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Vol. VI, No. 52

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Amended ABC bill wins initial nod


■ Council: Graham agrees to

eliminate 400-foot limitation By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A much-debated alcoholic beverage control bill came in for major changes last night, most of which will please residents and neighborhood activists who want more say in the licensing and operations of

establishments that sell alcohol. The biggest change in the D.C. Council’s tumultuous “first reading” of the omnibus bill would continue to allow a group of five residents living anywhere in the city to protest a liquor license — rather than the restrictive 400-foot limit set in the original proposal. The bill’s prime sponsor, Jim Graham of Ward 1, also agreed that citizens associations should not have to follow strict notice and hearing

requirements before they file a protest. But the council debate, late in a long legislative day, still left some uncertainty. The council will later clarify what types of stores can sell beer and wine. And the council will consider the entire bill, and perhaps amend it again, when it comes up for a final vote Dec. 18. The omnibus bill is the product of a task force of alcohol retailers, See Council/Page 4

Board approves N Street condo project By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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Whitman-Walker Health observed World AIDS Day on Saturday evening with its annual candlelight vigil at Dupont Circle.

A new plan to reuse five stately and long-vacant town houses on N Street is moving ahead, with the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board endorsing a proposal to convert them to high-priced condominiums, adding a courtyard and new condo building on the alley behind. The board last Thursday embraced most of the plan by Innovative Development Group for the much-battledover property at 1743-55 N St., asking only that developer Steve Coniglio and architect Jeff Goin rethink materials and colors of the rear addition to make it more compatible with the historic carriage houses and garages that line the old alley. Coniglio’s firm is the contract purchaser for a property where redevelopment has been stalled ever since Morton Bender bought the town houses in 1988, evicted tenants, and proposed — variously — converting them

Rendering courtesy of Innovative Development Group

The preservation board has embraced the new owner’s plans for redevelopment of the row houses. to offices, apartments or a boutique hotel. Those proposals were opposed by the review board or zoning authorities, as well as neighbors including the See N Street/Page 8

Appeals Court overturns penalties for M Street club

21st Street addition gets design approval By BRADY HOLT

■ ABC: Board had imposed

Current Staff Writer

Controversial plans to expand a Dupont Circle row house and convert it into four to six residential units won approval last Thursday from a divided Historic Preservation Review Board. The board asked, however, for revisions of the proposed materials that would make the addition seem “lighter.” The project at 1321 21st St. includes modest alterations to the front of the 1921 structure, which will raise part of the roof and tuck in a basement entrance. The bulk of the work — and the source of neighbors’ concern — is a four-level rectangular rear addition, built of brick, metal and glass. The Rubin Group, which is developing the site, aims to start construction early next year and

NEWS Council, mayor clash over bill to lower traffic camera fines

— Page 3

suspension, $9,000 in fines By KATIE PEARCE Bill Petros/The Current

Some neighbors opposed the plan to convert the row house into four to six units, but the project won approval from the preservation review board.

finish by summer. At last week’s hearing, a group of neighbors argued that the project’s size and shape are out of character with the historic community. Most board members, though, did not agree. They See Addition/Page 7

EVENTS A Christmas favorite comes to Keegan with an Irish twist

— Page 29

Current Staff Writer

Rumors, a longtime mainstay of the downtown happy hour and nightlife scene, recently won a reprieve from penalties related to three violent incidents in 2009. In Thursday’s ruling on the Rumors nightclub, at 1900 M St., the D.C. Court of Appeals laid out a decision that could limit the city’s flexibility in similar cases.

PASSAGES Book project tracks paths of Washington journalists

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In February 2011, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ordered $9,000 in fines and a 19-day suspension of Rumors’ license. Those penalties were stayed while the appeal was pending. By overturning the board’s decision, the Appeals Court presents a new framework for considering liquor license violations, suggesting that only consistent trends of disorder — rather than isolated incidents — warrant the type of penalties that Rumors faced. It’s also noteworthy that the Rumors case made it to the Appeals See Ruling/Page 24

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Council votes to reduce camera traffic fines By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Addressing a furor over high fines for violations caught by automated cameras, the D.C. Council on Tuesday took a first step to roll back some penalties for speeding and other traffic infractions. Mayor Vincent Gray, however, thinks some of the fine reductions are too drastic. He opposed the council bill, arguing that the changes would harm public safety and reduce city revenue streams. But Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, the bill’s co-author,

said experts testified that “certainty of enforcement� boosts compliance with speed limits, and that — given the efficiency of speed cameras — high fines are not needed to achieve compliance. “The power of photo enforcement is such that many more tickets can be issued,� said Chairman Phil Mendelson, who co-sponsored the bill. “The deterrent effect is such that fines don’t need to be as high as before.� Under the bill, approved on its initial vote, the fine for speeding up to 20 mph over the limit would be reduced See Cameras/Page 8

District to kick off playground renovations By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will begin presenting design renderings this week of renovations for dozens of public playgrounds, according to agency spokesperson John Stokes. After soliciting requests and feedback from District neighborhoods via community meetings last month, the parks department is now moving on to the planning and designing phase of “Play DC,� a multi-year, $30 million effort to renovate playgrounds across the city. In coming months, the District will begin work on 32 playgrounds that will be renovated by October 2013.

Community members will have until Dec. 25 to submit comments of their preferred designs for their local parks. The continued push forward comes a week after the department flagged seven playgrounds — including Northwest’s Harrison, Palisades and Takoma — as having a “high probability of injury� during a safety review of 24 of the 78 play areas the agency oversees. Six more — including Forest Hills, Macomb and Newark — fell into the “moderate probability� category. The safety evaluations, first reported by the Washington Examiner, were based on parks department inspection scorecards that have been part of the renovation




The week ahead Wednesday, Dec. 5

The D.C. Public Schools will hold a community dialogue for wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 on Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s school consolidation proposal. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW.

Thursday, Dec. 6

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will continue its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â– The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the D.C. Historic Preservation Office will hold the D.C. Community Heritage Project Showcase. The event will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW. Registration is requested; visit

Tuesday, Dec. 11

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a Ward 2 community meeting to discuss draft proposed changes to the District’s zoning regulations. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. ■The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting, followed by a holiday reception. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW. Reservations are requested; contact Monica Goletiani at or 202-291-4758. Attendees are invited to bring a food dish or refreshments.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

The D.C. Department of Health will hold a town-hall meeting for prospective participants in the District Medical Marijuana Program. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Newly elected precinct delegates to the Ward 3 Democratic Committee will meet to elect officers and 15 at-large delegates. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. There will also be an election at the same location and time to fill three Ward 3 seats on the D.C. Democratic State Committee; any registered Democrat in Ward 3 is eligible to vote and to be elected as an at-large delegate to the Ward 3 Democratic Committee. For details, visit


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COUNCIL: Changes to omnibus alcohol bill favor critics who objected to original proposal

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servers and wholesalers, advisory neighborhood commissioners and neighborhood representatives. The group produced 43 recommendations that were incorporated by Graham, who has long overseen alcohol matters for the council. Many are uncontroversial, such as a provision allowing sale of beer in large “growlers,” the possibility of

Sunday sales by liquor stores, improved training for alcohol servers and a beefing-up of the city’s inspection staff. But neighborhood groups targeted six provisions, which dealt primarily with restrictions on protesting licenses and the “voluntary agreements” negotiated with bars and restaurants as a condition of licensure. Dupont Circle activist Abigail Nichols said the provisions made the

bill “anti-resident,” and weakened the city’s regulation of alcohol-serving establishments. Bar and restaurant owners, by contrast, have long complained that frequent protests hamstring their ability to operate successfully. Even if they win a license, they say, prolonged protests and hearings, as well as the complex voluntary agreements, can cut into their profits. Graham said he originally accept-

ed the task force’s recommendations, some of which passed by a narrow margin with neighborhood activists dissenting. But the activists then launched a furious lobbying campaign in the John A. Wilson Building, threatening to take down the bill as a whole, and Graham found himself bending. On Tuesday, he offered four major amendments designed largely to calm the residents’ concerns. Beyond dropping the proposed requirements that protesters live within 400 feet of an alcohol-serving establishment, and that citizens associations hold a noticed meeting with applicants before lodging a protest, Graham also agreed that bars and restaurants can’t close their windows and doors before being monitored for a noise violation. But he also attempted to assuage business owners saddled with long and messy protests, establishing a 75-day limit for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to schedule a protest hearing, and a deadline of 60 more days to rule on it.

One of the controversial proposals still in the bill would allow an advisory neighborhood commission’s approved voluntary agreement with an establishment to subsume any protest filed by a group of individuals. Legislators rebuffed, on a 5-7 vote, an amendment by Ward 3 member Mary Cheh that would have allowed groups of citizens to negotiate their own accords with bars and restaurants, even if their neighborhood commission endorsed a different voluntary agreement. “Some ANCs are not active or knowledgeable about protests, or might not agree with the protesters,” Cheh argued. But Tommy Wells of Ward 6 countered that the neighborhood commissions are government entities with special rights to weigh in on such matters. “If they’re not responsive, you vote them out,” Wells said. With Cheh’s proposal rejected, a weary council agreed to accept Graham’s various amendments and voted unanimously to support the entire bill.

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District Digest Special election set for at-large vacancy

Voters will decide April 23 who will fill the at-large D.C. Council seat left vacant by the election of Phil Mendelson as D.C. Council chairman. The D.C. Board of Elections certified the November 2012 election results last week and officially declared the vacancy. To get on the ballot, prospective candidates must obtain the signatures of 3,000 registered D.C. voters. The circulation period will run from Dec. 6 through Jan. 23. Voters of any political party can sign a candidateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s petition. The petition process is separate from the D.C. Democratic State Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection of an interim council member to fill Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat until the special election occurs. The committee is scheduled to vote on Monday.

Ellington seeks help to win $50,000 grant

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is seeking public support as it competes as a finalist for a national grant of up to $50,000, which would go toward new laptop computers at the Burleith school. The competition is part of Cloroxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power a Bright Futureâ&#x20AC;? program, and schools from around the country are competing for votes submitted online or via text to win the $50,000. Clorox will select a second-place winner to receive a $25,000 grant based on the merit of a schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many people are interested in helping public education and education in the arts, but they may not have the time or resources to

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ANC requests review of liquor decision

Citing â&#x20AC;&#x153;abysmal compliance with the requirements of law,â&#x20AC;? the Palisades/Foxhall advisory neighborhood commission on Monday requested reconsideration of a decision to renew the liquor license of Town Square Market, 4418 MacArthur Blvd. In an order issued last month, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board found that although Town Square had sold to underage patrons, owner Richard Kim has improved his practices in recent months and should be allowed to keep his license. In the reconsideration request, commission chair Stu Ross states that the board erred by giving insufficient attention to Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;moral character.â&#x20AC;?

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Nov. 25 through Dec. 2 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 13th and I streets; unspecified premises; 11:25 a.m. Nov. 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; office building; 6 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 2:15 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 2 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1300 block, G St.; restaurant; 3:49 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; tavern/ nightclub; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 8:11 p.m. Dec. 1.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 7th and F streets; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  4th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; sidewalk; 1:43 a.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; liquor store; 2:33 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  900 block, 9th St.; hotel; 1:24 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 1:15 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Dec. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Nov. 29.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 4600 block, Kenmore Drive; unspecified premises; noon Nov. 30.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 2800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:29 p.m. Dec. 1. Burglary â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 3:34 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 30th St.; office building; 9:22 a.m. Nov. 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; street; 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 3:45 p.m. Nov. 28.

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 1600 block, 35th St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 3:45 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 9:15 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; 3:14 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:15 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Prospect St.; restaurant; 11:19 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 5:12 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 7:45 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Prospect St.; restaurant; 1:15 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1500 block, K St.; sidewalk; 4:08 a.m. Dec. 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  800 block, 17th St.; bus stop; 4:45 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2100 block, G St.; unspecified premises; 1:10 p.m. Nov. 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, E St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:54 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  900 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 2:46 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  600 block, 23rd St.; residence; 3:13 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 5:31 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1900 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 6:49 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  19th and K streets; unspecified premises; 10:12 a.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; noon Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 3:17 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 6 a.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 10:10 a.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 5:25 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Virginia Ave.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; office building; 10:35 a.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; noon Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  600 block, 15th St.; restau-

rant; 12:50 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013; Unspecified location; 1 a.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Nov. 26.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1800 block, R St.; sidewalk; 8:25 p.m. Nov. 27. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:36 a.m. Dec. 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:43 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:27 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; residence; 8:25 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; restaurant; 7 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; office building; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  15th and Church streets; sidewalk; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; restaurant; 8:14 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 12:15 a.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 12:36 p.m. Dec. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Decatur Place; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 12:20 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:46 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; unspecified premises; 12:27 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  16th and O streets; street; 6 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  2200 block, California St.; parking lot; 11 p.m. Nov. 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:45 a.m. Dec. 1.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Burglary â&#x2013; 1400 block, W St.; storage facility; 1:28 p.m. Dec. 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1400 block, W St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  17th and Q streets; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; alley; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, V St.; street; 7:33 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 8 a.m. Nov. 28.

â&#x2013; Unspecified location; 11 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1500 block, U St.; grocery store; 8:40 a.m. Dec. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 11 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 14th St.; street; 5 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  14th and V streets; street; 1:28 a.m. Dec. 2.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Lanier Place; unspecified premises; 2:16 a.m. Dec. 1. Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; unspecified premises; 12:29 a.m. Nov. 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; residence; 4:25 a.m. Nov. 26. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100 block, 19th St.; residence; 8:15 a.m. Nov. 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2700 block, Adams Mill Road; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Kalorama Road; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 1 a.m. Dec. 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 19th St.; street; 2 a.m. Dec. 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 9:10 a.m. Nov. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  19th and Vernon streets; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; unspecified premises; noon Dec. 1.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; sidewalk; 3:39 a.m. Dec. 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  Unit block, Logan Circle; storage facility; 6 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 12th St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  12th and O streets; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Nov. 28. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 11th St.; alley; 10 a.m. Nov. 30. â&#x2013;  Kingman Place and Q Street; unspecified premises; noon Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 9th St.; street; 4 p.m. Dec. 1. â&#x2013;  900 block, French St.; street; 12:51 a.m. Dec. 2.

