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O, P streets construction nearly done


By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

As the dust settles among the newly restored cobblestones on O and P streets in western Georgetown, city officials and community leaders are ready to say “mission accomplished.” The intensive project to rebuild the badly deteriorated roadways largely wrapped up at the end of August, with the streets’ pavers and historic trolley tracks pried up, refurbished and reinstalled. Residents and business owners faced 18 months of lane closures, parking shortages and construction noise, but the work was completed on time and within its $10.5 million budget. “Georgetown is really doing many wonderful upgrades, and to me that was some of the pain [we had] to go through, but we got significant gain,” said Jeff Jones, who represents the project area on the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission. “It’s

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The Georgetown project included restoring historic cobblestones and streetcar tracks.

part of the heart and soul of Georgetown, and it’s just one more part of that toward Georgetown’s overall revitalization.” The city will hold a formal ribbon-cutting Tuesday, See Streets/Page 8

Residents debate field use at Field School By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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George Washington University members of the class of 2016 volunteered to help spruce up the Duke Ellington School of the Arts during Saturday’s Freshman Day of Service.

As the Field School seeks to expand operations at its 2301 Foxhall Road campus, some residents are pushing the school to open up athletic fields for youth soccer practice on weekends, while other more-immediate neighbors have resisted this proposal. Organizers last week presented the area’s advisory neighborhood

commission with a petition signed by 219 constituents, requesting that the Field School let the DC Stoddert Soccer league rent the school’s facilities. The commission’s boundaries include Palisades, Foxhall, Wesley Heights and Spring Valley. Stoddert Soccer, whose website states it has 5,000 young people playing in 400 teams across the D.C. region, is a nonprofit chaired by Palisades resident Nick Keenan. The league began at the Stoddert

Elementary School field in 1977 but is not affiliated with the school or adjoining recreation center. Players in the Foxhall area lack suitable practice space, parents said at the neighborhood commission’s meeting last Wednesday. Field School could fill this gap, residents and some commissioners suggested. Soccer access, they said, could prove to be an enticing amenity the school could offer while it See Field/Page 43

Ideas floated for empty Dupont Underground

D.C. Council panel weighs changes for speed cameras


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The longer it takes to do something with the abandoned streetcar tunnel beneath Dupont Circle, the more imaginative the conversations become. The 75,000-square-foot vacant space, known as Dupont Underground, has always inspired creative brainstorming, but nothing quite as lofty and organized as the concepts Provisions Library is presenting this fall. Provisions, a George Mason University-affiliated arts research center, sent four D.C.-based fellows to Berlin in June to find inspiration in that city’s reuse of large vacant properties. The fellows will present their ideas for the first time this Thursday, in the “Parks and Passages” exhibition opening at the Goethe-Institut Washington. Related events and programs — including a first-time

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create gap in spending plans

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The cavernous former trolley station has been mostly vacant since the 1960s.

choral performance in the underground station, and public tours of the site — will continue through October. “It’s about changing people’s imaginations,” Donald Russell, executive director of Provisions, said of the project. The unused Dupont space, he said, “needs a See Dupont/Page 55

SPOR TS GDS girls volleyball squad hopes to contend in ISL

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The District could be steering a new course for its controversial system of speed and red-light cameras, which has generated more than $66 million this year. After two meetings this summer, a D.C. Council task force is now working to write up specific recommendations for improving the District’s automated-enforcement

PASSAGES Local kids work to help Kenyan students get to college

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program. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who heads the task force with Ward 6’s Tommy Wells, says new approaches may come through legislative, policy or regulatory changes, or even simple fixes like new signs. Though Cheh said legislative reform would be the most complex of those options to set up, due to the impact on the city budget, Wells said his goal is to “drive toward a piece of legislation this fall.” Members of the task force — which is scheduled to meet again sometime this month — include See Fines/Page 49

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With prostitution up in Logan Circle, police investigate construction sites By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Prostitution arrests are on the rise in Logan Circle, and police are investigating whether several construction projects in the area are contributing to the uptick, according to Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jeffery Carroll. Over the past month, police made 11 pros-

titution arrests in the vicinity of M and N streets NW between 10th and 12th streets, stopping four men and seven women. In July, that same area netted 10 arrests. “Historically, that area did have prostitution, but over the past few years it’s kind of died off,” Lt. Carroll said at last week’s Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission meeting. “For some reason this year, prostitution has come back with a vengeance.”

Seeing a shift in the time of day that prostitution arrests typically take place — and noticing the many construction projects in the area, which employ hundreds of people — police began to consider whether those working at the projects are connected to the crimes. Area projects include CityCenterDC, one of the largest development projects on the East Coast, located on the site of the former Washington Convention Center; the Marriott

Marquis Hotel project at 9th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; and the CityMarket at O project on 9th Street, where a new Giant Foods store is being constructed. According to Carroll, in previous years, prostitution activity started around midnight and ended around 5:30 or 6 a.m. Now police are observing a later start time, around 3:30 a.m., and a later end time, around 7:30 a.m. See Prostitution/Page 43

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Hotel proposed for Adams Rosedale neighbors object to planned mansion Morgan loses another story By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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Developers of a planned Adams Morgan hotel removed another story from their design last week, bringing the building’s height down to 72 feet and winning new support from the Office of Planning and the ReedCooke Neighborhood Association. The proposal calls for constructing a boutique hotel at 1780 Columbia Road and restoring the century-old First Church of Christ, Scientist, building to serve as the hotel’s lobby and common space. The project started off at 92 feet, which developers reduced to 81 feet this summer and to 72 last week. “The shorter hotel represents a meaningful reduction in height from previous proposals and is more in keeping with the character of the surrounding neighborhood,” the Planning Office’s Jennifer Steingasser wrote Thursday in a

report to the D.C. Zoning Commission. The latest design, she wrote, is no longer inconsistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The Zoning Commission will hold its first hearing on the proposal tomorrow night. Developers had previously said a building of at least nine stories was necessary for creating a profitable project. In an interview, development partner Matt Wexler said the Reed-Cooke association has backed a new plan to give the hotel a slightly larger footprint, which offsets some of the lost height. The room count has dropped from 227 to 220 in the latest proposal. “We’re at the point at which there’s no more compromising,” Wexler said. “The compromising has been accomplished, and we believe we have the overwhelming support of the community.” Some Adams Morgan residents See Hotel/Page 49

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 12

The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition will hold a candidates forum. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW. ■ The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.

Thursday, Sept. 13

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 27th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Admission is free. To register, visit

Saturday, Sept. 15

All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church will hold a community meeting to discuss plans to build an accessible entry to the church from its parking lot. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. For details, contact ■ “Take Action for the Ocean: Ocean Conservancy 2012 International Clean-Up” will take place at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. Organizers will discuss environmental challenges facing the park, and participants will “sweep the creek” and record trash data. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold its semiannual public forum on operations of the Circulator bus service. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. ■ The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold a citywide briefing on transit-oriented aspects of the D.C. zoning update. Speakers will include Harriet Tregoning, director of the D.C. Office of Planning; Tom Harrington, director of long-range planning for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and Sam Zimbabwe, associate director of policy, planning and sustainability for the D.C. Department of Transportation. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will host a “Ward 1 Preparedness Exercise” as part of efforts to build community resilience throughout the District. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bell Multicultural High School, 3101 16th St. NW. Registration is suggested; visit

Wednesday, Sept. 19

The D.C. Public Library system will hold a public meeting to discuss the future of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building. The meeting will include nationally recognized architects and library experts presenting ideas to members of the Board of Library Trustees and the public. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the library, located at 901 G St. NW.

Thursday, Sept. 20

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold its regular meeting, which will include remarks by Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells. The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

Homeowners surrounding the historic Rosedale Estate in Cleveland Park are fighting plans to build a 12,000-square-foot Italianate mansion steps away from the property’s 18th-century farmhouse — thought to be the oldest surviving dwelling in the District of Columbia. At a packed meeting of the Cleveland Park Historical Society’s architectural review committee Monday night, neighbor after neighbor urged rejection of the grand house architect Ankie Barnes is designing for a Potomac couple who have a contract to buy Rosedale’s last buildable lot, for a reported $3.9 million. Committee members, who make recommendations to both the Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission and the Historic Preservation Review Board, which makes the actual decision, had not finalized a report by The Current’s deadline. But they seemed skeptical during Barnes’ presentation. “What was your thought process, to create such a large structure that seems to loom” over the wooden farmhouse? co-chair Christine Hobbs asked the architect. Eight buildable lots were carved out of the estate

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Neighbors say the house would loom over the farmhouse that distinguishes the property.

in 2003 to raise enough money for a nonprofit conservancy to buy the property. But, several residents at the meeting said, the Mediterranean-style house designed by Barnes is clearly not what they — nor city preservation officials who approved the subdivision — had in mind. Roger Pollak, president of the Rosedale Conservancy, which now governs the three acres of green space open for public use, said its board “voted unanimously to recommend that the proposal be rejected completely.” When the estate was subdivided, Pollak said, See Rosedale/Page 5



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District Digest Two D.C. schools net ‘Blue Ribbon’ honor

Two D.C. schools are among 269 nationwide to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s “Blue Ribbon� designation for outstanding academic achievement and progress. Blessed Sacrament, a Catholic school in Chevy Chase, and McKinley Technology High, a D.C. public school in Northeast, appear

on the list, which was announced Friday. Both met the standards for “exemplary high-performing schools�; the federal program also acknowledges “exemplary improving schools.�

Bill aims to show D.C. statue in Capitol The U.S. House voted Monday to authorize the display of a statue of Frederick Douglass in the U.S.






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Army Corps prepares to raze area house

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and American University have finalized an agreement for the demolition of a home at 4825 Glenbrook Road, the Corps has reported, and the Army is now seeking permits to begin the work. Demolition is now expected to begin next month, slightly behind the original schedule, according to a project update the Army shared Monday. Over the summer, Army headquarters signed off on plans to demolish the university-owned house, which is believed to sit atop a burial pit of poison-gas containers and other dangerous paraphernalia. During World War I, the university was the site of extensive chemical warfare research by the Army.

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Fundraiser to feature arts classes, auction

American University will offer hands-on interactive classes for adults in performance, visual and musical arts on Saturday as part of a “Fall for the Arts� fundraiser. Participants will select three 45-minute courses from a range of options. Classes begin at 2 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception and live art auction from 5 to 7 p.m. A $50 registration fee covers the full day’s events, with the proceeds going toward the university’s arts programs. On-site registration will be available at noon Saturday at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW; advance registration is available online at cas/fallforthearts.

Fallen tree damages Tregaron lily pond

A recently restored lily pond at Cleveland Park’s historic Tregaron Estate was damaged last week by a 100-year-old tulip poplar tree that fell into it, the Tregaron Conservancy group said Monday. The group has spent $100,000 to upgrade the pond, which covered landscaping and the installation of aeration and filtration systems. It’s not yet clear how much damage was done, but the group said in a news release that a bench was crushed and that it will be a costly undertaking just to remove the 95-foot tree.

Superior Court chief gets another term

Lee Satterfield, chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court, has been reappointed to serve a second twoyear term overseeing court operations, according to a news release

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Jewish center holds sukkah challenge

The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is sponsoring a contest to create a model of an environmentally responsible sukkah, the traditional hut used during the Sukkot harvest festival. The “Reduce, Reuse, ReSukkah� competition offers roughly $1,000 in cash prizes for models built on the scale of 1 inch to 1 foot, according to a news release. The models should emphasize the sukkah’s “temporary character,� and have at least three walls as well as a roof that mixes shade and translucency, the release says. The sukkahs should be built upon a 24-inch base. Participants should deliver the completed sukkah models by Friday to the community center, 1529 16th St., along with an $18 entry fee.

Sibley breast center obtains renewal

Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Sullivan Breast Center received a three-year renewal of its accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, the hospital announced last week. This is the first renewal after the center was first accredited in 2009, according to a Sibley news release. Sibley diagnoses and treats more breast cancer patients than any other hospital in the D.C. region, the release states.


In the Sept. 5 issue, an article on Guy Mason Recreation Center incorrectly referred to the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Cooperative Play program as a preschool. It is not classified as such. In the same issue, the name of Oxford House outreach coordinator Anna Mable was misspelled in several instances. Her email address was listed correctly as anna. Also, the site of the upcoming “Wildlife 911� course in basic wildlife rehabilitation is no longer the National Museum of Natural History. To accommodate more people, the classes will take place in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-2447223.

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Zoning board expedites Walmart appeal Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment agreed this week to decide on Sept. 25 what may be the last skirmish over the Walmart store about to be built at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW, expediting an appeal that threatened to delay construction by four months. A group of Ward 4 residents recently appealed building permits

businesses while paying substandard wages and benefits, had previously tried — without success — to block demolition of an old car dealership on the site by nominating it as a historic landmark, and to stop work by claiming other permit violations. A Walmart spokesperson says the planned store, one of six coming to the District, will generate about 300 permanent jobs and some $2 million in annual tax revenue for the city.

Palisades firehouse renovations set to begin By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


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ROSEDALE: Mansion proposed roughly a hundred neighbors chipped in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; either by buying lots or donating money â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to protect the open space and make sure the rest of the land was developed â&#x20AC;&#x153;in a manner consistent with preserving the farmhouse and its setting.â&#x20AC;? But, he said of Barnesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; design, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a giant Italianate mansion, and makes the farmhouse look like a garage.â&#x20AC;? Barnes, representing contract purchasers Peter and Carolyn Manos, agreed that the house is large, but said the size is needed to accommodate the couple, their three daughters and two sets of grandparents who live in the area. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only two stories above grade, and it will cover only 24 percent of the 30,000-square-foot lot, well under the limit allowed by zoning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very big house,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said, with a pool in the southeast corner of the lot; a guest cottage, garages and a large parking area to the north; a basement that opens out on the sloping lawn to the east; and

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n g Wednesday, September 12, 2012 T he Current

Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Sept. 2 through 9 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown











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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 10th and F streets; sidewalk; 3:53 a.m. Sept. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  11th and G streets; sidewalk; 1:52 a.m. Sept. 4 Stolen auto â&#x2013;  13th and I streets; street; 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 3:45 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  900 block, G St.; unspecified premises; 9:27 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; sidewalk; 4 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 6 a.m. Sept. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  12th and K streets; unspecified premises; 10:45 p.m. Sept. 8.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 500 block, New York Ave.; parking lot; 5:17 a.m. Sept. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. Sept. 8. Burglary â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; residence; 10:25 a.m. Sept. 5. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  K Street and New Jersey Avenue; street; 9:40 p.m. Sept. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, 8th St.; medical facility; 12:16 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  500 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  900 block, 7th St.; office building; 2:10 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 6:26 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  700 block, G St.; restaurant; 9:07 p.m. Sept. 7. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; parking lot; 11:56 a.m. Sept. 6.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 6:12 p.m. Sept. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, McKinley St.; alley; 7 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Kanawha St.; residence; 8 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Kanawha St.; residence; 9:01 a.m. Sept. 5.

â&#x2013; 3400 block, McKinley St.; street; 12:07 p.m. Sept. 5.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights

PSA 202 Tenleytown / AU Park Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 4500 block, Nebraska Ave.; sidewalk; 3:40 p.m. Sept. 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  4100 block, Harrison St.; parking lot; 4:40 p.m. Sept. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 10:04 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; government building; 4:24 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 8:12 p.m. Sept. 4.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 3500 block, International Court; unspecified premises; 12:40 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; park area; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 2:09 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Yuma St.; unspecified premises; 3:36 a.m. Sept. 8.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2500 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 3:35 a.m. Sept. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Beecher St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:56 a.m. Sept. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Garfield and 35th streets; unspecified premises; 8:45 a.m. Sept. 5.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4700 block, Reservoir Road; street; 11:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Salem Lane; residence; 11:58 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Overlook Road; residence; 2:47 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Salem Lane; residence; 4:11 p.m. Sept. 5.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013; 31st and M streets; sidewalk; 9 p.m. Sept. 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, Wisconsin Ave.;

store; 9:19 a.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013; 2700 block, P St.; liquor store; 2:56 a.m. Sept. 8. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1400 block, 31st St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  3200 block, S St.; restaurant; 7:09 a.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 31st St.; restaurant; 12:44 p.m. Sept. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Q St.; street; 3 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Q St.; street; 11:12 a.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:43 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 10 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; restaurant; 10:49 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 10:25 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:32 p.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  2500 block, East Place; residence; 3:05 p.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  27th and N streets; residence; 9 p.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  3000 block, K St.; alley; 12:14 p.m. Sept. 8.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Sexual abuse (adult, firstdegree) â&#x2013; 2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; Sept. 5. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; restaurant; 12:31 p.m. Sept. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 10:26 a.m. Sept. 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; office building; 6 p.m. Sept. 6. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; hotel; 8:03 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  1400 block, New York Ave.; office building; 2:55 p.m. Sept. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Virginia Ave.; restaurant; 6:30 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; medical facility; 4:56 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:46 a.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Washington Circle; street; 7 p.m. Sept. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; parking lot; 3:19 a.m. Sept. 9. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; medical facility; 7:54 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Sexual abuse (adult, first-

degree) â&#x2013; 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; Sept. 3. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 3:07 a.m. Sept. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; tavern/ nightclub; 9:14 p.m. Sept. 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  2000 block, Hillyer Place; residence; 10:16 p.m. Sept. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; residence; 5:40 p.m. Sept. 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:10 p.m. Sept. 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  19th and S streets; sidewalk; 4 p.m. Sept. 2. â&#x2013;  19th and S streets; sidewalk; 3 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:44 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 9:03 a.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:53 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  18th Street and Connecticut Avenue; sidewalk; 1:36 a.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 8 p.m. Sept. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:15 p.m. Sept. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; alley; 11:24 p.m. Sept. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 21st St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 4:15 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1900 block, R St.; street; 8 p.m. Sept. 4. â&#x2013;  1900 block, R St.; street; 7:23 a.m. Sept. 5.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013; 1500 block, S St.; street; 10:10 a.m. Sept. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; alley; 5:04 a.m. Sept. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, 15th St.; residence; 8:58 p.m. Sept. 7. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 1:10 p.m. Sept. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  14th and Swann streets; sidewalk; 12:01 a.m. Sept. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; noon Sept. 5. â&#x2013;  15th and Caroline streets; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Sept. 7.

The CurreNT

wedNesday, sepTember 12, 2012


Resident wants to rename corner for Bulgarian By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A Sheridan-Kalorama intersection that abuts the Bulgarian Embassy could be renamed for a heroic but little-known Bulgarian official who helped save 48,000 Jews from deportation to death camps during World War II. The intersection of 22nd and R streets would become “Dimitar Peshev Way” or “Dimitar Peshev Plaza.” The embassy this week indicated its support for the proposal. Because of Peshev’s intervention, “Bulgaria [was] the only Naziallied and -controlled nation to save its entire Jewish population,” said Neil Glick, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Capitol Hill who proposed the ceremonial renaming. “And now, with gays, lesbians, immigrants being demonized by the right in the United States, this would be another great way to show that D.C. supports the protection of rights for all people,” Glick said. “I just feel this story has to be told.” Peshev was minister of justice in Bulgaria, and deputy speaker of its

National Assembly during World War II, after the southeast European nation had already allied itself with Hitler and the Nazis. The government in 1942 followed Germany’s lead in enacting a “Law for Protection of the Nation,” which stripped Jews of their citizenship, limited their opportunities for jobs and higher education, banned intermarriage and confiscated their land and possessions. But when Germany in 1943 ordered deportation of all of Bulgaria’s 48,000 Jews to death camps in Poland, a desperate delegation of Jewish leaders appealed to Peshev — who balked. Once he understood the import, he persuaded a majority in parliament to refuse as well, and to insist on cancellation of the deportation order. “My human conscience and my understanding of the fateful consequences ... did not allow me to remain idle,” Peshev said later. Today he is a hero in Bulgaria, but little known elsewhere. After the war, a new Communist government prosecuted Peshev for collaborating with the Germans, and he spent a year in prison. Destitute and unrec-

ognized, he died in 1973. That year, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel named him as one of its “Righteous Among the Nations,” and a bust was later erected in Strasbourg, Germany. But Peshev has virtually no recognition in the United States, and there are no memorials to him here, Glick said. The ceremonial street-naming proposal has an interesting genesis. Glick spent several years in Russia in the 1990s, “trying to make my fortune,” he said. In a side trip to Bulgaria in 1994, he came upon a small yellow star – like the ones Jews around Europe were forced to wear by their Nazi persecutors — in an antique store, and bought it. That evening, Glick said, he went to synagogue in Sofia to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, and asked one of its members about the star. “I expected to hear a horrific story of concentration camps and death,” he said. Instead, the synagogue president pointed to his heart, said the star was “exactly like the one I wore on my chest as a child,” and told Glick the story of Dimitar Peshev, and how the Jews of

Use of church parking lot irks neighborhood By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Logan Circle residents are up in arms about a church parking lot that they say is morphing into a commercial one, in violation of zoning regulations. Neighbors say the situation is exacerbating parking problems in the dense community. At a Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission meeting last week, residents alleged that the New Bethany Baptist Church at 1300 10th St. is renting out parking spaces in its lot on the east side of 10th Street to non-church members, possibly commuters, who regularly leave their cars there all day. The practice, neighbors say, forces congregants to park in the street, taking up community parking spaces. “This has been an ongoing issue, but it’s come up again,” said Logan Circle commissioner Matt Raymond. “It’s become fairly blatant that there is a commercial purpose behind this and that there are … concerns that it is not following the zoning” or tax laws. Commissioners voted unanimously to refer the issue to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of Tax and Revenue for review. Bennie Walton, chair of the church’s board of trustees, denied that the church is doing anything wrong, though he acknowledged that non-members do park in the lot — for a donation. “They can’t park for free,” he said in an interview. “It costs me a lot to maintain the lot.” Walton said New Bethany Baptist considers itself a community

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A representative of the New Bethany Baptist Church says nonmembers can make donations to park in the lot. church that tries to help area residents, and that approach includes the way it uses the parking lot. Walton says congregants from other neighborhood churches are allowed to use New Bethany’s lot during their services — which he says keeps street parking open for residents. He also cited an example in which the nurse of a disabled neighbor is permitted to park in the lot at no charge. “We try to help the community,” Walton said. Some neighbors of the church aren’t convinced. One resident at the commission’s meeting said he found what appeared to be an invoice that had blown off a vehicle in the lot. It stated that the car owner’s $50 monthly donation to the church for the parking space was due. “‘Donations’ generally aren’t invoiced,” Raymond wrote in an email to The Current. According to Helder Gil, spokes-

person for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, commercial use of the church’s lot is not permitted. Collecting donations for the parking spots, Gil added, would constitute a commercial use of the space, which would violate the area’s residential zoning regulations. He noted, however, that the church could apply for a business license that would permit it to receive compensation from those who park in its lot. The church’s Walton noted that in the five years that he has been a member of the church, the city has inspected the lot three times and never cited the congregation for wrongdoing. He couldn’t recall what agency had visited the property. While Walton said he didn’t think accepting donations for parking spaces was improper, he said the church would work to obtain a business license if that’s required.

Bill Petros/The Current

A Capitol Hill resident wants an intersection by the Bulgarian Embassy named for an official who helped save Jews during the Holocaust. Bulgaria were saved. “It’s the greatest story that I never heard from the Holocaust,” Glick said. Bulgarian Jews were treated badly during the war, but there was no history of anti-Semitism in Bulgaria, and Jews were an integral part of the population. And the order to deport them to death camps was too much for Peshev to stomach. “Here’s a guy who stood up and said, ‘That’s not the kind of people we are. That’s not what we do.’” The Sheridan-Kalorama advisory neighborhood commission Monday

evening decided to take up Glick’s proposal next month to allow time for community input. There is precedent. A block of 16th Street near the old Soviet Embassy was renamed for Andrei Sakharov, father of the Soviet human rights movement, and the street in front of the U.S. Holocaust Museum bears the name of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who sheltered about 100,000 Jews in Hungary from extinction by the Nazis. Such ceremonial namings require formal approval from the D.C. Council.


wednesday, sepTember 12, 2012

The CurrenT


ROSEDALE: Mansion proposed for historic estate causes stir

From Page 5

dates to 1730. Large wooden additions were built in 1794, and the house has survived intact as pieces of the estate were gradually lopped off and developed. By the mid-20th century, the remaining six acres were in institutional hands. The National Cathedral School built dormitories on the property, then sold it to Youth for Understanding, a nonprofit student-

exchange program, after the school stopped taking boarders. But by the 1990s, Youth for Understanding was so underfunded that it, too, started looking for a buyer. The threat of development mobilized nearby residents, who fought off other buyers and decided to purchase the six-acre estate as a conservancy. But in 2002, when the Jewish Primary Day School made a $12 million offer for the entire property, the neighborhood group realized the

only way it could match that offer was to sell off some of the land. City preservation officials OKed the deal, but with the caveat that two lots carved out on the east and west of the landmarked farmhouse â&#x20AC;&#x153;have sufficient room to allow for any new construction to be set back from the face of the farmhouse, allowing it to remain dominant on the site,â&#x20AC;? according to a 2003 order from the administrative law judge who approved the subdivision.

At the architectural committee meeting, one neighbor rose to defend Barnesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; design. She said neighbors scrambling to raise money to buy Rosedale always knew that creating large lots meant that large houses would be built on them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of the equation was coming up with large lotsâ&#x20AC;? to bring in the money required, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could have mandated restrictions on the size of the lot, the size of the house, but we needed to raise the funds.â&#x20AC;?







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STREETS From Page 1 according to project spokesperson Dara Ward; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. in the 3200 block of O Street outside Hyde-Addison Elementary School. More information on the event will be available later this week. It was clear from the start that the project would be a difficult one, considering the need to upgrade the safety of the uneven and haphazardly patched roadways, as well as the mandate to preserve the rare surviving streetcar tracks. The project nearly hit another snag when contractors determined that parts of the tracks were in worse shape than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d realized, said Ward, but workers were able to repair them by adding additional metal. Neighborhood commissioners praised not only the quality of the work, but also the project teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to minimize the impact on residents and merchants. Commissioner Ed Solomon, whose tuxedo shop is located in the 3200 block of P Street, said he and fellow business owners lost some revenue while workers were excavating and rebuilding the street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the crews working on the project were fantastic as far as trying to accommodate us, to expeditiously repair our section to make it more accessible for commerce,â&#x20AC;? Solomon added. Although the project is substantially complete, workers are still inspecting the completed roadways and addressing outstanding issues, ensuring that all signs have been reinstalled, and fully restoring all tree boxes, said Ward. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Urban Forestry Administration will also replace a number of trees in coming months in the project area and elsewhere in Georgetown, according to Jones. The biggest remaining impact of the project will be the dust, which workers spread over the cobblestones to slowly settle among them over the course of several months. The dust will fill the gaps between the stones to keep the fit tight. Ron Lewis, chair of the Georgetown neighborhood commission, said residents had few doubts that the project would be completed as promised â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;but you never know until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really finished. I would say all our best expectations were met.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The visual aspects of it are gorgeous, and they paid attention to every detail down to the brick-bybrick level, and the street is just a pleasure to drive on,â&#x20AC;? Lewis added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know a cobblestone street could be this smooth.â&#x20AC;? In completing the project, workers replaced the water and gas lines under O and P streets between Wisconsin Avenue and 37th Street and rebuilt the roadways. In the section with cobblestones and streetcar tracks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; between Wisconsin and 35th Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the stones and tracks were restored; between 35th and 37th streets, the roads were repaved with asphalt.

