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Ward 3 ANC redistricting spurs debate

Legislators urge birth control for park’s deer

getting silly

■ Rock Creek: No timetable

for action on overpopulation

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Many Ward 3 residents will likely be represented by a new advisory neighborhood commissioner — and some will find themselves in a new commission altogether — once boundaries shift in response to the 2010 Census. The Ward 3 Redistricting Task Force, a group of 42 community leaders, is now working to reconfigure the boundaries of neighborhood commissions to align with new population data from the census. The group has yet to issue its final recommendation, which is due early next month, but population changes mean that some redrawing is inevitable. By law, each single-member district represented by a different commissioner should have between 1,900 and 2,100 residents as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, and the districts should keep intact the bureau’s own established “tracts” of small groups of residents. At last Thursday’s task force meeting, representatives of different See Redistricting/Page 16

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Three members of Congress have joined the Humane Society of the United States in urging the National Park Service to use immunocontraception to reduce the booming deer population in Rock Creek Park. In an Aug. 31 letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Virginia Rep. James Moran and Maryland

New restaurant poised to move into K Street space By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Saturday’s 22nd annual Glover Park Day attracted large crowds to Guy Mason Recreation Center for children’s activities, food from local restaurants, art and crafts, a community flea market and live music.

‘Highly effective’ teachers earn curtain call By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

At Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, a group of eighth-graders are marching around to the recorded sounds of a symphony. They have their eyes fixed forward. Their chests are puffed out. And their teacher — Señor Eduardo Gamarra — is cheering them on. “¡Muy bien!” he calls out. “¡Excelente!” Gamarra, a humanities teacher at the Adams campus, has asked his students to do their best impressions of homo erectus. Ostensibly, it’s part of a unit on evolution. But Gamarra has another mission in mind. “For them, everything is chang-

NEWS ■ Zoning board OKs Mount Pleasant library expansion. Page 3. ■ Neighbors see lapse in ‘Operation Adams Morgan.’ Page 5.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen called on the Park Service to conduct a pilot project to cull deer using the nonlethal approach. “The HSUS proposal could help inform the approach to deer conflict resolution and serve as an additional model for other national parks and urban communities around the country,” the Democratic legislators wrote. According to Humane Society scientist Stephanie Boyles, immunocontraception is a nonhormonal form of birth control that works by producing antibodies that bind against the egg, thus blocking fertilSee Deer/Page 48

Photo courtesy of D.C. Public Schools

Oyster-Adams’ Eduardo Gamarra will collect a $10,000 award.

ing,” he said. “They need to accept the change and have self-control.” After all, that, too, is evolution.

“In pre-k, they start as a kitten,” he said. “I teach them to be a tiger.” During his 19 years at Adams, Gamarra has become known for lessons that combine Spanish with civility, and humanities with humanity. “My teaching is for the life, not the grade,” said Gamarra. “They must strive for more victories, always.” Now Gamarra is celebrating a victory of his own. On Monday, Gamarra will join hundreds of educators at a ceremony celebrating D.C. Public Schools’ most effective teachers. The Sept. 19 event — called “A Standing Ovation for Teachers” — recognizSee Teachers/Page 16

SPOR TS ■ Visitation, Sidwell and NCS look for ISL banner in soccer. Page 9. ■ Boys soccer squads strive for success on field. Page 9.

After a lengthy delay, a new restaurant may be coming soon to a largely empty stretch of K Street below the Whitehurst Freeway. The owners of the planned Malmaison restaurant and the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission have nearly finalized an agreement requiring the restaurant to provide a police detail at the site, commissioner Bill Starrels said yesterday. According to an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notice posted Aug. 27, 2010, Malmaison will be a “European dessert bar and lounge specializing in gourmet pastries, refined hors d’oeuvres and exotic cocktails, with DJ and dancing.” In the application, Malmaison was seeking permission to operate until 2 a.m. weeknights and 3 a.m. weekends at 3401 K St., where the road is also commonly known as Water Street. The application states that the restaurant will have a capacity of 81 seats and 241 total occupants. The owners and their attorney,

BUSINESS Marvin owner plans new bistro at historic Georgia Avenue spot. Page 11. ■ Georgetown retailer goes solar. Page 11. ■

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The ANC asked Malmaison to incorporate a security detail.

Stephen O’Brien, could not be reached immediately for comment, but Citizens Association of Georgetown board member Karen Cruse said O’Brien told her last week that Malmaison had not changed its requests since that original application. Residents of the nearby Water Street Condominium raised concerns about noise and other disruptions from new late-night activity in the area. The neighborhood commission filed a protest last year against a liquor license for the property absent a voluntary agreement between the community and the business, said Starrels, whose sinSee License/Page 16

INDEX Business/11 Calendar/42 Classifieds/54 District Digest/4 Exhibits/47 In Your Neighborhood/14 Opinion/6

Police Report/8 Real Estate/13 School Dispatches/41 Service Directory/50 Sports/9 Theater/47 Week Ahead/3


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Fears about noise complicate pizzeria plan By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A planned Italian restaurant in Wesley Heights is facing resistance from neighbors who fear it could become a popular late-night gathering place for rowdy American University students. Hakan Ilhan, a resident of the neighborhood, hopes to open Al Forno Pizzeria in the former Balducci’s space at 3201 New

Mexico Ave. in November. In an attempt to reduce noise concerns, the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission is now negotiating a voluntary agreement with Ilhan that would attach to his liquor license. The 146-seat restaurant would be open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and include 12 seats at a bar and 30 in an outdoor summer garden on the restaurant property. “There is not a lot of choice in

the community for people to come and have dinner for a reasonable price,� Ilhan said at last Wednesday’s commission meeting. For some neighbors, that price is part of the problem: Affordable pizza, they said, would be a magnet for students, especially if American University wins approval to build new student housing on its Nebraska Avenue parking lot site, which is particularly close to the New See Pizzeria/Page 15

Work on Georgia Avenue Walmart hits snags By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Preliminary site work on the city’s first Walmart got off to a rocky start last week, with confusion over addresses resulting in a stop-work order — and a flurry of protests from some Ward 4 activists — before work could resume. Now that regulatory officials have lifted the order, workers are continuing to remove some roof beams from the old car barn turned Curtis Chevrolet garage on the future Walmart site at Georgia and Missouri avenues. “The [partial-demolition] permit was properly issued, and it covered what they were doing,� said Helder Gil, spokesperson for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Gil said contractors had initially and mistakenly listed the address on the permit application as 5919 Georgia Ave., instead of 5927. “We got calls that the building was being demolished, and an inspector went out� and posted a stopwork order last Wednesday, Gil said. On Thursday, the contractor came in and corrected the address on the permit, and the stop-work order was lifted, Gil said. “It’s not much of a story — two digits on a permit,� he said. Steve Restivo, Walmart’s director of community affairs, said in an email Tuesday that the company’s development partner, Rockville-based Foulger Pratt, “has started to remove wood beams from the existing

structure which will be stored, preserved and re-used in the new Walmart store.� More significant demolition may come soon. While the permitting fuss played out last week, Foulger Pratt also submitted applications to demolish all three aging structures on the busy block: in addition to the former car barn, an auto showroom at 5929 Georgia, and another old auto showroom building that had been housing the “Doggy Day Care� shop at 5917 Georgia. But afterward, the Brightwood Neighborhood Preservation Association made a move that could thwart full demolition of the car barn. On Sept. 9 the group submitted a historic landmark application for the building, which started life as a garage for the trolley cars that plied the avenue from 1909 until the 1950s. The application effectively put a hold on issuance of a raze permit until the Historic Preservation Review Board decides whether to landmark the structure after a hearing already scheduled for Oct. 27. An official at the D.C. Preservation League, which had at one point considered filing its own landmark application for the century-old car barn, said it has “come to an agreement with the developer.� Director Rebecca Miller declined to give further details, but she said the league will be issuing a statement soon. Restivo, the Walmart spokesperson, said the plan to reuse wood beams from the old buildings was worked out with the preservation league and the D.C. regulatory agency. See Walmart/Page 16

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Mount Pleasant library expansion wins zoning OK By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment voted 4-1 Tuesday to allow a rear addition — already under construction — at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library. The vote apparently ends four years of dispute about how to expand the historic structure on a small and irregular lot at 16th and Lamont streets. After an emotional debate, four board members agreed that the need to accommodate programs for Ward 1’s only public library justifies allowing a rear addition that extends all the way to the lot line and only feet from the backs of neighboring apartment buildings. But several board members, including the lone dissenter, Michael Turnbull, delivered a stern rebuke to D.C. Public Library officials, saying poor community outreach and reluctance to compromise had resulted in costly

delays and a surprising level of opposition. “It was quite shocking to me personally, the constant strife between what the community wants and what the city is trying to give to the community,� said board chair Meridith Moldenhauer. “We need to figure out a better way.� “I was little shocked, too,� said member Jeff Hinkle. “You think it’s a positive project, but nobody came in in support.� Expansion of the 1925 Italian Renaissance library is about 60 percent complete. The addition will allow space for a large meeting room, a new lobby and a long ramp to what will be the new rear entrance, and the work will also renovate the aging interior. Completion of the $11 million project is slated for this winter, adding about 7,000 square feet of usable space to a 15,000-squarefoot building that was donated to the city by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Library workers continued construction even as the zoning case wore on, but twists

The week ahead Thursday, Sept. 15

The National Park Service will hold a public scoping meeting regarding the proposed education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the agency’s National Capital Region Headquarters, 1100 Ohio Drive SW. ■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.

Saturday, Sept. 17

The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will hold its fourth annual Tenant and Tenant Association Summit. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kellogg Conference Center, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. To register, visit ota.dc. gov or call 202-719-6560. ■Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will host the fifth annual “End of Summer/ Back to School BBQ� from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friendship Recreation Center (“Turtle Park�), 45th and Van Ness streets NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will sponsor Chevy Chase DC Day, which will feature family activities, music and free ice cream. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Commons outside the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Nearby, along Connecticut Avenue and neighboring streets, there will be business promotions, artist displays, sidewalk sales and displays by area nonprofits. For details, visit

Sunday, Sept. 18

Seabury at Friendship Terrace will hold an open house to celebrate the completion of its $5.2 million renovation. The event will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. For details, call 202-244-7400. ■The Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place will hold an ice cream social to celebrate 20 years of providing a range of services to the area’s homeless men and women. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the garden at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW. For reservations, call 202-503-2964 or email

Monday, Sept. 19

The Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association will hold its fall meeting, which will include a presentation by Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark St. NW. For details, contact Tom Smith at

Tuesday, Sept. 20

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will hold one of two public meetings to discuss the organization’s financial health and what its priorities should be. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the second-floor East Gallery of the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. ■The Crestwood Citizens Association will hold its bimonthly meeting, which will include a presentation by D.C. Water and Sewer Authority construction coordinator Emanuel Briggs on the agency’s plan to replace small water mains. Police representatives have also been invited to provide an update on crime in the neighborhood. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 1761 Crestwood Drive NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold a forum on the operation of the local Safeway store. Safeway management will explain what it is doing to address recent community concerns about the store’s condition and listen to any additional comments. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

and turns in the process created many anxious moments and uncertainty about whether the city would be forced to tear parts of the project down. Government review panels and community activists initially forced architects to scrap plans for a glassy modern side addition, so the planners tried to find space for the addition behind the building. Then this spring the Mount Pleasant advisory neighborhood commission won an appeal of the building permit, arguing that the city zoning administrator had erred in allowing an addition in the narrow rear yard without the normally required 15-foot setback. Finally, library officials applied for a zoning variance to make the rear addition legal. But strong opposition at a July 19 hearing, and questions raised by board members and opponents about the need for expanded program space, left the outcome uncertain. As debate opened Tuesday, it seemed clear that the zoning board was still wrestling

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The board voted 4-1 to approve the underconstruction addition to the library branch.

with questions about the case. Chair Moldenhauer, who had backed the library’s plan when voting on the appeal, said See Library/Page 48




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District Digest Metro to consider bus service changes

A committee of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board voted last Thursday to consider making a series of changes to several Metrobus routes in mid-2012, according to a news release. “The Board Committee’s approval is merely the start of the planning process,” the release states. “As it goes forward, community and public input into any substantial proposed service adjustments will be solicited and the Board will review proposals.” The most drastic change for Northwest would be the consolidation of the L1, L2 and L4 bus routes; Metro is studying whether it is feasible to eliminate the L4 and reroute the other two to take its place, according to a summary report prepared for the committee. According to the report, other proposals under consideration are less frequent service on the 42, 43, D1 and N6 lines, and more frequent morning rush-hour service on the D6 line. Also under review is elimination of lightly used, latenight Friday and Saturday trips on the G2, 62 and 64 routes. Of the changes in Northwest, only those regarding the L4, G2, 62 and 64 would merit a public hearing, the report states.

Police arrest man in Petworth homicide

A Northwest man is facing second-degree murder charges after police allege he fatally stabbed another Northwest man in Petworth last month, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Police Department. Police found Marcellus Terrell Bailey “suffering from a lacera-

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Park group to host invasive plant class

Residents interested in helping clear invasive vegetation from Georgetown’s Dumbarton Oaks Park can attend a training session Saturday to become certified “Weed Warriors,” according to the park’s conservancy group. The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and the National Park Service will lead the program from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., meeting at the park’s Lover’s Lane entrance on R Street, the release states. Volunteers will learn which plants to target and how to best remove them. Residents are asked to RSVP to Ann Aldrich at 202-374-7259.

Cheh awarded for healthy living bills

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh received a national award last week for her three bills intended to improve residents’ health at school, at home and at work, according to a news release from her office. The Leadership for Healthy Communities Program recognized Cheh for her Healthy Schools, FEED D.C. and D.C. Workplace Wellness bills, issuing her the Leadership for Healthy Communities Award, the release states. Respectively, the bills set standards for in-school food nutrition and exercise, seek to improve conditions in sections of the city where little healthy food is available, and encourage D.C. government employees to have healthier lifestyles, according to the release. Past recipients include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Rock Creek group changes its name

A nonprofit group that works to protect Rock Creek and the surrounding parkland in the District and Maryland has changed its name to better reflect its mission, the organization announced yesterday. The Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment is now known as Rock Creek Conservancy, according to a news release.

Dupont area to host ‘abstract forest’

A small section of street parking at New Hampshire Avenue and Q Street in Dupont Circle will be transformed into an “abstract forest” Friday as part of a worldwide tree promotion program, according to a news release from Casey

Trees, which will run D.C.’s event. Several trees — each with a tag describing its benefits in the city — will sit in the road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the release states. Hundreds of other cities will also have “temporary parks” as part of Park(ing) Day 2011.

Merit competition names semifinalists

Students at 12 District schools ranked among the approximately 16,000 scholastically talented high school seniors nationwide announced this week as semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. The semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $34 million. The scholarships will be awarded in the spring. Semifinalists at District schools are: ■ Edmund Burke School: Adam Jacobson. ■ Field School: Daniel P. Allen. ■ Georgetown Day School: Adam J. Baer, Jordan F. Cahn, Jared L. Cowan, Alex J. Eppler, Benjamin K. Forde, Adam M. Frank, Benjamin P. Gunby, Alison H. Kelin, Marisa G. Messina, Daniel Prosky, Molly L. Roberts, Rachel M. Scharff, Gregory Sharpe, Oliver T. Wellstein and Alexander L. West. ■ Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School: Juliette E. Mahaffey and Emily G. Veillette. ■ Gonzaga College High School: Philip C. Bates, Shan M. Guleria, Michael D. Ledecky, George O. Lee, James P. Michael and Nathan L. Thompson. ■ Maret School: David A. Kaufman, Olivia L. Mendelson and Martin A. Strauss. ■ National Cathedral School: Carolyn M. Gigot, Jonece M. Layne, Nora E. Loughlin, Julia M. Maddrey and Parisa Sadeghi. ■ School Without Walls: Ruby L. Simon. ■ Sidwell Friends School: Eric C. Anderson, Colin C. Kelsall, Matthew D. Kim, Daniel H. Plesniak, Starlin Y. Shi, Vidya L. Srinivasan, John J. Verghese and Cara Wattanodom. ■ St. Albans School: Hank Balaban, Taylor J. Barker, Steven P. Bodine, Nicholas H. Gladstone, Thomas M. Hopson, Alexander Jalota, Martin J. Kellogg, Vadim A. Medish, Daniel T. Moynihan, Iason G. Togias and Jonathan A. Ward. ■ St. Anselm’s Abbey School: Andrew K. Houghton, Daniel P. Magee, Aidan T. Mehigan and Jacob L. Wasserman. ■ Wilson High School: Paul M. Banks.

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Neighbors, AU spar over proposed dorm By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Neighbors seeking a variety of design changes to American University’s proposed North Hall dormitory were rebuffed last week, with school officials saying the recommendations to reduce visual bulk are not feasible. School leaders presented plans for the building at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission. The university had added the building — which would

be located between the President’s Office Building and Wesley Theological Seminary — to its campus plan to reduce the density of its planned East Campus without abandoning its broader on-campus student housing goal. The East Campus would replace a parking lot across Nebraska Avenue from the rest of the school. As proposed, the L-shaped dormitory — with the longest end pointing toward Massachusetts Avenue — would include 110,000 square feet of residential and program space, stand seven stories high

and house 365 students. “I do think you’ve made a lot of progress on this since the original filing of the campus-plan application, and I’d like to commend you for orienting the building away from Massachusetts Avenue,â€? commission chair Tom Smith told American University officials. “We know your need for housing, but can you use your space more efficiently ‌ to reduce the visual impact without losing beds? It’s a challenge, but maybe it’s something we can all work together on.â€? See Campus/Page 15

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A troubling delay

Most of us would notice if we failed to receive a monthly bill from a utility or a credit card company — at least by the time the usual due date rolled around. But it can be a bit trickier to keep track of the twice-yearly D.C. property tax bill. So it’s especially troubling how poor a job the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue did last month when it postponed sending out more than 53,000 property tax bills. The agency says the delayed bills were mailed Aug. 26, with the recipients getting an extended due date. If you didn’t recognize the delay, you might be tempted to see any fuss as much ado about nothing. But those eagle-eyed residents who did notice had a week and a half to worry — unless they were able to reach an agency representative or D.C. Council aide able to explain the issue. Visiting the website should have offered easy access to a full explanation. Yet even now, the agency’s online “Taxpayer Service Center” doesn’t provide much help in sifting through the matter. Even on the page called “Due Dates and Delayed Bills,” the explanation is a bit cryptic: “While most real property tax bills are mailed at the same time, a range of issues can delay the mailing of some of these bills. The due date for these delayed real property tax bills is adjusted accordingly.” There is a list of residential properties that didn’t get their tax bills on time, but that doesn’t seem like a very user-friendly approach to revealing the scope of the problem. Only those who downloaded the document saw that the list had more than a thousand pages with some 30 properties per page — as it turns out, about a third of the city’s residential properties. What’s confusing is why the Office of Tax and Revenue didn’t do more in the way of outreach. An agency spokesperson, asked about the lack of notice, stressed the impracticality of widespread notifications to those affected. We’d have to agree, particularly since any mailing would probably have come after the delayed bill. Yet there were easy options: issue a news release spelling out the issue in clear language, distribute it to media outlets and community listservs, and post it on the agency’s main web page in a visible spot. That would have been the way for the Office of Tax and Revenue to fulfill its “customer service must come first” mantra.

Cathedral collaboration

Hundreds of people have donated to the Washington National Cathedral as it prepares for a multimillion-dollar effort to repair damage sustained in last month’s earthquake. The quake impacted the Cathedral’s central tower and flying buttresses and caused minor problems elsewhere. There was further disruption last week when a crane being used to stabilize earthquake debris fell, damaging the Herb Cottage gift shop and Church House offices. Donors have come from near — the Cathedral Court Condominiums across the street hosted a fundraiser last week at Cactus Cantina — and far — a San Diego supporter pledged to match up to $50,000 from fellow Californians. “People from across the country” have contributed, said spokesperson Ari Geller, calling the response a “testament to the unique role the Cathedral plays in the life of the nation as a spiritual home for all.” The local faith community has helped out, too. The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has donated $25,000 for repairs to the Episcopal church, while Washington Hebrew Congregation has been hosting the Cathedral’s services, including a 9/11 interfaith vigil. We’re impressed with the diverse efforts to support this local and national institution. We look forward to seeing the Cathedral made whole.

