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Council panel continues ABC hearing

New Hampshire Ave. work halted, restarted


■ DDOT: Contractor had cars

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By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Heated debate over proposed changes to the city’s alcohol laws continued Monday when Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham reconvened a public hearing that was recessed in July. Though a task force of business owners and residents spent months formulating the ideas that make up Graham’s bill, some factions still remained at odds this week. The bill’s noise provisions were the focus of the continued hearing, and key among those were soundproofing requirements. If passed, the new law would require installation of soundproof windows in all new mixed-use construction projects, as well as soundproofing materials in the walls, partitions, floors and ceilings between commercial and residential tenants. David Goldblatt, representing the D.C. Building Industry Association, said he recognizes the need to mitigate nightlife noise but argued that the new provision — which would apply to all new mixed-use buildings See ABC/Page 25

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The city ordered its contractor on the New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project to suspend work last week in the wake of schedule changes and parking restrictions made without prior notice. Construction has since resumed, with city officials and residents expressing cautious optimism that the remainder of the recently commenced 18-month project will go

After decades of fighting, new plan for town houses ■ Development: Prospective

owner pitches 63 condo units

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Work has begun to transform Washington Harbour’s fountain into the city’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. It is expected to open by Thanksgiving. See story, page 5.

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Dupont Metro entrance poised to reopen By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Construction has wrapped up at the Dupont Circle Metro station’s south entrance, which will reopen within two weeks, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. An exact reopening date hasn’t yet been pinned down for the entrance, located on 19th Street immediately south of the Dupont traffic circle, spokesperson Dan Stessel said Monday. The date will depend on safety certifications by Metro’s internal inspectors and the District government, he said, and workers also have to clean up construction materials from the site.

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more smoothly. “A stop-work order on a public works project of this size is an extraordinary step, but it was necessary,” Dupont advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein wrote in an email. The D.C. Department of Transportation “moved quickly to restore order here,” he said. The project, which stretches from H Street north to Dupont Circle, has faced controversy all along that 0.8mile stretch. Residents in Dupont, Foggy Bottom and the West End complained that they hadn’t received enough warning that the work was See New Hampshire/Page 8

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The 19th Street entrance will reopen on time this month.

“There are three escalators there — they’re wired up and ready to go,” Stessel said. Because some aspects of the safety certification are outside Metro’s control, “this is one of those situations where the process

will determine the timeline,” he added. “But we’re quite confident in saying [the reopening] will be this month.” The station entrance closed in early February so Metro could demolish and fully rebuild the three unreliable escalators there, which officials said were the worst in the Metrorail system. The $12 million project was projected to take 8.5 months — placing it right on target now. “I tip my hat to them for staying on the schedule they told us in February,” Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Kevin O’Connor said at a meeting last Wednesday. See Metro/Page 24

EVENTS Kennedy Center to present Tony winner ‘War Horse’

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A nearly quarter-century development fight over five historic town houses on N Street could finally be drawing to a less contentious close, as a potential buyer crafts a new plan for the long-vacant buildings. The D.C.-based Innovative Development Group is proposing to restore the buildings, adding a courtyard and six-story rear addition to create 63 condo units and underground parking for their residents. So far, the proposal is receiving cautious praise. The Dupont Circle Conservancy, a staunch guardian of the neighborhood’s historic district, said in a resolution that it “supports the project as presented,” seeking only a final review of the materials for the addition and the location of mechanical units. The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission will consider the proposal for 1745-1755 N St. at a special meeting Oct. 23, and the D.C. Historic Preservation

PASSAGES JCC literary fest to spotlight local authors Monday night

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Redevelopment has stalled for almost 25 years.

Review Board is tentatively set to review it Oct. 25. And Jeremiah Cohen, whose family owns the historic Tabard Inn — which would be separated from the new construction by about 24 feet of open space, under the developer’s plan – said in an email to The Current that he and his family are “considering their proposal and are looking forward to a continued congenial dialogue.” That’s a far cry from the disputes strung out over the years since developer Morton Bender acquired the properties in 1988, emptied them of tenants, and proposed — variously — an office building, an apartment See N Street/Page 24

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Cheh, others take on ‘Food Stamp Challenge’ to protest cuts to SNAP By kATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

If Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh had to do the Food Stamp Challenge over again, she wouldn’t buy “three cans of cheap, crappy tuna fish.” But with a $30 budget for a full week of food, the goal seemed to be to stretch the money as far as it could go. In prioritizing

quantity over quality, Cheh found herself ultimately having to toss some inedibles. “My last thing today was an apple, and it was just so bad that I threw half of it out,” she said on Monday evening, the final night of the weeklong challenge. Cheh was one of about 50 city officials, anti-hunger advocates and residents who limited themselves to the low grocery budget — which breaks down to about $4.28 a day —

from Oct. 9 to 15. The point of the exercise was to see exactly how difficult it is to live on an average weekly food stamp allowance. Food stamp challenges take place regularly throughout the country; the District has participated for the past six years through D.C. Hunger Solutions, the local outgrowth of the national Food Research and Action Center. Roughly one in five District residents now

participates in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), according to D.C. Hunger Solutions. Residents are eligible for SNAP if their income is around or below 130 percent of the poverty line. The D.C. nonprofit came up with the $30 grocery budget after doing some math on the average income-based benefits a typical household receives. See Food/Page 12





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Parents seek more funding for modernization of Hearst, Mann schools By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Parent groups at two Ward 3 schools are pleading for additional funds to complete long-awaited school modernization projects, as costs for the citywide school improvement program continue to mount. At both Hearst Elementary School in North Cleveland Park and Mann Elementary in Wesley Heights, current designs for ambitious modernization and expansion projects are projected to cost more than the amount

listed in the District’s capital budget. Both schools are waiting to hear whether city officials will agree to add funding. A “call to action� issued by some Hearst parents says the school community learned in early October of a roughly $3 million gap between the fiscal 2013 budget for the project and the current estimated cost. “We’re now playing catch-up with the Mayor’s office,� they wrote, noting that the 300-student school at 3950 37th St. is not compliant with safety codes, has no common meeting space, gym or cafeteria, and now uses

three trailers as classrooms, two of them without running water or restrooms. Modernization plans for Hearst include a modern addition wrapping around two sides of the old brick schoolhouse, with new classrooms, a cafeteria/multipurpose room, and arts and office spaces. At Mann, where the design for a major addition is still in dispute, the city has budgeted only $10 million for a project estimated to cost about $28 million. The school at 4430 Newark St. was built for 213 students, and it now enrolls nearly 300, with no gym, and

some classes taught in trailers, hallways and stairwells. School leaders say the budgeted amount is “woefully inadequate� to serve a projected enrollment of 400. A meeting to discuss Mann design alterntatives will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at the school. At both Mann and Hearst, parents and school leaders fear a funding shortfall would force the modernization to proceed in phases, with the disruption and displacement of a major construction project spread out over a See Schools/Page 26

The week ahead Thursday, Oct. 18

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a candidates forum in the D.C. Council at-large race. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a candidates forum in the D.C. Council chairman and at-large races. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Candidates for chairman will speak and answer questions at 7 p.m.; the at-large candidates will do so starting at 8:15. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a presentation by 4th District Cmdr. Kimberly Chisley-Missouri on recent robberies in the area and tips on how to avoid being a victim. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW.

Saturday, Oct. 20

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold one of its “Parking Think Tank� meetings to obtain public input on the future of parking in the District. The agency plans to use the information in developing a comprehensive curbside parking management plan; this session will focus on the northern area of the District. The meeting will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. For details, visit ■The group Friends of Spring Valley Park will join with the D.C. Department of the Environment and Audubon Maryland-DC to hold a hands-on workshop about creating space for wildlife habitat in their yards and restoring the natural plantlife in Spring Valley Park. The workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at 3660 49th St. NW. To register, visit

Sunday, Oct. 21

The Forest Hills Connection will host a meet and greet for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F candidates from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. To sign up, contact 202-362-8866 or by Thursday. â– Local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will hold an election forum for citywide and Ward 4 candidates running for seats on the D.C. Council and D.C. State Board of Education. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Xi Omega Chapter Center, 4411 14th St. NW. Reservations are requested; visit

Tuesday, Oct. 23

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on the reconstruction of the Kalmia Road culvert and the 16th Street bridge over Military Road. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the dining room at the Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW. ■The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly assembly meeting, which will include a discussion of the media’s reaction to the District’s zoning update. The program will feature Jonathan O’Connell, commercial real estate and economic development writer for The Washington Post and its weekly Capital Business publication. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■ The Woodley Park Community Association will hold an candidates forum for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C02 and 3C03 seats. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday, Oct. 25

DC Voice and other public education advocacy groups will hold a candidates forum in the D.C. Council at-large race. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, 474 Ridge St. NW. ■D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold an “All-Parks Town Hall� meeting to discuss how residents can work with the National Park Service to enliven D.C.’s green spaces and adapt them to the needs to their neighborhoods. Speakers will include Steve Whitesell of the National Park Service, David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington, Richard Bradley of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, Catherine Nagel of the City Parks Alliance and Danielle Pierce of Downtown DC Kids. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.



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District Digest Firehouse work kicks off in Cleveland Park

The city broke ground Friday on a long-planned $4.7 million renovation of the Cleveland Park fire station at 3522 Connecticut Ave., according to a news release. The work will include improving the building’s interior and expanding bay doors to accommodate larger vehicles. The project was delayed for years, most recently while the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department sought permission from the city’s historic preservation authorities to modify the historic doors. The station has been closed since 2010, and the work is scheduled to be completed in July 2013, according to the project’s Facebook page.

District to renovate playgrounds this fall

The District will begin renovating 32 playgrounds this fall, with

work finishing in 2013, the mayor’s office announced Friday. As part of the fiscal year 2013 budget, the city had funded $9.7 million in recreation improvements and listed the sites that would likely receive funding. In last week’s news release, the city confirmed that playgrounds to be renovated include Northwest’s Banneker, Emery, Forest Hills, Fort Stevens, Hamilton, Harrison, Kennedy, Key Elementary School, Macomb, Newark, Palisades, Rose Park, Takoma and Upshur. The work will cover 41 percent of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s 78 playgrounds.

Rock Creek planting to add 6,000 flowers

The Rock Creek Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help plant 4,500 daffodil bulbs and 1,500 other flowers along Rock Creek Parkway in Georgetown near the Four Seasons Hotel. During Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, Lady Bird Johnson spear-

headed an effort to plant 200,000 daffodils along the parkway, but their numbers have dwindled in recent years, according to a news release. Volunteers will be asked to work from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Lunch, tools and gloves will be provided. Register at

University changes community office

As Georgetown University prepares to hash out the details of an envisioned 20-year campus plan, an administrative shuffle has created a new office to work with the school’s neighbors. Effective Oct. 1, an Office of Community Engagement has replaced the Office of External Relations. Linda Greenan, who headed the External Relations Office, has retired; most of her duties will be assumed by Lauralyn Lee, the new associate vice president for community engagement and strategic initiatives.

For the past year, Lee has worked in the school’s public affairs office; previously, she spent nine years in its counsel’s office. Greenan had worked at the university since 1994.

Wisconsin Avenue Giant project begins

Workers this month began constructing the Cathedral Commons development along two blocks of Wisconsin Avenue in Cleveland Park, to replace the old Giant and adjacent buildings with a new supermarket and other commercial and residential space. The two-year, $130 million project will bring a 56,000-square-foot grocery, 137 apartment units, eight town homes, and 72,000 square feet of additional commercial space. The four-acre project site is bordered by Wisconsin and Idaho avenues and Macomb Street.

Group taps Tregaron as ‘wildlife habitat’

Cleveland Park’s 13-acre Tregaron Conservancy was formally recognized in September as a “certified wildlife habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation, according to a news release. Expanses of green space in urban environments benefit animals and air quality, states a news release from the federation, and Tregaron in particular has proved attractive for birds and butterflies. The federation has certified nearly 150,000 habitats nationwide since 1975.

Streetscape project resumes on U Street

After several months of delays, the D.C. Department of Transportation is moving ahead with its U Street streetscape project,

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having secured permits from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to dig near a Metrorail line. Workers recently began digging trenches for electrical conduits in the north side of the 900 block of U Street, and will work one block at a time as far west as 14th Street, according to a news release. They’ll then proceed back east toward 9th Street on the south side of each block. The project, which also includes repaving the street and installing new curbs and gutters, is still on target to be completed by spring 2013, the release states.

GU Hospital opens Southeast center

Georgetown University Hospital opened a new Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in Southeast on Thursday, according to a news release. The office, funded in part by a $6.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, will treat cancer patients while researching healthcare trends in low-income areas.

Palisades fund seeks project proposals

The Palisades Community Fund is seeking grant proposals to review at its Nov. 7 meeting; entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Oct. 30. The fund, which is operated by the Palisades Citizens Association, provides grants for locally generated projects and events that contribute to the community, such as the bus stop bench at Arizona Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard and movie nights held at Palisades Park. To qualify, an applicant must be planning a charitable activity, cultural enrichment, community education/service, economic improvement and/or environmental enhancement in the Palisades. Proposals should include a budget and timetable (all work must be speculative, not already completed). To apply, mail proposals to Chair, Palisades Community Fund, P.O. Box 40603, Palisades Station, Washington, D.C. 20016, or email it to Detailed instructions are at


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Despite lack of parking, Tenleytown ANC endorses plan for Babe’s site By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A proposed 60-unit mixed-use building won unanimous support from the Tenleytown/ Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission last Thursday, even though developers have proposed just one parking space for the project. Douglas Development hopes to build The Bond at Tenley on the site of the long-shuttered Babe’s Billiards, and the company says the project — which needs a parking waiver and other exemptions from the Zoning Commission — will revitalize the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street.

The apartments, located within two blocks of a Metro station, will be marketed to tenants without cars. A seven-page memorandum of understanding between Douglas and the neighborhood commission spells out myriad restrictions on the project. Residents of the new building will not be able to obtain Resident Parking Permit stickers or guest passes from the city, but Douglas would secure up to 20 off-site spaces upon residents’ request for 10 years. In other provisions, only certain types of businesses will be allowed in the planned ground-floor retail space (no banks or mattress stores, for instance), and large operations must provide free validated parking. Douglas will

also have to provide transit benefits to residential and commercial tenants. (The full ageeement is at “What we’re attempting to do is look at how a very small development, and this is very small, can be a ‘green’ development for people who wish to reside in a car-free environment,� neighborhood commissioner Beverly Sklover said at the meeting. But some residents have argued that there is a reason developers are required to provide parking — for this project, 87 spaces. Guests and tenants who own cars despite the restrictions will clog up nearby streets, neighbors said. “This is unrealistic,� one resident said.