The CurrenT

Wednesday, sepTember 12, 2012 9

Experience Fall for the Arts at American University featuring an afternoon of dynamic classes and handson workshops capped off with a reception and auction of works by prominent artists, including:

Lisa Montag Brotman Manon Cleary Joan Danziger Willem de Looper Alan Feltus Robert Gates Sam Gilliam Carol Goldberg Tom Green Micheline Klagsbrun Edith Kuhnle Robin Rose Lou Stovall Ben L. Summerford Sharon Wolpoff

g 10 Wednesday, September 12, 2012 T he Current

The Georgetown


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Scrambling for space

The chair of the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission said he hasn’t heard many complaints about the new location of the neighborhood’s Cooperative Play program. But regardless of whether the new site is optimal, we have to question any shift necessitated by lack of space in a just-updated facility. After years operating in Stoddert Recreation Center’s cramped field house, the early-childhood program moved briefly to the renovated Stoddert school/recreation facility, settling in a specially built room. But an influx of students to the elementary school — which had to add an extra class in kindergarten and first and second grades this year — left little room for the little ones. So now the program has relocated to the Guy Mason Recreation Center nearby. It seems like D.C. Public Schools could have anticipated the extra enrollment — at least somewhat. Yet this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an updated city facility unable to serve its population. In 2001, Oyster Bilingual Elementary School began operating in a new building designed to accommodate 325 to 350 students. Soon after, the school population was nearing 400. And even more frustrating, the school was designed to serve students only through fifth grade, as the system had decided to shift its sixth grades to middle schools. But another policy change left sixth-graders at Oyster, forcing the school to reallocate its classroom spaces as soon as it opened. A decade later, the newly modernized Deal Middle School is suffering from a similar space crunch — one so severe that the District plans to spend $8.4 million on an addition and renovation of the adjacent Jesse Reno School. Last year’s audited enrollment was 1,014, well above the 980-student capacity. The addition will allow the school to accommodate 1,200 students. But will that be enough? At Stoddert, part of the impetus for the renovation was that parents had complained about insufficient space for the co-op. Yet poor planning has led to … insufficient space for the co-op. We think the city should take a more thoughtful approach in the future.

Rats come out at night

Though slow to take responsibility for a rat infestation near its P Street location, Georgetown’s Marvelous Market says it is stepping up and installing a trash compactor and lockable trash containers. We hope residents will no longer have to play whack-a-mole with rat burrows and pay thousands in individual abatement efforts. But one element of this story troubles us. The D.C. Department of Health played an important role in addressing the recent infestation, sending out investigators and setting rattraps. But a department representative said at a recent meeting that Marvelous Market received no citations for its overflowing trash containers, which provided what one advisory neighborhood commissioner called a “buffet for rats.” The agency never cited the market because, quite simply, the department doesn’t have inspectors who work late at night, the time when rat activity is high and restaurants are disposing of the day’s refuse. When inspectors visited the market during daylight hours, they found nothing objectionable about the trash area. But it was midnight when a Current reporter photographed rats scurrying around overflowing trash bins at Marvelous Market and making their way into a nearby residential alley. We doubt that this is the first time the department’s work hours have prevented it from catching violators in the act. With all the restaurants in the city, it seems clear to us that at least one full-time nighttime inspector could keep quite busy enforcing trash regulations and protecting residents from the impact of scofflaws. But if a full-time position cannot be justified, there are other potential solutions, including cross-training some inspectors to perform nighttime investigations, or having all inspectors alternate night shifts. Department officials and the D.C. Council should examine the options. But we’re certain that having no investigators available when restaurants — and rats — are active doesn’t make sense at all.

Is Obama kinda like Fenty … ?


f you talk seriously with any number of city officials and top staffers who served with Mayor Adrian Fenty, they’re not really angry that some sort of shadow campaign for Vincent Gray derailed a second Fenty term. They’re angry that Fenty stopped doing a major part of his job — his job! — as the political leader of the city. Fenty was cool or cold to business, labor and community leaders who wanted to talk with him — and who didn’t want to be ignored or appear solely as photographic backdrops. But he mostly did ignore all of them, at least once grousing to this reporter that everyone who wanted to meet with him “wanted something.” Uh, yes, Mr. Mayor, it’s called being the mayor. Even if you don’t plan to accept anything they say, you meet with the individuals and interest groups — especially those opposed to you — to at least learn what they’re thinking and how they might react to your actions. Fenty also sneeringly dismissed D.C. Council members — even those who wanted to work with him. All this political history came back as we listened to criticisms of President Barack Obama in the wake of his successful convention in Charlotte, N.C. We were in Charlotte all week, and the enthusiasm among delegates was off the charts. Still, the economy remains the fundamental issue in this race, and Obama’s handling of the situation can’t be obscured by convention confetti. Now comes the newest book by investigative reporter Bob Woodward, who looks exhaustively at the 2011 economic showdown between the president and congressional leaders of both parties. The failure to reach a “grand bargain” in a highly political moment reveals a president who did not, could not or would not use personal skills to work past roadblocks with Republicans who had tea party folks clawing at their backs. “Obama doesn’t really have the joy of the game” is the quote from Larry Summers, treasury secretary to President Bill Clinton and an economic adviser to Obama. In the book, Summers says Obama “really didn’t like these guys,” referring to congressional negotiators of both parties. Even Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who has become a nationally recognized defender of Obama, is reported in the book to be incredulous that Obama didn’t have a game plan negotiating with congressional leaders. On Monday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, both of the hosts, conservative Joe Scarborough and liberal Mika Brzezinski, hammered Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin about Obama’s disengagement on a personal level. “He doesn’t like to do it,” plain and simple, Scarborough said, adding, a bit mystified, “That’s politics, right?” Brzezinski asked why Obama didn’t “reach out more” — going to dinner with disparate leaders, inviting them to his office just to chat, meeting their families. “I would advise that,” Durbin acknowledged. “A

little bit … it doesn’t hurt,” he said in careful Senate collegial-speak. Yes, he should, is the real answer. New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer later said of Obama on another program: “You may see the White House reaching out more to individual members.” Another shorter answer: Yes, he has to. If the Woodward book has the ring of truth, and it does, then Obama has undercut himself in many ways. Politics is engagement and compromise, not my-way-or-the-highway. Ask Fenty, too soon a former mayor. ■ Convention notes. The post-convention polls are looking upbeat for Obama, but the convention and its aftermath aren’t so rosy for others: ■ The D.C. Democrats. As we first reported on the Sunday before the convention in Charlotte, had the D.C. delegation been assigned seats one row farther back from the podium, it would have been in the parking lot. D.C. voted 93 percent for Obama in 2008, and its delegates were barely in the room. The one voting rights/statehood demonstration planned for the convention fell apart, not making a ripple. The D.C. folks were relegated to a “protest pen,” fenced in blocks from the sidewalks where delegates walked. The protest was allowed only 30 minutes, beginning at 2 p.m. As if that weren’t bad enough, other protests prompted police to put up even more security lines, making the D.C. protest harder to access. (At one key point, D.C. police on detail to Charlotte were blocking D.C. citizens, including Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. At least Evans was goodnatured about it.) Even if there had been a clear path to walk to the demonstration site, your Notebook was stunned that many would-be protesters came sauntering up after 2:20 p.m., minutes before the event would have been over anyway. So much for voting rights passion. ■ O’Malley oomph? The likable Martin O’Malley raced around to many events and convention gatherings, one of many national politicians eyeing the 2016 presidential campaign. Maryland’s governor wisely said at every stop that he was just focused on re-electing Obama. We saw video of him at an Ohio delegate breakfast. A new poll by Public Policy Polling out of Ohio this week shows that 86 percent of Ohio voters don’t know enough about him to have an opinion of him. ■ The big three. Although there are nine or 10 “toss-up” states in the presidential race, NBC politics editor Chuck Todd said Monday that three key states are Florida, Ohio and Virginia. True-blue Maryland intends to influence the Virginia outcome. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Maryland Democrats would — just like they did in 2008 — staff telephone banks and put shoes on the ground in nearby Virginia to boost the Democratic vote. Maybe some of those D.C. Democrats will have a little time on their hands, if anyone wants to invite them to participate. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Klingle Road closure blocks development In her letter published in The Current’s Aug. 22 issue, Ms. Laurie Collins makes clear that she has kept informed on the increasing costs of the proposed Klingle Valley trail. What she neglected to men-

tion, however, was the continuing loss to the city’s coffers, and thus the taxpayers, of annual property taxes. In the grant to establish the Tregaron Conservancy, five premium building lots were set aside for luxury homes. As long as these lots are inaccessible, the city continues to lose a lot of revenue. Because there are utilities buried in the roadbed, the trail will have to be wide enough and strong enough to accommodate utility trucks. Thus the costs Ms.

Collins cites may even be on the conservative side. Automobiles, however, will not be allowed to “share the road.” I’m sure there are a few folks who are very quietly pleased that those houses haven’t been built. But we in Cleveland Park do not live in a gated community. It is not up to us to decide where our neighbors are or who drives by our houses. Eleanor Oliver Cleveland Park

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Park permit decision-making needs scrutiny VIEWPOINT charlie myers


itch Dubenskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter in the Aug. 1 issue [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charging park fees needs further reviewâ&#x20AC;?] outlines an important concern that will arise if the Department of Parks and Recreation starts issuing use permits for city recreational facilities to for-profit enterprises in return for payment. This followed the article in the July 25 issue discussing the proposal to change the law that currently prohibits use of city recreational facilities by commercial ventures. For many years, the demand for athletic and recreational facilities in the District has exceeded the supply during all but the winter months. The parks departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permit system has given priority to its own programs and school programs first, followed by nonprofit youth sports groups and adult sports programs. Modest fees were collected at times, and sometimes no fees were collected at all. Nonprofit youth sports groups have contributed both money and time for the maintenance and renovation of many city fields in past years. Youth and adult sports groups have offered programs to city residents when the parks department was unable to offer and successfully execute any semblance of organized programs. In particular, the nonprofits have provided a valuable service to our children for many years by offering football, soccer, baseball and other sport leagues. There has always been conflict over the use of athletic fields, not only among youth groups but also among the nonprofit programs, the anticipated programs offered by the parks department, and residents of the neighborhood surrounding a field. When the parks department was unable to offer a range of programs, it was never an issue. But as leadership of the department has improved over recent years, there has been competition between its programs and the nonprofitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; uses of the fields. The expansion of charter schools needing facilities has exacerbated this issue. Introducing a new dimension of profitable enterprises will increase competition. Will the parks department issue permits to the detriment of the highly successful and crowded youth sports leagues? The temptation of having extra revenue to fund agency-sponsored programs might place the nonprofits at a disadvantage or create a bidding war. And they will be bidding over facilities that are already owned and maintained by the

Letters to the Editor Parties should police rules for primaries

Much of the news coverage of Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 mayoral campaign, including Tom Sherwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 11 commentary, neglects to emphasize that it was a Democratic primary campaign. A primary election or any other process for nominating a partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candidate for elective office is an internal party function. As private associations, political parties deserve to exercise their rights as such. These rights include the freedom to choose how they nominate candidates for office. Some of the offenses committed by Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 primary

taxpaying residents of the District. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem right to charge the taxpayer twice for what we already own. The process of allocating use of city and, for that matter, D.C. Public Schools field resources has never occurred in the open. Use of the public school facilities is usually under control of individual principals or â&#x20AC;&#x153;management companies,â&#x20AC;? and revenues from field rentals have gone into a black hole of information that has gone unaudited. Who knows where the money goes? The CapitalSpace plan created several years ago ( recommended that a single authority be created to manage use of all city athletic and recreational facilities to maximize their value to the public. This has never been formally Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to bring addressed, but it could use of the be when the legislative at issue is disDistrictâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parks and proposal cussed. After all, taxpayers own both school and athletic facilities park facilities. If players into the sunshine. are to be charged again for use of our own assets, we should know where the money is coming from and where it is going. So how will we know if our facilities are being used to our maximum benefit? There has always been an absence of any data that would allow us to monitor their use. I suggest that the law require the agencies to maintain, and make public, statistics on the actual use of fields and other park assets controlled by permits. This would include any revenue or like-kind payments received by each program, the number of children or adults attending, the time the facility was used, and information about the organization, if not a government entity, using the space. The organization should be described by who controls it and who benefits from any profit or surplus that is generated. There are many kinds of for-profit and not-for-profit entities, and those differences should be noted publicly. Some not-for-profits are primarily volunteer-run, and others seem to be controlled by one paid employee. This would allow the mayor, council and, most important, the public to decide how well our resources are being utilized. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to bring use of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parks and athletic facilities into the sunshine. Charlie Myers was a member of the DC Stoddert Soccer board from 1996 to 2010. He served in a number of roles, including as fields commissioner.

campaign are offenses only in the context of laws passed over the past century that infringe on these rights. These laws include mandatory primary elections in D.C. and many states, and campaign finance rules whose scope includes primary as well as general elections. Restoring the rights of political parties begins with limiting the scope of campaign finance laws to only the general election and holding parties responsible for establishing their own campaign finance rules for their nominating contests. In addition, parties could be allowed to choose between participating in the state-sponsored primary election and conducting their nominations themselves by caucus, convention or other process that they have established. Parties in Virginia have this choice. The rights of political parties

are threatened also by demands for open primary elections in which any registered voter may vote in any partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest. On the basis of the First Amendment right to free association, the Supreme Court has upheld the right of a political party to open its nominating processes to voters who are not registered with that party, and has ruled against state laws that require open or blanket primaries. Laws that infringe on the rights of political parties also place an unnecessary burden on the courts. Ron Machen, the U.S. attorney who is investigating the Gray campaign, certainly has more important cases to consider than the internal affairs of a private, autonomous organization. Douglas Rowe Cleveland Park

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Tech tax incentives would mainly aid the rich VIEWPOINT jessica fulton

Will D.C. believe in or break the “Buffett Rule”? That is what’s at stake next week when the D.C. Council votes on a bill that would allow some wealthy investors to pay the lowest income tax rate in the District, lower even than residents who earn the minimum wage. At a time when our city has left a number of critical services for children and families unfunded and on a “wish list,” this tax cut would take the District in the wrong direction, making our tax system less progressive and substantially lowering our resources for years to come. Warren Buffett, the billionaire graduate of D.C.’s Deal Middle and Wilson High, said he disagrees with federal tax preferences for investment income that let him pay a lower tax rate than his secretary. If the D.C. Council passes the Technology Sector Enhancement Act (Bill 19-764), that’s exactly what will happen here. The legislation would lower taxes on investment income from D.C. tech companies to just 3 percent, lower than you or I see on our paychecks. (Highincome investors currently face an income tax rate of 8.95 percent.) So why might the District government allow the Warren Buffetts of D.C. to pay lower tax rates than hard-working local residents? Apparently, because some of them asked. According to a memo from Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration, several wealthy residents are planning to cash out their D.C. tech investments soon and have threatened to leave the city if their taxes aren’t lowered. It makes no sense for the District to respond to such threats by allowing these tech millionaires to, in essence, set their own tax rate. Beyond that, such a drastic change in tax policy could be justified only if it were going to benefit all D.C. residents, through job creation or an improved economy. But evidence from economists, policy analysts and tax experts simply does not show that tax cuts like these encourage investment. Meanwhile, the rest of the city would pay the price. According to D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, this tax cut could create “substantial” revenue losses for the District, reducing resources for the servic-

Letters to the Editor Car-free project may be discriminatory

In response to the letter “Planned apartments don’t need parking” [Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5], it appears the writer is new to the city and does not know about all the apartment buildings on Connecticut Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue that do not have parking since these buildings were built before there were any zoning laws in D.C. But the residents of these buildings have the right to a residential parking permit. That means that the street parking in these areas is full most of the day and night. So car-free buildings already exist and would not be a new experiment. There are both federal and D.C. laws on human rights that do not allow a building to discriminate and rent to only a certain kind of tenant. The car-free building may violate the rights of disabled persons who need their car to get around and could not live in this building. This may also violate the rights of someone who lives in D.C. but does a reverse commute and needs a car to

es we have all come to appreciate: renovated high schools like Wilson, world-class neighborhood libraries like the ones in Georgetown and Tenleytown, and clean streets and parks. Any discussion of tax cuts is especially disconcerting right now because revenue limitations have forced the city to put several important services on a revenue contingency list that is unlikely to get funded. That list includes $7 million for homeless individuals and families, which is needed to keep shelters open after winter ends. In addition, the budget does not have funding to protect particularly vulnerable families on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, who need time to deal with serious issues that interfere with their ability to work, such as domestic violence, illness or the demands of caring for a family member with a disability. Diversifying our local economy is a good thing, and we agree that we should encourage the tech sector to grow and flourish. And it is doing that. Recently D.C. was named the fifth best city in the country for tech start-ups. The District has also attracted millions of dollars in investments from executives at tech giants Amazon, Google and Twitter. This is happening not because they expect lower tax rates when they cash out, but because they believe in the entrepreneurs in the District and that their investments will pay off. Time and again, business leaders say that what attracts them to a place is having a good pool of welltrained workers, good transportation infrastructure and a supportive community. D.C.’s great quality of life and huge number of young college-educated residents have made this a profitable place for start-up companies. Mayor Vincent Gray’s continued focus on school reform and aggressive workforce development efforts are the kinds of things the city should be doing to strengthen our business climate — not slashing taxes that make it harder to fund these important programs. Please contact your ward D.C. Council member, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and at-large members Michael Brown, David Catania and Vincent Orange and tell them you want them to vote no on Bill 19-764. Jessica Fulton is outreach director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, which engages in public education and research on the District’s finances.

get to a job in Maryland or Virginia. Zoning laws are meant to protect everyone and not to be used to dictate and control how someone should live their life. Douglas Development would be glad to remove parking spaces and create retail spaces, since they would make more money. Every developer hates to put in parking spaces as it costs them money and they don’t see the immediate return on these spaces. The developer puts up the building and then goes away. If parking is later needed, it will be too late to add it to this building, and it will be the neighborhood that suffers. Bobbie Carroll North Cleveland Park

Project near Metro needs no parking

I strongly disagree with your Aug. 15 editorial taking the position that the proposed redevelopment of the long-derelict Babe’s Billiards site in Tenleytown into a mixed-use, residential and retail/restaurant building should not be approved without parking. This view is stated notwithstanding the very close proximity to the Tenleytown Metro station, measures taken by the

developer to discourage car ownership by residents (no Residential Parking Permits, car-share arrangements), and measures to address potential car ownership (agreements with nearby commercial parking structures for rental spaces). This is a challenging property — as demonstrated by the previous unsuccessful attempts to develop it — at which the developer can either provide parking for some (but not all) residents and others or provide retail/restaurant space. Like the Office of Planning and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E, I believe the need for retail and restaurants and a lively streetscape at that location far outweighs the need for parking. The dearth of retail in this area was stressed by folks who spoke in favor of the development at a commission meeting at which the developer presented the project. This project would provide needed urban amenities and additional residents to support these amenities. It would be a shame if we end up with nothing, or something less desirable, because of a lack of parking at a location practically on top of a Metro station. Ellen Bass Wakefield


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September 12, 2012 ■ Page 13

Eagles coach returns after NCAA title win at UMD

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Editor

Every year, one teacher at National Cathedral School goes on sabbatical, getting a chance to explore something pertinent to his or her career while still drawing a paycheck from the school. Last year, Eagles field hockey coach Jane DeGrenier had that opportunity. For her sabbatical, she served as a volunteer director of operations for the Maryland Terrapins field hockey squad and learned some lessons that could greatly benefit National Cathedral’s field hockey program. “I admire Maryland’s program and [coach] Missy Meharg tremendously,” said DeGrenier, who has coached at Cathedral since the mid1990s. “It was something I really wanted to do. It’s difficult to pick a good year to go because there are kids near and dear to your heart.” It was a roller coaster season for Maryland. The Terrapins were soundly defeated twice by Old Dominion University during the regular season and were again matched up with the Monarchs in the National Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals. But shrewd coaching adjustments helped Maryland upset Old Dominion dur-

ing that semifinal game, and the Terrapins went on to win the national championship by beating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in overtime in Louisville, Ky. “It was an interesting year to be there because of all the ups and downs,” said DeGrenier. “But they just dug in, and they’re great coaches and they just kept after it. That was one of the coolest things to be a part of.” The sabbatical was time well spent because it provided Cathedral’s coach with some new ideas and techniques, garnered from sitting in on all of the Terrapin practices,

Left, Brian Kapur/The Current; above, Matt Petros/The Current

The Eagles come into the 2012 season with a brand-new turf field, which provides ideal conditions for field hockey. The team also welcomes back coach Jane DeGrenier, far left, who spent last season volunteering with the NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins. coach meetings, video sessions and team meetings. Some of those techniques have already been implemented during the Eagles’ 2-0 start to the season. “I learned a lot and … just tried to absorb as much as I could,” said DeGrenier. “I’m definitely using a lot of what I learned here. I think it’s helping. I feel like in three weeks we have improved as much as we would by [midseason before].”

Also new this year at Cathedral is a turf field. Unlike most field sports, including lacrosse and soccer, field hockey is best played on turf or carpet, which doesn’t impede the ball and allows the athletes to shine. The change has already paid dividends. “We are transitioning to the turf, which is amazing,” said DeGrenier. “It’s great to have this surface. The learning curve is just amazing.

[There were] things we couldn’t do on the grass, especially defensively. The forwards are also able to use their speed and stick stills to move the ball down the field; before, the ball would just get stuck in the grass.” The changes have already shown on the scoreboard: The Eagles won their first two home games, against St. John’s and Holy Cross, by a comSee Cathedral/Page 14

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St. John’s outlasts Wilson

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The Georgetown Day volleyball team spent last season in the Independent School League’s lower division. But the Hoppers dominated the competition and went undefeated in the ‘A’ division en route to regularseason and post-season titles, bumping the squad into the upper part of the conference this year. Although the team will join the ‘AA’ heavyweights this season, the Hoppers have high hopes for this fall. “At a minimum we should be finishing in the upper half of the upper division,” said third-year coach Robert Christian. “If we play hard, out-pass and out-work teams, we should be able to compete for the whole thing.” Christian’s expectations are backed by 10 returning players, with only one lost to graduation. Senior middle Jackie Bush gives the team a force on the block who can put the ball away. “She could be one of the best blockers

The Cadets won their second game in a row by beating Wilson 35-14 Saturday afternoon. St. John’s senior quarterback Will Ulmer, who threw for 65 yards and ran for 148 yards and a touchdown, led the Cadets’ offense. St. John’s sophomore tailback Omar Garcia added 130 yards on the ground and three scores. Meanwhile, Reginald Robinson’s 110 passing yards and running back Jeremy Dixon’s 86 rushing yards and touchdown scamper led Wilson’s offense. St. John’s will trek to play Baltimore powerhouse Calvert Hall Friday night while Wilson travels to play Anacostia.

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Senior Jackie Bush is one of the Hoppers’ big hitters on the block.

in the league,” said Christian. “She’s a pretty good server, too, and one of our big hitters.” The Hoppers also have much-improved See GDS/Page 14

Coolidge tops McKinley

Coolidge won its first game of the season in thrilling fashion by edging McKinley 41-30 Friday night. Senior passer Jameel Kirkland led the Colts’ explosive offense with three touchdowns through the air and two more on the

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Despite Reginald Robinson’s 110 passing yards, the Tigers fell to St. John’s.

ground. Colts senior wideout Naro Hillman caught two of the scores. Coolidge will look for its second win when the team travels to play Ballou Friday night. See Football/Page 14

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CATHEDRAL: Eagles find success on new field From Page 13

bined score of 7-1. Cathedral has several offensive weapons, but seniors Caroline Ferguson and Caroline Hansen are leading the charge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both great at handling the ball and putting pressure on, particularly as forwards when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pressing the ball carrier,â&#x20AC;? said their coach. DeGrenier is still shuffling the Eagles defense, but the group has been stingy so far this season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allowing just one goal prior to Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against Calverton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like them as a unit,â&#x20AC;? said

DeGrenier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing around with [the lineup], and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still something that could change depending on whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on.â&#x20AC;? Two players have also stepped into a bigger role so far this season: senior Jane Lindahl, who is â&#x20AC;&#x153;head and shoulders above where she was last season,â&#x20AC;? and sophomore Mary Parker, who has improved in her second year on the team, according to DeGrenier. Although the Eagles have proved to be a dangerous team so far, DeGrenier is hoping to add another trick to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repertoire â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a stick-stop on corner attacks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a technique that could help the squad

convert more corner opportunities and in turn score more goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people do similar things, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the execution of the corner itself. Ferguson ripped a shot [against Holy Cross], and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the goalie saw it because there were defenders in front of her.â&#x20AC;? DeGrenierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time with the Terrapins last season ended with an NCAA national championship; the Eagles hope her return brings the Independent School League title to Cathedral. The Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season continues with the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ISL season opener against Potomac School Thursday afternoon at Cathedral.

GDS: Hoppers hope to contend in ISL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;AAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; From Page 13

senior middle Leni Hirsch and â&#x20AC;&#x153;big-time outside hitterâ&#x20AC;? junior Sydney Morris, according to Christian. And there are several young players in the mix, including sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Patterson, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;is one of the savviest players in the league and one of the most underrated,â&#x20AC;? said Christian. Although the Hoppers have weapons all over the floor, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to senior setter Frannie Von Friedeburg to pass them the ball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her third year setting for us,â&#x20AC;?

said Christian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the cornerstones of our team and in the truest sense the most irreplaceable player we have. When we pass the ball, our team is unstoppable.â&#x20AC;? While the Hoppers are set on offense, they are looking for a new libero in the lineup after last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starter graduated. According to Christian, there are five players in the mix, including freshman Eliana Miller. Georgetown Day is already 2-0 so far the season. The team will travel to National Cathedral Thursday afternoon.

FOOTBALL: Gonzaga suffers first loss of season From Page 13

Gonzaga falls in Classic

Gonzaga suffered its first defeat of the season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 28-14 loss to St. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prep â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Saturday afternoon at Navy as part of the Patriot Classic, an early season showcase. Senior quarterback Connor Ennis, who finished with 224 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, led the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; air attack. His best target was senior

tight end Scott Carpenter, who had four catches for 65 yards. The Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ground game was held in check as junior running back Robbie Walker and sophomore Reggie Corbin combined for just 36 rushing yards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They made a lot of plays,â&#x20AC;? said Gonzaga coach Aaron Brady. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did it more consistently than we did. â&#x20AC;Ś They put us in a position where we made mistakes.â&#x20AC;? Those mistakes included a pair

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The Northwest Washington Little League team rallied to beat Capitol City B 7-5 in seven innings in the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s under12 Labor Day baseball tournament at Guy Mason. The battle of the two Northwest squads concluded the eight-team tournament in thrilling fashion. Capitol City led Northwest 4-0 going into the final inning. But Capitol City couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold on, and Northwest exploded for four runs to send the game into extra innings.

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St. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prep (Pa.) 28, Gonzaga 14 Maret 20, KIPP 13 Sidwell 35, Randolph-Macon 34 Mount St. Joseph 47, St. Albans 36 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35, Wilson 14 Coolidge 41, McKinley 30

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Cathedral 5, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 Holy Child 1, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 Visitation 7, Ireton 0


St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3, Hammond 0 Paul VI 3, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 Pallotti 3, Sidwell 1 Visitation 3, Cathedral 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3, Seton 0

of red-zone turnovers in the second half, which scuttled the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comeback attempt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had plenty of chances to score,â&#x20AC;? Brady said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we get one or two of those into the end zone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different game. â&#x20AC;Ś You just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do those things in big games. We will learn from it and get better from it. The Eagles will travel to play Georgetown Prep Saturday afternoon at 1:30.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of this tournament was to increase both the interest and participation in youth baseball in the District, as well as bring young ballplayers from all wards of the city together to bond through mutual respect for the game of baseball,â&#x20AC;? Timothy Kennedy from the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation said in a news release.

Wilson boys soccer beats St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Wilson topped St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-0 on the soccer pitch Friday night. Jonah Gigli and Sabastian NavidiKasmai scored, and Wilson goalkeeper Billy Shuldiner made several saves in the shutout.

