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Vol. VI, No. 39

The Foggy BoTTom CurrenT

Battle heats up in at-large council race

Developer and school chosen for Stevens site


■ Education: Ivymount

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By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

With campaign watchers expecting Democratic incumbent Vincent Orange to garner the most votes for the at-large D.C. Council seat on Election Day, many say the real battle on Nov. 6 will be for the second seat. Orange is the sole Democrat campaigning for the at-large post; the law prohibits any political party from fielding candidates for both seats up for election. Incumbent Michael A. Brown, an independent, in effect faces four challengers for the second spot: independents David Grosso and A.J. Cooper, Republican Mary Brooks Beatty and D.C. Statehood Green candidate Ann Wilcox. Brown says he’s confident about his re-election bid. “A lot of people talk about what they’re going to do, but I can tell voters what I have done,” he said in an interview. “I’ve restored almost $40 million to affordable-housing initiatives, I co-wrote the largest jobs bill in the city’s history, I helped See Election/Page 8

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Developers Akridge and Argos will build a 10-story office building behind the West End’s Stevens School and renovate the historic building for the Ivymount special needs school, the District announced Thursday. Officials’ selection of the partnership between Akridge/Argos and Ivymount follows months of community discussions on how to use the property, which includes the 21st Street school building and its L

DDOT kicks off road work on New Hampshire Avenue ■ Transportation: Work

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Synetic Theater Company members, led by choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili, performed a company training demonstration Monday as part of the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival.

will affect Washington Circle

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

GWU tries to evict non-student from dorm By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Scip Barnhart never set out to spend his golden years in a college dormitory. When he moved into The West End at 2124 I St. in 1981, it was just one of many apartment buildings convenient to his workplace at George Washington University. But he and several dozen of his fellow residents stuck around even after the university purchased the building for student housing stock in 1999. Rent control was keeping Barnhart’s one-bedroom unit affordable — he pays $709 per month — and he worried about his ability to afford another apartment in a pricey

NEWS Preschool moves from Stoddert to Guy Mason

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Street playground. Four development teams proposed to build a large office building on the playground site and to fund Stevens’ rehabilitation for an educational use. At the same time, five schools — three public charter schools and a private school, in addition to Ivymount — were vying to be selected as the next Stevens tenant. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, the Department of General Services and the Office of Planning collaborated to select the developer and school for the project. The D.C. Council See Stevens/Page 19

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The school bought the I street building in 1999.

neighborhood. Depending on a judge’s decision today, however, Barnhart may need to vacate his apartment. Because he is the last remaining non-student in his building, the university believes

it has the right to evict him — and, on June 28, officials posted a notice on his door saying they intend to do so. The dispute was first reported last week in the GW Hatchet, the university student newspaper. University spokesperson Michelle Sherrard said the school can’t comment publicly on any aspect of the situation because of pending litigation. Barnhart, 66, taught printmaking at George Washington until his position was eliminated several years ago; he now teaches at American and Georgetown universities. According to Barnhart, the university last year asked him and two other older residents of The West See West End/Page 12

EVENTS ‘Invisible Man’ adaptation comes to Studio Theatre

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The D.C. Department of Transportation yesterday kicked off an 18-month project to overhaul nearly a mile of New Hampshire Avenue NW between H Street and Dupont Circle, a $10.5 million initiative that will also include upgrades to Washington Circle. This week, workers are installing warning signs and tree protections in advance of the work, which will include full demolition and reconstruction of the roadway from M Street to Dupont Circle and milling and paving farther south. Rebuilt sidewalks, new street lights, some new and replacement trees, and 5-foot bicycle lanes are also planned throughout the project area, and a water main replacement will take place concurrently. On Washington Circle, the biggest change will be relocating crosswalks from small pedestrian islands

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The 18-month project includes pedestrian safety upgrades.

to the corners of intersecting streets, giving people more room to stand and requiring one fewer step. The improved crossings — and a new small fence that will enclose the interior of the circle except at the crosswalk locations — are intended to curb jaywalking. Also as part of the project, the section of New Hampshire Avenue between M Street and Washington Circle will be converted from oneway to two-way; the rest of the street in the project area already has twoway traffic. At last month’s Foggy Bottom/ See Traffic/Page 4

INDEX Business/21 Calendar/22 Classifieds/30 District Digest/5 Exhibits/25 Foggy Bottom News/13

In Your Neighborhood/18 Opinion/10 Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 Service Directory/27 Theater/25

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Guy Mason replaces Stoddert as site for city’s Cooperative Play program By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

Expanding enrollments at Ward 3 schools mean that students, teachers and even recently renovated campuses are feeling the squeeze. The latest to get hit is a Cooperative Play preschool program in Glover Park. After years operating in Stoddert Recreation Center’s cramped fieldhouse — and then in

the renovated Stoddert school and recreation facility — the program is moving to the Guy Mason Recreation Center for the coming school year. The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, which operates the preschool, launched the move because Stoddert Elementary School needed more classroom space to deal with increased enrollment. Available in eight different city recreation

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 5

The executive board of the Health Benefits Exchange Authority will hold its regular meeting. Agenda items include discussion of the exchange operational model, exchange policy and operations timeline, board committee structure and procurement procedures. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 412 at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Thursday, Sept. 6

George Washington University will hold a community breakfast as part of the university’s commemoration of its centennial year in Foggy Bottom. The event will include a short program and an informal discussion between President Steven Knapp and university neighbors. The event will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Continental Ballroom, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 202-9940211 or email

Friday, Sept. 7

The D.C. Public Charter School Board will hold a public hearing on accountability measures for early-childhood programs and on 15-year renewal guidelines for schools that received a charter in 1997. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the board’s office at 3333 14th St. NW. ■The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground will hold a fundraiser, “Dupont Underground — Aboveground.� The event will include live music, a silent auction, raffle prizes, beer and wine, and information on plans for the site. Tickets to the event, including a reception at 6:30 p.m., cost $150; tickets to the event from 8 to 11 p.m. cost $20 to $30. The fundraiser will be held in the Main Hall of Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE. For details, visit

Saturday, Sept. 8

The fourth annual DC Green Living Expo will feature eco-friendly exhibitors and sponsors, local artisans, music and speakers. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the courtyard of the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will host a “Ward 3 Movie Night at Fort Reno Park,� featuring Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film “E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial.� A variety of food trucks will be on hand, and the first 100 people to arrive will receive free Reese’s Pieces. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the park, 3900 Chesapeake St. NW.

Monday, Sept. 10

The D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will host a forum on the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds. The forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. Registration costs $15 to $45; visit

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will lead an annual tour of fire stations in her ward to commemorate the D.C. first responders’ actions on 9/11 and to thank firefighters and emergency medical services workers for their bravery throughout the year. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at Engine 31, located at 4930 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■“Taking a Stand With Community: Advocacy in Action,� the culmination of Iona Senior Services’ advocacy-training series, will feature Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, AARP DC senior state director Louis Davis, and Washington Parks & People executive director Stephen Coleman. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 202-895-9425. ■ The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will include executive committee elections and presentations by several community groups. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW. ■ All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church will hold a community meeting to discuss plans to build an accessible entry to the church from its parking lot, to include an elevator to the upper church and lower undercroft levels. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. For details, contact ■ The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will host a “Ward 3 Preparedness Exercise� as part of efforts to build community resilience throughout the District. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Registration is suggested; visit

centers, the Cooperative Play program is open to children ages 18 months to 5 years, depending on the location, and emphasizes socialization to prepare for formal education. When Stoddert’s facilities were renovated in 2010, the D.C. Public Schools system collaborated with the parks agency to include a recreation center that could be used by residents and the school community. During the renovation, a specific room was built for the

Cooperative Play program. But the elementary population has grown faster than expected. Brian Cohen, chair of the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission, said that Stoddert added a classroom each for kindergarten, first and second grades this year. Crowded out at Stoddert, the Cooperative Play program will begin operating at Guy Mason on Sept. 10.




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An overhauled interior courtyard at the University of the District of Columbia, which is greeting an anticipated larger student body this fall, now features a waterfall, new landscaping and environmentally friendly lighting. A $40 million student center at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street is under construction. The school broke ground on this project several months behind schedule; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now slated to open in 2013 instead of this year. In a news release, officials say they believe enrollment this semester is â&#x20AC;&#x153;far aboveâ&#x20AC;? levels seen in recent years at the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main Van Ness campus as well as at its community college and law school. The school wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t release numbers until after the â&#x20AC;&#x153;drop/addâ&#x20AC;? period ends later this month.

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A â&#x20AC;&#x153;unity walkâ&#x20AC;? commemorating the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and more recent incidents of terrorism and violence will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. From there the walk will progress southward to other houses of worship and foreign missions on Embassy Row. Visit 911unitywalk. org for a complete program.

7-Eleven wins ruling on P Street plans

The Georgetown 7-Eleven at 2617 P St. was properly issued permits to expand into an adjacent space even though part of the area is residentially zoned, D.C. zoning administrator Matt LeGrant ruled Friday. Some neighbors had hired a lawyer to oppose the plans, who argued the store would need special zoning approval to operate in the space. But LeGrant ruled that commercial use of the space was grandfathered in. Part of the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; case hinged on inaccurate information about the existing certificate of

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Area parks to teach about invasive plants

Rock Creek Park, Dumbarton Oaks Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park, the National Zoo and several other D.C. sites will host an invasive plant removal day Saturday. The event is organized by members of the D.C. Cooperative Weed Management Area, which was established in 2008 to restore natural habitats and ecosystems by eliminating invasive plants. A trained professional will lead groups of volunteers at each of the sites. The work is aimed at promoting native wildlife habitats and increasing awareness of the need to control invasive plants. For more information, contact or call

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 900 block, G St.; government building; 2:15 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  700 block, 11th St.; restaurant; 12:01 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New York Ave.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; restaurant; 8:29 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 2:48 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 5:21 p.m. Aug. 31.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 1000 block, 5th St.; sidewalk; 4:08 p.m. Sept. 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 11:26 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 6:45 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 12:32 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  800 block, H St.; restaurant; 10:44 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  7th and H streets; unspecified premises; 10:57 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; street; 2:15 p.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  700 block, 8th St.; street; 5 p.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  800 block, Mount Vernon Place; unspecified premises; 7:54 p.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; parking lot; noon Aug. 28.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 3100 block, M St.; store; 12:34 p.m. Sept. 1. Burglary â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; residence; 9:10 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  3400 block, N St.; residence; 11:45 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; residence; 7:05 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; residence; 8 p.m. Aug. 31. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2600 block, Dumbarton St.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. Aug. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Water St.; store; 12:09 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 28th St.; residence; 11 p.m. Aug. 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:29 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 1:50 p.m. Aug. 28.

