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New Hampshire project won’t change ■ Transportation: Agency

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By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A project to rebuild a stretch of New Hampshire Avenue will not incorporate changes requested by some neighbors in Foggy Bottom and the West End, D.C. Department of Transportation officials said yes-

terday. The project is moving forward with plans to open the avenue to two-way traffic from Washington Circle to M Street, and to replace brick sidewalks south of 24th Street as part of a broader reconstruction of the roadway. The Transportation Department is repairing New Hampshire Avenue and its sidewalks from Dupont Circle to H Street, an 18-month effort that kicked off in early

September. Transportation officials said at an advisory neighborhood commission last Wednesday that they were open to modifying certain aspects of the work if the commission voted to request the changes. Namely, the agency offered to replace New Hampshire’s deteriorating brick sidewalks south of 24th Street with concrete instead of the sturdier brick construction planned. Officials also said they could leave See Street/Page 30

Stead Park neighbors seek major upgrade By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Drag queen LaCountress Farrington portrayed Tina Turner in front of hundreds of spectators during Saturday’s third annual 17th Street Festival, produced by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.

There’s little question among people who live near Dupont Circle’s Stead Park that the site’s athletic field needs work. As a rare expanse of open space in a densely developed area, the battered grass takes a pounding almost daily under the feet of residents playing soccer, kickball, volleyball and other sports. But the Friends of Stead Park group is hoping for more than just an upgrade of the field, which occupies the middle of a block bordered by P, Q, 16th and 17th streets. The group hopes to see an investment of $1 million to $1.5 million that would make the field nicer for young athletes while also creating a pleasant place for the community’s younger and older residents. The friends group will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q streets, to unveil its design proposal See Stead/Page 12

Rendering courtesy of Studio 39

The initial concept rendering for the P Street park calls for a smaller athletic field and more “passive use” space, including seating.

Options presented for MLK Library’s future

Park users square off over distribution of field permits


■ Recreation: Stoddert

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“Think big” — that’s the charge Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells gave the D.C. Public Library director and board of trustees at a meeting last week as the group examines options to redesign the iconic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building downtown. Wells, who chairs the Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning, told D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper to focus on what the city needs in a central library — to create “a great library for a great city” — and to let the council and the mayor’s office worry about how it will be funded. The options run the gamut, from maintaining the existing building and performing only needed repairs and modifications to radically re-imagining the interior

NEWS Long-closed UDC pool reopens after major renovation

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league lost usual time slots

By DEIRDRE BANNON Rendering courtesy of the D.C. Public Library

Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, who chairs the libraries committee, said officials should “think big” in planning an updated central library.

and adding two stories to the structure — possibly as a revenue generator if the library rents the space to outside tenants. Developer Jair Lynch, brought in to provide broad cost estimates, said basic building repair and maintenance could run the city $5 million to $10 million a See Library/Page 7

EVENTS National Gallery exhibit features Renaissance drawings

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Current Staff Writer

The debate over who gets to use public fields and when got heated during a D.C. Council hearing Thursday, when a number of groups aired their grievances with the Department of Parks and Recreation’s field permitting process. With multiple youth athletic associations vying for time on a lim-

BUSINESS Fluevog brings funky shoe designs to Wisconsin Ave

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ited number of fields, wrangling for outdoor space to practice has become a seasonal battle. That conflict took a turn for the worse this fall when DC Stoddert Soccer, the largest organized youth sports program in the city, with nearly 6,000 players enrolled this fall, was denied permits to fields it has historically received access to — and the news came less than three weeks before the season was set to begin. Stoddert, which this year is using 12 city-owned fields in Northwest, has historically been allocated 100 percent use of those fields from 3 to See Fields/Page 19

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Maker of funky Fluevog shoes opens Wisconsin Avenue shop


ohn Fluevog has been on the shoe scene for decades, but a current period of growth for his company includes a bonus for Washingtonians: a new Georgetown shop. Fluevog came to 1265 Wisconsin Ave. about a month ago,

the United States. And a few years later, frustrated that he couldn’t find what he wanted in the marketplace, he started designing his own shoes. “It became, like, a big deal,” he said. During the ’80s and ’90s, Fluevogs — or vogs, as the company calls them — appeared in magazines like Vogue and in the movie “Truth Or Dare,” with Madonna BeTh CoPe popping on a pair of hot-pink platforms. The company’s website lists with a grand-opening party last Kim Gordon, Perry Farrell and week. The store is the company’s Marilyn Manson as fans. 15th outpost in North America, The distinctive style that drew with a 16th slated to open shortly in the attention of those stars continMinneapolis. ues today. Fluevogs tend toward the The developments are the latest funky, with a European vibe remistep in the growth of a 30-odd-year- niscent of the Doc Martens. Many old company that started because a of the women’s shoes feature plat20-year-old forms, bright Canadian guy colors, unusual“didn’t have ly shaped heels anything else to — or all three. do.” “Whenever we “I started in do something the boutique unusual … business in they’re always 1970,” said the ones that Fluevog. It was sell,” said just a job — Fluevog. Photo by Scott Briscoe/Fluevog something to do Despite the for a young guy The new store is the company’s fashionable fealooking for tures, the shoes 15th in North America. work. But then are all foota co-worker decided to go off on friendly. “That’s kind of the deal,” his own, and he asked Fluevog to said Fluevog. The styles may be come with him. The catch? “He “kind of outrageous, but they’re said, ‘I don’t have any money. Do actually comfortable.” you think your father would lend And the company founder still me any?’” Luckily for Fluevog, his has a major hand in their creation. dad did. A design team helps out, but he “It was pretty clever of him, said, “I want the product … to be actually,” he said. “I ended up part of me.” being a partner.” The company, which has “ebbed Fluevog worked with Peter Fox and flowed” over the years, is dong in a Vancouver neighborhood well these days, and D.C. was a called Gastown for a decade before logical choice because of the brisk starting his own shop in Seattle. In Internet sales here, Fluevog said. that gig, he drew attention for being For more details, visit fluevog. the first to import Doc Martens to com.



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UDC reopens aquatic center after nearly four years and major renovation By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

After nearly four years without a pool, the University of the District of Columbia is debuting its spiffed-up new aquatic center next week. The extensively renovated center will allow the school to build an intercollegiate swimming program, starting with a women’s team.

The school recently hired Lauren Fuchs, the former aquatics director at George Washington University, to guide that process. Fuchs will also help develop programs for local community members, which could include swim lessons, water aerobics classes and arrangements with nearby schools. The pool hosted all of those functions in the past, before shutting down in December 2008. The big change for community members

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The Mayor’s Task Force on Power Line Undergrounding will hold a meeting to discuss priority actions that may be taken to reduce future storm-related power outages. The agenda includes the city administrator’s review of strategic priorities, as well as presentations on project analysis and planning. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in Room G-9 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will host a “Ward 4 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 Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW. Registration is suggested; visit

who once used the pool for free is that they will have to pay to use the new facility for general swimming. But members of the University of District Columbia community can visit the pool for free. The new aquatic center, which officially opens Oct. 1 in the sports complex of the university’s Van Ness campus, features a 25-yard, six-lane new pool with a separate diving well, a new grandstand for spectators and renovated

locker rooms. A wall of glass windows floods the facility with natural light, said Matt Rienzo, the school’s associate director of athletics. The footprint of the facility remains essentially the same as before, Rienzo said, “but the entire inside has been renovated.� When the pool originally closed at the end of 2008, officials said it needed a simple fix to comply with new federal laws for drainage See Pool/Page 15

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In honor of Public Lands Day, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and the National Park Service will host a “Weeding Party� for volunteers to remove exotic ivy from the naturalistic landscape. Participants must be at least 16 years old; long pants, long sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes are required. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lovers’ Lane gate near 31st and R streets NW.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Same-sex parents at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School will host an informational reception for other same-sex couples who want to learn more about the school admission process. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. For location and other details, contact Xiomara Hall at or 202-342-2831. ■The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold a citywide briefing on transit-oriented aspects of the D.C. zoning update. The meeting — which was rescheduled from an earlier date because of severe weather — will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold one of its “Parking Think Tank� meetings to obtain public input on the future of parking in the District. The agency plans to use the information in developing a comprehensive curbside parking management plan; this session will focus on the downtown area of the District. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. For details, visit ■The Friends of Stead Park will host a presentation of design concepts for the renovation of the Stead Park athletic field. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

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The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting, which will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include consideration of the proposed small area plan for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center; a landmark application for the Capitol Traction Co. Car Barn at 4615 14th St. NW; and revised concept for renovations, atlerations and new construction at American University’s Tenley Campus. ■The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to discuss National Educational Technology Standards, the 2012 School Classification Lists and proposed graduation requirements. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. To testify, register at 202-741-0888 or ■ The Dupont Circle and Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commissions will hold a join Bicycle Safety Community Listening and Education Session. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chastleton Ballroom, 1701 16th St. NW. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion on homelessness. Speakers will include Gunther Stern, executive director of the Georgetown Ministry Center. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW.



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District Digest Effort targets victims of campus sex crimes A partnership among the District government, a victim services group and the city’s universities is seeking to encourage college students who are sexually assaulted to report the crimes and seek medical attention. The city announced the U ASK (University Assault. Services. Knowledge) DC initiative this

month, and American University will discuss the program with students at a sexual assault awareness forum tomorrow. The website, developed by the city’s Office of Victim Services and the Men Can Stop Rape group, incorporates information and tips from universities’ individual websites. A mobile app for smartphones is available for free download. Studies suggest that few sexual assaults of college students are

reported, according to a city news release.

EastBanc official to head Georgetown BID

Developer EastBanc’s vice president for acquisitions will head the Georgetown Business Improvement District starting next month, the group announced last Thursday. Joe Sternlieb, a previous deputy director of the Downtown Business







Improvement District, will serve as the Georgetown organization’s chief executive officer, according to a news release. Sternlieb’s role in Georgetown will be to help pitch the neighborhood as a top spot for shopping, dining and office space.

Groups offer series of walking, bike tours

A series of free guided walking and bicycling tours that started this week will continue through Monday across the city, focused around the themes of “African American Heritage,� “Green DC,� “Washington in Conflict,� “Neighborhood History� and “Eyes on the Arts,� according to a news release from Cultural Tourism DC. The WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC tours vary in terms of length and required fitness level, and some require advance registration. Visit






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Adams Morgan walk to benefit animals

The Washington Humane Society is hosting a fundraiser Saturday at Marie Reed Learning Center to benefit animals that have suffered from abuse and neglect, according to a news release. As part of the “Walk for the Animals� event, Humane Society officers will walk a mile around the Adams Morgan/Dupont Circle area with successfully rehabilitated dogs. As of Monday, the group had raised $60,000 toward its $70,000 goal for the initiative. The walk will begin at noon Saturday at Marie Reed, 18th and California streets NW, as part of a series of related events that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. John’s Church to dedicate new organ

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown will hold a service Saturday to dedicate its $750,000 pipe organ, which was installed over the summer as part of a broader renovation to the historic building, according to a release. The Sept. 29 program will begin at 11 a.m. at 3240 O St. and will feature performances of music that “demonstrate the tonal qualities� of the custom-built organ, the release states. The church’s previous organ had deteriorated over time, in part because of water damage from a leaking roof.