GDS 3, Holy Child 0 Maret 3, Holton-Arms 2

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Trip to Kenya inspires local students to raise thousands

By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

Like many other high school seniors, Maret student Sasha Zients is preparing for college next year. But she’s not only readying herself: Zients and 14 other local students are working to help a dozen Kenyan students get to college, too. The D.C.-area group — from the Maret, Sidwell Friends, National Cathedral and Potomac schools — just returned from a service trip to Kibera, a slum in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi where their project began. The students had traveled with Ken Okoth, a former teacher at the Potomac School, and his foundation Children of Kibera, which works to promote education equality in Kenya. For two and half weeks in July they visited and volunteered at schools in Kibera, meeting a group of Kenyans who changed the participants’ perspective on education. The Kenyans were among the top students in their country, having scored well on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, an SAT-like test given in their eighth year of school; and the Children of Kibera foundation awarded them scholarships to some of the country’s best boarding schools. Zients and her friends were astonished by their stories. The Kenyan students take 10 classes a year, and their school days often last from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. To graduate, they have to take monthlong exams that test them on years’ worth of schooling. Many play sports and are involved in extracurriculars, in addition to doing chores around their boarding schools. But despite all this, college is not a guarantee for any of them — none

can afford to pay for it. “The average student in Kibera has worked so much harder to get where they are now. They don’t ask for sympathy, but they tell us about how they get four hours of sleep a night because they’re doing all their work,” Zients said. Potomac senior Caroline Meisel, who also went on the trip, said she was also impressed with the students’ drive to succeed against any odds. One student asked Meisel what school in the U.S. was best for studying music. She told him the top was the Juilliard School, but that he might want to consider New York University, which is less selective. “I think NYU went in one ear and out the other,” Meisel recalled. “They are such highly motivated kids.” With guidance from Okoth and the trip’s coordinator, Potomac teacher Sarah Coste, the D.C. students decided to launch a social media campaign to raise $25,000 — the amount needed to send the Children of Kibera’s 12 graduating scholarship students to college in Kenya. After getting home in July, the D.C. students started a “$12 for 12” strategy, using their personal networks via Facebook, Twitter and email for 12 days to try to solicit $12 donations. Every other day they would post online about their trip or highlight a Kenyan scholar and encourage friends and family members to make donations via PayPal. “We all have between 500 and 1,000 friends [online], and we have a tremendous amount of reach to raise awareness about these Kenyan students,” said Coste, who helped to design the campaign. “Social media

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Maret senior Sasha Zients, above center, and other local students are raising money to help cover college costs for high-schoolers they met on a recent trip to Kenya. Below right, the D.C. students pose with some of their intended recipients, and below left, students play at a nursery school the group visited. just seemed like the right fit for teenagers.” Zients, who came back from the trip wanting to pursue development studies as a career, said it was hard at times to convey the Kenyans’ situation to her friends. Many thought her Facebook posts were spam. “It’s hard because people are automatically going to typecast this as a typical community-service trip,” she said. But by the end of August, that strategy had raised $16,000. The students are now planning to get to their goal of $25,000 by holding bake sales and other fundraisers. Former teacher Okoth started the Children of Kibera Foundation in 2007 as a way to give back to his community. Growing up in the Kibera slum like many of the students his foundation helps, he won a scholarship from the Save the Children Fund and was able to go

to a Kenyan boarding school and then St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. He received a master’s degree from Georgetown University, then taught at the Potomac School, and also at Georgetown, from 2005 to 2009. Okoth shared with his students the plight of the Kenyan education system. Though the Kenyan government funds the country’s public schools, materials like uniforms, books and even shoes — all required for attendance — are not provided, so students who can’t afford them miss out on education. Kenya’s high schools are sparse, Okoth added. Many of the local schools provide a poor education, and the best ones are the expensive private provincial or national boarding schools. “I find [that] young Americans — they get it,” Okoth said. “If there is another child who is denied an

education, that is a huge injustice.” In 2007, he first brought some Potomac students with him to visit Kibera, and the trip grew from there. It has since expanded to include more students from other D.C.-area schools. Okoth has now moved back to Kenya permanently to head the foundation from Nairobi. Next spring he will run for parliament in an effort to continue enacting positive change in his country. Because his foundation does no official fundraising in Kenya, Okoth said he is very grateful for the efforts of the D.C. teens. “I was very touched,” he said. “I was very impressed by our students — the understanding and the empathy and the respect that they had for the Kenyan students they had met. They had learned something from them, and they wanted to give back.”

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

On the first day of school, even though it was my fifth year at the British School of Washington, I had butterflies in my stomach. My sisters and I got ready in record time. In the playground there were a lot of unfamiliar faces but also many that I knew. I was very excited to see my friends again and to make some new ones. My new teacher devised a series of games for us to get to know each other. In one of them we each had to say three things about ourselves that nobody knew. Then in the afternoon, all of Year Six worked together to create guidelines for our classroom. The guidelines are based on our nine personal learning goals: resilience, adaptability, morality, communication, cooperation, internationalism, thoughtfulness, respect and enquiry. The next day we had P.E. Our first topic is “Invasion Games.” Even though it was scorching outside we still had our lesson. Then on Friday we had art. Our first topic in art is “The Elements of Art,” and in that lesson we learned about lines. In the next lesson we are going to study colour. That first week of school was one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve had. — Miriam Wilson, Year 6 New York (fifth-grader)

Field School

The middle school at Field School jumped into action last week


with a new sixth grade and exciting new renovations. Until this fall, Field has had students in grades seven through 12, but this year a sixth grade was added. Because of the kindergartenthrough-fifth-grade format of most area elementary schools, Field administrators decided to open the school’s doors to a class of 23 younger students, from schools throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia. This change came with a need for more middle school space. To create space for Field’s new students, the room that was previously a middle school lounge has been turned into a sixth-grade locker area. Some returning eighth-graders weren’t thrilled about losing their hangout, which had couches, chairs and tables. However, new couches and seating areas have been added in the middle school area, and the eighth-graders are finding other places to spend their spare time. On the first day of school (the day after Labor Day), middleschoolers arose bright and early to get to school at 8 a.m. to get to know their new teachers and classmates. New and returning students alike were assembled in the theater to meet the teachers and administrators who will guide them throughout the year. Later, when the highschoolers arrived, the entire school community met in the gym for a first-day assembly. The new sixth-

grade class was welcomed to the school, and the graduating senior class was introduced. Teachers, administrators and student government members made clear that they were excited for the new year. — Maddie Williams, sixth-grader, and Lila Bromberg and Jana Cohen, eighth-graders

Georgetown Day School

Another school year is under way for students at Georgetown Day! It will be another year of making new friends, seeing old friends and spending late nights doing homework. High school students returned Tuesday, Sept. 4, while the lower/middle-school students received an extra day to sleep in and returned to class the following day. This year, students welcomed Nancy Kaplan as the new middle school principal and C.A. Pilling as the new high school principal. At the high school, it is a tradition for the senior class to have a “senior run-in” in which the class rumbles through the hallways, charging into the forum — seemingly with the intent of sending the incoming freshmen into a state of panic! This year’s senior class showcased a “senior swim”-themed run-in, outfitted with lifeguard T-shirts, earpiercing whistles and even an inflatable pool. Of course, after the senior class finally ceased all of its relentless clamor and clatter, it was time to get back to work for the Mighty Hoppers. This fall, the boys soccer

and boys cross country teams will defend championship titles, and the championship girls volleyball team will move to the upper division. In addition, there are high expectations for our Quiz Bowl team, debate team and performing arts department. Although the journey to completing this school year is long, at least we have our friends, family and fabulous teachers and coaches to guide us to success. — Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

St. Ann’s Academy

St. Ann’s Academy is proud to have a new middle school science teacher, Mrs. Deirdre Furr. Mrs. Furr moved from Mississippi this summer to come to work at St. Ann’s, but she’s not a stranger to the D.C. area. Mrs. Furr previously taught at St. Elizabeth’s School in Rockville, and she is a graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda. Mrs. Furr said she chose to teach science to middle-school students because she’s interested in some of the same things the students are learning. She said she has always liked helping kids, but she didn’t think about becoming a teacher until she took an education course in college. Other students in the education course told her what their middle-school students were studying, and Mrs. Furr said it sounded appealing, and she knew then that she wanted to become a teacher. Although Mrs. Furr is a certified teacher, she also has a Master of Business Administration degree.

Mrs. Furr said she liked the feel of St. Ann’s when she sat in the school’s classrooms and observed the interaction between the students and teachers, and her interview with Monsignor Mosley convinced her that St. Ann’s was the right place for her. In addition to teaching science, Mrs. Furr directs the afterschool program for St. Ann’s students. Outside of school, Mrs. Furr enjoys walking around the National Mall with her family and dog and visiting Washington’s many museums. — LaDonna White, eighth-grader

School Without Walls

Now that we are in our second week, everybody is getting into the rhythm of school. Teachers began giving assessments and regular homework. Students are more or less used to the new schedule. This Friday, Walls will be holding a club fair. Our Student Government Association noted that it has always been hard for students to join new clubs because of lack of knowledge about when they are meeting and where. There will be representatives from all of our clubs and teams to show new students what we have to offer and how to join. In addition, we add new student-run clubs every year, so they are always looking for new members. Many teams, including the girls and boys soccer teams, have already begun practicing. They practice See Dispatches/Page 50

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Did you know? Not all city rules and regs are familiar By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


n a city with as many rules and exceptions as the District, it can be difficult to keep all of the policies straight — and impossible to compile a list of all of them. But based on ideas from residents and city officials, The Current has compiled an abbreviated list of regulations and practices that many people seem to have missed: ■ Ignore the signs, sometimes. On blocks with Residential Permit Parking restrictions, cars with a valid permit sticker for that zone can park within 25 feet of an intersection at all times — although signs are posted 40 feet away. (The law was changed in 2006, but the signs were not moved.) The rule, which effectively makes room for one more car beyond the signs, does not apply to the approach side of a stop sign — that is to say, a car is still prohibited from parking any closer to a stop sign than the posted signage states. Cars without an RPP sticker for that zone must obey the signage at all times. Drivers must also park at least five feet from the entrance to an alley or driveway and at least 10 feet from a fire hydrant. But parking within a loading zone is permitted overnight — from 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. — except at hotels. ■ Leave a paper trail. Residents who find trash or other items left in front of their house are urged to call 311 to report the issue. “Not mine? Not my problem” doesn’t apply — city inspectors may cite the homeowner for illegal dumping, and it’s not easy to prove it wasn’t yours. ■ But 311 has its limits. Although residents had previously been instructed to call 311 for non-emergency police calls, all 311 calls requesting assistance from a police officer will be transferred to 911. Residents are asked to simply call 911 to begin with — for emergency and non-emergency police issues. ■ Take the first step. Pedestrians have the right-of-way over motor vehicles in a marked crosswalk, and drivers who don’t stop risk a $250 fine. But in order to get the right-ofway, pedestrians must step into the street; cars are not expected to stop for someone who remains on the sidewalk. Pedestrians also do not have the right-of-way at a signalized intersection with a solid “Don’t Walk” signal or outside the crosswalk. ■ Your curb cut isn’t yours. Drivers are forbidden from parking in front of any curb cut, even if it’s in front of their own property and even if it’s not connected to a driveway or alley. ■ Many older buildings are protected. In addition to individual buildings deemed to have historic

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A little-known rule allows cars with RPP stickers to park beyond some posted signs.

merit, various sections of the city are designated historic districts that require extensive city review of any exterior modifications visible from the street. In most cases — such as the Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle and Sheridan-Kalorama historic districts — modifications and new buildings are subject to evaluation by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. Various additions, renovations and even the installation of solar panels have been rejected in certain areas for noncompliance. Residents of Georgetown, though, face a different process. The federally protected district requires approval from the Old Georgetown Board, part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, for everything from new shutters on a home to a new sign at a business, in an effort to preserve the community’s character. The Commission of Fine Arts also has jurisdiction over private construction projects that front or abut Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo. ■ Don’t scoot onto the sidewalks. Motorized vehicles, including motor scooters, are not allowed to drive on sidewalks. This restriction applies to those who are just driving a few feet toward a prospective parking space — which is also forbidden: The D.C. Department of Transportation is developing a system of secure on-street parking spaces for scooters, but they can’t be parked on sidewalks. Bicyclists, however, are allowed to ride on sidewalks anywhere but downtown — and even there, they’re allowed on land owned by the National Park Service rather than the District government. ■ Keep clear of fire trucks. It’s not enough to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle that has its lights or siren activated. In addition to yielding the right-of-way to an ambulance, fire truck or police car, drivers are required to come to a stop as close to the right side of the roadway as possible, unless told to do otherwise. Furthermore, when a fire truck See Laws/Page CG18

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Eye on the roads: DDOT’s past, present and future projects in Northwest adamsmorganstreetscapeproject. com. ■ Connecticut Avenue in Dupont t problem areas through- Circle: The second phase of a out Northwest, roadbeds streetscape improvement project and electrical equipment kicked off last month and will add a 12-foot-wide, raised, landscaped have deteriorated, median strip from L Street to pedestrian and bicycle facilities are often lacking, and aging bridges can Jefferson Place, just south of Dupont Circle. The median is no longer be trusted to support designed to improve aesthetics and heavy vehicles. But when the D.C. provide a pedestrian refuge. Department of Transportation In the first phase of the project, makes moves to fix those trouble last summer, a portion of the medispots, drivers can face more an was installed between L and K extreme short-term impacts: fewer streets. Other planned improvetravel lanes, bumpy roads and ments include rebuilding sidewalks reduced access to parking and sideand repaving the roadway. This secwalks. ond and final phase will cost $3.5 Acknowledging the disruptions million and will take eight months that road construction projects impose, the agency generally pledg- to complete. ■ Kalmia Road bridge in es to keep at least one travel lane Colonial Village: A culvert carryopen and to preserve some access ing a stream under the roadway in to properties next to work sites northern Ward 4 partially collapsed when possible. Businesses can also apply for D.C. government loans to in 2010, leaving the access point tide them over through construction between Beach Drive and 16th Street vulneraprocesses. ble to further Here’s a damage. selection of The sixnewly completmonth, $2 miled, current and lion replaceupcoming projment project ects in will close the Northwest, listed road to motoralphabetically: ists between ■ 16th Street East Beach and bridge over West Beach Military Road drives, though it in Brightwood: will remain The bridge has open for pedesoutlived its life trians. The expectancy and Bill Petros/Current File Photo rebuilt bridge is beginning to and culvert will Work on Wisconsin Avenue in show signs of be sturdier and structural weakGlover Park is expected to wrap more environness, so it will up in December. mentally friendbe demolished ly. The work is set to being late this and replaced. The $11 million projyear. ect will also include repaving ■ Nebraska Avenue at Military Military Road in the project area and Broad Branch roads in and upgrading its median. Chevy Chase: An initiative to A start date hasn’t yet been replace aging traffic signal equipestablished, but work will likely ment expanded into a broader effort commence only after repairs are to rebuild deteriorating roadways in completed at another access point the immediate vicinity of this busy across Rock Creek Park — Kalmia six-way intersection. Road; that work is projected to The $2 million yearlong project wrap up in early to mid-2013. kicked off last fall and is on schedThroughout the projected sixule to be completed in October. month bridge replacement, 16th Military Road and Nebraska Street and Military Road will both Avenue have each been limited to be reduced to one lane in each one lane in each direction in the direction; the Military Road project area, and Military Road has improvements will likely take an been sometimes limited to one-way additional three months. between Nevada and Nebraska nues. ■ 18th Street in Adams Morgan: Targeting the neighborhood’s night- ■ New Hampshire Avenue and Washington Circle in Dupont and life main street from Columbia Foggy Bottom: Work is beginning Road to Florida Avenue, the $6.7 this month on an 18-month, $16.7 million project rebuilt the roadway and removed the large angled park- million project to repave the avenue ing spaces to make room for bicycle and circle and to convert a section of New Hampshire from one-way lanes and wider sidewalks. The project is now “substantially to two-way traffic. The project will include full complete,” said Transportation demolition and replacement of the Department spokesperson Monica New Hampshire Avenue roadway Hernandez. The street and sidewalks reopened in late July after 15 between M Street and Dupont Circle, and resurfacing between M months of construction, but the and H streets and on Washington agency is still polishing the details.

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Circle. The upgraded roadway will include new bicycle lanes and pedestrian “bulb-outs” and highvisibility crosswalks. Traffic will also run northbound and southbound on the entire stretch, eliminating the one-way section between Washington Circle and M Street. On Washington Circle, new crosswalks on each corner of an

intersection street will replace those that now extend only from small concrete “islands” in median strips. ■ O and P streets in Georgetown: The historic cobblestone streets and the rare surviving streetcar tracks had badly deteriorated, in part due to a leaking century-old water main below them. The $10.5 million project, which began in February 2011, is now in


its final stages, with most of the cobblestones and trolley tracks having been restored between Wisconsin Avenue and 37th Street. The last part of the work will terminate this month. The project has also included installing new street lighting, crosswalks and tree boxes. ■ U Street from 9th to 14th See Roads/Page CG14


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Entertainment: Spotting D.C. in movies and books By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer


ashington is a constant in our popular culture, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a brief flyover of the Capitol dome in a political thriller; a detailed invocation of Civil Warera D.C. for a historical novel; or another of the dozens of ways the city has been deployed in the service of storytelling. Below are just a few of the hundreds of books and films that have used the District as a silent, though significant, character.


â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bearsâ&#x20AC;? by Dinaw Mengestu: Set in the 1990s, this novel exploits the storytelling possibilities that come with gentrification. Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanose operates a rundown grocery store in Logan Circle, where his fellow immigrants gather to recall pasts filled with dictators and revolutions. Judith, a white

woman, and her 11-year-old daughter move to the neighborhood and begin renovations on a home as well as on the expectations that Sepha has for his life in America. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Crimesâ&#x20AC;? series by Margaret Truman: This murdermystery collection of more than 20 books was penned by the daughter of President Harry Truman over the course of nearly three decades. Each novel spotlights a section of the city, and though thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no one character who appears in every book, there are some who appear in many, such as Mac and Annie Smith. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fail-Safeâ&#x20AC;? by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler: Published in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, this Cold War thriller captured the imaginations of a tense American public. The novel also explores the anxieties sparked by the growing importance of technology, as a machine-generated glitch sets the stage for an American nuclear strike on Moscow. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Griefâ&#x20AC;? by Chris

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,â&#x20AC;? left, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menâ&#x20AC;? are among the best-known D.C. films, but many other directors enlist Washington in their stories. Adrian: In an imagined post-Civil War D.C., Gob is a doctor still traumatized by the death years earlier of his twin brother, an 11-year-old bugler for a Union army regiment. Aided by poet Walt Whitman, Gob works obsessively to construct a time machine to resurrect his brother, Abraham Lincoln and all the Civil War dead. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in the Cityâ&#x20AC;? by Edward P. Jones: This collection of 14 short stories earned Jones a National Book Award nomination for his portrayal of black Washington in the 1960s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s. Instant classics, the stories explore characters working to maintain hard-won gains that always seem to be slipping away. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revisionistsâ&#x20AC;? by Thomas Mullen: In this high-concept novel published last year, Zed is an agent dispatched from an ideal future to ensure that events leading to that future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a modern-day disaster â&#x20AC;&#x201D; happen according to schedule. But Zed has gotten lonely while protecting his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfect Present,â&#x20AC;? leading him to entanglements with a former spy and a young D.C. lawyer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to questions of whether the future is as ideal as he believes. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;River, Cross My Heartâ&#x20AC;? by Breena Clarke: Set in the aftermath of 5-year-old Clara Bynumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

drowning death in the Potomac River, this novel captures the grief and growing up of her sister Johnnie Mae. In the background are the Bynumsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; move from rural North Carolina to early 1900s Georgetown and a society that bans the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black children from the public pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; driving them to wade in the river instead. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Days of the Condorâ&#x20AC;? by James Grady: With three more days than the movie adaptation (though no Robert Redford), this novel follows mild-mannered CIA operative Malcolm after he returns to his office to find all of his colleagues murdered. Published in 1974, this multilayered conspiracy tale in which no one can be trusted is a creature of its Watergateobsessed time. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul Circus: A Derek Strange Novelâ&#x20AC;? by George Pelecanos: An example of the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many works set in the city, this is the third to feature the private detective Derek Strange as he explores the criminal side of present-day D.C. Hired to help a drug lord avoid death row, Strange


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delves into a world of cops-turnedgun peddlers, thugs who are little more than children and a gang battle sparked by the drug lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Moonsâ&#x20AC;? by Thomas Mallon: Cynthia May is a 35-yearold war widow in 1870s D.C. when she passes the exams to become a human â&#x20AC;&#x153;computerâ&#x20AC;? at the Naval Observatory. Lured by handsome astronomer Hugh Allison and pursued by a politician decidedly more concerned with temporal matters, Cynthia is the planet at the center of those two menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or moonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; orbit. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are the Love of My Lifeâ&#x20AC;? by Susan Richards Shreve: This just-released novel is set in 1973 in a fictional D.C. enclave near the Maryland line where an impression of openness masks tightly guarded secrets. For protagonist Lucy Painter, whose father was a presidential aide before he committed suicide, her neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; secrets and the unfolding Watergate scandal are only the latest chapters in a life full of evasions and lies.


â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menâ&#x20AC;? (1976): This dramatization of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reporting of the Watergate scandal has held up well over the years, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t showing its age. Watch it again for the fashion, the flowerpot and the fact that people were able to do research without the Internet. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Presidentâ&#x20AC;? (1995): Michael Douglas plays the president and a widower who falls for Annette Bening in this romantic drama. Fans of Aaron Sorkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small-screen treatment of White House life will appreciate his screenplay, which explores what happens when a popular president falls into an unpopular relationship. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breachâ&#x20AC;? (2007): Based on the true story, young FBI agent Eric Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill begins the film as an assistant to agent Robert Hanssen and later helps expose Hanssen as a spy See Entertainment/Page CG15

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Where to eat: 2012 brings many new restaurants to NW By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer


umerous restaurants have opened in upper Northwest D.C. in 2012, and here we provide details on 21 that have set up shop in the quadrant — some that have been featured in these pages before, and a number that haven’t. In looking at the group, some trends emerge: Several serve small plates or tapas, many are casual in atmosphere, and a surprising number are run by family members (four by siblings, two by husbandwife teams and even one by a father-daughter pair). There are also a few seasoned restaurateurs or companies opening additional outposts. Where they vary is in inspiration, with flavors that span the globe, including the American South, England, France, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Spain, Maine and Mexico. Spain and Mexico proved the most popular, appearing on a total of six menus.


■ Mintwood Place, 1813 Columbia Road NW, Managing owner Saied Azali knew what he was getting into location-wise when he opened Mintwood Place in January: He also owns Adams Morgan stalwart Perry’s, which sits just next door. Both spots cater to the neighborhood, and Azali said his entire goal in opening the newer place, which serves modern American food, was to provide the community with a restaurant — rather than another

bar. Serves dinner and brunch. Dishes include bacon and onion “flammekueche” tart; frog legs with romesco sauce; cast-iron Amish chicken; and house-made tagliatelle Bolognese. Entrees cost $16 to $29. ■ Southern Hospitality, 1815 Adams Mill Road NW, Brothers Anthony and Peter Lupo, who grew up near Annapolis but spent summers in North Carolina, opened this Adams Morgan spot in early February after developing bar menus and operations at the Circa chain of restaurants. Their goal was to focus on hospitality, creating a comfortable place where the wait staff — including the Lupos, who tend bar a couple nights a week — know customers’ names. Serves lunch, dinner and brunch. Dishes include a blackened chicken sandwich with havarti and avocado; rockfish risotto fritters; shrimp and grits with asparagus and corn; and fried chicken served with mac and cheese and collard greens. Entrees cost $17.50 to $21.50.


■ Pulpo, 3407 Connecticut Ave. NW, Dino Tapper was born into the restaurant business: His mother launched Dupont’s Floriana over three decades ago, and he bought it from her in 2000. In June he launched his own effort, a tapas operation named for the Spanish word for octopus that features a live mollusk in a tank. Serves dinner. Dishes include cocoa-crusted strip loin with a fen-

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Roberto Donna, far left, is helming the kitchen at La Forchetta, owned by Hakan Ilhan, near left. Juan Antonio Santacruz, above, opened Tacos El Chilango. nel mint sauce; bone marrow in a mustard-green pesto; and pulpo with fingerlings and brava sauce. Tapas dishes cost $5 to $19.


■ Boqueria, 1837 M St. NW, Yann de Rochefort spent childhood summers in Spain, where he developed a passion for Spanish cuisine, and particularly the ambiance of tapas bars. Boqueria, which originated in Manhattan in 2006, is named for a famous food market in Barcelona, whose bars it aims to replicate. Barcelona native Marc Vidal, formerly of El Bulli, helms the kitchen. Serves lunch, dinner and brunch. Dishes include beef and potato croquettes with garlic aioli; seared marinated lamb skewers with salsa verde; paella rice with roasted quail, porcini mushrooms, sunchokes and green bell peppers; and a fried baby squid sandwich with cucumber, garlic aioli, fried lemon and picked Guindilla pepper.

Tapas cost $5 to $19. ■ Crios, 2120 P St. NW, Sisters Joanne and Julie Liu named their first P Street restaurant Scion, which means descendant, because of their familial connection to the hospitality business — their parents own Jenny’s Asian Fusion on the Southwest Waterfront, where the girls spent much of their child-

hood. Three years later, they took a similar approach in naming Crios, a reference to the Spanish word for kid. The new spot, which opened in July, offers modern Mexican food in an area dominated by other flavors. Serves dinner. Dishes include Dr Pepper-braised pork shoulder tacos with arugula, chipotle adobo and See Dining/Page CG13

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How to go car-free â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or car-light â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in Washington By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


id you ever wonder if you could do without your car in D.C., or at least do with using it less? More and more people today are opting for a car-free or â&#x20AC;&#x153;car-lightâ&#x20AC;? lifestyle, for myriad reasons. It can be less expensive, it reduces traffic, and it can have a positive impact on the environment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting around on foot or bike, it can be healthier, too. For some, the idea of forgoing car ownership could be a little daunting: Spontaneous trips out of town or running errands would require more planning. For others, it might not be practical: Carting several small children to a car-sharing location could be too much of a challenge. But in D.C., a number of options are making it easier to get around town without a car â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or to get away with using one less often. The website â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an initiative of the D.C. Department of Transportation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offers resources for getting around the city without a car, including an interactive map





that shows users a number of options available to get from Point A to Point B, including Metrorail and bus, as well as bike- and carsharing options. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rundown of some of the options:

Capital Bikeshare Capital Bikeshareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ubiquitous red threespeed bikes can be seen all over the city, and as the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity grows, more bike stations are popping up in residential areas. Right now there are more than 135 stations in D.C., and more than 1,670 bikes are available to rent. According to Josh Moskowitz, the bikeshare program manager with the D.C. Department of Transportation, more than 17,000 people have annual memberships with Capital Bikeshare, and more than 2.7 million rides have been taken in the greater Washington area since the company launched in 2008. Steve Kelley, a resident of American University Park and an avid biker who rides to his job in Bethesda almost every day, likes the idea of having more bike stations in resi-

dential areas. If one were located in his neighborhood, Kelley says, he would use it to run errands or grab a bite to eat. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy and economical, and it would relieve him of any worry of losing his own bike to theft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes a little work, but I think [my wife and I] feel better for trips where we use a bike and eliminate that knee-jerk reaction of getting in the car and driving a mile,â&#x20AC;? said Kelley. He also sees Capital Bikeshare as a critical way to help with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;last mileâ&#x20AC;? of a commute. Since residents who live a mile or more from a Metro station or bus stop often opt to drive to work or drive to a station and park there, transportation experts are focusing more on making that last mile easier to traverse. Kelley says that if more bike stations were located in residential areas, more people would choose a four- or five-minute bike ride over a 15- or 20-minute walk or a short car ride that ends in a search for parking. Capital Bikeshare offers four tiers of membership: 24-hour, three-day, 30-day or annual. The first 30 minutes of a bike rental are free, and from there, depending on your membership type, hourly rates start at $1.50.



