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Vol. VII, No. 46

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Oyster-Adams sign upsets neighbors By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

The District will likely replace a newly constructed LED sign outside the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School’s Adams Morgan campus, which never received the approvals required in the neighborhood’s historic district, officials said yesterday. The D.C. Department of General Services installed the sign last week

as part of a renovation project at the school, and it quickly sparked neighborhood outrage. Complaining that the sign cast bright light onto 19th Street when it was first turned on Oct. 15, many community members called it an eyesore that disrupts the historic character of the residential area. But the sign — which is now turned off — could soon be gone. “I have just ascertained that DGS did not receive a permit for the

sign,” architectural historian Anne Brockett of the D.C. Historic Preservation Office wrote yesterday afternoon in an email to Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham and D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning. She added, “It is my understanding that they will be starting over and, in consultation with the Historic Preservation Office, designing a sign that is appropriate to the historic character See Sign/Page 30

Rehab planned for Foggy Bottom hotel By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Former George Washington University housekeepers demonstrated on Thursday at Kogan Plaza to demand back wages and damages they say they are owed by the cleaning company they worked for. The Employment Justice Center, GW Progressive Student Union and the D.C. Wage Theft Coalition also participated in the rally.

“Carpets are dirty and rooms smell,” reads an online review of The Allen Lee hotel in Foggy Bottom from a guest who stayed there earlier this year. “Sinks are rusty and lights not very good. Staff will try and make you happy, however the place needs a major update and paint job! However you cannot beat the price or location, close to almost all you want to see.” This winter, Abdo Development intends to embark on a project the firm says will fix longstanding problems at the small hotel while retaining the building’s current value. The renovation will bring trendy, pint-sized affordable rooms to the old hotel, located at the corner of 23rd and F streets and Virginia Avenue. Company president Jim Abdo described the plans at last Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission meeting. The firm expects See Hotel/Page 30

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Abdo Development intends to renovate The Allen Lee with small but trendy rooms. The firm will also overhaul the exterior and remove the fire escapes.

District weighs fixes for rat complaints in Logan Circle

New push aims to get Metro in Georgetown By KATIE PEARCE

■ Health: ANC convenes

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The latest plans for a Metro stop in Georgetown shoot for that goal by 2040, estimating daunting costs. But a fledgling advocacy campaign hopes to speed up the process, in part by solving a $3.3 billion funding riddle. The campaign springs from the Georgetown Business Improvement District, whose members feel that “advocating and achieving a Metro station in Georgetown should be a top-tier issue,” according to Jonathon Kass, the group’s transportation director. The group is now looking into the neighborhood’s transportation future as part of its “Georgetown 2028” planning effort. That’s the year by which many advocates want to see Metro access in Georgetown — 12 years earlier than the Washington Metropolitan Area


summit to identify solutions

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One new option could create two Georgetown stops as part of a Blue/Yellow line loop.

Transit Authority has proposed. Metro’s vision for separating the Blue and Orange lines, crafted primarily to address congestion downtown and at the Potomac River crossing, might include two stops in Georgetown. “I think there’s a sense that it’s time to start pushing for this,” said Dimitriy Zakharov, a management consulSee Metro/Page 14


Police deploying new traffic camera technology citywide — Page 3

Kennedy Center to host production of ‘Sister Act’ musical — Page 23

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

What to do when the neighborhood rat population rises? “Change people’s behavior. Change the rat’s habitat,” said Gerard Brown, program manager at the D.C. Department of Health’s Rodent Control Division. Brown hammered that message last Thursday to a large crowd of concerned residents and community


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leaders at a “rat summit” hosted by the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission. Spawning from that summit, the Health Department plans to launch a series of meetings to emphasize the same message across the city. “The last neighborhood meeting prompted the Department of Health to have a more intense rat summit starting Nov. 9,” Brown said in an interview. The plan is to hold wardwide meetings, generally on the second Saturday of each month, beginning with Ward 1 next month, then Ward 2 in December. Locations have yet See Rats/Page 30

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Chancellor lays out possible new initiatives for District’s high schools By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson would like to see the District’s high school students able to take certain classes at different campuses, audit college courses and participate in monthlong foreign exchange programs, among other initiatives, she said in a recent interview with The Current. Speaking last Thursday evening following

her annual “State of the D.C. Public Schools” address, Henderson said she hopes to implement the new programs — part of her plans to re-imagine or “blow up” high schools to better serve students — in the 2015 fiscal year. “I think the idea of kids going to the school that’s closest to them and circling through eight classes is limiting,” Henderson said. “It’s not interesting to students, so we have to find a way to do something different.”

The chancellor is exploring expansion of a long-standing program allowing students to audit courses at nearby universities and complete professional internships for academic credit. She is also devising plans for Advanced Placement and foreign language students to spend time outside of their neighborhood schools, taking courses in different facilities. “I’m trying to get at least five AP classes into every single one of my 17 high schools,” Henderson said. “Well, what if I just put all of

the AP classes in one building and kids could go take AP classes from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. every afternoon or all day Saturday?” Weekend class time could also help the chancellor accomplish another of her goals: lengthening the school year. “We’re talking about school on Saturdays,” she said. “We’re talking about school over breaks. What if I had teachers who didn’t work from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and See Schools/Page 7

D.C. natives return to launch hybrid of coffeehouse, market


coffeehouse/market fusion is expected to open late next week, joining Politics and kat lucero Prose and Comic Ping Pong on the same block of Connecticut Avenue. becoming a neighborhood hangout, Operated by two D.C. natives, Little Red Fox, which shares a rear Little Red Fox will specialize in parking lot with other businesses on prepared healthy comfort food made the block, will cater to commuters with seasonal ingredients. It will also heading home from the city. offer coffee provided by Annapolis, “Just being on the right side of Md.-based Ceremony Coffee Roast- the road, the commuters will come ers, beer and wine from local pur- up on Connecticut. They’ve been veyors, in-house baked goods and working all day and don’t have the cured meats, and other market items time to cook. They’ll pick up somefrom farms located near D.C. thing here,” he said. Matt Carr, a St. Albans 2003 Alfano was also on board with grad, has been the idea of openworking on the ing a small busiconcept for four ness that years with his embraces the wife, Jena. local food Moving back to movement D.C. from Portthat’s been popland, Ore., ular in Brooklyn allowed them to and Portland for be closer to many years and Carr’s family has more recentwhile also meetly caught Courtesy of Little Red Fox momentum in ing their goal of opening their Anne Alfano, left, and Matt Carr D.C. own food busi- will offer healthy comfort food. “People are ness. coming to D.C. Anne Alfano, a 1998 George- — the creative types,” said Alfano, town Day School graduate, will who officially moved back to the helm Little Red Fox’s kitchen. She’s nation’s capital a few weeks ago. returning home to D.C. after learn- “We want to bring what we learned ing about whole animal butchery from other cities and do the best that and charcuterie at the Marlow & we can to represent what we’ve Daughters shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. learned, because D.C. is an excellent Alfano has cooked at award-win- market. There are a lot of foodies. ning restaurants including Momofu- There are a lot of people who appreku Ssam Bar in New York and ciate good food from farms.” Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans. The latest addition to the team is She also trained at the Culinary pastry chef Lauren Parlato, who has Institute of America in California’s worked at Tosca Ristorante downNapa Valley. town for six years. A year ago, Carr pitched his busiLittle Red Fox will join a handness idea to Alfano, his best friend’s ful of independently owned venues sister, who was looking for an oppor- in D.C. that combine restaurants tunity to come back to D.C. He also with grocery stores that sell from had to nail down a location where local producers, such as Pleasant his vision would become a reality. Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe in That turned out to be the Adams Morgan and Seasonal Pantry 1,300-square-foot space that once in Shaw. The establishment’s applihoused Marvelous Market. Carr cation for beer and wine licenses last thought it seemed like the perfect week won the backing of the area’s spot for a cafe where families could advisory neighborhood commission. enjoy fresh, locally sourced food. Carr was inspired by a neighbor“It’s a great neighborhood [with] hood spot called Little Red Bike a lot of families. We’re going to be a Cafe that he frequented in Portland. great addition,” said Carr, who grew The shop was run by a husband and up nearby and now lives in the area wife team who made their food in again. house. See Businesses/Page 5 Carr hopes that in addition to


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New traffic cameras to track varied offenses By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A long-planned expansion of the District’s automated traffic enforcement program is rolling out this fall, featuring additional speed cameras as well as devices to ticket drivers for a new set of infractions. These include rolling through stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, “blocking the box” at intersections, and driving oversized trucks through neighborhood streets. Some of the new cameras are already in place, but tickets are not

being issued until completion of a testing phase, according to Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump. A final list of locations and the timeline for installing them aren’t yet available, but all are expected to be in operation sometime this fall, she said — a total of 132 new cameras. “Photo enforcement has proven to save lives,” Crump wrote in an email to The Current. “As technology becomes available to address safety issues, we plan to use it to save lives.” Several of the new devices,

including stop-sign cameras, shoot video of passing cars that the police department then reviews to determine whether a violation took place. The department selects where to install cameras based on analysis of safety issues at particular locations, such as the number of accidents and calls for police service; proximity to schools; D.C. Department of Transportation feedback; and community requests, according to Crump. Email to recommend a camera location. For the locations of existing camSee Traffic/Page 14

Council weighs plan to bury key Pepco lines By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

An ambitious plan to put major power lines underground in the city’s outer wards is facing a key question: Who’s going to pay for it, and how? Two D.C. Council committees heard testimony Tuesday on a bill to finance the estimated $1 billion “undergrounding” project, which was proposed jointly by Pepco and the D.C. government last spring. A major impetus is the infamous “derecho” storm that left 100,000 residents without power during the June 2012 heat wave, but officials are also mindful that prolonged outages may worsen as global climate change spawns even more violent storms. The bill spells out a complicated financing plan that must be approved by both the council and D.C. Public Service Commission before any digging begins. Though costs would be roughly split by Pepco and the District — through a combination of long-term bonds and direct funding — it’s clear the lion’s share would be borne by District residents and businesses, whether through taxes or rate surcharges on electric bills. Here’s the funding breakdown, largely the same as proposed by a task force last May: Pepco would put up about $500 million, to be “recovered” from surcharges on customer bills. The city would issue about $375 mil-

lion in revenue bonds, carrying a relatively low interest rate because of District backing, and also recoup those costs through a separate bill surcharge. Between $62 million and $125 million in capital improvement funds — some from the federal government — would help pay for the excavation, repaving and other street work that would remain the District’s responsibility. At the hearing, City Administrator Allen Lew and Pepco CEO Joe Rigby said the impact on individual residential electric bills will be limited. Current estimates are that the average residential bill would rise by $1.50 during the first year of construction, and by $3.25 during the seventh and final year. After that, bills will drop as bonds are repaid, Rigby said. And low-income homeowners who already get discounts on their utility bills would be exempted from any surcharge, Lew added. But for businesses and owners of multifamily housing, their share of the costs loom large. Shaun Pharr, senior vice president of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, said his members would bear 82 percent of the cost, or “a 10 percent or more increase solely for this project, annually for 60-plus years.” And that extra cost, passed on to retail and residential tenants, comes as the same parties face increased gas, water and sewer bills. “You’ve got these double/triple whammies. It’s a See Pepco/Page 7

Precinct plan raises doubts despite modified timetable By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Several Cleveland Park/Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commissioners voiced opposition Monday to a D.C. Board of Elections plan to realign voting precinct boundaries in the District. Aiming for greater efficiency, the elections board has proposed restructuring precinct boundaries to correspond with the districts represented by advisory neighborhood commissioners. Clifford Tatum, the Elections Board’s executive director, shared details of that plan at Monday’s meeting. The proposal — to be implemented next summer ahead of the November 2014 elections, a change from the previous timetable — would also renumber precincts, associating each one with its designated ward. “The idea is to combine all of your voters into one polling place,” Tatum told the commissioners, each

of whom represents one singlemember district of approximately 2,000 residents. He said his agency’s plan aims to drive down wait times at polling places and improve poll worker performance. Another goal is to cut costs and reduce administrative burdens at the D.C. Board of Elections, according to the agency’s website. “As the ballot gets more complicated and the city is going to grow, it makes sense for us to implement some sort of efficiency plan,” Tatum said. The executive director said practical concerns led the board to drop its original idea to implement the new boundaries prior to next year’s April 1 primary. Instead, officials envision finalizing the plan over the summer, allowing time for public education efforts before the November election. “We were looking at the spring, but it just simply won’t work,” Tatum said. See Voting/Page 14



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The week ahead Wednesday, Oct. 23

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to hear a presentation on the Next Generation Science Standards. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly general meeting, which will feature a forum on Georgetown entrepreneurs and creative catalysts for change. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse (a former historic warehouse along the C&O Canal), 3255 Grace St. NW.

Thursday, Oct. 24

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items will include a presentation on the 2016 Historic Preservation Plan and consideration of a six-story addition to the Patterson House at 15 Dupont Circle.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Hearst Elementary School will host its annual e-cycle and paper-shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 3950 37th St. NW. Organizers will collect old electronics items; there will also be a “free-cycle” element for still-working equipment as well as child and adult bikes. The event will also include a used-book sale, a bake sale, information on composting, and school tours. For details, including a list of acceptable items, visit ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a drop-in public workshop to discuss the “moveDC” initiative to develop a strategic, long-range multimodal transportation plan for the District. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. between Target and Best Buy on the second floor of the DC USA shopping center, 3100 14th St. NW.

Sunday, Oct. 27

The American University School of Education, Teaching and Health will hold an “Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Students School Fair,” featuring information on programs available for children with learning differences. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission is free.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on draft reports by the commission and the District on the Height Master Plan. The hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the commission’s offices in Suite 500N, 401 9th St. NW. To register, visit ■ The Georgia Avenue Business Improvement District & Development Corp. and the Black Student Fund will host a panel discussion on “Creating an Education Pipeline on the Georgia Avenue Corridor,” about the academic needs of Ward 4 children. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. For details call 202-387-1414. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public workshop to discuss the “moveDC” initiative. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, with a presentation scheduled for 7 p.m.



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District Digest Escalator project set to begin at Van Ness

A five-month project to replace two escalators at the Van NessUDC Metro station’s east entrance will begin Nov. 4. During the work, riders must use the entrance on the west side of Connecticut Avenue. Closing the east side entirely will allow for faster work and ensure rider safety, according to a news release from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. KONE Corp. will conduct the work as part of a $151 million contract to replace 130 Metro escalators by 2020. In addition to the replacement project, 103 escalators have been rehabilitated to “like new�


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condition, with 33 more to be updated. There are 588 escalators total in the system. The escalators at Van Ness, installed in 1981, are the 10th and 11th escalators in the system to be replaced, following new installations at the Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Pentagon stations. Despite the planned and ongoing work, Metro reported recently that more escalators were in service than at any other point in nearly five years.

City narrows field for library design work

Ten architecture firms out of 26 have moved to the next round in a hunt for a team to update the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown. The firms may now respond to a “request for technical proposal� by Nov. 18, describing how they would approach the project. Three firms will be selected in mid-December to


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From left to right: The Rev. Jeffrey N. Stinehelfer; Sylvia Becker, chair of the Church Council; Beth McKinney; Rick Barton, member of the Church Council; and Don Ashmall of the International Council of Community Churches

move to a final round based on their staff’s experience; their planned approach to managing the project, its budget and its key challenges; and whether they meet criteria for District Certified Business Enterprises. The selected teams are Cunningham Quill Architects/1100 Architects; Ennead Architects/Marshall Moya Architects; Leo A. Daly/ Richard Bauer; Martinez and Johnson Architects/Mecano Architects; OMA/Quinn Evans Architects; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross; REX/Davis Carter Scott Architects; Shalom Baranes/Davis Brody Bond; Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and Studios Architecture/The Freelon Group. The city has not yet decided on the extent of work that will be done to the central library, located at 901

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Palisades Community Church welcomed two new pastors on Sunday, the Rev. Jeffrey N. Stinehelfer as senior pastor and the Rev. Beth E. McKinney as assistant pastor. Stinehelfer, who has served as interim minister since July 2012, has experience as a local church pastor, as an executive in his denomination, and as a development director and major gifts officer for faithbased nonprofits. He graduated from Yale Divinity School of New Haven, Conn. McKinney has been a baptized member of Palisades Community Church her entire life. She is currently completing degree studies at Wesley Theological Seminary here in D.C. The installation is part of a series of special events in observance of Palisades Community Church’s 90th anniversary. Families interested in providing a Christian education for their children founded the church on Oct. 21, 1923.