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Georgetown heating plant Two candidates seek at-large education post auction set for November By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

As the U.S. General Services Administration prepares to auction off Georgetown’s West Heating Plant property, the secretary of a federal design review board is questioning whether the process has gotten enough public attention. “I urge the GSA to engage with the many interested parties in the community to initiate a public discussion about the future of this property — a future that, if handled wisely, may facilitate great public benefit for future generations,� Thomas Luebke of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts wrote to the General Services Administration earlier this month. The letter was published last Wednesday on the DCMud blog. The two-acre property at 29th and K streets was listed as an excess property in October 2011, and it has served as a key example of the federal government’s initiative to sell off its unused or underused holdings.

The General Services Administration intends to hold an online auction for the site in November, and advertises the property as “a landmark with monumental potential.� In his letter, Luebke urged the agency to consider the benefits of something like a museum — which could artfully use the large open space inside the building rather than fill it in — instead of just standard commercial uses. “There are many ways it could be redeveloped, and the federal government owes the community a bigger public discussion about the property before it is sold,� Luebke said in an interview. “It’s too significant to just put it up for sale like any other building.� Luebke stressed, though, that he isn’t pushing for a particular use for the site or saying it shouldn’t be redeveloped. Rather, he said, the building’s unique character merits more attention. “What I’m looking for is public awareness that might enlarge the See Plant/Page 30

Current Staff Report Two candidates, Mary Lord and Marvin Tucker, are vying for the at-large seat on the D.C. State Board of Education. Lord currently serves as the Ward 2 representative on the board, which was created in 2007 after a shift in control of the school system eliminated the D.C. Board of Education. Tucker, a Ward 5 resident, is a retired plumber who serves as the executive director of the One City All-Star Extravaganza, which helps District high school athletes get college scholarships.

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This is a listing of reports taken from Sept. 16 through 23 in local police service areas.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 400 block, H St.; parking lot; 10:05 a.m. Sept. 19. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; restaurant; 11:24 p.m. Sept. 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  7th and F streets; unspecified premises; 2:25 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 5th St.; unspecified premises; 7:52 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  700 block, H St.; restaurant; 4:52 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  6th and G streets; unspecified premises; 10:34 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  700 block, F St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 3:45 p.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 4:21 p.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 8:40 p.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  600 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 4:44 a.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 4:35 p.m. Sept. 23. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 5:20 p.m. Sept. 20. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5th Street and New York Avenue; unspecified premises; 12:14 a.m. Sept. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; street; 4:08 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  600 block, I St.; parking lot; 11:51 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  500 block, 8th St.; parking lot; 4:07 p.m. Sept. 22.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1400 block, 36th St.; residence; 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 32nd St.; residence; 9 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 34th St.; store; 2:28 a.m. Sept. 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; unspecified premises; 7:15 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; 12:17 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; parking lot; 7:07 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 3:32 p.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Dumbarton St.; church; 11:50 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3500 block, N St.; unspeci-

fied premises; 2 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013; 1200 block, 35th St.; street; 4:49 p.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  2400 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

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Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 17th and I streets; sidewalk; 11:48 p.m. Sept. 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  15th and I streets; unspecified premises; 12:01 a.m. Sept. 21. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 15th St.; office building; 7:20 a.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; unspecified premises; 9:43 a.m. Sept. 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, E St.; unspecified premises; 1:10 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; restaurant; 3:25 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1700 block, E St.; unspecified premises; 4:05 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 2:45 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; office building; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  19th and L streets; sidewalk; 7:55 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:04 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; restaurant; 4:03 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; store; noon Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  600 block, 22nd St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 12:27 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:22 a.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; parking lot; 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; street; 11:39 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 26th St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Sept. 23.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2000 block, Florida Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 10:59 p.m. Sept. 19. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 11:20 p.m. Sept. 19. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Q Street; unspecified premises;

2:37 p.m. Sept. 20. Burglary â&#x2013; 2400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; noon Sept. 19. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; unspecified premises; 10:02 a.m. Sept. 22. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 10:29 p.m. Sept. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:43 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; restaurant; 4:23 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:15 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  2000 block, R St.; restaurant; 8:45 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 14th St.; store; 8:53 p.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  1800 block, R St.; sidewalk; 6:35 p.m. Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  18th Street and Connecticut Avenue; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  20th and S streets; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; midnight Sept. 23.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1800 block, 16th St.; alley; 7:34 p.m. Sept. 22. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1600 block, S St.; residence; 4 p.m. Sept. 17. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  14th and U streets; sidewalk; 1:20 a.m. Sept. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, S St.; residence; 7:04 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Swann St.; residence; 7:08 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; residence; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; parking lot; 10:40 p.m. Sept. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 14th St.; street; 10:25 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; unspecified premises; 12:15 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Riggs Place; street; 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 9:40 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, V St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  15th and V streets; unspecified premises; 3:11 a.m. Sept.


psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 1:45 a.m. Sept. 22. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; alley; 6:45 p.m. Sept. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; unspecified premises; 11:29 p.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Kalorama Road; street; 3:03 a.m. Sept. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  2400 block, Ontario Road; residence; 3:17 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, California St.; residence; 10:45 p.m. Sept. 20. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 19th St.; street; 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:43 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; 10:31 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:15 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:37 p.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:07 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:10 a.m. Sept. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Mintwood Place; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  18th Street and Summit Place; street; 1 p.m. Sept. 23.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1100 block, 11th St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  900 block, P St.; alley; 12:23 p.m. Sept. 22. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  900 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 6:02 p.m. Sept. 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  1100 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Sept. 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Rhode Island Ave.; liquor store; 7:44 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 13th St.; residence; 5:55 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 5:02 p.m. Sept. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Riggs Place; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 9th St.; unspecified premises; 2:56 p.m. Sept. 19.

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LIBRARY: Architects unveil options for renovating, expanding iconic modern building

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direction to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;knock-yoursocks-offâ&#x20AC;? facility. In both, Freelon year. While a full renovation could suggested creating an atrium in the cost $175 million or more, building center of the building that would run in rental space could help finance the from the ground floor to the roof. By extracting what Freelon described as project. The library could also choose to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;donut holeâ&#x20AC;? from the middle of sell the building and find a new the building, he would allow natural home downtown, though Cooper light to shine through and create said finding an affordable, compara- vertical vistas. Freelonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concepts also included bly sized building in the area would open staircases, light-filled auditoribe tough. The 40-year-old library building ums adjacent to the atrium, and welcoming was the last spaces for readb u i l d i n g ing and using designed by computers. renowned modA cafe to ern architect include outdoor Ludwig Mies tables under the van der Rohe, loggia that runs and his only along the main public library. In entrance is part recent years, the Courtesy of D.C. Public Library of both conbuilding, which cepts, as is creatis designated as Philip Freelon reimagined Mies a national his- van der Roheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atrium to create a ing a rooftop garden with toric landmark, more vertical, light-filled space. space for events has suffered from delayed maintenance and cost- and concerts. Two existing belowly repairs, making the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future ground levels could be reconfigured under both schemes to create an in the building unclear. After reviewing design concepts automated parking facility for more from the Freelon Group, the North than 400 vehicles, which could serve Carolina-based firm that has served as a revenue generator. Adding two floors to the existing as the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architect of record since 2010, Cooper said she could four-story building, allowable under finally envision housing a world- current zoning restrictions, could class library in the building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a also help finance the renovation and structure that many, including future maintenance. The library could rent out the space, which it Cooper, love. Architect Philip Freelon present- determined it would not need for its ed two concepts at the meeting, and own operations, to corporate, nonsaid the impetus came from Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profit or government tenants.

The libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role, which is changing just as quickly as the technology now used at many such institutions, also influenced the design concepts. Consultants Susan Kent and June Garcia said libraries are no longer places where patrons only access content from a libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection, but are now places where patrons go to create content. Citing global examples, the consultants described libraries with audio and video labs, facilities with teen centers, and others with childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooms boasting computerized floors that allow kids to create stories. Chief librarian Cooper said any 6HUYLQJ=LS&RGHV 


renovation of the Mies building would be done with an eye toward accommodating current and future use of technology and digital media. The fate of the central libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space has been debated for years. Last November, the library commissioned the Urban Land Institute to study the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential. Its recommendations, issued in March, included adding additional floors that could be rented to outside tenants. The institute also concluded that any renovation, including making only necessary repairs, would require a significant financial commitment from the city.

Based on that report, the mayor, with council approval, allocated funding for the library to further explore renovation concepts with the Freelon Group and library consultants Kent and Garcia. Calling last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting a â&#x20AC;&#x153;continuing community discussion about the future of the MLK Library,â&#x20AC;? John Hill, president of the Board of Library Trustees, encouraged public comment. Residents will have a second opportunity to weigh in on the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future at a council roundtable discussion tomorrow led by Wells and his committee.

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District regulatory agency revises licensing rules for city’s secondhand stores By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The city has revamped its license rules for vintage and used-goods shops, following a controversial enforcement crackdown in the Adams Morgan area last spring. The new regulations allow most stores selling used items like clothing, albums, books and furniture to be exempt from the city’s

secondhand dealer license. Instead, the stores can get the “far easier and quite a bit cheaper” general business license, said Helder Gil of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. With the change, Gil said, the District now has “far more liberalized regulations for vintage stores than some surrounding jurisdictions,” which city leaders hope will encourage more of the shops to crop up in the city.

The regulations were published in their final form in the D.C. Register on Friday, after some tweaks were made in response to public comments. Complaints from a half-dozen shops on 18th, U and 14th streets, including Crooked Beat Records and Miss Pixie’s, inspired the changes. In April inspectors bombarded the stores and informed owners that they would need to apply for the secondhand dealers

license or face fines. The owners protested that the license and its onerous requirements — like detailed inventory lists and thorough background checks — were better suited for pawnshops. At one point, new legislation seemed the likely fix for resolving the conflict, but Gil said the regulatory agency figured out that rule changes would be easier. The agency has held off on fines during the rulemaking process.



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EDUCATION From Page 5 credit.” And students who study abroad where a foreign language is spoken should get foreign language credits. On science requirements, she said many schools lack the necessary equipment to provide instruction.

Lord also advocates for increasing the role of D.C. parents in education. She believes the school system, which has “shut out parents” from recent reforms, should create an ombudsman and a parents’ bill of rights and responsibilities. The second candidate, Tucker, named his campaign focuses as graduation requirements, special education and truancy rules. Tucker said there are now “too

many different entities setting graduation requirements” in the city. The rules the board approves, for example, might conflict with parameters set by the D.C. Council. Tucker said D.C.’s requirements “should be in alignment with colleges and universities around the country so our students can qualify to go to college if they want to,” but he also noted that even students who are not planning on attending college

Wednesday, sepTember 26, 2012 should be able to graduate high school. On special education, Tucker complained that the buses assigned to take students to their classes are often late or absent altogether. He also said the system needs more special-education teachers. He believes the school system could reduce its truancy rates by becoming less rigid on certain rules. For example, many schools won’t

allow students to enter the building if they are late. And at Ballou High School, he noted, entrance security checks can often delay students. Tucker is an alumnus of D.C. public schools. He was the offensive line coach for the Anacostia High football team for 25 years. Lord, a Harvard College graduate, now works as a writer and editor for the American Society for Engineering Education.