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Capital Bikeshare offers four tiers of membership, from 24-hour to annual.

The programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, and its phone app Spotcycle, show where bike stations are located and whether any bikes are available. They also help locate stations with open slots to return a bike. Capital Bikeshare wants residents to tell them where new bike stations should be located. To make a suggestion, go to the websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s station map page and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suggest a Location.â&#x20AC;?

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Bikes have to stop for lights, and other rules of the road By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


he big problem with many of the laws for cycling in D.C. is that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not common knowledge. But learning them is becoming more of a necessity, as cycling continues to grow in popularity and the city invests more in its bike infrastructure. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at some of the cycling regulations in D.C. that you may or may not know, gathered primarily from materials prepared by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (, the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local bike advocacy and membership organization. Please note that the information here should not serve as a direct translation or substitution of the technical language of the D.C. Code.


â&#x2013; Do cyclists have to follow the same laws as cars, like stopping at stop signs and red lights? Yes. D.C. law says every cyclist is â&#x20AC;&#x153;subject to all the duties applicable to drivers of motor vehicles.â&#x20AC;? That also means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not allowed to talk on a cellphone while cycling. â&#x2013;  Where should you ride on the street if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no bike lane? With the flow of traffic, on the right half of the road (except when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a one-way street, preparing for a turn, passing, or avoiding hazards). â&#x2013;  If a street has a bike lane, do you have to ride in it? No, use is not mandatory. â&#x2013;  Can you ride on sidewalks? In general, this is allowed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while yielding to pedestrians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as long as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re outside the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central

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Biking is growing in popularity, but the rules are not all known.

business district. That restricted area is generally bounded by Massachusetts Avenue NW on the north; Constitution Avenue, 14th Street NW and D Street SE to SW on the south; and 23rd Street NW and 2nd Street NE on the west and east. (A detailed map is available on WABAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site.) â&#x2013; How do you turn left? From a two-way street to another two-way street, turn from the center line of the road. From a one-way street to a one-way street, stay as close to the left curb as possible. Another option: Ride through the intersection, wait in the right lane of the cross street and go on the green light. â&#x2013;  What happens in a crosswalk? A cyclist in a crosswalk has the same rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian, though a cyclist must give right-of-way to a pedestrian. â&#x2013;  Are you allowed to pass cars? Yes. A cyclist can pass vehicles on the left or right side, using whichSee Bikes/Page CG15

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Libraries draw patrons with pages and programs By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent


orthwest D.C. libraries have been busy over the past year: Some have expanded their programming and a few have received updated facilities. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on now in the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library branches:


Located on Connecticut Avenue just off McKinley Street, the library loans patrons about 146,000 books and movies a year, the second highest circulation among Northwest branches. â&#x2013; What to check out: Branch manager Tracy Myers said this library is known for its foreign film collection, which she estimates includes nearly a thousand titles. Library officials who order new movies for the system often ask the Chevy Chase staff for suggestions. â&#x2013;  Programs: On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., more than 160 children and their parents storm the library for Baby/ Toddler Storytime, the branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular program. A favorite event for seniors is foreign film viewings on Mondays at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular: Books from Icelandic and Swedish authors are really big in this branch, as are Nordic themes, according to Myers.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a beat-up old teapot, but it still holds water,â&#x20AC;? is how branch manager Debra Shumate describes the almost-60-year-old building at 3310 Connecticut Ave. But what it lacks in modern facilities, it makes up for in materials: The branch loaned out almost 142,000 books and movies over the last year. â&#x2013; What to check out: The childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room is dedicated to local author Catherine Coblentz, who helped raise money to build the library in the 1940s. The space fea-

tures a statue representing characters in her books. The branch also has a unique collection of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classics that a former librarian collected two decades ago. â&#x2013; Programs: Like the other branches, the most popular program here is Baby/Toddler Storytime, but the library has many more offerings starting up again this month. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chess club for kids on Fridays at 4 p.m. and a graphic novel book club that will meet later this month. On Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., the branch will continue its Fiber Arts Workshop that uses the librariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; arts and crafts collection to teach activities like needle felting. â&#x2013;  Coming up: The library will be hosting an â&#x20AC;&#x153;End of the Worldâ&#x20AC;? party instead of a holiday-themed one this December, date to be decided. Dress how you would want to go out if the Mayans are right.


With the building and many books destroyed in an April 2007 fire, the Georgetown Library has a more â&#x20AC;&#x153;current and freshâ&#x20AC;? collection than most other branches, according to manager Lucy Thrasher. Located at 3260 R St., the library circulates almost 110,000 items a year. â&#x2013; Programs: Georgetown brings in more than 100 families for Baby/ Toddler Storytime, where children can read, dance and use puppets to act out their favorite books on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Also popular is the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film program on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Augustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film theme was British novels; past themes have included food and adversity. â&#x2013;  What to check out: The libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crown jewel is the Peabody Room. Named after 19th century BritishAmerican philanthropist George Peabody, who donated money for the library, the room contains documents and artifacts from Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, including files on numerous local houses and an 1861 map that depicts all of the

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Distinctive architecture is a key feature of renovated libraries such as the Tenley-Friendship facility, but classic or modern, it is the programs inside â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as Takomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular storytime â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that draw crowds. Union Army forts in the area. â&#x2013; Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular: Thrasher said some of the biggest books right now are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broken Harborâ&#x20AC;? by Tana French, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bring Up the Bodiesâ&#x20AC;? by Hilary Mantel and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gone Girlâ&#x20AC;? by Gillian Flynn.


The newly renovated branch will reopen Sept. 12 with many new features, including computers, a teen section, a glass atrium entrance and a rear addition. The branch, at 3160 16th St., kept circulation up in its interim location around the corner, loaning out 94,060 books and movies this past year.

â&#x2013; Programs: The branch has planned many new activities that will start up after its reopening. An adult book club will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storytimes will be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  What to check out: The Mount Pleasant library has the largest Spanish collection in the city. A lot of the materials have been in storage during the renovation, but they will come out again in the renovated building. Many librarians at the branch speak Spanish as well. â&#x2013;  Coming up: On Sept. 19, bilingual educator and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author JosĂŠ-Luis Orozco will lead a bilin-

gual family concert in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.


About 70 years old and once housed in the historic Little Red School House on MacArthur Boulevard, the Palisades library is now located at the intersection of V and 49th streets. Its circulation last year reached almost 84,000. â&#x2013; Programs: The library hosts a baby storytime Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. for children up to 18 months. The childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storytime is on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The branch also hosts a See Libraries/Page CG20

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Got game? Northwest alums play in college, pros By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer


he Washington area is widely recognized as a hotbed for prep sports and prospects. Northwest contributes to the perception, with several alumni from Gonzaga, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, St. Albans, Maret, Wilson and Sidwell playing in Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Basketball Association, as well as in professional soccer and international basketball leagues. Gonzaga had two football alumni recently make it into the NFL, including one on an active roster: Johnson Bademosi, a 2008 graduate of the school, is on the Cleveland Browns as a defensive back and special team ace, and fellow 2008 alum Cam Johnson, an outside linebacker, is on the San Francisco 49ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; eight-man practice squad. The Eagles also have a 2008 alum trying to make it in the MLB:

Mike Sheridan is currently in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system and playing minor league for the Montgomery Biscuits. Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, has several former prep stars who have made a career out of their respective sports. Former Cadets running back Antwon Bailey, a 2008 grad, is now playing in the NFL, as a tailback on the Redskinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; practice squad. Jerica DeWolfe is playing professional soccer for the D.C. United Women; Vlad Moldoveanu has signed with STB La Havre in France after stints with an Italian squad and the Romanian National Team; and on the diamond, L.J. Hoes was called up to the Oriolesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; active roster Tuesday. The outfielder posted a .300 hitting percentage for the Norfolk Tide in the minors this season. St. Albans has two alumni working their way up through the minors in hopes of reaching the MLB. Matt Bowman, a 2008 grad-



uate, was drafted by the New York Mets this summer, and fellow 2008 alum Danny Hultzen is now in the minor leagues playing for the Tacoma Rainiers team, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Maret also has a former student-athlete working his way through the minor leagues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sam Mulroy, a 2009 graduate who plays for the Salt Lake Bees, which is part of the Los Angeles Angels farm system. While the aforementioned schools have athletes in the minor leagues, Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominant baseball program has an alum in the majors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emmanuel Burris, who currently plays for the San Francisco Giants. And over at Sidwell, alumni have gone pro in a variety of sports. Former Quakers basketball player Roger Mason Jr., who left the school after freshman year, plays for the New Orleans Hornets, while Kara Lawson, who spent some time at Sidwell, plays for the WNBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connecticut Sun and works as an ESPN analyst. The Quakers also have pros on the soccer pitch: Shaq Phillips plays in Sweden, and Yoni Berhanu, who also played at George Washington University, is trying out for a professional team. Another Sidwell alum, Candace

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Wilson grad Emmanuel Burris, above, and St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alum Antwon Bailey are playing for pro teams. McNamee, is a professional volleyball player abroad. Although only a handful of athletes from the area have become pros, schools have sent athletes to play college sports in droves. The following is as complete a list as possible of those athletes by school:


â&#x2013; Basketball: Andre Mattison, Florida Atlantic University. â&#x2013;  Football: Avery Williams, West Virginia University; and Emmanuel Yeager, Bowie State University.


â&#x2013; Basketball: Kate Gillespie, Holy Cross; and Nicole Krusen, Loyola University Maryland. â&#x2013;  Lacrosse: Caroline Collins, Bucknell University; Katherine Farrell, Georgetown University; Meghan Farrell, Georgetown University; Gen Giblin, St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University; Kylie Kain, Colgate University; Meghan McCarthy, University of Louisville; Lydia

Miller, University of Pennsylvania; Mary Grace Mooney, Bucknell University; Katie Oliverio, University of Louisville; Nina Swanson, Stanford University; and Mary Margaret Tonner, St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University. â&#x2013; Rowing: Mikey Bilotta, U.S. Naval Academy; Stephanie Cameron, Clemson University; Kelly Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Conor, Villanova University; and Teresa Rubinger, University of Notre Dame. â&#x2013;  Soccer: Taylor Bryant, Loyola University Maryland; Allison Stone, Lafayette College; Kelsey Tillman, Vanderbilt University; and Darby Wiegand, Lehigh University. â&#x2013;  Track: Moira Ryan, Northwestern University; and Elise Tigani, Fordham University.


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Despite smoking ban, some cigar bars puff on By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


hen the smoke-free workplace law was enacted in 2007, smoking became prohibited inside most D.C. bars and restaurants, along with other places of employment. Some advocates feared there would be a rush by bar and restaurant owners to file for special exemptions that would allow smoking inside. Five years later, that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t proved to be the case. According to Angela Bradbery of the local organization Smokefree DC, most bars and restaurants quickly adapted, and the smoke-free environment became the norm. But in Northwest, there are several establishments (with one more on the way) where one can purchase and smoke cigars onsite, each one quite different. Here are four: â&#x2013; Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back Room 1331 F St., 202-737-3003, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like a neighborhood bar,â&#x20AC;? owner Bob Materazzi said of his Metro Center location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of regulars, and when they come in, they all kind of migrate to each other. Or you could walk in by yourself and not see anyone you know and within an hour you have friends and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking politics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a friendly and welcoming place.â&#x20AC;? Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back Room has been a longtime fixture among political operators in D.C. Shelly Jacobs opened the spot in the 1990s, and Materazzi purchased it in 2000, updating it with new dĂŠcor so the interior now resembles that of a warm log cabin. Large flat-screen televisions placed around the bar are just as likely to show a political news program as a sporting event. While soft jazz plays over the speakers, Materazzi says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never so loud

that patrons canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear their own conversations. The establishment can accommodate 150 people, and clientele include lobbyists and lawyers, Capitol Hill staffers and members of the military. This year, Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expanded to include a sidewalk cafe, dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Front Porch,â&#x20AC;? where 12 darkgreen Adirondack chairs are coupled with patio umbrellas and a white picket fence. For the cigar aficionado, Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carries more than 100 different cigars, which range in price from $9 to $60 each. Individual humidors can be rented onsite, and patrons can also purchase cigars elsewhere and smoke them at Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The establishment also offers a full bar and dinner menu. Despite being a cigar bar, Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is not a smoke-filled establishment, says Materazzi. He installed a ventilation system that refreshes the indoor air every 90 seconds, and filters are replaced every month. â&#x2013; Ozio 1813 M St., 202-822-6000, If drinking a martini while puffing on a cigar is more your style, then Ozio, located just south of Dupont Circle, might be your place. The establishment features four floors, each with a different vibe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a restaurant, a lounge, a bar, a cigar bar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; any given evening, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all of those things,â&#x20AC;? said manager Jeri Lynn Metcalf. Cigar and cigarette smoking are allowed on the first two floors, the third floor is for hookahs, and all three can be smoked on the fourth floor, the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooftop lounge. It has a retractable roof, and with both air conditioning and heat lamps, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open year-round. Ozio offers a full menu and serves dinner until 11:30 p.m. Weekday happy hour runs from 5 to 8 p.m. DJs spin a variety of music,






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Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back Room has been a popular spot for smokers to relax and talk politics. The F Street establishment offers a full menu. ranging from Top 40 to hip-hop to international. Metcalf says the clientele tends to be in its 20s and 30s on weekends, while during the week professionals in their 30s and 40s frequent the establishment. Ozio can accommodate 800 people, and Metcalf says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often at capacity on the weekends. Ozioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cigar menu features about 50 varieties, ranging in price from $10 to $40 each. Individual humidor boxes can be rented, and patrons can bring their own cigars purchased elsewhere. â&#x2013; TG Cigars 1118 9th St., 202-289-8684, TG Cigar may have the most impressive selection of cigars in the city, with more than 3,000 varieties in stock from places like Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, according to owner Negest Dawit. Prices start around $10. The establishment, which opened in 2006, offers a small lounge where customers can smoke. Since TGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is really a cigar shop, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serve food or drink, but rather provide a comfortable space for customers to sample their purchase. TGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sells smoking accessories

and offers cigar-rolling and tasting events throughout the year. Dawit says her knowledgeable staff can help customers with their cigar purchases. â&#x2013; Civil 5335 Wisconsin Ave., 202-6382555, Before the year is out, a new upscale cigar bar called Civil is expected to open at the Chevy Chase Pavilion. John Anderson and Matthew Krimm, two of the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partners, own W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist, located downtown at 699 15th St., near the Old See Cigar Bars/Page CG15

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hether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re into pop art, orchids, French impressionists, Native American sculpture, genomes or cleaning up the Anacostia River, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exhibit for you opening up this season in Washington. A bona fide blockbuster this fall will be the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, being billed as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;first major exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? devoted to the pop artist since his death in 1997. The National Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season is especially strong this year and also includes an exhibit of French works on paper, ranging from the romantic to the neo-impressionistic, as well as a survey of the pre-Raphaelites, who set the art world on its ear in the mid-19th century. The Phillips Collection, with its focus on dialogues between artists, will open an exhibit in March that highlights the visual affinities and inspiring friendship between Jackson Pollock, Jean Dubuffet and Alfonso Ossorio. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, briefly jailed last year in China likely because of his public support of the Arab Spring uprisings, will bring a new exhibition to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which is still showing his circle of 12 zodiac animal heads around its fountain. Nature is the star at the National Museum of Natural History, whose annual orchid exhibit will focus on the crossroads where botany, horticulture and Latin American cultures meet. Also opening there are exhibits of marine photography and about genome research. Other highlights include an exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian of sculpture by contemporary Inuvialuit artist Abraham Anghik Rubin that envisions the prehistory of the North American Arctic. An exhibit at the Textile Museum reveals the rampant use of floral designs in Ottoman art. And anyone interested in saving the Anacostia River can find out how to do so at the Anacostia Community Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reclaiming the Edge.â&#x20AC;?


17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement.â&#x20AC;? Interactive exhibit about efforts to tame, clean and engineer urban rivers, including the Anacostia. Anacostia Community Museum through Aug. 18. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sultanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art.â&#x20AC;? Chronicles how the Ottoman court, beginning in the 16th century, came to embellish nearly every artistic creation with stylized tulips, carnations, hyacinths, honeysuckles, roses and rosebuds. Textile

Roy Lichtensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1961 painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Mickey,â&#x20AC;? a gift of the artist, is part of a retrospective of his paintings at the National Gallery of Art this fall. Museum through March 10. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shock of the News.â&#x20AC;? Highlights how artists have drawn inspiration from newspapers over the last century. National Gallery of Art through Jan. 27. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias.â&#x20AC;? The life of the Peruvian-American composer responsible for an official Spanish translation of the U.S. national anthem is examined through a selection of her possessions. National Museum of American History through April 28. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eyes of History 2012: White House News Photographers Association.â&#x20AC;? More than 70 photographs and videos from the annual competition of the White House News Photographers Association, including images of people and events around the world. Newseum through March 29. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540.â&#x20AC;? Shows the range of artistic production in Renaissance Augsburg through approximately 100 prints, drawings, illustrated books, medals and armor. National Gallery of Art through Dec. 31. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years.â&#x20AC;? Roughly 150 works by 20 photographers who explored portrait subjects in series. National Gallery of Art through Dec. 31. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Detroit Is No Dry Bones.â&#x20AC;? Photographs taken of Motown over the last 25 years by Camilo JosĂŠ Vergara show the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s precipitous decline and subsequent reinvention. National Building Museum through Feb. 18. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Detroit Disassembled.â&#x20AC;? Andrew Moore reveals the tragic beauty of Detroit in 30 monumentally scaled photographs, depicting the windowless grand See Exhibits/Page CG21

Early Amsterdam artwork shares local connection By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


ivic Pride: Dutch Group Portraits From Amsterdam,â&#x20AC;? a new exhibit now at the National Gallery of Art, turns out to have a local connection. One of the paintings includes an ancestor of the historian who wrote the exhibition brochure, a resident of Bethesda. There are only two works in the show, both from the 17th century, when a new genre of large-scale group portraits emerged in the Netherlands to depict leaders of civic and professional organizations. Rembrandtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night Watchâ&#x20AC;? is probably the most famous example of this genre. The later of the two portraits, painted in 1655 by Bartholomeus van der Helst, portrays the 11th-

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Henriette de Bruyn Kops and her ancestor Cornelis Jansz Witson

generation ancestor of Henriette de Bruyn Kops, who wrote the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brochure and works in the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Northern Baroque Paintings. His name is Cornelis Jansz Witsen, and he occupies the left-most chair at a table of five black-frocked gentlemen who are seen feasting and talking at the headquarters of the Amsterdam militia company they govern.

Governors of this same militia company, known as the Kloveniersdoelen, are the focus of the second painting as well. Painted by Govert Flinck 13 years earlier, it also shows five men at a table in their headquarters. They seem less merry, though, and more formally dressed, three even wearing stiff ruffled collars. This shows how rapidly tastes were changing and attitudes relaxing during the Dutch golden age, when the works were painted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civic Pride: Dutch Group Portraits From Amsterdamâ&#x20AC;? will remain on view for five years in the 7th Street lobby of the National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Building, Constitution Avenue at 6th Street NW. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 202-7374215;

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Wednesday, sepTember 12, 2012


Upcoming D.C. theater season brings great variety By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


omedies, tragedies, romances, extravaganzas and more take the stage this season in Washington. There are old favorites and world premieres, Broadway spectaculars and intimate, thoughtful meditations on the meaning of life. The roster includes everything from the profound to the just plain silly, as a look at the listings below will show. Hit musicals fill the season, beginning in November with â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Fair Ladyâ&#x20AC;? directed by Molly Smith at Arena Stage, followed by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaretâ&#x20AC;? in January by Keegan Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Dolly!â&#x20AC;? comes to Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre in March, in a coproduction with Arlingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Signature Theatre, and June brings Roundabout Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Award-winning production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything Goesâ&#x20AC;? by Cole Porter. Broadway sensation â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book of Mormon,â&#x20AC;? the winner of nine Tony Awards last year, arrives at the Kennedy Center in July, packing plenty of satirical songs. The Kennedy Center will also host another Broadway hit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Horse,â&#x20AC;? which won five Tony Awards last year. Opening in October, the play was adapted from a 1982 childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel that also served as the basis for a Steven Spielberg movie. An abundance of plays from Nordic countries are featured in the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival next February and March, including Henrik Ibsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wild Duckâ&#x20AC;? and an adaptation of Ingmar Bergmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fanny and Alexander,â&#x20AC;? as well as an adaptation of Franz Kafkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Metamorphosis.â&#x20AC;? Also at the center is a trilogy of plays about Irish emigration, arriving in October from County Galway courtesy of the Druid Theatre Company. Among the world premieres, the most promising may be â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Utopias,â&#x20AC;? created and performed by Mike Daisey (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobsâ&#x20AC;?). He looks at modern utopias from Burning Man to Disney World. The Shakespeare lineup begins with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamletâ&#x20AC;? and includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coriolanus,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelfth Night,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry Vâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale.â&#x20AC;? In the category of ribald and racy are a musical adaptation of the 1997 British film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Full Montyâ&#x20AC;? and John Malkovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Frenchlanguage revival of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Liaisons Dangereuses.â&#x20AC;? Families will enjoy an adaptation of Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre during the holidays.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamlet.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Globe brings the inexhaustible classic direct from London. Folger Theatre through Sept. 22. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invisible Man.â&#x20AC;? Adaptation of

Ralph Ellisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 novel about bigotry and its effects on both victims and perpetrators. Studio Theatre through Oct. 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Hot Patriot: The KickAss Wit of Molly Ivins.â&#x20AC;? Kathleen Turner portrays liberal Texas columnist Ivins in blend of personal anecdotes and political commentary. Arena Stage through Oct. 28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Body Awareness.â&#x20AC;? A comedy from Obie Award-winning author Annie Baker that touches on sexuality, identity, role models and political correctness. Theater J through Sept. 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.â&#x20AC;? The 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist portrays life in the world of professional wrestling. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Sept 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking Steps.â&#x20AC;? The Constellation Theatre Company performs the Alan Ayckbourn farce about six Brits who evade a ghost, sidestep their spouses and unwittingly bed-hop on three levels of a haunted former brothel. Source

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Night With Janis Joplinâ&#x20AC;? at Arena Stage and â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Horseâ&#x20AC;? at the Kennedy Center are among the highlights of the upcoming local theater season. through Oct. 7.


13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Government Inspector.â&#x20AC;? The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Nikolai Gogolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s witty and hilarious satire of provincial Russian bureaucracy. Lansburgh Theatre through Oct. 28. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;El desdĂŠn con el desdĂŠn/In Spite of Love.â&#x20AC;? Comedy by 17th-century Spanish playwright AgustĂ­n Moreto about a count and princess who fall in love in spite of themselves, in Spanish with English

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surtitles. GALA Hispanic Theatre through Oct. 7. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Watch.â&#x20AC;? The National Theatre of Scotland brings John Tiffanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production about the Scottish regiment at war. Sidney Harman Hall through Oct. 17. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Couple of Blaguards.â&#x20AC;? Frank and Malachy McCourt (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ashesâ&#x20AC;?) trace their journey from Ireland to Brooklyn. Keegan Theatre through Oct. 14. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fly.â&#x20AC;? Patriotic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Theatre through Oct. 21. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Night With Janis Joplin.â&#x20AC;? A tribute to the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s rocker includes some of her best-known tunes, as well as songs by musicians who influenced her. Arena Stage through Nov. 4.


10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Class.â&#x20AC;? Tadeusz Slobodzianek epic about the changes taking place in the lives of 10 Polish classmates, five Catholic and five Jewish, over the course of eight See Theater/Page CG19

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Music season ranges from traditional to avant-garde By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


ashington venues will serve up varied sounds in the coming months â&#x20AC;&#x201D; classical, jazz, pop, folk, opera and more are all on tap, from Shostakovich to Swedish avant-garde. Browse through the listings below for a sampling of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store for concertgoers over the coming months. Classical music lovers will find a full National Symphony Orchestra season that includes performances of Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missa Solemnisâ&#x20AC;? and an extended visit from pianist Lang Lang. Yo-Yo Ma will play Bach cello suites, and Richard Goode will perform late Beethoven piano sonatas. In November, various venues will participate in a Shostakovich festival. Early music and period performance are in good hands with the Folger Consort, presenting a season called â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Ayreâ&#x20AC;? that includes music of city, court and countryside

from long ago. The Washington Bach Consort celebrates its 35th season with diverse offerings by its namesake, including the monumental Mass in B minor, as well as works by other Baroque composers. South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela will visit Washington twice, once in the fall to celebrate the songs of migrants across Africa in a program called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Migration,â&#x20AC;? and again in the spring for an evening of jazz at Lisner Auditorium. Pianist Eddie Palmieri will bring his Latin jazz septet to town, and Washington-area native Roberta Flack will sing with the NSO Pops. A centennial program at the Kennedy Center will highlight folk legend Woody Guthrie, and the Washington Revels will present its 30th celebration of the winter solstice with early English and continental European music and dance in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Revels.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera is reviving its productions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Giovanniâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon Lescautâ&#x20AC;?

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Lang Lang (appearing at the Kennedy Center in November) and the Lark Quartet (appearing in January as part of Dumbarton Concerts) are among groups set to perform in D.C. and staging a brand-new production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norma.â&#x20AC;? It will open its season with Dallas Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Bolenaâ&#x20AC;? and feature a Christmastime family presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretel.â&#x20AC;? The company will close its season with something a little different â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Boat.â&#x20AC;? In the category of completely unusual is Midaircondo, a Swedish trio of women who will perform avant-garde sound art, electronica, jazz and melancholic pop early next year as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival, which also includes more-traditional fare. And expect something really new from Anonymous 4 in â&#x20AC;&#x153;love fail,â&#x20AC;? a program of song and story created in collaboration with composer David Lang.


15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Bolena.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera mounts Dallas Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the Donizetti tragedy about Anne Boleyn, the first of two wives beheaded by Henry VIII. Kennedy Center through Oct. 6. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Giovanni.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera revives John Pascoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darkly passionate production of the Mozart favorite. Kennedy Center through Oct. 9. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kings and Commoners.â&#x20AC;? The Washington

Bach Consort begins its 35th anniversary season with music commissioned for state occasions, marking this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidential race. National Presbyterian Church. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From the City of Shakespeare.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort visits London during the time of the Bard, with multi-instrumentalist Tom Zajac and tenor Aaron Sheehan. Folger Elizabethan Theatre through Sept. 30. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prelude: Songs We Love.â&#x20AC;? The In Series begins its 30th anniversary season with favorite songs from opera, cabaret and zarzuela and dances by the Washington Ballet Studio Company. Gala Theatre through Oct. 1. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra presents its Season Opening Ball Concert with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, featuring music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sarasate and Richard Strauss. Kennedy Center.