â&#x2013; 37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 11:50 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 28th St.; store; 3:39 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 11:41 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:51 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 12:55 p.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:14 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 30th St.; unspecified premises; 5:12 p.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Whitehaven Parkway; street; 9 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  3300 block, N St.; street; 1:45 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Whitehaven Parkway; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Water St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Water St.; street; 11:28 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  3100 block, R St.; street; 3 p.m. Aug. 31.

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Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013; 1300 block, 23rd St.; sidewalk; 12:10 a.m. Aug. 29. Burglary â&#x2013;  800 block, 18th St.; office building; 9:21 a.m. Aug. 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 11:59 a.m. Aug. 29. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, E St.; residence; 4 a.m. Aug. 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; street; 7:30 a.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; 1:33 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 7:01 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:29 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; office building; 4:15 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; parking lot; 10 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  25th and N streets; sidewalk; 1 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; store; 3:09 p.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; hotel; 4:59 a.m. Sept. 2.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 2100 block, M St.; store; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  M Street and New Hampshire Avenue; sidewalk; 4 p.m. Sept. 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Wyoming Ave.;

unspecified premises; 9:37 a.m. Sept. 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013; 18th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 12:01 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Sept. 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 6:40 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Jefferson Place; office building; 12:25 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:48 p.m. Aug. 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; store; 9 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; tavern/ nightclub; 6:22 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; restaurant; midnight; Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; tavern/nightclub; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; tavern/nightclub; 10:58 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:03 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; parking lot; 10 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; parking lot; 8:35 a.m. Aug. 31.

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â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1400 block, V St.; residence; 2:25 a.m. Aug. 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 4:30 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  16th and U streets; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  14th and V streets; bus stop; 10:09 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1700 block, V St.; residence; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 4:52 p.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; unspecified premises; 6:12 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; unspecified premises; 8:25 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  18th and Q streets; street; 8 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  18th and Q streets; unspecified premises; 5:51 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  16th Street and Riggs Place; street; 9 p.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Q St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence)

â&#x2013; 2500 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 4:10 a.m. Sept. 1. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 6 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Fuller St.; unspecified premises; 6:06 a.m. Aug. 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern/nightclub; 2:45 a.m. Sept. 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  2900 block, Adams Mill Road; residence; 9:32 p.m. Aug. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ashmead Place; residence; 3 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 10:20 a.m. Sept. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Calvert St.; residence; 4 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 6 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:16 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern/nightclub; 3:11 a.m. Sept. 1. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  Florida Avenue and U Street; parking lot; 12:15 a.m. Sept. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  16th and W streets; unspecified premises; 2 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  20th Street and Allen Place; unspecified premises; 8:08 p.m. Aug. 30.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1100 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 5:07 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 12th St.; sidewalk; 5:28 p.m. Sept. 1. Burglary â&#x2013;  900 block, S St.; residence; 7 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1000 block, N St.; residence; 8:12 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 10th St.; residence; 12:05 p.m. Aug. 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 12th St.; residence; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; unspecified premises; 10:52 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Sept. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 11th St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, O St.; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Aug. 20.

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Uber taxi be able to operate in the city.” Brown, a Chevy Chase resident who took office in 2009, bristled at the idea that he faces a tough fight. “My legislative record is going to be extremely hard to run against considering all the different constituency groups we have tried to help in moving the city forward,” he said.

“Clearly I’m not taking anything for granted. We’re going to run hard and work hard.” One of Brown’s priorities in Northwest is to continue to work on the “responsible development of upper Georgia Avenue.” Those projects will ensure that dollars are spent inside the District, he said. The candidate who has taken the biggest swings at Brown is Grosso, a D.C. native who lives in Brookland.

Grosso has challenged the incumbent’s filings with the D.C. Board of Elections, alleging that Brown’s campaign did not collect the 3,000 valid signatures from registered voters required to get his name on the ballot. Dorothy Brizill, a longtime activist who successfully challenged Mayor Anthony Williams’ signature petitions in 2002, is also challenging Brown’s signatures. Grosso has been equally critical

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of the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance’s decision to allow Brown a reprieve from filing a mandatory campaign finance report on Aug. 10. The decision came after Brown said in July that he believes his former campaign treasurer stole a significant amount of money from his reelection coffers. The agency said the report, if Brown were to file it now, could compromise the ongoing investigation. The agency will require the filing once the investigation wraps up. “It’s too often that we hear from city leaders, ‘I’m doing what the law requires me to do,’” said Grosso. “It’s really what drove me to run for office. Leadership means you step out in front and do more than is required by law.” Grosso added that transparency and a higher level of accountability would be his central priorities. Responding to Grosso’s claims, Brown emphasized that his campaign was the victim of a crime, and that he blew the whistle on his own organization, calling police as soon as he saw discrepancies in his campaign account. He noted that his campaign did release a donor list with donation amounts, “even

though we didn’t have to.” Brown also stands by his signature petitions. He said he’s confident that the second Board of Elections hearing, to be held Friday, will rule as the first one did last month — verifying more than 3,000 valid signatures. In addition to ethics reform, Grosso said it’s necessary to ensure that high-quality schools are located in every neighborhood. He also believes a stronger commitment to community college — which he attended before moving onto a fouryear college and later Georgetown’s law school — could help address the high unemployment rate in some areas of the city. Grosso, who was a staffer for former Ward 6 Council member Sharon Ambrose, said he would “roll up his sleeves” when it comes to reviewing the city’s finances, noting that despite an “enormous” budget, many residents still don’t receive the services they need. Republican contender Beatty, who served the H Street NE corridor area as an advisory neighborhood commissioner for six years, is also taking swings at Brown. See Election/Page 20

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Going too far

The stage is set for another local showdown over hard-to-love architecture in downtown D.C. Developers are seeking to raze the “Wire Building” at 1000 Vermont Ave. NW — a blocky midcentury office building festooned with out-of-fashion ribbon windows — while the D.C. Preservation League is asking to landmark the site. The building sits close to the Brutalist Christian Science church that sparked a huge court battle several years ago, and public opinion, as in that case, swings against a fight to preserve what many see as a nondescript, architecturally middling office building. We agree that individual landmark status is a step too far for this building and believe that preservation activists are overreaching in this instance. And in case landmark proponents are inclined to dismiss current public opinion, they should note that the league’s application relies heavily on the enthusiastic reception the “ultramodern” building received in 1950. But we do agree with preservationists that tastes change. Victorian architecture was once out of fashion — what if the city had no representatives of that style? Midcentury institutional architecture is now beloved by few, but that doesn’t mean that it should all be torn down to make way for the glass curtain walls of the present. To do so would yield a downtown that is stripped of part of its history. A better approach may be that of the Historic Preservation Office, which has been mulling an extension of the 15th Street Financial Historic District to include the Wire Building site and more. Protecting midcentury buildings as contributing parts of a larger historic district makes sense to us. Landmarking the Wire Building on its individual merits doesn’t. If the historic area is enlarged, the property should be considered for inclusion as a contributing building.

A worthwhile tradeoff

We cover a lot of zoning cases in these pages, so we’ve grown accustomed to certain patterns: Typically, when the Office of Planning and a local neighborhood disagree on a project, it is the community leadership doing the objecting. Not so with the proposed Adams Morgan hotel. Just hours before the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission voted 7-1 last week to back the 227-room hotel, the Planning Office released a report advising the Zoning Commission not to approve the proposal, particularly because of its 81-foot height. While the hotel planned for 1780 Columbia Road would be tall, we agree with many in the community who believe the height would be sufficiently offset by the benefits the project would bring. For us, the primary positives are preservation of the historic church building on the site and an influx of new jobs. The promise of jobs is bolstered by city legislation that provides the project with tax breaks, which includes a claw-back provision if those promised jobs — and other conditions — are not realized. According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the $46 million, 30-year abatement requires that D.C. residents hold at least 51 percent of both temporary construction jobs — a minimum of 765 full-time positions — and permanent jobs at the hotel. And Ward 1 residents must hold at least half of the permanent jobs. The developer will also provide $480,000 to maintain clean streets and healthy trees in Adams Morgan; create a 4,000-plus-square-foot space for community groups; and provide $600,000 over 20 years to the Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy. And the neighborhood commission has asked that zoning officials require the developer to enter a labor agreement with workers. The maligned height was actually a concession: Developer Brian Friedman and his team recently lopped off one level of the project. And while some wish he would go further, the neighborhood commission opted to leave the specifics to the Zoning Commission, which will begin hearings on the project tomorrow. We second that position.