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PLAYGROUNDS: City plans for safer, more modern recreation spaces for children

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playground renovations,â&#x20AC;? Stokes said, but the department is also working to modernize and improve the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play facilities more generally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a very proactive stance for playground renovations.â&#x20AC;? In some instances, the poor safety evaluations may be based on the age of the equipment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as is the case at Palisades Park, said Bill Slover, president of the Palisades Citizens Association. Slover said the association plans to put together a working group to team up with the Friends of Palisades Park to communicate the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests to the city. Right now, Slover said, community members are looking for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;safest and most modernâ&#x20AC;? play structures for Palisades Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward to working closely with the city,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This hope-

fully will yield a great new playground.â&#x20AC;? The first round of community meetings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the parks department has held 14 since November â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ended last week with a session with neighbors about possible upgrades to Rose Park in Georgetown. Department representatives have been continually submitting neighborhood feedback to the architects who will be designing the new playgrounds. This week and next, the department is holding a second round of meetings to present renderings of architectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposed designs. In last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meetings, the parks department presented neighbors with potential elements for the playgrounds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as different types of benches, interactive equipment and rock-climbing structures. Community members were invited to select five features they would

most like in their neighborhood. Stokes said that while the agency is looking to put in certain staples at each park, he found that individual neighborhoods had unique requests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Different communities have different needs,â&#x20AC;? he said. Swings seem to be popular everywhere, he said, but several neighborhoods are hoping to see more greenery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want to feel close to nature in an urban environment,â&#x20AC;? he said.

At Rose Park, located by 26th and O streets, the play areas are suffering from challenges from age, similar to the Palisades playground. The Rose Park playground went through a series of renovations 15 years ago after the neighborhood raised almost $500,000 for the effort. But the recreation area has not been substantially improved since then, said Pamla Moore, a board member of the Friends of Rose Park. Moore said the area could use an



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said the rear alley is already a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hodgepodgeâ&#x20AC;? of old and new, and large and small. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot going on back there,â&#x20AC;? said board member Joseph Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let zoning deal with the other issues about massing and lot occupancy, but the image that is proposed here is very much in context. â&#x20AC;Ś This one might be one of the nicer-looking things back there.â&#x20AC;? The Rubin Group has said the project meets all applicable zoning requirements. It needed the preservation boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval because the project is within the Dupont Circle Historic District, but board members told neighbors that concerns about density are outside the purview of their design review. That said, several board members shared neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sentiments that the rear addition would be too large. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perhaps a floor less on the building would be a big help to the neighbors,â&#x20AC;? member Graham Davidson said. Project architect James Phillips responded that the change would â&#x20AC;&#x153;kill the viability of this project.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, all but two members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maria Casarella and Nancy Metzger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; voted to support the plans. But the board did request slighter design changes that would make the project appear less dark, possibly by using more glass, and asked for a demonstration that the addition wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be visible from the street. Don Hagen, who lives next door to the 21st Street property, said in a recent interview that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerned that a new large building will take away his sunlight, and that the plan is â&#x20AC;&#x153;frankly, ugly.â&#x20AC;? Beyond his personal concerns, Hagen said, the opposition includes residents who wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experience direct impacts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all feel that this is a slippery slope, that this is the beginning of a major change that nobody who lives

here wants to see,â&#x20AC;? Hagen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could very well encourage more such projects on our block or on any block in Dupont Circle.â&#x20AC;? The Rubin Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mimi Tygier said at the hearing that the project isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one that should be shunned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to take an underutilized piece of property and bring it back to its former glory,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do not consider a row house to be an underutilization of a historic building in Dupont,â&#x20AC;? neighbor Ruth Horn replied later in the hearing. In a recent interview, developer Andrew Rubin said opponents to the project are just a vocal minority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;outside of a very core group, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten a very positive response.â&#x20AC;? The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission took no position on the project in October, though it expressed some reservations about the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design. The Dupont Circle Conservancy, a preservation-focused group, voted to support the project, provided that the developer has accurately represented that no part of the addition would be visible from the street. The Dupont Circle Citizens Association last month sent a letter of opposition after 68 percent of surveyed members voted to stand by the opposing neighbors. The plans also drew the support of the Historic Preservation Office, which advises the review board. The modern rear addition was developed in consultation with the officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff, following design principles that call for differentiation between new construction and historic buildings, according to Rubin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a number of projects like this, and I always like to have good conversations with the neighbors and take into consideration their concerns,â&#x20AC;? Rubin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate that we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always solve every concern, but I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve addressed a number of concerns.â&#x20AC;?

improved baseball diamond, resurfacing for the basketball court, and added square benches for chess players. But she thought the park would most benefit from upgrades to its equipment for toddlers and young children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting old,â&#x20AC;? she said. Moore was impressed by her initial meetings with the parks department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the DPR showed us the other night â&#x20AC;Ś has some wonderful new equipment that we would certainly like to work with,â&#x20AC;? she said.


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CAMERAS: Council gives initial OK to bill to lower fines for automated enforcement

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to $50, and there would no longer be separate fines for exceeding the limit by 1 to 10 mph versus 11 to 20 mph. Automated enforcement fines would also be capped at $50 for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or before turning right on red, for “blocking the box,” and for some other moving violations. If the bill receives final approval by the end of the year, some of these penalties would be lower than the ones Gray mandated through an executive order in November. Gray’s order

lowered the fine from $75 to $50 for exceeding the limit by up to 10 mph, and from $125 to $100 for driving up to 20 mph over the limit. The mayor’s order left unchanged the $200 fine for driving 16 to 20 mph over the limit, but it raised fines for driving more than 25 mph over the limit from $250 to $300. In effect, the mayor differs most notably from the council on fines for motorists who are caught driving between 11 and 20 mph over the limit. Gray’s executive order set the fines at between $100 to $150 depending on the speed, while the council’s bill suggests they

should drop to $50. Objecting to the council’s action, Gray wrote that the lower fines will “drastically reduce the [cameras’] deterrent effect ... jeopardizing pedestrians and other drivers in the process.” He also said the reduced revenue could limit his plan to hire additional police officers, and throw the city’s budget out of balance. Aides said it’s too early to say whether Gray would attempt a veto. Gray and other city officials firmly maintain that automated traffic enforcement and certain punishment are needed for traffic safe-

ty, especially in a growing city where roadways are heavily used by pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars. Council members largely agree. But Cheh also said the big revenue windfall — $85 million from speed cameras alone last year — has caused skepticism about the intent of the cameras. To address that, her bill requires that revenue from the fines be directed to traffic safety, that drivers get warning notices before fines are levied at a specific location, and that the location of the cameras be indicated on signs.

N STREET From Page 1 historic Tabard Inn directly to the east, all arguing that Bender was trying to squeeze too much onto the narrow site. IDG’s plan resembles Bender’s last hotel proposal in many ways, restoring the five stately mansions — built between 1889 and 1908 — and placing a modern taller wing behind. But significant differences with the new plan have won support from neighbors and local preservation groups. Coniglio’s plan would preserve more of the interior space, and the rear addition would be six stories tall, rather than the five proposed by Bender. It would be pulled back from the Tabard Inn garden dining area by 22 feet, and set back 98 feet from the historic facades so it would not be visible from N Street. Underneath, there would be two levels of parking, and neighbors expect that condos would create less traffic than a hotel. Goin’s presentation included photos of intricate interior details still intact behind the concrete that Bender had used to seal off the grand windows of the buildings during what some neighborhood activists called “a quarter century development war.” “These are signature buildings,” the architect said. “We’re excited about bringing them back to life.” He noted that the plan will create large units, some spanning the width of a single town house to avoid knocking down interior walls. The board wanted to hear a reaction to the latest plan from the Tabard Inn, which had fought so hard against Bender’s shifting proposals over the years. “The Tabard is my family business,” said owner Jeremiah Cohen. “This is the best proposal to come along since 1988.” Board members said the design of the rear additions needs some refining. But they also praised Coniglio’s firm for working with preservation and neighborhood groups. “I’ve been following this story for 10 years,” said member Andrew Aurbach. “The fact that the [Dupont Circle] Conservancy and the Tabard are on board now speaks volumes.” Coniglio said the project needs only final approval from the preservation board, with no zoning relief required.

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Comcast pulls utility boxes from Georgetown after design review snafu By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Comcast has removed all of the large metal utility boxes it had improperly installed in late October throughout historic Georgetown, a company executive said Monday, and will explore ways to replace them with underground units. The move has radically improved the tele-

com company’s relations with previously irate residents. But by law, any proposed change to public space in Georgetown’s federally protected historic district must be reviewed and approved by the Old Georgetown Board, part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, before permits can be issued and work can begin. This stage of the process did not occur with the Comcast boxes. The new plan is for Comcast to install its

enhanced fiber-optic technology in vaults underground. Donna Rattley-Washington, a Comcast vice president said those plans are under development and should be available for public review in about 30 days. She assured residents that Comcast would come before the neighborhood commission and Old Georgetown Board before re-initiating the permit process. Residents and neighborhood commission-

ers were livid when the boxes began to pop up in October without explanation or proper permits. Once Comcast’s regional executives became aware of the controversy in Georgetown, they met late last month with neighborhood commissioners, the D.C. Transportation Department, the Fine Arts Commission and the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration, and agreed to remove the utility boxes.





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A flawed procedure

Next week, the D.C. Democratic State Committee will meet to decide whom to appoint as an interim at-large D.C. Council member to fill the vacancy left by Phil Mendelson’s election as D.C. Council chairman. Given that one of the major candidates is the committee’s current chair, an embarrassing process seems likely. Even without that complication, the last two appointments have not gone well. Back in the 1990s, the party’s choice — Arrington Dixon, a party insider and former council chairman — won the appointment and ran in the subsequent special election, but ran a lackluster campaign and was defeated by then-Republican David Catania. More recently, the backroom wheeling and dealing that put Sekou Biddle in the interim slot doomed his campaign in the special election, contributing largely to Vincent Orange’s return to the council. So the process has a poor track record, at least in terms of the Democratic Party’s interests. What’s more, the selection is the committee’s most visible action, so it’s especially costly to its reputation. The D.C. Council ought to eliminate the procedure once and for all. Given that the council has three other at-large members (plus the chairman), we see no particular need to fill a vacancy until a special election can occur. Indeed, the seat in question has been vacant, in a practical sense at least, since this summer, when Mr. Mendelson took over the role of chairman after Kwame Brown’s resignation. Aside from the potential for tie votes, the council has functioned well enough with 12 members instead of 13. This is already the case when a ward seat becomes vacant — though this a discrepancy that we find both illogical and unfair. There’s good reason to fill a ward vacancy on an interim basis since constituents otherwise lack the same level of representation as residents of the District’s other wards. That’s not true with at-large seats.

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A year ago, Montgomery County Police were in the midst of an investigation into allegations that a Foxhall market was selling alcohol to underage customers without checking ID. Officers staked out Town Square Market on MacArthur Boulevard, and made nine arrests for underage possession once the buyers entered Maryland. D.C. authorities subsequently charged the store’s owner in one case of selling alcohol to a 17-year-old. He was convicted and received a 30-day suspended sentence. Despite the troubling case history, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted 4-1 last month to renew the store’s liquor license. The board found that the record did not show “a pattern of noncompliance with laws and regulations.” This, despite testimony by a Montgomery County officer that compared the store’s sales to a “feeding frenzy” for teenagers in search of beer. The board ruling instead focused on what happened later — “measures to aggressively check identification and to prevent further incidents of sales to minors.” It’s a bit contradictory that the board credits Town Square with taking steps (like the purchase of an ID scanner) to stop “further incidents” from occurring when the ruling elsewhere suggests there might not have been a problem in the first place. Thankfully, the Nov. 20 ruling is not the last word. The Palisades/Foxhall advisory neighborhood commission is seeking reconsideration of the recent ruling to renew the license. The commission’s motion lays out a much more compelling argument than the board’s decision. We hope the board will pay attention the commission and the dissenting board member, Mike Silverstein. Additionally, the board is scheduled to take up an enforcement action against the store to delve into the allegations of repeated sales to minors. Potential penalties would include license suspension or revocation, fines or the imposition of operational conditions. The bifurcated nature of the board’s proceedings is unwise. At the very least, this establishment should have received only a provisional renewal pending the outcome of the enforcement proceedings.

No holiday holdup for you …


t’s the holiday season. All those bright and shiny packages stuffed in the back of your car are catnip to thieves. And nearly everyone, it seems, walks around with a cellphone that’s easily visible. Those, too, are prime targets for the grab-and-go thief. “Actually, our biggest challenge right now is with theft and theft from autos,” Police Chief Cathy Lanier told NBC4 this week. The chief says you can make it a merry holiday by following a few tips: ■ Don’t get distracted no matter what you’re doing — talking, listening to music, staring at something you want to buy. ■ Don’t multi-task emailing, texting and talking while you’re walking. (Ah, hem. The Notebook pleads guilty to this.) ■ Keep an eye and a hand on your wallet or purse, and don’t flash a lot of cash. Crimes of opportunity happen anywhere at any time. If you end up the unfortunate victim of a crime, the chief has strong advice — don’t resist. “There’s no reason to ever risk injury or your life for your property. Ever!” she said Monday after appearing with Mayor Vincent Gray to announce some special anti-theft squads that will be working in plain sight and undercover during the holidays. “If you are the victim of a robbery or a crime, and they’re trying to take your property, give them the property,” she repeated. “You don’t ever want to put yourself at risk.” The talk of holdups isn’t an effort to scare anyone. In fact, police say many major crimes are going down in the District. The city is on target this year to have fewer than 90 homicides. The chief said that would be the lowest since 88 homicides were reported in 1960 — more than five decades ago. Lanier says the lower number is welcomed, but added, “I think we have done extremely well in driving the numbers down, but we’ve got a long way to go” to do even more. ■ Cellphone bricking. The chief and mayor have been pushing another anti-crime measure to make certain your cellphone can’t be used by anyone if it’s stolen. The chief has been leading a national effort to have phone service companies “brick” any phone that’s reported stolen. A phone company can disable the unique identification of your phone so that no thief can reuse it. “Even though we’re promoting this … it takes a while for the bad guys to get the memo,” Lanier said. The city has set up a Web page — available at — to show people both how to protect their phones and to report them to the various cellphone carriers. There’s hope that sometime next year there may be a simple way to report your stolen phone and have it silenced no matter who the carrier might be. ■ Costco comes to D.C. Your Notebook has made the trip over the 14th Street Bridge to Pentagon City more times than we like to admit. We prefer to shop in D.C., but the Costco in Pentagon City has been an easy place to buy whenever we need to stock up on 500 rolls of paper towels. No more. Vice President Joe Biden helped to ceremonially open the new Costco in the District last week. It’s located off of South Dakota Avenue NE and Highway 50. The fancy name for it is the Costco at the Shops at Dakota Crossing. We don’t really buy 500 rolls of paper towels, but we are looking forward to our first mega-trip to a Costco that’s hiring city workers and paying D.C. taxes. For those who go to it, let the Notebook know what you think. ■ Toned-down inaugural? Some estimates suggested that as many as 2 million people crammed into the District in January 2009 for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. But don’t look for such numbers in January 2013. First of all, it’s the second inaugural. It’s not nearly as historic as the first. But planners — the Secret Service, the various military staffers, local police, hoteliers and others — still have to prepare for a blowout event. There will be any number of inaugural parties. A fluke of the calendar means the inauguration will be held on both Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21. (Obama will be privately sworn in on Sunday to meet the legal obligation. The public ceremony at the U.S. Capitol will be on Monday.) The D.C. Taxi Commission is authorizing special inaugural licenses to make sure there are enough cars-for-hire in the city during inauguration weekend, valid from Friday night until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The special permit will cost $150. We’re just hoping that there won’t be a repeat of the “Purple Tunnel of Doom.” That’s when hundreds of people with priority “purple” tickets got stuck walking in the 3rd Street tunnel under the Capitol grounds and couldn’t make their way to the seating. So never mind the “fiscal cliff” everyone is talking about. Just don’t accept any purple inaugural tickets. It might be worse. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor 800 feet inadequate for ABC limitation Your Nov. 28 editorial recognized that proposed changes to D.C.’s alcohol law restricting the right to protest a liquor license to those living within 400 feet of the establishment would unfairly limit the voice of many residents who are directly affected. But your suggested broader limit — perhaps 800 feet — is an insufficient remedy. People living at much greater distance can suffer significant adverse effects from licensed establishments, particularly bars and taverns with late-night/earlymorning hours. (The proposal