4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Kelly Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor perform Liebersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neruda Songsâ&#x20AC;? and vocal works by Tchaikovsky and Wagner. Kennedy Center through Oct. 6. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Washington Performing Arts Society presents pianist Richard Goode in a perfor6HUYLQJ=LS&RGHV 




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mance of Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sonatas Nos. 30, 31 and 32. Kennedy Center. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Washington Performing Arts Society presents a recital by Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan that includes Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Sonata in A major and works by Debussy, Ravel and others. Kennedy Center. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Land Is Your Land: A Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert.â&#x20AC;? A celebration of the life and work of folk singer Woody Guthrie with performances by Arlo Guthrie, John Mellencamp and many others. Kennedy Center. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Migration.â&#x20AC;? A musical tribute to the songs of migrants across the African continent created by South African trumpeter, composer and lyricist Hugh Masekela. Kennedy Center through Oct. 20. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Amor Brujo.â&#x20AC;? The Vida Guitar Quartet kicks off Dumbarton Concertsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 35th season with music by Bizet, de Falla and others. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Musica Latina.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington performs Latin American music. Lisner Auditorium. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glory of France.â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Society presents sacred and secular music from France accompanied on the largest pipe organ in Washington. Washington National Cathedral. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back in Town.â&#x20AC;? D.C.-area native singersongwriter Roberta Flack joins the NSO Pops. Kennedy Center through Oct. 27. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Washington Performing Arts Society presents violinist Paul Huang in sonatas by Beethoven and Saint-SaĂŤns and other works. Kennedy Center. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Amernet String Quartet performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quartet No. 11 and Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quartet No. 23 and joins pianist James Tocco in Franckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Quintet in F minor. Kennedy Center. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handel: Coronation Anthems, Dettingen Te Deum.â&#x20AC;? The City Choir of Washington performs Handel. National Presbyterian Church. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Invitation au Voyage.â&#x20AC;? Opera Lafayette opens its season with a program of chamber See Music/Page CG16

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DINING From Page CG5 quesa fresco; a lime tilapia torta sandwich with pineapple salsa and cotija cheese; duck enchiladas with salsa verde and Monterey Jack; and queso-stuffed chayote with salsa verde, portabello corn ragu and Mexican red rice. Entrees cost $9.95 to $22.95 â&#x2013; New Orleans Poboy Shop, 1205 19th St. NW, Cam McNair has wanted his own po boy shop since he was a kid living in the Big Easy. Last month, he fulfilled that childhood dream, launching his sandwich spot along with pal Justin Snyder, whom he met while cooking in Charlottesville, Va. Their new space has about a dozen indoor seats and twice that outside, but mainly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a to-go operation, offering authentic New Orleans cuisine from a guy who learned to cook there. Serves breakfast, lunch and early dinner (till 7 p.m.). There are 15 po boys on the menu, including Gulf shrimp grilled or fried with remoulade; house Carolina barbecue with carmelized onion and red slaw; and a Cubano with pork, turkey, swiss cheese and pickles. Gumbo is on the menu, which also features a â&#x20AC;&#x153;because we canâ&#x20AC;? list of daily specials. Sandwiches cost $6.50 to $11.


â&#x2013; Rasika West End, 1177 22nd St. NW, After earning major plaudits for his downtown restaurant, Rasika â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a James Beard nomination for his chef â&#x20AC;&#x201D; restaurateur Ashok Baraj expanded westward in March. His carefully designed new space offers modern and authentic Indian. Serves lunch and dinner. Dishes include crab pepper masala cooked on the tawa, or griddle; malai tikka chicken with cream cheese prepared on the sigri, or open barbecue; chicken pista korma made with cashew nuts and pistachio; and gobhi matter featuring cauliflower, green peas, cumin and ginger. Entrees cost $17 to $24.


â&#x2013; The Pig, 1320 14th St. NW, This fifth restaurant in the EatWell DC group, which opened in May, offers a â&#x20AC;&#x153;celebration â&#x20AC;Ś of a pig in all different cultures,â&#x20AC;? according to chef Garret Fleming, who came to the operation anxious to explore the animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varied offerings. Serves dinner and weekend brunch. Dishes include wild bear ragu with pappardelle and pecorino; crispy pig ears over an arugula salad; and crispy boar shank with spoonbread; along with some nonpork options. Small plates cost $6 to $11, and entrees cost $15 to $19. â&#x2013;  Izakaya Seki, 1117 V St. NW, This casual spot near U Street

aims to replicate the traditional izakayas found throughout Japan, where locals go to drink sake and nibble on food. Cizuka Seki opened the restaurant with her father, Hiroshi, who is classically trained in preparing Japanese food and ran a restaurant for years in St. Louis. Serves dinner. Dishes include mackerel house-cured with vinegar; farm-raised Chilean sea bass grilled with miso; fried chicken kara-age with garlic puree; and a kyona salad of arugula, mizuna, egg and tuna. Drinks include many varieties of shochu, by the glass or bottle, and about two-dozen bottles of sake. Dishes cost $7 to $18. â&#x2013; Tacos El Chilango, 1119 V St. NW, D.C. almost missed out on this new taqueria: Brothers Jesus Santacruz and Juan Antonio Santacruz, whose family taco business dates back to 1950s Mexico City, had spent two years looking for an Arlington brick-and-mortar home for their food truck business. Finally, Antonio took a glance at Craigslist and found this spot, which is just blocks from his home. They opened shop there in August. Serves dinner and Saturday lunch, with lunch hours to expand. Nine types of tacos are available: steak, chicken, pork, chorizo, beef tongue, steak/chicken with sausage, cheese with poblanos, cheese with avocado and cheese with mushrooms. Tacos cost $7.50 for three.


â&#x2013; Rosa Mexicano, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, This upscale Mexican chain started in 1984 in New York City and first came to D.C. a decade ago, adding a second local location â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its 13th nationally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just south of the D.C.-Maryland line in January. Rosa Mexicano is perhaps best known for its tableside preparation of guacamole, which comes with salsa, chips and house-made corn tortillas. Serves lunch, dinner and brunch.


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Dishes include roasted duck with mole poblano sauce, served with braised Brussels sprouts, black trumpet mushrooms and butternut squash dumplings; jumbo lump crab enchiladas with a creamy tomatillo sauce; and steak enchiladas topped with melted cheese and chile de ĂĄrbol salsa. Entrees cost $15.75 to $28.50.


â&#x2013; Bandolero, 3241 M St. NW, Chef Mike Isabella is wellknown to the foodies in this town: The former executive chef of Zaytinya took second place on season 8 of the TV show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chef All-Stars,â&#x20AC;? and then returned to D.C. to open Chinatownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Graffiato last year. He added Bandolero in Georgetown in May, offering modern Mexican flavors via small plates in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;loud, dark, Day of the Deadinspired retreat.â&#x20AC;? Serves dinner and Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunch (soon to add Thursday lunch and weekend brunch). Dishes include a pumpkin seed and jalapeno dip; suckling pig tacos with apple and habanero mustard; and nachos topped with crispy goat and white beans. Small plates cost $7 to $13. â&#x2013;  Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lobster, 1211 Potomac St. NW, Maine native and Georgetown University alum Luke Holden launched Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lobster in 2009 in Manhattan after finding the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobster roll options both overpriced and overmayonnaised. The Georgetown spot, which opened in August, is his eighth location nationally and third locally, after shops in Penn Quarter and Bethesda. Serves lunch and dinner. Dishes

Wednesday, september 12, 2012 include lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, as well as clam chowder, kettle chips and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. Rolls cost $8 to $15, with combo deals available. â&#x2013; Unum, 2917 M St. NW, Former Equinox sous chef Phillip Blane opened this spot in February to provide a casual neighborhood restaurant for locals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including himself and his wife, who live in nearby Burleith. Serves dinner. Dishes include bouillabaisse with rockfish and clams; braised lamb shank spiced with Indian seasonings; and Arctic char topped with a jicama slaw. Dinner entrees cost $10 to $25.


â&#x2013; Mayfair & Pine, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, One-time â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chefâ&#x20AC;? contender Emily Sprissler returned to the Washington area from out West to open a restaurant combining the focus on local, sustainable food she learned in California with the friendly atmosphere of a British pub. She and her husband launched the operation in July. Serves lunch and dinner. Dishes include beef Wellington nibbles made of puff pastry, sliced strip


steak and mushroom duxelles; a Thanksgiving sandwich with cranberry aioli, shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie with crème fraiche mashed potato topping; and rockfish topped with a citrus buerre blanc sauce. Entrees cost $19.50 to $32. â&#x2013; Slate Wine Bar, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Yahoo!-lawyer-turnedrestaurateur Elizabeth Banker is focusing on vino from around the world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pinot noirs from Oregonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willamette Valley and Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burgundy region are her favorites â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at her new establishment, which opened in August. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of food, too. Serves dinner. Dishes include samplers of Mediterranean, Italian and Spanish snacks; a caramelized pear salad; a crispy shrimp and pancetta club sandwich; and steak frites. Entrees cost $12 to $23.


â&#x2013; Chez Billy, 3815 Georgia Ave. NW, Chez Billy was expected in late 2011 but finally opened in April of this year, after the owners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who also run Marvin, Blackbyrd, Warehouse and more local spots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; remade the famous steakhouse/civil See Dining/Page CG15






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The project started near 9th Street and is progressing west, but has faced delays because of a delayed permit from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for excavation around Metrorail lines. The work is projected to be completed in the spring. Lane closures and parking restrictions will be in place in particular blocks where crews

From Page CG3 streets: The $6.4 million streetscape project, which began in June, includes rebuilding the street, adding new sidewalks, upgrading lighting and traffic signals, and improving storm drains.



From Page CG8 Lindsay, University of Richmond; Cahli Thomas, Delaware State University; Tyler Thornton, Duke University; and Will Rassman, Loyola University Maryland. ■ Football: Running back Alan Elder, Lafayette College; defensive lineman A.J Francis, University of Maryland at College Park; center Austin Gund, University of Richmond; quarterback Kevin Hogan, Stanford University; linebacker Eric Pittman, Howard University; defensive back Chris Speros, University of Richmond; wide receiver James Valeiras, University of Virginia; and defensive back Joe Watkins, Elon University. ■ Lacrosse: Connor Reed, Johns Hopkins University.

are working. ■ Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park: Work began in April to repave and reconfigure the roadway as part of a $3.75 million streetscape project, which is set to wrap up in December. The Transportation Department is replacing a travel lane with a center median and dedicated turn lanes, as well as resurfacing the road, upgrading street lamps and traffic signals, and

Hamilton College.

■ Baseball: Walter Albee, Brown University. ■ Basketball: Darian Hooker, Campbell University; and Tiffany Minor, Old Dominion University. ■ Fencing: Channing Foster, University of Notre Dame. ■ Football: Tom Abernethy, Davidson College; Sean Davis, University of Maryland at College Park; Brian Pourciau, Princeton University; and Ryan Simpson, Harvard University. ■ Soccer: Annie Case, Stanford University; and Jonathan Lipsey, Washington University. ■ Swimming: Claire Brown, Pomona College; and Anna Pietrantonio, Amherst College. ■ Tennis: Lauren Davis, Boston University. ■ Volleyball: Carolyn Bottelier, Skidmore College; Sierra DeLeon, Kenyon College; and Ally Martella,


■ Basketball: Caitlin McClure, Tufts University; and Aislinn Toohey, Bryn Mawr College. ■ Cross country/track: Lottie Hedden, Middlebury College; Bethany Leidl, Tufts University; and Hannah Wolfe, Oberlin College. ■ Dance: Katie Ingram, University of Maryland at College Park. ■ Fencing: Katharine Holmes, Princeton University. ■ Field hockey: Emma Grauberger, Williams College; and Julia Rivera, Trinity College. ■ Lacrosse: Vivian Butali, Dickinson College; Margaret Gabriel, Hamilton College; Annah Jamison, Amherst College; Julia Meier, Union College; and Alice Pfeifer, Middlebury College. ■ Rowing: Christina Bax, Stanford

adding pedestrian bulb-outs. Lane closures and bumpy road conditions will be the norm until the project is completed. It also includes work nearby at the corner of 37th Street and Tunlaw Road, where a reconfiguration effort is set to begin later this fall, transforming the K-shaped intersection into two separate conventional ones, with improved pedestrian facilities.

University; Alison Fauci, Stanford University; Lauren Liedel, University of Southern California; Christianne Molina, University of Pennsylvania; Cassandra Moshfegh, George Washington University; Maddie Mott, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Molly Sandza, Brown University; and Kelsey Slaughter, University of Pennsylvania. ■ Soccer: Maddie Basil, College of Charleston; Rachel Ing, Washington University; and Jordan Savold, Colorado College. ■ Softball: Julia Reed, Wesleyan University. ■ Squash: Camille Lanier, University of Pennsylvania. ■ Swimming: Caitlin Merley, Middlebury College; Christine Rholl, Bowdoin College; and Sarah Timreck, Swarthmore College. ■ Tennis: Caroline Baker, Elon University; Marjorie Baker, University of Virginia; Natalie Blosser, Harvard University; and Olivia Rauh, Colgate University. ■ Volleyball: Lauren Davis, University of Pennsylvania; Izzi Eberstadt, Catholic University; and Katherine Tauscher, Bucknell University.


■ Football: Linebacker Darin Drakeford, University of Maryland at College Park.



■ Baseball: Sam Stevens, Cornell University. ■ Basketball: Taylor Hilton, College of William & Mary; and Jamal Lewis, University of Pennsylvania.


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■ Cross country: Sydney Cogswell, Wesleyan University; Matthew Kim, Wesleyan University; Colin Losey, University of Chicago; John McGowan, Yale University; and Marisa Repka, Williams College. ■ Field hockey: Vivecka Mishra, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Ariana Spliotes, Williams College. ■ Lacrosse: Ian Johnson, Williams College; and Xian Siew Hew Sam, Swarthmore College. ■ Rowing: Hillary Caldwell, University of California at Los Angeles; and Lexi Rosenfeld, University of California at Berkeley. ■ Soccer: Philip Fleischman, Harvard University; Sam KernanSchloss, Brown University; Seth MacMillan, Princeton University; Bethany Robinson, University of Chicago; Frank Shaw, Yale University; and Kara Wilson, Duke University. ■ Swimming: Olivia Grinker, Yale University.


■ Football: Offensive lineman Gary Harraka, defensive lineman Andre Monroe and offensive lineman Pete White are all at the University of Maryland at College Park.


■ Baseball: Andrew Whitener, Princeton University. Note: The Current reached out to all of the schools in our coverage area to inquire about athletes but did not hear back from some.

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of more than two decades. ■ “Broadcast News” (1987): William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks received Academy Award nominations for their performances in this film, though none won. The story, about what it takes to succeed in a D.C. television news bureau — style or substance — still feels relevant today. ■ “Burn After Reading” (2008): This Coen brothers film removes the seriousness that attends most political thrillers, and the result is a black comedy that has a cast of stars scrambling after the memoirs of disgruntled CIA employee Osbourne Cox. Though filmed mainly in New York, locals will easily pick out the scenes shot in the city, particularly in Georgetown. ■ “Dave” (1993): Dave, played by Kevin Kline, is a presidential lookalike who gets drafted for the top job after the president has a stroke while canoodling with a young staffer. Soon even first lady Sigourney Weaver is taking a second look at the charming optimist in the Oval Office. ■ “The Exorcist” (1973): The film adaptation of the novel of the same name, this horror classic follows two priests as they attempt to exorcise a young Linda Blair. If you haven’t watched it in the decade

since more footage was added, now’s your chance. And to burn off calories from the popcorn, there’s always the Georgetown steps immortalized in the film’s ending. ■ “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939): This Frank Capra film was reviled by Washington insiders for its portrayal of a corrupt Congress when it was released. But it was a huge hit everywhere else and remains possibly the best dramatic rendition of a parliamentary procedure — the filibuster — in film. ■ “St. Elmo’s Fire” (1985): This Brat Pack classic features a group of self-absorbed Georgetown University graduates who are finding it hard to let go of their college days. The characters, who find themselves time and again at hangout St. Elmo’s Bar and Restaurant, may be hard to love, but at least the theme song isn’t. ■ “State of Play” (2009): A remake of a British miniseries, this American version follows journalists played by Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams as they try to unravel the murder of a congressman’s mistress. This retelling, which features scenes in Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant, includes a few American twists other than to the accents, including a storyline about the privatization of American military operations in the Middle East.

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rights hotspot Billy Simpson’s as a French bistro. Serves dinner and brunch. Dishes include roasted bone marrow with green tomato chow-chow; rabbit liver mousse with pickled peach; braised pork cheek with picholine olives and carrots; and Amish chicken breast served with roasted summer vegetables and pommes Anna. Dinner entrees cost $18 to $23.


■ 876 Café, 4221-B Connecticut Ave. NW, Brother-sister pair Moreen and Michael Wallace opened this upscale Jamaican restaurant in April to increase the options for their native food in Washington. She has a background in business, while he comes to the operation from cooking at Cafe Deluxe in Bethesda. Serves lunch, dinner and brunch. Dishes include ackee and saltfish spring rolls; peppered peeland-eat shrimp with spiced tomato chutney; and grilled hanger steak rubbed with Blue Mountain coffee and served with mashed sweet potatoes, spinach and mushooms. Dinner entrees cost $16 to $18.


■ La Forchetta (soon to be renamed Al Dente), 3201 New

Mexico Ave. NW, Originally planned as a casual pizza joint, La Forchetta morphed before opening in April into a rustic Italian eatery starring a familiar local chef: Roberto Donna, who had lost his Galileo empire amid legal issues. The chef is front and center at the new spot. Serves lunch, dinner and brunch. Dishes include cavatelli with pork sausage, asparagus and cherry tomatoes; risotto with shrimp, cuttlefish, zucchini and sundried tomatoes; and Cornish hens cooked “Al Mattone,” or with a brick. Entrees cost $16.95 to $19.95.


■ District Kitchen, 2606 Connecticut Ave. NW, Chef Drew Trautmann got his D.C. start as a Restaurant Nora chef, but his most recent — and lengthy — gig was with the restaurant group that owns Mendocino Grille, Sonoma and Redwood. He teamed with Jawad Saadaoui from that group to open District Kitchen in January in a neighborhood that was otherwise lacking in interesting community-oriented options. Serves dinner. Dishes include a selection of homemade pickles, smoked Maryland bluefish dip with grilled bread, and a roasted whole fish. Entrees cost $17 to $27.

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Ebbitt Grill. The shop, known as Draper’s, is the third-oldest tobacco store in the country, and this year it’s celebrating 125 years in business. (The team also owns a location in Bethesda.) While Draper’s has a lounge that seats 10 and accommodates up to 40 for store events, it doesn’t serve food or

drinks. Enter Civil, which Anderson says will be a high-end cigar bar serving small plates created by celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio, a runner-up on the sixth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Voltaggio is opening his own restaurant, Range, in the pavilion, and will create the menu for Civil. Civil will seat 105, and the 5,500-square-foot space will offer

private dining rooms with room for parties ranging from four to 40. Special dinner menus can be created for such events. There will be a strong emphasis on fine wine and high-end scotch, bourbon and vodka selections, Anderson said. The retail portion of Civil could be open by Nov. 23, with the lounge and restaurant component expected to open a month later.

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ever method is safest: staying in the same lane as the vehicle, changing lanes or riding off the road. ■ Can you ride side by side with other bikes? Two bikes are allowed to ride abreast when it doesn’t impede traffic.


Required by law: ■ A bell or other device that can give audible signals up to at least 100 feet. ■ For biking at night, you must have a device on the front of your bike that emits a white light (steady or flashing) that’s visible from 500 feet. On the back, you need a red reflector or red light (steady or flashing). Not required by law: ■ A helmet, unless you’re under age 16. (But it’s obviously recommended.)


When parking your bike, you’re not allowed to: ■ Lock it to any of the following: fire hydrants, police/fire call boxes, electric traffic signal poles, poles within bus zones, poles within 25 feet of an intersection, or trees under 10 inches in diameter. ■ Secure your bike at any one location for more than 12 hours. Bringing your bike on public transit: ■ Bikes are allowed on Metrobuses at any time of the day, and all city buses are equipped with racks to

carry up to two bikes. (Visit WABA’s site for loading instructions.) ■ For Metrorail trains, bikes are allowed at all times except for weekday rush hours: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Meaning, yes, they’re allowed on weekends and federal holidays — except July 4.) During the week, there’s a limit of two bikes per Metrorail car; on weekends, the limit is four. Cyclists should board through the first or last entrances on a Metro car, rather than a center door. Don’t bring bikes on escalators.


■ In general, treat cyclists the same way you would other drivers. So if you’re trying to take a left and a cyclist is coming in your direction, wait for the bike to get past you. ■ How to turn right if there’s a bike lane to your right: Correct procedure is for drivers to merge into the bike lane before the intersection, after yielding to bikes, then turn from that lane. Experts recommend signaling, making sure the bike lane is clear, then moving into the lane and signaling once more before turning. WABA offers a video on safe procedures at ■ Maintain a distance of at least 3 feet when passing a cyclist. ■ Avoid “dooring.” The law requires that you open your vehicle door without interfering with moving traffic (including bikes). If an accident happens, the driver is to blame.


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1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missa Solemnis.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through Nov. 3. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midori in Recital: 30th Anniversary Concert.â&#x20AC;? Violinist Midori and pianist Ozgur Aydin perform music by Beethoven, Crumb and Webern. Kennedy Center. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Christoph Eschenbach, piano, joins National Symphony Orchestra principal players in a program of Beethoven chamber works. Kennedy Center. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interpreting Shostakovich.â&#x20AC;? Dumbarton Concerts presents the PostClassical Ensemble as part of a Washingtonarea Shostakovich festival, along with scholars on the Soviet-era composer. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Virtuoso Bach.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort presents some of Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most virtuosic vocal and instrumental music. National Presbyterian Church. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lang Lang, piano, performs sonatas by Mozart and ballades by Chopin. Kennedy Center. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lang Lang and Christoph Eschenbach, pianists, play works for two pianos to be announced. Kennedy Center. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Lang Lang, performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piano concertos Nos. 2, 3 and 5 on a program that also includes orchestral works by DvorĂĄk and Richard Strauss. Kennedy Center through Nov. 10. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pocket Opera Double Bill: Love & Witchcraft.â&#x20AC;? The In Series presents Purcellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dido and Aeneasâ&#x20AC;? and De Fallaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Amor Brujo.â&#x20AC;? Source through Dec. 2. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Vasily Petrenko and violinist Sergey Khachatryan, play Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto in D major and Shostakovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 4. Kennedy Center through Nov. 17. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Essential Bernstein.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus performs Bernstein. Kennedy Center. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anonymous 4 brings â&#x20AC;&#x153;love fail,â&#x20AC;? a program of song and story created in collaboration with composer David Lang. Kennedy Center. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Nights.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington celebrates the holiday season. Lisner Auditorium through Dec. 1.


1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Glad Tidings.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort performs Bach cantatas for Advent and the Christmas season. National

Presbyterian Church. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Washington Performing Arts Society presents pianist LukĂĄĹĄ VondrĂĄcek performing sonatas by Haydn and Prokofiev and pieces by Brahms and Rachmaninoff. Kennedy Center. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort presents the perennial Washington favorite. Dumbarton United Methodist Church through Dec. 9. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Yo-Yo Ma performs selected cello suites by Bach. Kennedy Center. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Hans Graf and pianist Yuja Wang, plays Chopinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 1 and works by Tchaikovsky and Lutoslawski. Kennedy Center through Dec. 8. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Revels.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Revels presents its 30th celebration of the winter solstice with early music and dance from England and continental Europe, with Piffaro. Lisner Auditorium through Dec. 16. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Jazz Piano Christmas.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Top jazz performers play Christmas favorites. Kennedy Center. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Fine Arts Quartet performs Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death and the Maidenâ&#x20AC;? quartet and quartets by Haydn and Zimbalist. Kennedy Center. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Holidays!â&#x20AC;? Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the NSO Pops in this annual program of holiday classics. Kennedy Center through Dec. 16. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Kennedy Center Chamber Players perform the Brahms Scherzo from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;F-A-Eâ&#x20AC;? Sonata, Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arpeggioneâ&#x20AC;? Sonata and Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Quartet in G minor. Kennedy Center. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Music From the Trecento.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort travels to 14th-century Florence for seasonal music from just before the Renaissance, with vocal ensemble Trio Eros and multi-instrumentalist Christa Patton. Folger Elizabethan Theatre through Dec. 23. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Christmas in America.â&#x20AC;? Irish musicians and dancers celebrate the season. National Geographic. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Candlelight Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus presents its annual tribute to the season. Kennedy Center through Dec. 22. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Joy of Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Society presents its annual Christmas program with the Washington Symphonic Brass, Langley High School Singers, carillon and organ. Washington National Cathedral through Dec. 16. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Family Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents a theatrical concert with appearances by Santa, Frosty and Rudolph. Kennedy Center. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Holly and the Ivy: British Music for Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The City Choir of Washington celebrates the season. National Presbyterian Church.

17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Enchanted Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday celebration. Kennedy Center through Dec. 24. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra presents Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through Dec. 23. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretel.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera stages Engelbert Humperdinckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retelling of the familiar fairy tale. Kennedy Center through Dec. 23.


11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for the City of Light.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort presents music from the time of Louis XIV, with period strings, organ and Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chamber vocal ensemble. Washington National Cathedral through Jan. 12. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Tzimon Barto, plays BartĂłkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 2 in a program that also includes Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Egmontâ&#x20AC;? Overture and Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 2. Kennedy Center through Jan. 19. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Dan Zhu, plays Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grosse Fugeâ&#x20AC;? arranged for string orchestra, Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto No. 5 and BartĂłkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concerto for Orchestra. Kennedy Center through Jan. 26. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Clemenza di Tito.â&#x20AC;? The In Series stages Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last grand opera. Atlas Performing Arts Center through Feb. 2. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet performs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latinizedâ&#x20AC;? jazz standards and original works. Kennedy Center. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lalla Roukh.â&#x20AC;? Opera Lafayette stages the modern premiere of FĂŠlicien Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1862 comic opera set in Kashmir and filled with ballets. Kennedy Center. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Anniversary!â&#x20AC;? Celebrates the 35 anniversary of Dumbarton Concerts with the Lark Quartet and koto player Yumi Kurosawa playing Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Hagen and others. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brooklyn Rider, a group that pushes the boundaries of the string quartet, performs works by jazz and indie-rock composers. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shen Yun: Reviving 5,000 Years of Civilization.â&#x20AC;? Shen Yen Performing Arts combines classical Chinese dance and music to tell stories from Chinese legend to modern times. Kennedy Center through Feb. 3.


1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Monterey Jazz Festival arrives on tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash and Ambrose Akinmusire. Kennedy Center. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Angela Hewitt, piano, plays Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French Suites Nos. 5 and 6 and Toccata in D major, along with works by other composers. See Music/Page CG17

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MUSIC From Page CG16 Kennedy Center. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nevermore.â&#x20AC;? The Raven Consort presents the world premiere of Nicholas Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Raven,â&#x20AC;? along with Pergolesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stabat Mater.â&#x20AC;? Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living the Dream ... Singing the Dream.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choir joins with the Choral Arts Society of Washington to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy Center. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pink Martini celebrates Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with Latino dances, Italian jazz and French show tunes. Kennedy Center. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Big Fat Gay Wedding.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on dating, relationships and marriage. Lisner Auditorium. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bach for All Seasons.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort presents a program built around Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Eighteen Chorales,â&#x20AC;? BWV 651-668. National Presbyterian Church. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra opens the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival with a program featuring works by composers from all the Nordic countries. Kennedy Center. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Christoph von DohnĂĄnyi and violinist Renaud Capuçon, plays Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concerto in E minor, Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 4 and works by Henze. Kennedy Center through Feb. 23. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Midaircondo, a Swedish trio, presents avant-garde sound art, electronica, jazz and melancholic pop as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. Kennedy Center. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill.â&#x20AC;? The In Series takes a musical voyage from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Penny Operaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Deadly Sinsâ&#x20AC;? to Weillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prophetic Broadway musicals. Source through March 10. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ken Peplowski, jazz clarinetist, performs jazz with the Chuck Redd Trio in the Dumbarton Concerts series. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elijah.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus joins the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington and vocal soloists in the Mendelssohn oratorio. Kennedy Center. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solemn Vespers.â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Society sings the Rachmaninoff Op. 37 work. Washington National Cathedral. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Youth!â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Society presents its eighth annual high school choir festival and concert. Washington National Cathedral. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Pekka Kuusisto, performs Sibeliusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 and works by

other composers as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. Kennedy Center through March 2.


