 1, allowing individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance through an online marketplace. The complex topic was the focus of a recent DC Chamber of Commerce forum, which Mayor Vincent Gray attended. The discussion came on the heels of D.C. Council legislation to create one large, transparent marketplace for eligible residents and businesses to shop for, compare and enroll in health plans. The process has already spurred two insurance providers, Aetna and United HealthCare, to drop the insurance rates they initially proposed for the exchange, according to news releases from the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority. CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente will also offer plans through the exchange. Mila Kofman, the authority’s executive director, said at the forum that the rates that have been filed so far are “terrific.� Most small businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be required to participate in the exchange, which will also be open to individuals and families. Kofman said this mandate is necessary to create an economy of scale, given the District’s relatively small population compared to most states. Exceptions will be made for small businesses that

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1200-1399 block, Constitution Ave.; 1:35 p.m. July 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  900-999 block, New York Ave.; 9:50 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, New York Ave.; 7:57 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, L St.; 12:25 a.m. July 5. Theft â&#x2013;  900-999 block, F St.; 10:10 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, H St.; 3:50 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 4:01 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  700-723 block, 14th St.; 2:08 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, H St.; 7 a.m. July 5.

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â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery â&#x2013; F and 8th streets; 2:56 a.m. July 4.



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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 7th and H streets; 12:16 a.m. July 5. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  700-899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 4:40 a.m. July 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 7th St.; 10:45 a.m. July 3. Theft â&#x2013;  700-899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:56 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, H St.; 9:24 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 5:47 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; noon July 4. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 1:17 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 7:10 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, H St.; 10:52 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 7th St.; 7:10 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  1000-1089 block, 5th St.; 11:55 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 9:32 a.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, H St.; 12:34 p.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 5 p.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, H St.; 6:37 p.m. July 7.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Burglary â&#x2013; 3000-3021 block, Ellicott St.;

8:43 a.m. July 2. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 3300-3399 block, 36th St.; 12:02 p.m. July 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Appleton Street and Connecticut Avenue; 2:45 p.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Upton St.; 8:30 p.m. July 7. Theft â&#x2013;  3503-3599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:20 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Newark St.; 1:55 p.m. July 3.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 3400-3499 block, Woodley Road; 5:53 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  3200-3212 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:42 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 7:10 a.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:55 p.m. July 7. Theft â&#x2013;  2900-3099 block, Cathedral Ave.; 3:51 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:21 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  2200-2298 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:33 a.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:44 a.m. July 6.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery â&#x2013; 1200-1229 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:33 p.m. July 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  3200-3239 block, Grace St.; 10:05 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4 a.m. July 6. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1000-1015 block, 33rd St.; 6:56 p.m. July 4. Theft â&#x2013;  1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:29 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; 7:37 a.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 12:25 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 3:47 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 31st St.; 8:03 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1229 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:39 a.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  Wisconsin Avenue and Water Street; 11 a.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 2:55 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; 6:31 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  3000-3091 block, K St.; 7:37 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  3500-3549 block, T St.; 9:14 a.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  3036-3099 block, M St.; 3:33 p.m. July 6.

â&#x2013; K and 31st streets; 3:40 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  M and 33rd streets; 5:11 p.m. July 6.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1429-1499 block, K St.; 3:43 p.m. July 7 (with knife). Burglary â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, G St.; 9:31 a.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, G St.; 10:55 a.m. July 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  19th and H streets; 12:36 a.m. July 6. Theft â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, I St.; 7:22 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 19th St.; 9:23 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 11:52 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, 17th St.; 12:53 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1710-1799 block, K St.; 8:07 a.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, F St.; 4:08 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; 12:26 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  N and 25th streets; 4:52 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, H St.; 5:33 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 25th St.; 5:39 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, 17th St.; 7:18 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, L St.; 8:31 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1900-1949 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5 a.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, H St.; 3 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, G St.; 7:14 p.m. July 7.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street; 12:33 p.m. July 1. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1647-1999 block, R St.; 9:43 p.m. July 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Church St.; 1:37 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Leroy Place; 7:08 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, California St.; 6:03 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  20th and Q streets; 2:40 p.m. July 7. Theft â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, 19th St.; 5:42 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Q St.; 1 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, California St.; 10:56 a.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1249 block, 22nd St.; 4:17 p.m. July 3.

â&#x2013; 1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 6:01 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:14 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 12:28 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:33 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 9:35 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:17 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 12:17 p.m. July 7.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 1700-1721 block, 13th St.; 3:11 a.m. July 4 (with gun). â&#x2013;  15th and S streets; 1:08 a.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, P St.; 2:27 a.m. July 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Willard St.; 8:08 p.m. July 5. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, V St.; 7:17 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1718-1799 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 10:26 a.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Johnson Ave.; 11:32 p.m. July 7. Theft â&#x2013;  1700-1719 block, 14th St.; 11:39 a.m. July 1.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Burglary â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, Ontario Place; 10:50 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1734-1769 block, Euclid St.; 5:50 p.m. July 5. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2100-2323 block, Ontario Road; 4:17 a.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  2100-2323 block, Ontario Road; 2:15 p.m. July 7. Theft â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 2:16 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Adams Mill Road; 7:15 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  2400-2411 block, 20th St.; 6:28 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, 17th St.; 6:30 p.m. July 7.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 10th and M streets; 6 a.m. July 4 (with knife). Theft from auto â&#x2013;  900-999 block, M St.; 8:07 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Kingman Place; 10:30 a.m. July 4. Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 11th St.; 9:14 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1700-1737 block, 11th St.; 5:33 p.m. July 5.

The Current Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CAMP: Teens take leadership role From Page 1

visit. On the first day of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s session, Olivia and Charlee wore a camp uniform: oversized, tie-dyed T-shirts with â&#x20AC;&#x153;FUNDUâ&#x20AC;? scrawled across the chest. They have water sports in the afternoon and are hosting a field day, like a more traditional camp would, on Friday. The camp also revolves around an annual theme. This summer, Charlee and Olivia decided on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eco-Tone,â&#x20AC;? which means most of the activities will be oriented around learning about the environment and world geography. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to teach them about having a clean Earth and reducing our carbon footprint,â&#x20AC;? said Charlee. Last Monday, FUNDUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campers painted flowerpots, in which they will eventually plant seeds to watch grow. Olivia and Charlee also plan to divide the campers into two sections: an Amazon River group and a Nile River group. The campers will learn about the different waterways and then compare the two rivers using a Venn diagram. Olivia and Charlee said the camp requires a lot of preparation on their part. The two girls and their mothers start meeting in December for planning. Registration forms, which are sent to Key Elementary first- and second-graders whom the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents know, go out in January. Charlee and Olivia develop a

meticulous schedule, with each day of camp broken down into 20- to 25-minute increments. By June, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a need for shopping trips â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for everything from Capri Suns and Goldfish to soccer balls and Monopoly Jr. The girls charge families $150 per camper per week, so they can reimburse their own parents for the supplies. In the days leading up to camp, Charlee and Olivia prepare the camp space. They hang a few posters listing the rules: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are respectful to everybody, you listen to whoever is talking, you are fair and nice, and have fun!!!â&#x20AC;? Running FUNDU has taught Olivia and Charlee the value of being organized, they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we are more prepared, it is a much better environment for them,â&#x20AC;? said Olivia. The camp is taxing not only for the girls, but also for their parents. In addition to putting together the camp guest list and assisting on the shopping trips, the Mizes have to move couches, armchairs and rugs out of a back sunroom each year, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough room for activities. Charleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Greg Mize, is also always on site when camp is in session, in case an adult is needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind. â&#x20AC;Ś We just thought this was a very brave and creative thing for kids to do at their age,â&#x20AC;? he said.

FARMS: Study looks at rural roots From Page 3

markets. Some people even started to adopt a suburban lifestyle, where they commuted to a job in the city but lived in the country, Williams said. In 1888, Congress actually became alarmed at the rate of residential growth in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington County,â&#x20AC;? as the outskirts of the city were known. The legislators objected to new neighborhoods like Mount Pleasant and LeDroit Park, which didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant city plan. They dubbed these developments the â&#x20AC;&#x153;misfit subdivisions.â&#x20AC;? Eventually, they passed legislation that forced all new residential neighborhoods to follow the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant design. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why certain neighborhoods, like Petworth, appear to copy the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standardized street grid interrupted by diagonal avenues. By 1897, the city had started building new roads that broke up many of the remaining farms and estates in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In many cases, it just eradicated the existing farms,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. The new transportation network lead to a lot more relocating for Washington residents, including farmers. For example, in the late 19th century, Lewis Means sold his Tenleytown farm so he could move to another piece of property across town in Brookland. Means, who raised cattle, could get his animals

to the auction site more easily from Brookland than Tenleytown thanks to a new train line that had been built through the Northeast section of the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farmers were moving across the city to take advantage of new transportation routes and transportation lines,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. Several families also chose to relocate buildings on their farms and estates to new locations. Many of these old structures were now in the way of a new road or awkwardly located and at risk of being demolished. For example, an old farmhouse on Sherier Place in the Palisades was rotated at some point in the early 20th century so it would stand flush with a new road that had been built. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another farmhouse in American University Park that appears to have been hauled several blocks away from its original location to accommodate the new grid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a phenomenon. There are so many instances of these farmhouses being moved,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. The changes to locations have made the structures more difficult to find, even with historic maps. In some cases, homes were uprooted from one section of the city and sent clear across town, Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very common for these houses to be moved, so I know that there are many more out there that we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t counted yet,â&#x20AC;? she said.


VOTERS: Elections board working to update records From Page 2

removed from the voting rolls or made inactive. But a resident who has shifted to a new address in the District can â&#x20AC;&#x153;reactivateâ&#x20AC;? as a voter by sending updated information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many residents do not under-

stand that their participation in the canvass is a vital factor in executing a successful canvass, and, in turn, updating the voter roll,â&#x20AC;? says a recent news release from the elections board. The board notes that this process attempts to address concerns about

discrepancies between voter roll numbers and the latest U.S. Census data. The issue of out-of-date records came under scrutiny this year during the election campaigns for the new at-large D.C. Council member. More information on the process is available at

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Current


The Foggy Bottom


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A level playing field

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention to D.C. high school athletics that there is unequal support for male and female students. The issue has for years drawn scrutiny from the D.C. Council and complaints from parents and student athletes. But a new report from the National Women’s Law Center is a muchneeded reminder of how far our schools must come — not only to achieve compliance with the federal Title IX provision, but also to provide the invaluable opportunities of high school athletics to both genders. The report, and the associated complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, states that there are roughly 700 fewer athletic opportunities for girls than boys in D.C. Public Schools’ senior high programs. Girls teams also regularly must make do with inferior facilities and lesser coaching, the report suggests. Clearly these conditions cannot continue. High school sports help motivate students to stay in school and succeed academically, they teach discipline and motivation, and they provide physical fitness opportunities. Participation in sports has even been linked to decreased drug use and teen pregnancy rates. These are hardly benefits that should be reserved just for boys. The question, of course, is how to achieve the appropriate — and federally required — parity. Over the years, coaches and school officials have pointed to a lack of facilities and insufficient funding for athletics. We encourage the D.C. Council to take a close look at the resources the city provides, and whether new investments or budget shifts can help close the gender gap. If the District’s schools need more fields and more coaching staff, that would be a worthy investment. School system spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz has offered allusions to “correcting the record” about Title IX compliance, and she wrote in an email that the system is “proud of the steps we have taken to create opportunities for our female student-athletes.” But there can be little doubt that D.C. schools have not taken all the necessary steps. “Athletics is more than an extracurricular activity; it is an opportunity to be part of something bigger and to learn leadership and other life skills,” Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, says in a news release about her organization’s findings. “Time is of the essence: the District needs to do right by its female students and level the playing field.” We heartily agree.