“You can’t have that many people and expect that they never need access to parking.� “Ideology seems to be trumping practicality,� said another. “There’s no way that people are not going to be using cars.� Neighborhood commissioners said that having a building without parking and with so many other hurdles to car ownership will successfully deter people who want to drive from living at The Bond. And if the site included a parking garage, car owners would bring additional traffic to the congested site, they said, noting that a car-free project means less traffic. “We believe this project has the potential to add vitality and vibrancy to our neighborhood See Babe’s/Page 24

Ice rink under construction on Georgetown waterfront By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

If the recent chill in the air has left you daydreaming about winter outings to come, a new venue in town could be just the ticket: Washington Harbour has begun converting its newly renovated fountain into an ice rink — and it could be open for skating by the weekend before Thanksgiving. The inaugural seasonal switch from fountain to ice rink started last week, and this week workers are measuring, cutting and installing separate layers of foam and plywood subfloor, according to Joshua Lynsen, a spokesperson for the complex. Refrigerated tubing will sit on top of that subfloor and freeze water for the rink’s 3-inch-thick ice surface. “I’m very enthusiastic about the new skating rink,� said Bob vom Eigen, president of the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park group. “In the winter, Washington Harbour is dead, so I think this is a great idea that will bring people to the waterfront.� “It’s no secret that the commer-

cial spaces on the first floor and the restaurants struggle,� during the winter months, he added. “But ice skaters will presumably have dinner next door [to the rink]. People like watching other people skate when they dine — just like at Rockefeller Center in New York. It’s a great treat to go to those restaurants and watch people skate.� The rink, located on Washington Harbour’s lower plaza between 3000 and 3050 K St., will stretch beyond the fountain area. At 11,800 square feet — about two-thirds the size of a professional ice hockey rink — the new spot will be larger than the ice at either Rockefeller Center or the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Nancy Miyahira, a director with the Georgetown Business Improvement District, said the new attraction at Washington Harbour, a member entity, will have a positive impact on the neighborhood’s businesses. “I think they’re shooting for a special experience right down there on the water,� she said. “You’ve got the backdrop of the Kennedy Center, See Rink/Page 24

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 600 block, 7th St.; transit area; 1:36 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  7th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 11:43 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; office building; 12:06 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  5th Street and New York Avenue; grocery store; 1:15 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 12:36 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 5:38 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 1:50 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  7th and H streets; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; street; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 5:22 p.m. Oct. 8. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5th and I streets; street; 3:17 a.m. Oct. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; street; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  700 block, 5th St.; alley; 11:06 a.m. Oct. 11.

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â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end



Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013; 2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 1:08 p.m. Oct. 7. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 3:52 p.m. Oct. 11. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous)

â&#x2013; 1800 block, L St.; sidewalk; 2:20 a.m. Oct. 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; office building; 11 a.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  2100 block, G St.; office building; 3:45 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 4:43 p.m. Oct. 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; store; 6:45 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; sidewalk; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 01. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; store; 10:31 a.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; store; 6:33 p.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 11:21 p.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  900 block, 26th St.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:19 p.m. Oct. 9.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 2000 block, O St.; sidewalk; 12:55 p.m. Oct. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 3:03 a.m. Oct. 13. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; 9:15 a.m. Oct. 12. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 4:40 p.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  17th and M streets; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Oct. 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and N Street; sidewalk; 11:45 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Q Street; sidewalk; 12:53 a.m. Oct. 11. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:26 a.m. Oct. 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; office building; 3:27 p.m. Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Rhode Island Ave.; restaurant; 4:21 p.m. Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; medical facility; 1:34 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 6:47 p.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 21st St.; sidewalk; 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Decatur Place;

sidewalk; 10 p.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013; 20th and P streets; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 3:56 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 22nd St.; street; 9 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  17th and O streets; unspecified premises; 12:12 a.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 8:04 p.m. Oct. 14.

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â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1600 block, V St.; unspecified premises; 10:29 a.m. Oct. 10. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1700 block, S St.; sidewalk; 12:40 p.m. Oct. 8. Burglary â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 13. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, R St.; residence; 4:54 p.m. Oct. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  1600 block, V St.; residence; 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; gas station; 6:04 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  14th and S streets; street; 12:05 a.m. Oct. 11. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2 a.m. Oct. 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; street; 12:46 p.m. Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Florida Ave.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  15th and Caroline streets; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; unspecified premises; 11:13 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 8:58 p.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  17th and Swann streets; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Oct. 13.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 12:18 a.m. Oct. 7. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  Columbia and Quarry roads; street; 11:42 p.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  Columbia and Kalorama roads; sidewalk; 2:43 a.m. Oct. 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:38 a.m. Oct. 7.

Burglary â&#x2013; 1800 block, California St.; unspecified premises; 9:15 a.m. Oct. 9. â&#x2013;  1800 block, California St.; unspecified premises; 3 a.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  2100 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 5:42 p.m. Oct. 10. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, Belmont St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Mintwood Place; alley; 8 p.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Mintwood Place; alley; 8 p.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Bancroft Place; unspecified premises; 4:23 a.m. Oct. 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:45 a.m. Oct. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 12:16 a.m. Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Florida Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:12 a.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; street; 3:50 a.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Kalorama Road; street; 10 a.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Biltmore St.; park area; 3:44 p.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  Old Morgan School Place and Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 4:42 a.m. Oct. 14.

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â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 11th and N streets; sidewalk; 2:24 a.m. Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; unspecified premises; 1:05 a.m. Oct. 13. Burglary â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Oct. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 11th St.; residence; 9:23 a.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  1000 block, S St.; residence; 9:36 a.m. Oct. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 11th St.; hotel; 3 p.m. Oct. 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 12:03 p.m. Oct. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, R St.; street; 6:33 a.m. Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; noon Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 12:32 p.m. Oct. 8. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:05 p.m. Oct. 12. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 12th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13. â&#x2013;  10th and N streets; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Oct. 14. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 9:55 p.m. Oct. 14.

Planners share Walter Reed campus ideas By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Office of Planning released its draft recommendations on the future use of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus last month, and will accept public comments through Oct. 31. Also known as the Walter Reed â&#x20AC;&#x153;small area plan,â&#x20AC;? these recommendations are a required part of the process that will allow the District to acquire and redesign the historic military property. The campus is expected to incorporate a mix of residential, institutional and retail uses, along with public â&#x20AC;&#x153;green spaces,â&#x20AC;? such as bike trails and an amphitheater. The Takoma advisory neighborhood commission held a special meeting last week to discuss the plan, and planning officials shared information and fielded questions. Key concerns from neighbors of the campus include the height of new buildings, particularly those along Georgia Avenue; the parking and traffic volume; and the density of the buildings as proposed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound good for residents,â&#x20AC;? said a community member who lives on Georgia between Elder and Dahlia streets. That resident said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerned about the retail development proposed for Georgia, including the possible height of new buildings facing the three-story row houses across the street. He noted that his view would be blocked, and that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerned about noise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;None of our concerns have been heard or acted upon. No response has been given to us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want some assurances that we are

being heard.â&#x20AC;? Rosalynn Hughey, deputy director of the Office of Planning, responded that the agency is â&#x20AC;&#x153;recommending a mix of various usesâ&#x20AC;? that would preserve green space and mature trees along Georgia Avenue. She noted that building heights will be staggered, with the tallest buildings set farthest back on the campus, away from Georgia. Ward 4 planner Malaika Abernathy said in an interview that most community feedback has favored retail at the site to help stimulate economic growth along Georgia Avenue. She also emphasized that all new development would complement and reflect the massing of the surrounding neighborhood. But the small area plan is just a concept of how the land and buildings could develop. The purpose of the plan is to define the land use so new zoning can be assigned to the site, thus allowing development to move forward. Actual building plans will come later, after the city hires a master developer. To come up with small area plan, the Planning Office assessed possible land-use designations, conducted market analyses and a transportation study, and incorporated urban design plans from the Perkins + Will firm. The boundaries of the 110-acre campus are Fern Street and Alaska Avenue to the north, 16th Street to the west, Georgia Avenue to the east and Aspen Street to the south. The District is expected to acquire 66 acres, while the U.S. Department of State will develop the remaining 44 as a complex for embassies. The current design plan recommends dividing the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allot-

ment into five distinct areas, plus the Georgia Avenue frontage: â&#x20AC;˘ the northernmost section, along Fern Street, which would be mostly low-scale residential buildings; â&#x20AC;˘ the Town Center area, between Elder and Dahlia streets, which would include destination retail and a rooftop garden open to the public; â&#x20AC;˘ the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Institutional Core,â&#x20AC;? which would include historic buildings in the center of the campus, identified as ideal for tenants such as schools, hospital facilities and nonprofits; â&#x20AC;˘ Cameron Glen, running along Butternut Street, and to the south, an open space area that could serve as a gateway connecting the community to the campus, including bike paths and a heritage trail; and â&#x20AC;˘ a mix of institutional and residential buildings along Aspen Street that could be identified as an arts area. At the meeting, Abernathy noted that the project has the potential to generate significant revenue for the city through expanding the retail on Georgia Avenue. But the development wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen overnight; the complete buildout is expected to take about 20 years. The next step is for the city to select a master developer: The Planning Office â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was slated to hold a hearing last night, after The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline â&#x20AC;&#x201D; anticipates issuing a request for qualifications by late fall or early next year. The D.C. Council must take action as well. After the current public comment period closes at the end of this month, the Planning Office will assess feedback from residents and submit a revised small area plan to council members. Details about the plan are available at

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about to start, and the agency was still wavering on some details of the project days before it began last month. Most recently, drivers reported having their cars towed when the project schedule changed without warning. These complaints centered around the 1300 block of New Hampshire in the Dupont area. Under previous construction schedules, work on this block â&#x20AC;&#x201D; between N and 20th streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was scheduled to begin in December. Residents learned it had been moved to October only when they found that their cars had been towed from the west side of the street to make way for the work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a meeting on October 1, they promised us ten days notice for any new construction or change of parking regulations,â&#x20AC;? Silverstein wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;yet the very same day, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even give us ten minutes notice before putting up â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no parkingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; signs.â&#x20AC;? Except in emergencies, motorists are entitled to 72 hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice that they need to move their cars. But city officials said a project subcontractor posted the â&#x20AC;&#x153;no parkingâ&#x20AC;? signs only

when the work was ready to begin, and then called in the city to remove cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea of putting up no parking signs without advance notice, and then having cars that had been legally parked there ticketed and even towed is outrageous,â&#x20AC;? Silverstein wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And yet that was done â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on more than one day.â&#x20AC;? After residents complained to the contractor and to Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office, the Transportation Department issued an indefinite stop-work order, effective last Tuesday evening, to discuss the contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s procedures. The project was allowed to resume on Thursday, but work in the 1300 block was delayed until Monday to provide 72 hours of notice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a result of the meeting, it is clear that the contractor now understands the requirements and they are aware of how to appropriately print and place [â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no parkingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;] placards,â&#x20AC;? Transportation Department spokesperson Monica Hernandez wrote in an email. The contractor has also worked to waive parking fines. Modi Ahmed, general manager of the Hotel Madera at 1310 New Hampshire Ave., praised the Transportation Department for its

response to the issue. The hotel had lost revenue when its entrance was unexpectedly blocked by construction, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really pleased by the level of communication that now exists between DDOT and the hotel, and feel hopeful that they will continue to make every effort to reduce the impact on residents and business owners,â&#x20AC;? Ahmed wrote in an email. Andrew Huff, spokesperson for Evans, said the council member also appreciated the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quick response, and encouraged residents to continue to contact his office if more concerns arise. Silverstein said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the contractors now to prove that they got the message about the need to communicate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The contractor has made specific promises before and completely failed to deliver,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, they will address these issues going forward, but we will have to wait and see.â&#x20AC;? Last month, the project team faced criticism after asking the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission to weigh in on some planned last-minute changes to the project. A few days later, officials rescinded the offer and moved ahead as planned.

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aron Gordon may be a familiar name to D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dessert-obsessed. His first business, Tangysweet, was one of the earliest in the wave of tart fro-yo shops that flooded Washington in the second half of the last decade. His second, Red Velvet, joined the crush of cupcakeries that came to town at around the same time. But last year, Gordon made the leap to savories. While he still owns several Red Velvet shops â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of which shares space with a Tangysweet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he also now runs an Arlington cafe, Rabbit, that serves salads and sandwiches (the name refers to its healthy â&#x20AC;&#x153;rabbit foodâ&#x20AC;?). And this year heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expanding to a full restaurant. Drafting Table, a pub-style operation with 15 on-tap beers and an eclectic menu, opened last week at 1529 14th St. NW. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our first full-service place, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool,â&#x20AC;? Gordon said. But reflecting on his trajectory, he added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would be lying to you if I said there was some kind of master plan in place.â&#x20AC;? The native Washingtonian actually stumbled into the hospitality world without design. He was looking for a venture to bring him home from a stint in California, so he decided to import the tart frozen yogurt trend of West Coast spots like Pinkberry and Red Mango. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things have changed dramatically since thenâ&#x20AC;? in terms of frozen yogurt offerings, he said last week.

Frank Lloyd Wright speak to that concept. Drafting Tableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu is short BETH COPE but carefully concocted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My general view on food is With the yogurt market flooded, that it should be fun and satisfying,â&#x20AC;? he opened Rabbit last year to â&#x20AC;&#x153;do said chef Ciji Wagner. It should be something a little bit different.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;stuff that people recognize or at Drafting Table, however, was least understand.â&#x20AC;? space-driven. Gordon was looking That includes a hamburger ($12) for a spot for a second Rabbit when topped with pan-seared crispy blue his broker brought him to 14th cheese, jalapeStreet, where Ăąo apricot chutACKC had ney and an vacated its onion and storefront. bacon jam, As soon as which comes Gordon saw the with hand-cut space, he knew French fries. it was no cafe. A beerâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one step Photo by Rey Lopez braised brisket down from the ($16) is prestreet level, [and Drafting Table opened last week pared â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost I] just felt like it at 1529 14th St. NW. like a Yankee could be really warm and fun. I love places that are roast,â&#x20AC;? but without the overcooked vegetables. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a tradisort of bar/restaurants â&#x20AC;Ś [with a] tional bowl of mussels with white great vibe for hanging out but also wine and garlic ($12). â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you amazing food.â&#x20AC;? have something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good standDrafting Table is named for its by â&#x20AC;Ś you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to reinvent hand-designed tables, created by the wheel,â&#x20AC;? she said. Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood friend Andrew Gordon said the choices were Christenberry (son of well-known driven by the staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiasm. local artist William Christenberry). The entire team contributed ideas, Inspired by his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cresuch as an egg sandwich ($9), a ations, Gordon decided to focus on falafel sandwich ($9) and duck condrafting in â&#x20AC;&#x153;all forms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether fit ($22). itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drafting as an architect or draftâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no rhyme or reason ing a new play or a piece of music or cartoon,â&#x20AC;? he said. Pictures of art- other than we want our things to be delicious, fun and somewhat shareists including George Gershwin, able,â&#x20AC;? he said. Charles Schulz, Sylvia Plath and



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For D.C. delegate

Since taking office in 1991, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has proved an effective representative of District citizens in the House despite her lack of a vote. The delegate has worked for decades to encourage greater autonomy for Washington, with her latest efforts focused on freeing the city’s budget from congressional oversight. Del. Norton thinks budget autonomy is now possible within the next session of Congress, given the support of several top Republican lawmakers. Eliminating this oversight would remove the opportunity for members to add troublesome riders — a crucial step for the city. Del. Norton also has a respectable track record on getting legislation passed, including bills that paved the way for redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront and the river frontage near Nationals Park. She also won approval to locate the Department of Homeland Security in the District instead of a neighboring jurisdiction. And thanks to her years of service, Del. Norton is in a position of seniority on the House’s Committee on Government Oversight, which controls the government’s construction budget. She is the ranking minority member in that committee. Del. Norton faces two challengers in next month’s election: Statehood Green Party candidate Natale “Lino” Stracuzzi and Libertarian Party candidate Bruce Majors. Neither has drawn our attention from Del. Norton. Mr. Majors’ politics don’t square with the majority of Washingtonians’ beliefs, and Mr. Stracuzzi has solid ideas, but he focuses on matters where it would be challenging for a non-voting member to gain traction. Though we are always eager to have more strong candidates to consider, we are pleased to endorse Del. Norton for re-election. We believe her careful approach to chipping away at the city’s secondclass status is the right way to move D.C. forward.

