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panel reviews new pavilions By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

A planned 60,000-square-foot expansion at the Kennedy Center received generally favorable feedback from the National Capital Planning Commission earlier this month. As proposed, three new pavilions on the south side of the existing building would provide more space for arts education, better accommodations for private fundraisers and increased public access to performances and exhibitions.

At the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting, Kennedy Center officials showed sketches and computergenerated models of the proposed pavilions. The marble facilities would stand up to 35 feet tall, surrounded by public gardens and offering views of the Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Bridge. One pavilion would sit at the edge of Potomac River, connecting the Kennedy Center to the water and providing access to the Potomac and Rock Creek trails. Claudette Donlon, the Kennedy Center’s vice president for administration, explained the impetus for the project, saying there is currently not enough space to support rehearsals and performing arts

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The expansion plan would link the iconic center to the river.

classes. “The Kennedy Center also has the largest performing arts education program in the country, yet we have no dedicated classrooms,” she See Center/Page 14

Agency still seeking visitor parking reform proposal to expand the program citywide — which drew strong objections from several densely populated neighborhoods, where residents decried a “one-size-fitsall” approach. The agency now agrees that an expansion of the program would have been unwise. “We went through a comment period with the public, and one of the recommendations we got and one of the things we agree with is not going citywide,” agency spokesperson Reggie Sanders said in an interview yesterday. Residents who already have a pass can use it through December — despite a printed Sept. 30 expiration date See Parking/Page 14

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Omar Poal and Zeina Davis helped transform metered parking spaces into a temporary public park in front of Malmaison on K Street in Georgetown during Friday’s “Park(ing) Day.” This was the first time the D.C. Transportation Department official sponsored the event citywide.

The D.C. Department of Transportation is defending several planned reforms to its visitor parking pass program, which were unanimously struck down by the D.C. Council last week. The Transportation Department had hoped to make the passes available only by request, and to imprint them with scannable “QR” codes that would tell parking enforcement officers who owns the pass and where it’s authorized to be used. But those changes were overshadowed by a larger

Northwest family’s case shines spotlight on rare PKU disease

Historic Dupont site eyed for luxury hotel By ELIZABETH WIENER

innovative treatment and, ultimately, a cure for her condition. A fundraising gala this weekend at Tia’s school, Tia Piziali has an intense diet for St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day, is seeking to help accomplish an 11-year-old. these goals. Since she was born, the The bright-eyed girl Spring Valley resident has with curly red hair has been consuming a special phenylketonuria, a rare medical formula and eating inherited birth defect most low-protein foods. Even often known as PKU. In her fruits and vegetables the United States, the dismust be carefully meaease affects 1 in 10,000 to sured. She has to get her Tia Piziali 15,000 newborns, accordblood tested frequently. Tia may have to continue with ing to the National Institutes of this lifestyle for the rest of her life Health. Because of this country’s See Benefit/Page 7 — unless her family can help find an By KAT LUCERO

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An Atlanta-based development firm is eying the historic Patterson Mansion at 15 Dupont Circle for possible purchase — and expansion — as a luxury hotel. If approved by city zoning and preservation authorities, the conversion would restore the last remaining grand residence on the circle, with an addition of more hotel rooms flanking the building’s north side. French Quarter Hospitality has not yet purchased the 1901 Italianate mansion, which has served as home to the Washington Club since 1951. The club, facing dwindling membership and rising expenses, put the house on the market last March, and it is still listed — at $26 million — with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. According to French Quarter CEO Ronnie Ben-Zur,


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The Washington Club put the landmark Patterson Mansion on Dupont Circle up for sale last March.

plans are still “very preliminary” and he is constrained from commenting by a confidentiality agreement with the sellers. But Ben-Zur did say, in a brief interview Monday, that Dupont Circle is “well located for a small luxury boutique hotel” in what he called “probably the See Patterson/Page 5


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10th annual film festival screens shorts from D.C., around the world By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Just half a year after the pair of Districtbased filmmakers behind “Innocente� won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, more local moviemaking talent is on display this week at the 10th annual DC Shorts Film Festival. The 11-day event features 153 shorts and six screenplays from 23 different countries,

screened at six venues across the city and the surrounding suburbs. Although most of the films come from elsewhere in the country and around the world, 10 percent were made in the area. These include five titles showing today at a free noon screening at E Street Cinema: “The Donor,� “Wishful Thinking,� “Shenanigans,� “The Summons� and “Chinatown.� Festival director Jon Gann said in an interview that he loves how a short format forces filmmakers to get to the heart of their stories.

He said this can be particularly advantageous for audience members who might dislike one film in the middle of a multi-movie festival showcase. “If it’s not to your taste, just wait a few minutes,� Gann said. Like many local filmmakers, Gann talks up the District as an underrated destination for moviemaking — a creative community more collaborative and nurturing than the famously cutthroat New York and Los Angeles. “It’s easier to be a big fish in a small pond,�


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he said, adding that D.C.’s film audience is unusually smart, with an appetite for movies about current affairs, politics and history. The District is also the largest media market in the country for nonfiction filmmaking, according to Melissa Houghton, the executive director of Women in Film & Video of Washington, D.C. The DC Shorts Film Festival runs through Sunday. Information about tickets and showtimes is available at

D.C. continues push to win ‘age-friendly’ status by 2017 By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

The District has attracted hordes of young people in recent years, repeatedly ranking near the top of lists like “The 10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals� (Forbes) and “America’s Top 25 Cities for Recent College Graduates� (The Atlantic). But top D.C. officials say they’re working to ensure the city is also a livable place for another sizable cohort — the roughly 100,000 senior citizens who call the District home. Speaking to hundreds of seniors at the Howard Theatre Saturday, Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Office on Aging director John Thompson said the District is two years into its five-year plan to become an “age-friendly city� by 2017. The “age-friendly� classification, established by the World Health Organization, refers to cities that help older residents maintain healthy and active lives. Seniors in these cities are deemed to have easy access to affordable housing, quality food options and public transportation. They are able to get themselves to community events, participate in civic activities and communicate their needs to their government. They also have access to job-train-

ing programs. Cities that serve as a model for how to move forward under the World Health Organization’s guidelines include New York and Portland, Ore. “Our goal is to become the No. 1 age-friendly city in the world — not the United States, but the world,� Thompson said. He said one “huge issue� for many D.C. seniors is transportation, noting that the ability to get around helps seniors combat social isolation. “We need adequate transportation that stretches beyond just taking seniors to life-sustaining medial appointments.� In laying out the timeline for the city’s age-friendly initiative, Thompson said officials are still collecting information through forums like Saturday’s. This fall, a task force will review the data and finalize an action plan. Policy changes should begin next year. Thompson also praised Gray for his leadership on these issues, saying the mayor had increased the D.C. Office on Aging’s budget from $24 million two fiscal years ago to $37 million this fiscal year. For his part, Gray said D.C. should build momentum. “This is a moment when we can turn the corner on our planning,� Gray said.

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Cheh recommends changes Morton Bender seeks out good Samaritan to variety of District taxes By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Current Staff Report Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is calling for a series of tax code changes that she says will help encourage people in all income groups to live in the District. Speaking last week to the District’s Tax Revision Commission, Cheh said raising the threshold for estate taxes could help the city attract and retain affluent residents. On the other end of the income spectrum, she urged breaks such as increasing the earned income tax credit for lowincome residents and raising the standard deduction. The Tax Revision Commission is due to present draft recommendations for changes to the code to the D.C. Council and public this fall. The council will weigh those recommendations in crafting tax reform legislation, but the commission report will be nonbinding. The District currently charges an estate tax on inheritances exceeding

$1 million, compared to the federal level of $5.25 million. Matching the higher threshold would cost $25 million a year, not counting the impact of residents moving to or leaving the District. Doubling the figure to $2 million would cost $6 million a year. Cheh warned that longtime residents “nearing retirement Cheh might well be tempted to move to a jurisdiction without an estate tax.� “Establishing residence in Northern Virginia would offer the individual access to many of the District’s amenities without imposing a potentially significant additional tax liability,� she said. While for many areas of the country “the correlation between See Taxes/Page 5

When Morton Bender was leaving the Uptown Theater after seeing “The Butler� one night last month, his eyes started to lose focus. He swayed to the left, hoping to grab hold of a light pole to keep his balance. “I never got that,� recalled the longtime local real estate developer and philanthropist. “I just dropped. I folded up.� Walking beside her husband when he collapsed, Grace Bender said she caught Morton’s head so it wouldn’t hit the sidewalk. After that, everything became a blur. “You know how everything happens so fast,� she said. The Benders are now looking for the good Samaritan who doctors said saved Morton’s life that evening, Aug. 19, by jumping in to perform CPR in front of the Cleveland Park theater. When Morton was “ice-cold, ashen� on the ground, Grace said, “this man came in, and he started doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Then he started going very hard with the chest compressions. He did it almost the second after my husband fell until you could hear the ambulance in the distance.� The couple later learned that Morton had suffered

a massive pulmonary embolism, Grace said. “His heart in fact had stopped. If that man had not come and rescued him, he would be dead.� Morton — who spent more than a week at Washington Hospital Center after his collapse, undergoing a risky surgery — is now spending his days recovering at his Massachusetts Avenue Heights home. “I’m tired and taking it easy, just trying to get my strength back,� he said on the phone last week. Morton, the principal owner of Colombo Bank of Rockville and director of the Independence Federal Savings Bank, says he has been “trying to work from my house, but it’s difficult.� Though he doesn’t remember anything between his fall and the ambulance ride, the 80-year-old says the good Samaritan’s work gave him “one sore chest to prove it.� The Benders are now trying to hunt down that man to express their gratitude directly. “You’d always like to thank the person who gave your life back,� said Morton. “So many people will just stand and stare or they’ll walk by,� said Grace. The Benders also benefited from the help of a woman — whom they also weren’t able to identify — who placed her purse beneath Morton’s head after he fell, and another stranger called 911, Grace said.

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 25

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to vote on the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s revisions to annual report cards on performance prepared by the D.C. Public Schools system and charter schools. The board will also hear updates on D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System scores for the 2012-13 school year. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning will hold a public information session on the final phase of the “Height Master Plan for Washington, DC.� The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the commission’s office at Suite 500N, 401 9th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Federation of Civic Associations will discuss tax lien sales and other Office of Tax and Revenue issues. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

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The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â– The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold precinct caucuses to fill vacancies for delegate positions in precincts 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 50, 136 and 138. The caucuses will be held from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. To vote or run for precinct delegate, you must be a registered Democrat in the relevant precinct. At 7:30 p.m., following the caucuses, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan will speak and answer questions. For details visit â–  The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its regular meeting, which will feature a discussion of developments along the Potomac waterfront. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Potomac Boat Club, 3250 Water St. NW. Reservations are required; call 202-337-7313.

Saturday, Sept. 28

The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will hold its sixth annual Tenant and Tenant Association Summit at the Kellogg Conference Center, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. Registration will open at 8 a.m., and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are requested; call 202-719-6560 or visit

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The Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission will hold a round-table discussion of historic preservation in Georgetown. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

The D.C. Office of Planning, the National Park Service, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Downtown Business Improvement District will hold a kickoff public presentation and open house on the Franklin Park Vision and Transportation Plan. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 K St. NW.

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District Digest Feds, District release comments on heights

A federal study is recommending against broad changes to the District’s heights limits, but accepts relaxing the rules that govern use of rooftop penthouses. The D.C. Office of Planning, however, indicated yesterday that it may push for more aggressive reform of the federal laws governing new construction in the city.

The National Capital Planning Commission study, released earlier this month, identified an abiding federal interest in capping building height in the nation’s capital: “The Height Act has protected the settings and views to and from the National Mall, the institutions of our democracy, and our national memorials and parks.� But the commission also called the economic vitality of the District a federal interest and said changing

regulations on penthouses would boost D.C.’s tax base: “Permitting a broader range of active uses [in penthouses] in most parts of the city — if properly implemented and with certain restrictions — does not appear to affect federal interests in most cases.� D.C.’s Planning Office offered a preview of its perspective on these issues in a Twitter post yesterday evening, writing that it’s “necessary� for both federal and local

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degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a law degree from American University, made his announcement on Kennedy Street in front of the Mid-Town Barbershop, where his first job was sweeping floors. He resigned his five-year position as Norton’s legislative counsel in order to run for office. At-large Council members Anita Bonds, a Democrat, and David Catania, an independent, are facing reelection next year; at least one of their seats is reserved for a nonDemocrat. Other seats in the 2014 election will be for council members in wards 1, 3, 5 and 6, as well as mayor and council chairman.

Ex-Norton aide enters at-large council race GU launches new Robert White, a longtime aide to public policy school D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and a native Washingtonian, last week announced a bid for an atlarge D.C. Council seat. He will be running as an independent. As a candidate, he will focus on ethical issues, “smarter economic development,� and improving schools and students’ academic preparation, according to a news release. White is founder and president of the Brightwood Park Citizens Association. White, who holds a bachelor’s


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Georgetown University has announced the creation of a public policy school, named for 1975 graduate Frank H. McCourt Jr. Funded through a $100 million gift from McCourt, the school is currently based in the historic Old North building. A news release says the program will expand on existing strengths of the university, such as its Washington location, relationships with global leaders and commitment to public service. The university’s first new school since 1957 will include a Massive Data Institute, a Center for Politics and Policy, and a McCourt Fellows program intended to attract top students with full scholarships. McCourt is president of a real estate development firm, a former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a former trustee and regent at Georgetown University.