would extend weekend hours until 4 a.m.!) The existing D.C. Code (Section 25-313) requires applicants for liquor licenses to demonstrate that the establishment is “appropriate” for the “locality, section or portion of the District” where it is to be located. “Appropriateness” standards include effect on “peace, order and quiet” of the relevant area (citing specifically “noise, rowdiness, loitering, litter and criminal activity”) as well as effect on property values, residential parking needs and vehicular or pedestrian safety. Such negative impacts may be felt far beyond 800 feet. Other guidance in the code recognizes that an affected area may be as much as 1,800 feet. The impact in some cases, such as residential parking, may

extend even farther. The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations has recommended allowing residents within an 1,800-foot radius of a licensed establishment — as well as others affected in an advisory neighborhood commission’s singlemember district — to be eligible to protest a license. The council should accordingly amend this section of the proposed bill and make other important revisions recommended by the federation and a broad coalition of citizens and civic associations and advisory neighborhood commissioners. Doing so is necessary to protect rights of individuals in residential neighborhoods to protest when they are adversely affected. Evelyn Idelson Cleveland Park

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


In consideration of D.C. school boundaries VIEWPOINT MARY CHEH


here have been numerous important discussions over the past few weeks concerning school boundaries and a bill I introduced some months ago that recently had two hearings. I am pleased that so many members of our community are considering this issue. It has vast implications for the future of our city. Some of the points raised, however, have been quite in error, and I write now to provide the correct information. In the last three years, enrollment in Ward 3 public schools has increased by 23 percent. Now, all 10 D.C. public schools in Ward 3 are over capacity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even the ones that we just modernized and expanded. Although this is a great endorsement of our school reform movement, this enrollment surge is already starting to negatively affect the quality of instruction in these schools. One way to address this enrollment surge is to re-examine school boundaries and feeder patterns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something that has not happened since the 1970s. Earlier this year, I introduced the School Boundary Review Act, which would create an independent, nonpolitical process to re-examine school boundaries every 10 years, just like the District has with ward and advisory neighborhood commission boundaries. Under this

Letters to the Editor Ward 3 needs more affordable housing

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly good news that there finally will be housing on the Connecticut Avenue parcel between Military Road and Kanawha Street [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apartments likely on Chevy Chase parcel,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 28]. A 10-story building has a lot of housing. And given its location and building costs, its 263 apartments will be pretty pricey. Affordable housing for those with low incomes is our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest need. Fortunately, D.C. has an inclusionary zoning ordinance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; modeled on Montgomery Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but not as strong as our neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The law requires a small portion of units in new developments (just 8 percent of total square footage) to be affordable to households with 80 percent or less of the area median income. Given that D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s median income is pretty high, the zoning ordinance wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide much help to truly lowincome folks. A better route is to assign a (larger) portion of the new units to the D.C. Housing Authority for its applicants. Interestingly, just a few blocks south of the parcel is Regency House, a 160-unit building purchased by the D.C. government in the 1960s to house the elderly. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the D.C. Housing Authority and the developer come to some agreement to do this? Those of us concerned about true

legislation, the mayor would appoint a commission every decade to review school boundaries and feeder patterns, taking into account school capacities, population changes, projected development and other relevant factors. The commission would operate in the open, hold public hearings and be required to invite feedback from the public. It would then present recommended changes to the mayor, who would finalize and publish them at least 15 months before they would take effect. Provisions in the bill would ensure that students currently enrolled in a school would be able to remain in that school and its current feeder pattern â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if they no longer live in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundary after any redrawing. Siblings of students already enrolled in a school would be similarly grandfathered. The bill itself would only create a process to examine school boundaries and feeder patterns. It does not propose any substantive changes. Let me repeat that part: My bill does not propose any substantive changes to boundaries or feeders for any school, including Lafayette Elementary School and Deal Middle School. The main purpose of this bill is to focus our attention on the issues of boundaries and overcrowding. In the end, this bill might not be answer, but we still need to confront the problem in some way. Indeed, the bill may have already succeeded in that the chancellor has now agreed to examine school boundaries this spring. Mary Cheh represents Ward 3 on the D.C. Council.

housing needs and the wisdom of encouraging diversity in this tony Upper Northwest neighborhood should advocate for such a plan. Chester Hartman Chevy Chase

Mobile cameras can ensure compliance

At the last meeting of the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson stated his preference for mobile traffic/speed cameras, over the older fixed cameras. More than 10 years ago, I testified before him at city hall, describing the efficient system then used in Perth, Australia. Every major intersection or dangerous road had a camera box and a sign warning of camera surveillance (with high fines). Perth had only two traffic cameras, which were moved constantly around the city, into those boxes, with drivers never knowing where any camera was on any given day. Thus, drivers approached each camera box with care. For the price of those two cameras, the city had almost universal compliance! When I suggested this for the District, Council member Mendelson explained that we could not possibly do that here, that we had to inform drivers in advance, on a city website with a map, where the speed cameras were. I replied that giving such information to potential speeders seemed to be alerting them of where to avoid a ticket, while encouraging them to speed elsewhere. I was pleased to hear that he

now endorses mobile cameras! Sally MacDonald

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While I recognize the benefits of bicycling, adding bike lanes to a major downtown street like L Street is unwise. I stood at the corner of L Street and Vermont Avenue recently and witnessed considerable confusion on the part of motorists. The more confusing driving becomes, the greater the chance of accidents. In addition, 150 parking spaces were removed to make space for the new bike lane, which will reduce business for the stores along this section of L Street, and reduce revenue to the city. Furthermore, the process of making a left turn on L Street is now much more difficult, and more dangerous, because of the way the lane is configured. The city needs to pause and look more carefully at its growing enthusiasm for adding bike lanes. While the intent may be good, the implementation has many unintended consequences. I have a background in transportation policy. One of the keys to safer streets is the reduction of distractions, which increase the odds of a crash occurring. That is the risk additional bicycle lanes present on already-congested streets. My concern is for the safety of bicyclists and automobile drivers alike. John A. Boffa Washington, D.C.

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety update, including a report from D.C. deputy attorney general Andrew Fois regarding the investigation of the Woodley Park Metro stabbing incident. â&#x2013;  presentation by Ward 1 D.C. State Board of Education member Patrick Mara on graduation requirements. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Sustainable DC planning team. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution in support of temporarily relaxing joint voluntary agreements between alcoholic beverage control-licensed establishments and the commission, Kalorama Citizens Association and Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; consideration of waiver of voluntary agreement provisions restricting interior hours during the week of the inauguration. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on planned school consolidations. 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 permissible hours of operation to 2 a.m. weekdays and Sundays and to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturdays. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application by Federal Spirits, 1629 K St., for a license for an online retail liquor store (Internet sales via credit card, no public access, off-site warehouse storage of alcoholic beverages until delivery to the purchaser, hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Monday). â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application by The Gryphon, 1337 Connecticut Ave., for a tavern-class license (tavern/ sports bar serving light fare; entertainment with dancing and DJ; seating capacity of 175; occupancy of 192; sidewalk cafe with 24 seats; hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday; hours of service from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday; hours of entertainment from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday; sidewalk cafe hours from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday). â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance at 1751 18th St. to exceed allowable lot occupancy. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance at 1800 I St. to bring the building, constructed in 1915, into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, building, fire and life safety regulations while exceeding the allowable floor-area ratio. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application by Ozio, 1813 M St., for a sidewalk cafe. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application by Boloco, 1028 19th St., for a 48-seat sidewalk cafe. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  shaw

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p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; GeorGetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. The regular meeting date was rescheduled to avoid falling on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  loGan circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements and government reports. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  committee reports. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration matters: Mood Lounge, 1318 9th St.; Bar di Bari, 1401 R St., update on voluntary agreement; and Thally, 1316 9th St., update on voluntary agreement. â&#x2013;  consideration of a joint resolution on pedestrian and bicycle safety in the Logan Circle and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. â&#x2013;  consideration of community development committee matters: 1232 9th St., Wagtime, Board of Zoning Adjustment application; 1225 I St., Starbucks, sidewalk cafe; 1401 R St., Bar di Bari, sidewalk cafe; 1400-1402 14th St., Abdo Development, Board of Zoning Adjustment application; and 1431 Corcoran St., Historic Preservation Review Board application, concept and massing. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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TAke A STAND For NeighBorhooD SchoolS Please join with the Francis-Stevens Parent Teacher Association and Foggy Bottom Association in our efforts to keep the Francis-Stevens education campus open. Earlier this month, the DC Public Schools proposed closing some 20 schools across the District – including the only elementary/middle school in the Foggy Bottom/West End/ Downtown area. As the largest organization representing residents of Foggy Bottom/West End, the Foggy Bottom Association opposes this proposed closure. We are joined by ANC2A, ANC2B, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Ward 2 State Board of Education Members Mary Lord and Jack Jacobson, also countless community members who are committed to maintaining a strong public elementary and middle school in our community. The West End has seen significant population growth in the last few years – so much that the District created two new ANC Single Member Districts for the neighborhood. This growth includes many who have or are planning to have children. The West End Neighborhood Library has seen a significant increase in attendance at its programs for toddlers and pre-school children and Francis-Stevens itself had a waiting list last year for their early childhood and pre-kindergarten programs. While Francis-Stevens may be under-enrolled at higher grade levels, such under-enrollment may only be temporary. Francis-Stevens provides quality education to a diverse group of children in an outstanding academic environment that serves as a living monument to Thaddeus Stevens,

who fought not only for the rights of African Americans, but for strong public schools. When Stevens Elementary was closed in 2008 in the face of fierce neighborhood opposition, our community was promised that our remaining school, Francis-Stevens would remain open. Parents rallied to support the new Francis-Stevens school and built a community of involved parents that rivals the best schools in the District. You can help to convince the Dc Public Schools chancellor kaya henderson to consider creative solutions to keep the Francis-Stevens education campus open for the children, families, and residents of this community and the District at large. 1. Attend the community Meeting with Chancellor Kaya Henderson on Wednesday, December 5 (6-8 pm, Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson Avenue, NW). 2. Telephone Mayor Vincent gray’s office at (202) 727-0093 and follow up with an email to 3. Stay involved online: a. Participate in the DCPS School Closures Forum at www. b. Sign the petition at c. “Like” the Francis-Stevens PTA on Facebook at FrancisStevensPTA For more information, please contact the Francis-Stevens PTA at or the Foggy Bottom Association at president@foggybottomassociation. com.

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December 5, 2012 ■ Page 15

Follow-up project tracks D.C. reporters

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


here’s been much debate in recent years about where journalism is heading. While some are looking to answer to that question by analyzing circulation figures or website hits, author Stephen Hess took another approach: He looked at what longtime reporters are doing now. In his latest book, “Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978–2012,” Hess decided to revisit a book he published more than three decades ago that sought to answer questions about how journalists worked and how news was produced. This time, Hess, a Brookings Institution senior fellow who lives in Wesley Heights, wanted to know what happened to those journalists as the years passed. The resulting book, published this year, has been described as the first to comprehensively examine the career patterns of American journalists. “Presumably in a concluding book, you go forward and tell what the future of journalism would be,” said Hess. “I didn’t know the future of journalism, and I’m not sure if anyone else really does, but it’s been an interesting transitional time — so instead of going forward I

decided to go back.” Hess went all the way back to 1978, when he surveyed 450 journalists then working in Washington, D.C., covering the federal government for news organizations around the country. Published in 1981, that first study became the award-winning book “The Washington Reporters,” which has been required reading for many journalism students. In 2005, as a professor at George Washington University and a fellow at Brookings, Hess mobilized his students and interns to track down as many of those 450 reporters as possible. The team located 90 percent of the original group and was able to interview 283 of them. Several from that 1978 set became household names like Ted Koppel, Judy Woodruff, Bob Schieffer and Nina Totenberg. Some are living in Europe and Australia, and many are now scattered across the U.S., while others have remained in D.C. The findings from the second round of interviews were somewhat counterintuitive, Hess said, given what the mainstream media reports about itself. “I had expected to find that a majority of the people after a while would head out of journalism, because it was a high-energy, lowpaying business,” Hess said. “But

when I added it all up, I found that wasn’t the pattern at all; two-thirds of those people stayed in journalism — it became their life’s work.” “That was quite wonderful to me — it’s very optimistic about the future of journalism that people wanted to stay,” Hess added. He found that many of those who continued in the field earned higher salaries as they rose through the ranks, so “if you didn’t have to leave journalism, why would you leave?” he asked. “What was so fascinating was that people loved their jobs and were having fun.” Several of the reporters included in Hess’ book now live in Northwest D.C. Among them is Georgetown resident Martin Tolchin, who came to the District in 1973 as a reporter for the New York Times’ Washington bureau. In 1994, he founded The Hill — at age 66 — and in 2007, he helped launch Politico. Tolchin is still hard at work now, as a senior scholar for the Wilson Center. Tolchin praised the concept of Hess’ new book. “It was a very good idea to see what happened to these folks who covered the White House back in the 1970s,” the Watergate era, to find out “where have they gone, what have they done,” he said. Starting as a copyboy for the Times in 1954, Tolchin’s career spanned a shift from traditional newsprint to online political journalism. “I’m a great optimist, and I think what’s great about journalism today is its democratization,” Tolchin said. He admires citizens who take cellphone video of abuses of power, and says there is room for bloggers alongside professional journalists whose work is vetted by editors.