For D.C., a taxing holiday

The case for D.C. voting rights has been made again and again, including many times on these pages. But we couldn’t help being inspired anew by Mayor Vincent Gray’s recent remarks — spurred by the Independence Day holiday — about the District’s unique situation. “On July 4, 1776, a group of patriots met in Philadelphia and approved the Declaration of Independence, which explained to King George III and the people of Great Britain the reasons why the Second Continental Congress had decided to separate formally from the British Empire,” he said in his weekly address on the radio station WNEW. “Among [the] abuses was imposing taxes on the colonists without their consent — a complaint that animated much of the American Revolution. … Soon, the colonists fought, and won, a war with Great Britain to lay claim to the freedom to govern themselves. But, over two centuries later, there remains one jurisdiction in our country that does not enjoy that freedom — and it just happens to be the nation’s capital.” Mayor Gray then broke down the specifics of D.C.’s taxation: Residents paid $3.9 billion in federal income taxes in 2010, which translates to the largest per-capita federal tax payment in the country. Yet, he noted, we have no say in how that money is spent — nor do we even have the final say in how our local tax dollars are spent. Congress gets the last word on that. “It’s time to free D.C. and end the shameful practice of taxation without representation once and for all,” the mayor concluded. “Our nation’s founding patriots would demand nothing less.” We couldn’t have said it better. A week after our celebration of national liberty, let’s all direct renewed energy to ensuring real freedom here in D.C.

Is this the end of our ‘Autopia’ … ?


he Notebook has a vague memory visiting Disneyland in the late 1950s and riding the super cool Autopia freeway. Autopia was Disney’s nod to the power and appeal of the automobile in the decade that saw the beginning of the federal interstate highway system. The car was king at the time — and in the decades before and since. But is the era of the urban Autopia over? Disney’s Autopia opened in 1956 and initially did not have a center guardrail to redirect cars driven wildly by kids getting the thrill of driving. Fast-forward to this era. Maybe the love affair with cars is ending. Even Motor Trend magazine ran a big article last fall on “Why Young People Drive Less,” asking, “Is the automobile over?” The article particularly suggested urban young people are “more likely to spend the money on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and $2000-plus bikes.” It said while there are car enthusiasts of any age, “Today’s young people appear to have less interest in driving and owning a car than do their mainstream, non-enthusiast older counterparts.” The magazine quoted a study that said the sharp economic downturn dramatically dampened car buying, but it said, “These young non-drivers are weaning themselves from cars and won’t necessarily rush to buy them when the job market improves.” Well, the job market is improving and car sales are up, but there’s no land office rush, to use another old phrase. All of which brings us to the first major update in the city’s zoning code since the 1950s. D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning has been traveling around town discussing the comprehensive rewrite that, among other controversial provisions, essentially eliminates requirements that developers include “mandatory” parking spaces in many new buildings. As she told NBC4 last week, Mayor Vincent Gray is forecasting up to 250,000 new District residents over the next 20 years. “How horrible the city will be to live and work if every single one of those people comes with their own vehicle,” Tregoning said. The template for the city’s zoning regulations

was created in the 1950s — the height of the car era — and she says there have been “a thousand or more changes to the code that unfortunately have made it harder to read and understand.” The planning director points to studies that show household sizes in urban areas are smaller and individuals and families own fewer vehicles. “That being said,” she told NBC4, “driving is a wonderful choice for many people and — for people who want to drive — I say, ‘drive on.’ But it doesn’t make sense for us to have a set of choices in a built environment that is geared entirely to the automobile when people use a lot of different ways to get around.” AAA, the auto lobby group, worries that the District is driving down an unrealistic path, arguing that sharply reducing or eliminating parking requirements will clog city parking spaces and, worse, force more cars into residential areas. That fear is held by some in the Tenleytown area, where one new apartment building at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street was approved with only one space — reserved for a vehicle with a disability tag or placard. Tregoning, who will join the Notebook on Friday when we host the WAMU 88.5 “Politics Hour,” says the city can accommodate cars; it just can’t be car-centric. She pointed to the redevelopment of Columbia Heights at 16th and Irving streets. Initially that retail complex was to have 2,000 vehicle spaces. But the city and developers later reduced it to 1,000. Still, Tregoning told us, the space is underutilized. “Our point is that a one-size-fits-all requirement for parking across the city doesn’t make a lot of sense,” she said. Tregoning — who rides a folding bicycle whenever she can — gets most agitated when people or groups refer to bicycles, transit and walking as “alternative transportation” as if they were subservient to vehicles. “Calling walking, transit or biking ‘alternative’ when we do it more than half of our trips is like calling a woman an ‘alternative’ man,” she said. As we said, she’ll be on the radio with the Notebook this Friday if you want to chime in. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Transportation plans consider entire city

Martin Offutt’s letter in The Current’s June 26 issue, in which he said the D.C. Department of Transportation often disregards neighbors’ interests, seems to be based on a misunderstanding of public services and urban life. The “beneficiaries” of new transportation measures, or any city services, aren’t just the people who live nearby. Neighborhoods are not gated communities, and people who live in neighborhoods do not and should not get to dictate who is allowed to travel to and through them, or what mode of transportation is used. Roads and sidewalks are public spaces open to all. Transportation planners have to balance the needs of many people, not just those who want to

drive everywhere and park, often at an artificially low cost, on public streets. D.C. is a city, not a small town, and it’s growing and changing. Traffic is already terrible — many of us have found that bike travel is faster and easier for trips of only a few miles. And in any case, people who only want to drive do benefit from bike lanes and car sharing — fewer cars on the road ease traffic and air pollution. I’m glad that the Department of Transportation is giving residents and visitors more options for safe travel within the city. Linda McIntyre Chevy Chase

JP’s strip club is legitimate business

Your coverage of activities concerning JP’s nightclub in Glover Park has been highly interesting. For years there has been petty and mean-spirited sniping

about aspects of JP’s. Show business is legitimate business, and live entertainment is a form of entertainment that many individuals enjoy. The personal tastes and preferences of individuals may vary. Fine. There are criticisms of some live performances that are outlandish and unreasonable. R.J. Jones Glover Park

Dupont Circle needs more trash cans

I was jogging in Dupont Circle Park on Friday morning (July 5) and noticed trash cans overflowing and garbage strewn all over the place. Since this happens after every major holiday or event, can’t the D.C. Council or National Park Service install more trash cans … or would that be eliminating jobs? Samuel Augustus Jennings Dupont Circle

The Current

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Safeway development should add, not detract VIEWPOINT david bass


ig changes could be coming to the Palisades. Safeway and developer Duball LLC are proposing to redevelop the Safeway store on the 4800 block of MacArthur Boulevard. And these changes are not in the interest of our community. The gargantuan project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which Safeway and the developer unveiled before the Palisades Citizens Association in May and our advisory neighborhood commission in June â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be the biggest single construction project in the Palisades literally since Sibley Memorial Hospital was built in the late 1950s. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a quick look at what is planned: a store three times the size of the current one, 100-plus condo units above it, with an above-ground height of around 65 feet and two garage levels below the store. All of this would take up the entire property, parking lot and all, from sidewalk to sidewalk. And as an added bonus we will be treated to four new homes on the strip of grass on V Street between 48th Place and U Street. According to Safeway, construction will take approximately two years. Of course the trees that line almost all sides of the property will be gone, too. Safeway, in making their proposal to the Palisades community, has claimed to be open to all of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s input on alterations to the current proposal. But they have repeatedly told community leaders the bottom line is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no matter what these peripheral â&#x20AC;&#x153;changesâ&#x20AC;? are â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there will be a minimum of 100 condos there, somewhere. And herein lies the crux of the problem. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no other edifice in the area that even remotely resembles the enormity of what they propose. And this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost on residents. On June 10 the Palisades Citizens Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safeway task force passed a resolution stating that it â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the Communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear desire to ensure any development is in harmony with the values and aesthetics of the Palisades and the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comprehensive Plan for the Palisades and the Rock Creek West Area Element.â&#x20AC;? Looks like we

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The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 19 issue reports on legislation to tweak the large-tract review process in response to concern that it fails to give the public the opportunity to weigh in and receive a response concerning large matter-of-right housing developments, such as the Cafritz apartment building project on Connecticut Avenue. New real estate developments shape our neighborhoods and the city for decades and generations, so it is incumbent on us to get them right at the outset. For the legislation to have any impact, it would need to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;remediesâ&#x20AC;? and procedures that create an opportunity to change a project when it would be worthwhile and in our best interest to do so. But the large-tract review process does not do this now. It is not

have a non-starter. The task force went further in noting that the submitted proposal â&#x20AC;&#x153;is not consistent with both the Comprehensive Plan and communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character for the following reasons: the development proposed is out of scale for the community, will cause severe disruption in the community, will aggravate already overtaxed streets and infrastructure, and create storm water and other environmental hazards; all without substantial countervailing benefit to the community.â&#x20AC;? From my familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point of view, â&#x20AC;&#x153;severe disruptionâ&#x20AC;? would be more like the apocalypse. You see, my house is perched on the precipice behind the Safeway, along the rear lot boundary. So, no matter what Safeway does, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be really bad for me and my family starting with construction. For starters, my 9-year-old wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to sleep, think, study or play normally for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; maybe two years? Use of our backyard? Finished. Television, phone calls? Forget these, too. Meanwhile, Safeway proposes to have all traffic entering and exiting their complex through a common driveway on U Street. Got kids at the nearby Our Lady of Victory church and school? Good luck with that. Meanwhile, our streets are already overly congested by commercial traffic and nonresident parking. Maybe the new condo owners will take the bus. Oh wait, we only have the single D6 bus line serving MacArthur Boulevard throughout most of the day. And that crosswalk on MacArthur and U Street? Even more dangerous than before. This is an incredibly ill-conceived project, based on a multitude of faulty assumptions and general ignorance of what the Palisades is, who its citizens are, or, for that matter, how they shop for groceries. The bottom line is that this is not about our community; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about selling condos. Safeway gets a free grocery store from the developer, the developer gets carte blanche to build what he wants from Safeway, and the neighborhood is collateral damage. In one early meeting the developer of this project stated in very clear terms that he had no desire to fight the community to get this through. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope he was being sincere. David Bass is a Palisades resident.

an approval or disapproval process. It merely creates an additional level of interagency review, to ensure that substantive matters are not overlooked in matter-of-right projects. Only in one instance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if the zoning is judged to be out of sorts with the Comprehensive Plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; does the regulation provide an ability to stop a project. Otherwise, the project sails through, subject to the possibility of tweaks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if the developer is amenable, as the process doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require the developer to respond to citizen input. In 2011, when Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B submitted a detailed response concerning the large-tract review application for the Walmart project on Georgia Avenue, the Office of Planning and Department of Transportation for the most part ignored every recommendation. The agencies did not even raise the ideas offered with their bosses (the elected officials, who for the most part wanted the path for Walmart to be smooth and easy), the developer (Foulger-Pratt) or the tenant (Walmart).