2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon Lescaut.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera revives John Pascoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the Puccini tragedy. Kennedy Center through March 23. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norma.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera presents a new staging of the Bellini masterpiece about doomed love. Kennedy Center through March 24. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honor and Remembrance.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Bach Consort performs honorary and memorial music by its namesake and Heinrich SchĂźtz. National Presbyterian Church. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Juho Pohjonen, a young Finnish pianist, performs works by Mozart, Grieg and Nielsen as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. Kennedy Center. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays works by Mendelssohn, Ravel and Sørensen as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. Kennedy Center. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucky You.â&#x20AC;? Legendary Irish group the Chieftains joins the NSO Pops. Kennedy Center through March 16. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celtic and Art Music.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort pays tribute to the music of Ireland and Scotland, with harpist Siobhan Armstrong, soprano Molly Quinn and period strings. Folger Elizabethan Theatre through March 17. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Xanadu.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington stages the Broadway musical extravaganza. Lisner Auditorium through March 17. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beethoven and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? The Carpe Diem String Quartet presents Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1, and works by later composers. Historic Dumbarton Church. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amit Peled, cello, joins pianist Alon Goldstein in music by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin. Kennedy Center.


4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Hugh Wolff and pianist Emanuel Ax, plays Chopinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program that also includes DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony No. 5 and Albertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rivering Waters.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through April 6. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Far Cry, a young Boston-based ensemble, performs Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eine Kleine Nacht Music,â&#x20AC;? Piazzollaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oblivion,â&#x20AC;? Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Serenade for Strings in C major and other music. Dumbarton United Methodist Church. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Maximilian.â&#x20AC;? The Folger Consort visits the Viennese court of Holy Roman emperor Maximilian I (1493-1519), with instrumentalist Dan Stillman, an ensemble of voices and period winds and strings. Folger Elizabethan Theatre through April 14. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hugh Masekela plays

jazz trumpet as part of the Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world music series. Lisner Auditorium. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaret Latino.â&#x20AC;? The In Series presents Latino song and dance. Source through April 21. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brass, Brahms and Britten.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington performs music for brass, organ and chorus. National Presbyterian Church. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Side by Side.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington pairs its vocal ensembles Rock Creek Singers and Potomac Fever in songs that range from classical to pop to Broadway. Church of the Epiphany. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamond Jubilee: A Coronation Anniversary Concert.â&#x20AC;? The City Choir of Washington celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, with the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir. Washington National Cathedral. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mass in B minor. The Washington Bach Consort performs Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monumental Mass. National Presbyterian Church. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Kalichstein-LaredoRobinson Trio performs Brahms, Beethoven and Silverman. Kennedy Center.


1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;ActĂŠon.â&#x20AC;? Opera Lafayette presents choreographer SeĂĄn Curranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s semi-staged production of the Charpentier opera with seven vocalists and a chamber ensemble. Kennedy Center through May 2. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Boat.â&#x20AC;? Washington National Opera stages a new production of the Kern and Hammerstein classic. Kennedy Center through May 16. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Carducci String Quartet plays Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quartet in A minor, Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emperorâ&#x20AC;?

Wednesday, september 12, 2012 quartet and DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americanâ&#x20AC;? quartet. Kennedy Center. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shai Wosner, piano, performs Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonata in D major, Allegretto in C minor and Impromptus, D899, along with music by Widmann inspired by Schubert. Kennedy Center. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Show Stoppers.â&#x20AC;? The Choral Arts Society of Washington joins Brian Stokes Mitchell in a Broadway salute. Kennedy Center. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Royal Occasion.â&#x20AC;? The Cathedral Choral Society presents music by Handel to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Washington National Cathedral. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobby McFerrin: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spirit you all.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? McFerrin and his band present new takes on familiar spirituals. Kennedy Center. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ute Lemper performs cabaret and jazz music. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Up Shoutinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus joins singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore to explore the African-American musical heritage. National Presbyterian Church. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor John Adams and pianist Jeremy Denk, plays Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Noir,â&#x20AC;? Ravelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto in G major and Respighiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fontana di Roma.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through June 1.


1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven.â&#x20AC;? The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington presents a nightclub-style show about the seven deadly sins. Lisner Auditorium through June 2. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pocket Opera Double Bill: Love & Temptation.â&#x20AC;? The In Series presents Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gianni Schicchiâ&#x20AC;? and Stravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The


Soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale.â&#x20AC;? Atlas Performing Arts Center through June 24. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legacy of Bob Marley.â&#x20AC;? A celebration of the legendary reggae singer. Kennedy Center. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music for a New Age.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Chorus performs music by Tarik Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Regan. National Presbyterian Church.

Venue Information

â&#x2013; Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE 202-399-7993; â&#x2013;  Church of the Epiphany 1317 G St. NW 202-347-2635; â&#x2013;  Dumbarton United Methodist Church 3133 Dumbarton St. NW 202-965-2000; â&#x2013;  Folger Elizabethan Theater 201 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-7077; â&#x2013;  Gala Theatre 3333 14th St. NW 202-234-7174; â&#x2013;  Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St. NW 202-994-6800; â&#x2013;  Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW 202-467-4600; â&#x2013;  National Geographic 1600 M St. NW 202-544-7077; â&#x2013;  National Presbyterian Church 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW 202-537-0800; â&#x2013;  Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW 202-408-3100; â&#x2013;  Source 1835 14th St. NW 202-204-7800; â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW 202-537-6200;






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LAWS: Did you know this?

CAR-FREE: How to ditch your car in D.C.

has stopped to respond to a fire alarm, no other vehicles are allowed to drive into the same block until told otherwise, except for drivers who need to be at the scene for official business. â&#x2013; They mean it about two-hour restrictions. The two-hour parking restriction in Residential Permit Parking areas doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just apply to a particular spot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the restriction throughout an entire zone. (RPP zones align to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ward boundaries and are not changing based on the recent redistricting.) Parking enforcement officers have license-plate reading equipment that can spot drivers who simply move their car around the corner every couple of hours, officials warn. â&#x2013;  Leave the leaves off the street. During the leaf collection season, rake leaves into treebox spaces rather than into the roadway itself, where they can clog storm drains and interfere with parking.

D.C. is Car2Go. Owned by Daimler Chrysler, Car2Go operates on a slightly different car-sharing model than the well-known Zipcar: Any one of the 200 blue-andwhite Smart cars in the fleet can be picked up and dropped off at almost any street parking spot in the city. Customers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a reservation, and there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assigned parking spots. And you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about paying for parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you can grab the car and go, and drop it off wherever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like. The company pays the District a lump sum for parking rights throughout the city. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a one-time registration fee of $35 and no annual membership fee, and cars can be rented by the minute at 38 cents plus tax or by the hour at $13.99. Daily rentals max out at $72.99. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an option to reserve cars up to 24 hours in advance, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the option to hold a car while running errands in order to use the same one for your return trip. Finding an available car is easy: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Car2Go app for phones, and the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website also offers an interactive map to locate available cars. Customers can see how much gas is in a car and what the interior condition might be like, and reservations can be made through either tool.

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Snow-covered sidewalk out front? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your job to keep it clear.

â&#x2013; Keep it clear. Residents are responsible for maintaining public space in front of their properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which includes the sidewalk and treeboxes, and even parts of the yard in some areas of the city. Residents must also clear snow or ice from a public sidewalk in front of their property within 24 hours after a storm.





From Page CG6 Another newcomer to the car-sharing scene is Hertz On Demand. There is no enrollment or annual fee, and cars can be rented by the hour (for $6.50 on weekdays and $8 on weekends), or by the day ($70 on weekdays or $80 on weekends.) Right now, Hertz has about 50 On Demand cars located throughout the District. Hertz has designated parking spots for its cars, but customers can book one-way trips, picking up at one location and dropping off in another. Cars must be reserved in advance, which can be done on the website or on the phone app; interactive maps on both show where available cars are located. The car-sharing option with perhaps the most rec-

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A great way to dip your feet into the waters of a car-free lifestyle is to take a pledge to go without the auto on Sept. 22. The international effort is being celebrated in D.C. with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feet in the Streetâ&#x20AC;? event sponsored by the National Park Service and the D.C. Department of Transportation at Fort Dupont Park in Southeast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since the event falls on a Saturday this year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re targeting leisure activities and Saturday trips, and how to do those car-free, rather than just focusing on commuter trips,â&#x20AC;? said Kristen Howard, a spokesperson with the D.C. Department of Transportation. A 5K run/walk will kick off the event, and other activities will take place throughout the day, including guided nature hikes, rock climbing and cooking demonstrations. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Capital Bikeshare, and Bike and Roll are participating in the event with giveaways. And there will be plenty of information about how to go car-free. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Deirdre Bannon

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International Car-Free Day to host events at Fort Dupont

ognized name is Zipcar. There are hundreds of Zipcar locations across the District, with designated parking spots on city streets, in private parking lots and at Metro locations. A wide range of cars are available to rent, and pickup trucks, for example, are often stationed at local hardware stores. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and phone apps help customers find available cars and make reservations. There is a $25 application fee and a $60 annual membership fee. Monday through Thursday, rates are $8 per hour or $74 per day, and Friday through Sunday, rates are $11.50 per hour and $83 per day. Cars can be reserved minutes before a rental or up to a year in advance; according to the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, about half of all reservations are made on the day the customer wants to use the car.

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THEATER From Page CG11 decades during the 20th century, as their country is occupied by first the Soviets, then the Nazis, then the Soviets again. Theater J through Nov. 4. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;DruidMurphy: Conversations on a Homecoming.â&#x20AC;? The first of three plays by Tom Murphy about Irish emigration presented by the Druid Theatre Company, this follows an Irishmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return from America to his homeland in the 1970s. Kennedy Center through Oct. 20. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dirt.â&#x20AC;? World premiere of Bryony Lavery (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frozenâ&#x20AC;?) play about dysfunctional people and relationships. Studio Theatre through Nov. 11. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;DruidMurphy: A Whistle in the Dark.â&#x20AC;? The second of three plays by Tom Murphy about Irish emigration presented by the Druid Theatre Company, it portrays an Irish familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to adapt to life in an English city during the 1970s. Kennedy Center through Oct. 20. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;DruidMurphy: Famine.â&#x20AC;? The last of three plays by Tom Murphy about Irish emigration presented by the Druid Theatre Company, it documents an Irish village facing starvation during the potato famine of the 1840s. Kennedy Center through Oct. 20. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Conference of the Birds.â&#x20AC;? Stage version of the 12thcentury Persian poem by Farid Uddi Attar about the search for the divine. Folger Theatre through Nov. 25. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Horse.â&#x20AC;? Tony Award-winning drama about a remarkable horse during World War I. Kennedy Center through Nov. 11.


2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Fair Lady.â&#x20AC;? Molly Smith reinterpretation of the beloved musical based on Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pygmalion.â&#x20AC;? Arena Stage through Jan. 6. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;All My Sons.â&#x20AC;? Arthur Miller drama about two machinists during World War II and their children. Keegan Theatre through Dec. 1. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;You for Me for You.â&#x20AC;? World premiere by KoreanAmerican playwright Mia Chung follows the perils of two North Korean sisters fleeing to the United States, presented in association with the New York-based Ma-Yi Theater Company. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Dec. 2. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.â&#x20AC;? This 100th-birthday celebration of Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life blends musical numbers, scenes from the folk-singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and excerpts from his progressive newspaper column. Theater J through Dec. 2. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aliens.â&#x20AC;? A subtle ode to the truth and compassion hidden in unexpected places, written by Annie Baker (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circle Mirror Transformationâ&#x20AC;?). Studio Theatre through Dec. 23.

14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.â&#x20AC;? The National Theatre of Scotland performs the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit about a woman on a journey of selfdiscovery. Presented by the Washington Shakespeare Company at a location to be determined. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream.â&#x20AC;? The Washington Shakespeare Company performs one of the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most enduring fables. Sidney Harman Hall through Dec. 30. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? Stage adaptation of the Dickens classic. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through Dec. 30. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jekyll & Hyde.â&#x20AC;? PreBroadway production of musical based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story. Kennedy Center through Nov. 25. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pullman Porter Blues.â&#x20AC;? Musical about three generations of porters in the 1930s. Arena Stage through Jan. 6.


6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Liaisons Dangereuses.â&#x20AC;? Actor and director John Malkovich directs this revival direct from the ThÊâtre de lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Atelier in Paris, in French with English surtitles. Lansburgh Theatre through Dec. 9. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irving Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s White Christmas.â&#x20AC;? Broadway musical based on the acclaimed Bing Crosby movie. Kennedy Center through Jan. 6. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Middle of No One.â&#x20AC;? Stand-up/sketch comedy/ physical theater extravaganza by the Pajama Men. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through Jan. 6. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrables.â&#x20AC;? The 25th anniversary tour returns to the District for a second engagement. National Theatre through Dec. 30. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Carol.â&#x20AC;? Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? loosely adapted and set in an Irish pub. Keegan Theatre through Dec. 31. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apples From the Desert.â&#x20AC;? Israeli drama about love

between a religious teenager and her secular kibbutznik boyfriend. Theater J through Jan. 6. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Million Dollar Quartet.â&#x20AC;? Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about a recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Kennedy Center through Jan. 6. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Iliad.â&#x20AC;? A storyteller grapples with the mythology, brutality and humanity of Homerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epic poem. Studio Theatre through Jan. 13.


2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contractions.â&#x20AC;? Drama about office sexual politics by British playwright Mike Bartlett. Studio Theatre through Jan. 27. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zorro.â&#x20AC;? The Constellation Theatre Company presents this swashbuckler about the legendary hero. Source through Feb. 17. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry V.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeare drama about an ambitious king. Folger Theatre through March 3. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Town.â&#x20AC;? Thornton Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meditation on the transience of human existence. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through Feb. 24. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaret.â&#x20AC;? Classic musical set in a Weimar cabaret on eve of Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to power. Keegan Theatre through Feb. 23. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mother****** With the Hat.â&#x20AC;? A parolee tries to change his life in this dark comedy. Studio Theatre through March 10. 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hughie.â&#x20AC;? The Shakespeare Theatre Company features Emmy-winning actor Richard Schiff in the title role of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play about a man threatened by the loss of his illusions. Lansburgh Theatre through March 17.


1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good People.â&#x20AC;? Social striving in South Boston gets realistic treatment by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rabbit Holeâ&#x20AC;?). Arena Stage through March 10. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grand Parade.â&#x20AC;?

Wednesday, september 12, 2012 Double Edge Theatre presents a kaleidoscopic exploration of the 20th century inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall. Arena Stage through Feb. 10. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Race.â&#x20AC;? David Mamet play about guilt, betrayal and racial posturing. Theater J through March 17. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La casa de los espĂ­ritus/ The House of the Spirits.â&#x20AC;? Caridad Svich adaptation of Isabel Allendeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel about the Trueba family amid the social and political upheavals of post-colonial Chile, in Spanish with English surtitles. GALA Hispanic Theatre through March 10. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphoses.â&#x20AC;? Six tales from Ovid are set to life at poolside by writer-director Mary Zimmerman, who won a Tony for the production. Arena Stage through


March 17. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Convert.â&#x20AC;? Obie Award winner Danai Guriraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama follows the travails of a young South African woman in 1895. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through March 10. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Metamorphosis.â&#x20AC;? Franz Kafkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale transformed for the stage and presented by Iceland theater collective Vesturport as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. Kennedy Center through Feb. 22. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bird in Magic Rain With Tears.â&#x20AC;? Multimedia play revolving around three intertwined characters, presented by Norwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winter Guests as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. See Theater/Page CG23


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LIBRARIES From Page CG7 graphic novel book club for teens the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013; What to check out: Branch manager April King said the library has a unique collection of hard-to-find or out-of-print books. â&#x2013;  Coming up: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Spring,â&#x20AC;? the library will host a screening of a documentary about the environmentalist and her book on Sept. 13. Then on Oct. 26, the Friends of the Palisades Library will host a donated-book sale.


The Petworth branch reopened after a renovation in spring 2011

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with a new cupola and a 100-person meeting room at 4200 Kansas Ave. Petworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circulation this past year was 97,436 books and movies. â&#x2013; Programs: The branch puts its own spin on childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storytime, holding it Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with a pajama theme. There are additional childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s readings at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re well-attended is probably an understatement,â&#x20AC;? said branch manager LeoNard Thompson. â&#x2013;  What to check out: The library has just wrapped up Anti-Boredom Month, which it plans to repeat. During the period, the Petworth staff pulled out â&#x20AC;&#x153;hidden gemsâ&#x20AC;? from their collection to encourage new hobbies like making toys. â&#x2013;  Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular: Besides the Mount Pleasant branch, Petworth

has the largest Spanish collection of any library in the city, including movies and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books.


This recently renovated branch at 1630 7th St. is named after plumber and civic activist Watha T. Daniel, who worked to raise funds to help rebuild the Shaw neighborhood after the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1968 riots. The library opened in 1975 and today has a circulation of 92,244 items. â&#x2013; Programs: The branch has childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see thousands of children a month,â&#x20AC;? said branch manager Eric Riley. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a book club on Nobel Laureate writers on Saturday mornings. â&#x2013;  What to check out: The Shaw branch hosts a monthly music salon that will start again in October. Special guest speakers come to talk about D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music history, from Chuck Brown and go-go to bluegrass and The Bayou. â&#x2013;  Most popular books: Riley said the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Thronesâ&#x20AC;? series has been very popular, as are many selections in the branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DVD collection, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Bloodâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Walking Dead.â&#x20AC;?


The branch is also known as the Juanita E. Thornton Library to honor the retired D.C. schoolteacher who started a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books Not Burgersâ&#x20AC;? campaign to build the facility at 7420 Georgia Ave., where a fastfood company was planning a franchise location. Today the 22-yearold library has a circulation of about 43,000. â&#x2013; Programs: Shepherd Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storytime is on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. The branch has a Black Voices





Book Club that focuses on AfricanAmerican literature, meeting every third Monday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013; What to check out: The library has a robust urban fiction collection, and the African-American reference section is strong as well, with encyclopedias, almanacs and guides on black history. â&#x2013;  Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular: According to branch manager Emilie Lamb, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gone Girlâ&#x20AC;? by Gillian Flynn is popular at the library, as is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shades of Grey.â&#x20AC;?


As the oldest of the 25 public libraries in D.C., the Takoma branch celebrated its 100th birthday last year. It was also the first branch to undergo a renovation during the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest round of upgrades, starting in 2008. Located at 416 Cedar St., the branch loaned out 72,231 books and movies last year. â&#x2013; Programs: Like Petworth, the Takoma branch also does a pajama storytime, which takes place on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. It also offers popular introductory Spanish classes, which will start up again next month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and usually have a waitlist. To sign up, call the branch at 202-576-7252. The library also has a Spanish author book club, conducted entirely in Spanish, that will start up on Sept. 27. â&#x2013;  What to check out: The branch is the first in the city to get a Wildlife Habitat Garden from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of the Environment. Community members put in native plants to attract wildlife in the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard. â&#x2013;  Coming up: The library will have a Halloween party this October with a fortuneteller, face painting and pumpkin decorating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will make it spooky, but not too spooky,â&#x20AC;? said branch manager Rachel Meit.


Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been almost two years since the reopening of the new TenleyFriendship Library after a complete renovation. This branch, at 4500

Wisconsin Ave., has the highest circulation in Northwest, loaning out almost 175,000 books and movies each year. Librarian Leslie Griffin credits the branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity to its central location near a Metro stop and several schools. â&#x2013; Programs: Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; storytimes, held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., are popular, and the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s librarian often brings her ukelele to spice up the readings. There is also a well-attended history and biography book club that meets on the fourth Monday of every month. â&#x2013;  What to check out: The library is hosting a showing for teens of the movie based on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hunger Gamesâ&#x20AC;? novel on Sept. 12, and the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library group is hosting a donatedbook sale on Sept. 22. â&#x2013;  Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular: Griffin said the entire library system canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gone Girlâ&#x20AC;? by Gillian Flynn.


This branch, at 1101 24th St., has only a few more months left in its building before a renovation begins in January 2013. The new library will be housed on the ground floor of a new condominium complex, with a temporary facility planned elsewhere during construction. Currently, the branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circulation is a little over 168,000. â&#x2013; Programs: There are now three childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storytimes: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. An adult book club meets every third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., and every other Monday a librarian holds a movie night in the reading room. â&#x2013;  What to check out: Branch manager Karen Blackman-Mills said the library has a large collection of biographies that are popular in the senior community. â&#x2013;  Coming up: The book club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ox-Bow Incidentâ&#x20AC;? by Walter Van Tilburg Clark on Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m., and there will be a screening of the film based on the novel on Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m.











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EXHIBITS From Page CG10 hotels, vast barren factories, collapsing churches, offices carpeted in velvety moss and entire blocks reclaimed by prairie grass. National Building Museum through Feb. 18.


4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Rubin.â&#x20AC;? The prehistory of the North American arctic is envisioned by the Inuvialuit sculptor. National Museum of the American Indian through January. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture.â&#x20AC;? Eclectic selection of 26 richly layered paintings and 11 bronze models by the 74-yearold Danish-born Kirkeby, one of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most celebrated artists. Phillips Collection through Jan. 6. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ai Weiwei: According to What?â&#x20AC;? Approximately 25 works made since 2000 by Ai Weiwei, one of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through Feb. 24. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masterpieces of American Furniture From the Kaufman Collection, 1700-1830.â&#x20AC;? Nearly 80 examples of early American furniture and decorative arts, augmented by a selection of porcelains and watercolors from the same collection. National Gallery of Art indefinitely. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing the Sublime: Photographs From the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection.â&#x20AC;? Eleven photographs document how artists use the camera to capture the sublime beauty and human destruction of the natural world, including works by Ansel Adams, Edward Burtynsky and others. Phillips Collection through Jan. 13. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets.â&#x20AC;? Beginning with Walt Whitman, the exhibit presents portraits and quotations to show how poets contributed to the making of American literature. National Portrait Gallery through April 28. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fabulous! Portraits by Michele Mattei.â&#x20AC;? Portraits of women who have devoted their lives to the arts. National Museum of Women in the Arts through Jan. 13. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.â&#x20AC;? Some 130 of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings from all periods of his career are presented along with a selection of related drawings and sculpture. National Gallery of Art through Jan. 13.


2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Fiber â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Women to Watch 2012.â&#x20AC;? Third installment of a biennial series about underrepresented artists around the world, focusing this year on fiber and fiber techniques in contemporary art. National Museum of Women in the Arts through Jan. 6. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ivan Sigal: White Road.â&#x20AC;? Nearly 100 photographs

taken by Sigal between 1998 and 2005 in Central Asia and his accompanying text address the question of what remained after the Soviet Union was dismantled. Corcoran Gallery of Art through Jan. 27. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recent Acquisitions.â&#x20AC;? Newly acquired paintings, sculpture and photographs. National Portrait Gallery through Oct. 27, 2013. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVII.â&#x20AC;? A detailed archive of photographs and text created by Simon between 2008 and 2011 as she traveled around the world documenting bloodlines and their associated stories. Corcoran Gallery of Art through Feb. 24. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enoc Perez: Utopia.â&#x20AC;? Presents two new bodies of work by Perez, who combines photography, paintings and printing techniques. One includes eight images of the

Marina Towers in Chicago, and the other is a commissioned work that portrays Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watergate building. Corcoran Gallery of Art through Feb. 10. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War and American Art.â&#x20AC;? Paintings and photographs related to the Civil War by Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Church, Winslow Homer, Alexander Gardner, Timothy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan and many others. Smithsonian American Art Museum through April 28. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge.â&#x20AC;? Explores how the definition of drawing has been expanding. National Portrait Gallery through Aug. 18. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.â&#x20AC;? Presents more than 200 objects to show the impact of ancient trade routes that traversed the Arabian Peninsula. Arthur M. Sackler

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13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nam June Paik: Global Visionary.â&#x20AC;? Examines the creative method of a leading 20th-century artist. Smithsonian American Art Museum through Aug. 11. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963.â&#x20AC;? The National Museum of African American History and Culture joins the National Museum of American History to highlight two milestones in the advancement of civil rights. National Museum of American History through Sept. 15.


7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Central Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Past Revealed: Ceramica de los Ancestros.â&#x20AC;? Explores the exchange of ideas about art, culture, politics


and technology within the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largely unknown civilizations. National Museum of the American Indian indefinitely. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchids of Latin America.â&#x20AC;? Annual orchid exhibit this year explores the crossroads where botany, horticulture and Latin American cultures meet. National Museum of Natural History through April 21. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels From Delacroix to Signac.â&#x20AC;? Some 100 works assembled by one of the most astute American collectors of 19th- and 20th-century French works on paper, ranging from the romantic to the neo-impressionist. National Gallery of Art through May 26.


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Dubuffet.â&#x20AC;? Approximately 53 paintings and works on paper from 1945 to 1958 highlight visual affinities and inspiring friendship between the three artists. Phillips Collection through May 12. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palaces for the People: Guastavino and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Public Spaces.â&#x20AC;? Tells the story of Rafael Guastavino Sr. (1842-1908), whose vaulted tile mosaics grace some of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandest build-

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ings. National Building Museum through Sept. 2. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 18481900.â&#x20AC;? Features about 130 paintings, sculpture, works on paper and decorative art objects by artists who shook the mid-19th-century art world by rejecting traditional approaches to painting. National Gallery of Art through May 19. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.â&#x20AC;? Some 200 works demonstrate that todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digitally altered photographs are part of a tradition that extends back to the beginning of photography. National Gallery of Art through May 5. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry.â&#x20AC;? Celebrates the vitality and diversity of the ocean through 20 images by a photographer who has been featured in Smithsonian, National Geographic and Audubon magazines. National Museum of Natural History through June 2014.


22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa.â&#x20AC;? Approximately 100 artworks examine the conceptually complex and visually rich association between African artists and the land. National Museum of

African Art through Jan. 5, 2015.


13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genome: Decoding Our Future.â&#x20AC;? Shows how pioneering work on genomes has given us a new way of looking at our health, ancestry and world. National Museum of Natural History through June 2014. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;? Presents portraits of the civil rights leader and describes his life and contributions to American history. National Portrait Gallery through June 2014.

Museum Information

â&#x2013; Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place SE Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 1050 Independence Ave. SW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  Corcoran Gallery of Art 510 17th St. NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for children ages 12 and younger 202-639-1700; â&#x2013;  Freer Gallery of Art 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily




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202-633-1000; â&#x2013; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  National Air and Space Museum 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-2214; â&#x2013;  National Building Museum 401 F St. NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors 202-272-2448; â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 202-737-4215; â&#x2013;  National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave. SW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-4600; â&#x2013;  National Museum of American History 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  National Museum of Natural History 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  National Museum of the American Indian 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave. NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. 202-783-5000; â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery 8th and F streets NW Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  National Postal Museum 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 202-633-5555; â&#x2013;  Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Admission: $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors; $12.95 for children; free for ages 6 and younger 888-639-7386; â&#x2013;  Phillips Collection 1600 21st St. NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Admission: Varies 202-387-2151; â&#x2013;  Renwick Gallery 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Drive SW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  Smithsonian American Art Museum 9th and G streets NW Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily 202-633-1000; â&#x2013;  Textile Museum 2320 S St. NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: Suggested donation of $8 202-667-0441;

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THEATER From Page CG19 Kennedy Center through Feb. 21. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;August.â&#x20AC;? Wordless comedy about the basic things in life, presented by Denmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teatret as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through Feb. 24. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wild Duck.â&#x20AC;? Henrik Ibsen classic performed by Norwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Theatre as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. Kennedy Center through Feb. 27.