Back to ethics, please … So far, so good. There were no new terrorist attacks during this past emotional week. Now, let’s get back to attacking unethical behavior. The summer recess is over for the D.C. Council. Several of its members are promising tough new ethical standards for elected leaders and their staffs. How it all will shake out remains to be seen. But the investigations and clouds of misconduct still loom large. Let’s refresh our memory. The U.S. Attorney’s Office continues its investigation into the loose financial wheeling and dealing of Chairman Kwame Brown and his political campaign organization. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been at best barely acknowledged. The probe became more serious in July when the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics kicked its review up to federal authorities. In a chilling statement, board chair Togo West told reporters, “We think there’s criminal activity here, and it needs to be looked into.” D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan already has gotten Ward 5 Council member Harry “Tommy” Thomas to agree to repay $300,000 in city grant funds that Nathan says Thomas wildly misspent on himself. Thomas hasn’t formally or legally acknowledged any wrongdoing, but he has agreed to repay the money. You decide whether you’d pay someone $300,000 if you didn’t think you owed it. Virtually everyone believes that’s tacit admission of wrongdoing. More importantly, the federal prosecutor is deciding whether to bring criminal charges against Thomas for misuse of government funds. The Internal Revenue Service may be peeking into the mess, too. And goodness knows, we haven’t heard the end of the Sulaimon Brown epic. Sources say that what began as a simple U.S. attorney “review” of Sulaimon Brown and his allegations about being paid by the Vincent Gray campaign to harass then-Mayor Adrian Fenty is now actually a full-fledged “investigation.” Even if you question Sulaimon’s behavior — and he was arrested this week for driving without a valid license — that doesn’t mean his allegations aren’t serious. Certainly the federal officials aren’t dismissing them. At least they haven’t yet. So that brings us back to the council and its effort to rewrite city ethics laws to govern the elected leaders and top staffs. Council Chairman Brown added a new twist in the past week. He said he would require council members and staff to submit extensive financial reports. Those reports could help determine whether there are any conflicts of interest when members propose or vote on legislation. The only problem is, those financial reports would be considered confidential. The public would

never know what was in them. Brown told Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis that the details of what is and isn’t made public can be further debated. “The real idea,” he told the newspaper, “is how to move forward in being open and transparent.” Any reporter could tell you that “open and transparent” is more a slogan than a policy. It has the same force as “children first” in our education battles. Everyone says it. It really means “do what I want to do.” “Open and transparent” also has another empty-calorie cousin. It is called “One City.” Mayor Gray has stamped that slogan on every proposal and letterhead we’ve seen. It was his campaign slogan and it remains a slogan for government. Again, it’s not policy; it’s politics. Gray has said he would propose his own ethics legislation. Attorney General Nathan has weighed in with some suggestions. Several council members have suggested this or that. It’s all going to be put into a “transparent and open” soup pot. It’ll be stirred with dozen of specialinterest ladles, each with a hand in the outcome. At some point, the new ethics proposal will be poured out for all of us to sample. No doubt it will be constructed to look and taste good. But will it have staying power? Will it build ethics muscle or just offer empty calories? Prepare to drink. And, if things go bad, prepare to hold your nose while you do. ■ While we were away. Should elected officials be allowed to give “constituent service” money to blatantly political organizations? Most folks would instinctively say, of course not. But under District law, a politician apparently can give those funds to a political group if the intended use of the money is not political. Any junior high government studies student could tell you that’s a loophole big enough for a Mack Truck. (Do they still make those big Mack Trucks? We’ll have to Google it later.) The Notebook is all for any organization doing good work. The D.C. Republican Party has filed a formal complaint about such contributions. Maybe in the frenzy to write a new ethics law, the council could clarify exactly when an elected official can make a constituent-fund donation to a political organization. Maybe the council members will come up with the best and simplest answer. Don’t hold your breath. ■ A final word. This week, after 37 years of litigation, the city won legal approval to end courtordered supervision of its mental health services. “After 37 years, the District can, for the first time, begin to take full control of its own mental health care system,” said at-large Council member David Catania, chair of the Committee on Health. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Denser development near Metro welcome Gregory Ferenbach has made excellent points in his Viewpoint [“AU plan would harm Tenleytown character,” Sept. 7], but there are two I take issue with. First, he notes that the proposed location for the new American University law school “is zoned only for low-density,

single-family homes.” This may or may not be true. I have no reason to doubt him. It seems unthinkable to me, however, that any neighborhood that close to a Metrorail station should be zoned for only low-density, single-family homes. It seems like the blocks surrounding a Metro station should be the most densely zoned in the city. Second, I think Mr. Ferenbach’s analysis of how many students or staff use public transit at present is irrelevant. Right now the on-site parking garage is a more attractive option

than taking Metro and waiting on the campus shuttle. It’s easy to imagine faculty and staff abandoning their cars for Metro when the school is just a few minutes’ stroll from the station. I don’t live right in Tenleytown, so I’m not directly affected in the way Mr. Ferenbach will be. But it is the nearest Metro to my house, and frankly I would love to see more life and excitement in our neighborhood, so I welcome the development. Jay Hardee Chevy Chase

The Current

Rescue group went the extra mile for Berdina VIEWPOINT gary weitzman


n his letter to the editor [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal rescue league fails some animals,â&#x20AC;? Letters to the Editor, Sept. 7], Warren Watts (the husband of the woman who criticized our adopt-a-thon in a previous letter to the editor) questioned our decision last June to euthanize Berdina, a pit bull whom we had adopted out to a former volunteer. Contrary to Mr. Wattsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accusations, our pledge to make a 100 percent commitment to all of our animals is not merely a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fundraising tool,â&#x20AC;? but an absolute precept of our shelter. From the puppies with parvovirus to the kittens with upper respiratory disease, not a single day goes by that our hospital and behavior staff are not working on dozens of animals who need serious medical care or comprehensive behavioral support. This is a commitment I am extremely proud of; it makes our shelter unique. Mr. Watts also stated that we did nothing to aid the search for Berdina when she went missing from her foster home. Quite the contrary, we participated actively in that search, and we paid a $1,000 reward to get her back when she was found. When we learned that she was at the D.C. Animal Shelter following the death of her adopter, we immediately went down to collect her. She was very aggressive at our shelter and would readily attack people she did not know. At 50 pounds, Berdina was capable of inflicting serious harm, so we kept her in our hospital to keep her stress down and to protect the adopting public and our volunteers. Nonetheless, we put out a call to our volunteers,

Letters to the Editor CFO letter is needed on cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bond tax

On June 1, The Current ran an editorial, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taxing decisions,â&#x20AC;? that highlighted a new tax enacted by the D.C. Council on out-of-state municipal bonds. The editorial omitted any mention that when the D.C. Council enacted the new tax, it failed to grandfather in current bondholders and made the tax applicable to income earned as of Jan. 1, 2011. The Current followed up a week later with a second editorial, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minimize the impact,â&#x20AC;? in which it noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we understand it, the language now in the 2012 budget means D.C. residents would have to pay taxes on interest earned throughout 2011.â&#x20AC;? Last April, when taxpayers prepared their quarterly estimates for 2011, they did not know about the tax the council subsequently enacted. But now they owe the D.C. government a quarterly payment on Sept. 15 for the amount of income earned this year on their out-ofstate bonds. Where is the letter from chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi informing District residents of this

offering to let any of them adopt her without fees. We even offered to pay for ongoing medical care and training. In the meantime, we contacted a host of rescue groups around the country that we hoped would take Berdina, and we did special adoption promotions for her on our website, our Facebook page and elsewhere. All of this was to no avail; no one came forward to adopt or foster her, and the rescue groups we contacted either declined to take her or were full already. While Berdina was in our care, we went to great efforts to give her extra attention â&#x20AC;&#x201D; toys, walks, time with staff, and a comprehensive behavioral rehab program with our trainers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but her mental health continued to deteriorate. This did not, obviously, improve her adoptability, which our own behavior and training staff had decided was questionable from the beginning. Nor was it humane to keep her in this condition, which got worse by the day. All of our staff members were very attached to this dog. Seeing her deteriorate this way was heartbreaking and counter to all of our humane principles. Finally, we called in a pair of private and independent behavioral consultants to assess Berdinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temperament and suitability for adoption. They concluded that she was not adoptable and euthanasia would be the most humane option for her. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that the league â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or any other rescue group, for that matter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has ever put more work into a dog than we put into Berdina. The outcome was tragic for all of us, but I am confident we did all we could for her. Gary Weitzman is president and chief executive officer of the Washington Animal Rescue League.

new income tax? Mr. Gandhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff was able to inform the council members of the number of bondholders, their respective wards and the amount of tax-free income they earned, but the Office of Tax and Revenue hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contacted these bondholders regarding a pending tax payment. Back on July 12, Mr. Gandhi sent a memo to Council Chairman Kwame Brown informing him that an amendment Ward 3 member Mary Cheh planned to introduce â&#x20AC;&#x153;would make the tax on interest earned on out-of-state municipal bonds applicable only to bonds purchased in Tax Year 2012 and later. It would also establish a new 8.9 percent personal income tax rate, starting Tax Year 2012, on filers whose incomes exceed $350,000 per year.â&#x20AC;? Unfortunately, Council member Cheh didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move the amendment and left bondholders facing a tax payment this month. The council will hold its first legislative session on Sept. 20, five days after the first bond tax payment is due. Is Mr. Gandhi betting that the council will adopt a Cheh-like amendment that would apply the new tax only to bonds purchased in tax year 2012 and later, or will taxpayers be faced with a penalty based on retroactive tax legislation passed by the coun-

cil in May?

Alma Gates The Palisades

D.C. should not bear weight of tax breaks

An Aug. 15 article in The New York Times should be read by all D.C. taxpayers and politicians. It explains how states across the country are reconsidering the property tax breaks they give to â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonprofits.â&#x20AC;? California, for example, provides exemptions only to those nonprofits whose work primarily benefits the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents. I have no statistics, but the District of Columbia probably has more tax-exempt nonprofits than any state. Many of these agencies are exempt not only from property taxes but also from the tax on restaurant meals. Yes, when they bring their people in to hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;meetingâ&#x20AC;? in a primo restaurant, there is no tax paid. If the federal government wants there to be such an exemption, let it bear the burden, not the D.C. taxpayer. Otherwise, let these organizations show explicitly their benefit to our city or let them share in the cost of providing the services they clearly benefit from. Vic Miller Washington Heights

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This is a listing of reports taken from Sept. 4 through 10 in local police service areas.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 3200 block, Beech St.; street; 4 a.m. Sept. 10.

â&#x2013; 4700 block, Tilden St.; street; 1 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  4000 block, 47th St.; street; noon Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Greene Place; street; 5 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Greene Place; street; 8:15 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  4900 block, W St.; street; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

psa 202

psa PSA 206

psa PSA 201


â&#x2013; chevy chase

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights

PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 4:30 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 11:45 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:45 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 5:20 a.m. Sept. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th and Van Ness streets; street; 6:30 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 5:30 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  4500 block, River Road; residence; 6 a.m. Sept. 8.

psa PSA 203


â&#x2013; forest hills / van ness

Myrna Sislen

Owner Middle C Music 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016 202-244-7326 I have been the owner of Middle C Music for six years and during that time, my only print advertising has been in the Northwest Current. I credit my advertising in the Current with my continued success at Middle C Music. The Northwest Current is, in my opinion, the best link with our community. When I have an event in the store, be it a concert, a master class, the Middle C Music Summer Rock Band Camp, or a Guitar Hero Tournament, the Northwest Current is the only newspaper I choose for advertising. When I have student recitals in the store, the events calendar is always the place people look for information, dates and times. In a time when fewer people read print newspapers, I have found that advertising in the Northwest Current remains a great value for my advertising budget.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 1:09 a.m. Sept. 8.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 2400 block, 39th Place; residence; 4:12 a.m. Sept. 11. Burglary â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 2 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Macomb St.; church; 11:15 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Calvert St.; residence; 10 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 10 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; 2 a.m. Sept. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; noon Sept. 8. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  28th Street and Cathedral Avenue; street; 9:10 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue; street; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8.

psa 205

Call 202-244-7223 for advertising information. An advertising representative will be happy to visit with you.

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

Theft from auto (below $250)


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 3200 block, M St.; tavern; 2 a.m. Sept. 10. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1400 block, 36th St.; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 5. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Water St.; sidewalk; noon Sept. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, P St.; store; 7 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Q St.; restaurant; 6:30 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 8:58 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; store; 4:30 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  30th and M streets; sidewalk; 6 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  3500 block, N St.; church; noon Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; tavern; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  39th and T streets; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Olive St.; street; 4 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  32nd and Q streets; street; 3 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  2500 block, P St.; park area; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 24th and H streets; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue; office building; 3 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, G St.; school; 8 a.m. Sept. 7. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; drugstore; 7:57 a.m. Sept. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  23rd Street and Virginia Avenue; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 9.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1800 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 6:40 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; alley; 12:45 p.m. Sept. 11. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 2 a.m. Sept. 10. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; restau-

rant; 8:32 a.m. Sept. 9. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 1600 block, K St.; store; 2:45 a.m. Sept. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  16th and K streets; sidewalk; 6:10 a.m. Sept. 5. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Scott Circle; residence; 2 a.m. Sept. 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; office building; 9 a.m. Sept. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 17th St.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  700 block, 17th St.; government building; 2:25 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 17th St.; residence; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; store; 3:30 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 11 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 2:15 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10. Theft (attempt) â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; office building; 2:50 a.m. Sept. 9. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 16th St.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 23rd St.; parking lot; 11:38 a.m. Sept. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  18th and Church streets; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  2100 block, R St.; street; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  2200 block, K St.; street; 6 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1900 block, R St.; street; 11 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 16th St.; street; 7 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; residence; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 3 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  1500 block, O St.; street; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  1600 block, T St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Q St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

psa PSA 303


â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 18th Street and Wyoming Avenue; unspecified premises; 3:50 a.m. Sept. 10. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 1:55 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 3:10 a.m. Sept. 11. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; sidewalk; 3:19 a.m. Sept. 11. Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. Sept. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Kalorama Road; unspecified premises; noon Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Florida Ave.;

street; 5:15 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013; 2500 block, Mozart Place; sidewalk; 10 a.m. Sept. 5.

psa PSA 307


â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 900 block, L St.; sidewalk; 10:25 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 12th St.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. Sept. 8. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; church; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 11. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; parking lot; 10 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 12:05 p.m. Sept. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; street; 7 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1200 block, M St.; residence; 7 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 13th St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; residence; 2 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 14th St.; hotel; 8 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  1400 block, L St.; restaurant; 12:51 p.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; street; 12:45 p.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 7:07 a.m. Sept. 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, L St.; parking lot; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  12th and L streets; street; 12:10 p.m. Sept. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, L St.; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  15th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; noon Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1000 block, L St.; parking lot; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Q St.; parking lot; 6 a.m. Sept. 9. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; street; 4:30 a.m. Sept. 11.

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial village PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Burglary â&#x2013; 1300 block, Locust Road; residence; 6:20 a.m. Sept. 9. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  7000 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 6 a.m. Sept. 9. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  400 block, Cedar St.; residence; noon Sept. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Juniper St.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Yorktown Road; street; 6 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  7600 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 6 a.m. Sept. 9.


Athletics in Northwest Washington



September 14, 2011 ■ Page 9

Local girls soccer teams gear up for wide-open race in tough ISL

By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Before last season, Georgetown Visitation’s soccer team graduated many top players from a squad coming off back-toback Independent School League titles. After growing accustomed to that success, coach Zeff Yusof faced the new challenge of rebuilding the program. Relying on many young players, Visitation finished fourth in the ISL’s upper division in 2010 and took an early exit from the playoffs. This year, the Cubs will again look to new faces to complement a handful of experienced standouts as they look to climb back atop the league. “There’s real enthusiasm and excitement — kids wanting to stake their claim to a certain position or trying to make their minutes,” Yusof said. “It’s been a different dynamic.” The coach is looking forward to the challenge of developing his talented young players while trying to win games in what should be a particularly competitive league this year. Helping his cause will be senior forward Kelsey Tillman, who has committed to play soccer at Vanderbilt University. Last year’s All-ISL choice leads a group of only five seniors that also includes Claire Rubinger, Bridget Black, Riley Christopher and Claire Siemietkowski.

Yusof said Tillman’s leadership will be crucial if the team is going to have a chance at a banner. “This year we’re really hoping she will provide leadership not just in how she plays but how she helps players new to varsity get ... up to speed,” the coach said. Goalie Alexis Bryant also returns, and the athletic sophomore should keep the Cubs in most games with her play in net. “She’s had a busy summer, she’s a year older and she’s obviously a player we’re hoping is going to have a big year,” said Yusof. Sophomore Sheridan O’Connor will lead the defense, and sophomore Nora Dolan and freshman Adri Corriveau are also players to watch for the Cubs. After a scrimmage with Bethesda-Chevy Chase and a win over Montgomery Blair last week, Visitation will begin league play today on the road against Georgetown Day School. Up Wisconsin Avenue, National Cathedral came in third place last season and made it to the tournament finals with a win over Sidwell. But without junior Nicole Johnson, who suffered a serious knee injury in the postseason, Potomac proved too tough in the title game and the Eagles lost 3-1. This offseason, though, the team took a top player from Potomac in transfer Monica Stafford, who is holding down the midfield in Johnson’s continued absence along with returning junior Emily Hester. Stafford is a key addition, especially considering she

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Sidwell came through with a big season last year, but the Quakers will have to replace a standout senior class to push for the Independent School League title in 2011. scored a goal for Potomac in its win over Cathedral in the championship. Hester, who coach Richie Burke said “is playing out of her skin right now,” is the first

junior to be selected a team captain in the history of the program. Meanwhile Johnson is still recovering See Girls/Page 10

Private school squads look to jump ahead By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

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Gonzaga will try to get the WCAC banner back from DeMatha this season, but the Eagles fell to the Stags 2-1 yesterday.

Sidwell captured its fifth straight Mid-Atlantic Conference crown last year, cruising to a 9-0 mark in league play and finishing 14-2 overall. Led by another strong senior group, the Quakers should be the class of the league again this year. Seniors Curtis Oberg, Ben Citrin, David Gerschwin, Daniel Perlis, Cole Graham, Mark Greenberg, Zak Kirstein and Michael Hinz will take the 2011 squad into battle, and coach Jorgen Kjaer said he has an “expectation to win the MAC again.” Sidwell started off its season by beating Gonzaga in a non-league game 4-2 on Friday. The team opened league play yesterday against Maret. The Quakers will be challenged by Georgetown Day School, which came on strong last season for a third-place finish and reached the tournament title game. Georgetown Day brings back five starters from a year ago including three senior All-MAC perform-

ers: midfielder Mike Klain, the team’s leading scorer a year ago; defender Aaron Gottesman; and goalkeeper Alec Dockser.

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St. Albans boasted a particularly improved squad last year.

Junior Adam Glaser also returns up front after scoring three goals and tallying three assists a year ago, including two tying or winning setups. Senior Riley Selig-Addis will lead in the midfield and Gottesman and classmate Peter Metz, both experienced starters on defense,

will alternate between midfield and back this season. Juniors Ben Pockros, J.J. Hannerfield and Dan Meyer, and sophomore Ilan Wallentin will key the midfield, while seniors Jessie Gainsburg, Oladipo Isiaaq and Hank Jacobs set the pace on defense. Dockser, meanwhile, is a team captain with 11 career shutouts. He has been a starter since the midpoint of his freshman season. The team will also look for contributions from junior Ben Phillips and sophomore Eddie Pisoni, who were the leading scorers for the undefeated junior varsity team in 2010. Co-coach Harold Newton, now in his 23rd season with the team, said the Hoppers are “an excellent passing and ball-control team, but must be able to score and put pressure on defensively to be successful” this year. Georgetown Day and Sidwell will meet in a rematch of last year’s tournament title game tomorrow at Georgetown Day. Maret, meanwhile, had momenSee Boys/Page 10

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St. Albans bounces back with win

Quarterback Mike McCurdy had an up-anddown afternoon for the Bulldogs Monday, but the junior passer stepped up when it really mattered: He connected with junior Chris Fraser for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to boost St. Albans to a 16-13 win over Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell. The winning pass was McCurdyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second touchdown toss of the afternoon, and he completed 6-of20 passes for 134 yards. The Bulldogs rebounded from an opening day loss at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Annapolis, Md.) and are now 1-1 on the season.

Gonzaga suffers first defeat this year

While Gonzaga looked impressive in its 2-0 start, the first loss of the post-Kevin Hogan era had to

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from the knee injury, and coach Burke said there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an exact timetable for her return. She wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play, he said, until sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely ready. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to say [she will be back] tomorrow, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to say next week, but the most important thing for me is that the kid gets healthy and well.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles defense should also be strong, with juniors Sarah Ing and Hallie Horvath leading the

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tum going into the stretch run last season after beating Georgetown Day 2-0 in early October. But the Frogs struggled from there, dropping four out of their last six games. This year, the team will rally around junior Matt Bainum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the leading goal scorer in 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as Maret looks to overtake Sidwell for league supremacy. The Frogs fell to DeMatha in a non-league game 2-1 on Friday. They have an upcoming league contest next Wednesday at Flint Hill. In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-title streak was snapped last season when the DeMatha Stags finally surpassed the Eagles. It was a disappointing year for Gonzaga, as the

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Sidwell comes close but falls short

It was a big day for quarterback Chase Plebani Saturday, but Sidwell still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won a game since 2009, as the Quakers blew a halftime lead and lost 23-18 to Randolph-Macon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Special teams killed us,â&#x20AC;? said coach John Simon. Diamente Holloway had six receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in the loss, and Simon thinks the team is getting closer to having something to celebrate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a lot better team than last year, but [we] are young,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully we will get a win soon.â&#x20AC;? The Quakers will try for one Saturday at home against Victory Christian Academy (Richmond, Va.).

charge, and Burke is also excited about a talented freshman class that will bolster the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depth. Cathedral plays at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tomorrow and will take on Potomac in a much-anticipated rematch at home next Tuesday. Rival Sidwell, meanwhile, is coming off its most successful season in many years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a secondplace regular season finish and a trip to the tournament semifinals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and returns All-Met midfielder Kara Wilson for her senior season. The Quakers, who have a new coach in Martin Dell, will have to


come sooner or later. It arrived Saturday against St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prep (Philadelphia) in the inaugural Patriot Classic at Navy Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The Eagles fell 41-14 in the non-league contest, unable to contain St. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg, who threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns. Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connor Ennis threw for 155 yards and a touchdown, and Duane McKelvin ran for 66 yards on 14 carries in the loss.

replace a group of five seniors who provided tremendous leadership a year ago: Emily Siegel, Paige Deckelbaum, Alexa Cerf, Anna Perina and Moria Sloan. But with Wilson and fellow senior Bethany Robinson, as well as a strong junior class that includes Shannon Phillips, Joan Fleischman and Natalia Perina, there is plenty of reason for optimism that the team can build on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. Sidwell beat St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-1 last week and will open league play at home against Holton-Arms next Wednesday.

team finished in third place behind DeMatha and Good Counsel in the regular season and fell 5-1 to the Stags in the league title game. This year, the team looks to bounce back. Gonzaga has five seniors on the roster, but it will likely be the junior class â&#x20AC;&#x201D; led by forward Nicholas Corriveau and goalie Ryan Massey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; paving the road to success. Corriveau, a first-team All-WCAC choice a year ago, led the team with 18 goals in 2010. Massey, a second-team selection, started 24 games in net and allowed just 30 goals. Ian Harkes, another junior, brings experience to the midfield and the Eagles will also count on junior Luke Maday and seniors Nicholas Wells and Timmy Boyle at the position. Players to watch on defense include seniors Sean Connaughton and Eric Van Horn, and junior Stephen Wulff. St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prep (Philadelphia) 41, Gonzaga 14 St. Albans 16, Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 13

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Gonzaga 1, Episcopal 0 St. Albans 3, Collegiate (Richmond, Va.) 0 Georgetown Day 5, Washington International 3 Gonzaga 4, Sidwell 2

Coolidge 31, McKinley 6 Langley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 14, Roosevelt 8 St. Vincent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St. Mary (Akron, OH) 39, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14 Wilson 14, Surrattsville 12 Maret 47, Friends School (Baltimore) 2 Randolph-Macon (Richmond, Va.) 23, Sidwell 18

Girls Soccer Sidwell 2, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4, Wilson 2

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Northwest Business

Marvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner plans French bistro for Billy Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spot


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Adams Morgan resident is also the owner of a string of popular eateries and watering holes that have lit up the 14th and U streets area in recent years. Now, Hiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s empire is growing even bigger. The restaurateurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitality company, ESL Management, plans to open five more restaurants in D.C. in the next year, including a French bistro slated for Petworth. Chez Billy is expected to launch by Thanksgiving in the 3813-3815 Georgia Ave. space that once housed Billy Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a famous steakhouse and civil-rights hotspot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting a sit-down restaurant on Georgia Ave, which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot to choose from, that was exciting,â&#x20AC;? said Sheldon Scott of ESL Management. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though

the placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last incarnation was not Billy Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House of Seafood and Steaks, we feel good about going back to that incarnation. â&#x20AC;Ś Everything we do, we try to incorporate the history of the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? For instance, Marvin celebrates the U Street neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connection to legendary musician Marvin Gaye, a native Washingtonian who attended nearby Cardozo High School. Similarly, Chez Billy will pay tribute to the civil rights activist whose establishment is now listed on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic register. But Chez Billy wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t return to the seafood and steak theme, opting instead for French food that Scott promises will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;classy but at the same time approachable.â&#x20AC;? French food is a first for ESL Management, but the team does all sorts of cuisine: Marvin offers a blend of Belgian tastes and soul food, while Patty Boom-Boom, located around the corner, does Jamaican patties. And just south of Marvin, Blackbyrd offers a raw seafood bar. The planned spots are similarly

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Chez Billy will feature a full bar and outside patio.

diffuse: Satellite Pizza, planned for 2047 9th St. NW, will feature wood-fired pies; El Ray Taqueiria, 919 U St. NW, will do tacos; and the Brixton, a British-style pub planned for 901 U St. NW, will offer fish and chips. Finally, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a to-be-determined concept coming to 715 Florida Ave. NW. Scott said the menu is still being developed for Chez Billy, but Marvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brendan Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Etoile will run the kitchen, serving a 50- to 60-seat dining room as well as an outdoor patio and two bar areas. The plans are scheduled to go before the Petworth advisory neighborhood commission tonight to seek support for a tavern-class liquor license. The restaurant will be open for dinner daily, with a brunch on Saturday and Sunday. A bar will stay open later, and weekend nights will feature a DJ.