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taxes and decisions to relocate� is weak, it is not onerous to move from Cleveland Park to Arlington, said Cheh. Increasing the threshold might also encourage high-income Marylanders to move into the District. Cheh also called for a greater earned income tax credit, which currently provides a tax refund to low-income residents of up to 40

percent of the federal figure. (The federal amount varies yearly according to multiple factors but topped out at $5,891 last year.) The earned income tax credit “has been very successful not only in moving families out of poverty, but also in providing lasting positive effects,� said Cheh. Providing funds for low-income families reduces “the likelihood of birth defects, improves student achievement and likely boosts the work ethic

and earnings potential of children when they reach adulthood,� she said. Finally, Cheh urged the city to better evaluate whether tax breaks bring the kind of results for which they were adopted. Unlike the states of Washington and Oregon, the District never evaluates the results of the millions of dollars in tax abatements that are approved every year, according to Cheh. With a proper evaluation, “we might find that

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most important city in the world.� The Atlanta firm — which develops high-end hotels, usually operated by other hotel companies — submitted a tentative “concept� application to the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board last month, detailing plans to restore the mansion and replace a nondescript 1950s addition with a taller hotel tower. Deputy preservation officer Steve Callcott said the board will consider the project in late October. Meanwhile, architect David Shove-Brown of studio3877, a local firm, presented preliminary plans to the Duport Circle Conservancy Sept. 10, and to the D.C. Preservation League last week. “We’re in the due diligence period now,� Shove-Brown said. “The owners are looking to close by the end of the year.� The conservancy — a nonprofit and fierce guardian of Dupont’s historic architecture — was supportive of the hotel use and plans to restore the gracious white marble mansion and its elegant interior rooms, as was the citywide preservation league. But both were concerned about the proposed 65-foot height of the addition, which would replace a

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approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, he said. The Patterson Mansion was built in 1901 for Chicago newspaper magnate Robert Patterson, and once served as a temporary White House for President Calvin Coolidge while the actual White House was being renovated. Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter Cissy, publisher of the Times-Herald newspaper, lived there and entertained lavishly until her death in 1948, when it was sold to the Washington Club. The mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, as well as the local register, meaning any exterior renovations or additions are subject to strict review. But city preservation law also encourages â&#x20AC;&#x153;adaptive reuseâ&#x20AC;? as a way to pay for retaining and restoring historic structures. With its ballroom, library, auditorium and two elevators, the 36,470-square-foot mansion might prove adaptable as a hotel. Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had listed more likely purchasers as an embassy, foundation or association, social club or even as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;personal residence.â&#x20AC;? But few single families could now afford to buy or maintain it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really tough building to make into offices,â&#x20AC;? Brown said.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:41 p.m. Sept. 18. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, Tennyson St.; 8:11 a.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  6200-6299 block, 30th St.; 9:11 a.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, Oliver St.; 12:26 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  6651-6699 block, 32nd St.; 7:16 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  6100-6199 block, 30th St.; 12:45 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  Oliver Street and Belt Road; 11:01 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Morrison St.; 1:27 p.m. Sept. 20. Theft â&#x2013;  5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:54 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  5500-5530 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:29 p.m. Sept. 19.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Burglary â&#x2013; 4500-4599 block, Garrison St.; 2:36 p.m. Sept. 18. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4200-4219 block, Military Road; 3:57 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  5200-5299 block, 44th St.; 8:37 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  44th and Harrison streets; 3:53 p.m. Sept. 22. Theft â&#x2013;  5254-5299 block, Western Ave.; 1:14 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  4908-4999 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:50 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Fort Drive; 5:40 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3814-3989 block, Chesapeake St.; 6:18 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Veazey St.; 9:39 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3814-3989 block, Chesapeake St.; 4:05 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:30 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  4200-4209 block, Albemarle St.; 2:13 p.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  4310-4399 block, Brandywine St.; 6:31 p.m. Sept. 22.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Burglary â&#x2013; 2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 12:01 a.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 7:09 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  36th and Davenport streets; 8:37 a.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block Everett St.; 9:50 a.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  Upton and 38th streets; 10:26 a.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  4700-4714 block, 32nd St.; 5:44 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Yuma Street; 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3000-3199 block, Chesapeake St.; 11:07 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  2600-2899 block, Quebec St.; 2:01 p.m. Sept. 22. Theft â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:01 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  5000-5099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:35 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 10:20 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:21 p.m. Sept. 20.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley PSA 204 park / Glover

park / cathedral heights

Burglary â&#x2013; 3900-4099 block, Tunlaw Road; 12:44 p.m. Sept. 18. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 4:15 a.m. Sept. 18.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 3000-3199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:25 a.m. Sept. 20. Theft â&#x2013;  2700-2798 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:44 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  2301-2499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:08 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3000-3199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:46 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3811-3848 block, Porter St.; 1:02 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  3811-3848 block, Porter St.; 1:21 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, 38th St.; 11 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  3000-3199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:57 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  4200-4349 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Burglary â&#x2013; 4700-4799 block, Tilden St.; 4:54 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  5000-5017 block, Warren St.; 8:20 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  5000-5017 block, Warren St.; 8:52 a.m. Sept. 20. Theft â&#x2013;  4812-4859 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 2:24 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  4443-4464 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 8:21 a.m. Sept. 21.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Burglary â&#x2013; 1000-1199 block, 30th St.; 9 a.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3300-3347 block, M St.; 3:20 p.m. Sept. 22. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Wisconsin Avenue and Prospect Street; 5:04 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  1000-1003 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; 6:37 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 4:18 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  1738-1899 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:45 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1600-1651 block, 34th St.; 12:50 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Dumbarton St.; 9:50 a.m. Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Dent Place; 3:53 p.m. Sept. 22. Theft â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, N St.; 10:24 a.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; 11:54 a.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  K and 31st streets; 3:07 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  1000-1199 block, 29th St.; 4:11 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, K St.; 4:39 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; 11:16 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  1536-1599 block, 34th St.; 1:13 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  3000-3091 block, K St.; 2 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 31st St.;

1:25 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013; 3036-3099 block, M St.; 4:34 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; 6:36 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; 6:56 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 12:50 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 1:13 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1200-1227 block, 33rd St.; 6:58 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, O St.; 12:07 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Olive St.; 8:50 a.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, K St.; 2:37 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, Q St.; 2:59 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  3200-3277 block, M St.; 4:08 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1234-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:16 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  2300-2699 block, Q St.; 6:44 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  3808-3899 block, Reservoir Road; 9:28 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  3092-3099 block, K St.; 11:52 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  3092-3099 block, K St.; 11:53 p.m. Sept. 20.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 1500-1531 block, Church St.; 1:25 a.m. Sept. 18. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 10:37 a.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 22nd St.; 1:46 a.m. Sept. 21. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  N and 21st streets; 12:19 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  1820-1899 block, 19th St.; 10 a.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, Kalorama Road; 5 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1700-1771 block, N St.; 11 a.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1200-1399 block, 16th St.; 11:37 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1400-1479 block, 20th St.; 2:53 a.m. Sept. 21. â&#x2013;  1300-1499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:27 a.m. Sept. 22. Theft â&#x2013;  32-99 block, Kalorama Circle; 7:47 p.m. Sept. 15. â&#x2013;  1200-1215 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:42 a.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 6:50 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Q St.; 7:42 p.m. Sept. 16. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 12:06 p.m. Sept. 17. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 2:53 p.m. Sept. 18. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Florida Ave.; 3:23 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1811-1899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8 p.m. Sept. 19. â&#x2013;  1517-1599 block, 17th St.; 5:34 p.m. Sept. 20. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, 20th St.; 4:56 p.m. Sept. 21.

g The Current W ednesday, September 25, 2013


BENEFIT: St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to host gala as local family expands efforts for PKU research

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mandatory newborn screening law, Tiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family was able to detect the condition in 2002. People with PKU lack the ability to break down phenylalanine, an amino acid in many protein-rich foods such as dairy and nuts. Having too much of this protein in the body for a long time can cause severe irreversible brain damage. To prevent this buildup, Tiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Alison Reynolds, has to mix formula three times a day and carefully prepare her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food. For 11 years, Reynolds has documented every drop of formula and bite of food her daughter has eaten. Little information on PKU existed when Tia was diagnosed. That changed a decade ago when her family assumed a leading role in raising funds for and increasing awareness of the condition. In 2007, Tiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather Richard Michaux, a retired venture capitalist, formed the Michaux Family Foundation, which now funds PKU research. He then consolidated groups around the country under the National PKU Alliance. Before that, his daughter, Reynolds, spearheaded a fundraising gala called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuxes for Tia.â&#x20AC;? The West Coast benefit raised more than $300,000 in 2004 for seed money to help advance an upcoming PKU treatment called PEG-PAL. The drug is currently in stage three of a clinical trial with BioMarin, a California-based pharmaceutical company, before it becomes available commercially. Now a D.C. resident, Reynolds has relaunched the gala this year in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. Its goal is to raise money to develop a device that would allow individuals with PKU to immediately check their blood for high levels of protein, avoiding a trip to a lab and a weeklong wait for results â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which she and Tia do monthly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In that weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, Tia could be suffering from brain damage and not

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know it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need instant feedback on how my daughter is doing.â&#x20AC;? The event has now been integrated with the National PKU Alliance, becoming the inaugural gala for the organization. The alliance plans to hold the benefit every two years in a different city. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fete, which costs $150 to $350 to attend, will be held Saturday at St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway. Emceed by CBS anchor Scott Pelley, the event will feature a live and silent auction, offering getaways to Morocco and France. Like the first gala, this one has attracted more than the expected number of attendees, with around 460 guests signed up so far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn down people who




want to donate,â&#x20AC;? said Michaux, who moved to Spring Valley to be close to his daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family. The evening will also honor Dr. Ray Stevens of the California-based Scripps Institute. His lab has conducted research on ways to treat PKU and similar diseases. Government funding to develop new treatment for rare childhood diseases is â&#x20AC;&#x153;incredibly tough,â&#x20AC;? Stevens said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The initial funds raised by the Michaux family

and other PKU groups helped to pay for the experiments and data needed to increase the confidence that a drug could be made.â&#x20AC;? In addition to his own scientific contributions, Stevens in 2011 ran the Marathon des Sables, a six-day ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert, to raise awareness of the disease. Following Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advice, the alliance is focused on developing a portable meter that can measure levels of phenylalanine in the body. In

October, the organization will invite more than 300 scientists around the world to submit proposals for an effective invention. The best ones will go through an 18-month development phase funded by the group. Reynoldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own efforts wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop with the gala. As an active member of the alliance, she has helped push Congress to require that health insurance cover the formula â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a costly expense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for PKU individuals under the Medical Foods Equity Act.


g Wednesday, September 25, 2013 T he Current

The Georgetown


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Raising wages

It’s hard to argue with the idea of helping struggling D.C. workers by increasing the minimum wage, but we think Mayor Vincent Gray made the right decision this month in vetoing the Large Retailer Accountability Act. The bill would have required Walmart and other big non-unionized stores to pay at least $12.50 per hour, including benefits, to all employees. Petula Dvorak put a face on the mayor’s position this week when she wrote in her Washington Post column about the hundreds of job seekers who turned up at two new Walmart hiring centers Monday. Walmart had threatened to pull out of plans to open six stores in the city if the bill became law — meaning a loss of thousands of anticipated new jobs. We don’t disagree with those who say higher-paying jobs would be better than $8.25-per-hour gigs at Walmart. But we just aren’t seeing those types of jobs become available in such numbers. There’s simply a reality to be faced: In the case of Walmart, it looked to be these jobs or no jobs. And given that choice, we have to side with jobs. Of course, some will say that Walmart was just bluffing, or that the city should take a moral stand against low wages. Even Ms. Dvorak’s column noted that, for at least one job seeker, the starting pay at Walmart would amount to no more than her unemployment check. “But you know, I don’t care,” Debbie Thomas told the columnist. “I would much rather work. Earn that money.” Aside from the emotional boost that a job can bring, a minimum-wage position also offers the possibility of promotion — something unemployment checks, which also expire, certainly do not. Proponents of the bill are angry, and we understand their frustration. We can only hope that some good will come out of this protracted debate. The signs are there: A couple of D.C. Council members have offered legislation that would raise the minimum wage for all of the city over the next few years. We like the idea of an immediate $1 hike, with a serious review of whether a bigger increase would be possible without excessively harming job creation or scaring too many employment sources away to Maryland or Virginia. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser has proposed establishing a commission to provide just such a look at the numbers. We hope to see that proposal move forward, with quick follow-up action. This isn’t an issue that should be left to fade away.

Helping Navy Yard

Twelve people were killed last week by an armed assailant at the Washington Navy Yard, the casualties of a senseless killing spree. We would like to join those throughout the region who are dedicating their thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims whose lives were so unfairly cut short. Also of mention are those who have gone a step further, dedicating not just their emotions but also their energy and resources to the attack victims. The families of those lost will need support, and three organizations in particular have stepped up to help. The Navy League of the United States, a nonprofit booster of the country’s sea-based defenses, has created the Washington Navy Yard Survivors Fund to support the victims’ families. One hundred percent of donations made to the fund, available at, will go to the survivors. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which helps military families who have lost members, has also created a repository for donations. Funds will help the group provide “comfort and care” for families, including via support groups and assistance with casework. Visit to donate. And the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the public charity that managed the fund for 9/11 Pentagon victims, has established two funds — one for families, and the other to work to address violence in the region. Visit to donate to either. We applaud these groups for their efforts and encourage residents to donate.