Back to school with more choice than ever VIEWPOINT robert cane


s D.C. students return to school, there are four new public schools for parents to choose from. DC Scholars, Creative Minds, Basis and Latin American Youth Center Career Academy have been added to the list of public charter schools open for enrollment. Their addition takes the number of charter schools to 100-plus campuses serving more than 33,000 students — 41 percent of all District public school students. Funded by local taxpayers but run independently of the traditional public school system and held accountable for improved student performance, public charter schools are a key part of the public education landscape in D.C. So popular are these charter school options that more than 17,000 applicants have been received for places on waiting lists — that is, more than half as many applications as the number of students currently enrolled in public charters. In the past year, charters’ enrollment increased 8 percent, while enrollment at traditional D.C. public schools fell. The high demand for charters reflects parents’ awareness of how these unique public schools have improved the city’s public education offerings. For example, District charter high schools graduate 80 percent of their students in four years, compared to only 53 percent in D.C.’s non-charter high schools. Recently released standardized test scores also reveal that among the top 20 high-performing public charter schools, six were located in wards 7 and 8, the city’s most economically disadvantaged area. None of the top 20 city-run schools is located in these wards. In contrast, eight of the top 20 city-run schools were in Ward 3 — the wealthiest ward in the city, which does not have any public charter schools. Charters have excelled at providing a higher-quality public education for children from low-income families. Among open-enrollment District schools with more than half of their students eligible for federal lunch subsidies, 18 of the highest-scoring schools are charters. Alongside the accountability which charters are subject to because of parental choice (the city funds them on a per-student basis), charters also can be closed for underperforming academically, among other reasons. Some 34 percent of those opened have

Letters to the Editor Open Klingle Road would help families

Contrary to the views of the Sierra Club’s spokesperson [“Klingle trail makes more sense for city,” Letters to the Editor, Aug. 29], D.C. taxpayers and families benefit more by having a public road that we all can use. Not everyone walks. Why should we pay taxes for a road we can’t fully access? The Sierra Club spokesperson is concerned about the “grave damage” that could be caused by having a road, but we will need trucks and heavy equipment to fix the damaged storm-water management system or to restore the neglected sewer lines. This neglected resource could have been addressed years ago. The D.C. Council passed legislation, in 2003, ordering the restoration of Klingle Road. The costs back then for the entire project,

been closed. Innovation also has strengthened student performance in these new-style public schools, as schools themed around bilingual immersion or law or public policy have set up shop. As well, college preparation — long one of the traditional public school system’s greatest weaknesses — has been given a greater emphasis at charters. D.C. charter high schools have a college acceptance rate of 83 percent. And the charter board has been able to accept applications from new providers, with new ideas — not only from outside the city’s public school system, but from other cities around the nation. Charter applicants must meet a high bar — the city’s charter board rejects two in three charter applications — but their continued outperformance of D.C.’s city-run schools underscores their success and 16-year-long contribution to raising educational attainment in the District. Their success was a critical component in the decision by the D.C. Council to take control of the city’s school system out of the hands of the old Board of Education, and institute mayoral control, which led to the appointment of two reforming chancellors — Michelle Rhee and Kaya Henderson. The result has been a five-year improvement in standardized math and reading test scores in the centrally run school system, although it still lags far behind the city’s charters. Of course, more can be done to boost student performance higher — including encouraging new operators to open schools, and closing underperformers. D.C.’s government also could do more to support this reform by funding every public school student equally, rather than underfunding each charter student by about $2,000 each year. The mayor also could make more surplus school buildings available to charters to rent or buy, and co-locate more charters in the many city-run schools that enroll far fewer students than they were built to accommodate. City law spells out officials’ duty to provide equal funding and surplus school space to charters, but successive administrations have ignored it. Yet despite this disgraceful denial of social justice, charters continue to outperform D.C. city-run schools on academics, attendance and safety. The District still needs more, high-quality choices, but charters are leading the way. Robert Cane is executive director of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools.

including a road, were substantially lower than now. The costs have gone from under $6 million for everything (including the road) in 2004 to more than $12 million for just a trail. In 2008, the D.C. Council did a flip-flop on Klingle Road. It included language in a budget support act that stated, “Notwithstanding the law,” the barricaded portion of Klingle Road will remain closed to motor vehicles. Meanwhile, Crestwood residents fought to keep D.C. roads open. We are families, seniors and individuals with disabilities. We have battled an anti-car campaign, intent on closing more roads. We had to fight a few years ago to keep Beach Drive open. A few of us recently tried to get judicial review of the legality of closing this road without offi-

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

cials going through the procedures outlined in the Street and Alley Closing Act. The court sidestepped the merits, but it acknowledged our arguments that the government failed to consider a number of important factors: the loss of transportation connectivity; the fiscal impact (losing federal transportation dollars) by converting the function of a public street; and the historic nature of the road and the land use of this right-of-way, conveyed to the District in 1885 for use as a public highway forever. The court recognized that the public is being denied access to a public road — but it punted the issue back to the council to remedy this dangerous precedent. What’s at stake is our confidence in our government officials to actually protect the public interest. It’s in the public interest to get the maximum benefit for our tax dollars. D.C. needs to keep Klingle Road. It’s the right way to go for all of us. Gale Barron Black Commissioner, ANC 4A08

The Current

Letters to the Editor 7-Eleven opponents are in the minority

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 22 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighbors say 7-Eleven project violates zoningâ&#x20AC;? gave the impression that 7-Eleven is insincere in its expansion plans and that Brad Clark is the neighborhood protector. This is not so. This commercial corner was used by the District Taxicab Co. as its parking/repair area in the 1930s and 1940s. After the cab company moved out, the lot continued as a parking/repair area for Tanner Motors. The building was constructed in 1949 and contained two stores: Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Mart and Russ Pharmacy. The rear lot continued as garage parking and repair. The upper structure was added in 1965, and the rear lot of the building previously used for repairs became tenant parking. The rear area is not part of 7-Eleven, nor is its use permitted for 7-Eleven customers. This commercial property pays $27,850 annually in property taxes. 7-Eleven dutifully went through the permit process, step by step. The expansion was reviewed by the advisory neighborhood commission, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, the Old Georgetown Board, the Fine Arts Commission and city zoning authorities. To accommodate citizen requests, 7-Eleven changed its architectural plans more than 10 times at phenomenal cost. I am trustee for the property, but also happen to be a Georgetown native. Now that Georgetown has become more prestigious, my new neighbors seem to have a holierthan-thou attitude. Mr. Clark has lived on P Street only a short time. Early on, a petition to oppose the expansion was aborted for lack of support. Mr. Clark does not represent the neighborhood or the community. He represents himself and his housemate Mr. McNamara, which is obvious from their unwillingness to accept the approvals and support from neighborhood groups and D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governing bodies. Hiring their own attorney shows their disdain for these approvals. I know much of the neighborhood feels safer because of the police officers who frequent the 7-Eleven for coffee breaks. Also, 7-Eleven and myself as trustee have allowed Richard Hinds of the Citizens Association of Georgetown to place a neighborhood security camera on the building. If plans for expansion are stymied, the status of the camera will be in jeopardy. What about convenience? When two feet of snow is on the ground,

where do neighbors go for milk and bread? There are more than 1,000 people living in apartments within a two-block walk of the 7-Eleven, many of them elderly people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive and who depend on this neighborhood grocery. Robert G. Enzel Trustee, 2617 P St.

AUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Campus should keep trees

The D.C. Zoning Commission, in approving American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to build on its East Campus lot at Nebraska, New Mexico and Massachusetts avenues, has not, to the best of our knowledge, made any moves to protect the mature oak trees in the lot. Earlier this summer we learned from advisory neighborhood commissioner Tom Smith that the D.C. zoning administrator found the university in violation of its commitment to save 30- to 40-year-old trees at its new construction site on Massachusetts Avenue adjacent to Wesley Theological Seminary. What happened there bears on concerns about the East Campus lot. Retaining the group of trees in the East Campus parking lot would enable the architects to provide instant shade, and the university could replicate the kind of attractive and environmentally useful landscaping that already enhances the lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge along Nebraska Avenue. Environmental considerations also should play an important role in deciding how the parking lot is to be converted. For example, green roofs are now commonplace, and there are penetrable pavements that save stormwater from polluting our streams and rivers. The parking-lot trees are the key to such planning. The huge loss of trees in recent storms underlines the importance of protecting existing trees. Just because these trees are smaller than those explicitly protected under current law is no justification for removing them. Marion Guggenheim Harry Thayer Wesley Heights

Planned apartments donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need parking

I am confused as to why The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorial page would oppose Douglas Developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed 60-unit building at the former Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site because it will not include parking [â&#x20AC;&#x153;No parking?â&#x20AC;? Aug. 15]. The building is just a couple blocks from the Tenleytown Metro and located on Wisconsin Avenue, which is wellserved by Metrobus. Once upon a time, in the last century when automobiles and suburban shopping malls ruled the Earth (or at least the

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metropolitan area), this might have been a problem, but the District is changing, and the way people use the city and move around in it is a big part of that change. Increasingly, D.C. is evolving into a city that allows residents to choose a car-free or car-lite life. Metro gets you to work, shopping and entertainment throughout the city. Car-sharing services like Zipcar and Car2Go provide easy and affordable access to vehicles when needed. Capital Bikeshare fills in the gaps here and there. Since the developer of the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a key participant in the revitalization of downtown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will enter into an agreement that denies these 60 rental units the Residential Parking Permit necessary to park on neighborhood streets, he is demonstrating his understanding of the demographics of the market for transit-oriented development, and he is bearing all the risk. In the unlikely event he is wrong, and there are not enough people interested in car-free living, the project will suffer financially, but there wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any impact on the neighborhood. More likely, the new development will be a success, attracting younger folks to the neighborhood, and opening up space in the building for additional retail use. More people walking, more things to walk to, fewer cars on the street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I am not sure what the problem is. Ron Eichner



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As time passes, the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, may begin to fade in our minds. But we must be vigilant to remember that day, remember the victims, and remember and honor the sacrifices made by first responders in the wake of those terrible events. Every year, I visit the fire stations of Ward 3 to commemorate and thank those brave individuals who risked their own lives that day at the Pentagon and in the days since to save the lives of others. And, in fact, our first responders take that risk every day, putting our communal safety above their own. This year, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be starting off at 9 a.m. at the Engine 31 station (4930 Connecticut Ave. NW). The full schedule of the visits can be found at It would be wonderful if as many of you as possible could join me. But, even if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to come out, keep our dedicated first responders in your mind. The next time that you see a firefighter, a police officer or a paramedic, take the moment to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;thank you.â&#x20AC;? Mary Cheh D.C. Council member, Ward 3

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End to accept a $25,000 cash settlement or relocate to another university dorm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Hall, or JBKO. The others accepted; Barnhart said the room he was offered was too small and that the money would cover only a couple of years of rent elsewhere in the neighborhood. Besides, Barnhart said, studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rowdy behavior threatens his extensive collection of books and artwork â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he is fearful of a fire setting off the sprinkler system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be asked to uproot, he said, he should get a space in the upscale Columbia Plaza Apartments. The university houses some graduate students and has an ownership stake in the private facility at 2440 Virginia Ave. The university refused, Barnhart said, so he stayed put. Then he was served the eviction notice, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not entirely sure why. The university has city approval to redevelop The West End and two other apartment buildings that back to it, but it has yet to develop a plan for the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say anything definitively â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to talk about it,â&#x20AC;? said Barnhart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just seems to be so easy for them to relocate me,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would do so gladly. ... I just refuse to be relocated to a dorm because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe.â&#x20AC;? When the article about Barnhart appeared in the Hatchet, he was surprised to see negative reactions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job to subsidize this personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living costs, as sad as his situation may be,â&#x20AC;? reads one comment on the Hatchetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like other adult non-students, he should find a place in the open market at public rates like the rest of us,â&#x20AC;? reads another. These comments, said Barnhart, ignore tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legal

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The university bought the apartment building at 2440 Virginia Ave. in 1999 for student housing.

protections against soaring rents. His buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s change of ownership doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the fundamental landlordtenant relationship, he said. But without legal clout or even a tenants-rights lawyer on his side, Barnhart said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not optimistic that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come out ahead in court. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely move to Columbia Plaza on his own dime, with the $2,000 monthly rent for an efficiency there eating up most of his income from his employment and Social Security. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll survive, he said, but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why GW is bringing its political might into this,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would just be so easy for them to move me to their other housing and be done with it.â&#x20AC;?