Current Staff Report ater this month, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Georgetown will become the first commercial operation in the neighborhood to be powered largely by solar energy. The Phoenix, which opened in 1955, will draw about 7,872 watts a year from a complex of 30 rooftop solar panels., according to coowner John Hays. Those fixtures will cover about 60 percent of the needs of the 1514 Wisconsin Ave. store, which sells womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing and objects for the home. Hays expects the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pepco bill â&#x20AC;&#x153;to decline by about 60 percent from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total of $2,431, and for the project to pay for itself in just four years.â&#x20AC;? Once the system starts generating more electricity than the store needs, he also expects payments from Pepco â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which buys the excess electricity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of more than $2,000 annually. After 20 years, Pepco has told him, the annual payments will decline to about $269. Hays and his wife, Sharon, previously installed solar panels on their Palisades home, which


dropped their home electric bill by more than 90 percent, he said. He said he first became interested in solar energy when his neighbors David and Linda McCormack installed panels on their home. Then he was drawn to meetings of the Palisades solar co-op. The 21 panels installed on the Haysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house cost $32,000, onethird of which was paid by a D.C. government program and another third of which the federal government covered as a discount on personal income taxes. There have been months when Hays had no electricity bill at all, he said: The system frequently produces more power than his house requires. At the Phoenix, the total cost of the solar panels is $46,800, Hays said. Again, one-third will be covered by the D.C. government and another third will be subtracted from the businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal income taxes, leaving the Phoenixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real cost at $16,800. Olayinka Kolawole, program manager of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renewable Energy Incentive Program, said in an interview that See Solar/Page 48

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Foxhall Road to build a circular driveway. Commissioner Kent Slowinski said he had to back out onto Foxhall Road while discussing the permit application with neighbors, which made him better appreciate the homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; request. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 8-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a rear addition at 5133 Sherier Place. As part of the project, the homeowner agreed to install a skylight in her next-door neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to relieve concerns about loss of light. â&#x2013;  Wesley Heights resident Hakan Ilhan discussed his plans to open a pizza restaurant next to Chef Geoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 3201 New Mexico Ave., for which he is applying for a license to serve beer, wine and liquor. Commissioners voted 7-0-1, with Lee Minichiello abstaining, to have Minichiello negotiate a voluntary agreement with Ilhan on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf to address neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about noise. The commission will vote on the agreement at its October meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation divide hours at the Wilson Aquatics Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition pool evenly between 50-meter and 25-yard lane configurations. â&#x2013;  commissioners discussed Ward 3 redistricting plans for advisory neighborhood commissions and single-member districts, and the procedures for meetings of the redistricting task force. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit

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Some neighbors asked that the university also relocate commercial space planned for the new East Campus to North Hall, so students on the main campus wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to cross Nebraska Avenue to access it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The retail is supposed to be student-serving,â&#x20AC;? said Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be more student-serving where there are more students?â&#x20AC;? American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jorge Abud said the school wants more retail space than it could fit onto the main campus; the university seeks to stretch 17,000 square feet of commercial space along Nebraska Avenue. A reconfigured North Hall, as requested by some neighbors, would yield no more than 5,000 square feet for retail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing about retail is you want to cluster it together where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space,â&#x20AC;? said Abud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have just one retail slot just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work.â&#x20AC;?

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Mexico Avenue property. And they worry that the alcohol sales would mean a rebirth of Quigleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, which generated noise complaints in the same retail center before closing in the mid-1990s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be anything but party central,â&#x20AC;? said a neighbor who lives in the nearby Sutton Place residential complex. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have 500 college kids within 50 yards of this place. The pricing, everything is geared toward these college students. The campus is dry ... where else are they going to go?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the nearest bar to AU, and the other thing that worries me is that the prices are considerably cheaper than Chef Geoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? said another resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I were an AU student, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go right down there.â&#x20AC;? But Ilhan said Al Fornoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant prices, 12-seat bar and recorded background music will not create a party atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really would be very expensive for students to get a lot of drinking, and this would not be a very friendly place for that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not going to make this place a hangout place for students.â&#x20AC;? Neighbors, though, have bad memories of Quigleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which was open as late as 3 a.m. and led to streams of noisy students walking back and forth between the university campus and the retail strip, sometimes leaving a mess in their wake. Residents have accused American University â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which bought the 3201 New Mexico Ave. retail and office center in 2001 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of neglecting its retail interests since Balducciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closed two years ago, and hundreds have signed petitions asking for another grocery store at the site.


Some neighbors were also concerned about the size of the planned dormitory. The new building would be part of an existing cluster of high-rise dorms, but the others are farther from Massachusetts Avenue. Add a southern wing to form a U, suggested some neighbors, and the additional beds there would allow removal of the high-riseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top floors. Abud responded that such a design would encroach on the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and the Wesley Seminary property line, and it would situatate housing near Massachusetts Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think this is the design that addresses the street best and has the least visual impact on the street,â&#x20AC;? he said of the plan the school filed in July with the Zoning Commission. The neighborhood commission will consider a resolution on North Hall at its October meeting. The Zoning Commission is already considering the outline of North Hall within the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broader campus plan, and is scheduled to address the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specific design this fall.

(such as alcohol inspectors) on the 2300 and 2400 blocks of 18th Street between midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Citizen volunteers from the Guardian Angels have also joined the security effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we were really rolling along, making progress every week,â&#x20AC;? said Jim Nixon, owner of Toro Mata at 2418 18th St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really â&#x20AC;Ś were changing the atmosphere here, the behavior, the sense of lawlessness.â&#x20AC;? Many following the progress were concerned when the security effort â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which has always had an indefinite time frame â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seemed to drop off without warning on Labor Day weekend. Barden said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the crowds were bigâ&#x20AC;? that weekend and â&#x20AC;&#x153;there were basically no officers visible on 18th Streetâ&#x20AC;? other than those hired by her business-support organization or individual business owners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were concerned that Operation Adams Morgan was basically over,â&#x20AC;? she said. Without the police presence, Nixon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We slipped almost immediately back into the old situation.â&#x20AC;? Hearing about the problems, Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham fired off an email to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chief, I am very concerned about the reported ter-

University officials have struggled to lease out the space, though; it has stood vacant for about two years. Neighborhood commissioner Lee Minichiello said resisting Al Forno could mean the space would simply remain unused. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are folks who would like this kind of a restaurant, and by hindering this gentleman or discouraging him from doing this, we may be losing the opportunity to have a very good thing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying is thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good chance this is our last best hope.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Stuart Ross said neighbors were too quick to criticize Al Forno, saying he had â&#x20AC;&#x153;never been so disappointed sitting in a meeting of the ANC in the five or six years Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have taken some disaster that took place at Quigleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s [and] animus toward American University, you demonize students, and you really havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t addressed the fact of why this person who lives in our community ... shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be allowed to show us that he knows how to run a business,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. Ilhan agreed to specify in the

agreement that he would not accept the American University dining card nor offer discount drink specials. His attorney, Stephen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, also said at the meeting that he would consider â&#x20AC;&#x153;dialing back modestlyâ&#x20AC;? the hours for outdoor seating. In a subsequent interview, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien declined to identify other concessions Ilhan might accept, but they said at the meeting that they would like the same hours as Chef Geoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next door â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is open until midnight. A midnight closure means a restaurant must stop taking orders shortly after 11 p.m., added Ilhan, to give patrons time to eat before the building is emptied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so sorry that I have found myself between AU and the residents. I can truly tell you that I was not aware of the issues â&#x20AC;Ś going on between AU and the community,â&#x20AC;? said Ilhan. But, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we get the chance, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to give you guys a very good restaurant.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood commission will vote on a voluntary agreement next month. If an agreement isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reached, the commission may vote to protest the liquor license.

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mination of the multiagency operation you put into place in Adams Morgan, just a short time ago,â&#x20AC;? Graham wrote on Sept. 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The program was just beginning to bear fruit, and is now nipped in the bud.â&#x20AC;? But community members now say that Labor Day weekend appeared to be just a lapse in the operation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a bit of a communications glitch between the command staff at MPD and the officers,â&#x20AC;? Barden said. Officers who were supposed to focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;the club zoneâ&#x20AC;? on 18th Street mistakenly concentrated on side streets, she said. Nixon said he heard that Capt. Aubrey Mongal, the police official in charge of Operation Adams Morgan, had been out of town that weekend. Mongal did not respond to a request for comment, but community members said more details would likely be available at the Police Service Area 303 meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Kalorama Recreation Center. And community membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accounts indicate that the operation picked up the pace last weekend. Nixon said police were â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasserting themselvesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;seemed to be back to that full effort, restoring order.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want this Labor Day weekend hiccup to be just that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one passing moment when things fell apart,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we can get things back on track.â&#x20AC;? Barden said the â&#x20AC;&#x153;true testâ&#x20AC;? will be this coming weekend, since the Sept. 11 weekend was an unusual one; the police department was fully deployed throughout the city due to the terrorist threat.

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gle-member district includes the Malmaison site. In the meantime, the District reduced the level of funding it contributes to reimbursable police detail programs, in which uniformed Metropolitan Police Department officers are paid to provide overtime security. Starrels said the shift complicated negotiations: Neighbors were unwilling to support an establishment with liquor and live entertainment without the police protection, he said.

businesses are worried about the impact of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discount prices. An anti-Walmart group, Ward 4 Thrives, claimed credit for notifying the city that work had begun last week without the proper permits. On Aug. 10, the D.C. Office of Planning completed a required â&#x20AC;&#x153;large-tract reviewâ&#x20AC;? of the store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the very end of Water Street in an area that is not typically a busy area. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing else down there,â&#x20AC;? said Starrels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just think that a reimbursable [detail] is vital to keeping things orderly down there.â&#x20AC;? Starrels said the remaining negotiations for the voluntary agreement appear to be about wording, not substance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just waiting for the language to be finalized at this point, about the reimbursable detail,â&#x20AC;? he said. The owners of Malmaison also operate CafĂŠ Bonaparte at 1522 Wisconsin Ave., among other D.C. restaurants.

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advisory neighborhood commissions gathered around laminated maps, drawing possible boundaries with dryerase markers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The issue is, how do you make the numbers work?â&#x20AC;? Tom Smith, chair of the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights/ Palisades neighborhood commission and a member of the task force, said at the meeting. Because the neighborhood commissions weigh in on issues specific to particular areas, officials also try to group them so one commissioner can represent a cluster of residents affected by the same businesses or institutions. Proposals so far have included shifting territory among advisory neighborhood commissions 3C, 3E and 3F to better meet that goal. In addition to the statutory requirements for the single-member districts, the task force is weighing a move to equalize the number of districts in Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six commissions, which now range from five to nine representatives each. The group will also consider collecting some districts into a brand-new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3A.â&#x20AC;? Members of the task force seem to be split into two schools of thought for how to accomplish the redistricting. Some members would like to see the group start with a blank map and draw the most logical boundaries, regardless of the existing conditions. Sam Serebin, who serves on the Tenleytown/ Friendship Heights commission and the task force, said todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries are the result of tweaking every 10 years, and will only become less logical if the task force

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es the work of 660 educators who received ratings of â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly effectiveâ&#x20AC;? as part of the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IMPACT evaluation tool. The event will also honor a small group of exceptional educators with monetary awards. Seven instructors, including Gamarra, will receive a $10,000 award for excellence in teaching. Doris Savory from Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coolidge High School will also be honored in that category. Meanwhile, 20 more teachers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Shelley Renee Hawkins at Roosevelt High School, Margaret T. Meenehan from Fillmore Arts Center, Deborah Pearman at Cardozo High School, Keelan Purcell at Deal Middle School, and Kristen N. Williams from Key Elementary School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will receive $5,000 awards for highly effective teaching. The event will also feature awards for excellence in school

way with heated coils and an electronic gate to the quiet residential street. A car wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be necessary for all trips, however: This property is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops along MacArthur Boulevard. This six-bedroom home at 2235 49th St. with four full- and two halfbaths is offered for $3,349,000 by DC Living Real Estate. For more information, contact Realtor Debbie Singleton at or 202-425-3322.

makes only small changes this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you stick to ANCs and ask them to re-divvy [residents] up â&#x20AC;Ś all youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing is reopening political wounds and political issues that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all very familiar with,â&#x20AC;? he said. But others have argued that consistency is important for commissioners who have worked hard to get to know the residents and issues of a particular area. Nan Wells, a Spring Valley neighborhood commissioner who is not on the task force, said she thought it was a given that modest population changes in her commission would mean modest boundary changes. One redistricting proposal, however, would shift most of her current constituents to other single-member districts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was a mechanical rebalancing along existing lines,â&#x20AC;? said Wells, who is working with task force members to create an alternative plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the boundary changes would be modest. They were very significant.â&#x20AC;? The task force held another meeting late last night to continue to work toward the recommendation it will present to Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who will then offer a recommendation to the full council for a vote. In an interview, Cheh said that aside from â&#x20AC;&#x153;identifying issues they should grapple withâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as equalizing the number of districts per commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m quite content to leave it to the task force.â&#x20AC;? Cheh did not request that the task force take any particular action and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change their recommendation based on her own personal preferences, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in really good hands, and my presumption is that what they present to me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unless something is totally out of whack â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll present to the council,â&#x20AC;? she said.

leadership, including a $10,000 award for Maria Tukeva, the principal of Columbia Heights Education Campus, and a $5,000 award for Monica Liang-Aguirre, principal at Oyster-Adams. Parents, students, colleagues, school leaders and community members nominated educators for the awards, which are supported by David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group. The event will take place at the Kennedy Center and will feature Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great honor to recognize these outstanding professionals for their dedication, skill and commitment,â&#x20AC;? Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recognizing and rewarding teachers and principals shows our families, students and community what we believe is most important to the success of our schools: exceptional educators.â&#x20AC;? Wendy Jacobson, whose son Matthew Smee is in Gamarraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class, said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrilled to see

Gamarra receive an honor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a legend who lives up to his reputation,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has an unbelievable passion for what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing. He loves his students. His singular drive is to make them into excellent human beings.â&#x20AC;? In fact, Smee said Gamarra infuses every lesson with words of support for his students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always telling us how he knows that everybody in our class is going to be successful,â&#x20AC;? he said. Plus, Smee said, Gamarraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class is just plain fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He gets right up in your face,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always screaming and running around. ... The reason that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a good teacher is heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so enthusiastic. You can really tell when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching that he loves being up there, and loves teaching new things.â&#x20AC;? Now 68, Gamarra has white whiskers, and an illness kept him out of the classroom for a portion of last year. But he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy to be back with his students, and he has no plans to slow down anytime soon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This,â&#x20AC;? he said of teaching, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is my medicine.â&#x20AC;?

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Wide-ranging area book clubs focus on fiction, nonfiction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even a magazine By JACKIE ZUBRZYCKI Current Correspondent


hen we read, we are often by ourselves, enjoying the worlds created for us in fiction or illuminated for us in nonfiction. But many book lovers agree that the pleasure of reading is amplified by sharing the joy of a new idea or a beautiful turn of phrase with another. D.C. and its surroundings are full of book clubs, ranging from small groups of friends to missiondriven religious entities to loose organizations whose members vie to respond to RSVPs quickly enough to partake in the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Why do grown adults form clubs to talk about books? Riki Wilchins, founder of Dupont Circle Nonfiction, says the pleasure seems to be built into us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a serious reader would doubt that a book thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoyed with others is twice as fun as a book you read by yourself,â&#x20AC;? Wilchins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talking to somebody else about it is half the fun.â&#x20AC;? Dupont Circle Nonfiction meets at Busboys and Poets and is entirely comprised of readers who found the group online. Real-world friendships can grow from these online beginnings: John Yodsnukis, founder of

TalkTNY book club, said a member of his club noted that at one meeting at the National Portrait Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;all the people in this room are on computers messaging people, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the only ones actually talking!â&#x20AC;? There seems to be a book club for nearly everyone, and if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist yet, the Internet has made it easier than ever to start one. Washington area readers use, and to find like-minded book lovers, generally with great success. The detriment of the Internet is that sometimes more people sign up than actually show up, which leads popular groups to use tools like Evite to ensure accountability. Many groups have extensive websites: The Lavender Book Club spells out protocol and posts past reading lists online. Several real-world locations also serve as hubs for book clubs. The D.C. Public Library system offers book groups for young people and adults at various branches. Information can be found on its website, Politics and Prose bookstore hosts 18 clubs, which can be found on its website,, and range in topic from James Joyce to travel. But even groups not hosted through the store can register their books for a discount and find advice on facilitating dis-

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D.C. book clubs

There are so many book clubs in the D.C. area that a comprehensive list is likely impossible; the short list below includes groups that meet mainly in Northwest and that are open to new members. Book groups are forming all the time, and there are a few ways to find one that works for you. Visit bookstore Politics and Prose (or its website, for information about local groups that read everything from science fiction to graphic novels to African memoirs. The D.C. Public Library hosts groups at its branches across the city; visit for a list. Other websites are also useful: Check out or Craigslistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D.C. page. Meetup. com includes information on a broad range of groups â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one on everything from chick lit to Christian writing.

Books and Banter

Meets: once a month, Mondays Location: local restaurants About: nonfiction, fiction. Books selected by members Website: Summary: Reads nonfiction and fiction books selected by members. Samples include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zeitounâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Brain.â&#x20AC;?

cussions through workshops. Beth Preiss of the Vegetarian Society of DC Book Group (which is open to members who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vegetarians or members of the

Meets: last Wednesday of the month. Location: vegetarian restaurants Website: Summary: Open to new members; selections often focus on animal rights and vegetarian interest but also include fiction and nonfiction on other topics.

Lavender Book Club

Meets: monthly Location: varies Website: Summary: Self-described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best book club in the region, a great community resource, and a successful social organization for the GLBT literary community.â&#x20AC;?


Meets: Saturdays Location: varies Website: or Summary: A book group about The New Yorker. The founder has since moved to Los Angeles and started a subgroup there.

D.C. Nonfiction Night Out

Meets: monthly Location: 14th Street Busboys and Poets Website: See Clubs/Page CG20

society) said she has gotten tips on facilitating discussions from Politics and Prose: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just ask who liked it or who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it. Start with expansive questions.â&#x20AC;?

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District’s food truck hot spots increase as operators move beyond downtown By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent


he food truck phenomenon that has swept the downtown D.C. lunch scene is now giving neighborhoods in Upper Northwest a bigger bite of the action. Tenleytown, Friendship Heights and Glover Park are among the areas seeing an increase in the number of food trucks heading their way. “We want as many people as possible to experience the variety of food trucks we have here in D.C.,” said Patrick Rathbone, owner of Big Cheese food truck, which serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on artisanal breads. On a recent Saturday, Big Cheese was at the Glover Park-Burleith farmers market to feed the lunch crowd, with plans to cater an event at Georgetown University later that afternoon. “There is a lot of potential to grow foodtruck spots in Northwest,” Rathbone said. “The more people that see us here, the more we can build our customer base, and the more trucks will come.” Rathbone said locations with high foot

traffic and the potential for people to spread the word, such as office buildings and universities, are what he and other mobile vendors look for when branching out beyond downtown. In Upper Northwest, food truck hot spots now include the Friendship Heights Metro station, nearby Wisconsin Avenue and Jenifer Street, and Wisconsin and Van Ness Street. “People really appreciate it when we come out here — it’s high on gratitude,” Rathbone said. “But at least right now,” he added, “it’s also low on profit.” When in Upper Northwest, his truck brings in about 60 percent of the business of downtown lunch crowds. “You have to be willing to make that sacrifice to grow your business in new areas,” he said. Doug Povich, owner of the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck, also said his business brings in about 60 percent of usual sales when he’s in Upper Northwest, but like Rathbone, he’s committed to serving new patrons and growing his business in the area. “We want people to know that food trucks are out there providing something different for customers to experience,” he said. Povich’s truck has been serving Upper

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Even with the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irene’s tropical winds, the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck drew lines at the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers’ Market late last month. Northwest since it first hit the streets in August 2010. The lobster truck has become one of the most popular mobile vendors in the city, with almost 22,000 Twitter followers. Each day, the company tweets about its lunch locations — it now has two trucks to feed the demand — and often, the soughtafter lobster rolls are served along upper

Wisconsin Avenue. Meanwhile, farmers markets in the area are also hopping on the food truck train. At the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers’ Market, which was voted the No. 1 “boutique” market in D.C. in the America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market Contest, organizers See Trucks/Page CG12

‘Freecyclers’ find homes for unwanted items By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent


hen Becky Hoven wants to get rid of her stuff, the last place she considers is the city dump. Instead, Hoven is an avid “freecycler” who helps find new homes for things she no longer wants or needs. “It keeps things from going to the landfill,” she said. “I’m a firm believer that your trash is someone else’s treasure. Sometimes you find people that are crafty or who are into carpentry, and they fix things up in a way you wouldn’t have imagined.” Freecycling, shorthand for free recycling, can be defined in a number of ways — from dropping books in an apartment building’s or workplace’s “lending library” to donating items to a charity to listing giveaways on websites where members swap or give things away for free. Ideally, freecycling is not a synonym for giving away your garbage. When deciding whether an item is worthy of entering the freecycle orbit, Hoven asks herself, “Is it nice enough to give to my mother?” The phrase “gently used” is often the guideline charities use, and in certain circumstances “working condition” of items — electronics, for example — is required. But different groups have different standards. When Hoven and her husband moved to an apartment building in the Takoma neighborhood, they realized they had some items they no longer needed. So the couple talked it over with neighbors and

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Becky Hoven began a freecycling shelf in her Takoma building.

decided to start a freecycling system within the building. Hoven even donated a shelf to get it going. It helped that they lived in a “green” building, where the community was active and interested in environmental causes — but the concept quickly drew interest, and the spirit of exchanging items with neighbors and checking out what’s new on the freecycle shelf became a hallmark of the building’s community. “It’s a good way to keep things in circulation,” said Hoven. “Now people have another option rather than to throw their stuff out.” Hoven became the unofficial keeper of the freecycle shelf, where on any given day one could find books, DVDs, toys and small housewares. On occasion, Hoven found that the freecycle shelf was overflowing, especially with books. So she took matters into her own hands and started to look for

more ways to repurpose the items, this time to benefit organizations that help others in the community. Some items have gone to Goodwill, and often books have been donated to the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library. A local nonprofit called Turning the Page has also become a beneficiary of the wealth of books residents at the Takoma apartment building no longer wanted. The first year Hoven donated to the organization, she and her husband gave away 12 boxes of books, DVDs and CDs. The next year, Turning the Page brought a truck to the building and collected 16 boxes of donated items. The nonprofit sells them during its annual book sale, which raises money for programs it runs through the D.C. Public Schools system to increase parent involvement in their children’s education. When Hoven and her husband moved into a condo on Longfellow Street that they purchased earlier this year, they had some leftover shelving from their old apartment. Unable to sell it, they went onto, navigated to the D.C. forum, and posted the offer. They quickly drew five takers. Hoven explained that when you join this website, one of the rules is that you have to give something away before you become eligible to collect items from others. When you have something to give, you post an email to the listserv with “Offer” in the subject line. When someone says they want the item, you resend the email replacing “Offer” with “Taken.” And if you’re looking for something, you can send out an email with See Freecycling/Page CG23


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sked if she has any favorite spots among the hundreds on the city’s AfricanAmerican Heritage Trail, Cultural Tourism DC’s Jane Freundel Levey balked. “Which of your children do you like best?” she responded. Still, the organization’s director of heritage programs is excited about the newest addition: Last month, Cultural Tourism mounted the trail’s 100th plaque, commemorating an old firehouse that once housed an all-black firefighting company. It was one of 13 plaques added this year, but the firehouse was chosen specifically to serve as the notable 100th. It was “kind of a nice confluence of a really nice story and a really good photograph,” said Freundel Levey. The story begins in the 1920s, when firefighting was a predominantly white field, and black members of the force weren’t winning promotions: “A number of senior firefighters who were African-American went to the leadership and said, ‘Look, you’re never going to promote us to leadership, so we want a black company,’” said Freundel Levey. Surprisingly, the top brass said yes. The fire department established an allblack station in Southwest D.C., and moving it to 931 R St. NW in 1940. Meanwhile, black filmmaker and photographer Gordon Parks came to Washington in 1942 to work on the Farm Security Administration photo survey — a New Deal program. “He was the first African-American photographer hired,” said Freundel Levey. And he focused his lens on his community. “The white photographers were certainly photographing black communities, but they had an approach that was sort of looking at the disorder, the poverty … . Gordon Parks was doing it from more of a black perspective.” In making his D.C. rounds, Parks came across the fire company on R Street. Today, more than 80 of the shots he took there are available for view at the Library of Congress (and 50-some are online at “It’s like he was embedded,” said Freundel Levey. “He hung out there, and he captured every aspect of life in the firehouse.” Those aspects were intriguing, she added. “I think what you will see is how incredibly disciplined the men were. Even when they were sitting there playing cards, their shoes were shined; their uniforms were pressed.” Today, light sculptor Craig Kraft owns the R Street building, which he has converted into a studio, gallery and living quarters. He was thrilled when Cultural Tourism decided to install a plaque on the exterior. “I was so excited,” he said. “Now I don’t always have to tell the whole story myself.” Kraft said the structure was built in 1885 to serve as “one of the main firehouses in Washington, D.C.,” as well as a “town meeting place.” It housed firefighters until 1977, serving as the home for the all-black company for about two decades, from 1940 until the early 1960s. Kraft uses the main engine bay as his studio, and he has transformed the upstairs bunk room into a gallery. He added a couple bedrooms and renovated the existing kitchen and massive bathroom, which is big enough that a whole company of firefighters can clean up there. The building is easy for passersby to spot: Not only