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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

For at-large education seat

Amid all the political commercials and the intense focus on the presidential campaign, it’s hard to forget that there’s an election coming up Nov. 6. But even ardent D.C. watchers might not realize that voters will also decide who will fill an at-large seat on the State Board of Education. Two candidates, Mary Lord and Marvin Tucker, are running for the post. We are glad to see the contested race, though we believe Ms. Lord is the clear choice. Unlike its predecessor, the State Board of Education does not administer the schools; rather, under the District’s 2007 education reforms, it has a key role in setting policies including curricula and standards. Mary Lord, a board member since 2007, currently represents Ward 2 on the panel. She frequently attends community meetings to keep abreast of looming issues and public sentiment. She is well-versed in education policy issues and is articulate in expressing the need for reforming graduation requirements, improving science education, and empowering students, parents and community groups. We agree with most of Ms. Lord’s stances. She would like to see a common-sense change to the requirement for two years of instruction in the same foreign language to make it more effective — make them consecutive, to improve retention. But she also recognizes the merits of providing flexibility where appropriate — for instance, counting participation on athletic teams or in an extracurricular program like the DC Youth Orchestra Program toward physical education or arts requirements, respectively. Mr. Tucker would bring some valuable insights to the board. He serves as executive director of the One City All-Star Extravaganza, which helps D.C. high school athletes get college scholarships. But we fear that much of his platform relates to the jurisdiction of the old school board, not the policy-focused portfolio of the current panel. Ms. Lord has performed well in her current board post, and we believe she will continue to serve admirably as an advocate for strong educational offerings at all D.C. schools.

Transparency needed

It’s widely agreed that city officials have done a great job of listening to community input on the upcoming redevelopment of the historic Stevens Elementary School in the West End. How unfortunate, then, has been the process — which might involve the school — of finding a temporary site for the neighborhood’s firehouse. Developer EastBanc is poised to break ground next year on a project that will deliver a new firehouse — and apartment building above it — to replace the old station at 23rd and M streets. Construction should take about two years, meaning that a temporary home must be found. City officials are now evaluating two sites for the job: the L Street frontage of the vacant Stevens School, or Francis Field, in the 1200 block of 25th Street. The problem is that neither option has been fully discussed with residents. Neighbors have problems with the Francis Field site, with nearby residents opposed to the occupation of recently renovated green space, and others worried that fire engines would be hampered by the area’s traffic congestion and nearby roadwork. And the Stevens site might be a victim of bad timing. EastBanc’s firehouse project could be delayed by legal wrangling, which in turn could impede the Stevens redevelopment if the temporary station were housed there. Rumors are floating around of other potential sites, and we’d urge city officials to get in front of community members and discuss the options. It’s unlikely that any temporary site will be ideal or satisfy all residents. But surely officials have learned from the Stevens process that simple clarity and transparency go a long way toward winning over community members.

Whither and whether UDC … ?


n advisory board to the D.C. Council and mayor on the University of the District of Columbia minces no words. “A plan is urgently needed to bring … costs in line.” “Operating deficits, a high cost structure … and declines in student population … have produced a challenging financial situation.” In other words, neither the university nor the newer community college is working properly, and the whole thing has to be rethought, restructured and revived. The board delivered its 33-page report to Mayor Vincent Gray last week. It calls for strong steps to make the community college independent of the university so that it can gain strong accreditation and create programs targeted for jobs and college. “Independence is critical … ,” the report says. Tellingly, neither school president Allan Sessoms nor members of the University of the District of Columbia board were there. In fact, Sessoms’ name wasn’t mentioned during a 40-minute presentation of the report. Mayor Gray grudgingly said his name only after NBC4 asked why it had been omitted in his praise of the school leadership’s cooperation. Sources close to the restructuring effort are suggesting privately to us that Sessoms’ contract may not be renewed when it comes up next spring. Sessoms did not respond to our request for comment when the report was released, except to say that he and the board were working hard to improve the university. Another school official said Sessoms has been hampered by union agreements, seniority and other workforce issues. The university board, headed by Elaine Crider, is due to submit its own restructuring report Monday. It will be the first public indication of whether the board is prepared to play a leading role in any restructuring or whether there will infighting over Sessoms, the school’s direction or anything else. “We are confident that the UDC board understands the significant task ahead,” said the advisory panel statement. In fact, insiders say, one of the problems with rebuilding the university system is that Sessoms and the board jumped ahead with creation of a community college system even while nonprofit, business and other groups were still studying the idea of creating an independent school. The advisory panel that’s now trying to reshape higher education in the city is headed by Walter Smith of DC Appleseed, a nonprofit research group that has tackled HIV/AIDS and other city issues. Members of the panel include Alice Rivlin of the Brookings Institution, educator and activist Carrie

Thornhill, former Federal City Council executive director John Hill and educator Joshua Kern. The university gets about $65 million a year from the District to operate the school, which has only about 5,000 students. It asked for another $23 million for the community college. Under a section of the report called “The Need for Fiscal Stability,” the advisory panel said the cost per full-time student at the university is about $34,000 — about 60 percent higher than the median at similar schools. The university has disputed this figure, but even the lower figure it supports indicates costs about 25 percent higher. Whither the university and the city’s nascent community college? The battle may be just beginning. Read the full report at ■ Airport answers? Mayor Gray has appointed Barbara Lang to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Lang is head of the DC Chamber of Commerce. She joins other new members who hope to straighten out what can only be described as a mess at the authority that runs Dulles International and Reagan National. “Her business acumen and personal skills will serve her and the people of D.C. well on this important board,” the mayor said. The Notebook will add this: She’ll need every skill she’s got. ■ Security bureaucracy. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has given its latest grant — totaling $51.8 million — to Maryland, Virginia and the District to improve various projects for the official “national capital region” that encompasses the three jurisdictions. It includes improvements to chemical and biological sensor devices, as well as training for first responders to operate such equipment. That’s pretty clear. But the following section sets off the Notebook’s bureaucratic sensor for securicrat speak: “Transportation Management Tools: The region will sustain and expand its traffic and weather information sharing system. It will be expanded to offer traffic forecasting based on historical traffic, weather and incident data. This system gives emergency managers and other preparedness and response partners a common, regional operating picture, and it assists them to make decisions on needed regional, coordinated actions such as evacuations or sheltering in place.” If that lengthy paragraph means the region will work better together to forestall those horrible traffic jams that occur with every emergency, natural or otherwise, then the money will be well spent.



Letters to the Editor Pepco power station requires attention

Pepco’s substation at 22nd and N streets is a serious neighborhood eyesore surrounded by assorted trash — candy wrappers, soda cans, cigarette butts and the like — and dead leaves from last fall. Gigantic weeds are sprouting everywhere — from dirt planters and cracks in the building, sidewalk, walkway and driveway. The building looks abandoned. The corner looks scary — especially after dark! I have lived next door for almost two years, and my rear window overlooks Pepco’s ser-

vice area where trucks park. I have never seen a landscaper, cleanup crew or any exterior maintenance on this ugly, windowless fortress. The only thing good about living next door to a power substation is that we haven’t lost power since I’ve been here. Samuel Augustus Jennings Dupont Circle

Replace trash lids to combat West Nile

Thank you for writing about the West Nile virus in your Aug. 29 issue. I would like to suggest that D.C.’s efforts to combat this virus may not be sufficient. Wherever one travels, there are large, green resident trash contain-

ers that have no tops. When it rains, the containers fill with water that are breeding grounds for mosquitos. The city needs to replace all tops immediately. Ted Mastroianni Washington, D.C.

Where should city residents evacuate?

September is National Preparedness Month. “Evacuation Route” signs are posted along 16th Street in Northwest Washington. Questions: Where exactly do D.C. residents evacuate to? Is there a big field somewhere in Maryland that we drive to and wait for the all-clear signal? Wallace Holland Washington, D.C.

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Letters to the Editor City should test out Tunlaw Road changes

There is no need to waste taxpayer dollars by pouring three concrete islands at 37th Street and Tunlaw Road in order to redirect traffic and add to the safety of pedestrians and cars alike. There is a much less expensive and more effective way to achieve this proposed change. After removing the two current concrete and signed triangles and repairing the pavement, the rest can be accomplished with paint stripes and plastic bollards. This ought to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;testedâ&#x20AC;? for a year, as is planned for the Wisconsin Avenue changes. After that, we might find out that this is not a solution at all. It is possible that only a four-way traffic signal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just like the ones at Calvert and 37th and at Calvert and Tunlaw â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will solve existing problems. That would not be so onerous, but I guess itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more expensive. Meanwhile, adding concrete islands to the front-yard streetscape of six homes (the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current plan) will take away for all of us the possibility of having cars stop briefly for deliveries, loading or unloading. Worse yet, it will channel and extend the driveways of half of those affected into narrow â&#x20AC;&#x153;chutesâ&#x20AC;? that will require us to back into two full lanes of traffic every time we leave home. As an alternate option, the D.C. Department of Transportation recently finished the same kind of â&#x20AC;&#x153;island redirecting trafficâ&#x20AC;? project at Massachusetts Avenue and 5th Street NW. There, workers merely striped the pavement and added plastic bollards, exactly like the ones recently installed on Tunlaw at Benton Street. Two-sided islands actually would allow for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;temporary loading zonesâ&#x20AC;? we residents need without the expense or other negative aspects of the previous plans presented at advisory neighborhood commission meetings. In both of the versions presented, there has been a third island. Whether concrete or greenscaped, this island â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be located in front of my 30-foot-wide, beautifully gardened and landscaped yard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be a waste of taxpayer dollars. If this middle island serves any purpose at all, it can be achieved with paint striping. Not creating a new curb would mean that I could back my car safely into a position to wait for traffic openings; I might even be able to drive forward when exiting rather than always backing into two lanes of traffic. It will be much safer for me and my passengers (older friends and grandchil-

dren). I have sent a detailed request to Mr. Paul Hoffman of the Transportation Department and to our city officials requesting a painted and â&#x20AC;&#x153;bollardâ&#x20AC;? intersection change. We deserve as much â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least for one year, the same time as is being given to evaluate the gigantic Wisconsin Avenue changes. Sue S. Baum Glover Park

Nebraska Ave. work should be quicker

We returned to D.C. from summer travels in the Northeast, and as we reconnected with the local news we read The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 29 article saying that â&#x20AC;&#x153;A long-running construction project at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and Military Road entered its final phase this week.â&#x20AC;? Wow! Work that began in November 2011 and involved about 70 yards of excavation, road repair and replacement of signal light switches (plus resurfacing) will take almost one year to complete. We watched as miles of road in Vermont were torn up and fully repaved in two weeks. The work crews were of course larger, and they worked from early morning until late afternoon six days a week. In D.C., a major east/west artery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Military Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and an adjacent section of Nebraska Avenue have been clogged for months due to repairs. Rarely were more than two or three workers on the job, and we observed long periods of time when nothing was being done. Meanwhile, traffic was forced into a single lane (or a lane and a half), wasting time, fuel and patience. Paul Hoffman of the D.C. Department of Transportation is quoted as saying that cars, trucks and buses are now riding on the roadbed. He went on to say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you take a lane out of service, it backs up traffic everywhere.â&#x20AC;? Amen. This fact alone merited a larger work crew, more hours on the job, and a much-improved pace of work. I wonder how many weeks a similar project would have taken in Vermont, or even in Beijing or Seoul? A lot fewer, I suspect. Eugene Abravanel Chevy Chase