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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. 54, No. 39

FBN archives available on FBA website:

September 5, 2012

INTRODUCING THE FBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2012-2013 President: Secretary: At Large: At Large: At Large:

Samira Azzam (term ends 2014) Michael Dudich (term ends 2013) Patrick Kennedy (term ends 2013) Jill Crissman (term ends 2014) Shubha Sastry (term ends 2015)

Vice President: Lisa Farrell (term ends 2015) Treasurer: Greg Snyder (term ends 2014) At Large: John Woodward (term ends 2013) At Large: Marina Streznewski (term ends 2015) Immediate Past President: L. Asher Corson

PRESIDENT — Samira Azzam

TREASURER — Greg Snyder

DIRECTOR — Shubba Sastry

Samira Azzam, who has lived in the neighborhood for just over two years, is immediate past Treasurer of The Foggy Bottom Association. She is also serving in her second term as the Treasurer of the Potowmac Overlook Condominium Association. Samira is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she majored in international economics. She currently works in government relations at Accenture. email:

Greg has lived in the West End since 2006. He has been an FBA Board member since 2008 and he is immediate past Secretary. Greg also chaired FBA’s Committee for Foggy Bottom/West End Neighborhood Retail. Before moving to the West End, Greg lived in Mt. Pleasant and was on the board of that neighborhood’s historic preservation association. He is an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency. He lives in the Columbia. email:

Shubha Sastry is President of the Potowmac Overlook Condominium Association at 26th and K streets. She is also an attorney currently working on international trade policy at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. She has been living in the Foggy Bottom area for almost nine years, and before law school lived in Washington as an undergraduate at Georgetown University. email:


DIRECTOR — Jill Crissman

Lisa has lived in the Foggy Bottom historic district for 22 years. She has divided her career between the private and public sectors and currently works at the US Department of State. Lisa has served as the VP for FBA for the last two years, filling in for a vacated position, where she has spent a good deal of time working on neighborhood beautification and University issues. email:

Jill Crissman joined the FBA board in September 2011. She and her husband, Darrell Smith, have lived in the FB neighborhood since 2006, with their dog Tiki. Jill’s professional background is in the government relations area—she currently works for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in congressional affairs, and earlier worked for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, and has worked as a lobbyist on health care, workforce and retirement issues. She is interested in art history and FB’s historic alleys — and lives in one of those alleys. email:

SECRETARY — Michael Dudich Michael Dudich has worked in human resources for over 20 years both in the corporate sector, academia and the not-for-profit world. He currently serves as Director of Human Resources for a local museum foundation. Michael moved to Foggy Bottom in 2011 with his partner, a veterinarian. For the past 10 years, he has been an active participant in city government, particularly development-related matters and tax increment financing issues. He is familiar with the challenges of matching growth and preservation of historic properties. Michael is a native of Ohio and holds a BS degree from the University of Akron in Ohio. email:

DIRECTOR — Patrick Kennedy Patrick is currently a rising junior at GWU and the Vice President of Community Affairs for GW’s Student Association. Prior to serving in this role, he was the founding member and president of GW’s chapter of D.C. Students Speak, an organization committed to engaging college students at D.C. universities in civic life in the District. Since moving to the neighborhood for school, he has taken a special interest in Foggy Bottom’s heritage and unique community, and looks forward to the opportunity to strengthen both through service in the FBA. email:

DIRECTOR — Marina Streznewski Marina Streznewski is the Executive Director of the DC Jobs Council, a coalition of more than 50 workforce development service providers and focuses on helping persons facing the highest barriers to employment or re-employment. Streznewski brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit community to her position. She has worked for several nonprofit organizations while maintaining a successful freelance proposal writing practice. She has served several organizations in a volunteer capacity, including as a board member, and is active in community and political organizations. She came to Washington from Pennsylvania to attend the GWU in 1976, and has lived in the District ever since. She is married to Alan Alper, an athletic trainer. They live in Foggy Bottom with their three Shiba Inus. email:

DIRECTOR — John Woodard John currently serves as the lead program developer and grant writer for the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. Before moving into our neighborhood, John served abroad for more than 20 years in community development. John is a former Fulbright Scholar. He lives on I Street. email:

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Twilight Tours Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit The Third Biennial Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit hosts two twilight tours before it closes on October 20. Twilight Tours will be held September 7 and October 5 at 7:30 p.m. and are free. Meet at 7:30 p.m. at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and I Street, NW in historic Foggy Bottom. See the sculptures in a new light: darkness. Laura Roulet, curator of the Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and the city’s 5 x 5 Exhibit, will lead these evening tours of thirteen, diverse, outdoor works. Special features include the projection of Jefferson Pinder’s videos Car Wash, Invisible Man and the premiere of Elevator Music. Other highlights best viewed after dark are Peter Lee’s and Blake Turner’s Craig’s List Unrequited, an interactive projection and sound piece, live-streamed from the Internet, and Barbara Liotta’s stunning tapestry Dark Sun. The September 7th tour will be followed by drinks and conversation at the River Inn, 924 25th St, NW. Cash bar.

COMMUNITY EVENTS WEST END LIBRARY FRIENDS BOOK SALE All books priced at 50 cents or 1 dollar (some exceptions) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 10:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M. Second floor, West End Library

SCULPTURE EXHIBIT TWILIGHT TOUR - FREE SEPTEMBER 7TH - 7:30 P.M. OCTOBER 5TH - 7:30 P.M. Meet at 7:30 P.M. at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and I Street, NW, in historic Foggy Bottom.



NEIGHORHOOD SOCIAL 6:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M. A Bar at Avenue Suites, 2500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Happy Hour prices Meet the new board Reconnect with neighbors Raffle includes Nationals baseball tickets, Fresh Farm Market gift basket and more! * not yet an FBA member? Join us and sign up at the Social!



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012 10:00 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. Large meeting room, West End Library







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BETHESDA $359,000


GORGEOUS newly renovated 2BR, 1.5BA in the Hearth of downtown Bethesda. Call for more details.

Sintia Petrosian Friendship Heights Office

301-395-8817 301-652-2777

CAPITOL HILL perfection. This beautiful home is located just 2 blocks from Eastern Market and METRO, and a block from fantastic restaurants and shops. Brand new high-end KIT, spacious DR, HWFs, 2BR plus basement office, upgraded BA, a ton of closet space, and a large yard. Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700



INTO THE WOODS! Classic Center Hall brick Colonial on quiet cul-de-sac in the Martin’s Addition section of Chevy Chase. 3BR, 2BA, Sun Room, finished LL, FP, hrdwds. Lovely yard with private slate Patio and your own grape garden! Cheryl Kurss 301-346-6615 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700



EXQUISITE 1926 mediterranean villa next to the VP’s residence. Wonderful period details, 2 KIT, expansion incls home office + 2-car garage & apt above. Addl PKG for 10 cars. 3400 Mass Ave NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

GEORGETOWN $2,500,000



NEWLY RENOVATED 4BR home with 3 full BAs on a settled street. Enjoy bright open spaces with windows galore. Fully-applianced KIT w/granite & stainless. Separate DR, HWD flrs, lots of closets and so much more! Maria Hardy-Cooper 202-302-2225 Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777 ADAMS MORGAN $629,900 NEW PRICE!!! Stunning all new 2BR, 2BA townhouse style condo! 1300 SF of huge luxurious space. Top of the line finishes incl gleaming solid oak flrs, grand gour KIT, high ceilings w/crown molding, custom built-ins & limestone BAs, FP, outdoor deck, & PKG avail. Steps to shops, bars, restaurants, 10 min stroll to Metro! Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 BETHESDA $1,599,900 CENTRALLY LOCATED, stunning, oneof-a-kind masterpiece! Large functional spaces, huge windows, custom lighting and sound system and amazing features inside and out. Contemp appls and fixtures incl Bulthaup, Meile, SubZero and Gaggeneau. MBR w/mini-kitchenette and FP, LL in-law ste, full BA and game room. Yusef Khatib Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

FABULOUS price for sun-filled Grand Victorian. Recently updtd with superb 1st level perfect for large scale entertaining. Wow KIT w/ butler’s pantry opens to FR next to garden. Charming MBR suite w/frplc & alcove. High ceilings thruout. Upper level is like studio apt. Leased PKG at Georgetown Inn, 1/2 block away. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800



JUST LISTED! Stunning 2BR, 2BA twnhse-style flat on Mintwood Place! Open floorplan w/gour KIT, LR w/FP & built-ins, flr-to-ceilg windows, HWFs, 2 newer BAs, closets, BBQ balc & low fee! Walk to everything!! Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


awesome fully appointed chefs KIT, grand adjoining FR and home office/den, sumptuous Mste with sitting room & stunning BA, 2 frplcs, elevator and additional bonus rooms throughout! Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

BRINKLOW / BROOKE GROVE $1,299,900 THIS 7BR, 4.5BA exciting and immaculate-superior setting on 6.2 acres is surrounded by picturesque water view of pond features hotel sized D, marble flr, heated pool and so much more. Tim Gallagher 301-537-8464 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777 CLEVELAND PARK $635,000 3 EXPOSURES... 3BR, 2BA home! Approx 1540 SF of pure luxury, Renov KIT and BAs, oak flrs, frplc, built-ins, extra storage, 19 double sash windows. Mint condition - cherished DC treasure Tilden Gardens. Mary McGuire 301-717-7563 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700


FABULOUS PENTHOUSE CONDO on prestigious Massachusetts Ave. 3BR, 3.5BA, library, large kitchen. Skylights, wall of windows, garage parking, security gate. Mary Bresnahan 202-841-4343 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

