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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Vol. VI, No. 49

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Thanksgiving program serves up free turkeys

Closure plan has Walls take over Francis facility

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“expansion site” for the School

■ Education: Chancellor says Without Walls, allowing 300 to 400

city needs to shut 20 schools

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

For Marty Davis, it’s Thanksgiving tradition to drive around the city, the day before the holiday, with a convertible full of freshly cooked turkeys. “The aromas are overwhelming,” he said, adding, “I’ve had dogs trailing my car on the street.” The longtime Adams Morgan resident has been making this annual trip for two-dozen-odd years, transporting turkeys from the ovens of volunteer cooks straight to the Gospel Rescue Ministries. About 250 people eat their holiday meal at the treatment center and homeless shelter in Mount Vernon Triangle each year. Davis, a local advisory neighborhood commissioner, calls this ritual “The Order of the Drumstick.” (Asked to explain how he came up with the name, he said simply: “I’m a public-relations guy.”) The origins of the tradition actually trace to New York City about 35 years ago, when Davis was joking around with a chef for the Salvation See Turkeys/Page 22

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Francis-Stevens Education Campus will close at the end of this school year, with students transferred to Marie Reed Learning Center and Hardy Middle School, under a sweeping new plan announced yesterday for “consolidating and reorganizing” D.C public schools. The Francis-Stevens building in the West End is slated to become an

Neighbors resist expansion of home in historic district ■ Preservation: Easement

complicates approval process

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Thousands of veterans and their families congregated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day to remember and honor those who served in the U.S. military.

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Area universities envision smoking bans By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

American University and George Washington University will be smoke-free by next year, the universities announced recently. George Washington University President Steven Knapp will unveil the new policy tomorrow, to coincide with the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout. The school is aiming to be completely smoke-free by fall 2013. “Students have been a driving force behind this initiative, and in the coming months, we will be working with them and other members of the George Washington University com-

NEWS Local nonprofit targets invasive ivy in Rock Creek Park

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more students to enroll at the acclaimed high school, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said at a news briefing at D.C. Public Schools headquarters. The consolidation plan, sure to be controversial, involves closing 20 underutilized schools around the city. Some could be reopened as the school-age population grows, or repurposed for other school uses, such as a consolidated facility for special education or a leased home for a charter school. Only wards 1 and 3 are spared See Closings/Page 37

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American University has some smoking limits in place but will become smoke-free by next year.

munity to implement a smoke-free policy on all our campuses,” said director of media relations Michelle Sherrard. The George Washington

announcement follows American University President Neil Kerwin’s campuswide memo on Nov. 5, in which he announced that the university would go both smoke- and tobacco-free next August. “I assure you that our transition to a smoke- and tobacco-free campus will be managed with as much sensitivity as possible,” Kerwin wrote. “Activities will include smoking cessation programs for anyone who wants to quit and an information campaign to address questions and further educate our community on this issue.” According to the national lobbying organization Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, 826 colleges or See Smoking/Page 27

EVENTS ‘A Christmas Carol’ set to return to Ford’s Theatre

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In Sheridan-Kalorama, a battle is brewing over plans to expand a 105-year-old-home on one of the most protected streets in the city. To move forward, the controversial project must win approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Historic Preservation Review Board and the L’Enfant Trust, which holds a conservation easement on the property at 2130 Bancroft Place. So far, the going has not been easy for owner Kenneth Marks, who bought the two-story structure — originally built as a ballroom for the house next door — last year. Marks now wants to expand it to accommodate him and his wife, along with visiting grandchildren, by adding a third story on the house itself, a second-story bedroom on a garage at the rear of the lot, and a “breezeway” to connect them. Marks told the zoning board last week that he is “a native Washingtonian, displaced by the

BUSINESS New York City clothier brings bespoke suits to Dupont

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A third story is proposed for the Brancroft Place home.

1968 riots — we fled to the suburbs to raise our family.” He now lives in a large house in Potomac, but he wants to come back to the city, downsize and be able to walk to work, he said. His original plan, for a glassy conservatory connecting an expanded house and garage, aroused huge opposition on the historic block west of Connecticut Avenue. And city officials advised him that it would require a zoning variance, a See Kalorama/Page 24

INDEX Calendar/28 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 Foggy Bottom News/13 In Your Neighborhood/26

Opinion/10 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/34 Theater/31

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Local nonprofit plans to target invasive ivy choking Rock Creek Park By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

A local nonprofit that works to protect and restore Rock Creek and the surrounding parkland is about to launch a two-year program to cut back English ivy — a plant that looks innocent enough, but is actually an invasive species attacking trees. The non-native vine has spread to thousands of trees inside the park’s boundaries, where it is slowly choking and killing the canopy, according to Beth Mullin, executive

director of the Rock Creek Conservancy. Diana Bramble, a supervisory horticulturist at Rock Creek Park, said the vine is found in every part of the park. That means the invasive plant is affecting about 2,900 acres of land, which includes Rock Creek Park proper and its 99 smaller reservation parks. The problem starts when English ivy, a common ornamental ground cover with large evergreen leaves, attaches itself to a tree trunk and vigorously grows upward in search of light, Bramble explained. The vine wraps around a tree’s lower limbs first, eventually

causing those branches to stop producing leaves, and then grows upward, costing the tree more of its leaves and competing for water and nutrients. Once the ivy reaches the tree canopy, it can choke and kill the tree. The weight of the vines can also bring down the tree by increasing its chances of falling during high winds or heavy snow, Bramble said. According to the U.S. Forest Service, English ivy and other invasive plants are growing more aggressively due to global warming and climate change. The plant is banned for

sale or import in Oregon, and several states in the Pacific Northwest and in the South are taking steps to destroy the vine. The Rock Creek Conservancy will begin its effort to control the ivy by first surveying the park’s trees this month to determine how big the task is and how it should best be tackled. Mullin noted that since much of the park’s foliage has now fallen, trees impacted by the evergreen ivy will be easier to spot. The organization plans to host events twice a month through February to teach volunteers See Invasives/Page 19

Board calls for consensus on Field School By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The Field School will have to wait until mid-December for a decision on its plan to expand enrollment, staff and facilities at its campus on Foxhall Road. The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment last week asked neighbors, city transportation officials and the school to reach consensus on conditions for the expansion before the board votes on the plan Dec. 18. “I really want a consensus document, with everybody close to happy,” board chair Lloyd Jordan said after a somewhat testy hearing last Wednesday. “That’s better than us doing it for you.” Field moved to the former Cafritz estate at 2301 Foxhall Road 10 years ago after a fierce zoning battle with some residents who feared the seventh-through-12th-grade private school would bring too much traffic and noise to the upscale neighborhood, already home to several private schools. Since then it’s operated in relative peace, with continued frictions muted. But now the school wants to expand its enrollment cap from 320 to 400 students and its faculty and staff limit from 74 to 110, while adding classroom, art and laboratory space, including one new building tucked into the sloping campus. The expansion is driven in part by the recent addition of a sixth grade, intended to accommodate incoming students from public elementary schools that now end at fifth grade. The local advisory neighborhood commission voted to offer support for the plan, as long as it includes conditions governing traffic, noise and other concerns. But a last-minute, and seemingly minor, dispute with the D.C. Department of Transportation disrupted what had promised to be a quick zoning hearing last week. When Field moved to Foxhall Road, it committed to limiting inbound car trips to 106 during the morning peak hour, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. — a promise school offiSee Field/Page 8


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By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

A bill that would change alcohol sales regulations in the District got closer to becoming law last Thursday, drawing committee support during a D.C. Council markup. The measure could go before the full council this week. The omnibus alcohol bill, authored by Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham and co-sponsored by Ward 2’s Jack Evans and Ward 7’s Yvette Alexander, includes more than 40 proposed changes to the D.C. Code. Notable provisions include one that would modify residents’ ability to protest establishments with liquor licenses, and another that would change the con-

ditions that can be included in voluntary agreements between liquorserving businesses and neighbors. Committee members approved two out of three proposed amendments to the bill during the Nov. 8 Human Services Committee markup, which was chaired by Graham. In an amendment that he ultimately withdrew, Ward 6 member Tommy Wells addressed one of the more controversial provisions of the bill, which would restrict protesters to those who live within a 400-foot radius of a licensed establishment. Wells proposed lifting that restriction for bars and restaurants with an occupancy of 400 or more patrons. He suggested that for these larger establishments, the existing See Liquor/Page 22

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In Glover Park, advisory neighborhood commissioners say scarce parking continues to be the No. 1 complaint they hear from residents. Improving the neighborhood’s public transportation options and adjusting the hours of enforcement for resident-only parking were among the recommendations the community had for the D.C. Department of Transportation at last week’s commission meeting.

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The National Capital Planning Commission will hold an open house to present draft policies for the first-ever Federal Urban Design Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The policies will provide guidance for the design of federal facilities and promote more active public spaces. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. For details, visit ncpc.gov/urbandesign.

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The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a discussion of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning rewrite and consideration of a resolution on the omnibus alcohol license reform bill proposed by Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Saturday, Nov. 17

The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will hold a volunteer day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for volunteers to cut invasive vines and shrubs along the margins of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meadows. Training and tools will be supplied; volunteers should meet at the top of Lovers Lane near 30th and R streets NW. For details or to register, contact Ann Aldrich at aaldrich@dopark.org. â&#x2013;  The Rock Creek Conservancy will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post-Sandy Rock Creek Cleanupâ&#x20AC;? to remove trash and other debris left behind after Superstorm Sandy. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m.; volunteers should meet at the parking lot on Beach Drive between Park Road and Blagden Avenue NW. Registration is requested; visit rockcreekconservancy.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association and the Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Countdown to Launchâ&#x20AC;? reception for the Cleveland Park Village, a new nonprofit created to help people age in their own homes and stay connected to the community. The event will be held at Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ, 34th and Lowell streets NW. For details, visit cpcadc.org/get-involved/cleveland-park-village.

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District Digest D.C. Democrats to fill interim council post

The D.C. Democratic State Committee will next month select an interim D.C. Council member to fill newly elected Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s at-large seat, the committee announced Saturday. A special election open to the public will be held in early 2013, but the Democratic group’s members have the authority to choose who will serve until then. In 2011, the group named Sekou Biddle to an at-large seat; he subsequently lost to Vincent Orange in the special election. Interested candidates for the interim seat must provide the committee with 25 signatures of

Democratic residents per ward, plus 27 signatures of current members of the committee, by Nov. 28. The group will fill the post Dec. 10.

Public schools boost their graduation rates

Four-year high school graduation rates from the D.C. Public Schools system and public charter schools collectively increased from 59 percent in the 2010-2011 school year to 61 percent in 2011-2012, officials announced Thursday. The system’s public high schools increased their rate from 53 percent to 56 percent, while the rate at charter schools dropped from 80 percent to 77 percent, according to data from the Office of the State

Superintendent of Education. D.C. uses “cohort” figures that correct for students who move into or out of a school partway through high school. Among Northwest high schools, Banneker saw its rate decrease by 2 percentage points to 98 percent; Coolidge’s decreased 1 percentage point to 59 percent; Ellington’s increased 4 percentage points to 96 percent; Hospitality’s decreased 13 percentage points to 50 percent; McKinley’s decreased 3 percentage points to 91 percent; Roosevelt’s increased 2 percentage points to 48 percent; School Without Walls’ decreased 1 percentage point to 91 percent; and Wilson’s decreased 1 percentage point to 73 percent. In its first year,

Washington Latin achieved a 93 percent rate.

Lane closures on Wisconsin Avenue were scheduled to begin yesterday in Glover Park and continue through the end of the month while workers repave the roadway, according to a D.C. Department of Transportation news release. The road will shrink to one lane in each direction for most of the hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., with two lanes available in the direction of the morning and evening rush hours. Parking will be prohibited. The project area stretches from Massachusetts Avenue south to Hall Place (just south of Whole Foods Market).

federal National Capital Planning Commission will jointly study the existing federal prohibition on tall buildings in Washington, following a request from the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The federal Heights of Buildings Act of 1910 caps buildings at 130 feet, with lower limits along all but the widest streets. Recently, some critics have said this rule has forced development to spread outward rather than to concentrate in a few larger, architecturally distinct buildings. In the latest study, planners will evaluate whether taller buildings can be accommodated in parts of the city without altering its historic fabric. The study was announced last week and is expected to begin in December.

Cathedral Commons to hold ceremony

Bakery set to open fourth D.C. location

Work to block lanes of Wisconsin Avenue

Developers of Cleveland Park’s Cathedral Commons project will hold a formal groundbreaking ceremony at the site tomorrow, featuring Mayor Vincent Gray and corporate executives, according to a news release. Construction began last month along Wisconsin Avenue between Idaho Avenue and Macomb Street, and the work is projected to last two years. The $130 million project will create a 56,000-square-foot Giant Food store, 137 apartment units, eight town homes, and 72,000 square feet of additional commercial space. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at 3336 Wisconsin Ave., the release states.

Congress requests study of D.C. heights

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Paul Bakery will open its fourth D.C. shop Nov. 19 at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, giving away 2,000 pumpkin tartlets to the first 2,000 patrons that day to mark the occasion. Established in Lille, France, in 1889, Paul is an international chain with nearly 500 stores in 25 countries. The company first came to D.C. in May 2011, opening a shop in the Penn Quarter, and later adding outposts in Georgetown and on Connecticut Avenue in the Golden Triangle area. The bakeries sell breads, pastries and sandwiches to go, but they also offer in-house dining. The new spot will feature four different rooms seating 74 people, plus a 40-person outdoor terrace starting in the spring. The new shop will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Sculpture garden rink opens this weekend

The ice skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden will begin Saturday and continue through March 16, according to a gallery news release. Customers this Saturday and Sunday will receive a coupon for free hot chocolate, the release states. The rink, located along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. It generally costs $8 for a two-hour session on the ice, beginning on the hour, plus $3 for skate rentals.

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Theater company seeks OK to remain in Dupont church By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Zoning Adjustment will soon decide whether Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spooky Action Theater can keep its home base at 16th and S streets. After hosting the theater company for two years, the Universalist National Memorial Church will need to obtain a separate certificate of occupancy for Spooky Action, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning administrator recently determined. The theater plans to present its application for the zoning use variance to the Dupont advisory neighborhood commission tonight. Spooky Action Theater, founded in 2004, specializes in small, barebones productions. The organization moved into Universalist Memorial in 2010 after working with the church to refit its downstairs venue into a multiuse theater. But the company came under scrutiny recently after a neighborhood noise complaint, according to artistic director Richard Henrich. A neighbor protested the noise, crowds and cigarette smoke coming

from the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back alley, which the theater uses as its entrance. The 10-foot space faces a residential area. Henrich said some neighbors became particularly frustrated when Spooky Action Theater hosted parts of the Capital Fringe Festival last fall, which made the rear entrance far more crowded than usual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The locals really objected to this, and understandably,â&#x20AC;? said Henrich. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really too much.â&#x20AC;? Church administrator Leila Chamberlin said she spoke with a number of nearby residents who complained of disruption from theater patrons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do agree with the neighbors that there is a kind of nuisance to the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Chamberlain. After receiving the complaint, city zoning authorities sent an inspector to Universalist Memorial and found that Spooky Action Theater did not have the proper permit to perform at the church, according to advisory neighborhood commissioner Bob Meehan. Though the church also uses the auditorium to stage its own perforSee Theater/Page 18

Mendelson will wait to name chairs for council committees By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

After a tumultuous year of investigations, indictments and resignations, the last month and a half of the D.C. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current session promises to be somewhat tame. In an interview, newly elected Chairman Phil Mendelson said any changes in committee assignments will wait until the end of this session. That means several big questions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including who will replace outgoing member Michael A. Brown as head of the economic development committee, and whether a separate education committee will be established â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may not be hashed out until the beginning of January. Mendelson, just elected to fill out Kwame Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term, said he will meet with all of his colleagues as the year winds down â&#x20AC;&#x153;and try to get a sense of consensus. Ultimately, the council gets to decide,â&#x20AC;? by formally voting on any reorganization. He said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet clear whether every council member will head a committee. The council will see a flurry of legislation in the weeks ahead as committees report out bills before the two-year session ends. One of Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priorities is to approve a referendum question on city budget autonomy so that it can appear on the ballot next spring during the special election to fill his at-large

seat. The council has also scheduled two days of hearings on potential school closings, although legislators will not be the ultimate decisionmakers on that question. A bigger change will come in January, when newly elected atlarge member David Grosso takes Michael Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat. Grosso said he has already set up a transition committee and selected a key staff member â&#x20AC;&#x201D; campaign chair Aaron Pritchard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to serve as his chief of staff. Grosso was on leave from his day job, as head of government relations for the insurance company CareFirst, during the campaign and plans to quit â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost immediately,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview. Grosso, who worked on the council staff of former Ward 6 member Sharon Ambrose from 2001 to 2006, has a pretty big ambition: Noting that he focused on education reform as well as ethics during the campaign, he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to chair the high-visibility education committee if it is indeed carved out of the Committee of the Whole headed by the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairman. It would be unusual for a new member to such chair a major committee. Mendelson is not talking about that possibility yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to speculate,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Grosso is not cowed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people thought I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get elected, either,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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This is a listing of reports taken from Nov. 4 through 11 in local police service areas.