2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Warmblooded.â&#x20AC;? Chronicles the diminishing fortunes of a former farm family that now lives under a highway overpass, presented by Finlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tampere Workers Theatre as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013â&#x20AC;? festival. Kennedy Center through March 3. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fanny and Alexander.â&#x20AC;? Ingmar Bergman film transposed to the stage and presented by Swedenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Dramatic Theatre (once directed by the filmmaker) as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nordic Cool 2013.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy Center through March 9. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Dolly!â&#x20AC;? Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre and Arlingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Signature Theatre join forces for the popular musical farce. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre through May 18. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary T. & Lizzy K.â&#x20AC;? World premiere of an Arena Stage commission about the unlikely friendship between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, the freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. Arena Stage through April 28. 16â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Behanding in Spokane.â&#x20AC;? Martin McDonaghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s macabre tale skewers many aspects of American daily life. Keegan Theatre through April 6. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Utopias.â&#x20AC;? World premiere created and performed by Mike Daisey (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobsâ&#x20AC;?) that looks at various modern utopias, from Burning Man to Disney World. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through April 14. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;4000 Miles.â&#x20AC;? An aimless grandson and his isolated grandmother find commonality. Studio Theatre through April 28. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coriolanus.â&#x20AC;? The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents its namesakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragic tale of a deposed, vengeful king. Sidney Harman Hall through June 2. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wallenstein.â&#x20AC;? The Shakespeare Theatre Company performs poet laureate Robert Pinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly commissioned adaptation and translation of Friedrich Schillerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama about a Bohemian general during the Thirty Yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; War. Sidney Harman Hall through June 2. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mountaintop.â&#x20AC;? Imagines the last night of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Arena Stage through May 12.


3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andy and the Shadows.â&#x20AC;? World premiere by Theater J artistic director Ari Roth about a young man on the verge of marriage hav-

ing second thoughts because he fears he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suffered enough. Theater J through April 28. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Orleans Bingo! Show.â&#x20AC;? A multimedia tour through the Big Easy with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, acrobats, bingo games and more. Kennedy Center. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;La historia de Roberto Clemente/The Roberto Clemente Story.â&#x20AC;? Musical about the Puerto Rican-born baseball player. GALA Hispanic Theatre through May 26. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pas de Deux.â&#x20AC;? Two oneact plays about coupling, â&#x20AC;&#x153;2-2 Tangoâ&#x20AC;? by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skin Tightâ&#x20AC;? by New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gary Henderson. Studio Theatre through May 19. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other Desert Cities.â&#x20AC;? A 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, the comedy-drama follows the return of a liberal daughter to her conservative family for a Christmas reunion after a six-year absence. Arena Stage through May 26. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelfth Night.â&#x20AC;? Romantic comedy by Shakespeare. Folger Theatre through June 9.

and lyrics by David Yazbeck. Keegan Theatre through June 1. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale.â&#x20AC;? The Shakespeare Theatre Company stages this late romance from the Bard. Lansburgh Theatre through June 23. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Real Thing.â&#x20AC;? Tom Stoppard play exploring the complex relationship between a playwright and his actress wife. Studio Theatre through June 30. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Guardsman.â&#x20AC;? New production of the 1920s Broadway comedy that starred Lunt and Fontanne as newlywed actors. Kennedy Center through June 23. 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stupid ****ing Bird.â&#x20AC;? World premiere by Aaron Posner that riffs irreverently on Anton Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seagull.â&#x20AC;? Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through June 23. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hampton Years.â&#x20AC;? World premiere by Jacqueline E. Lawton about the influence of Jewish refugee painter Viktor Lowenfeld on African-American artists during World War II. Theater J through June 30.



2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gilgamesh.â&#x20AC;? The Constellation Theatre Company performs the verse play by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Chad Gracia about an ancient Sumerian kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest for immortality. Source through June 2. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Full Monty.â&#x20AC;? Americanized version of the 1997 British film of the same name, featuring a book by Terrance McNally

11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything Goes.â&#x20AC;? Roundabout Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Award-winning production of the Cole Porter musical comedy. Kennedy Center through July 7. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rabbit Hole.â&#x20AC;? Pulitzer Prize-winning David LindsayAbaire story about a family dealing with the accidental death of their 4-year-old daughter. Keegan Theatre through July 13. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Universe.â&#x20AC;? A mul-



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9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book of Mormon.â&#x20AC;? Tony Award-winning Broadway musical satire of religion. Kennedy Center through Aug. 18. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rocky Horror Show.â&#x20AC;? 40th anniversary production of the hit musical about the misadventures of two young lovers stranded in an old castle filled with space aliens. Studio Theatre through Aug. 4.

Theater Information â&#x2013; Arena Stage 1101 6th St. SW 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  Folger Theatre 201 East Capitol St. SE 202-544-7077; â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre 511 10th St. NW 202-426-6924; â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatre 3333 14th St. NW 202-234-7174; â&#x2013;  Keegan Theatre


Performance space: Church Street Theater 1742 Church St. NW 703-892-0202; â&#x2013; Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW 202-467-4600; â&#x2013;  Lansburgh Theatre 450 7th St. NW 202-547-1122; â&#x2013;  National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 800-447-7400; â&#x2013;  Sidney Harman Hall 610 F St. NW 202-547-1122; â&#x2013;  Source 1835 14th St. NW 202-204-7800; â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre 1501 14th St. NW 202-332-3300; â&#x2013;  Theater J Performance space: Washington DC Jewish Community Center 1529 16th St. NW 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 641 D St. NW 202-393-3939;

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Upcoming FREE Family-Friendly Events! Georgetown Community Day Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:30 am

Georgetown University invites the campus and local community to celebrate Georgetown Community Day! Georgetown Athletics will be offering discounted tickets to the Georgetown vs. Yale Football Game ($5.00 for adults and FREE for youth). Additionally, there will be a FREE pre-game tailgate with food, face-painting, games and much more!

Hoya Fall Picnic

Saturday, September 22, 2012 11:30 am - 2 pm

Our neighbors and all members of the University community are invited to join us for this fun, family friendly event. Enjoy free food, entertainment, games, activities & prizes.

Family Movie Night on Copley Lawn Friday, September 28 7:30 pm (Movie will begin at 8 pm)

Bring your family for a movie night on Copley Lawn, just inside the campus gates. Watch Brave, munch on popcorn and cotton candy and enjoy fall on the Hilltop. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your picnic blankets!

All events are free and open to our neighbors. To RSVP or for questions:

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

September 12, 2012 â&#x2013; Page 41

New Tudor-style home is stylish addition to Crestwood


restwood residents driving in and out of Rock Creek Park recently may have noticed a specimen rarer than the

next space: the kitchen. No need to choose between form and function here, as cooks will welcome the high-end appliances and acres of counter space, while aesthetes will love the dramatic marble countertops. These arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hard-to-maintain white marble, either, but slabs swirling in earth tones and treated to withstand the rigors of a working kitchen. That marble also tops a large island that features a long curve on one end designed to accommodate the guests who will surely flock to this spot. Visitors may note that the parchment-hued cabinetry here lacks hardware, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by design, according to Realtor Doug Ford. The builder will work with the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buyer to find knobs and pulls that suit future residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tastes. Similarly, the builder will custom-fit closets and do a final appliance installation, which will include adding a washer, a dryer and a movie projector in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom level. Some of the more impressive technological selling points here are hard to see. A sound system that runs throughout the ground floor and in upstairs halls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as a separate system in the master suite


areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typical deer and squirrels: A large home on Blagden Avenue stands out for both its new construction and, counterintuitively, the ease with which it fits into the surrounding neighborhood. Retaining little more than the foundation of the home previously on the site, this new property adopts the Tudor vernacular spotted on many Crestwood homes, with warm gray half-timbering atop a stone and brick base. But the dark-and-stormy feel that some older Tudor interiors have is nowhere to be found here. Ample windows are enough â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even on an actual dark-and-stormy day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to keep rooms light and bright. A sunny living room, for example, gets its light from a deep bay thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four windows in breadth. On an adjacent wall, a large fireplace provides another focal point. For many potential buyers, though, the big draw waits in the

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a boon for entertainers. And for those who prefer the sound of silence, amped-up acoustic insulation in that master suite is a feature thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to beat. The ground floor may be a natural for entertaining, but there are cozy family spots here as well, including a breakfast room with windows on three sides that looks out on the terraced rear yard. Lighted stairs lead past those terraces to a parking pad which, according to Ford, was made durable enough to hold a garage. A separate dining room also waits on the ground floor, as does a flexible spot that can be used as a family room, a home office or â&#x20AC;&#x201D; since it includes a full bath â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a ground-floor bedroom. The last is a feature popular with buyers who expect to host an aging parent at some point, or who hope to age in place themselves. Upstairs, the peaceful master suite gets sunlight from another deep bay that faces Blagden Avenue, but the adjoining sitting room and sumptuous master bath


A Star Is Born

Simply Elegant

Chevy Chase. Beautiful new construction by Georgetown Custom Homes features an open floor plan with grand radial staircase, gourmet kitchen/ family room with sweeping views of estate-size grounds, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths; 2-car garage. $2,350,000 Karen Kuchins- 301-275-2255 Eric Murtagh- 301-652-8971

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

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This six-bedroom, 6.5-bath home on Blagden Avenue is priced at $1,425,000. open to a wooden deck overlooking the rear yard. Like the kitchen, the bath â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which waits near two walk-in closets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a sophisticated spot likely to draw in buyers. Tilework is especially impressive, with pearl-gray squares climbing to the ceiling and warmed by a stripe of chocolatebrown accent tile. A spa tub sits under a window, and a separate shower is opposite. Two more bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of which also opens to the terrace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and baths are on this level, and the top floor sports two additional bedrooms and one full bath. A bottom level includes useful spots, such as a laundry room, and

fun ones, like a media room with a home theater system. A sixth bedroom and full bath also are found on this level. A final space is a flexible one with tons of potential uses, including a playroom or home gym. And spread throughout this level, three sump pumps ensure that the rooms here are kept nice and dry. A few blocks down Blagden Avenue is Rock Creek Park and the parkway, which offers easy access to downtown or to Silver Spring. This six-bedroom, 6.5-bath home at 4705 Blagden Ave. is offered for $1,425,000. For details, contact Realtor Doug Ford of Long & Foster Real Estate at 202-210-3673 or

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Amazing Space

Adams Morgan. Cathedral views from this 1700 sf loft w/410 sf roof deck. 2 MBR suites + den & loft space. Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen w/pantry. Renov. baths w/Traventine. Hrdw flrs, gated pkg, storage shed. Pet friendly. $995,000. Andrea Evers 202-255-8934 Melissa Chen  202-744-1235

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Classic Beauty

Nestled In the Trees

Berkley/Palisades. Charming home in this most desirable close-in neighborhood. Main level w/2Brs, BA + den, 2 BRs, BA up & LL fam rm w/frpl & French drs, 1.5 BAs. Patio, garden, garage. $875,000 Emily Karolyi 202-257-9270

Bannockburn, Bethesda. Elegant Split Level on cul de sac in heart of this sought after area. 4 BRs, 3 BAs. TS kitchen opens to patio & huge landscaped yard. Fam rm, MBR suite. 1 car attached garage.$799,000 Beverly Nadel    202-236-7313 Melissa Brown  202-469-2662


Bright & Spacious

Observatory. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this spectacular one bedroom condo w/garage parking. Hardwood floors, sep. dining area, walk-in closet & plantation shutters. Pet friendly bldg. Walk to Glover Park - Georgetown. $199,900 Kate Sheckells 301-806-4450 Trish McKenna 301-367-3973

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 4 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioner Tom Birch showed photos from the previous night of overloaded trash bins with open lids at Marvelous Market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creating a buffet for rats,â&#x20AC;? he said. Curtis Gabriel of the D.C. Department of Health said her agency has not issued any violation notices to the market because during the day, when inspectors make checks, everything is in order. When commissioner Bill Starrels urged the department to send an inspector before 6 a.m., Gabriel said she would look into the possibility. Shawn Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Quinn, representing Marvelous Market, reported that the market is installing lockable containers with metal tops and has already installed a power trash compactor. When commission chair Ron Lewis complained that Marvelous Market has â&#x20AC;&#x153;had plenty of noticeâ&#x20AC;? and has been slow to respond, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Quinn apologized. â&#x2013;  John Weibenson, operations director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, told commissioners that his organization has donated 10 cameras to the Metropolitan Police Department and increased its budget for police overtime to $300,000. Richard Hinds of the Citizens Association of Georgetown said his organization has cancelled its budget for police reimbursable details since it has not been able to recruit officers familiar with the area. He also described his associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security camera pilot program, which has installed three cameras that can be accessed by police and citizens who have filed a police report. â&#x2013;  Scott Nelson of Georgetown Park said his firm, Vornado, is in advanced discussions with several major tenants for 300,000 square feet of retail space in the mall, but he was not able to give names. The mall hopes to offer each retailer an entrance on either Wisconsin Avenue or M Street. The parking garage is undergoing a $7 million rehabilitation, which should be completed by next spring. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to approve the planned holiday decorations by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Shophouse LLC for a special exception that would allow for a high-end, 42-seat fast-food establishment at 2805 M St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to comment on a special exception request for an accessory structure at 1404 35th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners decided to seek a voluntary agreement with the new owners of the Hotel Monticello at 1075 Thomas Jefferson St., who are seeking a liquor license. Plans call

Citizens Association of Georgetown

The invitations for the 2012 Georgetown Gala are being mailed this week. I hope you will be able to join us at the Russian Embassy on Friday, Oct. 26. The evening looks to be spectacular. We have a fabulous auction planned, with Pat and Joe Lonardo as our auctioneers, which will be super fun. And the auction items are over the top. You will have the chance to bid on a week in Le Moulin de Boursac â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a seven-bedroom renovated 18th-century house in the French town of Vence. A big thank you to Herb and Patrice Miller (gala co-chair) for donating this opulent item. And thanks to Susan Dimarco, you can continue your European adventure with a one-week stay in a luxurious two-bedroom apartment in Florence. If you would prefer to head south, you have a chance with a oneweek stay at Rancho La Puetra in Mexico. Spa connoisseur Ada Polla raves about this world-renowned fitness resort and spa in Baja California. For those who bask in the glories of home, we once again are able to offer the internationally acclaimed Georgetown Scavenger Hunt Dinner. Constance Chatfield Taylor, Colleen Girouard, Jackie Pletcher and Florence Auld will once again lead 30 guests on a merry romp through Georgetown searching for clues in mysterious places. With cocktails before and a full dinner after, this evening makes for a memorable outing. The gala will also feature amazing prizes at our gaming tables. You can win a night at the Four Seasons with brunch the next day, dinner for 10 at Cafe Milano, a case of highly rated French wine, a Bentley from Euro Motors for the weekend, or a three-month membership to the George Town Club. So keep your eyes open for the invite or check our website,, for more information. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus for a rooftop garden seating between 30 and 50 people. Commissioner Tom Birch said the number of people allowed on the roof should be limited to prevent noise problems. Commissioner Bill Starrels suggested that the commission should engage with the five neighbors who are protesting the license. â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously to support the design of proposed changes to 3291 M St., but to object to a lighting element. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to plans for a fourstory building at 3220 Grace St., but urged the Old Georgetown Board to examine the proposals of some of the neighbors. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to a six-seat increase at the sidewalk cafe for Paul Bakery, 1078 Wisconsin Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to alterations in the storefront and signage of Abercrombie & Fitch at 1208 Wisconsin Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to a two-story rear addition to a residence at 1518 31st. St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to a first-floor rear deck at 2907 N St., provided it is no larger than those of neighbors. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to a roof over a deck of a residence at 3014 P St., provided it covers only the deck. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to object to a proposed addition at 3129 Dumbarton St., as long as construction issues are negotiated with the neighbor to the east. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW.

For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  update on the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project. â&#x2013;  discussion with Paul Kadlick, the new JPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative. â&#x2013;  discussion of a zoning exemption for a deck at 2432 39th Place. â&#x2013;  presentation by Mitch Dubensky of First Touch Soccer regarding use of the Stoddert Recreation Center gymnasium on Sundays. â&#x2013;  open forum. 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. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or 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. 3, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit

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Northwest Real Estate PROSTITUTION: Arrests, incidents on the rise in Logan Circle neighborhood

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Police are working on a theory that this change corresponds to the work shifts at construction sites, and that johns are soliciting prostitutes before the workday begins. Prostitution activity has also been observed around 3:30 p.m., when afternoon construction shifts end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are upset. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m upset,â&#x20AC;? said Tim

Christensen, president of the Logan Circle Community Association. He said community efforts to make the neighborhood attractive again could be undermined. According to Lt. Carroll, police are deploying undercover officers posing as both prostitutes and johns to capture suspects. Matt Raymond, a Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner, said police have acted quickly to combat the crimes. After he

FIELD: Outdoor use at issue From Page 1

drums up local support for its Board of Zoning Adjustment application to increase enrollment by up to 80 students, for a total of 400. The school also hopes to expand its faculty and staff by up to 36 members, for a total of 110, and to add some new buildings while expanding others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just seems to me that institutions â&#x20AC;Ś are getting many benefits by locating in our communities, and are not giving us much in return,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Tom Smith. Institutions regularly face the opposite community pressure: a request that they restrict the number of outside users on their premises, to limit noise and traffic impacts. Indeed, when the Field School moved to the neighborhood in 2002, the Board of Zoning Adjustment imposed a requirement that the school interprets to be a prohibition on renting out its facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a significant condition in the zoning order when we came in,â&#x20AC;? said head of school Dale Johnson. Smith said a loophole allowing â&#x20AC;&#x153;local residentsâ&#x20AC;? onto the grounds might allow rental to youth soccer, but commissioner Kent Slowinski â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose single-member district includes the Field School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said immediate neighbors would object. The Field School soccer field lies between homes on 44th Street and on Foxboro Place, and Slowinski said he had heard from residents of those streets that they would not welcome soccer practices. Slowinksi read aloud one email from a 44th Street resident who said the neighbors sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d spoken to share her opinion â&#x20AC;&#x153;unconditionally.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very clear there is widespread support for the expansion plan the Field School is proposing, and absolutely no support for this recent proposition that the restriction on use of the field be lifted,â&#x20AC;? the email reads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why are those residents more important than the 800 residents who play soccer?â&#x20AC;? Keenan asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two competing visions within our neighborhood of what should be happening,â&#x20AC;? he said later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the one hand, there are legitimate concerns about traffic, parking and noise. On the other hand, there are a lot of kids in this neighborhood with limited space to play soccer.â&#x20AC;? Palisades resident Henry

Wigglesworth said his 10-year-old daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team has been scrounging for open space to practice, even using various open fields and playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; yards. Some private schools, such as Georgetown Day School, 4530 MacArthur Blvd., regularly rent out their fields, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen any negative effects of that, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a much more densely populated area than [around] the Field School,â&#x20AC;? said Wigglesworth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the most benign legion that you can imagine: a bunch of kids running around in soccer jerseys.â&#x20AC;? Slowinski said the neighborhood commission should review why Stoddert Soccer has had trouble getting permits to use Department of Parks and Recreation soccer facilities. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a legitimate need, he said, but it is not the Field Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role to fill it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is not the proper way of doing it, putting pressure on the private schools to open up their fields,â&#x20AC;? he said. For their part, Field School officials are taking no position. In an email to The Current, advancement director Will Layman wrote that the school isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t proposing that its existing prohibition on rentals be changed but hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully evaluated the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this restriction were to be lifted, we would carefully consult our contiguous and nearby neighbors and weigh heavily their opinions before making decisions,â&#x20AC;? Layman wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Continuing to be a good neighbor to the families closest to our property will always be extremely important to The Field School.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood commission is scheduled to weigh in on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning application at its Oct. 5 meeting in advance of an anticipated Nov. 6 zoning board hearing. Last week, several commissioners said they worried about an additional traffic impact and requested clarification and additional data on points related to traffic volume and how employees will be counted in determining compliance with the cap. Field added a sixth grade for the first time this school year, to align with elementary schools that now regularly finish after fifth grade. Officials said they hope to increase enrollment and building capacity in the future so that the new grade doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t squeeze out existing middle school and high school programs.

passed along â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairly specific informationâ&#x20AC;? to Carroll about activities going on in the neighborhood, the lieutenant reported back the next day that five arrests had been made overnight. Christensen agreed that community collaboration has been critical. Back in the late 1970s, Logan Circle residents faced significant challenges not only with prostitution but also with illegal drug use on neighborhood streets. Christensen said

groups of residents would go out at night and directly confront prostitutes and johns. Today, the police are taking the lead, but Lt. Carroll emphasized that the department welcomes residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Descriptions of vehicles that might be involved with prostitution or of people that may be facilitating prostitution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; any information you can give us, it is all helpful,â&#x20AC;? said Carroll.

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Wednesday september 12 Class ■ Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on “Buddha’s Advice for a Happy and Healthy Life.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ The Pakistani singer-songwriter duo Zeb & Haniya will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer and guitarist Willem Dicke. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ The regional finals of the 2012 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration will feature local choirs with a chance to advance to the national finale. 7:30 p.m. $11 to $20.99. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Discussions and lectures ■ Frederick Bohrer, professor of art history at Hood College, will discuss “Photography and Archaeology.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Room 114, Smith Hall of Art, George Washington University, 801 22nd St. NW. ■ Linda Hudson, president and chief executive officer of BAE Systems Inc., will discuss “Women as Business Leaders.” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Jacques Berlinerblau, author of “How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom,” will discuss “Ten Glaring Misconceptions About Secularism.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kennedy Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Jeff Morley will discuss his book

“Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Steven Ujifusa will discuss his book “A Man and His Ship: America’s Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ Paul Auster will discuss his memoir “Winter Journal.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Yale law professor Akhil Amar will discuss “The Constitution Turns 225: Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!” 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Stephen Martin Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, will discuss his book “The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Films ■ The two-day United Arab Emirates Film Festival will feature the 2011 film “Sea Shadow.” A question-and-answer session with director Nawaf Al Janahi will follow. 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852580. ■ The Embassy of France will present Vincent Garenq’s 2011 film “Presumed Guilty.” 7 p.m. $8; $5 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. ■ The D.C. Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition will present a showcase featuring “Why Do We Put Up With Them,” “Thinking Inside the Box” and

“Murder Mouth,” among others. 7 p.m. $12 to $15. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The festival will continue through Sunday with screenings at various venues. ■ Meridian Hill Pictures will present H. Paul Moon’s 2010 film “R. Luke DuBois: Running Out of Time” and Abby Moser’s 2011 film “Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC.” A discussion with the directors will follow. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will present Bohdan Sláma’s 2012 film “Four Suns.” 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meeting ■ The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Tour ■ Art historian Judy Scott Feldman will lead a tour of the exhibitions “The 3rd Century Mall: Reinventing L’Enfant’s Legacy” and “The National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds.” 6 to 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations requested. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. Thursday, Sept. 13

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Concerts ■ Los Tres Reyes, a Mexican trio romántico from Texas, will perform romancedrenched lyrics in lush harmony. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. ■ The Georgetown Chimes, an a cap-

Thursday, september 13 ■ Discussion: D.T. Max will discuss his book “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. pella group at Georgetown University, will perform Motown, pop and traditional barbershop quartet music as part of the Music on the Lawn series. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ Los Tres Reyes will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The rock band DeVotchKa and the chamber-pop trio Clare and the Reasons will perform. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ A three-session Smithsonian Associates seminar on “Land, Sea & Sky: The High Tech Behind Secret Operations” will open with a talk by former CIA officer David Sharp on “Stealing Soviet Secrets From the Bottom of the Sea.” 10:15 a.m. $90. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-633-3030. The series will continue Sept. 20 and 27. ■ Stephanie Chong of Seabury Care Management will lead a seminar on “Coping With Loss.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. ■ Editorial cartoonists Lalo Alcarez of, Steve Kelley of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ted Rall of the Los Angeles Times and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune will discuss “Ink and Pixel: A Cartoon View of Campaign 2012.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-3630. ■ Journalists and authors Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor will discuss their book “After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. ■ Sara Alexander, associate professor of anthropology at Baylor University, will discuss “Resilience and Vulnerability: Weathering Climate Shocks in Coastal Belize.” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ 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 his book “The New Continentalism: Energy and 21st Century Eurasian Geopolitics.” A panel discussion will follow.

5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ “Natural Adaptation, Urban Re-Use: Berlin and Washington, DC” — about transformations of public spaces in the two cities — will feature panelists Patricia Zingsheim, associate director for revitalization and design at the D.C. Office of Planning; Steve Coleman, director of Washington Parks & People; Lionel Lynch, principal at HR&A Advisors; and Martin Pallgen, project developer for interim use of Berlin’s Templehof Airport. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ Rob Miech will discuss his book “The Last Natural: Bryce Harper’s Big Gamble in Sin City and the Greatest Amateur Season Ever.” 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ As part of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.’s “Humanitini” happy hour series, a discussion on gentrification and demographic shifts will feature panelists Elahe Izadi, Daniel Silverman, Natalie Hopkinson, Stephen Crockett Jr. and Dianne Dale. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tabaq Bar and Bistro, 1336 U St. NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “A Day in the Country: Renoir’s ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party.’” 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ Jeff Clements, co-founder and general counsel of Free Speech for People, will discuss his book “Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The Graphic Novel Book Club will host a talk by Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.” 6:45 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. ■ Art historian David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Edvard Munch: The Scream Heard Round the World.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Mort Künstler, a historical artist specializing in the Civil War, and Laurie Norton Moffatt, director of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., will discuss Künstler’s career, inspirations and historical research. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant will reflect on the life and art of her father, Richard Diebenkorn. 7 p.m. $10; $5 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ A new Ethical Dilemmas Reading Group, led by George Mason University professor Phil Burnham, will study “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Films ■ The two-day United Arab Emirates Film Festival will feature Ahmed Al Dahoouri’s 2012 film “The Turtle” and See Events/Page 45

Continued From Page 44 Abdulla Al Kaabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philosopher.â&#x20AC;? A question-and-answer session will follow. 6:15 p.m. Free; tickets required. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2580. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eighties Flashback Filmsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jim Henson and Frank Ozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Crystal.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  As part of a festival celebrating the work of Czech-American director Milos Forman, historian Tomas Bouska will present his 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;K. Ch. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Documentary Portrait of a Female Political Prisoner.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Erev Shel Shoshanim: A Celebration of Israel in Poetry and Songâ&#x20AC;? will feature the work of Moshe Dor, one of Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foremost literary figures. 7:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. Reading â&#x2013;  Poet-historian Natasha Tretheway will give her inaugural reading as U.S. poet laureate. 7 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Walk â&#x2013;  The All Hallows Guild will present an Olmsted Woods bird walk led by Sheila Cochran. 8:30 a.m. Free. Meet on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral at Pilgrim Road and Garfield Street NW. 202-537-2319. The walk will repeat Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 Friday, Friday september 14 Book signing â&#x2013;  Lisa Gibson will sign copes of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Releasing the Chains.â&#x20AC;? 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  Concert organist Stephen Hamilton of Minneapolis will perform works by Lidon, Bach, Reger and Ginastera. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-7970103. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Blues will perform a program of big band music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The French duo ARLT will perform. 7 p.m. $20. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202234-7911. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe (shown) and pianist Warren Jones. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Lester M. Salamon, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Civil Societies,


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Events Entertainment will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Frontiers of Philanthropy.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 200, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Co. and board member of the Tax Justice Network, and David Lighton, consultant to the International Finance Corp., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Political Economy of Tax Havens: Recent Trends in Corporate and Individual Offshore Tax Abuse.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Jessica Winegar, associate professor of anthropology at Northwestern University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Civilized Revolution: Aesthetics, Political Action, and Urban Space in Egypt.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Barry Kemp, professor emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Cambridge, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amarna Update: Discoveries, New Conservation Efforts and Other Changes.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Small Press Expo, brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 5.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Andy Steigman will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challengers in the Caribbean.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. â&#x2013;  Historian Salim T S Al-Hassani will discuss his work as curator of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Journeys: Four Thai Filmsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kongdei Jaturanrasmeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;P-047.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host a reading of Stephen Spotswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cold November Light,â&#x20AC;? about a difficult artist and his wheelchair-bound model. 2 p.m. $5. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Second City, Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary sketch comedy theater, will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Second City: Laughing Matters.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 and 9 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  The Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church will host a performance of Ann Timmonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Becoming Calvin,â&#x20AC;? about political intrigue, religious rebellion and an unlikely hero who shaped the modern world. 7