Beatty is best choice for at-large council

Your readers can promote honest-to-goodness change in our city government this year by voting for Mary Brooks Beatty for D.C. Council at-large on Nov. 6. A native of Texas, Mrs. Beatty has enjoyed a successful career as a nonprofit and private-sector executive. Mary has lived on Capitol Hill for more than 12 years, and she

spent six years serving as an Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A member and alcoholic beverage licensing chair. Her service as commissioner helped reduce crime in the neighborhood and helped create the pedestrianfriendly environment on H Street NE, leading to the creation of new small businesses and jobs along this corridor. As a mother and grandmother, Mary is interested in quality education for all of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children. She served on the board of Options Charter School on Capitol Hill. Mary believes that our council is in desperate need of reform, and that the current climate of corruption and â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay to playâ&#x20AC;? contracts does not serve the best interests of our citizens. Mary has been meeting with citizens of all eight wards to become familiar with their concerns. We believe that with Mary as an at-large member of the D.C. Council, all the citizens of the District will benefit from the same quality of constituent service and transparent representation that she provided for her Ward 6 neighbors. Marya Pickering

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Have you seen the new D.C. public library in Georgetown lately? I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Not since the colossal fire and the grand reopening. Man, what a blast! Wow! Airconditioned corridors, a brand-new elevator, three floors of study tables, book collections and the Internet. And a special section down on the basement level for the little kiddies. Back when I was a homeless man, sleeping on the benches outside in the yard, the water fountains inside and the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room downstairs were favorite attractions. I called it the â&#x20AC;&#x153;gardenâ&#x20AC;? outside and oftentimes greeted many a familiar face, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d arrive after dark, to sleep on the grounds. I remember the horrible stink of that old menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room on the lower level. I would often wonder that they never seemed able to purge the awful odor that used to permeate all the premises from inside that bathroom. It all comes back to mind all too easily, even now. I bet the new menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room on the second floor is a real charm in comparison. More than just one stall, plenty of hot and cold running water and toilet paper, too. The door was locked when I tried to go inside, so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to see what the renovated space looked like. I had to get on the bus, but maybe next time. Jim Clark Randallstown, Md.

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for the site. Preliminary renderings shared with The Current, which could change even before next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, show a walking/ jogging track encircling the field; shade trees and seating; new fencing; and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water feature. In total, 20 to 25 percent of the athletic field would be converted to â&#x20AC;&#x153;passive useâ&#x20AC;? under the current proposal, which would be subject to approval by the Department of Parks and Recreation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to make it more available to a bigger spectrum of the population, not just the age group thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing soccer,â&#x20AC;? said Victor Wexler, a member of the friends groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board and a Dupont advisory neighborhood commissioner. But that much reduction could be a significant problem for the fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current users, said Alex Beerman, executive director for the nonprofit District Sports soccer league. When the league uses the field, it already operates with just seven-player

teams rather than the usual 11 because Stead is smaller than a regulation field, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If those changes were to go down, it would pretty much cut us out,â&#x20AC;? he said. Part of the friends groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal is to replace the dying grass with artificial turf in the section that would still be used for group sports, which Beerman said he appreciates: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we can kind of meet halfway to add some of the stuff but maintain it for the sports people.â&#x20AC;? Wexler and other members of the friends group have said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open to reshaping the proposal based on community feedback they hear at next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Improvements to the park are typically funded in part by an endowment established more than 60 years ago, which covered nearly half the cost of renovating Steadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground several years ago. Any changes to the site, though, require approval from the parks department, which owns the facility and bears the remaining costs of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upkeep.

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Vol. 54, No. 42

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September 26, 2012

FOGGY BOTTOM ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE the foggy bottom association preferred merchants program local merchant discounts for the cost of an fba membership! FBA members receive a variety of discounts from local businesses through the FBA’s “Preferred Merchant Program.” Present your FBA Membership Card to receive Member-Only discounts at these shops.

10% discount dish+drinks @ the river inn 924 25th St., NW (202) 338.8707 district hardware / the bike shop 1108 24th St., NW (202) 659.8686 (excludes sales, closeouts, special orders and labor) fairmont health club 2401 M St., NW (202) 457.5070 Monthly dues and spa treatments (Monday-Friday only) one fish, two fish 2423 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 822.0977 reiter’s books 1900 G St., NW (202) 223.3327 (excludes special orders, cafe items not included) riVers at the Watergate restaurant 600 New Hampshire Ave., NW (202) 333.1600 Food only (excludes hours of 5 to 8 p.m.)

Watergate gallery and frame design 2552 Virginia Ave., NW (202) 338.4488 Watergate salon 2532 Virginia Ave., NW (202) 333.3488 (products excluded) Watergate Wine and beverage 2544 Virginia Ave., NW (202) 333.0636 10% discount on wine; 5% discount on liquor

15% discount 1201 salon 2526 L St., NW (202) 293.5557 15% discount on all Hair Services, 10% on Manicures & Pedicures circle bistro 1 Washington Circle, NW (202) 293.5390 metropolitan optical 1919 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 659.6555 (not combined with other special offers) notti bianche 824 New Hampshire Ave., NW (202) 298.8085

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POOL: Renovated UDC aquatic facility will help usher in intercollegiate swim team

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safety. But soon the university discovered that more complex structural repairs were necessary. Explaining the large gap between the close date and the reopening, university athletic director Patricia Thomas said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The short answer [is], what happened with the facility was an extensive renovation. Ultimately what we have is a brand-new facility, and that takes time.â&#x20AC;? Local advisory neighborhood commissioner Adam Tope suggested that neighbors have lost track of the project during the long closure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UDC has not reached out to the community about it other than making us aware of the renovations quite a while ago,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. The D.C. Council approved a $2.8 million contract for the renovation in January 2011, but university officials said this week that project costs totaled $4 million. Construction work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which built an entirely new pool structure, replaced pump equipment, and refurbished bleachers, among other

changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is now complete. But Thomas said the school is waiting this week on an inspection from the D.C. Department of Health. Before the renovation, the university offered only an intramural swimming program for students. The planned addition of a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swim team will mark the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11th athletic program within Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The goal is to launch with the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team before developing the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. The university plans to begin recruiting swimmers this year before possibly starting competitions during the next school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a good year away before we begin with an intercollegiate program,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said, adding that the school may introduce a club program in the meantime. New aquatics director Fuchs comes with a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in exercise science from George Washington University, three yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience as that schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aquatics director, and experience as a personal trainer at Vida Fitness, according to a recent

news release. School officials said Fuchs was unavailable for an interview. Thomas said the new hire would not only act as a swim coach (likely with a yetto-be-hired assistant), but also manage day-to-day operations of the new aquatic center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The intercollegiate program is just one componentâ&#x20AC;? of the center, Thomas emphasized. Primarily, she said, the pool â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhances the leisure and recreation opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;? for

members of the school community and its neighbors. Specific programming is still under discussion, but Thomas said the university has been in talks with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bodywiseâ&#x20AC;? fitness program for seniors about water aerobics classes, as well as with local high schools about agreements to rent the pool for meets. For general use, community members can purchase $100 passes for 20 visits or $7 passes for daily

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

In some schools, geography is not a subject required for graduation. However, we feel that geography is an important subject due to its wide variety of content and because it gives us a greater understanding of the world around us. Many of the topics that we study at the British School relate to current events that we hear about in the news. For example, we are currently learning about rain forests. This topic makes us more aware of the problems of deforestation in the Amazon rain forest. The recent earthquake in Costa Rica relates to our work on earthquakes: We learned about why earthquakes occur and the consequences that they cause. The recent Syrian civil war has caused many people to leave the country, and become refugees and migrants. Last year we learned about population, and how people are forced to move out of their countries. Geography has always been one of our favorite subjects, due to the


amount of useful information we learn that we can apply to our learning in our other subjects, like biology, history and chemistry. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Max Popov and Sophia Donvito, Year 11 Philadelphia (10th-graders)

Field School

The middle school students last week made their voices heard by electing two representatives to student government. Of the four candidates, two were chosen: eighthgrader Wells Thomason and seventh-grader Elinor Howells. Both promised to bring middle school ideas to the student government. Elinorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning pitch: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not running for office, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m running for you.â&#x20AC;? The student government meets once a week to discuss school issues and plan exciting events. Student government is part of SHAM, which stands for Study Hall, Honors, Activities and

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Meetings. SHAM takes place for about 40 minutes after lunch every day. This year, a few of the SHAM activities are Anime Club, Movie Club, robotics, Chinese culture and â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Wingâ&#x20AC;? Club, whose members watch and analyze episodes of the series. In the past, acting opportunities during SHAM have been limited to high-schoolers. This year, though, middle-schoolers will also get a chance to express themselves on stage through creation of a new middle-school musical ensemble. Lots of middle-schoolers are excited for this chance. The sign-up sheet for musical was overflowing with names. The musical, which will take place later in the year, has not yet been chosen. Another option for SHAM is honors classes, open to students with good grade-point averages. Among those classes are creative nonfiction, D.C. history and gender lab (where womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights are discussed). In middle school sports last week, the girls won their first game of the year against the Lab School, 3-1. In addition, the boys again won, this time against the Lab School 4-2, to remain undefeated with two victories. Beyond the school activities, many students ended the week enthusiastic about the Nationals going to the playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maddie Williams, sixth-grader, and Jana Cohen and Lila Bromberg, eighth-graders

Georgetown Day School

Last week at the high school, students had a reading day on Monday in observance of Rosh Hashanah. During a reading day, official classes are canceled. However, the high school campus is still open for students to read, catch up on schoolwork, or meet with some teachers. Of course, most students choose to stay home. The high school will also observe Yom Kippur this week and will have another reading day! Last Friday, the high school welcomed Jim Margolis, who spoke at an assembly. Margolis is a senior adviser to President Obama in his re-election campaign, and he is also a Georgetown Day parent. Students were intrigued to hear Margolis talk politics and hear his insight on political and advocacy campaigns. This Saturday, Sept. 29, the high school will host a full day of league competition, notoriously dubbed Sports Saturday! On this actionpacked, school-spirited day, our girls soccer and volleyball teams and boys soccer teams will compete in home matches on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopper Turfâ&#x20AC;? and in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopper Dome.â&#x20AC;? (For game times, visit Throughout the day, there will be grilled food and free giveaways. Starting at 9 a.m., Sports Saturday is an excellent chance for Mighty Hopper fans to support their teams and have the chance to see multiple teams in action on the same day! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

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We are so excited for another school year at Hearst Elementary! Things are going well so far. Our third-grade teacher, Mrs. Gassert, moved to fourth grade with us, which was exciting. We also have new specials at school now, like performance art, art and even debate. This year the fourth and fifth grades are also responsible for safety patrol. We wrote a paragraph about why we would be good additions to the patrol. Keeping kids safe and helping the school are important to our class. In class, we have also been learning about a lot of things. We have studied the solar system and learned that Saturnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rings are made of rock/ice and that all of the planets orbit around the sun! It is really interesting. In math we have been learning about patterns and place value, and we are looking everywhere for really big numbers to go into our number books. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fourth-graders