Commercializing Carnegie … ?


he Carnegie Library in downtown Washington is a jewel of a building. Its beaux-arts classical exterior is both elegant and imposing. Unfortunately, it also is a tarnished jewel. The library, on its awkward site, has resisted many efforts to restore its luster and appeal to the modern world. Some purists are wincing, but a new plan has emerged. The private, fee-based International Spy Museum wants to move from its location at 9th and F streets NW downtown. The owners are wrapping up negotiations to move the popular collection of spying and eavesdropping exhibits farther north on 9th to the library at Massachusetts Avenue. One fan of the library wrote the Notebook a worried email on Monday, saying, “I am not thrilled by the sound of this.” The private museum would pay to retrofit the building, including a 40,000-square-foot underground space for the spy exhibits. There’d be a cafe and shop, of course, as moneymakers for the museum. The good news is that the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., won’t be displaced. It has struggled to maintain the building that underwent a major renovation in the early 2000s. But the society’s museum has never attracted a viable audience. It has a lease on the property until 2098. The society says that 90 percent of its historic collections — which include artworks, documents, maps, objects and more than 100,000 photographs — are stored on-site. Under the new plan, the society would occupy the main, historic floors of the library (great news, says this Notebook) and even have improved exhibit space. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans says that at this point the Spy Museum idea appears to be the best option. Evans, a candidate for mayor, has supported reviving the building as the city’s central library, with new space similar to what the Spy Museum envisions underground. “It was at one time the central library and could be again,” Evans told the Notebook. “But it’s not an idea anyone supports but me. We need to do something with that building.” Architects and others drool over the library’s exterior. But its isolated, island location between Massachusetts and New York avenues makes it difficult to attract passersby. ■ There’s another wrinkle. The expansive grounds of the library are a perfect site for outdoor cafes and

music venues. But the parklike setting is controlled by the National Park Service, which will have a say in what is done. The library is just one of nearly 2,500 libraries financed in the late 1800s and early 1900s by Andrew Carnegie, who believed that education was fundamental to success and advancement among the masses. The Washington library was dedicated in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt and Carnegie himself. There’s an interesting 2006 report for the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the Carnegie library campaign. It was written by Mary B. Dierickx of New York. You can find her interesting slide presentation online (as a PDF) at ■ Minimum wage notes. The race is on to see which D.C. Council members get credit for how much the city will boost the local minimum wage — and how fast it can go into effect. The council last week failed to override Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto of the $12.50 per hour wage for Walmart and other similar big-box stores. But from the mayor to nearly every council member, there were calls to raise the city’s $8.25 minimum wage. Some activists, burned on the Walmart vote, believe the city will act quickly to raise the minimum wage in installments to about $10.25. But it won’t happen as fast as some expected. Right now, the various proposals to raise the wage are being referred to the Workforce and Community Affairs Committee, chaired by Ward 8 member Marion Barry. But Barry was censured for accepting more than $6,000 from two city contractors. The council also voted to take away Barry’s chairmanship. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has indicated he’ll propose a reorganization plan to remove Barry and reassign the committee to someone else. Whoever that person is will control the minimum wage debate going forward. Barbara Lang, the head of the DC Chamber of Commerce, told NBC4 that she expects some type of increase and that her organization will work with the council on the right amount. Jim Dinegar, who leads the influential Greater Washington Board of Trade, told the Notebook that he’s not opposed to discussing an increase, but warns that his main concern “is to not put the District at a competitive disadvantage in its relation to the region.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Agency will review parking-meter rules

David Yudin raises an excellent point about parking-meter payments in the evenings in Ward 3 [“Altering meter hours would help neighbors,” Letters to the Editor, Sept. 18]. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh has pressed the D.C. Department of Transportation to not require payment after 6:30 p.m. along the ward’s commercial areas — or to at least extend how long a person can park after that time to four hours — because the alternative is bad for businesses and also pushes drivers into the neighborhoods. When our office asked whether Mr. Yudin’s assertions were correct — that meters in Tenleytown/

Friendship Heights require payment until 10 p.m. but those in Cleveland Park stop at 6:30 p.m. — the Transportation Department confirmed that they were. The agency has committed to reviewing the parking-meter rates along both corridors and reporting back with a full analysis as to why that is the case and whether any changes will be made. Jonathan Willingham Chief of Staff, Office of Ward 3 D.C. Council member Cheh

D.C. film festival recalls experiences

The Current’s Sept. 11 article on the closing of District movie theaters highlighted cultural losses for neighborhoods. The digital revolution and consequent move to small-screen family and individual film-watching has changed things for good.

So we at the DC Independent Film Festival inaugurated an oral history project to collect stories about going to the movies in the Washington area. At the 2013 festival, our audiences shared and recorded moviegoing memories — whether they were about a first date, the way a movie changed your life, that sizzling world premiere or those formative teenage outings. As a local festival dedicated to keeping community film-going alive, relevant and special, we believe that films are more central to our culture than ever and that film festivals celebrate this. We welcome everyone’s filmgoing memories and hope you will take part in our next oral history session at DCIFF 2014 and at our neighborhood forums. Deirdre Evans-Pritchard Executive Director, DC Independent Film Festival

The Current

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Georgetown should back heating plant plan VIEWPOINT STEVE CRIMMINS


eorgetowners will soon be asked to consider what to do with the huge West Heating Plant site on 29th Street below the C&O Canal. After buying the heating plant and surrounding land at public auction, a Levy Group partnership wants to turn most of the open space on the site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the former coal yard and tank farm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; into a public park to be designed by Philadelphia-based Ignacio Bunster, who also did the widely acclaimed Georgetown Waterfront Park that stretches along the Potomacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge. The new public park will offer a fountain, a broad lawn, landscaping and seating. Importantly it will act as a link that will for the first time join three national parks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Waterfront Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park and Rock Creek Park. Money to build and maintain the new public park will come from sales of ultra high-end condos to be constructed inside the renovated West Heating Plant building. The condos, which will be confined to the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing footprint, will be designed by London-based architect David Adjaye, whose high-profile projects include the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Adjaye will preserve intact the heating plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 29th Street front facade. The other three sides will be largely demolished for removal of a massive tangle of plant equipment and for construction of floors within the building, which at present contains just metal platforms to hold machinery. The sides will then be reconstructed with considerably more windows for the condos. The reconstructed portions will mimic but not replicate the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing appearance, and the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size will not be increased. Parking and building services will be buried beneath the new public park. At upcoming public meetings on the proposed project, the Georgetown community will be asked to consider whether we should all embrace this proposal or instead force its cancellation in order to preserve in more pristine form a heating plant structure that was a monstrosity for every day of its 60-year existence. Now is the time for us all to unite to mitigate this longtime disaster. We have already decided as a community that the West Heating Plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture lacks merit. Without hesitation we allowed demolition of its sister building,

Letters to the Editor Noise limits apply even to weddings

In his Sept. 4 response to my letter, Peter (I feel we should be on a first-name basis at this point; please call me Mike in your reply) demonstrates that he simply doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the main issue, which is a sense of entitlement. But far worse is that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the message of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grinch.â&#x20AC;? For starters, the Grinch stole Christmas, not a wedding. Having said that, if Cindy Lou Who was getting married (at an appropriate age, of course; Whoville isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Pakistan) and Whoville had a noise

the Coal & Ash House (across K Street at 29th) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was designed at the same time, in the same style and as part of the same facility. The Coal House, however, was a real brick building, unlike this one, which is just a metal framework for plant machinery with a thin skin of vertical brick strips (now seriously deteriorated and cracking) fastened to its sides. There was no substantial opposition to the recent total demolition of the Coal House, principally to create expanded underground parking for a building next door. Secondly, Adjaye â&#x20AC;&#x201D; described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite architectâ&#x20AC;? in the media â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has designed standout buildings around the world. Georgetown should add Adjayeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world-renowned work as our generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to our evolving 300-year-old neighborhood. It makes no sense to pristinely preserve the West Heating Plant, an out-of-place 1948 monstrosity, just because it may be vaguely art deco in a couple of places. We demolished the original Social Safeway, Reed Electric building and, just last month, most of the office building diagonally across from the Georgetown Library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all vaguely Georgian style and roughly the heating plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age. Third, key review boards have previously supported total demolition of the West Heating Plant. The 1987 planning document for the Waterfront Park designated the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire site for parkland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with approval by the National Park Service and support by the National Capital Planning Commission, Commission of Fine Arts, D.C. Office of Planning and D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. The plan called for â&#x20AC;&#x153;plant removal on a long term basis and the site shown as returned to parkland.â&#x20AC;? Fourth, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re righting a wrong. In creating this huge coal-burning behemoth in 1948, the feds bulldozed over historic C&O Canal features like its dry dock and blocked Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s access to Rock Creek. For decades, lower Georgetown had to breathe its pollution and look at its hideous out-of-size mass. The dense 11-story monolith brutally rips apart the urban fabric of Georgetown at its prominent Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street gateways. If this monstrosity cannot be removed entirely, we should strongly support the present proposal to convert the West Heating Plant into a low-density condo designed by a world-class architect, with excellent new public parkland on most of the site designed by a world-class landscape designer. Steve Crimmins is a Georgetown resident.

ordinance, the Grinch would be within his rights to call the WPD if the band was too loud. However, he should not steal the Who Roast Beast, which clearly crosses the line. But consider what the Whos did upon finding the presents, the trees, the lights, etc., missing on Christmas morning. They went right ahead and celebrated. Nobody wrote to The Whoville Current to complain. The Whos understood that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a giant white tent, 200 or more people celebrating, party lights or a band that make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;oncein-a-lifetime eventâ&#x20AC;? special. Apparently that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sunk in completely west of Rock Creek. Since sarcasm didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the message across the first time, I will try to speak plainly. In America, we

generally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to choose which laws apply to us, and which donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. If you make an exception for weddings, why not an exception for Peruvian pan flutists? Just because something is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;once-in-a-lifetime event,â&#x20AC;? and therefore special to you, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give you the right to impose on others. And next time you plan an event, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get a different army. In all those weeks preparing, nobody thought to research the noise ordinance? Nobody thought it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appropriate to have a live band in the middle of a residential neighborhood? Or more likely, you were well aware of the issues, but felt they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply because this was â&#x20AC;&#x153;special.â&#x20AC;? Mike Greene Forest Hills

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ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  round-table discussion about historic preservation in Georgetown, with speakers Thomas Luebke, secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; David Maloney, associate director of the D.C. Office of Planning and the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state historic preservation officer; and Rebecca Miller, executive director of the D.C. Preservation League. â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  transportation and public works reports. â&#x2013;  community comment. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Citizens Association of Georgetown regarding its proposal that property owners be required to notify neighbors of construction projects heading toward historic preservation review. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Georgetown Business Improvement District regarding the FAD Georgetown (fashion, art and design) event planned for October. â&#x2013;  consideration of alcoholic beverage control matters: Hotel Monticello/Graham, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St., potential agreement and withdrawal of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protest of license renewal for the hotel. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of proposed revised zoning regulations proposed by the D.C. Office of Planning, including customized residential zoning for Georgetown (Nov. 6 hearing). â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 3301 N St. to allow infill construction under an existing overhang (Oct. 8 hearing). â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 3053 Q St. for an area variance from the nonconforming structure requirements to allow renovation of a single-family home (Oct. 29 hearing). â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 2516 Mill Road for variances to allow a new addition to replace a covered porch (Nov. 5 hearing). â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 3206 Grace St. for an area variance to allow use by a tenant of the entire existing building as a restaurant, retail bakery and related office space (Nov. 5 hearing). â&#x2013;  consideration of Old Georgetown Board items: 3800 Reservoir Road, MedStar Georgetown University Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concentrated Care Center, temporary trailers on podium, permit; 1305 and 1313 Potomac St., residence, fence screens off alley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; existing, permit; 3700 O St., Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leavey Center, replacement generator and enclosure, permit; 2934 M St., commercial, awning and sign for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pier 2934 Cajun Seafoodâ&#x20AC;? (illegal con-

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The Citizens Association of Georgetown is pleased to invite you to our September general meeting â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Waterfrontâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Potomac Boat Club. Reservations are required â&#x20AC;&#x201D; please call 202-337-7313 or sign up at Without the support of numerous â&#x20AC;&#x153;friends of CAG,â&#x20AC;? this program could not have come together for our community. First, thank you to the Potomac Boat Club at 3520 Water St. Those of you who have had the pleasure of being in the club know what a treasure it is in Georgetown. The club was founded in 1869 and today has more than 300 members, ranging from recreational rowers to Olympian athletes. The club has generously provided the venue for the meeting and worked closely with our program committee to ensure a wonderful evening. All who attend our general meetings also have come to appreciate the generosity of local restaurants and caterers over the years who provide delicious fare for the reception prior to the program. On Thursday, Malmaison, Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new French cafe and bar, is providing elegant refreshments. Located at 3401 Water St., Malmaison is a great place to meet friends and enjoy an evening. (My suggestion was going to be that at the conclusion of the meeting, you walk down the street to enjoy the cafe and bar. I have since learned that a private party will take place that day, so please put your noses to the windows and return another evening. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed.) Thanks and recognition also go to the members of the panel. These four individuals know of what they speak. For one hour you will have the opportunity to learn and be part of a discussion with Bob vom Eigen, president of the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park; Tara Morrison, superintendent of Rock Creek Park; Scott Fleming, associate vice president for federal relations at Georgetown University; and Erik Meyers of the Potomac Boat Club. And finally, great gratitude to the chair of the Citizens Association of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program and membership committee, Diana Rich, and her committee members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus, Judi Cochran, Betsy Cooley, Maggie Handel and Donna Krapf. What a team. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pamla Moore struction still at rear), permit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; revised design; 3338 M St., commercial, awnings and signs for â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Sports,â&#x20AC;? concept; 3113 N St., residence, two-story rear addition to replace one-story addition, permit; 1200 Potomac St., residence, stockade fence and timber retaining wall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; existing, permit; 3302 Prospect St., residence, metal gate and repaving of rear yard, permit; 3616 Prospect St., residence, new decks and alterations to rear windows, permit; 1409 31st St., residence, new openings, window well, alterations to side yard, permit; 2734 P St. (also 1417 28th St.), residence, demolition of rear, new three-story addition plus basement, site work, concept; and 3009 P St., residence, raze garage, alterations for parking pad, site work, permit. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013; Glover Park / Cathedral heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at

7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the library of the Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013; spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application at 1850 47th Place for a fence. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception and area variance from front- and side-yard requirements at 4540 Lowell St. to permit an addition to a single-family home. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road, for a variance from off-street parking requirements and a special exception to allow an addition to an existing private school. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding the proposed zoning rewrite as it relates to campus plans and school plans. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on conflicts of interest. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit


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September 25, 2013 ■ Page 11

Gonzaga takes down the defending WCAC champs

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

When Gonzaga coach Aaron Brady put together the Eagles’ schedule for this season, he filled their non-conference slate with three games against nationally recognized programs in Florida, North Carolina and New Jersey. There were two major impetuses behind the brutal schedule: to see if Gonzaga was ready to play on the national level and, more importantly, to prepare for the rugged Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Eagles went 1-2 in those tough out-of-town games, but when they opened their WCAC slate against Good Counsel — which has won the last four league championships and held a decadelong winning streak against the Eagles — the payoff was palpable. The Eagles controlled the game from opening kickoff and toppled Good Counsel 30-20 in Olney, Md., to spoil the Falcons’ homecoming game on Friday night. “After playing those three national games, we were ready for Good Counsel’s speed and intensity,” said Brady. “I think it really made the difference for us tonight. It was a matter of time until we could beat these guys. We feel like our program is getting to a point where we can compete with everybody. The kids just

came out and got it done.” In the process the Eagles snapped the Falcons’ 22-game winning streak in WCAC games. Gonzaga also believes the win sent a resounding message to the rest of the conference. “This really resembled the turning of the tide,” said senior running back Robbie Walker. “You get on the Gonzaga train or you don’t; we’re going straight to the championship. You don’t have to believe me — we’ll show you.” The Eagles offense was led by a balanced attack. Junior running back Reggie Corbin anchored the ground game with 124 yards on 16 touches. Meanwhile Walker had 50 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. Junior quarterback Nick Johns led the passing game with 215 yards on 11 completions. His go-toguy was junior receiver Jabari Greenwood, who had six catches for 111 yards. Gonzaga took control of the game on the first play, when junior kick returner Marcus Lewis took the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles ahead 7-0. “I just trusted my blocking, and I saw a hole and I hit it,” said Lewis. “I got past two guys and made a couple of moves and I knew I was gone.” After forcing the Falcons into a turnover, the Eagles cashed in the

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Gonzaga junior kick returner Marcus Lewis, above center, set the tone for the game by returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles went on to beat Good Counsel 30-20 Friday night. extra opportunity for another touchdown when Walker scored on a 2-yard scamper to stretch the lead to 14-0. “We felt like coming into the game that we were underestimated,” said Corbin. “It just motivated us. Before the game Coach Brady said, ‘Don’t be surprised if you’re up by 14 early, because we’ve been preparing for this game for a long time.’ We did what he said and just tried to stay

hungry.” The Eagles’ special teams unit continued to deliver when senior kicker Ben Cima added three field goals to push the lead to 23-13 in the third quarter. “We earned it. We worked hard for it all week,” said Corbin. “Honestly, I’m not satisfied because we’re going to have to play them again.” Gonzaga will enjoy a bye week this weekend before hosting Arch-

bishop Carroll Oct. 5.