Furthermore, while the regulation calls for minimizing â&#x20AC;&#x153;adverse environmental, traffic and neighborhood impacts,â&#x20AC;? the Office of Planning ruled that â&#x20AC;&#x153;economic impactâ&#x20AC;? was not a â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhood impactâ&#x20AC;? that needed to be addressed or mitigated. (This ruling should be challenged and/or litigated, as it appears to be counter to the intent of the regulation.) All too many gaps in the building regulation process impede input from citizens, advisory neighborhood commissions and other stakeholders that is particularly desirable in the center-city context, especially as the city is growing. Long after developers have sold off these projects, residents will be living with the results â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for good and bad. Sadly, this bill does not provide the remedies and procedures needed to ensure the kinds of positive outcomes from new real estate development projects that we should be seeking as stewards of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s present and future. Richard Layman Ward 4

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Georgetown partnership has yielded results VIEWPOINT

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ne year ago, Georgetown University and its community partners announced a mutual agreement on a comprehensive campus plan for the university and embarked on a partnership, formally reflected in a new organization known as the Georgetown Community Partnership. We began with the shared goal of developing consensus-based solutions to improve the quality of life in our community — for the neighbors and the university alike. One year later, a detailed framework for significant progress is in place, and advances toward key goals have been made in several areas, demonstrating the power and potential of this partnership to provide us all a stronger and better community. The partnership works through a steering committee composed of neighbors, students and senior university officials, with five working groups focused on shared priorities: safety and student life, transportation and parking, environment and landlords, communications and engagement, and data and metrics. The working groups met actively over the last year — several met weekly — and produced more than 100 recommendations, some of which have already been implemented. Highlights of recommendations now in place include: ■ a mobile app that tracks the exact location and timing of university buses; ■ new late-night shuttles to popular neighborhoods such as Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle; ■ a new position in the Office of Student Conduct with specific responsibility for adjudicating cases involving off-campus conduct; ■ policy changes to make on-campus socializing at least as desirable as off-campus socializing; ■ additional, more proactive and more targeted patrols by the university’s Student Neighborhood Assistance Program, particularly during hours and days when increased socializing is expected; ■ proactive efforts to identify properties without basic business licenses and to coordinate with city agencies to protect the safety of student tenants and improve building code compliance; ■ enhanced orientation programs for students and better communication with neighbors, with a clear focus on off-campus responsibilities and sustained engagement throughout the year; and, ■ a more clearly articulated and transparent adjudication process and set of sanctions for violations of the university’s student code of conduct.

Letters to the Editor City ought to undo Glover Park changes

As a Georgetown resident for many years, I fully support Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans’ position on the new traffic pattern on Wisconsin Avenue, and from some letters to the editor I see that I am in good company. Up until the so-called “improvements” on Wisconsin Avenue between R and Calvert streets, I never saw bumper-tobumper traffic there. I am puzzled why the D.C. Department of Transportation decided to make the changes. Apparently pedestrian safety was an issue, although I was never aware of pedestrians being threatened. Pedestrians may even be at greater risk now as frustrated drivers try to make it through yellow lights or

In consultation with the partnership, the university began an inclusive master planning process with meaningful input from neighbors, faculty, staff and students. The university convened multiple open sessions, including Planning 101 and Planning 102 to educate all of us about the planning process and our shared goal of making the historic main campus a more attractive and vibrant residential living and learning community. To help shape future investments, the university and the community participated in surveys to better understand how people travel to and from the campus, and how they live, work, meet and learn while there. To continue this inclusive process, we will provide opportunities for campus and community members to contribute to the university’s master plan. Planning 201 will be offered this fall, and a new website will track the university’s progress and provide input. Working together, our new approach has already yielded results. The partnership helped the university identify sites for new residential space on campus. Design of the first new residence hall is underway, and plans have been submitted to the Old Georgetown Board and advisory neighborhood commission. The university is on track to meet its campus plan commitment of providing new residential facilities by fall 2015 to house 450 undergraduates on campus or elsewhere, rather than in adjacent communities. Our shared goal of relocating 1,000 graduate students will be achieved a full semester ahead of schedule, when the university’s School of Continuing Studies opens its new “Georgetown Downtown” location at 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW in August. The Healey Family Student Center, which the partnership identified as a key project to further the goal of a more residential campus with desirable social spaces for students, is on schedule to open in fall 2014. The Student Center will feature an on-campus pub and new spaces for students to meet, work and socialize. It has been a busy and productive year. Our first goal — to create a true partnership of shared, focused objectives and genuine collegiality — has exceeded our own high expectations. We are keenly aware, however, that there is much work still to be done, and as we enter the second year of this partnership, we are encouraged that it is a model of collaboration with enormous potential for delivering real and lasting results. We look forward to our continued progress together. Ronald Lewis, Ed Solomon, Jeffrey Jones, Gayle Trotter, Jennifer Altemus, Nan Bell, Conrad DeWitte, Christopher Augostini, Robert Groves, David Rubenstein, Erik Smulson, Todd Olson, Lauralyn Beattie Lee, Robin Morey and Nate Tisa are members of the Georgetown Community Partnership steering committee.

block pedestrian crossings. Did the department perhaps have the health of Georgetown and Burleith residents at heart, wanting us to do our shopping on foot? I strongly doubt it, and there is only so much most of us can carry without risk to our health. Was the agency at risk of losing funds dedicated to improvements if they weren’t spent? I have no idea what the thinking was behind the “improvements,” but I know they do not work. To avoid the traffic I now go infrequently to the stores in the “improved” part of Wisconsin. I make a large loop, and I go instead to upper Wisconsin or River Road. It is a longer drive and my carbon footprint is heavier, but my stress level is lighter. Getting stuck daily when you very seldom got stuck before makes one empathize with Jack Evans. The cheap shots addressed to him are just that: cheap. When he goes to the hardware store, Whole Foods or the post

office, or drives his children to school, he is not doing so as a council member — he is just a family man trying to meet his obligations and to use his time efficiently. He has good reason to be outraged. I suggest that Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh drive for a few days a week on that stretch on Wisconsin. While sitting still in the only lane left for through traffic, she will have ample time to see that one or two cars at most use the lanes dedicated to left turns. Meanwhile her engine will get overheated, and the pedestrians who were supposed to be made safer will inhale the fumes of idling engines. I exhort all involved in the disastrous Wisconsin Avenue improvements to do what is needed to go back to how things were. It has been done between Calvert and Massachusetts Avenue. It can be done between Calvert and R. Mimmetta Lo-Monte 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. 55, No. 30

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SCULPTURE EXHIBIT CO-DIRECTORS RECEIVE COREY AWARD development Foggy Bottom’s sculpture exhibit. Jackie Lemire and her husband, Paul, were biking in that neighborhood in 2005, and saw a number of sculptures in front years along East Capitol Street. Immediately seeing how the idea could work in Foggy Bottom, Lemire spoke with Jill Nevius, who brought in Mary Kay Shaw. Together, the three women assembled an advisory committee of artists, curators, art collectors, and others with relevant expertise. Each biennial exhibit takes approximately 18 months to organize and implement. The co-directors, with help from the advisory committee, raise funds, hire a curator, work with designers and public relations professionals, secure insurance, and perform the myriad other tasks necessary to facilitate installation of the art, and promotion of the exhibit. A key task is selection of the curator, a duty that falls to the co-directors. The curator is responsible for selecting the artists, who are chosen for their ability to

On Monday, July 8, the Foggy Bottom Association awarded the Olga Corey Spirit of Community Award to Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius, and Mary Kay Shaw for their work as co-founders and co-directors of Arts in Foggy Bottom. Arts in Foggy Bottom is responsible for the award-winning biennial sculpture exhibit in the neighborhood. The first sculpture exhibit took place in 2008. For six months, several local homeowners gave up their front yards as space for sculptures by a range of local and national artists. Thousands of residents and visitors viewed the sculptures that year, and the project won the Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts. Additional exhibits dotted the community in 2010 and 2012, bringing thousands of additional visitors to the neighborhood; the fourth exhibit will begin May 1, 2014. Nearly all of the original homeowners continue to host the art on their properties. A similar project on Capitol Hill inspired the


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2013 Olga Corey Award recipients (Left to Right): Mary Kay Shaw, Jackie Lemire, and Jill Nevius realize the theme of that year’s exhibit. In 2012, for example, the theme was “Sculpting Outside the Lines.” According to curator Laura Roulet, the exhibit aspired to “expand the boundaries of traditional outdoor sculpture.” Utilizing nontraditional media – including video – in outdoor spaces inspired viewers to challenge their conceptions of what art is. One notable sculpture, built entirely of orange traffic cones, encouraged many vigorous discussions among visitors who encountered the piece on 26th Street NW.