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Officials celebrate Cardozo renovation

City officials on Friday visited Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus to celebrate the completed $130 million modernization of the century-old facility. The updated school at 1200 Clifton St. NW now houses grades six through 12, as well as two specialized academies. “The Cardozo Education Campus is a brilliant state-of-the-art facility which gives our students the opportunity to learn in an environment designed to help them one day compete on the global stage,�

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Mayor Vincent Gray said in a news release. The Academy of Construction and Design and TransSTEM Academy now have expanded spaces, including a two-story aviation lab, a two-story masonry construction lab and several computer labs. Other classrooms feature high-tech features including interactive whiteboards and sound systems. The campus has new environmental features designed to meet the standards of at least a LEED Silver rating. But the building maintained many of its historic details, including stone carvings and decorative tiles.

Prescription disposal set for this weekend

The Metropolitan Police Department will collect unused prescription drugs for disposal at 10 locations throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Drop-off spots in Northwest include the 2nd District station, 3320 Idaho Ave.; the 3rd District station, 1620 V St.; the 4th District station, 6001 Georgia Ave.; the 4th District substation, 750 Park Road; and Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Place. The goal of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative is to “remove potentially dangerous controlled substances and other unused, unwanted and unneeded pharmaceuticals from homes,� according to a news release.


In the Oct. 16 issue, an article on the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission incorrectly stated that a representative of the Lanier Heights Citizens Association had spoken in support of renewing the Adams Morgan liquor license moratorium. The speaker opposed the moratorium’s extension on the association’s behalf. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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Following shutdown, Gray urges DC Chamber to help on fiscal autonomy Current Staff Report A week after the 16-day federal government shutdown ended, Mayor Vincent Gray urged directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce to keep pushing Congress to free the city’s budget from federal control. “We’re OK for the rest of the fiscal year,â€? Gray said, citing a provision in the federal budget deal that says the District can spend its local funds if another shutdown occurs in fiscal year 2014. But “we need to continue to fight to be exempt from any future shutdown in perpetuity. ‌ Don’t give up the intensity. We are still very vulnerable.â€? Gray avoided closing the city government during the shutdown by relying on emergency funds in

reserve accounts. That was necessary because, without congressional approval of the city’s budget, officials could not otherwise spend even locally raised money. It’s “a travesty and hypocrisy,� said the mayor, noting that a longer shutdown would have cut off funds to the city’s public charter schools. He also said the time is right to agitate for change, pointing out that Democrats didn’t address the situation even when they controlled both Congress and the presidency. Yet Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who now chairs the U.S. House committee with jurisdiction over D.C., “has been a great friend of the city.� Gray said the District’s chief

financial officer is trying to calculate the exact costs of the closure to the District government, but it was approximately $6 million a week. Hotel occupancy was down considerably, and the overall drop in business was 7 percent to 9 per- Gray cent. Interestingly, he added, alcohol consumption increased materially. Gray also addressed other topics during his remarks. Gray defended his veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have raised the mini-

mum wage for large shops like Walmart by about $3 per hour. He noted that Walmart has drawn tens of thousands of applicants for entrylevel jobs at its planned D.C. stores. The mayor said he favors an overall increase in the city’s minimum wage, but he has not decided yet by how much. He thinks there should be a careful study of potential impacts — which his office has begun — before legislators take action. He said Santa Fe, N.M., and San Francisco have increased their requirement with no adverse consequences, yet raising the minimum substantially could “cause a shrinkage in the number of jobs,� he said. The chamber’s president, Barbara Lang, said her organization has

arranged for the same group that did a minimum wage study for New York City to conduct one locally. Gray briefly discussed the Affordable Care Act, saying that while there have been problems implementing the new policy in many parts of the country, it “has gotten off extremely well� in the District. Gray also talked about proposed legislation to tighten up the law that gives preference in government contracts to locally owned businesses. He praised the chamber’s Margaret Singleton, who co-chaired the working group that developed the proposed changes. “I’m hoping the bill will move rapidly through the council,� he said.

Mendelson joins with Maryland officials to pitch coordinated wage hikes By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Following a divisive debate over mandating a “living wage� for employees of Walmart and other large retail stores, some city and suburban leaders are uniting around a simpler — but broader — proposal to raise the area’s minimum wage. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson joined council members from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties this month to offer a coordinated approach that would gradually raise hourly minimums in all three jurisdictions — now $8.25 an hour in the District and $7.25 in the Maryland suburbs — to $11.50 by July 2016, with further hikes tied to inflation. The proposal is intended to blunt criticism that a higher minimum in one jurisdiction would spur employers to flee to other, lowerwage areas. It also responds to critics of the Large Retailer Accountability Act proposed in D.C. — or the so-called “Walmart bill� — who said it’s unfair to target only large, non-

unionized stores. A simple minimum wage hike would apply to all firms, including those with a unionized workforce. A coordinated wage hike has some momentum on its side. Prince George’s County Council member Andrea Harrison said it’s almost assured of passage there because all nine council members are co-sponsors. Montgomery County Council member Marc Elrich acknowledged he still needs to round up more support, but said he’s “optimistic.� And Mendelson noted that two-thirds of his colleagues in D.C. are already co-sponsoring some level of minimum wage hike in the wake of the failed Walmart bill and its potent political fallout. The council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will hear testimony Oct. 28 on two bills to hike the District’s minimum wage — to $10.25 or $12.50 an hour, under varying proposals — and one to set up a commission to study what wage level would be appropriate. Mendelson said in a recent interview that he hopes council members who have voiced

support for the concept will “coalesce� around his proposal in marking up the various bills in the hopper. And referring to at-large member Vincent Orange, chair of the committee and a big backer of a minimum wage hike, Mendelson said, “I believe we’re on the same page.� Mayor Vincent Gray, in vetoing the living wage bill last month, said he will back some unspecified increase in the city’s overall minimum wage, and even local business leaders who successfully fought that bill are offering tentative support. The DC Chamber of Commerce has said it’s open to discussion. And, Mendelson noted, “even Walmart said, ‘Why don’t you look at the minimum wage?’� But there are still obstacles, perhaps the biggest being that Virginia is not on board. While the District and Maryland counties can legislate independently on the issue, in Virginia — where the minimum wage is stuck at the federal floor of $7.25 an hour — only the state can make changes. And though Mendelson said he consulted Virginia officials, no one volunteered to join in the regional effort.

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Urgent-care center opening

MedStar Health will open an urgent-care center and primary care office in Adams Morgan next week. Emergency and family-medicine specialists will staff the MedStar PromptCare center, which will care for patients of all ages with injuries and illnesses that are not life-threatening. A call-ahead service is available to minimize wait time (202797-4960), but appointments are not necessary, according to a news release. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The primary care office (202797-4950) will require appointments, which will be available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays for patients of all ages. The new facilities will open Oct. 30 at 1805 Columbia Road NW.

Both will have staff who can speak Spanish. “This new facility is another demonstration of our commitment to deliver quality healthcare services close to where people live and work,� said Bob Gilbert, president of MedStar Ambulatory Services. “MedStar will continue to assess where there is a need for healthcare services and make them available.�

Bakery planned at 17th, U

A bakery is expected to open at 1926 17th St. in November, offering cookies, cakes and brownies, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. Called Bakery 350, the bake shop will also feature a full coffee bar with outdoor and indoor seating. Owner Jimmy Hopper left his corporate job in Dallas to open his own business. “It’ll be like an old-time bakery — really warm and inviting,� said Hopper. To follow Bakery 350’s updates, visit its Facebook page at facebook. com/bakery350dc.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Oct. 14 through 20 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

Terrace; 12:49 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013; 4200-4399 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  3000-3399 block, Porter St.; noon Oct. 19.

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â&#x2013; downtown




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Robbery â&#x2013; 800-879 block, 11th St.; 9:06 a.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1000-1091 block, 11th St.; 4 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  700-723 block, 14th St.; 11 p.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, H St.; 11:25 p.m. Oct. 19. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, G St.; 9:35 a.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1200-1399 block, Constitution Ave.; 12:45 p.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  1200-1399 block, Constitution Ave.; 6 p.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, I St.; 11:19 p.m. Oct. 20. Theft â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 3:45 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, New York Ave.; 5 p.m. Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, K St.; 1:53 p.m. Oct. 20.

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â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Burglary â&#x2013; 400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:30 a.m. Oct. 17. Theft â&#x2013;  500-599 block, I St.; 2 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 9th St.; 6:18 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, K St.; 12:55 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 4:43 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:25 p.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, F St.; 11:52 a.m. Oct. 20.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Burglary â&#x2013; 4800-4899 block, 36th St.; 12:19 p.m. Oct. 16. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, 35th St.; 6:11 p.m. Oct. 14. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Upton St.; 5:04 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  5000-5099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:37 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, Alton Place; 8:02 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Upton St.; 9:27 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Upton St.; 11:21 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  2900-3029 block, Macomb St.; 11:45 a.m. Oct. 19. Theft â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, Veazey

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 2600-2699 block, Woodley Place; 8:10 a.m. Oct. 17. Theft â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, Hall Place; 2 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  4200-4349 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:01 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  2600-3899 block, Tunlaw Road; 6 p.m. Oct. 17.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Theft â&#x2013; 1300-1335 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:28 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Reservoir Road; 12:06 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, K St.; 2:17 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:05 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 31st St.; 9:10 a.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, O St.; 4:13 p.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  1200-1227 block, 33rd St.; 10:53 a.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  1026-1051 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  3030-3099 block, K St.; 6:04 p.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 9:43 p.m. Oct. 20.

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â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery â&#x2013; 1400-1433 block, K St.; 2 a.m. Oct. 18. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  Constitution Avenue and 18th Street; 12:08 p.m. Oct. 18. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, K St.; 12:35 a.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1700-1709 block, K St.; 7:08 a.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, De Sales St.; 11 p.m. Oct. 15. Theft â&#x2013;  200-489 block, Raoul Wallenberg Place SW; 7:11 a.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 14th St.; 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 19th St.; 5:15 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 20th St.; 4:08 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 14th St.; 8:54 a.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 5:04 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, K St.; 1:31 p.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, F St.; 6:42

a.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013; 2100-2199 block, E St.; 11:35 a.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 23rd St.; 12:05 p.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, E St.; 3:46 p.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 4:46 p.m. Oct. 19.

â&#x2013; 1609-1679 block, Beekman Place; 10:22 a.m. Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, 18th St.; 4:32 p.m. Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Mintwood Place; 6:15 p.m. Oct. 19.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1200-1299 block, Bataan St.; 2:07 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  O and 15th streets; 12:03 p.m. Oct. 20.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, Wyoming Ave.; 4:35 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Ontario Road; 12:40 a.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  20th Street and Allen Place; 11:06 a.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  16th Street and Crescent Place; 9:35 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  19th Street and Mintwood Place; 10:10 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Adams Mill Road; 8:14 a.m. Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  1610-1631 block, Columbia Road; 9:15 a.m. Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, Champlain St.; 2:43 p.m. Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  Champlain Street and Old Morgan School Place; 5:20 a.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  Mozart Place and Fuller Street; 12:10 p.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  2416-2499 block, 19th St.; 1:01 p.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Belmont Road; 8:47 p.m. Oct. 20.

Theft â&#x2013; 1700-1799 block, Church Street; 10:32 a.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1-99 block, Hillyer Court; 2:28 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:02 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 4:18 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:34 p.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:36 a.m. Oct. 19. â&#x2013;  1-7 block, Dupont Circle; 3:42 a.m. Oct. 20. â&#x2013;  1600-1639 block, 20th St.; 2:47 p.m. Oct. 20.

Theft â&#x2013; 1700-1733 block, Columbia Road; 4:14 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Ontario Road; 6:15 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1811-1852 block, Columbia Road; 6:27 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Adams Mill Road; 9 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1731-1785 block, Florida Ave.; 7:32 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1700-1719 block, Kalorama Road; 9:59 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  2412-2499 block, 20th St.; 7:15 p.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, 18th St.; 2:43 a.m. Oct. 19.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 18th and S streets; 5:40 a.m. Oct. 20 (with gun).

Robbery â&#x2013; 10th and L streets; 1 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  1100-1105 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 6 a.m. Oct. 17.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 21st Street and Massachusetts Ave.; 7:55 p.m. Oct. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, O St.; 10:20 a.m. Oct. 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, Tracy Place; 3:45 p.m. Oct. 19.

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Burglary â&#x2013; 1700-1749 block, R St.; 10:35 a.m. Oct. 15. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Corcoran St.; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  15th and Corcoran streets; 7:51 a.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1600-1618 block, 17th St.; 9:43 a.m. Oct. 15. Theft â&#x2013;  R and 15th streets; 4 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Q St.; 5:25 p.m. Oct. 16. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, U St.; 1:58 p.m. Oct. 18.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Burglary â&#x2013; 1630-1699 block, Euclid St.; 10:25 a.m. Oct. 15. Motor vehicle theft

â&#x2013; logan circle

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, S St.; 4:48 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Kingman Place; 5:07 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  900-926 block, O St.; 6:09 p.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, 11th St.; 8:29 a.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1500-1520 block, 14th St.; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17. â&#x2013;  13th and R streets; 8:59 p.m. Oct. 18. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, 9th St.; 8:48 p.m. Oct. 19. Theft â&#x2013;  1300-1329 block, Q St.; 10:16 a.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1108-1199 block, 12th St.; 10 a.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 9:59 p.m. Oct. 15. â&#x2013;  1320-1399 block, N St.; 2:46 p.m. Oct. 19.