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Author Stephen Hess interviewed almost 300 Washington reporters for his book about the career trajectory of American journalists. “It takes guts to ask a person in authority a question he doesn’t want to answer, and it takes guts to write about it,” Tolchin said. “That quality in journalists has remained the same.” Mary Lord, who lives in Dupont Circle and currently serves as the Ward 2 representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, started out as a stringer for Newsweek magazine when she was still a college student at Harvard University, and came to Washington the summer after Watergate as an intern with the magazine.

Because the more senior reporters were taking a break after reporting nonstop on Nixon’s scandal, “I had the run of the town, which was exciting and terrifying,” Lord said of her first summer in D.C. She was asked back for a second summer, launching her journalism career covering national security. Lord still works in the field, now as the associate editor for Prism, a magazine about engineering technology and education, but said when she had children she also became involved in the city’s public See Reporters/Page 24

Comedians, journalists debate role of satire in politics By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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David Brooks and Paula Poundstone were among the speakers at a benefit for Tenleytown-based Moment magazine.

till fresh off the U.S. presidential election, and what at times seemed like an endless campaign, some voters are breathing a sigh of relief, others are licking their wounds, and still others are just glad the political ads stopped airing. For the folks over at Moment, a national magazine published in Tenleytown that covers Jewish politics, religion and culture, it seemed like the perfect time to ponder a few questions: How did political satire influence the election? Is it ruining politics? Is it saving politics? And with personalities like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in the fray, is it better than the news?

At a Nov. 18 symposium on the intersection of humor and politics hosted by the magazine, a group of very smart — and funny — people debated those questions at the Adas Israel Congregation on Quebec Street. NPR’s Robert Siegel, the host of “All Things Considered,” moderated the discussion among New York Times columnist David Brooks; New Yorker cartoonist Robert Mankoff; comedian Paula Poundstone; former head writer for “The Colbert Report” Allison Silverman; and NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. “Moment” publisher Nadine Epstein asked the panelists: “Does satire make us more polarized or less polarized?” “It brings us together, in two different groups,” quipped Silverman.

Mankoff said the entertainment industry has created a “veritable satiric-industrial complex,” and noted that the tone of modern satire is usually anti-authoritarian. But Brooks argued that political satire is actually making society more conservative. “The top of the shows is to point out stupid stuff politicians say,” he noted, referring to the TV shows of Stewart, Colbert and comedian Bill Maher. “So if you watch those shows, which most of us do, you get the impression that those [politicians] are a bunch of stupid idiots. So how do you trust government if you believe that?” Political polls, he said, showed that through 1975 or 1980, 70 or 80 percent of Americans said they trusted government to do See Moment/Page 24

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Edmund Burke School

The Edmund Burke School has an exceptional music program. There are bands for many different levels of experience with music, and there is also a choir. The Burke band recently got to sing at an assembly for the whole school. We got to experience the amazing high schoolers from Band A1 and Band A2 as they performed some of the songs they had been working on. I was captivated by the instrumental and vocal performances by some of my peers.


First, Band A1 sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradiseâ&#x20AC;? by Coldplay, which is one of my favorite bands. The vocalist hit every note perfectly. The instrumentalists were terrific as Band A2, which performed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeâ&#x20AC;? by Phillip Phillips. It was a song that I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard before, and this performance made me love it. I really love it when Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music program performs in assembly. It is a good experience, and I get to see school talent at work. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dorianna Brown, eighth-grader

Eaton Elementary

Every year there is a sale of Christmas trees at Eaton. We do it to get people to buy Christmas trees so they are ready for the holidays. We sell them every weekend for two weeks in December on the blacktop on the school playground. The parents organize the holiday sale to raise money for the school, buy trees from a farm and then sell them to other people who celebrate Christmas. The holiday sale has been going on for many years, and it is a lot of fun for kids. We get to help with the trees and get to run around the playground. There is even hot chocolate! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julius Boxer-Cooper, third-grader, and Danny Ringel, fourth-grader

The Field School

Last Monday morning, as Field students returned from their Thanksgiving break, what was meant to be a welcome-back assembly turned into a surprising announcement. David Buffum, assistant head of school, reported that the 7:30 shuttle from Friendship Heights had crashed on the way to school. The bus, containing 18 students, was struck by an oncoming car near the intersection of Van Ness Street and Nebraska Avenue, and collided with two other

cars before swerving off the road onto the grass in front of the National Presbyterian Church. The bus driver broke his ankle and was taken by ambulance to be treated. One ninth-grade student was ejected out the window of the bus. He and a 10th-grader were taken in an ambulance to Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center. The remaining students were transported via an ambu-bus (more formally known as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mass casualty bus,â&#x20AC;? even though there were no casualties) to hospitals to be checked out. Nine were taken to Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and seven to Howard University Hospital. All were treated and released by the end of the school day, and all but the student ejected from the bus returned to school over the course of the day. All are fine and had an excellent rest of the week along with their fellow students. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maddie Williams, sixth-grader; and Jana Cohen and Lila Bromberg, eighth-graders

Georgetown Day Lower/Middle School

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to share with you a day in the life of a Georgetown Day School seventh-grader. On Monday the typical GDS seventh-grader wakes up and does her morning routine (brush teeth, check email and text). After that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battling traffic for 20 minutes. After that, this seventh-grader heads to Chinese (ni hao), then history, and then science. After science we go to recess and lunch. But before I get too far ahead of myself, I should explain something about recess in the middle school. You see, we have a slight space problem on the field because all three grades are out there at the same time. And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all get along. Anywho, after lunch there is Enrichment Arts, which is like music, drama, art, et cetera. Then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off to athletics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; winter sports include basketball, swimming, wrestling, track and winter soccer. Then after a long day, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back on the road to do homework and play. Then as my mother would say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Off to bed to start again.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Hay, seventh-grader

Georgetown Day High School

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Our current International Primary Curriculum topic is Time Detectives. We visited the National Museum of American History and decided to make our own museum. Our museum had lots of exhibitions. One was about our big dig. This is when you go outside and dig in a muddy, grassy or pebbled place. Archaeologists dig for artifacts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we had a go in the school playground. Our finds included a metal goblet, a leather belt, pieces of pottery, a weight and a piece of a stone pipe. We labeled our artifacts and put them in our museum. Another exhibition was about science. Our science experiment was to bury things for four weeks and see what happened to them. We buried things like a piece of chicken, an apple and a spoon. Everything smelled when we dug it up! The chicken bled; the apple rotted; the spoon was scratched. Another exhibit was an interactive mini-dig with lots of objects to find in a sandbox using tools. We also showed videos of class presentations about big archaeological finds, such as Tutankhamen, Pompeii and the Titanic. Finally, we created a time capsule, which we buried for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class to find. Year 6 and our parents enjoyed visiting our museum. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; William van Selm, Year 2 Newcastle (first-grader)


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Last week, 11 members of the cross-country team extended their season and competed in the Nike Cross-Country Southeast Regional Championships. The meet, which took place in North Carolina, included teams from Florida to Delaware. The boys team finished in 12th place overall. Naomi Miller, the only female runner from Georgetown Day, set a new school record for a 5K race, finishing in 19:33! In basketball, the boys team played against Edmund Burke in its season opener. In addition, the girls varsity basketball team competed in See Dispatches/Page 17

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DISPATCHES From Page 16 a two-day basketball tournament at Sidwell Friends. Finally, in only their second season, the boys and girls swimming teams defeated Maret and St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes in their first meet. During Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly assembly, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Professional Hopper Dayâ&#x20AC;? took place to allow students to explore different career opportunities. During the event, parents and alumni spent the morning at the high school discussing their career fields with students. Some career fields included finance, communications, technology, public service and pharmaceutical research. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Holy Trinity School

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, our teachers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mrs. Khanijoun, Mrs. Skonberg, and Ms. Scarff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; took our class to Annapolis, Md., for the day. It was a perfect day for a field trip, not too hot and not too cold. It took about 45 minutes to get there. The bus ride was quite pleasant. Some of the girls slept, and the boys in the back were singing. When we arrived, the tour guides were waiting for us. They were dressed in clothes you would wear in Colonial times. They carried baskets of supplies that would have been used in the 1700s. The guides took us to many places and buildings such as the State House, which housed the U.S. Congress from 1783 to 1784 while Annapolis was the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. They also took us to the Paca House, which is a very large beautiful home. William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived there. We also saw one of the first African-American schools in Annapolis. We had lunch on the docks. After we ate lunch, we played a couple of fun games and took a class photo. Then we got on the bus and drove back to school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maia Morrell and Caitlin Reischauer, third-graders

Janney Elementary

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was here. Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gone ... Peace.â&#x20AC;? That was a message from

Matthew Pfeiffer, who graduated from Janney in 2002. You can read it on one of the many red bricks in the front of the school. Now you can leave a message for people in the future to read. Janney is selling bricks again. The sale is sponsored by the PTA. The new bricks will be installed in the Janney garden, where they will twist around in a circular path. Two different sizes of bricks are for sale, 4 inches by 8 inches and 8 inches by 8 inches. The smaller bricks cost $75 each and the larger ones cost $150, said Janney parent Alisa Gogarty, who is the co-director of the brick sale. Ms. Gogarty said the PTA had sold about 20 bricks and hopes to sell about 100. The PTA sold bricks at the Janney 5K and will sell them at the Tenley WinterFest on Saturday, Dec. 8. The bricks will be on sale until Dec. 21. The PTA hopes to install the bricks in the spring. Order forms are available in the office and on the Janney website. The first Janney bricks were sold in 2004. There was another sale in 2007. Those bricks go around the edges of the front entrance to the school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chloe Fatsis, Michaela Bauman and Zara Hall, fifth-graders

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On Nov. 8 the school had its annual Veterans Day performance. The school has celebrated Veterans Day with an assembly every year since 1990. One of the highlights was the third grade singing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Niftyâ&#x20AC;? by Ray Charles, a tradition that dates to the late 1990s, according to founding head of school Susan Koss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Niftyâ&#x20AC;? is a song in which students recite the 50 states really fast, in alphabetical order. This year, for the first time in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, there were 50 third-graders to sing it. Exactly 13 of them started at our school in pre-k, which was funny because the song starts with these words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty, nifty United States, from the 13 original colonies.â&#x20AC;? Before the song the third-graders did a special skit featuring themselves as the 50 states and the 13

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Hebrew song about optimism. The fifth grade did â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of Thee I Sing America,â&#x20AC;? a song about America. And, last but not least, the sixth grade did â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kvuzat Shel Ztvaim,â&#x20AC;? a Hebrew song about wanting peace. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Brosowsky, fourth-grader, and Gabriel Kanter-Goodell, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

Before the Thanksgiving holidays, the fifth grade visited Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre. We learned about President


Abraham Lincoln and what life was like when Lincoln was president. Our tour guide showed us around the museum, the theater and the house where Lincoln died. We first toured the museum underneath the theater. We watched films, studied artifacts from Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s White House, and even saw the gun Booth used to shoot President Lincoln. After the museum, we went upstairs to the actual theater. We saw the part of the theater where Lincoln sat to watch the See Dispatches/Page 18

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play “Our American Cousin.” Isabela McDonald, a fifth-grader on the trip, said, “I really enjoyed seeing the actual seats where Lincoln and his wife sat.” After Lincoln was shot, he was taken across the street to the Peterson Boarding House. That is where we visited next. We even acted out the carrying of Lincoln across the street. There, Lincoln was laid in a small bed. He was so tall that they had to lay him diagonally in a 6-foot bed. In that bed, Lincoln took his last breath. Fifth-grade teacher Ms. Shields said, “Ford’s Theatre was great way to bring Abraham Lincoln to life for the students.” — Duncan Ryan and Lysander Miliaras, fifth-graders

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On our curriculum night celebrating our study of China, sixthgraders displayed some of the work that we created during the fall. We made models of the terra cotta warriors that the Chinese made to guard their Emperor Qin in the afterlife. This was a very fun process for the sixth grade. First, in art we sculpted models of the terra cotta warriors out of clay. We made everything from soldiers to servants. Next, in Humanities we wrote stories about our terra cotta warriors on what their afterlife was like. The stories were displayed with the sculptures in the middle

school atrium. In addition, we wrote a paragraph about the culture of Chinese tea. We researched and wrote an essay about some aspect of Chinese tea culture, then we had revisions and finally we presented the finished product. We also made a visual project of our choosing. First, we wrote three topics we were interested in. Then the teacher would approve one. The projects could range from building a model to a keynote presentation. We also performed a Chinese ribbon and sword dance. We finished with a Chinese potluck supper. It was a rewarding experience. — Hannah Davis, sixth-grader

Maret School

We play a lot of fun games in third grade. Trashketball is a game we play every Thursday. It is a math game. In Trashketball, there are eight shots, and each shot is harder than the one before. The seventh shot is located on the multiplication rug in the left back corner of the room, where you can barely see the bucket. The eighth shot is from the chair at our teacher Mr. Stone’s desk. If you make it, you get on the Wall of Fame. I like the fourth shot best because it is easier for me. Wolf is a writing game we play. You have to write at least half a page to earn a shot. Wolf is a new game that came out last year. The rules are to be silent (because it’s golf), and when it’s your turn you take the putter and pick your shot. Then you hit it toward the Wolf See Dispatches/Page 22