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Light sculptor Craig Kraft owns the old firehouse, which is described in a plaque, shown below.

does it still look like a firehouse, but one of Kraft’s light sculptures also sits out front. Those curious about the old firehouse may find other sites on the trail intriguing as well. Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit focused on documenting neighborhoods’ culture and heritage, began creating the trail in 2000, in response to a request from the Historic Preservation Office. The idea was to survey sites of importance to black history throughout the city, and then find a way to help tourists and others experience them. An initial list — created through an extensive survey and vetting process — turned up about 200 sites, many of which were located near one another. From there the organization created 15 walking tours as well as an online database. Visitors can either follow one of the walking trails or search online for sites that relate to a specific topic, said Freundel Levey. And though she initially hesitated to pick her favorite site on that list, she ultimately listed a few preferences. “Here’s one of my favorite places: the old Greyhound bus station, at 11th and New York Avenue,” she said. “It’s where the buses left for the [1961] freedom rides. If you go inside the building, which you can do, they have preserved the lobby of what the bus station used to look like.” Freundel Levey also mentioned the Thurgood Marshall Center, which used to be the 12th Street YMCA. “The front desk is the same as it was when the place was built in 1912,” she said, noting also that boxer Joe Louis trained in the gymnasium. Finally, Freundel Levey pointed to the LeDroit Park walk as particularly interesting. “It was built as a white-only little suburb, and it was right up against Howard University, so that didn’t last very long,” she said. “It was fenced, and African-Americans lived all around it, and they kept breaking down the fence because they wanted to walk through.” Ultimately, black families moved into the neighborhood by having white people buy homes for them, she said. The African-American Heritage Trail is just one in a number of historic resources provided by Cultural Tourism DC. The organization has also created about a dozen walks centered on the history of individual neighborhoods, and it offers a number of other programs as well. For details, visit

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Online map details lesser-known memorials By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer


here are guides galore to the well-known monuments and memorials of the nation’s capital. But an intriguing new computerized map from the National Capital Planning Commission also steers tourists and locals to some of the lesser-known monuments — outside downtown and the National Mall — and lets them “talk back” about the experience. The commission’s interactive online map, still in draft form, lets visitors click and drag around the city to find 130 commemorative works in 10 categories: presidents, military, foreign gifts and local history, for example. Click again for additional information: geographic coordinates, Google directions, date of dedication, and brief notes about the honoree. Another click lands visitors on Foursquare, a location-based networking site, where they can register their visit, make comments and even upload a photograph. The map includes the iconic monuments targeted by most tour-

ists — the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln — as well as the ubiquitous generals on horseback who decorate so many of the District’s traffic circles. But a quick online tour also

found some lesser known memorials in the outer reaches of the city’s Northwest quadrant, some on the pocket-sized triangles and circles of federal parkland created when

avenues named after states slice at crazy angles across the rectangular street grid. For example: ■ Montrose Park in Georgetown features a marble pier topped by an “armillary sphere” honoring Sarah Rittenhouse (18451943), considered the founder of the park next to Dumbarton Oaks. Rittenhouse led efforts to get Congress to buy the sloping land owned by ropemaking magnate Robert Parrott. The memorial was dedicated in 1956 by the Georgetown Garden Club. ■ A tiny patch of land off Connecticut Avenue at Ellicott Street contains a bronze bust honoring Peter Muhlenberg (1746-1807), a statesman, clergyman and soldier in the Revolutionary War. Muhlenberg, notably, boasted that he encouraged 300 men from his congregations to join the Army. The bust, surrounded by low walls, was dedicated in 1980 by adjacent St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. ■ Just south of Peirce Mill, a semicircular bench of pink granite honors Jules Jusserand (18551932), French ambassador to the United States during World War I. It was the first memorial erected on

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Two of the memorials in the new online guide are the marble pier at Montrose Park, left, and the fountain at Chevy Chase Circle. federal property to a foreign diplomat, according to map notes, and was dedicated in 1936 as a gift from the French government. ■ Chevy Chase Circle features a marble fountain honoring Francis Newlands (1846-1917), a Nevada senator best known locally for cofounding the Chevy Chase Land Co. and developing the “streetcar suburb” that bears that name. Dedicated in 1933, the fountain was sponsored by “Mrs. Newlands,” who covered the entire $12,000 cost. The map can be found at ncpc. gov/memorials, where visitors are encouraged to post comments on how well it works. There’s also a

link to a video ( that shows a planning commission intern skipping from the Temperance Fountain in Penn Square to lesser-known attractions such as the Titanic Memorial and Maine Lobsterman statue, both on the Southwest waterfront. The map’s data was developed as part of a joint research project by the planning commission and National Park Service that seeks new ways to locate and design commemorative works. It is part of the planning commission’s efforts to encourage placement of new monuments, memorials and museums outside the crowded National Mall.


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ost D.C. locals know of Fort Reno, the highest point in the city and the home to a popular summer concert series. Many end up passing by the cannon-decorated site of Fort Stevens, elevated on a grassy mound in Brightwood. And the name Fort Totten is hard to forget, with a Metro station named after it. Beyond that, awareness of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil War forts tends to get fuzzy for anyone but history buffs. The majority of the 17 surviving forts around the city are modestly marked, overgrown with vegetation and encountered mainly by accident. Originally made of earth and wood during the 1860s, many remain only as outlines or raised land.

But as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, a group of activists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with the National Park Service, which owns and administers the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fort Circle parksâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is striving to make the sites a more recognizable feature of Washington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an enormous resource right in our midst, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard to access it,â&#x20AC;? said Tersh Boasberg, president of the activist group, called the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses in Washington. The alliance started out as a scattered effort, with email conversations about fort preservation among local Civil War enthusiasts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could see that this was really not the way of going about it,â&#x20AC;? recalled Boasberg, a former chair of the D.C. Preservation Review Board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was obvious See Parks/Page CG7

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he collection of Civil War forts around Washington helped transform a sleepy young capital, almost entirely without defenses, into one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fortified cities. U.S. Major Gen. George McClellan recognized the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vulnerability in 1861, after the defeat of Union troops in the bloody First Battle of Bull Run in Manassas. By 1865, a 37-mile fortification system encircled the city, with 68 earthwork forts supported by 93 detached batteries. The forts saw no fighting during the early part of the Civil War, but the defense system ultimately protected the city against the raid of Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early in July of 1864. While thousands of Union troops were deployed in Virginia, Early and his troops

descended from Maryland. The confrontation culminated in the two-day Battle of Fort Stevens, during which Abraham Lincoln became the only sitting president in history to come under direct enemy fire. Overwhelmed by the Union force, Early and his troops withdrew on the night of July 12, abandoning their plan to capture Washington. Beyond their effect on the course of the Civil War, the ring of forts around Washington influenced the physical and cultural landscape of the capital city. Many trees, farms and buildings were razed to construct the forts, and a presentday map of Washington clearly reflects their boundaries. During the war, many slaves flocked to the forts seeking protection; freed slaves also settled near the sites once the war had ended. Most of the forts were dismantled or abandoned shortly after the

war, and as time passed, those remaining deteriorated. Today 17 identifiable fort sites survive within D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries, in addition to the Battleground National Cemetery, where 41 Union soldiers were buried after the Battle of Fort Stevens. Some sites, like Fort DeRussy, still feature visible evidence of their original structures. Others are identified by only modern markings: At Fort Stevens, for example, no part of the original fort remains but after a partial reconstruction in the 1930s, the site features earthworks, cannons and monuments. Beyond the 17 marked sites, other fortifications, such as Fort Gaines â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was located in an area now part of American University â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are known but show little or no traces of their original structures. Forts in Northwest D.C. See Forts/Page CG7

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From Page CG6 there should be something coherent done.â&#x20AC;? Eventually a formal group organized, bringing together scholars, activists and city government types. Benjamin Franklin Cooling, a local historian who has written two books on Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience of the Civil War, serves as one of the directors. So far, Boasberg said, the group has focused on three goals: preserving the forts; connecting them for walking, biking and driving; and publicizing the effort. The alliance, which became an official nonprofit a

couple of years ago, has sought to engage local civic groups in the conversation. Foremost, Boasberg said, the alliance has tried â&#x20AC;&#x153;to be an advocate of the Park Service.â&#x20AC;? In recent years, the Park Service has increased its efforts to publicize the forts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; releasing brochures, maps and a regular newsletter; organizing hiking events and discussions at the sites; and creating a Facebook page and multimedia exhibitions, among other projects. For the first time the agency has a staffer devoted exclusively to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil War resources. Meanwhile, the Park Service is also unfolding a long-range plan for preserving and enhancing the forts, focusing on their

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connection as a ring around the city. Many feel that creating a cohesive link between the forts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with signs and clear paths â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would increase both educational and recreational opportunities. Previous plans for the forts came out in 1968 and 2004, but the original idea to connect the sites first appeared in 1902 as part of the McMillan Commission plan for the city. For the latest effort, public meetings took place during the past year and a final plan is expected by the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, according to Simone Monteleone, the Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural resources specialist at Rock Creek Park. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one problem: â&#x20AC;&#x153;With difficult economic times on the horizon,â&#x20AC;? the Park

Service has no specific funding available for the enacting its plan, said Monteleone. But she pointed out that the 150th anniversary of Civil War opens up a critical window of opportunity for snagging funds. And though Boasberg acknowledged that the Park Service is â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely strainedâ&#x20AC;? with resources, he said the fort plan is a modest, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not hugely expensive thing.â&#x20AC;? The Alliance to Preserve Civil War Defenses of Washington recently launched a website at The National Park Service maintains a site about Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil war forts at cwdw, where information is available about the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;long-range interpretive plan.â&#x20AC;?


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Fort Stevens

â&#x2013; Location: Piney Branch Road and Quackenbos Street â&#x2013;  Civil War action: Originally named Fort Massachusetts, the defense commanded the presentday Georgia Avenue. The fortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nickname â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Brightwoodâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; later became the name of the area around it. When Union troops expanded the fort westward, they tore into the house of a freed black woman, Elizabeth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aunt Bettyâ&#x20AC;? Thomas, who claimed that President Lincoln promised her a reward (which she never received). During the Battle of Fort Stevens, Lincoln and his wife came to observe the attack and were briefly subjected to enemy fire. Gen. Early, recognizing Fort Stevens was too strong for his forces to break, retreated. He remarked to his staff: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like hell.â&#x20AC;?

Fort DeRussy

â&#x2013; Location: A few hundred yards up a dirt trail from the intersection of Military Road and Oregon Avenue â&#x2013;  Civil War action: During the Battle of Fort Stevens, Fort DeRussy was heavily engaged in the supporting action. Troops used the unwieldy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parrot rifle,â&#x20AC;? which had a range as far as Silver Spring.

Fort Reno

â&#x2013; Location: Chesapeake and 40th streets â&#x2013;  Civil War action: At more than 400 feet above sea level, Fort Reno (originally named Fort Pennsylvania) sat on the highest point of the defense line and served as a major campground during the war. Eventually the fort became the largest and strongest defending the capital, with 3,000 men and a dozen heavy guns. Fort Reno was the first defense to spot the dust clouds of Gen. Earlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troops advancing into Washington. Sources: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forts: A Guide to Civil War Defenses in Washington,â&#x20AC;? by Benjamin Franklin Cooling III and Walton H. Owen II, and the National Park Service and Cultural Tourism DC.



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ragedies, comedies and musicals fill the upcoming theatrical season to bursting in Washington, as a look at the main offerings reveals. Two comedies come from China to the Kennedy Center this month as part of a series on the arts of that nation. One explores the big questions facing Chinese society today, from the perspective of two dogs; the other traces the comical ups and downs of a Peking-duck restaurant over 50 years. Tony Award-winning musicals at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage and Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parade,â&#x20AC;? telling the true story of Photo by Scott Suchman an Atlanta Jew lynched in the Ted van Griethuysen and Randy Harrison star in Studio Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 1910s; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billy Elliot the Musical,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the adventures of a boy Habit of Art,â&#x20AC;? a new offering by English playwright Alan Bennett. trying to realize his dancing Shakespeare Theatre Company ny will also mount a rock opera dreams; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Cage aux Folles,â&#x20AC;? through Oct. 9. based on the latter, and it will proabout the members of a family struggling to stay together and stay duce a Rodgers and Hart musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heir Apparent.â&#x20AC;? David Ivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Comedy of Errorsâ&#x20AC;? true to themselves; â&#x20AC;&#x153;1776,â&#x20AC;? which adaptation of Jean-François titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boys From Syracuse.â&#x20AC;? portrays the debates leading to the Regnardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1706 French farce is Christmas will see not only the Declaration of Independence; and directed by Michael Kahn and stars annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music Man,â&#x20AC;? about a con Floyd King. Shakespeare Theatre man who risks being caught to win Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, but also a worldpremiering play loosely based on it Company through Oct. 23. the love of a woman. titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Carolâ&#x20AC;? present- â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Habit of Art.â&#x20AC;? Alan Bennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? wistful, filthily funny examination ed by Keegan gets a makeof creativity, desire and the tenacity Theatre. over for its of the artistic spirit. Studio Theatre Another world 25th anniversathrough Oct. 16. premiere at ry in a restagKeegan is ing with sets â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cuchullainâ&#x20AC;? in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trouble in Mind.â&#x20AC;? Alice Childressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inspired by the June. Along the 1955 play about the tribulations of paintings of racial integration on Broadway. way, Arena Victor Hugo, Stage will offer Arena Stage through Oct. 23. the author of two plays by the novel upon â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imaging Madoff.â&#x20AC;? A controversial Eugene which the Photo by Scott Suchman Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, and play about an imaginary encounter musical is between Ponzi schemer Bernard the The Shakespeare Theatre based. A musiMadoff and a Holocaust survivor. Shakespeare cal world preCompanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heir Apparentâ&#x20AC;? Theater J through Sept. 25. Theatre miere is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like continues through Oct. 23. Company will Water for SEPTEMBER present Samuel Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monoChocolate,â&#x20AC;? following on the logue exploration of human characmovie and novel of the same 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;ÂĄAy, Carmela!â&#x20AC;? The heartter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Krappâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Tape.â&#x20AC;? name. breaking story of a vaudeville com It is also a season of RECENTLY OPENED edy duo during the Spanish Civil Shakespeare comedies, with the War. In Spanish with English surtiShakespeare Theatre Company preâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Fela!â&#x20AC;? A musical based on the life tles. Gala Theatre through Oct. 9. senting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much Ado About of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, Nothing,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Merry Wives of whose music is featured along with 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Dogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Opinions on Windsorâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Life.â&#x20AC;? National Theatre of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gentlemen of Verona.â&#x20AC;? The compa- the choreography of Bill T. Jones. improvisational comedy explores some of the big questions facing Chinese society from a canine perspective. Kennedy Center through Sept. 21.





23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parade.â&#x20AC;? A Tony Awardwinning musical based on the true story of the trial and lynching of Atlanta Jew Leo Frank in the 1910s. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through Oct. 30. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lungs.â&#x20AC;? A couple negotiates sex, parenthood and responsibility in Duncan Macmillanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intimate drama about chance, change and consequences. Studio Theatre through Oct. 16. See Theater/Page CG16

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Music season defined by variety of offerings By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


rom medieval chants to a world-premiering folk opera, the musical offerings ahead this season span not only a millennium but also a wide range of genres. Here’s a look at some of the highlights. Washington National Opera jump-started the season by opening Puccini’s spellbinder “Tosca” last Saturday. Opera later this month includes performances of China’s clangorous romantic comedy “Romance of the West Chamber” by the Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre. Christmas provides an unusually rich season, getting under way with a pageant of music, dance and stories from medieval Spain, this year’s offering from the Christmas Revels. Another Washington institution is “A Celtic Christmas,” presented by the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort at Dumbarton United Methodist Church. Local choruses also lend their voices to this time of plenty, and the National Symphony Orchestra performs its annual “Messiah.” January finds the women of Anonymous 4 singing the chants of 12th-century mystic and nun Hildegard von Bingen, accompanied on period instruments by the Folger Consort in the aptly echoing Washington National Cathedral. The month will also see the modern world premiere of Monsigny’s 1762 opera “Le Roi et le fermier” by Opera Lafayette. Schubert’s lyrical song cycle “Winterreise” (“Winter Journey”) anticipates spring with a performance by pianist Christoph Eschenbach and baritone Matthias Goerne in early March. The month also features the National Symphony Orchestra performing Brahms, Bartók, Dvorák, the Strausses and Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” as part of the

Left: Photo by Scott Suchman / Above: Photo by Robert Workman

Patricia Racette, left, stars in Washington National Opera’s production of Puccini’s spellbinder “Tosca,” now playing at the Kennedy Center Opera House; in November, the company will bring Donizetti’s tragic “Lucia di Lammermoor,” above, to the Kennedy Center. Kennedy Center series “The Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna.” The season closes on a bittersweet note in June with a tribute by the Choral Arts Society of Washington to its director for 47 years, Norman Scribner, who will retire after conducting Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” this spring. But music renews itself, and that month the Washington Chorus will give us the world premiere of Prestini’s folk opera “Oceanic Verses.”

RECENTLY OPENED “Tosca.” Washington National Opera performs this tragic spellbinder by Puccini. Kennedy Center through Sept. 24.

SEPTEMBER 25 — “A Vintage Year: 1685.” The Washington Bach Consort performs music of Bach, Scarlatti and Handel, all born in 1685. National Presbyterian Church. 25 — The National Symphony Orchestra marks its 80th anniversary with a gala ball concert led by music director Christoph Eschenbach with violinist Joshua

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Bell and baritone Thomas Hampson, performing Dvorák, Bruch, Copland and Ravel. Kennedy Center. 28 — “Romance of the West Chamber.” Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre performs China’s most popular romantic comedy. Kennedy Center through Sept. 29. 29 — The National Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with guest con-

ductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Kennedy Center through Oct. 1. 30 — “A New Song: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible.” Elizabethan instrumental and vocal music inspired by the Bible. Folger Theatre through Oct. 2.

OCTOBER 15 — “Hugo Wolf Quartett: Songs Without Words.” The Vienna-

based quartet performs music by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. Dumbarton Church. 15 — “Love Potion #1.” The In Series sets Donizetti’s comic opera in a D.C. high school during the 1950s. Gala Theatre through Oct. 29. 22 — Sweet Honey in the Rock pays tribute to Odetta, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba in a See Music/Page CG18


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ndy Warhol is coming to the National Mall this month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the form of two roughly concurrent exhibitions, one at the National Gallery of Art and the other at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warhol on the Mall,â&#x20AC;? a joint celebration of the artist, spotlights the two shows, one featuring works Warhol created on the theme of news headlines, and the other highlighting the series of canvases he based on distorted photographs of shadows. The celebration also includes films, concerts, lectures, a symposium and more. All this kicks off an exciting season of exhibitions in Washington. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nigerian figural art, ancient Spanish tapestries, Gordon Parksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photography, patent models, Egyptian mummies, fish-skeleton X-rays, Renaissance bronzes or pure abstractions, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for all tastes. Besides Warhol, the season includes plenty of other big names. One of the biggest is certainly Picasso, whose exquisitely sensitive and classically informed early drawings will be highlighted in a January show at the National Gallery subtitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reinventing Tradition.â&#x20AC;? In June, the gallery will celebrate another pillar of modern art, surrealist Joan MirĂł, with a huge exhibition focusing on the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s politically engaged side.