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instead worked from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.? We have seven or eight universities in town. What if I get adjunct professors to come teach a class?â&#x20AC;? In addition, Henderson wants to dramatically expand study-abroad opportunities for middle and high school students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fundamentally believe that every eighth-grader in the D.C. Public Schools should go on a week abroad over spring break to get some exposure to another culture,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that every 11th-grader should go on a monthlong international exchange â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to figure out how to pay for it.â&#x20AC;? Asked how these changes would come to fruition, the chancellor said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the design process.â&#x20AC;? She added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we expect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that these are the things youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see in the budget for fiscal year 2015.â&#x20AC;? Henderson also said she was encouraged by the results of a recent D.C. public education adequacy study â&#x20AC;&#x201D; prepared for the District by a pair of consulting firms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which recommended increased per-pupil funding. The chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments came after she delivered an upbeat annual report on the school system to a packed auditorium at the Cardozo Education Campus in Columbia Heights, one of the District schools that has recently undergone a massive modernization. Touting gains in standardized test scores across all eight wards, Henderson said District officials had failed to effectively communicate how much progress has been made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things are working in DCPS,â&#x20AC;? she told the crowd, drawing applause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCPS is on the move, and it is headed in the right direction.â&#x20AC;? Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech celebrated steadying school enrollment and increased graduate rates across the District. The chancellor said truancy is declining and a greater number of students are passing their classes. In terms of curriculum, she highlighted D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent prioritization of reading, writing and critical thinking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning about friendship and bravery in kindergarten, or analyzing texts about justice through the ages in high school,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aiming to foster a love of the written word that goes beyond Twitter or texting.â&#x20AC;? Several community leaders who attended the speech praised Henderson, even as they said she had neglected

cumulative spike,â&#x20AC;? Pharr said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And undergrounding is not a silver bullet. It has its liabilities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; high cost and continuing vulnerabilityâ&#x20AC;? to outages. There were other concerns about the so-called enabling legislation, and the project itself. Several witnesses said it fails to spell out a clear way to coordinate among various utilities to ensure that streets are not dug up, repaved and dug up again. The coordination is difficult, said Dorothy Brizill of DC Watch, since the plan still doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t specify which of the high-voltage distribution lines in wards 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s target area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be among the 60 targeted for undergrounding. (Most power lines in the central part of the city are underground.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only when you know what neighborhoods are affected can you be sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tear up the same streets, again and again,â&#x20AC;? Brizill said. Witnesses also wanted to ensure that the construction projects will create jobs for D.C. residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The benefits [of undergrounding] are largely invisible,â&#x20AC;? said Rabbi Jessica Oleon of the Washington Interfaith Network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But hiring locally will provide a visible benefit.â&#x20AC;? Vicki Leonard, spokesperson for a local small contractors group, said the project could create 800 utility construction jobs a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new bill â&#x20AC;Ś must have a well-defined and rigorous local hiring program,â&#x20AC;? she said. Others urged the council to ensure that the latest, and greenest,

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D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the system is â&#x20AC;&#x153;headed in the right direction.â&#x20AC;?

important topics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought she could have more specifics,â&#x20AC;? said Kishan Putta, a Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner. He said he wished the chancellor had focused more on improving neighborhood schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents want to live in the city if they have a good school nearby,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they get in the suburbs, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they want. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give it to them, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll move to suburbs.â&#x20AC;? At-large State Board of Education member Mary Lord was also critical of the chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech. Although she praised Henderson as accessible and able to â&#x20AC;&#x153;accentuate the positive in a very genuine way,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a little disappointed there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t more emphasis on science, engineering and computer science.â&#x20AC;? Lord was also troubled by the chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on reading at the expense of other academic subjects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is a lot of energy and excitement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a good thing.â&#x20AC;?

technology is part of the program. Several members of D.C. Climate Action suggested building redundancy into the grid, â&#x20AC;&#x153;looping and sectionalizingâ&#x20AC;? to isolate outages, and using locally generated power sources rather than fossil fuel. Robert Robinson of a group called Grid 2.0 suggested â&#x20AC;&#x153;microgridsâ&#x20AC;? that allow campuses and other large institutions to produce and circulate their own power. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can either keep patching together a 20thcentury system or develop a grid that will power us through the 21st century,â&#x20AC;? he said. Whatever the pitfalls, supporters of undergrounding said the benefits outweigh the costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the power goes, we lose safety and economic security. Not undergrounding and expecting different results is not sensible,â&#x20AC;? said Jim Dinegar of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Council members also recognized the trade-offs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The elderly on fixed income are most vulnerable to a $3 increase, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also most vulnerable when the electricity goes out,â&#x20AC;? said Muriel Bowser of Ward 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be able to say to residents, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Not only will this improve the system, but do so in a way you can afford.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Neither relevant council committee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Government Operations nor Finance and Revenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has set a date yet for marking up the bill so it can advance to the full council. From there it would go to the D.C. Public Service Commission, which would have to approve the financing and cost recovery systems.


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Improving the polls

We appreciate the goals behind the D.C. Board of Elections’ plan to realign voting precinct boundaries: saving taxpayer dollars, streamlining the job for poll workers and decreasing wait times. The changes would mean all residents of a single-member district — everyone represented by the same advisory neighborhood commissioner — would vote at the same place. Officials say that shift would nearly halve the number of ballot styles they need to produce for a general election, from 551 to 296. It would also ease the task for the volunteers who run the operations — who can be in short supply — since they wouldn’t have to handle as many different ballots. And both of those outcomes should lead to speedier voting. But some have raised concerns about the proposal. Among the criticisms are that some voters will now have to travel farther on Election Day, seniors and others may be confused by the changes, and the updated information may not get to all voters in time. We think a robust education campaign should address the latter two concerns. But the board should consider some tweaks to deal with the former. Where the new polling place seems inconvenient for a bulk of the voters, switching the location to a more densely populated area may be in order. This seems like a way to address the problem for Dupont advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein’s constituents, for instance — some of whom would need to travel a mile to vote at the Sumner School Museum at 17th and M streets, rather than just going to the nearby Francis-Stevens school building at 25th and N streets. In the few instances where a precinct move doesn’t solve the problem, the board should consider keeping things as is, and allowing a district’s voters to use multiple polling places. We can’t imagine this option would be necessary in many districts, so the consolidation would still be substantial. Overall, though, where the changes mean just a slight inconvenience, we think residents will be able to manage, particularly given the recently added flexibility in absentee and early voting. We applaud the board’s efforts to improve voting procedures throughout the city while at the same time reducing costs.

Keep up the momentum

In passing legislation to reopen the federal government last week, Congress included a provision that allows the District to continue its operations in the event of another shutdown — at least through the current fiscal year. While we’re grateful that Congress was willing to protect our ability to spend our own local funds for the time being, there’s no compelling reason this measure shouldn’t become permanent. Mayor Vincent Gray cleverly avoided shutting down the D.C. government by using emergency reserve funds, but this approach didn’t come without stress, uncertainty and some delayed payments. None of it should have been necessary. City functions like collecting trash, issuing building permits and operating schools simply have no connection to Capitol Hill’s partisan battles over health care reform and debt limits. The District has of course long sought to decouple its budgetary and legislative processes from the whims of Congress. A notable effort is this year’s charter amendment, which D.C. voters overwhelmingly adopted in an April referendum, that grants our local government the ability to set its own budget without a vote of Congress. But even with questions remaining about that measure’s legality, there are other promising signs that the environment is right to achieve at least some permanent increase in our local autonomy now. Even before the guarantee for this fiscal year, the Republican House voted during the shutdown to exempt the D.C. government (along with specific federal agencies) from the closure. And Mayor Gray’s now-famous showdown with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. — in which the mayor crashed a news conference to demand a solution for the District — successfully brought favorable national attention to the issue. We must acknowledge that the District has already seen this first step toward autonomy come and go: Following the November 1995 shutdown, the city government received the same exemption — which came in handy just a few weeks later, but which was not renewed for future fiscal years. But with mounting evidence of the D.C. government’s sound financial management, increasing public awareness of the issue and encouraging steps from both the House and Senate, the stars may be aligning this year. City leaders and residents alike must work to ensure that this momentum isn’t squandered and this opportunity isn’t lost.

Link Pepco rate increases to clean energy VIEWPOINT larry martin


epco has requested a rate increase of $41 million from D.C. ratepayers. That will bump up distribution charges on your bill by about 20 percent. This is Pepco’s fourth rate increase request in six years and its second increase since 2012 — they’re becoming as regular as outages. Pepco claims the increase is fair reimbursement for investments, such as the work it has done to improve reliability. Pepco also wants to increase interest payments to investors from 9.50 percent to 10.25 percent. Pepco is an investor-owned utility, so it’s not too surprising officials want to increase payouts to investors, but improved reliability? Notwithstanding the company’s rhetoric, ratepayers have experienced continued, prolonged power outages since 2008 — not just during storm events like the derecho, but also when the skies are clear (we’re told it’s squirrels). In 2009, Pepco’s reliability rankings for its distribution system dropped into the bottom quartile, measured against all other U.S. municipalities. And that’s not even the worst of it. Pepco’s rate increases are arbitrated through the D.C. Public Service Commission. D.C.’s Office of the People’s Counsel takes the side of ratepayers and challenges the utility’s claims. The initial increase Pepco sought was $52 million. The People’s Counsel already got it knocked back $8 million. Those people are on their toes! The D.C. chapter of Sierra Club, joined by the working group GRID 2.0, intervened in this rate case. In an unprecedented challenge, Sierra Club argues that Pepco’s rate increase should be entirely denied until the utility demonstrates that its investments will help us shift away from fossil fuels (and carbon dioxide emissions) to improved efficiency, conservation and cleaner energy. Sierra Club’s formal testimony asserts that Pepco’s investments in this area have been piecemeal and imprudent when compared to the best practices of other utilities. D.C. ratepayers are weatherizing, improving efficiency, installing photovoltaics, buying wind energy and investing in our own D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility. Sierra Club demands that our utility step up and play a role in reducing global warming. It’s essential that Pepco work with ratepayers and the

Letters to the Editor Don’t rush decision on precinct changes

In recent weeks, concerns surrounding the federal government shutdown have obscured the release of a proposal by the D.C. Board of Elections that could impact the integrity of D.C.’s electoral processes in the upcoming 2014 elections. If approved by the D.C. Council, the proposed plan would “realign all voting precinct boundaries in the District to correspond with existing Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Single-Member District (SMD) boundary lines and revise the precinct numbering system to associate each precinct to its designated Ward.” There was little advance notice to voters and affected organizations. One reason cited for the proposed realignment is the anticipated savings for the Board of Elections derived from reduced ballot printing costs. Another is to

government to design a 21st-century grid that enables efficiency and integration of renewable power. Working to reduce the extreme hazard of global warming is of paramount importance because no single authority can solve the problem. Each entity must lead and, through demonstration, assist others to follow. Most fundamentally in D.C., Pepco must be required to coordinate with D.C. ratepayers to design a smart grid (and investment plan) that promotes efficiency and renewable power. D.C.’s goals for promoting electricity from renewable sources are among the most aggressive in the U.S. The 2005 D.C. Renewable Portfolio Standard requires D.C.’s electricity suppliers to increase purchase of local solar capacity by 2.5 percent annually, to a total of 244 megawatts in 2023. Clean, locally produced and affordable energy is a major District goal, reflected in Sustainable DC’s target for 50 percent renewable energy by 2032. To get to that goal will require all we are now doing, and for Pepco to build a smart grid that can promote energy efficiency and substantially increase the incorporation of renewable power. The recent report of the International Panel on Climate Change once again reinforced the urgency of this need — but 50 percent renewable power by 2032? Some municipalities have already found a way to 100 percent renewable power — examples are Gussing, Austria; Naturstron, Germany; and Greensburg, Kan. The countries of Denmark and Iceland are on their way. Can the small town of Greensburg point the way? Yes, after a tornado they rebuilt with intention to find the path to 100 percent renewable power, and that is what matters. Sierra Club argues that no rate increase should be allowed until Pepco demonstrates that it is prepared to work with D.C. ratepayers to design and build a new distribution system. The technology and business models are changing as fast as seasons. What has happened with communications is about to happen to our electrical grid, unless we let Pepco stand in the way. The Public Service Commission is seeking public comment. The remaining hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Thurgood Marshall Public Charter School, 2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, and written comments are welcome. Visit the Office of the People’s Counsel website for details at Larry Martin is chair of the energy committee of the Sierra Club’s D.C. chapter.

ensure that voters in advisory neighborhood commission elections from the same single-member district can vote at the same polling place. It has been suggested that the April 1 primary might be the appropriate time to implement this proposal. While the commission elections will not be held until November, the April primary would be used as a “trial run.” The problem with that rationale is that the integrity of the April 1 primary election process could be compromised in a number of ways. If the Board of Elections and the D.C. Council decide to move forward with this plan, it will mean that the precinct numbers for every D.C. voter will be changed, many voters will be assigned to new polling places, some residents will have to travel farther to get to their polling

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

place, and the physical boundaries of many precincts will be altered. Such changes could create confusion and suppress voter participation. A decision on the part of the D.C. Council to rush through these precinct boundary realignments without adequate time to educate voters would be illadvised. There may be solid reasons for altering the precinct boundaries, but these realignments should not be implemented in haste. Demands of efficiency and savings will come squarely at the expense of the convenience and needs of the voters. The sensible way to approach the proposal is to allow ample time for the community to provide feedback on the implications of the reconfigured precincts and for the Board of Elections to fine-tune the plan to incorporate community views and to educate voters on the changes after they are approved by the council. That should mean holding off on implementing the proposal until 2016. Shelley Tomkin Chevy Chase

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Sparking investment in Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children VIEWPOINT mary procter


s parents and students settled into the new school year last month, my thoughts turned to the day that the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest public charter school network first opened its doors to students 15 years ago. I had completed a 25-year career in the federal government before signing on to become Friendship Public Charter Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief of staff. As a neighbor of Friendship House, a historic socialservices nonprofit for low-income families, I had met Donald Hense, who had recently become its executive director. From a distinguished career in government relations and development for universities and nonprofits, Hense had developed a sophisticated understanding of the obstacles facing poor children entering mainstream American life. He also knew the kinds of opportunities that could make a difference in their chances for successful lives. Working at Friendship House had forced Hense to confront the fragility of nonprofits that serve the poor. Most important was the realization that Friendship House was providing young high school dropouts the same employment training and social services it delivered to their parents and grandparents. Hense saw that if nothing were done about the state of public education for children from low-income families, the children and grandchildren of those whom Friendship House served would also become its clients. Hense decided to submit a charter to open Friendship Public Charter School, following the 1996 passage of the D.C. School Reform Act. He hired me to be the point person in this effort. Fourteen years later, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Fast-forward 15 years, and public charter schools in the District of Columbia educate 44 percent of all students attending public school here. Publicly funded but operated independently of the traditional public school system, charters are free to set their own school culture and curriculum, while being held accountable for improved student performance by the D.C. Public Charter School Board. Friendship operates six public charter school campuses in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Friendship serves students from preschool through 12th grade, with four campuses in wards 7 and 8 and one each in Ward 5 and Ward 6. Friendship set about renovating neglected, derelict former school facilities that the traditional school sys-

Letters to the Editor Use of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;powderpuffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; not degrading at all

Diane Fenton, in a letter in your Oct. 9 issue, suggests that Georgetown Day Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;powderpuffâ&#x20AC;? to designate the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-girls football tournament homecoming tradition is â&#x20AC;&#x153;disparagingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;degradingâ&#x20AC;? to the young women participating in the games. As the parent of one of those combatants, I can assure Ms. Fenton that the term is embraced by the participants who, in addition to being strong and fast, have a

tem no longer needed due to decades of falling enrollment. The building that now houses Friendshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Collegiate Academy high school required a $12 million renovation. All the plumbing and wires had been torn out, and loose asbestos filled the building, which was being used as an illegal drug manufacturing plant. Other campuses had damaged windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which the District had never replaced â&#x20AC;&#x201D; doors, floors and ceilings. The renovation costs ranged from $1.2 million to $5.6 million. Today, nearly 4,000 students are enrolled at Friendshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six public charter school campuses, at which Friendship strives to bring opportunities routinely available at suburban public, private and magnet schools to urban youth. Friendshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Collegiate Academy in Ward 7 has a 95 percent on-time high-school graduation rate, 35 percentage points higher than regular high schools in the D.C. Public Schools system, and a number of points higher than the average for Maryland and Virginia. Friendshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduating class of 2012 made up 40 percent of the 604 graduates in wards 7 and 8. And 100 percent of each graduating class is accepted to college â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this at a school in which three-quarters of students are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches. As preparation for college, Friendship offers high school students academically rigorous Advanced Placement courses at increasingly early ages. More than 2,500 students have taken these classes since 2006. College preparation also comes in the form of our Early College program, which allows students to take collegelevel classes for college credit. We also understand the financial challenges for lowincome students who want to attend the college of their choice. In total, Collegiate Academy graduates have earned nearly $40 million in college scholarships. Many District neighborhoods where Friendship has renovated dilapidated and abandoned public school buildings have turned around. Friendshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southeast Academy in Ward 8 was renovated from a derelict former Safeway. Next door, Friendship is investing $22 million in a new state-of-the-art facility for its Technology Preparatory Academy on the site of an abandoned McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The school will introduce students to 21stcentury skills in environmental sciences and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Thanks to charter school pioneers like Friendship, back to school means much more for District students 15 years on, especially for those from D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most underserved and disadvantaged communities. Mary Procter is the founding chief of staff for Friendship Public Charter School.