Holy Trinity School

For Back-to-School Night at Holy Trinity School, we did a project about our memories. It was an exciting project because we got to use our new iPads. We used an app called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pic Collage.â&#x20AC;? We had to type our names and the project title using different fonts. Then we got to pick our backgrounds. Afterward we chose pictures from the iPadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camera roll or from the web. We typed sentences into text boxes telling why each picture was a memory. Once all that work was done, we put on headphones and spoke into a microphone, telling why a picture was a favorite memory. When our parents came to school on Back-toSchool Night, they could hear us talk when they scanned a QR code on our collages. We really liked this project because we got to work with iPads. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually get to use them, but we did for this project, and we hope to use them for more projects. We hope you can work on iPads, too! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Connell Leary and Keegan Curran, second-graders

Ross Elementary

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Before we left for summer break, we used to come to a normal school. Now every morning when I walk in our school building, I am filled with excitement. We have beautiful wood floors, brightly painted classrooms and lots of new furniture. Here are some things that Ross students like about the new renovation. A second-grader said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go down two floors to go to the bathroom. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just right here!â&#x20AC;? A fourth-grader said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like how nice and clean it is.â&#x20AC;? I also interviewed a teacher and she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the new shelving See Dispatches/Page 25

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ditional side of the spectrum. Few and far between are the truly contemporary revisions of older homes. But buyers searching for those rare birds should flock to a newly listed Chevy Chase house. From the outside, the 1913 end-unit row home is indistinguishable from its graceful neighbors: same deep porch, same stone-meets-shingle facade. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different story past the front door, which brightens the double foyer with side lights as well as transoms. Renovations have yielded new hardwood floors and recessed lighting, and touches such as a wall niche hint at the modern design to come. A wide doorway lets the two halves of a double living room flow into each other. The larger of the two is anchored by a fireplace and its hefty stone surround. Large windows on either side of that hearth make this a sunny spot.

Even on dreary days, though, the showstopping combined kitchen and dining room will seem light and bright, thanks to the large spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many windows and white stone floor. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a European sensibility here that upends the typical configuration of American kitchens. Instead of the trio of base cabinets, uppers and an island, this spot from Italian firm Bontempi Cucine puts much of the action on a huge central island. Stainless steel marks the work section â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sink, covered Gaggenau burners and exhaust â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while glossy white rings a lower section and stretches to form a table with seating for four. Sleek, walnuthued storage pieces march seamlessly along the wall and hold Gaggenau wall ovens, including a steam oven. The exhaust hood is a prominent piece in the room and an instant sign to visitors that this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a typical D.C. kitchen. Comprised of a pair of stainless-steel plinths, it connects to a glossy white box that provides lighting for the island and helps to define the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; important in a large space. A large, sunny dining area opens to a large teak deck and, beyond that, a one-car garage.

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This six-bedroom, 5.5-bath home on McKinley Street is priced at $1,499,000. Extensive renovations have yielded stylish â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and colorful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; baths throughout the home as well. Marine blue is a major player in the second levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three baths, two of which are en-suite spots. A third waits in the hall and serves two of the floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four bedrooms. But the third floor is where a modern, luxurious bath is the highlight of a level thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken up entirely by a master suite. Though quite large, the bath manages to feel warm and inviting, thanks in part to the use of wood around the door of a sauna. The material reappears around a spa tub and as the floor of the walk-in shower lined by frameless-glass walls. Also keeping the modern-design


Elegant Manor

Kenwood. Exquisite sun filled Tudor style completely renovated & expanded to exacting standards by David Jones. 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 half baths on 18,000 sf lot in this most desirable neighborhood. $3,495,000 Pat Lore   301-908-1242 Ted Beverley  301-728-4338

High Style

Bethesda/NIH. Ultimate quality construction by Crescendo Builders.  The Edgemoor at Rosedale Pk. Elegant designer finishes on 4 lvls.  6 Brs, 5.5 Bas, chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kit, fam rm, ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suite.  Bethesda, Metro, NIH, Capitol Trail.  $1,389,000. Eric Murtagh   301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

chills away is a white-and-cream tile design. The quatrefoil-and-circle pattern is subtle, but it packs a graphic punch. The master suite also includes a dressing room, sitting room and a sizable teak deck waiting through two large glass doors. The bottom level has also been completely re-imagined, yielding an in-law suite with a separate entrance, a large family room and a laundry and work room. This thoroughly modern renovation doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there, though. Sixteen solar panels on the roof produce 40 percent of the electricity

used by the property annually. High-efficiency heat pumps and tankless water heaters are other environmentally friendly features. Steps from Chevy Chaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial strip along Connecticut Avenue, this property is also within walking distance of the Friendship Heights Metro stop. This six-bedroom, 5.5-bath property at 3907 McKinley St. NW is offered for $1,499,000. For details, contact Richard Seaton or Claudia Donovan of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at claudia. or richard.seaton@sothebysrealty.


Space & Light

Chevy Chase, DC. Colonial on private wooded lot in quiet neighborhood. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Family rm addition. MBR suite w/new ba, 13â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;? ceilings & brick frpl. Loft BR w/skylights. Att. garage. $975,000 Ellen Abrams  202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell  202-329-7117


Modern Mode

Classic Charmer

Petworth. Open & spacious renovated 4 level townhouse. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Large modern kitchen overlooking rear yard BAs on & deck. Hrdwd floors. Off- street pkg for 2 cars. $615,000 Leslie Suarez 202-246-6402 & office Bethesda

Bethesda, MD. Colonial w/3 BRs, 2 lushly landscaped lot. Stunning kitchen addition. Walk to Metro, dwntwn & Capitol Trail. $795,000 Marcie Sandalow  301-758-4894 Catarina Bannier  202-487-7177


Great Views

Cleveland Park. Three exposures in this spacious (1200 sf) one bedroom at The Broadmoor coop. Living rm w/French drs to solarium. Entrance foyer, den/office, updated kit & formal DR. Period details. $445,000 Susan Berger    202-255-5006 Ellen Sandler     202-255-5007

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 19 meeting: â&#x2013; Sara Maddux of the West End Citizens Association thanked the commission for supporting Ivymount School as the educational component for a redeveloped Stevens School site. The specialeducation school will serve students with autism. Developers Akridge and Argos will construct a 10-story office building on the site and fund the restoration of the Stevens building to serve Ivymount. Commission chair Florence Harmon thanked the city for working with the community to get a project residents could support and said she hopes the office buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail space includes a restaurant. â&#x2013;  representatives of the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department reminded residents that they can call 202-673-3331 to request a free smoke and carbon monoxide detector. â&#x2013;  commissioner Armando Irizarry reported that the CVS Pharmacy in the Watergate will relocate to the former Safeway spot in the same complex and expand its grocery selection. A tenant hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been selected for the existing CVS location. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Rebecca Coder absent, to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation rebuild New Hampshire Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sidewalks in concrete rather than the planned brick as part of a repaving project. (The agency later elected to go with brick.) The representatives also said at the meeting that they would be willing to leave two blocks of New Hampshire Avenue as one-way north of Washington Circle; they subsequently decided to go with two-way. â&#x2013;  commissioners decided to co-sign a letter with several other community groups emphasizing broad community support for two EastBanc development projects that would construct housing on the sites of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library and firehouse above rebuilt public facilities. The DC Library Renaissance Project group has appealed the Zoning Commission order allowing

the projects. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0 to sign a voluntary agreement with Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill, 2524 L St., allowing the establishment to extend its summer garden hours until its closing time. Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s would not serve food or drink outside, but the extension would allow patrons to carry their beverages outdoors while smoking. â&#x2013;  commissioners asked the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to postpone consideration of a liquor license for a planned restaurant at a hotel at 2224 L St., so the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives can present their proposal at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to tweak the wording regarding an advisory committee that will help the community and George Washington University collaborate on university issues. â&#x2013;  George Washington University representatives reported that the school still intends to construct a private office building in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. The university will present more details at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to raise no objection to a proposed curb cut at the planned Hilton Garden Inn, 22nd and M streets. The Zoning Commission approved the proposal last year, but it still needs Public Space Committee authorization. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Saint Stephen Martyr Church, 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety and police report. â&#x2013;  discussion of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal year 2013 budget and reauthorization of the executive directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employment and salary. â&#x2013;  presentation of a commission commendation to honor Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School for community engagement and generosity. â&#x2013;  community comment. â&#x2013;  discussion of the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed regulations on private signage in public space (including freestanding triangular advertising signs on sidewalks) and on private property. â&#x2013;  discussion regarding the Jackson Arts Center, 3048 1/2 R St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Hotel Monticello, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application for a city raze permit at 3324 Dent Place (to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Review Board). â&#x2013;  consideration of Old Georgetown Board matters: 3321 N St., residence, one- and two-story rear additions, new window well on front facade, concept; 3222 M St., Georgetown Park, sign scheme: canopy and banners, concept â&#x20AC;&#x201D; revised design; 2805 M St., commercial, replacement windows, permit; 3029 M St., commercial, sign scheme for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scotch & Soda,â&#x20AC;? permit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; options; 2718 P St., residence, shed at rear, permit; 3100 P St., residence, two-story rear addition (at second and third floors), concept; 3138 P St., residence, twostory addition to infill courtyard, concept; 1510 31st St., commercial, roof deck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; existing (shed removed), permit; 1645 31st St., residence, Williams-Addison House (also known as Oak Crest and Friendly Estate), underground parking garage, concept; 2523 P St., residence, rear addition of sunroom, permit; and 3247 R St., residence, raze existing structure at rear, new one-story building with basement at rear, concept. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  logan circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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Northwest Real Estate FIELDS: Debate heats up over allocation of parks department athletic fields

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6 p.m. on weekdays. This year, more than 70 percent of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s field time was scheduled for after 5:30 p.m., and 50 percent was scheduled after 6 p.m., according to testimony by DC Stoddert Soccer chair Nick Keenan. Volunteers for the organizations had to scramble to find alternative locations, and in a few weeks, they say, their practice times at city fields will be rendered useless by earlier sunsets. While Keenan acknowledged that allocating fields is always a difficult process, he said the park departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to deny Stoddert permits was â&#x20AC;&#x153;dropped on us like a bomb in the last minute.â&#x20AC;? The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director, JesĂşs Aguirre, defended his decisions, saying at the hearing that his departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to give the many permit applicants equal access to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities and fields. He said the department is receiving an increasing number of use requests. In a Sept. 18 letter to Stoddertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keenan, Aguirre said the parks department received 500-plus applications from more than 150 organizations requesting permits. It was when Aguirre testified that he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;pleasedâ&#x20AC;? with his departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permitting process that Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, who chaired the hearing, showed some frustration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a citywide issue that has brought tremendous consternation,â&#x20AC;? said Wells. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It impacts at least 10,000 people who play soccer, 4,000 who play football, and others. â&#x20AC;Ś We know there are demands on the field, but timing does make a difference.â&#x20AC;?