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Said one young woman, “that is NOT art.” According to Lemire, that is exactly the kind of discussion the sculpture exhibit is designed to start. “We want to continue pushing the envelope,” she said. In accepting the Olga Corey Award on behalf of herself and her codirectors, Nevius put it another way: “We applaud our participating property owners, our dedicated advisory committee and the artists (some on the fence and some off the wall) for helping us bring about this exciting parade of art every other year.” While the biennial sculpture exhibit is intended as a temporary installation, one sculpture has a permanent home in front of the River Inn on 25th Street. The hotel bought “Curve,”

assembled onsite specifically for the space by artist Foon Sham. The sculpture is very popular with hotel guests, who often have their pictures taken inside of the cedar block structure. Sham, born in Macao, China, has been a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1990. He has frequently exhibited in the DC area, and internationally in Hong Kong, Australia, Chile, Norway, and Canada. Plans are well underway for the 2014 exhibit. The co-directors, with the help of the advisory committee, are preparing to solicit applications from potential curators. In addition, Arts in Foggy Bottom is engaged in an effort is to acquire a permanent public sculpture for Foggy Bottom. They have begun preliminary work with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to make such a project possible. The Olga Corey Spirit of Community Award, named for the longtime resident and community activist, is awarded periodically to an individual or group responsible for advancing the quality of residential life in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Prior recipients include Lucille Molinelli, Dorothy Miller and Maria Tyler, Don Kruzer, and Robert and Norrene Vogt. ~

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Northwest Real Estate CROWDFUNDING: Northwest startups seek community donations through online efforts

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Beyond raising funds, one of the benefits of crowdfunding can be the way it encourages a fledgling business to define its brand. For Nicecream, the goal was to become a â&#x20AC;&#x153;top trendingâ&#x20AC;? (meaning, more prominently featured) Kickstarter campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which its owners achieved with sophisticated marketing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We basically created a whole marketing campaign around our Kickstarter,â&#x20AC;? Welsford said. He and his partners filmed a quirky video about their business, ramped up its social media presence, and hit the press circuit. But crowdfunding can also help with more established concepts, like La Mano â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which already has spent big bucks on setting up its new home and also already has something of a following due to the ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; years of experience running Modern Times Coffeehouse in

the basement of the Politics and Prose bookstore in Chevy Chase. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cleveland Park resident Yael Krigmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to transform her online bakedgoods business (which the White House has highlighted as a successful woman-owned business) into a permanent â&#x20AC;&#x153;cakepopperyâ&#x20AC;? somewhere in Northwest D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great for business, great for brand awareness, great for fundraising,â&#x20AC;? Krigman said of her high-profile Kickstarter campaign. Though cakepop businesses are starting to get popular across the U.S., Krigman said the majority are based online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have a retail store dedicated to cakepops is going to be something new to D.C. and most of the country,â&#x20AC;? she said. In the end, the campaign raised close to $75,000 to help out with startup capital costs including construction, permitting and staffing.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheap to start a cakepoppery,â&#x20AC;? said Krigman, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now searching for the right retail space to sell her bite-sized cake lollipops. For new businesses, another aspect to online crowdfunding is the way it can provide a built-in customer base â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a whole backlog of orders. Krigman, for example, will have to keep busy following through on promises for free cakepops and other prizes for the 669 people who donated to her Kickstarter campaign. La Mano is offering gifts that range from mugs to coupons for â&#x20AC;&#x153;free drinks every day for a yearâ&#x20AC;? to its various levels of donors. Krigman said the only disadvantage to Kickstarter is that it takes a cut of the funds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 percent of the total for a successful project, plus other processing fees. Though Indiegogo takes an even larger cut, some prefer it to Kickstarter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which only distributes donations to projects that match

their defined goals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because the former hands over whatever funds are raised. Even so, a campaign can still turn out to be a dud. The owners of Right Proper, a new brewery and restaurant planned next door to the Howard Theatre in Shaw, described the disappointments of a failed Indiegogo effort this spring to The Washington Post. After raising just over $7,500 of a $125,000 campaign, the owners turned instead to private equity and cost-cutting. Rivas and Petrillo said they want to be certain of at least some funding, in order to resolve a Pepco quagmire that threatens to slow down La Manoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already-delayed opening. Their Indiegogo funds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d raised more than $9,300 as of this week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will go toward paying off unanticipated Pepco fees of more than $10,000, along with some payroll costs.

LOGAN: Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest self-guided tour highlights neighborhood history

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited about this one. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of variety in this,â&#x20AC;? said Jane Freundel Levey, director of heritage and community programs at Cultural Tourism DC. The Logan Circle Community Association, under president Tim Christensen, was instrumental in pushing for the trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation. Christensen, a longtime Logan resident, learned about the other heritage trails in the city when he was volunteering as a walking tour guide for Cultural Tourism DC. He thought it was only right for Logan Circle to get a trail of its own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, we really have

a great story to tell,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Christensen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actually, we have a lot of stories to tell.â&#x20AC;? In hosting his walking tours, Christensen had become especially interested in the story of Gen. John A. Logan of Illinois, the figure celebrated in bronze statue form in the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake park. Sign 6 of the heritage trail tells of how the circle shed its original name, Iowa Circle, in favor of honoring the Civil War general. Logan, who lived at the house that is now 4 Logan Circle during his second Senate term in the 1880s, was known for his proEmancipation efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He developed a very large following among African-Americans,â&#x20AC;? said Chris-

tensen. The trail also includes the site of Camp Barker (Sign 5 at Vermont Avenue and R Street), which provided rudimentary housing for freed slaves who came to D.C. after the Civil War. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no housing stock so they literally lived in a camp for a number of years while the city scrambled to find permanent housing,â&#x20AC;? said Christensen. The stillexisting Vermont Avenue Baptist Church was originally founded to meet the spiritual needs of Camp Barkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents. Signs that mark Logan Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more recent history include one at 14th and R streets, which tells of the AIDS crisis and the formation of Whitman-Walker Health in the 1970s. Another at 14th and P highlights the transformation of the corridorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auto showrooms into theaters and galleries. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also Sign 13 (14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue), which talks about Logan Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history with prostitution. The area was a

welcoming place following the riots sparked by Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assassination, when â&#x20AC;&#x153;mansions were mostly cut up into boarding houses and cheap hotels,â&#x20AC;? said Freundel Levey of Cultural Tourism DC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of the drama of doing this heritage trail was figuring out how to present the low point of Logan Circle,â&#x20AC;? she said. As with all heritage trails in the city, Cultural Tourism DC staffers spent months conducting research and digging through photo archives to create the signs. The process in Logan Circle also involved outreach through the community association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a series of maybe eight community meetings,â&#x20AC;? said Christensen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We invited people to come and tell their stories.â&#x20AC;? Neighborhood churches provided key information and materials, he said, and so did informal dinner parties with â&#x20AC;&#x153;village elders.â&#x20AC;? Freundel Levey said the Logan Circle Community Association initially started pursuing a heritage trail






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Workers installed 15 signs for the historic trail this week.

in the early 2000s, but interest petered out until Christensen picked up the cause around 2009. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage trails have traditionally received federal funding funneled through the D.C. Department of Transportation, but those funds werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available when the Logan Circle project relaunched. The trail was able to secure money through the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neighborhood Investment Fund â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and later, the Transportation Department was able to pitch in to the estimated $350,000 total, said Freundel Levey. The Logan Circle trail is the first in the city to launch without a printed guidebook, but Freundel Levey said her group expects to receive funding for one later. Cultural Tourism DC has completed work on three additional heritage trails â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one in and around historic Anacostia, one along the Anacostia River and the third in LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but is no longer under contract with the Transportation Department to work on the projects, according to Freundel Levey. She said the group is working to find other funding sources. The kickoff event for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trailâ&#x20AC;? starts at 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 13, in Logan Circle Park. Speakers will include Mayor Vincent Gray. Afterward, there will be a free reception at Studio Theatre from 5 to 7 p.m.

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

July 10, 2013 â&#x2013; Page 13

Traditional row house hides modern interior


hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than meets the eye in this row house in Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Village, new to the market this week. Built


in 1900, this four-level home has an exterior that looks as traditional as its historic neighboring houses. But a top-to-bottom renovation in 2008 transformed the interior into a thoroughly modern residence. The three-bedroom home with three full baths and two half-baths at 2708 Olive St. is offered for $1,299,000. The entrance opens to a spacious living room, with gleaming hardwood floors, a tile fireplace mantel that spans from floor to ceiling, and bright white walls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the exception of an accent wall painted rich brown. Natural light floods the space thanks to lots of windows and sliding French doors, which open to a Juliet balcony that looks out over the back garden. Plenty of recessed lighting illuminates the room when the sun goes down. A half-bath on this level features a contemporary design, with a porcelain vessel sink and marble-tiled walls.

Upstairs are two of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three bedrooms. The master bedroom faces the back garden. Its en suite bath reflects the same contemporary design as the half-bath on the main level, though it adds a shower and tub with a frameless glass door. A skylight above the bath brings natural light into the interior room. Closets feature the same frosted glass doors found in the second bedroom and on the linen closet in the main hallway. The second bedroom looks out onto leafy Olive Street. Its en suite bath has similar features to the one in the master, including a skylight above the tub. As in many row houses in Georgetown, the kitchen is located below the main level. The recent renovation converted this area into a luxe modern space for food prep and dining. A long center island with a limestone countertop provides a dramatic focal point for the room, with a sink at one end, bar stools at the other and contemporary pendant light fixtures above. Sleek custom cabinetry is by Italian cabinetmaker Boffi. Top-ofthe-line appliances include a SubZero refrigerator and Electrolux range, microwave oven and dishwasher. A wine refrigerator is built

Photos courtesy of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty

This three-bedroom Georgetown house, built in 1900 and extensively renovated in 2008, is priced at $1,299,000. into the wall, and a fireplace adds warmth to the space. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a half-bath off the kitchen, and sliding French doors open to the back garden with a flagstone patio. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quiet oasis, surrounded by lush greenery and a stone fountain along the back brick wall. Current owners have outfitted the space with a dining table shaded by an umbrella. A door at the opposite end of the kitchen opens to a laundry room with Bosch washer and dryer. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an exterior door, which serves as a private entrance to the in-law or au pair suite located on


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Kent. Gracious home renovated & updated to the highest level. 4 fin. levels w/7 BRs, 5 BAs, 2 HBAs. Gourmet eat in kit., 2 fam rms w/firpls. art/loft studio, amazing MBR suite, home theater. LL au pair suite. Pool! $3,200,000 Beverly Nadel   202-236-7313 Melissa Brown  202-469-2662

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American University Park. Exquisite & impeccably expanded Colonial on 1/3 acre. 5,300sf interior includes 6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. brkfst rm, family rm. Patio & outdoor fountains. A work of art throughout. $2,275,000 Anne-Marie Finnell  202-329-7117 Ellen Abrams  202-255-8219

the level below the kitchen. The suiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom features exposed brick and stone that show the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original charm. The kitchenette has granite countertops, a refrigerator, a cooktop, a microwave oven and a dishwasher. The en suite bath includes a tub and shower, and is done in the same contemporary style as the others in the house. A door at the far end opens to a second laundry room, with an LG washer-dryer combo machine.

The home is steps from Rock Creek Park, and the Rose Park playground is a just a few blocks north. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also within walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Georgetown and the West End. This three-bedroom house with three full baths and two half-baths is offered for $1,299,000. For details contact Alexandra Thomas or Michele Topel of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at alexandra. or 202-725-2545.

