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Last phase of park to open Tuesday


■ Waterfront: Public plaza

completes 225 miles of access

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The final, and long-awaited, stretch of Georgetown’s new waterfront park will open to the public at an evening ceremony next Tuesday. Local civic leaders will join National Park Service and city officials to

celebrate a project that creates uninterrupted public access to the Potomac River shoreline from Cumberland, Md., to Mount Vernon, Va. The last stretch, once a grimy industrial area, now sports a public plaza at the foot of Wisconsin Avenue, a broad riverside staircase able to seat up to 350 spectators for regattas and other river events, a pergola and an “interactive” fountain inviting visitors to walk through

and cool off. Interpretive panels document the history of what was a lively port in Colonial times, and other plaques will honor donors to the park. Robert vom Eigen, president of the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park, said filling the final gap in parkland is important to locals. If a staircase from the Kennedy Center’s terrace down to Rock Creek Park is built, as now See Park/Page 23

Healthy trees among Irene’s casualities By ELIZABETH WIENER Current staff writer

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More than 40 theater companies participated in the 10th annual Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center, which offered three days of readings and open rehearsals of plays being developed by local playwrights and composers.

With Hurricane Irene long gone, a striking remnant of its fury can still be spotted around the District: big tree stumps, clinging to ragged chunks of sidewalk that have been yanked out of the ground. The saddest victims of the hurricane here, tree experts say, may be the roughly 45 mature and healthy city trees that simply toppled over under the weight of wind and water. “What’s unique about Hurricane Irene is how many complete, large trees the storm toppled: older, healthy trees with full canopies that caught the wind and were knocked down,” chief forester John Thomas said in a statement last week. Earl Eutsler, supervisory forester at the city’s Urban Forestry Administration, explained why healthy trees are the most likely to go. See Trees/Page 19

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A storm-damaged trunk remained yesterday at 37th and Upton streets in North Cleveland Park, where the tree’s demise buckled the sidewalk.

Cathedral supporters offer help after quake

Developer weighing changes to Cecil Place condo project


■ Building: Neighbors fight

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As the Washington National Cathedral prepares to reopen Friday, officials are seeking — and receiving — a wide array of help as they look toward a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to repair damage sustained in last month’s earthquake. The Washington Hebrew Congregation has hosted the Episcopal church’s Sunday services. The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has donated $25,000 toward repairs. And even neighboring residents are pitching in with a fundraiser scheduled for tomorrow night. “It’s one more example of how the faith community of Washington has come together in support of the Cathedral,” said Ari Geller, a National Cathedral spokesperson. “For people across faiths to come together like

NEWS ■ Whole Foods opens latest D.C. store in Foggy Bottom. Page 6. ■ A guide to local 9/11 anniversary events. Page 3.

scale, design at ANC meeting By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Officials say a full inspection of the building’s nave likely won’t take place until after Christmas.

this is just a great thing. And certainly as we lead into the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it’s a great message.” Workers have strung netting 60 feet off the ground in the Cathedral’s central nave to prevent any falling mortar from hitting guests of the weekend’s events comSee Cathedral/Page 25

SPOR TS ■ Butler lifts Gonzaga to win with clutch catch. Page 13. ■ St. John’s enjoys final Fragile X tournament. Page 13.

The developer of a planned Georgetown condominium building withdrew his concept from consideration at last week’s Old Georgetown Board meeting, following criticisms from neighbors and the advisory neighborhood commission a few days earlier. Chevy Chase, Md.-based Willco Residential hoped to build a four-

PASSAGES At the National Zoo, a bug-keeper’s life. Page 15. ■ Looking back: Group focused on needs of survivors of Sept. 11 attacks. Page 15. ■

story, seven-unit building on the site of a 2,700-square-foot gravel parking lot at Grace Street and Cecil Place, Willco president Gary Cohen said at last Monday’s neighborhood commission meeting. But after many meeting attendees criticized the scale of his plans — and nearly everyone who spoke objected to the proposed design — Cohen said he would consider revisions. One neighbor who said he “agreed with the idea” of the condos remarked to a companion at the meeting that the boxy glass, metal See Condos/Page 23

INDEX Business/6 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/22 Opinion/10

Passages/15 Police Report/8 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/33 Sports/13 Theater/31

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Events around District commemorate 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks By BETH COPE

Noon to 2:30 p.m. 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

There will be numerous ways to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks this weekend, from panel discussions on national security to a walk through Northwest neighborhoods. Unless otherwise specified, events listed are free.

Friday, Sept. 9

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Thursday, Sept. 8

■ The American University Washington College of Law will host “Ten Years After 9/11: The Changing Terrorist Threat,” a program examining current national security law issues featuring Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Lisa Monaco, the new assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division; Ivan Fong, general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security; and Washington College of Law professors Kenneth Anderson and Stephen Vladeck.

■ D.C. Public Schools will open an exhibit, “We Remember: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 Tragedy,” at the Sumner School Museum and Archives. The exhibit, which will pay tribute to the teachers and students from Backus, Ketchum and Leckie elementary schools who were lost in the attacks, will remain open through Sept. 19. 1201 17th St. NW. ■ D.C. Public Schools will present a “Special Program of Peace, Tolerance and Remembrance” at Leckie Elementary School, honoring the three D.C. Public Schools students and three teachers and two National Geographic Society staffers killed in the 9/11 attacks. 9 to 10:30 a.m. 4201 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SW. ■ D.C. Public Schools will present “Global DC: Creating the Vision” at Cardozo High

School, featuring a speech by Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; a student panel discussion; and the announcement of a new public-private initiative to advance global education in D.C. public schools. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1200 Clifton St. NW. ■ Washington National Cathedral will present “A Concert to Honor,” featuring a speech by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and a performance of Brahms’ “Requiem” by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, along with the Cathedral Choir, soprano Christine Brandes and baritone Eric Owens. 7:30 p.m. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Passes are free, but there is a $4 handling fee to reserve them at ■ The Kalb Report will present “Anchoring 9/11: The Day and the Decade,” with moderator Marvin Kalb delving into the decade that changed the world with a panel of network anchors who covered the chaos: Charles

Ward 2 ANCs finalize redistricting plans By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A group of Georgetown area residents tasked with recommending new internal boundaries for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E appears likely to stick with a controversial redistricting proposal that opponents claim would disenfranchise Georgetown University students. Meanwhile, residents of two neighboring commissions — Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom/ West End — are quietly wrapping up proposals that have yet to spark significant community objections. “I’ve been following in the press problems with other areas’ plans, and we don’t have any of that,” said Barbara Kahlow, who co-chairs the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A “redistricting team” as the West End Citizens Association’s representative. All eight members of the 2A team agreed last week to a plan that will dramatically reshape the commission’s internal boundaries — including the addition of two singlemember districts, for a total of eight — to accommodate a jump in population since 2000. Neighborhood commissions

each contain one single-member district per 2,000-odd residents, and population changes recorded in the 2010 Census are now forcing some changes to boundaries. In Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B, just three residents turned out to a meeting last week to see the “tweaks” proposed for Dupont, said Kevin O’Connor, a commissioner and redistricting task force member. “Basically, all we tried to do is make things pretty consistent,” he said, adding, “We didn’t have 3,000 extra residents to try and split among people.” In Georgetown, a growth of 1,500 residents since the previous census forced the commission to add an eighth single-member district and then redraw existing boundaries to accommodate it. Under the plan approved by the redistricting working group, the largest single-member district — encompassing much of the Georgetown University campus — would have 55 percent more residents than the smallest, which students said would dilute their representation. At-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson has called that population variance “grossly discriminatory” and said he would vote against the proposal when it

comes before the council. Supporters said their method is more respectful of established boundaries in the neighborhood. “We think the proposal does meet the legal requirements because we think that the statue seems clear that both neighborhood cohesiveness and population are factors in drawing the single-member district boundaries,” Ron Lewis, who chairs the commission as well as the redistricting group, said in an interview. Lewis’ plan was adopted by a 10-6 vote within the working group. If nine members so vote by tomorrow, the group will reconsider its recommendation based on recent public comment. Otherwise, it will be forwarded to Tom Birch, a Georgetown commissioner who will pass the reports from each Ward 2 commission to Council member Jack Evans. The Georgetown plan the redistricting group has favored includes two all-student districts on the university campus; there is now one. In Foggy Bottom, the redistricting team’s plan also calls for an allstudent district for George Washington University. A commissionwide population increase of 4,500, or 35 percent, forced resiSee Census/Page 23

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 7

The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition will hold its regular meeting, which will include a tribute to the late Jeanne Williams and a discussion of the effect of federal budget issues on D.C. rental housing. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW.

Thursday, Sept. 8

The Ward 3 Advisory Neighborhood Commission Redistricting Task Force will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Monday, Sept. 12

The D.C. Office of Cable Television will hold a public meeting to hear comments on desired public, educational and governmental access programming as part of the franchise-renewal process

with Comcast. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Community Room at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

The D.C. Historic Preservation Office will hold a public meeting to discuss preparation of the city’s five-year Historic Preservation Plan. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW.

Thursday, Sept. 15

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan will speak on government ethics reform and answer questions from the audience. A discussion on ethics reform will follow, and the committee will consider related resolutions.

Gibson, Dan Rather, Brit Hume and Frank Sesno. 8 p.m. Main Ballroom of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. research.gwu. edu/centersinstitutes/globalmedia/programs/ thekalbreport.

Saturday, Sept. 10

■ Exhibit9 Gallery will host a “participatory experience and celebration of human spirit.” People will gather at Dupont Circle’s center park wearing plain white shirts and carrying canvases draped over their shoulders. Their backs will serve as easels, while markers are handed out and the public is invited to write on their clothes about hopes for humanity, unity, world peace and more. Once the panels have been filled, people will form a link by holding hands or twine, and music will accompany the moment. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To participate, go to htm. ■ The D.C. government will host “Passing of See Events/Page 7


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Current

District Digest 9/11 service event sees record signups

An overwhelming interest in the annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, sponsored by HandsOn Greater DC Cares, has already generated enough volunteers for Saturday’s events, according to a news release, but interested residents can still participate in events on Sunday. A series of service projects —

which include painting a 9/11-themed mural and writing cards to soldiers — will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Freedom Plaza, according to the organization’s website, dc-cares. org. The three-day event also includes Friday’s “corporate day of service,� for which employees are given the day off to volunteer in some way, the news release states. The event is designed to “rekindle

the spirit of service that emerged following 9/11,� the release states.

Shaw Giant to close for redevelopment

A redevelopment of the O Street Market will force the closure of the Giant Food located there until 2013, but a free shuttle will transport residents to the chain’s Columbia Heights store three days a week, according to a news


where the museum hopes to be up and running “in a couple of months.� Museum founder David Silverman told The Gazette newspaper that the space is near the Inner Harbor and larger than the Georgetown location. Shops at Georgetown Park coowner Vornado Realty told Silverman in May that he would need to leave, and according to the release, he was unable to find an affordable location in the District. The museum had been housed in the mall since December.

A weekly outdoor market launched Sunday at 5th and I streets NW, bringing arts and crafts, antiques, food, furniture and other goods to the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, according to a news release. Diverse Markets Management, which successfully applied to operate the new Mount Vernon Triangle Market, also manages The Flea Market at Eastern Market. In its release, the company states that it will charge vendors a third of what they would pay at that Capitol Hill location. The market will be open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the release says.

with its plan to break ground for a new Dunbar High School this fall, as the National Capital Planning Commission issued its approval for the project last week, a news release from the commission states. The Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization expects to complete a new $122 million facility by fall 2013 on the site of the school’s athletic field at 1st and N streets NW, according to Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. The 264,000-square-foot facility will be able to accommodate 1,110 students, the commission’s release states, and the District will demolish the existing six-story school when its replacement is complete.

Plans approved for Outdoor mart debuts Dunbar High School in Mount Vernon area The District remains on track



Pinball museum to reopen in Baltimore


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release from the supermarket. The Shaw Giant, at 1414 8th St. NW, will close at 6 p.m. tomorrow, the company announced last Thursday. The shuttle bus will collect passengers outside the Gibson Plaza apartments, 1301 7th St. NW, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon Sundays, the release states. When the new City Market at O project is complete, it will include a 72,000-square-foot Giant store to replace the existing 35,000-squarefoot supermarket, according to the release.

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The National Pinball Museum closed its Georgetown location Monday in preparation for the renovation of its Shops at Georgetown Park storefront, but a news release from the museum states that it will reopen in Baltimore later this year. The news release does not name the address of the new location,

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Embassies, ambassadors’ homes and architecturally significant private homes in Kalorama will be open to the public Sept. 18 as part of the 27th annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour, according to a news release. This year’s tour will newly feature the home of the European Union ambassador and will return to the residence of the ambassador of Colombia, as well as the Slovenian Embassy, the Woodrow Wilson House museum and other mainstays, the release states. The event, hosted by the Woodrow Wilson House, runs from noon to 4 p.m. and costs $40 per person, with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more. Tickets must be purchased in advance at


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Georgetown board approves rink for Washington Harbour By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A proposed Washington Harbour ice rink came a step closer to reality last Thursday when the Old Georgetown Board signed off on the concept of freezing the development’s large fountain to attract winter visitors. But the board, a subsidiary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, sided with the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission and Washington Harbour’s original architect, Arthur Cotton Moore, that other proposed design changes are more questionable. MRP Realty, which bought Washington Harbour in the 3000 block of K Street in June 2010, hopes to enlarge the fountain and remove a decorative base from its central tower to make room for a Zamboni ice resurfacer to park. The changes are intended to

address the development’s “seasonality,â€? which representatives said causes businesses there to struggle in the winter. At 11,000 square feet, the proposed ice rink would be the District’s largest. MRP hopes to begin construction in the first half of 2012. “In the end, the board made a recommendation that it was conceivable to reconfigure the pool for skating, but elements of Arthur Cotton Moore’s design, like the base of the tower, should be reworked rather than removed,â€? said Thomas Luebke, secretary to the Fine Arts Commission. “They were willing to entertain a lot of those changes, but they just needed to see more detail,â€? he said of the board members. “Especially on a big project like this. This is a very significant project in Washington on the waterfront ‌ so the level of concern is somewhat elevated.â€?