Friday, september 14 â&#x2013; Concert: Carroll Cafe will feature Sparky and Rhonda Rucker performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acoustic Blues & Stories.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. p.m. $20. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE. reformedinstitute. org/becomingcalvin. Performances will continue through Sept. 23. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Charlie Visconage Show,â&#x20AC;? a monthly late-night talk show filmed live, will feature guests Dutty Bookman and Vijai Nathan and a performance by the eclectic horn band Black Masala. 10 p.m. $15. The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. event/222366. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Atlanta Dream. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunchtime Tour of the Conservatoryâ&#x20AC;? will explore the links between the exotic plant world and everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. The tour will repeat Monday and Wednesday at noon. 15 Saturday, SaturdaySept. september 15 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about Francis Scott Key and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Classes â&#x2013;  John Vidmar, associate professor of theology at Providence College, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Theologians: Intellectuals of the Christian Tradition.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Instructors Virginia Newmyer and Susan Willens will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not-So-Plain Jane: Why We Still Love Austen.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Monika Saxton of the U.S. Botanic Garden will host a workshop on how to make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;living ornamentâ&#x20AC;? like those on display during the holidays at the U.S. Botanic Garden. 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Collector Colin England will discuss

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Designs of Isfahan Rugs.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â&#x2013; Dennis Drabelle will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives From Colombians Displaced by Violence,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Hedrick Smith will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Stole the American Dream?â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Lives of Four Freedoms Park,â&#x20AC;? a forum about the three great American stories behind one new public memorial, will feature panelists Bob Clark, archivist of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Archive; Janis Conner, executor of sculptor Jo Davidsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate; and Carter Wiseman, architectural historian and Louis Kahn biographer. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Films â&#x2013;  The Film Noir Matinee Series will feature Frank Tuttleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1942 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Gun for Hire,â&#x20AC;? based on a Graham Greene novel. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-895-9425. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Gustav Machatyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1929 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Erotikon,â&#x20AC;? featuring a live score by pianist Ben Model. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aleksei Guerman: War and Remembranceâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Russian directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1976 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty Days Without


War.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movies by Moonlightâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2005 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madagascar.â&#x20AC;? 8:45 p.m. Free. Lincoln Park, 13th and East Capitol streets NE. Performances â&#x2013;  Washington National Opera Insights will feature musical highlights from Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Bolenaâ&#x20AC;? by members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Edgeworks Dance Theater will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;/CLOSE/R,â&#x20AC;? an evening-length solo project conceived, choreographed and performed by Helanius J. Wilkins. 8 p.m. $8 to $40. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase, a monthly variety show, will feature musicians Harris Face and Jeremy King and comedians Jermaine Fowler (shown), Mike James, Adrian Rodney and Emily Ruskowski. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Mount Pleasant Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Opening Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature face painting, storytelling, an art workshop, live music and building tours. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. See Events/Page 46









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Continued From Page 45 â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay Dayâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate Hillwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11-year collaboration with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with a garden party, performances and tours. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15; $10 for students; free for ages 17 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day will feature music and dance performances by local Central American artists, arts and crafts activities, and food demonstrations. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Citizens Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase DC Day will feature ice cream, live music, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and sidewalk sales. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fall for the Artsâ&#x20AC;? will feature an afternoon of classes and hands-on workshops â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on topics such as creating sound effects, Shakespearean acting, stage combat and Hindustani tabla drumming â&#x20AC;&#x201D; followed by a reception and live auction of works by prominent artists. 2 p.m. $50; reservations required. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the New England Revolution. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies and architecture, will lead a

walking tour of the National Mall. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35; tickets required. Meet at the Mall exit to the Smithsonian Metro station. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Docents will lead tours of the Folger Shakespeare Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabethan Garden, which is filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works and herbs popular in his day. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  One of the participating artists will lead a tour of the Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, which features 13 works positioned in front lawns and hanging from roofs in the Foggy Bottom Historic District. 11 a.m. Free. Meet at New Hampshire Avenue and I Street NW. 16 Sunday, SundaySept. september 16 Class â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advice for Life.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11 a.m. $6. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sea Chanters will perform. 2 p.m. Free. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Stephen Hamilton, minister of music emeritus at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Radio Jarocho will perform a contemporary repertoire inspired by the traditional


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Sunday, september 16 â&#x2013; Performance: Friends of the National Zoo will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiesta Musical,â&#x20AC;? featuring animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts and Latin American foods. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. music of southern Veracruz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Author and journalist Antony Lowenstein will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Karen Getman, Grace Said and Jane Deland, members of the Episcopal Diocese of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Companion Diocese Committee for Jerusalem, will discuss the current Israeli-Palestinian situation. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Journalist Bob Abernethy and the Rev. Canon William Barnwell will discuss themes relating to Barnwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forthcoming memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lead Me On, Let Me Stand.â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;GĂŠrĂ´me: Celebrated, Vilified,    

Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian Visions at the Freerâ&#x20AC;? will feature Santosh Sivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco da Gama.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aleksei Guerman: War and Remembranceâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ardak Amirkulovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fall of Otrar,â&#x20AC;? about the ruthless intrigues that led to Genghis Khanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s destruction of the Central Asian civilization of Otrar. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Codepink will present Iara Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Suffering Grasses,â&#x20AC;? about the Turkish refugee camps housing Syrian exiles. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Performances â&#x2013;  Washington Concert Opera will present Belliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Sonnambula.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $40 to $110. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamas Retreatâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; designed for mothers of all ages and stages, including prenatal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will use a combination of yoga, breath work, inspirational readings, selfinquiry and reflection to emerge with a quiet confidence and an uplifted spirit. Proceeds will benefit the National Foundation for Cancer Research. 6:30 p.m. $20. Lil omm yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the New York Liberty. 4 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 2 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Monday, Sept. 17

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Steve LeVine, a fellow at the New America Foundation and contributing editor for Foreign Affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Geopolitics of Energy.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.

â&#x2013; Salim T S Al-Hassani, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization,â&#x20AC;? the companion book to an ongoing National Geographic exhibition. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Tova Wang will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Right to Vote.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss Tea Obrehtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. Films â&#x2013;  Sean Rudolph, campaign director for the International Labor Rights Forum, will speak at a screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Side of Chocolate,â&#x20AC;? about evidence that child labor and human trafficking continue in the cocoa fields for millions of children. Noon. Free. Room 213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  A foreign film series will feature Florian Henckel von Donnersmarckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lives of Others,â&#x20AC;? about a secret agent who gets caught up in the affairs of two artists he is spying on. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  A classic film series will feature Jack Claytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1974 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Gatsby,â&#x20AC;? starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Reading â&#x2013;  Poets Carl Phillips and Eduardo C. Corral will read from their work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special events â&#x2013;  The National Archives will host a celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Oscar-nominated actress Alfre Woodard will read â&#x20AC;&#x153;Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlâ&#x20AC;? as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities- and Howard University-sponsored program of readings, dance and music to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement of his intent to free the slaves in the Confederacy. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Lincoln Memorial. Tuesday, 18 TuesdaySept. september 18 Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Mr. Don. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature pianists Hye-Jung Hong and Wei-Han Su. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Ti-Coca and Wanga-Nègès, master of See Events/Page 48


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Kreeger show spotlights D.C. artist Steinhilber


an Steinhilber: Marlin Underground,” presenting a new body of work by the Penn Quarter artist that mixes sculpture, sound and digital

Keegan Theatre’s production of “A Couple of Blaguards” will run at the Church Street Theater Sept. 21 through Oct. 14.

Keegan show follows brothers from Limerick to New York


eegan Theatre will present Frank and Malachy McCourt’s “A Couple of Blaguards” Sept. 21 through Oct. 14 at the Church Street Theater.

company force/collision will present “Shape” Sept. 20 through Oct. 6. Based loosely on the biographies of black vaudevillians Billy and Cordelia McClain, “Shape” concerns the life and labors of vaude On STAGE villians exploited for their historical songs and dances. Flavored with incidental music Performance times are 8 p.m. from the Irish tradition, the twoThursday through Saturday and 3 man show follows the trials of the p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to young McCourts in poverty-strick$25. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. en Limerick, Ireland, through their NE. 202-399-7993; journey to the U.S. and, in particu■ Taffety Punk Theatre Company lar, Brooklyn, N.Y., where the will present Shakespeare’s “The young men learn to apply the dayRape of Lucrece” Sept. 27 through to-day lessons from their hardscrab- Oct. 6 at the Capitol Hill Arts ble Irish past. Workshop. Performance times are generally Shakespeare’s narrative poem 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday recounts the rape of an aristocratic and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 Roman woman by the king’s son to $35. The Church Street Theater Tarquin and the consequences of is located at 1742 Church St. NW. this assault for both Lucrece and the 703-892-0202; empire. ■ Ford’s Theatre will present the Performance times are 8 p.m. D.C. premiere of Trey Ellis and Thursday through Saturday. Tickets Ricardo Khan’s “Fly” Sept. 21 cost $10. The theater is located at through Oct. 21. 545 7th St. SE. 800-838-3006; Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen during World ■ Arena Stage will present “One War II, the play Night With Janis follows four Joplin” Sept. 28 heroes from through Nov. 4 Chicago, in the Kreeger Harlem, rural Theater. Iowa and the With a voice Caribbean as like whiskey and they train to fly a laugh like pure combat aircraft. joy, Joplin took Ford’s Theatre’s “Fly” is based on the music scene In spite of the the experiences of the Tuskegee by storm, provovert racism they encounter, ing it wasn’t a Airmen during World War II. the men form a man’s world lasting brotherhood and fly with anymore. Packed with classic songs distinction, paving the way for like “Piece of My Heart,” desegregation of the American mili- “Summertime” and “Mercedes tary and the civil rights movement. Benz,” the show also shines a spot Performance times are generally light on trailblazers who influenced 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Joplin. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Performance times are generally Ticket prices start at $15. 800-9827:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and 2787; Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday ■ The Atlas Performing Arts through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Center and the interdisciplinary See Theater/Page 50


technology, opened this week at the Kreeger Museum and will continue through Dec. 29. Steinhilber and curator Jonathan Binstock will give a talk Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.; reservations are required. Located at 2401 Foxhall Road NW, the museum is open Friday The Kreeger Museum’s exhibit of Dan Steinhilber’s work combines and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday sculpture, sound and digital technology. for tours by reservation. Admission Laurie, and continue it through Dec. is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors, stu- highlights still lifes by Shahrzad Heyat Jalinous that reflect on 12. dents and military personnel; and human psychology and interrela An artists’ reception will take free for children ages 12 and place today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tionships. younger. 202-338-3552. An artists’ reception will take Located at 505 9th St. NW, the ■ Studio place Saturday gallery is open Monday through Gallery opened from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and three exhibits Located at 2108 Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202last week and R St. NW, the 585-0800. will continue gallery is open ■ “Parks & Passages,” an exhibit them through Wednesday that explores the possibilities for Sept. 29. through Friday redeveloping a 75,000-square-foot “Enigma” from 1 to 7 p.m. abandoned streetcar tunnel beneath presents paintand Saturday Dupont Circle, will open tomorrow ings by Trix from 1 to 6 p.m. at Goethe-Institut and continue Kuijper that 202-232-8734. through Nov. 2. explore mystery Magnolia Laurie’s work is part of ■ The Heurich A panel discussion dubbed and ambiguity. a new exhibition at the Heurich “Natural Adaptation, Urban Reuse: Gallery will “Same Berlin and Washington DC” will open an exhibit Floating World” Gallery. take place tomorrow at 6 p.m., foltoday for two features Andrea local emerging artists, Virginia lowed by an opening reception at 8 Kraus’ paintings, linoleum prints painter and sculptor J.T. Kirkland p.m. and collages of koi fish. “Vessels II: Together and Apart” and Maryland painter Magnolia See Exhibits/Page 50

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Continued From Page 46 Haiti’s acoustic twoubadou tradition, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Musician Vladimir Rozenblat will perform. 7 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Discussions and lectures ■ Morgan Weibel, immigration attorney for the Tahirih Justice Center, will discuss “Asylum From Gender-Based Violence.” 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. ■ The West End Book Club will discuss “The Ox-Bow Incident” by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Joshua Stacher, assistant professor of political science at Kent State University, will discuss “Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States, will discuss “The War of 1812: A Forgotten War Remembered Through National Archives Records.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “Witness to History: Washington, DC-Area Sniper Attacks, 10 Years Later” will feature panelists Charles Deane, chief of the Prince William County Police Department; Josh White, investigative reporter for The Washington Post; Charles Moose, retired chief of the Montgomery County Police Department; and David

Reichenbaugh, retired lieutenant with the Maryland State Police. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Pew Charitable Trusts Building, 901 E St. NW. 202-7373400. ■ Calder Loth, senior architectural historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and co-curator of the exhibit “Palladio and His Legacy, a Transatlantic Journey,” will discuss the ancient sources of common building design elements. 6:30 p.m. $15. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ Civil War and military historian Edward Bonekemper will discuss “Lincoln and Grant: The Civil War’s Winning Team.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. ■ Lisa Zeidner will discuss her novel “Love Bomb.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films ■ The Georgetown Library will present Edward Zwick’s 2008 film “Defiance,” about Jewish brothers struggling to survive in the forests of Nazi-occupied Poland and Belarus during World War II. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The “Berlin: City of Reinvention” series will feature Eduard Schreiber’s 1991 film “Eastern Landscape” and Jürgen Böttcher’s 2001 film “A Place in Berlin.” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Special events ■ A “Restaurant Week” fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association will feature a four-course seafood dinner with wine pairings by guest chefs Kate Jansen and Tracy

Maryland Ave. SW. Wednesday, 19 WednesdaySept. september 19 Benefit ■ The African American Civil War Museum will host a “Proclamation Gala” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $100. African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-667-2667.

Tuesday, september 18 ■ Reading: Poet, critic and memoirist Meghan O’Rourke will read from her work. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. O’Grady, co-owners of Willow Restaurant in Arlington. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $35. Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue, 5111 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-8020. ■ May Bsisu, author of “The Arab Table: Recipes and Culinary Traditions,” will explain the stories behind various recipes and share samples of her favorites. 7 p.m. $60 to $65. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Los Angeles Dodgers. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05. Tour ■ U.S. Botanic Garden curator Bill McLaughlin will lead a tour of the National Garden highlighting some of his favorite plants and late-season native flowers. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100

Concerts ■ Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian will perform selections from “Murder for Two,” a murder mystery/musical comedy that had its world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Practically Einstein. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures ■ Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book “We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.” Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Christopher B. Daly, author of “Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation’s Journalism,” will discuss the development of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the digital revolution of today. Noon. Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-3012. ■ Filmmakers John Paget and Chris Elisara will discuss “Making Smart Growth Compelling.” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ David Robarge, chief historian for the Central Intelligence Agency, will discuss “Hot Flare-Ups in the Cold War.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Kevin Powers will discuss his novel “The Yellow Birds,” about two young soldiers supporting each other through ordeals that basic training could never have prepared them for. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Local author Maria Abbott will discuss her book “Without Reservations: The Art of Looking the Other Way,” about the challenges of overseeing gracious hospitality services while turning a blind eye to the foibles of VIP guests at Washington hotels. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ The Rev. Raymond Kemp, director of Faith in the City at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, will discuss “The African-American Catholic Experience in Washington, D.C.” 7 p.m. Free. Great Room, Father O’Connell Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5114. ■ “The Constitution and the War of 1812” will feature Pietro Nivola and Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution and Peter Kastor of Washington University. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Ari Schonbrun (shown) will discuss

his book “Miracles & Fate on 78: A 9/11 Story of Inspiration,” and Edie Lutnick will discuss her book “An Unbreakable Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 and Beyond.” 8 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ The National Archives will present Robert Drew’s 1963 film “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment,” about President John F. Kennedy’s clash with Alabama Gov. George Walls over racial integration. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The “Docs in Salute” series — part of a festival celebrating the work of CzechAmerican director Milos Forman — will feature Jerri Zbiral’s film “In the Shadow of Memory: Legacies of Lidice.” A discussion with the director will follow. Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-9897. ■ The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies will present Rachid Bouchareb’s 2006 film “Days of Glory (Indigènes),” about French colonial rule in Algeria. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ West End Cinema will present the D.C. premiere of “My Neighbourhood,” about a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem. A questionand-answer session with the filmmakers and protagonists will follow. 7 p.m. $11.28. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Gérald Hustache-Mathieu’s 2011 film “Nobody Else But You,” about a crime novelist beset by writer’s block until he finds inspiration while investigating a suspicious death. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance ■ Story League’s monthly storytelling contest will focus on “‘Life’s Tuition: Stories About Expensive Lessons.” 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading ■ “Versed in Science: An Evening of Poetry,” part of the Science Cafe series, will feature readings by Myra Sklarew, Michael Salcman and other poets. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special event ■ A “Restaurant Week” fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association will feature a four-course French bistro dinner with wine pairings by Shannon McCardos of Terasol. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $35. Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue, 5111 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-8020.

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city officials, AAA Mid-Atlantic representatives and policy experts. While everyone seems to agree that the cameras increase traffic safety, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as much consensus on how to fine for violations. Current fines for speeding in D.C. range from $75 for driving up to 10 mph above the speed limit to $250 for going above 26 mph past the limit. Running a red light yields a $150 fine. These fines have become an increasingly integral part of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. According to information provided by council staff, the city anticipates raising $86.2 million through speed and red-light cameras in fiscal year 2013, in part by adding about 58 new cameras. The existing system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 47 red-light cameras and 46 speed cameras of three different types â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had raised $66.7 million by June of this fiscal year. The Metropolitan Police Department says the cameras have done their job by increasing safety: Traffic fatalities in D.C. have dropped by 76 percent since 2001, after the city launched a marked expansion of its program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a general agreement that the cameras work in reducing dangerous behavior,â&#x20AC;? Wells said. But complaints about the cameraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fines have been common, with critics questioning the validity of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stated focus on public safety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A high fine is seen as less politically legitimate, and also seen as having a greater impact on lower-income people,â&#x20AC;? said task force member Laura Langbein, who

works in American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Public Administration and Policy. AAA Mid-Atlantic has been particularly vocal in its opposition to D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fines, accusing the city of padding its coffers through unnecessarily high rates. The group has also pointed out that most of the money comes from drivers who live outside the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 50 percent of the fines go to Maryland residents, and 15 percent to those in Virginia. Cheh said the fines were raised during the administration of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;realized we hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed our fines since the 1970s.â&#x20AC;? Only now, Cheh said, is the city getting its first opportunity to look at its automated-enforcement system in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;thoughtful, sensible wayâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through the new task force. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really productive,â&#x20AC;? she said of the effort. One concern about lowering the fines, Langbein said, is whether the change would negatively impact the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic safety. She said the fear is that some drivers would learn to treat fines as a necessary burden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost a tollâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for getting to their destination faster. Council member Wells said most research heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen shows scant â&#x20AC;&#x153;rational relationship between the size of fines and the impact on behavior.â&#x20AC;? Wells said he thinks the task force will help craft new legislation that supports the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use and expansion of speed and red-light cameras, but also addresses their â&#x20AC;&#x153;unreasonably highâ&#x20AC;? fines. He said legislation could also steer revenue from the cameras directly toward public-safety initiatives, as opposed

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had backed the plan from the start, despite its noncompliance with a zoning guideline called the ReedCooke Overlay, which limits new buildings to 40 feet. Supporters point out that the plan would preserve the historic church and bring jobs to the community, and the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission voted 7-1 to support an 81-foot project last month. Others, however, oppose the luxury hotel regardless of its height, fearing gentrification and other community impacts. But developers hope the new design will win over those who were mainly concerned about the height. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really worked hard to develop and build that consensus so we can go and get this thing approved,â&#x20AC;? said Wexler. In addition to the reduced height, the accord also changes the zoning approval the developers are seeking. Rather than asking to exempt the project from the Reed-Cooke Overlay, developers are now proposing that the overlay itself be modi-

fied to specifically address the hotel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a change residents hope will make it less likely to set a precedent. The agreement also spells out such issues as traffic management and a list of newly proposed upgrades to the Marie Reed Learning Center, which developers have added to their previously agreedupon list of community amenities. Project documents are available at The Zoning Commission was set to begin a series of hearings on the hotel project last Thursday, but it postponed the start of testimony due to concerns that neither commissioners nor the community had had time to review the agreement that had been reached two days before. Commissioner Michael Turnbull said the last-minute changes meant developers were unprepared and should lose their September slots, and he criticized the quality of the filing. But commissioners ultimately voted 3-1 to allow the hearings to proceed this week. The design changes will also need another review by the Historic Preservation Review Board.

to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund. Cheh cautioned that decreasing fines through legislation could be a tricky, slow-moving process, because of the impact on city budget projections. If fines were slashed in half, for example, the District would lose more than $40 million next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big hole to fill,â&#x20AC;? she said. Aside from the fine issue, both Wells and Cheh said task force conversations have revealed the need for clarity and uniformity in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process for establishing speed limits. Cheh said she hopes to see the D.C. Department of Transportation develop its first â&#x20AC;&#x153;written policy statementâ&#x20AC;? on the process soon. And easy improvements for the cameras, Cheh said, could include increased outreach and education for drivers, and clear signage that warns of the equipmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locations. The city works with one vendor, American Traffic Solutions, to buy and maintain its automated-enforcement equipment. Neither the police department nor the Office of Contracting and Procurement was able to provide figures for how much the city pays for the cameras and their upkeep. A report from WJLA this summer identified the speed camera on the 600 block of New York Avenue NE as the highest revenue-generating camera in the city. The camera on the 600 block of Missouri Avenue has made the most money in Northwest D.C., according to the report. City officials were unable to verify those figures this week. Cheh said she hears the most complaints about the cameras on I-295 and Porter Street NW.

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These are the locations for the three types of speed cameras within The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coverage area in Northwest D.C., listed alphabetically by street name: â&#x2013; 9th Street Tunnel southbound â&#x2013;  3rd Street Tunnel: at the Massachusetts Avenue exit northbound and the 3rd Street exit southbound â&#x2013;  14th Street: 5200 block southbound â&#x2013;  16th Street: 5400 block southbound and 7700 block northbound â&#x2013;  17th Street: 200 block southbound â&#x2013;  Arizona Avenue: 2900 block southbound â&#x2013;  Blair Road: 6300 block southbound â&#x2013;  Calvert Street: 2800 block eastbound â&#x2013;  Canal Road: 0.3 mile south of Arizona Avenue, both northbound and southbound â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue: 2300 block southbound and 4800 block, both northwest-bound and southeast-bound â&#x2013;  Florida Avenue: 100 block, both eastbound and westbound â&#x2013;  Foxhall Road: 3000 block southbound and 1900 block, both northbound and southbound â&#x2013;  Georgia Avenue: 4800 block southbound and 7600 block southbound â&#x2013;  Harvard Street: 1800 block northwest-bound â&#x2013;  K Street: 2200 block westbound â&#x2013;  MacArthur Boulevard: 4700 block southbound; 5000 block southbound; and 5700 block, both southbound and northbound â&#x2013;  Military Road: 2800 block westbound; 0.1 mile before 17th Street northeastbound; and 0.2 mile west of the 16th Street ramp southwest-bound. â&#x2013;  Missouri Avenue: 600 block, both northwest-bound and southeast-bound â&#x2013;  North Capitol Street: 3100 block southbound â&#x2013;  North Portal Drive: 1700 block southwest-bound â&#x2013;  Park Place: 3500 block southbound â&#x2013;  Porter Street: 2300 block, both eastbound and westbound â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Church Road: 300 block southwest-bound â&#x2013;  Sherman Avenue: 2400 block southbound â&#x2013;  Western Avenue: 4700 block northeast-bound â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Source: Metropolitan Police Department


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Located at 812 7th St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202289-1200, ext. 165. ■ “Once Upon a Time in Almeria: Photographs by Mark Parascandola,” highlighting a desert region in Spain where many movies were shot in the 1960s and ’70s, will open tomorrow at the Embassy of Spain and continue through Nov. 18. Parascandola will give a talk tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Located at 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ■ “Timeless,” featuring paintings by Kevin Frank and Jonathan Ralston inspired by classicism and realism, will open Friday at Susan Calloway Fine Arts and continue through Oct. 13. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. ■ “Mihrab: Metaphorical Portal,” presenting jewel-like paintings by Anne Barber-Shams steeped in the culture of the Golden Age of El-Andalus, will open Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue through Oct. 26. An artist’s reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5

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Research on the Maya Collection,” an interactive exhibit of ancient Maya art, opened last week at the Dumbarton Oaks Museum and will continue through June 2. Located at 1703 32nd St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. 202-339-6401. ■ Gallery B recently opened an exhibit of works by this year’s Trawick Prize finalists, which include D.C.’s Dean Kessmann and seven artists from Maryland and Virginia. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 29. A reception will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 301-215-6660. ■ The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill will hold their Fall Season Art Kick-off on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. For information about participating galleries, visit

Hi, this is Colyar Trimble. We have all had some exciting experiences at Shepherd in the first two weeks, with more to come. One of the events coming up is Family Dinner Night! This time it will be held at Potomac Pizza, which is at 19 Wisconsin Circle in Chevy Chase, Md., on Wednesday, Sept. 12! The last one was held last Wednesday at Olazzo. Previously, we had our back-toschool cookout. I went and we had a lot of fun! Some of the last people there (which included me) created the dunking game, because it was so hot out. One person would go around with a hat full of ice and would dunk it on whoever came up. — Colyar Trimble, fifth-grader

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THEATER From Page 47 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $94. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Pig Iron Theatre Company will present “Zero Cost House” Sept. 28 and 29 at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. Toshiki Okada reads Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” at home in Tokyo and dreams of radical change. But then 3/11 happens, bringing the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima, and for Toshiki, the “Walden” fantasy becomes a growing necessity. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-6872787; performingarts.georgetown. edu. ■ Matthew Vaky will present his “Jesus at Guantanamo” Sept. 13 through 22 at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Originally produced at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the play begins with the premise that Christ has returned to Earth, only to be picked up in the Middle East and sent to Guantanamo Bay as an unlawful enemy combatant. Performance times are 7:30 pm. Thursday through Saturday, with an extra show at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22. All performances will be followed by a post-play panel discussion. Tickets cost $12 to $18. The

ing my room, then counting the days until school was open. Hi, I’m Jackson and I enjoyed the pool, playing outside, visiting Florida and reading, I felt a little like coming back to school. We got to meet our new principal, Mrs. Pride, at the PTA meeting. Everyone was excited to meet her. She is a good leader at our school. We also have a new P.E. teacher, Mr. Regis. He gives us challenging things to do, like barrel-walking. One person holds your legs, and your arms have to move you along as you’re pushed. We went to the library this week, where we drew a dragon using talking hands. During counseling we thought about what a successful year would look like, and we created slogans like “Do your Best,” “Be Safe” and “Go for It.” Moving from third grade to fourth feels good. I’m growing up and as a fourth-grader I now know bigger numbers. In Mrs. Marquez’s class we’re reading “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume and “The Discovery of the Titanic” by Robert Ballard. As fourth-graders we’re looking forward to being a part of Safety Patrol and the Green Team. It’s been a great year so far! — Nisa Quarles and Jackson Jacobs, fourth-graders

District of Columbia Arts Center is located at 2438 18th St. NW. 202462-7833; ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will present Spanish playwright Agustín Moreto’s “El desdén con el desdén/ In Spite of Love” Sept. 13 through Oct. 7. A count and princess have vowed never to fall in love — and then they meet each other! In order to win the love of the indifferent princess Diana, the Count of Urgel feigns disdain, thus setting off a series of comical situations. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, along with student matinees at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14, 21 and 28 and Oct. 4 and 5. Tickets cost $20 to $40. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company will present Nikolai Gogol’s “The Government Inspector” Sept. 13 through Oct. 28 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, “The Government Inspector” satirizes corruption and self-deception. In Gogol’s lampoon of provincial bureaucracy, Hiestakov, a civil servant who is running out of money, travels from St. Petersburg to a small Russian town where his imagination runs rampant. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets cost $43 to $95. The theater is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-5471122;





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