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Local designers trim trees for cancer benefit By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


or designer Allie Mann, Christmas isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Christmas without the image of Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grinch â&#x20AC;&#x153;shoving that decorated tree up that chimney.â&#x20AC;? Luckily she found someone who agreed: 8-year-old Sophie, who is being treated for neuroblastoma, and wanted to decorate a very Seuss Christmas tree. This is Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year participating in the Georgetown Jingle, an annual fundraiser that pairs local designers with children and young adults who are either current or former cancer patients, to plan and decorate a 9-foot Christmas tree. The trees are then sold to raise money for pediatric oncology programs at the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mann, who works for home

remodeling and design service Case Design Inc., submitted her idea for a Dr. Seuss-themed Christmas tree over the summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and was paired up with Sophie, a young cancer patient currently in remission who, Mann said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just loved everything Seuss.â&#x20AC;? Together they created elaborate purple and blue ornaments for their tree, which they decided to base on the mischievous characters Thing One and Thing Two from Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cat in the Hat.â&#x20AC;? The tree was priced at $2,500. The tree sales were part of a weekend of events that included a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? family fundraiser and silent auction, and later a sold-out show featuring singer Pamela Stanley. For the winner of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auction, jewelry designer Samantha Friedman had an additional prize â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an elaborate holiday mantel setting and assorted jewelry estimated

to be worth $6,000. Since 2006, the Georgetown Jingle has raised more than $1.5 million for the Lombardi Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pediatric oncology programs. In that time, the funds have established a pediatric bone marrow transplant unit, in collaboration with Duke University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, that is scheduled to be completed this summer. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also supported psychiatry services for cancer patients and their families, along with initiatives for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and the pediatric palliative care program at Georgetown. Seventeen trees were displayed for sale this year at the Four Seasons Hotel lobby in Georgetown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a tree decked out in Lego toys; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;?-themed tree, complete with red poppies and figurines of characters from the film; and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;storybook treeâ&#x20AC;? made entirely of pages repurposed from used books. Visitors and tree designers chatted over cocktails and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, while the GraceNotes, a student a cappella group from Georgetown University, serenaded guests. Event chair Donna Shank understands the experience of parenting a child with cancer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her son was treated for T-cell leukemia a few years ago, and her family

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Decorators teamed up with current and former cancer patients to trim and sell Christmas trees, including one with a Lego theme (left). was heartened by the care they found at Georgetown. Her son served as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;jingle ambassadorâ&#x20AC;? to

a tree designer several years ago. The Georgetown Jingle was See Jingle/Page 21




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Holidays inWashington From Tenleytown to Hillwood, varied holiday fare


his year’s Janney Winter Fair has expanded into the Tenley WinterFest, which will be held Saturday at the school and other neighborhood spots. At Janney, the event will feature a craft fair, musical performances, roasted chestnuts and other snacks, hot chocolate and a Winter Garden of Lights (from 2 to 6 p.m.). Activities will also include a storytime, face painting, craft activities and a book sale at the TenleyFriendship Library (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); an art exhibit and building tours at Iona Senior Services (2 to 6 p.m.); and musical performances at Middle C Music (2 to 6 p.m.). A kids’ scavenger hunt during the week leading up to the event will encourage kids to hunt for

more than a dozen “Tenley Yetis” — little abominable snow monsters hidden in shops and other places in Tenleytown. Prize collection will take place Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Janney. Janney Elementary School is located at 4130 Albemarle St. NW, and the other sites are on the same block or nearby. For details, email ■ The National Zoo will present “ZooLights” through Jan. 1. The annual celebration — which debuted for the season Friday — features lighted displays, access to a number of zoo houses, a new “conservation carousel,” snowless zoo tubing on 150-foot-long tracks down Lion/Tiger Hill, gingerbread habitat contests and holiday treats,

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among the many attractions. ZooLights is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 9 and then daily (except Christmas Day) from Dec. 14 through Jan. 1. Admission is free, though some of the activities require a fee. Parking costs $9 for members of Friends of the National Zoo and $16 for nonmembers. ■ The Downtown Holiday Market has returned for its eighth year, setting up shop through Dec. 23. More than 180 artisans will join with live entertainment and comfort foods to offer gifts and fun at an outdoor marketplace in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery on F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW. The market will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. ■ The Willard Hotel will present its 11th annual “Holiday Lobbying” series of choral concerts through Dec. 22. Performances will take place nightly from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (except Sundays). Performers include the 18th Street Singers (Dec. 7), the chorus from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School (Dec. 8) and many more. The Willard Hotel is located at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202628-9100; ■ The Willard Hotel will offer a

holiday afternoon tea, featuring sweets like a white chocolate sleigh with fresh berries and gingerbread men, drinks and a live harp, in Peacock Alley daily in December (except Dec. 25, 26 and 31). Tea is served from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $42 per person, or $56 with a glass Photo by Jane Varner Malhotra of Moet & A Janney Elementary second-grader poses with Chandon wooden yeti cutouts built by Wilson High School’s Champagne. robotics club and designed by Wilson sophomore The Willard Mazlyn Ortiz. A family of yetis will be in the Janney Hotel is located garden for photo-ops during the Tenley WinterFest. at 1401 Pennsylvania from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 Ave. NW. Reservations are recomand 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. mended. 202-628-9100; washingShopping will also be available on the B2 level of the Cathedral park■ The St. Albans Christmas ing garage — relocated from the House Tour will be held Dec. 7 Herb Cottage, which is undergoing and 8, featuring five decorated renovations — during the tour. The homes in the Phillips Park neighshop will stay open until 8 p.m. on borhood. Dec. 13. The house tour will run from 11 ■ The Hillwood Estate, Museum a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, with a special and Gardens will host its Russian Winter Festival Dec. 8 and 9. holiday boutique available in The festival will feature a new Marriott Hall of the St. Albans one-act play based on traditional School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Russian stories of Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, a chance to meet and pose for pictures with the characters, a hands-on art activity, BRYN MAWR BOOKSHOP shopping, dining and more. Used and Rare Books The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. Choose from our wonderful Books for All Ages! 9. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 * Mystery * History * Military * Gardening * Politics * Art for seniors, $12 for members, $10 *Children’s *Biographies * Foreign Languages and so much more! for students, and $5 for children 6 through 18; they are free for chil3241 P Street NW, WDC 202-333-3222 dren under age 6. Hillwood is locatWednesday – Friday 11-4; Saturday 11-5; Sunday 12-4 ed at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202All proceeds are used to support Bryn Mawr College Scholarships ~ Since 1977 686-5807; ■ The Washington Revels will present the 30th annual “Christmas Revels” Dec. 8 through 16 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Sat. December 8, 11am - 12:30pm For its 30th celebration of the The Mandy & David Team Office winter solstice, the group will call upon elements of past shows to Coldwell Banker, 1606 17th St NW renew the spirit of joy that marks All photos are free. Dogs only, please. this time of year. The show will feaDonations to the Washington Animal Rescue League accepted. ture singalongs, a madcap “Twelve Days of Christmas,” new seasonal music, country and Morris dancing More info: and more. Performance times vary. Tickets The Mandy & David Team cost $12 to $45. Lisner Auditorium Mandy Mills & David Getson is located at 21st and H streets NW. t: 202.379.9619 o: 202.387.6180 800-595-4849; team @ ■ Folger Consort will present See Holidays/Page 21


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originally envisioned as a cocktail hour, Shank said, but it has grown each year as word of mouth around the design community spreads. Organizers are now inundated with concepts and requests from designers to create trees for the fundraiser. In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become so popular that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to turn some designers away. But as the Georgetown Jingle has evolved, the focus has remained fixed on supporting the Lombardi Center and its director, Aziza Shad. Shad treated Shankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, and the two have maintained a close relationship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would do anything for Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? Shank said. Georgetown Jingle committee member Ashley Klick said the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beneficiaries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as the bone marrow transplant unit and the cancer survivors support group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are all part of an effort to â&#x20AC;&#x153;treat the whole person and the whole family.â&#x20AC;? And the D.C. design community, Klick said, is a perfect group to tap into for the cause. They â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of outlets to give back, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very generous community,â&#x20AC;? she said. The cause hits close to home for Klick, too. While growing up, Klick had a friend with cancer; now, she brings her own children to the Georgetown Jingle to do holiday crafts with the designers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;jingle ambassadors,â&#x20AC;? and learn more about contributing to their community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for kids to learn about giving back,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they love coming here, seeing the trees. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the spirit of giving.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecentoâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 14 through 23 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Joined by vocal ensemble Trio Eos and guest instrumentalists, the Folger Consort will present a joyous celebration in the Elizabethan theater, decorated for the holidays. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $50. Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; â&#x2013; Weichert, Realtors, will host a toy drive through Dec. 14, collecting gifts for financially and physically disadvantaged children at local offices, including 5034



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Murch Elementary

On Nov. 16, the fourth-grade classes at Murch enjoyed a five-

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National Presbyterian School

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he received from passing NPS families when he got a flat tire that same morning and how, even when we have trouble, there is something good that comes out of it. Our chaplain, Rev. Dunfee, told us a story that taught us to always look on the good side of things and to find something to be thankful for. It was an amazing service. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jack Bradley, fifth-grader

Parkmont School

On Nov. 14, the World Religion class at Parkmont School visited the Sri Siva Vishnu Hindu Temple in Lanham, Md. The guide talked to the class about karma. The guide also talked to us about the Hindu laws. He told us that Hindus praise or worship a lot of gods, like Shiva, Vishnu and Ganesh. The guide talked to us about how each god has a specific purpose in the religion. I also learned that one of the priests from that temple blessed Vice President Joe Biden for Diwali. I was really surprised when I heard that. We were blessed by that priest in front of goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The guide told about some of the things that are in the Hindu religion. Some of the things Hinduism teaches are to not want anything that your neighbor has and that you should not mess with your neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife. That is the same thing as what I have seen in the Bible at church. I think the visit was very nice and spiritual, a rich experience. They were polite to us and gave us mango pulp and milk smoothies. The smoothies were delicious! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shavar Clarke, seventh-grader

Ross Elementary

Are you a fourth- or fifth-grader? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start thinking about middle school options! Here at Ross Elementary our counselor, Mr. Rogers, hosted a Middle School Night on Nov. 27. It was a chance for fourth- and fifth-grade parents and students to talk to different middle schools about their programs. There was a great turnout from parents, students and schools. Some of the middle schools that attended were Hardy, Washington Latin, BASIS DC, Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Washington Jesuit Academy. Principal Searl also attended the event to talk to different schools. It was a successful night and hopefully it gave parents and students more information to help them decide which middle school is right for them. Mr. Rogers deserves a special thank-you for coordinating this night. Thank you, Mr. Rogers! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

It is that time of year when the weather gets colder, days get shorter, and the smell of turkey fills the house. Initiated by the pilgrims and Native Americans hundreds of years ago, Thanksgiving is regarded as a major holiday and happens on the fourth Thursday in November. Every Thanksgiving, the normal

pattern for Americans is to get nice and full during the dinner, then travel to all the stores on Black Friday to have a huge shopping spree. I am not an American, however, but a Canadian. During both American and Canadian Thanksgivings, I am able to visit Toronto, which is where I am from. Although I do love a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, recently it has been difficult to celebrate either Thanksgiving holiday because my family is still in the process of settling down. At this time of year, when I sit down at the lunch table in the cafeteria at school and watch the succulent turkey being carved by Mr. Herman, I impatiently wait for the delicious meal to unfold. On that day this November, the Blue-White swim meet rap battles were taking place, making the end of the lunch even more exciting. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; William Kim, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

Each year during the month of November, the students of St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy hold a Turkey Feather contest to raise money for a charity. Each class displays a â&#x20AC;&#x153;nakedâ&#x20AC;? turkey outside the classroom and students can purchase feathers for their turkeys. Each feather is 25 cents, or you can get five feathers for a dollar. The class that purchases the most feathers wins a pizza party and free dress day. Competition is fierce as students notice that the turkeys are getting more and more feathers. Students start bringing in $20 bills to purchase 100 feathers at a time. This year in an effort to â&#x20AC;&#x153;go greenâ&#x20AC;? along with raising money for a cause, we used newspapers to cut out the feathers. The fifth grade sponsors this activity. They cut the feathers, collect the money from students and distribute the purchased feathers. Each class is responsible for decorating their own turkeys with feathers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This fundraising project becomes an excellent lesson in finance and production as well,â&#x20AC;? said Mrs. Thompson, the fifth-grade teacher. The fifth grade has to account for all the money, and trace and cut out feathers. This fun and competitive effort raises lots of money for great charities. This year St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donated $1,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. And the fifth grade won the contest, purchasing more than 1,000 feathers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough room on our turkey for all of the feathers,â&#x20AC;? said Michaela Herdoiza. The students are looking forward to the pizza party and free dress day. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Edward Core, Amber Brown and Michaela Herdoiza, fifth-graders

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

In Grade 3, we spent the first part of the school year learning about the United States. Each of us became an expert on one state and learned about its geography, resources and landmarks. At the end of the unit, we invited our parents to See Dispatches/Page 38

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Court in the first place. As an official with the D.C. Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office noted, the types of violations and penalties involved in the case have typically been resolved through lower-level negotiations. The Appeals Court considered Rumorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; three 2009 incidents as separate events that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t indicate a â&#x20AC;&#x153;continuous course of conductâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the rulingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key phrase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This carries a bit of an impact,â&#x20AC;? said the D.C. Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office official, who asked not to be identified by name. The official said the city is still analyzing the court opinion before issuing a response. The Appeals Court ruling spells out the 2009 incidents at Rumors: In January, a security guard at Rumors got involved in a scuffle with patrons that led to an assault charge. The D.C. Superior Court later determined that the guard was acting in self-defense. In April that year, there was a fracas involving a beer bottle smashed over a patronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head, then various miscommunications during the follow-up investigation by the city alcohol agency. And in August 2009, according to the court opinion, a third event involved aggressive behavior from a popular bartender. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board held hearings on these incidents in fall 2010. About six months later, the board ruled that Rumors had violated three different sections of the D.C. Code, warranting the fines and suspensions. The D.C. Code violations were actually commonplace ones in the

world of liquor licenses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; regarding failure to adhere to a security plan; use of the establishment for â&#x20AC;&#x153;unlawful and disorderly purpose[s]â&#x20AC;?; and delays to police and regulatory inspections. As the Appeals Court ruling notes, the court had only dealt with similar cases three times in its past â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two of those before 1977. Attorneys who represented Rumors in the appeals case didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to requests for comment. General manager Paul Kolokousis spoke briefly on the phone, saying he has worked at Rumors for 12 years and that the club recently underwent minor repairs and renovations. He was unable to respond to further questions. The Appeals Court based much of its ruling on the argument that the city did not show evidence of â&#x20AC;&#x153;a consistent pattern of violationsâ&#x20AC;? at Rumors. On this, the court looked back to a 1986 amendment from the D.C. Council that clarified the intent of a decades-old liquor law. For example, the Appeals Court found that the events that occurred at Rumors in January and August 2009 were â&#x20AC;&#x153;two isolated, unrelated incidents of violenceâ&#x20AC;? that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suggest a general atmosphere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;unlawful and disorderlyâ&#x20AC;? operations. The alcohol board, in its earlier ruling, had determined the opposite. According to the D.C. Attorney General official, two additional liquor license violations have been reported at Rumors while this case has been ongoing. One of these was similar to the 2009 incidents; the other was a procedural matter that was completely unrelated. The official said those cases are pending.