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This week more than 100 boutiques, restaurants and salons in Georgetown will participate in Fashion’s Night Out, an event that has grown significantly since its D.C. debut last year. The evening, which will celebrate local retailers with special fashion events and promotions, food, cocktails and entertainment, will take place Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m. This year’s highlights include a fashion flash

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Soupergirl brings vegan, kosher brews to Takoma shopping area

Whole Foods stresses to-go in new Foggy Bottom store

rabbi, a vegan and a duck walk into a soup bar. The rabbi and vegan are thrilled to learn that the soups offered are

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kosher and animal-product-free. And the duck? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just there for the comedy. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the gist of Sara Polonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new soup shop in Takoma: After several years as a stand-up comic in New York, Polon returned to her native Washington area and launched a soup business, Soupergirl. A couple years in, the project has grown so much that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening a storefront space today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never really thoughts about going retail. But this landlord found us, and he gave us an offer we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t refuse,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, the comedy lives on, in her soup names (such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ratatouille â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Sequel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rise of the Eggplant Soupâ&#x20AC;?), and in stories she creates to go with the

soups (This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s begins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As some of you know, I went to a soup-focused charter school growing up â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;?). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I miss it very, very much,â&#x20AC;? Polon said of her stint in comedy. Infusing humor into the soup business has eased the loss, she said, providing a creative outlet for her chuckles. Of course, not everybody gets the joke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wrote a story about how someone came up from Ellis Island with an immersion blender. And someone asked me if it was true. I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No. Nooooo.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But when it comes to her product, Polon is serious. Her ingredients are mostly local and organic, and all of her soups both vegan and kosher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am kosher, and I feel thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real dearth of kosher options,â&#x20AC;? she said of the decision to subject all of her tools to a ritual cleansing and then her ingredients and kitchen to spot checks. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping to get the word out to the Orthodox Jewish community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really put a lot of effort into it,â&#x20AC;? she said. As for the vegan factor, that makes Soupergirl a good fit for


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Comic-turned-soup-slinger Sara Polon opens her shop today.

tree-hugging Takoma Park. (Her spot by the Metro station puts her in Takoma D.C., not Takoma Park, Md., but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about a block from the border.) In fact, Soupergirl was such a good fit for the spot that the landlord courted her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that her business fits the ethos of the building,â&#x20AC;? said Russell Katz, who constructed and owns the mixed-use facility, which uses geothermal heat, features a green roof and sustainable materials, and manages all of its storm water on site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the first time I was much more proactive with who I wanted in there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We said noâ&#x20AC;? at first, Polon said, explaining that she was looking for just a commercial kitchen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Give it another See Soup/Page 25

he priorities at the new Whole Foods grocery store in Foggy Bottom, which opened yesterday, became clear as a media tour wound through the lower level, into a food section marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooking.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reasonably sized section â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and admittedly, there are plenty of items elsewhere in the store that require pots and pans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the main focus here at the I Street store clearly lies in the ready-to-eat areas upstairs. One of the most notable of those areas is a first-floor â&#x20AC;&#x153;restaurant row,â&#x20AC;? as the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scott Crawford calls it. Instead of walking up to the counters to order pizza, sushi or sandwiches, as one would at another Whole Foods, here customers type in their requests at a row of computer kiosks. The machines let you start from scratch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; customizing your slice or burger and adding a side dish or drink â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or enter in your phone number to recall past orders. The phone number function also enables another feature: a text mes-

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The 2201 I St. market features various ready-to-eat selections, plus traditional groceries.

sage that indicates when your foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready, allowing you to shop while you wait. This section of the store also houses the self-serve organic-salad, platter and hot bars, which are familiar from other Whole Foods stores. Rounding out the top floor are other grab-and-go options: a coffee/smoothie bar, a bakery and a floral shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The floral department is right here when you walk in, which is optimal for the hospital,â&#x20AC;? said Kim Bryden, one of the media relations folks on hand for press tours last See Market/Page 25

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EVENTS From Page 3

the Peaceâ&#x20AC;? at Hains Point. The event is for children, who will discuss the value of peace in their communities, the United States and abroad. Noon. Ohio Drive SW. â&#x2013; Washington National Cathedral will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Concert to Heal,â&#x20AC;? hosted by news anchor Leon Harris and featuring local performers. 1 p.m. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Passes are free, but there is a $4 handling fee to reserve them at

Sunday, Sept. 11

â&#x2013; Washington National Cathedral will present an interfaith prayer vigil. 8:30 a.m. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. No tickets are required to participate. â&#x2013;  Holy Trinity Church will hold a prayer service. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral will present a forum on compassion with author Karen Armstrong and Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III. 10:15 a.m. 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. No tickets are required to participate. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Presbyterian Church will hold a special service of remembrance, featuring a brass and percussion ensemble, choir, organ and prayers led by Army Chaplain Mark Worrell of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment. The Rev. Camille Cook will preach on the topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bricks, our mortar.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. 3115 P St. NW. gtownpres. org. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral will offer a commemorative Holy Eucharist, with Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III preaching and Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane presiding. 11:15 a.m. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. No tickets are required to participate. â&#x2013;  St. Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church will hold a special service to remember lives lost and to honor rescue workers, featuring Gabriel FaurĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem.â&#x20AC;? 11:15 a.m. 5150 Macomb St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle will hold a special observance during the 11:30 a.m. Mass. 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Noon. 400 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  HandsOn Greater DC Cares and Serve DC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office on Volunteerism will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribute to Serviceâ&#x20AC;? event, offering participants the chance to engage in on-site projects including painting a 9/11 mural, assembling educational kits for kids and writing honor cards to military families. 1 to 4 p.m. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW. â&#x2013;  A two-mile 9/11 Unity Walk will

start at the Sikh National Gurdwara and end at the Gandhi Memorial. 1:30 p.m. 3801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; A 9/11 Unity Walk will start at the Washington Hebrew Congregation at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m., and a welcome ceremony and program begin at 1:30 p.m. The walk ends at 5 p.m. 3935 Macomb St. NW. â&#x2013;  Washington-based poetry ensemble Collective Voices will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poems to Heal and Honor a Nation,â&#x20AC;? a poetic and musical performance. 2:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Damien Ministries will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Songs and Remembrance,â&#x20AC;? commemorating

25 years of Damien Ministriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; community service and honoring the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Mezzosoprano Denyce Graves will make a guest appearance at the concert, which will feature baritone James E. Laws Jr. and host Sam Ford of ABC7. 4 p.m. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. Tickets cost $25. â&#x2013; The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC, will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering Lives Lost â&#x20AC;Ś Honoring First Responders,â&#x20AC;? a candlelight service of remembrance for D.C. residents, students, teachers and chaperones who died during the 9/11 attacks. 5 to 6:30 p.m. 1328 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will cel-

ebrate a Mass for Peace at St. Peter Catholic Church. 5 p.m. 313 2nd St. SE. â&#x2013; The West End Cinema will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirth,â&#x20AC;? a documentary that follows the nearly 10-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on Sept. 11, 2001, and simultaneously tracks the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose. 5:45 p.m. 2301 M St. NW. Tickets cost $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, $8 for members of the military and children. Advance tickets are now available online and at the box office. Half of the proceeds will benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Concert for Hope,â&#x20AC;? featuring a speech by President


Barack Obama and performances by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, country musician Alan Jackson and R&B singer Patti LaBelle. 8 p.m. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The event is currently at capacity, but there is a waiting list. The event will also be broadcast live on the website and on ABC affiliates.

Monday, Sept. 12

â&#x2013; The National Capital Planning Commission will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redefining Security a Decade After 9/11,â&#x20AC;? featuring a panel of experts examining the current state of security and effective ways to balance security with good design. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Auditorium, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW.




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9/11 - Ten Years of Remembrance September 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. Special Worship Service with Choir, Brass & Percussion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bricks, Our Mortarâ&#x20AC;? with Senior Pastor Rev. Camille Cook


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 201


â&#x2013; chevy chase

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 10:01 a.m. Sept. 1.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights

PSA 202 Tenleytown / AU Park






Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 3700 block, Brandywine St.; sidewalk; 10:15 a.m. Sept. 1. Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:30 a.m. Aug. 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 1:45 a.m. Sept. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:25 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:58 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; unspecified location; 8 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; government building; 4 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 6:20 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Davenport St.; school; 1:15 a.m. Sept. 1. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Ingomar St.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Reno Road; street; 3 a.m. Aug. 28.

psa PSA 203


â&#x2013; forest hills / van ness

Burglary â&#x2013; 3600 block, Albemarle St.; residence; 9 a.m. Aug. 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Upton Street; street; 9:15 a.m. Sept. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Sedgwick St.; residence; 4 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 6 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Brandywine St.; residence; 1:50 a.m. Sept. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  36th and Davenport streets; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  4700 block, 36th St.; street; 6:30 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  4500 block, 36th St.; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 2 a.m. Aug. 30.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Burglary â&#x2013; 3100 block, Highland Place; residence; 10:45 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4100 block, W St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Aug. 28.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 3000 block, Porter St.; alley; 1 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  2700 block, 29th St.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. Aug. 31 â&#x2013;  4100 block, W St.; street; 4:30 a.m. Sept. 2.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 2100 block, Foxhall Road; unspecified premises; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 1.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1200 block, 35th St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Sept. 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 7:50 a.m. Sept. 1. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  K Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:54 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  2400 block, P St.; residence; 9 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Q St.; residence; 2 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 6:15 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 8:15 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 30th St.; street; 8:36 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 4:20 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 30th St.; street; 8 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  2400 block, P St.; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; hotel; 5:25 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Q St.; street; 1:20 a.m. Sept. 3.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 7 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 23rd St.; sidewalk; 10:25 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  2100 block, F St.; sidewalk; 9:53 a.m. Aug. 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  25th and I streets; street; 8 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Virginia Ave.; street; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 4.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013; 1800 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 11:58 a.m. Sept. 2. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  19th and T streets; sidewalk;

12:45 p.m. Aug. 31. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 900 block, 18th St.; restaurant; noon Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 2:10 a.m. Sept. 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; tavern; 2:45 a.m. Sept. 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  1900 block, S St.; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Sept. 3. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; office building; 7 a.m. Aug. 29. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; street; 10:15 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1500 block, P St.; street; 1 a.m. Sept. 3. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; hotel; 5 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; street; 1 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Jefferson Place; sidewalk; 2 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  2100 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 6:30 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; parking lot; 7 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 1 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:08 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; residence; 5 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 4:45 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; sidewalk; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; street; 1 a.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; street; 3 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; parking lot; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Riggs Place; street; 6:30 a.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; street; 12:01 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; street; 3 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, R St.; street; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 4.

psa PSA 303


â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2300 block, Ontario Road; residence; 2:50 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  18th Street and Columbia Road; street; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; residence; 2 a.m. Aug. 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Ontario Road; residence; 12:20 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; restaurant; 5:12 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; store; 6:20 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 17th St.; alley; 8 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 6 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Ontario Road; street; 9 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1:50 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Ontario Road; street; 10 a.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; parking lot; 9 a.m. Aug. 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; parking lot; 9 a.m. Aug. 30.

psa PSA 307


â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1300 block, 10th St.; street; 8:40 a.m. Aug. 31. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 12th St.; alley; 5:35 a.m. Sept. 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1400 block, R St.; street; 1 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; grocery store; 6 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, R St.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; store; 10:46 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, R St.; parking lot; 1:45 a.m. Sept. 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 9th St.; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 9 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 2:15 a.m. Sept. 3. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1300 block, N St.; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 30.

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial village

PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 7000 block, Blair Road; sidewalk; 8:45 a.m. Aug. 28. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  6800 block, 9th St.; street; 2:20 a.m. Sept. 3.



10:45:45 AM

Wednesday, September 7 2011 9

The Current

Join us in DC’s fashion playground for an epic evening of fashion and entertainment featuring splurge-inspiring events at over 100 Georgetown stores, restaurants and salons.


Shop for a cause — purchase a $10 signature Georgetown DC eco-friendly tote bag and $15 t-shirt from participating stores or at the BYT Lounge at Dean & DeLuca. 100% of proceeds benefit Labels for Love. Shop and Ride — Enjoy free (and stylish) pedicab rides when you show a receipt from any purchase from a participating Georgetown merchant during this exciting evening.


Be on the lookout for roaming dancers rockin’ the streets of Georgetown and the FNO Fashion Flash Mob at the PNC Bank parking lot (at M St. and Wisconsin Avenue) at 7 p.m. — feel free to join in! And, step into the FotoDC FNO FotoBooth for a snapshot and see your 10'x14' portrait projected onto the PNC Bank building.


Watch up to 50 lucky couples compete for their dream wedding at the “Get Hitched in Georgetown” competition. This ultimate Georgetown wedding package includes gown, cake, invites, a waterfront reception and more! Couples will compete in several entertaining, must-watch activities in the TD Bank lot (1611 Wisconsin Avenue) from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Dance, sip and refuel between fashion events at the swanky Brightest Young Things Lounge at Dean & DeLuca — complete with wine tastings, “flower power” accessory making, Nectar Touch Up Bar, and a FNO photo shoot wall for glam photo ops.

6-11 PM



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The Georgetown


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Scrutinizing spending

The D.C. Republican Committee made some waves last week with its complaint to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance about allegedly illegal contributions from legislators’ constituent services funds to political organizations. According to the GOP, 10 of the current 13 council members — including the two who do not belong to a political party — made such contributions, mostly to ward Democratic organizations and the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. Even if all of the Republican Party’s data is correct, the money in question is only about $5,405 — hardly a major line item in the current litany of inappropriate or questionable expenditures by D.C. politicians. And several council members have fired back with substantive objections. Ward 3’s Mary Cheh acknowledged that although she initially donated to the Gertrude Stein club for its Capital Pride Champions of Equality reception, she refunded the money to her constituent services fund within a day. And the other donation, she said, came from a separate fund held by her predecessor. At-large member Phil Mendelson disseminated a statement stressing that the Office of Campaign Finance has said his annual contributions to support educational scholarships — some of them sponsored by ward Democratic organizations — are within the law. Still, we commend the GOP for its vigilance. Indeed, Republican leaders are doing their job as a minority party. Sunshine is the best antiseptic, and publicizing the way council members spend their privately raised constituent services funds is useful. It’s important to provide context, however: It’s hard to violate regulations that are exceedingly lax, as these are when it comes to describing how funds can be used, aside from prohibiting campaign-related uses or “promoting or opposing a political party or committee.” As part of a comprehensive measure to tighten ethics rules, the D.C. Council should clarify permissible uses for constituent services funds. The restrictions should explicitly preclude any project or event undertaken by a partisan organization. We also believe that the D.C. Office of the Auditor should examine all expenditures before they are made.

Lovely library

D.C. Public Schools students returned to the classroom in late August, many of them finding modernized facilities. At Northwest’s Garrison Elementary, students encountered a particularly important improvement — a school library renovated thanks to a sizable grant from a Heart of America Foundation/Target partnership program. When the students first entered the welcoming, brightly colored space, they were understandably enthusiastic, cheering and jumping up and down. On the walls are quotes from writers such as Maya Angelou and Edith Wharton, all testifying to the value of reading. The space houses 2,000 new books, seven new computers and 10 new iPads. There are kid-sized beanbag chairs and reading tables. Each child also received seven new books to take home. That’s particularly significant given that two-thirds of Garrison’s students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch because of their families’ limited financial means. We are grateful that Garrison was one of five elementary schools in D.C. selected to receive a library makeover through the national program. The group does not release figures for individual renovations, but it donates an average of $250,000 per library. It’s doubtful that the donation would have occurred without the hard work of principal Rembert Seaward, who applied for the renovation. The director of Target’s education initiatives noted that the selection team saw in Mr. Seaward an “incredibly passionate leader, very committed to the school and very eager to see students improve academically.” We would all do well to emulate that passion.