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Stolen auto ■ 400 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Nov. 10. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 500 block, 11th St.; store; 6:55 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 1300 block, F St.; restaurant; 2:15 p.m. Nov. 10. Theft (below $250) ■ 1300 block, G St.; unspecified premises; 5:41 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 1300 block, H St.; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1300 block, New York Ave.; sidewalk; 4 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 500 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 600 block, 13th St.; store; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7. ■ 1000 block, F St.; store; 4 p.m. Nov. 8. ■ 1300 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 2:57 p.m. Nov. 9. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 800 block, 9th St.; street; 3:30 a.m. Nov. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 600 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

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Theft ($250 plus) ■ 7th and G streets; sidewalk; 8:34 p.m. Nov. 11. Theft (below $250) ■ 400 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 4 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 700 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 11:11 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 400 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 4:45 a.m. Nov. 6. ■ 700 block, 7th St.; store; 11 a.m. Nov. 8. ■ 1000 block, 5th St.; restaurant; 5:20 p.m. Nov. 8. ■ 900 block, 9th St.; hotel; 11:22 a.m. Nov. 9. ■ 400 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9. ■ 800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 8:20 p.m. Nov. 9. ■ 700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 12:11 p.m. Nov. 10. ■ 900 block, 9th St.; hotel; 8:46 p.m. Nov. 10. ■ 700 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 9:23 a.m. Nov. 11. ■ 700 block, H St.; restaurant; 8:08 p.m. Nov. 11. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 5th and F streets; unspecified premises; 8:15 p.m. Nov. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 700 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 400 block, 8th St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 5th and I streets; parking lot; 8:45 p.m. Nov. 8. ■ 1100 block, 4th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10. ■ 6th and K streets; street;

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■ foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (fear) ■ 2500 block, I St.; sidewalk; 11:53 p.m. Nov. 6. Stolen auto ■ 900 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 1:25 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 1800 block, M St.; office building; 5:10 p.m. Nov. 6. Theft (below $250) ■ 1200 block, 25th St.; parking lot; 5:40 p.m. Nov. 4. ■ 600 block, 23rd St.; bank; 2:16 p.m. Nov. 5. ■ 700 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Nov. 6. ■ 2200 block, I St.; grocery store; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 1800 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Nov. 8. ■ 1600 block, K St.; restaurant; 10:12 a.m. Nov. 8. ■ 1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 1 p.m. Nov. 8. ■ 2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. Nov. 9. ■ 1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9. ■ 2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; medical facility; 4:55 p.m. Nov. 9. ■ 1900 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2:34 a.m. Nov. 10. ■ 900 block, 14th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 3:45 a.m. Nov. 10. ■ 1500 block, K St.; parking lot; 10 a.m. Nov. 10. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 1700 block, F St.; medical facility; 4:23 p.m. Nov. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2000 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Nov. 10.

psa 208

■ sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

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Robbery (gun) ■ 18th Street and Jefferson Place; alley; 6:03 a.m. Nov. 9. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1500 block, Church St.; street; 1:05 a.m. Nov. 8. ■ 2100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 8:27 p.m. Nov. 8. Stolen auto ■ 15th and M streets; unspecified premises; 12:37 a.m. Nov. 10. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 2200 block, Q St.; residence; 10 a.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:15 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 1200 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 12:56 a.m. Nov. 10. Theft (below $250) ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; office building; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; office building; 2 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1300 block, New Hampshire

Ave.; restaurant; 6 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 3 p.m. Nov. 8. ■ Unit block, Dupont Circle; restaurant; 10:15 a.m. Nov. 9. ■ 2000 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 1 a.m. Nov. 10. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 6:28 p.m. Nov. 11. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 18th and P streets; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1700 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 2:47 p.m. Nov. 4. ■ 1800 block, Jefferson Place; unspecified premises; 2:36 a.m. Nov. 5. ■ 23rd and P streets; street; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 2100 block, Kalorama Road; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 2100 block, Decatur Place; unspecified premises; 5 a.m. Nov. 9. ■ 1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 1 a.m. Nov. 11. ■ 1900 block, Sunderland Place; unspecified premises; 2:33 a.m. Nov. 11. ■ 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

psa PSA 301 301

■ Dupont circle

Robbery (assault) ■ 1700 block, U St.; sidewalk, 12:55 a.m. Nov. 11. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1600 block, New Hampshire Ave.; alley; 2:48 a.m. Nov. 11. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 1600 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 10:23 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 1700 block, Florida Ave.; street; 3:13 a.m. Nov. 11. Burglary ■ 1600 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 3:06 p.m. Nov. 8. Burglary (attempt) ■ 1400 block, Q St.; residence; 11:56 a.m. Nov. 7. Stolen auto (attempt) ■ 1400 block, V St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Stolen auto ■ 14th and R streets; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1900 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 1:24 p.m. Nov. 9. Theft (below $250) ■ 1400 block, U St.; restaurant; noon Nov. 8. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1700 block, Swann St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8. ■ 2100 block, 15th St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. ■ 14th Street and Wallach Place; unspecified premises; 12:25 a.m. Nov. 9. Theft from auto (below $250)

■ 18th and S streets; street; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. ■ 1600 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 2:17 p.m. Nov. 9. ■ 14th and Corcoran streets; street; 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

psa PSA 303 303

■ adams morgan

Robbery (assault) ■ 2100 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 12:51 a.m. Nov. 11. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1800 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 7:38 p.m. Nov. 10. Robbery (fear) ■ 1900 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 11:40 p.m. Nov. 10. Stolen auto ■ 2800 block, Quarry Road; unspecified premises; 3:21 p.m. Nov. 10. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 2:10 p.m. Nov. 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 19th and California streets; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1700 block, California St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; residence; 7:45 p.m. Nov. 9. ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1900 block, 19th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4. ■ 2200 block, 19th St.; street; 7:56 a.m. Nov. 5. ■ 1800 block, Calvert St.; street; 10 a.m. Nov. 5. ■ 2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 4:32 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ Ontario Place and Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 2800 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10. ■ 17th Street and Kalorama Road; unspecified premises; 12:20 a.m. Nov. 11. ■ 2400 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 7:26 a.m. Nov. 11.

psa PSA 307 307

■ logan circle

Theft (below $250) ■ 1200 block, N St.; residence; 4 a.m. Nov. 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1000 block, N St.; street; 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Theft form auto (below $250) ■ N Street and Vermont Avenue; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 4. ■ 1400 block, 10th St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Nov. 5. ■ 900 block, R St.; sidewalk; 1:37 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 1300 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 6:29 p.m. Nov. 6. ■ 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7. ■ 1300 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:50 a.m. Nov. 8.


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Commissioner flags private Friendship Animal Hospital likely to expand vote on ANC stafferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raise By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only so much trouble you can get into at an advisory neighborhood commission. The local government bodies, comprised of unpaid commissioners representing 2,000 residents each, can weigh in on city policy but only through nonbinding recommendations, and they receive city allotments of no more than a few thousand dollars per quarter. Neighborhood commissioners have nonetheless been the subject of a few recent embarrassments. A commissioner in Ward 5 allegedly cleaned out his commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $29,000 in savings last year. More recently, The Washington Post reported this month that a Ward 1 commission bought cellphones for its members and that one used his to call adult-only chat lines. In the Palisades/Spring Valley area, commissioner Tom Smith is

worried that a procedural error could bring such attention to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D. In July, the commission voted to raise the salary for its paid administrator in an executive session that was closed to the public. Fearing that action violated open meetings laws, Smith said at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting last Wednesday that he intends to file a formal complaint with the D.C. attorney general and the D.C. auditor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a transparency issue, and there is a principle involved about how ANCs across the city are supposed to operate,â&#x20AC;? said Smith. But the rest of the commission, including chair Stu Ross, contends that the body has acted appropriately in discussing and voting on personnel matters in private. Acting on the advice of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood commission office, the body voted 7-1 to reaffirm its earlier decision to See ANC/Page 27

Friendship Animal Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to expand its facilities in Tenleytown by adding a second floor and rooftop dog-walking space appears poised to receive zoning approval this month. Representatives of the animal hospital at 4105 Brandywine St. say the expansion will allow more space for support staff and veterinarians, including specialists in cardiology and neurology. Instead of fulfilling parking requirements that would double the existing number of spaces, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re promising to provide free valet parking and asking for a dedicated

drop-off space in front of its building. The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment is set to decide on the case on Nov. 27. Prior to a zoning board hearing last Wednesday, Friendship owner Peter Glassman had worked out an agreement with a neighbor on Brandywine Street who would be most impacted by traffic and noise from the busy facility. All thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left to work out is a small discrepancy in the language governing valet parking. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

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cials said they have kept. But a Transportation Department official testified that the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peak traffic is actually between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. and that the inbound trips â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which include a left-hand turn across busy Foxhall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; actually exceed the 106 limit. After a bit of debate, board chair Jordan suggested that the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic expert meet with the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

traffic expert and hash out when to measure the peak traffic. Similarly, the Transportation Department wanted Field to submit a traffic study every three years, as a condition for its expansion. But Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic consultant, Erwin Andres, said the school has heard virtually no traffic complaints over the past decade. Field, he said, could better spend the money beefing up its shuttle bus service â&#x20AC;&#x153;rather than paying engineers to do traffic counts

every three years.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the only school I know that provides shuttles to six Metro stations and one retail lot,â&#x20AC;? Andres added, noting that virtually all Field students take the shuttle, walk or use carpools to get to school. None of the neighbors present said they opposed Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion, but they said the zoning hearing could provide an opportunity to resolve decade-long frictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The conditions proposed by the

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ANC are absolutely necessary,â&#x20AC;? said Mark Scott, whose house on 44th Street abuts the campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to hold them back on their progress. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cut to the chase,â&#x20AC;? he said, describing a noisy chiller, water flowing downhill from the school into nearby homes, and the lack of promised screening around one of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lots. Scott said the city had reduced the assessment of his home by about $150,000 because of problems caused by the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity. When board member Nicole Sorg asked him if the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conditions addressed his problems, Scott shrugged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best we can do at this point.â&#x20AC;? Will Layman, Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advancement director, said school officials have agreed to permanently fix the longstanding drainage problems, and to install a lattice fence around the parking lot. But fixing the chiller is a bit more complicated. Architect Tom Wheeler said Field is looking for a new chiller that will â&#x20AC;&#x153;reduce perceived loudness

by 20 percent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or thereabouts.â&#x20AC;? Jordan had heard enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want one set of conditions,â&#x20AC;? he said. He gave the group about a month to do that. One contentious question was resolved at the hearing. Outside sports leagues, such as Stoddert Soccer, have been seeking permission to rent out Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic facilities, particularly its turf field â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a condition not allowed in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original zoning order. Some of the closest neighbors oppose any outside use due to concerns about increased traffic. The neighborhood commission had suggested a compromise of sorts, asking Field to reach out to neighbors, and to the independent leagues, to reach consensus. But Layman told the zoning board that the school doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even want to rent out its soccer pitch. If the board approves Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application, the school will be allowed to rent out some indoor facilities, but the turf field will be used only by its students.

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Officials seek to address flooding issues by Rock Creek Tennis Center Current Staff Report Local officials are looking into ways to resolve flooding problems around the Rock Creek Tennis Center, home to the Citi Open tennis tournament. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton recently convened a meeting to address some issues associated with the high-profile annual event, formerly known as the Legg Mason Classic. The rebranded tournament, with Citigroup as its new sponsor, featured women players for the first time this summer after several upgrades to the tennis center at 16th and

Kennedy streets NW. Norton said this was also the first year in the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long run that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard significant complaints from neighbors. Several Ward 4 residents called for the Oct. 23 meeting to check into some compliance issues and to highlight a flooding problem near the center at Colorado and Blagden avenues. Neighbor Delma Robinson told attendees that water travels â&#x20AC;&#x153;like a riverâ&#x20AC;? from the federal parkland across Colorado and then down Blagden. Several said the storm drains in the area arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t equipped to handle the flow.

Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison said in an interview that National Park Service officials will be monitoring that area â&#x20AC;&#x153;during rain events for the next several monthsâ&#x20AC;? to identify the problem. She noted that flooding didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to be an issue there after Hurricane Sandy. At last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, Morrison told neighbors that drains in the area had been cleared recently after being clogged for a long time, which might prevent future floods. Officials also vowed to be in touch with the D.C. Sewer and Water Authority to see if other

improvements, if not new drains, would be necessary. To neighbors who suggested that the flooding might be related to recent conversion of several clay tennis courts into concrete, Morrison said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The courts were not the source of that flood.â&#x20AC;? She noted that the clay courts, just like the new ones, â&#x20AC;&#x153;were imperviousâ&#x20AC;? and thus unable to absorb water. Neighbors had also pushed for the meeting to see if the Citi Open tournament remains in legal compliance with the National Park See Flooding/Page 24

Clothier offers bespoke suits in new Dupont Circle shop

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hen Michael Andrews was choosing a second location for his business, D.C. seemed an obvious choice: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a short train ride from his home base in New York City, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too

the motivation behind his career change like so: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankly, almost everyone I know whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lawyer would do anything to stop being a lawyer.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also always loved clothes, and he clearly enjoys his clients, whose first experience inside the shop is to sit down for a scheduled BETh COPE drink and chat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our first question is usually whether you prefer red, white or the hard stuff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of far from his native Atlanta and, per- which flows freely anytime weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re haps most important, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a friendly open,â&#x20AC;? reads the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. spot for his Once the product. drinks are â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. is a poured, the suit culture,â&#x20AC;? conversation said Andrews, will touch on who began sellthe planned use ing customfor the suit made suits at (daily wear? 1604 17th St. in wedding?) and Dupont Circle the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last month. Bill Petros/The Current tastes (cuttingThere are â&#x20AC;&#x153;more Michael Andrews makes custom edge? conservasuits in D.C. tive?). Then suits for discerning buyers. than there are in thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pricing, New York, [but] â&#x20AC;Ś not as many with three levels available: custom clothiers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  The entry-level â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entrada,â&#x20AC;? And custom is the name of the which starts at $995, involves a suit game at Michael Andrews Bespoke, based on a stock pattern. This which got its start six years ago in a option, which features limited fabric spot just off Broadway. Andrews, a choices, is best suited to easy-to-fit See Suits/Page 19 former corporate lawyer, described

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Accommodate the vote

Now that the results of last week’s vote have been tallied, it’s time to look at the experience of voting for D.C. residents. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser is planning a hearing to consider whether the city has enough equipment and polling stations to accommodate the needs of a presidential election. We’ve been wondering the same thing. So far, the data suggest that this year’s Election Day turnout was lower than that of 2008, and that thousands took advantage of earlyvoting options. Yet the lines seemed longer. We’re awaiting the results of provisional ballots, which could push this year’s turnout above that of 2008, but we nevertheless wonder why so many people experienced such lengthy delays last week WTOP reported that most precincts had two or three booths for voting (with paper ballots then scanned) and one to two electronic machines. In many spots, more were clearly needed. The problem isn’t unique to D.C. Media reports came in from around the country of voters waiting up to eight hours to cast their ballots. We appreciate the voters’ persistence, but we think jurisdictions did them a disservice, and we hope local officials will act to correct that problem. In D.C., the issue also arose during early voting, and Council member Bowser plans to consider whether more locations should open for pre-Election Day polling. Perhaps the city should approach the situation differently depending on the year, setting up more voting locations when a presidential race is on the ballot. If voter options are to be expanded, concerns will surely arise over the costs, so differentiating among years may help keep spending in check. Either way, we hope the city will act to prevent multihour waits in the cold before the 2016 election.

Time for a verdict

The post-election focus usually shifts to the road ahead — setting up transition teams, shuffling leadership assignments, establishing post-inauguration policy priorities. But District officials and voters remain mired in the scandals of the past year and a half, as we were all reminded yesterday with the sentencing of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Over the summer, there were a frantic few days when three D.C. Council members called upon Mayor Vincent Gray to resign due to the illegal activities of his 2010 mayoral campaign — or, more precisely, due to new allegations and revelations that had come out in court filings and in the media. We thought these calls were at least premature, given that no credible evidence has been made public that Mayor Gray was personally aware of any of the illegal activities. But evidence of some wrongdoing is overwhelming — as indicated by the three campaign officials who pleaded guilty to serious offenses. The white-hot scrutiny has faded since then, but the continuing investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office pervades the political milieu. Though the mayor and his administration continue to operate the government and even make major policy decisions — for instance, the school closings proposal announced yesterday — the backdrop of tension clearly affects his ability to govern effectively. The effect is all the more serious when a substantial number of constituents believe the mayor acted unethically. Because Mayor Gray has followed his attorney’s advice to stay quiet and not to comment on illegal campaign activities, the doubts linger. Given that U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. began his investigation only a few months after Mayor Gray’s 2011 inauguration, we think it’s reasonable to call for a prompt conclusion. Serious inquiries into allegations of campaign finance violations understandably take time, and they aren’t likely to adhere to the urgent demands of a 24-hour news cycle or harried electorate. But an investigation ought not drag on indefinitely. We believe that the U.S. attorney should act soon by either filing charges or clearing the mayor.