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What history wrought: Looking back at three decades of preservation By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer


n 1979, historian James Goode published â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Destroyed Buildings.â&#x20AC;? The photograph-laden book documented 252 structures demolished in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, including grand homes, churches and government buildings. Many met the wrecking ball in the name of progress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Kennedy Center, for example, replaced a brewery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while others were


From Page CG11 arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affiliated with any formal organization, but serve simply to bring people together to explore identity, form community or to talk about what they find interesting. TalkTNY focuses exclusively on articles in the New Yorker, which Yodsnukis said is often just the right amount of thought-provoking content for a busy professional. His group meets biweekly, while others gather monthly to give members plenty of time to get through a book. Most groups require that the participants have read at least a significant portion of the book. The environment of the discussion has to be just right, too. Yodsnukis said his New Yorker club had tried several restaurants and other gathering places. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has to be quiet, or quiet enough that you can talk; canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play loud music or be too noisy,â&#x20AC;? Yodsnukis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also needs to be Metro accessible, needs to have a place you can get a cup of coffee to sip on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if you can have lunch thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even better â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting there for a few hours.â&#x20AC;? Some groups skip the search for the perfect spot altogether and find themselves meeting in membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes, though for the vegetarian society book club, the search for an amenable location was worth it to avoid putting a load of stress on the organizer, said Preiss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Book clubs are supposed to be fun,â&#x20AC;? she said. The

destroyed through neglect or catastrophe. Goodeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indictment of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disregard for its own past cataloged an era that had just ended in Washington a few months earlier: In 1978, a new law set up the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Office and Historic Preservation Review Board. Those entities were tasked with designating individual properties as landmarks or entire neighborhoods as historic districts and with reviewing planned alterations to designated buildings. The law was a high-water mark of suc-

group meets at area vegetarian restaurants. Some groups consist of a small core of people, while others are a looser affiliation. Books and Banter invites a group of up to 150 people to meetings via Evite; the first 15 or so to respond participate. The facilitators of various clubs generally agreed that between seven and 15 people is a good amount for a discussion; any more and it becomes difficult for everyone to participate, and any fewer and the discussion is often less interesting. While book clubs may bring to mind groups of friends more interested in gossip than the subject at hand, most of those advertising for members are serious about their discussions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People like the group because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real place where you can read a book and discuss [it] with people and a good place to exchange ideas,â&#x20AC;? said Bernie Piper, organizer of Books and Banter. The group holds occasional happy hours as a social outlet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; partly to ensure that the book club meetings remain about books. Peter Costolanski of the DC Literature Discussion Group said that while the membership of his group has evolved over time, the friendship and discussions retain their appeal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, especially in the middle of a working week, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a great way to stimulate the imagination, change pace completely, and do something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just inherently really enriching â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reading and discussing literature,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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past few yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most endangered is a stroll through the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most divisive preservation issues. In 2008, the league listed the unused trolley tracks on O and P streets in Georgetown as endangered. The tracks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the last remaining â&#x20AC;&#x153;conduitâ&#x20AC;? tracks, which donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use overhead wires, in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were hotly debated for years in Georgetown, a neighborhood known for its vigilance in protecting its historic fabric. The tracks were difficult to drive on and could be hazardous, See Historic/Page CG15





cess for historic preservation advocates who had rallied to save the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue a few years earlier. Calling themselves â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tear It Down,â&#x20AC;? the group forced planners to abandon plans to sacrifice the circa-1899 structure, dubbed an â&#x20AC;&#x153;old tooth,â&#x20AC;? to changing tastes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tear It Downâ&#x20AC;? later morphed into the D.C. Preservation League, which makes headlines each year when it publishes a list of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;most endangeredâ&#x20AC;? sites. Though some items remain under the radar even after making the list, a glance over the



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were looking for ways to draw more customers each Saturday, particularly people in their 20s and those who might fill the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunchtime lull. According to Lauren Biel, executive director of DC Greens, which helps run the market, a volunteer in her 20s suggested bringing in the trucks because people her age follow them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The farmers market seemed like an ideal location for the food trucks to pull into our neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Biel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have about 500 customers at every market, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good customer base for the food trucks, and our neighborhood gets to sample a variety of foods.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also increased exposure for the market itself: Biel said that when she tweets about which truck will be at that weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market, the truck then retweets her post. As a result, the market has gained many new Twitter followers, which has translated into more customers. Red Hook was at the market

during the weekend of Hurricane Irene, and despite the wind and rain, a long line snaked around the parking lot as people waited for their lobster rolls. Povich decided to come back the following week for anyone who might have decided not to brave the weather that day. A different food truck will park every Saturday at the front of the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardy Middle School parking lot location on Wisconsin Avenue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 19, when the market ends for the season. Food trucks are also making more appearances at other largescale public events in the city. Hip to the trend, Wilson High School has invited several vendors to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75th anniversary celebration on Oct. 15. Red Hook will be parked at the music and arts festival, along with TaKorean (tacos with Korean barbeque), DC Empanadas, Fojol Brothers (a selfdescribed â&#x20AC;&#x153;culinary carnivalâ&#x20AC;? whose food leans toward Indianstyle fare) and Curbside Cupcakes. And the vendors are giving back: All food trucks will donate 20 per-

before going before the D.C. Council. There is no timeline in place for when that might happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our industry is really good for the city,â&#x20AC;? said Mike Lenard, owner of TaKorean and director of finance for the DC Food Trucks Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day is a food truck party; people are eating lunch on the grass, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re activating public spaces. If customers in Northwest ask food trucks to come, we will, and if there is a sustained interest in food trucks it benefits everyone.â&#x20AC;? Deirdre Bannon/The Current

Big Cheese is among the food trucks that have begun operating in Upper Northwest. cent of their sales that day to the Wilson Capital Campaign. Despite their popularity, food trucks face legal challenges when it comes to the city regulations that oversee their businesses. Currently, the rules center around whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ice cream truckâ&#x20AC;? laws, which state that a truck canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop unless itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hailed, and once a line dies down, the vendor is supposed to move on. The DC Food Trucks Association officially organized in February 2011 to represent and protect the interests of mobile food vendors. There were 17 founding members, and eight months later the association now has more than 30 members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The current regulations donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for the food truck business model,â&#x20AC;? said Rathbone, a founding member. Trucks need time to set up and break down, particularly those with fryers and other hot cooking equipment, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not safe to drive a truck with hot oil moving around.â&#x20AC;? Vendors also face opposition from the Restaurant Association

Metropolitan Washington and its members, who advocate for restrictions on how close a food truck can park to existing brick-and-mortar restaurants. Rathbone calls these proposals â&#x20AC;&#x153;anti-competitive.â&#x20AC;? Povich, another founding member of the association, said food truck owners â&#x20AC;&#x153;consider ourselves restaurants and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to be regulated like restaurants.â&#x20AC;? He also noted the positive impact food trucks can have on the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good corporate citizens and stewards of entrepreneurship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all small businesses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hiring people, doing our part to help the economy,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we hope ultimately that will pay benefits to the communities we serve.â&#x20AC;? Povich is â&#x20AC;&#x153;cautiously optimisticâ&#x20AC;? that proposed new regulations authored by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will be fair to mobile food vendors. The rules are awaiting Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy with them, the proposal will proceed to public comment

How to find the trucks

How do you find your favorite truck or learn in advance that one will be in your neck of the woods? A handy website created by Kyle Johnson will do all the heavy lifting for you: Food Truck Fiesta surveys the landscape and posts all the details for food trucks throughout the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the site even alerts followers when a food truck offers a free meal to the person with the best umbrella, for example. For more information, go to And Twitter is one of the best ways to keep up with your favorite food trucks. Here are a few handles of food trucks that are venturing into Upper Northwest: â&#x2013; Big Cheese @bigcheesetruck â&#x2013;  Curbside Cupcakes @curbsidecupcake â&#x2013;  DC Slices @dcslices â&#x2013;  Eat Wonky @eatwonky â&#x2013;  Pleasant Pops @pleasantpops â&#x2013;  TaKorean @takorean â&#x2013;  Red Hook Lobster Pound @LobsterTruckDC


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6 — “In the Tower: Mel Bochner.” Highlights the 45-year career of Bochner, an innovator of conceptual art in the 1960s, with some 40 works that combine visual art and words. The East Building Tower of the National Gallery of Art through April 8.

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SEPTEMBER 14 — “Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley.” An international exhibition with more than 150 objects that highlight the figural traditions of one of the lesser-known regions of Nigeria. National Museum of African Art through March 4. 18 — “The Invention of Glory: Alfonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries.” Features the Pastrana Tapestries, four recently restored monumental works on loan from the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Pastrana, Spain. They depict the conquest of two Moroccan cities by Portugal’s King Alfonso V in 1471. National Gallery of Art through Jan. 8. 24 — “Power Play: China’s Empress Dowager.” Early 20thcentury photographs portray China’s depraved tyrant the Grand Empress Dowager Cixi (18351908) as she attempted to rehabilitate her tarnished public image. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through Jan. 29. 25 — “Warhol: Headlines.” The first exhibition to fully explore the works that Andy Warhol created on the theme of news headlines. It presents some 80 works, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, films and videos. National Gallery of Art through Jan. 2. 25 — “Andy Warhol: Shadows.” A series of 102 silkscreened, handpainted canvases featuring distorted photographs of shadows generated in Andy Warhol’s studio. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through Jan. 15.

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Kehinde Wiley’s 2008 oil painting “Sleep” is part of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s exhibit “30 Americans,” opening in October and continuing through February. 1 — “Gordon Parks: Photographs From the Collection.” Showcases Park’s photographic essays about poverty, race, segregation and crime. Corcoran Gallery of Art through Jan. 16. 1 — “‘Something of Splendor’: Decorative Arts From the White House.” Spotlights 93 objects from the White House collection, including furniture, ceramics, metal ware, glass and textiles. Renwick Gallery through May 6. 2 — “Harry Callahan at 100.” Celebrates the innovative and influential 20th-century American photographer with some 110 of his daring and experimental images. National Gallery of Art through March 4. 14 — “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories.” Highlights more than 50 artifacts to show the central role visual arts played in the work and life of Gertrude Stein. National Portrait Gallery through Jan. 22. 15 — “Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa.” More than 50 19th- and early-20th-century texLARGEST SELECTION of sheet music in DC!

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tiles from the Kuba kingdom, in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Textile Museum through Feb. 12. 21 — “The Evolving Universe.” Takes visitors on a journey from present-day earth to the far reaches of space and earliest time to show how the universe evolved. National Museum of Natural History through March 1. 28 — “The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.” Portraits of

50 African-Americans provide insight on the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the United States. National Portrait Gallery through April 22. 29 — “A Song for the Horse Nation.” A critically acclaimed exhibition about the enduring relationship between Native people and horses. National Museum of the American Indian through Jan. 7.

NOVEMBER 1 — “Jet as Art.” Jeffery Milstein’s

6 — “Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes.” The first exhibition in the United States devoted to the Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (circa 1455-1528). National Gallery of Art through April 8. 8 — “Mail Call.” Tells the history of military mail from the American Revolution to 2010. National Postal Museum, on view indefinitely. 11 — “Jefferson’s Bible.” Thomas Jefferson’s scrapbook compilation of the story of Jesus. National Museum of American History, on view indefinitely. 11 — “Multiplicity.” Highlights 83 contemporary artists motivated by the concept of multiplicity and See Exhibits/Page CG14


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exploring techniques such as repetition, pairing and variations on a theme. Smithsonian American Art Museum through March 11. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models From the Rothschild Collection.â&#x20AC;? Features 35 models illustrating the wide variety of 19th-century devices patented by American inventors. Smithsonian American Art Museum through Nov. 2, 2013. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt.â&#x20AC;? Explores life in ancient Egypt through its burial rituals and cosmology. National Museum of Natural History, on view indefinitely.

18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer.â&#x20AC;? Features nearly 50 photographs by Leifer, whose iconic images have appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time and People magazine covers. Newseum through March 18. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unbuilt Washington.â&#x20AC;? Highlights unrealized proposals for noteworthy architectural and urban design projects in Washington, D.C., and its environs from the 1790s to the present. National Building Museum through May 28.

DECEMBER 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?â&#x20AC;? Australian artistic duo illustrates the food an astronaut would require on a trip to Mars. Corcoran Gallery

of Art through March 11.

JANUARY 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Time: Photography by Sammy Baloji.â&#x20AC;? Congolese photographer and video artist Baloji portrays the industrial landscapes around Lubumbashi, the second-largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in this meditation on postcolonial history, urbanization and aspiration in 21st-century Africa. National Museum of Natural History through Jan. 6, 2013. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves.â&#x20AC;? Highlights the wolf stories of the Quileute people of coastal Washington. National Museum of the American Indian through May 9.

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28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;X-ray Vision: Fish Inside Out.â&#x20AC;? Presents X-rays of fish skeletons to illustrate evolutionary development. National Museum of Natural History through Aug. 5.

Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tawaraya Workshop.â&#x20AC;? Features garments from one of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and most-renowned silk workshops. Textile Museum through Aug. 12.

29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drawings, 18901921: Reinventing Tradition.â&#x20AC;? Some 55 works by one of the 20th centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest draftsmen trace his development from a precocious child to a virtuoso, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage. National Gallery of Art through May 6.

23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sourcing the Museum.â&#x20AC;? Works by 12 contemporary artists inspired by objects at the Textile


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The Dungeons and Dragons game is featured in 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dragons, Nagas and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Video Games,â&#x20AC;? opening in March at the Creatures of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Deep.â&#x20AC;? Celebrating 2012 as the Year of the Museum, along with those objects. Dragon in East Asia, the show Textile Museum through Aug. 19. presents a selection of textiles depicting dragons and related fan30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Confederate Sketches tastical creatures through the ages. of Adalbert Volck.â&#x20AC;? Confederate Textile Museum through Jan. 6. propaganda by a Baltimore dentist that vilified Abraham Lincoln, 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshot: Painters and Northern abolitionists and Union Photography, Bonnard to soldiers. National Portrait Gallery Vuillard.â&#x20AC;? Approximately 200 phothrough Jan. 21. tographs, 40 paintings and 60 works on paper explore the dynam- 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mathew Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ic relationships between the various Photographs of Union Generals.â&#x20AC;? media in late-19th- and early-20thModern albumen prints made from century art. Phillips Collection original Brady negatives for studio through May 6. portraits of many Union generals. National Portrait Gallery through 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suprasensorial: May 1, 2015. Experiments in Light, Color and APRIL Space.â&#x20AC;? Installations by five South American artists explore the international light-and-space movement 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938of the 20th century. Hirshhorn 2010.â&#x20AC;? Some 100 works show how Museum and Sculpture Garden photographers like Harry Callahan, through May 12. Bruce Davidson, Philip-Lorca MARCH diCorcia, Walker Evans and Beat Streuli pursued the new genre of 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doug Aitken â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 360-Degree street photography. National Projection.â&#x20AC;? A site-specific installa- Gallery of Art through Aug. 5. tion by Aitken will employ a dozen high-definition projectors to cover 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;African American Art in the the entire facade of the Hirshhorn Twentieth Century.â&#x20AC;? Paintings, Museum with a 360-degree panora- sculptures, prints and photographs ma. Hirshhorn Museum and by 43 black artists who explored Sculpture Garden through May 1. the African-American experience last century. Smithsonian American 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;MathAlive.â&#x20AC;? Forty interactives Art Museum through Sept. 3. illustrate the math behind various childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, including 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perspectives: Ai Weiwei.â&#x20AC;? skateboarding, snowboarding, Works by the controversial Chinese video games and more. S. Dillon artist explore the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place Ripley Center through June 3. in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through April 7. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire and Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic.â&#x20AC;? Highlights what were 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;House & Home.â&#x20AC;? Surveys a in their day the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two largest variety of houses, familiar and surmobile post offices. National Postal prising, old and new, challenging Museum through Jan. 12. our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. National 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Video Games.â&#x20AC;? Building Museum, on view for at Examines the evolution of the least five years. video game as an artistic medium. Smithsonian American Art MAY Museum through Sept. 30. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joan MirĂł: The Ladder of 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woven Treasures of See Exhibits/Page CG20

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some say, and the advisory neighborhood commission has voted to support the streetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; renovation and the tracksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; partial removal. The work is now under way. The preservation league has also highlighted threatened properties that are already landmarked. The Third Church of Christ, Scientist has made the endangered list in recent years, as its congregation engaged in a high-profile battle to demolish what they said was a drafty, inefficient building that was impossible for the small group to maintain. Although the poured-concrete church, cited as an example of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brutalistâ&#x20AC;? style of architecture, does have landmark status, city officials decided the congregants could raze the structure and replace it with a smaller church built as part of a mixed-use development. The hard-to-love church could be a harbinger of the next big preservation battles in D.C. as mid-century buildings start to need expensive overhauls. Many property owners may take the opportunity not only to upgrade creaky systems but also to replace tired facades or even entire structures. The American Institute of Architects is attempting to lead those owners by example with a renovation of its D.C. headquarters. The V-shaped, circa-1973 building had historic-preservation credibility from the outset; its wings envelop, but do not overwhelm, the circa-1800 Octagon House that shares the site. But particularly in contrast to that early-American Octagon House, the association headquarters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with its fixed ribbon windows and cast concrete â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may not seem like an architectural gem. Plannersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; environmental design principles, and a belief that the structure will eventually be a historic landmark, are driving the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders to upgrade the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior and systems while maintaining the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that you need to change just to change,â&#x20AC;? said Jim Gatsch, managing director of the renovation, which will seek platinum status from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. While changes to individual landmarks typically take the headlines, many residents of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30-plus locally designated historic districts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; compared with nine in Philadelphia and eight in Boston â&#x20AC;&#x201D; quietly and successfully alter their homes in accordance with the regulations that govern such improvements. Those efforts are usually fairly straightforward, said architectural historian Tim DennĂŠe of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Office. City preservation officials must review all permits for new construction, exterior alteration, demolition or

subdivision in a historic district, but almost all of the thousands of permit requests the office handles every year are handled at the staff level, he pointed out. The small percentage of projects that need further scrutiny are sent to the Historic Preservation Review Board. That panel, with input from individuals as well as the affected advisory neighborhood commission, recommends to approve or deny the project; if denied, a homeowner can appeal to the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent, who must hold a hearing. The Historic Preservation Review Board is also responsible for deciding whether or not to designate a neighborhood as a historic district. Though that power may seem benign, fierce battles have erupted over such designations. The Chevy Chase neighborhood endured a years-long divisive debate over whether or not to support such a district. Supporters of historic designation worried that developers would tear down older residences with impunity, while the opposition claimed that the historicpreservation process placed too great a burden on homeowners looking to modernize their homes. An abundance of information can help dispel fears surrounding the historic preservation process, according to DennĂŠe. The Historic Preservation Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website offers design guidelines for many of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic neighborhoods and will soon feature more, he said. Subject guides for categories like doors and windows are

also available. And if proposed rule changes are adopted, residents of a prospective historic district would receive comment forms along with hearing notices that would allow them to register support for or opposition to historic designation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to assume â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and many do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that historic preservation officials dislike modern design and want new construction to match whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already in older neighborhoods. Detractors point to the kerfuffle over plans for an Apple computer store in Georgetown. The design darlings went a handful of gorounds with the Old Georgetown Board, the review panel that examines designs for that neighborhood, a federal historic district. The plan that emerged alluded to Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Federal-style neighbors more than earlier drawings had, such as one with a completely glass facade. But the result is not an exact replica of its 19th-century neighbors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and historic preservation experts donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to be. Such distinction between old and new is essential to successful historic preservation, say experts. Scale, rhythm, proportion, composition, materials and more can all be deployed to create relationships between new structures and old

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Modern structures such as the American Institute of Architects, left, and the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, often elicit debate over the role of preservation. without slavishly copying historic fabric, they argue. Since â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tear It Downâ&#x20AC;? led the way, the city has no shortage of impassioned residents ready to weigh in on proposed alterations to historic buildings or districts. Some, like Rick Busch, president of the Dupont Circle Conservancy, credit the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic preservation law, now in its third decade, for giving advocates strong tools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would stand up against any in the U.S.,â&#x20AC;? said Busch. Busch also takes the long view of historic preservation trends,

noting that some lost battles end up in preservationistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favor, like the large number of historic buildings that were revitalized around the then-MCI Center. Preservationists opposed the development at the time because it disrupted the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant plan. But in the majority of cases, said Busch, it comes down to neighbors working hard â&#x20AC;&#x153;to maintain a sense of an individual neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? This article originally ran in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 Community Guide.

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28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrables.â&#x20AC;? The legendary musical, re-imagined with scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Kennedy Center through Oct. 30. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Restaurant.â&#x20AC;? This Beijing Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Theatre production chronicles the comic ups and downs of a Peking-duck restaurant over half a century. Kennedy Center through Oct. 2.


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6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norman.â&#x20AC;? Montreal-based Lemieux Pilon presents a tribute to pioneer filmmaker Norman McLaren combining holograms and live actors. Kennedy Center through Oct. 8. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book Club Play.â&#x20AC;? Resident playwright Karen Zacariasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comedy about a type-A personality as her world falls apart. Arena Stage through Nov. 6. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Bright New Boise.â&#x20AC;? Boredom and sensation mix in the employee snack room of a chainstore outlet in Boise, Idaho. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Nov. 6. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Othello.â&#x20AC;? A classic Shakespeare tragedy about an insanely jealous ruler. Folger Theatre through Nov. 27. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mabou Mines DollHouse.â&#x20AC;? A deconstruction of Henrik Ibsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feminist anthem â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Houseâ&#x20AC;? with little men dominating and

For the 25th anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrables,â&#x20AC;? the Kennedy Center will feature sets based on the paintings of Victor Hugo. 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quijote y Sancho Panza.â&#x20AC;? An adaptation for the stage of Cervantesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; classic picaresque novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quixote.â&#x20AC;? A bilingual presentation for children. Gala Theatre through March 1.

NOVEMBER 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golden Dragon.â&#x20AC;? Five actors cross age, race and gender to play 15 characters in this fiercely comic, poetic and moving investigation of how intertwined our lives are. Studio Theatre through Dec. 11. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boys from Syracuse.â&#x20AC;? A Rodgers and Hart musical based on Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Comedy of Errors.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeare Theatre Company through Nov. 6. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Boys.â&#x20AC;? A Tony Award-winning musical about how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The National Theatre through Jan. 7. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equivocation.â&#x20AC;? Bill Cainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of truth, the perils of compromise and the terrible consequences of equivocation. Arena Stage through Jan. 1. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; holiday classic adapted to the stage. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through Dec. 31. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much Ado About Nothing.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy about matched wits and love. Shakespeare Theatre Company through Jan. 1.

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Arena Stage will present the political thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equivocation.â&#x20AC;? commanding women one and a half times their size. Kennedy Center through Oct. 22.

22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crucible.â&#x20AC;? Arthur Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s searing portrayal of the Salem witch hunts. Keegan Theatre through Nov. 19. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the Fall.â&#x20AC;? An intellectual play by Arthur Miller, with veiled autobiographical references. Theater J through Nov. 27.

25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;You, Nero.â&#x20AC;? Amy Freedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farce about a forgotten playwright trying to restore order through the art of theater to a collapsing Rome. Arena Stage through Jan. 1. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Krappâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Tape.â&#x20AC;? Oscarnominated actor John Hurt stars in Samuel Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo character study, produced by Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate Theatre. Shakespeare Theatre Company through Dec. 4.

DECEMBER 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bust.â&#x20AC;? Written and performed

by former â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daily Showâ&#x20AC;? correspondent Lauren Weedman, the comedy balances her life as a Hollywood actress with a stint as a volunteer in a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jail. Studio Theatre through Dec. 18. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Carol.â&#x20AC;? A world-premiering play loosely based on Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? Keegan Theatre through Dec. 31. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies.â&#x20AC;? A gleeful anti-holiday celebration of doom by Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Second City. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Jan. 8. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billy Elliot the Musical.â&#x20AC;? The Tony Award winner celebrates one boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey to make his dreams come true. Kennedy Center through Jan. 15. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards.â&#x20AC;? Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor portrays the witty Texas politician. Kennedy Center through Jan. 15.

JANUARY 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Stands Still.â&#x20AC;? Donald Marguliesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drama follows an injured photojournalist who returns home from the Iraq War. Studio Theatre through Jan. 21. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Religion Thing.â&#x20AC;? A world-premiering romantic comedy examines relationships and religion in the life of a D.C. couple. Theater J through Jan. 29. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Cage aux Folles.â&#x20AC;? A Tony Award-winning musical about a gay couple and their son as they struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and stay true to themselves. Kennedy Center through Feb. 12. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen of Verona.â&#x20AC;? An early Shakespeare romantic comedy about desire and loyalty. Shakespeare Theatre Company through March 4. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red.â&#x20AC;? Goodman Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Award-winning production about the abstract painter Mark Rothko facing the biggest challenge of his career. Arena Stage through See Theater/Page CG17

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20 — “Elephant Room.” A new comedy about over-the-hill illusionists who still insist on living their lives by sleight of hand. Arena Stage through Feb. 26. 20 — “Necessary Sacrifices.” An exploration of the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Ford’s Theatre through Feb. 12. 21 — “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” A Neil Simon comedy about putting together a weekly variety show in the early 1950s. Keegan Theatre through Feb. 18. 24 — “The Gaming Table.” Susanna Centlivre’s 18th-century comedy of English manners set around a gaming table. Folger Theatre through March 4.

4 — “The Kinsey Sicks Take (A) Back America!” A drag beautyshop quartet critiques America. Theater J through Feb. 19. 9 — “Anna in the Tropics.” A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the transformational power of literature amid harsh economic realities. In Spanish with English surtitles. Gala Theatre through March 4. 13 — “Civilization (All You Can Eat).” Six hungry city-dwellers scramble for sustenance in this scathing satire of American enterprise and ingenuity. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

14 — “Working — A Musical.” A musical by Steven Schwartz and Nina Faso based on the Studs Terkel book. Keegan Theatre through May 13.

29 — “Sucker Punch.” Two black teenagers step into the boxing ring and must face who they are — champions or sellouts? Studio Theatre through March 17. 29 — “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza.” This play retells the story of the 1656 religious interrogation of enlightened philosopher Spinoza. Theater J through April 1.


9 — “Ah, Wilderness!” Eugene O’Neill’s comedy about a family preparing for the Fourth of July in 1906. Arena Stage through April 8. 9 — “1776.” A Tony Awardwinning musical about the debates leading to the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Ford’s Theatre through May 19.

18 — “Come Fly Away.” Twyla Tharpe’s Broadway musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. Kennedy Center through April 29.

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Ford’s Theatre will present its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” in November and December. Kahn directs Eugene O’Neill’s controversial Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about love and deception. Shakespeare Theatre Company through April 29. 30 — “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical drama about a Connecticut family grappling with its dysfunction. Arena Stage through May 6. 31 — “The Taming of the Shrew.”

18 — “The Whipping Man.” A portrayal of an unconventional Passover Seder just after the Civil War. Theater J through May 20. 25 — “The Big Meal.” From the vantage point of a single restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. Studio Theatre through May 20.

The eighth installment in the “Silent Shakespeare” series. Synetic Theater through April 22.