sophisticated sense of humor and a love of irony. I suspect theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be delighted by the rise they got out of folks like Ms. Fenton. Patrick Phillips American University Park

City needs to restore Wisconsin Ave. lane

I thought there was nothing more foolish on the Wisconsin Avenue front than the ill-conceived, unnecessary and disastrous loss of a lane of traffic between Georgetown and Glover Park. I was wrong. The Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission wins that prize by proposing a survey to discover attitudes about the new design! Who needs a survey for

what is dreadfully apparent morning, noon and night, weekend and weekday, off-peak and rush hours: Traffic backs up for miles in both directions, with no alternative in sight. Who benefits from this folly? Surely not the business owners whose declining sales are testimony to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inability to shop in the area. Certainly not the residents of Georgetown, Burleith and Glover Park who now have to deal with 35th and 37th streets having turned into alternate routes for refugees from Wisconsin Avenue. Forget the survey: Get out the black paint and return Wisconsin Avenue to its former self. Marion Goldin Georgetown

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The commission will hold its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: ■ announcements. ■ committee agendas. ■ consideration of alcoholic beverage control and public safety matters: Adams Morgan moratorium on alcohol licenses and tavern license renewals. ■ consideration of planning, zoning and transportation matters: proposed development at 1835 Wyoming Ave.; sidewalk cafe application for the Adams Morgan Coffee Shop, 2204 18th St.; proposed installation of parking meters on the 1700 block of Florida Avenue; proposed removal of parking meters at 2390 Champlain St.; proposed changes to the Heights of Buildings Act; and zoning regulations rewrite. ■ discussion of inclusionary zoning. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy ■ Foggy bottom / west end At the commission’s Oct. 16 meeting: ■ commission chair Florence Harmon apologized for recent outages of the commission’s website, which she said was hacked twice. ■ Ian Swain of the New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation recently did a lot of work on Washington Circle, including adding new lighting and crosswalks. A planned Washington Circle fence was delayed because it needed National Park Service approval that couldn’t be obtained during the federal government shutdown. He also reported that work was prolonged at 24th Street and New Hampshire Avenue because the sub-grade portions of the roadway had deteriorated more than officials had realized. Swain also invited residents to contact their neighborhood commissioner to request a light shield if they have complaints about a new streetlight shining too brightly into their homes. ■ commissioner Patrick Kennedy reported on plans to improve sidewalks on 23rd Street between C and E streets. ■ Hasim Dawkins of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility told residents that they can get subsidized energy-friendly upgrades and technical expertise. Visit for more information. ■ representatives of the George Washington University Hillel reported on their plans to redevelop their building at 23rd and H streets. A new four-story building would be partly funded by leasing the top two floors to the university. The Jewish student group’s new building would

also cover the existing driveway and require zoning variances for the rear yard and floor-area ratio. The commission will vote on the zoning application at a future meeting. ■ commissioners voted 6-0, with Rebecca Coder and Graham Galka absent, to protest Shadow Room’s application to renew its liquor license and terminate its settlement agreement with the community. The club at 2131 K St. has generated complaints about noise and other disturbances, and some community members have called for additional police presence. Noting that the commission never received a formal notification of Shadow Room’s request to terminate the settlement agreement, commissioners also voted 6-0 to authorize chair Florence Harmon to protest any such termination request, in case there are others that the commission didn’t learn about. ■ commission chair Florence Harmon reported that Bayou, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave., has added $5,000 worth of soundproofing and is working with bands performing there to ensure the back door stays closed. She said these changes have addressed noise complaints. ■ commission chair Florence Harmon reported that a public space application for 2121 M St. has been temporarily withdrawn but that the commission will consider it at a future meeting. ■ a representative of Abdo Development described plans to renovate The Allen Lee, a hotel at 2224 F St. There will be minimal changes to the exterior but the interior will be overhauled significantly. The work is likely to begin this winter. ■ commissioners voted 5-0 to adopt a series of recommendations to the Zoning Commission regarding proposed changes to the D.C. zoning regulations. Rebecca Coder and Graham Galka were absent; Patrick Kennedy abstained. ■ Ben Sonnet of EastBanc reported that site preparations for redeveloping the West End Library will begin in early 2014, with cranes coming in late spring or early summer. The firm’s schedule for redeveloping the neighborhood’s fire station hasn’t yet been set, but Sonnet estimated work would begin in May or June. ■ Clifford Tatum, executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections, described the board’s proposal to redraw voting precincts. Some commissioners expressed concerns, but there was no formal vote. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. The location has not been announced. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont ■ dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown ■ Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park ■ cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy ■ CHEVY CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 3704 Military Road for a special exception from rear-yard requirements to permit a two-story addition. ■ discussion of a possible moratorium on new photo traffic enforcement. ■ discussion of and possible vote on comments regarding the Board of Elections proposal to realign voting precincts to reflect the boundaries of advisory neighborhood commission single-member districts. ■ discussion of and possible vote on comments regarding a request for a Capital Bikeshare station. ■ discussion of and possible vote on comments regarding the newly released environmental assessment of the D.C. Department of Transportation’s planned reconstruction of Broad Branch Road from Linnean Avenue to Beach Drive. ■ discussion of and possible vote on a resolution regarding D.C. building height limits. ■ update on 5333 Connecticut Ave. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

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FBA Board members Bob Vogt and Catherine Pitcher at the 2013 GW Block Party

The 11th Annual FRIENDS Neighborhood Block Party was held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 on the 2200 Block of I (Eye) Street (at the Foggy Bottom Metro, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, NW). Representatives from the Foggy Bottom Association, the West End Library Friends, and the Foggy Bottom West End Village answered questions and provided information.


Featuring Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department St. Stephen Martyr Church, 2436 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Parish Hall (enter from 25th St)

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FALL SALE AT THE UNITED CHURCH WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 & THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 – 11 am – 7 pm – 1920 G St NW Come and find bargains in furniture, clothing, white elephants, plants, books... A German plate, featuring your choice of wurst with sauerkraut, German potato salad, and a roll, will be served Wednesday, 11:30am – 2:00pm and 4:30pm – 6:30pm | Thursday, 11:30pm – 2:00pm

WARD 2 EDUCATION NETWORK MEETING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 10-11:30 AM Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave NW The Logan (ANC 2F), Dupont (ANC 2B) and Foggy Bottom (ANC 2A) Education Network together with the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA), the Dupont Circle Citizen Association (DCCA), and the Foggy Bottom Association (FBA) will co-sponsor a community education forum on Saturday morning, October 26. This meeting will feature presenters that generate and analyze DC’s education metrics and how the information they create is relevant to parents and communities. The meeting will begin with updates from the sponsor organizations followed by presentations from the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) on the new LEA Report Card and Graduation Requirements. OSSE will be followed by a representative from Code For DC. Code for DC (a grassroots “brigade” of Code for America) is a volunteer group of civic hackers who use technology to solve local issues and help people engage with the city. There will be coffee, light breakfast fare, snacks for the kids. Babysitters will be on hand to care for the kids in a separate playroom just steps from our meeting room.

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WEST END LIBRARY EVENTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7:00 PM – Author Bruce Rosenstein will speak on his new book, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing and Applying a Forward Focused Mindset (McGraw-Hill, November 2013) WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, 7:00 PM, NOVEMBER 6, 13 & 20 AND DECEMBER 4, 11 & 18 – T’ai Chi classes for beginners, taught by Susan Lowell WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:00 PM – Calvin Warren, Assistant Professor of American Studies at The George Washington University, will speak on Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia, in celebration of DC Reads, a DC Public Library literacy program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that focus on one book. All events held at the West End Library, 1101 24th St NW. Remember – hours were expanded for all libraries in the District, beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The new hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Thursday: 1:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.


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Sponsored by the Milton A. Barlow Center, Brigham Young University, and The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints Please join Director Jill N. Crandell and others from the BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy, to learn how to research your family using the FamilySearch web site. This workshop is intended to be a “hands-on” event. Please bring your personal WiFi-enabled laptop, iPad or tablet. PLEASE REGISTER BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:, or call (202) 448-3348. Include your name, email address and contact telephone number. A confirmation will be emailed with additional important information about the classes.


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Victorian home in Georgetown offers period details


estoring an old house in Georgetown can be daunting. Besides going through the regular local government channels to


obtain building permits and approvals, there are also the preservation offices to penetrate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including one in the federal government. And depending on the magnitude of these changes, the process can take a long time. A house worth the hassle is a late-19th-century Victorian dwelling right off Wisconsin Avenue. Its curb appeal may be one of the best on the block, as it sits handsomely on an elevated lot, which also means a spectacular 360-degree view from the rooftop. The interior, however, needs tender loving care. Old photos reveal a once fabulous home whose period charm has withstood the test of time. Future homeowners can remake those grand moments thanks to the many original details still intact â&#x20AC;&#x201D; intricately carved moldings lining the parlor, 11-foot sturdy doors, chandelier medallions

and 12-foot-high ceilings. The six-bedroom, three-and-ahalf-bath home at 3127 Dumbarton St. is on the market for $2,450,000. One of the major hurdles to clear is the approval of the discerning preservationists of Georgetown. As indicated by the plaque placed outside on the stone steps, a conservation easement puts the home under the purview of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown, a local nonprofit that works to preserve the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characteristic structures. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in addition to protections that apply throughout the Georgetown Historic District, restricting many exterior changes. While much of the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Victorian facade still shines brilliantly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; entablatures with decorative cornices line the top of the house and the bay windows, and decorative dentils beckon above each window â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the rooftop deck may need some refurbishing. Inside, on the main floor, one finds a dramatic parlor with fireplaces and built-in bookcases. Toward the rear are a small kitchen and a dining room adorned with a chandelier and fireplace. A possible change would be to combine these two rooms to create

an open floor plan with a kitchen easily flowing into the dining room. Another idea the current owner considered was to tear down the east walls and expand the two rooms right to where a side porch ends. The second floor houses three of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six bedrooms. The one toward the back has a fireplace and a plenty of windows facing the yard and other parts of Georgetown. The front room, which offers its own bath, is considered the master suite. This level also offers ample closet space and another bathroom, as well as access to a second-floor side veranda. Upstairs is another set of large bedrooms, connected by a small room with a sink, which could be widened to become a complete Jack and Jill bathroom. The rear room has access to the rooftop. Back down on the main floor are two access points to the rear garden.



Chevy Chase Village. Spectacular 1913 center hall Colonial on 1/3 acre. 7500 sf includes 8 BRs, 6.5 BAs, 2 1st flr fam rms, library & gourmet kit. MBR wing, rear  stairs. Multi-level covered deck. $2,845,000 Ellen Abrams   202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell  202-329-7117

The Total Package

Cleveland Park. Charming sunfilled pristine Colonial. LR w/frpl, DR w/French drs, snazzy black & white kitchen. 2-3 BRs on 2nd, 1 BR on 3rd. LL w/lge BR & BA. Delightful stone patio w/hot tub & terraced garden. $1,025,000 Lynn Bulmer  202-257-2410


A Touch of Elegance

Chevy Chase, MD. Exceptional high end home on 12,000+ sf lot. 4 BRs, 3 BAs & 2 HBAs. Stunning gardens & tranquil pool. Located between dwntwn Bethesda & Friendship Hgts. $1,895,000 Eric Murtagh   301-652-8971

Photos courtesy of Continental Properties Ltd.

This six-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Dumbarton Street home is priced at $2,450,000. Surrounded by high walls cloaked with vines, this outdoor area encompasses one and a half lots and has been featured several times on the Georgetown Garden Tour, according to a Realtor who previously represented the home. Down in the basement are the sixth bedroom and the final full bath. Separated from the rest of this level, a wooden-paneled front area once served as a psychiatristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, with patients able to enter through a door that opens to the front. According to property records,

this site once belonged to lawyer Charles Cragin Jr., whose greatgrandfather Henry Foxhall was a mayor of Georgetown during its early years. The Victorian house sits on what used to be the vegetable garden of Craginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood home next door, which was built by Foxhall. This six-bedroom, three-and-ahalf-bath property at 3127 Dumbarton St. is offered for $2,450,000. For more information contact Susannah Moss of Continental Properties Ltd. at 202-222-5599 or


Urban Oasis

Colonial Village. Distinguished & grand colonial backing to Rock Creek Park. 5,000 sf. 5 BRs, 4BAs, 2 HBAs. Soaring ceilings, walls of windows. Family rm, library, au pair suite, back stairs. $1,599,000 Dina Paxenos  202-256-1624 Lee Goldstein  202-744-8060

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Kent. Lovely brick home tucked away on leafy cul de sac. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Redone kitchen, 2 frpls. Delightful deck and terrace. Steps to shops & restaurants. $999,500 Leila Harrington  202-330-1717

Cape Cod Gem

AU Park. Delightful & charming Cape. LR w/frpl, sep DR. Sunroom w/wall of windows & door to deck. 2 bedrooms above. LL w/family rm & exit to leafy treed yard. $739,000 Phil Sturm  301-213-3528

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Northwest Real Estate METRO: Georgetown seeks momentum for station VOTING: Precincts may change tant working with the Georgetown Business Improvement District on transportation issues. As construction advances on the new Silver Line in Virginia, Zakharov said, an organized campaign is needed to expand the focus to Georgetown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we want to see this in time for us to actually be able to use it, we need to start going into the next phase now and figure out how to advocate for it, how to secure funding for it, and how to get it on peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radars,â&#x20AC;? he said. As for the $3.3 billion price tag Metro has estimated for a separated Blue Line including a Georgetown path, Kass said achieving that will require â&#x20AC;&#x153;public-private partnerships with full regional cooperation.â&#x20AC;? The business group hopes to branch out and develop a â&#x20AC;&#x153;collective advocacy coalitionâ&#x20AC;? of partners in the area who can identify funding options, he said, likely through a formal study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it makes sense for Georgetown and Rosslyn to do the study [alone],â&#x20AC;? Kass said, noting that support needs to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;very broadâ&#x20AC;? from beneficiaries along the restructured future Blue Line. (The transit authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documents have proposed various paths and end points for this route, many terminating at Thomas Circle.) Zakharov said the Silver Lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funding mechanisms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like special tax districts and tax-increment financing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could offer a model. The topic of a Georgetown Metro stop is nothing new; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been under debate since the neighborhood was

left out of the original Metro network in the 1970s. But the topic got new attention last winter, when the transit authority included it as an element of its long-term â&#x20AC;&#x153;Momentumâ&#x20AC;? plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been very important to elevating the issue and making it seem more realistic is that this is not just Georgetown saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bring Metro here,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Kass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Metro saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In our 2040 plan itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential for core capacity relief to have these alternative lines.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The transit authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2040 vision calls for separating both the Blue and Orange lines and Yellow and Green lines to ease congestion in the rail systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core. The latest refinements of that plan (detailed on the transit authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plan It Metroâ&#x20AC;? blog at present various options for a combined Yellow and Blue line â&#x20AC;&#x153;loopâ&#x20AC;? through Georgetown and parts of downtown. In all of those options, the loop would start and end at the Pentagon stop in Virginia via two tunnels across the Potomac. Of interest to Georgetown is the tunnel originating from Rosslyn, which according to the blog could enable two stops in the neighborhood. One â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the central hub near Wisconsin and M streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is an already popular suggestion for a Metro location. But another stop proposed west of Key Bridge, near the southern entrance to Georgetown University, is a newer addition. The need for Metro access to Georgetown, along with the challenges that could come with it, came up at a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown 2028â&#x20AC;? meeting

this month. According to a planning document circulated at the meeting, Georgetown is the largest employment center and largest retail sales tax generator in the city without a Metro station. Meanwhile, the existing Orange and Blue line tunnel faces â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most severe capacity constraint in the whole Metro system,â&#x20AC;? the document says. Zakharov, at the meeting, noted that the lack of Metro access poses problems for Georgetown University students. And attracting tourists is also difficult, said Karen Daly, executive director of Dumbarton House. William Gallagher Jr., an architect who worked on the designs for the Dupont Metro station in the 1970s and the new entrance at the Rosslyn stop, said a new Metro line to Georgetown would require tunnel-boring machines to dig deep beneath the Potomac. Construction would last three to five years, he estimated, but would have limited effects on the surface. As to the reasons Georgetown never got a Metro stop in the first place, Zahkarov referred to Zachary Schragâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Subway Society: A History of the Washington Metro.â&#x20AC;? While popular rumor has it that wealthy Georgetowners blocked the project to prevent outsiders from visiting, Schragâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book argues that Georgetown was skipped because it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a dense â&#x20AC;&#x153;commuter residentialâ&#x20AC;? area or major job center at the time, Zahkarov said. Current staff contributed to this report.