St. John’s falls short in WCAC opener

The Cadets hoped to make some noise in their WCAC opener hosting DeMatha, but the St. John’s fourthquarter rally fell short and left the final score at 26-21 on Saturday at Fernandez Stadium. “We played hard today and See Football/Page 12

After weeks of waiting, Walls girls soccer finally begins DCIAA slate By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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After an unplayable field at Duke Ellington delayed the matchup for a week, Walls senior defender Stephanie Guzman, above center, and the Penguins played their DCIAA opener against Wilson last Wednesday.

For the first two weeks of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association’s soccer season, the girls team at School Without Walls couldn’t play a game. And it wasn’t the school’s fault: Walls had no ineligible players or problems with fielding a full roster, issues that have plagued DCIAA schools in recent years. Instead, the Penguins faced several lastminute game cancellations. And then they arrived at Duke Ellington on Sept. 11 to play their biggest rival — Wilson, the defending league champions — to find the field wasn’t fit for competition. The pitch was unlined and there were no nets on the goals and no corner flags, according to coaches, parents and players. “We were a little disappointed,” said senior midfielder Christina Alcorta Hollinsed. “It was kind of expected considering DCPS’s extreme un-organization with athletics — especially

girls athletics — I’ve noticed. We’ve had many canceled games.” When Walls finally took the field to play Wilson last Wednesday, the squad lost its opener 4-1. The field the teams used, at Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center field in Northeast, wasn’t equipped with benches, and the scoreboard wasn’t turned on. “We had a lot of delays getting to this game, but I’m really glad we came and played the way we did,” said Walls senior forward Molly Charles. “I think we will improve a lot later in the season, too. We can do it when we really try. We’ll work on it and later in the season hopefully beat Wilson.” Wilson’s scoring was led by senior Clare McLaughlin, who had two goals and an assist. Junior Camryn Mackey scored two goals, and junior Rya Griffis added an assist. For Walls, Alcorta Hollinsed made the lone goal off a corner-kick volley. “We’re working on a new system,” said Walls’ new coach, Jason Gross, who has See Soccer/Page 12

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WIS volleyball avenges PVAC title defeat By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer





Washington International Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team had its match against archrival Covenant Life circled on the schedule. When the Red Devils finally hosted the Cougars last Wednesday, they avenged last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Potomac Valley Athletic Conference title game loss by knocking off Covenant Life 3-2 in a five-set thriller. Washington Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

offense was led by senior outside hitter Luna van den Brink, who had a game-high 27 kills. Junior setter Julia Tulloh had 23 assists in the win, while junior libero Isabel James had 24 digs. The Red Devils jumped on the Cougars in the first set and raced to a 25-13 win in the first game to set the tone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We opened the match running our offense really smoothly,â&#x20AC;? Washington International coach Nick Loewen wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are

working on speeding up our attack and the first set showed that.â&#x20AC;? But the squadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s momentum quickly dissipated in the second and third sets, which the Cougars won 25-21 and 25-15, respectively. Still, the players composed themselves and found their stride. They won the fourth set 25-21 to force a fifth. Then in the final set they closed out the match with a 15-12 win. The Red Devils will be back in action Thursday when they host Oakcrest at 5 p.m.

SOCCER: DCIAA points to state schedule changes From Page 11

worked with travel soccer in the D.C. metro area for roughly a decade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a first-year coach coming in late August, [I] havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a lot of time to implement the new system for them to train in it,â&#x20AC;? said Gross. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once they get settled in, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look great.â&#x20AC;? Gross also addressed the troubles with DCIAA girls soccer games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those things happen and we move on from it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to point the finger and blame anyone for mishaps.â&#x20AC;? Wilson coach Daniel Drickey declined to comment directly on the situation. Instead he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just roll with the punches and we deal with what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealt and get ready to play the next day.â&#x20AC;? But several Walls parents have spoken out about the problems, saying the DCIAA needs serious revamping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The landscape has changed dramatically, and DCPS hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kept up with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed,â&#x20AC;? said Terry Lynch, a parent of a Walls player. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kept up with innovation. We need to innovate to meet our kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a comedy of errors that gets very frustrating. You want the best, you want excellence for your kids wherever theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to school.â&#x20AC;? Lynch said last-minute cancellations have been particularly disruptive to parents who try to attend games that are usually scheduled to start around 4:30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to provide reliable scheduling or facilities, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an added hardship for the parents,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Wednesday, how many parents left their jobs to go and on the way there find out that were was no game? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hardship on everyone.â&#x20AC;? Several Walls players have also voiced frustrations. Acorta Hollinsed, who has played soccer all four of her years at the school, noted that the problems go beyond

the past two weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never really had a consistent field,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we did, it was extremely poor quality and never really had any lines. We were at Duke Ellington Field that was always filled with holes, the grass was high â&#x20AC;&#x201D; [there were] a lot of injuries because of that.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, D.C. Public School spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz responded to the scheduling issues by pointing to changes to the overall soccer schedule by the D.C. State Athletic Association, a newly created agency. The association wanted the DCIAA season to start a week earlier to accommodate its playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the schedule was moved earlier, some schools have struggled to field teams in both girls and boys soccer,â&#x20AC;? said Salmanowitz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a girls soccer issue.â&#x20AC;? An official from the state association said there may have been communication failures between the two offices. The official said rather than pushing the entire schedule back a week, the idea was to avoid the usual downtime â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roughly two weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before the playoffs. The official added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new; DCPS is certainly working with us.â&#x20AC;? Salmanowitz also said the school system is already working out some of the facilities issues with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with schools to resolve any issues there may be,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that this situation is â&#x20AC;&#x153;more the exception than the rule.â&#x20AC;? Despite the obstacles, Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; players remain optimistic about the rest of the season and hope to learn lessons from their loss to Wilson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After having a whole bunch of setbacks in the beginning, this game was a little nerve-wracking,â&#x20AC;? said senior defender Stephanie Guzman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw a lot of improvement. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a great season.â&#x20AC;?

FOOTBALL: Gonzaga wins, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rally falls short From Page 11

played with intensity,â&#x20AC;? said senior quarterback Will Ulmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to finish it. I believe that we will get them again and we will finish it.â&#x20AC;? Ulmer led the Cadets with 103 rushing yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Omar Garcia added 57 yards on the ground. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jumped ahead of the Stags when senior kicker Joe Giglio hit a 29-yard field goal to make it 3-0 in the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favor. But the Stags quickly responded with a touchdown to go up 7-3. The Cadets used creative plays

and schemes to keep the Stags off balance. The most gutsy call may have been a fake field goal at the DeMatha 20-yard line. Ulmer, who served as the holder on a field goal, picked up the ball and threw it to senior tight end Kai Wilkinson for the first down. That led to a touchdown by senior running back Maurice Harley to put St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back in front 9-7. The Cadets held that lead into halftime, but after the break DeMatha adjusted to the wrinkles in the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense and scored two touchdowns to build a 20-9 advantage. But Ulmer wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the Cadets fold. The University of

Maryland recruit scored on an electrifying 65-yard touchdown run to cut DeMathaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead to 20-15 after a two-point try failed. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then retook the lead on its next drive when Garcia ran for a 9-yard score to make it 21-20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were down and we had to come back,â&#x20AC;? said Ulmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lay down for anybody.â&#x20AC;? That would be the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last lead of the game. DeMatha scored midway through the fourth quarter to retake the lead for good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can really hang with anybody as long as we play with everybody,â&#x20AC;? said Ulmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be good. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get them back.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while the agency establishes how best to move forward. But the Transportation Department is still hoping to salvage the other aspects of its planned visitor parking reforms after the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency legislation, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were ready, set, go on our initial plan to roll this thing out, but then the world changed,â&#x20AC;? said Sanders. The visitor parking pass program has been generally popular in wards 3 and 4, where it primarily serves to eliminate the hassle of going to a police station for a temporary pass. A visitor permit good for 12 months is currently mailed automatically to every eligible household, which includes most streets in those two wards along with certain neighborhoods elsewhere in the city. But several Ward 2 advisory neighborhood commissions voted to oppose the passes. Many residents there argued that the program would invite more cars to compete for scarce parking resources, and that the passes would be valuable enough to induce fraudulent use. According to Sanders, the new accountability measures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; requiring a resident to register to receive the pass, and enabling parking enforcement officers to view that registration information â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would help curb fraud

and abuse anywhere in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure that the people that are using these passes are legitimate,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sending these out willy-nilly is not the best way to do that. â&#x20AC;Ś The way the council is asking us to do it, we have no idea whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s receiving them and how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using them.â&#x20AC;? In addition to protecting against residents selling or giving the passes to commuters, the QR codes would let the city enforce the prohibition on use of the passes outside the boundaries of their appropriate advisory neighborhood commission. Sanders said right now residents are generally able to use the passes anywhere in their ward because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too difficult to tell whether a car is parked in the correct location. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, who authored last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency legislation to reject the reforms, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to a request for comment yesterday. In deliberations about her legislation last week, she questioned why the Transportation Department was trying to fix a program thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;not broken now.â&#x20AC;? Sanders said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to promise changes to visitor parking passes, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reasonable expectationâ&#x20AC;? that there will be some degree of reform when new passes are next issued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate is to add intelligence to the VPP program and we are committed to doing that,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email.

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said. The project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; expected to cost $100 million, according to architect Stephen Holl â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â calls for new practice halls and classrooms to free up space for public exhibitions in the main building. The plans also include an outdoor video wall that would simulcast performances to an amphitheater seating 3,000, providing another form of free entertainment to the general public. The pavilions would replace todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface parking lot, and those spaces would be relocated underground. Holl said this relatively small expansion could make a significant difference for the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown area near the National Mall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will provide pedestrian access for tourists and anyone coming from the Lincoln Memorial,â&#x20AC;? he said. Passersby would be able to see through the windows of the new pavilions, watching students and

professional performers at work. There would also be natural light in all of the new spaces. The pavilion closest to the river would likely be adorned with some of President John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quotations about water, including: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel Prizes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one for peace and one for science.â&#x20AC;? Though most planning commissioners appeared supportive of the proposals, several said they worried about problems with public access. D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning said there would need to be widespread awareness about when private events such as fundraisers would be closing facilities that would generally be open to the public. Mina Wright, planning director for the federal General Services Administration, expressed concern about traffic congestion resulting from the parking changes. And Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, a candidate for

mayor, suggested that the project should include ways to make the Kennedy Center more accessible to people who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming by car. Donlon appeared receptive to this feedback, saying it would be taken into consideration. She also sought to allay commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fears about congestion, saying the expansion would not result in additional activity during the busy evening hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The things that are happening in the expansion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the classrooms, the rehearsals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those are during the day,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole landscaping of that area will provide opportunities for the public to wander around during the day.â&#x20AC;? The National Capital Planning Commission ultimately has approval authority over this project. Kennedy Center officials said they would return to the panel with updated plans by the end of the year. Groundbreaking is targeted for early 2015, followed by two years of construction.