APRIL 4 — “Arias with a Twist.” Puppeteer Basil Twist surrounds cross-dressing chanteuse Joel Arias with outlandish camp. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through May 6. 11 — “i put the fear of mexico in ’em.” Two Americans cross the

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15 — “Gypsies.” This production from Hungary’s Katona József Theatre chronicles the love, tensions and conflicts arising between Gypsy musicians and Hungarians in the countryside. Kennedy Center through March 17. 16 — “Petrushka.” Puppeteer Basil Twist re-imagines the Ballet Russes production of “Petrushka,” the tragic love story of three puppets at a Russian carnival. Shakespeare Theatre Company through March 25.

Celebrate the Capital Wine Festival series at The Fairfax at Embassy Row with intimate four course wine dinners featuring world class wineries, hosted by either the winemaker or proprietor. Dishes for each dinner will be created to complement the vintner’s selections.

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border into Tijuana and are forced to question their notions about boundaries, safety and identity. Gala Theatre through April 29.

15 — “Astro Boy and the God of Comics.” A highly visual, retro-scifi production about the Japanese crime-fighting robot Astro Boy and its creator, Osamu Tezuka, also known as “the God of Manga.” Studio Theatre through March 11.

3 — “Twelve Angry Men.” Reginald Rose’s harrowing account of jury deliberations during a murder trial. Keegan Theatre through March 25.

27 — “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” A rock opera based on Shakespeare’s comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Shakespeare Theatre Company through Jan. 29.


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From Page CG9 Washington Performing Arts Society presentation. Warner Theatre. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The City Choir of Washington performs FaurĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem,â&#x20AC;? Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chichester Psalmsâ&#x20AC;? and Tavenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annunciation.â&#x20AC;? National Presbyterian Church. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Tokyo String Quartet plays Mozart, Szymanowski and DvorĂĄk on the renowned Paganini Stradivarius instruments. Kennedy Center. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Washington Performing Arts Society presents the Budapest Festival Orchestra performing music by Schubert and BartĂłk with pianist AndrĂĄs Schiff. Kennedy Center.

NOVEMBER 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Orion String Quartet plays Bach, Schubert, Brahms and

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century Spanish motets for voices and instruments, highlighting early music ensemble Piffaro. Folger Theatre through Dec. 18.

5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berta Rojas and Friends: Intimate Journey.â&#x20AC;? Guitarist Rojas leads a musical journey into Spain and South America. Dumbarton United Methodist Church.

10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Christmas in America.â&#x20AC;? Annual festive celebration of the season with traditional Irish music, dance and storytelling. National Geographic.

6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Solo Flight.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort and guest soloists perform music of Bach, Pergolesi and Graupner. National Presbyterian Church. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucia di Lammermoor.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera performs Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragic tale of love, treachery and madness. Kennedy Center through Nov. 19. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Saint-SaĂŤnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cello Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 3 and a work by Anna Clyne with guest conductor Leonard Slatkin and cellist Gautier Capuçon. Kennedy Center through Nov. 12. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homage to Modern Classics.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington performs classic

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Washington Revels will present the 29th annual Christmas Revels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andalusian Treasuresâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at the Lisner Auditorium in December. choral pieces of the 20th century. Kennedy Center. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamenco Algarabia with Ana GonzĂĄlez and JosĂŠ Barrios & Company.â&#x20AC;? The acclaimed Madrid company performs Flamenco music and dance. Gala Theatre through Nov. 20. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pastoralâ&#x20AC;? and Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Violin Concerto, with solo violinist Leonidas Kavakos. Kennedy Center through Nov. 19. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Washington Chorus presents the Washington premiere of a new work by its music director, Julian Wachner, along with Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greatâ&#x20AC;? Mass in C minor. Kennedy Center. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Orchestre RĂŠvolutionnaire et Romantique performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphonies No. 3 and 5 and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Egmontâ&#x20AC;? overture. Kennedy Center.


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2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arlen Blues & Berlin Ballads.â&#x20AC;? The In Series rings in the holidays with the songs of Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen. Atlas Performing Arts Center through Dec. 11.

3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Revels: Andalusian Treasures: A Tale of Old Spain.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Revelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual Christmas pageant this year celebrates the music, dances and stories of medieval Spain. Lisner Auditorium through Dec. 11. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort: A Celtic Christmas.â&#x20AC;? A Washington institution of traditional holiday music to candlelight. Dumbarton United Methodist Church through Dec. 11. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas in Leipzig.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort performs seasonal music of Bach, Telemann and Kuhnau, all associated with the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. National Presbyterian Church. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Rohan de Silva perform music by Beethoven, Poulenc, Zimmermann, Brahms and Sarasate. Kennedy Center. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Perfect Gift.â&#x20AC;? The National Symphony Orchestra Pops and the Canadian Tenors quartet celebrate the holidays. Kennedy Center through Dec. 11. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music From Renaissance Spain.â&#x20AC;? Sixteenth-

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11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Christmas 2011.â&#x20AC;? The City Choir of Washington presents a seasonal program with candlelit processional, carol singalong and more. National Presbyterian Church. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? The National Symphony Orchestra performs the ever-popular Handel oratorio with the University of Maryland Concert Choir and guest soloists. Kennedy Center through Dec. 18. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red and Greene.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington joins forces with cabaret performer and actress Ellen Greene in a Christmas program. Lisner Auditorium through Dec. 18. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why the Chimes Rang.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Christmas Concert tells the story of two children who capture the spirit of Christmas. Kennedy Center. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Candlelight Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus offers Christmas classics, singalongs and a candlelight processional. Kennedy Center through Dec. 22. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Music: Holiday Treasures From Russia.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Russian carols, Christmas classics, beloved singalongs and popular holiday standards. Kennedy Center through Dec. 24.

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Women and Children of the Gospel Choir in tribute to the civil rights leader. Kennedy Center.

Medieval France.â&#x20AC;? Music by the 12th-century mystic and nun, along with later works, performed by vocal quartet Anonymous 4 and the Folger Consort. Washington National Cathedral through Jan. 7.

23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood perform a program of works as yet to be determined. Kennedy Center.

7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barber & Barberillo.â&#x20AC;? The In Series presents an opera within a zarzuela: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hand of Bridgeâ&#x20AC;? by Samuel Barber and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Barber of LavapiĂŠsâ&#x20AC;? by Frederico Barbieri. Source through Jan. 22.

4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pianist Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven, Chopin and JanĂĄcek in a Washington Performing Arts Society presentation. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio performs music by Beethoven, Schubert, Higdon and Newman. Kennedy Center.

9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Shostakovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Kennedy Center through Feb. 11.

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21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honigberg-Stern-Andrist Trio: Ode to the Cello.â&#x20AC;? A cellist, a violinist and a pianist highlight the cello repertoire. Dumbarton Church. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Roi et le fermier.â&#x20AC;? The modern world premiere of this 1762 opera by French composer Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny is performed by Opera Lafayette. Kennedy Center. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living the Dream â&#x20AC;Ś Singing the Dream: Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington joins the Washington Performing Arts Society Men,

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Christoph Eschenbach on the piano. Kennedy Center. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists perform music of BartĂłk as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Budapest, Prague and Viennaâ&#x20AC;? series. Kennedy Center through March 10.


11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Voices: Lamentations.â&#x20AC;? Six-voice a cappella ensemble from Norway performs early music settings of Biblical lamentations. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Kalichstein-LaredoRobinson Trio and friends perform Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Troutâ&#x20AC;? quintet and a quintet inspired by it by Ellen Taafe Zwilich. Kennedy Center. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kids Are All Right.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington joins Pittsburgh performing-arts troupe Dreams of Hope in songs and stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender


9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hungarian Dances.â&#x20AC;? The National Symphony Orchestra performs music by BartĂłk, KodĂĄly, Liszt and Brahms as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Budapest, Prague and Viennaâ&#x20AC;? series. Kennedy Center. Photo courtesy of Anonymous 4

The vocal quartet Anonymous 4 will perform with the Folger Consort at the Washington National Cathedral in January. youth and their allies. Lisner Auditorium. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Shuffle to Show Boat.â&#x20AC;? The In Series mixes the laughs and rhythmic vitality of 1920s black musicals, lilting operetta tunes, naughty lyrics and common-man blues, along with jazz and Tin Pan Alley favorites. Atlas Performing Arts Center through March 11. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosi fan tutte.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera performs Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy of mistaken identity. Kennedy Center through March 15. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brooklyn Rider: Ultimate Beethoven.â&#x20AC;? String quartet per-

forms music by Beethoven, Glass and Ljova (Lev Zhurbin). Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Kennedy Center. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Mozart, Sibelius and Richard Strauss conducted by Lorin Maazel. Kennedy Center.

MARCH 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterreise.â&#x20AC;? Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song cycle performed by baritone Matthias Goerne, accompanied by

11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Herbie Hancock plays jazz piano. Kennedy Center. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pianist Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Dan Zhu perform Mozart sonatas. Kennedy Center. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Budapestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TakĂĄcs Quartet plays quartets by Schubert and BartĂłk, plus Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staggering Opus 131. Kennedy Center. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fidelioâ&#x20AC;? in concert with singers and chorus as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Budapest, Prague and Viennaâ&#x20AC;? series. Kennedy Center through March 17. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs music by the Strauss family as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The See Music/Page CG22

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Meets: monthly Location: downtown restaurants Website: Summary: New club with a self-descriptive name.

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Meets: monthly Location: email for information Website: Summary: Local branch of a social justice-oriented book club. Alternates between book club meetings and service activities.




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D.C. Literature Discussion Group

Meets: twice a month Location: local restaurants Website: Summary: Open group reading classics, poetry, short fiction; evolved from an old Euronet group.


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2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme.â&#x20AC;? Some 100 works on paper by the iconic Pop artist feature targets, flags, numerals and other subjects. Phillips Collection through Sept. 9.

National Air and Space Museum 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-2214;

2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellsworth Kelly: Color Into Space.â&#x20AC;? Presents 10 single-panel paintings from Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private collection that feature the colors, materials and forms that have dominated his 60-year career. Phillips Collection through Sept. 9.

National Building Museum 401 F St. NW Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors 202-272-2448;

21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ai Weiwei: According to What?â&#x20AC;? A major survey of the controversial Chinese artist includes sculpture, photography, video, sitespecific installations and more. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through Sept. 9.

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Meets: monthly Location: email for information Website: Summary: A group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women who meet to explore each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faiths through literature.


20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;40 Under 40: Craft Futures.â&#x20AC;? This investigation of evolving notions of craft features 40 artists born since 1972. Renwick Gallery through Feb. 3.


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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000;



Meets: monthly on Wednesdays Location: 1155 F St. NW, Suite 200 Website: Summary: Six-year-old group focusing on gay issues.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 1050 Independence Ave. SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; Corcoran Gallery of Art 510 17th St. NW Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and younger 202-639-1700; Freer Gallery of Art 12th Street and Independence

National Gallery of Art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215; National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave. SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-4600; National Museum of American History 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; National Museum of Natural History 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; National Museum of the American Indian 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW

Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; National Portrait Gallery 8th and F streets NW Hours: Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000; National Postal Museum 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-5555; Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors; $12.95 for children; free for ages 6 and younger 888-639-7386; Phillips Collection 1600 21st St. NW Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Varies 202-387-2151; Renwick Gallery 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Drive SW Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; Smithsonian American Art Museum 9th and G streets NW Hours: Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000; Textile Museum 2320 S St. NW Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation of $8 202-667-0441;

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Smith directs Meredith Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Award-winning musical about a con man stirring up trouble in River City. Arena Stage through July 22. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Servant of Two Masters.â&#x20AC;? Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited in Carlo Goldoniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;arte masterpiece. Shakespeare Theatre Company through July 1. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bachelorette.â&#x20AC;? Ten years out of high school, three friends celebrate a classmateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding with drugs, wit and men. Studio Theatre through June 9. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.â&#x20AC;? In Anne Washburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of post-Apocalyptic America, survivors invent a new entertainment industry. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through July 1.

JUNE 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary T. & Lizzy K.â&#x20AC;? The world premiere of an Arena Stage commission about the unlikely friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. Arena Stage through July 22. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pal Joey.â&#x20AC;? A new production of the Rodgers and Hart musical about a nightclub crooner whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pulled every which way by love, fame and fortune. Kennedy Center through July 1.

12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Merry Wives of Windsor.â&#x20AC;? Wives upend a lothario in Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bawdy riotous romp. Shakespeare Theatre Company through July 15. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animals and Children Took to the Streets.â&#x20AC;? Synchronizing live music, performance and storytelling with films and animation, the production presents life on a dystopian tenement block. Studio Theatre through July 1.

JULY 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Addams Family.â&#x20AC;? A musical comedy based on the Charles Addams cartoons about a ghoulish American family. Kennedy Center through July 29. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.â&#x20AC;? This rowdy and irreverent musical imagines President

Andrew Jackson as a rock star. Studio Theatre through Aug. 5. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;August: Osage County.â&#x20AC;? A darkly comic Pulitzer Prizewinning look at a troubled family. Keegan Theatre through Aug. 26.

Keegan Theatre Performance space: Church Street Theater 1742 Church St. NW 703-892-0202;

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Arena Stage 1101 6th St. SW 202-554-9066;

National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 800-447-7400;

Folger Theatre 201 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-7077;

Shakespeare Theatre Company Performance space A: Sidney Harman Hall 610 F St. NW 202-547-1122;

Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre 511 10th St. NW 202-426-6924; Gala Theatre 3333 14th St. NW 202-234-7174;

Shakespeare Theatre Company Performance space B: Lansburgh Theatre 450 7th St. NW


202-547-1122; Studio Theatre 1501 14th St. NW 202-332-3300; Synetic Theater Performance space: Lansburgh Theatre 450 7th St. NW 800-494-8497; Theater J Performance space: Washington DC Jewish Community Center 1529 16th St. NW 800-494-8497; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 641 D St. NW 202-393-3939;















2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Awakening.â&#x20AC;? A Tony Award-winning rock musical based on the controversial eponymous 1892 play by Frank Wedekind. Keegan Theatre through July 8.


6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The History of Invulnerability.â&#x20AC;? This play imagines the struggle between Superman and his human creator, Jerry Seigel. Theater J through July 8.



7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puerto Rico â&#x20AC;Ś ÂĄfuĂĄ!â&#x20AC;? A musical with a satirical take on the history of Puerto Rico. In Spanish with English surtitles. Gala Theatre through July 1. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like Water for Chocolate.â&#x20AC;? A world-premiering musical steeped in history and the magical realism of Mexican folktales, adapted from Laura Esquivelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel of the same name. Arena Stage through July 29.

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9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cuchullain.â&#x20AC;? The world premiere of a new play by Belfast playwright Rosemary Jenkinson. Keegan Theatre through July 1.



12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memphis.â&#x20AC;? A Tony Awardwinning musical about a courageous Memphis DJ who played black music on the radio in the 1950s. Kennedy Center through July 1.




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From Page CG19 Music of Budapest, Prague and Viennaâ&#x20AC;? series. Kennedy Center. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Songbird: Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court.â&#x20AC;? Highlights the music of 16th-century Italian composer Caccini, known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Songbird.â&#x20AC;? Folger Theatre through March 18. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Chieftains celebrate their 50th anniversary with a Washington Performing Arts Society-sponsored program of Irish music. Kennedy Center. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rocky Horror Show.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington presents an all-male version of the gender-bending cult musical. Lisner Auditorium through March 18. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amerigo String Trio: Serenade.â&#x20AC;? String trio performs serenades by Beethoven and Dohnanyi. Dumbarton United Methodist Church.

19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin Nights/Paris Days: The Art of Chanson.â&#x20AC;? Cabaret artist Ute Lemper, the Vogler Quartet and pianist/clarinetist Stefan Malzew unite Weimar chansons with the works they influenced. Kennedy Center.

favorites from Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operas and choral works. Kennedy Center.

22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists perform DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stabat Materâ&#x20AC;? as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Budapest, Prague and Viennaâ&#x20AC;? series. Kennedy Center through March 24.


23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs music of DvorĂĄk and JanĂĄcek as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Budapest, Prague and Viennaâ&#x20AC;? series. Kennedy Center. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Fugue.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort performs J.S. Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Fugueâ&#x20AC;? on string ensemble, harpsichord and organ. National Presbyterian Church. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Eben Trio (formerly Puella Trio) performs DvorĂĄk and

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31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra plays Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leonoreâ&#x20AC;? overture no. 3 and Symphony No. 7. Kennedy Center.

9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Idomeneo.â&#x20AC;? The In Series stages Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera about a king and his soldiers engulfed by a storm as they return home. Atlas Performing Arts Center through June 17.

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The Chieftains will celebrate their 50th anniversary in March with a program of Irish music at the Kennedy Center. Smetana trios. Kennedy Center.

Pärt. National Presbyterian Church.

31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Violinist Mikhail Simonyan and pianist Alexei Podkorytov perform Brahms, Schubert, Prokofiev and Szymanowski. Kennedy Center.


22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ein deutsches Requiem.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance of the Brahms requiem marks the final concert conducted by the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director, Norman Scribner, retiring after 47 years at the helm. Kennedy Center.

3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pierrot Lunaire.â&#x20AC;? The sextet eighth blackbird performs a staged cabaret-opera version of Schoenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterwork. Kennedy Center.

28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nabucco.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera performs Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epic about the defeat, enslavement and exile of the Babylonian Jews. Kennedy Center through May 21.

5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elijah.â&#x20AC;? The National Symphony Orchestra performs the Mendelssohn oratorio with the University of Maryland Concert Choir, soloists and guest conductor Helmuth Rilling. Kennedy Center through April 7.

29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heaven on Earth.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort performs music of Bach. National Presbyterian Church.

13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;De mi corazĂłn latino.â&#x20AC;? The In Series presents Mexican tenor JesĂşs Daniel HernĂĄndez singing classic Latin American hits. Source through April 22.

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13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traveler.â&#x20AC;? Anoushka Shankar presents a program of sitar music. Lisner Auditorium.

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14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Il Barbiere di Seviglia.â&#x20AC;? Opera Lafayette performs the first of many operas based on Beaumarchaisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Barber of Seville,â&#x20AC;? this one by Italian composer Giovanni Paisiello. Kennedy Center through April 15. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walden Chamber Players: Musical Reflections.â&#x20AC;? Boston ensemble performs chamber music by Brahms, Haydn, Schumann and Schedl. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnificat.â&#x20AC;? The City Choir of Washington performs the Bach setting of the canticle, along with works by Monteverdi, SchĂźtz and

13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legacy Celebration: A Tribute to the Maestro.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington pays a musical tribute to its retiring director, Norman Scribner. Washington National Cathedral. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oceanic Verses.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus presents the Washington premiere of this new folk opera by young Italian composer Paola Prestini, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Kennedy Center.

Venue information Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE 202-399-7993; Dumbarton United Methodist Church 3133 Dumbarton St. NW 202-965-2000;


Folger Theatre 201 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-7077;

3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Morgenstern Trio performs trios by Debussy, Brahms and Bernstein. Kennedy Center.

Gala Theatre 3333 14th St. NW 202-234-7174;

5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Anna Polonsky perform Stravinsky, Brahms, Richard Strauss and the world premiere of a new work by David Fulmer. Kennedy Center.

Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St. NW 202-994-6800;

11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto in E minor, Shostakovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 5 and Debussyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;PrĂŠlude Ă lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aprèsmidi dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;un fauneâ&#x20AC;? with solo violinist James Ehnes and conductor Charles Dutoit. Kennedy Center. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Werther.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera performs Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale of forbidden love. Kennedy Center through May 27. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Samson et Dalila.â&#x20AC;? Washington Concert Opera performs a concert version of SaintSaĂŤnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; setting of the Biblical story. Lisner Auditorium. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan De Silva perform a program of works as yet to be determined. Kennedy Center. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Essential Wagner.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus sings

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW 202-467-4600; National Geographic 1600 M St. NW 202-544-7077; Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW 202-408-3100; Source 1835 14th St. NW 202-204-7800; Warner Theatre 13th and E streets NW 202-783-4000; National Presbyterian Church 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW 202-537-0800; Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW 202-537-6200;

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wantedâ&#x20AC;? in the subject line. Anyone can browse the site before signing up for membership â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is free, of course. According to the D.C. homepage of, in November 2003 members posted 46 messages, while in July 2011 there were 2,200 messages exchanged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so nice when you find somebody who wants your things,â&#x20AC;? said Hoven. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are so thankful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a feel-good thing.â&#x20AC;? Freecycling can often mean giving items to charity groups that either use the donated items within their own organization or sell or recycle the items for cash, which is then used to fund the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs and services. Jason King, president of Turning the Page, said that in this economy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more challenging to get grants and to ask for donations.â&#x20AC;? But he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. is a great city of readers,â&#x20AC;? and the organization finds value in books others no longer want or need. Turning the Page typically raises about $70,000 at its annual book sale, which is held at different locations depending on where retail space is donated. The next book sale is planned for April, and donations are accepted yearround. More information can be found on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, When looking to donate other kinds of items from the home, Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outfitters, a community thrift shop that is run out of Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table on 2114 14th St. NW, accepts a number of gently used items, including clothing, housewares and small working electronics. Seasonal clothing, nonperishable foods and new school supplies for children are most needed. The shop is open to the public, but it also serves qualified lowincome residents, who can collect clothes and other items at no cost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there are a lot of nonprofit stores like this one,â&#x20AC;? director Michael Bartscherer said of the recently renovated retail space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The generosity of donors, the quality of donations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exciting neighborhood, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exciting mix of people in every social strata that shop here.â&#x20AC;? Profits from the store go to fund nutrition, clothing and education programs at Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table. More information is available at Goodwill is well-known for its retail stores, where the organization also accepts gently used items for resale. But the organization has tweaked its operation slightly, no longer taking broken electronics and fixing them. Today it prefers that electronics be in working order so they can be resold. Computers, however, are a different story. Goodwill will take any computer-related items, whether in working condition or not, with the exception of cracked monitors, which pose an environmental hazard. The organization

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Places to donate

Here are some local resources for finding new homes for items that are no longer wanted or needed: â&#x2013; Turning the Page (accepts books) 202-347-9841; â&#x2013;  Books for America (accepts like-new books, CDs, DVDs, classic movies on VHS, laptops, digital cameras, cellphones) 202-835-2665; â&#x2013;  Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table (non-perishable food, gently used clothing, new school supplies) 202-328-6609; â&#x2013;  Greater Washington Goodwill (clothing, housewares, electronics) 202-636-4225; â&#x2013;  American Kidney Fund (vehicles) 877-8-A-CAUSE; â&#x2013;  Arthritis Foundation (gently used office equipment, furniture and supplies, TVs, VCRs, LCD projectors); 202-537-6800 â&#x2013;  Black Student Fund (school supplies, toys, office supplies, clothes) 202-387-1414; â&#x2013;  Capital Area Food Bank (non-perishable food items) 202-526-5344; â&#x2013;  Community Forklift (green building materials and other construction supplies) 301-985-5180; â&#x2013;  DC Coalition for the Homeless (clothing, household items in good conditions such as sofas, beds and dressers) 202-347-8870; â&#x2013;  DC Habitat for Humanity (wish list is located on its website) 202-882-4600; â&#x2013;  Food & Friends (non-perishable food, office supplies, small housewares, vehicles) 202-269-2277; â&#x2013;  Jubilee Jobs (gently used professional clothing appropriate for corporate interviews) 202-667-8970; â&#x2013;  Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen (non-perishable food, seasonal clothing, disposable cutlery and plates) 202-452-8926; â&#x2013;  N Street Village (travel-size toiletries, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing, cleaning supplies; wish list on website) 202-939-2076; â&#x2013;  Neighbors Consejo (furniture, appliances, toiletries, housewares) 202-234-6855; â&#x2013;  Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (vehicles, small appliances) 202-347-8500; â&#x2013;  Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (vehicles) 202-544-1306; â&#x2013;  National Zoo (new and gently used items for the Zoo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; see website for wish list) 202-633-4800;