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Proudly waving the flag …

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n Veterans Day Monday, we took in the World War I memorial on the Mall that commemorates the 635 District citizens who were casualties of that war. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton proudly announced the end to a years-long effort in Congress to convert the little D.C. memorial to a “national” memorial to that war. “The D.C. war memorial, paid for with the blood and treasure of D.C. residents, will remain exclusively dedicated to the [District’s] veterans,” Norton said to applause. Norton also invited D.C. fire investigator Tomi Rucker. Her son Jonathan joined the Navy last fall and graduated from the training center in Great Lakes, Ill., last winter. His parents — his father is D.C. Police Sgt. Michael Boyd — traveled to the graduation ceremony last January, where, as the hundreds of newly minted seamen were introduced, the state flag of each was dipped in the graduate’s honor. But for Jonathan, there was no D.C. flag. His parents contacted Norton. Norton is pushing a bill in Congress to require all federal agencies and the military to include the D.C. flag when the flags of the 50 states are displayed. Norton said she regretted that Seaman Jonathan “was prepared to lay his life on the line for a country that will not acknowledge his service” with his flag. Norton is also asking President Barack Obama to issue an executive memorandum ordering the inclusion of the D.C. flag. “Once and for all,” she said, “we ask the president to wipe clean this disrespect.” Norton has already gotten the D.C. flag included in the array of state flags at Union Station. She also insisted that the District be included when a commemorative coin was minted for each of the states. ■ Learning his name. David Grosso scored an upset victory last week when the former D.C. Council staffer defeated incumbent at-large Council member Michael A. Brown. Grosso appeared on the WAMU “Politics Hour” with Kojo Nnamdi last Friday. His last name is pronounced with a hard emphasis, “Grah-so.” Say it correctly and you’ll sound like you’ve been a supporter all along. Grosso said his campaign focused a lot on educational issues and that he would do so during his term in office as well. He said he hoped Chairman Phil Mendelson would re-establish an education commit-

tee on the council and noted that he’d like to chair it. Mendelson was an opponent of the mayoral school takeover and may well re-establish the committee. Some council members are content to leave education issues in the overall Committee of the Whole. That actually means that no one really has to focus on them. Those who do are accused of meddling in the administration of the schools. If they don’t get involved, they’re accused of ignoring the schools. Grosso told the “Politics Hour” that he doesn’t want to micromanage, but he wants more public input into how schools are run, especially with the announcement that nearly two-dozen will be closing. ■ A bridge to everywhere. When we travel around the city, we don’t often think about award-winning streets. The District government has poured lots of money and time into reworking miles of roadway over the past 15 years. Now, a specific project is being singled out for praise. The 11th Street Bridge (actually three bridges) has been named a top bridge project of 2012. The award comes from the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine, in the November issue. We’re sure you subscribe. But if you don’t, we’ll note that the magazine cited the project as “a triple-crown winner in traffic congestion relief, innovative delivery and environmental stewardship.” The project over the Anacostia River is replacing two bridges that were constructed in the 1960s. The main benefit is taking heavy traffic off the SoutheastSouthwest Freeway and putting it onto northbound and southbound I-295 without jamming up Pennsylvania Avenue SE or historic Anacostia. Construction of the new bridge began under thenMayor Anthony Williams. It’ll be completed soon. Many drivers, including us, can’t wait. ■ A final word. Elissa Silverman is finally getting a little recognition for her hard work. The former Washington Post reporter and City Paper columnist is being honored Sunday by Jews United for Justice. It’s not for her fine journalism, but for her more recent work for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, where she helps campaign for more and better attention to social service issues. The award is named for Rabbi Heschel, a famed activist. If you want to snag a last-minute ticket, check the website, jufj.org/heschel2012. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor Lawsuit over deer disregards science

While the lawsuit against the National Park Service regarding the agency’s proposed culling of the deer population in Rock Creek Park was unfortunate, news of its filing does not come as a surprise [“Suit objects to killing park deer,” Oct. 31]. As burgeoning deer populations across the country continue to threaten the health of our already fragmented native systems, animal rights activists continuously disregard science and promote falsehoods. What may be most troubling is that the suit was filed not just by the typical actors in animal rights activism, but also in collaboration with Northwest residents. Any residents who consider Rock Creek Park as their “backyard,” as

one of the plaintiffs asserts, should be delighted by any effort the Park Service makes to help restore natural balance in the park. I am regularly dismayed by the overabundance of invasive plant species in the park and the sheer lack of native species. While the overpopulation of whitetail deer is not the sole cause of this dilemma, it is certainly compounding it. The suggestion that immunocontraception is a guaranteed way of controlling the population in Rock Creek Park is misleading. In order for one of the most standard types of contraception on the market to work, a doe usually needs to be injected twice the first year and once every year after. If those injections are administered via darts, it could be difficult to ensure that the correct individual is being injected at the right time. Furthermore, a representative of In Defense of Animals brings up “rebound effect” as an indicator that culling does not work in

the long term. However, no biologist can definitively say that all the deer in Rock Creek Park now give birth to one fawn annually, but would give birth to two or three due to a presumed increase in vegetation after the cull. The article also presents a dangerous philosophy with regards to how we manage wildlife. Attorney Jessica Almy’s characterization of her lawsuit suggests that she believes Rock Creek Park should be left to “natural processes.” Yet the supporters of the lawsuits seem intent on disrupting natural processes, not protecting them. To compensate for the loss of native predators in the system, they propose either no action or a dicey and altogether unnatural immunocontraception scheme that relies largely on speculation. If the choice is between speculation and sound science, I’ll take science every time. Jonathan Boydston Cleveland Park


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Letters to the Editor 21st Street project needs careful review

I am writing in response to the Oct. 31 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Projects would convert houses to apartments.â&#x20AC;? Some corrections are necessary. The proposed footprint is not double that of the existing one; however, some 40 percent of the existing footprint is one or two stories, rather than four stories as proposed (three floors above a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cellarâ&#x20AC;?). As a result, the proposed massing is not in scale with the existing neighborhood buildings, since it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t step down toward the rear. The walls would be massive and unarticulated in any way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unlike all other additions in this row, none of which is more than two stories above grade. This project was actually not opposed by the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission, but neither was it fully supported. Further, the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution asked the Historic Preservation Review Board â&#x20AC;&#x153;to confirm that the addition not be visible from Newport Place.â&#x20AC;? The same condition applies to the support of the project by the Dupont Circle Conservancy; satisfaction of this condition is yet to be determined. While we have a letter of opposition to this project that is signed by 66 neighbors (and counting), it references the initial â&#x20AC;&#x153;carriage houseâ&#x20AC;? scheme, which was subsequently revised per Historic Preservation Office requirements so that two separate building masses became one. Our letter is pertinent, however, to any project that is unresponsive to its context in terms of over-scaled massing and harmful to our quality of life. Our neighborhood is represented by a core group (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Square 97â&#x20AC;?), and we welcome open discourse with any neighbors who support this precedent-setting project, which we feel will do nothing other than fill a developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers while diminishing the historic fabric of our city. Like our advisory neighborhood commission, my neighbors and I support additional population density in the neighborhood. But we are concerned about the precedent being set with this concept design. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fine with increasing density where appropriate, just not where density is already adequate and historic preservation should prevail. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also important that design review protect the overall neighborhood (including the alley), not just what is visible from the street. The 21st Street project may not be all that different from the Woodley Park project in that ours is also located near apartment build-

ings, but these higher-density buildings are along New Hampshire Avenue, which is separately zoned. Other than that, most of the property in the square is low density; between N, 21st and O streets, this block is lined by 30 single-family historic row houses. Ultimately, any claim that this is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;matter of rightâ&#x20AC;? development in terms of zoning is yet to be verified. Steve Nelson Dupont Circle

Mann design must fill schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future needs

Horace Mann Elementary has the lowest square footage per student of any school within the D.C. Public Schools system. Only one option to modernize Mann offers the highest educational performance and lowest construction cost. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the initial design, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great, award-winning design. With fliers showing a preliminary sketch with no details, some neighbors concocted the claim that the building would look like a â&#x20AC;&#x153;prison.â&#x20AC;? But that was never a real proposal, and the building will not look like that. The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coverage has given excessive weight to these and other claims that are negative, sensational and wrong. From Sept. 26: 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We have yet to find anyone who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t object to this WallMart-sized building â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? This quote is a silly exaggeration. 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How is Horace Mann becoming Horace Monster?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Great sound bite. But not useful as the community seeks millions in additional funding from the city. 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kent Slowinski has sketched out an alternative scheme â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? Mr. Slowinski, who is not an architect, has made many design proposals that have never addressed the main objective: lowest cost and highest educational performance. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[One neighbor] is skeptical about the need to accommodate more than 400 students.â&#x20AC;? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably reach 400 students within 10 years. Building to a lower capacity is extremely shortsighted. Janney and Stoddert, both just renovated, already have trailers. Finally, in an article on Oct. 31, you note: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opposition to the plan isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unanimous. Other neighbors have argued that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to make clear that the community stands behind the school, and that a much-needed project might not be funded if residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support the concept the city developed.â&#x20AC;? Thank you! Your editorial of Nov. 7 also provided some balance of opinion. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also improve the coverage itself. We have a petition with 165 signatures in support of fully funding the expansion project now. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a typical comment: The

schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;students and faculty need a space and an environment that lifts our fabulous work together. I would love for our neighbors to visit this side of town where I live and see how beautiful, new and renovated school buildings serve the community. We live in a fantastic city and everybody sacrifices something in each neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? My children will attend the Horace Mann of tomorrow, and that school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if you believe the principal, the teachers, the parents, the architects and the school system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; needs this design. We should not hold back from continuing to rank with the best schools in the city by fighting for the expansion Mann requires. For more details, visit helpmanngrow.org. Edward Cavalcanti Wesley Heights

New Mann proposal is great improvement

On behalf of 45th Street neighbors living adjacent to Horace Mann Elementary and many of those living throughout Wesley Heights, I am writing to express our gratitude to D.C. Department of General Services director Brian Hanlan and his staff. They have shown great persistence in pursuing alternate design options for the modernization of Horace Mann that will meet the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ed specsâ&#x20AC;? developed by the school while also being more compatible with the neighborhood. On Nov. 7, the department unveiled three new design options for the modernization of Mann at a meeting of a small group of neighbors and Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school improvement team. Of those options, Option 2 is a clear winner and is being embraced by 100 percent of the 45th Street neighbors living directly across from the school and by many of the neighbors living on Macomb Street, the other residential street adjacent to Horace Mann. The broader Wesley Heights community will see these options at a larger public meeting scheduled on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Community Center. In the Nov. 7 issue of The Current, an editorial challenged the General Services Department and the Wesley Heights neighborhood to come together around a compromise that would meet the ed specs developed by the school and be acceptable to the neighborhood. The department has put forward a proposal that does exactly that. Whereas the first design created controversy and division in the community, Option 2 is a compromise design that the neighborhood can embrace and one that will serve the needs of Mann students, teachers and staff far into the future. Hal Hiemstra Wesley Heights

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District budget autonomy belongs on ballot VIEWPOINT

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he Current’s Oct. 3 article “Activists push referendum on autonomy” noted that the budget autonomy referendum now before the D.C. Council is being supported by DC Vote. It should be noted, however, that DC Appleseed and DC Vote have worked together over the last two years to develop and now advance this important step toward greater D.C. democracy. DC Appleseed has long been involved in efforts to expand self-determination in the District. In fact, it was DC Appleseed that first proposed amending the charter through a referendum in order to allow District residents to elect D.C.’s attorney general. It is DC Appleseed’s long experience with such issues that has convinced us that the newly proposed referendum should be part of the budget autonomy effort. Many people have worked admirably over the years to carry on the battle for D.C. democracy. These efforts have focused on urging Congress to give the District basic rights. That strategy should continue. But at the same time, it’s clear that this approach has not produced the results that D.C. residents deserve. That’s why the budget autonomy referendum is an idea whose moment has come. The referendum simply uses the procedures and authority already set forth in the Home Rule Act allowing voters to amend the city charter. This process would not require Congress to affirmatively pass legislation — as we’ve been seeking unsuccessfully for years. Instead, it would let D.C. residents enact the necessary legislation themselves. If the charter amendment is enacted by District voters, it will be sent to Congress for a 35-day review period. It will automatically become law unless both houses of Congress adopt a joint disapproval resolution during that time and the president then signs that resolution. We think it will be difficult for such an affirmative rejection to be passed. Budget autonomy already has bipartisan support in Congress and from both President Obama and former President Bush. Furthermore,

Letters to the Editor City should review parking meter fees

The private company with a monopoly on D.C. parking meters has raised its pay-by-phone fees. Now, anyone wishing to use Parkmobile pays a 45-cent transaction fee each session. If you park for less than a half hour, Parkmobile gets more revenue than the District does. To be fair, Parkmobile offers the captive audience a less costly option — pay $25 up front, and then pay only 30 cents per transaction. The company earns interest off your money, and even though it transacts with your bank only once, it still charges you a 30-cent fee every time you park. Typically, when a citizen is unhappy with a government service, he or she can look to an elected representative for assistance. In this instance, apparently not. Even more upsetting than the outrageous fees Parkmobile is charging D.C. residents is the response from our Ward 3 representative on the D.C. Council. Two inquiries to Mary Cheh’s office informed me “there is nothing that our office can do with regards to

Congress has rejected D.C. Council enactments through this procedure only three times in nearly 40 years of home rule. The referendum has already received a positive response from the D.C. Council — where it was unanimously co-sponsored — and from Rep. Jose E. Serrano, ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee overseeing D.C. appropriations. Some have raised concerns. But we think the concerns are not persuasive and should not be grounds for turning back the referendum. First, the referendum is not an attempt at circumventing Congress. Congress will have a chance to review the referendum. The local budget will still be subject to a 30-day congressional review, just like all other council enactments. And Congress will retain its constitutional authority to legislate for the District. Second, tying the local D.C. budget to the congressional appropriations process is not necessary for fiscal responsibility. Congress rarely makes any changes to the District’s local budget request. Ninety-eight percent of that request comes from local taxes and fees, and from federal funds available to all states. In addition, the District has produced balanced budgets each year since 2001. As former Rep. Thomas M. Davis of Virginia has said, the District has earned the right to determine how to spend its local dollars. Finally, budget autonomy would not put the District in charge of federal funds it receives specially as the nation’s capital. Congress would still control funding for programs financed by federal revenues, such as the judicial system and the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant. The District would simply have autonomy to spend its own local revenue just as any other city or state can do now. We hope the charter amendment will be placed on the ballot at a special election this spring. When that day comes, D.C. voters will be able to make their voices heard more meaningfully than ever on this important issue. Walter Smith is executive director and Kevin Hilgers is legal program associate at the DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

Parkmobile’s transaction fee.” Last time I checked, our council member chaired the transportation committee, which has jurisdiction over this very matter. And, in the same email in which I was told that Ms. Cheh was powerless to help, I was also told, “Each day we are working to better parking rules and regulations in the area to make transportation, overall, more convenient for our constituents.” Is she powerless or simply without the will to look into this particular matter? Perhaps she is too busy trying to reduce fines for speeders caught on camera to assist law-abiding citizens who are being gouged by a private company with a monopoly on city parking services. Cheh’s office could have offered to look into the terms of the Parkmobile contract. The city has the right to review fee increases to consumers. This one, on its face, seems unreasonable. The council member could have offered to look into bringing competition to city parking services. Why does one company get a monopoly? In other cities multiple companies provide these parking services, and consumers can chose which one offers the best value. Ward 3 residents deserve better. We deserve better from our city services, and better from our council representative. Currently, both

are unsatisfactory.

Amy Hall

American University Park

Deal Middle seeks input from residents

The Alice Deal Middle School Local School Advisory Committee is seeking community input on several issues we will be addressing this year which will have serious impact on our neighborhoods: ■ Overpopulation: Current enrollment at Deal is 1,169, and it looks as if it will continue to grow in the years ahead; redrawing the school boundary is one possibility. ■ Play field and facility usage by the community: The D.C. Department of General Services has taken direct control of maintenance of D.C. Public Schools facilities and property, hampering attempts to provide neighborhood and community groups access to school facilities and sports fields. ■ Restoration and use of the Rose School property: Is it going to happen? It is still not a certainty! All community members are encouraged to share comments and concerns with me as the community representative on the committee. I can be reached at 202-320-6077 or jim@thesweeneyteam.com. Jim Sweeney Washington, D.C.


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ThANk You FoggY BoTTom Arts in Foggy Bottom wishes to thank the Foggy Bottom community as it hosted the third biennial outdoor sculpture exhibit, Sculpting Outside the Lines. Curated by Laura Roulet, this year’s exhibit showcased 13 sculptures by 15 locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists. The works displayed throughout Historic Foggy Bottom in unique and surprising settings were viewed by thousands of local, national and international visitors. You can view photos by Julia Clouser and videos by Adriana Serrato at any time on www.foggybottomassociation.com/arts Co-Directors Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius & Mary Kay Shaw also wish to thank the following without whom we would not have been able to mount an exhibit: Historic Foggy Bottom residents and businesses who lent their front lawns, doorways, walls and windows:

Arts in Foggy Bottom Advisory Committee members who provided us with valuable guidance:

Russell Conlan & Douglas Hansen Jill Crissman & Darrell Smith Lisa Farrell Bobbie & David Hertzfeldt Susan & David Lampton Pilar Jimenez de Arechaga Barbara & Peter Maggs Jennifer & Eugene Mondie Summer & Geary Simon Diana Tiberi & Shibu Dhār’ Esther & Steve Timlin The River Inn The George Washington University Inn

Carolyn Alper Chas Colburn Jean Efron Dale Johnson Wendy Luke Fanchon Silberstein Anne Smith Tracy Van Riper Louise Wiener Helen Zughaib Robin Jones, Media Consultant

The following sculptors who enlivened and illuminated our neighborhood with art: Joseph Dumbacher John Dumbacher Linda Hesh Dalya Luttwak Peter Lee Barbara Liotta Patrick McDonough Pat McGowan Yukiko Nakashima Adam Nelson Jefferson Pinder Foon Sham Dan Steinhilber Blake Turner Lina Vargas De La Hoz

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ANC elections characterized by incumbents, new student candidates By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

When making controversial decisions, advisory neighborhood commissioners sometimes tell dissenters that judgment of their actions is best left to voters. But if there was widespread outrage with commissioners’ varying approaches to development, bars, restaurants or other community issues, the results of last Tuesday’s election didn’t show it. There was at least some turnover in almost every one of the 14 commissions within The Current’s coverage area (most of Northwest D.C.), but almost exclusively in races to replace retiring commissioners or fill otherwise vacant seats. In more than 100 singlemember districts in those commissions, only seven incumbents faced challengers and — at least according to preliminary tallies — all but one of those were re-elected. “I hope it’s because our neighbors think we’re doing a good job,” said Ron Lewis, who represents single-member district 2E02 in western Georgetown. But he said it’s impossible to speculate further. Matt Frumin, who represents single-mem-

ber district 3E02 in American University Park, said the number of uncontested races “is a shame.” “Frankly, when there’s strong differences of philosophy, it would help when [voters] have multiple choices that reflect those different philosophies,” Frumin said. “I don’t want to take for granted the fact that no one ran means that everyone agrees with me.” Advisory neighborhood commissioners are elected to unpaid two-year terms, and each commissioner represents roughly 2,000 residents. This year’s election was the first to reflect revised boundaries based on the 2010 Census, which showed explosive population growth in some parts of the city, along with other demographic shifts. The lone successful challenge this year was in the Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhood commission, in single-member district 2A01. There, George Washington University junior Patrick Kennedy beat out five-term incumbent David Lehrman by 96 votes to 38 to represent a district that includes both students and nonstudent residents. Kennedy campaigned on a promise that he’d not only represent student voices but would also bring a higher level of enthusiasm

and engagement than Lehrman has. “It was really personally a point of pride for me, but it’s also a signal that the people of this community are open-minded and they want a commissioner who’ll be energetic on their behalf,” Kennedy said in an interview. Lehrman, who had said before the race that student commissioners tend to be merely transient résumé-builders, said in a subsequent interview that he will wait and see if Kennedy is an exception. “Since the students that ran this time ran with a high degree of motivation — my opponent in particular — I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise that he wants to do a good job for the community,” Lehrman said. Student Joe Wisniewski also beat a longerterm resident in the newly created singlemember district 3D10 (116 votes to 69), representing The Berkshire and adjacent apartment buildings near American University. Five more students who ran unopposed appear to have won seats on the American, Georgetown and George Washington university campuses. Near George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus in the Foxhall/Berkley area, freshman Jevin Hodge mounted a write-

in campaign against incumbent Penny Pagano, a long-term resident who was running for reelection as a write-in candidate. Write-in tallies aren’t yet available. Even in an election where few incumbents were challenged, some commissions face significant turnover for other reasons. In Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F, which represents the Logan Circle area, just two of six incumbents sought re-election, and a higher population gave the commission two additional seats. Matt Raymond, one of the two returning Logan commissioners, said in an interview that the institutional knowledge of his soon-tobe-former colleagues will be greatly missed. “I think [their knowledge] has relieved a lot of the potential burden on others, so now I do feel a need to step it up,” Raymond said. He added that it was also unusual for there to be a candidate seeking every seat. Even when there were just six seats on the commission, he said, vacancies were common. Throughout the commissions in The Current’s coverage area, there were candidates on the ballot for all but seven single-member districts, and candidates were actively running write-in campaigns in at least four of those.