Bury fears, not freedom … We are being inundated this week with 9/11 remembrances. No matter how sophisticated or simple, genuinely moving or maudlin, we’re certain nearly all are heartfelt. And they should be. Even the commercialization of trinkets to sell is part of our free enterprise system. You don’t have to buy that stuff; it’s your choice. Your Notebook is away this week, re-creating a visit to old friends in Florida in whose home we were 10 years ago. We’ll be flying back to Washington on Sunday, Sept. 11. That’s our little way of honoring American commerce, freedom and, yes, the victims of 9/11. Getting out of town also is a brief break from the bleak bunker that our nation’s capital has become. The National Park Service is spending great sums to rebuild the seawall so that the beautiful Jefferson Memorial plaza doesn’t slide into the Tidal Basin. Yet, an ugly ring of Jersey barriers lines three sides of the monument. On the south side, imposing security barriers block any vehicles besides police and maintenance workers from driving up close. At least there are no metal security stations to pass through — at least not yet — to see this monument to democracy. On Capitol Hill, a network of side streets remains blocked off, forming little pockets of free parking for Hill workers and security forces. Some of the streets now have flower gardens planted in the bunkers. A sweet thought, but flowers can’t soften the image very much. At the Ellipse on the south side of the White House, E Street remains closed, and the wide, circular roadway is inaccessible to tourists and others. It’s become a security ring of free parking for bureaucrats here, too. (The good news is that at least the National Capital Planning Commission has selected a firm to redesign the area. But it still will be a gussied-up security barrier rather than a place to celebrate freedom.) In Foggy Bottom, does anyone even recognize the U.S. State Department site anymore? It looks like a compound in Baghdad’s Green Zone, not the focal point for diplomacy in the capital of the free world. At the massive Reagan Building downtown, the empty hallways remind us of how it was going to be a downtown shopping mall. But it was too dangerous to have American commerce flourish in a building named after Reagan. How incongruous is that? It

should be open and free-flowing to honor that president, not virtually shuttered. (The food court lives on, but it’s sad to see hundreds of teenage visitors lining up like sheep to go through security wands to get a hot dog.) Where is the American ingenuity to devise better crowd security without treating each person as a potential terrorist or terrorist stooge? We hear all the time that the wheelchair-bound senior or the baby in a basket may be carrying bombs unknowingly. Well, what’s to stop a terrorist from putting on a ubiquitous security uniform and just walking into a place? For those of you have read this column for a while, little of this tale of woe is new. As a reporter and as a columnist we have returned time and again to the creep of security into our lives. Sometime ago, we coined the word “securicrats” to highlight the bureaucracy of security that we see and feel daily. It’s not a personal slam on the well-intentioned men and women who make up the police forces or the rank and file of other first-responders. They are doing what they can despite high-level acknowledgement that much of it is “security theater” to make us feel safe rather than to be truly safe. And do we as Americans want to live in truly safe, lockdown environments? Try this the next time you’re walking along Pennsylvania Avenue or other downtown corridor: Count the police officers you see, the police cars, the private security guards, the security cameras, the barriers, the bollards, the signs that forbid entry, the signs that demand identification cards and anything else that says you can’t do this or that. It could be depressing. But also, look up. Look up beyond the barricaded doors and bomb-proof glass to see how many flagpoles sprout from private and government buildings. Take a moment to enjoy the sight of Old Glory waving in the wind. (We particularly like the big flag on Freedom Plaza, an aptly named space on Pennsylvania Avenue.) Look at those flags that stand for freedom — and for a country that honors freedom and tries to export it to the world. That’s the America we want to see. And we want to see it with as few barriers as possible. Pause on 9/11 to honor the victims of those horrible attacks, but don’t give in to fear. It would be downright un-American of you. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor

Department of Public Works. Irene S. Sinclair The Palisades

City deserves praise Scotland tram vote for tree removal has lesson for D.C. Four years ago, C&D Tree Service, working for D.C., cut down a large locust tree on Potomac Avenue NW. Its workers were to return with a crane truck to remove the massive trunk. That never happened! During the cleanup for Irene, a D.C. Department of Public Works crew — with a new crane truck and chipper — were working to remove the storm damage a half block away from the forgotten locust log. I want to thank the supervisor, V. Bostic, for his gracious and efficient removal of the locust in addition to all he and his crew were dealing with. Hats off to the city’s

Last month the city council of Edinburgh, Scotland, decided to abandon a project to build a tram from the airport to the city center, even though most of the track had already been laid. It was simply too costly. “You can buy 10 environmentally friendly modern buses and still have change from the cost of one of Edinburgh’s trams,” columnist John Kay wrote in the Financial Times. Operating costs were similar for the two systems. The costs of construction continued to rise. This has lessons for the massively mismanaged Metrorail extension to Dulles, which has wound up as a subsidized way for

Tysons Corner to attract business from downtown rather than an efficient way to get to the airport. It will probably take more than 50 percent longer to get to Dulles via this route than it would have taken on a set of express buses at a fraction of the cost. The lesson also holds for the city’s trams on H Street NE. The primary effect of these trams will almost certainly be to reward the politically connected owners of real estate on that corridor, effectively a transfer of wealth from the rest of the city. The cost is significant, and the benefit (compared to bus transit) is not apparent. Tramways sound like the ecological answer; they are not. As Kermit the Frog was known to have said, “It’s not easy being green.” Vic Miller Washington Heights

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AU plan would harm Tenleytown character VIEWPOINT gregory ferenbach


ack to school means many things for many people. But for residents of Tenleytown it means — among other things — it’s time to face the unchecked expansion of American University in the neighborhood. Last week, the university submitted its final proposal to expand the law school and move it to the Tenley campus. Under the proposal, law school enrollment would increase from 1,770 to 2,000 students. (To put that in perspective, the university’s Washington Semester program, the site’s current user, has about 300 students; the university’s immediate predecessor, the Immaculata School, had about twice that number.) To enrollment, add 500 faculty and staff, and hundreds of part-time daily users. The new law school would be housed in a massive, four- to five-story office complex nearly twice the size of its current facility. Unlike the location of the current law school, the Tenley site is zoned only for low-density, single-family homes. District law does not allow universities to expand in residential areas as a matter of right. But a university may obtain a “special exception” if it can demonstrate that the proposed development “is not likely to be objectionable to neighboring properties because of noise, traffic, number of students or other objectionable conditions.” Building a law school on this site is not a new idea. The university purchased the campus in 1986 with the idea of building a new law school there, but the realities of the zoning law and opposition by the neighborhood forced officials to abandon the project and sign an agreement to limit future expansion. Now the university has reneged on the 1986 agreement and has offered District planners an extraordinary explanation to the zoning problem: This huge project will have no adverse impact on neighboring properties. None at all. Strangely enough, the university’s over-the-top plans have been getting some traction. Given that the zoning law is the same as it was in 1986, how can this be so? The answer is simple — American has deferred all the inconvenient issues (such as how to deal with parking, traffic, future expansion, ancillary uses, et cetera) and instead unleashed a multimillion-dollar public relations, lobbying and legal campaign. The two big themes are that this project will benefit the District economically, and that proximity to Metro will elimi-

Letters to the Editor Hardy Middle serves Ward 3 students well

As a Ward 3 resident and former Hardy Middle School parent, I disagree with Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh’s proposal for a new middle school in Ward 3. As former Chancellor Michelle Rhee stated many times, Hardy Middle School is a “neighborhood” school and not an arts magnet school. For parents who don’t want to send their kids to Hardy because of its “arts-focused curriculum,” I would say this is really not the issue. Middle schools in surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia

nate any traffic and parking impact. Neither proposition withstands any serious scrutiny. The university’s own numbers show that few law school students and virtually no faculty members currently take the Metro, and even its own “hired-gun” traffic consultants do not believe this will change significantly. If you factor in the proposed growth, it appears that any benefits to District residents of moving the law school (in terms of increased transit ridership and fewer cars) will be washed out by the large number of additional people using the expanded law school, many of whom will drive and attempt to park somewhere in the neighborhood. The other prevailing public-relations myth is that this project will be an economic boon to our community, but this is no more plausible than the Metro story. When asked, the university is unable to provide any analysis to show that its law school project will “revitalize” the Tenley corridor. Let’s all remember that American University is massively subsidized by the federal government and the District in countless ways. As a tax-exempt entity, the university pays no income or property taxes to speak of, and it benefits enormously from generous federal student financial aid programs. Moreover, it uses D.C.-approved tax-exempt revenue bonds to keep down its capital costs. At a time when our cities are undergoing major changes, city governments tend to support university expansion. But if universities are to take on this new role as the city’s developers, they must be held to the same standards as others are. No commercial developer could possibly get away with what is proposed for the Tenley neighborhood site. The people who live nearby do not support it, but it has been our hope that we could reach consensus with the university. Unfortunately, the university has not been willing to make any serious concessions. Unless District officials step up, it never will. District officials must hold the university accountable for the bounty it receives, and help protect the livability of our quiet residential neighborhoods. That’s why this fall’s return to school should be a wake-up call. We must let American University and government leaders know that the proposed expansion in our neighborhood is not acceptable without significant changes, and that the university must stick to its agreements. Gregory Ferenbach is president of the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association.

offer art and music (band or chorus) as part of their school-day curriculum; students have music and art every day as part of their schedules. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for D.C. Public Schools. In fact, this is a problem for high school music programs in D.C., because students aren’t arriving proficient enough in an instrument to play in high school-level ensembles. My children flourished at Hardy. They went on to Wilson High School and Duke Ellington School of the Arts and were wellprepared for college. Hardy offered them music and art as part of the daily curriculum, which is hardly an arts-focused program. This should be the norm for all middle schools citywide. Also, I feel it is disingenuous

for anyone at this time to express concern about displacing out-ofboundary families if more inboundary students choose to attend their neighborhood middle school. If anything, this situation emphasizes the need for additional middle schools with strong programs in other wards, especially Ward 5. The removal of Hardy’s former principal was handled poorly, but the school can be brought back on track, with feeder schools in the neighborhood sending more of their fifth-graders on to Hardy. There would still be room to accommodate out-of-boundary students. I feel energy at this time would be better spent improving Hardy and building strong middle school programs in other wards. Helen Hagerty Cleveland Park

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Letters to the Editor Animal rescue league fails some animals

In his defense of the adopt-athon held at the Washington Animal Rescue League, Gary Weitzman states that the organization makes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 percent commitmentâ&#x20AC;? to all the animals in its care [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adopt-a-thon event wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a freefor-all,â&#x20AC;? Letters to the Editor, Aug. 24]. This phrase is appealing and probably quite effective as a fundraising tool, but I would be interested to understand what it means in practice. In my experience, the Washington Animal Rescue League has often fallen short of what a reasonable person might consider to be a 100 percent commitment. In one particular case that I was involved in, a Washington Animal Rescue League dog named Berdina managed to escape from the yard of the person who was fostering her. A number of volunteers launched an aggressive search for Berdina that involved posting fliers, hiring a tracking dog and setting up feeding stations and motion-detector cameras. I personally purchased and set up two motion-detector cameras at a site where Berdina had been spotted. Other volunteers also tirelessly contributed time and money to this effort over a number of months. The rescue league offered no support and seemed uninterested in our efforts. Berdina was found after almost a year when someone saw a flier posted by volunteers. The rescue league contributed a reward and she was returned to her foster, who adopted her permanently. Unfortunately, her owner died unexpectedly several months ago. The rescue league rapidly retrieved Berdina from D.C. Animal Control, but inexplicably she was hidden at the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facility for some time and then remained off-limits to volunteers. This prevented her from receiving the attention and affection she needed after the death of her owner. After only eight weeks, the rescue league euthanized Berdina because of so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;quality-of-lifeâ&#x20AC;? issues. After all that Berdina had been through, it is difficult to understand why no one at the rescue league was willing to make more of an effort on her behalf. Unfortunately, I do not believe that this represents an isolated case. The Washington Animal Rescue League should explain exactly how it gave â&#x20AC;&#x153;a 100 percent commitmentâ&#x20AC;? to Berdina, and other dogs that have been euthanized over protests of both staff and volunteers. Warren Watts Forest Hills

Professionals need Georgetown parking

My husband and I make a living as professional gardeners. We live

in Maryland, but the majority of our work occurs in Georgetown. Our company, Gardens Remembered, has been in business for more than 11 years now. We pay all required business taxes and insurance premiums, including monthly D.C. sales tax, which we bill to our clients. Our main hub centers around 30th, 31st, P and Q streets. Our clients do not have driveways for us to pull into. Because we work out of our vehicles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hauling gardening equipment back and forth and carrying flats and flats of plant material, for instance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we need to be parked close to where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working. Finding parking in Georgetown is always a challenge for anyone, but we have a truck and trailer, plus another vehicle. Even if we could get weekly visitor passes, finding big enough spaces is pretty much impossible! Because of this, for 11 years parking enforcement officers graciously overlooked us when we were parked along the side of Orchard Lane, which looks like an alley but is actually a street. We are not the only business vehicles doing this. But several months ago, a new parking enforcement officer took over. He has been issuing us $30 tickets whenever he sees us parked in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Parkingâ&#x20AC;? zone, even though he knows we have been given this exception for so many years. Now we are forced to have our clients pay our parking tickets (several a month), something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had to do before. We have made a living beautifying the area. Our clients include homes that have been on the Georgetown house and garden tours. We have called in rat problems and drainage issues, and we have notified the Georgetown tree restoration committee when we have seen street trees planted or taken care of improperly. We have shoveled snow from neighborhood sidewalks at no charge. Now we are wondering how long we can continue burdening our clients with these added costs, just to do business in Georgetown. The neighborhood is rallying behind us and seeing what they can do to help us out. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure we could get a petition together stating our problems and asking parking enforcement if they will allow us to park along Orchard Lane. If parking is allowed on other streets, why not Orchard Lane? What do we do if we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find parking? Stop working? We are at our witsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; end. Gabrielle and Steve Horn Owners, Gardens Remembered

Blotter misstated location of assault

Connecticut Avenue violence continues. A 6-foot-tall University of the District of Columbia athlete survived being pummeled with a pipe and stabbed in the chest within a block of Connecticut Avenue on

Aug. 25. With nearly a week to copy/ paste the police blotter, The Current misreported the location by more than two miles in its Aug. 31 edition. Frank Winstead Forest Hills

Church should drop plan for apartments

As the owner and resident of a condo unit at 17th and O streets NW, I am extremely concerned about the new apartment building proposed for the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., on the opposite corner of 17th and O streets. When I purchased my condo unit just over a year ago, I chose the location partly because the neighborhood was quiet, not too densely inhabited, and surrounded by greenery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; giving it the charm that makes the 17th Street side of Dupont Circle such a unique neighborhood. While the new development may bring revenue to the First Baptist Church and its members, most of whom are not neighborhood residents, it will negatively impact people who do live in the neighborhood by increasing density, noise and traffic; reducing property values; and changing the character of the neighborhood. According to developer KeenerSquire Properties, the building will be 108 feet tall, higher than the neighborhood zoning regulations allow, and will contain 228 units that range in size from 320 to 600 square feet each, as well as a roof deck terrace, a party room and 57 parking spaces. A building with those specifications will bring hundreds of new residents, many of whom may be studying at the nearby Johns Hopkins University, to a neighborhood not intended to have a densely inhabited high-rise. O Street between 16th and 17th streets, now a narrow, quiet residential block, will become a major throughway for cars â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; traveling to and from the building. It will be parked full of cars from the three-fourths of building residents who will not be afforded parking by the building. Further, the height of the building will block all sunlight and any view beyond the new building for neighboring residents and bring constant noise to this quiet neighborhood. The First Baptist Church and the new buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developers have asserted that the new building will cause no harm to the public good; clearly this is not the case for neighbors. The First Baptist Church and Keener-Squire should drop plans to create a new high-rise apartment building at 17th and O streets. A new park or substantially smaller residential or commercial building would be much more appropriate for the location and would resolve many of the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about density, noise, traffic, green space and sunlight. Melissa Maitin-Shepard Dupont Circle


Athletics in Northwest Washington


September 7, 2011 ■ Page 13

Big play by Butler sends Gonzaga Eagles soaring

New Tigers coach looks to earn stripes

By BORIS TSALYUK Current Correspondent

By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

As Wilson students enter a brand-new building, the football team also looks to rally around a brand-new coach. Mark Martin, an assistant with the team since 2000, was hired this summer to replace longtime head coach Horace Fleming, and he will look to take the Tigers back to the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs. Wilson (1-1 overall) got off to a good start to its season on Aug. 26, defeating Perry Street Prep — a D.C. public charter school formerly known as Hyde — by a score of 30-0. Dana Robertson carried the ball 14 times for 107 yards while junior James Towns and senior Kamal Bryant returned interceptions for touchdowns. “It felt great out there, being an alum and everything,” said Martin, who graduated from Wilson in 1984. “I was excited — I had a little butterflies when the game started, but when the game got rolling it was like I got in game mode. … I was ready to go.” This year’s Tigers are led by quarterback/defensive back Micah Harris, a junior, and quarterback Scott Beumel, a sophomore. Dana Robertson is teaming up with Jeremy Dixon to lead the team’s running game, and wide receiver Marlon Mitchell is another talent to watch. Wilson didn’t fare nearly as well in its second contest of the season, falling 48-13 at Yorktown (Arlington, Va.) on Thursday. The Tigers will open DCIAA West play at home against Theodore Roosevelt on Oct. 7. Rival Coolidge (4-7, 3-1), meanwhile, made it back to the playoffs last year under first-year coach Natalie Randolph, and the team should be hungry for more in 2011. Top players for the Colts include senior wide receivers Davon Pratt, who has committed to East Carolina University, and Fellonte Misher, an Old Dominion University commit. Also keep an eye on Chuck Gaines on both sides of the ball. Coolidge’s first game, against Archbishop Carroll, was rescheduled and then canceled due to Hurricane Irene. And the Colts’ See Preview/Page 14


Photo courtesy of Joey LoMonaco/Precision Sports Photography

Gonzaga, which improved to 2-0 with Saturday’s win, features several playmakers this season, including senior receiver Davon Graves.