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has an agreement with Dell Computer Corp., whereby Goodwill sends broken or unwanted computers and peripherals, and Dell gives Goodwill cash in return for the recycled materials. According to Goodwillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brendan Hurley, Dell strips down the computers and repurposes the parts for use in new machines. In 2010, Greater Washington Goodwill donated 1 million pounds of computers and related materials to Dell, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like Goodwill to be the first choice when people are

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Coming back to school has been amazing and a little bit challenging. For example, today we did spelling, and the words seemed even more difficult than usual. However, it has been elating to see my friends. I am really excited to be in Year 5 (fourth grade) because our International Primary Curriculum topic, making the news, will be


really exciting and interesting. My dad works for Voice of America, and hopefully we will get to take a tour of the studio as well as the BBC studios in Washington and the Newseum. Another exciting part of Year 5 has been learning that we can apply to be prefects or house captains, although I might run for student council instead. Last night, I was about to go to bed when my stepbrother, who just returned from vacation, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in school already? That stinks.â&#x20AC;? Oh really? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caedmon Kollmer-Dorsey, Year 5 Chicago (fourth-grader)

Deal Middle School

Boy, I really thought elementary school was busy. That may be true, but Deal has way more going on. At Deal we have the normal subjects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; math, social studies and reading, to name a few. But we also have about 100 extracurricular activities. Each and every one of our teachers dedicates some of his or her personal time after school to, well, us. To me, that means our teachers really care. Most of the extracurricular activities are starting this month. The activities range from ultimate Frisbee to glee club to even debate. For students whose tastes run to food, we have an international cooking club. For students who just plain run, Deal has cross country and indoor/outdoor track. Student council is getting started for the first time in two years. Elections will be held in just a few short weeks. The sixth-graders are already getting started with field trips. We went to Hemlock Regional Park last Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Although we had some rain, we had a great time! The students enjoyed a ropes course, a zip line and some great team-building activities. I think we all learned as much off campus as we would have on campus. Yum! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that I smell? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the new lunch program. Delicious lunches are now cooked right here at Deal every day by chefs. We have a salad bar, too. You can also get free breakfast! The library got more than 100 new books this year and is already having a bookmark-drawing contest. Students can go to the library before school, during lunch or after

school. We also have a Help the Librarian Club, which shelves books and help students find books. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ben Korn, sixth-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

School is only just starting anew, but students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts are already heavily involved in classes and busy getting things done. The show choir ensemble is getting ready for its January performance at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Montage for Martin: A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;? in Seattle. The show choir intends to sing the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beloved Community,â&#x20AC;? and its composer, Martin Newby, came to workshop the song and speak with the choir about the importance of the ceremony. Meanwhile, theater students took a master class from Jamairais Malone, who played Josephine in the Arena Stage production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ruined.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Malone plans to continue teaching and aiding these classes over the next couple of weeks. Literary Media and Communications students also had a visitor: Dr. Rachel Y. Moon, a pediatrician and researcher at Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center. The students have been asked to produce a series of short public service announcements to educate people about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Dr. Moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit was to help initiate the project by educating students on the syndrome and explaining the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals. On Thursday, students from the various departments met to discuss producing the new Ellington yearbook. The meeting covered roles, commitment, possible content and production schedule. The yearbook committee will be formed over the coming weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Barrett Smith, 10th-grader

Eaton Elementary

School started back up, and

everybody is talking about the year ahead of them. We talked with some of our fifth-grade classmates to find out how their school year is going. We asked them about the best part of school so far and what their goals are for this year. Elizabeth and Ricardo reported that they were happiest about seeing their classmates again. Olivia was most excited about all the specials classes (computer, art, music, library, P.E.). And other kids were just happy to be learning again. Everyone seems to have interesting goals for the school year. One student hopes to improve his penmanship, and another student would like to get better at division. Henoch told us that he wants to use this year to master fifth-grade math and reading. Ricardo is excited about the school year and is especially looking forward to graduation! One student, Sierra, has already accomplished one of her goals: She made it into the orchestra for her skills in guitar and drums. This year, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are excited about the new choices for specials on Monday afternoons. Some of the classes are Photography, Tales & Theater, Math Challenge, Robotics, Literacy Circle, Peer Mediation, Conversational Chinese and Instrumental Music. We know that we will have an awesome time with these activities and hope that we will be able to continue these specials through the entire school year. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Bennett and Savannah Jackson, fifth-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

After our two-month break, classes at Hyde-Addison started Aug. 22. The new school year brought 85 new student faces to Hyde, three new classroom teachers and many new assistant teachers. We now have 14 classes! No after-school programs have started yet, but our specials have.

Specials this year are Fillmore, library, science, sports and games, and P.E. We are looking forward to the after-care programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cheerleading, chess, basketball, Girls on the Run, Chinese, Spanish and maybe more. This year, the fifth-grade class is really working hard on teamwork. The fifth-graders have successfully learned four new games that involve teamwork. The school is also working together as a team. At our schoolwide meetings, each class presented one rule. We put them together and came up with five schoolwide rules that will help us all work together and learn. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ayda Lee, Tatyana Reese and India Skinner, fifth-graders

Paul Public Charter School

Hi, my name is Alexis Everett. I go to Paul Public Charter School. At Paul we have a hallway called the Hall of Nations. It was made by a Spanish teacher named Mr. Hughes. Mr. Hughes got all of the flags he could find and also posters

of different cultures and put them all around the hallway. It is very meaningful because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in that country. I love to go there and learn everything about those places and maybe learn how to speak that language. Mr. Hughes thought of doing this, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very good idea, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having fun while at the same time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning about other cultures. The flags are very colorful, and it is quite a good feeling when you walk past them going to your classes. That is how much I enjoy walking through the Hall of Nations. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexis Everett, seventh-grader

School Without Walls

Students came back to school after the Labor Day weekend to a week full of new extracurricular activities. Boys and girls track began training this week, and there was a meeting for those interested in swimming in the upcoming fall and winter season. Although Walls does not have a See Dispatches/Page 49

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Wednesday september 14 Class ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ 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. ■ “Music and More on the Grace Lawn” will feature the Larry Brown Quartet performing straight-ahead jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. ■ 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 ■ Akihito Tanaka, executive vice president of the University of Tokyo, and Naoyuki Agawa, vice president of Keio University, will discuss “Japan and the Asian Power Shift.” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Brahma Chellaney, professor of strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research in India, will discuss his new book “Water: Asia’s New Battleground.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5722. ■ “Creative Voices DC” will feature a panel discussion on the city’s first international contemporary art fair, (e)merge. 6 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The American India Foundation will present a talk by journalist Miranda Kennedy on her memoir “Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India.” 6 to 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets,

1025 5th St. NW. ■ Philosophy Cafe, a monthly discussion group, will feature a discussion of “Nicomachean Ethics,” focusing on Aristotle’s views on justice. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Tana Utley, chief technology officer for Caterpillar Inc., will discuss “Innovation in Construction Technology.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $15 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Christopher Phillips will discuss his book “Constitution Café: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Jennifer F. Goldsborough will discuss “What Is American About American Silver?” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ Musician and music historian Bobby Horton will discuss “Songs and Stories From the Civil War.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. ■ Biographer Meryle Secrest will discuss “Worlds Apart: Romaine Brooks and Amedeo Modigliani.” 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Calvin Trillin will discuss his book “Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Erica Brown will discuss “The BIG Sorry,” about the nature of forgiveness and what happens when we fail to forgive. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Films ■ 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 “Thelma and Louise” on the 20th anniversary of its release. 6:30 p.m. $65; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. ■ The All Roads Film Festival will open

with Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye’s 2010 film “Benda Bilili!,” about a revolutionary and politically active Congolese band made up of disabled musicians. 7 p.m. $8. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The festival will continue through Sept. 18 with screenings at various times. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Milos Forman and Petr Forman’s 2009 film “A Walk Worthwhile.” 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. Open house ■ An open house at American University’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. Thursday, Sept. 15

Thursday september 15 Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead children ages 4 and older on a half-mile hike through the forest and explain how to indentify common trees. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concert ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature musician Verny Varela in “Hispanic Heritage Celebration.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Discussions and lectures ■ Kathyrn Allamong Jacob will discuss her book “King of the Lobby: The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ John Hatton of the legislative office of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will discuss the status of federal employees and retirees after the August budget battle. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Second-floor meeting room, Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-387-7936. ■ Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Frank Gamboa will discuss his memoir “¡El Capitán!: The Making of an American Naval Officer.” Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ Giorgi Baramidze, vice prime minister of Georgia, will discuss “The Prospects for

Thursday, september 15 ■ Discussion: Justin Torres will discuss his novel “We the Animals.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Georgia’s NATO Membership.” 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, will discuss “Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners.” A book signing will follow. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs will present a talk by Phil Howard, associate professor of communication at the University of Washington, on “The Digital Origins of Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam.” 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 302, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. ■ Academy Award winner Geena Davis, founder of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will discuss the role of women in the movies. 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “Japan’s Recovery 2011” will feature panelists Rust Deming, professorial lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies and former principal deputy U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs; William Brooks, professorial lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies; and Arthur Alexander, professorial lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies and former president of the Japan Economic Institute. 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202663-5812. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Daumier and the Drama of the Street,” about the French printmaker, caricaturist, painter and sculptor Honoré Daumier. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Collector Greg Kinzelman will discuss Andy Warhol’s portrait of Ronald Reagan. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon will discuss their book “Zora and Me.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

■ Nicole Moreau, president of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss “Inspiring Researchers: Marie Sklodowska-Curie.” 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. ■ Cookbook author Diana Kennedy and chef José Andres (shown) will discuss Mexican food and its farreaching effects on American cuisine. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The “Immigrants in America” book discussion series, led by George Mason University professor Phil Burnham, will focus on “Elizabeth Street” by Laurie Fabiano. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Films ■ The Downtown Scene NY Film Series will feature Christina Clausen’s 2008 documentary “The Universe of Keith Haring,” about the iconic figure’s path from smalltown Pennsylvania to international stardom. 6 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ “Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series” will feature “Henry VIII.” 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The producers of “The Power of Two” will host a premiere gala for the film, about the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes and their battle with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. $20. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performances ■ Tangshan Shadow Puppet Theatre will perform classics of Chinese puppetry, including “The Crane and the Tortoise,” “A Clever Monkey,” “Monkey King Battles the WhiteBoned Demon” and “Borrowing a Treasure From the Dragon Palace.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special event ■ A “Back to France Happy Hour” will celebrate the start of the new cultural season. 7 p.m. $12; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Walks and tours ■ Sheila Cochran will lead an Olmsted Woods bird walk. 8:30 a.m. Free. Meet at the George Washington statue on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2319. The walk will repeat Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a hike around Battery Kemble, a Civil War fortification, and discuss how trees provided protection for the troops. 10 a.m. Free. Battery Kemble Park, Chain Bridge Road south of Loughboro Road NW. 202895-6070. ■ A Smithsonian horticulturist will lead a tour of the museum’s heirloom garden and See Events/Page 43

Continued From Page 42 discuss some of the plants there. 1 p.m. Free. Mall Terrace, southwest corner, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-1000. Friday, Sept. 16

Friday september 16 Concerts ■ John Cannon of Fort Collins, Colo., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature blues musician Bobby Parker. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. ■ The “Arts@ Midday” series will feature pianist Sonya Sutton performing works by Franz Liszt influenced by Italian artists Raphael, Michelangelo, Petrarch and Paganini. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. 202-363-8286. ■ The Friday Music Series will present “Italian Opera From 18th-Century Naples,” featuring soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani (shown), baritone Richard Giarusso and harpsichordist Mark Janello. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ The all-female Beauty & Melody Orchestra of the Sichuan Song and Dance Troupe will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Embassy Series and the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington will present violinist Katharina Bergmann and bassbaritone Rupert Bergmann (shown) performing works by Schubert, Bottenberg, Wagner, Frieberg, Wolf, Gomelskaya, Grylius and Haydn. 7:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The National Archives will celebrate Constitution Day with a talk by historian Richard Brookhiser on James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution.” Noon. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Pam Muñoz Ryan will discuss her book “The Dreamer.” Noon. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Virginia Hansen Holmes will discuss her book “Guerilla Daughter,” about an American family struggling to survive the Japanese occupation of Mindanao during World War II; and Judith Heisinger will discuss the book “Father Found,” written by her late husband, Duane Heisinger, about his father’s capture by the Japanese during World War II. Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ Niels Muiznieks, director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the University of Latvia, will discuss “Russian Foreign Policy Toward the Three Baltic States.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 812, Rome Building,


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Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.

Saturday, september 17 ■ Concert: The Afro Bop Alliance will perform Latin jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

■ “Global Lens 2011” will feature Aktan Arym Kubat’s 2010 film “The Light Thief,” about a humble electrician who battles corruption in his quest to help destitute neighbors in a windswept valley of Kyrgyzstan. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Performance ■ The Polish Theatre of Toronto will perform “Radiation: The Story of Maria Sklodowska-Curie,” about the scientist famous for her pioneering research into radioactivity. 7 p.m. $10 to $20. La Maison

Special events ■ The National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the National Garden with a Harvest Party, featuring cooking demonstrations by area chefs and a buffet of garden-fresh items. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $125. National Garden and Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1281. ■ A benefit for the DC Variety Social Aide Society will feature sideshow, variety and burlesque artists. 9:30 p.m. $15. Red Palace, 1212 H St. NE. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Florida Marlins. 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. Sept. 17 Saturday, Saturday september 17 Children’s program ■ Ages 5 and older will listen to a story about aviator Amelia Earhart and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Classes and seminars ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on “The Bible: The First 1,000 Years.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive

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SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Martin D. Fuller, a master gemologist appraiser and a consultant to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection, will lead a seminar on “Shaping Raw Stones Into Radiant Gems.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Photographer Holly Foss will lead a workshop on “Photographic Print Toning,” about the process manifested in her duotoned gelatin silver prints. 1 to 4 p.m. $10 donation to Foundry Gallery suggested; reservations required. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. Concerts ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. ■ Organist Sondra Goldsmith Proctor will perform works by Bach, Alain, Whitlock, Berlinski, Langlais and Hampton. 7 p.m. Free; donations will be collected for Shaw Community Ministry. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-657-8565. ■ Maestro Murry Sidlin will lead the Catholic University of America Orchestra in a performance of Dvorák’s “New World Symphony,” to be accompanied by dramatic readings by actors Gary Sloan, Marietta Hedges and special guests. 7 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Global Groove: DJ Dance Party” will feature Dave Nada spinning his self-styled electro music, Moombahton; and DJ See Events/Page 44


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Continued From Page 43 Underdog presenting African rhythms infused with Latin and Brazilian flavors. 9 p.m. $20. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Artist Robert Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien will discuss his painting methods. 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love a Mysteryâ&#x20AC;? Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sinnerâ&#x20AC;? by Tess Gerritsen. 3 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  Michael Kazin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Family festival â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Build: A Hands-on Family Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to try woodworking, design and construction. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden: Ireland and Filmâ&#x20AC;? will

feature Pat Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ballroom of Romance,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1987 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Deadâ&#x20AC;? and John McGreevyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1980 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dublin,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Health events â&#x2013; As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Georgetown University Hospital will offer eligible men a prostate cancer screening checkup. 8 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. 202342-2400. â&#x2013;  The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Obesity Institute will host a Family Fitness Extravaganza, featuring demonstrations, games and cooking lessons. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE. Performances â&#x2013;  The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild of St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church will present the Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey Through Time.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $35 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George

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â&#x2013; Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522.

Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013; Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed sketch comedy theater, The Second City, will present its Laugh Out Loud Tour. 6:30 and 9 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Sale â&#x2013;  The Institute for Spiritual Development will hold its annual Upscale Yard Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 5419 Sherier Place NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress will host a ceremony presenting the Americas Awards for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Young Adult Literature to author Pam MuĂąoz Ryan (shown) and illustrator Peter Sis for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dreamerâ&#x20AC;? and author Willie Perdomo and illustrator Bryan Collier for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clemente!â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay Dayâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate Hillwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year collaboration with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with special tours, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the mansion, and performances by DC Lambda Squares, DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Different Drummers and the Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15; $10 for students; free for ages 17 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service will present Junior Ranger activities, living history presentations about the Battle of Fort Stevens and ranger-led programs in honor of Lincoln-Thomas Day, designated by the National Federation of Colored Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs of America to honor President Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Thomas, who owned the land used for the fort. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6060. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!â&#x20AC;? will feature an ice cream social with first lady Dolley Madison as a re-enactor describes White House entertainment in the early 19th century. 1 to 2 p.m. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  National Zoo Bird House keeper Debi Talbott will lead a walk focusing on the resident and migratory bird species that live on the grounds. 9 to 10 a.m. Free. Meet in front of the Bird House, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Architecture Week 2011, sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, will feature a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural tour of Dupont Circle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free; registration required. Meet at 1777 Church St. NW. Architecture Week activities will continue through Sept. 23 at various locations. â&#x2013;  Docents will lead tours of the Folger Shakespeare Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabethan Garden, which is filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works and herbs popular in his day. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used

Sunday, september 18 â&#x2013; Concert: The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sea Chanters chorus will perform. 3 p.m. Free. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-4332525. as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Wingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Crashers.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walking tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Port of Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? about the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution since its Native American origins. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. â&#x2013;  The Kreeger Museum will offer its monthly public architecture tour, which highlights the residence of David and Carmen Kreeger, designed in 1963 by renowned architect Philip Johnson. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3552. Sunday, Sept. 18

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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;  VERGE ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;TriplePlay,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by composers Jeffrey Mumford, Scott Pender and Andrew MacDonald, among others. 4 p.m. $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-636-1770. â&#x2013;  Singer Jennifer Holliday (shown) and jazz musician Kirk Whalum will perform with a 105-member choir drawn from the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historically black colleges and universities. 5 p.m. $20 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Rome Trio will perform works by DvorĂĄk and Suk. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The Sunday Forum series will feature Togo West, former secretary of the Army and former secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, speaking as part of a threepart series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington, D.C.: Past, Present, and Future.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;  Jane Goodall, famed chimpanzee research pioneer and peace activist, will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Conversation on Peace,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the 30th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace resolution. 1 to 2:15 p.m. $15; $10 for students. WoodsBrown Amphitheater, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. aueagles.tix. com. â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Macular Degeneration Network will present a panel discussion on sensory loss and its impact on cognition. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Medical Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202234-1010. â&#x2013;  Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Faraway One: The Letters of Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, 1915-1933.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Jim Lehrer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, From Kennedy-Nixon to ObamaMcCain.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival â&#x2013;  Friends of the National Zoo will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiesta Musical,â&#x20AC;? featuring animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts and Latin American foods. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving Perspectives: Selected by Hale Tengerâ&#x20AC;? will feature Nuri Bilge Ceylonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Monkeys.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present a preview of the five-part PBS miniseries â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, War & Peaceâ&#x20AC;? with a screening of Gini Retickerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pray the Devil Back to Hell,â&#x20AC;? about a group of Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Cineforum Italiano will feature Ferzan Ozpetekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loose Cannons,â&#x20AC;? about an aspiring writer who decides to reveal his homosexuality in order to avoid having to help run his conservative familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pasta business. 4 p.m. $8. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden: Ireland and Filmâ&#x20AC;? will See Events/Page 45

Continued From Page 44 feature Neil Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Butcher Boy.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; The Washington Ethical Society will host a screening of Christophe Fauchereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Energy Crossroads: A Burning Need to Change Course.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 301-641-9508. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature readings by emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will host the MetroDC Dance Awards. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  One Common Unity will host an openmic event about education. 8 to 10 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will led ages 8 and older on a walk through the earthworks of Fort Stevens and discuss the lives of the men who defended the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital in 1864. 10 a.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6060. â&#x2013;  The 27th annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour will include stops at the residences of the ambassadors of the European Union, Cyprus and Colombia, among others. Noon to 4 p.m. $40; registration required. Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. 202-387-4062, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown In and Outâ&#x20AC;? walking tour, about how the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation system evolved over. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. Monday, Sept. 19

Monday september 19 Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Spur of the Moment performing smooth jazz. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Sol Driven Train, a five-piece band from Charleston, S.C., will perform a blend of Southern rock, world beat and funk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Bilingual educator, author and recording artist JosĂŠ-Luis Orozco will perform. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  Tenor Paul Agnew (shown) and musicians AnneMarie Lasla, Thomas Dunford and BĂŠatrice Martin will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry Purcell: The Food of Love.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  In the second of two lectures, military


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Events Entertainment historian and analyst Ehud Eilam will discuss Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national defense strategy and military doctrine from 1967 to 2011. Noon to 1:45 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202265-6280. â&#x2013; Catherine A. Metzger, senior paintings conservator at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Thousand Folds: What to Do With Your Diptych.â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x2013;  The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will present a talk by Howard Weiss, an ophthalmologist and glaucoma and cataract surgeon, on available eye treatments and how best to protect your eyes. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-3634900. â&#x2013;  Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Karl Marlantes will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Like to Go to War.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Black Voices Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their Eyes Were Watching Godâ&#x20AC;? by Zora Neale Hurston. 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Theater J will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening With Mike Nussbaum, Star of Stage and Screen.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mike Nicholsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1988 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biloxi Blues,â&#x20AC;? starring Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking at the Other: Cultural Dialogue Through Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Harun Farockiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;By Comparison,â&#x20AC;? about work in a traditional society and in a highly developed one. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library will show the Smithsonian Networks documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul of a People: Writing Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Performance â&#x2013;  Ping Chon & Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cry for Peace: Voices From the Congo,â&#x20AC;? a documentary theater piece based on interviews with refugees from the ongoing wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A panel discussion will follow. 5:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Reading â&#x2013;  Poets Paula Meehan (shown) and Theo Dorgan will read from their work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East

Monday, september 19 â&#x2013; Discussion: Biographer Stacy Schiff will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cleopatra: A Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $20. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

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Tuesday september 20 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. Don. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the 8 Ohms Band performing horn-heavy funk music. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The New Familiars, a North Carolinabased band, will perform a mix of roots music and guitar-drenched, drum-driven rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Heather Boushey, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, will discuss the Great Recessionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on workers and their families. 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Clockwork Orangeâ&#x20AC;? by Anthony Burgess. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. 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 Sept. 27

at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013; Artist Courtney Smith will discuss her work. 6 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787. â&#x2013;  Artist Tobi Kahn will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Spaces.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Tayari Jones (shown) and Martha Southgate will discuss their novels â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Sparrowâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Taste of Salt,â&#x20AC;? respectively. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Wendy Call will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Milwaukee-based architects Grace La and James Dallman, whose firm received the Rice Design Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Spotlight Award, will discuss urban transformations of site and infrastructure. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  Archaeologist Michael J. Harrower will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Satellite Imagery and the Queen of Sheba.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Historian Charles McGovern will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Khrushchev, Charlie Brown and the Cold Warâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cultural Legacy.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  David A. Taylor will discuss his book


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul of a People: The WPA Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Project Uncovers Depression America.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Room 307, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1161. â&#x2013; Lisa Randall, professor of physics at Harvard University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knocking on Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Voterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primer: Presidential Politics and the Constitution.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present a talk by U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the role of the armed forces as a moral, cultural and humanitarian force. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Paula Amann will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journeys to a Jewish Life: Inspiring Stories From the Spiritual Journeys of American Jews.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $7. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Volunteers from the Annapolis Quilt Guild will demonstrate quilting, piecing and other quilt-making techniques. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Second floor, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and See Events/Page 46


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Continued From Page 45 Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Films ■ Sitar Arts Center will premiere “Life as a Collage,” a documentary created by seven students about volunteer art teacher Tom Gabel’s struggle with liver cancer. 7 p.m. Free. Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Road NW. 202-797-2145. ■ The U Street Movie Series will feature an outdoor screening of David Wilson’s 2010 short “Big Birding Day,” about the world of competitive bird-watching, and Suzan Beraza’s 2010 film “Bag It,” about an average guy who makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. 8:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. Readings ■ First Draft at Charter Theater will present a reading of Rebecca Gingrich-Jones’ “She Said/She Said,” about two women locked in a battle over their marriage, their sexual identities and the custody of their child. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. ■ Robin Robertson will read from his poetry. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6876294. Wednesday, Sept. 21

Wednesday september 21 Class ■ 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. The event will repeat Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza”

series will feature The Jewels performing doowop. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ The Harbour Nights concert series will feature musician Matthew McGinn. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ Chinese and American musicians and singers will perform classical and operatic selections from both countries. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $45. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “How Sweet the Sound” will feature church choirs competing for honors. 7:30 p.m. $11 to $16. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Discussions and lectures ■ Architect Werner Sobek will discuss “Future Building Techniques.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 165. ■ Contributors Saliqa Khan, Hadia Mubarek and Asma Uddin will discuss the book “I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ John Tutino, associate professor at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. ■ Richard Allen Brooks will discuss his book “From Life to Death.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Independent curator and researcher Colette Loll Marvin will discuss “Fakes, Forgeries and the Art of Deception.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Geographer Douglas Herman will discuss “An Indigenous Perspective on Science and Climate Change.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030.