Ward 2 elections

Though we’re disappointed that Ward 2 is fielding no candidate to challenge incumbent Jack Evans, we are pleased to endorse the D.C. Council member for another term, one that will lengthen his tenure as the longest-serving legislator in District history. Mr. Evans’ long record shows an intense focus on improving the city’s fiscal future, and his recent positions have continued that trend. While serving as a responsible voice on taxation and spending, Council member Evans has also committed to increasing funding where it makes sense — like increasing hours of access to neighborhood libraries, for example. And he realizes that some initial revenue losses — such as tax cuts designed to lure high-tech companies away from low-tax states like Virginia — are worth it in the long run. Mr. Evans has helped to shepherd in some big infrastructure wins in Ward 2 over his last term, among them streetscape improvements on 17th Street; the long-awaited rebuilding of O and P streets in Georgetown; beautification of the Connecticut Avenue median; and construction of the stunning Georgetown Waterfront Park. Moves like those, as well a continued role as budget hawk, will help Mr. Evans raise his citywide profile — a must for the mayoral run he says he may launch during the next election. We only wish that a strong challenger had emerged to give him some practice. The race for the Ward 2 spot on the D.C. State Board of Education is also uncontested. But again, we are pleased to endorse the sole candidate, Jack Jacobson, an energetic young activist who is well-known to Dupont residents as an advisory neighborhood commissioner and a founding member of Urban Neighborhood Alliance, which aims to bring residents and business leaders together to solve local issues. Mr. Jacobson’s platform includes the goals of improving teacher quality and raising standards. We hope that his history of bringing stakeholders together can help him accomplish one aim that we find intriguing: to make the areas around schools safe and pleasant. “Students should want to come to school, not fear the path to it,” says Mr. Jacobson. We couldn’t agree more.

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hat if … the exhaustive, more than yearlong criminal probe of the Vincent Gray shadow campaign comes up snake eyes and Gray isn’t charged or found guilty of any personal criminal wrongdoing? What if ... Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham didn’t violate any laws despite that $800,000 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority contracting investigation? The report says he violated Metro’s conflict-of-interest rules, but it was less firm on referring possible criminal violations to prosecutors. What if ... all the back-room political haggling over the disputed D.C. Lottery contract was just that — politics — and no crimes are uncovered? What if ... recently reappointed Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi didn’t, as alleged by some, display a nefarious nonchalance that has undermined his own tax collections, or wasn’t so incompetent that he allowed others to do so? What if ... at-large Council member Michael A. Brown really does just have lousy personal finance and business problems but none of it touches his public life or government decisions? What if ... the Washington Nationals hadn’t benched fragile starter Stephen Strasburg, and the team had made it into the National League Championship Series or the World Series? Hmmmm. We’ll leave that last one to others, as we still feel the sting of last weekend’s playoff loss that ended a thrilling Nationals season. But the now well-worn litany of scandal and potential scandal in city politics, fair or not, seems endless. As we’ve said before, the city doesn’t have an ethical wet blanket hanging over us — it has a wet mattress. And the man who holds the most power to remove it is U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. His investigators, the FBI, the IRS and others have been aggressively probing much of the above. But we head into fall and winter without any season-ending decisions in sight to wrap up any of it. Machen has always said that his office will act when it has something to act on, but he cautions that a lot of bad political behavior is in fact bad but not criminal. He told WAMU 88.5 FM that his office is working nights and weekends on all of this. But just like baseball, there is no official clock. The game is played until it ends. Maybe soon — maybe later — we’ll find out what games people have been playing, what inning we are in and whether chief umpire Machen is about to call the most important balls and strikes of his career. ■ Endless season. Even if some of these criminal investigations wrap up without formal charges, the game is not over. Criminal or not, the Gray campaign for mayor clearly ran afoul of campaign finance rules. There likely could be more administrative campaign and ethics office investigations and hefty fines. Questions over the lottery contract, the CFO issues and the other scandals will play out in political campaigns now and for some time to come. Scandal has marred our city, and we are not nearly done with it yet. ■ A bit more sports. The Nationals, of course, are

done for the year. The always-on-point Tom Boswell of The Washington Post made sense of the excruciating pain of competing but losing. “There will be other seasons. But, for the Nats, none so thrilling, so shattering, so moving, as the first — the first, that is, that really mattered,” he wrote. Meanwhile, the National Hockey League has the Capitals and rest of the league still locked out. In basketball, the Wizards already are adding up injuries rather than crafting winning strategies in the preseason. DC United? Who knows where this team is going or whether it finally will get a home stadium other than RFK. That leaves us with the Suburban ’Skins, formally known as the Washington Redskins. RGIII shook off fears over his concussion and led the team to an important win Sunday, even as the Cowboys and the Eagles lost. ■ A final word. Former D.C. financial control board chair Andrew Brimmer died last week. He was 86. There were a few obituaries (The Washington Post had it right) and commentaries. But his death was barely noted, if at all, on the radio or on television news, that flailing camera media that used to hang onto Brimmer’s every professorial, compounded sentence, hoping that there would be a usable sound bite in there somewhere. In 1996, Brimmer — appointed by Congress and President Bill Clinton — became the first chair of the control board, which took the reins of D.C. government from the mayor and council. The five-member board had dictatorial powers to fire people, reorganize city government and spend — or not spend — city money. In honoring Brimmer, Mayor Gray said, “The District has lost a man who was a bright light during our city’s darkest days. … It was unfortunate that the federal government had to step in and create the ‘control board,’ … . However, Andrew Brimmer took on a thankless job that paved the road to create the District of Columbia we have today.” Your Notebook used to fume at Brimmer’s total lack of understanding of news deadlines and the need for simple, declarative sentences to explain what he and the other board members were doing in their many closed meetings. Unions protested and marched, aggrieved city officials wailed, and businesses that depended on city contracts found the strings tightened. The Notebook at the time didn’t like (and still doesn’t) the usurpation of what little democracy D.C. citizens have. But there is no disputing that the control board preserved the local city government and set it on a path to fiscal responsibility. The control board law still exists; it remains dormant unless the city falls into financial disrepair again. Given the work done by Brimmer, his board members, succeeding chair Alice Rivlin, mayors Adrian Fenty and Gray and the D.C. Council, the prospect of fiscal ruin is slight. And for that, we all can be glad. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Residents shouldn’t have to pay for pool

The Current’s Sept. 26 issue reported that the University of the District of Columbia receives about $65 million per year from the District to operate the school. Also reported was the fact that the

D.C. Council approved a $2.8 million contract to fund the renovation of the university’s pool, but that the project ended up costing $4 million. Now that we the taxpayers have sent almost $68 million to the university, I am a bit confused as to why “community members,” i.e., neighbors and taxpayers, must pay $7 per day to use this pool. We D.C. residents can swim at the Wilson pool for free, but only

University of the District of Columbia students, faculty and staff can use the university’s pool without charge. Perhaps someone at city hall or the university can explain why we, who have paid $65 million per year to this institution and who have subsidized the aquatic center’s renovation, now must pay to take a dip in the pool. Barbara Dinsmore North Cleveland Park

The Current

Letters to the Editor D.C. Council needs Republican member

As a registered Democrat, I can think of no better outcome for a D.C. Council that is composed entirely of Democrats and Democrats reconstituted as independents than that one Republican should be elected to join that disgraced body. Yet you could not bring yourselves to endorse the one Republican running for an at-large seat, Mary Brooks Beatty. I will vote for Ms. Beatty with the hope that one voice in opposition will immeasurably improve the quality, culture and image of our legislature. William Herron Dupont Circle

Editorial had facts wrong on Brown

The Oct. 10 editorial “For atlarge D.C. Council” describes my record and my personal finances inaccurately. Despite the ill-informed comment about my work ethic, any objective review of my legislative record will find that I have accomplished as much as, if not more than, any other first-term D.C. Council member past or present. For instance, I have been the leading champion for affordable housing on the council and passed the largest-ever rent control extension, and have increased funding for affordable housing by $50 million over the last three years. I have also taken on unemployment in multiple ways, increasing funding for job training to the highest levels in recent history; reforming the “First Source” law to ensure that District residents are hired on projects funded with taxpayer dollars; and authoring, passing and funding legislation to create a Workforce Intermediary, which is a national best practice in connecting employers with quality job training programs and qualified job seekers. Lastly, regarding education, and my opponent’s support of wraparound services, I again have actually made progress on this issue rather than just promises. I authored, passed and funded a bill to create five Community Schools. This initiative, which is another nationally recognized model, would host various programs — such as literacy support, art enrichment programs or adult job training programs — in school facilities during non-school hours for both students and their parents. These are just a few of my many legislative accomplishments, which is

why I was shocked that The Current decided to prioritize rhetoric over an actual record. It is alleged that I have had difficulty paying my “taxes on time” and that this relates to my fitness for office. This is not true. I am not late paying my taxes, and it is incorrect to suggest that I am. Like millions of other Americans, I am on a tax payment plan and make my payments on time. The Current Newspapers is a venerable institution in the District of Columbia, but it got this one wrong. I am confident that voters will take the time to discover the facts for themselves and come to their own, more informed, conclusion. Michael A. Brown At-large D.C. Council member

Orange record merits strong endorsement

Regarding The Current’s Oct. 10 editorial “For at-large D.C. Council,” several significant inaccurate points were made. First, however, thank you for the endorsement of my re-election as an at-large D.C. Council member. The strength of your endorsement will be enhanced by correcting the record. Contrary to your assertion, the federal grand jury has not subpoenaed me. In fact, Colbert I. King ran a retraction of this assertion in his Washington Post column dated Oct. 13. In addition, you questioned my ability to work with my council colleagues. Please note that three pieces of legislation authored by me during this legislative term passed the council unanimously. They are the moratorium on strip clubs, the cap on the number of medical marijuana facilities that can be placed in a single ward, and a Sense of the Council resolution on how the flooding problem in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park should be addressed. My early childhood education bill passed with 11 of the 13 votes available. Of the 10 ethics bills that were introduced this legislative period, four were authored by me, resulting in an “annual elected official certification” on ethics. Moreover, on Nov. 6, D.C. voters will have the opportunity to vote on a charter amendment, co-authored by me, to provide in the law a “removal from elected office” provision for elected officials involved in substantial unethical behavior. I am also one of the co-introducers of a bill to advance democracy for the citizens of the nation’s capital through budget autonomy for the District. My tenure on the D.C. Council also reflects a prominent leadership role in education reform, including the reopening of McKinley Tech as McKinley Technology High

School (which will receive President Barack Obama’s School Excellence Award next month); a law that mandates that our children receive books and instructional materials for their core subjects by the second week of the school year; the District’s recognition of American Sign Language; the relocation of public access television facilities to Brooks Mansion; and the construction of three new recreation facilities. I’ve also played a leading or major role in bringing Home Depot, Costco and the Nationals to the District of Columbia. Finally, a careful examination of the Orange record features a record of achievement and success in ethics, education, employment and economic development that serves well in substantiating The Current’s endorsement of my reelection. Vincent Orange At-large D.C. Council member

HPRB ruling favored builder over history

Once again, the so-called “Historic Preservation Review Board” (a laughingstock if it weren’t so tragic) has ruled in favor of the deep pockets, and a lovely little neighborhood green space will be destroyed to make room for another apartment house — this on a block that already has 14 apartment houses, with parking problems so severe that guests have sometimes been forced to turn around and go home [“Condos approved for Kalorama garden site,” Oct. 10]. It’s happened before. Just a few years ago, the neighbors united to oppose a developer who wanted to add several floors to a one-story building, thereby cutting off light and air to neighboring buildings and decreasing their value. On that occasion, the advisory neighborhood commission supported the neighborhood, but the supposedly “great weight” accorded its opinion amounted to less than a feather. One of the Historic Preservation Review Board members made a sneering remark about “people who want their neighborhood preserved in amber.” Why does he think we fought to get historic district status, if not to preserve our neighborhood? I see a pattern here: Whenever the wishes of the neighborhood conflict with the greed of a developer, the developer wins out. It’s time we abolished this travesty of a Historic Preservation Review Board and replaced it with people who truly care more about historic preservation than about maximizing density of development. J. G. Huckenpahler Sheridan-Kalorama

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Beyond encouraging empathy, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Stamp Challenge also had a specific advocacy goal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to save SNAP from dramatic cuts that fiscal conservatives say are necessary. Under pending Farm Bill reauthorization legislation on Capitol Hill, the program could lose billions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really want to highlight the devastating impact of the proposed cuts of the Farm Bill,â&#x20AC;? said Alexandra Ashbrook, director of D.C. Hunger Solutions. The cuts could affect more than 135,000 D.C. residents, she said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; under one scenario, thousands would see reduced SNAP benefits, and others could be forced out of the program entirely. Both the D.C. nonprofit and its Maryland equivalent took part in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenge. In the District, participants included the directors of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human services and aging offices, as well as the chief of staff to the deputy mayor for health and human services. Several local nonprofits, including Bread for the City, the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and the Washington Area Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation, also joined. Ashbrook acknowledges that the challenge â&#x20AC;&#x153;is an artificial experience,â&#x20AC;? because participants knew they just had to get through one week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being grouchy or Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sick of having lentils and baloney and bananas, I only have to do this for seven days,â&#x20AC;? she said. Joe Weedon, director of Defeat Poverty DC, tried to get his children through the challenge but ended up caving Sunday evening and heading to a restaurant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the sun began to set our children both began to complain about being hungry,â&#x20AC;? he wrote online. Ashbrook also admitted to some transgressions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a meal Saturday night at a wedding, free food at work events. Still, she said, the challenge forc-

es new types of thinking in the grocery aisle. Ashbrook went shopping once, at the start of the challenge, and knew she had to be strategic. Her budget restricted her to only two types of fresh produce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spinach and bananas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and neither lasted through the week. The sub-par nutrition took its toll on Ashbrookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alertness and concentration levels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I completely missed a meeting on Friday â&#x20AC;Ś for the first time in five-and-a-half years,â&#x20AC;? she said, and the next day, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got confused about my kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer game.â&#x20AC;? Council member Cheh said the experience made her think mostly of the inadequacy of the food stamps program for children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if I had been a single mother and trying to raise my kids on this?â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compute.â&#x20AC;? Cheh said it has made her all the more grateful that her Healthy Schools Act went into effect in 2010, requiring D.C. schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for students who need it. After the Food Stamp Challenge wrapped up Monday at midnight, several participants visited D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Capitol Hill yesterday, thanking her for efforts to prevent cuts to SNAP. Norton, who participated in a congressional food stamp challenge last year, has signed on to support a resolution opposing $16 billion worth of cuts to SNAP now included in the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill. (The Senate version also proposes cuts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $4 billion over 10 years.) But D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of voting rights means the advocacy has to extend beyond city boundaries, said Ashbrook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking people to take an additional step: contact a friend who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in D.C. and ask them to call their representatives to protest the SNAP cuts at the federal level,â&#x20AC;? she said. Locally, Cheh yesterday introduced a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sense of the Councilâ&#x20AC;? resolution to voice opposition to the federal cuts.