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Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Close in home built in 2001 w/6 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Open spaces perfect for entertaining. 4 finished levels! Lovely tree lined street. Short walk to Metro. $1,999,995 Eric Murtagh   301-652-8971

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Bethesda. Luxury 2 level corner unit w/ upgrades throughout. 2 BRs, 2.5BAs. Sep. LR & DR. Office w/built-ins. Loads of windows. 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122; balcony w/treed views. Gar pkg. $974,000  Kathi Kershaw   301-613-1613


Storybook Charm

Chevy Chase, DC. Colonial w/sweet front porch on beautiful lot. 3 BRs, 2 BAs. TS kitchen, LR w/frpl & 3 light filled exposures. Finished 3rd flr study. Detached garage. $749,000 Susan Berger 202-255-5006 Ellen Sandler  202-255-5007

Chevy Chase, MD The Hamlet. Lovely coop townhouse in great location. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Spacious rooms, kit w/granite counters. Walkout LL w/flexible suite. Flagstone patio w/park view. $599,000 Delia McCormick  301-977-7273

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of proposed funding to edit Envision Adams Morgan reports. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant application by Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant application by the Adams Morgan Main Street Group. â&#x2013;  consideration of a stipulated alcoholic beverage control license for a sidewalk cafe at Tryst, 2459 18th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application for a sidewalk cafe at New Orleans Cafe, 2412 18th St. â&#x2013;  discussion of alleys in Lanier Heights. â&#x2013;  consideration of proposed renovations at 2019 Allen Place. â&#x2013;  consideration of a valet parking application by Federal Valet. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a curb cut at the site of the Dorchester addition. â&#x2013;  consideration of the proposed Meridian Hill Historic District. â&#x2013;  discussion of commission matters: the location of committee meetings in July, the location of commission meetings starting in September, and a proposed bylaws amendment. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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The commission will hold its next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court, 725 24th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; safety report. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  general updates. â&#x2013;  update from Ian Swain of the D.C. Department of Transportation on the New Hampshire Avenue project. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation on the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development of a new master plan for D.C. parks and recreation facilities. â&#x2013;  update on the International Monetary Fund Headquarters 1 project. â&#x2013;  presentation by Gretchen Pfaehler, chair of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. â&#x2013;  presentation by Monica DiGiandomenico, a humane law enforcement officer with the Washington Humane Society. â&#x2013;  discussion of co-sponsorship of a Cardozo High School education forum. â&#x2013;  discussion about rewriting the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bylaws. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a new CR license for Skill Set, 2029 P St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a substantial change at Al Tiramisu, 2014 P St., to permit a sidewalk cafe with five seats. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a new DR license for Pei Wei Asian Diner, 1212 18th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a CR license for Fuel Pizza, 1747 Pennsylvania Ave., and continuation of the existing sidewalk cafe. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a request to change the hours at Luna Grill, 1301 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a new CT license for National Tap House, 1331 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a substantial change at Golden Brown and Delicious, 1323 Connecticut Ave., to permit a sidewalk cafe with 12 seats. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application at 900 16th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for construction at 1451 S St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for construction at 2112 R St. â&#x2013;  committee reports. The commission has been holding a series of â&#x20AC;&#x153;listening sessionsâ&#x20AC;? on the 17th Street moratorium, which will expire later this year unless the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board renews it. The third and final meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the Ballroom at The Chastleton Cooperative, 1701 16th St. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net.

p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  government reports. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration matters: 1336 14th St., Ghana Cafe, request for support of an entertainment endorsement; and 1443 P St., Commissary, request to amend the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s settlement agreement to allow earlier hours for liquor sales. â&#x2013;  consideration of community development committee matters: 1430 Rhode Island Ave., Helix Hotel renovation; 1460 Church St., Historic Preservation Review Board application; 1326 Riggs St., Historic Preservation Review Board application; 1618 14th St., Historic Preservation Review Board application; and parking recommendations. â&#x2013;  committee updates. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by John Thomas of the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration. â&#x2013;  presentation by D.C. Transportation Department bicycle planner Mike Goodno on planned Tunlaw Road bike lanes. â&#x2013;  discussion of issues relating to the reopening of JPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2412 Wisconsin Ave., and its application for a substantial change to its alcoholic beverage control license. â&#x2013;  open forum. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for new construction on a vacant lot at Rosedale. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for the installation of a freestanding, retractable canopy over a sidewalk cafe at Lebanese Taverna, 2641 Connecticut Ave., in the Old Woodley Park Historic District. â&#x2013;  discussion of a request for the D.C. Department of Transportation to conduct a safety study at 24th Street and Connecticut Avenue. For details, visit

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Northwest Real Estate HEALTH: Upcoming town hall meetings will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;DC Health Linkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offerings From Page 5

chasers with incomes between $22,000 and $45,000; those earning less are eligible for D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicaid program. Small businesses and nonprofits can also find tax breaks.

Denice Cora-Bramble, the chief medical officer at Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center, noted that even though the insurance will be required and readily available, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean getting everyone to enroll will be easy. City officials will hold community meet-

ings in each ward to discuss the health insurance exchange, recently dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Health Link.â&#x20AC;? Meetings in Northwest, which run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be held July 23 at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St.; July 25 at the Tenley-Friendship

Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave.; July 29 at the Takoma Education Center, 7010 Piney Branch Road; and Aug. 7 at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. People who enroll this year will have benefits effective Jan. 1, 2014.

ALLEY: Mendelson, Evans say they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect council to delay vote on GWU request From Page 1

for students several times over the years, and all parties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have just arrived at the sen- the neighborhood commissioners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sibility that we want fair market enthusiastically support the supervalue or some kind of community dorm project. Concentrating student amenity for the land,â&#x20AC;? said commis- housing on the campus core was a key point in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus sioner Patrick Kennedy. plan, approved Still, the city in 2007. That does not usually plan also includrequire compened a package of sation from community benproperty owners efits to offset the who request schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s develalley closures, opment projects. according to â&#x20AC;&#x153;GWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s posiMendelson and tion is that we Ward 2 Council Bill Petros/Current File Photo negotiated and member Jack agreed to ameniThe universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project would Evans. ties in the 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has link the West End, shown, to two campus plan. gone through other buildings. This has already the normal process,â&#x20AC;? Evans said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It been done, discussed and agreed to,â&#x20AC;? has not been our usual custom to said Susi Cora, the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s require compensation for that sort of director of campus planning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea for additional amenities is, from thing.â&#x20AC;? The university is pursuing the our perspective, paying twice.â&#x20AC;? Mendelson agreed with Cora, alley closure so that it can connect three of its own buildings that border saying the alley closure had been H, I, 21st and 22nd streets in order to included in the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan. Furthermore, George Washingbuild an 898-bed â&#x20AC;&#x153;superdorm.â&#x20AC;? The Foggy Bottom community ton was trying to building this dorm has asked George Washington to in part because the community is provide more on-campus housing upset about the number of students


living in off-campus housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What they are doing is already in response to community demands,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said in an interview. Commission chair Florence Harmon said she hopes the request for a delay doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold up the dorm project, but she feels that on principle, the commission should ask for some form of community compensation. City surveyor Roland Dreist estimated that the alley space is worth about $2.8 million. A dollar-for-dollar exchange isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessary, but some sort of return on the property should be required, commissioners said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is public land that is worth a great deal that a private entity is receiving,â&#x20AC;? Harmon said. About a dozen residents came to the meeting to say compensation for the alley is unnecessary, though many were either students or employees of the university. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spoken to several people I know. â&#x20AC;Ś There is overwhelming support for this alley closure and moving forward with this project,â&#x20AC;? said Jason Lifton, a local resident who attended the university and now works for the school. Neighborhood commissioners arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly optimistic about






their chances with the council, especially without Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Wednesday, we are going to get rolled by the council,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Asher Corson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the short term, the council is going to make a mistake and they are going to pay for it.â&#x20AC;? Commissioners disagreed among themselves about whether Mendelson and Evans should be called out specifically for standing with the university over a community group. A few wanted more pointed language included in the motion that

would have been critical of the representatives. Two commissioners and one member of the public brought up the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent ethical issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have problems in the District of Columbia with our elected officials acting ethically and not caving to special interests,â&#x20AC;? said Corson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything short of compensating the District for the value of this land is supremely inappropriate.â&#x20AC;? Evans dismissed those concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people run out of merits in their arguments, then they start personally attacking people.â&#x20AC;?






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Wednesday july 10 Class ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a class on “Who Am I? Who Are You? A Buddhist Perspective.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. The class will repeat weekly through Aug. 14. Concerts ■ New Orleans-based ensemble Native America will perform a blend of experimental rock, pop and folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The 20th annual Bach Festival will feature Stephen Ackert on organ and harpsichord, Claudia Chudacoff on violin and Ben Wensel on cello. 7:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. ■ The Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. Discussions and lectures ■ Northwest Neighbors Village will host an afternoon tea and discussion about plans for a cruise to New England from

Events Entertainment Oct. 17 through 25 on the Grandeur of the Seas, as well as other cruising opportunities around the world. 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. 3211 Tennyson St. NW. 202-237-1895. ■ Catherine Allgor, author of “A More Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation,” will discuss the role of women in the early republic. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Novelist Jami Attenberg will discuss her book “The Middlesteins.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ A Woody Allen double feature will feature the 1977 film “Annie Hall,” starring Diane Keaton, and the 1985 film “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” starring Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels. 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. $11. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The films will be shown Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 and 8:45 p.m. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature an

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encore showing of Rossini’s “Armida.” 7 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature Paul Feig’s 2011 comedy “Bridesmaids,” starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Terry Crews. 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ Dumbarton House’s Jane Austen Film Festival will feature the 1999 film “Mansfield Park,” starring Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. North Garden, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Jan Hrebejk’s 2008 comedy “Shameless,” about a television weatherman who deals with a looming midlife crisis and his increasingly unsatisfying marriage with a steady stream of affairs. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. ■ The “Films on the Vern” outdoor film series will feature Rupert Sanders’ 2012 fantasy adventure “Snow White and the Huntsman.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-5117. Performances ■ The collective LYGO DC will host a stand-up comedy show featuring Max Rosenblum, Becca Steinhoff and Danny Rouhier. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. ■ Washington Women in Theatre’s 10th-anniversary celebration will feature a staged reading of Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ “Cream Soda & Creme de Menthe.” 8 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations required. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Busboys and Poets will host an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special event ■ Washington Nationals fans will have a chance to watch their team take on the Philadelphia Phillies and talk baseball with Thom Loverro, sports columnist and cohost of “The Sports Fix” on ESPN 980. 7 p.m. Free admission. Shelly’s Back Room, 1331 F St. NW. 202-737-3003. Teen program ■ The Albus Cavus art collective will teach a class on wheatpasting and poster making. 5:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. Thursday, July 11

Thursday july 11 Classes and workshops ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host a workshop on how to locate film reviews and nonfiction book reviews in the New York Times and Washington Post databases. 2 p.m. Free. Room 311, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