Advisory neighborhood commission election results Here are the election night tallies for advisory neighborhood commission seats in The Current’s coverage area. Final results will be available next week after provisional and absentee ballots have been counted. No one was listed on the ballot in single-member districts 2A08, 2E04, 3D06, 3D07, 4A01, 4A05 and 4C10; write-in tallies will be available in the final election results. ANC 1C — Adams Morgan ■ 1C01 Brian hart 375 Joseph Meier 229 Eric Clifton 135 ■ 1C02 Martis Davis 653 ■ 1C03 Ted Guthrie 456 Jose Sueiro 221 ■ 1C04 Gabriela Mossi 744 ■ 1C05 Elham Dehbozorgi 594 ■ 1C06 William Simpson 417 Raymond Mosley 157 ■ 1C07 Wilson Reynolds 542 ■ 1C08 Jimmy R. Rock 594

50.20% 30.65% 18.07% 93.15% 65.23% 31.61% 97.63% 94.75% 70.91% 26.70% 94.58% 95.96%

ANC 2A — Foggy Bottom/West End ■ 2A01 Patrick Kennedy 96 70.58% David M. Lehrman 38 27.94% ■ 2A02 Rebecca Coder 405 99.02% ■ 2A03 Asher Corson 344 93.98% ■ 2A04 Armando Irizarry 359 98.35% ■ 2A05 Graham Michael Galka 145 95.39% ■ 2A06 Florence harmon 294 97.35% ■ 2A07 Jackson Carnes 90 93.75% ANC 2B — Dupont Circle ■ 2B01 Mike Feldstein 512 ■ 2B02 Kevin O’Connor 399 ■ 2B03 Stephanie Maltz 404 Bevan Mace 102 ■ 2B04 Kishan Putta 497 Stephanie Sheridan 208 Martin Espinoza 87

97.15% 99.00% 77.69% 19.61% 62.20% 26.03% 10.88%

■ 2B05 Victor Wexler ■ 2B06 Mike Silverstein ■ 2B07 Leo Dwyer ■ 2B08 Will Stephens ■ 2B09 Noah Smith

449 81.04% 499 97.65% 578 94.59% 675 97.54% 628 96.46%

ANC 2D — Sheridan-Kalorama ■ 2D01 David R. Bender 434 97.09% ■ 2D02 Eric Lamar 391 96.78% ANC 2E — Georgetown/Burleith ■ 2E01 Ed Solomon 449 97.39% ■ 2E02 Ron Lewis 418 95.65% ■ 2E03 Jeffrey Jones 377 96.66% ■ 2E05 Bill Starrels 270 94.40% ■ 2E06 Tom Birch 559 97.55% ■ 2E07 Charles F. Eason Jr. 475 96.15% ■ 2E08 Peter Prindiville 61 93.84% ANC 2F — Logan Circle ■ 2F01 Peter Lallas ■ 2F02 Walt Cain Adam L. Stempel James Baker ■ 2F03 Chris Linn ■ 2F04 John Fanning Joel heisey ■ 2F05 Jim Lamare ■ 2F06 Greg Melcher ■ 2F07 Matt Raymond

626 95.28% 292 47.55% 241 39.25% 75 12.21% 638 96.52% 299 50.16% 285 47.81% 398 96.83% 583 97.32% 388 96.51%

■ 2F08 Matthew Connolly howard S. Marks

235 54.77% 188 43.82%

ANC 3B — Glover Park/Cathedral Heights ■ 3B01 Joe Fiorillo 573 97.78% ■ 3B02 Jackie Blumenthal 530 95.66% ■ 3B03 Charles Fulwood 556 95.53% ■ 3B04 Mary C. Young 703 97.63% ■ 3B05 Brian A. Cohen 588 94.08% ANC 3C — Cleveland Park/Woodley Park/Massachusetts Avenue Heights/ Cathedral Heights ■ 3C01 Lee Brian Reba 656 97.47% ■ 3C02 Gwendolyn Bole 468 72.89% Peter W. Brusoe 168 26.16% ■ 3C03 Jeffrey Kaliel 403 59.61% Kevin Michael Wheatley 249 36.83% ■ 3C04 Richard Steacy 500 96.15% ■ 3C05 Margaret A. Siegel 749 96.64% ■ 3C06 Carl Roller 656 96.75% ■ 3C07 Victor Silveira 565 97.07% ■ 3C08 Catherine May 595 95.50% ■ 3C09 Nancy J. MacWood 642 96.10% ANC 3D — Spring Valley/Wesley Heights/ Palisades/Kent/Foxhall ■ 3D01 Kent Slowinski 481 54.90% Michael Mazzuchi 388 44.29% ■ 3D02 Tom Smith 392 96.07% ■ 3D03 Nan S. Wells 582 96.35% ■ 3D04 Stu Ross 651 94.89%

■ 3D05 W. Philip Thomas Jameson Freeman ■ 3D08 Michael Gold ■ 3D09 Gayle Trotter Kerron Purchess ■ 3D10 Joe Wisniewski Silvia Lucero

317 61.55% 152 29.51% 412 93.42% 590 91.90% 44 6.85% 116 62.70% 69 37.29%

ANC 3E — American University Park/ Friendship Heights/Tenleytown ■ 3E01 Elizabeth S. haile 641 95.10% ■ 3E02 Matthew Frumin 738 97.10% ■ 3E03 Jonathan Bender 606 93.80% ■ 3E04 Tom Quinn 659 93.74% ■ 3E05 Samuel J. Serebin 420 92.71% ANC 3F — Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park ■ 3F01 Adam Scott Tope 527 96.87% ■ 3F02 Karen Lee Perry 569 96.76% ■ 3F03 Mary Beth Ray 669 95.29% ■ 3F04 Sally W. Gresham 356 79.46% John Wilson Jr. 85 18.97% ■ 3F05 Manolis R. Priniotakis 491 73.83% Megan N. Rosan 170 25.56% ■ 3F06 David Solorzano Lowell 596 95.66% ■ 3F07 Bob Summersgill 607 97.58% ANC 3/4G — Chevy Chase ■ 3G01 Carolyn “Callie” Cook 823 97.97% ■ 3G02 Gary Thompson 649 95.86% ■ 3G03 Randy Speck 623 95.55%

■ 3G04 Allen E. Beach ■ 3G05 David Engel ■ 3G06 Jim McCarthy ■ 3G07 henry Griffin Jonathan T. Chu Sandra Thomas

745 95.88% 756 95.45% 603 97.73% 247 37.25% 224 33.78% 186 28.05%

ANC 4A — Colonial Village/Crestwood/ Shepherd Park/Brightwood/16th Street Heights ■ 4A02 Dwayne M. Toliver 1,028 97.90% ■ 4A03 Stephen A. Whatley 618 98.72% ■ 4A04 Marian C. Bennett 679 97.41% ■ 4A05 Write-in 55 100.00% ■ 4A06 Karrye Y. Braxton 370 97.88% ■ 4A07 Dave Wilson 566 97.41% ■ 4A08 Gale Black 879 97.34% ANC 4C — Petworth/16th Street Heights ■ 4C01 Michael Yates 647 97.73% ■ 4C02 Janet M. Myers 807 97.22% ■ 4C03 Jeff Standish 668 96.81% ■ 4C04 308 96.25% Rickey Williams Jr. ■ 4C05 Joseph M. Vaughan 437 97.54% ■ 4C06 Vann-Di Galloway 405 69.23% Adav Noti 167 28.54% ■ 4C07 Shanel O. Anthony 716 97.15% ■ 4C08 Timothy A. Jones 702 96.42% ■ 4C09 Zachary hartman 393 54.65% Jarahn D. hillsman 309 42.97%


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Help the Homeless is a walk sponsored by Fannie Mae. As part of the Help the Homeless walk, students at John Eaton received T-shirts. On each T-shirt there was artwork by a student at the Banner School that shows a heart with a house inside it and on the bottom it has a mom, two kids and a dog with a doghouse. In the artwork the family and pet have homes. All the students walked around the school two times chanting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help the homeless.â&#x20AC;? Our group walked and talked about what it must feel like to be homeless. We talked about how it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy to cook good meals, brush your teeth if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find your toothbrush easily or do homework. It also might be hard to make lots of friendships at school because you may have to move around a lot and from school to school. We thought that the walk was a good idea because it really got us thinking about what life would be like if we were homeless. We hope that next time we can do more for the homeless, such as a bake sale, food drive or clothes drive. Maybe we could even do something more for the homeless this year. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charlotte Patrick-Dooling and Julius Boxer-Cooper, third-graders; Danny Ringel, fourth-grader; and Isabella Wood and Lilly Koerner, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

Every year at Edmund Burke School on Halloween, we have a special assembly where the students and faculty dress up in their costumes. There are costume contests for the middle school, the high school and the faculty. All the grades gather in the atrium. Those who think that they have good costumes get in line and stand in front of the crowd. The people running the assembly go from left to right asking the students or faculty who or what they are supposed to be. We judge the winner based on who gets the loudest applause, and the winner gets a candy bar. This year in the middle school contest, the costumes included a pink gorilla, the Annoying Orange, Calvin and Hobbes, and Pony Boy, a character from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Outsidersâ&#x20AC;? (a book that the seventh-graders read). In the high school, there was Steve from the video game Minecraft, Waldo, crayons (three ninth-grade girls) and the boy band One Direction (three ninth-grade boys and two teachers). Among the faculty, one person was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;chipmonkâ&#x20AC;? (he wore a monkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garment with potato chip bags attached to it); a science teacher was a professor in academic robes; and one teacher wore a blue wig and said that he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Katy Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad.â&#x20AC;? Everyone got a good laugh out of the contest. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Henry Shaughnessy, eighth-grader

Field School

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dents were looking forward to finding out the results of the presidential election. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an election at Field itself. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth-graders have been learning about the electoral process through a mock election for a middle school mascot. Students learned about the Electoral College, donors, advertising and primary elections. The two parties were the Dogs and the Cats. There was also an independent party, the Unicorns. All middle school students voted for candidates to represent each party. After the primaries, the candidates included Owen the Dog, Puss â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Boots and Charlie the Unicorn. The final election has not happened yet, but Owen currently appears to be in the lead. He has his own website and email address. He hosted a meet and greet last Thursday for potential voters. May the best animal win. On Friday, grandparents and â&#x20AC;&#x153;grand friendsâ&#x20AC;? of Field students were invited to campus to see more about the school and what their grandchildren are learning. On Friday evening, students had a chance to express their creativity through Open Mic Night. They shared stories, songs, poems and other pieces of original writing. Even though this week was shortened because of Veterans Day, students are excited to resume winter sports, find internships and continue their second-quarter learning. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maddie Williams, sixth-grader, and Jana Cohen and Lila Bromberg, eighth-graders

ers have been studying the bay, its problems and its creatures. We need your help because there is too much pollution in the bay, and it may be partially because of you. It may not seem like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you, but every time you drive, your exhaust pollutes the air and ends up in the bay through the water cycle. There were five stations: the oyster bar, crabbing, water testing, seining and investigating plankton. At these stations we learned about ecosystem pollution and how it affects the plants and animals that call the bay their home. Some of the things that the animals have to deal with are high turbidity, too much fertilizer and trash running off into the bay. So every time you walk or bike, you are helping to save one more animal in the Chesapeake Bay. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Evan Bianchi, Jade Reischauer and Cooper Blee, fourth-graders

Janney Elementary

Hardy Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk for the homeless was a great success. It started off with a huge assembly where students gathered to learn about the association Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, which gives food and shelter to the homeless. Then everyone assembled outside and the march began. It included the marching band, flag girls and dancers. Homemade banners made by students had messages about the generosity of Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place and Hardy Middle School to the homeless. The entire school marched around Hardy and Wisconsin Avenue. Hardy Middle School started the homeless walks in 1999 because the students had wanted to help the homeless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People should help the homeless whenever they can,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Hester, the school counselor. All Hardy students had a great time! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jacob Duffles and Brianna Welch, sixth-graders

Halloween is a great time at Janney! We got to talk with some teachers and students to see how they celebrate Halloween. Mrs. Gero has been at Janney for a long time, and she said the students used to walk around the block, not the field. Her best Halloween was when she and Mrs. Miller switched costumes and classes and the kids never found out! Back then, only Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Gero dressed up, but now all the teachers do. Anneke Risch is in third grade. She was a white witch for Halloween and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never too old to dress up and go trick-ortreating.â&#x20AC;? Charlie Smiles, a fifth-grader in Mrs. Ostermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class, was a person from Minecraft, a popular video game. When he was younger, he used to buy his costume, but now he makes it. He hangs out with his friends while trick-or-treating and eats his favorite candy, Kit Kat bars. Charlie will miss Halloween at Janney because Deal does not celebrate it. He says he wants to trick or treat until he dies. There are always so many costumes at the parade. Everyone walks around the field so we can all see the costumes. Last year, the teachers danced to the Michael Jackson song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thriller.â&#x20AC;? This year there was a teacher dance again and, although it was not a surprise, it was amazing. The teachers danced to the tune of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Warpâ&#x20AC;? from a movie called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rocky Horror Picture Show,â&#x20AC;? and all the students joined in. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lily Martin and Emilia Comrack, fourth-graders

Holy Trinity School

Key Elementary

Hardy Middle School

What is S.E.R.C.? On Oct. 24 the fourth-graders went to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, better known as S.E.R.C. S.E.R.C. is located on the Rhode River, which is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The fourth-grad-

Despite worries of a possible cancellation due to Hurricane Sandy, the Key School Halloween parade took place without a hitch. It was beautiful weather, surprisingly. The Halloween parade involved all the Key School students and staff. See Dispatches/Page 17


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DISPATCHES From Page 16 The route wound around the entire Key School campus. This year there was a new back path through the Key School parking area where the fifth-grade lodges are. Like last year, the parade began with pre-kindergarten and ended with fifth grade. Dressed in their finest Halloween costumes, the students paraded around the school. Besides your typical ghouls and goblins, some of our favorite costumes included penguins (our mascot), “Star Wars” characters, mimes, ninja warriors and even hot dogs. The “Monster Mash” music got everyone excited to go the two laps. It brought great joy to the many parents and friends who gathered to watch the parade. In the lower grades, the talk at school all day was about the Halloween parade. For some of the younger kids, it was their first time walking in the parade. For the older kids, we worked hard learning all day, but had fun participating in the Halloween festivities. “It wasn’t scary, but it felt weird in my costume, in a good way,” said fifth-grader Herman Razans. — Duncan Ryan and Lysander Miliaras, fifth-graders

Maret School

We’re studying bones in science!

We started out by watching two videos to help us learn about them. There was a rap about bones and a Mickey Mouse animated song! We also used an iPad app with bones. It would say a bone, like a rib, and you had to click or tap the bone. If you got it wrong, you could use the light-bulb icon, which is a hint, and it would say something like, “It’s under your cranium/ skull.” Then when you’d answered all the bone questions, you could click on a different game. The puzzle game was also really fun, where the bones were all spread out and you would have to move bones to an empty skeleton. For example, if you clicked on the patella (which is your kneecap), you would slide the bone to where you thought it would be on the skeleton. If you were right, it would click in place, and if you were wrong, there was a hint to help you. After we used the iPads, the science teacher had a skeleton body, and all the bones we were studying were on a piece of paper. She would give us one or two bones, and we would have to put it in place on the paper. We would have to tape a bone, like the humerus, either onto the label or where you thought it would go. It was a lot of fun and a great way to learn about bones! — Page Greenburg, third-grader

Murch Elementary

At Murch Elementary we have a bunch of interesting after-school

programs. In Chess Club, there are two groups, one for beginners and one for more advanced players. The students are taught what happened in actual games played by famous chess champions. It’s interesting to learn special chess words like “battery,” “discovery” and “fork.” During the last part of class, you get to play a game of chess against another club member. In Hands On Science you do lots of science experiments. There are various themes, such as chemistry and natural energy. In natural energy we learn about water, air and gravity. One week we learned about little water power, and the next week we learned about bigger water power. (This was good timing because in between, there was Hurricane Sandy!) We made a turbine out of a paper cup, a pipe cleaner and a piece of string. We used a pencil to poke holes in the cup. When we filled the cup with water, the water came out of the holes at the bottom and made the cup spin. In LEGO Robotics, we get to make different kinds of little robots out of LEGOs. We made spinning tops, a hungry alligator eating people and birds that spin around. There is a cool piece that plugs into a computer and makes your robot move when you press a button using WeDo Robotics. These programs are more fun than regular class, and they all teach you something that you can use

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 when you grow up. — Julius Cohen, Moss Kaiser and Margot Nissen, second-graders

Ross Elementary

On Nov. 1, Ross Elementary students took a stand for homeless people. The students walked around the neighborhood cheering, “Help the homeless!” Before they started the walk, there was a presentation. The students listened to a story called “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts. Our school counselor, who helped set up the homeless walk, explained that this is an opportunity for students to become aware of the homeless population in Washington, D.C. He views the walk as a way for Ross students to show they care about the homeless and believe the homeless matter to our community. Another way Ross is working to support the homeless in our community is by collecting and donating food to Martha’s Table. — Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

St. Ann’s Academy

Last week, students in the four upper grades took an exciting trip to the National Building Museum. Students in grades five, six and seven made houses out of recyclable materials. Our middle-school algebra teacher, Mrs. Shaffer, has taught us about scale models and how they are used to build houses that are energy efficient. Eighth-graders built an entire

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house using real construction materials and tools. We put up walls, put in windows, hung doors and placed siding on the outside walls before putting on a roof. We used wood, ladders, screws and power tools. Building the house together taught us teamwork and how we can use recyclable materials in construction. The people at the museum taught us how to save energy by using solar panels and windmills. All the students had a great time making things and exploring the museum’s large, beautiful building. “It was big, cool and fun,” said Sainphorine Ewale, a student in seventh grade. “I explored the museum with some eighth-graders. We talked about recycling and about greenhouses. We made our own houses out of recycled materials. I had fun, and I learned more about scale models.” “I built a house out of cardboard, and the people there were very kind,” said sixth-grader Ted Thomas. “They were very descriptive of how green energy can save the environment.” “It was great and environmental,” said fifth-grader Mia Tinsley. — Claudia Silva and Ryan Muturi, eighth-graders

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

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THEATER: Spooky Action Theater hopes to maintain church venue despite zoning issue

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mances, Spooky Action Theater is incorporated separately from Universalist Memorial. As a professional theater that sells tickets to fund its own productions, it is considered a commercial company, and its operation out of the Universalist Memorial venue is not compliant with the church’s current certificate of occupancy. But Meehan said he had difficulty finding precedent in zoning cases in which theaters requested variances to operate out of noncommercial spaces, especially smaller companies that are unable to afford to perform in non-residential zones. The city granted Spooky Action Theater a temporary certificate of occupancy last month

to continue its October performances, under the condition that patrons use only the church’s front entrance on 16th Street. The theater was also ordered to provide off-street parking for audience members and staff on Friday and Saturday performance nights to reduce local traffic. Henrich met with Meehan, Chamberlain and the complainant last Wednesday to search for an agreeable arrangement prior to the coming neighborhood commission meeting. Tonight, Meehan plans to support the church’s application for a new certificate of occupancy to include Spooky Action Theater, as long as theater members and patrons continue to use only the church’s front entrance on 16th Street. He will also propose restricting the 225-seat auditorium to 75 audience members

per production, and restricting the company to 48 performances a year in the basement space. “It seems that we as the ANC would have no case history that we would be opposing if we supported the request, as far as we could tell,” Meehan said. And Henrich is content to keep audience numbers small. “We feel that’s our niche,” he said. “It’s the small, intimate experience where you’re really close to the actors.” But with the new terms of Spooky Action Theater’s occupancy — particularly its use of the church’s front entrance — Chamberlain noted that Universalist Memorial will need to start coordinating more closely with the performance company in case both organizations wish to schedule functions at the same time.