ROCKVILLE / POTOMAC $395,088 FANTASTIC location for 2-level TH condo between Tuckerman and Democracy off Gainsborough. 3BR, 2FBA, 1HBA, wall-to wall carpeting, freshly painted, balcony for outdoor living. Kent Madsen Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 SW / WATERFRONT $339,000 FANTASTIC renovation on this 2BR, 1.5BA, 1,142 SF + table space balcony and garage parking. Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 TRINIDAD $299,900 4 UNIT bldg. Well maintained, separate metered units, $2600 monthly income, large lot, potential condos. In soughtafter Trinidad, close to H Street corridor. Ruth Eden Sullivan 202-255-4562 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

friendly building. 2 blocks to METRO. Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

$872,426 LOGAN DRAMATIC CONTEMP garage-townhome with LL rental/studio. Open spaces, chef’s KIT, 3BR plus home office/den. 3FBA, 1HBA, 2 story ceilings, HWFs, private patio and garage space. LL is a C of O studio condo easily rented for $1000+. Elizabeth Russell Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

GEORGETOWN DC $945,000 BEAUTIFULLY maintained 1900 Victorian on one of Gtown’s quaint cobblestone streets. Recently renov 2BR, 2BA. Steps to all the conveniences of Historic Gtown. 3417 O St NW. 202-812-2750 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $374,900 Margaret Heimbold 202-944-8400 LOGAN CIRCLE $550,000 SOPHISTICATED 1BR offers 10’ ceiling, Georgetown Office LOGAN STATION Condo! 1BR w/Den & large closets, great light, gorgeous $395,000 2FBA’s, built in 2006 and ideally located gourmet kitchen & beautiful dark HW HYATTSVILLE, MD FANTASTIC newer EYA construction in close to the hot 14th Street corridor. flooring. Hyattsville Arts District! Gran, Bamboo Open concept design w/balcony & Daryl Laster Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 Flrs, Balc off Chef's KIT, Kitchen Pantry, hrdwd flrs; W/D in unit + extra storage. Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 4th Level FR, Roof Deck, All 3 BRs have Garage parking, pet friendly! Low $241 full en-suite BAs. 1 Car Gar w/stor. condo fee. NOT on the first floor! Virtual DUPONT $319,000 Outdoor Pool coming w/new section of Tour at 301-452-1075 NEW PRICE! Chic 2-level, 1BR, 1BA development! Take the 83 Bus to RI Ave Cindy Holland 202-363-9700 condo with townhouse feel. Priv entry on Metro, EZ Commute to DC, shops and Chevy Chase Office gas-lit alley. Newly renov KIT w/gran & restaurants! 4409 Longfellow St. 202-412-8885 MT PLEASANT $479,000 built-ins. Beautiful spiral staircase to BR Daniel Lusk 202-944-8400 JUST LISTED!!! Sundrenched & spawith updated bath and large closet. Pet Georgetown Office

cious 2BR+ PH unit w/3 exposures! HWFs, new open KIT in 2010 w/butcherblock counters, ss appls, sep Din area, solarium, W/D. Walk to METRO, shops & all that Columbia Heights & Mt Pleasant offers! Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 OBSERVATORY CIRCLE $515,000 FANTASTIC END-UNIT apt at the sophisticated Colonnade! Stunning garden views from all rooms. Spacious living spaces, eat-in KIT, lovely den with handsome built-ins, exceptional entertaining space. Large private balcony, garage space, extra storage. Gorgeous grounds w/heated pool, fitness ctr, 24 hr desk, full srvc/all amenities. Jeanne Kersting Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PALISADES $1,750,000 AN ENTERTAINERS DREAM… with an

WESLEY HEIGHTS $369,000 TREES, TREES, TREES…..that's your view from this spacious 2BR, 2BA Condo featuring a wall of windows overlooking beautiful parkland. Full service building close to shopping, restaurants, transportation and American University. Corner Cathedral and New Mexico Avenues. Margaret McLaughlin 202-297-3914 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 WOODLEY PARK $214,900 A WOODLEY PARK GEM! Don't miss this studio/pied-a-terre, 2 blks to METRO, shops, RC Park, Capitol Bike Share and the Zoo. Adorable unit has been updtd & has HWFs & KIT with surprising amounts of counter space & cabinets. Upscale bldg w/on-site mgr, gym, fantastic roof deck w/ large pool. Priced for quick sale. Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

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1910 home is witness to change in Friendship Heights


tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost a clichĂŠ to say that many Northwest neighborhoods offer suburban quiet close to city conveniences. But Diane Sollee

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has the data to back up her combination of peaceful streets and amenities just a quick stroll away. Sollee, who is selling her 1910 Friendship Heights home, recently got rid of her 1999 vehicle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with 40,000 miles on it. And yet when she sits on the rear deck of her Belt Road home, she â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see anything but trees.â&#x20AC;? That seclusion was even more pronounced when the property was first built. Former residents and neighbors have dropped in on Sollee since she bought the property in 1969, telling her tales of swimming in the creek that once ran behind the home and sleeping in the attic with other members of a ninekid family. The stucco home was the only one on the block when it was built, those visitors told Sollee, but in the years since she moved in a helpful new neighbor has arrived: the Metro. The Friendship Heights stop

is a few minutes away by foot, and Sollee said she felt that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was a miracle that it came so close to the house.â&#x20AC;? Old-house hunters may view the condition of this property with a similar feeling of wonder. With few alterations made over the years, the home is a solid representative of its vintage. Guests enter into a center hall flanked by living and dining rooms, each lined by large, ample windows. The living room is anchored by a wood-burning fireplace, and the green-brick tiled fireplace surround â&#x20AC;&#x201D; popular when the property was built â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adds a splash of color. The dining room is a moody pairing to the airy living room. Beams that form a coffered ceiling are stained a deep, near-ebony hue, as is other wood trim here. The living room opens to a sunny spot traditionally called the music room, according to Sollee. But the space would easily accommodate a host of other uses, including a library. The kitchen sports new appliances but retains many vintage touches, including metal cabinets that will thrill some antique lovers. The footprint is also sizable, meaning that buyers who choose to reno-

vate wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily need to bump out the rear of the home. Many buyers will want to preserve whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behind the kitchen now: a wooden deck overlooking a swath of green ringed by mature perennials. Beyond a fence is a parking pad with room for two cars, though thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rarely a problem parking on this stretch of Belt Road, which Sollee likened to â&#x20AC;&#x153;a country lane.â&#x20AC;? A half-bath waits on the ground floor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an amenity not always found in homes of this vintage. Upstairs, four bedrooms and two baths sit off a large central landing. Hardwood floors extend to this level as well. The master bedroom has a small room that adjoins it, which also opens to the landing. Likely used as a nursery in the past, the spot could do so again or serve as a sitting room, home office or dressing room. Two bedrooms open to a shared


Brilliant Design

Palisades. Marvelous new home designed by Chryssa Wolfe. High style & environmentally friendly. 4 levels, 6000+ sf of luxurious living space.  6 BRs, 5 FBAs, 2 HBAs.  Gorgeous pool w/multilevel patios, outdoor frpl & dramatic landscaping. $2,935,000 Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374 rice New P

Graceful Classic

Bethesda. Ashleigh. Just renovated grand Colonial w/new kitchen, baths, windows, hvac. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, walk-out LL w/rec room. One half acre + lot. 2 car garage. Motivated Seller. $1,075,000 Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630



American University Park. Exceptional & majestic home on 1/3 acre facing tree lined street. 6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. Awe inspiring designer living & entertaining spaces unlike anything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen. All close to Metro & shops. $2,295,000 Anne-Marie Finnell   202-329-7117 Ellen Abrams  202-255-8219 g


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This four-bedroom Friendship Heights home is priced at $1,200,000. bathroom, while a hall bath serves the others. New owners may want to renovate this roomy space, but even so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to preserve the vintage look, complete with pedestal sink and laundry chute. Two bedrooms open to a balcony that once served as a summer sleeping porch, and those doors still admit breezes to cool the second floor. Stairs to the third level present an opportunity for new owners to expand the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liveable area. A huge attic has windows on three exposures. The space also reveals,

according to Sollee, the reason that she never added an air-conditioning system to the property. Up there, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you can see how thick the walls are,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that the home stays fairly cool even in summer. New owners could also add square footage by finishing the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk-out basement. This four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home at 5310 Belt Road is offered for $1,200,000. For more information, contact Steve Agostino of Long & Foster Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Agostino Group at 202-321-5506 or

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Fine Traditions

Potomac/Camotop. Wonderful home on lovely cul de sac w/tennis court. 5 BRs, 4 BAs, impressive 2 story foyer, lge kit opening to screen porch. Walk out LL. $1,690,000 Delia McCormick  301-977-7273

Show Stopper

Old City. Amazing 2 story loft. 1 BR/ 1.5 BAs, open kit w/bkft bar, island, top of the line appliances. Walk-in closet, 14â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings, 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; windows. Pkg, 2 storage bins. Pet friendly bldg. Pool, gym, valet service. $489,900 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

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Palisades. Quiet, light filled studio in great location. New stove & refrigerator, parquet flrs, lge walk in closet. Pet friendly bldg. All utilities in condo fee. $195,000 June Gardner 301-758-3301

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at School Without Walls, 725 2130 G St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcement of a public meeting to discuss Stead Park plans. â&#x2013;  presentations by candidates running for advisory neighborhood commission and D.C. Council atlarge seats. â&#x2013;  discussion of the status of site alternatives for a temporary fire house to replace the current station at 23rd and M streets. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for parking at 1940 New Hampshire Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Elixer Dupont LLC, 1710

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596.

had asked Marks to postpone the zoning hearing, which is scheduled for Sept. 18. The commission scheduled a special meeting â&#x20AC;&#x153;because of your lack of response,â&#x20AC;? he told Marks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening here,â&#x20AC;? said Marks, former president of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m turned off by the entire procedure.â&#x20AC;? Asked after the meeting to explain the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern, Bender said the proposed addition would create a lot occupancy â&#x20AC;&#x153;well above that of the neighborsâ&#x20AC;? and would lack the garden area present in neighboring houses. He said the homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plans for air-conditioning and heating in the conservatory make it seem like part of the addition, rather than just an ancillary element. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; government reports. â&#x2013;  updates from neighborhood groups. â&#x2013;  update on the Chinese Embassy project. â&#x2013;  presentation on the Navy Air Force Half Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  discussion of the possible renaming of the street in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria at 1621 22nd St. as Dimitar Peshev Way or Dimitar Peshev Plaza. â&#x2013;  presentation on the Run/Walk/ Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Rock Creek Park. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, visit or contact