Later in the hearing, Wells referred to Aguirre as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stewardâ&#x20AC;? of the fields, and he said that residents around the city, particularly schoolaged children, rely on him and his agency to sort out use with more transparency, communication and advance notice to explain which organizations received what field allocations and why. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clarity and transparency so people trust the decision-making process is one of the most fundamental functions of government. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just Stoddert that is wondering about how this decision was made,â&#x20AC;? Wells said. With more than 30 public witnesses appearing before the committee, there was little consensus on how to allocate field use. Some said it should go to organizations with the highest number of members; others said large groups should not be allowed to monopolize fields, and suggested that perhaps capping a groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of a field would be more equitable. Wells said his office has heard from residents who would prefer to see blocks of time reserved for â&#x20AC;&#x153;open playâ&#x20AC;? at neighborhood fields, rather than just team use. Seven Stoddert players urged Wells not to let the parks department â&#x20AC;&#x153;take away our fields,â&#x20AC;? testifying that they worked hard to get on their teams and that last year they had more practice time on fields closer to their homes. Wells said he believes this problem will only get worse as more groups show interest in using the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fields, and he urged the parks department to come up with a workable solution that incorporates input from all stakeholders.

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Aguirre explained that there is a process in place, but he admitted that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always clear to users: Parks department programs get first priority, followed by D.C. public schools, including charter schools, and then parks department â&#x20AC;&#x153;partnersâ&#x20AC;? who provide programming at city facilities at no cost to residents. Private youth sports organizations, like Stoddert, are next, followed by pri-

vate adult sports organizations. Aguirre agreed to make improvements to the permitting process and said a new staff member will be added next month to process applications. As his agency grows, however, Aguirre said plans include increasing department programming at agency facilities, which he admitted would bump other users further down the line. He also confirmed

that charter schools are increasingly asking for access to fields. Several witnesses had ideas to increase capacity at city fields, including adding lights, which Wells noted could draw opposition from residents who live near the fields. Some fields are underused due to poor condition, so Wells asked the agency for a list of fields that could be upgraded for better utilization.






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Events Entertainment

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Wednesday september 26 Benefit ■ Author and performance artist Jeff Biggers will present “State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream” at a benefit for the groups Teaching for Change and Save Ethnic Studies. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $50 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Classes ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. ■ Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on “Buddha’s Advice for a Happy and Healthy Life.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer-songwriter Paul Pfau. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ Davis & Elkins College will present “A Gershwin Gala” with pianist Jack Gibbons. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Films ■ The Mount Pleasant Library will present the 2005 film “How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ The U Street Movie Series will feature an outdoor screening of Alan J. Pakula’s 1993 film “The Pelican Brief.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. Walk ■ William Gilcher, former director of media projects for the Goethe-Institut, will present a walking tour on “Old Elegance and Continuing Style: Germans and German-Americans and the Dupont Circle Neighborhood.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reserva-

tions required. Meet at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Thursday, Sept. 27 Thursday september 27 Benefit ■ “Feeding the Soul, Strengthening the Community” will showcase the Community of Hope’s efforts to improve the health and quality of life of low-income, homeless and underserved D.C. families and individuals. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $75; $125 per couple. Patton Boggs, 2550 M St. NW. Class ■ Bass-baritone Andrew FosterWilliams will lead an opera master class. 7 p.m. $12. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Concerts ■ In conjunction with the All Roads Film Festival, National Geographic will host a mariachi performance. 12:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ Poet Holly Bass and a jazz trio will perform as part of the Music on the Lawn series. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ “Rock-n-Roar: 80s Night at the Zoo” will feature the party band Gonzo’s Nose. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $20 to $40. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. edu. ■ British-Portuguese pop singer Ana Free will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. ■ English singer-songwriter Beth Orton will perform. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Besim Beqaj, minister of economic development for the Republic of Kosovo,

will discuss “Perspectives on Kosovo’s Economic Development.” 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Jodie G. Roure, a professor at City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will speak as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-6404. ■ William Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute, will discuss “Putting the Rule Above the Law: Putin’s Statist Policies.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 462, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Cheryl Ganz, the National Postal Museum’s chief curator of philately, will discuss “The Hindenburg: Sifting Memories From the Ashes.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Stuart Brown, chief investment strategist and portfolio manager at Warren Capital, will discuss “Investing in Today’s Climate.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ “Q&A Cafe” will feature Washingtonian magazine editor-at-large Carol Joynt interviewing Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry. 12:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Degrees Bar & Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-9110. ■ As part of the All Roads Film Festival, directors Auraeus Solito, Aleskei Vahrukshev and Musa Syeed will discuss the opportunities and demands that arise when a filmmaker channels a deep familiarity with a place and its culture. 1:30 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Sunlight and Shadow: French Painting From Bonnard to Cézanne.” 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Deborah Harkness will discuss “The Experience of Early Modern London.” 6 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. ■ German-born architect Matthias Hollwich will discuss “Architecture in an Aging Society.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 167. ■ Philip Golub, journalist and lecturer at the American University of Paris, and Steve Clemons, editor at large at the Atlantic Monthly, will discuss “China-USA in the 21st Century: Clash or Partnership?” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. ■ Mary Frances Giandrea, assistant professor of history at American University, will discuss “The Chaotic 14th Century.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ The Georgetown Library’s Non-Fiction Book Club will discuss “The Social Animal” by David Brooks. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ A panel discussion will focus on

Wednesday, september 26 ■ Concert: The Chinese group Hanggai will perform a blend of Mongolian folk music and more modern styles such as punk rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. “Fashion, Interior Design + Art: The Creative Process of ‘Cosmo Couture.’” 7 p.m. $15; $6 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. ■ Pankaj Mishra will discuss his book “From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Scholars with expertise in religion and politics will discuss “The Catholic Vote,” about the upcoming elections. 7 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Father O’Connell Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. ■ NASA headquarters program scientist Curt Niebur will discuss “The Oceans of Europa: Jupiter’s Cradle of Life?” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Antonio Ortiz-Mena, head of economic affairs at the Embassy of Mexico, will discuss “Mexico-US Economic Relations: Lessons on Dispute Resolution.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202965-4400. Films ■ The eighth annual All Roads Film Festival will kick off with the D.C. premieres of the 2012 film “Mariachi High” (shown) and the 2011 film “Busong (Palawan Fate).” 3:30 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ The 2012 Human Rights Film Series will feature Michael Collings’ 2010 film “Give Up Tomorrow,” about a case in the Philippines that ends the country’s use of capital punishment yet fails to free an innocent man. A discussion will follow. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American

University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ “Eighties Flashback Films” will feature Don Bluth’s 1982 animated feature “The Secret of NIMH.” 6:30 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The Karabakh Foundation will present “Memory of Taste,” about the agricultural and culinary traditions of various regions of Azerbaijan. 6:30 p.m. Free. Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW. 202-872-3396. ■ As part of a festival celebrating the work of Czech-American director Milos Forman, the Embassy of the Czech Republic will present Bill Jersey’s 2002 documentary “Making of Amadeus.” A discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. ■ The sixth annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program will feature the filmmaker’s 1979 film “John F. Kennedy 1917-1963,” which was commissioned for the dedication of the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum in Boston. A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Black Ivory Communications will present the world premiere of Tony Abulu’s film “Doctor Bello,” about a brilliant but troubled cancer specialist who forms a close bond with a seriously ill young boy. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Michal Aviad’s 2011 film “Invisible,” about two women who meet by chance and discover they were both raped by the same man. 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. Performances ■ “Words Beats & Life” will present a back-to-school community night showcasing poets, breakdancers and DJs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events ■ “Tudor Nights: Guns & Gowns” will feature an up-close look at items from Tudor Place’s collections of firearms and fashion, along with a chance to stroll the mansion and enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ “PM @ The TM: Beauty and the East” will feature food by Mie n Yu Restaurant, jazz music by Hot Club of DC and a gallery tour of the new exhibit “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art.” 6 to 9 p.m. $15. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. Tour ■ A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 2 p.m. See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Friday, Sept. 28

Friday september 28 Concerts â&#x2013; Organist Todd Davis of York, Pa., will perform works by Mendelssohn, Rorem and Vierne. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  D.C.-based tenor saxophonist Brian Settles will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The 2012 Sonic Circuits Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; focusing on cutting-edge contemporary music that defies genres â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature a performance by Diktat, Janel & Anthony, the David Behrman ensemble, and Mia Zabelka & Lydia Lunch. 7 p.m. $40; $30 for students. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The festival will continue through Sunday. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort, tenor Aaron Sheehan (shown) and multi-instrumentalist Tom Zajac will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;London: Music From the City of Shakespeare,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Gibbons, Morely and Byrd. 8 p.m. $37. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the All Roads Film Festival, a dance party will feature the Colombian-born, Los Angeles-based band Palenke SoulTribe. 9:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A philosophy lecture series in honor of the Rev. Kurt Pritzl will feature Catholic University associate professor Kevin White discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aquinas and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;De Anima III.6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;: A Response to Kurt Pritzl.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5259. â&#x2013;  The Washington Social Business & Microcredit Forum will feature a talk by Muhammad Yunus, founder of the microcredit concept and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. 3 to 4:30 p.m. $15; registration required. University Auditorium, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Judith Jack Halberstam will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Allen Rokach, former senior photographer for Southern Living magazine and director of photography at the New York Botanical Garden, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardens of Passionate Gardeners,â&#x20AC;? about some of the people he has met and photographed. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Evan Thomas will discuss his book


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Events Entertainment â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff: President Eisenhowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Battle to Save the World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013; The Textile Museum will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ottomans,â&#x20AC;? the third episode of the PBS documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islam: Empire of Faith.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â&#x2013;  The eighth annual All Roads Film Festival will feature the 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tundra Book.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The All Roads Film Festival will feature the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burros.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The All Roads Film Festival will feature the world premiere of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomorrow We Will Seeâ&#x20AC;? and the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buriganga.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8575838. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brave,â&#x20AC;? about a princess who defies custom and brings chaos to her kingdom. 7:30 p.m. Free. Copley Lawn, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Performance â&#x2013;  More than 40 professional dancers and artists will join the Shaolin Kungfu Team to present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Splendid Night of Ghizhou, China.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $30 to $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Tour 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. Sept. 29 Saturday, Saturday september 29 Book sale â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library group will hold its â&#x20AC;&#x153;$5 a bagâ&#x20AC;? book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Second floor, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-2847. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michael Shwedickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reptile World.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about Jim Henson and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Allen Rokach, former senior photographer for Southern Living magazine and director of photography at the New York Botanical Garden, will lead a two-day workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fall Color Photography.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $215; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. The class will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking East:

Saturday, september 29 â&#x2013; Special event: The Washington National Cathedral will offer a chance to climb the 333 steps to the bell-ringing chamber in the great central tower, 300 feet above the ground. 9:30, 10:15 and 11 a.m. $20; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Japonismeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in American Art.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; Interior designer Lauri Ward, a pioneer and expert in one-day redecorating, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Using What You Have to Redecorate Your Home in Hours.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prelude: Songs We Love,â&#x20AC;? featuring a range of musical styles including cabaret songs by Benjamin Britten and William Bolcom, operetta by Rudolf Friml, selections of Richard Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wesendonck Leiderâ&#x20AC;? and music by Claude Debussy and Jacques Brel. 3 p.m. $19 to $40. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-2047763. The performance will repeat Monday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Soprano Gillian Keith (shown), tenor Rufus MĂźller and bass Christòphoren Nomura will join with the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra to perform Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creation.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Dick Morgan Quartet will perform jazz selections. 5 to 7:30 p.m. $35 to $40. Family Life Center, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1510 9th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Southern Operaâ&#x20AC;? will feature mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist R. Timothy McReynolds per-

forming selections from Kenneth Frazelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs in the Rear View Mirror.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hemphill, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. â&#x2013; Clarinetist Rob Patterson, artist-inresidence at Strathmore and the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, will perform with pianist Audrey Andrist. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Soprano Ruby Weston, baritone Rodney Wing and pianist Marcus Smith will perform art songs and selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porgy and Bessâ&#x20AC;? as part of a Community Concert Series. 7 p.m. Free. CommUnity on the Hill, 945 G St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Bernadine Prince, co-executive director of FreshFarm Markets, will demonstrate the canning process for fruits and vegetables. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil Seasonâ&#x20AC;? will feature Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. 9 a.m. to noon. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Three women will discuss their journeys from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to their rejuvenated state. 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, Suite 217, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Harlow Giles Unger will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Quincy Adams,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Marty Makary will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unaccountable: What Hospitals Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Emma Straub will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laura Lamontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life in Pictures,â&#x20AC;? at 6:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festivals â&#x2013;  President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first season at the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home with a variety of activities and demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. â&#x2013;  The DC Green Festival will feature nationally known speakers, how-to workshops, culinary demonstrations, local vendors, yoga classes and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 to $65. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount



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Vernon Place NW. The event will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. â&#x2013; As part of Brookland Family Day, a Dance Place open house will feature classes for all ages and levels, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; outdoor activities such as juggling, line dancing and jewelry-making, from noon to 4 p.m.; and a performance sampler, at 4 p.m. Free. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Sidney Lumetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1957 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;12 Angry Men.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milos Forman: Lives of an Artistâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Czech filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1967 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Firemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and his 1963 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Peterâ&#x20AC;? and 1965 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loves of a Blonde,â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The All Roads Film Festival will feature the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recontre (Encounters),â&#x20AC;? along with three short films, at 1:30 p.m.; the 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Dog,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. $10 per screening. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8575838. Performances â&#x2013;  Poet Tim Seibles and the DC Youth Slam Team will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Voices for Change,â&#x20AC;? a cross-generational poetry reading and performance sponsored by Split This Rock and the Hamiltonian Gallery. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW. 202-787-5210. â&#x2013;  The Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korean Art & Soul,â&#x20AC;? featuring a showing of modern hanbok dress, classical dances, a folk song, and a performance of creative and modern interpretations of traditional Korean music. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $75. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Establishment, a new sketch comedy ensemble, will perform. 10 and 11 p.m. $5. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Special events â&#x2013;  LUNGevity Foundation will hold its See Events/Page 22    


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Continued From Page 21 inaugural â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breathe Deep and Jump DCâ&#x20AC;? fundraising event, during which participants will rappel 11 stories from the top of the Woodward & Lothrop Building. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $50 registration fee in advance; $100 on the day of the event. 1025 F St. NW. â&#x2013; The Washington Humane Society will host a variety of games, contests and other activities as part of the second annual DC Walk for the Animals and Pet-aPalooza to raise funds to support the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission; registration for the walk costs $15 to $20. Field, Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company will hold a costume sale, with prices from $1 to more than $200. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Shakespeare Theatre Company Rehearsal Studios, 507 8th St. SE. â&#x2013;  St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, will host a dedication service for its new pipe organ, featuring works by Bach, Howells, Dering, Mulet and Near. 11 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. 202-3381796. â&#x2013;  Washington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weekly, Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Second Chance Employment Services will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;DKNY Fall 2012 Collection,â&#x20AC;? featuring a look at new fashions and at how key pieces can move from office to weekend. Noon to 2 p.m. $25; registration required. Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 5300 Western Ave. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fall Harvest Teaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a Victorian tea service with tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and historic tea blends in the 1870s town house, followed by a guid-

ed tour of the 1816 Tudor Place mansion. 1 to 3 p.m. $30. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013; Washington National Opera will present a simulcast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Giovanniâ&#x20AC;? on the high-definition screen at Nationals Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. for â&#x20AC;&#x153;pregameâ&#x20AC;? activities; screening at 7 p.m. Free. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  As part of Cultural Tourism DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature event â&#x20AC;&#x153;WalkingTown DC,â&#x20AC;? a nineblock tour will focus on memorials and sculptures that commemorate Hispanic history and influence in the New World. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Meet outside the Organization of American States building on 17th Street between Constitution Avenue and C Street NW. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walkingtown DCâ&#x20AC;? event will feature tours throughout the city at various times through Oct. 1. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peek at the Creek,â&#x20AC;? for ages 7 and older, will feature a look at the landscape surrounding Peirce Mill and Rock Creek and how it has changed over time. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Sept. 30

Sunday september 30 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;  The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet


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will perform classical, jazz and patriotic American music. The opening of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organic Geometry: Fiber Art by Karen Schulzâ&#x20AC;? will follow. 3 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202363-4900. â&#x2013; A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music With the Angelsâ&#x20AC;? concert will feature soprano Franca Benedicty Barton, pianist Cathy Lieu, violinists Wayne Shen and Parke Nicholson and other musicians performing selections by Schubert, Bach, Brahms, Kreisler and Turina. 6:30 p.m. Free; donations will benefit the Tower Restoration Fund. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral organist Christopher Betts will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Brooklyn-based art-pop band Conveyor will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir will perform works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Mozart. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session, featuring special guest Tony Martucci on drums. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present its Season Opening Ball Concert, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and featuring violinist AnneSophie Mutter. 7 p.m. $47 to $125. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Marisa McClellan, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food in Jars,â&#x20AC;? will present a demonstration on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Jam!â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Lynn Povich will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Luisa Weiss will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (With

Recipes),â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013; Ksenya Gurshtein, postdoctoral curatorial fellow at the National Gallery of Art, and Sarah Kennel, associate curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a Macular Degeneration Network seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aging Eyes and Fall Prevention,â&#x20AC;? featuring ophthalmologist Andrew Adelson and low-vision specialist Alexis Malkin. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Medical Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-234-1010. â&#x2013;  Harlow Giles Unger will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Quincy Adams.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meet in front of the portrait of John Quincy Adams in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presidentsâ&#x20AC;? exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The American Planning Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideasâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk on challenges facing Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities by Eugenie L. Birch, professor of city planning at the University of Pennsylvania. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Festival â&#x2013;  The 10th annual Turkish Festival will feature cuisine, music, dancing, a bazaar and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  The All Roads Film Festival will feature the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lone Samaritanâ&#x20AC;? (shown), presented in conjunction with the Washington Jewish Film Festival, at 1 p.m.; the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Well: Water Voices From Ethiopia,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and the 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valley of Saints,â&#x20AC;? presented in conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, at 6 p.m. $10 per screening. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milos Forman: Lives of an Artistâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cut of the Czech filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1984 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amadeus.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special event â&#x2013;  The Kreeger Museum Open House will feature special gallery talks, storytelling programs and art workshops led by Dan Steinhilber and Eileen Wold. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050. Monday, Oct.october 1 Monday 1 Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  James Pettifer, professor of history at Oxford University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kosova Express: A Journey in Wartime.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Room 450, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown

University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; Silvia Kofler, spokesperson and head of press and public diplomacy for the Delegation of the European Union, will discuss her officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as the public face of the 27-nation organization. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  Patrick Tyler will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Why They Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Make Peace.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Visit From the Goon Squadâ&#x20AC;? by Jennifer Egan. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Musician David Byrne, co-founder of the band Talking Heads, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Music Worksâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with singer, songwriter and guitarist David Lowery. 7 p.m. $27. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreaming of Skies to Conquer: A Conversation With Original Tuskegee Airmen.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  A foreign film series will feature the 1988 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinema Paradiso.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Opera Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviata.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultures in Motionâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;James Wong Howe Himself,â&#x20AC;? featuring series producer Jewell Robinson interviewing Chinese-American cinematographer James Wong Howe (portrayed by actor Stan King). 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-8520. â&#x2013;  Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s In,â&#x20AC;? a staged reading as part of its New Writers Now! program. 7 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, 2 TuesdayOct.october 2 Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Mr. Don. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;OneBeat,â&#x20AC;? an eclectic and international group of 32 young musicians as part of a U.S. State Department effort to promote â&#x20AC;&#x153;art powerâ&#x20AC;? and person-to-person diplomacy through music. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free. See Events/Page 24


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National Gallery focuses on Renaissance, photography


he National Gallery of Art will open On exhibit two exhibits Sunday in the West Building and continue them through ■ “Cosmo Couture,” highlighting garments Dec. 31. made by local architects, interior designers “Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and students at the Corcoran College of Art and Drawings, 1475-1540” shows the range + Design, will open today at the Corcoran of artistic production in Renaissance Gallery of Art’s free Augsburg through Gallery 31 exhibit approximately 100 space and continue prints, drawings, through Oct. 14. illustrated books, An opening medals and pieces of reception will take armor. place tomorrow at 5 “The Serial p.m., followed by a Portrait: Photography panel discussion at 7 and Identity in the p.m. Last One Hundred Located at 500 Years” features some 17th St. NW, Gallery 150 works by 20 31 is open photographers who Helen Zughaib’s “Ladies Night” is part of Wednesday through explored portrait an exhibit at the Watergate Gallery. Sunday from 10 a.m. subjects in series. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. 202-639 Located at 6th Street and Constitution 1700. Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday ■ “Not Lost in Translation: The Life of through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. Clotilde Arias,” examining the life of the

Peruvian-American composer responsible for an official Spanish translation of the U.S. national anthem, will open tomorrow at the National Museum of American History and continue through April 28. Located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “In the Pines,” an installation of paintings and wall hangings by Lincoln Park artist Mariah Anne Johnson about memory and domestic life, will open Friday at Flashpoint Gallery and continue through Nov. 3. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-315-1305. ■ “Trio,” featuring mixed-media paintings by Bethesda artist Emily Lane, gouache paintings by Foggy Bottom artist Helen Zughaib and sculpture by Palisades artist Philippe Mougne, will open Saturday at Watergate Gallery and continue through Oct. 27. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and there will be

Scena to stage ‘Clockwork Orange’ adaptation


cena Theatre will present Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange” Oct. 6 through Nov. 18 at the H Street Playhouse. Fifty years after Burgess wrote the original novella, the story still shocks and fascinates with its depiction of


ultra-violence and use of the fictional “nadsat” slang — a hybrid of English and Russian. The primary theme of free will versus social order and the human capacity for evil and redemption are as relevant today as in 1962. Scena will present Burgess’ own adaptation, which is appropriate for viewers 16 and older, with the author’s original lyrics and musical selections. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824; ■ Theater J will present the Polish epic “Our Class” Oct. 10 through Nov. 4 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater. In “Neighbors,” the source material for “Our Class,” Jan Gross proved that the 1941 brutal massacre of the Jews in Jedwabne, Poland, was carried out by Polish citizens and not by Nazis. “Our Class” stages this historical revelation through an intimate portrayal of the lives of 10 Polish classmates — five Catholic, five Jewish. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $45, except to attend paywhat-you-can previews Oct. 10 and 11 and $30 previews Oct. 13 and 14. The community center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ The Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program will present Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away” Oct. 11 through 20 at the Davis Performing Arts Center. It’s a quiet night in a charming country house when young Joan peers into the garage and learns a terrible secret — one that propels her, years later, into a world of shifting alliances, deceit and unimaginable bullying. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 to $18. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787;