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Renovated yet classic, Kent Colonial offers outdoor oasis


odernizing an older home while preserving its timeless appeal can be challenging. A Colonial home in Kent is


a fine example of a renovation that was able to balance venerable charm with modern design. Built in 1941, the house showcases plenty of traditional elements from that era on its exterior. Its stately curb appeal is enhanced by a leafy landscape on a corner lot. But beyond this facade is a retreat from some of the traditional design. When the current owners purchased the home more than a decade ago, they undertook a massive renovation. Local firms Robert Bell Architects and DCA Landscape Architects freshened an otherwise plain property into a modern classic that draws inspiration from breezy California. Now, this five-bedroom and four-and-a-half-bath property located at 5020 Palisade Lane is on the market for $2,700,000. The flagstone outdoor terrace is perhaps the crème de la crème of the home. Surrounding most sides

of the house, it has several access points. From the front, next to the garage, one entrance leads to the side barbecue and hot tub patio, which then opens to a floral oasis. The renovation breathed new life into what the owners described as a wild field. Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adorned with groomed foliage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lilacs, azaleas, peonies, irises and hydrangeas. Mature trees envelop the area. The terraceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centerpiece is an Italian country pool, which has been used as a practice spot for scuba diving. Surrounding the pool are a few wonderland-like pathways, featuring a koi pond, a gazebo and a rock fountain designed by one of the owners, a local architect. The spacious main-floor rooms facing the patio were either added or remodeled to flow with the outdoor gardens. The open, sunsplashed kitchen with a breakfast area has two sets of French doors that provide direct access to and views of the pool. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the large half-moon transom window adorning the breakfast areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cathedral ceilings, and another one right above the sink. The renovation furnished this elegant space with details like Italian stone floors and serpentine counters. The neutral palette, com-

prising mostly white and beige, enhances the classic design. And with its gourmet stainless-steel appliances, large pantry, built-in bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board and plenty of storage, the kitchen is fully equipped for large gatherings. Off this area, more French doors lead out back, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a connection to a large dining room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; another addition from the renovation. Here, the west end is all French doors facing the terrace. Pouring more light down to this space is the grand pyramid skylight. During dinner parties, the runway lights on this triangular feature can create a scintillating experience. Adjacent to the dining room is the living area. As part of the renovation, enlarged windows with white plantation shutters replaced smaller ones to achieve a more picturesque view of the back. Classic touches here include the wooden floors and a large white-wood burning fireplace with a mantel. Off to the side are the cozy TV room and study, both outfitted with attractive white built-in display cases and large windows overlooking the barbecue patio. Serving as the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major artery, the long entrance hallway leads to the aforementioned rooms.


Seeing Is Believing!

Chevy Chase, DC. Wonderful new construction. Sleek, crisp design. Open flr plan. 6 BRs, 4.5 BAs on 4 finished levels. Walk out LL. Great yard. Parking for 3 cars. Walk to Metro. $1,795,000 Laura McCaffrey  301-641-4456

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Woodley. Classic Colonial. impeccably maintained. 3 BRs, 3 BAs & 2 HBAs. Hardwood flrs, frpl. Finished LL w/high ceilings. Screen porch. Patio. Walk to Metro, Woodley Park & Rock Creek. $1,124,000 Andrea Evers   202-550-8934 Melissa Chen   202-744-1235

It also includes the powder room, two coat closets and two sets of stairs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one leading to Photo courtesy of Washington Fine Properties the basement and the other to Built in 1941 and extensively renovated since, this the second floor. five-bedroom Colonial is priced at $2,700,000. On this level, Down in the basement is a spathe first landing has a bedroom with cious set of rooms that can serve as a dressing room/walk-in closet. This bedroom also features a wood- a separate living area. With built-in shelves and a fireplace, one large burning fireplace, built-in shelves carpeted room can be used as an and an attached updated bath. Three other bedrooms, including office space or playroom. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a fourth bedroom with hardthe master suite with a renovated wood floors and a walk-in closet. bath, also make up this level. The The basement also includes a rooms are outfitted with custom renovated bathroom and a kitchen California Closets, designed to area that was created by smartly maximize space. The hallway here reusing the materials pulled from also includes a shared renovated bath, linen closets and stairs leading the old kitchen upstairs. This five-bedroom house with up to the top floor. four-and-half baths at 5020 PaliThe owners call this spacious sade Lane is offered for $2,700,000. area on top the â&#x20AC;&#x153;clubhouse getFor more information contact away.â&#x20AC;? The secluded spot has low Washington Fine Properties represlanted ceilings, wooden floors and sentatives Jamie Peva at 202-258attic storage under the eaves. The 5050 or, or space accommodates minimal furSally Marshall at 301-254-3020 or nishing, but it can serve as a quiet indoor retreat.


Classic Delight

Bradley Hills. Center hall Colonial. Walk to dwntwn Bethesda. 4 BRs, 2 BAs up. Updated kit w/granite & SS. 1st flr fam rm + great room addition. Walk out LL. $1,038,000 Linda Chaletzky  301-938-2630

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Friendship Heights. Smashing renovation w/custom built-ins. 2 BRs + den. Maple floors, kit w/granite. Renovated baths. W/D, balcony, 2 pkg spaces. Indoor pool. Utilities in fee. $699,000 Linda Chaletzky  301-938-2630


City Classic

Shaw. Charming brick townhouse w/4 BRs, 2.5 BAs. 3 finished levels. Renovated kitchen. Fenced patio. Close to Metro, shops & restaurants. $575,000 Susan Berger  202-255-5006 Ellen Sandler  202-255-5007

Legendary Style

Forest Hills. Stylish 2 BR at The Parker House combines convenience w/vintage details. Arched doorways, high ceilings, French drs to solarium. Wall of built-ins & 5 generous closets. Pet friendly. $537,000 Patricia Kennedy  202-549-5167

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

The first week back is always hectic for both students and teachers. This is particularly true when you are in Year 11 and have IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) looming. Everyone has to get used to a new schedule (and this year we have moved to a two-week timetable), and the new students have to adjust to life at our school. The first day of the academic year is a whirlwind of schedules, assemblies and new faces. Notably, several new teachers from Britain have joined the school, as well as a host of new students from around the world. One of our annual activities at this time of year is our photographic display showing all the different countries that our students come from. The academics at the beginning of the IGCSE year can be stressful. Some classes require the students to pick up exactly where they left off before summer without skipping a beat. Most teachers, however, recognize that we have to get back into the swing of things and start with about a week of review. — Carolina Mayberry, Year 11 Philadelphia (10th-grader)

Eaton Elementary

Eagle Time is a special elective class at Eaton for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. Each grade goes to


Eagle Time classes for 45 minutes every Friday morning. Each elective course has about 10 students from all the classes in each grade. Fifth-graders had the following choices: Chinese, Robotics, Art, Star Search, Archery, Continent Quest and Sports Statistics & Predictions. Each student ranked three choices and got to be in one of them for the first session. There will be two more sessions this year. In robotics, students learn to build Lego robots and become engineers. In Star Search, students practice singing and learning good ways to breathe. In Chinese, students go on an imaginary tour to China. Students are working on animation in Art and are learning how to read maps in Continent Quest. Some classes do a presentation, some have big projects like films and some have contests. On Friday mornings, everyone is excited to get to their Eagle Time class. We asked students in fifth grade whether they liked Eagle Time, and 28 out of 30 said they liked it. Maybe the other two will get the class they want next session. — Wyatt McCrary and Mia Chinni, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

The band program at Burke is impressive. This is my second year

in band and I have loved it from the start. John Howard, our teacher, lets us choose the songs we want to play, teaches us techniques and encourages us to perform at school assemblies. If you play more than one instrument, you can play a different instrument in each song. In band class, the genres of music we play varies, although most songs are pop, rock, country or classical. Last year, I learned to play the ukulele and was playing the xylophone at another point. We learn quite a lot in band class including reading music, keeping tempo, and using amps and other electronically items correctly. At the end of the school year, we have a Band Showcase. — Lila Neusner, eighth-grader

Field School

What are middle school sports at Field School? Well, you can choose between P.E. or soccer. The soccer team is fun. We have practice every day except for Fridays sometimes. The girls soccer team fought hard last Thursday but sadly lost. The boys soccer is opposite from the girls: When the girls have a home game with a school, the boys go to the school that the girls are playing. Students who take P.E. do lots of fun stuff like a combination of each sport so it’s also like doing sports. Last Wednesday, we signed up for this year’s extracurricular activi-

ties, or SHAM, which stands for Study Hall, Honors, Activities, and Meetings. Activities are student-led clubs that meet once every week, sharing a common interest such as zombies, anime or Harry Potter. The middle school overnight, a Field School tradition that was scheduled for last Friday night, started off with a scavenger hunt on the National Mall. Then students went to Buca di Beppo for dinner, returned to school to watch a movie and went to bed at 10 p.m. In the morning, students went home after breakfast. — Kameron Poole, Cara Schultz and Emilia Sanchez, seventh-graders

Georgetown Day School

On Sept. 20, clubs could set up a table in the forum area of the school to showcase their activities and sign up new members. Georgetown Day students have started more than 30 clubs in recent years, and students may join as many as they wish or create their own. Some of the larger clubs and activities include the Black Culture Club, the Augur Bit newspaper, the It’s Academic team, the math team, the robotics club and various language clubs. In sports, the Mighty Hoppers continue to succeed. In the boys varsity soccer team’s most recent win, against Flint Hill last week, senior Eric Morris scored the gamewinning header from an assist by

senior Aidan Delaney, bringing the season record to 3-1-2. The girls varsity soccer team tied Holy Child 2-2 by way of goals from sophomore Natalie Chipman and junior Emilia Kaslow-Zieve. The team’s season record is 3-0-2. The girls varsity volleyball team defeated Holton-Arms, winning three sets to two. Senior Sydney Morris, the team’s leader in kills, added eight more during the match, aiding the team to a 3-1 season record. — Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

Welcome, Current readers! This is Mrs. Gassert’s fourth-grade class. We are so excited about the school year. Last year, Hearst improved by leaps and bounds. Our test scores on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) exams were the best ever! Yay Hearst! In our class we are supportive and kind to each other. We have learned that mistakes are where the new learning goes; we look at the world differently because we don’t see a problem, we see an opportunity. In our class, it is also important to fill our ARFF (achievement, respect, fun and freedom). Outside of our classroom, the main building of our school was renovated. The city upgraded the classrooms, the bathrooms, the office and even the hallways. There are also new bathrooms, a cafeteria See Dispatches/Page 19

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From Page 18 and an overhang outside of the learning cottages. Our library has a new space, too! That means we can check out books each week during library. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have more space. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mrs. Gassertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth-graders

Murch Elementary

At Murch Elementary, the teachers give out paper â&#x20AC;&#x153;horseshoesâ&#x20AC;? (of our mascot, the Murch Mustang) to kids who do their best in school and help others. Students get horseshoes for inviting another student to play with their group at recess, for encouraging each other when trying new things, or for helping a student who is hurt or sad. Every few weeks, our school counselor collects the horseshoes and adds them up because they can be used to earn rewards, such as a pizza party, wear your PJs to school day, or my favorite: Crazy Hat Day! We reached the goal of 100 horseshoes and earned a Crazy Hat Day on Sept. 13. Some kids wear silly hats like cowboy hats, furry hats, even a hot dog hat. Some make their own hats. One student made a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smartâ&#x20AC;? hat by attaching Smartees candy on a baseball cap. It is so fun to walk around school wearing goofy hats and to see how peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personalities pop out through a hat! It is cool that we can earn fun things by being kind to each other. This also helps make Murch a friendly environment. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stella Grand, fourth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

On whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different about first grade, Faith Young said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get homework. The work is much harder. We have to sit in the same desk every day.â&#x20AC;? Donovan Quinn elaborated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have less time for lunch now, and afterwards we go to the big kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; playground, not the little kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; playground. When I went to gym, I wore a gym uniform for the first time and did exercises, pushups and situps.â&#x20AC;? On wearing a uniform, Donovan reported, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My new uniform is very comfy and I am glad to be wearing it because it makes me feel like a big boy.â&#x20AC;? Faith added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cool. Uniforms mean that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re older in the community; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not little kids anymore. I like the skort!â&#x20AC;? Faith described Morning Assembly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We pray. We read the gospel. â&#x20AC;Ś If somebody has a birthday, they come up front and say a special prayer and we all sing to them.â&#x20AC;? In closing, Donovan said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On my first day we learned the rules. My favorite rule is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no running in the classroom.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;Ś So far, I think first grade is very good.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Donovan Quinn and Faith Young, first-graders

Powell Elementary

Bienvenidos! We are having a great start to the school year here at Powell. We are welcomed by our dedicated principal Mrs. Docal and our new vice principal Mr. Sanders.

We were also greeted by a bunch of brand-new teachers and a newly renovated Building A. Chancellor Kaya Henderson visited us on the first day of school. We were also featured on WAMU radio for our increased enrollment and the modernization of Building A. Channel 7 news and the Washington City Paper talked about our growth in student achievement, while The Washington Post featured our family engagement program in a story about home visits. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gabriela Ortez-Garcia, fifth-grader

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

The sixth-graders have been hard at work this year as they transition into middle school life. In math, the students are working on solving problems involving decimals. In language arts, the students are studying grammar topics involving the sentence and its parts. Also, the class is reading the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridge to Terabithiaâ&#x20AC;? by Katherine Paterson. In religion, the class is learning about the Old Testament and relating the biblical stories to their daily lives. In science, the students are learning how to properly use and handle the lab equipment. Lastly, the students are studying U.S. geography, as well as learning about our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people, government, economy and arts. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sixth-graders

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

Our class is doing a reading marathon. Our goal is to read 200 books, and the prize, once we reach that goal, is that we get to read for 90 minutes straight. We each choose â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Day Books.â&#x20AC;? These are books that you can read in about five days. We figure out how many pages we have to read in order to finish the book by the end of the week, and set goals for ourselves. We think everyone in our class will have to read at least 10 books each so that we can reach our goal of 200 books. Reading is a good personal activity. You are not bothering others, and you are doing something good for yourself. Reading is also fun. We learned that before you start to read, you should do what you need to beforehand so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to take breaks. I really like the book that I am reading right now, which is the third book in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Series of Unfortunate Eventsâ&#x20AC;? by Lemony Snicket. I think it will take us about two months to accomplish our goal. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Will Roberts, third-grader

School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens

Papi helps me with my math homework. He helped me decorate my writing folder so I can be inspired when I am writing in school for our Writing Workshop. One of my older brothers and my sister went to School Without Walls High School so Papi knows how to do the homework. In art we had to draw our favorite things. I drew two kids from

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya M. Hendricks, kindergartner