If the new arrangements present a “conflict between the church’s interest and the theater’s interest,” she said, Universalist Memorial may not renew its space agreement with Spooky Action, which runs out in June 2013. Still, Chamberlain said she believes that the church and theater “will be reaching a peaceful agreement.” Henrich added that scheduling conflicts are normal in multiuse spaces. “I think there is a great synergy between what the theater wants to achieve and what the church wants to achieve,” he said. The Board of Zoning Adjustment will review the case at a hearing on Dec. 11. Meehan said he thought the chances were “very good” that the Board of Zoning Adjustment would eventually support the application.

DISPATCHES From Page 17 VoiceThread. My classmates and I used headphones and microphones to record our opinions, listen to others’ opinions and respond to other members of our class. One student would make a post and another would respond. The topic of the conversation was whether Hugo, a character in “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick, was a good or bad person. At the end, we were able to listen to everyone’s comments. I argued that Hugo was bad, because he stole things for his mechanical man that he did not really need, but lots of people in our class said he was good because he was trying to finish a project that his father started. We have been reading “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” for six weeks, and we were all really excited to discuss Hugo’s characteristics. — Maggie Farina, fourth-grader

School Without Walls

After a month of three- or fourday weeks, students grumbled when they realized that this week was five days as usual. “It’s so long,” I heard. “I’m ready for the weekend,” others remarked. However, the week went by smoothly, as grading periods transitioned from one to another. With the cold weather that is now upon us, it is timely that most of our fall sports seasons have come to an end. Boys soccer lost to Bell, 2-0, in the semifinals, while the girls reached the finals but ended the season with a 4-2 loss to Wilson. With most of the fall sports coming to an end, interest has begun to grow for the winter and spring sports offered at Walls. During lunch, sports teams including boys and girls basketball, ultimate Frisbee and boys and girls lacrosse have been holding interest meetings for those who might potentially play. This “long” week at Walls has come to an end, but most were surprised with how quickly it passed by. This being said, students can be happy about the next couple of weeks with Monday off for

Veterans Day and two days off the following week for Thanksgiving! — Delmar Tarragó, 11th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Hi, I’m Gregory and I’m in the fourth grade. We held an election at our school last Tuesday to vote for U.S. president. We did it on the computers. I had to put in a code to vote and then I voted. I voted for President Obama. I voted for him because I think he’ll do a good job. He has a lot of good speeches and he says stuff that he will do. He says he’s going to make jobs. Hi, I’m Stephen and I’m in the fifth grade. We had to wait a long time to vote because everyone in class voted. We voted for president and vice president. I voted for Obama and Biden. I think Mitt Romney is not much good. He doesn’t look good for being a president. He wasn’t for a lot of things that I’d go for. Maybe when I’m 18, I’ll vote for someone and it might be on a machine like the computer we used at school. The kids were excited to vote. We all wanted to find out who was going to win at our school. Obama won at our school by a lot. — Gregory Neverson, fourth-grader, and Stephan Sun, fifth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

In what ended up as the last high school varsity soccer game for 10 seniors, the Washington Latin boys soccer team (8-3-1) fell short of winning the Charter School Cup, losing 3-1 to Capital City Public Charter School in the championship game. The stage was set for the Lions to make amends for last year’s loss to Capital City in the final. The Lions came out fired up in the first half, taking the game to Capital City and dictating possession. However, it seemed Latin would face heartbreak again as Capital City eased to a 3-1 lead in the second half. For the last 12 minutes of the game, Latin worked hard to salvage something from the game. There were changes again, but the Lions fell short in their hopes of winning the cup. — Cuneyt Dil, 11th-grader


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INVASIVES: Project aims to remove English ivy from Rock Creek Park trees

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about the problem and lead them into the park to help cut back the ivy. The conservancy will provide training and tools, but the basic plan is to make whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;window cutâ&#x20AC;? into vines that have attached themselves to trees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cutting the ivy near the base of a trunk and then again at about shoulder height. Mullin said this method should ensure that the plant doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reattach and continue growing. While the National Park Service does not allow vines to be pulled up from the ground, that practice is encouraged for residents who want to remove ivy on their own properties. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events will begin Friday after-

noon with a project to remove English ivy and other invasive plants near the newly renovated Pierce Mill in preparation for planting an orchard. A post-Thanksgiving event will deploy volunteers to Soapstone Valley. Calling the effort a â&#x20AC;&#x153;long-term maintenance project ... [thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] crucial for the protection of the park,â&#x20AC;? Mullin said she welcomes volunteers as it will likely take hundreds of people to accomplish the task. Although the work can seem simple enough, she noted that the Park Service requires those interested in helping to do so with an approved group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pulling or cutting suspicious vines without supervision is not allowed. While English ivy can be found throughout

Rock Creek Park, it is most pervasive in trees along the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries, next to private residences. Mullin says it likely spreads into the park in two ways: The ivy either escapes from landscaped yards, or birds eat berries that grow on the ivy and then fly into the park, dropping the seeds that spread the vine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that people who live near the park control ivy they may have on their property because that land serves as a crucial buffer, which helps protect the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree canopy,â&#x20AC;? Mullin said. She advised residents who use the plant to make sure it stays in yards and off trees. For vines that are already growing on trees, homeowners could employ the window-

cut method or use herbicides to kill the plant while simultaneously saving the tree, she said. The Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bramble said people often underestimate the power of invasive plants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it comes to English ivy, a lot of times people think they can plant it in their yard and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to escape, but you never know what a plant is capable of, and it can easily become a problem,â&#x20AC;? she said. Since English ivy is known to be invasive, Bramble suggests residents use native alternatives such as Virginia creeper and the trumpet honeysuckle vine. For more information or to help, go to rockcreekconservancy.org.

SUITS: Custom clothier opens shop in D.C. From Page 9

body types. â&#x2013;  The mid-level â&#x20AC;&#x153;Primo,â&#x20AC;? which costs $1,395 and up, is a fully handmade suit based on measurements, with all fabric choices available (more expensive fabrics raise the price). â&#x2013;  The top-tier â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimo,â&#x20AC;? which begins at $2,395, features an â&#x20AC;&#x153;added level of pattern makingâ&#x20AC;? in which the company makes a trial suit to check sizing before beginning actual construction. Andrews said this option is particularly useful for someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely hard to fit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or just really picky. He also notes that it can make sense for someone buying multiple suits, who pays the $1,000 difference between Ultimo and Primo for just the first one. All of the suits are made in modern styles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;slim and sleek,â&#x20AC;? according to the website â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which

Andrews said can require a mental adjustment for some. But he finds it works for most customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be slim to wear slim fit,â&#x20AC;? he said. Even with uncertain customers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;nine out of 10 times the email that I get back [says], â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I hate you, because now when I put on all of my other stuff it feels uncomfortable.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Once clients select their level of design, they weigh in on the 10,000 to 15,000 fabrics available, and then decide on details: Peak lapels or notch lapels? Which of the 100-plus linings? What type of buttons? What type of collar felt? Then measurements are taken, and suits typically arrive from overseas manufacturers within six weeks. Next thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fitting and then alterations, which take a couple more weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most clients are done in eight to 10 weeks,â&#x20AC;? said Andrews. The business owner doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do

much of the construction himself (â&#x20AC;&#x153;You wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want me to do the sewing!â&#x20AC;?), but he said his skill lies in seeing what needs fixing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can diagnose problems from across the room.â&#x20AC;? His tailors, on the other hand, have been sewing for years, creating the â&#x20AC;&#x153;muscle memoryâ&#x20AC;? crucial to crafting quality bespoke garments, Andrews said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If somebody hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done this for years â&#x20AC;Ś youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to get your moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth,â&#x20AC;? he said. For those unfamiliar with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bespokeâ&#x20AC;? concept, Andrews defines the word on his website, explaining that it means custommade. His initial logo had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michael Andrewsâ&#x20AC;? on one line and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bespoke New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? on another, which confused some customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where is Bespoke?â&#x20AC;? they asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is that near Massapequa?â&#x20AC;? For an appointment, visit michaelandrewsbespoke.com.

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BERKLEY, DC

The CurrenT

$1,595,000

ELEGANT 4BR entertaining home of a Former U.S Senator and Ambassador! Located on the Grounds of the original Rockefeller Estate. Stunning 3-story marble entry foyer, elevator, 3 FP, secluded guest suite, numerous balconies, 2 car garage, views of VA countryside! 4508 Foxhall Crescent NW. Janet Whitman 202-321-0110 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

GLOVER PARK

$339,500

FABULOUS renovated 1BR with sunroom/office in highly desirable Glover Park. Quiet 4 unit building, bright and airy, move-in condition. Convenient to parks, shops and dining. John Loulan Woodley Park Office

202-615-1421 202-483-6300

16TH ST HEIGHTS $679,000 NEW PRICE!!! Sophisticated Living in Urban Setting! 3 level TH w/2000+ SF, open flr plan, solarium w/skylights, custom ts KIT w/gran counters & blk mrbl flr, MBR w/bay window, ensuite & his/her closets, HWFs, central vac, stor, fin bsmt w/FP, bar, priv rear entry, brick patio, 2-car gar & pkg for 2 more, 4BR, 3.5BA. Nr RC Pk, Col Hts, U St, Dupont, dtown DC. Elaine Conroy 202-744-6291 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ARLINGTON $230,000 RARELY on the market – 2BR unit at The Arbors of Arlington, a clustered set of garden bldg w/central courtyard. This unit has tree house feel with arched entries and new carpet (well-preserved wood floor beneath.) Nr Route 50 & Glebe, 1 mile to Ballston Metro. Community Ctr with gym, courts, etc. across the street. Tasia Pappas Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BETHESDA, MD $1,499,000 SERENE, CHARMING BEAUTY! Totally renov home in Whitman School District on almost an acre of lovely grounds. ss/gran KIT, adjoining FR, fully finished LL with FBA. HDWDs, 2FPs, attached Garage. ALL NEW, just waiting for YOU! Cheryl Kurss 301-346-6615 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CAPITOL HILL $1,199,900 EXTRAORDINARY top to bottom gut renov of classic end TH into stunning 3BR, 2.5BA owners unit with high income legal 2BR income unit below! Open floor plan flooded with light from loads of windows & S exposure. Gour KIT w/gran island, top of the line ss appls, HWFs, custom tile BAs & moldings, Mste w/tray ceilg, skylite, 2 party decks, gar PKG and the equivalent of 500K in mortgage from rental income in bsmt. www.RobyThompson.com. Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 CHEVY CHASE $279,000 Freshly painted1BR with refinished floors in a full service bldg! Garage parking, roof top deck and more. Ron Sitrin 202-243-2922 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777 CHEVY CHASE $1,340,000 GORGEOUS 2-story PH at Chase Point. Gour KIT with Viking stove, ss appls. Semi-priv upgraded roof terrace w/gas

BETHESDA

$2,250,000

STUNNING contemp nr DC. 5BR, 5.5BA w/sunset views over the Potomac. Tons of upgrades, Mste w/priv balc, SubZero/Asko & GE Monogram appls, deck off main. Oak HW, sound system, central vac, 2-car garage, 2 gas FPs, 40 ft custom pool! Yusef Khatib Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

OBSERVATORY CIRCLE

BETHESDA, MD

$777,500

CRESTWOOD

ENCHANTING detached craftsman Tudor on treed block, 6,000 SF lot a few blks from RC Park. Prominent open columned porch, 4 fin levels, frch drs, 2 Mstes, 2 addl BRs, 3BAs + 2 powder rooms. 2 zoned CAC! www.TheChampionCollection.com. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

PALISADES

WASHINGTON GROVE

$5,900,000

ELEGANT 5BR, 5BA, 3½BA Mediterranean Villa next to VP’s residence. 17,000 SF lot on Mass Ave. Home office w/sep entry. 2 KIT, sep DR, libr, great rm, media rm. Updtd 1BR/1BA apt over detached 2 car garage. 3400 Massachusetts Ave NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

$865,000

BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED and improved det 1920 Sears Catalog home. Front porch, high ceilings, stunning original woodwork, abundant natural light. Call for more details. Juliet Zucker 202-491-5220 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

Sun-filled, 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 stor, xstorage conveys. 4 blk to METRO. 301-775-0900 CHEVY CHASE DC $1,695,000 Adam Isaacson 202-363-9700 RENOVATED and expanded home near Chevy Chase Office Friendship Hts metro! Previous ambas$359,900 sador’s residence! Bright, sunny, tree-top CLEVELAND PARK views. Prof KIT, 6BR, 4BA, wired, 2-car GREAT LOCATION! Garden lvl 1BR w/new carpet, paint & HWF. KIT garage, backyard. 3913 Huntington St. Vassiliki Economides 202-345-2429 w/maple cabs & gran counter. Loads of Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 closet space. W/D in unit. Pet Friendly bldg. 24 hr desk, rooftop pool, fitness ctr CLEVELAND PARK $289,000 & party room. Gar PKG. Short walk to 2 A HIDDEN GEM and VALUE! Tucked METROS. Zip car at end of drive. 301-351-5558 away from noise, large 1BR unit Barbara Fagel 202-363-9700 w/solarium, updtd KIT, HWF, old world Chevy Chase Office charm, in the heart of Cleveland Pk. 1 $214,500 block to metro, shops & entertainment. CONN / VAN NESS VERY LARGE, sunny & well-priced! 1BR Priced for a quick sale. Ruth Sullivan 202-255-4562 in Van Ness North, a well-managed, Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 beautifully maintained Co-op bldg in the heart of DC. Incredibly close to a red line CLEVELAND PARK $299,000 METRO, bike-share station, Giant Food, CHARMING corner unit, mod conven. brand new Walgreens and a dozen other

$519,900

NEWER COLONIAL with 5BR/3BA, gourmet kit open to FR, 2 car garage, & rear deck on .44 acre. Historic town with 100+acres of forest & park & swimming lake. Near Marc, Shady & Grove Metro. Susan Van Nostrand 301-529-1385 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

grill. 4 gar PKG spaces convey, xlge stor space. Nr shops, restaurants, Metro. Bldg amenities incl concierge, gym, conference room with full kitchen. One pet allowed. Kent Madsen Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

$849,000

WOODACRES HIDEAWAY! Pretty, sunny Colonial with Gorgeous rear Garden views from Family Room / Living Room / Dining Room & Sun Room! 3BR, 2FBA, HDWD flrs, updated granite Kitchen with side Deck. Whitman School cluster. Julie Burfield 301-452-8901 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

GEORGETOWN $947,500 CHARMING semi-det Gtown Victorian on great block in West Village. Elegant & bright interior w/original architectural details, crown moldings, wood flrs, 3BR, 2BA and play room. KIT w/tin ceilg, gran counters, ss appls. Sunny adjacent patio w/stor; alley to street. 1625 33rd St NW. Margaret Heimbold 202-812-2750 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 GEORGETOWN $2,235,000 FABULOUS new price! Sun-filled Grand Victorian. Recently updtd, superb 1st lvl. WOW KIT w/butler’s pantry opens to FR adjoining garden. Mste w/frpl and alcove. Upper level is like studio apt. Leased PKG at Gtown Inn, half a block away. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 KENT, DC $1,199,995 ALL BRICK colonial in sought after Kent. Palisades. 4BR, 2FBA, 2HBA. Large liv/FR w/FP. Lib/den off LR. Sep DR. KIT opens to bright sunroom out into priv, landscaped backyard. Open floor plan, priv driveway/gar. Walk to shops, restaurants, C&O Canal. Min to Gtown, Bethesda & VA. 5709 MacArthur Blvd NW. Sara Bjerde 202-374-0052 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

stores and eateries. EASY LIVING! Carole Maslin 301-802-9000 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 DUPONT $2,495,000 ELEGANT 4 lvl Dupont Victorian Row. LR w/marble FP, pocket drs, formal DR w/FP. Gour eat-in KIT w/Subzero, Viking, Bosch. Deck off KIT, 2nd deck above 2 car GAR, slate patio. 2nd lvl has 2BR w/FP, hall BA w/rain shower. 3rd lvl MBR ste w/slate BA, clawfoot tub, sep shower, 3 closets, FP, W/D, Juliette balc. LL is sep metered apt, FP, Viking stove, keg frige, wd stove in BR. Addl storage, W/D, wine cellar. Near Metro, shops. www.ScottPurcell.com. Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 GEORGETOWN $355,900 BRIGHT, cheerful 1BR at Beall Crt, dramatic high ceilgs & wd flrs. Deep LR, spacious BR, classic B&W bath, wonderful TS KIT with priv exit to shared crtyrd, all in fab East Village nr Dupont Cir, trails, shops, restaurants. Pets OK! Fee incls gas, heat, water. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