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 27 special meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners voted to oppose the approval of a zoning variance that would allow for the creation of a covered courtyard at 2130 Bancroft Place. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners want to build an addition and are asking the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a variance from lot-occupancy and nonconforming-structure requirements. The commissioners said they did not object to plans to add a third story to the front of the home or a master bedroom atop the garage. But the courtyard, or conservatory, drew concern. Owner Ken Marks said the space is needed to connect the planned bedroom with the rest of house. He also said the plans must be approved â&#x20AC;&#x153;all or nothing.â&#x20AC;? Describing his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house as the smallest one in the neighborhood, he said the proposed addition would fit in well â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you look at what the street is like.â&#x20AC;? Commission chair David Bender said Marks had failed to provide sufficient information to neighbors and to the commission. He said he

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of proposed street closures for AIDS Walk Washington on Saturday, Oct. 27, and the Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll USA Marathon on Saturday, March 16. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration matters: 1334 9th St., Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart, application for Class C license; 1616 14th St., Kazanchiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli, application for a Class B license; and establishment of a committee to handle Alcoholic Beverage Control matters. â&#x2013;  committee reports. â&#x2013;  consideration of community development committee matters: 917 M St., Altus Realty; 1212 9th St., Altus Realty; and 1300 block of 10th Street, New Bethany Baptist Church parking lot. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

Connecticut Ave., for a new liquor store (beer, wine and liquor; hours of sales 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday). â&#x2013; consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by The Iron Gate, 1734 N St., for a new restaurant-class license (Greek and Italian food; occupancy 99; seating occupancy 50; summer garden 120 seats; hours of operation 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday). â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Midtown, 1219 Connecticut Ave., for a substantial change to an existing nightclub license to add a summer garden with 30 seats (hours of operation 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday). â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for 1336 22nd St., concept/ rooftop and rear addition. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for 1321 21st St., concept/fivestory rear addition to three-story row house. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application for a five-story residential addition to an existing commercial building at 1337 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW

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must also approve all deals involving public property, in this case a long-term ground lease. Akridge representative Matt Konrad said that the project’s timing depends on how quickly developers can process various legal documents and get through a likely review of plans by the Historic Preservation Review Board. But developers tentatively anticipate breaking ground on the office building and beginning renovations in 2014, he said; the work would likely take two years. The Akridge/ Rendering courtesy of Akridge Argos plan calls for a glassy The Akridge/Argos team will add a new building on 110-foot-tall, the site, pictured in the background on the right. 140,000-squarefoot building featuring high-end gave the firm an edge. office space above “exciting” Marc Bleyer, spokesperson for ground-floor retail and 130 parking the education office, wrote in an email that the selection of a school spaces. Developers are also negotiating was “a very difficult decision.” with the Humane Society of the “Ultimately we felt that United States, whose headquarters Ivymount’s proposal was the best fit sit in a low-rise building at 21st and because it offers services to DC pubL streets next to the project site, to lic school students and the opportusee if they can incorporate that prop- nity for building capacity in our DC erty. “We would like to include it, public schools and public charter but it’s not essential to the project,” schools,” Bleyer wrote. Wintrol said Ivymount recogsaid Konrad. Ivymount’s plan is to serve nized the competition was fierce. roughly four-dozen autistic students “We were all a little bit stunned and — an expansion of the operations at absolutely thrilled and delighted” to its award-winning Rockville cam- have been chosen, she said. pus — as well as to provide training The other concepts were a prefor faculty and staff working else- kindergarten charter school from the where in D.C. The District already AppleTree Institute; preschool pays tuition for some Ivymount stu- through fifth grades from the dents, as well as transportation costs Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School; to and from Rockville. “We’re going to bring in services child care, pre-kindergarten and kinthat Ivymount knows how to do,” dergarten from the Eagle Academy said Ivymount director Jan Wintrol. Public Charter School; and kinder Wintrol said the Stevens location garten through fifth grade from the will host a new program that will be GEMS team private school. tailored to the District’s needs — not The development projects were a scaled-down replica of the more similar — all project teams Rockville campus. That is to say, proposed large glassy office buildmany D.C. students will still be ings. In addition to the Akridge/ served at the existing location, while Argos team, other contenders were the Stevens site will be set aside for Donohoe Development Co. and those who’d benefit from the partic- Decca Development Corp.; Lincoln Property Company and Mosaic ular program in place there. “I’m not going to have another Urban Partners; and MRP Realty school down there — I’m going to and CGS Urban Partners. have another program down there,” “It’s really win-win for everyone,” Konrad said of the Akridge said Wintrol. The West End location will also plan. “It’s a viable investment for us, improve Ivymount’s partnerships the District can spur economic with George Washington University development ... and students will and other D.C. institutions, Wintrol have the school reopened.” said. The school will be staffed by a Originally constructed in 1858 mix of new hires and experienced for black children, Stevens School instructors and administrators who operated as a public school until 2007, when declining enrollment led will transfer from Rockville. The requirement that developers to its closing. Neighborhood activfund a school came at the urging of ists successfully shot down a previthe Foggy Bottom/West End advi- ous plan to redevelop the site into a sory neighborhood commission, housing project that included no which also named Akridge/Argos as educational component.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the motivators that got me involved in the race was the lack of transparency in the gambling legislation,â&#x20AC;? said Beatty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michael Brown snuck that into an appropriations bill, circumventing the public process â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there was no committee hearing, no public hearing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and at the same time he was lobbying for the lottery company Intralot â&#x20AC;Ś . I was repulsed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My whole campaign is about restoring trust in city government,â&#x20AC;? she added. Brown contends that the council adhered to proper procedures in authorizing the D.C. lottery board to offer online gambling. Highlighting her efforts on H Street, Beatty said she worked side by side with both residents and business owners to find a balance for that areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapid development. Beatty named affordable housing and education as key issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m un-bought,â&#x20AC;? Beatty said of her candidacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody owns me. I think independently, even from my own party.â&#x20AC;? Running on a progressive ticket is Ann Wilcox of the D.C. Statehood Green Party. A Scott Circle resident, Wilcox has sought a seat on the council twice before, and has said in years past that she was running to raise the profile of her party. This year, she hopes those earlier gains will translate into a win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this will be a better year for us,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More people are talking about statehood and a broad range of progressive issues like gentrification, affordable housing and the closing of homeless shelters.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems that incumbents are vulnerable this year,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could break through.â&#x20AC;? An attorney who has lived in D.C. since graduating from American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law school in the mid-1980s, Wilcox has served on the D.C. Board of Education and the D.C. Commission for Women. She also worked closely with the

Occupy DC movement. While statehood is a cornerstone issue for Wilcox, so is ensuring that D.C. is a livable city for everyone. While she supports economic development and new residents in the city, she believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally important to retain longtime residents and affordable housing. Rounding out the candidates is A.J. Cooper, a D.C. native and Roosevelt High School graduate running as an independent in his first race for elected office. The Petworth resident successfully lobbied the council this year on behalf of a local nonprofit to support initiatives to cut the teen pregnancy rate in half by 2015. The reaction from some city agencies that these teens werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth the trouble motivated him to run for the at-large seat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this election is unique because this is really a crossroads for the city,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is the city willing to stand up and say that we deserve better than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been getting, or are we going to keep doing what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing for the past 30 years, which is electing people that really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have our best interests in mind? â&#x20AC;Ś Does D.C. have the guts to change course?â&#x20AC;? Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priorities include improving education, addressing unemployment and increasing affordable housing. He also thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical to mandate that council members serve full-time. As he sees it, outside jobs create corporate ties and outside interests that could conflict with holding public office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Council members should only have one boss: the voters,â&#x20AC;? he said. Incumbent Orange, who previously represented Ward 5, won an April 2011 special election to replace then-Chairman Kwame Brown in the at-large seat. He won the Democratic nomination this spring with 40 percent of the vote. Michael Brown, who in previous races ran as a Democrat, won his atlarge seat in 2008 as an independent. Early voting for the election begins Oct. 22.

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s that merlot youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drinking vegan? Think again. Many winemakers use animal parts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; eggshells, fish guts, even cow tendons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for refining and filtering their product. And for vegans, those with certain allergies and even drinkers who follow strict religious diets, that can be a problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retailers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they look at you like, what are you talking aboutâ&#x20AC;? if you ask for vegan wines, said American University Park resident John Kerr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, distributors know, and the winemakers know.â&#x20AC;? And now, so does he. Kerr and his wife, Gina Trippi, recently launched an online store for vegan wine, Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working to educate people about the benefits of vino thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free from animal products. When people hear â&#x20AC;&#x153;vegan wine,â&#x20AC;? they think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be weird, said Trippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna have tofu in it.â&#x20AC;? In fact, she and Kerr said, the small selection of wines sold on their website are simply quality wines made the old-fashioned way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wines are really of the earth,â&#x20AC;? said Kerr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really taste of the year and of the place. But a lot of big wineries [make products] that are mass-produced. â&#x20AC;Ś They taste the same year after year. Think about what you have to do to make that happen.â&#x20AC;? The answer is often using things like gelatin, shrimp shells and fish

good bottle for $100 is easy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the real trick is finding that for $15.â&#x20AC;? So choosing the dozen or so varietals beth cope on the website involves hunting for deals. Most bottles on the site go bladders to make the flavor more for less than $20. uniform and to filter out sediment, The search hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been too grusaid Kerr. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;the more you filter â&#x20AC;Ś youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also taking out flavor,â&#x20AC;? he eling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delightful work!â&#x20AC;? said Trippi. But finding said. a space to run the The pair says the operation was a bottles sold on challenge. D.C. vegansommelier. doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a com have been license category for made by creators a wine warehouse who care deeply that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open to the about what goes public. So after into their product searching for a spot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and prefer that that met all the conits taste come solely ditions of a retail from the grapes and Bill Petros/The Current wine store, includtheir growing condiing a 400-foot miniGina Trippi and John Kerr tions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still this run mum distance from a school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which group of people out even eliminated a building where there that make wine the old traditional way,â&#x20AC;? said Kerr. And, he said, American University has offices â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the pair had to settle for Virginia. theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re great wines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When these wines are put up against [non-vegan â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love D.C.,â&#x20AC;? said Kerr. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult here.â&#x20AC;? options] â&#x20AC;Ś they tend to win the Trippi said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mentioned the taste tests.â&#x20AC;? problem to Ward 3 D.C. Council If fish guts and flavor arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t member Mary Cheh and plans to enough to send you running for urge change. vegan wine, Kerr and Trippi point Activism is a familiar experience to another benefit. for her and Kerr, who have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are small, often familyvegans for years and count numerownedâ&#x20AC;? operations, said Kerr. ous animal-support causes among â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of them are so small that their priorities. Vegan Sommelier nobody knows who they are, so will give to charity, too, sending they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t charge a lot. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just profits to groups including the paying for wine.â&#x20AC;? Animal Legal Defense Fund. And Kerr believes that finding a