Wednesday, july 10 ■ Discussion: Best-selling thriller novelist Brad Thor (shown) will discuss his books and work with the Department of Homeland Security’s “Red Cell” program — a group of artists commissioned to brainstorm terrorist scenarios for the government — in a conversation with Daily Caller editor Jamie Weinstein. 7 p.m. $14. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ The Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library will lead a class on the art of painting rocks. 3 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Concerts ■ The American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series will feature the Ohio-based group Harmonia performing music from Central Europe and the Transcarpathian Mountains. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5510. ■ The band Harmonia will perform music styled after turn-of-the-century Gypsy bands. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The 14th Street Uptown Business Association’s summertime concert series will feature the ensemble Seven performing jazz selections. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Plaza, 4700 14th St. NW. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature the bands Feed the Bird, Typefighter and Blockhead. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. ■ The Marine Band will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202-433-4011. ■ Singer-songwriter Julia Holter will perform indie rock. 8 p.m. $12 to $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform as part of its “Sunsets with a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures ■ “Is Europe Really Complacent or Delusional?” will feature panelists Frans Timmermans, foreign minister for the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Jim Hoagland, journalist at The Washington Post; and Hans Binnendijk, senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

■ Peter Carlson will discuss his book “Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey,” about two New York Tribune correspondents who were captured at the Battle of Vicksburg and spent 20 months in prisons before escaping. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Joshua Kendall will discuss his book “America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation.” Noon. Free. Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Author, commentator and columnist E.J. Dionne will discuss “Our Divided Political Heart and How Washington Can Work Again.” 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. ■ Maria Alberola-Boada will discuss “The Ballets Russes and Spain: A Source of Inspiration.” 3 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam will discuss “The Hidden Self: Some First-Person Narratives From India 1500-1800.” 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5510. ■ Cathleen Schine will discuss her novel “Fin & Lady.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Exhibit ■ Employees of Busboys and Poets will display their works in an art showcase. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Films ■ The Southern Food Short Film Series will show movies about regional cuisine. Noon. Free. Second-floor West Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ “Canal Park Thursday Movies” will feature an outdoor screening of Christopher Nolan’s 2005 film “Batman Begins,” starring Christian Bale and Michael Caine. Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 2nd and M streets SE. ■ As part of the D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the Kennedy Center will present a screening of Neil Drumming’s film “Big Words,” about three friends from Brooklyn who cross paths on the eve of President Barack Obama’s election. 7:30 p.m. Free. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The festival will feature events at various venues through Sunday. Meetings ■ The Talking Book Club will discuss “Faded Coat of Blue” by Owen Parry. 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will discuss selected poems of the 2011 poet laureate, Phillip Levine. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial See Events/Page 17

Continued From Page 16 Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1161. ■ The Mystery Book Group will meet to discuss “The Big Blowdown” by George Pelecanos. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Performance ■ Carnival dancers from Barranquilla will present typical performances from the Atlantic coast of Colombia. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. Special events ■ The Phillips Collection and Brightest Young Things will present “UnStill Life,” a cubism-inspired Bastille Day fête with live music, a dessert bar, cocktails and more. The event will include a tour in French of the “Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945” exhibition and a gallery talk about “Playful Inventions: Repetition and Rhyme in Braque’s Still Lifes.” 5 to 8:30 p.m. $22; free for Phillips Collection members. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ “Brew at the Zoo” will feature beer tastings with samples from more than 40 microbreweries. Proceeds will support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the National Zoo. 6 to 9 p.m. $30 to $85; tickets required. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Divine Science Church of the Healing Christ will present a special meditation series. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. The series will continue July 18 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. Sporting event ■ The Washington Kastles will play the Springfield Lasers in Mylan World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $45 to $85. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 800-745-3000. Friday, July 12 Friday july 12 Concerts ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Air Force Strings ensemble will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. ■ Jazz vocalist Juanita Williams will perform. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-2893360. ■ Participants in the Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers, a three-week summer program, will perform a program featuring classical singers and pianists. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Children’s Chorus of Washington will premiere “Wonderful Day Out With Nature,” a newly commissioned piece by Emmy Award-winning composer Nathan Wang. 7 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform as part of its “Sunsets with a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Demonstration ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will lead a cooking demonstration focused on stone fruits. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic


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Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. Discussions and lectures ■ John DeFerrari, author of the Streets of Washington blog, will discuss “Historic Bridges of Rock Creek Park.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ In honor of Bastille Day, librarian Rachel Jirka will discuss the significance of Diderot’s “Encyclopédie” to the Enlightenment era. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Mystery writer Martin Walker will discuss his book “The Devil’s Cave.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will screen the 1943 British satire “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will screen Robert Redford’s 2010 film “The Conspirator,” starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy. Dinner at 6; program at 7 p.m. $5; $15 for light supper. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, Alliance Française will screen Bertrand Délais’ documentary “France-Allemagne: Une Histoire Presque Commune,” a retrospective of the relationship between France and Germany since the early 1960s. 7 p.m. $4 to $6. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ The 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival will feature John Woo’s 1986 urban thriller “A Better Tomorrow.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. ■ “DC Drive-In” will feature Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Lot opens at 7 p.m. for cars with reservations and 8 p.m. for others; pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; film starts at 9 p.m. Free admission. Union Market, 305 5th St. NE. ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and the Heurich House Museum will present George Cukor’s 1940 film “The Philadelphia Story” as part of the weekly “Golden Cinema Series” of outdoor screenings. 8 p.m. Free. Courtyard, Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Meeting ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances ■ The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival will

Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play Chivas Guadalajara. 8 p.m. $26 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Tour ■ Biochemist Beth Burrous will lead a tour of the culinary and medicinal African plants found in the U.S. Botanic Garden. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Saturday, july 13 ■ Concert: Conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and violinist Joshua Bell in a performance of works by Shepherd, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. $10 to $64. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.

present “Jack Ya Body Dance Showcase,” featuring performances from Philadelphia break dancer Raphael Xavier and Brooklyn street dancer Storyboard P. 8 p.m. $10 to $20. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The U.S. Marine Corps will host a weekly Friday Evening Parade with music and precision marching. 8:45 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marine Barracks, 8th and I streets SE. 202-4336060. Special events ■ Flow Yoga Center’s Greg Marzullo will lead Jewish-inspired yoga and meditation. 6 p.m. $6. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ The Embassy of France will celebrate Bastille Day with cocktails, jazz music and cuisine from local restaurants. 7 p.m. to midnight. $110 to $150. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Service ■ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a cocktail hour and Shabbat service led by

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Saturday july 13 Children’s programs ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature a performance by the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ Kathy MacMillan will tell stories using American Sign Language (for ages 6 through 12). 3 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Classes and workshops ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on “Archaeological Wonders of the Western Mediterranean: Prehistoric Megalith Builders and Monument Makers.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Artist Jennifer Levonian will lead an animation workshop, and participants will create an animation figure of their own (for adults). 10:15 a.m. to noon. $50; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. ■ Landscape designer Rachel Poritz will lead a workshop on constructing and maintaining terrariums. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $40 to $50; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Concerts ■ Colombian musician Beto Jamaica will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The 20th annual Bach Festival will

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feature the Con Brio! ensemble, with Lawrence Molinaro on harpsichord and Shaughn Dowd on flute. 7:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. Discussions and lectures ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss the sun’s role in photosynthesis. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Textile Museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss the significance of color theory for rug enthusiasts. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ The University of the District of Columbia Master Gardeners Program will present a seminar on “Let’s Get Growing!” 12:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Psychotherapist, art therapist and workshop facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson will discuss “Reducing Stress — Keeping Positive at Work and at Home.” 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free; registration requested. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202352-5225. ■ Artist Adam Chapman will discuss his works on view in “Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge.” 2 p.m. Free. Room S121, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Jarrett J. Krosoczka will discuss his children’s book “Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked.” 3 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ George Washington University galleries curator Lenore Mille, art critic Benjamin Forgey and local sculptor Joan Danziger will discuss their memories of the D.C. art world in the 1970s. 4 p.m. Free. American University Museum, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. ■ Former Washington Post columnist Stan Hinden will discuss his book “How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. See Events/Page 18


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Continued From Page 17 â&#x2013; Jessica Anya Blau and Karen Sagstetter will discuss their respective books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wonder Bread Summerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Thing With Willie: Stories of Two Families.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Family programs â&#x2013;  Reptile & Amphibian Conservation Day will feature educational activities, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Reptile Discovery Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Program participants will use paper, clay and other materials in a collaborative art project that will create alien visitors in the style of artist Ellen Harvey. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Families will make crayon-resist postcards as part of a workshop highlighting batik, an Indonesian color dyeing process. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Films â&#x2013;  The Classic Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening of the 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matrix Reloadedâ&#x20AC;? will include a talk about artifacts on loan from the Warner Bros. Archives and a discussion led by NPR commentator Murray Horwitz. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present Jean Renoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1937 antiwar film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Grande Illusion,â&#x20AC;? about two captured French pilots during World War I. 2 p.m. $10 to $12; free for members and ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; The Black and White Classics Film Series will feature Billy Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sabrina,â&#x20AC;? starring Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  The Classic Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening of the 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matrix Revolutionsâ&#x20AC;? will include a talk about artifacts on loan from the Warner Bros. Archives and a discussion led by NPR commentator Murray Horwitz. 6 to 9:15 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Kirov Academy of Ballet will present excerpts from Debussyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon of a Faunâ&#x20AC;? and Stravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Firebird.â&#x20AC;? 1 and 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Mezzanine, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Jamel Johnson will host Mariya Alexander, Abe Barth and Jessica Brodkin in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wake & Bacon,â&#x20AC;? a weekly brunch and comedy show presented by the collective LYGO DC. 3 to 5 p.m. $10. Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Comedian Joe Torry will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crimson Comedy Jam.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $45.50 to $49.50. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. 800-745-3000. Special events â&#x2013;  A Bastille Day festival will feature dance performances by the New York Baroque Dance Company, live music, French games, gallery talks and hands-on art projects. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $18;


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Saturday, july 13 â&#x2013; Special event: The Washington Animal Rescue League will hold an annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adopt-a-Thon,â&#x20AC;? featuring more than 150 rescued cats and dogs available for adoption at reduced fees. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. The event will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013; Washington Internships for Native Students program participants will host a Social Powwow with song, dance and food. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4967. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;2013 Curbside Cookoffâ&#x20AC;? food truck festival series will feature a Capitol Riverfront event benefiting Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen. Noon to 7 p.m. $1 donation suggested. 200 K St. SE. â&#x2013;  Alliance Française and Art Soiree Productions will host a rooftop Bastille Day celebration, featuring live music, video and light projections, artistic presentations and dancing. 5 p.m. to midnight. $15 to $20. Skybar, Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Capital Astronomers Association and park ranger Tony Linforth will lead an exploration of the night sky through telescopes. 9 to 10 p.m. Free. Military Field, Rock Creek Park, 27th Street and Military Road NW. 202-8956224. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking          