LOGAN CIRCLE $825,000 SUMPTUOUS 2-Story expansive PH in secure bldg, 2BR, Den, 2.5BA, 2 balcs, a beautiful Vermont St view. Gour KIT w/island, 42” cabs, gran, Wolf & SubZero applcs. Perfect open layout spans 1682 SF – open on main floor with beautiful HWs. Generously sized BRs & 5 huge closets w/organizers. Gar PKG. Blocks to Whole Foods. $489/mo fees. Info/pics www.homeswithcasey.com. Casey Aboulafia 703-624-4657 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 SW/WATERFRONT $499,500 CUSTOM, RENOVATED 3BR, 2BA end unit TH is perfect! Has is all! Move right in! Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 WEST LAUREL ACRE $210,000 WELCOME HOME to this 3BR, 2BA home w/new windows, lrg LR w/FP, sep DR, updated kit w/stainless, FR addition and huge yard. Tim Gallagher 301-537-8464 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777


A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

November 14, 2012 â&#x2013;  Page 21

New condo building plays the angles in Shaw

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eal estate development firm Blue Sky Housing has earned its optimistic name with a newly built two-unit condo-

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minium on Rhode Island Avenue. On a sunny winter morning, natural light streams through the many windows of the just-delivered project. Designed to fill an empty lot, the polygonal structure will have geometry buffs scratching their heads. Narrower at its front, the building widens at the back, yielding a footprint thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit like a drunken trapezoid. Planners wisely decided to maximize the lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s odd shape. High ceilings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9 or 10 feet throughout the project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and large windows bounce light off acute angles and canting walls, while wood floorboards placed on the diagonal add another vector to the mix. Artificial light from small LED pot lights also illuminates the spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural interest. The two unitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; main levels are essentially identical. A living space is divided from Rhode Island

Avenue by a grid of nine windows. Toward the rear of each unit, the open-plan footprint widens to allow a generous dining area next to a sizable kitchen. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this area that shows how useful these units could be for owners who entertain. So many condos put the squeeze on square footage for cooking and eating, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of room here for both. Granite counters stretch in a U-shape to provide plenty of prep area, and stainless-steel appliances, including a gas range and counterdepth fridge, are generously sized. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space along one stretch of countertop for guests to perch on stools. Style hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been forgotten here. A wall of pencil-thin tile stretches to the ceiling behind a stainlesssteel exhaust hood. Birch-finish cabinets keep the look light but interesting, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of storage to hide less-stylish items â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a microwave, which is hidden in a cubby beneath the countertop. In the lower of the two units, French doors lead to a gated, paved outdoor area thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shared with a neighboring home. In the upper, they lead to a balcony. Tall, solid-wood doors on each

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

The newly built condominium at 501 Rhode Island Ave. has two units. One is listed at $525,000, and the other at $575,000. main level open to a powder room with a glass vessel sink. Another leads to a systems closet that reveals some of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green features, such as a tankless water heater. The units are also pre-wired for CAT-5, making them ready for whatever technology buyers may bring. On the bedroom level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; downstairs from the main level for the lower unit, upstairs for the upper â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two bedrooms with en-suite baths wait. Designers solved the geometry problem here by giving each space a short entry hall that turns into the bedroom proper, though in

SELLING THE AREAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FINEST PROPERTIES

one bedroom that portion of the room is large enough to accommodate a seating area. In each unit, one bedroom connects to a bath with a walk-in shower and stylish tile work, while the other has a bath with a spa tub and shower accessed by a frameless glass half-door. Both units also include stacked front-loading washers and dryers. The Shaw Metro stop is close, as are Howard University and the U Street corridor. The newly restored Howard Theatre is nearby, and a

few blocks away, the CityMarket at O project is set to deliver a new Giant grocery store to the neighborhood next year. Unit 1 at 501 Rhode Island Ave., the lower of the two, has 1,340 square feet and is listed for $525,000. The upper, Unit 2, has 1,380 square feet and is listed for $575,000. For details, contact RealtorJonathan Rutherford of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 202-714-1181 or jonathan@ jonathanrutherford.com.

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Georgetown Charmer

Elegance Defined

Kenwood, Md. Magnificent & grand Colonial on 2/3 acre lot. Featuring 8 BRs, 6.5 BAs. Elegance & grace throughout including a beautiful curving staircase to both the 2nd & 3rd floors. $2,995,000 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242

Quintessential Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase, MD. Four beautiful levels recently expanded & renovated. High end kitchen w/island breakfast area, Great room MBR suite w/spa bath. 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Flagstone patio. $1,879,000 Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

Georgetown. Sunny, light filled end unit townhouse. Completely renovated w/4 BRs, 2.5 BAs. SS & granite kitchen, frpl. Fenced yard, pkg for 2/3 cars. $1,449,000 Lynn Bulmer  202-257-2410

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Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Main level living at its finest. Updated & expanded bungalow. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, Large unfinished loft. Walkout LL w/au-pair suite. Off street pkg for 3 cars Walk to dwntwn Bethesda. $1,379,000 Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

CHEVY CHASE 4400 JENIFER STREET NW 202-364-1700

One of A Kind

Chevy Chase, DC. Colonial on  private wooded lot in quiet neighborhood. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Family rm addition. MBR suite w/new ba, 13â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;? ceilings & brick frpl. Loft BR w/skylights. Att. garage. $949,000 Ellen Abrams  202-255-8219

Contemporary Style

Colonial Village. Beautiful & spacious custom home overlooking Rock Creek Park. Living rm w/access to patio, open kitchen w/granite & SS appl. 3 BRs on main level. LL w/rec rm, powder rm & library. 2 car garage. $799,000 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

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The CurrenT

Northwest Real Estate LIQUOR: Council committee approves ABC bill From Page 3

rule â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allowing protests from a group of five individuals living anywhere in the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; should continue. Citing feedback he received from residents in wards 5 and 6, Wells said the neighborhood impact of large alcohol-serving establishments can be greater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we restrict that right of our citizens to be able to speak to this,â&#x20AC;? the amendment would reserve that right for establishments that do â&#x20AC;&#x153;have an impact beyond 400 feet,â&#x20AC;? he said at the hearing. During the billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public comment period this summer, a number of civic organizations also spoke out against the 400-foot limit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having no rules or parameters on who can protest an establishment was way too lenient, but now the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction,â&#x20AC;? Susie Taylor, president of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, said in an interview this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes all the sense in the world to have limitations on who can protest,â&#x20AC;? she said. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;400 feet is way too little â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less than one city block. We think a more appropriate limit would be 1,800 feetâ&#x20AC;? from a licensed establishment. Graham said at the hearing that a task force he convened last December, which met for four months to assess possible changes to alcohol regulations, voted 13-1-1 in support of the 400-foot restriction. Wells decided to withdraw the proposed amendment after realizing he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the votes to pass it. Alexander said she needed time to

consider whether lifting the restriction would adversely impact businesses, and Graham said that he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support any amendments to the bill, citing his commitment to the task forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations. Wells said he would reintroduce the amendment when the bill goes before the full council. In a separate amendment the committee passed, Alexander suggested striking provisions that would change building codes for new mixed-use construction as of Jan. 1, 2013, to require the use of higher standards of soundproofing materials in walls, floors, ceilings and windows. The provision would also require that potential buyers and tenants of mixed-use properties be notified of any soundproofing noise protections to which they are entitled. Alexander said that while she supports making changes to building codes to address noise, the provision goes beyond the scope of a bill aimed at revising rules on alcohol sales. Instead, she said it would be more appropriately considered in separate legislation under the Committee of Public Services and Consumer Affairs, which she chairs and which oversees building codes. The amendment passed 3-1, with Graham voting against. Committee member Marion Barry, who represents Ward 8, did not attend the meeting. In the third proposed amendment, Wells suggested that the bill allow the sale of growlers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 64-ounce reusable containers filled with draft beer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by liquor stores as well as

brew pubs and full-service grocery stores. The use of the reusable containers, which are sealed for offpremises consumption, is thought to have environmental benefits. The amendment passed 3-1, with Graham opposed. The markup didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address some other controversial provisions of the bill, including proposed new rules for civic associations that want to launch protests, and a provision that would cause an advisory neighborhood commission to subsume another groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protest if the commission first reaches a voluntary agreement with the establishment in question. In an interview, Graham said he is hopeful the omnibus bill will pass this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to keep in mind that we are advancing the recommendations of the task force,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I made a commitment that I would support what they came up with and not make any changes. Without that commitment this would not be a very meaningful process.â&#x20AC;? Graham added that he intends to stand with the working groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if additional amendments are offered when the bill goes to the full council. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee of the Whole is slated to discuss the amended bill at Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, and it may come up for a first vote at the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislative session later that day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not the last opportunity to consider ABC law,â&#x20AC;? Graham said, adding that he might introduce additional legislation that would incorporate some provisions not included in the omnibus bill.

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Army about how many turkeys would have to be cooked for a charity Thanksgiving dinner. The chef told Davis the real challenge was actually defrosting those turkeys in time to cook and serve them. Hundreds of people donated turkeys, but they were always frozen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I asked him, what if I can get five or 10 people to cook these turkeys to get this started?â&#x20AC;? Davis said. The chef took him up on that, and Davis enlisted the help of several of his friends from a local bar to prepare the turkeys in advance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing it ever since,â&#x20AC;? said Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The charities have changed over the years, and the location has changed.â&#x20AC;? He transported the tradition to D.C. when he moved down here in 1989 to head the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He was so caught up with his new principal duties that fall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;taking over a high school was a big deal,â&#x20AC;? he said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that he forgot about his turkey ritual until the last minute. He decided to ask Ellington students and teachers to help out, using the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cafeteria, and they rose to the challenge. In D.C., the recipient has always been the Gospel Rescue Ministries, at 810 5th St. NW. Davis typically delivers between 20 to 30 turkeys there on the day before Thanksgiving. Pastor John Pendleton, who directs food facilities at the ministry, said receiving â&#x20AC;&#x153;already cooked turkeys â&#x20AC;Ś really helps us a lotâ&#x20AC;?: Cooks can just heat them up the next day, then serve. About a half-dozen cooks work the kitchen each Thanksgiving, he said, preparing meals for the ministryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regulars along with anyone else who wants to partake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People just drop in. Members of the Chinese community [in Chinatown] come in,â&#x20AC;? Pendleton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We stop police on the street,

make sure they get a meal.â&#x20AC;? After starting out at Ellington, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Order of the Drumstickâ&#x20AC;? evolved into a mobile operation, with Davis driving to the homes of volunteers to pick up the cooked turkeys. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been able to recruit volunteers from his various workplaces (his resume includes senior public-relations posts at The Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and AARP), and, more recently, through local listservs. Chevy Chase resident Susan Pizza found out about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Order of the Drumstickâ&#x20AC;? last year from her neighborhood listserv. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be cooking a turkey anyway. â&#x20AC;Ś Why not do two, instead of one?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. Pizza said she prefers helping this way because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more active than â&#x20AC;&#x153;going to the grocery store and picking up a few extra cans of stuff.â&#x20AC;? Her Thanksgiving Day obligations prevent her from volunteering at a shelter during the holiday, but she likes being â&#x20AC;&#x153;able to put my time and my care into cooking a turkey â&#x20AC;Ś to make the lives of the volunteers who are cooking more simple.â&#x20AC;? Davis said his volunteers often want to do â&#x20AC;&#x153;fancy thingsâ&#x20AC;? when they cook, but he has use only for simple cooked turkeys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the innards removed and, due to health concerns, no stuffing. He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen some mishaps over the years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One poor young ladyâ&#x20AC;? handed in her turkey as a bag of dust, he recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She fell asleep, and by the time she woke up it had turned to sawdust.â&#x20AC;? To be safe, he always cooks five turkeys himself. Davis said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already booked up with volunteers for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Order of the Drumstick,â&#x20AC;? but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always next year. He encouraged those interested to email him at martis_davis@comcast.net.

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high hurdle at the zoning board even without neighborhood opposition. Now his architect has revised that plan, proposing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;breezewayâ&#x20AC;? one story above ground, supported by a new wall on one side, to connect the house and garage. That would preserve more green space and require only a special exception from the zoning board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our dream house would have had a conservatory, but if people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth the battle,â&#x20AC;? Marks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hit a buzz saw here.â&#x20AC;? His zoning attorney, Allison Prince, called it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dramatic changeâ&#x20AC;? to address neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; objections. She said the additions wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t block light and air to nearby homes because those properties are already taller and bigger than the Marksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hoped-for home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This house is unusually small, and adapting it to the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needsâ&#x20AC;? is a common reason to grant zoning exceptions, Prince said. But the changes have not won over a large group of neighbors, who have united in opposition and retained their own attorney. One neighbor testified that the wall and breezeway would block her windows, doors and veranda. Another called the proposed breezeway â&#x20AC;&#x153;an enclosed bridge. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a climate-controlled, elevated hallway with a bathroom.â&#x20AC;? James Pepper of the local group Preserve Our Green Space called Sheridan-Kalorama â&#x20AC;&#x153;a verdant enclave in the heart of our city.â&#x20AC;? The Marksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plan, he said, would â&#x20AC;&#x153;wall off neighbors. The applicant bought the house knowing of the zoning restrictions and easement. Now he plans to elimi-

nate light, trees and green space. We are unaware of any support in the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? Lloyd Jordan, the zoning boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair, shook his head. He scheduled a board vote on the zoning exception for Jan. 6, but then told the assembled crowd, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe you want to go in a room, close the door and work this out. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re neighbors and hopefully will be neighbors for a long time.â&#x20AC;? Zoning approval is only the first step. Alterations to the Marksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house, like 18 others on the block, are restricted by a conservation easement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in essence, a private contract that gives the nonprofit easement holder the right to approve or reject exterior alterations or changes to open space. In return, the property owner gets a tax deduction to make up for any perceived loss in value to the home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be the most restrictive street in the country,â&#x20AC;? said Marie Drissel, a neighborhood activist who lives across Bancroft and got the first easement on that block in 1999, followed by many of her neighbors. She called the Marksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house â&#x20AC;&#x153;a jewel,â&#x20AC;? noting it is already elegantly renovated inside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knew from Day One that he bought a house with all these restrictions. We assumed this could never happen.â&#x20AC;? Carol Goldman, director of the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant Trust â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which holds the easement on 2130 Bancroft and more than 1,100 other properties in Washington â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said the organization hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reviewed the Marksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plan yet and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment on specific cases. In general, the nonprofitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website says, it works with property owners to make sure exterior alterations take account of â&#x20AC;&#x153;preservation values and the aesthetic concerns of â&#x20AC;Ś the community.â&#x20AC;?

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The house at 2130 Bancroft Place in Sheridan-Kalorama has multiple layers of historic protections.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We monitor and mediate change,â&#x20AC;? Goldman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But there is no appeal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our property, and if we say no, we say no.â&#x20AC;? And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the city preservation board, which must approve the plans since the house is located in a historic district. Steve Callcott, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy preservation officer, said city regulations require property owners with easements to obtain a consent letter from the easement holder before they bring a proposal to the preservation board. The board uses its own standards to ensure that characterdefining features are retained, and that alterations are compatible with the historic district. No date has been set for the preservation board to hear the Bancroft Place case.

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6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Saint Stephen Martyr Church, 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  discussion of a temporary location for the West End fire station and an amicus brief regarding D.C. Library Renaissance Project litigation. â&#x2013;  consideration of Board of Zoning Adjustment matters: application by EastBanc for its project on Square 50. â&#x2013;  discussion of the George Washington University Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application for a certificate of need from the D.C. State Health Planning and Development Agency for a kidney and pancreas transplant program. â&#x2013;  discussion of Public Space Committee matters: Paul Bakery, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., sidewalk cafe and tree plantings. â&#x2013;  discussion of residential visitor parking permits. â&#x2013;  discussion of the omnibus alcohol license reform bill proposed by Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham. â&#x2013;  discussion of a Northwest Triangle/Foggy Bottom Heritage Trail. â&#x2013;  consideration of resolutions regarding School Without Walls and Golden Triangle Park achievements. â&#x2013;  consideration of resolutions regarding D.C. Public Schools librarians and art teachers. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding sequestration. â&#x2013;  presentation regarding George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for the Historic Preservation Review Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of plans for Square 77. â&#x2013;  public comments. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, on the fifth floor of the Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  introduction of winners in the advisory neighborhood commission elections. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development regarding the temporary location of Engine Co. 1. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on bicycle lane renovations and bicycle safety. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on scooter/moped regulation and parking. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Neighborhood Restaurant Group for a new restaurant at 1323 Connecticut Ave. (serving American food; no entertainment/dancing; occupancy of 150, seating of 100; hours of operation, Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and

Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.; hours of alcoholic beverage sales and service, Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.) â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Catch 15 for a tavern at 1518 K St. (entertainment with DJ, occasional Flamenco dancers, guitar player and other live music; hours of operation, sales, service and consumption, Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; hours of operation of entertainment for inside and sidewalk cafe, Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.) â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by James Hobanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Restaurant and Bar, 1 Dupont Circle, to modify its voluntary agreement in order to extend permitted hours of operation to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 a.m. on other days. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for an umbrella at Sette Osteria, 1666 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a sidewalk cafe at Bean and Bite, 1152 15th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for designation of 1729 H St. as a historic landmark. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Spooky Action Theatre for a use variance to allow commercial theater performances at the Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for approval of plans by Quinn Evans Architects to enhance the American Bar Association Building at 740 15th St. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  logan circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.


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increase part-time administrator Adrienne Gudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary from $1,250 to $1,650 per month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Smith] was going on about his position of believing that somehow we had acted improperly, and I said that he was surely entitled to his opinion but that I disagree with it,â&#x20AC;? Ross said in an interview. With regard to filing formal complaints, Ross added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He should feel free to do whatever he wants. I hope he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and that if he does carry out that course of action, I hope they would find that he is wrong.â&#x20AC;? Smith, in an interview, said he hopes his complaint would yield â&#x20AC;&#x153;unequivocal clarificationâ&#x20AC;? of murky sections of District law and, if necessary, require that the commission be reimbursed for $1,200 in payments

to Gude that he says were never properly authorized. Last week commissioners agreed to reconsider Gudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new salary to $19,800 per year, nearly all of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual budget, when her contract expires next month. Smith argues, though, that if the July vote was indeed improper, the damage has been done by paying Gude more than she was authorized to receive in the several months before last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public vote. Smith said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still prepared to back off on filing the complaint, either if someone shows a convincing legal interpretation or reimburses the commission the $1,200. Ross abstained from last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote because he and Gude are friends. Smith said that on top of his procedural concerns he felt the salary was too high.