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Wednesday september 5 Concerts â&#x2013; Washington Musica Viva will perform a jazz program featuring the music of Czech composer Jaroslav Jezek. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer-songwriter David Andrew Smith. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Marita Golden will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Out Loud: A Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Paul Tough will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Sebastian Junger will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warâ&#x20AC;? and the documentary film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restrepo.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-9949599. Film â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will present Christina Ioakeimidiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harisma.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and

younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05. Thursday, Sept. 6

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Benefit â&#x2013; A Louisiana shrimp boil will raise funds for residents in areas hard hit by Hurricane Isaac. 8 to 11 p.m. $55 donation includes food and beverages. Patio, Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. 202-393-7777. Class â&#x2013;  Juliette G. Tahar, founder and president of Healthy Living Inc., will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday Delicious Vegan Meals: Summer.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Charleston, S.C.-based duo Megan Jean and the KFB will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the John Cage Centennial Festival, violinist Irvine Arditti will perform the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freeman Etudesâ&#x20AC;? by John Cage. 6 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. calendar. â&#x2013;  The Amy K. Bormet Trio will perform as part of the Jazz on Jackson Place series. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Decatur House, 1610 H St. NW. 202-633-3030. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook


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and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will demonstrate recipes using fresh figs, a nutrient-rich and once-rare food. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Olga Onuch, fellow in comparative politics at Oxford University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;When â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ordinary Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Join In: Understanding Moments of Mass Mobilization in Argentina (2001), Egypt (2011), and Ukraine (2004).â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Carl Cohn, former head of the Long Beach Unified School District and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest-serving urban superintendent, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;School Reform in America: A View From the Front Lines.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Continental Ballroom, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor and former U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arab Awakening and Its Implications.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Jeffry Frieden, professor of government at Harvard University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Decades: The Making of the Global Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Woodsâ&#x20AC;? by Tana French. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  John Kelly will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jennifer Moses will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visiting Hoursâ&#x20AC;? and her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pages of the Torahâ&#x20AC;? series of paintings. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The John Cage Centennial Festival will feature Henning Lohnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musicircusâ&#x20AC;? and Elliot Caplanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film

â&#x2013; More than 100 stores, restaurants and salons in Georgetown will participate in the global shopping celebration, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fashionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night Out.â&#x20AC;? Activities will include a pop-up disco outdoor dance floor, designer trunk shows and a chance to walk the red carpet. 6 to 11 p.m. Free. Various venues. â&#x2013;  The National Center for Children and Families will hold an orientation for prospective foster parents. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 5140 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE.

Thursday, september 6 â&#x2013; Concert: Singer and guitarist Tom Goss will perform as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Thursdays @ First Churchâ&#x20AC;? series. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beach Birds for Cameras.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition will open with a showcase featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vacuum Kid,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Carrier,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photo,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liberty Road,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friend Request Pending,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burials,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat)â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Short Film About Ice Fishing.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 and 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The festival will continue through Sept. 16 with screenings at various venues. â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center will present Diego RĂ­squezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;ReverĂłn,â&#x20AC;? about Venezuelan painter Armando ReverĂłn. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Karabakh Foundation will present Shamil Najafzadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fortressâ&#x20AC;? as part of an Azerbaijani film series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW. 202-872-3396. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will celebrate the relaunch of the Phillips Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website with live music, interactive media, a Twitter scavenger hunt and gallery talks on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art and Emerging Technologies.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 8:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.

Tour â&#x2013; U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a walking tour of the National Garden and offer gardening tips. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Friday, Sept. 7

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Benefit â&#x2013; The National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harvest Party Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will feature demonstrations by guest chefs, a buffet, cocktails and microbrews. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $125. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251281. Concerts â&#x2013;  National City Christian Church organist Charles Miller will perform music by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, J.S. Bach and Leon Boellmann. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Brooklyn-based Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra will perform after a salsa lesson for the crowd. 5 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The John Cage Centennial Celebration will present Percussion Group Cincinnati, Steven Schick and red fish blue fish in an exploration of the origins of the percussion revolution. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. A free master class will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Michael Green will discuss his recent trip to Burma as part of a U.S. delegation to study reforms under way in the country. See Events/Page 23












Continued From Page 22 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; Gail Kern Paster, former professor of English at George Washington University and director emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shylock, Othello, and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Picturing Shakespeare at the Folger.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. Academic Building, George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. â&#x2013;  Joan Walsh will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Matter With White People?: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Journeys: Four Thai Filmsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Tongpong Chantarangkulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Carried You Home,â&#x20AC;? about two estranged sisters who accompany their motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body from Bangkok to her rural birthplace. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Los Angeles Sparks. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Miami Marlins. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Tours â&#x2013;  Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies and architecture, will lead a walking tour on the National Mallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, design and architecture, from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Meet outside the Mall exit at the Smithsonian Metro station. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunchtime Tour of the Conservatoryâ&#x20AC;? will explore the links between the exotic plant world and everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. The tour will repeat Monday and Wednesday at noon. â&#x2013;  Arts in Foggy Bottom will present a twilight tour of its exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sculpting Outside the Lines,â&#x20AC;? led by curator Laura Roulet and featuring the projection of Jefferson Pinderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s videos â&#x20AC;&#x153;Car Wash,â&#x20AC;?


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Market will feature the work of local artists and artisans who use organic, recycled and other earth-friendly materials. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Circle Yoga Cooperative, 3838 Northampton St. NW. 202-686-1104.

Sept. 8 Saturday, Saturday september 8 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; The DC Youth Orchestra Program will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCYOPalooza,â&#x20AC;? featuring an instrument petting zoo, demonstrations and performances. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. 202-698-0123. â&#x2013;  An â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts for Familiesâ&#x20AC;? program will feature a chance to create a Chinese dragon puppet with ribbon, paper and glue. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â&#x2013;  An â&#x20AC;&#x153;End of Summer Reading Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature hands-on activities, games, stories and prizes. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Classes â&#x2013;  Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Treasures of Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedrals and Basilicas.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wild Otherworld of Ancient Maya Art and Ritual.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the John Cage Centennial Festival, the Kreeger Museum will host a lecture by painter and author Ray Kass on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Choice, Chance, and Circumstance in John Cageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watercolorsâ&#x20AC;? and a recital by pianist Stephen Drury (shown). A reception will follow. 12:30 p.m. $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  The Korean Concert Society will present the solo debut recital of American pianist Irene Kim. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sandy Polentes, founder of the Bausc line of skin care products and cosmetics, will discuss what inspired her to develop nontoxic alternatives to common brands. 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, Suite 217, Georgetown Plaza, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Cedric Hendricks, executive producer

Saturday, september 8 â&#x2013; Discussion: Michael Grunwald will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. of the annual Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Forum and Concert, and Bill Brower, founder of JBV Production, will discuss the role of the 28-year-old event in preserving jazz culture. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-262-7571. â&#x2013;  Robert Prather will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Festivals â&#x2013;  A family festival in conjunction with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilizationâ&#x20AC;? will feature a day of performances, music and dance workshops, hands-on art activities, tastings, demonstrations, a crafts bazaar and a spire-building competition. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The second annual Circle Yoga Arts

Films â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Natalia Almadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Velador.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aleksei Guerman: War and Remembranceâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Russian directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1971 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trial on the Road.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ward 3 Movie Night at Fort Reno Park,â&#x20AC;? featuring Steven Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.â&#x20AC;? A variety of


food trucks will be on hand, and the first 100 people to arrive will receive Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pieces. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 3900 Chesapeake St. NW. 202-724-8062. Performances â&#x2013; Indonesiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Papermoon Puppet Theatre will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mwathirika.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  World music performer Bada Haridas will bring his call-and-response chanting to a kirtan dance party. 6:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Buddha B, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-5885. â&#x2013;  The Opera Camerata of Washington will present a garden performance of Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Giovanni.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $125. Residence of the Ambassador of Portugal, 2125 Kalorama Road NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;BroBible Presents: The Post-College Confusion Tourâ&#x20AC;? will feature stand-up stars See Events/Page 24


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nificance and the history of public gardens. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

Seaton Smith, Nick Cobb, Alison Leiby, Chris Distefano, Jared Freid, Matt Wayne, Brian Parise and Missy Baker. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.

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Tours and walks â&#x2013; The Race to Erase Obesity 5K Fun Run/Walk will feature health screenings, yoga and aerobics during and after the race. Proceeds will benefit two childhood obesity programs in Northwest and Southeast D.C. 8 a.m. $20; $15 for students; free for children ages 12 and younger. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. 703-486-1466. â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. septembercivilwartour2012.eventbrite. com. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden intern Kelly Whitson will lead a tour of the National Garden highlighting plants of historical sig-

Concerts â&#x2013; The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  An all-ages community concert will showcase the talent of youth and adult musicians affiliated with the group Girls Rock! DC. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral artist-in-residence Jeremy Filsell will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.

ly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013; The Songwritersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association of Washington will present its monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singer+Songwriter Open Mic.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Middle C Music will host an instrument petting zoo. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.