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tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $8 to $10 for one tour; $12 to $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013; Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Capitol Hill and Eastern Market. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Eastern Market Metro station. â&#x2013;  A half-hour tour of Peirce Mill and its grounds will feature a look at the 1820s technological marvel. 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-8956227. â&#x2013;  The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will lead a tour of the naturalistic garden designed by landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, 31st and R streets NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a tour of the Old Stone House and discuss life in Georgetown in the late 1700s. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6227. Sunday, July 14

Sunday july 14 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Rock Creek Park volunteer Libby Moulton will introduce games and toys that children played with during the 1770s (for ages 6 through 12 and their families). 3 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts â&#x2013;  The 20th annual Bach Festival will feature musician Lawrence Molinaro performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Goldberg Variations.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. â&#x2013;  The Steinway Series will feature duo pianists Alexander A. Wu and Sasha Papernik. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Students from the National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Music Institute will perform works by Verdi, Britten and Brahms. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Kent Wascom will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blood of Heaven.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Lecturer Diane Arkin will discuss works in the National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection that feature dancing and movement. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  NPR blogger and comics expert Glen Weldon will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superman: The Unauthorized Biography.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Classic Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening

of the 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;V for Vendettaâ&#x20AC;? will include a talk about artifacts on loan from the Warner Bros. Archives and a discussion led by NPR commentator Murray Horwitz. 1 to 4:15 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; As part of its CinĂŠ-Concert series, the National Gallery of Art will screen Miles Manderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1928 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First Bornâ&#x20AC;? and Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1927 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easy Virtue,â&#x20AC;? with accompaniment by pianist Stephen Horne. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The March on Washington Film Festival will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,â&#x20AC;? followed by a discussion led by Nicole Austin-Hillery of the Brennan Center for Justice. 5 p.m. Free; tickets required. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The collective LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Jheisson Nunez, Dana Bell, Abe Barth and Jamel Johnson. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Desperados, 1342 U St. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Terri Merz and Alison Stine. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-8208113. Special events â&#x2013;  The Biggest Loser RunWalk will host a 5K/10K, as well as a one-mile Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Race. 9 a.m. $10 to $60; registration required by July 10. RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. â&#x2013;  French bakery-cafe Paul will celebrate Bastille Day with its third annual baguette relay race, as well as childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 2 p.m. Free. In front of Paul, 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Park will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun Run,â&#x20AC;? featuring a three- to four-mile loop and a five- to seven-mile option. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will host a walking tour focused on the history of Georgetown, including stops at local cupcake stores. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. julycupcakewalkingtour. â&#x2013;  A tour of Peirce Mill and its grounds will feature a look at how renewable energy and gravity powered the 1820s technological marvel. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  Park ranger Michael Zwelling will lead a walking tour of Georgetown, focusing on its presidential heritage. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, July 15

Monday july 15 Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature soul singer Annie Sidley. See Events/Page 20


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e: Visit,â&#x20AC;? featuring wall- and pedestal-mounted works by Elizabeth Morisette made from everyday objects, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Addison/Ripley Fine Art. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 23. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the

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gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-338-5180. â&#x2013; Ingleside Gallery, located at the Ingleside Rock Creek retirement community in Chevy Chase, will open the very first exhibit by 91-year-old retired Foreign Service officer Giles Kelly with a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. On view through Sept 8, the show features landscapes, portraits and interiors in both oil and watercolor. Located at 3050 Military Road NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-363-8310. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Talking Walls of Buenos Aires,â&#x20AC;?

highlighting the graffiti of Argentinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, will open Saturday with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Fridge and continue through July 28. Located at 516 1/2 8th St. SE, rear alley, the gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-664-4151. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists Off-Rhode,â&#x20AC;? featuring the work of Ward 5 artists and celebrating the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burgeoning art scene, will open Saturday with an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception from 1 to 4 p.m. at OffRhode Studio and continue through Aug. 2. A panel discussion will take place July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-554-9455. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academy 2013,â&#x20AC;? a survey of work by Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the Washington area, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Connersmith. It will continue through Aug. 24. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silence,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Finnish and American artists, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Embassy of Finland, located at 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW 202-216-7503. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colorful Development,â&#x20AC;? presenting recent works by Erica Rukin and Nia Tavlarides, opened recently at Aaron Chevy Chase and will continue through Aug. 31. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Located at 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 640, the gallery is open by appointment. 202-234-3311. â&#x2013;  Touchstone Gallery recently opened two exhibits that will continue through July 28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geometricsâ&#x20AC;? includes photographs by Pete McCutchen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot off the Pressâ&#x20AC;? presents monotypes by Mary D. Ott. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Encore Partyâ&#x20AC;? will be held July 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the

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Rocky Horror Showâ&#x20AC;? from July 10 through Aug. 4 in the Metheny Theatre. Two lovers, Brad and Janet, seek shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and find themselves thrust into the laboratory of pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Furter and his cadre of madcap minions. Stripped of their clothes and their inhibitions, the couple embarks on a wild odyssey of carnal pleasures and self-discovery. Performance times are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40, with some discounts available. The Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; â&#x2013; Scena Theatre will present Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial one-act tragedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;SalomĂŠâ&#x20AC;? July 10 through Aug. 18 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Victorian-era censors banned the play from the London stage on the grounds that it was illegal to portray biblical characters on stage. The dark tale of revenge, lechery and deception tells the story of the beautiful stepdaughter of King Herod Antipas. Performance times are generally Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $40, except for $10 previews July 10, 11 and 12. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993;

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Keegan Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rabbit Holeâ&#x20AC;? will continue through July 21. â&#x2013; Ambassador Theater will present the U.S. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Breastâ&#x20AC;? July 10 through Aug. 4 in the Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint. Written by Ireneusz Iredynski and translated by Sylvia Daneel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Breastâ&#x20AC;? explores themes such as addiction to power, fear of strangers, the search for an absolute, love and erotic fascination, and the consequences of blind faith. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $40, except for a pay-what-youcan preview on July 10 at 8 p.m. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Alliance for New Music-Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandaya: Burmese Lessonsâ&#x20AC;? July 11 through 21 in the Sprenger Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $30. The Atlas Performing Arts

Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; newmusictheatre. org. â&#x2013; The Capital Fringe Festival will run July 11 through 28, bringing 129 â&#x20AC;&#x153;uncensoredâ&#x20AC;? performances to 19 venues throughout D.C. All tickets cost $17, plus a onetime purchase of a Fringe button ($5 before July 11 and $7 thereafter). Tickets can be bought at the Fort Fringe box office, at 607 New York Ave. NW, or by phone or online: 866-811-4111; capitalfringe. org. â&#x2013;  The Keegan Theatre will present David Lindsay-Abaireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rabbit Holeâ&#x20AC;? through July 21 at the Church Street Theater. The play, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and recipient of five Tony nominations, charts a coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey from darkness to light. Performance times are generally Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202;





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Continued From Page 18 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-3121300. Performances will continue through Aug. 27 each Monday and Tuesday at noon. â&#x2013; Finalists in the National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Music Institute Concerto Competition will play classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature the bands Thundermilk (shown), The Obsessives and Joy Buttons. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commodores ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Jack Gates on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Changing Job Market: What Job

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Events Entertainment Seekers Need to Know to Compete.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. â&#x2013; Emory Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deborah Lipstadt will discuss the trial of Nazi Party member and SS officer Adolf Eichmann, who oversaw the trains transporting Jews to the death camps. Noon. Free; reservations requested. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Novelist Andrew Sean Greer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Stewart Comes to Washington,â&#x20AC;? a salute to legendary actor James Stewart, will feature Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1948 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rope,â&#x20AC;? co-starring Farley Granger and John Dall. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  A Woody Allen double feature will feature the 1979 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manhattan,â&#x20AC;? star-


ring Diane Keaton, and the 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crimes and Misdemeanors,â&#x20AC;? starring Mia Farrow and Alan Alda. 6:45 p.m. $11. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The films will be shown nightly (except Friday) through July 21; Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenings will feature a Woody Allen trivia contest. â&#x2013; West End Cinema will screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Esmeralda,â&#x20AC;? Victor Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic love story as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again July 20 at 11 a.m. Meetings â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Dervishâ&#x20AC;? by Ayad Akhtar. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  The True Crime Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Enemies,â&#x20AC;? by Bryan Burrough. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271161.

Tuesday, july 16 â&#x2013; Discussion: Record-breaking hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis, the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will discuss her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Performances â&#x2013; The dance troupe Pacific Rhythm will explore cultures of the Polynesian Islands. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The dance troupe Pacific Rhythm will perform. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139.

nia Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The U.S. Air Force Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658.

Tuesday, July 16 Tuesday july 16 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; The Blue Sky Puppet Theater will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time Capsule,â&#x20AC;? a show designed specifically for the D.C. Public Library system (for ages 3 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021.


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Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Instructor Jillian Penndorf will lead a gentle yoga class. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature guitarist Earl Carter. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-3121300. â&#x2013;  Soprano Rebecca Kellerman Petretta and counter-tenor Charles Humphries will perform works by Handel. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  Romanian brass orchestra Fanfare Ciocarlia will perform a blend of Gypsy music and Balkan funk. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylva-

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Jason Emerson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Biochemist Beth Burrous will discuss the medicinal and poisonous plants growing at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  John Stauffer and Benjamin Soskis will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches Onâ&#x20AC;? in an illustrated and musical lecture. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights activist Bernice Sandler will discuss unnoticed ways in which women are treated differently from their male peers. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Omnibus Lecture Series will feature a streaming video of political scientist Joseph Nye discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Power in a Shifting International Order: The West and the Rest.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Second-floor West Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Sculptor De Wain Valentine will discuss his work after a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column,â&#x20AC;? a documentary that follows his artistic creations. 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Borgwardt of Washington University in St. Louis will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Present at the Creation? Human Rights, NGOs and the Trusteeship Debate the 1945 U.N. San Francisco Conference.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  The International Council for Middle East Studies will present a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Role of Faith, Freedom of Speech: Islam and Muslims in America,â&#x20AC;? featuring Pastor Terry Jones, senior pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville,

Fla., and Iman Johari Abdul-Malik, imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Author Gregg Clemmer will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are We Still Fighting the Civil War?â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Women in the Arts and the March on Washington Film Festival will host an interactive panel discussion about artistry, creativity and civil rights. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Movie Matinee series will screen the 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swiss Family Robinson,â&#x20AC;? about a family marooned on a tropical island. 3 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Popular Movie Series will feature Michael Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Enemies,â&#x20AC;? starring Johnny Depp. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Groundbreakers Film Series will screen Lee Danielsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2009 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious,â&#x20AC;? starring Gabourey Sidibe. 6:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  A Czech film series will feature JirĂ­ Menzelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1968 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crime in a Music Hall.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Toastmasters club will hold an open meeting for prospective members. Noon. Free. Room G-19, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Performance â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the San Antonio Silverstars. 7 p.m. $12 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000. Teen program â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will lead a teen crafts workshop to make flower crowns and denim patches. 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Tour â&#x2013;  An in-depth tour of the Washington National Cathedral will precede a traditional English tea. 1:30 p.m. $30. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The tour will repeat Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17