School Without Walls High School

The Student Government Association at School Without Walls has always been fairly typical for a high school governing body. It consisted of a senior-only cabinet that would organize school events, including favorites such as spirit week, homecoming and Thanksgiving feast. However, this year the structure is more similar to a government system. Each advisory will elect a representative to create a school parliament. An advisory is somewhat like a homeroom, except it includes four to five students from each of the grades. Once the parliament is decided, the parliament will elect its own cabinet. If an advisoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative is named to the cabinet, the advisory will elect a new representative. Under this system, the student government will hopefully be more representative of the entire school, rather than only seniors. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

and we are the only second grade that does. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Andrea Ellers and Reuben Gartenbach, second-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental club was put to work on Saturday, Sept. 14, to build three garden beds in the front of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new building. This is a part of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to make the Latin community more environmentally friendly. They plan to grow and harvest vegetables. The environmental clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next project is to construct a hypotonic edible wall. This means that instead of soil, the garden only requires water and oxygen, allowing the plants to grow faster. They plan on using vegetables in this garden, giving it the Edible Wall title. The goal is to share them with the school and community to spread healthy habits. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

Wilson High School

Brightly colored flags hanging between poles in the atrium greet Wilson students, faculty and staff as

This week the eighth-grade class returned back to school after spending the week before at Mountain Campus. Still a little tired from last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busy schedule that was jampacked with adventure, we scrolled through the pictures of the trip on our class blog, giggling at the strange poses and faces. On our first day back, we plunged into our new unit in social studies: immigration. The homeroom teachers cleverly tied this into the language arts curriculum by having the kids read a short story about a 14-year-old boy and his journey across the U.S.-Mexico border with his father. In keeping with tradition, the eighth-graders organized the annual games assembly. The assembly kicks off a year of leadership for the eighth-graders, and allows us to get to know the younger students in a fun environment. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assembly included dodgeball, basketball, parachute games, board games, drawing and painting with watercolors. The eighth-graders must ensure that the younger students participate and have fun. This, as you can imagine, is not hard. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emilie Berley, eighth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

In Mr. Duffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second grade, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a read-aloud. It makes us want to read the book in a day. It has more than 10 chapters. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning a type of math when doing subtraction where you use a box on top to explain the 10s and ones that you take away. You look at how many 10s and how many ones are left. Mr. Duff has drum calls for getting quiet. He plays the guitar and sings songs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harder in second grade than first, but we have our own lockers


they walk in the door of the school building in September and October. The flags are evidence of the rich cultural diversity on which Wilson has long prided itself. They are also part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations recognizing the culture and contributions of the Hispanic community at Wilson and throughout the country. In lieu of the usual celebratory assembly of past years, this year Sheilla Hara, Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of after-school programs, organized a host of new activities celebrating Hispanic culture. The Art Department will paint studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faces with the flags of Hispanic countries this week, a musical performance will take place tomorrow, and a professional flamenco dancer will perform. Instead of the pizza typically sold to students in the atrium after school, on Fridays throughout this month Hispanic foods such as papusas and taquitos will be sold. Hara hopes that these exposures to Hispanic culture will allow students to try new things and learn more about the cultural diversity surrounding them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Claire Parker, 11th-grader

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long celebration of reporting from around the world — will feature “Outlawed in Pakistan,” at 3 p.m.; and “No Fire Zone,” at 7 p.m. $3 to $5. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. The festival will conclude Thursday. ■ The DC Shorts Film Festival — featuring a lineup of more than 150 films from 23 nations — will present a selection of shorts. 5, 7 and 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 11th and E streets NW. The festival will run through Sunday at various venues. ■ Retro Movie Night will feature Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film “Vertigo,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host a screening of an episode of the upcoming PBS documentary “Latino Americans.” A panel discussion with producer Ray Telles, journalist Ray Suarez and curator E. Carmen Ramos will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. ■ Letelier Theater will screen “Arise the Movie,” about extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal injustices against the Earth. 7 p.m. $13 to $15. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. arisethemoviewashdc. ■ NCM Fathom Events will present “Pompeii From the British Museum,” featuring an exclusive look at the exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.” 7:30 p.m. $15. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents. com. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Eran Riklis’ 2012 film “Zaytoun,” about an Israeli pilot who is shot down over Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War and taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

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Wednesday september 25 Concerts ■ The New York-based band Banda Magda will perform a blend of French pop, South American rhythms, jazz and more. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Jazz at the Atlas” will feature the Billy Hart Quartet. 8 p.m. $27. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ At an event to inaugurate a new Wiki called “A Splendid Wake” about the history of Washington poetry since 1900, speakers — including Dolores Kendrick, E. Ethelbert Miller, Sarah Browning and Grace Cavalieri, among others — will honor the poets who built and sustained D.C.’s poetry community. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW. wikis.library.gwu. edu/dcpoetry. ■ Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College, will discuss her book “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Artist Ellen Harvey will discuss her commissioned, site-specific project “Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations encouraged. Free. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a “Celebrate Your Freedom to Read” discussion in honor of Banned Books Week. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. ■ As part of a fall lecture series on Middle East topics, Gabriel Habib, director of religious and cultural relations at the Middle East Fellowship, will discuss “The Plight of Christian Communities in the Middle East.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Geneva Hall, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202.

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Thursday september 26 Children’s program ■ The junior scientist series will feature a program on litter and trash, followed by a park cleanup. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. Classes ■ The Cleveland Park Library will host a fiber arts workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave.

Wednesday, september 25 ■ Concert: The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a program on Aviva Kempner’s film “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” about the legendary Detroit Tigers star. The director will discuss the film and show excerpts from extras on the newly released DVD. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271488. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ A “Magnetic Meditation” seminar will feature a screening of the film “Change: The LifeParticle Effect” and instruction in improving focus, releasing physical and mental tension, and recovering a positive and optimistic mindset. 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. DC Dahn Yoga, 700 14th St. NW. 202-393-2440. Concerts ■ The National Chamber Ensemble will perform classical and contemporary compositions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ As part of Cultural Tourism DC’s citywide festival Art4AllDC, the Gamelan Mitra Kusuma ensemble will present “Expressions of Balinese Spirit Through Gamelan.” 6 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. ■ The Vibe Collective will perform AfroCuban improv jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th Street and Monroe Street NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The Pan American Symphony Orchestra will present “Canciones de mi

Gente, Songs of My People,” featuring Argentine singer Alejandra Leni performing a variety of tangos. 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-242-8032. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. ■ NSO Pops will present the “Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration,” featuring the Wayne Shorter (shown) Quartet and bassistvocalist Esperanza Spalding. 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ “Her Funky Soul” — a showcase of women sharing their creativity, energy and power through music — will feature area musicians Kim Jade, Candice Mills and Edy Blu. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The American Folklife Center’s twoday symposium on “Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration” will focus on the importance of archiving community-based creativity. 9 a.m. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. ■ John Lonsdale, a professor emeritus of African history and Trinity College fellow at the University of Cambridge, will give the keynote address at a conference on Kenya since independence in 1963. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The conference will continue Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ■ Scholar Laura Gotkowitz will discuss “Trials Without End: Political Violence and Democracy in Bolivia After World War II.” Noon. Free. Room 113, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-0213. ■ Rosemary Gibson, senior adviser at the Hastings Center and an editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association, will discuss “The Business of Health Care and How It Determines the Medical Treatment Women Receive.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Tamar Shapiro, president and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, will discuss “Vacant Lots: Liabilities or Assets?” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Leo Mazow, associate professor of art history at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and winner of the 2013 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, will discuss his book “Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound.” 4 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Lisa Kastner, doctoral fellow in political science at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping With Instability in Market Societies, will discuss “Much Ado About Nothing? Transnational Civil Society, Consumer Protection, and Financial Regulatory Reform.” 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 ■ Kent Calder, director of the Japan Studies Program and the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss “Kennedy-Reischauer Heritage in U.S.-Japan Relations.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Step by Step — Lawrence’s Artistic Process,” about the techniques Jacob Lawrence employed to create “The Migration Series.” 6 and 7 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “Syria: Problems and Prospects” will feature Steven Heydemann, senior adviser for Middle East initiatives at the U.S. Institute of Peace; Frederic Hof, senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center, Atlantic Council; Amr Al-Azm, associate professor of history at Shawnee State University; and Murhaf Jouejati, professor at the National Defense University. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ L. Carl Brown, professor emeritus at Princeton University, will discuss “The Middle Eastern Dimension of World War One: A Century of History and Historiography.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Michael Sparer, professor of health policy at Columbia University, will discuss “The Affordable Care Act: What Will It Mean for All Americans? How Can It Be Improved?” 6 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Phillips Collection head librarian Karen Schneider and curator Elsa Smithgall will discuss “History in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Princeton University professor G. John Ikenberry and George Washington University professor Henry R. Nau will discuss “Liberal Leviathan vs. Conservative Internationalism: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Betts Theater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. ■ Gary Wilson, inaugural director of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, will discuss the importance of Antarctica in understanding broader environmental impacts from climate change. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. ■ Berkeley, Calif.-based landscape architect Walter Hood will discuss his work, including an upcoming project to enhance a new town square for the Nauck neighborhood in Arlington County. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Alan Weisman will discuss his book “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Bowen Center faculty member Daniel V. Papero will discuss “What Is Family


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Events Entertainment Emotional Process?” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-9654400. Films ■ In observance of Banned Books Week, the West End Film Club will present Francois Truffaut’s 1966 film “Fahrenheit 451,” based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. 1 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ A Banned Books Week movie screening will feature Robert Mulligan’s 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on the novel by Harper Lee. 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ A Banned Books Week movie screening will feature a cinematic adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” 2 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ The Palisades Library will screen “Lord of the Flies,” based on the novel by William Golding. 3 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ The Pulitzer Center Film Festival — “Global Crises, Human Stories,” a weeklong celebration of reporting from around the world — will feature “Seeds of Hope,” at 5 p.m.; and “The Abominable Crime,” at 9:20 p.m. $3 to $5. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. ■ The Cleveland Park Library will host a film screening of Richard Brooks’ 1967 film “In Cold Blood,” followed by a discussion of the transition of Truman Capote’s book to the cinema. 5:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ The Center for Social Media will present May Ying Welsh’s 2011 documentary “Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark.” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. centerforsocialmedia. org. ■ The seventh annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program will feature Guggenheim’s final film, “Berga: Soldiers of Another War,” about 350 American soldiers taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge and caught in the tragedy of the Holocaust. Roger Cohen, author of “Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’ Final Gamble,” will introduce the screening. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater,

Friday, september 27 ■ Concert: The Friday Music Series will present faculty pianist Lura Johnson (shown) and violinist Netanel Drailblate. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6872787.

National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Meeting ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Louise Erdrich’s 2012 novel “The Round House,” recipient of the National Book Award for Fiction. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Performances ■ Bassist William Parker and dancer, poet and choreographer Patricia Nicholson Parker will present “They Put Vision in Handcuffs,” a structured improvisation using words (spoken or sung), movements and tonal structures. 7:30 p.m. $10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ As part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival, Czech physical theater actress and director Mirenka Cechová will demonstrate her original performance “Antiwords” and present sequences with commentary. 8 p.m. $17. Fort Fringe — The Shop, 607 New York Ave. NW. Special events ■ Tudor House will present “America’s

Early Baristas: Coffee & Custom in the Service Wing,” a Tudor Nights program with wine, beer and a signature coffee cocktail. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. ■ “Back to School With SMYAL,” a gala wine tasting to benefit the youth organization SMYAL, will feature wine and food expert Elizabeth Taylor, the “Zin Diva.” Speakers will include SMYAL executive director Andrew Barnett and the Rev. Gene Robinson, the retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $150. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Rabbi David Shneyer will lead “Dancin’ in the Streets: A Simchat Torah Celebration.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Friday, Sept. 27 Friday september 27 Book signing ■ Former White House chef John Moeller will sign copies of his book “Dining at the White House — From the President’s Table to Yours,” and George E. Hutchinson will sign copies of his book “The History of Madison Place, Lafayette Square.” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Decatur House, 1610 H St. NW. Concerts ■ Charles Miller, minister of music at National City Christian Church, will perform an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ Listen Local First D.C. will present South Rail, featuring Jay Byrd and Lara Supan. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Freddie Dunn and Carla Perlo will present a “Live Jazz and Hoop Jam.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th Street and Monroe Street NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The National Endowment for the Arts will celebrate top U.S. folk and traditional artists at the 2013 National Heritage Fellowships Concert. 8 p.m. Free; reservations

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required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202994-6800. ■ The New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will perform works from its original repertoire, as well as Western masterpieces by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. $29 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Folger Consort will present “Map of the New World: Music From 13th- and 15th-Century Spain.” 8 p.m. $37. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. ■ “Caravan for Peace” will feature desert blues guitarist/ vocalist Mamadou Kelly (shown) and Malian singer Leila Gobi. 8 p.m. $10. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. Conferences ■ The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a seminar on “Alzheimer’s Disease and the Family,” led by faculty member Mignonette Keller. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $45 to $135. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. thebowencenter. org. ■ The Fall 2013 Symposium of the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity will focus on “War and Race,” featuring scholarly discussion of topics such as photographs of escaped slaves during the Civil war, the remaking of segregation during World War II, and the role of race in the recent global “war on terror.” 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations encouraged. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Dance ■ DJ Tony Contino will play 1950s and ’60s rock tunes at an Ice Cream Social and Sock Hop. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-362-0704. Demonstration ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will demonstrate new ways to use eggplant in See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 its myriad forms. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Raghavan Iyer (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian Cooking Unfolded,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and Richard Moe will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Antoine Laurain will discuss his prizewinning French best-seller â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hat.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10 to $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Exhibit â&#x2013;  The D.C.-based No Kings Collective and the District of Columbia Arts Center will present the grand opening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 25 Project,â&#x20AC;? a multidisciplinary â&#x20AC;&#x153;flashâ&#x20AC;? exhibition featuring 25 artists. 9 p.m. to midnight. Free; reservations required. 1805 7th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  A Banned Books Week movie screening will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kite Runner,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. 2 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Lewis John Carlinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1976 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000.

book craft activity. 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013; Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the weather in the solar system. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Meeting â&#x2013; A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performance â&#x2013;  Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall Festival of Indian Arts will present the premiere of a dancetheater work by Sheejith Krishna and Dancers. 8 p.m. $27.50 to $125. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Free-for-Allâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a film or games, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will host an Endof-Summer Jazz Soiree with the International Club of DC. 7 to 10 p.m. $20. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason contest. 7 p.m. $54 to $473. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tour â&#x2013;  Richard Stamm, curator of the Smithsonian Curator Collection and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building,â&#x20AC;? and Garrett Peck, a historian and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry,â&#x20AC;? will present an illustrated look at the Castleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, followed by a guided walking tour around the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior and its surrounding gardens. 10:30 a.m. $25 to $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Saturday, Sept. 28

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Petworth Jazz Project will present concerts by Iya and the Kuumba Kids, at 5 p.m.; and Nappy Riddem and Integriti Reeves (shown), at 6 p.m. Free. Lawn, Petworth Recreation Center, 8th and Taylor streets NW. â&#x2013;  A Moving Sound, a Taiwan-based music group, will perform a blend of its homelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ancient traditions and the avant-garde styles of Western pop experimentation. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Columbian Consort Faculty Ensemble and countertenor Charles Humphries will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baroque Mosaics,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Purcell, Handel and Vivaldi. 7:30 p.m. Free. Post Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Peabody Consort will perform music from the Renaissance period as well as compositions by Corelli, Piazzolla and          



Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Sibley Memorial Hospital will present an educational seminar, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breast Cancer Survivorship Retreat: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Completed Treatment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Now What?â&#x20AC;? 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Maggianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-4700. â&#x2013;  Art historian Bonita Billman will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gilded Age.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;English Words: Etymologies and Curiosities.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian curator John Edward Hasse, one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading jazz historians, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discover Jazz,â&#x20AC;? followed by a live music performance by jazz musicians Lyle Link and Chris Grasso. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.