Sunday, september 9 â&#x2013; Festival: Adams Morgan Main Street will host the Adams Morgan Day Festival, featuring food, arts and crafts, live music and dance performances. Noon to 7 p.m. Free. 18th Street between Columbia Road and Florida Avenue NW. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble will perform music by John Cage as part of the John Cage Centennial Festival. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its week-

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Pianist Jenny Lin (shown) and University of California at San Diego professor Roger Reynolds will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;PASSAGE 7: John Cageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; incidents, texts, conversations, and music.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Susan Richards Shreve will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are the Love of My Life.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festivals â&#x2013;  A community picnic will feature food and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, including pony rides and a petting zoo. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The City Church will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Famous Tenleytown Block Partyâ&#x20AC;? with food, music and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Free admission. 4100 River Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Tenleytown Historical Society and the residents of the Grant Road Historic District will host a Garden Tour and Block Party. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free. 4500 block of Grant Road NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Malte Ludinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;2 or 3 Things I Know About Him.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. $11; $10 for students and seniors. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aleksei Guerman: War and Remembranceâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Russian directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1984 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Friend Ivan Lapshin.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

â&#x2013; Cineforum Italiano will feature Alessandro Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alatriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2002 comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casomai.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $15. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huffington Post D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top 5â&#x20AC;? will feature top local performers in comedy, storytelling, sideshow and music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? a monthly poetry event, will feature Raquel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raâ&#x20AC;? Brown. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Special event â&#x2013;  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? reception with D.C. poet laureate Dolores Kendrick and other literary artists. 5 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required by Sept. 5. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Sept. 10 Monday, Monday september 10 Concert â&#x2013;  Mezzo-soprano Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nai Bridges will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Struggle for Syriaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Georgetown University professor Daniel Byman, University of Vermont professor Gregory Gause and Appalachian State University associate professor Curt Ryan. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Diane Post, president of the Rachel Carson Council, will discuss the 50th anniversary of Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Springâ&#x20AC;? and its role in spawning the environmental movement. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  Carolyn Hayman, co-founder of Peace Direct, will discuss the work of activists in Sri Lanka and Pakistan in tackling religious extremism. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. See Events/Page 26

Sunday, September 9, 5 p.m. )'# &'&* $)&($*$,  (W.W. Norton, $25.95) The latest novel from this prolific Washington writer focuses on Lucy Painter, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book illustrator and single mother of two. Fed up with New York and the married father of her children, she returns to the D.C. neighborhood where she grew up, adding past secrets to present ones. Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. %)' &! #&!) $+($ )!& (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26) Making the case that freedom from religion is also freedom for religion, the Georgetown professor and host of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith Complexâ&#x20AC;? webcast argues that a truly secular society is not hostile to faith, but rather fosters religious diversity. Berlinerblau complements his theories with a practical twelve-step guide for putting secularism into practice. Saturday, September 29, 1 p.m. &!$+ !'#& $#) #,"' (DaCapo, $27.50) Adams earned the top ranking in JFKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Profiles of Courage, and Ungerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrait of this revolutionary dynamo confirms his status. The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth president, Adams was also a congressman and senator, secretary of state, and ambassador to six different countries. He fought alongside Washington and knew Lincoln. Unger, a historian and the biographer of half a dozen presidents, has an intellectual breadth to match his subjectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.  $##( )(*.' #-($#  Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2C6; JĆ&#x2030;\ GSSOW%TSPMXMHWTVSWIHSQÂ&#x2C6;[[[TSPMXMHWTVSWIHSQ


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Latest Touchstone exhibits evoke time, place


ouchstone Gallery will open two exhibits today that seek to evoke a sense of time and place, and continue them through Sept. 30. “Color Grids” presents new abstract geometric paintings by Charlie Dale that explore the interplay of color, composition, texture and light, while evoking emotion and a feeling of time and place. “Seen/Unseen” highlights monotypes and sculptures by Rosemary Luckett that capture the essence of places she visited in several states. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and a “Third Thursday” reception will be held Sept. 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. ■ “From the National Geographic

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Image Collection: Photographs of Social Life in Washington, DC, 1900-1960,” presenting 30 photographs along with their original captions, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carroll Square Gallery and continue through Nov. 30. Located at 975 F St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202347-7978. ■ Cross MacKenzie Gallery will open an exhibit Friday of wall installations and works on paper by Massachusetts artist Lyn Horton and continue it through Sept. 29. An artist’s reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2026 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202333-7970.

■ “Colors of Vietnam: Seven Contemporary Artists,” highlighting the diverse work of seven Vietnamese artists from the Vietnam War era to the present, will open Friday at the Arts Club of Washington and continue through Sept. 29. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Located at 2017 I St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-331-7282. ■ “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” an exhibit about the significant roles women have played in rock music, will open Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and continue through Jan. 6. Located at 1250 New York Ave. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5

Rosemary Luckett’s “Sagebrush & Cloud II” is part of an exhibit at Touchstone Gallery of her monotypes and sculptures. p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors; it is free for ages 18 and younger. 202783-5000. ■ “Whistler’s Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London,” presenting etchings,

watercolors and paintings Whistler did of his Chelsea neighborhood during a period of social upheaval, will open Saturday at the Freer Gallery of Art and remain on view for a year. See Exhibits/Page 31

Studio to stage adaptation of ‘Invisible Man’


tudio Theatre will present Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Oren Jacoby’s adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” Sept. 5 through Oct. 14. The 1952 story follows an anonymous black man as he journeys from the Deep South to a basement in the


borderlands of Harlem, from a betrayal at his ivy-covered Negro college to a nightmare job in a paint factory in New York City to a Harlem race riot. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $72. Studio is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ D.C. area playwright Ann Timmons will present “Becoming Calvin” Sept. 14 through 23 at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. Join John Calvin and his friends as they seek justice and pose the revolutionary question: What would you give up for your freedom? Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church is located at 201 4th St. SE. 703244-7546; ■ Washington National Opera will present Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Sept. 20 through Oct. 13 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov stars for most performances as the legendary rake Don Juan. With more than 2,000 seductions behind him and no end in sight, the Don Ildar Abdrazakov stars becomes increasingly in the Washington reckless as he descends into excess and immoraliNational Opera’s “Don ty. But when his antics Giovanni.” turn fatal and unrepentant, the women he has discarded seek revenge. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; ■ The National Theatre of Scotland’s “Black Watch”

Leap into Fall! Community Picnic

Inflatables. Games. Petting farm. Pony rides. Chuckles the clown. Jazz. Food. All Free! Sunday, Sept. 9 on the church lawn. The fun starts at 11:30. Lunch at 12.15. Join us for worship at 9:00 or 11:15. 34O1 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 2OO16 +

Studio Theatre will stage Oren Jacoby’s adaptation of the classic American novel “Invisible Man.” is returning to Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall Sept. 19 through Oct. 7 after a sold-out run last year. Hurtling from a poolroom in Scotland to an armored wagon in Iraq, “Black Watch” draws from Gregory Burke’s interviews with former soldiers. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $70 to $85. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint will present Hueman Prophets’ “Read: White and Blue” Sept. 5 through 23. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $12 for See Theater/Page 31

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The Card Has Its Privileges Enjoy books and music. Use computers and WiFi. Do research or homework. Sign Up online at or Library Card Sign Up Celebration Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library | 901 G Street, NW


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â&#x2013; Sidney M. Milkis, professor of politics at the University of Virginia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theodore Roosevelt and the Creation of the Modern Presidency.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Author Danny Danon will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israel: The Will to Prevail.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase DC Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Psychopath Testâ&#x20AC;? by Jon Ronson. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021.

Nations Agency for Refugees will present a sneak preview of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Paper,â&#x20AC;? about a group of Palestinian youth in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for most kites ever flown. A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. â&#x2013; A classic film series will feature Franco Zeffirelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1967 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taming of the Shrew.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin: City of Reinventionâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Lucian Busseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlinized,â&#x20AC;? about the basement bars and off-beat creative scene that flourished in the 1990s. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

Films â&#x2013; A foreign film series will feature Aamir Khanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like Stars on Earth,â&#x20AC;? about a boy with a learning disability who is misunderstood by his family and teachers. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  American Friends of the United

Special event â&#x2013; The Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne will host its inaugural â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food for FED,â&#x20AC;? a culinary festival featuring free samples from restaurants, breweries and caterers; cooking demonstrations by local chefs; music; a silent auction; and various vendors and booths. Noon to 3 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Eastern

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Located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;William Christenberry: Assembled Memory,â&#x20AC;? featuring work from the last 50 years by a Cleveland Park artist who explores the role of memory in art-making, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hemphill. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 27. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Stories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chapter 5-8,â&#x20AC;? featuring large-scale abstract multilayered collages by Maryland artist Lisa Sheirir, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stages Premier Realtors. Presented as part of the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art in the Exurbsâ&#x20AC;? series, the exhibit will continue through Nov. 2. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202449-8657. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jill Townsley: Toil,â&#x20AC;? in which the British artist examines the role of repetition in art through sculpture, installation, drawings and video, will open Saturday at Project 4 and continue through Oct. 13. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the artist will give a talk Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,â&#x20AC;? featuring new paintings by native Washingtonian Lisa Ruyter based on photographs from the archives of the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information, will open Saturday at Connersmith and continue through


Sunday. Tickets cost $60 to $85. Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; â&#x2013; Keegan Theatre has extended Tracy Lettsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;August: Osage Countyâ&#x20AC;? through Sept. 8 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The theater is located at 1742 Church St. 703892-0202; â&#x2013;  Rorschach Theatre will present the area premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Maze,â&#x20AC;? Rob Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labyrinthine tale that explores the interconnectedness of life, art and obsession, through Sept. 9 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $25. The Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; Oct. 20. The artist will give a talk Saturday at 11 a.m., and an opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. 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;  The Fridge will open an exhibit Saturday of paintings by D.C.-born, San Francisco-based artist David Molesky and continue it through Sept. 30. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. 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;Jiha Moon: Souvenir Valise,â&#x20AC;? presenting more than 15 paintings and sculptures by Moon that delve into contemporary tourism, commerce, cross-cultural relationships and mutual understanding, will open Saturday at Curatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office and continue through Oct. 20. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1515 14th St. NW in Suite 201, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monument to the Unelected,â&#x20AC;? a public art project by Nina Katchadourian, will go on view Monday in the street-level windows of The Washington Post, at 1150 15th St. NW, and remain there through Nov. 16. Katchadourian will give a talk at The Post on Monday at 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  International Visions Gallery recently opened an exhibit of works by Michael Platt and Stan Squirewell, two artists who address issues of the African diaspora, and will continue it through Oct. 6. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112.

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