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school system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Explaining policy and why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for students and teachers is a big part of what we do on the school board,â&#x20AC;? said Lord. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the skills I honed as a journalist serve me in that position â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was a very natural transition.â&#x20AC;? Kathy Patterson, who lives in Chevy Chase, has the distinction of

being the only reporter interviewed for the 1978 book to seek, much less attain, full-time elected office; she served as the Ward 3 D.C. Council member from 1995 to 2007. Like Lord, Patterson said many of the skills she learned as a reporter translated to public office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I became a journalist because I wanted to write, and I wanted to make a difference,â&#x20AC;? said Patterson, who was a reporter for the

Washington bureau of the Kansas City Star when Hess interviewed her in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;78. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a legislator, one holds government accountable, gets answers to questions, and figures things out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there are a lot of similarities to journalism.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2012â&#x20AC;? was published by Brookings Institution Press and is available for $26.95.

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the right thing most of the time. Right now that figure is 19 percent. Part of that precipitous fall, Brooks reasoned, is Comedy Central. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hypocrisy, in the last 10 years, has become the cardinal sin,â&#x20AC;? said Silverman, and it cuts across both liberal and conservative satire. With increasing frequency, news outlets and programs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Showâ&#x20AC;? are pointing out examples of politicians saying or doing the exact opposite of what they said they were going to say or do. The availability of recorded media of our political leaders has only made that job easier, and with Facebook and Twitter, jokes catch fire faster. Presidential candidate Totenberg Mitt Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comment on â&#x20AC;&#x153;binders full of womenâ&#x20AC;? took flight in social media, demonstrating how satire thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard and spread quickly can have a big effect on a campaign, Mankoff pointed out. Of course, political satire has been around as long as there have been political leaders to poke fun of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it dates back to Aristophanes, the Greek playwright; and in the United States, Benjamin Franklin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had satirists in our history, from Will Rogers to H.L. Mencken to Art Buchwald,â&#x20AC;? said Totenberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have always gotten their information from them, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve entertained and amused us, and a lot of things that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said have stayed with us for generations.â&#x20AC;? Totenberg lauded Colbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coverage of campaign finance, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He describes [it] more clearly than I can on my best day,â&#x20AC;? and she praised Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reports on the failure of the federal government to pledge funds for the health care of 9/11 first responders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can deliver a savage piece of satire with a very

specific point,â&#x20AC;? she added, noting that neither use just one-joke lines. Poundstone said she appreciates satire for bringing important issues to the fore, but said she gets scared when people say Comedy Central is the only place they get their news. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important that education become stronger and stronger so we continue to be able to get the joke,â&#x20AC;? she said. Brooks also spoke of his firsthand experience witnessing the partisan divisions of humor. In August, he wrote a column titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Real Romney,â&#x20AC;? which drew attention as much for its departure from his usual serious conservative tone as for its satirical ribbing of Romney on the eve of the Republican National Convention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All my Democratic friends came up to me and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;That was hilarious,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Brooks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And all my Republican friends came up to me and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really not very funny.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The lively forum was a fundraiser for Moment, a nonprofit magazine with a storied history. Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and author Leonard Fein founded the publication in 1975, naming it after â&#x20AC;&#x153;Der Moment,â&#x20AC;? a popular Yiddish newspaper in Warsaw that ceased publication during World War II when its offices were bombed. Epstein took over as publisher in 2004. While Moment writes about Jewish culture and newsmakers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just for Jews,â&#x20AC;? Epstein pointed out. The magazine covers literature and the arts, it has a robust investigative journalism arm, and it recently began publishing a series on Arabs in Israel. The Nov. 18 event also honored Northwest D.C. resident Bert Foer, a board member credited with helping to guide the magazine. His sons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, and journalists Franklin and Joshua Foer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; paid tribute to their father with a comedic presentation of their own. The proceeds from the symposium will also benefit the magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, which supports young journalists reporting on â&#x20AC;&#x153;deeply ingrained prejudices,â&#x20AC;? in honor of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner is working on a piece about the resurgence of racism in South Africa.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Robeyvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home exudes charm, history in AU Park


he 4400 blocks of Alton Place and Albemarle Street are home to a quaint older neighborhood called Robeyville, so


named for the family of builders, the Robeys, who constructed and lived in about a dozen houses there at the turn of the 20th century. One of the last of the early Robeyville homes, which are now considered part of American University Park, can be found at 4400 Albemarle St. Built in 1911 by brothers Fred and James Robey, the classic American foursquare house is situated on a corner lot and offers welcoming curb appeal, featuring an open porch with a prairie-style overhanging roof that spans the width of the front of the home. A white picket fence runs along the side yard. Upon entering the charming home, one is bathed in light thanks to the multitude of large two-overtwo windows, which show off the gleam of the original hardwood floors throughout the house. The wood staircase, which was recently refinished, leads up to the second

level, and the living room and kitchen sit off the first floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center hallway. In the living room, previous owners installed a wood mantel fireplace that, while not original, matches the period of the house in appearance. A double opening leads into the dining room. The kitchen is spacious for a house of this era, and was recently updated with cherry cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances from such brands as Whirlpool and Jenn-Air. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not large enough to accommodate a kitchen table, new residents will likely get full use of the adjacent dining room. A powder room was conveniently installed next to the kitchen in a space that was likely part of a former pantry. Another pantry space adjacent to the kitchen was converted into a mudroom, complete with bead-

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This three-bedroom, 1.5-bath American foursquare house on Albemarle Street is priced at $879,000. board cupboards and a bench. It leads to a spacious backyard with lots of landscaping possibilities. Those with a green thumb will appreciate the small paned-glass potting shed attached to the back of the house, which could be used year-round for planting herbs, tomatoes or flowering plants. Upstairs are the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three bedrooms, all of which offer considerable closet space for a home of this era, though a few of those closets were installed more recently. The two-over-two windows allow light to flood the second-


Simply Elegant

Chevy Chase, MD. 1918 beauty w/6 BRS, 3 BAs & 2 HBAs. Large kitchen open to family rm. Finished walk-out LL. Screen porch, deck & patio. Lge lot less than a mile to Metro & shops. $1,995,000 Marcie Sandalow   301-652-7949 Catarina Bannier  202-487-7177

Best Kept Secret

Chevy Chase, DC. Rarely available large semi-detached townhouse built in 1999. 5 BRs/ 4.5 BAs. Family rm & MBR w/gas frpls. Kit w/brkfst rm. LL in-law suite + rec rm/office & sep. entrance. 1 car gar + off-st. pkg. $1,299,000 Kathi Kershaw 301-613-1613


Picturesque Hallmark

Chevy Chase, MD. Construction is starting on this impressive and grand residence. Sited on an expansive lot with thoughtful outdoor spaces to explore. 5 BRS, 4.5 BAs. $1,895,000 Eric Murtagh  301-652-8971 Marina Krapiva  301-792-5681 

floor rooms as well. The largest bedroom overlooks the front yard, and includes a staircase that leads to the attic. One of two bedrooms in the rear of the home has a small window bench that overlooks the backyard. In the center hall, there is ample room for linens in an original closet with nearly hidden bottom shelves built into the baseboard. Across the hall is the full bathroom, which buyers may want to

update. An unfinished basement and attic, complete with antique wallpaper, provide useful storage spaces. This three-bedroom, 1.5-bath property at 4400 Albemarle St. is offered for $879,000. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Steve Agostino of Long & Foster Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Agostino Group at 202-321-5506 or


Idyllic Classic

Chevy Chase, MD. Rolling Wood Custom Tudor done to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? Light filled, gourmet kit opens to family rm. 4 BRs, 4.5 BAs includes MBR suite. Office w/sep.entrance, 2nd family rm. Patio, attached garage. $1,425,000 Delia McCormick   301-977-7273 Laura McCaffrey   301-641-4456

Sparkling & Spacious

Capitol Hill. Delightful spacious 3 level townhouse near Metro & Eastern Market. 3 BRs/3.5 BAs. Contemporary kitchen, 3 frpls, top flr MBR City Charm w/whirlpool, shower Cleveland Park. Charming 1 bedroom & skylights. $839,000 in small 12 unit coop. High ceilings, good light, separate dining area, hrdwd Martha Williams 202-271-8138 floors. Short walk to Metro. Cats allowed. Rachel Burns  202-384-5140 $279,000. Melissa Chen 202-744-1235 Andrea Evers  202-550-8934

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Wednesday, Dec. 5

Wednesday December 5 Benefit â&#x2013; A fundraiser for the DC Public Library Foundation will feature a book signing and reception with Kitty Kelley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iconic Images of the Kennedys.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $100; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-4943. Class â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Purifying and Letting Go of the Past.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202986-2257. The class will continue Dec. 12 and 19. Concert â&#x2013;  Progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon will join Shepherd Elementary School students for their annual holiday concert. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Free. Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. 202-576-6140. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by James Johnston, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Calvin Trillin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  NASA executive Jenn Gustetic will speak about women in technology as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Startup Forumâ&#x20AC;? series sponsored by WAMU-FM and American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Communication. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-8852220. â&#x2013;  A book discussion series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Sweet Homeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about the notion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;homeâ&#x20AC;? as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Maisie Knewâ&#x20AC;? by Henry James. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625


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Events Entertainment Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013; Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Film â&#x2013;  Goldenbear Productions will present the premiere of its Kickstarter-funded short film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Garden of Steven,â&#x20AC;? about a small-town missionary in a strange land who stumbles down the low road to salvation. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow each screening. 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. $15. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Montreal-based experimental artist Socalled will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Mic Poetry,â&#x20AC;? which will feature spoken-word performers and musicians. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Sale â&#x2013;  The eighth annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket. com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Special events â&#x2013;  The Daughters of the American Revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11th annual Christmas open house will feature live choral music, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus and more. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 202-572-0563. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host a knitting and crocheting party to make hats, scarves, socks and slippers for people who are

homeless. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The event will repeat Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Brown Bag Concert Series will feature cellist Vasily Popov performing works by Bach, Cassado and Popov. Noon. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  Organist Thom Guthrie will perform holiday music at â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Thursday @ First Church.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and G streets NW. 202-628-4317. â&#x2013;  Accordionist and vocalist Ray Abshire will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A cappella group The Capital Hearings will perform. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Chucho ValdĂŠs Quintet. 7 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington will hold its 33rd annual Interfaith Concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celebration of the Sacred in Song, Dance, and Chant.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15 to $30. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. 202-234-6300. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luxembourg at Holiday Time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Celebration of Mostly Baroque Music,â&#x20AC;? featuring trumpeter Marc Weydert, baritone Jerome Barry and pianists Maurice ClĂŠment and George Peachey. 7:30 p.m. $140 to $150. Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6253561. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aging in Place: Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roles and Responsibilities.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20; $12 for students.

Thursday, december 6 â&#x2013; Concert: National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Yuja Wang will perform works by Chopin, Lutoslawski and Tchaikovsky. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. This concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  François Rivasseau, minister plenipotentiary and deputy head of the European Union delegation to the United States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The European Union and Peace: Why a Nobel Prize?â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, BernsteinOffit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Asia Society will present a talk by Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 Architects in 25 Weeksâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk by Robert Gurney on modern architecture. Noon. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Time magazine editor Michael Duffy, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club: Inside the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Exclusive Fraternity,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the personal and political relationships among Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern presidents. 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;  Panelists will discuss issues surrounding bioethics and human rights. 1 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1492. â&#x2013;  Adele Morris, policy director of Climate and Energy Economics Projects at the Brookings Institution, will join other panelists to discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solutions to the

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fiscal Cliffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: How Putting a Price on Carbon Can Play a Role.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Artist Miguel Luciano, CultureStrike coordinator Favianna Rodriguez and curator Raquel de Anda will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Kites,â&#x20AC;? a public art project that involved undocumented youth in D.C. 6 p.m. Free. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Glenn J. MacPherson, a geologist at the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmochemistry: Decoding the Hidden Messages of Space.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Kevin Phillips will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;1775: A Good Year for Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Day Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parenting in the 21st Centuryâ&#x20AC;? discussion series will feature a talk by psychologist, educator, consultant and author Brad Sachs, founder of the Father Center. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW. â&#x2013;  An Ethical Dilemmas Reading Group, led by George Mason University professor Phil Burnham, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winter of Our Discontentâ&#x20AC;? by John Steinbeck. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Panelists Lynda Johnson Robb, Cokie Roberts, Bess Abell and Michael L. Gillette will discuss the achievements and contributions of Lady Bird Johnson on the 100th anniversary of her birth. A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Translator Katharine Gratwick Baker will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defining a Self: One Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Through Stalinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gulag,â&#x20AC;? about her translation of a memoir by Olga AdamovaSliozberg. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. â&#x2013;  Eric and Sarah McNair-Landry, an adventurous brother-sister team from Baffin Island, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kite Skiing the Northwest Passage.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts will present Hank Rogersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare Behind Bars,â&#x20AC;? a behind-the-scenes look at a Kentucky prisSee Events/Page 27



Continued From Page 26 onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater troupe as they rehearse and perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tempest.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. â&#x2013; A celebration of Quentin Tarantinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20-year career in independent cinema will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pulp Fiction,â&#x20AC;? along with exclusive new interviews and trailers for films that influenced his work. 7 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Avalon in Focus series will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hellbound?â&#x20AC;? about the contentious debate over the Christian doctrine of hell. A question-and-answer session with director Kevin Miller and cast member Frank Schaeffer will follow. 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. Performances â&#x2013;  Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown will present its annual winter showcase. 8 p.m. Free. Walsh Black Box Theatre, Walsh Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasonal Disorder,â&#x20AC;? a look at the seemingly unavoidable chaos that the holidays deliver. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7770. Performances will continue through Dec. 22. Special events â&#x2013;  Participants in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teen Craftâ&#x20AC;? activity will make custom wrapping paper. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host the Global Exchange Holiday Party to promote fair trade. 5 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Global Exchange Fair Trade Store, 1025 5th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Leah Hadad will offer a tasting of seasonal baking creations made from Tribes-a-Dozenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s line of VoilĂ ! Hallah Egg Bread Mixes. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Rodmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-684-8256. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will celebrate the work of Denmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most renowned contemporary artist, Per Kirkeby, with traditional Danish fare, a gallery talk about the influence of the comic book series â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Tintinâ&#x20AC;? on Kirkebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, and a screening of Lars Henrik Ostenfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fir Tree,â&#x20AC;? based on the fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nights: Deck the Hallsâ&#x20AC;? will feature spiced ginger punch, seasonal hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and festive greenery and dĂŠcor. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Daniel and Christine Cooney of Heavenly Spirits will lead a tasting of Armagnac blends from three distilleries. 7 p.m. $45. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Friday, Dec. 7

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Events Entertainment participants to create holiday greens from cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, berry-laden holly, pine cones and boxwood. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $48; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacewreathworkshop. Concerts â&#x2013; The Arts Club of Washington will host its Friday concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring works by Beethoven and Bruch. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will present its annual holiday concert, featuring the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble. 1:15 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  A National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows concert will feature violinist Jackie Lin, violist Aiden Kane, flutist Emma Resmini, bassist Michael Lewis and violist Sam Matzner. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a guitar recital by students of Magdalena Duhagon. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, Singers and Chorus will perform at the annual Christmas Concert for Charity. 7:30 p.m. Free. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5416. â&#x2013;  Calvary Baptist Church will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing Messiah!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a singalong of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nativityâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hallelujah Chorusâ&#x20AC;? with soloists Natalie Barrens-Rogers, Susan Sevier, Dwayne Pinkney and Rameen Chaharbaghi, the Calvary Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra, and organist Jonathan Hellerman. 7:30 p.m. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-347-8355. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combined choirs will join a Baroque-period orchestra and soloists Gillian Keith, Rufus MĂźller and Nathan Berg (shown) to perform Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 pm. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  Tony Award nominee Judy Kahn will perform as part of Broadway veteran Barbara Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spotlightâ&#x20AC;? cabaret series. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Christie Dashiell will perform with Howard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afro Blue, a jazz and pop a cappella group. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Has the Arab Spring Come to Jordan?â&#x20AC;? will feature Marwan Muasher, director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Institution for International Peace and former Jordanian deputy prime mister;

Friday, december 7 â&#x2013; Performance: Local choreographer and George Washington University dance professor Maida Withers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collision Course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a.k.a. Pillow Talk,â&#x20AC;? about the fiction and reality of love in the digital age. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for artists and seniors; $12 for students. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.