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universities in the United States have already installed campus smoking bans. While the new smoking policy at George Washington is not finalized, students, faculty and staff will work over the next year to hammer out specifics regarding school boundaries, education and enforcement. For Julien Guttman, a graduate student at George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Health and Health Services, the announcement will be a major triumph for her student organization, Colonials for Clean Air. The group has been working for almost four years to ban smoking on campus. But more than just ridding the campus of second-hand smoke, Guttman said the initiative would be about furthering social change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be about changing social norms, and changing the perception of smoking and helping people understand why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad for you,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are groups on campus that feel this is a restriction of everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freedom, while we see the good of everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health,â&#x20AC;? she added. While neither George Washington nor American University has officially outlined a strategy to enforce the bans, some are already skeptical that the new rules will be enforceable. The University of District of Columbia banned smoking on its campuses in 1997, but the school has found the policy difficult to administer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We continue to struggle to get people to comply with the no-smoking ban,â&#x20AC;? said University of the District Columbia spokesperson Alan Etter. Etter said the University of District of Columbia is considering additional enforcement measures, but officials are not optimistic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like any other place. We have issues relative to enforcement. People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t obey the signs up

everywhere. Some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t obey the law,â&#x20AC;? he said. At American University, some student leaders have raised objections to the ban, suggesting that sending students off campus to smoke or use tobacco products could put them at risk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only will the ban increase the risks to studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personal safety at off-campus locations, but their forced migration will result in larger implications regarding the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation in the community,â&#x20AC;? wrote a group of three student leaders in a letter to the campus. At George Washington, some students opposed to the ban held a â&#x20AC;&#x153;smoke-inâ&#x20AC;? in protest on Tuesday, complaining that they had not been given sufficient opportunity to weigh in on the plan. George Washington Student Association president Ashwin Narla said the next year will involve efforts to make sure smokers do not feel unwelcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain amount of the student population that does smoke, so I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about talking to both sides,â&#x20AC;? said Narla. When the new smoking restrictions are put into place, he said, it will be important for smokers to have both a place to seek out fellow smokers and a place t o obtain help in quitting, if they so choose. The goal going forward, Narla said, will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;to make sure that students who do smoke donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel completely marginalized on our campus.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, nearby Georgetown University will be sticking to the status quo. In January, Georgetown University Medical Center became an entirely smoke-free campus, but Rachel Pugh, director of media relations at the university, said that there are no plans at this time to change the smoking policy on the main campus. Under the current university policy, smoking areas must be at least 25 feet from entries, outdoor air

  

   

 

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Wednesday november 14 Concerts ■ The Georgetown University Chamber Singers will perform Monteverdi’s “Magnificat.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. ■ Violinist Jesús Reina (shown) and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas will perform as part of the Embassy Series. 7:30 p.m. $160. Residence of the European Union Ambassador, 2542 Belmont St. NW. 202625-2361. Discussions and lectures ■ Columbia University professor Ruth Defries will discuss “How Humanity Came to Dominate the Planet.” 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Center, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. defries.eventbrite.com. ■ Lyle Goldstein, associate professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, will discuss “Chinese Naval Strategy in the South China Sea: An Abundance of Noise and Smoke, but Little Fire.” 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. zji@jhu.edu.

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Events Entertainment ■ Contributor Rick Atkinson will discuss the book “My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop,” at 5:30 p.m.; and David Nasaw will discuss his book “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy,” at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ At an open meeting of the Chevy Chase chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, economist Walton Francis will advise federal employees and retirees on their choices of their health insurance plan during the current open season. 6 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-234-2911. ■ Marcee F. Craighill, director of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State, will give an illustrated lecture about the celebrated spaces used to entertain official guests. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $45. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. Attendees will be able to sign up for a 45-minute tour on a selection of dates. ■ Tim McGrath will discuss “John Barry, An American Hero in the Age of Sail.” 7 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Irene Levin Berman will discuss her book “‘We Are Going to Pick Potatoes’: Norway and the Holocaust, The Untold Story.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations

required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st St. NW. 202-994-7129. ■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s DC Reads program, the Mount Pleasant Library Book Club will discuss “Reading ‘Lolita’ in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi. 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ Magnum photographers Larry Towell and Peter van Agtmael will discuss “Transforming Society Through Photos: The Role of Free and Independent Photojournalism.” 7 p.m. $12; $6 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Author Timothy Egan will discuss “Shadows, Reflections, Spirits: The Stories Behind Edward Curtis’s Photos of Native America.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Films ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will present the documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” Light dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The PictureHouse film screening series will feature Vanessa Gould’s 2008 documentary “Between the Folds.” 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. meridianhillpictures.com. ■ The Lions of Czech Film will present Robert Sedlacek’s 2006 film “Rules of Lies,” about 12 recovering drug addicts who attempt to clean themselves up at a makeshift rehab center. 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meeting ■ The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. ltagmiles@aol.com. Performances ■ As part of the Happenings Happy Hours series, Quest Visual Theatre will present “Alonzo’s Lullaby,” a shadow puppet play for adults. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Slovenia will present Fru-Fru Puppets performing “Videk’s New Shirt.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events ■ The Virginia Quarterly Review will mark the release of its fall issue on “The Female Conscience” with a reading by guest editor Marie Arana (shown) and contributors Judith Warner, Mary Emma Koles and Sandra Beasley. 5:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282.

Wednesday, november 14 ■ Concert: Malian blues guitarist Leni Stern and her African trio will perform selections from her album “Smoke No Fire.” 8 and 10 p.m. $22. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. bluesalley.com. ■ “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Gordon Parks” will feature a youth photography exhibit and a panel discussion about the civil rights photographer’s work. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Thursday, Nov. 15

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Class ■ Botanist and herbalist Holly PooleKavana will present a class on “Medicinal Trees,” about several native and nonnative trees and shrubs with healing properties. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. caseytrees.org. Concerts ■ Mitra Sumara will perform a blend of traditional Iranian sounds with rock, soul and pop. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Violinist Sergey Khachatryan and the National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present “An Evening of Musical Oneness,” featuring performances by various student ensembles and a special appearance by composer Richard Smallwood. 7:30 p.m. $10. Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. 202337-4825. Dinner ■ Takoma Park Baptist Church will sponsor its 18th annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Program. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Social Hall, Takoma Park Baptist Church, 635 Aspen St. NW. 202-723-4700. Discussions and lectures ■ Ljubica Vasic, member of the Serbian Parliament, will discuss “Serbia’s Road to European Union Accession: Prospects and Potential Pitfalls.” 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. eventbrite.com/event/4535836810.

■ “Protest and Rebellion in the Middle East” will feature panelists Wendy Pearlman, assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University; Jillian Schwedler, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and David Patel, assistant professor of government at Cornell University. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/8popwsr. ■ Betsy Clark, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and an expert on global democratization, will discuss her life and career. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ James Mann, author in residence at the School of Advanced International Studies Foreign Policy Institute, will discuss “The Obama Administration and U.S. Foreign Policy.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 812, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. reischauer@jhu.edu. ■ Isabel L. Taube, curator of the exhibition “Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay” at the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, will discuss the American artist’s watercolor techniques. 2 p.m. $20; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. waltergaylecture.eventbrite.com. ■ Wilfred McClay, professor of humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will discuss “Tocqueville and Higher Education.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mortara Center, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. tocquevilleforum.org. ■ Jakub Grygiel, senior associate professor of international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss “What Does It Take to Be a Naval Power?” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. reischauer@jhu.edu. ■ Michael Willis, university research lecturer at the University of Oxford, will discuss “Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco From Independence to the Arab Spring.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/cdy7wmq. ■ A panel discussion on “How Younger Women Affect Elections” will feature panelists Allison Dunatchik, program director of Running Start; Katie Shorey, program director for Clifton Consulting LLC; and Priyanka Mantha, communications coordinator at Emily’s List. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ A gallery talk will focus on Per Kirkeby’s “Project Normalcy.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Selma James, founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign, will discuss her book “Sex, Race, and Class — The Perspective of See Events/Page 29


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Events Entertainment Joint Chiefs of Staff for warrior and family support; Sonja Batten, a mental health consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Kristina Kaufmann, executive director of the Code of Support Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Mary L. Tabor will discuss her novel “Who by Fire.” 8:30 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Festival ■ The National Museum of the American Indian will host the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to celebrate the tribe’s history and heritage with performances, presentations, cooking demonstrations and storytelling. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free admission. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Films ■ The Washington, DC Film Society will present “Coming Attractions Trailer Night, Winter 2012,” featuring commentary by D.C. film critics Bill Henry and Tim Gordon and previews of upcoming releases. 7 to 9 p.m. $8. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. dcfilmsociety.org. ■ The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will show the National Geographic film “America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail” as part of its 2012 membership drive. A discussion will follow. 8 p.m. $30 donation suggested; free for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. appalachiantrail.org/discover. Performances ■ George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “DanceWorks Fall 2012,” featuring faculty and student choreographers and guest artist Laura Halzack. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-9948072 The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ■ “Fuego Flamenco VIII” will feature “Flamenco: Territorio DeMente” by Karen Lugo and Company. 8 p.m. $30; $18 for students. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Sporting events ■ The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions will feature members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $200. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tour ■ Published poet and National Portrait Gallery historian David C. Ward will lead a tour of the exhibit “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets,” which he curat-



Friday, november 16 ■ Concert: The Russian Chamber Arts Society will present soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot (shown) and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern performing works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Marx and Wolf. 7:30 p.m. $50. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. thercas.com.

ed. Noon. Free. Meet at second-floor exhibition entrance, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Nov. 16 Friday, Friday november 16 Book signing ■ Stephen Colbert will sign copies of his book “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.” 3 p.m. Book purchase required. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Concerts ■ The Friday Music Series will feature pianist George Lepauw performing an allBeethoven program. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ California-based musician Frank Fairfield will perform on the fiddle, banjo, guitar. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center and the Embassy of Chile will present tenor Mauricio Miranda and pianist Gustavo Miranda performing popular Latin American folk songs, the premiere of the first part of José Antonio Gil’s “Citas de Chile,” and works by Schubert, Verdi and Fauré. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Iglesias Auditorium, InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. cultural.eeuu@minrel.gov.cl. ■ Corcordia DC — featuring soprano Molly Young, tenor Stephen White and clarinetist Catina Sweety — and pianist David Montgomery will perform works by Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. concordiadc.info. ■ The theater cabaret series “Barbara Cook’s Spotlight” will feature Tony Awardwinning actress Linda Lavin. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. SATURDAY, DEC 4th 10-4pm

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■ The Carroll Cafe will present singersongwriter Kate Campbell performing soul, R&B, Southern rock, country and folk music. 7:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. 301829-9882. ■ KC Jazz Club will present Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodríguez. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The American University Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Márquez, Barber and Schumann. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Apollon Musagète Quartett will perform works by Haydn, Szymanowski, Suk and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Vasily Petrenko will present “Beyond the Score: Shostakovich’s ‘Symphony No. 4’ — Is Music Dangerous?” 8 p.m. $10 to $50. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Lincoln Theatre Soul Concert Services will feature singer Regina Belle and comedian Sylvia Traymore Morrison. 8 p.m. $20 to $34. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. Discussions and lectures ■ The Greater Washington Board of Trade will present a talk by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Jon Meacham on his book “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.” 8 to 10 a.m. $100. Rotunda, Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. bot.org. ■ Panelists will discuss “The United States and Iran: Anticipating Possible Effects of Conflict on the Global Economy.” Noon. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. rsvp@fas.org. ■ Anderson House curator Emily Schulz will present a look at two of the 10 presentation swords granted by the Continental Congress to Revolutionary War    

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heroes. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ James Cavallaro, professor of law and director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford University, and Omar Shakir, a law student at Stanford University, will discuss their book “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From U.S. Drone Practices.” 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. saisilo@jhu.edu. ■ A philosophy lecture series in honor of the Rev. Kurt Pritzl will feature Catholic University professor Therese-Anne Druart on “Aristotle or Galen? Islamic Philosophers on Animal Cognition and Behavior.” 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. ■ Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar will discuss their book “Shakespeare in Kabul,” which chronicles a production of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost” that was staged in the Dari language in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006. 6 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. ■ Rabbi Brad Artson, vice president of the American Jewish University, will discuss “Hevruta: The Power of Relationships in Judaism” as part of the Adas Israel Torah Lishma Pillar Weekend. 7 p.m. $19.95 for dinner; reservations required. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. adasisrael.org. Programs will continue Saturday and Sunday. ■ Mark Janzen, a doctoral candidate at the University of Memphis, will discuss “Depiction of Humiliation of Prisoners of War During the New Kingdom.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. arcedc.org. ■ Andrew Solomon will discuss his book “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. See Events/Page 30


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Continued From Page 29 â&#x2013;  Paul Nicklen, who specializes in photographing the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s polar regions, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emperors of the Ice.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let There Be Light,â&#x20AC;? the third film in the World War II trilogy commissioned from director John Huston by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cinema Night will feature Bess Kargmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Position,â&#x20AC;? about the onand off-stage life of ballet dancers. Light supper at 6 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. $5 to $20. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Films of Ang Leeâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lust, Caution.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  CinĂŠ Francophone will feature Abdellatif Kechicheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;VĂŠnus Noire,â&#x20AC;? about an 18th-century South African brought to Europe to become a sideshow attraction. 7 p.m. $5. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. Performances â&#x2013;  American University theater students will present the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kaleidoscope: A Dramatic View of VĂĄclav Havel,â&#x20AC;? presented in honor of the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic. 7 and 9 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW.

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Events Entertainment jarek@bistrobohem.com. â&#x2013;  AU in Motion, a student-run performance group, will present a dance showcase. 7 p.m. $10; $7 for students. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Wilson High School will perform the Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys and Dolls.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $5 for students. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. wilsondramatickets@ gmail.com. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Dance Company will present its fall show. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for students and seniors. Walsh Black Box Theatre, Georgetown University, 36th Street between N and Prospect streets NW. 202-687-3838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society and the Shakespeare Theatre Company will present the contemporary dance troupe Company E in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next: Spain.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $23. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-785-9727. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Choreographer and performer Holly Bass will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Consciousness, Redux,â&#x20AC;? featuring two new works blending movement, story and song. 8:45 p.m. $15 to $20. Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. shows.capfringe.org/shows. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The Alliance Française de Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beaujolais and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the annual wine harvest in France, will feature French food, free-flowing Beaujolais Nouveau, trivia, a silent auction, a raffle and dancing. 8 to 11 p.m. $55 to $95. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. 202-234-7911. Saturday, Nov. 17

Saturday november 17 Book sale â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Georgetown Library group will hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Downstairs meeting room, Georgetown

Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will present Baltimorebased Black Cherry Puppet Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Frog Prince.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts for Familiesâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance for children ages 5 through 12 to collage their own Ottoman carpet designs by tracing, cutting and gluing an array of colorful paper and flower imagery. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  A workshop will feature a tour of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enoc Perez: Utopiaâ&#x20AC;? followed by an exploration of silk painting techniques to create wearable art (for ages 12 and older). 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Steven Galbraith and Hannibal Hamlin, co-curators of the Folger Shakespeare Library exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,â&#x20AC;? will lead a Smithsonian Associates seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King James Bible Translation: A Great Creation Story.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $139. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Art historian Aneta GeorgievskaShine will lead a Smithsonian Associates seminar and studio workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Era of Modernism.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The DC Youth Orchestra Program will present its fall concert, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Ives and Beethoven. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-698-0123. â&#x2013;  Singing A-Z â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a local choral group that works in selected elementary schools to teach at-risk children the job of music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating Betty Buchanan,â&#x20AC;? a tribute concert to its late founder and director. 4 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202362-8442. â&#x2013;  Richmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No BS! Brass Band will

Saturday, november 17 â&#x2013;  Film: ITVS Community Cinema will present Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solar Mamas,â&#x20AC;? about Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barefoot College and its programs teaching rural, poor and often illiterate women how to make communities self-reliant and sustainable. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. ccsolarmamasbbp.eventbrite.com. perform its original East Coast modern funk sound. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Cantate Chamber Singers and soprano Deborah Sternberg will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legend of Fontainebleu,â&#x20AC;? featuring a world premiere by Robert Shafer and the music of Boulanger, Copland, Maw, Fine, Woollen and Hailstork. 7:30 p.m. $30; $15 for students. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish, 2430 K St. NW. 301-986-1799. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paint the Musicâ&#x20AC;? will bring together musicians Dan Fisk, Taylor Carson and Zia Hassan and artists Eugi, Vian Shamounki Borchert and Sardar for a mixed-media showcase. 8 p.m. $15 to $28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossroads of Culture: The Archaeology of Saudi Arabiaâ&#x20AC;? will focus on recent discoveries made on the Arabian Peninsula. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Restorer and dealer Ali Aydin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rug Repair, Conservation, and

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Restoration.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  National Geographicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paul Nicklen, who specializes in photographing the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s polar regions, will present his images of emperor penguins. 1 p.m. $16; $12 for ages 12 and younger. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations About Cultureâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk by H Street Playhouse owner Adele Robey about the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming move to Anacostia. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-262-7571. â&#x2013;  Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talk and Teaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Cleveland Park resident Liliane Willens discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eyewitness Account: Two Years Under the Red Flag, 1949-1951.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. gloverparkvillage.org. â&#x2013;  Richard Peabody and Rose Solari will discuss their respective books â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speed Enforced by Aircraftâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Secret Woman,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Jeff Speck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Family day â&#x2013;  A Family Day will celebrate the opening of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roads of Arabiaâ&#x20AC;? exhibit with storytelling, special tours, calligraphy demonstrations, performances on traditional instruments, a coffee ceremony and Middle Eastern snacks. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siegfried.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present VĂĄclav Havelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaving.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Matthew Akersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,â&#x20AC;? about the evocative career of the Serbia-born, New Yorkbased performance artist. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Sunday at 4:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flowers of the Steppe: A Festival of Kazakh Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ermek Tursunovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kelin,â&#x20AC;? about a love triangle. 7 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Open house â&#x2013;  The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will hold an open house at its Kiplinger Research Library and open its new exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at HSW.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. historydc.org. Performances â&#x2013;  Choreographer Vincent E. Thomas See Events/Page 32


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Exhibit looks at Civil War paintings, photos

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he Civil War and American Art,” examining how American artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath in 59 paintings and 18 vintage photo-

On exhibit graphs, will open Friday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and continue through April 28. Featured artists include Frederic Church and Winslow Homer. Located at 9th and G streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-6331000. ■ “Tomorrow We Disappear,” highlighting Emmy Award-winning photographer Joshua Cogan’s images of India’s last colony of acrobats, puppeteers and illusion-

ists, will open today with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. The exhibit will continue through early 2013. Reservations are requested for the reception. Located at 600 I St. NW, the synagogue is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202408-3100. ■ The Old Print Gallery will open its second annual Winter Contemporary Show on Friday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and continue it through Feb. 8. Located at 1220 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-965-1818. ■ “Landscape and Waterways,” a two-day exhibit presented by Eisley Fine Art of new paintings by David Bottini and Lida Stifel, will take place Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

at 1801 Foxhall Road NW. eisleyfineart.com. ■ “Play Work Build,” an interactive hands-on exhibit exploring the history and creative range of block play, will open Sunday at the National Building Museum and remain on view indefinitely. Located at 401 F St. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors. 202-272-2448. ■ Touchstone Gallery recently opened an exhibit of photographs by Gary Bergel, Harvey Kupferberg, Newton S. More, Pete McCutchen and Mary D. Ott. It will continue through Nov. 25. A “Third Thursday” reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday

Winslow homer’s 1866 oil on canvas “Prisoners From the Front,” on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibit of Civil War depictions. through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. ■ An exhibit of paintings and drawings of old Washington by Chevy Chase artist John R. Ihrie III opened recently near the emergency-room entrance of Sibley Memorial Hospital, where it will

continue through the end of December. An opening reception will take place today from 5 to 7 p.m. in Sibley’s Lucy Hayes Hall. Located at 5255 Loughboro Road NW, the hospital is open to visitors daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 202-244-6053.