Playing on his team’s new field for the first time, wide receiver Devin Butler treated Gonzaga fans to a game-winning 47-yard touchdown catch in the final minute Saturday as the Eagles knocked off McDonogh (Baltimore) 17-14. Trailing by four, the 6-foot-3 junior Butler caught a 12-yard pass over the middle and turned up the field for an eye-popping sprint. He immediately shook off one defender, then juked around another would-be tackler and avoided several more en route to the end zone. “They didn’t wrap up,” Butler said after the game. “[McDonogh] just wasn’t ready for it.” “We had a little slant and slide, the linebacker went; Devin just made a great play,” said quarterback Connor Ennis. For Gonzaga (2-0 overall), the win was payback for last September’s loss to McDonogh, one of the top football programs in Baltimore. And it was an indicator that the Eagles — a semifinalist in

the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference last year — may not take a step back this season even as a pair of inexperienced junior quarterbacks look to replace Kevin Hogan, now at Stanford University. Ennis got the starting nod against McDonogh and completed 9-of-15 passes for 98 yards and the touchdown to Butler, and Chris Schultz also played and hit on 4-of9 for 31 yards. Although Saturday’s affair showed that Gonzaga can make big plays through the air, the team will lean more heavily on its ground game this year. Against McDonogh, senior Duane McKelvin shouldered the road and ripped off several impressive runs. He finished the afternoon with 11 carries for 103 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles needed a strong effort on both sides of the ball to pull out the victory against a solid team, and that’s exactly what coach Aaron Brady got from his squad. The defense turned in a huge stand deep in its territory late in the game to give the Eagles offense a chance. See Gonzaga/Page 14

Fragile X founders bid farewell after tourney’s 10th season By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Early Saturday afternoon at this year’s Fragile X Volleyball Classic at St. John’s, Liz Pribac made an announcement that caused quite a stir in Gallagher Gymnasium: After 10 years of organizing the tournament, she and her husband were calling it quits. Bill Pribac, the Cadets volleyball coach and founder of the event, was quickly bombarded with questions. He said the discussion made it tougher for him to focus on coaching his team, but “It was important we let everyone know it was coming to an end.” In an email sent to coaches, parents, friends and supporters on Sunday, the coach wrote, “It did feel time for me to focus on other things. Thanks for everyone over the years who have entered and helped raise awareness for Fragile X Syndrome.” The event didn’t end without the Cadets making their presence felt on the court, as they have many times since 2002. Led by AllTournament selection Darien Dozier, St. John’s won its three-team pool with straight-set wins over Maret and St. Gertrude’s (Richmond, Va.) and advanced to the next round. In the quarterfinals, though, Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Holy Cross proved too tough, beating the Cadets in straight sets, 25-21 and 25-17. Holy Cross, which beat St. John’s in the tour-

Photo courtesy of Bill Pribac

The 10th annual Fragile X Classic All-Tournament Team included Maret’s Kathryn Petkevich, far left, and St. John’s’ Darien Dozier, third from right, a University of South Carolina commit. nament finals in 2010, went on to top Nansemond Suffolk (Suffolk, Va.) in four sets in the championship round to capture its second-straight crown. The Maret Frogs, meanwhile, reached the quarterfinals before losing to Nansemond Suffolk in straight sets (25-18, 25-19), while National Cathedral was swept during pool play. Maret’s Kathryn Petkevich was named to the All-Tournament team. This year’s event raised nearly $2,000, bring-

ing the 10-year tally close to $35,000. Bill Pribac, whose son Trevor has Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition resulting from changes to the X chromosome, said he was proud of the money the event raised and the friends and family it brought together. He also said he felt good about his team’s success at the tournament: The Cadets won titles in 2003 and 2008, reached the championship game five times and advanced to the playoffs each year. “It’s been fantastic,” he said.

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Helen Beckner, a 2009 graduate of National Cathedral School, recently stroked her womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lightweight quadruple sculls team to victory at the 129th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, the largest rowing regatta in North America. She was also part of a team that won the People of Port Dalhousie Trophy in the senior lightweight womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight-oared race earlier at the Aug. 7 event. The double gold in Canada capped a particularly successful season for Beckner and her teammates from the Vesper Boat Club (Philadelphia). They also won gold in the U.S. Rowing Boat Club National Championships in the intermediate lightweight womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quadruple sculls and in the intermediate openweight womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quadruple sculls race at the 131st Independence Day Regatta in

Football scores Week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 Yorktown (Arlington, Va.) 48, Wilson 13 North Hagerstown (Hagerstown, Md.) 54, Theodore Roosevelt 0 Maret 48, Model School 0 Gonzaga 17, McDonogh (Baltimore) 14 Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) 35, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18 St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Annapolis, Md.) 26, St. Albans 13

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a tough battle,â&#x20AC;? Brady said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our kids just hung in there and we were lucky enough to get a win. What a great game.â&#x20AC;? As far as debuting the new field in style, the coach said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the football gods were with us today to give us this win.â&#x20AC;? Butler added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The atmosphere, all the fans, I just loved it. This is what you live for as a football player.â&#x20AC;?

Henderson, Davis come up huge for Maret

The only bad news for Maret seniors Tre Henderson and Sean Davis is that the only direction their individual seasons can go from here is down. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much better than the nine touchdowns they combined for in an opening day 48-0 win over The Model School. Henderson led off his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scoring with a 21-yard run in the first quarter, adding two throwing touchdowns by the end of the opening period â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 25 yards to Davis and 52 yards to Kahlil Edley. Henderson threw two more scoring strikes before exiting the game shortly after halftime. He was a perfect 9-for-9 passing for 234 yards. Davis, a University of Maryland commit, caught two touchdowns,

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Philadelphia, held July 1 through 3. A D.C. native, Beckner rowed for four years at National Cathedral and was part of a varsity eight crew that won the Virginia State Championship in 2009. She currently rows for the University of Wisconsin, where last year her crew won the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lightweight eight event in record time at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston and took bronze at the National Championship Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta. Beckner and her Vesper Boat Club quad teammates hope to reunite next summer for a shot at representing the United States in the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Lithuania. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Boris Tsalyuk

second contest, a meeting with Bishop McNamara that was set for Friday, was called off because the school didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have security assigned for the game. The team will once more try to start its season on

have another chance to make as many plays as they did against a clearly outmatched Model team.

Sept. 16 at Ballou. Another league foe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Theodore Roosevelt (0-1, 0-0 DCIAA) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is moving to a spread offense this year to take advantage of explosive senior running back Blair Crutchfield. The Rough Riders have an interesting local schedule this year including non-league games at Forestville (Forestville, Md.) on Sept. 17 and at home against Maret on Sept. 30.

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

September 7, 2011 ■ Page 15

Zookeeper works as chief bug booster

This is the 11th in a series of articles about locals and their occupations. By AMANDA ABRAMS Current Correspondent

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Zoo? Be honest. It’s probably pandas, right? Or maybe chimpanzees. Or big cats. Which is not surprising. Just about everyone visits the Zoo to check out those furry, cute, amazing mammals they can’t see anywhere else. It’s forgivable, for sure, but what about all the other inhabitants of Washington’s National Zoo — don’t they deserve some love and attention, too? That’s a little bit how Donna Stockton feels. One of the Zoo’s many animal keepers, she works in the invertebrate exhibit, taking care of insects, spiders, corals, clams and many other creatures that are frequently, if inadvertently, left out of the “animal” category. “It’s a constant battle against the pandas,” she said. “We’re not mammals, so we really have to prove our case.” But she’s not bitter about it. After eight years in her position as the main staff entomologist — taking care of insects, that is — Stockton, 44, understands that some animals are simply more popular than oth-

ers. She just wants a chance to help you understand her babies a little bit better. Give her an opportunity and she’s off and running. Make a disparaging comment about cockroaches, for example, and you’re in for it: Stockton will explain that the pests are perfectly fine, decent crea-

tures that simply seek out food and water; coincidentally, our homes happen to be perfectly suited to their habits. She might even pull out some photos of tropical cockroaches, to demonstrate just how lovely they can be. The Bowie, Md., resident wasn’t always a great defender of insects. “As a girl, I ran from butterflies,” she recalled. “I was very happy to kill insects for you.” But after majoring in land and water science in college and spending several years with a U.S. Department of Agriculture team that evaluated the health of waterways by studying the insects living nearby, she realized she had a knack for working with the small creatures. So she went

back to school and got a master’s degree in entomology. The Zoo job kind of fell into her lap. Stockton had worked briefly at a trade association for pest management professionals, but she quit around the time she got pregnant with her son. To stay busy, she volunteered at the Zoo’s invertebrate exhibit, but after nine months as a mostlystay-at-home mother, it was time for a real job. She contacted the Zoo with the intention of lining up a reference and heard that a position was open. “It was perfect,” she said. “I knew what I was getting into.” She says it’s still perfect. “The best part of the job is that not one thing stays the same. It’s different every day — more dynamic than going to an office or a lab. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” All of the invertebrate keepers — there are four — have to know how to feed and care for the roughly 100 species in the collection, including the octopus, jellyfish, spiders and anemones. Stockton is also responsible for all of the aspects of insect husbandry: choosing new varieties to feature in the exhibit’s display cases, then raising and minding them. Determining which of the millions of insect species to highlight is a tricky decision, but many simply don’t work in a zoo: If they must spend months or even years underground as grubs, then

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Donna Stockton, the main staff entomologist at the National Zoo, wants a chance to help you understand her babies a little bit better. live above ground for only a few weeks (like many beetle species), they’re probably not a great candidate. What do work are stick insects, leaf cutter ants (a perennial favorite with visitors), and those hardy cockroaches, all of which are currently on display.

It’s a science, but still an evolving one. So doing the job well means staying on top of new developments in the field, which has been turned sideways by DNA research techniques, and troubleshooting with colleagues via listserv. If, for See Zoo/Page 18

Supporting 9/11 survivors: Northwest volunteer focused on those affected By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Valecia “Chee Chee” Parker doesn’t remember what happened after she felt the building shake. Thinking it was an earthquake, she took cover in the nearest doorway. But she must have fallen to the floor and hit her head. Hard. When an ambulance transported Parker from her office at the Pentagon to a nearby hospital, she was covered with jet fuel. She suffered from smoke inhalation, a head injury, a series of burns, torn muscles and post-traumatic stress disorder. “The people sitting 30 feet from me at their desks, they died,” she told the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in 2002. “The people sitting 25 feet from me at the copy machine died. The people who were 15 feet from me were severely burned.” That, she could remember. But in the

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Dan Mayers, back row center, and fellow board members ran a fund to support those impacted by the Pentagon attack.

weeks and months following the attack on the Pentagon, Parker had trouble remembering her name, phone number and address. Once a competitive body builder, she stumbled when she walked. No one could reverse that kind of tragedy.

And everyone wanted to help. Just ask Dan Mayers. Mayers was at his Massachusetts Avenue Heights home on Sept. 11, 2001, when a friend called to tell him about the terrorist attacks. The next day, Mayers drove to the Pentagon to survey the damage. “I wanted to be part of something,” he said. Mayers, after all, has always played a prominent role in the D.C. community. An attorney, he came to the area in 1960 to clerk for Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter. In 1968, he headed up the D.C. arm of Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign for president. Mayers began working at Wilmer Cutler Pickering when the firm was founded, and continued for 35 years, eventually becoming partner. Meanwhile, he served on the boards of Children’s National Medical Center, National

Children’s Research Center, Sidwell Friends School, the National Symphony Orchestra and WETA. By September 2001, Mayers was retired, but active — serving on the board of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, among other organizations. The foundation’s mission is to administer grant-making funds that have been established by individuals and corporations. And it didn’t take long before the organization began fielding requests from donors who wanted to assist individuals affected by the 9/11 attacks. “Money started flowing in,” Mayers said. It came from lemonade stands and law offices, beef producers and basketball stars. The message was the same: People just wanted to help, however they could. So the foundation quickly established a new fund — called The Survivors’ Fund — to assist those who had been directly affected by See Fund/Page 18

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Coming to school was very exciting because I can make new friends and learn about the American culture. Before school started, I was very bored. I had computer games to play, but I had no one to play with. My friends are in Singapore, and when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night here it is morning there. When I found out that school was starting in one week, I was so happy. I knew I could make new friends and learn new things like speaking French, which I know is going to be hard. On the orientation day I met another new kid who was going to be in my class. I hoped that Samuel and I could become good friends because he seemed like a nice kid. A few days later school started. At first I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find Samuel, but after our teacher asked us to queue up I saw him. We went up to our new classroom and after a few hours, we were very good

friends. During break and lunchtime, I made even more friends. At the end of the day I knew that I was going to like my new school! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chervin Lim, Year 5 York (fourth-grader)

Deal Middle School

There has been lots of buzzing excitement at Alice Deal Middle School since the school year started. Extracurricular activities have already been introduced to the students. New lunches are being made fresh every day in the Deal kitchen. There are lots of changes going on at the school. Some of the sixth-grade and language teachers have been switched around. The music meeting went great, drawing all the kids who are interested in participating in the musical activities the school has to offer. We have already heard about sports and cheerleading tryouts. We have many more sixthgrade students this year, so the

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school is always busy. All of the students have been going to their language classes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; French, Spanish and Chinese. They have also been participating in gym, music and art. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all for now. Talk to you next week! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ava Zechiel, seventh-grader

Paul Public Charter School

What I would like to talk about in this news article is my first day of school. Everybody knows that the first day of school is really scary when you are a new student. You go into the school and you are scared about what will happen. You go to your homeroom, and they give you a schedule. When you walk through the hallways, you are scared that everybody is looking at you. When you go to all your classes, there are a lot of papers your parents have to sign. When you go to lunch, no one is talking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is just quiet. When you leave, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see anyone giving dap or saying bye or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to text you,â&#x20AC;? you just leave. When you get home, you are relieved that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be quiet. When your mom asks how the first day of school was, you say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Funâ&#x20AC;? and just run your mouth. After that you are ready for the next day! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alicia Fulford, seventh-grader Hello, my name is JaVon Quigley. The natural disasters that happened last month were very


interesting to me. These disasters affected the people of D.C. On Aug. 23, there was an earthquake. This earthquake was not a major one, but it was a surprise for D.C. because we usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that many natural disasters here. This earthquake has damaged my schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gym, but not severely. This quake also damaged the Washington National Cathedral. How did it affect you? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; JaVon Quigley, seventh-grader

School Without Walls

This week the entire student body and faculty of the School Without Walls briefly relocated to Eastern High School due to damage to our school from the recent earthquake. Though Easternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cavernous building easily swallowed up our school, Walls students adapted quickly, finding classrooms and learning their way around. For those two days, classes resumed as normal. We were cordoned off from Eastern students by both our faculty and their own, for reasons that were never quite explained to us. Even without them actively preventing it, we might never have made contact with them due to the sheer size of the building. But after school ended on Monday, a freshman from Walls was reported to have gotten into a fight with an Eastern High student over an iPod.