Arena Stage’s production of “One Night With Janis Joplin” will run Sept. 28 through Nov. 4. ■ Taffety Punk Theatre Company will present Shakespeare’s “The Rape of Lucrece” Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Shakespeare’s narrative poem recounts the rape of an aristocratic Roman woman by the king’s son Tarquin and the consequences of this assault for both Lucrece and the empire. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $10. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. 800-838-3006; ■ Arena Stage will present “One Night With Janis Joplin” Sept. 28 through Nov. 4 in the Kreeger Theater. With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Joplin took the music scene by storm, proving it wasn’t a man’s world anymore. Packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart,” “Summertime” and “Mercedes Benz,” the show also shines a spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Joplin. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, See Theater/Page 25

“Portrait of a Man Wearing a Hat With a Medallion,” a 16th-century German artwork made of black, red and yellow chalks on laid paper, is part of the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit of prints and drawings. an artist talk Oct. 10 at 6:30. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ The National Building Museum will open See Exhibits/Page 25


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Continued From Page 22 Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Peter C. Frumhoff of the Union of Concerned Scientists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Climate Science, Public Understanding and Climate Policy in the American Democracy: Lessons From an Experiment in Progress.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1207. â&#x2013;  Civil War historian James M. McPherson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Barbara Heyman of Brooklyn College, City College of New York, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Samuel Barber: Serendipitous Discoveries.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Hassan M. Eltaher will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Resurrecting the Ancient Library of Alexandria: A Mega Project of Major Cultural and Historical Significance.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4708. â&#x2013;  James H. Johnston will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African

American Family.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013; Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States, will discuss the changing environment of the Western Hemisphere and the importance of the Americas on the world stage. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russkaia Literatura,â&#x20AC;? a Russian literature book club, will discuss Book IV of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brothers Karamazov.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The One World Schoolhouse,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Approaches to Learning,â&#x20AC;? about his development of a free online education platform offering video tutorials. A book signing will follow. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present a multimedia talk by David E. Guggenheim on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lessons From the Deep: What the Oceans Are Telling Us and Why It Matters.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

â&#x2013; Tarun J. Tejpal will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of My Assassins.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movies About Moviesâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1985 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Purple Rose of Cairo.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Bread & Roses Labor Series will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Readings â&#x2013;  The Visiting Writers Series will feature a reading by short fiction writer Amy Hempel. 5 to 8:15 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852971. â&#x2013;  Poets Tracy K. Smith and Bruce Smith will read from their work. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Wednesday, Oct. 3

Wednesday october 3

Classes â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transforming Conflict Through Skillful Action.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803

Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013; The First Wednesdays at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concert Series will feature the U.S. Army Chorus. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Kerry McCool. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Ghanaian-born rapper Blitz the Ambassador will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  International educator and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advocate Ken Okoth will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elections, Constitutionalism and Politics in Kenya.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Leavey Program Room, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Shepherd Park Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Obama Hate Machineâ&#x20AC;? by Bill Press. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Chad Jordan of Cornerstone International will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shut Up & Give?: Eradicating Global Poverty by Breaking the Cycle of Dependency We Created.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Carmeta Albarus and Jonathan Mack will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Making of Lee

Boyd Malvo: The D.C. Sniper.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Chris Cleve will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gold,â&#x20AC;? about two Olympic hopefuls in the sport of sprint cycling. 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library group will present a talk by writer, historian and local resident Scott D. Seligman on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Tough Chinamen,â&#x20AC;? about brothers who immigrated to the United States and challenged social boundaries. 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Films â&#x2013;  A 30th anniversary event will feature a remastered version of Steven Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.â&#x20AC;? 2 and 7 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Mount Pleasant Library will present the 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Motorcycle Diaries.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Performance â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will feature Quest Visual Theatre presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Carry the Flag,â&#x20AC;? about a young soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surrealistic and haunting journey into war. Noon. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.

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EXHIBITS From Page 23 two exhibits about Detroit on Sunday and continue them through Feb. 18. “Detroit Is No Dry Bones” features photography taken over the last 25 years by Camilo José Vergara that shows the city’s precipitous decline and subsequent reinvention. “Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore” reveals the city’s tragic beauty in 30 monumentally scaled images depicting windowless grand hotels, vast barren factories, collapsing churches, offices carpeted in velvety moss and entire blocks reclaimed by prairie grass. Located at 401 F St. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors. 202-2722448. ■ “Communication Through Abstractions: Japanese E-gasuri Textiles,” highlighting a Japanese technique of resist dying with an exhibit of two-dozen textiles, opened recently at the Japan Information and Culture Center, where it will continue through Oct. 12. Located at 1150 18th St. NW in Suite 100, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-238-6900.

DISPATCHES From Page 16 units because there is a lot of room for books and materials.” These are some of the reasons we are lucky to be students at Ross Elementary School. I would like to say thanks to all the workers who helped make our school beautiful. — Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

St. Ann’s Academy

The St. Ann’s community is happy to welcome a new music teacher, Mr. William Mattison. Mr. Mattison is originally from Scranton, Pa., and earned his bachelor’s degree in sacred music and music education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. Mr. Mattison also holds a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in sacred music. Mr. Mattison has served several parishes in the United States as vocalist and organist, including in Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching music education to the students at St. Ann’s Academy, Mr. Mattison concurrently works at the parish of St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring as the director of liturgical music. He also is working with the children’s choir at St. Ann’s as well as helping to prepare the school liturgies. Mr. Mattison is very happy to join the St. Ann’s Academy faculty this year. He loves teaching the students how to express themselves in ways that other creative arts or sports cannot. A fan of all types of music, Mr. Mattison is eager to teach the students about music history and about the different genres of music. In his free time, Mr. Mattison enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and he likes

■ “Political Wits, 100 Years Apart: Daumier and Oliphant at the Phillips,” an exhibit that spotlights the current election with works by two prominent political cartoonists, opened recently at the Phillips Collection, where it will continue through Jan. 20. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends from Sept. 26 through Oct. 5 and from Jan. 7 through Jan. 20, tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for ages 18 and under; weekends from Oct. 6 through Jan. 6, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for ages 18 and under; weekday tickets are by donation. 202-387-2151. ■ Addison/Ripley Fine Art recently opened an exhibit of new abstract paintings by Kevin Kepple that are described as “structurally more three-dimensional” than his earlier work. They will remain on view through Oct. 19. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-338-5180. ■ “All About Etching,” featuring diverse etchings by contemporary American artists, opened recently at Neptune Fine Art, where it will continue through Oct. 20. Located at 1662 33rd St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202338-0353.

to play tennis. — Dario Portocarrero, sixth-grader

School Without Walls

Recently, School Without Walls was chosen to be profiled in a book about exam schools, or schools you have to take a test to apply for. Titled “Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools,” the book praises Walls for its partnership with George Washington University that allows students to take classes and be exposed to the college environment free of charge. In addition, the book discusses 165 other schools across the country that are application-only. To get into Walls, you first have to pass an academic threshold by submitting your grades and other information, then take a test of knowledge, and finally get interviewed by students and staff. Once you have declared you are coming to Walls, you must complete a summer bridge program for two weeks before your freshman year in order to prepare for the expectations. In other news at Walls, both soccer teams are undefeated in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association. The boys have beaten Roosevelt and Cardozo, and the girls have beaten McKinley Tech. — Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

tion and put it in a bar graph. We also made pictographs. Then we studied geography and looked at text features while studying Washington, D.C. We looked for bolded words. Hi, I’m Christian, and when I was in kindergarten it was easy, and now third grade is harder. Mrs. Caccavale is making our brains stronger, and we’re getting smarter. We do things that make our brains work. We have activities in math like adding and subtracting. We have used rounding to estimate about numbers closer to tens or hundreds.  The questions fix our brains into working harder and pacing ourselves. Sometimes we have to stop and check our work after three problems to make sure we are getting the fast-paced problem-solving techniques. — Daniel Sipes and Christian Wilkerson, third-graders

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Lots of stuff has happened in third grade with Mrs. Caccavale over these first few weeks. Hi, I’m Daniel and being in third grade is superior. I finally feel like I’m in a senior place. It’s so interesting. When I was in first grade, I always felt like it was good but it was only a start. Third always seemed like the place to be. It’s amazing to be in the third grade. We do bar graphs, and we plotted birthdays. We collected informa-

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the matter up to the city. In addition to Luebke, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans and several community groups have sent requests to the General Services to Administration. Their aim is to convert the open space next to the existing heating plant building into parkland, offering public access to Rock Creek, and to block additional development from taking place there. An Evans spokesperson said the council member hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received a response. The Fine Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Georgetown Board will also weigh in on the design of any proposed exterior alterations at the site, because the Georgetown neighborhood has federal historic controls. The plant was built in the 1940s to heat federal buildings, but has served in recent years only as a never-needed backup to another facility in Southwest.

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Joan Fallows 202.540.7264

Chevy Chase, MD

Kensington, MD



Lisa LaCourse Licensed in DC & MD

Call or Text 301.792.9313

elegant architectural Details

Renovated brick colonial situated on a corner lot on a tree-lined street. Features include a flagstone patio and attached 2-car garage, large rooms on three finished levels.

alyssa Crilley 301.325.0079 BethesDa, MD


in the heart of Kensington

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One of Historic Kensington’s charming original homes – located across from St. Paul’s Park. 4 bedrooms & 2 full, updated baths. Private lush backyard & wonderful deck.

Mark hudson 301.641.6266 Basye, va



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Bret Brown 202.409.4338

Spacious home with 6 bedrooms, 5 baths in Springfield. Huge T/S kitchen, great master suite with luxury bath and walk-in closets. Private patio and back yard.

Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.731.3974


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Bryce Resort

Light-filled, end-unit townhome steps from ski slopes. 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with loft. Wall of windows providing scenic view of the Resort. Relaxing back deck.

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Classic Chevy Chase home on fabulous lot on a prime neighborhood street. Full of light and possibilities. $885,000

1908 Farmhouse on an over-sized lot. The dream combo; Early Chevy Chase details and style, peaceful setting, and unparalleled walkability. $1,200,000

All time low inventory and interest rates, combined with strong buyer demand make this the perfect time to sell your home. Proof ? All 6 of these recent Taylor Agostino Group listings sold in ONE WEEK or less!  Call us for the same results! CHEVY CHASE DC






Stucco sweetheart so close to everything. Listed at $999,000

Hilltop bungalow on a to-die-for lot. Listed at $1,095,000




All American frame-style just steps the Metro and Connecticut Avenue. Listed at $899,000

Steve Agostino 202.321.5506



Village life with all the city trappings. Sold for $715,000

Nancy Taylor Keene Taylor Jr. 202.997.0081 202.321.3488

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Top to bottom renovation of a classic downtown 2-unit rowhouse. $1,125,000

6370 31ST PLACE NW

Designerʼs home with vaulted ceilings, high end finishes and even a studio. Listed at $1,049,000


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