Ford’s hosts holiday favorite ‘A Christmas Carol’

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ord’s Theatre will present “A Christmas Carol” starring Edward Gero as Scrooge Nov. 16 through Dec. 30. Join the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as they lead

On StAGe the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $43 to $87. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833; fords.org. ■ The Studio Theatre will present “The Aliens” — written by “Circle Mirror Transformation” playwright Annie Baker — Nov. 14 through Dec. 23. The dingy back alley of a sleepy Vermont coffeehouse is home to trash bins, weathered patio furniture and two affable slackers. KJ and Jasper fill their languid days with Bukowski references, low-key jam sessions and ’shroom-spiked tea. When smart but awkward teen Evan, a new employee, attempts to evict them from their makeshift perch, KJ and Jasper recruit him as their unlikely summer protégé. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $72. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” Nov. 14 through Dec. 9 at the Bier Baron Tavern. One wintry morning, Prudencia Hart, an uptight scholar, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso, in the Scottish Borders, and as the snow

begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Scottish playwright David Greig’s work was the hit of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Performance times are generally 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $55. The tavern is located at 1523 22nd St. NW. 202547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Nov. 15 through Dec. 30 at Sidney Harman Hall. Mismatched lovers Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena flee to the forest, but they run into a supernatural squabble that will alter their destinies forever. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. Tickets cost $43 to $105. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. ■ Georgetown University will present Paula Vogel’s “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” Nov. 17 through Dec. 8 in the Davis Performing Arts Center. Christmas Eve in Washington, D.C., 1864: It’s a cold night for an embattled nation. Troops in both Confederate and Union camps prepare for the fighting ahead, President Abraham Lincoln embarks on a danger-filled midnight adventure, and a mother and daughter fly from slavery toward an uncertain future in the nation’s capital. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 1. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Georgetown

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edward Gero plays Scrooge in a music-infused “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s theatre. University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; performingarts.georgetown.edu. ■ The Kennedy Center Family Theater will present the world premiere of “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” Nov. 17 through Dec. 9. During the Civil War, a 12-yearold boy saves his older brother at Gettysburg and then helps lead the Union to victory. It sounds hard to believe, but it’s true — at least, mostly true. Homer P. Figg doesn’t always tell the whole truth, but he’ll tell any tale to save his brother. The Kennedy Center commissioned Tom Isbell to adapt Rodman Philbrick’s Newbery Honor book of the same name. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $18. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org.

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Continued From Page 30 and VTDance will present “Shadows,” an exploration of the idea of masculinity through the use of dance, animation, film and humor. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ The Capital City Showcase will feature sketch comedy group The Establishment, comedians Michael Larrick and Aaron Sinclair and musicians Don Kim and Chaquis Maliq. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. capitalcityshowcase.eventbrite.com. Sale ■ Church of the Annunciation will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar, featuring antiques, jewelry, seasonal decorations, home accessories, toys, handbags and holiday wear. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Annunciation Parish Center, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-362-3323. Special events ■ “Fall Harvest Tea” will feature a traditional Victorian tea service with tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and historic tea

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Events Entertainment blends, followed by a tour of the historic Tudor Place mansion. 1 to 3 p.m. $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacefallharvesttea.eventbrite.com. ■ The Asian Community Service Center will present a program on “The Essence and Renaissance of Traditional Chinese Culture.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Utah Jazz. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walk ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on an introductory bird hike and discuss which birds remain year-round in Rock Creek Park. 9 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Nov. 18

Sunday november 18 Children’s program ■ “Bark-itecture” will offer a chance for families to use Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture for inspiration as they design and build a doghouse to fit a stuffed dog or

animal (for children ages 5 and older). 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15 per child; free for accompanying adults. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Concerts ■ The Laurie Berkner Band will perform a holiday concert. 11 a.m. $25 to $100. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6851. ■ The Capital City Symphony will present its annual Family Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo, featuring music by Barnett, McLean, Strauss and Kabalevsky. 2 and 4 p.m. $20 to $25; $16 to $20 for students and seniors; free for ages 16 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The group AU Workshop will present “On Time,” exploring how rhythm and time are represented in a variety of musical styles. 3 p.m. $10; $5 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. ■ The World Percussion Ensemble will perform works by some of America’s most prominent percussion ensemble composers, as well as original pieces. 4 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ Pianists Igor Lovchinsky (shown) and Jonathan Coombs will perform works by American composers Walter Piston, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/ music. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by Philip Radcliffe, Herbert Kennedy Andrews and Gerald Near as part of its Choral Evensong series. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. ■ The Washington Chorus and soprano Marie-Eve Munger will present “The Essential Bernstein,” featuring music from “Candide,” “West Side Story” and other shows. 5 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Douglas Bruce from Schopfheim, Germany, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Students in the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program in San Fernando, Calif., will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington Saxophone Quartet will perform works by Bielawa, d’Rivera and other composers in honor of the exhibit “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.” 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ The American indie-pop group The Magnetic Fields will perform. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ James Hansen, head of the NASA

National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

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■ Concert: Classical pianist Victor Goldberg and a string trio will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann and others. 3 p.m. $20. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 540-899-2793.

Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will discuss climate change. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe will discuss “Giving Thanks for God’s Second Greatest Gift.” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ “Taliesin Diary: A Year With Frank Lloyd Wright” will feature a discussion of the significance of a chronicle of the architectural colony that included Wright. Panelists will include Sarah Leavitt, the diary’s editor and curator of the National Building Museum, and Elissa R. Henken, Jonathan T. Henken and Mariamne H. Whatley, the children of the diary’s author, Priscilla J. Henken. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $12; $10 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Washington Writers’ Publishing House will present a reading by award winners David Harris Ebenbach and Kathleen Hellen, at 1 p.m.; and Ross King will discuss his book “Leonardo and the Last Supper,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Darryl Atwell, a collector, and Jeffreen M. Hayes, a curatorial fellow in American art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, will discuss the collecting of AfricanAmerican art as an anachronism. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films ■ “Flowers of the Steppe: A Festival of Kazakh Cinema” will feature Ermek Shinarbaev’s 2009 film “Letters to an Angel.” A light reception with a sampling of traditional Kazakh cuisine will follow. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The National Building Museum will present Michael Miner’s 2011 documentary “Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.” A discussion with Miner will follow. 2 to 4 p.m. $12; $10 for students. Reservations required.

Performances ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature readings by Yvette Neisser Moreno (shown) and Teri Ellen Cross Davis, followed by an open-mic event. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ New York-based performers Marga Gomez and Mike Albo will present “Mike & Marga Make Queer Comedy.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sale ■ The Temple Sinai Holiday Mart will feature vendors, food, Israeli wines and products, and children’s activities. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW. 202-363-6394. Special events ■ “Music Festival: Celebrating the Church Year in Scripture, Readings, and Music” will feature the St. John’s Choir performing anthems by Harris, von Herbeck, Parry, Howells and Boyle and the congregation singing hymns from throughout the church year. 11 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ The 2012 Moment Magazine Symposium on “The Intersection of Humor & Politics” will feature honorees David Brooks, Robert Mankoff, Paula Poundstone, Allison Silverman and Nina Totenberg. 6 p.m. $100 to $180. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-363-6422. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Houston Dynamos in the finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs. 4 p.m. $35 to $70. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Tour ■ A tour will focus on the symbolism of Washington National Cathedral’s stonework, stained glass and fabric art. 1:30 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Monday, Nov. 19

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Concerts ■ Violinist Sally McLain and pianist Lisa Emenheiser will perform works by Ezra Laderman, Harold Meltzer, Dina Koston and John Adams as part of the Left Bank Concert Society season. 7:30 p.m. Free. Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW. 703-536-0222. ■ Australian jazz guitarist and impresario Albare will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $20. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. bluesalley.com. Discussions and lectures ■ Carol Christensen, senior conservator at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Gauguin’s ‘Brittany Landscape’: Compositional Transformation and intentional Ambiguity.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. See Events/Page 33


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age. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Main Ballroom, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. research.gwu.edu/kalb-report. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Caroline Linkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1996 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Silence,â&#x20AC;? about a young musician whose parents cannot share in her musical career because they are deaf. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the Rainbow for Judy Garlandâ&#x20AC;? will feature Robert Z. Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Good Old Summertime,â&#x20AC;? co-starring Van Johnson, Spring Byington, S.Z. Sakall and Buster Keaton. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present Jon Shenkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Island President,â&#x20AC;? about the efforts of the former leader of the Maldives to lobby for more stringent climate regulations for developed nations and newly industrializing countries. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Steve Hawkes and Brad F. Grinterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Freak.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance â&#x2013;  The DC Improv Comedy Club will present local comedians Brian Parise, Courtney Fearrington (shown) and Jimmy Merritt. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Readings â&#x2013;  Theater J will present a reading of Eric Bentleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are You Now or Have You Ever Been,â&#x20AC;? about anguished individuals called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and forced to decide whether to incriminate their friends. 7 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will feature readings by Mark Strand, judge of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, and Chris Andrews, the 2011 recipient. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Indiana Pacers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tuesday, Nov. 20

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Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Rock Creek Trio performing the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fantasy for Cello and Pianoâ&#x20AC;? by Fred Coulter. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Austrian baritone Daniel Serafin will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forbidden and Banned â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Persecuted Composers and Music,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer,

â&#x2013;  The Popular Film Series will present Oliver Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Savages,â&#x20AC;? about Southern California marijuana growers and a Mexican drug cartel. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

Tuesday, novembeR 20 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Henry Wiencek will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Zemlinsky, Zeisl, Schoenberg and Mahler. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Classes â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by health care experts Linda Miller and Bruce Wolff on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Health Care Reform and the New Congress.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Longtime journalist James Mann, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S. Foreign Policy: A Four-Year Outlook.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Wildâ&#x20AC;? by Jon Krakauer. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Lucas Threinen, associate professor of accounting at Temple University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dynamic Response to Trade Policy.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 321, George Washington University, 2115 G St. NW. tiny.cc/tradedevelopment2012-13. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;UN Climate Talks in Qatar: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Stake?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 172. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blogging, Social Media, and Interior Design.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shameless Bardolatry: Shakespeare on Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kenneth Branaghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lost,â&#x20AC;? starring Alicia Silverstone, Alessandro Nivola and Nathan Lane. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Performances â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress will present a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Radiant Love of Maria S.C.,â&#x20AC;? a new play by Mimoza Ristova about the life and work of Marie Curie. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-3928. â&#x2013;  Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation, an Indonesian hiphop and dance troupe, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Story League will present an evening of real-life tales. 7 p.m. $5. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Wednesday, Nov. 21

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Class â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon.

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Concert â&#x2013;  A Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party will featue Doc Scantlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palmettos. Dance lessons at 5 p.m.; performance from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Dinner â&#x2013;  St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Church of the Annunciation and Washington Hebrew Congregation will present their annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. Noon. Free; donations accepted. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. 202-362-7100. Walk â&#x2013;  So Others Might Eat will host its 11th annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger, a 5K run and family walk to benefit programs for the homeless and hungry. 8:30 a.m. $25 to $30. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th streets NW. some.org.

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PARKING: City to consider Glover Park changes From Page 3

said. “Infrastructure and parking are tied together and need to be addressed together,” said resident J.P. Montalvan. “The Circulator bus should go all the way up Wisconsin, to link us with Tenleytown and American University and points further north like Van Ness.” “We’ve been begging for it for years,” Cohen emphasized to Rao. “We need a comprehensive approach that makes parking easier by making mass transit easier.” Cohen and others said the worst time to find parking in parts of the neighborhood is on Sunday nights and on weeknights, when resident-only parking is not in effect. Part of the problem, Cohen says, is the number of out-ofstate vehicles that park in the neighborhood overnight. “At least 30 percent of cars parked on the street aren’t registered to people who live in Ward 3, and that’s a concern,” he said. Residents proposed to Rao that resident-only parking be expanded to include Sundays and later hours during the week. They also want stronger ticketing enforcement for out-of-state cars. With access to Metrorail limited, Glover Park residents railed against recent comments on Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhood listservs suggesting that parking near Ward 3’s Metro stations should be limited to people who live in those neighborhoods. “We would revolt,” said Cohen. “We pay taxes in Ward 3 just like they do, but we don’t have a Metro sta-

tion — Glover Park residents rely in part on going to those neighborhoods to take Metro.” One Wisconsin Avenue resident said vendors like plumbers and other repair companies refuse to service residences on that street, saying they have no place to park their trucks and don’t want to get ticketed. Concerns also came up about visitor parking, with some saying that if residential parking restrictions are expanded, short-term parking for guests could be squeezed out. According to Cohen, a 2011 survey the commission conducted revealed no consensus on a visitor parking solution that would balance varying needs. Rao said fixing D.C. parking problems may seem like a herculean task, but it’s a “fabulous problem to have” — it means the city is growing, along with its economy. To attend to the city’s growing pains, the Transportation Department is processing feedback on parking from residents and business owners throughout the city as officials consider changes to parking rules. Over the past several months, the agency has held six “parking think tank” meetings and one online chat, and posted a survey (now closed) on its website. The department is also assessing pilot programs for visitor parking permits and enhanced residential parking permits. The Transportation Department will hold a parking summit on Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, to present its findings. Rao said the department doesn’t expect to have solutions ready at that point, but will instead highlight the issues respondents believe are most important.

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school closures under the plan, because many schools there are at or over capacity. But Henderson, recognizing the overcrowding particularly in Ward 3, also announced that she will conduct a study of school boundaries and feeder patterns next year “to more evenly distribute students, and continue to push children to schools that are modernized.” Consultants are already studying population and enrollment trends, and Henderson said she plans to announce updated boundaries and feeder schools by June 2013, to be implemented in time for the out-ofboundary lottery in January 2014. But in other parts of the city, there are simply “too many schools for too few children,” she said. That wastes funding on nearly empty buildings, and allows fewer dollars for librarians, special classes and faculty at schools with more students. “This is about using our resources wisely. If we reduce the number of facilities, we can improve programs and invest in our teachers,” Henderson said. Even after former Chancellor Michelle Rhee closed 23 schools during her tumultuous reign, the school system still has 117 buildings for about 45,000 students — far more square footage per pupil than that of any surrounding jurisdiction. And despite an ambitious modernization program, “57 buildings haven’t been touched,” Henderson said. The consolidation will allow more children to be placed in the already modernized schools. Most of the closures are proposed in wards 5, 7 and 8, where many children attend charter schools and most traditional public schools are severely underutilized. “Parents are

voting with their feet,” said Henderson. Only one high school, Spingarn in Ward 5, is proposed for closure. But Henderson noted that the Spingarn campus, which is also the proposed site for a streetcar garage, could be reused for technical education or job training. For Francis-Stevens, a handout said the school at 25th and N streets is “extremely underenrolled,” with only 225 students using 55 percent of the building. Most students live out of boundary, so moving them to Marie Reed, 1.2 miles away, or Hardy, 1.6 miles away, should not have much impact on travel time. Marie Reed in Adams Morgan will see enrollment jump from 362 to 484 if the plan goes through. At Hardy, on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, enrollment would rise from 404 to 462. Henderson said both schools have capacity to serve the additional students. At School Without Walls, Henderson said, the newly renovated school reopened two years ago with a capacity of 300 students. Enrollment is already up to 400, she said, with many students turned away. She said the expanded high school could open next fall. Students are clamoring to enroll, “and we don’t have any problems attracting high-quality teachers.” In Ward 4, MacFarland Middle School is slated to close, with its students going to Roosevelt High School when its modernization is completed in August 2015. During the construction period, Henderson said, MacFarland might be used as “swing space” for students of both schools, and Roosevelt will eventually become an education campus for grades six through 12. The Sharpe Health Center in

Ward 4 will move to River Terrace in Ward 7, where a state-of-the-art special-education program is being planned that will also accommodate special-ed students from the Mamie D. Lee School in Ward 5. In Ward 2, Garrison Elementary will close, with students transferred to nearby Seaton Elementary. “We can offer them a better experience at a modernized school,” the chancellor said. Henderson said she learned several lessons from the controversy surrounding school closings in 2008. There needs to be more public discussion, she said, and “people are incredibly concerned about what happens to buildings, so we’re committed to finding new uses.” The chancellor said she will be discussing details of the plan throughout the city for the rest of the year. The D.C. Council will hold hearings on the plan tomorrow from 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 6 p.m., although it does not have a formal vote on individual closing decisions. The school system will also host community “dialogues” in wards 5, 7 and 8. A consolidated meeting for wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, which are less affected by the plan, will be held at the Brightwood Education Campus on Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Henderson said she’s open to “tweaking” the plan, but said she and Mayor Vincent Gray will make final decisions in January, in time for the next out-of-boundary lottery. “l’ll know I’m successful when parents don’t have to schlep their children across the city, and each school has a full complement of services,” she said, noting she doesn’t expect many changes to the plan. “It’s hard to make the case to keep a school open when parents don’t choose to send kids there.”


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