Wednesday july 17 Classes â&#x2013; The National Archives will present a class on using nonpopulation censuses in genealogy research. 11 a.m. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Am I? Who Are You? See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 A Buddhist Perspective.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. The class will repeat weekly through Aug. 14. Concerts ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants ensemble will perform. 1 p.m. Free. Museum Pavilion, National Museum of African Art, 900 Independence Ave. SW. 202-767-5658. ■ Listen Local First D.C. will present a performance by soul-rock ensemble Mission South. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The 2013 Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival will feature “Italian Four-Party Canzonas,” with Jeffrey Cohan (shown) on renaissance and baroque transverse flutes, Joseph Gascho on the harpsichord, Risa Browder on the violin and Leslie Nero on the viola. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25 donation suggested; free for ages 18 and younger. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. 202-543-0053. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Mozart and John Williams. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Marshall Sneiderman will discuss “Project Azorian and the Hughes Glomar Explorer,” about a sunken Soviet submarine. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202265-6280. ■ Curator Rebecca A.T. Stevens will discuss the power of textiles to tell stories in the 21st century. Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Annette Lantos and Katrina Lantos Swett of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice will discuss the organization’s work. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. lantosfoundation.eventbrite. com. ■ The Asia Society and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies will present a forum on “The Historical Roots of China’s Rise” with Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City, and John Delury, assistant professor of East Asian studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 108, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. ■ Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor Faedah M. Totah and researcher Helena Cobban will discuss the impact of the war in Syria on Palestinian refugees. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202338-1290. ■ A summer lecture series on architecture will feature Lyn Rice of New York City’s Rice+Lipka. 5:30 p.m. Free. Koubek Auditorium, Crough Center of Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. ■ Steven R. Conlon, an instructor in the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, and Mary Ellen O’Toole, a retired profiler from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, will discuss “The Real CSI: Tracking Hidden Criminals With the FBI’s Elite Units.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. Baird Auditorium, Nation-


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Events Entertainment al Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. ■ Columbia University neurologist Oliver Sacks will discuss his book “Hallucinations” in a conversation with psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison. 7 p.m. $15; $25 for book and ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ Orville Schell and John Delury will discuss their book “Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Chevy Chase Library will host a discussion of “Groundbreaking Mysteries.” 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will screen “The Rite of Spring,” a filmed performance of Russian choreographer Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes dance company. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature an encore showing of “La Traviata.” 7 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature Wes Anderson’s 2012 movie “Moonrise Kingdom,” starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand. 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Chantal Akerman’s 2011 film “Almayer’s Folly,” an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s debut novel. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ The “Films on the Vern” outdoor film series will feature Bryan Singer’s 2013 fantasy adventure “Jack the Giant Slayer.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-5117.

form “The Time Capsule” (for ages 3 through 12). 1:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288.

Thursday, july 18 ■ Discussion: NPR commentator Marion Winik (shown), author of “Highs in the Low 50s: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living,” and comic Ophira Eisenberg, author of “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy,” will discuss love and relationships with Washington Post “OnLove” page editor Ellen McCarthy. A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. $12 to $38. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487.

form “The Time Capsule,” a show designed specifically for the D.C. Public Library system (for ages 3 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Space Days at the National Archives will feature hands-on family activities and screenings of archival film footage on the U.S. Space Program under Presidents Richard Nixon and Jerry Ford. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; screenings at noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. The program will continue Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ■ The Blue Sky Puppet Theater will per-

Concerts ■ Students from the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute will perform chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday at 6 p.m. ■ Dumbarton House and the International Club of DC will present a tribute to jazz musician Abbey Lincoln, performed by Heidi Martin & The Simon Bros. Trio. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. ■ The Duende Quartet will perform Latin jazz music. 6:30 p.m. Free. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature Bearshark and the Washington Bach Consort. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Mozart and John Williams. 7:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202433-4011. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform works for solo violin and French horn as part of its “Sunsets with a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures ■ Catholic University professor William D’Antonio will discuss his book “Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict Is Changing Congress and American Democracy.” 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. ■ Father Patrick Desbois, president of the Yahad-In Unum Association, will discuss his organization’s efforts to locate every site in Ukraine at which Jews were killed during the Holocaust. 6 p.m. Free;

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reservations requested. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ A panel discussion on “Heirlooms: Old, New, Local, Global” will feature Pati Jinich (shown), host of “Pati’s Mexican Table”; Rayna Green, curator at the National Museum of American History and a Native American food and plant specialist; Hiu Newcomb of Potomac Vegetable Farm; and Ira Wallace of the cooperatively owned Southern Exposure Seed Exchange of Virginia. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Victory Garden, National Museum of American History, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Weaver Deb McClintock will discuss the simple looms and techniques used in Southeast Asia to create and store intricate patterns. 6 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Films ■ “Canal Park Thursday Movies” will feature an outdoor screening of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film “Thor.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 2nd and M streets SE. ■ The Friends of Mitchell Park’s “Films in the Field” series will feature Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 movie “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. 8:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. Meetings ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss “The Inferno” by Dante Alighieri. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss the thriller “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Performance ■ Story League will hold a comedy storytelling contest, with a $100 grand prize. 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Kastles will play the Springfield Lasers in Mylan World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $15 to $35. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 800-745-3000. Teen program ■ The Albus Cavus art collective will lead a workshop on analyzing and sketching organisms in an urban environment. 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Thursday,july July 1818 Thursday Children’s programs ■ The Blue Sky Puppet Theater will per-


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buzzing with children trying out the new digs. But with less emphasis put on this parade as a camfor granted as Americans sometimes,” said Susan Gal- paign kickoff, Spencer said the politicians who showed braith, president of the New Music-Theatre and a long- up seemed more relaxed, and were less inclined to dominate the event for their own time Palisades resident. “This is a political purposes. reminder that people come from Ward 2 Council member Jack many different parts of the globe to Evans, Ward 4’s Muriel Bowser and celebrate nothing besides being able Gray — all who are eying the mayto express artistically.” or’s seat, though Gray hasn’t yet said Another international perforwhether he’ll seek another term — mance from Galbraith’s group that came loaded with giveaways. Gray got audiences excited was Irish piagave out strings of beaded necklaces nist Dezi Walls, who performed on a and Bowser handed out flags, but small grand piano mounted on a bike Evans may have won over the crowd — which he played while cycling with what Spencer described as through the streets. Paradegoers “really high-quality candy.” Ward 6 chased Walls, a musician with a dismember Tommy Wells, another tinctive Randy Newman-type sound, announced mayoral candidate, stuck to keep up with his tunes. with stickers that promoted “CeleThe event was not without its brating a Livable, Walkable Fourth usual healthy share of D.C. politicos. of July,” based on his campaign sloMany members of the D.C. Council Matt Petros/The Current gan. turned out, as did Mayor Vincent “The only gripes that come out Gray, who commemorated the open- Irish pianist Dezi Walls played a of any Fourth of July parade is that ing of the recently renovated Pali- baby grand piano while cycling the politicians will stop the parade” sades Park playground. The play- along the parade route. to promote their campaigns, Spencer ground — now equipped with a water park, a skateboarding zone and features that incor- said. “That’s the general complaint, but this year even the porate traditional Native American education — was politicians were better.”

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been no sign of movement on the project since December 2011, when the first draft of the environmental assessment was released to the public. “I think, overall, people are just frustrated that this project is not finished. It has just taken so long to get where it is,” said Greg Billing, advocacy coordinator for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. The trail is extremely popular, but has fallen into disrepair over the last two decades, which makes it difficult to use, particularly for cyclists. “It is the No. 1 project that we get calls from our members and supporters about,” Billing said. “We definitely hear more and more that cyclists are avoiding it. One reason is just the trail condition. Many spots on the trail have roots.” On a few sections of the trail, new asphalt may be laid over unpaved areas and the path may be widened. For example, officials hope to cover one of the trail spurs that passes through Georgetown’s Rose Park with asphalt and expand the path there to 6 feet wide, which

would make it easier for bike commuters to use. Right now, the Rose Park trail is not much more than a dirt path that varies from 5 to 6 feet in width. But some Georgetown residents have concerns. Rose Park, located at 26th and P streets, serves as a recreational area for small children, and some worry the paved trail would run too closely to play areas, said David Abrams, a Friends of Rose Park board member. There’s also concern about the impact a widened path would have on an important oak tree nearby, Abrams said. “They want to create a superhighway in the park,” he said. “They don’t care that this is not a commuter park. This is an end-destination park.” If their concerns aren’t addressed, some Georgetown residents say they may look to file a lawsuit to prevent the project from progressing. “This suit could be in the form of a temporary restraining order blocking the entire project from going forward, looking for a permanent injunction. I’m not saying that Friends of Rose Park would file such a suit, just that it is being discussed by certain neighbors,” Abrams wrote in an email.

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The full council will hold its first reading at today’s legislative session, according to Cheh spokesperson Devin Ward. The bill’s sponsors are Cheh, who chairs the transportation committee, and Ward 6 member Tommy Wells. Chairman Phil Mendelson and at-large members Anita Bonds and David Grosso co-sponsored. The proposal drew broad support at a committee hearing in March. “This set of common-sense updates to D.C. law will make travel by bicycle safer and more convenient, and will provide much-needed legal protections for the growing number of bicyclists on our roadways,” testified Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

The D.C. Department of Transportation also supports the proposals, testified associate director Sam Zimbabwe. Cheh also heard from Northwest resident Mike Polhamus, who appeared at the hearing while recovering from a broken collarbone sustained in a recent hit-and-run accident while he was bicycling on 11th Street. Just days before that, he said, he’d nearly suffered an even worse injury when he was struck by a taxicab parking on 14th Street, nearly crushing him between two cars. “I think it should be illegal to hit a cyclist even when you don’t mean to,” Polhamus testified at the March hearing. (Both he and the cabdriver were charged in a subsequent altercation, he said — Polhamus hit and kicked the taxi after the accident, and the driver then allegedly struck him

again, intentionally, with the car.) He added that having fines in place will remind motorists of the potential consequences of ignoring cyclists. “There will probably always be hit-and-runs, but the best response would be to make drivers more conscious in the first place, because it’s so hard to find them afterward,” Polhamus said. Bicycling advocates said the traffic signal portion of the bill will also prove valuable. The District has rolled out many “leading pedestrian interval” signals, in which the “walk” signal appears a few seconds before cars get a green light. This gives pedestrians time to get into the street before cars start to turn; the bill would give cyclists the same right. It would continue to be illegal for a cyclist to run a red light if there is no “walk” signal.

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