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Shepherd Elementary

Shepherd Elementary School had an open house for all students and their families the Friday before the first day of school. It was such an exciting day! Students ran into their friends; they also had a chance to visit their previous teachers and discover their new teachers for this school year. All teachers were cleaning, organizing and decorating their rooms for the first day of school. I helped Ms. Holt and Madame GadiĂŠ collect trash. Speaking of our French teacher, there is now a real wall separating the French and Spanish classrooms! The open house was definitely a success. All the students I spoke to told me they had a lot of fun. Have a great school year, fellow Mustangs! I encourage you to share news tips and comments with me. Please contact me at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

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The Field: Pepco is committed to improving our customers’ experience through a comprehensive plan to upgrade the system, announced last year. We are making progress and our work continues to reduce both the frequency and the duration of power outages that cause our customers inconvenience and frustration.

Reliability Improvement Progress Report District of Columbia

Our work on this plan will continue over the next three and a half years, but it won’t stop there. We will always work hard to more effectively provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers. Below is an update on our work in the District of Columbia. For information about Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, we invite you to visit us at

247 Miles of Trees TriMMeD Fallen trees and limbs cause most power outages. To improve reliability, Pepco has trimmed more than 250 miles of power lines in D.C. since September 2010. We’re on target to trim 416 miles in the District by the end of the year. Staffing for tree trimming has been increased to four times the normal complement of workers to meet the project’s demands.

29 Power line UPgraDe ProjeCTs CoMPleTeD This year, Pepco has completed seven projects to upgrade distribution feeders – power lines that serve large numbers of customers – to improve reliability in areas that have experienced more frequent outages. Upgrades were completed in June in Shepherd Park, Benning and two locations in Anacostia. Work has begun on two new projects, in Brookland near Catholic University and Deanwood, and another project in Friendship Heights. Our crews continue to work on distributionlevel power lines in Anacostia, Benning, Chevy Chase, Crestwood, Capitol Hill and on Georgia Avenue. We will start an additional seven projects in the next two months.

18 sysTeM growTh ProjeCTs CoMPleTeD To serve the growing demand for electricity, Pepco is upgrading power lines and adding circuits throughout the District. In June, Pepco completed upgrades in the Anacostia and Chevy Chase areas and continued work in the H Street, NE Corridor, which is coordinated with the ongoing street improvement project. Pepco has completed 18 of 19 projects since September 2010, with the final project on Minnesota Avenue planned for completion this December.

15 aDvanCeD ConTrol sysTeMs are Being insTalleD We are installing advanced control systems that allow the electric system to identify problems and, in some cases, automatically restore power to most affected customers within minutes. We continue making progress on the 15 projects planned for completion this year in the Benning, Deanwood, River Terrace, Palisades and Van Ness areas.

assessMenT of UnDergroUnD ProjeCTs UnDerway In areas where traditional modifications to the overhead system have not produced the desired results, Pepco will selectively replace the overhead system with an underground system. Two feeders in the District meet this criteria and an engineering evaluation has begun on both.

ADDITIONAL PROGRESS AT PEPCO You’ll also see improvements in our customer service. We have hired additional staff to answer your calls and are using smartphone apps and our website to provide more convenient, efficient ways for you to report outages and find information about your electric service. If you have comments or suggestions, reach us on Twitter (@PepcoConnect) or at

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From Page 15 example, the millipedes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thriving as they should, Stockton will post a question to one of her entomology email lists to find out what others are doing differently. With all the time she spends with the animals, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising that Stockton gets to know them pretty well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell the personalities of a lot of the cockroaches here,â&#x20AC;? she said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a ludicrous statement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or at least it sounds that way, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much about insects. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real objective of the invertebrate exhibit: to educate visitors and encourage them to tune in to these smaller denizens of the animal kingdom. The exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not just the keepers, but also the 60-some aides and volunteers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; make a specific effort to talk, even briefly, with every visitor who enters the building. Stockton estimates that she


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the attack on the Pentagon. It was just one of many funds that sprang up in the chaotic days following the attacks. And organizers felt like they were creating the playbook as they went along. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the needs,â&#x20AC;? Mayers said. But they knew there would be many. So Mayers and his fellow board members convened a group of community representatives to draft a kind of constitution for the fund; something â&#x20AC;&#x153;simple,â&#x20AC;? he said, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;comprehensive.â&#x20AC;? Counselors who had been on the ground in Oklahoma City warned that it might take years before the emotional and psychological impact of the tragedy set in. So, while the central fund established by Congress sought to compensate families based on the earnings of a lost loved one, The Survivors Fund focused on recovery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; channeling its efforts through a team of social workers at Northern Virginia Family Service in Falls Church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing that really set us apart is entering through the social services system,â&#x20AC;? Mayers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give any checks to anybody. We paid for various services [to meet the] needs they had.â&#x20AC;? And, Mayers said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend one cent on administrative expenses.â&#x20AC;? For example, while Pentagon worker Parker worked on regaining her strength through physical therapy, The Survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fund helped cover her mortgage bills and student loan payments. The fund also helped flight attendant Christine Fischer learn about the Japanese relaxation technique reiki to address the depression she felt following the attacks. And when Dean and Donna Taylor, a childless couple in

spends between 30 and 50 percent of her time talking to the public. But things have changed over the last five years or so. In the past, not many Zoo visitors knew the invertebrate exhibit existed, but those who made it over had a particular interest in the topic. Eventually, though, the Zoo administration improved the signage indicating the exhibit, and now the place is just about always busy. But according to Stockton, people tend to rush through without really taking in what the exhibit has to offer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You stop and talk, but you just wish it could be longer,â&#x20AC;? she said. That means she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often get the chance to share her passions. A current one is native bees, a category that include 1,400 species of pollinators, but not, contrary to popular perception, the honeybee, which is actually a Mediterranean import. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of thing that, if it were up to Stockton, everyone would be aware of. And whether or not they care as they should, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing her best to let them know. Colorado, agreed to take in their orphaned nephews, the Survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fund helped them build an addition to their home. Mayers admits that he was initially skeptical about the decision to focus on social services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was something of a gimmick,â&#x20AC;? he said. But as it turned out, he said, that the emphasis ended up making The Survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fund a success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here were people in the days and months after 9/11,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were the only ones ... helping them negotiate the system and have people to talk to.â&#x20AC;? The fund distributed $25 million in assistance, ultimately closing its doors after the money ran out in March 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were there when they needed us,â&#x20AC;? Mayers said. And while there were some people who wanted more help, or different services, the message from most survivors was simple: Thank you. In fact, many, like Parker, are trying to help others. As of a few years ago, she was doing her best to rebuild her strength, and beat back the memories. But when her office returned to the Pentagonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area of impact, she decided to move on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and started selling candles to benefit people with brain injuries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my way of giving back,â&#x20AC;? she told the community foundation in 2004. Mayers said his work with The Survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fund was one of the most meaningful things heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever done. But, then again, when faced with people in need, he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine doing anything else. And so, as the streams swelled and rivers overtook their banks in Vermont after Hurricane Irene last week, Mayers left the comforts of his country house near Woodstock to survey the damage. He drove past broken bridges, collapsed roads and waterlogged homes. And, once again, he asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can I help?â&#x20AC;?

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Neighbors anticipated treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fall By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

An apparently unhealthy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and very big â&#x20AC;&#x201D; oak tree in Tenleytown came down during the hurricane, landing unevenly on the front porch roof at 3716 Yuma St., where Sam Langerman has lived since 1985. Fortunately, Langerman and his wife, so sure that the old oak across the street would come down, were sleeping on the first floor. Langerman, still cleaning branches from his yard a week after the storm, said the old oak had recently been marked for removal by city arborists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were on notice,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and all the neighbors said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When the storm hits, that treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to go.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? On the Saturday night when Ireneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winds hit 60 miles an hour, Langerman said he saw a flash, then heard a crash. The tree trunk ripped out of the sidewalk, fell across Yuma, grazed another oak in front of his yard, sending more branches flying, and then hit his porch. Both city and Pepco crews did a good job cleaning up â&#x20AC;&#x153;that horrible

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;These largest, healthiest trees have the fullest, most robust crowns,â&#x20AC;? Eutsler said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The leaves and stems hold an enormous amount of water, and they literally intercept the wind.â&#x20AC;? Hurricane-force winds, he said, can blow the water-soaked trees over, just as they might blow over a boat with an oversized sail. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a failure of the root system, Eutsler said, although rain from the hurricane can saturate the soil and reduce the friction supporting the tree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Standing dead trees weather the stormâ&#x20AC;? because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a crown of heavy leaves to catch the rain and wind, he said. The citywide toll so far, including street trees that fell into public or private space, as well as trees that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall but suffered enough damage to require removal, is 351 trees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; small and large. Eutslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rough tally includes about 45 trees of diameter 30 inches or greater felled by the hurricane. Hurricane Isabel, in the summer of 2003, caused more tree damage because it hit the city directly, as opposed to the glancing blow struck by Irene, Eutsler said. Residents of the 3600 block of Upton Street, for instance, suffered a milder fallout from Irene. They lost electricity for three days when a big old oak keeled over during the height of the late August storm, taking down power lines and some branches of a small fruit tree before landing in a yard across the street. Resident Richard Danzig had praise for city workers, who spent two days clearing the street, and Pepco workers, who then restored power the following night. But

mess,â&#x20AC;? he said, clearing the road and getting power back on by that Monday night. But the ill health of the old oak seemed evident when they sawed through the trunk, exposing a huge black hole in the stump. Now Langerman is preparing to file a damage claim, and hoping the District will accept liability. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also trying to get the Urban Forestry Administration to take a look at an oak in his tree box, which is not only missing limbs now but also leaning ominously toward his house. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisory forester, Earl Eutsler, said the tree that hit Langermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house had been identified as unhealthy and marked for removal just two weeks before the storm. He said the northern red oaks on that block are particularly susceptible to wind damage because of their unusually large leaves, and that at least four have failed in recent years. But Eutsler said his agency has done a good job of reducing the wait for removal of unhealthy trees to an average of 20 days. Danzig said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now worried about another street tree on the same block that appears to have shallow roots and a slight lean to the south. Pepco workers, he noted, cautiously strung a thick new power cable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but on the north side of that tree. Nearby, a house at Quebec Street and Idaho Avenue suffered a double whammy, hit by both a large maple and a utility pole. But by Tuesday, two days after the storm passed, contractors hired by the city had removed the large trunk and pole, and most of the debris. Damage to the home appeared relatively minor. Irene also did a number on the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only the cost of tree removal, but also the upcoming sidewalk repair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This storm may cost us $1 million,â&#x20AC;? agency spokesman John Lisle said, but he was unable to provide exact figures before The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline. Lisle noted that the city may be eligible for some federal reimbursement. The District covers the expense of tree removal when a street tree damages private property, or when a private tree falls on public land, Eutsler said. The cost ranges from $2,000 to $5,000 for removing a large fallen tree, he said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We in the city government have never said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If our tree fell on your house, you clean it up.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But homeowners or their insurers are liable for repairing damages to the property itself if the tree was healthy before the storm. A statement by the D.C. Office of Risk Management explains: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In order for the District to be found liable for damage caused as a result of a fallen tree, there must be some evidence of negligence on the part of the District, for example, notice that a tree was diseased or damaged prior to a storm.â&#x20AC;?













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COMPLETELY REMODELED 1BR, beautiful open KIT, W/D,& WIC. Doorman bldg has roof deck w/pool & gym. Huge sep storage & parking also for sale Ideally located within walking distance of METRO, shops, restaurants & more. Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 PETWORTH $199,900 - $299,900 FHA APPROVED & One year Condo fees Paid! Light filled, fantastic condos available in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR, 1BR with den, 2BR/2BA homes. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: granite, ss, hdwd & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 POTOMAC $850,000 SOUGHT-AFTER Worland, a unique TH cmnty that lives like single family homes. Complete renovation, newly enlarged KIT, fab huge slate patio & gardens. Newly renov MBR & BA by Gilday. Energy efficient screens cut utility bills in half. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 SW / WATERFRONT $669,000 LARGE, elegant, brick Federal TH in move-in cond! Has 4BR, 2FBA & 2HBA, sep LR & DR w/HWFs & den/library & quaint family size KIT! So much more! Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