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Sculpting Outside the Lines Closing Events Friday, OctOber 19, 6 pm – twilight tOur with musicians FrOm the natiOnal symphOny Orchestra During a special evening tour led by Laura Roulet, five virtuoso musicians from the National Symphony will perform short pieces inspired and informed by five sculptures in a unique artistic collaboration involving all the senses. At tour’s end enjoy Jefferson Pinder’s videos Car Wash, Invisible Man, and Elevator Music along with a glass of bubbly. Meet at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. and I Street, N.W., promptly at 6:00 pm in Historic Foggy

Bottom Metro: Foggy Bottom/ GWU. saturday, OctOber 20 2-5 pm – trust and dOubt benches – Interactive Artist Linda Hesh, as part of her interactive TRUST & DOUBT Bench Project, will photograph you on the bench of your metaphysical choice. Your portrait will be captioned with what you trust or doubt and uploaded to an online gallery. TRUST & DOUBT, a part of Sculpting Outside the Lines, is located at 800 New Hampshire Ave NW.

Wards 7 & 8 neighborhood venues, will head to Historic Foggy Bottom with its creative jazz artists performing throughout the Exhibit. An opportunity to use both sides of your brain synergistically.

3-5 pm – reVisiOn dance cOmpany, the resident company of Dance Place REVISION Dance Company dancers will create site-specific performances inspired by pieces in Sculpting Outside the Lines. The company will use improvisational choreographic techniques to create a kinesthetic and visual relationship between the static 3-5 pm – east riVer JaZZ sculptures and the dynamic East River Jazz, which fosters dancers. REVISION is a jazz performances in DC’s contemporary dance company which uses modern dance to engage audiences of all ages in critical thinking about social issues that surround our everyday lives. 5-7 pm – watergate gallery receptiOn Join artists, performers, visitors, and neighbors for a closing reception in recognition of Sculpting Outside the Lines sixmonth display of diverse and exciting sculpture in Historic Foggy Bottom. All events are FREE. Schedules will be posted on www.foggybottomassocation. com/arts. Exhibit begins at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. & I Street N.W.

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JCC literary fest features one night of local authors

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer


onsumer trends have people eating local and shopping local, so how about reading local? The Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s 10-day literary festival, which started Sunday, will include one night that spotlights D.C.-area authors. “We have so many talented people here in Washington, D.C. — it’s such a special city — that we really wanted to take advantage of the talents,” said festival director Lili Kalish Gersch. “We were really pleased with the caliber of submissions.” Festival organizers accepted about half of the 30-odd applicants, choosing writers based on the appeal of their subjects and the inclusion of either Jewish themes or concepts that would be intriguing to the center’s audience. The 14 authors who will share their work Monday night include two Cleveland Park residents, one Dupont resident and one Georgetown University professor.

Pamela Ehrenberg

Cleveland Park resident Pamela Ehrenberg has published two books, but the festival will highlight her first, which takes place in D.C. “Ethan Suspended,” which is targeted at fourth- through eighthgraders, is about a middle-schooler who moves to Washington to live with his grandparents and ends up as the only white and only Jewish student at his school. Ehrenberg, who grew up in Baltimore, said that in writing the book, she drew upon fish-out-ofwater experiences she had while participating in AmeriCorps in Western Maryland — where most of the other volunteers were locals — and then teaching at a charter middle school in D.C. “I definitely felt like I was being transplanted from a different place,” she said, referring to both situations. “I came out [of the teaching gig] knowing there’s a book in there somewhere.” Ehrenberg said her novel makes sense for the festival because it has Jewish themes, noting that she thinks her own Judaism “kind of seeps in in places.” “I feel like people can read ‘Ethan Suspended’ who have never met anyone Jewish and may be dimly aware of that as a peripheral characteristic,” she said. But Jewish

readers say, “‘Oh, I know those grandparents.’ … It seems to strike a chord.” Ehrenberg has also written “Tillmon County Fire,” another young-adult work, which considers how an anti-gay hate crime affects 11th-graders living in West Virginia. Her books are widely available, including at Politics and Prose.

Jennifer Fink

Jennifer Fink, an associate professor in creative writing at Georgetown University, has written four books. She’ll discuss “Mikvah Queen” at the festival. The story centers on 11-year-old Jane Schwartz, who lives in “a secular Jewish community … [but is] yearning for ritual in her life and is trying to make sense of puberty by exploring Jewish rituals,” said Fink. Jane befriends a neighborhood woman who has cancer and decides to build a mikvah — a ritual Jewish bath — in the woman’s sauna. “I did a mikvah myself just to experience it,” said Fink. “Basically it’s a purification ritual, and it actually can be used by both genders … [but it’s used] primarily by women who are married to purify themselves after they complete their periods so they can have sexual intercourse.” Fink said she’s long been alternately intrigued and repulsed by such rituals, which she studied as part of her doctoral work. She also has a particular interest in gender and sexuality, which of course relate to the mikvah. “I have many identities” as a writer, she said. “I’m queer, I’m a woman, I’m a post-modern writer, I’m an experimental writer, and I’m a Jewish writer. … I don’t want to reduce my identity to a Jewish writer,” but that’s part of it. Fink’s books — including the novels “Burn,” “V” and “Thirteen Fugues” — are widely available, including at Bridge Street Books in Georgetown.

Peter Levine

Dupont Circle resident and George Washington University lecturer Peter Levine published his first book this summer: “The Appearance of a Hero: The Tom Mahoney Stories” is a collection of tales about a seemingly golden boy dealing with the challenges of life after high school. “It’s kind of the story of the prom king after prom — the guy who seems to be set up for a lot of

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Local authors (clockwise from top) Liliane Willens, Peter Levine, Jennifer Fink and Pamela Ehrenberg will take part in Monday night’s Local Authors Fair at the DCJCC, part of a 10-day Jewish literary festival. success at a young age,” said Levine. “He’s kind of universally appealing, and in a way that is guileless and unassuming, but things just don’t work out for him.” Levine said the book’s 20 stories “each provide sort of a different insight into this guy’s life and how he impacts the lives of people he encounters. For as cool a guy he is, he’s really kind of a lost soul.” It’s not a tale based on Levine’s own experience. In fact, he said that while he doesn’t consider himself a Jewish writer per se, he found it intriguing to write about a “character who is really goyish.” “It was … maybe not someone who I would be friends with, but someone I think readers will kind of recognize … the star athlete/drinking buddy/prom king. And I think in a lot of ways that kind of resists the typical idea of Jewish guy,” said Levine. Both Levine and his character are transplanted Midwesterners who settled in D.C. — though Levine finds it a more comfortable match. “For such a laid-back guy, he sort of struggles to keep pace with kind of the young Generation Y/ Generation X folks who are really

driven and really kind of dialed in,” Levine said of Tom Mahoney. The book — Levine’s first, though he has been publishing stories for about a decade — is widely available, including at Kramerbooks in Dupont.

Liliane Willens

Cleveland Park resident Liliane Willens was born in Shanghai, China, after her Jewish parents fled the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Her book “Stateless in Shanghai” recounts the story of her childhood in the city’s French Concession and, later, her family’s struggle, during the Chinese civil war, to move to the United States. “I lived under what they call extraterritoriality, a quasi-colonial status for foreign nationals, and then the Japanese occupation [during World War II, which was] brutal, not for us, but for the Chinese.” Later, they experienced “the return of the very autocratic Chiang Kai-shek regime … [and then] two years under the communist PRC,” she said. Willens immigrated to the United States as a young adult under a quota system allowing just

105 people born in Asian countries to come to America each year. As there was no longer a U.S. consulate in Shanghai, she had to move to Japan just to wait for her immigration visa. French culture played a huge part in Willens’ life — so much so that she seems to identify more with that background than with her Jewish ancestry. “I consider myself international,” she said. “My education was entirely French.” Willens’ book is available at

Festival details

The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, which runs through Oct. 24, includes a variety of speakers and programs. “We try to present the year’s best in Jewish writing by both emerging and established Jewish authors from around the world,” said director Kalish Gersch. Details on all festival events, and free tickets for Monday’s localauthor fair, are available at The JCC is located at 1529 16th St. NW.

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In St. Louis class this term we have been learning about volcanoes in our International Primary Curriculum work. We have mainly been looking at Mount Vesuvius and the Hawaiian volcanoes. In literacy we are focusing on story maps. We have linked them to the destruction of Pompeii and some poetry by Paul Cookson. In our ICT work we have been


working with Microsoft Publisher. I learned that you can be more creative with Publisher. We have focused on leaflets in our work. Finally, in maths, we have been looking at 2-D shapes and learning about acute, obtuse and reflex angles. We have also been dividing and multiplying. — Bruno Sullivan,

Year 4 St. Louis (third-grader)

Eaton Elementary

On Oct. 5, the John Eaton fourth- and fifth-graders were treated to a performance by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Woodwind Quintet. The musicians wore official Marine Band uniforms with medals and with long skirts for the women. The five musicians played music for us and taught us about music. They also explained

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how they play for the president in the White House and other important places. Some of them have met the president and the first lady. The instruments that were included were the piccolo, the flute, the bassoon, the clarinet, the French horn and the oboe. We got to hear each one individually and also heard them together when they played classical songs. They also used familiar songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle” and “Happy Birthday” to teach us variations in music, like tempo, mood and pitch. Students at John Eaton reported that they enjoyed hearing the music and liked that they were able to ask questions. One student asked how the musicians chose their instruments. The answers were surprising. One musician chose the flute because it was “shiny and pretty” to her as a fourth-grader. Another musician told us that he joined his sixth-grade band late and the French horn was the only instrument left to play. We were so lucky to hear these talented and friendly musicians play their instruments for us. Thank you “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Woodwind Quintet! — Isabella Wood and Lilly Koerner, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

In the eighth grade at Edmund Burke, there are nine different classes, three of which are art classes or physical education classes. Then there are the basic classes, such as history, math, science, language, English and health. The classes vary in difficulty, but if you study, work hard and pay good attention in class, your year will go smoothly. The teachers provide work to do in class, which is based mostly on the notes and discussion and the homework from the previous night. Homework for each class is fairly simple, as long as you make sure everything gets done. To be sure of that, Burke provides all students with something called “The

Tracker.” Your Tracker is a calendar where you write down due dates, test and quiz dates and homework. In most classes, the teachers provide us with a textbook. In English class, our teacher provides us with literature books that we read along as a class. The book we are currently reading is “The Last Days of Summer” by Steve Klugger. For English homework, our teacher assigns us to read up to a certain page number, or to find the subject or phrases on a specific page. We play different sports each season. Having finished the fall season, we are now changing to volleyball and soccer. There are middle school teams (one for boys and one for girls), and there are junior varsity and varsity teams for each sport. — Meredith Kucik, eighth-grader

Field School

Students showed their Field pride last week by participating in spirit week. On Tuesday, amid a school decorated in pumpkins, students dressed in fall colors and received free apple cider. The following day, many teachers dressed alike in jeans and their 40th-anniversary Field shirts in celebration of twin day. Thursday was generation day; high-schoolers dressed as senior citizens and middle-schoolers dressed as babies. One middleschooler, Bella, wore footie pajamas and sock monkey slippers, with her hair pulled up on top of her head. Friday was Falcon Day, and students came to school wearing blue and yellow (Field’s colors), as well as Field apparel. Spirit Week led up to homecoming last Saturday. Every year, middle-schoolers participate in community service projects in the D.C. area. Activities this year began for eighth-graders on Thursday, when they traveled to Hyde-Addison Elementary School to meet a class of fifth-graders. Throughout the year, the Field eighth-graders will help sharpen See Dispatches/Page 17

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DISPATCHES From Page 16 their fifth-grade buddiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; writing skills. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent opportunity for eighth-graders to mentor younger students and to give them role models. In sports, the middle school soccer teams played the Lab School. The girls won 2-0, and the boys came in on top 4-1. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maddie Williams, sixth-grader, and Lila Bromberg and Jana Cohen, eighth-graders

Georgetown Day School

Last week was a shortened week for students. Because of Columbus Day and a staff in-service day, students were treated to a three-day week! During these three days, elections for the Student Staff Council were held. The Student Staff Council comprises four representatives from each grade who meet with Georgetown Day staff once a week to improve student life. The representatives are elected after making speeches outlining their ideas and proposals. The Student Staff Council has the power to makes changes to the school ranging from lunch vendors to modifying the schedule. No changes can be made unless they are approved by the staff. Last Friday, the junior class took a trip to Markoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Haunted Forest in Maryland. The Haunted Forest is held in the weeks leading up to Halloween. You may choose from two terrifying trails to walk through, while staff members are hiding around every corner to scare you. Boo! The previous week at the high school was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;? week. There were no Reading Days or competition-filled Friday afternoons. It was a week crammed with plenty of major assignments for most students. The Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools visited Georgetown Day to evaluate and accredit the school. Georgetown

Day received high marks in all areas; however, there was concern that Georgetown Day would not know where all of its students are located in the event of an emergency. Because Georgetown Day is an open campus, it is difficult to know which students are in, out or absent from the school. To solve this problem, Georgetown Day has upgraded its infrastructure. In the last few weeks, an electronic system has been installed which requires each student to â&#x20AC;&#x153;swipeâ&#x20AC;? his or her identification card before entering or exiting the building. In the event of an emergency, a list of students inside and outside of the building could be quickly accessed. Of course one problem with the new system, which has not been implemented quite yet, is the issue of students not swiping their card while leaving or entering the building. In sports, the Mighty Hopper teams posted a perfect record on Sports Saturday (Sept. 29). Georgetown Day volleyball and soccer teams won all six games they played in! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Holy Trinity School