LĂŠonard at the Taiwanese American Charity & Education Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual concert. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; Concert pianist and American University musician in residence Yuliya Gorenman will continue her exploration of masterpieces by the great composers with an all-Schumann recital. 8 p.m. $10 to $25. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Chris Knight will perform. 10 p.m. $20 to $25. Hill Country Barbecue, 410 7th St. NW. 202-5562050. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Artist Jackie Bailey Labovitz will present a gallery talk on the virtue of national public lands, the source of her inspiration. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory East Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Jason Mott will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Returned,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Leonard Marcus will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Juan Zarate will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Nicholas Sparks will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Longest Rideâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with NBC4 anchor Angie Goff. 7 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Exhibit â&#x2013;  The D.C.-based No Kings Collective and the District of Columbia Arts Center will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 25 Project,â&#x20AC;? a multidisciplinary â&#x20AC;&#x153;flashâ&#x20AC;? exhibition featuring 25 artists. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Free. 1805 7th St. NW. Festivals â&#x2013;  The SW ArtsFest, the neighborhood artist festival of the Southwest Waterfront, will feature a wide range of arts activities and events, including tours of Arena Stage and a jazz preservation festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 400 M St. SW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiesta Musicalâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts and Latin American foods. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Jammin DC 2013, a Caribbean music and arts festival, will feature international entertainment, embassy exhibits, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, a food court and arts and crafts displays. Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  A Banned Books Week movie screening will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fahrenheit 451.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justice League Flashpoint Paradox.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Room A-9, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  A Banned Books Week movie screening will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color Purple,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel by Alice Walker. 2 p.m. See Events/Page 24


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Events Entertainment


Exhibition spotlights 19th-century French photographer


harles Marville: Photographer of Paris,” the first U.S. exhibit devoted to the renowned 19thcentury French photographer, will open Sunday at the National Gallery of Art and continue through Jan. 5. The Gallery also recently opened “Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regi-

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ment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial,” honoring one of the first regiments of African-American soldiers formed during the Civil War. It will continue through Jan. 20. Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-7374215. ■ “Off the Beaten Path: Early Works by James McNeill Whistler,” featuring drawings, etchings and watercolors made by Whistler during a trip he took as a 24-year-

old through the Rhineland, will open Saturday at the Freer Gallery of Art and remain on view for a year. Located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Pakistani Voices: A Conversation With ‘The Migration Series’” — presenting the results of a Pakistani workshop that drew on Jacob Lawrence’s “The Migration Series” (1940-41) as a catalyst for the creation of artwork — will open Tuesday at the Phillips Collection. Cosponsored by the Phillips Collection and the U.S. Department of State, the exhibit will continue through Dec. 31. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open 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 through Oct. 11 costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students on weekends. After Oct. 11, admission costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students on weekends. It is free for all on weekdays and for ages 18 and younger everyday. 202-387-2151. ■ “Decenter NY/DC,” an exhibit celebrating

the centennial of the famous 1913 Armory Show in New York that introduced the United States to abstract art, opened recently at George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, where it will continue through Dec. 20. An artists’ reception will take place today from 5 to 7 p.m. 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. ■ “Depicted/Connected,” featuring portraits of women from the Washington area by New York City-based artist Tim Okamura, opened last week at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, where it will continue through Oct. 31. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and the artist will give a talk Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. ■ Connersmith recently opened two exhibits

Charles Marville’s “Salle des Cariatides, au Musée du Louvre,” circa 1851, is part of the new National Gallery of Art exhibition. by area artists and will continue them through Nov. 2. New works by Zoë Charlton that playfully embody social dilemmas are featured in “festoon.” “Faust in the City” features performance art, photographs and a sculptural installation by Wilmer Wilson IV exploring intersections between cultural desire and black masculinity. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750.

Keegan to stage Neil Simon’s ‘Sunshine Boys’


vaudevillians for 40-plus years, but now they don’t even speak to one another. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together one last time. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 The Keegan Theatre will present Neil Simon’s classic comedy “The to $35. The Andrew Keegan TheSunshine Boys” Sept. 28 through Oct. 19. atre (formerly known as the Church 545 7th St. SE. 202-355-9441; Stranded in the State Theater of Street Theater) is located at 1742 an unknown state, brother and sister Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ CulturalDC will present the actors play with fire and fear. Washington Rogues world-premiere ling rivalry, compassion and humor ■ Taffety Punk Theatre Compaproduction of Stephen Spotswood’s intersect with memory and imaginany will present Riot Grrrls’ alltion in a spellbinding, dangerous female production of Shakespeare’s “In the Forest, She Grew Fangs” Oct. 2 through Nov. 3 in the Mead enterprise. “Titus Andronicus” Sept. 27 Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Performance times are 8 p.m. through Oct. 26 at the Capitol Hill Featuring bullied high school Thursday through Saturday and 3 Arts Workshop. p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to student Lucy, this cutting-edge take Upon returning from war with $35. The Universalist National on the “Little Red Ridhis remaining sons, Memorial Church is located at 1810 ing Hood” mythos Titus sacrifices the 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301; weaves a frightening eldest son of his tale of unrequited love, er Tamora, the Queen ■ Ford’s Theatre will present “The burning passion and of the Goths (and soon brutal vengeance. Laramie Project,” written by Moithe Emperor’s wife), to sés Kaufman and members of the Performance times the Roman gods. This Tectonic Theater Project, Sept. 27 are 8 p.m. Thursday act of piety kicks off a through Oct. 27. The play depicts a through Sunday and 2 merciless cycle of town’s response to the 1998 murder bloody, grisly violence Taffety Punk Theatre p.m. Sunday. Tickets Company will present cost $10 to $15. Flash- of Matthew Shepard, a young gay as Titus, Tamora and “Titus Andronicus” man living in Laramie, Wyo. point is located at 916 their families exact Performance times are generalG St. NW. 866-811revenge on each other. through Oct. 26. ly 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sat4111; Performance times urday and 2 p.m. Saturday and ■ Spooky Action Theater will are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $62. present Tennessee Williams’ “The through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Two-Character Play” Oct. 3 through Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 Saturday. Tickets cost $15, except 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787; 27 at the Universalist National for a pay-what-you-can preview Memorial Church. Sept. 27. The theater is located at

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Continued From Page 22 Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013; The Global Lens Film Series will present SebastiĂĄn Silvaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Kills Me.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  A Banned Books Week movie screening will feature the movie adaptation of J.K. Rowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rouben Mamoulian: Making Movies Musicalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1929 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Applause,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and his 1932 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Me Tonight,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Historian and critic Joseph Horowitz will make introductory remarks and lead post-screening discussions. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Maru Montero Dance Company will perform in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. 1 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present a longform story performance featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;No More Helen Keller Jokesâ&#x20AC;? by Anne Thomas and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lose the Kidâ&#x20AC;? by John Donvan. 3 p.m. $20 to $25. Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Opera Camerata of Washington will present Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviata,â&#x20AC;? featuring soloists Elizabeth Turchi, Jesus Daniel Hernandez and JosĂŠ Sacin. 6:30 p.m. $175.

Hall of the Americas, Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kollaboration DC IV 2013â&#x20AC;? will feature an Asian and Pacific Islander American talent competition and showcase. 7 p.m. $12 to $35. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. â&#x2013;  Dance Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latin Sizzle Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature DC Casineros, Furia Flamenca, Maru Montero Dance Company, Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble, and Duende Quartet. 8 p.m. $12 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat at 4 p.m. Sunday. â&#x2013;  Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall Festival of Indian Arts will present featured performers Shanta and VP Dhananjayan. 8 p.m. $27.50 to $125. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Sale â&#x2013;  The Washington City Paperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will feature handmade items from independent artists, as well as a beer garden and food trucks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 admission. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will hold the Light the Way 5K run/ walk. 8 a.m. $50 for competitive run; $5 for kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; race; free for walk. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. lighttheway5k. org. â&#x2013;  The annual Rock Creek Park Day celebration will feature an early-morning bird hike, pony rides, yoga and Zumba instruc-


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Sunday, september 29 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet and Saint-SaĂŤns at the Season Opening Ball Concert. 7 p.m. $50 to $150. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. tion, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, programs on the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and a visit to Fort DeRussy. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will offer a chance for visitors to climb the 333 steps to the bell ringing chamber in the great central tower, 300 feet above the ground. 9:30, 10:15 and 11 a.m. $20; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Adams Morgan Farmers Market will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an heirloom apple tasting and other activities. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. â&#x2013;  Hillwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature a pancake breakfast with Rainbow Families DC, community performances, a look at the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Artfullyâ&#x20AC;? and behind-the-scene peeks at the collection. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 to $15; free for ages 17 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The Maru Montero Dance Company will present the second annual series of Latin Nights festivities, featuring Latin dance, music and games. 4 to 9 p.m. Free. Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, 14th Street and Park Road NW. 202-258-5283. â&#x2013;  Politics and Prose will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nerds! An Evening of Trivia.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The third annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival will kick off with a reception and art exhibit featuring the photography of Samar Hazboun. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. MOCA-DC, 1054 31st St. NW. The festival will continue through Oct. 5 with events at various venues. â&#x2013;  The third annual Nuit Blanche DC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an all-night celebration of art and culture

Tours and walks â&#x2013; National Zoo keepers at the Reptile Discovery Center will lead a behind-thescenes look at critically endangered species. 9 to 11 a.m. $95. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Expert guides will lead tours of Tudor Place and Oak Hill Cemetery, featuring visits to the final resting places of Revolutionary and Civil War heroes, the Renwick Chapel, basement tunnels and a 1960s bomb shelter. 10 a.m. to noon. $13 to $16. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ward3Vision and the Coalition for Smarter Growth will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenley: Top of the Townâ&#x20AC;? tour about the commercial districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past, present and future. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Meet at the Tenleytown-AU Metro station. â&#x2013;  A gallery tour will focus on the work of Brooklyn-based photographer Cass Bird, which spans genres from fine art photography to fashion and commercial work. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Sunday, Sept. 29

Sunday september 29 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy and deep space. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes â&#x2013;  A National Yoga Month open house will feature introductory classes. Noon and 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. DC Dahn Yoga, 700 14th St. NW. 202-3932440. â&#x2013;  A weekly Ukulele Circle led by Liz Ennis will offer beginners a chance to learn a few easy chords and more advanced players an opportunity to improvise and jam. 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202244-7326. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Navy Band Brass Quintet will perform works by local composer Kevin McKee as well as Bach, Copland and others. A reception and photography show will follow. 3 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.

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â&#x2013; The VERGE ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Folkways,â&#x20AC;? featuring contemporary music inspired by American folk and vernacular roots. 4 p.m. $10 to $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Grammynominated D.C. vocalist Carolyn Malachi will perform a blend of jazz, hip-hop, blues and R&B. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble will perform works by Steve Antosca, Andrew Earle Simpson, John Belkot, Morton Subotnick and Fernando Benadon. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Howlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brothers will perform. 8 p.m. $10. Hill Country Barbecue, 410 7th St. NW. 202-556-2050. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Barton Gellman, contributing editor at large at Time magazine, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tension Between Security and Liberty.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;  Tomie dePaola will discuss her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strega Nona Does It Again,â&#x20AC;? at 11 a.m.; Charles Todd will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Tevi Troy will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Sarah Kennel, associate curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris in the Age of Haussmann.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The American Planning Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas will feature a panel discussion on the trends, challenges and opportunities that will shape Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities over the next half century. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $10 to $15. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the Silence will discuss the new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Testimonies From the Occupied Territories, 20002010.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Richard Dawkins will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Appetite for Wonder.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10 to $15. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202994-6800. Festival â&#x2013;  The 11th annual Turkish Festival will feature cuisine, music, dancing, a bazaar and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  The third annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival will feature Anne Marie See Events/Page 25

Continued From Page 24 Jacirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I Saw You,â&#x20AC;? about an 11-year-old boy who becomes a refugee in the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War. 7 p.m. $6 to $8. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. The festival will continue through Oct. 5 with events at various venues. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Martin Rittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Outrage.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rouben Mamoulian: Making Movies Musicalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1941 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood and Sand.â&#x20AC;? Historian and critic Joseph Horowitz will make introductory remarks and lead a post-screening discussion. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special events â&#x2013;  The Hydrocephalus Association will hold its third annual National Capital 5K Run/Walk to support research and promote awareness. 8 a.m. $10 to $30. West Potomac Park, West Basin and Ohio drives SW. â&#x2013;  The City Church DC will host its third annual Tenleytown Block Party, featuring food, games, entertainment, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and an NFL viewing station. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. 4100 River Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in-studio open house will offer a chance to view performances, rehearsals and classes; participate in a Q-and-A with artistic director Septime Webre; and enjoy refreshments and family-friendly activities. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. The Washington Ballet Studios, 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3606. Tour â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghost Tourâ&#x20AC;? will explore the dark history of some of the well-known and lesser-known residents of the National Building Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic building. 9 to 10 p.m. $15 to $18. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Monday, Sept. 30 Monday september 30 Book signing â&#x2013;  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sasquatch in the Paint.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $16.99 for the book. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Concerts â&#x2013;  D.C. early music performers Barbara Hollinshead, Jason Rylander and Howard Bass will present a celebration of the 450th birthday of John Dowland, the most celebrated and prolific composer of music for the lute in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A Moving Sound, an Asian fusion band from Taiwan, will perform. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival, the U.S. Army Concert Band and members of the Cathedral Choral Society will present a musical tribute to the late Czech president VĂĄclav Havel. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE.