TAKOMA DC / BRIGHTWOOD $449,500 High ceilings and orig details. Near WALK TO Takoma Metro from this Guy Mason Pk, Cathedral, shops. 2700 detached 4BR, 2FBA, 2HBA. Just reduced 36th St NW. $50K. Needs updating, great opportunity, Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 bring your offers. 515 Underwood Rd NW. Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Emmanuel Sturley 202-503-8607 202-944-8400 OBSERVATORY CIRCLE $299,500 Georgetown Office LARGE 975 SF 1BR, 1BA plus extra $449,900 HBA in full service, elegant West- TENLEYTOWN 50K PRICE REDUCTION!! Gorgeous chester. Foyer & large LR w/dining area and built-ins, huge BR, 2 large Penthouse at Cityline, atop the Tenley closets, updated BA and serene METRO. High-end KIT w/Bkfst Bar view from every window. Co-op fee opens to LR. HWFs, high ceilings, WD, incls all utils & taxes (except large MBR w/S exposure & big closet. cable/phone). Bldg has grocery, Den or 2nd BR. Pet-friendly building beauty salon, dry cleaners. No pets. with gym and doorman. Low fee. Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Ingrid Suisman Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 U STREET $799,000 PETWORTH $119,000 PRIME LOCATION just ½ block from U WOW GREAT VALUE! Large unit St. Great curb appeal with nearly 3,200 loaded with character. Kitchen, SF on 3 Floors. Ripe for renovation into a separate DR, big LR, hardwood fabulous home with a rental unit or a floors, high ceilings, 3 closets, cat condo conversion. Two car Parking in the friendly. Walk to METRO! rear. Great potential in a dynamite tion! View at Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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neighborhoods and access to city amenities. But a Cleveland Park contemporary-cum-Colonial ups the ante for such claims, offering a secret-garden sensibility moments from Wisconsin Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial center. Realtor Elizabeth Russell notes the tucked-away amenities just beyond the back fence of this 1976 home, which includes a path to the tennis courts, dog park, tot lot and community garden of McLean Gardens. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a stream that has contributed more than charm to this home: A lower-level fireplace, one of three, is ringed by fieldstone gathered from that brook. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main hearth is in the living room, which is lined, like most of the four levels, by hardwood planks. Classic proportions and gently arched six-over-six windows mean this room reads as classically Colonial, but two tall, slender windows flanking the fireplace

hint that traditional features here will come with a twist. That principle holds true in the center hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powder room. A utilitarian space is now a highlight thanks to the vanity here: A slab of live-edge wood gives the space a natural warmth and is on-trend to boot; the undulating edge is spied on wood pieces everywhere these days. Also unlike in a classic Colonial, this kitchen is not hidden in the rear of the property. Sandwiched between a family room at the back and a casual-dining space at the front, the open-plan space is certainly the heart of this home. With cabinets sporting a warm gray and countertops in creamy tumbled-stone tiles, the spot offers an updated French Country vibe. Thanks to that open plan, cooks have an easy sightline through the family room to the large outdoor deck, lawn and forest beyond. Another sunny room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; visitors will love the light here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; waits opposite a center hall from the kitchen. Lined by white wood paneling and bookshelves, the space could be a library or a formal dining room. Or, with a little work, Russell pointed out, owners could

install a firstfloor bedroom suite, thanks to plumbing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already in place behind a wall here. Upstairs, four bedrooms wait on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second level. All offer ample natural light through singlepane windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; another contemporary riff on this propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colonial bones. A warm red-walled master bedroom offers double closets and a good amount of square footage. An alcove behind the spot where most residents would locate a bed is fitted with lighting, making it good display space as well as a helpful way to read in bed. The room is open to the master bathroom, which showcases a clawfoot tub but also features a walk-in shower. More live-edge wood acts as a sink surround here; the warm material works well with the porcelain and metal finishes in the room. A hall bath serves the other bedrooms and features a tumbled-stone





tile lining a shower-tub combo. With five bedrooms in the home, buyers who can afford to sacrifice one may be interested in extending the master suite to incorporate the smallest bedroom on this floor. It was once a dressing room for the master suite and could be again; hook-ups are in place for a stacked washer and dryer. A top level is carpeted and open to possibilities. As-is, the spot could be a playroom, home office or more. With a little effort, anything could work here. The bottom levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fieldstone fireplace is centered in a family room that opens to a back terrace.

That space is separated by a fence from a parking pad, which is only one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking options; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a circular drive in front. Back inside, this level is also home to a room that can be easily used as a bedroom, a full kitchen and bath, a laundry room and a storage area. The space can easily be a hangout area for a large family, an in-law suite or both. This five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 3310 Idaho Ave. is offered for $1,193,310. For more information, contact Elizabeth Russell of Long & Foster Real Estate at 202966-2598 or elizabeth.russell@

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ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 29 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Tom Birch absent, to support revised plans before the Old Georgetown Board for expanding Dumbarton Oaks, 1700 Wisconsin Ave. Designers reduced the height of the building by moving mechanical equipment from the roof to the basement and made other design changes, which reduced opposition from neighbors. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to raise no objection to the Old Georgetown Board about a bay window at First Cash Jewelry and Loan, 1726 Wisconsin Ave. The window would fill in an existing planter. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to raise no objection to the Old Georgetown Board about a rear addition at 1235 35th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to raise concerns to the Old Georgetown Board about the height of a fence built without a permit at 3100 P St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to request that owners of 2908 Dumbarton St. seek a compromise with their neighbors over a rear addition that the neighbors consider too modern. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to request that Five Guys reconsider the material of its proposed awning at 1335 Wisconsin Ave. and redesign its signage to have its name appear fewer times. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to support the Oct. 15 Kidney Walk, a morning event that will follow K Street from Sequoia Restaurant to the Capital Crescent Trail without requiring road closures. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Ed Solomon and Tom Birch absent, to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a rear addition behind three businesses in the 1300 block of Wisconsin Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to withdraw their opposition to a liquor license at Malmaison, 3401 K St. The restaurant has negotiated a voluntary agreement with neighbors, said commissioner Bill Starrels. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to raise no objection to the Old Georgetown Board about a roof deck for 2907 Q St. The deck would be invisible from the street, its architect said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the Old Georgetown Board oppose an apartment above a garage at 3254 O St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support plans for Washington Harbour to renovate its plaza area to accommodate an ice rink. The commissioners asked that the Old Georgetown Board closely review some elements of the planned design, though. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the Old Georgetown Board oppose a four-story rear addition at 3429 M St.

Citizens Association of Georgetown

I would like to update you on the Georgetown University campus plan proceedings. Following the presentations by the advisory neighborhood commissions, various citizens associations and individual witnesses in opposition to the campus plan, the case before the D.C. Zoning Commission ground to a halt on June 20. The D.C. Department of Transportation found the transportation plan submitted by the university to be inadequate for the second time, and the university was granted a continuance to Nov. 17 to submit a revised transportation plan and its rebuttal arguments. In presenting our case, our principal argument was that to deal with the persistent and widespread problems of student noise, trash and misconduct, the university needs to house its undergraduate students on the main campus or at a satellite campus. Our community has been impacted adversely by students living in group houses. In addition, Georgetown needs to limit its growth in graduate enrollment unless and until it provides graduate housing, because the number of students residing in and traveling through West Georgetown and Burleith is threatening the viability of those neighborhoods. After rebuffing the communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; demands for relief, the university has filed with the Zoning Commission a number of proposals in an attempt to address our objections to the campus plan. While its proposals are welcome and steps in the right direction, they are totally inadequate to deal with the multiple problems the university has created during the last 20 years by enrolling many more students than it houses. For example, the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to house an additional 250 undergraduate students, probably in the Leavey Center hotel on campus, addresses a small percentage of the appropriately 1,700 undergraduates living within zip code 20007, primarily in West Georgetown and Burleith. It does not come close to satisfying community demands that the university house most of its undergraduates on campus. And the university is also still proposing to increase graduate enrollment by almost 1,000 students over current levels without providing any housing. Finally, the university proposed in June a number of minor tweaks to its existing off-campus student life programs. They include attempting to hire additional off-duty police officers to patrol West Georgetown and Burleith, implementing a new daily trash pickup in student-centric areas, and providing more follow-up on resident complaints. The university has stated it will implement these programs by September, and we expect the university to contend Nov. 17 that these steps eliminate the need to provide more student housing. Let us know at whether you think these new off-campus student life initiatives address the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serious concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the Old Georgetown Board oppose a planned condominium at Grace Street and Cecil Place. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013;  Glover Park/Cathedral heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  update on the advisory neighborhood commission redistricting process. â&#x2013;  update on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking initiative. â&#x2013;  open forum. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3D 3D ANC Spring Valley â&#x2013;  spring valley/wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades/kent/foxhall The commission will meet at 7

p.m. Sept. 7 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by Brenda Barber of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on recommendations for the cleanup of 4825 Glenbrook Road. â&#x2013;  update by Jerry Price of Sibley Memorial Hospital, on the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master plan. â&#x2013;  presentation by American University on the planned North Hall dormitory, the subject of a further-processing application filed with the Zoning Commission on July 19. â&#x2013;  discussion of a resolution on the taxation of non-D.C. municipal bonds. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application for 2507 Foxhall Road. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to allow a twostory addition at 5133 Sherier Place. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Al Forno Pizzeria and Trattoria, 3201 New Mexico Ave., for a restaurantclass license. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit

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and brick building Cohen showed in renderings was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ugliest thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bad architectural design when you have a building turn its back on the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he told Cohen later in the meeting, criticizing the main entrance for opening to an alley instead of the street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essentially saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not part of you.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;turning your back,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I hear you. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to work with my architect on that,â&#x20AC;? Cohen replied. Other aspects of the design, he said, came from meetings with the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the parent organization of the Old Georgetown Board

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dents to create districts almost from scratch in some areas. Kahlow said the group ensured that most districts have between 1,900 and 2,100 residents and avoided placing two current commissioners in the same district. The eight group members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a George Washington University community affairs representative â&#x20AC;&#x201D; collectively offered 13 individual redistricting plans, evaluated each and selected and slightly modified one, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The good thing is we were able to talk about all the issues and reach agreement, which is a little unusual,â&#x20AC;? said Kahlow.


From Page 1 planned, residents could walk to and from concerts and shows into the park and then to restaurants and shops in Georgetown. More broadly, bikers and hikers will be able to travel uninterrupted the 225 miles from the western terminus of the C&O Canal, through the new park, across the terrace of Washington Harbour and on to trails taking them to Hains Point or across the river into Virginia. Already, the first phase of the park, which opened in October 2008, seems popular with visitors. On a recent languorous late-summer day, the grassy stretch from Key Bridge to Wisconsin Avenue was populated by joggers, parents with strollers, children on tiny bikes trying to follow a circular labyrinth, and a group of drummers. Other visitors simply gazed at kayaks and crew shells from a bench whose sloping granite back also depicts the rowing teams that have long frequented that section of the Potomac. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was mobbed on the Fourth of July,â&#x20AC;? said vom Eigen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sit out there at lunch, and see men in business suits going through the labyrinth.â&#x20AC;? The last phase, from Wisconsin Avenue east to Washington Harbour, is now surrounded by chain link

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where he was asked to model the design on the Georgetown Safeway. Thomas Luebke, secretary of the Fine Arts Commission, said Willco representatives asked to have their project removed from last Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explain why. Cohen didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to messages. In addition to Old Georgetown Board approval, Willco will need Board of Zoning Adjustment exemptions to bring the front and side of the building closer to the property line than allowed, and to provide none of the four required parking spaces on site. At last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, several residents said leasing four spaces from a private garage would be insufficient for a seven-unit building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The parking is impossible on that street,â&#x20AC;? said one neighbor. Cohen said there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t room

The Foggy Bottom/West End redistricting group will hold a public hearing on its proposal at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 258 of Duques Hall, 2201 G St., on the George Washington campus. In Dupont, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor said the biggest issue was what appeared to be errors in the census data, which put dozens of residents inside parkland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing you can do, so my SMD has 311 people living in Dupont Circle [park],â&#x20AC;? he said. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population grew overall by only 249 residents since 2000, and no proposed boundary shifted more than a block. None of the three commissions is recommending that its exterior boundaries change. The D.C. Council must adopt new districts by the end of the year. construction fences, which will come down before the grand opening. Last-minute work includes a minor fix to the fountain: laying a temporary mat to make the slightly irregular surface compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A permanent fix will come later, vom Eigen said. Speakers at the opening are expected to include relatives of former Sen. Charles Percy, R-Ill., who as the first head of the Georgetown Waterfront Commission spearheaded the design and fundraising for the 10-acre park, the largest national park created in the District since Constitution Gardens opened in 1976. The National Park Service issued draft plans for the waterfront park in 1985, but funding troubles, arguments over design, and an 11th-hour hitch over power supplies delayed completion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were off and running by the 1990s. Then it took forever,â&#x20AC;? said vom Eigen, who launched a more aggressive fundraising effort after being asked to head the Friends group in 2006. The second and final phase cost $11.2 million, with the District, private donors and the Park Service all chipping in. The Friends group is still raising money for maintenance and other needs. The grand-opening ceremony will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Avenue plaza off K Street. It will be open to all.

to build a garage under the property. Michele Jacobson, who lives near the site on Cecil Place, said the project should be smaller and use cues from nearby buildings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people were fine with the concept of the use; they were fine with the development,â&#x20AC;? Jacobson said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They figured that was inevitable. But the concern was particularly about the massiveness of the building on the site and the impact it would have on the narrow streets.â&#x20AC;? Bill Starrels, the neighborhood commissioner whose single-member district includes the parcel, agreed that Willco was simply trying to squeeze too much development onto a tiny lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The building site would be better suited for either a few town houses or a smaller building that would be a more effec-

FASHION From Page 5

compete in various activities to score the ultimate Georgetown wedding package. Fashionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night Out is a local offshoot of the global shopping event created in New York City in 2009, by Vogue Magazine, the Council for Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the city government to celebrate fashion while helping to boost the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial condition. The event expanded in 2010 to include over 100 cities in 15 countries. The Georgetown Business Improvement District brought the event to the M Street and Wisconsin area last year to increase the visibility of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique shops and to promote the area as a retail destination. About 80 shops participated in the D.C. debut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The spirit of Fashionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night Out is to give a boost to retailers in

tive use of the space involved,â&#x20AC;? Starrels told Cohen at the meeting. In a subsequent interview, Starrels said Cohen didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the commission why he skipped the Old Georgetown Board meeting. But Starrels said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the plans were ready for prime time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing about the project seemed to fit the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Starrels said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay any homage to the historic nature of that section of Georgetown, the scale of that section of Georgetown, the parking needs of that section of Georgetown.â&#x20AC;? Neighborhood commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the Old Georgetown Board reject the plans as presented. Luebke said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear when Willco will return to the board or whether the firm will bring revised plans.

this economic downturn â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big event for our neighborhood and it fit the bill to include every [business improvement district] member,â&#x20AC;? said Nancy Miyahira, the business districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While it is a fashion event, any retailer that wants to participate can. This year we have home furnishing and interior design boutiques participating.â&#x20AC;? There is also a charitable element to the event: All participating retailers will sell T-shirts and tote bags with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Fashionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night Outâ&#x20AC;? logo, with 100 percent of proceeds going to local nonprofit Labels for Love. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event raised more than $6,000 for the charity, which was founded by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Housewives of D.C.â&#x20AC;? cast member Mary Amons. Labels for Love raises money for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s causes by promoting fashion and art events. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceeds will support actor Fran Drescherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization Cancer Schmancer, which increases aware-

ness about womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cancers. Amons will also be modeling clothes during Fashionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night Out, at a fashion show at Citronelle on M Street, starting at 8 p.m. Her daughter Lolly will be participating at the consignment shop where she works, Ella-Rue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a native Washingtonian, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m passionate about local, independent retailers, and I want to see them grow and succeed in D.C.,â&#x20AC;? said Amons. Allison Wylder, who manages the M29 Lifestyle boutique at the Four Seasons Hotel, also participated last year and is looking forward to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a night where everyone can have fun, show support for local retailers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and build a sense of community in Georgetown.â&#x20AC;? For more information, go to fashionsnightoutgeorgetowndc. com. Information about Labels for Love can be found at labelsforlove. org.