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But even with the timing change Cleveland Park commissioners had concerns. Some were troubled that every voter in a given single-member district would be voting at a single polling place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My single-member district is enormous,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Catherine May, shaking her head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to work.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a very serious number of senior citizens for whom mobility is an issue,â&#x20AC;? added commissioner Margaret Siegel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Several of

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eras, visit Crump said the locations of new cameras will be listed there as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are still in the testing phase and we will publicize the locations when the information is finalized,â&#x20AC;? she wrote yesterday. According to Crump, the new camera equipment includes: â&#x2013; 32 new portable speed cameras, adding to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing inventory of both movable and stationary cameras. Fines for violations vary from $50 to $250 based on speed. The most commonly issued ticket, from traveling between 11 and 15 mph over the limit, is $92. Several police officers and other city officials have said the cameras issue tickets only to drivers traveling more than 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, but the department hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t officially confirmed. â&#x2013;  24 intersection speed cameras.




These new devices work the same as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing speed cameras, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aimed at motorists who accelerate to catch a green light. â&#x2013; 20 gridlock cameras. These cameras, also new technology to the District, sense when a car becomes stranded in an intersection after the light changes, and issue $50 tickets. â&#x2013;  32 stop sign cameras. New to D.C., these cameras issue $50 fines. â&#x2013;  16 crosswalk cameras. Also new to the city, these devices issue $75 tickets to drivers who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. Drivers who go around a car that has stopped for a pedestrian face a $250 fine. The gridlock and stop sign cameras can also issue the $75 tickets for failing to yield to a pedestrian. â&#x2013;  eight oversize-vehicle cameras. Another new piece of technology for the District, these cameras issue $150 fines to overweight vehicles and $250 fines to over-height vehicles that use restricted streets.


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the polling places youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re suggesting are not in the precinct to which people are accustomed to voting.â&#x20AC;? Commissioners said they would be consulting with their constituents before voting on the issue at an upcoming meeting. Tatum acknowledged their concerns, saying the plans could be modified over the coming months. The Elections Board will hold a public hearing on its proposals tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. To see the plan, visit

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Georgetown – 3316 R Street NW. Georgetown Federal features a large entry hall & foyer with bedroom & full bath on the 1st level, an elegant living room with fireplace & French doors that open to an enchanting garden, a formal dining room seating twelve, gourmet kitchen, three additional bedrooms, 2.5 baths and garage parking. $1,645,000.

Ledroit/Bloomingdale – 223 Florida Ave NW #4. This Top floor 2 bed / 2 bath duplex with low condo fee comes complete with stainless kitchen, Jacuzzi tub and gorgeous private outdoor deck. You don’t want to miss it! Contact me for an exclusive preview! Broker cooperation invited. $434,999.

Gibson Island – 608 Ayrlie Water Road. Price DROP! Come home to Gibson Island: 4 bedrooms, views of the Chesapeake Bay + 1st right of refusal for buildable lot next door $1,090,000.

John Edelmann 202.423.6900

Erik Lars Evans 202.731.3142

Ellie Shorb 240.338.8919

U Street – 2238 11th Street NW #1. Boutique two condo building built in '10 in the U Street neighborhood. Walking distance to the U Street Metro & everything else! Only one owner. Two Bedroom duplex, Two Full BA, One Half BA, Full of light, gourmet kitchen and perfect for entertaining. Great home office nook. Hardwood floors thru-out. Full size front loading W/D. Ondemand hot water heater. $589,900. Federico Glücksmann 202.746.9336

Logan – 1618 11th Street NW. 2BR/2BA with parking, two blocks to Logan and boasting an amazing rooftop terrace with multiple seating areas. Bright and welcoming living area with bay windows. Open Chef’s kitchen with SS, Viking. W/D. $599,555.

Columbia Heights – 1435 Chapin Street NW #206. Sun-Filled 2BR / 2BA at the stylish Barcelona. Modern detailing with huge floor-toceiling windows, open main living space with shining wood floors and designer finishes. W/D. Parking. Walk to 2 metros. Broker cooperation invited. $514,555.

Cleveland Park – 3760 39th Street NW #142. Bright upper level 2BR, 1BA in tranquil Mclean Gardens. Mature trees and open vistas in sought after close in neighborhood. Pools, tot lots, tennis courts add value to this quiet oasis. Washer dryer in unit, surface assigned parking and pets are allowed! Hardwood flrs. Extra storage included. $399,000.

Adams Morgan – 1750 Harvard Street NW #6D. Rarely-available 1BR/BA retreat at the Richelieu. Quiet, tree-lined street just steps to the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park and walking distance to 2 metros. Sunny, southern exposures and oak floors throughout. W/D. $299,555.

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Joseph Zorc 301.351.5274

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Observatory Circle – 2619 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Fantastic development opportunity to purchase 2 lots, one vacant and one with single family tenanted home being sold together. A total of 19,113 sq ft. Located in Observatory Cir with frontage along Wisconsin Ave and alley access in the rear. Property is a must see. Seller will aid if needed in variance to build 4 homes. $4,400,000. John Edelmann 202.423.6900 (Residential) (Land)

Hume, Virginia – 5396 Washwright Road. Delight in a hunt country version of the good life in Napa! Very spacious, totally restored & beautifully appointed 1860's farmhouse w/superb layout & flow. Enjoy lovely views from front & rear porches, revel in the huge gourmet, granite SS kit w/adjoining Family room, 4 fireplaces, gracious living & BR spaces, including media, recreation & several "optional" rms. $1,995,000. Grant Griffith 202.741.1685

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Kalorama – 2220 20th Street NW. NEW LISTING!! Thoughtfully renovated large one bedroom in "Best Address" building. Enjoy tree top views, Southern exposure, 1,000 sf, 10' ceilings, wood floors, FP, SS/Granite kitchen, W/D. $435,000.

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

The fall festival is a huge festival at the British School of Washington, where the whole of nursery to Year 5 dresses up in spooky costumes: vampires, witches, ghosts and many more not-so-scary things such as monkeys, truck drivers and men in top hats. They all come here to enjoy the huge variety of things to do like disco dancing, face and nail painting, apple bobbing, the haunted house and more. One of the most popular entertainments was the haunted house. This year the haunted house was in our primary school library. Every year the secondary students hold the haunted house, and this year they jumped out at the unsuspecting children, pushed books out of cupboards from the other side and freaked everyone out of their skins. The fall festival celebrates what happened on Halloween. The Celtics first celebrated by dressing up in scary masks to try to trick the demons into thinking that they were face to face with another of their kind, so they would not try to steal their souls. We also apple bob in honour of the fruit god that the Celtics prayed to. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samuel Waghorn, Year 5 Chicago (fourth-grader)

Deal Middle School

On Oct. 26, about 30 students from Alice Deal Middle School will participate in a debate at Sidwell Friends School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two sides to a debate, the proposition and the opposition, which argue separate sides,â&#x20AC;? said Levi Berger, a member of the debate team. Students have been preparing for


the debate for weeks, mostly the team debate. For that form of debate, there are three topics: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homework is not in the best interest of middle school students,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;College athletes should receive a share of their schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenue as income,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.N. should ban all products from the Amazon rain forest.â&#x20AC;? The team has done much research for these topics as well as the one-on-one â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln-Douglass Debate.â&#x20AC;? Its category is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voting should be mandated in all countries.â&#x20AC;? Some debaters have been there for as much as three years, while some are just starting. The coach, Timothy Stroud, has been coaching debate for 10 years. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nadav Oren, sixth-grader

Eaton Elementary

Ms. Lavezzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-grade class is doing a great hands-on architecture class. Architects from the firm Perkins & Will come to our classroom every Friday for an hour. During this time, we are learning about architecture and how to make bridges and buildings. The hands-on projects are fun because they teach us about building through trial and error. Each time the architects come to our classroom, they teach us a lesson about building, and then we get to construct our own models based on the lesson. We learned about balance and the foundation of buildings by using uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. We learned that the taller the building, the harder it was to stand up. We learned that if

the pieces of spaghetti were shorter, the foundation was stronger. The marshmallows were like glue; they helped to hold the structure in one piece. We learned that the process of building starts out with a piece of land. Architects need to think about the surroundings and the budget. Architects have to make a sketch, make a plan and make a small model of the structure. We are excited for our final project, which will be displayed in the District Architecture Center. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jesse Townsend and Joel Volcy, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

When I first got to Burke and Spirit Week rolled along, I was not very excited because Spirit Week was never a big deal at my old school. That changed for me on the first day, which was pajama day. Even though I forgot to wear my pajamas I still loved it. The second day was mythical character day where everyone dressed up as their favorite mythical creature. The next day was classy day where everyone dressed up in snazzy clothes, and you would not believe how many suits and ties and dresses there were! The Thursday was twin day, when people got together with a friend and dressed the same. We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell people apart they looked so similar! The final day was Burke Pride Day, and it was also the day of all our homecoming games. Students dressed in Burke shirts, jackets, pants or whatever they could find to support the Bengals. We had a pep rally where all the fall teams showed skits and videos, and afterward the whole school went to the

gym to watch the faculty members take on the varsity girls volleyball team. It was a blast, and the faculty won the game. Spirit Week helped me get to know my school better and meet many of the great Burke people that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Harry Ferguson, eighth-grader

The Field School

Last week was really weird at school. We had a three-day week because of Columbus Day and a staff development day. High schoolers from 10th and 11th grades took their PSATs on Wednesday, and the ninth-graders had lots of fun on a field trip to the National Museum of Crime & Punishment downtown. Middle schoolers couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go in the S Building because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the high schoolers were taking their tests. So the location of some of the classes was changed. The middle schoolers were the only students who had class that day. The seniors in high school were absent all week because they had â&#x20AC;&#x153;senior searchâ&#x20AC;? week to look at colleges. It was a crazy week. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kameron Poole, seventh-grader

Georgetown Day School

Sophomores and juniors returned to school last Wednesday to take the PSAT and to complete community service together. Freshmen also returned to school Wednesday to partake in a grade bonding experience at Calleva, an outdoor education organization. Seniors returned to normal classes on Thursday. Georgetown Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Country Market Day took place last Saturday. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities included grilled food, cookies and pies, an iPad Mini raffle and even a studentversus-staff flag-football game. As our sports teams prepare for league and state championships, Georgetown Day athletes have not let off of the gas pedal. Senior goalie Alex Pavlakis has aided the boys varsity soccer team to a record of 2-5-6, with 82 saves this season.

The girls varsity soccer team stands at 7-1-3, led by junior forward Hannah Natanson providing 17 goals this season. The girls varsity volleyball team moves to 7-6 overall after a recent defeat of Washington International, aided by seven kills each from seniors Brittany Brazil, Fatima Fairfax and Alyssa Patterson. Lastly, our cross-country teams â&#x20AC;&#x153;ran good,â&#x20AC;? as the team notoriously says, at a recent meet in Wilmington, Del. The girls varsity squad finished in second place overall in the small schools division, the best placement in school history at the Salesianum Invitational. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

This is what we like in Ms. Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-grade class: Leyah likes her new school. Brandon likes Ms. Barron. Dylan likes the new PE teacher and ST Math. Ixchel, Nicole, Itzel, Esai, Coco and Max like ST Math. Bi likes being on the computer. Teddy likes playing soccer at school. Rain likes Spanish, art and ST math. Todd likes ST Math, library, Spanish and art. Victor likes quiet time and library. Cece likes this school because there is ST Math. Brook likes First in Math. Samantha likes ST Math and her teachers. Shreya likes to learn, read and study. Camaya likes the new repairs. Nicola loves art and math with Gigi. Enrique likes ST Math and having fun. Caroline loves the garden. Madelynn likes Ms. Barron and Ms. Ball. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-grade class

Maret School

Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homecoming was on Friday and Saturday. The teams that were playing were the football, soccer, volleyball and tennis teams. Before the first game on Friday, the fourth through 12th grades assembled in the gym for an exciting and boisterous pep rally. This included skits and dances by each team parSee Dispatches/Page 17


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From Page 16 ticipating in the homecoming event. For lower school students, our favorite parts of attending the games are playing with our friends, eating the delicious concessions provided by parents and the middle school grades, and, of course, cheering on the Fighting Frogs! We love watching the football, volleyball and soccer games. The football game is always great with lots of excitement. In volleyball, the crowd can be deafening with their loud clapping, cheering and energy. The soccer games bring together lots of food and friends. In lower school, prior to Homecoming, we talked about ways to show school spirit and discussed how we can cheer on our teams, but always represent Maret in a positive way. We think we did a great job! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zach Gayer and Robbie Engelberg, fourth-graders

Murch Elementary

Girls on the Run is so much fun! We walk or run around the school and best of all, we can run with our friends. For Girls on the Run, we meet every Tuesday and Thursday after school, and at the end of the season we run a 5K race with a running buddy and girls from all of the other schools that participate. Every time we meet, we have an activity. For example, last week we learned about peer pressure. Each time we did a lap, the teachers wrote a word on our arms. When we ran around the school seven times, our arms had the phrase, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know what is best for me.â&#x20AC;? Girls on the Run is also a good way to get some energy moving through your body. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sigita Puskorius, fifth-grader

On Oct. 8, grades six through eight took a trip to Calleva, an outdoor ropes course in Poolesville, Md. We were split into small groups and sent out to work together in order to conquer things ranging from the giant zip line to the 15-foot wall the whole squad had to get over using nothing but the members of the team. On Columbus Day weekend, the seventh and eighth grades went on a retreat to Camp Maria in Southern Maryland. From Friday night to Sunday morning we prayed, played and bonded in a way that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the opportunity to during the school day. We were led by an amazing group of people who were devoted to help us grow and further develop our relationship with God and others. It was so awesome, on both trips, to have people listen to you and to learn more about everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not only people you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hang out with every day, but some of your best friends, too. We learned so much about cooperation, working together and seeing the good in everyone. The concepts we were able to grasp on these two trips set us up for a fun and successful year! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Claire Fleury, eighth-grader

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

We go to St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy. We are in second grade. We read chapter books. In math, we play math ball. In science, we are studying animals. Did you know female mammals make milk for their babies? We go to gym on Tuesday. We go to music on Wednesday. We go to the Tenley-Friendship Library and art on Thursday. We went on a community walk. We learned about Tenleytown. We made nouns and verbs posters. Next week weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go

to the pumpkin patch. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Arabella Carlos and William Howze, second-graders