This year at Holy Trinity School we are having a shoe drive for Haiti. Students are bringing in many pairs of flip-flops and sandals. The shoes will be taken down to Haiti and given to people who are in need. Holy Trinity parish and the student council president, Ellie Tober, came up with the idea. They held an all-school assembly to kick off the shoe drive and to educate us. We are having the shoe drive because lots of the people in Haiti live in poverty and cannot afford shoes. The class with the most shoes will get an ice cream party. The class that collects the second highest number of shoes will get a free dress day. Who will win? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find out soon! We hope that your community does something like this someday to help the people of Haiti. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Myles Silsby and Virginia Tober, fourth-graders






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Lowell School

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Last week the sixth-graders went on a Calleva trip to Annapolis Rocks on the Appalachian Trail and then to the Calleva farm in Myersville, Md. After the 1.5-hour bus ride, we packed up our huge backpacks filled with group gear such as food, pots and pans, mini stoves and our tents, along with all of our personal stuff. We hiked uphill for 2.5 miles. We arrived at our campsites, set up our tents and stowed our gear. Then we filled our water bottles, but first

we had to clean the water by pumping it or putting iodine in it, which made it taste funny. We had a dinner of mac and cheese, beef jerky and bread. The next morning we went rock climbing and rappelling. Then we packed up our gear and hiked out, which was much easier. The next night we stayed at the Calleva farm and night ziplined. On Friday we fed the animals on the farm, harvested some crops and built bat houses. This trip helped us learn about sustainability, how to live in the

wilderness and a little bit about life. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samuel Howard, sixth-grader

Murch Elementary

Last weekend at Murch was full of fun activities. Friday was outdoor movie night. We showed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Storyâ&#x20AC;?! Before everyone arrived, lots of helpful kids made signs for the free popcorn and hot chocolate. On the night of our movie, it was stormy and cloudy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all the kids were worried, and all the parents were worried. All the kids were See Dispatches/Page 18






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DISPATCHES From Page 17 worried because if it rained, we would have to have movie night in the gym and we would not be able to have hot chocolate! It got later and later and later. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whether movie night would be in the gym or in the fresh air. Finally, we decided to have it outside! The movie was so good! But, all of a sudden, I felt little drops pricking on my arms like tiny needles

and I heard some of my friends shouting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raining!â&#x20AC;? But the movie continued and luckily the rain stopped. We were so happy! Have you ever run a 5K race? On Sunday we had our third Murch 5K! It was organized by Murch parent Kathryn Harllee. About 200 Murch students and families showed up on Sunday, ready for a long race at Carter Barron Amphitheatre. When you crossed the finish line, you received a dark blue band that said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ran the Murch 5K.â&#x20AC;? It was tiring and

exhausting, but so much fun. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for next year! What a weekend for Murch! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Yarkin, third-grader

National Presbyterian School

On Oct. 9 from 9 to 10 a.m., an inspiring group of Haitian dancers from the Resurrection Dance Theater visited us. They performed for the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. They danced traditional Haitian dances, and we heard Didiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story. Didi is an 11-year-old boy who was

abused and homeless, but later found a home at St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home for Boys. Didi loves â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beat It,â&#x20AC;? a song by Michael Jackson, and he performed it for us. The National Presbyterian School learned so much about the boys, who were on the streets and then taken in and given food, water and a roof above their heads. This wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been possible without our chaplain, Rev. Dunfee, who works at our school. She organized all of this and I am grateful that she did. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Christina Zaki, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

This past week at St. Albans, forms I and II got to go to a sneak preview of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln,â&#x20AC;? which will not be released until November. One student said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There may have been a lot of waiting, but the movie was totally worth it.â&#x20AC;? After the movie, students were able to video chat with Steven Spielberg, the director of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;? and many other blockbuster hits such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.â&#x20AC;? Although the students were only able to see the first 15 minutes of the interview, it


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was still a great experience, especially for the budding filmmakers in our grade (especially me!). Also, on Friday, the entire lower school voted on Blue and White team captains. The votes havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been tallied yet, but there was a lot of competition this year. The nominees are all amiable, and any of them could win. Finally, there are only about two weeks until the annual Halloween parade, which is when each student makes his own costume and enters into a contest where the winner gets to decide what the school will make him for lunch. Everyone is waiting anxiously, and there is even an unofficial countdown each day at lunch! This year, hopefully, there will be a lot of creative costumes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Guyton Harvey, Form II (eighth-grader)

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

Last week, the fifth-grade class took a three-day field trip to Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing outside Roanoke, Va. Our two most memorable experiences were the pole climb and the zip line. I was sitting on a log, surrounded by dead leaves. My friends and I were listening to the instructor as he explained how the pole climb worked. We were supposed to climb a tree up to a platform at the top and jump off of it. The platform looked pretty high and small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just enough for two feet to fit on it. A lot of my friends went before me, and most of them were able to complete the climb. I pondered whether I would be able to make it. Too late to think about that now, I was next! I was very excited, and once I was harnessed up, I noticed that the staples for me to climb were spaced fairly far apart. As I was climbing, there were some staples that my feet could not reach, so I had to grab the staple above me and pull my whole body up to the See Dispatches/Page 19

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DISPATCHES From Page 18 next one. As it turned out, I was one of the fastest people to make it to the top! The zip line was exciting, too. As I was riding along, I just zoned out. I heard birds singing and little raindrops bouncing off my face. As I neared the landing, I was traveling about 35 mph. I bounced into the slingshot device that caught me, lurched forward, then zipped backward until I was able to reach the net. As Mr. Williams pulled me toward the landing tower, I felt a jump of excitement. I had just completed the second-longest zip line in Virginia! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Megan Beyer and Katherine Pommerening, fifth-graders

School Without Walls

After a short week at Walls, Monday having been off for Columbus Day, the students can look forward to the annual picnic in Rock Creek Park this Saturday. Even though it was a four-day week, the school had its D.C. Public Schools standardized tests, known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paced Interim Assessments,â&#x20AC;?

which most ninth- and 10th-graders at Walls take. Because of all this testing, the annual picnic comes at a good time. This picnic, which occurs at the beginning of each school year, is a potluck outside in the park during which parents and students can come together, alongside the teachers and faculty, to have fun and get to know each other. The picnic is enjoyable as not only is there delicious food, but also because parents can meet other parents, while their kids, the students, hang out with each other. This is a good opportunity for parents and students alike to get together outside of school while enjoying the fall weather (before it gets too cold!). â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Delmar TarragĂł, 11th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Next week is family dinner night at Outback Steakhouse! Also, student council has started. Right now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just making posters and choosing what we will be running for. Nov. 6 is the actual election (the same day as the presidential election). Have you noticed students in belts at crosswalks helping you cross or kids helping out with car-

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pool? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the safety patrol. Their job is to help students cross safely. But the safety patrol members need your help to make their jobs easier. When they have their arms stretched out telling you to stop, stop. When they step aside, feel free to cross. If you have anything you want me to include in my next article, contact me at trimbledc@gmail. com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Colyar Trimble, fifth-grader

Sheridan School

The fourth grade at Sheridan has been studying ancient China. Currently, we are studying values and belief systems. The four systems are Taoism, Buddhism, Legalism and Confucianism. We started with Taoism. The main values and beliefs of Taoism are: go with the flow and find balance. The way we showed our understanding of Taoism was performing skits in seven small groups. We were given scenarios, such as dropping your favorite pencil on your way to class. When somebody steps on it, what would a Taoist do? Next was Buddhism. Buddhists have two main ways of guiding See Dispatches/Page 27

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Elegant & bright interior w/orig architectural details, crown molding, wood flrs. 3BR, 2BA and play room. Kit w/tin ceiling, gran counters, ss appls. Sunny adjacent patio w/storage and alley to street. 1625 33rd St NW. Margaret Heimbold 202-812-2750 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 GEORGETOWN $1,900,000 PRISTINE residence with 4 renov levels, 4 frpls, 10.5’ ceiling, 3BR, 3.5BA, custom closets and dressing room off Mste. Double parlor LR plus library overlooking secluded landscaped garden. Crown moldings, built-in book cases, recessed lighting, bay windows. Gour KIT with 2 thermador ovens, formal DR and brkfst rm with french drs to charming garden. 1505 28th St NW. Salley Widmayer 202-215-6174 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 KALORAMA $532,500 STUNNING 2BR, 2BA townhouse-style flat. Open floorplan w/gourmet kit, huge LR w/FP & built-ins, floor-to-ceiling win-



NEW PRICE! Charming Corner unit w/ mod. conven. Sun-filled w/orig parquet flrs, spacious LR w/ ceil fan & bookshelf extends into renov eat-in KIT w/gran & ss appl. Lg BR w/built-in bookcase w/9 dresser drawers & ceiling fan. Lots of closet space. Bike storage, xstorage conveys. 4 blk to METRO. Adam Isaacson 301-775-0900 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700



SUPER LOCATION! Walk to Metro, restaurants and lots more! Luxury split-lvl condo offers high ceilings & loads of lights, pvt terrace, oak HWD flrs on LL, and so much more! Daryl Laster/Lance Horsely 202-294-9055 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777 NORTHWEST DC $524,500 JUST LISTED! Modern Colonial! So much love lavished on this solid brick charmer. Updtd Gourmet Kit! Stunning New Fam Rm/Mstr Ste! New HE Windows & gas furnace! Pristine refin hdwd flrs throughout! Contemp plantation shutters! Big yard! Big New Deck! So Much Value! Walk to parks, Safeway, Takoma METRO! Mitch Story 202-270-4514 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 OBSERVATORY CIRCLE $2,925,000 LIVING LARGE in Observatory Circle! Brand new, grand-scale rooms flow from gracious party-sized foyer. Handcrafted custom contemp cabinetry & chef's KIT w/every amenity, stone frpl in library & more! 3-car gar! 3 lux finished levels! Kathleen “Bridget” McGovern 210-833-6156 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 WALDORF $289,500 This 3BR, 2BA split-lvl detached home is immaculate, bright, open space with summer porch off kitchen. Call for further details Sandra Connor 202-277-0897 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777

WESLEY HEIGHTS $369,000 TREES, TREES, TREES... that's your view from this spacious 2BR, 2BA Condo dows, warm hrdwd flrs, 2 newer BAs, featuring a wall of windows overlooking great closets, cute BBQ balcony and low beautiful parkland. Full srvc bldg close fee! Walk to basically everything!! to shops, restaurants, transp and American U. Corner Cathedral & New Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Mexico Ave. Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Margaret McLaughlin 202-297-3914 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 MOUNT PLEASANT $309,000 RENOVATED CONDO in charming, well WESLEY HEIGHTS $440,000 maintained, smaller renovated building. Renovation just completed on this stunClose to Columbia and Mount Pleasant ning 1,173sf home. New SS appl, granite restaurants and shops. Lots of light. counter top, ceramic tile flr and new Wonderfully renovated kitchen with gran- lighting in the kitchen. New lighting, ite counters and stainless appliance. refin parquet wood flrs and freshly Beautiful hardwoods. Cute spa bath. painted thru-out. Separate storage space. Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 WEST END $1,199,000 MOUNT PLEASANT $669,000 LARGE 2BR, 2BA corner residence at the CLASSIC 1905 bay-front Victorian TH Ritz-Carlton. Exceptional layout with sep with sep 1BR, 1BA in-law ste. Open LR DR, MBR and guest suites. LR and sep DR w/period mantel, large DR, KIT w/built- feature walls of windows on two sides. in breakfast table, 3BR, 1.5BA in main Lively city views at the corner of M and house, brick patio, CAC, oak & pine 23rd St. 24-hr desk, access to LA Sports floors, 2 skylights. Club and hotel services. 1-gar space incl. Linda Low Deborah Hrouda Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

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Colonial is a spacious classic in Spring Valley


tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not every day a familyfriendly property thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also ideal for grown-up entertaining comes on the market. But a just-


listed Spring Valley Colonial fits both bills with style. Beyond the classic black-andwhite exterior and red front door, a marble-tiled entry separates living and dining rooms. Elements of both spaces seem to indicate a construction date much earlier than 1960, when this property was built. Gracious notes in the living room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which sports pocket French doors, very large windows on two exposures, classic moldings with egg-and-dart and rosette patterns and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround â&#x20AC;&#x201D; suggest prewar, not midcentury, architecture. Light oak floors run here and throughout much of the home. Behind the large living room, a family room is bright and casual with a bay window, extensive builtin storage and doors to an outside deck and patio. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a circular flow to the ground floor that makes it great for parties: Guests can reach the kitchen through either the family room

or the dining room. If they come in from one side, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll immediately see the size of the large, mostly white room thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flooded with light from the breakfast areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bay window. Entering from the opposite side, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a hint of one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big pluses: tons of storage. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a china storage closet as well as a walk-in pantry here, not to mention ample cabinetry and counter space, including a granite-topped island. Stainless-steel appliances and glassfront cabinets pop against the clean, white background. The ground floor also connects to a two-car garage whose windows match those on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facade, offering a bit of a disguise. A half-bath on the ground level is a bit glam with brass fittings and mirror-mounted sconces. Four bedrooms and two full baths wait on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second level. The master bath has been

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This seven-bedroom, 4.5-bath Colonial in Spring Valley is priced at $1,395,000. updated and is sunny thanks to a sizable window. If owners wanted to enlarge the room, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an easy way to do it: Extend the space into what are now two closets. Owners could then turn the adjacent bedroom into a dressing room if they wished. A hall bath, also updated, serves the other bedrooms on this level. The bottom level will be a big selling point for buyers with children. A secondary family room is bright, thanks to a sloping lot that allows full-size windows and an exit to the backyard. Despite the kid-friendliness, however, this is a

stylish space, thanks to wood-look laminate floors, a good ceiling height and finishes that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be out of place on the main floor. Three bedrooms and two full baths would prove useful for families with lots of guests or live-in help. Extensive storage also waits on this level, as does a laundry room. Though located on a quiet street, this property offers shopping and

casual eats a short walk away on Massachusetts Avenue. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local favorite Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market and Delicatessen, a pharmacy, a bakery and more. This seven-bedroom, 4.5-bath property at 4232 50th St. is offered for $1,395,000. For more information, contact Realtor Susan Jaquet of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., at 202-3658118 or


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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Saint Stephen Martyr Church, 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Agenda items include: ■ public safety report. ■ public comments. ■ updates on the grocery shuttle schedule, the D.C. Department of Transportation’s New Hampshire Avenue project and selection of a temporary location for the West End fire station. ■ consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control matters: Froggy Bottom Pub; the proposed Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012, introduced by Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham; and Abdotel (Allen Lee Hotel), 2224 F St., hotel license application. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by EastBanc for its project on Square 50. ■ consideration of Zoning Commission matters: discussion of George Washington University’s Square 75 project (modification of first-stage planned-unit develop-

ment, approval of second-stage planned-unit development and request for closing of a public alley), including the impact on the President Condominium and potential amenities and public benefits. ■ discussion of Public Space Committee matters: Paul Bakery, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., sidewalk cafe and tree plantings. ■ discussion of the George Washington University Hospital’s request for a certificate of need from the D.C. State Health Planning and Development Agency for a kidney and pancreas transplant program. ■ discussion of residential visitor parking permits. ■ discussion of a Northwest Triangle/Foggy Bottom Heritage Trail. ■ consideration of resolutions regarding School Without Walls and Golden Triangle Park achievements. ■ consideration of resolutions regarding D.C. Public Schools librarians and art teachers. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9 Dupont Circle NW. Agenda items include: ■ consideration of the “N Street Follies” concept design pending before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. ■ commissioner reports and updates on old business. ■ consideration of administrative and financial matters, including a draft policy and procedures manual and a draft annual report. The commission will hold its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, on the fifth floor of the Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw ■ SHAW