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Foundation. Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 200, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will join other panelists to discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Forward for Science Education.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free; registration required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Civil War Christmas: Exploring the World of the Play Through Our Ownâ&#x20AC;? will feature Christine Evans and Nadia Mahdi of the Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts and Chandra Manning of the Georgetown University Department of History. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  D.C. Public Schools students from the Raymond and Takoma education campuses will discuss their plans for the proposed site over Union Stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tracks, developed in collaboration with the D.C. Department of Transportation as part of the National Building Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CityVision program. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-

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2448. â&#x2013; Leonard S. Marcus will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Engle in Many Voices.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swiss Artists on Filmâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Lionel Baierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bon Vent Claude Goretta.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus! On Video Art and Short Film,â&#x20AC;? a series of screenings and discussions about the two genres and the blurring the boundaries between them. 6:30 p.m. $10. Malmaison, 3401 Water St. NW. The program will repeat Saturday at 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Films of Ang Leeâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat Drink Man Woman.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Arts@Midday program will feature a staged reading of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Venus and Adonisâ&#x20AC;? with actors Raya Kay and Harlan Work. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 â&#x2013; Colombian comedian and social commentator Saulo GarcĂ­a will present the local premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entrada Gratisâ&#x20AC;? (in Spanish). A discussion will follow. 8 p.m. $20. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Chicago Human Rhythm Project will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;JUBA!,â&#x20AC;? a program featuring foot drummers and percussive artists. 8 p.m. $19 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! From Busboysâ&#x20AC;? will feature an open mic night and talent showcase. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Events Entertainment Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-6334470. The event will repeat Saturday and Sunday, and then daily Dec. 14 through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Tour â&#x2013; The 30th annual St. Albans Christmas House Tour will feature five homes in the Phillips Park neighborhood off Foxhall Road, as well as a holiday luncheon and boutique shopping at the school. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $35 for the tour; $15 for the luncheon. St. Albans School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The tour will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

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Reading â&#x2013; The PEN/Faulkner Fiction Series will present a reading by short story writer James Salter, recipient of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PEN/ Malamud Award. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will present the Virginia Ballet Company and School performing selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train exhibit, the new Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National

Classes and workshops â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Place Called Home: A Creative Non-fiction Writing Workshopâ&#x20AC;? will feature tips on how to capture readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; imaginations with authentic descriptions of places and settings. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $49. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Art historian Christopher Gregg will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Alexander: A Tale           

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Saturday, december 8 â&#x2013; Special event: A Russian Winter Festival will feature Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, folk music, art activities and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $18; $15 for seniors; $10 for students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. of Two Hellenistic Cities.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Author and essayist Suzanne Chazin will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Personal Essay.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekend retreat on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pure Mind Pure World.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $24 to $42. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. The retreat will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will host a workshop on how to legally download music for free through the D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  The EcoVoce Ensemble will perform diverse music about nature and the Earth. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants will present their annual holiday concert. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Christmas.â&#x20AC;? 4 and 8 p.m. $33;    

$29 for seniors; $18 for ages 18 and younger. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202965-2000. The concert will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013; Middle C Music will host a guitar recital by students of Magdalena Duhagon. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Arab-American musician Simon Shaheen will lead his musical ensemble in a program of new and traditional music from across the Arab world. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The Great Noise Ensemble, artists in residence at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416. â&#x2013;  NPR will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Jazz Piano Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring Ellis Marsalis (shown), Jason Moran, Geri Allen and Taylor Eigsti. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Lincoln Theatre Soul Concert Series will feature The Manhattans and Jean Carne. 8 p.m. $38 to $40. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Collector and dealer Saul Barodofsky will discuss traditional Persian, Kurdish, Anatolian and Baluch nomadic animal decorations. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Paul Lukacs will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Ancient Pleasures.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Nozze di Figaro.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Roger Donaldsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thirteen Daysâ&#x20AC;? in conjunction with its exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore showing of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Un Ballo in Maschera.â&#x20AC;? 12:55 p.m. $18 to $24. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Mount Pleasant Library will present Gary Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunger Games.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will celebrate experimental American director James Benning with back-to-back screenings of his 2011 films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty Cigarettesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;small roads.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 and 4 p.m. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Washington Revels will present the 30th annual production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice.â&#x20AC;? 2 and 7:30 p.m. $18 to $45; $12 to $27 for ages 18 and younger. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington

University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-5954849. The performance will repeat Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 1 and 5 p.m. â&#x2013; The Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists will perform selections from the upcoming production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretel.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre de Danse will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparation for the Ball,â&#x20AC;? a ballet based on the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;? and written, choreographed and performed by students. 7 p.m. $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. â&#x2013;  Human Landscape and Code f.a.d. will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Gods.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  Comedian and â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Rockâ&#x20AC;? actor Judah Friedlander will perform stand-up in celebration of the first night of Hanukkah. 8 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  The 15th anniversary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas for Children,â&#x20AC;? a drag holiday party and show, will raise funds for Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, a home for babies, children and youth with HIV/AIDS. 10:30 p.m. $10 to $50. St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church Social Hall, 1908 North Capitol St. NW. 202-518-7070. Special events â&#x2013;  Friendship Terrace will host a holiday open house with shopping, food and prizes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. â&#x2013;  The 58th annual St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens Sale will feature homemade wreaths, Christmas decorations, baked goods, vintage collectibles, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and a luncheon. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. 202-3381796. â&#x2013;  The 22nd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;BZB Holiday Gift & Art Showâ&#x20AC;? will feature holiday items, collectibles, toys, clothes and jewelry. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-6104188. The sale will continue Dec. 15 and 22. â&#x2013;  The Jerusalem Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Souk and Olive Harvest Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will feature music, coffee and food, as well as textiles, pottery, jewelry and gifts from the Middle East. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will host a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter party with books, snacks and crafts (for ages 2 through 6). 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The American Association of University Women will host a holiday party, family-style luncheon and branch meeting with Helen M. Albert, deputy inspector general of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investigating Fraud.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $35; reservations required. Maggianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW. 202-506-3992. See Events/Page 30


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Gallery spotlights video portrait featuring 89 standouts


he Network,” a video portrait by Lincoln Schatz that constantly recombines 89 interviews with politicians, scientists, innovators and scholars, will go on display Tuesday at the National

On exhibit

Portrait Gallery for an indefinite period. A gallery talk and book signing by Schatz will take place Tuesday at 6 p.m. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “A Cool Palette,” a group show of works in diverse media that feature wintry colors like blue, purple and green, will open today at the Foundry Gallery and continue through Dec. 30. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. ■ “Off the Walls,” the Corcoran College of

Art + Design’s annual college art sale, will take place at the Corcoran Gallery of Art over three days, beginning tomorrow from 5 to 9 p.m. and continuing Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Objects include jewelry and wearable art, ceramics and fine art by Corcoran students, alumni, faculty and staff. The Corcoran is located at 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. ■ “Gather.HYGGE,” the fourth annual “Creative Christmas” exhibition at the Danish Ambassador’s Residence, will take place tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit features an installation by four Corcoran College of Art + Design students that attempts to translate the Danish term “hygge,” which roughly means feelings of warmth, joy and togetherness. The ambassador’s residence is located at 3200 Whitehaven St. NW. 202639-1700. ■ “Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War,” an exhibit that takes a geographic and cartographic approach to exploring and illuminating the Civil War, will open Monday at Ford’s Theatre’s Center for Education and Leadership and continue through Feb.

24. Located at 514 10th St. NW, the center is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the last entry at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required and available free at the center or through Ticketmaster. 202-347-4833. ■ The S. Dillon Ripley Center will open an exhibit Monday of works by winners of the 2012 Smithsonian Staff Photo Contest. The exhibit will continue through April 30. Located at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ Studio Gallery recently opened three exhibits that will continue through Dec. 22. “Mindscapes” features exotic images from the travels of artist Andrew Acquadro. “Meditation on the Rocks” presents paintings by Suzanne Goldberg, mostly done on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico. “Max 16” is the gallery’s winter group show. A “First Friday” reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and an artists’ reception will be held Dec. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Keegan to stage Irish twist on ‘Christmas Carol’


he Keegan Theatre will present “An Irish Carol” Dec. 14 through 31 at the Church Street Theater. Set in a modern Dublin pub,


Matthew J. Keenan’s twist on the classic tale by Charles Dickens follows the life of a wealthy bar owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of material success. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 3 Keegan Theatre’s production of “An Irish Carol” will run Dec. 14 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is through 31 at the Church Street Theater. located at 1742 Church St. NW. Mario Baldessari, follows the survival as both performers and 703-892-0202; events that unfold when a smallaudience members discover them■ City Artistic Partnerships will town theater’s annual production of selves at ground zero of a plague present “The Santaland Diaries” “A Christmas Carol” is threatened outbreak. “A Killing Game” intethrough Dec. 23 in Redrum at Fort by the ghost of a vengeful audience grates patrons into the action of the Fringe. member. The production will feastory and enables them, through Joe Brack performs in this oneture advanced students in the Actors discussion and vote, to determine man show, based on humorist Repertory the outcome of the story. David Sedaris’ Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. time working as Performance Wednesday through Saturday. an elf in Macy’s Tickets cost $5 to $40. Capitol Hill times are 8 p.m. Santaland at the Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th Wednesday height of the holthrough Saturday St. NW. iday crunch. ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre and 3 p.m. Performance Company will present “In the Saturday. times generally Admission is Middle of No One” Dec. 11 are 8 p.m. free; reservations through Jan. 6. Thursday “A Killing Game” will run Dec. 5 are recommend The comedy duo The Pajama through ed. The National Men will perform their comic thrillthrough 22 at the Capitol Hill Saturday and 3 er about love, alien abduction and Conservatory of p.m. Sunday. Arts Workshop. Dramatic Arts is the spirit of adventure. “In the Tickets cost Middle of No One” features long$20. Redrum at Fort Fringe is locat- located at 1556 Wisconsin Ave. form improvisation, mime, slapNW. 202-333-2202; conservatoed at 612 L St. NW. 202-213-2474; stick, clowning and physical theater. Performance times are generally ■ The troupe dog & pony dc will ■ The National Conservatory of 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7 present “A Killing Game” Dec. 5 Dramatic Arts will present “A and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; through 22 at the Capitol Hill Arts Community Theatre Christmas” and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Workshop. through Dec. 8. See Theater/Page 33 The comedy, by local playwright The performance is a game of

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is one of 89 people featured in Lincoln Schatz’s “The Network,” which will go on display Tuesday at the National Portrait Gallery. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-2328734. ■ “Macho,” a group show of 12 artists whose work represents 12 distinct considerations of See Exhibits/Page 33


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Continued From Page 28 â&#x2013; The Mount Pleasant Business Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday celebration will feature visits from Santa Claus and the Three Kings, arts and crafts projects, puppet shows and more. 1 to 3 p.m. Free admission. Lamont Park, Mount Pleasant and Lamont streets NW. â&#x2013;  Tenley WinterFest, a festive indooroutdoor seasonal celebration, will feature a craft market, gently used toys, hot chocolate, food vendors, musical performances, a used-book sale, a winter storytime, face painting, an art exhibit and sale, and the conclusion of the Tenley Yeti scavenger hunt. 2 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW; Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.; Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St.; and various other locations. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The DC Rollergirls will present bouts between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and the Majority Whips and between the DC DemonCats and Scare Force One. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001

Events Entertainment East Capitol St. SE. tickets@dcrollergirls. com. â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Golden State Warriors. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Sunday, Dec. 9

Sunday December 9 Class â&#x2013; Commentator, conductor and composer Rob Kapilow will explore DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quartet in F major, Op. 96â&#x20AC;? as part of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes It Great?â&#x20AC;? series. The class will feature a performance by the Curtis Institute of Music Quartet. 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Chamber Choir and harpsichordist Joseph Gascho will perform Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. St. Stephen Martyr Church, 2436 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale, the Runnymede Singers and the First Baptist Choir will present a Christmas Candlelight Concert. 4 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington,

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D.C., 1326 16th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013; Violinist Jennifer Frautschi (shown) and pianist John Blacklow will perform the complete violin sonatas by Robert Schumann. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Thomas Circle Singers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing We All Nowell! Music for Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Bel Canto Chorus of the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington, the Commonwealth Brass, organ, harp and percussion performing holiday music by Mendelssohn, Part, Pinkham, Praetorius, Holst and others. 4 p.m. $20; $15 for students and seniors. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a guitar recital by students of Brock Holmes. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Great Noise Ensemble will perform contemporary classical music. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Ground Level, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center Chamber

Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; Suzanne Glover Lindsay, adjunct associate professor in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living With the Dead in France: Nineteenth-Century Tomb Sculpture.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Players will perform selections from Bach, Franck, Milhaud and BartĂłk. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Films â&#x2013; The Freer Gallery will screen three films back-to-back as part of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nudes! Guns! Ghosts!â&#x20AC;? series about the Japanese film studio Shintoho, which was known for its cheap exploitation movies. 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Experimental American filmmaker James Benning will present his movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Cabins,â&#x20AC;? a reflection on social isolation. A discussion will follow. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Laurie Lambrecht, artist, and Harry Cooper, curator and head of the Department of Modern Art at the National

Performances â&#x2013; Izumi Ashizawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Ladyâ&#x20AC;? will feature perSee Events/Page 31

Sunday, december 9 â&#x2013; Discussion: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Stole the American Dream?â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766.