Sheridan School

This is my first year at Sheridan School. I am in kindergarten, and two of my favorite classes are art and science. In art class, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on collages and self-portraits. A collage is artwork where you use lots of different art supplies to make one big picture, and a selfportrait is picture that looks like you. For my collage, I started by tracing my outline onto a piece of see-through paper. On to that paper Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been adding buttons, fluffy stuff that feels like hair, glue, rocks and all kinds of strange things. At the end I hope it turns out to look like me. When I first came to Sheridan, I wondered if there would be science class, because my old school didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one. At Sheridan, science is really fun. So far this year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been studying plants and seeds. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to â&#x20AC;&#x153;treat your plants kindly,â&#x20AC;? which means to give them sunshine and water. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been planting our seeds in different ways to see if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll grow. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put them in the dark and in the sun, in soil and sand, and indoors and outside. I am looking forward to seeing how big our plants get! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sean Davis-Manzer, kindergartner

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School

The Greek god project is one that all students at St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look forward to. As part of the project, every sixth-grade student is assigned a Greek god or goddess. Each student then proceeds to write a research paper and put together a poster or presentation about his or

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 her assigned deity. During the project, we played games in which we took on the role of our god, read many strange and unusual Greek myths, and created costumes and posters to present to our teachers. I found out that my assigned god, Hephaestus, the god of fire and patron of the craftsmen, was thrown off of Olympus as a child by his mother Hera, the goddess of marriage and childbirth, and he later took revenge on her by trapping her in a magical throne! In the research process, we also began learning about the history and people of ancient Greece. It was exciting how we were able to connect major events in Greek history with our gods and see how the idea of the gods looking down on the Greeks affected their decisions in not only warfare, but in their everyday life. I think this project has been my favorite project in school so far. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Megan Beyer, sixth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Washington Latin Public Charter Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film and Drama Club is opening its first play of the season in the next few weeks. The play is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;24 Hour Plays,â&#x20AC;? and challengingly enough, it will be written, put together, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours. The idea came from other schools that have these plays in the District, like Wilson High. The club hopes to perform these quickly constructed plays on an annual basis and get as many people at Washington Latin to be a part of this big project. Club members are excited


to share this with the school and community, and are preparing for a heated 24-hour preparation period. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Naira Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

Wilson High School

Write, direct and perform a play in 24 hours? Wilson students can do it. On Oct. 12, the Wilson Players kept up the annual tradition of performing the Wilson 24-Hour Plays for the community. Even though some performers got only four hours of sleep or less in the two days before the event, energy was high and there were few mistakes. Planning began after school on Friday. Writers then had until the next morning to complete their scripts, making for a long night. Directors came in early the next morning to scout out which play they wanted to direct. Then they studied pictures of the actors and actresses, and eventually everyone was assigned a part. Later that morning, actors received their scripts and began memorizing lines for a play that would begin in less than 12 hours. Saturday was spent memorizing lines, practicing skits, finding props and ensuring everything was ready. The evening ended up being a huge success â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some plays were better than others, but they all were enjoyable. One fan favorite used the theme of the government shutdown: What would happen if there was a shutdown at Wilson? The actors all represented a teacher or administrator at Wilson, and this particular skit drew a roar from the audience. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Erin Doherty, 10th-grader



â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Workâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Plato Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School invites you to attend an Admissions Open House: Wednesday, October 16 at 9:15am Sunday, November 10 at 1:00pm Wednesday, December 11 at 9:15am Register for our Open Houses and Tours online at or call 202-537-6493 3500 Woodley Road, NW ¡ Washington, DC 20016 ¡



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Wednesday october 23 Class â&#x2013; The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Solve Our Human Problems,â&#x20AC;? about Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202986-2257. The classes will continue through Nov. 27. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Yeskel Memorial Concert Series will feature Stephen Wade (shown) and Zan McLeod presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Music All Around Us,â&#x20AC;? a combination of live music, project images and spoken narrative that traces Wadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey into musical traditions across the American South. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. 202-994-6245. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University alumnus Brian Settles and his

band Central Union. 8 p.m. $28.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013; The Railers will perform. 8:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A Food Day forum on the relationships among food, community and culture will feature chef John Murphy, director of kitchen operations at Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen; chef Todd Gray, owner of Equinox Restaurant; Michael James of Blueberry Hill Farm; Gus Schumacher, former U.S. undersecretary of agriculture for farm and foreign agricultural services; and Ann Yonkers, cofounder and co-executive director of FreshFarm Markets. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market, 23rd and I streets NW. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will discuss the secrets of properly planting and nurturing happy, healthy, well-established city trees. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Mexican artists Marco Vera and Fernando Corona will discuss cultural exchanges like Mexicali Rose and resulting

artistic expressions created in border cities. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013; Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor will deliver the fifth annual Distinguished Designer Lecture. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Continental Ballroom, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Educator Enid Lee and journalist A. Peter Bailey will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rethinking Malcolm X.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  As part of Architecture Week, panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Architecture as Frozen Music.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 donation suggested; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthy Lunches, Healthy Studentsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about the importance of wholesome, locally sourced menus in cafeterias and the growing interest in school gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Frances Evangelista, assistant principal at Hyde-Addison Elementary School; Stephen Ritz, teacher and founder of the Green Bronx Machine; Alyia SmithParker, anti-hunger program and policy associate for D.C. Hunger Solutions; and Nona Evans, executive director of the Whole Kids Foundation. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. â&#x2013;  Scholar Jawid Mojadeddi will discuss Rumiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masnavi,â&#x20AC;? followed by a performance by Persian musician Amir Vahab and his ensemble. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Simon Winchester will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Men Who United the States: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Samuel G. Freedman, author of

Polanskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1968 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosemaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baby.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013; The Reel Israel DC series will feature Benny Toratyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ballad of the Weeping Spring.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Wednesday, october 23 â&#x2013; Discussion: Politics and Prose will present a book talk by Brad Meltzer, co-author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights,â&#x20AC;? will moderate a discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sports as a Catalyst for Social Change.â&#x20AC;? Panelists will include sportswriter Michael Hurd and former NFL players James Harris and R.C. Gamble. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Lincoln Brower will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grand Saga of the Monarch Butterfly.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Wally Lamb will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Water.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12 to $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. Films â&#x2013;  Retro Movie Night will feature Roman

Performances â&#x2013; The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will present a sneak peek at its upcoming season. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The collective LYGO DC will host a stand-up comedy show featuring Matty Litwack and Tommy Taylor Jr. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Wonderland Circus, a variety show by the producers of the Capital City Showcase, will feature rock band YellowTieGuy, burlesque artist Kitty Victorian and comedians Pete Bergen, Glo and David Tveite. 8:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. The Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. 202-431-4704. Special event â&#x2013;  The 55th annual Washington International Horse Show will feature more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders competing for the $100,000 Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup and other prizes. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 to $40; free for ages 12 and younger. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. The competition will continue through Sunday. Tastings â&#x2013;  Bar manager Joel Mann and representatives of Herradurra and El Himador Tequila will lead a tasting of six tequila varieties. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. El Centro D.F. Georgetown, 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW. See Events/Page 19







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Continued From Page 18 202-333-4100. â&#x2013; A book signing and tasting party will celebrate Fred Minnickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $30. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. 202-5887388. Thursday, Oct. 24

Thursday october 24 Benefit â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Matter,â&#x20AC;? a socially conscious art auction, will benefit Best Kids Inc., a D.C.-based mentoring program for foster children and youth. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $50. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  James L. Swanson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The President Has Been Shot!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;: The Assassination of John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 12 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The junior scientist series will feature a ranger-led stroll in search of the colors of autumn. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. Class â&#x2013;  Iona Senior Services will host a dance class designed for people living with Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and led by teachers Margot Greenlee, Robert Sacheli, Erika Stratmann and Anthony Hyatt. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-253-7946. The class will repeat weekly through Dec. 19. Concerts â&#x2013;  Pianist Azariah Tan will perform in commemoration of Disability Employment Awareness Month. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Guitar Duo AndaluzĂ­a and bassist Fernando Alvarado will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present Gerdan in a program that highlights contrasting styles in the musical traditions of Ukraine. 7:30 p.m. $90. Embassy of Ukraine, 3350 M St. NW. 202-625-2361.

â&#x2013; Cuarteto Casals and guitarist Manuel Barrueco will perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich, Turina, Sierra and Boccherini. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Rico Amero and the Midnight Train will perform. 8:30 p.m. $5. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Cynthia Y. Levinson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Got a Job to Do: The 1963 Birmingham Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5221. â&#x2013;  Charles Collyns, assistant secretary of international finance at the U.S. Department of Treasury, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living With Volatility: Managing Capital Flows in Emerging Markets.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  James Loeffler, deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visiting scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vanishing Minority: Human Rights as Jewish Politics in Postwar America.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Zeynep Dereli, managing director for APCO Worldwide, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geopolitical Implications of Gas Development in the Eastern Mediterranean.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Century? Assessing the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Clashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Secular and Religious Trends in the Middle East and North Africa.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. The conference will continue Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Center for Media Justice, Voices

Thursday, october 24 â&#x2013; Discussion: Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics professor Mildred Dresselhaus, winner of the 2012 Kavli Prize in nanoscience, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nanoscience in the Context of Nanocarbons.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. for Internet Freedom and Free Press will present a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enemies of the State? Government Surveillance of Communities of Color.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Lioudmila Fedorova, associate professor of Slavic languages at Georgetown University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York: America and Americans in Russian Literary Perception.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. org/1418142995. â&#x2013;  George Washington University professors Esther Brimmer and Michael N. Barnett will discuss U.S. foreign policy and international organizations. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602,

Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; As part of Architecture Week, Spanish architect and design professor IĂąaqui Carnicero will discuss current opportunities and constraints within the practice of architecture. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muslim Journeys: American Storiesâ&#x20AC;? series, Randa Serhan, director of the Arab World Studies Program at American University, will lead a community discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acts of Faithâ&#x20AC;? by Eboo Patel. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bender Library Training and Events Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3847. â&#x2013;  Experts from the Global Institutes at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College London will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;An International Perspective: The Aspiring Powers and U.S. Foreign Policy.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Phillips Collection head of conservation Elizabeth Steele will discuss her research into Vincent van Goghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process of creating repetitions. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. events. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will present a book talk by Vali R. Nasr, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. 12th Floor, 1700 K St. NW. 202-293-1051. â&#x2013;  Howard G. Buffett and his son Howard W. Buffett will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;40 Changes: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street


and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Tenleytown resident and author Carolyn Long will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marie Laveau, Queen of the Voudousâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House,â&#x20AC;? her biographies of two 19th-century New Orleans women. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  Chris West will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Managing Great Estatesâ&#x20AC;? lecture series, architectural historian Curt DiCamillo will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;English Country Estates in the Edwardian Era.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Alberto Roblest will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;InstantĂĄneas NorteAmericanas.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  Attorney Rebecca Abou-Chedid and Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal will join NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neda Ulaby for a panel discussion on Arab history, culture and contributions to the social fabric of America. The event will include a screening of an episode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arab American Stories.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Ruth Trocolli, city archaeologist in the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, will discuss the archaeology of cemeteries in Georgetown and elsewhere. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  Alan Greenspan will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $42 to $52. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. brownpapertickets. com/event/471486. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will presSee Events/Page 20

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Continued From Page 19 ent Paul Sandersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. The film will be shown again Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013; The 2013 Human Rights Film Series will feature Joshua Oppenheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Act of Killing,â&#x20AC;? about the 1965 military overthrow of the government of Indonesia. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will screen the ninth episode of the Israeli television show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hatufim,â&#x20AC;? which inspired the American hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeland.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $9. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Orhan Pamukâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pulitzer-winning novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fighting Cancer With Poetryâ&#x20AC;? will feature local spoken word artists Komplex, Pages Matam, Dwayne Lawson Brown, Bomani Armah, Karega Bailey, Tequila Cheatham, Jason Parker, Aamir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smackâ&#x20AC;? Cobb, G Yamazawa, Derrick Weston Brown, Yusha Assad and Keith McBrown; actor Dominic Weeks; and minister and speaker Rob Howze. 8 to 10 p.m. $20. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events â&#x2013;  Participants in ArtJamz will create an original work of art. 7 to 9 p.m. $15 to

$35. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013; Gravensteen Haunted Productions will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Curse of Frau Mueller,â&#x20AC;? a haunted house. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Rebound, which helps disabled soldiers pursue an active, athletic lifestyle. 7 to 11 p.m. $15 to $50. 50 Florida Ave. NE. The haunted house will be open daily through Nov. 2. Tour â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a tour of the National Garden. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Friday, Oct. 25 Friday october 25 Art event â&#x2013;  The Art Soiree Productions Fall Fine Art Series will feature a one-night solo exhibit featuring the art of Vian Shamounki Borchert and music by DJ Fotifo. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free; reservations required. The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Amy Ignatow will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Popularity Papers: Love and Other Fiascosâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 9 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boo at the Zooâ&#x20AC;? will feature animal encounters and festive decorations along with candy and snack foods from more than 30 treat stations throughout the National Zoo. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20 to $30. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The event will repeat Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will

present a concert of works by Schumann, Giordani, Gounod, YsaĂże and Mozart. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013; The Friday Noon Concert series will resume for the fall. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will present pianist Sylvia TorĂĄn. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Salaam will perform Middle Eastern and North African music at a CD release party for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Train to Basra â&#x20AC;Ś and Other Stories.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Composer-performer Henry Threadgill will perform avant-garde jazz. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, jazz trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith will present his epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Freedom Summersâ&#x20AC;? in three performances. 8 p.m. $20 to $33.50 per concert; $85.50 for all three. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performances will continue Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  B-Fly Entertainment will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liner Notes: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Family Affair.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Pan American Symphony Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canciones de mi Gente, Songs of My People,â&#x20AC;? featuring Chilean tenor Mauricio Miranda and soprano

Friday, october 25 â&#x2013; Reading: The Visiting Writers Series will feature Justin Torres, author of the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;We the Animals.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Room 4, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2973. Elisa Cordova. 8 p.m. $30 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. â&#x2013;  NSO Pops will present vocalist and pianist Michael Cavanaugh performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Songs of Elton John and More.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Soul singer Jay Stolar will perform. 8:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halloween Howlâ&#x20AC;? concert, costume contest and dance party will feature performances of Halloween hits such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Werewolves of Londonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thriller.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. $18. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A symposium will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inventing the Surveillance Society.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Return to Splendid Isolationism or a Continuing Global Role for Britain?â&#x20AC;? will

feature panelists Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution; James Kariuki, counselor and head of the Politics, Economics and Communications Group at the British Embassy; Matthias Matthijs, assistant professor of international political economy at the School of Advanced International Studies; and Tim Oliver, fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies Center for Transatlantic Relations. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Sheldon Bart will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patterns of Native Health and Well-being,â&#x20AC;? about the relationships between culture and health in addressing issues such as diabetes and substance abuse. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss the rise of social media at a symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Media â&#x20AC;&#x201D; New Freedom?â&#x20AC;? 2 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington. â&#x2013;  Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rise of the Naked Economy: How to Benefit From the Changing Workplace,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and Jeff Greenfield will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Walter B. Denny, professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Textile Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research associate in Oriental carpets, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Showcasing Textiles in Islamic Galleries.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Curator E. Carmen Ramos will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is Latino About American Art?â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American See Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Films â&#x2013; In conjunction with the Mutual Inspirations Festival, the Library of Congress will present Helena TrestĂ­kovĂĄâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1998 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet Century.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5221. â&#x2013;  A monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muslim Journeysâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islamic Art Spots.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The 18th annual Arabian Sights Film Festival will open with Hiam Abbassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inheritance,â&#x20AC;? about a Palestinian family living in the north of Galilee preparing for a wedding of the patriarchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eldest granddaughter amid a raging war between Lebanon and Israel. A reception sponsored by the American Task Force on Palestine will follow. 7 p.m. $20. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-234-3456. The festival will continue through Nov. 3. Meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mobile adoption van will host staff members and volunteers available to help people interested in adopting animals. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Free-for-Allâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a film or games, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  Craft2Wear, a show and sale of wearable art presented by the Smithsonian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee and featuring clothes, jewelry and accessories, will open with an Advance Chance Party with wine, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, music and modeling. 6 to 9 p.m. $50; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 888832-9554. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission costs $5.