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama ■ sheridan-kalorama The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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At the commission’s Oct. 3 meeting: ■ commissioners voted 6-0 to write

a letter to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s “5K For Kids” run on Nov. 18. The race will begin at 8 a.m., and will affect four blocks of the neighborhood on Pennsylvania Avenue from 11th to 14th streets. There will be rolling street closures starting at 7:45 a.m., so organizers said the impact would be minimal. ■ commissioners decided to take no action on a liquor license application for a new restaurant called Riscatto at 600 14th St., citing its location in a commercial area. ■ commissioners voted 6-0 to protest a new liquor license application for Thally, a new restaurant at 1316 9th St., pending the establishment of a voluntary agreement. ■ commissioners voted 6-0 to write a letter to the D.C. Public Space Committee to say that it has no objections to the sidewalk cafe proposed by Maddy’s Tap Room at 1100 13th St. ■ after much discussion, commissioners voted 6-0 to send a letter to Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans stating that they oppose granting a yearly visitor-parking placard to residents on the principle that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Evans has asked commissioners in his ward to weigh in on the visitorparking proposal. Commissioners said that parking is already at a premium in the neighborhood, and that they prefer the current system of requesting temporary visitor parking permits from the police department. They added that establishing an online system to request permits could be even more effective. ■ commissioners voted 5-0, with Charles Reed absent, to send a letter to the D.C. Public Space Committee recommending that it approve an application from developers at 1250 9th St. who are renovating the building. Proposed changes include closing curb cuts, reopening a previous one, moving a streetlight, and adding bay windows to the first floor, all at the recommendation of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. ■ commissioner Matt Raymond withdrew a motion to write a letter of support to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment in favor of the massing and concept of a building at 1617 14th St. A constituent at the meeting raised concerns about the building’s height and its impact on neighboring residences. Raymond suggested postponing a decision until the next meeting so developers and affected neighbors can meet to discuss the project; the delay will not impact the project’s progress, as the zoning board is not scheduled to consider the project until December. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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Architecturally designed corner Penthouse Condo w/panoramic views and over 3000 SF of elegance including a private elevator. Elegantly appointed full service building with valet parking, concierge, pool, spa, fitness center and social room. Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700



Exquisite, sophisticated, stylish with high-end finishes through-out. Elegant cherry paneled Embassy sized dining room, table space kitchen with Sodalite stone countertops, top appliances, family room and sunroom. Friendship Hgts Office 301.652.2777 / 202.364.5200





This singular 5 bedroom 1988 Farm House with a subdued exterior, belies a sophisticated, dramatic interior within an extraordinary architectural detailing throughout this spacious home. Molly Peter 202.345.6942 / 202.364.1300 (O)






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Grand 5 bedroom, 5½ bath house on quiet street that backs to Park. Living room w/FP, fabulous eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, amazing decks, sunroom, office, master suite, family room w/FP, in-law suite. W.C. & A.N. Miller Spring Valley Office 202.362.1300



English-style home w/pool & spa on private/lush 31,698 SF lot! Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine & Kenwood Garden Club Tour 4BR, 4½ BA, 2 FP, Chef’s Kit, Patios & Garage - A Rare Gem! Joan Healey 202.302.3232 Gary Floyd 301.980.2740 / 301.229.4000 (O)

SPACIOUS single fam det brick Col w/ driveway/ gar. 3 lvls: 4 BR/2.5 BA. Sep DR. Kit opens up to sunrm onto patio, back yd. Large LR, libr/den. 2 FPs. Large entry foyer. Wood flrs, new paint. Great for entertaining. Min to Gtown, dwntwn DC, VA & MD. Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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1925 stucco Colonial w/4 fin levels and over 2,650 SF, 6 BRs & 4 BAs, main level entry foyer, DR with wood-burning FP. Fixed stairs from hall to fin attic flooded w/light from skylights. Walk out LL, fenced yard, rear deck, garage, + pkg pad. Metro. W.C.& A.N. Miller Chevy Chase North 202.966.1400


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Northwest Real Estate METRO: Dupont work nears end BABE’S: ANC backs plan despite lack of parking From Page 1

Officials had said earlier that it would take a year to complete the work, citing the unusual complexity of the work. A 1990s project to retrofit a third escalator into a relatively narrow space used many nonstandard parts, and the manufacturer of the original escalators has gone out of business. So Metro decided against reusing any components of the existing three escalators. But by pledging to work overnight and on weekends, Metro revised its estimated project time from a year to 10 months, and then from 10 months to 8.5. “We understand this needs to be done fast,” project manager Kenneth Spain said in December. During the construction, Metro riders who customarily used the south entrance have trekked to and from the station’s north entrance at 20th and Q streets, or the Farragut

North station at Connecticut Avenue and L Street. Metro posted technicians at the Dupont north entrance to make quicker repairs to escalator outages there. The closure proved challenging for businesses near the south entrance, which found themselves located alongside a construction site rather than a source of bustling foot traffic. “I would offer our thanks to our customers for their forbearance during these eight and a half months,” Stessel said. “We know that for customers who typically use the south entrance, this has been inconvenient, especially on inclement days. “We are pleased with the fact that the project is being delivered on budget and on schedule,” Stessel added, “and we look forward to more reliable escalator service at the south entrance for many years to come.”

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while minimizing the harm often associated with new growth,” states the commission’s resolution. The divergent viewpoints from the community have changed little since Douglas unveiled its most

recent plans for the building more than a year ago. The Zoning Commission will begin hearings on Nov. 1; during a preliminary “setdown” in July, commissioners expressed concern about parking. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding, any resident

who lives within the neighborhood commission’s boundaries can sue Douglas if the terms are breached. Any terms that are adopted by the Zoning Commission would be enforced by the city. But the Zoning Commission could also reject the project outright.

SKATING: Rink poised to open in Georgetown From Page 5

Roosevelt Island and the Key Bridge, so it’s a naturally beautiful environment. “I know neighborhood businesses such as the hotels are already thinking about building it into their hotel packages as an experiential element of staying in Georgetown,” Miyahira added. “I think it … will be a great new addition to the community.” The rink will operate seven days a week: from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission will range from $7 to $9, with discounts for students; skate rental will cost $5. Holiday events will include a skate with Santa Claus, and the rink can be reserved for private parties. Skating

lessons will be offered for those ages 4 and older, at all skill levels. The rink will be in place through the spring, when it will be converted back to a fountain before D.C.’s cherry trees blossom. Washington Harbour, including the fountain and ice rink, is owned and operated by a joint venture of Washington-based MRP Realty and the Rockpoint Group. The complex suffered a setback in the spring of 2011 when heavy rains caused the Potomac River to rise and flood the property, after steel floodgates were not completely raised. One restaurant, Farmers & Fishers, remains closed, though it hopes to open this month with a brand-new concept under the name Farmers Fishers Bakers, according to its website.

N STREET: New developer floats plan for houses From Page 1

building, a seven-story hotel and finally a 98-room “boutique hotel,” with a five-story rear modern addition in the rear. The owners of the Tabard Inn aggressively fought those projects, fearing that their historic rear garden would be overshadowed by a large and modern building next door. Local preservationists, angry at Bender for neglecting the buildings — and also for what they thought would be a too-dense development on the low-scale block — joined in the fray. Other neighbors argued that a big development would clog narrow N Street and an alley behind it with traffic. The messy battle over what Bender (perhaps with tongue in cheek) called the “N Street Follies” drew to a close in recent years, with both the preservation board and city zoning board rejecting the boutique

hotel plan, Bender challenging various rulings in local courts, and the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs classifying the properties as vacant, and then blighted — categories that raise the property tax rate significantly. Last year Bender put the town houses on the market, with Sotheby’s International Realty listing them as a “Unique Development Opportunity … in the heart of vibrant Dupont Circle.” They were offered at $23 million and described as “ideally suited for boutique hotel or residential development.” The listing noted that the buildings are “designated historic, so façade must remain intact but possibility of expansion in rear.” The potential purchaser, Innovative Development Group, is a new D.C. firm formed by several developers with long histories in the Washington region, said principal Steve Coniglio, who has also worked

on major projects including Fort Lincoln in Northeast D.C. and Potomac Yards in Alexandria. The company will purchase the N Street site assuming its plans are approved. In an interview, Coniglio said the current plan is crafted to meet the concerns of both preservationists and the neighboring Tabard Inn. It would fully renovate the historic buildings, sacrificing only one small rear addition to demolition, he said. And the 6-story new addition would be separated from the historic buildings by a 25-foot-wide courtyard, and from the Tabard Inn’s garden by 24 feet. Coniglio, now meeting with various neighborhood groups, also noted that a condo building would generate less traffic than a hotel. As currently designed, the project could be built as a matter of right, with no zoning relief, he said. The Current could not immediately reach Bender for comment.

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Northwest Real Estate ABC: Debate over proposed changes to alcohol laws continues at council hearing

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constructed after January 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was an overreach. He said it was a particular burden to developers, who would bear construction costs that exceed current building standards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When a developer constructs a mixed-use building, the developer may not know what type of commercial tenant will fill its space,â&#x20AC;? Goldblatt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why should the District insist on requiring an owner of a mixed-use building, with space which may be occupied by a flower shop ... or other small business, to bear the cost of soundproofing an entire building?â&#x20AC;? Nicola Whiteman, vice president of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, said this burden could hinder the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development, and that the cost of soundproof windows was especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;onerous.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because [soundproofing requirements] will apply to every mixed-use building, it will really impact those parts of the city that are still in need of development, like ... Ward 7 and Georgia Avenue,â&#x20AC;? she said. Such provisions stem from a 2010 Alcohol Beverage Control noise task force, also convened by Graham. That groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestions

were discussed and incorporated into the current task forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal. Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander, who co-sponsored the bill along with Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jack Evans, agreed that the soundproofing provisions are necessary, but said the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs should oversee those rules, not the alcohol agency. D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs director Nicholas Majett did not attend Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, but he testified in July that any such changes to building regulations should come under the purview of his agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Construction Codes Coordinating Board. The board is currently reviewing building regulations, including soundproofing standards, and expects to release its recommendations this fall. Also at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing were about a dozen residents and members of civic associations who voiced concerns about proposed limits on protests of a licensed establishment. Many objected to a provision that would require protest groups to consist of five or more residents living within a 400-foot radius of a licensed establishment (there is currently no geographic limitation); critics also pointed to a measure that would automatically dismiss a resident

groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protest if an advisory neighborhood commission were to reach a voluntary agreement first. Some also argued that it would be hard to schedule in time to meet a new provision requiring civic organizations to give seven daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice to a licensee before launching a protest. Opponents to these types of provisions feel they would restrict the ability of residents and neighborhood groups to participate in the licensing process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can you offer any legislation that would have a chilling effect on any citizen who is willing to step forward â&#x20AC;Ś and stand up for their community â&#x20AC;Ś people who want to say no to problem operators?â&#x20AC;? former Ward 5 advisory neighborhood commissioner Kathy Henderson asked Graham. The council member responded by defending his record as an advocate for citizen participation in the licensing process, citing his two years of efforts to craft this bill carefully. A handful of witnesses representing business owners said they support the legislation as written. Some made the point that venues with liquor licenses have helped revitalize many derelict D.C. neighborhoods over the past decade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that they are being unfairly targeted by neighbors who now want more quiet

environments, despite choosing to live in nightlife-dense areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crime is down, property values have increased tremendously,â&#x20AC;? said Skip Coburn, executive director of the DC Nightlife Association, citing development around 14th and U streets NW and H Street NE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The same golden egg that was laid is now being blamed for noise and traffic and parking. I sympathize with that,â&#x20AC;? added Coburn, who said he lives in Shaw, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a city.â&#x20AC;? Graham said at the outset of the hearing that he would not support making any amendments to the bill,

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Northwest Real Estate SCHOOLS: City struggles to deal with rising costs

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number of school years. Aides to Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh met with the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office recently to plead for additional funds, and they hope for an answer by the end of the month. Cheh has said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimistic, noting that she has been able to get increased funding for the much larger Wilson High School modernization project in Tenleytown, nearly doubling the original $60 million allocation, and for other school projects in the ward. But at Deal Middle School, plans to add space by connecting the facility to the historic Reno School on the same property had to be scaled back after that project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; already approved by various city review panels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; turned out to cost too much. A planned addition linking the two buildings, and adding classroom space, will be downsized because of the capital budget shortfall. Several factors are driving school modernization costs up, city officials say. A big and perhaps unan-

ticipated one is that the newly modernized schools are attracting record enrollments. That happened at Deal immediately after the long-neglected school celebrated a major renovation and expansion. According to Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, Deal was modernized in 2009 to serve 980 students, but actual enrollment rose to 1,014 in the 2011-2012 school year. Current enrollment is about 1,110, and that number is projected to rise to 1,200 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or 22 percent over capacity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; during the next school year. And as Mann parents noted, the capital budget for that school assumed an enrollment of 325. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At current growth rates, a building that size will already be at full capacity the day it opens,â&#x20AC;? they wrote in a letter to the Mann community. That would mean that even after modernization, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the school will once again need to put students in trailers,â&#x20AC;? they said. A downside of such enrollment growth is the impact on out-ofboundary admissions, long seen as a sort of safety valve that gave children from less-affluent neighbor-

hoods an opportunity to enroll in better public schools. Now several modernized â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and overenrolled â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Upper Northwest schools canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept any new out-of-boundary children except siblings of current students and those in traditional â&#x20AC;&#x153;feeder schools.â&#x20AC;? More durable facilities also cost more than shoddy ones. Brian Hanlon, director of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of General Services, which handles all construction projects, says better materials cost more but save money in the long run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you walk the halls at Wilson,â&#x20AC;? he said in a brief interview, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything is highly durable, made to last 50 years.â&#x20AC;? And in what Hanlon calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;total gut/rehabâ&#x20AC;? projects, like at Wilson, costs creep up once workers get inside the walls and discover unexpected problems. The dollar amount in the initial capital budget is just a â&#x20AC;&#x153;placeholder,â&#x20AC;? another official said, because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way to know how much a project will cost until the design is complete. And then, after a design is approved, school leaders or parents