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Continued From Page 30 formances from dancers, actors, composers, sculptors and musicians. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013; Rorschach Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Klecksography: The Apocalypse Party.â&#x20AC;? 6, 8 and 10 p.m. $15. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 800-494-8497. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? a monthly poetry series with featured writers and open mic performances. 9 to 10:30 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breakfast With Santa,â&#x20AC;? featuring a hot buffet, face painting, balloon art and a chance for children to deliver their list to Santa Claus. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 for adults; $10 for children. Gym, St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  A family Hanukkah carnival will feature a moon bounce, crafts and games. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 per family in advance; $20 per family at the door. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Adas Israel Congregation will celebrate the installation of Arianne Brown as cantor with a Hanukkah Festival featuring an array of rousing Jewish music, the premiere of Adas Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new youth choir, and a dessert reception. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-362-4433. â&#x2013;  MesorahDC will host its annual dreidel championship with an open bar, latke buffet and live music. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

â&#x2013; Georgetown University will hold its annual advent mass with a procession, reception and live music. 8 p.m. Free. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown. edu.

Stanger will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry VIII: Finding the Man Behind the Crown.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Henry Nau, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, and Daniel Deudney, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, will debate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is America Still Exceptional? Foreign Policy Over the Next Four Years.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW.

10 Monday, MondayDec. December 10 Class â&#x2013; Therapist Karin Silverman will lead a meditation workshop on ways to ease holiday tension. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. Concert â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter team Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk will perform a blend of musical theater and pop music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Historian H. Robert Baker will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Charles Molesworth will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countee Cullen.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Michael Collins, ambassador of Ireland to the United States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steps Towards Recovery: Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic and Foreign Policy Priorities.â&#x20AC;?


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Tuesday, december 11 â&#x2013; Discussion: The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heidi Murkoff: The Mom Who Wrote the Book,â&#x20AC;? featuring a talk by the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;What to Expect When Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Expectingâ&#x20AC;? and the recipient of the McGovern Award for behavioral sciences. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; tickets required. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-3030. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  Independent scholar Carol Ann Lloyd

Films â&#x2013; Filmmaker Gabor Kalman will discuss the deportation of the Jews of Hungary during World War II and show clips from his documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;There Was Once â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will present Billy Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shattered Glass.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companionâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Gillies MacKinnonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Simple Twist of Fate,â&#x20AC;? starring Steve Martin. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

â&#x2013; A holiday film festival will feature Brian Desmond Hurstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scrooge.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  A Werner Schroeter film series will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1980 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dress Rehearsal.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  As a prelude to the Washington Jewish Film Festival, Hungarian director Gabor Kalman will present his documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;There Was Once â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9:15 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tuesday, Dec. 11

Tuesday December 11 Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Campion, Dowland, Giuliani and Mozart. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature flutist Rebecca Collaros, oboist Kenny Stilwell and pianist Grace McFarlane. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Project Natale will perform jazz music. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory See Events/Page 32


Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Continued From Page 31 Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ The Fine Arts Quartet will perform works by Haydn and Schubert as part of the Fortas Chamber Music Concert series. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Alyse Nelson, president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership, will discuss her book “Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World.” 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. ■ Panelists will discuss “The United States and South Asia After Afghanistan.” 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Root Room, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Artist Lincoln Schatz will discuss his innovative group portrait, “The Network.” 6 to 6:45 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Art historian Linda Skalet will discuss “Toulouse-Lautrec’s Montmartre.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Olivia Golden, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, will discuss “Making Young Children a National Priority: What Will It Take, and What Are the Prospects for the Next Four Years?” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rosemount Center, 2000 Rosemount Ave. NW.

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Events Entertainment ■ Esther Safran Foer, executive director of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, and Suzanne Stutman, a psychotherapist, will share stories about food and family, and being career-minded “bubbes.” 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. ■ Nobel Laureate economist Roger Myerson (shown) and biological anthropologist Jill Pruetz will discuss “What Makes a Society Successful: A Look at Human and Chimpanzee Communities.” 7 p.m. $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films ■ The National Archives will present Charles Guggenheim’s 1992 documentary “A Life: The Story of Lady Bird Johnson.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ The “Power of Music” series will feature Roman Polanski’s 2002 film “The Pianist.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present a sneak preview of films on net-zero housing and the health of the Potomac River, produced by American University students. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performances ■ Bowen McCauley Dance will perform a combination of contemporary and classi-

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action in Africa and Asia. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700.

Reception ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club’s winter art reception will feature artists Ellen Hill and Bernard W. Brooks. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Special events ■ A “Holiday Tea” will feature a traditional Victorian tea, followed by a guided tour through the 1816 mansion at Tudor Place. 1 to 3 p.m. $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ The Museum of the American Cocktail will hold its fifth annual “Holiday Cocktail Seminar.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. Wednesday, Dec. 12

Wednesday December 12 Children’s program ■ “Nutcracker Story Time and Dance Class” will feature an interactive reading of the holiday favorite, followed by a lesson in basic ballet steps (for ages 3 through 5). 10:30 a.m. $10 for children; free for adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Concerts ■ Pianist Joseph Smith will perform music by Chopin, Gershwin and Korngold.


Wednesday, december 12 ■ Concert: The Happenings Happy Hours performance series will feature jazz vocalist Integriti Reeves. 5:30 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ Blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins will perform with singer and guitarist Corey Harris. 6 p.m. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocal Arts DC will present tenor Vinson Cole. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Jazz at the Atlas” will feature the Mary Halvorson Quintet. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussion ■ Photographer Frans Lanting, filmmaker Christine Eckstrom and cinematographer Gregory J. Wilson will discuss “Cheetahs: Survivors on the Run” and show images and video of the animals in

Films ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will screen Marc Webb’s 2012 film “The Amazing Spider-Man” as part of its teen movie series. 3:15 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Zuzana Liová’s 2011 film “The House,” about a teenager eager to leave her bleak hometown for glamorous London. 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. Performances ■ The Happenings at the Harman performance series will feature four scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starring Shakespeare Theatre Company teaching artists. Noon. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ The Step Afrika! dance ensemble will present its “Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show.” 7:30 p.m. $35; $20 for seniors, students and military personnel; $12 for ages 17 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Performances will continue through Dec. 23.


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THEATER From Page 29 cost $45 to $67.50. Woolly Mammoth Theatre is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; â&#x2013; Theater J will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apples in the Desertâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 15 through Jan. 6 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. A drama about love and reconciliation adapted by Savyon Liebrecht from her own short story, this Israeli play follows the young Sephardic Rivka, a religious teenager, who falls for Dooby, a secular kibbutznik, at a dance class in Jerusalem. This story of confrontation between tradition and modernity won Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Play Award in 2006. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $45. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Liaisons Dangereusesâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 6 through 9 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $60 to $75. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-5471122; â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will present Paula Vogelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 8 in the Davis Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Company will present the National Theatre of Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hartâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 9 at the Bier Baron Tavern. Performance times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $55. The Bier Baron Tavern is located at 1523 22nd St. NW. 202-

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994-2310. â&#x2013; The National Portrait Gallery unveiled a life-size, oil-on-canvas painting of Gen. Colin L. Powell by artist Ron Sherr on Monday, leaving it on view indefinitely. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture,â&#x20AC;? highlighting stone and gilt-bronze Buddhist sculptures from the sixth through the eighth centuries, opened recently at the Freer Gallery of Art and will continue indefinitely. Located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. 547-1122; â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center Family Theater will present the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figgâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 9. During the Civil War, a 12-yearold boy saves his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg and then helps lead the Union to victory. It sounds hard to believe, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least, mostly true. Homer P. Figg doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always tell the whole truth, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell any tale to save his brother. The Kennedy Center commissioned Tom Isbell to adapt Rodman Philbrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newbery Honor book of the same name. Performance times are Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $18. 202-467-4600; â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center Opera House is hosting Willam Christensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full-length â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 9. Utah-based dance company Ballet West will put on Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic ballet, with musical backing from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Cathedral Lower School Singers. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $150. 202-4674600; â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center Opera House will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irving Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s White Christmasâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 11 through Jan. 6. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $150. 202-4674600; â&#x2013;  The 25th anniversary production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? will visit the National Theatre for a special holiday engagement Dec. 12 through 30. Performance times are generally 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $198. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-447-7400;







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From Page 22 the United States Travel Fair, where we showcased everything we had learned. To prepare for the fair, we made posters and brochures. We also made T-shirts. The shirts included a picture of our state with rivers, lakes, mountains and other geographical features. The T-shirts also had the name of our state, state motto or nickname and pictures of things related to our state. At the Travel Fair, each student said a fact about his or her region and then a fact about his or her state. Then, we sang songs together that had something to do with each region. After that, we went over to the display area where the posters and brochures we created were, and we handed out copies to our parents and friends. Finally, we went back to our classrooms and ate food that each of us brought in from our state. My favorite thing to eat was the cotton candy from Missouri. For my state, Kentucky, I brought in fried chicken and ham biscuits. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kate Fischer, third-grader

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With a current record of 7-2, our San Miguel soccer team had a successful run this year with a trip to the playoffs. After a tough game, we lost 2-1 to Holy Redeemer in the semifinals. During the season we scored 22 goals, with our top scorers being Alexis Velasquez, Reyni Arbutiski and Jose Melendez. Next year, the school hopes to bring home that big golden trophy. Another highlight of this fall at San Miguel has been the celebration on Hispanic Heritage Day, especially because every student at the school is of Latino descent. To prepare for it, students got the chance to meet with people in many different careers: a biologist, a businessman, a computer engineer and two Naval Academy cadets. Some of us thought the best part of the day was the career part, but many of us preferred the food our parents brought in: pupusas, empanadas, tamales, tacos and enchiladas. For the last few weeks the eighth-graders have been shadowing high schools to decide where we want to apply. We also are preparing for the High School Placement Test and writing the final drafts of our application essays. One of the reasons we can accomplish more this year is that we now get out at 5 p.m. instead of 4:30, because we now have Life Skills, computer classes and other activities. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Angel Anahui, Alexis Velasquez and Nilxon Ventura, eighth-graders

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This week at Walls, the National Honor Society will hold its inaugural Fall Festival. This includes various fall-themed activities, such as a pumpkin lifting contest and guessing the number of candy corn piec-

es in a jar. Other activities that they have planned are face painting, a cupcake walk and a whipped cream social. A whipped cream social is where you have to find a hidden bubble gum piece in a whipped cream-filled pie tin. The only catch is that you cannot use your hands, so you must resort to using your face to search through the cream and find the bubble gum. The winner is the first one to blow a bubble from the gum. Students had a lot of fun at the event, and the National Honor Society hopes to continue the tradition into future years. The money benefits community service activities of the club. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inductees hosted this event, but the newly eligible juniors and seniors received their applications this week. In order to qualify, you must have a 3.5 unweighted grade point average and show skills such as leadership, service, character and scholarship. The applicants will be inducted in January, and next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership positions will be filled in the spring. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas (almost)! Hi! First I want to remind everyone that the holiday concert is on Dec. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; today! The concert will start with the violins (I will be playing) and recorders playing four songs! First â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,â&#x20AC;? then â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jingle Bells,â&#x20AC;? and then â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to Joy,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; last but not least â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pachelbelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canon,â&#x20AC;? which Christylez Bacon will be rapping to! Next comes the singing, which you (the students) have been preparing for. Come one, come all! Bring everyone in your family! Another thing I would like to say is how busy November was. We had BWL Band tryouts, and I would like to congratulate everyone who tried out, even if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it. We also had a walk for homeless people. We also had a reading pep rally. Wilson High students came to our school for that event. Everything was great! There were cheerleaders, a marching band and the flag-twirling people (I do not know what they are called)! OK, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably more but I am going to move on. I know many people are excited about winter break, so I just wanted to remind you when it starts and ends: It is from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Colyar Trimble, fifth grader

Stoddert Elementary

We have writing contests at Stoddert. They are really fun. We get to write stories, and we get informational writing. We get to share our ideas. We get to learn about nonfiction and things we things we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know before. We write about our school garden. One of the fun stories we wrote was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Eat Me,â&#x20AC;? and it was about Thanksgiving. We had to write from the turkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point of view. We have to do all of our writing at school. We usually do it during

lunch and recess. We writers at Stoddert are all together. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice because we get to see what others are writing about and what others are thinking. We get prizes for the winning writing. We have prizes like big pencils and magnets. I got a project to build, and sometimes there are Japanese erasers and diaries. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karolina Tudman and Kayla Tom, third-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

From March 28 to April 8, a group of students who have been studying Chinese at our school will be touring China. This will be the first China trip to be funded by Washington Latin. The students have studied the language for as long as six years. Fundraising plans so far have included bake sales at the Homecoming Dance and the Fall Arts Concert. Future fundraising efforts include a 5K race. Chinese dinners and a Chinese cooking class have also been considered. Students going on the trip have gone so far as to create a page on gofundme. com asking for donations. Chinese teacher Ms. Christina Stouder, who has lived in China in the past, has planned the tour. In China, the students will visit places that an average Chinese person would see daily â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for example, supermarkets and restaurants. Students will also have a chance to tour monuments such as the Great Wall. They are even scheduled to visit China Care in Changsha, an orphanage where students will teach English to young kids. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eliana Duran, 11th-grader

Wilson High School

This Friday, The Beacon, a student-run newspaper at Wilson, will come out for the fourth time this year. We came close to publishing a special edition for the Turkey Bowl, but found out that Wilson was disqualified just as we were getting ready to send the â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraâ&#x20AC;? to the printer. Publishing during Hurricane Sandy was an adventure. We were in production for our October issue when school was canceled, so the editors moved our computers to one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house to work on it there off and on throughout the storm. The upcoming issue will have some great stories, including a recounting of what happened during the Turkey Bowl, and what is going on with school closures, consolidations and boundary changes within the D.C. Public Schools system. Importantly, we will be able to let readers in on what Wilson students think about these issues. Also we will have a story about our registrar, Tasha Maritano, who held her wedding at Wilson last Saturday. If you are interested in subscribing to the paper, which will be delivered to you in PDF format, email us at beaconchiefeditor@ We love to get donations in exchange for subscriptions, but it is not mandatory.

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