National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musician John Henry will present his ninth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halloween Bash.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $5 to $6.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunted â&#x20AC;Ś Chocolate House Workshopâ&#x20AC;? will feature a family-friendly tour through the historic gardens, followed by a chance for participating children to make their own 3-D haunted chocolate houses to take home (for ages 5 and older). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $12 to $15; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  An international Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Halloween Party will feature refreshments, a storytime and arts and crafts activities. 10:30 a.m. $8 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a program on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spooky Night Sky.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. Classes â&#x2013;  Art historian Joseph P. Cassar will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legacy of the Ancients: Art and Architecture of Four Civilizations.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Food writer Monica Bhide will lead an all-day seminar on writing about food, culminating with a panel discussion featuring Tim Carman, Aviva Goldfarb, Cathy Barrow, Nycci Safier Nellis, Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Susan Wise Bauer, instructor at the College of William & Mary, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worldwide Renaissance.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  D.C. hip-hop artist Asheru will perform as a preview of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival next spring. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Jazz@Wesley will feature the Fred Foss Jazz Ensemble. 6:30 p.m. $7 to $10;

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Exhibit to feature â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pop Art Printsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop Art Prints: Selections From the Condron Collection,â&#x20AC;? featuring prints by Hockney, Johns, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, Warhol and others, will open today at Georgetown Universi-

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tyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spagnuolo Art Gallery and continue through Dec. 8. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located in the lobby of the Walsh Building at 1221 36th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-687-9206. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shaping a Modern Identity: Portraits From the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection,â&#x20AC;? showcasing 16 photographs and one etching that depict both famous and anonymous subjects, will open tomorrow at the Phillips Collection and continue through Jan. 12. 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. Admission on the weekends costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; it is free for ages 18 and younger. Admission during weekdays is free. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Found Meditations,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by K Silve based on her momentary interactions with nature, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susan Calloway Fine Arts. free for ages 11 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarists Brett Floyd and Christopher Jenkins, performing as the Coda Duo, will present works by AlbĂŠniz, Ralf Bauer, Dave Matthews, Miklos Rozsa and others. 7:30 p.m. $10. Church of the Holy City, 1611

The exhibit will continue through Nov. 16. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fabric of a Nation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DĂŠjĂ  Vu Series 2,â&#x20AC;? featuring mixed-media photography by Amr Mounib inspired by his Egyptian homeland, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. It will continue through Dec. 6. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through FriGeorgia Stockdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos will day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338be on display this weekend at 1958. Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Windowscape,â&#x20AC;? presenting photographs by Alexander Vasiljev of Washents and their families. ingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skyline taken through the win Located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in dows of the historic Cairo building, will Glen Echo, Md., the exhibit will be open open Saturday with a reception from 4 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 301to 6 p.m. at Watergate Gallery. The 492-6229. exhibit will continue through Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indonesian Heritage: World Trea The artist will give a talk Nov. 7 at 6 sure,â&#x20AC;? highlighting diverse Indonesian p.m. batiks, will take place Saturday through Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the the gallery is open Monday through FriEmbassy of Indonesia, located at day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A photo ID is required for entrance. 202-775â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New Look Back,â&#x20AC;? on display Satur5200. day and Sunday at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo Park, â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;VirtuArte,â&#x20AC;? a handicraft trunk show in will feature a collection of evocative por- support of women artists and cooperatives in the developing world, will take traits in graphite and charcoal by Chevy place Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. Chase artist Georgia Stockdale, who to 4 p.m. in the museum shop of the taught art at Murch Elementary and National Museum of Women in the other local schools. The show is based Arts, located at 1250 New York Ave. on a collection of photos from the 1930s, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s par- NW. 202-783-5000.

16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013; K. Sridhar will perform classical ragas and discuss the history and practice of nada yoga, or yoga of sound. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The John E. Marlow Guitar Series will feature classical guitarist Jason Vieaux. 8 p.m. $35; free for ages 17 and younger. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403.

â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society will present singer CĂŠcile McLorin Salvant performing jazz and blues selections. 8 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013;  Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers will perform. 8:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Philadelphia collector and dealer See Events/Page 22

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Saturday october 26 Book sale â&#x2013; The Takoma Park Friends of the Library will host a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Book signing â&#x2013;  Kiva Gates will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Will Give You Rain.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-238-2640. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now This! Halloween Improv for Kids.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show.



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Continued From Page 21 Dennis Dodds, head of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets, will share a sampling of his favorite pieces from decades of collecting. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. ■ Max Blumenthal (shown) will discuss his book “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,” at 1 p.m.; Jake Tapper will discuss his book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Anna Holmes will discuss her book “The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Tim Krepp will discuss his book “Ghosts of Georgetown.” 1:30 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ “Richard Wagner Revisited” will feature a talk by Harvard University music professor Carolyn Abbate on “Wagner According to Hollywood.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Mark Applebaum and Ge Wang of Stanford University will discuss key issues at the intersection of art and its technologies. 2 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Musicologist Saul Lilienstein will use the opera “The Force of Destiny” as a starting point to examine the musically rich middle period of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. 5 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Family day ■ “Dancing the Dream Family Day” will feature a tour of the exhibition “Dancing the Dream” with curator Amy Henderson,

rehearsals by the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, dance performances and mini workshops with local dance studios, and hands-on activities. 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Festivals ■ The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District’s Fall Fun Day will feature varied events such as bulb planting, a Zombie Zumba Class, a Mini Monsters Kid Parade, pumpkin painting and a pet costume parade. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Plaza, 5th and K streets NW. 202-216-0511. ■ Murch Elementary School’s Fall Fair will feature rides, a moon bounce, carnival games, a flea market, a firetruck touch and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Playground, Murch Elementary School, 4810 36th St. NW. ■ The American University Neighborhood Fall Festival will feature food, music, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Main Quad, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202885-2167. ■ The Lafayette Elementary School Fall Festival will feature craft activities, moon bounces, a bake sale, face painting, games, a pie-baking contest, a haunted house and a movie night. Festival from 3 to 5:30 p.m.; movie from 5:30 to 7 p.m. $20. Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. fall-festival-2013. Films ■ The Opera in Cinema series will feature Wagner’s “Die Walkure” from Teatro alla Scala. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456.

■ The Reel Portraits film series will feature the 1961 musical “West Side Story,” with an introduction by Dwight Blocker Bowers, curator of culture and the arts at the National Museum of American History. 4 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Performances ■ The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, artists in residence for the National Portrait Gallery’s “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, will present an open rehearsal of a work created in response to the show. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. ■ GALita will present the world premiere of Cecilia Cackley’s “Fabulas Mayas,” a bilingual children’s play featuring life lessons shared as the Creator and the Shaper populate the earth with various creatures. 3 p.m. $10. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. ■ Chelsea Shorte and Becca Steinhoff will star in “Wake & Bacon,” a weekly brunch and comedy show presented by the collective LYGO DC. 3 to 5 p.m. $10. Shaw’s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave. NW. ■ Rorschach Theatre and the blog Ghosts of D.C. will dramatize some of the District’s most haunting true tales of horror and mystery. 6, 8 and 10 p.m. $15. Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. ■ Chinese Menu Comedy will present comedians Jessica Brodkin, Pete Bergen and Danny Rouhier in a benefit performance for Natasha’s Justice Project, which is working to end the national backlog of unprocessed rape kits and bring justice to survivors of sexual assault. 8 p.m. $10 to

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Saturday, october 26 ■ Festival: The Friends of Peirce Mill and the National Park Service will hold a Heritage Day event with demonstrations of blacksmithing, spinning/weaving, stone wall construction and bread making. As part of the event, the mill will grind grain. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Beach Drive and Tilden Street NW. 202-895-6000. $25. Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Comedians Erin Foley and Ed Blaze will perform. 8 p.m. $20 to $30. Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. erin-foley. ■ The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires will present its new show “Tango Fire — Flames of Desire.” 8 p.m. $30 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. Special events ■ As a prelude to the annual Future of Music Policy Summit, the Georgetown University Music Program will present “Performing Social Justice in the Age of Modern Media,” a conference and master class with Wayne Kramer and Jail Guitar Doors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ “Classical Oktoberfest 2013 — the Impossible H.L. Mencken” will feature a talk by author Marion Elizabeth Rodgers on the distinguished writer, satirist, social and literary critic, and newspaperman. The event will include morning coffee, German lunch and a screening of the 1960 film “Inherit the Wind” about the Scopes trial, which Mencken covered. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $40; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ The National Museum of the American Indian’s Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead event will feature music and dance performances, demonstrations, film screenings and hands-on workshops. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free; tickets required for some activities. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The event will continue Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ■ In celebration of the exhibit “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” and Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, a day of special activities will include spotlight tours, games, art activities, demonstrations, storytelling and a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony. Noon to 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration” — a once-a-year opportunity for

guests to bring their dogs to explore Hillwood’s grounds — will feature walks through the wooded trails, a pet costume contest, a game of “tricks for treats” and refreshments for the spooky pooches. 2 to 4 p.m. $15 per dog with up to two owners. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ In partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Georgetown Library will host a celebration of Azerbaijan’s customs and culture, including an authentic tea ceremony. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ Politics and Prose will host a trivia night. 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Historic Congressional Cemetery will host the “Ghosts and Goblets Soirée,” featuring drinks, twilight cemetery tours and live entertainment. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $60 to $80. Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Walks and tours ■ The Union Temple Baptist Church, the D.C. chapter of the NAACP and partnering organizations will sponsor the Walk 2 Win the Fight Against Prostate Cancer, benefiting the Howard University Cancer Center. 6 to 9 a.m. $5. Hains Point, Ohio Drive SW. ■ The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Nation’s Capital will raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 8:30 a.m. Free registration. 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. ■ Whitman-Walker Health will present the 27th annual AIDS Walk Washington, featuring a 5K timed run and walk. 9:15 a.m. $15 to $40. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW. ■ Writer Rocco Zappone will lead a weekly “Ulysses-esque” walking tour of Washington, filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Logan Circle, the city’s only unaltered Victorian residential district. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the 14th Street exit to the McPherson Square Metro station. Sunday, Oct. 27 Sunday october 27 Children’s programs ■ The National Symphony Orchestra’s “Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!” (for ages 5 and older) will feature a performance of works by Bach, de Falla and Grieg, plus a selection from John Williams’ score for the “Harry Potter” films; pre-concert trick-or-treating; and a “Haunted Hall Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.” 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ A park ranger will lead an autumn night sky tour in the Rock Creek Park planetarium. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden children’s education specialist Lee Coykendall will lead a “Science Fair Prep” workshop for fifththrough eighth-graders on how plants work. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. See Events/Page 23

Continued From Page 22 ■ Artist Carol Barton will demonstrate how to design a pop-up haunted house, and participants will hear ghost stories in addition to making their own spooky scene (for ages 6 and older). 1 to 3 p.m. $10 to $15; free for accompanying adults. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ Children will hear a story about Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and then create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy and deep space. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. Classes ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on “Opening Our Heart.” 10 to 10:45 a.m. $6 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. The classes will continue through Nov. 17. ■ Susan Marshall & Company will present a master class in dance. 3 p.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Hall of Nations, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ A weekly Ukulele Circle led by Liz Ennis will offer beginners a chance to learn a few easy chords and more advanced players an opportunity to improvise and jam. 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. Concerts ■ Tenor Reginald Bouknight and pianist Mayu White will perform. 1 p.m. Free. Divine Science Church of the Healing Christ, 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. ■ The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. ■ Local youth musicians from Bach to Rock Music Schools will perform at a concert to benefit Rock for Hope and the breast cancer research and treatment programs at City of Hope. 2 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW. ■ “Concerts as Memorials: The Palmer Quintet Project” will feature American University faculty members performing piano quintets by Brahms and Shostakovich. 3 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202885-3634. ■ Cellist Sophie Shao (shown) and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute will perform works by Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Georgetown Concert Series will feature concert organist Nathan Laube performing works by Felix Mendelssohn, CharlesMarie Widor and Julius Reubke. 5 p.m. $25 to $30. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. 202-3381796. ■ Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works


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Events Entertainment by Friedrich Kahlau and Amy Marcy Beach. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. ■ Cappella Romana will perform music based on Byzantine chant. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. Discussions and lectures ■ Eric Lindner (shown) will discuss his book “Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life,” at 1 p.m.; and Susan Katz Miller will discuss her book “Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Artists and scholars will discuss “Making It: Race and Class in Contemporary America.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Author and playwright Ken Ludwig will discuss “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.” 2 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-3080. ■ Commentator, conductor and composer Rob Kapilow will discuss Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata,” followed by a performance of the work by violinist Zoe Martin-Doike and pianist Chelsea Wang. 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. Festival ■ Friends of Mitchell Park’s annual Fall Fun Day will feature costume activities, a haunted house, live music, face painting, a bake sale and more. 2 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. Films ■ Biographer Jeffrey Spivak will host a double-feature of films choreographed by Busby Berkeley — “Footlight Parade,” at 1 p.m.; and “Gold Diggers of 1933,” at 3:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. ■ As part of the 18th annual Arabian Sights Film Festival, American director John Slattery will attend a screening of his 2012 film “Casablanca Mon Amour.” 12:30 p.m. $12. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-234-3456. ■ “American Originals Now: Moyra Davey” will feature the director’s 2011 film “Les Goddesses” and her 2009 film “My Necropolis.” The event will include a talk by Davey on her work. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ A French cinema series will feature Jacques Audiard’s 2012 romantic drama “De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone).” 4:30 p.m. Free. Eckles Auditorium, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-2425117. Performance ■ Actor, writer, producer and comedian


‘Sister Act’ heads to D.C. The hit Broadway musical “Sister Act” will visit the Kennedy Center Opera House Oct. 29 through Nov. 10. Based on a 1992 movie, the play revolves around a wannabe diva who witnesses a crime and hides out in a convent.

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Under Mother Superior’s watchful eye, she helps her fellow sisters find their voices, not to mention her own. Tickets cost $39 to $125. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center. org. ■ Georgetown University’s Nomadic Theatre will present Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at the Davis Performing Arts Center. The existentialist tragicomedy unceremoniously derails “Hamlet” in order to follow Shakespeare’s least intrepid wanderers, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Tickets cost $10 to $12. The Georgetown University campus is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; ■ Theater Alliance will stage Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s innovative “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” Oct. 27 through Dec. 16 at the Anacostia Playhouse and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. With no director, no set and a different guest performer each night, the show will feature a local actor reading a script he or she is seeing for the first time. The play is not about Iran nor is it overtly political; instead, it uses a menagerie of allegorical animals to grapple with social phenomena of power, obedience and manipulation. Scheduled performance dates at the Anacostia Playhouse (2020 Shannon Place SE) are Oct. 27 and Dec. 2, 8 and 16; performance dates at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (547 7th St. SE) are Nov. 9, 16 and 23. Tickets are name-your-ownprice; reservations are available for $15. 202-241-2539; ■ The Keegan Theatre will present Stephen Mallatrat’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 horror novella “The Woman in Jeff Ross will perform. 7:30 p.m. $29.75. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Special events ■ Washington Concert Opera will present an Italian-themed brunch in celebration of composer Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday, featuring a silent auction, an exhibit of Italian artwork and a performance of Verdi’s most beloved opera arias. 11 a.m. $60 to $200; reservations required. 2437 15th St. NW. ■ “DC Tap Jam,” a benefit for the local arts education organization Full Energy Dancers, will feature music, dancing and food. 6 p.m. $8. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. ■ “Nation’s Capital Fashion Show,” a benefit for HIV awareness, will feature a champagne and dessert reception followed by a runway show. 6 p.m. $30. Eastern Market North Hall, 225 7th St. SE. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Houston Dynamo. 1:30 p.m. $26 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-7453000. Walks and tours ■ Ranger Tony Linforth will lead a horseback tour through Rock Creek Park. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $45; reservations required. Rock Creek Park Horse Center, 5100 Glover Road NW. 202-362-0117. ■ A park ranger will lead a three-mile Fall Foliage Hike along the Boulder Bridge Loop. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek

The national tour of “Sister Act” will visit the Kennedy Center Oct. 29 through Nov. 10. Black” Oct. 31 through Nov. 30. A lawyer engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story. As the two men reach further into the lawyer’s darkest memories, the border between make-believe and reality begins to blur. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Andrew Keegan Theatre (formerly known as the Church Street Theater) is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ “The Laramie Project,” written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, resumed last week at Ford’s Theatre after being disrupted by the government shutdown. Performance will continue through Oct. 27. The play depicts the complexity of a community’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyo. In a series of poignant reflections, the town’s residents react to the crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. Tickets cost $25. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787; ■ Washington National Opera will stage Giuseppe Verdi’s rarely performed “The Force of Destiny” through Oct. 26 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Presented in honor of the legendary composer’s 200th birthday, the production zooms in on one troubled family in the midst of an unhinged, lawless society. Francesca Zambello directs. Tickets start at $25. 202-467-4600;

Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. Monday, Oct. 28

Monday october 28 Classes ■ A conservation workshop will focus on the cleaning and care of silver. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 301-809-3097. ■ The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.