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From Page 6 thought.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Now sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrilled to be taking on retail. When doors open today, customers will be able to pick up cold soups from the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fridge, or buy hot soups and sit at one of her 25 seats. The shop will start with two soups and one salad per day, and it will also serve fresh

bread, pita chips and brownies. Importantly for existing customers, Soupergirl will continue its deliveries: Soup lovers who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it to 314 Carroll St. NW can place orders at for delivery the following week in most of D.C., as well as some parts of Maryland and Virginia, or for pickup at one of nine locations. Soupergirl will be open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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week. The hospital, George Washington University and the numerous nearby office buildings are the reasons for the quick-grab focus of the new store. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an emphasis on both creating easy lunch options and enabling shoppers to pick up dinner on the way home without hassle. In the meat department, for instance, Joe Wood says the store is working on developing a system that would allow customers to pay for their cut at lunch and then pick it up after work. The counter already has a system for custom dry-age orders: Spy a piece you like, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put your name on it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Despite the focus on quick and easy, the Foggy Bottom store is a full-service grocery, and though smaller than suburban shops, it carries all that an average cook will need. The meat department is extensive, as is the fish counter, and the shop also sells beer and wine. The bulk section here includes bins of snack items like rice crackers, and nearby is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whole Bodyâ&#x20AC;? department, featuring toiletries and serve-yourself bath salts (good gifts for visiting the hospital, the staff notes). Two final features might be familiar to those who have trolled the chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area stores: a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cartalatorâ&#x20AC;? (also

Friday. Polon plans to eventually add later evening and Sunday hours, but she will remain closed on Saturdays. And will Polon get to rest on the Sabbath? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one day I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set my alarm. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say that.â&#x20AC;? But she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have much time to rest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been more than full-time for three and a half years,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still have things on my to-do list from 2008.â&#x20AC;?

at the Rockville store) that transports your shopping cart from first floor to second, and a checkout system (also featured in Friendship Heights) in which a screen tells you when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your turn. Getting there can be trickier. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free 90-minute parking for shoppers, but you must enter a parking garage from 22nd Street, drive down to level P3, and then enter a separate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Whole Foodsdesignated section. Bring the ticket to the register for validation. Whole Foods might prefer you walk or bike, anyway: The store is setting up bicycle racks outside, and its front door practically opens into the Foggy Bottom Metro station. The store has other eco chops as well: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first D.C. supermarket to win GreenChill certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. The honor indicates its efforts to â&#x20AC;&#x153;reduce harmful refrigerant emissions and decrease â&#x20AC;Ś impact on the ozone layer and climate change,â&#x20AC;? according to an email from the agency. The Foggy Bottom store received a gold-level award, meaning it will prevent â&#x20AC;&#x153;about 75 percent of the refrigerant emissions of a typical U.S. supermarket.â&#x20AC;? Whole Foods also plans to donate many of its unsold products to nearby Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, which provides meals and support services to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeless population.


memorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A 7:30 p.m. concert and ceremony on Friday will be the first public event at the Cathedral, which will reopen for daily tours on Monday. The safety netting will remain in place until engineers can inspect the 102-foot-high ceiling up close, and a fence restricts access to much of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior. Reporters invited to tour the building last week were asked to wear hard hats. Officials said the difficulty of accessing the naveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceiling means the inspection probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take place until after the Christmas season, when scaffolding can be constructed. Engineers already went over the lower ceilings â&#x20AC;&#x153;inch by inchâ&#x20AC;? and checked the higher ceiling with binoculars and a spotlight, said chief stonemason Joe Alonso. Mortar that fell was likely already loose, and no additional pieces appear to have fallen since the netting was strung, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see anything serious at all,â&#x20AC;? Alonso said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no big cracks that appeared, or any big stones about to come down. The little bits of mortar in the joints are a concern, of course; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having this debris netting strung across the nave to catch any further debris pieces that may be dislodged and would come down.â&#x20AC;? It was the outside of the Cathedral

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its high, decorative towers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that suffered damage, not the structure of the building, said Alonso, likening the earthquakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effect on the towers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;cracking a whip.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really can picture the Cathedral, that energy coming up through these massive walls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and of course theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to move,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But on the outside

â??We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see anything serious at all.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chief stonemason Joe Alonso youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got all these pinnacles and embellishments, and whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that energy going?â&#x20AC;? Officials said that the cost of the damage hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been calculated. But it will undoubtedly cost millions of dollars and take many years to restore the Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s damaged towers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including both decorative and structural elements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to their original form, they said. The building was not insured for earthquake damage and, as a religious institution, cannot receive public funding. Residents of the Cathedral Court Condominium, across Wisconsin Avenue from the Cathedral, are hosting a happy-hour fundraiser for the Cathedral from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Cactus Cantina, 3330 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The Cathedral â&#x20AC;&#x153;will count on the kindness of people across the country to help rebuild the building,â&#x20AC;? said Geller.






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Wednesday september 7 Class â&#x2013; A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  Singer, guitarist and songwriter J Mascis will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Hand Painted Swinger. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Frederick Starr, chair of the School of Advanced International Studies Center AsiaCaucasus Institute, and Baktybek Berhimov, former member of Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7721. â&#x2013;  A series on heroic adventure in Western literature, led by Georgetown University resident scholar in fine arts and theology Ori Z. Soltes, will feature a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gilgamesh Epic.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Joe Allen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;People Wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Made to Burn: A True Story of Housing, Race, and Murder in Chicago.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Hannes Androsch will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Austria: Past, Present and Future.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776.

â&#x2013; Susan McCorkindale will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-965-9880. â&#x2013;  Washington Post reporter Dana Priest will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by local author Mark Stein on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Film â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Olga Maleaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orgasm.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  The multi-instrumental duo The Sweater Set and swing band Shotgun Party will join circus performers Katie Balloons and Mab Just Mab for a circus-themed night of entertainment. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Los Angeles Dodgers. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8

Thursday september 8 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on a Discovery Hike along the Woodland Trail in search of signs of animals. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.


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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013; The Rhythm Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Music Abroad series will feature the Kate McGarry Quartet (shown) performing jazz, at 6 p.m.; and Oscar Williams Jr. and the Band of Life performing gospel, at 7:15 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Maria Damanaki, maritime and fisheries commissioner for the European Union, will discuss efforts to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6635786. â&#x2013;  Marvin Kalb (shown) and Deborah Kalb will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Ray Allen, professor of music and American studies at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Lost City Ramblers and Folk Music Authenticity.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  Jack W. Curran, president of LED Transformations, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;LED Lighting: A Clash of Cultures.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religion and the American-Muslim Community Post-9/11â&#x20AC;? will feature John L. Esposito, professor at Georgetown University and founding director of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University; Linda Moreno, attorney; Arsalan Iftikhar, founding managing editor of The Crescent Post; and Karen Armstrong, author. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fourth floor, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Arame Tall, a doctoral student in the School of Advanced International Studies African Studies Program, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Political Uprisings in Senegal: Insights, Contexts and the Way Forward.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Room 417, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5626. â&#x2013;  John Harper, professor of American for-

Martin: Painting Big.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770.

Friday, september 9 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Roberto Hidalgo will perform works by ChĂĄvez, Copland, Bernstein, de la Falla and Chopin. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. eign policy and European studies at the School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cold War.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5626. â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery educator Miriam Szubin will discuss Nancy Reagan. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk on Jacob Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Picture: Lawrence as Storyteller.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art curator of modern and contemporary art Harry Cooper will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Color Blast: Morris Louis at the Phillips.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  Sacha Z. Scoblic will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning and other panelists will discuss how â&#x20AC;&#x153;big box retailâ&#x20AC;? is affecting D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning, land use, transportation and economic policies. 6:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Thomas L. Friedman (shown) and Michael Mandelbaum will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;That Used to Be Us.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Artist Chris Martin will discuss his artistic process, myriad inspirations and preparations leading up to the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chris

Films â&#x2013; The American Repertoire series will feature John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1941 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Maltese Falcon.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The DC Shorts Film Festival will open with a screening of nine films, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;After-School Special,â&#x20AC;? based on a Neil LaBute script about a seemingly innocent teacher who spurns a potential suitor; â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Was the One,â&#x20AC;? about memories of a loved one killed by the falling World Trade Center; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spiral Transition,â&#x20AC;? about the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolving relationship with his mother as he transitions genders. 7 p.m. $13.50 to $16.50. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The festival will continue through Sept. 18 at various venues. â&#x2013;  The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film will present the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunch Line,â&#x20AC;? about the national school lunch program. A post-screening discussion will feature former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, nutritionist Margo Wootan and filmmaker Michael Graziano, among others. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Code Pink DC will present the Al Jazeera documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shouting in the Dark,â&#x20AC;? about the uprisings in the island kingdom of Bahrain. 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performance â&#x2013;  The Local Dance Commissioning Project will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hammock,â&#x20AC;? a collaborative work that uses movement, text and an original sound design to examine notions of rest and restlessness in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will continue Friday at 6 p.m. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead an all-ages nature hike in Montrose Park and point out early signs of autumn. 10 a.m. Free. Montrose Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of the oldest house in the District. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A Smithsonian horticulturist will lead a tour of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victory Gardenâ&#x20AC;? and discuss some of the plants there. 1 p.m. Free. Welcome desk, Constitution Avenue entrance, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. The tour will repeat Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9

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Continued From Page 26 ture the Greg Hatza ORGANization. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Washington National Cathedral and the Pentagon Memorial Fund will present a performance of Brahms’ “Requiem” in honor of the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, their families, emergency responders and the military personnel who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2300. ■ Violinist Eva Steinschaden and pianist Alexander Vavtar will perform works by Beethoven, Furrer, Schmidinger and Brahms. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. ■ Azalea City Recordings’ 15th Anniversary Celebration Showcase will feature Hoag/Kelley/Pilzer, Laura Baron, Carey Creed, Jesse Palidofsky and Ruthie and the Wranglers Duo. 7:30 p.m. $15. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ A panel discussion on the “10th Anniversary of 9/11” will feature Lynn Spencer, author of “Touching History: The Untold Story of Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11”; Rick Newman, co-author of “Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11”; and Jim Dwyer, co-author of “102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss “The Obama Administration’s Evolving Approach to International Democracy Support.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 200,

Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8706677. ■ A lecture series on the philosophical thought of Martin Heidegger will feature a talk on “Rethinking Difference” by Daniel Dahlstrom, professor of philosophy at Boston University. 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. ■ Jim Woodring will discuss his graphic novel “Congress of the Animals.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Lori Waselchuk will discuss her book “Grace Before Dying: Connecting Communities Inside and Outside Prison Walls.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Film ■ “Moving Perspectives: Selected by Hale Tenger” will feature Steve McQueen’s 2008 film “Hunger,” about the 1981 hunger strike in Belfast’s Maze Prison. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Performances ■ “The U.S. Army’s Spirit of America,” featuring more than 300 active-duty soldiers from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, will feature historical re-enactments, musical entertainment and precision military drills. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature a performance by magician Alain Nu. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. ■ “Nine on the Ninth,” hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will an open-mic poetry reading. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the

Friday, September 9 ■ Performance: The Washington Concert Opera will present Verdi’s “Attila,” starring John Relyea (shown) and Brenda Harris. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $100. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Houston Astros. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Saturday september 10 Book sale ■ Books Plus and the Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Library will hold their annual fall used-book sale. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Plaza, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-6834. Classes and workshops ■ Shawn Walker and Priscilla Bocskor of Casey Trees will lead a “Trees 101” class, featuring a foundation in tree anatomy, tree identification and the benefits of an urban

forest. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. ■ Scientists and researchers from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory will discuss “Exploring Cosmic Mysteries.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ Amy Brecount White, author of the novel “Forget-Her-Nots,” will demonstrate how to enliven communication skills using the Victorian language of flowers. 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Concerts ■ Musicians Dawn Avery, Johnny Whitehorse, Larry Mitchell and Steven Alvarez will perform contemporary and traditional Native music, sung in both English and Mohawk. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “A Concert to Heal” will feature Sweet Honey in the Rock (shown), Ocho de Bastos and the Humayun Khan Ensemble performing popular music that encourages interfaith understanding across cultures and generations. 1 p.m. Free; tickets required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2300. ■ Washington National Opera’s DomingoCafritz Young Artists will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926

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Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. ■ Vocal Arts DC will present bass-baritone Eric Owens (shown) and pianist Craig Rutenberg performing works by Wolf, Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc, Ravel and Wagner. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Ehsan Khaje Amiri will perform. 8 p.m. $49 to $99. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Discussions and lectures ■ Collectors Tim and Penny Hays will share their collection of Manastir prayer kilims. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ William Meredith, director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, will discuss “What the Autograph Can Tell Us: Beethoven’s Sonata in E Major, opus 109.” Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ David W. Blight will discuss his book “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era,” at 1 p.m.; Pamela Constable will discuss her book “Playing With Fire: Pakistan at War With Itself,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker will discuss their book “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Expo ■ The Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Expo will feature runway fashion shows, makeovers and information on design and style trends. Noon to 6 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Festivals ■ The 19th annual Arts on Foot festival See Events/Page 28


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Continued From Page 27 will feature an arts and crafts market, a theater showcase, commemorative activities to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and musical and dance performances by Flo Anito, Christylez Bacon, The Sweater Set, Elikeh, Fela!, Four Star Combo, Glorious Sounds, On a Sensual Note and Stacy Brooks Music. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. 8th and F streets NW and adjoining blocks. The festival will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. â&#x2013; The 22nd annual Glover Park Day will feature a flea market, bocce ball, a dog obstacle course, a team tug of war contest, food from local restaurants, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and live music by Esther Haynes and Hokum Jazz, The Unforgiven, Boxcartel with Jeff Blakeman and Pat Kehs, The Unknowns and Upper Ninth Ward. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking at 9/11 in Filmsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Allen Coulterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember Me,â&#x20AC;? starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin, at 11:30 a.m.; and Mike Binderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reign Over Me,â&#x20AC;? starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, at 2 p.m. Free.

Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013; The National Archives will present George Sidneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Harvey Girls,â&#x20AC;? starring Judy Garland as a mail-order bride who decides to work in one of Fred Harveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous railroad station restaurants. Noon. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden: Ireland and Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature John Saylesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret of Roan Inish.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Polish Quartet: Jerzy Skolimowski in the 1960sâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barrier.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special events â&#x2013;  Spiritual teachers will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weekend of Peace, Compassion and Forgiveness,â&#x20AC;? featuring meditation, teachings, films and conversation. 10 a.m. $65. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. The event will continue Sunday.

p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-2622083. Sporting event â&#x2013; The inaugural Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Football Classic will feature Howard University and Morehouse College renewing their historic rivalry. 3:30 p.m. $15 to $60. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-3977328.