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Wilson High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation ended up costing about double the original allocation. may seek more changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an underground garage at Janney Elementary School, for example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that continue to drive costs up. For that recently modernized and expanded Tenleytown school, the D.C. Council had to approve a $1.9 million change order Oct. 2 to cover unexpected costs. A Department of General Services spokesperson was unable to immediately explain reasons for that change order. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;every project in the world has change orders,â&#x20AC;? Hanlon said, noting that the difference was still within what he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;industry standards.â&#x20AC;? There have also been some complaints about the quality of work at Janney, but officials say those issues will be addressed by the contractor at no additional cost. A council hearing last Friday explored another reason for rising costs. At Anacostia High School, officials acknowledged, a joint venture supposedly led by a local small business got the construction contract although it did not submit the lowest bid. And the selected firm, virtually everyone at the hearing

agreed, did not have capacity to do the work. Hanlon said a process designed to favor small city-based contractors has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;abusedâ&#x20AC;? at times. He said his department will not award contract preference points when the â&#x20AC;&#x153;local small businessâ&#x20AC;? appears to be merely a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pass throughâ&#x20AC;? to get construction dollars for a more established firm. Still, the added cost at Anacostia was relatively small, and results of the modernization project in Southeast D.C. have been wellreceived. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve witnessed projects that really ballooned in size, and Anacostia was not one of them,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser, who conducted the hearing. But one parent at the hearing pleaded for more. Anacostia deserves the same treatment as Wilson, parent Kim Harrison testified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like the new wing rebuilt. Wilson got a swimming pool, two playing fields â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all these amenities we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have. We would like a change, so fair and equitable resources are provided to Anacostia,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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DISPATCHES From Page 19 their lives: the Eight-Fold Path and, within it, the Four Noble Truths. We demonstrated our understanding by making posters of the Eight-Fold Path. Next was a Legalism simulation. To see what it was like for people who were under a Legalist government, our teachers turned into Legalists for the morning. They made us follow â&#x20AC;&#x153;ridiculousâ&#x20AC;? rules, such as playing rock-paperscissors until you won, but only throwing rock! Legalists believe that there must be strict rules, otherwise people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respect the government and there will be chaos! Confucianism was last. A main idea here is that everyone deserves the right to learn, and respect and equality of opportunity are key. For Confucianism, we played a game of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeopardy!â&#x20AC;? answering questions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Would Confucius Do?â&#x20AC;? We all love social studies; it gives us a great opportunity to learn about things we will refer to all year! We are excited to learn about ancient China. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Miranda Aebersold-Burke, Ella Farr, Olivia Field, Jordan McAuliff, Ella Naddelman, Lucy Netchvolodoff and Caleigh Vergeer, fourth-graders

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My eighth-grade class is taking an overnight trip to Jamestown, Va., later this month. We are visiting because Jamestown holds historical significance and relates to what we have been studying in American history since the beginning of school. From our teacher we have learned about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;great age of exploration,â&#x20AC;? from Christopher Columbus to John Smith and all in between. In 1588, King Phillip II of Spain sent the Spanish Armada (the navy of Spain) to attack England. The attack failed and greatly weakened

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Spain. Because of this, England was able to become a more dominant power and set up colonies in North America, including the first permanent one at Jamestown in 1607. On the trip we will be exploring the area, visiting significant spots related to the first American government, and learning the history in further detail. At school we have been prepping for the trip for a long time, by learning about life in Colonial America. Everybody is excited to see our history book come to life. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ben Roodman, eighth-grader

Wilson High School

Last week the Wilson homecoming game and dance occurred. In accordance with Wilson traditions, spirit week was the week leading up to it. First we had Wacky Tacky Day on Monday, where students dressed up in all sorts of crazy styles, from spikedup hair to brightly colored, mismatched socks. Students put on their favorite sports jerseys on Tuesday for Jersey Day, and pajamas on Wednesday for many studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite day of spirit week, Pajama Day. Thursday was Twin Day, followed by Class Color Day on Friday, when each grade wore a specific color to show pride in their class. Spirit week culminated in a pep rally Friday, where the cheerleaders, marching band and dance team performed. At the end, the spirit stick was awarded to the freshmen. Wilson beat Bell Multicultural High School 46-6 in a decisive victory at our homecoming game on Oct. 6. The varsity cheerleaders performed a special routine at halftime, and there were also performances by the band, dance team and alumni cheerleaders during the game. Saturday night, several hundred students celebrated at the Mardi Gras-themed homecoming dance. Overall, it was a successful homecoming week for Wilson High School. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Claire Parker, 10th-grader






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Wednesday october 17 Concerts â&#x2013; Listen Local First DC will present the local band Fire and the Wheel. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Levine School of Music artist-in-residence Ysaye Maria Barnwell will lead a Community Sing. 7 p.m. $5. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-6868000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ben Williams and Sound Effect. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Stefan Szepesi will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Palestine.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Sherman Alexie will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Seth Goldman of Honest Tee, Erika Ettin of A Little Nudge, Joshua Cogan of Joshua Corgan Photography and Sweatlodge Productions, and Steve Davis of Mr. Yogato will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passion to Profit: Turning Your Next Great Idea Into a Successful Business.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lunchâ&#x20AC;? by Colin Cotterill. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  To kick off the third season of the DC Music Salon, a discussion of Woody Guthrie will feature Jeff Place, chief archivist at the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and co-producer of the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody at 100â&#x20AC;? box set. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The International League of Conservation Photographers will present a talk by Florian Schulz on â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the Arctic: A Photographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. event/4403952340.

â&#x2013; The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Peter Cole on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse From the Jewish Tradition.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The National Building Museum will present Terri Sarrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Radiant Sun,â&#x20AC;? about the life and work of mid-20th-century designer Ruth Adler Schnee. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  WETA will present a screening of highlights from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dust Bowl,â&#x20AC;? the latest documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns. A panel discussion will feature Burns, Dust Bowl survivor Cal Crabill, National Geographic senior editor Peter Miller and CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Ursula Meierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;enfant dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;en haut (Sister),â&#x20AC;? about a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests at a Swiss ski resort. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Reading â&#x2013;  The Visiting Writers Series will feature a reading by Paul Lisicky, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lawnboy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Burning Houseâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Famous Builder.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. Thursday, Oct. 18

Thursday october 18

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will host a book-singing reception for Charlotte Druckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $45. Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Half Shell, 400 North Capitol St. NW. 202-737-0400. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; The Kids Euro Festival 2012 will feature French fairy tales and folk tales, along with an evening snack and a craft activity (for children ages 6 through 10). 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Class â&#x2013;  Marva Makle will lead an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating for Energyâ&#x20AC;? class. 7 p.m. $25. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, Suite 217, Georgetown Plaza, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  South African trumpeter, composer and lyricist Hugh Masekela will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Migration,â&#x20AC;? a musical tribute to the great songs of migrants across the African continent. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The French-American Cultural Foundation will present the jazz band Thiefs. 7:30 p.m. $25; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mushroom Madness Cooking Demonstration.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Rajiv Chandrasekaren, senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New


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Wednesday, october 17 â&#x2013; Discussion: David A. Taylor will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271224. Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  As part of a series of events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Max Holland and David M. Barrett will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blind Over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Keun-Wook Paik, research fellow at the Oxford University Energy Research Center, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Cooperation: The Reality and Implications.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Melissa S. Fisher, a visiting scholar at New York University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall Street Women: An Ethnographic View.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inventing Language â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sign and Symbol in Kleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art,â&#x20AC;? about the abstract language of signs that Paul Klee developed for his art. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Zena el Khalil will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Helen Dorey, inspectress and deputy curator of the Sir John Soaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum in Lincoln Inn Fields, London, will discuss the architectural works of Sir John Soane and his influence on the rise of Neoclassical architecture in England and America. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Klaus Ottmann, co-curator of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture,â&#x20AC;? will highlight selected works and discuss the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings, sculptures and writings. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Jesse H. Ausubel, director of the Program for the Human Environment at the Rockefeller University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Fish in the Sea: Findings of the First Census of Marine Life.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530

P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013; The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Titus Groanâ&#x20AC;? by Mervyn Peake. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Garden Association will host a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mysterious Lichens in Our Gardens.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Grand Oaks, 5900 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-363-6743. â&#x2013;  Artist Charlotte Dumas will discuss her evocative portraits of animals, including the burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. 7 p.m. $12. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Zadie Smith will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;NW,â&#x20AC;? about four Londoners as they try to make adult lives outside of their childhood home. 7 p.m. $27. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies will kick off with a lecture by University of New Orleans professor Carol W. Gelderman on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Free Man of Color and His Hotel: James Wormley and the African-American Community in Preand Post-Emancipation Washington.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. $20; registration required. Auditorium, Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. The conference will continue through Sunday with seminars at various venues. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salvage the Bonesâ&#x20AC;? by Jesmyn Ward. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Anne-Marie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor on her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the Vaults: The Cuban Missile Crisisâ&#x20AC;? will feature a selection of films from the holdings of the National Archives, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Week in Octoberâ&#x20AC;? (1964) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversation With the Presidentâ&#x20AC;? (1962). Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The 2012 Human Rights Film Series will feature Pamela Yates and Pace de Onisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Granito.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of a festival celebrating the work of Czech-American director Milos Forman, Czech filmmaker Pavel Stingl will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Films About Past and Pre-past Timesâ&#x20AC;? and screen his own documentary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of the Shipwrecked From the Patria.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Spain will present the 2002 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;800 Bullets,â&#x20AC;? about a former stuntman from the spaghetti westerns filmed in Almeria. A discussion with artist Mark Parascandola, Washington Post reporter Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan and University See Events/Page 29


Continued From Page 28 of Maryland at College Park professor Saverio Giovacchini will follow. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Spain, 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Performances ■ The Kids Euro Festival 2012 will present Denmark’s Theater Patrasket performing “Friendship,” about two friends who recall memories of their time together since childhood. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. kidseurofestival. org. The festival will continue through Nov. 2 with events at various venues. ■ The Columbia University Club of DC will present a staged reading of New York playwright Kim Merrill’s play “Criminal Acts.” 7:30 p.m. $10 to $25 donation suggested. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the fourth annual VelocityDC Dance Festival, a showcase for the region’s dance ensembles. 8 p.m. $18. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. The festival will continue Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19

Friday october 19 Concerts ■ Concert organist David Brock of Reno, Nev., will perform. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Embassy Series will present the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas performing works by Schnittke, Mozart and Haydn. 7:30 p.m. $55. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-625-2361. ■ “New Music at the Atlas” will feature the Great Noise Ensemble. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ In the last of three lectures on native plants, horticulturist, naturalist and consultant Rick J. Lewandowski will discuss herbaceous plants. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. ■ The Society of the Cincinnati will present a two-day symposium on the impact of the Enlightenment on the U.S. Constitution, featuring leading scholars from the U.S. and France. 1 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-785-2040. The symposium will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Historians will discuss Judith Sargent Murray and the origins of the movement toward gender equality in the 18th and early-19th centuries. 2 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. ■ Nicholas Picardo, research associate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Harvard University, will discuss “Virtual Reality, Real Research: The Giza Project at Harvard University.” 6 p.m. Free. Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Ronnie Kasrils will discuss his book “The Unlikely Secret Agent,” about his late wife, who was one of South Africa’s most famous clandestine anti-apartheid activ-

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Events Entertainment ists. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. ■ Robert Sullivan will discuss his book “My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Panelists will discuss “Preserving Grain, Preserving Pixels: Film Preservation and Restoration in the Digital Age.” 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Georgetown University professor Andy Steigman will discuss “Molasses, the Maine, and the Marines: The U.S. in the Caribbean.” 7 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. Films ■ “Classic Film Festival: The Civil War on Film” will open with a discussion and screening of Edward Zwick’s 1989 film “Glory.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Ciné Francophone will feature Céline Sciamma’s 2011 film “Tomboy.” 7 p.m. $4 to $6. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Performances ■ The Kids Euro Festival 2012 will present France’s Mister Crobs the Magician performing a magic and clown show featuring jokes, tricks, poetry, games, ventriloquism and a bumbling magician’s assistant. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. ■ Sounds of Hope at Potter’s House will feature the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers. 8 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. 202-232-5483. Special event ■ “An Evening With Rumi: Persian Mystical Poetry and Music” will feature a reading by Rumi scholar Fatemeh Keshavarz and a performance by vocalist Jessika Kenny and musicians Hossein Omoumi, Amir Koushkani and Hamin Honari. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Tour ■ Arts in Foggy Bottom will present a closing tour for its exhibit “Sculpting Outside the Lines,” led by curator Laura Roulet and focusing on five pieces with interpretative performances by National Symphony Orchestra musicians. 6 p.m. Free. New Hampshire Avenue and I Street NW.

art and collectibles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Exhibit Hall, U.S. State Department, C Street between 21st and 23rd streets NW. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, october 19 ■ Concert: The Friday Music Series will feature multi-instrumentalist Paul Brown performing American vernacular music. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838.

Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Book sale ■ Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide will hold its annual “Art & BookFair 2012,” featuring used books,

Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the National” series will present a talk by children’s author Jennifer O’Connell on “How ‘Ten Timid Ghosts’ Came to Be.” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, France’s Mister Crobs the Magician will perform a magic and clown show. 11 a.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Slovakian mime Vlado Kulisek and musician Radek Michalko will perform “Kufor — the Suitcase.” 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202724-8707. Classes ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on “Great Capitals of Eastern Europe.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Cecilia Anderson of the SmithsonianMason Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts program will lead a seminar on “The Fabrics of History.” 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, will lead a handson workshop on “How to Get Your Orchid to Re-bloom.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Concerts ■ The Rose of Sharon project will present “100 Years of American Music 17701870.” 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. ■ The Washington Saxophone Quartet will present its 20th annual benefit concert for Loaves and Fishes, a weekend soup kitchen. 3 p.m. $20; $10 for students. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. ■ The Raw Men Empire, an Israeli indie folk band, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer Albert See Events/Page 30

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Continued From Page 29 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tootieâ&#x20AC;? Heath. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; Dumbarton Concerts will present the Vida Guitar Quartet performing an Andalusiathemed program of works by Bizet, Turina and de Falla. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202965-2000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sasha Issenberg will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Louis Masur will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Edward P. Jones (shown) will discuss the 20th-anniversary edition of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in the City,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Revival of Panafricanism Forum will celebrate the life and legacy of former Burkina Faso President Thomas Sankara with a conference on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panafrican Solutions to African Contemporary Global Problems.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW. Festivals â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Day 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to experiment with printmaking, ceramics and bookbinding during art-making workshops; participate in hands-on pottery wheel and paper-making demonstrations; watch performance art and film screenings by Corcoran students; and shop at an arts and crafts fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013; The Lowell Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Fall Bazaar will feature rides and games, a show by Turley the Magician, a book sale, a stilt walker and food. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW. â&#x2013;  Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Corner Day Care Center will hold its annual Fall Fair, which will feature pumpkin painting, a moon bounce, games, crafts, face painting and performers such as John Henry and the Georgetown University Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. 202-797-1555. Films â&#x2013;  The 2012 Vassar FilmFest will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madagascar 3: Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Wanted,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballplayer: Pelotero,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Atomic States of America,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pierâ&#x20AC;? and other films by graduates of Vassar College. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. $125 donation suggested for the full day; $5 to $25 for the morning family program. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Film Festival: The Civil War on Filmâ&#x20AC;? will open with a discussion and screening of Ronald F. Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1993 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gettysburg,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gods and Generals,â&#x20AC;? at 6:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shostakovich and the Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will


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Foggy Bottom exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sculpting Outside the Linesâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by East River Jazz and the Revision Dance Company. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Various exhibition sites in Foggy Bottom. â&#x2013; The Capital City Showcase, a variety show, will feature musician Justin Trawick, comedian Randy Syphax and comedy troupe Homegrown Hilarity. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-431-4704.