202-282-3080. ■ “T’ai Chi: A Beginner’s Introduction” will focus on a time-honored Chinese martial art that weaves together meditation and relaxation with the wisdom of Chinese medicine. 7:15 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Concerts ■ “Show Tunes & Cocktails,” a monthly singalong sponsored by the group theatreWashington, will feature pianist Glenn See Events/Page 24


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Continued From Page 23 Pearson and guest artist Will Gartshore. 7 p.m. Free. The Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW. ■ The Donau Philharmonie Wien will perform works by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. ■ A benefit concert for Jail Guitar Doors USA will feature MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Fugazi’s Brendan Canty with friends Jill Sobule, Erin McKeown, Raul Pacheco, Alec Ounsworth, Stephen Brackett, Ariana Delwari and Mark Cisneros. 10 p.m. $20 to $25. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. Discussions and lectures ■ The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Cheryl Palmer on “LinkedIn and Twitter for Job Seekers.” 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. ■ Nicholas Basbanes will discuss his book “On Paper: The Everything of Its TwoThousand-Year History.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE.

202-707-5221. ■ Anna Sommer Schneider, visiting researcher and adjunct at Georgetown University, will discuss “Ethics of Rescue: America’s Response to Holocaust Survivors in Poland.” Noon. Free; reservations requested. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Independent scholar Rosamond Mack will discuss “Gentile Bellini and the Sultans: The Drawings in Imperial Contexts.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Dupont Circle Village will present a talk by Health Insurance Counseling Project co-director Chris DeYoung on “Medicare Open Season.” 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Merrill Lynch, Suite 6000, 1152 15th St. NW. 202-234-2567. ■ John Limbert, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran, and Shireen Hunter, visiting fellow at the Center for Christian Muslim Understanding and director of the Carnegie Endowment Project on Reformist Islam, will discuss “New Leadership in Tehran: Time for Rapprochement?” 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations

Giselle “Giselle is a triumph!”

Brooklyn Mack and Maki Onuki, Photo by Steve Vaccariello

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required. Room B07, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. ■ Entrepreneur and venture investor Christopher M. Schroeder will discuss his book “Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required by Oct. 25. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Charles Belfoure will discuss his debut novel “The Paris Architect.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ Roy Peter Clark will discuss his book “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Bruce Rosenstein will discuss his book “Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing and Applying a Forward Focused Mindset.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ In conjunction with the Ford’s Theatre production of “The Laramie Project,” a panel discussion will focus on “To Achieve and Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace: Envisioning a World Beyond Hate.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Films ■ The Fiction Lover’s Film Companion series will feature the Wayne Wang’s 1993 film “The Joy Luck Club.” 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The “Espionage in the East” series will present Helmut Dzuiba’s 1979 film “Coded Message for the Boss.” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ The “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” series will feature Robert Aldrich’s 1962 film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Charles E. Cullen’s 1998 film “Night of the Bums.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance ■ The Kids Euro Festival 2013 will feature Slovenia’s Fru-Fru Puppet Theatre in “My Umbrella Is a Balloon, Too!” — about a girl looking for her lost ball with the help of her umbrella. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed a half hour before showtime. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Reading ■ The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will feature readings by C.K. Williams and Stanley Plumly. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Tuesday, Oct. 29 Tuesday october 29 Children’s program ■ Peter Lerangis will discuss his book “Lost in Babylon” (for ages 9 through 13). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Classes ■ AARP will present a driver safety

Tuesday, october 29 ■ Concert: The Tuesday Concert Series will feature violinist Francesca Andergg (shown) and pianist Brent Funderburk performing works by Ravel, Janácek and Moya. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. course. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 to $14; reservations required. Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 1325 Van Buren St. NW. 202-5413753. ■ Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ AARP will present a driver safety course. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. $12 to $14; reservations required. Hattie Holmes Senior Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW. 202291-6170. The class will continue Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. ■ The Jewish Social Services Agency will present a workshop on “Getting a Job in the Age of Social Media.” 1:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. ■ The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Demonstration ■ Local collage artist Megan Coyle will demonstrate her work and general collage techniques. 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Discussions and lectures ■ The American Institute of Certified Planners will present a symposium on how immigrants affect the economies and cultures of the cities where they live and work. Panelists will include Stacy Anne Harwood, associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Fatima Shama, commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; and Leslie Wollack, program director of infrastructure for the National League of Cities. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Chris Matthews will discuss his book “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ Author Nigel Simeone will discuss “Ten-Thousand Intimate Friends: Leonard Bernstein’s Life in Letters.” Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library

of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Journalist and author Lynne Olson will discuss her book “Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II.” 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. ■ The Jerusalem Fund will present a book talk by Susan Abulhawa, author of “My Voice Sought the Wind.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. ■ “Boomers in the ’Burbs: Aging in Place” will feature Judy Willett, national director of the Village to Village Network; June Williamson, associate professor of architecture at the City College of New York; Kathryn Lawler, manager of aging and health resources for the Atlanta Regional Commission; and Kelly Morphy, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ DC Science Café will present a talk by author Sam Kean on “Lost-and-Found Tales in the Genetic Code.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ “Lost and Found: Recovering the Cemeteries at Walter Pierce Park” will feature project historian Mary Belcher and participants Dawne Young and Gary Shorter. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. ■ Peter Baker will discuss his book “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Historian Sylviane Diouf of the New York Public Library will discuss “Islam and the Blues.” 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. ■ Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagan will discuss his book “Eminent Hipsters,” about his thoughts on music, writing and his influences since childhood. 7 p.m. $14. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ National Geographic senior photo editor Elizabeth Krist will discuss the work that went into curating the new “Women of Vision” exhibition that showcases the work of 11 groundbreaking female photographers. 7 p.m. $35. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. ■ Director Duki Dror will show clips from his documentary “Shadow in Baghdad,” and he and subject Linda Abdel Aziz Menuhin will discuss the film, which tells about the kidnapping of her father in Baghdad and the end of a Jewish community that thrived in Iraq for more than 2,000 years. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ National Geographic’s Tuesdays at Noon series will feature “Speaking of Spain,” a 1950 film-lecture by legendary staffer Luis Marden. Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ In conjunction with the Mutual InspiSee Events/Page 25


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Continued From Page 24 rations Festival, the Library of Congress will present Helena TrestĂ­kovĂĄâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hitler, Stalin, and I.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film Focus: Javier Bardemâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before Night Falls,â&#x20AC;? about the life of the late Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classroom in the Wild,â&#x20AC;? featuring a film screening and Q-and-A session with students who spent a week at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to produce original shorts. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will host a screening of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stones Cry Out,â&#x20AC;? about Palestinian Christians. A post-screening discussion will feature director Yasmine Perni and the Rev. Sair Ateek. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Creative Juices Writing Club, led by author and poet Ginger Ingalls, will hold a twice-monthly workshop. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Performances â&#x2013;  The Kids Euro Festival 2013 will feature Maltaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soundscapes performing traditional folk tales using shadow puppetry, contemporary music and digital animation. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Susan Marshall & Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play/Pause,â&#x20AC;? a new work that blends virtuoso athleticism, ordinary movement and gesture. 7:30 p.m. $36. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Chefs on Local Tastes,â&#x20AC;? featuring high-profile chefs and former â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chefâ&#x20AC;? contestants Art Smith, Mike Isabella and Spike Mendelsohn. The event will include a tasting of samples from the chefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; restaurants. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35 to $45. Location provided upon registration. 202-633-3030. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Wednesday october 30 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Eileen Christelow will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treatâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 4 through 7). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Concerts â&#x2013;  Organist Eileen Guenther, president of the American Guild of Organists and professor of church music at Wesley Theo-

â&#x2013; A forum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communicating the Presidency: Presidential Photographersâ&#x20AC;? will feature veteran presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Sharon Farmer (Bill Clinton) and Eric Draper (George W. Bush). 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

logical Seminary, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; La Marraqueta will perform Chilean jazz fusion. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day: Party Like Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1587â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; honoring Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, benefactor of the Music Division of the Library of Congress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature performances by Blue Heron, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band and Brass Choirs of the U.S. Navy Band. 7 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Joyce Connery, director of nuclear energy policy at the National Security Council, will discuss the role of the U.S. government in supporting the U.S. nuclear industry. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemorationâ&#x20AC;? will feature a viewing of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War Battlefieldsâ&#x20AC;? film on Appomattox and a talk by Sam Smith, education manager of the Civil War Trust. Noon. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts digital media specialist Laura Hoffman will discuss selections from the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-7837370. â&#x2013;  John Taliaferro will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, From Lincoln to Roosevelt.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Linda Barrett Osborne, Paolo Battaglia and Mario Mignone will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience From the Collections of the Library of Congress.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  John Hessler of the Library of Congress will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ownership and Landscape: Aztec Surveying and Cartography Before the Conquest.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring the Early Americasâ&#x20AC;? exhibit, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4604. â&#x2013;  Dr. Andrew Newberg, a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religious and spiritual experiences, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How God Changes Your Brain.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Canden Schwantes, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wicked Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? and Tim Krapp, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghosts of Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? will discuss three centuries of spooky tales about the historic neighborhood. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. â&#x2013;  George Pelecanos will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Doubleâ&#x20AC;? in a conversation with Pamela Pinnock, creator and host of Busboys and Poetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discussion series â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Continuing Talk on Race.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free.

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of the building and its surroundings.” The General Services Department could not be reached for comment on the Historic Preservation Office’s statements, but spokesperson Kenneth Diggs said in an earlier interview that his agency installed the sign as part of broader building renovations. He said its purpose is to provide school information to parents and community members, but he added that his department would respond to residents’ concerns about its design. “We want to be good neighbors like everybody else,” he said. Public backlash against the sign was swift and substantial last week,

with area residents making phone calls and firing off emails to advisory neighborhood commissioners and Council member Graham. In an interview, Graham blasted the sign’s aesthetic effect on the area — part of the Washington Heights Historic District — and called the rationale for its construction dubious. “We don’t want our historic neighborhoods to look like Rockville Pike,” he said. Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner Brian Hart, whose district includes the OysterAdams campus at 2020 19th St., offered a similar take on the sign. “I cannot help but think it seems to be a large waste of money,” he said in an interview. “I haven’t heard an explanation of its purpose.”

Diggs didn’t respond to questions about the cost of the sign. Neighborhood commission chair William Simpson told The Current that his entire neighborhood panel had been kept in the dark about the issue. “To my knowledge, the advisory neighborhood commission was not consulted in any way before the installation of the sign,” he said. That lack of communication with the public is part of what has community activist Terry Lynch so riled up. Lynch said he drove past the sign early last week and was horrified by how it transformed 19th Street. “Needless to say, it was like Times Square for that night,” he said.

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rooms to run about $150 a night — a big jump from today’s rates of $59 for a single with a shared bathroom to $99 for a “quad ensuite” with private bath, but still comfortably below the norm for this section of town. Abdo was inspired by “pod-style” hotels that have recently emerged in New York, in which the rooms have little space for more than a bed. The work will be almost all internal, but it will be extensive, the company says. The rooms will be upgraded with hip modern finishes and each will get its own bathroom. The building itself will become handicap accessible, and new internal fire stairs will replace exterior fire escapes. “We’re taking the building to the next level, allowing it to move on,” Abdo said. Abdo has said previously that the room count would likely reduce slightly when the interior is reconfigured, likely from 87 rooms to about 83. The lot is zoned for a much larger building than the existing four-story hotel, which Abdo says is more than a century old, but the firm

didn’t consider a teardown. Besides removing the metal fire escapes, the main exterior change to the building will be a spruced-up F Street entrance with a canopy, wheelchair ramp, outdoor seating and additional green space. Otherwise, the renovation will include repairs but few modifications. “The current building isn’t particularly pretty,” Abdo said. “I think it’s a nice old building, but it’s the condition that’s not especially nice and we want to upgrade it significantly.” The project won’t require zoning relief or approval under historic preservation rules, so Abdo’s intent in visiting the neighborhood commission was to share details and hear informal feedback rather than to request official support. Commissioners said they were pleased with what they saw. “This is a beautiful building and I’m very glad you’re doing this,” said commissioner Asher Corson. Abdo bought The Allen Lee building for $3.7 million in 2005, according to city property records. The company told the neighborhood commission last year that there were delays in identifying financing for the renovation.

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to be determined. “The city is transient. A lot of people leave and a lot of people come,” Brown said. “We have to keep up with aggressive education.” Expected speakers include officials from local enforcement agencies such as the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Public Works. Robert Corrigan, an urban rodent control specialist in New York and a past consultant for the D.C. government, will also contribute. Brown said his office has previously held smaller meetings with communities to strategize solutions to rat problems. One successful outcome he pointed to occurred about five years ago in Dupont Circle, where neighbors and business owners sharing the alley between the 1600 block of Connecticut Avenue and 19th Street worked collectively to combat an infestation. After that success, the Health Department has been applying this individualized, block-by-block approach — now called the Community Hygiene Program — to other

infested areas. Last week Brown and other city officials said this approach might work for Logan Circle, where the recent boom in population and construction has also increased the number of rodents crawling on garbage cans, alleys, streets and sidewalks. Neighborhood commissioners Chris Linn and John Fanning convened community members and city officials after complaints last summer of grease flowing behind the 1300 block of 14th Street down to Rhode Island Avenue, most likely coming from one or more of the restaurants that share the same alley. Since residents brought up those “river of sludge” incidents at the summit, Brown suggested that that block should be first to develop an individualized strategy. “As soon as we select a date, I will ask staff to come out and handdeliver invitations … and strongly encourage people to come” to hear about the plans, Brown said. And as Logan Circle’s restaurant scene flourishes, the planning sessions will also help share specific sanitary recommendations with business owners, Brown said.

“I know what they’re doing — they’re washing their mats, they’re washing their trash cans. … That creates the water and the grease in the alley,” he said. “We’ll look at their setup and see [if they] can do something different.” Community members, too, acknowledged that a joint effort among the city government, residents and business owners is needed to reduce the infestation. “It’s a great start,” said Dave Feinstein, one of the residents who complained of the grease flow. “Many folks don’t get an opportunity to talk to enforcement.” “It takes everyone to contribute a little bit of something,” said business owner Jay Gross of Neal R. Gross and Co. on the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue, adding that rats have become a “serious problem” in the neighborhood. Linn said his neighborhood commission will also seek to build support for Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans’ Trash Compactor Incentive Act of 2013, which would offer tax incentives to help businesses take care of trash more efficiently.

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