Sunday, september 11 â&#x2013; Concert: Blues guitarist and vocalist Eleanor Ellis, a founding member of the D.C. Blues Society, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Washington International Church will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a celebration of thanksgiving and praise, followed by an international banquet provided by members of the congregation. 2 p.m. Free. Washington International Church, 4420 River Road NW. 202-895-9060. The festivities will continue Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will host a Video Game Day (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5

Walks and tours â&#x2013; Architecture Week 2011, sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, will feature a biking tour of three of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new libraries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the recently reopened Tenley-Friendship and Watha T. Daniel-Shaw branches, and the stillunder-construction Mount Pleasant branch. 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $10; reservations required. Meet at Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Architecture Week activities will continue through Sept. 23 at various locations. â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 12:30 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tragedy on the Canalâ&#x20AC;? walking tour, about tragic events that have haunted the C&O Canal since its

very beginnings. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. â&#x2013; U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Olling will lead a tour of the National Garden, focusing on trees and shrubs of the midAtlantic region. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a half-mile stroll to the Francis Scott Key Memorial while discussing the life and legacy of the author of the national anthem. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. Sunday, Sept. 11

Sunday september 11 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Ages 5 and older will listen to a story about activist CĂŠsar ChĂĄvez and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Semifinalists in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition will perform. 1 to 4 p.m. Free; tickets required. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Choralis will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a performance of choral and instrumental music, including the premiere of Washington composer Gary Davisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadow Tidesâ&#x20AC;? and works by Barber, Bach and Lauridsen. 4 p.m. $25 to $40; $5 for students; free for ages 12 and younger. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 703-237-2499. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly See Events/Page 29           

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Continued From Page 28 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 Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic event for singer/songwriters. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature Washington Post columnist David Ignatius discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Decade Since 9/11/2001.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Author Karen Armstrong will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Call to Compassionâ&#x20AC;? as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faithâ&#x20AC;? series. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Charles Kurzman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Charles C. Mann will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;1493: Uncovering the World Columbus Created,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Scholar Ann Marie Moeller will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kimono and Green: The Color of Gods and Youth.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden: Ireland and Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Joe Comerfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down the Corner,â&#x20AC;? about five teenage boys in a suburb of Dublin. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Lens 2011â&#x20AC;? will feature Sidharth Srinivasanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul of Sand,â&#x20AC;? about a watchman and his wife who are trapped in their tyrannical landlordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schemes. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Polish Quartet: Jerzy Skolimowski in the 1960sâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hands Up!â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  A screening of Jim Whitakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirthâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on Sept. 11, 2001, and the evolution of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. 5:45 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel and ages 12 and younger. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery will host a screening of Jim Whitakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirth.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Dalai Lamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Compassion in Emptiness.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Open house â&#x2013;  The Washington Studio School will host


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Hall, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The Shenzhen Lily Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blossoms From Around the World,â&#x20AC;? a program of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choral music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, september 11 â&#x2013; Festival: Adams Morgan Main Street will host the 33rd annual Adams Morgan Day Festival, featuring food, arts and crafts, a green pavilion, live music and dance performances. Noon to 7 p.m. Free. 18th Street between Columbia Road and Florida Avenue NW. 202-232-1960.

NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013; A park ranger and his dog will lead an all-ages hike along portions of the Western Ridge Trail. Leashed dogs are welcome. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Paul Farmer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haiti After the Earthquake.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. $30 to $50; $22.50 for students. Amphitheater, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. hooksbooksevents. â&#x2013;  In the first of two lectures, military historian and analyst Ehud Eilam will discuss Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national defense strategy and military doctrine, focusing on 1948 to 1967. Noon to 1:45 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. The lecture series will continue Sept. 19 at noon. â&#x2013;  Artist Tomas RivĂĄs will discuss his work in conversation with Faya Causey, head of academic programs for the National Gallery of Art. 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

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â&#x2013; Ralph Nader, Mike German and Bruce Fein will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;10 Years Later: 9/11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lessons Learned.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of the American Democracy will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truth and Freedomâ&#x20AC;? by Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  William M. Adler will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  George Pelecanos will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cut.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase D.C. Library Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experimentâ&#x20AC;? by A.J. Jacobs. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space as Artistic Inspirationâ&#x20AC;? will feaSee Events/Page 30

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Monday september 12 Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature jazz musician Greg Abate. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Les Petits Chanteurs and Chamber Orchestra, a vocal choir of 30 boys and seven-piece string ensemble from Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holy Trinity Music School, will perform Haitian folk and sacred music. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Flag


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Continued From Page 29 ture Tom Crouch, curator of the National Air and Space Museum, and Jim Dean and Bert Ulrich, the past and current directors of NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art program. 7 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking at the Other: Cultural Dialogue Through Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Pakistanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Living Amongst the Dead,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Match Factor,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fading Strokes,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices From Pakistan: Pakistani Perspectives on a Blasphemous Situationâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Garden in Shigar.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Performance â&#x2013;  Jeff Allin and Naomi Jacobson will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Halves of a Circle: Ronald and Nancy Reagan.â&#x20AC;? about the Reagansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relationship. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Wine tasting â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101â&#x20AC;? series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour de Franceâ&#x20AC;? with sommelier Philippe Marchal. 7 p.m. $75. La

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Tuesday september 13 Book signing â&#x2013; George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-1000. Class â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Harbour Kids concert series will feature Mr. Knick Knack. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  Brazilian musician Marcelo Jeneci will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Tuesday, september 13 â&#x2013; Discussion: Journalist, author and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; American University professor Gershon Greenberg will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rethinking the Canon of Modern Jewish Thought.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. African and Middle Eastern Division

Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3680. â&#x2013; Artist Peter Waddell will discuss the paintings in the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Artist Visits the White House Past: The Paintings of Peter Waddell.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-8292. The talk will repeat weekly through Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Executive Conference Room, seventh floor, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Center for Inquiry will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Thomas Jefferson and JFK to Mitt Romney and Rick Perry: How Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Politicians Have Lost Their Way on Church and Stateâ&#x20AC;? by Jamie Raskin, a Maryland state senator and American University constitutional law professor. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A new group for comic lovers will dis-

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pper Middle,â&#x20AC;? featuring largescale landscape paintings of the upper Midwestern United States by native Washingtonian Ben Ferry, will open today at Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lucille and Richard Spagnuolo Gallery and continue through Oct. 16. An opening reception will take place

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today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Located in the lobby of the Walsh Building at 1221 36th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natural Selection,â&#x20AC;? presenting drawings by Amy Lin and sculpture by Paul Wolff inspired by nature, will open today at the Heurich Gallery and continue through Dec. 7. An opening reception will take place today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Located at 505 9th St. NW, the gallery is

open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to it through Oct. 22. 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 201, 202-223-1626. the gallery is open Wednesday through â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Left Behind (ZurĂźckgelassen): Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. Photographs by Friederike Brandenburg,â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Gallery plan b will open an exhibit Friday highlighting imagery by the of paintings by Virginia artist German photographer that Kevin H. Adams and continfocuses on human traces left ue it through Oct. 16. behind in nature, will open An opening reception will tomorrow at the Goethetake place Saturday from 6 Institut and continue to 8 p.m. through Nov. 4. Located at 1530 14th St. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will NW, the gallery is open take place tomorrow from 6 Wednesday through Saturday to 8 p.m., for which reservafrom noon to 7 p.m. and tions are requested. Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Located at 812 7th St. 202-234-2711. NW, the institute is open â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;7.4.11, Photographs by Monday through Thursday Facing Change: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hameticâ&#x20AC;? is part of an from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Documenting America,â&#x20AC;? exhibit at Project 4 of work highlighting photographs by Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-289-1200, ext. 163. the photojournalist collective by Ellington Robinson. â&#x2013;  Curatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office will about the ways in which open â&#x20AC;&#x153;elsewhere,â&#x20AC;? featuring sculpture and Americans celebrated this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fourth of new works on paper by Joseph Dumbacher July, will open Friday with a reception from and John Dumbacher, on Friday and continue 6 to 8 p.m. at Carroll Square Gallery and

Ben Ferryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the Harvest, North Dakota Wheatfieldâ&#x20AC;? is on display at Georgetown University. continue through Nov. 18. Located at 975 F St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5601. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellington Robinson: In Quest of the Sun,â&#x20AC;? presenting new works by Columbia Heights artist Robinson that explore the ways by which people reach their physical locations and socioeconomic stations in life, will open Friday at Project 4 and continue through Oct. 15. See Exhibits/Page 38

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The centerpiece of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lincoln Legacy Projectâ&#x20AC;? and a co-production with Theater J, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradeâ&#x20AC;? is based on the true story of Leo Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trial and lynching in early 20th-century Atlanta. Ostracized for his faith and Northern heritage, Jewish factory manager Frank is accused of murFordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre will stage the Washington premiere of the musical dering a teenaged factory girl the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradeâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 23 through Oct. 30. day of the annual Confederate â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mandrake,â&#x20AC;? a young scholar â&#x2013; GALA Hispanic Theatre will Memorial Day parade. Isolated named Callimaco returns to present â&#x20AC;&#x153;ÂĄAy, Carmela!â&#x20AC;? Sept. 15 from the world, Frank develops a Florence in the early 1500s in through Oct. 9. new and deeper love for his wife, Carmela and Paulino, a vaudewho crusades tirelessly for his free- search of a legendary beauty named Lucrezia. The only problem ville comedy duo, have fallen into dom. is that Lucrezia is married to a dith- the hands of Francoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troops during Performance times vary, but ering old lawyer named Messer the Spanish Civil War. Forced to most begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nicia, who is desparately attemptperform for the fascists, they through Sunday and 2 p.m. rehearse their show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flamenco Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices ing to father a child. With the help songs, the paso doble and bizarre start at $15. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is locat- of a crooked friar, a shameless mother-in-law, some bumbling ser- comedy routines. But as heels and ed at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347vants and a con man named castanets clatter, their own intrigu4833; Liguiro, a twisted web of grotesque ing story unfolds in a riot of black â&#x2013;  Faction of Fools Theatre manipulations humor and ghostly passion. The Company will results in all play will be performed in Spanish present Niccolò parties getting with English surtitles. Machiavelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they want. Performance times are 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Performance Thursday through Saturday and 3 Mandrakeâ&#x20AC;? times are 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $34 to Sept. 15 p.m. Thursday $38. GALA is located at 3333 through Oct. 8 through 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; at Gallaudet Saturday. Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tickets cost â&#x2013;  The Essential Theatre will presElstad In â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mandrake,â&#x20AC;? a young man $20. Gallaudet ent Ella Joyce in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Rose Among Auditorium. Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thorns,â&#x20AC;? a tribute to Rosa Parks, searches for a legendary beauty D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comElstad Sept. 20 through 24 at Mount media dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;arte named Lucrezia. Auditorium is Vernon Place United Methodist theater compalocated at 800 Florida Ave. NE. Church. ny opens its 2011-12 season with a 800-838-3006; classic Italian romantic comedy. In See Theater/Page 38

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Institute of Architecture, will feature a tour of the Embassy of Italy. 3 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. Sept. 14 Wednesday, Wednesday september 14 Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Agustin Lira Trio and Quetzal will perform Chicano music from California. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5404. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature signer Carolyn Malachi. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The Agustin Lira Trio and Quetzal will perform Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, R&B and rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature vocalist Jon Kaplan. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Stephen Fried will discuss his book

Wednesday, september 14 â&#x2013; Discussion: Biographer Meryle Secrest will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worlds Apart: Romaine Brooks and Amedeo Modigliani.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the West.â&#x20AC;? Noon. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunch Bytes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Digital Art & Cultureâ&#x20AC;? will feature a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Copy Culture,â&#x20AC;? about questions about copyright and authorship in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s context. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW.




202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013; Samer Shehata, Jonathan Brown and Heba Raouf will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of Islam in the New Egypt.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Akihito Tanaka of the University of Tokyo and Naoyuki Agawa of Keio University will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japan and the Asian Power Shift.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Voices DCâ&#x20AC;? will feature a panel discussion on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first international contemporary art fair, (e)merge. 6 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The American India Foundation will present a talk by journalist Miranda Kennedy on her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Philosophy Cafe, a monthly discussion group, will feature a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nicomachean Ethics,â&#x20AC;? focusing on Aristotleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views on justice. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Tana Utley, chief technology officer for Caterpillar Inc., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innovation in Construction Technology.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $15 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Christopher Phillips will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constitution CafĂŠ: Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brew for a True Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Jennifer F. Goldsborough will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is American About American Silver?â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Music historian Bobby Horton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs and Stories From the Civil War.â&#x20AC;?



Open house â&#x2013; An open house at American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will spotlight upcoming classes, lectures and study groups. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860.







Films â&#x2013; Women in Film & Video and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will present a discussion with Geena Davis about gender in media and a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thelma and Louiseâ&#x20AC;? 20 years after its release. 6:30 p.m. $65; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The All Roads Film Festival will open with Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullayeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benda Bilili!,â&#x20AC;? about a Congolese band made up of disabled musicians. 7 p.m. $8. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. The festival will continue through Sept. 18 with screenings at various times. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Milos Forman and Petr Formanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Walk Worthwhile.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.





6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Calvin Trillin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Erica Brown will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The BIG Sorry,â&#x20AC;? about what happens when we fail to forgive. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  E.J. Dionne, a syndicated columnist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;God Bless America: Religion and Politics in the United States Today.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-362-4433.










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An artist’s reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. ■ “Vessel,” highlighting abstract works that address the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will open Friday at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and continue through Oct. 17. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. ■ “Kabakov,” featuring scale models, drawings and schematics for various humanitarian projects by Ukrainian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, will open Saturday with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hemphill. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 29. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601. ■ Conner Contemporary Art will

explore the question “Is Realism Relevant?” by opening three shows Saturday of new paintings by Erik Thor Sandberg, Nathaniel Rogers and Katie Miller. The exhibits will continue through Oct. 22. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. ■ “Contemporary Painting: Group

Mary H. Lynch’s reliefs are on exhibit at Touchstone Gallery. 93-2011,” showcasing works by members of Washington’s Group 93, opened yesterday in the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda and will continue through Oct. 9. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Located on the campus of American University at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-885-1300.

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Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $45. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 800-838-3006; ■ No Rules Theatre Co. will present Diana Son’s drama “Stop Kiss” Sept. 7 through Oct. 1 at the H Street Playhouse. Holly Twyford, a four-time Helen Hayes Award recipient who appeared in a Woolly Mammoth production of the play in 2000, will make her directorial debut in “Stop Kiss,” which deals with the emotions that lead up to a budding new romance and the repercussions of an act of hate that follows a first kiss. Performance times generally are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25. H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. ■ Studio Theatre will present the U.S. premiere of Alan Bennett’s comedy “The Habit of Art” Sept. 7 through Oct. 16. Deep in the bowels of London’s National Theatre, rehearsals for a new play go apace: Benjamin Britten is having trouble with his latest opera and seeks out his collaborator, poet W.H. Auden, after a 25-year separation. Between visits by a rent boy and a biographer — whom Auden briefly mistakes for the rent boy — these aging artists wrestle with their desires, their jealousies, the ephemeral connection between creativity and inspiration, and all the reasons their friendship fell apart. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $69. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Arena Stage will present Alice Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” Sept. 9 through Oct. 23 in the Kreeger Theater. In this midcentury play, which made author Childress the first woman of color to win an Obie Award, battle lines are drawn within a newly integrated theater company preparing to open a misguided race play on the Great White Way. As personalities and prejudices collide, lead actress Wiletta Mayer has the

■ “Janet Fry Rogers: Silver Reflections and New Drawings,” featuring Rogers’ oxidized-silver and white-gold-leaf compositions and contour drawings of flowers and leaves, opened recently in Thos. Moser’s DC Showroom, where it will continue through Oct. 2. An artist’s reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 3300 M St. NW, the store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-4292. ■ Touchstone Gallery recently opened two shows that will continue through Oct. 2. “The Nature of Joy” presents simple yet sophisticated pastels by Lou Gagnon, inspired by his family’s farm. “Off the Square” highlights Mary H. Lynch’s canvas wall reliefs that translate the landscape of ordinary objects into abstract patterns and grids. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787.

chance to achieve her most glorious dream, but at what cost? Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; along with weekday noon matinees on Oct. 12, 18 and 19. Tickets cost $55 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ The Washington National Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” Sept. 10 through 24 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $55. 202-467-4600; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall will host the Broadway musical “FELA!” Sept. 13 through Oct. 9. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $115. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Theater J is presenting Deb Margolin’s “Imagining Madoff” at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater through Sept. 25. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $45, with certain discounts available. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3230; ■ Arena Stage is offering a summertime run of last year’s hit production of “Oklahoma!” through Oct. 2 in the Fichandler Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $45, with certain discounts available. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of David Ives’ “The Heir Apparent” through Oct. 23 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $95. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122;

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