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Events Entertainment about the imprint of Irish-Americans on the city and the nation. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Meet at the John Barry statue at Franklin Square, 14th Street between I and K streets NW. WalkingTown DC events will continue through Oct. 6.

â&#x2013; The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chorus will perform. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Marlene McCallum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Manage Your Time When Job Hunting.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-3871582. â&#x2013;  The Sibley Senior Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Computers and the Internetâ&#x20AC;? will feature a session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Browsing, Searching, and Email.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. $10 to $15. Private Dining Room 3, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602. The series will conclude Oct. 7. â&#x2013;  Law professor Orin S. Kerr will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Next Generation Privacy Act.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4642. â&#x2013;  Jeremy Greene, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Political Life of Generic Drugs: Congressional Inquiries Into Pharmaceutical Marketing.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Rifat Kassis, executive director of Defence for Children International Palestine, and Brad Parker, an attorney at Defence for Children International Palestine, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prolonged Israeli Occupation and Palestinian Child Prisoners.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. â&#x2013;  The DC Science CafĂŠ will present a book talk by Joseph Amato, professor emeritus of history and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surfaces: A History.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Joshua David and Robert Hammond, recipients of the 15th Vincent Scully Prize and co-founders of Friends of the High Line, will discuss the creation of the milelong public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Side. 6:30 to 8 pm. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Lawrence Butler, associate professor of art history at George Mason University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Storied Cities of Croatiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dalmatian Coast.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30 to $42. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Project,â&#x20AC;? a panel discussion will feature journalist and author Cokie Roberts in conversation with Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, whose murder inspired the play. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companionâ&#x20AC;? series will feature John Maddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rain Date,â&#x20AC;? starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer and Gerard Butler. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joan Crawford: Hollywood Starâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Curtis Bernhardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1947 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Possessed,â&#x20AC;? co-starring Van Heflin

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and Raymond Masey. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013; The Goethe-Institut will present Margarethe von Trottaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vision â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen).â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Opera in Cinema series will present a production of Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Das Rheingoldâ&#x20AC;? at Teatro alla Scala. 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Mario Bavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1970 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hatchet for the Honeymoon.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance â&#x2013;  Local theater companies will present staged readings of works by young Spanish playwrights recently translated into English. A discussion with playwrights Cristina Colmena, Mar GĂłmez Glez and Emilio Williams will follow. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, PEN/Faulkner and Slate will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;District of Literature,â&#x20AC;? a daylong celebration of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literary past, present and future with readings, panel discussions and a reception. Participants will include Elizabeth Alexander (shown), Edward P. Jones, E. Ethelbert Miller and George Pelecanos. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5394. The event will continue with readings from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE, and a public reception from 9 to 10 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Walk â&#x2013;  As part of the weeklong WalkingTown DC event, Maribeth Oakes will lead a tour

Class â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Charge/Age Well 101,â&#x20AC;? a seven-session workshop series for retirees or those planning their retirement, will feature discussion of aging-in-place programs, estate and financial planning, and brain and memory fitness, among other topics. 4 to 5:30 p.m. $100 for the series. IONA Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. The workshops will continue every other week through Dec. 17. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Washington Bach Consort and organ soloist Grace Kim. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The Millennium Stage will present a concert by multiple ensembles of the One-


Beat program, which brings musicians from around the world to the United States for a residency and tour. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; The OneBeat program will present a performance by young, eclectic international musicians. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Eileen Rockefeller will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself: A Memoir.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Progressive Moment.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Marc Lackritz, retired president and CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Learyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cow and the Bonfire of the Vanities: The Financial Crisis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Its Causes, See Events/Page 30



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Continued From Page 25 Impact and Cures.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ The “PBS NewsHour” team of Mark Shields and David Brooks will join other panelists to discuss “The Francis Factor,” about the first six months of Pope Francis’ leadership. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ New York-based photographer Mariana Cook will discuss her new book “Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution,” and the Rev. Simón Bautista-Betances of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington will discuss the local growth of Latino congregations. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. event/451447. ■ Najla Said will discuss her book “Looking for Palestine.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ John King Bellassai of the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington will discuss the history of Georgetown viewed through its Scottish roots. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20; free for Landmark Society members. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-486-0400, ext. 104. ■ Artist Jackie Bailey Labovitz will discuss her fascination with selective depth of field, formal composition and natural light in the historical context of fine painting and drawing. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Ian Buruma will discuss his book “Year Zero: A History of 1945.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library’s annual gardening program — presented in honor of former Washington Post columnist Henry Mitchell — will feature a talk by U.S. National Arboretum supervising horticulturist Chris Carley on his travels in search of the beauty and variety of flora in Thailand. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. ■ In honor of National Reading Group Month, the D.C. chapter of the Women’s National Book Association will present a panel discussion with Charles Belfoure, author of “The Paris Architect”; Dara Horn, author of “A Guide for the Perplexed”; Virginia Pye, author of “River of Dust”; and moderator Leslie Maitland, author of “Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed.” 7 p.m. $10; free for members. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Films ■ The Global Lens Film Series will feature Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira’s 2012 film “111 Girls.” 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Bread & Roses labor series will present the documentary “Black & White and Dead All Over,” about the struggles of the newspaper industry. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ The Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Embassy of Israel will present Haolam Mats-hik’s 2012 film “The World Is

Funny.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tours ■ “Historic & Growing: The Tudor Place Landscape” will feature a look at how orchards, vegetable gardens, stables and grazing land made way for lawns, rose gardens, fountains and the various garden “rooms” of an urban estate. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacehistoricandgrowing. ■ As part of the weeklong WalkingTown DC event, journalist and historian Garrett Peck will lead a “Temperance Tour” with stops at Prohibition-related sites such as the site of the Anti-Saloon League’s first national convention in 1895. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Meet at the Temperance Fountain, 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Wednesday, Oct. 2

Wednesday october 2 Benefit ■ The Warren Majengo Foundation will hold a fundraiser “Ujima: A Night of Art for Majengo,” with proceeds supporting a facility in Tanzania that houses 84 orphaned and vulnerable children. 7 to 10 p.m. $40 to $125. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. Class ■ “Create at the Corcoran Happy Hour” will feature “Sketching With the iPad,” with instruction in using a digital touch-screen as a medium for drawing and painting. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 to $30; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Concerts ■ A monthly concert series will feature the U.S. Army Chorus. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202347-8766. ■ Listen Local First D.C. will present a concert by Black Alley, which blends elements of funk, jazz, soul and rock to create “soul garage.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Pan American Symphony Orchestra will present “Canciones de mi Gente, Songs of My People,” featuring the Dani Cortaza Brazilian Jazz Quintet. 8 p.m. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 240242-8032. ■ Singer Bill Callahan will perform. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Ed Redmond of the Library of Congress will discuss “Military Forts Around Washington During the Civil War.” Noon. Free. “The Civil War in America” exhibition, second floor, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4604. ■ “An American Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration” will feature a viewing of the “Civil War Battlefields” film on Antietam and a talk by historian Roy L. Hodges. Noon. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. ■ Author, actor and playwright Najla Said will discuss her book “Looking for Palestine” and the contributions of her late father, Edward Said. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.

■ Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will deliver the 21st annual Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Lecture. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. University Auditorium, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will discuss “Trees 101: Back to Basics.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker will discuss their book “Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Stephen Kinzer will discuss his book “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Meditation practitioner David Newcomb will discuss “Reducing Stress Through Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Georgetown University professor Daniel Madigan will discuss “Abraham and the Baggage We Make Him Carry,” about the book “Children of Abraham.” 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. ■ As part of the “Managing Great Estates” lecture series, Hillwood curator and author Estella Chung will discuss “D.C.’s Downton Abbey in a Mad Men Era,” about life within each of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s opulent residences of the 1950s and 1960s. 7 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ Young contemporary Austrian artists Markus Hofer, Nina Rike Springer and Borjana Ventzislavova will discuss “bäckerstrasse 4 — platform for young art.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Film ■ As part of the “Lens of Adventure” series, National Geographic Channel filmmaker Bryan Smith will share gripping moments from his assignments documenting extreme sports in the world’s most challenging environments. 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Meetings ■ The Glover Park Village’s monthly Reading Club, led by Carole Lewis Anderson and Jayanthi Sambasivan, will meet to discuss “All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, From Lincoln to Roosevelt.” 11 a.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. ■ A support group for job seekers will hold its weekly meeting in Tenleytown. 2 p.m. Free. Panera Bread, 4501 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The Bibliophiles’ Book Club will discuss “Yes, Chef” by Marcus Samuelsson. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Performance ■ The Happenings at the Harman series will feature banished? productions’ “Tyger,” about the holes created in our lives. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.

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Capitol Hill, DC

Glover Park, DC $800,000

Glover Park, DC $800,000

Logan Circle, DC

Dupont Circle, DC

Beautiful pastoral & Potomac River views abound from this elegant and updated, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home.

Fully detached historic home in heart of Capitol Hill! Features 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, separate dining room & hardwood floors. Spacious side & rear yard with ample off-street parking.

A premier end unit at The Iowa is the largest floor plan available at 1,467 square feet. Pristine 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath lives like a house. Garage parking conveys.

Sunny onebedroom home in the heart of Dupont Circle – just 2 blocks to Metro. Open floor plan with updated kitchen. Rooftop deck with amazing city views.

Dolly Tucker & Frank Snodgrass 202.744.2755

Anslie Stokes Milligan 202.270.1081

Jessica Monat 202.725.6306

Leslie Dembinksi 202.365.0903

Bethesda, MD $1,329,000

Chevy Chase, MD $1,299,000

Silver Spring, MD $529,500

Kensington, MD $774,900

Wonderful new Parkwood farmhouse. Quality craftsmanship. Open floor plan ideal for today's lifestyle.

Beautifully renovated & graciously proportioned 4 bedroom center hall colonial in coveted Chevy Chase Hamlet.

Beautiful center hall colonial on quiet tree-lined street in Indian Spring Hills. Many recent upgrades.

Thoughtfully renovated & expanded Cape Cod on a tree-lined street. 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths. WJ Cluster.

Kathy Byars 240.372.9708

Joan Caton Cromwell 202.441.8912

Tom Williams Jr. 202.255.3650

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266


Palisades, DC $1,995,000



FREE SHREDDING & ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT! Drowning in paper? Old printers, fax machines and cell phones lying around? Give your clutter a new home at our 4th annual Shredding & Electronic Recycling Event!

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 9:00 am - 12 noon MCENEARNEY ASSOCIATES, INC. 4315 50th St, NW • Washington, DC 20016 The shredding truck, electronic recycling truck and A Wider Circle truck will be in our parking lot behind our building waiting for you. We’ll be there to help you unload. Bret Brown Leslie Dembinski Sue Hill Katherine Martin Katrina Schymik ®

Mike Brown Joan Fallows Annie Koontz Jessica Monat Bob Shaffer Preferred Lender


Nora Burke Kate Bertles Hennigan Rina Kunk Silvia Radice Frank Snodgrass

Joan Cromwell Gilda Herndon Lisa LaCourse Lynn Raskin Ania Szczepanska

Craley Davis Andy Hill Yolanda Mamone Sue Schumacher Santiago Testa


4315 50th Street NW • Washington, DC

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ACTIVE LISTING Experience This First


Before and After Magic While in good condition, this charming Chevy Chase home —beautifully built in the 1920s and used lovingly for many years—required some work in order to maximize its potential in today’s market.

Bright and Charming! 5310 Connecticut Avenue NW, #4 $715,000. Spacious, bright & charming townhouse with 3 BRs & 3.5 BAs, close to Friendship Heights shops & Metro. Chevy Chase community, with its many shops, parks and restaurants, is just a short distance from the house. Read more on our website.



Capitol Hill 1345 South Carolina Ave SE, $629,900. Classic intact period piece, featuring two-stories, three bedrooms and one bath. Must see this residential brick row house with many original features in the heart of the upcoming “Hill East” neighborhood on Capitol Hill. Read more on our website.

Visit the NEW

The Place to Be! 3389 Stephenson Place NW $899,000. Want your house to be a little different than the rest? With two decks, a wide front porch and even a separate studio building, this is not your cookie-cutter colonial. Read more on our website.

Improvements to this three bedroom, two bathroom beauty include: • • • • •

New hardwood floors Refreshed kitchen Updated bathroom Revised landscaping Fresh paint and much more!

Watch the transformation take place at

THE END RESULT The first agent the sellers interviewed recommended a quick paint job and predicted a sales price of $600,000. The Taylor Agostino Group suggested $25,000 in specific improvements resulting in a selling price of $715,000! Don’t sell yourself short. Talk to us!





Classic Tudor 3132 Oliver Street NW, $849,000. Classic, stylish Tudor with bright rooms in the heart of Chevy Chase, DC. This prime location is near Lafayette School with award-wining park and recreation center as well as Rock Creek Park. Read more on our website.

Experience Our New Home on the Web The Taylor Agostino Group is pleased to announce our new website—redesigned with you in mind! Visit our site to browse our latest listings, keep up on unique activities in your neighborhood, or search through all active properties on the market. Do all that and more at our new online hub!


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Nancy Taylor


Keene Taylor Jr.


Chevy Chase Cul-de-sac 2832 McKinley Place NW, $799,000. One of the few cul-desacs in Chevy Chase DC means you’re part of the neighborhood without the traffic. 3 BR, 2.5BA with large attic and lower level ready for personalization. Read more on our website.


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