Saturday, october 20 â&#x2013; Discussion: The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Eric Kandel on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, From Vienna 1900 to the Present.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. feature Grigori Kozintsevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1971 version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Lear.â&#x20AC;? The screening will include a musical prelude by the Georgetown University Chamber Singers and a talk by music historian Roy Guenther and film historian Peter Rolberg. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Readsâ&#x20AC;? screening will feature the 2008 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Persepolis,â&#x20AC;? based on a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. 3 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage will host a screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dakota 38,â&#x20AC;? about the mass hanging of 38 Dakota warriors. A discussion will follow. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outdoor Movies at the Palisades Park,â&#x20AC;? sponsored by Friends of Palisades Park and the Palisades Community Fund, will feature Tommy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ella Enchanted.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW. Performances â&#x2013;  A closing celebration for the Arts in    

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Special events â&#x2013; Janney Elementary School will host a 5K and fun run to raise funds for technology in the classrooms, arts and music offerings, and other programs. 9 a.m. $25 to $40; advance registration through Oct. 18 includes a T-shirt and race packet. Course will start and finish at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. â&#x2013;  A celebration of the history and culture of Iran will kick off the monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Readsâ&#x20AC;? program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lolitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Tehranâ&#x20AC;? by Azar Nafisi. The event will feature screenings of the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Separationâ&#x20AC;? and the 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Persepolis,â&#x20AC;? at 10 a.m.; childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s craft activities, at 1 p.m.; and a performance by the Silk Road Dance Company, at 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Movie Dayâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to share your films or watch other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings, see films from local institutions and learn how to save them for future generations. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service and National Capital Astronomers will host a viewing of the Orionid meteor shower through the lens of a telescope. 7 p.m. Free. Military Field, Glover Road near Military Road. 202-895-6070. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Columbus Crew. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Sunday, Oct. 21

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Concerts â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? Marine Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Mozart, Mackey and Smetana. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  The Washington Youth Choir will perform at an anniversary celebration for the Vermont Avenue Baptist Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington, D.C., Club. 3 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Guitarist Thibault Cauvin will perform de Lucia, Domeniconi, Dyens, Koshkin, Piazzola and Philippe Cauvin. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glory of France,â&#x20AC;? featuring DuruflĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiemâ&#x20AC;? and Saint-SaĂŤnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organ Symphony.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $27 to $57. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues

NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013; The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by Sumsion, Walmisley and Mundy as part of its Choral Evensong series. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Symphony and pianist Ryo Kaneko will perform works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Khachaturian. 5 p.m. $20 to $25; $16 to $20 for students and seniors; free for children 16 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Haitian singer-songwriter BĂŠlO and his band will perform a highenergy mix of jazz, worldbeat, rock, reggae and the AfroHaitian traditional rhythm known as ragganga. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  I Musici di Roma will perform works by Bossi, Rota and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;La MĂşsica Latina,â&#x20AC;? featuring castanet performer Carmen de Vicente, percussionist Luis Garay, conductor and pianist Joseph Holt, tenor Pablo Talamante, mezzo-soprano Deborah Benner and guitarist Michael Bard. 7 p.m. $25 to $35. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-9599. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Soka Gakkai International will present a talk by Lou Marinoff on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Inner Philosopher.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Lawyer, scholar and analyst Jonathan Turley will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court docket. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Marc Gopin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridges Across an Impossible Divide: The Inner Lives of Arab and Jewish Peacemakers,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Walter Stahr will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seward: Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Indispensable Man,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  As part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, Rachelle Bergstein will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  Gregory Jecman, associate curator of old master prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imperial Ausburg: A Flourishing Market for Innovative Prints.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Macular Degeneration Network will host a talk by Sibley Memorial Hospital outpatient dietician Jodie Hofacre on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating for Eye Health â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fall Foods to the Rescue!â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Medical Building, Sibley See Events/Page 32


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Exhibition highlights art nouveau excellence in Brussels


he Cradle of Art Nouveau: Victor On exhibit Horta and Brussels,” celebrating the architect who designed many of the Belgian capital’s UNESCO World Washington Post, design work by Corcoran Heritage List-recognized architectural master- College of Art + Design students, and elecpieces, will open Friday in the District tion-inspired paintings by the homeless men Architecture Center’s Sigal and women who patronize Gallery and continue through Miriam’s Kitchen. Feb. 28. Located at 500 17th St. NW, An opening reception will take the gallery is open Wednesday place Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 reservations are requested. p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. 202Located at 421 7th St. NW, the 639-1700. gallery is open Monday through ■ The Shrine of the Most Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Blessed Sacrament’s Day Star Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Gallery recently opened an Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. exhibit of paintings by Myrtle 202-347-9403. Katzen and will continue it “Odin” is part of a through Nov. 1. ■ “On the Campaign Trail,” new exhibit of A reception will take place highlighting U.S. presidential sculptures by Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. races past and present, will open today in the Corcoran Gallery of Located at 3636 Quesada St. Abraham Anghik Art’s free exhibition space, NW, the gallery is open during Ruben. Gallery 31. the week by appointment only. Continuing through Nov. 4, the exhibit 202-966-6575. features campaign photography from The ■ “Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The

Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben, featuring works by the Inuvialuit sculptor that envision the prehistory of the North American Arctic, opened recently at the National Museum of the American Indian, where it will continue through Jan. 2. Located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Very Like a Whale,” an exhibit that evokes the restless energy of Shakespeare’s language and captures the world that shaped his imagination, opened Monday at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where it will continue through Jan. 6. The exhibit features rare books and manuscripts, natural objects and contemporary photography by Rosamond Purcell. Located at 201 East Capitol St. SE, the library is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-675-0342. ■ “Arranging Lines, Placing Shapes: Works on Paper,” featuring paintings, drawings and prints on paper by Mariah Anne Johnson, See Exhibits/Page 38

‘War Horse’ set to trot into Kennedy Center


he Kennedy Center will present five Tony Awardwinner “War Horse” Oct. 23 through Nov. 11. As World War I begins, Joey,


young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey. At the heart of this drama are life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Tony Award-winning “War Horse” will visit the Kennedy Center Oct. 23 Company that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses through Nov. 11. strong enough for men to ride. their way to visit an old college Performance times are generally 18 at the Mount Vernon Place professor, they seek help at the United Methodist Church. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday freaky Frankenstein mansion. There and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. One of Shaw’s most popular comedies of manners, and one of they run into Dr. Frank N. Furter in Tickets cost $25 to $175. 202-467the past century’s most successful the midst of a maniacal experiment, 4600; plays in any language, the story of as well as alien transsexuals from ■ The Washington Ballet will Eliza Doolittle and her speech lesthe planet Transylvania. present Michael Pink’s “Dracula” sons from Professor Performance times are generally Oct. 25 through Nov. 4 Higgins debuted 100 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, at the Kennedy Center. 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. years ago. Pink’s adaptation of Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $40. Performance times Bram Stoker’s famous are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; The Atlas Performing Arts Center is novel has been set to a located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-3998 p.m. Friday and score by Phillip Feeney. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. 7993; Combining fog, smoke ■ Ireland’s Druid Theatre Saturday and Sunday. effects and eerie lightTickets cost $20 to $50. Company will present ing, “Dracula” aims to The church is located at “DruidMurphy” — a three-play transport the audience 900 Massachusetts Ave. story of Irish emigration — Oct. 17 into the dark world of through 20 at the Kennedy Center. NW. 240-582-0050; the undead. In “Conversations on a Performance times Homecoming,” it’s the 1970s, and ■ The Washington are generally 7:30 p.m. The Washington Savoyards will present Michael, after a 10-year absence, Wednesday through Ballet’s “Dracula” suddenly returns to County Galway “The Rocky Horror Sunday and 1:30 p.m. will open Oct. 25. Show” Oct. 19 through from New York. “A Whistle in the Saturday and Sunday. Dark” centers on the uprooted Nov. 4 at the Atlas Performing Arts Tickets cost $25 to $125. 202-467Carney family as its members try to Center. 4600; When two clean-cut young peoadapt aggressively to life in an ■ Washington Stage Guild will ple — Brad Majors and his fiancée, English city in 1960. And the vilpresent George Bernard Shaw’s See Theater/Page 38 Janet Weiss — run into trouble on “Pygmalion” Oct. 25 through Nov.

Victor Horta’s art nouveau landmarks in Brussels — including the Hotel van Eetvelde, seen in this photo of its highly decorative furniture — are featured at the District Architecture Center.


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Continued From Page 30 Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602. ■ Ben Fehrmann, a St. Louis-based artist and Washington University architecture professor, will present a participatory lecture for artists on “Where to Start: Site Analysis and Design Thinking for Public Art.” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Norrinda Brown will discuss her book “Brown Betty Cookbook.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will present “Funny Because It’s True: A Panel on Humor in Fiction,” featuring authors Devan Sipher, Jonathan Tropper (shown) and Lisa Zeidner. 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Festival ■ Key Elementary School will hold its

annual Harvest Festival, featuring games, a moon bounce, a haunted house, a bake sale, a pumpkin-decorating contest and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Key Elementary School, 5001 Dana Place NW. Films ■ “Classic Film Festival: The Civil War on Film” will open with a discussion and screening of Victor Fleming’s 1939 film “Gone With the Wind.” 1 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Shostakovich and the Cinema” will feature Grigori Kozintsev’s 1964 version of “Hamlet.” The screening will include a musical prelude by soprano Irina Mozyleva and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern and a talk by music historian Roy Guenther and film historian Peter Rolberg. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Cinema Francais a Mount Vernon” will feature Michel Hazanavicius’ 2011 film

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“The Artist.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Eckles Memorial Library, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-5117. Performances ■ A traditional Japanese benshi performance will feature Ichiro Kataoka narrating Yasujiro Ozu’s 1932 comedy about two mischievous young brothers. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Political comedian Dean Obeidallah will present his “Dean Obeidallah for Vice President” show. 6 and 8 p.m. $25; $15 for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. Reading ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature a poetry reading by Carmen Calatayud and Fred Joiner, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events ■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will present “The Great Children’s Read: Bringing Books to Life,” featuring crafts, folk tales, a singalong, storytime and “aleph-bet” yoga (for children ages 8 and younger). 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society’s Fall Arts Fair will feature live dance performances by various groups, face painting, an instrument petting zoo and other activities. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. ■ “Amelia Earhart and Friends Family Day” will celebrate women and flight with music, a visit from an Amelia Earhart impersonator, hands-on activities, a gallery talk by curator Frank H. Goodyear and a lecture by Tamil Lewis Brown, author of “Soar, Elinor!” 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ As part of “A Weekend of Reflection and Remembrance,” President Lincoln’s Cottage will host the Dakota Legacy of Survival Round Dance. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. South Lawn, President Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. ■ The 10th annual Friends Neighborhood Block Party, sponsored by George Washington University, will feature booths from local businesses, restaurants, groups and institutions. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. I Street between 22nd and 23rd streets NW. 202-994-9132. 22 Monday, MondayOct.october 22 Book fair ■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a local author fair. 6 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Class ■ Guitarist Thibault Cauvin will lead a master class. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reserva-

■ Cast members and Arena Stage’s artistic staff will discuss the production “One Night With Janis Joplin” and their efforts to bring her life, spirit and wisdom to the stage. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

Sunday, october 21 ■ Tour: The Dupont Circle Citizens Association’s annual house tour will showcase homes in the historic district, from high Victorian to ultra modern — including a residential gray water system seamlessly nestled into a turn-of-the-20th-century townhouse. Noon to 5 p.m. $40 in advance; $45 on the day of the tour.

tions required. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000. Concerts ■ Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin will perform works from her most recent album, “Do You Dream in Color,” and read from her upcoming book of the same title. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocal Arts DC will present the New York Festival of Song performing “Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington,” featuring a selection of George and Ira Gershwin’s satirical songs about politics. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Environmental historian Donald Edward Davis will discuss the American chestnut. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. ■ Dupont Circle Village’s monthly “Live and Learn Seminar” series will feature Chris DeYoung of George Washington University’s Health Insurance Counseling Project discussing current Medicare issues. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. ■ As part of a series of events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, American University professor and National Security Archive senior scholar Svetlana Savranskaya will discuss “The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 203/205, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Greg Palast will discuss his book “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The Petworth Adult Book Club will discuss “Reading ‘Lolita’ in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.

Films ■ A foreign film series will feature Julian Schnabel’s 2000 film “Before Night Falls,” about the life of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. ■ “Fiction Lover’s Film Companion” will feature Cary Joji Fukunaga’s 2009 film “Sin Nombre.” 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ “Over the Rainbow for Judy Garland” will feature Busby Berkley’s 1942 film “For Me and My Gal,” co-starring Gene Kelly and George Murphy. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ The “Berlin: City of Reinvention” series will feature Jörg Foth’s 1990 film “Latest From the Da-Da-R.” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ A classic film series will feature John Rawlins’ 1942 film “Arabian Nights.” 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Tuesday, 23 TuesdayOct.october 23 Concerts ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature The Friends of Fasch performing Baroque chamber music. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ The Kids Euro Festival 2012 will present the Society of Estonian Magicians performing “Charlekas,” an interactive musical magic show. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Musician Jerry Douglas will perform. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Demonstration ■ Najmieh Batmanglij, author of “Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey” and “From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table,” will demonstrate Persian cooking techniques. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Discussions and lectures ■ Walter Stahr will discuss his book “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ Sharon McKinley of the Library of Congress will discuss “Great-GreatGrandma’s Piano Bench: 19th-Century American Popular Sheet Music From Personal Collections.” Noon. Free. Whittall See Events/Page 33


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Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solar System Exploration @ 50â&#x20AC;? will feature NASA scientists Kevin Hand, Bethany Ehlmann, Margaret Kivelson and Ed Stone. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film â&#x2013;  The Neighborhood Farm Initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth annual film fundraiser will feature Severine von Tscharner Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greenhorns,â&#x20AC;? a whimsical look at the lives of young farmers in America. The event will begin with a reception featuring pies made by Dangerously Delicious Pies from produce grown at the Neighborhood Farm Initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local urban farm. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $20. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will mark the 20th anniversary of the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company with performances from some of the troupeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite ballets. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.






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