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Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Reading ■ Local poets Martin Galvin, Nancy Arbuthnot and Nan Fry will read from their work. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play Chivas USA. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Thursday, Sept. 22

Wednesday, september 21 ■ Concert: African singer and percussionist Youssou N’Dour will perform at a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Alexandra Fuller will discuss her book “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Celebrity chef Bobby Flay will discuss his book “Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook.” 7:30 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Films ■ George Motz, America’s foremost hamburger expert, will introduce his 2005 documentary “Hamburger America,” about eight unique hamburger locations across the country and the people behind the burgers. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The West End Film Club will present Walter Salles’ 2004 film “The Motorcycle Diaries,” about Che Guevera as a soulful, sensitive man in his 20s who is traveling with his best friend up the spine of South America on a rickety motorcycle. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 film “Tokyo Story,” about an elderly couple bound for the big city to visit their children and grandchildren. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. ■ The “Spies on Screen” series will feature Christian Carion’s 2009 film “L’affaire Farewell,” followed by a discussion of the fact and fiction of the movie. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Philippe Le Guay’s 2010 film “The Women on the 6th Floor,” about a conservative Parisian couple whose lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut

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Children’s programs ■ A park ranger will share storybook tales about animals and then lead a walk through the woods (for children ages 4 and older). 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the community garden bulletin board in Glover Archbold Park, 42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will read from the story “Why Are There No Bears in Rock Creek?” and explain the challenges facing the park’s wildlife (for children ages 3 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature The Orioles performing doo-wop. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. ■ Czech pianist Radoslav Kvapil will perform works by Dvorák. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Singer Cyrille Aimée and guitarist Diego Figueiredo will perform jazz selections. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. ■ The Four Nations Ensemble and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux will perform little-known Western classical music from 18th-century China and the Americas, including sonatas that Italian composer Teodorico Pedrini wrote and performed for the Chinese emperor. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 800-551-7328. Discussions and lectures ■ Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Humane Society, will discuss his book “The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ Moran Stern, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “TurkishIsraeli Relations: New Challenges, New Opportunities.” Noon. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Sherry Ortner, professor of anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles, will discuss “Not Hollywood: Independent Film as Cultural Critique.” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6874185. ■ Christopher Steiner, professor of art history and director of museum studies at Connecticut College, will discuss the issues

of race and identity through the prisms of art and visual culture. 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Historian Daniel Walker Howe will discuss his book “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Pulitzer Prizewinning author Daniel Yergin will discuss his book “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Films ■ The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film will present Jill Vickers and Jody Bergedick’s 2008 film “Once in Afghanistan,” about polio vaccination efforts in the 1960s. Noon. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ American University’s Human Rights Film Series will feature Marshall Curry’s documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” about the 2005 arrest of Daniel McGowan on charges of domestic terrorism. 5:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ The fifth annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program will feature a showing of Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning film “A Time for Justice,” about the civil rights movement. 7 p.m. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The National Museum of the American Indian will present Pamela Yates’ 2011 film “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. ■ Reel Affirmations’ “RA Xtra” film series will feature Jay Arnold’s 2011 film “What Happens Next.” 7 and 9:15 p.m. $12. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Performance ■ The National Ballet of China will perform “The Yellow River,” as well as excerpts from “The Red Detachment of Women” and “Swan Lake.” 8 p.m. $25 to $60. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Special events ■ Friends of the National Zoo will hold its annual wine-tasting event, “Grapes With the Apes.” 6 to 9 p.m. $55. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Washington National Opera will present “Opera in the Outfield,” a live highdefinition simulcast of Puccini’s classic melodrama “Tosca.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations encouraged. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE.


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GWU gallery features environmentally themed artwork


he George Washington University Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will open an exhibit today of environmentally themed box constructions and wall pieces by Dupont Circle artist Kay Jackson and continue it through Oct. 14. An artist’s reception will take place today from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Located at 805 21st St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525. ■ Art Museum of the Americas will open two contemporary-art exhibits today with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and gallery talk at 6:45 p.m. The shows will continue through Jan. 22. “Traveling Light, Five Artists from Chile” presents a series of site-specific installations that focus on issues of materiality. “Common Place” examines relationships between Latin American housekeepers and their housewife employers through the eyes

of artists Justine Graham and Ruby Rumié. Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 201 18th St. NW, the museum Located at 2106 R St. NW, the gallery is is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-463-0203. to 5 p.m. 202-667-2599. ■ “Day Into Night,” featur■ Cross MacKenzie ing linocuts and woodblocks Gallery will open an exhibit by New York artist Emily Friday of recent sculptural Trueblood, will open Friday works by Philadelphia with an artist’s reception ceramic artist Michael Fujita. from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old The first solo show in the Print Gallery. The exhibit gallery’s new Dupont Circle will continue through Nov. location, it will continue 12. through Oct. 12. Located at 1220 31st St. An artist’s reception will NW, the gallery is open take place Friday from 6 to 8 Tuesday through Saturday p.m. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Located at 2026 R St. 202-965-1818. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday ■ “Swiss Style: Fashion and from noon to 6 p.m. 202Jewelry Design,” a showcase 333-7970. of fashionable contemporary Magdalena Brozda’s work clothing and jewelry from is in a show at Alex Gallery. ■ “Past and Present,” featurthe Geneva University of Art ing abstract paintings by and Design, will open Friday at Alex 1960s Washington Color School artist Gallery and continue through Oct. 14. Kenneth Victor Young, will open Friday with An opening reception will take place a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parish

Taffety Punk presents all-female ‘Much Ado’


affety Punk Theatre Company opened an allfemale version of “Much Ado About Nothing” last week and will continue it through Sept. 24 at


the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The law of supply and demand — and relative dearth of female roles in classical theater — works against women, so for the fourth year, the actors in Taffety Punk’s Riot Grrrls will play the men. “Much Ado About Nothing” revolves around familiar themes: Tonya Beckman Ross and Kimberly Gilbert star in Taffety Punk Theatre the returning soldier and the society Company’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” — and love — he or she confronts. Columbia Arts Center is located at Performance times are 7:30 p.m. p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833; Wednesday through Saturday and 3 Tickets cost $25. 202-467-4600; p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10. ■ The District of Columbia Arts ■ The Mead Theatre Lab at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is Flashpoint will host Bright located at 545 7th St. SE. 800-838- Center will present “Vincent,” a one-man play by Leonard Nimoy Alchemy Theatre’s workshop pro3006; and performed by B. Stanley, Sept. duction of “When the Stars Go ■ The National Theatre of China Out” Sept. 23 through 25. will bring “Two Dogs’ Opinions on 22 through Oct. 8. At the time of Vincent van In this play by Stephen Life” to the Kennedy Center Sept. Gogh’s death, many of his contem- Spotswood, Naomi is on the verge 20 and 21. poraries, includof motherhood — something she The avanting Paul Gaugin, did not plan and for which she garde improvisahad written the doesn’t know if she’s ready. tional comedy is painter off as an Meanwhile, she is forced to deal the story of two insane fool. In with the death of her best friend, brother dogs this show, set in the neuroticism of her mother, and who leave their Paris one week the absence of her husband, an hometown for after van Gogh’s astronaut on a mission to the edge the city to pursuicide, Theo of the solar system. Straddling a sue their The National Theatre of China will van Gogh line between high science and dreams. “Two attempts to resmodern myth, “When the Stars Go Dogs’ Opinions stage “Two Dogs’ Opinions on cue his brother’s Out” examines what it means to on Life” Life” at the Kennedy Center. legacy, trying to face the end of your world. explores some transform him from a madman into Performance times are 8 p.m. of the big questions plaguing Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. a misunderstood genius. Chinese society, including poverty, Sunday. All shows are pay-whatsexual harassment, traffic jams and Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. you-can. Flashpoint is located at food safety. It will be performed in Tickets cost $25; $15 for arts cen916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305; Chinese with English surtitles. ter members. The District of See Theater/Page 55 Performance times are 7:30

Kay Jackson’s “Tree of Life” is part of an exhibit at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 18. Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-994-2310. ■ The American University Museum See Exhibits/Page 55

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she was troubled that library architects did not want to provide any setback from the rear property line, a position that raised howls from apartment dwellers who will lose light and air. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The applicant never said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see if we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull it back a little bit,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. But on the other hand, Moldenhauer continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The opponents said there were a lot of other options, but they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show us how DCPL could meet all its programmatic needs by using another layout.â&#x20AC;? Turnbull was more blunt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did the library ever consider their neighbors, and their windows? This really sticks in my craw,â&#x20AC;? he said. Moldenhauer also argued that the space needs of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;public service facilityâ&#x20AC;? could help justify the zoning variance, but she questioned whether the library expansion is â&#x20AC;&#x153;an institutional necessityâ&#x20AC;? or merely â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as opponents put it ­â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;a wish list.â&#x20AC;? Lloyd Jordan, a new board member who cast the deciding vote in support of the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal several months ago, had a different take this time. Jordan said city and library officials had debated and decided on the urgency of library

The Current expansions and improvements citywide years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At some point, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken all the comments, and the government has to move,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes the government has to do some things not everybody agrees with.â&#x20AC;? Just before the final vote, board member Nicole Sorg said she would support the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final design â&#x20AC;&#x153;whether or not the community process was perfect, or imperfect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or really imperfect. We live in Washington, D.C., and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the library could have gotten total supportâ&#x20AC;? for any plan, she said. But after voting, Turnbull delivered another tongue-lashing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the library takes this discussion to heart, and goes back and restructures how it works with the community. These hearings are a waste of money,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The library has not done a public service.â&#x20AC;? George Williams, spokesperson for the library system, said the agency had held five community meetings and made numerous presentations for the neighborhood commissions, even hiring a consultant to reach Spanish-speaking residents about the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased that the BZA has allowed us to continue to move forward with the library that the Mt. Pleasant community wants and deserves,â&#x20AC;? he said in a statement.





tem,â&#x20AC;? Kolawole said. In the past, the programs paid $3 for the first 3,000 watts produced, $2 for the next 7,000 and then $1 for each subsequent watt up to 20,000. But since the cost of solar panels has been falling, the cash incentive starting next month will be just half of what it was previously. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will still end up being between 25 and 30 percent of the cost,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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the city typically has authorized $2 million annually for the program. So far in the current fiscal year, the program has financed 131 different projects and spent $1.8 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The program offers cash incentives based on the size of the sys-


From Page 1 ization. Boyles said the method has been successful in managing wild horses on Assateague Island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia and white-tailed deer on Fire Island, N.Y. She said the procedure has reduced pregnancy rates among white-tailed deer by 80 to 90 percent, with one shot lasting for two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we understand the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (NPS) concerns over the perceived impacts caused by white-tailed deer,â&#x20AC;? she wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the HSUS maintains that lethal control is neither a socially acceptable practice nor, in the long-term, the most ecologically sound approach to resolving conflicts with deer.â&#x20AC;? The proposal comes amid ongoing concern about the deer population in Rock Creek Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deer are a huge issue for the park,â&#x20AC;? said Beth Mullin, executive director of Rock Creek Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environment). According to Mullin, the exploding deer population threatens to significantly diminish the diversity of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecosystem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They prefer to eat the native plants. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat the invasive plants,â&#x20AC;? she said. As a result, she said, invasive vines threaten to overtake the park, choking out the trees, eliminating wildflowers and discouraging insects and birds from making their homes there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The deer are affecting what the park will look like,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, many residents complain that deer graze on nearby gardens, spread Lyme disease and pose risks to nighttime drivers. In 2009, the National Park Service crafted a draft deer management plan to reduce the burgeoning deer population. The proposal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would apply to Rock

Kolawole said a list of about 25 companies that perform solar panel installation is on the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend or advocate anybody. ... We request three references, and they must have an active business license in the District.â&#x20AC;? The program is now due to sunset by October 2012, when fiscal year 2013 begins.

Creek and nearby areas such as Glover Archbold Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; recommended a combination of sharpshooters, euthanasia, birth control and protective fencing to diminish the deer herds. But the Park Service proposal elicited passionate responses from residents on both sides of the issue. Roughly 130 people attended a public meeting two years ago, with speakers split down the middle about what to do with the deer. Some said lethal methods were necessary. Others called for compassion. Two years later, Park Service officials say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still deliberating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still on hold,â&#x20AC;? said Park Service spokesperson Bill Line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more important to get it correct rather than to rush through something.â&#x20AC;? Line said a change in leadership at Rock Creek Park has contributed to the delay, but he emphasized that there was never a definite timetable for the decision. Now, with no decision made, the legislators are pushing the Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, which the Park Service rejected some years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;NPS proposes to close an undefined portion of Rock Creek Park for up to one month or more in order to cull deer using lethal control methods,â&#x20AC;? the officials wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Closing the park to residents and tourists alike would impose an enormous burden on the community.â&#x20AC;? Plus, the legislators say the Park Service proposal is more costly than the Humane Society plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I]t would cost taxpayers $262,000 over five years to implement the lethal deer management plan,â&#x20AC;? they wrote. The Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan would cost only $183,000 over the same period, and the organization has offered to cover half, they said. The legislators called on Salazar to give â&#x20AC;&#x153;full and fair considerationâ&#x20AC;? to the Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal. Line said he could not comment on the legislatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; letter because he had not seen it.

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swim team, swimmers can join other schools’ teams (e.g., Wilson). The School Without Walls Jazz Band held its first of many practices on Thursday, and other musical groups can be heard practicing throughout the school day. Many posters announcing candidates for the upcoming Student Government Association elections are going up on various walls throughout the school. There are a large number of students running for the various offices this year. Though the majority of them are seniors, candidates seek to reach all members of the student body. A widely unexplored voting bloc is the freshmen class. Most of the freshmen students will have never heard of the candidates, relying instead on campaigning, word of mouth and the upcoming speeches by officer candidates. Due to technical problems with the broadcast system, the election day has been postponed. Speeches will be given live over the Promethean Boards next Wednesday, with each candidate having three minutes to convince voters that he or she is the most worthy. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Shepherd Elementary had a cookout after dismissal on Sept. 2 on the library’s patio. Many parents, students and teachers attended. Mrs. Miles, our principal, also stopped by. Students got to spend a lot of time on the playground with friends. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, fruit, raw vegetables, pretzels, cake and lots to drink. The food line was very long, but at the end, there was more than enough to eat for everyone. The cookout really felt like a fair. There were large gray clouds in the sky, but we were lucky and it did not rain. Everything went well, and we all had fun. I heard many students say that their favorite thing about the cookout was the extra free time on the playground. That was my favorite part, too! — Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

The Sheridan School started on Sept. 6, with the principal giving a welcoming speech to all the new and returning students, faculty and staff. Soccer season has already started, classes are up and going, and there will be an official welcoming assembly on Friday. The eighth-graders will start off the assembly by presenting how they’ll be good school leaders. The


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 soon be going to the Sheridan Mountain Campus, visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house, and rafting in Pennsylvania. The seventh grade will head to mountain campus as well and will be doing a two-night backpacking trip. — Tomas Vargas and Rhianna Vergeer, eighth-graders

Stoddert Elementary

We had four fish in our classroom, but one died yesterday. The one that died was Yo Fish Jr. The others are named Snowman, Goldy and Nemo.


We’re writing autobiographies. They have to be six pages, with one paragraph per page. We have to include friends, hobbies and family, and we have free choices in the other topics. They have to have a table of contents and an index. We’re also reading a biography. Our teacher is really good at picking good books. She has a good sense of humor. We have a medium amount of homework. We also have class jobs. Everyone likes to vacuum. — Robert Mailley and Alexander Ashe, fourth-graders




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opened six exhibits recently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wayne Barrar: An Expanding Subterra,â&#x20AC;? on view through Dec. 14, presents New Zealand photographer Barrarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s images of hidden underground worksites of mines, power stations, universities, storage facilities and offices, as well as the subterranean homes of South Australian opal miners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam,â&#x20AC;? continuing through Dec. 14, examines the work of the 20th-century documentary photographer, including her images of Southwest D.C. before it underwent urban renewal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gifts of Duncan Phillips,â&#x20AC;? on view through Oct. 23, showcases gifts to American University from the founder of the Phillips Collection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seismic Dream,â&#x20AC;? continuing through Dec. 14, explores the fault

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 lines between the industrial age and the present with a sound-and-sculpture installation by sculptor Pattie Porter Firestone and composer Barbara Buchanan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bruce Conner: An Anonymous

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senegalese young womenâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at International Visions Gallery. Memorial,â&#x20AC;? on view through Oct. 23, pays tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inner Piece: Works From the Collection of Heather and Tony Podesta,â&#x20AC;? continuing through Dec. 14, highlights artists rarely shown in Washington, D.C. An opening reception will take

THEATER From Page 47 â&#x2013; Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present Niccolò Machiavelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mandrakeâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 15 through Oct. 8 at Gallaudet University. D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;arte theater company opens its 2011-12 season with a classic Italian romantic comedy. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mandrake,â&#x20AC;? a young scholar named Callimaco returns to Florence in the early 1500s in search of a legendary beauty named Lucrezia. The only problem is that Lucrezia is married to a dithering old lawyer named Messer Nicia, who is desparately attempting to father a child. With the help of a crooked friar, a shameless mother-in-law, some bumbling servants and a con man named Liguiro, a twisted web of grotesque manipulations results in all parties getting what they want. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $20. Gallaudet University is located at 800 Florida Ave. NE. 800-838-3006; â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;ÂĄAy, Carmela!â&#x20AC;? Sept. 15 through Oct. 9. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $34 to $38. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; â&#x2013;  The Essential Theatre will present Ella Joyce in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Rose Among Thorns,â&#x20AC;? a tribute to Rosa Parks, Sept. 20 through 24 at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. 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; â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre will present the Washington premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradeâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 23 through Oct. 30. Performance times vary, but most begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $15. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833; â&#x2013;  The Washington National Opera is presenting Giacomo Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toscaâ&#x20AC;? through Sept. 24 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $55. 202-467-4600; â&#x2013;  Theater J is presenting Deb Margolinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagining Madoffâ&#x20AC;? at the Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goldman Theater through Sept. 25.


place Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Located in the Katzen Arts Center at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013; International Visions Gallery opened two exhibits recently and will continue them through Oct. 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preludesâ&#x20AC;? features sculpture by Claire McArdle inspired by interpretations of Chopinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;24 Preludesâ&#x20AC;? by the Word Dance Theater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am because we are: African wisdom in image and proverbâ&#x20AC;? highlights selected photography from Betty Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book about East and West Africa since 1987. In conjunction with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preludes,â&#x20AC;? a performance by two Word Dance Theater dancers will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. 202234-5112.

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; â&#x2013; No Rules Theatre Co. is presenting Diana Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop Kissâ&#x20AC;? through Oct. 1 at the H Street Playhouse. 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. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is offering a summertime run of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma!â&#x20AC;? 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; â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sidney Harman Hall is hosting the Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;FELA!â&#x20AC;? 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; â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre is presenting the U.S. premiere of Alan Bennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Habit of Artâ&#x20AC;? through Oct. 16. 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; â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is presenting Alice Childressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trouble in Mindâ&#x20AC;? through Oct. 23 in the Kreeger Theater. 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; â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of David Ivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heir Apparentâ&#x20AC;? 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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Colony Hill, DC

Truly a Gem!

New Listing! The Iowa

Not to Miss!

Home Sweet Home!

This lovely home is located in a small enclave of high quality homes off of Foxhall Road in prestigious Colony Hill. With 6 bedrooms and more than 6,700 SF this home has wonderful rooms ideal for entertaining and daily living.

Rarely available, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath semidetached townhome lives like a house! Two living levels provide expansive yet serene living environment. Remodeled baths, cook’s kitchen, and garage parking.

Delightful, one-bedroom, one-bath condo, fully renovated yet retains period charm. Great location in pet-friendly building in Cleveland Park. Tour online at

Built in 1924, this delightful & expanded bungalow is nestled in AU Park. Front porch, hardwood floors, and library/den offer charm galore! 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, in-law suite. Walk to shops, restaurants, parks, and transportation.

Katherine Martin Gilda Herndon

Jessica Monat 202.725.6306

Dolly Tucker Frank Snodgrass

Leslie Dembinski 202.365.0903

Observatory Circle, DC

AU Park, DC




49 s O 36 u pe B nda n ra y H nd 9 O yw /18 us in , 1 e e -4 st n W

Bethesda, MD

202.552.5652 202.257.0978


Elegant Living

Chevy Chase, DC


27 s Op 60 un en u day H ni 9 O co /1 u rn 8, se Ln 1-4 n W

202.494.7373 301.807.7884

Renovated Dutch Colonial

Grand and Elegant

Be in your dream home for the Holidays! Stunning, NEW, 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 2-car garage home. November 2011 completion! Super location: Walking distance to Rock Creek Park, Metro, and elementary school.

Light-filled, 1,500-square-foot, corner unit with southeast exposure, large balcony, 7 closets plus extra storage. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, petfriendly full-service building. Free parking or garage available at $70/month.

More than meets the eye in AU Park! Eatin kitchen, family room plus large master bath with walk-in closets. Tons of light and character with a lovely circular floor plan. Tour online at

This 4,400-square-foot Chevy Chase home is priced at half the price-per-square-foot of most homes in the area. It is very livable just as it is. But what a show place it will be when you add your special touches!

Kathy Byars 240.372.9708

Irina Thomas 240.277.2811

Katherine Martin Gilda Herndon

Chris Fischer 703.930.6349

202.494.7373 301.807.7884


Take Your Business to the Next Level…Expert Marketing...Professional Staff Support…Modern Space. Contact: Kirsten Williams 202.552.5650, for more information. $1,249,000

Potomac, MD


Bethesda, MD


Kensington, MD


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N. Arlington, VA

Architectural Gem

Wonderful River Homes

The Promenade

Entertainer’s Delight!

Stunning, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, renovated contemporary in Cherrydale featuring sun-washed open living spaces, sleek gourmet kitchen, and awesome master suite with relaxing spa-like bath. Walk to shops, cafés, and Ballston Metro.

Loads of curb appeal on large, corner, flat lot with private flagstone terrace. Swim/tennis club a short 5 minute walk. Walk to canal. Whitman schools. Lovely circular floor plan with good size rooms for entertaining and daily living.

Sunny and bright, luxury, two-bedroom, twobath 1,448-SF, corner unit. Balcony with tree views. Garage parking and Metro Ride On at front door. Minutes to NIH, Naval Medical, and Metro.

3-bedroom (plus guest room/office), 3 full bath Byeforde split with fabulous GTM family room addition open to gourmet kitchen. Beautifully landscaped rear garden, slate patio, off-street parking. BCC School Cluster.

Joy Sutherland Jen Walker

Katherine Martin Gilda Herndon

Alyssa Crilley 301.325.0079

Kathy Byars 240.372.9708

703.725.5061 703.675.1566

202.494.7373 301.807.7884




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